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In March 2018, the Vermont Department of Taxes shut down the Hermitage for failure to pay rooms, meals, alcohol, and sales taxes. The same month, Berkshire Bank filed for foreclosure on the Hermitage for failure to pay $17 million in loans, About a year later, a group of creditors forced the Hermitage into bankruptcy. The Hermitage real estate and other assets were sold at auction to the Hermitage Club Member Group in March 2020. Barnes' appeal of the bankruptcy court's sale order was dismissed last week.
By Mike Eldred
BURLINGTON- Vermont District Court Judge Christina Reiss has dismissed former Hermitage owner James Barnes’ appeals in the bankruptcy sale of Hermitage assets to the Hermitage Member Group.  
In her decision, Reiss ultimately found that the court lacked jurisdiction...

Vermont Gov. Phil Scott
Rising COVID rates prompt action MONTPELIER- Gov. Phil Scott announced he has suspended travel from outside the state without a quarantine Tuesday, in response to increasing COVID-19 infection rates in the Northeast. 
Gov. Scott said the number of counties with a COVID-...
Crews working on the Barnstormer lift at the Hermitage Club on November 3.           RC
Crews working on the Barnstormer lift at the Hermitage Club on November 3. RC
WILMINGTON- Haystack Mountain at the Hermitage Club has been shuttered for the past two winter seasons, following a bankruptcy filing and a fight for ownership between club members and previous owner James Barnes. That tug-of-war for ownership of the club was finally settled earlier this year...
DOVER - At its virtual meeting on Tuesday, the Dover Selectboard heard from an attorney who hopes the town will join a class action lawsuit regarding polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) in water. In addition, the board agreed to join the Wilmington Works Christmas shopping initiative, Eat Sleep...
DOVER - Citing insurmountable technical difficulties at its last meeting, the Dover Selectboard held its Tuesday meeting exclusively via Zoom, where it discussed how to hold hybrid meetings and what to do about Town Meeting amid a pandemic that is increasing in intensity. 
The board’s last...

Screenshot of Mount Snow General Manager Tracy Bartels
WILMINGTON - At a meeting of the bi-town economic development committee on Thursday, November 5, the committee received updates about upcoming winter operations at Mount Snow and the Hermitage Club. In addition, Wilmington Economic Development Consultant Gretchen Havreluk said attempts to contact...

Twin Valley financial consultant Michael Nadeau explains excess spending penalty and homestead tax calculations
WHITINGHAM- Members of Twin Valley’s financial sustainability committee met with financial consultant Michael Nadeau Tuesday evening.  
The financial sustainability committee was created following a board retreat in mid-October with a goal of identifying and analyzing “options for getting...
MONTPELIER- Gov. Scott’s Friday, November 6, briefing focused on a recent COVID-19 outbreak associated with a central Vermont hockey rink, which Gov. Scott said “shows how one event can turn one case into many.”
Commissioner of Financial Regulation Michael S. Pieciak gave an overview of...
Winter is on its way. Snow blanketed the Haystack Mountain trails and parking lots at the Hermitage Club on Tuesday.  Early season storms have given everyone a taste of the coming winter.
Photo by Randy Capitani
Winter is on its way. Snow blanketed the Haystack Mountain trails and parking lots at the Hermitage Club on Tuesday. Early season storms have given everyone a taste of the coming winter. Photo by Randy Capitani
MONTPELIER- Vermont businesses dependent on outdoor sports tourism may be in for a lean winter.  At a press conference on Tuesday, state officials said the number of people in the Northeast who can travel to Vermont without a quarantine had dwindled to just 332,000.  Those who can travel to...
DEERFIELD VALLEY- In a year that has been called “unprecedented” too many times, it may come as no surprise that most valley towns are reporting record turnout on Election Day.
But it may come as a surprise to learn that the numbers aren’t quite as unprecedented as may have been expected...

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