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Woodstock boys' basketball victorious over Hartford

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Abbie Buckman Gregson

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Ledlie I. Laughlin Jr.

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Dr. Joseph W. D’Anna

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Large turnout for affordable housing in Woodstock

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Leonard Dawson Adkins. Jr.

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Ideas for branding Woodstock discussed at EDC

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Edward B. Osmer

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Lucia “Jinja” H. Stapleton

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Woodstock girls' basketball wins in overtime thriller

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News

Large turnout for affordable housing in Woodstock

Woodstock

The Town Hall meeting room is packed with local residents curious about a newly published study on affordable housing in Woodstock. The study will reveal new information on Woodstock demographics, potential housing opportunities and recommendations for the town of Woodstock.

Read more in the Feb. 14th edition of the Vermont Standard.

Ideas for branding Woodstock discussed at EDC

Woodstock

Local residents discussed new ways to market the town of Woodstock at Thursday night’s Economic Development Commission meeting. Three grant applicants (Lifescape, Park Run and Sustainable Woodstock) seek to promote the town through apps and photos, reusable bags and a weekly 5K walk/run. The EDC was impressed with their ideas and will consider funding these organizations in the future.

 

Geraldine Fowler presents her idea for a new park run Memorial Day weekend. Christian Avard photo

2019 Town Meeting warnings now official. Find your town here!

Barnard, Bridgewater, Hartland, Killington, Plymouth, Pomfret, Reading, West Windsor, Woodstock

Town Meeting warnings are set for 2019. The Vermont Standard is the place to find out what your town will be voting on Tuesday, March 5.

Barnard: Barnard Town Meeting Warning
Barnard School District: Barnard School District warning

Bridgewater: Bridgewater Town Meeting Warning

Hartland: Hartland Town Meeting Warning
Hartland School District: Hartland School District Warning

Killington: Killington Town Meeting Warning

Pomfret: Pomfret Town Meeting Warning

Plymouth: Plymouth Town Meeting Warning

Reading: Pomfret Town Meeting Warning

West Windsor: West Windsor Town Meeting Warning
West Windsor School District: West Windsor School District Warning
West Windsor Australian ballot articles: West Windsor Australian ballot articles

Woodstock: Woodstock Town Meeting Warning

Windsor Central Modified Unified Union School District 2020 budget

The WCUD budget is set.  This is what 8 local towns including Woodstock, Barnard, Pomfret, Bridgewater, Plymouth, Killington, Pittsfield, and Reading will be voting on at Town Meeting.

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Budget Template – FY20P – Final – v2

EDC housing survey findings

In preparation for Wednesday night’s EDC meeting on housing, the following summarizes the background and findings generated by the housing research and analyses. Over 400 residents responded to the survey.

Concerns regarding the adequacy of housing to meet demands are not unique to Woodstock, the greater Upper Valley region, or the remainder of Vermont. Nevertheless, study data and research make it clear that a number of factors tend to exacerbate this imbalance in Woodstock:

In a state that relies more than most on travel and leisure activity to drive its economy, Woodstock stands out as a major attraction to regional travelers. As a result, the town’s local economy is far more reliant on travel activity than most.

Seasonal/Vacation housing is a significant and growing component of Woodstock’s overall housing mix. This has an evident impact on pricing and has resulted in the conversion of a number of year-round units to seasonal use, thereby reducing the supply for resident use.

The growth of short-term rental services (airbnb, etc.) has had a significant impact on the U.S.lodging/accommodation business over the past decade. Not surprisingly, communities that attract travel activity also tend to attract substantial short-term rental activity. In Woodstock, it appears that properties placed in short term rental programs has reduced the number of single family and smaller rental properties available to the resident market.

Again, an aging population is not unique to Woodstock; 41 percent of the town’s households are 65 years or more, compared to 26 percent at the statewide level. As a result, a significant segment of the community is moving through a transition in terms of housing need.

A supply of larger single-family homes does not ‘fit’ a population dominated by one and two person households.

Land development in Vermont is never easy, but it appears that Woodstock has a paucity of readily developable sites, given current ownership patterns and regulatory systems.

Woodstock is an employment center with a focus on service jobs that tend to pay below average wages. However, the community’s housing stock is oriented toward the upper end of the income band . . . larger, relatively expensive single family homes coupled with a scarcity of rental units. As a result, local employers have resorted to exceptional measures to attract qualified employees.

Woodstock’s housing stock is expensive both in terms of cost per square foot cost for ownership or rental

There is irony in the market; local contacts make it clear that Woodstock, ‘is a place that people want to live’ and that, ‘everything about Woodstock is attractive to families,’ yet the resident population has decreased since year 2000 and relatively little new residential development has occurred in recent years.

Slow population growth does not necessarily translate into decreased housing demand. While the average person today lives longer and more independently than in past generations, a house deteriorates with time, so new housing must be built or existing housing rehabilitated.

Dramatic shifts in household age groups will be a significant dynamic for the school district’s housing market in the coming years. While the total number of study area households may decrease slightly between 2018 and 2023, the number of households aged 65 or more years will grow by 13.5 percent. This growth will occur among households at all income levels.

Area contacts make it clear that households aged 25 to 44 years are a ‘target’ market segment, and that they are hopeful that expanding employment, lifestyle and other factors can combine to make the Woodstock attractive to this group. Moreover, contacts also recognize that quality affordable housing availability is a crucial component of attracting this group. Assuming ‘recruitment’ of this group to be a policy priority, there will be a need for both market rate rental and ‘starter’ ownership housing.

Within the school district, Woodstock accounts for more than half of the residential sales market. Moreover, Woodstock’s median residential sale in 2017 ($350,000) was substantially higher than the median for the entire district ($267,500).

The reality of household composition is quite different from the public perception. In Woodstock, 80 percent of all households are composed of only one or two persons. Further, only 13 percent of Woodstock’s households include parents living with their own children.

Core infrastructure (Sewer, Water) appears to have adequate capacity to handle new residential development in the village and along the West Woodstock/Route 4 corridor to the west of the village.

There is demand for Woodstock housing at several market levels, but it is critical to understand that current development economics (Cost of Land, Cost of Construction, Soft Costs) make it extremely difficult to product new housing that can be sold or rented at a reasonable profit.

For further details about the EDC Housing Survey, please contact: 

EDC Coordinator:
Sally Miller
smiller@townofwoodstock.org
(802) 299-7806

Sports

Woodstock boys’ basketball victorious over Hartford

It was a game of streaks, yes, but it was also a tale of two halves – at least for two players. Hartford’s leading scorer, Shea Bean, hit three three-pointers en route to a 17-point first half against Woodstock Friday night. In the second half, the WUHS defense held him to a mere two points.

On the other hand, the Wasps’ leading scorer, Harrison Morse only had three points in the game’s first 16 minutes. But he came alive with 10 points in the third quarter and finished with a team-high 17 for the game. Both factors enabled Woodstock to erase a five-point half-time deficit and pull away at the end to win at Hartford 57-47.

See all the details in our February 21 edition.

Woodstock girls’ basketball wins in overtime thriller

The Woodstock girls’ basketball team prevailed in a hard fought battle against White River Valley  Monday night. The Wasps won in overtime 48-45. They also picked up their seventh win of the season and are poised to make the playoffs. Our sports correspondent George Culver will have the full story in the Feb. 14 edition of the Vermont Standard.

Christian Avard photo

Woodstock Girls’ Alpine victorious, Boys’ Alpine runners-up

POMFRET – Another successful ski meet for the Woodstock Girls’ and Boys’ Alpine Ski Teams.

The two teams raced at Suicide Six on Wednesday. The girls’ finished first with 21 points. They beat runners-up Burr and Burton Academy, 31 points, and third place Rutland High School, 34 points.  The boys’ alpine team just missed first place by four points. Rutland won the boys’ division with 24 points, followed by Woodstock with 28 points. Finishing third was Burr and Burton Academy, 35 points; fourth was Mount St. Joseph, 58 points; fifth was Thetford Academy, 102 points; and sixth was Hartford, 108 points.

For more on the story, including individual results,  don’t miss the Feb. 14 edition of the Vermont Standard.

Features

Flash! take a look at our new website!

Local news happens every day of the week, so the Vermont Standard has re-engineered its website in a way that transforms the venerable weekly newspaper into a useful day-to-day news source. Working with web developer Indelible, Inc. of Springfield, the Standard re-imagined how it could satisfy area residents’ appetite for local news. The dramatic result is the new Vermont Standard THIS WEEK, which can be found at www.thevermontstandard.com.

 

Obituaries

Abbie Buckman Gregson

Meriden, CT – It is with great sadness that the family of Abbie Buckman Gregson of Wilkes-Barre, PA announces her passing on Jan. 28, 2019. She died peacefully surrounded by her family.

Abbie was born in Wilkes-Barre, PA Dec. 5, 1930 to Dr. Lewis Taylor Buckman and Abbie Lee Buckman. She had two older siblings, Ernie Eustick Buckman and Phebe Buckman.

She attended the Wyoming Seminary School, Luzerne, PA; followed by the Emma Willard Preparatory School, Troy, NY and the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, MA. It was while there that she fell in love with John Vernon Gregson of Dallas, PA whom she married Dec. 28, 1949.

They spent the 1st year of their married life in Honduras where husband, John, worked for TEXACO; followed by 3 year’s in Old Greenwich, CT where the 1st two of their children were born; followed by 17 years in Fairfield, CT where the 2nd two of their children were born. Family life was happy, loving and mutually supportive.

In 1971 the family moved to Woodstock, VT where John & Abbie immersed themselves in the community, made many new friends and created new lives for themselves. They absolutely loved VT and thought their move North was the best thing that had ever happened to them.

Abbie started a needlepoint business called Nimbles which was located next to the Prince & Pauper Restaurant. After selling Nimbles, she obtained the Vermont  franchise for California Hot Tubs. As a result, John & Abbie added a wing to their house to accommodate possibly the 1st redwood hot tub in Vermont.

Abbie and John were active in the 1st Universalist Church, Hartland, VT. Abbie baked dozens of pies for numerous church suppers and served countless meals at these fundraising events. She is also credited with raising $26,000 for the church’s handicap lift.

She loved to garden and loved the game of tennis. In fact, she was always looking for a game well into her 80’s.

Abbie was a woman of boundless energy and enthusiasm and will be greatly missed by her family as well as by all those who knew her.

She is survived by her four children, George Chadwick Gregson ll of Stonington, CT, Barbara Lee Gregson of Guilford, NY, Bonnie Gregson Coakley of Jupiter, FL, Phebe Gregson Miller of Mills Valley, CA and 8 grandchildren.

Ledlie I. Laughlin Jr.

NORTH CORNWALL — Ledlie I. Laughlin Jr., an Episcopal priest with a vocation for creating community and seeking justice in urban contexts, died at home on Jan. 21, 2019. He was 88 years old. Ledlie loved conversation with friends and family, and delighted in language, beauty and art.

Summing up his 50 years of parish ministry, Ledlie said simply, “I helped congregations figure out how they were called to respond to the needs of others around them, and to do so.”

Born in Princeton, N.J., on May 18, 1930, he was the third of four sons of Roberta (Howe) and Ledlie Laughlin. After graduating from St. Paul’s School he served as a Winant Volunteer in East London and ADC to Tubby Clayton. He graduated from Princeton University and The General Theological Seminary, then began his ordained ministry as part of a mission team in Grace Church, Jersey City, N.J. The mission team opened the doors of the church to the neighborhood that consisted mostly of persons who were poor, black or Latino. The emphasis was on inclusiveness, on children and racial justice.

In 1958 he married Roxana Foote Dodd of Cornwall. They subsequently became the parents of Ledlie III (of Washington, D.C.), Rebecca Hurlburt (of Cornwall) and Joshua (of Putney, Vt.).

During his tenure as dean of Trinity Cathedral in Newark, N.J. (1963-1969), Ledlie successfully merged that small white congregation with a thriving black congregation whose church building had burned down. This was in the 1960s at the time of racial divisions and riots in Newark and across the USA. Ledlie and Dr. Nathan Wright provided leadership for the Cathedral to host the first national Black Power Conference in July 1967.

Ledlie became the vicar, then rector of St. Luke-in-the-Fields in Greenwich Village, New York City, in 1972. This was where he and his family lived for 20 happy years. With Ledlie’s leadership, St. Luke’s grew to be a diverse congregation in an era when the church was struggling with how to respond to open homosexuality. St. Luke’s took an “open” stance and consequently developed a strong ministry to persons with AIDS. The parish became known for its inclusive outreach and hospitality to the gay community.

In 1981 the church burned, leaving just the outer brick walls. The outpouring of help from neighbors and friends bore testimony to the vital role of St. Luke’s in that community. With Hugh Hardy as architect the church was beautifully rebuilt, and reconsecrated by Bishop Paul Moore.

After a brief tenure at St. James Church in Florence, Italy, Ledlie and his beloved Roxana retired first to South Woodstock, Vt., and finally to Cornwall. There they delighted in a whole new circle of friends.

To so many of his friends, Ledlie was known for his infectious laugh, his sense of humor, twinkling eye, love of collecting decorative arts, his ability to listen and encourage people. He had a way of knowing what would bring delight, spark the mind, and bring a fresh response. As one friend wrote: “Ledlie manifests closeness to God. I have never felt that his priesthood seemed separate from his humanness.”

He is survived by his wife, children and seven grandchildren: India, Nick, Sam, Jacob, Roxy, Ledlie and Leighton.

In lieu of flowers, gifts may be made to the Friends of the North Cornwall Meeting House, P.O. Box 162, West Cornwall, CT 06796.

Arrangements are under the care of the Kenny Funeral Home.

Dr. Joseph W. D’Anna

Brownsville, Vermont

Dr. Joseph W. D’Anna, formally a Dentist in Milford, CT passed away on February 9, 2019 at Cedar Hill Rehabilitation Center after a long illness. He was born in New York City on March 6, 1928, son of Emily and Joseph D’Anna. After graduating from high school, he attended Long Island University graduating in 1949. He then attended the University of Pennsylvania Dental School graduating in 1953. He married Ann Ruth Lindsay from Seymour, CT in 1952. Soon after graduation from dental school he entered the United States Air Force and was stationed at Lake Charles Air Force base in Louisiana. After a two-year tour he was discharged as a Captain and with his wife Ann moved to Milford, CT. They had three children, T. Lindsay, Suzanne Emily and Dean Philip. He leaves 13 grandchildren, 10 great grandchildren, two great grandchildren on the way and three foster great grandchildren.

He practiced dentistry in Milford for 39 years. He was president of the Milford Dental Society and was a long-time member of the Milford Lions Club. He was appointed by Clifford Moore, Mayor of Milford, CT to be the Founding director of the Milford Transit District. His leadership helped to create the transit bus service in Milford, CT.

After retiring, Ann and Joe moved permanently to Brownsville Vermont. His love of woodworking suited them well as they developed a small family farm with horses and chickens. Building a small barn, outbuildings and maintaining pasture fences kept him busy. Although he was born in the city he really liked to consider himself a “Vermonter”.

He loved playing tennis and downhill skiing which he was able to continue until fairly late in life.

He was a devoted husband, father, grandfather and great grandfather. Nothing made him happier then large family gatherings.

A memorial service will be held at St. James Church in Woodstock, VT later in the spring.

Memorial contributions may be made to Mt. Ascutney Hospital in Windsor, VT, Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical center in Lebanon,NH, or the VA hospital in White River Junction, VT.

Cabot Funeral Home in Woodstock, VT are assisting with funeral arrangements. An online guestbook can be found at cabotfh.com

Leonard Dawson Adkins. Jr.

Long time Woodstock resident, Leonard D. (Tom) Adkins, Jr. died on February 3, 2019 at Mt Ascutney Hospital in Windsor, VT.  He was born on February 12, 1930 in New York, New York.  His father was Leonard Dawson Adkins, Sr. and his mother was Grace Olcott Rathbone Adkins.  He graduated high school from Deerfield Academy in 1948 and Williams College in 1952.  After serving two years in the United States Air Force as a photo interpreter post World War II, he began a lengthy career as a high school English teacher.  Upon his retirement from teaching Tom moved full time to Woodstock, VT.

Tom is survived by two sisters, Mrs. Mary Adkins Harris of Alachua, FL and Mrs. Peter Duren of Ann Arbor, MI and many nieces, nephews and their families.  He was predeceased by both of his parents and his two brothers, William H. Adkins, II and Albert R. Adkins.

The family wishes to give special thanks to the staff of Mt Ascutney Hospital, the staff and residents of The Homestead in Woodstock, and Tom’s special friends, Karoline and Greg Camp and David Lischer.

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

Edward B. Osmer

Woodstock, Vermont

Edward B. Osmer, 71, died Sunday February 3, 2019 doing what he loved, working in the Woods on Garvin Hill.

Ed was born on September 28, 1947 in Hanover, New Hampshire the son of Chandler H. and Barbara (Lewis) Osmer.

A graduate of Woodstock Union High School Ed served in the Vermont National Guard out of Rutland, Vermont for 4 years. He worked delivering mail in Woodstock and at the South Woodstock Country School before spending the rest of his days working the land farming and logging.

An avid outdoorsman Ed loved to hunt, fish, and trap. Ed had a special place in his life for Jack Russel Terriers, some of Ed’s happier times were spent operating his tractor with his best friend Buck at his side.

Ed is pre deceased by his parents. He is survived by a number of family and friends who will remember him as a hard working woodsman.

A memorial celebration is being planned as an outdoor ceremony later this spring and will be announced.

Those wishing may make memorial donations to Vermont Woodlands Association:

http://www.vermontwoodlands.org/support.asp

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

Lucia “Jinja” H. Stapleton

Woodstock, Vermont

Lucia “Jinja” H. Stapleton, 94 died early Tuesday morning February 5, 2019 at her home in Woodstock, Vermont.

She was born on January 21, 1925 in Manhattan, NY the daughter of Anthony and Henrietta (Hoffman) Peppe.

Jinja lived in Valley Stream and Northport New York, Santa Ana, CA and in St. Albans and Woodstock, Vermont. She was an entertainer and interior decorator. Jinja was physically very active, skiing until she was 80 plus as well as playing paddleball and tennis. She conducted sing alongs at the Woodstock Terrace (with her daughter Jacqui and friend Ellen Ahrens).

While in Vermont Jinja was actively involved in the Kings Daughters, Glad Rags, Vermont Children’s Aid, and in her later years she volunteered as a receptionist at the Thompson Senior Center.

Jinja is survived by her daughters: Jacquline C. Neuwirth of Woodstock, VT and Chino Hills, CA and Brandette L. Neuwirth of Selden, L.I., NY. In addition to her parents she is pre deceased by her husbands: John E. Neuwirth, Russel G. Harrigan, and Daniel H. Stapleton.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Tuesday February 19th at 11:00am in Our Lady of the Snows Catholic Church in Woodstock, Vermont

Burial will be held at a later date.

In lieu of flowers the family suggests donations be made to: the Lucy MacKenzie Animal Shelter or the Thompson Senior Center.

The family wishes to extend their heart felt thanks to Jinja caregivers over the past 6 years in particular Sandy Pariseau who mother called her “special blessing”.

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

Paula C. Maxham

Paula was born on April 7, 1947 in Rutland, Vermont the daughter of Horace J. and Kathleen Allard Carr.  She left us on February 7, 2019 surrounded by her family, after a brief but hard fought battle with cancer.

Paula graduated from Woodstock Union High School in 1965 and attended Champlain College. On January 21, 1967 she married her high school sweetheart Bruce Maxham in Bridgewater.  Paula began working as a bookkeeper at Mary Hitchcock Memorial Hospital, and later for Sherm Manning at Hartford Oil. Paula then dedicated the next years of her life to being a mother to her 3 daughters. Eventually Paula went back to work, she was a bookkeeper for the Windsor Supervisory Union for over 25 years and then later for ADA Traffic Directing, retiring in 2011.

Paula was devoted to and held a strong sense of family. She had a way of making each person feel special by paying attention to the important details of their life.  Paula always enjoyed the many family gatherings and somehow made her family feel like she could magically prepare all those wonderful meals without showing any effort.  She was supportive to her family, but also to her community when the need arose. She was an avid reader and enjoyed cooking, knitting, sewing and traveling.  In the summer time she would enjoy jeep rides with family and friends and most recently cruising in the corvette.  Fall time always brought the annual family trip to the Fryeburg fair.

Paula was pre deceased by her mother Kathleen Allard Carr on April 7, 2018. She is survived by her father Horace Carr; her husband of 52 years Bruce Maxham, her 3 daughters; Michelle and (Dennis) Gareau, Karen and (Glenn) Poland, Jennifer and (Paul) Beauchamp, her grandchildren; Josh Maxham (Beth Fish), Austin Gareau, Abby Beauchamp, and Jacob Beauchamp. She is also survived by 3 aunts; Olive Greenough, Pauline (Don) Carr, Peggy Allard, and an Uncle Danny Carr.

Thank you to everyone at DHMC, Merten’s House and Bayada Hospice.  Special thank you to Dr. Hermann who provided constant support for Paula and her family.

A memorial service will be held Sunday, February 24th at the North Universalist Chapel in Woodstock Vermont at 2:00 p.m.

Burial will be held privately at a later date.

Memorial donations may be made to the Bridgewater Volunteer Fire Department, (Building Fund), 7392 US Rt. 4, Bridgewater, VT 05034 or the Bridgewater Congregational Church, PO Box 4, Bridgewater, VT 05034.

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