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Hartland to explore options with Sumner Falls Town Park

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Girls hockey team moves to first place with win on Saturday

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Kelley wins Fisk Trophy Race, women race for the first time

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Covered Bridges Half Marathon to be virtual this year

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Boys hockey defeated Spaulding High 5-2

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Former PTO treasurer pleads not guilty to embezzlement

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COVID-19 vaccinations available Monday for age 65+

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Two injured in snowmobile accident

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Fran Milo

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Ronald "Ron" Richard Keller

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News

Hartland to explore options with Sumner Falls Town Park

The Hartland Conservation Commission is beginning to work on a land management plan for the Sumner Falls Town Park. This 55-acre parcel was deeded to the Town in 2010.

“It has been a great recreation spot for a long time; but we have not taken a comprehensive look at the land for nearly a decade. Part of our management plan will be to see how people are currently using the property, what they like about it, and how it might be improved. Hence my call for public feedback. Usually these plans look at how to manage the land over the next ten years,” said Rob Anderegg, chair of the Conservation Commission.

“The management plan and whatever recommendations made would need to be approved by the Selectboard before anything could be implemented,” he continued.

People can continue to comment by email to the Commission at ccommission@hartlandvt.org or posted to the Conservation Commission Facebook page.

Read more in the March 4 issue of the Vermont Standard.

Covered Bridges Half Marathon to be virtual this year

The Covered Bridges Half Marathon (CBHM) is going virtual. Race directors Nancy Nutile-McMenemy and Mike Silverman have been closely monitoring the State of Vermont’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic. While statewide vaccinations have begun, the race directors and race committee members stated they do not feel that enough people will be vaccinated in time to hold the race safely the first Sunday in June.

According to organizers, mitigation procedures such as masking and physical distancing will still be in effect and trying to keep 2,000 runners properly distanced will completely change the character of they race. And they are also concerned that there would be enough lodging available to host everyone.

For more information, read the March 4 issue of the Vermont Standard.

Former PTO treasurer pleads not guilty to embezzlement

The former treasurer of the Reading Elementary School Parent Teacher Organization (RES-PTO) pleaded not guilty Tuesday to embezzlement charges. Wade Mullins, 37, of Hartford, entered the not guilty plea at his virtual arraignment in Windsor County Criminal Court. He was accompanied by his defense attorney Brian Marsciovetere of White River Junction.

The criminal complaint alleges that Mullins embezzled $10,000 in PTO funds in his former capacity as treasurer.

A judge issued several conditions that Mullins must follow as part of a release agreement, including that he be present at all future court hearings and maintain accurate contact information, and that he stay away from four witnesses in the case. He has until March 1 to sign the document.

Read more in the Feb. 25 issue of the Vermont Standard.

Two injured in snowmobile accident

Woodstock

Two snowmobile riders were injured while operating their snowmobiles in a heavily wooded trail system in West Woodstock Saturday afternoon.

Woodstock Fire/EMS Chief David Green said the victims were a father and son, both of whom sustained “serious injuries.”

One of the victims managed to place an emergency cell phone call at 4 p.m. A team of around 15 searchers located both parties about a mile and a half inside the trail system using GPS about 4:40 p.m.

“They were a little bit over an embankment. It took us about half an hour to find them,” Green said.

The search included a pair of four-wheel all-terrain vehicles from Woodstock and Bridgewater, he said.

One of the victims was taken by ambulance to Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center. The names and conditions of both victims are not being released due to federal privacy laws, Green said.

Read more in the Feb. 25 issue of the Vermont Standard.

Coronavirus

COVID-19 vaccinations available Monday for age 65+

On Tuesday morning, Governor Phil Scott and state health and human services officials also announced the next stage in the statewide COVID-19 vaccination program. Vermonters age 65 and older can register to receive the coronavirus vaccine beginning at 8:15 a.m. this coming Monday, March 1.

Mike Smith, Secretary of the Agency of Human Services, said that Vermont residents between the ages of 65 and 69 can create an account on the Department of Health website immediately, in advance of the vaccine scheduling process that starts Monday. State officials estimate that approximately 42,000 Vermonters are in the age 65 to 69 age bracket slated for the next round of vaccines.

To register for a vaccine appointment, go to healthvermont.gov/MyVaccine or call 855-722-7878. Officials strongly recommend using the web portal as the most efficient, accessible means of scheduling an appointment.

Read more in the Feb. 25 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!

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Sports

Girls hockey team moves to first place with win on Saturday

The Woodstock High School girl’s hockey team looked to continue their hot start to the season in a Saturday afternoon match against Stowe at Union Arena.

Woodstock Senior goalie Novah Conway was the standout player of the game in her first ever start. She only started playing hockey last season, her athleticism showed on a few key saves. Conway said she was really nervous before the game, but that as the game went on she felt more comfortable.

The win puts the Wasps in first place in Division 2, just ahead of Lyndon Institute. Both teams are undefeated at 4-0 on the season, and will face each other on Wednesday at Union Arena.

Read more in the March 4 issue of the Vermont Standard.

Kelley wins Fisk Trophy Race, women race for the first time

On Thursday, the men’s Fisk Trophy Race was held at Suicide Six in Pomfret for the 84th year. The race is hosted by the Woodstock Ski Runners.

The race, which was first held in 1937, is the longest consecutively running FIS race and alpine ski race held at one location in the United States, and it is part of the Men’s Eastern Cup FIS race.

The top three skiers were Robby Kelley, from Killington Mountain School, who won the event with a time of 1:37:27. He was followed by Frederick Schneider, from Proctor Academy, who finished with a time of 1:37:93 (+0.66), and Canadian Raphael Quenneville, from University of Vermont, came in third with a time 1:38:04 (+0.77). This was Kelley’s third win.

The first ever women’s race was on Friday. First place went to Jane Gutchess with a time of 1:42:26, second place went to Australian Sophie Mahon with a time of 1:43:19, and Eliza Sullivan came in third with a time of 1:43:23. They are all from Stratton Mountain School.

Read more in the March 4 issue of the Vermont Standard.

Boys hockey defeated Spaulding High 5-2

On Saturday afternoon, the Wasps boys hockey team headed up to Barre to take on Spaulding High in what turned out to be a fast-paced and exciting game. The teams exchanged chances in the first, but were not able to solve the goalies and went into the second period in a scoreless tie.

The Wasps let the opponents open the scoring, as Spaulding’s Jameson Mast put one by Keaton Piconi at the seven-minute mark. The Wasps then scored four straight goals, Mason Harkins, Field Willis, and Andrew Gubbins with two goals, putting Woodstock ahead 4-1.

Spaulding’s Jameson Mast scored his second of the game to make it interesting. With Spaulding’s goalie on the bench for the extra attacker, Andrew Gubbins fought off two defenders to control the puck and feed Evan Kurash for a tap into the empty net with one minute left to go up 5-2.

Read more in the Feb. 25 issue of the Vermont Standard.

Obituaries

Fran Milo

Hartland

Fran Milo, born 1939 in Jersey City, NJ to Mildred and Alexander Milovic, passed away peacefully on February 20, 2021 at her home in Hartland following a brief illness. Fran lived in New York City for a number of years, working in the fashion industry, and enjoyed vacations at a second home in Bridgewater Corners, VT. After graduating from City College of New York, Hunter and Baruch Colleges with honors in English Literature and Psychology, she obtained a Masters in ESL and taught in the New York area, including adult education at Riker’s Island Prison. She represented the Bluefish line of fashion as well. After relocating permanently to Vermont in 1996, she tutored ESL students and operated a shop in Woodstock called Needlewerx, featuring her own originally designed sweaters. She later became an adjunct at Community College in Lebanon, NH, teaching adult ESL classes.

Fran supported national animal welfare causes. She had several dogs and also adopted a rescue dog from Hurricane Katrina. She began attending Our Lady of the Snows Church in Woodstock in 2009. After losing her Bridgewater home in Tropical Storm Irene, she resettled in Hartland. She retired from teaching in 2017.

Fran is survived by her brother, Alexander Milovic, Jr. (Deborah) of Mahwah, New Jersey, two nephews, Alexander Milovic III and Mark Milovic, as well as two great-nephews and a great-niece and her aunt, Margo Milovic. There will be a Funeral Mass at Our Lady of the Snows in Woodstock, VT on Friday, February 26, at 11:00 am. Burial will take place in the spring at Riverside Cemetery in Woodstock.

Arrangements are by Cabot Funeral Home in Woodstock, VT An online guest book can be found at cabotfh.com

Ronald “Ron” Richard Keller

Ronald “Ron” Richard Keller, 90, formerly of New York City and Bremen, Maine, died peacefully of old age on Thursday, February 4, 2021, at Valley Terrace, following a brief decline in health.

Ron was born March 15, 1930, in San Diego, CA, the son of Lawrence and Thelka (Hotz) Keller. He grew up in Southern California, attending UCLA and earning a B.A. in Applied Arts. He came East in 1952 to study Medical Illustration at Johns Hopkins Medical School in Baltimore, MD, before moving to New York City to find work as a medical illustrator for textbooks and encyclopedias. It was there, through a mutual friend, that he met Betty Jean Russell, another recent transplant from California. They were married July 8, 1961, in San Francisco and made their home on the Upper West Side of Manhattan where they raised two children.

During the late 1950s, Ron turned his artistic talents to advertising and graphic design. He took a position as an art director at McCann Erickson during the “Mad Men” era, and although an office with a view was nice, Ron craved more independence. He shifted his career to freelance work and left the agency job, but not before acquiring an appreciation for a good martini and developing an excellent golf swing. As a freelance graphic designer, Ron relished the freedom to work on his corporate accounts or his own artwork, either from his Manhattan studio or from his drafting board at a summer home in Maine. Always looking for creative outlets, he took up the art of wood engraving. His work appeared in the Franklin Library’s fine collector editions and other books. A course in book binding and paper arts piqued his interest and ultimately led to his favorite life’s work. Under the name The Red Angel Press, he created limited-edition art press books with hand-set type, printed on a 1700-pound, antique Golding Jobber printing press, using his own original wood engravings, and bound by hand. The elaborate, intricate, and imaginative works sometimes incorporated paper sculptures and pop-up structures such as a depiction of the suspension cables of the Brooklyn Bridge that rise up from the pages when opened. His books can be found in university libraries, including Yale, Harvard, and Dartmouth, in the Library of Congress, and in many private rare book collections throughout the world.

From the time he arrived in NYC, Ron became a true New Yorker, loving the grit and the hustle and bustle as he frequented museums, attended art exhibits and concerts, and sketched architectural building details. Although they loved the city life, Ron and his family looked forward to their summertime escapes to their old house in rural Maine, where Ron enjoyed bird watching, stargazing, gardening, and harvesting mussels. Over the years, Ron and Betty traveled the world on a shoestring budget, with art and architecture the main focus of their destinations and often an inspiration for Ron’s work.

Although they had sworn they would never leave NYC, Ron and Betty moved to the Upper Valley area of New Hampshire and Vermont in 2016, to be near their granddaughters, and for an easier life than they were starting to experience in the city.

Ron was predeceased by his wife Betty of 56 years and by a brother, Lawrence Keller. He is survived by a daughter, Angela Burrington, and son-in-law, Brad, of North Pomfret, VT; a son, Peter Keller of Queens, NY; two granddaughters, Dana and Celia Burrington; and a brother, James Keller of Diamond Barr, CA.

His family will gather for a private memorial service at a later date. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society (cancer.org).

The Knight Funeral Home in WRJ, VT handled arrangements, and condolences may be expressed in an online guestbook at www.knightfuneralhomes.com.

Harold Burns “Tuffy” Wright

Harold Burns “Tuffy” Wright, 94, died peacefully surrounded by family at his home on February 12, 2021 in White River Jct. He was born on September 28, 1926 in Hanover, NH, son of Seaver David and Helen (Gillette) Wright. Harold was very proud of his deep roots in the town of Hartford; being a direct descendant of original settlers on both sides of the family.

Growing up during the depression could have been challenging but Harold enjoyed life on the family farm. He and his three brothers enjoyed fishing in the brook, riding their bikes down to swim in the river, or picking strawberries to peddle door to door to earn money to attend the circus — after they got their chores done, of course. On Sundays, they would take a picnic and watch the Russtown Tigers Baseball Team. Harold was one of the batboys retrieving fly balls from the hay field and running to the river to get a pail of water for the players. He often said, they might not have gotten a lot of new clothes but they always had plenty of food from the farm.

Harold’s first job was for the railroad — unloading government fertilizer for 50 cents per ton from the boxcars. As a senior in high school, Harold and some buddies enlisted in the service, allowing them to stay and complete their last year at Hartford High School — graduating in June 1944. In the summer, he was bussed to Fort Devens, MA to await transport to Sheppard Air Force Base in Texas. After completing training, Harold was on a troop train headed to CO when V-E day was announced. The soldiers were so excited they almost tipped the train over. Harold was transferred to Orlando, FL, and then to Virginia and given the choice of joining the Army of Occupation or going home. He knew he was needed on the family farm and headed home to VT.

On June 24, 1950, Harold married Maxine Harford in Windsor, VT (after getting some haying done) and they moved into his grandparents’ house on Maplerow Farm to start their family. The family grew quickly and Harold continued to work with his family on the farm and started as a Rural Route carrier for the Post Office. In August 1958, Harold was appointed Postmaster by President Eisenhower with 14 employees in downtown White River Jct. In the following years, he oversaw the building of the facility on Sykes Avenue and managed over 200 post offices in Eastern VT and Northern NH. He served as President of the National Association of Postmasters as well as President of Retired VT Postmasters. Thirty years to the day, he retired as Postmaster-with over 500 employees now working at the WRJ Post Office and returned to farming full time.

Being diagnosed with Prostate Cancer in 1992, never slowed Harold down. He continued to live life to the fullest. His love for the Jersey cow took him on many adventures and gathered many friendships. He showed and judged at fairs throughout VT, New England, Quebec and Ontario. Harold spent many years traveling with Jersey breeders from California finding VT heifers to ship across the country. Harold was a member of the World Jersey & Horticulture Society and proud owner of a “real” Jersey heifer on the Isle of Jersey. He was Past President and Director of the American Jersey Cattle Association and recipient of the two highest honors of AJCA — Distinguished Service Award and Master Breeder. Harold also was very active in the VT and NE Jersey Breeders Associations acting as Past President, Distinguished Service Award winner, and sale chairman. Sadly, on April 4, 2004, the Maplerow Jerseys were sold.

Family, travel, and the Jersey cow were three of Harold’s biggest loves and he managed to combine the three for many adventures. Including, traveling to the 48 contiguous states and thirteen countries –attending the National AJCA Convention with Maxine, daughters, Ann and Donna, and grandchildren annually since 1972 — including mapping out a cross country journey to San Diego in 2016. He was always a great VT Ambassador-waving to a passing car (“Now, they will think all Vermonters are friendly.”) and always traveling with VT maple syrup to be shared with friends, acquaintances, or any person that did a small act of kindness. Some of Harold’s favorite trips took him to visit the Queen’s Jersey Herd at Windsor Castle, attend the Royal Welsh Show, and tour the beaches of Normandy. But, his favorite place to travel was the Isle of Jersey, UK — a challenging place to get to but enjoying a Jersey Creme in Liberation Square or having supper with friends at the Pomme D’Or Hotel overlooking the harbor made it worth it.

After retirement, Harold also returned to his love of oxen. After owning and showing many pairs, he was very proud to win 2019 Best Pair Overall Show Steer and Oxen at Fryeburg Fair with his milking shorthorns, Jake and Gus. He often commented that his steers are better off than many people in the world — they have a warm, safe place to live and plenty to eat.

Harold was an active member of the WRJ United Methodist Church, attending regularly — including Zoom services up until last Sunday. He held various offices but also chaired the Steeple Fund and Elevator Committee making the church handicapped accessible, worked on many turkey suppers, auctions, and hosted several successful “Cow Drops”.

In the community, Harold was a Past President of the White River Rotary Club, Co-Founder of the Hartford Booster Club to support local student-athletes, and Member of the United Brethren Lodge #21 Masons. He was very proud of becoming an Everybody Wins! Reading Mentor at the White River School (formerly the High School he graduated from sixty years earlier).

Harold will always be remembered for his love of family, curious mind, a life long learner and reader (reading the Bible cover/cover at age 91, at least two newspapers, a daily devotion and more daily), his excellent memory, a prankster with a twinkle in his eye, attending his grandchildren’s events, NE Sport supporter, sitting in the bay windows, rocking on the front porch and waving at the passing cars, love of railroads and logging, enjoying the circus, his mongoose, being the first birthday call of the day, and his amazing work ethic.

Harold is survived by his children, Gail Wright, Harold Wright Jr., Richard Wright, Ann Cerasoli, and Donna Wright, all of White River Jct. Grandchildren Richard Wright II (Wendie), Abby Benoit (Joseph), Hannah Cerasoli and Alicia Cerasoli; Great-grandchildren Ezra and Ethan Benoit and Molly and Weston Wright. He is also survived by many nieces and nephews and extended family.

Harold is predeceased by his wife, Maxine; their son, Bruce; and siblings David, Edward, and Donald Wright.

The family is very appreciative of the care Harold received from Dr. Royal Whitney, Dr. Ernst Oidtmann, and Dr. Karen Loring over the last 70 years. A very special thank you to Diane and Lynne for helping Harold be comfortable and stay in his home to the end and VNH-Maryellen and Edison.

Due to COVID restrictions, there will be a private service followed by a Celebration of Life on June 19th at Maplerow Farm in White River Jct at 1-4 pm with a sharing time at 2:00.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in memory of Harold Wright, to the WRJ United Methodist Church, 106 Gates St., White River Jct., VT 05001 or to VT Jersey Breeders c/o Tom Pyle, 651 Rte. 22A North, Fair Haven, VT 05743.

Condolences to Harold’s family may be made in an online guestbook at knightfuneralhomes.com.

Harold loved people. In his memory, share a story, call a friend, eat some ice cream, or wave to a stranger.

Makenna Lee Joyce Dusik

Woodstock

Makenna will live forever inside the hearts of all those who knew and loved her.

It is with heaviness in our hearts and our deepest sorrow we announce the passing of our beloved Makenna.

Makenna Lee Joyce Dusik of Woodstock earned her wings on Jan. 29, 2021 at the Children’s Hospital at Dartmouth.  She passed away in the loving arms of her mother and father following unforeseen complications after a surgical procedure. Makenna was born on August 21, 2019 to parents Logan Dusik and Sage Thibodeau.  Her fighting spirit began developing immediately as she was born premature, a twin, and with a complex medical condition.

Makenna LOVED life!  She loved her family and her people. She loved playing, bonding, and watching Frozen with her twin sister…on repeat, splashing in the tub and trying new foods. Above all, she loved being silly and making people laugh every chance she got. Despite spending a large part of her life in the hospital, she never lost her ability to light up a room or bring a smile to anyone’s face.

Many people who followed her story near and afar have been inspired by her fighting spirit and resilience. Her always present smile and bubbly personality despite the myriad of challenges she faced and overcame. She made it impossible not to fall in love with her. Makenna will live forever inside the hearts of all those who knew and loved her. Although her time with us was short, we feel forever blessed and eternally grateful for every second we had with her. She was a special angel who always will be our true gift from heaven. May she rest peacefully, until we meet again our sweet little angel.

Makenna is survived by Sage Thibodeau; mother, Logan Dusik; Father, Lyla Marie Dusik; twin sister, James and Amber Dusik; grandparents, Wayne and Carrie Serra; grandparents, Neal and Lori Weil; grandparents,  David Thibodeau;  Great grandparent, Colleen Bivins; Great grandparent and many Aunts uncles’ cousins and her huge family at DHMC.

Celebrations of Makenna’s life will be held at 2:00 pm Saturday, February 13th, 2021 at First Congregational Church, 36 Elm Street Woodstock, Vt. 05091. The link for reserving a seat at the service is www.fccw.net/dusik.

Flowers, donations and cards can be sent to: First Congregational Church, 36 Elm Street Woodstock, Vt. 05091, c/o Makenna Dusik

An online guest book can be found at Cabotfh.com

Shirlene C. Charbeneau

STUARTS DRAFT, VA

Shirlene Cole Charbeneau, 73, of Stuarts Draft, Virginia went home peacefully to her Lord Monday night, February 1, 2021 at Augusta Health in Fishersville VA, following a sudden and devastating illness. She was born December 28, 1947 in Rutland, VT. Her parents were Charles and Irene Cole and she grew up on the family farm in West Woodstock, VT. She attended Woodstock schools, playing the alto saxophone in band and graduating from Woodstock Union High School in 1966 and later graduating from Rutland Business College.

In 1965 her parents built the Cole Farm Restaurant on the farm property, and she waitressed there. She continued farming with her mother Irene following the death of her father in September 1966.

She first met her future husband John at vacation Bible school at the Bridgewater VT Congregational church when they were both in elementary school in the 1950s. She married him on June 19, 1971 at the First Congregational Church in Woodstock, VT. After a honeymoon that included stays at the Lake Mohonk resort in New York state and in Florida, they returned to West Woodstock. Over the years that followed, she was a devoted wife, mother and homemaker, raising three daughters. She worked at several preschool facilities in the area including Sunshine School, Horsefeathers, and Green Mountain Children‘s Center. Starting in the late 1990’s she worked for Robert and Carol Powell at their greenhouse in Woodstock, VT until her retirement in 2002.

In 2004 she and John moved to Virginia after a more than sufficient number of Vermont winters. She was a member of Wayne Hills Baptist Church in Waynesboro, VA for several years and then became a member of Olivet Presbyterian Church in Staunton, VA. where she sang alto in the choir and participated in the Women’s Circle. She was active in church work and activities all her life. She will be remembered most of all for her strong belief in her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, her devotion to her husband and family, and her sense of humor.

She is survived by her husband of 49 years, John Charbeneau of Stuarts Draft VA and their three daughters: Abigail C. Charbeneau and her partner Sarah Dan Jones of Penacook, NH, Anne C. Zapanta and her husband Philip of Lorton, VA, and Alison C. Bryant and her husband Richy of Belmont, NH, as well as three grandchildren: Jonathan Zapanta, Bekah Zapanta, and Joey Bryant. She is also survived by several cousins, her best friends Bobbi Roy, Sharon Hall, and Suzan Harlow, and her special cousin Edith Williams. She was predeceased by Charles and Irene Cole, her birth mother Josephine Blanchard, and two half-brothers, Duane and David Thomas.

Due to COVID-19 there will be no calling hours. Cremation service will be provided by the Henry Funeral Home of Staunton, VA, and inurnment will take place in the spring in Vermont with details to be announced at a later date. The family wishes to express their gratitude to the wonderful and caring staff and physicians at Augusta Health. Donations may be made to Bethany Birches Camp, 2610 Lynds Hill Road, Plymouth VT 05056, which figured prominently in her life and the lives of her daughters and family.

Alden G. Valentine

CLEMSON, SC

Beloved father of Karen Morgan of Woodstock

Alden Geer Valentine, 87, of Clemson passed away Tuesday, February 2, 2021 at Oconee Memorial Hospital in Seneca, SC.

Alden was born in Hartford, CT, a son of the late Henry Woodhouse and Louise Clark Valentine. He was a 1955 graduate of Trinity College in Hartford, CT. Following his retirement from AT&T in Atlanta, he and his wife moved to Keowee Key in Oconee County, SC where he lived until he moved to Clemson. He was a very active member of Holy Trinity Episcopal Church in Clemson where he sang in the choir and served as sextant for the St. Paul’s Episcopal Churchyard in Pendleton for many years. He loved travel, hiking, but most especially gardening.

Alden was a US Navy Veteran and following his active duty served in the US Navy Reserves and retired as Commander in 1976.

Surviving are two daughters, Susan Valentine of Asheville, NC and Karen and her husband Dan Morgan of Woodstock, VT.

In addition to his parents and his wife Judith Riefstahl Valentine, Alden was predeceased by brothers, Robert and Elliott Valentine; and a sister, Natalie Ricci.

Private graveside services were held on Saturday, February 6, 2021 in St. Paul’s Episcopal Churchyard in Pendleton, SC with Rev. Suz Cate officiating.

Due to the Covid-19 Pandemic, facial coverings were required, and social distancing protocols were observed.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, Pendleton, SC or The Nature Conservancy.

Visit RobinsonFuneralHomes.com or Duckett-Robinson Funeral Home & Cremations, Central-Clemson Commons.