Lyle G. Favreau

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Woodstock revitalization plan

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Alumni Association seeks members

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Village budget passes

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US Route 4 accident - UPDATE

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Missisquoi upends Woodstock

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More than 100 rally on the Green

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Shirley Lewis Cooke Dunning

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Bentleys to close

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Boys' hockey wins state

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Woodstock revitalization plan

The town of Woodstock unveiled suggestions for revitalizing the village of Woodstock on Thursday. A representative from Dubois & King Engineering presented plans for more parking and signage in the village, new picnic tables and benches and more green space. Making the village more accessible to everyone was also discussed. The next step for the town and village is to secure funding to begin the revitalization project. The game plan will be discussed in greater detail at the next Economic Development Commission meeting at 7 p.m., Thursday, April 4.

Read more in the March 28th edition of the Vermont Standard.

Alumni Association seeks members

Many of the current committee members of the WUHS Alumni Association, the median age of which is 70, worry that this kind of community love and connection is coming to an end.

“The committee members are getting older, and we need the younger generations to help. We want their ideas,” said Byron Quinn, the current president of the Alumni Association, class of 1960.

Jane Soule, class of 1957, indicated that Association numbers are fast declining.

“Two years ago, we had around 150 people come to this potluck. Last year we had 120. We will be lucky if we have 50 here right now,” said Soule.

A large misconception about the Association is that people need to sign up and commit a great deal of time.

“We just need two or three people from a class to commit once in a while; that’s all it takes to make a difference,” said Soule.

For more details, see our March 21 print and/or e-edition.

Village budget passes

Voters passed the $1,583,535 budget at the Woodstock Village Town Meeting on Tuesday. The budget represents a $67,295 (or four percent) increase from last year’s budget of $1,516,240.

Voters re-elected Cary Agin to another term on the Trustees and newcomer Ana DiNatale was elected to replace outgoing Trustee Ward Goodenough. Eighteen village residents attended the 2019 village town meeting.

Read more in the March 21st edition of the Vermont Standard.

US Route 4 accident – UPDATE

This just in:  According to Officer J. Ryan-Leblanc of the Woodstock Police Department, on March 23 at 4:30 p.m., there was a two-car head-on crash in the area of US Route 4 between the White Cottage Snack Bar and Ellaway Property Management. Upon his arrival, Ryan-Leblanc found two vehicles at rest in the westbound lane of travel. It appeared that the vehicles had hit head on. Preliminary investigation indicates that a 2010 Subaru Forester, driven by John Tapee, 33, of Somerville, MA, was traveling east and a 2004 GMC Envoy, driven by William Mcewen, 50, of Woodstock was traveling west when the vehicle driven by Tapee allegedly veered into the westbound lane and struck Mcewen head on. Two occupants in the Mcewen vehicle were transported to Dartmouth Hitchcock Memorial Hospital with possible serious injuries and one occupant in the Tapee vehicle was also transported to DHMH with serious injuries. The cause of the crash is still under investigation at this time. Anyone with information regarding the crash is asked to contact Officer Ryan-Leblanc at 457-1420.

More than 100 rally on the Green


Over a hundred of Woodstock Union High School students, middle schoolers, parents, teachers and community members took to the streets to raise awareness of global warming.

The students marched up and down College Hill to the village Green carrying signs and singing chants such as “Hey! Hey! Ho! Ho! global warming has got to go!” A small group of students gave speeches under a tent. Others students came up to the microphone to share how global warming affected them personally.

Students wrote letters to President Donald Trump and Vermont congressional representatives to demand action. They stood on the sides of U.S. Route 4 getting cars and trucks to honk their horns for their support. They marched back the same route with a police car escorting them along the way. The students were met with applause from students who did not attend the march. They were also greeted by some administrative staff as well upon their return. Student organizers were pleased with the turnout … and the weather, which forecasted rain, turned sunny.

The march is part of a worldwide event called the Strike for Global Future. The event was started by 16-year-old Swedish high school student Greta Thunberg who has protested every Friday this year to raise awareness about global warming. Her protest gained attention all over Europe. Students followed suit and soon after it reached to North America … and Woodstock.

Read the rest of the story in the March 21st edition of the Vermont Standard.


Bentleys to close

Bentleys of Woodstock will be closing its doors for good. Co-owners John Ruggieri-Lam and Maria L. Freddura have announced their decision to shut the doors on a restaurant that has been a part of Woodstock since 1976.

Ruggieri-Lam and Freddura purchased the business assets when founders Bill Deckelbaum and David Creech needed to liquidate the business following its filing for bankruptcy in 2013, according to Ruggieri-Lam.

“We had a wonderful six years to continue the Bentleys legend,” said Ruggieri-Lam in a phone interview. “But, as my father taught me long ago, all good things must come to an end.”

Reaction from the town ranged from sadness and surprise to shock over the announcement that Bentleys will be closing in April. Some had heard the news; others had not. But one thing many could agree on: Bentleys is a landmark, beloved by many and hard to replace.

“It’s the end of an era,” said Sam DiNatale, owner of Mon Vert Cafe.

For the full story and a brief history of Bentleys, see our March 21 print and/or e-edition.


Missisquoi upends Woodstock

BURLINGTON – Missisquoi smothered Woodstock with their strong defense and beat Woodstock 3-1 in the girls’ Division II hockey championship. Aly Cimis scored a short-handed goal in the second period, but Missisquoi controlled the puck, forced turnovers, and their goalie Madison Conley on her game. The Wasps have a lot to be proud for this season.

For more coverage of the Division II playoffs look for the March 21 edition of the Vermont Standard.

Boys’ hockey wins state

The Woodstock boys hockey team won their second straight title at the Gut Wednesday night. The final score was 3-1, Wasps. This is Woodstock’s third division II title since 2000.

Goal scorers were Andrew Gubbins, assisted by Ely Chynoweth; Lucas Piconi, assisted by Henry Greene; and Chynoweth, assisted by David Field-Willis and Trevor White.

More playoffs coverage in the March 21st edition of the Vermont Standard.

For video of the closing seconds and trophy celebration click here


Lyle G. Favreau

NORWICH, VT – Lyle G. Favreau, 74, passed away peacefully on March 18, 2019 at the VA Medical Center in White River Junction, VT, after a brief illness.

Lyle was born on Sept. 8, 1944 in Southbridge, MA, to Mary (Stafford) and George Favreau, and grew up in Charlton, MA, graduating from Charlton High School in 1962.

He worked as a contractor, and later on in real estate where he met his wife, Pat.  He was a commercial driver for several transport companies, recently retiring from Crete Carrier Corporation.

Lyle was a Vietnam era veteran who served in the U.S. Army and was a 1st Lieutenant when he was honorably discharged.  He was a dedicated member of Lyman F. Pell American Legion Post 8 in Norwich, VT, where he was completing his 3rd term as Post Commander.

He was predeceased by parents Mary and George Favreau, a daughter, Lynn Favreau, and a brother, Ronald Favreau.

He is survived by his wife of 27 years, Patricia Greene of Norwich, VT; a son, Michael Favreau, and wife Tammy of Braselton, GA ; a daughter, Elizabeth Paradis, and husband Scott of Charlton, MA; stepdaughters Catherine Sartor and husband Chris of Quechee, VT, and Tracy Hinck and husband Ken of Norwich, VT; a brother, Dale Favreau and wife Lucette of Sturbridge, MA; former wife Constance (Szymczak) Favreau of Dudley, MA; twelve beloved grandchildren, and many nieces and nephews.

There will be a graveside service in West Ridge Cemetery, Charlton, MA, at a later date.  A service of remembrance with military honors will be held in late spring in Norwich, VT.

Donations in Lyle’s memory can be made to the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network at, or to Lyman F. Pell Post 8, PO Box 324, Norwich, VT 05055.

The family wishes to express their sincere appreciation to the staff of the VA Medical Center for their care and support.

Shirley Lewis Cooke Dunning

Shirley Lewis Cooke Dunning, 98 of Reading, VT and East Hampton, CT died peacefully on March 2, 2019 in the home she shared with her daughter and son-in-law, Leslie and John O’Kelly in East Hampton, CT.

She was born February 4, 1921 in Camden, NJ, the daughter of Dwight Whitmore Cooke and Katharine Fiske Cooke.  She lived in Merchantville and Haddonfield, NJ and graduated from Haddonfield Memorial High School in 1938.  She then moved to Winchester, MA where she lived with her grandmother, Mrs. Fiske-Bradford, and attended school.  Later she took courses at Middlebury College while living in Middlebury, VT and in past years enjoyed their Alumni College.

In 1942 she and George R. Dunning were married in Winchester, MA and they lived in Marblehead, MA.  During the war years she was in Walnut Ridge, AR, Dothan, AL, and Fort Myers, FL until her husband went to England as a P-51 fighter pilot.  At that point, she moved to the family farm in Reading, VT, the seventh generation of her family to live in Reading.

She was co-president with her husband of the Reading P.T.A., a Den Mother of Cub Scouts, active in the Reading Christian Union (Reading Community Church) as secretary for many years, was on the Planning Committee and Zoning Board for the Town.  She was a member of the Reading Historical Society and was an associate member of the Perkinsville Community Church.

Shirley and her husband George owned and operated the Mt. Ascutney (VT) Ski Shop in the base lodge for fifteen years.  She continued skiing in her later life.  She was happy hiking the hills around her home and was a competent hunter into her eighties.

Being an avid traveler, she had visited all seven continents and over thirty countries and had given talks and shown her slides on many occasions.  Sailing was a passion and she had made many long passages – the Virgin Islands to Bermuda; two trips from Massachusetts to the Bahamas; Picton, Ontario to North Carolina and return; down the St. Lawrence to New Brunswick; Washington State to Alaska; as well as yearly sailing cruises on the coast of Maine, and exciting sails in Alaska and other places.

Her husband, George died in an automobile accident in 1978.  She will be remembered with love by her three children: Dwight and his wife Judy of Cornwall, VT and their two children – Rebecca (and her husband Brian) Jones, and Tim (and his wife Tiffany) Dunning;  Richard and his wife Lori Kincaid of Anchorage, AK and their children – Kitty Kincaid, Kris Kincaid, and Karen Kincaid; Leslie and her husband John O’Kelly of East Hampton, CT and their children – Aimee (and her husband Len) Carlson, Kristie (and her husband Josh) Cannon, Stephen O’Kelly, and Matthew O’Kelly. Ten great-grandchildren: Eowyn Jones, Lyra Jones, Peter Sweetman, James Sweetman, Mckenna Kincaid, Payton Kincaid, Ashley Carlson, Hunter Carlson, Cole Cannon, and Milo Cannon; and one great-great-granddaughter – Zoe Carlson. She is also survived by her nephews, Randy and Michael Mulligan, and her niece Kathy Mulligan Lord and their families.

In addition to her parents and her husband, Shirley was predeceased by her treasured sister Katharine (Kay) Mulligan, her brother-in-law E.W. (Pat) Mulligan, and by her grandson David Kincaid.

She was the niece of the noted raconteur, Dwight Fiske and a descendent of Mayflower passengers and founding fathers.

She will be missed by all who knew her – especially all her Reading, Vermont neighbors and Virginia friends, including Vicki Van Mater and Sandy Smith of Virginia (daughters of the late Bob Van Mater – Shirley’s high school beau, and her dear companion in later years) with whom she spent many special winters.

Her family thanks the Middlesex Hospital Homecare Hospice nurses and aides for their wonderful and compassionate care, and the helpers from Companions and Homemakers.  A Celebration of Life will be held in Vermont at a later date.  Friends are invited to Leslie and John O’Kelly’s home on Saturday, March 16, 2019 between 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. at 10 Sherry Drive, East Hampton, CT.

If one desires, contributions may be made in Shirley’s name to the “Middlesex Hospital Hospice”, 28 Crescent Street, Middletown, CT 06457.

Peter R. “Pete” Brock

Peter R. “Pete” Brock, 91, died on Tuesday February 19th after a short illness at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Hospital near his home in Woodstock, VT. Pete is survived by his sister Jean Wallace, his wife Jennifer (Mertens), their six kids, 19 grandkids and 7 great-grandkids, many of whom were at his side to the end.

Peter was born in East Orange New Jersey, earned a degree in chemical engineering at Princeton University and worked for E. I. Du Pont de Nemours for 32 years in several product areas involved in manufacturing, research and development, personnel and pension fund management. He concluded his Du Pont career in International Finance spending 4 years in Belgium and 7 in the UK as Finance Director for Du Pont subsidiaries in Benelux and the UK. Peter subsequently formed and managed a small medical products business and served on several corporate and non-profit boards. In 2012 he and Jen moved to Woodstock, Vermont joining the generations of his large extended family already settled in the area. Peter loved to work outdoors. He was an avid sailor, farmer, inventor and meticulous solver of technical challenges great and small. He loved to travel and regularly marshaled his massive brood on adventurous trips around the globe. In his later years he was an equally ambitious philanthropist, funding, guiding and volunteering side by side with numerous community organizations.

A memorial service will be held at 2:00PM May 19th, 2019 at Saint James Episcopal Church, Woodstock, VT. Memorial contributions may be sent to the Woodstock Community Trust, PO Box 60, Woodstock, VT 05091

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