Around Town: Nov. 30


Charlotte Rose Barton
Charlotte Rose Barton

With full hearts, Jack and Olivia Barton are overjoyed to announce the arrival of their baby girl, Charlotte Rose Barton

Charlotte entered the world on Nov. 17, 2023, at 2 a.m. at the University of Vermont Medical Center in Burlington. She weighed 8 pounds, 2 ounces and was 21 inches long. She is a bundle of perfection and is already so loved! 

Welcome to the world, little one!


David Porter Perrin of Charlotte (1933-2023) passed away peacefully on Nov. 9.

He was born in the Montpelier hospital, raised in Berlin on the family farm and graduated from Montpelier High School. At the University of Vermont, he met his future wife, Marilyn Bolton.

After graduating in agricultural engineering, Dave began his 42-year career at General Electric as an expert on heat transfer and barrel design. After being drafted and two years in the Army, he returned to General Electric and completed a mechanical engineering degree at the University of Vermont by taking night classes while working full time.

David Porter Perrin

Dave married Lyn on July 18, 1959, and they celebrated 58 years together prior to her death, including their first home in Burlington, moving to Charlotte to raise their three children, and much-loved worldwide travel on retirement.

A seventh generation Vermonter, Dave was known for being an avid bridge “life master,” maple sugaring, hiking the Long Trail, woodworking, expert knowledge on Vermont coin silver (including writing a book on the subject), obtaining 251 club membership by canoeing all of Vermont’s 251 towns, cities and gores, his enthusiasm for family and Vermont history, storytelling with wry humor, and especially his caring, constant support and generosity for his family.

Dave is survived by his sister Sally and three children and their spouses: Cynthia and Barry (Annapolis, Md.), Henry and Carrie (Vashon, Wash.) and Susan and Jamie (Boulder, Colo.), and six wonderful grandchildren. He was preceded by his brother Henry and his wife Lyn.

A celebration of Dave’s life will be held on Jan. 20 at the Charlotte Congregational Church. In lieu of flowers, contributions in his memory may be made to the Berlin Historical Society or the Charlotte Congregational Church.

Ashley Lynne Pilla left this world unexpectedly on Oct. 25, 2023, in Queens, N.Y. She was born on July 21st, 1987, in Burlington, Vermont. She was an energetic child with a love for drawing and painting and the outdoors; she was extremely talented in competitive sports, including skiing and soccer. After living out her early years in Shelburne and Charlotte, she moved to New York City to pursue her dreams and make her mark on the world.

Ashley Lynne Pilla

Ashley was a gifted artist and her creativity thrived in Astoria and Brooklyn, where she lived. She developed a deep passion for entrepreneurship and restoring antique furniture and was even featured on an episode of Flea Market Flip. She also worked as a bartender for many years, forging long-lasting relationships and creating unforgettable memories.

While pursuing her degree in interior design, she flexed her seemingly natural ability to envision an inviting yet innovative space. Everyone who knew Ashley described her as a spitfire with a big heart. She had a passion for helping animals in need, having rescued three cats and caring for them devotedly.

Ashley was ambitious, passionate and fiercely determined. She will always be loved and missed by many, and her legacy will not soon be forgotten. She is survived by her mother, Kathleen, and stepfather, Doug Grant; her father, Jack Pilla, and stepmother, Kristin Lundy; her sister, Kaitlyn Pilla; her brother, Nick Pilla; and her paternal grandmother, Dorothy Pilla.

Those who would like to honor her memory with a contribution may do so at Free Arts NYC and Meow Parlour.