ROSES and good luck to the Mount Anthony Union High School wrestling team, which is competing in the 2014 Vermont State Wrestling Championships here in Bennington this weekend. MAU is reaching for its 26th straight state championship. In a word: Wow.
ROSES to all who participate in the town meeting floor meetings and voting next week. You can't complain if you don't vote (right?)
THORNS to the three people accused of stealing items including cash and electronics from a locker room at Burr and Burton Academy during a recent high school dance competition. Manchester Police reported that items totaling $1,500 were taking from a locker room that was being used by the Mount Anthony Union and Springfield high school dance teams.
ROSES to those who worked to bring the 14th annual 2014 U.S. Snowshoe Championships (ussnowshoechampionships.com) to Prospect Mountain in Woodford Saturday and Sunday. Instrumental in Bennington's bid for the event were Bob Dion, owner of Dion Snowshoes in North Bennington, and Tim Van Orden, a local snowshoeing enthusiast and competitor. The event will bring hundreds of the world's top snowshoers and their entourages to the area, will showcase the fine facility at Prospect, and will add to local hotel, restaurant and other business's coffers. And to top it off, proceeds from the event will be donated to the Bill Koch Youth Ski League and the Mount Anthony Nordic ski team.
ROSES to the state Department of Labor for pledging to work with the 143 people soon-to-be-laid off by Plasan Carbon Composites in Bennington. Following the company's announcement last week that it intends to close its 139 Shields Drive facility and consolidate operations in Michigan, the DOL has scheduled job fairs in April and May to cater specifically to Plasan workers. Affected employees will also have the opportunity for individual meetings with a member of the DOL's Rapid Response Team, and will have access to workshops on topics including resume writing, interviewing and starting a small business.
ROSES to the Bennington Police Department for arresting a major heroin dealer Friday who was on his way to Bennington, presumably to distribute heroin and crack cocaine found in his possession. Desmond Feurtado, 25, whose hometown was not reported, was found with more than 300 packets of heroin and a large rock of crack cocaine, all with a street value of $8,500, hidden in food containers in the vehicle in which he was a passenger, police said. Wanted for heroin trafficking, Feurtado was held in Rutland Jail after failing to make $150,000 bail. The driver, Gerald Johnson, 30, of Arlington, and another passenger, Michelle Snyder, 28, of Bennington, were found to be in possession of heroin, per police.