Edd Merritt, Contributing Editor

Ted Roberts and Beth Sytsma shared their talents with the Town of Charlotte with this year’s holiday scene, “Reindeer on the Green.” Photo by Rik Carlson

Congratulations:
to Julia and Andrew Beerworth of Charlotte whose son, Levi, was born October 28, 2016.

to Peninnah and Braxton Robbason of Charlotte whose son, Aldous, was born October 3, 2016.

to Lydia and Jack Clemmons of Charlotte, who were nominated by Sophia Veltrop of Montpelier in the December 18 Burlington Free Press as “Vermonters of the Year” for being “heavily involved in their community . . . proud Vermonters who value the working landscape . . .and community engagement.”

to Ella Caldwell of Charlotte, whose piece appeared in the “Young Writers Workshop” of the Burlington Free Press on December 16. Writing about fear, Ella said that her own worst enemy is her own imagination. She says it often takes her a long time to fall asleep, and it is “halfway between dreams and reality, that the imagination is strongest.” A night-light helps, however.

to Leath Tonino who grew up in Charlotte and now is a freelance writer who publishes his stories in a number of magazines. “Under Sharp White Stars” is a recent piece about lead character Zach’s last days with his dog, Lazy. It appeared in the December 21 issue of Seven Days. Lazy has been diagnosed with cancer, and she and her owner head into the woods. When Lazy strays, a fox leads Zach to the area in which she is. Leath writes knowingly about animals and their approach to life and to death. Knowing Lazy was nearby, Zach closed his eyes: “Saw those bare shaved rectangles on her side and belly. Saw her somewhere he could not see” before breaking a new trail home.

to Susan Ohanian of Charlotte whose letter to the editor was published in the December 28 New York Times. A reading teacher, Susan is concerned about the emphasis on nonfiction at early stages of children’s reading. “Race to the Top” (Wherever do these federal groups come up with platitudes galore?) seems to de-emphasize the character of fiction by suggesting abbreviated versions. (But then, shoot me now; it’s an English major speaking.) I think “Amelia Bedelia” would have changed my life, too. Mine happened to be “Mike Mulligan,” however.

to Kris Gerson’s first-grade students who made layered cookies for the Charlotte Food Shelf and to Mrs. Brady’s and Mrs. Bouteiller’s first graders who hand-tied fleece blankets for animals in a shelter in Rhode Island where Mrs. Bouteiller’s sister works.

to Mrs. Filardi and Ms. Lubic’s classes who tied for first-place in the PTO’s Annual Fund Read-a-thon Drive. So far, over $3,000 has been raised with more coming in.

Sympathy:
is extended to family and friends of Shirley Marshall, a lifelong resident of Charlotte who passed away December 15 at the age of 94. The daughter of Clayton and Mae Sheehan, she grew up in the Sheehan home in East Charlotte. Following her husband’s discharge from the Army Air Corps, they returned to Charlotte and purchased a farm on Prindle Road. In the mid 1950s Shirley began working at Charlotte Central School. She also did bookkeeping for Our Lady of Carmel Catholic Church. Shirley’s surviving family includes her brother John Sheehan of East Charlotte along with numerous nieces and nephews.

is extended to family and friends of Stephan Sicard of Burlington who passed away December 26 at the age of 55. His surviving family includes his sister Karen (Sicard) and her husband, Bill Root, of Charlotte. The family asks that, in lieu of flowers, donations in Stephen’s memory be made to VNA Respite House, 313 Roosevelt Highway, Colchester, VT 05446 or to the Vermont Cancer Society, 55 Day Lane, Williston, VT 05495.

is extended to family and friends of James Bidlack of Chambersburg, Pennsylvania, who passed away December 22 at the age of 87. His surviving family includes his daughter Terry Lynn Bidlack Silva of Charlotte. The family asks that, in lieu of flowers, donations in his memory be made to the Wolf Creek Environmental Center, 6100 Ridge Road, Sharon Center, OH 44281 or to the Shook Home, 55 South 2nd Street, Chambersburg, PA 17201.

is extended to family and friends of Emily (Rascoe) Moon of Fairfax who passed away December 27 at the age of 75. Her surviving family includes her sister Cheryl Gouchoe and Cheryl’s husband, Frank, of Charlotte. The family asks that, in lieu of flowers, donations in Emily’s memory be made to the Franklin County Humane Society, 30 Sunset Meadows, St. Albans, VT 05478.

is extended to family and friends of Scott Michael Barnes of North Ferrisburgh who passed away December 27 at the age of 49. Scott developed a passion for farming on his grandfather’s acreage in Charlotte, where he tended livestock and raised and showed Polled Hereford cattle. His surviving family includes his godson John Mack of Charlotte. In lieu of flowers, a fund has been established to assist with the health and welfare of his son, Carson. Please make donations payable to the Scott Barnes Memorial Trust, to Angelina Carrara, 19 Ledgemont Lane, Cornwall, VT 05753.

is extended to family and friends of Julia Curtis of Ferrisburg who passed away January 7 at the age of 92. After graduating from UVM and marrying her husband, Gordon, they built a home in Bolton where they raised their family. They later moved to Charlotte into the house in which Julia had been raised and spent summers at their camp on the lake. The family asks that donations in her memory be made to Westchester Exceptional Children’s School, 520 RT 22, North Salem, NY 10560.
is extended to family and friends of Thomas Henneberger of Charlotte who passed away January 7 at the age of 86. After a long and varied career in private enterprise and government, he and his wife Patricia retired to Charlotte in 1993. A memorial service at the Charlotte Congregational Church will be held in the spring.

Regional Bite:

Seventh Generation goes Dutch
It has been 27 years since Charlotte’s Jeffery Hollender founded Seventh Generation cleaning products. The company now has gone the way of Ben and Jerry’s, bought by Unilever, a Dutch conglomerate. In a column in the December 30 Burlington Free Press, Hollender speaks positively of the sale, saying that he hopes his grandchildren will find Seventh Generation products all over the world as a result.

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