Around Town


RYLA winners 2015

Finn McGarghan of Charlotte (third from the left) and other Rotary Youth Leadership award recipients. Photo: Courtesy

to Finn McGarghan, who was invited to appear at a Nov. 18 meeting of the Charlotte/Shelburne Rotary. After having received the Rotary Youth Leadership award and training previously, Finn joined this year’s recipients as a junior counselor. He is a senior at CVU.

to Isabelle Unger, a senior at Bates College in Lewiston, Maine, who assisted with the college’s mainstage production of Marie and the Nutcracker. Adapted from E.T.A. Hoffman’s original story, The Nutcracker and the Mouse King, Bates’ Professor Martin Andrucki, who re-wrote and directed the production, said it gave Isabelle and the other students involved an opportunity to learn “how a play evolves during production, and how a playwright changes or revises the script in order to make it work on stage.” Isabelle graduated from CVU in 2012 and is the daughter of Dr. Paul Unger and Dr. Kerstin Sonnerup of Charlotte.

to James Hebert, M.D. and William Raszka, M.D. who were recognized for their service through the Vermont Medical Society. Dr. Hebert was named president of the society at its annual meeting in Stowe. He is a general surgeon and holder of the Mackay-Page Professorship of Surgery at UVM. Dr. Raszka was awarded the Distinguished Service Award for his “outstanding work in both clinical and medical education.”

to The Charlotte News’ fine assistant editor, Geeda Searfoorce, who carried her talents to the Flynn Space stage as an actor, playing a documentary filmmaker in one of the six short pieces encompassed under the title of Transitions. The play centered on women’s lives in flux. According to local playwright Seth Jarvis, who created Transitions, it is an unfinished play and will always be so, as it depends on the creations from its actors as much as its author. Prior to joining The News staff, Geeda worked with the Discover Jazz Festival and was active in other Flynn productions.


is extended to family and friends of Eleanor M. Cusson of Charlotte who passed away Nov. 20 at the age of 82. Born in St. Albans, Eleanor married Albert Cusson in 1951 and moved to Charlotte in 1955, where she lived until her death. Her surviving family includes daughter, Darlene Therrien, and Darlene’s husband,  Don, and daughter Dawn St. George and Dawn’s husband, Dick, all of Charlotte. The family asks that those wishing to make contributions in her memory consider doing so through gift donations to the Charlotte Volunteer Fire and Rescue Services, 170 Ferry Rd., P.O. Box 185, Charlotte, VT 05445.