Around Town2/19/09

Feb. 19, 2009

Zoning hearing

The town of Williston has scheduled a public hearing on revisions to zoning bylaws.

The hearing takes place Monday, March 9 at 7:30 p.m. at Town Hall.

The rewrite of land-use rules has been years in the making but only recently generated controversy. About a dozen people listened or spoke out during a discussion of the revisions during a Selectboard meeting last week, according to Town Manager Rick McGuire.

Much of the discussion revolved around one particular change that would alter buffer distances around wetland areas. The change could effect an eight-unit subdivision proposed by Waterbury developer Jeff Atwood, who wants to build on land he owns between North Williston Road and Lefebvre Lane. Neighbors oppose the development.

The Selectboard has already approved portions of the new bylaws on an interim basis. After the public hearing on March 9, the board could make the rewritten bylaws permanent or send them back to the Planning Commission for revisions.

Absentee ballots available

Absentee ballots for the March 3 town and school elections and budgets are now available. To obtain a ballot, voters can call the Town Clerk’s office at 878-5121, or can vote in the office between 8:30 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday.

The deadline to register to vote at March 2 Town Meeting and March 3 polls is 5 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 25.

In praise of the braise

Williston’s Molly Stevens, a food writer and contributing editor for Fine Cooking magazine, is bringing her knowledge to The Store in Waitsfield next week.

Stevens, author of “About Braising: The Art of Uncomplicated Cooking,” will explain the principles of braising — a technique for gently cooking meat, seafood, poultry or veggies in a covered pot.

Her two classes at The Store on Friday, Feb. 27 are from 2:30 p.m. to 4 p.m. and from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. The cost is $55, and registration is requested. Call The Store at 802-496-4465, or go online to

The Store is located on Route 100 in Waitsfield.