Highlights of the VCRD Community Meeting Process, Part III

Highlights of the VCRD Community Meeting Process, Part III

photo: David Holzapfel

Below is the LIVE “Twitter” feed from last night’s Community Meeting in Marlboro, Part III, led by the Vermont Council on Rural Development (VCRD.) Enjoy the highlights below (last post listed first.) Photos by David Holzapfel.

Trails Meeting

Twitter Feed

We’re delighted and confident about what you’ll get done here in Marlboro.” #VCRD Paul Costello

We’re Marlboro’s cheerleaders,” says #VCRD Director Paul Costello, “deeply honored to be a part of your process.

Marlboro is one of the most dynamic & interesting communities we’ve ever seen…with a depth of talent.#VCRD Paul Costello

The visiting team of experts gathers with VCRD Director, Costello.

#VCRD Visiting team overwhelmed by just how many people came out for Part III of Community Meeting in Marlboro tonight–75+.

#VCRD is your resource referral agency,” says Executive DIrector, Paul Costello. “and we’ll be back to help if you get stuck.”

Chair of this community process, Forrest Holzapfel, about 2 close meeting in Marlboro.

Marlboro Community Meeting Organizer, Forrest Holzapfel

Town ENERGY PLAN is the ULTIMATE goal 4 Energy Comm. 2 take a leadership role in energy efficiency&use of renewable energy.

All 3 groups speak about keeping the Marlboro community informed thru the MIXER, the town website, & stakeholder conversations.

Town Energy Meeting

A TOP priority 4 Energy Goal was 2 “keep the conversation CIVIL” given how heated initiatives like windtowers & hydropower can be.

Trails Group Leader shares next steps.

Effective resources for the Trail/Bike Path Effort included federal, state and local initiatives and funding.Meetings for various stakeholders~from landholders to mountain bikers~is part of the Trails initiative with well-designed conversations

Safe access to Route 9 is one of the issues of the Trail & Bike Path Initiative in Marlboro. Inventory of trails is another.

The Community Center is a galvanizing one (in Marlboro)” says #VCRD Paul Costello. Next trails committee report.

Marlboro Community Meeting, Part III. Each of the 3 initiatives will report back to the whole group now.

Some “fundholders” donate toward civic engagements, others to historic preservation. The Windham County Rep for VCDP is here tonight.

Resources~The VT Community Development Program coordinates 550 different funds including living donors, aka “fundholders.” HOW FUN!

Money follows money,” says #VCRD Executive Director, Paul Costello about the funding process within and outside the town.

Town CTR meeting adjourns for short break before the full group reconvenes in the Marlboro Elementary Outback.

After August Mtg in Marlboro, #VCRD will be back at the 6 month & 12 month mark.

We serve as a resource patrol agent,” says #VCRD Director about their role in the future of this process in Marlboro.

#VCRD Director asks Marlboro Comm. Mtg Chair, Forrest Holzapfel, who he has identified as key leaders for each initiative.

#VCRD visiting team now sharing resources (including grants) available to Marlboro toward developing a town center/building.

My hand up 1st when VT Preservation Trust Rep. asks who will join bus tour around the state 2 see town centers.

VCRD Director Paul Costello lists next steps for the Community Center.

Prioritizing Action Steps at tonight’s meeting around Marlboro’s goal for a Town Center/Building #VCRD http://wp.me/pG508-9D

Marlboro Town Center Bldg. 3 possibilities rising from the discussion: Skyline, Marlboro North (college bldg), New Construction.

Hey Marlboro, anybody out there?

#VCRD brought a visiting team to Marlboro tonight to help move town goals forward.

Trails Meeting in action

#VCRD Director keeps Marlborians focused on potential Action Steps to keep Community Ctr. goal moving FORWARD http://wp.me/pG508-9D

#VCRD Preservation Trust Rep. suggests a tour to other communities to see community center dev’t

#VCRD expert shares examples of other VT communities who have established community centers with various purposes

#VCRD Executive Director, Paul Costello, leads the Town Center Action Plan Meeting in Marlboro tonight. http://wp.me/pG508-9D about 13 h

Baseball Mom arriving late 2 Community Center gathering–one of 3 meetings taking place 2nite in Marlboro

Only highway parking remains at Marlboro Elementary School where the 3rd Community Meeting is taking place #VCRD http://wp.me/pG508-9D

Town Energy Meeting

Tweeting LIVE from Marlboro’s Community Mtg, Part III

Photographer David Holzapfel captures me enjoying a cookie while Tweeting.

Kelly Salasin

Highlights of the Community Meeting, Part II

Highlights of the Community Meeting, Part II

photo credit: David Holzapfel

Close to a hundred Marlborians gathered last night for Part II of the Community Meeting Process with Vermont Council on Rural Development (VCRD).  Below you can find the Live Twitter coverage of the event (in a 140 characters or less)–including a link to the results of the town vote for the top two community priorities.

Don’t forget to mark your calenders for the last gathering of this three-part series slated for Monday, May 24.  VCRD will return with a resource team specifically organized to support the goals set by our town.

Meeting Highlights via Twitter Feed

Is a town pub on the docket for Marlboro? Come find out tonight! https://thisvtlife.wordpress.com/2010/04/29/community-matters-part-ii/

Part II of the Community Meeting in Marlboro about to get underway. Outback filling swiftly. Awesome choc. chip cookies!

Lots of socializing going on in the parking lot & the paths & around the tea pot; Part II of Marlboro’s Comm. Mtg. about to begin.

Chair Forrest Holzapfel (who looks like a young Ron Howard) opens the meeting in Marlboro tonight

More seats unfolded for the growing crowd here at Marlboro’s Community Meeting, Part II

VCRD Director Paul Costello , photo credit: David Holzapfel

Executive Director of VT Council on Rural Dev’t, Paul Costello addresses the community; says VCRD looks 4 towns ready to do this work

9 forums here last month in Marlboro with 27 visiting experts; tonight’s mtg is the middle of a 3 part process

Wil Fielding standing/photo credit: David Holzapfel

Townspeople taking turns reading summaries of “opportunities” identified at last month’s Comm Mtg.in Marlboro; voting will occur

After volunteering to read the “Generate Energy” topic, citizen Jonathan Morse is chided for adding commentary 🙂

The Principal of the elementary school arrives at tonight’s Comm. Mtg. The President of Marlboro College is also in attendance.

Though Marlboro is the SMALLEST community VT Council on Rural Dev’t has served, it has the HIGHEST participation proportionately!

Jean Boardman addresses the room/photo credit: David Holzapfel

#VCRD has 25 pages of notes from last mtg & will issue a report to the town next month following tonight’s Comm Mtg in Marlboro

Townspeople cont. to arrive at Marlboro’s Comm. Mtg–People I have NEVER seen BEFORE! Cool!

#VCRD impressed with Marlboro’s PASSION 4 “Sustainability” 45 ppl attended this topic mtg last month while 2 other mtgs took place.

Ellen Lovell, Marlboro College President, shares “Opportunity” linking Marlboro College more fully with town around volunteering.

School Principal Francie Marbury shares “Opportunity” 4 “Rte 9 Safety” plugging REMOVAL of passing lane in front of MES (no chiding)

What is the future of the economy here? Does all $$ need to run down hill? How do we invest in the next generation in Marlboro?

The idea of a “TOWN CENTER” comes up in a majority of “Opportunities” brainstormed for Marlboro at the last meeting.

Sunny Tappan addresses room/photo credit: David Holzapfel

Marlborian Sunny Tappan suggests REMOVING the word “SHOULD” from town language; many don’t “get it”

Marlborian Nancy Anderson questions why comm. daycare/preschool isn’t on list. School Board Member Loren Poster shares concern.

VCRD Exec.Director Costello echoes Craig Hammond point:not just voting on topic,but on all INTENT shaped around it at last mth’s mtg.

8th Grader Lucas Schoen makes request to dev’t more activities for youth in Marlboro.

“These are all good topics, but it seems that everything needs to fall under the Internet/Cell Issue FIRST” Frustrated Marlborian. HO!

photo credit: David Holzapfel

FUN! Everyone gets tiny envelope with DOTS inside. 3 Red dots=3 pts each. 5 Blue dots=one pt each. LET THE VOTING BEGIN!

ITZA DOT PARTY in the MARLBORO ELementary Outback. 100 townspeople posting their vote on the wall.

Dot Party/photo credit: David Holzapfel

OMG! That was SO MUCH FUN! Everyone sticking their DOTS where they want them! WIFI LOADED with red & blue!! Great Process!

What a VIBE here at the 2cnd Marlboro Community Meeting! Someone playing piano.Cookies all gone.Team counting DOTS.

18 Marlboro “Opportunities” narrowed down to 8 by the COOL DOT Voting Process. Boisterous room suddenly goes silent.

Childhood friends Jason MacArthur & Forrest Holzapfel (Chair of the Community Mtg Process) post the top 8 priorities 4 Marlboro Comm.

The Priorities established tonight will determine the focus for the 3rd Community Meeting in Marlboro.

Michelle, photo credit: David Holzapfel

Marlborian Michelle Holzapfel speaks to the viability of Sky Line Restaurant as our community center.

Marlboro College President/photo credit: David Holzapfel

Round TWO of DOT VOTING underway.8 Priorities narrowed down to 2! Mood much less jovial. #VCRD https://thisvtlife.wordpress.com

Last Votes. (Tom Simon)/photo credit: David Holzapfel

ANd the WINNERS are! The 2 focuses for Marlboro have been chosen! Stay TUNED!

photo credit: David Holzapfel

#VCRD INside scoop~Click the link 2 see the results of Marlboro’s Second Community Meeting;the top 2 “winners” R:


Marlboro Resident Polly Wilson votes, photo credit David Holzapfel

Good Night, Marlboro. Another inspiring community process.

Yours Truly, Tweeting the Meeting, photo credit David Holzapfel

Kelly Salasin