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Celebrate the summer at Mount Ascutney

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Edna T. Luce

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Barbara Lynn Templeton

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Woodstock lacrosse coach steps down

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Happy Trails at the Five and Dime

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Seventy-five seniors graduate from WUHS

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Understanding dementia

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Faye Stevens shines at New England championship

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West Windsor celebrates 10 years of beautification

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Dorothy W. Witzenberger

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News

Seventy-five seniors graduate from WUHS

The Woodstock Union High School Class of 2019  were athletes, scholars, volunteers, artists, musicians, actors, mechanics and environmentalists.  They were a collection of unique individuals, according to WUHS Senior Class Advisor Michelle Fountain. Some are going to prestigious universities and colleges. Others are going into the military or studying abroad or going to work or even waiting to see where they go next. But one thing for certain is that the 75 graduating seniors will take away from WUHS great memories, great friendships and great learning experiences.

Read more about the Class of 2019 in the June 20th edition of the Vermont Standard

Hartland to send out new appraisal letters

Earlier this week, the Hartland Listers announced that the 2019 Abstract Grand List had errors, which resulting in a defective Abstract Grand List.

According to Stacey Bradley, one of the Hartland Listers, there were 2 main issues. First, the date of Grievance was incorrect on several Change of Appraisal notices. And, second, about one-third of all properties had an incorrect value due to software issues.

“On the advice of the Vermont Department of Taxes and our legal counsel, we have requested and received a 30-day extension to fix the errors and amend the Abstract Grand List,” said Bradley. “We are working with the software company to fix all the issues and errors and will continue our quality checking efforts.

“When we are satisfied with the results, we will reactivate the 2019 Online Property Record Cards, set a new grievance date, properly warn that date, lodge an amended Abstract Grand List and resend all the Change of Appraisal notices to all property owners,” she continued.

The Hartland Listers request that residents disregard the notice dated June 3, 2019. They will be mailing new Change of Appraisal notices as soon as possible and updating their web page and posting Listserv notices with more information. Please contact them with any questions.

West Windsor celebrates 10 years of beautification

Ten years ago a group of ladies got together to think about ways they can beautify West Windsor. Every spring since then, they place whiskey barrels all over the village with beautiful flowers in them. It’s become an annual tradition.

“There’s a sense of camaraderie among the people who do it and a sense of a small town taking care of each other,” said Sue Curry, one of the group’s first volunteers.

For more on the story, check out the June 13th edition of the Vermont Standard.

Sports

Woodstock lacrosse coach steps down

Woodstock boys’ lacrosse coach Brandon Little announced last Thursday he will no longer be coaching the team. Little thought about it for two years and he finally made his decision after the overtime loss to Essex in the Division I quarterfinal.

Little has been the Wasps’ head coach for the last 10 years. He played four years of lacrosse at Woodstock Union High School, did a post graduate year at Avon Old Farms School, and went on to play lacrosse at the University of Vermont, where he was captain in his junior and senior years.

For more on the story check out the June 20th edition of the Vermont Standard.

Happy Trails at the Five and Dime

One-hundred eighteen people hit the trails on Saturday at Mount Ascutney for the Eighth Annual Five and Dime trail run. Walkers and runners were treated to muddy trails, steep climbs and beautiful views of West Windsor on the course. Family and friends of Andrew Goulet, who died recently in a mountain biking incident, also walked and ran in his honor wearing orange, the color he always wore while riding. People of all ages ran in the 5K fun run or the 10K run. Some were local while others came from far away as France. Despite grinding it out on the hard trails, many were smiling and laughing and jumping for joy as they crossed the finish line today.

For more on the trail run check out the June 20 edition of the Vermont Standard.

Faye Stevens shines at New England championship

SACO, MAINE – Woodstock Union High School track and field sensation Faye Stevens competed at the New England Track and Field Championships last weekend and placed in the top 25 in the girls’ 100- and 300-meter hurdles. She finished 24th in 100 and 22nd in the 300.

“I could have run faster but I didn’t eat enough food or drink enough water, and I was waiting out in the sun too long,” Stevens joked. “This year’s meet had a similar feeling as the Essex Invitational last year. I felt like a small fish in a big pond. This year I felt stronger and more competitive.”

For more on Stevens, check out the June 13th edition of the Vermont Standard.

In a three-peat, girls tennis team wins state championship!

The Woodstock Union High School girls’ tennis team reached the state finals in Division II, which took place on Thursday afternoon, and they won!

It’s a three-peat for the WUHS girls tennis team who defeated U-32 to win the Division II State Championship for the third year in a row. Katey MacMaster earned the clinching point with a 6-4, 6-1 victory over Addie Hannon.

Also winning for Woodstock were Momo Biele and Olivia Marsicovetere in singles and both doubles teams of Kenzie Biele/Chloe Noble and Juliana Beraldi/Lily Holding. The final team score was Woodstock 5 U-32 2.

See more on this story in the June 13 edition of the Standard

 

Entertainment

Celebrate the summer at Mount Ascutney

Summer is here and the crew at Mount Ascutney will be kicking off the first annual Solstice Fest on Saturday. The event will take place from morning to dusk at Mount Ascutney and there will be dozens of activities for everyone.

There will be mountain biking, hiking, raptor presentations, yoga, food, live music and more. Event organizers are not only celebrating the beginning of summer but also the hiking and biking trails that make up Mount Ascutney. Proceeds from the event will go toward the maintenance of the trails and facilities.

For more information on the upcoming Mount Ascutney Solstice Festival, check out the June 20th edition of the Vermont Standard.

Understanding dementia

A new art show will premier at 5:30 p.m., Friday at ArtisTree Community Arts Center. “TRIO: Exploring Dementia” aims to bring a deeper understanding through art on the debilitating disease of dementia.

“It’s difficult for any caregiver to find the resources to put extra energies toward projects outside of the daily duties that come with caring for someone with dementia,” said ArtisTree Gallery Director Adrian Tans. “And after a loved one has passed, that grief is a long journey itself. We’re very grateful to the families who came together to make this exhibit possible.”

For more on the new art exhibit, check out the June 13th edition of the Vermont Standard. 

Obituaries

Edna T. Luce

South Pomfret, Vermont

Edna T. Luce, 83, died at her home in South Pomfret on Saturday June 15, 2019.

Edna was born on May 15, 1936 in Bridgewater Corners, Vermont the daughter of George Paul and Pearl Irene (Denton) Townsend.

Edna graduated from Woodstock High School in 1954. On November 26, 1955 she married her high school sweetheart, David Luce of South Pomfret. In addition to raising her family Edna was a Justice of the Peace, Notary Public, worked at the Sterling’s Drug Store and the Teago Store, and cleaned homes for a number of families. She also enjoyed making cakes for all types of celebrations including many wedding cakes.

Together David and Edna traveled the State of Vermont teaching fire safety to schoolchildren with the fire safety trailer. They also enjoyed square dancing with the Sugarhouse Swingers and snowmobiling with the Pomfret and Barnard snowmobile clubs. She was a long time member of Windsor County Farm Bureau.  Along with other family members Edna helped start the Pomfret Fast Squad and supported the Teago Fire Department for many years.

Edna enjoyed bird watching and especially liked red cardinals. She also spent time tedding and raking hay on her Massey Ferguson tractor, watching baseball, making donuts, caring for Mia her cat, and most of all time with her grandchildren and great grandchildren.

Edna is survived by her daughter Louise and her husband Jerry Blakeney, her son in law Jigger Barton, her grandchildren; Dan Schaefer, Lisa Gibbons, Ryan Blakeney and Loretta Blakeney, her 4 great grandchildren; Alli, Haley, Shawn, and Boyd, her sister Alice and husband Bruce Paglia and  nieces, nephew and many cousins. In addition to her parents she is predeceased by her husband David and daughter Patricia Barton.

The family would like to thank the many caregivers who made it possible for Edna to remain in her home and be well cared for.

Visiting hours will be held on Thursday evening June 20th from 6:00 to 8:00 at the Cabot Funeral Home. A funeral service will be held on Friday morning June 21st  at 11:00 in the Bridgewater Congregational Church, burial will follow in the Riverside Cemetery in Woodstock, VT followed by a reception at the Bridgewater Grange.

Memorial donations may be made to the Bridgewater Congregational Church, P.O. Box 4, Bridgewater Vermont 05034 or to the Teago Fire Department P.O. Box 40, So. Pomfret, VT 05067, or to the charity of one’s choice.

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

Barbara Lynn Templeton

Bridgewater

Barbara Lynn Templeton, age 72, died with grace in the early morning of Tuesday, June 11th, 2019 in the comfort of her home, surrounded by her daughters, Traci and Kristi and granddaughter Mimi Soleil.

Born to Mary and Richard Sawyer on January 18th, 1947, Barbara grew up in Bridgewater Corners, VT, as the eldest of 6 children. Barbara was devoted to her family. She was very close to her sisters, Nancy and Kim, and very close and proud of her brothers, Billy, Timmy and Tommy. She loved to laugh and share memories with her siblings. She loved them very dearly and continued to give unconditional love and support to them right up until her death. She also enjoyed her sister’s and brother’s children and grandchildren. Time with them brought her great joy.

After graduating from Woodstock Union High School in 1965, Barbara got her first job as assistant manager for Bill Alsup of Poma Aerial Tramways. Barbara was extremely proud that her life experiences afforded her the knowledge and ability to open two businesses, Down Under Video and The Village Exchange Consignment. She was grateful to the people in her life who believed in her and supported her as she worked hard to fulfill her dreams. Later in life, Barbara found her passion as a caregiver. She had a profound devotion to her clients and their families. Her desire to help, and her sincere kindness made her a woman with endless compassion who provided friendship, comfort and a sense of dignity to all. Barb was always the first to show up at your door with a home cooked meal in times of need. It should be known- she loved to cook!

Her marriage to Gary K. Templeton gave her three beloved children;  Daughters Traci and Kristi and a son, Joshua. Her daughters gave her three grandchildren, Mimi 19, Arlo 8, and Billie 4 1/2. Her grandchildren gave joy and lots of laughter. Nonnie, as she was affectionately called, cherished her deep and everlasting bond with Mimi, always offering her unconditional support and advice. She taught Mimi how to drive. They loved going for rides and singing their favorite songs together. Billie and Arlo loved their dance parties at Nonnie’s house, and how she always had a little “surprise” or two to their delight. Arlo and Billie will miss their Friday ‘FUN’ nights with their Nonnie- these times will be most treasured.

Barbara’s gift of friendship came full circle in the form of over 100 cards she received from her friends and community before her passing. She was overwhelmingly grateful for this generous outpouring of love and kindness. These acts of friendship gave her great comfort.

Barbara was predeceased by her mother, Mary Sawyer, her father, Richard Sawyer, her son, Joshua Kent Templeton, and her brothers William Sawyer and Thomas Sawyer.

We will hold a celebration of Barbara’s life on Sunday, June 23rd, at 1 p.m. with a service at the Bridgewater Congregational Church and a reception to follow.

In lieu of flowers, please send donations to the Bridgewater Congregational Church where Barbara was an active member: P.O. Box 4, Bridgewater, VT, 05034.

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

Dorothy W. Witzenberger

Montpelier, Vermont

Dorothy W. Witzenberger, 100, died peacefully on the June 9, 2019.

She was born on July 6, 1918 in South Woodstock, the daughter of Harold I. and Trella (Murphy) Walker.

Dorothy graduated from Woodstock High School in 1936 and the St. John’s Hospital School of Nursing in 1941. She married Henry Frank Witzenberger on January 25, 1942 in Farmington, NY.

Dorothy worked for 25 years as an I.C.U. Nurse in Glen Cove Long Island, NY before she and her husband Frank moved to Vermont in 1987. She was a former member of the Montpelier Methodist Church.

Dorothy is predeceased by her husband and two brothers Clarence and William Walker. She is survived by her son Thomas of Boca Raton, FL, her three granddaughters — Ashley, Alexandra and Ariel; and four great grandchildren — Annabelle, Walker, Addison and Adeline.

The family would like to thank the amazing staff at Heaton Woods Assisted Living for the wonderful care she received.

Those wishing may make memorial donations to their local hospice.

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