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March 26, 2009

Kindergarten registration time

Parents of children from Williston and St. George who will be 5 years old by Sept. 1, 2009 can start registering their kids for kindergarten. Registration will be held at Williston Central School from April 7-9. Parents should call the school at 879-5806 to make an appointment for them and their children. Registration forms will be mailed to parents prior to their April meetings.

Passport Day

Saturday is Passport Day in the United States, and the Williston Town Clerk’s Office is hosting a passport fair from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The so-called Passport Day in the USA on March 28 is a U.S. Department of State “national outreach event to inform the public about the upcoming changes to U.S. travel document requirements, provide passport information and accept passport applications from U.S. citizens from coast-to-coast and border-to-border,” according to the Department of State’s Web site.

Town Clerk Deb Beckett said Williston’s passport fair will be a chance for U.S. citizens to obtain passport information and submit passport applications.

As of June 1, U.S. citizens returning to the country by land or sea from Canada, Mexico, the Caribbean and Bermuda will need to present a passport book, passport card, or other U.S. government approved travel documents. Passport requirements already exist for air travelers.

Beckett said residents can call her office at 878-5121 or go online to for information on the cost and how to apply for a passport book or a passport card. Passport information is also available by calling the National Passport Information Center at 877-487-2778.

Town Hall open Saturday for dog registrations

Town Clerk Deb Beckett announced that dog owners in Williston must register their pets by April 1 each year. Residents who have yet to register their dogs can do so at Town Hall, which will also be open on Saturday, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Dog owners will need to bring proof of a rabies vaccine for their pets. Rabies vaccines are good for three years. For more information call Beckett at 878-5121.


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Aug. 21, 2008

Town safety

Anyone who has ever harbored a secret desire to spray a fire extinguisher will have a chance to do so this weekend.

On Saturday, Aug. 23, the Army National Guard, Williston Police Department, Williston Fire Department, the Red Cross and other groups will be at Allen Brook School for Williston Safety Day. Residents are invited to the free event, taking place from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., to learn about common safety tips — including how to properly use a fire extinguisher.

The fire department will also teach residents how to choose the correct smoke detector for their homes. Police will host a bicycle safety course, the Army National Guard will have an ambulance and other equipment on display, and the Red Cross will conduct a blood drive.

Other features of the day include heating safety, Internet safety and proper disposal of hazardous household waste.


Observer online gets a facelift

Been to the Observer’s Web site,, recently? Online visitors should notice some changes.

On the front page of the Web site, every article in the online edition will display a headline. Clicking on the headline will display a small preview of the story. Visitors can then access that story by clicking on the “Read More …” link.

Additionally, when visitors navigate to “Local News” or “Community Forum,” each of the headlines for the articles in those sections will appear.

The new format will allow for further expansions and components to be added more easily.


Let the fair season begin!

The Champlain Valley Fair opens this weekend, running from Aug. 23 to Sept. 1.

Held at the Champlain Valley Exposition in Essex Junction, the fair features concerts, food, animals, agricultural displays, commercial exhibits, rides and more.

More information is available online at

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July 17, 2008

New board members at VYOA

The Vermont Youth Orchestra Association Board of Directors elected five new members for three-year terms during its Annual Meeting on June 10. The new members are Fred Erdman of Richmond, Connie Metz of Shelburne, John Pacht of Hinesburg, and Katie Schaffer and David Yandell of Williston.

Schaffer is the former owner of a small bookstore in Rhode Island. She has participated in and worked for the Chorus of Westerly, R.I. for more than 30 years. She is an accomplished photographer. A resident of Vermont since 2006, Schaffer lives with her husband in Williston.

David Yandell is a professor of Pathology and Medicine at the University of Vermont College of Medicine. Specializing in human molecular genetics and varying levels of cancer research, he has held posts at Harvard Medical School and at the Harvard School of Public Health. Yandell is also a musician who participates with his family in a variety of musical endeavors. His son, Duncan, is a violinist with the Vermont Youth Orchestra.

Support the troops

The Freedom Fund, a Burlington-based, non-profit organization that sends supplies and letters to U.S. soldiers in Iraq, has set up a donation box at Dorothy Alling Memorial Library.

According to The Freedom Fund's Web site, the group helps newly deployed National Guards and other units headed for Iraq.

The box at the library will be in place through July, and contains a list of items to donate.

For more information about The Freedom Fund, go online to


Willistonian joins Vermont Consultants Network board

Professor Robert Kenny of Williston was elected as a member-at-large to the Board of Directors for the Vermont Consultants Network. Kenny, MBA, CPA has taught and undertaken many administrative roles at St. Michael's College for more than 30 years. During that time he has served as a consultant, primarily on financial and strategic planning matters to individuals, nonprofit organizations and businesses in the Chittenden County area.

The Vermont Consultants Network,, is a nonprofit organization that meets monthly in South Burlington.

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