At Newport Aquafest: A selfie with an iguana?

Featured

Jeffrey Stuart of Manchester, Connecticut, gets a strong start for the ten-mile Kingdom Swim.  His butterfly stroke earned him first place in the annual open water race, which was held as part of Newport’s Aquafest, in Lake Memphremagog.  Mr. Stuart finished in four hours, 20 minutes, and 17 seconds, more than three minutes ahead of his closest competitor, Cole Gindhart, of Cibolo, Texas.  Photo by Joseph Gresser

Jeffrey Stuart of Manchester, Connecticut, gets a strong start for the ten-mile Kingdom Swim. His butterfly stroke earned him first place in the annual open water race, which was held as part of Newport’s Aquafest, in Lake Memphremagog. Mr. Stuart finished in four hours, 20 minutes, and 17 seconds, more than three minutes ahead of his closest competitor, Cole Gindhart, of Cibolo, Texas. Photo by Joseph Gresser

copyright the Chronicle July 16, 2014

by Joseph Gresser

NEWPORT — The weather was kind to Newport this weekend, and people enthusiastically turned out for the city’s Aquafest. A celebration of life on the shores of Lake Memphremagog, the event is in its fifth year since its revival in 2009.

The traditional events associated with the festival, such as the Kingdom Swim and the Swimmers and Pet Parade, were included in the festivities with a few tweaks to keep them fresh.

While Newport’s Main Street was closed off for the parade and a street dance Friday evening, the entire city was open for business Sunday.

Continue reading

Share

Obituaries July 16, 2014

obit HuntIsaac Jacob Hunt

Isaac Jacob Hunt, 35, of Derby died unexpectedly on Saturday, July 5, 2014.

He was born in Newport on April 24, 1979, and he grew up in Island Pond. He attended North Country Union High School.

He was a carpenter by trade for 17 years.

He was an avid sports fan who enjoyed stock car racing, watching the New York Yankees beat the Boston Red Sox, and watching the New York Giants. He also enjoyed hunting, fishing, and spending time with his children.

He is survived by his two children: Nicholas and Logan Hunt; the boys’ mother, Barbie Corey; his mother, Linda (Hunt) Davis; his father, Eugene Hunt; his stepmother, Sherry Hunt; his two siblings: David Hunt and his fiancée, Rebecca Brown, and Mary Hunt and her significant other, Ernest Hinton; his two half-siblings: Robert Knox and Megan Knox and her significant other, Levi Audet; and by many extended family members.

Services were held on July 13.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be directed to the Isaac Hunt Memorial Fund at Passumpsic Savings Bank, to support Mr. Hunt’s childrens’ education.

Online condolences may be sent to the family at curtis-britch.com.

obit LordThomas W. Lord

Thomas W. Lord, 75, of Barton died on July 7, 2014, in Newport.

He was born on August 23, 1939, in Lowell, Massachusetts, to George and Mary (Thompson) Lord.

On October 14, 1985, he married the former Linda James, who survives him.

He entered the U.S. Navy and served on the USS Dalghren 12.

He was employed by Grossman’s Lumber Sales, where he retired after 30 years of service.

He enjoyed fishing, playing cards at the Barton Senior Center, and he was an avid golfer. He held membership with the Barton American Legion Post #76.

Mr. Lord loved all sports, especially the Red Sox and the New England Patriots. He also enjoyed going to the casinos up and down the east coast. He and his wife enjoyed playing golf and bowling over the years. He loved family visits and he loved to watch NASCAR; his favorite driver was Tony Stewart. He enjoyed the companionship of his different cats over the years.

He is survived by his loving wife Linda Lord of Barton; his children: Jay Touzin and his wife, Jessica Simoneau, Kerry Touzin, Leo Touzin, and Steve Touzin; his grandchildren: Dylan, Shyanna, Trey, Riley and Ethan; his sister Janet Blizzard; his sisters-in-law: Karen Lavsier, Barbara Hague, and Bernie Bourgue; and by several nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by his sister, Sandy Lord.

A graveside service will be held at 11 a.m. on Thursday, July 17, at the Welcome O. Brown Cemetery in Barton. Full military honors will be held.

Should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to the Barton Senior Center, 17 Village Square, Barton, Vermont 05822.

Online condolences at curtis-britch.com.

obit SogoloffLeonard M. Sogoloff

Leonard M. Sogoloff, the owner and founder of “Lennie’s on the Turnpike,” the iconic North Shore, Massachusetts, jazz club that introduced Duke Ellington, Miles Davis, Buddy Rich, and an aspiring young comic named Jay Leno to local audiences, died on Saturday, July 12, 2014, at Devereux House in Marblehead, Massachusetts. He was 90.

He was the beloved husband of the late Barbara Ann (Raby) Sogoloff, with whom he shared 37 years of marriage.

Born in Peabody, Massachusetts, he was son of the late Samuel and Sonia (Sandler) Sogoloff, immigrants from Russia. He attended Peabody schools and was a graduate of Peabody High School Class of 1941. He briefly studied art at Boston University, before enlisting in the Army. He proudly served his country during World War II, attaining the rank of private first class. He was honorably discharged on April 1, 1946.

He returned home to Peabody, and became a record salesman for Columbia Records. In 1951, he joined a friend, to open The Turnpike Club, a roadside bar on Route 1 North in West Peabody, Massachusetts. From a young age, he had a passion for jazz. He stocked the jukebox with the hottest artists of the era.

Two years later, he bought out his partner, renamed the venue “Lennie’s on the Turnpike, A Jazz Listening Room,” and introduced live music. Over the years, he brought the bespoke greatest names in jazz to the North Shore. The club became a destination, drawing audiences from throughout greater Boston, Massachusetts. The club operated until its closing in September of 1972.

Later, Mr. Sogoloff branched out by booking acts of other musical genres, such as America, Linda Rondstadt, and Bette Midler assisted by a piano player named Barry Manilow, as well as comedians such as Rodney Dangerfield and Flip Wilson.

In 1972, he hired Jay Leno, who lived in Andover, Massachusetts, to be his house comedian. It was the start of a long friendship. In 2009, as he prepared to step down as host of The Tonight Show, Mr. Leno performed at the Salem State University Speaker Series, at a benefit to raise money for a scholarship in memory of Barbara Ann Sogoloff. The event raised $100,000 for a scholarship, which now funds endowments in each of their names.

Mr. Sogoloff had previously donated his photographs and memorabilia from the club to be archived by Salem State University. He later received an honorary doctoral degree from Salem State University for enriching the cultural life of the North Shore.

After his club closed, Mr. Sogoloff worked as the manager of Empire Clothing Co. store in downtown Salem, Massachusetts, for over 20 years.

His passion for jazz never waned. In recent years, as a resident of the Devereux House nursing home, he delighted in booking local musicians to perform for residents.

He enjoyed playing golf and was an avid Red Sox and Patriots fan. Above all, he was the consummate family man. He took pride in the accomplishments of his children and enjoyed attending the sports games and activities of his five grandchildren.

He leaves three children: Leanne Desjardins and her husband, Michael, of Newport Center, Karen Gilman of Boston, and Adam Sogoloff and his wife, Janet, of Marblehead. He was the cherished grandfather to Nicole, Mathew, Jake, Bel and Maeve. He also leaves his brother Hyman Sogoloff of Peabody, and by several nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by the following siblings: Morris Sogoloff, Rose Sogoloff, Minnie Segel, and Bertha Gross.

Memorial services were held in Salem on July 15. Burial was private.

Expressions of sympathy in his memory may be sent to the Salem State University Foundation Lennie Sogoloff Scholarship, 352 Lafayette Street, Salem, Massachusetts 01970.

Online condolences may be offered at www.stanetskyhymansonsalem.com.

obit WillardEverett Anson Willard

Everett Anson Willard, 94, of Orleans died on July 7, 2014, at North Country Hospital in Newport.

He was born on November 2, 1919, in Derby, to W. A. Willard and Lillian (Swanson) Willard.

He graduated from Derby Academy in 1937. He then partnered with his father and brother Ernest in Derby in their Green Mountain potato, dairy, and maple enterprise.

On September 4, 1949, he married Dorothy Domina of Orleans, who survives him. In 1953, they purchased a 300-acre dairy farm in Derby, where Mr. Willard served for many years as a selectman. Additionally, he was a director of the Co-operative Insurance Companies in Middlebury from 1963 to 2006.

He was a member of the agricultural fraternity, the Grange, for nearly 80 years. He served as master of the Vermont State Grange from 1962 to 1966. He and his wife co-directed the 7th Degree of the National Grange for nine years. At the time of his death, he was an officer of Navy Grange and Kingdom Pomona Grange.

He and his family moved to Montpelier in 1968, where he was employed for 25 years by the Vermont Agency of Agriculture in several positions, including director of markets. He managed the Vermont Farm Show in Barre and the Vermont building at the Eastern States Exposition in West Springfield, Massachusetts. He was a Vermont Trustee Emeritus of “The Big E” at the time of his death. Throughout his career, a main focus was maintaining the Vermont name as a symbol of excellence; for this dedication, he was commonly referred to as “Mr. Maple.”

Recognitions accorded to Mr. Willard include: “Friend of Agriculture” from the New England Association of Agricultural Extension Agents, in 1985; the George D. Aiken Agriculturalist of the Year, in 1986; the Vermont Farm Bureau Wallace Award, jointly with his wife, in 1993; induction into the American Maple Museum Hall of Fame in Crogan, New York, in 1996; and being honored as one of the eight inaugural members of the Vermont Agricultural Hall of Fame, in 2003.

Mr. Willard embraced community service and public speaking. Throughout his life, he served his churches as a council member, auditor, lay speaker, and as the locally renowned master chef at the annual sugar-on-snow party.

Mr. Willard was known for his beautiful gardens, which brought pleasure to passersby. He was sociable, enjoying visits with friends and dancing. He was also known for his vast repertoire of stories about local events and people and his continued interest in the ever-changing dairy and maple industries.

He is survived by his wife Dorothy; four children: Dr. Alan Lothrop Willard of Kensington, Maryland, Larry Dean Willard and his wife, Terri, of White House, Tennessee, Ann Willard Sullivan and her husband, Philip, of London, England, and Dr. Sally Willard Burbank and her husband, Nathan, of Nashville, Tennessee; and by six grandchildren: Derek Kevin Willard, Seth Everett Willard, Matthew Willard Sullivan, Erik Weireter Sullivan, Steven Nathan Burbank, and Eliza Lillian Burbank. He had one surviving sister, Carolyn Willard MacLeay, of Sylmar, California.

He was predeceased by his siblings: May Willard, Charles Willard, Eleanor Durfee, Ernest Willard, and Frances Thompson.

Funeral services were held on July 11, in Orleans. Interment followed at the Derby Center Cemetery.

Should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to the Jones Memorial Library, P.O. Box 3, Orleans, Vermont 05860.

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

Service 

Leroy N. Hastings

A committal service for Leroy N. Hastings will be held at the Brownington Village Cemetery on Saturday July 19, at 11 a.m.

Share

Putting Mosher in the pantheon

Featured

howard mosher webcopyright the Chronicle July 2, 2014

Howard Frank Mosher and the Classics, Echoes in the Vermont Writer’s Works, by James Robert Saunders. 208 pages. Softcover. Published by McFarland. $45.

Reviewed by Tena Starr

Four years ago, in June of 2010, Purdue University professor James Robert Saunders went to hear Howard Mosher of Irasburg give a talk on his latest book, Walking to Gatlinburg.

“I had already read that particular work as well as the other ten books that he had written up to that point, books that I would see, off and on, when I visited the independent booksellers that are a mainstay of Vermont’s literary enterprise,” Mr. Saunders writes in his introduction to his own book, Howard Frank Mosher and the Classics, Echoes in the Vermont Writer’s Works. “Wanting to learn more about this author, who always seemed to have a little section at those stores reserved for him, I got on my computer and checked with the online MLA Bibliography, but found precious little that had been written about his works, in terms of interpretation.”

Continue reading

Share

Will Barton Selectmen okay ATV vote?

Featured

Jeff Cota and Jeff Harper organized this float in the Barton July 4 parade to urge voters to get to the special Town Meeting. Pictured, at the front of the float, are Corrinna Cota and Kyle Perry.   Photo by Tena Starr

Jeff Cota and Jeff Harper organized this float in the Barton July 4 parade to urge voters to get to the special Town Meeting. Pictured, at the front of the float, are Corrinna Cota and Kyle Perry. Photo by Tena Starr

copyright the Chronicle July 9, 2014

by Joseph Gresser

BARTON — Proponents of opening some Barton roads to all-terrain-vehicle (ATV) traffic may have gotten the vote they wanted, but they were disappointed in the ultimate result. About 50 residents showed at the Barton Municipal Building at 1 p.m. Tuesday, for a special Town Meeting called in response to a petition signed by 115 town voters.

The only item of business on the agenda was the question of whether Class Three and Four roads should be open to ATVs.

Continue reading

Share

Obituaries July 9, 2014

obit BullisBeverly Bullis

Beverly Bullis, 78, died on Thursday, July 3, 2014, at home in Derby Line, surrounded by her family.

She was born on October 11, 1935, in Orleans, the daughter of Roy and Violet Glodgett. She joined two brothers, Royce and Richard Glodgett.

She attended school in Brownington and Orleans.

On November 26, 1953, she married John “Jack” Bullis. They made their home in Derby Line, where they raised their four children.

She enjoyed knitting, sewing, gardening, and family.

She worked at Newport Plastics, Slalom Skiwear and Bogner of America, before retiring in 1994.

She is survived by her husband of 60 years, John “Jack” Bullis of Derby Line; their children: Theresa and Edward Fortin, David and Lori Bullis, Debra and Richard Turner, and Thomas and Colleen Bullis; and by nine grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren.

In lieu of flowers, please send donations to the local cancer fund.

Graveside services will be at the Derby Cemetery on Nelson Hill Road, on Friday, July 11, at 1 p.m.

Online condolences at curtis-britch.com.

obit GouletTheresa Lamothe Goulet

Theresa Lamothe Goulet, 85, of Island Pond died peacefully on July 2, 2014, in Newport.

She was born on January 29, 1929, in Newport, daughter of Ernest and Florence (Blair) Lamothe.

She graduated from Sacred Heart High School, as Salutatorian, in the Class of 1947.

She was a special and talented musician. Sacred Heart would not have achieved its prized musical standard had it not been for the hard work of Theresa and Sister Edmund, music director at Sacred Heart.

Besides taking time for numerous extra-curricular activities, Ms. Goulet was the church organist for the high school choir, conductor of the Sacred Heart Band and Orchestra, and a member of the Sacred Heart Girls Glee Club and Catholic Youth Club. Exceptionally talented in music, she devoted many hours of her time to mastering the principles of conducting bands and orchestras.

After graduation, she was accepted to The Juilliard School in New York City, but was not able to attend. She worked at the Orleans Trust Bank in Newport.

On July 4, 1953, she married the love of her life, Raymond H. Goulet of Island Pond.

Ms. Goulet worked at the Island Pond National Bank and Community National Bank in Island Pond for over 20 years.

She played the church organ at Saint James the Greater Catholic Church in Island Pond for over 50 years and also helped to conduct the choir. Additionally, she played in the Dean King Orchestra for several years.

She belonged to the American Legion Auxiliary, Brighton Post #80 and the Veterans of Foreign Wars Auxiliary.

She enjoyed camping in Maine and snowmobiling.

She is survived by her husband Raymond Goulet of Island Pond; her sister Anita Salmon of Augusta, Maine; her three sons: Michael and his partner, Michael, of Richford, Mark and his partner, Marie, of Canton, Massachusetts, and David and his wife, Diane, of Milton; her daughter-in-law Paula Goulet of Milford, Massachusetts; her four grandchildren: Laura, Michelle, David and Matthew; and by several nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by her parents and her brothers: Roland, Rudy, Maurice “Pete,” and Roger “Pop” Lamothe.

Funeral services were held on July 8, in Island Pond.

Should friends desire, in lieu of flowers, contributions in her memory may be made to the Vermont Alzheimer’s Association, 300 Cornerstone Drive, Suite 128, Williston, Vermont 05495.

Online condolences at curtis-britch.com.

obit nilesBetty Jane (Davis) Lowe Niles

Betty Jane (Davis) Lowe Niles died on July 1, 2014, from a long battle with kidney disease.

She lived in Troy and Westfield before retiring to Pinellas Park, Florida.

She was born in St. Johnsbury on September 2, 1930. Her parents were Dawson E. Davis and Hazel A. (Jesmer) Davis. She attended St. Johnsbury Academy. She worked a number of years in the office of Ethan Allen in Orleans, and in the Vermont State Unemployment Office in Newport.

She married Rollo P. Lowe on May 8, 1948. They had two daughters, Patricia (Lowe) Kwiatkowski and Debrah (Lowe) Nadler.

She married Harry O. Niles Jr. on December 29, 1967. They lived in Troy for many years before moving to Westfield, and then retiring to Pinellas Park.

She enjoyed the horses they kept, gardening, playing cards, camping in their RV, and her cat, Coco.

She is survived by her husband Harry O. Niles Jr. of Seminole, Florida; her daughters: Patricia (Lowe) Kwiatkowski and her husband, Peter Sr., of Live Oak, Florida, and Debrah (Lowe) Nadler and her husband, Barry, of Largo, Florida; her stepchildren: Harry O. Niles III and his wife, Claire, of Brush Prairie, Washington, Frank Niles and his wife, Delores, of Newport Center, Stuart Niles of Shirley, Massachusetts, and Patricia Anne Graves and her husband, Ronald Jr., of Waitsfield; her five grandchildren: Peter J. Kwiatkowski Jr. and his wife, Lisa, of Lafayette, Colorado, Elke (Kwiatkowski) Day and her husband, John, of Live Oak, Sheryl (Nadler) Sheppard and her husband, Marc, of Clearwater, Florida, David Nadler of Largo, and Allison (Nadler) Lewis and her husband, Kevin, of Orlando, Florida; and by her 11 great-grandchildren: Cullen and Hallie Kwiatkowski, Jake, Kate, Nate and Grace Day, Logan and Aidan Sheppard, Benjamin and Gavyn Nadler and Isabella Lewis.

There will not be any public services. Her ashes will be buried in Vermont, as per her wishes. Her beloved cat, Coco, will reside with her daughter in Largo. He will have a loving home.

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

Mary Margaret Pechalonis

Mary Pechalonis of Lyndonville died on Tuesday evening, July 1, 2014, at the age of 83.

She was born in Thomaston, Connecticut, on August 6, 1930, daughter of Alexander and Margaret (Boguslawski) Retkowski.

The Pechalonis family resided on Daniels Pond in Glover for over 30 years before moving to Lyndonville in 2004.

Mrs. Pechalonis worked as a nurse’s aide at both the St. Johnsbury Health and Rehab Center and at The Pines.

She enjoyed playing Bingo, gardening, knitting, fishing, and cruising in her and her husband’s antique vehicles.

She is survived by her husband Edward of Lyndonville; three daughters: Ellen Pechalonis and her husband, Kenneth Hurst, of St. Petersburg, Florida, Frances Ullmann and her husband, Joseph, of Indian Rocks Beach, Florida, and Debra Towle and her husband, Dennis, of North Concord, and their son Ryan Towle and his wife, Jasmine, and their daughter Aylah Mae, of Montpelier; her two sisters: Jennie Kalinoski and her husband, Raymond, of Terryville, Connecticut, and Bernice Massart of Providence, Rhode Island; and by several nieces and nephews.

A funeral Mass was held in Lyndonville on July 5. Burial followed at the Westlook Cemetery in Glover.

Memories and condolences may be shared privately at www.guibordfh.com.

Service

Frederick E. Doucette Sr.

A graveside service for Frederick E. Doucette Sr. will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, July 12, at the Lakeside Cemetery in Island Pond.

Share

Pickup field hockey: League is roaring success for Newport Rec Department

Featured

Denise Robert (right) tries to defend against Brittany Royer's charge during pickup field hockey play at Prouty Beach in Newport on Monday evening.  Adrianna Fournier (background) moves in to support Ms. Robert.  The pickup field hockey league, organized by Jessica Booth of the Newport City Parks and Recreation Department, plays every Monday night at 5:30 p.m.  Photos by Richard Creaser

Denise Robert (right) tries to defend against Brittany Royer’s charge during pickup field hockey play at Prouty Beach in Newport on Monday evening. Adrianna Fournier (background) moves in to support Ms. Robert. The pickup field hockey league, organized by Jessica Booth of the Newport City Parks and Recreation Department, plays every Monday night at 5:30 p.m. Photos by Richard Creaser

copyright the Chronicle July 2, 2014

by Richard Creaser

NEWPORT — Field hockey has long been a passion for Jessica Booth of Irasburg. Hoping to find some women who were equally enamored of the sport, Ms. Booth, as a member of the Newport City Parks and Recreation Department, decided to put out feelers via the rec department’s Facebook page to gauge interest in forming an adult league.

“I was expecting maybe five or six women,” Ms. Booth said of the inaugural field hockey game on June 23. “There were more than 24 women who came out. I was thrilled at the response.”

Continue reading

Share

Guardians ad litem can make a big difference

Featured

Kathy White of Barton has been a guardian ad litem for nearly eight years and says it’s a rewarding experience.  Photo by Tena Starr

Kathy White of Barton has been a guardian ad litem for nearly eight years and says it’s a rewarding experience. Photo by Tena Starr

copyright the Chronicle July 2, 2014

by Tena Starr

BARTON — Nearly eight years ago, Kathy White of Barton decided she’d like to “pay it forward,” as she put it. “I wanted to find something I could do that had meaning,” she said in a recent interview.

That desire led her to become a guardian ad litem, or a GAL, a person who volunteers his or her time to represent the interests of “children in need of care or supervision” (CHINS).

That could involve anything from a nasty divorce to a situation where a family can’t properly care for a child anymore. The Guardian Ad Litem Program’s mission statements says its goal is to make sure that children and their families receive “appropriate services in a timely manner; that case plans and court decisions are based on the child’s best interests; and every child has a safe, stable and permanent home within a reasonable period of time.”

Continue reading

Share

Lyme disease victims seek more options

Featured

This is a tick that Graci Rudolph found on her skin recently.  She saved it to be tested for Lyme disease.  She was bitten by a tick three years ago and got Lyme disease and Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever.  Photo by Bethany M. Dunbar

This is a tick that Graci Rudolph found on her skin recently. She saved it to be tested for Lyme disease. She was bitten by a tick three years ago and got Lyme disease and Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever. Photo by Bethany M. Dunbar

copyright the Chronicle July 2, 2014  

by Bethany M. Dunbar

HOLLAND — Graci Rudolph was the director of an active nonprofit organization in New York, working long days. It was work she thrived on and a cause she believed in. She did public speaking and fund-raising, including television appearances.

Then one day — three years ago — she got bitten by a little insect, a tick, and got Lyme disease. Soon she could not sleep, her body became wracked with the most intense pain she has ever felt, she lost her physical balance and her ability to think clearly, or sometimes even get out of bed.

She wanted to die and says she can understand some Lyme disease patients’ impulse to commit suicide.

Ms. Rudolph, who now lives in Holland, is one of a sharply increasing number of people in Vermont who have contracted Lyme disease. According to the Vermont Department of Health, there were 37 cases in Vermont in 2002, and 623 in 2011. Most of the cases have been in the southern part of the state, but cases have been reported in every county except for Essex.

Continue reading

Share

Obituaries July 2, 2014

obit audetMaurice T. Audet

Maurice T. Audet, 89, of Troy died peacefully on June 25, 2014, in Newport.

He was born on March 7, 1925, in Compton, Quebec, to Josephat and Alma (Gilbert) Audet.

In 1947, he married Claire Cote, who predeceased him on May 19, 2010.

He worked at the Blair Veneer Mill in North Troy, and at Jay Peak for eight years. He farmed in Westfield for ten years, and he retired from Columbia Forest Products.

He and his wife enjoyed playing cards, Bingo, and going on trips with community circle, and they enjoyed gardening and attending senior meal sights in Troy, North Troy, and Westfield.

Their family was the most important part of their lives.

He is survived by his children: Noella Berthiaume and her husband, Richard, of North Troy, Roger Audet and his wife, Rita, of Westfield, Diane Roberts and her husband, Andre, of Troy, Carmen Bouchard and her husband, Jacques, of Troy, and Rejean Audet and his wife, Rebecca, of Newcastle, New Hampshire; his grandchildren: Vicky, Jennifer, Roger Jr., Jean, Robert, Denis, Patrick, Jessica, Johanna, Nicholas, Jonathan “Bobby,” Claire, and Teddy; and by his 17 great-grandchildren.

He was predeceased by six brothers and two sisters.

Funeral services were held on June 28, in Troy. Interment followed in St. Ignatius Cemetery in Lowell.

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.

Scott F. Bailey

Scott F. Bailey, 51, of Clearwater Beach, Florida, died on June 23, 2014, in the arms of his family, after a long illness.

He was born to William and Donna Bailey in Hanover, Massachusetts. He grew up in Hanover and Duxbury, Massachusetts, before relocating to Shirley, Massachusetts, and graduating from Ayer High School in 1981. He majored in business at Mount Wachusett and Fitchburg State College, and served six years as a member of the Massachusetts National Guard. He was a member of the American Legion Post #80 in Island Pond. He lived in Charlestown, Massachusetts, and later Clearwater Beach, while pursuing a successful career in electronic sales.

As a youth, he excelled at skiing and hockey, representing Duxbury, Massachusetts, in the Bruins’ “Mini One on One,” and later in tennis as the MVP of Ayer High School’s tennis team.

As an adult, he was active and fun-loving. He enjoyed boating and golfing, and he hit a hole-in-one on his forty-first birthday. He was known for his generous heart and warm smile.

He is survived by his loving parents, William Bailey of Morgan and Donna Bailey of Onset, Massachusetts; his stepmother Darlene Bailey of Westford, and stepmother Francine Canton of Morgan; his two sisters and their husbands: Dawn and Bob Black of Sandwich, Massachusetts, and Susan and Bruce Sullivan of North Leominster, Massachusetts; his stepbrother Eddy Boisvert; his beloved nieces and nephews: Rory, Lyndsay, Allison, Nick, and Sean; and by his great-nephews: Robbie and Brody.

A service was held on June 27, in Centerville, Massachusetts.

In lieu of flowers, a donation may be made to the Dana Farber Cancer Institute for brain cancer research.

obit bensonThomas Fitts Benson

Thomas Fitts Benson, 50, of White Mills, Pennsylvania, died at home on June 19, 2014, after a long struggle with cancer.

He was born on September 24, 1963, in Long Branch, New Jersey, son of Cyrus Jr. and Miriam (Fitts) Benson.

He grew up in Morgan, where he enjoyed outdoor activities, including hunting and fishing. He graduated from North Country Union High School in 1981.

Mr. Benson was a carpenter who loved to fish and boat with his family and friends. He was a genuine, intelligent, strong, and loving person. He touched many with his kindness and caring. He will be greatly missed!

He is survived by his wife of 20 years, Sandy Jean Stewart; his two daughters: Danielle Toms of White Mills, and Desiree Toms of Scranton, Pennsylvania; his son: Jacob Toms of White Mills; his parents Cyrus Jr. and Miriam Benson of Morgan; three brothers and sisters-in-law: Cyrus III and Jessica Benson of London, England, Robert Fitts and Juli Benson of Albany, New York, and William Fitts and Nancy Benson of Reading Massachusetts; his grandson Damien Carson of White Mills; and by his numerous cousins, nieces, nephews, aunts, and uncles, who meant so much to him.

In honor of his wishes, there will be no services. An honorary, chartered fishing trip will be held for his family and friends at a future date.

Arianna Lynn Brault

Arianna Lynn Brault, beloved infant daughter of Deidreanna Wood-Bethke and Adam Brault, died on June 27, 2014, in Burlington.

She is also survived by her maternal grandmother Christin Lesprence; her step-grandfather Mike of Rutland; her paternal grandmother Lynn Lontine of Newport; and by her paternal grandfather Anthony Brault of Troy.

No services will be held.

Should friends desire, contributions in her memory may be made to Fletcher Allen Health Care, Pediatric Care, 111 Colchester Avenue, Burlington, Vermont 05401.

Arvid M. Deuse

Arvid M. Deuse, 97, of Derby died suddenly on June 18, 2014, at his home.

He was born on May 7, 1917, in Chester, Connecticut, to Eldon and Alfreda (Lund) Deuse.

On January 25, 1943, he married Dorothy Julia Brooks, who predeceased him November 9, 2009.

He entered the U.S. Army and was a veteran of World War II.

He was a machinist for M.S. Brooks & Son in Chester.

During his lifetime, he was very interested in antique engines. He loved his dogs and spending time with his family and grandchildren. He also enjoyed sight seeing.

He is survived by his children: Virginia Ziemba and her husband, Richard, of Tennessee, Thomas Deuse and his wife, Marcia, of Ivoryton, Connecticut, and Sally Nedobity and her husband, Frank, of Derby; his grandchildren: Richard Mislick and his companion, Summer Brunelle, Shelly Spurgeon and her husband, Carl, Thomas A. Deuse, Tamara Fahey and her husband, Brian, Frank A. Nedobity, and Paul Nedobity; and by several great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild. He is also survived by his brother Morton Deuse of California.

He was predeceased by his brother Daniel and his sister Roselyn.

Services will be held at the convenience of the family.

Online condolences at curtis-britch.com.

Mary A. (Espinola) Duma

Mary A. (Espinola) Duma, 93, of Newport, formerly of Methuen, Massachusetts, died peacefully on June 24, 2014, at Maple Lane Nursing Home in Barton.

She was the wife of the late William Duma.

Born in Lawrence, Massachusetts, on January 12, 1921, she was the daughter of Frank and Mary (Cunha) Espinola. She attended Lawrence schools and graduated from Lawrence High School.

She worked as an assembler at Western Electric for over 20 years until her retirement. She had been a member of the Methuen Senior Activity Center, where she helped with their Meals on Wheels program.

She will be deeply missed by her two sons: William J. Duma and his wife, Rose Marie, of Newport, and Joseph Duma and his wife, Cynthia, of Methuen; her four grandchildren: Tara, Eric, Katherine, and Bethany; and by her several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services were held on June 26, in Methuen. Burial followed in Elmwood Cemetery in Methuen.

In lieu of flowers, the family has requested, in her honor, memorial contributions be made to the Alzheimer’s Association of Massachusetts, 480 Pleasant Street, Watertown, Massachusetts 02472.

To send online condolences, visit www.pollardfuneralhome.com.

obit ShafeWinston Lee Shafe

Winston Lee Shafe, 61, of Newport died on June 23, 2014, in Newport.

He was born on January 9, 1953, to Frederick and Irene (Varnese) Shafe.

He graduated from North Country Union High School in the Class of 1971.

He worked for several area people including Dick Scott on the Bluff Road farm.

He enjoyed watching westerns on television and taking care of his cats. He also enjoyed collecting Coca-Cola memorabilia.

He is survived by his brothers: Bill Clothier of Sandy Springs, Georgia, Herb Shafe and Reginald Shafe, both of Newport; and by his nephews and niece: Scott, Frederick, and Derek Shafe and Irene Oriani.

He was predeceased by two brothers: Wayne and Lionel Shafe.

Committal services were held on June 27, at the Derby Center Cemetery.

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

Online condolences at curtis-britch.com.

Arnold R. Uttin

Arnold R. Uttin, 78, of Barton died on June 26, 2014, in Glover.

He was born on August 25, 1935, in Irasburg, the third child of Artie and Esther (Paye) Uttin.

He moved to Barton in 1940 and received his education at Barton Academy and Graded School. Throughout his lifetime he also took adult education classes along with correspondence courses, selecting subjects he enjoyed.

He was a licensed amateur radio operator, a hobby which enabled him the opportunity to communicate with people around the world as well as with people in space vehicles.

He enjoyed work and adapted well to any task he did.

He is survived by numerous cousins and a wide circle of friends.

He was predeceased by his parents and two sisters.

It was his wish to be cremated with no services. Interment will be in the family lot in the Welcome O. Brown Cemetery in Barton.

Online condolences at curtis-britch.com.

obit vergeGayton V. Verge

Gayton V. Verge, 84, died on June 25, 2014, at his home in Morrisville.

He was born on November 29, 1929, in Westfield, son of George and Margaret Verge.

Mr. Verge had worked as a logger and carpenter for many years and also served as a deputy sheriff in Orleans County and as a mounted officer in Canada for 20 years. He was a long-time member of the Morrisville Fire Department.

He enjoyed hunting and fishing, baseball and hockey. He was an avid Yankees fan. He also liked playing dice and cards and playing the scratch-offs.

He is survived by his children: Leo Verge and his wife, Norma, of Brownington, Brenda Sherlaw and her husband, Doug, of Newport, Roger Goodell and his wife, Christine, of Coventry, Burt Goodell and his companion, Laurie Campbell, of Newport Center, Marilyn Stevenson and her husband, Dave, of Barnet, Gayton Verge Jr. of North Troy, and Susan Robarge and her husband of Magog, Quebec; his brother Marshall Verge of White River Junction; his former wife, Beverly Cleveland, of Newport; and by numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

He was predeceased by his parents, and by his siblings: Hector Verge, Adelore Verge and Isabelle Sargent.

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

White-Fiess Funeral Home of Morrisville is assisting with arrangements.

Share

In Glover: What you never knew about the toothbrush

Featured

Clare Dolan, the guiding intelligence of the Museum of Everyday Life, stands outside of her young institution alongside a giant toothbrush built by Newark artist Martin McGowan.  Photo by Joseph Gresser

Clare Dolan, the guiding intelligence of the Museum of Everyday Life, stands outside of her young institution alongside a giant toothbrush built by Newark artist Martin McGowan. Photo by Joseph Gresser

copyright the Chronicle June 25, 2014

by Joseph Gresser

GLOVER — The word “everyday” means usual or common. It might seem, then, that the Museum of Everyday Life would be a humdrum collection of boring objects. The selection of themes covered in the museum’s four-year history — matches, safety pins, pencils, and, now, toothbrushes — might do nothing to change that view.

A visit to the museum, though, quickly upends any such preconception. Curator Clare Dolan has filled an old dairy barn with a collection of exhibits that uses dental hygiene alone as a lens through which to view the world.

Continue reading

Share