Residents question 23-acre solar array
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Residents question 23-acre solar array
In the fall of 1621, the colonists joined the Wampanoags to partake in a thanksgiving celebration of the harvest. Historians believe that they shared cabbage, carrots and parsnips from their home gardens and native plants such as walnuts, chestnuts, Concord grapes, cranberries, garlic and an unsung hero, the Jerusalem artichoke.
If you’re going to talk the talk, you walk the walk. Or in Dave Baird’s case, you run the run—and you keep running for 62 miles.
The stress of living with the coronavirus in our midst for the last six months has been alleviated in part by the opportunity for social interactions with friends and neighbors...
Megan Bookless is happy to be a farmer
What’s the Selectboard up to this week? A lot.
Over 1,000 pages of emails from the Charlotte Zoning Board of Adjustment (ZBA) included a building permit from 1976, a zoning fee schedule from 1989, and several emails in which a zoning board member referred to his colleagues on the board as the “Z Boys.” What those emails and documents didn’t contain was a discussion among ZBA members outlining a change in policy and procedure for future applicants. What they did contain were conversations that took place in advance of a warned application hearing and written statements that contradict their publicly voiced policy.
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The Charlotte News filed an Open Meeting Law violation complaint this week with the Charlotte Zoning Board of Adjustment (ZBA) and plans to appeal for the full release of a batch of redacted emails from that board that the town shared after a News public records request.
Charlotters voted today.
So many of them.
Out of 3,317 voters, 2,920 voted in this election.
2,606 of them were absentee votes.
2,285 voted for Biden and Harris. 511 voted for Trump and Pence.
More to come later. It’s been a long night for election watchers but Town Clerk Mary Mead reported that counting was finished at 8 p.m.
Town Clerk Mary Mead said she’s been standing at the ballot counting machine since 7 a.m. At around 2:30 today, she had already counted 2,715 ballots, with this stack remaining, and polls are still open until 7 p.m.
In 2019, the town of Charlotte had just under 3,000 voters.
Mead said she has been registering people to vote today so they could vote today.
No voter fraud here...George is just giving his mom, Katie Taylor, some moral support.
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Here’s Alice McEnaney doing her civic duty at Town Hall with no line and a nice little dusting of snow.
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Wood Duck Heaven might be the fountain of youth
For those interested in gathering and eating wild shrooms it’s a great time of year. For beginners there are two tasty ones currently fruiting that are particularly easy to identify, quite distinctive in appearance, and safe/good to eat, as well as many others. They’re likely growing right now on local lawns and pastures in your neighborhood.
Inevitably, EAB arrives in Chittenden County
Candy chutes and shadow puppets and a jack o lantern parade...Halloween wasn’t exactly the same this year but it was sweet nonetheless.
Pondering reading and three good books on a rainy day
Steve Schubart: In partnership with his cows
Here’s the quick takeaway from Monday night’s Selectboard meeting.
With most of our foliage now decomposing on the forest floor—or your lawn—we’re entering what is euphemistically called Stick Season or the Quiet Season. There are still ample opportunities for outdoor expeditions and plenty to observe in the animal kingdom.
A conflict that crosses board boundaries in town has ignited planning and zoning, personnel, and public meeting conflicts. The issues center around an application considered two weeks ago by the Zoning Board of Adjustment (ZBA).
Charlotte Vermont Public Ice Rink
The time is here, little ghosts and goblins -- float, fly or drive by town hall with your parents this week to pick up your Halloween goodie bag!
Charlotte Recreation stuffed FULL over 200 bags of goodies --- candy, Play-Doh, bubbles, candy, stickers, crayons...and did we mention candy?
Town Hall is open Monday through Friday, 8am to 4pm. Candy and non-candy goodie bags will be out and available on the table next to the Town Clerk's office window. Masks are required to enter town hall.
Can't make it during the week? Depening on availability, there may be limited goodie bags available at the Charlotte Library and CVFRS on Saturday, or contact the Recreation Director Nicole Conley at [email protected] for other arrangements.
A special THANK YOU to all the donors of candy and items for the candy drive. Your generosity truly helped make this Halloween special!
Charlotte children, as they do, have taken this custom to the next level. My 5th grader likes to put a pearl onion in with the bag of candy, just to keep things fresh.
The Champlain Valley School District School Board is beginning the budget process for the 2021–2022 school year.
Katie Fraser: On the front lines at CCS
Planning Commission preview: 23-acre solar array, the health center and more LURs
It wasn’t the ideal 20th anniversary celebration of the East Charlotte Tractor Parade, but like everything else this year, it was memorable, nonetheless.
LUR amendment discussion prompts conflict of interest charge
Charlotte VT Trails
Thanks to the generosity of Charlotte voters, the Town has allocated $57,000 to build the next section of the Town Link Trail. The Trails Committee is undertaking a public study to determine the most appropriate route for the next section, and is seeking your input. To make the most of what the Town has built so far, the Committee is focusing on a segment that will help connect the West Charlotte village area and the Town Beach.
Join us via Zoom on Tuesday, October 20 at 7:00 p.m.
You can view maps of the general area under consideration at the Town Office next Monday and Tuesday before the Zoom meeting. We look forward to seeing you online next Tuesday. Look for a link to the Zoom meeting on Front Porch Forum.
Selectboard roundup: Resilience, budgets, and some new appointments
Burlington’s sandwich loss is Charlotte’s gain
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