Hermitage construction commences at Grenoble

Construction is to begin in August on the first eight units at Grenoble Way, which is located just below the Hermitage Club Clubhouse and base lodge at Haystack. The “ski-in ski-out” condos are expected to be ready by the coming ski season.

Hermitage Club makes first payment in tax agreement

(This story by Chris Mays was first published in the Brattleboro Reformer on June 13, 2017.) WILMINGTON — The Hermitage Club is avoiding a tax sale that would have seen some of its properties sold during a public auction. “The Hermitage Club paid its Wilmington tax payment per the agreement at end of business today,” […]

Mount Snow ‘finally’ starts new lodge construction

The alleged fraud at Jay Peak Resort intensified scrutiny of the Vermont EB-5 Regional Center program and made it difficult for Mount Snow to solicit investors for a planned resort expansion.

Two dead in Brattleboro from apparent heat exposure

(This story is by the Brattleboro Reformer, in which it first appeared June 13, 2017.) BRATTLEBORO — Two elderly Brattleboro residents appear to have died of heat exposure, according to the Brattleboro Police Department. On Monday officers responded to two separate residences where they found an 87-year-old woman and an 87-year-old man dead outside of […]

Families reach settlement over attack by mentally ill man

Other litigation related to the attack on Michael Kuligoski led to questions about the responsibilities of mental health providers when releasing potentially dangerous patients.

Vermont Supreme Court orders Hermitage Club to arbitration in contract dispute

(This story by Chris Mays was published in the Brattleboro Reformer on June 6, 2017.) DEERFIELD VALLEY — The Vermont Supreme Court has ruled that a contract dispute between the Hermitage Club and Extreme Contracting LLC should be resolved via arbitration rather than litigation. The court wrote: “Notwithstanding the many delays and missteps by defendant’s […]

Putney Family Services former director pleads guilty to embezzlement

(This story by Bob Audette was published in the Brattleboro Reformer on June 6, 2017.) PUTNEY — The former executive director of Putney Family Services, Patricia Field, pleaded guilty to embezzlement in May and has been ordered to repay the more than $41,000 she stole from the nonprofit organization. However, the court ordered her to […]

Dog killed in bear attack in Wilmington

(This story by Chris Mays was published in the Brattleboro Reformer on June 5, 2017.) WILMINGTON — Vermont Senior Game Warden Rich Watkin says a small dog was killed early Wednesday morning by a bear. “I believe it was very much circumstantial, but tragic all the same,” said Watkin. The incident occurred near Chimney Hill […]

Windham Southwest school district mergers pass

With a 173-3 vote, Stamford was the lone town in the Windham Southwest Supervisory Union to vote against mergers. Wilmington and Whitingham will merge into one district and Halifax and Readsboro into another.

Brattleboro Memorial Hospital named in malpractice suit

The patient was at the center of a case in which the state cited the hospital for failing to tell her soon enough about a suspicious mass found on her kidney.

SEC asks for $12M from bitcoin mining companies

The default judgement request filed in federal court is against a former Brattleboro man’s bitcoin mining companies, GAW Miners and ZenMiner.

Twin Valley board supports schools merger

Votes on two different school-district mergers will be held in member districts of the Windham Southwest Supervisory Union on Wednesday.

Hermitage Club cleared in former employee lawsuit

Editor’s note: This article by Mike Donoghue was published in the Brattleboro Reformer on May 18, 2017. BURLINGTON — A federal court jury in Burlington ruled Wednesday afternoon that the Hermitage Club at Haystack Mountain did not discriminate when it fired a former building and grounds worker in August 2014. Effie Mayhew of Wilmington had […]

Police investigate multiple burglaries in Brattleboro

(This story by Chris Mays was published in the Brattleboro Reformer on May 9.) BRATTLEBORO — A string of commercial and residential burglaries has the police department asking property owners to be extra vigilant with security measures. “It’s just sad,” said Linda Alvarez, owner of Restless Rooster Cafe, which was burglarized on May 3. “Hopefully […]