July 29, 2014

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Ski and ride program needs volunteers

The Williston Ski & Ride Program, set to begin Jan. 17 at Cochran’s, needs volunteers to help instruct or provide adult supervision from 2:15 – 4:30 p.m. Interested residents should email [email protected] or [email protected] An informational night for participating students and parents is set for Jan. 14 at Williston Central School at 6:45 p.m.

‘Green Thumbs at Work’ garden grants for small businesses

The Vermont Department of Health and Vermont Community Garden Network recently announced a new grant program for small businesses that will provide funding and technical assistance for nine workplace food gardens at sites statewide.

The Green Thumbs at Work grants are open to any Vermont business or organization with fewer than 50 employees. Two size grants will be awarded—$1,750 and $650—in money for material, gift certificates to Gardener’s Supply Company and technical assistance from local expert Charlie Nardozzi and Vermont Community Garden Network staff to help plan and implement garden projects.

The application deadline is Jan. 21. Green Thumbs at Work grant winners will be announced Feb. 10. Six businesses will receive $1,750 grants and three will receive $650 grants. A business may only apply in one category.

Grant winners will be selected based on readiness to develop a workplace garden, including employee engagement, existence of a wellness coordinator and ability to provide matching funds or in-kind services for garden development.

For more program details and a link to the online application, go to www.vcgn.org/GreenThumbsAtWork. Call 861-4769 for more information.

Avoid frozen pipes

Freezing and bursting pipes can cause significant damage to homes. Prepare your home for cold weather with tips from Allstate Insurance.

Keep the house heated to a minimum of 65 degrees. The temperature inside the walls where the pipes are located is substantially colder than the walls themselves.

Identify the location for the main water shutoff in your home. Find out how it works in case you have to use it.

Open hot and cold faucets enough to let them drip slowly. Keeping water moving within the pipes will prevent freezing.

If you haven’t already, make sure all hoses are disconnected from outside spigots.

If you discover that pipes are frozen, don’t wait for them to burst. Shut off the main water valve and take measures to safely thaw them immediately, or call a plumber for assistance. When thawing a pipe, start thawing nearest to the faucet.

If your pipes burst, first turn off the water and then mop up spills. You don’t want the water to do more damage than it already has.

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