ROSES to Norman Greenberg, who left a legacy of shrewd business acumen and philanthropy. Greenberg, founder of H. Greenberg and Son Inc. in Bennington, died at age 95 on Thursday in his Bennington home. ROSES to the 47th Annual Bennington Car Show, which attracted auto enthusiasts from near and far last weekend to Bennington’s Willow Park. Sponsored in part by the Bennington Rotary Club, the Bennington Area Chamber of Commerce and other area Rotary and Lions clubs, the event raises money for projects in the Bennington community.
ROSES to the 20th Annual Bennington Quiltfest, held at Mount Anthony Union Middle School at the same time as the car show -- a nice foil to the car show!
ROSES to Vermont Rep. Peter Welch for proposing legislation this week that could lower college costs nationwide by reducing federal regulations and increasing flexibility in application for federal financial aid. The Flexibility to Innovate for College Affordability Act, if passed, would enable those enrolled in college courses to apply for federal grants and loans toward accelerated degree completion, competency testing, competency-based learning, and dual-enrollment opportunities. According to Welch, the bill "encourages cost-saving innovations." Anything that can help a college education become affordable to more people is a plus.
ROSES to local hunting enthusiast Kevin Hoyt, whose cable access show "The Future of Hunting" now offered on CAT-TV is soon set to air nationwide on satellite networks Direct TV and Dish Network. Hoyt, who started doing the show in 1999, approaches guides and game preserves who donate a hunt. A drawing for the hunt is held for members of the show’s club and winners are selected from areas near the hunting location. Look for Hoyt’s show to debut on the Pursuit Channel Oct. 1 at 1:30 p.m.
ROSES to United Methodist Faith Community for recently donating $4,550 in retail-store gift cards to Bennington children in foster care. The congregation sold its former church building (now the Green Mountain Christian Center) on Main Street in Bennington and joined the Shaftsbury United Methodist Church. As proceeds generated from the sale must be spent in Bennington, and the group chose to donate to the Department of Children and Families before school started so middle- and high-school age foster children could buy backpacks, school supplies and school clothes.
THORNS to those involved in the murder of North Adams resident Ellen DePaoli. The 84-year-old woman, a longtime cafeteria supervisor at an area high school, was found dead in her home on Tuesday. The police investigation was brought to Bennington Thursday afternoon, when a car registered to DePaoli was tracked to town. The driver, North Adams resident David A. Delratez, was taken into custody and ultimately charged with DePaoli’s murder Friday. We hope his arrest pending ajudication helps to bring closure to the deceased’s family.