ROSES to Mount Anthony Union High School softball team and their coaches on their Division I Softball State Championship. The team concluded the season with an 18-2 record, tied for the best finish in the history of the school's softball program.

ROSES to local leaders who traveled to the State House on Monday to plan coordinated efforts to battle Vermont's opiate addiction crisis. A total of 100 such leaders from across the state participated in the opiate forum, led by Gov. Peter Shumlin. "I don't think there's a discussion more central to preserving our quality of life than the one that we're having today," Shumlin said.

ROSES to local Olympian Andy Newell, who took time out of his training schedule to visit with students at Monument Elementary on Monday to kick off "Get Moving Week." Newell, a Shaftsbury native and three-time Olympic competitor in cross country skiing, told students, "You can't be your best every day. All you can do is try your best." Well said, Andy.

ROSES to 2014 Mount Anthony Union High School graduate David Hojnowski, who constructed two new soccer goals for his former elementary school as his Eagle Scout project. The soccer field at Pownal Elementary is "being used day and night" now that the goals are in place, Hojnowski told the Banner. ROSES to the Pownal School Board for naming the field after Hojnowski as a way to say thank you.

ROSES to Sunrise Family Resource Center on winning the prestigious S. Whitney Landon Award as well as $25,000 from the Turrell Fund.


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The money will be allocated to the center's work on homelessness and housing, said Amelia Silver, development director for Sunrise.

ROSES to the first-grade students of Pownal Elementary School, who asked their teacher to see if there was something the school could do to help fight cancer. What the students and physical education teacher Brent Kipp came up with was participating in the American Cancer Society Relay Recess program to raise money for Relay for Life. The youngsters in grades K-6 were able to raise $250 for ACS through field day competitions.

ROSES to participants -- especially cancer survivorts -- in the Relay for Life of Bennington County this weekend. The inspiring event runs from 6 p.m. Saturday through 8 a.m. Sunday at Mount Anthony Union High School.

ROSES to the well attended Veteran's Home Fathers Day car show, put on by State Line Car Club. This week the club presented the Vermont Veterans' Home with a $1,200 check from the proceeds. The funds will be added to the home's members assistance account.

~Michelle Karas