State Police encourage women to become troopers


Vermont State Police Trooper Callie Field is based out of the Derby barracks.

Vermont State Police Trooper Callie Field is based out of the Derby barracks.  Photos by Nathalie Gagnon-Joseph

copyright the Chronicle April 8, 2015

by Nathalie Gagnon-Joseph

There’s a growing number of women in law enforcement. In fact, at the moment, six of the 21 State Police officers stationed in the Derby barracks are women. Callie Field, who was originally from Maine, has been working there since 2002. Trooper Field was in law enforcement for seven years before that.

Being a woman in the force is no different from being a man, she said in a recent interview.

“You’re a trooper first and a woman second.”

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How to play spring sports without spring


Lake Region Union High School boys baseball coach Eric Degre steps outside to survey the baseball field Friday.  “There's two feet of snow on the ground now,” he said.  “And we're expecting more over the weekend.”  Though Mr. Degre has reason to feel blue — the pitcher's mound can be seen just above center frame — he intends to take his team to Florida for spring break.   Photos by David Dudley

Lake Region Union High School boys baseball coach Eric Degre steps outside to survey the baseball field Friday. “There’s two feet of snow on the ground now,” he said. “And we’re expecting more over the weekend.” Though Mr. Degre has reason to feel blue — the pitcher’s mound can be seen just above center frame — he intends to take his team to Florida for spring break. Photos by David Dudley

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by David Dudley

Each year around April 1, the weather plays its own April Fool’s prank on the Northeast Kingdom. For young athletes in the area, the first day that the temperature rises above 30 degrees engenders an irrepressible need to get outside and play.

That need is only magnified for high school athletes. The delays caused by weather such as this year’s, where winter shows every sign of hanging on, can mean less time for practice, and could give opponents in a less snowy clime a competitive edge.

Spring sports coaches have to be on top of their game to face this challenge. They have to figure out resourceful ways to practice outdoor sports while indoors.

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Obituaries April 8, 2015

obit ChaffeeIda Edna Chaffee

Ida Edna Chaffee, 91, of Albany died peacefully on April 3, 2015, in Newport.

She was born on November 16, 1923, in Albany to Mark and Ida (Keith) Honsinger.

On November 26, 1945, she married Dale Chaffee, who predeceased her on March 13, 2014.

She was a member of the Albany United Methodist Church. She enjoyed baking for the church dinners, tending to her flower gardens, knitting, and crocheting.

She is survived by her children: Ida Burdick and Mark Chaffee, both of Albany; her grandchildren: Willard “Andy” Burdick of Woodsville, New Hampshire, and Jonathan Dale Burdick and his wife, Joanna, of Claremont, New Hampshire; her great-grandchildren: Alyssa, Matthew, Austin, Peyton, Davan, Jacob, and Logan; her sister-in-law Beverly Chaffee of Montpelier; and by several nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by half brothers: Lynn, Charles, and Harry Rowell.

Friends may call at the Curtis-Britch and Davis Funeral Home on Craftsbury Common on Wednesday, April 8, from 6 to 8 p.m. Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. on Friday, April 10, at the Albany United Methodist Church with the Reverend Nathan Strong officiating. Spring interment will be in the Albany Village Cemetery.

Should friends desire, contributions in her memory may be made to the charity of one’s choice.

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obit CresswellGregory A. Cresswell

Gregory A. Cresswell, 67, of Newport Center died on April 1, 2015, in Newport.

He was born on June 10, 1947, in Lock Haven, Pennsylvania, to Stephen and Martha (Confer) Cresswell.

On April 20, 1974, he married Nancy Pollander, who survives him.

He graduated from Penn State with a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering. He retired in 1999 as an environmental engineer for Mobil Oil Corp. He was a member of the National Guard in Connecticut.

He held memberships with the Exxon-Mobil Retirees Club, Penn State Alumni Association, OSHA Life Long Learning Group, and the North Country Swingers.

He enjoyed tending to his flower gardens, and frog hunting with his grandsons, daughter, and Bryan. He also enjoyed hunting, fishing, camping, boating, football, listening to country music with Leo, traveling, camping, snowshoeing, shoveling with his grandsons, and tending to his three aquariums.

He is survived by his wife, Nancy Cresswell, of Newport Center; his daughter Desiree Cresswell and her companion, Bryan Elmer, of Coventry; his grandsons: Leo, Saige, and Travis; and by his brother Christopher Cresswell and his wife, Rita, of Longhorne, Pennsylvania.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, April 8, at St. Mary’s Star of the Sea Catholic Church in Newport, where a Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated. Spring interment will be in Lake Road Cemetery in Newport Center.

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

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obit dalleyEthel Elizabeth Dalley

Ethel Elizabeth Dalley, 82, of Derby died peacefully on March 31, 2015, in Newport.

She was born on May 8, 1932, in Cambridge, New York, daughter of James and Florence (Gray) Hess. On October 4, 1950, in Johnson, she married Winfield Dalley Jr., who predeceased her in 2006.

During her younger years, she spent her time in Arlington and Johnson, graduating from Johnson High School with honors. After marriage, she spent her adult life living in Derby Line, Island Pond, Norton, and lastly in Derby. For many years, she was the bookkeeper for the famous Buck & Doe Restaurant. She kept herself busy volunteering in her communities holding town appointments, helping establish the Island Pond Medical Center, Home Health, working for the church suppers at the congregational church, and many hours for the Republican committee. She had very strong beliefs and shared them freely. She was the backbone of her family. Her greatest joy was helping so many during difficult times. She was extremely intelligent and a very giving person with a big heart, always thinking of others.

She loved living in the Northeast Kingdom, spending time with her family on the lake, skiing, and snowmobiling. She was known as the “White Tornado” on the snowmobile. She was an avid NASCAR fan. She enjoyed gardening and moving rocks. Mostly, she enjoyed time and talks with so many friends.

She will be deeply missed by her family: her son and his wife, Robert and Annette Dalley, of East Burke, and their two children: Jennifer Dalley of Breckenridge, Colorado, and Joshua Dalley and his wife, Ivy, of Mancos, Colorado; her daughter Denise Shannon of Plant City, Florida, and her children: Angel Shannon and Kaylan Murray of Rutland, Luis Shannon and Heather and Peter St. Onge of Plant City; and five great-grandchildren: Onnalise and Damon Shannon of Rutland, and Heavyn and Neese Shannon and Brynley St. Onge of Plant City. She also leaves her extended family, which includes these cherished children: Janice Wing of South Burlington; Al and Sharon Canfield of Milton and daughter Amie of South Hadley, Massachusetts; Speedo Deskins of Holland and his children: Damian and his wife, Abbie Deskins, and their daughters: Iliana of Holland and Anna Deskins and her daughter Kaya of Newport; and Steve Lontine of North Troy and his children: Ashley and Colby of Georgia. She also leaves many other special friends: Roberta “Tootie” Chesney of Island Pond and Donald Phillips of Florida.

She was predeceased by her son-in-law Randall Shannon on March 28, 2015; and by her two brothers: James Hess Jr. of Belchertown, Massachusetts, and Charles Hess of Morrisville.

obit DubeStephen J. Dube

Stephen J. Dube died on the first day of spring, on March 20, 2015, at home, with his family at his side.

He was born in Brattleboro on December 29, 1946, to Michael Angelo and Beulah Hefflon Dube. He moved to Connecticut with his family and later graduated from Bassick High School in Bridgeport, Connecticut. He then graduated from Bridgeport Engineering School and worked for Avco and Sikorsky Aircraft as a technical writer.

In 1980, he returned to Vermont and built his house on Willoughby Lake, where he lived for over 30 years. He made molds and cement statuary, particularly gargoyles and Buddhas. He brokered church salvage, especially stained glass windows and architectural elements. He loved nature, flowers, plants and animals. His wild birds were very special to him. He moved to Newfane two years ago.

He leaves a brother, Jack, and his wife, Jean; his sister Carol Courcier; and many nieces, nephews, and cousins.

He was predeceased by his parents; his sister “Babe” and brother “Mickey.”

There will be a celebration of his life on Saturday, April 25, at All Souls Church in West Brattleboro.

obit okeefeKeith O’Keefe

Keith O’Keefe, 27, of Newport died suddenly in Jay on April 3, 2015.

He was born on August 17, 1987, in Newport, to Roger O’Keefe and Kimberly Ovitt Henderson. He was employed at Jay Peak Ski Resort in the IT Services Department, which he thoroughly enjoyed. He lived life large and to the fullest. He had many friends who claimed him as a best friend. He always kept them on their toes with his sharp wit. He absolutely loved music and jamming with his friends. He loved to strum on his guitar and had recently discovered karaoke. He also loved writing. He will be missed by many although he is joining his beloved Grammy Bertha, whom he loved and missed dearly.

He is survived by his father Roger O’Keefe and his wife, Shawnda, of Ferdinand; his mother Kimberly Ovitt Henderson and her husband, Kevin Henderson, of Roanoke Alabama; his brothers: Matthew Gray and his wife, Sherry, and their daughter Adalee Grace of Delta Alabama, and Jacob O’Keefe of Ferdinand; his grandparents: Alan Ovitt and his wife, Wanda, of Lithia Springs, Georgia, Cathy Irvin and her husband, Pete Irvin, of Sylacauaga Alabama; his uncle Michael O’Keefe and his partner, Linda Deslandes, of Island Pond; his favorite uncle, Pat O’Keefe, and his wife, Lisa, of Island Pond; his uncle Gary O’Keefe and his wife, Ginette, of Island Pond; his aunt Vicky O’Keefe of Island Pond; his aunt Vicki Ovitt Lyons of Roanoke; his aunt Heidi Irvin of Vincent, Alabama; his uncle Robert Leigh of Carrolton, Georgia; his cousin Jon O’Keefe and his wife, Crystal, of Island Pond; his cousin Laurie Adams and her husband, Jeff Adams, of Jericho; his cousin Tom O’Keefe of Silver Springs, Maryland; his cousin Molly Ducharme and her husband, Lucien Ducharme, and their daughter Alexis of Weathersfield; and his cousins: William Lyons and Romello Lyons of Roanoke.

He was predeceased by his grandmother Bertha O’Keefe; and by his grandfather Lawrence “Muscles” O’Keefe of Island Pond.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, April 11, at the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home, at 1199 Railroad Street in Island Pond. Friends may call at the funeral home on April 11, from 9 a.m. until the hour of the funeral. A reception will follow at the American Legion Hall in Island Pond.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made at any Passumpsic Savings Bank branch for the Keith O’Keefe Memorial Fund.

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obit seubeHelen Seube

Helen Seube, 85, of Staten Island, New York, died on Friday, March 27, 2015, at Staten Island University Hospital.

She was a retired teacher, a beloved fixture in her West Brighton neighborhood community and a woman whose passions were singing, art and people.

The lifelong West Brighton resident was born Helen Lesch. She graduated from Notre Dame Academy High School and earned her bachelor’s degree from the former Notre Dame College, both in the Grymes Hill neighborhood in Staten Island. She received her master’s degree in education from Wagner College, also Grymes Hill.

Mrs. Seube embarked on her long teaching career at PS 20 in Port Richmond in Staten Island, where she taught art for over ten years. She then taught first-graders at PS 45 in West Brighton for 20 years, until retiring in 1994 to care for her husband, Laurent Sr., during his illness.

She started the PS 45 Retirees Club for teachers in 1996, and enjoyed catching up with colleagues and meeting newly retired teachers.

Growing up, she loved to play tennis and was a mainstay on the courts at Walker Park in Staten Island. She also loved music and singing, and with her brother Carl Lesch, the late well-known choral director and music teacher, sang at functions and venues all over the island. She was honored in 2009 at the St. Peter’s Girls and Boys Glee Club/Seton Chorale

Mrs. Seube’s creativity and artistic bent were expressed in the many original quilts she made. She loved going to her house in Vermont and spending time there. She vacationed at Willoughby Lake in Westmore for over 50 years, spending summers at her home there, “The Bug’s Ear.” And although she considered herself a bit shy, she was a true people person.

“She was one of the dearest, sweetest, most wonderful people. Everyone loved her, and she knew so many people from her teaching and singing, they would stop her on the street, and in her neighborhood. She was just remarkable,” said her daughter Cheryl LaBelle.

Mrs. Seube also enjoyed the companionship of her miniature poodle, Susie.

She was a parishioner of Sacred Heart R.C. Church in West Brighton, where she was a soloist in the choir and also counted the collections on Monday mornings.

She is survived by her daughter Cheryl LaBelle and her husband, Mark, of Summit, New Jersey; her sons: Laurent Seube Jr. of Staten Island, and Mark Seube of Lewisburg, Pennsylvania; and by her two grandchildren: Katie and Mark Seube of Hamilton, New Jersey.

Laurent Seube Sr., her husband of 48 years, died in 2000.

Memorial contributions may be made to St. Jude Children’s Hospital.

Funeral services were held on April 1 in West Brighton. Burial will take place in the spring in Lakeview Cemetery in Westmore.

Marcel G. Therrien

Marcel G. Therrien, 70, died on March 30, 2015, in Orleans.

He was born on January 17, 1945, in Newport Center, to Leo and Simone (Rondeau) Therrien.

After graduating from Sacred Heart High School, Mr. Therrien served in the U.S. Air Force as a C-141 aircraft mechanic.

On June 24, 1972, he married Janice Sargent, who survives him. They enjoyed traveling, especially going to Utah to visit their daughter and her family. In their younger years, they enjoyed going to dances. Mr. Therrien liked to tell stories and jokes and would carry on a conversation with anyone he came in contact with. He also enjoyed haying, mowing the lawn, and any activity that gave him the opportunity to drive a tractor. He always took pride in keeping his farm and property looking nice. He would readily lend a hand to family and friends when needed and he was a member of the Knights of Columbus.

He is survived by his wife, Janice, of Derby; his two children: Evan Therrien and his wife, Fran, of Derby, and Meredith Hand and her husband, Joshua, of Hooper, Utah; three grandchildren: Serena and Kallie Hand of Hooper, and Samantha Smith of Derby; and by his brothers and sisters: Andre Therrien and his wife, Wilma, Francine Thayer and her husband, Ronald, Helene Suhr and her husband, Dean, Maria Osias and her husband, Paul, Roland Therrien and his wife, Joan, Gilles Therrien and his wife, Jeanette, and Julien Therrien. He is also survived by many nieces and nephews and several brothers- and sisters-in-law.

He was predeceased by a sister and her husband, Monique and Ken Washburn.

Funeral services were held on April 7, in Derby Line. Spring interment will be held at the Derby Center Cemetery in Derby.

Should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to the United Service Organization (USO), Department WS, P.O. Box 96860, Washington, D.C. 20090; or to Disabled American Veterans (DAV), care of Winston Dowland, Whittier Road, Derby Line, Vermont 05830.

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New Village Pizza brings back old menu


Ryan Lewis and Marcia Brown are the new Village Pizza owners. The restaurant is now called Lewis Village Pizza and brings back the old substation menu with a few additions.  Photos by Nathalie Gagnon-Joseph

Ryan Lewis and Marcia Brown are the new Village Pizza owners. The restaurant is now called Lewis Village Pizza and brings back the old substation menu with a few additions. Photos by Nathalie Gagnon-Joseph

copyright the Chronicle April 1, 2015

by Nathalie Gagnon-Joseph

DERBY — Companions Ryan Lewis and Marcia Brown bought Derby’s Village Pizza two months ago. After a month of renovations, the restaurant, now called Lewis Village Pizza, is open again.

“I always told people that one of these days this is what I was going to do,” Mr. Lewis said Tuesday.

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When a rock festival takes over a small town…


WEB shape of the skycopyright the Chronicle April 1, 2015

Shape of the Sky, by Shelagh Connor Shapiro. 242 pages. Paperback. Published by Wind Ridge Books. $15.95.

Reviewed by Tena Starr  

The Northeast Kingdom and rock festivals have a historic relationship, so Shelagh Connor Shapiro’s lovely novel, Shape of the Sky, is not as far-fetched as one might think.

In this book, Resolute, Vermont, population 613, decides to host a big rock and roll concert in order to raise money. Although a fictional town, Resolute is obviously set in Orleans County. It’s small, rural, poor, and populated by characters.

At Town Meeting, the local music teacher mentions that he’s asked Vermont’s most famous native rock band if they’re interested in holding a concert in town.

Predictably, some favor the idea, and some don’t. Yes, thousands of fans would boost the economy, if only for a weekend. And, yes, it’s likely to be messy. Yes, farmers could rent out campsites, and local businesses would benefit from the traffic.

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AnC Bio is back on track


A rendering of the proposed 85,000-square-foot AnC Bio building.  According to the permit, a portion of the eastern side of the present Bogner building will be demolished to build the new structure.  When complete the plant is expected to employee as many as 500 people.  Photo by Joseph Gresser

A rendering of the proposed 85,000-square-foot AnC Bio building. According to the permit, a portion of the eastern side of the present Bogner building will be demolished to build the new structure. When complete the plant is expected to employee as many as 500 people. Photo by Joseph Gresser

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by Joseph Gresser

NEWPORT — AnC Bio, the biomedical facility being developed with money from the federal EB-5 visa program, is back on track. A press release from Jay Peak late Tuesday afternoon said the state Department of Financial Regulation (DFR) has approved a revised “private placement memorandum.”

The expiration of that document, which serves as a guide that potential investors can use to judge the potential risks and rewards of a project, led the state to ask Jay Peak to suspend its search for investors last year.

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Obituaries April 1, 2015

obit DavioAngeline M. Davio

Angeline M. Davio, 92, of Newport died on Thursday, March 26, 2015, in Newport.

She was born on February 6, 1923, to James and Virginia Moyer in Newark, New York. On July 22, 1942, she married Elwood Davio, the former postmaster of Newport, who predeceased her on December 12, 2007.

She will be remembered as working at JJ Newberry’s and M.H. Fishman in Newport.

Mrs. Davio enjoyed reading, attending family events, and visiting friends and shut-ins.

She also attended St. Mary’s Star of the Sea Catholic Church.

She is survived by her three children: Theresa Drake and her husband, Philip, of Derby, Cheryl Davio and Brandon Davio of Newport; four grandchildren: Paula Gratton and her husband, Ronnie, of Fairfax, Scott Drake and his companion, Jeremy Davis, of Saratoga, New York, Douglas Drake and his wife, Tammy, of North Troy, and Rhonda Drake and her companion, Dave Roy, of Fairfax; and by her great-grandchildren: Tia Drake and her companion, Tyler Judd, of Newport Center, Nathaniel Drake, and Emma Drake of North Troy.

At Mrs. Davio’s request, there will be no calling hours and the graveside ceremony will be held at the convenience of the family. Spring interment will be at the Pine Grove Cemetery in Newport.

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 may be sent to the family through the funeral home website at

obit FoyMarie Judith “Judy” (Tremblay) Foy

Marie Judith “Judy” (Tremblay) Foy, 92, of Island Pond died peacefully on the morning of February 26, 2015, while surrounded by family and loved ones at Northeastern Vermont Regional Hospital in St. Johnsbury.

She was born in Chandler, Quebec, on July 1, 1922, to Napoleon Narcisse and Marie Helene “Sarah” (Senechal) Tremblay.

On July 20, 1945, she married Albert Joseph Foy, and together they had six children. She had a deep belief in God and this served as the cornerstone of her life. Most of her life was spent raising her family and simply being present for everyone she came into contact with. She had a sincere, strong love for people, especially children, and as a result came to be known as “Grammy Judy.” Grammy Judy’s love was infectious, she always saw the best in everyone, and as long as she was around, no one went without love, attention, or food! She worked tirelessly to make anyone and everyone feel comfortable in her home, and she had a wonderful sense of humor that stayed with her until her passing. She will be missed by so many and the world will not be the same without her.

In past years, she worked for the Canadian National Railroad in Bryant Pond, Maine; The Brown Company in North Stratford, New Hampshire; and Ethan Allen Furniture Manufacturing in Island Pond. She was a former member of Island Pond American Legion Auxiliary Post #80, and was an active volunteer for many years at the Island Pond Senior Center. In April of 2006, she traveled to the Vermont State House in Montpelier where she proudly received the Governor’s Award for Volunteerism in Community Service from former Governor Jim Douglas. She was also a breast cancer survivor and she participated in several cancer walks, including one in 2014 at the age of 91.

She is survived by her six children: Margaret Morrill and her husband, Robert, of West Glover, David Foy and his wife, Paula, of Johnson City, Tennessee, George “Tony” Foy and his wife, Sue, of Island Pond, Fred Foy and his wife, Gina, of Morrisville, John “Charles” Foy of Plant City, Florida, and Kathleen Fitzgerald and her husband, Matthew, of Williston; two brothers: Roderick “Roddy” Tremblay of Quebec City, Quebec, and Rudolphe “Duffy” Tremblay of Chandler; two sisters: Marie-Anna “Mamie” Wall of Chandler, and Marie-Ange “Nonie” Urquhart of Sept Iles, Quebec; and by 16 grandchildren and 26 great-grandchildren.

She was predeceased by her husband, Albert; her parents; six brothers and six sisters; and by a great-grandson.

At her request, there will be no calling hours. A funeral Mass will be held on Saturday, July 18, at 11 a.m., at St. James Catholic Church in Island Pond, with a celebration of her life following.

Donations in her name may be made to Island Pond Community Services, Inc., P.O. Box 446, Island Pond, Vermont 05846; or to the Craftsbury Community Care Center, 1784 East Craftsbury Road, Craftsbury, Vermont 05826.

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obit HawksworthBretton J. Hawksworth

Bretton J. Hawksworth, 15, of Newport Center died on Friday, March 27, 2015, in Newport, with his family by his side, after a long and courageous battle with cancer.

He was born in Newport on November 22, 1999, the beloved son of Jodi Hawksworth and James Hawksworth Jr.

He was a freshman at North Country Union High School in Newport. He was a young man with many interests including a love for country music, visiting hunting camps, baseball, hunting, fishing, camping at Will-O-Wood, playing video games, eating Chinese food, and spending quality time, including tractor pulls with his very special friends, the Roberts family.

He was a member of North Country Union High School’s JROTC program. Because of his interests in the military, in particularly the Green Berets, he was inducted into the organization by a group of Green Berets, who traveled from various locations to present him with this incredible honor of achievement.

He is survived by his mother, Jodi; his sister Brianna; his grandparents, Tom and Rachel Carr, “Grammie and Grampie”; his father, James, and his stepmother, Stacie Beauchemin; his stepbrother Christian; his stepsister Maddison; his grandmother Margaret Hawksworth, “Nanny”; his step-grandparents, Donna and Lester Jewer, “Meme and Papa Lester”; his aunts and uncles: Laura Deuso, Pete Cullinane, Paul Cullinane, Mike Cullinane and his wife, Sue, Shari Ryan and her husband, Sean, Kyle Hawksworth, and Troy Carr and his wife, Karen; and by a numerous amount of cousins who carried a special place in his heart.

He was predeceased by his grandfather James W. Hawksworth Sr., “Grampy Hawksworth”; and by his aunt Ginger Hawksworth.

Bretton was a very special young man. His witty sense of humor and one-line jokes kept us laughing right into his final days. He will be greatly missed by his family and friends, and also by his loveable cat Whiskers. We love you, bud. All our lives have been blessed by being with you.

Friends may call at the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home, at 4670 Darling Hill Road in Newport, on Wednesday, April 1, from 2 to 4 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m., where services will be also be held at 2 p.m. on Thursday, April 2.

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

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obit QuigleyJune M. Quigley

June M. Quigley, 82, born in Paris, Ontario, Canada, died peacefully on March 21, 2015.

She was born on May 15, 1932, to Harry and Hephzibah Firth.

She and her husband, Ronald E. Quigley, married in Toronto, Ontario, on July 24, 1954. They moved to the Northeast Kingdom in December of 1962. She loved northern Vermont and made it her adopted home, eventually becoming a U.S. citizen. She was a committed volunteer and active leader in many groups — she was the troop leader of the junior and senior Girl Scouts of Derby Line; and artist and creative art teacher at North Country Union Junior High School; president, vice-president, and ways and means chairperson of the North Country Hospital Auxiliary; and founder of the Fairy Godmother group, supporting the premature babies of Orleans County. Her other activities included membership in the Four Seasons Garden Club of Orleans County, president of the Newport Women’s Club, vice-president of the Memphremagog Historical Society, member of the board of directors of the Old Stone House Museum in Brownington, and she received distinction in the Rotary Club as a Paul Harris Fellow.

Her love, creativity, theme parties, and apple pies will be deeply missed by her loving family, including her husband, Ron; her sisters: Sylvia Mitchell and Norma Sukornyk; her sisters-in-law: Margaret Quigley and Marion Quigley; her daughters: Valerie Strunjo and her husband, Tom, and Jennifer Lilly; her sons: Gordon Quigley and his wife, Jeane, and Bruce Quigley and his wife, Lisa; her 12 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren; many nieces and nephews; and many dear friends both near and far. We will miss you, Mom!

The celebration of her life will be on April 11, with calling hours from 1 to 2 p.m. and the service to follow at the Curtis-Britch- Converse-Rushford Funeral Home, at 4670 Darling Hill Road in Newport. Ms. Quigley’s family very much appreciates everyone’s thoughts and prayers.

In lieu of flowers, please make donations to the Derby Line Ambulance Service, P.O. Box 105 Derby Line, Vermont 05830; or to the Boundary Rotary Club, P.O. Box 662, Derby Line, Vermont 08530, or 4 Rue Principale, Stanstead, Quebec, J0B 3E5.

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obit WarnerMarguerite M. Snider Warner

Marguerite Warner, 94, died peacefully on March 20, 2015, in Lowell with her family at her bedside.

She was born on September 21, 1920, in Lowell, daughter of Harry and Mae Ducharme Snider.

On October 31, 1938, she was married to Alvin Warner and they raised six children.

For many years she was a member of the Lowell Congregational Church. While her children were young she stayed at home, being a devoted wife and mother. Also, during that time, she excelled at being a cook, seamstress, gardener and farmerette. When the children started college, she became a cook at Johnson State College.

In 1973 the family united forces and built Missisquoi Manor (a bowling alley, dance hall, roller skating rink and banquet center). She, with the help of family members, catered many wedding, anniversary, retirement, birthday, and other celebratory parties. She also worked in the kitchen during dances and assisted with bowling alley responsibilities.

After Missisquoi Manor was sold, she continued to be an avid gardener, and her home was surrounded by beautiful flowers. She continued to prepare meals for church events and made several dozen of her famous doughnuts for every jam session put on for the church. At her home there were always homemade goodies for children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews, and cousins and friends when they stopped to visit. She will always be remembered for her kindness to and concerns for everyone.

She is survived by her husband, Alvin Warner; and their six children: Albert Warner, Priscilla Matten, Delvin Warner, Lorin Warner, Arlon Warner, and Alden Warner and their partners. She is also survived by 12 grandchildren; 29 great-grandchildren; and five great-great-grandchildren.

To honor her wishes, there will be no funeral services at this time. Plans will be announced at a later date.

Should friends desire, contributions in her memory may be made to the Orleans-Essex VNA and Hospice, 46 Lakemont Road, Newport, Vermont 05855.

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At Lake Region: Madame Rivard to leave the classroom


Sally Rivard, or Madame, as her students call her, is leaving the classroom after 30 years of teaching French at Lake Region Union High School.  She will coach other teachers and help them self-reflect on their own teaching practices.  Photo by Nathalie Gagnon-Joseph

Sally Rivard, or Madame, as her students call her, is leaving the classroom after 30 years of teaching French at Lake Region Union High School. She will coach other teachers and help them self-reflect on their own teaching practices. Photo by Nathalie Gagnon-Joseph

copyright the Chronicle March 25, 2015

by Nathalie Gagnon-Joseph

When you enter classroom 213 at Lake Region Union High School, you’ll find it filled with French-related paraphernalia. Canadian, French, and Haitian flags are suspended from the ceiling, and a bilingual “unload at top only” plaque hangs on the back wall above travel posters.

“I got that one from Jay Peak,” said Sally Rivard, who has been Lake Region’s French teacher for the past 30-odd years.

This is her last year of teaching French at Lake Region. Her blue eyes sparkle and her blond, jaw-length hair swishes as she talks about her students’ curriculum, which she is obviously passionate about.

Her infectious grin makes it easy to see how she made a lasting impression on the people she worked with over the years and the students she taught.

Principal Andre Messier was a senior when Ms. Rivard, or “Madame,” as her students call her, first taught at Lake Region.

“He was only sent to the office once,” she said of her former pupil. She also said he was a good student.

“She was always dynamic and full of energy,” Mr. Messier said. “Both of my kids had the benefit of it.”

That energy explains the huge variety of activities and subjects Madame included in her curriculums.

For every quarter, students study a song, a book, a movie and have both a listening project and a cooking project.

“Oh, there’s the escargot,” Mr. Messier said when describing the types of sounds and smells that might waft down from the second floor where Madame teaches.

Her own French teacher, who died last year, inspired her.

“She approached the classroom with a sense of play,” Madame said. “That’s cool. I sort of try to honor her by doing that.”

When Ms. Rivard first moved to Barton 30 years ago, the area resembled her own hometown of Deerfield, Massachusetts, she said.

“There wasn’t any diversity,” she said.

She decided to give kids an idea of other cultures. Together they explored stereotypes and backed away from them to ask “why” and “what does that say about people?”

“I think my role is to cause other people to think about stuff,” she said. “Humanity is the common denominator.”

Mr. Messier said she has children speak, hear, and read the language through culture.

There are two types of culture, Ms. Rivard said, little “c” which includes day-to-day life and habits, and big “C,” which encompasses history, art, dance, and music.

“There’s always food,” she said, referring to techniques that get students involved. “That usually does it.”

In the French culture unit this year, students tried escargot, or snails, for the first time. Half the class loved it, some hated it and the rest felt indifferent, Ms. Rivard said.

“They’re willing to try something new and different.”

Level four students worked on the Renaissance period in France, cooking raspberry and nutella-flavored macaroons, which were created in the renaissance.

Next up, chocolate, which was imported during the Enlightenment period and was all the rage at the French court.

By picking topics that are likely to interest the kids but still have historical or cultural importance, Ms. Rivard gets the students to think backwards and make connections.

One student was interested in hunting and decided to compare practices in the United States to practices in France, discovering that people don’t hunt as much there.

Ms. Rivard said that according to the student’s research, one possible reason for that was connected to history.

“Hunting was traditionally for nobles and kings,” she said.

With restrictions on hunting land, peasants simply couldn’t hunt and the practice didn’t develop the way it did here, she said.

Some of her cultural teachings hit even closer to home, going into the students’ own cultural roots by learning how to pronounce Canadian French or Québécois using a book called Québécois for Dummies and online tutorials.

The students’ own grandparents’ accent and Québec’s media outlets made the teachings more relevant.

The people at Lake Region taught her some things about French too, Quebecois French.

“We joked about creating a dictionary of Québécois words versus Parisian words,” Mr. Messier said.

Despite her French name, Madame’s background is English.

“I can’t be a French teacher with the name Filkins,” she said, joking that she married her husband for his French name.

The French curriculum is both local and global, covering cultures from around the world that speak French.

In a unit about Haiti, students read a book about a day in the life of a Haitian child. The book was written in Creole, French and English side by side, which allowed students to see the differences and similarities between the languages, Ms. Rivard said.

They discussed political turmoil, resilience, what people value and why they go to extremes. They went into a civics discussion asking how to help raise the standard of living and whether or not it’s their place to do so.

“She has kids experience the language,” said Mr. Messier. “It’s not just textbooks.”

In fact Ms. Rivard has made sure her teachings reached further than the classroom and affected more people than just her own students.

The higher French levels did a research and community project of their choice, but the project had to have a long-lasting impact for the community, she said.

One student who loved ballet and recognized the French names of ballet positions decided to make a YouTube video explaining the positions and their names as a teaching tool for an after school class.

“That’s longevity,” Ms. Rivard said.

Lake Region welcomed kids from France on Wednesday, March 25, for a two-week visit. Ms. Rivard had to find homes for 19 kids and two chaperones.

It’s the first time Lake Region has welcomed a class from abroad during the school year, she said. The 16- and 17-year-olds will spend a day and a half in school with her students.

“It’s going to be a challenge because English is not their focus,” Ms. Rivard said about the visiting teenagers.

The students are from an agricultural and equestrian school and want to see the flora and fauna of Vermont.

While the upper French classes at Lake Region speak almost entirely in French in class, Ms. Rivard expects some communication difficulty. The goal of speaking mostly French in class is to help students not feel scared to try and speak, and to feel comfortable expressing themselves.

According to Mr. Messier, Ms. Rivard’s influence is also felt in other departments, like the Spanish department.

Ms. Rivard said she’s been working closely with the Spanish teacher to ensure students are being evaluated similarly in both programs.

Next year she will work even more with other teachers in the school since she is not actually leaving, only moving out of the classroom, she said.

“My role for next year is to be a coach,” she said.

She will observe other teachers’ courses and help them self reflect about their practices in a program tentatively called Mutually Exploring Teaching And Learning (METAL).

“I’m glad that I’ll be able to work here part-time because it would be like tearing out a part of my soul if I leave here cold turkey,” she said. “It’s been great fun. I would never have swapped this job for anything.”

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