On the day they closed on their house, their realtor gave them a poster, illustrated by Charlotte artist Linda Seiffert Reynolds, depicting classic Charlotte scenes—Town Hall, The Old Brick Store, the view from the top of Mt. Philo, among others. At the bottom of the poster the text reads, “The Town of Charlotte, Vermont, 1762-2012. You can get there from here.”
After almost two years behind the wheel of this fiery animal of community spirit, it’s time to hand over the reins. I feel very proud to have served as editor of a paper I grew up reading and writing for, doing my best to capture the essence of what it means to live in Charlotte, Vermont.
The story of Ernest Shackleton and the Endurance crew baffles and awes as much as it does inspire. We can’t claim to have survived the journey of Shackleton’s crew, but we’ve certainly weathered a few difficulties.
As I flip through the weathering pages of the last 11 issues of The Charlotte News, I grin at the memories popping into my head. The last six months of my life take shape in photographs, articles and names. Each page reminds me of a struggle worked through, a realization had or a joke that shook the office with laughter. I sit smiling like a fool on my bedroom floor, sorting through the work of my past that has led to my future.
This gentlemen claimed to own a military jacket that once belonged to Rigapoulos and was interested in “returning” it to the family. A noble deed, I thought. To boot, he seemed to know everything about the jacket and Rigapoulos—what the battle flag meant on the shoulder of the jacket, the plane Rigapoulos jumped from on D-Day, what time he jumped, who jumped with him, what he was doing on the beaches of Normandy once he landed, and how he was later killed in Operation Market Garden.
This year we are very pleased to announce that veteran (recently retired) Burlington Free Press journalist Mike Donoghue will join us at the 2nd Annual Charlotte News Writers Workshop. Mike is an entertaining and informative speaker with heaps of experience. A fellow delegate at the New England Newspaper and Press Association conference put it best when he said something to the effect of: “I’d watch Mike present paint drying. He’d find a way to make it interesting.”
And it’s not just Charlotte with one-horse or ghost races. A quick look at the 2015 town report in Hinesburg shows four vacant seats and all others unopposed. In Shelburne there’s no competition on their ballot either.