Obituaries September 17, 2014

obit ApplebeeElizabeth Gray Applebee

Elizabeth Gray Applebee, 95, of Newport, formerly of Morgan, died on September 10, 2014, in Newport.

She was born to Ora and Eliza (Moore) Cargill in Morgan on November 6, 1918.

She held several different job positions including being a housemother at Champlain College Whiting Hall in the 1980s, a nurses’ aide at the Orleans County Memorial Hospital, and she also worked at both of the Morgan post offices.

She enjoyed traveling and visiting her family.

In 1936, she married Martin Gray, who predeceased her in 1981.

In 1989, she married Riley Applebee, who predeceased her in 2008.

She is survived by her children: David and Jackie Gray, Brenda Jenks and her companion, Rod Blair, and Brian and his wife, Marilyn Gray; her eight grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; and by several nieces, nephews and stepchildren.

She was predeceased by her children: James and Jane Gray; a brother, Delmar, and his wife, Marion Cargill; and by her sisters: Doris Morse and Wealthy Cargill.

Funeral services will be held on Saturday, September 20, at 11 a.m. at the Morgan United Church, with Reverend John Genco officiating. Friends may call at the church on September 20, from 10 a.m. until the hour of the funeral. Interment will follow at the Morgan Beach Cemetery.

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

Online condolences at curtis-britch.com.

Everett L. “Bud” Carter

Everett L. “Bud” Carter died on September 9, 2014.

He was born in Tenafly, New Jersey, on October 12, 1920, to Everett P. “Duke” and Franke Carter.

He was a lifelong New York Giants football fan and a World War II veteran.  During the war, he served in Libya and Italy for more than three years as a mine-disposal specialist with the 835th Combat Engineers.

In the 1970s, he moved to Vermont and began a career as a real estate appraiser, working throughout the state.

He is survived by his wife of 25 years, Margaret; his children:  Victoria, and John and his wife, Sherrie; his grandchildren:  Christina, Peter and Rachel; and by his great-grandson, Kaleb.

He was predeceased by his sisters:  Virginia, Marion, and Eleanor; and by his wife, Jule Handwerg Carter.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Friday, September 19, at St. Ignatius Catholic Church in Lowell, where a Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated.  Interment will be in Westfield Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, contributions in his memory may be made to the Lowell Fire Department, P.O. Box 239, Lowell, Vermont 05847.

Online condolences at curtis-britch.com.

obit HuntGeraldine Wilcox Hunt

Geraldine Mae Wilcox Hunt of Derby, formerly of Newport, died on September 13, 2014.

She was born in Newport on October 26, 1919, to Gertrude Spear Wilcox and Thaddeus Wilcox.

“Deanie,” as her parents called her, graduated Valedictorian from Newport High School in 1937 and received a degree in commerce and economics from the University of Vermont (UVM) in 1941, and also a Master’s of Education from UVM in 1968.

She was executive secretary to the state commissioner of health in Burlington for seven years before moving back to Newport.  During World War II, she enjoyed being a USO girl and corresponded with many soldiers around the world.

In 1947, she married Kenneth Hunt, who predeceased her in 1976.  She was also predeceased by her brother, Grenville Wilcox.

She worked for the Public Health Department in Newport and then in 1961 began teaching business subjects — first at Brighton Academy, and then at North Country Union High School, retiring in 1988.

“Gerrie,” the name by which she became known after moving back to Newport, was involved in many aspects of the community.  She was secretary of the Newport Women’s Club for many years and a member of the United Church of Newport.  She was also on the board of directors for the North Country Concert Association, the board of directors for the Northeast Schools and Hospital Credit Union, treasurer for the Newport Country Club ladies’ league, a lifetime member of the Order of the Eastern Star, a member of the Orleans-Northern Essex Retired Teachers Association, a volunteer at the hospital, as well as a member of the North Country Hospital Auxiliary, and a North Country Swinger.  She was a member of Community Circle and loved traveling to see the world.

She enjoyed square dancing, round dancing, golf, crafts, and collecting dolls from her travels.  She played with the gourmet bridge club and was an avid reader.

In 1964, she bought a camp on Lake Memphremagog, which was her joy.  It became her full-time home in 2004 and she could be seen playing her electronic bridge, doing crossword puzzles, and reading by the water if she was not watching a Red Sox or college basketball game.

She always had at least one cat as a companion, spoiling it unmercifully.

In 1982 and 1983, her grandsons Bud and Evan were born and she immediately became an integral part of their lives, babysitting, attending their school functions, watching their sports events, playing games and cards together, and traveling with them.  In 2004, her lakefront home also became home for her daughter, Pat, as well as Bud and Evan.

She is survived by Pat Vana, George “Bud” Vana IV and his girlfriend, Bethany Halliday, and Evan Vana and his fiancée, Andrea Patrikis; as well as by her cats Chessie, Marley, and KC.

Funeral services were held on September 15, in Newport.  Interment followed in Pine Grove Cemetery in Newport.

Should friend desire, contributions in her memory may be made to the United Church, 63 Third Street, Newport, Vermont 05855.

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obit KroegerDouglas Ira Kroeger

Douglas Ira Kroeger, 34, of Craftsbury Common died suddenly on September 9, 2014, in Lexington, Massachusetts.

He was born on March 25, 1980, in Lincoln, Maine, to Gayle (King) Kroeger and the late Richard D. Kroeger Jr.

He graduated from the Penobscot Valley High School in Howland, Maine.

He was a commercial construction worker and he also built and painted custom homes.

He enjoyed playing cards, kayaking, snowboarding, and other outdoor activities. He was an outgoing and free spirited individual who enjoyed his family and especially his nieces and nephews.

He is survived by his mother, Gayle Kroeger, of Craftsbury Common; his siblings: Benjamin Kroeger and his wife, Marie, of Craftsbury Common, Andrew Kroeger and his wife, Sarah, of Greensboro Bend, Annemarie Wakefield and her husband, Richard, of Statesboro, Georgia, Ruth Kroeger of Herdon, Virginia, Anita Niles and her husband, John, of Oakland, Maine, and Karen Kroeger of Craftsbury Common; his nieces and nephews: Lauren, Katelyn, Nathan, Kayla, Keagan, Kylee, Kaleb, Kendrick, Cameron, Elizabeth and Liam; and by several aunts and uncles.

He was predeceased by his father, Richard D. Kroeger Jr., in 2002.

Funeral services were held on September 13, in East Craftsbury. Interment followed in Craftsbury Common Cemetery.

Should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to the Vermont Adult and Teen Challenge, 1296 Collins Hill Road, Johnson, Vermont 05656.

Online condolences at curtis-britch.com.

obit LockwoodLillian G. Lockwood

Lillian G. Lockwood, 98, of Morgan died on September 11, 2014, in Newport.

She was born on September 23, 1915, in Garfield, New Jersey, to Joseph and Grace (Stiles) Torrey, and lived most of her life in Waldwick, New Jersey.

In later years, she resided with her daughters in Georgetown, Kentucky, and most recently in Morgan.

On September 24, 1949, she married Arthur W. Lockwood, who predeceased her.

During World War II, she served with the Red Cross in Hawaii, and afterward worked at the Radio Division of the United Nations.

She will be remembered for her intelligence and her sense of humor. She often commented, “I’m 98 years old but I don’t look a day over 93.”

She is survived by her three daughters to whom she was a dedicated mother: Dr. Frances Lockwood and her husband, Dr. Kenneth Partymiller, of Georgetown, Kentucky, Marcy Lockwood Peterman and her husband, Richard, of Naples, Florida, and Elaine G. Lockwood and her husband, Gerry Hunt, of Morgan; her four grandchildren: Andrew Peterman, Matthew Partymiller, Kyla Grace Lockwood Brooks, and Eliot Lockwood Brooks; two great-grandchildren; her sister-in-law, Ann Pope, of Ramsey, New Jersey; and by many nieces and nephews.

Services will be held in New Jersey later this year.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in her memory to the Wounded Warrior Project, P.O. Box 758517, Topeka, Kansas 66675.

Online condolences at curtis-britch.com.

obit nelsonLee Minerva Simpson Nelson

Lee M. Nelson, 78, of Ipswich, Massachusetts, died peacefully on September 12, 2014.

She was the wife of William T. “Bill” Nelson.

She was born in New York City, the daughter of Ruth H. Seavey and Robert McDonald Simpson.

She was raised in Garden City, Long Island, and summered in Rye Beach, New Hampshire. She graduated from the University of New Hampshire in 1958 from the business school, one of the only women in her class. Longtime Wenham, Massachusetts, residents, they moved to Ipswich in retirement.

She was a member of First Church in Wenham for 40 years, managed the Wenham Exchange Gift Shop for the Wenham Village Improvement Society, and she volunteered at the Wenham Museum and the Ipswich Museum.

She was an organic gardener, photographer, and she loved clamming and lobstering. She was an avid worldwide traveler and explorer.

In addition to her husband, Bill, she is survived by two daughters: Cathleen T. Wardley and her husband, Frank, of Ipswich, and Drew R. Nelson of Marblehead, Massachusetts; two granddaughters: Elizabeth and Margaret Wardley of Ipswich; and by several nieces and nephews.

The Nelson family has summered in the Barton area for many years.

The funeral and celebration of life will be held at 2 p.m. on Sunday, September 21, at First Church in Wenham. Family and friends are welcome.

Memorial contributions in her name may be made to the University of New Hampshire, the First Church in Wenham, or to a charity of one’s choice.

obit strykerRichard Anthony Stryker

Richard Anthony Stryker of Shreveport, Louisiana, formerly of Carthage, Texas, died on September 2, 2014, in Shreveport.

He was born on January 22, 1943, in San Francisco, California, to the marriage of Harry Francis and Isabella Anello Stryker Jr.

He was raised and schooled in San Francisco, graduating with the Balboa High School Class of 1960.

He was an executive manager, owner and entrepreneur of many business ventures.

His many hobbies included photography, gun collecting, hunting, cars, and watching John Wayne movies. He loved spending time with his grandchildren.

He is survived by his wife of 24 years, Patricia Stryker of Shreveport; his children: Richard Anthony “Tony” Stryker and his wife, Holly, of Kansas City, Kansas, David Bruce Stryker and his wife, Deanna, of Fair Oaks, California, Christie Stryker of Carthage, Jessica Jay Desrochers and her husband, Randy, of Newport, and Isabella Stryker Lisitza and her husband, Teo, of Oakland, California; his son-in-law James Berns of Carthage; his brothers: Daniel Stryker and his wife, Bethany, of Idaho, and Tom Stryker and his wife, Catherine, of Reno, Nevada; his sister Mary Wetmore and her husband, Michael, of Snohomish, Washington; his grandchildren: Patrick Scott and Jordon Scott, both of Phoenix, Arizona, Ashlynd Berns of Carthage, Baylee Stryker of Kansas City, Kansas, JoDee Stryker of Fair Oaks, California, Isabella Berns of Carthage, Justin Stryker of Kansas City, Missouri, Ava Stryker and Cohen Stryker of Oakland, Cameron Joseph Desrochers and Isaac Chase Desrochers of Newport, and Sophia Berns of Carthage; and by his special cousin, Tamera LaRossa, of Chico, California.

He was predeceased by his parents; his brothers: William “Bill” and Harry Stryker; and by a special cousin, James “Jimmy” LaRossa.

A private memorial Mass was held on September 5, in Carthage. Cremation arrangements were under the direction of Hawthorn Funeral Home.

An online guestbook may be signed at www.hawthornfuneralhome.com.

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Free screening of American Winter September 17

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WEB American WinterA free screening of the documentary American Winter will play at the Gateway Center in Newport on Wednesday, September 17, at 6 p.m.

American Winter presents an intimate snapshot of the state of the nation’s economy as it’s playing out in the lives of real American families.

Few people would argue that “the American dream” has changed and controversy swirls around why people end up homeless or in poverty and what they should or can do about their situations and what the government and fellow citizens should or can do. American Winter, by Emmy award-winning filmmakers Joe and Harry Gantz, highlights the work of “211 Info” in Portland, Oregon, a hotline connecting callers with community resources and social services. The film follows eight families who experience homelessness after loss of employment.

The film shows a lot of spirit and creativity, and a big change in attitudes in the people featured who once shared the idea that people became poor from being lazy, or that cutting social assistance was a good way to save money and better the nation. One woman in the film said that prior to her own need for assistance, she thought it was “easy for people who depended on government programs” and that “the system bred abuse.” Now she thinks that safety net programs “help keep families like [hers] just barely above water.”

A community discussion will follow the film.

The screening is sponsored by Rural Edge, the Newport Community Justice Center, HealthWorks ONE Coalition, and Northeast Kingdom Learning Services.

For more information, call Healthworks ONE at 334-6532, extension 8. — from Healthworks One.

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Girl treks to Vermont in post apocalyptic novel

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Polly And The One And Only World, by Don Bredes. 335 pages. Paperback. Published by Green Writers Press. $14.95.

Reviewed by Tena Starr

Polly and the One and Only World is a page-turner.

I picked up the book on a Monday night, was a little late for work Tuesday morning because I desperately wanted to know what happened next, and finished it at two Wednesday morning.

You know that kind of book — the kind where you look at the clock and tell yourself you really should turn the lights off and go to sleep. Instead, you say, well, maybe just one more chapter, and keep saying it, until you’re at the end and know you’ll regret it in the morning.

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At 91, Francis Whitcomb recalls varied career

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Judy Bevans, former chairman of the Vermont Democratic Party, looks on while Representative Sam Young of Glover reads a resolution honoring Francis Whitcomb of Albany.   Photo by Donald Houghton

Judy Bevans, former chairman of the Vermont Democratic Party, looks on while Representative Sam Young of Glover reads a resolution honoring Francis Whitcomb of Albany. Photo by Donald Houghton

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by David Dudley

ALBANY — At 91 years of age, Francis Whitcomb has held any number of titles, formal and otherwise: Lister, moderator, planning commissioner, justice of the peace, chairman of the Orleans County Democratic Committee, teacher, principal, farmer, sugarmaker, singer, advisor, father, and husband, among many others.

Mr. Whitcomb tried to add state Representative to that list, but the title eluded him through seven campaigns.

Sitting at the head of the kitchen table in his old farmhouse in Albany Monday, Mr. Whitcomb had the air of a preacher. He’s tall and was dressed simply, as though he were going to spend the day in the garden, in the sugarhouse, or engaged in one of his favorite pastimes, walking.

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In girls soccer: Rangers rout Enosburg in season opener

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Rangers junior Karamae Hayman-Jones prepares to send the ball deep into Hornets territory in Friday's win. Apart from playing air-tight defense, Hayman-Jones pitched in with an assist in the Rangers’ impressive season opener.  Photo by David Dudley

Rangers junior Karamae Hayman-Jones prepares to send the ball deep into Hornets territory in Friday’s win. Apart from playing air-tight defense, Hayman-Jones pitched in with an assist in the Rangers’ impressive season opener. Photo by David Dudley

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by David Dudley

Tyrah Urie scored three goals to lead the Lake Region Rangers to an impressive 7-0 victory against the Enosburg Falls Hornets Friday.

The heat and the humidity didn’t slow the Rangers a bit. Through the first ten minutes of play, they played sticky defense, consistently pressuring the Hornets.

Rangers Coach Brad Urie was pleased with his squad, who held the Hornets to only four attempts on goal throughout the entire game.

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Taxpayers angered by big tax jumps

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by Tena Starr

WESTFIELD — Since property tax bills here went out recently, town officials have heard a lot of griping — and confusion. Why did the residential property tax rate go up 24 percent when the Jay-Westfield School budget went up by about 5 percent?

“We’ve had a lot of people not happy, and I’m in that category,” said Westfield Town Clerk LaDonna Dunn. “This year in Westfield we got hit pretty hard.”

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Obituaries September 10, 2014

obit aronsonDouglas V. Aronson

Douglas V. Aronson, “The Ole Troll,” died peacefully at home in Woodbury on Friday, September 5, 2014.

Born January 23, 1935, to Harry and Iris Aronson in Hartford, Connecticut, he was one of four children.

Mr. Aronson attended public schools during early childhood in Hartford. With the onset of World War II, he was moved to Woodbury, to live with his grandparents and help work their family farm. At this time, he attended Woodbury Graded School. After WWII, he moved back to Hartford and finished high school. His love of the land and animals led him to continue his education at Vermont Technical College in Randolph, and then to Howell Cheney Technical College in Manchester, Connecticut, where he earned his AS in animal husbandry.

On July 7, 1974, he married Sandra (Trefren) Aronson in East Montpelier. They blended their families to raise a family of nine before having a child together. In 1975, after running a family dairy farm in Berlin, Mr. and Mrs. Aronson bought the Woodbury Country Store and moved to Woodbury. For years, the Woodbury Country Store thrived and diversified as an authentic general store by selling bait and tackle, and having a snack bar and deli. Customers fast became friends, as the store was a hub for the town. Mr. Aronson’s love of hunting, fishing, boating, and snowmobiling was obvious to those who patronized the store. His fishing tips and advice soon turned into a radio show on WDEV known as the “The ‘Ole Troll.”

Mr. Aronson went on to do various jobs including as a meat cutter for Grand Union and in retirement he became a part-time delivery driver for Bond Auto Parts, Inc. Over the years, he served the town of Woodbury, in various capacities including serving on the volunteer fire department and as a justice of the peace. He helped organize the children’s Christmas and Halloween parties, and he worked tirelessly on the town skating rink. He was proud to be a Mason and enjoyed the camaraderie of his brothers.

Those close to Mr. Aronson never knew when they would be on the other end of one of his fun-loving pranks — as he loved to laugh, tell stories, pick on people he liked, party, and talk about his large family. He had a huge heart and would help anyone he could — he always found the good in someone no matter who they were.

He is survived by his beloved wife of 40 years, Sandi Aronson of Woodbury; his sons and daughters-in-law: Doug and Maria Aronson of Mt. Hood, Oregon, Carl and Marina Aronson and Scott and Tammy Aronson of Randolph; his daughters: Tammy Aronson of North Fort Myers, Florida, Karen Lilley of Berlin, Kim Aronson of Wilmington, and Ann and her husband, Mike Cookson, of Cabot; his stepchildren: Marilyn Ready of Bristol, Connecticut, Carlos Gomez of Kingman, Arizona, and Diana Lisevick of Bridgeport, Connecticut; and by his 25 grandchildren, 12 great-grandchildren, and one great-great grandchild. Also surviving are two sisters: Dawna Stewart of West Palm Beach, Florida, and Althea Aronson of Woodbury.

He was predeceased by a brother, Clarence “Cal” Aronson.

A celebration of his life will be held at the Woodbury Methodist Church in the center of Woodbury Village 11 a.m. on Saturday, September 13, followed immediately by a graveside service at the South Woodbury Cemetery. The family encourages all to share a favorite memory at his service and invites people to join them directly after the graveside service for a luncheon at the Woodbury Town Hall.

In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to the Hardwick Rescue Squad, P.O. Box 837, Hardwick, Vermont 05843; or to Central Vermont Home Health & Hospice, 600 Granger Road, Barre, Vermont 05641.

obit KelleyMaxine M. Kelley

Maxine M. Kelley, 91, of Brownington died peacefully on August 25, 2014, at her daughter’s home in Brownington.

She was born on August 15, 1923, in Barton, to Perley and Arline (Burdette) Ingalls.

On July 29, 1941, she married Elwin Kelley Sr., who predeceased her.

She was a clipper for Columbia Forest Products, from where she retired after 18 years of service.

She liked to dance, especially the Charleston. She also enjoyed playing darts, going for rides, and going out to eat. She spent many hours crocheting, as the family each received many of her works. She was an avid reader and was always very independent and lived next door to her daughter, Brenda, which enabled her to do so. She was a very big part of her family.

She always enjoyed her many cats and dogs over the years.

She is survived by her children: Brenda Simons and her husband, Earl, of Brownington, Dorine Lombarto of Florida, Wayne Kelley and his wife, Linda, of Quebec, and Dean Kelley and his wife, Pauline, of Alabama; her grandchildren: Kim and Tom Thompson, Terri and Jeff LaClair, Lynn Farrand, Kenni Ann and Joe Hawkesworth, Elwin and Shelley Kelley, Bobbie-Jo and Paul Beauregard, Lisa and Jeff Lanoue, Scott and Shelley Kelley, Chad Kelley, Kelly, Phillip, Sherry, Christine, Robin, Carmen, Tonya, Tammy, Christie, and Skylar; her great-grandchildren: Cassidy, Natalie, Dillon, Perry, William, Ethan, Sheyanne Thompson, Tom Thompson, Dustin, Alex, Caleb, Matthew and Derrick; her great-great-grandchildren: Jessie and Savanna Thompson, Aiden Farrand, Mikalya Farrand, and Kaya Moore; and by her sister, Marcella Dow and her husband, Dick, of Florida.

She was predeceased by her son, Elwin Kelley Jr., in 2008; her special grandson, Josh Simons, in 2011; and by five brothers and one sister.

Funeral services were held on August 30, in Brownington. Interment followed at the Derby Line Cemetery.

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

Online condolences at curtis-britch.com.

Peter T. Leck

Peter T. Leck, 62, of Glover, formerly of North Troy, died on August 22, 2014, in Glover.

He was born on October 12, 1951, in Yonkers, New York, to Charles and Marguerite (Farese) Leck.

He was a cook for the North Troy Inn.

During his lifetime, he enjoyed doing woodworking.

He is survived by his mother, Marguerite Savio of North Billerica, Massachusetts; and by seven brothers and sisters: Philip, Richard, Charles, Kathy, Deborah, Elizabeth, and Karen.

He was predeceased by his father, Charles Leck, and by his brother, Michael.

A graveside service was held on August 30, at the Notre Dame Cemetery in North Troy.

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

Online condolences at curtis-britch.com.

obit SykesArdis A. Sykes

Ardis A. Sykes, 85, formerly of Morgan, died on September 6, 2014, in Newport.

She was born on June 16, 1929, in Newport Center, to Eben and Carrie (Norris) Wilcox.

On April 4, 1949, she married Raymond Sykes, who survives her.

She was a helpmate to her husband on their dairy farm in Morgan for many years.

She was an avid reader and enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren. She also enjoyed cooking, gardening and helping her husband with the farm work.

She is survived by her husband, Raymond Sykes of Newport; her children: Richard Sykes and his wife, Helene, of Newport, Kenneth Sykes and his wife, Denise, of Morgan, Randy Sykes and his wife, Sharon, of Derby Line, and Gary Sykes and his wife, Christine, of Norton; and by her 11 grandchildren and ten great-grandchildren. She is also survived by her sister, Merna Ashman of Island Pond; and by several nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by two infant sons; four brothers: Marshall, Wendall, Basil and Kenneth; and by two sisters: Shirley and Audrey.

Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m., on Friday, September 12, at the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home, at 4670 Darling Hill Road in Newport, with the Reverend Richard Whitehill officiating. Friends may call at the funeral home on September 12, from noon 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 Bel-Aire Activities Fund, 35 Bel-Aire Drive, Newport, Vermont 05855.

Online condolences at curtis-britch.com.

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Ashley Marie Allard

Calling hours for Ashley Marie Allard of Derby will be from 1 to 2 p.m. on Friday, September 19, at the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home, at 4670 Darling Hill Road in Newport, where funeral services will be held at 2 p.m., with the Reverend Fred and Carol Ann Barker officiating.  Burial will follow in Pine Grove Cemetery in Newport.  A reception will follow at the Community Church of Derby, located at the intersection of Route 5 and Route 105 in Derby.

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Vermont Watercolor Society’s MAC show opens September 12

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“Breath Taking Ride” by Ann Lisner is one of the watercolors which is part of the Vermont Watercolor Society’s fall 2014 show at the MAC in Newport.  Image courtesy of Darlene Ratte

“Breath Taking Ride” by Ann Lisner is one of the watercolors which is part of the Vermont Watercolor Society’s fall 2014 show at the MAC in Newport. Image courtesy of Darlene Ratte

Opening day of the Vermont Watercolor Society’s fall 2014 watercolor show at the MAC Center for the Arts in Newport is Friday, September 12, with an opening reception that day from 5 to 7 p.m.

This year’s theme will be “It Happens In Vermont.”  There will be stunning works of art painted by over 20 very talented watercolor artists that live and create in Vermont and mostly in the Northeast Kingdom.

The show will be open daily, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and closed Sundays, through October 3.  The exhibit will be in the lower gallery at the MAC.  All work is for sale.

At the reception, the Wind Quintet of the Newport Area Community Orchestra will play music, and there will be light refreshments.  MAC writer-member Catherine Holm will read a short excerpt from her work at 6:15 p.m., after an awards ceremony to three of the artists, when prizes will be announced with a first prize of $75.  — from the MAC and Darlene Ratte.

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Two handmade Shipley books honor writing and farming

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Woodcuts by Mary Simpson illustrate Adam’s Mark; Writing from the Ox-House.

Woodcuts by Mary Simpson illustrate Adam’s Mark; Writing from the Ox-House.

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Adam’s Mark: Writing from the Ox-House, published by Plowboy Press in Burke, with woodcuts by Mary Simpson. A limited edition hard cover version is available directly from the publisher for $250. A smaller softcover trade copy, 54 pages, is $12. First Do No Harm, by Honeybee Press in Burlington and New Orleans, Lousiana, 48 pages, softcover, $15. Both published in 2014, both written by Julia Shipley. Both available locally at the Galaxy Bookshop in Hardwick.

Reviewed by Bethany M. Dunbar

Wesley Langdell’s barn and paddock are across the street from the Morrisville Price Chopper. He sold his southern hayfield in the early sixties to developers who built the Ames Plaza, Price Chopper and McDonald’s. I gaze at his place from the parking lot where I shop because I cherish things that are about to vanish.

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Doctor publishes first book of bedside tales

Sally Willard Burbank, MD, originally from Derby, has published her first book.  Photo by Natalie Hormilla

Sally Willard Burbank, MD, originally from Derby, has published her first book. Photo by Natalie Hormilla

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Patients I Will Never Forget, by Sally Willard Burbank. 282 pages. Paperback. Published by Clovercroft Publishing. $14.99. 

by Natalie Hormilla

Sally Willard Burbank, MD, remembers writing her first book when she was in fourth grade.

“It was about a girl named Aggie who was fat, picked on, and it was definitely autobiographical,” Dr. Burbank said. She wrote the novel shortly after her family moved from Derby to Montpelier, where she didn’t really fit in.

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