Around Town (5/28/09)

May 28, 2009


Welch hires staffers

Rep. Peter Welch has picked a Williston resident to serve on his staff.

Brent Raymond will work in the congressman’s Vermont office as business liaison. Raymond was formerly a vice president at TD Banknorth’s Wealth Management Group and subsequently worked as a financial advisor for Merrill Lynch.

Raymond, who originally hails from Swanton, served in the U.S. Air Force and later in the Vermont National Guard. He graduated with honors from Hunter College in New York City.

Raymond lives in Williston with his wife, Leyla, and their 1-year-old son, Brodyn.

Racine receives public service award

State Sen. Doug Racine, D-Richmond, who represents Chittenden County, received the annual Vermont Public Service Award for 2009. The award was given by Vermont’s five Community Action Agencies, and recognizes outstanding support of the Community Action anti-poverty services. It also honors leadership on issues affecting low-income Vermonters.

Racine received the award earlier this month at the Northern New England Community Action Association Annual Conference, held at the Mount Washington Resort in Bretton Woods, N.H.

“For the last 25 years no Vermont lawmaker has shown more consistent and vigorous support for programs to help the poor, the disabled and the elderly, than Doug Racine,” Tim Searles, president of the Vermont Community Action Director’s Association, said in a press release.

Connecting Youth Mentoring Program Receives National Training

Nancy Carlson of Williston Central School, the Connecting Youth Mentoring program coordinator, received training earlier this month for the MentorPRO® system. MentorPRO® is an online tool that provides a standardized system for collecting, tracking and analyzing mentoring data. The system helps monitor the relationships between mentors and mentees.

The workshop was sponsored by Mobius, the Mentoring Movement through a grant from The Permanent Fund for the Well-Being of Vermont Children.

For more information about mentoring in Williston, contact Mobius at 658-1888 or visit