East Albany Catholic church is likely to be sold

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The nearly 150-year-old Catholic church here could go up for sale soon.  Photo by Tena Starr

The nearly 150-year-old Catholic church here could go up for sale soon. Photo by Tena Starr

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EAST ALBANY — The nearly 150-year-old Catholic church here could go up for sale soon.

Mass hasn’t been said at the church for some time now, but it has been used for weddings, baptisms, funerals, and until a few years ago there were services on Catholic holidays, said longtime parishioner Paul Daniels.

Mr. Daniels provided a tour of the old church on Sunday, a church his Irish ancestors helped build starting in 1869, he said. He’s feeling nostalgic about its demise, which has come about both through lack of attendance and the need for repairs, said parish priest Tim Naples.

The problem is a financial one, not particular to St. John of the Cross Church, but to the entire Most Holy Trinity Parish, which includes…  To read the rest of this article, and all the Chronicle‘s stories, subscribe:

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Holding on to the summer

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A glass of mote con huesillo graces a garden on a warm summer morning.  Photo by Joseph Gresser

A glass of mote con huesillo graces a garden on a warm summer morning. Photo by Joseph Gresser

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by Joseph Gresser

When it comes to summer I have always been a pessimist. As a child I looked forward to the Fourth of July, but considered the summer over the next day. That was, mind you, in a place where basil keeps growing into October.

Here my pessimism passes for realism. Summer is short and every warm day is precious.

Over the years I have come to realize that I don’t measure time in the summer by the calendar, but instead by where we are on the continuum of summer fruits.

The earliest days of clement weather are marked for me by the emergence of rhubarb stalks, followed, never quickly enough, by strawberries.

After strawberries come blueberries, black currents, then raspberries. Although we are a…  To read the rest of this article, and all the Chronicle‘s stories, subscribe:

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West Glover high drive collapses

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Pictured here next to the remains of the high drive roof on the left is the Coe family.  James Coe and Nella Cargioli Coe are in the back, and their children Isabella Coe (left) and Jude Coe (right) are in the front.  Photo by Nathalie Gagnon-Joseph

Pictured here next to the remains of the high drive roof on the left is the Coe family. James Coe and Nella Cargioli Coe are in the back, and their children Isabella Coe (left) and Jude Coe (right) are in the front. Photo by Nathalie Gagnon-Joseph

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by Nathalie Gagnon-Joseph

WEST GLOVER — The old high drive at the Andersonville Farm here collapsed on Thursday, August 13, after an employee drove under it in a “silage dump truck with its tailgate up,” operational owner James Coe said.

“It’s supposed to go down on its own,” he said about the stuck tailgate.

No one was injured in the accident.

“I didn’t know what to think,” said Dennis Poginy, another employee.

He assumed that wind had blown the already weak structure over.

“That’s what you get for leaving the farm,” Mr. Coe said, laughing.

He was at Parker Pie in West Glover with his wife, Nella Cargioli Coe, when the accident happened. They had just celebrated their wedding anniversary the day before.

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Obituaries August 26, 2015

obit BaronLucienne H. Baron

Lucienne H. Baron, 84, of Newport Center died on August 15, 2015.

She was born on October 9, 1930, in New Brunswick, Canada, the youngest of 14 children. She immigrated to the United States in 1963.

She was employed as a secretary for many years in the Ridgewood, New Jersey, public school system. She and her husband relocated to Newport Center after their retirement in 1988.

After caring for her husband throughout his illness, Ms. Baron became an active member of the community. She was a longtime member and volunteer at St. Mary’s Star of the Sea Catholic Church. She was also a volunteer at the hospital as well as hospice.

She joined a bowling league, which welcomed her as much for her handicap as her skills. Recently she decided to learn to play bridge and enthusiastically participated in several bridge clubs.

Ms. Baron was always quick with a smile, greeting all she met. Her sense of humor brought laughter to those who were around her. She was often seen dining and laughing with friends at The East Side Restaurant. She also enjoyed experiencing the beauty all around her home on her frequent walks down the Lake Road.

Her final wish was that her family and friends remember how much she loved them all.

She is survived by her son Gerald Baron and wife, Stephanie, of Charlotte, North Carolina; two step-grandchildren; three step-great-grandchildren; her brothers: Leonce Haché and his wife, Claudette, of St. Jean, Québec, and Alban Haché and wife, Beatrice, of New Brunswick.

She was predeceased by her parents; eleven siblings; her husband George Baron; and her daughter Lynn.

Services were held on Wednesday, August 19, at St. Mary’s Star of the Sea Catholic Church in Newport. Ms. Baron’s desire was to be cremated with ashes to be interred at a later date.

In lieu of flowers donations should be made to a favorite charity.

Online condolences at curtis.britch.com.

 

obit CastrogiovanniBentley James Castrogiovanni

Bentley James Castrogiovanni, three, of Island Pond died on August 16, 2015.

He was born on December 10, 2011, and lived on Mountain Street.

Bentley enjoyed riding four wheelers, the great outdoors, and helping Mom and Dad. He and his dad spent their mornings together having breakfast. He and his mom went on walks, and loved blueberry picking, and being with his brother and cousins. Bentley enjoyed playing at the beach with his family and friends. Within the community he was notable for his smiling face and pleasant greetings.

Bentley is survived by his parents, Christina Sylvia Deslandes and James Kenneth Castrogiovanni of Island Pond; his little brother Carson Castrogiovanni; his grandparents Betty Castrogiovanni, Clare Deslandes, and Linda Deslandes of Island Pond.

He had a very large family, aunts, uncles, cousins, and lots of friends in the community.

Funeral services were held at the First Congregational Church in Island Pond on Saturday, August 22, with the Reverend Alan Magoon officiating.

A memorial fund has been set up for donations to help pay for Bentley’s funeral services at Giveforward: gfwd.at/1fiQRhg.

Online condolences at curtis-britch.com.

 

obit CraftNicholas J. Craft

Nicholas J. Craft, 34, of Derby, beloved son of Nancy Craft, died in Derby on August 20, 2015, after a short illness.

He was born on March 26, 1981, in Newport to Nancy (Willis) Craft and the late Ricky Craft.

He graduated from North Country Union High School in the class of 1999. In high school he was a four-year varsity football player and a member of the track and field team. He was also in DECA. He achieved the rank of Eagle Scout at the age of 15. He went on to earn all three Eagle palms as well. He was a member of the Order of the Arrow. He attended many scouting functions including the national jamboree in Fort A.P. Hill, Virginia, the world jamboree in Santiago, Chile, and the High Adventure camp in the Florida Keys.

After college at Johnson and Wales University in Providence, Rhode Island, he settled in southern New Hampshire where he worked for Marshall’s as an event planner. He also helped with the family business, R.C. Video whenever he was available. He recently moved back to the Newport area. He was a past member of the Masons, and a former member of the Newport Fire Department.

As an only child, his local cousins Travis and Kim, Tully, and Karen and Greg became his siblings, as well as his best buddies Dana and Josh, whose children all called him Uncle Nick.

Mr. Craft was an avid hunter. Those skills, he learned from his grandfather Willis and Uncle Butch. His favorite place was at the family camp in Albany, and the Cheney camp in Lowell. He loved hunting with Dana.

He was also a die-hard Earnhardt fan, along with his dad. Many tailgate parties were enjoyed at the racetrack with his dad, mom, Paul, Nick R., and Jeremy and Alissa. Football season was always a big event, especially if his favorite team, the Oakland Raiders, happened to win. In the summer, he loved to go fishing with Eric.

Mr. Craft, who was called Nicholas or Nick by his friends, was always ready to help a friend. All one had to do was ask and he would do anything. He was a friendly, outgoing, kind individual who will be sadly missed. Now he will be swapping stories with his dad and grandfathers, and playing cribbage with his gram.

He is survived by his mother, Nancy Craft; his grandmother Iris Willis; his godparents Gerry and Pat Royer; and numerous aunts, uncles, cousins and friends.

He was predeceased by his father Ricky Craft; his maternal grandfather, Wallace Willis; his paternal great-grandparents: Mae Craft-St. Marie and Rene St. Marie, and Ray and Loretta Lontine; and his paternal grandparents, Rudy and Sheila Craft.

Services and interment will be held at the convenience of the family.

Should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to the Ricky C. Craft/Newport City Firefighters Scholarship Fund in care of Jamie LaClair, 40 Sunset Terrace, Newport, Vermont 05855, or to the Newport Health Care Activities Fund, 148 Prouty Drive, Newport, Vermont 05855.

Online condolences at curtis-britch.com.

 

obit LawsonBarbara Irene Lawson

Barbara Irene Lawson, 76, of Irasburg died peacefully on August 22, 2015, at her home, surrounded by her loving sons.

She was born on August 9, 1939, in Burke to Harold and Gladys (Donaldson) Cutting.

On April 7, 1961, she married William Lawson who predeceased her on November 12, 2012.

Mrs. Lawson was clerk for the town of Irasburg for 30 years. She retired in 2011.

She attended the Cornerstone Evangelical Free Church and was a member of the Farm Women’s Support Group. She was town clerk and treasurer for the town of Irasburg, and she formally taught many children piano lessons. She also taught Sunday school and helped her husband farm for many years. She also enjoyed knitting, writing poetry, gardening and visiting with her family.

She is survived by her sons: Douglas Lawson and his wife, Manon, of Irasburg, and their children: Donna Wilson and her husband, Jesse, Seth Lawson, and Emily-Rose Lawson; and Mark Lawson and his wife, Joann, of Coventry, and their children: Danielle Ingalls and her husband, Kyle, Shawn Lawson and his wife, Christi, and Kevin Lawson; by her great-grandchildren: Emma and Nora Ingalls, and Scarlet Lawson; by her special niece Elaine Collins, who was loved like a daughter and her husband, Oliver, of Irasburg, and by their children; by her brother Donald Cutting of Irasburg; by her sisters: Mary Corbett of Middlebury, Florence Stowell, and her husband, Clayton Jr., of Coventry; by her sister-in-law Nancy Newton and her husband, Edwin, of Newport; and by numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.

She was predeceased by two grandchildren: William James Lawson, and Jason Lawson; her sister-in-law Lynette Cutting; and by her brother-in-law Albert Corbett.

Friends called on Tuesday, August 25, at the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home in Newport, where funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. on Wednesday, August 26, with the Reverend Glen Saaman officiating. Interment will follow in the Coventry Cemetery. A meal will follow the burial at the Cornerstone Evangelical Free Church on the Quarry Road in Newport.

Should friends desire, contributions in her memory may be made to the Hope Lodge, 237 East Avenue, Burlington, Vermont 05401.

Online condolences at curtis-britch.com.

 

obit LeBlanc VETTheodore “Ted” LeBlanc

Theodore LeBlanc, also known as Ted, 70, died on Sunday, August 16, 2015, at the Middlesex Hospice Center after a five-year battle with cancer.

Born in Orleans on July 11, 1945, he attended schools in Vermont and graduated from Orleans High School, Class of 1965. Mr. LeBlanc served his country and was stationed in Korea for all of his military career. He moved to Connecticut after serving in the military. He worked at Pratt & Whitney in Hartford, Connecticut, Cuno in Meriden, Connecticut, and then he worked at Morgan Advanced Materials in Durham, Connecticut, until his death.

He was an avid fisherman and golfer with his close friend Jack Armack. He was the beloved husband of Roberta LeBlanc for 28 years.

He is survived by his father, Paul LeBlanc; his brother Norman LeBlanc and his wife, Ronda; his sisters: Carmen LaMarche, and Paulette Riendeau; all from Vermont. He is also survived by his son Joseph LeBlanc; his stepson Michael Johnson and his wife, Jo-Ann; his stepdaughters: Lisa Hunter and her husband Leroy, and Sunde Warner and her fiancé, Joe; six grandchildren and three great-grandchildren, who loved him dearly; and his special pet poodle Cookie.

obit vets flagHe was predeceased by his mother, Gertrude LeBlanc; his sister Joanne Hamel; and his brother Alan LeBlanc; all from Vermont.

He will always be loved forever, and missed by his family and friends.

Family and friends called at the John J. Ferry and Sons Funeral Home in Meriden, on Tuesday, August 25. Burial will be private.

Donations may be made to Midstate Medical Center Oncology, 455 Lewis Avenue, Meriden, Connecticut 06451 or to the Middlesex Hospital Cancer Center, care of Office of Philanthropy, 28 Crescent Street, Middletown, Connecticut 06457.

 

obit MaxhamJay Alan Maxham

Jay Alan Maxham, 79, died on August 17, 2015, at home, in Barton, after a period of failing health.

He was born on January 20, 1936, the youngest child and only son of Charles Jay Maxham Jr., and Tonette Elizabeth “Betty” Nelson.

He was raised on Elm Valley Farm in Pomfret, where he learned to love animals and people. Growing up he exhibited Jersey cattle at Rutland Fair, Tunbridge Fair, and Champlain Valley Exposition, while working on the family farm.

On June 13, 1954, he married Nancy Louise Tierney, and they recently celebrated their sixty-first anniversary. Following the death of his father he took over the farm in Pomfret and moved the herd to Johnson, renaming the farm JAM Holstein Farm. He also farmed in Ryegate, Groton, Barnet, and Morrisville, before finally ending up back in Johnson where he finished his dairy career milking his beloved goats. After suffering a major stoke, he and his wife moved to High Street in Barton, where he quickly became a frequent sight, racing around town in his power chair, often bearing gifts of fresh vegetables or some of his wife’s pickles and relish.

Mr. Maxham was always involved in community activities, serving on many boards for many organizations, including the Northwest Holstein Club, The Northeast Kingdom Holstein Club, Vermont Holstein Club, New England Holstein Association, Jersey Cattle Club, New England Milking Shorthorn Society, Lamoille County Field Days board, Northern Farms Coop board, Extension and 4-H advisory boards, and many other organizations.

He showed dairy cattle all over New England and made several trips to the All American Jersey Show in Columbus, Ohio. He was a farming advocate and a master gardener. He even did a stint as Pound Keeper for the town of Johnson. He could always be counted on to do the jobs no one else wanted to do.

Ms. Maxham especially liked working with kids. He was a long time 4-H leader in Lamoillle County and was barn manager for the Vermont 4-H exhibit at Eastern States Exposition for many years, affecting many young lives. He always made room in his heart and home for others, sharing what he had and watching out for those in need. Over the years he and his wife opened their home to many animals and teens needing a safe place.

Many will remember Mr. Maxham as a member of the Darling and Young Sales crew, Northeast Kingdom Sales crew, or working sales for Doug Gilmore while still operating a large farm of his own. He was a very visible advocate for dairy farming whether it be the cows of his younger years or the goats he downsized to as he got older. He was a hard worker and a good friend to all.

He is survived by his wife; his sons: James Maxham, and Kim Maxham of Barton; his daughter Lori Before and her husband, Martin, of Derby; seven grandchildren: Crystal Maxham of Hyde Park, Miranda Maxham of Johnson, Alan Before of Derby, Kevin Before and his partner Mandy Aubin of Derby, Rebecca Bent and her husband, Matthew, of East Thetford, Rachel Before of Derby, and Scott Maxham of Georgia; by six great-grandchildren; and by his nephew Peter Gourley of Hartland. He is also survived by his special neighbor Rita Royer and numerous aunts, uncles, and cousins.

He was predeceased by his parents; his sister and brother-in-law Jensine and Daryl Gourley; and by his nephew, Daryl John Gourley.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to help support the 4-H Dairy program by sending to UVM- VT 4-H Dairy fund, 655 Spear Street, Burlington, Vermont 05405 in Mr. Maxham’s name.

There was a graveside service on Monday, August 24 at the Nye Cemetery in Barton, which was followed by a meal at the New Hope Church in Brownington.

Online condolences at curtis-britch.com.

 

obit PatenaudeDaniel “Dan” Patenaude

Daniel “Dan” Patenaude, 53, of Derby died on August 21, 2015, in Burlington after a courageous battle with ALS.

He was born on January 18, 1962, in Newport, a son of Alphonse and Yvette (Rainville) Patenaude.

On August 8, 1992, he married Rhonda Gibeault, who survives him.

Mr. Patenaude was a heavy equipment operator at Green Mountain Mulch in Derby for 25 years. He enjoyed camping, fishing, NASCAR, and spending time with his family, and he was a practical joker.

Mr. Patenaude is survived by his wife, Rhonda Patenaude, of Derby; by his children: Michael Patenaude and his wife, Leslie, of Killington, Tyler Patenaude and his wife, Chelsea, of Craftsbury, and Taylor Patenaude of West Charleston; by his granddaughter Payton Daniel; a brother-in-law Tom Wilson of Chazy, New York; by Brenda “Momsie” and Bob Lepage, his mother- and father-in-law of Derby; by Roger and Beverly Gibeault, father- and mother-in-law of Westfield; and by many nieces and nephews.  His brother and sisters are Jeanne O’Bryan and her husband, Mark, of Fairfax, Donald Patenaude and his wife, Cindy, of Brattleboro, Linda Elliott and her husband, Wayne, of Essex, and Monique LaPlante and her husband, Arthur, of Beebe.

Mr. Patenaude was predeceased by his loving mother, Yvette Patenaude; his brother Michael Patenaude; and his sister Louise Wilson.

He was a very special soul who loved being around people. He touched people’s lives wherever he went. He loved spending time with his family, cousins, friends, nephews, nieces, aunts, and uncles.  He fought a very tough battle with ALS with great courage.

Mr. Patenaude had a great support system from family, friends, and the whole community, which made him shine every day. He had some very special friends who had a big impact on his life: Randy and Kris Patten, Daryl and Kim Martin, and Stacy and Jennifer Atherton. He loved spending time with them.  He was a man who truly loved his job at Green Mountain Mulch, where he worked running all the various types of equipment.  He loved his dog Harley who used to sit beside him every morning and have coffee with him. In the end, Dan fought and won his battle against ALS.

In lieu of flowers, should friends desire to make contributions in his memory, please donate to the ALS Walk Vermont for “Team Patenaude.” Contributions can be sent to Rhonda Patenaude, 2695 Beebe Road, Newport, Vermont 05855 and made payable to The ALS Association.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, September 5, at St. Edward’s Catholic Church in Derby Line where a Mass will be celebrated. Interment will be in St. Edward’s Cemetery.

Online condolences at curtis-britch.com.

 

obit SwiftHelene G. Swift

Helene G. Swift, 97, of Derby died on August 21, 2015, in Newport.

She was born on April 18, 1918, in Beebe, Quebec, to Harold and Christiana (Colburn) Gustin. On June 6, 1943 she married William D. Swift, who predeceased her on July 12, 1978.

Mrs. Swift was a longtime employee of, and head teller at, the former Chittenden Bank of Newport.

She was a member of the United Church of Derby and the Order of the Eastern Star. She was an avid reader and enjoyed playing cards and cooking. She also enjoyed spending time at the family camp in Stanstead, Quebec, and visiting family and friends.

She is survived by her son in-law Jack Haefeli of Albany, New York, and by numerous grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and great-great-grandchildren. She was predeceased by her daughter Beverly Haefeli and by her brother Lynas Gustin.

Calling hours start at noon and will be followed by a funeral service at 1 p.m. on Saturday, September 5, at the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home at 4670 Darling Hill Road in Newport. Interment will follow in the Derby Center Cemetery.

Should friends desire, contributions in her memory may be made to the Mary Wright Halo Foundation, 1071 Upper Quarry Road, Newport, Vermont 05855.

Online condolences at curtis-britch.com.

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Orleans County Fair in Barton

Mike Myers reassures his daughter Abigail as the two spin in a teacup on the midway at the Orleans County Fair in 2014.  The family hails from Winooski, but spends summers at their camp in Sheffield.  Photo by Joseph Gresser

Mike Myers reassures his daughter Abigail as the two spin in a teacup on the midway at the Orleans County Fair in 2014. The family hails from Winooski, but spends summers at their camp in Sheffield. Photo by Joseph Gresser

The 148th Orleans County Fair will be held Wednesday through Sunday, August 19 through 23, at the Orleans County Fairgrounds in Barton. Rides, animals, horse shows, food vendors, races, demo derby, floral hall vendors, and so much more! Too much information to list! See the ad in this week’s issue. For more information, visit www.orleanscountyfair.net or call (802) 525-3555

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Feds sentence Niles to 16 months

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Derick Niles, left, consults with his lawyer, Christopher Davis, at a court hearing in Newport in April 2104.  Photo by Joseph Gresser

Derick Niles, left, consults with his lawyer, Christopher Davis, at a court hearing in Newport in April 2104. Photo by Joseph Gresser

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by Joseph Gresser

Derick J. Niles, who climbed onto his garage roof in September of 2013 while attempting to hold off an imaginary police posse, will serve 16 months in a federal correctional facility because he is an admitted drug user who carried a .360 caliber rifle up with him.

Mr. Niles, 37, of Newport, was sentenced in U.S. District Court by Judge Christina Reiss after he pled guilty earlier this year to “being an unlawful user of a controlled substance” in possession of a firearm.

Once Mr. Niles leaves prison, his sentence calls for him to serve three years of supervised release. He must submit to a drug test within 15 days of getting out of prison and at least two more tests as required by the court, according to…To read the rest of this article, and all the Chronicle‘s stories, subscribe:

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Hemenways celebrate 75 years together

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Jim and Shirley Hemenway in the living room of the house where Mr. Hemenway was born and where they have spent 72 of their 75 years together.  Mr. Hemenway is 96, Mrs. Hemenway is 92.  The house is filled with Mr. Hemenway’s woodworking and Mrs. Hemenway’s quilts, along with her collection of blue willow, family photos and many other mementos of a long life. Photo by Elizabeth Trail

Jim and Shirley Hemenway in the living room of the house where Mr. Hemenway was born and where they have spent 72 of their 75 years together. Mr. Hemenway is 96, Mrs. Hemenway is 92. The house is filled with Mr. Hemenway’s woodworking and Mrs. Hemenway’s quilts, along with her collection of blue willow, family photos and many other mementos of a long life. Photo by Elizabeth Trail

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by Elizabeth Trail

ORLEANS — The young couple stood in front of the camera on their wedding day. She was very young, dressed like a schoolgirl except for a sequined flapper-style cap and a lace collar livening up the neck of her dress. Her smile was shy but radiant. He was a little older, handsome in his best suit. It was August 20, 1940.

Seventy-five years later, Shirley and Fern “Jim” Hemenway of Orleans looked back at their long life together, which began the day that photo was taken.

They’re about to celebrate an anniversary that few couples see. He is 96, she is 92. He’s hard of hearing now, and has lost much of his vision, but he still has a dry wit. Her feet have lost their lightness and her smile its girlish shyness, but it’s still the biggest thing about her.

Over the years, the couple has raised six children — three biological children, and…To read the rest of this article, and all the Chronicle‘s stories, subscribe:

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New Yorkers give the Holland Community Church a facelift

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A church group came all the way from New York to renovate the Holland Community Church last week.  Here the group poses in front of the church they had been working on all week.  They were in the process of finishing the reinstallation of the vinyl siding before returning to their homes on Saturday.  Pictured here, in the top row, from left to right, are Bob Zuber, Jason Newell, and Bill Weyer.  In the next row, from left to right, are Tino Almodovar, Aaron Abrahamsen, wearing a black shirt and a crucifix, Justin Zuber, and Ed Conti.  In the next row down, are Joshua Harvey, who is wearing a spotted shirt, James Houston, Lori Buck, with braids in her hair, and Vincent Pappalardo.  In the next row, from left to right, are Joanne Parzuchowski, with glasses on her head, Ed Parzuchowski, Pat Kelly, and Tiffany Hervas.  In the front row, are Amy Ciofrone, Hope Harvey, Suzanne Phinkham, and Jared Parzuchowski.  Harry Kelly and Lou Samaritano, who aren’t in the picture, were also part of the group.  Photos by Nathalie Gagnon-Joseph

A church group came all the way from New York to renovate the Holland Community Church last week. Here the group poses in front of the church they had been working on all week. They were in the process of finishing the reinstallation of the vinyl siding before returning to their homes on Saturday. Pictured here, in the top row, from left to right, are Bob Zuber, Jason Newell, and Bill Weyer. In the next row, from left to right, are Tino Almodovar, Aaron Abrahamsen, wearing a black shirt and a crucifix, Justin Zuber, and Ed Conti. In the next row down, are Joshua Harvey, who is wearing a spotted shirt, James Houston, Lori Buck, with braids in her hair, and Vincent Pappalardo. In the next row, from left to right, are Joanne Parzuchowski, with glasses on her head, Ed Parzuchowski, Pat Kelly, and Tiffany Hervas. In the front row, are Amy Ciofrone, Hope Harvey, Suzanne Phinkham, and Jared Parzuchowski. Harry Kelly and Lou Samaritano, who aren’t in the picture, were also part of the group. Photos by Nathalie Gagnon-Joseph

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by Nathalie Gagnon-Joseph

HOLLAND — The Holland Community Church got a makeover last week when a team from New York drove up to repaint, refurbish, and generally spiff up the place.

“It’s absolutely overwhelming,” said Vi Hauver, a member of the church. “They were just beyond words.”

“I’ve known these people for a good number of years,” Holland Community Church Pastor John Genco said. “I was ordained through the organization that they are a part of.”

When he discovered that there was a mission team, he called and applied to get help with construction work.

Jason Newell was the leader of about 20 people from Smithtown Gospel Tabernacle Church in Smithtown, New York, who…To read the rest of this article, and all the Chronicle‘s stories, subscribe:

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What to do with all those plums?

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by Tena Starr  

This is the time of year when we have what we call “summer food” dinners. Mainly those dinners are about the vegetables. It’s a time of year when it’s a pleasure to cook.

People often talk about having to sneak vegetables into their children’s food. With two children and three grandchildren who have rarely refused a vegetable, who snack on vegetables, it seems to me that kids do not have an inherent dislike of them — they somehow learn it.

Maybe they were fed too many canned green beans, maybe they think of vegetables as overcooked mush instead of crisp and crunchy. Maybe they developed a taste, along the way, for…To read the rest of this article, and all the Chronicle‘s stories, subscribe:

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Obituaries August 19, 2015

obit BerardMaria Dolores “Loli” Berard

Maria Dolores “Loli” Berard, 55, died with grace on Tuesday, August 4, 2015, after a courageous battle with amyloidosis. She was surrounded by her family’s love. She is now reunited with her son Jason A. Berard.

Born in Havana, Cuba, on June 10, 1960, she was the fifth child of seven to Pedro Barquin and Luisa Olagorta Barquin. She grew up in Miami, Florida, and Manila, Philippines, before moving to Vermont to attend the University of Vermont. It was in Burlington that she met her husband of 32 years, Roger E. Berard, and began building their life and family together.

Having established their home in St. Albans, with four children, Ms. Berard founded and co-owned the successful children’s clothing brand, Loli of Vermont, for which she received the Franklin County Business and Professional Women, Woman of Achievement Award. That was only the beginning.

Dedicated to education, social justice, and equality, she tackled every opportunity with gusto, and always fought to support youth voices, promote excellence and equity in education, and create lifelong learning opportunities. She obtained her bachelor’s degree in psychology from Johnson State College, her master’s of education in educational leadership and policy studies from the University of Vermont, and participated in the Snelling Center for Government’s Vermont Leadership Institute.

Most recently the Vermont Regional Coordinator of Franklin Grand Isle Building Bright Futures, Ms. Berard was the principal of the Alburgh Community Education Center, the school and community coordinator for Franklin Central Supervisory Union (FCSU), and she was involved with Project New Beginnings, Everyday Democracy, Youth in Transition, Franklin Grand Isle United Way, and Bellows Free Academy Northwest Technical Center.

She had more than 15 years of teaching experience, community service and development, and civic engagement, and Ms. Berard was connected, loyal, passionate, determined, and loved by the community she created.

Along with her adoring husband, she continues to guide her sons, Roger A. Berard and Lucas A. Berard, and her daughter, Sophia A. Berard and her fiancé, Luke Gellatly, with strength and will of heart. She is loved and missed by her family: Maria, Richard and Ari Arratia, Pedro and Betty Barquin, Maipi, Richard, Christopher, and Devin Deraney, Jose, Lana, Tristan, Gabriella and Alesio Barquin, Maite and Alan Brace, Pablo and Victoria Barquin, and Gilles, Jeannine, Paul, and Lynne Berard.

A memorial service was held on Saturday, August 8, by Father Maurice J. Roy at Holy Angels Catholic Church, followed by a celebration of her life at her home.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may go to the Dream Big Memorial Fund at www.gofundme.com/6fa4wew4.

Online condolences at kiddermemorialhome.com.

 

obit duvalSister Geneva (Jane Frances) Duval

Sister Geneva (Jane Frances) Duval, 93, died at Holy Cross Health Center (HCHC) in Manchester, New Hampshire, on Thursday, August 13, 2015.

She was born in Richford, on November 14, 1921, to Basil Duval and Mabel Jane (Donlon) Duval.

She entered the Congregation of the Daughters of the Charity of the Sacred Heart of Jesus in Sherbrooke, Quebec, in 1938 and professed her vows on August 21, 1940.

Her primary missions were teaching in Champlain and Morrisonville, New York, (where she later became part of the school administration), Newport, and Colebrook, New Hampshire, and bookkeeping and secretarial services in Derby Line, Burlington, Newport, and Littleton, New Hampshire.

She retired to Mount Sacred Heart in Littleton in 1997, then to HCHC in 2014.

She loved her religious community and was very dedicated to her various ministries. Her eyes had a special sparkle when she spoke of her family. She will be remembered and missed by all.

She is survived by her nieces: Norma Yandow, Cecile Deblois and her husband, John, and Jane Frances Maxwell and her husband, Paul; and by her nephews: Douglas, Martin, Jim, Ken Jr., and Dennis Duval.

She was predeceased by her parents and six brothers: Archibald, Norman, Elmer, Francis, Kenneth, and Rémi.

Prayer at Mount Sacred Heart Chapel took place on Sunday, August 16. A Mass was celebrated on Monday, August 17, at Mount Sacred Heart Chapel. Burial followed in St. Mary’s Cemetery in Newport.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Daughters of the Charity of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, 226 Grove Street, Littleton, New Hampshire 03561.

To sign a guest book, please visit rossfuneral.com.

 

obit gloverPauline S. Glover

Pauline S. Glover, 86, of Derby died peacefully on August 11, 2015, in Newport.

She was born on December 26, 1928, in Derby to Arthur and Beulah (Curtis) Storey.

On August 26, 1950 she married Hayden Glover who predeceased her.

Pauline was town clerk for the town of Derby for 40 years. She was a member of the Derby Academy Alumni Association, and the Free Will Baptist Church of West Charleston. She was an avid reader, watched her favorite TV shows, enjoyed farming and attending activities with Mr. Glover, tending to her vegetable garden, going to yard sales, and she always loved and cared for her many animals over the years.

She is survived by her children: Valerie Glover of Derby, and Edward Glover and his wife and stepdaughter of Derby; her granddaughter Kim Robinson of Winooski; by her sisters: Laura Labrecque of Massachusetts, and Evelyn Willard of Derby; her aunt Phyllis Davio of Newport; and by many cousins, nieces, nephews, and friends.

Funeral services were held on Monday, August 17, 2015 at the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home at 4670 Darling Hill Road in Newport, with the Reverend Richard Whitehill officiating.

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 the Dailey Library, 101 Junior High Drive, Derby, Vermont 05829.

Online condolences at curtis-britch.com.

 

obit hendersonPenelope “Pennie” Ruth (Naylor) Henderson

Penelope “Pennie” Ruth (Naylor) Henderson, 82, of Newport died on August 10, 2015.

She was born on October 25, 1932, the second child and first daughter of Canon R. Kenneth Naylor and Mary Barton Naylor, and a Montreal resident for her first 45 years.

She was the wife of the late Rod Henderson, whom she lived with in Newport later in life.

Her passion was being a pilot when it was very unusual for a girl just out of high school to aim to do that. Working at Bell Canada gave her the needed money to take flying lessons at Laurentide Aviation in Dorval, Quebec. After obtaining her private pilot’s license, she went on to obtain her commercial license and her instructor’s rating. However TransCanada Airlines (later Air Canada) was not hiring women at that time, so she became a flight instructor in her spare time. She was featured in an interesting article in The Blue Bell of Bell Canada from August 1965.

She also acquired a motorcycle and toured England, Scotland, and Wales on it for six months. She worked there, among other things, harvesting hops.

In her work at Bell Canada, French language usage meant that she was required to attend many meetings in French. She took an early medical retirement, and married Mr. Henderson, a fellow pilot, in 1975.

She was predeceased by her husband; and her brother Ronald in 2009.

She is survived by her sisters, Rachel Fletcher and Gillian Villeneuve; her stepchildren: Debbie, Denyse, Joan, Anne, Roddie and Pennie; and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services were held on Saturday, August 15, at the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home at 37 Lake Road in Newport, with the Reverend Cameron Miller officiating.

Should friends desire, contributions in her memory may be made to the Bel-Aire Nursing Home Activities Fund, 35 Bel-Aire Drive, Newport, Vermont 05855.

Online condolences at curtis-britch.com.

 

obit LeclercDenis J. Leclerc

Denis J. Leclerc, 61, died on Monday August 3, 2015, at his home in Island Pond.

Born in Sorel, Montreal, Québec on August 19, 1953, to Victor J. and Yvette R. Leclerc, he moved to Island Pond in 1963 as his father was transferred from the Canadian National Railroad in Montreal.

Mr. Leclerc began his career in cooking at the age of 17 at the infamous Buck & Doe Restaurant under the watchful eye of Ronny Langford. From there he spent the majority of his career at the Spa Restaurant in West Stewartstown, New Hampshire, turning the restaurant into what it is today. He devoted countless hours and was an instrumental part of its success for which Francis and Stephanie will be forever grateful.

He was a devoted employee and friend with a large extended family. He loved to spread his culinary knowledge and taught many how to cook.

He enjoyed many activities, including golf and pool. He enjoyed hunting camp with his buddies back in the day for some good poker, and he was an avid sportsman. He played in many pool leagues. He loved to read and had a vast knowledge on many subjects.

He had a heart of gold and will be fondly remembered and deeply missed by all who knew and loved him.

He is survived by three sisters: Sylvie Ming and her husband, Larry, of Island Pond, Lynn Leclerc, and Michele Leclerc, both of Island Pond; his brother Peter J. Leclerc and his wife, Debbie, of Wallingford, Connecticut; nine nieces and nephews: Brandy Pepin and her husband, Tyler, of Island Pond, Derek Ming of Island Pond, Renee Delachevrotiere and her husband, Jay, of Wallingford, Connecticut, Michael V. Leclerc of Detroit, Michigan, Jonathan P. Leclerc of Wallingford, Connecticut, Nathan Stebenne and his wife, Krystal, of Island Pond, Brandon Stebenne of Island Pond, John Langmaid of Washington, D.C., Tara Langmaid, who is also his godchild, and her boyfriend, Andrew Martin, of Island Pond; his stepfather Harry Weatherstone of Island Pond; his aunt and uncle Claudine and Adellard Pelletier of Island Pond; and by several great nieces and nephews and by many aunts and uncles in the United States and Canada.

He was predeceased by his parents in 1977 and 2006.

There will be a graveside service at the Lakeside Cemetery in Island Pond where he will be buried beside his parents on Wednesday, August 19, 2015, at 2 p.m. There will be a luncheon at the American Legion directly following.

Online condolences at curtis-britch.com.

 

obit PercyGeraldine M. Percy

Geraldine M. Percy, 92, of Titusville, Florida died on Thursday, August 13, 2015.

A native of Island Pond, Ms. Percy moved to Florida in the early eighties from Pocasset, Massachusetts.

She attended St. Teresa of Avila Catholic Church. She was a charter member of St. John’s Women’s Guild in Pocasset, a member of the Rosie The Riveter Organization, and received the Marian Award.

She is survived by four sons: James and his wife, Jean, Donald and his wife, Margaret, Ellis and his wife, JoAnn, and Kenneth and his wife, Diane; her daughter Mary Mysona; her brother-in-law Basil Percy; nine grandchildren; and ten great-grandchildren; as well as many nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by her husband, Newell R. Percy; a brother, Donald Aldrich; and a sister, Lucille Bresse.

Funeral services were held in Titusville, Florida. An inurnment service will be held Friday, August 28, at 11:30 a.m. at the Massachusetts National Cemetery in Bourne, Massachusetts.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to St. Teresa of Avila Catholic School, 203 Ojibway Street, Titusville, Florida 32780.

 

Obit westover photoJoyce A. Westover

Joyce A. Westover, 83, of Barton, died on Tuesday, August 11, 2015.

She was born on February 29, 1932, in Brownington, to the late Ralph and Gertrude (White) Whitcomb.

She graduated from Barton Academy in 1950 where she excelled at her studies. She was a bookkeeper and office manager at several business establishments during her career years.

She loved to read the Bible and developed a strong faith in the Lord, which she loved to share. Many a close friendship was made at the Solid Rock Assembly Brownington Center Church and Sutton Freewill Baptist Church. She loved her children, family, friends, pets, road trips, many adventures, and sharing a meal. Gardening and feeding the hummingbirds were pleasurable activities. She had a heart of gold and was a champion for those less fortunate. She believed in the Second Amendment and was an avid supporting member of the Rod and Gun Club.

Her family and friends will miss her greatly.

Mrs. Westover is survived by her children: Carlene Larose of Connecticut, Donna Larose-Baginski and her husband, Paul, of Florida, Betty Larose of Vermont, Clarence “Buzz” Larose of Vermont, Ed Westover of Vermont, and Barry Westover of Texas. She is also survived by her grandchildren: Heather Larose of North Carolina, Christopher Larose and his son Dylan, and daughters Kayana, Kaylene, and Kaydriene, of Vermont, Holly Larose and her son Isaiah of North Carolina, Carl Larose and his wife, Valerie, and their son Daniel, of Connecticut, Monica Larose of Vermont, Roany Meyer of Massachusetts, Brittany (Westover) Howard and her husband, Chase, of Georgia, and Ryan Westover of Washington. She is also survived by her sister-in-law Florence Whitcomb, and by many nieces and nephews.

Mrs. Westover was predeceased by her parents, Ralph and Gertrude (White) Whitcomb; her sister, Beatrice Berggren and her husband, Norman; and her brother Gordon Whitcomb. She was also predeceased by her first husband, Carl Larose, and her second husband, Lawrence Westover, as well as her daughter-in-law Janice Larose and granddaughter-in-law Xantippie Larose.

A celebration of life service will be held at the Solid Rock Assembly of God Church in Barton on Saturday, August 22, at noon.

Contributions in memory of Mrs. Westover may be made to the Solid Rock Assembly of God Church, P.O. Box 318, Barton, Vermont 05822.

Online condolences at awrfh.com.

 

obit whipple VETFoster Metcalf Whipple

Foster Metcalf Whipple, 84, of Newport, died on August 9, 2015, in Newport.

He was born on August 24, 1930, in Coventry, to Max and Lettie (Metcalf) Whipple.

He was a veteran of the Korean War. He was a truck driver for Pike Industries where he retired after 18 years of service. He was a member of the American Legion Post 21 of Newport, and the Order of the Elks. He owned his own trucking business for several years before working for Pike Industries and he had a snowplowing business for several years through which he met and made a lot of friends. He always had a smile on his face, enjoyed lots of laughter, and had good things to say about everyone.

He is survived by his wife, Lorraine Kish Whipple of Newport, who he married in March 2007; his nieces: Linda Walker of Canaan, New Hampshire, Mary Walker and her husband, Robert Greenhalgh, of Arizona, Karen and Jesse Conley of Barton, Bruce and his wife, Darlene, of Newport; his great-niece Jeannie Greenhalgh of California; Ms. Whipple’s children: Edward Kish and his wife, Nancy, and Keith Kish and his wife, Lisa, all of Hardwick, and David Kish and his wife, Karen, of Connecticut; and several nieces, nephews and grandchildren.

obit vets flagHe was predeceased by his brother Leland Whipple; and his first wife, Francese Miles who he married on April 14, 1956, and who died on June 20, 2006.

Funeral services were held on Friday, August 14, 2015, at the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home at 4670 Darling Hill Road in Newport, with the Reverend Nathan Strong officiating.

Should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to the Albany United Methodist Church Memorial Fund, P.O. Box 167, Albany, Vermont 05820, or to Love is Caring Home Health Care, 7827 Route 14, Craftsbury, Vermont 05827.

Online condolences at curtis-britch.com.

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