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Located in Charlotte, Vermont, The Charlotte News is a nonprofit bi-weekly newspaper published by and for Charlotters since 1958. Distribution is made every other Wednesday to all households and businesses in Charlotte and to selected outlets in Shelburne, Hinesburg, North Ferrisburgh, Ferrisburgh and Vergennes. Breaking news is posted to our website and distributed via e-mail between regular issues.
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01/27/2020

Charlotte Library

Official Seed Swap Day came and went but our seed swap is coming up February 3. Don't miss this chance to share seeds and stories for your garden!

01/26/2020
Charlotte Vermont Public Ice Rink

Charlotte Vermont Public Ice Rink

So we have two days of this before we return to freezing temps. I will update Tuesday but in the meantime the rink is CLOSED.
Also for those who knew the great volunteer iceman Jeff Payne who managed the rink for a number of years it is with sadness that I report his passing. Thank you Jeff for all your efforts to make Charlotte a better place to call home. (It is his photo above making ice)

01/20/2020
Charlotte Vermont Public Ice Rink

Charlotte Vermont Public Ice Rink

Rink is open! Stay on the south end, as parts of the rink are closed off and marked with cones. Enjoy this sunny day!

01/19/2020
Charlotte Vermont Public Ice Rink

Charlotte Vermont Public Ice Rink

Plowing the recent snow has damaged to ice so despite some areas of ice being ok we must close the rink. Watch for updates as we get more water on...

01/18/2020
Charlotte Vermont Public Ice Rink

Charlotte Vermont Public Ice Rink

Ice Ice Baby... the rink is OPEN. It is not perfect, some bumps and hollows so be very careful but skate while we can. Questions? Enjoy !!

01/17/2020
Charlotte Vermont Public Ice Rink

Charlotte Vermont Public Ice Rink

To run an outdoor rink in Vermont you should try to be a reasonable optimist. Optimistically speaking the temps are good and we put quite a bit of water on today. Now it must freeze so please stay off. We will put more water on tonight and tomorrow and with any luck be able to open for Sunday. Stay tuned

It’s beautiful out there! Feel free to share your snow photos—kids and pets encouraged—and we might put them in our next...
01/16/2020

It’s beautiful out there! Feel free to share your snow photos—kids and pets encouraged—and we might put them in our next issue. Stay safe and go frolic!

Brenda Whalley Temple died as she lived, on her own terms. Brenda passed away in her sleep, at peace and at home, on Dec...
01/12/2020
Remembering Brenda Whalley Temple

Brenda Whalley Temple died as she lived, on her own terms. Brenda passed away in her sleep, at peace and at home, on December 12, 2019. She was a force...

Charlotte Vermont

Last spring, there was a controversy in Charlotte. The issue was over a request for proposals made by the Selectboard fo...
01/11/2020
Hey, whatcha doin’ Monday night?

Last spring, there was a controversy in Charlotte. The issue was over a request for proposals made by the Selectboard for tree removal. The parties involved made their dissatisfaction with the process known through Front Porch Forum posts, there was general uproar, and the Selectboard scheduled a special May 1 meeting to address the situation.
More than 60 people showed up. But what if every Selectboard meeting were like that? What if there were 60 people every week? What if those 60 people all had passionate opinions that they wanted to share?

Charlotte Vermont

01/11/2020
Charlotte Vermont Public Ice Rink

Charlotte Vermont Public Ice Rink

The rink is closed until further notice. Hopefully by Sunday pm we will still have some water that will freeze. Skates off, snorkels on.

The tree is so much more than that, though—it’s a marker of the passage of time, a tribute to the bright life of a young...
01/11/2020
Rick’s tree: A reminder of the stars, even when the sky is dark

The tree is so much more than that, though—it’s a marker of the passage of time, a tribute to the bright life of a young man gone too soon, and a symbol of the concurrent threads of grief and celebration that commingle as a loss moves farther into the past.

Charlotte Vermont

The January 2 Planning Commission meeting moved the vote on the next steps for East Charlotte village incrementally clos...
01/10/2020
Review of East Charlotte Village plan and Act 143 continue

The January 2 Planning Commission meeting moved the vote on the next steps for East Charlotte village incrementally closer. The commission largely agreed on the proposed village commercial boundaries as...

Charlotte Vermont

01/10/2020

A note from Town Clerk Mary Mead:

Town Meeting petitions for officers are due Monday, January 27th by 5 PM. Just 30 signatures of Charlotte registered voters are required to get your name on the ballot for March 3rd.Currently, we have no candidates running for the following positions : Auditor (2yr term & 3 yr term), Lister (3 yr term), Trustee of Public Funds (2 yr & 3 yr term), Town Agent (1 yr term) and Cemetery Commissioner (3 yr term). Need some candidates!

Petitions for articles to be placed on the Town Meeting Warning require 5% of our total registered voters, approximately 165-170 signatures. Petitions for Town Meeting articles are due by January 16th.

01/10/2020
Charlotte Vermont Public Ice Rink

Charlotte Vermont Public Ice Rink

Rink is open and the ice is ok but not great. Use while you can as by Sunday we may be offering swimming lessons 😉

Jack Fairweather’s 2019 biography “The Volunteer: One Man, an Underground Army, and the Secret Mission to Destroy Auschw...
01/10/2020
Local author wins Costa Prize for biography

Jack Fairweather’s 2019 biography “The Volunteer: One Man, an Underground Army, and the Secret Mission to Destroy Auschwitz” won the Costa Book Award in the biography category this week.

Charlotte Vermont

01/03/2020

Here's an important wastewater update from Town Administrator Dean Bloch:

The Selectboard will be meeting on Monday January 6 at 5:30 pm to re-vote the wastewater allocation and use ordinances, due to a legality.

We have been advised that an ordinance cannot be adopted with an “adoption date” other than the date on which the board approves a motion to adopt the ordinance. The Selectboard’s vote on December 16th to adopt the ordinances with an adoption date of January 6 may be considered invalid. Therefore the Board is going to re-vote the ordinances on January 6th.

01/02/2020
Charlotte Vermont Public Ice Rink

Charlotte Vermont Public Ice Rink

A quick update...sorry they have been few and far between. The weather has not and is not cooperating for the ice over the last week so the rink remains closed and will be closed through the weekend as warm weather continues.
Happy New Year to everyone...

01/01/2020
12/25/2019
As many are feeling at this time of the year, I came home from errands one night last week feeling unusually tired. Howe...
12/24/2019
Coins in the Snow

As many are feeling at this time of the year, I came home from errands one night last week feeling unusually tired. However, because I had collected a significant amount...

Charlotte Vermont

She loves it, she said, and that’s what makes this dancer so well suited to take on the role of Clara in the Vermont Bal...
12/23/2019
Clara is on point, en pointe, and ready for the Nutcracker stage

She loves it, she said, and that’s what makes this dancer so well suited to take on the role of Clara in the Vermont Ballet Theater and School’s annual holiday production at the Flynn Center for the Performing Arts. Olivia is in seventh grade at Charlotte Central School.

Charlotte Vermont

Charlotte Central School’s first LEGO robotics team ever came away from the Vermont FIRST LEGO League Vermont State Cham...
12/22/2019
CCS robotics team snags Rookie Inspiration Award

Charlotte Central School’s first LEGO robotics team ever came away from the Vermont FIRST LEGO League Vermont State Championships with the Rookie Inspiration Award on Dec. 8 at Norwich University....

Charlotte Vermont

12/21/2019
Charlotte Vermont Public Ice Rink

Charlotte Vermont Public Ice Rink

Things are moving in the right direction. Thanks to the FD, Ed and Craig ice is forming as we sleep. We should be able to open for limited skating on Saturday am. I will post an update tomorrow morning to confirm.

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Did you know that Charlotte is one of the last cities to allow unattended tethering of dogs...forever?!! There are NO limits! Why have a dog if you’re going to leave it outside 24/7 365 days a year in the sweltering heat & winter cold/storms? These women will be petitioning the City Council on 10/28 to change the law to be in line with neighboring cities. No more than 3 hours at a time unattended tethering. Here is their story; https://www.google.com/amp/s/www.wsoctv.com/amp/news/local/residents-call-for-change-in-charlottes-animal-tethering-ordinance/998257313 The link to the petition to sign anonymously or not, is in the article or here; http://chng.it/rqbcGSS86C Please sign 🙏🏼 & share! Thank you!
He threatened to slit a woman's throat on fb.. This has to be dealt with.
Taken at the Charlotte Ferry... 7/2/19
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Heads up Charlotte.
Brisk sunset at Charlotte Beach, 02/01/19
Melissa O'Brien you are the Best!