Adams orchard raises money for Food Shelf
Adams Apple Orchard and Farm Market held a fundraising event over Labor Day weekend after reading about the Williston Community Food Shelf’s need for donations in a story in last week’s Observer. “We just wanted to jump in and help,” said Kim Antonioli, co-owner of the business on Old Stage Road. The event raised $450 and Antonioli says she will keep a Food Shelf donation jar out all season to continue to help raise funds.
Richmond Park and Ride construction postponed
Due to scheduling conflicts, G.W. Tatro Construction was unable to begin an expansion project at the Richmond Park and Ride. Construction is now set to begin Sept. 11 and the parking spaces that were blocked off will be reopened until the evening of Sept. 10.
For more information, call 862-6085.
Turn in ‘Moves’ Passports for prizes
Completed Williston Moves Passports can be exchanged at Town Hall Sept. 16-27 for coupons and discounts at area merchants. Passports can be turned in during normal business hours, 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
Be sure to include your name and contact information on each Passport you turn in. Completed Passports will be entered into a drawing for a new pair of Julbo USA sunglasses.
Water/sewer bills due
The Town of Williston has mailed the quarterly water and sewer bills, which are due Sept. 30 at the Town Clerk’s office.
Williston Chowder Challenge Sept. 15
The 2013 Williston Chowder Challenge is set for Sunday, Sept. 15 from noon-3 p.m. This year, there will be 17 vendors participating as well as a “Three-Way Municipal Throw Down!” between the Williston Fire Department, Police Department and the town clerk’s office. The event benefits the Williston Community Food Shelf and the Williston Police Officers’ Association. Included in the $10 ticket fee is a chance to win a variety of door prizes. Children 6-12 pay $5, under age 6 free. To order tickets online or for more information, visit www.willistonchowderchallenge.org.
HomeShare announces weekly info sessions
Could you use some rental income or money to put toward utilities? Do you know someone who might benefit from hiring care? Are you worried about spending another winter alone?
HomeShare Vermont will offer 30-minute weekly informational sessions every Tuesday at 3 p.m. from September through October at its office at 412 Farrell Street in South Burlington. Informational sessions provide an opportunity to learn about HomeShare Vermont’s programs and services. Staff will also be available to answer questions. Pre-register by calling 863-5625 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit www.HomeShareVermont.org.
Department of Corrections Schedules Town Hall Meeting Series
The Department of Corrections has scheduled a series of Town Hall Meetings. The meetings are Sept. 11, 2013; Feb. 12, June 11 and, Oct. 8, 2014. All meetings are held via Vermont Interactive Technologies and run from 4-6 p.m. Community members are encouraged to attend the meeting to provide feedback to the Department.
The September meeting will focus on the Vermont Treatment Program for Sexual Abusers. In additional, the department will share information about the services available to victims and families when the offender in their case is in the custody of or being supervised by the Department of Corrections.
The Department is also accepting ideas for future topics. Participating VIT locations across the state include Williston.
Agendas and more information can be found at: http://doc.vermont.gov/involvement/corrections-town-meeting
Getting local food to more Vermonters
While Vermont is a national leader in the local food movement, there are still many in who don’t have access to, can’t afford, or don’t know how to make use of the food produced here. This includes one in five Vermont children who are food insecure because their families can’t reliably meet basic nutritional needs.
A new report from the Vermont Community Foundation highlights some successful efforts underway to bridge this gap and bring local food to a lot more Vermonters. At the same time groups are working to develop stable year-round markets for Vermont farmers at nearby schools, hospitals and senior centers.
“Local Food for Healthy Communities: Bringing Food Security to All Vermonters” spells out the challenges that farmers, institutions and individuals are trying to overcome while building a sustainable and equitable food system, and offers approaches and opportunities where philanthropy can make a difference. It’s free and available at www.vermontcf.org.