Composting Workshop

Community Garden Collaborative Offers Composting Workshop
Sunday, October 6, 2013. 1:00pm

As part of its continuing series of food security workshops, the Community Garden Collaborative will host a composting workshop on Sunday, October 6 starting at 1:00pm.

Because attendance is limited, pre-registration is required. Please call Tim Stevenson at 802.869.2141 to register.

The workshop is is free, though we always pass the hat for our presenters. Light refreshments will be available.

Through discussion, illustrations, demonstration jars, and handouts, the workshop will focus of the basics of creating compost for your vegetable and flower gardens. It will present various ways of choosing or making a compost bin or pile; the materials to put in a compost pile; various methods of composting; how to use compost to build up your soil; the benefits of composting; and the new state law regarding composting.

This workshop will be presented by Phil and Gloria Hammond, who are retired school teachers from Hartland, Vermont. They have been gardening since they were 4-H members and farm kids.Both have completed the Vermont Extension Master Gardener Program, and currently have 4 composting bins that they use to enhance their gardens, as well as make their own potting soil.

United Church of Bellows Falls
8 School Street
Bellows Falls, VT

Looking Back & Forward

Guest blogger and parent Rita Fletcher welcomes you to our new site, recaps an amazing summer and looks forward to the new school year.

Greater Falls Connections

As an involved parent of our community I a mom of three beautiful daughters, one granddaughter and one granddaughter on the way, I would like to welcome you to be part of our new community organization: The Greater Falls Connections. The Greater Falls Connections is a real place where teens, parents, and community members can access updated informational resources, upcoming events, and special events.

It is our mission to connect the Windham Northeast by inspiring and empowering people through education and collaboration to promote wellness and prevent the abuse of alcohol, tobacco, and other drugs. Donations and Volunteers are welcome.

On behalf of the Greater Falls Connections, parents, and organizers, we would like to share a jubilant thank you to many people, businesses, and organizations that contributed to the success of our 2nd annual park-a-Palooza Neighborhood Block Party on June29, 2013. The Park-A-Palooza is totally community-driven, old school crazy-fun block party. Through   creative play using the games our parents and grandparents taught us. Park-A-Palooza is another example of community driven change in action. Community – led activities such as this builds character, trust, and a nurturing connection.

This year’s festivities took place at the Central Elementary School playground and included: potato sack racing, jellybean contest, and bicycle smoothies. Yummmm!! LOL. And…apple bobbing, face painting, dodge ball, baseball bat spin off, and egg spoon race, and a water balloon throw down.” Plus with a little help from our friends at the Bellows Falls Fire and Police department, kids and (some adults!) were able to cool off and play around a gushing hydrant. Yeahhh!!!

Thanks to our two grill masters, Dominic Pratt and Nathan Elmore, as well as several other volunteer chefs, and community members who brought a dish to share, people were able to eat and snack all day. We look forward to seeing some new faces and old ones too and members of our community to join us for our next Park-A-Palooza. Photos were taken by: Jeff Woodward of Woodward photography. Thanks for creating a positive and meaningful day.

Thank you to the following local businesses, community organizations and individuals for your generous contributions that were vital to the days success: Parks Place, Dari Joy, Lisai’s Market, Bellows Falls Boy’s and Girl’s Club, The Bellows Falls Bike Project, Greater Falls Pharmacy, Rockingham Recreation Center, Hannaford’s and Barbra Stickney.

The Greater Falls Connections held its second annual cook out at the Rockingham Recreation Center in Bellows Falls where family and community members brought a dish. The Greater Falls Connections presented an award called the  (“Ace Award’), which means- Active Community Engagement, to Samantha Fletcher, who worked tirelessly to make a difference. Sam is a volunteer and board member and a dedicated advocate for the Saxtons River Recreation Area. Congratulations to a real team player in the community you deserve the award for all your dedication to making communities better. Thank you to our chefs Christina Bennicoff , Rita Fletcher, Chad Simmons and out little chefs Ryan Childs and Sierra Parker-Fletcher and many more who hung out the signs to welcome community members and families to this event. The children enjoyed adventuring in  supervised grilling. This was just another way for families to get acquainted with our Recreation Center families meeting families  and other activities that are available. A special thank you to Ryan  and The Rockingham Recreation Center for the use of the Rec for our cook out.

For upcoming events, check out our “Events” section. But I should mention VT Adult Learning (V.A.L) Barbra Caine Mondays from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Jay Callahan will be taking over Barbara’s classes in Bellows falls  she will sadly be missed as she is my teacher as well new times and days will be posted as it happens

Positive Parenting is Prevention Public Service Announcements will run on FACTV starting this fall.

The parenting and caregiver workshop Guiding Good Choices will begin this fall. Contact Deb Witkus at 802.463.9927 x 212 for details.

WOOL 100.1 check it out teens always looking for volunteers to learn the ropes from Nadine Fletcher and Dominic Pratt as radio voice if you want to learn how to be a radio personality  ask Chad Simmons how. Chad Simmons can be reached at Parks Place 1-802-463-9927 leave your name and number and a brief message.

Coming soon to the blog recipe of the day more information to come on that soon

Finally, a special thank you to numerous individuals who volunteered there time and help create this site.

There are opportunities for everyone both teens and adults so come join the fun. I helped create this blog and the web  design in a group  the learning experience alone was something great. Look for updates. Until next time, this is Rita Fletcher signing off!!!!


“Hungry Heart” Film Screening & Discussion

“Hungry Heart” Film Screening & Discussion
Friday, October 25th, 7:00pm-9:00pm
Join Greater Falls Connections for the film screening of “Hungry Heart,” a film about prescription drug abuse in Vermont. A discussion with the film’s creator will follow. Greater Falls Connections will be on hand to provide information and resources around prescription drug misuse prevention. Ticket prices and availability to be announced. Listen to a recent VPR, Vermont Edition interview about the movie with the filmmaker and one of the storytellers. Click Here to listen.
RSVP to the Facebook Event Here.
Bellows Falls Opera House
(Lower Theatre)
7 Square Bellows Falls, VT 05101

National Rx Drug Take Back Day

National Rx Drug Take Back Day
Saturday, Oct 26, 10:00am-2:00pm
The semi-annual event provides an opportunity for residents to dispose of unwanted or expired prescription drugs. Drop off locations throughout Windham County. Locally, you can drop of your prescription medications at the Bellows Falls Police Department between 10am-2pm. Pick up literature and information about locking your meds and securing your meds.
Bellows Falls Police Department
170 Rockingham St.
Bellows Falls, VT 05101

National Family Day

National Family Day
Monday, September 23, 2013.  All day
Join families from across the country as we celebrate National Family Day: A day to eat dinner with your children. Celebrate by cooking and eating a meal together, helping your kids with homework, or attending school activities. Research shows that children with hands-on parents who have frequent family meals do better in school, eat healthier, have less conflict at home, and are 50% less likely to abuse drugs and alcohol. The town of Rockingham has officially proclaimed September 23rd, 2013 as National Family Day. For details, recipes and more information, go to:

Launch Celebration

Launch Celebration
Friday, September 20, 2013. 12:00pm-1:30pm
Greater Falls Prevention Coalition is changing our name and launching a new website! Join us this Friday for the launch of our new name, logo, website and staff! Also, we’ll be rolling out our new media campaign “LYL” geared towards young adults 21+. The campaign encourages social drinkers to learn his or her limit and to keep in mind that a good night does not have to mean getting wasted. Join us Friday for the launch YOU helped us to create! A free, home-cooked meal will be served. All are welcome.
Parks Place
44 School St.
Bellows Falls, VT 05101