ROSES to all who assisted at poll sites and kept the voting process running smoothly on Town Meeting Day.

ROSES to several amazing school events in the area this week. A few great examples include Dr. Seuss Night at Bennington Elementary School on Thursday, after which each student went home with a free book; the "Wizard of Oz" production Wednesday and Thursday at Molly Stark Elementary School, which featured elaborate costumes and sets; and Wellness Day, celebrated at Maple Street School in Manchester Friday, which got the kids moving and having fun.

ROSES and good luck to the Mount Anthony Union High School wrestling team, which, fresh off its 26th straight state championship, this weekend is competing in the New England wrestling championships. "We're the favorites on paper, but we have to go out and wrestle. There's no added pressure, we have to let it play out as it will," Scott Legacy, MAU wrestling coach, told the Banner.

THORNS to whoever decided that the MAU wrestling team should not get its usual celebratory "parade" (school bus lap around town) after winning the state championships. The team is due to be feted in an upcoming parade, but the traditional victory lap opportunity was sorely missed. ROSES to the $81,000 grant received by the Community College of Vermont through the Vermont Community Foundation that will be used to improve services the college provides to students who are veterans.


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"We're working on building a sense of community for veterans, because we know veterans often miss that camaraderie," said Heather Weinstein, CCV's director of student support services.

ROSES to Dr. Fran Bisselle, director of Maple Street School in Manchester, who was recently named to the Board of Trustees for the National Association of Independent Schools. Bisselle will serve a three-year term on a 20-person committee comprised of educators throughout the country.

~Michelle Karas