Island Pond Grieves
The loss of a good man is always a tragedy, in the case of Gaston Joseph Boisvert who passed away 1 November 2021 the loss is very great indeed, for Gaston was loved by all. A family man, Gaston had the respect of the entire community. Vice President Craig Goulet and I join with the IPHS executive and the members in offering our heartfelt sympathies to Gaston's grieving wife, Doris.
Gaston Joseph Boisvert
31 December 1956 - 1 November 2021
Hard to believe November has arrived already and the countdown to Christmas has begun! Leaves have fallen from the trees, the lake is shrouded in mist, and Thanksgiving is just around the corner!
Talking of mist, I was driving out of Island Pond towards Back Pond on Sunday 31st Ocober when I saw this patch of mist rolling across Back Pond. The foggy curtain completely covered the road. As soon as I got to the end of Back Pond, the mist disappeared!
This month we have two surprising and quite excellent updates for you in relation to IPHS Trustee and Chairman James H. O'Gorman, but first let's start with the results of the recent New Uniforms for Knights fund raiser which was started a few weeks ago in memory of IPHS member Sir Brother Knight Duane Powers who died in October.
As usual - the results of the fund raiser are excellent, better than ever expected. IPHS members have excelled and over achieved: when the Knights of Columbus installed the cupola on the roof of the museum last month a fund raiser was started for knights in need of uniforms. At a cost of $500 for each uniform, and with the cost of living being what it is, some knights were finding it difficult to make ends meet, never mind buy a new uniform for themselves.
Last year the uniform style was updated - hence the need for new uniforms. But, with not every knight possessing a new uniform some knights were unable to attend ceremonial functions or conduct honor guards at funerals. Instead, they had to sit it out at home or else turn up at ceremonies and funerals in their outdated uniform.
We were so impressed by how quickly retired Grand Knight Sir Maurice Brasseur and his team installed the cupola on the museum roof, they help communities all over Vermont, they assist in disaster zones, and they expect no thanks in return.When we heard of the shortage of uniforms for knights we decided to find a practical way to thank them, so the call went out to a small selection of IPHS Members, could they please assist we asked? In the space of a fortnight those members raised enough money not for one uniform for the Knights of Columbus but for FOUR uniforms!!
IPHS members of are every faith and none. Not all IPHS members are Catholic, not every IPHS member has heard of the Knights of Columbus. But where IPHS members excel is in their shared goal of working together for the higher good. They see the bigger picture and they understand how communities and groups can come together for the betterment of a community.
Thanks to the Knights of Columbus the Island Pond Historical Society museum now has a cupola on the roof dedicated to the memory of late IPHS president Lt. Col Mark C. Biron. The town of Island Pond - which consists of people from all walks of life, love seeing the cupola. It lights up at night thanks to the solar lamp, and fits in so well with the museum's architecture that passersby believe the cupola has been there forever!
Regardless of one's own political persuasion or religion, coming together to honor the memory of Brother Knight Duane Powers, and helping the Knights of Columbus by fund raising for new uniforms in his name has been the right thing to do. And it will always be the right thing to do. Anyone unable to understand how groups with diverse ideas can transcend their personal beliefs to work so well together for the good of the whole is someone who will always fail to grasp the bigger picture. The continued success of this society has always been due to its ability to interface with a diverse range of groups. Gibbons Council #2285 Newport were moved by the great news that enough for four uniforms was raised. Their knights in need will receive a new uniform this Christmas - thanks to the select group of IPHS members who made it happen. Each new uniform jacket will have a navy and gold embroidered tag sewn inside like these:
Gibbons Council #2285 extend their sincere thanks to you for your immediate response to this call for help. IPHS members do not sit around on their laurels. When they start a project they finish it. And when a call for help comes in they answer it. IPHS members are detail oriented and results-driven, and not handicapped by partisan beliefs. By joining toogether and keeping our eye on the bigger picture we have enjoyed one success after another, starting with the renovations of the museum which officially opened in August 2018 to this latest endeavor in memory of Duane Powers who can be seen above right at the museum's official opening.
THE IPHS DEDICATES THIS PAGE TO SIR BROTHER KNIGHT DUANE GEORGE POWERS
THE FOLLOWING IPHS MEMBERS WHO CAME TO THE AID OF THE NEW UNIFORMS FOR KNIGHTS PROJECT
THE IPHS & KNIGHTS OF COLUMBUS EXTEND THEIR SINCERE GRATITUDE TO THE FOLLOWING MEMBERS
Paul & Beverley Reynolds
Mr. & Mrs. Don Hunt
Morris & Teresa McKenney
Norman Stafford Grearson
Mr. & Mrs. Dale Meehan
Carol Barnes Carlisle
Mrs. Janice Fournier
Dan & Pamela Valente
Mrs. Ernestine K. Sloan
Mr. & Mrs. Thomas Bresse
Mr. Douglas Stafford Otis
Andrew Cole, Esq.
Mr. Bob Johnson, Sr.
Mrs. Susan Stafford Moeykens
Mrs. Nancy Cameron Keough
Mrs. Irma Hartigan
OUR SINCERE THANKS TO ALL THOSE ABOVE.
IPHS HOME MADE DANDELION WINE CONTEST WINNERS NOW ANNOUNCED !
IPHS DANDELION WINE JUDGES
MRS. PAULETTE O'BAR
AND TIM O'BAR
Back in the summer hopeful contestants went gathering carrier bags of dandelions, all in the quest to produce the best home made dandelion wine for the IPHS competition!
By October the contestants had been whittled down to two promising finalists - Carmen Gunn of the Norton and Island Pond post office, and James H. O'Gorman of the Island Pond Historical Society.
The finals were held in the IPHS museum in mid October in the presence of the dandelion Queen Vanessa Goulet, Carmen Gunn, James O'Gorman, and IPHS president Sharon Biron. Light refreshments were served while guests waited anxiously for the judge's decision!
No easy task was it for the judges, both home mades were pronounced 'superb' by judges Paulette O'Bar and Tim O'Bar but - a winner there had to be, and we can now announce the 2021 IPHS Dandelion Wine winner is JAMES H. O'GORMAN
His dandelion wine offering was described as smooth, buttery, and tasty. Miss Gunn's offering was described as 'tasting like a festive delicious champagne'.
1st prize James O'Gorman
2nd prize Carmen Gunn
Both winners were presented with trophies and certificates, while the lady judge and dandelion queen received bouquets. Judge Tim O'Bar received a certificate of appreciation.
CONGRATULATIONS ARE IN ORDER FOR
JAMES H. O'GORMAN - NOW CONFIRMED AS NEW TOWN MANAGER FOR COLEBROOK NH.
Hot on the heels of his success as 2021 IPHS Dandelion wine winner, James O'Gorman has recently accepted the role of Town Manager for Colebrook, NH.James began his duties in Colebrook on 8 November and is liking it well. All who know and respect him send James their Best Wishes and Congratulations.
Since his retirement in 2019 as manager of Rutland County Waste and manager of the town of Pittsford, VT. James has devoted his time in Island Pond to strengthening the IPHS and enlarging the IPHS memorial department. He is looking forward to his new role in Colebrook. His involvement with the IPHS will continue at the same exciting fast pace, and it is now hoped that residents in Colebrook will hear about the IPHS and become new members in due course!
Congratulations James, this is a well deserved new challenge for you and a role in which we know you will succeed.
FASCINATING NEWS .....THE NORTON HISTORICAL SOCIETY HAS NOW FORMED!
Dedicated to the late Lt. Col Mark C. Biron whose parents and ancestors were born in Norton, and with a focus on the customs post, logging, and mills of the town, the Norton Historical Society has now been formed and its president is ready to invite you to join as a member.
Created to bring the history of Norton to a wider audience and to be run completely independently of the Island Pond Historical Society, Inc. the creation of a Historical Society for Norton is long overdue. Norton has a wealth of interesting history to share.
Previously, a historical society named THE THREE TOWNS - covering Norton, Averill, and Stanhope existed, connected with that society were the late Clifford F. Biron, and Pat Hadlock and Franklin Henry.
The THREE TOWNS historical society temporarily closed in 2015.
Hopefully, the THREE TOWNS historical society will one day be brought back to life and recreated because Norton has a great history. Like so many frontier towns, Norton has plenty of room for two or even three historical societies! Pictured below, the beautiful Norton lake.
For more information please contact the president of Norton Historical Society at firstname.lastname@example.org or by mail at po box 391, Island Pond, VT 05846.
GET WELL & BEST WISHES TO...
We hear this morning (11 November) that Ray Joseph who completed his month of physiotherapy at Newport Health Center on 20 October, and who returned to his home in Florida - where he went into hospital there for a series of health checks, is now back home in his Florida apartment and doing well in the sunshine, we wish you all the best Ray!
Alain Roy of Derby is still waiting for a kidney to be found. If you can help why not get in touch with Alain's wife, Sharon Roy.
Best wishes also go out to Muriel Maw O'Gorman for her
recovery after a
series of Chemo-
GET WELL EVERYONE!
UPDATE: ON THE IPHS NEWSLETTER WINTER 2021
Currently at the printers the IPHS Winter 2021 issue is packed full of exciting stories and photos.
Mailing will be in two weeks or less. Also being mailed to members are greetings cards courtesy of Eric Dufour.
The Winter 2021 newsletter is dedicated to the memory of the late Patricia Carbonneau.
SIGNING US OUT FOR THIS MONTH - AND SENDING EVERYONE HER BEST WISHES OF THE SEASON - IS THE SUBJECT OF OUR RECENT IPHS PHOTO-SHOOT JOANNE MCKENNEY WATSON