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    Roses to Bennington's inaugural Arts Weekend. Get out and explore it today!

    08/01/2014 10:20 PM EDT
    ROSES to Bennington's inaugural Arts Weekend this weekend, with many art-related events being held throughout Saturday and Sunday, all coinciding with the popular Southern Vermont Art and Craft festival at Camelot Village. The festival drew 125 exhibitors and large crowds to Camelot Village last year. 
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    The lesson of World War I
    07/31/2014 10:10 PM EDT - One hundred years ago yesterday, Austria-Hungary declared war on Serbia, igniting a conflict that would take the lives of more than 10 million soldiers and seven million civilians. Another 20 million people were wounded in the four year war. Most of us are familiar with what precipitated the war that is most remembered for its trench warfare and the use of poison gas. Full Story

    More Letters: Thanks for coverage of Tour de France

    08/01/2014 10:02 PM EDT
    I just wanted to express my thanks for the coverage that you provided during the three weeks of le Tour de France. I realize that the sport of cycling is not as popular as others, but it was good for those of us who do follow it to be able to do so each day in the sports pages of The Banner. TAD DOWNING Bennington 
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    Letters: Upset and saddened
    08/01/2014 10:02 PM EDT - We are three senior citizens who’ve lived in Bennington a total of over 240 years combined. Looking back, we have enjoyed a full lifetime of experiences with a mix of love, pride and happiness for this community we call home. Unfortunately, we are upset and saddened by recent events in connection with the proposed Shires Project on Silver Street. Full Story

    Letters: Running for state rep
    07/29/2014 10:20 PM EDT - My name is Kiah Morris, and I am a candidate for State Representative in Bennington District 2-2. I write to the readers of the Banner today in celebration of the great character of our community and region. Since moving to Bennington six years ago, I am proud to have witnessed some of the most beautiful acts of generosity and goodwill by the hands of the members of our community. Full Story

    More letters: Schizophrenia versus incarceration
    07/29/2014 10:20 PM EDT - Maybe this title should be a simple question: Should a man or woman who commits a nonviolent crime while under such a nasty and unpredictable illness such as the popular but not understood schizophrenia be jailed, when they have no way of knowing what they are even being jailed for? Long question, I know, but the answer could be pages. Full Story

    Letters: Opposed to Shires Housing project
    07/28/2014 10:42 PM EDT - I am opposed to the Shires Housing project on Silver Street. Building more low-income units in Bennington at this particular time will create an artificial housing market. The project will only take people out of existing apartments around town, put them in the new units and leave local landlords with vacancies. Full Story

    Letter: How things work
    07/27/2014 10:08 PM EDT - As responsible citizens, we should always wonder about how things work, especially concerning matters of important public and tax policy. For example, how does a developer spend more than $6 million to build rental housing, yet the new property is only assessed a total of $962,500 for property tax purposes, resulting in a total annual tax bill of just $23,931? Full Story

    Letters: Don’t suck for the low ball!
    07/24/2014 10:00 PM EDT - That, I found, was good advice, for playing baseball or changing our health care system. All kids who ever played baseball have had this drilled into their heads repeatedly. I know I did, even though I never set "North River" on fire as a baseball player, nor was I even a shadow of the ability of my uncle Benny Maynard, who played third base for the best teams in town, during that era that was Full Story

    Otter attacks swimmers in Washington river

    SEATTLE (AP) — State and federal wildlife agents are trying to trap the otter that attacked a boy and his grandmother as they were swimming in the Pilchuck River about 30 miles northeast of Seattle. Full Story
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    Robert Kennedy Jr. to marry actress Cheryl Hines

    HYANNIS, Mass. (AP) — Robert Kennedy Jr. and "Curb Your Enthusiasm" actress Cheryl Hines are planning to tie the knot in a wedding at the Kennedy compound in Massachusetts. Full Story