Around Town (4/30/09)

April 30, 2009

Town awards scholarships

The town of Williston last week handed out a pair of $2,500 scholarships to high school seniors who plan to major in environmental studies.

Danica Frisbie and Carl Lozon, both Champlain Valley Union High School students from Williston, won the scholarships.

Frisbee said in her application that she plans to attend the University of Vermont; it is unclear from his application where Lozon will go to college.

Town Manager Rick McGuire said there were only three applicants for the scholarships, which are awarded annually to Williston students who intend to major in environmental studies.

Funding for the scholarships comes from a $1 million payment made by the Chittenden Solid Waste District when it closed the Williston landfill in the early 1990s and opened the current transfer station here.

The Selectboard in 1995 established a policy of using part of the money to pay for an ongoing scholarship program.

Williston to participate in postal food drive

Williston Post Office will join other post offices around the country on May 9 for the annual Postal Workers Mother’s Day Food Drive. In past years, food collected by postal workers on that day has been donated to the Burlington Emergency Food Shelf. This year, donations will be delivered to the Williston Food Shelf in Maple Tree Place.

Residents are urged to leave nonperishable food items in their mailboxes on May 9, and are welcome to bring food donations to the Williston Post Office.

For more information, call Ginger Morton at 879-4558.

Girl Scout attends U.N. commission

Williston resident Ellie Beckett was one of three Girl Scouts from Vermont to travel to New York City earlier this year and participate in the 53rd United Nations’ Commission on the Status of Women. The commission had a theme of “Gender Equity in Care Giving,” with a focus on HIV/AIDS.

“I was really able to make connections to topics that I hadn’t thought were related at all. Things like climate change, gender-based violence, education and AIDS are all connected,” Beckett said in a press release.

Beckett was chosen based on her year of work with Vermont female legislators through the Girl Scouts of the Green and White Mountains’ Vermont Legislative Internship program “Girls Rock the Capitol.”