Around Town (Aug. 28, 2008)

Aug. 28, 2008

Chicken Little dodges rabies

Some residents of Wildflower Circle walking outside on Wednesday morning noticed little pellets dropping from the sky. But the sky wasn’t falling —  the pellets contained rabies vaccines.

The Vermont Department of Health’s Rabies Bait Drop began Monday, and the office plans to drop, by way of plane, upwards of 500,000 fishmeal baits along remote valleys near the Canadian border and Chittenden County. The bait drop, now in its 12th year, is an effort to curb the spread of rabies in wild animals. So far this year, there have been 51 confirmed cases of rabies in animals in Vermont.

Health officials said the pellets are not harmful if touched and pose no threat to children and pets. Officials have said if a pellet is found in a driveway to use gloves to move the pellet to a grassy area and wash hands after doing so.

For more information contact the state’s Rabies Hotline at 800-472-2437.

Clerk’s hours

The Williston Town Clerk’s Office has returned to a five-day schedule but will remain open an extra hour each day.

The office, which is responsible for much of the public’s interaction with municipal government, had earlier this summer moved to a four-day week while maintaining longer hours: 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. when it was open.

Now the office will no longer be closed on Mondays. The schedule each weekday will be 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., an hour later than other municipal offices.

Town Clerk Deb Beckett said staying open an hour later was popular with the public so she decided to maintain that part of the schedule.

Golf against autism

The New England Autism Center is having its first annual fundraising golf outing on Saturday, Sept. 13. An 18-hole tournament with four-person teams will take place at The Links at Lang Farm golf course in Essex. The entry fee is $75 per person. Special events will also include longest drive and putting contests.

For more information or to sign up, contact Linda Luxenberg at 802-999-8024 or