USDA money available for home repair and ownership

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Leonard Gregoire stands in front of the house in Lyndonville, which he purchased with a USDA loan through its direct home ownership program.  Photo by Elizabeth Trail

Leonard Gregoire stands in front of the house in Lyndonville, which he purchased with a USDA loan through its direct home ownership program. Photo by Elizabeth Trail

copyright the Chronicle June 24, 2015

by Elizabeth Trail

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has about any kind of loan or grant a low-income homeowner, or prospective homeowner, could possibly need. And it wants to give that money out, especially in the Northeast Kingdom.

That’s the message rural development specialist Dianne Drown and regional director for rural development Jon-Michael Muise, both with the USDA, gave at a public meeting held at the Burke school on June 17.

The point of the USDA rural housing program is to help people own houses that are safe, clean, and affordable to heat.

Depending on income and credit, people could be eligible for a loan of up to $205,000 in Orleans County, $200,000 in Essex County, or $215,000 in….To read the rest of this article, and all the Chronicle‘s stories, subscribe:

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Obituaries June 24, 2015

obit BakerHilda May Baker

Hilda May Baker, 84, of Newport died peacefully on June 15, 2015, in Newport.

She was born on July 19, 1930, to Harry and Margaret (Bell) Manning.

On September 11, 1954, she married Robert Baker, who survives her.

She was interested in needlecrafts, gardening, visiting with her friends and family, and baking, as she was known for her whoopee pies.

She is survived by her husband, Robert Baker, of Newport; her children: Deborah Gebbie and her husband, Brad, of Glover, Brenda McNeal and her husband, Timothy, of Mobile, Alabama, Brad Baker and his wife, Jodi, of Newport, and Kim Fortin and her husband, Robert, of Goffstown, New Hampshire; her grandchildren: Meghan Duquette, Jenna Hurd, Taylor Fortin and Michael Fortin; her siblings: Charles Manning of Stanstead, Quebec, Percy Manning of Canada, Harry Manning of Canada, Sally Schanze of Florida, Shirley Parenteau and her husband, Ed, of Derby, and Marion Coolbeth and her husband, Bernard, of St. Albans; and by several nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by her sister Evelyn Kennison.

A graveside service was held on June 19, at the Pine Grove Cemetery in Newport.

Should friends desire, contributions in her memory may be made to the Bel-Aire Nursing Home, Activities Fund, 35 Bel-Aire Drive, Newport, Vermont 05855.

Online condolences at curtis-britch.com.

Obit LamereBeverly Joyce Mason Lamere

Beverly Joyce Mason Lamere, 79, of Brownington died suddenly on June 13, 2015, at her home.

She was born on September 24, 1935, in North Troy to Ira and Vera (Crandall) Mason.

She grew up in North Troy and Island Pond, where she attended schools. She married Frank E. Lamere Sr. and they had two sons: Frank E. Lamere Jr. and Danny L. Lamere. Her husband, Mr. Lamere Sr., died in 1981.

Mrs. Lamere moved to St. Petersburg, Florida, in 1982, where she was a security guard at a college. She came back to Vermont in 1996, where she took care of the elderly until 2010.

She was a life member of the Ladies Auxiliary in St. Petersburg. She enjoyed bingo and the casino.

She is survived by her sons: Frank E. Lamere Jr. and his wife, Sharon, and Danny L. Lamere and his wife, Candy; her grandchildren: Kevin Lamere, Jamie Taft and her husband, Justin, Carl Lamere and his companion, Chelsey, Liza Lamere and her companion, Roy Stone, and Melanie Fontaine and her husband, Robbie; her great-grandchildren: Cheyann Stone, Kaitlan and Cody Lamere, Jasmin and Jordan Taft, Tyler Lamere, Kaylee Fontaine, Destany Fontaine, and Gavyn Fonatine; her brother Harley Mason and his wife, Marilyn, of Guildhall; her sister Esther Lantagne of Barton; her brother-in-law Mike Amato of Nashville, Tennessee; and by her nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by her sisters: Patricia Amato and Sara Carbonneau; and by her special friend, Sylvio Williams, who for 30 years brought each other many good times going on trips and also their winter trips to Florida.

A graveside service was held on June 20, 2015 at the Brownington Center Cemetery.

Online condolences at curtis-britch.com.

obit NadeauMarilyn R. Nadeau

Marilyn R. Nadeau, 73, of Newport died suddenly at her home on June 21, 2015.

She was born on September 1, 1941, in Newport, to Percy Blay and Alma (Davio) Blay.

On April 17, 1971, she married Louis Nadeau, who predeceased her in 1980.

She worked in payroll services for Phoenix Engineering.

She was a past member and very involved with the American Legion and Veterans of Foreign Wars auxiliaries for many years. She enjoyed cooking, reading, crocheting, doing puzzles, and she was also a member of the Daughters of Isabella. Her family meant everything to her, and she always enjoyed their visits and family gatherings.

She is survived by mother, Alma (Davio) Blay of Newport; her children: Christina Montminy of Newport, and Ginny Lynn Gray and her partner, Nathan Kelley, of Newport Center; her stepdaughter Tina Nadeau of Enfield, Connecticut; her stepson-in-law Joseph Robishaw of Derby; her grandchildren: Nicole Montminy of Newport Center, Samantha Corey and her husband, Christopher, of Livermore, California, Drew Gray and Dylan Gray of Newport Center, David Robishaw of Newport, Aimee (Robishaw) Bonin of Broomfield, Colorado, and Joanna Robishaw of Derby Line; her brother Stanley Blay of Newport and his daughters: Britt Blay and Renee Rivard and their families; her great-grandchildren: Ava Grace Lefebvre, Ellis Rushford, Joey Rushford, Michelle Provencher, Jessica Robishaw, Jennifer Stevens and her husband, Dakota, and Ashley Robishaw-Morin; her five great-great-grandchildren; and also by several aunts, uncles, nieces, and nephews.

She was predeceased by her husband, Louis E. Nadeau; her father, Percy Blay; her stepson Louis Nadeau Jr.; her stepdaughter Donna Robishaw; and by her great-grandson David Robishaw Jr.

A graveside service will be held at 2 p.m. on Thursday, June 25, at St. Mary’s Cemetery in Newport.

Should friends desire, contributions in her memory may be made to the Newport Ambulance Service in Newport, Vermont 05855.

Online condolences at curtis-britch.com.

Verna S. Thayer

Verna S. Thayer, 96, of St. Johnsbury, formerly of Newport Center, died on June 13, 2015, in St. Johnsbury.

She was born on September 22, 1918, in Coventry to Clayton and Sadie (Temple) Brooks. On May 2, 1940, she married Merton Thayer, who predeceased her on March 6, 2013.

She was a former member of the Newport Center Methodist Church. She enjoyed making crafts, quilting, cooking, bowling, and playing golf.

She enjoyed attending events at the Elks Lodge with her late husband.

She is survived by her children: Sherry Rainville and her husband, Arnold, of Lyndonville, Roberta Ellis and her husband, Wendell, of Newport, and Rebecca Poulos of West Lebanon, New Hampshire; her grandchildren: Scott, Todd, and Shelly Rainville, and Chris Donovan; her great-grandchildren: Patrick, Brady, Emily, and Alex Rainville, and Kaitlyn, Jullian, and Riley Donovan; her sister Doris Hughes of Connecticut; and by her sister-in-law Tony Brooks of Montpelier.

She was predeceased by her brother Bernard Brooks; and by three sisters: Charlena Brown, Marion Renihan, and Gwen Crellen.

Services will be held at the convenience of the family.

Should friends desire, contributions in Ms. Thayer’s memory may be made to the Newport Center Methodist Church, Vance Hill Road, Newport Center, Vermont 05857.

Online condolences at curtis-britch.com.

Services

Robert E. Clark

A graveside service for Robert E. Clark will be held at 2 p.m. on Thursday, July 2, at Westlook Cemetery in Glover, with military honors.

Roy George

Committal services for Roy George of Orleans will be held at the Vermont Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Randolph Center, where full military honors will be accorded.

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Craftsbury Academy graduation: Lieutenant Governor was featured speaker

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Craftsbury graduates celebrate the end of their high school careers in a traditional fashion.   Photo by Joseph Gresser

Craftsbury graduates celebrate the end of their high school careers in a traditional fashion. Photo by Joseph Gresser

copyright the Chronicle June 17, 2015

by Joseph Gresser

CRAFTSBURY COMMON — Craftsbury Academy graduated a class of 17 students Friday, June 12.  Looking at her seniors seated near her on the stage in the school’s new gymnasium, Principal Merri Greenia smiled broadly as she made a clear political statement.

“When small schools work, they work best,” she said.

After a legislative session that placed the state’s smaller school districts squarely in the crosshairs of budget cutters, Ms. Greenia’s message was unmistakable.

And Craftsbury’s Class of 2015 had every right to feel pride in their school and their own accomplishments.  Almost half the graduating class was National Honor Society members….To read the rest of this article, and all the Chronicle‘s stories, subscribe:

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At the Lake Region graduation: “You can take the raccoon out of the wild, but….”

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As part of Lake Region Union High School’s graduation ceremony, graduates must give a white rose to someone who has stood by them in their journey.  Pictured here, MaKayla Baraw (right) gives a rose to her brother Hazen Baraw (left).  Photo by Nathalie Gagnon-Joseph

As part of Lake Region Union High School’s graduation ceremony, graduates must give a white rose to someone who has stood by them in their journey. Pictured here, MaKayla Baraw (right) gives a rose to her brother Hazen Baraw (left). Photo by Nathalie Gagnon-Joseph

copyright the Chronicle June 17, 2015

by Nathalie Gagnon-Joseph

The Lake Region Union High School Class of 2015 graduated on Sunday in a beautiful ceremony filled with parting advice, comedy, and music. There were 81 graduates.

Devin Royer gave the student address and compared the Class of 2015 to his pet raccoon. It was lovable, but sometimes you had to throw a laundry basket over it to control its wild side.

He looked towards the laughing teachers, who were seated to the right of the stage for confirmation that they sometimes wished they could have thrown a basket over this year’s graduating class.

He recalled advice teachers had given him. For example, cheating is like pregnancy.….To read the rest of this article, and all the Chronicle‘s stories, subscribe:

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Historic Brick Kingdom bridges refurbished

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Dennis Walker blocked off the bridge near the Brick Kingdom buildings too.  Vehicles don’t have space to cross anymore because of the wooden frame built for that very purpose.  Pedestrians can cross safely on either side of the frame.  Photo by Nathalie Gagnon-Joseph

Dennis Walker blocked off the bridge near the Brick Kingdom buildings too. Vehicles don’t have space to cross anymore because of the wooden frame built for that very purpose. Pedestrians can cross safely on either side of the frame. Photo by Nathalie Gagnon-Joseph

copyright the Chronicle June 17, 2015

by Nathalie Gagnon-Joseph

BARTON — Dennis Walker has temporarily repaired the two Brick Kingdom bridges here, making them safe for pedestrians.

The Barton Historical Society hired Mr. Walker to fix the bridges, which were rotting in some places.

“This is just a temporary fix so that pedestrians can still cross them and their vehicles won’t, because they need repair,” said Dottie Hathaway, director and secretary of the Barton Historic Society’s board.

The bridges are on Barton Historical Society land, which makes the organization responsible….To read the rest of this article, and all the Chronicle‘s stories, subscribe:

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Brownington gets $50,000 grant for new truck

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The town of Brownington got a new truck with the help of a $50,000 matching grant from the USDA.  From left to right are Brownington road foreman Leonard Messier, Town Clerk Cheryl Galipeau, select board Chairman Beverly White, Misty Sinsigalli of the USDA, grant writer Jan Delaney, and selectman Terry Curtis.  Photo by Elizabeth Trail

The town of Brownington got a new truck with the help of a $50,000 matching grant from the USDA. From left to right are Brownington road foreman Leonard Messier, Town Clerk Cheryl Galipeau, select board Chairman Beverly White, Misty Sinsigalli of the USDA, grant writer Jan Delaney, and selectman Terry Curtis. Photo by Elizabeth Trail

copyright the Chronicle June 17, 2015

by Elizabeth Trail

BROWNINGTON — Jan Delaney describes herself as “just a Brownington citizen who wanted to help.”

She’s not a town official. She had never written a grant before, let alone a major one.  But when she saw that her town needed money to pay for a new truck, Ms. Delaney learned by doing.

In January, with help from Town Clerk Cheryl Galipeau and former Selectman Dean Perry, Ms. Delaney put in an application to the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) for a $50,000 community facilities grant.

On June 11, Ms. Delaney’s efforts were rewarded when officials from the USDA came to Brownington….To read the rest of this article, and all the Chronicle‘s stories, subscribe:

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Obituaries June 17, 2015

obit DesrochersFlorence H. Desrochers

Florence H. Desrochers, 82, of Sheffield died on June 8, 2015, at Northeastern Vermont Regional Hospital.

She was born on June 7, 1933, in Sheffield, daughter of Everett and Evelyn (Gilman) Simpson.

She enjoyed watching old Western movies, going out to eat, and spending time with family (especially playing with Dominic, her great-grandson), and her cat.

She is survived by her daughter Debra Renaudette; her son Dale Johnson; her sister Ila Albright; four grandchildren: Christine, Samantha, Kolten, and Jasmine; three great-grandchildren: Brooklin, Alexianna, and Dominic; one soon-to-be great-granddaughter in July, Khrystaliah; several nieces and nephews; as well as Dawn Marshall, who was like a daughter, and her husband, Pete, Omi Larrabee, and Jadyn Newland.

She is predeceased by her siblings: Cora Heath, Shirley Simonds, John Simpson, Harry Simpson, and baby Everett; a son-in-law, Chris Renaudette; and by a nephew, Leslie Heath.

A graveside service was held at the Dexter Cemetery in Sheffield on June 13.

obit FrizzellMichael D. Frizzell

Michael D. Frizzell, 68, of Newport died suddenly on June 12, 2015, in Newport.

He was born on February 1, 1947, in West Stewartstown, New Hampshire, to Francis and Rowena (Brockney) Frizzell.

On October 4, 1969, he married Suzanne Leblond, who predeceased him on March 14, 2013.

He was a veteran of the U.S. Army and served in the Vietnam War in the 1960s. He was supervisor for Ethan Allen Manufacturing in Orleans.

He enjoyed gardening, the company of his black lab, and he loved being with his grandchildren.

He is survived by his daughters: Melissa Frizzell and Angela LaPlante and her husband, Dana, all of Newport; his brother Stephan Frizzell and his wife, Jeannie, of Antrim, New Hampshire; his sister Laurie Frizzell of Derby; his special companion, Terry Grenier; and by several nieces and nephews.

obit vets flagFriends may call on Thursday, June 18, from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. at the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home, at 4670 Darling Hill Road in Newport, followed by funeral services at 11 a.m. at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Newport, where a Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated. Interment will follow in St. Mary’s Cemetery.

Should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to the American Cancer Society, 55 Day Lane, Williston, Vermont 05495.

Online condolences at curtis-britch.com.

obit MacDonaldJessica L. MacDonald

Jessica L. MacDonald, 30, of Derby Line died suddenly on June 11, 2015, at her home.

She was born on September 15, 1984, in Kokomo, Indiana, to Kim MacDonald Lague and Dominque Gervais.

Her life was spent caring for her three children, whom she adored with all her heart. She put all others ahead of her own needs and was always a pillar for everyone in her life to lean on and count on. Her kindness and compassion for all people knew no bounds and was a force that brought a special light into this world for us all.

She is survived by her parents: Kim MacDonald Lague and her husband, Ray, of Colorado, and Dominque Gervais and his wife, Donna, of Coventry; her children: Connor, Madison, and Parker Russell; her longtime companion, Doug Russell, of Derby Line; her sisters: Melissa MacDonald of Missouri, and Jennifer Vitalis and her husband, Randy, of Connecticut; her brothers: Keith Gervais of Vermont and Christian Gervais of Newport Center; her grandparents: Gilbert Gervais of Connecticut, Josianne Downs of Kentucky, and Keith and Ann MacDonald of Missouri; her stepsisters: Holly Larose of North Carolina, and Meghan Gervais of Newport Center; and by Douglas Russell’s parents and sister: Brian and Kim Russell and Tracy Russell, all of Derby.

Funeral services were held on June 16, in Newport.

Should friends desire, contributions in her memory may be sent to Tracy Russell, 583 Sunset Acres, Newport, Vermont 05855, for her children.

Online condolences at curtis-britch.com.

Mary Ann Merrill

Mary Ann Merrill of Craftsbury, 66, died on April 23, 2015, in Charlestown, New Hampshire.

She was the daughter of Robert and Elizabeth Merrill.

After graduating in a class of ten students at Craftsbury Academy, she attended the University of Vermont. She graduated cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa in 1971.

For over 20 years she was a secretary at Fletcher Allen Health Care in Burlington. Later, she did volunteer driving for senior citizens and was a private duty caregiver.

As a member of the fourth generation, she worked on the family farm. She spent many happy summers at her camp, which her father built.

She belonged to the United Church of Craftsbury, Ladies Union, and Homemakers.

She is survived by her sisters: Nancy Merrill and her partner, Robert Lambert, and Jane Linck and her husband, David; her niece Jennifer Linck and her partner, Cedar, and their daughters: Posey and Alice Hannan; her nephew Robert and his son Stig Linck, all of Craftsbury; her uncle and aunt, Everett and Phyllis Merrill of Cobleskill, New York; her aunt Beverly Merrill of LaCrescent, Minnesota; and by several cousins. She also leaves behind three very special longtime friends: Marjorie Stoddard, Fay Waterhouse, and Jean Anderson and their extended families.

She was predeceased by her parents; her sister Martha Jenkins; her uncle Leland Merrill; her uncle, aunt, and cousin: John, Jane Ellen, and Martin Wehncke.

A memorial service will be held on June 27 at 2 p.m. at the United Church of Craftsbury on Craftsbury Common.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the United Church of Craftsbury, care of Cheryl Bailey, Treasurer, 181 Collinsville Road, Craftsbury, Vermont 05826; or to a charity of one’s choice.

obit SmithMarilyn Bates Smith

Marilyn Bates Smith, 83, of Shelburne, formerly of Newport, died on June 13, 2015, in Burlington.

She was born on January 13, 1932, in Morgan, to Carl and Marion (Mudgett) Bates.

She graduated as Valedictorian of the Class of 1950 from Newport High School. In 1954, she graduated from the University of Vermont with a bachelor’s degree in liberal arts.

On June 30, 1958, she married Robert Winfield Smith, who predeceased her on July 12, 2003.

She was a teacher in Randolph and Cabot, as well as a substitute teacher in Danville, St. Johnsbury, and Lyndon. She was first and foremost a devoted wife and mother.

She was a member of the Retired Teachers Association and an active member of the North Congregational Church. She loved cats and was a volunteer at the Frontier Animal Society.

She is survived by her children: Brian Carl Smith and his wife, Dawn, of Westfield, Massachusetts, and Alan Robert Smith and his wife, Susan, of South Burlington; her grandson Christopher Brian Smith and his wife, Krystle, and their three daughters: Zerviah, Matilda and Elphaba of Johnstown, New York; her two nieces: Sheri and Deborah; and by her five nephews: Jeff, Greg, Tom, Steven, and Craig.

She was predeceased by her sister Carleen Cummings.

Funeral services will be held on Wednesday, June 17, at 2 p.m. at the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home, at 37 Lake Road in Newport.

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

Online condolences at curtis-britch.com.

obit urieRichard James Urie

Richard James Urie, 80, of Livingston, Montana, died on Friday, June 5, 2015, at his home, with his family by his side.

He was born on March 31, 1935, in Albany, son of Leslie and Isabel (Anderson) Urie of Bonnie View Farm. He graduated from Craftsbury Academy and then earned a degree in agronomy from the University of Vermont. After college he worked for the Soil Conservation Service until he was drafted in 1958. He served two years in the United States Army, stationed in Germany.

Upon his discharge from the U.S. Army, Mr. Urie returned to Bonnie View Farm to work with his father. In December of 1965, he married Ellen Boyd and she joined him at Bonnie View Farm.

Mr. and Mrs. Urie enjoyed 29 years raising a family and farming together. He took great pride in the stewardship of the farmlands and improving their productivity. He also spent many hours teasing and playing with his four children, Wendi, Barb, Kelly, and Dan, and was well know for his sense of humor and enjoyment of a practical joke. The family’s “city cousins” and friends with summer homes all loved to visit the farm and to be part of the fun he created.

Mr. and Mrs. Urie retired from farming in 1994, traveled the country for a full year, and then settled in Asheville, North Carolina, where they lived for eight years. In 2003, they relocated to Livingston, to be closer to their daughters. Mr. Urie was immediately fascinated by Western farming and ranching, and especially irrigation. For a Vermont farmer the idea of not having enough water was completely foreign! Mr. Urie was also drawn to the mountain landscape and enjoyed hikes, bicycle rides, and snowshoe outings with his daughters and grandchildren.

obit vets flagHe is survived by his wife, Ellen; his favorite daughters: Barb and her husband, Jim Marshall, Kelly Elder, and Wendi and her husband, Mike Cimonetti; his siblings: Ellen Jane and her husband, Wes McGrew, Arthur, and Paul and his wife, Sue; and by his five grandchildren: Marissa, Jack, Abby, Hazen, and Caroline.

He was predeceased by his parents, Leslie and Isabel; his son Dan; and by his brother Andrew.

A celebration of his life was held on June 12, in Livingston. Interment will be at the Andersonville Cemetery in West Glover at a later date.

Memorials are preferred to Park County Senior Center, 206 South Main Street, Livingston, Montana 59047.

obit wellsGeorge W. Wells

George W. Wells, 73, of South Burlington died at his home on Friday, June 12, 2015.

He was born in Hartford, Connecticut, on January 11, 1942, son of the late Harland and Evelyn (Wallace) Wells.

Following high school, Mr. Wells entered into the U.S. Navy, starting a 20-year career, proudly serving his country on various submarines as Radioman Chief Petty Officer. He was a Vietnam veteran and was actively involved during the Cuban Blockade and Lebanon Crisis. His submarine duties included the USS Carp, USS Blenny, USS Entemedor, USS Seawolf, USS Kamehameha, USS Benjamin Franklin, USS Escape, and the USS Andrew Jackson. He was also a mortgage broker — he owned and operated Express Mortgage for ten years.

Mr. Wells was a devoted husband, father, grandfather, and great-grandfather. He treasured time spent with his family. He took great pride in his brother, son, grandson, niece, and nephews, and swelled whenever he spoke of their service to our country. He enjoyed family hunting trips to Jay Peak, and salmon fishing in Pulaski or Anchorage, Alaska. He adored his grandchildren.  He was an avid Red Sox fan, enjoyed working in the yard, grilling, and “sharing” recipes, but not the grilling duties.

obit vets flagHe is survived by his wife, Ruth (Emmerson) O’Keefe-Wells of South Burlington; his children: Karol Leggett and husband, Creg, of Birmingham, Alabama, Karl Wells and his wife, Jeannie, of Beaufort, South Carolina, Timothy O’Keefe and his wife, Melissa, of Albany, New York, Kathleen O’Keefe of South Burlington, and Patricia Cutler and her husband, Matthew, of Albany, New York; his eight grandchildren: Richard Hunt, Daniel O’Keefe and his partner, Caitlyn Ribeiro, Zachary Wells, Ryan O’Keefe, Emma Leggett, Tessa Leggett, Emily O’Keefe, and Connor LeClair; a great-granddaughter and his pride and joy, Amelia O’Keefe; his brothers: Edward Wells and his wife, Joanne, Harland Wells and his wife, Carol, and Roger Wells and his wife, Barbara; his sisters-in law and brothers-in-law: Sandra Hemenway and her husband, Hale, Thomas Emmerson and his wife, Anna, Betty Emmerson, Ernest Emmerson and his wife, Diana Emmerson, and Micki Ann and Ronald Thomas; and by his very special aunt, June Windhold.

He was predeceased by his brother Richard Wells.

A celebration of life with reception to follow will be held on Thursday, June 18, at 11 a.m. in the Trinity Episcopal Church, at 5171 Shelburne Road in Shelburne. Burial will be held later at the convenience of the family in St. Mary’s Cemetery in Newport.

In lieu of flowers, contributions in his memory may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association Vermont Chapter, 300 Cornerstone Drive, Suite 128, Williston, Vermont 05495.

obit wolfgramViolet Ruth Wolfgram

Violet Ruth Wolfgram died on Monday, June 8, 2015, at Artisan Assisted Living in DeForest, Wisconsin.

She was born on March 5, 1930, in St. Louis, Missouri.

Known as Peachy to her parents and siblings on Cape Cod, and as Ruth when she raised her children in Vermont, she became Ruthie and Grandma Ruthie as the days went by and she moved to Rotterdam, New York, and finally to Wisconsin.

Ms. Wolfgram always had an artistic flair and an entrepreneurial drive. Her artful creativity showed up in the form of charcoal and pencil sketches of family members, pets, and interesting strangers; she also dabbled in oil painting, created hundreds of dried flower arrangements that she called “beautifuls,” and later moved on to pressed flower, fern, and leaf pictures under glass.

Her entrepreneurial side found its expression in the world of sales. From her earliest married days, she worked with her husband, Dick, as a traveling saleswoman. Together they sold a variety of goods, but they particularly enjoyed and did well in the photography business. When they moved with their children Cory and Steve to Vermont in 1960, they ran a photography studio and Ms. Wolfgram started a sign painting business, G&W Signs, with Libby Garneau. The sign business allowed her to use her artistry and her sales abilities, and she and Ms. Garneau had a great time creating designs and painting everything from signs outside of businesses to school buses and oil delivery trucks.

The stories she told in her final years often focused on the time that she was living in Rotterdam, in the cute little house owned by her brother Gerry and his wife, Mac. She reminisced about her grandchildren, Chad and Erica, and her great-grandchildren, Andrew, Amber, Cierra, and Cydney. Some of her most animated stories came from her years as a salesperson for Under Cover Wear, the lingerie firm for which she conducted home parties. As part of her compensation as one of the top sales people in the nation, she won vacation trips to Australia, Rome, Hawaii, and Thailand. She was so successful that on many of her trips, she won two tickets and was able to take along a second person.

Told with eyes wide and arms flailing, she would joyfully recount how, on the trip to Australia while seated in first class, her guest and in-law, Ann Frost, told the flight attendant as they approached the equator crossing that they should have a glass of whiskey. The flight attendant brought Ms. Wolfgram and Ms. Frost the bottle, and left it. While she struck a more respectful tone when talking about her trip to Rome and looking up at the Pope from Vatican Square, her tales from Thailand were rollicking — from the locals staring and pointing at her bright red hair — she loved it — to the “mild” soup that set her mouth on fire, and finally to her riding the mother elephant while Cory rode the baby elephant.

She is survived by her brothers and sisters and their spouses: Gerry and Eleanor Pierce, David and Barbara Pierce, Eleanor and John Cunningham, and Carol and Willie Nobre. She is also survived by her two children and their spouses: Cory Wolfgram and John Burton and Steve and Jane Wolfgram; numerous nieces and nephews; her grandchildren: Andrew, Amber, Cierra, and Cydney Wolfgram, and Carter Webster and Kai Williams; her great-great-grandson Cayden Wolfgram; and by her former daughter-in-law Jo, who stayed in close touch with her over 40 years.

At her request, a simple family ceremony is being held on Cape Cod in the fall.

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World War II veterans gather on the anniversary of D-Day

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Joe Queenin of Derby Line holds up a Japanese flag, which was folded inside the helmet of the Japanese soldier he killed during the war.  The flag is covered with wishes for a safe return, hand-written by friends and family of the young soldier.   Photo by Elizabeth Trail

Joe Queenin of Derby Line holds up a Japanese flag, which was folded inside the helmet of the Japanese soldier he killed during the war. The flag is covered with wishes for a safe return, hand-written by friends and family of the young soldier. Photo by Elizabeth Trail

copyright the Chronicle June 10, 2015

by Elizabeth Trail

NEWPORT — They came walking upright, leaning on canes, or struggling with walkers, holding in their hands treasured memorabilia from over 70 years ago.  Seventeen World War II veterans — 16 men and one woman, ranging in age from their late eighties through mid-nineties — assembled at the Goodrich Memorial Library in Newport Saturday to mark the anniversary of the allied invasion of Normandy, France.

The event was organized and hosted by Scott Wheeler, owner and editor of Vermont’s Northland Journal, along with his wife, Penny, and daughter Emily. Over 60 people attended, including the veterans, their families, and members of the community.

“I came to mingle with the other vets and remember the occasion,” said 93-year-old Lindy Palin.  “I was reliving a few missions this morning….To read the rest of this article, and all the Chronicle‘s stories, subscribe:

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North Country graduates look to future

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Keenan Warner acknowledges his cheering section after receiving his diploma Saturday evening.  Photo by Joseph Gresser

Keenan Warner acknowledges his cheering section after receiving his diploma Saturday evening. Photo by Joseph Gresser

copyright the Chronicle June 10, 2015

by Joseph Gresser

NEWPORT — Almost 200 seniors walked across the small stage put up in the North Country Union High School gymnasium Saturday evening, June 6. Each young man and woman received the document that marked a departure from a prescribed routine and the opening of the door to the future.

As is the custom at North Country, the ceremony was brief. Only an hour passed between the opening notes of Elgar’s “Pomp and Circumstance,” played in a stately manner by the school band, and the last bars of the piece played at a much brisker clip to suit the pace of the departing graduates.

In between, speakers praised the class of 2015 as a generous group of students, willing to give of their time and attention for the benefit of others.

North Country Principal Bill Rivard said….To read the rest of this article, and all the Chronicle‘s stories, subscribe:

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Bread and Puppet Theater’s museum turns 40

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Here, Elka Schumann, whose husband, Peter Schumann, founded the Bread and Puppet Theater, sits next to the museum guard, a wooden figurine.  Traditionally, he sleeps in a nightcap in his bed on the bench next to where Ms. Schumann is sitting all winter when the museum is closed, and is woken up each summer for the open house.  When he’s on duty he wears a cap.  Photo by Nathalie Gagnon-Joseph

Here, Elka Schumann, whose husband, Peter Schumann, founded the Bread and Puppet Theater, sits next to the museum guard, a wooden figurine. Traditionally, he sleeps in a nightcap in his bed on the bench next to where Ms. Schumann is sitting all winter when the museum is closed, and is woken up each summer for the open house. When he’s on duty he wears a cap. Photo by Nathalie Gagnon-Joseph

copyright the Chronicle June 10, 2015

by Nathalie Gagnon-Joseph

GLOVER — Visitors jammed the lanes around the Bread and Puppet Theater’s grounds here with their cars on Sunday when they came for the museum’s open house.

The theater celebrated the fortieth anniversary of its puppet museum on Sunday with shape note singing, harp music, and mini-plays scattered around the yard.

The smell of garlic from the aioli that was served with Bread and Puppet’s signature sourdough bread permeated the museum.

Visitors could wander through over 40 years worth of big puppets and peruse and purchase posters, pamphlets, and books.

Burt Porter, a Glover poet and musician who has participated in opening the museum yearly since its inception, was given a wooden medal….To read the rest of this article, and all the Chronicle‘s stories, subscribe:

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