October - CUPOLA INSTALLED ON MUSEUM ROOF - Leaf Peeping season - and a new fund raiser begins for the Knights of Columbus
Fall colors have been exceptional this year with dazzling displays of red, orange, and lime green! These photos were taken in Island Pond, at the Iron Bridge, Spectacle Pond, and on the bridge over Head of the Pond road. Plenty of bright shiny red berries, too. Is a colder than usual winter approaching here in the Northeast Kingdom?
Photographs by Sharon Biron.
The Iron Bridge, above. Notice the G.T.R stamp on top of the bridge. Colors of Spectacle Pond (right and below).
Above, Spectacle Pond looking pretty. Left, remember the gravel and sand pit near the tracks opposite Brighton Elementary school? Here's James describing the day he and the other boys crept out of school and ran to the top of the hill. Below, Birch Point.
Donating two 1980's Brighton Elementary sports jackets to the museum was Gina O'Keefe. Found by the school's former principal these jackets look great in the museum, thanks Gina! With a 1904 copy of the Island Pond Date Book is Gina's daughter Dayna Martin. Found by Dayna's grandmother Anne Doyon the book is a wonderful addition to the museum!
THE EDWARD LAMB MYSTERY
Edward Lamb died in Island Pond in 1880. The photo left shows his headstone in the Old Catholic cemetery on Pleasant Street. No death certificate seems to exist for Edward - and we can't find any mention of him in copies of the Essex County Herald for July 1880. Now a relative, Judith, is researching the Lamb family history and, like us, has tried everything to find out more but now we've reached an impasse. We would love to hear from you if you can shed light on the mystery!
Bucky Tardiff - the IPHS thanks you. We had a flooded furnace room in late September but Bucky fixed it fast!
Heading on down the road some..... we were so pleased to spot this old relic sitting quietly on a patch of land down near the Silvio Conte center, isn't she lovely!
Things are looking very scenic down in Bloomfield and North Stratford, look at these colors, what a delight!
Ray Joseph is on the mend!
Sending love and Best Wishes to all his friends is Ray, seen here recovering from his recent fall.
Ray's fractured arm and hip are coming along and he hopes to be enroute to Florida before winter sets in and it starts snowing here.
IPHS WINTER NEWSLETTER ready soon......your action packed newsletter is now at the printers and will be ready soon. Expect to receive your copy before the end of October! Also on the way to you soon will be a beautiful postcard courtesy of Eric Dufour, the IPHS Goodwill Ambassador. Dedicated to the late Pat Carbonneau (below) your newsletter is filled with photos, dedications, and stories about Pat's life as well as all the other articles you love, an update on the recent IPHS annual meeting, two mystery questions, a Christmas Tree train story about Austin 'Pop Pop' Brush (see photo right), photos of the wonderful donated relics now on display in the museum, and a poem you'll love!
1928 - 2021
KNIGHTS OF COLUMBUS COME TO THE RESCUE - IPHS MEMORIAL CUPOLA - DONATED BY FRANK & LUELLA ALLARD - AND DEDICATED TO LATE IPHS PRESIDENT LT. COL MARK C. BIRON - HAS NOW BEEN INSTALLED ON ROOF OF IPHS MUSEUM !
HEROIC VOLUNTEER KNIGHTS OF COLUMBUS SPRING INTO ACTION
PRESS RELEASE - NEWPORT DAILY EXPRESS
"What they've done is wonderful" said Sharon Biron, wiping away a tear as retired Grand Knight Maurice Brasseur of Newport Council #2285 and his son in law retired police officer Peter Czekaj installed a cupola onto the roof of the Island Pond Historical Society museum.
"The cupola was donated to the IPHS two years ago by Frank & Luella Allard in memory of my late husband Mark who served as this society's president twice, for a total of thirteen years. He was also newsletter editor for twenty years. Mark qualified as a customs inspector, working at the ports of Derby line and Norton, as had his father before him, Clifford Biron, and Mark was an army veteran who served his country for twenty eight years after starting out with the Hell on Wheels division, but for the past two years the cupola languished on the floor inside the museum because everyone I approached for help told me that 'hauling the cupola up to the roof' would be 'too much of a problem'. Companies didn't want to help. One person told me I'd need to hire a crane. Everyone I spoke with made it sound like such a problem.
The cupola was created by a disabled Navy veteran at Salem, N.H. Together with James O'Gorman I drove down to collect the cupola and bring it back to Island Pond. Earlier this year I mentioned the 'problem' of the cupola to retired grand sir knight of Gibbons Council #2285 in Newport Maurice Brasseur who shocked me when he said: "I don't think it's a problem, it sounds pretty simple. I'll ask the Knights of Columbus volunteers if they can help." Maurice gave me peace of mind and the confidence to believe this job would get done.
Maurice's refusal to see it as a 'problem' was refreshing, while his willingness to devote his energy and free time restored my faith. I hadn't only lost Mark, Frank and Luella Allard had also lost their son Eddie who died a few months before Mark. Getting the cupola onto the roof meant everything to me. I wanted it dedicated not just to Mark but also to Eddie but before mentioning it to Maurice Brasseur I couldn't find anyone to assist me.
Maurice arrived at the museum on Wednesday 6th October with his son in law Peter Czekaj who owns Blue Line Handyman services. They installed the cupola in two hours. And they made the job look effortless!
Maurice was full of enthusiasm. He and Peter strode over the museum's roof, they were fearless of the height. They made hauling the cupola up the side of the museum and installing it on the roof look effortless and easy. I'm so grateful to them both and also to the deputy Grand Knight Keith Mendart who came along for support and to offered advice.
The Knights in Newport are my all time heroes, they volunteer in the community and make a massively positive impact here in Island Pond, and in Newport and all the other places they help out at. They travel to disaster zones and areas hit by hurricanes and ask for nothing in return. Many of their costs, they pay from their own pockets. Yet the knights need help, too, there is always a shortage of funds for new honor guard uniforms.
Maurice was the only person to offer help. He did not wait to be asked. What he's done for me and Eddie Allard's family is beyond wonderful. Thank you Newport Council Gibbons #2285 for giving me peace of mind."
SHARON BIRON, PRESIDENT IPHS.