2017 Annual Meeting Recap

The GA held its Annual Meeting last week in the Sanctuary of the Greensboro United Church.  The meeting was well-attended despite the last-minute change in venue.  The membership heard reports from several GA committees.  They also heard a detailed update from the Lake Protection Committee on the status of discussions with the State’s Agency of Natural Resources to regain the authority to set and adjust the lake level for Caspian.  In addition, attendees had the opportunity to honor Janet Long, this year’s recipient of the Greensboro Award, as well as learn more about improving bike and pedestrian safety from the Interim Executive Director of Local Motion.   Other presenters included Sue Wood, current Chair of the Greensboro Select Board and Victoria Von Hessert, current chair of the Lakeview Union School Board.  Finally, Sarah Waring, Executive Director of the Center for an Agricultural Economy presented the membership with news and information about this organization and the work they do in the greater Hardwick economy to improve food security, incubate local businesses, and improve school and institutional nutrition.

The membership approved the 2018 budget, year-end financial report, and the auditor’s report, as well as the 2018 and 2020 slate for the Board of Trustees.  These materials, as well as individual committee reports, are available for review on our website.  Thank you for joining us at this year’s Annual Meeting.

Chinese Lantern Launching: GA Board Seeks your Input

In recent years, Greensboro and the Caspian Lake community have seen an uptick in the use of Chinese paper lanterns.  Several residents have indicated concern about the environmental impact and safety of these lanterns.  They have been found in the lake, on people’s cottages and lawns, and in farmer’s fields where they pose a serious health risk to livestock if they and the wires they contain are baled or ingested by animals.

The GA Board hoped to gain more input from the membership at its Annual Meeting last week, but a full agenda limited the available time for discussion.  The Board anticipates discussing in future meetings what, if any, position the GA should take on the use of these lanterns.   They are actively seeking member input to inform discussions on this issue.   Please leave comments here or in the GA’s Facebook Group.  To ensure that input helps the Board better understand the community’s position on this issue, the Communications Committee would like to remind participants that discussion should be kept respectful.  All comments are subject to review by the communications team and inflammatory or derogatory remarks will be removed.

Swim the Kingdom Week returns to Greensboro and Caspian Lake

Kingdom Games is returning to Greensboro and Caspian Lake for the final leg of their Swim the Kingdom Week on Sunday, August 20.  Twenty-five swimmers are already signed up to swim. Event sponsor Kingdom Games has lowered the cost of the swim to $50 and local swimmers in the Orleans, Essex, and Caledonia counties can do this swim with a 50% discount.

If any of you have some time you can give to the day, Kingdom Games could use additional boats to support swimmers if needed. Every swimmer is escorted by a kayak. As in previous years, swimmers leave the beach at 9, swim to Bathtub Rocks and return. A couple of folks may want to shuttle back to the beach.

Organizer Phil White brings his boat to each lake they swim, but with the increased numbers, they would appreciate the assistance of a few more boats. They should be done by about 1 pm.

If you can help with boat support, please contact Phil White at Kingdom Games through the website below. Registration information for the swim is also available below.

http://kingdomgames.co/swim-the-kingdom-week/

Greensboro Association Annual Meeting August 3

Mark your calendars for the Annual Meeting of the Greensboro Association.  This year’s meeting will include our regular business meeting, reports from town and school board officers, and a presentation by Sarah Waring, Executive Director of the Center for an Agricultural Economy (CAE).  Learn more about how the CAE is working to build a healthy food system in the greater Hardwick community through collaboration opportunities, improving food access and hunger relief, educational outreach, and building community infrastructure.  Visit their website here: http://www.hardwickagriculture.org

This year’s meeting will be from 4-6 PM on Thursday, August 3 at the Greensboro United Church Sanctuary.

 

Sixth Annual Caspian Challenge Results

The Greensboro Association held the Sixth Annual Caspian Challenge this past weekend.  Ninety runners and walkers from Greensboro and surrounding communities joined us at the ballfield on Tolman Corner for this annual Sunday outing.  Proceeds from this year’s event go to the GA’s Lake Protection Fund.  Co-sponsored by Circus Smirkus and the Cellars at Jasper Hill, the run brought runners of all ages together to compete in either a 5K or the 6.8-mile loop around the lake.  Many families participated and this year saw a record number of children entering both the 5K and the lake loop.  The field was competitive and conditions (cool temperatures and overcast skies) made for a fast race.  Everyone enjoyed delicious homemade baked goods at the finish.

Evan Thornton-Sherman, age 13, captured the lake loop in a winning time of 42:56.  He led the field from the start, but no one could catch him.  In the 5K, overall winner was 12-year old Cormac Leahy of Greensboro with a time of 20:41.  Complete results are available here:

https://www.webscorer.com/race?raceid=107507

Just a few of the local businesses that provided prizes for the event include:

Cassie’s Corner

Willey’s Store

Highland Lodge

Hill Farmstead Brewery

Craftsbury General Store

Special thanks to Stew and Becky Arnold, the Jenkins Family, and a host of volunteers for making this event happen this year.

Agriculture Secretary to Key Land Trust Meeting July 31

Vermont Agriculture Secretary Anson Tebbetts will speak at the Greensboro Land Trust’s annual public meeting on Monday at 7:30 p.m. in the Greensboro UCC Fellowship Hall. Tebbetts will discuss the current agricultural scene as it affects our region.

The Greensboro Land Trust is celebrating its 25th anniversary. GLT co-founder Nancy Hill will introduce Tebbetts. His talk will follow a brief business meeting. Refreshments will be served.

Lakeview Union School to Host Second Community Forum July 20th

 

The Lakeview school building needs significant repairs and renovations to remain safe and code-compliant and to continue to meet the educational needs of Greensboro and Stannard children.  This forum will be the second opportunity to learn more about the options for addressing renovation needs, including each scenario’s possible cost.

More information is available at the school board website, http://lakeviewschoolboard.ossu.org/lakeview-facilities.html

The board’s website will be updated frequently with new materials and information about the possible renovation for your review in advance of the forum.  Be sure to check back often.

The forum will take place on Thursday, July 20 at the Lakeview Union School.

6:15 pm:  Tour of school facilities

7:00 pm – 8:30 p.m.:  Forum and discussion

All are welcome to attend.

Wonder & Wisdom and The Art House Join

 

 

Wonder & Wisdom and The Art House announced an expansion of their collaboration into a formal merger of the two organizations last week.  Now known as WonderArts, the community-based nonprofit will be offer more diverse, expansive, and creative opportunities to the communities of Craftsbury, Greensboro, Hardwick, and beyond.   With a continuing focus on the cultivation of learning and exploration, WonderArts seeks to enrich our community, schools, and economy through creativity, conversation, and collaboration focused on the arts, recreation, and innovative programming that will serve multiple generations.

More information, especially about upcoming summer programming, is available at their website, http://wonderartsvt.org. The summer newsletter, located at the WonderArts website, provides a snapshot of their collaborative programming over the past year.

Greensboro Planning Commission Vacancies

The Greensboro Planning Commission currently has two vacancies.  The commission meets the second Monday of the month at 7 PM.  You do not have to be a full-time Greensboro resident to serve on the commission.

This is a 7-member board that is responsible for developing amendments to the zoning bylaws and the town plan.  They also consider proposed amendments submitted by others, including those submitted by petition.  In addition, they prepare and approve written reports on any proposed amendment for review by the select board.  As many will remember from last year’s annual meeting, the commission is currently working on a redraft of the Greensboro Town Plan.

If you are interested in serving, contact the town office at 533-2911, or send a letter of interest to:

Town of Greensboro, Attn. Planning Commission, PO Box 119, Greensboro, VT 05841.

 

Lakeview Union School Community Forum

Since last summer, the Lakeview Union School Board has been assessing the functionality of our school facilities.  The existing Lakeview Union School building has served students from the Greensboro and Stannard communities well for the past 30 years.  Our facility, however, is now in need of significant repairs and upgrades to remain not only safe and code-compliant, but also to meet the demands of a 21st century learning environment.  We want Lakeview to continue to provide our students with an inviting space to learn and grow.

We would like to invite the residents of Greensboro and Stannard to the first in a series of conversations about this issue on Wednesday, May 24 at 7 PM at the Lakeview School.  This is an opportunity for us to share with you the challenges we as a community are facing when it comes to our building and our options for addressing them.  But most importantly, this is a chance for us to hear from you, the school’s stakeholders, to help us get a better understanding of what the community feels would be an appropriate direction to take on this critical issue.

We hope you can join us on the evening of May 24.  For more information, please visit the Lakeview school board website at http://lakeviewschoolboard.ossu.org

 

 

Circus Smirkus News: Camp Work Party, Saturday, June 3

That’s right, this is not an oxymoron!  You are invited to camp at 409 Breezy Ave on Saturday June 3rd and together we’ll get camp set up for the summer season, Smirkus style! This involves painting, gardening, cleaning and lots of fun! Bring your foam hammers, your polychromatic paintbrushes, and your clown work boots for a day of fun and can-do spirit as we ready the new camp facility for its fabulous third summer.

We’ll be working from 9-5pm, any time you can spare is appreciated!  Lunch and snacks are provided. To sign up, visit  http://www.smirkus.org/whoswhoboard/volunteer/

 

The 2017 Circus Smirkus Big Top Tour theme is Night at the Museum, and the Greensboro shows will be held on July 2nd at 1 and 6 pm.  Tickets are on sale now at the Smirkus website,  http://www.smirkus.org .

Protect our Lake: Spring Cleaning Tips & Tricks to Help Protect Greensboro’s Lakes

It’s the time of year when camp owners return and begin opening cottages for summer use.  With all the cleaning that is often needed to make a camp homey again, it’s easy to lose sight of the importance of choosing safe cleaning products for our lakes.  Avoiding phosphates, bleach, and other chemical detergents and cleaners can contribute to helping keep our lakes clean.  Willey’s carries many eco-friendly cleaning products for home use.   Other alternatives to chemical cleaners include white vinegar, baking soda, and hydrogen peroxide instead of bleach.

Happy camp opening season!

Greensboro Arts Alliance & Residency Announces Summer Season

The Greensboro Arts Alliance & Residency recently announced plans for its summer season in our community.  Plans include a production of William Saroyan’s The Time of Your Life.  Directed by Sabra Jones, the production will take place in the GUCC Sanctuary on August 19.  Auditions will be held over the Memorial Day Weekend.

In addition, GAAR will hold its Second Annual Sowles Gala on Sunday, August 13 at the Highland Lodge.  Come and enjoy an evening of delicious food and joyful music and theater as GAAR’s artists present songs, dances, and monologues to round out a lovely summer evening.

Finally, under the direction of Heidi Lauren Duke, GAAR will present Bon Appetit, an opera about Julia Child.  Performances are scheduled for June 30, July 1, and July 5 at the Hardwick Town House.  The shows will also feature additional arias and songs related to food, as well as tasty chocolate cake and other provisions provided by area restaurants and food producers.

Stay tuned for information about show times and tickets.

 

Ticks

Winter in Greensboro and across Vermont was on the milder side this year.  As a result, health agencies are anticipating a challenging tick season for anyone who enjoys being outside in Vermont.   There are several varieties of ticks in Vermont, and not all are prone to biting humans.  For photos and information on each tick variety, visit here:

http://www.healthvermont.gov/immunizations-infectious-disease/mosquito-tick-zoonotic-diseases/types-ticks-vermont

Unfortunately, despite our far northern location, we are not immune to these concerns, and anecdotal reports of people removing ticks from pets and themselves have already been shared around town.

While we all enjoy Greensboro for its natural beauty and plentiful opportunities for outside recreation, gardening, and forest management, we want you to remain safe and healthy.  The Vermont Department of Health provides some excellent resources for tracking ticks across the state, performing tick checks, as well as information on prevention and removal.   Find more information here:

http://www.healthvermont.gov/immunizations-infectious-disease/mosquito-tick-zoonotic-diseases/prevent-tick-bites

Summer Camps Still Have Availability!

Summer is right around the corner!  Have you firmed up your family member’s summer camp plans?  Some camps have filled, but others still have availability.

Circus Smirkus has openings for its 1- and 2-day camps in late June.  These are a great introduction to Circus Smirkus, or for kids that have not had an overnight camp experience before.  Campers get a full sampling of what great fun Circus Smirkus camp can be, and they have the chance to “pie” their family members after their final performance!  For more information and to check availability, visit here:

http://www.smirkus.org/smirkus-camp/

Wonder & Wisdom’s collaboration with The Art House in Craftsbury will also provide exciting opportunities for day campers this summer.  Several of their camps have already filled, but they do still have openings for camps in late July and they maintain a wait list for camps without current availability.   For more information and to register, visit http://wonderwisdom.org/summer-journeys/

Highland Center for the Arts Opening Festivities

Finishing touches are being put on the new Highland Center for the Arts, and the anticipation for the grand opening of Greensboro’s new theater is building.  The Highland Center for the Arts released its opening weekend schedule of events this past week.  All events are free and open to the public and include music, theater, the opening of the art gallery, and more.  The schedule for the opening, as well as information on additional events planned for this summer, is available here:

http://highlandartsvt.org/events/

Fishing & Boating News

As of the last weekend in April, the ice is out on Caspian Lake, and anglers have already been spotted on Caspian.  The State of Vermont’s Department of Fish and Wildlife provides extensive information on fishing locations and regulations, events and family fishing programs, the 2017 fish stocking schedule, and boating safety and regulations.  For more information, visit here:

http://www.vtfishandwildlife.com/cms/One.aspx?portalId=73163&pageId=7147424

In addition, while the waters look enticing for fishing and boating, please remember that the ice has only just gone out and it is still dangerously cold.  While Vermont has no formal guidelines for cold water boating safety, they do recommend that boaters and anglers wear a personal flotation device during the spring and fall cold water temperatures.

The Highland Center for the Arts Opening Performance with Hazen Union School

Join Hazen Union High School’s drama students — the first actors to set foot on the brand new Highland Center for the Arts Main Stage — for their unique take on Shakespeare’s most popular comedy. The cast and production team for this abbreviated Midsummer is made up of students from Hazen Union High School who are working diligently with Hazen Union’s theater teachers and professional actors and directors from Northern Stage to bring this show to life.  This arts education program is underwritten in its entirety by the Highland Center for the Arts.

Seats are limited! Save your place by emailing info@highlandartsvt.org (include your name, contact information, and number of attendees in your email

A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Abbreviated!)
By William Shakespeare
April 13, 2017, multiple performance times
At the Highland Center for the Arts
2875 Hardwick Street
Greensboro, Vermont 05841

School Performances at 10:00 am and 1:00 pm
Public Tour of Highland Center for the Arts at 6:00 pm
Public Performance of Midsummer at 7:00 pm (runs 1 hour 15 minutes with no intermission)
Free to all; appropriate for ages 4 and up.
Free reception following the show (8:15 pm)

About Shakespeare’s Midsummer Night’s Dream

When run-away couples and a band of hapless actors leave the safety of Athens’ city walls and head to the nearby woods, they are thrown into a magical world of fairies, Kings and Queens, love potions, and a impish sprite who will stop at nothing to create romantic and comic havoc for all. Filled with magic, royal battles, fools in love, and bumbling buffoons, this dream is extremely accessible to the old and young alike

About the Highland Center for the Arts

HCA’s mission is to develop and operate a welcoming venue for assembly, artistic expression, entertainment, education and refreshment. HCA features a state-of-the-art main theater with multiple thrust stage configurations and seating for up to 275 people, a 100-seat small performance space, a full-service café and an art gallery, along with outdoor terraces and support spaces. The campus was designed to provide exceptional opportunities to create, exhibit, view, experience, perform, learn about and talk about art through performances, programs, workshops, festivals, classes and multi-disciplinary events. HCA’s goal is to achieve a balanced, year-round schedule of locally and nationally-sourced performances and events suited to serving the residents and artists living in the Northeast Kingdom. HCA is also committed to developing partnerships with local schools and school districts to enhance arts education and support students’ and families’ participation in the arts.

About Northern Stage

NS, a regional, professional, nonprofit theater company is dedicated to changing lives, one story at a time. Located in White River Junction, Vermont, NS’s intimate 240-seat setting (the new Barrette Center for the Arts), sophisticated productions, and expansive education and outreach programs set the stage for active engagement with all of its community and audience members. Founded in 1997, Northern Stage has offered more than 115 high-quality, professional productions of new works, classics, and musicals. The company celebrates its 20th Anniversary Season this year and annual attendance is now over 30,000.