COLCHESTER — Thirty members of the Vermont Air National Guard engineering squadron are expected to be in Afghanistan by January.
Colonel Michael Morgan is with the 158th Fighter Wing of the Vermont Air National Guard and says the airmen will work at airfields doing similar functions as a Public Works Department.
Col. Michael Morgan tells Vermont Public Radio (http://bit.ly/X2ICvJ) the Air Guard members will start deploying soon. He said their duties will include maintaining heat and hot water, in addition to aircraft.
They are expected to be in Afghanistan for six months.
CHITTENDEN — The American Red Cross is training volunteers to convert Barstow Elementary School into a temporary shelter in case of an emergency like the devastation visited last year by Tropical Storm Irene.
In the wake of that storm, Red Cross officials said they decided to reach out to communities throughout Vermont to offer cots, emergency supplies and trainings to volunteers who wanted to establish local shelters.
In Rutland County, where flooding from Irene turned some communities into islands cut off from the rest of the world, the hard-hit community of Mendon has teamed up with Chittenden to use the elementary school in case of future disasters.
A Red Cross shelter coordinator will lead training for volunteers at the school today starting at 5 p.m. Anyone interested in attending can call Larry Kupferman at 660-9130 ext. 113.
BELLOWS FALLS — The Greater Falls Warming Shelter will hold two training sessions for volunteers as it prepares to open its cold weather shelter.
The first session is Thursday, Oct. 18 at 6 p.m. and the next will take place Sunday, Oct. 28 at 3 p.m. Both sessions are at 23 Church St. in North Walpole, N.H. and volunteers can attend either session.
Volunteers are needed to staff the shelter seven days a week in two shifts from 7 p.m. to 1 a.m. and 1 a.m. to 7 a.m. Two volunteers staff each shift and are expected to remain awake during their shift. Other volunteers may bring in prepared meals.
There will also be an open house Thursday, Oct. 25 from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. All are invited to view the facility and meet the staff and board of directors.
For more information visit their Facebook page at Greater Falls Warming Shelter or email [email protected]
POULTNEY — Volunteers are invited to participate in a second cemetery clean up from 1 to 3 p.m. on Saturday at the Poultney Cemetery Association on Beaman Street.
The is the second autumn clean up for the association, which needs help raking, cutting and hauling debris to the landfill. They ask volunteers bring yard tools, ladders, wheel barrows, chain saws and trash bags, along with water and appropriate clothing.
For more information, contact email [email protected]