Reprinted with permission from The Vermont Standard
Well, it appears that we will have a white Christmas with the recent snow. I have learned that I can shovel 2 feet of snow off my deck – in 3 and 4 inch increments! It is a winter wonderland, but I know that many folks have experienced lengthy power outages. Those with generators have weathered the storm better… (for my friend, Gerry)
I wish I had known to alert folks to the Candlelight Service at Tyson Church on Sunday, but I just happened upon it on my way home. It was a nice way to present the true meaning of Christmas. Erik Johannson and a friend provided wonderful music to help celebrate the season. If you are seeking a Christmas Eve Service, please note that there will be one at 7:00 PM on 12/24 at Bethany Mennonite church, 169 VT-100A in Bridgewater Corners.
I understand that there will not be a Select Board meeting on Monday, 12/19, but the housing discussion with Tesha Buss will still take place at 7:30. Many of us likely know people who would like to live in town, but are unable to find or afford housing here. I have no solution, but it will be nice to put our heads together and consider this issue.
Thanks to Cassie for sharing the notice printed below.. We have two delightful parks in our town. I would think that folks might like to provide feedback about them.
Vermont State Parks Seeks Public Input for Parks Modernization Study
Parks staff is working collaboratively with park and recreation professionals from BerryDunn, a national consulting firm. The study is scheduled to be completed by early spring, with a final report being issued in May 2023.
This study will provide a comprehensive assessment of the state park system including park amenities, operations, maintenance, revenue, and program delivery. It will identify key challenges, and resources needed to maintain core services and enhance offerings to meet current and future demands.
Nate McKeen, Director of State Parks elaborates, “Throughout the years, with considerable public support and prudent management, Vermont State Parks have weathered societal changes and economic challenges of all sorts. Now, as we approach the 100th anniversary of Vermont state parks in 2024, and as park visitation continues to increase, this study will help us create a road map for the future of our state parks.”
FPR is seeking public input and feedback about the park system, its infrastructure, programming, prices, and innovations. Input is being collected via a link on the state parks’ webpage, vtstateparks.com, and will consist of three ways to provide feedback: a community forum for open dialogue, a category-based ideas page, and a short survey. Additional information about the study and timeline is also available. Input will be collected through February 15, 2023.
McKeen continues, “The parks enrich the quality of life for Vermonters and visitors, and contribute significantly to community prosperity, tourism, and the outdoor recreation economy. Because of this vital role state parks play in Vermont; we really encourage everyone to share their thoughts and ideas with us as we help to build a better park system for all.”
Stephanie Brackin (she/her) | Communications CoordinatorVermont Agency of Natural Resources1 National Life Drive, Davis 2, Montpelier, VT 05620(802) 261-0606 | firstname.lastname@example.org
Wishing everyone a blessed Holiday season, plus health and safety for the New Year!