County youth at higher risk than average, survey says

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copyright the Chronicle July 20, 2016

by Joseph Gresser

A survey measuring risks to Vermont youth suggests Orleans County may be hazardous to their health. The state Department of Health conducts The Youth Risk Behavior Survey every two years.

It is part of a nationwide series of surveys, according to Colleen Moore de Ortiz, who serves as a public health nurse, school liaison, and chronic disease designee with the Department of Health.

The survey queries young people on topics ranging from whether they use seat belts to how many portions of fruits and vegetables they eat each week. It also includes questions on hot button issues such as drug and tobacco use, drinking, and sexual behavior.

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Residents and landowners reject commercial wind

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copyright the Chronicle July 20, 2016

by Elizabeth Trail

MORGAN — Only days after officials from the Public Service Board (PSB) toured the hayfield overlooking Lake Seymour where energy entrepreneur David Blittersdorf is planning to put a 500-kilowatt solar project, the Morgan Select Board held a special meeting to talk about the possibility of a wind project on the ridgeline above the town. About 110 people came to the meeting.

Of the 80-plus people in the school gym who identified themselves as residents or landowners when a nonbinding vote was called, only one hand rose in support of wind development.

A handful of people left during the question and answer period before the vote.

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Sterling College vandalism not viewed as prank

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by Joseph Gresser

copyright the Chronicle July 13, 2016

CRAFTSBURY COMMON — Sterling College President Matthew Derr wanted it clear that he does not consider recent vandalism at the school to be a prank. In a conversation Monday, Mr. Derr also insisted that there is no reason to believe that the person who made what he considers a homophobic statement is a member of the Craftsbury community.

On June 12 a gunman murdered 49 people and wounded another 53 at Pulse, a nightclub in Orlando, Florida, that was a welcoming place for members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) community.

A couple of days later Sterling College put a rainbow flag on Dunbar Hall to show solidarity with those targeted in the attack.

On June 16 the campus woke to discover someone had pelted the building with eggs during the night…To read the rest of this article, and all the Chronicle‘s stories, subscribe:

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Obituaries June 29, 2016

Ruth Taylor Clapper

Ruth Taylor Clapper, 96, of East Charleston, died on May 30, 2016, at her family’s longtime cottage on Echo Lake in her beloved state of Vermont. She was surrounded by the love of her two daughters, as was her wish.

She was born on August 17, 1919, in North Fork, Nebraska, to J.D. Taylor and Edna (Gibson) Taylor.

Mrs. Clapper spent her early life on the Rosebud Indian Reservation in South Dakota — on horseback, of course.

Her school years were spent in Bellows Falls, where she was embraced by a large, caring, extended family. She excelled in sports, music, and academics.

Her father was against his daughter going to college, so Miss Ruth Taylor attended business school. Meanwhile an irate sister confronted Mr. Taylor, insisting that he send her to Middlebury College. As a result, Miss Taylor and her three siblings graduated from college.

When she graduated from Middlebury College, with a bachelor of arts degree, she began teaching. In Oklahoma, on February 28, 1942, she married her college sweetheart, Charles Myron Clapper, of Newport. Mr. Clapper died in 2000 after 58 years of marriage.

After World War II, which changed many things, she said, the family moved to Woodstown, New Jersey. When her daughters were in school, Mrs. Clapper began her 21 years of teaching French at Woodstown High School.

In addition to teaching, she was a longtime Girl Scout leader and was an extremely active member of the Asbury Methodist Church of Woodstown. For many years, Mrs. Clapper was a volunteer driver for Meals on Wheels and was a driving force for the American Field Service Foreign exchange student organization.

Mrs. Clapper loved playing cards and belonged to several bridge clubs. She enjoyed learning new information, reading, doing crossword puzzles, and gardening.

Mr. and Mrs. Clapper played golf, bowled, traveled, and were diehard Flyers and Bruins fans, and Patriot football fans. They both were formidable defenders and knowledgeable “referees.”

This knowledge transferred over to five grandchildren and ten great-grandchildren’s sports events and community activities. In fact, if a car was going anywhere, Mrs. Clapper was in it.

Mrs. Clapper is survived by her two daughters: Bonnie Hopkins of East Charleston, and Becky Spear of Fairbanks, Alaska; her five grandchildren: John Hopkins Jr. of Augusta, Georgia, Derek D. Hopkins of Deerfield, New Hampshire, Scott C. Hopkins of Indianapolis, Indiana, Tarik William Spear of Fairbanks, Alaska, and Darrah Lea Fitzpatrick of Fairbanks. She is also survived by numerous great-grandchildren; three great-great-grandchildren; her sister Leila Taylor Baggett of Keystone Heights, Florida; and her sister-in-law Kjellrum Taylor of Litchfield Park, Arizona.

She was predeceased by her sister Phyllis Taylor, and her brother, Lieutenant Colonel David D. Taylor, who was 92 years old.

Rest in peace Bema and Gram.

Services will be held at the convenience of the family.

Memorial donations should be sent to the Island Pond Health Center, P.O Box 425, Island Pond, Vermont 05846, where several family members received excellent and convenient healthcare for seven decades.

Online condolences at curtis-britch.com.

Patricia M. Driscoll

Patricia M. Driscoll, 91, of Island Pond, formerly of Warwick, New York, died on June 23, 2016, at her home in Island Pond.

She was born October 7, 1924, in the Bronx, New York, a daughter of Edmund C. Farrell and Mae (Brodbeck) Farrell.

She graduated from Cathedral High School in New York, New York, in 1941. She was a veteran of World War II, having been honorably discharged from the United States Marine Corps in 1946.

In 1948 she married John T. Driscoll. She donated time and energy to numerous activities. She was a member of the American Legion Post #214 of Warwick, New York. She was an active member of St. Stephens Catholic Church in Warwick as a member of the choir and Catholic daughters of America chapter.

Mrs. Driscoll enjoyed planting flower gardens and feeding the birds.

She is survived by the following children: Thomas Driscoll and his wife, Stephanie, of Cherry Valley, New York, Walter Driscoll and his wife, Marcia, of Island Pond, Kathleen Garulli and her husband, Mike, of Goshen, New York, Brian Driscoll and his wife, Jeannette, of Little Rock, Arkansas, Daniel Driscoll and his friend, Michelle, of Shohola, Pennsylvania, Donna Egan of Shohola, Terence Driscoll of Island Pond, and John Driscoll Jr. and his wife, Izzy, of Denver, Colorado; by 13 grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; three sisters; and several nieces and nephews.

Services will be held in New York at the convenience of the family. Should friends desire, contributions in her memory may be made to the Island Pond Health Center, 82 Maple Street, Island Pond, Vermont 05846.

Online condolences at curtis-britch.com.

Jack Frederick Healey

Jack Frederick Healey of Woodstock, Virginia, died on June 16, 2016, after several years of battling Lewy body dementia, with his loving family at his side.

He was born in Irasburg on December 3, 1937, the only child of Clyde and Pauline Healey.

He graduated from Orleans High School in 1955 and the University of Vermont in 1960.

After college, Mr. Healey joined the Army for three years, and then began his career with the United States Army Intelligence and Security Command at Arlington Hall Station and Fort Belvoir. He worked there for 30 years, and retired in 1993 as the deputy director.

Mr. Healey will always be remembered for his loyalty and love for his family, his irresistible smile, and personality that drew people to him. He was humble and kind and often the life of the party.

He was an experienced traveler both during his working years and after his retirement in 1993. He traveled to many places in the United States and around the world.

Mr. Healey will always be known for his love of the Washington Redskins and Nationals. His many hobbies included woodworking, landscaping, cooking, and crossword puzzles. He was literally a “Jack of all trades.”

He is survived by his loving wife of 53 years, Grace Healey, of Woodstock; his son Sean Healey and his wife, Leah, of Ellicott City, Maryland; his daughter Debbie Bevins and her companion, Scott Snelgrove, of Westfield; his grandchildren: Ian Healey, Megan Healey, Colin Healey, Hannah Bevins, and Charlie Bevins; his brother-in-law Charles Stevens; sister-in-law Cathy of Rock Hill, South Carolina; a niece; nephew; several cousins; and his little dog, Buddy.

Mr. Healey was predeceased by his parents, Clyde and Pauline Healey, and his aunt Doris Vance.

A memorial service for Mr. Healey was held on June 21 in Virginia. A graveside service will be held at a later date in Irasburg.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Lewy Body Dementia Association at lbda.org, or at 912 Killian Hill Road, Southwest, Lilburn, Georgia 30047, or the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation at jdrf.org, or 26 Broadway, Fourteenth floor, New York, New York 10004.

Family and friends can sign the Stover Funeral Home and Crematory, Inc., online guestbook at stoverfuneralhome.com.

Marjorie Miller 

Marjorie Miller, 86, of Morrisville, died at her home on June 8, 2016, surrounded by her loving family and dear friends Joann Prescott and Judy Stancliff.

She was born October 21, 1929, in Westbrook Valley, New Jersey, a daughter of Warren A. and Marjorie Ellen Bowen Stephens. She married Mac Miller on April 12, 1952, in Upper Montclair, New Jersey.

Mrs. Miller is survived by her husband, Mac; their children: Patrice Ladd and Loren, Mac Jr. and Linda, Frank, and Warren and Kathy; by her grandchildren: Shannon, Erik and Wendy, Kelly, Kyle and Melinda; by her great-grandchildren: Terrance, Landon, and Brooklynn; a sister, Anna (Elson) Hust; and many nieces and nephews and friends.

Mrs. Miller was always taking care of people, and loved to babysit for any babies that were born to family and friends. She loved to travel, cook, and watch the wildlife and birds on her hill.

She was a member of Morristown Rescue for many years and worked at Copley Hospital for 35 years.

A memorial service was held Tuesday, June 21, at the First Congregational Church in Morrisville. A reception followed at the church.

Online condolences may be made by visiting faithfh.net.

In lieu of flowers, contributions in Mrs. Miller’s name may be made to the Lamoille Area Cancer Network, 198 Farr Avenue, Morrisville, Vermont 05661.

Stephen Barrett Tanner

Stephen Barrett Tanner died peacefully on June 20, 2016, in St. Johnsbury.

He was born on November 4, 1922, in Cambridge, Massachusetts, to parents William Maddox Tanner and Daisy Barrett Tanner, both from Texas.

While he was a student at Yale University, majoring in German literature, he was drafted into the U.S. Army in March of 1943. He served in the Army Signal Intelligence Corps and participated in the Italian campaign of World War II. His fluency in both German and Italian were instrumental in decoding and translating radio transmissions intercepted by his unit from German forces.

At the end of the war he hunted for, arrested, and interrogated German officers and Nazi collaborators. He then returned to Yale to complete his degree and, while there, he taught two courses in Italian. Upon graduation, he was recruited by, and joined, the CIA. He was an able and successful Cold War warrior, focusing his many talents on gaining intelligence about the Soviet Union. When living overseas his cover was the U.S. Department of State, which meant that he had to do two jobs at the same time, the regular work of a Foreign Service employee plus his job for the CIA.

After retiring from the government, he worked as a consultant for various American and European companies doing business abroad. He also briefly became a professional tennis teacher and wrote and published several books of humor.

The time he spent as a high school student at the Putney School in Putney was a very important, formative time of his life. His love for the school and devotion to fund-raising never wavered throughout his adult life. He also attended the Middlebury College Summer Language School, where he met a student whose family owned a summer place on the shores of Willoughby Lake in Westmore — it was love at first sight!

On June 7, 1947, he and Anne Wallis Swift were married in Princeton, New Jersey.

In later life his favorite sport was tennis, but as a young man it was figure skating. He was a member of both the Cambridge and Boston skating clubs, and in 1940 he won the U.S. Junior Pairs Championship with skating partner Dorothy Glazier.

His favorite hobby was opera, particularly Italian opera, and he took singing lessons whenever he could. In his retirement years he became an avid impresario and was always organizing concerts, soirees, and other entertainments. He frequently used those events to raise money for various local causes — to help buy the North Beach of Willoughby Lake for the town of Westmore; to refurbish the kitchen of the Westmore Community Church Friendship Hall after it was damaged by fire; to establish the Neighbor Helping Neighbor Fund; to provide scholarships for local children, and more. He felt that raising money to help others was his most important activity in his later years.

He is survived by his wife, Anne (Nancy) Tanner; his son Bruce Tanner; his daughter Kersten Tanner; his grandson William Tanner; and his granddaughter Kelly Tanner.

A memorial service, followed by interment of his ashes in the Lake View Cemetery in Westmore will begin at 2 p.m on Wednesday, July 27, at the Westmore Community Church, Westmore. Instead of flowers, a donation may be made in his memory to the Westmore Community Church, or the Putney School, in Putney.

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Obituaries June 22, 2016

Moses Wilbur Allen

Moses Wilbur Allen, 87, of Island Pond died on June 16, 2016, in Newport.

He was born on October 13, 1928, in West Charleston. He was the son of Daniel and Susan (Gilfillan) Allen.

Mr. Allen was a Marine Corps veteran of the Korean War. He married Dorothy (Brooks) Allen on November 22, 1949.
He was a member of the Lions Club, American Legion Post #80, the fire department, and president of the snowmobile club, all of Island Pond.

He sold insurance for the Modern Woodmen Insurance Company for 38 years. He loved to go hunting, fishing and camping. He always loved to be outdoors.

He is survived by his wife, Dorothy Allen, of Island Pond; by two sons: Robert Allen of Island Pond and Steven Allen and his wife, Connie, of Merrimack, New Hampshire; by 11 grandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandsons.

He was predeceased by his son Ronald Allen, his brother Sherman Allen, and his sister Louray Roy.

Funeral services were held on June 21. Burial followed at the Hillside Cemetery in East Charleston.

Memorial contributions may be made in Mr. Allen’s name to a charity of one’s choice.

Online condolences at curtis-britch.com.

Bruce David Boutin

Bruce David Boutin, 78, of Burlington died on June 9, 2016, in Burlington.

He was born on June 15, 1937, in Bloomfield, to Flavia and Ethel (Moody) Boutin.

He attended St. Mary’s Catholic School in Island Pond and served in the United States Army during the Korean War from 1956 to1961.

In 1963 he married Barbara Sylvester, who predeceased him.

Mr. Boutin was employed as a logger for over 30 years. He was, at one time, employed by the town of Brighton. He also worked for L&M Trucking in Nashua, New Hampshire, and at his father’s paving business.

His hobbies included planting and working in his vegetable gardening, doing puzzles, and he was a skilled hunter and trapper. He was a past member of the Teamsters Union in Bangor, Maine.

He is survived by his son Bruce David Jenkins of Fairbanks, Alaska; by his brother Donald Boutin and his sister Pamela Nordquist; by two grandchildren: Jacob and Nicholas Jenkins; and by his niece and nephew Laurel and Ed Pierpont.

Services will be held on September 26.

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

Online condolences at curtis-britch.com.

Joyce E. Cross

Joyce E. Cross, 83, of East Haven, died peacefully on June 15, 2016, at her home.

She was born on December 3, 1932, in Brighton, to Claude and Blanche (Stevens) Maxwell.

She graduated from Brighton High School in 1951.

On June 22, 1951, she married Wyman Alfred Cross, who predeceased her on January 24, 2002.

Mrs. Cross was a very caring and giving person. She loved music and playing her piano. She enjoyed walks and visits with family at camps at Lake Seymour every year. Her family all loved her dearly — she will be missed so much, by all. She was the bookkeeper for years for her husband’s business. She always took care of the neighbors’ children and everyone loved her.

Mrs. Cross was a member of the Vermont Association of Blind and Visually Impaired and she was also a member of the consumer advocacy board.

She is survived by her children: Claudia Giguere and her husband, Michael, of Newark, Cynthia Shook and her husband, Charles, of Yalesville, Connecticut, Veronica Olcott and her husband, Gary, of East St. Johnsbury, David Cross and his wife, Patricia, of Lyndonville, Joyce Ashman and her husband, Larry, of Morgan, and Meloday Austin and her companion, Rock Ovitt, of Island Pond; by 12 grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren; by her brothers: Blaine Maxwell of Island Pond, Dwight Maxwell and his wife, Carole, of Island Pond, Robert Maxwell and his wife, Charlene, of Island Pond, Douglas Maxwell and his wife, Marilyn, of Island Pond; and by her sister June Bingham of East Charleston. She is also survived by her mother-in-law, Evelyn Cross; and by her brother-in-law Alfred Cross and his wife, Carol, all of Newark.

She was predeceased by her son William Cross; her granddaughter Michelle Olcott; by her sister-in-law Barbara Maxwell; by her brother-in-law Ralph Bingham; her great-grandson Bently Layne Giguere; and a special companion Frank Zeigler.

Funeral services were held on June 20 in Island Pond. Interment followed in Woodmont Cemetery in East Burke.

Should friends desire, contributions in her memory may be made to the Vermont Association for the Blind and Visually Impaired, 37 Elmwood Avenue, Burlington, Vermont 05401.

Online condolences at curtis-britch.com.

Susan Field

“The object of life’s journey is not to arrive at the grave safely in a well preserved body, but rather to skid in sideways, totally worn out, shouting, ‘Holy shit, what a ride!!!'” — Mavis Leyrer

And what a ride she had.

Susan Field, 64, of Craftsbury Common died on June 8, 2016.

In life she did things her way. She was irreverent, funny, smart, loyal, eccentric, generous, and had a moral compass that would rival that of any do-gooders amongst us. Ms. Field’s reservoir of gifts ran deep and wide. She was a talented quilter, great horse lady, an exquisite storyteller, marvelous writer, avid reader, loyal friend, and a heck of a Scrabble player.

It was best not to enter a battle of wits with her if you were unprepared. In some circles she was legendary and remained the undefeated leg wrestling champion in the Northeast Kingdom (unofficial and impromptu rounds played out on a barroom floor). Ms. Field loved every student who passed through her classroom. Viola Swamp is sure to live on in the hearts and minds of many third-graders. Ms. Field liked to be thought of as “old flinty heart,” but those of us who knew her best, knew it was a ruse.

She is survived by her daughter Lori Schneider, and her favorite, albeit only, son-in-law Tony Schneider; by her grandchildren Olivia and Anthony Schneider; by her siblings Nancy Richardson, Doug Field and Marilyn, and Bill Field and Cathy; by her niece Sara Ackermann and Jimmy; by her nephews Sterling Richardson and Kelly, Ben Field and Josie, and Aaron Field. She left behind some incredibly close friends and many acquaintances from all walks of life, as well as an adversary or two. In addition to these people, her best friend, Maya, the beautiful buckskin mare that nobody else wanted, has to adjust to life without her.

As her daughter she was my rock, my sounding board, my safe landing, and my go-to person when I needed a reality check. I can hardly speak about the connection she and Olivia shared without my heart breaking for my daughter who has lost her biggest cheerleader. Although he may not recognize it yet, Anthony Schneider is more like his Gran than he realizes. What a lucky young man.

A departure party will be held at her house on August 6. This will be a time for those whose lives were touched by her to come together to tell tall tales about her, laugh, cry and make merry.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to P.E.T.S. of the Kingdom at P.O. Box 111, Derby, Vermont 05829 or Horses Home Again at 4458 Stowe Hollow Road, Stowe, Vermont 05672.

May every day be a good riding day for you now, Granny Sue.

 

When I am an old horsewoman

I shall wear turquoise and diamonds,

And a straw hat that doesn’t suit me

And I shall spend my Social Security on

White wine and carrots,

And sit in my alleyway of my barn

And listen to my horses breathe.

 

I will sneak out in the middle of a summer night

And ride the old bay gelding,

Across the moonstruck meadow

If my old bones will allow

And when people come to call, I will smile and nod

As I walk past the gardens to the barn

And show instead the flowers growing

Inside stalls fresh-lined with straw.

I will shovel and sweat and wear hay in my hair

As if it were a jewel

 

And I will be an embarrassment to ALL

Who will not yet have found the peace in being free

To have a horse as a best friend

A friend who waits at midnight hour

With muzzle and nicker and patient eyes

For the kind of woman I will be

When I am old.” — by Patty Barnhart

Jean-Pierre A. Maclure

Jean-Pierre A. Maclure, 74, of Newport died peacefully, surrounded by his family, on June 13, 2016, in Newport.

He was born on October 24, 1941, in Sherbrooke, Quebec, to Wilbridge and Angeline Maclure.

On June 24, 1961, he married Solange Houle, who predeceased him on May 5, 2016.

Mr. Maclure was a clerk for the Red and White Grocery Store in Stanstead, Quebec. He had also been previously employed by Kerr Auto Sales, Frawley Chevrolet, and Newport Auto Body. He was a night watchman for North Country Union High School from 1999 to 2008.

Mr. Maclure enjoyed camping, playing horseshoes, playing solitaire, and putting together jigsaw puzzles. He also very much enjoyed spending time with his family and friends — he loved family gatherings, especially on Christmas Eve.

He is survived by his children: Roger Maclure of Newport, Andre Maclure of Newport, Marcel Maclure and his wife, Mary, of Coventry, Francine Maclure of Derby, and Sylvie Mathieu and her husband, Philip Sr., of Coventry. He is also survived by his grandchildren: Philip Mathieu Jr. and his wife, Brittany, Nathan Mathieu, Brandon Maclure, Nicholas Maclure, Jonathan Maclure and his wife, Tia, and Kaylee Maclure; as well as his great-grandchildren: Evan Mathieu, Levi Mathieu, and Alexander Maclure. He is also survived by his siblings: Henri-Louis Maclure of Montreal, Quebec, Clemence Davis of Sherbrooke, Quebec, Jacqueline Maclure of Montreal, and Dennis Laviolette and his wife, Bev; and by his sisters-in-law: Marie-Laure Duquette of Stanstead, Quebec, Sue Bridges, Pauline Cota, and her husband, Gary; and by several nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by his infant son Raymond Maclure; by Irene and Anatole Houle; and by his siblings: Julien Maclure, Joseph Maclure, Lucien Maclure, Roland Maclure, Paul Maclure, and Cecile Laviolette.

A graveside service will be held at 2 p.m. on Wednesday, June 22, at St. Mary’s Cemetery in Newport, with the Reverend Charles Davignon officiating.

Should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to the Mary Wright Halo Foundation, 1073 Upper Quarry Road, Newport, Vermont 05855.

Online condolences at curtis-britch.com.

Edwin G. Newton

Edwin G. Newton, 67, of Newport, died unexpectedly on Thursday, June 16, 2016, in Lebanon, New Hampshire.

Mr. Newton was born on May 17, 1949, in Newport, to Clifton and Madeline (Hill) Newton.

On April 5, 1975, Mr. Newton married the love of his life, Nancy Lawson, who survives him.

Mr. Newton attended Newport High School and then enlisted in the United States Army. He served as a sergeant in the Army Corps of Engineers, hauling heavy equipment, and was stationed in Germany before being transferred to Vietnam. He was honorably discharged in 1971 and returned to Newport. He was raised to the sublime degree of a Master Mason in Memphremagog Lodge #65 Free and Accepted Masons on February 26, 1972.

He was a truck driver for Blue Flame Gas for 24 years. Prior to that job, he worked for Calkins Redimix for 21 years. He was an active member of the city of Newport Fire Department, and of Memphremagog Lodge #65 Free and Accepted Masons for 44 years. He loved antique trucks and tractors.

He is survived by his wife, Nancy Newton, of Newport; his children: Chuck Newton and his fiancée, Stacy Harkabus, of Derby; and Amy Newton of Newport. He is also survived by his sister Beverly Newton of Plymouth, New Hampshire; and innumerable friends.

Friends may call from 4 to 7 p.m. on Thursday, June 23, 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 Friday, June 24, at the United Church of Newport, 63 Third Street, with James Merriam and Janet Wiseman officiating. A Masonic service will also be held at that time.

Interment will follow at the Coventry Cemetery on Coventry Station Road with full military honors.

Donations in Mr. Newton’s memory can be made to the United Church of Newport and to Memphremagog Lodge #65 Free and Accepted Masons, care of Colin Brock, 1 Sloan Street, Newport, Vermont, 05855.

Online condolences at curtis-britch.com.

Wilfred A. Paquette

Wilfred A. Paquette, 95, died peacefully on June 15, 2016.

He was born on the family farm in Craftsbury on December 1, 1920, and died in the same house, surrounded by his family.

He was the son of the late Adelard and Marie (Demers) Paquette.

Mr. Paquette purchased the farm from his father and ran a very progressive dairy and poultry operation. His was the largest chicken farm in the state of Vermont at one time.

As a young man, Mr. Paquette had many hobbies. He had a passion for flying, obtained his pilot’s license, and became part owner of an airplane. He loved to ski, was one of the earliest skiers on Mt. Mansfield, and stayed in local farmhouses along the mountain road. He loved people and talking, but most of all he loved his family.

He leaves behind his children: Carole Paquette Myjak, her husband, Bill, and their children Courtney and Mitchell of San Jose California; Lucie Paquette, her husband, David Ugalde, and their daughter Regan of Colchester; Maurice Paquette, his wife, Karen, and their children Rochelle and Maurice II of Burlington; and Marc Paquette, his wife, Penny, and their children Joshua and Caleb of Craftsbury. He also leaves behind the mother of his children, Huguette Paquette; his brother Lucien of Middlebury; and his sister Hilda Thayer of Burlington.

He was predeceased by brothers: Leonel and Ernest; and his sisters: Nelda Russ and Leda Lodi.

Visiting hours will be from 5 to 8 p.m. on Wednesday, June 29, at the Curtis-Britch and Davis Funeral Home in Craftsbury Common.

A funeral Mass will be celebrated at 1 p.m. at Our Lady of Fatima Catholic Church in Craftsbury on June 30.

Burial will be in the Craftsbury Village Cemetery, next to his parents.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Vermont Catholic Charities at vermontcatholic.org or at 55 Joy Drive South, Burlington, Vermont 05403.

Online condolences at curtis-britch.com.

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Two killed in West Charleston car crash

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copyright the Chronicle June 1, 2016

Two people were killed in a car crash in West Charleston Sunday
afternoon.

Esperanza Robles, 29, of Derby Line and Ryan Coulter, 26, of Newport were thrown from a 1994 Honda Prelude operated by Joshua Cole, 30, of Derby when the car hit a big tree, State Police said.

A press release from Sergeant Sean Selby says that both speed and alcohol are believed to be factors in the accident, which occurred at about 4:40 p.m.

No one was wearing a seatbelt, and all three passengers were thrown out of the vehicle.

The Honda was westbound on Route 105 at the intersection with the Fontaine Road. After exiting a sharp corner, it went off the north side of Route 105, Sergeant Selby said.

Mr. Cole suffered head injuries, police said, and Amanda Letourneau, 27, of East Charleston suffered serious head and leg injuries.…To read the rest of this article, and all the Chronicle‘s stories, subscribe:

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Dairy Air plans single turbine wind project

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copyright the Chronicle June 1, 2016

by Elizabeth Trail

HOLLAND — The Public Service Board awarded Dairy Air Wind, LLC, in Holland a long-term contract on May 27 to sell about 6,000,000 kilowatt hours of power a year to Vermont utilities.

That puts dairy farmer Brian Champney a step closer to his longstanding hope of producing wind power on a hayfield on his 600-acre farm north of the school and town clerk’s office here.

That’s enough to power 2,000 to 2,500 homes, Mr. Champney said.

The power will be produced by a single 2.2-megawatt wind turbine in the center of the Champney family farm.

Mr. Champney’s house is about 2,000 to 2,500 feet from where the turbine will stand, he said. It’s right in the center of the family farm, on land belonging to his mother, Linda Champney.

“I’m going to be the closest one,” he said Tuesday…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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copyright the Chronicle April 13, 2016

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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In Brownington: Death investigation underway

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copyright the Chronicle March 30, 2016

State Police say that the body of a Brownington man who was found dead Monday evening was taken to the office of the Chief Medical Examiner for an autopsy to determine the cause of death.   Meanwhile, a death investigation is underway. State Police from Derby responded to a 911 call reporting an unresponsive male at a home on the Evansville Road in Brownington about 8:30 p.m. on Monday. There, they found Kevin Smith, 38, of Brownington. The house is surrounded with crime scene tape, and a State Police cruiser remained at the scene Tuesday, but police had released no further details as of press time.

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Strapped North Troy Legion calls for help

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copyright the Chronicle March 30, 2016

by Tena Starr

NORTH TROY — American Legion Post #28 in North Troy has launched a GoFundMe campaign, and is holding other fund-raisers in the hope of raising the $50,000 it needs to pay off old debt — including $15,000 owed to the IRS — to make improvements to the building, and to stay open.

The Legion’s financial problems weren’t helped any by two burglaries, which led to losses of about $3,500.

“When I took over it was clear there had been some past decisions, I’ll say business types of decisions, that were perhaps well meaning but in the end did not do what they should have,” said Post Commander Gaston Bathalon.

Mr. Bathalon took over as commander about a year ago. He said his predecessors had held some big raffles with expensive prizes like motorcycles and an ATV. At least one of those outright lost money, he said.

Carefully choosing his words, he said that, also, bookkeeping “had not been as tight as it might have been.”

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