Brad Forcier

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Town awarded $22K grant for new river walk

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Windsor Central SU projects 2.2 percent budget increase

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Suicide Six opens this weekend

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Bridgewater church boiler explodes

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Girls basketball preview

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John Trumbull Robinson Pierson

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Max Piana Weds Madeleine Helmer

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Scott Giguere

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Margaret Eileen (Gill) Moore

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Town awarded $22K grant for new river walk

WOODSTOCK – The Ottauquechee river walk that’s been in the the works for 18 years is now closer to reality.

The Economic Development Committee announced on Thursday night they were awarded a $22,000 research grant toward a new river walk that would connect area trails and more along the Ottauquechee River. EDC Co-Chair Charlie Kimbell said the next step they will take is to talk with abutting landowners and seek out easements. The EDC was delighted to hear the news.

Read more in the Dec. 13th edition of the Vermont Standard.

Windsor Central SU projects 2.2 percent budget increase

The projected Windsor Central Supervisory Union budget will increase by 2.2 percent next year.

The Supervisory Union met at Killington Elementary on Monday night for a budget workshop. Although no final numbers were presented, Superintendent of Schools Mary Beth Banios did say they requested an additional $1.4 million for improved students services. Much of that money will pay for curriculum directors and teacher coaches.

Read more in the Dec. 13th edition of the Vermont Standard.

Bridgewater church boiler explodes

BRIDGEWATER – A furnace explosion in the basement of the Bridgewater Congregational – United Church of Christ on 7213 U.S. Route 4 in Bridgewater has resulted in significant structural damage and has closed the building temporarily. There were no injuries. For more details see our print and/or e-edition December 13th.


Suicide Six opens this weekend

POMFRET – Bring your skis and bring your boards. That’s because Suicide Six Ski Area is ready for the 2018-2019 ski and snowboard season.

Suicide Six plans to open this Saturday at 9 a.m. Recent snowfall and cold temperatures provided Suicide Six the opportunity to open earlier than expected this weekend.

General Manager Tim Reiter said they are still putting on the finishing touches, but when they open everything will be in tip-top shape.

For more details, see our December 13th print and/or e-edition.

Girls basketball preview

What’s in store for the Woodstock Girls’ basketball team this year?

The second-year head coach took over the reigns last fall of a team that was very young, very inexperienced and lacking size, particular at center. So it was not unexpected that they would struggle – and they did.

The wins were few, the losses were many and often lopsided. If there were any bright spots, they were the team’s resiliency, tenacity and improvement over the course of the season.

For details about the team, see our December 13th print and/or e-edition.



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Brad Forcier

Earned a master’s degree in Industrial Organizational Psychology; had great appreciation for architecture and music; tour guide in Chicago

QUECHEE- Brad Forcier, 53, died Wednesday, December 5, 2018 at his mother’s home in Quechee, Vermont. He was born on August 29, 1965 at the Mary Hitchcock Memorial Hospital, Hanover, New Hampshire, son of Dr. R. Jackson Forcier and Polly (Mary) Forcier. He grew up in Norwich, Vermont, attended the Marion Cross Elementary School in Norwich, Cardigan Mountain School in Canaan, New Hampshire, and graduated class of 1983 from Hanover High School, Hanover, New Hampshire.  He earned a BA from Castleton State College.

Following time spent on a crew building his parents’ new home, Brad moved to Chicago to study at the Illinois Institute of Technology where he graduated with a master’s degree in Industrial Organizational Psychology.  He worked for the London House division of GDIT; for IPAT, the Institute for Personality and Ability Testing; and for Wonderlic for many years. He ended his career as a Senior Consultant for General Dynamics Information Technology.

He had great appreciation for the architecture, music, culture and excitement Chicago had to offer. He was an enthusiastic tour guide and loved best that his guests also experienced what he loved most about his adopted home. Brad was happiest when he could be encouraging, supportive, bolstering, teaching and engaging people; finding in others the light they could not see in themselves. For several years he volunteered for Habitat for Humanity in Asheville NC.

From a young age he exhibited an interest in music and in playing guitar (strange, coming from a non-musical family) where he was sent to the barn to practice with a friend, another beginning player.  However, his interest continued and he attended a summer course at Berklee College of Music in Boston which further informed his budding musical prowess. His avocation and passion after work in Chicago became playing guitar, humor, teaching and learning from and forming friendships with like-minded musicians. Brad was on the Chicago music scene for 28 years. His bands included Daughter and Volt 88. He performed on some of the most legendary Blues stages including Kingston Mines and Buddy Guys Legends. The Chicago Blues scene was his hub and where he made so many lifelong friends.

Almost eight years ago he met Nicola Groark. They became a musical team. Both have composed and recorded lyrics and music. They have been married nearly 2 years. Nicola was his loving and dedicated caregiver and champion throughout chemotherapy and his life. They established a website delineating the course of treatment, sharing their research and giving encouragement through holistic practices:

Brad was predeceased by his father, Dr. R. Jackson Forcier and his paternal grandparents, Homer and Frances Forcier, and maternal grandparents, Ken and Mary Hill. He is survived by his wife, Nicola Groark Forcier, his mother, Polly (Mary) Forcier and her husband, Jack Nelson, his sister Vivian Forcier Bisbee (David), his brother Kenneth Forcier; nieces Laura Bisbee Condega (Wilberth), Mary Bisbee, and nephews Jackson and Dean Forcier; uncles Lawrence Forcier (Anne) of Burlington and James Forcier (Dion) of New London and many cousins.  Friends and classmates from the Upper Valley have sent him remembrances, the common theme is of caring, fun, a little devilment, understanding, being in the present, a gentle, kind soul. More than one spoke of “life changing” moments because of his friendship. Keep the stories coming, they are so wonderful!

Those wishing to donate in Brad’s memory may give to: PANGEA (Esophageal Cancer Research): Western Medicine. Checks may be made payable to the “University of Chicago Medicine” and sent to the following address: University of Chicago, c/o Ellen Clarke for PANGEA, 130 East Randolph Street Suite 2500, Chicago, IL 60601. ECAA (Esophageal Cancer Awareness Association): Holistic Medicine. St. Jude’s Hospital. or a charity of one’s own choosing.

A celebration of thanksgiving for and in memory of Brad’s life will be held at the Unitarian Universalist Church, 7 Church Street, Woodstock, Vermont on Saturday, December 15 at 11 a.m., the Reverend Leon Dunkley officiating.

Funeral arrangements are in the care of Cabot Funeral Home in Woodstock, Vermont.  An online guest book can be found at   

Marilyn Louise Byrne

From German immigrants; loved fashion and became an independent buyer; antique collector; accomplished pianist

BARNARD- Marilyn Louise Byrne (née Horst) was born on September 14, 1927 in Chicago and grew up in nearby Whiting, Indiana. Her forebears were among the many German immigrants who left for America in the mid-1800s and settled in the Midwest, where they quickly assimilated. Her father, Fred Horst, was a World War I veteran who fought in the Argonne before returning to Indiana, where he served as the street commissioner in Hammond, Indiana. Her mother, Elda Trampe, originally hailed from Saint Louis.

Marilyn’s fond memories of her youth included accompanying her father on fishing trips to Michigan, ice skating on frozen ponds, playing trombone in the high school band and sock hop dances. She developed a keen eye for fashion, working at first in a local dress shop, then Mandel Brothers department store in Chicago. Although the windy city’s skyline was visible from Whiting, Marilyn set her sights on the brighter lights of New York, and no sooner had she graduated from high school than she headed east and never looked back.

She spent two years studying retail and merchandising at the Tobe Coburn School for Fashion. She was a vivacious redhead who enjoyed making friends and learning the ways of the world as a New Yorker. She started her professional career at A&S department store in Brooklyn, where she was a buyer and managed various middle market lines. While there, she met Thomas J. Byrne Jr., and they married in 1955. Their daughter Laura was born in 1959, followed by a son, Thomas III, in 1964. When the children were young, Marilyn focused on raising them and spent summers with them on an old farm she and Tom purchased in East Barnard, Vermont.

When her children were older she resumed her professional career as an independent buyer for apparel stores around the country. Her clients included Jim Quist and Lester Melnick in Dallas, Joanie Char in San Francisco. When she finally retired in the late 1990s her Dallas colleagues hosted a Texas-sized party in her honor and all her former colleagues remained lifelong friends.

Marilyn enjoyed going to auctions and collecting antiques. She was an accomplished pianist. She was fastidious about her appearance (a neighbor in New York observed that he never once saw her disheveled even if she was just putting the recycling out on the back stairs). She was a longstanding member of the Madison Avenue Presbyterian Church. She didn’t push her beliefs on anyone, although if the subject arose she might confide in her children and grandchildren that “a little religion doesn’t hurt.”

The unexpected death of her son in 1995 was a source of great anguish, but she held steady and was able to enjoy many fine moments with her two grandsons, including a couple memorable trips to France. She also visited her ancestral homeland in the Eifel region of Germany.

She was predeceased by her husband, Thomas J. Byrne Jr., and her son Thomas Byrne III. She is survived by her daughter Laura Byrne, son-in-law Philip Glouchevitch and grandchildren Cameron and Adrian of Hanover, N.H., a sister Dorothy McKee in California, a step-sister Charlotte Kranyecz in Pennsylvania,  nieces and nephews. She was cremated and her ashes will placed beneath a rosebush on the family property in East Barnard, Vermont.

John Trumbull Robinson Pierson

Known as Paddy; graduate of Exeter 1955, Harvard 1959, Yale MA in history 1962; Washington, DC journalist; served on the Woodstock School Board and the Connecticut River Watershed Council; loved music; devoted husband, father and grandfather.

WOODSTOCK- John Trumbull Robinson Pierson died on November 18, 2018 in Rockport, Maine. He was 81 years old. He was the son of Gertrude Trumbull Robinson (1908 – 1994) and John Herman Groesbeck Pierson (1906 – 2001).  He is survived by his wife of 49 years, Karen Zamecnik Pierson; daughters, Eliza Trumbull Pierson, Katherine Zamecnik Pierson, Isabella Pierson Feracci, sons-in-law, Jeff Conaway and Martin Feracci; and grandchildren, Freya Beatrice Pierson Grant and Alastair Cornelius Pierson Conaway.  He was predeceased by his sister, Elizabeth Groesbeck Pierson Friend.  The cause of death was complications due to Frontotemporal Dementia. 

 John was born in New Haven, Connecticut on March 17, 1937, Saint Patrick’s Day; so he was known in the family as Paddy.  When he was five years old and visiting family friends in an apartment overlooking 5th Avenue he watched the St. Patrick’s Day parade and thought it was for his birthday.  The next winter he broke his leg skiing in Central Park so he early discovered the ups and downs of living in NYC. 

 John came from a long line of Yankee Brahmins and was expected to follow in their footsteps to Yale where two colleges were named after his ancestors.  Always independent minded, he went to Harvard and further dismayed his family when he took ballet in freshman year.  He had fallen in love with a ballet dancer in Bangkok whom he met while visiting his father in summer of freshman year.  He was a graduate of Exeter 1955, Harvard 1959, Yale MA in history 1962. He said that he squandered his Harvard education skylarking with friends – sending slingshots of water balloons from his room on the third floor of Adams House across Mount Auburn Street to Lowell House courtyard.  One prank found him climbing the tower of St. Paul’s church to hang out a pair of undies.  And in his last year at Harvard he thought his senior thesis was so bad that before handing it in he invited friends to a party to throw it into the fireplace.  But he did develop a passion for literature and writing.  And he made writing his profession.  His friendships he maintained with frequent communications until he could no longer use the computer or telephone.

 He became a journalist writing first at the Plattsburgh Press Republican in Plattsburgh, NY and then going to Washington DC to write for UPI.  He worked for The Wall Street Journal for 30 years starting in 1967 first covering the House Ways and Means Committee in Congress.  He was the WSJ White House Correspondent during the terms of Lyndon Johnson and Richard Nixon.  His coverage of Nixon and the Watergate Hearings earned him a place on Nixon’s enemies list.  That was an honor he relished.

 In 1980 he moved with his wife Karen and three small daughters to Woodstock, Vermont to enjoy an outdoor life on the family farm.  His mother, Gertrude Bourne and stepfather, Henry T. Bourne lived on Maplewood Farm along the Ottauquechee River on River Road.  John and Karen built a house attached to the old sugarhouse on the farm.  John enjoyed mowing the fields and chopping wood for the stoves in their house.  He continued to write halftime for the WSJ.  He wrote also for Fortune and Forbes Magazines.  He served on the Woodstock School Board and the Connecticut River Watershed Council.  And he taught the farm hired man how to read.  Missing the camaraderie of working in a newsroom, he also took a job at the Valley News in Lebanon, NH. 

 A project that he shared with his father was reforesting a beautiful remote tract of land on the Cycladic island of Syros in Greece.  About 15,000 seedlings were set out over 20 years and finally 5,000 pine trees survived and have grown to 20 feet tall in sheltered places.  John spread his father’s ashes in Grammata Bay and under the trees.  His family will spread John’s ashes there in the summer.

 When his three daughters went off to college and mother and stepfather died, he and Karen moved in 2001 to Cambridge, MA.  There he enjoyed the privileges of being a Harvard graduate and the fun of being close to museums and music.  He took singing lessons and enjoyed learning Schubert lieder and Britten folk songs and swimming in the Harvard pools.  Even though his Aphasia impeded his speaking he could still sing. But going up and downstairs in the Cambridge townhouse became difficult so in July 2017 they moved to Rockland, Maine to share a house with their daughter Bella and her husband, Martin Feracci.

 Although his illness was worsening, he still enjoyed listening to music, seeing friends and especially delighted in his grandchildren Freya and Alastair.

 Donations in his memory can be sent to the Frontotemporal Dementia Unit and Laboratory of Neuroimaging at Massachusetts General Hospital, care of:

 Bradford Dickerson, M.D.

Associate Professor of Neurology, Harvard Medical School

Director, Frontotemporal Dementia Unit and Laboratory of Neuroimaging, Massachusetts General Hospital

149 13th St., Suite 2691

Charlestown MA 02129 USA


Local arrangements are in the care of Burpee, Carpenter & Hutchins Funeral Home, 110 Limerock Street, Rockland, ME.  To share a memory or condolence with the Pierson family, please visit their online Book of Memories at  

Scott Giguere

Loving son, brother and partner and devoted father; seminal figure in the vitality and development of the Killington ski area; St. Lawrence University graduate

KILLINGTON- Scott died peacefully, at his home in Killington, on 11/22/18 surrounded with love, after a courageous battle with pancreatic cancer.

Since the inception of Killington as a ski area, Giguere has been a seminal figure in the vitality and development of the area.  With the passing of Scott Giguere, an era also passes.  Loved and known as Scotty, by all who knew him, Scott’s friendship was unbounded.  There’s little that he hasn’t done for so many, that his goodness could not possibly pass with him.  His love, laughter and light in his eyes, were forthcoming, whenever you were greeted by him.  From the Wobbly Barn to Charity’s, to the Mountain and down to Route 4, Scott’s presence was an integral thread binding the community together.

Born in Killington on September 29, 1964 to Jack Giguere and Phoebe Standish,  Scott was predeceased by his father Jack, is survived by his mother Phoebe, son Colin, brother Brett, stepbrother Kenan, his partner, Jessica , best friend Benny, stepmother, Teri, ex-wife Nicole, his precious dog Roxy and many other family members and many, many friends.  His love for his family, especially for his son, was unbounded.   

Scott was an avid skier and ski racer, a lifelong resident of Killington.  He also enjoyed spending time at family homes on St. John U.S. Virgin Islands, Nantucket and Florida.  He attended the Woodstock High School, transferred to Williston/Northhampton School where he graduated.  He went on to St. Lawrence University and graduated with a BA.  His enthusiasm for everything he did, was obvious to all close to him, in all of his activities, from skiing, hiking, construction, building, developing and running Charity’s Restaurant.  Scott’s tall, handsome, strapping stature, hearty laugh and winning smile was surpassed only by his kindness, generosity of spirit and full undivided attention that he gave to all who knew and loved him.  His hospitality was unrivaled, at his home or business.  You always felt welcomed by Scotty.

There is a deep absence felt by all who knew him, but Scott lives on in his family, friends and the community. Thank you, Scotty, for all you gave us. You will always be deeply loved.

A memorial service for Scott will be held on Saturday December 22nd at 10 a.m. at the Church of Our Savior, Mission Farm, Killington, VT with a celebration to follow at the Foundry Restaurant in Killington from 12 noon until 2 p.m. Friends and family are welcome to attend either event.

Memorial donations may be made to a fund for Scott’s son Colin to attend summer camp. Donations should be payable to Colin Giguere C/O Bar Harbor Bank and Trust, P.O. Box 30, Woodstock, Vermont 05091

Arrangements are under the direction of the Cabot Funeral Home in Woodstock, Vermont. An online guestbook can be found at

Thelma Jenne Jillson

The Celebration of Thelma Jenne Jillson’s life will be held on Saturday December 15th at 1 p.m. at the Bridgewater Congregational Church, 6818 VT RT 4 in Bridgewater, Vermont. A reception will follow for friends, family, and four legged friends of Thelma at the Thompson Center, 99 Senior Lane, Woodstock, Vermont. Arrangements are under the direction of the Cabot Funeral Home in Woodstock, Vermont.

Margaret Eileen (Gill) Moore

Graduate of Syracuse University with a degrees in English and French; operated a coffee and vending supply company with her husband, Jim; enjoyed traveling, literature, art, animals, cooking, entertaining; enjoyed volunteering

WOODSTOCK- Margaret Eileen (Gill) Moore passed away peacefully at home in Woodstock, VT with her children by her side on October 9, 2018.  She was 89 years old. 

 Margaret was born in Worcester, MA on September 29, 1929, the only child of Margaret Alice (Welch) Gill and Christopher Gill.  She grew up in Worcester, graduating from South High in 1947.  She attended Simmons College and transferred to and graduated from Syracuse University with a degree in English and minor in French.  At Syracuse, she was a member of Kappa Kappa Gamma sorority.

After college, she married James (Jim) A. Moore, also of Worcester.  Following Jim’s corporate career, they lived in Pittsburgh, PA, Passaic, NJ and Springfield, MA, and then settled in Framingham, MA to raise their family.  Later, together, they operated a coffee and vending supply company.

Margaret and Jim retired to Quail Hollow in West Lebanon, NH where they spent many happy years enjoying their time with a close circle of friends at Quail Hollow and exploring Vermont and New Hampshire. After Jim’s death in 2009,  Margaret moved to Woodstock Terrace in Woodstock, VT.

  Margaret was a truly and consistently nice, patient, and funny lady.  She was extremely curious and loved good conversations, literature and art, nature and animals, current events and politics, and cooking and entertaining. Margaret enjoyed arts and crafts and she created beautiful items and flower arrangements.

Margaret relished learning, travel, and volunteering. She took classes at Dartmouth and travelled as often as she could and especially enjoyed England, France, Ireland, Italy, and Spain.  Throughout her life, Margaret focused her efforts on volunteering and was particularly proud to be one of the oldest volunteers for Barack Obama’s local campaign office. In keeping with her devotion to learning and volunteerism, Margaret elected to donate herself to Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth.

Margaret is survived by her daughters, Cynthia and Alan Lewis of Woodstock, VT; Lisa and Samuel (Mike) Purvis IV of Woodstock, VT; her son Mark Moore of Marshfield, MA; and her grandchildren, Katherine Metzler of Jackson Hole, WY, Catherine (Moore) Boston and Peter Boston of Cambridge, MA, Natalie Moore of Somerville, MA, Elizabeth Moore of Berkeley, CA, and Min Purvis of Woodstock, VT.

Margaret’s family wishes to thank the wonderful staff at Woodstock Terrace for providing exceptional care and support to Margaret and her family; Margaret simply loved her life at Woodstock Terrace and appreciated all of the staff.  As well, Margaret’s family wishes to thank the team at Bayada Hospice and Dr. Barbara Lazar, of Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center, for their constant support, insights, and care.

 A Celebration of Life Service will be held February 16, 2019 at 11:00 AM at Our Lady of the Snows, 7 South St, Woodstock, VT, followed by a reception at the Woodstock Inn from 12:00-2:00 PM.  In lieu of flowers, please consider a contribution to the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research (  

Sandra Jean Sweet

Windsor High School ‘60; skilled and dedicated employee; dedicated wife, mother and grandmother; loved to travel, play cards, and garden

WINDSOR– Sandra Jean Sweet, 76, died Thursday morning, Nov. 29, at Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center in Lebanon, NH , with her loving husband and her 3 daughters at her side.  She was born November 22, 1942, in Windsor, VT, the daughter of Charles and Bertha (Mower) Fedelski.

She grew up in Hartland, VT, and graduated from Windsor High School class of 1960.  Just a few months after graduation, she married her high school sweetheart, Kimball “Kim” Sweet.  They made their home in Windsor, VT, for several years while raising their family. Years later, Kim built a log home in Brownsville, VT, where they lived for fifteen years.  Sandra was a very skilled and dedicated employee. She held jobs as a loan officer at the Vermont National Bank, VA Federal Credit Union, and then was later recruited to come back to work at Vermont National Bank.  She also worked as a receptionist for Dr. Kathleen Newell and as a real estate agent for Town and Country Realty. Though she was respected and highly thought of during all of her career, the job she was most proud of and loved the best was raising her three daughters, “Her Girls”, Kimmie, Susy, and Karen as she so affectionately called them.

During their retirement, Sandy and Kim found great pleasure traveling not only around the United States, but across Europe as well. They wintered in Myrtle Beach for many years before purchasing a home in Wildwood, Florida, where they made countless friends.

Sandy enjoyed playing cards with her husband and their group of friends both in Florida and in and around Windsor.  She also took great pleasure in tending to her beloved flower gardens. Most of all, Sandra loved spending time with her  grandchildren, Paige and Winnie Townsend.

She was predeceased by her 4 brothers  Charles (Jr.), Paul, Doug ,Gary Fedelski and her one sister,  Joanne Corette.

Sandra is survived by her husband, Kim, of Windsor, VT, “her girls” , Kimberly F. Sweet Cardona of Exeter ,NH,  Susanne French and her husband, Larry, of Sunapee, NH, and Karen A. Townsend and her husband, Winthrop, of Windsor, VT, her grandchildren Paige Townsend and her husband ,Christopher Volk,  of La Crescenta, CA, Winnie Townsend of San Diego, CA and Gabriella Cardona of Providence RI.

A celebration of life will be held at a later date.

Condolences may be expressed to Sandra’s family in an online guestbook at

The Knight Funeral Home in Windsor, VT has been entrusted with arrangements


Max Piana Weds Madeleine Helmer

On August 25, 2018, after backpacking together from Massachusetts, Madeleine Hood Helmer and Max Robert Louis Piana were married by minister Jon Hattaway beside Sargent Brook on Vermont’s Long Trail, surrounded by their immediate families.

Madeleine is the daughter of Gail Gennerich Helmer of New Haven, Vermont and George Hood Helmer of Woodstock, Vermont.  Madeleine (Woodstock Union High School 2002) is a 2006 graduate of Wesleyan University with a dual MS from University of Pennsylvania School of Design.  She is currently a planner and historic preservation specialist at AKRF of New York and Philadelphia.

Max is the son of Roberta Murphy and Dennis Piana of Colrain, Massachusetts.  Max (Mohawk Trail High School 2001) is a 2005 graduate of Wesleyan University with an MS from the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies.  He is currently a PhD candidate in Ecology and Evolution at Rutgers University and land manager of the Hutcheson Memorial Forest Center in Somerset, NJ.

The couple resides in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.