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Hopewell returns to coach girls tennis team

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Marie Willis

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Vermont Overland returns to Brownsville

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Upper Valley Aquatic Club swims for fundraiser

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Barnard selectboard taking on speeding issue

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Charles C. Luetke

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Woodstock man charged with assaults, now at large

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Hope D. Keogh

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Jacob Jaglom

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Enter our "Pictures in the Pandemic" Photo Competition

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News

Barnard selectboard taking on speeding issue

On Wednesday, the Barnard Selectboard announced that they had received approximately 26 letters on the topic of speeding problems in the village in advance of the meeting, supporting various forms of speed mitigation.

According to the meeting minutes, approximately 12 members of the community were on the conference call to share their ideas on the topic. Community members shared concerns of speeding on Route 12, North Road and Stage Road. Various ideas for mitigation were discussed including radar signs, increased enforcement, pavement markings and raised crosswalks.

The selectboard directed Selectboard Assistant Rob Ramrath to investigate and pursue a speed study for Route 12, radar speed signs and raised crosswalks.

Additionally, they asked Ramrath to contact the highway foreman to have a radar sign that the town already owns to be placed on North Road, facing southerly traffic near the intersection with Tower Road.

Read more in the April 15 issue of the Vermont Standard.

Woodstock man charged with assaults, now at large

A Woodstock man accused of assaulting a woman and then trying to take an officer’s service pistol while resisting arrest may now be facing additional charges for allegedly violating the terms of his release.

Brandon M. Fowler, 32, was arraigned April 7 in Windsor Superior Court on charges of domestic assault, resisting arrest, and assault on a law enforcement officer. One of the terms of his release on personal recognizance was that he have no contact with the alleged female victim, Woodstock Police Chief Robbie Blish said.

Fowler allegedly violated that directive two days later when police say he hired a locksmith in order to gain entry to the victim’s South Road apartment because she had the door lock changed, Blish said.

Fowler is currently at large as police seek to obtain an arrest warrant on the alleged court violation, Blish said.

Read more in the April 15 issue of the Vermont Standard.

Features

Newspapers Are In a Race Against the Clock

Woodstock

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!

VIEW ENTRIES AND VOTE FOR YOUR FAVORITE HERE

 

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Sports

Hopewell returns to coach girls tennis team

The last iteration of Woodstock tennis in 2019 was a senior and junior dominated squad that won its third consecutive state championship. The tiny number of sophomores and freshmen who played that year have not returned in 2021. That leaves Coach Tom Hopewell with nine girls he met for the first time on April 5, the first day of practice.

“There is a surprising amount of raw talent among the group,” said Hopewell. “And the seniors in particular have a lot of varsity sports experience in their psyche. That certainly can’t hurt.

“It is a bit of an odd thing, though, starting their tennis IQs from scratch. We tried to go through scoring 7- and 10-point tiebreakers the other day and I thought their heads would explode,” he continued. “So I assured them that coaches would be there to help them if and when it happens in match situations.”

The girls are currently slated to open one week from today, on April 22 on the road at Bellows Falls. That begins a streak of 12 matches in just a little over a month, seven on the road and five here at home at the Woodstock Athletic Club.

Read more in the April 15 issue of the Vermont Standard.

Vermont Overland returns to Brownsville

On Monday, the new owner of the Vermont Overland appeared before the West Windsor Selectboard to get a permit for the Vermont Overland Socially Distanced Maple Adventure Ride, which is scheduled for May 7-9 at Ascutney Outdoors.

The event will have not have a start or finish, and there will be no group gatherings or camping as in previous years. Riders will show up whenever they want during the open hours for the event and ride the trail then head to the Brownsville Butcher & Pantry for a meal.

The permit was unanimously approved.

Read more in the April 15 issue of the Vermont Standard.

Upper Valley Aquatic Club swims for fundraiser

The Upper Valley Aquatic Club (UVAC) Swim Team held a Swim-a-Thon the week of April 5-9 at the Upper Valley Aquatic Center in White River Junction.

The Upper Valley Aquatic Club swimmers have completed 4,500 laps in the first two days of the sixth annual swim-a-thon. This is equivalent to 112,500 yards or 64 miles. The swimmers participated in the swim-a-thon during their normal practice times.

A portion of the money raised will be donated to the UVAC financial aid fund. The rest will be used by the parent board to support youth competitive swimming in the Upper Valley.

Obituaries

Marie Willis

Marie Willis was born on March 26th, 1922 to Amelia and George Grunbeck in Stamford, Connecticut. She briefly attended the University of Connecticut and then worked for Yale and Towne Lock Company to help support her family before joining the US Navy WAVES in June of 1943. Marie met her husband, Jack Willis (US Army Air Corps), while attending courses for the military in Iowa, and they married soon after on September, 7th 1946. Jack and Marie had two children, Kathleen Webster of Weymouth, MA and Mike Willis of Hartland, VT.

Marie spent her early years raising her family in New Rochelle where her husband Jack was a funeral director. Marie was a gregarious, charismatic and independent woman who enjoyed bringing up her children and being surrounded by her many friends and family members. As her children grew, Marie enjoyed spending weekends and vacations hosting her children and grandchildren at their log cabin in Andes, NY. She also enjoyed venturing to Maine and Vermont for summers spent eating lobster and watching the children swim in the frigid ocean on Vinalhaven, ME and hiking, fishing, and farming in Woodstock ,VT.

After Marie’s husband, Jack, passed away in March of 1999, Marie moved to Woodstock, Vermont to be closer to her son and his family. It was here that Marie created a new community of cherished and long-lasting friendships. Marie was an active member of the Thompson Senior Center, St. Anne’s Club, and American Legion. She was a long-time communicant at Our Lady of the Snows where she was a Eucharistic Minister for many years. She moved to Quail Hollow in West Lebanon where she spent the remaining years of her life surrounded by a devoted and loving group of new friends. She was kind and generous and enjoyed giving back to the community while socializing with her friends. Marie marched proudly in many parades and was a patriotic lady, proud of the service she provided for her country. She was also progressive. Having lived through the Great Depression, WWII, and our most recent COVID pandemic, Marie was a strong and independent woman. She was always enlightened by a conversation with a differing viewpoint and had an open-minded approach. Marie was hip with the times, always wearing her best and priding herself in her style. She was never one to miss a party or event and always came with a beautiful smile, laughter, and her clever wit.

Marie will be long remembered for her loving devotion to her family and friends, compassion towards others, and the energy and positive attitude she brought to life. She lived every moment up until her death with purpose, independence and pride. She was determined to make it to her 99th Birthday to celebrate amongst family and friends at The 99 Restaurant, and that she did. Marie passed away on the morning of April 8th, 2021 surrounded by her loved ones listening to the same song, “Time To Say Goodbye.” that Jack heard on his passing. Her last words being, “How wonderful”, truly encompass her outlook on life. Found amongst her things, was a hand-written quote, “Three things we need: someone to love, something to do, and something to look forward to.” Marie was a hero amongst us and we will all continue to learn from the lessons she taught us while here on earth as she shines her bright light on us and guides us from up above.

Marie is survived by her children, Kathy and Mike, six grandchildren and eight (soon to be nine) great-grandchildren and sister, Peggy and sister-in-law, Maureen as well as many nieces and nephews.

A memorial visitation at Rickers Funeral Home will be held on Thursday, April 22nd from 5 to 7 PM. A Mass of Christian Burial will be at St. Denis Church in Hanover, NH on April 23rd at 11:00 AM. It will be live-streamed. In lieu of flowers, please consider sending a donation to St. Denis Church or The Thompson Senior Center in Woodstock, Vermont.

Claire A. Dibble

Barnard

Claire A. Dibble, 84, died peacefully on April 11, 2021 at Woodstock Terrace.

A complete obituary will be published at a later date

The Cabot Funeral Home in Woodstock is assisting the family

Charles C. Luetke

Charles Luetke, a resident of South Pomfret, passed away on February 23, 2021 just six days short of his 98th birthday. Born in Graceville, Minnesota on March 1, 1923 he received his BA from the University of Minnesota as well as his law degree. He proudly served in the Army Air Force during World War II as a pilot attaining the rank of Captain.

After practicing law in Minnesota he moved East where he worked for the Federal Government in the General Services Administration. He then re-entered private practice and lived in Scarsdale, NY for many years before moving to Vermont.

He practiced law in Vermont for a few years. He also became active in the Rotary Club, serving as Secretary. He was also a member of the Board of the Thompson Center. He loved the community and was grateful for its support during his later years.

He was predeceased by his wife Marianne and is survived by a loving family. For anyone who wishes to commemorate his life, contributions to The Thompson Center would be welcome.

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

Hope D. Keogh

Woodstock

Hope D. Keogh, 89, passed away peacefully at the Jack Byrne Center for Palliative & Hospice Care on April 3, 2021.

Hope lived most of her life in Dresher, PA and Ocean City, NJ. For the past several years, she was a resident at the Woodstock Terrace, which provided compassionate care as her memory faded. She was known there for her quick wit and ability to make friends with staff and residents alike.

Hope was born on January 27, 1932 to John & Catherine Ross, and grew up in Philadelphia surrounded by seven brothers and sisters. Her father was a carpenter and spent his apprenticeship working on the Master Dining Room of the Titanic. “Daddy” was “the best” as far as Hope was concerned, and she found the same qualities in her beloved husband Jim.

Married in 1956, Hope and Jim devoted themselves to raising their daughters, Leslie and Lynne. A stay-at-home Mom, Hope focused on creating a lovely home and supporting her girls’ education. The best family memories focused on the little pink house at “the Shore,” where grandkids played at the beach, rode their bikes, went to the boardwalk and shared magical summer days with Grandmom and Grandpop.

Locally, Hope is survived by her loving daughter, Lynne Davenport; dedicated son-in-law Jim Davenport, and granddaughters Jessica and Jacqueline Davenport. She was predeceased by her wonderful husband James L. Keogh 3rd in August of 2009.  She is also survived by eldest daughter Leslie Bode and her husband Rick (PA), granddaughters Megan Baldwin (NC) and Allison Bode (PA), and great-granddaughters Emma and Charlotte Baldwin.

There are no services scheduled at this time.

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

Jacob Jaglom

Pomfret

Jacob Jaglom, 94, on March 23, 2021

He liked to say he had lived four lifetimes: in the Jewish community in Bialystok, Poland until escaping via Lithuania and the heroic righteousness of Japanese consul Chiune Sugihara; in Bombay, India for his teenage years as a star cyclist, swimmer and water polo player, before a four-month sea voyage to the U.S. for university; in this country before meeting the love of his life and wife of nearly seven decades, Irene Moore; and their life together.

His vitality and love of life had him skiing until age 93 from his beloved South Pomfret, Vermont log cabin, to which he drove from NYC himself.  He and his wife Irene (before her death in 2017), spent most of their free time in Vermont, cultivating their friendships, searching the woods for edible mushrooms, cooking fabulous meals, waterskiing on nearby lakes when their kids were young, tending their rustic garden, and generally loving the landscape that reminded them of the Russian and Polish landscapes of their past.  In New York, Jack regularly attended opera, ballet, concerts, and theatre.

He imparted his values of honesty, integrity, and ethical conduct to all his family. An avid news junkie, he loved the country that welcomed him, and was relieved at the results of the recent election. Thankfully, despite the pandemic, he was able to spend extended periods with his family at their homes and on Fire Island and in Vermont during his last months.

He is survived by his devoted children Drew (wife Gail) and Leona (husband Robin), beloved grandchildren Peter (Nina), Wendy (Lawson), Sasha (Chelsea), and Benjy, step-granddaughter Gracie, and great-grandchildren Tommy and Maddie (Peter’s children) and Mikaela (Wendy’s daughter). He regretted that COVID kept him from meeting his great-granddaughters in person.

Donations in his name may be made to HIAS, the Museum of Jewish Heritage, or the Woodstock Ski Runners Educational Program. A memorial service will be held in due course, once friends and family can gather for a proper celebration of an extraordinary life.

Christopher P. Kendall

SOUTH WOODSTOCK

Christopher P. Kendall, 26, died unexpectedly at the home he shared with his grandfather in Springfield, Vermont on Saturday evening March 27, 2021.

Service information and a full obituary will be published at a later date.

The Cabot Funeral Home in Woodstock is assisting the family.