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The tennis court at the Wallingford Recreation field is being resurfaced today, June 29th. The court will be closed until Thursday, July 7th.

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Mill River Unified Union School Board Chair Andrea Hawkins is pleased to announce that last Wednesday, the Board appointed Nick Flanders to represent Wallingford. Nick will finish out the remainder of former-member Bjorn Behrendt’s term, which expires next March. Bjorn stepped down from the board last month to take a job in the school district. Congratulations Nick.

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Stone Bench Project 2022

June 27 – July 8

Have you ever carved stone? The Carving Studio and Sculpture Center will offer local young people (age 13-19) the chance to carve and build a stone bench to be installed in Wallingford in front of the Gilbert Hart Library. Participants will gain a solid skill basis in lettering, architectural and sculptural stone working, as well as an appreciation for the industrial history of the Marble Valley region.

The workshop, scheduled for Mondays-Fridays, June 27-July 8, 2022, is free and limited to ten students.

If interested, please call 802-438-2097 or email info@carvingstudio.org

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Fuller Sand & Gravel will be paving Taft Terrace, Florence Avenue and Shedd Place on Monday, June 13th.

Sorry for the inconvenience, but the Town was just notified on June 12th.

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When: Jun 16, 2022, 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM

A New Event from the Wallingford Town Recreation Committee!

Join us at Wallingford Town Hall (Second Floor) for a FREE journey into the glory days of Classic “B” Science Fiction Movies from the ’50s & ’60s. The budgets of these films weren’t big, but their enthusiasm carried the day! We’ll provide some background on the film, encourage a free-ranging discussion and we’ll also have related trivia games. All of this for FREE! Bring your own snacks, but be tidy as that Movie Matron with the big flashlight will be watching you!

Hope to see you there! For more info, please contact jordan.jankus@gmail.com

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The Vermont Dept. of Environmental Conservation is reaching out to let you know that the Vermont Wetlands Program has posted Draft Vermont Significant Wetlands Inventory (VSWI) updates and associated materials on their website. The Vermont Wetlands Program is requesting feedback before July.

Please help us spread the word about these updates through your contacts with the public, mailing lists, newsletters, Front Porch Forum, social media channels, or other forms of public outreach. 

What are wetlands? Wetlands are also known as swamps, marshes, and bogs. Wetlands provide homes for wildlife, store flood water, and protect clean water. Wetlands are found throughout Vermont and can sometimes be difficult to identify.

Why are updates to the map needed? The State currently has an outdated map that shows the general location of some protected wetlands (Class I and II) called the Vermont Significant Wetlands Inventory (VSWI). The map is neither completely accurate nor comprehensive. The State has been working to improve the map in two significant ways: 1) by adding wetlands to the map, and 2) by revising wetland locations.

Why is the State asking for feedback? The State recognizes the importance of providing maps to the public, so that landowners can avoid impacts to significant wetlands. The updated map is intended to clarify the location of existing significant wetlands and provide better predictability for landowners. The interactive draft VSWI map allows the public to comment on specific proposed wetland mapping.

What can members of the public do?

·       Find out if you might have a wetland on your property with this simple Wetland Screening Tool.

·       Contact your District Wetlands Ecologist if you are proposing construction activities near a wetland regardless of whether it is mapped or not. Not all protected wetlands are mapped. Find your District Wetlands Ecologist on this contact page.

·       Provide yourfeedback before July for consideration prior to the Vermont Wetlands Program starting the formal Rulemaking process (which includes another comment period). You may provide feedback through the interactive map or comment form.


Questions? Feel free to contact the Vermont Wetlands Program if you have any questions at laura.lapierre@vermont.gov.

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June 1, 2022 | Montpelier VT – The Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Food and Markets is asking the public to keep an eye out for the invasive pest known as spotted lanternfly (Lycorma delicatula) during the spring landscaping season. This is due to the risk of egg masses being accidentally brought in on shipments of nursery stock imported from other states that may have an established spotted lanternfly (SLF) infestation.   This invasive bug is not yet known to have established a breeding population in Vermont. The Agency educates the nursery industry about the threat and actions that it can take to keep the invasive pest out of Vermont.

VAAFM recently received reports that nursery stock from SLF-infested areas may have been imported into states neighboring Vermont through the nursery trade. Any Vermonter who has recently purchased trees or shrubs or had them planted on their property, particularly maple or crabapple trees, is being asked to inspect the trunk and branches to ensure there are no SLF egg masses or any hitchhiking nymphs, and to report any finds to Vermont Invasives at https://vtinvasives.org/reporting-spotted-lanternfly. Landscapers and plant nurseries are also being reminded to stay on the lookout for this pest, report it to the Agency, and treat nursery stock to prevent possible spread of this insect.

“We know that SLF is a good hitchhiker and can be easily moved from state to state, on nursery stock or on vehicles or on anything they can hitch a ride on,” said state entomologist Judy Rosovsky. “Our best bet for keeping spotted lanternfly out of Vermont is to get additional eyes on the trees. Alert citizens have found all the SLF that have been intercepted in VT.”

In addition to the agricultural impacts it causes, SLF has the potential to negatively impact outdoor activities when the adults appear in the late summer due to their swarming behavior and production of “honeydew” that may attract stinging insects. SLF egg masses are about an inch and a half long, and are flat and gray in color, making them difficult to detect, especially on tree bark. Because of this, any SLF may not be noticed until the nymphs hatch at the end of May or the start of June. The public is asked to look for small black insects marked with white dots. If grapes or tree-of-heaven are in the area, they will migrate to those plants.

SLF is a sap-feeding insect that has caused significant impacts to vineyards, orchards, and other agricultural commodities in states where it has become established. SLF not only harms grapevines, maples, hops, blueberries, and over 100 other host plants, but has been observed to impact outdoor recreation in other states where populations are high and adult lanternflies swarm in large numbers during mating season.

If you see any signs of spotted lanternfly, please report it, https://vtinvasives.org/reporting-spotted-lanternfly. The Agency may contact you to determine if action is necessary to prevent establishment in Vermont.

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The Application for the 2022 round of Downtown and Village Center tax credits is now available!

Applications are due Friday, July 1, 2022. For guidelines and an application, visit:

State and Federal Tax Credits | Agency of Commerce and Community Development (vermont.gov)

The Vermont Downtown Board will make allocation decisions by mid-August.

Applicants are encouraged to register for a FREE Downtown and Village Center Tax Credit Applicant Webinar, scheduled for Thursday, June 2, at 10:00 AM.

Click on the link below to register. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/3069276136762974992

Webinar ID

427-020-091

Along with basic information webinar will review the program’s scoring criteria which is used to evaluate and score applications. The webinar discusses sample responses and covers information about required attachments which must be submitted with every application. If you are unable to attend the live webinar, a recording will be made available on our website following this training.

Remember the deadline to apply for funding this year is July 1, 2022. Applications must be submitted electronically to caitlin.corkins@vermont.gov.