Edd Merritt, Contributing Editor

Charlotte dawn crescent moon on Greenbush Road. Photo by Lee Krohn.

Congratulations to Alison Bechdel of Bolton who was named the next Vermont “cartoonist laureate” by the Center for Cartoon Studies. A resolution recognizing her for the honor will be read on the Statehouse floor in Montpelier April 6. According to an article in the March 29 Burlington Free Press, Vermont is the only state that “regularly appoints a cartoonist laureate.” Bechdel’s illustrated novel, Fun Home, was made into a Broadway musical in New York in 2015. Charlotte’s Oscar Williams played Bechdel’s younger brother in the production, which won a Tony Award as “Best Musical.”

Congratulations to Denise Danyow, Director of Operations for the Committee on Temporary Shelter (COTS) who was recognized for her efficient management of the agency’s finances in their recent newsletter. A longtime volunteer in the Charlotte Library, in schools, in her parish, she used her background as a commercial banker as well as having earned a Masters of Business Administration (MBA) graduate degree to connect her to COTS.

Congratulations to the “other Rik” at the Little Garden Market in Charlotte, Rik Carlson whose photographs were displayed at Noyes Auto and Tire Service in Burlington through March 31. His show was titled “Celebrate Your Ride: The Passion & The Art.”

Congratulations to Marley and Nick Powden of Charlotte on the birth of their son Oliver on February 11.