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April 21, 2011

Kindergarten registration

If your child will be 5-years-old by Sept. 1 and will enter kindergarten this fall, please go to the Williston School website at to schedule a registration appointment. You may also call 879-5806.

CVU seeks Grad Challenge panelists

Champlain Valley Union High School is seeking community members to serve as panelists for its Grad Challenge Presentation Day, scheduled for May 13 beginning at 8 a.m.

Presentation Day consists of CVUHS seniors presenting the results of their experience and research completed during their Graduation Challenge, a yearlong learning project.
Students typically spend between 20 and 45 hours on the projects, and are guided through the learning experience by someone from the community.

Volunteer panelists will listen, along with panelists from within the CVU faculty, to the students’ presentations about their Grad Challenge. The day will be split into three sessions, each lasting 90 minutes. In each session, students, panelists and audience members will listen to Grad Challenge presentations from three or four students. Each presentation group is based on one of eight topic areas, which include Recreational Wellness, Science/Math, Business Education and Social Studies/Education.

Panelists will listen to the presentations, ask questions and perform an evaluation. The panelists are asked to attend a 30-minute orientation prior to the start of presentations.
The administration suggests that parents of CVUHS seniors not participate as panelists, so that they can watch their children’s presentations.

Anyone interested in serving as a panelist is asked to contact Community Learning Coordinator MaryAnne Gatos at or 482-7195, or fill out an online form by visiting and clicking on the Grad Challenge link on the homepage.

Water service interruption

The Champlain Water District has scheduled improvements to a water main located on River Cove Road that feeds the Town of Williston water distribution system.

The Town of Williston Water Department, working in conjunction with the Champlain Water District, will be shutting water off to a portion of Lower River Cove Road for four to six hours during the workday, on a day to be determined during the week of April 25 or the week of May 2.

Prior to, and in advance of the shutoff, notices will be delivered door-to-door to approximately seven affected customers.  Additional notices will be hand delivered if there is any variation to the schedule or number of customers affected.

If you have any questions, call the Town of Williston Water Department office at 878-6717 or the Champlain Water District at 864-7454.

Green Up Day is May 7

Vermont’s Green Up Day, first launched in 1970 by Gov. Deane Davis, is a day when thousands of volunteers come out in their communities statewide to clean up litter from roadsides and public places, for the community of Vermont. Always the first Saturday in May, Green Up Day will be May 7. Everyone is welcome to take part in this tradition unique to Vermont. For more information call Green Up Vermont, the non-profit organization responsible for Green Up Day, at 802-229-4586 or visit

Sears Hometown Store earns national honor

The Sears Hometown Store of Williston has been named a 2011 Sears Hometown Store Premier Dealer. This annual award recognizes Sears Hometown Stores across the country that consistently offer the greatest customer service, outstanding store performance and standards, as well as exceptional demonstrations of local community involvement. In January, the Williston store was one of only 190 locations throughout the United States to receive this national recognition at the annual Hometown Celebration held in Orlando, Fla.

Only 20 percent of Sears Hometown Stores receive this prestigious annual award and, this year, each store receiving Premier Dealer status will be given the opportunity to participate in an exclusive charitable event to help support their community.

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

National Life Group Names Bob Cotton to be Chief Financial Officer

Williston resident Bob Cotton has been appointed chief financial officer and senior vice president of National Life Group.

In his new post Cotton, who joined National Life in 1993, will be responsible for all financial operations of National Life Group, a Fortune 1000 company with $29 billion in assets under management. He will also work with Assadi on strategy and business development.

Commenting on the appointment, Assadi said, “Bob’s deep knowledge of National Life Group and his broad familiarity with the entire financial services industry will be of tremendous value as we execute our plans for the future. As the leader of our companywide initiative to craft a new three-year strategic plan Bob brought energy and focus that helped us develop a clear direction for our future.”

Cotton began his career with the company as a staff auditor. He steadily assumed positions of greater responsibility and served as the company’s treasurer for six years before his appointment in January as senior vice president for finance.

Otter Creek Employee of the Year

Carol Carruth was recently voted Employee of the Year at Otter Creek Awnings, Sunrooms & Custom Closets of Williston, Vermont. Carol Carruth, a resident of Montpelier, joined Otter Creek in 2007 as a Sales & Design Professional for the Custom Closet division. She works closely with home owners and businesses to provide custom closet and storage solutions including reach-ins and walk-ins, pantries, laundry rooms, home offices, garage systems, and custom entertainment centers for existing homes and new construction.  Carol’s commitment to customer satisfaction is evident in her painstaking efforts to provide each of her clients with efficient, innovative, personalized designs expressly tailored to lifestyle demands and personal preferences. Carol holds numerous certifications and has extensive experience and training in the interior design field which makes her a knowledgeable resource for her clients in planning remodeling projects. In addition, Carol has devoted much of her personal time in the past year to working with the Home Builders and Remodelers Association of Central Vermont. The winner of the Employee of the Year award is selected by Otter Creek employees via ballot and awarded to the individual who provides exceptional service to the company and to clients. This distinction reflects Carol Carruth’s rapport among coworkers, her professionalism and her ability to exceed customer’s expectations.

Otter Creek designs and installs custom awnings, sunrooms and closets for homes and businesses throughout Vermont.

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.

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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