Tracking Wallace Stegner’s footprints in Vermont’s Earth

LA Times: Vermont Travel
Wallace Stegner  is known for his depictions of the American West, but he spent summers contemplating and writing in neighborly Greensboro.
By Mike Ives, Special to the Los Angeles Times
April 8, 2012
Greensboro, Vt. ——
Wallace Stegner
wrote books about the American and Canadian West, so it’s understandable that people consider the longtime California resident a Western author. Read more

Community will gather to discuss Underage Drinking Issues and Trends

The Hardwick Area Community Coalition (https://haccprevention.com/) is sponsoring a discussion on Underage Drinking Issues and Trends on March 28 at Hazen Union High School at 6pm.  The overall purpose is for the community to learn more about what our children are facing.   Topics will include the scope of the problem, what parents say about underage drinking, the number of alcohol highway deaths, statistics about teens riding with a drunken or a stoned driver and teens driving impaired, and trends in youth drinking in the U.S. and specifically in Vermont.  Other topics will include what teens drink, where they get it, drinking in the US compared to other countries, 2011 Youth Risk Behaviour Statistics, and a update on the tobacco and alcohol industry, including hot new marketing of alcohol products, internet purchasing of alcohol, and new products (alco-pops, energy drinks, 4 Loko, etc.)    The evening will end with a discussion of some possible solutions and national and local efforts.

There is a giveaway of $50.00 Gas Card Coffee & Cookies after the presentation.

Sugar on Snow Party

Come join the fun at Craftsbury Community Care Center’s annual Sugar on Snow Party on Saturday, March 31st , 2 to 4 PM. Everyone is welcome and admission is free. In addition to fabulous maple syrup over fresh snow, there will be a Chinese auction of delicious baked goods. This year’s raffle features a beautiful handcrafted walnut and cherry mirror, a framed Vermont country photograph, and a hand-quilted hen and basket of eggs made by the CCCC Knit Wits.

Ice Fisherman catches 15″ long perch on Caspian

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).

Cabin Fever Follies at UCC

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.  

Highland Lodge Announces It will Close

It was announced today that the Highland Lodge is closing its doors effectively immediately.   The immediate cause according to the press release is “a bad economy combined with an innkeeping format which is no longer sustainable in today’s tourism climate.”   The decision, which has been under consideration for some time, was made with great sadness by the Smith Family, who have run the inn for 57 years with 4 generations of family.

The hope is to find a buyer or buyers for the property who will preserve the character of the land and buildings and who will be both environmentally conscious and a good fit with the town of Greensboro. The Greensboro and Vermont Land Trusts and the Preservation Trust of Vermont are all being asked for their perspectives.

Further information regarding the future of the site will be announced at www.highlandlodge.com.