Around Town – Oct 3

 Britt Johnson and Alex Bunton wed. Photo by Dave Seaver.

Congratulations to Britta Johnson and Alex Bunton who were married September 8 at the Starry Night Café, Ferrisburgh. Alex is a former editor of the Charlotte News. Charlotte’s Dave Seaver took photos and Tyler Bolles provided music.

Sympathy is extended to family and friends of Lucy Parker Jimmo of Ferrisburgh who passed away September 11 at the age of 91. She and her husband, Robert, owned Jimmo’s Four Corner Store in Ferrisburgh for many years. She also taught first grade at Charlotte Central School and enjoyed spending much of her summers on Mt. Philo. The family asks that, in lieu of flowers, gifts in her memory be sent to the Bixby Public Library for its children’s room. 

Sympathy is extended to family and friends of John M. Allen of Charlotte who passed away September 18 at the age of 71. John worked for many years in the Athletic Department of the University of Vermont. His surviving family includes his wife, Carolyn, of Charlotte. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society, Attn: Development, 875 N. Randolph St., Ste 225, Arlington, VA 22203. 

Sympathy is extended to family and friends of Charlene H. Gill of Charlotte who passed away September 26 at the age of 98. Having moved to Charlotte in 1952, she owned and operated Charlotte Beauty Nook for nearly 30 years. She was pre-deceased by her husband Carl who died in 1977. The family says there will be no public calling hours and the funeral will be private.

A “Voice” that is gone but, hopefully, not forgotten
For those of us who spent any amount of time in New York City, and particularly in Greenwich Village, the passing of the Village Voice, both print and online editions, marks the end of an era, the end of a 63-year-long leading element of local journalism. According to an article in the September 23 New York Times, its demise “struck another blow to local reporting in New York.” Known for its hard-core coverage of the city’s issues and politicians, its writers and editors over the years were some of the most celebrated in the business. I was a regular reader of columns by thought-provoking writers such as Jack Newfield, Norman Mailer, Tom Robbins, Murray Kempton and Pete Hamill. Papers do go, however, but this one will stick in my mind. Even though it focused on the big city, I believe its presence influenced some of my work on the small-town Charlotte News. 

Correction: The Sept. 19 Around Town column mentioned P.  Brian Machanic as appearing at the Dead Creek Water Management Association. It was, however, at the Dead Creek Wildlife Management Area that he appeared.