Around Town: April 18


Allen Manley Martin
Al Martin

Allen Manley Martin has sailed on to calmer seas, departing on March 24, 2024. Allen lived a very active life, living his life in the Burlington area for 89 years.

Allen launched his career with his first business, Almartin Motors. His second business was Point Bay Marina for 38 years after bringing it back from bankruptcy.

Allen met his wife of 69 years on a blind date. Together they raised three children, Kathryn, Karin and Peter.

Allen had much joy giving the senior citizens of Charlotte boat rides on his boat, the Nancy Ann.

Allen leaves his wife Nancy; daughter, Karin Small, Kathryn Martin (deceased), and son Peter Martin (deceased); grandsons Matthew Small, Justin Small and Brennan Martin (deceased); and great-granddaughters Sadie Small and Mercy Small.

Smooth sailing, Poppy — you will be lovingly missed.

Donations can be made in Allen’s honor to the Charlotte Senior Center.

Sarah (“Sally”) Winston Robinson

Sarah (“Sally”) Winston Robinson was born on November 2, 1924, in Detroit, Michigan, and passed away on March 15, 2024, at age 99.

Sarah Robinson
Sarah Robinson

She resided in Osprey, Florida, and previously lived in Birmingham, Michigan and spent summers in Old Bennington and then Charlotte, Vermont. She was the beloved wife of Eliot Robinson whom she married in 1949, and together they shared 57 wonderful years of marriage. Eliot predeceased her in 2006.

Sally graduated from Bennington College in 1947 with a major in art and psychology and went on to receive her MFA from Wayne State University. She was driven by a passion for art and art-making, that came from her family background as the daughter of the noted art collector, Lydia Winston, and granddaughter of the famed Detroit industrial architect Albert Kahn. She was highly accomplished herself in printmaking and the technique of cliché verre and never stopped making art in her various home studios. Sally exhibited both nationally and internationally, including a one woman show of her works at the Bertha Urdang Gallery in New York.

Vibrant and intellectually active to the end of her life, Sally also possessed a curiosity about others and world events. Throughout her life she spent time serving her community with Planned Parenthood, the Detroit Artists Market, Bennington Museum, and, later when she moved to Florida, cataloging rare plant specimens as a volunteer at Selby Gardens in Sarasota.

She loved to play tennis and competed in tournaments. In Florida, she was a superb croquet player and an avid bridge player.

Most of all Sally valued family and was an incredible inspiration and role model to her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She instilled in the next three generations her love of art, travel and civic engagement. And above all what it takes to be a truly devoted mother and wife.

She is survived by her sister, Ernestine Ruben (Herbert) of Princeton NJ, her children Peter Robinson of Bloomfield Hills, MI, Lydia Robinson of Princeton, NJ, Suzanne Buchsbaum (Andrew) of Old Bennington, VT, and Sarah McGarghan (Kevin) of Charlotte, VT, eight grandchildren, four great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.

There will be a private family burial in Michigan. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Selby Botanical Gardens in Sarasota, Florida, The Albert Kahn Legacy Foundation in Detroit and Birmingham Bloomfield Art Center in Birmingham, Michigan.

Arrangements are under the direction of Sanderson-Ducharme Funeral Home in Middlebury, VT.

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Amelia Anair of Charlotte, who is studying accounting, was named to the Champlain College president’s list for the fall semester for having a grade-point average of 4.0 or higher.

Heloise Guyette, Brennan Murdock and Stuart Robinson, all of Charlotte, were named to Champlain College dean’s list for having a grade-point average of 3.5 or higher in the fall semester.

Juna Segel, of Charlotte, a 16-year-old homeschooler, competed in the American Association of Christian Schools’ national competition at Bob Jones University in Greenville, S.C. last week and won first place in sacred piano.