Changes and locals were afoot in the east and west villages of Charlotte on August 20. The Planning Commission, Selectboard and a group of interested citizens were joined by Richard Amore, planning coordinator with the State of Vermont Agency of Commerce and Community Development, to tour and discuss the historic settlements of Charlotte in advance of a Village Center Designation Program, a move spearheaded by Charlotte Community Development.
Members of Farm to Ballet perform for an audience of 350 at Philo Ridge Farm in Charlotte August 15. The hour-long program featured classical ballet pieces modified to depict the change of seasons New England farmers experience each year. The dances were bookended by two performances set to Swan Lake:“Return of the Geese” and “Geese Fly South.”
The plan, which has a public comment deadline of September 15, is a 187-page document outlining an expanded Vermont rail network calling for four times more trains carrying double the current freight. Of the seven goals within the plan, the seventh, according to Clemmons, deals in safety and is virtually silent on significant elements such as public and private crossings and speed. Some lines will be rated for speeds as high as 79 mph.
We are getting closer to our fundraising goal, but can’t stop here. We have raised about $14,000 for our basic expenses with a minimum goal of $25,000 before the year’s end. As my father would say, “Close only counts in hand grenades and horseshoes.”
This issue marks my three-year anniversary at The Charlotte News. It also marks my final as a member of its staff. I’ve decided to step away to pursue other opportunities. With these two milestones, I can’t help but reflect on my time here, both as editor in chief and assistant editor.
About 100 people were in Charlotte at the “Dinner with Your Farmers” event, hosted by Adam’s Berry Farm and the Intervale Center, the Burlington-based nonprofit with a mission to strengthen community food systems. The goal of the event, said farm owner Adam Hausmann, “was to bring people out to the farm, share a delicious meal and help them better understand the Intervale Center’s impact not only in Chittenden County but across Vermont.”
If you could play with any musician alive or dead, who would it be? Why? “That’s an extremely hard question, but I would have to go with Carole King. I must admit she has only become a muse of mine most recently, but since then I have thought a lot about her musical influence on the industry and on the genres Singer-Songwriter and Pop.”