Memorial Day observances

Roaring Brook Park

Memorial Day events will be on Sunday, May 29. Gates open at 8 a.m., and events begin at 9 a.m.

At 9 a.m., the American Legion Barton Post #76 will perform a ceremony, including the raising of the flag and the playing of “Taps.”

The day includes farm stock tractor pulling starting at 9 a.m., horse and pony pulling starting at 10 a.m., a gymkhana horse show starting at noon, cow flop bingo at 1 p.m., face painting, food booths, a kids bounce house and a 35-foot tall slide for $2, and more.

The Lake Region Youth Baseball tournament starts at 10 a.m., with both T-ball and minors games, leading up to the minors championship at 2:30 p.m.

The annual 30-team horseshoe tournament begins at 10 a.m., with registration at 9 a.m. The entry fee is $5, and play is behind the grandstand. To guarantee a spot, pre-register with Ray Lamarche at 754-8734.

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Admission to the fairgrounds is $5; children under ten, or who are in a team uniform, are free. Parking is free.


Observances will be on Monday, May 30. The parade will start at 11 a.m., and the Lake Region Union High School band will play. People who want to participate in the parade should gather at the Barton Memorial Building around 10 or 10:30 a.m. The parade will go up the hill and down to Crystal Lake, where there will be a ceremony at Crystal Lake State Park.


Observances will begin at 9 a.m. on Monday, May 30, at the common, where the parade begins. The Lake Region band will play and then the crowd will say the pledge of allegiance, and everyone is encouraged to participate. The parade will make two stops: first at the Main Street Bridge, then at the war monument. At the first stop, a gunfire salute and the playing of “Taps” will honor the sea services. The second stop will also include a gunfire salute and the playing of “Taps” to honor the land services and the Air Force. Retired First Sergeant Special Forces Darrell Martin will be the grand marshal. The parade will include fire trucks from Orleans, cars from the Cars of Yesteryear Club and the Northeast Kingdom Fire Brigade, members of the Legion, Boy Scouts, and more. The master of ceremonies will be U.S. Air Force Vietnam veteran Roger Sanville. The post commander will be Paul Boutin.

The Legion will march in the parade along with the Sons of the Legion of Post #23 and the Ladies Auxiliary of Post #23. 


Observances will be on Monday, May 30, with a parade at 10 a.m., starting at the Newport Municipal Building and ending at Gardner Memorial Park, where there will be a ceremony. The ROTC will provide a color guard. The North Country Union Junior High School band and the Newport and Derby elementary band will play. Jim Johnson, senior vice-commander of the American Legion Post #21, will be the master of ceremonies. The speakers are Mayor Paul Monette, state Senator Bobby Starr, state Senator John Rodgers, Representative Mike Marcotte, and Representative Lynn Batchelor, and more from the American Legion and the Veterans of Foreign Wars. In case of inclement weather, all activities will be held at the Newport Municipal Building.

North Troy

The parade will be on Monday, May 30, at 11 a.m., kicking off at the old mill. The parade goes to the bridge, and there will be a throwing of the wreath into the river. The parade will then go through the center of town, and there will be another ceremony at the Town Green, where a wreath will be laid at the grave marker. The parade then marches down to the Legion home, and another wreath will be laid at the flag court. The North Country Union High School band will play in the parade. After the parade, there will be a barbecue at the Legion.


There will be a parade on Monday, May 30, starting at the cemetery at 11 a.m., going down to the Town Memorial. The parade will include drummers to keep the beat of the march. The speaker will be the parade marshal, Tom Graves.


Observances will begin at 10 a.m., on Friday, May 27, in the Craftsbury Academy gymnasium, and it will be a traditional program including a mixture of student speakers. Then there will be a parade at 11 a.m., led by a color guard, from the school to the cemetery on the common. The school band will provide the parade music. The parade will return to the war memorial for more readings. After, there will be a picnic, hosted by the school, on the common. The picnic will be in the gymnasium in the event of rain.


There will be a parade led by fire trucks at 11 a.m., on Monday, May 30. Parade participants will line up on Water Street. The parade will come back up Main Street and will go down as far as the ballpark, then will come back around to the memorial for the services. Ida Burdick will read the names of war veterans from the war monument. The Orleans Central Supervisory Union band will play in the parade. Roger Sanville of American Legion Post #23 will moderate the services, and the Legion will march in the parade along with the Sons of the Legion of Post #23, the Ladies Auxiliary of Post #23, and the Cars of Yesteryear Club. The speaker will be the Reverend Nathan Strong. Following the services, there will be a luncheon at the Albany Methodist Church.


Craftsbury library plant, yard, book, and bake sale


The annual Craftsbury Public Library plant, yard, book, and bake sale will be on Saturday, May 21, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. The sale will be held in the basement of the church on the Common and also in the library. With good weather, some of the sale will be outside on the lawn, too.

Over the years, the plant sale has grown into a large event, with a fine assortment of plants. There is an excellent selection of perennial plants that are reliably hard in this area, donated by neighbors. There are also usually some great shrubs and small trees such as lilacs, forsythia, and hydrangea. There will be an array of tomato plants from the High Mowing Organic Seeds greenhouse, plus other vegetable, annual, and herb starts. Linda Wells and Susan O’Connell will be on hand to offer advice on the best plants for any setting.

The book sale will feature lots of great books at great prices, including new fiction, mysteries, cookbooks, how-to, and children’s books. There will be a wide assortment of yard sale treasures including some furniture, and there will be a baked goods table with treats of all sorts.

Please contact the library at 586-9683 for any questions. — from the Craftsbury Public Library.

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Letter carrier food drive May 14


The twenty-fourth annual National Association of Letter Carriers (NALC) Food Drive, appropriately named the Stamp Out Hunger campaign, is planned for Saturday, May 14, across the entire nation. This is the biggest one-day food drive in the U.S. that last year brought in nearly 71 million pounds of food at a time when food pantries everywhere are very low on staples for food-insecure families. Since this drive began in 1992, a staggering 1.4 billion pounds have been donated. The NALC, U.S. Postal Service, the United Way, and several other organizations partner each year to make this a successful food drive.

Green Mountain United Way (GMUW) works closely with the NALC to market this event and to make sure that people in Orleans, Essex, Caledonia, Orange, and Washington counties are aware of it and are encouraged to participate.

Unfortunately, in this so-called land of plenty, families go to bed hungry every night. In Vermont, nearly 13 percent of households are considered food-insecure, meaning they do not have enough food to meet basic needs and not enough money to buy food. They often substitute quality for quantity, buying less nutritious, higher calorie, but lower cost foods. This often leads to obesity and poor health.

The beauty of this drive is that local postal workers collect the food along their delivery routes and turn the food over to local food shelves to help neighbors here at home. In May of 2015, approximately 19,000 pounds of food were collected in the GMUW five counties that were delivered to 24 food shelves, also in those five counties.

The process is really quite simple. On the morning of May 14, place non-perishable food items in a bag near a mailbox and the letter carrier will pick it up. Anyone who does not have a letter carrier may bring their items to the post office and postal workers will be happy to see that they get delivered to the nearest food shelf.

Please remember that non-perishable foods are what are needed, for example, canned vegetables, soups, beans, rice, pasta, cereal, and peanut butter. Do not include outdated items as the food shelves will have to throw these out as per government regulations.

For more information, call the GMUW office in Derby Line at (802) 647-2148. — from the GMUW.

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Afternoon of classical song and dance on Mother’s Day


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

This event is a benefit for the Haskell.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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.

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At NCUHS: Berrios offered job as principal


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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Presentation on beekeeping April 9

People can learn all about working with bees, just as a hobby or as a more serious endeavor, at the Goodrich Memorial Library in Newport on Saturday, April 9, at 10:30 a.m.

The concern over the disappearance of local bee populations has greatly increased interest in beekeeping by farmers and gardeners who depend on bees for the pollination of plants.

Jim Reed, a local registered apiary owner, will present a pictorial and verbal description of his experience as a first-year beekeeper. From start-up to harvest and all the bumps in between, Mr. Reed will guide the audience through a year of honey making. His presentation will suggest ways of getting started, possible costs, the learning curve, time requirements, and more.

Mr. Reed is a lifelong resident of the area and previous owner of Reeds Mobil; owner of Up the Creek Paddle Sports in Newport, and Kamptokumto vacation rentals in Jay. He has also been a previous officer and director of the Derby Fish and Game Club.

Any interested persons are welcome.

All donations will benefit the Goodrich Memorial Library.

Visit utcbees on Facebook for a preview. — from the Goodrich.

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Starry Mountain Singers in Newport April 3

The Starry Mountain Singers will host a concert at the United Church of Newport on Sunday, April 3, at 4 p.m. The suggested donation is $10 to $15.

The Starry Mountain Singers is an ensemble of seven vocalists who perform a wide range of traditional music from around the United States and the wider world. Formed in 2010, the group’s members are all lifelong musicians who share a deep love of traditional vocal styles and a dedication to studying and performing these types of polyphony.

Their performances are known to be dynamic, uplifting and powerful. The musical program features traditional songs from the United States and Europe — specifically Corsica and Caucasus Georgia. The American repertoire includes shape-note songs (a traditional New England song style), powerful gospel numbers, cowboy songs, and haunting folk tunes from the Appalachians. The Georgian and Corsican songs are a mixture of sacred and secular pieces that demonstrate the incredible range of unique singing traditions from those countries. Each member has contributed songs from their particular area of musical knowledge and expertise, resulting in a dynamic and eclectic program that will delight world-music fans and lovers of choral performance. Their recent, self-titled studio album will be available at the show.

The Starry Mountain Singers have all toured extensively with the Vermont-based world-music ensembles Northern Harmony and Village Harmony, where they received an introduction to traditional songs and singing styles from around the world. In addition, all members of the ensemble have worked extensively with Northern Harmony, as well as Meredith Monk, Revels, Inc., and have performed on “A Prairie Home Companion” and “Mountain Stage,” and include three members of the Brooklyn-based country band, The Sweetback Sisters.  – from the Starry Mountain Singers.

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In Brownington: Death investigation underway


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


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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