Aaron Frank, Town Manager
Please be especially aware of pedestrians and bicyclists as our young people return to school.

A few precautions go a long way toward keeping youth safe:

Don’t block the crosswalk when stopped at a red light or waiting to make a turn, forcing pedestrians to go around you; this could put them in the path of moving traffic

Vehicles are always required to stop for pedestrians at all crosswalks. Special care should be shown in the school zone.

Take extra care to look out for children in school zones, near playgrounds and parks, and in all residential areas

Never pass a vehicle stopped for pedestrians

Always use extreme caution to avoid striking pedestrians wherever they may be, no matter who has the right of way

If you’re driving behind a bus, allow a greater following distance than if you were driving behind a car. It will give you more time to stop once the yellow lights start flashing. It is illegal to pass a school bus that is stopped to load or unload children.

Bicyclists have the same rights and responsibilities as vehicles, but bikes can be hard to see. Children riding bikes create special problems for drivers because usually they are not able to properly determine traffic conditions. The most common cause of collision is a driver turning left in front of a bicyclist.

Thank you for helping to keep our pedestrians and cyclists safe.

For more about the Town Manager’s Office visit our website or call (802) 264-5509.

Burnham Memorial Library
Kelly McCagg, Director
Summer has been busy at the library! In July, we averaged 331 visitors daily and had 1052 people attend 84+ programs. There’s still time to come in to show us your summer reading logs and get some fabulous prizes! Here is a list of some of the fantastic programs we have lined up for September:

Practice SAT Exam: Saturday, 9/1, 9 am & Practice ACT Exam. Saturday, 9/5, 9 am. Take a free, full-length practice test to hone your skills for the real thing. Sign up online at least one week before to reserve your spot. Participants will receive a full score report from Princeton Review. The test generally lasts about four hours, so bring snacks. Call the library for more details.

Dorothy’s List Book Club (Dorothy Canfield Fischer Award books): Tuesday, 9/4, 4:30 pm. Kids ages 8-11. Students can take the bus from their school to the library. This month: “Family Game Night” by Mary E. Lambert.

Découpage Class: Monday, 9/10, 6:30-7:45 pm. Create an original piece of art using decoupage. All materials provided. Space is limited – sign up online.

Cooking the Books: Thursday, 9/13 at 1:00 pm. Each session features a different cookbook or novel that has recipes. Participants sign up to make a recipe to share on day of the meeting. This time: “The Official Outlander Kitchen Companion Cookbook” by Theresa Carle-Sanders.

Adult YA Book Club: Monday, 9/17, 6:30 pm. This month: “Bone Gap” by Laura Ruby. Copies are available for checkout at the upstairs circulation desk.

Birding in Chile: Wednesday, 9/26, 6:30 pm. Shirley Johnson will present a program about a 2017 birding trip to Chile, with great photos taken by her husband, Bob, trip leader Andy Whitaker, and fellow traveler Ann Truesdale.

 

Notices:

Routes 7/2, 2A Intersection Improvement Project Update – August 27-31:
Testing on  8/22/18 of the new traffic signal at Creek Farm Road was successful and the light will be functional after the lines (stop bars, crosswalks, lane markings) are painted on the final layer of pavement that will be installed soon.  There will be two-lane travel until 8:30 AM weekdays with one-lane travel as the contractor works in various sections of the project area. Questions? Contact Jill Barrett at 802.272.1248.

Wild Parsnip Growing at Colchester Pond
AKA Poison Parsnip. This invasive species is a first cousin to Queen Anne’s lace and has been found growing around Colchester Pond. The stem of the plant can reach 4’ to 6’ tall. Wild parsnip can cause rashes and blisters on the skin, but exposure takes a little effort.

For more information, visit bit.ly/2PMfw1o.