This was a tough year for The Charlotte News. We lost two editors and several board members for a variety of reasons.
The Charlotte Hand-Me-Downs project builds on the long-standing tradition of winter clothing provision by the Charlotte Food Shelf.
You may have watched Storm Lake Times, which screened on Vermont PBS on Monday night.
People matter! The Vermont Foodbank is a member of Feeding America, which developed out of the idea of one man: John van Hengel.
As I write this piece for The News, we’re travelling to Washington, D.C. to spend a few days with our sons, daughters-in-law and three grandchildren.
You scream. I scream. We all scream for zucchini! Maybe that’s a bit of an exaggeration, but fresh vegetables are popular—and they are beneficial.
Every two weeks, The Charlotte News arrives in your mailbox, no matter what. It’s been that way for 63…
The Charlotte Food Shelf is now accepting paper goods—paper towels, Kleenex-type tissues, paper napkins and toilet paper are all welcome.
The Junior League of Champlain Valley distributed its Diaper Bank’s 450,000th diaper to partner agencies statewide this week, and raised just over $5,800 in its JLCV Community Challenge in this week alone.
Heading into the close 2020, we’re reflecting on what an unprecedented and unpredictable year it has been. From the pandemic, to the election, to civil unrest and wildfires, the impacts of 2020 have been far greater than we could have ever imagined. These impacts have been felt both locally and globally, and also organizationally for us here at The Charlotte News. And yet, one thing is certain: your hunger for news is stronger than ever before.
Home gardens are flourishing, and Food Shelf volunteer prima Karen Doris reports that the abundance of fresh vegetables made a recent Wednesday evening Food Shelf distribution look like a farmers market.
Rick Bragg’s The Best Cook in the World: Tales from My Momma’s Southern Table is a wonderfully poignant, funny and rollicking food memoir, as well as a loving tribute to his mother.
The Charlotte Food Shelf is an all volunteer organization supported by the Charlotte Congregational Church, Our Lady of Mount Carmel Catholic Church and the Charlotte Community. A big thank you to the helpers who make it happen. Their titles do not indicate the multitude of things these people do:
One of the most widespread of wild plants, all parts of the dandelion are edible: root, leaves and flowers. The leaves are an excellent source of vitamin C and all parts are rich in vitamin A and iron. Alice Waters recommends a salad of dandelion leaves, shallots, fennel, small red radishes and lemon zest.
After applying for several grants and now having been super successful in being awarded not one but two grants this year, the Grange is now busy meeting the requirements on the first one so that Slater Construction can begin the work on the beautiful, inside schoolhouse windows on the first floor. We are pleased to be able to work again with a local contractor on this project. You should be seeing activity on this project this summer.
The name “pansy” is derived from the French word pensée, “thought,” and so we see Ophelia distributing flowers while saying, “There’s pansies, that’s for thoughts.” We would say “good, generous thoughts” to the Horsford Gardens and Nursery for their gifts.
Our journalists are working harder than ever to inform the community about COVID-19 and the resources available to help us all get through these perilous times.
In this time of great stress, great need, great sacrifice, we are happy to offer one more report of great community, echoing Kimmerer, Merton and an old Sioux proverb that reminds us that “With all things and in all things, we are relatives.”
At a time when 2,000 U.S. newspapers have either laid off staff—including just in recent days Seven Days and VTDigger—or closed shop altogether, The Charlotte News is also struggling. As covid-19 wreaks havoc on the local businesses that have helped sustain the paper for decades—and for which we are immensely grateful—we anticipate that our advertising revenue, which makes up about two-thirds of our income, will take a hard hit over the next weeks and months.
In these cold, wintry months, the Food Shelf has felt the strong touch of many warm, friendly hands. We are happy to report that December ended and January began with many generous gifts. And so we start off the harsh cold of the New Year with a warm, loud shout of “Thank you!” to the friendly hands and hearts of our community.