Alewife die-off

MILTON — Large numbers of small fish called alewife are washing up on the shores of Lake Champlain in Milton and Georgia. Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department biologists say it is an example of the kind of problems non-native invasive fish species can cause, that they are not well adapted to winters in freshwater lakes.

State Fisheries Biologist Shawn Good: “The great fishing we enjoy today could be gone tomorrow if aquatic nuisance fish species are allowed to spread,” he cautioned. “We all need to work together to slow or prevent the spread of exotic species and protect Vermont’s native fish and the fishing opportunities they provide.”

Audubon events

Upcoming Rutland County Audubon Society events, free and open to the public, include:

— 6 to 8 p.m. Monday, April 29, at Maclure Library in Pittsford, Photo Exhibit Open House for birders, photographers and the general public.

— 6 p.m. Wednesday, May 8, at Poultney Public Library, Warbler Warmup presentation by Joel Tilley.

— 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 15, at Maclure Library in Pittsford, Vermont Center for Ecostudies naturalist will talk on citizen scientists submitting data to ebird and more.

— Saturday, June 8, 8 a.m. meet at St. Alphonsus parking lot, Bird walk along Cadwell Loop trail in Pittsford (rain date, June 15).

— 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, June 18, at Maclure Library in Pittsford, Presentation on the difference between white meat and dark meat in poultry.

— 11 a.m. Saturday, July 13, at at Pittsford Recreation Area, Live bird presentation featuring owls and hawks.

We trust that many of you will come to the Maclure Library to view the bird photos and take part in the special events.

Bone Builders volunteers

RUTLAND — RSVP Bone Builders has scheduled an all-day workshop from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 15, at Engle Hall of Christ the King Church, 66 South Main St., Rutland, to qualify volunteer trainers for the osteoporosis exercise program. For more information or workshop reservations, call 775-8220, ext. 102.

Children’s mental health

Community Care Network/Rutland Mental Health Services host “How to Survive and Thrive in the Children’s Mental Health Maze” presentation to build awareness of the children’s mental health system, available community resources, and help participants feel more empowered to advocate for their children. The event will take place from 5 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, May 7, at the Education and Wellness Center, 78 South Main St. office of Community Care Network in Rutland, access is from Engrem Avenue. For more information or registration, call 775-2381 or email

Homecare Connection podcast

RUTLAND — VNA & Hospice of the Southwest Region has launched a new podcast, “The Homecare Connection,” a supplement to the public access TV show of the same name. The podcast is geared toward anyone who wants to take control of the many issues that affect us as we age. To listen to the podcast, visit

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