The Greeting

Students at Pownal Elementary School perform a scene from "Aladdin."

Thursday, April 11, 2019

Good day, Bennington County! Just two more days until trout fishing season begins on Vermont lakes and rivers. In the meantime, some positive news has arrived in Bennington.

It started with a visit from Gov. Phil Scott, who announced Wednesday the state has reached a settlement with Saint-Gobain to provide clean-water hookups to more homes whose wells have been contaminated by PFOA. 

The good news continued Thursday at Bennington College, where the school's poetry program has received a $4 million gift that will help endow short residencies for emerging and established poets.

There's new leadership on the Bennington Select Board, as Donald Campbell has been voted chairman. Much-needed repairs at Shaftbury's Cole Hall are complete. A longtime teacher at  Mount Anthony Union Middle School has won a prestigious award. And students at Molly Stark Elementary learned there's more to being a police officer than chasing bad guys.

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Have a great week!

Greg Sukiennik
Banner engagement and opinions editor

The News

Final piece announced in $50M-plus agreement to deal on PFOA contamination

BENNINGTON — A final settlement to provide clean drinking water to the remaining Bennington properties affected by PFOA contamination was announced Wednesday morning by Gov. Phil Scott, other … more

$4 million gift supports poetry at Bennington

BENNINGTON — Bennington College has been given a $4 million gift for its Poetry at Bennington program, funding that further advances the college's current capital campaign.Poetry at Bennington, … more

CDC students to help Puerto Rico rebuilding efforts

BENNINGTON — It's one thing to hear about the devastation of a natural disaster. It's another to see its effects firsthand.That's how Brian Coon, building trades instructor at the Southwest … more

Campbell to lead Bennington board

BENNINGTON — Donald Campbell is the new chairman of the Bennington Select Board after his unanimous election Monday by fellow board members.Replacing Campbell as vice chairman was Jeannie … more

Cole Hall renovations complete

SHAFTSBURY — The town has finished a long-needed renovation of Cole Hall, the town office building, leading to improvements in appearance and functionality, town officials say."It turned out … more

Lawmakers hope to resolve lead testing bill differences

BENNINGTON — A bill requiring testing all drinking water taps in Vermont schools for lead has support from both the Scott administration and lawmakers — but there are unresolved … more

GNAT-TV journalist joins Sunderland Select Board

SUNDERLAND — The news director of the local community access television station was appointed Monday to fill an open seat on the Select Board.Andrew McKeever, 68, best known as a journalist on … more

Gun rights advocate plans rallies

BENNINGTON — A display of patriotism during gun rights rally advocate Kevin Hoyt's planned "Patriots Day" rally on April 27 at the Four Corners intersection could pay off with a voucher to … more

Pownal board resolves deadlock on consultant

POWNAL — The Select Board on Thursday approved the Bennington County Regional Commission as its consultant for zoning bylaws in a 3-1 vote, after the previous board became deadlocked over the … more

The Weather

The View


Our opinion: Southern Vermont may learn from Poultney's example

Folks in Bennington and across the rest of Southern Vermont should keep a close eye on goings-on in Poultney, as that community wrestles with the potential future for the campus of Green Mountain … more

Letter: Can other colleges help rescue SVC?

To the Editor:Is the reason Southern Vermont College has to close its announced $6 million debt? If this debt can be wiped out, can SVC continue to operate?If so, I have an idea for saving this … more

Elliott Greenblott | Fraud watch: Some habits and actions enable fraud

With many scams today involving phone calls or the internet, we often forget to consider how our own everyday behavior opens us up to becoming victims of fraud. Today's self-defense tips come from … more

The Entertainment

Phil Lewis | Bookshop buzz: A trip over a waterfall plunges a family into chaos

Kate Parker is losing her mind. She forgets the names of things. She even forgets the names of the members of her family. She certainly forgets why she is in a barrel floating down the Kaministiquia … more

The past, colorized: Union Street, Bennington, circa 1910

BENNINGTON — Tim Wager is working to colorize hundreds of black-and-white photographs of Bennington in the 19th and 20th centuries from the Bennington Museum collection, and has been … more

The Score

Defense keys BBA in win over rival MAU

BENNINGTON — The Burr and Burton girls lacrosse team has multiple players that can put the ball in the back of the net, but it's just as important for the Bulldogs to stop the opposing team … more

Mix of veterans, youth to contribute for MAU track

BENNINGTON — With a solid mix of experienced athletes and young talent, the Mount Anthony outdoor track and field team is putting in preparations for its season set to begin on April 17 at … more

Woodstock rushes past Patriots

BENNINGTON — After a two-goal win over Hoosac Valley, Mass., in a virtual winter wonderland to start the season, the Mount Anthony boys lacrosse team looked to take some momentum into … more

Young Patriots look to turn it around

BENNINGTON — In 2018, the Mount Anthony baseball team had a senior-laden group, 11 in all. For 2019, the Patriots will depend on a younger crew to turn things around.MAU has only three seniors, … more

The Plan

The Snap

Kylee Radcliff, Kayla King and Jada Sorel take a moment to calculate living expenses and deduct the amount from their income during the Financial Reality Fair held at Southern Vermont College in Bennington on April 5.

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