The Greeting

Thursday, April 4, 2019

Good day, Bennington County!

Or perhaps we should say "buenos dias," or "guten tag," or "bonjour," since Middlebury College plans to relocate several language schools to Bennington College starting in summer of 2020.

For Mac Forehand of Winhall, we'll say "felicitaciones," "complimenti" and "congratulations" on his claiming the World Cup Crystal Globe in slopestyle last weekend. He's the first Stratton Mountain School student to win a title while still a high school student. Tiffany Tan has more on how Forehand's passion for the sport helped him become a champion at age 17 (wow!).

Mount Anthony Union High School students are concerned about pedestrian safety on Park Street. And lawmakers are asking National Grid why much of Readsboro was without electricity for 28 hours during a storm in February -- well after power was restored in neighboring towns.

In sadder news, the saga of Justin Faatz, who escaped custody from Hoosick, N.Y., police a week ago, came to an end in Athol, Mass., where he was found dead on Tuesday.

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Greg Sukiennik
Banner Engagement and Opinions Editor

The News

Report links health with other issues

Thousands of households in Bennington and Windham counties are spending more than half of their income on housing rent or mortgage, limiting the money they can spend on health care needs. Nearly 3,300 … more

Middlebury College moving some language schools to Bennington College

BENNINGTON — Middlebury College will relocate several of its language schools to Bennington College, starting with the college's 2020 summer session, officials of both schools said … more

Man who escaped custody found dead in Massachusetts

HOOSICK FALLS, N.Y. — A man known to police to have trouble with opioids who escaped police custody after being arrested on burglary charges has been found dead of an apparent drug overdose, … more

Pownal drops plan to buy gravel site

POWNAL — The town isn't going through with a plan voters approved to buy 8.5 acres of land for mining gravel and sand, after test borings revealed the land had much less gravel than … more

Battenkill Valley Health Center receives $125,000 donation

ARLINGTON — Battenkill Valley Health Center has more support for its mission to provide affordable, high-quality care with a $125,000 gift — the largest private family donation in the … more

Fourth incident of racist graffiti occurred last week

BENNINGTON — Two Bennington teens have admitted to vandalizing an office with racist graffiti last week, the fourth such incident in town this month, according to police. The pair were "picked … more

'Safety on Park Street is not okay'

BENNINGTON — The town plans to take a look at options to address safety on Park Street by Mount Anthony Union High School after students expressed concerns about traffic at last week's Select … more

The Weather

The View


Let's spring forward on water cleanup

Ah, the harbingers of spring in Vermont. Look: You can see the steam rising from sugaring houses; as maple sugar crews scurry to harvest sap, it climbs high into the trees with rising temperatures. … more

Letter: Support efforts to curb plastic use in Vermont

To the Editor:This is to inform the public that there is action that can be taken now to reduce plastic proliferation and pollution in Vermont.I am calling out youth, elders, all environmentally … more

Don Keelan: '...if only you had done your job'

Katie Tatum, of Arlington, Vermont, was working hard to fulfill a dream she had since high school - to become a registered nurse, along with obtaining a bachelor of science degree. Four weeks ago, … more

The Business

Manufacturing jobs forum draws crowd

BENNINGTON — A forum on local employment opportunities in advanced manufacturing drew about 50 participants and potential job-seekers Wednesday afternoon at the Bennington Firehouse.Speakers … more

Big gaps in broadband Internet service

MANCHESTER — Manchester Center has among the state's best broadband coverage and fastest download speeds even while some communities are still struggling to get decent internet service.About … more

The Score

Stratton Mountain's Mac Forehand wins Crystal Globe

SILVAPLANA, Switzerland — As he approached the winner's podium, Stratton Mountain School junior Mac Forehand couldn't help but smile. Taking his place at the top of the podium, he high-fived and … more

Passion, devotion behind student's freeskiing success

STRATTON — Mac Forehand started freeskiing at age 12. Five years later - in Silvaplana, Switzerland on March 30 - he lifted the Crystal Globe as this season's overall Slopestyle champion in the … more

All-American kids: Three local wrestlers place at Nationals

VIRGINIA BEACH — Three local wrestlers were immortalized at the 30th annual National High School Coaches Association national tournament in Virginia Beach over the weekend.Mount Anthony junior … more

Loaded Bulldogs with high expectations for 2019

MANCHESTER — The Burr and Burton baseball team wasn't satisfied with how its 2018 season ended.BBA was in position to beat eventual champion South Burlington in the Division I state … more

MAU ready to take step forward

BENNINGTON — Stability is an ideal that most people crave in life.The ability to know what to expect and avoiding the unknown is something that can keep an individual be confident in their work … more

The Plan

Mentoring Bowlathon this weekend

BENNINGTON — United Counseling Services' annual Mentoring Bowlathon takes place on Saturday at Bennington Lanes. The event starts at 10:30 a.m. The theme this year is sports, and participants … more

The Snap

Jack Thurber, 13, of Bennington, sits in the chair at Jones' Barber Shop's new location along Adams Street while his father, Russell, left, talks with barber Gary Jones, right. Russell and Jack were in disagreement about how short Jack's hair should be. Jones told the both of them that he always goes by what the person in the chair wants.

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