Washington Electric Co op and Vermont based consultants the Energy Futures Group are hosting a virtual public meeting for any members inter-
ested in learning about WEC’s 20 year Integrated Resource Plan, or IRP.  The meeting will be h eld Wednesday, Aug. 12, from 6 8 p.m. Registration is required. Internet access will be necessary to attend the meeting. Please visit wec.coop and look for the link under Events Bulletins to register.

The IRP assesses how much electricity WEC will need to serve its membership, where that electricity is generated, potential risks, and potential opportunities.  The IRP is a 20 year plan that is updated every three years. These consistent updates allow WEC s leadership to maintain focus on long term strategies and outcomes while incorporating shorter term changes in technologies and other factors.

The member meeting is a chance to learn more about the Co op s plans to meet members energy needs, including our power supply commitments, how we design the electric grid that serves homes and businesses, and what we are doing to combat climate change, said General Manager Patty Richards. We will also talk about how we plan to meet regulatory requirements that will help move a way from fossil fuel use to clean sources of electricity. This is an exciting opportunity and we hope you will join us.

Members are invited to bring their questions and offer feedback.  Washington Electric Co op is a member owned, not for profit electric utility founded in
1939. WEC serves approximately 10,800 member owners in 41 towns throughout Washington, Orange, Caledonia and Orleans counties with power generated from 100 percent renewable sources. WEC is an equal opportunity provider and employer. For more information please visit https://www.washingtonelectric.coop or call 802 223 5245.

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.

Northern Vermont University will begin the fall semester on Tuesday, August 18, one week earlier than planned, and end early with residential students returning home for Thanksgiving break and remote exams to complete the semester. This change to the academic calendar will best position NVU and its students, employees, and communities—in the event of an increase in COVID-19 cases or another wave in the fall.

“We know this is different from our normal semester,” says NVU President Elaine Collins. “The health of the entire NVU community is our number one priority as we prepare to return to campus for face-to-face instruction.”

Fall Orientation and campus move-in dates will stagger between August 14-17, allowing students the time and space they need to re-enter residence halls safely. Details about orientation and move-in will be announced as plans are finalized.

The accelerated semester includes no breaks, with instruction on Labor Day and throughout October. Students will exit residence halls on Friday, November 20, and return to campus when the spring semester begins on January 19, 2021. Remote final exams will be held November 30 through December 3. Students should plan to be off campus November 21, 2020 through January 18, 2021.

The adjusted fall semester will not affect the number of teaching and learning days. Students and faculty will have ample time to collaborate, create, and thrive in and out of the classroom.

NVU invites students within Vermont’s borders and beyond to consider NVU as an option to a gap year. With two rural campuses at Johnson and Lyndon and 19 undergraduate, graduate, and certificate programs offered through NVU Online, the university can help students keep their college degree plans on track when plans have changed due to the pandemic. On-campus and NVU Online degree programs and classes are available. Information is at NorthernVermont.edu/LookNorth.

“To prepare for potential scenarios caused by COVID-19, NVU faculty and staff are prepping for a variety of approaches to remote instruction,” says Provost Nolan Atkins. “We are going to be ready so we can support our students in case remote instruction becomes necessary for individual students, a class here or there, or for the university as a whole. We are also doing all we can during the pandemic to offer an on-campus fall semester and the early start to the academic year is a part of that.”

First-year students will be introduced to campus life through virtual SOAR (summer orientation) events starting July 1. Incoming students and families should visit NorthernVermont.edu/SOAR to learn more and register for upcoming virtual events.

NVU Online, NVU’s distance learning program, will start as planned on August 31 and proceed through the semester as scheduled. Those interested in NVU’s online programs should visit NorthernVermont.edu/Online.

NVU community members should expect updates on the accelerated semester, move-in dates, events, and more during the next two months as planning continues.

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Thunder Road Postpones Enduro to August 23

Thunder Road officials have postponed the 36th Bolduc Metal Recycling Enduro 200 and Street Stock Special to Sunday, August 23 at 6:00pm. The decision was made to avoid a conflict with the NASCAR Cup Series event at Loudon’s New Hampshire Motor Speedway, which was recently moved to August 2 as part of a schedule shuffle due to the COVID-19 outbreak.

The 200-lap, $3,000-to-win “People’s Race” will remain largely unchanged apart from the new date, from the three-wide start to the no-yellow-flags format. The track’s Allen Lumber Street Stocks will once again join the card with a 50-lap main event in their biggest show of the year. The rules and entry forms for the Enduro are now available at www.thunderroadvt.com/rules 

Limited fan attendance is permitted with advance ticket sales only at www.happsnow.com/event/Thunder-Road-Speedbowl. Admission is $15 for adults and $3 for kids ages 6-12. For those who can’t make it to the track, a $15 pay-per-view broadcast will also be available on the Northeast Sports Network at www.NSNsports.net/sponsors/racing.

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 www.thunderroadvt.com. You can also get updates on Facebook and Twitter at @ThunderRoadVT.

For more about the Northeast Sports Network, visit www.NSNsports.net or follow them on Facebook and Twitter at @NSNsports.

ACT Announces Tentative Schedule for Rest of 2020 Season

 

The American-Canadian Tour (ACT) has announced a tentative schedule for the remainder of its 2020 racing season. The ACT Late Model Tour is planning up to 10 total events including last weekend’s opener. However, the schedule remains subject to change based on further developments related to the worldwide COVID-19 outbreak.

The next event on the provisional schedule is a trip to Maine’s Oxford Plains Speedway on Sunday, June 28 for a 150-lap event. Confirmation of whether this event will happen is expected by next Monday. The visit to Star Speedway that was slated for June 27 has been cancelled. Next, ACT will head to Groveton, NH’s Riverside Speedway on Saturday, July 11 for the Gardiner and June Leavitt Memorial 150. It will be ACT’s first visit to Riverside since 2018.

From late July to mid-September, ACT aims to follow the 2020 schedule as originally announced during the offseason. The Tour has a trip to Massachusetts’ Seekonk Speedway on Wednesday, July 29 for the Bay State Classic. ACT then makes its second visit to N. Woodstock, NH’s White Mountain Motorsports Park on Saturday, August 8 for the Midsummer Classic. Although ACT hopes to retain the event’s 250-lap, $10,000-to-win format, this may be subject to change based on state attendance guidelines.

After a two-week break, ACT will kick off its busiest stretch of the season with races on three straight weekends. The Tour returns to Oxford Plains Speedway on Saturday, August 29 for a 150-lap event the night before the Oxford 250. Next, ACT makes another visit to Thunder Road on Sunday, September 6 for the Labor Day Classic 200. The stretch concludes with the Full Throttle 75 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway on Saturday, September 12.

ACT also plans to add a third trip to Oxford on Saturday, October 17. The event would feature the season finale for the ACT Late Model Tour along with a 75-lap open show for the ACT Flying Tigers. The non-point Vermont Milk Bowl at Thunder Road on Saturday, October 3 and Sunday, October 4 also remains on the schedule.

One event that has yet to be rescheduled is the Community Bank N.A. 150 at Thunder Road, which was originally slated for early May. Both the track and series have elected to wait on a make-up date until more is known about the season ahead.

Officials stressed repeatedly that the schedule remains tentative and that events could still be added, removed, or postponed. Regardless, they are optimistic about finally getting the 35th ACT season in the books.

“We feel good about the schedule we’ve put together, as long as everything can happen as planned,” ACT managing partner Cris Michaud said. “There’s definitely been a lot of uncertainty over the last few months. While some of that uncertainty remains, we now at least have some hope for our racers and fans. Getting on the track last weekend at White Mountain felt great, and we’re looking forward to doing so many more times before the year ends.”

For more information, contact the ACT offices at (802) 244-6963, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or visit www.acttour.com. You can also get updates on Facebook and Twitter at @ACTTour.

Community News

Public hearings will be held August 24 and 25 by the Vermont Fish & Wildlife Board on proposed changes to the turkey hunting regulation and the regulation on reporting requirements for hunters who take big game during hunting seasons.

 

The turkey hunting regulation proposal amends the shot size restriction to allow smaller shot, deletes unnecessary definitions, defines youth and novice hunters, and establishes a novice turkey hunting season concurrent with and similar to the youth turkey hunting weekend.

 

The big game reporting regulation proposal allows the Commissioner to authorize hunters to report turkey and deer electronically, by telephone or any other method. It also allows the Commissioner to allow electronic reporting of moose and bear in an emergency.

 

The proposed regulations are on the Vermont Fish & Wildlife website at this link: https://vtfishandwildlife.com/about-us/fish-and-wildlife-board/board-rules

 

Public comments will be taken during the online hearings and over the phone but can also be provided by sending them to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by September 2.

 

August 24, Turkey and Reporting Rule Virtual Public Hearing

Start time: 6:30 p.m.

Meeting ID: 862 2360 4609

Meeting Link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/86223604609

Dial in Phone Number: 929-436-2866

 

August 25, Turkey and Reporting Rule Virtual Public Hearing

Start Time: 6:30 p.m.

Meeting ID: 879 2805 7824

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/87928057824

Dial in Phone Number: 929-436-2866

Montpelier Alive’s Art Walk, supported by Northfield Savings Bank, will return to the Capital City on Friday, August 7, from 3 to 7pm. Art Walk provides a fun and casual way to experience art, meet local artists, and explore downtown Montpelier shops, restaurants and galleries. Participants can pick up an Art Walk guidebook and begin their walk at any of the presenting venues.

“Montpelier is bursting with art and creativity and Montpelier Alive’s Art Walk, sponsored by Northfield Savings Bank is the perfect way to enjoy it”, said Dan Groberg, Executive Director of Montpelier Alive. “While our August Art Walk will be smaller than usual, we are excited to have a mild ‘return to normalcy’ and for the opportunity to get out in our community and enjoy art together, safely.”

This month’s Art Walk will feature nine artists and venues, including two of which can be enjoyed from outdoors: adorable pet portraits by Bernadette Hood will be displayed in the office windows of Northfield Savings Bank, with cookies available through the drive-thru during business hours; and the windows of 45 State Street (at the corner of State and Elm Streets) will feature large portraits of locals taken by photographer John Snell.

Montpelier Art Walk is presented by Montpelier Alive and organized by a committee of volunteers who plan these events six times a year. Local artists and venues are always welcome to participate. For more information, visit montpelieralive.org/artwalk.

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