(Holly Pelczynski — Bennington Banner)
Bennington Free Dental Day draws about 50 at the start

04/26/2015 07:26 PM EDT
BENNINGTON >> According to Dr. Richard Dundas, people began to arrive at Oral Surgery Associates at 2 Harwood Drive in the middle of the night on Saturday in order to receive first-come, first-serve free dental care. At 8 a.m., when Bennington Free Dental Day officially opened, about 50 people were braving the windy morning air in the dental practice's parking lot, just south of Southern 
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Suspect arraigned in fatal Springfield shooting
04/24/2015 09:59 PM EDT - Suspect arraigned in fatal Springfield shooting WHITE RIVER JUNCTION (AP) >> A suspect arrested in the shooting death of a Springfield man was being held without bail after pleading not guilty to second-degree murder on Friday. Gregory A. Smith of Springfield is charged in the shooting death of Wesley J. Full Story

2 killed in car-bicycle collision

HINESBURG (AP) >> Police say a 17-year-old driver and a bicyclist were killed in a collision in Hinesburg, Vermont. The car driver was identified Sunday as Joseph Marshall of Hinesburg, a senior at Champlain Valley Union High School. The bicyclist was identified as 47-year-old Richard Tom of Hinesburg. Full Story
(Lindsey Wasson — The Seattle Times via The Associated Press)
Quake-aid need acute in Nepal capital, more so in villages

KATHMANDU, NEPAL (AP) >> Shelter, fuel, food, medicine, power, news, workers — Nepal's earthquake-hit capital was short on everything Monday as its people searched for lost loved ones, sorted through rubble for their belongings and struggled to provide for their families' needs. In much of the countryside, it was worse, though how much worse was only beginning to become apparent. Full Story
Pope accepts resignation of bishop who didn't report abuse

KANSAS CITY, MO. >> Pope Francis accepted the resignation Tuesday of a U.S. bishop who was convicted of failing to report a suspected child abuser, answering calls by victims to take action against bishops who cover up for pedophile priests. Bishop Robert Finn, who led the Diocese of Kansas City-St. Full Story

Meetings this week

04/26/2015 05:45 PM EDT
April 27 SVRTSD Strategic Planning Committee: CDC Conference Room at 2:30 p.m. Agenda: 1. Approval of March 23 minutes 2. Report on AAUW visit for lunch and tour 3. Superintendent update 4. Programs of Study A. Computer networking academy B. Networking and business 5. Other 6. Next meeting date. Bennington Select Board: Bennington Fire Facility at 6 p. 
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United Counseling Service awarded Governor's Excellence in Wellness Award
04/26/2015 05:17 PM EDT - BENNINGTON >> United Counseling Service was recognized by the Vermont Governor's Council on Physical Fitness and Sports with a Governor's Excellence in Wellness Award at the Vermont Worksite Wellness Conference. This was the second recognition from the Governor's Council for UCS' worksite wellness initiatives; the program won a silver award last year. Full Story

Bennington Rescue announces new board members
04/26/2015 05:17 PM EDT - BENNINGTON >> At the March membership meeting of the Bennington Rescue Squad, the membership selected candidates to fill three seats open on the Board of Directors. Bennington Rescue Squad is led by an 11 member Board of Directors that consists of eight community representatives and three membership representatives. Full Story

Arts News in Brief
04/26/2015 05:17 PM EDT - Oldcastle announces 2015 season BENNINGTON >> Oldcastle Theatre Company's 44th season features a variety of award-winning plays ranging from musicals to dramas to comedies from May through October. The season opens May 1 with a co-production with the Bickford Theatre and Playwrights Theatre of New Jersey with Lanford Wilson's Pulitzer Prize winner, "Talley's Folly. Full Story

Local agent receives Keller Williams honor
04/26/2015 05:16 PM EDT - BENNINGTON >> KW Vermont is pleased to announce that Brenda Jones has closed more transactions in January than any other of the 3,750 Keller Williams Agents in the New England Region. "Brenda is an inspiration to all of us — small town Vermont and big time production! (And I should say a big heart! Full Story

Community calendar this week — April 27
04/26/2015 02:33 PM EDT - Today BENNINGTON Bennington Free Clinic Monday hours: The Bennington Free Clinic will be open from 10 a.m. to noon at the First Baptist Church, 601 Main St. Call for an appointment, 802-447-3700. Drop-ins will not be seen. Elks hosts bingo: Every Monday, the Bennington Elks hosts bingo at 7 p.m. Healing Winds at the Vets' Home: Healing Winds offers Native American healing chants and drumming on Full Story

VALOR presents: Wet-on-wet painting demonstration
04/24/2015 09:50 PM EDT - BENNINGTON >> William Brown II has had an interest in art since childhood. He was inspired by Bob Ross' wet-on-wet technique. After his retirement from the Armed Forces in 1994 Bill took his first oil painting class in 1998. The Bob Ross technique was his first exposure to oil paints. He loved that a painting could be completed in a relatively short period, the techniques and process easily Full Story

(Adam Berry)
Are car keys a thing of the past?

The furor over General Motors' deadly ignition switch has the potential to doom the car key, a technology drivers have been using for 65 years. Full Story
(Chris Pizzello)
Famous bidders lining up to buy Clippers

Billionaires, entertainers and athletes alike announced their intentions to pursue the Los Angeles Clippers with varying degrees of seriousness Wednesday, proving the longtime losers will be quite a prize if the NBA is able to wrest control of the team away from Donald Sterling after his lifetime ban for racist remarks. Full Story
(Chris Pizzello)
Louis CK is back and grumpier than ever

Louie, who (like Louis) is a New York comic and a divorced father of two daughters, knows struggle and angst and cloudy wonderment. He views life through eyes with a stricken look, dwelling in a state of comfortable dread. Full Story