Around Town: March 22

Edd Merritt

Congratulations to CCS students who celebrated Mardi Gras/Carnival as part of their French and Spanish programs by parading through the school in their masks, speaking in the languages of the festival and baking crepes. Students in Spanish class won several prizes for their masks. The winners were Elena Haire, Maria Taylor, Paco Jacobs and Sierra Manning.

Congratulations to the following CCS students who participated in the regional math counts competition held February 18 at the University of Vermont: 8th graders Ella Haire, Lulu Louchheim, Else Martin-Smith and 6th grader Hadley Stockwell. Special congratulations go to Lulu who will advance to the state competition later this month.

Congratulations to Laurie Stavrand (a former Charlotter) and Milissa O’Brien who organized a production called “The Fashion Show,” which was held at Burlington International Airport on March 18. The models came from this country and abroad and 17 local retailers donated clothes and jewelry, which the models wore. The fashion show hoped to raise $50,000 from ticket sales and donations to benefit the Boys and Girls Clubs and the Vermont Refugee Re-settlement Program. Milissa was quoted in Friday’s Free Press as saying that beyond raising money, the event will “provide a better understanding of our community’s new American neighbors.”

Sympathy is extended to family and friends of Ellie Banks of Middlebury who passed away March 1 at the age of 83. Her surviving family includes her daughters Libby Cable and Caroline Slater of Charlotte. Friends and families are invited to remember her by planting memorial trees in their communities.

Sympathy is extended to family and friends of Louise Mary (St. George) Plant of Charlotte who passed away March 10 at the age of 83. She was born in Charlotte to Walter and Alma St. George and married to Richard Plant in Our Lady of Mount Carmel Catholic Church. She and her younger sister, Lucia, remained close and both built homes beside their parent’s Charlotte farm. In addition to Lucia, she is also survived by her daughter Renee Plant and Renee’s partner Lucas Adler of Charlotte. The family asks that those wishing to make donations in her memory consider doing so to the Humane Society in their area.

Sympathy is extended to family and friends of Cecile “Sis” Clark of Burlington who passed away March 5 at the age of 97. Her surviving family includes her niece Peg Blanchette and Peg’s husband, Joe. Instead of flowers, her family asks that donations in her memory be made to St. Stephen’s Parish, 115 Barlow St., Winooski, VT 05404 or to the Converse Home, 272 Church Street, Burlington, VT 05401.

Sympathy is extended to family and friends of Mary Lighthall who passed away recently. Active in the Charlotte Historical Society, Mary was a photographer known for her pictures of “Snowflake” Bentley’s flakes from his glass molds. She also edited and contributed notes to the text of Around the Mountains,” published by the Historical Society and written by W.W. Higbee. One of Mary’s favorite claims to fame is that she owned a “hot car” when she was young and single.

Sympathy is extended to family and friends of Dick Hess of Charlotte who passed away March 16 at the age of 65. Dick owned the Queen City Tavern in Burlington and later Archie’s Grill at two places off Shelburne Road. His surviving family includes his wife Meghan and his daughters Hannah and Emma of Charlotte.