Book review: Writer exhumes surprising stories from Brighton

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Island Pond Reflections, by S.J. Campbell. Paperback. 130 pages. Self-published. $19.99.

Reviewed by Tena Starr  

Island Pond Reflections isn’t a scholarly history of Brighton, which has also been known rather charmingly as Gilead, Random, and the less romantic Lot 31.

Instead, Sharon Campbell says in the book’s introduction that she’s written a collection of “true stories and tales long forgotten.”

The stories come from books and newspaper articles and date back centuries.

“They provide a tantalizing glimpse into the lives of the people who lived here and describe the developments that shaped their environment,” Ms. Campbell writes. “Through the centuries Island Pond grew big enough to accommodate a whole host of characters. Their trials and tribulations were deemed worthy of being reported by newspapers in cities as far away as Boston, Seattle, London, and Montreal.”

Ms. Campbell says that Brighton, and Island Pond, the village within the town, was, at one time, quite a diverse place, populated by Italian stonemasons, Syrian storekeepers, and Lebanese Christians escaping religious or political persecution….To read the rest of this article, and all the Chronicle‘s stories, subscribe:

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Obituaries May 27, 2015

obit vets flagHarold Benjamin Sr.

Harold Benjamin Sr., 82, of Derby died peacefully, with his family by his side, on May 19, 2015.

He was born on April 22, 1933, in Woodsville, New Hampshire, son to Donald and Gwendolyn Benjamin.

He married Bettie Jane Taylor on March 2, 1957, who predeceased him on January 1, 1996. Together they had seven children.

When Mr. Benjamin was 16 he worked driving trucks for Earl Hackett. He then went on to serve in the military, where he took 16 weeks of basic training and then served 18 months in Korea.

He worked at Butterfields for 20 years, on nights as a superintendent, then on days as a quality control supervisor. He worked some in the woods and doing carpentry work. He started working at the Derby Cemetery and then his son Harold Jr. joined him in 1980. Harold Sr. retired in April of 1998.

He enjoyed golfing, hunting, motorcycle riding, four-wheeling, bowling, horseshoes, and playing poker with his family and friends. He always kept his sense of humor.

He is survived by his children: Vickie Martin and her husband, Bill, of West Glover and their son Tim Martin and his wife, Tanya, and their children, Guin and Noah; Katie Morrisette and her husband, Harvey, of Morgan, and son Jordan Benjamin of Morgan; Toni Benjamin and her fiancé, David Guillette, of Derby; Tara Benjamin and her fiancé, Kenny Greene, of St. Albans; his daughter-in-law Cara Benjamin of Holland and her son Harold Benjamin III and his girlfriend, Desiree Charron, of Maryland; his granddaughter Jennifer Martin of Holland; his great-granddaughters: Charlotte and Annabelle Martin of Holland; his sister Betty Jacobs of Derby; his sisters-in-law: Beverly Parsons and her husband, Andy, of New Jersey, and Francine Taylor of Derby; several nieces, nephews, and cousins; and by his pets: his special buddy, Zoey, Baxter, and Nikeama.

He was predeceased by his wife, Bettie; his infant daughter Edie Jane; his son Harold Benjamin Jr.; his grandsons: Benjamin J. Martin and Davey Taylor Benjamin; his brother Anthony Benjamin; his sister Audrey Wells; his brothers-in-law: Gardner Taylor, Dean Wells, and Jim Jacobs; his parents; and by his mother- and father-in-law.

Per the wishes of Harold Benjamin Sr., there will be no calling hours and a private burial service with military honors will take place at a later date.

Donations in his name can be made to the Mary Wright Halo Foundation.

Online condolences at curtis-britch.com.

obit CrowellHenrietta Watson Crowell

Henrietta Watson Crowell, 83, of Newport died peacefully on May 18, 2015, in Newport.

She was born on May 13, 1932, in Newport to Orloff and Mildred (Daniels) Watson.

On September 13, 1975, she married Roy Crowell, who predeceased her in 2007.

She was a waitress for the former Frank’s Steak House in Newport and also for a casino in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Her hobbies included reading, playing bingo, cards, and dominos, and watching television.

She is survived by her children: Lorelei Willis and her husband, Cliff, of Troy, Wanda Lawton and her husband, Art, of Perth, Ontario, Lorena Buck and her husband, Ed, of Charleston, and Belinda Smith and her husband, John, of Lenoxville, Quebec; nine grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; her sister Shirley Elliott of Holyoke, Massachusetts; her sister-in-law Joan Watson of Island Pond; and by her brother-in-law Paul Domina of Chickopee, Massachusetts.

She was predeceased by the following siblings: Marion, Margaret, and Melda Watson, Orloff, Albert, and Edward Watson, Helena Domina, and Betty Elliott.

A graveside service will be held at 4 p.m. on Saturday, May 30, at the Derby Center Cemetery, with Muriel O’Gorman officiating.

Should friends desire, contributions in her memory may be made to The Meeting Place, P.O. Box 250, Newport, Vermont 05855.

Online condolences at curtis-britch.com.

obit CurtinJames W. Curtin

James W. Curtin, 63, of Naples, Florida, and Derby died unexpectedly on May 19, 2015, in Derby.

He was born in Brooklyn, New York, on May 23, 1951, to Thomas and Anne (Johnston) Curtin.

On November 10, 1978, he married Regina M. dos Santos Lima, who survives him.

He graduated from Biscayne College. He was a border patrol agent and criminal investigator for the United States government, retiring in 2004.

He was a stamp collector and avid fisherman and he enjoyed spending time with his grandson Adam.

He is survived by his wife, Regina Curtin, of Naples and Derby; his children: Michael Curtin and his fiancée, Julie Davis, of Burlington, and Brian Curtin of Derby; his grandson Adam J. Curtin-Sykes of Brownington; and by his brother Thomas J. Curtin Jr. of Massapequa, New York.

He was predeceased by his brother Kevin Curtin in 2000.

A graveside service will be held at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, May 27, at St. John’s Cemetery in Middle Village, New York.

Should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to the Pope Memorial Frontier Animal Shelter, 502 Strawberry Acres, Newport, Vermont 05855.

Online condolences at curtis-britch.com.

obit DavisAl Davis

Al Davis, 86, of Derby Line died peacefully at the University of Vermont Medical Center, in the company of his loving family, on May 15, 2015.

He was born on September 10, 1928, at the Line Farm in Holland, the only son of Roy E. and Hazel (Hartley) Davis.

He attended Holland schools and graduated from Derby Academy.

On January 22, 1949, he married Rita C. Vachon, who predeceased him on July 26, 2001.

He was on active duty in the U.S. Army from 1946 to 1948 and 1950 to 1951, serving in the Korean War. He was also a member of the Air Force Reserves. Upon his return, he was employed by Butterfields in Derby Line. In 1962, he began his career with the U.S. Customs Service, working at the border in Derby Line. In 1967, he was transferred to the Toronto international airport. He completed his career at the Burlington International Airport, retiring in 1988. Upon his retirement, he and his wife spent their winters in Cocoa Beach, Florida, and summers in Holland.

He is survived by his six children: Barbara Dauphin and her husband, Richard, of Wake Forest, North Carolina, Lynda Carter and her husband, Rick, of Derby, John Davis and his wife, Joann, of Lutz, Florida, Jim Davis of Lyndonville, Debra Sicard of Colchester, and Brenda Davis and her partner, Kathy O’Donnell, of Fairfax; his grandchildren: Melissa Carter, Kirsten Dauphin Riegler, Kylee Dauphin Charbonneau, Danielle Davis, Tyler Davis, Sullivan Davis, Matthew Sicard, Caitlin Sicard, Heather Tetrault-Millard, and Courtney Tetrault; his great grandchildren: Emerson, Wyatt, Ainsley, Deaglan, Savanna, Mason, Cameron, Logan, and Kinsley; his brother-in-law Roland Vachon and his children; his sister-in-law Denise Wright and her husband, Ron, and their daughters; his nephew David Flanders and his family of Derby; and by his special companion, Sue Jacobs, and her family.

obit vets flagHe was predeceased by his parents; his sister Iris Flanders and her husband, Raymond; his wife’s parents, Treffle and Marie Vachon; and by his sister-in-law Claire Vachon.

In honor of his wishes, a celebration of his life will be held in July.

Should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to the Pope Memorial Frontier Animal Shelter, 502 Strawberry Acres, Newport, Vermont 05855.

Online condolences at curtis-britch.com.

obit dewittRichard H. DeWitt

Richard H. DeWitt, 66, of Holden, Massachusetts, died peacefully, with his loving family by his side, on Thursday, April 9, 2015, at the Jewish Healthcare Center in Worcester, Massachusetts, after a courageous battle with cancer.

Born in Worcester, he was son of Walter and Virginia (Johnson) DeWitt and lived several years in Shrewsbury, Massachusetts, before moving to Holden in the late 1960s.

He graduated from Wachusett Regional High School in Holden and attended Worcester State College and the University of Massachusetts in Amherst. He began his career working for the town of Holden’s Department of Public Works in 1971 at the age of 22. He worked his way through the ranks and held the position of highway foreman before being appointed Holden’s first director of operations for the Department of Public Works. He was an extremely effective leader and managed his department with a “no nonsense” style that earned him the respect of his staff and town officials. He took great pride in his work and empowered his staff to do the same with unwavering dedication and high standards. After his retirement in 2010, he was able to spend much deserved time with his family, especially with his grandchildren.

In 1971, he also joined the Holden Fire Department as an on-call firefighter. He spent the next 43 years with his brother firefighters protecting their community with only one thought in mind, “the safety of others.” He served as a lieutenant for a period of time until his position at the Department of Public Works became overwhelmingly demanding.

He was thought of as “everyone’s friend,” and was always there to lend a hand. He looked forward to vacationing at his camp in Craftsbury, located on Jones Farm. He especially enjoyed his fishing and hunting trips in Vermont with the boys including his son Steve and closest friend, Jim Oberg, who died unexpectedly in February.

He leaves his wife and soulmate of 45 years, Georgianna (Angelo) DeWitt; two sons: Christopher M. Angelo and his companion, Amy Quinlan, and her two children, Jack and Caroline, of Charlton, Massachusetts, and Steven H. DeWitt and his wife, Jennifer, of Holden; two daughters: Nicholette and her husband, Alvin Cunningham, of Fairfield, California, and Melissa A. Wackell of Leicester, Massachusetts; a sister, Elaine Morrison, and her husband, John, of Charlton; nine grandchildren: Demetri, Danielle, and Noelle Angelo, Julieanne and Matthew Cunningham, Katelynn Wackell, and Ethan, Molly, and Owen DeWitt; and by a former son-in-law, Joseph Wackell, of Holden, and daughter-in-law Lisa Angelo of Worcester.

A brother, Steven DeWitt, predeceased him.

Funeral services were held on April 18, in Holden.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made the Holden Fire Explorer Program, 1370 Main Street, Holden, Massachusetts 01520.

Online condolences at milesfuneralhome.com.

obit GarfieldSharon Moquin Garfield

Sharon Moquin Garfield, 71, of Newport died on May 16, 2015, at her home, after a battle with cancer.

She was born on March 20, 1944, in Barton, to Victor and Winifred (Leclaire) Moquin.

On March 6, 1971, she married Donald Garfield, who predeceased her on June 12, 2002.

She enjoyed watching the birds and wild animals on her front lawn. She was an avid reader and she enjoyed puzzle books, cooking, fishing, and TV shows: Walking Dead, CSI, NCIS, Snap, Judge Judy, and other TV shows.

She is survived by her daughters: Cindy Thompson and her husband, Marc, of Colchester, and Sharon Martin and her significant other, Brian Mooney, of St. Johnsbury; her ex son-in-law James Jarvis and his fiancée, Melissa James, of Newport; her grandchildren: Hunter Thompson of Johnson, Courtney and Alex Mooney of Newport, Gerard LaMadeleine and his wife, Katie, of St. Johnsbury, and Jason and his significant other, Toni, of Westfield; her great-grandchildren: Brianna, Little Jason, Austin, Leo Gerard III, and Tie; her two sisters: Evelyn Brooks and her husband, Royce, of New York, and Lorraine Smith and her husband, David, of New Hampshire; and by several nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by her parents, Victor and Winifred Moquin.

Should friends desire, contributions in her memory may be made to the American Cancer Society, Vermont Division, Inc., 55 Day Lane, Williston, Vermont 05495; or to the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post #798, 141 Central Street, Newport, Vermont 05855.

Online condolence at curtis-britch.com.

obit JuddLarry Judd

Larry Judd, of Upton, Massachusetts, died on Monday, May 18, 2015, with his family by his side.

He was born in North Troy on May 6, 1944, the son of the late Ralph Judd and Mona (Bradford) Choquette.

Upon graduation from North Troy High School, Mr. Judd entered the Air Force and served bravely in Japan and Vietnam. An electrician by trade, he held various positions as a facilities manager in Massachusetts prior to establishing his own business. He also served as Post Commander of the VFW in Upton.

He was an avid fisherman who enjoyed bass and trout fishing, winning numerous trophies in competitions over the years. He loved his family and was happiest when surrounded by his loved ones.

He is survived by his wife, Diane; a daughter, Cathryn Ste.Marie, and her husband, Peter, of North Troy; a son, David Judd, also of North Troy; his sister Donna Darling and her husband, Kenneth, of Ellington, Connecticut; his sister Sandra Burkard and her husband, Allen, of Orlando, Florida; eight grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; three nieces; and by two nephews.

He was predeceased by a brother, Ralph Judd.

Funeral services with military honors were held on May 23, in Upton.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the University Memorial Medical Center, University of Massachusetts, Medical Development Office-Cancer Care, 333 South Street, Shrewsbury, Massachusetts 01545; or to a charity of one’s choice.

obit LebeauAlbert Lebeau

Albert Lebeau, 90, of Irasburg died on May 15, 2015, in Newport.

He was born on November 12, 1924, in Irasburg to Wilfred and Mary (Dionne) Lebeau.

He was a veteran of World War II. He was employed by Park View Garage in Barton for many years.

He enjoyed hunting and fishing and working on his car. As a young man he worked on the family farm for many years and he also enjoyed working for the Park View Garage.

He is survived by his nieces: Rita Morse and her husband, Robert, of Derby, and Joanne Sanville and her husband, Maurice, of Irasburg; six grand-nieces and -nephews; and by his sister-in-law Cecile Lebeau of Newport.

He was predeceased by his brother Henry; two nephews: Marcel and Robert Lebeau; and by a grand-nephew, Marc.

obit vets flagA graveside service will be held at 11 a.m on Saturday, June 13, at St. Mary’s Cemetery in Newport.

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

Online condolences at curtis-britch.com.

obit SantawDale K. Santaw

Dale K. Santaw, 78, of Derby died peacefully on May 23, 2015, at his home in Derby, surrounded by his family.

He was born on May 10, 1937, in Lowell.

On February 19, 1956, he married Ruth Baraw, who survives him.

He was a machinist at Tivoli Manufacturing in Derby Line, where he worked for 42 years.

He enjoyed working on small engines, golfing, hunting, fishing, shooting, and gardening.

He is survived by his wife, Ruth Santaw, of Derby; his children: James Santaw and his wife, Laura, of Lowell, Jeffrey Santaw of Newport, and Brenda Wesolow and her husband, Ed, of Lowell; his grandchildren: Nathan, Michael, and Anthony Santaw, Stacy, Melissa, and SFC Kevin Wesolow, Alan and Taylor Wesolow, and Bryce Collins; his nine great-grandchildren; his sister Alice England of Attleboro, Massachusetts; and by several nieces, nephews, and cousins.

He was predeceased by his son Jerry Santaw; his grandson Tyler Collins; and by his foster parents Pearl and Harley Taylor.

A graveside service will be held at 11 a.m. on Thursday, May 28, at the Montainview Cemetery in Lowell, with Pastor David Dizzazo officiating.

Should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to the Ronald Holland Dialysis Center, in care of North Country Hospital, 189 Prouty Drive, Newport, Vermont 05855.

Online condolences at curtis-britch.com.

Shari Siamon with her great-nephew Isaiah Braithwaite in West Glover of 2001.

Shari Siamon with her great-nephew Isaiah Braithwaite in West Glover of 2001.

Sharon Maxine Siamon

Children’s author Sharon Siamon of Sharbot Lake, Ontario, died on Monday, May 18, 2015, after a lengthy illness.

She was born in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, on March 11, 1942, daughter of Max and Aileen (Treleaven) Braithwaite. She attended public schools in Streetsville and Orangeville, Ontario, and was a member of the first class to graduate from York University in Toronto in 1963. She married Jeff Siamon in Santa Barbara, California, in 1968.

She drew from the experiences of her growing family for her first books, including The Little Girl Who Hated Dinner, based on her daughter Kate; A Poolie Named Sandor, about a wayward family dog; and Bokelia, based on her encounter with a pig while visiting West Glover.

She went on to write many books for juvenile readers, particularly girls who loved horses as much as she did. Several series of such books, set in Western and Maritime Canada and the southwestern United States, were translated into many languages and sold more than a million copies around the world.

She is survived by her husband and their three daughters and five grandchildren: Amy Rolf von den Baumen of Oakville, Ontario, and her husband, Jeff, and their children: Emileah, Teagan, Jeffrey, and Kyleise; Kate Camara of Glover and her husband, Greg, and their daughter Ila; and Becky Siamon of Halifax, Nova Scotia. She is also survived by her four siblings: Beryl Hart of La Mesa, California, Chris Braithwaite of West Glover, Sylvia Braithwaite of Ottawa, and Colin Braithwaite of Toronto.

Her life will be celebrated at a private gathering of friends and family.

obit thibaultSister Lillian Thibault

Sister Lillian Thibault (Ste. Victoire) of Mount Sacred Heart in Littleton, New Hampshire, died at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center in Lebanon, New Hampshire on Thursday, May 14, 2015, after a brief illness.

She had resided with the Mount Sacred Heart Community in Littleton since August of 2007.

She was born in Laconia, New Hampshire, on June 13, 1924, to Romeo and Yvonne (Grenier) Thibault. She entered the Congregation of the Daughters of the Charity of the Sacred Heart of Jesus in Sherbrooke, Quebec, in 1946 and professed her vows on July 27, 1948. Her missions included nursing and care of the elderly, and hospice work in Newport, Derby Line, Rutland, and Littleton, and hospitality work in Augusta, Maine, Hudson, New Hampshire, and Littleton.

She is survived by her sister Therese; her sister-in-law Jeannine; and by several dear nieces and nephews: Francois, Sylvie, and Josette Dupuis, and Danielle, Pierre, Jean, Serge, and Luc Thibault in Quebec Province.

Her nieces and nephews were especially close to her, considering her generosity in giving her entire life to what she believed in — her mission. She likewise was very thoughtful and present to them all. Many dear ones kept in touch with her regularly, particularly families with whom she had connected through hospice in the Northeast Kingdom.

She was predeceased by her parents and her brother Marcel.

Funeral services were held on May 26 in Littleton. Burial was in St. Mary’s Cemetery in Newport.

In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to the Daughters of the Charity of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, 226 Grove Street, Littleton, New Hampshire 03561.

Condolences at www.RossFuneral.com.

Death notice

Ethel Sweeney

Ethel Sweeney, 73, of Barton died on May 21, 2015, in Newport.

Friends may call from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Thursday, May 28, at the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home, at 12 Elm Street in Barton. A graveside service will be held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, May 30, at the Westlook Cemetery in Glover.

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

Services

Ida Chaffee

Committal services for Ida Chaffee will be held at 2 p.m. on Friday, May 29, at the Albany Village Cemetery.

Leona Lucas

A graveside service for Leona Lucas will be held at 11 a.m. on Friday, May 29, at the Derby Center Cemetery, with the Reverend Kelly Deslauriers officiating.

Lynette Cutting

A graveside service for Lynette Cutting will be held at 1 p.m. on Saturday, May 30, at the Coventry Village Cemetery, with the Reverend Scott Libby officiating. Following the graveside service, a meal and memorial service will be held at the Coventry Community Center.

Alpha Labounty

A graveside service for Alpha Labounty will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, May 30, at the Irasburg Cemetery, with Pastor George Lawson officiating. A memorial gathering will follow at the New Hope Bible Church in Irasburg at 1 p.m.

Joseph Patenaude

Committal services for Joseph Patenaude will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, May 30, at St. Edward’s Catholic Cemetery in Derby Line.

Louise Kennison

Committal services for Louise Kennison will be held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, May 30, at the Westfield Cemetery. A reception will follow at the American Legion Hall in North Troy.

Gaston LeBlanc

Funeral services for Gaston LeBlanc will be held at 11 a.m. on Thursday, June 4, at St. Vincent de Paul Church in North Troy, where a Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated. Interment will follow in the North Troy Cemetery.

Joseph Krzysko

A graveside service for Joseph Krzysko will be held at 11 a.m. on Thursday, June 4, at the Pine Grove Cemetery in Newport, with military honors.

John Urie

Committal services for John Urie will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, May 30, at the Andersonville Cemetery in West Glover, with military honors.

Rachel Beaudry, Tara Beaudry Devoid, and Tina Fontaine

Committal services for Rachel Beaudry, and a remembrance for Tara Beaudry Devoid and Tina Fontaine, will be held on Saturday, June 6, at the Albany Village Church at noon. Interment will follow at the East Albany Catholic Cemetery for all three (Ms. Beaudry Devoid and Ms. Fontaine are being relocated from Pleasant View Cemetery in Orleans). Friends and family can then meet back at the church for a barbecue dinner.

Steven Hutchings

A celebration of life for Steven Hutchings will be held on Saturday, May 30, at his home at 20 North Avenue in Orleans, from noon on. Watch for signs on Main Street in Orleans, near the railroad tracks to find his home.

Bring memories and beverages.

Dean Howard Urie

A memorial service for Dean H. Urie of Cadillac, Michigan, formerly of Craftsbury, will be held at 11 a.m. on June 6, at the East Craftsbury Cemetery on Whetstone Brook Road. A reception and refreshments will follow the service in the vestry downstairs at the East Craftsbury Presbyterian Church at 1097 Ketchum Hill Road. In case of inclement weather, the service will also be held downstairs at the church.

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Evacuated Union House residents start to return

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A tired firefighter, Alan Quintal of Barton, rests and cools off after coming out of the Union House.  Photo by Elizabeth Trail

A tired firefighter, Alan Quintal of Barton, rests and cools off after coming out of the Union House. Photo by Elizabeth Trail

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by Elizabeth Trail

GLOVER — The Union House Nursing Home’s 40 residents, who were evacuated Sunday for what was at first thought to be a fire, will be able to start returning on Wednesday, owner Pat Russell said.

“We just had our inspection, and could start filling beds today,” Ms. Russell said Tuesday.

The nursing home’s occupants were speedily evacuated with help from staff, ambulance squads, law enforcement, and community volunteers who pitched in and helped, Ms. Russell said.

For several hours on Sunday afternoon, lights flashed and sirens blared as ambulances, fire trucks, and emergency responders crowded Glover Village responding to a call from the Union House Nursing Home.…To read the rest of this article, and all the Chronicle‘s stories, subscribe:

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In Glover: Select board signs new contract with Sheriff’s Department

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Orleans County Sheriff Kirk Martin signs the contract that returns Sheriff’s Department patrols to Glover.  The town has been without coverage since the end of March.  Select board Chairman Michael Ladd (right) and Selectman Jack Sumberg look on.  Photo by Elizabeth Trail

Orleans County Sheriff Kirk Martin signs the contract that returns Sheriff’s Department patrols to Glover. The town has been without coverage since the end of March. Select board Chairman Michael Ladd (right) and Selectman Jack Sumberg look on. Photo by Elizabeth Trail

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by Elizabeth Trail

GLOVER — Orleans County Sheriff Kirk Martin came to the Glover Select Board meeting on Thursday, May 14 to sign the town’s new contract with the Sheriff’s Department.

Following a heated discussion at Town Meeting in March, Glover voters elected not to renew the Sheriff’s Department contract when it expired at the end of March. Eventually, they kept $11,700 that had been budgeted for the Sheriff’s Department and said it should be used for “law enforcement.” They authorized the select board to figure out how to proceed.…To read the rest of this article, and all the Chronicle‘s stories, subscribe:

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Wheatley remembers World War II

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Donald Wheatley served in the Army during World War II.  Here he poses with a picture of his outfit during the war, of which he is the last living member. Photo by Nathalie Gagnon-Joseph

Donald Wheatley served in the Army during World War II. Here he poses with a picture of his outfit during the war, of which he is the last living member. Photo by Nathalie Gagnon-Joseph

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by Nathalie Gagnon-Joseph

NEWPORT — At 93, Donald Wheatley has witnessed most of the major events of the twentieth century, and participated in a big one, World War II.

“I’m 93 years young,” he said in an interview Friday. “I say that seriously. I’m only 93.”

His sister is 96 and still drives, and his father’s mind stayed sharp until he died at 106, Mr. Wheatley said.

None of the members of Mr. Wheatley’s Army outfit were casualties of war, but 70 years after the end of World War II, he is the last surviving member of his company.

“They say 1,000 World War II veterans die every day,” he said.…To read the rest of this article, and all the Chronicle‘s stories, subscribe:

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Construction of AnC Bio plant gets underway

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Many of those involved in planning AnC Bio help turn over the first shovels of dirt on May 14.  From left to right, are Vermont State Aeronautics Administrator Guy Rouelle, Jane Fortin and Cindy Robillard of the state Department of Labor, North Country Career Center Director Ilene Illuzzi, Alex Choi, former CEO of AnC Bio Korea, Jerry Davis of PEAK CM, Newport City Mayor Paul Monette, Ariel Quiros, co-owner of Jay Peak Resort and Mr. Stenger’s partner in AnC Bio, Bob Brown Petersen of NME Pharmaplan, AnC Bio Vermont CEO Ike Lee, Jake Lee, who heads development of artificial organs for AnC Bio, and Bill Stenger, president of Jay Peak Resort.  Photo by Joseph Gresser

Many of those involved in planning AnC Bio help turn over the first shovels of dirt on May 14. From left to right, are Vermont State Aeronautics Administrator Guy Rouelle, Jane Fortin and Cindy Robillard of the state Department of Labor, North Country Career Center Director Ilene Illuzzi, Alex Choi, former CEO of AnC Bio Korea, Jerry Davis of PEAK CM, Newport City Mayor Paul Monette, Ariel Quiros, co-owner of Jay Peak Resort and Mr. Stenger’s partner in AnC Bio, Bob Brown Petersen of NME Pharmaplan, AnC Bio Vermont CEO Ike Lee, Jake Lee, who heads development of artificial organs for AnC Bio, and Bill Stenger, president of Jay Peak Resort. Photo by Joseph Gresser

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by Joseph Gresser

NEWPORT — The long-delayed groundbreaking for AnC Bio took place under fair skies Thursday morning, May 14. Speakers hailed prospects for the $100-million biomedical facility, which is expected to employ between 400 and 500 people when it’s up and running in a year and a half.

They will include people involved in manufacturing artificial organs, technicians to help run equipment in the clean room suites that will be available for rent by independent researchers, and scientists to perform research on stem cell therapies, said Bill Stenger, president of Jay Peak and one of the principals of AnC Bio Vermont. Mr. Stenger said people with education levels up to post-graduate degrees could find jobs at AnC Bio…To read the rest of this article, and all the Chronicle‘s stories, subscribe:

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Obituaries May 20, 2015

obit BuckRoger A. Buck

Roger A. Buck, 79 of Derby died on May 14, 2015, at his home.

He was born on September 4, 1935, in Newport, to Harold and Helen (Bullis) Buck.

On December 13, 2003, he married Diane Bowen, who predeceased him on December 18, 2009.

He was a veteran of the United States Army. He was the former co-owner of B&B Repair, and worked for L&R Automotive, Pike Industries, and he helped build the upper Tram House at Jay Peak. More recently he was a mechanic for Moe’s Consignment.

He was a member of the Newport Order of the Elks Lodge #2155 and the Eagles Club of Newport.

He is survived by his children: Carmen Doe and her husband, Earl, of North Port, Florida, and Robyn Buck of Oceanside, California; his grandchildren: Niki Doe, Crystal Lowery, Joshua Doe, Tawni Bowen, Ravyn Bowen, and Sabrina Giroux; his great-grandchildren: Nicholas Buck, Taylor Bressette, Ross Lowery, and Aidan Lowery; his brother Charlie Buck of Newport Center; and by his sister Carmen Bartee and her husband, Jerry, of Tucson, Arizona. He is also survived by his extended family: the Randalls, the Jones family, Becky Miller, Becca and Caitlyn Rice, Kim, Jason and Nicholas Binghman, Dan and Sheila Green, DJ Green, Tim Sykes, Samantha Corkins, and Ashley Schnider.

Services will be held at the convenience of the family.

Should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to the Newport Elks Lodge #2155, 3736 U.S. 5, Derby, Vermont 05829.

Online condolences at curtis-britch.com.

obit HuntGerry Hunt

Gerry Hunt, 62, of Morgan died on May 5, 2015, at Columbia Medical Center in New York City, from pancreatic cancer discovered just two weeks earlier while traveling in Spain and Portugal. His beloved wife, Elaine Lockwood, and brothers, sons, and their partners were at his side.

Known for his uncommon kindness, warm smile, and joi-de-vivre, he was a man of great intelligence, accomplishment, humility, and wide-ranging interests. He was blessed with charisma and the simple gift of making everyone around him feel important and loved. It was always easy for his children, his wife, and brothers to look to him for guidance.

Son of Pat Hunt and the late Paul Hunt, he was born in Burlington in 1952. He grew up in Island Pond and later Morgan, with his brothers Don and Andy. He enjoyed skiing at Burke Mountain, fishing in Island Pond and Lake Seymour, biking, and camping trips with the family. As a teenager, he met and fell in love with Ms. Lockwood during summers at the Orleans Country Club. Although they slowly lost contact when he went off to university, he would speak of her as his first real love.

In 1970 he graduated from St. Paul’s and continued on to serve as an intern for Vermont Senator Winston Prouty in Washington, D.C. After the internship, he enrolled at the University of Vermont (UVM) as a film major and was heavily involved in UVM theater as both cast and crew, a passion he later shared with his eldest son, Eli. During the 1980s he directed a number of plays in Woodstock. When UVM celebrated the fortieth anniversary of their Royal Tyler Theater in 2014, he helped organize the event including restoring the 1974 recordings of “The Contrast,” the first show performed in the theater, in which he had acted.

Mr. Hunt met the mother of his children, Faith Gaskell Hunt, at Vietnam War demonstrations in Washington, D.C. After graduation from UVM, they married and moved to Hartford to start a family. He worked at the Veterans Administration in White River Junction, and earned his MA in public administration from Antioch University.

He later redirected his career, entering the software industry, working for Houghton Mifflin and then Computer Microsystems Incorporated. There he discovered his entrepreneurial spirit and along with two partners founded his first company, Netrights.

Netrights was eventually purchased by an Oregon-based company, causing him to uproot and move to Portland, Oregon, for several years before once again settling back in the Northeast Kingdom. Back home in Vermont, he started working with his brother Don on the financial services offerings tied to his mother’s business, Pat Hunt Incorporated. Along with his wife, Debra Hardy Hunt, they also started Northeast Kingdom Homecare (NEKHC), a business allowing their elderly clients to stay in their own homes, while still receiving the personalized care and companionship they need. Over time, NEKHC added an adult daycare offering and currently maintains over 60 employees.

In 2010, after 40 long years apart, Mr. Hunt reconnected with his high school sweetheart, Elaine Lockwood. Ms. Lockwood introduced him to the sport of diving and her love of African wildlife. Mr. Hunt shared a love of good food and his rather large family. Together they shared their joys in experiencing the world. He had shared these passions with his sons as they grew up, by taking each of them on travels of their own. He always enjoyed telling the stories of his adventures.

An avid reader, he also enjoyed writing, genealogy, and playing games. He was an amazing chef and loved to share foods inspired by the many places he had traveled. He enjoyed playing the guitar and was a wonderful singer who loved to play for family and friends. His children have fond memories of being sung to sleep.

Passionate about public service and citizens’ obligations to serve and shape our government and the local community, he had become focused on conservation and environmental issues. He recently created a nonprofit, Vermont Students to Africa, which plans to send six students to Africa to study conservation in 2016.

His parting words to his friends and family were: ”Work hard, reach farther. Do great things. I’ll be watching. Love to you all. — Gerry.”

Besides the love of his life and childhood sweetheart, Elaine, he leaves a legacy including his sons: Eli and his fiancée, Emily, of Cornish, New Hampshire, Ezra and his partner, Anna, of Portland, Oregon, and Eben and his partner, Katharine, of Canaan, New Hampshire; and his stepchildren: Eliot Brooks and Grace Brooks. He is survived by his mother, Pat Hunt, and her longtime friend, Al Callahan, of Morgan; his brothers: Donald Hunt and his wife, Andrea, of Coventry, and Andy Hunt and his wife, Trish, of Vestal, New York; his uncle the Reverend Stuart Brush and his wife, Laura, of Woodbury, Connecticut; and many nieces and nephews.

Predeceasing him were his father, Paul Hunt; his daughter Erin; and his wife, Debra Hardy Hunt.

The family asks that those who desire to contribute to his legacy donate to the Vermont Students to Africa, 136 Coche Brook Crossing, West Charleston, Vermont 05872.

Online condolences at curtis-britch.com.

obit LeMayConstance T. LeMay

Constance T. LeMay, 68, of Troy died peacefully on May 16, 2015, at her home, surrounded by her family.

She was born on January 22, 1947, in Newport, to Frederick and Theresa (Lawson) Gosselin.

On April 22, 1966, she married Roger LeMay, who predeceased her in 1990.

She loved water skiing, dancing, cooking, mowing the lawn, sewing, quilting, her flower gardens, and most of all the company of her three children and her grandchildren.

She is survived by her sons: Anthony LeMay and his wife, Dawn, of Troy, Robert LeMay and his wife, Cynthia, and Todd LeMay and his wife, Lucy, all of Newport Center; her grandchildren: Colby LeMay, Caleb LeMay, Elizabeth LeMay, Aidan LeMay, Christopher Varney, Catherine Smith and her husband, Michael, and Corinne Boone; her great-grandson Asher Smith; her siblings: Conrad Lawson and his wife, Rita, of Derby, Larry Lawson and his wife, Cheryl, of West Charleston, Sandra Snay and her husband, Tom, of Newport Center, Shirley Lawson of Irasburg, Gail Chaffee and her husband, Ron, of Newport, and Cheryl Lawson of Proctorsville; and by numerous aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, and cousins.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. on Wednesday, May 20, at the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home, at 4670 Darling Hill Road in Newport. Friends may call at the funeral home on May 20, from 1 p.m. until the hour of the funeral. Interment will follow in St. Ignatius Cemetery in Lowell.

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

Online condolences at curtis-britch.com.

obit millerAngele A. Miller

Angele A. Miller, 83, of Barton died peacefully on May 9, 2015, in Newport.

She was born on April 8, 1932, in Dixville, Quebec, to Adelard and Marie Anne (Theroux) Tanguay.

In 1994, she married Ernest Miller, who predeceased her in 1995.

After selling the family farm in Glover she worked for St. Paul’s School from 1980, and she retired from there in 1993. She helped her husband, Ernie, with his plumbing business for ten years.

She was a dedicated 50-year member of the Daughters of Isabella and she was also a member of St. Paul’s Ladies Guild. She loved her flower and vegetable gardens and could be found working in them at any time during the day. She and her husband made many pilgrimages to Ste. Anne de Beaupre, to whom she had a great devotion.

She is survived by her children: Rachel Ducharme of Derby Line, Madeleine Robert of Franklin, New Hampshire, Gabrielle Ducharme of Burlington, Roger Ducharme and his wife, Donna, of Piasa, Illinois, Jeanne Snell of Tilton, New Hampshire, Rene Ducharme of Derby, Lorraine Ducharme of Rogers, Arkansas, and Denise Constant and her husband, Aaron, of Concord, New Hampshire; her stepdaughter Debbie Newsom and her husband, Kent, of Barton; her 15 grandchildren; three step-grandchildren; several great-grandchildren; her siblings: her twin sister, Angeline Tanguay, of Coaticook, Quebec, and Therese Morin of Fort Edward, New York; and by numerous nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by her son Daniel Ducharme; her brothers: Norbert, Hermann, Rolland, Robert, Jean Claude, infant brother Rock, and infant sister Rachel.

Funeral services were held on May 15, in Barton. Interment followed in Welcome O. Brown Cemetery in Barton.

Should friends desire, contributions in her memory may be made to St. Paul’s School, 85 St. Paul Lane, Barton, Vermont 05822.

Online condolences at curtis-britch.com.

obit richardsonGailene I. Richardson

Gailene Iris Richardson, 74, a longtime East Hardwick resident, died suddenly on May 13, 2015, following a brief illness.

She was born on April 13, 1941, in Greensboro, daughter of the late Frank H. Brock Sr. and Iris R. (McIntyre) Brock. She attended public schools in Greensboro and Hardwick Academy.

On October 3, 1959, she married Maurice Henry Richardson at St. Anthony’s Church in Silver Lake, New York.

She was first employed as a secretary at Atkins Garage in Hardwick. She was a home knitter for several years and for more than 43 years she made electrical components for Sprague Electric (SBE) in Barre. She retired in 2013.

She was a very devoted wife, mother, and grandmother who cared greatly for her family. She loved family gatherings and had an impressive green thumb, which allowed her to maintain a variety of houseplants. She was an avid cook and baker who also enjoyed knitting items for her family members. She also enjoyed watching the wildlife that frequently visited her backyard.

Survivors include her loving husband of 55 years, Maurice, of East Hardwick; four children: Maurice H. Richardson Jr. and his wife, Karan, of Barre, Michael Richardson and his wife, Amy, of Walden, Tammy (Richardson) Molleur of East Hardwick, and Marc Richardson and his companion, Billie Jo Nick, of Lowell; 15 grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; two brothers: Frank H. Brock Jr. of Colchester and John W. Brock Sr. of West Charleston; two sisters: Harriet Phillips of Mendon and Carol Frafack of Stafford Spring, Connecticut; and several nieces, nephews, and cousins.

In addition to her parents she was predeceased by an infant brother and sister.

A graveside service was held on May 21, in the Sanborn Cemetery in East Hardwick.

In lieu of flowers, contributions in her memory may be made to the Hardwick Rescue Squad, P.O. Box 837, Hardwick, Vermont 05843.

Services

Yvette Elaine Thompson

Memorial services for Yvette Elaine Thompson of Derby will be held on Saturday, May 23, at 2 p.m. at the Derby Community Church, with the Reverend John Genco and Pastor Josh Calmes officiating. Following the service, burial will take place at the Derby Center Cemetery. A gathering for family and friends will follow at the American Legion on Veterans Avenue in Newport.

Arland Macie

Committal services for Arland Macie of Coventry will be held on May 30, at 11 a.m., at the Irasburg cemetery.

Floyd Coulter

Committal services for Floyd Coulter of Westfield will be held on Saturday, June 6, at the North Hill Cemetery in Westfield at 2 p.m.

Barbara Boutin

Committal services for Barbara Boutin will be held at 11 a.m. on Thursday, May 21, at the Derby Center Cemetery.

Gilles Vanasse

Committal services for Gilles Vanasse will be held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, May 23, at St. Theresa’s Catholic Cemetery in Orleans.

William Heath

Committal services for William Heath will be held at 3 p.m. on Friday, May 22, at the Lakeside Cemetery in Island Pond, with military honors.

Terrill Mason

Committal services for Terrill Mason will be held at 3 p.m. on Friday, May 22, at North Troy Village Cemetery, with full military honors.

Jack Taylor

Committal services for Jack Taylor will be held on Saturday, May 23, at 10 a.m. at the Hillside Cemetery in East Charleston.

Wilma Beck

Committal services for Wilma Beck will be held at 11 a.m. on Friday, May 22, at the Derby Center Cemetery.

Elaine Urie

Committal services for Elaine Urie will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, May 23, at the Andersonville Cemetery in West Glover.

Dr. Ray Griffin

Committal services for Dr. Ray Griffin will be held at 12:30 p.m. on Saturday, May 23, at the Andersonville Cemetery in West Glover, with military honors.

Warren Brown

Funeral services for Warren Brown will be held at 3 p.m. on Monday, May 25, at the First Congregational Church in Island Pond, with the Reverend Alan Magoon officiating. Friends may call at the church on May 25, from 2 p.m. until the hour of the funeral. Interment will follow in Lakeside Cemetery in Island Pond, with military honors.

Sharon Moquin Garfield

Sharon Moquin Garfield, 71, of Newport died on May 16, 2015, at her home, after a battle with cancer.

Friends may call from 12 to 2 p.m. on Saturday, May 23, at the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home, at 4670 Darling Hill Road in Newport.

John D. Mason

A graveside service for John D. Mason will be held at 2 p.m. on Friday, May 22, at St. Paul’s Cemetery in Barton.

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Barton Motors to be sold at auction

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The former Barton Motor Company property.  Photo by Tena Starr

The former Barton Motor Company property. Photo by Tena Starr

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by Tena Starr

BARTON — The Barton Motor Company, for many years a thriving Ford dealership, will go up for foreclosure auction on June 15.

Court papers say that Winston Harper, who once owned the company with his brother Woody Harper, is owed $434,802 in principle and interest. They also say that there are six federal tax liens on the property, amounting to a little over $103,000.

Woody Harper died in February, 15 years after he and his brother parted ways as co-owners of the company.

Winston Harper said their father bought the dealership and garage in 1958….To read the rest of this article, and all the Chronicle‘s stories, subscribe:

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Truck fished out of Willoughby

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A pickup in Willoughby.  Photo by Joseph Gresser

A pickup in Willoughby. Photo by Joseph Gresser

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by Joseph Gresser

WESTMORE — Bob Wesoja was out fishing on Willoughby Lake last week — for his truck.

Back in February, Mr. Wesoja was headed for his fishing shanty when the wind kicked up, and in white-out conditions he lost his way, steering his brand new Ford 150 onto a patch of thin ice.

He and a friend jumped through the windows to safety as the truck plunged into the lake’s frigid waters.

On Thursday of last week Mr. Wesoja, Chris McCarthy and Jereme LeBlanc started off at around 8 in the morning figuring the job would be done in a couple of hours.

They had little reason to think otherwise….To read the rest of this article, and all the Chronicle‘s stories, subscribe:

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In Newport: “Downton Abbey” comes to the Goodrich library

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Helene Lang of Shelburne, appearing in the persona of children’s author Beatrix Potter, was the guest speaker at the tea. Her performance, called “Beatrix Potter Revisited,” is sponsored by the Vermont Humanities Council with a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities.  The famous children’s author lived at the same time as the characters of “Downton Abbey.”  Photo by Elizabeth Trail

Helene Lang of Shelburne, appearing in the persona of children’s author Beatrix Potter, was the guest speaker at the tea. Her performance, called “Beatrix Potter Revisited,” is sponsored by the Vermont Humanities Council with a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities. The famous children’s author lived at the same time as the characters of “Downton Abbey.” Photo by Elizabeth Trail

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by Elizabeth Trail

NEWPORT — It could have been a scene from England between the wars.  In the kitchen, maids in lacy white pinafores laid out trays of iced cookies, thinly sliced cake, and cucumber sandwiches on triangles of thin bread — crusts cut off, of course.  Out in the grand dining room, about 45 guests in their finest hats and gloves admired elegant table settings and chatted with friends while they waited for their tea to be served.

The event was the Goodrich Memorial Library’s “Downton Abbey” Tea, held on Saturday afternoon in the elegant upstairs rooms of Newport’s historic library.  With its grand staircase, high ceilings, and carved paneling, the 1899 library building was the perfect setting for a step back in time.  The library has held fancy teas for a number of years — first a mother’s tea, then a senior’s tea, and for the past two years, the “Downton Abbey” tea….To read the rest of this article, and all the Chronicle‘s stories, subscribe:

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