Efficiency VT will pay 75% of the cost of a weatherization project

Efficiency Vermont is offering some terrific incentives to Vermonters who want to save money and energy by weatherizing their homes this summer.  Until Aug. 31, or until funds run out, Efficiency VT will pay 75% of the cost of a weatherization project (up to $5,500) to low and moderate income Vermonters who work with an Efficiency Excellence Network contractor. Through their Home Energy Loan program, Efficiency Vermont will also make the first six months of payments for customers (or up to $900), for loans applied for before 10/31. That means most Vermonters can now complete a comprehensive weatherization project for around $40 a month, with the first six months of payments waived.  Higher-income customers will receive incentives of 50% off their project cost, up to $2,000, and below market-rate financing.

Low- and moderate-income Vermonters can also receive $50 back on qualifying energy efficient products that are purchased before August 31, including ENERGY STAR® certified window air conditioning units, dehumidifiers, air purifiers, freezers and indoor grow lights (DLC-certified). The 0% interest Home Energy Loan can also be applied to these purchases.

In Windham County, the household income limits to qualify for low and moderate income incentives are as follows:

People in Household                     Household Income Limit

1                                                     $66,400

2                                                     $75,800

3                                                     $85,400

4                                                     $94,800

5                                                     $102,400

These incentives are supposed to expire on August 31.  There is some possibility the deadline will be extended, but if you are interested in receiving these benefits, don’t wait.  If you have questions, go to the Efficiency Vermont webpage and click on “rebates”. Or, you may contact Bill Dunkel, town energy coordinator, at bdunkel1455@gmail.com, or by calling 874-4131.

Please Complete US Census

In fact, you can respond from the comfort of your home without ever interacting with a census taker!

You have two options: 1) First, you can go online at www.my2020census.gov and complete your Census quickly and securely.  2) Or, if you prefer not to use the internet, you can call, toll-free, 1- 844-330-2020, and speak with a live person who will take your information entirely over the phone.  There are only nine questions on all census questionnaires, so this will take you no more than 10 minutes!
Meals on Wheels, Medicare, school funding, transportation planning, and first responders all rely on the numbers that the Census produces.  Make sure our area is counted, completely and accurately, by being proactive and responding TODAY!

Lots of School Info

1) Windham Elementary School Board Meeting, Monday, June 8 at 4 PM at the school. Email Antje Ruppert at: antje@sover.net for an invitation to the online meeting any time but at least 2 hours prior to the meeting.

2) Windham Elementary School Budget Information Meeting, Monday, June 8 at 5 PM at the school. Email Antje Ruppert at: antje@sover.net for an invitation to the online meeting any time but at least 2 hours prior to the meeting.

3) West River Modified Union Education District Annual Meeting and Informational Hearing, Tuesday, June 9 at 7 PM at the Leland & Gray High School Library in Townshend

4) Australian Ballot voting on the Windham Elementary School Budget and the West River Modified Union Education District at The Meeting House on Wednesday, June 10 from 10 AM- 7 PM.

West River Modified Union Education District to Organize

The legal voters of the West River Modified Union Education District, comprising the voters of the Towns of Brookline, Jamaica, Newfane, and Townshend for prekindergarten through Grade 12 and the Town of Windham for Grades 7-12 will meet at the Leland and Gray Middle High School in Townshend, VT, on Monday June 26th at 7:00 pm.

Immediately following this Special Meeting, the West River Modified Union Education District will organize and elect its very first officers.

“There is excitement around creating a new school district and further unifying the Leland and Gray towns,” stated Windham Central Supervisory Union Superintendent Bill Anton.

The creation of the West River Modified Union Education District is the result of the work of the Leland & Gray Towns Act 46 Study Committee. The elected officials who will make up the new school district board have been meeting informally as a gathering of citizens.

“The members of the new board are excited and ready to continue the work of the study committee. Taking the plan for the new district from the 10,000 foot level to the operational level is challenging but rewarding work,” according to Joe Winrich, Study Committee Chair.

West River Modified Union District: Annual Meeting

WhenTue, June 9, 7pm – 8pm

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Windham Meeting House is now a free Wi-Fi hotspot

Thanks to a generous donation from Microsoft, the Windham Meeting House is now a Wi-Fi hotspot!  At no cost to the Town, the outdoor range extender has been installed and tested.  You can access it from your vehicle for such things as telehealth appointments, remote learning, and general internet connectivity.

The network name is Windham Hotspot and it is open no password is necessary.  Maureen

Vermont EAB Update

Subject: FW: Vermont EAB Update

To report a sighting https://vtinvasives.org/reporting-emerald-ash-borer

The EAB Flight Season Starts on June 1st and continues until September 30th. This is the time when EAB emerge

  • The EAB Flight Season Starts on June 1st and continues until September 30th. This is the time when EAB emerge from ash trees and infested and untreated ash wood products, such as ash firewood, and seek new host trees and a mate. Without due care, anyone can inadvertently spread EAB to uninfested areas. By following the “Slow the Spread” recommendations consulting foresters, loggers, landowners, utilities, purchasers of ash forest products, and others, can responsibly move ash wood products and limit the rate of human-caused spread.
  • Following the Slow the Spread Recommendations: Our efforts to protect Vermont’s ash trees need an all-in approach to following optimal practices that reduce the risk of human-assisted spread of EAB. While we have distributed our message through numerous channels, there is evidence that we are not reaching everyone. Our goal is to ensure that all consulting foresters, logging contractors, and log haulers are aware of the flight season and the serious risk of moving ash to mills, log yards, firewood processors, and homeowners. To that end we are asking for your assistance with communicating Vermont’s “Slow the Spread” message to those working within the infested areas. Foresters, logging contractors, and log haulers should become familiar with the “Slow the Spread” recommendations and contact the purchaser of ash products they work with for guidance on when, or if, they should deliver ash logs and pulpwood to them before moving those products outside an infested area. There is a high risk of spreading EAB at any time of year if ash firewood is delivered for use as homeowner firewood outside the infested area, whether it is log-length or split but not heat treated.