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Fire crew in N. Ferrisburgh gets a thank you BBQ

Peter Curler at NFUMC fire dpt picnicAs the Charlotte local volunteer fire crew will tell you, it’s hard work at the fire station. A fully outfitted fire fighter with coat, pants, oxygen tank and helmet is carrying around 80-100 extra pounds of equipment.

And our neighbors to the south know this all too well. In a show of appreciation on June 22, the North Ferrisburgh United Methodist Church cooked a “Thank You Barbeque” for Ferrisburgh volunteer fire fighters. Charlotte’s own Peter Curler was one of the many hands manning the grills at the event on Old Hollow Road.

Bob Jenkins, the retired fire chief who served with the department for over 54 years, could not remember anyone ever doing this for the Ferrisburgh Fire Fighters.

Pastor Kim Hornung-Marcy opened the event with a special thanks to all the fire fighters gathered for the many hours of training and service they give to Ferrisburgh and neighboring towns. They often also help Charlotte with calls.

The Ferrisburgh Fire Fighters is a dedicated group of about 40 people. Cadets can begin training at age 14. When a call comes in, all volunteers respond. That means four to 40 people show up for a call depending on the time of day. Neighboring fire-fighting groups support the Ferrisburgh Fire Fighters as well. They often see one to seven calls a week.

Hoops Huzzah!

QB goes to hoop 2016

Charlotte’s own all-star CVU basketball coach Ute Otley (above left) directed 98 girls in grades 4 – 9 at the CVU girls’ basketball camp from June 20-24. Current CVU basketball players served as counselors and among the award-winning participants were Charlotters Celeste Slauterbeck (Spirit Award), Maryn Askew and Quinn Boardman (All-Stars). (Above center) Quinn Boardman of Charlotte drives to the basket during skill work in the afternoon. Swish! 


to Beatrice Woodruff who earned placement on the Colby College dean’s list for the spring semester of 2015-2016. Beatrice is a first-year student and the daughter of Margaret and Charles Woodruff of Charlotte. She graduated from CVU and was one of 452 students (24 percent of the student body at Colby) who earned placement on the list.

to former Charlotte resident and founder of NRG, designers of renewable energy products, David Blittersdorf, who was invited to be a member of a panel speaking on “Energy and Climate Change – Visions for a Path Forward,” sponsored by the Vermont Folklife Center in Middlebury. David and three others will give their views on what the transition to renewable energy may actually entail at the Center on July 7, starting at 6 p.m. The other speakers come from Biomass Energy Resource Center, Vermont Energy Investment Corporation and Solar Works, Inc. The talk will accompany an exhibition titled “Portraits in Action: Pioneers in Renewable Energy, Environmental Conservation, and Land-Use Planning.”


is extended to family and friends of Madeline Matte of Danville, Vermont, who passed away June 16 at the age of 91. Madeline was born in Charlotte, one of 11 children of Ezra and Rose (Lavalette) Curtis. Her surviving family in Charlotte includes her sister, Shirley LaBerge. There will be no calling hours prior to the funeral.

is extended to family and friends of Charles Allmon who passed away at his home in Kihei, Hawaii, last fall at the age of 94. Charles was a summer resident of Thompson’s Point for many years, spending the majority of his work years as an investment educator. He and his wife, Gwen, made a gift of 60 acres to the Mount Philo State Park in 2010. The family asks that those interested in making donations in Charles’ name consider doing so to the Mountain Bible Church in Livingston, Montana, or to the Children’s Home in Helena, Montana.