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Monday, January 20, 2020

Music, vigil to mark MLK Day

BENNINGTON — The Throwbacks band, Victoria Benkoski, Matt Edwards, Bennington County Community Chorus, the Strummin' Ukes of Bennington and a MAUHS Choral group will all join together for a night of music and song at Oldcastle Theatre at 7 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 20 to celebrate Bennington's Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. Events will begin at 6 p.m. at the Four Corners in downtown Bennington with a candlelight vigil and singing led by David O'Brien. Folks will move to the theatre for cider and cookies, and to view an exhibit of posters created by MAU students of the Career Development Center to commemorate this special day. At 7 p.m. the music and singing will begin. During the festivities, students who have won awards in the Dr. King Poster Contest will be introduced and recognized. At the end of the night all of the musicians and the audience will join together in song. Sponsored by the Greater Bennington Peace and Justice Center and the Greater Bennington Interfaith Council, the night was created to lift our spirits and stir hope in these challenging times, to bring light to our darkness. The Rev. Steve Dale and Jim Quinlan will lead the program. Oldcastle is located at 331 Main St., Bennington. MLK Vigil

Students reflect on King's words

BENNINGTON — Over the past few weeks, students of Betsey Kane at the Career Development Center have been learning about the life of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. They have been reading and exploring "Letters From A Birmingham Jail" and expressing their thoughts and feelings in posters to honor King. Nine students submitted their work in the contest sponsored by the Greater Bennington Peace and Justice Center, and all of them will be on display in the Gallery at Oldcastle Theatre on Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Monday, Jan. 20, from 5 to 8 p.m. in the Lobby Gallery of the theater, before and during the King Celebration. Graphic artists in the competition included Lydia Boekholt, Kylee Frost, Chantel Goodhue, Avery Hickey, Anna Hogan, Tylor Dunican, Lauren Johnson and Alijah Jones. According to Dan Lucy of the Peace and Justice Center, third prize was won by Tylor Dunican, second prize was won by Lauren Johnson, and the grand prize poster was created by Alijah Jones. The winners and their teacher will be honored at the King Celebration Monday night at Oldcastle. The Throwbacks band, Victoria Benkoski, Matt Edwards, Bennington County Community Chorus, the Strummin' Ukes of Bennington and a MAUHS Choral group will perform during the celebration, which begins at 7 p.m.
MLK Student Posters

Sunday, November 10, 2019

"Talks of the Times: Exploring Critical Issues"

"Talks of the Times: Exploring Critical Issues," a series of presentations on important contemporary issues, begins Nov. 10 in Bennington. The first talk will be "Sorting the News From the Chaff" by Dr. Mark Timney of Keene State College. It is on Sunday, Nov. 10 at 2:00 p.m. at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Bennington, 108 School St. The program is free and open to the public. The series is largely funded by the Vermont Humanities Council and co-sponsored by the Greater Bennington Peace & Justice Center, Community College of Vermont, and the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship. Dr. Timney will examine he paradox that the Internet has made it both easier and harder to find “truth.” Almost everything we could ever want to know is available online, but how can we tell the good sources from the bad ones, discern fact from assumption, and distinguish “fake news” from the real thing?