Obituaries June 11, 2014

obit bizzozeroDebra Lee Bizzozero

Debra Lee Bizzozero, 60, of Montpelier died on Saturday, June 7, 2014, at the Central Vermont Medical Center in Berlin after a yearlong battle with cancer fought with all the spunk, perseverance, and determination she was well known for.

Born on December 15, 1953, in the Barre City Hospital, she was the daughter of Caroline (Sironi) and Aldo Bizzozero of Montpelier. She graduated from Montpelier High School in 1971.

At the time of her diagnosis, she was working on her degree through the Community College of Vermont.

In 1972, she married Randolph Gonyaw Jr. in Montpelier and they later divorced. In 1983, she married William Snovich Jr., who predeceased her in 1988. Ms. Bizzozero met David Scott in 1991 and they have been together since, both enjoying many of their summer weekends at their camp on Shadow Lake in Glover.

Growing up in Montpelier, she worked for a number of local businesses and agencies including Vermont Legal Aid, National Life Insurance Company, attorney Mary Skinner, The Times Argus, and Fountains. Most recently, she had worked for the Community College of Vermont and the Law Offices of Theriault and Joslin.   She also worked as an area realtor.

Survivors include her partner of 23 years, David Scott of Montpelier, and their Lab, Petey; her two sons: Randolph Gonyaw III and his partner, Annabel, of Barre Town, and Kasey Gonyaw and his wife, Ashley, of Tucson, Arizona; two grandsons: Adam and Ryan of Tucson; a sister, Mary Maxfield, and her husband, Terry; a brother, Michael Bizzozero, and his wife, Rachel, all of Barre Town; and by many nieces and nephews. Very important to Ms. Bizzozero and not to be forgotten are her very close friends, affectionately known as “The Bitches.”

She was predeceased by her parents, and her husband, William Snovich.

Her bubbly smile and sharp wit will be missed by all who knew her.

A memorial service and celebration of her life will be held on Friday, June 13, at 11 a.m. in the Hooker and Whitcomb Funeral Home in Barre. Family and friends may call at the funeral home on June 13, from 9:30 a.m. until the time of the service. Interment will take place in the Berlin Corners Cemetery at the convenience of her family.

Contributions in her memory may be made to the Central Vermont Humane Society, 1589 Route 14, East Montpelier, Vermont 05651.

obit chapdelaineMerrilee Chapdelaine

Merrilee Catherine Lady Leimomikahokulani’alohapo’ina’ole Maalea Waikiki Chapdelaine, 39, of Cyril, Oklahoma, died on May 24, 2014.

She was born on November 9, 1974, in Wailuku Maui, Hawaii.

She is a former employee of Structural Dynamics and Pacific Electro-Mechanical Inc., both of Honolulu, Hawaii.

She is survived by her husband Wilfrid of Brownington; her mother Nellanet (Roy) Watanabe; her father Oliver (Ipo) Perreira; her four sisters: Melveen Maalea Turrieta, Waiola Perreira, Rachel Perreira-Shodahl, and Sandy Perreira; her four brothers: Clayton Waikiki, OJ, Kaimana, and Micah Perreira; and many nieces and nephews.

Funeral services were held at Ballard Family Mortuary in Kahului, Maui, on June 8. Burial followed the next day at the Makawao Veterans Cemetery.

Colleen C. DeRoehn

Colleen C. DeRoehn, 82, of Derby died on June 5, 2014, in Newport.

She was born on January 30, 1932, in Derby, to Harris and Goldie (McDonald) Crowe.

On June 26, 1952, she married Walter DeRoehn, who predeceased her on January 15, 2006.

She graduated from Derby Academy in 1950. She retired from the town of Derby as assistant town clerk.

She enjoyed knitting, cooking, baking and reading.

She is survived by her children: James DeRoehn and his wife, Carole, of Derby, William DeRoehn of Hyde Park, and Michael DeRoehn and his wife, Chastity, of Derby; and by six grandchildren.

She was predeceased by two sisters: Audrey Sanborn and Beverly Morse.

Graveside services will be held at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, June 11, at the Derby Center Cemetery.

Should friends desire, contributions in her memory may be made to the Derby Line Ambulance Service, in care of Brian Fletcher, P.O. Box 105, Derby Line, Vermont 05830.

Online condolences at curtis-britch.com.

Lucien Parenteau

Lucien Parenteau, 88, of Meriden, Connecticut, beloved husband of 63 years to Simone (Blair) Parenteau, died on June 1, 2014, surrounded by his loving family, at his home.

He was born on November 7, 1925, in Beebe, son of the late Alzear and Clara (Laroche) Parenteau.

He retired as a machinist in 1988 from Pratt & Whitney in North Haven, Connecticut.

In addition to his wife he is survived by his sons: George Parenteau and his wife, Fran, of Wallingford, Robert Parenteau and his wife, Doris, of California, and Claude Parenteau and his wife, Pat, of California; his daughters: Marie Parenteau of Meriden, and Mariette Riss and her husband, Robert, of Meriden; his beloved grandchildren: Keith Bouchard, Michael Parenteau, Mark Riss, Amy Parenteau, Shelley Riss-Conant, Karyn Parenteau, Sarah Parenteau, and Wyatt Parenteau; and by many great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren. He also leaves a sister, Jeanette Parenteau, of Magog, Quebec.

He was predeceased by his siblings: Theo Parenteau and his wife, Cecile, Irene Parenteau, and Odila Goudreau and her husband, Leo.

Funeral services were held on June 6, in Meriden. Interment followed in St. Laurent’s Cemetery in Meriden.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be directed to the Alzheimer’s Association, P.O. Box 96011, Washington, DC 20090-6011.

To leave a message of remembrance, visit www.bcbailey.com.

obit robinsonRena Robinson

Rena Lucienne (Chainey) Robinson of Calais died peacefully in the early morning hours of June 4, 2014, in her home, surrounded by family, after a courageous two-and-a-half-year battle with cancer.

She was born on August 25, 1937, daughter of the late Lucien and Marie Chainey and was born and raised on a dairy farm in Morgan. After graduating from Sacred Heart High School in Newport, she made her way to Montpelier where she met and married Vaile Robinson on June 6, 1959.

She raised her six children in the home she and her husband bought in Calais. She was an avid gardener, cook, baker, and an all-around great homemaker. She was also a mother to many various and sundry stray animals.

When her children were all finally in school, she went to work at the Department of Motor Vehicles for many years, and then in her “retirement years,” she worked at Morse Farm, where she thoroughly enjoyed meeting and chatting with visitors from all over the world.

Her memorial bench reads, “She laid hold on the word.” And she did. She had the spiritual support of very dear friends, Marilyn Wemitt, Betty and the late Bill Boisvert, and Sandy and the late Gene Raymond. Throughout her illness, she never complained once — about anything — and her faith never faltered.

After her husband died in 1997, she embraced life and fulfilled some of the dreams that she and her husband shared. Alone and knowing no one, she boarded a Christian cruise ship in Boston, Massachuetts, and sailed to Novia Scotia then down the St. Lawrence Seaway to Montreal, Quebec. On the cruise ship, she made many friends with whom she continued to cruise over the years to such places as Alaska and the Caribbean. She really loved these cruises and making new friends.

Many passersby stop to admire her lush flower gardens, her many hummingbird feeders alive with the buzz, and the seas of Forget-Me-Nots we will continue to mow around.

She is survived by six children: Kim Robinson of Oakland, California, Tim Robinson of Townsend, Kathy Robinson of East Barre, Tom Robinson of Marshfield, Kelly Robinson of Greensboro, and Karlyn Proulx of Calais. She was blessed with 13 grandchildren.

She would appreciate that, in lieu of flowers, donations be made directly to Central Vermont Home Health and Hospice, 600 Granger Road, Barre, Vermont 05641; or to the Mitzvah Fund at Worcester Veterinary Care, 10 Elmore Road, Worcester, Vermont 05682.

obit Strong webHorace Warner Strong

Horace Warner Strong, 89, of Craftsbury Common died from an accident at his home on Tuesday, June 3, 2014.

He was born in Marlboro, Massachusetts, on February 21, 1925, and came with his parents to Vermont in 1928, just in time for the Great Depression.

Educated in the Craftsbury schools, he graduated from Craftsbury Academy in 1943. He farmed for four years and then went to the University of Vermont, where he graduated in 1952, after taking a year off.

He taught an exploratory course in agriculture at Craftsbury for a year and farmed with his brother Burton until 1960. He then began teaching math and science in the Greensboro school. For a farmer to become a teacher required many summers of additional education. He then taught in Craftsbury where he established an industrial arts program and was instrumental in establishing the CAPE program of physical education. He finished out teaching his 15 years at Lamoille Union High School. Later, he taught part time for 15 years at Sterling College as a woodworking teacher.

In 1950, he married Ruth Esser. They had five children and enjoyed traveling and canoeing in the summers.

In 1964, he established Strong’s Canoe Yard, a shop that repaired, restored, and built cedar canvas canoes. The shop started with fiberglass canoes, but soon saw the light and made over 125 cedar canvas canoes. The shop also taught canoe building, offering more than 25 classes.

In 1986, he married Shirley Bruns of Latimer, Iowa. They worked together in the canoe shop, and teaching classes until Mr. Strong’s retirement in 1998. They traveled winters throughout the United States, finally wintering in Uvalde, Texas, in 1997, where they continued to live in their recreational vehicle during the winter months.

He leaves his wife Shirley of Craftsbury Common; his daughter Nancy West and her husband, Jim, of Craftsbury; his son Nathan Strong and his wife, Vicky, of Albany; his son Russell Strong of Craftsbury; his daughter Lynn Calderwood and her husband, Ricky, of Highgate; his son Matthew Strong and his wife, Patty, of Stowe; his stepsons: Steven Bruns and his wife, Karen; Mark Bruns and his wife, Debbie, of Iowa; his stepdaughter Dee Ann Arlow and her husband, Steven, of Alaska; his brother Burton and his wife, Irene, of Craftsbury; his sisters-in-law: Patty Rodemyer and her husband, Marvin, and LaDona Roelfs and her husband, Keith, of Iowa; his sister-in-law Jackie Campbell and her husband, Keith, of Alaska; and by his six grandchildren, seven step-grandchildren, one great-grandson, and many nieces, nephews, and friends.

He was predeceased by his parents; his sister Shirley Strong; and by his grandson U.S. Marine Sergeant Jesse Strong.

Funeral services were held in Craftsbury on June 9, with a committal service at Craftsbury Common Cemetery.

Contributions in his memory may be made to the Craftsbury Village Improvement Society or the Craftsbury Historical Society.

Online condolences at curtis-britch.com.

Services

Ruth Lippens

Graveside services for Ruth Lippens will be held on Saturday, June 14, at 1 p.m. at the Derby Center Cemetery with the Reverend Richard Whitehill officiating.

Robert Stratton

Graveside services for Robert Stratton will be held at 10 a.m. on June 14, at the Derby Center Cemetery with the Reverend Richard Whitehill officiating.

Ardys Goodwin

Graveside services for Ardys Goodwin will be held at 10 a.m. on Saturday, June 14, at Albany Village Cemetery with Reverend Nathan Strong officiating.

Patricia Morin

Committal services for Patricia Morin will be held at 11:30 a.m. on Saturday, June 14, at St. Mary’s Cemetery in Newport.

Louis Handy

Committal services for Louis Handy will be held at 1 p.m. on Saturday, June 14, at the Troy Cemetery.

Kasha Carrington

A graveside service for Kasha Carrington will be held on Saturday, June 21, at 11 a.m., at the Derby Center Cemetery, with a gathering to follow.

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Exhibit brings Gerald Bull back to light

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The Gerald Bull exhibit at the Sutton, Quebec, museum includes large photographs of the cannons at the international Space Research compound.  The gun in the top photo has a 172-foot-long barrel.  Photo by Chris Braithwaite

The Gerald Bull exhibit at the Sutton, Quebec, museum includes large photographs of the cannons at the international Space Research compound. The gun in the top photo has a 172-foot-long barrel. Photo by Chris Braithwaite

copyright the Chronicle June 4, 2014

by Chris Braithwaite

SUTTON, Quebec — People who end up on the wrong side of history tend to fade quickly from public view. Too quickly, perhaps, because history is not entirely written by its heroes.

Though he was once vital to its economy, Orleans County has no streets or schools or public parks that grateful community leaders have named for Gerald Bull.

And though it must stand as the most disturbingly fascinating place in the region, the headquarters of Mr. Bull’s Space Research Corporation are all but impossible to find. A narrow dirt road runs into the woods off a back road out of North Troy. There’s a For Sale sign outside the rusting gates, whose No Trespassing signs warn off the curious.

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ETA releases self-titled album of originals

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The cover for the Evansville Transit Authority’s new CD of original music is nothing if not homegrown and simple.

The cover for the Evansville Transit Authority’s new CD of original music is nothing if not homegrown and simple.

copyright the Chronicle May 28, 2014

by Bethany M. Dunbar

The estimated time of arrival for the new ETA compact disc of original music is:  now.

The Evansville Transit Authority (ETA) band has been a local phenomenon for a dozen years and got its first paid gig when the boys were in high school. For the most part, they have played other people’s songs, from famous rock and country bands.

Their new self-titled CD is their own original music, and it’s good — good guitar playing, good singing, lyrics, and percussion.

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Island Pond’s island is up for sale

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Robert Hall has owned the island in Island Pond for the past 57 years.  Now he wants to sell it, hopefully to the town of Brighton, which would preserve it.  Photo by Tena Starr

Robert Hall has owned the island in Island Pond for the past 57 years. Now he wants to sell it, hopefully to the town of Brighton, which would preserve it. Photo by Tena Starr

copyright the Chronicle June 4, 2014 

by Tena Starr

ISLAND POND — For the last 57 years, Robert Hall of been a member of a small, elite group that includes the likes of actors Mel Gibson, Johnny Depp, and singer Celine Dion. Like those celebrities, Mr. Hall owns a private island.

Johnny Depp’s island is in the Caribbean; Mr. Hall’s island is in Island Pond. He’s reached the point in life, however, where he wants to sell it, ideally to the town of Brighton, which he considers the logical next owner. He’s been in a wheelchair since he broke his back cutting firewood in 1977 and hasn’t set foot on the property for more than 30 years.

It’s hard to navigate a wheelchair through a sandy beach, he wryly noted in an interview Friday. “I can’t use it, but I could use the money.”

Mr. Hall is asking $1.975-million for the island he and his mother bought when he was 18 years old. He’s now 76.

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In boys baseball: Falcons finish season with best record since 2007

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The Rice Memorial Green Knights displayed their aggressive base running all day as this spectacular collision with Falcon catcher Andrew Gonyaw (left) shows.  Coming in to score is Green Knight Tommy Fitzgerald, who recorded seven stolen bases on the day as teammate Timmy Shea (number 11) looks on. Photos by Richard Creaser

The Rice Memorial Green Knights displayed their aggressive base running all day as this spectacular collision with Falcon catcher Andrew Gonyaw (left) shows. Coming in to score is Green Knight Tommy Fitzgerald, who recorded seven stolen bases on the day as teammate Timmy Shea (number 11) looks on.  Photos by Richard Creaser

copyright the Chronicle June 4, 2014

by Richard Creaser

NEWPORT — While the Falcons were unable to match a 20-year-old record, they did equal their best record since 2007, finishing the season at 8-8 on Saturday. Had the North Country baseball team won one or both games over the weekend, they could have matched a more than 20-year-old record, Assistant Coach Jared Gonyaw said.

“They’ve put together a great season, and this is without a junior varsity program,” Coach Gonyaw said. “We had three underclassmen pitch today, and they held heir own.”

Finishing with a .500 record is an especially significant feat given the peculiar nature of the 2014 spring sports season. The Falcons played nine regular season games in the last two weeks and only seven games in the first three weeks of the season.

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Obituaries June 4, 2014

obit cooksonLogan Allan Cookson

Logan Allan Cookson of Cabot died on May 24, 2014.

He was born on May 11, 2004, in Berlin, the youngest child of Scott and Tammy Cookson of Cabot. He formerly resided in East Barre and attended Central Vermont Catholic School. The last two years, he attended Cabot School.

Logan touched many people in some small way throughout his short yet memorable life. His life would seem too short to many, but those who were touched by him understand that the quality of existence far exceeds the quantity of time in which one lives.

He was a country boy at heart. He loved everything from exploring the woods, to hunting, camping, mowing the lawn, and stacking wood with his Dad. He always looked for something to fix or take apart. He also enjoyed playing basketball, soccer, hockey, and chess. Since moving to Cabot, he enjoyed guiding his mom through the woods, showing and teaching her the wonders of nature. Logan and his brother, Brock, mentor and best friend, were inseparable. They enjoyed animals, farming, and playing outside. He spent many hours on the floor playing with his Army men and wrestling figures. Logan also loved to talk on the phone. He had a passion for party planning. He would often make calls to family and friends to arrange get-togethers. Logan was especially proud of his greatest accomplishment, passing the hunter safety course.

Family members that live on to honor and remember Logan’s life include his parents, Scott and Tammy Cookson; his best friend and brother, Brock “Brockie”; his brother Shayne of Burlington; his sister Shantal Cookson of Barre; his maternal grandparents, Kenneth Allan Adams and Jacqueline Bissonnette Adams of Berlin; his paternal grandmother Connie Martin Murray of Waterbury; and his great-grandmother, Elva Martin of Waterbury. Aunts and uncles include Maureen Adams and her companion, Ron Lackey, of Stowe, Jody and Jaime Fewer of Barre Town, Andrew and Karen Adams of Cabot, Nancy McLaney of Crestview, Florida, John Cookson and his companion, Shannon Buziak, of Cabot, Dan Cookson of Waterbury, Tammy and Kevin Johnson of East Calais, Dawn Cookson of New Hampshire, and Angela and Gary Ward of Cabot; a nephew, Trenton Cookson, of Plainfield; and his cousins include Spencer, Camryn, Julia, and Seth Fewer of Barre Town, Karissa, Lindsay, and Kaden of Crestview, Courtney Cookson, Christopher, and Kyle Johnson of East Calais, and Garan Ward of Cabot.

He was predeceased by his paternal grandfather, John Cookson. He also left behind his pets, three chickens and a bunny.

With Logan’s death, we remind others that his life is one to be celebrated. Although we will miss him every day, he will forever remain in our hearts. In his short ten years, we were able to create many wonderful memories and it has been a privilege and a blessing from God to be his parents.

A Mass of celebration in honor of Logan’s life was held on May 31, at Saint Monica Catholic Church in Barre.

Those who wish to make donations in Logan’s memory may contribute to the Cabot School, Main Street, Cabot, Vermont 05647; or to the Central Vermont Catholic School, 79 Summer Street, Barre, Vermont 05641; or to the Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department, 1 National Life Drive, Davis 2, Montpelier, Vermont 05620-3702.

obit cummingsWilliam J. Cummings

William “Bill” J. Cummings, 64, of East Albany died peacefully on Monday, May 26, 2014, at home surrounded by his family.

He was born on September 10, 1949, in Norwich, Connecticut, the son of the late Harold and Pauline (Kampf) Cummings.

He graduated from the Norwich Free Academy in 1967 and earned a bachelor’s degree from Northeastern University in 1972.

He worked at Ames Electric and Vermont Interactive Television.

He traveled extensively throughout Europe and the United States before settling down in Canaan to raise his family.  He recently wrote, “I truly believe that life is for learning and that is what I have experienced in my life.”  He lived what he believed, with interests in astronomy, the outdoors, planes, games, athletics, Star Trek, and everything else.

The last eight years of his life, he shared a loving home with Cherie Lowry and her daughter, Caroline, in East Albany.

He is survived by his two daughters, Kara Wildflower Cummings of Boston, Massachusetts, and Airole Sage Cummings and her fiancé, Justin Warden, of Canaan, and their mother, Roberta Bunnell of Canaan; his sister and brother-in-law, Betsey and Chuck Clarke; his niece Heather and her husband, Michael Anderson; his nephew Adam Clarke; and by his cousin Marie Fitzgerald.

He was predeceased by his favorite uncle, Gilbert Kampf.

A graveside service was held on May 31, at St. Joseph’s Cemetery in Norwich, Connecticut.

Memorial donations may be made in his name to Summer House of Northeast Kingdom, Inc., care of Community National Bank, Barton, Vermont 05822.

obit FontaineCharlotte Benware Fontaine

Charlotte Benware Fontaine, 81, of Lowell died on May 29, 2014, at her daughter’s home, with her loving family at her side.  She is finally at peace after a long, courageous battle with cancer.

She was born on October 28, 1932, in Lowell, to Asa and Gladys (Swett) Morse.

Her greatest joy in life was spending time with her family.

Her hobby was working in her flower garden and she was a member of the St. Ignatius Church in Lowell.

She is survived by her husband Leo Fontaine of Lowell; her children:  Larry Benware and his wife, Sandra, of Derby, Roger Benware and his wife, Bonnie, of Lowell, Laura Santaw and her husband, James, of Lowell, Gordon Benware of Troy, and Roland Benware and his wife, Linda, of Coventry, Alan Benware and his wife, Janet, of Lowell, and Michael Benware and his wife, Judy, of Newport Center; her 20 grandchildren and 26 great-grandchildren; her brother Robert Morse and his wife, Rita, of Derby; her sisters:  Anita Cornish of Connecticut, Eleanor Derocher of New Hampshire, Shirley Clifford of Tennessee, Barbara McAllister of Newport Center, and Sally McAllister and her husband, Ronald, of New Hampshire; her sister-in-law Annette Morse of Lowell; and by several nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by her parents; her first husband Gordon Benware Sr., in 1981; her infant daughter Karen Lynn; her brothers:  Asa Morse Jr. and Roger Morse; and by her sisters:  Madeleine Laramee, Faye Stentson, Betty Verge, and Gloria Geoffroy.

Funeral services were held on June 3, in Lowell.  Interment followed in St. Ignatius Cemetery in Lowell.

Should friends desire, contributions in her memory may be made to the Mary Wright Halo Foundation, 1071 Upper Quarry Road, Newport, Vermont 05855; or to the Mississquoi Valley Ambulance Service, P.O. Box 131, Troy, Vermont 05868.

Online condolences at curtis-britch.com.

obit GriffinValerie J. Griffin

Valerie J. Griffin, 62, of Derby died on May 30, 2014, at her home in Derby.

She was born on June 23, 1951, in Newport, to M. Jeanne (Chainey) Griffin and the late H. Dean Griffin.

She graduated from Sacred Heart High School in the Class of 1969.  She was in the first madrigal singing group started by Sister Edmund of Jesus.  She was also in the first folk group at St. Mary’s Church.  She was the concert pianist for many of the musicals at Sacred Heart School.

She attended nurses’ training at Fanny Allen in Burlington and later worked as an LPN at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center for a few years and in the Tacoma, Washington, area for nearly 30 years.  Her nursing and compassion encompassed more than just in a working situation.  She took care of two young boys in Tacoma, while their mother was unable to care for them.  She loved animals and was always supplying them with food and care, especially chipmunks.

She moved back to the Derby in November of 2006 after the death of her brother, whom she cared for for ten years.  She joined the senior choir and folk group at St Mary’s Church until her lungs no longer allowed her to sing.  She organized the Sunday adorations and the veterans adorations with her best friend.  She was also co-founder of the Cenacle of Life group at St. Mary’s Church.  She was a Eucharistic minister for Mater Dei Parish and visited the sick, bringing them the holy Eucharist.

Cancer is a monster but Ms. Griffin never gave up helping others and doing the things she enjoyed the most.  She spent most of the summers along brooks fishing for trout with Neena.  She planted a blueberry, raspberry and strawberry patch on her land along with a small fruit tree orchard and still made time for a vegetable garden.

She is survived by her best friend Neena Gratton of Derby; her mother M. Jeanne Chainey of Hyde Park; and by numerous aunts, uncles, and cousins.

She was predeceased by her daughter Kellie Marie; her father H. Dean Griffin; and by her brother Robert Griffin.

Friends may call from 6 to 7 p.m., on Wednesday, June 4, at the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home, at 4670 Darling Hill Road in Newport.  Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Thursday, June 5, at St. Mary’s Star of Sea Catholic Church in Newport, with Monsignor Peter Routhier celebrating a Mass of Christian burial.  Interment will follow in Lake Road Cemetery in Newport Center.

Should friends desire, contributions in her memory may be made to the NEK Spay-Neuter Program, 172 Sias Avenue, Newport, Vermont 05855.

Online condolences at www.curtis-britch.com.

obit karasinskiAlexander Karasinski

Alexander Karasinski died on May 29, 2014.

He was a peaceful, thoughtful man.

He was born on July 31, 1922, the son of John and Theresa Karasinski.

He served in the Navy and the Sea Bees.

He was a mechanic for many years at Healey’s in Connecticut, before retiring to Vermont with his wife, Anna.

He liked sports and he loved to fish.  He loved to talk about the world and how things work in the universe.  He was forever curious about the world.  He knew human nature.  He loved his family deeply and his family was devoted to him.

He is survived by his daughter Pam Micknak and her husband, Robert, and their children:  Susan Rivard and her husband, Joe, and Chris Micknak and his wife, Emily; and great-grandchildren:  Tyler and Kelsie, and Gage and Cayden.  He is also survived by his son Jim Karasinski and his wife, Leta, and his grandchildren:  Erin and Elizabeth; and his great-grandchild Presleigh.  He is also survived by his son John Karasinski and his wife, Cindy, and grandchildren:  Michael and Jared and his wife, Danielle.

His wife, Anna Sally Saroka Karasinski, predeceased him on May 30, 2002.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be sent in his name to the American Heart Association, 434 Hurricane Lane, Williston, Vermont 05495.  There are no calling hours.

Online condolences at curtis-britch.com.

obit lagueAlbert E. Lague

Albert E. Lague, 69, of Derby died peacefully on May 26, 2014, at his home, after a long illness.

He was born on November 28, 1944, in Newport, to Thomas E. and Lucia (Tetreault) Lague.

On August 19, 1967, he married Wanda M. Willard, who survives him.

Educated at Sacred Heart Schools, he graduated in 1963.  After a stint in the National Guard, he was employed by C.H. Willard’s Plumbing and Heating, and Butterfields Corp. in Derby Line.  In 1966, he was hired by I.B.M. in Essex Junction and worked there until he took early retirement in 1995, retiring as a senior computer engineer.  He then worked for Orleans Office Products until he started his own business, Al’s PC repair, in 1996.

He enjoyed many things.  In the spring it was maple sugaring.  Summers were spent fishing, cutting wood, and tending his garden.  In the fall, everything stopped for hunting camp.  Winter, it was snowmobiling and ice fishing.  He loved to tinker on things, and he reloaded shells for lots of his friends and hunting buddies.  He served his community as both an usher and member of St. Mary’s Council for several years.

He is survived by his wife of 46 years, Wanda M. (Willard) Lague; his son Thomas C. Lague and his wife, Merry Jane E. (Emmons), of Derby; his daughter Michelle D. Whalen and her husband, Matthew, of Washington; his sisters:  Jane Triaureau and her husband, Patrice, of L’Epine, France, Lorraine Towle of West Falmouth, Massachusetts, and Anita Fleming and her husband, Jim, of Prescott, Arizona; his brother George H. Lague and his wife, Shirley, of Brownington; his sister Theresa Patenaude and her fiancé, Mike O’Malley, of Falmouth; his grandchildren:  Kedron and Keirstan Lague, Matthew, Lily, and Jamie Whalen; and by several nieces, nephews and cousins.

Funeral services were held on May 30, at St. Mary Star of the Sea Catholic Church in Newport.  Interment followed in St. Mary’s Cemetery.

Should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to the Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department, Nongame Wildlife Fund, care of Charlee Drury, 1 National Life Drive, Davis 2, Montpelier, Vermont 05620-3702.

Online condolences at curtis-britch.com.

obit pageRachel Marie (Bonneau) Page

Rachel Marie (Bonneau) Page, 70, died on May 30, 2014, in Lakeland, Florida, following a sudden illness.

She was born on January 1, 1944, in Lowell the daughter of the late Ange Marie and Idel (McAllister) Bonneau.

During her husband’s career in the U.S. Navy, she lived in various locations in the U.S. and the Philippines.

She received a kidney transplant from her sister MaryAnn in July of 1975 at Walter Reed Army Medical Center before returning to Vermont in 1978.  She relocated to Florida in 1990.

She retired after working many years in the retail field.

She loved to read, work jigsaw puzzles, cuddle with her cats, and enjoy a good laugh with family and friends.

She is survived by her daughter Karen Page of Lakeland; her son James Page of Phoenix, Arizona; her sister MaryAnn Capetz and her husband, Larry of Lakeland; her brother Armand Bonneau of South Paris, Maine; her brother Leonard Bonneau and his wife, Rhoda, of Sheridan, Wyoming; her brother Martin Bonneau and his wife, Kathy, of Williston; and by many nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by her husband Dale Page; and by her brother Raymond Bonneau.

Visitation will take place on Sunday, June 15, from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home, at 37 Lake Road in Newport.  Funeral services will be held on Monday, June 16, at 11 a.m., at St. Mary’s Star of the Sea Catholic Church in Newport, followed by burial at St. Ignatius Cemetery in Lowell.

In lieu of flowers, please consider donations to the National Kidney Foundation at www.kidney.org; or to support organ donation at www.lifelinkfoundation.org or www.organdonor.gov.

obit ProvonchaHolly A. Provoncha

Holly A. Provoncha, 36, of St. Albans died on May 20, 2014, in Burlington.

She was born on March 24, 1978, in Newport, to Victor and Margaret (Heath) Provoncha.

She graduated from North Country Union High School in the Class of 1997 and on May 17, 2014, she received her Bachelor’s degree from Johnson State College. She had received two associate’s degrees before that from the Community College of Vermont.

Ms. Provoncha battled cystic fibrosis all of her life and she didn’t let it get her down as she always had a happy outlook on life.

Her hobbies included going fishing and riding ATVs.

She is survived by her parents, Victor and Margaret Provoncha of Newport; her brother Barry Provoncha of Troy; her fiancé Steven Lagasse of St. Albans; and by several aunts and uncles.

She was predeceased by her sister Cindy Provoncha; and by her brother Randy Provoncha.

Funeral services were held on May 25, in Newport. Interment will take place at a later date at Griffin Cemetery in Stanstead, Quebec.

Should friends desire, contributions in her memory may be made to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, Northern New England Chapter, 114 Perimeter Road, Unit G&H, Nashua, New Hampshire 03063.

On-line condolences at curtis-britch.com.

obit ronkBeverly Norton Ronk

Beverly Norton Ronk, 87, died on May 22, 2014, after a period of declining health, at her daughter Judy’s home in Lake Worth, Florida.

She was born on May 18, 1927, in East Liberty, Pennsylvania, to Winston and Roxie (Hall) Hunt of Morgan. She had one sister, Geraldine, who died at three months old.

She was first married to Robert Norton on May 18, 1949, and they had six children who they raised in Morgan: Charlie Norton of Morgan (his children are Charlie Jr., Tristan, and Julia), Robert Norton Jr. and Meredith of Parker of Colorado (their children are Christopher, Thomas, Jennifer, and Allison), Susan and Charles Leavitt of Newport (their children are Heather, Kevin, and Kristie), Debi and Brian Kerr of Morgan (their children are Fae, Ericka, and Tyrel), Johanna and Steve Millheiser of Naples, Maine (their children are Kyle and Kelley), and Judith and Pat Love of Lake Worth (their children are Hannah and Dylan). She is also survived by 12 great-grandchildren and one great-great-granddaughter.

She graduated from Newport High School in 1947. She was one of the first phone operators and worked as one until her retirement. After she retired, she worked a few years per-diem at Orleans Essex VNA and Hospice because she liked to keep active and help others.

After her divorce, she moved to West Palm Beach, Florida. She ended up finding love again with someone she met at Bible study, Paul Ronk. They married on March 7, 1984, and later moved back to Vermont in 1990. Unfortunately, he died in 2008.

The last few years, she had the enjoyment of living with her daughter in Florida and then spending vacations at her daughter’s home in Morgan where she couldn’t wait to see every one of her grandchildren and to do something with them — shopping, or going out to eat. She was always on the go when she was still able to drive herself. You would almost have to schedule an appointment to see her.

She had many interests and hobbies, many activities and youth groups through church, and she liked painting, sewing, knitting, and shopping, but her grandchildren she loved deeply and there was nothing she wouldn’t do for them.

She was a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution and loved researching her family tree. She said we should always be proud of who we were because we came from good stock — William Bradford from the Mayflower.

She was predeceased by her granddaughter Erin Norton.

Funeral services were held on May 29, in Morgan. Interment followed in Mead Hill Cemetery.

Should friends desire, contributions in her memory may be made to the Vermont Heart Association, Vermont Affilitate, Inc., 434 Hurricane Lane, Williston, Vermont 05495.

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

obit TurbiniJoseph D. Turbini

Joseph D. Turbini, 85, died on Tuesday, May 27, 2014, at his home in Stoughton, Massachusetts, after a period of failing health.

He was the husband of the late Linda L. (LeBeau) Turbini.

Born and raised in Watertown, Massachusetts, he was a graduate of Watertown schools.

He was a veteran of the U.S. Army and served in the Korean Conflict.

He was a resident of Stoughton for over 30 years.  He worked for Dole & Bailey in Massachusetts for over 40 years as a longtime salesman and he retired as the vice-president of purchasing, at age 65.  He later worked for the John Dewar Company in Boston, Massachusetts.

Mr. Turbini was a longtime fan of the Red Sox and Patriots.  He enjoyed spending winters in Tortola, British Virgin Islands, summers in Mashpee, Massachusetts, and hunting and fishing at his home in Barton.  He loved to travel, spend time entertaining family and friends, and was the “Number One Meat Man.”

He is survived by his children:  Damien J. Turbini and his wife, Wendy, Victoria L. Turbini and her husband, Dean Hashimoto, and Laura M. Lafleur and her husband, Rene, all of Massachusetts, and Leonard L. Turbini and his partner, Judy Doyle, of New York; his sister Eda Doherty and her husband, Richard, of Massachusetts; and by his grandchildren:  Joseph Lafleur, Robert Lafleur, Gary Hashimoto, and Sachi Hashimoto.

Funeral services were held on May 31, in Stoughton.  Interment took place at VA National Cemetery in Bourne, Massachusetts.

Due to floral restrictions at the cemetery, the family has asked that donations in his memory be made to the Care Dimensions Hospice, 70 Walnut Street, Suite 301, Wellesley, Massachusetts 02481.

obit WarnerMarie Gwendolyn Warner

Marie Gwendolyn Warner, 95, of Barton died on May 30, 2014, in Newport.

She was born on January 27, 1919, in Medford, Massachusetts, to Donald and Louise (Malo) MacKenzie.

She graduated from Newport High School in 1936.

On July 24, 1937, she married Melvin Warner, who predeceased her.

She was a custodian along with her husband for four years at the Lowell Elementary School.

Her hobbies included gardening, working in her flower beds, cooking, baking, and writing short stories for the Green Mountain Trading Post.  She and her husband loved to go to dances and bingo.

She is survived by her children:  Joanne Dawson of Bellows Falls, and Patrick Warner of Evansville; her daughter-in-law Greta Scott and her husband, Gaelen, of St. Johnsbury; her brother-in-law Lionel Carbonneau of Derby; her sister-in-law Eleanor (Penn) Mackenzie of Gardner, Massachusetts; and by her 11 grandchildren, 17 great-grandchildren, and four great-great-grandchildren.

She was predeceased by two children:  Janet Jones in 2009, and David Warner in 2006; and by her siblings:  Robert MacKenzie, Donald MacKenzie, Geraldine Higgins, and Elaine Carbonneau.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m., on Wednesday, June 4, at St. Ignatius Church in Lowell, where a Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated.  Interment will follow in Mountainview Cemetery in Lowell.

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 wesenRuth Louise Mabon Wiesen

Ruth Louise Mabon Wiesen, 93, of Holland died peacefully at her home on May 27, 2014.

She was born on January 23, 1921, in Indiana, Pennsylvania.

On June 1, 1943, she married her loving husband, George William Wiesen Jr.  Together they traveled to many destinations taking beautiful photos and making a lifetime of memories.

Ms. Wiesen enjoyed caring for others, traveling, baking, and spending time with her grandchildren.

She is survived by her son Kurt, and her son Bard and his wife, Tammy; her grandchildren:  Scott, Tyler, Matthew, Joshua and his wife, Brittany, and Nicole and her fiancé, Joe; and by her great-grandchildren:  Hayden, Aubry, and Reagan.

She was predeceased by her parents, Helen and Leslie Glenn Mabon; her brothers:  Dick and Don; her sister Doris; and by her husband George.

Service arrangements for Ms. Wiesen will be made at a later date by her family.

Services

Aline Raboin

Committal services for Aline Raboin will be held at 10 a.m., on Saturday, June 7, at St. Ignatius Cemetery in Lowell.

Michael Meunier

Committal services for Michael Meunier will be held at 11 a.m., on Saturday, June 7, at St. Ignatius Cemetery in Lowell.

Brenda Colburn

Committal services for Brenda Colburn will be held at 1 p.m., on Sunday, June 8, at the Westlook Cemetery in Glover.

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Memorial Day weekend

Hannah Roberts, 13, of Newport Center opened Sunday's tractor pull at Roaring Brook Park in Barton on her 1950 Allis-Chalmers C tractor.  Hannah, who is a seventh-grader at North Country Union Junior High School, is pictured here in a pull-off for the 2,750-pound stock class, in which she took second place with 312 feet, 3.24 inches.  Photo by Natalie Hormilla

Hannah Roberts, 13, of Newport Center opened Sunday’s tractor pull at Roaring Brook Park in Barton on her 1950 Allis-Chalmers C tractor. Hannah, who is a seventh-grader at North Country Union Junior High School, is pictured here in a pull-off for the 2,750-pound stock class, in which she took second place with 312 feet, 3.24 inches. Photo by Natalie Hormilla

Tyler Young of Irasburg smacks the ball in the Cal Ripken League at the Lake Region Youth Baseball five-team tournament held at Roaring Brook Park in Barton on Sunday.  The Irasburg Angels played the Brownington Indians in the co-ed league for eight- to ten-year-olds.  Photo by Natalie Hormilla

Tyler Young of Irasburg smacks the ball in the Cal Ripken League at the Lake Region Youth Baseball five-team tournament held at Roaring Brook Park in Barton on Sunday. The Irasburg Angels played the Brownington Indians in the co-ed league for eight- to ten-year-olds. Photo by Natalie Hormilla

Memorial Day ceremonies in downtown Island Pond Monday included a speech from Representative Vicki Strong of Albany.  Two students from Brighton Elementary School, who won second place in a recent contest sponsored by the Vermont Historical Society, took turns reading the names of 42 Vermonters who were killed from 2003-2011 in either Afghanistan or Iraq.  Cooper Densmore is pictured behind the podium, while classmate Joshua Rivers is standing to his right.   Photo by Paul Lefebvre

Memorial Day ceremonies in downtown Island Pond Monday included a speech from Representative Vicki Strong of Albany. Two students from Brighton Elementary School, who won second place in a recent contest sponsored by the Vermont Historical Society, took turns reading the names of 42 Vermonters who were killed from 2003-2011 in either Afghanistan or Iraq. Cooper Densmore is pictured behind the podium, while classmate Joshua Rivers is standing to his right. Photo by Paul Lefebvre

An enthusiastic group of musicians from Newport City Elementary School marches down Main Street on Memorial Day.  Pictured is Victoria Young playing a cowbell.  Photo by Joseph Gresser

An enthusiastic group of musicians from Newport City Elementary School marches down Main Street on Memorial Day. Pictured is Victoria Young playing a cowbell. Photo by Joseph Gresser

Gage (in yellow) and Joey Prue atop a van in the Memorial Day parade in North Troy Monday.  Pam Prue and Pat Pyne of Paddie’s Snack Bar were their chauffeurs.   Photo by Tena Starr

Gage (in yellow) and Joey Prue atop a van in the Memorial Day parade in North Troy Monday. Pam Prue and Pat Pyne of Paddie’s Snack Bar were their chauffeurs. Photo by Tena Starr

Suki wears this patriotic outfit every Memorial Day and Fourth of July, said her owner, Linda Lyons.  Ms. Lyons and Suki were among those who didn’t mind getting a little wet in order to watch the Memorial Day parade in North Troy on Monday.  Photo by Tena Starr

Suki wears this patriotic outfit every Memorial Day and Fourth of July, said her owner, Linda Lyons. Ms. Lyons and Suki were among those who didn’t mind getting a little wet in order to watch the Memorial Day parade in North Troy on Monday. Photo by Tena Starr

This bell from the Orleans Volunteer Fire Department's 1938 International was chimed in memory of the Vermont soldiers who have given their lives in service to their country in the War on Terror.  Fire department member Justin Peart rang the bell after each name was read aloud by members of American Legion Orleans Post #23 at Monday's Memorial Day observances.  Photo by Richard Creaser

This bell from the Orleans Volunteer Fire Department’s 1938 International was chimed in memory of the Vermont soldiers who have given their lives in service to their country in the War on Terror. Fire department member Justin Peart rang the bell after each name was read aloud by members of American Legion Orleans Post #23 at Monday’s Memorial Day observances. Photo by Richard Creaser

American Legion Orleans Post #23 veteran Maurice "Joe" Blair, accompanied by Mark Wright, takes a place of honor during Monday's Memorial Day observances in Orleans.  Ann Parenteau (second row from left), Mary Ellen Orcutt, Donna Smith, and Dawn Wilcox of the Orleans American Legion Women's Auxiliary follow close behind.  Photo by Richard Creaser

American Legion Orleans Post #23 veteran Maurice “Joe” Blair, accompanied by Mark Wright, takes a place of honor during Monday’s Memorial Day observances in Orleans. Ann Parenteau (second row from left), Mary Ellen Orcutt, Donna Smith, and Dawn Wilcox of the Orleans American Legion Women’s Auxiliary follow close behind. Photo by Richard Creaser

Girl Scout Daisies Eva Thompson (left) and Bianca Davis of Barton Troop #30813 lent a festive air to Barton's annual Memorial Day parade on Monday.  Like their namesake flowers, the Daisies provided a welcome burst of color amidst the rain showers.  The Daisies marched alongside their fellow Girl Scouts from Barton Troop #30053.    Photo by Richard Creaser

Girl Scout Daisies Eva Thompson (left) and Bianca Davis of Barton Troop #30813 lent a festive air to Barton’s annual Memorial Day parade on Monday. Like their namesake flowers, the Daisies provided a welcome burst of color amidst the rain showers. The Daisies marched alongside their fellow Girl Scouts from Barton Troop #30053. Photo by Richard Creaser

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In Derby: New Walmart could add 218 jobs

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An architect’s rendering of the front of Derby’s new Walmart gives an idea of the range of merchandise the new store will offer.

An architect’s rendering of the front of Derby’s new Walmart gives an idea of the range of merchandise the new store will offer.

copyright the Chronicle May 28, 2014

by Joseph Gresser

DERBY — A new Walmart Supercenter could add 218 jobs and $4.7-million to area payrolls, according to an economic analysis submitted with permit applications on May 22. If the permitting process hits no snags, the new store could open by late fall of 2015.

The project will increase traffic on Route 5 by more than a third and could require at least two sets of new traffic signals on the Newport-Derby Road.

According to the permit documents submitted to the Derby Zoning Administrator and the District #7 Environmental Commission, the Walmart will likely include a grocery store, pharmacy, and auto center. It’s to be built between Route 5 and Shattuck Hill Road by Shattuck Hill Investments, LLC, a company owned by Burlington developer J.L. Davis.

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Obituaries May 28, 2014

obit DolanShirlene Warner Dolan

Shirlene Warner Dolan died on May 25, 2014, at the Manor in Morrisville, after suffering many years from Alzheimer’s.

She was born on March 12, 1923, in Lowell, the daughter of Wallace and Lillis Warner.

She was the eldest of seven siblings: Winston, Althea, Lawrence, and John, who are deceased, and her surviving sister, Beth, and surviving brother, Michael.

She received her education in Lowell and at Peoples Academy in Morrisville.

She worked in the war plants in Detroit, Michigan, during World War II as a “Rosie the Riveter.” After the war, she returned to Lowell and married Lloyd Dolan in 1945, with whom she celebrated 60 years of marriage before his death in 2006.

Her interests included reading, antiquing, genealogy, sewing, cooking, gardening, singing and drama.

For years she worked in the Jay and North Troy school systems. In later life she and her husband were instrumental in founding the Lowell Historical Society.

She is survived by their three children: Andrea Fournier and her husband, Philip, Daphne Christiansen and her husband, Keith, and Byron, all of whom live in the area. She is also survived by four grandchildren: Michael Dudley and his wife, Phyllis, Peter Dudley and his wife, Debbie, Erin Boxer and her husband, Andrew, and Kelly Ochs and her husband, Chris. She also had ten great-grandchildren.

A committal service is planned for a later date.

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

Bryan John Fontaine

Bryan John Fontaine, 45, of St. Johnsbury died unexpectedly on Saturday, May 17, 2014, with his son, Tyler, by his side.

He was born in Woonsocket, Rhode Island, on May 23, 1968, son of Raynald (Ronald) and Evelyn (Cox) Fontaine.  He was a 1988 graduate of St. Johnsbury Academy and recently joined the men’s auxiliary at VFW Post #793.

He was employed as a project superintendent with H.P. Cummings out of Woodsville, New Hampshire, for the past seven years.  Prior, he worked with Don-Vac Construction for ten years and before that spent eight years at EHV.

There really wasn’t anything he couldn’t do or figure out.  He loved to play golf and go kayaking, hunting, playing around on the tractor, sitting in front of bonfires and enjoying the sweet summer air out on the deck.  The camp he shared with his little sister in North Danville on the Coles Pond Road was his favorite place.  He was whole-heartedly dedicated to his family and friends.  He will be missed by all.

He is survived by his wife Kim of St. Johnsbury; his son Tyler Fontaine of Danville; his daughter Brittany Terhune of Hardwick; his mother Evelyn Carter and her husband, Colin, of Barton; his maternal grandmother Sarah Cox of East Lyndon; his two brothers:  Paul Fontaine and his wife, Kim, of South Burlington and Roger Fontaine and his wife, Heather, of Lyndonville; one sister, Annette Jewell, and Kris McAllister, of Passumpsic; his step-sisters:  Christelle Plourde of Dallas, Texas, and Corey Boardman of Swanton; Kim’s son, Alexander Belliveau; Kim’s parents, Fred and Pat Harris, each of St. Johnsbury; and by many beloved nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles and cousins.

A celebration of his life will be held in North Danville at the family camp on Sunday, June 29, at 1 p.m.  A gathering of friends and family was held in St. Johnsbury on May 20.

Given his love for the outdoors, memorial contributions, payable to Green Mountain Conservation Camp (run by the Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department) and marked in Mr. Fontaine’s name, may be mailed to Sayles Funeral Home at 525 Summer Street, St. Johnsbury, Vermont 05819.  It is hoped these contributions might support a child or children wishing to attend camp this summer.

Memories and condolences may be expressed privately with the family at www.saylesfh.com.

Services

Phil Daigle

Funeral services for Phil Daigle will be held at 11 a.m., on Monday, June 2, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Newport.  Interment will follow in St. Mary’s Cemetery in Newport.

Jeannine Poulin

Committal services for Jeannine Poulin will be held at 2 p.m., on Saturday, May 31, at St. John’s Cemetery in Irasburg.

Arlene Thompson

Committal services for Arlene Thompson will be held at 1 p.m., on Friday, May 30, at the Irasburg Cemetery.

Laurette Cookson

Committal services for Laurette Cookson will be held on Saturday, May 31, at 11 a.m., at St. John’s Cemetery in Irasburg.

Lyle Cargill

Graveside services for Lyle Cargill will be held on Saturday, May 31, at 1 p.m., at the Morgan Center Cemetery.

Philip Gonyaw

Committal services for Philip Gonyaw will be held on Saturday, May 31, at 1 p.m., at St. Ignatius Cemetery in Lowell, with full military honors.

Etta Lucas

Graveside services for Etta Lucas will be held at 10 a.m., on Saturday, May 31, at the Derby Center Cemetery.

Gloria Boulanger

Committal services for Gloria Boulanger were held on May 27, at St. Mary’s Cemetery in Newport.

Gloria Jean Stevens

A memorial service for Gloria Jean Stevens will be held on June 7, at 9 a.m., at the Craftsbury Church on the Common.

Agathe Boutin

Graveside services for Agathe Boutin will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, May 31, at St. John’s in East Albany.

Death Notice

Beverly H. Ronk

Beverly H. Ronk, 87, of Lake Worth, Florida, formerly of Newport, died peacefully on May 22, 2014, in Lake Worth.

Friends may call from 6 to 8 p.m., on Wednesday, May 28, at the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home, at 37 Lake Road in Newport.  Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Thursday, May 29, at the Morgan United Church with the Reverend Michael DeSena officiating.  Interment will follow in Mead Hill Cemetery in Holland.

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GMO bill splits local legislators by party

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Wheat at Butterworks Farm in Westfield is grown organically, with no genetic modifications.  Photo by Bethany M. Dunbar

Wheat at Butterworks Farm in Westfield is grown organically, with no genetic modifications. Photo by Bethany M. Dunbar

copyright the Chronicle May 21, 2014

by Bethany M. Dunbar

Orleans County farmers and consumers won’t be immediately affected by Vermont’s first-in-the-nation passage of legislation requiring labeling of foods with genetically modified ingredients.

The legislation allows two years for the rulemaking process, and potential challenges are brewing in the courts and in Congress in the meantime.

“I’m really proud of Vermont as a state,” said Jack Lazor of Butterworks Farm in Westfield, a leader in the organic farming movement. He said he has always thought those who like genetically modified organisms (GMOs) ought to be happy to include them on their labels.

“Well, if it’s that safe, label it and be proud of it,” he said.

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