Are We Crazy About Our Kids? January 29


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The film Are We Crazy About Our Kids? will air at the North Country Career Center in Newport on Thursday, January 29, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., in room 380. A panel discussion will follow, and a light meal will be provided.

Economists are worried about how much we spend on early care and education in America — not because we spend too much, but because we spend too little. Are We Crazy About Our Kids? explores how investments in high quality, early care and preschool yield huge personal and social benefits, and pay for themselves many times over.

RSVP at — from the Orleans and Northern Essex Building Bright Futures council.

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


Documentary celebrates orchestra’s rise


Working with what was two-thirds of his orchestra in April of 2011, Mr. Michelli leads a rehearsal at The First Universalist Parish of Derby Line.  Following his lead, from left to right, are Chris Maginniss, Lisa C. Erwin, Paul Gavin, and Susan Brassett.  Photo by Joseph Gresser

Working with what was two-thirds of his orchestra in April of 2011, Mr. Michelli leads a rehearsal at The First Universalist Parish of Derby Line. Following his lead, from left to right, are Chris Maginniss, Lisa C. Erwin, Paul Gavin, and Susan Brassett. Photo by Joseph Gresser

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by Joseph Gresser

DERBY LINE — About three and a half years ago, the Chronicle published an article about a man who had brought a few local musicians out of retirement and was working to create a local orchestra. In April of 2011, a few months after he started the Newport Area Community Orchestra, Ken Michelli, the orchestra’s founder, conductor, and engine, had found two clarinetists, two flute players, a violinist, and a cellist.

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An American woman’s memories of communist Cuba


Maria (Yabor) Hormilla stands with her son, Julio, in early 1960s Cuba. Photo courtesy of Natalie Hormilla

Maria (Yabor) Hormilla stands with her son, Julio, in early 1960s Cuba. Photo courtesy of Natalie Hormilla

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Editor’s note: Maria Hormilla is the paternal grandmother of Natalie Hormilla. This interview reflects but a small portion of her experiences in Cuba.

by Natalie Hormilla

Ask Maria Hormilla of Cranford, New Jersey, what she thinks of the United States normalizing relations with Cuba, and she answers with a question.

“Why now?”

It’s a move that comes too late to repair the damage done to her and her family, and to people in her home country after Fidel Castro came into power in 1959, she said.

Mrs. Hormilla emigrated to the U.S. from Cuba with her young son in 1968. That was seven years after her husband came to the U.S. and nine years after Fidel Castro’s communist government began the reforms that forever changed Cuba.

She was born in a very different Cuba than the one people know now.

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Obituaries January 7, 2015

obit BuckMaria B. Buck

Maria B. Buck, 73, of Newport Center died peacefully on December 22, 2014, at her home, surrounded by her loving family.

She was born on December 3, 1941, to Gerard and Bella (Bedard) Brochu.

She graduated from Sacred Heart High School in 1959.

On January 9, 1993, she married Charles Buck, who survives her.

She worked as co-owner and bookkeeper for C&D Starter Shop, Inc., from where she retired in 2008. She was a member of the Bobbin Mill Players, where she was a singer for 12 years. Her hobbies included painting, collecting dolls, flower gardening, bird watching, singing, and doing word search puzzles.

She is survived by her husband, Charles Buck, of Newport Center; her children: Carmen Marie Doe and her husband, Earl, and Robin Jean Buck; her stepchildren: Alan Buck and his wife, Jodye, Eric Buck and his companion, Kathy, Keith Buck, and Aaron Buck and his wife, Donna; her grandchildren: Niki Doe, Crystal Lowery, Joshua Doe, Tawni Bowen, and Ravyn Bowen; her step-grandchildren: Sheena Lanoue, Shauna Book, Alan Buck II, Cheyenne Buck, Alicia Buck, Shawn Buck, Wyatt Buck, Meira Buck, Nicholas Buck, Ross Lowery, Aidan Lowery, Taylor Bressette, Logan Limoge, and Gavin Lanoue; her brothers and sisters: Rene Brochu, Gerard Brochu, Stephen Brochu, Alfred Brochu, John Brochu, Eva Brochu, Anna Sanville, Clara Brochu, Rita Choquette, Lea Cook, Martha Dupont, Theresa Round, and Patricia Mann; and by her extended family, Randall family, and numerous nieces and nephews.

Funeral services were held on December 27, in Newport. Spring interment will be in Newport Center Cemetery.

Should friends desire, contributions in her memory may be made to the Orleans Essex V.N.A. and Hospice, Inc., 46 Lakemont Road, Newport, Vermont 05855; or to the St. Mary’s Catholic Church, 191 Clermont Circle, Newport, Vermont 05855.

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obit BucklandCharles Scott Buckland Jr.

Charles Scott Buckland Jr., 31, died suddenly on December 18, 2014, at his St. Albans residence.

He was born on October 13, 1983.

Mr. Buckland loved life, children, family, and friends, young and old. Football was his favorite time of the year for sports. He was an avid Redskins fan. He could make anyone smile in an instant; and he always gave a helping hand no matter the conditions. He was a Christian and baptized in Jesus’ name. He was saved, thank you Lord. He had also accomplished his GED and high school diploma. He was a loving son, brother, and friend.

He is survived by his father, Charles Scott Buckland Sr., and stepmother Catherine Buckland of Lafayette Indiana; his mother, Shari McAllister, and her significant other, David Parenteau, of Newport; his stepfather Mark McAllister of Barton; his brothers: Josh McAllister and his wife, Casey Burke, Nathan and Max Motto of Indiana, and Pete Moore of New Mexico; his sisters: Carrie McAllister of Connecticut, Gretchen Garrison of Maine, Tara Patten of Derby, Summer, Savannah, and Shauna Agee of Missouri; his grandmother Gloria Reynolds and her husband, Brad, of Newport; his step-moms: Denise Jones of Missouri, and Maria Motto of Indiana; his aunts: Julie Piper of South Carolina, and Dorothy and her husband, Junior Blake, of Quebec, Canada; his uncles: Jon Piper of North Carolina, Craig and his wife, Becky Buckland, Ron and and his wife, Rochelle Moss, and Allen and his wife, Venyse Moss, all of Florida; and by his girlfriend, Megan Jefferson, and her daughter, Brooke.

He was predeceased by his grandfathers, George Wright Buckland Sr. and Irwin Piper; his grandmother Jennie Buckland; and by his great-grandmother Laura Lontine.

A ceremonial celebration of his life will be shared at the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home, at 4670 Darling Hill Road in Newport, on Saturday, January 10, at 2 p.m. Bring a memory and expect a hug!

Donations in his name may be sent to 1003 Main Street, #3, Lafayette, Indiana, 47901; or on Charles Buckland Sr.’s Facebook donation page to help with the costs are greatly welcome.

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obit BusheyFrederick Armand Bushey

Frederick Armand Bushey, 83, of Newport Center died on December 19, 2014, at his home, surrounded by his loving family.

He was born on August 30, 1931, in St. Albans, to Raymond and Elodia (Juneau) Bushey.

On June 11, 1955, he married the former Norma Partlow, who survive him.

He was a veteran of the Korean War. He retired in 1989 from the U.S. Customs Service as port director. He was a member of the American Legion of North Troy, Jay Peak Post #28, the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post #798 of Newport, and a former member of the Elks Club #2155 of Newport.

He enjoyed golfing, biking, cross-country skiing, and photography.

He is survived by his wife, Norma Bushey, of Newport Center; his daughter Deborah Poulin of Derby; his grandchildren: Joshua Poulin and his wife, Jen, of Derby, Jenna Poutre and her husband, Matthew, of Derby, and Jeret Bushey and his wife, Katelyn, of Irasburg; seven great-grandchildren: Mya, Star, Quinne, Hudson, Jaida, Henry, and Connor; his sister Marguerite Shoerlin of Ridge, New York; and by numerous nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by his son Frederick E. Bushey; his grandson Frederick Bushey II; and by three brothers: Clarence, Edmond, and Francis.

Private services will be held at the convenience of the family.

Should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to American Cancer Societies, Hope Lodge, 237 East Avenue, Burlington, Vermont 05401.

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obit CadieuxJohn Cadieux

John Paul Cadieux of Newport died peacefully on December 28, 2014, at age 90.

Born in Richford, the eldest of ten children of Pierre and Marie (Benoit) Cadieux, he was raised in North Troy. One day after his high school graduation in 1943, he enlisted in the U.S. Navy and served for three years in the Pacific Theater, including on Guam. He was always very proud of his service as a SeaBee.

Upon his return to North Troy in 1946, he noticed that his good friend Jack Starr’s little sister Ida had grown up quite a bit. Mr. Cadieux and Ida Mae Starr married that fall, and shared 68 years together.

He returned to work at the family business, Cadieux’s Grain Store, and upon his father’s untimely death, he became manager of the feed store at a young age.

He was an avid hunter, fisherman, and hiker and a charter investor in a new business in the area — Jay Peak Ski Area. He served on Jay Peak’s very first ski patrol.

After years of difficulty having a child, Mr. and Mrs. Cadieux adopted a baby boy, Peter John. Two years later, Mrs. Cadieux gave birth to daughter Barbara Jean, completing the young family. In 1962, after the sale of the feed and grain business, the family moved to Colebrook, New Hampshire, where Mr. Cadieux was hired as the manager of the Bailey feed store. Bailey was absorbed by Wirthmore, who kept him on. In 1968, Wirthmore was bought out by Agway, and Mr. Cadieux was named manager of their Newport store, meaning that he and the family could return to their beloved Northeast Kingdom, close to their large, extended families.

Mr. Cadieux remained in Newport the rest of his life; a hardworking, honest, well-respected business manager. Later, he also worked at, among other places, Space Research in Jay and, after retirement, part-time at Starr’s Transportation in North Troy.

He is survived by his loving wife and caregiver in recent years, Ida; his son Peter and his wife, Susan Brecht-Cadieux, of Plattsburgh, New York; his granddaughters Maria Cadieux of Plattsburgh and her boyfriend, Chris LeClair, Hana Cadieux of Yarmouth, Maine, and her fiancé, Scott McQuilkin, and Greta Gilmore of Melbourne, Australia, and her husband, Dylan Gilmore; numerous nieces, nephews, and in-laws who have been very close; and by many friends and neighbors who have been special and helpful to him through a long and difficult decline.

He was predeceased by his parents; his daughter Barbara; and by his siblings: Laurent “Peter” Cadieux, Madeline “Peanut” Cushing, Valida Spooner and Yvonne Briggs.

Memorial services were held on January 3, in Newport.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made in his memory to the Orleans Essex VNA and Hospice or the American Legion Post #28 in North Troy, where Mr. Cadieux was a continuous member for over 70 years.

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obit CushingClaudette Cushing

Claudette Cushing, 60, of West Glover died suddenly on December 9, 2014, in Newport.

She was born on September 30, 1954, in New York City, New York, to Dominick and Tatijana (Papedis) Cervone.

She married Alfred Cushing, who predeceased her on September 1, 2009.

Her hobbies included collecting cookbooks and recipes, and gardening.

She is survived by her son Daniel Cushing and his wife, Julie, of Island Pond; and by her fiancé, Rodney Libbey, of West Glover. She had many dear friends who she loved very much.

She was predeceased by one brother.

Services will be held at the convenience of the family.

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obit DavisRoy Grover Davis

Roy Grover Davis, 89, of Derby Line died peacefully on December 20, 2014, at his home, surrounded by his loving family.

He was born on January 25, 1925, in Heathton, Quebec, to Ernest and Elizabeth (Pomeroy) Davis.

On August 15, 1953, he married the love of his life, Shirley Canning, who survives him.

He attended school in Heathton, and he went to McDonald College in Montreal, Quebec, where he studied agriculture, and Cornell University, where he received his license to be an AI (artificial insemination) technician. He owned and operated a dairy farm in Derby Line, since 1959.

He served as a director for the National Resources Conservation Board, Agway, Eastern AI, and Cabot Creamery Co-op for 15 years. He was a member of the Order of Elks #2155 of Newport, and attended the Stanstead South United Church in Rock Island, Quebec. Most recently, he attended church at the Morgan Church in Morgan.

After his family, maple sugaring was his passion. He won “Best of Show” at the Barre Farm Show a few years ago and numerous class awards throughout the years.

He is survived by his wife, Shirley Davis, of Derby Line; his children: Bryan Davis and his wife, Susan, of Derby, Sharon Sykes and her husband, Randy, of Derby Line, Sherry Davis Wilson and her husband, Steve Wilson, of Wrentham, Massachusetts, and Debra Batista and her husband, Jose, of Derby; his grandchildren: Jeremy Davis and his wife, Jen, Brandy Flynn and her husband, Nick, Hillary Davis, Shaun Sykes and his significant other, Erica Page, Barry Sykes and his wife, Lyndsay, Joslyn Letourneau and her husband, Justin, Colin Sykes and his fiancée, Elisa Napolitano, Jarrett Wilson, Jessica Wilson, Grace Davis Wilson, Jonathan Batista and his fiancée, Kristine Capino, and Adam Batista; his great-grandchildren: Lauryn Flynn, Myra Davis, Lilly Letourneau, Avery Sykes, Oliver Sykes, Aiden and Brynn; his sister-in-law Mildred Davis of Westmore; and by several nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by his parents, and the following brothers and sisters: Helen, Avery, Ruth, Melville, Ernestine, Martha, Alfred, Harold, and Myra.

Funeral services were held on December 26, in Newport. Spring interment will be in Crystal Lake Cemetery in Stanstead.

Should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to the Derby Line Ambulance Service, P.O. Box 105, Derby Line, Vermont 05830; or to the Derby Line Fire Department, P.O. Box 205, Derby Line, Vermont 05830.

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obit foster 2Elsie “Elsa” May Cross Foster

Elsa May Foster, 88, died peacefully at her home in Bartlesville, Oklahoma, on January 1, 2015.

She was born on May 26, 1926, in St. Johnsbury, the third of four children born to George Alba Cross and Mary Mathilda Jane Goings.

She attended school in Vermont, graduating high school from Barton Academy in 1944.

In August of 1945, she married Neil Lewis Cass. They had three children before divorcing in 1953.

In 1954, she married Calvin Taylor Bean, and three children were born from that union as well. They raised their children in various locations in Vermont and Maine before moving to Utah in 1976. Shortly thereafter, they divorced.

She then married William “Bill” P. Foster on February 25, 1983, and they were later sealed as eternal companions in the Salt Lake Temple. In the ensuing years, they lived in Salt Lake City, Roy, and Vernal, Utah, Elko, Nevada, and Bartlesville, Oklahoma.

She enjoyed being a mother and loved her children and grandchildren dearly.

She liked meeting new people and made friends easily. Once most of the children were grown, she ventured out into the workforce where she applied her many talents and abilities working in sales, marketing, office management, private home health care, and property management. She found great satisfaction and personal growth during this time.

She had a beautiful voice and loved singing and listening to music. She enjoyed her home, the beauties of nature — particularly plants, flowers and birds — and had a great love for her pets. Her favorite pastimes were traveling, reading and writing poetry and children’s stories. She will always be remembered for her sharp wit, humor, and contagious laugh.

She was a very active member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and served faithfully for many years in various organizations including Primary, Sunday School, Relief Society, Singing Mothers, and as a Stake Missionary. She became a “second mother” to many sister missionaries who lived in her home during their missions in Salt Lake. While living in Vernal, she and Mr. Foster served as ordinance workers in the Vernal Utah Temple, which was the highlight of their service in the church.

She was predeceased by her parents; a brother, Ralph Leland Cross; a sister, Betty Ruth Quinn; and, most recently, by a special niece, Melody Ann Barrett.

obit Foster 1She is survived by her loving husband, Bill; her children: Dolores Jean Hodgkin and her husband, Perley, of Saco, Maine, David Ralph Bean and his wife, Irene, of Biddeford, Maine, Linda Rae Mauer and her husband, James, of Spokane, Washington, Julie Anne Mecham and her husband, Rick, of Spring, Texas, Richard Calvin Bean and his wife, Diane, of North Salt Lake, Utah, and Brian Edmund Bean and his wife, Kathy, of Bartlesville; her two stepchildren: Monty Jake Foster and his wife, Sharon, of Springville, Utah, and Rosemarie Bialaski and her husband, Mike, of Livonia, Missouri; her sister Barbara Ellen Barrett of Mendon, Massachusetts; and by her 21 grandchildren, 36 great-grandchildren, and three great-great grandchildren.

Services were held on January 6, in Bartlesville. A graveside service will be held on January 8, at 2 p.m., at Rock Point Cemetery in Maeser, Utah.

obit GriffinDr. Ray Evan Griffin

Dr. Ray Evan Griffin died on December 21, 2014, at his home in Glover.

He was born in Newport Center on January 1, 1922, the fourth child of Grace Rogers and Ray Elwin Griffin.

At the age of four, he moved with his family to Albany, where he entered the Albany Village School. When he was seven, the family moved to Barton, where he entered Barton Academy and Graded School, from which he graduated in 1940. He continued his education, attending Lyndon Normal School until Pearl Harbor, when he left to take up the machinist trade at the old Merckland Plant in Barton. He then received employment at the Jones and Lamson Machine Company in Springfield, as an expediter.

On January 4, 1944, he entered the U.S. Army Air Force and attended radio operator mechanic school, graduating in June of 1945 at Scott Field, Illinois. His post graduation orders were to train on a B29 crew to go to the Pacific Theater. Those orders were ultimately cancelled with the dropping of the atomic bomb, and he was sent to the ETO (European Theater of Operations) in the occupation forces.

In the interim, he married his high school sweetheart, Olive Urie, RN, on September 22, 1945, at the East Craftsbury Presbyterian Church. They celebrated their sixty-ninth anniversary.

In Europe, Mr. Griffin served in the 61st Troop Service Squadron and then went on detached service to the U.S. Navy, serving as a radio operator on the private C47 of Res. Admiral William Glassford, commander of Naval forces in the ETO. During this service, he visited seven different countries and had the opportunity to attend the war crimes trials in Nuremberg, Germany.

Mr. Griffin was discharged on May 25, 1946, from the Army Air Force and returned to the Jones and Lamson Machine Company for the next three years. In the fall of 1949, he was admitted to the University of Vermont (UVM), from which he graduated in 1953 with a B.A. degree, majoring in zoology, while taking the pre-dental curriculum. At UVM, he played on the varsity golf team and was a student assistant in the zoology lab. He qualified for the dean’s list in his final semester. While in college, he served in the Air National Guard from October of 1949 to January of 1951, when he was honorably discharged to continue his college education.

He was accepted to Baltimore College of Dental Surgery, University of Maryland, from which he graduated in 1957 with his Doctor of Dental Surgery degree. He also received the Harry E. Latchman Award for complete oral rehabilitation. He also received an honorary degree from Lyndon State College in May of 2013.

Dr. Griffin opened his practice in Bellows Falls in 1957 and with his family resided in Saxtons River. He retired in 1987 and in 1994 he and Mrs. Griffin moved to Tranquility Farm in West Glover, where they ran a bed, breakfast and birding inn for a few years and also maintained a tree farm.

Dr. Griffin was very active in sports. In grade school, he played on a PeeWee hockey team and in high school he lettered in basketball, baseball, and golf, winning the Vermont State High School Golf Championship his junior year. He played varsity basketball at Lyndon Normal School and played on the Jones and Lamson softball and basketball teams. He qualified for the Vermont Amateur Golf Tournament in 1949 and also played on the UVM golf team. He was very competitive in golfing circles, winning the Vermont Medical Dental and the Vermont Medical Dental Seniors and the Vermont Seniors. In 1970, he scored a hole in one on the ninth hole of the Crown Point Country Club in Springfield. He took up both downhill and cross-country skiing and skied for a number of years at Ascutney Mountain with his family. He coached Little League baseball in Bellows Falls and graded school basketball in Saxtons River.

He belonged to a number of churches throughout his lifetime including Barton Congregational, Springfield Congregational, Towson Presbyterian in Maryland, Christ’s Church in Saxtons River, and West Glover Congregational. At Christ’s Church, he taught Sunday School and served on numerous committees including council, building, trustees, outreach, Christian education, and investments.

Dr. Griffin was a trustee of the Rockingham Memorial Hospital, the Rotary in Bellows Falls, and he was a courtesy staff member and member of the Bellows Falls Chamber of Commerce and later the Barton Country Club. In Saxtons River he was chairman of fund-raising for the Boy Scouts of America, he delivered meals on wheels, transported dialysis and other patients, treated low-income patients, and was general dentist for Kurn Hattin Homes and the Vermont Academy. During the years of his practice, he was always available to lend a helping hand.

Dr. Griffin was a member of the American Legion Barton Post #76 and a charter member of the World War II Memorial. He was a life member of the Vermont Dental Society and the American Dental Association. He served on the State Dental Health and Ethics Committee and as director of the Vermont Delta Dental.

The Griffins took off bird-watching in 1979 and traveled extensively throughout the lower 48 states, sightseeing and searching for bird species, accumulating a bird list of 600-plus species before his search was cut short by health problems. They belonged to the Ascutney Mountain Audubon Society, Northeast Kingdom Audubon, the American Birding Association, the Brookline Bird Club, VINS Nature Conservancy, and other birding and conservancy groups.

He is survived by his wife of 69 years, Olive Urie Griffin, of West Glover; his children: Ronald of Brookville, Maryland, Robert and his wife, Kathy, of Duxbury, Massachusetts, Judy McKelvey and her husband, George, of Newport, and Becky Tobey of Woodstock. Marty Hammond, Pam Hinds, Peter Tobey, and Marsha Wilmot also survive him. He is survived by his grandchildren: Annaliese, Jennie, and Lauren Griffin, Benjamin and Adam Griffin, Ellen and Sarah Griffin, Meredith McKelvey and Evan, Eric, and Hannah Tobey; his only great-grandchild, Porter Juneseo Lee; his sisters-in-law: Joyce Hanson, Faye Valley, Shirley Urie, Janet Griffin, and Peggy Griffin; and by many nieces, nephews and cousins.

He was predeceased by his parents; his brothers: Elwin, Everett, and Eldon; his sisters: Ruth Babcock, and Charlotte Cloutier; his brothers-in-law: Raoul Cloutier, Frank Babcock, Albert Urie, Alan Urie, and Larry Valley; his sister-in-law Marion Urie; and by his son Rodney Everett Griffin in 2011.

A memorial service was held on December 27, in West Glover.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to the Mount Ascutney Audubon Society, P.O. Box 191, Springfield, Vermont 05156; or to the Northeast Kingdom Audubon Society, 1302 Main Street, St. Johnsbury, Vermont 05819; or to the Glover Ambulance Service, care of Dot Collier, 1327 Dry Pond Road, Glover, Vermont 05839; or to the Orleans-Essex VNA and Hospice, Inc., 46 Lakemont Road, Newport, Vermont 05855; or to the charity of one’s choice.

Spring interment will be in Andersonville Cemetery in West Glover.

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obit KilburnPaul R. Kilburn Sr.

Paul R. Kilburn Sr., 66, of Barton died on January 1, 2015, at his home in Barton.

He was born on October 27, 1948, in Burlington, to Norman and Muretta (LaFrance) Stockwell.

On December 24, 2005, he married Barbara Merchant, who survives him.

He was employed at one time at Pearless Clothing in St. Albans.

He enjoyed hunting and watching old Western movies on television.

He is survived by his wife, Barbara Kilburn, of Barton; his children: Paul Kilburn Jr., AJ Kilburn, Kelly Flood and her husband, Glen, and Shane Percy; his grandchildren: Kelly, John, Dale, Alex, Nevaeh, and Katrina; his mother-in-law, Ethel Sweeney; and by his siblings: Bob, Steve, and Kevin Kilburn, Cheryl Lussier, Ida Westover, and Jane Darling.

He was predeceased by his brother Albert.

Calling hours were held in Baron on January 6.

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obit LeBlancYvette Campbell LeBlanc

Yvette Campbell LeBlanc, 90 of Newport died on January 4, 2015.

She was born in Newport on January 20, 1924, to Ovila and Antonia (Brasseur) Campbell. She was the fourth of seven children.

She attended Sacred Heart School.

On September 30, 1950, she married Wilfred LeBlanc. Together they owned a dairy farm in Westfield, and later owned an agricultural equipment business serving area dairy farmers.

She and her husband adopted twin sons Alfred and Anthony. Mrs. and Mr. LeBlanc worked together to build the house on the Lake Road in Newport, where they lived for many years.

In retirement, they enjoyed snowmobiling, playing cards with friends and family, and they spent many winters in Florida in their motor home.

Mrs. LeBlanc loved gardening and preserving the produce that she grew by canning and freezing her fruits and vegetables. She loved her Doberman pinscher named Missy.

She was a devout Roman Catholic and a lifelong parishioner of St. Mary’ s Star of the Sea in Newport. She was also a lifelong member of the Daughters of Isabella.

She enjoyed wonderful care in her final years, living at Michaud Manor in Derby Line, then later at Bel-Aire Nursing Home in Newport.

She is survived by her son Anthony Leblanc of Reno, Nevada; her brother John Campbell of Newport; her sisters: Carmen Sheltra of Indiantown, Florida, and Dolores Lantagne and her husband, Clarence, of Newport; and by many nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by her husband, Wilfred; her son Alfred; her brother Ange-Emile Campbell; and by her sisters: Yolande Howe and Bibianne Lamarche.

A funeral Mass will be held at St. Mary’s Star of the Sea Roman Catholic Church in Newport on Thursday, January 8, at 11 a.m. Friends may also call at the Curtis- Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home, at 4670 Darling Hill Road in Newport, preceding the funeral Mass on January 8, from 9 to 10:30 a.m. Spring internment will take place at St. Mary’s Star of the Sea Cemetery in Newport.

Contributions in her memory may be made to the St. Mary Star of the Sea Tree of Life Fund, 191 Clermont Terrace, Newport, Vermont 05855.

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obit macieArland Donald Macie

Arland Donald Macie of Orleans died on December 19, 2014, at the age of 86.

He resided at the Bel-Aire Health Care Center in Newport for the past two years.

He was born on January 1, 1928, in Irasburg. He was the oldest child of Gilbert Henry Macie and Lillian Olive Coapland. His younger sisters were Berdina (Macie) Maxwell, and Beverly Macie. He lived most of his life in Vermont and was known to say, “There is no better place to be than in Vermont.”

In 1947, Mr. Macie purchased a farm with his parents in Coventry. In 1952, he was drafted into the United States Army where he served in the Korean War. In the midst of the conflict, he ran communication wires for 21 months. He then remained in the Reserves for a few more years. Upon returning home, he renewed his friendship with the love of his life, Kathryn Janet Norris, whom he had met at the Eureka Grange 480 in Coventry.

They were married on June 28, 1953, and soon after they had four children. The most important values of Mr. Macie’s life were God, family, and friends. Matthew 22:37-39: “Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like unto it: Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself.” Mr. Macie lived this well.

Mr. Macie was baptized as a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints on March 30, 1963. Together with his wife and family, they were sealed together for time and all eternity in the St. George Temple in Utah in 1964. He served in many church callings throughout his membership. These are a few of the highlights: In June of 1998, with his wife, they served a mission in Texas and then toured the United States visiting many of the temples built at that time; in April of 2000, he was called as president of the Newport branch, to serve as a leader of the people he loved; and in 2002, he served as an ordinance worker for the Montreal, Quebec, temple. He enjoyed all of his callings and served willingly. But most of all he took his calling as a home teacher very seriously, for he visited individual families every month, faithfully, to see if their needs were met. Many times, he gave his time and love in furnishing firewood or by any other means he could.

Throughout his life, he was active in his community with his wife. To name a few, in the Grange, and in the Boy Scouts Parents Club. But one thing he loved more than most was to be a member of The North Country Swingers. He started dancing in 1973 and graduated in 1974. He danced until 2009, approximately. He would not miss a Monday night dance no matter how hard he had worked that day. He loved the people and good clean fun.

Most people knew Mr. Macie for his life of hard work. He loved Vermont and the land he owned and worked along with his beautiful wife. He was a farmer in addition to working at Ethan Allen and Indian Head. He retired from Newport Furniture Parts. He ran a chainsaw until he had a stroke two years ago. He would not let his wife get cold.

He is survived by his wife of 61 years, Kathryn Janet (Norris) Macie of Coventry. The heritage he will be missed by includes his children and their spouses and families: his daughter Terry Ashman and her daughter Virginia; his daughter Debra Cobb and her children: Nathan, Arla, Deanna, Patience, and Justin; his son Richard and his wife, Linn Macie, and their children: Debbie, Heath, Jacob, Derrick, and Allison; his daughter Sue and her husband, Joseph Simpson, and their children: Alina, Desiree, and Logan; and by his 15 great-grandchildren.

He was predeceased by his parents and siblings.

We honor your great example and will always love you. Till we meet again.

A graveside service with full military honors will be held in the spring at the Irasburg Cemetery in Irasburg.

Carolyn Lorraine Marsh

Carolyn Lorraine Marsh, 73, of Derby Line, and recently of the Union House in Glover, died on December 22, 2014.

She was born on February 8, 1941, to the late Carmi and Dorothy Marsh.

She graduated from Newport High School and attended Lyndon State College.

She held several various employments but enjoyed retirement best. In recent years, she resided at the Union House Nursing Home and considered the people there to be her extended family and she was especially fond of Sally and Sharon.

She loved to read, and she became the historian of the family with her camera. She was very proud of her nieces’, nephews’, and great-nephews’ academic and athletic honors, telling everyone of their latest accomplishments.

She leaves her brother Carmi Michael Marsh and his wife of Derby Line; much-loved friend Pierrette; her sister Judith Hughes of Lyndonville; and several nieces, one nephew and one great-niece.

She was predeceased by her parents, Carmi and Dorothy Marsh; and by her brother-in-law Mark Hughes.

There will be no service at this time.

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

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obit MasonTerrill D. Mason Jr.

Terrill D. Mason Jr., 73, died peacefully at home in North Troy, on December 26, 2014, after a long battle with cancer.

He was born in North Troy, to Terrill and Arline Mason, in 1941.

During his childhood and teens, he worked on local farms helping with haying and chores after going to school and during summers. He later worked for the Blair Veneer Mill, until he joined the U.S. Army in 1963. After doing basic training at Fort Dix, New Jersey, and Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri, he was stationed in Korea for about 13 months. He ended up at the Atlanta Army Depot in Forest Park, Georgia.

On February 12, 1966, he married Elizabeth Jean Mason, in a ceremony at the Army base. When discharged from the U. S. Army in August of 1966, he went to work for Tri State Tractor Company in Atlanta, Georgia, as a heavy equipment mechanic until August of 1972, when the couple moved to North Troy, to be near his family.

Mr. Mason started working for Desmarais Equipment in September of 1972 as a mechanic and continued there until his retirement in July of 2002.

He was a great mechanic. He rebuilt a Massey Ferguson tractor from bottom to top so he could use it for tractor pulling at the fairs. His tractor has been admired by many people at the tractor pulls. If anyone had a question about tractors, they could just ask him. Many customers at Desmarais counted on him to get them going.

He has been a member of the American Legion in North Troy since moving to Vermont in 1972.

He is survived by his wife, Elizabeth “Betty” Mason, and his son Dean Mason, both of North Troy; his sister and her husband, Debbie and Roger Meunier, of Newport Center; his brother Charles Mason of North Troy; his nephews: Scott Meunier and his wife, Jule, of Jay, Marc Meunier of Troy, and David and Steven Tyburski of Massachusetts; his nieces in New York: Tammy Price, Karen Morehouse, and Vicky Loeven; and his brother-in-law James Mason and his wife, Ann, and his sister-in-law Cathy Pridgen and her husband, Doug, and their families, all of Mobile, Alabama.

He was predeceased by his parents; his sister Phyllis Tyburski; and by his brother Gilbert Mason.

Funeral services were held on January 3, in Newport. Spring interment with full military honors will be in the North Troy Village Cemetery.

Should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to the American Legion Post #28, 133 Vermont Route 243, North Troy, Vermont 05859; or to the Pope Memorial Frontier Animal Shelter, 502 Strawberry Acres, Newport, Vermont 05855.

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obit MedorFrancis Paul Medor

Francis Paul Medor, 72, of West Glover died at his home on Wednesday, December 31, 2014, after a long battle with cancer.

Mr. Medor was born to Frank and Annette Medor on August 10, 1942, in Teaneck, New Jersey. He graduated from Bergen Catholic School in Oradell, New Jersey.

He was self-employed as a public accountant for 40 years, first in Rutland, and later in West Glover. He was a member of the National Society of Public Accountants.

Mr. Medor was an active member of the Holy Trinity Parish and his faith in God was a very important part of his life and strength.

Mr. Medor married the love of his life, Sue Kennedy Medor, on November 16, 1985. From the moment they met, they worked side by side for 30 years. They spent many years following their adventurous spirit, by moving to live in Virginia, Tennessee, and Oklahoma before settling in West Glover.

One of the enjoyments of his life was his love of sports, especially his beloved New York Giants. He always enjoyed his Ford trucks, riding horses, grandchildren visiting, his dogs, reading books, and building and taking care of his home. He loved his work and his ability to help people solve issues.

Survivors include his wife, Sue, of West Glover; a brother, Alan Medor, and his wife, Tammy, of Brandon; his children: Lisa Holihan and her husband, Thomas, of Massapequa, New York, Francis Medor and his wife, Andrea, of Phillipsburgh, New Jersey, and Bridget Jakubowski and her husband, Jake, of Rutland; and his four beautiful grandchildren.

The funeral service will be held at St. Paul’s Catholic Church in Barton, on January 10, at 11 a.m. Burial will follow at a later date in St. Paul’s Cemetery in Barton.

Memorial contributions, in lieu of flowers, or in memory of Mr. Medor, may be made to the Glover Ambulance, P.O. Box 64, West Glover, Vermont 05875; or to the Orleans Essex VNA and Hospice, 46 Lakemont Road, Newport, Vermont 05855.

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obi RiendeauBernard Alfred Riendeau Sr.

Bernard Alfred Riendeau Sr., 63, of Albany died on December 28, 2014, in Craftsbury.

He was born on May 23, 1951, in Barnston, Quebec, to Arsene and Alberta (Larochelle) Riendeau.

He graduated from Lake Region Union High School.

On July 26, 1975, he married Paulette LeBlanc, who survives him.

He enjoyed farming, raising Alpacas, and playing his accordion and harmonica. He loved his church and church family with all his heart. He also helped anyone in need and enjoyed spreading the gospel to others.

He was owner of Black River Equipment, where he sold farm equipment and holistic medicine for animals. He was always agriculturally minded and was a charter member of the Barton Baptist Church.

He is survived by his wife, Paulette Riendeau, of Albany; his children: David Riendeau of Craftsbury Common, Daniel Riendeau and his wife, Jennifer, of Albany, and Jeremy Riendeau of Albany; his siblings: Andre Riendeau of Quebec, Canada, Rene Riendeau and his wife, Gloria, of Connecticut, Richard Riendeau of Connecticut, Louise Riendeau of Quebec, Diane Riendeau of Quebec, and Danielle Couture and her husband, Norman, of Barre; and by numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins.

He was predeceased by his son Bernard Riendeau Jr. on June 12, 1998; and by his sisters: Carmen Pouliot and Claire Inkel.

A funeral service will be held on May 9, at 10 a.m., at the Albany Elementary School gymnasium. Burial will follow at the Albany Village Cemetery.

Should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to the Barton Baptist Church for helping in the mission field, Route 16, Barton, Vermont 05822.

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obit rockwellRichard Rockwell

Richard Rockwell, 68, died peacefully on December 24, 2014, at Halifax Health Hospice in Edgewater, Florida, lovingly surrounded by his family.

He was born on June 2, 1946, in Boston, Massachusetts, son of Charles and Grace Marjorie Rockwell.

He married Georgette Perron on February 4, 1989, and resided in Barton, and more recently in Edgewater during the winter months.

He worked at Indian Head Plywood, Orleans Manufacturing, and Weymouth Auto Parts before developing his own business, Lakeside Auto. His love for cars and racing was seen through his work of refurbishing cars and teaching his son Charlie the trade. He took pride in helping his nephews build their dune buggies and was happiest when he had an antique car that he was rebuilding. His passion for cars was clear and came through in all parts of his life.

Mr. Rockwell enjoyed fishing and boating and spent much of his time at the dock with his wife and his family enjoying the view and life on Crystal Lake. He instilled his love for water and fishing to his daughter Angela, and his grandchildren, who all enjoyed fishing with him.

He is survived by his wife, Georgette; his son Charlie and his wife, Jamie, and their daughter Marina; his daughter Angela and her children, Ashley and Cameron; his sister Audrey Rockwell of Barton; his nieces and nephews: Rhonda, Robert Jr., Donald Jr., Wendy, Laura, Steven, and Kelly, and their families; his great-nieces and great-nephews: Garrett, Austin, Ryan, Justin, Dave, Megan, and Brandon; his aunts: Audrey Frank of Falmouth, Massachusetts, and Luverne Rockwell of Longlake, New York; his dear friend Ricky Blanchard and his wife, Kim, and their children: Tyler, Abbie, and Isabelle, whom Richard nicknamed Bob; his in-laws: Becky Simino, Royce and Lillian Conley, Stan and Cynthia Swett, Erward and Claire Perron, Larry and Gloria Conley, Edward and Donna Perron, Larry and Theresa Janowski, Donald and Noella Cotnoir, Joslyn Perron and Joe Ouellette, Mark Perron, Lenwood and Tami Perron, and Michael and Regina Cole, and their families; and by his nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by his brothers, Robert and Donald Rockwell.

A celebration of his life will be held at the East Side Restaurant in Newport on Sunday, January 4, at 1 p.m., with family and friends.

In lieu of flowers, donations should be made to Orleans Essex VNA and Hospice, 46 Lakemont Road, Newport, Vermont 05855.

Condolences may be sent to the family at 8 South Barton Road, Barton, Vermont 05822.

obit turgeon FinnRita Anne Turgeon-Finn

Rita Anne Turgeon-Finn, a graphic designer and communications professional, died unexpectedly on December 19, 2014, at the age of 46.

She was born and raised in Newport, and was a longtime resident of Columbus, Ohio.

Ms. Turgeon-Finn worked with Ross Nutrition, a division of Abbott Laboratories, as a senior communications specialist, from 2001 through 2012, working on such campaigns as the Susan Komen Foundation’s Run for the Cure. From 2012 to 2014, she worked as a freelance graphic artist and communications specialist, working most recently with Nationwide Insurance and the Columbus Metropolitan Airport.

She attended the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, affiliated with the Boston Museum of Fine Arts, and recently achieved a degree from Columbus State Community College.

She embraced life through creative expressions in her art, photography, poetry, and her never-ending curiosity of the world around her. Examples of her work adorn the homes of many close friends and family, and her blog,

She is survived by her mother, Lise L.M. Turgeon; her four sisters: Carol Castle, Marie Turgeon, Diane Boutin, and Loranne Turgeon; her two brothers-in-law: Paul Castle and Louis Boutin; and by her nieces and nephews: Elizabeth, William, and Grace Castle, and Shawnna and Tyler Jenks. Her father, Gilbert B. Turgeon, died on January 1, 2015. She is also survived by her husband of 11 years, John D. Finn, and his parents, James P. Finn and Susan D. Finn; and by her partner in life, Stephanie Albrecht.

Funeral services were held on January 3, in Newport. A memorial was held on January 3, in Worthington, Ohio.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in her name to the Vermont Governor’s Institute on the Arts, 4049 Williston Road, #4, South Burlington, Vermont 05493l, or at

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obit TurgeonGilbert B. Turgeon

Gilbert B. Turgeon, 80, of Newport died at North Country Hospital in Newport, in the early hours of January 1, 2015.

He was born in Barton, to Archibald and Dezilda Turgeon.

His early years were spent on a dairy farm in Newport Center, where a strong work ethic was deeply instilled. He served two years in the United States Army during the German occupation from 1957 to 1959. Upon his return, in 1960, he married Lise Lea Lauzon.

For many years, he owned and operated a mechanic repair shop, and Oliver Tractor dealership, giving much of his time to helping the local farmers and small business owners in the region. He spent winters plowing local yards, and other seasons repairing tractors, trucks, cars, and equipment.

In later years, he enjoyed restoring antique tractors, and competing in the local tractor pulling events. He was part of a team who competed as “The Water Tower Outlaws,” which consisted of Gary Johnson, John Bliss, and Steve Roberts. He could often be found working on these tractors in his garage with his teammates, and good friends, Wendell Ellis and Foster Whipple.

Throughout his life, he enjoyed woodworking. He built many pieces of furniture, which are now cherished by many family members.

He is survived by his wife, Lise Turgeon; his daughters: Carol Castle, Marie Turgeon, Diane Boutin, and Loranne Turgeon. His youngest daughter, Rita Turgeon-Finn, recently died. He is also survived by his sons-in-law: Paul Castle and Louis Boutin; his grandchildren: Shawnna and Tyler Jenks, and Elizabeth, William, and Grace Castle; and by his siblings, and their spouses and families: Lorraine Choquette, Anita Fournier, Roger and Bonnie Turgeon, Roland and Mariette Turgeon, Gerald and Irene Turgeon, and Norman and Mary Turgeon.

He was predeceased by his siblings: Bert Turgeon, Bertha Cotnoir, Donald Turgeon, and Raymond Turgeon.

His funeral will be held on Saturday, January 10, at 11 a.m. at St. Mary’s Church in Newport. Viewing hours will be from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. at the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home, at 4670 Darling Hill Road in Newport, at the corner of Sias Avenue and Prouty Road. Reception to follow, place to be announced.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in his name to Orleans Essex VNA and Hospice, 46 Lakemont Road, Newport, Vermont 05855. In this past year, Mr. Turgeon received much help and care from this giving organization, and the family would like to return their generosity.

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Joseph Twofoot

Joseph Twofoot, 58, of Island Pond died on December 29, 2014, in Newport.

He was born on April 17, 1956, in Newport, to Roland and Kathleen (Etheze) Twofoot.

He attended North Country Union High School and enlisted into the United States Army.

He enjoyed going for walks in the woods and he loved the ocean, especially at Cape Cod.

He is survived by his daughter Jamie Twofoot of Arizona; a brother, Dennis Twofoot, and his wife, Linda, of Standish, Maine; his sisters: Sherry Worth of Maine, Beckie Bremseth and her husband, Joe, of Morgan, and Linda Twofoot of Island Pond; his brother-in-law Mark Leavitt; his aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, and cousins; and by his very close friends: Jim Parker, Lynn Worth, and Alphonse Stebenne.

He was predeceased by his son Eric several years ago; and by his sister Darlene Leavitt.

Services will be held at the convenience of the family.

Should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to the Mater-Dei Parish, St. James the Greater Church, 191 Clermont Terrace, Newport, Vermont 05855.

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obit WhitehillCarlisle “Carli” Ann Whitehill

Carlisle “Carli” Ann Whitehill, beloved wife of Kenneth Whitehill, of Island Pond, died on January 2, 2015, at Derby Green Nursing Home, with her husband and her son Marty by her side.

She was born on November 11, 1931, in Newport, to Kenneth and Dorothy (Marquis Hildreth) Simons. She grew up in Newport, graduated co-valedictorian in her class from Newport High School in 1949, and then from the University of Vermont, Class of 1953.

On June 20, 1954, she married Marshall R. Frizzell of Woodstock. They had three children: Sharon, Randy, and Marshall. The family lived in several states in the Southeast while her husband was in the army. In 1965, they moved to Island Pond, when he was deployed to Vietnam, where he died in 1966.

She married Kenneth Whitehill of Morgan on December 9, 1967. The family remained in Island Pond.

Mrs. Whitehill taught elementary school in Norton and Morgan, and high school at North Country Union High School and St. Johnsbury Academy. After retiring from teaching, she continued to volunteer at the Brighton Elementary School as well as being a foster parent for over five years. She graduated from the master’s program at Lyndon State College in teaching.

She was a member of the Island Pond Congregational Church and the Random Ladies. She served on the zoning board and as a justice of the peace for the town of Brighton. She was also an avid genealogist,

She is survived by her husband, Kenneth; her daughter Sharon Podlich and her husband, Chuck, of Orondo, Washington; her son Randy and his wife, Pam, of Delaplane, Virginia; her son Marshall and his wife, Sandy, of Island Pond; her nine grandchildren: Allison Podlich and her husband, Dan Harkey, Hannah Poush and her husband, Adam, Noelle Evans and her husband, Jeff, of Orondo, Laurel Podlich of Bozeman, Montana, Eric Frizzell of Richmond, Virginia, Ryan and Kyle Frizzell of Delaplane, Brittany Frizzell of Island Pond, and Fraser Frizzell of Essex; and by her four great grandchildren: Marshall, Eleanor, and Beckett Poush, and Mojo Harkey, all of Orondo.

A funeral service will be held on Friday, January 9, at 11 a.m. at the First Congregational Church in Island Pond with the Reverend Alan Magoon and the Reverend Richard Whitehill co-officiating. A luncheon will follow at the church.

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

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Death notice 

Adrien Joseph Bisaillon

Adrien Joseph Bisaillon, 93, of Barton died on December 28, 2014, in Barton.

Services will be held at the convenience of the family.



Gerard “Gerry” R. Limoges

A memorial Mass for Gerard “Gerry” R. Limoges will be celebrated at 11:30 a.m. on Saturday, January 17, at Sacred Heart Church in Troy. A meal and refreshments will be available after Mass at the Parish Center.


An easy read to fuel those spring dreams


WEB woodchuck gardeningcopyright the Chronicle December 23, 2014

The Woodchuck Returns to Gardening, by Ron Krupp. Published by Whetstone Books. Paperback. 247 pages. $18.

Reviewed by Tena Starr

Yes, it will be months before we see anything besides a Christmas tree that’s green, but it’s never too early to start thinking about spring gardening. Seed catalogues will start arriving in January, and gardeners will pore over them, planning for the coming summer harvest.

The Woodchuck Returns to Gardening is a follow-up to Ron Krupp’s The Woodchuck’s Guide to Gardening, and it has sound advice about seeds. Not surprisingly, Mr. Krupp heavily relies on many of the old standbys that have stood the test of time, such as Provider green beans.

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In Westfield: Building community with recyclable materials


Collin Mahoney of Butterworks Farm brings a truckload like this each week to the Westfield Recycling Center.  Photos by David Dudley

Collin Mahoney of Butterworks Farm brings a truckload like this each week to the Westfield Recycling Center. Photos by David Dudley

copyright the Chronicle December 23, 2014

by David Dudley

WESTFIELD — There’s a place in Westfield where people gather every Saturday morning to see friends and family. It’s not a sporting event, or a church, or a bar that opens early. It’s a recycling center, and many of the citizens of Westfield and neighboring towns have been making this trip for seven years now. For the town of Westfield, recycling is a community affair.

Yves Daigle established the Westfield Recycling Center in 2007, and it has been growing ever since.

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Pete Cocoros’ trumpet takes him from Brooklyn to Barton, the long way


Pete Cocoros, veteran, trumpeter, and photographer, plays “Taps” in Glover on Memorial Day, 2013.  Photo by Bethany M. Dunbar

Pete Cocoros, veteran, trumpeter, and photographer, plays “Taps” in Glover on Memorial Day, 2013. Photo by Bethany M. Dunbar

copyright the Chronicle December 23, 2014

by Joseph Gresser

BARTON — As he hears a visitor pull into the dooryard of his camp, only a stone’s throw from Crystal Lake, Pete Cocoros pokes the bell of his trumpet out his door and blows a fanfare. It proves to be an apt prelude to a two-hour conversation about music and the adventurous path blazed by a horn.

Mr. Cocoros has performed for generals, played before thousands at Radio City Music Hall in New York City, entertained troops in Iceland, Morocco, and Greece, and set people to dancing all over the United States.

Most people who know him these days think of Pete Cocoros as the man whose playing of “Taps” brings tears to the eyes of those gathered to celebrate Veterans and Memorial days in Barton. Or they know him as the man whose photographs of local school band concerts appear in the Chronicle a few times a year.

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Obituaries December 23, 2014

obit BeaudryRachel Ann Beaudry

Rachel Ann Beaudry, 57, of Mooresville, North Carolina, died on Monday, December 15, 2014, at Gordon Hospice House in Statesville, North Carolina.

She was born on March 11, 1957, in Newport, to the late Romeo Beaudry and Irene Lathe Beaudry.

She was an accounts payable analyst for Ingersoll Rand.

She is survived by her son Jonas Illingworth; her sisters: Yvette and Doreen Beaudry; her brothers: Lucien, Phillip, Leo, Nelson Beaudry and Theodore Lathe; her niece Gabrielle Loux; and by her nephews Ryan and Zach Beaudry.

She was predeceased by two nieces: Tina Fontaine and Tara Beaudry.

A memorial service was held on December 22, in Mooresville. Services will be held in Vermont at the East Albany Catholic Cemetery in the spring.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Hospice of Iredell County, 2347 Simonton Road, Statesville, North Carolina 28677.

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obit BlairAlthea Rae Carr Blair

Althea Rae Carr Blair, 67, of Island Pond died peacefully on December 10, 2014, at her home, after a long battle with cancer.

She was born on December 26, 1946, to Alton and Marion (Damon) Carr.

She graduated from Lyndon Institute in Lyndonville. She was a residential counselor at the Northeast Kingdom Human Services, from where she retired in 2011.

She is survived by her children: Carmen Gunn and her partner, Robert DeLaBruere, of Island Pond, Kelly Blair of St. Johnsbury, Holly Blair and her partner, Richard Cole, of St. Johnsbury, and Sarah Blair and her partner, Kyle Lowe, of Island Pond; her grandchildren: Robyn Cogle and her husband, Jason, Emma Gunn and her partner, Zack Maxwell, Corey Gunn, Zach Blair, Travis Moulton and his partner, Sierra Phillips, Sierra Moulton, Erin Brunelle, Chelsey Mitchell, Tyler Mitchell, Kolby Blair, and Adrianna Cole; her great-grandchildren: Kayde Maxwell and Triton Moulton; her siblings: Carolyn Burrlington of Palmer, Texas, John Carr of Poultney, Wayne Carr and his wife, Susan, of East Burke, Mike Carr and his wife, Linda, of West Burke, and Paul Carr and his wife, Sally, of Westmore; several nieces and nephews; and by special, longtime friends: Marya Wing of Island Pond, and Sue MacKay of St. Johnsbury.

A celebration of her life at a later date will be announced. A memorial tree planting will be held in the spring.

Should friends desire, contributions in her memory may be made to Hope Lodge, 237 East Avenue, Burlington, Vermont 05401-3412.

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obit PionRaymond A. Pion

Raymond A. Pion, 87, of Lowell died on December 17, 2014, in Glover.

He was born on April 20, 1927, in Westfield, to Ovila and Olivina (Meunier) Pion.

On September 3, 1949, he married the former Gilberte Cabana, who survives him.

He was a truck driver for the former Seguin Oil Company, from where he retired after 35 years. He also worked for Kraft Foods, farmed for 20 years, and at one time was employed by the town of Lowell. He was also a logger and hauled milk.

He and his wife enjoyed their family get-togethers. He helped his wife with the family garden and she helped him with the farm work.

He held memberships with St. Ignatius Church in Lowell and the 4th Degree Knights of Columbus Gibbons Council #1157 of Newport.

He is survived by his wife, Gilberte Pion, of Lowell; his children: Gerard Pion and his wife, Susan, of Lowell, Ronald Pion and his wife, Charlene, of Lowell, Denise Pothier and her husband, Andreo, of Newport Center, Robert Pion and his wife, Suzy, of Lowell, and Rejean Pion and his companion, Lorieann Lewiq; 16 grandchildren, 28 great-grandchildren, and one great-great-grandchild; his brother Roger Pion and his wife, Annette, of Florida; and by many nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by three sisters and three brothers.

Funeral services were held on December 19, in Lowell. Spring interment will be in St. Ignatius Cemetery in Lowell.

Should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to the St. Ignatius Church, P.O. Box 109, Troy, Vermont 05868.

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Biography pays heed to Governor Robinson


WEB mello bookcopyright the Chronicle December 17, 2014

Moses Robinson and the Founding of Vermont by Robert A. Mello. Published by the Vermont Historical Society, 2014. 450 pages with footnotes and bibliography. $34.95

Reviewed by Paul Lefebvre

Robert A. Mello is a better historian than he is a biographer. Perhaps that’s because his writing lacks the flair we look for in reading about people whose lives merit a biography. Still his recent biography of Moses Robinson and the role he played in Vermont’s formative years has arrived at a fortuitous moment.

In 1789, Vermont’s second election for governor was thrown into the Legislature as neither candidate had achieved a majority, as required by the state’s Constitution.

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In boys basketball: Rangers edged out by Vikings in OT thriller


Austin Roberge (left) watches helplessly as Jay Cobb flies toward the hoop in the Rangers overtime loss to the Vikings Friday. Cobb led all scorers with 27 points.  Photos by David Dudley

Austin Roberge (left) watches helplessly as Jay Cobb flies toward the hoop in the Rangers overtime loss to the Vikings Friday. Cobb led all scorers with 27 points. Photos by David Dudley

copyright the the Chronicle December 17, 2014

by David Dudley

LYNDON CENTER — The Lake Region Union High School Rangers were edged out on the road by the Lyndon Institute Vikings, 62-60, in an overtime thriller Friday. While Vikings senior Jay Cobb led all scorers with 27 points, it was Hunter Murray who stunned the crowd at Lyndon Center with a buzzer beater from beyond the arc to force overtime.

But in the beginning of the game, overtime wasn’t on anyone’s mind.

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