Obituaries April 20, 2016

obit-ClevelandBarbara M. Cleveland

Barbara M. Cleveland, 80, of Orleans died peacefully on April 16, 2016, in Newport with her loving family by her side.

She was born on August 28, 1935, in St. Johnsbury to Arthur and Alice (Smith) Wells.

She worked at Sanel Auto Parts delivering auto parts to area garages for many years until health issues forced her to retire at the young age of 75.

She leaves behind two sons: Richard Cleveland and his wife, Joanne of Orleans, Mark Cleveland and his wife, Jody, of Barton, and her daughter Gail Judd and her husband, Winston, of Holland, along with five grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.

Her hobbies included bowling, playing cards, doing puzzles, and going out to eat with family and friends. The former Candlepin restaurant was her favorite. She loved her family and their gatherings at the holidays.

She was predeceased by her parents, Arthur and Alice Wells.

Per her request there will be no calling hours or funeral. Graveside services will be held at the convenience of the family.

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

Online condolences at curtis-britch.com.

Obit-GoodwinNeil L. Goodwin

Neil L. Goodwin Jr., 80, of St. Johnsbury, died peacefully on April 14, 2016, in St. Johnsbury surrounded by his loving family.

He was born on January 13, 1936, in Hardwick, a son of Neil Goodwin Sr. and Elma Marckres.

On October 4, 1953, he married Vernice Larabee, who predeceased him.

Mr. Goodwin was employed by the French and Bean Company of St. Johnsbury and later as a truck driver for the state of Vermont Highway Department.

He was a former member and 50-year member of the Meridian Sun Lodge F&AM #20 in Craftsbury.

His hobbies included maple sugaring, camping, and collecting toy trucks and tractors.

He is survived by his wife, Sarah, of Danville; by his children: Kathleen Sjolander and her husband, Charlie, of St. Johnsbury, Koleen Jones and her husband, Howard, of Waterford, Dennis Goodwin and his wife, Laura, of Waterford, Jeff Goodwin and his wife, Donna, of St. Johnsbury, and Randy Goodwin; by nine grandchildren: Karen, Karl, Christy, Gregory, Mary Jane, Steven, Casey, Nancy, Nathan, Brian, Aaron, and Logan; by 13 great-grandchildren; by his sister Leah Slicer of St. Johnsbury; and by several nieces and nephews. He is also survived by his beloved pug Sadie.

Private graveside services will be held at the Craftsbury Village Cemetery. Should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to the St. Johnsbury Fire Department for the Santa Fund, in care of the Passumpsic Savings Bank, P.O. Box 38, St. Johnsbury, Vermont 05819.

Online condolences at curtis-britch.com.

obit-Hale-1Stuart Wayne Hale Sr.

Stuart Wayne Hale Sr. of Albany died on April 9, 2016, at the UVM Medical Center in Burlington at the age of 68.

He was born in East Fairfield on July 17, 1947. He was the son of Burton and Caroline (Lawyer) Hale.

Mr. Hale served in the U.S. Army as a part of the 173rd and 82nd Airborne (two tours of front line duty in Vietnam) and later worked in Germany as a cryptanalyst for the National Security Agency (NSA).

He married the love of his life, his soulmate, Ruth Soule Hale in 1968.

He loved traveling with his wife, especially going for long rides on back roads.

He enjoyed participating in the tractor pulls at the local fairs, especially if he beat his friends! He enjoyed his coffee club in Craftsbury and spending time with his grandchildren was the highlight of his day. He loved to play tricks on them and try out his new jokes, especially on April Fool’s Day. He had an incredible sense of humor and he was always laughing, telling and playing jokes. He loved to spend his days tinkering and fixing things. He was always busy, and was never happy to just sit. He was also a fan of reading, especially poetry. He also was a poet himself.

His laugh will be missed so much.

Mr. Hale is survived by his four children: Stuart Hale and his wife, Cathleen, Adam Hale and his girlfriend, Susan, Carol Hale Rowell and her husband, Tim, and Jason Hale and his girlfriend, Sonya; by seven grandchildren: Gratia and Alora Rowell, Ramie and Courtney Hale, JJ and Zachary Hale, and Shania Hayes; also by his siblings: his sister Barbara Riley and her husband, Horace, his brother Richard and his wife, Georgette, his sister Carolyn Clark and her husband, Bob, his brother Marvin and his wife, Sandy, his brother Mark and his girlfriend, Carrie, his sister-in-law Terry Hale, and his brother-in-law David Ovitt.

He was predeceased by his sister Brenda Wright, his sister Cora Ovitt, and his brother Burton A. Hale.

He was predeceased by his wife, Ruth Hale, in May 2014.

A funeral service was held on Saturday, April 16, at the Albany Methodist Church in Albany. The Reverend Nathan Strong officiated.

Mr. Hale was also presented with full military honors by the Vermont Army National Guard.

Memorial contributions may be made in his name at https://armyhistory.webconnex.com/armydonate.

Online condolences may be made at www.curtis-britch.com.

obit-parkerJustyn O. (Jollie) Parker

Justyn Ollie Dwinell (Jollie) Parker, 86, of Johnson died peacefully in the comfort of her home on Tuesday, April 12, 2016.

She was born September 26, 1929, in Woodsville, New Hampshire, the daughter of the late Harold and Ruth (Bond) Dwinell. She graduated from Montpelier High School in the class of 1947 and continued her education at Johnson State College.

On August 14, 1948, she married Everett Edwin Parker in Montpelier. Together they made their home and raised their five children in Johnson.

Mrs. Parker worked for the Chatfield Nursing Home in Johnson. From 1968 through 1972 she was medical records librarian at Copley Hospital. Until she retired in the late 1970s, she was secretary to Dr. Donald Barber, Dr. Coddaire, Dr. Gary Waring and Dr. Southall.

She was a member of the United Church of Johnson and a 35-year choir director of that church. She was a member and 30-year chair of the Johnson Women’s Society and spent 14 years facilitating parent support groups for ANAD (the National Association of Anorexia Nervosa and Associated Disorders). She enjoyed music.

Survivors include her five children: Wendy P. Williams of Parkersburg, West Virginia, Cyrus Parker and his wife, Jane, of Montpelier, Harold (Hal) Parker and his husband, Joe of Glover, Perry Parker and his wife, Diane, of Tunbridge, and Hollie Winzenread and her husband, Rusty, of San Jose, California; five grandchildren: Megan (Williams) Ice, Austin, Evan and Emily Parker, and Christian Bond Winzenread; two great-granddaughters: Corrine Arden Ice and Lillian James Ice; a niece, Deborah Crossman; two nephews, Chandler Parker and his wife, Madonna, and Eric Parker, and their families.

She was predeceased by her husband, Everett Parker, on July 8, 2007; and by a sister, Marcia Dwinell.

Graveside services will be held in the Lamoille View Cemetery in Johnson at the convenience of her family with a date to be announced.

In lieu of flowers, contributions in her memory may be made to: ANAD (Anorexia Nervosa and Associated Disorders), P.O. Box 7, Highland Park, Illinois 60035; The United Church of Johnson, P.O. Box 606, Johnson, Vermont 05656 or to a charity of one’s choice.

Arrangements are in the care of Dian R. Holcomb of Northern Vermont Funeral Service in Hardwick.

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Galaxy to celebrate Independent Bookstore Day

 

This is the second year for Independent Bookstore Day, which celebrates independent bookstores nationwide. It will be on April 30, and there will be literary parties around the country. The Galaxy Bookshop in Hardwick will be celebrating with a story time, sales, raffles, and homemade treats.

“We’re so excited for Independent Bookstore Day,” said Sandy Scott, who co-owns the store with Andrea Jones. “This isn’t just about our store; it’s about indie stores all over the country and our role in our communities. We’re planning to make it a fun day for everyone.”

The Galaxy Bookshop will also offer exclusive day-of merchandise created especially for Independent Bookstore Day by major publishers and authors. Those items will only be available at participating independent bookstores. Since its inception in 2014, more than 120 authors have demonstrated their support for independent bookstores by donating work for Bookstore Day.

The second annual National Independent Bookstore Day is sponsored in part by Penguin Random House, Ingram, and The American Booksellers Association. Last year participating bookstores saw an average increase in sales of 70 percent on Independent Bookstore Day. — from The Galaxy Bookshop.

For more things to do, see our events page.

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Lawsuits claim massive fraud

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by Chris Braithwaite

The fix was in from the beginning.

That grim conclusion emerges from a reading of the civil lawsuits state and federal officials have filed against Bill Stenger, Ariel Quiros, Jay Peak, Inc., Q Resorts, Inc., and a host of the corporations and partnerships the two men have established over the past eight years.

Ever since he announced that he was a part owner of Jay Peak in 2008, Mr. Stenger has presided over a stunning series of expansion programs aimed at converting the ski area to a year-round resort. All were funded by foreign investors seeking immigrant status under the EB-5 visa program, which rewards half-million-dollar job-creating investments with a green card.

And, as Mr. Stenger never tired of telling skeptical critics, five of the six major expansions he’s undertaken at Jay have been finished as promised; they’re up and running.

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Stenger pled ignorance to SEC in 2014

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by Chris Braithwaite

When investigators with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission asked Bill Stenger whether his partner had bought Jay Peak resort with money misappropriated from foreign investors, Mr. Stenger said he didn’t know.

That was the gist of Mr. Stenger’s answers in May 2014, when he was summoned to Miami, Florida, to answer questions about how Ariel Quiros became the owner of Jay Peak in June 2008.

In the lawsuit it filed last week, the SEC charged that Mr. Quiros’ diversion of the investors’ funds to buy the ski area was the beginning of a “massive eight-year fraudulent scheme” that led them to seize both Jay Peak and Q Burke Mountain last week.

When asked if he knew if any of the funds Mr. Quiros used to buy Jay Peak were investor’s funds that had been transferred to a Miami brokerage house, Mr. Stenger’s reply was vague:

“I don’t know if they were or not,” he said according to a transcript of his deposition. “They might have been. I don’t know.”

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State approves consolidation plan for OCSU

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by Elizabeth Trail

BARTON — The State Board of Education on Tuesday unanimously approved the Orleans Central Supervisory Union’s (OCSU) plan for a consolidated school district.

Meanwhile the committee that has been working on that plan is holding informational meetings in the OCSU towns that will vote on consolidation in June.

Only three members of the public showed up at the meeting at the Barton Graded School on Saturday norming.

The meeting covered the articles of agreement that the state had to approve before the school district merger vote on June 7.

“You should have more people here,” said Grace Mason, a resident of Barton and former town clerk. “I made it clear to all my friends that they should come to this meeting, but as you can see, they didn’t.”

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Irasburg Select Board: Fecher resigns from board

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by Elizabeth Trail 

IRASBURG — Brian Fecher, the chair of the Irasburg Select Board, submitted a letter of resignation from the board at a special meeting called for Thursday night.  But he’s still on the board for now.

“Recently I accepted a position that takes me over an hour away at least four days a week,” Mr. Fecher’s letter says.

“I’m away 40-50 hours a week,” he said at the meeting. “I don’t know that I can keep up with the responsibilities of being on the select board.”

“Yesterday we received word that a buyer is seriously interested in the purchase of our house,” the letter says. “As a result, our plans have changed and a timetable moved up.”

Mr. Fecher said his new job responsibilities and the time he spends commuting is eating into time he previously spent working on town business.

However, he was worried about the effect that his resignation would have on the board and its workload…To read the rest of this article, and all the Chronicle‘s stories, subscribe:

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Stenger and state spar over finances

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by Joseph Gresser

EAST BURKE – A long-running disagreement between the sponsors of two EB-5-funded projects and state regulators has been thrown into sharp relief through an exchange of letters between the owners of Q Burke Resort and the commissioner of the Department of Financial Regulation (DFR).

On March 25, Commissioner Susan Donegan of the DFR sent a letter to Bill Stenger, one of the Q Burke partners and co-owner of Jay Peak Resort, in which she accused him of failing “to engage in best business practices.”

That failure, Ms. Donegan maintained, made it impossible for her to give the Q Burke partners complete access to investors’ money now held.…To read the rest of this article, and all the Chronicle‘s stories, subscribe:

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Viens won’t seek re-election, Monette, Klar will run

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by Tena Starr

The Orleans County political playing field shuffled around this week.

State Senator John Rodgers of Glover won’t run for lieutenant governor after all.  Representative Gary Viens of Newport won’t run for a state Senate seat, and his wife, Carol, won’t run for his House seat.  Instead, the Viens won’t run for anything.

Irasburg farmer John Klar and Newport Mayor Paul Monette will run for House, both as Republicans, setting up a Primary Election race between those two and.…To read the rest of this article, and all the Chronicle‘s stories, subscribe:

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At NCUHS: Berrios offered job as principal

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by Joseph Gresser

NEWPORT – Members of the North Country Union High School Board met Monday and interviewed the two finalists hoping to succeed Bill Rivard as the school’s principal.  Mr. Rivard will leave the school after 14 years on the job.

North Country Supervisory Union Superintendent John Castle said Tuesday evening that the board decided to offer the position to Andrew Berrios, who is currently interim principal at Smith Academy.…To read the rest of this article, and all the Chronicle‘s stories, subscribe:

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Alternative medicine – woo-woo or effective?

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by Natalie Hormilla

On a recent rainy morning, Grace Johnstone zipped up what looked like a cross between an astronaut suit and a duffle bag and flipped a switch.  The thing’s slack walls filled out and stiffened as it filled with air, and it made a loud, vaccum-type sound.

But it’s not loud if you’re inside it, Ms. Johnstone said.

For a person who comes to Community Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBOT) in East Hardwick, getting inside this contraption – a hyperbaric chamber – can lead to healing that may not happen otherwise, Ms. Johnstone said.

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