January 17, 2019

Around Town

Veterans’ Day ceremony planned for Saturday

The Green Mountain Masonic Center, 115 Merchants Way in Williston, will host a public remembrance service for Veterans’ Day starting at 7 p.m. Saturday.

The event will include an “empty chair ceremony.” The empty chair ceremony is a Masonic Lodge practice that dates back to the Civil War to honor those who did not return or returned but were unable to continue attending lodge meetings.

Refreshments will be served.

Organizers of the event request those planning to attend RSVP by email to Richard.downer@myfairpoint.net.

‘Daughters’ honor local vets

The Green Mountain Chapter of Daughters of the American Revolution hosted its annual luncheon for veterans last Saturday in Burlington in recognition of Veterans’ Day.

The event honored 14 veterans from the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines and Vermont National Guard.

The Green Mountain Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution counts Elizabeth Gaylord and Cynthia Coy of Williston as members of its board of directors. The organization, made up of women descendents of American revolutionaries, provides volunteer support for veterans while they are in Veterans Administration health care facilities.

More information about the Green Mountain chapter is available by emailing Leigh Fisher at leigh.r.fisher@gmail.com.

Food shelf seeks turkeys

The Williston Community Food Shelf is seeking donations of turkeys for Thanksgiving for its clients. Volunteers are hoping to collect at least 150 turkeys.

The food shelf currently serves 250 to 300 families per month.

The food shelf will host a Turkey Day Nov. 18 from 8:30-11 a.m. to collect and distribute turkeys. Residents or groups can drop off turkeys at the food shelf, located at 400 Cornerstone Drive, Suite 130.

Residents can also purchase gift cards to local supermarkets so families can buy their own turkeys. Gift cards or monetary donations can be dropped off at the food shelf or sent to P.O. Box 1605, Williston, VT 05495.

“Please help us to reach our goal of having a turkey for each one of our less fortunate neighbors,” Ginger Morton, food shelf president, wrote in a press release.

Newly elected Williston Historical Society President, Brenda Perkins, stands with outgoing president Terry Macaig on Sunday afternoon at the Dorothy Alling Memorial Library

Historical society welcomes new president

The Williston Historical Society held its annual meeting Sunday at the Dorothy Alling Memorial Library and elected Brenda Perkins as the group’s new president. Perkins, formerly vice president of the historical society, takes over for Terry Macaig, who served as president for 11 years. Macaig said he will remain on the group’s board of directors.

The annual meeting also included a slideshow from Vermont State Architectural Historian Devin Colman about historical structures in Williston.

The group also announced a new grant program this fall to fund original research projects based on Williston. Amounts of up to $500 are available twice a year with applications due April 1 and Oct. 1.

Grant applications are available at the library and on the web at willistonhistoricalsociety.org.

Meeting on transportation options upcoming

The public is invited to a presentation Nov. 15 in Williston by the Special Services Transportation Agency (SSTA) and Green Mountain Transit (GMT) about accessible transportation options for seniors and disabled residents.

Green Mountain Transit representatives will discuss where buses stop for boardings and how to ride. Representatives from SSTA will discuss who qualifies for the service.

The presentation will be held in the Immaculate Heart of Mary Hall, 7415 Williston Road, beginning at 10 a.m. Refreshments will be served. More information is available at 879-0870 or by emailing pamk@together.net.

Green Mountain Transit provides bus service throughout Chittenden County. SSTA is a non-profit that provides transportation to individuals who have difficulty using cars or buses. It is the transportation Medicaid broker for Chittenden County.

Erik Wells

Town hires new administrator

Erik Wells, a graduate of St. Michael’s College and the University of Vermont and a former administrator with the Town of Milton, has accepted the job of assistant to the town manager in Williston.

The job is newly created this year and reports to Town Manager Rick McGuire. Responsibilities include community relations, project management, operations management, policy analysis and human resources.

Wells lives in South Burlington. He has worked as a communications specialist for the Burlington School District since February. He is due to start in Williston on Dec. 1, pending a background check.

“I look forward to working with Mr. McGuire, members of the town staff, town officials and the citizens of Williston,” Wells said in a press release.

According to McGuire, the town received 100 applications for the position and interviewed seven candidates.

“I believe Mr. Wells has the skills, experience and personal qualities that will serve the town well,” McGuire said in the press release. “I believe (he) will be a valued addition to our management team.”

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