The trustees and staff of the Jeudevine Memorial Library were delighted to learn they were successful in their application for $100,000 of grant funding under the Accessibility Modification category of the Vermont Community Development Program (VCDP). The VCDP is administered by the State of Vermont Agency of Commerce and Community Development, with funding supplied by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).

With the receipt of this large award and the award from the Vermont Arts Council (see photo), a full eighteen months of fundraising efforts, and the remarkable bequests received in 2018, the goal of raising $1.14 million dollars in non-taxpayer dollars has just about been reached. The remainder of the funding for the expansion, the last $550,000, is being requested from the taxpayers in a municipal bond vote on August 11 of this year.

While the state of the economy remains an uncertain factor, the trustees believe we will receive the best pricing on the project by going out to bid in the autumn, when most contractors are putting together their work for the next calendar year. This is the key reason to hold the bond vote together with the state primary. The more bids received, the more likely we will get competitive pricing.

Further, interest rates are low and expected to remain so, and the actual payment of the bond will not commence until 2022, as the money raised to date will be spent ahead of taxpayer dollars. Thus the bond funds would not be spent until late in 2021, when the project nears completion.

The project itself is a large one that will provide an economic boost and hopefully offer work to local residents. It is the intent of the library to keep the project as close to home as possible, with the hope of sourcing local materials and keeping the dollars in the area. This is our own library and we want it to be useful to the town on every level.

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Thunder Road Reveals Schedule for 2021 Racing Season

The schedule for the 2021 season at Barre’s Thunder Road is now set. Track officials have unveiled a 19-event campaign from mid-May to early-October with all the events that competitors and fans have come to love.

 The 62nd season atop Quarry Hill begins Saturday, May 15 and Sunday, May 16. The annual Thunder Road Car Show is tentatively scheduled for 9:00am on May 15, although it is dependent on the Vermont state health and safety guidelines in place come this time. Open practice for all local divisions will be held that afternoon.

 Racing season at the “Nation’s Site of Excitement” then gets underway Sunday, May 16 at 1:30pm with the 23rd Community Bank N.A. 150 for the American-Canadian Tour (ACT) Late Models. The Lenny’s Shoe & Apparel Flying Tigers and rk Miles Street Stocks open their championship seasons that day with the Burnett Scrap Metals Road Warriors rounding out the card.

 The Maplewood/Irving Oil Late Models begin the “King of the Road” chase on Sunday, May 30 at the 58th Mekkelsen RV Memorial Day Classic. After a one-year hiatus due to the worldwide COVID-19 pandemic, the Memorial Day Classic returns this year with the format originally planned for 2020. The Late Models open their point-counting season in a special 125-lap event while the Flying Tigers kick off the Myers Container Service Triple Crown Series with a 100-lap showdown.

 Weekly night racing then goes green on Friday, June 11 with a full card of championship action plus the annual visit from the New England Antique Racers. Thursday night action gets underway the following week on June 17 once local schools are out for the summer. The weekly racing schedule runs through August 26.

 During that time, a variety of special events are planned. The annual Independence Day Spectacular will take place on Thursday, July 1, making Thunder Road one of the first places in the region to celebrate the holiday. The second round of the Triple Crown Series is set for Thursday, July 8 with the championship round on Thursday, August 5.

 The month of July also includes the 42nd Vermont Governor’s Cup on July 15, the double-point Midseason Championships on July 22, and the annual Port-a-Potty Grand Prix on July 29. The 37th annual Bolduc Metal Recycling Enduro 200 opens the month of August on Sunday, August 1. The Street Stocks run their annual 50-lap special that same night and have the annual Marvin Johnson Memorial First-Time Winner’s Race on June 24.

 The Road Warriors go 50 laps as well in the third annual Road Warrior Challenge on August 12. Overall, the Warriors are scheduled to run most of the 2021 events, with nights off on June 11, July 15, and August 5. The finale of the weekly racing season on August 26 includes the annual Run-What-U-Brung Spectator Races.

 Once weekly racing concludes, three huge events remain. The 43rd Optical Expressions Berlin Labor Day Classic 200 on Sunday, September 5 brings back the ACT Late Model Tour for their second visit of the year. All division champions, including the “King of the Road” will be crowned at Barre Granite Association Championship Night on Friday, September 17.

 The season wraps up with Vermont Milk Bowl Weekend from Friday, October 1 through Sunday, October 3. Milk Bowl Friday is headlined by the Prelude to the Milk Bowl 150 for the Pro All Stars Series Super Late Models plus the North East Mini Stock Tour. The Milk Bowl field will be set at Booth Bros./H.P. Hood Qualifying Day on Saturday, October 2 with the 59th Vermont Milk Bowl presented by Northfield Savings Bank on Sunday, October 3. Following the conclusion of local and regional racing, Thunder Road will host its 2nd Annual Automotive Flea Market & Swap Meet on Saturday, October 30.

 Thunder Road’s 2021 schedule remains subject to change based on the trajectory of the COVID-19 pandemic at a local, regional, and national level. Certain special events and activities, such as the Kid’s Rides slated for June 17, the Driver Autograph session on July 22, and the Kid’s Poster Contest on August 19, could also be rescheduled or modified based on whatever health requirements are in place.

 The complete 2021 schedule of events can be found at Season pass information for the 2021 season will be announced in the near future. Attendance limitations and spectator guidelines for the 2021 season are currently unknown.

 Rules and registration forms for all local divisions were released on November 11. These are available at and

 For more information, contact the Thunder Road offices at (802) 244-6963, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or visit You can also follow us on Facebook and Twitter at @ThunderRoadVT.

 2021 Thunder Road Schedule of Events



-- Sat May 15 9:00am Thunder Road Car Show & Open Practice

1 Sun May 16 1:30pm 23rd Community Bank N.A. 150 – ACT Late Model Tour

2 Sun May 30 1:30pm 58th Mekkelsen RV Memorial Day Classic – Myers Triple Crown #1

3 Fri Jun 11 7:00pm Capital City Automart Night – NEAR & Scout Night

4 Thu Jun 17 7:00pm Casella Resources Solution Night – Kids Rides

5 Thu Jun 24 7:00pm Community College of Vermont Night – Marvin Johnson Memorial

6 Thu Jul 1 7:00pm Independence Day Spectacular – Holiday Fireworks

7 Thu Jul 8 7:00pm Efficiency Vermont Night – Myers Triple Crown #2

8 Thu Jul 15 6:30pm 42nd Vermont Governor’s Cup

9 Thu Jul 22 7:00pm Country Camper Mid-Season Championships – Driver Autographs

10 Thu Jul 29 7:00pm WDEV Radio/Calkins Portable Toilets – Port-a-Potty Grand Prix

11 Sun Aug 1 6:00pm 37th Bolduc Metal Recycling Enduro 200 & Street Stock Special

12 Thu Aug 5 7:00pm Cody Chevrolet-Cadillac Night – Myers Triple Crown #3

13 Thu Aug 12 7:00pm North Country Federal Credit Union Night – Road Warrior Challenge

14 Thu Aug 19 7:00pm Vermont Tire & Service Night – Kid’s Poster Contest

15 Thu Aug 26 7:00pm Jet Service Envelope/Accura Printing Night – Run What-U-Brung

16 Sun Sep 5 1:00pm 43rd Optical Expressions Berlin Labor Day Classic 200 – ACT Late Model Tour

17 Fri Sep 17 7:00pm Barre Granite Association Championship Night – all track champions crowned

18 Fri Oct 1 6:00pm Milk Bowl Friday – PASS Prelude to the Milk Bowl 150

-- Sat Oct 2 1:00pm Booth Bros./H.P. Hood Milk Bowl Qualifying Day

19 Sun Oct 3 12:15pm 59th Vermont Milk Bowl presented by Northfield Savings Bank

-- Sat Oct 30 9:00am 2nd Annual Thunder Road Automotive Flea Market & Swap Meet

Hunters Will Report Big Game to Regional Reporting Stations

Vermont hunters are reminded to use regional big game reporting stations this fall as they have in past years, according to the Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department.

 Hunters are required to take the deer, bear and wild turkeys they harvest during the hunting seasons to a local big game reporting station within 48 hours. Deer and bear must be field-dressed prior to reporting, and a hunter must take a warden to the kill site of a deer or bear if requested by a warden.

 The hunter must also collect and submit a pre-molar tooth from the bear at the time the bear is reported or within 30 days. The tooth provides important data on the age structure and size of the bear population. Envelopes for submitting teeth are available at all big game reporting stations.

 The department also urges all hunters to tag their harvested game immediately and wear a face covering and practice social distancing when visiting the reporting station.

 A list of big game reporting stations is listed under “Hunt” on the left side of Vermont Fish and Wildlife’s website ( home page.

 A proposed regulation is under consideration that would allow different options for online reporting of deer and wild turkeys. The Fish and Wildlife Department will post any future changes on how hunters can report their big game on its website.

Leashed Tracking Dogs for Recovery of Game

The Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department is providing the following list of certified leashed tracking dog owners who volunteer during the hunting seasons to help hunters locate deer or bear that have been shot during hunting season but not yet recovered.

The leashed tracking dog owners, who provide their services free of charge, must pass an extensive exam administered by Fish and Wildlife in order to be certified and licensed to provide their services.

This list, which may be updated during hunting seasons, is available on the Vermont Fish and Wildlife website (

2020 Vermont Leashed Dog Trackers

Name Town Phone Numbers

Tim Nichols Granville, NY 518-642-3012 802-353-6020

Travis Nichols Granville, NY 518-642-3012 518-932-6505

Marvin Ainsworth St Johnsbury, VT 802-748-8627

Laura Nichols Granville, NY 518-642-3012 518-932-6506

Jeff Adams Milton, VT 802-324-6316

Nicholas Merritt East Fairfield, VT 802-238-3884 802-922-2515

Kayla Konya East Thetford, VT 802-333-4278

Jacquelyn Magoon Morrisville, VT 802-279-6578

Mandi Harbec Orleans, VT 802-323-3536

Kristie Adams* Pittsford, VT 802-483-6257 802-558-1143

Roger Chauvin Swanton, VT 802-782-1608 802-868-4953

Barry J. Tatro* Hardwick, VT 802-535-7259

Tom DiPietro Jr. Jericho, VT 802-899-4479

Laura DiPietro Jericho, VT 802-899-4479

Jack Dix Cropseyville, NY 802-490-4827

Justin Robert Richmond, VT 802-324-2903

Benjamin Whitcomb Richmond, VT 802-233-8669

David Wilder Barre, VT 802-522-6938

Francis Putney Barre, VT 802-595-4350

Bill Gaiotti Mt. Tabor, VT 802-345-8500

Brett Kelley* Poultney, VT 802-287-5800 802-287-0814

Shelby Maniatty Georgia, VT 802-673-8863

Chris Maniatty Newport, VT 802-334-5637

John Lingner Pownal, VT 802-379-7774 802-823-9388

Alaina Wiskoski* Fair Haven, VT 802-236-7751

Mark Harbec Orleans, VT 802-323-3536

Nick Smith Groton, VT 802-584-3121

Matt Bourgeois Whiting, VT 802-989-2213

Don Morgan Charlotte, VT 802-557-5938 802-425-7097

Scott Newell Groveton, NH 603-636-2264 603-631-0477

Nick Crafts East Dover, VT 802-380-8865

Riley Harness Newbury, VT 802-272-8955

Crystal Earle Johnson, VT 802-730-5591

Courtney Davis Troy, NH 603-209-6548

Julian Roberson Chester, VT 802-875-5853

Jason Cassant Fort Ann, NY 518-796-3215

Ronald Martin Enosburg Falls, VT 802-393-0346

Steven Bourgeois Bridport, VT 802-989-0026 802-758-2526

Matthew Anderson Orwell, VT 802-578-9117

Jamie Hawley Rutland, VT 802-558-5355

Steven Hawley Rutland, VT 802-353-8542


*Semi-Active tracker

Calls will be taken at the Handlers discretion and at the availability of the handler.



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