November 23, 2014

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Town moves to purchase land for public works

Town officials hope to have completed negotiations to purchase land for a new public works facility by next week, and to close on the transaction as early as June 15, said Town Manager Rick McGuire.

After an executive session on May 6, the Selectboard voted to authorize McGuire to enter into a purchase agreement for land for the new facility. McGuire said he could not specify where the land is before negotiations are completed.

Once the town agrees to purchase the land, the town can begin the process of analyzing the site for the best spot to locate a building, preparing a site plan and road access, developing a process for the design and construction of the facility and selecting a contractor for the work.

 

Jiggety Jog set for May 11

Vermont Respite House’s annual 5K Fun Run and Jiggety Jog is set for May 11. Residents can walk, run, jog or bike in memory or in honor of a loved one while helping to raise money for the Respite House. Last year, 240 people took part in the event, raising more than $42,000 for the Respite House.

This year, organizers have already raised $24,000 through early registration and hope to raise $50,000. Registration begins at 8 a.m. at Allen Brook School and the run starts at 9 a.m. The awards ceremony will begin at 10:15 a.m.

For more information, to register or to volunteer, visit vnacares.org or contact Maria McGrath at 860-4435 or [email protected]

 

Lenny’s, Rerun team up to help One Fund Boston

During the month of May, for every pair of gently used running shoes donated at Lenny’s Shoe & Apparel, Rerun Shoes will donate 50 cents to The One Fund Boston, established to help the victims of the Boston Marathon bombings.

Lenny’s goal is to collect 4,000 pairs of gently used running shoes, meaning a $2,000 donation to The One Fund Boston.

Residents can recycle their gently used shoes for reuse to promote sustainable business in West Africa. In one year, Lenny’s customers and staff have helped collect more than 36,000 pairs of shoes.

 

State seeks help locating bats 

The Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department is soliciting citizen reports of bats found in buildings this summer. Vermont’s cave-bat species continue to struggle due to the deadly effects of white-nose syndrome. Once the state’s most common bat, the little brown bat is now a state endangered species.

“Reporting bat colonies is one of the most important ways to help us conserve these fragile species,” said state wildlife technician Alyssa Bennett.

Vermonters are urged to report bat colonies in buildings by filling out a form at http://www.vtfishandwildlife.com/wildlife_bats.cfm or by contacting Bennett at 786-0098 or [email protected]

“The citizen reports we received last summer helped us locate several of the little brown bat colonies that still exist. We hope Vermonters will continue to help us save this species,” said Bennett.

In addition, the department is seeking citizen scientists to help monitor local colonies.

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