April 23, 2014

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Kindergarten Registration

Williston residents with children who will be 5 years old by Sept. 1, can attend Allen Brook School’s kindergarten registration, held April 2, 3 and 4 at the school. Parents can go to the school’s website, wsdvt.org, and click on the link to chose an appointment time, or call 879-5806.

 

New Williston Alzheimer’s support group

A new group to provide emotional, educational and social support for caregivers of those with Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias will begin meeting at 5 p.m. the fourth Tuesday of every month at the Alzheimer’s Association, Vermont Chapter in Williston. For more information, call 272-3900 or visit alz.org/Vermont.

 

Williston Fire Department pancake breakfast March 24

The Williston Fire Department will hold its annual community pancake breakfast on March 24, serving pancakes, eggs, hash browns, sausage, fruit and beverages from 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Residents can meet members of the Williston Fire Department and support Williston’s Emergency Services. The breakfast is $8 for adults, $6 for seniors and $5 for children ages 2-12. Parking is available along Talcott Road and at Allen Brook School.

 

Dog licenses due April 1 

Dogs in Williston and across the state must be registered and licensed by April 1. Licenses are good for one year.

Not only is registering and licensing dogs required by state statute, it helps locate lost dogs and reunite them with owners, as well as providing rabies information that can be critical in case of a dog bite. Tags also assist the Williston Police Department, which handles animal control problems. Money from dog licenses helps fund garbage cans and pet waste bags along the town’s recreation paths.

 

Remove bird feeders to avoid tempting bears

The Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department is urging people to take down their bird feeders to avoid attracting bears that are emerging from their winter dens and looking for food.

“It is best to remove food sources before hungry bears locate them,” said Fish & Wildlife’s Col. David LeCours in a press release. “We highly recommend taking down bird feeders and not feeding birds until December 1.”

LeCours also advised residents not to leave pet food outside, wash down grills and secure garbage containers.

“And above all, never purposely leave food out for bears,” LeCours said. “Feeding bears may seem kind, but it is almost a sure death sentence for them. Help keep bears wild. We care about these bears as much as anyone. Having to destroy one that has become a threat to human safety is not a pleasant experience, and we know that moving them to another location doesn’t change their behavior. They continue to seek food near people because they have learned that it works.”

Vermont law prohibits a person from killing a bear that has been attracted to any artificial bait or food such as birdseed. The fine for doing so can be as high as $1,000.

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