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A few passing clouds. Low 52F. Winds light and variable.
Updated: September 17, 2022 @ 10:28 pm

Every fall for over 30 years, Downtown Poultney has hosted the Annual Chili Cook-Off. This year, Poultney Rotary Club is thrilled to announce that the event will be filling the streets once again on September 24, 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m.
In addition to the Chili Cook-Off competition and tasting, EnerJazz Big Band will play, a silent auction/basket raffle will line the center of Main Street, and the famous Chili Tee shirts are back. Taps will be offering beer in your own Chili Cook-Off glass for a nominal fee and this year we have added the Rolling Rooster food truck.
Anyone interested in entering as a Chili Cooker should reach out to Rotarian Carol Stierle at cstierle60@gmail.com or (203) 727-3951. Individuals and businesses interested in a monetary or silent auction/raffle basket donation can reach out to Rotarian Val Broughton at (802) 236-2790.
SOUTH WOODSTOCK — Registration is now open for the Susan G. Komen breast cancer organization’s 2022 Komen Vermont Ride for the Cure on Oct. 10. The 13th annual ride will be held in person at the Green Mountain Horse Association in South Woodstock. A virtual ride option is available to riders wishing to #RideWhereYouAre.
Registration is free but all riders are required to meet a minimum fundraising commitment: adults/survivors $150 and youth riders (ages 12-17) $75. For more information, email LManess@komen.org or call (802) 548-4691.
Drivers need to be alert and cautious because moose are on the move, according to the Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department.
Moose are more likely to be crossing roadways at this time of year, especially after dark or early in the morning because this is breeding season for moose. Moose cross the road randomly, as well as at their regular crossings.
They are difficult to see because of their dark color. Trying to speed past them before they can move can be a serious mistake, officials warn.
Vermont highway sections most frequented by moose: Route 105 from Island Pond to Bloomfield; Route 114 from East Burke to Canaan; Route 2 from Lunenburg to East St. Johnsbury; Interstate 91 at Sheffield Heights; Interstate 89 from Bolton to Montpelier; Route 12 from Worcester to Elmore; Route 118 near Belvidere Corners and the Route 109 intersection.
Vermont’s upcoming youth waterfowl hunting weekend is Sept. 24 and 25.
Youth age 17 or younger may hunt ducks and geese in the Lake Champlain and interior Vermont waterfowl hunting zones. The age requirement is 15 and under in the Connecticut River zone.
The youth hunter must have a Vermont hunting license and must be accompanied by an unarmed adult, age 18 or older, who also has a Vermont hunting license. For more information, visit www.vtfishandwildlife.com under Hunt – Waterfowl.
ADDISON — The 20th-annual Dead Creek Wildlife Day will be Saturday, Oct. 1, in Addison at the Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department’s Dead Creek Wildlife Management Area on Route 17, west of Route 22A. Dead Creek Wildlife Day activities are especially for people who enjoy hunting, fishing, bird-watching, or learning about Vermont’s diverse wildlife and ecosystems.
Beginning with a bird banding demonstration at 7 a.m., two tents at Dead Creek WMA headquarters will open at 9:30 a.m. featuring wildlife-related exhibits and activities such as decoy carving, building bluebird boxes and nature crafts. All events are free, and a free shuttle bus will provide regular access to nearby field events throughout the day.
For more information, visit www.vtfishandwildlife.com and check under “Watch Wildlife.”
BURLINGTON — After two postponements because of the pandemic, the International Workshop on Agritourism was able to gather in Burlington this past week.
More than 500 participants from 56 countries, 44 states and four Canadian provinces set a new mark for participation: 350 came to Burlington with the rest joining virtually.
Participants spent three days together sharing and learning about agritourism while making trips to experience the farms, food and working lands businesses here in Vermont.
Vermont Secretary of State Jim Condos promotes September as National Voter Registration Month and encourages eligible Vermonters to register to vote: “In Vermont, we make it easy for every eligible voter who wishes to register and vote to be able to,” said Condos. “If you’re 18, or will be by the General Election on Nov. 8, 2022, a U.S. citizen, and a Vermont resident, you are eligible to register to vote … during National Voter Registration Month at olvr.vermont.gov or directly with your town clerk.”
Join speakers Rachael Smolker of Biofuelwatch and Zack Porter of Standing Trees to learn about clearcutting plans for the Green Mountain National Forest. VT’s PUBLIC Forests & Why We Must Save them from Clearcutting, Sept. 28, 6 — 7:30 p.m. at Rutland Free Library (live & on Zoom). Hike with us and see recently cut areas of the National Forest near Rochester. The next hike is tentatively scheduled for Oct. 9. For more info (including Zoom link) visit SavePublicForests.org.
Join friendly and knowledgeable birders on the monthly Audubon West Rutland Marsh Monitoring Walk September 22 in a Audubon Important Bird Area. No experience necessary. Go the entire 3.7 mile loop or go halfway. Meet at the marsh boardwalk kiosk on Marble Street at 8 am. (Note the time change!) All are welcome. For more information email birding@rutlandcountyaudubon.org
As boaters visit Vermont’s lakes and ponds this summer, the Vermont Department of Environmental Conservation offers tips to stay safe and protect natural resources.
Before boating — Get to know the rules and read the access area signage for updates. Find out the weather conditions, get familiar with known hazards and bring a map. Check for valid registration stickers and cards. Bring the right safety gear for boats, watercraft or vessels. Clean, drain and dry (bit.ly/Clean-Drain-Dry) boats before getting into the water to stop the spread of aquatic invasive species.
While boating — Drive or operate boats at a no-wake speed (5 mph) within 200 feet of the shore. Operate boats no faster than 5 mph within 200 feet of people, wildlife, other boats, docks or swimming areas. Follow all navigational rules (bit.ly/Boating-Laws) when coming across other boats. Operate boats in a careful and responsible manner. Always respect private property.
After boating — Throw away any trash properly. Clean, drain and dry boats after getting out of the water to stop the spread of aquatic invasive species. Maintain boats often to ensure safety and to prevent gas and oil spills.
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MONTPELIER — The hunting season for gray squirrels began Thursday, Sept. 1, and runs through Dec. 31, according to the Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department.
WOODSTOCK — The Billings Backyard Series workshop “Canning & Preserving Your Garden Bounty” will be held from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 24, at the Billings Farm & Museum in Woodstock. Chef Emery Gray will take participants through methods of canning and safely preserving food through drying and freezing of herbs and late-season harvest. Registration, cost and course details are at billingsfarm.org/billings-backyard online.
Hunters traveling outside Vermont to hunt deer or elk are reminded by Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department that a regulation designed to protect Vermont’s wild deer from chronic wasting disease remains in effect. A fine of up to $1,000 and loss of hunting and fishing licenses for one year are applicable for each deer or elk imported illegally. The department also reminds hunters that using any type of natural deer urine-based or deer body fluid attractant scents is prohibited in the state because of the CWD threat. Visit www.vtfishandwildlife.com and www.cwd-info.org for more information.

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