George A. Spear

Grand Isle, Vermont: George, another member of Tom Brokaw’s Greatest Generation, has slipped away.  Feisty to the end, George found peace on January 2, 2017, after more than 100 years of living life to the fullest on his terms.  Business man, patriot, husband, father, uncle, grand and great-grand parent and, of course, curmudgeon, George will join his beloved wife, Elinor; stepson, Jack Shivery; father, Harold A. Spear; mother, Sarah Savage Spear; stepmother, Sarah O’Connor Spear; brothers, Kenneth and Leo; and sisters, Genevieve, Ruth and Helen, and everyone whom he loved, including his beloved Labradors who have patiently waited for him at Rainbow Bridge to cross into the Kingdom of Heaven together. Continue reading “George A. Spear”


ST. ALBANS: A Fairfield woman is facing a DUI charge after she called 911 on Christmas day to report a family dispute.

According to Trooper Skelly, 42-year-old Kimberly Duffel called 911 at around 6pm to report a family fight. She told the operator that she was leaving the scene of the fight.

Police later located Duffel on 104 in St. Albans while driving her vehicle.

A breath test indicated that Duffel was driving with an elevated level of alcohol in her system, 0.152%, according to police.

Duffel is due in court on February 27th to answer to the charge of DUI.


WILLISTON: A Milton teen found himself in handcuffs on Tuesday evening after police say they saw him speeding down Interstate 89.

According to Trooper Wagner, Jacob Kennedy, 18, of Milton was caught traveling 95 miles per hour in a 55 mile per hour zone.

The trooper said that Vermont State Police officers were out doing a “high visibility enforcement detail during rush hour traffic when they encountered Wagner.

He’ll be due in court on January 31 to answer to the charge of Careless and Negligent Operation of a Motor Vehicle.

Beatrice Jane Roy

Beatrice Jane Roy, 88, a longtime resident of Winooski died peacefully 0n Friday, December 23, 2016 at Burlington Health and Rehabilitation Center surrounded by her loving family.

Beatrice was born in Winooski on August 25, 1928, the daughter of Aaron and Cora (Aubin) Hutchins. She graduated from Alburg High School in 1946.

Beatrice was married in Alburg on March 21, 1951 to E. Bernard Roy of Winooski.

She enjoyed puzzles, Word Finds and reading but mostly spending time with her family and friends, especially at the family camp in Alburg.

Beatrice is survived by her husband of 65 years, E. Bernard Roy; ten children and their spouses, Virginia Lapan, Michael and Amy Roy, Mary and David Nolan, James and Dianna Roy, Laura Yenkavitch and Jim Chouinard, Carlene Smyth, Charlene Roy, Jane and Michael Viens, Ronald and Carla Roy, and Julia and Brady Harvey; 20 grandchildren; several great-grandchildren; her brothers, Henry Hutchins and Ernest and Bernice Hutchins; her sister, Rosella and Herman Hansen; many nieces, nephews and cousins; and close family friends, Dawn Pouliot and Tom LaVigne.

She was predeceased by her son-in-law, Gerry Lapan; her great-grandson, Brennan Smyth; and her sister-in-law, Jean Hutchins.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Wednesday, December 28, 2016 at 1 pm at St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church in Winooski. Interment will follow at St. Francis Xavier Cemetery. At Bea’s request, there will be no visiting hours. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to Vermont/American Lung Association, 372 Hurricane Lane, Williston, VT 05495 or St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, Memorial and Honor Program-F, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105-1905. Arrangements are with LaVigne Funeral Home and Cremation Service, 132 Main St., Winooski, VT.