In boys soccer: Ninth seed Hazen upsets top seeded Lake Region in overtime

Austin Roberge looks on as Zach Royer pushes the ball up and across the field in the Rangers loss to the Wildcats, Friday.  Photos by David Dudley

Austin Roberge looks on as Zach Royer pushes the ball up and across the field in the Rangers loss to the Wildcats, Friday. Photos by David Dudley

copyright the Chronicle October 29, 2014

by David Dudley

The Hazen Union High Wildcats ended the Lake Region Rangers season Friday with a 2-1 victory in overtime. Forward Jake Gilcris scored both goals for the Wildcats, to give them the edge they needed in a messy but exciting game.

As with the Rangers’ last home game, where they defeated the Oxbow Olympians, the field was slippery, muddy, and pockmarked by cleats. To make matters more challenging, it was cold, windy, and a mist engulfed the field for most of the first half of the game. Still, fans were lined up on the hill, stretching the length of the field, finding shelter under canvas canopies and umbrellas.

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Obituaries October 29, 2014

obit BaileyMarie D. Bailey

Marie D. Bailey, 77, of Island Pond died from natural causes during the early morning hours on October 22, 2014, at the home of her daughter Jennifer Hanlon, where she had lived, with her son-in-law Thomas and granddaughter May, since 2011.

Though she moved to Vermont late in her life, she always said she was proud to be a Vermonter, and especially enjoyed all things maple. She enjoyed summering with her family on the St. Lawrence River in Ogdensburg, New York, and this past summer spent two very relaxing months “on the river” there with her beloved sister Judith and brother “Buzz.”

Marie Gertrude Derenberger was born on July 3, 1937, in Tracy, Minnesota. She was a daughter of Floy Mae Derenberger and William Derenberger.

The Derenberger family moved to Ogdensburg in 1940. Ms. Bailey was a graduate of Ogdensburg Free Academy in the Class of 1955, a graduate of St. Lawrence School of Nursing in the Class of 1958, and she received her B.A. at Plattsburgh State University.

She embarked upon her nursing career with the American Red Cross, followed by service at the Veterans Administration in Syracuse, New York, and as a school nurse in Peru, New York. She also was employed in the Ausable Valley School District for several years as a school nurse. She will be remembered by many for her gentle, compassionate spirit and her dedication to nursing and caring for those around her.

It was at Peru Central School that she met a teacher, George Arthur Bailey, of Keeseville, New York, whom she married in 1964. Though their marriage was short lived, she remained in the Keeseville area for many years, supporting her children and always opening her door to them and their friends.

She enjoyed working on crossword puzzles and she enjoyed sharing recipes, cooking, and eating tasty food. She was an avid fan of the Enquirer and other tabloids, and could spend hours watching crime dramas on television. When she came to Vermont she began surfing the Internet and communicating via e-mail. She was always interested in current events on the local and national level, and always was sure to vote. She always had a strong faith in the Lord, and always found a reason to laugh and smile every day.

She is survived by four children: Jennifer and her husband, Thomas Hanlon, and granddaughter May Marie of Island Pond, Jeffrey Bailey of Keeseville, and Suzanne and her husband, Bret Leonhardt, of Kernersville, North Carolina; and by her grandchildren: Kyle, Ansley, and very specially loved grandson Seth, Sara and her husband, Jude Perkett, of Ausable Chasm, New York, and Ledge, Keene, Chasm, and Ridge. She is also survived by her siblings: William Derenberger of Moravia, New York, and Judith Derenberger of Winter Haven, Florida, along with her niece and goddaughter Cathy Giglio; and by several nieces, nephews, and their families.

She had many lifelong friends, including her beloved sister-in-law Mary Bailey of Port Kent, New York, who was like a second mother to her children. Many people often thought they were sisters or even the same person, since they were often seen with the same set of children. She also had lifelong friendships with Bernadette (Morrow) Kolonski and Barbara Wylie.

She was predeceased by her parents; her older sister Wilburna Derenberger Giglio; and by her brother Sargent LeRoy Derenberger.

During her lifetime she was referred to as “Sis” by her siblings and by those in the Ogdensburg region.

At her request, there will be no calling hours, and cremation will be provided by Curtis Britch Converse Rushford Funeral Home. An informal memorial dinner with her family will be held on November 8 in the Plattsburgh, New York, area, and the interment of her cremains will take place on Memorial Day in 2015, at the family plot in Ogdensburg, at the convenience of her family.

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obit ClapperJob Robert “Bob” Clapper

Job Robert “Bob” Clapper died on October 18, 2014, at his home in Holland, surrounded by his pets.

He was born on May 7, 1940, to Lawrence and Marianne Lathye Clapper.

He is survived by his life partner of 38 years, Rachael Pelletier; his daughter Lorri LePage; and by his son Lance Clapper. He also helped raise Rachael’s children: Kathlene Pelletier and David Pelletier. He loved those two as though they were his own. He is also survived by his brother Richard of Ausable Forks, New York.

Mr. Clapper was a Vermonter through and through. His parents had a camp on Salem and when his brother and he were growing up, they spent every summer carefree as can be, swimming and fishing. He loved to tell the stories about their always-leaky rowboats and catching baby skunks, squirrels and chipmunks, or how they used to steal their mother’s cigarettes and hide them in the woods so they could smoke them later.

All of his grandchildren were special to him, especially Sean who lived with the couple for five years before moving to Rutland with his mother. After that, along came Christopher and Josh, followed by Sara, Elizabeth, and then Amber and lastly followed by Skyler, Dillon and Deven. He had a great time with the grandchildren when they came to visit.

Mr. Clapper enlisted in the Navy after high school graduation. He was a radioman on the U.S.S. Neptune and received an honorable discharge after completing his tour. After discharge, he went to work at Ethan Allen in Orleans. After nearly 20 years and working himself up to a supervisory position, he decided to return to attend college. He graduated magna cum laude from Johnson State College with a degree in elementary school education, K-8 with an additional specialization in special education. He worked for North Country Union High School in special education for a short time and decided it wasn’t for him.

Because of his involvement with special needs students, he decided to take a position with Northeast Kingdom Mental Health Services at the Group Home on the Bluffs. While working there he met a special client, Alan, and they developed a special relationship so Mr. Clapper decided to bring Alan into his and Ms. Pelletier’s home. Alan was with them through thick and thin, until Mr. Clapper was ready to retire at 62.

After retirement, he became a “house husband” and “kennel keeper” to many pets. He was especially fond of golden retrievers and did adopt several — the newest dog is Cooper, who slept with Mr. Clapper until the end. When his closest dog, Gabriel, passed, Mr. Clapper had him cremated so then when he passed, Gabe’s and his ashes could be mixed and spread together over the bridge between the two Salems.

Mr. Clapper was a volunteer for Orleans Essex Home Health for a few years. While Ms. Pelletier was involved with getting her increased education, Mr. Clapper was her typist with much gnashing of teeth because of her habit of actually cutting and pasting her papers. He never wanted to learn to use a computer, preferring a manual or electric typewriter.

As a religious man, one of his greatest wishes was to visit the holy land and he was able to do so before his health began to fail. While there, he was baptized in the Jordan River. Another great moment in his life was the day he participated in the great Cadillac parade through Barton. He was up before daylight to make sure he could get in line and managed to be number 34.

The past two years were very trying for Mr. Clapper, with one health care problem after another. We cannot wish him back, but can visualize him romping through heaven’s fields with his golden retrievers who have gone before him. He is at peace now.

Funeral services were held on October 25, in Newport.

Should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to the Wounded Warrior Project, 4899 Belfort Road, Suite 300, Jacksonville, Florida 32256; or to the Pope Memorial Frontier Animal Shelter, 502 Strawberry Acres, Newport, Vermont 05855.

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obit CollinsDurward P. Collins

Durward P. Collins, 89, of Westfield died suddenly on October 20, 2014, in Newport.

He was born on April 3, 1925, to Harley and Maud (Besaw) Collins.

On September 16, 1944, he married Rita Breault, who predeceased him on July 17, 2009.

He was a veteran of the U.S. Marine Corp.

During his lifetime, he was a foreman for the Vermont Asbestos Group Mine in Lowell.

He was a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post #798 of Newport. His hobbies included hunting, fishing, walking and listening to country and bluegrass music.

He is survived by his children: Carolyn Lesperance and her husband, Gordon, of Westfield, William Collins of Westfield, Paul Collins and his wife, Ann, of Newport, and Susan Pion and her husband, Gerard, of Lowell; his son-in-law Stewart Niles of Shirley, Massachusetts; and by several grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

He was predeceased by his daughter Pamela Niles; two grandchildren: Lisa Collins and “Little” Gerard Pion; his sister Florence Miclette; and by his brothers: Elsidor and Elroy.

Funeral services were held on October 24, in Lowell. Interment followed in St. Ignatius Cemetery.

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obit durocherRichard Dennis Durocher

Richard Dennis Durocher, 53, of Vero Beach, Florida, and formerly of Lyndonville and St. Johnsbury, died at the VNA Hospice House in Vero Beach on Wednesday, October 22, 2014.

He was born on March 27, 1961, in St. Johnsbury, son of Larry and Gloria Durocher.

He graduated from Lyndon Institute in 1979 and from Lyndon State College in 1983 with a bachelor’s of science in business.

He was a three-season athlete in high school, excelling in football, basketball, track and field, and he also played in the Lyndon Youth Baseball program for many years. As an adult, he is well known for his exceptional contributions to the Lyndon Youth Softball program, helping to lead numerous teams to state and regional competitions.

In Vermont, Mr. Durocher was employed as a territory sales merchandiser for 14 years at Hibbert & McGee out of East Barre, until his relocation with his wife, Lynn, four and a half years ago to Vero Beach.

He was a dedicated Red Cross blood donor over the last several decades. He enjoyed watching sports — an avid Boston Red Sox and Minnesota Vikings fan — golfing, motorcycle rides, family gatherings and dancing with his wife, Lynn. He took extreme pride in maintaining his home!

He his survived by his devoted wife of nine years, Lynn Daviault Durocher; his parents, Larry and Gloria Durocher; his siblings: Barbara and her husband, Maurice Chenette, Sandra and her husband, Randy Amadon, Robert and his wife, Rosemary Durocher, and Raymond and his wife, Kathleen Durocher; his sister-in-law Diane and her husband, Paul Rioux; his children: Gregory and his wife, Crystal Durocher, Eric Durocher, and Megan Durocher; his stepchildren: Rebecca and her husband, Dennis McCall, Scott and his wife, Jessica Brewer, and Benjamin and his wife, Dani Marie Brewer; his grandchildren: Sophia, Gemma, Isabella, Troy, and Jaxon; and by numerous aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins, and many lifelong friends.

He was predeceased by his parents-in-law, Roger E. and Jeannette Blanchard Daviault.

Visiting hours will be held at Pearsons Funeral Home in Lyndonville on Sunday, November 2, from 2 to 4 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m. A Mass of Christian burial will take place at St. Elizabeth’s Catholic Church in Lyndonville, on Monday, November 3, at 11 a.m. Burial will take place at Sacred Heart Cemetery in New Bedford, Massachusetts, on Tuesday, November 4, at 1 p.m.

Donations may be made to the Lyndon Youth Baseball and Softball Program, care of Jon Prue, P.O. Box 1146, Lyndonville, Vermont 05851; or to the American Red Cross, Vermont and New Hampshire Region, Attention: Local Disaster Relief, 29 Mansfield Avenue, Burlington, Vermont 05401; or to the VNA Hospice House, 901 37th Street, Vero Beach, Florida 32960.

Elizabeth Merle (Dutton) Hewitt

Elizabeth Merle (Dutton) Hewitt, née Merle Ash, 94, of Glover died peacefully at the Union House in Glover on October 15, 2014.

She was born on March 11, 1920, in Sheffield, daughter of Warren and Bernice (Smith) Ash.

She graduated from Lyndon Institute in 1938 and the University of Vermont in 1963.

She married Maurice Dutton of Brownington in 1939. He predeceased her in 1978. In 1985, she married John Vance Hewitt Jr., who died in 1997.

She taught in several schools in Burlington from 1958 until her retirement. Prior to this, she taught grammar school in the Northeast Kingdom. Following her retirement, she and Mr. Hewitt moved to Shingle Springs, California, to be with her daughter. After Mr. Hewitt’s death, she moved to Half Moon Bay, California, and from there she moved to Tampa, Florida, to live with her son Gilbert and his family, and then to John Knox. Her loving niece, Gwen Maynard, has cared for her for eight and one-half years in Glover.

She was active in CFO (Camps Farthest Out) and CFOI (CFO International). She attended many camps: Winni, New Hampshire; Silver Bay, New York (where she and Mr. Hewitt were married); Asilomar and Mount Shasta in California, among them. She had various positions in CFO and also attended JFO (Journey Farthest Out) Tahoe in Nevada. She was also active in CFOI, attending in several countries and serving on the CFOI Board.

She is survived by her children: Nancy Bradley of Shelburne, Gilbert Dutton and his wife, Bonnie, and their son Christopher and his wife, Janis, of Brandon, Florida, and Phillip Dutton of Shelburne; her sister-in-law June Winhold of Waitsfield; her niece Gwendolyn and her children: Pamela and her husband, Donald Clark, Patty Caron and her fiancé, Glenn Gage, Paula and her husband, Bill Chamberlain; her nephews and their wives: Connie Ash and Lynn Ash, Ruth and her husband, George Wells, Sandra and her husband, Hale Hemingway, MickiAnn and her husband, Ron Thomas, Tom, Ernie, and their families.

She was predeceased by her husbands, Maurice Dutton and John Hewitt; her brothers, sisters, and brothers- and sisters-in-law: Fern Ash, Ruby (Ash) Beadle, Velma (Ash) Eastman, Alice (Dutton) and her husband, Tom Emmerson, and Ernest Dutton; her parents, Warren and Beatrice Ash; and by Mr. Dutton’s parents, Gilbert and Ruth Dutton.

Interment and memorial services will be at Westlook Cemetery in Glover in early June.

obit LantagneJames L. Lantagne

James L. Lantagne, 36, of Newport died suddenly on October 20, 2014, at his home.

He was born on January 2, 1978, in Newport, to Deborah Lantagne and the late Gilles Desroches.

He was a self-employed electrician.

He enjoyed hunting and going to the family hunting camp. He also enjoyed fishing, snowboarding, four-wheeling, kayaking, snowmobiling, listening to music, playing solitaire, joy riding and watching television which included the Discovery, History and Science channels. He was also very social and enjoyed visiting with people. He always had a smile and brought joy to all he came in contact with.

He always had a soft spot for animals. He especially loved being with family and friends and spent a lot of time with his son and grandmother.

He is survived by his son Nicholas Lantagne; his mother, Deborah Glodgett; his step-dad, Terry Glodgett; his grandmother Esther Lantagne; his companion, Melissa Stone, and her two sons: Bruce Stone III and Nicholas Stone; his siblings: Michelle Desroches and her companion, David Walker, Pamela Bedard and Dan Bedard, Cindy Dodds and her husband, Brian, Carmen Flynn and her husband, Kurk, Jane Perry and her husband, Leroy, Andrew Desroches and his wife, Jennifer, Ted Glodgett and his wife, Renee, John Glodgett and his wife, Tracy, Joey Glodgett and his wife, Alicia, and Steve Glodgett and his girlfriend, Lisa; his aunts and uncles: Gary and Adalene Lantagne, Rock and Judy Desroches, Jocelyne and Terry Gage, and Raymonde Mayhew; several nieces and nephews, great-nieces and -nephews and cousins; and by the mother of Nicholas, Michelle Carbonneau.

He was predeceased by his father, Gilles Desroches; his grandfather Aristide Lantagne; and his best friend, Nicholas Blay.

A celebration of his life will be held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, November 1, at the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home, at 4670 Darling Hill Road in Newport.

Should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to the American Red Cross, Vermont Chapter, 29 Mansfield Ave, Burlington, Vermont 05401-3323; or to the Pope Memorial Frontier Animal Shelter, 502 Strawberry Acres, Newport, Vermont 05855.

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obit MurrayJoshua R. Murray

Joshua R. Murray, 29, of Newport died on October 20, 2014, in Burlington.

He was born on December 31, 1984, in Newport, to Margaret Murray and Alan Shaw.

He graduated from Lake Region Union High School in the Class of 2003.

He was employed by Columbia Forest Products of Newport.

He enjoyed playing magic, basketball, and anything with superheroes, especially Superman and Captain America. He was given an honorary black belt in tae kwon do.

He is survived by his mother, Peggy Murray, of Barton, and her boyfriend, Gene Rollins, of Barton; his brother John M. Baxter and his wife, Liz, of Watertown, New York; and by numerous aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces, nephews, and friends.

Friends may call on Thursday, October 30, from 2 to 4 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m., at the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home, at 4670 Darling Hill Road in Newport, where funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Friday, October 31, with Robert Trombly officiating. Interment will follow in the Irasburg Cemetery.

Should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to Margaret Murray, 327 Main Street #5, Barton, Vermont 05822.

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obit PattenGlen M. Patten

Glen M. Patten, 59, of Derby died on October 19, 2014, at his home, surrounded by his loving family.

He was born on March 8, 1955, in New Haven, Connecticut, to Jeannette (Rice) Patten and the late Kenneth Patten.

On January 26, 1973, he married Sharon Percy, who survives him.

He was owner and operator of Glen Patten Trucking Co.

His hobbies included playing chess, risk, going to auctions, antiquing, and talking politics.

He is survived by his wife, Sharon Patten, of Derby; his children: Tammy Patten and her fiancé, Tracey Lamoureux, of Derby Line, Chad Patten and his wife, Renee, of Derby, Jeremiah Patten of Derby, and Adam Patten and his wife, Tara, of Derby; his mother, Jeannette Patten, of Coventry; his grandchildren: Nicholas Giroux, Hailey Lamoureux, Celina Patten, Ava Patten, Kayla and Isaiah Patten, Bailey Cloney, Caitlin and Treyton Patten, Austin Lamoureux, and Kirstein Lamoureux; his brothers: Keith Patten of Brownington, and Randy Patten and his wife, Christine, of Newport; his sisters: Nadine Cray and her husband, Robert, of Ohio, Terri Ryan and her husband, Frank, of Coventry, April Blake of Coventry, and Fern Wright and her husband, Byron, of Derby; and by aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, and cousins.

He was predeceased by a son, Stewart Patten; and by his father, Kenneth Patten.

Funeral services were held on October 20, in Morgan. Interment followed in Irasburg Cemetery.

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

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obit reedWalter E. Reed

Walter E. Reed, 76, of West Addison died on October 27, 2014, in Middlebury.

He was born in West Addison on February 28, 1938, the son of Charles Edward and Audrey (Wells) Reed.

He attended school in Addison before graduating from the St. Johnsbury Trade Academy in 1956.

In 1958, he married Margaret Bearor.

He was employed on the family farm before starting his own bulk milk hauling business, which he operated for many years. In later years, he worked for the Agency of Transportation and retired in 2012.

He was a past member of the Addison Volunteer Fire Department and a 35-year member of the Morning Sun Masonic Lodge in Bridport. He was also a member of the West Addison Methodist Church.

Mr. Reed loved his family above all; he enjoyed summer cookouts and holidays with his family. His true passion was riding his Harley Davidson motorcycle; he was known to say he was going “around the block” and end up in Newport. He loved Tootsie Pops, going to Goodie’s for ice cream, and going to the King’s Inn for supper with family and friends. He loved a good party and was a genuinely fun-loving man.

He is survived by his wife, Margaret, of West Addison; two sons: Walter II and his wife, Joan, of West Ferrisburgh, and Todd and his wife, Dawn, of West Addison; his grandchildren: Kevin and his wife, Lindsey, Christopher and his wife, Erin, Kelsey and her husband, Kevin Bradford, and Jade and his friend, Emily; his great-grandchildren: Colton, Logan, Cooper, Eva, Kolby, Colin, and Joleigh; one great-granddaughter soon to be born; his brother Robert and his wife, Christine, of Orleans; his cat Harley; and by his best friend, Millard Flint, and his wife, Joan.

He was predeceased by his parents; his daughter Anne; and by his sister Carole.

A memorial service will be held at the West Addison Methodist Church on Thursday, October 30, at 11 a.m., with burial immediately following in the Lake View Cemetery in West Addison. The Reverend Jill Robinson will officiate. Visiting hours will be held at the Sanderson-Ducharme Funeral Home in Middlebury on October 29, from 6 to 8 p.m., with a Masonic service at 7 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, donations in his memory may be made to the Addison Volunteer Fire Department, 811 Route 22A, Vergennes, Vermont 05491

Ride safe, Dad.


Are hops making a comeback in Vermont?


Local hops cones growing at Parker Pie in West Glover.  Photos by Aaron Dentel-Post

Local hops cones growing at Parker Pie in West Glover. Photos by Aaron Dentel-Post

copyright the Chronicle October 22, 2014

by Aaron Dentel-Post

In 1850, Vermont grew 8.2 percent of the nation’s hops, with Orleans County accounting for 77,605 pounds of the crop a year. The crop was so important that children were taken out of school at harvest time, and men took time off from their regular jobs.

But it was the women, according to Kurt Staudter, executive director of the Vermont Brewers Association and author of Vermont Beer, who were paid the most because they were gentler when picking the easily bruised cones of the plant.

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Safe Haven — a home for unwanted horses


WEB Safe havencopyright the Chronicle October 22, 2014

by Tena Starr

HOLLAND — Tara Girard has taken in 17 horses this year, all of them horses that someone else didn’t want anymore, or at least couldn’t afford. Of the ten harbored by Safe Haven Farm right now, she said that she only bought one, and he was a hard luck case, too.

The little Morgan had a concussion and a dislocated tail. She calls him “a bought rescue.”

She’s had a few of those.

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In boys soccer: Rangers shut out Olympians 5-0, advance in playoffs


Olympian Carter Goodell (center) goes all out chasing the ball in the Olympians' loss to the Rangers  Tuesday.  Bryant Prue is hot on Goodell's heels.  Photos by David Dudley

Olympian Carter Goodell (center) goes all out chasing the ball in the Olympians’ loss to the Rangers Tuesday. Bryant Prue is hot on Goodell’s heels. Photos by David Dudley

copyright the Chronicle October 22, 2014

by David Dudley

The Lake Region Rangers were in full force against the visiting Oxbow Olympians Tuesday afternoon. The pitch was sloppy after soaking up two days’ worth of a steady drizzle, which still persisted at kickoff. But that didn’t stop the Rangers from going hard for their first post-season victory, defeating the Olympians 5-0.

Riley Urie, who would go on to kick for a hat trick, scored the Rangers first goal 44 seconds into the game. And from there they never looked back.

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In girls soccer: Falcons blank visiting Rebels 1-0

Dasha Plotnikov (left) and Mykayla Tanguay lock arms to defend against a throw-in.  Photos by David Dudley

Dasha Plotnikov (left) and Mykayla Tanguay lock arms to defend against a throw-in. Photos by David Dudley

copyright the Chronicle October 22, 2014

by David Dudley

NEWPORT — The South Burlington High School Rebels traveled to Newport to play the North Country Union High School Falcons Friday. A single goal determined the winner of this hard-fought match, as the Falcons pulled off an impressive 1-0 win on their home pitch.

Dehlia Wright scored the game’s only goal with 13:54 left in the first half, leaving the burden to score on the Rebels for the remainder of the game.

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Obituaries October 22, 2014

obit BergeronFannie L. Bergeron

Fannie L. Bergeron, 77, of Newport Center died on October 15, 2014, in Barton.

She was born on March 7, 1937, in Topsham, to Everett and Esther (Bruno) Rowe.

On July 31, 1954, she married Henry Bergeron, who predeceased her.

Her hobbies included cooking, playing bingo, feeding hummingbirds, and collecting teapots and Native American artifacts. She also enjoyed traveling and going out to dinner.

She was a member of the Community Circle of Community National Bank.

She is survived by her children: Roland Bergeron and his wife, Pauline, of Derby, Henry Bergeron of Newport Center, and Esther Dillon and her husband, Terry, of Newport Center; seven grandchildren and five great-grandchildren; her special friend Olivine Perrault of Lyndonville; and by her cat Tigger.

She was predeceased by her grandson Nicholas Blay in 1995; and by a brother, Everett Rowe Jr.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, October 22, at the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home, at 4670 Darling Hill Road in Newport, with the Reverend Fred Barker officiating. Friends may call at the funeral home on October 22, from 10 a.m. until the hour of the funeral. Interment will follow in Newport Center Cemetery.

Should friends desire, contributions in her memory may be made to the American Diabetes Association, P.O. Box 11454, Alexandria, Virginia 22312; or to the Lupus Foundation of America, 2000 L Street NW, Suite 710, Washington, D.C. 20036.

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obit CaseyCharlotte M. Casey

Charlotte M. Casey, 92, of Barton died on October 18, 2014, in Derby.

She was born on April 19, 1922, in Southbridge, Massachusetts, to Armand and Maud (Locke) Therrien.

She married James A. Casey Sr., who predeceased her in 1968.

She was a teacher at the Adult Learning Center in Newport.

She was a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Newport.

Her hobbies included gardening, cooking, sewing, playing bingo, listening to music, teaching, dog showing and grooming, and canning.

She is survived by her children: James A. Casey Jr. and his wife, Carol, of Westmore, and Ann E. Johnson of Worcester, Massachusetts; her grandchildren: Larry Casey of Worcester, Eliza Casey of Worcester, Joshua Casey and his wife, Michelle, of Bethlehem, New Hampshire, Hannah Cannon and her husband, Joseph, of Barre, and Isaiah Casey and his wife, Kelly, of Derby; and by her great-grandchildren: Tamera Casey, Matthias Cannon, Kanysa Johnson, Moniah Casey-Johnson, and Kaitlyn and Xavier Casey.

She was predeceased by her sister Shirley Chavoor; and by her nephew Richard Chavoor. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. on Thursday, October 23, at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Newport, with President Eric Pingree officiating. Interment will take place in St. John’s Cemetery in Worcester.

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obit JewettMina C. Jewett

Mina C. Jewett of South Burlington, beloved wife of Theodore N. Jewett, died in Burlington on Saturday, October 18, 2014.

She was born in Newport on January 29, 1942, to Dorothy (Korb) Carter and the late Melvin Carter.

She became a dental hygienist and worked for several area dentists in the past.

She and her husband live in South Burlington and also have a summer home in Morgan.

She was a loving wife, mother, and grandmother who enjoyed her family and their visits. She spent several years as a major caregiver to her daughter Melissa. She was a guardian ad litem in Newport, a volunteer at the Fletcher Allen hospital, a manager of the Window Box Shop at North Country Hospital, and she was also a manager of the Interfaith Care Givers in Moorestown, New Jersey.

She is survived by her husband of 50 years, Ted; her sons: Matthew Jewett and his wife, Jacquelyn, of Duxbury, Massachusetts, and Brian Jewett of South Burlington; her mother, Dorothy Carter, of Newport; her sister Janet Selby and her husband, Homer, of Morgan; her grandchildren: Timothy, Elizabeth, and Cyrus Jewett; and by several nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by her loving daughter Melissa; and by her father, Melvin H. Carter.

Friends may call from 5 to 7 p.m. on Wednesday, October 22, at the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home, at 4670 Darling Hill Road in Newport. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Thursday, October 23, at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church in Newport. Interment will follow in Pine Hill Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, contributions in her memory may be made to the American Red Cross, 29 Mansfield Avenue, Burlington, Vermont 05401; or to the American Cancer Society, Vermont Division, Inc., 55 Day Lane, Williston, Vermont 05495; or to Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, at or to 26 Broadway, New York, New York 10004.

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obit LaharEmily L. Lahar

Emily L. Lahar died on Wednesday, October 15, 2014, at the age of 97, at the Newport Health Care Center in Newport.

She was born in Newport on February 13, 1917, where she lived all her life.

She was a daughter of Joseph and Anna (Dube) Lahar.

She was a member of St. Mary’s Church and was a member of the Daughters of Isabella for over 50 years.

She was the office manager for the W.T. Grant store until her retirement.

She was an avid reader and enjoyed watching television.

She is survived by one sister, Audria Girouard, of South Barre; and by several nieces, nephews, great-nieces and -nephews.

She was predeceased by her brothers: Austin Lahar, Edmond Lahar, and Raymond Lahar; and by her sisters: Evelyn Davio, Doris Hamilton, Lula Gardner, and Muriel Lahar.

Funeral services were held on October 21, in Newport. Burial followed at St. Mary’s Cemetery in Newport.

In lieu of flowers, should friends desire, contributions in her memory may be made to St. Mary’s Church, 191 Clermont Circle, Newport, Vermont 05855; or to Michaud Memorial Manor, 47 Herrick Street, Derby Line, Vermont 05830.

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obit NewtonBeulah C. Newton

Beulah C. Newton, 90, of North Andover, Massachusetts, died on October 12, 2014, in Andover.

She was born on April 15, 1924, in Irasburg, to Walter E. and Hazel J. (Heath) Coffey.

On October 15, 1945, she married Roland Newton, who predeceased her.

She enjoyed being a homemaker and spending time with her family. She liked to write poetry and to knit.

She and her husband had three children: Richard and his wife, Ellen Newton, of Waterboro, Maine, James Newton of Vermont, and Joyce Newton Delaney of Salem, New Hampshire. She is also survived by the following grandchildren: Richelle and her husband, Peter Hammond, Richard G. and his wife, Jamie Newton, Carrie and her husband, Scott McFarland, Kristen Grames, and Rebecca and her husband, Jeremy Morais; a brother, Everett, and his wife, Ann Coffey, of Waterbury; a sister, Esther Young, of Lyndonville; her nine great-grandchildren and great-great-granddaughter; and by numerous nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by her parents; her husband, Roland; her brother John and his wife, Shirley Coffey; her son-in-law Norm Delaney; and by her brother-in-law Fay Young.

Funeral services were held on October 18, in Barton. Interment followed in the Brownington Village Cemetery.

Should friends desire, contributions in her memory may be made to Disabled American Veterans, care of Winston Dowland, Whittier Road, Derby Line, Vermont 05830; or to a charity of one’s choice.

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obit PepinFernand Pepin

Fernand Pepin, 92, of Southington, Connecticut, died on Tuesday, October 14, 2014, at the Southington Care Center. He was the husband of the late Yvette (Lapointe) Pepin.

Born December 27, 1921, in St. Hubert Audet, Quebec, Canada, he was the son of the late Luc and Alice (Couture) Pepin.

Mr. Pepin was a mason working until the age of 80.

He is survived by three sons: Dennis Pepin and his wife, Yvette, of Southington, Jean-Luc Pepin and wife, Helen, of Southington, and George Pepin of New Hampshire; a daughter-in-law, Martha Pepin, of Vermont; a sister, Laurette Bertrand, of Lake Megantic, Canada; seven grandchildren: Steve, David, Jason, Maryse, Stephanie, Alicia and Josh Pepin; and by seven great-grandchildren.

He was predeceased by a son, Rene Pepin.

Memorial calling hours will be held on Saturday, October 25, from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. at the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home, at 4670 Darling Hill Road in Newport. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on October 25, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Troy, where a Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated. Interment will follow in St. Ignatius Cemetery in Lowell.

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obit SchererMichael Eugene Scherer

Michael Eugene Scherer, 33, of Beebe Plain, beloved husband of Melissa, died unexpectedly on October 12, 2014, in Newport.

He was born on January 5, 1981, in Somerville, New Jersey, son of Thomas Sr. and Nancy (Knowles) Scherer.

On July 3, 2004, he married Melissa Gyles, who survives him.

He graduated from North Country Union High School in 1999, where he was on the boys state championship soccer team in 1998, the University of Vermont in 2003, and Norwich University in 2008, receiving a master’s degree in justice administration.

He worked for Northeast Kingdom Human Services in Newport as an emergency services case manager.

He enjoyed scuba diving, snorkeling, sailing, playing tennis, traveling across the country, soccer, hiking, camping, fishing, cooking, making homemade pickles, reading, skiing, remodeling his house, going to Wells Beach, Maine, with his family, and he was a huge New York Yankees fan. He was a Boy Scout and he achieved Eagle Scout status, and he also received the Governor’s Award from the Vermont Department of Corrections.

He is survived by his wife, Melissa, of Beebe Plain; his cherished children: Rachel, Harrison, and Dylan Scherer; his parents, Thomas Scherer Sr. and Laurie Gray of Holland; his mother, Nancy Knowles, of Brownington; his brothers: Thomas Jr. and his wife, Jessica, of Newport, Benjamin Scherer and his wife, Emily, of Newport Center, and Trevor Gray of Holland; his sisters: Amy Dull and her husband, Tim, of Burlington, and Pamela Abbott and her husband, Stephen, of Derby; eight nieces and nephews: Jacob, Zachary, Adam, and Matthew Abbott, Elizabeth, Sarah, David, and Caleb Scherer; numerous aunts, uncles, and cousins; his mother-in-law, Ann Cota, of Jay; his father-in-law, Bruce, and his wife, Erin Gyles, of Newport, New Hampshire; his sister-in-law Meghan Peck and her husband, Cory, of Derby; his grandparents-in-law, Lee and Dona Richardson, of Jay; and by his faithful companion, Bode.

He was predeceased by his paternal grandparents, James and Gladys Scherer; his maternal grandparents, Arthur and Joan Knowles, all of New Jersey; and his father-in-law Del Cota.

Funeral services were held in Newport on October 16. Interment followed in the Derby Center Cemetery in Derby.

Should friends desire, contributions for his children’s education may be made to North Country Federal Credit Union, 1474 East Main Street, Newport, Vermont 05855.

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obit shumskiArthur Florian Shumski

Arthur Florian Shumski of Central City, Pennsylvania, a native of Springfield, died comfortably on October 12, 2014, while surrounded by family.

He was born on June 20, 1934.

Mr. Shumski proudly served his country in the U.S. Navy and Air Force from 1951 to 1958. Throughout his life, he worked for Brunswick Corp., as well as numerous restaurants up the East Coast.

He was a member of the American Legion.

For recreation, he could be found at the bowling center or fishing in a nearby lake or pond.

He is survived by his loving wife of 46 years, Jane S. Shumski, of Central City, native of Derby Line; his brothers: Anthony Shumski of East Amherst, New York, and Stanley Shumski of Springfield; his son Marc Staff of Katy, Texas; his daughters: Diane Roberts of Central City, and Candice Shumski of Graniteville; and by his grandchildren: Larissa, Ashleigh, Zachary, Rhylea, Kristopher, Reece and Abygayle, who will cherish many memories with their Pop-Pop.

He was predeceased by his parents, Lena and Stanley Shumski; his brother Hendry “Hank” Shumski; and by his grandson Ryan Roberts.

Instead of a funeral service, there will be a celebration of his life held in central Vermont in the summer of 2015.

Condolences can be sent to the Shumski Family, P.O. Box 161, Central City, Pennsylvania 15926.

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obit VantubergenMartha “Martie” Louise Vantubergen

Martha “Martie” Louise Vantubergen died on Friday, October 10, 2014, at home, after fighting a courageous battle against cancer.

She was born in Bellflower, Illinois, on July 26, 1930. She moved with her parents, John and Lucille Smith, to New Jersey in 1932 and lived there up until 1977 when she moved to Lowell.

Her accomplishments include graduating from Kent Place in Summit, New Jersey, in 1948, receiving a bachelor’s degree in biology at Barnard College in New York in 1952, and continued her education with postgraduate work in the biochemistry department at Columbia University in New York.

On May 15, 1953, she was elected as an active member to the New York Academy of Sciences and was a member of the American Association of University Women.

While studying at Columbia, she met her first husband, Thomas W. Murphy, who was at the time attending Columbia Law School. They married on December 21, 1954. In 1970, she was remarried to Richard Vantubergen, who introduced her to Vermont.

While living in New Jersey, she was accepted into the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) on April 15, 1950, and became a dedicated member of the Loantaka Chapter in Morris County, New Jersey. She served as regent, vice-regent, recording secretary, and state chairman of the DAR magazine. She was also chosen as Outstanding Junior Member and State Winner of New Jersey by the National Society of the DAR in 1965. She was selected to appear in the 1966 edition of Outstanding Young Women of America. Upon moving to Vermont, she became a member of the Saint John de Crevecoeur Chapter, which is based in the Northeast Kingdom.

Ms. Vantubergen loved Vermont. She took up skiing in her forties and loved to cook and entertain for anyone who came to visit. She enjoyed playing the organ at the Westfield Church and took up golf at the Orleans Country Club. On September 19, 1990, she had a hole in one. Other pursuits included gardening, canning, bridge, solitaire, crafts, sewing, reading, genealogy, and fashion: she was a “Coldwater Creek” gal. She loved dogs, owning them throughout her life. She also enjoyed traveling especially to Puerto Rico during winter months.

She will always be remembered for her good nature, compassion for others, integrity, generosity, inner strength and boundless energy.

She is survived by her daughter Sunnie and her son Jay; numerous grandchildren; a great-grandchild; several stepdaughters; and by her beloved dog Clancy.

A memorial service was held on October 18, in Westfield.

In lieu of flowers, donations in her memory can be made to the Pope Memorial Frontier Animal Shelter, 4473 Barton Orleans Road, Orleans, Vermont 05860; or to the Westfield Congregational Church, P.O. Box 125, Westfield, Vermont 05874.

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Editorial: Energy projects have a real and significant impact

copyright the Chronicle October 15, 2014

by Tena Starr

Vermont’s siting process for renewable energy projects so lacks planning that it may have the unintended effect of turning people off renewable energy, despite the fact that they support it in theory.

To date, there’s been this: The Nelson family has said that the noise from the Lowell wind towers has made them sick. In Sheffield, the Therriens say the noise from the wind turbines has made them sick and irreparably altered their lives.

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Ruminations on apples: the good, the bad, the useless


The cover of Apples of Uncommon Character.

The cover of Apples of Uncommon Character.

copyright the Chronicle October 8, 2014

by Joseph Gresser

Apples of Uncommon Character: 123 Heirlooms, Modern Classics & Little-Known Wonders, by Rowan Jacobsen. Published by Bloomsbury, New York City, 2014. 311 pages. Hardbound. $35.

At this time of year, even a short walk along any back road will reveal the remains of a long-passed way of life. At intervals, forlorn apple trees, still bearing after years of neglect, will offer their meager , or occasionally abundant, fall harvest.

With the advent of grocery stores and the availability of any fruit or vegetable we might desire regardless of the season, we have moved away from the world where apple trees were a necessary luxury.

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Toussaint and Preservation Hall Jazz Band October 21


Allen Toussaint will perform with the Preservation Hall Jazz Band in St. Johnsbury on October 21.  Photo courtesy of Kingdom County Productions

Allen Toussaint will perform with the Preservation Hall Jazz Band in St. Johnsbury on October 21. Photo courtesy of Kingdom County Productions

Kingdom County Productions will present the exclusive northern New England production of “Legends of New Orleans Jazz” featuring rhythm-and-blues ace and six-time Grammy nominee Allen Toussaint joining forces with the Preservation Hall Jazz Band for the first time, on tour. Showtime is 7 p.m. on Tuesday, October 21, at Fuller Hall, at St. Johnsbury Academy. Tickets are on sale at or by calling 748-2600.

The Preservation Hall Jazz Band has toured the world since its founding in the early 1960s, as the essential vehicle to keep traditional New Orleans jazz traditions alive. During recent years, the band has played 150 annual dates at venues ranging from Carnegie Hall to Lincoln Center and the Hollywood Bowl. And they have branched out to ensure a future as a living and breathing group driven by fresh influences and inspirations, adding a number of dynamic new musical directions to their rock-solid repertoire of the classic New Orleans style.

Preservation Hall has appeared on stage with artists ranging from Dr. John, Wynton Marsalis, and the Grateful Dead, to The Black Keys, Bonnie Raitt, and Tom Waits. In an Oval Office White House ceremony, the group was awarded the 2006 National Medal of Arts, the nation’s highest honor for artistic excellence. In 2010, the San Francisco Examiner called Preservation Hall, “the best jazz band in the land.”

Mr. Toussaint ranks as a key figure in the development of R&B, and his songs have been recorded by a staggering array of artists including Otis Redding, Phish, Boz Skaggs, The Who, The Rolling Stones, Aaron Neville, The Doors, Glenn Campbell, Warren Zevon, The Yardbirds, Jerry Garcia, Paul Butterfield, Derek Trucks Band, Ringo Starr, Trombone Shorty, Three Dog Night, and The Hollies. Other collaborations include The Band, Paul McCartney, Elvis Costello, Bo Diddley, Levon Helm, Robert Plant, and Alison Krauss. Mr. Toussaint’s many awards and recognitions include his 1998 induction into the Rock n’ Roll Hall of Fame.

“When I meet someone like Allen Toussaint — that for me is like meeting, you know, someone the equivalent of the Dalai Lama, because for me, he influenced the way I played the piano,” said Elton John. “He’s an historical part of rock-and-roll.”

For more information, visit or contact series producer Jay Craven at — from Kingdom County Productions.

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