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Abbie Darling Paterson

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Girls' Tennis wins second straight

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NWPL toasts its volunteers at Ex Libris Gala

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Bentleys bids farewell

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Sip Sip Hurrray!

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Jane Curtis honored by VT Dems

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Teagle Park welcomes help

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Stover steps down from Woodstock Select Board

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White River Valley dominates Woodstock softball

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Marilyn Joyce Le Blanc Caulfield, 84

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Sip Sip Hurrray!

Last Thursday evening at the Suicide Six lodge, a special event was held that was half fundraiser and half wine tasting party but, above all, it was to honor Phil Swanson, a man who is dear to many in the Woodstock area.

As his primary nurse Lisa Wesinger said after watching this gathering solidify, “I really quickly learned, through his transplant, how loved this man is.”

Most folks have known Swanson as the Woodstock Town Manager for the past 30 years. In fact, according to his assistant Mary Riley, he is the longest-serving town manager in Vermont. After working with him since 1990, she has learned that “if you’re going to work on something with Phil, show up well-rested. He does not hide his determination.”

Read more on Sip Sip Hurray! in the April 18th edition of the Vermont Standard.

Jane Curtis honored by VT Dems

The Vermont Democratic Party honored a well-known and long-time organizer from Woodstock last Saturday.

Jane Curtis was honored at the 20th Annual Curtis-Hoff Leadership Awards Dinner held in Burlington. The award is given to Democrat who best embodies public service, volunteerism, and activism.

Longtime Windsor County Democrat Dottie Deans nominated Curtis for this year’s Curtis-Hoff Award. Deans said that Curtis was someone who always got things done.

Deans recalled once that Curtis wasn’t someone who was going to sit idly by after the 2016 election. According to Deans, Curtis said to a group of women in Woodstock, “What are we going to do about it?”

Read more in the April 18th edition of the Vermont Standard.

Teagle Park welcomes help

The Village Trustees on Tuesday discussed the possibility of rehabilitating a town park, but their plans are on hold because another beautification project is taking first priority.

Village Trustees Chairman Jeffrey Kahn said Teagle Park is “a small gem in the middle of the village” that is in need of help. According to Kahn, the park has been neglected compared to the other parks in Woodstock.

Kahn said there is a broken railing, stairs that are in “bad shape” and dog waste bags laying on the ground. The Trustees have $5,000 set aside for beautification purposes and Kahn wanted to know if the Trustees should spend it towards Teagle Park.

“It’s not been well maintained,” Kahn said.

The steps currently in use are railroad ties but they are suffering from wear and tear, according to the Trustees. A local resident offered the village granite curbing, but Trustee Cary Agin had concerns.

Stover steps down from Woodstock Select Board


A Woodstock Select Board member made a surprising announcement at Tuesday’s Select Board meeting.
Sonya Stover, regretfully, tendered her resignation after two years on the board. Stover is moving to Hanover, N.H. and now the town will be looking for her replacement.

Stover was elected to the Select Board in March 2017. As the youngest member of the Select Board, Stover sought to get younger people more involved in town government.

“I was just someone willing to ask the dumb questions,” Stover said with a laugh. “I got to know how the town works. I learned so much.”

When asked what she would recommend for her replacement, Stover said to get involved.

“Just try it,” Stover said. “It’s not that much time, it’s not that onerous and there’s not that much conflict. It’s lovely.”

For more on the story, check out the April 18th edition of the Vermont Standard.

Citizen scientists protect threatened species

Every spring when the evening temperatures have warmed and winter’s snow and ice have started to fade into memories, the arrival of dusk is met with the “singing” of thousands of frogs across the state. They, and many other small animals, make their way to vernal pools hidden in forested areas to produce the next generation.

Following close behind are dozens of citizen scientists, hoping to determine what amphibians and invertebrates have laid their eggs in vernal pools and if their eggs have hatched in vernal pools — shallow wetlands typically found in forested areas.

Among those citizen scientists are Dick Ruben and his partners, Lynn Parker of Sharon and Becky Lash of Bridgewater.

Ruben and Parker have lived in Sharon for two years. In addition to the vernal pools, the couple are also avid birders and part of a few other avian studies through the Vermont Center for Ecology Studies (VCES) and North Branch Nature Center in Montpelier.

“It is good to get involved,” Ruben said during a phone interview. “It’s kinda fun. It is an opportunity to be a citizen scientist. You get to be a bit more intelligent and have facts when you’re trying to protect the animals. The frogs have been under threat, and they don’t know why.”

For more on the story, check out the April 18th edition of the Vermont Standard.

Mink the bear returns

It’s taken her nearly a year to travel from Coos to Windsor County after being transported from Hanover, NH where she gave birth to and tried to successfully raise two sets of cubs. Nicknamed “Mink”, the black bear sow was spotted in Woodstock village this week after she had denned up in Pomfret over the winter – a temporary shelter known by her GPS and tracking collar.

NH Fish & Game Dept. bear project leader Andrew Timmins posted recently that, in good condition and now looking for spring foods and a new home territory, Mink has moved on past South Woodstock as a result of another sow with cubs taking over the immediate area.

For more details, see our print and/or e-edition April 18….


Girls’ Tennis wins second straight

The WUHS girls’ tennis team moved to 2-0 on the season with a 7-0 sweep of Brattleboro on Friday afternoon. It was the only one of three scheduled meets on the week that the squad was able to play and it was on a different day than originally planned, but the important fact is that it was played.

“It was not nearly as cold as our first outing against MSJ,” said Coach Tom Hopewell. “And playing down at Brattleboro where they have six courts makes for a quicker match.”

Read more on girls’ tennis in the April 18th edition of the Vermont Standard.

White River Valley dominates Woodstock softball

SOUTH ROYALTON – White River Valley handed the Woodstock softball team their second loss of the season on Friday by a score of 28-6. It was a rout from beginning to end.

Woodstock got on the board first in the top of the first, but the Wilidcats scored seven runs off Woodstock pitcher Lizzy Peck. The Wasps bounced back with four more runs in the top of the second, but the Wildcats piled on the runs and they never looked back. They scored 10 in the bottom of the second, five runs in the bottom of the third and six more runs in the bottom of the fourth before the game was called of.

Woodstock Coach Jane Hoisington said the team was down five players, four of them were starters. Three of the players were sick and the other two left early for school vacation, she said.

Find more on the game in the April 18th edition of the Vermont Standard.

Local swimmer shines at Sectional Championships

The future looks bright for local swimmer Issy Hiller.

Hiller, a sophomore at Woodstock High School, recently competed at the 2019 Eastern Zone North Speedo Short Course Sectionals at Ithaca College in Ithaca, N.Y. She was one of nine swimmers from the Upper Valley Aquatic Club (UVAC) of White River Junction that qualified for the elite swimming event.

Hiller swam in four events and three relays at Sectionals. In her individual events, she placed 102nd overall in the 100 yard backstroke with a time of 1:03.10; 30th overall in 100 yard breaststroke with a time of 1:06:20; 21st in 200 yard breaststroke with a time of 2:23.62; and 106th in the 200 yard individual medley (swimming 25 yards of butterfly, backstroke, breaststroke and freestyle) with a time of 2:16.80.

The biggest surprise of the meet also included Hiller in the 4×100 medley relay. The relay finished eighth place with a time of 3:54:91 and it broke a five-year-old team record. Hiller swam breaststroke.

To read more about Issy Hiller, check the April 18th edition of the Vermont Standard. Hiller is third from the left in the team relay photo.


NWPL toasts its volunteers at Ex Libris Gala

On Sunday, April 28 NWPL’s Board of Trustees will kick off the library’s most important fundraiser of the year at The Woodstock Inn & Resort: the highly anticipated 18th annual Ex Libris Gala Benefit. Some tickets are still available.

The Gala will begin with a reception at 5:30 p.m. followed by dinner at 6:30 p.m. The menu will feature courses specially customized by the Inn’s award-winning Chef, Rhys Lewis, as well as contributions from local provisioners including the Heart Rock Café and Vermont Farmstead Cheese.

Nearly every feature of the Gala, from its menu to its guest speaker to its original and creative table centerpieces, represents the imagination, initiative, and sheer elbow grease of the library’s volunteers. This pervasive group of multi-talented individuals touches virtually every aspect of the library — not just at Gala season, but on every day of the year.

“Volunteers are essential to the success of the Norman Williams Public Library,” said Amanda Merk, NWPL’s Executive Director. “Each day, numerous volunteers work behind the scenes to help the library thrive.”

To read more on the story, see the April 18th edition of the Vermont Standard.


Bentleys bids farewell


Bentleys is going out in style following a “Swan Song” party Saturday night to give new and old visitors to the iconic restaurant a chance to say goodbye. Everyone was given a commemorative coin to take home as a memory of a restaurant that has occupied the corner of Elm and Central streets for 43 years.

Everywhere you looked people were smiling as they talked, danced or sang along with The Gully Boys, who started playing around 9 p.m. Old friends greeted each other with hugs. Snippets of conversation with memories of going to Bentleys and sadness over it closing could be heard throughout.

The decision to close the restaurant was made in March following an unsuccessful attempt to renew their lease though the foliage season with landlord Ken Sturm, the principal owner of Woodstock Investments LLC of New York City.

Freddura was happy with the 100 or so people that filled the restaurant. Guests were of all ages, including a few children.

“There are a lot of familiar faces tonight, a few new ones, too,” she said during a quick break from greeting customers at the door.”

For more on Bentleys, check out the April 18th edition of the Vermont Standard.


Abbie Darling Paterson


Abbie Darling Paterson, 83, died following a short illness on March 25, 2019.

Abbie was born on Sept. 4, 1935 in Englewood, NJ the daughter of Henry W. O. and Grace C. (Darling) Mustermann.

She was pre deceased by her son Derek C. Barker in 1994 and her husband Robert Paterson in 2015. She is survived by her daughter Anne Darling Barker and two step daughters; Julie Paterson Hazen and Lisa Paterson.

At her request there will be no public services.

The family is being assisted by the Cabot Funeral Home in Woodstock, VT. An on line guest book can be found at cabotfh.com.

Marilyn Joyce Le Blanc Caulfield, 84

Marilyn Joyce Le Blanc Caulfield

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In the loving company of her immediate family, Marilyn Caulfield died of late-stage complications of Alzheimer’s disease in Woburn, Massachusetts, on April 4, 2019.

Born to Ivadelle and Leon Le Blanc in Swampscott, Massachusetts, on June 17, 1934, Marilyn embodied the spirit of a verse her maternal grandmother immortalized in needlepoint to celebrate the new baby’s arrival: “A child of June gives all away, to brighten everybody’s day.”

Together with her older sister, Dorothy, and her younger sister, Corrine, Marilyn grew up in Lynn. Leon and Ivadelle doted on their girls.

Marilyn was awarded the superlative “The Sweetheart of Lynn English High School” in her 1952 yearbook. When she received her diploma in June of that year, Marilyn was already engaged to former all-scholastic Lynn English football player, Robert O. Caulfield. Robert, who was twenty-one, had recently mustered out of the Marine Corps, with dreams of becoming a landscape artist. She and Robert eloped to New Hampshire on an August evening later that summer.

By 1965, Marilyn and Robert and their five children had outgrown their house in Lynn, and moved to a two-hundred-year-old Colonial on Main Street in Lynnfield. When her youngest son entered elementary school in 1971, Marilyn accepted a full-time position as assistant treasurer at the Lynnfield Town Hall.

In 1985 Marilyn and Robert left their secure suburban lifestyle and opened The Robert O. Caulfield Art Gallery in Woodstock, Vermont. As Robert’s work started selling more consistently, Marilyn devoted her formidable sales skills to selling her husband’s oil paintings, watercolors, and lithographs.

During the thirty-five years the Caulfield Art Gallery was in operation, Marilyn and Robert sold over three thousand of his original oil paintings and watercolors. The two working-class kids from Lynn—who had once scrimped for every penny, struggling from paycheck to paycheck—spent the past two decades living in one of the finest mansions on Woodstock’s village green.

Marilyn’s husband, Robert, and her five children, Robert, Cynthia, Craig, Lorelle, and Wayne, survive her, as do her children’s spouses, Patricia, Paul, and Ariadna.

Marilyn is also survived by her eleven grandchildren: Kelly, Todd, Krystle, Kimberly, Brian, Kaitlin, Brendan, Travis, Camille, Julia, and Brooke; and her nine great-grandchildren: Trenton, Fiona, Kayla, Kenzie, Emma, Hannah, Blake, Ellie, and Arlo.

Marilyn’s sister, Corinne Wallace, predeceased her. Her brother-in-law, George Wallace, survives her, as do her sister, Dorothy Hunt, and her brother-in-law, Donald.

Marilyn was emphatic in her choice of a traditional burial. As she once said, “I don’t want to be cremated. I never liked to smoke.”

If you would like to reach out to the family, you may email them at the following address: lcgovoni@verizon.net


Perry Marcell Maxham

Perry Marcell Maxham, died Friday morning, April 12, 2019 at his home.

He was born January 3, 1931 in Pomfret, VT; the son of Olin O. & Cora M. Maxham. A lifetime Woodstock area resident, he served in the U.S. Army during the Korean Conflict. Perry was married to Janet Illsley in No. Pomfret on July 6, 1955.

He worked for A. W. Frizzell & Sons Builders for 33 Years. He was a volunteer fireman at the Woodstock Fire Department for more than 50 Years. He was also an active volunteer in the Woodstock community. In his retirement he worked as a caretaker for many Woodstock residents. He enjoyed fishing, visiting with friends and growing his large vegetable garden.

He is survived by his loving wife of 63 Years Janet, his daughters Patricia Godding, and husband David of Manchester, NH; Perri L Maxham Dimitruk and husband John of E. Thetford, VT; Paula L. Maxham Audsley and husband Alex of Barnard, VT; grandson Tyler A. Audsley of Woodstock, granddaughter Olivia G. Godding of Manchester, NH., nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his sister Marbara Bailey.

The family invites you to calling hours at Cabot Funeral Home 5:00pm to 7:00 pm on April 26, 2019. Services will be held at the Cabot Funeral Home 2:00pm April, 27, 2019. Contributions in his Memory may be made to the Woodstock Firefighters’ Relief Association, 454 Woodstock Road, Woodstock, VT 05091. Online condolences may be may left at www.cabotfh.com