Category Archives: Okemo Valley

News and events from the Okemo Valley region of Vermont.

‘African Queen’ comes to Ludlow

LUDLOW — The multi-award winning movie “The African Queen” is Thursday’s feature film at the Ludlow Town Hall Auditorium.
“The African Queen” is a classic adventure film and a grown-up love story, with a little bit of travelogue and a dollop of wartime propaganda. The movie features screen legends Katharine Hepburn and Humphrey Bogart.
In his Oscar-winning portrayal of Charlie Allnut, Bogart is captain of the African Queen, a tramp steamer that ships supplies to East African villages during World War I. Hepburn plays Rose Sayer, the maiden-lady sister of British missionary Rev. Samuel Sayer (played by Robert Morley).
There’s no admission charge, though donations are appreciated. Curtain time is 7 p.m.
For more information call 228-7239 or go online to The Ludlow Town Hall Auditorium is at 37 South Depot St. in Ludlow.

Jamaica woman, 62, killed in head-on crash

A 62-year-old woman has been killed in a head-on collision that also injured three other people.

State police say Sara A. Taft was pronounced dead at the scene of the crash at about 3:45 p.m. Sunday. She was a passenger in a car driven by 66-year-old Harvey L. Taft of Jamaica. He was airlifted to Hitchcock Medical Center in Lebanon with serious injuries.

The other driver, 36-year-old Raschid N. Joyce, and his 3-year-old passenger, were treated at a hospital for injuries that were not considered life-threatening.

Police say Taft was driving southbound on Route 30 and Joyce was headed northbound. As their vehicles approached a slight curve in the road, Taft’s car crossed into the northbound lane striking Joyce’s truck.

Information from the Associated Press and State Police.

Got VT Irene Recovery Photos? Win Potter/Nocturnals Concert Tickets

From the Plymouth Press Online:

Contributed by Julia Carlisle via Jill Davis

Woodstock Early Bird KNOWs there are some great photographers out there….Have at it! Governor Shumlin Announces “Build Up Vermont” Photo Contest Gov. Peter Shumlin launched ‘Build Up Vermont’ Thursday to encourage residents and visitors to share their views of the state – using their cameras. The emphasis of this initiative is to showcase photography of communities and destinations within Vermont in the aftermath of Tropical Storm Irene, celebrating the recovery efforts since the Aug. 28 storm. The centerpiece of Build Up Vermont is a website that will allow people to post their pictures, view the growing photo gallery and vote for their favorite shot.

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Motorcycle ride to benefit David’s House

From Black River Today:

When: Saturday, August 4, 2012

Where: Registration begins from 8:30-10am at First Congregational Church on Route 5 in Westminster, VT. Registration is $20 per participant (rider or passenger). Catered lunch provided at the end site at David’s House in Lebanon, N.H.. There will also be a raffle for two (2) round trip tickets on Southwest Airlines and other great prizes. Raffle tickets are $1 a piece or 6 tickets for $5.  Continue reading

Mount Holly man jailed after family fight

A Mount Holly man is in jail for lack of $20,000 bail after a fight early Sunday morning.

According to State Police, 36-year-old Benjamin Lennon is charged with first degree aggravated domestic assault after a family fight at 917 Tarbellville Road.

Police responded at 3:13 in the morning.

Based on the statements provided by Lennon and the victim, troopers arrested Lennon and took him to Rutland jail.

Agan Trust Law Suit Motions Argued in Woodstock Court

Editor’s note – the following is a summary of the recent hearing on motions pertaining to the Phyllis Agan trust court case.  Earlier this year, a jury had ruled that the plaintiff’s claims that Agan was both not mentally competent to make her final changes to her trust fund and that undue influence had been exerted in the process of making these final trust fund amendments were not proven.  The following motions were filed in Woodstock as a result of that determination.
Prepared by Peter J. LaBelle

On July 10, 2012 the judge in the case of Curran v. United Church, et. al. (the Phyllis Agan bequest case) held a hearing to allow both sides to argue the outstanding motions in the case.  Once the judge rules on these motions the way should be clear for the losing party to appeal the case to the Vermont Supreme Court.

The first motion heard was a motion by the plaintiffs (the Currans) for a judgment notwithstanding the verdict or in the alternative for a new trial.  Essentially they are asking the judge to overturn the jury’s verdict and to rule in their favor, or alternatively to grant them a new trial.  Their argument rests largely on the judge’s earlier ruling that the burden of proof in the case had shifted from the plaintiffs to the defense because she saw “suspicious circumstances” in the execution of the Agan Trust.  They argue that since she saw the suspicious circumstance and since, in their words, the defense produced no evidence to meet the burden of proof, the case should never have gone to the jury and the judge should have ruled in their favor.  Therefore, she should reverse the jury verdict now.  Or she should grant them a new trial.

The defense countered that substantial evidence was offered to meet the burden of proof – plaintiffs just choose to ignore it now.  The jury had the opportunity to weigh all evidence and came to a conclusion based on the totality of the case.  The judge should not disturb that conclusion.

The second motion heard was the defense motion for costs and attorney fees.  Vermont adopted a law in 2009 that includes a section authorizing attorney fees to be paid from a trust to the winning party in some cases.  The defense argued that under the statute the trust should pay the attorney fees and should pay interest on the judgment.  Beyond the statute there are also cases in other states in which winning parties received attorney fees where a trust was involved.  Also, since all defendants here are innocent parties – they were forced into litigation through no action of their own – equity calls for a ruling that the trust pay their attorneys.

The plaintiffs argued that the statute does not apply in this court or in this case and that the general rule applies that each party pay their own costs and fees.

The judge took both motions under advisement and said that she will issue a written opinion on each.  It is expected that she will take several months to write her opinion.

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Team USA Defeats France to Win Quidditch Tournament

I guess we’re pretty good at Quidditch - the sport played by the wizards-in-training in the Harry Potter series, which involves brooms, flying balls and more. They actually play a live version of it - the World Champs used to be held in Middlebury. Anyway, the USA won. From Black River Today:

From Allison Gillette in Oxford, England

Team USA won the gold! We went 6 games undefeated, only let in 3 goals and had a total point differential of 880 points! I cannot wait to bring the gold back to all of you! I couldn’t have done it without my amazing family, friends, sponsors and the Quidditch community! ♥ Allison

Editor’s note – the final score in the championship game was

USA – 160  France – 0

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BRAM plans silent auction for July 21 gala

Black River Academy Museum is in the process of gathering a very large number of valuable and interesting objects and gifts for the silent auction that will be part of its annual gala on Saturday, July 21, at 6 PM, at the Epic Restaurant at Okemo’s Solitude Mountain area. 

Tickets may be purchased at BRAM, located at 14 High Street in Ludlow, or via its members. For additional information, call 802-228-5050 or [email protected].

To read more about the auction, click here:

Allison Gillette Heads to Olympics in London


Allison Gillette was off to London on Thursday to participate in the Olympics-sponsored quidditch matches.  She will be playing for the USA Quidditch team.  You can follow her activities via her Facebook page “Send Allison to the Olympics.”

After 12 Years, Shand Retires From State Legislature

With Ernie Shand standing in the rear, John Campbell, Mark Huntley, and Dick McCormack are pictured as they participate in Shand’s retirement announcement.

Submitted by Wendy Regier

Ernie Shand, member of the House of Representatives for Cavendish and Weathersfield has announced his retirement after 12 years of service. 

To celebrate Representative Shand’s work in the legislature, a picnic was held at the Cavendish home of Gene and Phyllis Bont, attended by many supporters from Cavendish and Weathersfield, and Windsor County’s three senators.  Continue reading