ROSES to the fun and creative idea of the Bank Street Festival in New Milford, which closed the street to motor traffic Sunday and attracted perhaps thousands of people downtown. Special kudos to organizer Kathy Walsh, co-owner of Homeward Bound, Jessica Bittner and their fellow committee members, who brought the first-time festival to life. Such events create the sense of community for which the town is known, while showcasing the historic and attractive downtown. We hope this is the first of many Bank Street festivals, and that the event sparks serious discussion about the merits of Bank Street evolving into a pedestrian street.

THORNS to the mean-spirited and utterly senseless act of vandalism last week to Our Daily Bread food pantry on the grounds of the United Methodist Church in New Milford. It is difficult to understand why anyone would want to damage goods meant for those most in need. ROSES to the community for rallying behind the church to help the food pantry as it soon reopened and restocked its shelves to serve those in need.

ROSES to the New Milford Lions Club and its partners for the day, the Friends of Harrybrooke, for the success of Saturday's inaugural fall festival at Harrybrooke Park. The Lions and their many volunteers kept busy during the event's six-hour run as many hundreds of Greater New Milford-area residents paid a visit, many for the first time, to the bucolic park grounds and were entertained with games and other amusements, great food, a car show and even a chicken wings-eating contest. The benefit gained by the Lions for their Community Betterment Fund and the exposure given Harrybrooke made the event a win-win across the board.