NEWFANE, Vt. (AP) — A court will decide whether a private Vermont ski resort that filed for foreclosure will be run by a receiver. The Brattleboro Reformer reports a hearing from Windham Superior Court Division concerning the Hermitage Club is scheduled for May 10. Hermitage Club officials had requested to use a $26 million loan to pay off the resort’s debt. They say they it will take too long for a receiver to evaluate the company’s assets. Company officials say local professionals should take over, instead. The resort was foreclosed on in February after failing to make payments on more than $16 million in loans. The Hermitage Club hosted “The Bachelor Winter Games,” a four-episode spin-off of “The Bachelor” that ran in conjunction with the Olympics. Close The biggest headlines, delivered to your inbox Get news as it happens. Sign up for Boston.com's email news alerts. Thanks for signing up! … [Read more...] about Court to decide future of troubled Vermont ski resort
click to enlarge File: Jeb Wallace-Brodeur Senate Appropriations Committee chair Jane Kitchel (D-Caledonia) The Vermont Senate gave unanimous approval Tuesday to a $5.85 billion budget that would make large investments in mental health care and child welfare in 2019, while passing over several of Gov. Phil Scott’s proposals. Despite winning support from every Senate Republican, the bill, which increases spending over the previous year by less than 1 percent, faces an uncertain future. It relies on a $34 million tobacco settlement, and Scott announced Tuesday that he wants to use a majority of that money to hold property taxes level. The Republican governor could decide to veto the budget to pressure lawmakers into supporting his property tax and education cost-containment proposal. Like the House, the Senate rejected a number of cuts that Scott recommended. Its budget would restore funding to two programs that serve people with disabilities, a loan repayment program … [Read more...] about Vermont Senate Unanimously Approves $5.85 Billion Budget
Jeanne Collins Published 3:00 p.m. ET May 1, 2018 Vermont’s local school officials are being asked to lead in a time of significant challenge and dramatic change. School leaders are inspired by the important work of creating effective, equitable learning opportunities responsive to the aspirations and aptitudes of every student. The task of leading in an era of declining enrollment, expanding societal needs, an often contentious political environment, tight fiscal resources and growing concerns about the security of our schools strains even the most-well equipped and experienced school officials. Vermont’s school leaders have responded admirably and will continue to do so. Local education officials have answered Gov. Scott’s call for fiscal restraint by delivering budgets well-below the targets established by his administration. Many school boards, administrators and communities have responded to the opportunities created by Act 46 and are finding operating … [Read more...] about Opinion: The next Vermont education secretary
Share This Story! Let friends in your social network know what you are reading about Facebook Email Twitter Google+ LinkedIn Pinterest FDA says maple syrup label should say 'sugar added.' Vermonters say no way. Sugarers in Vermont have something to say about a new FDA rule that would add "sugar added" to the labels on maple syrup and honey. Sent! A link has been sent to your friend's email address. Posted! A link has been posted to your Facebook feed. Join the Conversation To find out more about Facebook commenting please read the Conversation Guidelines and FAQs Subscribe Today Log In Subscribed, but don't have a login? Activate your digital access. Associated Press Published 3:11 p.m. ET May 1, 2018 | Updated 3:12 p.m. ET May 1, 2018 CLOSE Each spring, residents at Wake Robin in Shelburne take a vacation from their retirement, roll up their sleeves, and head out to the sugar house, where they gather sap, haul wood and boil … [Read more...] about FDA says maple syrup label should say ‘sugar added.’ Vermonters say no way.
click to enlarge File: Paul Heintz Rep. David Deen Rep. David Deen (D-Westminster), the second-most senior member of the Vermont House, plans to retire this fall after 30 years in the legislature. As chair of the House Committee on Natural Resources, Fish and Wildlife, the 73-year-old legislator has played a lead role in the ongoing debate about how — and when — to find a long-term funding source to clean up the state's polluted waterways, including Lake Champlain. Deen, who considered retiring in 2016, told Seven Days at the time that he would stick around for another term to ensure water quality protections were firmly in place. It's not clear he succeeded in that effort. Deen acknowledged Tuesday that, even now, there's more work to be done — but he won't be the one to do it. “Thirty years of service? Thirty is a nice round number," Deen said when asked why he chose to retire this year. “People say I’m a slow learner. … [Read more...] about After 30 Years, David Deen to Retire from Vermont Legislature