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Snow expected over the weekend

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Proposed fire station explained to Bridgewater residents

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S. Woodstock Fire Association meeting postponed

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Community Sing for MLK Day

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Karl Wilfore Wood

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3 Corners project in Hartland needs to be reassessed

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Overflowing crowd attends climate crisis conference

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Potholes: The bane of winter driving

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Marguerite “Maggie” Alice Mayhew Popple

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EDC approves 13 projects for grant funding

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News

Snow expected over the weekend

There is a winter weather advisory in effect from 1 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 18 until 4 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 17.

Snow is expected to start Saturday afternoon with snowfall being locally heavy at times from 4 p.m. to 1 a.m. At times, snow may fall at rates exceeding one-inch per hour in the heaviest bands. Accumulations for 3- to 7-inches are possible. Areas of blowing snow could significantly reduce visibility and cause snow drifting on Sunday.

Proposed fire station explained to Bridgewater residents

Bridgewater residents on Wednesday heard a detailed presentation of plans to build a new fire and Fast Squad station.

The public information meeting drew 28 residents at the Grange Hall on Route 100, who asked technical questions about the proposed $1.8 million facility.

Fire Station Building Committee members Bruce Seely and Bridgewater Fire Capt. Josh Maxham led the audience through a visual presentation stating why a new fire station is needed, as well as the financial implications.

The town is opting to pay for the project under a 30-year bond at a fixed rate as opposed to a bank loan for 10 years under an adjustable rate.

“This plan meets all the needs of fire and rescue for a long, long time,” Seely said.

Read more in the Jan. 23 issue of the Vermont Standard.

S. Woodstock Fire Association meeting postponed

The South Woodstock Fire Association potluck and annual meeting scheduled for this coming Sunday, Jan. 19, has been postponed due to the death of Karl Wood.

There will be a service at the church in South Woodstock at 1 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 18, and a reception will follow, to be held at the firehouse. Food and beverages will be provided, and attendees are asked to bring a small dessert plate. All are welcome.

Wood was on the South Woodstock Fire Department  for more than 60 years as a firefighter, chief, board member and president. Chief Chip Kendall will arrange for a “last Call” with Woodstock dispatch at the Fire House on Saturday.

3 Corners project in Hartland needs to be reassessed

The Hartland 3 Corners intersection project that was voted in by residents in 2014 is further delayed because of the possible expansion of the initial plan to include burying the utilities at the site, doubling the cost of the project.

The Select Board will not present the proposal at the Town Meeting in March, due to a lack of concrete information in time. They expect the expansion of the project will be voted on, as required, by Australian Ballot, in August at the primary elections.

Work at the intersection will be delayed until May 2021, after a plan can be finalized.

Read more about the project in the Jan. 16 issue of the Vermont Standard.

Overflowing crowd attends climate crisis conference

Robert Shumskis Photo

NORWICH — Responding to the Climate Crisis with 2020 Vision was an effort pulled together by four local churches, authors and politicians on Saturday afternoon. Several hundred citizens attended, so many that they were overflowing into the lobby.

The key speaker was Rev. Jim Antal, author of Climate Church, Climate World. There were also workshops to engage attendees and inspirational songs. Shown, Representative Zachariah Ralph from Hartland speaks to the people in a workshop he co-led.

Potholes: The bane of winter driving

Every winter drivers and road maintenance workers dread the arrival of one thing: potholes.

Vastly changing temperatures, condition of the road and other weather elements all contribute to the annual development of potholes, according to Hartland Town Manager David Ormiston.

“They filled the potholes on Route 5, they’re going to be popped out by Sunday,” he said during an interview on Thursday. “The cold temperatures followed by the warm up, the water from the rains we’re going to be getting then cold again — they will just pop out.

“The roads are old and in need of repair,” Ormiston continued.

Those who have had their car or tires damaged by potholes can put a claim in. “We can forward a claim to our insurance company, but past experience is not encouraging,” said Woodstock’s Municipal Manager Frank Heald.

Find out more in the Jan. 16 issue of the Vermont Standard.

EDC approves 13 projects for grant funding

The Woodstock Economic Development Commission (EDC) approved project grant funding totaling $369,113 during its first annual meeting on Saturday, Jan. 11.

Thirteen out of 21 project applications will receive funding in the full amounts requested or in reduced amounts. The total amount of grant funding requested for the fiscal 2020 grant cycle totaled $539,333.

Top grant funding included $84,250 for improvements at Teagle Landing, $50,000 to advance middle high school construction planning, and $45,465 for trail loop construction.

Read more about the meeting in the Jan. 16 issue of the Vermont Standard.

Features

Community Sing for MLK Day

On Sunday, Jan. 19, at 8:30 a.m. and 3 p.m., there will be a Community Sing — Let Freedom Ring, a tribute to Martin Luther King Jr. The sing will be held on The Green in Woodstock.

Singers are asked to meet in the center where the paths cross. There will be singing of peace and freedom songs from the 60s that will help reflect on and celebrate what the MLK holiday is all about. Everyone is welcome. Children and families are encouraged to come.

The event will not be cancelled because of the weather so come dressed accordingly. You can also bring a chair if standing for 40 minutes will be difficult. Umbrellas are recommended if it is raining or snowing to keep the lyric sheets dry.

Obituaries

Karl Wilfore Wood

South Woodstock, Vermont

Karl Wilfore Wood passed away after a brief illness, January 13, 2020 in his home in South Woodstock, Vermont.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Clyde and Conie Wood; and a sister, Kathryn Perkins.

He is survived by his wife and soulmate of almost 70 years, Phyllis N Wood; his daughters, Lois Robbins (Bob) of Michigan, June Edwards (Richard) of North Carolina, and Diane Wood of South Woodstock, and nine grandchildren. In addition, Karl loved and was loved by an expanded family.

Karl worked tirelessly for the betterment of the South Woodstock community, serving for 60 years with the South Woodstock Fire Department, as well as many years with the Green Mountain Perkins Academy Historical Association, the South Woodstock Community Church Board, and the South Woodstock Methodist Burial Ground Board.

Karl was employed for many years as Bindery Superintendent at R. F. Lewis Inc., in West Woodstock, Vermont.

A Celebration of Life will be held at the South Woodstock Community Church at 1:00pm on Saturday January 18th, with a reception following at the South Woodstock Fire House.

The family requests memorial donations be sent to the South Woodstock Fire Protection Association, P. O. Box 1, South Woodstock, Vt, 05071.

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

Marguerite “Maggie” Alice Mayhew Popple

Windsor, VT

Marguerite “Maggie” Alice Mayhew Popple , 72 Passed away in Springfield, VT. on 1/9/2020

Maggie was born in Windsor, VT on 6/17/1947 to Frederick S. and Gladys E. (Randall) Mayhew.

A graduate of Woodstock (VT) Union High School, Class of 1965. Maggie grew up in Woodstock, VT, then went on to live in many states and towns including Sanford, ME., Springfield, VT., Manchester, CT., W. Woodstock, VT. & Windsor, VT. She was a member of the WUHS Alumni Association for many years and served on the board.

Some of Maggie’s favorite pastimes include scrapbooking, playing cards & laughing while reminiscing to the stories of her past. She will always be remembered by her family as the one who kept the stories and history of the entire family. Driving and exploring backroads of VT as her father used to do, Maggie never found a backroad that she didn’t like. She would never turn down the opportunity to spend time with her family and friends as it was always something she loved to do. Though Maggie had many things she enjoyed doing, spending her time with the love of her life Wayne, was what she loved the most.

Maggie is survived by her husband of 42 years, Wayne Kenneth Popple, her children; Terrie Lyne Mayhew, Lisa Marie Moriarty (Eddie), Eric Albert, her grandchildren; Ronald V, Nason (Emily), Nicholas J. Rickert, Adam F. Rickert, Joseph I. Moriarty, Katrina Knopp, her great grandchildren; Rhilyn, Anna, Jaana, her siblings; Doreen A. Patterson (Michael), Randall F. Mayhew (Mary), Barbara J. Mayhew, Kenneth C. Mayhew, Harold W. Mayhew (Marge), her nieces and nephews; Eva, Daniel, Max, Jacob (Jen), Owen (Jen), Brendan, Nelson, Ben (Leah), Pierce (Meredith). She is also survived by many cousins, aunts and uncles that were always loved dearly but could not be included here, her best loyal friends since grade school; Wendy Sandorn, Suzy Whitcomb, and Patty Boyle. She is predeceased by her father Frederick S. Mayhew 7/30/1993 and  her mother, Gladys E. Mayhew 12/6/01.

Visiting hours will be held on Friday January 17th from 5pm to 7pm at the Cabot Funeral Home in Woodstock, Vermont. A funeral service will be held on Saturday January 18th at 2pm at St. James Episcopal Church in Woodstock, Vermont. Burial will be held at a later date.

Donations in Marguerite’s name are welcomed to be made to St. Jude Children’s Medical research hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105

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

Elaine Anne Brousseau

Hartland

Elaine Anne Brousseau, 76, died unexpectedly Sunday, January 5, 2020 at home in Hartland Four Corners. Elaine was born June 18, 1943 in Bellows Falls, VT the daughter of Howard and Anne (Hunka) Pearson. After graduating from Bellows Falls High School, she attended the Mary Hitchcock School of Nursing in Hanover, NH. While living in Hanover, Elaine met her husband of 51 years, Richard Brousseau, on a blind date. They lived in Windsor for several years before purchasing their home in Hartland Four Corners, where they raised their family and have lived for the past 45 years.

She started her Nursing career at Mary Hitchcock Memorial Hospital before joining the Veterans Affairs (VA) Medical Center in White River Jct. While she was working full time, Elaine earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Nursing from Castleton State College. After a 33-year career at the VA, where she had worked as a Critical Care Intensive Care Nurse, Nurse Instructor and Nurse Supervisor, Elaine retired in 2009.

Elaine was a Master Gardener, who enjoyed working in both her flower and vegetable gardens and sharing the bounty with her family and community. Her raspberries were a favorite of many. Elaine’s love of gardening continued in her role as the Windsor County Coordinator for the UVM Extension Master Gardener Program.

Elaine was a prolific sewer and knitter. She designed and made fleece blankets and coats for her grandsons with styles and patterns reflecting their interests, creating new ones or extending the sleeves as the boys grew.

Elaine, a self-described “free spirit”, is survived by her husband, Richard, of Hartland Four Corners; a son Chris Brousseau with his wife Marylou and children Zachary and Conrad of San Mateo, CA; and a daughter Denise Jacobus with her husband Kenneth and children Ryan and Caden of Wilton, NH. Elaine was predeceased by her brother, Brian Pearson.

A private family committal service will take place at the convenience of the family.

Condolences to Elaine’s family may be made in an online guestbook at knightfuneralhomes.com In lieu of flowers, contributions in her memory may be made to First Congregational Church of Hartland where Elaine was a parishioner for many years: 10 Station Rd, Hartland, VT 05048. http://www.hartlandcongregationalchurch.org/

Arnold Skottet

Woodstock

Arnold Skottet 87 passed away Dec 19, 2019 at Hanover Rehab Center in New Hampshire.  Arnold was preceded in death by his wife of 60 years, Betty Lou on Jan 26, 2019, his brother, George and parents Louis and Borghild (Barsness) Skottet.

Arnold grew up in Rutland attending Rutland schools and was an avid skier on Pico in the 40s and 50s serving on their ski patrol.  He joined the army and was stationed in Green Lake, Wisconsin where he met and married Betty Lou French Jacobson in 1959.  He was shipped out to Korea soon after.

Arnold, known to his midwest friends and family as Scotty, was an active member of the Little White Church in Princeton, singing in the choir and often sought out as soloist for special occasions.  He was a Lions and Legion member, volunteer at Princeton Flea Market, area food pantries and nursing homes and active part of the community.  He was an enthusiastic Packer fan being approached where ever he traveled while wearing his Packer hats, jackets, sweatshirts, bumper stickers, pins etc.

After retiring from Speed Queen in Ripon, he and his wife moved to Woodstock, Vermont where they could be close to their daughter and grandchildren.  Scotty enjoyed the visits from all his grandchildren saving treats and jokes to share when they visited.

Scotty and Betty delivered Meals on Wheels and called BINGO for the local senior center.

Arnold is survived by his daughter and son in law, Susan and Mark Kent, Sister, Marie Gustafson; Grandchildren Erik (Tracy) Kent, San Diego, Eli (Christie) Kent, Boston, Summer (Vin) Failla, NJ; great grandchildren Briar, Parker and Gaige Failla and Olivia and Dillon Kent as well as many nieces and nephews.

Memorial service will be held at Cabot’s Funeral Home in Woodstock, VT at 11 am on Saturday, Jan 25 with luncheon immediately following at Woodstock Inn.  Burial will be at the Omro Cemetery in Wisconsin at a later date.

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