|A Look at the Year Ahead: GreenStar 2015|
By Brandon Kane, General Manager,
Hello and happy New Year to all GreenStar member-owners! Your support and involvement throughout 2014 was inspiring on so many levels. From your simple choice to support your co-op by shopping
Thursday, 01 January 2015 16:24
By Joe Romano,
That Hydrofrack won't taste so good in your beer, milk, and soup!"
— Graffito near our West End store, on a since-demolished building
For years now, The Ghost of Future Lost, the worst of Marley's apparitions whom we had yet to meet, had haunted our sleep and our waking dreams, terrifying the members of our GreenStar community, leaving visions of fracking nightmares dancing in our heads.
Like every year before, 2015 could have been the year that tens of thousands of trucks, 75,000-lb. tanker trucks, shrieked down our quiet roads both day and night. Thousands of concrete oil pads, noisy compressors, harsh lights, and the industry of destruction could have overtaken our sylvan hills and valleys. Befouled water, soil, and air, dead animals, and chronically ill family members might have been what passed for life in our quiet upstate community. While we fought with our all against these terrors, it didn't seem likely we would prevail.
Thursday, 01 January 2015 16:38
By Alexis Alexander,
GreenStar bylaws require that we send out certain bits of information to all member-owners each year — here in the office, we call these "required mailings." These include our Spring and Fall mailing that outline information on Council elections, bylaws and member referendum votes, and the annual member-owner meetings. Given that our membership includes more than 10,000 individuals, these mailings represent quite an expense for the Co-op when sent out via US mail. In an attempt to reduce our mailing expenses a few years ago, we started to send these documents out via email to member-owners who chose that option. Sign-up is required, as we won't email you without your express permission.
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By Venerable Khenchen Palden Sherab Rinpoche
and Venerable Khenpo Tsewang Dongyal Rinpoche
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