to Naomi Strada, administrative assistant at Charlotte Central School, who was recently appointed president of the Vermont Association of Educational Office Professionals. Naomi has been a member of VAEOP since 2007 and has been the Region I board chairwoman since 2014.
to Keira Yardley whose poem “Backpack mix-up” appeared in the “Young Writers Project” in the April 1 issue of the Burlington Free Press. Keira responded to the prompt asking authors to write about their best April Fools prank that, for her, occurred at school when teachers mixed up student backpacks. “It took so long to get the backpacks back that it made for a very long setback,” wrote Keira.
to Curt Alpeter who became a partner in Vermont Farm Table, custom design woodworkers, a company started by Charlotter Dustin Glascoe to use reclaimed wood in the design of home tables. Their woodshop is in Charlotte, and they sell through a store on College Street in Burlington.
to Jordan Cannon, a student at the Vermont Commons School, who was named an academic all-star in the March 20 issue of the Burlington Free Press. Jordan is the daughter of Jan Cannon of Charlotte. She received a scholarship to study in Ankara, Turkey, was a member of the Young Writer’s Conference at Bread Loaf, received Vermont Commons awards in Mandarin Chinese and in language arts and earned placement in the National Honor Society. Jordan will enter Columbia University in the fall.
to Eleanore Blake who earned membership in the Thoroughbred Society at Skidmore College, Saratoga Springs, N.Y. The society recognizes student athletes who maintain a high grade-point average. Eleanore is the daughter of Sara and Tony Blake.
to the Charlotte Central student teams who participated in the state Odyssey of the Mind tournament in mid March. The 6th grade team—Sam Holmes, Emmett LaChapelle, Aidan Devine, Riley Bagnato, Chris Haigney—won 1st place in its division. The 5th grade team—Grace McNally, Matthew Servin, Jameson McEnaney, Harry Evans, Hadley Stockwell, Ellie Haigney—placed 2nd in its division.
to CCS 8th grader Sadie Holmes whose essay, “Observations about the persistence of racism and the difference in perspective on racism,” earned her honorable mention in this year’s Hildene Lincoln essay competition. She will be honored at Hildene on May 15.
to the following grade-level spelling bee finalists at CCS: grade 3—Calvin Crandall, Roman Evans, George Taylor; grade 4—Josh Batchelder, Sam Dore, Stephen Zubarik; grade 5—Coco Eyre, Ellie Haigney, Hadley Stockwell; grade 6—Tess Foley-Cox, Immogen Naylor, Olivia Spell; grade 8—Isabel Cohen. The schoolwide spelling bee will be held at 1:30 p.m. on April 13 in the CCS multi-purpose room.
is extended to family and friends of Thomas D. North of South Dennis, Massachusetts, who passed away March 16 at the age of 83. Born in Pennsylvania, he lived many years in Charlotte while building a career at IBM, initially in engineering, moving to personnel and eventually retiring as a government relations representative. The family asks that in, lieu of flowers, donations in his memory be made to Hope Health, 765 Attucks Lane, Hyannis, MA 02601.
is extended to family and friends of Frances (Franny) Lamothe of Georgia, Vermont, who passed away March 16 at the age of 83. Her surviving family in Charlotte includes her daughter, Linda Lane, and Linda’s husband,. John.
is extended to family and friends of Dean Leonard, Sr. of Burlington, Vermont,who passed away March 20 at the age of 85. His surviving family in Charlotte includes his daughter, Brenda Dion, and Brenda’s husband, Marty. The family asks that those wishing to make donations in his memory consider doing so to St. Marks Roman Catholic Church in Burlington.
is extended to family and friends of Mead Brownell of Shelburne, Vermont, who passed away March 22 at the age of 85. “Meadie,” as she was known, was a longtime congregant of the Charlotte Congregational Church, where a celebration of her life was held in late March. The family asks that, in lieu of flowers, donations be made in her memory to the Lake Champlain Land Trust, 1 Main Street, Suite 205, Burlington, VT 05401.
is extended to family and friends of Andrew Thayer of Delray Beach, Florida, who passed away March 21 at the age of 26. Andrew was the son of Christopher and Leslie Thayer of Charlotte. He attended CCS and graduated from CVU in 2007. He worked many summers at the Basin Harbor Club and became a golf aficionado. The family asks that those wishing to make donations in his memory consider doing so to the “Andrew Thayer, Jr. Golf Clinic,” Basin Harbor Club, 4800 Basin Harbor Road, Vergennes, VT 05491.
is extended to family and friends of Peggy Lee Weld of Charlotte, who passed away March 29 at the age of 63. Her surviving family in Charlotte includes her partner, Donnie Sorrell, and her brother, Jeffrey Hall, and his wife, Tammy. The family asks that those wishing to donate in her memory consider doing so to the Charlotte Fire & Rescue, 170 Ferry Road, Charlotte, VT 05445.
is extended to family and friends of Norma Whittinghill of Bedford, Massachuesetts, who passed away January 2. Born in Burlington, Norma grew up in Charlotte and graduated from Middlebury College in 1951. The family asks that, in lieu of flowers, donations in her memory be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, 225 N. Michigan Avenue, Floor 17, Chicago, IL 60601 or to the American Red Cross, P.O. Box 37839, Boone, LA 50037.
is extended to family and friends of Susan Struble of South Burlington who passed away March 30 at the age of 76. Her surviving family in Charlotte includes her son Robert Struble and his wife, Stephanie. The family asks that those wishing to make contributions in her memory do so to Kurn Hattin Homes, P.O. Box 127, 708 Kurn Hattin Road, Westminster, VT 05158.
is extended to family and friends of Douglas Therrien of Vergennes who passed away March 30 at the age of 66. His surviving family in Charlotte includes his brother Donald and Donald’s wife, Darlene. The family asks that, in lieu of flowers, contributions in his memory be made to the University of Vermont Cancer Center, Office of Development, The Courtyard at Given–1 South, 89 Beaumont Avenue, Burlington, VT 05405.