ROSES to the "bosom angels" who make "Knitted Knockers" for breast cancer survivors being treated at Southwestern Vermont Regional Cancer Center. These unsung heroes craft handmade knitted prosthetic breasts for those who have lost breasts to life-saving surgery. They leave the knitted bosoms -- said by some to be more comfortable than their expensive silicone counterparts -- in a basket under a sign marked "free." It's proof that angels on Earth exist.
THORNS to the vandals of the Tribesman Booster Club at Cambridge Central School. Two young men, ages 15 and 19, both former CCS students, face burglary charges for breaking windows, toppling deep fryers, emptying fire extinguishers at the club's snack shack on Saturday night, and then returning Sunday to tip over portable toilets on the athletic field. "It knocked the wind out of us, but the community has been really great. It's taken money from the kids, but we'll bounce back," Booster Club President Deb Brownell told the Banner. Donations may be made to The Cambridge Tribesmen Booster Club, PO Box 243, Cambridge, NY 12816.
ROSES to the economic boost area shop and restaurant owners received from healthy Columbus Day weekend tourist traffic. "I've been here 13 years, and this is the best Columbus Day weekend since," Judy Pennock of Evans' News, told the Banner. The Bennington Battle Monument, which predicted it would have 300 visitors per day, attracted 728 visitors on Saturday and 624 on Sunday -- from many states and foreign countries. Natasha Garder Littrell, owner of Crazy Russian Girls Bakery, said it was "the best Columbus Day we've had since we opened, and we needed it."
ROSES to the Hoosick Falls Central School field hockey team for their perfect 16-0 season!
ROSES to the return of Monster Cat, after a three-year hiatus, to his owner Karen Halvorsen this month. The cat went missing on Oct. 28, 2010, but Halvorsen never gave up hope of finding her beloved feline. After extensive searching, placing newspaper ads, and attempts to lure the pet home, Halvorsen's dream of finding him again came true when an animal rescue worker in nearby Adams, Mass., recognized the cat from a photo Halvorsen had posted. Although Monster Cat was a bit worse for the wear, he has now been reunited with his ecstatic owner. "I would like to thank all of the people who cared, prayed, & kept their eyes open for him!" Halvorsen said in one last classified ad she placed.