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to Sheila Burleigh of Charlotte who received recognition from the Excellence in Education Foundation for her teaching and coaching at South Burlington High School over the past 40 years. Her basketball teams have been Division I state champions several times and have won 588 games over that period. She has also coached field hockey and taught physical education, receiving praise from her colleagues for being one of the top teachers in the field. Miles Heller, a trustee for Excellence in Education presented her with the award at a South Burlington High School in-service program. Sheila is the fourth educator to be recognized by the foundation, including, among others, Eddie Krasnow of Charlotte for founding and directing the Access Program at CVU.

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Congratulations to Bryan LaBarge for his successful completion of basic military training from The United States Air Force on Oct. 15, 2015. In addition to his Certificate of Training, Bryan was awarded the Honor Graduate Ribbon for his outstanding performance in physical training, war skills, military studies, and drill performance. Only 10% of graduates achieve this honor. Bryan also received the Warhawk Fitness Excellence Award for his dedication to physical fitness and esprit de corps. Bryan will complete his training in firefighting at the Goodfellow Air Force Base in Texas. Bryan is a volunteer firefighter and lieutenant with CVFRS. He is the son of Robin Simpson and stepson of Gordon Troy, and son of Tom LaBarge of Colchester.

to Erin Zubarik of Charlotte whose poem titled “Who am I?” appeared in the Young Writers Project section of the Nov. 13 Burlington Free Press. Responding to the question “Who will you be when you’re 35?” Erin says it is tough to know who you will be when you don’t know who you are. It must become clear only with time.  “So who am I? I guess I don’t really know. Maybe 20 more times around the sun will shine through the clouds which are so gray and reach me where I sit today.”
to its president Dan Cole and the Charlotte Historical Society who received a free genealogy membership for a year in the Vermont Genealogy Library (also known as French-Canadian Genealogical Society). Cole received it at the Veterans Day celebration at the Senior Center from Ceal Moran, host of Vermont Genealogy Day on August 9.


is extended to family and friends of Jean Fuller Rixford of East Highgate who passed away October 29 at the age of 89. As a youngster, Jean lived in Burlington and summered with her parents at their cottage on Thompson’s Point in Charlotte, where she was an active club member and avid tennis player and swimmer. The family asks that, in lieu of flowers, a memorial donation may be made to St. John’s Episcopal Church, Highgate Falls, VT, to the Vicar’s Fund or the Alzheimer’s Association.
is extended to family and friends of Carmelita Rose Berg of North Attleboro who passed away November 4 at the age of 60. She was the daughter of Rita St. George and Rita’s late husband, Richard, of Charlotte. She was a 1973 graduate of CVU. Her surviving family includes three siblings: Richard St. George, Candice Boyce and William St. George, all of Charlotte, and she was the sister of the late Richarda St. George. The family asks that, in lieu of flowers, donations in her memory be made to the American Lung Association, 260 West Exchange Street, Providence, RI 02903 or to