Out Takes – Where do we start with the military mind?

Out Takes – Where do we start with the military mind?

Apparently, we feel it behooves us as a society to start at an early age to embrace a military bent to our culture. I didn’t think much of it when I was young and even when I was in the Navy. All I wanted to do was get it over with, and I joined my shipmates dumping garbage off the fantail of our carrier into the Gulf of Tonkin while getting teary eyed as Hanoi Hanna played Scott McKenzie singing, “For those who come to San Francisco…” That was us to be, man.

Sixth graders study Earth’s development from outer space

Sixth graders study Earth’s development from outer space

The Champlain Valley School District has been working with Natasha Grey and her 6th-grade students at CCS for the past few weeks. The students took part in a NASA mission called Sally Ride EarthKAM (Earth Knowledge Acquired by Middle school students), a NASA educational outreach program that enables students, teachers and the public to learn about Earth from the unique perspective of space.

On Books – Don’t forget your book

On Books – Don’t forget your book

I am going to Florida soon, and so this afternoon I had a window in my schedule and, instead of heading back to Charlotte, decided to get a much-needed, walk-in pedicure. Luckily for me, the place wasn’t crowded (it often is), and they took me right away. In no time, my feet and ankles were happily soaking in a basin of hot water. Ahhhhh. For my color, I chose gold, something I have never done before and may never do again, but I think I quite like it. I’m not 100 percent sure, but I think it’s okay. 

Backyard Sugaring – Rookie year in the sugar shack

Backyard Sugaring – Rookie year in the sugar shack

From the dark mists it was oozing, in a long steady thread of sweetness, finally. Two days after beginning the fires at my homemade arch and a week after drilling my first taps, maple syrup had arrived from my own maple trees surrounding my home. The idea was simple enough: make a gallon of syrup this year, at home. The devil, it turns out, is in the execution. But having good friends and family along for the ride makes for a memorable effort.

Thanks for the generators

Thanks for the generators

I wish to thank the voters and citizens of Charlotte who voted at Town Meeting to approve the funds to install emergency generators at the Senior Center and the Town Office. As Selectman Fritz Tegatz and others explained at Town Meeting, two generators allow the Senior Center to function as a community resource center and warming shelter during times when storms take out the power. The installation of the generator at the Town Offices provides power so that the town’s administration functions can continue, and it ensures that the septic system pumps that serve the Senior Center, the fire station and the Town Offices will function when the power is out. This investment in emergency power gives our town administrators, town clerks and emergency service providers the capability to better serve Charlotte residents should we experience an extended power outage. Given the recent pattern of extreme weather events, this investment is prudent and timely. 

Charlotte Library News

Charlotte Library News

Think Spring! Despite three nor’easters in as many weeks and inches of snow on the ground, we are starting to think about flowers, gardens and other outdoor activity here at the library. This includes planning for the Seed Library of 2018. Here’s the latest from Linda Hamilton, who coordinates our seed library.

Report from the Legislature – Workforce development through education

Report from the Legislature – Workforce development through education

At the Champlain Valley School District (CVSD) budget presentation the evening before Town Meeting, board member Lynne Jaunich was describing the district’s intent to help students connect with employers through internships for skill development. Moe Harvey, who owns Patterson Fuels, stated that he had positions in his company, well-paying jobs with benefits, that he had a hard time filling because he could not find people with the skills or the willingness to learn. He was unaware of programs matching students with employers, which to me sounded like a communications problem between our educational system and our business communities.

Health Matters – The role of exercise and dance in managing Parkinson’s disease

Health Matters – The role of exercise and dance in managing Parkinson’s disease

According to the American Parkinson Disease Association (APDA), approximately one million Americans are presently living with Parkinson’s disease and 60,000 new cases are diagnosed every year. Although there is currently no cure, a growing body of research suggests that exercise may play an important role in managing and reducing the common symptoms of this disease.

Sports Report

Sports Report

So, you can end the season coming in at second place for men and second place for women and still win the overall state championship. This happened to CVU’s Alpine ski teams. The women finished second in their two-day event in early March, behind Mount Mansfield Union. Redhawk Becca Provost was the top individual finisher in the slalom race at Burke Mountain. 

Around Town

Around Town

to Coco Eyre who, as a previous contestant on “Chopped Jr.” on the Food Network, was chosen this year to serve on a 10-person panel of judges for the 2018 Junior Iron Chef Vermont competition held on March 17 at the Champlain Valley Exposition in Essex Junction. Coco is the daughter of Melissa O’Brien and Richard Eyre of Charlotte. See photo on page 23

Charlotte Senior Center News

Charlotte Senior Center News

When you think of “senior center,” do you think bingo, TV and baloney sandwiches on white bread? CSC has none of that. Everyone will tell you that the Charlotte Senior Center is a special place with a welcoming atmosphere, vibrant visitors and a wide variety of activities. There is also the “restaurant quality” food—cooked at the Center by different teams of senior (seasoned) cooks.

Ban military-style assault weapons for the sake of our children

Ban military-style assault weapons for the sake of our children

Town Meeting isn’t over until it’s over. Kudos to Meghan Nelly, who reported on all the events at Town Meeting 2018. This is in noticeable contrast to “the other” paper, which saw no need to mention the advisory motions on the Spear property and the ban on assault weapons. Of course, these items were passed after the meeting had been active for more than three hours, but once we get through all the official reports and public reaction to those reports, Town Meeting always takes the time for ideas from individual citizens. A newspaper that does not find these ideas “fit to print” is not doing its job.

Charlotte Central School  students walk out and talk in

Charlotte Central School students walk out and talk in

On February 14, 2018, there was a mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. Seventeen lives were taken and 17 more people were injured. On March 10, administrators at Charlotte Central School sent an email to the school community that said that awareness and interest had grown from middle school students about the walk-outs held across the country. 

CVSD works to improve school safety and emergency preparedness plan

CVSD works to improve school safety and emergency preparedness plan

After the outbreak of school violence in Parkland, Florida, and our own threats closer to home in Vermont, I’m reaching out to assure you that the safety and well-being of our students is our top priority. While statistically, school shootings remain rare, these horrific incidents focus our attention on critical security needs and cause us to re-evaluate our safety plans.