March 24, 2018

Volunteer Opportunities

By Sue Alenick

United Way volunteer coordinator


The City of Winooski’s Ski Cubs program offers a free six-week learn-to-ski program for kids ages 7-14, hosted by the Catamount Trail Association. An adult volunteer is needed to ride the bus with the youngsters and serve as chaperone during the ski trip. A background check is required. Contact Aphaia Lambert-Harper at 655-6410, Ext. 12, or email [Read more…]

Student design chosen for Burlington flag

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Twin brothers Owen and Lucas Marchessault, middle-schoolers from Burlington, are the designers of city’s new flag.

A flag designed by Burlington middle-schoolers Owen and Lucas Marchessault has been selected as the new flag for the City of Burlington. [Read more…]

Trump appoints Rutland’s Wilton as Farm Agency chief

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Wendy WIlston is the new executive director for the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Vermont Farm Service Agency.

The administration of President Donald Trump has appointed Wendy Wilton of Rutland to serve as the new state executive director for the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Vermont Farm Service Agency. [Read more…]

Governor seats cybersecurity team

Gov. Phil Scott last week filled out the Cybersecurity Advisory Team he created with an executive order in October. [Read more…]

Vermont Tech boasts 98 percent placement rate

Vermont Technical College, with campuses in Williston and Randolph, announced this week that the graduating class of 2017 achieved a 98 percent placement rate.

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Recreation and Parks

Snowmobile Safety Course

This six-hour course provides the opportunity to earn the certification necessary to legally operate on Vermont’s statewide snowmobile trails system. Participants must be present for all classes. Vermont state law requires that all snowmobile operators born after July 1, 1983, who are 12 years of age or older, must take and pass a state-approved snowmobile safety course. Instructors are from the Vermont State Police. Two courses are being offered: Dec. 4-6 in Shelburne and Dec. 11-13 in Milton. The course is from 6-8 p.m. each night. The cost is $15. [Read more…]

NEFCU supports COTS, community food shelf


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Representatives from New England Federal Credit Union of Williston surprised leaders of Burlington’s Committee on Temporary Shelter (COTS) with a $20,000 check presentation earlier this month. Accepting the donation, COTS Executive Director Rita Markley, said: ‘New England Federal Credit Union’s support makes it possible for COTS to provide families and individuals facing the crisis of homelessness this winter with shelter, services, housing and homelessness prevention. We are extremely grateful for NEFCU’s longtime, ongoing commitment.’
(Shown, left to right) NEFCU Mortgage Manager Greg Hahr, NEFCU Sales Manager Pat Weaver, NEFCU Senior Vice President and CFO Susan Leonard, COTS Executive Director Rita Markley, NEFCU Senior Marketing Executive Cindy Morgan and NEFCU Secondary Market Analyst Abbie Jefferis.
Also this month, NEFCU donated 69 turkeys and several Williston Hannaford’s grocery store gift cards to the Williston Community Food Shelf.

Police arrest suspected Essex burglar

The Williston Police assisted their counterparts in Essex on Sunday investigating a string of home burglaries on Warner Avenue in Essex Junction. The investigation led to the arrest of Ricky Bell, 26, of South Burlington. The Vermont State Police also assisted, using police dogs to find Bell. [Read more…]

Parents and kids enjoy paint-and-sip foodbank benefit

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Families gather at Turner Toys in Essex for a paint-and-sip benefit for the Vermont Foodbank.

Williston resident Emma Moreman, 25, led a paint-and-sip benefit Nov. 18 that raised about $250 for the Vermont Foodbank and brought together parents and children for a morning of art, cider and donuts at Turner Toys and Hobbies in Essex. [Read more…]

Guest Column: A case for safe injection facilities in Chittenden County

By Zach Rhoads

During a press conference Wednesday, State’s Attorney Sarah George announced she will support legislation to legally permit state-run “supervised injection facilities” — where drug users are permitted to consume or inject drugs under medical supervision. [Read more…]