With help, Relay for Life was again a success
Bennington’s Relay for Life was very pleased to see that we have, for the second year, been voted No. 1 Best Charity Event.
Our event this year was another successful event with over $100,000 being raised and donations still coming in. We know that this would not have been possible if we did not have the support from our community and surrounding towns. The sponsorship and donations from area businesses, the coverage of our event by Zeke Wright and the Bennington Banner and Renee Tassone and the PennySaver News and the volunteers all contributed to making it once again an amazing community event.
And also important were the 40 teams and our very hard working committee. The high winds and thunderstorms did not stop what we do best -- relay to raise money for a cure and remember, celebrate and fight back. Our appreciation is heart felt and we are proud to say we live in this community.
Bennington Obama does care
Yes, indeed, Obama cares, and so should all of us.
Hire the most qualified, not the cheapest
As a former member of the board of the Bennington School District, I would like to commend the Mount Anthony Union board for hiring the most qualified candidates for teacher faculty positions, rather than the cheapest.
I also commend Superintendent McClure for doing her job as we should expect: recommending teachers who in her expert opinion will best fill the positions.
Our students deserve the best teachers available; expecting a board to hire only the least expensive and the least experienced is a tremendous disservice to our students and our community. The words of one board member who recommended that are an embarrassment.
We are fortunate to have well-trained and experienced candidates who are willing to apply for jobs here, since, in a stronger economy, they most likely would ignore us and apply to districts that can afford to pay even more than we can.
LORA K. BLOCK