2021 Spring Bird Walks

Join Slate Valley Trails and Rutland County Audubon Society for 7:30 a.m. Tuesdays weekly slow-paced (3 to 4 miles, 3 to 4 hours) bird and wildflower hikes in the Poultney area. To reserve a spot: (preferred method), or call 598-2583, evenings 7 to 8 p.m. Locations will be April 27 — Fairgrounds West; May 4 — Poultney River & Rail Trail; May 11 — Fairgrounds East; May 18 — Endless Brook; May 25— Castleton University Trails; June 1 — Delaney Woods; June 8 — Poultney River & Rail Trail, revisited.


Ryan Napier, of Mount Holly, was named to the fall 2020 president’s list at Northern Vermont University


Art contest

BURLINGTON — The 2021 Growing Works of Art contest featured a record 225 entries from 16 schools and 11 homeschool families. Sponsored annually by the Vermont Urban and Community Forestry Program in partnership with University of Vermont Extension and the Vermont Department of Forests, Parks and Recreation, the theme of this year’s contest was Healthy Trees, Healthy Lives. One winner was selected per grade and received a Vermont State Park punch pass.

Winners were kindergarten — Oawen White, Reading Elementary School, Reading; first grade — Jasper Lawrence, home school student, Tunbridge; second grade — Chelsea Anker, Mater Christi School, Burlington; third grade — Jiya Sekar, Union Elementary School, Montpelier; fourth grade — Rowan Lawrence, home school student, Tunbridge; Rowan also had the top entry for his grade in first and third grade in past contests; fifth grade — Emma Haley, Middletown Springs Elementary School, Middletown Springs; sixth grade — Raxa Tariyal, Mater Christi School, Burlington; seventh grade — Kalib Burbank, Sharon Academy, Sharon; eighth grade — Amara Fuchs, Sharon Academy, Sharon.


MONTPELIER — Vermont high school students can now apply to the League of Women Voters of Vermont Education Fund Winona Smith Scholarship program. Visit online to complete applications, which are due May 1. Email for more information.


Rental assistance

WATERBURY — The new Reach Up Emergency Rental Assistance program can pay up to 15 months of rental assistance, which can be a combination of current rent, future rent and past-due rent incurred on or after March 13, 2020. This program is available to families enrolled in Reach Up, Reach First, Reach Ahead, PSE, or Reach Up Child-Only with at least one parent receiving Social Security Income (SSI). Visit for more information.

Historical societies

MONTPELIER — “Lively & Local: Historical Societies in Vermont” new exhibition opened April 7 at the Vermont History Museum in Montpelier. It explores the work of local historical societies and museums statewide.

Historic sugarhouses

FAYSTON — Sugarmaker Dori Ross, owner of Tonewood in the Mad River Valley, launched “The Sugarhouse Project” to identify and document historic sugarhouses across Vermont, focusing on the oldest ones and their legacy before they disappear. Visit and for more information.

Give blood

BURLINGTON — Visit to schedule a donation appointment by downloading the Red Cross Blood Donor App, or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or enabling the Blood Donor Skill on any Alexa Echo device. Upcoming blood donation opportunities April 16-30 are Caledonia County: Danville, 11:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. April 23, Pope Memorial Library Community Center, the old bank building, 41 Route 2 West; East Burke, 1 to 5:30 p.m. April 21, Burke Mountain Hotel and Conference Center, 2559 Mountain Road; St. Johnsbury, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. April 20, VFW, 204 Eastern Ave.

Lamoille County: Morrisville, 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. April 21, Green Mountain Support Services, 93 James Road; Stowe, noon to 4 p.m. April 20, Stowe Community Church, 137 Main St.

Orange County: Bradford, 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. April 21, Bradford National Guard Armory, 99 Fairground Road; Randolph, 12:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. April 22, Our Lady of Angels Catholic, 43 Hebard Hill Road.

Orleans County: Newport, noon to 4 p.m. April 27, United Church of Newport, 63 Third St.

Washington County: Barre, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. April 16, Barre Auditorium, 16 Auditorium Hill, and 11 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. April 30, Barre Auditorium-off cycle, 16 Auditorium Hill; Berlin noon to 4:30 p.m. April 19 Central Vermont Chamber of Commerce, 963 Paine Turnpike North, and 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. April 24, Berlin Mall, 282 Berlin Mall Road, Space 5, and noon to 4:30 p.m. April 27, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Berlin, 224 Hersey Road; Montpelier. 10 a.m. to 2:40 p.m. April 22, Montpelier Senior Center, 58 Barre St., and 11:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. April 28, Bethany United Church of Christ, 115 Main St.; Northfield, 11:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. April 20, American Legion Post 63, 48 Depot Square; Waitsfield, 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. April 17, Waitsfield United Church of Christ, 4335 Main St.; Waterbury, 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. April 28, St. Leo’s Parish, 109 South Main St.

ANR training

MONTPELIER — The Vermont Agency of Natural Resources (ANR) announces online training to help new, and not-so-new, municipal officials learn about ANR’s work and the tools available to help communities. Visit for more information about the ANR Municipal Day.

Day in the Dirt

VERMONT — Volunteers are needed for Day in the Dirt, Saturday, April 24, or Saturday, May 1, rain or shine, an event to help feed our neighbors by lending a hand at one of 15 school or community gardens statewide. Call 861-4769, visit or email for more information.

Farm of the Year

BURLINGTON — Agricultural organizations, dairy co-ops, agribusinesses, farmers and other individuals are encouraged to nominate the Vermont Dairy Farm of the Year. The deadline to submit a nomination is April 30. For more information, email or call (800) 639-2130.

Trash vs. recyclables

WILLISTON — People are donating more trash than ever to local nonprofits, according to new information released from Goodwill Northern New England. In the last year, Goodwill was forced to dispose of 13,216,580 pounds of bad donations adding up to bills of $1,238,004. Visit to learn what you can donate to Goodwill. Visit to learn what is recyclable and what is trash.

Vermont CycleNation

BURLINGTON — The American Heart Association announces the Vermont CycleNation event will kick off during American Stroke Month in May. Starting May 2 , participants can track their fitness activity by downloading the CycleNation app or using Strava when signing up. The goal is to challenge themselves by selecting an activity goal to keep moving and a fundraising goal to support the Association in Vermont. Visit for more information or to register.


Moose permits

MONTPELIER — The Vermont Fish and Wildlife Board voted on April 7 to have 60 either-sex moose hunting permits and 40 antlerless moose hunting permits available this year for a hunt limited to Vermont’s Wildlife Management Unit (WMU) E in the northeastern corner of the state. The science-based hunt will result in an estimated harvest of 51 to 66 moose, or 5% of the more than 1,000 moose currently estimated to live in WMU E. Visit to find permit applications.

Teen Conservation Weekend

CASTLETON — The Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department is offering two new Teen Conservation Weekends to be held this August at the Edward F. Kehoe Conservation Camp in Castleton. The cost for the weekend is $100, which includes all meals. Sponsorships are available on a limited basis. To register, email a completed application found at to and for questions, call 249-3199.

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