Kick-Off – Williston’s Fabric Shopping Bag Sewing Group

For October we are combining our social with a special event:

Kick-Off – Williston’s Fabric Shopping Bag Sewing Group

Example bag sewn by Melinda Petter of Sustainable Williston.

Please join us as we gather to start a community group focused on Sewing Fabric Shopping Bags.

Date: Thurs, October 10
Time: 7 – 8:30 PM
Where: Isham Family Farm Barn, 3515 Oak Hill Rd, Williston

We will be sewing fabric shopping bags – in advance of VT’s new law banning single use plastic shopping bags which goes into effect July 2020. You can sew a bag for yourself, for a friend, or for a community member in need of a bag.

We will provide a simple pattern, instruction, tables, cutting boards, an iron, and ironing board.

Please bring your sewing machine, pins, scissors, and some sturdy woven fabric, and sew a bag with us. Acceptable fabrics include left-over yardage or used fabric from draperies etc., no tee-shirts or stretchy fabric please.
We should have extra fabric to share. And we certainly would appreciate any extra fabric you may consider donating!

Don’t have a sewing machine? Not ready to sew? You are welcome to just stop by, to chat, and see what we’re up to, or maybe even give someone a hand with cutting, folding, or ironing.

This initial Fabric Bag Sewing Group event will be combined with Sustainable Williston’s monthly social gathering. Simple snacks will be provided. Feel free to bring a drink. Beer/wine is allowed, BYOB.

Note, this first sewing group meeting is being held in an historic barn … which means no heating – dress warmly if the evening is chilly. The Fabric Bag Sewing Group will find an appropriate venue for the winter months ahead.

*RSVP’s appreciated, but not required*
RSVP to Melinda Petter mjpetter@gmail.com

Registration Ends 9/27 – 2019 Birth Tree Project

Williston Residents, take note! Registration for the 2019 program (children born between August 2018-Aug 2019) ends Friday 9/27! If you or someone you know has a recent birth/adoption and is a Williston resident, they can register and receive a free, native, tree/shrub to plant at their home in Williston!

Register Now!

Program Info

Volunteers still needed Sat 4/13 9-11am, Sun 4/14 8-12am…

It’s a big weekend for sustainability in Williston. We still need volunteers for both events!

Saturday is the April Stools ‘scoop the poop’ event 9-11 at the rec park behind WCS. Show up by the skate park at 9am, select a bucket and weapon, and help keep Allen Brook, the Winooski, and Lake Champlain a little cleaner – good company and warm weather included! Contact Lori Fisher at 802-658-1414 or lorif@lakechamplaincommittee.org for questions. Facebook Event

Sustainable Williston (SW) provides zero-waste support to the Williston Fire Pancake Breakfast for the second year running. Volunteers are needed for 1 hour shifts beginning at 8, 9, 10, and 11am to help visitors separate compost from trash. Please contact Caylin McCamp at caylin.mccamp@gmail.com to sign-up for a shift. No prior experience required!

Our Silverware Share will also be on show with SW volunteers washing throughout the event to limit use of single-use plastics. Thank you to the Williston Fire Department for partnering with SW again this year!

New Real and Virtual Watershed Information

From Williston Planning & Zoning Office:

”The Town of Williston Planning Department and Conservation Commission recently developed and installed a new wayside interpretive exhibit…Check out the new exhibit at the Williston Community Park and along the Allen Brook Nature Trail, or view a “virtual tour” at http://arcg.is/meuCP. To learn more about water quality and how you can help, visit the Lake Champlain Basin Program’s website at www.LCBP.org.”

February Social Cancelled – Join Us 2/28

We’re sorry to report that the social for tonight, 2/21 has been cancelled due to lack of interest. If you’re interesting in learning about Sustainable Williston, we invite you to join us for our monthly meeting on 2/28 @ the Dorothy Alling Memorial Library (we meet the 4th Thursday of each month), or to come to our March Social on 3/14 (we hold a social on the 2nd Thursday of each month).

There a ton of opportunities for volunteers to get involved in 2019, so please do not hesitate to contact us via the “Contact” link above. Some of the activities we have planned for 2019 include:

  • 4 Zero Waste events where the Sustainable Williston team provides waste warriors to help educate and facilitate collecting trash, recycling, and compost in separate streams (ex. July 3rd Icecream Social, WFD Pancake Breakfast, etc.)
  • A seed starting event
  • A forum series on topics relating to sustainability and community resiliency
  • Silverware-share to eliminate single-use plastic utensils
  • April Stool dog poop pick-up
  • Birth Tree program

July Social Moved to tomorrow, Wed, July 11th

For July, Sustainable Williston’s social is rescheduled to Wednesday, July 11th at the Tap House starting at 7:15 (usually until 8:45). In addition to good company, we have a mission this week, to speak with the manager about taking the Straws Upon Request pledge. In many Williston restaurants, straws are given with drinks (including water) by default. This campaign changes the default to no straw, greatly reducing plastic waste. It isn’t a ban because straws can still be available if requested by the customer. This summer, Sustainable Williston will be working to convince at least 3 Williston restaurants to take the Straws Upon Request pledge. Who will be the first?!

Join us this Wednesday in our efforts to reduce plastic waste, starting with the Tap House. If you’ve never joined us before, just ask the Tap House host to direct you to the Sustainable Williston table.

Links:
VPIRG Straws Upon Request – About
VPIRG Straws Upon Request – Who Has Signed?

Sustainable Williston Meets Thursday 11/3 at 7:15 PM

Sustainable Williston will hold our regular first Thursday meeting November 3rd, at 7:15 PM at the Dorothy Alling Library.

We’ll discuss the town plan, future social and outreach events, and more. Everyone who lives or works in Williston and is interested in sustainability and the environment is welcome.