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The Greeting

Students from St. Mary's Academy colored Easter eggs at Hoosick Falls Senior Center.

Thursday, April 18, 2019

Good day, Bennington County!  Whether you celebrate Passover, Easter or merely gather with family and friends this weekend, travel safely -- and keep an eye out for magical rabbits bearing candy.

Lots of news to report here in Bannerland:

• If you're behind the wheel, put the phone away. Even if you're at a red light. Bennington Police are watching.

• Mount Anthony Union High School is turning to restorative justice instead of one-size-fits-all school discipline.

• There's big news of local interest in Montpelier, where a bill regulating PFAS in drinking water has passed the state House and Senate.

• There won't be a trial in the death of Helen Jones of Arlington, as Timothy Butler has pleaded guilty.

How do you catch up on all this news? A digital-plus weekend subscription is a great way to take time out and  learn about  what's happening in your home town.

Have a great week!

Greg Sukiennik
Banner engagement and opinions editor

The News

Discipline in schools: Increasingly, restorative justice takes the place of detention

BENNINGTON — David Beriau has worked at Mount Anthony Union High School for 40 years, serving as dean of students for the past 20. Over the past few decades of being involved with schools, he … more

House joins Senate in passing PFAS bill

BENNINGTON — The Vermont House has followed the Senate in passing by an overwhelming majority a bill assessing and further regulating PFAS (polyfluoroalkyl substances) in drinking water … more

Police crack down on distracted driving

BENNINGTON — Text it? Ticket.Drivers in downtown Bennington found that to be true Thursday, as Bennington Police Department officers handed out tickets for cell phone use while driving — … more

Butler changes plea in Arlington murder case

BENNINGTON — Timothy Butler changed his plea to guilty Friday in the stabbing death of an elderly Arlington woman, thus avoiding a trial in Bennington Superior Court Criminal Division.Butler, … more

SVSU, teachers reach tentative contract agreement

BENNINGTON — The Southwest Vermont Supervisory Union and the teachers union have reached a tentative, one-year contract agreement that provides raises of 3.5%, inclusive of step increases.The … more

PFOA working group forming in Hoosick area

HOOSICK FALLS, NY — The town of Hoosick and village of Hoosick Falls are forming a working group of residents and business owners to participate in discussions on pending Superfund cleanup work … more

BBA faculty member gets 1 year probation

BENNINGTON - The head of a student program at Burr and Burton Academy was sentenced to a year's probation Friday after pleading guilty to damaging two vehicles, as well as screaming at teenagers when … more

Pownal Select Board to hold interviews on town hall plans

POWNAL — The Select Board has decided to interview the firms that have submitted ideas for a new town hall, furthering a long process that got a jolt of energy with five responses in February … more

GeoBee winners find their way to state championships

BENNINGTON — Don't tell these geography students you can't get there from here. They already know the way.A half-dozen local Northshire students qualified for the state National Geographic … more

The Weather

The View


Our Opinion: The stigma of addiction isn't helping

The past few weeks in southern Vermont have seen a sudden outbreak of drug-related law enforcement headlines. In Brattleboro, police shut down suspected "drug houses" and made multiple arrests. In … more

Letter: A colorful proposal for empty storefronts

To the Editor:Empty storefronts are not scenic and they don't welcome visitors to our town.Maybe we could have big colorful posters in the windows telling why the stores are empty. The posters could … more

Bob Stannard | The view from my place: Skin color - does it matter?

There is a mysterious island east of America known as Eleuthera, which means "Free." It is part of the Bahamas and one of those places that has, thankfully, been overlooked. The island is 112 miles … more

The Entertainment

Local students to take part in 'Six Degrees' premiere

MANCHESTER — Students from Burr and Burton Academy and Maple Street School will join the professional a cappella group Counterpoint to perform the world premiere of "Six Degrees" at 6 p.m. on … more

Bennington College concert series features acclaimed faculty and visiting musicians

BENNINGTON — Bennington College's Carriage Barn Concert Series, which takes place each term in the Deane Carriage Barn, has announced its spring 2019 lineup of talented, innovative, and … more

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The Score

Lebanon Valley Speedway to open 67th season Saturday

WEST LEBANON, N.Y. — The 67th season of racing at Lebanon Valley Speedway [https://www.lebanonvalley.com/lvs-home] is set to roll on Saturday night.First up on the half-mile, high-banked clay … more

Local runners with strong efforts in Boston Marathon

BOSTON — Many local athletes took on the 123rd running of the Boston Marathon, which took place Monday in the city.The race run on Patriots' Day, a national holiday in Massachusetts and Maine, … more

Fast start leads MAU over Mount Greylock

BENNINGTON — Before Mount Greylock could even get its feet wet at Vets Home Field, the Mount Anthony girls lacrosse team put the Mounties in a deep hole.A run of five unanswered goals in the … more

The Plan

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The Snap

A member of the North Bennington Cold Water Support Team wades into the rain-swollen Roaring Branch of the Walloomsac River on Monday to retrieve a kayak. The kayak's owner was found safe, out of the water. Emergency crews responded around 4:30 p.m. when the kayak was spotted near the Park Street bridge.

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