Bennington Community N ews

January 2020
Happy New Year!
Photo Credit: Tara Schatz


The holidays are over. Winter begins in earnest. And while January is the coldest month of the year in the northern hemisphere, that doesn't mean we have to hibernate until spring.

Opportunities for creating new family traditions abound this month. National Spaghetti Day on the 4th is the perfect time to let kids help cook dinner for the family. You could photograph and identify the birds near your house on the 5th, National Bird Day. Kids don't like to take a bath? Use the 13th, National Rubber Ducky Day, to your advantage. Play outside on the 19th (National Popcorn Day), then come in for popcorn and hot chocolate. And every child's favorite, National Opposite Day, is (or should I say isn't?) on January 25th. To top this all off, January is International Creativity Month. So go bundle up and create activities, connections, and fun memories.

Happy New Year!     -Carrie
Shannon Barsott i , Community Development Director
Carrie Fabricius , Senior Center Director
Kayla Becker , YMCA Branch Manager at the Bennington Recreation Center
Bennington Rec Center News
Carol Hults

Click here to read our member spotlight, and her thoughts about the Rec Center and Senior Center.

For the January pool schedule,

For the 2019-20 Swim Lesson schedule, click here .

For a swim lesson registration form, click here .

The Bennington Marauders Swim Team
Head Coach: Nicole Goswami

The Bennington Marauders Swim Team kicked off their 2019-2020 season at the Harvest Invite in Ballston Spa New York on November 23rd. Thirteen Marauders were present and several placed in the top 10. Last weekend, at the Super Splash Meet at Union College in Schenectady New York, Thirteen swimmers from Bennington competed and 4 swimmers placed in the top 10. Listed below are some highlights of these meets. For more information regarding the marauders swim team visit: .

MAUHS Varsity Swim Team  
Head Coach: Amanda Robson

The Mount Anthony Union High School swim team has had three meets so far this season. Their best performance this season was against Hudson High School. Boys won 79 to 27, and girls won 90 to 25. The team is set to face Wahconah High School on Friday, January 3rd at The Berkshire Family YMCA in Pittsfield Massachusetts. The varsity swim team has 7 boy swimmers and 10 girl swimmers.  
Bennington Senior Center News
Winners of the December Potluck
Ugly Sweater Contest
Could you pick our Bennington Police officers out of a line-up? The Bennington Senior Center will be holding an informal "Meet & Greet" with Bennington Police Chief Paul Doucette and Lieutenant Camillo Grande on Wednesday, January 22nd from 10:30-11:30 am. If you have questions or concerns about public safety, this is a great time to bring them up. We will have light refreshments. This is a chance to get to know some of the dedicated individuals who work to keep us safe. If you plan to attend, please sign up at the Senior Center at (802)442-1052.

Boston Flower Show

The Senior Center will be hosting a trip to the Boston Flower Show on Saturday, March 14th. The bus departs from the Bennington Station parking lot at 7am. Cost is $67 per person, due by February 14th. Stay at the Flower Show for the day, spend the day in Boston on your own, or split your time between both.

Sign-up at the Senior Center @ 442-1052. For more information, call Eleanor Mattison @ (802)379-7216.
Community Partner News -
Bennington Free Library
There is something for everyone at the Library!

To view the list of passes available through Museums & More,

To Contact Us:
Bennington Free Library
101 Silver Street
Bennington VT 05201
Phone: 802-442-9051

Contact email addresses:
General inquiries:
Children’s/Young Adult:
Interlibrary Loan:

Bennington Free Library

The Bennington Free Library provides materials and services that will meet the educational, informational, cultural, and recreational needs of the community. We are dedicated to supporting the lifelong learning of our community and we encourage you to visit the Library in person to learn of the many resources and services we provide.

What Can You Find at the Library?
The Bennington Free Library is proud to host a wide selection of resources and media, including:
• Print Materials
• Audio Books and Downloadable E-Books
• Videos
• Electronic Databases
• Seasonal Museum and Park Passes
We also house a collection of unique local materials in our  Vermont History Room  and the Bennington Banner on microfilm from 1903 to the present.

The Bennington Free Library is happy to consider any donation you are willing to make to support services and programs for the community. Please contact the Library Director, Lynne Fonteneau McCann , at (802) 447-2587
Community Events
Bennington Rec Center
802 442-1053

Bennington Senior Center
802 442-1052