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NORTH BENNINGTONMaplebrook Farm feta wins national awardMaplebrook Farm of North Bennington won a first-place ribbon for its whole milk block feta cheese at the American Cheese Society's 36th annual awards competition in Richmond, Virginia. It was one of a record 44 ribbons won by Vermont producers at the event.

The American Cheese Society is the leading organization supporting the understanding, appreciation, and promotion of farmstead, artisan, and specialty cheeses in the Americas. ACS hosts North America's foremost annual cheese-based educational conference, and world-renowned cheese judging and competition.

For a complete list of the 2019 American Cheese Society winners, visit For more information on the Vermont Cheese Council visit

BENNINGTONAcupuncturist opens practice

Licensed acupuncturist Bryan Rouse has started an acupuncture practice in Bennington.

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Rouse, who holds a Master of Science in Oriental Medicine, will be serving the Bennington and Southern Vermont community. He offers acupuncture, herbal medicine, cupping and wellness advice, and specializes in sports medicine, pain management, depression/addiction and women's health.

Rouse has more than 20 years of experience in Denver and Boulder, Colorado. His practice is located at 160 Benmont Ave., Suite 30, Bennington Center for the Healing Arts, and he can be reached at 802-770-8733 and

Eight Oh Two Marketing among fastest growing

Search marketing agency Eight Oh Two Marketing has been named to Inc. magazine's annual list of America's fastest-growing private companies — the Inc. 5000. Eight Oh Two ranks in the top half of the list, at number 1969. The agency was also named the fastest-growing private company in Vermont on the Inc. 5000 list.

Eight Oh Two, founded in 2009, achieved this honor because of its growth from 2015 through 2018. It joins the ranks of the country's most prestigious private companies including Microsoft, Dell, LinkedIn, Zillow, Yelp, and more.

The company employs 25 digital marketers, and is headquartered in Bennington.


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