Hilltown Voices: Hike and talk for young people hosted by Hilltown Land Trust and local author



Last modified: Saturday, April 04, 2015

The Hilltown Land Trust is offering a program for girls and boys that takes them on an exploratory hike April 11, and gives them a chance to enjoy the coming of spring and to sharpen their senses in the outdoors.

Participants will also have the opportunity to learn the behind-the-scenes research that goes into writing a book about the natural world.

Jeannine Atkins is the author of “Girls Who Looked Under Rocks,” a compilation of six stories that focus on the lives of accomplished scientists, researchers and naturalists during their childhood.

“We wanted to bring in a local author,” said Nicole Rhodes, an AmeriCorps volunteer with the Hilltown Land Trust. “For example, last year we had Jane Yolen who wrote ‘Owl Moon.’ So when I came across Jeannine Atkins’ book, I was excited to bring this to the program.”

Atkins said she wrote “Girls who Look Under Rocks” to shed light on the women who pushed past discouragement and discrimination and used their curiosity and passionate intelligence to become respected figures in the sciences.

She also hopes it inspires girls to follow their lead as scientists, explorers, and conservationists.

Featured in Atkins’ book are Maria Sibylla Merian, a German-born naturalist and scientific illustrator; Anna Botsford Comstock, an American artist, educator and conservationist and the leader of the nature study movement; Frances Hamerstrom, an American author, naturalist and ornithologist, and the only woman to study with Aldo Leopold; Rachel Carson, an American marine biologist and conservationist who wrote the groundbreaking book “Silent Spring”; Miriam Rothschild, a British natural scientist, and author with contributions to zoology, entomology, and botany; and Jane Goodall, an English primatologist, ethologist, anthropologist, who is considered to be the world’s foremost expert on chimpanzees.

The field portion of the event will be at Petticoat Hill Reservation in Williamsburg, a property that is owned and managed by the Trustees of Reservations.

The talk will take place at Meekins Library, 2 Williams St., which is across the street from the Petticoat Hill Reservation. The event will begin at 11 a.m. at Meekins Library and is free and open to the public.

Books signed by the author will be available for sale.

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Goshen town election

Angela Otis is running unopposed for a seat on the Select Board in the annual town election May 2. The seat is currently held by Joe Roberts, who is not seeking reelection after one term.

Otis currently serves on the Finance Committee.

“It is exciting because if she is elected, it will be the first time that two women served on the Select Board at the same time,” said Town Clerk Gina Papineau said.

The other two members are Diane Bushee and Scott Bisbee.

There are no contested seats on the ballot. The polls will be open from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m.

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April art exhibit

During April, the art exhibit in the Neil Hammer Gallery of the Hawks-Hayden Community Room at Meekins Library in Williamsburg will be landscape and still life oil paintings by Ed O’Brien titled Nature’s Peaceful Paintings.

O’Brien has been sketching and drawing since childhood. After a career in mechanical engineering he decided to pursue his artistic talents.

He has had showings in galleries in Massachusetts and Maine, and is also a painting instructor at the Hill Institute in Florence.

There will be an artist’s reception from noon until 2 p.m. on April 18.

Further information is available by calling Meekins Library at 268-7472.

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Goshen COA luncheon

The Goshen Council on Aging will have its April luncheon at the Brewmaster’s Tavern in Williamsburg at noon April 14. Anyone interested can meet in the Goshen town parking lot at 11:30 a.m. where a carpool will be arranged.

For more information or to RSVP, call Kathy Boisvert at 268-3651.

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