Wilton CERT To Dedicate New Response Vehicle

Wilton CERT (Community Emergency Response Team) was established in 2004 and has since grown to a corps of 86 dedicated volunteers who are viewed as a valued Wilton emergency response partner. Over the years the growth in Wilton CERT membership has been accompanied by a growth in equipment, and activity levels. A new truck has been purchased and it will be dedicated by the town next Wednesday, June 17. Members of the community are invited to attend.

CERT Team members volunteered countless hours over the years to the benefit of the Wilton community. According to a release from Mark Amatrudo, Wilton’s emergency management director, CERT members’ missions include shelter management and staffing; pedestrian and vehicle traffic control; search and rescue; damage assessment; and assistance in the town’s emergency operations center.

With a very modest annual budget, their cache of equipment has grown to a point where it no longer would all fit in their response trailer. It became apparent that a larger vehicle was needed. “A 15-foot Ford box truck was purchased and outfitted via a combination of town funds and meaningful contributions from local service clubs, businesses, individuals, and major corporations. It’s fitted with a multitude of communications and deployment equipment,” Amatrudo said.

Members of the community are invited to the CERT team, town officials, emergency response personnel, uniformed services, town and state emergency management officials, and other guests at the dedication of the new CERT response vehicle. It will take place on Wednesday, June 17 at Wilton Fire Headquarters, 236 Danbury Rd., at 9:30 a.m..

Host Families Needed for Rotary Exchange Student

The Rotary Club of Wilton is currently looking for host families for the 2015 -2016 school year to host our their exchange student, Elise, a high school-aged girl from Japan.

To further their mission of advancing international understanding, goodwill and peace, the Rotary Club sponsors an exchange student each year from another country. The student attends Wilton High School and lives with three local families during the course of one full academic year.

Rotary is currently looking for three host families who preferably have at least one child at home who attends WHS and who can introduce Elise to the school and fellow students. Each host family is asked to provide a home for our student for approximately 3-1/2 months.

“Our primary goal is to provide a safe and rewarding experience for our exchange students, and the host families are pivotal in creating that experience. A host family can have a very positive effect on our student while receiving a rewarding and enriching experience themselves,” says Elizabeth Edwards, the youth exchange officer for Wilton Rotary.

To learn more, contact Edwards by phone at 203.544.9945 or via email, or check out the Rotary website.

Learn More about Cub Scouts Saturday

Cub Scout Pack 17, Wilton’s pack for boys in grades 1-5, is hosting a spring campout and advancement ceremony on Saturday, June 13, and they’re inviting anyone interested in learning more about becoming involved in scouting.

Pack 17 meets once a month in the cafeteria at Cider Mill School. During the month, smaller “dens,” comprised of 6-8 boys organized by age, meet separately.

Pack leaders say, “Our values-based Cub Scout program offers one of the best returns on time invested in your son’s activities. Through activities like camping, community projects, the Pinewood Derby and bottle rocket building, our boys learn skills for the woods and values for life.”

The event begins at 4 p.m. on Saturday, June 13 at the Hoyt Training Center & Scout Reservation North Camp in Redding. Pack activities are open to the entire family. There will be organized camp games and a hike for those interested, and guests are invited to stay for the advancement ceremony and dinner. After dinner, there will be stories told around the campfire.

For directions to Hoyt Reservation, visit the pack’s website: www.cubpack17.com. To RSVP, contact Ryan Thompson via email or call 215.990.1442.