Worm Bin Composting at Stamford Library Children’s Summer Reading Camp!

Bring the children to the Stamford Library Summer Reading Camp
on Wednesday, August 2, 2017 at 10:30-11:30 a.m. for a HANDS-ON workshop about WORM BIN COMPOSTING!

Helen Fields, Master Composter, will help us investigate the science,
the art, and the FUN of having your own WORM BIN to compost
all of your kitchen food scraps! Sing the red wiggler song and dance the
red wiggler dance! Draw pictures of the worms and learn their names!

AND it is NOT SMELLY!

AND you DON’T have to touch the worms IF YOU DON’T WANT TO!
(but you can if you do).

Parents and other adults are welcome.

Come learn about how we can reduce our garbage bill and make
the best compost in the world: BLACK GOLD RED WIGGLER COMPOST!!!!

(Flowers and veggies LOVE BGRWC!)

ALL ARE WELCOME. SNACKS PROVIDED. BRING YOUR FRIENDS!

 

Roundup Spraying by GMNF Update

From Stamford Selectboard Meeting Minutes:
Nancy LeSage spoke at great length with Mary-Beth Deller, the Botanist at Green Mountain National Forest. She supports their treatment of the invasive species. Ms. Deller informed her that they use the herbicide directly on the specific plants being targeted in order to kill only the roots of that plant. Stephen Tworig is in favor of the GMNF plan and feels the spreading of these invasive species is much more harmful to ecosystems than the limited herbicide use they are proposing. Carol Fachini heard on the news that the chemicals found in Roundup may be linked to cancer. Nancy Bushika acknowledged an email from Ms. Deller indicating that they had not received permission from all adjacent land owners and if they did not obtain it soon, they would only be working on their own land. The Selectboard encouraged any other residents with questions to contact Mary-Beth Deller at (802) 767-4261 x 5524 or mdeller@fs.fed.us. The Forest Service will also be holding a public meeting in the next 1-2 years to review the forest-wide decisions previously made and recommends that those interested should attend. (Emphasis by StamfordVT.org)

 

From The Seed Savers / Community Garden Group

Great progress has been made constructing raised beds for the community garden behind the school. A few of the beds need to be filled with soil, but they should be ready to plant by Wednesday. Please join us at 5:30 to help get the seeds and plants in. Bring trowels, shovels, and your enthusiasm.

Also at the same time, same place:

Build-A-Bench for the Community Garden
Come to the July 5 5:30 pm – 7 pm Community Garden work bee (at the tennis court behind the school) to help build a bench for the raised beds. Bring a cordless drill, saw or sander if you have one. And it would be terrific if you could bring a Stamford youngster to learn something about building a small project and to join in the fun.

 

 

Of Interest Perhaps

Upcoming agenda of the Stamford Selectboard – 7/6/2016:
DISCUSSION
Tree removal bids
Open meeting law training
Green Mountain National Forest, public meeting re: herbicide use
Old County Road petitions and special town meeting warning
Tax sale set for July 12, 2017

A choice to fireworks this year:
North Adams Annual Fireworks display at Joe Wolfe Field immediately after the Steeplecats game – approximately 9:30 start time.

New comer this year, the town of Williamstown will be offering a fireworks display at Taconic Golf Course. Grounds open at 5:30, fireworks scheduled to begin at 9:30.

Williamstown will also have their annual Fourth of July Parade starting on Southworth Street and ending at the bottom of Spring Street with a noon time BBQ – parade starts at 11am.

For a full list of the Williamstown events please visit our friends over at iBerkshires.com

 

Update From The Stamford Interstate District Committee

June 27, 2017 Update

On June 21, 2017, Representative Laura Sibilia filed a short bill in support of an interstate district between Stamford, Vermont and Clarksburg, Massachusetts.  This bill will be reviewed by the Vermont legislature’s education sub-committee and will then be moved forward with recommendations at the full convening later in the year/early in 2018.  Prior to this time, the Stamford committee will be working with local and state representatives in both Vermont and Massachusetts to continue to develop details about the potential merger.  We anticipate July and August being very busy months.  More to come.

 

Seed Savers / Community Garden

Due to an unfriendly weather forecast, the Community Garden work bee has been re-scheduled to tomorrow – Wednesday June 28th 5:30pm to 7:00pm.

Our hope is to build four 12’x3’x2′ raised beds, line the beds with landscaping cloth and fill with top soil that has been generously donated by North Branch Landscaping and Tietgens Trucking and Excavation.

 

Seed Savers Group Moving Forward With Community Garden

After months of planning, awesome gardening workshops, guest speakers, and packets and packets of seeds – The Stamford Seed Savers group will be driving the first screws, pounding the first nails, and shoveling the first dirt to kick off the community garden project.

The goal of the community garden project is to re-purpose the severely deteriorating tennis courts behind the Stamford Elementary School and transform this rarely, if ever, used area of the grounds into a shining example of community building and outdoor learning space for all.

Several ideas for the space are already in the planning stage but it all begins with building the raised beds and filling them with the soil generously donated by local businesses.

Come be a part of the kick off work bee on June 27th from 5:30pm to 7pm at the community garden. Feel free to bring a broom, hammer, shovel, rake, cordless drill or saw, any ideas for the space you may have, and plenty of community spirit!

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Update on Glyphosate Proposed Use in Stamford

Myself and others attended the Select board meeting last night to try
and get further information on the herbicide use and logging operations
that are planned for our town. The Select board was receptive of
our inquires and have provided the information made available to their board on this matter (see below). Please read as much of the information as you can, as one resident stated last night, “This probably won’t be the last time we have to face issues like this”. Continue reading “Update on Glyphosate Proposed Use in Stamford”

GMF to Spray Roundup Like Herbicide Near Roaring Brook

Rodeo and Accord are variations on the RoundUp formulation and are not supposed to contain the toxic surfactant POEA; we must assume that GMF will not add the surfactant on site. Many feel the results of glyphosate testing are incomplete.

From Selectboard Mtg Minutes 6/1/17
“They would like to prevent the spread of invasive species this summer before the logging operation. They will be targeting Morrow’s honeysuckle and garlic mustard on areas of Maltese Road and County Road, and multiflora rose, Morrow’s honeysuckle, Japanese knotweed, common buckthorn, and Norway maple tree on Risky Ranch Road. Some plants will be hand-pulled and some will be sprayed with a glyphosate herbicide such as Rodeo or Accord. Most of the vegetation is on National Forest land but some extend onto private land. They have requested permission from the individual landowners and will not treat any species without the owner’s consent. They will send pictures of the plants so they can be identified along with a risk assessment for the herbicides. The contractor will put up signs when they are spraying and when the area is safe again. Mike Denault asked if the benefits outweighed the negatives. They are hoping to prevent the seeds being dragged farther into the woods by the logging equipment. The Selectboard will not give permission to work in the town’s right-of-way until the landowners give their permission first.”