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Considered one of two "shire towns" (or county seats) of Bennington County, the town of Bennington sits in the bottom left corner of the state. The town was named after Colonial Governor Benning Wentworth, back in the mid-18th century. Interestingly, the population hasn't changed much since 1950, going from about 12,000 people up to its 2010 population of over 15,000 – just a 25-percent increase in 60 years. The Mount Anthony Patriots wrestling team is the 23-time defending state champions through 2010.

Population: 15764
Local Newspapers: Bennington Banner
Local Sports Teams: Bennington Sports Teams
Local Colleges: Bennington College Southern Vermont College

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Towns/Cities near bennington, vermont : South Shaftsbury Woodford Arlington Pownal Manchester Hoosick Falls NY

Bennington News
Sage City begins season with all-Brahms program

The Sage City Symphony is starting its 45th season on Sunday with an all-Brahms program, and director Michael Finckel sees a bright future for the ensemble. "In my view every it just year gets better add better with that orchestra," Finckel, a Bennington native, said Friday from New York City.

Giving thanks by giving: Banner, parent company make food donations to those in need

BENNINGTON BANNER Chris Oldham, of The Bennington County Coalition for the Homeless and Bennington Banner publisher, Alan English, push grocery carts filled with turkeys that will go to families in need. HOLLY PELCZYNSKI - BENNINGTON BANNER Chris Oldham, of The Bennington County Coalition for the Homeless and Bennington Banner publisher, Alan English,fill grocery carts with turkey and other food for Thanksgiving on Thursday afternoon at Hanford supermarket.

Woodford, Pownal plan Act 46 vote recounts

A recount of the Nov. 7 Act 46 school district merger vote is scheduled for this morning in Woodford and one is expected soon in Pownal. Woodford Town Clerk Susan Wright said the town Board of Civil Authority will meet at 10 a.m. to recount only those votes cast for or against the proposed Act 46 merger of five local districts that are part of the Southwest Vermont Supervisory Union.

Scully marks commissioning of hydro facility

Developer Bill Scully explains the power generating equipment in the powerhouse of the newly commissioned Hoosic River Hydro facility in North Pownal. The orange generator unit is in the left foreground and the gray turbine cover is to the right.

Charges for alleged check thieves

Two local men face forgery and fraud charges after being accused of cashing more that $4,000 worth of stolen checks. Duvan A. LeBlanc, of Bennington, and Shawn Macomber, of Arlington, both 42, were arrested last week in connection with checks that were stolen from an Arlington resident and fraudulently cashed, according to Vermont State Police.

Sewer project moves forward

Select Board members last month expressed concern over spending more money for resident engineering services for the town's project at the wastewater treatment plant. What appeared then to be an additional $100,000 tacked onto the total project cost had already been built into the project, Town Manager Stu Hurd said on Monday night.

Stories Of Family And Farm Meet Jessie Maclay Orr

When chatting with Jessie Orr there is a wide range of engaging topics to talk about. You could spend hours reminiscing about the farm, the family, her sixty-one year marriage, gardens, grandchildren, the Great Depression, canning, history or some of the best one-liners she has ever heard.

Rail official responds to concerns about rail tankers

A Vermont Railway System official said Monday that the long line of rail tanker cars parked on tracks in North Bennington was placed strategically in response to past wintertime shortages of propane gas in the region. Vermont Railway Vice President Selden Houghton said the cars, which have sparked concern among residents of the area, are being moved out as needed for commercial propane gas customers and won't be stored there indefinitely.

Volunteers needed to spread "Spirit of Sharing"

With the holidays fast approaching, organizers trying to spread the "Spirit of Sharing" are seeking volunteers to help put presents under the tree this season for children in need. The effort, which pairs individuals, organizations and businesses with families in need, is a collaborative effort between the Catamount Rotary Club and local staff with the state Agency of Human Services.

Police: Bennington man crashes into deer

A Bennington man was uninjured after his car struck a deer on Interstate 91 on Saturday afternoon, according to Vermont State Police. Aaron Redden, 20, was traveling south near mile marker 10 at about 2:46 p.m. when the 2015 Honda Accord he was driving struck a deer, Trooper Matthew Steeves with the Westminster barracks said in a news release.

Fraud charge in syrup case

A Shaftsbury man has denied a criminal charge after being accused of purchasing maple syrup through fraudulent means. Richard Blackmer, 35, pleaded not guilty in Bennington criminal court on Monday to a single misdemeanor count of false pretenses - $900 or less.

Possible PFOA cleanup solution

Dozens of lawmakers are attending a summit at the University of Vermont Monday focused on clean water. UVM scientists say the chemical PFOA, which has been found in wells in the Bennington area, can be broken down using nanoparticles of rust.

Honoring veterans

The Smith family, Scott, Chelsea and Miles, waive American flags and watch as the Veterans Day parade makes its way up North Street in Bennington. The Bennington VFW color guard marched the Veterans Day parade route and presented the colors at the remembrance ceremony that followed at the Vermont Veterans Home.

Rail tankers near homes concern residents

Long lines of black rail tanker cars parked on both sides of Rice Lane, listed as carrying non-odorized liquid petroleum gas, have prompted complaints to a local lawmaker from neighbors and an instructor at Bennington College. Lines of black rail tanker cars are parked on both sides of Rice Lane and listed as carrying non-odorized liquid petroleum gas.

What's next for Act 46 in the SVSU?

Dec. 26, 2017: Unmerged district boards must submit Section 9 reports detailing how they are already complying with the goals of Act 46. Nov. 30, 2018: The State Board of Education will release its final statewide governance plan, which will merge unmerged districts to the extent necessary to create sustainable governance structures and meet the goals of Act 46. BENNINGTON - After voters in Pownal and Woodford rejected a proposal that would have merged the Bennington, Pownal, Shaftsbury, Woodford, and Mount Anthony Union school districts, many in the region are left wondering: What's next? The results of Tuesday's vote are not considered final until at least 30 days after the vote.

Students say 'Thank you' to veterans

BENNINGTON BANNER Veterans are recognized and appreciated on Thursday morning by Molly Stark fourth graders as they preform "THIS IS AMERICA" at the Patriots hall at the Vermont Veterans Home. HOLLY PELCZYNSKI - BENNINGTON BANNER Molly Stark fourth graders turn to the flags and raise their hands giving peace signs on Thursday morning during a Veterans Day appreciation performance.

Cherise Madigan named Journal editor

Cherise Madigan, who has covered the Manchester and the mountains region as a reporter for the Manchester Journal and Bennington Banner, has been named editor of the Manchester Journal. Madigan, a resident of Manchester, has been writing for the Journal since 2016, and has been a staff writer with the Journal and Banner since April.

Minn. woman could plea to sex crime

Prosecutors and an attorney for a 21-year-old Minnesota woman facing felony charges after being accused of having a sexual relationship with a 14-year-old boy are working towards a plea agreement. Rosa Maria Pastrana, of Staples, has been held without bail since January.

4 votes in Pownal, 2 in Woodford sink Act 46 proposal

Voters in Bennington fill the fire station to vote on the Mount Anthony Unified School District merger proposal on Tuesday in Bennington. BENNINGTON - The merger proposal that would have created the Mount Anthony Unified School District out of the Bennington, Pownal, Shaftsbury, Woodford, and Mount Anthony Union school districts has failed.

Winhall woman found guilty of bank fraud

A Winhall woman, who officials say was involved in obtaining $1.6 million in bogus loans at five financial institutions, including the Bank of Bennington, was found guilty in U.S. District Court in Burlington on three felony charges on Tuesday afternoon. Alison Gu, 41, of Old Snow Valley Road was convicted for committing bank fraud between 2013 and 2015; making a false statement on a U.S. Passport application in St. Albans in March 2015 and for aggravated identity theft in March 2015.

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