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Police search for missing Newport man last seen in Glover

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GLOVER — Police said Tuesday night that they were searching for a 41-year-old man from Newport who went missing in Glover.

At around 6 p.m. police were notified that Travis Lee Stuart, 41, of Newport, was missing. His mother reported that he was last known to be tedding hay at a farm field in Glover.

The farm is located near the Junction of VT-16 and VT-122.

Stuart works as a farm hand on a nearby farm located on Dexter Mountain Road in Glover, about three miles from the field.

The tractor was located at the edge of the field around 11:30 a.m., but Stuart was gone.

Since he had not reported back at the farm or his home in Newport, family members became increasingly concerned and notified police this evening.

The Vermont State Police Search and Rescue Team, Derby Troopers, VSP K9, Orleans County Sheriff’s Deputies, Newport Police, and the Glover Fire Department are continuing to search at this time.

At this time authorities are requesting anyone who has seen Travis Stuart or knows his whereabouts to contact the Vermont State Police.

A photo of Stuart can be seen below:


Morningstar Meadows Farm to host field day on beans and grains

in Glover

GLOVER — On September 10, the public will have the opportunity to learn how a farm in Glover has found success growing organic dry beans and grains for both human consumption and animal feed.

Seth and Jeannette Johnson, owners of Morningstar Meadows Farm, will describe their operation, including what they have learned and the challenges they have faced in eight years of growing beans and small grains in northern Vermont.

They will also discuss their Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education Partnership grant with the University of Vermont (UVM) Extension Northwest Crops and Soils Program, sponsor of this field day, which has helped them research the best practices for organic heirloom dry bean production in the Northeast.

The field day, which runs from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., will give farmers an opportunity to view on-farm bean research trials and learn about bean diseases and pests as well as dry bean harvest and processing.

They also will hear from the Johnsons and UVM researchers about scouting for bean disease and pests, optimum planting dates and seeding rates, among related topics.

Reservations for the free event, which includes a pizza lunch, will be accepted until Sept. 8.

Farmers may register online at:, contact Susan Brouillette by e-mail at, or by phone at (802) 524-6501, ext. 432, or (800) 639-2130 (toll-free in Vermont only).

Requests for a disability-related accommodation must be made by Sept. 1.

Glover man faces marijuana cultivation, jewelry and gun theft charges

in Barton/Glover/News

NEWPORT — A Glover man recently plead not guilty to the charges of felony marijuana cultivation, violating conditions of release, and felony possession of stolen property.

Police say Henry Laszlo Ecker-Racz, 26, came under investigation after the victim of a recent theft in Barton was contacted by someone who claimed that Ecker-Racz had tried to sell him some jewelry and rifles.

The merchandise was believed to be part of the estimated $20,000 theft that took place in Barton, where the victim had five guns, jewelry, cash, and painkiller medication stolen.

The individual worked with police, and claimed that he saw more rifles and jewelry, which led to a search warrant being issued on July 4.

Police raided the residence where Ecker-Racz was living as part of a 24-hour curfew. He was not home at the time.

Police discovered a marijuana grow operation at the location during the raid, however, the search did not turn up any jewelry or guns.

Police say in the meantime, the victim and her husband confronted Ecker-Racz, and they recovered some of the stolen jewelry.

An arrest warrant for Ecker-Racz was issued, and he appeared in court to be arraigned on the charges. He plead not guilty.

His bail was set at $15,000.

Bread and Puppet Museum getting ready for open house June 7

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GOLVER — As they have each spring for the past 40 years, the double doors of the old Dopp Farm will swing open at 2 p.m. on June 7 to mark the opening of the 2015 season of the Bread and Puppet Museum.

Burt Porter, a musician and poet, will welcome guests to the farm on Route 122 in Glover as he did for the museum’s inaugural season in 1975. Mr. Porter has had a long association with Bread and Puppet, performing in many circuses and pageants and writing texts and lyrics for shows including The Same Boat: The Passion of Chico Mendes (1989); The City of Brotherly Love (1998); Crows and Angels: Christmas Sonnets (1993); and, for this summer’s pageant, The Comet.

In addition to Mr. Porter’s music the day’s activities, which will last until 5 p.m., will include Sacred Harp songs from the early American shape note tradition, short shows by local artists including poet Meredith Holch, Clare Dolan, founder and director of the Museum of Everyday Life, the Modern Times Theater, Adam Cook and Hayley Lewis, and Tom Azarian.

As always, puppeteer and baker Peter Schumann will provide plenty of fresh sourdough rye bread topped with aioli, a pungent garlic spread.

At 4 p.m. the touring company of the Bread and Puppet Theater, fresh from a two week Northeast tour, will give a performance of the most recent version of Public Access Center for the Obvious in the Dirt Floor Theater.

All events are free to the public, although donations are always welcome.

Those who wish to know more about Bread and Puppet’s summer activities and opportunities to participate in them can stay for an informational meeting at 5 p.m.

What is now a puppet museum crammed from floor to ceiling with a mysterious multitude of figures and faces, was once a working barn. Where once sturdy workhorses hauled wagons piled high with hay, today stand puppets of all sizes, shapes, and colors.

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Bread and Puppet moved to the farm in 1974 after four productive years as theater-in-residence at Goddard College in Plainfield. The transformation of the barn involved raking and sweeping a hundred years’ worth of chaff and debris from its 100-foot by 45-main floor into a huge stack near the entrance.

Once the barn was cleaned, puppeteers arranged puppets, masks, and painted curtains into scenes conveying themes and stories to visitors.

During the winter the museum is closed while the company works on new shows and tours. But each spring the museum undergoes its annual spiff-up in preparation for welcoming summer guests.

The museum is open daily until November 1 from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m. and after shows. It is located on Route 122 off Route 16 and Interstate exits 24 and 25.

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Photo courtesy of the Vermont State Police.

Woman who worked as a local caregiver facing charges

in Brownington/Glover/News
Photo courtesy of the Vermont State Police.
Photo courtesy of the Vermont State Police.

DERBY — Police announced that on Monday, a 29-year-old woman with ties to Orleans County was arrested in Danville, following a 6 month investigation into her activities. The woman is facing numerous charges, some of which relate to her activities within Orleans County, going back to August of 2014.

Police say that Laura E. Duffy, of Richford, was taken into custody after a 6 month joint investigation with the DEA. Authorities say that she worked as a caregiver in the area, working in Brownington and Glover.

According to a statement issued by police, she is being charged with Possession of Regulated Drugs, Petit Larceny, Abuse, Neglect, and Exploitation of Vulnerable Adult.

Police say she was found in possession of prescription drugs that did not belong to her.

The term “vulnerable adult” has a very specific meaning as defined by Vermont law. A person is a vulnerable adult if he/she is:

1. Age 18 or older; and
2. is a resident of a licensed facility such as a nursing or community care home; or
3. is a patient in a psychiatric unit or hospital; or
4. has received personal care services for longer than one month; or
5. regardless of residence or whether any type of service is received, is impaired due to brain damage, infirmities of aging, or a physical, mental, or developmental disability.

Man seriously injured, another processed for DUI after crash in Barton

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accidentBARTON – A two-vehicle crash in Barton yesterday afternoon left one man seriously injured, and another processed for operating under the influence.

Police say that Alfred Cole, 78, of Lyndonville, was traveling southbound on Vermont Route 16 by the Interstate overpass in the Town of Barton, when he attempted to turn left in order to head south on Interstate 91.

Jason Simino, 40, of Glover, was traveling northbound when Cole crossed into his lane. The two vehicles collided at around 12:30 p.m.

Police are saying that statements from witnesses, combined with the fact that the preliminary investigation reveals the point of impact being in the northbound travel lane, suggest that Cole, attempting to turn left in front of Simino, may have been responsible for the crash.

Cole was transported to North Country Hospital by ambulance, and was later transported to Dartmouth Hitchcock Hospital. It appears that Cole may have suffered a medical issue prior to the accident.

An Orleans County Deputy Sheriff was also on scene and assisted with the investigation.

During the investigation Simino was found to be operating under the influence of alcohol. Simino’s preliminary breath test indicated a .108 percent blood alcohol content at roadside. He was transported by the Vermont State Police to the Derby Barracks, where he was processed and released.

Police say the crash is still under investigation, but it appears that although alcohol was involved, it does not appear to be a factor in the crash.

Both Barton Fire and Barton Ambulance were on scene. Both vehicles appeared to be totaled and were towed from the scene by Wright’s Towing.

Deadly ATV crash in Glover

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Glover fatal atv accident

GLOVER — A 27-year-old man has died following an ATV accident on Thursday night in Glover.

Authorities are saying that Peter Stavrou, of Malden, Massachusetts, was ejected from his ATV after hitting a pool of water at around 7:45 p.m., last night. Police say that he was not wearing a helmet.

Vermont State Police were dispatched to the site of the accident, located at 353 Tetrault Lane, in the town of Glover. The crash took place on a dirt ATV trail through a field.

Prior to the troopers arrival, Stavrou was transported by Glover EMS to North Country Hospital. He was pronounced dead at the hospital as a result of injuries from the accident.

The crash remains under investigation.

Free outdoor performance of acrobatic stilt-walking and physical theater coming to Glover

in Arts and Entertainment/Glover

The Carpetbag Brigade Vermont

GLOVER — “Acrobatic stilts” may seem had to imagine, but soon the people of Orleans County will have the chance to see what it’s all about.

The Carpetbag Brigade, a San Francisco based theater company, will be putting on a FREE show at the Glover Community School on August 21.

Drawing on acrobatic stilt-walking, butoh dance, contact improvisation, and physical theater, the company creates dramatic productions, and seeks to create bridges of understanding by sharing their work locally and globally in diverse urban and rural settings.

The group will be performing “Callings,” a poetic homage to the sirens of the sea, and the secret intentions of the voices that captivate and haunt us.

In this delicate overlap of circus, dance, and theater, the show weds the grace of modern dance with the raw intensity of physical theater, all in the spectacle-based format of acrobatic stilts.

According to The Carpetbag Brigade, the show asks a few questions:

If the ocean were ill, how would she weep?
If clouds were cryptographs, could we understand the symptoms?
If a sailor survived a siren’s song, could we catch the words falling from the saline tongue?

In the show, images and issues of climate change evoke a shifting undertone and intimate sense of mystery and tension. Sailors mount the sea for trade and commerce, sirens seduce them into understanding the depth of the being they float upon. “Callings” invokes the superstitious nature of creating meaning and asks us to listen to the world we imbue with the supernatural.

Show details are below:

August 21 at 6:30 p.m.
Glover Community School – 100 School Street, Glover, VT.
Free admission, suggested donation of $5-10 per person

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Bread and Puppet holds vigil at the State House to protest attacks on Gaza

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GLOVER — Bread and Puppet Theater, based out of Glover, has stepped up its efforts to use the power of art to bring awareness to the recent attacks on Gaza. The group covered the steps of the Vermont State House in Montpelier on Friday with small vignettes in protest of the situation in Gaza.

The vigil began just after noon. The protest aimed to bring attention to the growing humanitarian crisis in Gaza and the U.S. government’s support of the Gaza attacks.

“These vigils are performed against the U.S.-supported atrocities in Gaza, which are paid for by U.S. taxpayer dollars,” Bread and Puppet’s founder and director Peter Schumann explained.

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Seven tableauxs set up on the State House steps depicted Palestinian women with their arms raised over the death of their children. A bell of mourning chimed slowly next to large, black and white woodcut banners featuring such questions as “How Much Longer?” and “Whose Money?”

Many cars honked in support of the vigil and responses were generally positive.

The demonstration in Montpelier on Friday followed similar events held earlier in the week. On Wednesday, July 30, the theater group performed simultaneous vigils in eight towns throughout Vermont including Barre, Barton, Greensboro, Hardwick, Lyndonville, Newport, St. Johnsbury, and Montpelier.

Friday’s vigil came two days after Israel bombed a United Nations school that served as a designated shelter for evacuees, killing at least twenty. In spite of mounting international outcry against Israel’s actions, the U.S. has repeatedly distanced itself from criticism of Israel.

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When the United Nation’s Human Rights Council voted Wednesday to begin an investigation of Israel for possible war crimes in Gaza, the U.S. provided the sole vote against the measure. Human rights officials have expressed distress at the lopsided casualties in the conflict. As of today, 1,410 Palestinians have been killed, far outnumbering the 64 Israelis dead.

Bread and Puppet is currently seeking other venues throughout Vermont to perform Fire, Emergency Performance for Gaza. Please contact Erin Bell at 802-525-3031.

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Bread and Puppet Theater stages Gaza protests

in Barton/Glover/Newport/News/Vermont
Photo by Janelle Treibitz .
Photo by Janelle Treibitz .

GLOVER — On Wednesday, Bread and Puppet Theater organized vigils throughout 8 towns in Vermont, including one in Newport and one in Barton, in protest of the recent Israeli attacks on Gaza. The protests aimed to bring attention to the growing humanitarian crisis in Gaza and the U.S. government’s support of the Gaza attacks.

The small vigils consisted of three to four puppeteers holding signs reading “Gaza,” “Whose money?” and “How Much Longer?”

Today they announced that they will change tonight’s scheduled performance of “The Situation,” in order to perform “Fire: Emergency Performance for Gaza.” The show will be held at 7:30 p.m. at the Bread and Puppet farm, in the Paper Mache Cathedral (Route 122), in Glover.

They also announced today that they will cover the State House lawn with small vignettes of the Gaza/Israel war. The demonstration will depict Palestinian women with their arms raised over the death of their children. A bell of mourning will chime slowly next to large, black and white woodcut banners featuring such questions as “Why?” and “How Much More?”

The demonstration comes two days after Israel bombed a United Nations school that served as a designated shelter for evacuees, killing at least twenty.

In spite of mounting international outcry against Israel’s actions, the U.S. has repeatedly distanced itself from criticism of the country. When the United Nation’s Human Rights Council voted Wednesday to begin an investigation of Israel for possible war crimes in Gaza, the U.S. provided the sole vote against the measure.

Human rights officials have expressed distress at the lopsided casualties in the conflict. As of today, 1,410 Palestinians have been killed, far outnumbering the 64 Israelis dead.

Bread and Puppet has been performing political puppet theater since the 1960’s, often responding rapidly to unfolding world events with shows or protest art. Their 2014 summer season had been devoted to the issue of Tar Sands (a controversial source of crude oil that may be pumped through Vermont’s pipelines soon).

Police seize 12 Marijuana plants in Glover

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GLOVER — Authorities are saying that they seized a dozen Marijuana plants in Glover on Wednesday.

The Orleans County Sheriff’s Department announced yesterday that they received a tip about the outdoor Marijuana grow operation that was taking place in Glover.

Deputies were able to locate 12 adult Marijuana plants near Shadow Lake Road. The plants were then seized by police.

The investigation is ongoing at this time.

Authorities are asking anyone with any information regarding the case to contact the Sheriff’s Departement at 802-334-3333.

Perron picks up another award

in Barton/Glover/Westmore


NEWPORT — Darren Perron, the WCAX anchorman with local roots, received another award this week, this time being voted the “Best Local TV Journalist,” by Seven Days Vermont readers.

By now Perron is probably used to winning awards. Throughout his career, he has already picked up an Emmy Award, and been nominated for an Emmy Award nine times. He has recieved ten Edward R. Murrow Awards, and a dozen Associated Press Awards. He is also the only non-network reporter in the U.S. to be nominated for a GLAAD Award.

This most recent award is part of the Seven Days Vermont best of Vermont awards called “the Daysies,” where readers cast their votes in categories ranging from best shoe store, to best new restaurant, to best meteorologist.

More than 10,000 Vermonters weighed in on the state’s 2014 awards, with 650,000-plus individual votes in 177 categories. This was the 12th year that Seven Days has organized the awards.

Darren anchors the Channel 3 News at 6 p.m. on WCAX. He attended Lake Region Union High School, and has family in Barton and Glover. He responded to the good news through Twitter.


Motorcycle crash in Glover over the weekend

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GLOVER — A 60-year-old motorcyclist from Lincoln, New Hampshire, was involved in a crash on Saturday in the town of Glover.

Police say Richard Lavasser, was riding a 1997 Suzuki VZ800V motorcycle, when he hit some gravel, causing him to lose control of his bike.

Lavasser was traveling east on Vermont Route 16, and slid across the westbound lane of travel, at which time he was thrown from his motorcycle.

Lavasser was transported by Glover Ambulance to North Country Hospital for minor injuries.

Police say he was wearing a DOT approved helmet, which helped lessen his injuries.

His motorcycle sustained damage to the windshield, headlight, saddlebags, and pegs

Glover man receives more charges after July 4 arrest

in Brownington/Glover/News

GLOVER — A 25-year-old man from Glover is facing more charges after being arrested on July 4 in Brownington for Violation of Conditions of Release, after someone called police to report the sound of a gun shot and a woman screaming in Derby.

At 10:34 a.m., the Vermont State Police, Orleans County Sheriff’s Department, Newport Police Department, and the Vermont Fish and Wildlife responded to Hinman Settler Road in Derby, after a call came in that someone heard a female screaming and the sound of a gunshot.

Police are saying that prior to their arrival the male and female left in a vehicle heading towards Brownington, and were stopped on Hinman Settler Road in Brownington.

Henry Ecker-Racz, 25, of Glover, was subsequently arrested and lodged for lack of $5000 bail for Violation of Conditions of Release due to having contact with a female he was not supposed to be near.

Authorities said yesterday that after further investigation and a search of Ecker-Racz’s vehicle, he was cited for Possession and Control of a Regulated Drug, which he didn’t have a prescription for.

He was also issued a ticket for having an inspection sticker on his truck which belonged to another vehicle.

Truck hits telephone pole in Glover, no injuries

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GLOVER — A truck hit a telephone pole today on Parker Road in Glover, leaving a telephone pole severed.

Anthony Phillips, 28, of Montgomery, was driving a 2005 International Truck north on Parker Road, when he drove off the roadway, striking the telephone pole.

Phillips was wearing his seatbelt and did not sustain any injuries.

The vehicle sustained moderate damage to the passenger side fender and front bumper, but was able to be driven from the scene.

Vermont Electric Company responded to the scene of the accident to tend to the severed telephone pole.

Vermont musician Seth Yacovone played Thursday night at Parker Pie.

An Amazing Night of Music at Parker Pie with Seth Yacovone

in Arts and Entertainment/Glover

WEST GLOVER — A dusting of snow sits on the cars parked outside Parker Pie. It’s cold, and everyone is reminded of winter. Inside, it’s warm, and people sit around sipping beer or wine, feasting on what is arguably the best pizza around. A soulful voice fittingly sings Bob Dylan’s, “Girl from the North Country.” The chatter has quieted, and everyone in the room hangs on to every note of the acoustic guitar, and every word of the song.

“If you go when the snowflakes storm, when the rivers freeze and summer ends,” the musician sings.

Seth Yacavone held the crowd's attention at Parker Pie on Thursday night.
Seth Yacavone held the crowd’s attention at Parker Pie on Thursday night. Photos by Tanya Mueller.
On the television, the Boston Red Sox are loosing to the Cardinals in Game 2 of the World Series, but people in the room are more interested in the musician as he continues his set. A bearded man walks around collecting tips for the musician inside an empty plastic beer pitcher.

The musician is Seth Yacovone, and to say that he is talented is an understatement. Mr. Yacovone has talent, but he has more than that. Gifted is a better way to describe him, and it’s a gift he shared with everyone at Parker Pie on Thursday night.

“My music varies a lot, depending on if I’m playing electric or acoustic. What I play is essentially a mixture of American music, from over the last fifty, sixty, or seventy years,” Yacovone said.

After already experiencing national recognition and success, Yacovone, who lives in Morrisville, is starting a new phase in his career.

At age 34, he has already accomplished things other musicians would envy.

When only 19 years old, he was invited to play with Vermont jam band Phish, in front of a crowd of 18,000 at the Worcester Centrum, in Massachusetts. Afterward, his band, the Seth Yacovone Band (SYB), opened for such acts as Ray Charles, Johnny Winter, Trey Anastasio Band, and BB King.

When asked how his sit in with Phish came about, he modestly recalled the experience.

“It came about very spur of the moment. They called me two days before it happened, so it wasn’t like I knew ahead of time or anything. It was crazy.”

After the success of the SYB, not to mention a grueling touring schedule, Yacovone decided to end the band in order to regroup, and push himself creatively into new territory. It was a decision that was good for him as a musician, and good for the people of Vermont.

1SYB4He used his time of hiatus from the SYB to tour his home state, playing solo acoustic shows. Although he has now put together a few new electric trios, he still plays solo acoustic shows like the one yesterday at Parker Pie.

“When I’m playing solo, I tend to do about every other song as one that someone else wrote.”

With Yacovone’s originals as good as they are, nobody would have minded hearing an entire set of his own music. Except, for his version of “Girl from the North Country,” which, Thursday night at Parker Pie, was perfect.

For more information and tour dates for Seth Yacovone and the SYB, visit his website at: SethYacovone.Com

As most people in Orleans County know, Parker Pie has a great menu, and wonderfully fresh pizza. Thursday is music night, and there is no cover charge.

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