What’s going on


Joann Erenhouse

UCS announces "Go the Distance" 5K Race; 5th Annual Event benefits the Peer Support Program at UCS. This is sponsored by the Batten Kill Valley. Runners Club to benefit the Peer Support Program at UCS. The 5k will take place on Saturday, June 21, starting at 9 a.m. at 316 Dewey Street. Interested runners can register for the event on the Active.com website, pre-registration is $15 or $20 on race day. For more information, a registration form and a course map, please call Jo Anne Larsen at 802-442-5491 or email her at jlarsen@ucsvt.org.

Fourth of July National Bell Ringing Ceremony: Bennington Rotary will ring the USS Bennington Bell at 2 p.m. on July 4 in front of the Town Office. A short program will precede the ringing so assemble by the Town Office by 1:45 p.m.

June 22 the Great Race will roll into town for their first Lunch Stop. The 90 antique racing cars will gather one each minute in the public parking lot across from the fire house. The Fire Department is cooking -- so step up and buy a burger or hot dog and visit with the driving teams who are taking these great vintage cars on a road race from Maine to Florida. Hemmings Motor News is a major sponsor of the race. Local Auto Dealers are sponsoring the lunch for the teams. Come have fun and see some amazing vehicles from noon to 2:30 p.m. on Sunday, June 22.

Marie Force Book Launch at The Vermont Country Stores: Come and meet author Marie Force and get signed copies of "All You Need Is Love" and "I Want To Hold Your Hand," Books 1 and 2 in the Green Mountain Series. The party will be held at The Vermont Country Store, the real-life store that inspired Marie’s series. There will be tastings of local favorites like Vermont’s famous maple syrup and cheeses which are featured prominently in Marie’s books. Find out more at www.vermontcountrystore.com. Marie will be at the Weston Store, June 28 from 1-4 p.m. and the Rockingham Store, June 29, from 1-4 p.m. Call 802-362-5950.

This past week I had the pleasure of stopping in to the Senior Center on Pleasant Street to enjoy a nice lunch with a friend. We chatted with two of the regular customers with whom we shared a table. The lunches are provided by Meals on Wheels at an unbelievably low price of $3.25. Not only did I meet a very nice lady who happens to live on my street but I found out that this lovely "cafe" provides very wholesome and delicious food. It really feels like a restaurant. Meals on Wheels Director, Susan Fox has worked very hard to create a welcoming and comfortable atmosphere. They only have one problem: It costs more to supply the meals than they charge. Susan works hard writing grants and soliciting donations. Organizations in town have been very generous, but the need is continuing and great. Please stop in and then think about how we can contribute to the success of a program that serves our fixed income population who have always taken care of us.

"Doubt" is playing to great reviews at Oldcastle Theatre. Get your tickets and go enjoy! The new curtain time is 7:30 p.m. and "Doubt" runs 90 minutes with no intermission.

Joann Erenhouse is executive director of the Bennington Area Chamber of Commerce. Her column appears weekly in the Banner.


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