The Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department is receiving reports from across the state of black bears seeking food in yards, outbuildings, and livestock enclosures this spring. Many of these situations can be prevented if people take steps to make their backyards bear-safe before a bear shows up.
Bears—and people—are at risk when bears spend time in human-dominated landscapes. And every time a bear finds an easy meal of birdseed, compost, or unsecured garbage, they are learning a dangerous association between people and food. Coexisting with bears starts with you taking the following steps to help keep bears wild:
Birdfeeders are a big problem! Take down birdfeeders until December. You can attract birds by planting bird friendly native plants instead—check out Audubon’s Native Plants for Birds Program: https://www.audubon.
Make your garbage inaccessible. Store garbage in a secure structure and a bear proof container. Learn how to make your garbage can bear proof here: https://
Dispose of garbage frequently. If you have pick-up services, wait until the morning to put your garbage out. Demand bear proof dumpsters for your community.
Follow steps for composting in bear country. Compost needs to be 3 parts brown materials to 1 part kitchen scraps, turned frequently, and kept in a sturdy tumbler or bin: https://
Clean your grill after every use.
Make bears feel uncomfortable in your yard. Yell, bang pots and pans, or use other noise devices from inside your home. Never shoot a bear to scare it. Even BBs can seriously injure bears.
Please report your bear encounters to Vermont Fish & Wildlife. These reports allow us to help you prevent future bear incidents. They also give us information to help all Vermonters better coexist with bears: https://anrweb.vt.gov/
Following these steps can save bears’ lives, and help protect you, your neighbors, and your property. Please do your part to be a good neighbor and help keep Vermont’s bears wild!
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 g[email protected]
World-Famous Greensboro Parade Starts 10 AM
This year’s parade will feature either the UCLA Marching Band, the Vermont Symphony Mobile Orchestra or the Bread and Puppet wondering entourage. Both President Biden and former President Trump have agreed to either attend or send caricatures and will be walking lock-step with the music. Jasper Hill will be showering the crowd with cheese balls. And we are still waiting for a confirmation from Elon Musk whether Greensboro’s new Tesla Fire Engine will arrive in time. Last and definitely least, Clive Gray’s old-old Pierce Arrow will be making its 119th continuous appearance at this year’s event.
Ukraine Relief Auction- Immediately Following the Parade on the Town Hall Lawn
This is a worthy town initiative to raise money for Ukrainian relief via Save the Children. Great food, maple syrup, crafts and refreshments will be available. Non-personality and town meeting moderator Tim Nisbet has been recruited and reluctantly agreed to be the auctioneer.
Auction Details: Greensboro summer resident Brad Irwin is Chairman of the Board of Save the Children which is now a major source of aid to Ukraine. His position gives our area unique insight into the needs of Ukraine and Save the Children’s efforts to assist the millions of refugees, displaced families, hospitals, and children remaining in Ukraine’s beleaguered towns and cities.
The goal is to raise $5,000 to go directly to help Save the Children’s efforts in Ukraine. We are hoping people will donate 100 high-quality items in good condition worth at least $50. We are also seeking craftspeople, sailors, and others who might donate a day of sailing or other products of their time and energy to the auction.
The Greensboro Association is soliciting digital images of artwork that contain themes or subjects from Greensboro, the Northeast Kingdom, and/or Vermont. One image will be chosen to be featured as the cover of the 2022-23 Greensboro Association member directory published in May 2022.
The Greensboro Association publishes a directory of members every two years. This directory is available at Willey’s Store, and is purchased by a wide number of local and seasonal residents.
WHAT ART CAN BE ENTERED?
- Types of artwork can include: paintings, drawings, graphic or digital design, or photographs.
- We accept submissions containing themes or subjects which focus on Greensboro, the Northeast Kingdom, and/or Vermont
- The art must be a unique creative work of the entrant, and not violate any copyright, intellectual property, or other laws or norms.
- We consider ONLY pre-existing works in black and white or color. Black and white images are preferred.
- Our cover dimensions are 5.25 width by 8 height in inches (note that images can be scaled down to a similar ratio).
- We accept existing art, not proposals.
- We only accept JPG files for submissions.
- The artist owns their artwork–we only license the artwork for the front cover of the directory. The directory cover may be included on our website.
- We do not pay for the use of the artwork, but we include the artists name and a description of the artwork on the inside front cover of the directory.
WHO CAN ENTER?
- We accept submissions from all sources. Preference is given to members of the Greensboro Association and local Greensboro and area artists,
- Artwork by individuals age 11 and over. Artists under age 18 must have their parent or guardians permission to enter.
HOW CAN YOU SUBMIT YOUR WORK?
- Submission deadline is APRIL 1, 2022 at 5:00pm.
- Submissions must be sent via email to [email protected].
- Each submission must include the artists name, telephone number, email address, physical address, name of the artwork, and description of the artwork in the body of the email.
- Each submission must include a print-ready .jpg attachment of the image to be considered.
Aquatic Invasive Species both plant and animal are an ever-growing threat to all lakes, ponds, and waterways in Vermont. This virtual meeting is designed to help organizations and individuals learn how to get a program off the ground.
A group of local townspeople are involved in The Hazen Bell Community Project, an effort to recondition and install a bell at the local Hazen Union School in memory of a student, Finn Rooney. This effort has been launched to realize the dream of many in the community who fondly remember the bell at Hardwick Academy, the school which preceded Hazen Union. Hazen Union School has been the High School for Greensboro and other area students since 1970. Before his tragic death, Finn had proposed restoring a working bell to the greater Hardwick Community whose purpose would be to inform, to celebrate, to unify, and to heal, just as the beloved bell once did so many years ago.
The bell has been gifted to the project by the Town of Greensboro after it was found in the basement of the Town Hall, the former Greensboro High School which closed in 1968. The bell is being restored by volunteers in Craftsbury; a local architect has drawn up plans for a bell tower to be placed near the Hazen gym; lumber is being donated by a local mill. Many individuals throughout Hardwick, Craftsbury and Greensboro have been involved in the project, and plans are in place to have the bell tower built and the bell installed this Spring in time for the bell to ring in celebration at Graduation on June 11.
For further information and for ways to help, here are some links. Thanks to Kim Greaves, Greensboro Town Clerk, for making us aware of this heartwarming and worthwhile project.
The Hazen Bell GoFundMe effort, set up by Sara Tewksbury, a Hardwick Kiwanis Club member.
The Greensboro Selectboard will host a hearing on Monday, December 6, at 6:30 pm to hear public comments on proposed amendments to the Greensboro zoning bylaw. This meeting will be held at Fellowship Hall, United Church of Christ, and via ZOOM at the link below. The proposed amendments are to address:
- Short-Term Rentals,
- the Shoreland Protection District,
- the Eligo Resource District,
- the Extended Village District, and
- Miscellaneous changes.
The draft containing all of the proposed four amendments is available on the Planning Commission section of the Greensboro Select Board under the Section entitled Greensboro Information.
This meeting continues the process of considering amendments to the current Zoning Bylaw. Following this meeting, the Selectboard may elect to pursue different alternatives for each proposed amendment including:
1) Adopting the amendment by vote of the Selectboard;
2) Submitting the amendment for adoption by voting members of the town at the next Town Meeting; and
3) Sending one or more amendments back to the Planning Commission for further consideration and revision based on public feedback.
Comments on each proposal may be submitted in email to the Selectboard by writing to [email protected]. Greensboro Association members who have already submitted comments to the Planning Commission are encouraged to review the revised proposals and resubmit their comments to the Selectboard for this meeting. Questions should be directed to Brett Stanciu, Greensboro Zoning Administrator at [email protected] and (802) 533-2640.
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|Greensboro AssociationNotice of Annual Meeting The 2021 Annual Meeting of the Greensboro Association will be held on Thursday, August 5th at 4:00 pm in Fellowship Hall at the United Church of Christ in Greensboro, VT. All members of the Association are invited and encouraged to attend.
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Beginning July 1, 2021, if you want to have the Vermont State Police respond to your security alarm during the time periods when the Orleans County Sheriff’s Department is not on duty or on call, please see the following link for more information.
The Vermont State Police requires that all alarm holders within the VSP coverage area be registered with them. You need to fill out and submit a form and pay an annual fee of $50.
The Greater Greensboro Watershed Committee and the Orleans County Natural Resources Conservation District would like to invite interested Caspian Lake shoreland owners to participate in the Vermont Lake Wise Program this summer! The Lake Wise Program is a Vermont Agency of Natural Resources initiative that awards lake-friendly shoreland properties, both public and private. The program offers free technical assistance to lake shoreland owners who would like to learn more about how to make their property as lake-friendly as possible.
According to the Department of Environmental Conservation Lake Score Card for Caspian, spring total phosphorus and summer total phosphorus trends are “significantly increasing” and “highly significantly increasing” respectively. Phosphorus pollution can result in algal blooms that are harmful to animals and people, and can decrease the economic, ecological, and recreational value of the lake. Caught early, intervention may stop or slow down this trend.
Lake shoreland owners have an important role to play in reducing shoreland erosion, improving lakeshore habitat, and keeping Caspian Lake clean. If you choose to participate, Lake Wise evaluators will spend up to an hour and a half assessing each property and providing technical advice in four categories – shorefront, recreation area, driveway, and structures and septic. If the property passes in all four categories, it will receive the Lake Wise Award sign. If the property does not pass, a detailed evaluation is provided to the landowner with recommendations on how to become Lake Wise certified in the future. Lake Wise is a voluntary program, and the recommendations are suggested, not mandated. Common recommendations include rain gardens, water bars, establishing no-mow zones, planting lakeshore vegetation, and establishing pathways.
If you are interested in a free assessment this summer, please contact Emily Finnegan at the Orleans County Natural Resources Conservation District – [email protected] or 802-624-7022. For more information about the Lake Wise program, please see the Vermont Department of Environmental Conservation website – https://dec.vermont.gov/watershed/lakes-ponds/lakeshores-lake-wise.
An example evaluation form is also available here – https://dec.vermont.gov/sites/dec/files/wsm/lakes/Lakewise/docs/lp_evaluationforms.pdf.
Finally, the DEC Lake Scorecards can be found here – https://dec.vermont.gov/watershed/lakes-ponds/data-maps/scorecard.
- After its June 2, 2021 public hearing, and after considering the comments made at that hearing, the GPC may make changes to the proposed amendments to the Greensboro Zoning Bylaw and then submit those amendments to the Select Board. However, if the GPC makes significant changes to the proposed amendments, then the GPC will likely hold another public hearing thereon (warned at least two weeks in advance) before submitting the amendments to the Select Board.
- Before the Select Board votes to approve the amendments, the Select Board will hold a public hearing thereon (warned at least two weeks in advance) to gather public input.
- After that public hearing, if the Select Board votes to make significant changes to the amendments, then the Select Board will submit those changes to the GPC, which would then hold another public hearing thereon (warned at least two weeks in advance). If the GPC then approves those proposed changes, it would then forward the amendments to the Select Board, which would hold a public hearing thereon (warned at least two weeks in advance) before approving them.
- Once approved by the Select Board, the proposed amendments will likely be submitted to a Town vote.
Following the March meeting of the Greensboro Selectboard, it was announced that the Town of Greensboro has decided to sign a one-year contract with the Orleans County Sheriff’s Department. This effectively moves general law enforcement services for Greensboro from the Hardwick Police Department to the Orleans County Sheriff’s Department under Sheriff Jennifer Harlow and her deputies beginning July 1, 2021.
As stated by Peter Romans, Chair of the Selectboard, “this decision came after four months of careful deliberation over the contract terms and conditions. It is in no way a condemnation of the quality of service we received from the Hardwick Police Department and we thank them for their work over the years.”
Numerous meetings and interviews were conducted before a final decision was reached. All Selectboard members were unanimous in the decision that the Orleans County Sheriff’s Department was the best candidate to provide police services for the town. The one-year contract represents a cost savings of more than $77,000, and allows the Selectboard to monitor and receive feedback on quality of police services during and after the transition. The previous contract with Hardwick was for a three year period.
Join us at 7 pm ONLINE for a Premiere Performance, brought to you by our own Greensboro Kids, produced by Kyle Gray. Tune in at 7 pm to TinyURL.com/GFLKids. This 30-minute show is free and open to the public- both near and far! Donations to the library will support youth programs. To Kyle and the Greensboro Kids- THANK YOU! To those who are able to tune in at 7 PM- ENJOY!
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