Month: June 2016


FRANKLIN – Martha Jane Olmstead, age 87, passed away Tuesday morning, June 28, 2016 at her home with her son at her side. She was born June 28, 1929 in St. Albans the only child of the late Winfred and Helen (Richard) Riley. Martha Jane was a lifelong resident of Franklin and a 1947 graduate of Franklin High School. She was also a 1949 graduate of Vermont Junior College in Montpelier. Following graduation from college Martha Jane worked at the Division of Markets with the Vermont Department of Agriculture for three years. She then worked as the Assistant Town...

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GEORGIA — Florence Carmen Bechard a lifelong area resident passed away early Wednesday, June 29, 2016, at The Residence at Shelburne Bay. Born in Highgate on May 29, 1926, she was the daughter of the late Napoleon and Berthe (Viens) Cadieux. Florence was 90 years old. On October 23, 1945, in Holy Angels Church, she married Jean Paul “Johnny” Bechard, who preceded her in death on December 21, 2010. They were married for 65 years and in that time they raised their family and operated a farm in Georgia. Survivors include her daughters, Jeanne, Jeannette, Deanne, Bernadette and Carmen;...

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Experts: trauma damages memory

ST. ALBANS CITY — Difficulty remembering details of traumatic experiences is common for victims, according to experts, including when the source of the trauma is sexual assault. “More and more we’re learning about how trauma affects the brain,” said Kris Lukens, director of Voices Against Violence which provides advocacy and support services to victims of domestic and sexual assault. “You never have somebody who has a perfect memory,” she added. “You never have a perfect case, or a perfect victim. Many victims come to question their own memories. They’re fragmented. How do you remember back four or five years...

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SADDLE RIVER, N.J./ST. ALBANS — Dr. Paul Alan Prior, a resident of Saddle River, N.J., passed away on Sunday, March 13, 2016. He was born in St. Albans on Nov. 5, 1925, where he attended high school and played basketball and baseball for St. Mary’s. He enlisted in the army following graduation and served in the infantry at Fort McClellan, Ala. He was selected to attend Officer’s Candidate School at Fort Knox, Ky. Upon graduation he was commissioned as a lieutenant in the Armored Corps. Lt. Prior was assigned to the South Pacific Theater as an Armored Officer. His last assignment was as a Company Commander in the World War II Occupation Army in Tokyo, Japan with the 1st Cavalry Division. Following discharge from the Army, he attended the University of Vermont, where he played football, and received an undergraduate degree in 1948. He then entered the University of Vermont Medical School and was conferred a medical degree in 1952. During his academic years, he was an Executive Officer in a company attached to the National Guard of the 43rd Infantry Division of Vermont. Dr. Prior then took training in the specialty of Radiology, being certified by the American College of Radiology in 1956. He was promoted to Assistant Professor of Radiology at Upstate Medical Center in Syracuse, New York and became Director of Radiology at St. Joseph’s Hospital...

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BURLINGTON — Our dear sister and friend Molly E. Jarvis passed away at the Vermont Respite House on June 27, 2016, surrounded by family and close friends. Born in Moses Lake, Wash., she was the daughter of the late Richard and Doris Jarvis. She grew up in St. Albans, where she graduated from Central Catholic High School. Molly received her Bachelor’s Degree from Trinity College and a Masters Degree in Social Work from UVM. She worked as a social worker for the Department of Children and Families where she touched the lives of many people with her caring and...

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