Around Town (1/14/10)

Jan. 14, 2010

Fire station recognized

Williston’s fire station has won recognition from a national trade publication.

The November edition of Fire Chief magazine gave the structure a bronze award as part of its annual “StationStyle” competition.

Each year the magazine sponsors a design competition. A panel of experts determines the best designs for fire stations around the country. Williston’s station was cited for its efficient combination of functions and use of space for the equipment, training and firefighters.

The $4.1 million building was designed by Dore and Whittier Architects with Cole Russell Architecture and constructed by Breadloaf Construction. Construction was completed in June 2007.

Wresting club sign-ups

A wrestling club for elementary school-aged children will hold sign-ups next week.

The club is open to students from Williston, St. George, Charlotte and Hinesburg in kindergarten through sixth grade. “Folk-style” wrestling is taught to participants, who will learn through strength, balance and team work, said coach Lori Ring.

The club, in its 11th season, will compete in tournaments where wrestlers face off against opponents in various weight classes. Uniforms and equipment will be provided.

Sign-ups will be held on Monday, Jan. 19 from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Hinesburg Community School. For more information, call Ring at 482-3747.

Rabid skunk in St. George

Animal control officers killed a rabid skunk in St. George late last month.

The skunk was in the Leeway Circle-Forest Road area of St. George, near the Hinesburg town line. According to Dr. Bob Johnson, the state public health veterinarian, the skunk was moving lethargically and residents reported seeing the creature during the day, an odd occurrence for a nocturnal animal. The skunk was later confirmed to have rabies.

Johnson said the skunk did not come in contact with pets or people. He added that residents should not fear a rabies outbreak, but should remain cautious around any wild animal.

“They should just be aware that rabies is alive and well in Chittenden County,” Johnson said.

For questions or concerns about rabies, call the Vermont Rabies Hotline at 1-800-4-RABIES or visit the Web site http://healthvermont.gov/prevent/rabies/Rabie.aspx.