Pictured, from left, Molly Dillon, Merchants’ president of trust and community banking; Robert Woolmington, president of the board for the Fund for North Bennington; Michael Tuttle, Merchants’ president and CEO; and Paul Bruhn, Preservation Trust of Vt.
Some banks used to give away a toaster to those who opened a new account, but on Monday, Merchants Bank took the idea a step further by giving away the almost 150-year-old bank.
Officials at Merchants Bank had already announced in February that plans had been made to close branches in Bennington and North Bennington and replace them with a new site in Bennington. But while Merchants rented its space on Main Street in Bennington, it owned the building on Bank Street in North Bennington, leaving residents of the village wondering what would become of it.
Vermont is getting $6.3 million in federal Homeland Security grants to help the state develop prevention and preparedness programs to respond to acts of terrorism and other catastrophic events.
U.S. Sen. Patrick Leahy says the grants will come from two Homeland Security programs.
A $3.4 million homeland security grant will help support the implementation of strategies to plan, organize, train and equip first-responder agencies who would be called upon in the event of an act of terrorism or other disasters.
Vermont has nearly 1,900 cemeteries - some large and well manicured - others, small, tucked-away family plots. They’re the final resting places for luminaries like Ethan Allen, Robert Frost and Calvin Coolidge. But Vermont also has cemeteries for paupers and criminals - and officials in Rutland say they’re part of history too.
Tom Giffin is Rutland City’s cemetery commissioner and president of the Vermont Old Cemetery Association.
Giffin lifts the metal latch of a gate and enters an odd little plot of land tucked behind Rutland’s prison near Otter Creak.