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Mid Vermont student will play sports at Woodstock

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The winning float at the Alumni Parade is ...

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Sabra Field celebrates 50 years at Tontine Press

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Decision on short-term rentals decision postponed

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Solstice Fest at Mount Ascutney this weekend

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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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News

Sabra Field celebrates 50 years at Tontine Press

One of Vermont’s most recognizable, renowned and lauded artists, printmaker Sabra Field is celebrating the 50th anniversary of her business, Tontine Press.

Tontine Press will celebrate with an open studio event in East Barnard on the weekend of July 13 and 14, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Vermont Standard Correspondent Heather Steliga had an exclusive interview with Field and they discussed what has sustained her business (and her artwork) over the years. What Steliga learned was that Field is  “an absolutely no-nonsense, very warm, open and curious person.”

To find out more about Sabra Field, her business and her artwork, check out the June 20th edition of the Vermont Standard. 

Decision on short-term rentals decision postponed

The town of Woodstock will hear more public feedback before they make a decision on zoning bylaws.

The Select Board is considering whether to amend their bylaws to remove an exemption for homeowners with short-term rentals (STRs). If approved, these homeowners will need to obtain a conditional use permit if they choose to rent their homes out to future guests. Proponents of the amendment change want to curb the growth of short-term rentals (such as Airbnbs) that they claim are crowding out affordable housing. Opponents say the exemption removal may discourage people from renting their homes so they can obtain additional income. 

“Removing the exemption for forestry and 5+ acre zoning means that properties that want to operate as short term rentals need a permit from the town as do properties in the rest of the town and the village,” said Select Board Member Jill Davies. “Any properties that already do STRs (any rental of less than 30 days) will be grandfathered and will not require a permit.”

The hearing will take place at 7 p.m., Thursday, June 27 at Woodstock Town Hall.  

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

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

Sports

Mid Vermont student will play sports at Woodstock

A three-sport athlete who moved to the Hartford area from Halifax, Nova Scotia will play football, ice hockey and baseball for Woodstock High School next year. The Vermont Principals Association granted Andrew Crouse, an incoming freshman at Mid Vermont Christian School, permission to play high school sports at WUHS. A student may play sports at a different high school if/when they are not offered at their home school.

Mid Vermont Christian’s Principal Robert Bracy and Athletic Director Jennifer Schutzius signed off on the agreement on May 31, while WUHS Athletic Director Quaron “Q” Pinckney and WUHS Principal Garon Smail signed off on June 3. Crouse is looking forward to making major contributions next year on the teams he will be playing for.

For more on Andrew Crouse, check out the March 20th edition of the Vermont Standard.

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.

Entertainment

The winning float at the Alumni Parade is …

The Woodstock Union High School Alumni Association held their annual parade last Saturday. The theme this year was children’s books. In this photo, the Tin Man, Don Oakland, gets some oil from Cowardly Lion Mark Dayman in the 1969 entry The Wizard of Oz. Who won the Grand Prize, Judges’ Choice? Find out who the winners are in the June 20th edition of the Vermont Standard.

Solstice Fest at Mount Ascutney this weekend

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, see the June 20th 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