Charlotte Ballou

Charlotte Ballou

What is your favorite location, place, building, or spot in Royalton? Why?

Oh golly, I'd have to say the school.

I spent 33 years there. I've taught generations there. My career, except for 7 years elsewhere has been there. It's just been's the other part of me.

What do you think makes Royalton unique or different from other places you have lived or visited?

As a community, it comes together in the oddest ways at the oddest times, but yet if there is an emergency or if there is a disaster, or even the ordinary things of life, the people of Royalton are there to support one another.  It is a most giving community for it's constituents.  That's what happens when you're a teacher.

What is the most challenging aspect of life in a small Vermont town like Royalton?

I'd love a supermarket; I think that's the most challenge for anyone. Particularly as people age, it's nice to have the Co-Op and other local stores, but it's not the same thing as having a supermarket.  That's the biggest challenge of small town America I think.

What Royalton resident made a positive difference in your life?

Many. One resident? Wow...oh wow. Aye aye.

Umm...too many. Having taught so many children, every single one of them has impacted my life.

What do you want people to know about your town?

It's beautiful, it's compassionate, it's clean, it's caring. And the school has been the best kept secret in central for generations.

What is your wish for your life? What is a wish for your town?

That there would be a way to have more for the kids, more opportunities for the kids to get together.  The churches try, the recreation department tries, but we many years ago said, “golly it would be nice to have a movie theatre, or a rec-center, or something like that that would bring the kids together to give them a safe place to be and keep them off the streets or out of the big city.