Youngsters get a look at Abenaki culture

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Summer reading program participants gathered around the fire they made to cook bannock bread on sticks.  Pictured here, from left to right, are Kayleigh Cole, Isabella Cole, Cienna Bishop, Owen Sheltra, Brielle Rancourt, and Trevor Sanville.  Directly behind Owen are Chase Sheltra who is looking at his dough-covered stick, and Dale Guisinger, who is digging into a Tupperware for more dough to hand out.  Photo by Nathalie Gagnon-Joseph

Summer reading program participants gathered around the fire they made to cook bannock bread on sticks. Pictured here, from left to right, are Kayleigh Cole, Isabella Cole, Cienna Bishop, Owen Sheltra, Brielle Rancourt, and Trevor Sanville. Directly behind Owen are Chase Sheltra who is looking at his dough-covered stick, and Dale Guisinger, who is digging into a Tupperware for more dough to hand out. Photo by Nathalie Gagnon-Joseph

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by Nathalie Gagnon-Joseph

ISLAND POND — Archery, kayaking, circus arts, and bread-making are just a few of the activities organized by the Island Pond Public Library as part of its summer reading program.

The books the kids read are associated with an activity so they can experience the book hands-on, Library Director John Zuppa said.

On Friday, about 15 kids discovered a book about bears then joined their counselor on the shore of Island Pond to learn how to make a fire and cook bannock bread the way Abenakis did.

“That really gets through to them in a real way,” Mr. Zuppa said about linking a book to an activity.

The idea is to get the kids excited about reading, he said.

And it worked. During Friday’s activity, the children’s attention span was…To read the rest of this article, and all the Chronicle‘s stories, subscribe:

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Newport hosts lively Aquafest

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Rainbow arcs through the air toward the finish line and a $50 prize for the frog’s young coach, Anna Kate Costo.  Anna Kate found that blowing on Rainbow was an excellent way to stimulate the amphibian’s competitive instincts.  The frog-jumping contest was only one of many events at Newport’s Aquafest on Saturday.  To find out more about the event and about Shredfest, which took place nearby, please see page sixteen.  Photo by Joseph Gresser

Rainbow arcs through the air toward the finish line and a $50 prize for the frog’s young coach, Anna Kate Costo. Anna Kate found that blowing on Rainbow was an excellent way to stimulate the amphibian’s competitive instincts. The frog-jumping contest was only one of many events at Newport’s Aquafest on Saturday. To find out more about the event and about Shredfest, which took place nearby, please see page sixteen. Photo by Joseph Gresser

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by Joseph Gresser

NEWPORT — Early Saturday morning it looked as if Aquafest might be a cruel joke, with the water its title celebrates raining down from the sky. As it turned out, only a couple of brief showers marred what was, for this summer, a beautiful day.

Sadly, it appeared that many of those who might otherwise have thronged to Newport’s Main Street in search of community fun held back due to fear of gray skies. Their caution caused them to miss an enjoyable street fair.

The day began with a demonstration of gravity-powered vehicles — Soap Box Derby race cars. Cars driven by current drivers and stars of the past made repeated runs down Main Street under the watchful eye of Dr. Fred Turcotte, who…To read the rest of this article, and all the Chronicle‘s stories, subscribe:

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Stenger lays out ambitious plans for airport

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Bill Stenger, standing, lays out his plans for the future of the airport in Coventry.  Listening, from left to right, are Guy Rouelle of VTrans, Scott Wheeler, and Ary Quiros, who heads Flight Design Americas, a company that plans to manufacture light airplanes at the airport.  The meeting was held in an aircraft hangar because Parker Pie Wings has permanently closed its doors.  Photo by Joseph Gresser

Bill Stenger, standing, lays out his plans for the future of the airport in Coventry. Listening, from left to right, are Guy Rouelle of VTrans, Scott Wheeler, and Ary Quiros, who heads Flight Design Americas, a company that plans to manufacture light airplanes at the airport. The meeting was held in an aircraft hangar because Parker Pie Wings has permanently closed its doors. Photo by Joseph Gresser

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by Joseph Gresser

COVENTRY — A crowd of about 30 pilots legislators, reporters, and the curious found their way to a hangar at what will soon be the Northeast Kingdom International Airport on Thursday afternoon, July 30. The attraction was Bill Stenger, who arrived with a drawing of a new 10,000-square-foot terminal building that he said will be built starting in the spring of 2016.

In addition to the terminal, Mr. Stenger outlined plans that include a bonded warehouse and a building for the manufacture of Flight Design light aircraft.

A bonded warehouse allows goods that Customs duties are ordinarily paid on to be stored without the need to pay duties. Orleans, Lamoille, and Caledonia counties are…To read the rest of this article, and all the Chronicle‘s stories, subscribe:

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Glover talent show and silent auction

As Lila Winstead and Rose Friedman favored the crowd at the 2014 edition of the Glover Talent Show with their rendition of the “Log Driver’s Waltz,” a masked logger made his appearance from the back of the hall.  After presenting the evening’s object of his affections with gifts, including a chicken hat, the logger persuaded Lucy Smith to take to the floor for a few elegant steps.  Reliable sources hint the logger was, in reality, Maura Gahan.  The annual talent show is a benefit for the Glover Public Library.  Photo by Joseph Gresser

As Lila Winstead and Rose Friedman favored the crowd at the 2014 edition of the Glover Talent Show with their rendition of the “Log Driver’s Waltz,” a masked logger made his appearance from the back of the hall. After presenting the evening’s object of his affections with gifts, including a chicken hat, the logger persuaded Lucy Smith to take to the floor for a few elegant steps. Reliable sources hint the logger was, in reality, Maura Gahan. The annual talent show is a benefit for the Glover Public Library. Photo by Joseph Gresser

The Glover Public Library announces its annual summer Talent Show and Silent Auction on Saturday, August 8, at 7:30 p.m. at the Glover Town Hall, featuring young and old performers, music, storytelling, humor, and other fun surprises. During the show, a silent auction will take place featuring many goods and services donated by area businesses. Snacks will be available. All money raised benefits the Glover Public Library. For more information, call the library at 525-4365

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Obituaries August 5, 2015

obit Cusson VETRichard A. Cusson Sr.

Richard A. Cusson Sr., 75, of Westfield died suddenly on July 27, 2015, at his home.

He was born on September 8, 1939, in Burlington to Adelord and Rita (Therriault) Cusson.

On September 17, 1960, he married Barbara (Stankwich) Cusson of Westfield, who survives him.

He was a veteran of the U.S. Army.  He was a self-employed electrician.  He was a volunteer firefighter, enjoyed hunting and fishing, woodworking, riding his ATV, and was a NASCAR fan.

Mr. Cusson was a member of the Essex Lions Club and a lifetime member of the Vermont Trappers Association.  He was a generous man who expected nothing in return.

obit vets flagHe is survived by his wife; by his children:  Karen Pion and her husband, Reginald, of Lowell, Richard Cusson Jr. and his wife, Cindy, of South Royalton, Laura Smith and her husband, Dale, of New Smyrna Beach, Florida, and Mary Marsden and her husband, Greg, of Dallas, Texas; by 19 grandchildren; and by six great-grandchildren.  He is also survived by his siblings:  Reginald Cusson and his wife, Jeannette, of Winooski, Ronald Cusson and his wife, Betty, of Summerville, South Carolina, Rene Cusson and his wife, Peggy, of Winooski, Gloria Pratt and her husband, Jim, of Plattsburg, New York, and Annette Ratta and her husband, Michael, of Davenport, Florida.

He was predeceased by his sister Louise Genderon and her husband, William.

Online condolences at curtis-britch.com.

 

obit Dean photoMildred M. Dean

Mildred M. Dean, 97, of Newport, died on July 30, 2015.

She was born on December 24, 1917.

As a wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother, she was beloved by all. There will be a void in our hearts because of her passing, but we will rejoice in knowing that she now rests in the heavenly kingdom with her Lord and Savior.

Mrs. Dean was a faith-filled person with a deep devotion to the Blessed Virgin as witnessed by her daily rosary and the ever-present miraculous medal, which she faithfully wore.

She is survived by her son Gary Dean and his wife, Ruth; her daughter Carolyn Higgins and her husband, Paul; her grandson Christopher Higgins and his wife, Susan, and their children Sean and Catherine; her granddaughter Deana Branch and her husband, Todd, and their children Emily, Dean, and Paul.

She was predeceased by her husband, Romeo Dean, who died in 1976.

In lieu of flowers, it is requested that a donation be made to the Bel-Aire Activity Fund in Mrs. Dean’s memory. The address is 35 Bel-Aire Drive, Newport, Vermont 05855.

A Mass will be celebrated at St. Mary Star of the Sea Church on Monday, August 10, at 10 a.m.

Online condolences at curtis-britch.com.

 

Mona E. Rivard

Mona E. Rivard of Colchester died on July 22, 2015, at Birchwood Terrace Healthcare in Burlington.

She was born October 29, 1933, to Philip and Gertrude Brooks of Glover.

She leaves nieces Donna Dopp and her husband, Lawrence, of Barton, Penny Brooks of New Hampshire, Sondra Thomson of Colchester, Bonnie Currier and her husband, Raymond, of Glover, and Stephanie Lesage and her husband, Peter, of Colchester. She also leaves her nephew Philip Brooks and his wife, Kelly, of Glover, as well as a number of great-nieces and -nephews.

She was predeceased by her parents, Philip and Gertrude Brooks; her brothers Neil and Alton Brooks; her sister Phyllis Amyot; and her nephew Douglas Brooks.

A private graveside service will be held at the Westlook Cemetery in Glover at the convenience of her family.

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Obituaries July 29, 2015

obit AldrichMarion Annie Aldrich

Marion Annie Aldrich, 91, of Brownington died peacefully on Friday, July 24, 2015, having had a long, happy life.

She was born on September 10, 1923, to Annie and Lyle “Mitch” Fox. She grew up in Brownington with her half-brothers Ted, Albert, and Archie Bellway.

She married Roderic Aldrich on March 29, 1939, and soon started a family. She was a wonderful mother to sons John, Michael, and Stephen, and her only daughter, Gail.

Ms. Aldrich worked hard for many years at American Maple and Selbar Weaving, both in Newport. For several years, she also was the Brownington school cook and owned and operated her own school bus.

She was dearly loved by many friends and neighbors, and was immensely loved by her family. Her dearest of friends were family such as her cousin Marjorie Blake and sisters-in-law Avis Joslyn, and Eileen Provost. She set a wonderful example as a wife who showed deep respect and devoted support to her husband of 58 years. Her ability to care for her family with beautiful, delicious meals was always greeted with excitement, and the way she would offer helpful advice and encouragement was trustworthy.

Missing her greatly will be her daughter-in-law Neta Aldrich of East Charleston; her sons: Michael Aldrich, and his wife, Claire, of Isle Lamotte, and Stephen Aldrich and his wife, Linda, of Brownington; her daughter Gail and her husband, Timothy McKenna, of Jericho; and nearly 50 grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and great-great-grandchildren.

She was predeceased by her husband and her son John.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. on Friday, July 31, at the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home at 4670 Darling Hill Road in Newport. Friends may call at the funeral home on Friday from 1 p.m., until the hour of the funeral. The burial will be held shortly after at Pleasant View Cemetery in Orleans, and will conclude with refreshments at the American Legion Post #23.

Online condolences at curtis-britch.com.

 

obit mckayMartha Ann Wellman McKay

Martha Wellman McKay died peacefully in her sleep at Wake Robin Retirement Community in Shelburne on June 12, 2015.

She was born on September 14, 1921, in a two-room house in Hereford, Texas, to Robert Elliott and Corinne Hopkins Elliott. Dust-bowl conditions prompted her family to move to Dallas, Texas, where her father began working for Ford Motor Company.

When she was nine, they moved to Minneapolis, Minnesota. During World War II, the family lived in Ann Arbor, Michigan, while her father was a superintendent at the nearby Willow Run bomber plant.

She received a bachelor of arts in biology from the University of Michigan during that time.

She also met First Lieutenant Thomas Jerome Wellman, who she married in August 1945.

Mr. Wellman’s career as a chemical salesman for DuPont meant frequent moves to Delaware, Cleveland, Ohio, Connecticut, California, New York, and California again.

Mrs. McKay was an active member of her church and volunteered in nonprofit organizations wherever she went.

The couple had a strong interest in music, singing in church choirs and attending the opera, symphony and ballet. They were both accomplished cooks and loved to entertain.

In the early 1960s, the family built a small camp on Lake Willoughby that became the family’s anchor throughout their marriage and travels.

After Mr. Wellman died in 1995, Mrs. McKay moved to the wonderful Wake Robin Retirement Community in Shelburne.

There, in 2000, she met and married Dr. R. James McKay, who established the pediatrics department at Fletcher-Allen Medical Center in Burlington, and who predeceased her in 2012. Mrs. McKay was also predeceased by her older brother, Robert, and younger sister, Dell Elliott.

She is survived by her daughter Brynn Raupagh and her husband, Paul; her son Keith Wellman; three grandchildren: Lisa McVety and her husband, David, Elliott Raupagh and his wife, Ariel, and Daniel Raupagh and his wife, Ruth; and three great-grandchildren as well as her McKay stepsons: Robert and his wife, Barbara, David, Daniel and his wife, Nancy, Timothy and his wife, Betsy, and their families, to whom she was equally devoted.

A memorial service will be held at Westmore Community Church on Wednesday, August 12, at 2 p.m. Interment will be a private, family-only event.

Donations in her name may be made to the Westmore Association Scholarship Fund, P.O. Box 143, Orleans, Vermont 05860.

 

obit merrickAddison H. Merrick

Addison Hoyt Merrick, 91, of Craftsbury died on July 21, 2015.

He was completely independent and active physically, intellectually and socially until shortly before his death of complications from injuries in a car accident. He was a teacher and a citizen, a lover of words and wood — a chainsaw-wielding poet and a liberal in the finest sense of the word.

He was born in Montclair, New Jersey, on August 2, 1923, the son of Elliott Tucker Merrick and Margaret Emma (Day) Merrick. The family spent summers in Ogunquit, Maine, where the Hoyt family had two huge mansions. One of these can still be spotted by the large metal H on the roof. The 17-year-old Mr. Merrick served as a chauffeur for one of the wealthy aunts, played tennis, and hiked up Mount Agimenticus. The place is now a resort town, jam-packed with tourists. Then, it was a “quiet little farming and fishing village,” in the words of Mr. Merrick’s brother. The natural world, rocks and beaches were the main features of the place. A walking path at water’s edge called the Marginal Way has a bench in memory of Mr. Merrick’s parents, his sister Margaret, and his niece Tucker.

Mr. Merrick’s family moved to St. Louis, Missouri, and sent him to a boarding school, Hebron Academy in Hebron, Maine, where he was part of a championship basketball team. He loved tennis, football and basketball as both an athlete and a fan. He was especially a fan of the Boston Celtics and the Denver Broncos.

Mr. Merrick was the youngest of four children. His brother Elliott Tucker Merrick III was 19 years older, the author of Green Mountain Farm and Northern Nurse among other books. Elliott Merrick came to Craftsbury and wrote about his back-to-the-land life during the Great Depression. Addison Merrick visited and fell in love with Craftsbury. His love of the place drove his career path and life after that. He moved back to Vermont in 1968 and built a stone house in Craftsbury where he lived until his death. He loved growing potatoes and corn, working in his woods, and floating on an air mattress in his pond.

He got a bachelor’s degree at Middlebury College in 1948, and later a PhD from Harvard University. He was not a humble man, but neither did he put on airs. He dressed like a woodsman and never allowed anyone to address him as Dr. Merrick, preferring to be called Ad or Addison, even by his grandchildren.

obit vets flagHe served in World War II as a radio operator in a B-29 bomber in the South Pacific. He was a staff sergeant in the U.S. Army Air Corps in the 883rd Bombardment Squadron. He earned a Distinguished Flying Cross. After the war he went back to Montclair and worked for the Montclair Times newspaper. He met Helen Peirce Ellis, and they were married on June 7, 1952.

The couple spent their first year of marriage on a fire tower in Montana, and later traveled west to live in a houseboat in Seattle, Washington.

The Merricks moved to Arlington, Massachusetts, and had two daughters. Mr. Merrick taught English and writing at the Lowell Technological Institute while he worked on his doctoral degree. Ms. Merrick and her brothers inherited a summer home in Tamworth, New Hampshire, that was in the Ellis family for 100 years.

Mr. Merrick played tennis in tournaments with family members of former U.S. President Grover Cleveland. He loved to drag his children, nieces and nephews out of bed at 4:30 a.m. to go kayaking on Great Hill Pond as quietly as possible to try to see the moose.

Mr. Merrick taught English literature at Johnson State College, including science fiction, fantasy, and Russian literature. After his retirement in the mid-1980s, he led a reading group consisting of neighbors and former students. He published poems in the Northern New England Review, the Green Mountain Review, the Chronicle, the Hardwick Gazette and others.

Later in life, he became interested in genealogy and traced his roots to three brothers who came from Wales in 1636. He became fascinated with an ancestor named Llywelyn who fought in the battle of Bosworth in 1485. A sword of Llywelyn’s hangs in a manor in Wales to this day.

Mr. Merrick was a champion of wilderness and donated regularly to nonprofit organizations that helped protect the natural environment. Even in later years, as his income dwindled, he considered himself middle class and gave money to dozens of causes.

Mr. Merrick leaves his daughters: Bethany Margaret Merrick Dunbar and her boyfriend, Jim Bowes, of West Glover, and Ann Elizabeth Merrick Harrington and her husband, Steve, of Burlington; four grandchildren: Tristan Dunbar, Katie Dunbar, Jamie Harrington and Willa Harrington; nephews: Austen Merrick of Harrisonville, Missouri, Bruce Mock of Wrightsville Beach, North Carolina, and Bill Ellis of Clifton, New Jersey; and nieces: Jolly Booth of South Bend, Indiana, Sue Merrick Hoover of Port Townsend, Washington, and Susan Ellis Kruckow and her husband, Jim, of Elmira, New York.

He was predeceased by his wife of 59 years; his parents; his brother Elliott Tucker Merrick III; his sisters: Josephine Mock and Margaret Halpin; his nieces: Tucker Halpin and Ann Mock; and by his nephew Kim Merrick.

Services will be held on September 6 with the Reverend Alan Parker at the United Church of Craftsbury Common at 2 p.m., with a celebration of his life afterwards at his home. Donations in his memory may be made to the Nature Conservancy at 27 State Street, Suite 4 in Montpelier, Vermont 05602.

Online condolences at curtis-britch.com.

 

obit Moore vetJohn R. Moore

John R. Moore, 83, of Troy, died on July 19, 2015, in Newport.

He was born on May 8, 1932, in Chicago, Illinois, to Reuel Moore and Elizabeth Mullin. On January 21, 1985, Mr. Moore married Mary Lou Peterson.

He served his country as a Marine in the U.S. military, serving in the Korean War, and he was a policeman for the Chicago Police Department. He was a member of the Knights of Columbus, North Troy chapter, and he enjoyed studying criminology and politics.

Mr. Moore is survived by his beloved wife, Mary Lou Huseby-Moore, of Troy.

He was predeceased by his brother James Moore.

obit vets flagFuneral services took place at 11 a.m. at the Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Troy, where a Mass will be celebrated on July 25.

Should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to the Tri Parish, 130 South Pleasant Street, Troy, Vermont 05868.

Online condolences at curtis-britch.com.

 

 

obit PotwinRosalie Lynn Potwin

Rosalie Lynn Potwin, 41, of Newport, died on July 26, 2015.

She was born on February 6, 1974, in Newport, to Donald Aiken and Mary Hoose. On August 30, 2013, she married Kenneth Potwin Sr.

She was a caregiver at ARIS Solutions in White River Junction. She loved to read, play bingo, crochet, fish, and watch soap operas. She also loved to take care of her mother. She loved her husband, Kenny, and enjoyed time with her grandchildren who loved her very much.

She is survived by her children: Dereck Collins and Amanda Collins, both of Newport; along with her two stepsons: Kenny Potwin Jr. and Devon Potwin, both of Island Pond. She is also survived by her grandchildren: Iziah, Ayriel, and Wyatt; by her brother Roger Aiken and his wife, Miranda, of South Carolina; her sister Joyce Jenness and her husband, Don, of Newport; her half sister Shirley Rose of St. Albans; and several nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by her twin brothers Ray and Roy Aiken, her brother Rocky, and by her sister Bonnie Sargent.

A graveside service will be held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, August 8, at the Coventry Village Cemetery in Coventry.

Contributions in her memory may be made to the family in care of Pamala LaRock, P.O. Box 538, East Barre, Vermont 05649. A potluck supper will follow the graveside service at her sister Joyce Jenness’ home at 704 Clyde Street in Newport.

Online condolences at curtis-britch.com.

 

 

obit SnyderJohn Philip Snyder

John Philip Snyder of Wilmington, Delaware, and Morgan died on July 18, 2015, at the age of 73.

He was born in 1941 in Sunbury, Pennsylvania, and later moved to New Jersey where he graduated from Metuchen High School. He received a bachelor of arts degree from the University of Maryland and a master’s degree in Asian studies from Seton Hall University.

In 1959 he joined the Air Force, through which he studied the Chinese language at Yale University and then worked as a translator, stationed in Japan. As an astute businessman and skilled linguist, fluent in both Chinese and Japanese, he began a career in international sales with the Westinghouse Corporation in Japan. He later worked at Sanyo Business Systems, which allowed him additional travel throughout Asia.

After moving to Delaware in 2010, he taught Chinese Conversation at Osher Lifelong Learning Institute, where he was thrilled to share his interest in, and lifelong passion for, the language and cultures of China and Japan.

Mr. Snyder was a multi-talented individual with diverse interests. From his youth until the recent past, he enjoyed working on construction projects, renovating homes, making furniture, and his most impressive effort, the construction of an expansive bridge across his creek in Morgan. Moreover, he never hesitated to help others with electrical work, plumbing or carpentry.

His other interests included a deep love of music, ranging from bluegrass to classic rock to opera. He also enjoyed collecting antiques and had an extensive collection of Asian and American art. He took great pleasure challenging himself by trying to identify and translate marks on his Chinese and Japanese paintings, scrolls and porcelains. However, his greatest joy in life was fresh water fishing, especially at his home in Morgan, a place he cherished for its beauty, tranquility and long lasting friendships.

He is survived by his mother, Jean Catherine Snyder; his brother Jeffrey Bruce Snyder; his wife of 49 years, Therese Snyder; their three sons and their families: David and his wife, Mary Benson Snyder, Gary and his wife, Jessica Johner Snyder, and Erich and his wife, Lauren Saracene; three granddaughters: Alexandra, Chloe, and Morgan; as well as several beloved in-laws, nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by his father, John H. Snyder, and his brother Joel David Snyder.

The family has requested that as a condolence, donations be made to the Morgan Historical Society, P.O. Box 113, Morgan, Vermont 05853.

 

 

obit SpauldingMarilyn Spaulding

Marilyn Spaulding, 82, of St Johnsbury died on July 18, 2015.

Born in Barton on August 26, 1932, she was the daughter of the late Garold and Margaret (Morrison) Wright and graduated from Orleans High School.

Ms. Spaulding and her husband, Gordon Spaulding, were married in Orleans on December 6, 1958.

She met her husband while working at New England Telephone in St. Johnsbury, where she continued working until the birth of her son. She found great joy in life in her roles as wife and mother, grandmother and great-grandmother.

In later years she worked for Hovey’s Department Store until its closing, and volunteered with the auxiliary of the Northeastern Vermont Regional Hospital (NVRH) for many years until retiring in 2014. The many people that she met at Hovey’s and in the NVRH Auxiliary were very dear to her. The Spauldings were good members of the North Congregational Church.

She is survived by her grandson Michael Spaulding and Amanda Halle of Warner, New Hampshire; her granddaughter Elise Kent and her husband, William, of Lawrence, Massachusetts; her great-grandchildren: Kae Spaulding, Evan Kent and Jocelyn Oliver; and two sisters: Arlene Wright of St Johnsbury, and Paula Moloney and her husband, Charles, of Marshfield, Massachusetts.

She was predeceased by her beloved husband in November 2014, and by her dear son Todd Spaulding, in February 2015.

Funeral services were held at the Sayles Funeral Home on Saturday, July 25 at 11. The Reverend William Cotte officiated. Burial followed at the Mount Pleasant Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be directed to the volunteers at NVRH Auxiliary, 1315 Hospital Drive, St. Johnsbury, Vermont 05819, or to the North Congregational Church at 1325 Main Street, St. Johnsbury, Vermont 05819.

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On pulling rabbits out of hats – adventures with balsamic vinegar

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Twenty years ago people were lucky to find balsamic vinegar on the grocery shelf.  Now trendy tasting bars offer dozens of different balsamics.  Customers can taste samples in small cups or on squares of French bread, then choose the size bottle they want.  Even supermarkets now offer an assortment of grades and prices.  Photo by Elizabeth Trail

Twenty years ago people were lucky to find balsamic vinegar on the grocery shelf. Now trendy tasting bars offer dozens of different balsamics. Customers can taste samples in small cups or on squares of French bread, then choose the size bottle they want. Even supermarkets now offer an assortment of grades and prices. Photo by Elizabeth Trail

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by Elizabeth Trail

“Try this, you won’t believe it,” said my mother, pushing a small bowl of thinly sliced strawberries toward me. She had the look on her face of someone about to pull a rabbit out of a hat.

I plop food on a plate; my mother creates edible art. I eyed the berries skeptically. These were in a footed glass bowl, garnished with a sprig of mint. The fruit looked dark and glossy, but the lighter inner parts were slightly orange, and there was undeniably a brown liquid in the bottom of the bowl. Not a color I usually associate with summer fruit salad, however elegantly presented.

Mom couldn’t hold the secret for long.”

“It’s balsamic vinegar,” she said triumphantly. “It makes the strawberries taste incredible.

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Melissa Mount and Steffie head to the Nationals

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In mid-July, Steffie took reserve champion in Open Training Level Dressage at the Arabian Horse Association Regional Horse Show in Springfield, Massachusetts.  She also placed in the top five in the amateur division.   Photo courtesy of Melissa Mount

In mid-July, Steffie took reserve champion in Open Training Level Dressage at the Arabian Horse Association Regional Horse Show in Springfield, Massachusetts. She also placed in the top five in the amateur division. Photo courtesy of Melissa Mount

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by Tena Starr  

NEWPORT — Melissa Mount of Westfield got her first pony when she was three years old. It was a Shetland, a small pony, which is the reason parents tend to buy them for children — despite the fact that they have anything but a cooperative nature.

The romance with horses ends for many kids as they become adolescent, but not for Melissa Mount. Somewhere in her youth, she got hooked on dressage, and now she and her eight-year-old Arabian mare are headed for the national championships in North Carolina, to be held in September.

The pair has qualified, which puts them among a small number of Vermonters who have done well enough at that demanding sport to get to the nationals.

On July 11, Ms. Mount and Steffie (registered name Profit’s Sweet Steps) took reserve champion in…To read the rest of this article, and all the Chronicle‘s stories, subscribe:

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Merrick dies from injuries related to crash

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Addison Merrick (left) and his longtime friend Seymour Leven were captured together in a video made last year.  Photo by Catherine Dunbar

Addison Merrick (left) and his longtime friend Seymour Leven were captured together in a video made last year. Photo by Catherine Dunbar

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by Joseph Gresser

Addison Merrick of Craftsbury died at the University of Vermont Medical Center on Tuesday, July 21, from the effects of a traffic accident a few days earlier.

According to a press release from State Trooper Steven Fauteux, Mr. Merrick was headed north on Route 14 in Craftsbury around 5:15 p.m. He attempted a left turn onto the Wild Branch Road, but turned into oncoming traffic.

Mr. Merrick’s 2000 Subaru Legacy collided head on with a Honda truck driven by Scott Smith, 57, of Hardwick. His car was totaled, while Mr. Smith’s truck sustained front-end damage.

No injuries to Mr. Smith were reported by Trooper Fauteux, but Mr. Merrick was transported to Copley Hospital in Morrisville, and then to Burlington.

Mr. Merrick was 91 years old, and a well-respected member of the Craftsbury community where he often taught classes on…To read the rest of this article, and all the Chronicle‘s stories, subscribe:

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Lake Willoughby is deeper than previously thought

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Arthur Brooks at his home on Lake Willoughby.  Mr. Brooks has spent three or four summers measuring the lake and discovered that it’s at least 337 feet deep, although the state map says it’s 308 feet at its deepest point.  Photos by Tena Starr

Arthur Brooks at his home on Lake Willoughby. Mr. Brooks has spent three or four summers measuring the lake and discovered that it’s at least 337 feet deep, although the state map says it’s 308 feet at its deepest point. Photos by Tena Starr

copyright the Chronicle July 29, 2015

by Tena Starr  

WESTMORE — Lake Willoughby is deep, but until recently just how deep it is has been questionable. State watershed maps say it’s 308 feet at its deepest point.

Arthur Brooks differs. For three or four summers, Mr. Brooks has been traversing Willoughby in his boat taking depth measurements, and has found its deepest point to be 337 feet, making it the deepest lake entirely in Vermont. Lake Champlain is deeper, but part of it is in New York.

Mr. Brooks and his wife, Ann, spend their summers on Lake Willoughby, and he is currently president of the Westmore Association. He’s retired now, but for about 40 years the couple lived…To read the rest of this article, and all the Chronicle‘s stories, subscribe:

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