Roses to Bennington Museum's reopening, free Community Day Saturday


ROSES to Bennington Museum for hosting its annual free Community Day on Saturday, Feb. 15. Visitors will have the opportunity to see a new gallery of the museum's vast Grandma Moses collection. The new Moses gallery opened Friday, along with several other new collections at the museum, including a collection of new acquisitions by self-taught artists and an exhibition of works by regional artist Karl Mullen. Another new show, "Faces of Bennington, 1972-1978: Photographs by John Hubbard," featurs more than 25 photos taken by former Banner sports reporter and photographer John Hubbard (1949-2010), who made portraits of people he met in the area in the 1970s. The museum, which was closed for the last six weeks for its winter hiatus, is well worth visiting any day, but Community Day is a bonus -- a treat for everyone.

ROSES to Mount Anthony Union High School nordic team for sweeping the Marble Valley League Classic ski championships at Prospect Mountain on Wednesday. Both the girls and boys had all four scoring skiers in the top 10.

ROSES to Burr and Burton Academy's boys Alpine ski team for winning the district championships Tuesday at Suicide Six with a six-point victory over Woodstock.

ROSES to Woodford SnoBusters snowmobile club and Jeanne and Gene McKenna for hosting the annual Very Special People Ride last Saturday, and to the Southern Vermont Snowmobile Task Force for helping to provide rides and traffic enforcement. The event drew more than 120 visitors -- including 60 adults and children over 6 with special needs -- to the McKenna farm in Woodford for free snowmobile rides. All were invited to tour a one-mile loop in the woods on a snowmobile driven by a club member or law enforcement officer. "It's just the club giving back to the community," said Jeanne McKenna.

ROSES to the state House passage of a bill that would ban all but hands-free use of cellphones and other electronic devices while driving. We've all witnessed other drivers, distracted while using their cellphones, driving erratically. Probably most of us are guilty of being distracted by phones while driving. It won't be such a stretch to transition to hands-free devices. Should it become law, perhaps the bill will make the roads safer for us all.

~Michelle Karas


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