AROUND TOWN

Prescription drug returnsPrescription Drug Take Back Day happens this Saturday, Oct. 29, to encourage Vermonters to clean out their medicine cabinets and get rid of leftover medication responsibly by bringing it to a community drop-off site at 55 locations statewide by visiting dea.gov/takebackday online.

In addition to the Take Back Day sites, Vermonters can dispose of prescription medicines throughout the year at their local pharmacies or police stations, and can order a free Medication Mail-Back Envelope at bit.ly/rxvt1029 online.

Astronomy meeting

CHESTER — Southern Vermont Astronomy Group’s monthly meeting will be 7 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 8, virtually. Guest speaker NASA/JPL Solar System Ambassador Gregory Shanos will present the second part of the two lecture series titled “Mars 2022: An Observer’s Guide–Part II–Imaging.” Visit bit.ly/svag1108 to access on Zoom.

Wiah honored

BRATTLEBORO — Joe Wiah was honored with this year’s $15,000 Con Hogan award. The annual award recognizes a community leader who shares Hogan’s vision of a better Vermont and takes responsibility for making that vision a reality. Wiah, a former refugee from war-torn Liberia, is director of the Ethiopian Community Development Council’s Multicultural Community Center in Brattleboro where he coordinates with community organizations, government and individuals to help refugees integrate into community life in southern Vermont.

AROUND VT

Grant applications

Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Food and Markets requests applications from farmers, producers and organizations for Local Food Purchase Assistance funding. Approximately $200,000 will be awarded to farms and organizations that demonstrate ability to purchase and distribute local food from socially disadvantaged producers to underserved community members across Vermont. Farmers and producers who fall under USDA’s definition of socially disadvantaged will receive priority for funding. Applications can be submitted between Nov. 7 and Dec. 12, 2022, for projects starting in early spring 2023. For more information, visit the VAAFM website, or email julia.scheier@vermont.gov, or call 802-522-7042.

Candidate training

Emerge Vermont organization for recruiting and training Democratic women to run for office, announced a new regional training program. Emerge Vermont Local is a half-day training to provide skills enabling Democratic women to run successful campaigns for school boards, select boards, city councils and village trustee boards on Town Meeting Day.

The training will be offered from 1 to 5 p.m. Nov. 19 in St. Albans, Dec. 10 in Greensboro, and Jan. 14 in Brandon, and will focus specifically on campaigning locally to win local elections and be able to stand up for their neighbors and communities. The cost is $35 per person. Visit vt.emergeamerica.org/events/emerge-vermont-local for more information.

AOT awards

Vermont Agency of Transportation State Highway Safety Office and Vermont Highway Safety Alliance held the annual Highway Safety Awards ceremony at the Vermont State House. These awards are presented to highway safety professionals around the state for their exceptional work and commitment to keeping Vermont’s roadways safe for all users.

2022 VTrans Highway Safety — Fletcher Brush Educational Outreach Award, Barbara Brody, Vermont Driver and Traffic Safety Education Association; Ruby Rainault Occupant Protection Award, Sidney Bradley, Vermont Department of Health; Drug Recognition Expert Award, Trooper David Garces, Vermont State Police; Highway Safety Directors’ Award, Evelyn McFarlane, State Highway Safety Office, VTrans; Impaired Driving Prevention and Enforcement Award, Chief Derrick Tienken, Winhall Police Department; Sgt. Michael Johnson Lifesaver Award, Capt. Bret Meyer, Washington County Sheriff’s Department; Highway Safety Achievement Award, Lt. Allen Fortin, Chittenden County SHARP Program.

2022 Vermont Highway Safety Alliance — Crossing Guard Award, Sandra Theetge, Windsor Public Schools; Highway Safety Engineering Award, Traffic Signals & ITS team, Traffic Operations & Mobility team, and Transportation Management Center team, Vermont Agency of Transportation.

BUSINESS

Farm awards

Three programs of the A. Pizzagalli Family Farm Fund at the Vermont Community Foundation, support Vermont farmers.

In Chittenden, a 104-year-old family farm has earned the second-annual “Fantastic Farmer” title and award of $5,000. Jenna Baird of Baird Farm Maple was chosen to receive this award for her commitment to sustainable agriculture, land-use diversity and environmental stewardship. She, her partner, Jacob Powsner, and extended family also raise Christmas trees and cut flowers, as well as host a local beef cattle operation.

In May, the Vermont Dairy Industry Association announced the 2021 Vermont Milk Quality Awards supported by the fund. The awards were $2,500 to David Houde of St. Johnsbury; $1,500 to Steven and Leslie Brown of East Burke; and $1,000 to Howmars Farm|The Gates Family of Franklin.

Also this summer, barns in Pittsfield, Hardwick, Rutland, Marshfield all received a fresh coat of paint through the Vermont Barn Painting Project. These barns each received a $10,000 investment from the fund. The fund also invested in a separate barn painting in Rochester.

Broadband expands

Vermont Community Broadband Board approved three grants totaling $26.45 million to bring broadband to more than 4,000 underserved Vermont addresses.

Awards are $9.1 million to Maple Broadband/Waitsfield and Champlain Valley Telecom partnership to expand fiber-optic broadband into parts of rural Addison County, including Bridport, Ferrisburgh, New Haven, Panton, Waltham and Weybridge; $8.35 million to WCVT to start the first phase of their build-out in towns that are not part of a CUD; and $9 million to Southern Vermont Communications Union District.

VTF&W

Deer season

Vermont’s regular deer season begins Saturday, Nov. 12, and ends Sunday, Nov. 27. A 2022 Deer Season Hunting Guide can be downloaded at www.vtfishandwildlife.com. The guide includes a map of the Wildlife Management Units, season dates, regulations, and more. Hunters are required to report deer in person at a big game reporting station during the regular season; online reporting will not be available.

Hunters who get a deer on Nov. 12 or 13 can help Vermont’s deer management program by reporting their deer at one of the biological check stations staffed from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m., unless the store closes earlier: R&L Archery, Barre; Buck Stop Mini Mart, Bennington; West Enosburg Country Store, Enosburg Falls; Bob’s Quick Stop, Irasburg; Lead & Tackle, Lyndonville; Rack N Reel, New Haven; Keith’s Country Store, Pittsford; Singleton’s Store, Proctorsville; Putney Sunoco, Putney; Village Grocery & Deli, Waitsfield.

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