ROSES -- perhaps actual roses on their graves -- to those who lost their lives in service to our country this Memorial Day. It's the one day a year we take a day out of our busy lives to remember, honor and reflect on those who have died for our freedom. It's also yet another opportunity to hug a veteran and thank him or her for service to our country.

ROSES to Bennington's 29th annual Mayfest celebration which will bring artists, entertainers, food vendors, and crowds to Main Street on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. It's good fun, rain or shine -- though we're really hoping for sunshine.

ROSES to the Quantum Leap program's panel discussion series this week at Mount Anthony Union High School that welcomed members of the public, teachers, college faculty, students and parents. Topics included drug addiction and the roles of both parents and school in raising a child. By all reports, these were successful dialogues on timely topics.

ROSES to the anonymous donor who gave $14,000 to United Counseling Service to provide services to children with autism. "With these funds, we are able to create a new resource to help our community and provide services to the increasing number of children who are diagnosed with autism, and their families," said UCS Executive Director Ralph Provenza in a press release. UCS is looking for parents of children with autism to help shape these services. If you fit the bill, call Michelle Burnham, children's clinical supervisor at UCS, at 802-442-5491.

ROSES to Hoosick Falls Central School for focusing its annual wellness day on topics related to cancer awareness, grief and loss in response to the recent death of longtime HFCS math teacher Isabel McGuire, who lost her battle with cancer in March. "Our purpose and presence here is really just to be a resource for the losses that the students have faced recently," said Pastor Jonathan Youngmann of Community Alliance, who attended the Thursday event.

THORNS to those -- and you know who you are -- who refuse to wear seatbelts when driving a vehicle or riding along as a passenger. There have been at least two bad accidents in the last few weeks in which drivers and passengers were thrown from vehicles and were not wearing seatbelts. Until the end of the month, local police will be conducting nine additional patrols as well as a number of check-points as part of the national "Click It or Ticket" campaign. But it's a good idea to "click it" every time.

ROSES to the Mount Anthony Union High School Patriot Ledger yearbook on being named a Josten's 2014 National Yearbook Program of Excellence. Yearbook advisor Judi Estes told the Banner the program "recognizes yearbook staffs and advisors who create engaging yearbooks for their school communities." The Patriot Ledger will be distributed to students next week.

~Michelle Karas