After reading today's Bennington Banner (June 17), I feel compelled to directly respond to the question posed at the end of the editorial: What can we do to keep vigilant in the battle of opioid addiction in Bennington? In order to maintain the momentum started with the Governor's Forum on opioid abuse this week, the Bennington County Prescription Task Force will host and facilitate a community-wide forum. A date for the local forum will be released in the next two weeks. We all have a role to play in keeping Bennington county a strong and vibrant community.

CHRISTINE BONGARTZ, District Director, Vermont Department of Health

Many thanks to the Vermont Veterans Home

Our family has been going to the Vermont Veterans Home for the past 16 months to visit Dr. William H. Everett from Williamstown, Mass. He died June 14 after a long fight with a very complicated disease.

It is hard to find the words to describe how incredible the staff is at the Vermont Veterans Home. From the nurses, to the aides and all of the staff, they far exceeded our expectations. The care that Dr. Everett received was second to none, and the warmth and respect he got from the staff was above and beyond what we could have ever hoped for.

It would be unfair for us to single out and mention individual staff members from the Vermont Veterans Home, because they all work together as a team to deliver the caring and respect that these veterans deserve.


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Losing a father, a husband and a great friend is not easy for any of us, but we are comforted by the knowledge that he received the best possible care that anyone could want for their loved ones. Veterans living at the Vermont Veterans Home are not just residents or patients, they are considered as part of the family of each of these incredibly dedicated staff members.

We want to express our sincere gratitude to all of the staff, and to the great town of Bennington for supporting such an incredible care facility.

GINTARE SILEIKA EVERETT, PATRICIA EVERETT, JAMES EVERETT, GARY BOVINA

Williamstown, Mass.

Thanks from Southshire

Southshire Community School in North Bennington held its annual Pastapalooza event on Friday, May 16, to raise money for the school's art program. Held at The Barn on Monument Circle, the event featured signature pasta dishes donated by area restaurants and an auction of delectable desserts provided by local bakeries and Southshire families.

The event raised $2,700! Southshire students, teachers and parents would like to thank the following for their generosity and assistance: auctioneer Dick Coss; Allegro; Bennington Pizza House; Brown Cow Cafe; CDC Culinary School; Crazy Russian Girls Bakery; Flying Pigs Farm; Kevin's; Madison's; Mt. Anthony Country Club; Old First Church of Bennington, Pangea; Powers Market; Publyck House; Ramunto's; Round House Bakery; Sante Magazine; Wild Oats Market; and all who attended, dined and made for a lively auction.

Southshire Community School is an accredited, progressive, family-oriented elementary school (K-8). Founded in 1987, its goal has been to help children become individuals who possess academic and critical thinking skills, love learning and value themselves as creative, contributing members of a community. The Southshire culture -- where children of all ages come together to learn, explore and share their individual interests in a safe, nurturing environment -- encourages students to respect each others thoughts, opinions and interests.

To learn more about the school, call 802-442-4601, visit www.southshire.org or email school@southshire.org.

COLEEN HEALY AND ANN FITZGERALD, Co-Directors

Southshire Community School

North Bennington