Around Town11/20/08

Nov. 20, 2008

Observer online

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Both features are in their infant stages, so please be patient with updates.

Williston resident joins Peace Corps

Carly Brown of Williston joined the Peace Corps and left earlier this month for a two-year service as a secondary science educator in Kenya. Brown will work with Kenyan students to develop problem solving and critical thinking skills in science, help teachers instruct students in science subjects and help communities improve their understanding of HIV and AIDS.

Brown is a graduate of Champlain Valley Union High School and attended the University of Vermont and University of Hawaii, where she earned a bachelor’s in biology in 2007. Most recently, Brown was an AmeriCorps volunteer in Oregon. She is the daughter of Williston residents Patrick Brown and Amy Huntington.

Brown said she wanted to join the Peace Corps for several reasons, including improving the United State’s image in the world and helping people in Kenya, not just in the short term, but also in the long term.

Brown also said she’s eager to see Africa and look beyond images the media portrays of destruction and despair.

“When many of us think of Africa we think of HIV/AIDS, famine, and civil unrest,” Brown said in a statement. “I am excited to see the other side of Africa that we don’t normally see in the U.S. and share it with the people back home.”

Thanksgiving dinner

The Williston Federated Church is hosting a free community Thanksgiving Dinner on Thanksgiving Day. The church will serve a traditional Thanksgiving dinner at noon in the church hall. Seating is limited and reservations are required. Call Denise at 878-0617 by Nov. 24 to register. All are welcome.