In February 2017, the Vermont Council on Rural Development conducted a series of community meetings out of which four community task force groups were formed to help shape the future of Lyndonville. The groups have met throughout the year and continue developing the ideas and goals. This community newsletter share updates from the four groups as of March 2018.
It’s sugaring season & sap’s running!
Like the sap flows, the Community Task Force groups have been working hard for you. The Jeezum Crow It's November art walk has happened and was a success! Plans are moving forward to have coworking in Bag Balm building and as you may have noticed, signs are up around town for a Moon Glow Lantern Walk on Thursday, March 1st.
- JOIN THE FUN! - Moon Glow, the first annual community lantern parade is taking place March 1st, 2018 from 6-7pm around Bandstand Park.
- Downtown Mural - The Vermont Community Foundation awarded our Mural Committee a grant of $2,500.00. Additional funds need to be raised. A call for artists will be forthcoming.
- Downtown WiFi - Downtown Revitalization and the Economic Development Committee are working together on a USDA grant to fund a downtown-wide WIFI.
- High Speed for Everyone - Pursuing a USDA RDB grant to conduct a feasibility study for a community fiber project to get ALL Lyndon residents connected to high speed internet. Additional funds will be available to downtown businesses for technical assistance.
- Pop Up - Psst....there is a secret bar coming to Lyndonville the weekend of May 4th & 5th – Cinco de Mayo – at 101 Main St. It's a secret...but tell your friends.
Education & Community Partnership
- Coworking Space - Northern Vermont University Co-working Space will occupy the old Bag Balm Building. Soft opening is planned for May. A public meeting was held with nearly 30 people in attendance. There was unanimous support for the coworking space. LSC Foundation will be involved with a USDA RD Community Facilities Grant, and an EDA grant is being developed to fund an Entrepreneur in Residence to oversee operation of the co-working space.
- Banner Project - Plans are underway to develop a series of banners representing the local schools (LSC, LI, Learn, Riverside, LTS & Thaddeus Stevens). Banners could potentially use the same brackets, and alternate with, the Chamber’s seasonal ones on Depot Street.
Area Arts and Recreation
- Recreation Department - Lyndon Recreational task force conducted 6 months of research and interviews to determine the viability of a recreational department in Lyndonville. This information was compiled into a white paper and presented to the Lyndon Selectmen.
- LSC Students take next steps - 5 LSC seniors will undertake a Business Plan, impact study and feasibility plan for a recreation department in the town of Lyndon. They will present their findings and research to the group at the end of April.