Around Town

November 21st, 2013


Matt Boulanger from the Williston Planning Department recently passed the exam for the American Institute of Certified Planners. The certification is the most widely recognized credential for city and town planning in the U.S., and is typically a requirement for upper level and management jobs in the planning field.

“Earning this credential is a testament to Matt’s knowledge and hard work in the planning field,” Planning and Zoning Director Ken Belliveau wrote in an email to the Observer.


Locals who want to bring holiday cheer to Vermont families facing food shortages can donate Thanksgiving staples to several area food shelves.

Donors can drop off turkeys and thanksgiving fixings at the Chittenden Emergency Food Shelf Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. On Nov. 21 and 21, hours are extended from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Nov. 23 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

The Williston Community Food Shelf is holding a turkey drop-off and pick-up day Nov. 23 from 9 to 11 a.m. First come first served.


The Vermont Department of Financial Regulation is warning Vermonters to be aware of potential scams regarding Vermont Health Connect, the state’s health insurance exchange.

The department has received reports of fraudulent phone calls by people pretending to sell health insurance in order to trick consumers into giving out personal information. Con artists might also try to impersonate navigators or health insurance salespeople

If you have received a suspicious call or visit, call 1-800-964-1784.