Around Town (9/3/09)

Sept. 3, 2009

Volunteers needed to restore Allen Brook

The Williston Planning Office is looking for volunteers to help water 400 trees and shrubs along the Allen Brook in Williston.

The trees and shrubs were recently planted as part of a large-scale restoration project. Through Sept. 30, the plants need to be watered at least every two days, unless it rains, said Town Planner Jessica Andreoletti.

Volunteers can obtain buckets from the town, and collect water from the brook.

“If we work together, we can be sure that these young trees will survive and thrive in the last hot weeks of summer,” Andreoletti wrote in an e-mail.

For a tour of the site or to volunteer, contact Andreoletti at 878-6704 x4 or


Gardening in the rain

Williston residents Allaire Diamond and Seth Maciejowski won the title of “Most Original in Chittenden County” for their entry in the 2009 Vermont Rain Garden Contest.

A rain garden is used to treat stormwater runoff, which usually comes from a roof, parking lot or other impervious surface. The contest encouraged the installation of rain gardens to reduce runoff and improve water quality in the area.

The second annual contest took place over the summer and was hosted by the Winooski Natural Resources Conservation District and the University of Vermont Extension Lake Champlain Sea Grant. Twelve residential, municipal, and school or educational facility rain gardens were judged.

For more information about rain gardens or about improving water quality in local waterways, visit or contact Ashley Lidman, assistant manager of the Winooski Natural Resources Conservation District, at 865-7895 x104 or, or Emma Melvin of UVM Extension Lake Champlain Sea Grant at 859-3086 x340 or


Water and sewer bills due

The town of Williston water and sewer bills have been mailed and are due Sept. 30. Kimberly Richburg of the town’s Public Works and Recreation departments made the announcement in an e-mail to the Observer.