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• Sophia Mark of Brattleboro, a student at Lasell University in Boston, presented at the institution's annual Connected Learning Symposium. Mark showcased work as part of a group installation, “Get a Grip on Injustice: Take a Hand, Give a Hand.” The installation featured plaster hands of each student along with highlighted information on injustices they wish to raise awareness of.

• Jonathan Griffin, a freshman business administration major from West Townshend, was named to the spring 2022 President's List at Bob Jones University in Greenville, S.C.


• Nicole Koziara, Program Director for the Boys & Girls Club of Brattleboro, has been recognized as an Emerging Leader by the Southern Vermont Young Professionals. Korziara, who has served children and youth by offering in-person engagement during the pandemic, has cultivated a signature outdoor program for children, grades K-5, with local collaborators, Retreat Farm.

The Brattleboro Boys & Girls Club's Executive Director, Michelle Simpson, has been selected to present the Club's innovative work at the international Children and Nature Conference in Atlanta, Ga. Other speakers include founder Richard Louv and conservationist Jane Goodall.


• Doreen B. Aldrich, 74, of Bellows Falls. Died May 3, 2022 at her home, surrounded by her family. Doreen was born in Bellows Falls on July 29, 1947. She was the daughter of the late Harold and Theresa [Nadeau] Beam. Doreen attended St. Charles Catholic School and was a 1965 graduate of Bellows Falls High School. Over the years, Doreen held various jobs in the area but she was best known as the Town Clerk of Rockingham, starting as Assistant Clerk in 1988 and becoming Town Clerk in October 1995. She retired in 2015. In 1979, she married James Aldrich, who survives. Also surviving are her two daughters, Kathryn and Jennifer of Bellows Falls, three brothers, Lucian and his wife, Kathie, of Langdon, N.H., Norman and his wife, Elaine, of Westminster, and Michael and his wife, Tracy, of Walpole, N.H., and one sister, Eileen Swain of North Walpole, N.H. Doreen was a member of the Bellows Falls Woman's Club, the Bellows Falls Rotary Club, and St. Charles Church. She was an avid volunteer, baker. and animal lover. Memorial information: A funeral Mass was held May 14 at St. Charles Church, followed by burial in St. Charles Cemetery.

• Nathan A. “Nate” Head, 40, of Keene, N.H., formerly of Brattleboro. Died peacefully at home on April 22, 2022. He was born in Brattleboro on March 21, 1982 to Lisa A. Clayton and Carl L. Head III. He was educated at Northfield Mount Hermon as a member of the Class of 2000. He excelled in football, track and field, and wrestling at NMH. Nate also attended Springfield (Mass.) College. Nate worked for Auto Mall in Brattleboro as a beloved and well-respected sales manager for several years. Nathan enjoyed watching the Red Sox and Celtics, barbecues, and going on bike rides. He also loved to spend some of his time making wooden pens, deep sea fishing, snowmobiling, boating, and watching NASCAR. Nate was a part of the Cheshire County Shooting Sports EDU Foundation at the Ferry Brook Range. Nate leaves behind his mother, Lisa Clayton and her husband, Terry, of Florida; his father, Carl Lewis Head III and his wife, Grace, of Vernon; his longtime partner Emily Hammer of Keene, her sons, whom he loved as his own, Landon and Colton; his brother Brian McCormick and his wife, Cynara, of Oak Ridge, Tenn.; and his sister Kimberly McCormick of Oak Island, N.C.; grandparents Lynn and Calvin C. Lowe of Hinsdale, N.H., and Audrey Craig of Knoxville, Tenn.; and many cousins, nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles, extended family and friends. Nathan was predeceased by his grandfather, Carl Lewis Head, Jr. A special tribute is offered to the late John and Rhonda Burgess of Brattleboro, for the significant impact on Nate's life. Memorial information: Donations in his memory to the American Heart Association at Condolences may be sent to

• Mary Irene Jameson, 91, of Brattleboro. A resident of Vernon Green Nursing Home since June 2021, she died peacefully May 10, 2022 at the facility following a period of declining health. Mrs. Jameson was born in Springfield, Mass., on Jan. 3, 1931, the daughter of Leo and Catherine (Driscoll) Gosselin. She was raised and educated in Springfield, graduating from Commerce High School with the Class of 1948. In 1952, she married Thomas A. Jameson, who predeceased her in 2001. A resident of Brattleboro since 1965, with her husband she owned and operated Rental Plus in West Brattleboro, formerly Taylor Rental. Active civically, Mary was a devoted member of the Brattleboro Oriental Shrine Club, an organization that was extremely important to her. She was also a member of the Brattleboro Business and Professional Women's Club and was voted Woman of the Year in 1981. She enjoyed cooking, baking, cross stitch, quilting, rug hooking, and time spent with her family. She was accomplished in many crafts and enjoyed teaching her skills to her granddaughters. Mary was also an accomplished artist, and enjoyed painting with oils. She was well known as being a gracious hostess. Survivors include two sons, Peter Jameson (Marlene) and Mark Jameson (Kelley) of Brattleboro; three grandchildren, Amy Jameson, Allison Koss (Dan), and Keagan Jameson; and five great grandchildren, Ben and Grace Gabriel, Tucker Greene, Trevor and Molly Koss. Additionally, she leaves two nieces, Cathy Herlihy and Cathy Jameson and a nephew, Wayne Davis. She was predeceased by one sister, Lillian Davis. Memorial information: In keeping with Mary's final wishes, there are no formal services scheduled. Donations to Shriners Children's Hospital, 516 Carew St., Springfield, MA 01104. To send condolences to the family, visit

• Ada Marchegiani Libardi, 99, of Readsboro. Died peacefully at home on May 5, 2022, with her family at her side. Ada was born on Dec. 9, 1922 on Grinka Farm Drive in Readsboro to Celso & Teresa (Colo) Marchegiani. She attended school in Readsboro. Ada worked at Wall-Streeter Shoes in North Adams, Mass., and the Readsboro Chair Co. In 1949, she married Eugene (Geno) Libardi of Chester, Mass., and they began their life together in Readsboro. He was her rock, her partner, and the love of her life. Their son, Mike Libardi, was born in 1959. After the death of her sister, Dirce, in 1961, their family expanded. She and Geno welcomed their three nieces and two nephews into their family and raised them as their own. Things could get a little crazy with 10 people living in one house, but she wouldn't have had it any other way. Ada was a member of the St. Anne's Club at St. Joachim's Church. She enjoyed gardening with her husband, card parties at the church, large family gatherings, and the Here-You-Are gang. She loved making jellies and jams from the berries she grew in her garden. In her younger years, she loved parties with music and dancing. She cared for and helped raise three generations of loved ones, and her family was always her main priority in life. To know Ada was to love her. She welcomed everyone into her home with a smile and the offer of a home cooked meal. Ada leaves behind her son, Mike Libardi of Readsboro, and his partner in life, Sandra Milesi; her adopted children, Earlene Lefebvre of Readsboro, Robert (Susan) Sanderson of Readsboro, Faun (George) Trumble of Summerton, S.C., and Gloria Quinn of Englewood, Fla.; six grandchildren, Charlotte Clark of Readsboro, Lisa Noyes of Halifax, Ryan Sanderson of Swanton, Colby Quinn of Byram Township, N.J., Caitlyn Boyd of Readsboro, and Jesse Quinn of Englewood, Fla.; and nine great-grandchildren. Ada was predeceased by her loving husband in 2014; her adopted son, Earl “Herbie” Sanderson; her grandson, Matthew; her sons-in-law Robert Lefebvre and John Quinn; her sister, Dirce Sanderson; and her brothers Norman Marchegiani, Tullio Marchegiani, and Joseph Marchegiani. Memorial information: At the family's request, there will be no calling hours. A funeral Mass will be held on Saturday, June 4, at 11 a.m., at St. Joachim's Church in Readsboro. Burial will follow in the Village Cemetery. Family and friends are asked to gather after the burial for a celebration of her life at American Legion Post 29 in Readsboro. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Readsboro Fire Dept. (Rescue Squad), the Readsboro Lions Club, or the Readsboro Library, in case of Covey Allen & Shea Funeral Home, P.O. Box 215, Wilmington, VT 05363.

• Joan Guest MacBeth, 87, of Winchester, N.H. Died unexpectedly at her home on May 6, 2022. She was born on Jan. 20, 1935 in Elizabeth, N.J., the daughter of Elston and Dorothy (Reynolds) Binns. Following her graduation from high school, she attended Washington Missionary College. Joan worked for Brattleboro Memorial Hospital as a medical record transcriptionist. Previously, she worked for Franklin Medical Center in Greenfield, Mass. Joan was an active member of Mountain View Seventh Day Adventist Church in Vernon, serving as treasurer for many years. She enjoyed keeping up with current events, Bible study, and helping others. On Feb. 14, 1965, she was married to Melvin “Wayne” MacBeth. Wayne predeceased her in 2010. Joan was also predeceased by her brother, Frank “Jack” Elston Binns in 2019. Memorial information: Funeral services were held at Mountain View Seventh Day Adventist Church in Vernon on May 11, with burial in North Cemetery in Vernon, where she was laid to rest beside her husband. Donations to Mountain View Seventh-day Adventist Church, 1002 Fort Bridgman Road, Vernon, VT 05354. To share a memory or send condolences to the family, visit

• Linda Lee “Lin” Macy, 79, of Brattleboro. Died peacefully on May 6, 2022. She was born on Aug. 25, 1942 in Morrisville to the late Alice Cullen Emmons and Ellis Lucian Macy. Lin was raised in Vermont and graduated from Burlington High School in 1960. She went on to attend Lyndon State College and nursing school in Willimantic, Conn. A lifelong learner, she returned to school for a degree in criminal justice through Greenfield Community College and the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. Lin found meaning in her work providing help to others. Her career in public service started as a psychiatric nurse at the Norwich (Conn.) State Hospital, and then at The Brattleboro Retreat. She volunteered her time at the Women's Crisis Center (now Women's Freedom Center) as an on-call advocate and support person for those in crisis. She continued work in various settings around the state as a counselor and caseworker. She finished her career with the Vermont Department of Corrections as a probation and parole officer, an avid believer in not only rehabilitation but reparative justice. Lin loved to laugh and always seemed to find humor in everything. She loved adventures, bright colored fashion, art, good food, traveling, and meeting new people. She brought an abundance of love, compassion and acceptance to the world. She found peace at the beach and connected deeply with all ocean life, especially seabirds. Lin's love for her family and friends was unwavering and deeply felt by all whoknew her. She had a way with people in which she made everyone comfortable and people wanted to share their stories, problems, and accomplishments with her. She gained the nickname of Nin (Ninny), which started with her grandchildren and grew to extend to all that knew her as family. She always rallied when others needed her, even at the end her life. She is survived by her three daughters, Macy Holmquist, Heather Holmquist, and Annie Laurie Macy-Purinton; her grandchildren, Carrie Holmquist-Stanley, Emily Patno, Kyle Parker, Aleigh Parker, Ella Marvin, Mackenzie Marvin, and Mirra Macy; her great-grandchildren, Bria, Gregory, Caden, Jackson, and Chace; her sons-in-law, Michael Marvin, Chris Parker; her aunt Diana; brother Emmons; niece Eliza and nephew Emmons Jr.; and great nieces, nephews, many cousins, and loving friends. Memorial information: There will be a private service for immediate family, followed by a Celebration of Life gathering to be announced at a later date. As a champion for equal rights and social justice, and an advocate for those in need, humans and animals alike, memorial donations may be made in her name to Seaside Seabird Sanctuary (, Planned Parenthood (, and Doctors Without Borders (

• Lori Robin Reynolds, 64, of East Dummerston. Died unexpectedly at her home on May 9, 2022. She was born on Sept. 13, 1957 in Hartford, Conn., to Reginald H. and Juanita B. (Reynolds) Shannon. Her family relocated to Brattleboro in 1967, where she graduated from Brattleboro Union High School with the Class of 1975. In 1983, she was married to Bill B. Reynolds. Lori worked in the kitchen at Dummerston Elementary School, preparing lunches for the students. Previously, she spent 30 years working at J.J. Nissen Bakery Thrift Store in Brattleboro. She enjoyed spending time with her family, traveling, baking and Bingo. Besides her husband of 38 years, Lori is survived by one sister, Kathy Bacon and husband Paul; one brother, Barry Shannon and wife Barb; two brothers-in-law, Twig Reynolds and wife Wanda and Chris Reynolds; three sisters-in-law, Paula West and husband Russ, Dody Carrier and husband PG and Betty Reynolds; and several nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her parents; a brother, Dana Shannon; and a brother-in-law, Kurt Reynolds. Memorial information: A Celebration of Life will be held on Sunday, May 22 at the Brattleboro Eagles Club from noon to 4 p.m. To send condolences to Lori's family, visit

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