Internationally acclaimed storyteller and Charlotte resident David Sewell McCann will offer his hilarious and inspirational solo performance “How to Be Super,” a 75-minute story chronicling the transformation of a husband, father, and elementary school teacher into “Downtown Dave,” a superhero with some surprising powers. Part autobiography, part parable, “How to Be Super” will open your eyes to a world of possibility and wonder.
Community members can hear about McCann’s makeover next Thursday, May 30 at 7 pm at the Charlotte Congregational Church on Church Hill Road in Charlotte. A donation of $8, with proceeds to sponsor a child to attend Covenant Hills Camp, for adults and kids over seven years of age is suggested.
Abigail Foulk, above, wins the Grange Citizen of the Year Award for her recycling and composting efforts at the Charlotte Central School on Monday, May 20 in Charlotte.
by Robin Reid Each year the Charlotte Grange #398 honors a citizen for their community service work on behalf of the town of Charlotte. This year’s recipient of the Community Citizenship Award is Abigail Foulk. Her efforts to implement a full composting program at the Charlotte Central School have been hugely successful. This year, Foulk was appointed by the Selectboard to represent Charlotte as a voting member on the Chittenden Solid Waste District Board and from 2005-2006 she was the interim Charlotte Central School Librarian. A modest, hardworking individual, Foulk was lured to the Grange Hall to receive her award with an invitation to be the guest speaker at their regular Monday meeting. Grange members and guests informally gathered around a
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A young local and his father enjoy Big Truck Day, an annual fundraiser for the Hinesburg Nursery School (HNS), on Saturday, May 18 in Hinesburg. After investigating the big trucks, locals enjoyed hands-on crafts, face painting, the bouncy house, story time, a BBQ, bake sale, play zone, a children’s sing-a-long with local musician and HNS parent John Daly, and special appearances by Monty the Moose from Vermont Children’s Hospital, Clifford the Big Red Dog, and Freedom the Eagle, the mascot from Eagle Country 97.5 FM. For more photos visit The Citizen’s Facebook page.
By Phyl Newbeck From a pretty early age, Ben Rameaka of Shelburne knew he wanted to perform in some capacity. He saw a neighbor in a local production of “Fiddler on the Roof” and was hooked. During his days at CVU he sang, played in the band, and performed in plays and musicals. Rameaka did his undergraduate work at UVM and then received his Masters in Fine Arts from the Actor’s Studio at the New School in New York City. These days, Rameaka is part of the Upright Citizens Brigade Theater (UCB) which was started in New York by four ex-Chicagoans who wanted to bring long-form improvisation to the Big Apple. The most famous of the four is Amy Poehler who has gone on to star in movies and on Saturday Night Live. Rameaka began taking classes at UCB in 2006 and is now part of their performing troupe as
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by Phyl Newbeck Rik Palieri’s love of music started early. In fact, Palieri tried to teach himself to play the banjo before he even owned one. Using Pete Seeger’s instruction book he practiced the movements on his kitchen table and on visits to music stores before using his lunch money to buy an instrument at age 15. In addition to banjo, the multi-talented musician plays six and 12-string guitar, mouth bow, Native American flute, and Polish bagpipes. After graduating high school in New Jersey in 1973, Palieri traveled across the country with his guitar. “I hit the road in the old folk singer tradition,” he said. “I was singing for nickels and dimes and seeing America.” Subsequently Palieri joined Pete Seeger and the Hudson River Sloop Singers and has been traveling and performing ever since. He has played in 49 states and eight countries and in the early 1990s he
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“Portrait of Journey” by Jean Carlson Masseau.
Memorial Day Weekend is nearly upon us, which means it is time for the annual Open Studio Weekend, where artists and artisans throughout Vermont open their workspaces to the public. Bright yellow signs sprout up on the roadsides pointing the way to the studios, all of which are featured on a statewide map-booklet with numbers and directions. This is a unique opportunity to speak with artists and artisans about their creative processes, browse casually, and appreciate their work. Several artists in Hinesburg invite you to join the tour; Marianna Holzer, located on Koza’s Run, is a third-generation bookbinder who restores treasured volumes such as old family bibles and favorite cookbooks. She also creates one-of-a-kind presentation editions. Fiona Cooper Fenwick will display oil and pastel paintings, many of which are locally inspired, in her studio on Hayden Hill Road. Jean Carlson Masseau’s studio
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Emily Polhemus is versatile. And that’s just the beginning of the accolades Champlain Valley Union (CVU) head girls tennis coach Amy deGroot heaps on her senior stalwart. “Underneath Emily’s quiet demeanor lies a fierce competitor. Take any drill and add a competitive element to it and all of a sudden Emily’s intensity spikes up,” coach deGroot maintains. “She is a cagey player who dictates play using several different strategies.” Born on July 17, 1995 Polhemus has lived in Shelburne her entire life. Her family includes parents, Cassie and Fred, younger sister Katie, a CVU sophomore, and a dog named Karley. Polhemus credits her mother for her first foray into the sport. “My mom signed me up for tennis camp at the Sports & Fitness [formerly Twin Oaks] with Jake Agna when I was about seven years old,” Polhemus recalls. “At first tennis was something I could do a while my
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by Margery Sharp On Monday Architect Ashar Nelson representing Vermont Integrated Architects (VIA), gave the Hinesburg Selectboard an update on preparations for submission of an application to the Development Review Board (DRB) planned for June 18 to build the public safety building (police station) approved last March. Town Administrator Joe Colangelo said the “Vermont Municipal Bond Bank bond note repayment was moved from 20 to 30 years and this will save the town money.” Several design changes have been made including the closing of the planned drive as a loop around the fire house to all traffic except vehicles used by fire house personnel and the water department. Also Knight Construction has finished the soil borings and the curb cut to the current police station will remain. A rain garden is planned to take water flow off the station roof. Permission has been asked to tie the station into the
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Celebrate the coming of a Charlotte Coffeehouse/Pub on Sunday, June 2 from 4-8 pm at the Charlotte Senior Center. There will be food available from Bread and Butter Farm – enjoy an on-the-road Burger Night! Plus, entertainment featuring: Jukebox Ferry (Mary Provencher, Robin Reid, Jimmy Swift, Dana LaVigne, and others) Hokum Bros. (Woody Keppel, Allan Nicholis, Gus Ziesing, and Billy Bratcher) and the Starline Rhythm Boys (Danny Coane, Al Lemery, and Billy Bratcher). This event is free and open to the public. Plan to attend and bring back the good times and share the fun!
by Margery Sharp The Hinesburg Development Review Board (DRB) discussed the application of Rob Bast and Laura Carlsmith, owners of two adjoining lots totaling 20 acres, They plan to divide their two properties into one seven-acre lot and one 13-acre lot. They will continue to live in their residence on the newly created seven-acre lot. The properties are off Windrow Lane in the Agricultural District. The applicants were not present but the Board members agreed to this request to reconfigure the two lots. They (Bast/Carlsmith) had assured the Board they do not have plans to build on the 13-acre parcel at this time. The application was granted. St. Cyr subdivision Brian St. Cyr appeared before the DRB to apply for sketch plan approval to subdivide his 9.8-acre lot which sits on the north side of Tyler Bridge Road and on Rte. 116 into two lots of 2.7 acres and 7.1
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