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The Greeting

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Firefighters work to extinguish a blaze at the Barn at Bennington College on Tuesday afternoon.

Thursday, May 2, 2019

Hello, Bennington County, where we're breathing a sigh of relief that we've got some amazing volunteer firefighters.

We're learning that the fire that caused about $250,000 of damage at Bennington College's administrative building on Tuesday is believed to be an accident.  Crews from about multiple Vermont and New York towns responded or offered mutual aid.

That wasn't lost on the college, which thanked first responders in a letter to editor before the day had ended. "Your professionalism and expertise were a comfort in an otherwise frightening event," provost and dean Isabel Roche said.

That was't the only college news this week. At Southern Vermont College, faculty and staff voiced complaints about a lack of information from the administration. Meanwhile, local and state leaders have been meeting to formulate a response to SVC's upcoming closure.

Covering all this news takes effort and resources.  A digital-plus weekend subscription is a great way to help us pursue this important mission.

Have a great week!

Greg Sukiennik
Banner engagement and opinions editor
gsukiennik@benningtonbanner.com


The News

Tim Foley directs his final student play

BENNINGTON — "Dogs must be carried at all times.""Please stand on the right.""Superb coffee."In the dark auditorium of Mount Anthony Union High School one recent afternoon, 11 students walked … more

Southern Vermont Arts Center unveils sustainable fashion exhibition and fundraiser

MANCHESTER —The Southern Vermont Arts Center is starting the season with a special fashion exhibition and fundraiser to be held in May."Unusual Threads: Stitching Together the Future of … more

Board deals with landfill costs, hiking trails

POWNAL — The Select Board last week tied up loose ends on several issues, approving a revised engineering contract for a landfill project, granting permission for the town to work on hiking … more

Bennington charter changes stalled in House committee

BENNINGTON — Local officials and lawmakers are concerned that questions raised by House Committee on Government Operations members could slow or derail approval of Bennington Charter changes … more

Things are looking up

BENNINGTON — As the Bennington Battle Monument opened for another season Wednesday, site administrator Marylou Chicote was hoping for one thing.Namely, warmer weather.The site was thoroughly … more

Towns prepping for yearly statewide spring cleaning

For almost half a century now, Vermonters have marked the first Saturday in May as Green Up Day: a day to help keep the state green by collecting roadside litter. The event is also synonymous with … more

Golf balls go missing from driving range

SHAFTSBURY — Several buckets full of golf balls have been reported stolen from a driving range here, Vermont State Police said. A representative of C&C Tees Driving Range told police that … more

The Weather


Obituaries

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The View

EDITORIALS

Our opinion: Now more than ever, transparency essential at SVC

The leaders of Southern Vermont College have our attention as they determine how to wind down decades of history and face what, in all likelihood, are the last days of the school's existence. The … more
LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

Letter: Cleaning up litter, the Vermont way

To the Editor:Trashtag challenges have lately gone viral on Twitter, but up here in Vermont, our own litter challenge has been around for 40 years. Green-Up Day is Saturday, May 4, and this year, … more
COLUMNISTS

Alden Graves | Graves Registry: The great dispenser of bad advice

There was one aspect of the devastating fire that ravaged the Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris on April 15 that was refreshing despite the terrible price the world had to pay to experience it. Think … more

The Entertainment

Photos: 'The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time'

The cast of "The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time" pace the floor while rehearsing a scene from the play Tuesday afternoon at Mount Anthony Union High school in Bennington. more

Sage City Symphony to host jazz brunch, perform concert

NORTH BENNINGTON — Sage City Symphony will host a Community Jazz Brunch at the Park-McCullough House Carriage Barn in North Bennington featuring live music by the Leo Yucht Jazz Combo on … more

 
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The Score

SMS' Caldwell to retire

STRATTON — Sverre Caldwell, a legendary Nordic ski coach who led teams in the Olympics and at Stratton Mountain School for the past four decades, is retiring at the end of the school year.His … more

Eight-run first moves MAU past Drury

BENNINGTON — Scoring early and often, the Mount Anthony softball team put up eight first-inning runs on Wednesday against Drury en route to a 15-0 victory in six innings.MAU took the 8-0 lead … more

Mount Anthony sees plenty of PRs at home meet

BENNINGTON — The Mount Anthony track team saw many personal bests on Tuesday.In a meet that lasted more than five hours, MAU's Rebecca Crosier was a big winner, taking first place in the pole … more

Bulldogs avenge loss to Raiders

RUTLAND — The Burr and Burton boys lacrosse team got a measure of revenge against Rutland on Saturday, topping the Raiders 17-5 at Alumni Field.Logan Sands scored a game-high five goals, while … more


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The Snap

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Denee Facto, loads doughnuts into the sales rack at the beginning of opening day at the Apple Barn in Bennington on Tuesday.

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