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BENNINGTON — Even a cloudburst couldn’t dampen the fun at the Back to School Backpack Giveaway held Thursday at the Bennington Auto Mall.

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The Bennington Select Board will meet Monday, Aug. 22, at 6 p.m. at the Bennington Fire Facility on River Street. The full agenda and packet can be accessed in paper form at the Bennington Free Library and online at https://benningtonvt.org/meetings/select-board/.

BENNINGTON — The Southwestern Vermont Health Care Foundation is presenting violinist Katica Illenyi in concert at 7:30 p.m. on Sept. 29 at the Southern Vermont Arts Center’s Arkell Pavilion in Manchester. Tickets are available at svhealthcare.org/concert.

BENNINGTON — Pangaea and Powers are hosting a North Bennington Block Party to show their appreciation for their supportive community on Sunday, Aug. 21, from noon to 3 p.m.

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A hermit who was evicted from New Hampshire property on which he had lived for nearly three decades has found a new home in Maine. Eighty-two-year-old David Lidstone has put in windows and is working on installing a chimney on his rustic three-room cabin. He said it is on land he bought. Lidstone grew up in Maine but declined to say where he was living or provide a contact for the landowner. A family member confirmed he has moved there. He had returned to live on the New Hampshire property but faced a $500-a-day fine if he didn't leave.

In a presentation titled “A time of challenges and needed stabilization,” Southwestern Vermont Medical Center CEO Tom Dee and his executive team made a case to the state’s oversight board Monday for a 6.35 percent budget increase in 2023.

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BENNINGTON — Tryouts for the boys soccer team and girls volleyball team took place Thursday morning at Mount Anthony Union High School. The fall sports season begins Tuesday, Aug. 23, when the MAU boys soccer team faces Burr & Burton Academy in Manchester. The girls volleyball team opens…

MANCHESTER — Even after a down year, things continue to trend in the right direction for Burr and Burton football. Fresh off having a program-record 52 players on last year’s team, coach Tom McCoy’s Bulldogs have reloaded with a roster boasting an impressive 62 players – including 20 freshmen.

Mount Anthony Union High School and Middle School is looking for fall sub-varsity soccer and football officials.

WEST HAVEN — Justin Comes has certainly turned things around. After going winless for two years, the veteran Middlebury racer has made it back-to-back victories at Devil’s Bowl Speedway.

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Our communities are still struggling through the pandemic and its harmful impacts on mental health, substance use and affordable housing. It’s clear that we still need to do far more to support one another and to build healthy, safe and vibrant communities.

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