Monday, May 25, 2009

Hatching on schedule

Here's evidence of one of spring's arrivals, now residing in the meadow behind the News office.  

Thursday, May 21, 2009

Lost in a sea of lilacs

What a gorgeous time of year!  Charlotte looks and smells wonderful.  Drive through town with the windows open, enjoy the holiday weekend and remember to take a moment to appreciate what we have here.

Thursday, May 14, 2009

How Many Roads Does It Take...

Lots of talk this week about the ancient road issue again - what to do?  There's a Selectboard meeting next Monday (May 18) at 7 at the Town Hall to discuss whether they'll let them go or try to turn one or two into trails - or let the landowner use it to provide access for a future subdivision.  You can cast your vote now in the new poll to the right. Click here to see the reports and the map in a larger size. 

In the meantime, Martha Perkins wrote this alert:

Ancient Roads, Again.

They are located everywhere in Charlotte.

Every landowner in Charlotte – it is important that you be concerned that an ancient road, drawn up and used in the 1700’s and 1800’s, but abandoned, may soon be determined a legal public way, placed on the Charlotte Town Map, thus become, once again in the 21st century, open to the public.   The SB will decide which roads will become, again, public ways, open to the public, and placed on the Charlotte Town Map. 

 Take notice, landowners.  No landowner will be notified directly by the SB, as usually is the case when a public action may affect a nearby/abutting landowner.

 You need to be responsible for tending to your own land and the impact the ancient road may have on it.  That’s the way it will work, this time.  No notice from SB – legal or not!

 The Selectboard will review these roads on Monday, May 18 – next Monday.  If you are concerned that you may be impacted by this board’s decision, attend the meeting.  If you are not there and the ancient road is near you or on your land and you do not speak up, it may become a public way.  It is OK to speak out.

 It is important that every landowner sit up and take notice of this issue, for the following reasons: 

1.      Ancient roads designed long, long ago are known to be located such that they run through a 21st century house whose land was legally subdivided and house was legally built and bought. 

2.    Ancient Roads do cut through landowners’ property.

3.    Ancient Roads are being considered as walking/hiking trails throughout the Town.  While walking/hiking trails are a healthy thing and are valuable to all of us, you may not want a trail to be located next to your house or through your land.  

 Now, to learn more:  Google Town of Charlotte/Planning Commission; then click on Ancient Roads.  The PC carefully researched each ancient road for its possible value to the Town.  Their report to the SB, a map of the ancient roads, and other important information is right there and you should avail yourself of this, if you are worried.

The ancient roads are everywhere throughout Charlotte.  You will be surprised when you look at the map. 

Fortunately, this issue may be resolved soon after a long time, thanks to PC’s good research and SB persistence, via an appropriate process or not. 

 This letter in no way diminishes my appreciation for the time and effort the individuals on the SB put in on behalf of our town.



Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Family Fishing

I spotted this father-and-daughter fishing team last weekend, trying their luck at Lewis Creek.   They didn't catch anything while I was there but still, it's a nice way to spend the morning with a youngster. 

Monday, May 11, 2009

Peter Welch Listens to Charlotters

Representative Peter Welch caught up with a few early birds at Spear's Corner Store on Saturday morning.  Carrie Spear was there, of course, looking wide awake.  There was a good turnout when I stopped by, and it was definitely the only time the sun was out. 

Saturday, May 9, 2009

Charlotte's Covered Bridges Half-Marathon

One of the lead runners emerges from the Lewis Creek covered bridge off Spear Street and looks strong after nine miles in the challenging Charlotte Covered Bridges Half Marathon.  The weather was perfect for running this morning - cool and cloudy.  Results aren't posted as of this evening but eventually you can see them here.

Sunday, May 3, 2009

Greening Up

Hannah emerges from the brush with a piece of trash beside Hinesburg Road yesterday, doing her part for Green Up Day.  Her mother, Rose Bernier, and friend Joyce cheer her on.

Dave and Eli Quickel were having a grand time yesterday afternoon cleaning up their stretch of Hinesburg Road.  The weather was fine, there was less trash than expected and Eli excitedly told me that they'd found a "big hole" that Dave said might be the home of the coyote they'd seen around their fields.

Saturday, May 2, 2009

It's Happening Again

Things are coming up!  Here is a row of radishes that popped up a few days ago.  They need to be thinned but it's hard to pinch off those little sprouts that took the trouble to try growing.  As compensation, the tiny green tops are good in salads.