Michael J. Smith

BERKSHIRE – Michael J. Smith, age 33, passed away unexpectedly on Saturday, April 21, 2018 as a result of an automobile accident.

He was born in Burlington on May 12, 1984 to Joseph & Tammy (Reed) Smith of Berkshire.

Michael lived his life on the edge and had a strong desire for adrenaline. He loved riding dirt bikes, going snowboarding, hunting, fishing, and anything he could do to the extreme. Michael was also a hard worker and he started Green Mountain Wall Systems about 5 years ago. He enjoyed sugaring with his Dad, and recently referred to himself as “Maple Mike”. He was also great with children and he was cherished by his nieces & nephews, they would always look forward to family gatherings with him. Michael will be remembered by his infectious smile and back breaking bear hugs.

He is survived by his wife, Kristen Smith and their beloved dog, Trapper; his parents, Joe & Tammy Smith of Berkshire; brother, Alex Smith and his wife Nichole of Hood River, OR; father-in-law, Joey Knoff and his wife Judy of Enosburgh; mother-in-law, Anne Ouellette and her husband James of Enosburgh; siblings-in-law, Sarah Demianenko of Calera, AL, Adam Gleason and his wife Ina of Essex, Ben Knoff and “Duke” of Georgia; Kendra King and her husband Andy of Franklin, Kaitlin Knoff, and Sarah Ouellette of Westford; nieces & nephews, Leland, Natalia, Alexandru, Jenna, Brayden, Kyler, and Akyah; maternal grandmother, Jeannine Buehler; paternal step-grandfather, Rene Demers; aunts & uncles, Tom Smith and his wife Phyllis, Sue Hogan and her significant other Bob Peters, Charlie Smith and his wife Deanna, Andy Smith, Marie Hathaway and her husband Andrew, Melody DeGrenier and her husband Ray, Kevin Reed and his wife Joann, and Greg Sheldon and many, many special cousins and friends. Michael was predeceased by his paternal grandparents, Gerry Smith & Clara Demers; maternal grandfather, Rayburn Reed; and his aunt, Kathleen Sheldon.

Visitation will be held on Thursday, April 26, 2018 from 4-7:00 PM at Spears Funeral Home, 96 Dickenson Ave., Enosburg Falls.

A Funeral service will be held Friday, April 27, 2018 at 2:00 PM at Spears Funeral Home.

For those who wish, contributions in Michael’s memory may be made to Franklin County Animal Rescue, 30 Sunset Meadows, St. Albans, VT 05478 or a charity of your choice.

Anita Burnham

ALBURGH – Anita Jones Burnham, age 89, passed away on Thursday, April 19, 2018, at her daughter’s home in Alburgh.

She was born in Cambridge, Vermont, on March 22, 1929, to the late Raymond & Elizabeth (Barrows) Jones.

 She graduated from Peoples Academy in Morrisville.  Following graduation, she met and married William Burbank. Together they relocated from Newport to Vergennes where Anita worked for Simmonds Precision and Addison County Counseling until her retirement.  Anita was active, physically and fraternally. She was a member of the Order of the Eastern Star – Otter Creek Chapter #74 for 63 years. During her active years, she served many chairs on the local and state level. She was also a member of the Cairo Temple Shrine Lady Orientals, the American Legion Auxiliary in Vergennes, and the Senior Center in Middlebury. She enjoyed traveling, camping, boating, and spending time with her family.

 She is survived by her children, Willeen Lamphere Burbank of Alburgh, VT and Michael Burbank and his wife Diane of Moriah, NY; grandchildren, Christopher Kayhart and his wife Lynn, Paul Kayhart and his wife Laura, William Burbank, and Sarah Burbank, Bryan Lamphere and Judson Lamphere, great-grandchildren, Reagan, Parker, Anna and Burk. Her brother, Carroll Jones and his wife Arlene, and sister, Mary McQuin and several nieces & nephews. In addition to her parents, Anita was predeceased by her first husband, William Burbank; second husband, Howard Bohlen; third husband, Dwight Burnham Jr; her son-in-law, Michael Lamphere; a grandson, Ian Lamphere; and three brothers, Malcom, Gerald and Edwin.

A Celebration of Life will be held on Friday, April 27, 2018, at The Islands In The Sun Senior Center, Main Street, in Alburgh, at 11 AM.  

In lieu of flowers, donations in Anita’s name can be sent to Order of Eastern Star Otter Creek Chapter, 1853 Greenbush Road, Ferrisburgh, VT 05473.

Cedric C. White Sr.

BAKERSFIELD – Cedric C. White Sr., age 86, passed away on Monday, April 16, 2018, with his family at his side at the St. Albans Health & Rehab facility.

He was born in Marshfield, VT on August 22, 1931, to the late Bill & May (Brown) Lunge and Rolla White. He was one of nine children.

Cedric’s life revolved around farming. After attending school in Bakersfield, he started working at farms around Franklin County and then began working at Worthmore Feeds in Brattleboro. While living in southern Vermont, he met and married Evelyn (Woodley) on April 25, 1953. He returned to Franklin County with his family in 1967. Cedric owned farms in Enosburg, Berkshire and East Fairfield; he bought the farm in Enosburg in 1967, Berkshire in 1982 and settled in East Fairfield in 1988. He was very active in the farming community and helped with several organizations including the UVM Extension Service, Farm Bureau, and 4-H. Cedric retired from farming in 2000.

He is survived by his children, Marie McRae and her husband Gordon of St. Albans, Elaine Rizzo and her husband Robert of Charlotte, NC, Darren White of Bakersfield, Teresa Robert and her husband Garth of Enosburg and Cedric White Jr. and his wife Dawn of East Fairfield; several grandchildren, Rachel Repetto, Sara Hanson, Abraham, Samuel, Joanna, Jessamyn, Logan & Annalisa McRae, Melissa Button, Tiffany Rizzo, David Burns and Ashley, Heather, Cedric III & Hunter White; 19 great grandchildren; his sister, Naomi Lunge of St. Albans and many nieces & nephews. Besides his parents, Cedric was predeceased by his wife, Evelyn White; a newborn son, Emery White; 2 grandchildren, Daniel & Marc McRae; 2 great-grandchildren, David Repetto and Kiara McRae and 7 siblings.

In keeping with Cedric’s wishes, there will be no public services.

For those who wish, contributions in Cedric’s memory may be made to the Lucas James Williams Youth Fund, P.O. Box 85, Bakersfield, VT 05442.

Janice D. Longe

ENOSBURG FALLS – Janice D. Longe Marston, age 91, passed away surrounded by her loving family on Tuesday, April 17, 2018, at her home in Enosburg Falls.

She was born in Montgomery on April 24, 1926, to the late Donald & Lillian (Greene) Garrow.

Janice is a former resident of Sheldon and Barton. She was a hard-working mother, farmer, and housekeeper for many years. In her younger years, Janice enjoyed deer hunting, fishing, snowmobiling and playing Bingo. She was the best mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and great-great-grandmother anyone could ask for. Recently she enjoyed trips to the casino with Ron, listening to western country music and visiting with her friends at Brownway. Janice was a member of St. John the Baptist Church in Enosburg Falls.

She is survived by her son, Ronald Longe Sr. and his wife Rose of Sheldon; two grandchildren, Ron Longe Jr. of New York, NY and Jenn Regan and her husband Darrell of Sheldon; two great grandchildren, Adam Regan and his wife Tiffany of Sheldon and Hayley Regan of New York, NY; two great great grandchildren, Addison & Rylee; her step-daughter, Sandy Wilson and her children Tyler, Shawn & Brian and their families; sisters, Guyneth Hauter of Katy, TX and Helen Ashton of St. Albans; brother-in-law, Richard Longe of Sheldon; sister-in-law, Kathryn Dulude of Enosburg Falls; special nephew, Gordon Garrow and his wife Rita; beloved friends, Linda Epply, Bonnie Goodhue & Carol Jackson; several close friends from Brownway including Arlene Ploof and several nieces & nephews. Besides her parents, Janice was predeceased by her first husband, Clifton Longe Sr.; second husband, Richard Marston; her son, Clifton Longe Jr.; her grandson-in-law, Jerome Grant and her brothers, James & Edward Garrow.

Visitation will be held on Sunday, April 22, 2018, from 4-7:00 PM at Spears Funeral Home, 96 Dickinson Ave., Enosburg Falls.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held Monday, April 23, 2018, at 11:00 AM at St. John the Baptist Church, Missisquoi St., Enosburg Falls. Interment will follow in St. John the Baptist Cemetery.

For those who wish, contributions in Janice’s memory may be made to Franklin County Home Health – Hospice Program, 3 Home Health Circle, St. Albans, VT 04578 or to the University of Vermont Cancer Center, The Courtyard at Given, 4th Floor North, Burlington, VT 05405.

COPS INVESTIGATE JEFFERSONVILLE BANK ROBBERY

Vermont State Police are looking for a female who they say robbed the Union Bank on Route 15 in Jeffersonville Wednesday morning.

According to Trooper Benjamin Katz, the suspect was described as 5’2” to 5’5” tall. Police suspect the woman is in her mid-20s to mid-30s.

The call came into police headquarters at about 10:48 am, according to police who immediately converged on the area.

The woman handed the teller a note but did not display a weapon. She then fled on foot to a waiting vehicle, believed to be a white colored car with a large rust spot on the rear passenger side quarter panel. That vehicle was driven by a second female, according to police.

If you have any information that may assist police in locating the suspects, you are asked to contact State Police at the Williston Barracks, 878-7111.

‘GUN SAFETY’ POLL BACKFIRES

By Gregory J. Lamoureux
County Courier

State Representative Cynthia Weed sent her supporters a survey two weeks ago, asking for their opinion on gun safety issues.

The poll coincided with the Vermont House taking up S.55, a controversial bill that was modified in the House to include provisions that would increase the age citizens could purchase weapons to 21 years old, ban the sale of high capacity magazines, mandate background checks on all gun sales, and criminalize the possession of bump stocks. Continue reading “‘GUN SAFETY’ POLL BACKFIRES”

MOST OF COUNTY’S REPRESENTATIVES OPPOSE NEW GUN REGULATION BILL

Legislators and visitors arrive on the opening day of the Legislature at the State House in Montpelier in January.

By Gregory J. Lamoureux
County Courier

A bill that was initially proposed by Senator Dick Sears to expand Vermont’s jurisdiction over regulated drugs and the ability to sell seized firearms was hijacked and turned into a gun control bill last month is now set to pass, if at least a dozen lawmakers don’t change their minds since Friday.

The House of Representatives approved the bill in an 85-59 rollcall vote, mostly along party lines.

The Senate added a provision to the bill to increase the background checks for almost all gun purchases as well as banning high capacity magazines and bump stocks.

The penalty of transferring a firearm to another person without completing a background check would be prison up to one year and a fine of up to $500.

As defined in the legislation, a high capacity magazine would include anything which would hold greater than ten rounds.

Bump stocks became more widely known after a mass shooting in Las Vagas left 58 people dead. The shooter took advantage of bump stocks on his firearms to increase the effective firing rate.

A Democrat from South Burlington, Martin LaLonde proposed banning assault weapons and adding a ten-day waiting period, but later withdrew that proposal.

If passed, and signed into law, the bill would require all firearm transfers to go through the Federal background check system unless it is for military members or law enforcement, if acting in an official capacity, or transfers among immediate family members.

Eileen “Lynn” Dickinson-R of St. Albans speaks with fellow lawmakers Brian Savage of Swanton, and Don Turner in this County Courier file photo.    Gregory J. Lamoureux, photo

In addition, the bill increases the minimum age of all gun purchases to 21 and bans all magazines with a capacity greater than ten rounds.

The penalty for transferring a firearm to anyone under the age of 21 would be up to one year in prison and a fine up to $1,000.

The ban on high capacity magazines does not affect those owned before the ban goes into effect. There is also an amendment that went into effect that would allow those under 21 to purchase firearms under certain conditions.

The House debated the legislation for about nine and a half hours on Friday before ultimately passing it.

The Franklin County Representatives who voted for the bill are Dan Connor of Fairfield, Kathleen Keenan of St. Albans City, and Cindy Weed of Enosburgh.

Speaker of the House Mitzi (D) from South Hero was ridiculed by some for not scheduling a public comment session on the proposed bill.

At one point, a Representative’s remarks drew great applause from gun-rights supporters, Speaker Mitzi Johnson, D-Grand Isle, was quick to respond, “The House will come to order.”

Voting in opposition of the bill were Franklin County Reps. Brian Savage of Swanton, Carl Rosenquist of Georgia, Albert “Chuck” Pearce of Richford, Corey Parent of St. Albans Town, Barbara Murphy of Fairfax, Eileen “Lynn” Dickenson of St. Albans City, Mariana Gamache of Swanton, and Steve Beyor of Highgate.

During discussion of the bill, St. Albans Representative Corey Parent told the body that he expected to introduce an amendment which would help to protect jobs at Century Arms, a firearms manufacturer located in Georgia, Vermont.

Despite the majority of public attendees dressed in bright Orange to show their opposition to the bill, Friday evening’s vote advanced the landmark legislation to its final vote on Tuesday.

The bill is expected to be voted on again Tuesday. If it passes, which it is expected to, the Senate would have to sign off on any changes the House made before being advanced to the Governor’s desk.

In addition to the control of the public’s access to firearms, the bill mandates that any firearms seized by the State of Vermont be transferred to a Federally licensed firearms dealer after 18 months of being unclaimed. The sales of those firearms would be split, two-thirds going to the police agency that seized the firearm, and one third to the State of Vermont.

You can contact your legislator using the contact information here:
• Steve Beyor, (Highgate, Franklin, Berkshire, Richford) 868-3456
• Dan Connor, (Fletcher, Fairfield, Bakersfield) 827-4436
• Eileen “Lynn” Dickinson, (St. Albans Town)524-3404
• Marianna Gamache, (Swanton, Sheldon) 393-1169
• Kathleen Keenan, (St. Albans City) 524-5013
• Barbara Murphy, (Fairfax) 849-6545
• Corey Parent, (St. Albans Town) 370-0494
• Albert “Chuck” Pearce, (Highgate, Franklin, Berkshire, Richford) 848-7813
• Carl Rosenquist, (Georgia) 527-7332
• Brian Savage, (Swanton, Sheldon) 868-3566, 782-9314
• Cynthia Weed, (Enosburgh, Montgomery) 933-2545