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Science colloquiums

CASTLETON — The Castleton University Natural Sciences Department will present science colloquiums throughout the fall, featuring presenters from colleges and organizations across Vermont and beyond. All science colloquium events are held from 2 to 2:50 p.m. in Jeffords Auditorium and are free and open to the public.

Oct. 18: Dr. Charles Bridges, faculty in the Department of Molecular and Cell Biology at University of Connecticut, presents “Implementation of Engineered Symbionts to Study Interactions in the Termite.”

Oct. 25: Dr. Geoff Cook, of New England College, presents “Bioprospecting in the Marine Environment: The Search for Novel Antimicrobial Peptides in Corals.”

Nov. 1: Margaret Fowle, conservation biologist with Audubon Vermont, presents “Migration Patterns and Conservation of Golden-Winged and Blue-Winged Warblers in the Champlain Valley.”

Nov. 8: Dr. Christine Carmichael, part-time faculty in the Natural Sciences Department and owner of Fair Forests Consulting, presents “Health Impacts of Climate Change and ‘Green’ Solutions: The Power of Integrating Diverse Perspectives.”

Nov. 15: Dr. Rory Waterman, associate dean and professor of chemistry at The University of Vermont, presents “Metal-Catalyzed Routes to Low-Valent Main Group Fragments.”

Nov. 22: Randy Brooks, O.D., part-time faculty in the Natural Sciences Department, presents “Careers in Health Care — Focus on Optometry.”

Dec. 6: Castleton University McNair Scholar Kaitlyn Clark and Natural Sciences Department faculty Dr. Cynthia Moulton present “Pollinator Diversity in Rutland County, Vermont.”

Songwriters/Composers Night

POULTNEY — Stone Valley Arts will host a free Songwriter/Composers Night at 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 18, and on every third Friday of the month, at Fox Hill, 145 East Main St. in Poultney. Musicians have an opportunity to present their music in a cafe-style setting. This event is also open to anyone who would like to come to just listen and enjoy the music. For more information, call 325-2603.

Guided hike

SUNDERLAND — Join conservation staff from Vermont Fish & Wildlife and the Vermont Land Trust from 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 19, Hayden Road in Sunderland, to learn about the incredible series of wetlands and recent conservation efforts at Keswick Swamp Wildlife Management Area in Sunderland. To register, visit

Yang 24

CASTLETON — Yang 24, a simplified form of Tai Chi, beginner class will be held at 6:30 p.m. Mondays, starting Oct. 21, at the Castleton Community Center. The class is $5 per session. To register or for more information, call 558-6714 or email

Deer processing

Vermont State Game Wardens Abigail Serra and Jeffrey Whipple will conduct a free, hands-on seminar on deer processing from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 27, at the Vermont Fish & Wildlife office, 271 North Main St., #215, Rutland. To register, visit

‘Extremis’ screening

In commemoration of Palliative Care & Hospice month, Rutland Regional Medical Center’s Palliative Care Program, BAYADA Hospice and VNA & Hospice of the Southwest Region, are sponsoring a free screening and discussion of the documentary short film, “Extremis.” The event will be from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 29, at CVPS/Leahy Community Health Education Center in Rutland Regional Medical Center, 160 Allen St., Rutland.

The 20-minute film depicts the emotions around end-of-life decisions that families, patients and physicians face in a hospital intensive care unit. There will be a discussion directly following with cardiologist Dr. Adam Coleman and intensive care specialist Dr. James Geiling.

A light supper will be provided. Please RSVP by calling 747-1655 or email

Legal needs

BURLINGTON — Legal Services Vermont and Vermont Legal Aid nonprofit law firms want to know more about the civil legal problems facing low-income and vulnerable Vermonters. Area meetings to hear from Vermonters, their community partners and supporters, will be:

Bennington, 1 to 2:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 30, Community College of Vermont (CCV), Room 152, 324 Main St.

Rutland, 5:30 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 30, Community College of Vermont (CCV), Room 102, 60 West St.

Brattleboro, 1 to 2:30 p.m. Monday, Nov. 4, Community College of Vermont (CCV), Room 271, 41 Harmony Place.

Ash trees

BURLINGTON — The Vermont Urban and Community Forestry Program and the Vermont Land Trust are partnering to gather stories and photos from Vermonters about ash trees. If you have stories, photos, drawings, maps, poems or anything else to share, you can send by email to or mail to Allaire Diamond, Vermont Land Trust, P.O. Box 850, Richmond, VT 05477. The project is ongoing, with Nov. 15 as the next deadline for submissions.

Ash trees are an important part of woodlands, wetlands, towns and cities, as they provide habitat for wildlife, stabilize soils of floodplains and shade town greens, streets and yards. However, the state’s 150 million ash trees are now threatened by the emerald ash borer, an invasive insect. Once infested, an ash tree is likely to die within five years.

For more information, call 651-8343 or visit

Alzheimer’s Helpline

The Alzheimer’s Foundation of America (AFA) has expanded the weekend hours of its national toll-free helpline, (866) 232-8484, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. The helpline, also available weekdays from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., provides individuals with Alzheimer’s disease and their caregivers with assistance, support and resources. Also visit to connect with one of AFA’s licensed social workers through email, live chat or Skype.

Achievement Awards

MONTPELIER — Area historical societies honored with League of Local Historical Societies & Museums Achievement Awards by the Vermont Historical Society at its annual meeting include Bridgewater Historical Society for the Bridgewater Historical Society Newsletter and Fair Haven Historical Society for the book “Fair Haven Memories.”

VTF&W calendar

MONTPELIER — Now available is Vermont Fish & Wildlife’s 2020 calendar with photos by many well-known Vermont photographers including Roger Irwin, Daniel Berna, Kurt Budliger, Josh Blouin, Bryan Pfeiffer and Ian Clark.

The calendar is available for $15 at Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department offices in Montpelier, Barre, St. Johnsbury, Springfield, Rutland and Essex Junction — and with a printable free-shipping order form online at


Addison J. Crosby

A daughter, Addison June, was born Sept. 30, 2019, at Rutland Regional Medical Center, to Nicole Grenier and Ronald Crosby, of Rutland.

Jamison P. Bessette

A daughter, Jamison Paisley, was born Oct. 4, 2019, at Porter Medical Center in Middlebury, to Ashley Hansen and Marc Bessette, of Whitehall, New York.

Katherine O. Richard

A daughter, Katherine Olivia, was born Oct. 5, 2019, at Porter Medical Center in Middlebury, to Christopher and Elizabeth (Allison) Richard, of Pittsford.

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