Windham History Project at Windham Elementary School

TODAY —May 11  — We will be having an old fashioned potluck at 5:30, followed by a short exhibition of the students “Windham History Project.”  Immediately following we have a short time set aside for square dancing.   It should be fun to search books or the internet for old time recipes.  This is not exclusively for the school, bring friends, relatives, neighbors, and the more the merrier.


Windham News and Notes

The WNN has been published, but the current issue will not be on the Windham Town website until the next issue is published as previously determined by the WNN staff and the Windham Town webmaster.   If you desire to have the current issue sent to you online (asap) or paper copy please order a subscription.

Temporary Change Windham Office Hours

Week May 8th
Office is open on:
Mon 8th noon until 4pm and Wed 10th 10am until 2pm
Week May 15th
Office is open on:
Mon 15th & Tuesday 16th from noon until 4pm
Week May 22nd
Office is open on:
Mon 22nd & Wed 24th from noon until 4pm

Neighborhood Connections Programs


Friday May 5th @ 6pm   THE ECONOMICS OF HAPPINESS  film screening with Doreen Fabiano and Carlene Lindgren

This award-winning documentary spells out the social, spiritual and ecological costs of today’s global economy and makes a strong case for localization. Doreen and Carlene, local activists for the environment and other important issues facing our world today will be hosting the screening of this 68 minute film – with discussion to follow.

Tuesdays  May 16, 23 and 30  THE SPRING GARDENING SERIES presented by the Windham County EMG

Please note the schedule change for the last two sessions!!!

May 16th @2pm   Woodland Gardens with Cheryl Wilfong

Cheryl is the author of several articles and books about gardening. Her own gardens incorporate a wide variety of woodland plants in both shady, partially-shaded and sunny spots.

May 23rd @10am  Landscaping with Native Plants with Bob Little Tree Butler

Little Tree, a Windsor County EMG returns to share his knowledge of native plants, especially good alternatives to some plants classified as invasives. He has extensive information about maintaining balance in our gardens and landscapes.

May 30 @ 2pm  Garden Tools with Somara Zwick

Somara, a Windham County EMG will bring a few of her favorite garden tools and invites you to bring one or two of your favorites as well. Or possibly you have a “mystery” tool which you need identification. We will share our thought about what equipment we find helpful in our gardens and talk about how to care for them so that they last throughout the seasons.

Thursdays  May 19-June 22nd  6-7pm  TAI CHI with Doreen Fabiano

Originally conceived as a martial art, Tai Chi offers excellent health benefits. The practice aids in fall prevention, balance and is good for overall healthcare. If you ever wanted to try Tai Chi – now is your opportunity.

Thursday May 25th @ 11:15am PLANTING & USING MEDICINAL HERBS AND WEEDS with Lini Mazumdar

Medicinal plants and medicinal weeds have been used since ancient times to either cure of lessen symptoms from illness. Lini, owner of Lotus Moon Medicinals at Anjali Farm is an herbalist certified by the Southwestern School of Botanical Medicine. She will talk about various medicinal herbs which you may want to include in your garden – and discuss how to use them.


Thursday June 1st @2pm PEDORTHICS FOR SUMMER FOOTWEAR with Gretchen Lima

According to The Pedorthic Footwear Association’s web-site, “Pedorthics is the management and treatment of conditions of the foot, ankle and lower extremities requiring fitting, fabricating and adjusting pedorthic devices.” Pedorthics uses footwear to ease and treat food-related problems. Gretchen Lima, a Certified Pedorthist will discuss how to modify summer footwear – such as sports shoes and hiking wear – to help you maintain or regain mobility.

Friday June 2nd @6pm MOVIE TIME: Where to Invade Next  Encore Performance

First shown here April 7th – the crowd loved it and many who could not come have asked for an encore performance. This epic movie is unlike anything Michael Moore, the political provocateur has ever done. It is an expansive, hilarious and subversive comedy/documentary in which Moore confronts the most pressing issues facing America today and finds solutions in the most unlikely places. This is an eye-opening call to arms to recapture the American Dream ad restore it to, of all places, America.


The Weston Priory donated The House of Sabbath, located on Route 100 in Weston, to Neighborhood Connections a few years ago for use as transitional housing for our clients. The Windham County Extension Master Gardeners last year accepted the property as a community project. Plans call for renovating the existing gardens and installing a community vegetable garden. This plant sale, to be held at Neighborhood Connections will go toward these goals. Stay tuned for more information and a request for plant donations……..


Tad Kinsley, owner of Jake’s Restaurant and Tavern once again offers a Spaghetti Dinner with 100% of the proceeds going to Neighborhood Connections. The cost is $15 for adults and $7 for children 12 and under. Included is a tossed salad, spaghetti and Jake’s signature sauce, choice of  meatballs or sausage, homemade Italian bread and homemade brownies. Beverages are not included. Jake’s is located in Londonderry’s Mountain Marketplace.

Coming but not scheduled quite yet:

Beavers presented by the Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department

Handling Anxiety presented by Dr. Lynn Lind

That is all for now……Call 824-4343 or e-mail me if you would like to attend any of the above Meeting Place programs.

Mary Claire Schwartz

Windham Notes and Notes

Thanks to Mia Clark for finding the missing/not so missing copies of the Windham News and Notes.  There is now a complete set of the News and Notes online.

Vol 8     Issue 1       Jul-Aug 2010

Vol 8     Issue 2      Sep-Oct 2010

Vol 8    Issue 6       May-Jun 2011

Vol 10 Issue 2        Sep-Oct 2012



NR1: Vermont’s Ecology and Environment


NR1: Vermont’s Ecology and Environment

In this course, participants learn important context and scientific concepts involved in planning for natural resources. This course will expose participants to the full suite of issues at play for natural resources planning, from forests and wildlife to floodplains and climate change. Presentations on Context, Scale, and Whole Communities are interspersed with interactive hands-on activities that make this an intensive and exciting training.

Dates: A 2-part series, on May 15 & 22

Time: 7:00-9:00pm

Location: The Learning Collaborative in Dummerston, VT

Cost: $25

To register, contact

The course above will be followed by a second series this fall:

NR2: Caring for Natural Resources—Taking Action in Your Community

This sequel to NR1 helps participants to choose locally appropriate land use planning strategies for conserving natural resources. It uses case studies and exercises to show how taking action can work in real life. The overall goal is to build understanding of what you can do, how to work with different people in your community, how to choose ways to protect natural resources, and how to make it happen.

Want to learn more about PLANNING for Vermont’s natural resources?

The Association of Vermont Conservation Commissions and the Vermont Agency of Natural Resources are joining forces to bring two courses to Dummerston! These courses were created by the Agency of Natural Resources for those involved in natural resources planning.

BioFinder 2016: Mapping Your Community’s Conservation Resources

Community Wildlife Program

VT Fish & Wildlife Department


BioFinder 2016:  Mapping Your Community’s Conservation Resources


Landmark College

May 1    6:30 – 8:30pm

Please join Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department for this free workshop! The interactive training will get you using our updated, online mapping tool: BioFinder. This mapping resource helps you find the places most important for maintaining biodiversity, even as the climate changes. It includes maps of Vermont’s connected forests and waterways, locations of important ecological resources, and other information used for conservation and land use planning. By zooming in and out to different scales, BioFinder helps you see what role a local area plays in a larger context.  Find the website at, and join us to learn more!

Everyone is welcome, but since space is limited, pre-registration is required. Please email to sign up or learn more.

Have you used BioFinder in the past? The maps have changed! Updates include new information, a new online platform, and new, user-friendly tools. Workshops will be appropriate for first-time users or those interested in learning updates to a familiar tool.


Vermont Arbor Day Conference

Vermont Arbor Day Conference
Thursday May 4th


VT College of Fine Arts, Montpelier

Cost $40, lunch provided

Registration is now open for the 2017 Vermont Arbor Day Conference.  The Vermont Urban & Community Forestry Program is hosting our second annual full-day conference in honor of Arbor day on May 4th at the Vermont College of Fine Arts in Montpelier.  Come learn, celebrate, and network with the citizen tree stewards, municipal leaders, and professionals for our state’s urban and community forests.

We will be offering four simultaneous tracks geared toward separate audiences this year: municipal leaders, professional arborists, citizen volunteers, and general forest health interest.  Session topics include: Emerald Ash Borer, VT Green Streets Manual, VT Tree Warden Statues, VT Open Meeting Law, Tree Cabling and Alternatives and more!

ISA and SAF credits will be available for some sessions (labeled on agenda).


GWEN KOZLOWSKI | Outreach & Education Coordinator

VT Urban & Community Forestry Program

UVM Extension

802-651 -8343, Ext 506

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