Around Town – August 20, 2020

Congratulations to the Clemmons family who were featured in the August 10 Burlington Free Press as owners and operators of the Clemmons Family Farm in Charlotte. The article focused on the difficulty of diversity in education, remembering what the daughter Lydia’s parents had to go through to share works by black artists and writers during their upbringing in the 1960s and 1970s. The Clemmons family emigrated from the deep south to Wisconsin in order to bring diversity to Fairbanks-Morse Corporation then headquartered in Beloit, with a staff and management that was almost entirely white. A retired member of UVM faculty of medicine, Lydia’s father, Jackson Clemmons, M.D., worked with members of his family to supplement the lack of diversity in this area by bringing Black scholars and artists to the family farm in order to display a possible interaction between their work and the largely white community.

Correction to obituary August 6 issue of The Charlotte News
We wish to correct the obituary for Mary Currier that appeared in the August 6 issue of The Charlotte News. Mary lived in Lexington, Massachusetts, at the time of her death. Although she lived in New York City and Princeton, New Jersey, for periods of her life, she was a native Vermonter, born in Burlington. She and her family spent summers in Charlotte. We apologize for our errors.