The Greensboro Emergency COVID Response – Please read!

On Friday, March 13, 2020, Vermont Governor Phil Scott filed a Covid-19 Emergency Declaration regarding the COVID 19 Corona virus in Vermont.   The Greensboro Emergency Response Team has been meeting daily since then to actively plan and implement strategies that serve to protect and support our community during these extraordinary and, now, unbelievable times.

Effective March 25, 2020 at 5:00 p.m., Vermont Governor Phil Scott issued a “stay home, stay safe” order effective until April 15, 2020.  The Governor’s order directs Vermonters to stay at home, leaving only for essential reasons, critical to health and safety. All businesses and not-for-profit entities not expressly exempted in the order must suspend all in-person business operations. Operations that can be conducted online or by phone, or sales that can be facilitated with curbside pickup or delivery only, can continue.

Please go to the town website for important information about the Greensboro Emergency Response Team and the efforts to protect and support our Greensboro family during this time.   https://www.greensborovt.org/   Please share this information widely. 

In addition, the Greensboro Emergency Response Team is asking current residents of Greensboro (both seasonal and full-time) to complete this Emergency Response Team survey to support efforts to organize our community in response to the novel Coronavirus. Your response and contact information is critical to efforts to develop effective local, community-wide communications systems and preventative responses.   Please share widely.

If you know someone who is unable to access the internet, please fill this form out on their behalf. (Hard copies are also available at Willey’s, Smith’s, or by request).

To complete this form, click: https://forms.gle/qqpwC5e2ZE7YoLmb9

If you know someone who would like to be added to our email list for further updates, please use this link.   Join our mailing list

For further information:

https://www.vermont.gov/

https://www.healthvermont.gov/

https://www.greensborovt.org/

http://nekcollaborative.org/covid19/

https://sites.google.com/view/nekmutualaid/home?authuser=0

https://www.greensboroassociation.org/

https://www.cdc.gov/

 

IMPORTANT – PLEASE SHARE WIDELY – Fill out the Greensboro Emergency Response Team Survey

The Greensboro Emergency Response Team has been meeting daily since Governor Scott’s Covid-19 Emergency Declaration on Friday, March 13, 2020.  As part of their effort, they are asking CURRENT RESIDENTS OF GREENSBORO (both seasonal and full-time) to complete this Emergency Response Team survey to support efforts to organize our community in response to the novel Coronavirus. Your response and contact information is critical to efforts to develop effective local, community-wide communications systems and preventative responses.   Please share widely.

If you know someone who is unable to access the internet, please fill this form out on their behalf. (Hard copies are also available at Willey’s, Smith’s, or by request).

To complete this form, click: https://forms.gle/qqpwC5e2ZE7YoLmb9

For more information about the Greensboro Response to the novel Coronavirus, please visit the Town Website at https://www.greensborovt.org/

Please read – The Willey’s Store – phone in orders preferred

The Willey’s Store is accepting phone in orders for pickup at the store. Please consider avoiding the store in person and taking advantage of this feature. It is in everyone’s interest to protect Willey’s and its staff from any infection due to its central and critical role in the Town.

A delivery service run by town volunteers is in place for those who cannot get to Willey’s to pick up their orders.

The Aging In Place: Continue the Conversation | March 19 event has been CANCELLED

The Aging in Place gathering to be held on March 19, 2020 is being canceled.
It is very important that measures be taken to mitigate the spread of Covid19. Once we as a community have reached the other side of this challenging virus, a new date will be set. In the mean time, learn all you can about this virus. Your knowledge will help to protect yourself, your family and your community.
Be safe,
Bobbie Nisbet for the Aging in Place Committee


10th Annual Greensboro Fire Department Caspian Lake Fishing Derby

10th Annual GFD Caspian Lake Fishing Derby
Saturday, February 8th, 4am- 2pm
Adult class (16 yrs and older) $15.00
Junior class (15 yrs and under) $5.00
50/50 Raffle and other prizes
All children entered must be fishing with an adult registered in the fishing derby
PRE-REGISTRATION OPENS JANUARY 11TH AT THE FOLLOWING LOCATIONS:
Willey’s Store, Greensboro, VT;
Riteway Sports, Hardwick, VT;
The Old Fishing Hole Gun Shop, Morrisville, VT;
or at Caspian Lake Beach the morning of the derby

Temperature Rise Threatens 114 of 168 Vermont Birds by 2050

Birds of Greensboro by John Audubon Schweizer

The Black-throated Green Warbler and Spruce Grouse are the most at-risk NEK birds.

On October 10th,  the National Audubon released its scientists’ latest forecast for birds at risk of disappearing from Vermont by 2050.  The scientists’ model looked at 168 Vermont bird species and average temperature rising 2.7 degrees Fahrenheit by 2050.  This temperature rise which is consistent with the current climate trends will result in shorter winters and more frequent extreme weather-related events like droughts, heavy rains, extreme spring heat, and forest fires.  These conditions will not only affect our birds’ ability and timing for migration, nesting, and reproduction but also shock and reorder the local insect population which is the primary sources of nutrition for fledglings and their parents.

Of the 114 threaten species, 54  common Greensboro birds are at moderate to high risk of disappearing and 60 are at low risk. The moderate to high-risk birds include 11 species of warblers, 5 species of sparrows, woodcocks, mergansers as well as Vermont’s state bird, the Hermit Thrush.  The remaining population of other studied Vermont species should remain relatively unchanged during the next 30 years.  More information on threatening Vermont bird species can be seen at the website: Audubon.org/climate/survival by degrees/state/us/vt.

 

Announcement to the GA Membership of our Annual Meeting August 8, 2019

The Annual Meeting of the Greensboro Association will take place on Thursday, August 8 from 4–6 PM at the United Church of Christ, Greensboro. We will meet in Fellowship Hall.
We will approve the minutes from the 2018 Annual Meetings. Review the minutes HERE.

Update on the Greater Greensboro Community Visit and Survey Link

The Greensboro Association is sharing this update from the Vermont Council on Rural Development.   We encourage all members of the Community to participate in the survey as well as attend the August 22 meeting.   SIGN UP FOR THE MEETING HERE.

Dear Greensboro Community Members,

Thank you so much for an afternoon/evening of invigorating discussion and celebration for the future of Greensboro on July 17th. The Visiting Team of statewide experts and leaders were so impressed with the strong turnout, the deep and thoughtful conversation, and your great ideas for the future of your community.

I wanted to follow up to share a few key points as we move forward in the Greater Greensboro community forums:

–        If you weren’t able to share your idea, or have more to add, please complete this survey to share your ideas by August 9th (Feel free to pass along to others who were unable to attend!)

–        We are compiling photos of the Greater Greensboro process which you can see here. Feel free to share and tag yourself and your friends!

NEXT MEETING: Thursday August 22nd6:30-9:00pm at Lakeview Union School at 189 Lauredon Avenue – this will be a chance to review all of your ideas and vote on priorities for the future. Please pass along an invitation to all of your friends and neighbors! More details to come soon.

Thanks so much!

Jenna and the VCRD Team

Jenna Koloski

Community and Policy Manager

Vermont Council on Rural Development

P.O. Box 1384

Montpelier, VT  05601

(802)225-6091

jenna@vtrural.org

vtrural.org

Important Information from the Greensboro Planning Commission

Now that we are at the start of the summer season, the Greensboro Planning Commission would like to share some information with you.

First, we are excited to announce that the new Town Plan is completed and is attached as a pdf at the end of this message.  It will also be posted on the Town website.

Second, like you, we are very concerned with declining water quality.  While only a small part of the contamination comes from wastewater, it all adds up and every little bit helps.  Thank you for an annual check and maintenance of your wastewater systems and for honoring your house’s occupancy limits.  If you don’t know your house’s occupancy limits, let us know and we can help.

Here is a very informative link that explains how septic systems work.

Septic Systems and Surface Water –       https://www.epa.gov/septic/septic-systems-and-surface-water

Surprisingly, many of our homes still don’t have modern septic systems.  Some even only have cesspits for waste.  But each year a few more homes update to more modern systems, often when old systems fail.

Thank you for doing what you can for water quality !

Best wishes for a great summer 2019 !

The Greensboro Planning Commission

Greensboro Town Plan – FINAL – 6-14-19

Greensheet Calendar Correction – Funky Fourth Parade and UCC Barbecue

On Saturday, June 6, 2019, the Annual Chicken Barbecue at the United Church of Christ in Greensboro will start at 11:00am, not 12:00 as incorrectly stated in the Green Sheet.   There are NO RESERVATIONS this year….it is strictly first come, first serve.

The annual Funky Fourth Parade starts at 10am on July 6.   Parade participants will line up starting at 9am at the Country Club Road in Greensboro.

2019 Late Spring Newsletter

Read our Spring 2019 GA Newsletter! Lots of news and information about upcoming events in Greensboro. Thank you to Karen Gowen, our Newsletter Editor.

Caspian High-water and Ice Damage

By John Schweizer

Shoreline flooding and ice damage particularly along the north and west shores of the Caspian Lake occurred again this winter. The damage was due mostly to the highest water levels in the past 20 years. On April 22, the water measured 29 inches above the spillway and breached the top of the concrete dam. At this point, GA’s Stew Arnold contacted Ben Green, the Vermont Dam Engineer. As the water was about to flow around the dam, Ben requested that the Hardwick Electric technician fully open the weir flood gate thus preventing a potential disaster. Both Peter Romans of the Greensboro Select Board and Nat Smith of the Hardwick Electric Board observed this episode.

The week following this episode, Ben Green, sent a letter to Hardwick Electric requesting that they conduct an engineering study to determine the condition of the dam and recommend any changes. The GA Lake Level Committee then requested that the Agency of Natural Resources, (ANR) which is responsible for the dam flow, and thus the lake water level, keep the weir flood gate partially open year-round until the study is completed and necessary changes are made to the dam.

Going forward, the GA Lake Committee will continue working with ANR and Hardwick Electric to collect data and make recommendations in order to adjust the dam outflow to meet our common goals of minimizing flooding and ice damage while protecting our beautiful lake and its ecosystem.

2019 Winter Update

Our members have received the Winter Letter by email. Those who have not “opted out” of paper mailings also received the mailing delivered by the USPS. We look forward to getting your updates, suggestions and new member referrals. Please read the highlights of the Greensboro Association in the Winter 2019 President’s Letter.

Greensboro Bend Revitalization Initiative Update

From: Dan Predpall, Chair of the Bend Revitalization Initiative Steering Committee

This letter provides an update on the Bend Revitalization Initiative (BRI) activities.

The Bend Revitalization Initiative (BRI) was created in April, 2018 in response to concerns voiced by Bend residents at the March Town Meeting. A visioning process was conducted with about 25 Bend and other Greensboro residents. This led to the following BRI goals:

  • Support home improvement in the Bend and attract new housing stock (rentals or homes for sale)
  • Enhance the physical appearance of the Bend
  • Increase opportunities for community interaction
  • Attract economic development to the Bend and provide jobs
  • Seek funding for the above initiatives

The BRI is composed of Greensboro community members interesting in revitalizing the Bend. Our group includes longtime residents of the Bend, new residents, business owners, retirees, and young parents.” We have a website at www.thebendvt.org . This website will be used to keep the public up to date on Bend activities. If you have ideas about how we can improve it, let us know!

We are submitting a grant application to the Agency of Commerce and Community Development and VTrans. The grant is called Better Connections. The grant focuses on East Hardwick, Greensboro Bend, and the rail trail and Lamoille River that connect these small villages.

BRI is looking for ways to stimulate the economy of the Bend. One possible way is to complete the rail trail. The Lamoille Valley Rail Trail between Morrisville and Cambridge sees about 15,000 users annually. Even if we assume 10,000 users or so, that is a large number. Users will spend money at trailheads. The impact on a small village like the Bend could be significant.

So, I called Ken Brown at VAST, who oversees the construction of the rail trail. I asked him when we could expect the rail trail in the Bend. He said up to 15 years. He also mentioned that Hardwick was working to build out the trail themselves. I met with Eric Remick, Chair of the Hardwick Selectboard. Also, I talked to Cheryl Michaels, who started the East Hardwick Neighborhood Organization, similar to our BRI. In sum, it made sense for East Hardwick and the Bend to work together towards completing the rail trail between the villages.

The “planning grant” would include the following goals/activities, which would occur over an 18-month period from June 2019 to December 2020:

  • The overall goal is to stimulate economic activity in Greensboro Bend and East Hardwick.
  • The “project area” is the corridor that includes East Hardwick, the Bend, Route 16, the rail trail, and the Lamoille River. This is a three-mile corridor between the villages.
  • Planning for completion of the rail trail between East Hardwick and the Bend. For example, look for wetlands issues, impacts on the river, and crossings of State Route 16.
  • Examine the potential to develop ancillary facilities in East Hardwick and the Bend such as a café, kiosks, rest areas, parking areas, rest rooms, other retail, etc. The idea is to capture revenue from trail users.
  • Plan for streetscape improvements in East Hardwick and the Bend. This could include signage, landscaping, façade improvements, bike lanes, safe street crossings, traffic calming devices, and so on. The idea is to improve the appearance of the villages, and encourage trail users and other visitors and residents to spend more time in the villages.
  • There are nutrient inflows to the Lamoille River between East Hardwick and the Bend. Evaluate this issue and plan for buffer plantings of trees and shrubs along the river. This would also beautify the river as well as improving water quality.
  • Finally, a goal of the grant is to integrate the Hardwick trails system and Greensboro trails system to the rail trail. In other words, connect all the trails.
  • A public engagement program is part of the grant. Residents of both villages will get together to determine what changes they want to see, as related to the goals of this grant. A website will show the activities of the grant work.

Yes, this is an aggressive plan. However, it is just “Step 1”, to create a plan for action. The real goal here, “Step 2”, is to implement the plan, including completing the rail trail between East Hardwick and Greensboro Bend. This will bring significant benefits to these villages. This planning grant will set the stage for further progress. 

Note that the Council for Rural Development will hold a Community Visit Program in Greensboro later this year. This program is a community-building process, and will receive help from many state agencies. This will provide us with an additional opportunity to move forward.

Also, the Northern Vermont Development Association (NVDA) will perform a “trailhead study” along the rail trail between St Johnsbury and Hardwick. This study will help us as well.

So, the timing is good to get this Better Connections grant. It is very competitive, but we get extra points for working with two municipalities. If we are successful, we will need your help!

On another matter, you may have seen postings in town or on the town website regarding formation of a Housing Committee. The goal of this committee is to evaluate how Greensboro can bring moderately-priced housing to Greensboro. If you would like to participate, send a note to zoning@greensborovt.org.

Greensboro Planning Commission to Host Public Forums

The Greensboro Planning Commission will hold two public forums in August to review and discuss the draft of the new Town Plan.

The first public forum will be at the Lakeview Union Elementary School on Lauredon Avenue on Monday, August 20, 2018 at 7 PM.

The second public forum will be held on Thursday, August 30, 2018 at 7 PM at St. Michael’s Church in Greensboro Bend.

The draft Town Plan will be available for review on the town website (www.greensborovt.org) by August 1st. Hard copies will also be available at the Greensboro Free Library and at the Town Offices.

Household Hazardous Waste Collection in Greensboro on July 28

The Northeast Kingdom Waste Management District will be collecting Household Hazardous Waste at the Greensboro Town Hall from 8:30 to 11am on July 28 (at the same time as normal recycling on Saturday).   For more information, and a description of the acceptable Household hazardous waste which can be recycled, see this link.

Vermont Clean Water Week 2018, July 29 – August 4: A Celebration of Clean Water and Community Action

Vermont’s Department of Environmental Conservation invites all to join in a weeklong celebration of our lakes, rivers, and wetlands, and the tremendous efforts of businesses, farms, communities, and organizations to protect and restore clean water.
As stated by the DEC, clean water is essential to our health, our quality of life, and a strong economy. It supports diverse recreational opportunities, serves as a major drinking water source, and provides critical fish and wildlife habitat.
For more information on related sponsors and events, click HERE .
Perry Thomas, Lakes Program Manager of the Watershed Management Division, will be a featured speaker at the Annual Meeting of the Greensboro Association, Thursday, August 2, 4pm, at the United Church of Christ, Greensboro.  Be sure to attend to hear directly about the important work of this organization.

Announcement to the GA Membership of Our Annual Meeting, 2018

The Annual Meeting of the Greensboro Association will take place on Thursday, August 2 from 4–6 PM at the United Church of Christ, Greensboro. We will meet in Fellowship Hall.
Included on the agenda are a one-hour business meeting, followed by a Town Report and Update on the Town Plan, as well as a brief presentation by Perry Thomas, Lakes Program Manager of the Watershed Management Division, VT. (Note: our meeting falls within Vermont’s Clean Water Week, which begins July 29. See below for more information and a link to related events).
We will also celebrate the recipients of this year’s Greensboro Award, Phil Gray and Jan Travers, and offer thanks at this meeting for their many contributions to the community.
We will approve the minutes from the 2017 Annual Meetings. Review the minutes HERE.
The complete agenda for the meeting can be viewed HERE.