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Wallingford Town Hall will be closed Friday, July 1 and Monday July 4 in observance of the July 4th holiday.

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Thank you to the exhibitors, community groups, municipal committees, volunteers, Wallingford Fire Department, Bennington County Forester Kyle Mason, DJ Mark Tessier and all the visitors who turned out on Saturday, June 18 for Wallingford’s Community Day. Special thanks to the Baxter family who made the construction of the Elfin Lake pavilion possible and to the 11 members of the Baxter family who participated in the pavilion dedication. Finally, a big thanks to the Wallingford Selectboard for supporting this effort and my co-organizer Marc Pramuk.

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Elfin Lake season passes may be purchased at the lake seven days a week 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.  The cost is $65 for residents and $75 for non-residents.

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Zoning Administrator Jeff Biasuzzi has announced the Planning Commission will be updating the Town Plan over the next year. He said the updated document would result in revised Zoning Ordinances. Mr. Biassuzi is asking for anyone interested in joining the Planning Commission to contact the Town Administrator at 446-2872 or townadmin@wallingfordvt.com.

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Saturday, June 18 is Community Day. Join us at Stone Meadow and/or the ballfield at 10:30 a.m. for tours of the fire engine and town truck while enjoying some free coffee and lemonade at both locations. At 11:00 a.m., join us for the pavilion dedication and ribbon cutting at Elfin Lake. Booths and exhibits will be set up at the lake from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.  Guided trail walks, crafts, music, Sugar Hill Trio, scavenger for kids, free hot dogs and hamburgers as well as ice cream while supplies last.

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ANNUAL ~ ROCKING BIKE SAFETY

Thank you Attendees, Donors, Volunteers & Supporters

On behalf of the Wallingford Rotary, a heartfelt thank-you to one and all for coming to our event on May 14th. It was another TERRIFIC day spent pursuing Bike Safety in a variety of ways.

In total there were 109 complementary helmets fit, which is a recent record!

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The Vermont Agency of Natural Resources and Solid Waste Districts have been implementing the Universal Recycling Law (Act 148) for four years, already banning recyclables from the landfill as of last year. The next step is getting out organics: yard debris and food waste (anything that was once alive).

By July 1st of this year, all current trash pick-up services must offer separate yard waste collection. While yard waste can already be dropped off by residents at the Wallingford transfer station, check with your local trash hauler before leaving yard waste at the curb. By July 1st 2017, trash haulers and transfer stations will collect food scraps separate from trash as well. The final step to implement Act 148 is to ban all food scraps from the landfill by July 1st of 2020.

Many people are concerned about additional costs of offering composting services throughout the state. In order to prevent unnecessary costs, the Agency of Natural Resources and Solid Waste Districts encourage residents to reduce the amount of waste produced with meal planning and backyard composting. While the smell of food being decomposed is not always pleasant, there are ways to avoid it infiltrating your neighborhood (mainly through proper maintenance of the system). It will cost much more to dispose of food scraps and yard waste through the trash than to compost, due to the weight of organics.

For more information about Act 148: Universal Recycling law, visit the Department of Environmental Conservation’s web site at

http://dec.vermont.gov/waste-management/solid/universal-recycling. For information on what materials transfer stations in Rutland County accept, and to find backyard composting materials, visit www.rcswd.org, or call (802) 775-7209.

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The planning commission is seeking new members. The commission meets the second Monday of each month. If you are interested, please email the Town Administrator at townadmin@wallingfordvt.com or call 446-2872. Thanks.