This impressive cat was seen in East Calais on February 20. Photo courtesy of Erika Mitchell, who writes “Yes, I’d heard of bobcats, but I never really believed in them. Until this morning, when I looked out to see one watching me through my front window.”
The number of huts on the ice of Caspian Lake shows that ice fishing season is well underway. On January 28, 2012, Chris Bissell from West Danville caught a 15″ long, 1 lb 14ounce perch at 10am in the morning. The girth on the fish was close to 12″! For further information, log into the Master Angler section of the Vt fishing and wildlife website. (A picture in included for all those who might otherwise believe this is a fishy story).
The Independence Day Celebrations for 2012 will occur on July 7. The Funky Fourth Celebration will include the parade, the UCC chicken barbeque, the festival and fair on Town Hall Green, and for the first year a Fun Run. Check back for further information, and join the Association for Email Updates of events.
The 2012 Town meeting for Greensboro will occur March 6, 2012 at 10am in the multipurpose room at Lakeview Union Elementary School.
The Craftsbury Outdoor Center has agreed to maintain most of the over 60km winter trail system that Highland Lodge has set up and maintained over these past fifty years. The Outdoor Center will maintain the Marathon Trail over Barr Hill, through Skunk Hollow and back toward Craftsbury through the Fisher Sugarbush, as well as many of other commonly used Greensboro trails. The frequency of grooming will vary depending on when the snow comes and how much use the trails get, with a minimum goal of having the trails in good shape for the weekends and major holidays. The Center will collaborate with a volunteer group to keep a warming hut (former ski shop) behind the Lodge open and manned, at least, on weekends and vacation weeks; they hope to provide some shuttle service between the hut and the Outdoor Center.
Maintaining the Greensboro trails will cost the Craftsbury Outdoor Center about $10,000 this winter. Many Greensboro winter residents have volunteered to raise that money, man the warming hut, work on the trails in the fall and spring and join the Center. The Greensboro Association has contributed $1000 as seed money to get this effort up and running. However, all who are interested in maintaining this wonderful resource should consider at a minimum joining the Craftsbury Outdoor Center as a member, and also should think about contributing with a tax deductible donation to help defray the Outdoor Centers costs. The Craftsbury Outdoor Center is a non-profit organization whose mission includes both life-long sports and land stewardship. Yearly membership (as little as $25 for students and seniors) grants year-round access to the trails, rowing opportunities, ski rentals and a broad variety of programs. For more information on memberships, please go to www.craftsbury.com .
Shake off the yucky weather blues on February 18 at this annual mid-winter shakedown at United Church of Christ in Greensboro! Potluck dinner begins at 6pm – the show starts at 7pm and this year we’ll feature a variety of performances, from piano to theater, poetry to bluegrass. Bring a friend, and call us if you’d like to perform! (533-2223). All proceeds will fund our summer campership program. Suggested donation is $8.