After another long day of searching Thursday, folks in the Northeast Kingdom are still struggling to understand Pat O'Hagan's abduction.
"Shock. Absolute shock," said Jack Simons of Sheffield, "It's just not the kind of thing that happens in a town like this."
But many remain hopeful and are just trying to keep life as normal as possible. For this time of year that means attending the village's annual chicken pie supper. It's an event that O'Hagan has volunteered at for over a decade.
"Our mom has been involved with it for years," said Mark O'Hagan, "I think she was on potatoes this year."
The supper has been a tradition for well over 50 years. Every third Thursday in September folks look forward to exchanging food and conversation with their neighbors. The event's organizers thought about cancelling the dinner but then decided that's not what O'Hagan would want.
"I felt that it would be Pat's wishes to have it," said Lucille Nelson, event organizer, "She was so community oriented herself. She was a go-getter. It was also the family's wishes that we go ahead with the chicken pie supper."
Everyone there tried to put on a smile. But the missing 78-year-old grandmother is definitely on everyone's minds. Before eating, the community observed a moment of silence in her honor.
The supper is put on by the Sheffield Federated Church. O'Hagan belongs to a different congregation but that didn't stop her from volunteering. Folks say that's just the type of person she is.
Wednesday, April 16 2014 12:07 AM EDT2014-04-16 04:07:42 GMT
Rain, flooding and now snow. This weather rollercoaster is causing problems all around our region. Temps have dropped so the heavy rainfall has switched to snow. Rivers are spilling their banks, roadsMore >>
Rain, flooding and now snow. This weather rollercoaster is causing problems all around our region. Temps have dropped so the heavy rainfall has switched to snow.More >>
Tuesday, April 15 2014 8:08 PM EDT2014-04-16 00:08:37 GMT
Flood warnings are in effect around our region as heavy rains begin to move through. There is already localized flooding at some of the typical problem spots, like the wrong-way bridge on Route 15 inMore >>
Parts of our region are already flooding and others are bracing as heavy rains move through. Not only is rain falling fast, but warm temperatures Monday melted snow, adding to high waters.More >>
Tuesday, April 15 2014 7:06 PM EDT2014-04-15 23:06:00 GMT
A man had to be pulled from the Black River in Springfield Tuesday morning. The Hartford Fire Department says it's working to pull a man out from the river. They say he got stuck about 75 feet out inMore >>
Vermont emergency workers have rescued a man stranded in the middle of a treacherous section of river in downtown Springfield. More >>
Tuesday, April 15 2014 5:02 PM EDT2014-04-15 21:02:17 GMT
The sex crimes trial of a former prison guard has been delayed. Jury draw was scheduled to begin Monday for Richard Gallow. He is charged with sexual assault and lewd and lascivious conduct on a femaleMore >>
The sex crimes trial of a former prison guard has been delayed.More >>
Tuesday, April 15 2014 7:27 PM EDT2014-04-15 23:27:17 GMT
Arson at the Albany Fire Department was an inside job. On Tuesday former firefighter Elmer Joerg pleaded no contest to setting the blaze. Investigators say the former volunteer was caught on camera settingMore >>
An arson at the Albany Fire Department was an inside job.More >>
Tuesday, April 15 2014 7:26 PM EDT2014-04-15 23:26:03 GMT
There was a plea deal for a man who triggered a 5 hour standoff in Newport last fall. Derek Niles pleaded no contest to reckless endangerment Tuesday. He got a deferred sentence and will be on probationMore >>
There was a plea deal for a man who triggered a 5 hour standoff in Newport last fall. More >>