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Trustees unanimously approve short term rental ordinance

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Bradley “Brad” Wayne Devine

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Remembering those who have served

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Frank J. Romano

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Winter weather advisory: Snow and ice Monday into Tuesday

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Barre man charged with DUI following crash

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Jean Nelson Conklin

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Halloween flash mob performs Thriller in Woodstock

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Gordon "Gordy" L. Johnson

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Local woman keeps calm and pulls on in Draft horse competitions

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Trustees unanimously approve short term rental ordinance

On Tuesday, Nov. 12, the Woodstock Village Trustees unanimously approved an ordinance establishing the regulations for all short term rental owners in the one-square mile section of town. It is the first in the state, according to Trustees Chair Jeffrey Kahn.

The new ordinance maintains that base of the ordinance that is currently in effect, but adds regulations that require registration, an annual report, and a schedule of fines for those who are not in compliance.

During the public information meeting before the Trustees meeting, the majority of those who spoke were in favor of the ordinance. “This [ordinance] is fabulous,” said Woodstock resident Nancy Hobun. “I hope you do them all.”

The ordinance will go in effect after 44 days. For those who would like to read the ordinance, they can visit the town hall.

Winter weather advisory: Snow and ice Monday into Tuesday

Mixed precipitation is expected from Monday, Nov. 11 into Tuesday, Nov. 12. Total snow accumulations of two to six inches and a light glaze of ice. The storm will impact portions of central and southern Vermont.

Travel could be very difficult. The snow will be heaviest overnight Monday night and will impact the Tuesday morning commute. The NWS cautions drivers to slow down and use caution while traveling, and allow extra time if travel is necessary.

Barre man charged with DUI following crash

On Thursday, Nov. 8 at approximately 1 p.m., troopers from the Vermont State Police Royalton barracks responded to a single vehicle crash on VT 12 in the Town of Pomfret on the Barnard town line. Possible injuries were reported.

Upon arrival Troopers located the 2003 Nissan sedan involved in the crash in a ditch. Moderate damage to the vehicle was observed, according to Cpl M. Busier. The operator and lone occupant was identified as Gregory W. Luther, 38, of Barre.

Luther was transported to the Gifford Medical Center for treatment of possible injuries. After investigation, Luther was arrested and further processed for suspicion of DUI.

Luther was ultimately issued a citation to appear in Windsor court on Dec. 31 to answer the charge of Driving Under the Influence and Drivers License Suspended Criminal.

Work progressing on Lincoln Covered Bridge

The winds and rain from last week’s storm didn’t keep the crew from Wright Construction from working on repairs to the Lincoln Covered Bridge in Woodstock.

“The project is on track at the moment,” said Woodstock Interim Municipal Manager Frank Heald. “The work should be done by mid- to late December.”

The town is also having some additional maintenance work done, according to Heald.

“There is nothing structural. The drain system in the abutment at the north end needed repairs,” Heald explained. “The bracing underneath was salt affected and we’re replacing the skylights, which were weather worn.

“It made sense to have them done,” he continued.

The additional work will delay the reopening of the bridge a few weeks, according to Heald.

For more on this story see the November 7 edition of the Vermont Standard

Vandals leave graffiti on bike trail boardwalk, bridge

The Woodstock Area Mountain Bike Association (WAMBA) reported vandalism to structures at Aqueduct Trails in West Woodstock on Wednesday, Oct. 30.

According to a report from the Woodstock Police Department, the vandals spray painted on the newly built boardwalk and bridge, which were paid for in part by funds received from the Woodstock Economic Development Commission. There was also beer and smoking tobacco liter in the area.

“People just goofing off and doing silly things in the woods,” said Woodstock Area Mountain Bike Association (WAMBA) President Seth Westbrook of the graffiti vandals.

Woodstock Police Chief Robbie Blish said he is  scheduled to meet with WAMBA officials to view the vandalism and discuss solutions.


Former WUHS hockey player to play at Dartmouth

Woodstock Union High School graduate Steven Townley will be playing Division-I hockey at Dartmouth University soon.

His current team, the Carleton Place Canadians of the Central Canadian Hockey League announced last week that Townley has committed to play for the Ivy League school.

“At one point I was thinking that I might end up playing Division-III college hockey, but to be playing D-I, and so close to home, its’ a dream come true,” said Townley.

For Andy and Karen Townley, the short trip along Route 4 to Hanover will be a blessing, but one suspects that they would travel to watch him play — as they have done for years — even if it were at the University of Alaska.

“It’s been a lifelong goal of his so we are so excited and happy for him, not to mention proud. I can’t tell you the number of people who told Steven over the years that he won’t play D-I coming from a D-II high school in Vermont. He would just smile and continue working towards his ultimate goal,” said his mother.

Townley is looking forward to a visit with Dartmouth Head Coach, Bob Gaudet, sometime over the Christmas holidays to talk about future development steps, but for now he is dedicated to a life that involves plenty of time in the team’s training room, long and arduous practices, a fair bit of time on the bus for away games (luckily most games are no longer than a two- hour drive) and some on-line study courses.

After all, Dartmouth is an Ivy League school that will require a lot of academic as well as athletic effort, and as Townley said, “I do have to keep the brain from freezing.”


Remembering those who have served

Members of the Ora E. Paul American Legion Post No. 24 and other area veterans met for a ceremony at The Thompson in Woodstock to honor those who have served in the armed forces. The ceremony was followed by a free lunch. Veterans salute as the flag is raised, from the left, Tom Hayes, Denny Hewitt, Freda Washburn, Joe Rubino and James J. Hasson.

Halloween flash mob performs Thriller in Woodstock

The iconic Thriller dance was re-created Halloween night in Woodstock. Produced by Kaitlyn Knapp and performed by The Dream Team of Dreamz in Motion Dance and Performance Center!

Local woman keeps calm and pulls on in Draft horse competitions

Born and raised Vermonter Jennifer Hewitt stands out in competition wearing her hot pink t-shirt that says, “Keep Calm and Pull On.”

She is one of the only women in Vermont involved in horse pulling, a sport where Draft horses are trained to pull weighted sleds in competition. The team that pulls the most weight, or a particular weight the farthest, receives the prize.

Hewitt owns two Belgian horses, which like all Draft horses, are bred for pure mass and power. Her two horses, Bud and Charlie, weigh around 2,600 lbs. each.

Being one of the only woman involved in a male-dominated sport will definitely bring some good-spirited heckling. “Everyone just has a good time,” she said. “A bunch of jokesters is what they really are.”

It’s all in good fun, and at a recent event, to show their support, a group of men wore her pink t-shirt which in addition to “Keep Calm and Pull On” also says “#real men wear pink” on the back.

Hewitt plans on bringing her Belgians to the Wassail parade in Woodstock this year. “Normally we bring down a trailer or two full of horses” she said. “The kids really enjoy it and it’s something I used to enjoy when I was a kid.”

Now she says she’s happy to walk and let the kids ride the horses and allow them to have the experience. “It’s a blast,” she said smiling.

For more on this, see the November 7 edition of the Vermont Standard


Bradley “Brad” Wayne Devine

Bradley Wayne Devine

May 31st, 1970- November 7th, 2019

Bradley “Brad” Wayne Devine, 49, of Woodstock, Vermont passed away unexpectedly on November 7th, 2019. Brad was born in Lebanon, KY on May 31st, 1970. He was married to Gail Devine on March 10th, 1996; they were happily committed to one another for 32 years. He was the youngest of two children.

Brad owned his own electrical company, Devine Electric LLC. The greatest loves of his life were his wife and his daughters. He enjoyed spending his free time with his family and friends, rooting for the Kentucky Wildcats & the Washington Redskins, playing golf, hunting, fishing and riding his Harley. He was known for his quick wit, his sense of humor, an ability to fix anything, always being there for his friends and his fierce protectiveness of his wife and four daughters.

Brad is survived by his beloved wife, Gail Devine and his four daughters Brandi (spouse Ethan Morton), Melanie, Brittany, and Monica Devine, his grandson, Brady Morton, his sister Donna Milburn (spouse Jim Milburn), his grandmother Faye Yankee, his stepfather John Allen and stepbrother Josh Allen, his mother in law Phyllis Potter, along with several aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins in both Vermont and Kentucky. Brad was a loving father, husband, grandfather and friend to everyone.

Brad is preceded in death by his mother Connie Allen and his father Darryl Devine.

The funeral services will be held on Saturday November 16th at 1:00 PM at North Universalist Chapel Society at 7 Church St, Woodstock, VT. A celebration of life will follow at The Little Theater located at 54 River St, Woodstock, VT.

In lieu of flowers, contributions to the family can be dropped off or mailed to the Woodstock Recreation Center (54 River Street, Woodstock, VT 05091).

The family of Bradley Wayne Devine wishes to thank Andrew Schain and The Public House, Aaren Macksoud and 506 on the River, The Woodstock Rotary Club, the Woodstock Recreation Center and the Woodstock Farmers Market.

The Cabot Funeral Home in Woodstock is assisting the family with arrangements. An On line guest book can be found at cabotfh.com

Frank J. Romano

Frank was born on May 14, 1936, and passed away on Friday, November 8, 2019 at his home in Woodstock, Vermont. Born in Newark, New Jersey, he moved to be near his family in Vermont when he was 18.

Frank is survived by his beloved wife Elizabeth, four children and four step-children: Victoria Polzello, Frank Romano Jr, Kimberly A. Wilkes, Celeste Chin, Kim Read, Linda Bove, Kenneth Puglisi, Frances Noval and their spouses, brother Tony Romano, 17 grandchildren and 7 great grandchildren. He was predeceased by his wife Joyce (Merrill), father Francisco, mother Lena (Garofano) and brother Robert.

Building a strong career at Howe Scale Company over 26 years, Frank ultimately became the vice president of operations for North America. He then founded his own successful consulting firm, FJR Enterprises, with clients across the country. For the past several years, Frank held a position as Professor of Business and Manufacturing Engineering at Vermont Technical College, merging his expertise in the industry with his passion for helping others and sharing knowledge.

An active member of the community, Frank was strongly dedicated to his church. He contributed his time and acumen to Our Lady of The Snows Shelter the Homeless Committee, served as treasurer and was head usher for many years. He also served for several years on the Board of the Woodstock Library.

As a man for all seasons, Frank’s generous nature, gentle demeanor and sincere smile made all of those around him feel special. When given the jerseys of his grand children’s schools, and his family’s companies, he made sure they were as proud of their accomplishments as he was, by wearing them with great eagerness. He and Elizabeth never declined an invitation to a family or friend celebration, no matter the distance, and often opened their home to make everyone feel loved, appreciated and welcomed.

Funeral Mass will be held at 10 am, Saturday, November 16, at Our Lady of The Snows Church, 7 South Street, Woodstock, VT.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Frank’s honor to: Our Lady of The Snows, c\o Shelter the Homeless Committee, P.O. Box 397, Woodstock, Vermont 05091. Or, you can make a donation to benefit students, by donating to the Vermont Technical College, PO Box 500, Randolph Center, Vermont 05061.

The Cabot Funeral Home in Woodstock is assisting in arrangements. An on line guest book can be found at cabotfh.com

Jean Nelson Conklin


Jean Nelson Conklin, 97, longtime resident of Woodstock, Vermont died at Mt. Ascutney Hospital on November 5, 2019 following a brief illness.  She was predeceased by her husband, Albert Conklin, her sisters, Mary Tanner and Marjorie Hunt and her brother George Miles Nelson Jr.   She is survived by three sons: Neil and wife Hilary Sheevers of Prescott, AZ, Danny and wife Andree of Milford, NY,  and Miles of Haverhill, NH.   She is also survived by five grandchildren and 2 great grandchildren.

Jean was born on March 27, 1922 in St Johnsbury, Vt daughter of George Miles and Lessie Nelson.  The Nelsons moved to Meadow View Farm on the Pomfret Road in Woodstock in 1929.  Jean graduated from Woodstock High School in 1940 and graduated from Syracuse University in 1944.  She then worked for the New York State Extension Service in Columbia County.  There she met Albert Conklin and they married on October 12, 1946.   They moved to South Strafford, Vt where they began building a dairy farm.  In 1952, Jean and  Albert moved to Meadow View Farm in Woodstock where they lived for 60 years until they moved to the Woodstock Terrace.

An active member of the Woodstock community, Jean taught Home Economics at Woodstock Union High School and is fondly remembered by her many students.  For many years she served as an elected Lister for the Town of Woodstock.  She was also a Justice of the Peace, on the Board of Civil Authority, worked at the information booth on the Woodstock Green and served on the Boards of the Norman Williams Public Library, the Homestead, the Mertens House and the Woodstock Historical Society.   She was also a member of the North Pomfret Congregational Church and the North Pomfret Ladies Circle.

A Memorial service will be held at the North Pomfret Congregational Church on December 14 at. 1:30pm. The service will be followed by a reception at the Thompson Senior Center in Woodstock. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the G.M. Nelson Jr Scholarship Fund c/o Woodstock Union High School or the North Pomfret Congregational Church.

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

Gordon “Gordy” L. Johnson

West Windsor

Gordon “Gordy” L. Johnson, 68, died Thursday, October 31, 2019 at his home.

Gordy was born August 22, 1951 in Windsor, VT to Ralph and Edith (Pinson) Johnson. He graduated from Windsor High School class of 1970. While in high School he worked at Mt Ascutney on the Ski tow. After high School he worked at Wiggins Lumber for a time. During this time he served on the Vermont National Guard. He started a carpentry business just before marrying Krista Hammond in 1974. Gordy loved to work and only retired after becoming ill.

Gordy enjoyed farming and has Sugared his whole life.

He is predeceased by his father Ralph Johnson.

Gordy is survived by his beloved wife of 45 years Krista Johnson; his children Jonathan Johnson of Windsor, Lisa Mattoon and husband Scott of Newbury, VT, Shirley Johnson of Windsor, Chris Maheu of Ascutney, VT, five grandchildren, Amber, Alex, Krystal, Jordan and Kaitlyn, mother Edith Johnson of West Windsor, siblings Frank and his wife Rose Taggart of Pahrump, NV , Cathy Archibald, Gloria Farnsworth and her husband Robert all of West Windsor.

A visiting hour was held Monday, November 4 at the Knight Funeral Home in Windsor from 1-2pm immediately followed by a memorial service at 2pm. Burial was in the Sheddsville Cemetery in West Windsor. Condolences may be expressed in an online guestbook at www.knightfuneralhomes.com.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Vermont Center for Independent Living, 11 East Street, Montpelier, VT 05062 in memo line include to be used in installing ramps.

Walter Gene Rockwood

Windsor, VT.

In the early morning of October 24, 2019, Walter Gene Rockwood, 91, of Hartland and Chelsea, Vermont, joined the predeceased loves of his life, Beverly Alyce (Kenyon) Rockwood (1930-1999) to whom he was married for 50 years and Jean Peterson (1933-2013) with whom he spent 13 years.  His passing was quiet and comfortable at the Jack Bryne Center in Lebanon, NH, having been surrounded by his family.  Walter (aka Rocky, Walt) was born on September 28, 1928 on the Bowers homestead in Hartland.  He grew up in Hartland on the family dairy farm and graduated from Windsor High School in 1945, where he courted Beverly.   At the end of WW2, he served briefly in the U.S. Navy.  Walter and Beverly were married on September 11, 1948 and he attended and graduated from the University of Vermont in 1950 with a degree in agriculture.

He began his long and interesting life in Swanton, followed by residence in St. Albans and Georgia Plains as the Franklin County (dairy) Agent. During this time, he also served in the National Guard and rose to command an armored company in Swanton.  In 1963 he, along with Beverly and their four children aged between 3 and 11, began his “journey” in the foreign service with the U.S. Agency for International Development in Togo, then in Guinea and Morocco until 1968.  After earning his Master’s Degree in Agricultural Communications at the University of Illinois in 1970 he worked at the International Institute for Tropical Agriculture (IITA) in Nigeria for several years, a year in Iran working for the United Nations, followed by many years at the International Rice Research Institute (IRRI) in the Philippines.  His final years in Africa were in the Cote D’Ivoire as part of the Food for Peace program, but he worked part time with IRRI remotely until around 1998.

He retired in 1988 and settled on Redrock Farm in Chelsea where he established a choose and cut Christmas tree farm. He was active in the Vermont-New Hampshire Christmas Tree Association, the Vermont Senior Guard, alumni associations from IITA and IRRI and the Chelsea community.

Late in life he lived briefly in Hartland and has been residing at the Historic Homes of Runnemede in Windsor for five years.

Walter was predeceased by father Floyd Rockwood and his mother Julia (Bowers) Rockwood, his sister Greta (Rockwood) Somerville and brother Gordon Rockwood.

He is survived by his son Richard and wife Stephanie Rockwood of Chelsea, son Timothy and wife Codie Rockwood of Hartland, daughter Pamela and husband Andrew Russell of Old Lyme, Connecticut, and son William and wife Cynthia Rockwood of Grand Junction, Colorado, eight grandchildren and seven great grandchildren.

We request that donations in his memory be made to one of the following organizations: The Chelsea Area Senior Center, 13 Church ST, Chelsea, VT;  The Asia Rice Foundation, Inc., 82 Ashlar Village DR, Wallingford, CT 06492;  or the Jack Byrne Center for Palliative & Hospice Care, 154 Hitchcock Loop RD, Lebanon, NH 03756.

A gathering to Celebrate Walter’s life will be held at Knight Funeral Home in Windsor, VT on November 23 from 1:00 to 2:00 with a short prayer service at 2:00PM.

A further celebration of Walter’s life will be scheduled at a later time at Redrock Farm in Chelsea, VT.

Condolences may be expressed to his family in an online guestbook at www.knightfuneralhomes.com

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