Roses to Bennington College President Mariko Silver on her inauguration


ROSES to Bennington College's 10th president, Mariko Silver, who is being inaugurated on Saturday amidst a weekend full of amazing free and open-to-the-public events at the college and in town. The inauguration is at 10:30 a.m. Saturday in Greenwall auditorium on the Bennington College campus. See a full list of events here:

ROSES to Sen. Bernie Sanders for visiting Mount Anthony Union High School this week to honor junior Alexina "Lexi" Federhen, winner of his State of the Union essay contest. Sanders asked Federhen to read her winning piece, "A House Divided," and then hosted a Q and A with students about which parts they agreed with -- or didn't. A lively discussion ensued on topics including healthcare and education.

ROSES to the 10th annual Aurora Dance Party, a fundraiser for the Bennington Area Chamber of Commerce, to be held Saturday beginning at 8 p.m. in the former Graphtek building at 186 North St. "Winter is so long and so hard here. I think it's a great way to embrace spring," said organizer Michele Hogan. Amen. Tickets are $15 at the door.

ROSES to the optimism, heroism, strength and spirit shown at the 118th Boston Marathon on Monday. More than one million spectators lined the race course to cheer on an estimated 32,000 participants -- some of them survivors of last year's bombing. Among the runners were three from the Bennington area and more than 30 from Berkshire County. "All of today's runner's showed the world the meaning of BostonStrong," said President Obama.

ROSES to the state of Vermont for becoming a national leader in the labeling of genetically modified organisms in food. The state House of Representatives voted 114-30 to approve the bill, which the Senate had already passed. "I am proud of Vermont for being the first state in the nation to ensure that Vermonters will know what is in their food," said Gov. Peter Shumlin in a prepared statement. The bill still requires Shumlin's approval, which seems like it's a lock. The labeling requirements are set to go into effect July 1, 2016.

~Michelle Karas


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