Embrace the winter and sign up for the second annual Tour de Greensboro. This event, to be held on Saturday, February 10th, will consist of a 25km, classic ski tour on some of the most scenic trails in the northeast. Start and end at Highland Lodge where we will have some chili and fixings and a post-ski bonfire. Go fast or take your time to savor a mid-tour hot cider and donuts. All proceeds will benefit the Greensboro Association. We are limiting this to 120 skiers, so don’t wait, sign up today. All entries will be non-refundable but may be transferred to another person via skireg.com.
The town of Greensboro is working on updating their Local Hazard Mitigation Plan and would appreciate your input through the short survey below. Thank you!
In addition, there will be a public meeting on August 10 at 6 p.m. at Fellowship Hall at the Greensboro United Church to review the Hazard Mitigation plan. Alison Low from NVDA will lead the discussion and plan going forward. All are welcome.
The 2023 Annual Meeting of the Greensboro Association will be held on August 3 at 4:00 pm at Fellowship Hall. We sincerely hope many of our members will be able to attend to hear about the great work of the GA this past year. If you are unable to attend in person, a zoom link can be found below.
After the business meeting, our first speaker Lauren Jenness, New England Interstate Water Pollution Control Commission (NEIWPCC) Environmental Analyst, Lake Champlain Basin Program, will share information about the GA’s participation in the Stream Wise Program, which the GA will soon be starting. If you live on land on the feeder brooks into Caspian Lake or Greensboro Brook, or on the Lamoille River or its tributaries in Greensboro Bend, getting a Stream Wise assessment can help you take the best possible care of your stream side property.
Following Lauren’s presentation, Kent Hansen, chair of Greensboro’s Planning Commission, will share what the Planning Commission has been working on over the last year and what proposed Zoning Bylaw changes are coming up.
The agenda for the Annual meeting can be found here.
Last year’s minutes can be found here.
The 2023 Dues Notice will be sent to all members on Sunday, March 26. Please read the Spring update from Cathy Irwin, GA President here.
On Wednesday, February 15, from 5:30-7:30 p.m. the Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) will give the public an opportunity to react to their proposed rule on the use of wake boats in Vermont.
A meeting will be held in Greensboro at the Highland Center for the Arts and via Microsoft Teams. JoAnn Hanowski, co-chair of the Greensboro Association’s Lakes and Environmental Stewardship Committee, will be representing the GA at this meeting. There are concerns that the DEC proposal of a 500′ distance from shore requirement for wake boating is not enough to prevent harm to both the environment and other boaters and lakeshore owners. There will be opportunity for public comment at this meeting; to sign up for a 2-minute time slot to speak, go to https://forms.office.com/g/ayJuuH9923.
A group called RWVL (Responsible Wakes for VT Lakes) is pushing back on the DEC to consider getting closer to their proposed 1000’ distance from shore requirement. RWVL is a group of concerned Vermonters, many of whom are year-round and seasonal lake and pond residents. To learn more about the RWVL position, go to http://responsiblewakes.org/ . Vermont Business Magazine has additional information on this issue and it can be found here: https://vermontbiz.com/news/2023/january/31/vermont-dec-releases-draft-rule-wake-boat-regulation
Currently Caspian Lake boaters must travel at no-wake speed and not over 5 mph within 200’ of the shoreline, a person in the water, a canoe, rowboat or other vessel, a designated swim area, or any anchorage or dock. In addition, use of jet skis, personal watercraft or any other Class A vessel which uses an inboard engine powering a water jet pump as its primary source of motive power is prohibited. The wake from a boat must not endanger anyone else. Canoes, kayaks and paddle boards are especially vulnerable to high-wake turbulence, and boaters are responsible for any act which endangers or jeopardizes the safety, life or property of another person. Finally, loons, ducks and other birds are especially sensitive to boat traffic. It is a punishable offense to kill or harass any water bird through the operation of a boat on any Vermont lake.
As JoAnn has pointed out, “The state of Vermont has total jurisdiction over the use of public waters. Any change to public use on Caspian Lake, including a ban on wakeboat operation would require a petition to the DEC. In any scenario (the current DEC revised petition, the original petition, or no ruling) Greensboro will be faced with managing wakeboat access and use on Caspian via our greeter program and through public education.”
Please consider making your voice heard on this important topic!
For any questions please contact membership@greensboroassociation. org.
DATE CHANGE: This event will be held on Sunday, February 5.
Embrace the winter and sign up for the first annual Tour de Greensboro. This event, to be held on Saturday, February 4th, will consist of a 25km, classic ski tour on some of the most scenic trails in the northeast. Start and end at Highland Lodge where we will have some chili and fixings and a post-ski bonfire. Go fast or take your time to savor a mid-tour hot cider and donuts. All proceeds will benefit the Greensboro Association. We are limiting this to 100 skiers, so don’t wait, sign up today. (see details below)
NEXT CASPIAN CHALLENGE
JULY 30, 2023
COMING NEXT YEAR–The 12th Annual Caspian Challenge, sponsored by the Greensboro Association, will be open for registration Spring 2023!
2022 RESULTS–A spectacular day greeted the 11th Annual Caspian Challenge on Sunday July 31, 2022. Seventy-five runners and eight walkers participated in the scenic race, which hosts a hilly round-Caspian-Lake 6.8 mile loop and a 5K out-and-back from Tolman Corner ball field.
Maxfield English of Wolcott, won the Men’s Loop division in a time of 40:48, and Kathleen Ruffle topped the Women’s Loop field and came in 6th overall with a time of 47:08. Mark Gilbertson of Hyde Park won the 5K Men’s Division with a time of 21:23 and Tara Nelson of Glover came in second overall and won the 5K Women’s Division with a time of 23:48.
The proceeds from the Caspian Challenge went to the Greensboro Association’s Lake Protection Fund this year. This Fund provides on-going monitoring of Caspian Lake’s water quality, including run-off from streams feeding the lake, and prevention of aquatic nuisances such as Eurasian milfoil and zebra mussels.
See full 2022 results HERE
We are excited to announce that in collaboration with the Greensboro’s & Hardwick’s Recreation Committees, Teach Americans to Swim Program will be offering swim lessons to Greensboro & Hardwick Residents and children in surrounding towns. FOR AGES 2 Years – 13 Years during the week of July 18-22, 2022 Starting at 10AM. For more information and to register click here.
THE CASPIAN CHALLENGE!
SUNDAY, JULY 31, 2022
REGISTRATION ONLINE & 7:15-8:15 a.m. on 7/31 at Ball Field
The 11th Annual Caspian Challenge lake run/5K, sponsored by the Greensboro Association, is now open for registration! We are back to normal this year, with official timing and bibs, and prizes for winners in various categories. Join us for a morning of fun, exercise, and community support. Proceeds from this year’s Caspian Challenge will go toward the Greensboro Association’s Lake Protection Fund, which helps support prevention efforts against milfoil and other invasive species, as well as lake water quality monitoring.
Registration fee is $15 through race day; no charge for those under 13, and minimum age to participate in the 5K is 7. T-shirts will be available for an additional $15, with limited supply sold on race day for $20.
The Greensboro Association is pleased to announce that due to generous donations from our members to our endowed Fund For Greensboro, the GA will be funding one-year project initiative grants as well as expanding to grants that support annual operation expenses. We will also consider on an exception basis, grants requests greater than $1000. The deadline for receipt of applications and necessary support documentation is May 31, 2022. . Please submit all applications through the following link:
Any questions and all necessary supporting documents should be submitted through our website grants@
The 2020 Annual Meeting for the Greensboro Association will be held on August 6 at 4:00 pm. We sincerely hope many of our members will be able to attend to hear about the great work of the GA in this unusual year.
This meeting will occur electronically via ZOOM. Please refer to the email from the GA with the Zoom link. If you have misplaced or deleted that email please email [email protected] and we will send the link. You will be able to access the meeting via internet or phone. Information about How to access a Zoom meeting can be found HERE.
Documents for the meeting are available at the links below.
ANNUAL MEETING MINUTES FROM 2019 (FOR APPROVAL) https://www.greensboroassociation.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/07/2019-8-8-GA-Annual-Meeting-MinutesUnapproved.docx
NOMINATIONS SLATE (FOR APPROVAL) https://www.greensboroassociation.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/07/2020-GA-Nominations-Committee-Report-.pdf
2019-20 FINANCIAL RESULTS AND PROPOSED BUDGET https://www.greensboroassociation.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/07/GATreasReport-2020-Finalwithbudget.pdf
2020-21 COMMITTEE REPORTS https://www.greensboroassociation.org/resources/reports/
HOW DO I ACCESS A ZOOM MEETING? https://www.greensboroassociation.org/how-do-i-access-a-zoom-meeting/
Next year’s race will be Sunday, July 25, 2021. Mark your calendars!
Special thanks to all of those who came out to help on the day, especially Stew Arnold and Cathy Irwin who organized the event for the Greensboro Association.
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.
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: https://www.hardwickagriculture.org
This year’s meeting will be from 4-6 PM on Thursday, August 3 at the Greensboro United Church Sanctuary.
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:
Just a few of the local businesses that provided prizes for the event include:
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.
Facebook Discussion Group
- Tour de Greensboro: February 10, 2024September 22, 2023 - 9:29 am
- Are You Concerned About the Water Quality in Caspian LakeAugust 25, 2023 - 9:04 am
- Hazard Mitigation Survey from the Town of GreensboroAugust 8, 2023 - 9:30 pm
- July 26 Community Relief Fund UpdateJuly 27, 2023 - 8:56 pm
- 2023 Annual Meeting: August 3 at 4 p.m.July 27, 2023 - 8:28 am
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