Around Town

Bottle drive

Eighth graders from Harbor House at Williston Central School will be collecting bottles from 9-11 a.m. to fund a class trip to Washington, D.C. Place bottles in a bag labeled “Harbor House” at the end of your driveway. Bottles will be collected in the following neighborhoods: Sunrise; Southridge; Brennan Woods; Turtle Pond Road; Pleasant Acres; Wildflower Circle; Southfield Drive; Chamberlin Drive; Ledgewood; Lamplite Lane.

If you have any questions or would like to request pick-up at a different location, contact Jess Haskins at

Williston blood drives in February

The American Red Cross is hosting two blood drives in Williston during the month of February. The first is set for Feb. 4 from 11:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Immaculate Heart of Mary Church at 7415 Williston Road. The second is Feb. 10 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at DEW Construction, located at 277 Blair Park Road.

To learn more about donating blood and to see more opportunities to donate, visit or call 1-800-RED CROSS.

‘Acatamy Awards’ seeking submissions

The Humane Society of Chittenden County is seeking submissions for its second annual juried cat film festival, PLANET CAT: the aCATemy Awards, set for April 12 at the Majestic 10 theater in Williston. Organizers are accepting cat memes and short videos in three categories: 6 seconds; 15-30 seconds; and 1-2 minutes. 

Submissions are accepted through March 14 and are $5 for a video and $2 for a meme. To submit, visit 

Public input sought

House Speaker Shap Smith is asking Vermonters, employers, policymakers and stakeholders to submit proposals for economic development and job growth strategies for consideration in the legislative biennium.

“Vermonters want a business environment that fosters sustainable, good-paying jobs that reward employers and workers alike,” Smith said in a press release. “I have instructed the Commerce Committee to explore policies that support and nourish Vermont businesses. It is my hope that public input will supplement their work and drive the agenda forward.” 

The Speaker’s Office has asked that all respondents reply by Feb. 3. Proposals may be submitted to or mailed to: Speaker’s Office, 115 State Street, Montpelier, VT 05633.