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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
Tractor trailer brakes catch fire

Traffic on Route 9 was delayed near the intersection with Route 279 Tuesday afternoon when a tractor trailer's brakes caught fire coming into town from Woodford. The Bennington Village Fire Department responded to the call, which occurred just after 2:30 p.m. No injuries were reported.

Saint-Gobain reaches $20 million agreement with Vermont over North Bennington PFOA contamination

Saint-Gobain Performance Plastics will fund a $20 million project to extend water lines to some 200 homes affected by PFOA water contamination that lie west of the railroad line running along Route 7A. Construction will begin in the fall, officials say.

Award-winning poet named program director at Bennington College

Bennington College has named an award-winning poet as the new director of the Bennington Writing Seminars. Mark Wunderlich will become the third director in the program's history, following Sven Birkerts, who will return to the program's faculty in June 2018, and founding director Liam Rector.

Bennington man to remain behind bars pending trial

A Bennington man, who has been charged in U.S. District Court with possession of child pornography, is going to remain behind bars pending trial. Donald S. Hammalian Jr., 42, denied on Friday two felony counts of knowingly possessing visual depictions of minors engaging in sexually explicit conduct on July 22, 2016, and Nov. 10, 2016.

NSK in Bennington awarded $208k for training

NSK Steering Systems America has been awarded $208,753 by the government to create a training program. "Investment in NSK's Center for Excellence will provide training opportunities for Vermont workers for years to come," said Governor Scott Scott in a release Monday.

Vermont gives grant to program that trains at-risk youth

The Vermont Department of Labor has awarded a grant for an 11th time to a program that works to educate and train at-risk youth. The Sunrise Family Resource Center received the Summer Employment Opportunity grant to create the six-week work experience and education program.

Charter review will kick off

THE BENNINGTON BANNER Charter Review Commission members meet at the Bennington town offices on Friday. From left: Co-chair Sean-Marie Oller, Jonathan M. Cohen, Assistant Town Manager Dan Monks, Robert Ebert, Daniel Malmborg, Robert F. Plunkett, Michael A. Keane.

Water line extensions, settlement updates on tap

State officials will on Wednesday update residents on plans to extend town water service to properties affected by PFOA contamination, legal negotiations with Saint-Gobain Performance Plastics, and the ongoing investigation into a former ChemFab Corp. plant, the suspected pollution source. A community meeting will be held on Wednesday, July 26, at 7 p.m. at Bennington College's Tishman Lecture Hall.

SVSU takes step toward merger vote

After reviewing the projected financial implications of a merger, and considering the consequences if a deal is not reached by November, the Southwest Vermont Supervisory Union's Act 46 committee voted on Thursday to pursue submitting a merger plan to the state. The committee voted unanimously that a merger under the terms of Act 46 and Act 49 was advisable for the districts of the SVSU, although the level of enthusiasm about that declaration varied among members of the committee.

Get the most from your primary care visit

Patients are advised to bring blood pressures logs, blood sugar counts, and, if the course of one's illness has been complicated, to also write up a chronology of symptoms, tests and treatments since the last primary care visit. With all the talk of health care reform dominating the news and halls of government for the better part of the last decade, much can be done to help wellness without fancy legislation, or costing billions of dollars.

Pownal program not something to fear

Some Pownal residents are highly suspicious of the intent of the Vermont Council on Rural Development's Climate Economy Model Communities Program, which launched here in May as the first such initiative in the state. In general, the program brings together resident volunteers to work with council facilitators in setting a handful of priorities for projects to benefit the community - in this case, related to opportunities that might develop because of climate change and a greater focus on alternative energy and energy efficiency.

Grant to help at-risk youth with work skills

Laura Mack, coordinator of opportunities and summer programs helps prepare a salad using some of the vegetables grown in the garden at Sunrise Family Resource Center. Students and educators at the Sunrise Family Resource Center's Summer employment opportunity program enjoy a family style lunch prepared by interns with some of the vegetables grown in the sunrise garden.

No bail for man accused of beating

A local man is being held without bail for allegedly beating a woman outside a Pleasant Street apartment last month. Ian S. Buck, 27 is accused of strangling and hitting a woman he knew multiple times while her children were nearby, according to police.

New streetlights too bright

Newly installed streetlights on the corner of Church Street and Route 7A had to be replaced following a mix-up that caused them to be much brighter than intended. Town Administrator David Kiernan said Monday that the project's engineers had accidentally ordered the wrong lights, leading residents to complain about their brightness.

Concerns after another tick-borne virus is on the rise in the Capital Region

We often hear about the tick-borne illness Lyme disease, but now the Vermont and New York State Health Departments say another tick borne illness is on the rise in our area. Mager from the Stram Center of Integrative Medicine in Delmar says she's seen a major rise in people diagnosed with the tick-borne illness known as anaplasmosis at both the Delmar and Bennington, Vermont office.

UCS encourages campers to "Be a Kid"

Williams Snow, 9, of Pownal, has some fun on the water slide at Lake Paran in North Bennington on Wednesday during camp Be a Kid. Matt Squires, 11, of Bennington enjoys swimming at lake Paran during camp Be a Kid on Wednesday afternoon in North Bennington.

Park plans include chalk wall

Plans for a proposed new "pocket park" downtown, which is moving through the permitting process, will now include a piece of public art. The Park at 336 was reviewed by the Development Review Board on Tuesday night.

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