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A Life: Mary Louise Sayles ‘had a lot of compassion’
06-24-2024 4:58 PM

By PATRICK O’GRADY

WINDSOR — After years in nursing, Mary Louise Sayles had developed her own vision for care, but finding a place to make that vision a reality seemed a long shot.Sayles, in her early 50s, was administrator of the Sullivan County Nursing Home in Unity...

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A Life: Elaine Chase ‘was a very generous person’
05-18-2024 5:37 PM

By PATRICK O’GRADY

NORTH POMFRET — When landscapers came to cut the grass for Lysle and Elaine Chase, Elaine saw it as another opportunity to do what she had done so often in her life: Share with others.“My mother was an amazing baker, and when my father could no longer...


A Life: Richard Fabrizio ‘was not getting rich but was doing something that made him happy’
04-27-2024 5:01 PM

By PATRICK O’GRADY

NORTH HAVERHILL — Richard “Dick” Fabrizio cherished, and often reread, a letter he received about 35 years ago one March from a family that was returning from a vacation in the White Mountains the previous fall. They were looking for a place to pick...


A Life: Elaine Frank ‘knew when a little extra might help’
03-24-2024 9:06 PM

By PATRICK O’GRADY

NEWPORT — Elaine Frank knew when, where and how to do the right thing for others.She could establish an instant connection with a large, diverse audience when talking about firearms safety and suicide prevention, offer support and comfort to someone...


A Life: Bertha Brown ‘was a quiet backbone in so many areas’
02-25-2024 10:16 PM

By PATRICK O’GRADY

THETFORD CENTER — From her early years at Norwich Elementary School to her ministry later in life, Bertha Brown lived her faith of service every day and never wavered from her principles of dignity, acceptance and compassion for all.Brown felt a...


A Life: Royal Houghton ‘was never one who did things half way’
01-28-2024 8:15 PM

By PATRICK O'GRADY

ASCUTNEY — Royal Houghton struggled in elementary school, left high school after his junior year to join the Navy as World War II was winding down and he never earned a degree.Still his artistic talents, engineering aptitude, volunteer work...


A Life: Linda Wilson ‘always noticed what needed to be done’
01-15-2024 12:46 AM

By FRANCES MIZE

HARTFORD — Returning home from an errand run in a thunderstorm, Linda Wilson was stopped by a felled tree blocking the road. She got out of her car — where her young daughter Amy remained seated — slapped on some chaps and revved up a chainsaw, which...


A Life: Ella Perry ‘genuinely liked people and wanted to see that everyone got along’
11-27-2023 3:31 AM

By PATRICK O’GRADY

WINDSOR — Motorists who use the Cornish-Windsor Covered Bridge may at times wonder whether the anachronistic warning that failure to walk one’s horse across the bridge will result in a $2 fine was really enforced or whether it was put there to humor...


A Life: Herb Hodge advised others to ‘take it one day at a time and keep smiling’
10-29-2023 10:55 PM

By PATRICK O’GRADY

FAIRLEE — Herbert Hodge’s outlook on life could best be summed up in the William Butler Yeats quote, “There are no strangers here, only friends you haven’t met yet.” From his hometown of Fairlee to wherever he might travel, Hodge considered all those...


A Life: Paul Wright “Shultz” Langhans, 1961 – 2023
10-09-2023 5:26 AM

By NORA DOYLE-BURR

WOODSTOCK — Charles Andrew’s first job out of high school in the early 2000s was working as a dishwasher at the Prince & the Pauper restaurant on Elm Street.At first, Andrew, now 38, didn’t much like his boss, Paul Wright “Shultz” Langhans.“Shultz had...


A Life: Peggy Thorp ‘was critical to getting it all done’
09-25-2023 6:31 PM

By PATRICK O’GRADY

SOUTH STRAFFORD — It is not an exaggeration to say that just about everywhere you turn in South Strafford, you will likely see something Peggy Thorp had a hand in organizing, creating, renovating or acquiring.Whether it was the abundant recreational...


A Life: Loraine ‘Cookie’ Shand’s ‘mind was always going’
06-12-2023 7:34 PM

By NORA DOYLE-BURR

ASCUTNEY — In 1981, Loraine “Cookie” Shand told a Boston Globe reporter that she had decided to join the Ascutney Volunteer Fire Department six years earlier in order to spend more time with her husband.“At first I didn’t have much enthusiasm,” Shand...


A Life: Gordon Gillens could ‘talk to a child and he could stand up to the bully’
04-16-2023 6:05 PM

By PATRICK O’GRADY

PLAINFIELD — When Plainfield voters at Town Meeting approved a proposal to establish a police department in 1975, resident Steve Taylor, who supported the idea, remembers the words of the first chief, Terry Kelley.“He said, ‘Being police chief in...


A Life: Tony Patterson 1963 - 2022
02-07-2022 1:24 PM

By NORA DOYLE-BURR

ORFORD — For nearly 30 years, Tony Patterson was a fixture behind the counter at Patterson’s Grocery and Deli.In recent years, he put in as many as 80 hours a week and sometimes worked alone at the Orford store, which sits at the corner of Routes 10...

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