Saturday March 30, 2013

ROSES to the Bennington Rural Fire Department for quickly responding to and extinguishing a fire on the exterior of the new state welcome center on Friday, March 22. According to investigators, the fire was sparked by a contractor's heating unit on the construction site, which is located in the middle of the Route 279 system interchange. Firefighters were able to extinguish the flames within about five minutes of their arrival, according to Bennington Rural Fire Chief Sean Gardner. The facility, which will be run by the Bennington Area Chamber of Commerce, is set to open later this year.

ROSES to the organizers of Career Week, a host of events to be held this coming week at Bennington-area businesses, colleges and public schools. Every day, Monday through Friday will feature events designed to engage all ages. See a list of many of the Career Week activities on page 6C. Additionally, a Spring Career and Internship Fair is slated at Southern Vermont College on Thursday, April 4, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Open to the public, the fair will feature representatives from local and regional industries, law enforcement offices, state agencies, health sites, and nonprofit organizations. The Banner will be publishing columns penned by area manufacturers on the theme "We Make Cool Stuff" every day that week. The columns were facilitated by the Bennington County Industrial Corporation. ROSES to Bennington Rescue Squad for marking 50 years of providing first response emergency medical services. The squad, which organized in 1963, celebrated its longevity last weekend at a banquet held at the Equinox Hotel & Spa in Manchester.

ROSES to those who facilitated the installation of a Little Free Library at the Bennington Recreation Center. The festive miniature lending libraries encourage reading by offering books to the public to read or trade for free. Marie-Pierre Huguet, assistant director for adult education at Southwest Vermont Career Development Center proposed the idea of bringing one of the Little Free Library boxes to the Rec Center. "(This project) was a wonderful opportunity to do something for Bennington," Huguet told the Banner. What makes this project even more enticing is it was a community effort -- the box itself was built by Huguet's husband, Sandy Sumner, and painted by students at Mount Anthony Union High School with a Dr. Seuss theme. The Little Free Library is currently housed inside the center but will be moved outdoors when the ground thaws.

ROSES to Burr and Burton Academy boys hockey coach Cory Herrington, who recently announced his retirement from coaching. Herrington, who has served as the Bulldogs coach for the past 11 years and has lead the tem to two crowns and five title games, is stepping down so he can spend more time with his family. He will continue to serve as Associate Dean of Students and teach social studies at the academy.

~Michelle Karas