Wake Boats Threaten Caspian Lake and Must be Prohibited

The Greensboro Association, the Stewards of the Greensboro Watersheds and the town of Greensboro are collecting signatures for support of a ban on wake boats on our waterways. Details can be found in the poster below.

Link to the petition can be found here: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLScf20kO5mpW-EXGPXt5IL0MuEHqph-6S_OWgdC-eVxnXLvrPw/viewform?usp=sf_link

Thank you for your consideration!

Caspian Lake Sailing Race Series Schedule

The Caspian Lake Sailing Series will run Wednesdays and Saturdays beginning Wednesday, August 2nd and concluding Saturday, August 19. Races will start at 2pm. Starting line will be north of sunken island off Aspenhurst Point. All types of boats, all ages, and all skill levels welcomed and encouraged. The race on Saturday the 12th will be in memory of John C. Stone II who passed away last summer shortly after a final sail, ending his 91 years of Caspian sailing. John followed Luther H. Gulick’s lead in helping to build the Flying Dutchman fleet on Caspian starting in the mid 1960s.

Wake Boats in Vermont Update: What to Know and What You Can Do

JoAnn Hanowski, co-chair of the Greensboro Association’s Lakes and Environmental Stewardship Committee, sat down with NEK-VT Rocks out of Newport, VT to discuss the status of wake boats in Vermont alongside Jim Lengel of Responsible Wakes for Vermont Lakes.  

The topic of wake boats has been an active one within the Greensboro and surrounding communities in the past months.  Although wake boating can be a fun and rewarding way to keep the kids active, it also produces some unwanted side effects on our lakes, including: 

  • Eroding lake banks, causing phosphorus to spill into the lake
  • In shallow water, a wake boat motor can also churn up previously settled phosphorus from the bottom of the lake.
  • Invasive species such as Eurasian milfoil and zebra mussels can be released into lakes from the emptying of ballast tanks.
  • Waves can reach nesting loons and other wildlife, eliminating their productivity for at least a year.
  • Waves can also surprise and endanger other lake activities, such as kayaking, fishing, paddle boarding and swimming.

 As you’ll hear in the interview, JoAnn points out that the Department of Conservation understands there may be safety issues with wake boat interactions.  However, anecdotal evidence of safety issues is not persuasive enough.  She encourages anyone who has an interaction with a wakeboat to report it to the state or local police (in Greensboro call the Orleans County Police at 802-334-3333) so that there is an official record of it.  These records will provide important concrete evidence of safety issues with wake boats operating on our lakes.  

In addition, if you have a wake boat interaction story, Responsible Wakes for Vermont Lakes encourages you to send it to them at responsiblewakes.org.  

There will be another opportunity for public input, with a public meeting and written comments, early this summer.  It will be especially important to engage multiple generations of lake users in this process.  Stay tuned for the announcement of this upcoming meeting and opportunity to comment.  The Greensboro Association will keep membership apprised of that meeting date and time when details become available.

Spring Update from the GA President, Cathy Irwin

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.

 

Interesting update on VT short-term rentals

Towns Across Vermont Are Beginning to Regulate Short-Term Rentals

When Moriah Stokes and Vincent Connolly purchased a second home in Morrisville in 2017, they already had plans to list it on Airbnb.

The couple were living in Colorado at the time, and Stokes, who grew up in Morrisville, wanted to be able to visit her family without staying in a hotel. Renting out the home meant the property didn’t sit vacant, and it provided some extra cash. When the couple decided to move back to Vermont in 2019 to raise their three young children, the home was waiting for them. Read more

Tour de Greensboro

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)

January Greetings

 

New Year’s 2023, looking towards Black’s Point –Karen Gowen, photographer

 

On January 8, the lake froze (again), and by the 14th of January was sporting 4 inches of ice on the east shore.  A few more good cold nights will be great news for all winter activities in the Northeast Kingdom!

Those who live in Greensboro year-round or travel up in the winter are looking forward to the first annual Tour de Greensboro, to take place on February 4.  100 cross-country skiers will take to the trails around town, and then gather for lunch at the Highland Lodge.  There may still be a few slots left to ski in this event—you can register here: https://www.SkiReg.com/tour-de-greensboro.  Organizers are also looking for volunteers; please contact Stew Arnold at [email protected] to sign up to help.  We are honored that the Greensboro Association will be the lucky recipient of funds raised!

The Greensboro Association Board keeps working in the colder months, with committees focusing on fundraising, investment management and the refinement of our funds distribution policies for the benefit of the many fine non-profit organizations in or near Greensboro.  Since formalizing the FFG in 2015, we have invested $175,000 into our amazing community! You will be hearing from us in March when we launch our 2023 membership drive. Until then be well!

Greensboro Association Updates: July 11

Summer Music from Greensboro | Tuesday, July 12th, 7:30 p.m.
We invite you to attend the opening concert of Summer Music from Greensboro’s 2022 concert series.
Giving performances that are “lithe, persuasive” (The New York Times), “eloquent and enthralling” (The Boston Globe), and described as “the most compelling American group to come on the scene” (The New Yorker), the Horszowski Trio has quickly become a vital force in the international chamber music world. “The Horzowskis are power players.”—The Los Angeles Times.
Greensboro United Church of Christ. Tickets at the door: $22. Students and children under 18: free.
Join us for this first concert of our 2022 summer season and enjoy the best of what true musicianship in live performance has to offer!
For further details, please visit the website: https://www.summermusicfromgreensboro.net/
Swimming Lessons
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 10 AM.  Registration information is here.
Caspian Challenge on July 31 | Click here to register
Join us for a morning of fun, exercise, and community support for Greensboro’s natural treasure: Caspian Lake! Proceeds from this year’s run will go toward the Greensboro Association’s Lake Protection Fund, which helps provide milfoil and other invasive species prevention, as well as lake quality monitoring. Pre-registration is strongly encouraged. Race day registration opens at 7:15 AM and closes PROMPTLY at 8:15 AM.
July 14 Public Hearing about Reclassification of Caspian Lake
At the Annual Meeting last August we had a presentation from Oliver Pierson, Vermont-Dept of Environmental Conservation Lakes and Ponds Program Manager, who discussed the pros and cons of re-classifying Caspian Lake as A1 versus B2. Basically, reclassification would bring more attention to the lake and the need to be proactive in protecting its water quality. In addition, if Caspian’s water quality decreased below the A1 criteria, the lake would be classified as impaired, and resources would be available to mitigate the sources of the problems causing the decline in water quality. The meeting will be at 5:30 p.m. at Fellowship Hall.
Greensboro Association Annual Meeting
The 2022 Annual Meeting of the Greensboro Association will be held on Thursday, August 4 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.  This will be an in-person meeting with a zoom option. The zoom link will be shared prior to the meeting.

Greensboro Association Notice of Annual Meeting

The 2022 Annual Meeting of the Greensboro Association will be held on Thursday, August 4 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.
The Agenda and new slate of trustees will be distributed prior to the meeting. The minutes of the 2021 Annual Meeting are available here.

Bear Coexistence Advisory from Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department 🐻

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.org/native-plants  [Link]

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://vtfishandwildlife.com/sites/fishandwildlife/files/documents/Learn%20More/Living%20with%20Wildlife/Living%20with%20Bears/bear-resistant-retrofit-polycart.pdf  [Link]

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://vtfishandwildlife.com/node/260  [Link]

Use electric fencing to keep chickens and bees safe.  Fences need to be 4,000-6,000 volts, tested regularly and baited:https://vtfishandwildlife.com/node/1996  [Link]

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/FWD/FW/WildlifeBearReport.aspx  [Link]

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!

If you have questions, contact the Vermont Fish and Wildlife department at 802-828-1000, or [email protected] .

Swim Lessons at Caspian Lake!

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.

 

Funky Fourth Update

Due to the rise in costs and worries about being able to get supplies needed from overseas in time for the celebration, the Greensboro Selectboard has decided to cancel this year’s 4th of July fireworks.  Click here for the announcement on the town website.
 
Other 4th of July activities will continue forward, with the addition of a few new events.  The Funky Fourth parade will kick off at 10 a.m. on Saturday, July 2nd, ending at the town green where there will be kids games, music, food, concessions and a crafts-farmers market afterwards.  An auction to raise funds for the Ukrainian Save the Children Fund will be held on the green as well, featuring Vanna White (Smith) and Tim “Uncle Sam” Nisbet as hosts.  There are ongoing discussions about the possibility of evening entertainment, but details have not yet been firmed up.  
 
The Greensboro Association, which has typically helped to fund the fireworks show with the Selectboard, will be exploring other ways to support this year’s town festivities.  Those who previously donated towards the fireworks will be contacted soon to discuss donation options.  

Auction to Benefit the Children of Ukraine: Saturday, July 2

2022 Greensboro Association Grants Application Now Posted

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:

https://forms.gle/vZU6v7fY96gpRhAX6.

Any questions and all necessary supporting documents should be submitted through our website grants@greensboroassociation.org.  The Grants Committee will evaluate each application based upon how well it directly benefits the Greensboro community, Caspian Lake and its surrounding environment.  Grant recipients will be announced at the GA’s annual meeting in early August and distribution of grant money will follow starting in September.

Greensboro Grants Committee
Anthony Acheson
Karen Gowen – CoChair
Rick Lovett
Mike Metcalf
Tim Nisbet
Naomi Ranz-Schleifer
John Schweizer – CoChair

Greensboro’s Funky Fourth Festival – Saturday, July 2nd: “Let’s Celebrate Democracy”

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.

People with items they think appropriate and with a willingness to donate should contact David Kelley at 802 586 2588 or at [email protected]  or John Schweizer at 802 533 9289 or [email protected].

 

 

Sailing Races on Caspian Lake: August 2022

Sailing Races will be held on Wednesdays and Saturdays this August beginning Wednesday, August 3rd and ending Saturday, August 20th.
 
Sailors should plan to meet in the center of the lake between Blacks Point and Aspenhurst Point for a 2PM STARTING TIME before each race.
 
All classes of boats welcome. All ages and abilities welcome!
 
On Saturday, August 6th we will dedicate the race to the memory of Hazel Gray and her enduring love of sailing on Caspian. All entrants will be awarded a prize.

Request for Art Submissions for the Greensboro Association 2022-23 Member Directory

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.

Early Identification of Aquatic Invasive Species: A Virtual Event on April 6

Registration and Agenda

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.

The Greensboro Planning Commission Seeking to Fill two Vacancies. Nonresidents Welcome to Apply.

The Greensboro Planning Commission is seeking to fill two vacancies. Nonresidents are welcome to apply. The Commission meets monthly. All meetings are open to the public.

Interested candidates should submit a letter of interest by Friday, February 25. All prospective candidates will be invited to the Planning Commission’s Tuesday, March 1, 5 p.m. meeting. All meetings are virtual at this time. Candidates are also requested to read over the Town Plan. This information and more about the Planning Commission can be found on the Town’s website at greensborovt.org.

Letters should be submitted to:
Brett Stanciu, Zoning Administrator
Town of Greensboro
PO Box 119
Greensboro, VT 05841
[email protected]

Questions? 802-533-2640

The Hazen Bell Community Project

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 Restored Bell Rings again

The Hazen Bell GoFundMe effort, set up by Sara Tewksbury, a Hardwick Kiwanis Club member.

The WCAX New Report covering the story of Finn Rooney and the effort to bring the bell back

PBS Rubble Strip program entitled “Finn and the Bell”.

For additional information contact Mike Clark at [email protected] and 802-595-3419 or Dave Perrigo (Former Principal of Hazen Union)  at [email protected] and 802-525-3414