Saturday August 10, 2013

ROSES to nonprofit organization Threshold Collaborative for hosting a free walking tour Sunday in North Bennington in conjunction with the village's Living History Day. Locations include 66 Main St., where author Shirley Jackson wrote "The Lottery," and the historic Park McCullough House. Maps for the tour will be provided from noon to 3 p.m. on Sunday at Powers Market.

ROSES to the six area baseball players who will be competing for the South on Saturday in the North-South Senior All-Star doubleheader in Rutland. Three players from Burr and Burton Academy, Robert England, Jake Stalcup and Zach Steward, and three Mount Anthony Union High School players, Zach Bahan, Cameron Bow and Weston Lozier, are a part of the All-Stars for the South.

ROSES to the athletes participating in and the supporters of the pickup soccer tournament honoring former Mount Anthony Union High School student Lee Goldsmith on Saturday at Willow Park. Goldsmith, a 2002 MAU graduate and soccer standout for the Patriots, died of cancer in 2009. Every year since then, six to 10 teams of high school age players from near and far compete in the event.

ROSES to the organizers of the well-run Southern Vermont Art and Craft Festival, held for the first time this year in Bennington's Camelot Village. The three-day event was well attended and offered fun, food and art for all ages.

ROSES to the Catamount Wrestling Club for finishing seventh out of 40 high-school age teams at the prestigious Thousand Island Duals last weekend.


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ROSES also to Mount Anthony Union High School's Jesse Webb, Troy Gassaway and Tyler Mattison, who each went 5-0 at the event, while Jack Luciano, Austin Price and Perle Webb were 4-1. Justin Morse also had four wins.

ROSES to the cast, directors, producers and sponsors of the recent Living Room Theater Co. production of Anton Chekhov's "Uncle Vanya" at the Park McCullough property in North Bennington earlier this month. It was a rare and wonderful opportunity to see a charmingly-acted play performed outdoors (partially) and then be creatively staged in three different areas of the barn.

ROSES to those who have the time and patience to become hospice volunteers. The local hospice provider, which staffs about 60 volunteers for an area covering Bennington, North Bennington, Pownal and Woodford, is looking for people of all ages to take the training to become volunteers to help those who are in their final days. A nine-week hospice training is set to begin on Sept. 19. To learn more about volunteering for hospice or to register for the training, call 802-442-5502.

ROSES to Hoosick Falls Central School for earning the top spot in the New York all-sport list, the 2012-13 Kerr Cup standings in Class C. Named for longtime sportswriter Neil Kerr, the Kerr Cup is an all-sport championship, awarding points for every school that finished in the top eight in the state in each respective sport. Hoosick Falls scored well for its football and girls soccer championships.

~Michelle Karas