September 23, 2014

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CSSU seeks developmentally delayed children

The Chittenden South Supervisory Union is interested in locating preschool age children (birth to age 5) who live in the towns of Charlotte, Hinesburg, Shelburne, St. George and Williston, who show a developmental delay in the areas of speech/language, social adjustment, adaptive behavior, self-care, gross/fine motor coordination and cognitive development.

If you know of such a child between the ages of birth to age 3, contact Melissa Hendrickson at 383-1216. For children between 3 and 5 years old, contact the early educator at the elementary school in the town where the child resides. In Williston and St. George, call Allen Brook School at 878-2762.

American Red Cross urges emergency preparedness

During National Preparedness Month, the American Red Cross of Vermont & the New Hampshire Upper Valley encourages all households to get ready for the next emergency or disaster.

“Having a game plan in place is essential for all households so everyone knows what they should do when an emergency occurs,” said Doug Bishop, director of communications, in a press release. “National Preparedness Month is a perfect time for individuals and families to create or update their plan.”

It is important that everyone in the household helps put the emergency plan together and knows what they should do if something occurs. Household members may not be together when a disaster happens—during the day many people are at work and school. The plan should include ways to contact one another and two predetermined places to meet—one near the home in case of a sudden emergency like a fire, and one outside the neighborhood in case circumstances prevent people from returning home. People should also identify an emergency contact person from outside the area in case local telephone lines are overloaded or out of service.

Any emergency plan should also include decisions about where family members will go if ordered to evacuate and what route they will take to get there. It’s a good idea to include alternate routes in case roads are closed. If pets are part of the household, make sure to include plans for them such as pet-friendly hotels and animal shelters along the evacuation route.

Another step to get one’s household ready is to build an emergency kit in a container that is easy to carry so the family can use it at home or take it with them if asked to evacuate. It should contain a three-day supply of water (one gallon, per person, per day), nonperishable food, a flashlight, battery-powered or hand-crank radio, extra batteries, a first aid kit, a seven-day supply of medications, a multi-purpose tool, sanitation and personal hygiene items and copies of important personal documents. The Red Cross also recommends having at least two weeks’ worth of emergency supplies at home.

For more information on how to prepare for emergencies, people can visit redcross.org.

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.

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