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March 24, 2011

Kindergarten registration
If your child will be 5 by September 1 and will enter kindergarten this fall, please go to the Williston School District website at www.wsdvt.org to schedule a registration appointment beginning March 24. You may also call 879-5806.

Dog Registration Notice
All dogs must be licensed annually on or before April 1. Proof of current rabies, spayed, or neutered certificate required.

Artists wanted
The community room at the Williston Police Department recently installed a gallery hanging system and is interested in working with local artists in need of a space to show their work. Group shows are also welcome.  Numerous community groups frequently use the room. If interested, contact Millie Whitcomb at 802-764-1152 or email [email protected]

Youth hockey team captures state crown
The Chittenden South Burlington Hawks Bantam A/B youth hockey team defeated St. Albans, 4-2, to win the state championship last month. The squad had two players from Williston: Dustin Desany and Brandon Murakami.

Local mentors celebrate Mobius’ community science night at ECHO
On March 10, Mobius celebrated community science night, a special event for local youth mentoring pairs hosted by the ECHO Aquarium/Leahy Center for Lake Champlain in Burlington. More than 60 mentors and mentees attended the event, which featured free science exhibits, live animal demonstrations, and local dinner provided by Sugar Snap.
Williston resident Danielle O’Brien, a mentor through HowardCenter’s Community Friends Mentoring, was excited to share a new experience with her 14-year-old mentee Amy.

“It’s so neat to see your mentee happy just from spending time with you,” said O’Brien. “I rarely leave Amy without feeling personally satisfied, so it really is a win-win relationship for both of us. Being able to spend time with her at ECHO was wonderful and I’m so appreciative that opportunities like this are made available to us.”
The event was part of Mobius’ ongoing efforts to develop a culture of mentoring in Chittenden County communities.

Emergency conservation program sign-up extended for Chittenden County
The Chittenden/Washington County Farm Service Agency Committee has extended the sign-up period for the Emergency Conservation Program. Applications will now be accepted until the close of business on April 6.

ECP is designed to help producers in Chittenden County recover from damage caused by the Dec. 1 windstorm. Funds are available to help with the costs associated with debris clean up in maple sugar orchards, pastures, and cropland; repair of damaged livestock fences; and repairs or replacement of maple sap taps and tubing. Under the ECP, participants are generally reimbursed up to 75 percent of the costs, not to exceed an amount determined by the local FSA County Committee, to repair or restore damaged property to pre-disaster condition.  Participants must have sustained a minimum of $1,000 of eligible damages to qualify and an on-site inspection by an FSA employee must be performed.

Generally, applicants must wait to begin restoration work until they have filed an ECP application. However, there are waiver provisions available for those who have already started, or even finished, clean up and have not filed an application. Participants must document expenses, labor, and equipment use to be eligible for reimbursement. Other program provisions apply.

Special Olympics Vermont names new President and CEO
Lisa DeNatale has recently been appointed by Special Olympics Vermont Board of Directors to serve as the organization’s President and CEO. As Special Olympics Vermont President and CEO, DeNatale will be responsible to ensure the ongoing success of the organization.

DeNatale comes to Special Olympics Vermont with a wealth of brand development and management experience, most recently serving in a variety of global leadership roles at Ben and Jerry’s.  Prior to her employment with Ben and Jerry’s, DeNatale worked with top sports organizations in various marketing capacities, including Nike and Reebok.
Special Olympics Vermont, based in Williston, is part of an unprecedented global movement that improves the lives of people with intellectual disabilities through quality sports training and competition, empowering people with intellectual disabilities to develop their skills and realize their full potential.

Local participants needed to rally for children orphaned by HIV/AIDS
An estimated 20,000 participants will shoot free throws this year to raise awareness and funds for children severely affected by the HIV and AIDS virus in Africa.  Started in 2004 by now 16-year old Austin Gutwein, Hoops of Hope encourages kids, teens and adults to shoot 1000 free throws to represent the 1,000 kids orphaned every four hours by HIV/AIDS.

Participants will spend their day at the free-throw line shooting baskets in honor of these children.

Local Hoops of Hope competitions will take place on April 2 at Williston Central School, Essex Middle School, Milton Elementary School, and Christ the King Elementary School in Burlington. For more information, visit www.hoopsofhope.org.

MicroStrain’s Arms wins award
MicroStrain President and CEO, Steve Arms, was presented with the Best Paper Award at the 7th annual DSTO International Conference on Health and Usage Monitoring Systems (HUMS), taking place in conjunction with the Australian International Air Show at the Fourteenth Australian International Aerospace Congress.

Arms’s paper, “Flight Testing of Wireless Sensing Networks for Rotorcraft Structural HUMS,” describes MicroStrain’s work with the U.S.Navy to flight test an advanced, next generation sensing system for structural loads monitoring of the critical rotating components on a Sikorsky MH-60S helicopter.  This represents the first successful system demonstration in flight of a wireless data acquisition system, capable of autonomous self-configuration and data aggregation. MicroStrain is based in Williston.

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