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    Island Pond, VT.
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    Camping, Hiking, Snowmobiling, Hunting, Fishing, ATV Riding
  1. Joseph J. Basil, 91, of Gaithersburg, Maryland, beloved husband of the late Marie M. Basil died on April 18, 2017.He was born on February 22, 1926, in Island Pond, to Jack and Phoebe Basil. He graduated from St. Mary’s Academy in Island Pond in 1944, and from the University of Vermont in 1950. He was in the Army Air Corps, in Germany during World War II. After the war, Captain Basil served in the National Guard in Vermont, Pennsylvania, Illinois and California. The Basils were married on July 21, 1951, and were childhood sweet hearts for 65 years. Mrs. Basil died on March 26, 2016. They lived in McKeesport, Pennsylvania, in Illinois, and also for 24 happy years, in Southern California with their beloved daughters: Glorie Ann and Mary Jo Basil, who survive him. He worked on the space programs from 1962 to 1973 in California. He also had his real estate broker’s license in California, Maryland, Virginia, and Washington, D.C., working to the end of his life. He loved doing things with Mrs. Basil as they square danced and just had a great time together. He was a dad plus “Mr. Mom” to his daughters and was always there for them. He raised money for hearing impaired and deaf children, and also raised money for the building of Children’s Hospital next to St. Joseph’s Hospital in Orange, California. He always remembered and talked about the great town of Island Pond. He and Mrs. Basil went back over the years. He liked to hike, fish, and his favorite thing was to go and see Rose Steady as a kid. She would give him cookies and milk and also he would go to camp 21 with the Stafford brothers. He gave his time to people and he was proud of his home in Orange. He loved to play golf when he had the time, and loved watching and attending baseball games with his daughters. He had two brothers who have predeceased him: Ben and Jack Jr., in 2015. He is survived by his brother Bob; several nieces and nephews; also great-nieces and great-nephews; by his brother-in-law John Steady, of Glens Falls, New York; and by very special friends and family Joy and Don Viken of Orange. A graveside service will be held at 1 p.m., on Saturday, May 6, at St. James Catholic Cemetery in Island Pond, with military honors. Online condolences may be shared at
  2. Michael Rawlings Bone, 63, of Fort Myers, Florida, died unexpectedly on April 22, 2017. Mr. Bone was born June 12, 1953, in Granite City, Illinois, the eldest child of Shirley (Kocis) and Malcolm Bone. He spent a good part of his childhood in the Northeast Kingdom, living in Island Pond, Derby, and Newport Center. He graduated from North Country Union High School in 1971. He was a devoted husband and father, and is survived by his wife, Michele (Bisogno) Bone; and their three children: Tara Randles, Jennifer Bone, and Justin Bone. Mr. Bone also leaves behind a daughter in-law, Heather Bone; and his three grandchildren, whom he deeply loved: Michael, Landon, and Ella. He is also survived by his four brothers and three sisters: James Bone and his wife, Linda, Stephen Bone and his wife, Cynthia, Charles Bone and his wife, Suzanne, Linda (Kocis) Delabruere and her husband, Leonard, Jacob Kocis III and his wife, Sherry, Jody (Kocis) Smith and her partner, Jeff Peterson, and Janice Kocis and her husband, Julio Perez Martin; along with all of his and Ms. Bone’s nephews and nieces — including Stephen, Joshua and Aaron, who were as close to him as his three children. Mr. Bone will be remembered for his hard work and dedication to the water and wastewater industries, as he worked alongside the Bone, Bisogno, and D’Alessandro families for over 40 years as a certified general contractor. He was a great leader, teacher, and mentor to the many coworkers who had the pleasure of working with him. In 1995, his love for basketball inspired one of his most rewarding achievements, founding the nonprofit organization High Hoops, which continues to develop future leaders on and off the court, one basket at a time. His vision was to provide his son Justin, and many other players he had coached, with a more competitive basketball experience. He was not only a coach, but also a friend and father figure to numerous basketball players throughout southwest Florida. He was loved and will forever be remembered for his sense of humor, generosity, and devotion to his family and friends. He will continue to live through each of them and will remain in the hearts of his loved ones forever. A memorial service will be held at Fred Hunter’s Funeral Home located at 6301 Taft Street, Hollywood, Florida, on Saturday, May 6, at 4 p.m. The family invites family and friends to visit from 3 to 4 p.m. In lieu of flowers, the family is requesting that donations be made to one of the following organizations: High Hoops, Inc. (, Hoops on Mission (, Mended Little Hearts (, or St. Jude Children’sResearch Hospital (
  3. A Vermont man was killed in a snowmobile accident Thursday night in Groton. Vermont State Police say Gregory McLeod, 24, of Berlin, veered off a VAST trail and hit a tree at about 6 p.m. Police McLeod was likely inexperienced and that speed was a factor. They say alcohol may have played a role, as well.
  4. A Vermont man was killed in a snowmobile accident Thursday night in Groton. Vermont State Police say Gregory McLeod, 24, of Berlin, veered off a VAST trail and hit a tree at about 6 p.m. Police McLeod was likely inexperienced and that speed was a factor. They say alcohol may have played a role, as well.
  5. ISLAND POND — Crews are still searching for a 23-year-old man from Island Pond, who went missing after he fled during a traffic stop on New Year’s Eve, police say. On Tuesday, the Vermont Scuba team was called in to search a brook and swamp area surrounding Island Pond village. VAST trails in the area were also searched. At approximately 11:43 p.m. New Year’s Eve, a trooper made a motor vehicle stop in Island Pond after the vehicle failed to stop at a posted stop sign. Upon stopping, police say four people inside the vehicle immediately exited and began to run. The trooper was able to detain two passengers. The driver and third passenger continued to flee to the rear of a nearby residence, police say. The Brighton Police Chief says he learned through talking with the passengers that O’Gorman was the driver. His whereabouts were still unknown, and a K9 was brought to the scene to conduct a track. Based on this track police say they believe that O’Gorman crossed a small brook and continued on foot in and around Island Pond Village. Brighton Police, Essex County Sheriff’s deputies, and State troopers continued to try and locate O’Gorman, but were unsuccessful. On January 2, family members reported that O’Gorman was still missing. O’Gorman is 23-years-old, 5’10”, and approximately 200 pounds. He has brown hair and brown eyes. Anyone with information regarding O’Gorman’s whereabouts is asked to contact the Derby State Police barracks at 802-334-8881. A ground search is underway today. from Newport Dispatch
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  8. Country Riders Snowmobile Club Trail Report 01/02/2016 Valley trails around Newport Center and lake. Trails have been groomed this weekend, early riding conditions. We will stop grooming until we get more snow and some colder temperatures to freeze things up. Conditions now are just to rough for grooming and will caused damaged to the grooming equipment. Trails are open to sleds just use caution riding.
  9. Chester Snowmobile Club Trail Report 01/02/2017 Groomer was out last night last - groomed from Wr 53-52-51 to s32 Stone Hearth and Motel in the meadow This morning the groomer will be heading to Cavendish and back to the barn (Howard hill) Will also do the Chester secondary trails on the way. Ride safely! Enjoy!
  10. Lyndon Sno Cruisers Trail Report 01/02/2017 As of this morning, trail 513 to Greensboro Bend is now OPEN and groomed. By the end of the day all of the trail system will be groomed. Nice cold temps overni...ght will help us prepare for any potential bad weather this week. Still be mindful of some water bars and rough spots, we are still in "early season conditions"
  11. We've picked up several inches of new snow over the last few days and groomers have been out smoothing out the trails. There has been heavy traffic but trails are rated fair in lower elevations to good to very good in the higher elevations. There are still some icy corners so be careful and stay on your side of the trail. Please stay off all bodies of water. Enjoy and be safe!
  12. Finished corridor 12 and groomed corridor 11 - do NOT recommend riding on WR55 - WM53 - terrible with many water bars - rough riding - not much snow. Groomed 121 - Grafton - Townsend - Powerlines WR56 - WR53 - 11A WM53, WM68. Overall conditions 5-6 (out of 10). We saw some riders, skiers and a fat bike while out today -
  13. WOODFORD SNOBUSTERS SNOWMOBILE CLUB Trail Report We received 4+ inches of snow yesterday. Groomers have all been out.... There is Plenty of riding on our trails- Get out there and enjoy! Trails to the west of BN 9 did not receive as much snow, but there is a solid ice base, use caution for some thin spots and icy corners. Trails to the north of BN 9 to BN 31 - Expect some exposed rocks, open water bars and thin spots, The Green Mountain Trailblazers to the North of BN 31 are reporting that riding is not recommended as their trails did not receive as much snow from the last few storms. Trails south on BN 9- fair to very good- groomers will continue to go out throughout the holiday weekend- Ride with caution- early season/low snow conditions exist- exposed rocks, open waterbars, icy corners Please keep in mind that with limited area to ride in Southern VT, there is a potential for increased traffic and rapidly deteriorating trail conditions- Yesterdays Grooming Volunteers spent 30+ hours working the snow to provide the best possible trails for today, and will have to do it all over again tonight. Please be sure to thank our Volunteers & Landowners! Think Snow!!
  14. Williston Hill Hawks Trail Report 12/20/2016 As some clubs around the state are posting their trails open, we are still waiting for that big snowstorm. Patience!
  15. White River Valley Ramblers Trail Report 12/31/2016 Groomers were out last night and will be out again today, trails are still marginal, so please be safe and watch out for the big orange Tucker's, there's not a lot of room for us to pull over! Happy New Year to all!!?☃️