At LR Rocks: Live experience cultures young performers


April Streeter shows off the electric guitar she played live for the first time.  Photos by Nathalie Gagnon-Joseph

April Streeter shows off the electric guitar she played live for the first time. Photos by Nathalie Gagnon-Joseph

copyright the Chronicle February 25, 2015

by Nathalie Gagnon-Joseph

COVENTRY — April Streeter, 15, is no stranger to singing in public, but Saturday night’s LR Rocks showcase at Parker Pie Wings did include a first for her — a whirl on the electric guitar in front of a live audience.

“It’s kind of a rush,” she said. “It’s really fun to get up there. The energy is really great, especially in places like this.”

Parker Pie Wings had set up the concert venue on one side of its bar. The smaller space created a packed atmosphere for the 100 people in attendance.

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Your GPS sent you where?


Backroads are beautiful but can be hard to drive on.  Photo courtesy of Heidi Myers/the Dirty 40

Backroads are beautiful but can be hard to drive on. Photo courtesy of Heidi Myers/the Dirty 40

copyright the Chronicle February 25, 2015

by Natalie Hormilla

WESTFIELD — Here’s an increasingly familiar scenario: Friends, or strangers, visiting from elsewhere are stuck on a back road and need help.

Which road? you ask.

They say the name, and you can only wonder why on Earth they would choose an unplowed, class four road as the best option for getting to your house.

The GPS said so, they explain.

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In girls basketball: Rangers shut down Yellow Jackets 45-34


Tyrah Urie, who led all scorers with 25 points, gets out on the break.  “I've been focusing on finishing at the basket,” Urie said.  “So tonight I worked really hard on finishing.”  Photos by David Dudley

Tyrah Urie, who led all scorers with 25 points, gets out on the break. “I’ve been focusing on finishing at the basket,” Urie said. “So tonight I worked really hard on finishing.” Photos by David Dudley

copyright the Chronicle February 25, 2015

by David Dudley

Editor’s note: The following is an account of a game that took place Friday. The following Monday, the LR girls beat Lyndon Institute (LI) at a play-off game at the Barre Auditorium, to advance to the final four for division II girls basketball for the state of Vermont. The last time the LR girls were in a division II final was 1974. Monday’s game saw LI dominate, sometimes by as much as ten points, until the final 35 seconds of play, when the LR girls scored a quick eight points to win, 45-43. The LR girls will play again in Barre on Saturday, at 3:45 p.m., against whoever wins the other semi-final game Wednesday night, either Fair Haven or Mill River. “Both the kids and the fans last night were phenomenal,” said Coach Joe Houston.

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Haskell library invites public for special day March 3


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The Haskell Free Library in Derby Line and Stanstead, Quebec, invites families to stop by on Tuesday, March 3, to celebrate Take Your Child to the Library Day (TYCLD). There will be activities and giveaways of all sorts throughout the day and a special, all-ages story time at 10:30 a.m.

TYCLD is an annual library awareness event that began in Connecticut in 2011 and quickly spread nationwide. TYCLD showcases what libraries are doing for children and raises public awareness of the importance of library services to children. This is one of the few days in the school year that local schools on both sides of the border are not in session and the Haskell hopes many families will attend.

All library programs are free of charge.

For more information, stop by the library, or contact librarian Nancy Rumery at (802) 873-3022, or follow the Haskell on Facebook or visit — from the Haskell Free Library.

For more things to do, see Things to Do in the Northeast Kingdom.


Obituaries February 25, 2015

obit ballMary Jean Ball

Mary Jean Ball, 69, of Newport died peacefully in her sleep on February 16, 2015, in Newport.

She was born on September 18, 1945, in Hanover, New Hampshire, to Harold and Regina (McCabe) Frost. She was raised by her mom and loved by her stepfather, Earl Thompson, who died on February 17, 2015.

In 1974, she married the love of her life, Edward Ball Sr., who predeceased her in 1982.

At one time, she was a very active member of the Montpelier branch of the Mormon church. She graduated magna cum laude from Vermont College in 1983 with an associate’s degree in nursing and became a registered nurse. She worked for a few years at Dumont Nursing home in Morrisville.

She was an outspoken advocate for people with mental illness. Recently, she enjoyed knitting, crocheting, needlepoint, quilting, arts and crafts, writing, and baking. She had a kind soul and an extremely strong will to live. She loved her family immensely.

She was a proud mother of two children, her son Edward Ball II and her daughter Catherine Ball Becher, both of Broomfield, Colorado. She was known fondly as Grammy Ball by her three grandchildren: Grant, Burke, and Mara Becher.

She is also survived her son-in-law Dane Becher, also of Broomfield; and by her siblings: Harold and his wife, Bev Frost, of Sheffield, and Barb and her husband, Dave Mitchell, of Fair Haven, Massachusetts; an especially close nephew, Harry Frost, of Sheffield, as well as her nephew Matt Mitchell of Portland, Oregon; and by her niece Sara and her husband, Joan Cabañas, of New Bedford, Massachusetts.

She had many lifelong friends, but a few who were especially near and dear to her heart, who survive her, are Joan and Skip Lamere of Waterbury, and Harriet Beattie of Lancaster, New Hampshire. She also was grateful for her friendship with Nikki Carpenter of Johnson.

She lived her life with great determination and courage despite many serious physical health challenges. She once wrote, “When I look upon my final sunset I want to feel that inner peace that comes with having done my very best at life.”

At her request, there will be no ceremony. Later this year, her ashes will be interred next to her beloved husband at Green Mountain Cemetery in Montpelier.

Steven Keith Dentel

Steven Keith Dentel died on February 18, 2015, after a long struggle with prostate cancer, which he faced with his signature mix of humor and scientific analysis.

He was born on November 4, 1951, in Washington, D.C., to Keith and Marcene (Chudomelka) Dentel, and grew up in suburban Virginia. He received his undergraduate degree in mechanical engineering from Brown University and master and Ph.D. degrees in environmental engineering from Cornell University.

He was a professor of civil and environmental engineering at the University of Delaware (UD), where he was a teacher and researcher for over 30 years. He was well known in his field as an expert in water and biosolids treatment processes. He was instrumental in the creation of an undergraduate major in environmental engineering at UD and in 2006 became the faculty advisor for the newly formed Engineers Without Borders (EWB) chapter at the university. Known as Dr. Steve to his EWB students, he traveled to Cameroon 11 times, working with EWB and community members to build water systems in two villages and was designated a “Prince and Village Notable” by the people of Bakang II, Bamendjou. His experience with Engineers Without Borders served as a catalyst for his research on water and sanitation issues in the developing world. Most recently, he received funding from the Gates Foundation to explore the use of water-permeable membranes in latrines as a means of limiting pathogens in ground water. This innovative treatment is currently being tested in India and, if successful, could have a significant impact on sanitation processes in the developing world.

He was a loving, funny, smart, adventurous man devoted to making the world a better place. As a member of the City of Newark Conservation Advisory Commission for 15 years, including ten years as chairman, he advocated for recycling, green energy, and passage of Newark’s anti-idling ordinance. He was also active in local Democratic politics and served as chairman of the twenty-fifth district for a number of years.

His passion for travel took him to more than 30 countries during his lifetime for both work and pleasure. He had a great love of beautiful places around the world, but perhaps his favorite place to be was spending time with family and friends at the family cottage on Lake Willoughby in Vermont.

He received recognition for his work over the years and most recently was awarded the Order of the First State, Delaware’s highest civilian honor, by Governor Jack Markell. In 2014, he was awarded the inaugural Steven K. Dentel AEESP Award for Global Outreach by the Association of Environmental Engineering and Science Professors.

He is survived by his partner in life of 34 years, Carol Post; two sons: Aaron Dentel-Post and Colin Dentel-Post; Colin’s wife, Crystal Woodford; and by his brother William Keith Dentel and his wife, Jan Kinney. He is also survived by a wide circle of friends, colleagues, and students who will deeply miss his quirky sense of humor, thoughtful analysis, and loving spirit.

He was predeceased by his parents and a brother, Richard Keith Dentel.

A memorial service will be held at 5 p.m. on Thursday, March 5, in the Loudis Recital Hall of the Amy E. DuPont Music Building, at 100 Orchard Road at the University of Delaware, in Newark, Delaware 19711.

In lieu of flowers, contributions in his memory may be made to the Steven K. Dentel AEESP Award for Global Outreach endowment fund at; or to Engineers Without Borders at the University of Delaware. Checks may be made to University of Delaware with “Engineers Without Borders in Memory of Steve Dentel” in the memo line, and sent to the University of Delaware, Gifts Processing, 83 East Main Street, Third Floor, Newark, Delaware 19716, or at (select “other” and fill in “Engineers Without Borders in Memory of Steve Dentel”).

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obit farnhamElwin Roy Farnham

Elwin Roy Farnham, 93, affectionately known as “Red” to his many friends, died on February 15, 2015, in Fairfax, Virginia, after a period of declining health.

He was born on January 29, 1922, in North Troy, to the late George Arthur and Eva May Willey Farnham.

He proudly served his country as a member of the Army Air Force in Natal, Brazil, during World War II.

In 1947, he married Muriel Benoit, also a native of North Troy. They settled in East Hartford, Connecticut, and later, Manchester, Connecticut, to raise their family.

He was employed for 35 years in Department 954 of Pratt and Whitney Aircraft. In addition, he worked for Dzen Farms in South Windsor, Connecticut, for over 40 years. During his later years, he was known as the “Old Man” who loved to help families pick out their Christmas trees.

He leaves behind four children: Dana and his wife, Pamala Farnham of Normal, Illinois, Shelley and her husband, Jeffrey Hilber, of Vienna, Virginia, Mary and her husband, Harold Wong, of Dove Canyon, California, and Gregory and his husband, Christopher Varga, of Glen Ridge, New Jersey. His legacy includes six grandchildren: Courtney and her husband, Todd Baker, Caitlin Hilber, Stephen Hilber and his fiancée, Alexandra Bullard, Maya Wong, Megan and Rachel Varga-Farnham; and four great-grandchildren. He is survived by his sister Barbara Rabun of San Diego, California; his brother Bruce Farnham of Richmond; as well as by numerous nieces, nephews, and friends.

He was predeceased by his wife, Muriel, in 2001; his brothers: Maurice and Lynn Farnham; and by his sisters: Wilma Farnham and Louise Farnham Sargent.

A private graveside service will be held at a later date in Vermont.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made online at Capital Caring,, or mailed to Capital Caring Resource Development-Donor Services, 2900 Telestar Court, Falls Church, Virginia 22042.

obit hebertMichael P. Hebert

Michael P. Hebert Sr., 67, of Norfolk, Virginia, died on February 20, 2015.

He was born in Barton. He was a 1965 graduate of Newport High School.

He served with the U. S. Navy aboard the destroyer USS Robert A. Owens (DD827) based in Norfolk, and was a member of the Robert A. Owens Shipmates Association. After his naval service, he worked as an HVAC (heating, ventilation, and air conditioning) mechanic for 45 years and the last 19 years at Behrends Mechanical Inc.

His hobbies included gardening, estate sales, and collecting various items. He was an avid NASCAR fan, loved Westerns, movie classics, musicals, big band music, oldies, and dancing. He enjoyed going to his family’s reunions in Vermont.

He is survived by his wife of 45 years, Margaret Poynter Hebert; his daughter Kristie Johnson and her husband, Ricky, of Alexandria, Virginia; his son Michael P. Hebert Jr. and his wife, Vanessa, of Chesapeake, Virginia; his grandchildren: Reagan, Gabrielle, Marlena, Nicholas, and Katelynn; his brothers: Ronald Hebert and his wife, Anne, and Rodney Hebert of New Hampshire, Phillip Hebert and his wife, Sallie, of Montana, Terry Hebert and his wife, Joyce, Dennis Hebert, and Craig Hebert and his wife, Martha, all of Vermont; his sister Pam Hebert of Vermont; his brother-in-law Ransom Adams and his wife, Becky, of Ohio; and by many other loving family members and friends.

He was predeceased by his mother and father, Cecile and Antonin Hebert, of Newport; his sister Charmaine Adams of Ohio; and by a brother, Robert Hebert, of Virginia.

Funeral services with military honors were held on February 24, in Norfolk.

In lieu of flowers, please make memorial contributions to the American Cancer Society in his name.

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obit JennessKenneth L. Jenness

Kenneth Leo Jenness, 95, died on February 20, 2015, at his home in Morgan, surrounded by four generations of his loving family.

He was one of eight children — two girls and six boys. He was born in Barton on December 9, 1919. He married Ruby Josephine Petelle of Holland on July 15, 1942, in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho. He received a bachelor of science degree from Lyndon State College in 1967.

Mr. Jenness served in the United States Army in World War II with the 18th Airways Detachment, supporting the “Flying Tigers” at air bases in Kunming and Luliang, China. In the years following the war, he owned and operated the Morgan Corner Store and served as the town’s postmaster. In 1948, he joined the Vermont National Guard and was commissioned a 2nd Lieutenant. After the National Guard was ordered to active duty, he served in the regular Army for three years with the 172nd Infantry Regiment in Germany and for three years as recruiting officer on Okinawa, Japan.

He also served two tours in Korea: one with the United Nations Military Armistice Command at Panmunjon (on the DMZ), and the second in Seoul as officer-in-charge, Pacific Stars and Stripes-Korea. He served three years with the infantry training center at Fort Jackson in Columbia, South Carolina, and three years as the public information officer at Fort Devens, Massachusetts. On May 31, 1966, he retired with the rank of major. Among his awards and decorations are the Bronze Star, the World War II Victory Medal with three overseas bars, the Army of Occupation (Germany) Medal, the Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Ribbon, the Army Combat Infantry Badge, the American Defense Medal, and Army Commendation Medal.

After retiring from the Army, he built a large family home in Brattleboro and for 15 years taught at Brattleboro Union High School. For 12 of those years, he conducted an after-school driver’s education program at the Austine School for the Deaf. He also worked at the state level, developing an alcohol education program to be incorporated into the driver’s education curriculum. He retired from teaching in June of 1980.

Upon retirement from teaching, he built another large home, this time on Seymour Lake. He served the town of Morgan for many years as selectman and delinquent tax collector. He belonged to the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post #798 in Newport and served two tours as commander. He was especially proud of his work to feed the homeless and indigent. He and his wife enjoyed square dancing for many years and traveled extensively around the world before settling down. Mr. Jenness enjoyed his woodworking projects, his raspberry patch, his woods, and his family.

He is survived by his wife, Ruby; six children: Sonia M. Stockard and her husband, Walter, of Alexandria, Virginia, Karen O. McCormack and her husband, Frank, of Pickens, South Carolina, Kenni E. Freire and her husband, Paul, of Clearwater, Florida, Michael J. Jenness and his wife, Barbara Peterson, of Palm Harbor, Florida, Krystal R. Jenness of Fairfax, and Matthew T. Jenness of Shelton, Connecticut; his sister Dorothy Dunn Parmalee of Tupper Lake, New York; as well as by 14 grandchildren and 19 great-grandchildren.

He was predeceased by five brothers and one sister.

A wonderful person just left me on February 20 — I am his wife, Ruby. He was a loving husband in every way, a wonderful father to six whom he taught so much, a friend to many and a neighbor. He leaves me, the only promise he ever broke. I will miss him forever. Until we meet again.

The family will receive friends from 4 to 7 p.m. on February 27, at the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home, at 4670 Darling Hill Road in Newport. A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated at 11 a.m. on Saturday, February 28, at St. Edward’s Catholic Church in Derby Line.

In lieu of flowers, donations in his memory may be made to the Morgan Historical Society, P.O. Box 113, Morgan, Vermont 05853.

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obit LabountyAlpha Merl Labounty

Alpha Merl Labounty, 99, of Irasburg died on February 22, 2015, in Derby.

She was born on January 10, 1916, in Albany, to Harlow and Ora (Decker) Ingalls.

She married Karl Labounty, who predeceased her on July 11, 1985.

She loved gardening and growing strawberries and raspberries. She also enjoyed spending time with her grandson Karl and her great-grandchildren. She also enjoyed hunting, fishing and trapping with her late husband, watching soap operas, and going for drives through the countryside.

She was a member of the Community Circle of Community National Bank.

When she was 12 years old, she helped raise her brothers and sisters when her father died.

She is survived by her daughter Lorraine Adams of Newport; her grandson Karl Loukes and his wife, Christy, of Newport; six great-grandchildren: Holly, Cody, Alexis, Hannah, Kloie, and Karl Jr.; and by one great-great-granddaughter, Paisley Fortin. She is also survived by her brothers: Richard Ingalls and his wife, Mary, of Albany, Maurice Ingalls of Irasburg, and Harlow Ingalls of California.

She was predeceased by her daughter Ann Buttendorf; and by her siblings: Fern Ukrijs, Helen Sanville, Arlene Ingalls, and Patrick Ingalls.

A graveside service will be held in the spring at the Irasburg Cemetery.

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obit MingWilliam H. “Bill” Ming

William H. “Bill” Ming, 86, of Island Pond died on February 19, 2015, in Lebanon, New Hampshire.

He was born on April 29, 1928, in Island Pond to John and Alice Ming.

On May 28, 1949, he married Beth Moutlon, who survives him.

He was a veteran of World War II. He was the owner of Ming’s Sales and Service in Island Pond for many years.

He loved his John Deere and Kubota. He enjoyed snowmobiling, grooming the trails, and was a founding member of the Brighton Snowmobile Club. He formally owned the Brighton Gas Service where he sold Polaris snowmobiles and four-wheelers. He enjoyed family time and working with the public.

He is survived by his wife, Beth Ming, of Island Pond; his children: Gary Ming and his wife, Phyllis, and Larry Ming and his wife, Sylvie, all of Island Pond; his grandchildren: Nicholas, Jenny, Jennifer, Brandy and Derek; and by eight great-grandchildren.

He was predeceased by his brother Donald Ming.

Funeral services were held on February 21, in Island Pond. Spring interment with full military honors will be at Lakeside Cemetery in Island Pond.

Should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to the Brighton Fire Department, 102 Railroad Street, Island Pond, Vermont 05846.

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obit thompsonYvette Elaine Thompson

Yvette Elaine Thompson, 69, of Derby died unexpectedly on Monday morning, February 16, 2015, at her winter residence in Scottsdale Arizona.

She was born in Newport on July 14, 1945, to Aime and Gertrude-Gagne Parenteau. She was raised in Newport Center. She was married to Laurence Thompson on May 30, 1968, and they made their home in Derby. After retirement in 2010, they began wintering in the warmer climates of Arizona.

Being a wife and mother filled her life with an overwhelming love and joy, and she enjoyed all it brought to her life. She liked to stay active and worked at several local businesses over the years, including the Pick & Shovel’s pet shop. She enjoyed gardening, dancing, crafts such as wood and rock carving, travel, decorating, and going for walks. She was a great cook and a wonderful host. But what she loved most was the time with her family, especially her grandchildren. She attended their school and sports events when she could, and enjoyed things like taking the kids to visit the elk farm, picking strawberries, swimming in the pool, watching them play a spirited game of whiffle ball in the yard, and eating Sunday brunch at The East Side together.

She is survived by her husband of 46 years, Laurence Thompson of Derby; her son Todd Thompson and daughter-in-law Danielle of Enfield, New Hampshire; her grandchildren: Sydney, Connor, and Zachary Thompson of Enfield; her brother Albert Parenteau of Plainfield, Connecticut; her sister Mary Jane Malouin and her husband, George, of Scottsdale, Arizona; her in-laws: Kenneth Thompson and his wife, Nancy, of Rutland, Susan Blair of Claremont, New Hampshire, Jane Thompson of Milton, Betty Thompson of Rutland, Lois Brock and her husband, Colin, of Newport, Carlton Thompson and his wife, Sandra, of Milton, Mary Choquette of North Clarendon, and Wanda Gosselin and her husband, Andrew, of Derby; as well as by many nieces, nephews, and family members. She was also fortunate to be surrounded by good friends and neighbors in both Vermont and Arizona.

She was predeceased by her parents; her sister Theresa Laflin; her mother- and father-in-law, Grace and Kenneth Thompson; her sister-in-law Yvette Parenteau; and by her brothers-in-law: Bruce Roy Laflin, Herbert Blair, and Philip Choquette.

All that knew her, loved her, and she will be dearly missed. The gift of her life and the memories shared are treasures that will last forever and live on in the hearts of all who knew her.

A celebration of her life was held at the Road Runner Lake Resort in Scottsdale on February 19. Memorial services in Vermont will be held at a later date.

Should friends desire, contributions in her memory may be made to the Mary Ellen Wright Halo Foundation, 1071 Upper Quarry Road, Newport, Vermont 05855.

obit UrieJohn R. Urie Sr.

John R. Urie Sr., 95, of West Glover died on February 22, 2015, in Newport.

He was born on May 17, 1919, in Glover to Ernest and Mae (Coumer) Urie.

He was a veteran of World War II. He was a dairy farmer for many years in West Glover.

He married Pearl Louis Richardson, who survives him.

He was a member of the American Legion in Barton, a former lister, selectman of Glover, in rural conservation and development, and director of Co-op Insurance Company of Vermont. He enjoyed traveling, snowmobiling, fishing, dancing, partying, woodworking, sugar making, working in the woods, and he loved family gatherings, and he was a justice of the peace.

He is survived by his wife, Pearl Urie, of Glover; his children: John Urie Jr. and his companion, Virginia Brown, of West Glover, Caroline Langmaid and her husband, Francis, of Bellows Falls, Bonnie Ingalls of West Glover, and Dennis Ingalls and his wife, Sherri, of West Glover; and by 12 grandchildren, several great-grandchildren, and three great-great-grandchildren. He is also survived by his brother Bernard Urie and his wife, Elaine; his sisters: Harriet King and her husband, Donald, and Beverly Grant; his sister-in-law Ellen Urie; and by several nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by his first wife, Yvonne; his daughter Gloria Urie; his brothers: Edwin and Howard; and by his sister Mary Ellen Knapp.

Friends may call from 4 to 7 p.m. on Thursday, February 26, at the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home, at 4670 Darling Hill Road in Newport, where funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Friday, February 27, with the Reverend Timothy Naples officiating.

Should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to the Glover Fire Department and Ambulance Service, in care of Donna Sweeney, 51 Bean Hill Road, Glover, Vermont 05839.

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obit wrightGerald “Nick” Edward Wright

Gerald “Nick” Edward Wright, 45, of Warner, New Hampshire, died suddenly on February 18, 2015.

He was born in St. Johnsbury on April 29, 1969, the son of Russell H. Wright and Mary Ryan Wright.

He was a meat cutter at Market Basket in Warner and also worked for many years as a chef at Bricker’s restaurant in Claremont, New Hampshire, and Perry’s Boathouse in Newbury, New Hampshire.

He loved life and lived each day with a passion. He left a lasting impression on all those who met him. He enjoyed reading, fishing, bowling, going to movies and long conversations with his new found love, Ellen.

He is survived by his wonderful girlfriend, Ellen Manning of Warner; his uncle Michael Ryan and his family of Shaftsbury; his aunt Margaret “Peggy” Moulton and her family of Coventry; and by many cousins and friends.

He was predeceased by his mother, Mary Ryan Wright, when he was three months old and his grandparents, who were his second parents, Gerald “Joe” and Veda Ryan of Derby.

Friends may call at the Chadwick Funeral Home in New London, New Hampshire, on Saturday, February 28, from 1 to 5 p.m. A service will be held at 3 p.m. with The Reverend Robert Biron, pastor of Our Lady of Fatima Church in New London, officiating. Burial will be in St. Edward’s Cemetery in Derby Line, in the spring.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Warner Rescue Squad, P.O. Box 64, Warner, New Hampshire 03278.


Sanders calls for a political revolution


Senator Bernie Sanders makes a point during a community meeting at Lyndon State College Monday afternoon.  Photo by Joseph Gresser

Senator Bernie Sanders makes a point during a community meeting at Lyndon State College Monday afternoon. Photo by Joseph Gresser

copyright the Chronicle February 18, 2015

by Joseph Gresser

LYNDONVILLE — The U.S. needs a “political revolution” to rebuild a vibrant democracy, said U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders Monday afternoon.

“What I mean is not to burn down buildings or shoot people,” Senator Sanders said. He urged the approximately 75 students, faculty, and members of the public who gathered at Lyndon State College to become engaged in the political process and especially to vote.

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NEK Ice Fishing Derby draws 720 competitors


Masyn Harvey of Orleans struggles to hold up this whopper.  He caught it in Lake Memphremagog on Saturday.  Photo by David Dudley

Masyn Harvey of Orleans struggles to hold up this whopper. He caught it in Lake Memphremagog on Saturday. Photo by David Dudley

copyright the Chronicle February 18, 2015

by David Dudley

DERBY — Hundreds of enthusiastic ice fishermen braved the weekend’s bitter cold to participate in the eleventh annual Northeast Kingdom Ice Fishing Derby.   Sub-zero temperatures didn’t discourage people from setting their shanties up on lakes Willoughby, Memphremagog, Crystal, and Shadow, among others.

What compels people to go outside in such brutal conditions?

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Snowboarders compete at Jay Peak


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Walker Farley catches air and twists his board under him, a trick called a shifty, on his way to taking tenth place at the state slope style competitions at Jay Peak on February 12. He was the highest scoring man on the North Country Union High School team. Photos by Joseph Gresser

copyright the Chronicle February 18, 2015

by Joseph Gresser

JAY PEAK — The last high school snowboard competition before the state championships drew 70 boarders to Jay Peak Thursday afternoon, February 12. Judges rated riders as they performed tricks on a slope style course that included three jumps and a pair of boxes.

The event is judged according to both the difficulty of aerial maneuvers performed by the riders and the quality of their execution, said Natalie Guillette, who coaches the North Country Union High School team.

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Obituaries February 18, 2015

obit DoncasterWayne E. Doncaster Sr.

Wayne E. Doncaster Sr., 89, of Irasburg died peacefully on February 10, 2015, in Newport.

He was born on April 7, 1925, in Derby, to Vernon and Annie (Aiken) Doncaster.

In 1952, he married Elizabeth Rhodes, who survives him.

As a young farmer on the home farm in Derby on Salem Lake, he milked cows by hand, worked with horses in the hayfield, and in the woods logging. He attended a one-room schoolhouse, and left high school early to work on the family farm with his mother while his father was away working as a master machinist. When tractors came to the area he was one of the first to have a hay baler and worked as a custom baler for many farmers. He ran a successful Christmas tree business with his father. After he married, he was hired as herdsman at Eagle Point Farm.

In 1956, he and his wife purchased Hillandale Farm and have lived and worked there ever since. He was an avid gardener and he loved music. He played the steel guitar, accordion, guitar, the bones, and piano. He loved calling square dances and playing music with family and friends. He also loved family gatherings, being outdoors, fishing as a young boy on Salem Lake, and he was a history buff, especially about World War II. Education was important to him. He earned his GED diploma, took a course in animal husbandry at the University of Connecticut, and studied music later on in life.

He was a member of the Vermont State Guard, Company B, 3rd Division. He was active in 4-H as a club leader, the Parent Teacher Association, the Grange, and he was a member of St. Mark’s Episcopal Church. He was a maple sugar maker for many years. With his wife, they established Warebrook Kennel, during which time they bred champion St. Bernards. He had a robust sense of humor and was well known for his wisdom, patience, fairness, and generosity. He was an excellent herd manager and developed a registered herd of Jerseys that are descended from the original animals that came with Hillandale Farm. He took great joy in his farm — his cows, the land, and the historic buildings. He carefully retrofitted the 1875 barn for use as a modern dairy and was recognized by the Vermont Department of Historic Preservation and the Vermont Department of Agriculture with a “Barn Again” award for his work. Hillandale Farm and Waybee Jerseys will continue under the care of Wayne Jr. and his wife, Jennifer, and family.

Most of all, he was proud of his family. He is survived by his wife, Elizabeth Doncaster, of Irasburg; his children: Colleen Goodridge of Albany, Rebecca Doncaster and her husband, Reginald Gilbert, of Maine, Barbara Ross and her husband, Warren, of Coventry, Sara Doncaster of Coventry, and Wayne Doncaster Jr. and his wife, Jennifer, of Irasburg; ten grandchildren and five great-grandchildren; and by many nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by his siblings: Otis and Wendell Doncaster, Vida Powers, Vivian Austin and Joyce Jenness.

Private services will be held at the convenience of the family. A celebration of his life will be held at Hillandale Farm this summer for extended family and friends (date to be announced).

Should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to Respiratory Therapy, North Country Hospital, 189 Prouty Drive, Newport, Vermont 05855; or to the Mary Wright Halo Foundation, 1071 Upper Quarry Road, Newport, Vermont 05855.

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obit georgeRoy Eugene George

Roy Eugene George, 79, died peacefully in his sleep at his home in Orleans, on February 15, 2015, following a two and one-half year battle with cancer.

He was born in Cabot, on December 2, 1935, to the late Raleigh and Mary (Smith) George.

He was educated in Calais and Montpelier schools, entered the U.S. Marine Corps in January of 1954, and served during the Korean Conflict, until he was honorably discharged in 1957.

He married Deanna Davis of Northfield on September 7, 1957, in Washington, D.C., and it was there he began his life-long career in the plumbing and heating field, having worked as a journeyman plumber before becoming a master plumber. He worked for Wiggett Brothers Plumbing & Heating in Northfield Falls and Randolph for several years, as well as Gillespie Fuels of Northfield. He then went to work for Mahaney Company of Biddeford, Maine, as mechanical foreman on several hospitals and schools throughout Vermont. He was self-employed from 1972 to 1974, then he began a 20-plus year employment with Pizzagalli Construction Company of South Burlington as mechanical foreman and superintendent, working on various industrial jobs in Vermont, Maryland, Virginia, Pennsylvania, Texas, and South Carolina, before retiring in 1998.

He returned to Vermont in 2000 and made his home in the Northeast Kingdom. He was caretaker for several cottages at Lake Willoughby in Westmore, and surrounding areas, and continued to enjoy his trade by doing occasional maintenance and repair work for several family and friends in the Northeast Kingdom, until his declining health forced him to retire completely. He was a proud member of the American Legion Post #23 in Orleans.

He is survived by his wife of 57 years, Deanna; his sons: Michael George and his wife, Keri, of Warner Robins, Georgia, David George and wife, Lolita, of Orleans, and Allan George of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma; his daughter Rhonda Hernandez and her husband, Hugh, of Midlothian, Virginia; nine grandchildren: Tamara George of Murfreesboro, Tennessee, Alexander Hernandez and his wife, Lindsay, of Lynchburg, Virginia, Sean George of Chelsea, Massachusetts, Matthew Hernandez of Citrus Heights, California, Kaitlyn George, Kyle George, and Kolby George of Orleans, Mitchell George of Oklahoma City, and Liam George of Warner Robins; his sister-in-law Andrea Goodrich of Northfield; his nieces: Judith Kellogg of Chicopee, Massachusetts, Barbara and Gary Brown of Northfield, and Shari Lokey and her companion, Jimmy Nowakowski, of Ware, Massachusetts; three great-grandchildren; several great-nieces and -nephews; as well as by many cousins.

He was predeceased by his only sibling, Betty Doney.

If there was a quote we were to attribute to him, it would be this one from Will Rogers: “I never met a man I didn’t like.” That, was Roy George.

A memorial service to celebrate his life will be held on Saturday, February 21, at 11 a.m. at the Kingston Funeral Home in Northfield. Immediately following the memorial service, the family invites everyone to a gathering to continue the celebration at Sorrell-Maynard American Legion Post, on Depot Square, in Northfield. Stories and photos would be most welcome. A graveside service will be conducted in the spring in the Vermont Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Randolph Center.

In lieu of flowers, the family would be honored with memorial donations to one of the many organizations furthering cancer research or helping United States veterans.

obit kennisonLouise Marilyn Kennison

Louise Marilyn Kennison, 76, of Newport died peacefully on February 15, 2015, in Newport.

She was born on June 11, 1938, in Newport, to Henry and Loretta (Rivard) Lunna.

On December 11, 1956, she married Donald Kennison, who predeceased her on November 13, 1995.

She was a librarian for 16 years for the Goodrich Memorial Library in Newport, from where she retired on June 12, 1999.

She was a member of the Newport Center Methodist Church. She enjoyed reading, crocheting, gardening, canning, spending time with her family, and she loved her dog Ginger.

She is survived by her children: Donna Annis and her husband, Tim, of Newport, John Kennison and his friend, Jeannette Pare, of Newport, Michael Kennison and his wife, Donna, of North Troy, and Donald Kennison of Kittery, Maine; ten grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren; her siblings: Claire Wright of Orleans, Albert Lunna and his wife, Linda, of Bristol, and Henry Lunna and his wife, Sue Mary, of Newport; and by several nieces and nephews.

Friends may call from 7 to 9 p.m. on Friday, February 20, at the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home, at 37 Lake Road in Newport. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, February 21, at the Newport Center Methodist Church. Spring interment will be in Westfield Cemetery.

Should friends desire, contributions in her memory may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association of Vermont, 300 Corner Stone Drive, Suite 128, Williston, Vermont 05495.

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obit LadueRaymond “Ray” W. Ladue Jr.

Raymond “Ray” W. Ladue Jr., 82, of Newport died peacefully on February 10, 2015, in Newport.

He was born on July 24, 1932, in St. Albans, to Raymond and Marion (Delaney) Ladue.

On August 27, 1954, he married Elsie Story, who survives him.

He attended elementary schools in Sheldon, and graduated in 1951 from BFA High School in St. Albans. He received a bachelor of science degree in education from Johnson State College in 1955 and a master’s degree in administration from St. Michael’s College in Winooski, in 1963.

He taught and was a principal from 1955 to 1992. He started at South School, then West School and the junior high in Newport, math at North Country Union High School, and he was supervising principal at Newport City Elementary School.

He once belonged to the Masons, the Order of the Eastern Star, and he was a charter member of the Jaycees. He was on the Newport Recreation Committee for 18 years and he coached Little League. He was also a member of the local Retired Teacher’s Association and State Retired Teacher’s Association.

His great love was being a member of the Newport Elk’s #2155. He served as exalted ruler and later as state president and district deputy grand exalted ruler north, and Hoop School chairman for many years, and he was in charge of renting the Elks for functions for many years.

He enjoyed hunting, golfing with John D. and Rene P., and working on building projects until his decreased vision became an issue.

He and his wife spent many years camping and going to St. Martin’s with Dave and Donna.

He is survived by his wife of 60 years, Elsie Ladue, of Newport; his son James Ladue of Newport; his sister Betty Hubbard of New York; his daughter-in-law Donna Ladue of Derby; his grandsons: Tory and Cody Ladue and Jamie Longley; and by his sisters-in-law: Leona Brook and Pearl Belanger.

He was predeceased by his dear son David in 2011; his parents, Ray and Marion Ladue; his brother Bob Ladue; his brothers-in-law: Mark Brook, Robert Belanger, and Clark Hubbard; and by his mother- and father-in-law, Delmar and Eschol Story.

Funeral services were held on February 14, in Derby. An Elks service was held on February 13, in Newport.

Should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to the Elks Silver Towers, 56 Silver Towers Road, Ripton, Vermont 05766.

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obit LormanCarolyn Edna Lorman

Carolyn Edna Lorman, 84, died peacefully in her recliner at home, on Thursday, February 12, 2015.

She struggled with pulmonary fibrosis for over three years. Even in her decline, she had a sweet spirit and never complained. Her dear friend was by her side.

She was born on June 7, 1930, to Beatrice (Neal) and Walter Lorman, in Lowell, Massachusetts. She graduated from Lowell High School in 1948. She received her bachelor of science in physical education from Bridgewater State College, in Massachusetts, in 1952.

She began her distinguished career in Newburyport, Massachusetts, before moving to New York State, where she taught in Cooperstown and Saranac Lake. During that time, she earned her master’s degree at Cortland State College, in New York.

Her love of skiing (Killington) brought her back to Springfield in 1963. In 1970, she moved to Newport, to begin the physical education programs for the new school, North Country Union High School. She retired from there in 1992.

She was a member, and held offices, in the Association of Women in Physical Education of New York State, and the Vermont Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance. She was very active in these associations, planning conferences, workshops, and other programs for the advancement of women, and physical education in general. She was a former member of the Delta Kappa Gamma, Epsilon Chapter, an organization for women in education.

She was well regarded by students and peers. She liked each and every student she ever had. Some of her greatest accomplishments and joys were her successful state championship field hockey teams. She also had good basketball and track and field teams. She loved her home on the lake, and enjoyed many wonderful rides as captain of her party boat. Skiing was her passion until she developed heart trouble in 1984. She had skied every challenging mountain in the East. She was first on and last off the mountain.

She loved people, a good party, laughter, and good stories. She loved her birds, and they loved her for feeding them! She spent 22 wonderful winters in Arizona to be near her sister Frances. Both were political junkies and had lively discussions. She loved her church friends in Arizona.

She was a devoted Baptist. The Lord had blessed her with a kind heart. The Lord blessed us with her presence in our lives. She will be missed. Now, the Lord is pleased with her life and has called her home to be with him and her family.

She is survived by her dear nieces: Andrea Dwyer of Newport, Rhode Island — she and Andie had fun in Arizona and shared a love of sports, especially the baseball games — and Sherry Hagearian of Acton, Massachusetts — where visits to see Auntie were welcome and so special, and York Beach, and her New York Giants versus Patriots, and Red Sox, and strong faith in common — Cynthia Murphy of Concord, Massachusetts, and Karen Wilbur; her nephews: David and Paul Wilbur, all of Jacksonville, Florida; several grand-nieces and –nephews; and by her brother-in-law Arthur Tiffany of Arizona. She is also survived by her good friend Jean, who was like a sister. They were longtime friends from way back in the 1960s. They enjoyed camping, boating, working in summer camps in Maine, including at York Beach, and maintaining their lake home.

She was predeceased by three beloved sisters: Frances Tiffany, Phyllis Doherty, and Charlotte Wilbur; as well as by her parents.

Per her wishes, there will be no service. The family will have an interment service in the spring at the family cemetery in Lowell, Massachusetts. However, there will be a celebration of her life, open house, on Saturday February 21, at The East Side Restaurant in Newport, from 4 to 6 p.m. Everyone is invited.

Memorial contributions may be made to the United Church of Newport, 63 Third Street, Newport, Vermont 05855; or to the Pope Memorial Frontier Animal Shelter, 502 Strawberry Acres, Newport, Vermont 05855.

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Mary “Lorraine” Lussier

Mary V. Lorraine Bertha Lussier, 80, formerly of Hardwick, most recently of the Greensboro Nursing Home, died on Tuesday, February 10, 2015, at Copley Hospital in Morrisville.

She was born on August 26, 1934, in Albany, daughter of the late Antonio P. and Georgianna (Letourneau) Lussier. She attended East Albany public school.

She was a member of St. Norbert’s Catholic Church in Hardwick. She loved animals and enjoyed training them, horseback riding, and long walks. Most of all she enjoyed music, playing records, dancing, and she had mastered the lost art of playing the spoons.

Survivors include five siblings: Lucille Sanville of Craftsbury, Yolande Bracci of Port St. Lucie, Florida, Noel Lussier of Greensboro, Bert Lussier of Berkshire, and Bernard Lussier of Craftsbury; and many nieces, nephews, and cousins.

She was predeceased by three siblings: Muriel Stone, Laurent Lussier, and Roger Lussier.

Funeral services were held on February 16, in Hardwick. Spring burial will be in the family lot in the Fairview Cemetery in Hardwick.

In lieu of flowers, contributions in her memory may be made to the Greensboro Nursing Home, 47 Maggies Pond Road, Greensboro, Vermont 05841.

obit nicholsJesse Brooks Nichols III

Jesse Brooks Nichols III, 80, longtime resident of the Pomfret Valley and Lake Seymour, died on February 3, 2015.

He loved the life he had and he lived it fully and well. To family and friends he had a large personality in a large frame and there was no doubt when you were in his presence.

Even as his health declined, he was never one to complain. There was no grief, no bouts of anger or denial. It was as if, for him, it would sound ungrateful given the life he’d led and the love he shared with his wife and family.

Lumberman, entrepreneur, specialty knife distributor and collector, railroad aficionado, cartoonist, lord of the limerick, storyteller, and consumer of big bellied fried clams at Tozier’s, he led a life of quiet accomplishment. When he was running Vermont Pacific, a veneer and plywood business, he was in his element in the company of loggers and the smell of freshly cut timber. Always on the prowl for a “new” diner, his all-time favorite was The Wasp. He was a skilled fly fisherman. It was a passion he shared with his family. He wet lines in the wild rivers of Alaska, Wyoming, and Canada, the bonefish and permit flats of the Bahamas and Mexico, as well as the rivers, lakes, and streams of his beloved Vermont.

On October 10, 1954, he married Lee Lonegren. They had five sons: Jesse IV and his wife, Amy, David, Brad and his wife, Dorothy, Stephen, and John. He has four grandchildren, Jesse V and his wife, Lorren, Benjamin, Mara, and Ella Nichols, who have been blessed with wonderful memories and the storytelling of “Poppie.” He leaves two brothers, Ashton Nichols and John Hopkins, and one sister, Suzie Hopkins.

He was predeceased by a sister, Nikki Clifford.

On June 27, 1980, he married Janice Gramling, his loving and devoted wife. She was his selfless caregiver and best friend until his death. Dad would often say how blessed he was to have her in his life. With their four-legged fur ball Music, they were inseparable. Thank you, Janice, for loving our father.

Private memorial.

Donations may be made to Mertens House, 73 River Street, Suite 2, Woodstock, Vermont 05091.

obit PionHilda B. Pion

Hilda B. Pion, 83, of Lowell died on February 15, 2015, in Newport.

She was born on October 21, 1931, to Floyd and Mable (Snider) Norway.

In 1948, she married Anselme Pion, who predeceased her in 1996.

She was a member of St. Ignatius Catholic Church and the St. Ignatius Ladies Society. She enjoyed knitting, much to the delight of her family and friends. She was very active in the Ladies Group, including working on meals for weddings, anniversaries, and funerals. She also enjoyed gardening and traveling with her husband.

She worked with her husband for over 40 years on their farm, including sugaring.

She was always willing to lend a helping hand to anyone in need.

She is survived by her children: Richard Pion and his wife, Sherry, of Lowell, Maurice Pion and his wife, Mary, of Lowell, Annette Baraw and her husband, Fred, of Newport Center, Armand Pion and his wife, Linda, of Newport, Albert Pion and his wife, Cindy, of Lowell, Laurette Palin and her husband, Jim, of Newport, Reginald Pion and his wife, Karen, of Lowell, Norman Pion and his wife, Missy, of Lowell, and Sam Pion of Lowell; 31 grandchildren, 54 great-grandchildren and three great-great-grandchildren; and by her siblings: Velma Colburn of Newport, Ami Gray and her husband, Lyle, of Coventry, Arlene Pettingill and her husband, Denny, of North Carolina, Flo Verge and her husband, Roger, of Coventry, Betty Farazzie and her husband, David, of Massachusetts, and Bruce Norway and his wife, Laurie, of Massachusetts.

She was predeceased by her son Ernest; her grandsons: Armand Pion Jr. and Tim Pion; her great-grandson Cody Cole; her sister Donna Norway; and by two brothers: Marvin and Edwin Norway.

Friends may call from 2 to 4 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m. at the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home, at 4670 Darling Hill Road in Newport, on Wednesday, February 18. Funeral services will be held on Thursday, February 19, at 11 a.m., at St. Ignatius Catholic Church in Lowell, where a Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated. Spring interment will be in St. Ignatius Cemetery in Lowell.

Should friends desire, contributions in her memory may be made to the St. Ignatius Ladies Society, 151 Hazen Notch Road, Lowell, Vermont 05847.

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obit van zileTheresa M. Van Zile

Theresa M. Van Zile, 70, died on January 23, 2015, at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center in New Hampshire after a courageous 13-year battle with cancer. She was a long-term resident of Westmore.

She was born in Newport on July 13, 1944. She was a daughter of Ulric and Clara (Laroque) Choiniere. She grew up in Brownington.

She was a sister, wife, mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother. She was a wonderful, devoted, loving mother raising four kids, while working full time, going to college full time, and earning a master’s degree in education. Family was always very important to her. She was very involved with her children, and later her grandchildren, often attending many school events when she could. She loved to have her family around and every year she would plan and organize several gatherings, in which all her adult children, grandchildren, and, if able, other relatives, would attend. She was a wonderful cook and enjoyed feeding people.

She worked at University of Vermont for over 25 years, where she started at the cashier’s office and worked her way up to become associate director of financial aid. Then she worked at Lyndon State College in the financial aid department, until she retired. While working at Lyndon State College, some of the employees donated their time off so that she could continue seeking cancer treatment in Florida during winter months. Throughout the years while working in financial aid, she made many lifelong friends. She was always very dedicated to helping students in any way she could.

She is survived by her children: Robert Jr. and his wife, Kelly Van Zile, of Georgia, Tracy and her husband, Bernard Houle, of Irasburg, Suzette and her husband, Alan Garey, of Georgia, and Bradley Van Zile of Westmore; her grandchildren: Rennie, Christian, and Cody Van Zile of Georgia, Erica Houle and her fiancé, Robert Shangraw, of South Burlington, Courtney Bowen and her husband, Billy, of Enosburg Falls, Nicole Garey of St. Albans, and Ethan Garey of Georgia; her step-grandchildren: Morgan and Skylar Gagne of St. Albans, Samantha Houle of North Troy, and Melissia Houle of Newport; her great-grandchildren: Landon Domina, Harrison Shangraw and Jackson Bowen; her sister Clarabelle and her husband, Robert Jannetti, of Stony Creek, Connecticut; her brothers: Reynold Choiniere of Newport, and Lionel and his wife, Doris Choiniere, of Louisville, Kentucky; and by numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins.

She was predeceased by her husband, Robert Van Zile Sr.; her parents, Ulric and Clara Choiniere; and by her brothers: Harvey, Victor, Alton, Alcide, Ovide, and Raymond.

A celebration of life memorial service will be held at the Westmore Community Church on May 30 at 11 a.m., with interment at the Westmore Lake View Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, if desired, please submit donations to the Salvation Army in your own community.

obit WhitehouseJames W. Whitehouse Jr.

James W. Whitehouse Jr., 90, formerly of Derby, died on February 10, 2015, in Barton.

He was born on November 26, 1924, in Cleveland, Ohio, to James and Gertrude (Hoffman) Whitehouse Sr.

In September of 1948, he married the former Britta Poulsen, who predeceased him in July of 2011.

He worked in England and Europe for the American Bureau of Shipping, where he also raised his family for many years, before moving to Connecticut and working for Castrol Oil Company. He then moved to Derby, to retire.

He loved hunting, fishing, and marquetry.

He graduated from Kings Point New York Merchant Marine Academy and was a veteran of World War II.

He is survived by his loving and devoted children: Annabella Wakefield of England, Gail Martin of West Charleston, James Whitehouse and his wife, Maria, of Huntington, and Eric Whitehouse and his wife, Joanne, of Freedom, New Hampshire; and by 13 grandchildren, seven great-grandchildren, and three nephews.

He was predeceased by his sister Ruth Black.

Funeral services were held on February 14, in Newport.

Should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to the Maple Lane Nursing Home, 60 Maple Lane, Barton, Vermont 05822.

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In Newport: Guns, drugs stolen from police evidence room


Mikeal Rivers.  Photo courtesy of the Vermont State Police

Mikeal Rivers. Photo courtesy of the Vermont State Police

copyright the Chronicle February 11, 2015 

by Joseph Gresser

NEWPORT — Police say they arrested a man Sunday night whose pockets bulged with drugs and guns stolen from the Newport Police Department’s evidence room. The thefts could place some prosecutions in jeopardy, according to the affidavit filed in the case by State Police Sergeant Matthew Amadon.

Orleans County State’s Attorney Jennifer Barrett declined to comment on what effect the theft might have on her office’s work. She said it will take several days to review cases connected to the stolen evidence.

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