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Local organizations use state-recognized holiday to support Bennington's youth

05/05/2015 09:45 PM EDT
BENNINGTON >> Last Saturday, children and their parents filled the upper pavilion in Willow Park to eat free ice cream, make tie-dye shirts and listen to local musicians in celebration of Bennington's youth. Youth Appreciation Day is an event meant to appreciate and inspire local youth to be more involved in their community, said Salem Carriker, one of the event's organizers. 
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Bennington Elementary launches Garden Club
05/04/2015 09:02 PM EDT - BENNINGTON >> Bennington Elementary School has launched a garden club as part of their after school programming. The club has 13 members, all in grades kindergarten through second, according to Bennington Elementary special educator and club instructor Marianne Campbell, which represents the maximum number of students that could be a part of the club. Full Story

Shaftsbury comes together to 'Green Up' local roadsides
05/03/2015 05:42 PM EDT - SHAFTSBURY >> For the past 45 years on the first Saturday in May, people have walked Shaftsbury's roads with garbage bags in hand and a greener Vermont in mind. In Shaftsbury, the Recreation Committee organizes the "Green Up Day" efforts. Green Up Day is a statewide initiative to remove trash and debris from Vermont's roads. Full Story

Vermont's Sanders starts presidential bid in New Hampshire
05/03/2015 05:41 PM EDT - MANCHESTER, N.H. >> One day after raising $1.5 million in donations, Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders was out to convince supporters in the early voting state of New Hampshire on Saturday he could raise the $40 million to $50 million to run a competitive presidential primary campaign against Democratic front-runner Hillary Rodham Clinton. Full Story

BVHC makes strides toward building new center
05/02/2015 08:18 AM EDT - ARLINGTON >> The Battenkill Valley Health Center on Thursday announced that they have taken the next step toward opening a new health center in Arlington, which will include mental health and dental services. At a meeting of the Arlington Select Board earlier this month, the BVHC and the town of Arlington entered into a 100-year ground lease agreement for land previously occupied by Full Story

Mount Anthony Union Middle School students create habitat for bluebirds
04/30/2015 09:46 PM EDT - BENNINGTON >> Students at Mount Anthony Union Middle School have begun work on a "bluebird trail" on the school's campus, which will hopefully help restore a population that has suffered from loss of habitat in Vermont in recent years. "Really, the point of this project is to give them a place to live," said sustainability teacher Stephen Greene. Full Story

Bennington College president says lack of diversity one of several disincentives in moving to Bennington
04/29/2015 09:22 PM EDT - BENNINGTON >> The president of Bennington College said she almost didn't take her current job because of the Bennington area's lack of diversity — a concern other professionals seeking to move seem to share. But Dr. Mariko Silver ultimately did decide to come to Bennington College, becoming the institution's president nearly two years ago. Full Story

Fisher Elementary, GNAT to produce monthly news program
04/30/2015 10:55 AM EDT - ARLINGTON >> Greater Northshire Access Television and Fisher Elementary School will work together to produce a monthly news program. "Fisher News Monthly" is made by students in the third, fourth, and fifth grade, with the help of GNAT producer Ann Hammerle and teacher Charlie Cummings, and will air on GNAT and will be hosted on the station's website. Full Story

Kelley Stand Road restoration recognized
04/28/2015 02:40 PM EDT - SUNDERLAND >> The American Public Works Association has named Sunderland's Kelley Stand Road restoration project as one of the top public works projects of the year. The road suffered extreme damage from Tropical Storm Irene in 2011. In some places along the Roaring Branch, the road was completely washed away. Full Story

Bowl For Kids' Sake celebrates 28th Year
04/26/2015 07:26 PM EDT - BENNINGTON >> The cola and popcorn were flowing freely at Bennington Lanes on Saturday afternoon as community members came out to support Bennington County's Big Brothers Big Sisters in its largest annual fundraising event. Bennington Lanes has hosted the Bennington chapter of Bowl For Kids' Sake since 1988. Full Story

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Smashing Pumpkins frontman brings awareness to vets

NEW YORK (AP) — When Smashing Pumpkins takes the stage this summer, part of the band's mission will be to raise awareness of the plight of U. Full Story