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OBITUARIES Carol Aldrich 1936 - 2019 PENACOOK, NH~Carol Ann Aldrich, 82, of Penacook, passed away March 23, 2019 at Concord Hospital after a brief illness. Carol was born in Woodsville on July 9, 1936 to Erwin and Dorothy (Cummings) Willis and grew up on Briar Hill inNorth Haverhill. She graduated from Haverhill Acad- emy in 1954 and from Plymouth State College in 1958. She was married on June 27, 1959to Locke Howe Aldrich ofNorth Haverhill. They spent the early years of their marriage living in Plymouth, and then settled in Penacook in 1970 where they raised their family. Carol taught school in Littleton, Piennont and spent most of her career teaching first grade in the Merrimack Valley School District in Penacook. Carol volunteered extensively in the community and sang with the Songweavers for many years. Carol loved spending time in the summer with friends and family at her cottage on Lake Armington in Piermont. She enjoyed kayaking, biking, gardening and spend- ing time with hermany wonderful friends. She is survived by her sister, Constance (Willis) Peavear ofN ewfields, NH; her brother, Dale Willis of Jefferson, NH; children Thomas Aldrich and wife Andrea of Danville, VT, ChristopherAldrich and wife Wafaa of Merrimack, and Susan Aldrich and her , husband Scott Boman of Grantham, NH; three grandsons, Eric Cartier, Benjamin Aldrich and Rami Aldrich; one grand- daughter, Mariam Aldrich; and two great granddaughters, Rilla Cartier and Mae Cartier. She was predeceased by her husband, Locke. Funeral services will be held March 27 at Immaculate Conception Church at 11 am. Memorial donations may be made to the Immaculate Conception Food Pantry, 9 Bonney Street, Penacook, NH. '. . The Wendell J. Butt Funeral Home of Penacook is in charge of arrange- ments. MaryJane Smith 921 - 201 WEST FAIRLEE—Mary Jane Hathaway Smith, 97, of Middlebrook Road, West Fairlee, passed away peacefully in her home March 18, 2019 attended by her devoted daughter an care givers. ‘ Mary Jane was born in Worcester, VT April 17, 1921, daughter of the late George Edson and Nellie May (Wheelock) Hathaway. She graduated from Montpelier High School, Class of 1940 and in 1942 married Eugene Sheldon Smith. They ‘ began their marriage in Charlestown, NH until the 1948 purchase of property and home on Middlebrook Road in West Fairlee. Eugene and Mary Jane enjoyed walking through their woodland, trout fishing, deer season, making maple syrup and tending their vegetable garden together. They raised laying hens, selling . flesh eggs to the summer camps on Lake Fairlee and shipping cases of eggs to a Boston Market. For many years she employed as head cook at Camp Wyoda on Lake Fairlee. Mary Jane began as a homemaker, was a very active supporter of the West Fairlee Center Church and Community Club House, West Fairlee Volunteer Fire Department, was a 4-H Leader and served on the Cemetery Commission. She knit countless mittens and hats for the school children plus “prayer shawls for shut-ins.” Since the passing of her beloved husband in 1986, she has donated children’s books to the West F airlee Elementary School Library every yearinhis memory. She was very artistic, making unique Christmas ornaments, quilts, braided rugs, woven baskets and caned chair seats. Her flower gardens were lovely. Indoors she grew African Violets and Orchid Cacti. . Deer season was a wonderful time for her because. her son, David and grandsons would move in for a week or more to go hunting. She loved ahouse full of hunters, deer stories and deer photos. Mary Jane’s only son, David Hathaway Smith, of Sutton, VT, passed March 23 , 2018. Mary Jane is survived by her daughter, Beverly Belanger and husband Lucien of Sutton, VT; three grandsons, Michael Belanger and wife Donna of Lyman, Robert Belanger and wife Kelly of Sutton, VT and William Belanger and wife BobbieJo of Sutton, VT; great granddaughter, Cassidy Belanger and companion Derek Mercury of South Hero, VT, great grandson, Blake Belanger of, Sutton, VT and great grandson, Brandon Belanger and wife Cate of Sutton, VT; two great, great grandbabies, Lukas and Laila Belanger; many cousins, nieces, nephews and a sister in law, Della Swasey Smith of Post Mills. Mary Jane was predeceased by her parents; her husband, Eugene and son David; a brother, Albert George Hathaway; and two sisters, Madine Grace Neill and Elizabeth Ruth Dodge. Mary Jane’s family wishes to express heartfelt gratitude to VNH and the compassionate care provided by CaringHands Home HealthandHospice Care. We appreciate the daily mail visits made by niece, Judith Smith Adams of Post Mills. A celebration of Mary Jane’s life will be held at the West Fairlee Center Church later this spring followed by interment at the West Fairlee Center Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to a charity of one’s choice. Memories and condolences may be shared with the family at www.guibordfh.com. Funeral arrangements are entrusted to the care oquibord-Pearsons Funeral Home, Lyndonville, VT. Elaine Hill 1944 2019 NORTH HAVERHILL—Elaine Odile Hill, 75, died unexpectedly March 17, 2019, at her home. She was born in Haverhill Feb. 18, 1944, a daughter of William Henry and Leora Marguerite (Greenwood) Prue. J For many years Elaine Was a Certified Nursing Assistant at the Grafton County Nursing Home. She is a former Girl Scout and 4-H leader and served as a volunteer for a number of years with the Woodsville Ambulance. Elaine, for many years, sold Avon in the local area. She is also a communicant of St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Woodsville. She was predeceased by her siblings, Wyllian Thompson, Henry Prue, and Robert Prue. Survivors include her four children; Michael Montgomery and wife Elaine of Girard, OH, Harold Hill Jr, and wife Brandy ofLondonderry, VT, Jamie Hill and Kimberly Leonard of St. Albans, VT, and Sandra Erskine and husband Shawn of Claremont, NH; 12 grandchil- dren; 10 great grandchildren; two great, great grandchildren; nieces, nephews, and cousins. Calling hours will be held March 29 from 10:30 a.m.to noon, and a funeral service will begin at'noon at Ricker Funeral Home, l Birch Street, Woodsville, with Father Maria Sebastian Susairaj, HGN, officiating from the St. Joseph’s Catholic Church, Woodsville. Spring burial will be held at the convenience of the family in the St. Joseph’s Catholic Cemetery, Bath. Ricker Funeral Home and Crema- tion Care of Woodsville in charge of arrangements. For more information or to Sign an online condolence, visit www.rickerfh.com. . ORFORD SENIOR CENTER ORFORD—The Orford Senior Center meets on' Tuesday for lunch at 11:30 .m. at the Orford Congregational Church. There is usually a program as well. r CHEVROLET Ccdllloc mm nounsnnnm www.cnllvcllevrolet.eom MllllTl'EllEll o 802-223-6331 \ Delivering On A Promise . Q mam Propane Heating Oil ' Diesel . Heating Equipment Installations 189 Railroad St, St. Johnsbury, VT * North Haverhill, NH 802 748-8934 800 222-9276 603 787- oRivendell (continued from page 1) However, he continued, “We need to spend this money for the well-being of our children and for the district. We can’t go backwards.” “The cost of living is more than five percent,” said Cameron Buster of Fairlee. “We need to at least tread water.” She and Nancy Murphy of Orford turned people’s attention to the budget detail in the annual report. Eighty percent of the increase is due to benefits, Murphy said, adding that the only way to adjust the “incredibly expensive” health insur- ance is to “talk to your congressmen and senators.” “Everybody here has worked tremendously hard to put a budget together that is fair and that will educate our students,” she said, adding a plea to support them and “pass this budget.” “I do not support this budget,” said Cathy Eastburn of Orford, stating, “it will not directly benefit the students of Rivendell. The money should be invested in them and their future, not in administra- tion and everything else.” Patrick Fomier of West F airlee decried inadequate funding for music, the arts and physical educa- tion. He also called for the budget to be voted down. “I too would like to see more money for music and physical education,” said Katie Knowles of Fairlee, but “if we don’t invest in our teachers, we will lose the thing that is going right. We have to pay for it; there’s no way around it.” , At 8 pm, Robert O’Leary o Fairlee called the question, and paper ballots were called for. The budget passed by a vote of 129 to 66. Article 5 asked to add $30,000 to the capital reserve fund which, Hooke said, had a current balance of $127,000. Putting in her plug for passing the article, Hooke said, “When we built all of these buildings to start Rivendell, we borrowed a lot of money. Our debt interest is going down every year, and every year, those buildings are getting older, so we need to be taking some of that savings and put it into the future for our capital expenses.” Arbour said the district plans to set aside $20,000 in each of the next three years to replace “antiquated” network switches expected to cost $60,000. The other $10,000 is to replenish the facilities portion of the capital reserve fund, she said, adding that some “of the reported balance has already been tapped for current projects. . After some further back and forth, O’Leary moved the question, and the article passed easily in a voice vote. The voters quickly voted to authorize the school board to apply for, accept and expend money from governmental or private sources that becomes available during the 2019-20 school year. 0% ‘ “Other business” opened with a question about the auditors’ report Y which Burger answered. Then Blanchard encouraged ev- eryone to “get more people to come and participate.” He noted that some of the appropriation voted on in Article 4 comes from “other people’s money” in the form of tuition and grants. “Other people’s money is the best kind of money to get,” he said. Blanchard also thanked the superintendent who “has worked tremendously hard, well beyond the hours for which she was paid, so Rivendell has been able to stay organized and healthy and able to support the education our kids need.” Buster led a round of applause in memory of Russ Smith, “a man who volunteered many, many hours at Fairlee Elementary and Samuel Morey for many, many years. . . just because he loved us.” Before the business meeting was adjourned, moderator David Hooke noted that turnouts in recent years have been in the low 100s, “but this year we were almost 200, so we’re headed in the right direction,” he said. Election results Rivendell has two new board members following elections that drew a total of 209 voters from: across the district. . Rebecca Wurdak was elected with 15 votes to fill West Fairlee’s three-year vacancy on the board. Jason Knowles was elected with 35 votes as a write-in candidate for three years as a Fairlee board member. He replaces David Gagner who did not file for reelection but received seven write-in votes. Incumbents were reelected in the two contested races for the school board. Marc DeBois re- ceived 55 votes to represent Orford for three more years, over chal- lenger Misty Sinsigalli who re- ceived 34 votes. And Katherine Blanchard of Orford will serve another one-year term as member- at-large, having received 142 votes to Dawn Taylor’s 37. Incumbent moderator David Hooke (190 votes) and auditor Mark Burger (170) were on the district ballot and. were also reelected to a one-year and three-year term, re- spectively. Three other district positions remain open as no one had filed to be on the ballot and no one received the 27 votes that would be required for election to a district-wide position. The board is looking for volunteers to appoint as district clerk, treasurer and an auditor from Vermont for one year. Further, the board will have to appoint a new member from F airlee to serve for one year, following Bruce Lyndes’s, resignation last month. Email: crichardson@jonews. com. 2019 Introductory Membership Special $395*plus sales tax *for anyone who was not a member In 2018 See our website for details! . Our Advantage 0 Lessons 0 Clinics 0 Leagues 0 No Tee Times 0 Pro Shop 0 Friendly Atmosphere WWw.bradfordgolfclubinc.com Bradford, VT 2088 800) 788-3002 STEE ARO 6:00am-10:00am tine. YOUR COUNTRY IS... PENNY MITCHELL 10:003m-3:00pm C01 WVKR‘FM WYKR 101.3 ’FM / WTWN AM 1100 P. O. BOX 875 I 1047 US Route 302 ‘ Wells Rlver, VT. 05081-0675 > ' (802)757-2773 (603)747-2770 Fax: (802) 757-2774 www.mykncom March 2 7, 2019—JOURNAL OPINION—Page 7 oDistrict (continued from page 1) will be able to vote for all four positions. In fiiture years, voters can change school board composition and the process for election. Due to state deadlines, the election of the district board and the approval of the budget must move forward quickly. Both the election and the annual meeting, must be warned 30 to 40 days in advance. Because a district board must be in place in order to warn the budget for the annual meeting, a special election will be required in 2019. Knisley recommended May 7, a Tuesday, for the election of the permanent board members and the transitional board officially set the date during their first meeting later in the evening. Voters were tasked with deter— mining dates and locations for the district’s 2019 annual meeting as well as all subsequent annual meetings. Knisley recommended that the 2019 meeting be set for June 17, roughly two weeks before the start of the new fiscal year. Lucas Barrett ofBradford moved for the 2019 annual meeting to take place on June 17 at 6 pm. at Oxbow High School. Following some discussion of an amendment pro- posed by Bud Haas of Bradford to add langiage setting the date “unless the State of Vermont allows for a one year delay for the merger of this district” the motion was passed without change. If a delay were to happen during the process of establishing the new district, the permanent board would continue planning for the 2020 school year while the three existing school boards would continue to oversee the schools. This would likely mean existing under the state’s default budget statute that allows Districts to operate at 87 percent of their previous budget until individual budgets were passed. Afier' some debate, the date for future annual meetings was set for the Second Tuesday evening inApril. Much of the meeting’s discus- sion centered around the question of whether to utilize Australian ballots for both the election of board members and the adoption of the budget. The, alternative to the Australian ballot would be district meetings with votes on the floor under Robert’s Rules of Order. Some voters including Haas and Claude Phipps of Newbury felt strongly that Australian ballots limit democracy, as they do not allow for voters to engage in discussion and propose amendments. Josh Allen of Bradford also argued against the Australian ballot as he believes attendance of a meeting and voting from the floor allows voters to be more informed. oPiermont (continued fiorn page I) valuation compared to $14.84 in 2019. The local education tax is $15.91 and the state education tax is $2.24. Moderator J oyce‘Tompkins in- troduced newly elected school boardmember RebeccaAckennann and treasurer Andrea Holland and Janene Robie who is retiring after having served on the board for Six years—allreceived a rousing ova- tion. At the end of the meeting Abigail Metcalf Underhill thanked the teachers and support staff at the village school for providing the students with an excellent educa- tion. TAD SVENDSON 3:00pm-8:00pm 101.3 Others such as Bob Wing of Bradford and Bill Ellithorpe of Newbury felt that voting by Austra- lian ballot is more democratic as the process can often lead to more voter participation through a larger tum- out. Ultimately, many residents ap- peared swayed when they learned that as an Australian ballot would need to be warned 30 to 40 days in advance of May 7 all candidates would be required to submit their petitions by April 1 . With the 2019 timeline many felt that nominating and electing board members from the floor at a special meeting made sense though Australian ballot could potentially be preferable in future. Haas moved to elect board members from the floor and the . motion was passed. Tthe transitional board later voted to hold the special meeting to elect permanent board members on May 7 at 6 pm. at Oxbow High School. Bradford Elementary School officials com- mitted to coordinating child care during the meeting. The use of Australian ballot for the approval of the district budget was voted down with 22 votes for and 30 against with a number of qualified voters choosing to abstain. The budget will be voted on from the floor at the annual meeting. Both decisions regarding the Australian ballot apply to future years though the electorate may vote to change them in future. During the course of the meeting, residents also voted to allow—the district board to determine the salaries for the moderator, clerk and treasurer. The district board was also authorized to pay for expenses incurred before the district be- comes fully operational such as election and advertising expenses, and to borrow money in advance of payments from the state education fundif necessary. The board was will continue to mail paper copies of the budget to all residents in a vote after a 33-17 vote. Residents also set compensa- tion rates for permanent board members. Bob Wing moved to compensate board members $2,000 per year and the board chair $2,500 per year. The motion was passed. Earlier in the meeting, Scott Labun of Newbury was elected moderator. Newbury Town Clerk Nikki Tomlinson was elected clerk of the district and Lyn Fischer of Bradford was elected treasurer. All of the officers were elected unanimously. Labun officially adjourned the meeting at 7:59 p.m., nearly two hours after it began. -River Bend 0 (continued from page 1) Hampshire and Vermont. He also said he and the staffhave developed a number of standalone classes designed to increase the number of students attending class at RBCTC. Currently, most students sign up for a program of study at River Bend. These classes are designed for students who may not want to commit to an entire program of study. There are seven classes in all covering woodwork, metalwork, nutrition, baking, multimedia, inter- active design, and land management. He said the seven classes are aligned with the Oxbow class schedule, but will be open to students from other sending schools as well. Email: editor@jonews.com. Ryegate farm awarded grant MONTPELIER—The Working Lands Enterprise Initiative and governing board deployed $823,000 in grants and contracts for 2019 to 18 agriculture and forestry busi- nesses ahd service providers around ‘ the state. Among the recipients was Farm and Creamery in Ryegate, which received a $20,000 award. Auto racing exhibit set to close BARREr—The last day of the “Anything for Speed: Automobile Racing in Vermont Exhibit” is March 30 at the Vermont History Center. On the last day at 2 pm, there will be a. special discussion: Building a Racing Engine: Past, Present, and Future. Dave Dion, John Keefer, and Lloyd, Hutchins will talk about what it takes to build and run a racing engine, with a special focus on the development of racing engines fi'om flatheads to today.