Around Town

Special Olympics 5K Fun Run volunteers needed

Williston Police and Williston Fire are looking for volunteers for the Special Olympics Vermont 5K fun run, on Sunday, Oct. 9. Race volunteers help with various tasks, including but not limited to, venue and course set-up, registration (which starts at 9 a.m.), timing, fueling runners at the water station and helping with venue teardown. The 5K run takes place at Williston Community Park and volunteers will converge at 7900 Williston Road. The race begins at 10 a.m. Sign up for a volunteer shift at or contact Sasha Fisher, race organizer, at 861-0278 or at Volunteer check-in will be located at the entrance to the park and signs will direct volunteers to check-in. Volunteer training will take place at the start of your shift. Further information will be available closer to the date of the event.

Library weekend closure

The Dorothy Alling Memorial Library will be closed Friday, Oct. 7 through Monday, Oct. 10 to replace concrete in the entry courtyard. Hold on to the library materials you have borrowed and return them after the library reopens at 10 a.m. on Oct. 11. There will not be a fine for overdue materials. The drop box will be accessible from the sidewalk on the lower portion of Library Lane if you must return items during this time.

Water bills due

The quarterly water, sewer and stormwater bills were mailed last month and all payments are due to the Town Clerk by Friday, Sept. 30.

Absentee ballots

Absentee ballots for the upcoming General Election as well as the Williston School District bond are now available at the Town Clerk’s Office. They can be mailed to home addresses upon request. Stop in during regular hours (weekdays, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.) or call 878-5121. You can also email to requesta a ballot be mailed, or, log on to “My voter page,” located on the Secretary of State’s website (, to see if you are registered or to request a ballot.

History Channel show seeks collectors

Mike and Frank, the “American Pickers” from the History Channel show of the same name, are heading to Vermont Oct. 12-25 and are looking for interesting people with interesting items to feature on the show. The show follows Mike Wolfe and Frank Fritz, “two of the most skilled pickers in the business,” a release by the show states, as they hunt for America’s most valuable antiques. They’re looking for sizeable, unique collections and interesting stories of relics from ancient times to the 1950s. The pair hopes to give historically significant objects a new lease on life, while learning a thing or two about America’s past along the way. If you or someone you know has a large, private collection or accumulation of antiques that the Pickers can spend the better part of the day looking through, send a name, phone number, location and description of the collection with photos (if by email) to: or call 1-855-OLD-RUST (653-7878).

New pastor welcomed

Williston Federated Church welcomed new interim pastor, Reverend Barbara Lemmel, to the organization. Services with Rev. Lemmel began Sunday, Sept. 25.

—Jess Wisloski, Williston Observer staff