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Burlington Buzz | Conservation Commission Seeks to Raise Awareness About Invasive Insect
Also, Governor's Council candidates take a stand in BCAT debate
Good Morning, Neighbors!
I realized yesterday as I was Zooming into BCAT’s State Representative debate that I hadn’t yet shared the link to the Governor’s Council debate with you! Tsk, tsk. In case you’re still not certain what Governor’s Council is or why you should care about this state-level primary, take a little bit of time before Monday to read my profile and listen to my interviews of incumbent Marilyn Petitto Devaney and challenger Mara Dolan.
Here’s the debate again!
The State Rep debate will be available soon, and I’ll be sure to send it to you when it’s ready. Don’t forget the state primary will occur in just a few weeks on September 6, and there’s plenty of time to learn about your candidates between now and then. These are all Democratic candidates and anyone who is registered as a Democrat or Unenrolled can vote in the Democratic primary.
Look Out for Spotted Lanternfly
State officials are warning residents to be on the lookout for the Spotted Lanternfly, an invasive species that, while it might look pretty, can cause damage to our vegetation. According to the Massachusetts Department of Agriculture Resources, The Spotted Lanternfly “not only harms grapevines, maples, hops, blueberries, and over 100 other host plants, but has the potential to negatively impact outdoor recreation through the swarming behavior that occurs during mating season.”
The adults have gray wings with black spots and a red underwing; the nymphs are small, red, spotted, and flightless. While it seems they’re more prone to live in more urban and industrial areas, these bugs can hitch rides on the sides of trucks and travel long distances. Please file a report if you see any.
One of my favorites of all time because it is pure, unadulterated truth.
And with that, I’m out.
Have a happy, happy Friday!