Monday, May 22, 2017

Heart of Jericho Center - Remembering Lil Desso, Storekeeper

Folks gathered around the Jericho Center Community Green on May 6, 2017 to dedicate a memorial in remembrance and appreciation of Lil Desso, Storekeeper of The Jericho Center Country Store for 30 years.  

  Lilian Desso was a large part of making The Jericho Country Store, the heart of Jericho Center.

Chris Cleary
donated his time to etch one of the large stones set
out in memorial to Lil
and all she gave to the community.

Others donated design work, equipment, and labor to move the large rocks from nearby Bolger Hill, and other support to create and fulfill the project.

Tracy Campbell and Bob Schermer read Tracy's book, The Storekeeper.

Who would like a copy of "The Storekeeper"
 by Tracy Campbell Pearson? Me, me, pick me!

Gerry Desso and his wife Lillian were not just owners of The Jericho Center Country store for 30 years - they were also stewards of the small Vermont community.

Linda St. Amour - current Jericho Center Store owner -
who with her staff carry on the proud community
tradition of Vermont  Country Store!

Excerpts from a letter about Lil Desso.
I had major surgery. The day after I got back from the hospital, there was a knock at the back door. Two men I’d never met were standing there holding boxes full of milk, muffins, juice, ice cream, fruit, instant pudding, soup and other goodies. “Lil thought you might need these.” 
To me, she [ Lil ] embodied kindness, dignity, an amazing work ethic, and a strong sense of responsibility to her family, neighbors, employees, co-workers and the entire town. I heard someone describe Lil as the “heart of Jericho Center” – and that was truly what she was.
~Maeve K.

Read about the current store and its history on the Jericho Country Store website.

Guestbook obituary postings in

Lilian Desso Obiturary in Burlington Free Press

History of Jericho Center Country Store - BFP article. 

Jericho Store still thriving after 207 years. Article on Happy Vermont blog.

Saturday, May 6, 2017

Green Up Day 2017 - Jericho Center, Vermont

  The Community Center in Jericho Center hosted the annual Green Up Day Potluck Community Breakfast on Saturday May 6. 

                   The food was Yummy!

 Great time joining friends and neighbors, meeting new folks, and catching up on town news.

Fifteen folks from Subaru of New England joined us at the Community Center's Green Up Day Breakfast.

On the left is Melinda Vieux is President of Green Up Vermont.


                                          Coloring our world green and clean!

       Green Up Day, a family tradition worth preserving.

Gene Richards (on the right) is on the board of directors of Green Up Vermont.

                                     C O M M U N I T Y
                        The heart of the matter. 

   Thank You - each and every one of you for participating in Green Up Day clean up efforts. You enhance the quality of living in this beautiful section of Vermont.

Thank You to the Community Center volunteers and all who donated food for today's scrumptious breakfast.

By volunteering to assist in Green Up Day you foster pride, responsibility, and respect for our landscape. 

Green and Clean - A Jericho Center and Vermont Family Tradition.