Spectacular Thanks

Socially distanced cyclists in the Sourlands. Photo by Michelle Baker.

On behalf of the board, staff, and members of the Sourland Conservancy, I would like to thank the 325 participants of the 2020 Sourland Spectacular for riding, running, and hiking to Save the Sourlands.

As you know, the New Jersey Forest Service estimates that our 90-square-mile region is on track to lose over one million trees within the next few years due to the invasive emerald ash borer. This damage will impact the fresh air, clean water, carbon sequestration services, and critical habitat the forest provides. Funds from the Spectacular will benefit the Sourland Conservancy’s efforts to plant native trees, shrubs and flowers on public preserves; remove invasive species; host free guided hikes and educational seminars; lead advocacy efforts; work in partnership with the Stoutsburg Sourland African American Museum; and more.

I would like to thank the residents of our Sourland Community for welcoming Spectacular participants, taking extra care while driving to accommodate the increased bicycle traffic, masking up on the trails, and helping to keep everyone safe.

I would especially like to thank the hardworking Spectacular committee volunteers for their creativity in adapting this year’s event to follow CDC guidelines, marking and remarking the routes, and keeping the support facilities running throughout the nine-day event. They did an excellent job promoting and conducting the Sourland Spectacular while doing their best to keep everyone safe and healthy.

Laurie Cleveland

Executive Director, Sourland Conservancy

League of Women Voters: Make a Plan and Vote Early

On Tuesday, September 22, Americans will celebrate National Voter Registration Day with a massive cross-country effort to register voters well in advance of Election Day this November.

With a historic presidential election approaching, every eligible American voter should exercise his or her right to be heard at the ballot box, and National Voter Registration Day is the right day to start by getting registered. This is why communities across the country are planning to use National Voter Registration Day to increase voter participation. Thousands of national, state, and local organizations and volunteers will be the driving force behind National Voter Registration Day 2020. Partner organizations will coordinate hundreds of National Voter Registration Day events on and offline nationwide, and leverage

The League of Women Voters of the Princeton Area is proud to be part of this event and urges all area residents to review their voter registration and make a plan to vote early:

If you are a US citizen who will be 18 by November 3, you are eligible to register. Check here to see if you are currently on the voter registration polls.

You might need to update your registration if you have moved recently, had a recent birthday or changed your name. Check here to update your registration or if you are a first time voter.

All registered voters will receive a ballot in the mail this year. There are options for casting your ballot, including using the US Postal Service, dropping your ballot in a secure drop box, and going to one of the (limited) polling places. Check with your county election officials here for more information.

Another way to learn more about registration and voting is to join the LWV on September 22 at noon for an online information session at the Princeton Public Library. Check the library website (www.princetonlibrary.org) for more details and voting information.

Founded in 2012, National Voter Registration Day is designed to create an annual moment when the entire nation focuses on registering Americans to exercise their most basic right — the right to vote. Nearly 3 million Americans have registered to vote on the holiday since the inaugural National Voter Registration Day.

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