Around Town

ANR seeks tire piles

The Agency of Natural Resources is asking for assistance in locating any piles of 100 or more old tires that may have been scrapped in the area. If you have any knowledge of piles of discarded tires, please call the Williston Fire Warden at 878-5622, to aid in the eventual cleanup of these tires.

Children’s Memorial Service materials deadline Aug. 15

Vermont Children’s Hospital at Fletcher Allen is set to hold its tenth annual Children’s Memorial Service on Sunday, Nov. 18, 2012, from 3:30 – 5:30 p.m. at Ira Allen Chapel on the campus of the University of Vermont.

The service provides parents and families an annual opportunity to honor the memory of a child who has died, in the presence of other families, caregivers and community members. This annual service is intended to support families in their shared experience of mourning the loss of a child.

Family, friends, healthcare providers and other community members are all welcome to attend the service. While this event is presented by the Vermont Children’s Hospital, it is open to all families who have experienced the loss of a child of any age, at any time in their lives, regardless of whether their child was ever a patient at Fletcher Allen.

Parents who wish to attend and wish to have their child’s name, photo and/or a special reading included in the program should contact Marlene Maron at 802-847-4880 by Aug. 15.

For further information about the service please call Dr. Maron.



The American Red Cross held two blood drives in Williston last week—one in the parking lot outside the RehabGYM, and the other at Burlington Emergency & Veterinary Specialists on Commerce Street.

Red Cross Donor Recruitment Representative Jennifer Bergeron was pleased with the results of the July 5 drive at the RehabGYM.

“It was a successful drive,” Bergeron said. “The goal was to collect 14 units, and that’s exactly what we did.”

Bergeron noted that the Williston blood drives were part of a nationwide effort to address the current blood shortage in the country.

“It’s a national shortage. I’ve only seen it like this twice, where they’ve issued an emergency need,” Bergeron said. “It’s because of the storms that are happening across the nation.”

The July 6 drive at BEVS yielded about 10 pints of blood, according to Hospital Manager Whitney Bierschenk. It also offered pet owners the opportunity to register their dog or cat for blood donation.

In August, the Red Cross will hold two more blood drives in Williston: Friday, Aug. 10, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at DEW Construction in Blair Park; and Tuesday, Aug. 21, from 11:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church.

Blood donors at both events will receive a free pass to the 2012 Champlain Valley Fair, which will be held Aug. 25 – Sept. 3 in Essex Junction.