Virginia Ray

No mediation in Putney housing challenge

WWHT files for summary judgment, saying ‘it’s purely a legal issue’

Despite a suggestion by Environmental Court Superior Judge Thomas Durkin that mediation might resolve the issues in the dispute over the Windham & Windsor Housing Trust's (WWHT) proposed $11.7 million Alice Holway Drive housing project, neither party in the case agreed.

"We offered to mediate, but the Trust wasn't interested and they filed a motion for summary judgement, so we'll be doing that," said Attorney Harold B. Stevens III after an about-20-minute teleconference hearing that took place on Nov. 27 with representatives from the Trust and appellants Deborah Lazar and Laura Campbell, who live nearby and for whom Stevens is legal counsel.

"It's a purely legal issue," said Attorney Peter G. Raymond of Sheehey, Furlong, & Behm, P.C., legal counsel for the WWHT. "Because the appeal raises a pure legal question, that's how we intend to proceed."

The Trust has filed a motion for summary judgment in advance of a Dec. 22 deadline.

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Brattleboro starts the budget process for FY25

Town eyes 2% rise in operating expenses, with numerous other projects still under discussion, as is the use of ARPA money

A first look at the draft proposal of a $22,473,369 operating budget for fiscal year 2025 shows a 2% increase ($434,692) to the current fiscal year's $22,038,677 operating budget. As the budget process continues, any - or none - of 13 potential additional expenses could be included in it.

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Journeying away to see the world — and our connections

Leland & Gray students to travel to the Mississippi Delta, the Mekong Delta, and France to study food and culture

A group of Leland & Gray High School students will spend the spring semester exploring food systems and culture here at home, then travel south to several Gulf Coast states, as well as Vietnam and France, to study how food is grown, produced, distributed, prepared, and consumed. To raise...

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Alternative school expands campus, program

Community House has added a high school at 80 Linden St. to its Community School House programs and Oak Street campus holdings. With the acquisition and renovation of the historic, newly renovated Deacon John Holbrook House, day students in grades 9-12 in the program now, for the first time, have a dedicated high school building. According to the organization's website, it provides a short-term residential stabilization and assessment program for children 6–12 years of age, an independent and general special-education...

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Foes of planned housing project return to court

A third appeal to the proposed Windham & Windsor Housing Trust (WWHT) 25-unit, mixed-income, residential rental housing project on Alice Holway Drive has been filed in Vermont Superior Court. A hearing date has been set for Monday, Nov. 27, at 3 p.m., via remote video conference. It is expected that next steps will be defined at that hearing. Appellants Laura Campbell and Deborah Lazar, represented by attorney Harold B. Stevens, oppose the Environmental and Superior courts' previous opinions, effectively dismissing...

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Leland & Gray program rolls along bike path to learning

Connecting kids and bicycles is part of a new educational initiative at Leland & Gray Union High School. Nine students in grades 9 through 11 are enrolled in Project Bike Tech (PBT) and Bike Tech in School, a bicycle education program similar to auto shop, but for bicycles. "I'm over the moon," says lead teacher Kevin Burke, who is also the school's snowboard coach and a lifelong biking enthusiast. "I'm super excited." He says "it's just really exciting to be...

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Museum makes a move — suddenly

While the Southern Vermont Natural History Museum on Hogback Mountain has closed, the organization remains open as a nonprofit, providing its signature nature-based education programs and hosting periodic classes, camps, and events at its Mountainside location at 117 Adams Cross Rd. Museum Managing Director Michael Clough explains that building conditions precipitated the decision to make the move a bit sooner than anticipated, although it has long been the plan. "A lot of the problems with the building have been ongoing...

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For WNESU kids, a field trip to the farm

More than 100 Windham Northeast Supervisory Union (WNESU) students visited the Miller Farm here recently, spending time with heifers, taking hay rides, and learning how to make butter. "I get to learn more things about where the milk comes from," said second-grader Adeline Chamberland, who added she sometimes drinks milk before bed and also has it with cereal. "I just like knowing stuff," said Maceo Mayhew, a third grader who likes both regular milk and chocolate milk. Miller Farm bottles...

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