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Community remembers O'Hagan's presence at Sheffield Field Days

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SHEFFIELD, Vt. - Elvis tunes, softball and fried dough.

Each year Labor Day brings a party to this kingdom town.

"It's really relaxed atmosphere," said Charlie Frost.

Up at the north end of the grounds at Sheffield Field Days is the day's big draw horseshoes.

Charlie Frost is 83.

He's pitched shoes at the Field Days tournament for nearly 20 years.

"I just one flip over, it's all the timing and rhythm," said Frost.

Frost is a three time champion at the tourney where for at least a few hours rivalries trump friendships.

"They finished second to us last year and both are pitching very well today," said Steve Knudson, former champion.

When the shirts come off, you know it gets serious.

But anyone who's a veteran of the Sheffield Field Days can't attend without remembering who is missing.

It's been four years since the murder of a town grandmother, Pat O'Hagan. Suspects in her killing surfaced in a federal investigation into the illegal sale of firearms. The defendant was Michael Norrie, 23.

"There isn't anyone who didn't love her," said Walter Smith.

Pat was a regular at the Sheffield Field Days as soon as she moved into town.

"Whatever was going on, she was involved in. You'd see her out here on field day. She would walk around and sell the raffle tickets," said Linda Lyman.

Field day, quilting club, historical society, ladies group at church, Pat did it all. That's why even four years later, she's missed each day. One of O'Hagan's favorite events each year at Field Days was the Fiddlers contest. That contest has now been renamed the Pat O'Hagan Memorial Fiddlers Contest in her honor.

"Her spirit is still very much alive in this town," said Lyman.

"She gave back to this town every day of her life," said Smith.

The town moves forward but Pat's charm stays behind. They say now Sheffield has an angel.

"She is remembered by the folks in this town every single day," said Smith.

An angel whose presence this town will always feel.

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