Wednesday, Aug. 28
Bingo in Arlington
ARLINGTON -- The Arlington Fire Department Ladies’ Auxiliary will host bingo at 7 p.m. at the Arlington Fire Department on Old Mill Road. Chamber Music Concert
ARLINGTON -- St. James Episcopal Church invites all to a concert of chamber music at 7 p.m. Five musicians visiting from Japan will be featured in the concert of musical masterpieces along with Daniel Shulman, piano and Kaori Washiyama, violin. The concert will include the music of Mozart and Brahms.
Comprising a string quartet with clarinet, these professional and accomplished artists are participants in this summer’s Shulman/Washiyama Advanced Performer’s Seminar, a program for intensive study and performance directed by Shulman and Washiyama, based in Shushan, New York. The program directors greatly enjoy performing at St. James and the quintet of visiting players is traveling here expressly to prepare their repertoire to perform. All are welcome.
Planning for arrival of invasive ash borer begins here
BENNINGTON -- Planning has begun in Bennington for the arrival of the emerald ash borer (EAB), a non-native invasive killer of ash trees. Volunteers from the state’s Forest Pest First Detectors program and staff with the Bennington County Regional Commission and the Bennington County Conservation District met this week with Town of Bennington planning director Dan Monks to start working on a municipal response plan for the insect.
The first step in developing a plan will be mapping the town’s ash trees. Tree-wise volunteers will be needed this autumn to walk or bike or drive local roads to locate and count ash trees in or near the town right-of-way. The number of trees will help determine how the town will deal with the invasion -- how it will remove the trees, where they will be stored while awaiting disposal, and how they will be disposed of. Studies from communities where EAB has become established show that it costs an average $300 per tree to respond to EAB infestations.
First discovered in 2002 in Michigan, the emerald ash borer has since spread east and west, leaving behind tens of millions of dead trees. (The species causes almost 100 percent ash mortality.) While its natural rate of spread is one-half mile annually, it has "moved 65 miles an hour" on transported firewood. Now it is on Vermont’s doorstep: earlier this year the pest was discovered in Dalton, Mass., and Voorheesville, N.Y.
For more information on the project, contact the Bennington County Conservation District at 442-2275 or email@example.com.
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