The Craftsbury Outdoor Center will maintain XCC trails this winter

Following last years successful season, the Craftsbury Outdoor Center has again agreed to maintain most of the over 60km Highland Lodge winter trail system.  The Outdoor Center will maintain the Marathon Trail over Barr Hill, through Skunk Hollow and back toward Craftsbury through the Fisher Sugarbush, as well as many of other commonly used Greensboro trails. The frequency of grooming will vary depending on when the snow comes and how much use the trails get, with a minimum goal of having the trails in good shape for the weekends and major holidays.  The Center will collaborate with a volunteer group to keep a warming hut (former ski shop) behind the Lodge open and manned, at least, on weekends and vacation weeks; they hope to provide some shuttle service between the hut and the Outdoor Center at selected high use weeks.

A group of 10 volunteers has already been out clipping branches and sawing downed trees to help get the trails ready for 2012-13 winter skiing.   Thank you so much for your efforts!   All of us who use the trails are very very grateful for you direct and physical help.

Highland Lodge has announced it will have some rooms available for rent over the XCC season.  See here for details.

The Craftsbury Outdoor Center is accepting donations to defray the costs of maintaining the Highland Lodge network.    All who are interested in maintaining this wonderful trail resource should consider at a minimum joining the Craftsbury Outdoor Center as a member, and also should think about contributing with a tax deductible donation to help defray the Outdoor Centers costs.  The Craftsbury Outdoor Center is a non-profit organization whose mission includes both life-long sports and land stewardship.   Yearly membership (as little as $25 for students and seniors) grants year-round access to the trails, rowing opportunities, ski rentals and a broad variety of programs.  More information on memberships can be found here.

 

 

Winter News from the Highland Lodge

The Highland Lodge has announced that it will be open for groups of 8-9 rooms this winter. The rate is 175.00/night/room for one night and 150.00/night/room for multiple nights. The rate includes morning coffee and use of the Lodge kitchen for meal preparations. Lodge x-c ski trails are being maintained and groomed by the Craftsbury Outdoor Center.  The Outdoor Center is accepting donations when you come to ski or online here.

The Lodge will also be open for the December 15th and the February 2nd Craftsbury race weekends. The rate will be 150.00/room for one, two or three people with morning coffee and kitchen use.

The Highland Lodge is for sale.  See details here.

Are you interested in Recycling in the NEK?

The Central Vermont Solid Waste Management District’s (CVSWMD) mission is to provide leadership, education, and services for residents and businesses in our member towns to assist them in reducing and managing their solid waste. Our mandate is to protect public health and the environment to the greatest extent feasible.  The CVSWMD can be found at https://www.cvswmd.org/index.html.

The district distributes its (now) Quarterly e-newsletter to over 400 interested parties including member town residents and businesses, our Board of Supervisors, legislators, VT solid waste districts, and other non-profit  organizations in the state. The monthly e-newsletter replaces a printed newsletter, saving paper, printing, and postage costs and reducing waste.

This e-newsletter archive offers a brief look at the organization’s activities from September 2008, which is when the e-newsletter was first distributed.

Compost Collection Program

Central Vermont Solid Waste Management District is accepting food-scrap drop offs at two locations every Tuesday and Saturday through April as part of its Residential Composting Pilot Project. Participants receive a collection kit and info; no experience necessary! Come by and talk to our Compost Monitor Tuesdays & Saturdays at All Metals Recycling in Hardwick from 8 am – noon, and at Highfields Center for Composting (outside the building between CAE and Brochu’s garage in Hardwick) Tuesdays & Saturdays 1 p.m. – 5 p.m.

Call 229-9383 x102 for more information, or www.cvswmd.org.

 

Today and Tomorrow Sept 8,9 – Weekend Sampler Demonstrations at Miller’s Thumb Gallery

Join us at the Miller’s Thumb Gallery for a weekend of artist demonstrations as part of our “Cutting Edge” exhibition. Featured artist Carolyn Guest will be on hand Saturday, Sept 8 from 11 – 3 to share her her love of the Polish folk art Wycinanki (pronounced vee-chee-non-kee) which is the art of paper cutting. Using sheep-shears in honor of the Polish Women who taught her, Guest cuts intricate designs in paper depicting Vermont farm life and other folk art images. Guest, one of five Vermont artists selected to make an ornament for the White House Christmas Tree in 2002, will also cut silhouettes for visitors to the Miller’s Thumb (cost is $20).
On Sunday, Sept. 9 at the Miller’s Thumb, Carolyn Buttolph will inspire you with her passion and techniques for the traditional New England craft of rug hooking. Her use of of recycled wool fabrics in her expertly crafted rugs is an homage to the deeply ingrained wisdom of “use it up, wear it out.” Just as early Vermont homemakers brought comfort and beauty into their homes with hooked rugs, you can too with one of Buttolph’s rugs or you make your own hooked rug from one of her kits that available at the Miller’s Thumb gallery.

Reports available online from the 2012 Annual Meeting

Committee reports are available online from the Annual Meeting in August 2012.     Minutes from the meeting are also available.   Look under Reports in this website.

 

Thank you to everyone who came to the meeting and who presented a report.

2012 Caspian Challenge Fun Run Results

Thank you for your interest in the run on Saturday. Click on the links below for the results.  A disclaimer, though, “We did the best we could recording results of the many runners that showed up and we apologize for any result errors. Thank you for your support of a fun community event and come back next year when we will have finish line kinks worked out!”

Caspian Challenge Lake Loop Results 2012

Caspian Challenge 5K Results 2012

Barr Hill Preserve Celebrates 40th Anniversary!

The Barr Hill Nature Preserve celebrated it’s 40th anniversary yesterday with tours, picnics, cake and lemonade.  The Preserve, which was given to The Nature Conservancy in 1972 by the Gray Family, has figured prominately in the Greensboro Area and in literary works, most notably “Crossing to Safety” by Wallace Stegner.   Descendents of the Grays as well as volunteers who maintain the trails were present for the ceremony where Phil Gray read from Stegners work and from some letters from his parents.  Marsha Gadoury spoke about the importance of Barr Hill to the area, and there were short speeches from representatives of the  Nature Conservancy as well.

 

Meeting to discuss 2012 Town Plan

The 2007 Greensboro Town Plan has been updated to meet the State Requirement that a current Town Plan must be formulated every 5 years.  Copies of the draft plan are available at the Town Hall in the Town Clerk’s office.   A meeting to discuss the updated draft plan will be held on August 6th at 7pm in the Collier Room in the Greensboro Town Hall.  All are welcome.

The town plan forms the basis for Greensboro Town planning, including zoning.

First Annual Sky Lantern Launch on Caspian

The Sky Lantern launch on Caspian was memorable, beautiful, and well attended.   Lanterns went up from many points around the lake, but the majority were launched from the Public Beach.   A fleet of floating lanterns were also launched from the North End of the lake, creating a beautiful tableau.   For photos go to  https://www.facebook.com/events/445491785470864/

If you find a lantern, Willey’s will take it back and give you a 25 cent bounty!

The Greensboro Rooster is back!

The Greensboro Rooster has reappeared, this time remembering those who have gone before.   The Rooster was found last summer in the middle of Caspian Lake, and in a tree after the big hurricane in September.   If you make a Rooster sighting, please send us a photo – [email protected]   We’d love to keep tract of our feathered friend!

The Funky Fourth Parade 2012

The Funky Fourth Parade came off without a hitch on Saturday July 7 – floats, antique cars, local businesses and groups, and the Bread and Puppet Theater were featured…along with the Von Trapp family singers from “The Sound of Music” and a large paper mache cow on a float from the Brown family farm – 4 generations of Greensboro farming!  In addition to distributing candy to the crowd, two local businesses threw local ice cream and Cabot Cheese!  Bread and Puppet was there in force as well.  The Chicken Barbecue at the Church went off without a hitch as did the fair and games on the Town Green!  Thanks to all who participated and helped!

Funky Fourth celebrations!

Happy Independence Day!  The Funky Fourth celebrations are planned for tomorrow, July 7.

The annual parade will occur at 10am, running from Country Club Road to the Town Hall, along Breezy Avenue and Wilson Street.   Traffic will be suspended along this path during the parade.

Parade participants will line up on Country Club Road, using the entrance from Hardwick Street, not the entrance from Breezy Avenue.   From the Four Corners go south on Hardwick Street and turn left onto Country Club Road.  Parade monitors will direct you.

A Celebration of games and music will be held on the Town Green after the parade.  Stop by to sign up for the Greensboro Association (look for our float!) and to see our collection of local maps and directories for sale.

Fireworks will be lit at dusk from the Ball field at the four corners.  Spectators should NOT PARK on Breezy Avenue, Hardwick Street, Lake Shore Road, or Center Road near the Ball Field or Four Corners .  Parking is available along Country Club Road, in the Country Club parking lot, and in Greensboro Village at the public beach and Willeys Store.   Spectators may view the fireworks from the Ball Fields, as well as from the Mountain View Country Club (non members welcome) and various other vantage points around the Lake.

Boil water order rescinded

As of June 30, Greensboro has rescinded the boil water request.  Local reservoir levels are adequate, and there is no need to boil town water.

As always, please conserve water.

2012 Community Calendar

The 2012 Community Calendar or Green Sheet is complete! A printable calendar for the summer including on-going and special events. Be sure to also check the calendar page for additions or changes.

Boil Order in effect for local town water

The town of Greensboro has issued a boil order for local water users.   Residents on town water should boil tap water before drinking as of June 21, 2012.  This order is in effect until further notice.  Further updates will be posted at Willey’s.

Water levels in the Town reservoir have been declining during June as seasonal property owners return to Greensboro and new leaks in the decades old piping system are identified and fixed.   The entire water supply system is scheduled to be repaired and replaced in the fall/spring of 2012/2013.

Boil water orders have been issued periodically in Greensboro over the years when heavy demand coincides with low reservoir levels – Property owners and visitors are asked to reduce their water consumption as much as possible during this period of time.

The Sound of Music – Casting is announced!

The Cast of The Sound of Music, presented by The Greensboro Arts Alliance and Residency, has been announced.  The production will be July 20, 21, 25, 26, 27, 28 in Greensboro at the Performance Tent behind Lakeview Inn.

The Cast is headlined by Marla Schaffel, who played the title role of Jane Eyre on Broadway, garnering a Tony Nomination, Drama Desk, Outer Critics Circle, and Drama League Awards for Best Actress in a musical.

MARIA: Marla Schaffel*
CAPTAIN Von Trapp: Jamie McIntyre
ABBESS: Cara Hill

NUNS (Also Laudate Dominum Chorus)

Sister Berthe:                                   Judy Breit-Meyer
Sister Margaretta:                          Krissie Ohlregge
Sister Sophia:                                   Emilie Stuart
Sister Irmgard:                                 Marie Cloutier
Sister Christina:                               Virginia Lapierre
Sister Clotilde:                                  Sonia Dunbar
Sister Gail:                                          Herself
Sister Bernadette:                           Herself
Sister Divine:                                     Diana Richardson
Sister Remarque:                             Paula Ratchford
Sister Innocente: (postulant)      Mavis Perrin
Sister Helen/Perrin/Guest          Helen Twiss/Alice Perrin/Guest
Sister Vangie                                       Vangie Kelley
Sister Jamesahgurl                           Jim Sowles

THE VILLA
Elsa:                                                         Annagret Pollard
Max:                                                        Ed Donlon
Franz:                                                     Ed Stehle
Frau Schmidt:                                     Sonia Dunbar

Rolf:                                                       David Beck*

Ursula:                                                  Diane Richardson
Herr Zeller:                                        Marc Considine
Reichmarshall Marloweger:        Bob Marlowe
Baron Elberfeld:                              Bruce Buckley
Baroness Elberfeld:                        Paula Ratchford
Admiral Von Schraber:                 John Bradshaw

VON TRAPP CHILDREN
Liesl:                                                     CJ Leede
Freiderich                                           Zachary Wright
Kurt                                                      Miles McIntyre
Louisa 13                                             Mariana Considine
Birgitta 9                                            Abegail Demers
Marta 7                                               Macy Molleur
Gretle                                                  Ruby Lapierre

TALENT SHOW PERFORMERS

Emma Locke
Diana Gann
Donlon Boy
Donlon Girl
Charlotte Lapierre
MeKenna Lapierre
McKensie McIntyre
Sylvie Miller

Perrin boy and Mavis band
Gala Morse
Emily Cochran

*Members of Actors Equity

The Greensboro Historical society publishes it’s 37th annual newsletter

The Greensboro Historical Society’s 37th annual Newsletter has been distributed, and the offerings for this summer are varied and interesting.  Among the scheduled programs are lectures on The Greensboro Fire Department – the first hundred years (July 9),  The very First Vermonters – The Early Abenaki (August 13), and a two part seminar Vermont in the Civil War (July 16 and 23).   As always there will be the fun Ice Cream Social and Games (Aug 4) and the Annual Book Sale (September 1).   More information on these events can be found on the Greensboro Association Calendar.  In addition (and farther afield) the GHS is publicising the Vermont history Expo in Tunbridge, which celebrates the 150th Anniversary of the Civil War (June 16 & 17), as well as a fascinating Barn Raising at the Old Stone House in Brownington on June 9.

This year the GHS exhibition has two themes.   The first “The Hill Legacy” shows life in early Greensboro through an extensive collection of artefacts and items from the Hill Family.   The second “Scenes of Childhood” features a selection of the murals of long time Greensboro summer resident Anne Waterman Mattill which speak to childhood and summers in Greensboro.   These murals were drawn from a collection which Anne created over 25 years in the Children’s Library in Concord Massachusetts – a series which was an institution for library goers and generations of parents in Concord.   A contest will run during the summer with questionnaires (both adult and children) to be filled in at the Society while viewing the exhibitions.   The Historical Society is located at 29 Breezy Avenue, next to The Willey’s Store and across the street from The Miller’s Thumb.  Further information on the exhibition and it’s hours may be found on the GHS website at www.greensborohistoricalsociety.org.

For copies of the newsletter, which also features long time Greensboro resident Madeline Gebbie and comments on the Hazen Road Dispatch, become a member of the GHS.  Dues per family are $20 and go to support the programs and facilities of this volunteer run organisation.

Summer Children’s programming in Greensboro

Looking for something to do with the children this summer in Greensboro? Check out the following organizations, who are all offering programs. There are storyhours, weekly camp programs, golf and tennis lessons, art programs, music, swimming and others.

The Greensboro Association Swimming Lessons
https://greensboroassociation.org/2012-swim-program/

Wonder and Wisdom
https://wonderwisdom.org/programs/summer-journeys/

The Greensboro Historical Society summer exhibition
“Scenes of Childhood”
www.greensborohistoricalsociety.org

Craftsbury Outdoor Center
https://www.craftsbury.com/index.php?flash=no

The Art House
https://www.vermontarthouse.com/Classes-for-Children.html

Circus Smirkus
https://www.smirkus.org/

The Greensboro Free Library
https://www.greensborofreelibrary.org/googlecalendar.html

Mountain View Country Club
https://mvccvt.com/calendars

Craftsbury Chamber Players
https://www.craftsburychamberplayers.org/concerts