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Volume 46, Number 26
I’m FREE - Pick me up and be prepared. Paper beats rock. June 29 - July 5, 2016 Killington Village closer than ever
Good news for Killington Village as SP Land prevails at Act 250 appeal
By Karen D. Lorentz
It’s been a long haul since Feb. 2012 when SP Land Company  rst presented its Kil- lington Village Master Plan Act 250 applica- tion to the District #1 Environmental Com- mission, but SP Land Company President Steven Selbo received some good news last week in a decision that favorably addresses several key issues that had caused SP Land to appeal its Act 250 permit issued in Oct. 2013.
In the decision rendered on June 21, Judge Thomas S. Durkin of the Superior Court’s Environmental Division (a.k.a. the Environmental Court) largely agreed with the arguments made by SP Land in its ap- peal of certain conditions and  ndings in its District #1 Act 250 permit.
The four page Judgement Order, which states new conditions and af rms the need for a village core, was accompanied by an
86-page Decisions on the Merits document which clearly explains the law and thor- oughly addresses the issues of the appeal and cross appeal to the Environmental Court.
Selbo commented that he is “very pleased” with the Decision and Judgment Order and the many positive  ndings.
Asked about the new conditions im- posed, he said most are very favorable to SP
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Celebrate our independence
While  reworks and In- dependence Day activities abound throughout the weekend, many events are held on July 4, a Monday this year, including:
• Martin Devlin 5K, Poultney
• 5K & Parade, Rochester
• John Langhan’s Race,
• River Road celebration,
• Fireworks, Killington
• Pancake breakfast,
• Community Day &
Parade, Browsville
• Parade, Poultney
• Samba Parade,
• Book Sale & Parade,
• Old Vermont 4th,
Courtesy of GIA
Resort prepares for World
Cup’s return to east coast
VIP tickets go on sale July 5
KILLINGTON–KillingtonResortannouncedTuesday,June 28,that tickets for the 2016 Audi FIS Ski World Cup will go on sale starting next Tuesday, July 5 at 8 a.m.
Taking place over Thanksgiving weekend, Nov. 26-27, Killington will host the  rst Alpine World Cup event in the eastern US in 25 years. The World Cup event will include the women’s giant slalom and slalom races and is expected to bring U.S. Ski Team superstars Julia Man- cuso, Mikaela Shiffrin and Lindsey Vonn to compete against the best women’s technical alpine skiers in the world. Killington Resort will of- fer three tiers of tickets to meet the needs and budgets of all skiing fans.
VIP Tickets – $350
VIP ticket holders will have access to a heated tent at the Roaring Brook Umbrella Bar, which offer an unmatched vantage point of the course, along with televisions live-streaming the full event. The VIP package includes continental breakfast, gourmet lunch and a deluxe premium open bar. VIP tickets include preferred parking and a World Cup commemorative souvenir, plus a Killington Adult Lift Ticket Voucher for the 2016-17 winter season without restriction. VIP pack- ages are extremely limited each day of the World Cup.
Grandstand Tickets – $20
Ticketed Grandstands are located at the base of the Superstar Trail, adjacent to the race course, and are general admission. The grand- stand provides a standing room only elevated view of the race course, along with a jumbo screen showing top-to-bottom race coverage. Limited accessible seating access is available in the front row of the grandstand. Grandstand tickets also include a commemorative World Cup access pass.
SuperFan Level – $75
The SuperFan package includes Grandstand tickets, along with a World Cup commemorative souvenir and a Killington Adult Lift Ticket Voucher for the 2016-17 winter season without restriction.
In addition to the three ticket offers, there will also be a free access viewing area for all fans to enjoy. The free area provides standing room access near the base of the Superstar trail with a jumbo screen for view- ing the full race course. For more information worldcup.
Students march down Castleton’s Main Street for 4th of July parade
CASTLETON — The Vermont Governor’s Institute on the Arts observes its 33rd year on July 4 as it presents a student-created samba parade on Main Street in Castleton at 10:30 a.m. The parade features giant puppets, handmade by 120 high school students from around Vermont, as well as a samba band comprised of stu- dents and staff, costumes, drums, streamers, stilts, and more.
500 acres of wetland preserved in Brandon
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Mountain Times is a community newspaper covering Central Vermont that aims to engage and inform as well as empower community members to have a voice.
By Lee J. Kahrs
BRANDON — “I have a simple thesis. If you restore it, they will come.”
With that thought, Rutland County Audubon Society Co- President Roy Pilcher summed up Friday’s preservation of 500 acres of wetland at the former Dean Farm on Union Street in Brandon.
Owners Lyn and Jim Des Marais have sold an easement of 500 acres of their land along the Otter Creek to the USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service. It is Vermont’s largest wetland easement and protects the land in perpetuity from development or alteration of any kind.
It was a perfect June day for Fri-
day’s ceremony in the Des Marais’ backyard. Roughly 40 attendees sat under blue skies in a cool breeze overlooking a marsh along the Otter Creek teaming with life as state and federal of cials took turns thanking the Des Maraises for preserving such a large parcel of their 1,250-acre property.
“This is a day of celebration,” said master of ceremonies Vicky Drew, Vermont state conserva- tionist of the NRCS. “We are in one of the most beautiful places in Vermont, and it is really a joy for me to be here. It takes a truly committed landowner to say they want to conserve this land for our children and grandchildren and great-grandchildren.”
The Des Maraises enrolled their wetlands into the Agricul- tural Conservation Easement Program with the NRCS. The Wetlands Reserve Easement component of program offers  nancial and technical assis- tance to landowners who want to voluntarily restore and protect wetlands.
And while the Des Maraises were heralded throughout the ceremony for their generosity in preserving the acreage, so, too, was Vermont NRCS Soil Conser- vation Technician Sally Eugair of Pittsford. Eugair has earned the nickname “The Wetlands Queen” for her efforts to secure more than 2,148 acres of restored and
permanently protected wetlands along Otter Creek in Rutland County in recent years.
More than 250 acres of the Des Marais wetland will be restored back to original hydrologic condi- tions. Ditches and berms created decades ago in order to divert runoff and farm the land will be removed, allowing the wetland
to  ood naturally as the creek rises. By doing so, many different species of birds  sh and wildlife will use the enhanced habitat and  ourish.
The proof is in the preserva- tion. Retired dairy farmer and former Pittsford resident Edward “Babe” Pomainville started working with the NRCS in 2003 to
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