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Snow expected overnight

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Richard D. Fernandes

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Martha W. Stanwood

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Virginia fugitive eludes police in Bridgewater

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Faulkner Park Task Force Formed

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Enter our "Pictures in the Pandemic" Photo Competition

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State and congressional candidates share their views

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Woodstock Village nixes trick-or-treating

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Interview with Vermont State Senate candidates

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Roundtable with House of Reps candidates

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Snow expected overnight

There is a winter weather advisory in effect for Windsor County from 8 p.m. Thursday evening until 11 a.m. on Friday. Snow is expected with total snow accumulations of 1 to 4 inches in the higher elevations.

Snowfall amounts above 2 inches will be mainly limited to elevations of 1500 ft and above. Slippery road conditions could impact the Friday morning commute.

Virginia fugitive eludes police in Bridgewater

Brandon Curtis Adkins, 32, of Virginia Beach, Virginia, is seen in this undated handout photo from Virginia Beach Police.

A man wanted on a fugitive warrant for robbery and assault in Virginia remains at-large in Bridgewater Wednesday as county and state police continue to search for the suspect. Vermont State Police said the man has been identified as Brandon Curtis Adkins, 32, of Virginia Beach, Va.

He is facing charges in Vermont of fugitive from justice, providing false information to a police officer, and other charges pending. According to the VSP, on Tuesday, Oct. 27 at 8 a.m. a Windsor County Sheriff’s Deputy stopped a vehicle for an infraction on U.S. Route 4 in Bridgewater.

During the stop, Adkins gave a false name to the deputy, before exiting the car and running into the woods. When the true identity of the subject was discovered, it was found that he had a felony warrant out of Virginia for credit card fraud and violation of probation. Deputies seized the vehicle, which was believed to be stolen from Enterprise, and a warrant to search the car is being sought by the investigating deputy.  

Adkins is not believed to be dangerous or armed, and there has been no indication of a threat to public safety. He was last seen Wednesday morning, Oct. 28, in the Route 4 area, police said.

The Sheriff’s Department is continuing to investigate this incident. Anyone with information about this case or the whereabouts of Adkins is asked to call police at 802-457-5211.

Faulkner Park Task Force Formed

Woodstock Selectboard Chair Mary Riley announced the creation of an 11-member task force to study the proposed transfer of Faulkner Park to the town.

Riley said the volunteer committee was formed following a public information meeting with members of the Faulkner Park Working Group on Thursday, Oct. 15.

Over the next several weeks the new group will be looking at “all options” regarding the proposed transfer of ownership and maintenance responsibilities of the park, which is currently managed through a private trust fund of the later Marianne Faulkner.

Woodstock Village nixes trick-or-treating

Woodstock Village’s Halloween trick-or-treating celebration has been canceled this year due to COVID-19.

While no vote was needed or taken, members of the Board of Village Trustees expressed sadness over the cancellation at their teleconference meeting on Tuesday, Oct. 7.

“It’s unfortunate,” Trustees Chair Jeff Kahn said. “It’s sad, but it’s not safe this year. The residents on those streets weren’t interested — the majority of them anyway.”

Plan to address needs of schools moves forward

The Buildings & Grounds Committee for Windsor Central Unified United School District (WCUUSD) voted on Monday to give Johnson Controls International (JCI) the go ahead to create a plan to address the energy needs throughout all the elementary schools and upgrades to the Woodstock Union High School Middle School.

The directive from the committee is for JCI to study the schools and bring back a proposal to the full school board at their next meeting in November. The choices are between a $2.9 million project that would have a five to 10 year payoff or a $3.7 million project that would address the air flow issues in the middle school, reduce electricity costs and provide a safer, more comfortable learning environment for students and teachers while the new school committee works on a more permanent long-term plan at an additional cost approximately $160,000 a  year for five years.

The committee also agreed to have JCI discuss their plans with DuBois & King and the team working on the new building plans to determine who should be doing what studies and recovering data from previous studies done on the high school/middle school and bring those findings to the next Buildings & Grounds Committee meeting in November.

Read more about this story in the Oct. 29 issue of the Vermont Standard.


Plan for COVID-19 vaccinations revealed

During Friday’s press conference, Governor Phil Scott and Health Commissioner Mark Levine, MD, detailed the State’s framework for distribution of a COVID-19 vaccine, once one is produced and distributed to the state.

The State has submitted responses to a series of questions from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), laying out the framework for vaccine distribution and Vermont’s preparedness. The federal government, which is responsible for nationwide distribution of vaccines, still needs to provide details on many logistics surrounding a potential vaccine, and this interim COVID-19 vaccination plan will evolve as new information comes forward.

“With so many unknowns, this is difficult work,” said Scott. “But we have a strong infrastructure in place, and we have been working with a talented team of world class experts for months to learn from past experiences and to further strengthen our systems. The bottom line is: We will be ready.”

While the state will be prepared for any amount of vaccine, it is expected the initial supply of COVID-19 vaccine will likely be limited. Accordingly, vaccination efforts will need to prioritize groups that are most critical to the response, those who provide direct care and those who are essential to maintaining a functioning society, as well as those at highest risk for developing severe illness from COVID-19.

To view the full proposal submitted to the CDC, visit healthvermont.gov/covid19-vaccine.

State of Emergency extended to Nov. 15

Governor Phil Scott announced on Thursday that the State of Emergency has been extended to November 15, 2020 to ensure the state can continue to suppress the spread of COVID-19. The executive order has been extended with no additional changes and can be viewed at https://governor.vermont.gov/content/addendum-6-amended-and-restated-executive-order-01-20.

“Vermont has led the nation in responding to this virus. We’ve worked together to keep each other safe and prevent our healthcare system from being overwhelmed, allowing us to methodically reopen our economy and keep it open while many other states have had to take steps backward,” said Governor Scott. “But we cannot become complacent. While our success has allowed us to do more, we must keep making smart choices. This means staying six feet apart and wearing a mask (even around friends), avoiding crowds, following travel guidance and washing our hands. We can continue to move forward if we stay vigilant.”

In addition to helping the state manage the public health risks, the State of Emergency keeps numerous supports in place to mitigate economic hardship resulting from the pandemic. These protections include expanded housing and meal delivery systems, expanded eligibility for unemployment insurance, resources for businesses and federal emergency funding.


Newspapers Are In a Race Against the Clock


Throughout the country newspapers are in a fight for their lives.          Here too.

Race Against The Clock VT Standard Front Page

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Photo Contest

Enter our “Pictures in the Pandemic” Photo Competition

We want to document and share how this coronavirus pandemic is being experienced by people in our own audience, in our own communities. Through their own lenses.

In the weeks to come we invite our readers and all residents of the communities we serve to submit a photograph that illustrates what life is like for you right now — to let each other know how you are feeling as we all go through this together. Or perhaps share something that gives you hope for better times ahead.

Each week we’ll be accepting photo entries for our Vermont Standard Pictures in the Pandemic Photo Competition. Use your camera or phone (and your creativity of course) to snap a photo that depicts how it’s going for you right now and/or what gives you hope. It can be sentimental or snarky, humorous or inspiring, symbolic or literal, or whatever you like! And please add a short caption or description that lets viewers know how YOU are coping with the effects of the pandemic and “Stay Home, Stay Safe” guidelines.

During the following week, all photos submitted during the previous 7 days will be displayed for all to see in our contest picture gallery here on thevermontstandard.com, and the public is invited to vote for their favorites (be sure to tell all your friends to vote for you!). Each week, the top vote-getter in each category will be deemed the weekly winner and receive a $100 prize! Plus, Vermont Standard editors will choose a selection of the photos submitted each week to be published in the paper.

The two categories for submission are:

  • How I’m Feeling Today
  • What Makes Me Feel Hopeful 

This is your chance to share your experience in these bewildering times with your neighbors while you show off your creativity! Feel free to enter as often as you wish. Good Luck!




2020 Election

State and congressional candidates share their views

Before election day, on Tuesday, Nov. 3, find your polling location and times here. And, learn more about the main candidates for governor, lieutenant governor and Congress.

Interview with Vermont State Senate candidates



Roundtable with House of Reps candidates

The 13 candidates running for the Vermont House of Representatives in local districts all believe in a flexible approach to meet the challenges of a COVID-19 economy. At the same time, they offer their unique perspectives on issues involving police reform, legalized marijuana, and affordable housing.

Republican/Democrat Jim Harrison, 67, of Chittenden is running unopposed for Rutland-Windsor-1 (Chittenden, Killington, Mendon and Bridgewater) and Charlie Kimbell, 56, of Woodstock is also running unopposed for Windsor 5 (Plymouth, Reading and Woodstock). For the full interview, click here.

The candidates for the Windsor-1 District, representing Hartland, West Windsor and Windsor, are Democrat John Bartholomew, 65, of Hartland; Republicans Jacob Holmes, 33, of Hartland and Wesley Raney of Hartland; Progressive/Democrat Elizabeth Burrows of West Windsor; and Independent John MacGovern, 69, of Windsor. Burrows and Raney did not provide responses for the questions. For the full interview, click here.

The candidates for the Windsor 4-1 District, representing the towns of Barnard, Pomfret, and a portion of the town of Hartford, are Republican Mark Donka,63, of Hartford and Progressive/Democrat Heather Surprenant, 29, of Barnard. For the full interview, click here.

The candidates for the Windsor 4-2 District, representing the rest of Hartford, Democrat Rebecca White, 26 of Hartford for , Kevin “Coach” Christie, 70, of Hartford, Republican Alice Flanders of Hartford and Progressive Nicholas Bramlage of Hartford. Flanders and Bramlage did not provide responses. The candidates are listed alphabetically. For the full interview, click here.


Richard D. Fernandes

White River Jct.

Richard D. Fernandes, 85, died early Saturday morning October 24th at the Villages in White River Jct., Vermont. He was born on November 17, 1934 to Arthur and Grace (Isenor) Fernandes.

Richard grew up in Taunton, Massachusetts and served in the United States Army from 1956 to 1957. Following his mother’s death in 1957, Richard moved to Vermont and was married to Millicent “Sally” Whitney in 1958.

Richard was a master plumber working for many plumbing businesses in the Upper Valley; Rupert Leonard Plumbing, Harold Fisher Plumbing, Arnold Powell plumbing, Dickinson and Son and Rice Plumbing in Tucson, Arizona.

Richard found great enjoyment in playing the guitar and was asked by a number of bands over the years to join them. Other activities that he loved were hunting, fishing, snowmobiling, and coaching kids baseball.

Richard is survived by his children; Lori Fernandes, Daniel Fernandes and his wife Bonnie Parker-Fernandes, and Teri Fernandes all of Quechee, VT, his grandchildren; Jamie Lee  Parker-Fernandes of Woodstock, VT, Daniel Fernandes of Hartland, VT,  Michael Fernandes of Vista, CA, Rachael Facteau of  Whitehall, NY, John Bielecki of Portland, ME, Jason Bielecki of Towaco, NJ, and Jake Bielecki of Burlington, VT, as well as several nieces and nephews and cousins. He is predeceased by his parents and his wife Millicent “Sally” (Whitney) Fernandes.

Due to COVID-19 concerns, services for Richard will be held privately by his family. He will be laid to rest in the Taftsville Cemetery next to his wife Sally.

Those wishing may make memorial donations to the Brain Injury Association of Vermont PO Box 482 Waterbury, VT 05676

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

Martha W. Stanwood


Martha W. Stanwood, 88, died Thursday, October 22, 2020 at the Jack Byrne Center in Lebanon, NH.

Martha was born October 23, 1931 a daughter of William and Ester (Dutton) Wolf. She graduated from the Day Croft School in Stamford, CT class of 1950. She obtained her Associates Degree from the Hartford College for Women in West Hartford, CT. She worked as an Administrative Trainer with the Bernard Haldane Associates for several years. She was a member of the Avon Congregational Church in Avon, CT and the League of Women Voters. Martha moved to Woodstock, VT in 2014.

Martha enjoyed reading, cooking, but most of all spending time with family. She also enjoyed collecting book plates.

She is predeceased by her daughter Jennifer MacDonald.

Martha is survived by two sons Timothy D. Stanwood of Pomfret, VT and Matthew C. Stanwood of Hingham, MA; twelve grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.

There will be a memorial service held at a later date.  Condolences may be made to her family at an online guest book at www.knightfuneralhomes.com  The Knight Funeral Home in White River Junction, VT has been entrusted with arrangements.

In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to the Jack Byrne Center for Palliative Care and Hospice at Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center one Medical Center Drive, Lebanon, NH 03756

James Harvey Watson,100, LT. COL. USAF Ret.


James Harvey Watson, 100, of Woodstock and Stuart, Florida, passed away peacefully on October 13, 2020 after a full and eventful life. Born December 18, 1919 in Meriden, NH, he was the son of Matthew Harvey and Addie Mae (Rogers) Watson. He graduated from Woodstock High School in 1938, where he excelled at baseball and at ski racing (slalom, cross country and ski jumping). He raced in the US Nationals at Sun Valley, Idaho in 1939 where he was also the skiing stunt double for Milton Berle in the first ski movie “Sun Valley Serenade”.

After graduating from the Pan American Flight School, Harvey flew Sikorsky Twin Engine float planes to Havana and the Bahamas prior to WW ll. He joined the US Army Air Corps and flew 65 combat missions in North Africa and Europe. He remained in the USAF Reserves serving as a flight instructor in the Air National Guard and an officer in the Strategic Air Command, retiring as a highly decorated Lieutenant Colonel in 1968. He returned to the family farm in Taftsville after the war before becoming Postmaster and operating a general store and Vermont products mail order business, until retiring in 1983.

Harvey was a dedicated family man. He was predeceased by his first wife of 38 years, Pearl G. (Taylor) Watson in 1981. He married Lois E. (Behrman) Watson on February 8, 1984 and they enjoyed a wonderful life in Vermont and Florida and traveled the world together. He was predeceased by a daughter Margaret Mae Wilcox in 1999 and his sisters Greta Hewlett and Emma Vail. He is survived by his wife of 36 years, a daughter Susan E. Moore (James) of Concord, MA and two sons, James H. Watson Jr. (Joan) of Rutland, VT and Richard M. Watson of Simsbury, CT. He was blessed with 11 grandchildren and 9 great grandchildren.

Active in the community, Harvey served on the Woodstock School Board, the Planning Commission and as a member of the Woodstock (Rockefeller) Foundation for many years. He was a Paul Harris Fellow in the Woodstock Rotary, a member of the American Legion and the oldest living member of the Woodstock Masonic Lodge. His many interests included golf, hunting, fishing, dancing and he mowed his own lawn to within six weeks of passing.

An avid golfer, Harvey won the Vermont Senior Amateur and competed in the USGA National Senior Amateur. Harvey and Lois played on the People to People American International Golf Team sponsored by the US State Department with delegations to South Africa, Europe and Asia.

Harvey was Lois’s co-pilot as she flew them throughout North America and the Caribbean. Together they founded the Eig Watson School of Aviation located at the Homestead campus of Miami Dade College in Florida, which now offers 12 academic degrees in the aviation industry. Their initial interest was in providing flying time — pilot hours for aspiring commercial pilots.

Due to COVID-19 there will be no calling hours. A private family burial will be held at the Taftsville Cemetery at the convenience of the family. Memorial contributions may be made to the Thompson Senior Center, 99 Senior Lane Woodstock, VT 05091 or to an organization of your choosing.

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

Richmond T. Maxham

Bridgewater Corners –

Richmond T. Maxham, 80, passed away Tuesday, October 6, 2020 at his home in Bridgewater Corners surrounded by his family.

Richmond was born in Weathersfield, VT January 16th, 1940 to Richard and Eva (Martin) Maxham. He married Linda Jillson on August 20, 1960. He started life as a dairy farmer, but later became skilled at several other trades. He worked drilling wells for Lloyd Moyer, and later at Larken Construction. Most notably, Richmond worked for Cone Blanchard as a machinist for 15 years. After Cone Blanchard closed he worked for General Electric for 12 years, until he had to retire due to health restrictions.

Richmond enjoyed country music, especially Hank Williams. He was a true Vermonter and fought to retain his independence until the very end.

Richmond leaves behind his wife of 60 years, Linda, his sons: Brian (Susan George) of Bridgewater Corners, Michael (Michelle Pratson) and Matthew (Jennifer) of Woodstock, and his daughter, Lenore Harris (David) of Great Falls, Montana; thirteen grandchildren and fourteen great grandchildren. He also leaves his siblings, Richard Jr. of Tunbridge, VT, Steve of Putney, VT; his sisters, Patricia Barbour of Reading, VT and Sheila Martel of Charlestown, NH. He was predeceased by his parents, and one brother, Robert.

A graveside service will be held at the convenience of the family in the Prosper Cemetery in Woodstock. Arrangements have been entrusted with Knight Funeral Home. Condolences may be expressed in an online guestbook found at www.knightfuneralhomes.com

Peter Fox Smith

North Pomfret

Peter Fox Smith, 85, of North Pomfret, Vt. died at home in hospice care on Monday, October 5th, 2020.Peter was born in Cleveland, Ohio on June 27th, 1935 to Ralston Fox Smith Jr. and Alice Johnson Smith.

He attended University School, Shaker Heights, Ohio, Denison University (B.A), and Harvard University (M.A.T., Ph.D.)

A true renaissance man, his employment was varied due to his many interests and talents. He was Director of the Red Raider Boys Overnight Camp in Novelty, Ohio, part of an outdoor education and horsemanship camp founded by his father; Professor of Humanities/ Dean of Students, Emerson College; teaching fellow in Classics, Instructor, Assistant Director of General Education at Harvard University; Professor of Philosophy, Royalton College; Professor of Humanities/ Dean of Students, Canaan College; Director of the Vermont Council on the Arts;  Women’s Cross country running/Track and Field Coach/ Professor of Opera, Dartmouth College; Producer of a weekly Saturday afternoon radio program on VPR featuring opera and music for forty years with his technician and friend Sam Sanders, never missing a Saturday broadcast. He also enjoyed lecturing on his passion for opera to students of the NWPL learning lab, and led music lovers on tours to the great opera houses of Europe. He was also an author/poet writing the definitive book on opera, “A Passion for Opera”, as well as publishing several books of his poems.

His many pleasures were canoeing, sailing on his Swedish Vindo, Vara, running, biking, playing Polo, wilderness tripping, sports, ( especially the Red Sox, the New England Patriots and his beloved The Ohio State Buckeyes football team), foreign languages/ foreign travels, publishing (books, articles, interviews), the arts (especially poetry) reading, writing, music (listening and performing).

Peter was devoted to his family, and was lovingly known simply as “Big Daddy”. In the eighth grade he fell in love with Joanne Tobitt, his wife of 63 years who survives him. He leaves behind his son Peter Fox Smith ll, and his wife Grace of New Orleans, Louisiana; his daughter Alice Smith and husband William Pepper Gilbert of Worton, Maryland;  his sister Claire McKnight (Bruce) of Livingston, Montana, brother Douglas (Christine) of Bozeman, Montana; grandchildren, Lauren Pierce (Jack), Andrew Smith, William Gilbert, Peter Gilbert and great grandson, Christopher Pierce; sister-in-law Ann Smith of Kensington, N. H. and various nieces and nephews. He was pre deceased by his brother, Stephen, in 2019.

Peter requested no funeral service and that his ashes be scattered to the winds at his cherished Vermont home. A celebration of Peter’s life is pending until a time when friends and family can gather together in North Pomfret.

In lieu of flowers please consider a donation to cancer research to help eradicate this terrible disease.

Peter’s family wishes to thank all the wonderful nurses and nurses’ aides of the Jack Byrne Palliative Care Center and Bayada Hospice who gave him such compassionate care at the end of his life.

The Cabot Funeral Home of Woodstock, Vermont handled the funeral arrangements. An on line guest book can be found at cabotfh.com

Joyce S. Richardson

Bethel, VT

Joyce S. Richardson, 89, of Bethel, died on Sunday morning, October 4, 2020, surrounded by family.  After a brave and courageous fight, she joined her husband, Lee; mother, Eva; and father, Reginald “Pick” Scoville in eternal rest.

She was born on May 28, 1931 which was always a particularly special day for her and as the seasons of her beloved State of Vermont always a special time of year.  One of her more special memories was her 80th birthday party at the Bethel Town Hall, where she graduated as Salutatorian of her class in 1949.  One of her most satisfying events to organize was the class’s yearly reunion, something she never forgot.

After graduation she continued to work for Clifford of Vermont, Inc. until being offered early retirement at the age of 53, it took the “swivel” of her chair to accept this offer and she never looked back.

She married Lee A. Richardson on June 24, 1950.  He was the love of her life.  For over 75 years, Joyce and her husband Lee operated a business on Bethel’s downtown Main Street, most notably Richardson’s Country Store from 1961 until its closing in 2002.  They raised five children, all of them continue to live within 20 miles of her lifelong home of Bethel.  Joyce was very proud of Bethel and has shared many memories and history of her hometown with her family.

Joyce is survived by her children, Candace Hall & husband Frank of Northfield Falls, Lee A. Richardson, Jr. (wife Nancy dec. 2019) of Barnard, Timothy Richardson & wife Marilyn of Barnard, Eric Richardson & wife Shelie of Bethel, and Tamsen Slack & husband  Jeffrey of Bethel.  Her children blessed her with ten grandchildren, and they have blessed her with twelve great-grandchildren.  She loved nothing more than having everyone together for a celebration or holiday.  Joyce loved everyone in her family and was proud of who they were and what they were doing in their own lives’.

In early years, Joyce loved bingo, bowling, snow machining, traveling, eating out, trips to Maine and Florida, writing cards & letters, and talking on the telephone.  The Shrine and Eastern Star were a big part of her and Lee’s life and they were both very active in both organizations. A remarkable experience for Joyce as a Boston sports fan, was in 2004 when the Boston Red Sox won the World Series.  This ended the team’s 86 year “Curse of the Bambino”. Many of her generation never had the experience to see “the Sox Win It All” and then go on to witness it happen three more times!

Private graveside service was held on October 9th at Old Christ Church Cemetery in Bethel.  The Family is planning a celebration of life in May of 2021.  Contributions in her memory may be made to Bayada Hospice, PO Box 1590 – Norwich, VT 05055 or Gifford Medical Center, 44 South Main Street – Randolph, VT 05060.  Online condolences may be made at www.dayfunerals.com.  Arrangements are by the Day Funeral Home in Randolph.