ROSES to Sen. Patrick Leahy, who continues to press for reimbursement of funds used to pay for emergency work in Bennington, Rockingham and Woodford in the wake of Tropical Storm Irene.
ROSES to the Hoosick Falls Central School girls lacrosse team, who won their first home game in program history on Monday. Under the direction of coach Lisa Ferrannini, the Panthers defeated the Cohoes Tigers 11-4, bringing their record to 3-2 for the season.
ROSES to Arlington Memorial High School softball team, who played their first home game in a year on Wednesday. Although the Eagles lost to Black River Wednesday, 22-1 in five innings, the game was significant in that last year the team had to cancel its season after one game because of low numbers. This year, they are back.
THORNS to helicopter parents who second-guess the coach's decisions as to who to play.
ROSES to the 21st Annual Washington County Fiber Tour, slated for today and Sunday. The tour includes 17 farms located throughout the New York county, as well as Battenkill Fibers Carding and Spinning Mill in Greenwich. Fluffy animals including alpacas, sheep and cashmere goats will be available for petting on the free, self-guided tour. Participating locations are open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. For a schedule visit www.washingtoncountyfibertour.org
ROSES to Good Samaritans Travis Bentley and brothers Tyler and Erik Prue, who stopped to help at the scene of a fire in a Lincoln Street home last Saturday. The three Bennington men said they had been driving down the road when they saw smoke and stopped to assist a resident who was having trouble exiting the home.
ROSES to emergency responders, including Bennington Fire Department, Bennington Rural and Pownal Fire, whose crews acted to quickly extinguish the fire and prevent it from spreading to neighboring residences.
THORNS to burglars who targeted homes in Pownal, Dorset, and Rupert recently and have not yet been apprehended. On Sunday, a purse and a "considerable amount of cash" was taken just after midnight from a West Meadow Court residence in Pownal, according to police. In Dorset, between April 4-7, cash and jewelry were taken. At a Derby Hill Road home in Rupert on April 17 or 18, some Makita power tolls and a Porter Cable drill were stolen. Anyone with information on any of the burglaries is asked to call Sgt. Brian Turner at the Shaftsbury state police barracks at 442-5421.
ROSES to those who established a fund to help the Moffitt family who lost their son and home in the fire. The Bank of Bennington, 155 North St., is accepting checks made out to Larry Moffitt. Clothing donations for Larry and Patricia Moffitt may be dropped off at the home of Brenda VanNess, 12 Tel Road, anytime today or Sunday. Clothing needed is as follows: In men's sizes, medium to large shirts, sweatshirt, and jackets. Shoes, boots, and slippers size eight and one half. Pants, jeans, and shorts size 36x30. Needed in women's sizes: Shirts, jackets, and sweatshirts size 4X. Pants, jeans, and shorts size 3X. Shoes, boots, and slippers, size nine triple wide. Additionally, donation buckets have been placed at downtown businesses including Pretty Nail Salon, Martin's Mobile, TJ's Fish Fry, Mincer's Mini Mart, Henry's Market, Papa Pete's, Bennington Station Restaurant, Kevin's, Jensen's Restaurant, The Blue Benn, Curves, the Shell stations on Northside Drive and Elm Street, Bennington Dry Cleaners and Coin-Op Laundry, Tropical Rayz, and Crazy Russian Girls Bakery.