ROSES to all the moms and those who stand in for our mothers in our lives -- aunts, grandmothers, sisters and friends. Happy Mother’s Day and thanks for all you do.

"A mother is the truest friend we have, when trials heavy and sudden, fall upon us; when adversity takes the place of prosperity; when friends who rejoice with us in our sunshine desert us; when trouble thickens around us, still will she cling to us, and endeavor by her kind precepts and counsels to dissipate the clouds of darkness, and cause peace to return to our hearts."

--Washington Irving

ROSES to students in Stephen Greene’s sustainability classes at Mount Anthony Union Middle School who this week helped to plant several dozen American chestnut trees on the school property. Marshal Case, former president of the American Chestnut Foundation, helped the students to plant and protect blight-resistant young chestnut trees and seeds. The mass planting is the first of its kind in Vermont.

ROSES to longtime Mount Anthony Union High School wrestling coach Scott Legacy for being named Coach of the Year by USA Today for its all-USA Wrestling Team. Now in his 29th season coaching Patriot wrestlers, Legacy is known for coaching his team to 26 straight state championships and helping to land members of his team on college squads. Well deserved. ROSES to Christopher and Angela LaFlamme for working with the Town of Bennington to secure a long-vacant Main Street property as the location of their new furniture store. The business owners did not abandon Bennington when their Harwood Hill Road location burned down in January. Rather, they kept workers employed at their other locations and continued to do business. Now, their new store -- set to open in August -- will reinforce the downtown business district. Welcome back, LaFlammes.

ROSES to Molly Stark Elementary for holding "Gail Harwood Math Day" to celebrate and honor Harwood, a longtime teacher at the school, who died earlier this year after a long battle with cancer. The creatively planned event included a math presentation by Benjamin Franklin, a math rap, a teachers’ performance of "Five Little Monkeys Jumping on the Bed." A clever way to bring math to life for the students, and to honor a life lived for the students.

ROSES to voters who turned out for Tuesday’s special elections in Arlington, Bennington and Pownal. It’s a difficult thing to get a good voter turnout on a regular election day, and though officials said turnout was light on Tuesday, there were enough votes to go around.

ROSES to Gov. Peter Shumlin for signing the GMO labeling bill into law on Thursday, making Vermont the first state to pass such a law. The law will requiring food manufacturers selling in Vermont to state on labels if their foods contain genetically modified ingredients, starting July 1, 2016. "Vermont gets it right with this bill," said Shumlin Thursday. We agree.

~Michelle Karas