Courtney McDermott’s sunset photograph looking west across Lake Champlain was selected as the “Photo of the Week” in the “Young Writers Project” of the October 11 Burlington Free Press.
CCS students Owen Deale, Sawyer Carr and Taryn Martin-Smith were chosen to represent their school in the District III Jazz Festival Band. The band will play on November 8 at the Camel’s Hump Middle School, Richmond.
Rowan Bauman Swain of Charlotte is performing as a featured violist with the Vermont Youth Orchestra, whose season began October 13 at the Flynn Center for the Performing Arts. A senior at CVU High School, Rowan made her concert debut with the Vermont Symphony Orchestra five years ago. After beginning on the violin at age 4, she picked up the viola seven years later, and it became her instrument of choice. She has studied it at a number of schools in America and abroad, including the pre-college division of Julliard since 2013. She was a semi-finalist in the 2018 Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition.
Carolyn (Kay) Greene, a longtime Charlotte resident, passed away Oct. 5 at the Respite House at the age of 76. She and her husband, Jim, moved to Charlotte in 1971 where Kay, a nurse, worked at the Pillars, then for Drs. Fink, Dean and Steinberg in Shelburne, and later for the VNA. Her sons, Richard and Wes, and her daughter, Cynthia, attended CVU High School. She was an avid gardener and birdwatcher who could name most of the species that fed from her feeder. The family asks that those wishing to honor Kay do so with donations to the Audubon Vermont: Green Mountain Audubon Center, 255 Sherman Hollow Road, Huntington, VT 05462, or to the UVM Extension Master Gardeners program, UVM Foundation, 411 Main St., Burlington, VT 05401 or through a personal donation link.
Verne A. Bronson of Burlington passed away September 28 at the age of 79. Growing up in North Ferrisburgh, he served in the Army during the Vietnam War. Following his discharge, he worked as a production-line supervisor at Garden Way in Charlotte, where he remained until 1984 when the plant closed. A graveside service will be announced at a later date.
Recently, a Burlington-based women’s magazine called Reach started publication. Publisher Sara Clark felt that a journal that focuses on new motherhood was missing from bookshelves and news racks. Appropriately, she and a college friend living in Maine chose International Women’s Day (March 8) to start their magazine, deciding to focus its content on women’s issues, shared through women’s voices. The publishers held a gathering to celebrate the new journal on October 3 at “Soapbox Arts” in Burlington. A couple of local comedians, one being former Charlotter Josie Leavitt, performed for the gathering.