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Community oven project moves forward

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Joseph J. Rosenberger, Jr.

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Matthew J. Rosenberger

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John “Jack” Crowl

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Tree dedication held for former town manager

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Naked Table Community Building Project a success

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Barnard school board discusses merger

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Town manager job description and search timeline set

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Woodstock and Brattleboro battle to a 1-1 draw

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TPVS mold removal will cost $570,000

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Community oven project moves forward

On Monday, Sept. 16, the Hartland Select Board discussed the community oven that will be part of the Hartland Farmers Market. The oven will be available for anyone in the community to use and will be paid for primarily with $2,000 given to the Hartland Farmers Market at town meeting. The Select Board agreed to meet with members of the oven subcommittee on Sept. 18 to discuss where the oven should go.

To find out more about the project, read this week’s Vermont Standard.

Tree dedication held for former town manager

On Sunday, friends and famil of the late Phil Swanson, who served as Woodstock’s town manager for more than 30 years, gathered to dedicate a tree to him on the Woodstock Village Green. Swanson had passed away in August after a  courageous battle with leukemia. His wife, Victoria, was at the dedication and is shown receiving a hug afterwards.

See more photos in this week’s the Vermont Standard.

Barnard school board discusses merger

About 25 Barnard residents heard from two members of the town’s school board on Wednesday regarding a possible merger with the Windsor Central Modified Unified Union School District.
Pamela Fraser and Corinne Park told the gathering at Barnard Academy that a second ballot vote could be brought forward in the fall if there is general consensus on satisfactory articles of agreement.
“I believe it would be irresponsible to bring a ballot measure to the public that didn’t meet a basic threshold of quality, but that is a different subject than if I personally feel the pros outweigh the cons of the measure,” Fraser said.
Voters rejected the proposed merger in 2017. However, school officials said the issue now is whether the merger makes sense in light of policy changes and other political factors.
Read more in next week’s issue of the Vermont Standard.

Town manager job description and search timeline set

The Woodstock Select Board and Village Trustees approved the town manager job description and a timeline for when that person will be hired.

In essence, the ideal candidate will prioritize growing Woodstock’s economic base and year-round population. The town manager will also encourage citizen participation in government and support a high quality of life for all residents.

The timeline for hiring the new town manager began on Tuesday when the Village Trustees nominated five candidates for the search committee. They will be asking the candidates if they want to be on the committee before the list is confirmed. The Woodstock Select Board will pick their five candidates at Tuesday’s Select Board meeting.

The search committee will look over applications the week of Oct. 21 and conduct interviews up until Nov. 1. On Nov 15 the committee sends a list of proposed applicants for the second round of interviews and they will interview the final candidates the week of Nov. 18. The possible start date for the new town manager could be Monday, Dec. 2.

For more on the town manager search, check out the Sept. 17 edition of the Vermont Standard. 

TPVS mold removal will cost $570,000

It’s going to cost $570,000 to remove the mold that caused The Prosper Valley School in Pomfret to close last year, according to the Windsor Central Modified Unified Union School District.

Engineers are recommending $550,000 worth of remediation work that would include repair of failed exterior foundation drains, containing the concrete slab with an epoxy liquid sealant, installing new floor covering and carpets, and a dehumidifier system.

The project would also include a final cleanup of the building to remove mold, regular air quality testing, and possibly $20,000 worth of landscape and drainage work.

The WCMUSD will discuss the matter some more at a district reconfiguration committee meeting Sept. 19.

For more on the story, check out the Sept. 12 edition of the Vermont Standard.

Rt. 91 accident closes passenger lane for an hour

On Sept. 10, at approximately 10:20 a.m., Vermont State Police troopers from the Vermont State Police-Royalton Barracks and Fire and Rescue from Hartland and Hartford were dispatched to the area of mile marker 66 on Interstate 91 south in Hartland in response to a report of a van on it’s side with possible entrapment.

After arriving on scene, troopers had to shut down the passing lane for approximately one hour, according to Trooper Jeremy Lyon. Michael S. Baker, 66, of Westminser, who was driving the 2018 Ford Transit van was able to exit and was unharmed. His vehicle was totaled. The van was recovered by Legendary Auto.

Troopers learned a traffic lane marking truck was also involved in the crash. The van had collided with the crash barrier attached to a 2006 International truck as the road crew was slowly traveling south and recovering traffic cones from prior lane painting and marking. Timothy J. Bunnewith, 62, of East Clais, was driving the truck. The lane marking truck was able to leave under its own power.

Both lanes of traffic were reopened at 11:20 a.m. The cause of the crash is currently under investigation. 

Hartland town clerk’s office temporary schedule change

The Hartland Town Clerk’s office will have special hours the week of Sept. 9-13, according to Town Clerk Clyde Jenne.

The hours will be: Monday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Tuesday, 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.; Wednesday and Thursday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.; and on Friday they will be closed.

“We’re sorry for any inconvenience this may cause,” said Jenne in an online post.

Vital Communities celebrates 25 years with Super Quests

Vital Communities had been working with communities throughout the Upper Valley for 25 years. They created Super Quest, which runs through Nov. 1, to help celebrate their anniversary. The Super Quest is made up of 25 of the top 170 Valley Quests, which are community created walking tours. Those interested in participating get a badge and are entered into a grand prize drawing.

For more information, read Thursday’s edition of the Vermont Standard.


Woodstock and Brattleboro battle to a 1-1 draw

It was a knockdown, dragged out affair between the Woodstock girls varsity soccer team and Brattleboro, but neither team could pull away from the other and they ended up in a 1-1 tie after overtime.

The two teams were scoreless after the first half. Brattleboro was first to get on the board and then the Wasps scored with two-and-a-half minutes left in the game. Junior Faye Stevens kicked the ball to the opposite side of the goal, the bounced off the post and it rolled in.

Both teams had their opportunities to score but neither of them could find the back of the net.  The Wasps are 1-1-1 on the season. Their next game is at 4:30 p.m. Monday, Sept. 16 at Springfield.

For more on the game, check out the Sept. 19 edition of the Vermont Standard.

Wasps beat Springfield Cosmos

The Woodstock Union High School Field Hockey Team won their first game of the season. The Wasps were given a rare penalty stroke when a Springfield Cosmos defender sat on the ball behind the goaltender and prevented an attempted shot on goal. Sami Yates took the shot for Woodstock and put it in the left-center side of the net to put them in the lead.

Other goal scorers for Woodstock were MacKenzie Yates on an assist from Allie Cimis and freshman Lily Gubbins on an assist from Sophie Yates.

For more on the game, check out the Sept. 12 edition of the Vermont Standard.


Naked Table Community Building Project a success

Nonprofit groups from around the area gathered together on Sunday with Charlie Shackleton and his crew to create picnic tables, which they can keep at their organization or auction of. While the participants went on a forestry tour at the Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller National Park, the tables were moved to the Middle Covered Bridge where they were set up for lunch, which was served “family style.” Motivational speaker Ty Allen Jackson was the guest speaker. WGBH was there to film the event for their “Weekend with Yankee” show, which will be shown in the spring.

See more pictures in this week’s the Vermont Standard.


Joseph J. Rosenberger, Jr.

Bridgewater Corners, formerly of Woodstock,Vt.

Joseph J. Rosenberger, Jr., 73, passed away on Friday September 13, 2019 at the Jack Byrnes Hospice and Palliative Care Center in Lebanon, NH.

Joe was born on August 9, 1946 in Bronx, NY the son of Joseph, Sr. and Viola (Hoffmeister) Rosenberger.

Joe graduated from Scotch Plain-Fanwood High School (NJ) and earned an associates degree from the Culinary Institute of America in Hartford, CT. He served in the US Army in Vietnam, and later, as a military aide to Commander Fort Shaftner in Hawaii. Joe returned to the New York City and the New Jersey area working at a number of exclusive restaurants and hotels.

In August of 1990, Joe married the love of his life, Elizabeth (Beth) Mellet. Together they moved to Vermont in 1998, where Joe worked for a number of food service organizations including; Dartmouth College and Jakes  Quechee Market.

Joe enjoyed being out of doors. He liked to hunt, fish and work outside.

He is survived by his wife Beth, his son Michael, his brother Stephen and many extended family and friends. His son Matthew followed him in death early Sunday morning. He is also pre-deceased by his parents and a sister, Viola Call.

Visiting hours for Joe, and his son Matthew will be held on Wednesday September 18th from 5:00pm to 7:30pm at the Cabot Funeral Home in Woodstock, VT. A Mass of Christian burial will be held on Thursday September 19th at 11:00am at Our Lady of the Snows Catholic Church. Burial will be private.

In lieu of flowers or for those wishing to make memorial donations; The Lucy MacKenzie Humane Society, P. O. Box 702, Brownsville, VT  05037 or the Jack Byrne Center for Palliative & Hospice Care,  https://dhmcalumdev.hitchcock.org/Byrne-Center-for-Palliative-and-Hospice-Care

Arrangements are under the direction of the Cabot Funeral Home in Woodstock, VT. An on-line guest book can be found at cabotfh.com

Matthew J. Rosenberger

Clarksville, TN formerly of Woodstock, VT

Matthew J. Rosenberger, 28, died early Sunday morning September 15, 2019 at the Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center following a medical event while home to visit his father.

Matt was born on February 10, 1991 in Dover, NJ the son of Joseph J., JR., and Elizabeth (Mellet) Rosenberger.

Matt graduated from Woodstock Union High School in 2009 and went to work for Dartmouth College. In 2014, he enlisted in the US Army. He was first stationed at Fort Bragg, North Carolina and then deployed to Afghanistan and later to Iraq. Matthew returned to Fort Campbell, Kentucky and completed  Special Forces Training to advance his military career. He was currently serving with the HHC 1st Battalion 160 SOAR unit.

Matthew is survived by his wife Sarah Follansbee, his mother Beth, his brother Mike, his maternal grandmother, Nancy “Gigi” Mellet and many aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews. He is pre-deceased by his father Joe.

Visiting hours for Matt and his father Joseph will be held on Wednesday September 18th from 5:00pm to 7:30pm at the Cabot Funeral Home in Woodstock, VT. A Mass of Christian burial will be held on Thursday September 19th at 11:00am at Our Lady of the Snows Catholic Church. Burial will be private.

In lieu of flowers or for those wishing may make memorial donations to; the Lucy MacKenzie Humane Society, P. O. Box 702, Brownsville, VT  05037

Arrangements are under the direction of the Cabot Funeral Home in Woodstock, VT an on line guest book can be found at cabotfh.com

John “Jack” Crowl


John “Jack” Crowl, a man universally loved by those who knew him,  died at the Jack Byrne Center on September 11th. He had a short lived but tenacious blood disorder. His last few weeks were physically hard but he was still working with teams of doctors at Dartmouth Hitchcock to combat the disease. His family was with him every step of the way.

Jack was a founder of The Chronicle of Higher Education, a newspaper aimed to make a difference in academia by focusing on delivering the news to teachers and administrators all over the nation. Jack began as a reporter  (his lifetime dream) and then managing editor and finally publisher and CFO. Jack’s reporting and overseeing the newsroom earned them a George Polk award and him an AAUP Writer Award.

Jack was a Type-1 diabetic and noticed that when he visited his second home in Woodstock, his insulin requirements were substantially less than they were in Washington, D.C., while working at The Chronicle.  He opted for early retirement at 52 and moved full-time to Vermont.

Floundering at first from lack of routine, he and his wife thought that buying the farm stand for sale in West Woodstock might be a fun affair. And he did enjoy the planning. But the execution and the demand that retail puts on owners was not for him. Luckily it was right up his son Patrick’s alley, so he turned the store over to Patrick and enjoyed watching him make sure The Woodstock Farmers’ Market excelled.

All was not lost for Jack. He not only was a trustee of many Vermont organizations but always lent a hand with whatever expertise he could share. The Vermont Arts Council, The Vermont Folklife Center, Vermont, Vermont Life and Eating Well Magazines, VPR and Planned Parenthood of Northern New England.

All the contacts he made working as he did led to his opening a publishing house, Thistle Hill Publications. He won awards or was cited for every single book he published. Most were about a segment of Vermont people. He closed it in  2015.

Jack leaves behind his devoted wife, Gaal Shepherd Crowl, his loving son, Patrick, his daughter-in-law Stacy, his grandson Liam and his former wife and mother of Patrick, Dana Crowl. He has left an emptiness in many lives, having touched so many people. 

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to ChaD (Children’s Hospital at Dartmouth.)

An on line guest book can be found at cabotfh.com

Nancy Kaye (Hansen) Peterson


Nancy Kaye (Hansen) Peterson died at home on August 26th from  Alzheimer’s disease and colon cancer.

She was born in Muskegon, MI on September 30th, 1942 and  graduated with honors from Muskegon Heights High School in 1960.  She attended St. Olaf College from 1960-61 where she met her husband Lynn.

They were married in Grand Haven, MI in 1962 and began married life in New York City where Nancy worked at the Presbyterian Hospital and attended Columbia’s college while Lynn attended Columbia medical school.   In 1965 Nancy and Lynn moved to Boston where Lynn began a surgical internship at the Peter Bent Brigham Hospital and Nancy worked at the Massachusetts General Hospital.

In July, 1967 they moved to Bethesda, Maryland where Nancy completed her college education at George Washington University while Lynn completed his military service at the of National Institutes of Health.

They returned to Boston in 1969 where Nancy earned a Masters degree in teaching at Simmons College and Lynn completed his training in general surgery at  the Brigham.   In 1973 Lynn joined the Harvard Medical School faculty where he taught students in surgery and ethics, did a variety of research projects and cared for patients until he retired in 2004.  It was in the Boston area that Nancy raised her children Kathryn and Matthew and developed her passion for Bernese Mountain Dogs.

From 1983 until 1985, Nancy, Lynn and their children  lived in Oxford, England where Lynn studied ethics and they traveled extensively as a family in Europe.  Later Nancy and Lynn traveled in the far east, the middle east, central and south America and Canada.

Nancy and Lynn came to love the New England countryside, especially Vermont, so they purchased a home and 103 acres of forestland in 1988 in Woodstock’s Curtis Hollow.   They completed a renovation of their home in 2002 and moved to Curtis Hollow permanently in 2004.  Nancy and Lynn joined Woodstock’s North Unitarian-Universalist Society in 2004 where they have been active members.  Nancy was a member of the Caring Committee, worked on the church’s community dinners for 10 years and participated in book and discussion groups.

In 2013 Nancy developed Alzheimer’s disease which progressed to an advanced stage by 2017.   She received lots of care at Springfield’s Adult Day Care program as well as at the Thompson Senior Center and for 6 months at the Scotland House.   She developed an advanced stage of colon cancer in 2017; this was treated with surgery but it recurred in her brain this year aggravating her Alzheimer’s.  She received excellent care for 3 months in the Memory Unit at the Village in White River Junction  and Bayada provided excellent  care for Nancy at home for the last month of her life.   Nancy leaves her husband Lynn of 57 years, her daughter Kathryn,  grandchildren Kiran and Freya  and son-in-law Roy.  She is predeceased by her sister Sally and son Matthew.

A memorial service is planned for 10:30 am on Saturday, September 28th at the North Chapel, 7 Church St, Woodstock, VT.  In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the North Chapel in Nancy’s memory.

Arrangements are under the direction of the Cabot Funeral Home in Woodstock, VT. An on line guest book can be found at cabotfh.com

John Hyde Larson


John Hyde Larson, 88, died peacefully August 27th at Woodstock Terrace in Woodstock, Vermont surrounded by family.

John was born on September 15, 1930 in Philadelphia, PA, the son of Roy Frank and Olive Hathaway (Alden) Larson.

He grew up in Landsdowne, PA and graduated from Trinity College in Hartford, CT in 1953.  He then received his Master in City Planning from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1955.  He and his wife Priscilla then moved to Sasebo, Japan, where John was a Supply Corp officer with the U.S. Navy.

After returning from serving in Japan, John worked as a city planner in New Jersey before beginning a long career in the energy industry. He and Priscilla raised their children in Hagerstown, MD and Westport, CT.  Before retiring to Barnard, Vermont, John was President and Chief Executive Officer of the Connecticut Energy Corporation and the Southern Connecticut Gas Company.

In addition to enjoying his time with family, John loved gardening, sailing, and travelling the world with Priscilla.  Prior to and during John’s retirement, he served on many boards for community efforts including: Vice Chair of Bridgeport Hospital, Chair of the Management Advisory Committee in Bridgeport, Acting Director of Finance for the City of Bridgeport,  Trustee for Bolt Technology Corporation, Trustee for the Clara Martin Center in Randolph, Trustee for the Episcopal Diocese of Vermont, volunteer consultant for International Executive Service Corporation (Vladimir, Russia), and President of the Barnard Education Fund. John also received numerous awards, including the MIT Corporate Leadership Award in 1987, the Century Service Award (Bridgeport, CT) Boys and Girls Club in 1991, and the Richard P. Bodine Community Leadership Award in 1993.

John is survived by his children: Michael Larson and his wife Linda of Hampton Beach, NH, Christopher Larson and his wife Lynne of Andover, NJ, and Cynthia Kline and her husband Christopher of Essex Junction, VT; seven grandchildren: Matthew, John, Kathryn, Laura, Robert, Carter, and Amelia; and great grandchild Olivia. He was predeceased by his loving wife of 54 years, Priscilla (Beane) Larson in 2007, as well as his brothers, Peter Larson of Wilmington, DE and David Larson of San Mateo, CA.

A memorial service will be held at Old Christ Church in Bethel, VT on Saturday, September 21 at 1:00pm. Burial will be private.

John’s children express many thanks to the wonderful staff at Woodstock Terrace and the Bayada Hospice organization for their compassionate and loving care of their father.

Those wishing to do so may make contributions in John’s name to Christ Episcopal Church, 13 North Main Street, Bethel, VT 05032 or to the Barnard Fire Department, P.O. Box 857, Barnard, VT 05031.

Arrangements are under the direction of the Cabot Funeral Home in Woodstock, VT. An on-line guest book can be found at www.cabotfh.com

Charles Jackson III

RUTLAND — Charles Jackson III died unexpectedly on Aug. 27, 2019. Born in 1950 in Boston, Ma., he was the only son of Charles and Mary Frothingham Jackson. He grew up in Dover, Ma. He graduated from St. Paul’s School in Concord, N.H. and New York University, and attended Wentworth Institute of Technology in Boston, Ma.

He worked as a carpenter in Massachusetts and Maine before moving to Woodstock where he was employed several years by F.W. Frizzell and Company. In 1980 he bought Echo Farm in North Pomfret where he moved with his then partner Alicia Jenks. He single-handedly built new barns from the ground up and fixed other existing buildings. It was there that he began honing his farming skills and raising cattle.

He immersed himself in the community, serving for a while with the volunteer fire department and as a selectman. Each spring he sugared with his neighbor Wilfred Moore and developed his interest in Buttonwood trees as a specialty wood. Charley enjoyed life and work on his farm and deeply loved Vermont’s agricultural heritage. He often relied on his local network of farming friends whom he held in high regard for support and advice.

In 2006, he relocated to West Haven where his new farm offered pasture to expand his herd. He focused on development of his much loved Red Angus cows and constantly working to improve the herd for its gentleness and taste of the meat. He continued his interest in enhancing the productivity of his fields and reclaiming additional land for agricultural use. He built a sugarhouse and initiated sugaring again with his good friend and farming partner, Keaton Dahlin. In West Haven he found a new supportive wonderful community who helped him with the beautiful farm and herd he left behind.

Charley was a lifelong learner and had a remarkable ability to read, assimilate and apply information on almost any subject. He was excellent at building and fixing just about anything. He was a truly unique individual with many friends who will miss his remarkable intellect and dry wit.

He leaves behind his wife, Luenn Walker, and five sisters—Rebecca Jackson of Petersham, Ma., Sarah Jackson of New York, N.Y., Laura Jackson of Dresden, Me., Mary Jackson of Cambridge, Ma., and Deborah Jackson Weiss of Chestnut Hill, Ma. — and many nephews, nieces, cousins, and friends.

At his request there will be no funeral. A celebration of his life will be organized sometime in the future.

James King Kelly

James King Kelly, fondly known as Jim, passed away peacefully on Sunday September 8, 2019. His two sons, Jake and Charlie, and his loving wife Sharlene of 28 years were faithfully by his side.

Born in Burlington, Vermont in 1959, son of Priscilla and Fred Kelly, Jim attended Woodstock High School and graduated from the University of Vermont in 1982 with a B.A. in Geography. While at UVM he was a part of Delta Psi Fraternity. He started his career in the hospitality industry as a bus-boy with RockResorts in Woodstock, VT, a talent he practiced until the end. He furthered his education with a M.A. in Organizational Psychology from Columbia University. Jim established a career in Human Resources, working with Chase Manhattan Bank, CitiGroup, Deutsche Bank, Marsh and McLennan Companies and Riverstone Resources LLC. His career sent him to destinations such as Miami, The British Virgin Islands, Jackson Hole WY, New York City, Brazil and finally residing in New Hampshire all while keeping his roots grounded in Vermont. The team at RiverStone served as a second family and an outstanding supporter for him and his family throughout his fight. He enjoyed serving on the Board of City Year, a nonprofit educational organization dedicated to helping students and schools succeed.

Life came full circle, bringing Jim and his family back to Woodstock, VT. A ski ballet competitor himself, his sons turned their focus to alpine racing. Jim became a passionate supporter of Woodstock Ski Runners. Whether on the board of Ski Runners or at the “Surfboard” holding court, he was passionate about children learning to ski race. He was a dedicated volunteer and loved to be the one sending the racers down the hill as the Starter.

As a child, he spent summers in Bayside, Maine learning to sail and making life-long friends. He brought his family back to Bayside, where his sons learned to sail, taught sailing and crewed for him in races throughout Penobscot Bay. As an integral part of the Bayside community, he was Commodore of the Northport Yacht Club and served on the NYC Board of Directors, where he cherished the Bayside experience. He always felt that he could never repay the community for all that they have done for him and his family. Bayside served as his anchor in life; keep his spirit alive and remember his “Joie de Vivre” love and loyalty.

An extraordinarily vivacious, charismatic, and accomplished man, he swept fun into the world beyond measure. Jim, the proverbial life of the party, was unwilling to leave this one early. He fought cancer for over four years and when the cancer got strong, his fight got stronger.

Thank you to all who supported and laughed with Jim and his family over the years. Raise a glass to a life well lived and not a moment wasted.

He is survived by his wife, two sons, and his sisters: Linda, Nancy, Martha, and many friends and family who were supportive of him until the end. Especially thankful to the Steele, Montgomery and Merchant families.

The family will be hosting a memorial visitation at the Cabot Funeral Home in Woodstock, VT Friday, September 13, from 5-7 pm. A memorial service will be held at 1:00 pm on Saturday, September 14, at St. James Episcopal Church, Woodstock, VT followed by a reception at Suicide Six. In lieu of flowers, please consider donations to Woodstock Ski Runners (www.skirunners.org) or the Bayside Junior Sailing Program in Northport, ME at www.northportyachtclub.org or P.O. Box 957 Belfast, ME 04915.

An on line guestbook can be found at cabotfh.com