In boys baseball: Rangers trip to Florida apparently paid off

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The Rangers pose in their camouflage uniforms for a group portrait.  In the back row, from left to right, are Coach Eric Degre, Ethan Willey, Eli Leroux, Matt Messier, Logan Harper, Brennan Perkins, and Liam Kennedy.  In the front are Kolby George, Noah Royer, Zach Royer, Dakota Macallister, Denver Bodette, Brady Perron, and Dillon Gile.  Photo by Joseph Gresser

The Rangers pose in their camouflage uniforms for a group portrait. In the back row, from left to right, are Coach Eric Degre, Ethan Willey, Eli Leroux, Matt Messier, Logan Harper, Brennan Perkins, and Liam Kennedy. In the front are Kolby George, Noah Royer, Zach Royer, Dakota Macallister, Denver Bodette, Brady Perron, and Dillon Gile. Photo by Joseph Gresser

copyright the Chronicle May 13, 2015

by Joseph Gresser

Major Leaguers begin each season with spring training, a time to polish skills that may have gotten rusty over the winter. For almost all clubs that means heading south to warm weather.

What works for the bigs ought to work for high school, thought Lake Region Union High School Baseball Coach Eric Degre. His staff and players agreed.

Deciding to head to warmer places was easy; making it happen was harder. Each player had to raise more than $1,000 to pay for the trip, but with help from the community they managed the feat. Their destination was Dodgertown in Vero Beach, Florida…. To read the rest of this article, and all the Chronicle‘s stories, subscribe:

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Obituaries May 13, 2015

Fernand Denis Joseph Alix

Fernand Denis Joseph Alix, 73, of Glencliff, New Hampshire, formerly of Newport, died suddenly of cardiac arrest at the Glencliff Home for the Elderly on May 3, 2015, on Sunday evening, where he was residing.

His daughter Sherry lived near him in Bethlehem, New Hampshire.

He was born on October 24, 1941, in Newport Center, to Antonio and Rose Marie (Cardin) Alix.

He was employed by Kraft Foods in Troy for many years.

He enjoyed fishing, listening to music, walking, and hearing about his grandchildren and loved ones’ lives.

He is survived by his children: Jody Alix of Morgan, and Sherry Alix of Bethlehem; his grandchildren: Kortney Alix of New Britain, Connecticut, and Zachary Alix of Morgan; his siblings: Laurier Alix of Villages of Florida, Pauline Dagesse of Newport, and Gerard Alix of Lady Lake, Florida, and Newport Center; the following nieces and nephews: Gail, Mark, Linda, Todd, Trudy, and Corey; and by his former spouse, Priscilla Platt, of Whitefield, New Hampshire.

He was predeceased by his parents; and by his niece Susan.

A graveside service was held on May 9, at St. Mary’s Cemetery in Newport.

Should friends desire, any contributions in his memory may be made to the Glencliff Home for the Elderly, 393 High Street, Glencliff, New Hampshire 03238.

Online condolences at curtis-britch.com.

obit AustinLois Drew Austin

Lois Drew Austin, 89, of Orleans, died peacefully at home, in the company of her family, on May 6, 2015.

She was born on October 29, 1925, in Ayers Cliff, Quebec, to Blanche and Roland Drew, the oldest of five children.

She enjoyed golfing, playing bridge, knitting, cross-stitch, sewing, and going on cruises. When she was unable to carry on those pastimes she loved watching golf, the Red Sox, the Celtics, the Bruins, and old movies on television. She also loved listening and dancing to big band music and playing cribbage with her husband.

She is survived by her husband of 66 years, Warren Austin; her son Richard Austin and his wife, Carol, of Delta Junction, Alaska; her son Larry Austin and his wife, Joanie, of Orleans; her daughter Ann Austin of Orleans; her grandchildren: Jenny, Kim, Chesley, Derek, Bob, Kathryn, and Jessica; her six great-grandchildren; and by her sister Marilyn Farr and her husband, Robert, of Leesburg, Florida.

She was predeceased by her siblings: Jacquelyn, Helen, and Robert; and by her grandchildren: James Raftery, Molly Raftery, and Rachel Dunlap.

Services will be held at 10:30 a.m. at the Orleans Federated Church on Saturday, May 16.

For those wishing, donations may be made in her honor to the Orleans Ambulance Service; or to the Orleans Essex Visiting Nurses Association and Hospice, Inc., 46 Lakemont Road, Newport, Vermont 05855.

Online condolences at curtis-britch.com.

obit DionNorman Francis Dion

Norman Francis Dion, 92, of Irasburg died peacefully on May 8, 2015, in Barton.

He was born in Irasburg on August 25, 1922, son of Frank and Sophronia (LaBounty) Dion.

On November 3, 1941, he married Marion Lacoss, who predeceased him on March 16, 2005.

He was a self-employed dairy farmer for many years, taking the farm over from his father at age 19. He was a foreman in road construction using his own water and dump trucks back when farming years were lean on the pocket book. He also served as postmaster in the Irasburg Post Office for one year. He retired from farming in 1973. Shortly after, he started a used furniture business and Dion’s Barn Sale was born. The barn sale became famous across the New England area and beyond.

Mr. Dion loved working outdoors, gardening, selling vegetables, selling firewood, maple sugaring, and he loved going to auctions throughout New England. He loved being with his large family on picnics, gatherings, and trips. His stories, practical jokes, and generous heart will be missed by family and all who knew him.

He is survived by his children: Ronald Dion and his wife, Martha, of Huntsville, Alabama, Dennis Dion and his wife, Denise, of Sheffield and Ellenton, Florida, Wayne Dion and his wife, Jennie, of Irasburg, Clarice Dion Boutin and her husband, Roland, of Tucson, Arizona, Linda Dion Chagnon and her husband, Pete, of Burlington, Alan Dion and his wife, Catherine, of Albany, David Dion and his wife, Anita, of Irasburg, and Charles Dion of Coventry. He is also survived by 20 grandchildren, 30 great-grandchildren, and one great-great grandchild.

He was predeceased by his son Clare of North Concord; and by his sisters: Eleanor Smith, Doris King, and Veda Nichols.

Friends may call from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, May 14, at the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral home located at 4670 Darling Hill Road in Newport. The funeral will be held on Friday, May 15, at 11 a.m. at St. Theresa’s Catholic Church in Orleans with Father Timothy Naples officiating. Interment will follow in the Irasburg Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to the Maple Lane Activity Fund, 60 Maple Lane, Barton, Vermont 05822; or to Care Net Pregnancy Center of Burlington, 56 Colchester Avenue, Burlington, Vermont 05401, or through tab at the top right of the homepage at CareNetBurlington.org.

Online condolences at curtis-britch.com.

obit DufourGeraldine A. Dufour

Geraldine A. Dufour, 86, of Island Pond died peacefully on April 16, 2015, in Marietta, Georgia.

She was born on August 28, 1928, in Island Pond to Clifton and Sylvia (Cross) Powers.

On May 3, 1950, she married John Dufour, who predeceased her on September 1, 1982.

In 1946, she graduated from St. Mary’s Academy in Island Pond.

She worked at the Community National Bank in Island Pond for over 26 years from 1962 to 1988, when she retired.

She was a life member of the American Legion Auxiliary Post #80, where she was president for one year and treasurer for 33 years. She was also a life member of both the Veterans of Foreign Wars Auxiliary #2309 and the Disabled American Veterans Auxiliary. She was treasurer for the Essex County American Cancer Society for 20 years.

She is survived by her children: Mark and his wife, Kelly Dufour, of Watertown, Massachusetts, Eric Dufour and his partner, Andrew Sawyer, of Asbury Park, New Jersey, Christian and his wife, Marlys Dufour, of Westminster, Colorado, and Susan and her husband, Jonathan Steele, of Kennesaw, Georgia; her grandchildren: Marquelle Dufour of Watertown, Nicholette Davis of Leadville, Colorado, Andrew Dufour of Lawrence, Kansas, Erica Duckwall of Kennesaw, Georgia, and Cameron Steele of Vicenza, Italy, who is a specialist in the Army; her siblings: Marion Deslandes of Island Pond, Clifton Powers of Zephyrhills, Florida, Carol Dodge of Island Pond, and Duane Powers of Island Pond; four great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by her sister Nathleen Fortin.

Friends may call on Friday, May 22, at the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home, at 1199 Railroad Street in Island Pond, from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m., followed by funeral services at 11 a.m. at St. James Catholic Church in Island Pond, where a Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated. Interment will follow in Lakeside Cemetery in Island Pond.

Should friends desire, in lieu of flowers, contributions in her memory may be made to American Legion Auxiliary Post #80, Children and Youth Fund, P.O. Box 170, Island Pond, Vermont 05846.

Online condolences at curtis-britch.com.

obit foleyEdith Jean Foley

Edith Jean (Swanekamp) Foley, 80, died on March 16, 2015, in Gastonia, North Carolina.

She was born on November 15, 1934, in Cranford, New Jersey, to Frederick and Edith (Mainhart) Swanekamp. As a child, “Jeanie” loved to be outdoors and enjoyed summer vacations as well as working in many capacities at Camp Skyland on Lake Champlain, South Hero Island in Vermont. She was a graduate of Cranford High School and then attended Averett College in Danville, Virginia, in 1952, where she studied secretarial sciences. Upon graduation, she worked for a period of time at Federated Inc. in Springfield, New Jersey, where she met John Foley in 1956.

She married Mr. Foley on September 7, 1957. They raised eight children in Scotch Plains, New Jersey.

She was active in the community for several years and was a member of the Junior Women’s Club, Republicans’ Club, and served as the president of the local Little League Association. She also went back to work in a part-time capacity. Then, in 1977, the family moved to Barton, where they owned and operated the Country Corner Store. She worked hard to make the store a success and helped where she could in the local community. In 1979 and 1980, she took a job working for the Northeast Kingdom Community Action in Newport. Later she would accept a job with the state social services of Vermont, where she would embark on a career as a secretary. She would work there until her retirement in 2003. Throughout this time she was a fixture on the Diversion Board for the city of Newport, where she diligently helped many of the youth in the city.

She was an avid gardener and her green thumb transformed many a property. She enjoyed cooking, especially her mother’s recipes from childhood, and was known for her clam dip. She was a voracious reader of mysteries and detective novels, and enjoyed puzzles later in life. Her favorite color was yellow, or gold as we referred to it, and she enjoyed incorporating it into her décor. She had also what we liked to call the “clean Jean” which some of us possess and some don’t. She also was an avid sports fan — she taught most of her children how to play baseball and appreciate all sports. She was very happy that the Patriots won the Super Bowl.

She loved singing, and fondly reminisced about her own mother’s lovely soprano voice.

She was very proud of her German heritage and often had to remind some of her children that we were half German as well!

Our mother was a formidable force when it came to work and family and always led by example, having overcome many adversities in life that affected her health, and other aspects, to which she took pride in overcoming. The very definition of mother was truly written in every sense of the word when describing her. Many called her a saint, queen, friend, colleague, neighbor, and Nana, but we were blessed in having been able to call her our mother.

She leaves behind a large family that will miss her dearly, including her children: Sharon Ader and her husband, Bruce, of Lowell, North Carolina, John J. Foley III of Jeffersonville, Greg Foley of Newport, Jennifer Foley and her husband, Uwe Hartmann, of Nashua, New Hampshire, Maryellen Foley of Jeffersonville, Michael Foley of Penacook, New Hampshire, and Steven Foley and his wife, Jennifer, of South Burlington; a brother, John Bernard Swanekamp, and his wife, Patricia, of Sunset Beach, North Carolina; her sister in-law Yolanda Swanekamp of West Palm Beach, Florida; her sister-in-law Margaret and her husband, Fred Gayder, of Bayville, New Jersey, her brother-in-law Thomas and his wife, Betty Foley, of Apex, North Carolina, her sister-in-law Virginia Giordano of Wrightstown, New Jersey, her brother-in-law Raymond and his wife, Jacklyn Foley, of Spring Lake, New Jersey; and by several nieces, nephews, and great-nieces and -nephews. There are 21 grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.

She was predeceased by her husband of 50 years, John J. Foley Jr., in 2008; a daughter, Laura Jean Foley, in 2012; and by her brother Frederick Swanekamp in 2001.

There will be a memorial service and celebration of her life on May 17, in Jeffersonville, at the 158 Main Restaurant and Bakery at 4 p.m. Donations may be made in her memory to the National Breast Cancer Foundation, Wounded Warrior Project, or St. Jude Children’s Hospital.

Cards of condolence may also be sent to 158 Main Restaurant and Bakery, 158 Main Street, Jeffersonville, Vermont 05464.

obit MorinAgathe J. Morin

Agathe J. Morin, 87, of Holland died peacefully, surrounded by her family, on May 6, 2015, in Burlington.

She was born in Frampton, Quebec, on November 8, 1927, a daughter of Wilfred and Beatrice (Patoine) Audet.

On August 27, 1949, she married Leonard Morin, who predeceased her in 1999. She was also predeceased by her son Normand in 1978.

She enjoyed the family reunions, playing cards and checkers with her family, gardening, and cooking for her children.

She lived for her children: Claude Morin and his fiancée, Johanne, of Holland, Donald Morin and his wife, Bonnie, of Richmond, Gilles Morin of Holland, Richard Morin and his wife, Helen, of Morgan, Yolande Bronson and her husband, Tim, of Derby, Rene Morin of Holland, Marc Morin of Derby, Celine Rathe and her husband, Eddie, of Colchester, Gerald Morin and his wife, Carolyn, of Merrimack, New Hampshire, Andre Morin and John Morin, both of Holland; 19 grandchildren: Whitney, Matthew, Danielle, Justin, Emily, Jennifer, Jonathan, Nathan, Christine, Anita, Jacqueline, and Chase Morin, Tim Bronson II, Tara, Gregory, and Christopher Bronson, and Anne, Ellen, and Benjamin Rathe; two great-grandchildren: Gillion Schutt and Xavier Mayhew; her siblings: Gregoire Audet of Framtpton, Richard Audet of Frampton, Celine Audet and her husband, Edgar, of Frampton, Denis Audet and his wife, Yvette, of Querillion, Quebec, Raynald Audet and Daniel Audet, both of Frampton; and by her sisters-in-law: Simone Menard and Carmen Morin.

She was predeceased by her parents; her sisters: Patricia and Francoise; and by her brother Normand.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, May 13, at St. Edward’s Catholic Church in Derby Line, where a Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated. Interment will follow in St. Edward’s Cemetery.

Should friends desire, contributions in her memory may be made to the Ronald Holland Dialysis Center, in care of North Country Hospital, 189 Prouty Drive, Newport, Vermont 05855.

Online condolences at curtis-britch.com.

obit WoodMarion Alice Wood

Marion Alice Wood, 68, died after failing health on November 29, 2014, in Newport, where she had resided for many years. Previously she resided in Rutland and Montpelier.

She was born on April 8, 1946, in Barton, to the late F. Herbert Wood Jr. and Irene (LaCourse) Wood. She was a twin to her sister, Marilyn.

She was most recently a resident of Newport Health Care for the past few years. Prior to her failing health, she lived independently while being a kind and generous person to many. She endured many challenges in her life but was strong throughout all of them.

She loved to play cards, visit with friends, and watch Western movies.

She is survived by her sister and brother-in-law Marilyn and Douglas Maxwell; her sisters: Marjorie Douglas of McKinney, Texas, and Ruby Cook of Fort Myers, Florida; and by her brother Carl Wood of British Columbia, Canada. She is also survived by several nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents, she was predeceased by her sisters: Elizabeth Wilmot, Ruth Martin, and Dorothy Rundle; and by her brother Alton “Bud” Wood.

A graveside service will be held at Hillside Cemetery in East Charleston on Saturday, May 16, at 12:30 p.m. with Muriel O’Gorman officiating.

Services

Janice Anderson

Committal services for Janice Anderson will be held at 11 a.m. on Monday, May 18, at the Craftsbury Common Cemetery.

Junnie Peck

Committal services for Junnie Peck will be held at 11 a.m. on Friday, May 15, at the Westlook Cemetery in Glover.

Beverly Harbec

Committal services for Beverly Harbec will be held at 1 p.m. on Saturday, May 16, at Pleasantview Cemetery in Orleans.

Barbara Boutin

Committal services for Barbara Boutin will be held at 11 a.m. on Thursday, May 21, at Derby Center Cemetery.

Maria Buck

Committal services for Maria Buck will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, May 16, at the Newport Center Cemetery.

Dorothy Prue

Committal services for Dorothy Prue will be held at 10 a.m. on Thursday, May 14, at St. Mary’s Cemetery in Newport.

Hilda Pion

Committal services for Hilda Pion will be held at 11 a.m. on Friday, May 15, at St. Ignatius Cemetery in Lowell.

Gertrude Sanville

Committal services for Gertrude Sanville will be held at 10 a.m. on Friday, May 15, at St. Ignatius Cemetery in Lowell.

John Hunter

Committal services for John Hunter will be held at 3 p.m. on Friday, May 15, at West Village Cemetery in West Charleston.

Marcel Therrien

Committal services for Marcel Therrien will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, May 16, at Derby Center Cemetery.

Gilbert Turgeon

Committal services for Gilbert Turgeon will be held on Saturday, May 16, at 2:30 p.m. at St. Mary’s Cemetery in Newport.

Alice Cook

Committal services for Alice Cook will be held on Friday, May 15, at 1 p.m. at the Irasburg Cemetery.

Mathild “Tillie” Fugere

Committal services for Mathild “Tillie” Fugere will be held on Monday, May 18, at 11:30 a.m. at St. Mary’s Cemetery in Newport.

Helen Seube

Committal services for Helen Seube will be on Saturday, May 23, at 1 p.m., at Lakeview Cemetery in Westmore. A brief coffee and cake get-together will follow at the Westmore Community Center.

Audrie Wright

Committal services for Audrie Wright will be held on Friday, May 22, at 11 a.m., at the North Monroe, New Hampshire, cemetery on Route 135.

Ms. Wright’s children invite all who knew her and family friends to the service and a potluck to follow, to be held at the home of Leonard and Lanette Wright in Danville. For more information, contact the Wrights at 748-1125, or Amy and Scott Brill at 467-1176.

Death notice 

Gerry Hunt

Gerry Hunt, 62, of Morgan died on May 5, 2015, at Columbia Medical Center in New York City, from pancreatic cancer discovered just two weeks earlier while he was traveling in Spain and Portugal.

Services were held in Morgan on May 11. Full obituary to follow.

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In girls golf: NC girls take first in Barre

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From left to right are Carley Giroux, Katie Goulet, Lindsey Brownfield, and Taylor LaBlanc, of the North Country Union High School girls golf team.  Photo courtesy of Brian Hampton

From left to right are Carley Giroux, Katie Goulet, Lindsey Brownfield, and Taylor LaBlanc, of the North Country Union High School girls golf team. Photo courtesy of Brian Hampton

The North Country Union High School girls golf team took first place at the ten-team tournament held at the Country Club of Barre. The NC girls outscored their closest competition by ten strokes at this tournament, which was their opening round of the season.

The travel team for this tournament consisted of captains Taylor LaBlanc and Katie Goulet, who was medalist, Lindsey Brownfield, and Carley Giroux who had the second best score for the team. Also on the team this year are sophomores Dehlia Wright and Alexis Domingue.

Katie said she was “a bit surprised to finally have a good day to play, and it is great to be out.” Taylor found the course challenging but “overall a good day — bad driver but my short game saved me.”

Turning in a respectable score was Lindsey Brownfield who outscored over half of the field. — submitted by NC girls golf coach Brian Hampton.

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More agriculture, more jobs

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Sweet Rowen Farmstead owner Paul Lisai poses in front of his creamery with his 16-year-old dog, Bailey.

Sweet Rowen Farmstead owner Paul Lisai poses in front of his creamery with his 16-year-old dog, Bailey.  Photos by Nathalie Gagnon-Joseph

copyright the Chronicle May 6, 2015

by Nathalie Gagnon-Joseph

The six-year-old Farm to Plate initiative appears to be doing its job and has noticeably helped bolster Vermont’s farm and food economy, according to a report released earlier this year.

Among other things, the report, conducted by the Vermont Sustainable Jobs Fund, says that, statewide, there were 748 food manufacturing firms in the state in 2014, a 37 percent increase over 2009. And between 2009 and 2013 4,189 new jobs were created in the food system. In all, about 60,000 Vermonters are employed as farmers, waiters, cheesemakers, brewers, bakers, butchers, grocery stockers, restaurateurs, manufacturers, marketers, distributors and other food related jobs, the report says.

Farm to Plate was part of the Vermont Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009.

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Les Misérables comes to Orleans

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Katie Kelly, playing the young Cosette, sings “Castle on a Cloud” in the first act of Les Misérables.  The show was put together as part of the Vermont Family Theatre.  Photos by Nathalie Gagnon-Joseph

Katie Kelly, playing the young Cosette, sings “Castle on a Cloud” in the first act of Les Misérables. The show was put together as part of the Vermont Family Theatre. Photos by Nathalie Gagnon-Joseph

copyright the Chronicle May 6, 2015

by Nathalie Gagnon-Joseph

ORLEANS — The cast of Vermont Family Theatre’s Les Misérables nailed the opening night of their show on Friday, remembering every line and singing every note.

Friday was the first of a three-day run of the show, put together by Artistic Director Karen Perry.

It was obvious that all the actors loved the show and gave it their all. The choruses were excellent and very effective, moving the story forward and making hearts race.

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Obituaries May 6, 2015

obit coutureLucille M. Couture

Lucille M. Couture, 80, formerly of Morgan died on April 30, 2015, in New Bedford, New Hampshire.

She was born on February 21, 1935, in Morgan, to Telesphore and Lucia (Plante) Guillette.

On June 11, 1966, she married Damien Couture, who predeceased her in 2005. She was also predeceased by her daughter Rachel in 2011.

She was a self-employed seamstress sewing drapes and upholstery.

She was a Eucharistic minister at St. Benedict’s Catholic Church in West Charleston and enjoyed being a part of the church community. She also loved gardening.

She is survived by her daughter Michelle Couture of Manchester, New Hampshire; her grandchildren: Abigail and Benjamin Longtin, both of Manchester; her siblings: Arthur Guillette and his wife, Linda, of Connecticut, Telesphore Guillette of Connecticut, Ernest Guillette and his wife, Sylvia, of Connecticut, and Cecil Card of Connecticut; and by several nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by her brothers: Leonard, Camile, and Henry; and by her sisters: Angela, Jean, Mary, Anable, and Yvette.

Funeral services were held on May 4, in Derby Line. Interment will take place at a later date at St. Edward’s Catholic Cemetery in Derby Line.

Online condolences at curtis-britch.com.

Annette G. Girouard

Annette G. Girouard, 93, of Orleans died on May 3, 2015, in Barton.

She was born on May 22, 1921, in Irasburg, to Maxime and Edwardina (Jubinville) Poirier.

On January 7, 1956, she married Alfredo Cappon, who predeceased her in 1982. She later married Moise Girourd, who died in 1991.

She was a supervisor for Pandora Clothing Manufacturing in Manchester, New Hampshire, for many years.

She enjoyed sewing and making dresses for the orphanages in Haiti. She also enjoyed playing cards and spending time with her family.

She is survived by her stepchildren: Celine Lafaille and her husband, Raymond, of Brookfield, Massachusetts, Lawrence Girouard of Forbestown, California, and Diane Choiniere and her husband, John, of Brownington; her grandchildren: Lynn Rae Allain, Norman Lafaille, Andrea Pope, and Adam and Joshua Choiniere; and by five great-grandchildren.

She was predeceased by six brothers and six sisters.

Funeral services will be held on Friday, May 8, at 10 a.m. at St. Theresa’s Catholic Church in Orleans, with the Reverend Timothy Naples celebrating a Mass of Christian burial. Interment will follow in St. John’s Cemetery in Irasburg.

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.

obit vets flagNorman Edmund Houle

Norman Edmund Houle, 79, of Acton, Massachusetts, died on Thursday, April 30, 2015, at the E.N. Rogers Memorial VA Hospital in Bedford, Massachusetts, after a stoic battle with ALS (Lou Gehrig’s Disease).

Born in Merrimac, Massachusetts, he spent his formative years in Manchester, New Hampshire, the second child of the late Richard A. and Gertrude (Tremblay) Houle. He graduated from Manchester High School and promptly enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps, serving honorably during the Korean War from 1953 to 1956. Following his discharge, he graduated with honors from St. Anselm’s College in Manchester, with a degree in mathematics, and later earned an advanced degree in mathematics from Boston College.

Mr. Houle taught math for many years at Bedford High School in Massachusetts, and enjoyed working summers driving tractor-trailer trucks. He left teaching to pursue a career at Raytheon Corp., where he was a manager in the transportation division at the time of his retirement.

A devout Catholic, Mr. Houle was a longtime active member of St. Elizabeth of Hungary Church in Acton. He enthusiastically encouraged his children in pursuing their interests and was the quintessential “hockey dad.” He was an avid reader of American and European history. He enjoyed spending time at and working on the family camp on Lake Willoughby in Westmore, and he was always up for a game of scrabble or dominoes.

Mr. Houle was the husband of Hiltrud G. “Hilli” (Spors) Houle, USAF Colonel, Retired, and was the husband of the late Mary Ellen (Gaudreau) Houle, who died in 1996. He is survived by their five children: Stephen P. Houle and his husband, Marc Ming Chan, of Boston, Massachusetts, Kevin J. Houle and his wife, Tracey, of Plattsburgh, New York, Maureen E. Houle of Acton, Gardena M. Abramowitz and her husband, Kris, of Acton, and Jeffrey TN Houle and his wife, Amy, of Maynard, Massachusetts; ten grandchildren: KJ, Tagan, Molly, Sydney, Ethan, Jake, Gram, Harry, Kate and Christopher; three brothers: Richard Houle and his wife, Mary Ellen, of Bedford, New Hampshire, Robert Houle of Hampton, New Hampshire, and Joseph Houle and his wife, Lynn, of Poulsbo, Washington; and by many nieces, nephews, and extended family including his sister-in-law Ursala (Spors) Calvert of Villa Grove, Illinois, and many of Hilli’s family. He was predeceased by his brother Paul Houle and his wife, Janice; and by his sister Simone Houle.

Family and friends are invited to visiting hours on Wednesday, May 6, from 4 to 8 p.m. at the Acton Funeral Home in Acton. The funeral Mass will be celebrated Thursday, May 7, at 11 a.m. in St. Elizabeth of Hungary Church in Acton, with military honors to follow at church. Interment in Lakeview Cemetery in Westmore will be at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the hospice program at the E.N. Rogers Memorial VA Hospital in Bedford via www.bedford.va.gov.

Memorial page www.actonfuneralhome.com.

obit KimballAnnemie Kimball

Annemie (März) Kimball died peacefully at North Country Hospital in Newport on April 29, 2015, at the age of 88.

She was born on April 4, 1926, in Neuenhain, Germany, to Martin and Else März.

She married Jesse Kimball, a military police officer (MP) in the Army, in 1948. Eventually they settled in Derby, where she worked as a housekeeper for North Country Hospital and her husband began farming.

She was a generous and witty individual who loved word searches and who was passionate about baking and chocolate. She took great pleasure in baking large amounts of desserts for her family, especially during the holidays. She was a wonderful great-aunt, whose great-nieces and -nephews adored her immensely.

She is survived by her sister Helga Geiss of Derby; and by her nephew Andreas Geiss and his wife, Lisa Geiss, of Newport, Vermont.

She was predeceased by her husband, Jesse Kimball, of Derby.

Funeral services were held on May 5, at 1 p.m. in Newport. Interment followed at the Derby Center 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.

obit LemadelineRock J. Lamadeleine

Rock J. Lamadeleine, 74, a longtime resident of Barton, died peacefully on May 2, 2015, in Newport, on what would have been his mother’s birthday. His family feels as though a bright light has vanished from this world.

He was born on July 8, 1940, in Barton, son of Albert and Germaine (Tetreault) Lamadeleine.

He attended St. Paul’s Catholic School and worked on the family farm for many years. He learned to cook meals in the farmhouse with his mother. He liked animals, bowling, walking, and seeing his three nieces. He played harmonica with his brothers, Guy and Clement. One of his greatest joys was cooking for family, and listening to his mother, brothers, and sister play music on piano, violin, trumpet, spoons, and concertina. He simply enjoyed sitting with someone and listening while they spoke. He spent most of his life being pleasant to everyone who he came into contact with.

He had a strong faith in God and a sincere, heartwarming, and strong love for people, especially his family and friends. He had a way of seeing the best in people and despite the challenges in his life he always managed to smile, laugh, and persevere and helped others do the same.

He had a great memory with a knack for remembering people’s birthdays and names. He will truly be missed by the many people who knew him. He also enjoyed bowling, walking in the woods, playing cards, and visits from his family.

He is survived by his sister Therese Bonnette and her husband, George, of Barton; his brother Guy Lamadeleine of Barton; his sister-in-law Henriette Lamadeleine of Barton; his three nieces: Anne Gamble and her husband, Rob, of Bangor, Maine, Claire Beck and her husband, Gene, of Anderson, Nevada, and Dorothy Bonnette of Barre; and by his area cousins.

He was predeceased by his sister Marie Anne; and by his brothers: Clement and Bernard.

Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. on Saturday, May 9, at St. Paul’s Catholic Church in Barton, with the Reverend Timothy Naples celebrating a Mass of Christian burial. Interment will follow in St. Paul’s Cemetery in Barton.

Should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to St. Paul’s Catholic School, 54 Eastern Avenue, Barton, Vermont 05822.

Online condolences at curtis-britch.com.

obit MarrotteJoshua D. Marrotte

Joshua D. Marrotte, 26, of Westfield died peacefully on April 29, 2015, at his home, surrounded by his loving family.

He was born on January 10, 1989, in Sherbrooke, Quebec, a son of Elizabeth (Myers) and the late Wayne Marrotte.

He attended North Country Union High School.

He worked on the Roberge family farm in North Troy.

He enjoyed four-wheeling, snowmobiling, hunting, fishing, and spending time with his daughter Destiny and family. He will be missed by his dog Mia. He loved life and always had a smile. He made friends easily. He also enjoyed tinkering around the house, and he was a very hard worker and willing to help others in need.

He is survived by his beloved daughter Destiny Marrotte of Westfield; his fiancée, Danielle Ahlquist, of Westfield; his mother, Elizabeth Myers-Parker, of Troy; his father Donald Parker, of Troy; his brothers: Erik Parker of Troy, Travis Calloway of Newport, Brandon Brewster of Newport, and Nathan Brewster of Colorado; his sisters: Courtney Parker of Troy, and Samantha Marrotte of Newport; his stepmother Brenda Marrotte of Newport; and by many aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, and cousins.

He was predeceased by his father Wayne Marrotte.

Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. on Wednesday, May 6, at the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home at 4670 Darling Hill Road in Newport. Friends may call from noon on Wednesday until the hour of the service at the funeral home. Interment to follow.

Should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to the Destiny Marrotte Education Fund, care of Community National Bank, 4811 Route 5, Newport, Vermont 05855.

Online condolences may be sent to curtis-britch.com.

obit MasonJohn D. Mason

John D. Mason, 45 of West Charleston died on April 26, 2015, in Brattleboro.

He was born on June 26, 1969, in Newport, a son of Earl C. and Beverly (Labounty) Mason.

He loved to go fishing, wrestling, lifting weights, and being outdoors.

He is survived by his siblings: Ronnie Sheltra of Derby, Brad Sheltra and his wife, Penny, of Ocachobe, Florida, Randy Sheltra of Newport, Joyce Hillis and her friend, Danny Hutchins, of Brattleboro, Linda Marsh of Derby, Earl Mason Jr. of Kissimmee, Florida, and Kevin Mason and his wife, Sue, of Virginia; his girlfriend, Priscilla Peret of North Hampton, Massachusetts; and by numerous aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, and cousins.

He was predeceased by his parents; and by a half-sister, Peggy Poulin.

A graveside service will be held at 2 p.m. on May 22, at the St. Paul’s Catholic Cemetery in Barton, with Paul Essaff officiating.

Should friends desire, contributions in his memory be made to Vermont Fish and Wildlife Conservation Group, P.O. Box 207, East Charleston, Vermont 05833.

Online condolences may be sent to curtis-britch.com.

Peggy J. Poulin

Peggy J. Poulin, 61, of Newport died peacefully on April 25, 2015, in Newport.

She was born on April 11, 1954, to Ronald and Beverly (Labounty) Sheltra.

On June 19, 1970, she married Donald Poulin Sr., who survives her.

She was family oriented and enjoyed spending time with her family. She also enjoyed knitting, crocheting, and she loved all her animals.

She is survived by her husband, Donald Poulin Sr., of Newport; her children: Jason and Donald Poulin Jr., both of Newport; her grandchildren: Natasha, Jasmine, Makalia, Bridgett, Maya, Avirex, and Tiana; her siblings: Ronnie Sheltra of Derby, Brad Sheltra and his wife, Penny, of Ocachobe, Florida, Randy Sheltra of Newport, and Joyce Hillis and her friend, Danny Hutchins, of Brattleboro, Linda Marsh of Derby, Earl Mason Jr. of Kissimmee, Florida, Kevin Mason and his wife, Sue, of Virginia, and Cindy Willis and her husband, Todd, of Derby.

Her half-brother Johnny Mason died on April 26, 2015.

Services will be held at the convenience of the family.

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

Online condolences at curtis-britch.com.

obit PriceElizabeth A. Price

Elizabeth A. Price, 87, of Newport died peacefully on April 30, 2015, at the Bel-Aire Center in Newport, with her family at her side.

She was born on November 14, 1927, in Bethel, a daughter of Edward D. and Ada E. (Pease) Hickey Sr.

In 1951, she married John Price, who predeceased her in 1999.

She was a member of the American Legion Auxiliary Post #21 of Newport.

She enjoyed snowmobiling, bowling, square dancing, going to the family camp on Holland Pond, hunting, and fishing, and she was always ready to give a hand to relatives and friends for any reason. She was a happy, giving, and loving person, especially to family members and also her many friends.

She is survived by her sons: Jeff Price and his wife, Mary, of Morgan, David Price of Derby, and Brian Price and his wife, Lucinda, of Ontario, New York; her grandchildren: Beth Price and her companion, George Reed, of Derby, Jason Prue and his wife, Kim, of Newport Center, Jennifer Cook and her husband, Brian, of Newport Center, Jeremy Prue and his wife, Jessica, of Virginia, Merranda Rae Price of Derby Line, Heather Dawn Moulton and her husband, Adam, of Newport Center, Tarin Elizabeth Pratte and her husband, Derek, of Derby Line, Tricia Price and her companion, Jake, of Newmarket, New Hampshire, Gillian Price of New York, and Jessica Lewis and her husband, Jordan, of Newport; her great-grandchildren: Bree Jewer, Jacquelyn and Hunter Prue, Addison Cook, Katelyn, Zoe, Isabella, Lawson, and Easton Prue, Dawson and Connor Oliver, Zoe Wheeler, Jonathan and Danyka Moulton, Quinn and Baylor Pratte, and Jakob and Rhilee Lewis; her sisters: Marion Lawrence and her husband, Donald, of Sharon, Kathy Spenser of South Carolina, Carol Labounty and her companion, Dick Colburn, of New Hampshire, and Cheryl Paradis and her husband, Ken, of Florida; and by many nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by a brother, Dave Hickey.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. on Friday, May 8, at the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home, at 4670 Darling Hill Road in Newport, with the Reverend Richard Whitehill officiating. Friends may call from 1 p.m. until the hour of the service on Friday at the funeral home.

Should friends desire, contributions in her memory made be made to the Bel-Aire Care Center, care of the Activities Fund, 35 Bel-Aire Drive, Newport, Vermont 05855.

Online condolences may be sent to curtis-britch.com.

Death notice

Roberta Margaret Francis

Roberta Margaret Francis, 78, of Newport died on April 29, 2015, in Newport.

Services will be held at the convenience of the family.

Services

John Cadieux

Committal services for John Cadieux will be held at 12:30 p.m. on Saturday, May 9, at the North Troy Village Cemetery.

Theresa Rivard

Committal services for Theresa Rivard will be held on Friday, May 8, at 2 p.m. at St. Mary’s Cemetery in Newport.

Marie Reid

Committal services for Marie Reid will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, May 9, at St. Mary’s Cemetery in Newport.

Bernard Riendeau Sr.

Funeral services for Bernard Riendeau Sr. will be held on Saturday, May 9, at 10 a.m. at the Albany Elementary School gymnasium, with the Reverend Gary Ashton officiating. Interment will be at the Albany Village Cemetery. A reception will follow at the Albany Elementary School.

Raymond Pion

Committal services for Raymond Pion will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, May 9, at St. Ignatius Cemetery in Lowell.

Dorothy Prue

Committal services for Dorothy Prue will be held on Thursday, May 14, at 10 a.m. at St. Mary’s Cemetery in Newport.

Helen Seube

Interment for Helen Seube will be on Saturday, May 23, at Overlook Cemetery in Westmore. The service is at 1 p.m.

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Sugaring season was short

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Alfred Carrier and his son, Alfred Carrier Jr., take a moment from sugaring to pose for a family photo.  The younger Mr. Carrier says that he has only missed one day of sugaring in the seven years since the family began making maple syrup.   Photos by Elizabeth Trail

Alfred Carrier and his son, Alfred Carrier Jr., take a moment from sugaring to pose for a family photo. The younger Mr. Carrier says that he has only missed one day of sugaring in the seven years since the family began making maple syrup. Photos by Elizabeth Trail

copyright the Chronicle April 29, 2015

by Elizabeth Trail

Alfred Carrier and his son Alfred Carrier Jr., were among the last people in Orleans County still making maple syrup this past weekend. Many local sugarmakers report that they quit boiling early last week.

Local sugarmakers say the season was nothing to brag about. While some made close to a regular crop, others said they made about half as much as normal. Sugarmakers who do not use vacuum had a particularly skimpy crop.

Asked how her season was, Janet Osborne in Island Pond said, “Horrid.”

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Actors share addiction experience with high school kids

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Left to right, Shahjehan Khan, Elizabeth Addison, and Dennis Staroselsky perform the first version of the designated driving skit at North Country Union High School to raise awareness.  Mr. Staroselsky plays the drunk driver who ends up crashing his car, killing himself and his two friends. Photos by Nathalie Gagnon-Joseph

Left to right, Shahjehan Khan, Elizabeth Addison, and Dennis Staroselsky perform the first version of the designated driving skit at North Country Union High School to raise awareness. Mr. Staroselsky plays the drunk driver who ends up crashing his car, killing himself and his two friends. Photos by Nathalie Gagnon-Joseph

copyright the Chronicle April 29, 2015

by Nathalie Gagnon-Joseph

NEWPORT — “I couldn’t possibly have a problem because I don’t like cocaine, I just like how it smells,” is one of the edgy jokes the Improbable Players, a Boston theater troupe, used to raise awareness about drug and alcohol abuse at North Country Union High School (NCUHS) on Tuesday.

The teens attending oohed and aahed and laughed often as the troupe performed on stage in the auditorium.

The initial skits were followed by a play and a question and answer period when the students could ask the actors anything that came to mind.

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Obituaries April 29, 2015

obit BarrupMarilyn Lucille Barrup

Marilyn Lucille Barrup, 80, of Derby died peacefully on April 22, 2015, at her home in Derby.

She was born on August 11, 1934, in Newport, to Stuart and Helen (Livingston) Taylor.

On September 10, 1955, she married Rodney Barrup, who survives her.

She was a former member of the Stanstead United Church and the Ladies Canusa Unit. She was also a member of the Derby and Morgan United Churches. She was a member of Home Dem, and a strong supporter of United Christian Academy.

She and her husband, Rod, ran their farm and milk hauling business, Barrup Farms. They also owned and operated North Country Motors, and Green Mountain Mulch. She worked at Community National Bank as personal secretary to the late Lloyd Selby.

She graduated from Derby Academy, and the Vermont Junior College in Montpelier, with an associate’s degree in business.

She enjoyed playing the piano, going snowmobiling, spending time at their camp on Lake Seymour, and their home in Florida, as well as going shopping with Janet. She and her husband spent many enjoyable hours at the Elks parties, especially with their Derby friends.

She is survived by her husband, Rodney Barrup, of Derby; her children: Janet Barrup Slater and her husband, Robert Slater Jr., and Kevin Barrup and his partner, Pam Harmon, of Derby; her grandchildren: Taylor Gerhart and his partner, Ashley Vinal, Grant Gerhart and his wife, Brooklin, Eric Barrup and his partner, Renee Boudreault, Jessica Russell and her husband, Chris, and Martin Barrup and his wife, Carrie; her nine great-grandchildren; and by her special friend and caretaker, Velma Crowell, who made it possible for her to remain at home through her long battle with cancer.

Funeral services were held on April 25, in Morgan.

Should friends desire, contributions in her memory may be made to United Christian Academy, 65 School Street, Newport, Vermont 05855.

Online condolences at curtis-britch.com.

obit burdickEverett Willard “Nick” Burdick

Nick Burdick, 65, of Ormond Beach, Florida, and Vermont, lost his courageous battle with pancreatic cancer, at the VA Hospital in White River Junction, surrounded by his loving family and friends, on Sunday, April 19, 2015.

He was the fourth child born to the late Willard “Gus” and Marjorie (Noe) Burdick, on June 20, 1949.

He enjoyed a normal childhood, attending Orleans Graded School, and graduating from Orleans High School.

One fond memory that he always enjoyed was the fact that his big brother Bernard, kid brother Eddie, and himself all had newspaper routes in Orleans. He and Eddie were lucky to have the Burlington Free Press routes and for a few years enjoyed trips to Boston (for a ball game, as long as it was the Red Sox playing!), and trips to our nation’s capital, Washington, D.C., as well as side trips to Mt. Vernan and Ford’s Theatre.

Mr. Burdick proudly served his country in the army, rising to the rank of sergeant.

After the service, he took a job at the Burlington Free Press, as district circulation manager, directing nearly 25 percent of the total circulation.

Mr. Burdick sold advertising for the Chronicle for five years, and it was here that he started writing. He then went on and finished his career at the Newport Daily Express.

He especially enjoyed writing his Kingdom Characters column, which was about local people and their lives. His sister Pat was the first person he wrote about, when she was the cook at the Orleans Senior Center.

On October 26, 1968, he married Ida Lyn Chaffee of Albany. Two sons, Willard Andrew and Jonathan Dale, were born to this union, which ended in divorce in 1986.

On July 3, 2001, after a long courtship, Mr. Burdick married the love of his life, Cora Ann Carpenter, in a private ceremony in Brownington, at the lookout tower on Prospect Hill. A large public gathering was held at the Albany Town Hall following the ceremony.

Mr. Burdick was a member of the American Legion for nearly 50 years, as well as the Disabled American Veterans (he hurt his left leg while firing a 155mm self-propelled Howetzer. He always told people after that not to fire the gun from the hip!).

He was a member of the Orleans High School Alumni Association, and served as its president for 18 years. He was always proud of the fact that he got the trophies back to Orleans, and helped with the building with a case to house them as well as the high school yearbooks. These cases were built by Ethan Allen Corp., when Wendall Herman, a fellow alumni, was manager there.

In 1973, at the direction of the late Doris Cubit, Mr. Burdick joined Maple Valley Grange #450 of Albany. He worked his way through the chairs, and joined the Prospect Pomona Grange, Vermont State Grange, and the National Grange. In 1980, he hosted the annual Vermont State Grange in Newport!

In 1994, sponsored by the late Roy Ingalls, Mr. Burdick joined Central Lodge #62, Free and Accepted Masons, in Irasburg. He worked his way through the “blue lodge” chairs, and was honored by his brothers when he was elected by the district to serve two years as the district deputy grand master for the tenth

Mason district of Freemasons of the Grand Republic of Vermont. This was indeed a great honor for him, and he did the best job he could possibly do.

He also joined the York Rite Bodies of Vermont, the Tenth Masonic District Past Masters Association, the National Sojourners, Inc. Green Mountain Chapter #527, and the Mount Sinai Shriners of Montpelier. This is the third oldest shrine in the world.

Mr. Burdick loved helping people, and for a number of years he worked with small, ten-man prison work crews from St. Johnsbury. In all, his crews were able to repair and paint the Albany Town Hall, the Albany Methodist Church, the old fire station, and the Grange hall on the way into town. They also cut brush around the outside edge of all the cemeteries (seven) in town. In Glover they did the church, the Town Clerk’s Office, the library, and brushwork. In Brownington they replaced the fence around the Village Cemetery, painted the Grange Hall, and cleared brush from all of the cemeteries. (In Brownington Center, the only prisoner to ever escape, walked away through the back of the cemetery. He surrendered!)

Many of the buildings at the Orleans County fairgrounds were also repaired and painted. What the prisoners enjoyed most were the cigarettes they got to smoke on break and lunchtime, the delicious meal every Friday to celebrate the week’s work, and Cora Ann’s homemade cookies just about every day.

With all of the activities, Mr. Burdick was always happiest spending time with his beloved Cora Ann, and his son Jonathan. Joining them was Jon’s wife, Joanna, and his six grandchildren: Alyssa, Matthew, Austin, Payten, Davan, and Logan. These precious grandchildren were the apple of “Papa’s” eye!

He also leaves behind to mourn him, nieces, nephews, great-nieces, great-nephews, and great-great-nieces and -nephews; 3,000,000 Masonic brothers worldwide; his sisters-in-law: Susan Eileen, Nancy, Mary, Connie, and Tracey; his brother-in-law Paul; and his three “special daughters”: Karen Karlovich, Donna Burdick, and Julie Lavine. He adopted them years ago. He also leaves behind two uncles and one aunt. Although he leaves many friends and family members behind, he leaves special friends: Waldo Potter of Albany, Darlene (Austin) Miles of North Troy and Ormond Beach, Rachel Rose of Barre, and Francoise and Daniel Milea, of Irasburg.

He was predeceased by his grandparents, his parents, his siblings, and a baby sister, as well as those already listed.

Friends and family will gather at Central Lodge #62, Free and Accepted Masons, on beautiful Irasburg Common, at 10:30 a.m., on Saturday, May 23, for a memorial Masonic service with Grand Chaplin Mike Ford officiating, followed by lunch provided by his brothers at the lodge. Burial, with full military honors, led by CMS Kenneth Johnson, USAF/Retired, will follow at the family lot in Pleasantview Cemetery in Orleans. Mr. Burdick’s nephews, Scott and Michael, will be the bearers of the urn.

For those wishing, donations in his honor may be made to the Shriners’ Hospital for Children-Boston, 51 Blossom Street, Boston, Massachusetts, 02114. Please mark the donation. This hospital deals in prosthetics for children, as well as burns.

obit DonnellyBrendan Patrick Donnelly

Brendan Patrick Donnelly, 28, of Norwood, Massachusetts, formerly of Newport Center, died peacefully on Sunday, April 12, 2015.

Born on May 27, 1986, he was a beloved son of John and Suzanne (Beaucaire) Donnelly of The Villages, Florida; loving brother of Conor Donnelly of Burlington and Garrett Donnelly of Newport Center; the husband of Katerina Donnelly; and the proud father of Joshua Brady Donnelly, both of Walpole, Massachusetts. He was a cherished grandson of Claire (Rogers) Donnelly, with whom he lived in Norwood, the late John Donnelly and the late Donald and Gertrude (Buschenfeldt) Beaucaire; adored nephew of Paula Donnelly and Scott Davis of Marina, California, Mark and Lynda Donnelly of Walpole, and Steven and Deborah Beaucaire of East Bridgewater, Massachusetts; and a dear cousin of Lily Donnelly, Brian Beaucaire, Kerri Besagi and her daughter, Kailyn.

Mr. Donnelly graduated from North Country Union High School in Newport with the Class of 2004, where he played soccer and hockey and was a member of the state championship team in 2001. He later graduated from Porter and Chester Institute. He worked in the electrical field for several years while pursuing his professional license. He loved New England sports, and was an especially avid Bruins fan.

For almost four years, he was a member of AA, where he actively helped others in their recovery, both in Massachusetts and Vermont. Anyone fortunate enough to have met him knows just how caring he was. Whether lifelong friends or new acquaintances, he always put others first. He had a big heart.

Funeral services were held on April 18 in Norwood. Interment was private.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in his memory to the Joshua Donnelly Education Fund via www.gofundme.com.

Online condolences at www.gilloolyfuneralhome.com.

Leona Catherine Lucas

Leona Catherine Lucas, 98, of St. Albans, formerly of Derby, died on April 22, 2015, in St. Albans.

She was born on October 8, 1916, in Derby, to Joseph and Roseanna (Boulet) Pepin.

On April 27, 1936, she married Arthur H. Lucas Sr., who predeceased her in 1988.

She graduated from Newport High School. Among her hobbies, she enjoyed working in her flower gardens, and feeding the birds.

She is survived by her children: Arthur Lucas Jr. and his wife, Crystal, of St. Albans, and Linda Sheltra of Richland, New York; her five grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren; her brother Andrew Pepin and his wife, Ernestine, of Newport; and by several nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by her brothers: Alfred, Lewis, Theodore, and Arthur Pepin; and by her two sisters: Eva Parker and Grace Hummers.

A graveside service will be held at the Derby Center Cemetery on Friday, May 29, at 11 a.m.

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.

obit mccandlessLucille Margaret McCandless

Lucille Margaret McCandless, 90, of Orchard Park, New York, and formerly of Irasburg, died on March 7, 2015, at the home of her daughter in Orchard Park.

Born in New Britain, Connecticut, on July 17, 1924, she lived there until 1994. She married George Thomas McCandless on June 10, 1947, and was married for 47 years.

She was one of the first female computer programmers in Connecticut. She moved to Irasburg in 1994, following the death of her husband.

She enjoyed many hobbies and activities and could be found gardening in her yard on Burton Hill in Irasburg as soon as the weather permitted. She opened her home to her family and friends, always creating a memorable time. She was an active member of the Irasburg United Church and the Irasburg Ladies’ Aid. She was a major contributor to the Irasburg Church Fair, donating her time and beautiful crafts.

She is survived by her three children: George T. McCandless Jr. of Buenos Aires, Argentina, his wife, Maria Rosa, and children: Micaela, Thomas, and Isabel; Sharon Reardon of Orchard Park and her husband, Michael, and children: Rebecca Gillis, Ben Garvey, and Sara Reardon; and Deborah Johnson of Irasburg and her husband, Gary, and children, Bjorn, Rowan, and Aelin Johnson. She was the great-grandmother of Jack, Grace, and Jacob Gillis, and Caelin and Ronan Garvey.

A memorial service of her active and joyful life will be held at the Irasburg United Church on Monday, July 13, at 11 a.m., followed by a reception at the home of Deborah and Gary Johnson.

obit MorrillEmelda “Millie” Morrill

Emelda “Millie” Morrill, 88, of Newport died suddenly on April 23, 2015, at her home.

She was born on January 24, 1927, in North Troy to Honore and Belle “Rose” (Benjamin) Roberts.

On November 17, 1947, she married Dean Morrill, who predeceased her on May 20, 2005.

She was a sales clerk for Sears and Roebuck in Newport for 25 years, from where she retired in 1986.

She was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Newport and the Newport Elks Lodge #2155.

She had many friends over the years. She enjoyed camping at their camp at Lake Salem and going on vacations with family and friends throughout the years. Her flower gardens brought her joy and were always beautiful. She also enjoyed the beauty of Lake Memphremagog and going to Cole’s Pond, dancing with her husband.

She is survived by her children: Patricia Tracy and her husband, Wayne, of Valrico, Florida, Barbara Donovan and her husband, Patrick, of Troy, Beverly Morrissette and her husband, Henry, of Troy, and Betty Lackie and her husband, Frank, of Westmore; her grandchildren: Derek and Jamie Racine of Valrico, Jennifer Young of Gardner, Massachusetts, Travis Degre and his wife, Christine, of Newport, Mari-Jo Urie of Newport, and Ashley Lackie of Westmore; and by several great-grandchildren. She is also survived by her siblings: Dorio Roberts of North Troy, Aldemand “Joe” Roberts of Connecticut, Maurice Roberts of Florida, Roger Roberts of Tennessee, Oscar Roberts of Newport Center, and Gabrielle Hilliker of Newport; and by several nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by two sisters: Yvette Parenteau and Jackie Hamilton; and by her brother Ranald Roberts.

Funeral services were held on April 28, in Newport. Interment followed in St. Mary’s Cemetery.

Should friends desire, contributions in her memory may be made to the Ronald Holland Dialysis Center, in care of North Country Hospital, 189 Prouty Drive, Newport, Vermont 05855.

Online condolences at curtis-britch.com.

obit rexfordElla J. Rexford

Ella J. Rexford of St. Johnsbury died on Friday, April 17, 2015. She was 83 years old.

She was born on November 21, 1931, in Morristown, New Jersey, daughter of Russell and Elgie (Paddleford) Williams.

She attended St. Johnsbury Academy and graduated in 1949 from Lyndon Institute. In 1950, she married Reginald Rexford.

She loved life, family, and friends. She had hobbies that included horses, and later camping with her husband, Reg. She always liked to read and knit. She was a member of the Red Hat Club and the Women’s Club.

She is survived by her three daughters: Wanda Waugh and her husband, William, of Lyndonville, Linda Pilotte and her husband, Doug, of Lyndonville, and Paula Carpenter and her husband, Ken, of St. Johnsbury; one step-brother, George Andrews, and his wife, Evelyn, of Glen Ellen, California; one sister, Marion Gero, of St. Johnsbury; 11 grandchildren: Matthew, Alexander and his wife, Marisa, Karen, Lisa, Mandy, Chad and his wife, Ashley, Meagan and her husband, Sam, Carrie and her husband, Geremy, Andrew and his wife, Erica, Kenneth Jr. and his wife Khadizhat, and Tara and her husband, Matt; 16 great-grandchildren; and by two great-great-grandchildren.

She was predeceased by her husband, Reginald Rexford, in 1999.

A memorial service was held on April 24.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be marked in her name to the Canterbury Inn Activity Fund, 46 Cherry Street, St. Johnsbury, Vermont 05819.

obit RyanDoris T. Ryan

Doris T. Ryan, 52, of Newport died peacefully on April 19, 2015, in Newport, surrounded by those who loved her, after her battle with cancer.

She was born on December 14, 1962, in Newport, to Pauline (Cotnoir) Ducharme, and the late Marcel Cotnoir.

After she graduated from North Country Union High School she remained in Newport, where she raised her girls surrounded by family. She spent many years as a waitress at Martha’s Diner, where she served friends, family members, and many strangers. Her wonderful generosity and love for life, family, and friends as well as her strong faith, were present in everything she did until her last breath.

She is survived by her children: Katina Cotnoir and her fiancé, Dan Ortiz, Ashley Weikel, Miranda Ryan and her partner, David Morse, Chelsea Urie and her dad, Steve Urie, and her step-daughter Windee Young and her husband, John. She is also survived by her grandchildren: Enrique and Jaymyn Ortiz, Parish and Carter Weikel, and four step-grandchildren: Kaitlyn, Johnathan, Matthew, and Andrew Young. She is also survived by her mother, Pauline DeLaBruere; her brothers: Donald and his wife, Noella Cotnoir, and Richard and his wife, Dinah Cotnoir; and by her sisters: Francine Cotnoir, Rejeanne and her husband, Elby McBreairty, Yvette and her husband, Norman Patenaude, and Denise and her husband, Larry Royer Jr.; members of the Ryan family; nieces and nephews; multiple cousins; special friends; and many brothers and sisters of the New Hope Bible Church.

She was predeceased by her father, Marcel Cotnoir; her sister, Linda Drageset; and by her former husband Bill Ryan.

Funeral services were held in Irasburg, on April 24.

In lieu of flowers, donation may be made to the Mary Wright Halo Foundation, 1071 Upper Quarry Road, Newport, Vermont 05855.

Online condolences at curtis-britch.com.

obit SparrowEdward Grant Sparrow

Edward Grant Sparrow of West Glover died on April 23, 2015, after a short illness, with his wife by his side.

He was born in Paris, France, on July 28, 1929, the son of Edward Grant Sparrow and Catherine Groth Sparrow. His family returned to the United States when he was ten, and lived in New York City, where he attended Buckley School. After attending St. Mark’s in Southborough, Massachusetts, he went on to Harvard University, where he earned his baccalaureate and law degrees. Having decided to pursue a career in teaching, he earned a master’s degree from Columbia University Teacher’s College.

He married Lydia Huntington in 1953, and then joined the army, where was sent to West Germany as part of the U.S. occupying forces. Upon returning to the United States, he was hired as a tutor at St. John’s College in Annapolis, Maryland. For 36 years, he taught the entire curriculum of great books. From 1964 to 1966, he was acting director of the integrated liberal arts curriculum at St. Mary’s College in California. He then returned to St. John’s College in Annapolis, and subsequently served as dean of the college from 1977 to 1982.

He married his present wife, Margaret Sparrow, in March of 1995.

A colleague and friend, Curtis Wilson, wrote of him, “We hold him in especial esteem for traits and accomplishments that are peculiarly his: his boldness, persistence, and courage in investigating the foundations of the liberal arts; his wisdom and judiciousness in guiding…the college polity; the generous hospitality that he and Lydia extended to members of the faculty and their families, and to countless students on innumerable occasions; the loyalty and public spiritedness with which he gave himself to the college…. We respect him as a man of principle; we admire him for his dashing and aristocratic style and for the great joie de vivre of his waltzing; and we deeply value his friendship.”

His conversion to Catholicism in 1957 was a profoundly important event in his life. He became an oblate of Mt. Savoir Monastery in Elmira, New York, in 1993, and his Catholicism and faith informed his writing.

Mr. Sparrow was a man of warmth and kindly spirit. He taught his students at St. John’s with a sense of wonder, which never left him. He loved literature, poetry, and classical and popular music and old time radio. He could deliver the lyrics to any Gilbert and Sullivan opera with verve and style. After he began to lose his eyesight, he memorized many, many beloved poems so that he would always have them “available.”

In his later years, he found a special happiness and peace in his second marriage. As his eyesight slowly failed, there came the quiet dawning of a new internal light; a broader vision; an ever greater forbearance, compassion, and respect for his fellow man. He was always learning. He learned to love dogs, or at least one dog; he learned to stack firewood and shovel snow; he learned to appreciate the simple peace of a summer day; he loved to hear the peepers in the spring and would sit outside, with his little kitty Willie on his lap, happily listening to the chorus of birds singing from the maple trees surrounding his home. He mellowed. May we all.

He is survived by his beloved wife, Margaret, of West Glover; his former wife and friend, Lydia, of Concord, New Hampshire; his sister Helen Roosevelt of New York City; his seven children: Katherine, Sophie Sparrow and her husband, Christopher Eldredge, of Sunapee, New Hampshire, Bartholomew Sparrow and his wife, Polly, of Austin, Texas, Helen Sisk of Flagstaff, Arizona, Elizabeth Sparrow of Westbrook, Maine, Edward Sparrow and his wife, Cynthia, of Dallas, Texas, and Richard Sparrow and his wife, CJ, of Hong Kong, China; and by 12 grandchildren: Kai, Edward, Silas, Carl, Lucinda, Paula, Elinor, Alexandra, Nicholas, Jacquelyn, Edward, and Christopher.

He was predeceased by his eldest son, Christopher Sparrow.

Funeral services will be held at 11:30 a.m. on Monday, May 4, at the St. Paul’s Catholic Church in Barton, with the Reverend Timothy Naples celebrating a Mass of Christian burial. A reception will follow the service at the Barton United Church hall. Interment will be in St. Paul’s Cemetery in Barton at a later date.

Should friends desire contributions in his memory may be made to the Barton Public Library, 100 Church Street, Barton, Vermont 05822; or to the Glover Public Library, 51 Bean Hill Road, Glover, Vermont 05839.

Online condolences at curtis-britch.com.

obit sussmanLeonard R. Sussman

Leonard R. Sussman died peacefully at his home in Craftsbury on March 29, 2015, at the age of 94, with his sons Mark and David and his caregiver Tina Maynard of Wolcott at his side.

Born and raised in Manhattan, he attended DeWitt Clinton High School, graduated from New York University (NYU), and attended Columbia University’s School of Journalism.

During World War II he served in the army in Puerto Rico and was awarded the Legion of Merit. After the war, he became the press secretary to the governor of Puerto Rico. He returned to New York and, after working for daily newspapers, went to work for the American Council for Judaism and eventually ran that organization. In 1967, he became the executive director of Freedom House, an institution devoted to promoting democracy and freedom around the globe. After leaving Freedom House, he taught press ethics at NYU and focused on his lecturing and writing, producing 18 books on international affairs and autobiographical subjects.

In the 1990s, he and his wife, Marianne Sussman, began visiting the Inn on the Common and they became regular summer guests. In 2001, they moved to Ketchum Hill Road in Craftsbury and adopted Craftsbury and its environs as their other home.

A passionate New Yorker, Mr. Sussman loved to walk the streets of the city. His wanderlust carried him to more than 75 countries. In his later, years he came to call Craftsbury, the community that welcomed him and his wife so warmly for two decades, his year-round home. He enjoyed watching the corn grow each season and photographing the landscape. He was a fan and supporter of Sterling College, the Art House, and the Craftsbury library.

His first marriage to Frances Rukeyser ended in divorce. In addition to his sons, he had a daughter, Lynne, who predeceased him in 1999.

He is survived by his grandchildren: Jane, Rebecca, Benjamin, Sam and Finn; by his son Mark’s wife, MJ Thompson; and by his daughter Lynne’s husband, Philip Hyde.

A memorial gathering to honor Mr. Sussman will be held at home in Craftsbury.

Services

Randy Carpenter

Committal services for Randy Carpenter will be held on Saturday, May 2, at 11 a.m., at the Coventry Village Cemetery. A reception will follow at the Coventry Community Center.

Laurette Houle

Committal services for Laurette Houle will be held on Monday, May 4, at St. John’s Catholic Cemetery in Irasburg at 10:30 a.m.

Camille Deslandes

Committal services for Camille Deslandes will be held on Monday, May 4, at 1 p.m. at the Lakeside Cemetery in Island Pond.

Marjorie Breault

Committal services for Marjorie Breault will be held on Tuesday, May 5, at 10 a.m., at Pleasantview Cemetery in Orleans.

Marilyn Messier

Committal services for Marilyn Messier will be held at 2 p.m. on Thursday, May 7, at Pine Grove Cemetery in Newport.

William Ming

Committal services for William Ming will be held on Friday, May 8, at 10 a.m., at the Lakeside Cemetery in Island Pond.

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Vermont Harvest, a new program piloted by Green Mountain Farm-to-School (GMFTS), will allow families receiving federal SNAP benefits, known in Vermont as 3SquaresVT, to purchase $75 worth of fresh fruits and vegetables at local Northeast Kingdom grocery stores.

The primary goal of the program is to increase the purchase of fresh fruits and vegetables by low-income consumers participating in SNAP by providing incentives at the following retail locations: C&C Supermarket in Barton, Ray’s Market in Irasburg, Craftsbury General Store in Craftsbury, and Vista Foods in Newport.

Beginning in August, SNAP participant households in Orleans and Essex counties will receive information about the program and instructions for redeeming their coupons, which will arrive beginning in September and remain valid through February 2016.

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