Zoe and Ella are the most recent lucky inductees into South Burlington pet royalty.

Beneath the forest canopy, or overstory, of towering trees is a second layer of vegetation known as the understory. It is composed of shrubs, saplings and understory trees that grow in the dappled shade of the overstory.

When hiking in Vermont’s woods, have you ever been wowed by a larger than average tree? Or perhaps you have a mammoth specimen growing in your own backyard. If so, you may be looking at a champion tree, one worth adding to the state’s big tre…

Are trees individuals? I started to think about this question after hearing a researcher say that trees are “colonial organisms” — more like colonies of autonomous branches than individuals.

Father Tim Naples of St. John Vianney Church, 160 Hinesburg Road, South Burlington will host an interactive mental health presentation on Thursday, May 12, 6-7:30 p.m. by the National Alliance on Mental Illness of Vermont.

Claire Black, renowned Burlington-based pianist, will perform music by Robert and Clara Schumann and Ludwig Beethoven on Sunday, May 15, 7-9:30 p.m., First Congregational Church, 39 Main St., Essex Junction

The United Church of Hinesburg annual plant sale continues Saturday, May 14, 9 a.m.-1 p.m., at the church, 10570 Route 116, and will include annuals, some perennials and a bake sale.

The four leading Democratic primary candidates for Vermont’s sole U.S. House seat — Becca Balint, Sianay Chase Clifford, Molly Gray and Kesha Ram Hinsdale — will participate in a forum Thursday, May 19, 6-8 p.m., Main Street Landing, Burlington.

South Burlington High School senior Gianna Morin presented a devotional opening on April 26 in the Vermont House of Representatives.

The Humane Society of Chittenden County hosts its 28th Walk for the Animals and 5K Doggie Fun Run at Burlington’s Battery Park, Sunday, June 5.

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