The Charlotte News

The Charlotte News Charlotte, Vermont's award-winning, nonprofit, independent news source since 1958. Located in Charlotte, Vermont, The Charlotte News is a nonprofit bi-weekly newspaper published by and for Charlotters since 1958.
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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.

Mission: The Charlotte News is dedicated to informing townspeople of current events and issues, serving as a forum for the free exchange of views of town residents, and celebrating the people, places and happenings that make the town of Charlotte unique.

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In the fall of 1621, the colonists joined the Wampanoags to partake in a thanksgiving celebration of the harvest. Histor...
11/15/2020
The Jerusalem artichoke: An unsung hero

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.

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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 6...
11/14/2020
Talk the talk, run the run

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.

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The stress of living with the coronavirus in our midst for the last six months has been alleviated in part by the opport...
11/14/2020
Winter’s coming. Now what?

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...

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UPDATEOver 1,000 pages of emails from the Charlotte Zoning Board of Adjustment (ZBA) included a building permit from 197...
11/12/2020
Redactions, Open Meeting Law violations, and Ethics and Procedures issues

UPDATE
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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At The Charlotte News, we believe that the most important news stories leave a lasting impact.Will you ensure our newsro...
11/11/2020

At The Charlotte News, we believe that the most important news stories leave a lasting impact.

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Like everyone in 2020, we have experienced our share of challenges at the Charlotte News.  And at the same time, our com...
11/10/2020

Like everyone in 2020, we have experienced our share of challenges at the Charlotte News. And at the same time, our commitment to bringing you the news has never wavered. That’s because you deserve to have access to local news you can trust—reporting that keeps you connected and informed during these unpredictable times.

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11/04/2020

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 ...
11/03/2020

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.

#vote2020 #charlottevt

No voter fraud here...George is just giving his mom, Katie Taylor, some moral support. #charlottevt #vote2020
11/03/2020

No voter fraud here...George is just giving his mom, Katie Taylor, some moral support.

#charlottevt #vote2020

Share your voting photos with us! Post them here or send them to news@thecharlottenews.org. Here’s Alice McEnaney doing ...
11/03/2020

Share your voting photos with us! Post them here or send them to [email protected].

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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11/03/2020

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11/02/2020

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For those interested in gathering and eating wild shrooms it’s a great time of year. For beginners there are two tasty o...
11/01/2020
Stalking the Wild Mushroom

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.

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Candy chutes and shadow puppets and a jack o lantern parade...Halloween wasn’t exactly the same this year but it was swe...
11/01/2020

Candy chutes and shadow puppets and a jack o lantern parade...Halloween wasn’t exactly the same this year but it was sweet nonetheless.

With most of our foliage now decomposing on the forest floor—or your lawn—we’re entering what is euphemistically called ...
10/30/2020
Pandemic goings-on

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.

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A conflict that crosses board boundaries in town has ignited planning and zoning, personnel, and public meeting conflict...
10/29/2020
Conflict zone: ZA, SBA and Selectboard intertwined internally

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).

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10/25/2020
Charlotte Vermont Public Ice Rink

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!

The Champlain Valley School District School Board is beginning the budget process for the 2021–2022 school year.
10/19/2020
School budget season is here

The Champlain Valley School District School Board is beginning the budget process for the 2021–2022 school year.

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It wasn’t the ideal 20th anniversary celebration of the East Charlotte Tractor Parade, but like everything else this yea...
10/17/2020
Twenty years of tractors

It wasn’t the ideal 20th anniversary celebration of the East Charlotte Tractor Parade, but like everything else this year, it was memorable, nonetheless.

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Charlotte VT Trails
10/16/2020

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.

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How freaken asinine this selectboard continues to be- food trucks??????? real threat to who?
Officer down Memorial donation page for my cousin Killed by a inmate.. 🙏💓. Please share
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Thank you to everyone at The Charlotte News for continually posting important community notices on FB in real time. It is greatly appreciated!
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For anyone considering Spectrum as an internet or cable service provider: We were never notified that when we requested to change our address, move service, that our new address would be serviced by Charter. We have been logging on to pay our bill and it turns out it’s for the old address. Then discovered that Spectrum opened a NEW account and never notified us of how to properly return equipment, access a new account or even set one up. We have paid for two months service that we never received. Solution- consumer pays double! Spectrum finds no fault in their representative not “noting” our stop date. We have called on multiple occasions to check and make sure we had only one account. On every occasions we were told “yes, you have one account.” WRONG! I’ve been receiving two bills for two accounts. Does anyone else see a problem in Spectrum opening a new account with your personal identification information (Social Security number) or am I the only one under the impression that this is textbook fraud? I have spent a total of 5 hours on the phone with 16 different representatives with no solution except we pay them double. Thank you Spectrum for not only losing my respect but also my trust. We have been customers for years and we wanted to simple continue our service at our new home. You have made that impossible and now made it the consumers issue and burden for your employee not following your written, stated and implied policies and procedures. I also requested all of my “notes” for my account that I paid for and I am told they cannot be given to me. Does a subpoena do the trick? Also, instead of letting us know that the email address we use, because most people have one, would not be able to be used with the new account, you took upon yourself to create one and never share that information with the customer. It took me 5 hours to discover over a dozen mistakes made on Spectrum’s end with no remedy expect the consumer is always at fault.
Mecklenburg County this video was taken by my Fiance's son who lives in this home in Mecklenburg County and it's clearly a case of domestic violence between this childs mother and her boyfriend we reported this to your police department....nothing....your police department suggested we report to Mecklenburg CPS and we did....nothing as I quote the caseworker "they spoke with everyone in the home and everything seemed fine" but clearly in this video it is not and they had watched the video this is a regular occurrence in this home amongst other issues and to get some perspective on this a child 1 out of 4 was removed out of this home because of this exact video why wasn't it acceptable for 1 child but you leave 3 more kids in this just in 1 year from December of last year to now the police have responded to this residence for a "domestic dispute" 6 times! #Idemandjustice #domesticviolenceisnotacceptable #savethesekids I will post this to any and every page I can to get something done about this no kid should have to live in this being scared to death, what has to happen before something is done