Letters to the Editor

Catamount invites residents to join Board

Over the last year and a half, Catamount Outdoor Family Center has been doing much to prepare for the transition to working with the Town of Williston in managing the upcoming Catamount Community Forest. In fact, we have as a board reworked our very mission: creating outdoor experiences at the Catamount Community Forest that build active lifestyles, friendships, and environmental awareness.  While we cannot outline all that we have done, or plan to do, to serve Williston residents and the surrounding communities in three hundred words or less… we can ask our Williston neighbors to join us in the work.

As we head into this exciting new chapter in our town’s history, we would like to extend a special invitation to Williston residents to join our volunteer Board of Directors. We feel that increasing representation of Williston residents on the board will add more voice from the community in order to shape the future of our organization and the partnership with the town. We currently have space for two new members and are looking for individuals who have fundraising, marketing, educational programming and/or financial expertise along with the vision that playing in nature should be everyone’s first choice.

Any interested persons should contact our board representative Chris Yager at to begin the interview process.

Happy trails,

COFC Board of Directors

Steeple update

I would like to bring town folk up to date on the new steeple for the Williston Federated Church. The current plan is for the old steeple to be removed on Oct. 3. Site work will continue off and on for almost two weeks.

On Oct. 15, the new steeple will arrive on site and be hoisted into place. Additional finish work will take place after that.

The new steeple is almost complete and will arrive in three pieces, the finial (very top piece), the spire and the base. The base is too big to ship in one piece and will have to be put together on site.

All of these dates are tentative and obviously subject to weather conditions. We will post the latest updates on at

The new steeple looks very clean and crisp in its fresh coat of white paint. All of the original detail is still there.

We appreciate the strong support we have had from the community and hope to raise an additional $25,000 to go with the $125,000 in grants and donations we have received to date. Those who have given or give a total of $2,500 will receive a framed copy of an artist’s rendition showing the church on the occasion of the 150th anniversary. Contributions can be made on at

Tony Lamb, Williston