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:

https://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.

 

 

Hazendale Farmstand Will Not Open for Summer

We are saddened to report to you that a Greensboro landmark business will not be reopening this summer.  For decades, David Allen and Diana Griffiths have provided our community with locally-grown, organic vegetables, fruits, meats and chceses and in recent years, specialty pantry items – not to mention The New York Times every day.  Several years ago, David and Diana decided to try a CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) model for their farmstand business, in which people could buy a “share” in advance for the summer and use their balance toward Hazendale’s abundant and high quality offerings.

In a letter to past CSA members this week, Diana and David wrote, “After much thought and deliberation we have decided not to open the farmstand this summer.  Our decision is fueled by the lack of young workers coming forward and a low CSA response. […] A big thank you to those who have continued to support us over the years and we look to seeing you around this summer.  You will find some of our produce in both Willey’s Store and Buffalo Mt. Co-op.”

We thank them for their many years as a bright spot in the Greensboro landscape.

Fire, Police and Rescue Squads push new 911 signs

All Town of Greensboro residents – summer and year round – should obtain new visible 911 signs for their homes and cottages.   These signs can be the difference between life and death – literally – since they reduce the response time in an emergency.   Visible 911 signs are available from the Greensboro Fire Department and should be mounted so that they can be easily seen.   If you order your sign now it will be available for the summer season.    Please mail this form and a check for $15 to the Greensboro Fire Department, PO Box 83, Greensboro, VT 05841.

 REMEMBER!     “If they can’t find you, they can’t help you!!!”

 

2017 Town Meeting

The 2017 Town meeting held on March 7, 2017 at Fellowship Hall was civil, very well attended and productive.   The minutes will be available on the town website;  also, Kyle Gray videotaped the proceedings.   We will post links to those when available.  The annual report is here.

Highlights included:

1) The Greensboro Award was given to Janet Long, recognizing her many, many years of service to the Town and its institutions.

2) Kim Greaves was elected as Town Clerk, replacing Valdine Hall who is retiring from the post.  Denise Stuart was elected as Town Treasurer, also replacing Valdine.

3)  Peter Romans and Sean Thomson were re-elected to the Selectboard, serving 3 year terms.   Mike LaPierre was elected to a two year term.   They join Sue Wood and Judy Carpenter as members of the Select Board.

4) The FY 2017-18  Town Budget was passed as amended – $1,801,607, a 3% increase over 2016-17.  The only amendment increased the proposed town grant to the Hardwick Area Food Shelf by $500 to $2500.    There was a lengthy discussion of the $1500 budgeted request for funding the Grange renovation, which was approved.

5)  The FY 2017-18 Greensboro School budget was passed as presented.

6)  A discussion occurred about whether the day and time of Town Meeting should be changed.   Some suggested that the current Tuesday morning (workday) meeting reduces the number of younger and working community members who can attend.  Other choices were presented, including a Saturday morning meeting, an Australian ballot for Select Board elections, and an evening meeting.   Some felt that the tradition of a Tuesday Town meeting was worth keeping.   All agreed that a well attended Greensboro Town Meeting is a great benefit for the town and its residents.    The Select Board welcomes input from all residents related to the timing of Town Meeting.

7)  Several requests were made to clarify town employees salary and benefits by position in next years budget.    Also, the Select Board will schedule one regular meeting each quarter at a venue in Greensboro Bend instead of at the Greensboro Town Hall.

8)  A motion was approved to set the Property Tax Due Date to November 2, 2017 at 4pm.  The Town is also instituting an electronic payment system, which will be available to tax payers with an additional fee.

9) A delicious lunch was again served by the Four Seasons of Early Learning!  Thank you Four Seasons!

10) The Funky Fourth Celebration parade and fireworks are tentatively scheduled for Saturday, July 1, 2017.

Local Event Venues for Summer Festivities          

Are you in the planning stages for a special event in Greensboro?  We are fortunate that our town offers several venues that can be reserved for your gathering.  We’ve taken a moment to compile some information to help you locate the perfect spot in Greensboro.

The Mountain View Country Club:  Clubhouse rental is available for members, non-profit groups, and non-members with the recommendation of a member.

Highland Lodge: Please note that the Highland Lodge’s new website is still under construction.  Contact information, room and cottage descriptions, and online booking are currently available.

Greensboro Barn: This venue, located just down the road from the Mountain View Country Club, is a landmark in Greensboro and is now available to host a wide variety of events from weddings to indoor picnics.  Contact information and details are provided on the website.

Greensboro Historical Society Presentation: Car Talk: The History of Garages in Greensboro

The Greensboro Historical Society will present “Car Talk: The History of Garages in Greensboro”.  Featured will be Tim Nisbet for Greensboro Garage, Janet Long for Lyles’ Garage and Jacquie Molleur and Anne Hanson for Tanguay Garage.

Join us at the GUCC Fellowship Hall on Sunday, March 5 from 2-4 pm. Refreshments will be served.

The Highland Center for the Arts Announces Interim Partnership with Northern Stage

The Highland Center for the Arts (HCA) in Greensboro, Vermont has engaged Northern Stage (NS), a professional producing theater company based in White River Junction, Vermont to assist with artistic and educational programming and general management consultation services on an interim basis, beginning immediately and extending through September 2017. The partnership will draw on NS’ expertise in the management of rural arts centers to help HCA launch its inaugural summer season. This new collaboration will be headed by NS Managing Director Eric Bunge and supported by the resources and talents of NS’ leadership team of world-class professional arts producers and managers. The HCA and NS partnership will focus on three areas: readying the new HCA facility for opening; working with staff to advance HCA’s artistic and administrative skills; and curating and producing an introductory series of artistic offerings for HCA’s inaugural summer season.

HCA’s board chair Melanie Clarke led the negotiations to enlist NS in this unique partnership. Clarke states, “I am thrilled that HCA will have the opportunity to work with and learn from the artists and producers of Northern Stage during our opening season. Our board chose this route as an ideal way forward to steward the extraordinary gift of the Highland Center for the Arts to Greensboro. What impresses me most about Northern Stage is their history of success serving their audiences and connecting with their community through artistically excellent productions and innovative programming. In addition to their talent, passion and artistry, they utilize superb systems of management and control which have allowed them to realize their artistic goals and achieve financially sound results. This collaboration will empower Highland to be what it aspires to be for our community and will help us incorporate what matters to our community in our ongoing planning and programming.”

NS will shepherd HCA through its opening summer season with two pilot programs designed to lay the groundwork for HCA’s future productions. The first program is a Shakespeare in the Schools partnership with Hazen Union High School in Hardwick, Vermont. NS Director of Education Eric Love will assist classroom teachers in exploring Shakespeare’s text, acting techniques, history and team-building. The project will culminate in a final presentation of scenes from A Midsummer Night’s Dream slated for public performance on HCA’s mainstage in April, 2017. “We have seen an incredible impact on the students Northern Stage has worked with through this type of program,” Bunge says. “It is thrilling to know that Hazen Union students will be the very first performers on the HCA stage. It’s a perfect fit for HCA’s vison of gathering people together to participate in the arts.”

The second pilot program will be a full production of Shakespeare’s comedy A Midsummer Night’s Dream, to be performed on HCA’s mainstage during the summer. This community/ professional collaboration will be the Highland Center’s first self-produced play and will involve professional actors and professional theater support personnel as well as community members in on-stage and off-stage roles. Bunge states, “HCA’s Midsummer will bring Shakespeare’s most popular comedy to beautiful life while involving members of the Greensboro area community in myriad creative ways.” Audition dates and crew calls for community members will be announced in April.

Additional programming for HCA’s upcoming summer season is in the final planning stages and will be announced in early April, 2017. This includes music performances, film series, educational programming and events produced by several of the area’s arts and civic organizations. Art exhibits and curated shows featuring the region’s visual artists are also planned and will rotate from June 2017 through May 2018. HCA’s official opening weekend is June 2,3 and 4, 2017 and will feature free performances and receptions.

Since last summer, HCA has welcomed local residents and representatives from local and state-wide arts organizations to tour its construction site. When the building is completed, HCA will resume tours of the campus and will host a series of forums for the public to learn about HCA’s programs and to encourage the public to participate and contribute to the development of HCA based on the community’s interest.

In addition to securing a collaboration with Northern Stage, HCA’s Board is actively searching for an Executive Director to lead artistic planning and programming and forge partnerships and collaborations in support of enriching art experiences and engaging the local community. Plans to recruit new members to HCA’s board are ongoing.

Reminder – Town Meeting March 7, 2017

Town meeting will be held March 7, 2017 at 10 AM at Fellowship Hall.  Absentee Ballots are available at the Town Clerks Office for Hazen Union and Northeast Kingdom Solid Waste Budgets.

Town Reports have been mailed, please let us know if you do not receive your copy.  For your convenience you can review the warning, Annual Greensboro Town And School District Warning or Town Report 2016 Greensboro Annual Town and School District Report

Upcoming Town Meetings

Greensboro’s Town Meeting will take place on Tuesday, March 7, 2017 at 10:00 AM. For information on seats up for election at this year’s meeting, as well as town committees looking for appointees, visit https://www.greensborovt.org .

The annual meeting of the Lakeview Union School District will be Thursday, March 9, 2017 at 7:00 PM in the Lakeview Union School Multipurpose Room.  Budget information is available here:

https://lakeviewschoolboard.ossu.org

 

Annual town and school reports are currently at the printer.  We will provide more details and links to relevant documents for these important annual meetings as they become available.

Children’s Summer Camps: Lots of Options!

Children’s Summer Camps: Registration Open for The Art House /Wonder & Wisdom Summer Journeys Camps, Circus Smirkus, and Hosmer Point Saplings Day Camp and Traditional Overnight Camps

 

The Art House in Craftsbury has teamed up with Wonder & Wisdom of Greensboro to diversify and expand their 2017 summer camp offerings for children.  Registration information is available here:

https://wonderwisdom.org/summer-journeys/

Hosmer Point is a traditional summer camp located in Craftsbury on Big Hosmer Pond.  They offer both sleep-away and day camps, sculling camps for children ages 12-15, and two sessions of Little Bellas Mountain Biking Camp, which is a program for girls ages 11-15.  Some camps fill quickly, and registration is currently open here:

https://www.hosmerpoint.com/camps/camp-dates-for-2017/

Circus Smirkus Camp still has openings for several of its sessions, including BIG KID CAMP!  Have you ever wanted to run away to the circus?  Now is your chance to learn some of the skills younger campers develop and still have down time to experience all the other great things Greensboro has to offer.  Big Kid Camp is for adults age 21 and up and runs from August 20th to the 27th.

Registration info here:

https://www.smirkus.org/smirkus-camp/camp-sessions/

Sterling College School of the New American Farmstead 2017 Programs

Sterling College’s School of the New American Farmstead continues to offer a wide range of year-round continuing education opportunities.  This year you can discover your inner agrarian, teamster (working horses and cattle), weaver and basket maker, orchardist, bee keeper, brewer, baker, and much more. Information and registration is available here:

https://www.sterlingcollege.edu/school-of-the-new-american-farmstead/

Craftsbury Outdoor Center to Highland Lodge Shuttle

Interested in skiing from the Highland Lodge to Craftsbury but not interested in dealing with the logistics of leaving a car in two locations?  With great ski conditions now available this winter, the Craftsbury Outdoor Center has resumed its shuttle service from the Center to the Highland Lodge on weekends.  The shuttle leaves the Outdoor Center at 9:30 AM for the Lodge.  They do request a payment of $5 in the Activity Center to help cover the cost of running the shuttle.

For more information and to confirm that the shuttle will run on any given weekend (it really can change from week to week), check the Center’s website at

https://www.craftsbury.com/skiing/nordic-center/nordic-center-home/

Vermont Department of Environmental Conservation to Host Community Meeting About Great Hosmer Pond

 

The Great Hosmer Pond Task Force worked throughout 2016 to find solutions to reduce conflict on the waters of Great Hosmer between scullers and motor boaters.  As part of these conversations, it became clear that an exploration of whether a revision of the “Use of Public Water Rules” could help reduce conflict.

Members of the Watershed Management Division of the Vermont DEC will host a public meeting on this issue to gain additional input from the communities that use the pond as the DEC moves forward with the rule-making process.  The meeting will be this Saturday, January 21, at 10 AM at the Craftsbury Academy gymnasium.

While not in Greensboro, this process could possibly impact the uses of other lakes in our region.  We encourage those of you interested in issues surrounding the public use of state-owned water bodies to attend this meeting.

For more information about this issue and the rule-making process, please visit:

https://dec.vermont.gov/watershed/lakes-ponds/lakes-ponds/public-outreach-and-rulemaking

Vermont Land Trust announces Kehler land conservation in Greensboro

Greensboro — Brothers Andy and Mateo Kehler purchased 51 acres in Greenboro and conserved the land with the Vermont Land Trust as part of a broader effort to expand their cheese businesses at the Cellars at Jasper Hill.

Andy and Mateo started Jasper Hill Farm in 2003, milking 15 heifers in an old tie-stall barn. Thirteen years later, their small dairy has grown into a cheese-making phenomenon, with 85 employees, and millions of dollars in sales both nationally and internationally.

The farm has a herd of about 45 Ayrshire cows that graze the fields in warmer months.An onsite creamery produces Bayley Hazen Blue, Moses Sleeper and Winnimere cheeses from this herd, which is aged—along with cheese from herds on other Vermont dairies—at the state-of-the-art cheese caves built in 2008.

The caves, known as the Cellars at Jasper Hill, are currently at 70% capacity—something the brothers are trying to change.

To expand cheese production, Andy and Mateo bought two parcels of adjoining farmland on Country Club Road located on the edge of Greensboro village. The farmland will be home to a new herd and a state-of-the art cheese-making facility, which will produce cheeses that the brothers have been developing.

Andy and Mateo sold a conservation easement on the land to the Vermont Land Trust with funding from the Freeman Foundation, the Greensboro Conservation Fund, the Greensboro Land Trust and the Lookout Foundation.

“We are choosing to conserve [this land] to help fulfill our business mission of maintaining the working landscape,” said Andy Kehler. “This conservation project will maintain the opportunity for agriculture to exist as a central part of our community.

Andy and Mateo also conserved a portion of their main farm with the Vermont Land Trust back in 2008.

“An important piece of our work is to support a thriving farm economy,” remarked Tracy Zschau of the Vermont Land Trust. “Conserving farmland with Andy and Mateo, along with many other farmers in the Greensboro area has helped ensure there is productive land base to support farms now and in the future.”

Andy and Mateo see the new farm as a place that will allow more people to be trained in the art of high-quality cheese-making. The more artisan cheeses that are produced, the more cheese that can fill the Cellars.

There is still a lot of room for growth. If the caves were full, they would be ripening cheese from about 800 cows. This new farm will bring Andy and Mateo one step closer.

“As we as a culture become further removed from our food supply and agriculture,” remarked Andy, “we are excited to preserve the opportunity for agriculture, and dairy in particular, to be a visible and celebrated part of the activities that occur in the village.”

The conserved land has 40 acres of hayfields, all of which have prime agricultural soils. The rest of the property is wooded wetland, which will be permanently protected for water quality through restrictions in the conservation easement.

The project was the culmination of a three-farm conservation effort in Greensboro that was supported in part by the town’s conservation fund and the Greensboro Land Trust. The other two farms protected were the former Jaffin Farm on Jaffin Flats Road, owned by Shaun and Darren Hill and former Fontaine Farm on Taylor and Garvin Roads owned by Todd Hardie.

“The Town of Greensboro and the Greensboro Land Trust are grateful to the VLT for its initiative in helping return three one-time farm properties to agricultural use and ensuring that they remain in that use indefinitely,” remarked Clive Gray of the Greensboro Land Trust. “The Jasper Hill easement opens up the likelihood that Greensboro villagers will see dairy farming return next door after more than 70 years.”

 

The Kehlers contributed a portion of the easement value by selling the development rights for less than their full assessed value.

 

 

Town Plan is under revision and input is needed

A draft of the Town Plan revision is scheduled to be presented at the 2017 Town Meeting March 7.  

Town plans lay out a vision for the town for the future.  What should the zoning do? Should we consolidate schools? What about a new fire truck? How will we conserve wildlife? All of these and more are questions that can be answered in a Town Plan.   The current 2015 Town Plan is available here.

If you would like to provide input to the draft or participate in this highly important planning process, please contact Town Planning Commission at zoning@greensborovt.org.

HIGHLAND LODGE UNDER NEW OWNERSHIP

Historic Highland Lodge now taking reservations as a year-round Bed & Breakfast!  Please like their page at https://www.facebook.com/highlandlodge/

Change is afoot at the venerable Highland Lodge, a landmark property in Vermont’s Northeast Kingdom. Under new ownership, Highland Lodge is now welcoming guests as a year-round Bed & Breakfast that champions local craft foods and spirits, the arts community and the incomparable outdoor culture of the surrounding area.

Highland Lodge has been welcoming guests in search of the quintessential Vermont experience for generations. Perched on a hill above stunning Caspian Lake, the 136-acre property is the perfect basecamp for adventure in every season. Skiers are on the doorstep of the phenomenal Greensboro Nordic trail system and summer guests enjoy the lake from its private, sandy beachfront. Highland Lodge is also just a short distance from local attractions such as the Craftsbury Outdoor Center, Sterling College, Circus Smirkus, Highland Center for the Arts and Hill Farmstead Brewery.

David and Wilhelmina Smith, whose family has owned the lodge since the 1954, have sold the 136-acre property to Highland Lodge 2016, LLC, led by CEO and Event Curator, Heidi Lauren Duke. Ms. Duke will restore the lodge to a classic bed and breakfast inn, making some small changes that respect the lodge’s many traditions while bringing in some modern amenities.

The Smiths were determined to find the right people to fill their shoes before they handed over their beloved gem. “The lodge is so important to us that we had to wait for the right owner,” said the Smiths. “We found her in Heidi Lauren and her team, who have impressed us with their hard work and respect for our land and community. Heidi Lauren will bring the right kind of youthful energy to the place, which is just what it needs.”

Having directed and performed in projects at such venues as New York’s Cartier Mansion, France’s Avignon Opera House, and Washington’s Kennedy Center, Ms. Duke has been working closely with the Smiths during an intensive six-month transition period. “Thanks to their wonderful stewardship, Highland Lodge is a Vermont treasure,” said Ms. Duke. “I look forward to hearing more from loyal guests and the community about what they love most about the lodge as we work to make this the destination of choice in this gorgeous part of Vermont.”

In addition to Ms. Duke, the new owners of Highland comprise three Vermont families who treasure their visits to Highland Lodge and are committed to its long-term future. Together they exemplify the loyalty that the lodge engenders among its patrons. The owners include Peter and Ashley Milliken of Norwich, Vermont; Tim Briglin and Laurel Mackin of Thetford, Vermont; and James Bandler and Rebecca Holcombe of Norwich, Vermont. “Highland Lodge is one of Vermont’s treasures,” said Peter Milliken. “It is an honor for us to play a role in its next chapter.”

As she plans to welcome her first guests, Duke is also focused on making Highland a gathering place for locals. “Highland Lodge has a rich tradition of hosting community events,” said Duke. “I’m excited to build on that tradition by offering a place where for people look forward to coming, whether it be for a special celebration or a moment to catch up with friends.” Among her top priorities is the installation of a new bar and lounge area. The bar will feature locally-made beer and spirits and, together with a refurbished dining room, will be open to the public year-round for weddings, pop-up diners and special events. The Lodge is also resuming its full breakfast service to guests.

The sale of the Highland Lodge was partially financed with a loan from Community National Bank, working in partnership with the United States Department of Agriculture and the Federal Home Loan Bank of Boston. A majority women-owned company and a much-needed outlet for local produce and goods, Highland Lodge 2016, LLC was an excellent candidate for financing.

Highland Lodge 2016, LLC has also engaged Tim Piper of Inn Partners, Inc., to assist with business planning and help support its success in its first year.

“Inn Partners is very confident that Highland Lodge has all the components of a successful business venture,” Tim Piper says. “In an area currently lacking in quality lodging options, we have the right mix of a dedicated, intelligent and talented CEO, a strong investor group, and an iconic lodge located in a rapidly-growing tourist destination.”