By Edd Merritt
Congratulations to Jonathon Silverman of Charlotte who was featured in the “Talking Art” section of the April 25 Seven Days. Head of St. Michael’s College Department of Education and coordinator of the arts education program, Silverman went to Seattle where he was recognized as Vermont Art Educator of the Year for 2018. The award came from the Vermont Art Educators as well as the National Art Education Association. Ann Joppe-Mercure, a colleague at St. Mike’s, nominated him for this award, and was quoted as saying,” His influence is extraordinary in this state.” In addition to creating the art work itself, Jonathon sees it as a way of understanding others and communicating better through it. He says, “I truly believe we can learn to live together better.”
Jonathon is retiring from the college at the end of this academic year. He will continue to be active in his volunteer work at The Charlotte Library.
Congratulations to Adam Hausman, owner of Adam’s Berry Farm off Bingham Brook Road in Charlotte, who was featured in AAA magazine’s recent issue of Northern New England Journey for his recipes in the Vermont Non-GMO Cookbook (written by Tracy Medeiros and published by Skyhorse Publishing). The article contains Adam’s recipe for French raspberry sorbet. Adam moved his berry farm from Burlington’s Intervale in 2013 after he discovered that the low floodplain there destroyed large sections of farmland annually. Adam said that he became tired of “canoeing through his raspberries” and looked for higher ground, which turned up in Charlotte.
Congratulations to Anna Roberts-Gevalt, formerly of Hinesburg, CVU and the Vermont Youth Orchestra, who now is one half of the folk-music duo “Anna and Elizabeth.” Featured in the April 20 New York Times Arts section, their music is called a “subtly subversive kind of folk.” Their first album, The Invisible Comes to Us, has them performing traditional folk songs with the standard words mixed with “flecks of found sound and unusual percussion.”
After performing a benefit concert for the Vermont Folklife Center in Middlebury, they headed south to play at New York City’s Le Poision Rouge on April 23.
Congratulations to Charlotters Christine Kogut and Chase Weaver who were among the 90 Vermonters to finish the Boston Marathon. The women Green Staters outnumbered the men by 62-28. Christine finished 17th among Vermont women; Chase finished 11th among the men.
Congratulations to the following Charlotte landscapers who were recognized for their work at the 9th annual Vermont Nursery and Landscape Association Industry Awards Program: Excellence Award for Distinctive Landscaping, Charlie Proutt, Distinctive Landscaping; Honor Award for Distinctive Landscaping, Elizabeth Proutt, Distinctive Landscaping; The Vermont Nursery and Landscape Association Green Works Annual Awards, Environmental Awareness Award, Nate Carr of Church Hill Landscapes; the Retailer of the Year Award, Eileen Schilling and Charlie Proutt, Horsford Nursery; NENA Young Professional of the Year Award, Ashley Robinson, landscape designer.
Sympathy is extended to family and friends of Ruth Garen of Charlotte who passed away April 18 at the age of 96. Ruth moved to Charlotte as an infant and lived in town her entire life. She grew up on the Sunny Acres Farm on Prindle Road, and she and her husband, Richard Garen, raised their four children on their Lake Road dairy farm. Richard passed away in 1994. Ruth’s surviving family includes her son, Reg, and his wife, Janice, of Charlotte. The family asks that those wishing to make donations in her memory do so to VNA Hospice, 1110 Prim Road, Colchester, VT 05446.
Sympathy is extended to family and friends of Ray S. Cooley of South Burlington who passed away April14 at the age of 87. President of the Charlotte/Shelburne Rotary, he received the Paul Harris Award among other honors. The family asks that, in lieu of flowers, donations be made to VNA Respite House, 3113 Roosevelt Highway, Colchester, VT 05446 or to the Shelburne United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 365, Shelburne, VT 05482 or to the Shriners.
Sympathy is extended to family and friends of Edward Melby, Jr., DVM, of Charlotte who passed away April 22 at the age of 88. A veterinarian, Ed had been Dean of the College of Veterinary Medicine at Cornell University, followed by time in animal health work in Pennsylvania before moving to Vermont. A sixth generation Vermonter, Ed served on Charlotte’s Planning Commission and was an active member of the Charlotte Congregational Church. His family held regular gatherings at Cedar Beach. His surviving family includes his wife, Jean, of Charlotte. The family plans to remember Ed through a celebration in the summer.
Sympathy is extended to family and friends of Joan Gates of Charlotte who passed away April 24 at the age of 86. She and her husband, Wally, moved to Charlotte upon their retirement in 1996. An active gardener, Joan was president of the Burlington Garden Club where she initiated a gardening program for psychiatric patients at the local hospital. She became active in the Charlotte Senior Center, arranging fresh flowers weekly, and she was one of the cooks for the home-cooked luncheon program, preparing lunch for 40 to 50 seniors. Joan is survived by her husband of 65 years. A celebration of her life will be scheduled for a future date. Donations in her memory can be made to the Charlotte Senior Center, P.O. Box 207, Charlotte, VT 05445 or to a charity of the giver’s choice.
Sympathy is extended to family and friends of Jean Andrews of Yarmouth, Main, who died April 22 at the age of 91. Her husband, a physician, served for 17 years on the faculty of the University of Vermont as both teacher and administrator. Her surviving family includes her son Scott Andrews of Charlotte. The family asks that those wishing to make donations in her memory consider giving to The Good Shepherd Food Bank, P.O. Box 1807, Auburn, ME 04211 or to the Vermont Historical Society, 60 Washington Street, Barre, VT 05641.