ROSES to Relay for Life of Bennington County, an inspiring community event which starts tonight at 6 at the track at Mount Anthony Union High School. The event is expected to raise more than $100,000 for the American Cancer Society to fund cancer research. ROSES to all the cancer survivors participating in the event. For more information or to donate, search Facebook for the Relay for Life of Bennington County page.
ROSES to a group that is starting a "time bank" in the Bennington area. Hour of Our Community held its first orientation meeting this week to explain how the time bank works and how people can be part of it. The concept is basically for every hour you give to someone else you can call in an hour from someone else in the bank. Cost is only $25 to register. For instance, an hour of baby-sitting for one member could be traded for an hour of lawn-mowing for another. How useful. To get on the mailing list, email firstname.lastname@example.org THORNS to the two men who burgled Ramunto’s Pizza in Bennington Sunday night. Surveillance video showed two men inside the restaurant after it had closed for the night, using flashlights and attempting to gain access to cash registers. Police are seeking information about the burglary. Call Officer Benjamin Lackey at 802-442-1030.
ROSES to the North Bennington Graded School students and teachers for planting a maple tree on the school’s playground in memory of David Aldrich, an area architect who recently passed away.
ROSES to area high school athletes for completing the spring season while at the same time applying yourself to your studies. ROSES to teams that did well enough to advance to playoff games, including Mount Anthony Union High School softball team and Burr and Burton Academy’s baseball and girls lacrosse teams. The MAU softball team lost a long-awaited Division I quarterfinal on Saturday 3-2 to Missisquoi. Coach Katie Contrada told the Banner: "I’m really proud of our kids ... We lost this game but we had an awesome season. I’m not upset because it’s been such a great ride." BBA’s girls lacrosse team advanced to the Division II state final but lost to Rice Memorial 17-10. BBA’s baseball team also made it to the Division II final, where it lost 9-0 to Otter Valley. BBA wrapped up its most successful four-year run in program history that day, and a 17-3 record for the year. "That’s still a great season," BBA coach Tony Cirelli told The Banner."... I told them, keep your heads up and that I love every one of you guys ... it was a pleasure to coach them." Sounds like great sportsmanship all around.
ROSES to the young artists (and their teachers) who designed the 20 table top catamounts that are part of Bennington’s Catamount Prowl 2013. The artful, often whimsical sculptures will be displayed around town through October. Look for them at downtown businesses and organizations.
ROSES to local business owners and residents who are pitching in to raise funds to paint Bennington’s historic Old First Congregational Church this summer. The stately church is a Bennington icon that serves as a gateway to a large number of visitors to town who come from New York via Route 9. The church’s "Pitch in to Paint" fundraising efforts, which include a raffle of a hand-hooked wool rug donated by Ann Herrick, aim to raise $5,000 for the new paint job. Raffle tickets may be purchased for $5 or five for $20 at the church office or participating downtown businesses.