Smoke-Free Zones: Rockingham Free Public Library

Announcing the launch of our latest video, which promotes the Smoke-Free Zone at the Rockingham Public Library.

Learn about the impact of the Smoke-Free Zone at the Rockingham Free Public Library. In this edition, Celina Houlne and Sam Maskell are interviewed by Greater Falls Connections’ Scott Sharland. To get your very own Smoke-Free Zone sign, contact Greater Falls Connections at scott (at) or call us at 802-463-9927 x213.

Thanks to all the following businesses, schools, and public places that participated:
Greater Falls Pharmacy
Rockingham Medical Group and Squeaky Sneakers
Lisai’s Market
Shona Grill
Windham Northeast Supervisory Union (WNESU)
Rockingham Parks and Recreation

Thanks to FACT TV and Alex Stradling for filming this video. Thanks to Eileen Katchen for the great photography work. Video edited by Scott Sharland and Dominic Farinoli.

Park-a-Palooza 3

Park-a-Palooza 3
Saturday, June 28. Noon-5pm
Central Elementary School Park
Bellows Falls, VT

In it’s third year, Park-a-Palooza is all about good ol’ fashion family fun…connecting with neighbors, old school games, tasty food and good laughs. This is what community looks like!

Join us starting at Noon at the Central Elementary Playground on School St. Interested in helping to organize? Contact Deb Witkus at 802.463.9927 ext 212.

RSVP to our Facebook event Here.

Roots Rules!

It’s not every day a non-profit organization gets the opportunity to enjoy a full weekend of sunshine, fabulous conversations, local food and sensational roots music. Not to mention, the chance to share our important work with everyone in attendance. Well, that’s exactly the opportunity we had during the 15th Annual Roots on the River Music Festival that took place in Rockingham June 5th through the 8th.


Ready for conversation!

On behalf of its staff, board and members, Greater Falls Connections would like to thank the organizers of Roots for their generous and passionate support of our work. Greater Falls Connections, a local community organizing and substance prevention group, was chosen as this year’s non-profit partner. With that distinction, we were able to promote our efforts to achieve a supportive, nurturing and connected community. Additionally, through a 50/50 raffle, we were able to raise nearly $300 that will help increase our efforts to prevent substance abuse, de-stigmatize addiction and support recovery. Countless numbers of festival-goers shared their stories and their support for our work.

We would like to especially thank festival organizers Ray Massucco, Andrea Bernard and Ezra Veitch for publicizing our involvement beforehand, announcing our participation throughout the weekend and assisting with our booth, signage and the raffle on two of the busiest days. Additionally, we would like to thank them for their dedication to making the festival a smoke-free weekend.


Greater Falls Connections is a community-driven organization and it would not exist without the support of individuals, businesses and organizations such as Vermont Festivals. We are humbled and thankful for the opportunity and support.

Greater Falls Connections

Bellows Falls Healthy Community Day

Bellows Falls Healthy Community Day
Saturday, May 31. 11:30am-4:00pm
Waypoint Center
Bellows Falls

Live music, food, inspirational speakers, information about health and prevention, raffles, and much much more to promote a Healthy Bellows Falls.

The idea for this event stemmed from: recent data about substance abuse in our area, community perception towards youth, and wanting to promote healthy habits.

Organized by the Student Leadership Council & Above The Influence groups at the Bellows Falls Middle School

For more information or to make a contribution to the event (details below), contact Orianna Baez, BFMS Student Leadership Advisor at 802.463.4466 or OR Jamie Card, WNESU Student Assistance Program (SAP) at 802.463.4366 at

The youth have a goal of raising $2,000. The following are some options to consider when making a contribution:

  • $300 – Your name, description, and logo on all marketing materials, website, and recognition at our event.
  • $200 – Your name and description on our marketing materials and website.
  • $100 – Your name and logo on marketing materials.
  • $50 – Your name on marketing materials.

Prevention Day @ The VT Statehouse

Prevention Day @ The VT Statehouse
Wednesday, April 30. 9:00am-3:00pm
VT Statehouse
Montpelier, VT

Join people from across the state to celebrate substance prevention and community connection at the VT statehouse for “Prevention Day 2014”

Meet with legislators, tour the statehouse, see what youth and community groups have been doing to prevent substance abuse across the state.

For more details, registration and a schedule, contact Chad at 802.463.9927 ext 210.

Join our Facebook Event Here!

Click here for a full schedule of the days events.

Positive Parenting is Prevention!

Your child’s brain is still developing well into his or her twenties. Kids who start drinking alcohol before the age of 15 are 5 times more likely to develop alcohol abuse or dependence than people who first used alcohol at age 21 or older. Click here for concrete tips and skills for parents and caregivers to try out at home. Take it from the doc, you don’t need to be a “mad scientist” in order to parent. Positive parenting is prevention!

LYL Karaoke Party

LYL Karaoke Party
Thursday, December 19. 8:00pm-11:00pm
65 Rockingham St.
Bellows Falls, VT 05101

Have you LYL’d? Having a brew or two ain’t a bad thing if you’re 21+, but drinking yourself stupid makes for a bummer night. Join GFC staff as we break it down while singing really bad power ballads. PLUS, we’ll be giving away free gear including hats, koozies and…for the grand prize winners…you’re very own Alcohoot Smartphone Breathalyzer.

Join us Thursday, December 19th from 8-11pm at Donovan’s in Bellows Falls. RSVP at the Facebook event here.

Haven’t seen our LYL video yet? Check it out and share!