Bennington Community News

December 2020
Remaining Grateful


It is so easy to get bogged down by negativity. There is, however, an alternative.
Make a conscious CHOICE to be happy and grateful.

"How do I do that?" you may ask. Well, this subject has been researched and there are scientifically proven ways to increase your happiness. These include:
  • get more sleep
  • spend time in service to others
  • get outside more
  • plan a trip, even if you don't actually take one
  • exercise - just 7 minutes can work wonders
  • spend less time online, and more time on personal interactions

If you would like to read more on this subject, check out the following articles:

Remember, this is the season to recapture the wonder you felt as a child. Drive around town and enjoy the holiday lights. Cook something special, just because you like it. Call/reconnect with family and old friends. Remember that you are the only you in the universe. You are infinitesimally unique, so treat yourself like the rare treasure that you are.

Shannon Barsotti, Community Development Director
Carrie Fabricius, Senior Center Director
Kayla Becker, YMCA Branch Manager at the Bennington Recreation Center
Bennington Rec Center News
Swimming lane reservations can be made beginning on Friday for the following week by calling the Rec Center at (802)442-1053.

´╗┐Updates will be posted on:
  • facebook pages for Bennington Recreation Center, Town of Bennington, and Berkshire Family YMCA
  • the town website (
  • the Y website (

Mother and son enjoying swim lessons
What a year it has been! It is hard to believe this year is coming to a close. It is important that we reflect on all that we accomplished in 2020 despite the challenges and trials this year brought. After closing in March, we reopened in June ready to welcome our members and community partners back after 3 months apart! This summer we were able to revitalize our fitness calendar, bring back swim lessons and run our summer camp program. This fall we were faced with the challenge to help support our communities working parents with added youth opportunities. This led us to begin working with the State of Vermont to become a school age hub to support online learning within the SVSU district. 
Looking towards 2021 we are ready to round out the year with healthy members and successful programming. Despite added restrictions we have adapted in order to maintain the momentum from the summer and fall. We will finish out our current fitness sessions, maintain our pool reservation system and move to semi-private swim lessons to meet the needs of all our members! If you aren't a member yet we hope to see you in 2021. For all our current members: thank you for your patience and support, we could not do it without you!
Bennington Senior Center News


We are complying with recommendations made by the Governor's office and the VT Department of Health, and will remain closed until further notice.

Updates will be posted on:
  • Town of Bennington facebook page
  • the town website (
  • the outgoing message on the Senior Center phone @ (802)442-1052
  • the main entry door of the Senior Center at 124 Pleasant Street
If you participate in Bone Builders class and you have weights here that you would like to pick up to use at home, please call and we can set up a time for you to get them.

If you would like to use the Bike Labyrinth interactive exercise bike, you can call to make an appointment.

Call the Senior Center at (802)442-1052.
Things To Do

Bennington has two walking tours:

The first is of Old Bennington. Click here for map and brochure.

The second is Downtown Bennington. Click here for map and descriptions.
Have you ever thought about donating blood? Click here for information or to find a blood drive near you.

Handel's Messiah - A Free Virtual Sing-along

Looking for Family holiday activities?

Christmas crafts for kids

Consider becoming a volunteer driver for Meals On Wheels of Bennington County
Call (802)442-8012 for more information
Bennington Senior Center
802 442-1052

Bennington Rec Center
802 442-1053