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Reviewed by Tena Starr

Contemporary Vermont Fiction, an Anthology. Edited by Robin MacArthur. Published by Green Writers Press. Paperback. 226 pages. $21.00.

Vermont has a lot of writers. In fact, I’ve heard, or read, that it has more writers, per capita, than any other state.

What editor Robin MacArthur has done with this anthology is collect some of the best work of some of the best of them. The book includes pieces by Howard Frank Mosher, Julia Alvarez, Castle Freeman Jr., Wallace Stegner, Annie Proulx, and Bill Schubart, as well as from at least a half dozen perhaps less familiar, but no less moving, writers.

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In boys basketball: Falcons defeat Thunderbirds


Matthew Duncan soared over Thunderbird defenders to hit this sweet finger roll.  Duncan finished with 12 points on the night.  Photos by David Dudley

Matthew Duncan soared over Thunderbird defenders to hit this sweet finger roll. Duncan finished with 12 points on the night. Photos by David Dudley

copyright the Chronicle January 21, 2015

by David Dudley

NEWPORT — The North Country Union High School Falcons defeated the Missisquoi Valley Union High School Thunderbirds 65-53 Friday. Led by senior guard Keenan Warner, who scored the game high of 15 points, the Falcons jumped on the Thunderbirds early on and never let up.

Falcons coach Ed Duncan was pleased with his team, who defeated the Thunderbirds by five points in their previous meeting.

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In Troy: 100 North, where the East meets Western comfort food


Amy Wan (right) and chef Mike Wheeler go over the night's dinner menu at 100 North Restaurant Saturday.

Amy Wan (right) and chef Mike Wheeler go over the night’s dinner menu at 100 North Restaurant Saturday.

copyright the Chronicle January 21, 2015

by David Dudley

TROY — Amy Wan grew up in the restaurant business. Her parents, Emily and Kenny Wan, own and run Wok and Roll in Newport. So when Ms. Wan opened her own restaurant, 100 North in Troy on January 2, it would seem like a natural progression. But, Ms. Wan said, her venture began as more of a joke.

“My Dad bought the building at 100 Route 100 at auction,” Ms. Wan said. “He had this building, but he didn’t want to open another Chinese restaurant. We were talking, and I said I’ll take it! He asked if I was serious. That’s how it became mine.”

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Medical pot users banned from guns


copyright the Chronicle January 21, 2015

by Tena Starr

A North Troy man suspects that the reason he was not allowed to buy a .38 revolver last year is that he uses marijuana for medical purposes.

He may be right. Although no state law prohibits a medical marijuana user from buying or owning a gun, federal law does.

Steve Merrill said he’s been collecting guns since he was a kid and had his own store in Pennsylvania at one time. He moved to Vermont in 2001 and had no trouble buying guns here either — at least until a year or two ago.

In 2009 he got a certificate saying he could use marijuana to treat a chronic illness and a crippled foot. Mr. Merrill says he’s never been a recreational drug user, he doesn’t even indulge in a beer very often.

But the regimen of pills he was given to treat perpetual pain didn’t set well.

“God help you if you ever get sick and you look at food and want to wretch,” he said. “A lot of people underestimate pain.”

He said he asked his own doctor “how do you know I’m not scamming you?” when he sought the certificate that would permit him to use pot medicinally. “I’m sure you get a few bad apples who buffalo their scrips.”

The marijuana works, Mr. Merrill said. It restores his appetite, and there’s relief from pain — common comments from those who use medicinal pot.

Trouble arrived, however, when he went to Derby and tried to buy a revolver from Mr. O’s and was asked to fill out the form required when buying a gun.

“I checked off that I didn’t use illegal drugs because I figured it was a health matter,” he said. “It’s between me and my doctor.”

And medicinal use of marijuana is legal in Vermont.

The gun seller told him he couldn’t buy the .38, that he’d been denied with no explanation.

“I thought it was weird. I have no felonies, no hunting or fishing violations,” Mr. Merrill said.

He thought it might be because of his politics. He has testified in favor of Vermont’s medical marijuana bill, and he has a weekly cable show that, as he puts it, “makes fun of local politicians and the CIA.”

After talking to a friend, however, he wondered if the certificate allowing him to use pot for pain might be the problem.

“There is no state law that would prohibit a person who is on the registry from purchasing a firearm,” said Vermont’s Deputy Commissioner of Public Safety Francis Aumand on Tuesday. “There is nothing that prohibits that based on state law.”

Federal law is another matter.

In 2011, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) wrote a letter to “all federal firearms licensees.”

It says that its purpose is to provide guidance since a number of states have passed legislation allowing the use of marijuana for medicinal purposes.

“As you know, federal law…prohibits any person who is an unlawful user of or addicted to any controlled substance (as defined in section 102 of the Controlled Substance Act)…from shipping, transporting, receiving or possessing firearms or ammunition,” the letter says. “Marijuana is listed in the Controlled Substances Act as a Schedule I controlled substance, and there are no exceptions in federal law for marijuana purportedly used for medicinal purposes, even if such use is sanctioned by state law.

“Therefore, any person who uses or is addicted to marijuana, regardless of whether his or her state has passed legislation authorizing marijuana use for medicinal purposes, is an unlawful user of or addicted to a controlled substance and is prohibited by federal law from possessing firearms or ammunition.”

Medical marijuana users should say yes to question 11 on Form 4473, the letter says.

Form 4473 is the document that must be filled out when a person wants to buy a gun. An untruthful answer to its questions is a crime. Question 11 asks about the person’s criminal history, drug use, citizenship, and more.

Although the letter is now four years old, Boston-based ATF spokesman Christopher Arone said that it’s still in effect.

There have been no changes in policy, he said on Tuesday.

However, he added, people who want to know why they weren’t allowed to buy a gun can, in writing, request an explanation from ATF. The explanation will not be given to the gun seller.

One thing that Mr. Merrill and others wonder is how ATF gets their information.

“I’m not sure how they would know, due to medical privacy,” Mr. Merrill said.

Bob DePino, field coordinator for Gun Owners of Vermont, said he’s long been aware that medical marijuana users are not permitted to buy guns, and he doesn’t approve of that rule. In fact, he doesn’t approve of background checks.

“Medical marijuana is illegal on the federal level,” he said.

Vermonters who are against guns are working at having all federal laws enforced in Vermont, he said. “They’re trying to get all the medical records. If you seek treatment, you are now on that list.”

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Dions plead innocent to deer poaching charges


Wayne and Jennie Dion of Irasburg pose with the two bucks they shot on opening weekend of rifle season in 2008.  Mr. Dion’s deer was an eight-pointer and weighed 190 pounds.  Ms. Dion’s deer was a six-pointer and weighed 160 pounds.  Photos courtesy of the Dions

Wayne and Jennie Dion of Irasburg pose with the two bucks they shot on opening weekend of rifle season in 2008. Mr. Dion’s deer was an eight-pointer and weighed 190 pounds. Ms. Dion’s deer was a six-pointer and weighed 160 pounds. Photos courtesy of the Dions

copyright the Chronicle January 14, 2015

by Joseph Gresser

NEWPORT — State game wardens staking out the Irasburg home of Wayne R. Dion, 66, and Jennie A. Dion, 61, say they heard a gunshot during the night before hunting season opened. They say their investigation turned up evidence of several violations of hunting laws.

Mr. Dion appeared in the Criminal Division of Orleans County Superior Court Tuesday where he pled innocent to failure to tag big game, baiting deer, feeding deer, taking game by illegal method-using a light, taking deer out of season, taking a big game animal by illegal means, taking a bird in closed season, possessing a big game animal taken by illegal means or in closed season, and transporting big game taken by illegal means or in closed season.

Ms. Dion pled innocent to possessing a big game animal taken by illegal means or in closed season.

Both were released on conditions by Judge Timothy Tomasi.

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At LRUHS: Wrestling returns after 20-year hiatus


Josh Roberts slams teammate Logan Dolloff to the mat.  Photos by David Dudley

Josh Roberts slams teammate Logan Dolloff to the mat. Photos by David Dudley

copyright the Chronicle January 14, 2015

by David Dudley

For the first time in nearly 20 years, Lake Region Union High School (LRUHS) has a wrestling team. Coach Trevor Roberts of Coventry established the team in early December 2014. Since then, the team has practiced most weekdays from 5 to 6:30 p.m.

Although Lake Region competes with other school teams in tournaments, there will be an evaluation period of three years before the school board determines whether or not wrestling will become a school sanctioned sport.

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In West Glover: Andersonville Farm has a new champion


James Coe takes a moment to chat in his office at Andersonville Farm in West Glover.  Photo by Joseph Gresser

James Coe takes a moment to chat in his office at Andersonville Farm in West Glover. Photo by Joseph Gresser

copyright the Chronicle January 14, 2015

by Joseph Gresser

WEST GLOVER — James Coe traveled by way of Oregon to get to the office at Andersonville Farm where he sat Thursday afternoon. As one of the owners and the managing partner of the farm, Mr. Coe now works a hundred yards or so from his boyhood home.

His office, a small wood-paneled room, is obviously not his main workplace. A wall calendar portraying a champion Holstein is still turned to October. Plaques recognizing the farm for producing quality milk are stacked on a windowsill, although it is hard to know where they would go. The hallway outside the farm’s office is lined with similar awards and there seems to be little room left for more.

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Obituaries January 14, 2015

obit CuttingLynette Kay Cutting

Lynette Kay Cutting, 71, of Irasburg died peacefully on January 10, 2015, in Newport.

She was born on November 4, 1943, in Bakersfield, California, to Wilfred and Lois (Perry) Hodgdon.

On November 10, 1961, she married Donald Cutting, who survives her.

She was a purchasing agent at Al’s Snowmobile in Coventry for many years.

She was a member of Grace Brethren Church in Coventry and played the organ in church for many years, as well as at area nursing homes where she donated many hours as a volunteer. She always liked her animals and the comfort they gave her. She also loved her family visits, going to the family camp, as well as the company of her many friends.

She had a great love for the Lord and relied on him for the strength to battle her illness.

She is survived by her husband, Donald Cutting, of Irasburg; her children: Allen Cutting and his wife, Sandra, of Irasburg, Paul Cutting and his companion, Michelle McManus, of Coventry, and Elaine Collins and her husband, Oliver, of Irasburg; her grandchildren: Shannon and Derek Cutting, Kelsea Cutting, Michael Collins and his wife, Alicia, Robert Cutting, Melissa, Brad and Edmund Collins; several great-grandchildren; and by her siblings: Douglas Hodgdon and his wife, Sharon, of Williamstown, Wilfred P. Hodgdon and his wife, Hong Yin, of Massachusetts, Bradley Hodgdon and his wife, Pauline, of Waterbury, Paula Rafferty and her husband, Scott, of Newport, and Lois Carbonneau and her husband, Lester, of Coventry.

A graveside service will be held at 1 p.m. on May 30, at the Coventry Cemetery.

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

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obit DentelMarcene Alyce Dentel

Marcene Alyce Dentel died on November 24, 2014, while comfortably accommodated at her apartment in Springfield, Virgina. The immediate cause was congestive heart failure.

She was born in Dodge, Nebraska, in 1922.

Growing up as Marcene Chudomelka, she learned the Czech customs and work ethic of rural Nebraska during the Great Depression, graduating from Dodge High School as Valedictorian of her class of eight. She completed secretarial school in the city of Omaha, Nebraska, where she obtained a secretarial position as World War II began.

A blind date with an aeronautical engineer, Keith Dentel, led to a wondrously happy marriage of 62 years. Mr. Dentel’s job relocated the couple to the Washington, D.C., area, where they established roots in northern Virginia, particularly through the Little River United Church of Christ in Annandale, Virginia, and their home street, Devon Drive. Mrs. Dentel bore them three sons: Richard “Rick,” Steven, and William “Bill,” whom she raised conscientiously even when transporting them to piano lessons in a two-seat convertible sports car, in the rain. Her children were provided with a rich and stimulating environment without the trappings of battery-powered plastic. They learned that there is often a better way to accomplish a task if it is well analyzed. She was willing to disagree with Mr. Dentel about international policies, which led to thought-provoking dinner conversations, but her culinary skills assured that all meals ended contentedly.

The loss of Rick to cancer at age 25 was a tremendous blow to the family. Nonetheless, Mrs. Dentel loved all of her sons as individuals and valued Bill and Steve for their own qualities, and helped to hold the family together during times of considerable grief.

Through church friends, the family learned of Westmore and the beautiful Willoughby Lake region of northern Vermont. They purchased a lake house property, which provided them with many years of comfort, beauty, and family memories. Mrs. Dentel became an active member of the Westmore Community Church and made close friends in that community.

Mr. Dentel’s final years, with dementia of increasing severity, placed a considerable burden on her own health and resiliency that she often concealed. He died peacefully in 2004, and she then settled in Greenspring Retirement Community in Springfield. Many of her connections were established through the Greenspring Village Chapel, again via the United Church of Christ.

Survivors include her sister Ardis Scheffel of Council Bluffs, Iowa; her sons: Steven Dentel and his wife, Carol Post, and William Dentel and his wife, Jan Kinney; and two grandsons: Colin and Aaron Dentel-Post.

Charitable donations in Mrs. Dentel’s memory may be sent to any of the three churches named above.

A memorial service will be held on Saturday, January 31, at 1 p.m., at the Greenspring Village Chapel, at 7420 Spring Village Drive, in Springfield, Virginia. Friends may visit with the family at a reception immediately afterwards. Her ashes will join those of her husband, at the Lakeview Cemetery in Westmore.

obit jaworskiKathryn Ann “Kato” Jaworski

Kato Jaworski, 57, of Richmond, California, died peacefully on Sunday, December 28, 2014, after a seven-month struggle with ovarian cancer. She died at her home, surrounded by her family of close friends and her dogs.

Born in Richmond, she was the only child of Travis “Petey” and Walter Jaworski.

She was a talented artist and the education director at the Richmond Art Center. She embodied the egalitarian spirit of the art center and touched many lives, including those of the children who took classes at the center, many of whom came from underserved communities.

Her generosity of spirit is an inspiration to all those she left behind.

She was an inspired artist whose drawings of people and animals are cherished by all who have seen them. When not working, she loved to go on long hikes with her partner, PJ, and their three dogs, Oliver, Toby, and Neville.

Ms. Jaworski practiced both Qigong and Tai Chi. She had recently received her teaching certificate, which would have enabled her to instruct classes. These practices were instrumental in her daily life; she valued and embodied the virtues of Wild Goose Qigong: kindness, justice, politeness, wisdom, and trust.

Survivors include her partner, Patrice “PJ” Peterson, and PJ’s children, Kyle and Elise; her ex-partner and best friend of 34 years, Lia Roozendaal; many cousins in Minnesota; and a large community of friends and colleagues who will miss her tremendously.

She and Ms. Roozendaal lived in West Glover 15 wonderful years. Ms. Jaworski worked at the Chronicle in the advertising and art department for many of those years.

Among her last words were, “Here are the angels, but I’m a little too early.”

A public celebration commemorating her life will be held on Sunday, February 15, at the Richmond Art Center.

To commemorate her extraordinary life and her contributions, the Richmond Art Center and her family have set up the Kato Jaworski Scholarship Fund, which will provide kids and teens with need-based scholarships to take classes and workshops. Donations can be made online at, by phone at (510) 620-6772, or by mail to Richmond Art Center, 2540 Barrett Avenue, Richmond, California 94804. Make checks payable to Richmond Art Center.

Dorothy D. Jones

Dorothy D. Jones, 88, of Hyde Park died peacefully, with her family by her side, on Thursday, January 8, 2015, at Maple Lane Nursing Home in Barton.

She was born on August 28, 1926, in Elmore, daughter of Reuben L. and Martha Wyman Draper.

She was a 1944 graduate of Peoples Academy.

She married Earl “Barney” Jones on February 20, 1947. Together they had five children and lived in Hyde Park. He predeceased her on November 7, 1992.

She worked as a chambermaid for many years. She enjoyed playing cards, going on picnics, and going on long rides to admire the foliage. Most of all, she enjoyed the many gatherings with her family!

She is survived by her children: Gary Jones of Holland, Pamela Lefevre of Johnson, Penny Millette and her husband, Peter, of Montpelier, and Debbie Randall and her husband, Darrell, of Holland; her special “son,” Wesley Felice, of Denver, Colorado; her grandchildren: Tippy Tilton and his wife, Lisa, Dulcie Rivers and her friend, Peter Neff, Chasity Fagnant and her husband, Dan, Ryan Nolan, Jake Randall, Jessie Randall, Teddy Randall, and Andrew Randall; her great-grandchildren: Matthew and Katie Tilton, Jordan and Sawyer Fagnant, Meaghan and Landon Nolan, Hayden Bishop, and Caleb Bickford; a sister, Reubena Worthington, of Florida; and by many nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents and husband, she was predeceased by a son, Earl “Skipper” Jones Jr.; a great-grandson, Casey Steen; her son-in-law Edward Lefevre; her brothers: Gustave Draper, Reuben Draper, Robert Draper, Delbert Draper, Max Draper, LeRoy Draper, and Frederic Draper; and by her sisters: Margaret Andrews and Minnie Gould.

Services will be held in the spring at the convenience of the family, at the Randolph Road Cemetery.

Mrs. Jones suffered a stroke in 2008, and had since been a resident at Maple Lane Nursing Home, where she received amazing care and support.

In lieu of flowers, contributions in her memory may be made to Maple Lane Nursing Home, Activities Fund, 60 Maple Lane, Barton, Vermont 05822.

Online condolences may be made by visiting

obit PerreaultRose-Ange Lanctot Perrault

Rose-Ange Lanctot Perrault died on January 1, 2015, at her home, surrounded by her loving family.

She was born in L’ange Gardien, Quebec, on November 16, 1930, daughter of Albert Lanctot and Maria Brodeur of Farnham, Quebec, in a family of 11 children — eight daughters and three sons.

She attended and graduated from Farnham Quebec Convent, with the Sisters of the Presentation of Marie.

She married Robert Perrault of Farnham on November 28, 1949. She moved to North Troy in 1957. She raised four children — three sons and one daughter.

She was a homemaker and a gourmet cook. She loved children.

For 30 years, she was the organist at St. Vincent de Paul Church in North Troy. She will be missed by all who knew her.

She is survived by her husband, Robert Perrault; her son Carl Perrault and his wife, Sheryl, her son Bruno Perrault and his wife, Theresa; her daughter Manon Perrault and her husband, Sonny Sloan Sr., all of Newport Center; her grandchildren: Mathew Perrault and his wife, Rita, Nicholas Perrault and his wife, Melissa, Nathalie Perrault, Caleb Perrault, and Brittany Perrault; her great-grandchildren: Zachary, Sierra, Aspen, Machaela, Gabriel, and Olivia; and by several nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by her son Jose Robert Perrault in March of 2011.

A memorial service will be held at St. Mary Star of the Sea Catholic Church in Newport on Saturday, January 24, at 11 a.m., with Father Michael Reardon officiating.

Should friends desire, contributions in her memory may be made to St. Mary Star of the Sea Catholic Church, for the Tree of Life Fund, 191 Clermont Terrace, Newport, Vermont 05855.

Online condolences at

obit RoundVera Janet “Jan” Round

Vera Janet (Pelkey) Round of Newport died on Friday, January 9, 2015, after a short stay at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center in Lebanon, New Hampshire.

She was born in East Wallingford on January 8, 1924, the eldest daughter of Harold and Esther Pelkey.

She graduated from Wallingford High School in 1940, and attended business school in Rutland. During World War II, she worked at a torpedo factory in Newport, Rhode Island.

In 1949, she married Franklin P. Round, also of East Wallingford, who predeceased her in 2007 after 58 years of marriage.

She stayed busy raising five children while moving from Burlington to Bradford, and then Montpelier before finally arriving in Newport in 1960. She liked to garden, read, and do crossword puzzles when she found time outside of being a mom and a housewife. She worked for the state of Vermont for a number of years, and at Associated Insurance Company for 19 years.

She was a member of the Order of the Eastern Star, the Community Circle group, she volunteered at the chamber of commerce and North Country Hospital, and she was active in the United Church of Newport. One of her most important jobs was keeping the neighborhood supplied with brownies. Some of her favorite activities were boating, swimming, and fishing on Lake Memphremagog, especially with her grandchildren.

She is survived by her sons: William H. and his wife, Sarah, of Newport Center, David F. of Newport, Robert E. and his wife, Linda, of Virginia Beach, Virginia, and John S. and his wife, Laurie, of Bloomington, Illinois; her daughter Mary E. Roy and her husband, Michael, of Derby; and by her three granddaughters, five grandsons, and six great-grandchildren.

She was predeceased by her two sisters: Frances (Wade) and Phyllis (Smith); as well as by her grandson Jason Round.

The family wishes to honor her request for a simple graveside service at interment. Spring interment is planned at the Maple Grove Cemetery in East Wallingford.

Should friends desire, contributions in her memory may be made to the Pope Memorial Frontier Animal Shelter, 502 Strawberry Acres, Newport, Vermont 05855; or to a favorite charity. She and her family would especially be honored if, in her memory, you simply took a mom to lunch.

Condolences may be mailed to 205 Farrant Street, Newport, Vermont 05855.

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

Norman Kenneth Wilson Jr.

Norman Kenneth Wilson Jr., 53, of Island Pond, died suddenly on December 28, 2014, in Danville.

He was born on June 8, 1961, in Bridgeton, New Jersey, to Norman and Janice (Fields) Wilson Sr.

He received his education at Southern Regional High School and Pinelands Regional High School in New Jersey.

He was a roofer by trade and received an honorable discharge from the Army National Guard.

He is survived by his children: Ashley Nicole Wilson and Kylee Anne Wilson, both of Massachusetts; four stepsons: Barry Wood, Rainey Wood, Josh Keenedy, and Daniel Keenedy; his granddaughter Liliaunna Maire Corbitt; his sister Cindy Salmons of Little Egg Harbor, New Jersey; and by friends in the area.

Services will be held at the convenience of the family.

Should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to Warm the Children, in care of the Chronicle, P.O. Box 660, Barton, Vermont 05822.

Online condolences at curtis-britch.


Are We Crazy About Our Kids? January 29


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Image courtesy of the Building Bright Futures council

The film Are We Crazy About Our Kids? will air at the North Country Career Center in Newport on Thursday, January 29, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., in room 380. A panel discussion will follow, and a light meal will be provided.

Economists are worried about how much we spend on early care and education in America — not because we spend too much, but because we spend too little. Are We Crazy About Our Kids? explores how investments in high quality, early care and preschool yield huge personal and social benefits, and pay for themselves many times over.

RSVP at — from the Orleans and Northern Essex Building Bright Futures council.

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


Documentary celebrates orchestra’s rise


Working with what was two-thirds of his orchestra in April of 2011, Mr. Michelli leads a rehearsal at The First Universalist Parish of Derby Line.  Following his lead, from left to right, are Chris Maginniss, Lisa C. Erwin, Paul Gavin, and Susan Brassett.  Photo by Joseph Gresser

Working with what was two-thirds of his orchestra in April of 2011, Mr. Michelli leads a rehearsal at The First Universalist Parish of Derby Line. Following his lead, from left to right, are Chris Maginniss, Lisa C. Erwin, Paul Gavin, and Susan Brassett. Photo by Joseph Gresser

copyright the Chronicle January 7, 2015

by Joseph Gresser

DERBY LINE — About three and a half years ago, the Chronicle published an article about a man who had brought a few local musicians out of retirement and was working to create a local orchestra. In April of 2011, a few months after he started the Newport Area Community Orchestra, Ken Michelli, the orchestra’s founder, conductor, and engine, had found two clarinetists, two flute players, a violinist, and a cellist.

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