ROSES to Kara Reimann, United Counseling Services Big Brothers, Big Sisters program coordinator, who with just three months on the job has successfully matched seven Bennington County "littles," or children aged 5 to 14, with "bigs" -- older individuals who serve as mentors. "Ideally, we would love ‘bigs' to see their ‘littles' go all the way through high school," Reimann told The Banner. Bigs and Littles hang out for one to three hours per week Anyone interested in becoming involved in the Big Brothers, Big Sisters program may contact Reimann at 802-442-5491 or kreimann@ucsvt.org.

THORNS to the person or persons who intentionally set a fire at an apartment on Gage Street in Bennington in Sunday's early morning hours. Three separate fires were found and extinguished within the residence, which was ruled a total loss with about $20,000 in damages. At least three residents were displaced. The investigation is ongoing, but the fire has been ruled arson, fire officials told The Banner.

ROSES to Anselm "Ans" Bradford, a 1997 Mount Anthony Union High School graduate who was the lone U.S. representative at the Google-sponsored EU hackathon in Belgium in June. Now a resident of San Francisco, Bradford is a Fellow with the nonprofit Code for America. He is a son of Harda and Stuart Bradford of Bennington.

ROSES to Southern Vermont College women's volleyball team for remaining unbeaten in New England Collegiate Conference play to date. SVC is 9-7 overall and 6-0 in the conference.

ROSES to SVC's women's soccer team, for securing a postseason spot with Monday's 8-0 win over Wheelock. The Mountaineers are in third place in the NECC, behind unbeaten Lesley and Elms -- the last two opponents on their schedule.

ROSES to Molly Stark Elementtary School students and teachers who have worked to learn a dance to Michael Jackson's "Thriller" as part of the Mosaic After School Program. To get a sneak peek of this adorable routine, visit BenningtonBanner.com and find the short Tout video by Staff Writer Elizabeth Conkey in our Tout widget (on the righthand side of the home page). The kids will perform the dance in front of the entire school during December's Monday Morning Celebration.

ROSES to Vermont Attorney General Bill Sorrell, who, with his team of attorneys and staff, are tackling child pornography, patent trolling and mobile phone charge cramming in the state. Sorrell, a 16-year veteran of the state's chief law enforcement post, has recently announced a bid for re-election in 2014. During a recent visit to the Banner, he also spoke about the need for increased coordination among the state's Special Investigative Units when it comes to drug-related prosecutions.

~Michelle Karas