Fundraising Print Sale to Honor Linda Stone

On September 30, just a few weeks ago, Linda Stone passed away. Linda was to me, and many of her other “adopted” kids, an exceedingly special person. Known to more than a few people as Mama Stone, she was funny, whip smart and, most importantly, loving. 

Unable to attend her funeral services in Utah, I asked about sending flowers. In lieu of flowers, the family had asked that donations be made to the Huntsman Cancer Center in Salt Lake City, who cared for Linda during her ba

ttle with cancer and the illness that took her life.

The morning after she passed away, on my way to work, I stopped and shot this photo (see it much larger here:

After some thought and speaking with Deb, Linda’s daughter and my lifelong friend, I decided that instead of sending just a small check, I would like to send a bigger check in Linda’s memory, something more substantial to honor her.

And I’d like your help.

So, I am offering 25 limited edition 5” x 15” prints of this picture, signed and numbered, for $100 each. Photos will be printed by this company,, which produces a beautiful frameless presentation on thick acrylic, ready to hang with all the hardware. All proceeds will go to the Huntsman Cancer Center in Linda’s name.

If you would like to purchase a print, please contact me via email at for details. I will only be taking orders via email, so that I can make sure that requests are processed as they’re received and keep things as fair and organized as possible. 

If you would like to donate in Linda’s name directly to the Center, visit

Thank you for your support!



Like Beautiful Snowflakes for Melissa and Ty

Unlike my dear friend and compatriot Matt Payeur over at Empire Imaging, who claims to not be an “outwardly emotional guy,” I am a complete sap.

So, to arrive home to see this was, once again, humbling and moving.

Like beautiful snowflakes, these envelopes arrive carrying not just money but love. They may not look it, all flat and proper, but they’re fit to burst with caring and love for Melissa Jenkins and Ty.

From right here in the NEK, to New Hampshire, Massachusetts, New York, even Florida, and as far away as New Zealand… let me say that one more time so you don’t miss it: New Zealand. No, I didn’t stutter, but I did blubber a little.

Rock on!

The last week has seen an unsurprising but impressive outpouring of love and support for Melissa and Ty. From our little photo project (that got a heck of a lot bigger than we imagined), to moving tributes at St. Johnsbury Academy, Shawn Timson’s bursting donation buckets at Horizon’s Deli and one whale of a fundraiser by Ramunto’s Pizza last Saturday (again, BRAVO to them!), the Northeast Kingdom makes my heart swell with pride.

However, I urge you to please continue to give to the Melissa Jenkins Memorial Fund. Let’s keep the momentum going!

Checks should be made out to “Melissa Jenkins Memorial Trust” and sent to Passumpsic Savings Bank, 497 Railroad St., St. Johnsbury, VT 05819. Cash donations and checks can also be dropped by any Passumpsic Bank branch in Vermont.

Photos for Ty Fundraiser Concludes

What began just over 24 hours ago as a simple response to the loss of Melissa Jenkins and our combined sadness and helplessness resulted in something neither one of us anticipated, in the best possible way.

Our expectations were met, exceeded and beyond. We have committments for more than 250 prints… that’s over $5,000, with 100% of that going directly to the Melissa Jenkins Memorial Fund.

Wow. In the deepest, darkest moment, the community shines. The response was at once amazing and unsurprising. 

As noted earlier on our respective Facebook pages, Matt and I have reached the limit on the number of prints we can offer. We are both humbled and grateful for the outpouring of support for Melissa and Ty. 

We both encourage those of you who wish to contribute—but may have missed this fundraiser—to send donations of any and all size to the official fund. Information is included below. 

Thank you Matt Payeur for teaming up with me on this wild idea… couldn’t have done it without you, good sir. 

A very special thanks to Don Whipple of Kingdom Color and Imaging, who stepped up to the plate and then, on a high and tight inside curveball, knocked it out over the Green Monster. We couldn’t have done it without him. Thanks, Don!

Also, Matt and I would like to put together a local silent auction of framed artwork. As more plans materialize, we will be sure to alert everyone so that we can raise even more money for Ty.

We can’t change the past, but we can certainly change the future. Good deeds, my friends. 


Information from the Northeast Chamber of Commerce:

A special fund has been set up to assist the 2-year-old son of Melissa Jenkins, now and in the future.

Checks should be made out to “Melissa Jenkins Memorial Trust” and sent to Passumpsic Savings Bank, 497 Railroad St., St. Johnsbury, VT 05819. Cash donations and checks can also be dropped by any Passumpsic Bank branch in Vermont.

This is the one fund that ALL donations should be sent to. It was established in cooperation with St. Johnsbury Academy, where Melissa worked, and Maple Grove Farms of Vermont, where her mother works. Please share this message.

Photos for Ty Fundraiser Update

Overwhelming. Bittersweet. Deeply Inspiring. 

These are a few emotions that come to mind in thinking about the last few days. The outpouring of support for Melissa Jenkins and her little boy Ty have been amazing everywhere.

When Matt and I began this fundraiser, we really had no idea. It was something we could do, with what gifts we are given. Speaking for him, I can say we’re both utterly and completely blown away. 

Thank you.

As of this afternoon, you have amazingly bought more than 170 prints. That is incredible—inspiring, really.

Because of this, we’ve talked to Don Whipple of Kingdom Color and Imaging, and he is willing to cover the cost of printing for up to 250 8x10s, which is unbelievably generous. If we sell 250 prints, we can give $5,000 to the Melissa Jenkins Memorial Fund for Ty. Once we’ve reached 250 prints, we will then close this fundraiser. 

We can never bring Melissa back, but we can do everything possible for Ty. It’s a good start, and there will be much more around the community. Already I’ve seen a number of projects and fundraisers begin, and I can’t express how wonderful it is to see. Matt and I have also discussed putting together a local art show and silent auction, and we will keep you updated on that project.

The Northeast Kingdom shows itself to be amazing—again.

See the post below this one for all the links and information. Matt and I both would like to thank all of you who have purchased photos and helped us help Ty.


Photos for Ty Fundraiser

Photo by Josh AinsworthMatt Payeur of Empire Imaging of Danville VT and Bob M. Montgomery Images have teamed up to raise money for Melissa Jenkin’s son, Ty.

As some of you may know, Melissa Jenkins went missing from her running vehicle, while her son Ty sat in his child seat. Tragically, she was discovered yesterday dead, the result of a unexplainable and horrific homicide—leaving her 2-year-old son Ty without his loving mother. Melissa was an amazing person, always smiling and always willing to help others. She was pursuing her master’s degree while teaching science at St. Johnsbury Academy. Her loss has shaken the entire community.

Our hope is that we can do our small part in making Ty’s life better after the tragic loss of his mother. We are both offering special galleries of images for this fundraiser.

Each 8x10 print is $20; 100% of the proceeds will be donated to the Fund. Special thanks to Don Whipple of Kingdom Color and Imaging, who have generously donated all of the costs for making these prints.

To order a print, please visit the special galleries here:

BMM Images for Ty

Empire Images for Ty

You can message either of us directly on Facebook with your orders, including the image numbers and your mailing address, or you may send email to either or If you wish to buy from both galleries (and we encourage it), you may send a single order and single check, as we’re working together on this project.

Please make all checks payable to “Melissa Jenkins Memorial Fund” with “For Ty” in the memo field. 

Thank you!

Upcoming Craft Fair

I will be setting up for my first craft fair of 2011 at the Irasburg Town Hall in Irasburg, VT, Saturday, April 9 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The event, which can be signed up for here, is to benefit the Northeast Kingdom Relay For Life and hosted by the Angel Paws & Angel Paws Too Relay for Life Teams.

I’ll have matted prints in both 5x7 and 8x10, as well as a selection of framed prints and possibly notecards. If you’re in the area, please stop by and visit me and all the other vendors!