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.”

 

Stamford Seed Savers Community Group Update

Next meeting of the Stamford Seed Savers will be June 13th 5:30pm at the Stamford Community Library – please join the conversation if you have any interest in gardening or saving seeds!

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Recap From Seed Savers Table at SCC Tag Sale June 3, 2017
Helen and Stephen worked at the church event from 9am to 1pm at the Stamford Seed Savers table. It was rather windy and cool, so the table neighbor set us up with a sheet to block the wind, making it a very enjoyable experience.

We brought 50 plants and a few bags of compost to give away. People were happy to receive black cherry tomato, green cabbage and (reluctantly) kale plants, and donations were received ($42 minus $10 for the table). No one wanted a bag of compost today. Continue reading “Stamford Seed Savers Community Group Update”

Post Vote Message From The Stamford Interstate District Committee

Stamford Interstate District
Act 46 Alternative Exploration Committee

June 1, 2017

Dear Community Member,

We would like to begin by thanking each and every person who was able to vote and/or inform the process of guiding the Act 46 next steps. Your interest and engagement are much appreciated.

Thank you to the Stamford School Board for their continued support of this work. We look forward to our future conversations and planning in the days, weeks and months to come.

Yesterday’s vote was the beginning of a longer process, one that will define the direction in which Stamford goes with regard to educating the students of our community. As a working group we will spend the next few weeks gathering additional information. We look forward to working with the local and state representatives on the legal and legislative process required to develop a plan for Stamford to move forward within the regulations outlined through Act 46, communicating with Clarksburg and the Massachusetts local and state representatives, the Board/Department of Education for each state, and seeking to answer the unanswered questions people have posed along the way.

The most important part of our work will be communicating with everyone. We will be designing a communication strategy and publicizing that information. There will be several avenues for sharing findings and messages and we will remain open to suggestions. Just as we wish to have all of the facts before outlining next steps, so must everyone else. We will be setting up and expanding our web presence and providing an email channel as well as organizing a phone call system to share information as we receive input from all interested parties.

So again, thank you. As a group, we (the School Board and our sub-committee) asked for more time and on May 31st you granted it. Now we will go to work using it wisely, gainfully, and purposefully.

Respectfully,

Colleen Cahoon, Kelly Holland, Katelyn Millard, Kim Roberts-Morandi, and Jen Ryan Act 46 Alternative Exploration Committee