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Counting Bristol's headstones takes detective work

A MONUMENT WATCHES over Larry Gile and Donald Lathrop as they work to create an accurate record of those buried in Greenwood Cemetery in Bristol. Gile and Lathrop are working together to catalogue everybody buried in Bristol cemeteries.
Independent photo/Trent Campbell


December 3, 2007

By CYRUS LEVESQUE

BRISTOL — Taking a census of the dead may seem pretty straightforward, but two Bristol residents tallying up everyone buried in Bristol’s five cemeteries say the task involves quite a bit of detective work.

Larry Gile and Donald Lathrop know a certain person was buried in Varney Cemetery in the 1970s but they can’t find the headstone, so what’s the next step?

“Connecting all the dots there is pushing it a little bit,” Gile said.

Although Gile worked as a funeral home director all his adult life until he retired this year, he himself didn’t handle the Varney Cemetery burial in question. So, as in many situations, he and Lathrop have to rely on records.

In some cases the two Bristol men can find those records at the town offices, but they also work from half a dozen record books. Many of the records from Bristol’s history they use come from a yellowed, handwritten volume from 1895, held together mostly with Scotch tape.

Lathrop is president of the Bristol Cemetery Association, which manages Greenwood Cemetery, and Gile is the treasurer. But this census is a private project not for the cemetery association but for personal reasons.

“It’s interesting to me just because I’m running into my own ancestors down there and finding out where they were buried,” Lathrop said.

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Whiting, Sudbury weigh next step after school merger fails

December 3, 2007

By MEGAN JAMES

WHITING/SUDBURY — Since voters in Whiting rejected the proposal to create a joint school district with Sudbury last month, the two school boards, still keen on the idea, have been wrestling with what to do next.

One thing they know for sure, they will take a break from each other and meet separately this month.

“We agreed to get together in January, to reassess where we want to go from here,” said Sudbury school board Chair Steve Roberts. “We didn’t want to have any kind of knee jerk reaction to the vote, so we decided to cool it for a bit.”

The merger proposal was defeated on Nov. 6 in a split decision, with Sudbury approving the plan, 53-39, and Whiting rejecting it, 47-26. Both towns had to approve the merger for it to pass.

The two boards, which have held their meetings together for more than a year, will spend this month’s meetings working on their individual spending plans for the coming academic year. They will convene again in January.

Whether or not they decide to resurrect the merger proposal is unclear, though Sudbury’s board has already begun to explore other options.

“There are very few alternatives,” Roberts said. Sudbury could close its school and tuition children either to Neshobe Elementary School in Brandon or to Whiting. The board has considered the possibility of creating a cross-tuitioning plan, in which an equal number of Whiting and Sudbury students would be tuitioned out to the other school.

“But that would be a political nightmare,” Roberts said.

Earlier in the planning process, Leicester Central School officials had voiced an interest in joining in a three-way merger with Whiting and Sudbury, but Roberts said the driving distance between Leicester and Sudbury was a real concern.

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Drug wholesale company buying Porter pharmacies

December 3, 2007

By CYRUS LEVESQUE

MIDDLEBURY — Porter Medical Center plans to sell its for-profit pharmaceutical division, Porter Health Systems, to Cobble Hill Holdings, Inc., the parent company of Burlington Drug Company and Dowling Grocery, both of which are pharmaceutical wholesalers.

Porter president James Daily said the agreement ensures that few changes are in store for customers and employees of the pharmacies, which include the Marble Works pharmacies in Middlebury and Vergennes, and the Vermont Mail Order Pharmacy and the New England Mail Order Pharmacy, which sell pharmaceuticals on a retail business by mail order around the region out of the Middlebury office. Porter Health Systems also includes the Medicine Chest medical equipment company next to the Marble Works Pharmacy.

“We are confident that the customers and employees will benefit from this transaction, and that these pharmacies will have access to significant new operational and financial resources,” Daily said.

According to Porter Medical Center spokesman Ron Hallman, day-to-day business of the stores will stay the same for the near future. “The entities will continue to operate as they are,” Hallman said.

The boards of directors of both Porter Medical Center and Cobble Hill Holdings, Inc. have voted to approve the deal, but according to Hallman an appraisal of the value of the businesses is not finished. Mike Mitiguy, president of Cobble Hill Holdings, said they hope to have the deal finalized by the end of the year.

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