December 13, 2017

Recreation and Parks

Snowmobile Safety Course

This six-hour course provides the opportunity to earn the certification necessary to legally operate on Vermont’s statewide snowmobile trails system. Participants must be present for all classes in order to be eligible for certification. Vermont state law requires that all Vermont snowmobile operators born after July 1, 1983, who are 12 years of age or older, must take and pass a state-approved snowmobile safety course. Instructors are from the Vermont State Police. Two courses are being offered: Dec. 4-6 in Shelburne and Dec. 11-13 in Milton. The course is from 6-8 p.m. each night. The cost is $15.

Woof. Dog Communication in the Human World

This popular dog communication and safety lecture is a multi-media of fun where the audience gets to test their “dog reading” skills. We’ll demystify dog communication, reveal some common dog-human misunderstandings and explore how we can all live happily together. This is for humans only, dog owners or not. The presenter is Deb Helfrich of Gold Star Dog Training. Ages 14 and up. Thursday, Dec. 14, 6-7 p.m. Cost is $5 per person. Pre-registration is required.

Babysitting Course

The American Red Cross babysitting course will provide teens the skills to take care of children. The best-in-class training provides the opportunity to sharpen skills and become a safe, reliable babysitter. Teens will learn leadership, professionalism, basic care, safety, safe play and basic first aid. The instructor is Karl Hubrich, North Country Health & Safety Institute. Ages 11-15, Monday, Nov. 20, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Cost is $105.

Quadcopter Camp

Campers will learn about quadcopter safety, how they affect our everyday lives and the career opportunities in design, technology and operation. They will assemble their own quadcopter and learn how to fly it. They will have their own Quadcopter with a first-person video camera that transmits to an android or iPhone in real time. The instructor is Bob Gurwicz. Grades 3-6, Monday, Nov. 20, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Cost is $138

Youth Basketball Registration

Registration for youth basketball is now open and available on the website, willistonrec.org. Programs for K-sixth-grade and boy’s seventh and eighth grade. Kindergarten program starts in January as a clinic for parent and child. The first- and second-grade program is coed and begins with practices in December. Third and fourth grade and fifth and sixth grades have separate leagues for boys and girls, and practices begin in December. We will offer a boys seventh- and eighth-grade team if numbers warrant and a coach is available. Be sure to sign up to coach a team when you register your child.

Volunteer Basketball Coaches & Referees Needed

Volunteer Coaches — First-grade through eighth-grade programs. Please sign up to coach when you register your child. We are also accepting people from the community to coach. Fill out a volunteer application found at wilistonrec.org and return.

Basketball Referees — Referees are needed for first- through eighth-grade programs. Apply by filling out and sending in an employment application. Applications are available at willistonrec.org.

Thank You

The Recreation Department would like to thank the people who volunteered in the Youth Soccer Programs this season. The coaches were: Andrew Beaumier, Ted Brady, Hannah Castle, Tomi Pogact, Seth Haines, Tyler Gates, Mark Peryea, Sarah Haynes, Dan Roy, Shawn Skaflestad, Bhaskar Shrestha, Brian Miesenzahl, Travis Whitmore, Eric Hillmuth, Amy Durant, Eric Abby, Kevin Thorley, and Lori and Greg Marino. Also, thank you to all of the parents who helped out in other ways this season or that we may have forgotten.

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