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By Lauren Harkawik 
DOVER - At its meeting on Tuesday, the Dover Selectboard told town assessor Linda Sherman and assessor consultant Jeremiah Sund to table a commercial reappraisal that the pair recommended the town undergo. In other matters, police chief Randy Johnson said issues with...

Officials say the Retreat may have to close due to a financial shortfall.
BRATTLEBORO - On Sunday, Vermont Human Services Secretary Mike Smith released a statement that the Brattleboro Retreat’s board was considering the sale or closure of the facility after the state refused to honor a request from the Retreat for an additional $2 million. Sunday night, the entire...

A stalking horse bidder is reportedly ready to bid $3.6 million for the Barnstormer Lift. A group of Hermitage Club members are trying to raise money to place their own bid on the Barnstormer, the ski area, and the club's other assets in an auction likely to be held in February.
WILMINGTON-  Hermitage Club members have launched an effort to raise funding to purchase Hermitage assets in a bankruptcy auction that may be held as soon as next month. 
The Hermitage Club Member Group, a Delaware-registered corporation, is seeking $50,000 each from a minimum of 175...
MONTPELIER- A pupil weighting study released by the Vermont Agency of Education appears to confirm that rural Vermont schools face significant funding challenges.
The report, released on Christmas Eve, also identifies other cost factors common to districts across the state that are...
HALIFAX- In a rare unanimous vote Monday evening, Halifax voters agreed to seek the town’s withdrawal from the Southern Valley Unified Union School District. 
Although voter turnout may have been suppressed by snow and ice, 48 voters made it to the special Town Meeting to weigh in on the...
Hermitage lawsuits and bankruptcy
Vermont and Connecticut lawsuits against the Hermitage and Hermitage Club founder James Barnes dominated headlines in the first half of the year, along with Berkshire Bank’s ongoing foreclosure action.  Vendors, lenders, investors,...

Betsey Reagan, owner of Betsey’s Dot’s of Dover, with Bob Kaufman and Ingrid Zeldin on New Year’s Day.
DOVER - Betsey’s Dot’s of Dover is back in business. Less than a year after her restaurant burned in a late night fire, Betsey Reagan reopened her doors earlier this month, letting Betsey’s Dot’s of Dover return to its place as a staple eatery, meeting spot, and gathering place in the valley....

Wilmington police officers Andrew Kirkman, left, and Sasha Kondraski.
WILMINGTON - On a damp December afternoon, newly-appointed full-time police officer Sasha Kondraski is preparing for winter weather. She’s in a green uniform, which she notes is different than that of officer Andrew Kirkman, who became a full-time officer alongside her. Kirkman is dressed in blue...

A great blue heron along the shores of Lake Sadawga in Whitingham. File Photo
WILMINGTON- State planners are seeking public input on a draft watershed protection plan for the Deerfield River and the Lower Connecticut River. Officials from the Department of Environmental Conservation Watershed Management Division presented the 170-plus-page report at a public meeting in...
DOVER - At the Monday, December 16,  River Valleys Unified Union School District meeting, Windham Central Supervisory Union business manager Laurie Garland presented projected tax rates to the board. Taxes for FY21 were projected to rise by 13% in Dover and Wardsboro. The board agreed to...

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