Vermont Vaudeville debuts in Barton to sold out crowd

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Brent McCoy (left) and Maya McCoy, the stars of The Secret Circus, don their action suits for a feat of skill and daring.  The couple will demonstrate their marksmanship and comedic talents Saturday evening at Barton’s Memorial Building.  Photo by Joseph Gresser

Brent McCoy (left) and Maya McCoy, the stars of The Secret Circus, don their action suits for a feat of skill and daring. The couple will demonstrate their marksmanship and comedic talents Saturday evening at Barton’s Memorial Building. Photo by Joseph Gresser

copyright the Chronicle January 29, 2014
by Joseph Gresser

BARTON — Vermonters have always had a yen for local entertainment.  Most towns, including Barton, boast theaters that once hosted traveling shows that toured the country.

Barton’s Memorial Building will welcome a revival of that tradition Saturday night, when Vermont Vaudeville comes to town.

The group, made up of a four-person core and guest performers, has embarked on a nine-town tour of Vermont over the next six weeks as part of its campaign to revive locally produced and consumed entertainment.

Justin Lander, Rose Friedman and Brent and Maya McCoy started their troupe five years ago with an inaugural performance at the Orleans Municipal Building.  Since then they have presented several sold-out shows at the Hardwick Town House every year.

In a conversation on an icy January evening at the East Hardwick home of Ms. Friedman and Mr. Lander, the performers reflected on their journey so far and their plans for the future.

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Farm bill passes U.S. Senate

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Photo by Bethany M. Dunbar

Photo by Bethany M. Dunbar

copyright the Chronicle February 5, 2014

by Bethany M. Dunbar

The federal farm bill passed the U.S. Senate Tuesday, 68 to 32.

The bill includes a key provision for dairy farmers, called a Margin Protection Plan.  Similar to crop insurance, it allows farmers to buy into a plan that will protect their prices should the federal milk price normally paid to them drop, or should their production costs rise dramatically.

A statement from U.S. Senator Patrick Leahy says the hoped-for supply management plan that was in the Senate version of the bill was stripped out.  But as a member of the conference committee, Senator Leahy was able to make a change that will help smaller dairy farmers more than large corporate farms.

Small farms will be able to enroll at lower rates and get higher protection, the statement explains.

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Obituaries February 5, 2014

obit brownsteinDr. Muriel “Monchy” (Apfelberg) Brownstein

Dr. Muriel “Monchy” (Apfelberg) Brownstein, 85, of Wernersville, Pennsylvania, died in the Health Center at Phoebe Berks in Wernersville, just after midnight on Friday, January 31, 2014.

Daughter of Joseph Apfelberg and Clara (Jurgrau) Apfelberg, she was born in Ellenville, New York, on January 1, 1929.  She grew up on a farm in the Lake Huntington, New York, area and retained a love of rural life and a green thumb throughout her life.

Education for her was a lifelong pursuit.  She graduated from Evander Childs High School in New York City in 1946 at age 17, received a BA in biology from Brooklyn College in 1949, a master’s degree in education, Phi Beta Kappa, from the University of Akron in 1975, and her Ph.D. in education from Temple University in 1985, at age 56.

She was an enthusiastic promoter of science education, performed research for her Ph.D. dissertation in Tianjin, China, on multi-cultural methods for teaching science, served as chairwoman of the science department and as a chemistry teacher at both Lower Moreland High School in Montgomery County, Pennsylvania, and at Delran High School in Burlington County, New Jersey.  In retirement, she continued to work with local, regional and international science fairs as well as volunteering as a docent at the New Jersey State Aquarium in Camden, New Jersey, as a mentor with literacy volunteers in south New Jersey, and as a home tutor for children with AIDS and developmentally disabled adults.

Intellectual curiosity and a zest for life were ever present.  She played saxophone and recorder, wrote poetry, loved to knit sweaters, garden, can jams, jellies and dilly beans.  She was a voracious reader and hardly ever sat down without a book or newspaper on her lap.  She delighted in a wide range of musicians ranging from Pete Seeger to Stan Getz to Andre Sagovia.  Her places of residence included New York City, Chicago, Illinois, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Akron, Ohio, Daniel’s Pond in Glover, and Berks County, Pennsylvania.

Her international travels included Israel, Ireland, England, Germany, Czech Republic and China.

She was Jewish as well as a member of the Unitarian Universalist community.  This blending of faith traditions was symbolized by the silver Unitarian chalice affixed to a Jewish star, which she wore around her neck.  Both religious heritages nourished her involvement in social causes as a passionate activist for universal justice, world peace, racial equality, women’s rights and an advocate for the mentally ill.

As a devoted wife and nurturing mother, career and community interests were constantly interwoven with family activities.  She is remembered for watching television with the family, with a textbook for a course she was taking open before her and jumping up during commercials to move clothes from the washer to the drier.  She was deeply loved by family, colleagues and friends. Her kind smile, joie de vivre, and ever-present optimism will be sorely missed.

She is survived by Mel Brownstein, her husband of 58 years; her children:  Ted Brownstein, Carl Brownstein, Andy Brownstein and Ruth Brownstein; her sister-in-law Elizabeth “Liz” (Singer) Apfelberg; her nephew Michael Apfelberg; her niece Lisa (Apfelberg) Walton; her grandchildren:  Jessica Pogrund Choplin, Rachel Jepson, Gretchen Brownstein, Anna Kiliona, Sarah Brownstein and Ariel Brownstein; and by her great-grandchildren:  Isabella Jepson, Zack Pogrund Choplin, Lev Pogrund Choplin and Audrey Brownstein Carrillo.

She was predeceased by her brother Hershel Apfelberg.

Donations in her memory may be made to the Children’s Defense Fund or Doctors Without Borders.

obit Cullins webNorma D. Cullins

Norma D. Cullins, 75, of Brownington died peacefully on January 29, 2014, in Newport.

She was born on January 19, 1939, in Waterbury, to Warren and Elizabeth (Town) Elliott.

On January 25, 1986, she married Gene Cullins, who survives her.

She was formerly a long haul truck driver and waitress.  She loved traveling by car seeing the country.

She started her sewing business in 2007 and she was an active member of the Barton Baptist Church.

She is survived by her husband Gene Cullins of Brownington; her children:  Richard Bresky of Brownington, Sharon Calvert of Key Largo, Florida, Karla Carnarius and her husband, Michael, of Suwanee, Georgia, Laurene Jones and her husband, Cliff, of Waterbury, Connecticut, and Belinda Townsend of Connecticut; her stepchildren:  Wanda Green of Middletown, Connecticut, Cindy Aston of Rhode Island, Beverly Volk and her husband, William, of Las Vegas, Nevada, Scott Cullins of Milldale, Connecticut, and Delma Smith of Florida; 15 grandchildren; and by 12 great-grandchildren.  She is also survived by her sisters:  Carol Hornik and her husband, Peter, of Danbury, Connecticut, Donna Elliott, Buffalo, New York, and Cathy Farnon, Pocono, Pennsylvania; her brother Mike Elliott of Waterbury; and by numerous nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by her brother Richard Elliott.

Funeral services were held on February 4, in Barton.

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

Online condolences may be sent to the family through the funeral home website at www.curtis-britch.com.

Lee M. Daubenschmidt

Lee M. Daubenschmidt, 82, of Island Pond died on January 18, 2014, in Newport.

She was born on March 4, 1931, in Colfax, Iowa.

On May 13, 1977, she married Albert Daubenschmidt, who survives her.

She was a secretary for the Medical College of VA.

She was predeceased by four brothers and one sister.

Services will be held at the convenience of the family.

Online condolences may be sent to the family through the funeral home website at www.curtis-britch.com.

obit fieldsElizabeth J. Fields

Elizabeth J. Fields, 59, of Newport died suddenly on January 27, 2014, in Newport.

She was born December 13, 1954, in Glens Falls, New York, to Elizabeth (St. Amour) Delorme and the late Richard Baker.  She married Gerald Fields, who survives her.

Ms. Fields’ hobbies included fishing, shopping, and being with her family.

She is survived by her husband Gerald Fields of Newport; her children:  Lori Baker of Oregon, Tausha Baker of Newport, Virginia Tullis of Newport, Peter Coleman of Newport, and Melissa Benway of St. Albans; several grandchildren and great-grandchildren; her mother Elizabeth Delorme of Florida; her siblings:  Debbie Aldrich of Enfield, New Hampshire, and Linda Mossey Phoenix, Arizona, Mark Marshall of Newport, Jackie Mossey of Newport, Louis Mossey of Burlington, Richard Baker Jr. of Milton, Donna Mossey of Burlington, Beverly Sena of Burlington, Diane Baker of Florida, and Sandy Turco of Ludlow, and Joe Baker of Burlington; and by several nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by two sisters:  Theresa and Ruth.

Services will be held at the convenience of the family.

Online condolences may be sent to the family through the funeral home website at www.curtis-britch.com.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERADonald Leon Griffes

Donald Leon Griffes, 82, of East Charleston died on January 30, 2014, at the Newport Health Care Center after a lengthy illness.

He was the husband of Beulah E. (Gardner) Griffes, with whom he shared 52 years of marriage.

Born in Jackson, Michigan, he was son of the late Eddie and Elizabeth Griffes.

Mr. Griffes was an active member of his community serving as a Vermont state legislator in the late ’70s, as Orleans County Republican chairman for several years, on the state Republican Committee for many years, as a school board chairman, and as town moderator for a number of years.  He was an active member of the Nazarene Church, and served in a number of positions over the years.

Shortly after arriving in Vermont in 1970, he founded Northeast Vermont Sheet Metal, which he operated out of his garage in East Charleston.  His first major job, ironically, was working on the construction of the “new” Newport Health Care Center building, fabricating and installing the ventilation duct system.  In 1982, the business was moved to East Main Street in Newport, and later incorporated into NEVTEC.  In 1995, he retired and his son, Len, became president of the company, and moved NEVTEC to its current location on Airport Road, in 2005.

Before moving to Vermont, Mr. Griffes lived in Jackson, where he was a farmer, worked in the sheet metal trade, started two retail businesses, and taught sheet metal at Jackson Community College.

He loved fishing, hunting, and gardening and was known for the large vegetable gardens he planted and harvested each year.

He had a great love of family whom he prayed for daily and of the Lord Jesus Christ.  His greatest desire was to pass his Christian heritage onto his family that they, too, might be followers of Christ.  He has left a great legacy here.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by six children:  Shirley Walter and her husband, Jack, of the Bahamas, Michael Griffes and his wife, Debbie, of Alexandria, Virginia, Sharon Manchester and her husband, C.J., of Cambridge, Leonard Griffes and his wife, Donna, of Coventry, Jonathan “Jay” Griffes and his wife, Kim, of Dover, New Hampshire, and Sheryl Hosford and her husband, Gary, of Newport; 17 grandchildren:  Emily Bradley, Philip McCarrell, James Griffes, Caroline Hilliker, David Griffes, Jennifer Gabriel, Christopher Manchester, Sarah Manchester, Emily Griffes, Rebecca Griffes, Joshua Griffes, Kelsie Griffes, Alexander Griffes, Kristin Hosford, Megan Hosford, Calvin Hosford, and Cole Hosford; 11 great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild; a brother, Daniel Griffes of Burlington; as well as by several nieces, nephews, and cousins.

Visiting hours will be held at the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home, at 4670 Darling Hill Road in Newport, on Friday, February 7, from 6 to 8 p.m.  Funeral services and a celebration of his life will be held on Saturday, February 8, at the Derby Community Church in Derby, at 11 a.m.  Interment will be in the spring at the Hillside Cemetery on Church Hill Road in East Charleston.  Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to attend.

In lieu of flowers, donations in his memory may be made to the East Charleston Church of the Nazarene, care of Beulah Griffes, 426 Farrant Street, Newport, Vermont 05855; or to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, care of Len Griffes, 227 Lane Road, Newport, Vermont 05855.

Online condolences may be sent to the family through the funeral home website at www.curtis-britch.com.

obit leroy hastingsLeroy Nelson Hastings Jr.

After a lifetime of compassionate service, the Reverend Leroy N. Hastings, 92, died in Derby on January 27, 2014.

Roy (as he preferred to be called) often said he couldn’t distinguish his daily work from his recreation.  Such an attitude is clearly evidenced by his many friends, within, as well as beyond, the confines of his parishes.

The Reverend Hastings was born in Palmer, Massachusetts, on June 6, 1921, a son of Leroy Sr. and Mary Jane (Brown) Hastings who, during their working lives, managed institutional farms.  His formal education began in the public schools of Worcester County and continued with his earning a bachelor’s degree, A.B. in social studies at Clark University in Worcester, Class of 1943.

After graduation, he taught history for four years at Groveland High School.  In 1948 he entered Hartford (Connecticut) Theological Seminary, earning a master’s degree in 1951.  Nineteen fifty-one also saw his marriage to fellow student Roseanne Walvoord of Edinburg, Ohio, his ordination to the Christian ministry by the Worcester South Association of the Massachusetts Conference of Congregational Churches, and a call to ministry of the three-point parish of East St. Johnsbury, Waterford, and Concord, Vermont.

In 1956, the Reverend Hastings began his tenure at the yoked parishes of Orleans, Brownington Village, Brownington Center, and Evansville.  In 1965 he moved to Chester, New Jersey, and in 1971, he began a 14-year charge at Whitman, Massachusetts.

Upon retirement, he made his residence with his wife in Brownington.  Dissatisfied with inactivity, he resumed service, first in Coventry, then Westfield, and later at the Newport United Church (a five-year co-ministry with the Reverend Martha Peck).  His work was honored with his being named pastor emeritus in the Whitman and Brownington churches.

In addition to his professional life, the Reverend Hastings enjoyed the out-of-doors and nature study, reading and Bible study, collecting U.S. stamps and coins, working in stained glass, calligraphy, and, most of all, being with his loving wife, Roseanne, who predeceased him in February of 2005.

He is survived by his son Mark and his wife, Kim, of Brownington; his son Timothy of Westmore; his grandchildren:  Jacob and Mary Alison Hastings, and Derek and Jamison Bell; and by his great-grandchildren:  Candence Ann Hastings and Derek Dakota Dean Bell.

He was predeceased by his wife, Roseanne; by his sister Beatrice Earnshaw of Hesperia, California; and by his daughter Sandra Bell of Fall River, Massachusetts.

A memorial service was observed on February 1 at the Brownington Congregational Church in Brownington Village.  Interment at Brownington Village Cemetery will follow in the spring.

It is the wish of the deceased and his family that contributions be made to the Brownington Congregational Church (UCC) for the church building fund, in care of Yvonne Mandeville, treasurer, Coventry Station Road, Orleans, Vermont 05860.

obit JohnsonAnna Irene Johnson

Anna Irene Johnson, 77, of Orleans died peacefully on January 27, 2014, in Barton.

She was born on April 14, 1936, in Canaan, to Earl and Margaret (Edwards) Gray.

On April 19, 1954, she married Robert H. Johnson Sr., who predeceased her.

She was employed as a teller for the Howard Bank for many years, then as a clerk for the village of Orleans.

She was a past member of the Island Pond and Orleans American Legion auxiliaries, and a past Pythian Sister.

She liked to travel and attend family gatherings, especially on Saturday nights at the farm.  She was an avid reader, she enjoyed trips with Community Circle, and her biggest loves were her grandchildren and her great-granddaughter.

She also had an extensive lighthouse collection.

She is survived by her children:  Robert Johnson and his wife, Teresa, of Danville, Steven Johnson and his wife, Lisa, of Orleans, and Kathy Reilly and her husband, Mark, of Milton; her grandchildren:  Erik and Brett Johnson, Justin and Samantha Johnson, and Kaitlin and Megan Reilly; and by her great-granddaughter Makayla Johnson.  She is also survived by her sisters:  Gleigh Heath and her husband, Bill, of Island Pond, Charlotte Gunn of Island Pond, Pat Gray of St. Johnsbury, and Virginia Wing and her husband, Alan, of Island Pond; her sisters-in-law:  Norma Stahler of Wheelock, June Ellis of Gorham, New Hampshire, Gunda Gray of Danville, and Monique Gray of Coventry; and by several nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased her sister Marilyn Wade; and by her brothers:  Earl “Sonny” Gray Jr., Glenn Gray and Niles “Jody” Gray.

Services will be held on Saturday, February 8, at 11 a.m., at the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home, at 1199 Railroad Street in Island Pond, with the Reverend Alan Magoon officiating.

Friends may call at the funeral home on February 8, from 10 a.m. until the hour of the funeral.  Spring interment will be in Lakeside Cemetery in Island Pond.

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

Online condolences may be sent to the family through the funeral home website at www.curtis-britch.com.

obit lucasEtta R. Lucas

Etta R. Lucas, 88, of Newport died peacefully on January 27, 2014, in Glover.

She was born February 18, 1925, in Newport Center to George and Harriett (Wescott) Horskins.  On January 25, 1941, she married Allen Lucas, who predeceased her on April 6, 2011.

Mrs. Lucas enjoyed knitting, crocheting, quilting, flowers and plants.

She is survived by her children:  Michael Lucas and his wife, Sue, of Coventry, Anthony Lucas and his wife, Diane, of North Troy, and Sandra Lucas and her companion, Claudette Thibeau, of Bradenton, Florida; her grandchildren:  Curt Lucas and his wife, Amie, of Derby, Amy Brasseur and her husband, Robert, of Newport, and Laura Lucas of Westford; her great-grandchildren:  Angel and her fiancé, Justin Brock, Olivia Lucas, Skyler Lizotte, Caleb Brasseur, and Zade Royce; and by several nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by her sisters:  Hazel Cass, Hilda Philips, and Lila Lucas; and by her brothers:  Adelbert and Enoch Horskins.

A graveside service will be held at 10 a.m. on Saturday, May 31, at the Derby Center Cemetery.

Should friends desire, contributions in her memory may be made to the Union House Activities Fund, 3086 Glover Road, Glover, Vermont 05839.

Online condolences may be sent to the family through the funeral home website at www.curtis-britch.com.

obit montminyBruce W. Montminy Sr.

Bruce W. Montminy Sr., 73, of Brandon, formerly of Derby, died suddenly on January 29, 2014, in Calais.

He was born on August 10, 1940, in Glover, to Floyd and Myrtle (Ticehurst) Montminy.

He was a lineman and line extension coordinator for Citizens Utilities for over 30 years before retiring.

He enjoyed watching the Little Leaguers and NASCAR on television, playing cribbage with his children and friends, and doing handy work for others and himself.

He is survived by his children:  Tami Perron and her husband, Lenwood, of Glover, Brian Montminy and his wife, Sherry, of Glover, and Bruce Montminy Jr. of Glover; his girlfriend Judy Bruneau; his grandchildren:  Brandon Perron and his wife, Jennifer, Bridget Degreenia and her husband, Terry, Ashley Montminy, Brian Montminy and his wife, Christie, Olivia Montminy, and Siara Montminy; his great-grandchildren:  Caitlyne, Terri, Noah, Wyatt, Julia, and Dakota; his brothers:  Roy Montminy of Connecticut, and Joseph Montminy and his wife, Sandy, of Connecticut; his sister Cecile Brown and her husband, Richard, of Virginia; the mother of his children Elizabeth Montminy of Glover; and by several nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by his brothers:  Ralph Montminy and Forrest Montminy Sr.

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

Should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to the American Heart Association, Vermont Division, Inc., 434 Hurricane Lane, Williston, Vermont 05495; or to Disabled American Veterans Association, care of Winston Dowland, Whittier Road, Derby Line, Vermont 05830; or to an animal shelter of one’s choice.

Online condolences may be sent to the family through the funeral home website at www.curtis-britch.com.

Michael P. Perkins Jr.

Michael P. Perkins Jr. 31, of Tunbridge died on January 23, 2014, at Mt. Ascutney Hospital after an almost ten-year battle with cancer.

He was born on July 30, 1983, to Michael Perkins Sr., currently of Hartford, and Elizabeth Picken of Brownington.

Michael was diagnosed with a glioblastoma at the age of 21, and at the time was expected to live only 18 months — but he never let that stop him.  Instead of living like he was dying, he lived like he was not.  He faced impossible odds and always strove forward with his head high.  He was a true survivor.  He had the heart of a warrior with a true passion for life.  He was an inspiration to all who knew him.  He was treated at Dartmouth-Hitchcock in the Norris Cotton Cancer Center undergoing radiation, chemotherapy, surgery and clinical trials.  He always said he would be forever indebted and grateful for the care that he received there and attributes the oncology team with giving him a chance at life.

It was because of that exemplary care that he married Emily Hackett of South Royalton in 2008, and with her had two daughters, Robyn, age five, and Alexandra, age four.

Mr. Perkins enjoyed being outdoors.  His favorite pastime was “hooking for lakers,” with his late grandfather Robert Picken, with whom he shared a deep bond.  Fishing was an activity that he also enjoyed sharing with his children.

In addition to his parents and family, he is survived by his grandmother Shirley Picken of Brownington; and by his siblings:  Robert “Bobby” Perkins, age 28, of Oakley Utah, Mary Rhodes, 16, of Brownington, and Jonah Rhodes, 13, of Brownington.

A memorial service will be announced in the spring at the convenience of the family.

obit tourangeauMichael Tourangeau

Michael Tourangeau, 48, died peacefully on January 23, 2014, with family and friends by his side.

He was born on February 10, 1965, in Keene, New Hampshire, to Ruth (Woodcock) Tourangeau and the late Fred Tourangeau.

Before moving to Nashua, New Hampshire, in 2003, he grew up and attended schools in Vermont.

He was a very sensitive and caring person.  He loved the outdoors and enjoyed taking photographs of nature.

He is survived by his sons:  Jacob Tourangeau of Newport, and Trevor Foley of Jeffersonville; his mother Ruth (Woodcock) Tourangeau of Newport; his brother Brent Tourangeau of Richardson, Texas; his sister Leona and her husband, Royal Smith, of Lebanon, Maine; his nieces:  Tonya, Nicholette, Katherine of Maine, and Juliet of Texas; his aunt Myrtle and uncle Tony La Croix of Maine; his aunt Joyce and uncle Carlton Billado of Vermont; his aunt Patty and Gerald Corbett of New York; his uncle Jimmy Tourangeau of Vermont; and by several cousins.

He was predeceased by his daughter Elizabeth; and by his father Fred Tourangeau.

Mr. Tourangeau was loved and taken care of by his companion, Jennifer Tarbox, of Nashua, New Hampshire, and her family; and by his longtime friends:  Uwe, John, Ron, Maryellen, Janice and Rachel.

Services will be held at the convenience of the family.

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Obituaries January 29, 2014

obit DarlingDonald A. Darling Sr.

Donald A. Darling Sr., 83, of Craftsbury died on January 22, 2014, at his home, surrounded by his loving family.

He was born on February 18, 1930, to Glen and Lillian (Marckres) Darling.

On April 26, 1949, he married the former Beryl Williams, who survives him.

He was a supervisor for various companies where he was a blaster on road construction.  He was a town selectman and a judge at the local fiddlers contests.  He enjoyed playing guitar, singing, hunting, snowmobiling, four-wheeling and he loved the outdoors.

He is survived by his wife Beryl Darling of Craftsbury; his children:  Loren Darling and his wife, Theresa, of Morrisville, Gary Darling and his wife, Julie, of Albany, Susan Waterhouse and her husband, David, of Craftsbury, Roy Darling of Craftsbury, Cheryl Bailey and her husband, Richard, of Craftsbury, Sarah Darling of Orleans, and Donald Darling Jr. and his wife, Sonja, of Craftsbury; 13 grandchildren; ten great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandson; and by several nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by a brother, Lee Darling; and by two sisters:  Dorothy Dezane and Lois Butler.

A graveside service will be held in the spring in Branch Cemetery in Craftsbury.

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

Online condolences may be sent to the family through the funeral home website at www.curtis-britch.com.

obit FalconerLouise Bernice Percy Falconer

Louise Bernice Percy Falconer, 60, of West Charleston died on January 20, 2014, in Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center in Lebanon, New Hampshire, after complications from surgery, surrounded by her loving family.

She was born in Newport on August 26, 1953, to the late W.K. Percy and the late Alice Bishop Percy.

She loved to spend all the time she could with her grandkids who meant the world to her.  She loved to hit any and every yard sale she could always find, looking for that special treasure.  She also loved her flower gardens.  Many could see her picking flowers by the side of the road to expand her flower garden.  She was looking forward to doing some major work this summer to expand her garden.

She also loved to do arts and crafts; she was always making something for someone from a piece of something she found at a yard sale.  She loved her Christmas decorations and she was sure she never had enough and always looking for more to add to her collection.  She also loved Halloween.  You would never know what she was going to dress up as.  She would always make her own costumes and you would never recognize her when she came knocking at your door.  There was always a good laugh with that.

She would spend hours of her time just sitting doing puzzles, she so enjoyed them.

She was a one-of-a-kind person, always there to help someone.  She spent many hours selflessly taking care of others.  She loved to work with the elderly.  She was a true caregiver.  It would be nothing for her to pack up from her home and be gone for weeks if not months at a time to go to work and take care of people who either had surgery or who were suffering from Alzheimer’s or a case of dementia.  She had a special gift for this and she truly will be missed by many.

She is survived by the love of her life Robert McKinney of West Charleston; her daughter Rhonda Falconer; her son Chad Falconer and his wife, Dawn; her 5 wonderful grandchildren who she thought the world of:  Cody Glover, Cheyenne Falconer, Taylor, Conner and little Austin Falconer; her sisters:  Marion Tice, Jean Kelley, Shirley Percy, and Susan Vachon; her brothers:  Stewart Percy, Roland Percy and Rudolph Percy and their spouses; her very special nephews who thought the world of their Weez:  Michael and Matthew Miller of Littleton, New Hampshire, and Akuei Tice of Derby; and many more which include:  Tina Percy Miller, Angela and Daniel Tice, Rick and Ryan Kelley, Sheena Webster Sullivan, and Sonya Webster, Nicholas and Christopher Vachon, Ginger Percy Blow, Terri Percy Kasten, Tanya Percy Webster, Douglas Percy, and Larry and Pam Percy.

She was predeceased by her parents, Willey K. and Alice Bishop Percy; her brothers:  Richard, Ralph, and Lawrence Percy; and by her sister Joann Percy Monty.

Funeral services were held on January 26, in Newport.

Online condolences may be sent to the family through the funeral home website at www.curtis-britch.com.

obit LaCourseDonald Elmer LaCourse

Donald Elmer LaCourse, 82, of Orleans died on January 23, 2014, in Newport.

He was born in 1931, to Alfred and Catherine LaCourse.  In 1954, he married Brenda June Brannan in England, while serving in the U.S. Air Force.

He was a decorated veteran achieving the rank of master sergeant, serving 21 years as a strategic Air Command Security Police Officer serving in England, Greenland, and numerous bases in the United States guarding presidents and dignitaries during his service.  He was also a mechanic.  After his discharge from the Air Force, he continued to work as a mechanic until his retirement.  With toolbox in hand he helped his children, grandchildren, relatives and friends repair their vehicles.  When unable to do the manual work, he advised them how to make the repairs themselves.

He was an avid hunter especially enjoying hunting in Vermont and South Dakota.  When able, he enjoyed watching his children and grandchildren’s sporting events.  He especially enjoyed watching Joe and David play hockey.

He would always lend a helping hand whether a friend or a stranger, and although his exterior was gruff he was extremely kind hearted.  He was a great storyteller whose big fish stories got bigger.

He is survived by his wife Brenda LaCourse of Orleans; his daughter Donna Bennett and her husband, Dave; his sons:  Scott LaCourse and his wife, Tina, and Glenn LaCourse; his grandchildren:  Windy and Jeff Currier, Joe and Becky Rollins, David and Jessie Bennett, Leigh and Kelly, and Brannan LaCourse, Marrissa LaCourse and Dale LaCourse; his great-grandchildren:  Brett, Paige, Kaylee, Amaya, Isaiah, Lyllian, Karyn, Dominic, Cede, Promise, Mia, Nicholas, Brie, Dyion, Shane, Blaze, and Harlie; several nieces, and nephews; and by his beloved dogs:  Dora, Trouble and Chip.

He was predeceased by his parents; his sons:  Paul and Dale LaCourse; his daughter Nicki Rollins; his brother Norbert LaCourse; his sisters:  Elsinore Lanoue, and Evelyn McMahon; and by his nephew Ronnie LaCourse.

Funeral services will be held at 3 p.m., on Wednesday, January 29, at the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home at 37 Lake Road in Newport.  Friends may call at the funeral home on January 29, from 2 p.m. until the hour of the funeral.  Spring interment will be in Pleasantview Cemetery in Orleans, with full military honors.

Should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to the Pope Memorial Frontier Animal Shelter, 502 Strawberry Acres, Newport, Vermont 05855; or to Disabled American Veterans, in care of Winston Dowland, Whittier Road, Derby Line, Vermont 05830.

Online condolences may be sent to the family through the funeral home website at www.curtis-britch.com.

obit MartinBruce Al Martin

Bruce Al Martin, 65, of Craftsbury died suddenly on January 25, 2014, at his home.

He was born on May 28, 1948, in Newport, to Percy and Jeannette (Atwood) Martin Anderson.

On October 16, 1970, he married Sheryl Allen, who survives him.

He graduated from Craftsbury Academy in 1966 and later entered the United States Army and served his country during the Vietnam War.  He was a lifetime dairy farmer and logger.  He retired as the road commissioner for the town of Craftsbury in 1995.

He was a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars of Morrisville, the American Legion in Hardwick, and he was past commander of the Veterans of Foreign Wars in Hyde Park.  He was a former member of the Craftsbury area school board and he coached sports of all ages and volunteered for many hours.

He enjoyed hunting, fishing, cutting wood, logging, maple sugaring, haying, going to hunting camp, attending basketball games and watching his son Mike race on the weekends.  He was a New York Yankees fan and he enjoyed spending time with his children and grandchildren.

He is survived by his wife Sheryl Martin of Craftsbury; two children:  Michelle Martin of Craftsbury, and Michael Martin and his wife, Francheska, of Craftsbury Common; his mother Jeannette Anderson of Craftsbury; and by two grandchildren:  Abigail and Stephen Martin.  He is also survived by his brothers:  Roger Martin and his wife, Patty, of Craftsbury, Paul Martin and his wife, Rita, of Albany, and Randy Martin and his wife, Micki, of Craftsbury; his sisters-in-law:  Janet Nelson of Albany, and Marion Allen of Burlington; and by several nieces, nephews and cousins.

He was predeceased by his father Percy Martin in 1963; and by his stepfather Robert Anderson in 2008.

Friends may call from 5 to 8 p.m., on Wednesday, January 29, at the Craftsbury Academy gymnasium, where funeral services will be held at 2 p.m., on Thursday, January 30, with the Reverend Alan Parker officiating.  Spring interment will be in Craftsbury Common Cemetery with full military honors.

In lieu of flowers, contributions in his memory may be made to the Craftsbury Academy Sports Activities Fund, P.O. Box 73, Craftsbury Common, Vermont 05827.

Online condolences may be sent to the family through the funeral home website at www.curtis-britch.com.

obit McCoyLoretta S. McCoy

Loretta S. McCoy, 83, of Orleans died peacefully on January 21, 2014, in Newport.

She was born January 29, 1930 in Brownington, to Ezekiel and Cecil (Dumont) Perry.

On February 11, 1956, she married Dale C. McCoy, who survives her.

She was a mail carrier for the United States Post Office, where she retired after 20 years of service.

She was a member of St. Theresa’s Guild and she was always ready to give the church a hand.  She was an excellent cook much to the delight of her family.  She enjoyed gardening, flowers and bird watching especially cardinals, hummingbirds and chickadees.

Her family was the love of her life and she always looked forward to their visits, which brought her great comfort and joy.

She is survived by her husband Dale McCoy of Orleans; her children:  Harold D. McCoy and his wife, Andrea Brightenback, of Hardwick, David J. McCoy and his wife, Diane, of Walden, Julie A. McCoy and her partner, Gary Brown, of Hardwick, Timothy J. McCoy and his wife, Kathy, of Brownington, Steven A. McCoy and his wife, Sheryl, of Irasburg, Amy M. Morley and her husband, Michael, of Albany, and Laurie J. Rice and her husband, Robert, of Brownington.  She is also survived by 15 grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; two sisters:  Clemence LeBlond of Jay, and Claire Lyon of Brownington; and by several nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by two sisters:  Blanche Coates and Mary Ann Darling; and by her brothers:  Maurice, Noel, Francis, and Leon Perry.

Funeral services were held on January 25, in Orleans.  Spring interment will be in St. Theresa’s Cemetery in Orleans.

Should friends desire, contributions in her memory may be made to the Orleans Ambulance Service, care of of Dot Collier, 1327 Dry Pond Road, Glover, Vermont 05839.

Online condolences may be sent to the family through the funeral home website at www.curtis-britch.com.

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What kind of birds fly through Orleans County?

American woodwock.  Photo by Bob Stymeist

American woodwock. Photo by Bob Stymeist

by Martha Steele

Seasons in Orleans County are not just about changing weather, leaves, or recreational pursuits.  They also bring wide swings in bird populations, from the near absence of sound or flight during a mid-winter walk in the woods to the deafening chorus of an early spring morning.

My husband, Bob Stymeist, and I have been regularly visiting my mother in Westmore and chronicling the birds we see and hear all year-round.  In 2013, over 56 days, we tallied a total of 152 bird species in Orleans County for the year, our personal record.  In all, birders recorded 179 species in Orleans County in 2013, according to Cornell Laboratory of Ornithology’s eBird.  Our total number since we started birding the county about a decade ago is 178 species.

Birders love statistics and to keep lists.  A yard list.  A town list.  A county list.  A year list.  A trip list.  A life list.  The term “lifer” becomes a unique word for birders, not only indicating a new species that the birder has never seen, but expanding to anything new to the individual, be it a road, a restaurant, or anything at all.

For us, Orleans County holds special affection.  It is where we welcome back our avian friends every spring.  “Our” wood thrush returns every year to a particular spot on our property.  A northern waterthrush greets us with song every spring morning along the road to Willoughby.  A chestnut-sided warbler sets up territory near our mailbox.  We are truly astonished and moved by the ability of birds to travel thousands of miles to and from their wintering or breeding grounds, only to settle in the same place as the year before.  Welcome back indeed.

These snow buntings were photographed on Schoolhouse Road in Brownington.  Wheeler Mountain is in the background.  Photo by Bob Stymeist

These snow buntings were photographed on Schoolhouse Road in Brownington. Wheeler Mountain is in the background. Photo by Bob Stymeist

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War on Poverty: Fifty years later schools are the battleground

Lisa Grout is a social studies teacher at North Country Union High School in Newport.  She has a perspective on both poverty and how poverty affects student outcomes.  Photo by Richard Creaser

Lisa Grout is a social studies teacher at North Country Union High School in Newport. She has a perspective on both poverty and how poverty affects student outcomes. Photo by Richard Creaser

copyright the Chronicle January 22, 2014

Editor’s note:  The following story is the first in a two-part series on the link between poverty and success in school.

by Richard Creaser

On January 8, 1964, President Lyndon Baines Johnson declared in his State of the Union Address an “all-out war on human poverty and unemployment in these United States.”

Fifty years later, the war rages on with the nation’s public schools as the battleground in this epic struggle.

“As a history teacher, I just can’t help but see that this isn’t anything new,” said Lisa Grout, a social studies teacher at North Country Union High School.  “At times, it has been described as a racial divide, but really it’s something else — it isn’t a war on poverty, it’s a war on the poor.  We need to rid ourselves of this myth that anyone can do whatever they want to do if they really want it.  Our system just isn’t balanced evenly that way.”

In fact, the system appears to be heavily weighted against students from poor families.

A direct link between low household income and student achievement is known in the educational system as the achievement gap.  The evidence is most readily appreciated by examining student performance on the New England Common Assessment Program (NECAP) scores as tabulated by the Vermont Agency of Education.  Agency data for the reporting period of 2011-2012 for North Country is especially telling, although it’s important to consider that NECAP tests are only administered to juniors at the high school level.

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Obituaries January 22, 2014

Rene A. Cloutier

Rene A. Cloutier of Essex Junction died suddenly on January 9, 2014, in Fletcher Allen Health Care in Burlington.

He was born on August 1, 1942, in Barton, the son of Raoul and Charlotte (Griffin) Cloutier.

He graduated from Barton Academy in 1960, and also graduated from Champlain College.  He served his country in the Army as a paratrooper in the early 1960s.

He was employed with IBM for 39 years and was a resident of Underhill for many years.

He enjoyed gardening, skiing, theater, motorcycles, and he loved his dogs, whom always came from the Humane Society of Chittenden County.

He will be sadly missed by his family, friends and community.

He is survived by his seven brothers and sisters:  Victor Cloutier and his wife, Carol, of Wolfboro, New Hampshire, Ronald Cloutier and his wife, Colleen, of Barton, Gerald Cloutier and his wife, Sharon, of Colchester, Rosemary Cloutier Badeau of Barre, Jeanine Cloutier Kelley and her husband, Roy, of Brockton, Massachusetts, Aime Cloutier and his wife, Linda, of Newport, and Carl Cloutier and his wife, Nancy, of Colchester; his stepdaughters:  Tara Bouchard of Fayetteville, New York, and Tracy Darcangelo of Badlinsville, New York; his stepsons:  Shawn Finnegan and his wife, Gail, of Gambrills, Maryland, and Patrick Finnegan and his wife, Martha, of Perth, Australia; and by many nieces, nephews, stepgrandchildren, and dear friends.

He was predeceased by his parents; his wife Mary Anne Cloutier; his brother Andre Cloutier; and by his special partner in life of recent years, Sheila Roberts.

Services will be private and at the convenience of the family.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Humane Society of Chittenden County, 142 Kindness Court, South Burlington, Vermont 05403; or to the Arthritis Foundation, 133 North Peachtree Street NW, Atlanta, Georgia 30309; or to the American Diabetes Association, 1701 North Beauregard Street, Alexandria, Virginia 22311.

obit DamonRobert “Bob” C. Damon

Robert “Bob” C. Damon, 86, of Morgan died on January 17, 2014, at his home, surrounded by his loving family.

He was born on August 28, 1928, in West Burke, to Fenton and Mildred (Ball) Damon.

On May 1, 1954, he married Gisele Coderre, who survives him.

He entered the United States Army and served from 1950 to 1952.

He was employed as a machinist by Tivoli, where he retired in 1990.

His hobbies included fishing, hunting, woodworking, carpentry, gardening and bird watching.

He is survived by his wife Gisele Damon of Morgan; his children:  Rita Moulton of Newport Center, Suzanne Moulton and her husband, Jerry, of Holland, and Corrinne Moulton and her husband, Duane, of Charleston; his grandchildren:  Amanda Glover and her husband, Steve, Corydon Moulton, Brandy Moulton, Roxanne Moulton, Shontel Moulton, Abby Smith and her husband, Ian, Megan Longley and her husband, Wayne Jr., Matthew Moulton, and Andrea Moulton; ten great-grandchildren; his sister Betty Bowen of North Pomfret; and by several nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by three sisters:  Marion, Louise, and Evelyn.

Funeral services were held on January 21, in Newport.  Spring interment will be in East Charleston Cemetery.

Should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be sent to Gisele Damon, 267 Mead Hill, Morgan, Vermont 05853.

Online condolences may be sent to the family through the funeral home website at www.curtis-britch.com.

obit DicksonMarilyn Annie Dickson

Marilyn Annie Dickson, 57, of Albany died on January 19, 2014, at her home, surrounded by her loving family.

She was born on October 13, 1956, in Hardwick, a daughter of Ralph and Ada (Newcomb) Reed.

In 1975, she married Eugene Dickson, who survives her.

She was the secretary for Sterling Services in Morrisville, a Licensed Nursing Assistant for Genesis Nursing Home in Morrisville, and was also a volunteer for the Memorial Cancer Network for five years.

She held a membership at the American Legion Auxiliary Post #7 and also at the VFW Post #779 of Hyde Park.  She graduated from the Community College of Vermont with an associate of business degree.

She enjoyed dancing, crafts, traveling, going to lawn sales, and spending time with her family.

She is survived by her husband of 40 years, Eugene Dickson of Albany; her five daughters:  Sabrena Ducharme and her husband, William, of Walden, Della Hall and her husband, Ricky, of Greensboro Bend, Marilyn J. Gaudette of Newport, Dolida Kennison of Hardwick, and Marena Mead and her husband, Ken, of Hyde Park; her brothers and sisters:  Linda Clark and her husband, Joe, of Wolcott, Evelyn Perry and Larry Patoine of Hardwick, Lawrence Reed and his wife, Cindi, of Montpelier, and Lisa Dyke of White Falls, New Hampshire; several nieces and nephews; her grandchildren:  Timothy, Joshua, Troy, and Nicole Ducharme, Kyle and Roxanne Hall, and Jason, Jolene, Etta, Danielle, Daphne, and Gene; and by 12 great-grandchildren.

She was predeceased by her parents Ralph and Ada Reed; her stepfather Clyde Dyke; and by her brothers and sister:  Lenard Reed, George Dyke, and Florence Peck.

Friends may call at the Curtis-Britch & Davis Funeral Home in Craftsbury Common, from 1 to 3 p.m., on Wednesday, January 22.  A graveside service will be held in the spring at the Craftsbury Village Cemetery.

Should friends desire, contributions in her memory may be made to the Lamoille Area Cancer Network, 198 Farr Avenue, Morrisville, Vermont 05661.

Online condolences may be sent to the family through the funeral home website at www.curtis-britch.com.

obit DillRichard E. Dill

Richard E. Dill, 90, of Newport died on January 14, 2014, after a long battle with cancer.

He was born on May 14, 1923, in Detroit, Michigan, son of Jay and Marie (Eccles) Dill.

On June 6, 1953, he married Claire Hebard, who predeceased him on March 4, 2000.

Mr. Dill was a World War II veteran, having served in combat in Patton’s army in southern Germany in the last three months of that war.  After being honorably discharged in 1946, he pursued studies at Case Institute of Technology in Cleveland, Ohio, earning a degree in mechanical engineering in 1949.  He continued his studies at Harvard Law School, earning a law degree in 1952.

He was a member of the Massachusetts, Maine and New Hampshire bars, practicing law in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, for many years.  He was awarded a 50-years-of-practice plaque from the New Hampshire Bar Association.  Having become a member of the Vermont Bar in 1998, he opened his office in Island Pond and actively practiced law until his retirement in 2011, when he transferred his practice to his law partner, Dan Keenan.

Of special note, his main hobby was photography and, in particular, capturing steam locomotives in action.

He is survived by his children:  Charlton Dill and his wife, Lisa, of Lee, New Hampshire, Lauren Dill of Littleton, New Hampshire, and Melinda Birch and her husband, Scott, of Derby; his grandchildren:  Alden Dill and his wife, Catherine, of Deerfield New Hampshire, Carl Dill and his wife, Iscanyi, of Sheppard Air Force Base in Texas, Mark Dill and his fiancée, Dahlia Sawtelle, of Lee, Andy and his wife, Sarah Birch, of Addison, and Jared Birch of Derby; his great-grandchildren:  Charlotte and Emory Dill of Deerfield, and Aiden and Ian Dill of Sheppard Air Force Base; his nephew Robert Dill and his wife, Phoebe, of Newcastle, Delaware; his niece Karen and her husband, Gene, of Peaks Island, Maine; and his companion of ten years, Eileen Earp.

He was predeceased by his wife of 47 years, Claire Dill; his infant son, Norman McConnell Dill; his brother, Jay Edwin Dill; and by his parents.

Funeral services were held on January 20, in Brownington.

Should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to the Brownington Congregational Church, care of Yvonne Mandeville, 4335 Coventry Station Road, Orleans, Vermont 05860.

Online condolences may be sent to the family through the funeral home website at www.curtis-britch.com.

obit DoucetteFrederick E. Doucette Sr.

Frederick E. Doucette Sr., 81, formerly of Derby and Island Pond, died on Tuesday, January 14, 2014.

He was born in Manhattan, New York, on April 28, 1932, a son of George and Edith (Holgate) Doucette.

He served his country in the U.S. Navy during the Korean War.

He enjoyed fishing, hunting, gardening, and his dog Patches.  He also enjoyed farming when he was younger, and was an avid Yankees fan.  He liked to visit with family, friends, and even strangers.

Mr. Doucette was a judge for the state as well as New England Golden Gloves competitions.  He was a member of the Island Pond Post #80 American Legion and was a 4th degree of the Knights of Columbus and past member of the Lions Club.

He is survived by his sons: Frederick Jr. and his wife, Joanne, of Monkton, and Geoffrey and his wife, Jennifer, of North Carolina; his daughter-in-law Ethel Steady of Maryland; his grandchildren:  Amy, Andrew, Graham and Reagan Doucette, and Renee Steady; his great-grandsons:  David Paul Steady of Maryland, and stepson Michael McKee of Augusta, Georgia; his brother George and his wife, Lois, of Rhode Island; his sister Ellen DeMarco and her husband, Carmen, of Connecticut; and by his sister-in-law Sylvia Doucette of Arkansas.

He was predeceased by his first wife Francelia in June of 2002; his second wife Sandra Crowe in July of 2013; his stepson David Steady; his granddaughter Christina Steady; and by a brother, Robert.

Services will be held in the spring at the Lakeside Cemetery in Island Pond with date and time to be announced.

Contributions in his name may be made to The Newport Health Care & Rehabilitation Center, care of the activities fund, 148 Prouty Drive, Newport, Vermont 05855.

Online condolences may be sent to the family through the funeral home website at: www.curtis-britch.com.

obit gleasonElaine N. Gleason

Elaine Nancy Gleason, 74, died on Saturday, January 11, 2014, at the Woodridge Health & Rehab Center in Berlin.

Born in Johnson, on September 1, 1939, she was the adopted daughter of the late William and Doris Haire.  Her birth mother was Mary Pease, who has also died.

In 1960, she married Lawrence Gleason Sr., who predeceased her on April 19, 2011.

Ms. Gleason worked as a farmhand for several years.  After moving to Barre, she worked for a short period of time at the Salvation Army Store.

She had many interests including collecting cow knickknacks, playing bingo and card games, going to church, doing word search puzzles, and reading newspapers, books, and magazines.  She was happiest when spending time with her children and their spouses, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Survivors include three sons:  Larry Jr. of Barre, Randy of Holland, and Brian of Portland, Oregon; three daughters:  Doris Royce of Washington, Laura of West Charleston, and Denise of Barre; 12 grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; two brothers; and two sisters.

She was predeceased by her husband Lawrence; and by a son, Steven.

At her request, there will be no calling hours.  A private burial will be at the convenience of the family.  A family gathering is planned for the spring.

obit lussierRoger R. Lussier

Roger R. Lussier, 82, of Lyndonville died peacefully on Monday afternoon, January 13, 2014, at the Pine’s Rehabilitation and Health Center in Lyndonville, surrounded by his family.

He was born on May 21, 1931, in East Albany, the son of Antonio and Georgiana (Letourneau) Lussier.  On June 28, 1952, he married Evelyn Walker of Sheffield.

During his life, he was an astute businessman who undertook many endeavors including farming, auctioneering, sales, banking and real estate.

Personal interests included spending time with family and friends at the camps on Shadow Lake and Marl Pond, hunting, fishing, playing cards, casual dinners and many years piloting his own plane.  He was a member of the Benton Masonic Lodge #88 of Guildhall and the Walden Club, where he enjoyed the fellowship of meeting new and old friends.

Mr. Lussier valued and understood strong work ethics and the meaning of a handshake.  He was a steward of the land and felt a strong connection to it as well as the people who worked it.  He also admired and respected the Native American way of life.

Survivors include his wife of nearly 62 years, Evelyn Lussier of Lyndonville (P.O. Box 192, 05851); four children:  Reginald Lussier and his wife, Heidi, of Kirby, Kathleen Pearl and her husband, Ronald, of Lyndon, Richard Lussier and his wife, Virginia, of Lyndon, and David Lussier and his wife, Lise, of Lyndon; three brothers:  Bert Lussier of Richford, Noel Lussier and his wife, Barbara, of Florida, and Bernie Lussier and his wife, Linda, of Craftsbury; three sisters:  Lucille Sanville of Craftsbury, Yolande Bracci of Florida, and Lorraine Lussier of Hardwick; a sister-in-law, Bea Lussier, of Berkshire; 15 grandchildren; 31 great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by his parents; his son Steven Lussier in 2011; a brother, Laurant Lussier; and a sister, Marielle Stone.

A memorial service was held on January 20, in Lyndonville.  Spring committal services are planned for Wednesday, May 21, at 3 p.m., at William-Dexter Cemetery in Sheffield.

Donations made in his memory may be directed to The Pine’s Rehabilitation and Health Center, marked for the staff’s continuing education and training fund, 601 Red Village Road, Lyndonville, Vermont 05851.

Private online condolences may be shared with the family at www.guibordfh.com.

Patty Paige

Patty Paige, 67, of Brownington died on Wednesday, January 15,2014, in Orwell, at the home of her brother, Peter.

She was born in Enosburg on November 23, 1946, a daughter of Ernest Paige and Glenna Pudvah.

She received her education in Richford.

She worked at various places until she found her niche in traffic control, retiring because of illness in October of 2013.

Her hobbies included gardening, where she took great pride in passing flowers from generation to generation, and bird watching.  A great lover of animals, she rescued many including her chicken, Bella.

Survivors include her sister Mary Greenwood and her husband, Norman, of Poultney; her brother Peter Paige and his wife, Joanne, of Orwell; her nieces:  Brenda Zajicek and Stacey Paige Guyette; her nephews:  Mike Greenwood and Joshua Paige; and many grand-nieces and -nephews.  She is also survived by her beloved four-legged friend, Manny.

She was predeceased by her parents and by a brother, Roger Casavant.

A memorial service will be held in the spring.

Memorial contributions in lieu of flowers may be made to Addison County Home Health and Hospice, P.O. Box 754, Middlebury, Vermont 05753.

obit philipsRoderick Charles Phillips

Roderick Charles Phillips, 78, died peacefully in Tucson, Arizona, on January 11, 2014.

He was born on December 24, 1935, in Irasburg to Clare and Barbara (Lanou) Phillips.

He went to Irasburg Graded School, graduated from Orleans High School in 1953, and attended St. Johnsbury Trade School.

In 1955, he enlisted in the Air Division of the navy and was stationed in Alameda, California, while spending time overseas patrolling the seas of Japan.  He married Marlene (Skeet) Lafoe in 1956, who, after 47 years of marriage, predeceased him in 2003.

In 1959, he returned to Vermont and purchased the Gulf Service Station in Barton where he and his wife made their home.  They ran the business for 17 years which provided towing, snowplowing, and auto mechanic services.  They sold the business in 1977 and he went to work for Barton Motors where he was employed for twenty years.

After retiring, he continued to keep busy by delivering parts for Sanel in the Northeast Kingdom in the summer, selling pumpkins, Christmas trees, and fireworks in West Palm Beach, Florida, then traveling west, meeting up with fellow snowbirds in Arizona.  He traveled to every state with his fifth wheel camper except Hawaii.  All across America he made friends with all he met as he truly enjoyed people and loved to share his stories through his unique style and one could count on him to voice his opinion.  In his spare time he enjoyed snowmobiling, entertaining at camp, hunting, fishing, and spending time with his family.

He supported his community and belonged to the Barton Fire Department, Orleans Lions Club (receiving the Melvin Jones Fellow award) and Orleans Legion Post #23.

Survivors include his daughter Martha Perron and her husband, David; his son Michael; his grandchildren:  Phillip Perron and his wife, Laura, Elizabeth Perron and her fiancé, Bruce Thomas, Roy Phillips and his wife, Annie, and Courtney Phillips and her partner, Ryan Ovitt; his great-grandchildren:  Willow, Ember, Colby, Claire, George, Jillian and Natalie; his nephew Bradley Chase; and by his special lady friend, Mary Ann Lisk.

He was predeceased by infant sons Mark and Carl; his parents, Clare and Barbara; his wife, Marlene (Skeet); and by his sister Rolinda (Dinny) Chase.

He will be laid to rest where he began his life, in Irasburg, in the spring.

obit PlanteDiane Plante

Diane Plante, 56, died peacefully on Tuesday, January 14, 2014, at Fletcher Allen Health Care in Burlington.

Born in Newport on March 26, 1957, she was a daughter of Gille and Lillian (Dalisle) Plante of Orleans.

She was born and raised in the Northeast Kingdom of Vermont, and was a high school graduate of Lake Region Union High School.

As a little girl, she loved all her friends on the farm and would enjoy every moment with the ones she loved.  Lady Di was a free spirited woman with a joyous personality; those who knew her can recall her contagious laughter and smile.

Willoughby Lake and Crystal Lake were like her second home, as she loved the water and the great outdoors.  During her leisure time she enjoyed gardening, to make use of her impressive green thumb.  She had a huge heart and would always express her love for the people in her life.

She is survived by her beloved son and daughter-in-law, Timothy and Kelly Plante, and their two beautiful children, Berlynn and Brylee; her siblings:  Linda Plante of Orleans, and Robert Plante and his significant other, Marguerite Deschesneaux, of Irasburg; and by her nieces and nephews:  Jennifer Cote of Jay, Jonathan Charles of Tampa, Florida, Jillian Charles of Williston, Daniel Plante of Irasburg, and Andrew Plante of Williston.

Funeral services were held on January 18, in Newport.

In lieu of flowers, please send donations to Community National Bank, Attention:  Crystal Boutin, to benefit Berlynn and Brylee Plante, Barton, Vermont 05855

Online condolences may be sent to the family through the funeral home website at curtisbritch.com.

Carolyn “Lynn” Priest Washburn

Carolyn “Lynn” Priest Washburn, of Greenville, Michigan, formerly of St. Johnsbury, died on Thursday, January 9, 2014, in Carson City, Michigan, with her family at her side.

She was born July 17, 1928, in Boston, Massachusetts, the daughter of Henry B. and Verna E. Priest, both natives of Irasburg.

She grew up in Verona, New Jersey, where her father taught English at Montclair High School for many years.

She graduated from Tufts University in Medford, Massachusetts, in 1950, where she received a Bachelor of Arts degree in history.  Later, after she and her husband had raised their family, she earned a Master’s degree in special education from Eastern Michigan University and taught special education in the Farmington public schools for 17 years.  She had a great love for the children that she taught.

She especially enjoyed spending summers on beautiful Parker Pond in West Glover, at the summer camp that her parents built in 1937.  These summers held many special memories for her, and she has passed her love of Parker Pond on to her children and grandchildren.

She is survived by her husband of 63 years, John M. Washburn III, whom she married on September 23, 1950; their children:  Christine Kohn and her husband, Thomas, of Greenville; David Washburn and his wife, Gail, of Ringwood, New Jersey, and Carol Keberly and her husband, Paul, of Plymouth, Michigan; her grandchildren:  Aaron Kohn and his wife, Katie, David Kohn and his wife, Kristen, Laura Kohn and her fiancé, Alexander, Jacqueline Washburn, Laura Sama and her husband, Andrea, Brian Washburn, Carolyn Rose and her husband, Jason, Jennifer Rasak, and Michael Rasak and his wife, Taylor; her great-grandchildren:  Madison and Payton Rose, Alyssa, Emily, and Daniel Kohn, and Noah and Charlotte Kohn; her sister Virginia Weston and her husband, Ralph; and by her sisters-in-law:  Jane Parker and Ann Samuels.

A graveside memorial service will take place this summer with interment in the Irasburg cemetery.

For those desiring to do so, the family suggests memorial contributions be made to either the John M. Washburn III and Carolyn P. Washburn Endowed Scholarship Fund at Alma College, 614 West Superior Street, Alma, Michigan 48801, or to the Old Stone House Museum, care of the Orleans County Historical Society, 109 Old Stone House Road, Brownington, Vermont 05860.

The family is being served by Hurst Funeral Home through which messages of condolence may be sent via www.hurstfuneralhome.com.

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UTG reject Seneca Wind

copyright the Chronicle January 15, 2014

by Paul Lefebvre

FERDINAND — Community opposition in three of the most remote northern towns of the Northeast Kingdom have shut the door on hosting what would have been the third industrial wind project planned for the region’s ridgelines.

On Monday, the Unified Towns and Gores (UTG) joined Brighton and Newark in rejecting a proposal to build a ridgeline wind project on Seneca Mountain.

The decision came on the strength of a referendum mailed to property owners, whose ballots were counted in the UTG office in Ferdinand Monday night.

By a margin of 171 to 107, voters rejected the project and left little choice but for the UTG five-member board of governors to follow suit.

“The board has agreed to support the vote, and that’s what we intend to do,” said Chairman Barbara Nolan, after the results of the vote were announced.

There was also little room to maneuver for Eolian Renewable Energy, the company that had been spearheading a project that came to be known as Seneca Mountain Wind (SMW).  The company had repeatedly vowed that the project would rise or fall on the results of the vote.

“We are committed to abide by the local vote,” said a disappointed John Soininen, a company vice-president who was present during the counting of the ballots.

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Obituary January 15, 2014

 obit FieldDennis R. Field

Dennis R. Field, 69, of Tolland, Connecticut, died on Saturday, January 4, 2014, at St. Francis Hospital in Hartford, Connecticut, surrounded by his loving family.

He was born in Lowell, son of the late Marshall Field and Lydia (Faucher) Hamel.

He retired after 39 years from United Technologies’ Pratt and Whitney Aircraft, having worked in process planning and as a machinist.

He enjoyed his family and friends, Red Sox baseball, his retirement, and his trips to the casino and Dunkin’ Donuts.

He loved the celebration of life, always had a smile on his face, and was a very kind and gentle man.

He is survived by his beloved wife and best friend of 46 years, Patricia “Pat” D. (Veilleux) Field; two sons:  Kevin R. Field and his companion, Meli Currie, of Boston, Massachusetts, and Marc R. Field of Hillsborough, North Carolina; three brothers and sisters-in-law:  Emmanuel and Shirley Field, Leonard and Sally Field, and Reginald and Theresa Field, all of New Hampshire; his in-laws:  George and Theresa Murphy of New Hampshire, Gaytan and Linda Veilleux of Vermont, and Richard and Donald Veilleux of Vermont; and by numerous nieces, nephews, great-nieces and          -nephews, whom he loved very deeply.

His funeral was held on January 11, in Stafford Springs, Connecticut.  Burial followed in South Cemetery in Tolland.

Memorial donations may be made to St. Francis Care, 114 Woodland Street, Hartford, Connecticut 06105.

For online condolences, please visit www.introvignefuneralhome.com.

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Hill Farmstead’s expansion is open to the public

Shaun Hill takes a break to enjoy a beer while looking around at his new space.  The retail part of the business is in this space for now.  Photos by Bethany M. Dunbar

Shaun Hill takes a break to enjoy a beer while looking around at his new space. The retail part of the business is in this space for now. Photos by Bethany M. Dunbar

copyright the Chronicle January 8, 2014

by Bethany M. Dunbar

GREENSBORO — Hill Farmstead Brewery’s expanded space is open to the public for retail sales.

The expansion is not completed, but the space allows customers to wait inside for tastes of beer, to buy bottled beer, and to buy or fill up growlers, which are big, reusable beer bottles.  Waiting lines will probably be just as long as before because the new space has the same number of taps as before, six.

An ell off the new space is so far just a foundation, but eventually it will hold a new brewery with a mezzanine area and windows so people can see production.  Once the expansion is finished, which is expected to be in October, retail space will exist in the end of the ell.  It will include a rest room for the public.

“The plan is to serve bread and cheese,” Mr. Hill said.

Meanwhile, a portable toilet is available outside. Continue reading

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