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EEE fall semester to begin

Education Enrichment for Everyone (EEE) will begin its fall series of programs on Friday, Sept. 11.

EEE is a lifelong learning organization presenting 12 weeks of programs each fall and spring, run by volunteers and supported by dues. Membership also entitles you to attend programs at eight OLLI (Osher Lifelong Learning Institutes) sites throughout Vermont and gives you the discounted member rate for OLLI at UVM programs.

The series is held at the Faith United Methodist Church, located in South Burlington. Each lecture starts at 2 p.m. and lasts one hour. There will be coffee and refreshments between 1:15 and 1:45 p.m. the first session of each month.

Participants can join EEE for $50 for the fall semester and $90 for both the fall and spring semesters, or pay $5 for each lecture at the door.

Lectures include:

Friday, Sept. 11: “The Russian Point of View on the Ukrainian Crisis,” Denise Youngblood, professor of history, University of Vermont

Friday, Sept. 18: “Amelia Earhart,” Nancy Nahra, Champlain College

Monday, Sept. 21: “On Burgoyne’s Trail to Saratoga,” Willard Sterne Randall, Champlain College

Friday, Sept. 25: “Klezmer Music,” Robert Resnik, Vermont musician

Monday, Sept. 28: “Opera for Everyone,” Toni Hill

Friday, Oct. 2: “Ukraine Update: People, Places, Politics,” Jennifer Dickinson, associate professor of anthropology, University of Vermont

Monday, Oct. 5: “Theater as Moral Education: Directing Romeo and Juliet in Rwanda,” Andrew Garrod, Emeritus professor of education, Dartmouth College

Friday, Oct. 9: “Cultural Transformations in Post-Soviet Cuba: Past, Present, and Future,” Benjamin Eastman, assistant professor of anthropology, University of Vermont

Monday, Oct. 12: “Historic Preservation: A Strategy for Sustainability in Cuba” Thomas Visser, Director of Historic Preservation Program, Associate Professor of History, University of Vermont

Friday, Oct. 16: “Climate Change in New England: What’s Happening and What Should We Expect?” Erich Osterberg, assistant professor of earth sciences, Dartmouth College

Monday, Oct. 19: “War on the Home Front: Shelburne Museum’s Colchester Circus Posters,” Kory Rogers, curator of design arts, Shelburne Museum

Friday, Oct. 23: “The Life and Times of Today’s Veterinarian: We Can’t All Be James Herriot,” Millie Armstrong, president, Vermont Veterinary Medical Association

Monday, Oct. 26: “The Green Mountain Care Board: Health Care Regulation and Reform in Vermont,” Al Gobeille, Chair, Green Mountain Care Board

Friday, Oct. 30: “Rich and Tasty Furniture: Craftsmanship and Culture in Early Vermont,” Philip Zea, president, Historic Deerfield; co-curator of Shelburne Museum exhibition on Vermont furniture to 1850

Monday, Nov. 2: Update from the Vermont Legislature,” Shap Smith, Speaker of the Vermont House of Representatives

Friday, Nov. 6: “The State of Education in Vermont,” Secretary Rebecca Holcombe, Vermont Agency of Education

Monday, Nov. 9: “History and Architecture of Burlington’s Hill Section,” Britta Tonn, architectural historian

Friday, Nov. 13: “A War in Harmony: Prokofiev’s 7th Piano Sonata and the Battle of Stalingrad,” James Stewart, Vermont Public Radio Classical host

Monday, Nov. 16: “Our Neighbors to the North: History, Politics and Culture in Québec,” Marc Boucher, Québec Ministry of International Relations, retired

Friday, Nov. 20: “Forecast Scapes: Predicting Light and Sky Conditions for Landscape Photography,” Lawrence Hayes, Meteorologist, Fairbanks Museum and Vermont Public Radio’s “Eye on the Sky”

Monday, Nov. 23: “On His Own Resources: The Indomitable Will of Alexander Twilight, Middlebury College, Class of 1823,” William Hart, associate professor of history, Middlebury College

Monday, Nov. 30: Next Steps in Protecting Lake Champlain,” Brian Shupe, executive director, Vermont Natural Resources Council

Friday, Dec. 4: Winter luncheon and lecture by Charlotte Mehrtens, professor of geology

For more information, call 864-3516.

Understanding the responsibilities of an executor

By Jim Miller

Dear Savvy Senior,

An old family friend recently asked me to be the executor of his will when he dies. I feel flattered that he asked, but I’m not sure what exactly the job entails.

Concerned Friend

Dear Concerned,

Serving as the executor of your friend’s estate may seem like an honor, but it can also be a huge chore. Here’s what you should know.

Rules and responsibilities

As the executor of your friend’s will, you’re essentially responsible for winding up his affairs after he dies. While this may sound simple enough, you need to be aware that the job can be tedious, time consuming and difficult depending on the complexity of his financial and family situation. Some of the duties required include:

Filing court papers to start the probate process (this is generally required by law to determine the will’s validity).

Taking an inventory of everything in his estate.

Using his estate’s funds to pay bills, including taxes, funeral costs, etc.

Handling details like terminating his credit cards, and notifying banks and government agencies like Social Security and the post office of his death.

Preparing and filing his final income tax returns.

Distributing assets to the beneficiaries named in his will.

Be aware that each state has specific laws and timetables on an executor’s responsibilities. Your state or local bar association may have an online law library that details the rules and requirements. The American Bar Association website also offers guidance on how to settle an estate. Go to americanbar.org and type in “guidelines for individual executors and trustees” to find it.

Get organized

If you agree to take on the responsibility as executor of your friend’s estate, your first step is to make sure he has an updated will, and find out where all his important documents and financial information are located. Being able to quickly put your hands on deeds, brokerage statements and insurance policies after he dies will save you a lot of time and hassle.

If he has a complex estate, you may want to hire an attorney or tax accountant to guide you through the process, with the estate picking up the cost. If you need help locating a pro, the National Association of Estate Planners and Councils (naepc.org) and the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys (naela.org) are great resources that provide directories on their websites to help you find someone.

Avoid conflicts

Find out if there are any conflicts between the beneficiaries of your friend’s estate. If there are some potential problems, you can make your job as executor much easier if everyone knows in advance who’s getting what, and why. So ask your friend to tell his beneficiaries what they can expect. This includes the personal items too, because wills often leave it up to the executor to dole out heirlooms. If there’s no distribution plan for personal property, suggest he make one and put it in writing.

Executor fees

As the executor, you’re entitled to a fee paid by the estate. In most states, executors are entitled to take a percentage of the estate’s value, which usually ranges anywhere from 1 to 5 percent depending on the size of the estate. But, if you’re a beneficiary, it may make sense for you to forgo the fee. That’s because fees are taxable, but Uncle Sam in most states doesn’t tax inheritances.

For more information on the duties of an executor, get a copy of the book “The Executor’s Guide: Settling A Loved One’s Estate or Trust” for $32 at nolo.com or call 800-728-3555.

Jim Miller is a contributor to the NBC Today show and author of “The Savvy Senior” book.

What’s Cooking? Basil Pesto

By Lucy McCullough

Time for basil pesto

Fresh garlic is now available and basil is plentiful. There are so many awesome ways to enjoy pesto. Try it on a fresh tomato still warm from the garden, in salad dressings, appetizers, spread on toast or a grilled cheese sandwich. A little time preparing pesto now will be appreciated well into the winter months. Pesto can be refrigerated for a few days and freezes well. Freezing the pesto in ice cube trays and storing allows for quick thawing. Storing in larger ¼ cup portions in snack size baggies can be used on potatoes, veggies, pasta, pizza and my winter time favorite, pesto calzones.

Most pesto recipes use pine nuts, but I find walnuts to be more economical. Another nut option would be almonds. Parsley, cilantro, spinach, kale, arugula and garlic scapes may also be used to make pesto. Experiment with different options to find the ones you like best. Initially, I purchased a mini food processor with the desire to make pesto. I soon learned a mini wasn’t large enough for the amount of pesto I wanted to prepare. After making several batches to fill our needs, I did finally purchase a larger capacity processor. If you are using a mini food processor, you will need to divide this recipe in half.

Basil Pesto

(makes about 1 ½  cups)

In a food processor, add ½ cup walnuts and pulse five times. Set the nuts aside. Add 4-5 cloves of peeled garlic to the bowl and chop 5 seconds. Scrape the bowl. Add 3 cups of packed fresh basil leaves (washed and dried) and ¼ cup of olive oil. You may need to add half the basil at a time. Pulse a few times, then grind continuously for 15 seconds. Scrape the bowl. With the machine running on grind, drizzle in another ¼ cup of olive oil and grind until you reach a consistency you like. Add ¾ cup of parmesan cheese and the nuts. Pulse to blend. For the best flavors, let the pesto sit for at least 30 minutes before using.

Let’s eat!

Lucy McCullough and her husband, Jim, started Catamount Outdoor Family Center on the family farm in 1978 and have been operating Catamount’s B&B since 1996.

Obituary

Deb Lentine

Deb Lentine

DEBRA SCHACHTER LENTINE

Debra Schachter Lentine continued her journey on Aug. 24, 2015. She was born Sept. 22, 1960, in New York City to Stanley and Ann Schachter, of Boynton Beach, Fla.

She was the beloved wife of John Lentine, the love of her life. She is also survived by her daughter, Morgan McConnell, step-daughters, Amelia and Devin McConnell, Nicole Lentine, step-son, Andrew Lentine, her parents, Stanley and Ann Schacter, her brother, John Schachter ( Lori Klein), her nephew Sam Schachter, and dozens of loving cousins, aunts and uncles.

Debra attended public and private school in New York and New Jersey. Following two years at George Washington University in Washington, D.C., she received her BA degree in English from the University of Pennsylvania (1982). Her love of nature, novelty and the outdoors brought her to Vermont not long after college. Debra subsequently received her M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Vermont (1988).

Debra taught at Stowe Middle School from 1992 until 2000 then was a beloved member of the faculty at Williston Central School for 15 years, from 2000 until this year. A longtime leader of Verve House and Harbor House, Debra brought her contagious passion for learning and teaching to her classroom every day.

Debra and John married on Sept. 22, 2012, her 52nd birthday. They lived in their Williston home and shared their lives until her death.

Debra’s life was filled with fun facts that, thanks to her humility and modesty, not many friends or family necessarily knew about. She was the first girl to play Little League in Harrington Park, N. J. in the 1970s. She lived in Wyoming and drove back across the country with a moose strapped to her car in the 1980s. She wrote, cast and directed her own middle school play in the 2000s. Always interested in life, Debra enjoyed a variety of hobbies. Her interests spanned the spectrum from reading and literature to progressive politics, from an affinity for the outdoors – whether snowboarding in the winter or vacationing with the family on Martha’s Vineyard in the summer – to a love of music.

For the past decade, one of Debra’s passion was her engagement with Dragonheart Vermont, a breast cancer survivor dragon boat team. As an enthusiastic member of the Dragonheart Sisters team, composed entirely of breast cancer survivors, she competed in festivals all over the world, winning (mostly gold) medals with her team throughout the Northeastern United States, as well as gold and silver medals in the International Club Crew World Cup in Hong Kong in 2012; the U.S. National championship in 2013; and the bronze medal in the International Club Crew World Cup in Ravenna, Italy, in 2014. Debra was one of Sisters’ co-captains, and was much beloved, as she embodied the heart and spirit of the Sisters team, sharing her joy, kindness and love of life with each and every member of the team. She is very much missed.

A memorial service will be held at the Williston Central School from 1 to 3 pm on Sunday, Oct. 4. Donations in lieu of cards or flowers may be made to the Debra S. Lentine Memorial Fund c/o New England Federal Credit Union P. O. Box 527 Williston, VT 05495.  This fund will be used to support Debra’s love for education and for activities on Lake Champlain.

Redhawks hit the fields for sports openers

By Mal Boright

Observer correspondent

Footballs may or may not fill the air Friday, but distance runners’ feet will be pounding the ground Saturday as Champlain Valley Union High’s autumn sports season gets underway this weekend.

The football Redhawks open their eight-game regular season at Rutland High Friday night (7 p.m.). The cross country teams get moving Saturday morning (10 a.m.) with the annual relays at CVU.

All the sports have had success over the past decade. Here is how they stacked up last year:

Cross Country: Coach Scott Bliss’ girls captured their sixth straight state crown, making it 11 over the past 12 campaigns.

Girls soccer: Extended its Division 1 consecutive championships to four and enters the season with 44 straight victories.

Boys soccer: Lost to eventual champion South Burlington in a semifinal thriller on the Rebels’ turf.

Football: In an up-and-down season, gave Div. 1 runner-up St. Johnsbury Academy all it could handle in a late season road contest.

Girls’ volleyball: Won state championship.

Here is a look at each sport for 2015.

Cross country   

Bliss sees a girls team that needs time (it has it) to reach the Division 1 title goal that is always in the season game plan. But he also believes he has a challenger for the boys title.

“The boys are very strong this year,” Bliss said in a Sunday phone conversation. “We are returning six of our seven runners.”

The veterans are juniors Tyler Marshall (top runner in 2014), Calvin McClellan and Harkin Spillane, who missed much of last season with a foot injury. Joining them are seniors Tyler Wong, Elliott Eastman and sophomore Baxter Bishop.

The girls have four of their top seven runners back including top harrier junior Sophia Gorman, who took second place at the state meet. Junior Neara Heninger, sophomore Jennifer Ireland and Maeve Higgins join her from last year.

“We also have some decent young kids,” said Bliss.

He looks at the season “as a process” that reaches a completion with the late October state meet in Thetford.

“It’s still more than 60 days away,” he said. “Each week we take another step.”

Field hockey

Coach Kate McDonald’s Redhawks lost nine seniors to graduation, but thanks in part to a strong junior varsity team last year, the outlook is more promising than one might think.

“We will never know how we stack up until the first game,” she said. The season lid-lifter has Essex High meeting CVU in the Hinesburg hills Wednesday (Sept. 2)  at 4 p.m.

Leading the sprinkling of veterans are three seniors—Kate Machavern (left wing from midfield), Emily Ray (midfield) and Stasha Rup (defense).

“I look to them to lead from their positions,” McDonald said.

Another senior, Tashia Pashby-Rockwood, will be in the goal after coming off a strong season.

Tryout numbers were down this year as 50 came out for the three teams compared with past hopefuls usually in the 60s. With so few schools—three, maybe—fielding jayvee B teams, that level may be scrubbed.

Also, jayvee coach Enid Wonnacott is taking a leave this fall and is replaced by one-time varsity coach (1990-2000) Sharon Ogden.

Girls soccer

Coach Stan Williams is getting nine veterans back from 2014. While some key players have graduated, he says he has “a great returning group” to go with “some strong newcomers.”

Among the returnees is junior Sierra Morton, going into her third varsity season. Seniors Anne Keene and Megan Gannon are back along with tall midfielder Lia Gagliuso, who got clearance to play last week after being sidelined by shoulder injuries during last winter’s basketball campaign.

Senior Michaela Flore takes over in goal.

“All the returning veterans are going to play key roles,” said Williams adding that the team returned in “tremendous shape.”

He said a two-day trip to New Hampshire this past weekend went well. The Redhawks won their three scrimmage games and Williams saw “a lot of versatility” among his players.

Boys soccer

Four returning starters and eight others with significant playing time in 2014 will be the boys soccer leaders as they work to meet the usual high expectations for this storied program.

“We lost 11 players, but the newcomers are strong and ready for starting roles,” said second-year coach Katie Mack, noting that last season’s junior varsity team was undefeated.

She called senior Cooper O’Connell a huge part of the squad, versatile for both midfield and back. Trey and Tawn Tomasi bring lightning speed to the outside attack, along with Joe Parento.

Mack believes the back line is in good shape while freshman Aiden Johnson and junior George Davis (up from jayvee team) compete for the goalkeeper’s slot.

Overall, the coach believes the team still has speed, a high soccer I.Q. and good technical skills.

A home scrimmage against visiting Fairfax, Va. was scheduled for Tuesday. The season opener is set for Thursday (Sept. 3) against Rice Memorial (5 p.m.) at the Essex High Tournament.

Football

New head coach Mike Williams called his first days as the Head Redhawk “a great two weeks.”

“Offensively we are getting better. We are understanding what we need to do and we are working on the small stuff,” Williams said over the weekend. “We are becoming more physical and getting confident in what we do. We are not yet where we need to be.”

He said in a recent scrimmage against Mount Mansfield Union, the offense started well and the defense played well toward the end of the scrimmage.

To move the ball, Williams has two returning quarterbacks, Andrew Bortnick and Jake Evans.

“I have confidence in both,” Williams said.

Rich Lowrey heads a bevy of backs to tear up yards overland, while a solid group of pass receivers starts but does not end with Jack Dugan, Sam Mikell and Trevor Kingston.

As for Rutland High where the Redhawks open Friday, Williams says he hears the Red Raiders have good kids coming back.

Girls Volleyball

Coach Gino Johnson says he has a “solid core of girls,” back from the 2014 title team, plus a strong group of incoming freshmen.

A junior varsity team is being added.

The non-league season opener is Sept. 4 at home against Burlington High.

Vt. timber rattlesnakes face fungal disease

Observer courtesy photos by  Tom Rogers Vermont’s wildlife biologists are watching endangered timber rattlesnakes for signs they’ve been stricken with a newly discovered infection called snake fungal disease.

Observer courtesy photos by
Tom Rogers
Vermont’s wildlife biologists are watching endangered timber rattlesnakes for signs they’ve been stricken with a newly discovered infection called snake fungal disease.

Vermont conservationists are battling a new obstacle in the effort to conserve the state’s timber rattlesnakes and other snake species—a recently discovered infection referred to simply as snake fungal disease.

Similar to white-nose syndrome in bats, the disease appears as white to brown blisters on the snake’s face. Snake fungal disease, thought to be causing declines in timber rattlesnake populations in neighboring New Hampshire and Massachusetts, is now appearing in Vermont.   

Doug Blodgett, wildlife biologist for Vermont Fish & Wildlife, says that snake fungal disease was first discovered among Vermont’s rattlesnake population in 2012 and has been found in both of Vermont’s distinct rattlesnake populations.

While timber rattlesnakes in Vermont have died after contracting snake fungal disease, scientists don’t know yet the extent of the threat or whether it will cause the state-endangered populations to decline even further.  The disease is also suspected to have infected several other snake species in Vermont, including Eastern ratsnakes and common milksnakes.

“We’re cautiously monitoring this disease among Vermont’s snakes and are watching for any signs that our populations are in decline,” said Blodgett.  “Fortunately we have several partners in this effort with whom we are working closely.”

Jim Andrews, who heads up the Vermont Reptile and Amphibian Atlas, also keeps close tabs on snake sightings among members of the public. Additionally, Blodgett notes, the Nature Conservancy in Vermont has made a concerted effort to save land that is important to the survival of these species.

Much of the funding for Blodgett’s work on snakes in Vermont was provided by The Orianne Society, a nonprofit working to conserve amphibians and reptiles.

“Many people ask why we need to save rattlesnakes at all,” said Blodgett. “They’ve been here for thousands of years and play a vital role in our ecosystem. They are the original Vermonters and are a symbol of the wildness that remains in our state.”

Blodgett points out that contrary to popular belief, people are actually safer with timber rattlers and other snakes in the woods.

“Despite our wariness of them, snakes play a vital role in our ecosystem, keeping rodent populations in check. Given the concerns around Lyme disease, and deer ticks preferred host species—the white-footed mouse—snakes are more important to our health than we realize.”

The medical community is also exploring medicinal benefits that can be extracted from snake venom, Blodgett noted.

Snake fungal disease and white-nose syndrome are just two of many emergent infectious wildlife diseases that biologists in Vermont are monitoring. And with changing weather patterns, scientists anticipate an increase in new diseases to threaten wildlife in the future.

“Infectious diseases such as snake fungal disease and white-nosed syndrome can pose a serious threat to wildlife all over the world,” Blodgett said. “The rapid spread of emerging infectious diseases appears to be a side effect of an increasingly globalized world in which humans can move an infected animal or contaminated object as fast as a plane can fly. The emergence of many infectious wildlife diseases are also exacerbated by a warming climate and changing weather patterns.” 

For now, Blodgett and his partners are working to conserve these important species and the habitats that support them.

The future of Williston transportation

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Observer file photo Many Williston residents have listed alternative transportation infrastructure, like bike and pedestrian paths as priorities for the new town plan.

By Luc Reid

Special to the Observer

What will Williston look like in 10 years, or 20? At two meetings in May kicking off the new town plan for 2016-2021, one of Williston residents’ visions was making it easier, safer and more enjoyable to get to, from and around Williston.

Town Planner Ken Belliveau facilitated brainstorming sessions focused on two questions: what residents like about Williston, and what they think the town should be working on for the future. (Notes from the meetings are online at http://willistonpz.blogspot.com/2015/05/saturday-may-9-williston-town-plan.html) Among the likes, one out of every four items Belliveau wrote down dealt with transportation: how convenient Williston is to other communities, bike and recreational trails, bus service and more. This might suggest that most Williston residents are content with the transportation options they already have, but transportation concerns—traffic, safety for pedestrians and bicyclists, new paths, commuter parking and public transportation—formed nearly half the items on Belliveau’s list of tasks residents want the town to work on for the future.

Residents cited the town’s well-established practice of focusing most development in the area around Taft Corners as one of the things they especially liked about the town. Now that practice, through dozens of new homes at Finney Crossing, will bring a new dynamic to an area that has been predominantly commercial for years, making walking, biking and mass transit more attractive alternatives to fighting the perennial traffic through the lights on Route 2A. At the same time, the new park and ride further south on Route 2A, past the Interstate, will offer new carpooling and possibly transit options in Williston.

Residents’ ideas for Williston transportation, while clearly a wish list rather than a plan, paint a picture of a town much less shackled to individual cars. One item that was mentioned again and again at the kickoff meetings was the expansion of bike and pedestrian paths in Williston. The Vermont Department of Transportation has the final say about such paths along state routes, which has been one of the obstacles to creating a path along Route 2 to connect Taft Corners with the village. If these obstacles can be overcome, however, such a path could address many issues at once, including making foot and bike connections between the two areas, providing safer biking and walking routes for Williston children to reach both schools, providing new recreation opportunities and contributing to the long-term viability of businesses in the village. Improved bike and walking paths in the area of Taft Corners and bike lanes added strategically along north-south roads would connect many other town residents and provide further benefits.

In terms of mass transit, Williston CCTA commissioner and Sustainable Williston member Chapin Kaynor has suggested a transit hub close to the commercial center of town. Such a hub could simplify the process of hopping a bus to Burlington or commuting to Waterbury and Montpelier via CCTA’s Link Express routes, which currently stop only in Burlington and Richmond. Even more options open up if more commuter parking is added in that area. Siting such a transportation center would be a challenge, but much less so now than after another decade of development.

The possibilities don’t stop there: bike and car sharing, electric car charging stations and expanded use of CCTA buses are among the possibilities within our grasp. With the Circ no longer an option to ease traffic on our busiest roads, it’s alternative transportation options that offer the most creative solution for a cleaner, less congested, safer and more connected town.

Sustainable Williston (SustainableWilliston.org) works on issues like clean energy, water quality and planting trees and writes about a different sustainability topic for the Observer each month. Community members interested in any aspect of sustainability are invited to join its steering committee or to work on particular areas of interest with its task forces. Upcoming Sustainable Williston events include a presentation on insulating, weatherization and heat pumps Sept. 14 at the Dorothy Alling Library and the Birth Tree celebration for parents who have registered to receive a free tree in honor of newborn and newly adopted children Sept. 27 at Gardener’s Supply.

Recreation & Parks

Fall Rec Soccer

You haven’t missed it! Fall Rec Soccer registration is now open and we are accepting registration on our website. There are programs for 3-5 year olds, kindergarten and grades 1-8. The season will begin in early September. Parents and volunteers are needed for coaching. If you will have a child in the program this fall and you are interested in coaching, please sign up when you register your child. If not, please contact us at the Recreation Department about volunteering your time as a coach this fall.

Soccer Referees

The Recreation Department is looking for interested people who would enjoy refereeing Rec Youth Soccer this fall. Games are played on Saturdays starting in September. If interested, please contact us at recreation@willistonvt.org.

Correction to Open Gym Programs

The men’s and women’s open gym basketball times will be 7-10 p.m. This is a correction from the times in the program guide. Men’s open gym will be on Mondays, beginning Sept. 14, and women’s on Thursdays, beginning Sept. 17. They both will be held at the WCS old gym.

Adult/Senior Programs

Upcoming adult programs starting in September include the following programs with their start dates.  Fall Wreath Workshop, Sept. 2; Bootcamp, Sept. 8; Gentle Yoga, Sept. 9; Master Swim, Sept. 15; Record Fit, Sept. 21; Women’s Self Defense, Sept. 22; Tennis, Sept. 22; Senior Mind & Body Exercise, Sept. 23; Circuit Fit, Sept. 24-25. For details on each of these and to register, visit our website, www.willistonrec.org.

Youth Programs

Upcoming youth programs starting in September include the following with their start dates. Swim Lessons, different days and times depending on level, session 1 begins the week of Sept. 8; Horse Lessons, Sept. 19; High & Middle School Performance Training, Sept. 21; Free Style/Ninja, Sept. 21; Tennis, Sept. 22; Soccer Clinic, Sept. 23; Move and Mindfulness, Sept. 30. For details on each of these and to register, visit our website, www.willistonrec.org.

To learn more about the Williston Recreation and Parks Department, visit www.willistonrec.org or email recreation@willistonvt.org.