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.

For more details on these events and any fees, visit orleanscountyfair.net.

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

Barton

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.

Orleans

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. 

Newport

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.

Brighton

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.

Craftsbury

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.

Albany

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.

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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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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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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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Glover Talent Show and Pie Auction March 19

 

The Glover Public Library invites the public to another March talent show and pie auction on Saturday, March 19, at 7 p.m., at the Glover Town Hall.

Escape the winter doldrums and enjoy an evening of fun and entertainment by local stars. During the show, people may bid on pies and other amazing baked goodies courtesy of talented local bakers. All money raised will benefit the Glover Public Library.

For more information, call the library at 525-4356. — from the Glover Public Library.

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Brewfest brings in the bucks for cancer patients

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Justin Heller (right) and Tyler Howard (left) cooked for about 400 people on July 11 at Brewfest.  Mr. Howard manned the grill, and Mr. Heller was in charge of smoking meat, a task he started four days before the event.  Photo by Nathalie Gagnon-Joseph

Justin Heller (right) and Tyler Howard (left) cooked for about 400 people on July 11 at Brewfest. Mr. Howard manned the grill, and Mr. Heller was in charge of smoking meat, a task he started four days before the event. Photo by Nathalie Gagnon-Joseph

copyright the Chronicle July 15, 2015

by Nathalie Gagnon-Joseph

NEWPORT CENTER — Brewfest, a fund-raiser held Saturday for cancer patients, brought in about $12,000, said Dr. Leslie Lockridge of the Northeast Kingdom Hematology Oncology Clinic (NEKHO).

Sunshine, beer, barbecue, and music were the order of the day at Kingdom Brewing, where the event was held.

NEKHO staff and patients organized the Brewfest, which was aimed at raising money to fill the clinic’s patient fund once more.

Dr. Lockridge, who owns the clinic, said the money raised would have lasted a couple of years before, but now the number of patients has increased exponentially.

“I’ve been through six months of treatment, and you need an arsenal of things,” Mary Lee Daigle said. “Your whole system is turned upside down.”

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Alan Greenleaf and the Doctor July 18

Alan Greenleaf (right) and the Doctor, Jonathan Kaplan (left), will play at the Music Box in Craftsbury on July 18.  Photo courtesy of the Music Box

Alan Greenleaf (right) and the Doctor, Jonathan Kaplan (left), will play at the Music Box in Craftsbury on July 18. Photo courtesy of the Music Box

A bit of farm life and life in the Northeast Kingdom in song will be heard at the Music Box in Craftsbury on Saturday, July 18 at 8 p.m., with Alan Greenleaf and the Doctor.

Mr. Greenleaf lives on the farm he has worked for a good part of his life in northern Vermont. His songs are inspired by his life on his farm and the people and countryside around him. They are a report of events, people, feelings, and observations of his life experiences, with a great deal of poetic license. Living in Vermont, the weather and seasons play a significant part in his stories. Musically, he draws on many American traditions, including country, Appalachian, blues and jazz. His newest CD, Songs from Lost Mountain, is now available.

Mr. Greenleaf is joined by “the Doctor,” piano player Jonathan Kaplan. The two have been playing together for over a dozen years. Mr. Kaplan is a classically trained pianist who fell in love with the blues and old-time traditional music. Together they bring a wide variety of original ballads, rhythm and blues with moving melodies. Listen to some of their tunes at alangreenleaf.com.

For more information, call 586-7533 or themusicboxvt.org. — from the Music Box.

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Relay for Life: Over 400 join the fight against cancer

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The American Cancer Society’s Northeast Kingdom edition of Relay for Life took place in Newport on Saturday night.  Luminarias commemorating cancer victims and survivors were placed along the track at North Country Union High School and lit at nightfall.  Photo by Nathalie Gagnon-Joseph

The American Cancer Society’s Northeast Kingdom edition of Relay for Life took place in Newport on Saturday night. Luminarias commemorating cancer victims and survivors were placed along the track at North Country Union High School and lit at nightfall. Photo by Nathalie Gagnon-Joseph

copyright the Chronicle July 1, 2015

by Nathalie Gagnon-Joseph

NEWPORT — The luminaria-lined track at North Country Union High School (NCUHS) was filled with people of all ages talking and laughing Saturday night as they walked to raise money to fight cancer.

Ice-filled kiddie pools at either end of the track kept water bottles cold so participants could rehydrate during their trek.

By Saturday morning 323 people had signed up for the American Cancer Society’s 12-hour Relay for Life in advance. In the evening, 89 more signed up in person, and others came to walk without signing in, or simply to buy a luminaria bag. The relay lasts all night.

People who are signed up are grouped into teams. Thirty-five teams raised…To read the rest of this article, and all the Chronicle‘s stories, subscribe:

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Les Misérables comes to Orleans

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Katie Kelly, playing the young Cosette, sings “Castle on a Cloud” in the first act of Les Misérables.  The show was put together as part of the Vermont Family Theatre.  Photos by Nathalie Gagnon-Joseph

Katie Kelly, playing the young Cosette, sings “Castle on a Cloud” in the first act of Les Misérables. The show was put together as part of the Vermont Family Theatre. Photos by Nathalie Gagnon-Joseph

copyright the Chronicle May 6, 2015

by Nathalie Gagnon-Joseph

ORLEANS — The cast of Vermont Family Theatre’s Les Misérables nailed the opening night of their show on Friday, remembering every line and singing every note.

Friday was the first of a three-day run of the show, put together by Artistic Director Karen Perry.

It was obvious that all the actors loved the show and gave it their all. The choruses were excellent and very effective, moving the story forward and making hearts race.

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At LR Rocks: Live experience cultures young performers

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April Streeter shows off the electric guitar she played live for the first time.  Photos by Nathalie Gagnon-Joseph

April Streeter shows off the electric guitar she played live for the first time. Photos by Nathalie Gagnon-Joseph

copyright the Chronicle February 25, 2015

by Nathalie Gagnon-Joseph

COVENTRY — April Streeter, 15, is no stranger to singing in public, but Saturday night’s LR Rocks showcase at Parker Pie Wings did include a first for her — a whirl on the electric guitar in front of a live audience.

“It’s kind of a rush,” she said. “It’s really fun to get up there. The energy is really great, especially in places like this.”

Parker Pie Wings had set up the concert venue on one side of its bar. The smaller space created a packed atmosphere for the 100 people in attendance.

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