RED, WHITE AND BLUE ROSES to Bennington's newest July 4 tradition, the Old Bennington Sidewalk March to the Monument. The inaugural event drew about 100 marchers decked out in red, white and blue. They made their way to the Bennington Battle Monument Friday afternoon, where a reading of the Declaration of Independence was staged. Bennington resident Jeffrey Grimshaw, who recently moved to town from the Washington, D.C., area and is a member of the Friends of the Bennington Battle Monument, initiated the plan for the new event to draw people to the monument and festivities there on the fourth.

ROSES to the Town of Bennington for having the foresight to reschedule the annual July 4 fireworks to a (hopefully) drier, more seasonal evening at Willow Park than Friday turned out to be. The display is set to go on its rain date, Sunday, July 6, at 8:45 p.m.

THORNS to Hurricane Arthur for raining on our July 4 fireworks plans. It looks like Arthur is moving on and the weekend weather should be enjoyable from here on out.

ROSES to area nurses Eileen Rice and John Green who were recently selected to be Vermont Nurse Leadership Fellows by the Vermont Action Coalition. Rice, assistant professor of nursing at Southern Vermont College, and Green, a medical-surgical clinical coordinator at Southwestern Vermont Health Care, will join 23 other nurses statewide who were chosen for the program.

ROSES to Sunrise Family Resource Center Executive Director Linda Dean-Farrar who this week celebrated 25 years with the center.


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ROSES to the first Bennington Bike Night, set to take place on the evening of Saturday, July 12, on School Street between Main and Pleasant streets. As Better Bennington Corporation Executive Director John Shannahan pointed out to the Banner, "This is a vehicle town, so a lot of people who don't ride bikes will come out just to see them." That's one more reason for travelers to stop in Bennington and support our businesses.

ROSES to the Banner's June Student Athlete of the Month, Makayla Farrara. The Mount Anthony Union High School senior softball player had RBI base hits in all three games for MAU in the post-season, including an RBI triple against St. Johnsbury, the go-ahead run on an RBI single against BFA-St. Albans in the semifinals, and a two-run single against Missisquoi in the state championship game. Congratulations to this gifted athlete on a great season.

ROSES to recent Banner intern Emily Gabert, a rising MAU senior who spent a week under the patient wing of Banner Staff Writer Derek Carson exploring a career interest in journalism as part of the Emerging Leaders Program. In her parting column published this week, Gabert said the five days she spent shadowing Carson gave her "an idea of what a journalist's job pertains to be" and bolstered her confidence to pursue her goal of becoming a journalist. We wish you the best of luck, Emily!

~Michelle Karas