Citibank has interest in Quiros funds

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by Joseph Gresser

After only a couple of weeks on the job, the receiver for Jay Peak, Burke Mountain, and other businesses owned by Ariel Quiros seems to have things well under control.

In a news conference on Wednesday, April 27, Michael Goldberg said he now has enough money to keep Jay Peak operating and to get the new hotel at Q Burke open.

“All we need is snow,” the Florida lawyer said, sounding exactly like the ski area owner he suddenly became when federal Judge Darrin Gayles of U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida appointed him.

In doing so he gave Mr. Goldberg control of assets belonging to Mr. Quiros and his companies, including his bank accounts.

Since his appointment, he has asked for further authority, including control of Burke Mountain and its associated companies, and Judge Gayles agreed.

Mr. Quiros disputes the charges against him, and will first argue his case in a hearing scheduled for…To read the rest of this article, and all the Chronicle‘s stories, subscribe:

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Brownington votes to keep the three-person select board

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by Elizabeth Trail 

BROWNINGTON — Voters here have once again decided that they want a three-member select board. They voted 39-37 at a special meeting Saturday in favor of the smaller board.

At Town Meeting in early March, Brownington voters decided to go back to having a three-person select board. At the previous year’s Town Meeting, they had voted to increase the number of select board members from three to five.

The problem with the vote at Town Meeting this year was that some spoiled and blank ballots may have made it invalid, Moderator Pat Davis said.

So on Saturday Brownington residents poured into the school gym to vote on the question one more time.

The warning was in two parts: Should the town reconsider the Town Meeting decision, which in effect meant going back to a five-person select board, and if so, to elect two new members for the board?

Before the vote, there seemed to be some confusion in the room…To read the rest of this article, and all the Chronicle‘s stories, subscribe:

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Newport City Council: Water committee recommendations adopted

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by Joseph Gresser

NEWPORT — At their meeting Monday city council members heard and adopted the recommendations of the water committee they appointed last year.

Last year in May the council set up a study group to investigate ways to get all homes in the city fitted with water meters. Proponents of the idea had long argued for charging city residents for the actual amount of water they use, rather than charging a set quarterly fee regardless of usage.

Doing so would encourage conservation, they said, and make sure that everyone on the city system pays a fair share of its cost.

The issue has long been contentious, and in a citywide advisory vote in 2011 Newport residents turned a metering proposal down by a two-to-one margin.

The committee’s recommendations gave those who choose to have meters installed in their homes some economic incentive to do so, but stopped well short of taking any concrete measures to cut into the 1,100 or so homes that pay a flat rate for water.

Instead, the group proposed basing rates on what it called an equivalent unit. That unit…To read the rest of this article, and all the Chronicle‘s stories, subscribe:

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Judge drops murder charge against Baird

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by Joseph Gresser

ST. JOHNSBURY — Judge Michael Kupersmith has decided that the third man charged in the 2010 killing of Mary Pat O’Hagan of Sheffield will not be tried for first-degree murder. Keith Baird, 35, of Sheffield will still be tried for burglary and kidnapping, but not in Caledonia County.

Mr. Baird, who pled innocent to the charges in March of 2014, has also filed notice that he intends to argue he has an alibi showing he was not present when the 78-year-old Mrs. O’Hagan was shot during a break-in at her Sheffield home.

Although two other men who have already pled guilty to involvement in Mrs. O’Hagan’s death have said Mr. Baird was with them at her house, he denies it. Mr. Baird said through Robert Katims, his lawyer, that he was wearing a GPS tracker at the time of crime.

The tracking device, he said, shows he was not present at Mrs. O’Hagan’s house on September 10, when she was shot during an attempted burglary.

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Afternoon of classical song and dance on Mother’s Day

 

The eighth annual Quintessential Classicals, an enchanted afternoon of song and dance, will be held on Mother’s Day, May 8, at 2 p.m., at the Haskell Opera House.

This event is a benefit for the Haskell.

Ballet Arts will perform under the direction of Kathleen McCloskey Scott. Ballet Arts’ youngest students will bring to life some of the characters from British children’s author Beatrix Potter. Using John Lanchbery’s original score, the children will enchant the audience with their interpretations of these whimsical characters. This dance was first presented on stage at the Royal Opera House in London, England, in 1992, by The Royal Ballet.

Keeping with classical roots, Ballet Arts will then be joined by Spotlight VT Pointe dancers, under the direction of Shelley Ismail. They will present the “Pas de Trois” from act one of Swan Lake. In addition, Ballet Arts will present the variation “Prayer” from the ballet, Coppélia.

The program continues with voice students, under the direction of Lynn Leimer. Vocalists will take the audience on a musical journey from 1930 to present day featuring songs of stage, screen, and pop, highlighting the vocal talents of young performers from the U.S. and Canada.

Tickets will be available at the door or may be charged through Catamount Arts Center for an additional fee. Contact Catamount at 1-888-757-5559 or through catamountarts.org.

For more information, call the QNEK box office at 334-2216, or the Haskell box office at 873-3022, extension 205, or visit balletarts.wordpress.com.

This event is underwritten by Ballet Arts and QNEK Productions, performed with permission from American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers. — from the Haskell.

For more things to do, see our events page.

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Obituaries May 4, 2016

obit-basilMarie M. Basil

Marie M. Basil, 91, of Gaithersburg, Maryland, beloved wife of Joe Basil, died on March 26, 2016, in Rockville, Maryland.

She was born on January 30, 1925, in Island Pond, to Leo and Marie (Turgeon) Steady. She graduated from St. Mary’s Academy in Island Pond in 1943 and later attended Mercy Hospital in Portland, Maine, where she received her RN degree. She nursed in Maine, Vermont, California, and Illinois. She served in World War II in the Army Nurses Corps.

On July 21, 1951, she married Joe Basil, who survives her. She loved spending time with her husband, Joe, and her daughters Glorie Ann and Mary Jo, and she also enjoyed playing cards, arts and crafts, and embroidery. She is also survived by her brother John Steady of Glens Falls, New York.

A graveside service will be held at 11 a.m. on May 14 at St. James Catholic Cemetery in Island Pond, with the Reverend Leopold Bilodeau officiating. A reception will follow the service at the Sunrise Manor in Island Pond.

Online condolences at curtis-britch.com.

obit-ClappEvelyn “Irene” Clapp

Evelyn “Irene” Clapp, 91, of Barton, died, comfortably at her home, in Barton on Friday, April 22, 2016.

She was born on October 24, 1924, in Woburn, Massachusetts. She was the daughter of the late John and Floretta (Devine) Hamilton. She married Donald Q. Clapp Sr., who predeceased her.

She was employed at Hamilton Standard in Connecticut, where they made propellers for military planes during World War II.

She was a member of Tuan-Ti Christmas Club, the Barton Auxiliary of the American Legion, and a member of the choir for the Barton United Church. She was also a volunteer secretary for the Barton library. She belonged to the Retired Seniors Volunteer Program (RSVP) and had worked at the Barton meal site. She was also a master of crochet through the University of Vermont Extension service and taught people the art of crochet.

She enjoyed her cat Missy, plants and gardening, knitting, crocheting, playing the piano, doing oil paintings, and solving puzzles, especially cryptograms, reading, playing Scrabble, watching a good mystery on television, and collecting cookbooks.

She is survived by her children: Donna Irene Peyton and her husband, Vincent, of Shawnee, Kansas, Donald Q. Clapp Jr. and his wife, Sharon “Sandy” of Frenchville, Maine, Stephen H. Clapp and his wife, Gina, of Virginia Beach, Virginia, and Susan M. Clapp of Barton; six grandchildren; numerous great- and great-great grandchildren; and by two brothers: William Hamilton of Wilmington, Massachusetts, and Frederick Hamilton of Burlington, Massachusetts.

She was predeceased by one grandchild.

Funeral services were held on May 2 in Barton. Interment will be at a later date at the Welcome O. Brown Cemetery in Barton.

Should friends desire, contributions in her memory may be made to the American Cancer Society, Vermont Division, Inc., 55 Day Lane, Williston, Vermont 05495.

Online condolences at curtis-britch.com.

Cecile V. Cyr

Cecile V. Cyr, 93, of Derby, formerly of Hamlin, Maine, died peacefully on April 24, 2016, in Newport.

She was born on June 4, 1922, in Caswell, Maine, to James and Rose (Fisher) Curless. In 1942, she married Guy G. Cyr, who predeceased her.

Mrs. Cyr loved caring for her home, tending to the flower gardens, and reading. She stayed very active.

She is survived by her children: Janice Steele of Crescent City, California, Tom Cyr and his wife, Ginette Provost, of Derby, and Joyce Cunningham and her husband, Kris, of Wilton, Maine; her grandchildren: Debbie, Donna, Sean, Suzanne, Kate, Benjamin, and Rose Anna; her great-grandchildren: Brady, Luke, Madison, Noah, Connor, and Jack Byron; her son-in-law Roy Grove; and by her sister Alice St. Pierre of Pensacola, Florida.

She was predeceased by two children: George Cyr and Jeannette Grove; her son-in-law Kenneth Steele; her brothers: Leonard, Ben, and Noah Curless; and by her sisters: Virginia Bernier and Marie Sirois.

Funeral services will be held at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church at 11 a.m. in Hamlin on Friday, June 3, where a Mass will be celebrated. Interment will follow in St. Joseph’s Cemetery in Hamlin.

Should friends desire, contributions in her memory may be made to the Dailey Memorial Library, 101 Junior High Drive, Derby, Vermont 05829.

Online condolences at curtis-britch.com.

Gervise Deschesneau

Gervise Deschesneau, 90, died on Saturday, April 30, 2016, in Somers, Connecticut.

She was born on January 30, 1926, in Brownington, a daughter of Elianna Dube and Louis Amyot.

She was the beloved wife of Fernand Deschesneau, who predeceased her.

She is survived by her children: Gloria Dauphinais and her friend, Kenneth, and daughter Amanda; Raymond Deschesneau and his friend, Gina, and daughter Hope Ann, and family; Leonard Descheneau and his wife, Cindy, and their children: Lenny and his family, Thomas, and Amanda and her family; and Fernand Jr. and his daughters: Stacey and her daughter, and Nicole and her family. She is also survived by her sisters: Madeleine Deschesneau and Judith Morse.

She was predeceased by her husband, Fernand; a daughter, Franoise; and by her brothers: Andre and his wife, Jean Amyot, and Roland and his wife, Shirley Amyot.

The funeral will be in Somers, on Friday, May 6 at 9 a.m. Interment will follow in Somers.

obit-Holmes-1Roscoe Arnold Holmes Jr.

Roscoe “Ross” Holmes, 66, of Deerfield Beach, Florida, died peacefully at his daughter’s home on April 27, 2016 after succumbing to a fight with cancer.

He was born in Barton on February 26, 1950. He grew up on a farm in West Charleston, and attended schools in West and East Charleston, the latter a one-room schoolhouse where his mother was the teacher. He attended the Derby Line high school before graduating from Lyndon Institute in Lyndon Center. After a brief stint at Vermont Technical College, he left school to join the Army and he served two tours of duty as an M.P. (military police) in Vietnam.

Back in the U.S., he worked for a decade or more as an electrical linesman throughout New England. During this period, he married and was blessed with a daughter, Heidi. Subsequently the family moved to Florida, where he was destined to live for most of his life, although periodically he would slide back north to his beloved Vermont.

He loved the great outdoors and had little use for the cramped indoors. He tried a desk job or two but couldn’t bear the feeling of being enclosed by walls all day. Later in his life he found the job that fit him to a T: working with a moving company that sent huge trucks all over the country, dropping a family’s worldly possessions at a home in New Orleans and reloading for a drop in Reno, and on and on. In addition to satisfying his wanderlust, the work offered warm camaraderie among the crew, both with the daytime labors and the evening revelries.

He was a warm and gentle soul who loved music, vintage car meets, and a cold, frothy beer. He also kept close communication with family members and visited them throughout the country, and he will be greatly missed.

He is survived by his daughter Heidi Holmes and her fiancé, Dean Mallen, along with his only grandson, Ezekiel Holmes Mallen; his siblings: Joyce Holmes, Amaryllis Sheltra, Reginald Holmes and his wife, Laurel Holmes, Dean Holmes and his wife, Lisa Irwin, and Bernard Holmes; his great-aunt Pauline Darby; and by numerous nieces and nephews.

The Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home, at 4670 Darling Hill Road in Newport, will have calling hours from 5 to 7 p.m. on Thursday, May 5. A graveside ceremony will take place on Friday, May 6, at West Village Cemetery in West Charleston at 11 a.m., with full military honors.

Online condolences at curtis-britch.com.

Richard K. Martin

Richard K. Martin, 86, of Jay, beloved husband of Beverly Beaudreau, died at his home on April 27, 2016.

He was born in St. Albans on July 22, 1929, to Frederick and Marion (King) Martin.

He was a member of the Jay Post #28 American Legion, and was a life member of the Alfred Pepin Post #798, Veterans of Foreign Wars of Newport. He was a ham radio operator. He enjoyed the company of his cats, especially Rusty. He also enjoyed talking with his friends at the Legion and he enjoyed getting together with his family.

In his younger years, he was an instructor of martial arts. He served in the Air Force and Navy for a combined service time of 22 years.

He is survived by his wife, Beverly Beaudreau, of Jay; his children: Tina Gardina and her husband, Jerome, Cindy Martin and her companion, Todd, Fred Martin and his wife, Lynn, Darlene Love and her husband, Wade, Denise Gardner, and Lori Ann Sullivan and her husband, Thomas; his stepchildren: Jayne Loud and her husband, Jeffrey, and Nancy Montgomery; 18 grandchildren, 11 great-grandchildren; his sister Elizabeth Montague; and by his brother-in-law Charles Scammell and his wife, Susan.

A military service will be held at 2 p.m. on May 5, at the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home, at 4670 Darling Hill Road in Newport. Friends may call at the funeral home on May 5, from 1 p.m. until the hour of the funeral.

Should friends desire, memorial contributions may be made in his memory to the American Cancer Society, Vermont Division, Inc., 55 Day Lane, Williston, Vermont 05495.

Online condolences at curtis-britch.com.

Services

Committal services for Harvey Dunn will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, May 7, at Notre Dame Cemetery in North Troy.

Committal services for Edward Parenteau Sr. will be held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, May 7, at Derby Line Cemetery, with full military honors.

Committal services for Paul Monfette will be held at 1 p.m. on Tuesday, May 10, at St. Mary’s Cemetery in Newport, with full military honors.

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Jay Peak is alarmingly short of money

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by Joseph Gresser

Jay Peak may not have enough money to keep going through the summer, said Michael Goldberg, the Florida lawyer put in charge of overseeing the collection of EB-5 projects centered around the ski resort.

“I have learned that the Receivership Entities are in dire financial position and in danger of not having sufficient funds to continue operating beyond the very immediate future,” he wrote in a declaration directed to the U.S. District Court for Southern Florida.

Mr. Goldberg was given control of Jay Peak and the other assets of its owner, Ariel Quiros, by federal judge Darrin Gayles on April 13.  As the court-appointed receiver he has been investigation the finances of a network of companies connected with Jay Peak’s EB-5 project as well as those of the ski resort itself.

The SEC has alleged that Bill Stenger and Mr. Quiros misused about $200-million of…To read the rest of this article, and all the Chronicle‘s stories, subscribe:

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EB-5: Suspicions arose in 2010

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by Tena Starr

A suspicious Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) started questioning Bill Stenger and Ariel Quiros, owner of Jay Peak and Q Burke, back in May of 2014.  But they weren’t the only ones who were suspicious, and they certainly were not the first.

Four years earlier, in 2010, John Carpenter, who was then controller at the ski area, told Mr. Stenger he believed something was awry, according to SEC documents.  For one thing, he could not get access to the accounts at financial services company Raymond James, held by Mr. Quiros, which he’d repeatedly asked for, he told the SEC in a so-called “declaration.”

Mr. Carpenter’s quotes here come from that document.

The SEC is alleging that the Northeast Kingdom EB-5 projects were actually a giant Ponzi-like scheme, in which $200-million of…To read the rest of this article, and all the Chronicle‘s stories, subscribe:

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DUI formula too simplistic

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by Joseph Gresser

NEWPORT – State forensic experts will have to rewrite their manuals if the Vermont Supreme Court upholds a decision issued by Judge Howard VanBenthuysen Monday.

The judge, sitting in the Criminal Division of Orleans County Superior Court, said in a written opinion that state experts do not take enough individual factors into consideration when calculating what a person’s blood alcohol level was more than two hours earlier.

The decision concerns what the judge calls “relation-back testimony,” meaning calculations intended to show how quickly a person’s system rids itself of alcohol, and hence what that person’s blood alcohol level was at some time before…To read the rest of this article, and all the Chronicle‘s stories, subscribe:

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Barton Village Trustees: Proposed solar project would benefit village

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by Elizabeth Trail

BARTON VILLAGE – A pair of young solar developers appeared before the Barton Village Trustees at their meeting Monday with a proposal to make the village a beneficiary of a 335-kilowatt solar project.

The village would be able to use about 10 percent of the net metered power produced by the project to offset electric bills for the school and municipal buildings.

Although final numbers will replace the computer model as time goes on, the arrangement could potentially save the village as much as …To read the rest of this article, and all the Chronicle‘s stories, subscribe:

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