March 6, 2015

Obituaries

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BRUCE GORDON KENT

Bruce Gordon Kent

Bruce Gordon Kent

July 16, 1931 - March 2, 2015
Heaven received a proud sailor and devoted family man who spent more than 83 years tirelessly working to protect and provide for those he loved; fighting cancer with a will of steel to be with them all.

Bruce Gordon of Swanton was the fifth child born to Floyd Depew Kent and Fannie Mae (Gray) in St. Clair Shores, Michigan, on a hot day in his parents’ attic. His oldest brother, Floyd Jr., died before Bruce was born, but he looked up to brothers Donald and Richard and was especially close to his adored sister Norma. As a young boy, he helped on the small family farm, excelled in athletics and almost drowned when he fell through ice while skating on Lake St. Clair. After graduating Lake Shore High in 1950, Bruce joined the U.S. Navy in 1951 during the Korean War, serving on the USS Monssen and the USS Yellowstone until 1955. He authored a 366-page memoir of his experiences.
Bruce married the love of his life, Janice Lee Walker, on Feb. 20, 1960. They celebrated their 55th wedding anniversary just days before he died. They were blessed with five children, their spouses and 11 grandchildren: Kathryn Ann of Texas (husband John Rhadigan; children McKenna and Kallan), Daniel Gordon of Michigan (wife Lori Marnon; children Kathleen Elrod and son-in-law Matthew, Justin and Shane) Kelly Kay of Williston (husband Earl Walters; children Kayla and Kelsey) Sharon Sue of Connecticut (husband Patrick Cunningham; children Kasey and Chase) and James Allan of Michigan (wife Lisa Marks; children Noah and Alec). 

Bruce and Jan made happy homes and many dear friends in Sterling Heights, Mich.; Glendale, Ariz.; and Swanton, and were members of Methodist churches in all three states.

Bruce was an honest and talented jack-of-all-trades. In Michigan he worked as a crane operator for Dean Brothers, a truck driver for A&P Groceries and K&T Freight and retired as a professional bus driver with Phoenix Transit in 1996. As a Vermont retiree he delivered Meals on Wheels, the Williston Observer and Vermont Maturity Magazine. He enjoyed working around his home, harvesting maple syrup, hunting, fishing, metal detecting and gardening. He enjoyed participating in competitive leagues for horseshoes, golf and bowling. He qualified twice to attend the National Bowling Association Championship Tournament. Most of all, Bruce loved to laugh and make others laugh. He created a Kent family tradition of staging elaborate surprises that always ended in laughter and grateful tears. 

Bruce was predeceased by his parents and siblings. He is survived by his adoring wife, Jan, his five children and their families and many loving nieces and nephews.

Although extremely humble and mild-mannered, his family knows that Bruce Gordon Kent (“Papa”) was a real Superman.  

A celebration of life will be held on Saturday, March 7, 4 p.m. at St. Paul’s United Methodist Church in St. Albans. Pastor Megan Stowe will officiate. The family would like to give special thanks to Dr. Sanders, Amy Fox and his great team at Champlain Valley Hematology Oncology, PC and the compassionate people at VNA Hospice. If desired, a donation may be made to VNA of Chittenden & Grand Isle Counties, VNA Hospice, in Vermont.  

Bruce Wayne Tetreault

Bruce Wayne Tetreault

Bruce Wayne Tetreault

Bruce Wayne Tetreault of Williston went to be with his Lord on Feb. 23, 2015 after a brief battle with pancreatic cancer. He was born on April 20, 1950 in Burlington, the son of Eugene and Arlene (Holcomb) Tetreault. He graduated from Burlington High School in 1968. Soon after he enlisted in the US Marine Corps and served in the Vietnam War 1968-1972.

Bruce worked at the General Electric Co. in Burlington for almost twenty years as a tool inspector. Later, he pursued his passion for the outdoors and teaching while working for Smugglers Notch Resort. Most recently he was employed at The RehabGYM for seven years. Bruce received his certificate in Mediation and Conflict Management from Woodbury College in 2000.

Bruce was a fun-loving man with a great sense of adventure. He was a very loving person who was immediately available for any family member or friend who needed him. He loved spending time enjoying nature, particularly while canoeing, fishing, skiing and walking his dogs. He had a special love for all animals and they loved him in kind. 

He is survived by his mother, Arlene Tetreault of Burlington; his daughter Tamara Jaques, her husband Sean and their daughter Lucy of Essex Junction; his son Todd Tetreault and his wife Erica of Williston; his friend Sharon Gutwin of Williston and her children Karl, Rebecca and Anna; his sisters Lynn Bundy of Round Rock, Tex. and Joy Black of Delanson, N.Y.; his nieces Danielle, Shannon and Ericka Bundy; his nephew Gage Black; his adopted son Josip Martin; and his adopted son and daughter Janko and Saska Veljovic. 

A celebration of Bruce’s life will be held Saturday, March 7 at 10 a.m. at Community Bible Church, 2025 Williston Road, South Burlington, with reception to follow. Visiting hours will be on Friday, March 6 from 4 to 7 p.m. at Ready Funeral Home, 68 Pinecrest Drive, Essex Junction. Burial will be at Lakeview Cemetery on Monday, March 9 at 10 a.m. In lieu of flowers, contributions in Bruce’s memory may be handled through Charles Shand, 63-5 Partridge Hill, Colchester, VT 05446 or made to www.bestfriends.org

How to make your bathroom safer

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By Jim Miller

Dear Savvy Senior,

What tips do you recommend for making a bathroom safer and more functional for seniors. My 79-year-old mother slipped and fell getting out of the shower last month, and I’d like to modify her bathroom a bit with some safety features that can help protect her. 

—Searching Daughter

Dear Searching,

Because more accidents and injuries happen in the bathroom than any other room in the house, this is a very important room to modify for aging in place. Depending on your mom’s needs, here are some tips for each part of the bathroom that can make it safer and easier to use.

Flooring: To avoid slipping, a simple fix is to get non-skid bath rugs for the floors. Or if you want to put in a new floor, get slip-resistant tiles, rubber or vinyl flooring, or install wall-to-wall carpeting.

Lighting: Good lighting is also very important, so install the highest wattage bulbs allowed for your mom’s bathroom fixtures, and get a plug-in nightlight that automatically turns on when the room gets dark.

Bathtub/shower: To make bathing safer, purchase a rubber suction-grip mat, or put down adhesive nonskid tape on the tub/shower floor. And have a carpenter install grab bars in and around the tub/shower for support.

If your mom uses a shower curtain, install a screw or bolt-mounted curtain rod, versus a tension-mounted rod, so that if she loses her balance and grabs the shower curtain the rod won’t spring loose.

If your mom has mobility issues or balance problems, get her a shower or bathtub seat so she can bathe from a seated position. In addition, you may also want to get a handheld, adjustable-height showerhead installed that will make washing while sitting down easier.

Another, pricier option is to install a walk-in-bathtub or a prefabricated curbless shower. Walk-in tubs have a door in front that provides a much lower threshold to step over than a standard tub. They also typically have a built-in seat, handrails and a slip resistant bottom, and some have therapeutic spa features with whirlpool water jets and/or bubble massage air jets.

Curbless showers have no threshold to step over, and typically come with a built-in seat, grab bars, slip resistant floors and an adjustable handheld showerhead. Prefabricated curbless showers and walk-in-tubs typically cost anywhere between $2,500 and $10,000 installed.

Toilet: Most toilets are about 14 to 16 inches high which can be an issue for many people with arthritis, back, hip or knee problems. To raise the toilet height, which can make sitting down and getting back up a little easier, you can purchase a raised toilet seat that clamps to the toilet bowl, and/or purchase toilet safety rails that sit on each side of the seat for support. Or, you can install an ADA compliant toilet that ranges between 17 and 19 inches high.

Faucets: If your mom has twist handles on the sink, bathtub or shower faucets, replace them with lever handle faucets. They’re easier to operate, especially for seniors with arthritis or limited hand strength. Also note that it only takes 130-degree water to scald someone, so turn her hot water heater down to 120 degrees.

Entrance: If your mom needs a wider bathroom entrance to accommodate a walker or wheelchair, install some “swing clear” offset hinges on the door which will widen the doorway an additional two inches.

Emergency assistance: As a safety precaution, purchase a waterproof phone for the bathroom or get a medical alert device (SOS emergency call button) that your mom could wear in case she falls and needs to call for help.

You can find all of the products suggested in this column at either medical supply stores, pharmacies, big-box stores, home improvement stores, hardware and plumbing supply stores as well as online.

Jim Miller is a contributor to the NBC Today show and author of “The Savvy Senior” book.

Williston’s Summer Camp Guide

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Day Camps

The three day camps are offered Monday-Friday, 7:30am-5:30pm. There are 8 one-week sessions offered from June 22-August 14. Drop off is from 7:30-8:30am, the camp program runs 8:30am-4:30pm and pick up is 4:30-5:30pm. It is important for your child to be in camp each day between the hours of 8:30am-4:30pm to receive the full benefits of the day camp experience. See the Camp Policy & Procedures for registration information. Campers must provide their own lunch, snacks and drinks daily. Sessions are $150 per camper. Session 2 is $120 per camper Monday-Thursday. There are no camps Friday, July 3rd.

Lil’ Explorers Camp
4-5 yr. olds

Lil’ Explorers provide 4 & 5 year olds the perfect setting for their first day camp experience. New adventures abound as our youngest campers have the opportunity to socialize and play cooperatively. Each morning will begin with a circle time of stories and songs before jumping into themed group games, arts and crafts, creative free play and nature exploration. Lunch will transition into a rest period where little bodies will get the needed down time necessary to rejuvenate for the afternoon. We have a 1:6 ratio of counselors to campers. Allen Brook School

Jr. Explorers Camp
Completing Grades K-2nd 

Jr. Explorers provides campers completing grades K-2nd a great opportunity to meet new friends, learn new things and have fun. Each day, campers will participate in themed group games, arts & crafts, indoor and outdoor play. After a morning on the go, there will be lunch and quiet time to rejuvenate and be ready for the afternoon. Allen Brook School provides the perfect stage for this pint size camp with its amazing gym, cafeteria, playground and surrounding natural area. We have a 1:8 ratio of counselors to campers. Allen Brook School

Camp Venture
Completing Grades 3rd-6th

Camp Venture is a wonderful twist on the traditional day camp. Packed with recreation, sports, arts & crafts and nature programs, there is never a dull moment. This activity-based camp is the perfect blend of choice activities, age group rotations and the ever popular “Themed Ultimates”. Campers love the daily traditions of opening and closing ceremonies, as well as our weekly trip to the beach. Each week is themed to the fullest as counselors work hard to offer a fun experience. We have a 1:10 ratio of counselors to campers. Williston Central School

Adventure Camp

Adventure Camp
Completing Grades 7th & 8th 

The Adventure Camp is for the camper who likes to be outside and on the go. It is for those who want to explore and experience activities while in the outdoors. Campers will have the opportunity to try activities like hiking, biking and playing on

the water. This camp has a limited number of spots, as we try and limit our impact on the outdoors, and we will travel by van, bus or bike to various locations for the experiences. Campers should expect vigorous days in camp and on the go. The first couple of days in camp will be working on team -building and planning the week. There are 8 one-week sessions offered from June 22-August 14, no camp Friday, July 3rd. Sessions are $180 per camper. Session 2 is $145 per camper Monday-Thursday. See the Camp Policy & Procedures for registration information. Williston Central School

Sports Camps

Tennis Camps

Campers will learn the fundamental tennis strokes through fun, active drills that teach basic stroke technique including groundstrokes, volleys, serves and overheads. Instructors will also use game-based activities to play simulated tennis points based on the age and skill level of the group. Experienced and trained instructors will work with kids in a 1:6 teacher to student ratio. Camps are designed for the beginner to intermediate player. Campers should bring their own racquet. If not, one can be provided for them.

Participants: Coed, Completing Grades K-2nd and 3rd-6th

Session 1: K-2nd
June 22-268:30a-12:00p

Session 2: 3rd-6th
June 26-July 28:30a-12:00p

Session 3: K-2nd
July 20-241:00-4:30p

Session 4: 3rd-6th
July 27-311:00-4:30p

Cost: $135 per camper, per session
$112 per camper for S2, Monday-Thursday, no camp July 3rd

Director: Edge Tennis Instructors

Where: Williston Central School

Field Hockey Camp

Coaches and players from CVU will be offering a one week field hockey camp again this summer. Your child will enjoy a fun-filled week of instruction and game play. Experienced and qualified instructors and players will instill learning and love of the game while providing a safe and fun atmosphere for your child. All levels of experience welcome. 

Participants: Girls, Completing Grades 3rd-9th

June 22-26:
Monday-Friday9:30a-12:00p

Cost: $120 per camps

Director: Kate McDonald, CVU Varsity Field Hockey Coach

Where: Williston Central School

Flag Football Camp

The US Sports Institute First Play Flag Football Camp offers an incredible opportunity for any future American Football star to learn and enhance their skills in all areas of this great American tradition. Open to children of all ability levels, the First Play Flag Football camp will focus on individual techniques and more importantly fun. The week finishes with the USSI Flag Football Super Bowl! 

Participants: Coed, Completing Grades 1st-6th

July 6-July 10:
Monday-Friday8:30a-12:00p

Cost: $120 per camper

Director: US Sports Institute Instructors

Where: Williston Central School

Basketball Camp

The US Sports Institute First Play Basketball Camp provides a wide variety of inclusive games and activities that will educate campers in a fun and fast paced environment. Small sided activities will promote team work and communication, before campers take to the court to showcase what they have learned in our USSI All-Star competition.

Participants: Coed, Completing Grades 1st-6th

July 6-July 10:
Monday-Friday1:00-4:30p

Cost: $120 per camper

Director: US Sports Institute Instructors

Where: Williston Central School

Lacrosse Camp

In the US Sports Institute First Play Lacrosse Camp, campers will have great fun learning this exhilarating, fast-paced game. Campers will learn the fundamentals of the sport including stick handling, passing, scooping, dodging and shooting as well as many other key techniques. Ideal for beginners and no experience required. Equipment provided.

Participants: Coed, Completing Grades 1st-6th

July 13-July 17
Monday-Friday8:30a-12:00p

Cost: $120 per camper

Director: US Sports Institute Instructors

Where: Williston Central School

Rugby Camp

The First Play Touch Rugby camp provides a wonderful introduction to the game of Rugby. This is a non-contact sport, where children will learn all the basic skills required in this enthralling sport. Rugby is steeped in rich tradition across the globe and this First Play Touch Rugby camp will provide hours of fun to all children that participate.

Participants: Coed, Completing Grades 1st-6th

July 13-July 17:
Monday-Friday1:00-4:30p

Cost: $120 per camper

Director: US Sports Institute Instructors

Where: Williston Central School

Baseball Camp -“For the Love of Baseball”

This is a highly interactive, skill based 4 days of fun! All levels welcome. The camp focuses on developing and improving players’ throwing, hitting, fielding and running. Instructions, drills, nutrition talks, and stretching are all part of this camp, as well as, the home run derby on the last day of camp. The staff are both knowledgeable and experienced in baseball and fun! Ralph “Lefty” Guillette will be there to greet players! The Lake Monsters make a visit each year — truly a great Vermont experience! (No camp on Friday.)

Participants: Coed, Completing Grades 2nd-8th

July 20-July 23:
Monday-Thursday8:30a-12:00p

Costs: $135 per camper

Director: Cooper Norton

Where: Williston Central School

Soccer Camp

VT Voltage Soccer Academy Camp offers an opportunity to learn and enjoy many aspects of the game of soccer. Fundamentals as well as sophisticated techniques of soccer will be taught on a personalized individual level along with various forms of group instruction provided by Vermont Voltage professional soccer players. Emphasis is placed on the development, improvement and refinement of basic playing skills. Attention will be given to the instruction of good ball control habits and movement techniques in challenging drills and simulated match situations. Conditioning methods and training ethics are also stressed to prevent injuries and improve the young athlete’s coordination and flexibility. Every camper receives a soccer ball, camp T-shirt and ticket to a VT Voltage game.

Participants: Coed, Completing Grades K-8th

July 27-July 31:
Monday-Friday8:30a-12:00p

Costs: $120 per camper

Director: VT Voltage

Where: Williston Central School

Teen Basketball Camps

These week long camps split time between being on the court and in the classroom. The goal is for each camper to improve as a basketball player and student. We will have fun while working on basketball skills through drills and practice in the morning, and games in the afternoon. In the physics lab portion, we will learn about the concepts of momentum and impulse while building a container made of only Popsicle sticks, balsa, wood, and glue that can keep an egg from breaking when dropped. Campers will also create a report where they share what they learned. This camp will challenge their mind and body.

Boys Camp:

Participants: Boys, Completing Grades 6th-8th

June 29-July 2 (no camp July 3):
Monday-Thursday8:30a-4:30p

Cost: $120 per camper

Director: Michael Rosenthal

Where: Williston Central School

Girls Camp

Participants: Girls, Completing Grades 6th-8th

July 27-July 31:
Monday-Friday8:30a-4:30p

Cost: $150 per camper

Director: Michael Rosenthal

Where: Williston Central School

Jr. Golf Camps

Does your child enjoy the game of golf and is looking to get out on the course to learn and play? If so, the Jr. Golf Camp is a great place for them to do this. Whether a beginner or advanced player, they will learn a lot from the staff at Catamount Golf Academy. The half day or full day camps will provide your child with daily instruction in all aspects of the game, two days on course instructions and plenty of fun with contests and a golf tournament.

Morning Golf Camps

Participants: Coed, Ages 8-14 yrs.

Dates: See Sessions below
Monday-Friday8:30a-12:00p

Cost: $210 per session

Director: Bill Boldwin and staff

Where: Catamount Golf Center

All Day Golf Camps

Participants: Coed, Ages 11-14 yrs.

Dates: See sessions below
Monday-Friday8:30a-4:00p

Cost: $410 per session

Director: Bill Boldwin and staff

Where: Catamount Golf Center

Session 1: June 15-19

Session 2: June 22-June 26

Session 3: July 6-July 10

Session 4: July13-July 17

Session 5: July 20-July 24

Strength Training Class for Youth

If you want to excel in sports and conditioning, this is your chance to enhance your level of fitness. Synergy Fitness will be hosting a fun-filled, yet challenging Group Training Class. The focus is on building strength and endurance in a safe and inspirational setting. Class covers nutrition, stretching and sports specifics exercises. This class will be held twice a week, 2 hours per class!

Session 1

Participants: Coed, Ages 13-16

June 22-July 17

Beginner to Intermediate
Monday & Wednesday9:00-11:00am

Advanced
Tuesday & Thursday8:00-10:00am

Cost: $149 per session

Director: Synergy Instructors

Where: Synergy Fitness Center

Session 2

Participants: Coed, Ages 13-16

July 20-August 14

Beginner to Intermediate
Monday & Wednesday9:00-11:00am

Advanced
Tuesday & Thursday8:00-10:00am

Cost: $149 per session

Where: Synergy Fitness Center

Specialty Camps

Drawing Camps

Session 1: Underwater Explorers Sketch with Friends

Underwater exploration comes to life in this 5-day cartoon workshop. Follow our four cartoon characters as they explore the deep blue sea. Campers draw the cartoon characters in their underwater sea station, draw jokes about life on the job and illustrate other crazy encounters with Sketch and his animal friends. Cartooning techniques like expression, sequencing and scenic development are just a few of the hilarious lessons learned all workshop long. 

Participants: Coed, Completing Grades 1st-6th

July 13-July 17
Monday-Friday8:30a-12:00p

Cost: $130 per camper

Director: Young Rembrandt Instructor

Where: Williston Central School

Session 2: Anime & Manga Camp

Why sit in front of the TV and watch cartoons when you can draw amazing characters and awesome scenes of your very own? Come explore the world of Anime and Manga with Young Rembrandts! We will spend five days learning about and drawing in Japanese anime and manga style. We will learn to create our own original Anime characters. We will use a variety of facial expressions and action and movement to illustrate our scenes. On the final day, we will pull from what we already learned to draw a large comic book type scene in the Anime style.

Participants: Coed, Completing Grades 1st-6th

July 13-July 17:
Monday-Friday1:00-4:30p

Cost: $130 per camper

Director: Young Rembrandt Instructor

Where: Williston Central School

Session 3: Australian & Wild West Pastel Camp

Come take a tour of Australia. This camp will provide opportunities to try different techniques and media all in the hopes of challenging your artistic skills. Campers will learn about the Australian Opera House and its unique shell-shaped design. They will explore the Down Under with cartooning Australian-related jokes and scenes. Campers continue their Australian experience with a powerful pastel drawing of a furry koala bear. Next, they move onto the Wild West creating a full scene of cowboy accessories using color pencils as well as draw a collection of fun rodeo cartoons. During the last day, we will be inspired with pastel chalks as we create a nighttime, fireside drawing worthy of praise.

Participants: Coed, Completing Grades 1st-6th

July 20-July 24:
Monday-Friday8:30a-12:00p

Cost: $130 per camper

Director: Young Rembrandt Instructor

Where: Williston Central School

Session 4: Egyptian Drawing Camp 

This summer, explore the mysterious world of Egypt with Young Rembrandts! We will spend five days digging into how the Egyptians lived. We will investigate decorative objects in the treasured tombs including sarcophagi, hieroglyphics and more. We will create drawings full of artifacts and Egyptian imagery using a variety of media including markers, color pencils, Sharpies™ and more. In fact, our final day will consist of a large drawing using pastel chalk.

Participants: Coed, Completing Grades 1st-6th

July 20-July 24:
Monday-Friday1:00-4:30p

Cost: $130 per camper

Director: Young Rembrandt Instructor

Where: Williston Central School

Baking Camps

Session 1: Creative Baking Fun

Campers will have fun baking cookies, cupcakes and cakes, as well as decorating them. Campers will be led on a sweet journey of baking and decorating techniques. They will share and eat their beautiful creations. (Session 2: No camp on Friday.)

Participants: Coed, Completing Grades 2nd-8th

June 22-June 26:
Monday-Friday8:30a-12:00p

Cost: $160 per camper

Director: Sally Dattilio

Where: Williston Central School

Session 2: Advanced Cake Fun

Does your child like creating cake masterpieces? Are they looking for some fun cake decorating techniques? If so, the Advanced Cake Fun Camp is just for them. Campers will learn advanced decorating techniques such as making homemade fondant and royal icing flowers to put on their own personal cake.

Participants: Coed, Completing Grades 4th-8th

June 29-July 2:
Monday-Thursday8:30a-12:00p

Cost: $132 per camper

Director: Sally Dattilio, Wilton Method Certified

Where: Williston Central School

Art Camps

Session 1: Bookarts! Handmade Books & Extraordinary Altered Books

Enticing papers become wonderful books for gifts, journals or sketching! Kick off the summer learning to marbleize and make paste paper. Create beautiful, useful books. Sew a sketchbook, Japanese stab bindings, accordion fold books and a real hard cover book. Middle level art campers may recycle an old book into an altered book or journal using collage, paint, text, stamping, folding, sewing, cutting, gluing, drawing and coloring to transform the original book into an extraordinary and unique work of art.

Participants: Coed, Completing Grades K-12th

June 22-June 26:
Monday-Friday8:30a-12:00p

Cost: $180 per camper

Director: Liz Demas

Where: Williston Central School

Session 2: Fairy & Gnome Shoebox Houses & Paper Making

Make beautiful new handmade paper from old paper and other natural materials. Shred, blend and pour fabulous combinations of pulp fibers into paper mills to create original new papers that will be works of art all by themselves. Use the papers to bind handmade books and note cards. Create a miniature dwelling with accessories in a small shoe box for a fairy or gnome, and make these enchanting little characters! This camp stimulates wonderful extensions at home and endless hours of creative and imaginative play!

Participants: Coed, Completing Grades K-12th

June 22-June 26:
Monday-Friday1:00-4:30p

Cost: $180 per camper

Director: Liz Demas

Where: Williston Central School

Session 3: Mudflat City

Everyone loves to play with clay! Mud season oozes over into summer as the art studio becomes ready for lots of messy fun. We will roll, coil, pinch and slip several interesting clay pieces. Create a pot that tells a story or looks like an animal, a clay house, a lighthouse and gorgeous clay leaves shaped into bowls. Glazing will be on Monday, July 20, 9:00a-12:00p after pieces dry and are fired. Final projects will need to be picked up later. (No camp on Friday.)

Participants: Coed, Completing Grades K-12th

June 29-July 2:
Monday-Thursday8:30a-12:00p

Cost: $180 per camper

Director: Liz Demas

Where: Williston Central School

Session 4: Mazing Mosaic Mirrors

Come learn about one of the oldest and most lasting of art forms, then design a project using the ancient decorative art of mosaic tile work. Create patterns using colored glass, ceramic tiles and other interesting materials, set the pieces with mastic glue, then grout to produce a professional finish! Project choices will include various sizes and shapes of mirror or picture frames. (No camp on Friday.)

Participants: Coed, Completing Grades K-12th

June 29-July 2:
Monday-Thursday1:00-4:30p

Cost: $180 per camper

Director: Liz Demas

Where: Williston Central School

Session 5: Puppet Party!

Dream up a character and make it come to life! Use your imagination to create a large rod puppet using papier-mâché, paint, fabric, dowels and accessories. Puppets can be animals, people or fantasy creatures. As puppets are finished, campers have the opportunity to work cooperatively writing a script for a short, informal production that includes all the puppet characters and is performed for families on the last day.

Participants: Coed, Completing Grades K-12th

July 6-July 10:
Monday-Friday8:30a-12:00p

Cost: $180 per camper

Director: Liz Demas

Where: Williston Central School

Session 6: Jazzy Jewelry

Jewelry projects to adorn the creator and give as gifts include wild wire art, clay beads, paper and glass beads, friendship and felted bracelets. Bracelets, necklaces, and earrings you can wear right away! Decorate a jewelry box to hold these precious pieces. Older campers may explore the design and skill involved in metal work using copper and brass, tools and jewelry findings.

Participants: Coed, Completing Grades K-12th

July 6-July 10:
Monday-Friday1:00-4:30p

Cost: $180 per camper

Director: Liz Demas

Where: Williston Central School

Session 7: Priceless Portraits, Painted Masterpieces & Silk 

Watercolors will start to flow, exploring landscapes and abstract painting. Tempera and acrylics will be blended and mixed for larger works on canvas. Draw a portrait and paint a life size image of yourself or your pet! Be an action painter, dripping and splattering just like Jackson Pollock. Explore favorite painting methods, play with a variety of new tools and techniques and learn ways to combine them. Try painting with fabric dye to create a piece of art to wear, like a silk necktie or scarf! Color mixing and brush techniques will be woven throughout the projects.

Participants: Coed, Completing Grades K-12th

July 13-July 17
Monday-Friday8:30a-12:00p

Cost: $180 per camper

Director: Liz Demas

Where: Williston Central School

Session 8: 3D in 4 Ways-Inside and Out!

Be an indoor sculptor using materials like wood, plaster, wire and papier-mâché. Nails and wood glue will transform simple pine blocks into painted abstract forms. Create an armature and wrap it with plaster gauze for a figurative sculpture. Papier-mâché a mask and adorn with embellishments, coil wrap a basket using yarn, or sculpt a lovely Chinese garden. Wire a hanging mobile or animal sculpture. We will venture outside the studio to design environmental sculptures in the landscape using natural materials like stones, plants, sticks, sand and bark.

Participants: Coed, Completing Grades K-12th

July 13-July 17:
Monday-Friday1:00-4:30p

Cost: $180 per camper

Director: Liz Demas

Where: Williston Central School

Learn to Sew Camps

Learn to sew camps are a fun way to learn or improve your sewing skills. We will be cutting, measuring, using patterns, ironing and hand and machine sewing, all while coming up with your own creative designs. Two separate camps will be offered this summer. Sign up for one or both! In the Purses, Pouches & Packs Camp, we will be creating exactly that, your own creative design of purses, pouches or packs. In the Re-purposing Garments Camp, we will work to up-cycle sweaters, denim and t-shirts, making new garments and accessories. (Session 1: No camp on Friday).

Session 1

Purses, Pouches & Packs

Participants: Coed, Completing Grades 4th-8th

June 29-July 2:
Monday-Thursday8:30a-12:00p

Cost: $155 per camper

 Directors: Cheryl Lalancette & Dee Goulette

Where: Williston Central School

Session 2: Re-purposing Garments

Participants: Coed, Completing Grades 4th-8th

July 6-July 10:
Monday-Friday1:00-4:30p

Cost: $180 per camper

Directors: Cheryl Lalancette & Dee Goulette

Where: Williston Central School

Craft Camps

Join Summer Craft Camp! Jessica Haskins, instructor at Williston Central School, is offering a summer crafting camp that explores a wide variety of crafting projects. Projects may vary each session. Crafters will be doing: Button Jewelry – in the crazy world of buttons, kids will be given the opportunity to turn them into fun and stylish jewelry; Button Art - Instead of using everyday color from pencils, markers, crayons and paint, we will be creating art through colored buttons; Stained Glass Design and Art – each crafter will have the opportunity to create beautiful stained glass mobiles using recycled plexiglass; Using Beads -  kids are amazed at what beauty comes out of melting beads into art! Plus tissue paper crafts, string art, wood burning and much much more!

Participants: Coed, Completing Grades 3rd-9th

Dates: Monday- Friday

June 22-June 26

Session 1: 8:30a-12:00p

Session 2: 1:00-4:30p

July 6-July 10

Session 3: 8:30a-12:00p

Session 4: 1:00-4:30p

July 20-July 24

Session 5: 8:30a-12:00p

Session 6: 1:00-4:30p

July 27-July 31

Session 7: 8:30a-12:00p

Session 8: 1:00-4:30p

Cost: $160 per session

Director: Jessica Haskins

Where: Williston Central School

Sailing Camp

The Recreation Dept. and Community Sailing Center are teaming up to offer this beginner sailing camp. Campers will learn the basics of rigging, points of sail, sailing maneuvers, safety and recovery in a safe, fun environment. Certified instructors lead a variety of land and water-based activities designed to promote comfort and independence in the boat. This camp is for all sailors looking for an introduction to dinghy sailing or to brush up on their skills. Basic swimming proficiency required. Transportation is included to and from Williston Central School. (No camp on Friday.)

Participants: Coed, Ages 8-10 yrs. & 11-15 yrs.

June 29-July 2:
Monday-Thursday8:30a-12:30p

Cost: $180 per camper. Transportation Included

Director: Community Sailing Center Instructors

Where: Williston Central School/ Community Sailing Center

Horsemanship Camp

The Hinesburg Horse Farm and the Recreation Dept. are teaming up to offer a horse camp this summer. Campers will ride and care for horses in a safe and beautiful farm setting. All levels of riders are welcome. Your child will have lots of hands-on experience at the barn, from 9:00a-3:00p, with plenty of riding time, a daily lesson, horse care instruction and stable management. Transportation is included to and from Williston Central School.

Participants: Coed, Completing grades 3rd-8th

July 20-July24:
Monday-Friday8:30a-4:30p

Cost: $295 per camper. Transportation Included

Director: Kim Johansen

Where: Williston Central School/ Hinesburg Horse Farm

CSI Camp-Crime Scene Investigation

You will be the super science sleuths. Have fun learning about forensics, crime scene investigations and crime lab chemistry as you perform as many as 15 different experiments designed to show you just how those tricky cases are solved. Search for the evidence, gather clues and discover how science can help solve a mystery. Participants will dust for fingerprints, analyze handwriting, test for blood type using simulated blood, examine hair and clothing fibers, practice chemistry to identify mystery substances and much more. Participants will then use their skills to solve crimes of the century.

Participants: Coed, Completing Grades 3rd-6th

July 27-July 31:
Monday-Friday8:30a-12:00p

Cost: $150 per camper

Director: Sciensational Instructor

Where: Williston Central School

Girl Spirit Yoga & Creative Dance

Do you enjoy playing, dancing, creating and relaxing? Girls unite to explore creative yoga and dance in a joyful, fun-filled camp! Explore yoga postures and games, cooperation and trust activities and express yourselves through creative dance and beautiful craft making, fostering self-confidence, self-expression and positive self-image where every girl is a WINNER! Please bring an old shirt or art smock for paint projects, plus a healthy snack and water bottle. You may bring your yoga mat, but all equipment will be supplied for use during the week.

Participants: Girls, Completing Grades 1st-5th

July 27-July 31
Monday-Friday8:30a-12:00p

Cost: $110 per camper

Director: Sylvia Kabusk

Where: Williston Central School

Harry Potter Camp

Join Our Magical Mystery Tour. All aboard for lots of hands-on fun. Join in the escapades of Harry and his friends. Play Quidditch. Make an edible wand. We will brew some fantastic potions to drink. Let’s create and watch some amazing chemical reactions. Watch a mirage appear. You won’t believe it! Wonder where the sorting hat will place you? Make cool crystals. Come join us where the magic of science, art, and literature meet. Harry, Ron, and Hermione are waiting for your arrival! Experiment with colored magic sand. See a mysterious glowing ball.

Participants: Coed, Completing Grades 3rd-6th

Aug. 3-Aug. 7:
Monday-Friday8:30a-12:00p

Cost: $150 per camper

Director: Sciensational Instructor

Where: Williston Central School

Garden Camp

Come help us grow and harvest this summer! Campers will learn how to work in the school’s garden and put the harvest to use. They will make breads, muffins, pesto, smoothies, and the Vegetable of the Day! Each day, campers will make a different snack to be enjoyed after some hard work in the gardens.

Participants: Coed, Completing Grades 1st-8th

Aug. 3-Aug. 7:
Monday-Friday8:30a-12:00

Costs: $160 per camper

Directors: Sally Dattilio & Cynthia Lock

Where: Williston Central School

Teen Leadership Camp

The Teen Leadership Camp (TLC) is a great opportunity for teens to discover their leadership skills and put them to practice in our day camps. TLC is designed as an instructional, skill-based camp where participants will experience the necessary skills and training to begin their journey to becoming a camp counselor. Not everyone is set out to be a great camp counselor, but TLC will give them their first look and feel for what it takes. Participants will have hands on learning also, where they will take the skills they have learned and use them during the week in our day camps.

Participants: Coed, Completing Grades 9th & 10th

Aug. 10-Aug. 14
Monday-Friday8:30a-4:30p

Cost: $180 per camper

Director: Sam Beatson

Where: Williston Central School

Technology Camps

Rocket Science Camp

Learn how to build, test and launch solid propellant rockets that safely return to earth. Campers will build at least two solid propellant rockets to take home. They will also collaborate to design and build larger group rockets. Campers will design, build, and launch rockets fueled by air and H20, and will make and decorate high flying kites while learning about the aerodynamics of kites. Price includes model rockets and all necessary building supplies including launch engines, kite, decorating materials and string.  (No camp on Friday.)

Participants: Coed, Completing Grades 3rd-6th

June 29-July 2
Monday-Thursday1:00-5:00p

Cost: $234 per camper

Director: Bob Gurwicz

Where: Williston Central School

Engineering Explorer Camp

Does your child like to create things? Build and invent using recycled materials? Are they into problem solving? If so, this engineering camp is just for them. The camp will involve extensive hands-on activities, where camper work together in small groups and collaborate on different engineer tasks. Each day, campers will be given a challenge that they must work together to solve. They will use a variety of recycled materials to plan, test and create with. It will be a week of engineering fun!

Participants: Coed, Completing Grades K-2nd

July 13-July 17:
Monday-Friday8:30a-4:30p

Cost: $195 per camper

Directors: Erin Crowley & Jessie Stein

Where: Williston Central School

Science Comes Alive Camp

This camp is packed with cool, hands on science experiments and demonstrations. Campers will explore like scientists through trial, error and experimentation. Campers take home awesome science projects daily. Some activities include, but are not limited to, growing a crystal tree, making bubbling blobs, green flubber and other slimy substances. Some projects will involve food: fun with eggs, candy models, and making ice cream from scratch. This camp is perfect for the creative, curious camper.

Participants: Coed, Completing Grades 3rd-6th

Session 1 – July 6-10:
Monday-Friday1:00-5:00p

Session 2 – July 13-17:
Monday-Friday1:00-5:00p

Cost: $165 per session

Directors: Andrea Griffin & Ashley Sutton

Where: Williston Central School

Wonder Science Camp

There is no limit to the learning and fun your child will have in the Wonder Science Camp! They will design super spy equipment and learn to analyze “clues” using chemistry. Campers will learn the secrets of how animals survive in the wild, hide themselves and play games, learning new skills that help people adapt to the wild and enhance your senses. The camp will have extensive hands-on activities that small groups of camper rotate through and collaborate on. Your child will be introduced to the process of scientific inquiry and basic science content in a fun setting.

Participants: Coed, Completing Grades K-2nd

July 20-July 24
Monday-Friday8:30a-4:30p

Cost: $195 per camper

Directors: Erin Crowley & Jessie Stein

Where: Williston Central School

Hyper Peppy Robotics Camp

A look into the past and the future. Campers build and take home their own sound-activated Hyper Peppy Robot. A clap of hands will get it moving. When it comes in contact with an object, it will automatically go into reverse, and then turn left before embarking on a new course. Campers will see, firsthand, the many gears, circuit board, microphone, and its easy-to-assemble mechanical drive system. The completed project will help build self-confidence. Campers will also get to build other robots as a part of a small group. Be a part of robotic technology and have fun investigating the future effects it will have on our lives.

Participants: Coed, Completing Grades 3rd-6th

July 27-July 31
Monday-Friday1:00-4:30p

Cost: $150 per camper

Director: Sciensational Instructor

Where: Williston Central School

The All-Terrain Tracker Workshop

How about some land rover excitement? Build and take home your very own All-Terrain Tracker Vehicle! It travels the rough terrain overcoming objects in its path. Sciensational Workshops will bring its own course for you to conquer. Sand, stones, twigs, and balls will all be part of the challenge. How about a timed race? You will also learn about gears. Work in a group with your new friends as you design a robot you can control. Build a Sumo wrestler and be part of our battle box events. Loads of fun and education in store the Sciensational way!

Participants: Coed, Completing Grades 3rd-6th

Aug. 3-Aug. 7
Monday-Friday1:00-4:30p

Cost: $150 per camper

Director: Sciensational Instructor

Where: Williston Central School


Camp Policy and Procedures

Camp Policy & Procedures

Registration Packet:

The Registration Packet consists of the Summer Camp Grid and The Camper Information/Health Form.  Forms can be found on our new website- wilistonrec.org.

Registration:

You must have a household account with us.  If you have not created one you can do so on our new website.  You can register Online, by mail or stopping in at the Rec. Office.

On-Line: You can register online and pay for camps in full with a credit card.  You must print off the Camper Information/Health Form and return it to the Recreation Office by June 12, 2015.

Mail-In: You can register online and choose to print off the form and send in with full payment or the deposits.  You can also  use the Camp Grid to register.  Print off the Camper Info/Health Form and mail in with the grid and payment.

Walk-In: If you plan to register in person, please first create an account, and then print off the Camper Information/Health Form, fill it out and bring it in.  We will help you with registration.

Camper Info/Health Form

One form per child needs to be filled out and returned to the Rec Office by Friday, June 12.  Originals will be kept at the Rec Office and copies are made and sent to each camp your child will be attending this summer.  You only need to complete one form per child for the summer.  A new form is required each summer.  

Dates to Remember:

June 12: Final Balance and Camp Forms due

July 3: No Camps

Camp Payment Policy:

This Policy is specific for all Summer Camps.

In order to be processed, a non-refundable $25 deposit per child, per camp, per session must be paid at the time of registration. If registering in person, we accept cash or checks. If mailing in, send checks, payable to Williston Recreation & Parks.

For those paying the deposits: Regular payments or paying off the remaining balance may be made at any time prior to June 12, 2015. All final balances must be paid in full on or before June 12, 2015 for your child to remain enrolled. Any registration after June 12, 2015 must be paid in full at the time of any type of registration.

Camp Refund Policy:

This Policy is specific for all Summer Camps.

We reserve the right to cancel or consolidate any camps which do not meet the minimum participation required. The deposit and a full refund will be issued if we cancel any camp.

If a participant cancels out of a camp or a session prior to seven days before the start date of that camp or session, a refund, less the $25 Non-Refundable Deposit per child, per camp, per session will be given. After that, no refund is given. If there is an outstanding balance, the refund will be automatically applied to that balance and any remainder will be refunded. Refund checks take approximately three weeks to process.

Camp Options & Hours:

Day Camps 

The three day camps operate Monday-Friday, 7:30am-5:30pm, with morning drop off from 7:30-8:30am, the camp program from 8:30am-4:30pm and pick up from 4:30-5:30pm. The three day camps are Lil’ Explorers Camp, Jr. Explorers Camp and Camp Venture. There is no camp Friday, July 3rd.

Adventure Camps

Adventure camps are Monday-Friday, 8:30am-4:30pm. There is no camp Friday, July 3rd.

Sports, Specialty & Technology Camps

These camps are offered throughout the summer with different weeks and times. Camp offerings will be either morning, afternoon or all day. Morning camps are 8:30am-12:00pm, afternoon camps are 1:00-4:00pm and all day are 8:30am-4:30pm. Some camps may have slightly different times.

Extended Camp Options

Adventure, Sports, Specialty & Technology Camps will offer early drop off and/or late pick up options. Not all camps will have these options. Morning camps that start at 8:30am will have an early drop off option of 8:00-8:30am. Afternoon camps that end at 4:30pm will have a late pick up option of 4:30-5:00pm. All day camps that start at 8:30am and end at 4:30pm will have both options-early and late. There is an extra fee for these options and you will be able to choose them during registration.

Lunch Hour Free! 

If you register your child for a morning and afternoon camp in the same week, you get the hour in between free-12:00-1:00pm. Our camp staff will have lunch with your child and get them to their afternoon camp.

Shepardson to take CVU athletic helm

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By Mal Boright

Observer correspondent

Former boys soccer coach and current school administrator Dan Shepardson has been named permanent director of student activities (athletic director) at Champlain Valley Union High School.

He will replace the late Kevin Riell, who passed away in December. Pete Coffey has been filling the post on an interim basis since January.

“I’m very excited about becoming the next student activities director,” Shepardson wrote in an email to the Observer. “I’ve been involved in co-curriculars my enter life, so it’s a great fit for me. I’m looking forward to continuing the great work that Kevin has done over the last 30 years.”

Shepardson said he will officially take over the position July 1.

Last seen on the CVU soccer fields, Shepardson piloted the boys soccer team to a slew of consecutive Division 1 championships. He retired from coaching seven years ago, but has continued officiating high school and college basketball and has been the state rules interpreter for hoop officials.

‘The 39 Steps’ comes to CVU

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Police officers played by Weller Henderson (left) and Charlie Yarwood chase suspected murderer Richard Hannay, played by Jack Thibault, on a train during a scene from Champlain Valley Union High’s spring production, ‘The 39 Steps.’ (Observer courtesy photo)

Police officers played by Weller Henderson (left) and Charlie Yarwood chase suspected murderer Richard Hannay, played by Jack Thibault, on a train during a scene from Champlain Valley Union High’s spring production, ‘The 39 Steps.’ (Observer courtesy photo)

By Stephanie Choate

Observer staff

Locals can be transported to the mysterious underbelly of London and across the Scottish moors during the upcoming Champlain Valley Union High School play.

The CVU Theatre Program will perform comedy thriller “The 39 Steps” as its spring production March 13-15.

“The play is a comedy spoof of the (Alfred Hitchcock) movie as well as a spoof of the genre of movie thrillers, specifically Alfred Hitchcock movies,” said Director Candy Padula.

The play follows bored Londoner Richard Hannay, who goes out to the theater one night. There, he meets a mysterious woman running from a spy network, who is soon murdered in his apartment. Suspected of killing her, he goes on the run and encounters all sorts of humorous obstacles.

“He kind of gets himself involved in this rather thrilling spy adventure,” said Halina Vercessi, a freshman from Williston who plays Pamela Edwards, the last of several of Hannay’s love interests.

The pair end up handcuffed together for a large portion of the caper, providing rich opportunities for physical comedy, Padula said.

“Of course they start out hating each other,” she said. “We’ll see what happens in the end.”

Vercessi, who first performed on the stage at age 9, said she is looking forward to the performance.

“I really like the wittiness of it, how it’s not your typical play,” Vercessi said. “It has a more old-fashioned kind of humor, which I find kind of charming.”

Vercessi is one of eight Williston residents involved in the play. It also includes Rusty Berger, Mishka Rehak, Julia Cronan, Zachary Varrichione, Cole Marino, Molly Parker and Jaden Rogers.

Originally, the play featured four actors in all the roles—one playing Hannay, one playing all the female roles, and two called “clowns” playing dozens of supporting roles.

“That doesn’t work in the high school arena where my goal as a director is to cast a lot of kids, but I kept that idea of the show and we do have an ensemble of clowns who play multiple characters throughout the show,” Padula said.

The show also pokes fun at live theater, and includes technical mistakes.

“The clowns have to cover up those mistakes by physically creating props quickly out of midair,” Padula said. “It’s a very interesting concept. The whole show comes with things that you don’t usually see in theater, which is kind of exciting.”

Performances are set for Friday, March 13 and Saturday, March 14 at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, March 15 at 2 p.m. Tickets are $8 for adults and $6 for students and children. To reserve tickets, call 482-6991.

“It’s great fun,” Padula said. “Visually, it’s certainly exciting and (includes) things you haven’t seen done on the stage before.”

Town voters elect new officials, pass budgets

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Turf field bond defeated

By Stephanie Choate

Observer staff

Williston has new town officials and new budgets in place. 

On March 3, residents weighed in on Selectboard and school board races, along with town and school budgets and a bond to address drainage problems on Champlain Valley Union High fields. 

All budgets passed by comfortable margins. 

More than half of all voters approved the $9.8 million town budget, passing it 931-409. The budget is a 0.35 percent increase over last year’s figure.

Voters approved the $17.3 million Williston School District budget—an increase of 0.38 percent—846-508. Residents also helped pass the $28.98 million Champlain Valley Union High budget, with a total voting tally of 3,582-2,028. 

Local athletes, however, will have to wait for a solution to drainage issues that leave CVU fields in unplayable condition after wet weather. District voters narrowly defeated a $700,000 bond to address the flooding problems, by less than 100 votes. The board would have put the bond amount toward an artificial turf field. 

Altogether, 1,371 Williston voters came out to the polls on Tuesday—nearly 17 percent of the town’s 8,234 registered voters.

On Tuesday, resident Mike Colbourn said he always votes. 

“It’s a right that we have,” Colbourn said. “You can’t complain if you don’t vote. I don’t think anyone should take voting for granted.”

Colbourn said supporting the schools, in particular, draws him to the polls.

“My kids are out of school, but I believe schools are the backbone of any community,” he said. 

Resident John Davis echoed Colbourn’s sentiments about voting on his way out of the polls.

“I always vote, it doesn’t matter what the issue is,” he said. “It’s your duty to vote or you can’t complain.”

Races for town seats—a change from the last several years of candidates running uncontested—brought many residents out to vote.

Terry Macaig, Jeff Fehrs and Ted Kenney were elected to the Williston Selectboard. 

Fehrs, who has served on the board for 16 years, defeated newcomer Tony O’Rourke 689-500. Fehrs will serve another two years.

“I’m very happy and, to be honest, very humbled at being elected,” Fehrs said on Wednesday. “One of the pleasures of this campaign was getting to know Tony a little bit. He’s a great guy. He ran for the right reasons and I hope that he stays involved in our community because I think we’ll be better off for it.”

O’Rourke said the campaign atmosphere was civil and friendly, and that the candidates have mutual respect for one another. 

“I truly enjoyed the process and meeting several new residents of Williston and discussing town issues,” he said. “My decision to run was certainly not a referendum on the job being done by the Selectboard in general and Jeff Fehrs in particular. I applaud Jeff on his efforts and wish him the best.”

O’Rourke said he plans to continue to be involved in community efforts to make the town a safe, affordable and environmentally sound place to live.

Fehrs said he intends to keep listening to residents’ concerns and input to move forward in the town’s best interests. 

“I think overall the town is in pretty good shape. I also think there’s some stormy weather on the horizon,” he said, mentioning dissatisfaction with the town’s new stormwater fee, along with other funding pressure. 

Ted Kenney, a former Selectboard member, defeated Joy Limoge and Melissa Ham-Ellis for a one-year term on the board, finishing Jay Michaud’s term. 

“I was very pleased with the results,” Kenney said. “I was happy that I got over 50 percent of the vote in a three-way race, particularly with Joy, who is an able candidate and very smart person.”

Kenney said he intends to focus on finances. 

“My biggest goal is to control the budget and make sure it is sustainable,” Kenney said. “I think we have to be careful not to institutionalize added costs and make sure we don’t spend money that we don’t have.”

Limoge said she was pleased with the voter turnout.

“I’m delighted by the number of people that came out to vote yesterday,” Limoge said. “I think it shows a lot of interest in what’s going on at the town level and concern and people wanting to get involved by voting.”

Limoge—who spent much of her day standing outside the polls speaking with voters, joking and commiserating about the cold with opponent Kenney, as well as O’Rourke—added that the campaign was very friendly and positive. 

“It was such a congenial experience,” she said. 

The Williston School Board will also see a new face. Karen Maklad was elected to a three-year term on the board, defeating resident Michael Wayman 626-350. 

“I’m excited to be a new board member,” Maklad said Wednesday morning.  “It’s something I’ve though about for a number of years.”

Maklad said she intends to contribute to an ongoing sense of financial responsibility to the board. 

“The board’s been very fiscally responsible over the past few years and I want to be a part of that,” she said. “We have a great school system. My kids have benefited from an exceptional education here in Williston, and I’d like to continue to build on that and keep that strong for future kids in the schools.”

She also said she was impressed with Selectboard candidates’ efforts to get out the vote, meeting with residents in forums and informal settings, and said she hopes to bring some of that spirit to the school board. 

“I think that’s a model we should all do a little more of,” she said.

Kevin Mara, who was running uncontested, was elected to another two-year term.

In St. George, voters approved the town’s $251,650 budget by voice vote. Residents also elected Charles Scott, Nina Friscia and Jeff Pillsbury to the Selectboard and April Pillsbury as town clerk. 

Voters OK Williston budgets

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March 3, 2015

Voters approved Williston’s town budget and the Williston School District budget on March 3. Residents voted 931-409 in favor of the town budget and 846-508 in favor of the school budget.

Williston voters also helped approve the Champlain Valley Union High budget. A $700,000 bond to go toward an artificial turf field, however, was narrowly defeated by fewer than 100 votes.

Voters also elected Terry Macaig, Jeff Fehrs and Ted Kenney to the Selectboard. Kevin Mara and Karen Maklad will serve on the Williston School Board. Gene McCue will represent Williston on the Champlain Valley Union High Board.

For the full story, see Thursday’s Observer.

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