The Whiting Volunteer Fire Department established the Whiting Memory tree 24 years ago to honor the memory of Vicki Grandchamp, a Whiting teenager who died in an accident. It has become a community event for all who wish to remember those who have died, by purchasing one or more lights on the memory tree.
How can you participate? Individual lights may be purchased on the Tree in memory of a loved one. Lights are $1, and you may purchase as many as you wish, including more than 1 light per individual. Names of those being remembered will be published, and also posted at the Town Clerk’s Office. Those having more than one bulb purchased will be indicated in this manner: John Doe (3), Jane Doe (2).
December 4th- To be assured of inclusion in the reading of the names ceremony and the Town Report, we need to receive your names and check no later than December 4th. This annual event benefits the Fire Department, adds a beautiful lighted tree to the community and allows you to remember a loved one in a meaningful way. This event has come to provide a “coming together” of the community for an evening of remembering and celebrating.
Mark Your Calendars – Join us at the Fire Station for the tree-lighting ceremony on Sunday, December 8th, at 4:00 p.m. Refreshments will be provided. We hope your family will attend and take part in the brief ceremony. If you would like to be involved (music, bake cookies, serving, etc.) contact Stacey Freeguard (623-6065) or Chief Steve White (462-2336).
PLEASE RETURN THIS FORM BEFORE December 4th to ensure inclusion of a light and a name to the published list.
Make checks payable to: Whiting Fire Department. Send to Stacey Freeguard, 254 Stickney Rd. Whiting, VT, 05778.
Indicate the name(s) and how many light bulbs you would like in that name. $1 for each bulb purchased. One name per $1, please! Please, no pets.
“Come do your holiday shopping! Year round for 2019 ! For birthdays ! Every occasion there is ! A variety of crafters and vendors with gifts perfect for those on your list!!!! Of course the weekend before Thanksgiving so maybe nice table pieces for the Holiday”
Most of us are familiar with the damaging effects of phosphate pollution and e. coli contamination in Vermont’s lakes. Unfortunately, our contribution of pollutants doesn’t end there. The typical Vermont household flushes, pours, spills, or spreads a wide range of other harmful materials and chemicals:
Fats, oils, and greases (FOGs) such as bacon grease and frying oils clog pipes, pumps, and tanks;
Fibrous materials such as paper towels, tampons, Q-Tips, dental floss, hair, and so-called “flushable” wipes cause treatment system blockages that are expensive to repair;
Solid objects such as tampon applicators and cigarette butts, and plastic films such as product wrappers also cause clogs;
PPCPs – pharmaceuticals and personal care products — such as antibiotics, anti-microbials, birth control pills, insect repellent, hair dyes, and laundry products end up in groundwater, rivers, and lakes, harming aquatic ecosystems;
Chemicals used in the garage, lawn, and garden – degreasers, solvents, waxes, paints, antifreeze, fertilizers, insecticides, and weed-killers — wreak havoc in aquatic ecosystems, causing animal deformities and upsetting food chains.
In homes with private septic systems, these contaminants impair system effectiveness and enter groundwater flow; also, when private septic tanks are pumped, the material is often taken to a municipal plant for treatment (see following).
Homes on town/city sewers release these contaminants directly to the inflows of their public wastewater treatment facilities. The FOGs and solid materials cause blockages, requiring repairs and costing taxpayers money. Many of the harmful chemicals cannot be detected or removed by facilities, so too many end up – invisible, but damaging – in our natural waters.
The only remedy is to prevent them from entering the water in the first place. That means we, as individuals, need to learn what NOT to allow into our wastewater (and stormwater), and how to properly dispose of pollutants.
Thanks to the LCBP grant, GMWEA is now developing a series of four informational brochures, to be sent to every city and town in Vermont. Delivered to ratepayers with water/sewer bills, the brochures – along with website/blog postings and other media coverage – will inform Vermont households about how to reduce their outputs of ecosystem-damaging chemicals/materials and how to dispose of them properly.
*If you would like to discuss your property with the listers instead of or before scheduling a grievance hearing please call 623-7813 or email: WhitingListersVT@gmail.com and we will set up a time to sit down and discuss your
property. Please schedule this appointment before June 27th,
so you will
have time to file for grievance if you choose to. *