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No decision so far on Windsor HS principal

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Hilde (Holly) Henderson Schriber Rohde

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Union Arena opened on June 29

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Ruth H. Frizzell

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Jaye (Judith) Brightman Boardman

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Darrel E. Bigham

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News

No decision so far on Windsor HS principal

Update: July 1

The Mount Ascutney School District’s board meeting ended Wednesday with the board taking no further action regarding Windsor High School Principal Tiffany Riley’s status.

After an executive session, the board issued the following public statement: “The board has not made any decision regarding Principal Riley’s status. As such, she remains on paid leave. We plan to meet with her next week to gather more information; after that, we will decide how best to proceed.”

Riley’s attorney, William Meub of Rutland, said neither he nor his client are at liberty to discuss the case until it has been resolved.

June 30

Embattled Windsor High School Principal Tiffany Riley, placed on administrative leave after she made comments on her personal Facebook page that were viewed as critical of Black Lives Matter, has filed suit against her employer. The civil action was filed in Windsor Superior Court on June 29, citing an unspecified cause of action or monetary damages.

The accused parties in the case include the Windsor Southeast Supervisory Union and the Mount Ascutney School District Board.

“We did not provide a case summary — the allegations set out the claims and there is no specified damage amount,” said Riley’s attorney, William Meub of Rutland.

Riley has been on administrative leave with pay after the Mt. Ascutney School Board voted to oust her from her position due to a pair of comments the board deemed showed ignorance and poor judgement.

The board is scheduled to meet in a teleconference session on Wednesday, July 1 to decide how to proceed with Riley in the absence of an approved and clearly defined anti-racism policy.

In March, Riley signed a new two-year contract before the issue of her public comments erupted, WSESU Superintendent David Baker said.

“She did sign a two-year contract. She has not been terminated. She is on paid leave as we work things out,” Baker said.

Meub, however, said, “We consider what they (the school board) did as termination.”

Read more in the July 9 issue of the Vermont Standard.

Plastic bag ban in effect July 1

Starting on July 1, businesses, including stores and food-service establishments, can no longer use single-use plastic bags. The ban applies to retail of any type, all restaurants and cafeterias of any type, farmers’ markets and food trucks, and food and shopping delivery services. Instead, businesses must use paper bags or shoppers can bring in their own bags, if the business is allowing them as many are not allowing them in stores due to the COVID-19 pandemic though the Vermont Department of Health has declared reusable bags as safe.

Exceptions to the plastic bag use are:

  • Fruits, vegetables, nuts, coffee, grains, bakery goods, candy, greeting cards, or small hardware items.
  • Frozen foods, meat, or fish.
  • Flowers.
  • Prescription medications.
  • Laundry, dry cleaning.

The ban also includes expanded polystyrene (or Styrofoam) and plastic stirrer sticks and straws, with some exemptions:

  • If a store purchased these single-use products before May 15, 2019, it has until July 1, 2021, to use up its inventory.
  • For straws, customers may request one, and hospitals, nursing homes and other care facilities may continue to provide them.
  • Styrofoam is still allowed for uncooked meat, fish, poultry and seafood, as well as for out-of-state products or for sale out of state.

Gov. Scott expands event and dining capacity

As state data and expanded testing and tracing capacity continue to support reopening, Governor Phil Scott announced on Friday that the state will raise occupancy limits for event venues, arts, culture and entertainment venues, as well as restaurants.

Beginning June 26, these venues can expand capacity for events and dining to 50 percent of approved occupancy size or one person per 100 square feet of customer facing space. This change will allow for indoor events of up to 75 people and outdoor organized events of up to 150.

“We know the virus is still among us, which is why we must keep some restrictions in place to avoid significant spread of COVID-19, but I also know how devastating these restrictions have been on all businesses and especially for the hospitality sector,” said Governor Scott. “We continue to work with our public health experts as well as representatives of the hospitality sector to find ways to further open dining, events and travel without reversing the positive gains we’ve made to slow spread of this virus.”

 This next step follows recent steps to ease quarantine restrictions for travelers and for Vermonters who may be returning from another state.

 “We are committed to working collaboratively with these critical sectors and will continue to provide support to Vermont’s tourism and hospitality economy in its recovery,” said Agency of Commerce and Community Development Secretary Lindsay Kurrle. “The summer season is essential to their viability long term. We are encouraged by these reopening steps and hope to continue to find creative solutions that can increase capacity limits while keeping public health at the forefront of Vermont’s reopening.”

Food scraps separation starts July 1

The time has arrived for everyone, businesses and residents alike, in Vermont to start separating their food scraps to help reduce greenhouse gasses and keep the food out of the landfills.

According to the Vermont Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) website, one of the reasons for making the change is because food that is produced but not eaten contributes eight percent of the world’s total greenhouse gas emissions, and reducing food waste is one of the single most impactful actions for reducing the effects of climate change.

Recycling centers and transfer stations will accept the food scraps or Vermonters can recycle the material in a compost pile, which can be inexpensive and beneficial to your gardens and yards.

Schools to open in the fall

Vermont’s schools will open for in-person instruction this fall, state officials announced on Wednesday. Requirements will include students and staff answering a health questionnaire and doing temperature checks every day while the state prepares alternatives for remote learning if schools need to close.

“We’re learning more every day” about controlling the spread of the Covid-19 virus, said Vermont Gov. Phil Scott at his regular COVID-19 press conference. “We know more about this virus now and have the tools to help prevent the spread today that we didn’t have three months ago, which helps us prepare for this transition back to school.”

Getting students back to the normalcy of the classroom setting is vital, said Scott and Secretary of Education Dan French.

“It is vital to the well being of our students that we endeavor to reopen our school so we can address their social emotional and educational needs, while at the same time getting back to the normal routines and community activities that characterize our way of life in Vermont,” French said.

The Agency of Education will release guidance about school reopenings in coming days, which will include changes to school calendars and attendance policies, and education officials will be asking the Legislature for additional money to accommodate them.

$355M added to coronavirus recovery bill

On Wednesday, the Vermont House advanced an additional $300 million to the Coronavirus Health and Human Services Recovery bill. The passage of H.965 makes the total Health and Human Services Coronavirus Recovery package nearly $355 million to date.

House Speaker Mitzi Johnson (D-South Hero) said, “the demand at the Foodbank regional food distribution events over the last months has been astounding. We cannot ignore the kind of demand that causes Vermonters to line up in their cars in the middle of the night and the suppliers to run out of food. We must ensure Vermonters’ very basic needs are met in this unprecedented time, and that starts with ensuring that there is food available, especially to our most vulnerable. The $300 million package passed today includes an essential investment in food security by appropriating $18 million for the Vermont Foodbank, school meals, and senior meals.

“We recognize this is a shift from the Governor’s priorities in this package, but we cannot allow our neighbors to be hungry. We know that food insecurity already affected over 11 percent of Vermonters pre-pandemic4 and that 1 in 4 Vermonters rely on food shelves or meal services for assistance,” she continued. “The economic impact of the pandemic is being felt deeply by Vermonters and we must do our best to assist them in this time of great need.”

“This package also has nearly $13 million in assistance for childcare, with money for summer programs and after school, both of which are critical economic investments for Vermonters and their businesses as parents return to work,” added Human Services Committee Chair, Representative Ann Pugh (D-South Burlington). “Our already-fragile childcare system was severely impacted by the economic outcomes of COVID-19. This investment is on top of the $50 million allocated to child care providers by the state in March and April. In order to return to work, parents need access to care for their children. With the closure of so many camp programs, school programs, and the slowed re-opening of child care centers, this commitment to Vermont families is essential to getting our economy back on track.”

House Health Care Committee Chair, Representative Bill Lippert (D-Hinesburg) added, “COVID-19 exposed even more of the cracks in our fragile mental health system. Between necessary social distancing, economic insecurity, and the loss of the social fabric that keeps us mentally healthy, Vermonters are suffering. That is why the House included a million dollars in targeted funds to save lives through this trying time. This money will support suicide prevention and a 24-hour peer warm line. This investment can quite literally save lives by connecting Vermonters to help when they need it the most.”

Features

Lucy Mac releases short documentary film

A staff member at Lucy Mackenzie works with gaining Chuck’s trust after he was rescued from the cold. Photo Provided

“Castaways” is the inspiring true story of Wilson and Chuck, two stray dogs who were running injured and scared in West Windsor during the midst of a frigid winter. Following their successful rescue by Lucy Mackenzie Humane Society, both their lives were immediately transformed and their individual, heartwarming rehabilitations began. The film follows their journey from rescue to becoming available for adoption.

The premiere of the film on June 26 launched a fundraising campaign. They have reached the halfway point of their fundraising goal of $50,000, and extended the “Weekend of Giving” to offset the loss of their other fundraising events.

You can see the film here.

Newspapers Are In a Race Against the Clock

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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 — win $100

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!

VIEW ENTRIES AND VOTE FOR YOUR FAVORITE HERE

 

ENTER YOUR PHOTO HERE

Sports

Union Arena opened on June 29

On Monday, June 29, Union Arena in Woodstock opened for five weeks with many new guidelines due to COVID-19.

Four teams of Union Arena’s adult recreational summer hockey league (the “C” League) will be hitting the ice. The Skating Club’s plans to have week-day sessions throughout July.

The arena will also be hosting three summer hockey camps, namely the Greg Carter two-week long program, Dave Reese’s “Skate on Edge,” an invitation-only camp featuring hockey skating technique, and the new Ben Lovejoy Hockey School organized by local legend Ben Lovejoy.

There will be no curling or free skate during this time.

Bikes are booming during pandemic

Have you been thinking that going out and doing a bit of biking might be a good way to escape self-isolation and be a safe way to get some exercise as we transition from the worst of the pandemic?

If so, and if you do not have a bicycle either close by or tucked away gathering dust in the far reaches of the garage or barn but plan to head over to the local bike shop to take a look at their wares, you might find that the selection is somewhat slim, and expensive.

Sales of high-end bikes, particularly electric-assisted bikes have been booming out of Green Mountain Bike’s shop but the prices for some of these bikes are “jaw-dropping.” They can go as high as $13,000 for a full-suspension 650 watt mountain bike with a carbon frame , and you can easily drop $5,000 or more for a top- of- the-line gravel or road bike.

The good news for all bikers in the region is that the area is a biker’s paradise with plenty of relatively low-traffic paved roads for the “road warriors”, an endless array of country roads, including Class 4 and 5’s for the “gravel-grinders,” and a wide selections of enduro and cross country trails like WAMBA’s network in West Woodstock, the Woodstock Inn’s Mt. Peg trails (now open to the public free of charge), the slightly more distant trails at Mt. Ascutney, or the Green Mountain Trails in Pittsfield.

Obituaries

Hilde (Holly) Henderson Schriber Rohde

Hilde (Holly) Henderson Schriber Rohde, beloved mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother, passed quietly at her home in New Canaan, CT on May 27, 2020. She was born in 1919, in New York, New York the daughter of Margaret Enghard and Karl Christian Seelbach. She graduated from the Barnard School and Wellesley College.

She married Clark Lee Henderson, in 1940 and had two children, Margaret Lee and Clark Lee, II. Widowed after the end of WWII, she married Thomas Morgan Schriber in 1947. They had two children, Stephanie Morgan and Thomas Morgan 11 They lived in New Canaan for many years where Holly was active with The Red Cross, The N.C. Garden Club, The N.C. Sewing Group and The Nature Center. She was an active participant at St Marks Church. She co-owned her shop, The Yarn Tree, where she sold yarns, and designed and knit sweaters and needlepoint. They traveled between CT, Hobe Sound, FL, and Woodstock, VT. After her second husband passed in 1990, she married Harvey Lee Rohde in 1992.

Holly was predeceased by her parents, her three husbands, her two brothers, Bernard and Karl, and her son Clark, II. She is survived by her other three children, eight grandchildren and ten great grandchildren.

There will be no service; interment and memorial at St Marks Cemetery will be at a later date.

Ruth H. Frizzell

Ruth H. Frizzell, 87, of Windsor and a former longtime resident of both Hartland and Woodstock, passed away Wednesday, June 17, 2020 at the Jack Byrne Center for Palliative and Hospice Care in Lebanon, NH. She was born August 18, 1932 in Jamestown, NY a daughter of Ralph and Ethel (Near) Hulett. She met Edwin Frizzell while he stationed at Castle Air Force Base in Merced, CA and they were married June 19, 1953. Following his discharge, they settled in Vermont and began a family. Ruth worked at the Woodstock Rec Center for many years. Her beloved husband Edwin preceded her to heaven in 2016.

Ruth was a mother of three but was “Mom” to many. She was well known for her sense of humor and her loving kindness. She loved to create artistically with ceramics, photography, drawing and painting.

She is survived her brother, William Hulett of Sinclairville, NY; a son Stephen Frizzell of Golden City, MO; daughter, Teresa “Terri” Heepe of Croydon, NH and many grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews and friends.

Ruth has now happily joined many loved ones who predeceased her including her husband, her son, Paul; a great-granddaughter Alayna; her parents; siblings and many close friends. At her request private services will be held at the convenience of the family at a later date.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Meals on Wheels program through the Thompson Center in Woodstock, VT. (http://www.thompsonseniorcenter.org/)

The Knight Funeral Home in Windsor is entrusted with the arrangements. Condolences may be expressed to Mrs. Frizzell’s family in an online guestbook at www.knightfuneralhomes.com

Jaye (Judith) Brightman Boardman

HYANNIS – Jaye (Judith) Brightman Boardman, Age 81, died suddenly on May 29, 2020, at Cape Cod Hospital in Hyannis, MA. She is survived by her loving husband of 58 years, Dick (Richard) Boardman, daughter Stephanie Casale, her husband Thomas Casale, and their two children Alessandro and Sofia; daughter Jessie (Jennifer) Glockner and her son Liam; a brother Peter Brightman and his wife Leslie Altman; Dick’s sister Carolyn E. Boardman and her husband, John D. Pinkham, and extended family and friends. Dick Boardman is the son of the late Dr. Frank G. Boardman and Nancy D. Boardman of Woodstock, VT.

Jaye was born on December 18, 1938, in Boston, MA, to Elizabeth K. and Milton B. Brightman. She grew up in several New England towns, including Manchester, NH, Suffield, CT, and Needham, MA. She graduated from Needham High School in 1956 and attended Mary Washington College in VA for two years before deciding to pursue a degree in music at the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston, where she graduated in 1961.

Jaye met her husband, Dick, in 1959 on a blind date at Cranes Beach that had been set up by her brother, Peter. They were married in 1961. Jaye and Dick raised their family in Sharon and Princeton, MA, before moving to Orient, NY, Mystic, CT, Yarmouth Port, MA, Nokomis, FL, and finally, Brewster, MA.

She and Dick worked together to restore and resell several homes throughout MA, NY, and CT. In addition to music, Jaye’s interests included family, friends, animals, gardening, sewing, politics, travel, and reading.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests charitable donations be sent to the Alzheimer’s Family Support Center of Cape Cod, 2095 Main Street, Brewster, MA 02631 https://www.alzheimerscapecod.org/

Darrel E. Bigham

Darrel E. Bigham, a more than 50-year part-time resident of Woodstock, historian, and civic leader, died June 6 in the company of his family in Evansville, Indiana. He was 77.

In the summer of 1965, while a volunteer at an Episcopal parish in Roxbury, Massachusetts, Bigham met fellow volunteer Mary Elizabeth (“Polly”) Hitchcock, a descendant of Frederick Billings. The couple married in September of that year and spent every subsequent summer with their family in Woodstock.

For nearly 40 years, Bigham was a Professor of History at the University of Southern Indiana. In addition to teaching well over 10,000 students, he was the founding director of Historic Southern Indiana, an outreach organization dedicated to promoting the region’s historical resources and sites such as Abraham Lincoln’s boyhood home. Bigham published six history books, all focused on southern Indiana history, two of them on regional African American history: We Ask Only A Fair Trial: A History of the Black Community of Evansville, Indiana (1987) and On Jordan’s Banks: Emancipation and Its Aftermath in the Ohio River Valley (2005). Reviewers praised his books as both accessible and rigorously researched.

Bigham’s civic leadership was local and national in scope. In 2000, he was appointed by President Bill Clinton to the 15-member Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Commission, created by Congress to commemorate the 200th anniversary of the 16th president’s birth in 2009. He also served in dozens of leadership positions with cultural, historical, and charitable organizations in Indiana.

A native of Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, Bigham was educated in that city’s public schools and raised in the Brethren in Christ church by his parents, the late Paul D. and Ethel B. Bigham. He graduated magna cum laude in 1964 from Messiah College in Grantham, Pennsylvania, and was a Rockefeller Fellow at the Harvard Divinity School in 1964-65. He completed his PhD in 1970 at the University of Kansas.

Bigham is survived by his wife of 54 years, Polly Bigham, his son and daughter-in-law, Dr. Matthew H. Bigham and Elizabeth Belle Bigham of St. Louis, his daughter and son-in-law, Elizabeth Bigham Hotson and David Hotson of New York City, and grandsons Ethan H. Hotson, Russell H. Bigham, John Darrel (“Jack”) Hotson, Samuel H. Bigham, and Peter B. Bigham, as well as by his siblings Larry Bigham of Carlisle, Pennsylvania, and Marilyn Miller of Harrisburg.

In light of Covid-19, a memorial service will be held at a later date. The family requests that memorial donations be made to the Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller National Historical Park, address to National Park Service, ATT: Donation MBRNHP, 54 Elm St., Woodstock, VT 05091.