Author: Joel Lehman

MVU nets former UVM star

SWANTON — Most know Taylor Coppenrath as the former University of Vermont basketball star who helped lead a scrappy 13-seed over national powerhouse Syracuse in the first round of the 2005 NCAA tournament. After a 10-year career playing ball in Europe, the 35-year-old has taken on a task almost as challenging as knocking off a 4-seed: turning around a struggling Missisquoi Valley Union (MVU) girls basketball program whose last win came in 2015. Following retirement, Coppenrath has spent the last two years teaching and coaching in an assistant role at his alma mater, St. Johnsbury Academy, while living with...

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Trivia wiz

ST. ALBANS BAY — This local woman is a national trainer for the Mental Health First Aid USA organization, a mother of two and Thursday night she appeared on the iconic television game show Jeopardy. Who is St. Albans resident Liz Reardon? The country was introduced yesterday evening to Franklin County’s trivia ace with her second-place performance on the syndicated game show. Reardon, 62, watched Jeopardy frequently even when she was in grade school, but doesn’t consider herself a devoted fan. Still, an avid reader of historical nonfiction and a frequent traveler, Reardon is enough of a trivia junky...

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Eunice Messier Benham

ST. ALBANS — Mrs. Eunice Messier Benham, age 83, passed away at her home, Nov. 25, 2016. Interment will be Saturday, June 10, 2017 at 10 a.m., in the Benham family lot in St. Anthony’s Cemetery, Sheldon. Arrangements are entrusted to the Brady and Levesque Funeral Home and Commemorative...

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Donald Irwin Cross

ST. ALBANS — Donald Irwin Cross a longtime area resident passed away at the Northwestern Medical Center on Friday, May 19, 2017, with his loving family at his side. He was born in Northfield, Vermont on Nov. 18, 1924, the son of the late John I. and Dorothy L. (Thompson) Cross. Donald was 92 years old. Donald was educated in Northfield and on Aug. 26, 1949, in St. Albans, he married Isabell R. Richard, who survives him. He retired in 1986 following 41 years of service with the former Central Vermont Railroad. During his retirement, he worked at Burt...

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Bernard ‘Wayne’ Bushey

HIGHGATE CENTER — Bernard “Wayne” Bushey, age 80 years, passed away early Thursday morning, May 18, 2017, in the University of Vermont Medical Center with loving family at his side. Born in Sheldon on, March 16, 1937, he was the son of the late, Kenneth B. and Lucille B. (Bachand) Bushey. He graduated from the former Highgate High School and on, July 7, 1956, was married to the former Aleta Cooper who survives him. After graduating from High School, Wayne entered the U.S. Air Force where he served a four-year tour. After his military tour, he moved his wife, Aleta, and young family back to Highgate. He took over the management of the Highgate Mobile Station where he ran the business for a number of years before taking employment at the Sheldon Paper Mill, while at the same time working part time for Buster’s Mobile in Swanton. Wayne’s interest in making the town better started early. In 1961, the town received its fire protection from the town of Swanton. The voters of Highgate authorized the formation of a volunteer fire department. Wayne and a handful of individuals formed the Highgate Volunteer Fire Department. He was the department’s first chief and served in that position for five years. Always a hockey fan, he was often seen on Wednesday and Saturday nights on his roof trying to dial the antenna for...

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Dr Judy Fingergut, NMC, VT
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