Jacob Edgar, speaks to attendees at the Soup Supper Series at the Charlotte Congregational Church. Photo contributed

Congratulations:

to Jacob Edgar of Charlotte, who led off the Charlotte Congregational Church’s “Soup, Supper Series” on January 16. Jacob is a musician and ethnomusicologist, as well as a record producer. He spoke about his organizations: the record label, booking agency and music publisher, Cumbancha, as well as another label that has received world-wide renown, Putumayo World Music. He suggested that music from around the world can “open a doorway to other cultures” and is an excellent way to learn to understand people who are quite different from us. Putumayo’s compilations of music have taken him to places such as Turkey, India, Brazil, Cuba and elsewhere. He told the audience that he is the one to suffer through his worldwide travel, discovering new musicians so that “you don’t have to.”

to the following students from Charlotte who earned placement on the University of Vermont’s dean’s list for the fall semester by achieving grade-point averages of 3.0 or better and ranking in the top 20 percent of their class:

Carly Alpert, Hannah Bernier, Alexander D’Amico, Meara Heininger, Maeve Higgins, Amelia Pflaster, Abigail Postlewaite, Sophie Judge, Benjamin Recchia and Eleanore Blake.

to Dana Govett of Charlotte who earned placement on the Roger Williams University fall 2017 dean’s list. In order to do so, Dana was a full-time student who earned a grade-point average of 3.4 or higher.

to Jennifer Blanchard of Charlotte who earned placement on the Johnson State College, (now Northern Vermont University) president’s list. She achieved a straight A, 4.0 grade point average for the fall 2017 semester.

to Shea Monsey and Tiffany Tenney of Charlotte who earned placement on the Johnson State College (now Northern Vermont University) Dean’s List for the fall 2017 semester. They achieved grade-point averages between 3.5 and 3.9.

Sympathy:

is extended to family and friends of Howard Verman of Charlotte who died January 2 at the age of 67. He was a lifelong educator in this area. The family asks that, in lieu of flowers, donations in his memory be made to Kidsafe Collaborative or the Lake Champlain Waldorf School.

is extended to family and friends of Mary Jane Sharpe of Winooski who passed away January 5 at the age of 88. Her surviving family includes her son, James, and her daughter-in-law, Peggy Sharpe, and her two granddaughters, Kaylah and Chennah, of Charlotte. The family asks that those wishing to make memorial donations do so to Our Lady of Providence, 47 West Spring Street, Winooski, VT 05404.

is extended to family and friends of Barbara Leamy of Burlington who passed away at Converse Home on January 19 at the age of 92. Her surviving family includes her son Jim Manchester and his wife, Kathy, who live in Charlotte. The family asks that for those wishing to make a contribution in her memory, they consider doing so to the Hospice Unit of the Visiting Nurses Association or to the Converse Home.