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The Greeting

Second-grader Naomi Guile receives a daffodil from her fellow student on Monday, Earth Day at Molly Stark School in Bennington, while they clean up the grounds and gardens of the school.

Thursday, April 25, 2019

Rejoice, Bennington County! Spring has finally arrived. Trees are budding, birds are singing, classic rock is serenading our newsroom from cars stopped at the Four Corners ...

Our favorite sign of spring is when we get the press release announcing the Bennington Battle Monument will reopen on May 1. Fun fact: The Monument is 306 feet and 4½ inches high.

Speaking of fun facts, there's a lot of education news this week in Bannerland:

• Big changes are ahead at Bennington College, where Mariko Silver is stepping down as president to head the Henry Luce Foundation.

• The new Southwest Vermont Union Elementary School District has an elected board, despite low voter turnout.

• And the process of Stamford and Clarksburg, Mass. forming an interstate school district started in earnest this week.

Learning is a lifelong process, and you learn something new every day in the Banner. A digital-plus weekend subscription is a great way to find out about your world and the place you call home.

Have a great week!

Greg Sukiennik
Banner engagement and opinions editor

The News

Select Board supports Berkshire Y's efforts in Bennington

BENNINGTON — Select Board members responded positively on Monday to an assessment of current goals and ongoing work at the Bennington Recreation Center, nearly a third of the way through a … more

Residents object to town tree work, decry 'dangerous' intersection

BENNINGTON — Residents living near the Elm Street-Dewey Street intersection submitted a petition to the Select Board this week decrying a town tree-cutting project that stripped away privacy … more

Manchester icon 'Pal Joey' takes his last walk

MANCHESTER — Joseph Diaferio died April 15 at the age of 88, provoking an outpouring of thoughts and memories of the man who, for so many, was simply "Pal Joey."Diaferio was a regular sight … more

Bennington to form town energy committee

BENNINGTON — The town is back in the energy business — in a manner of speaking. The Select Board voted this week to re-establish the defunct town Energy Committee and will seek seven to … more

Students rally for Bennington College workers

BENNINGTON — More than 100 students, community members and unionized employees at Bennington College jammed a performance studio Wednesday at the school's Visual and Performing Arts Center to … more

Pharmacy adds drug disposal box

BENNINGTON — Without any fanfare, The Pharmacy in Bennington has installed a drug disposal box, making it the eighth Bennington County location where the public can safely get rid of unwanted … more

Applications accepted for Sandy Casey Scholarship

BENNINGTON — Applications are now being accepted for a scholarship established to honor the life and further the legacy of Sandy Casey. The second annual award is to be awarded to a Bennington … more

The Weather


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The View


Our opinion: Better late than never on PFAS

Southern Vermont, especially the Bennington region, has paid a high price for the release of PFAS (polyfluoroalkyl substances), such as PFOA, into its environment. A bill approved by the state House … more

Letter: Waiting periods: good policy, good politics

To the Editor:The Black family of Essex, Vermont will have an empty chair at their table this holiday weekend. So will 477 other Vermont families who have lost a loved one to suicide since 2011. This … more

Alden Graves | Graves Registry: Remembering Mary

It was raining when my sister and I went into St. Peter's Church. I know that Christians are supposed to regard death in terms of bright new beginnings and rays of sunshine, but the rain seemed … more

The Entertainment

CDC Theater Arts students present 'The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time'

BENNINGTON — On May 2, 3 and 4, students in the CDC Theater Arts program will present "The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time," a play by Simon Stephens based on the best-selling … more

Bennington Community Theater to stage 'The Dining Room'

BENNINGTON — The Bennington Community Theater will offer three performances of A.R. Gurney's comedy "The Dining Room" on May 3 and 4 at 7:30 p.m. and May 5 at 2 p.m. at Oldcastle Theatre at 331 … more

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The Score

Jake Baker nets 100th goal, BBA tops MAU

BENNINGTON — It's the small things that make Burr and Burton boys lacrosse senior Jake Baker special.It's the time he takes to mentor the younger players. It's the leadership role he takes both … more

Big fourth inning leads Arlington over Proctor

ARLINGTON — In baseball, one inning can totally change the complexion of a game.Case in point: the Arlington baseball team's effort in the fourth inning Monday afternoon against rival … more

Hoosick Falls edges MAU, 1-0

HOOSICK, N.Y. — Out of any of the major sports, baseball is the one that depends the most on luck. A hard liner is caught by a well-positioned infielder, while a soft grounder finds an … more

The Plan

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The Snap

Kindergartners Maxx Coulter and Shunto Ito move to the beat of the drums on Wednesday during a performance by a traveling ensemble from the Vermont Symphony Orchestra at Molly Stark School in Bennington.

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