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Battery drive

RSVP Operation Dolls & More is holding a new battery drive starting April 1 through June 3. Drop off all types (AA, AAA, C, D, 9V and Button Batteries) from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays at RSVP and the Volunteer Center, 6 Court St., Rutland. These batteries will be used in our refurbished toys going to needy families during the holidays. Call 775-8220 ext. 103 for more information.

Hospice chorus

WALLINGFORD — Trillium Hospice Chorus will perform at 7 p.m. April 4 at The Sparkle Barn, 1509 U.S. 7, Wallingford. Free will offering. Reserve seats online at

Jewish community

KILLINGTON — Vermont’s Jewish community will meet for a celebration of Jewish life in the Green Mountains from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Sunday, April 7, preceded by a Jewish Retreat (Shabbaton) April 5-6, both at the Killington Grand Resort Hotel. All ages are invited to attend a portion or the entirety of this weekend-long celebration of Jewish culture and learning.

Hazardous waste collection

For residents of Benson, Chittenden, Fair Haven, Middletown Springs, Pawlet, Rutland Town, Shrewsbury, Sudbury, Tinmouth and West Haven, call 342-5701 or visit for more information.

From 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturday, April 13, Transfer Station, 218 Northwood Park, off Post Road Extension in Rutland Town.

FAIR HAVEN — From 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturday, May 11, Transfer Station, 175 Fair Haven Ave. (off West Street).

Gardening talk

CASTLETON — The Rutland Chapter of the UVM Master Gardeners brings landscape designer and author Jan Johnsen to the Castleton Community Center at 7 p.m. April 15. This event is free and open to the public.

Tree stock

Rutland Natural Resources Conservation District is offering a spring planting program. All stock is bare root and is being offered at a reasonable cost. Orders will be taken until April 15, or until supplies last. Call 775-8034, ext. 117, or visit for more information.

Audubon events

— Explore vernal pools at 9 a.m. Saturday, April 20. Call 747-4466 for location.

— Vernal Pool Monitoring Project presentation at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 23, at Grace Congregational Church Fellowship Hall, 8 Court St., Rutland.

— Rutland County Audubon Photo Exhibit and Open House, 6 to 8 p.m. April 29, at Maclure Library, Route 7 and Adams Street, in Pittsford.

Cemetery meeting

BENSON — The Vermont Old Cemetery Association will hold its spring meeting beginning 9 a.m. May 4 at the Community Hall, Stage Road, Benson. Reserve your Wheel Inn-catered lunch by sending $12 to Barry Trutor, 31 Matthew Ave., Burlington, VT, 05048, by April 26; make checks payable to Barry Trutor.

4-H event

The annual Rutland County 4-H Dairy Quiz Bowl took place at the CVPS Conference Center of Rutland Regional Medical Center, with 21 Rutland County 4-H club members competing by age group to answer questions about breeds, anatomy, animal nutrition and health, dairy marketing and other dairy-related topics.

Questions were compiled by East Wallingford 4-H’ers Calvin, Dana and Lilli Seward, who have competed in the North American 4-H Invitational Dairy Quiz Bowl.

Winners of the Senior Division, ages 14-18, were Owen Seward, East Wallingford (first); Abigail Armstrong, Granville, New York (second); Tamara Tyminski, Wallingford (third); Rose Tarbell, Middletown Springs (fourth); Evelyn Trujillo (fifth) and Lorryn Trujillo (sixth), both from North Clarendon; and Kendra Clark, Bomoseen (seventh).

For the Junior Division, ages 11-13, the results were Emma Seward, East Wallingford (first); Kadence Cardi, Rutland (second); Patty Bruce, East Wallingford (third); Mackenzie Clark, Bomoseen (fourth); Jaymie Landon, West Pawlet (fifth); and Christian Beamis, North Clarendon (sixth).

Several 10-year-old 4-H’ers competed in a separate Junior Division. Placements were Wyatt Tarbell, Middletown Springs (first); Caleb Sprague, East Wallingford (second); Tristin Sumner, Granville, New York (third); Haedyn Sprague, East Wallingford (fourth); and AJ Landon, West Pawlet (fifth).

In the Novice Division for ages 8-9, Natalia Tarbell, of Middletown Springs, came in first; followed by David Landon, of West Pawlet, in second; and Brandon Palmer, of West Pawlet, in third.

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