by Paul Bousquet
Coincident with the reopening of Route 4 between Woodstock and Rutland, Killington reopened September 16 in time for the fall foliage season.
The K-1 gondola is open weekends through this coming weekend. From October 1 through October 10, it will run daily from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. for scenic gondola rides and hiking access.
The Killington Golf Course is now open through October 10. The Clubhouse Grill will be open Friday – Sunday for the remainder of the season.
Killington Resort Lodging is again accepting reservations for arrivals beginning tomorrow, September 23
while the Pico Sports Center has already reopened.
“We are pleased to welcome our guests back to the Killington Region for the fall foliage season,” said Chris Nyberg, president and general manager for Killington Resort. “And we look forward to being one of the first resorts in the East to open for the 2011-12 winter season.”
In its effort to stimulate the sale of pre-season lift packages, Killington is offering the Killington Express Card available through October 20 for just $86. For those wanting to ski Killington four or more days this coming season, the Killington Express Card offers skiing mid-week for less than $40 per day, a 50 percent saving over mid-week, non-peak ticket rates and 25 percent off weekend and peak rates throughout the entire season. After October 20, the Killington Express Card cost increases to $99.
“Whether you ski one day or 100 days, we offer pre-sold products that will save you big bucks if you buy now,” stated Rob Megnin, director of sales, marketing and reservations for Killington Resort.
More information is available on its website, Killington.com.
CRWC Appoints Rhodes as New Steward
Andrew Fisk, Executive Director of the Connecticut River Watershed Council (CRWC), has announced the appointment of Ron Rhodes as a new CRWC Steward. Rhodes joins David Deen as the organization’s field representatives in addressing clean water and migratory fisheries issues in Vermont and New Hampshire where the Connecticut River originates.
“Ron brings a wide range of river related experience as a licensed fishing guide and a Dartmouth Instructor of fly fishing and fly tying,” said Fisk. “He is a seasoned professional, a strong advocate, and a respected member of the community.” As former chair of the White River Partnership, Rhodes has years of field experience in river restoration work and he is a volunteer leader for river protection efforts with the Upper Valley Chapter of Trout Unlimited.
More than 60 percent of the entire Connecticut River watershed lies in Vermont and New Hampshire, comprising some 4.5 million acres. Large and small rivers and tributary streams in both states flow into the main stem of the Connecticut, draining more than one-third of each state’s total area.
The CRWC, founded in 1952 and headquartered in Greenfield, MA, is the primary citizen watchdog for the entire 11,000-square mile Connecticut River watershed.
In a timely effort to assist in the cleanup of the river, its tributaries and shorelines, the CRWC is holding its 15th Annual Source to the Sea Cleanup on Saturday October 1. Here’s an opportunity for friends and neighbors to help remove trash along our river shorelines.
Over the past 14 years, the CRWC has organized thousands of volunteers to help remove over 650 tons of trash from shorelines in one of the largest one-day river cleanup efforts in New England.
“We need people to step up right now,” said Jacqueline Talbot, CRWC Cleanup Coordinator. “Unprecedented floods tore out bridges and roads and destroyed homes, and many shorelines and floodplains are still strewn with debris. Communities have been working hard to pull themselves back together, but much remains to be done.”
“We want to mobilize as many volunteers and groups as possible to make our rivers safe for people and wildlife again,” Talbot continued. “It’s not just about litter this year. The long-term health of our rivers is at stake.”
To register or find an existing group in your area, individuals and groups should contact Jacqueline Talbot at email@example.com or 860-704-0057.
Ron Rhodes can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org
Milne Travel Merges With Plymouth Retail Travel Business
Scott Milne, President of Milne Travel American Express, announced that he is expanding his business by acquiring the retail travel business of Plymouth (NH) Travel owned by Rick and Wanda Bogin. While selling their retail travel business, the Bogins will continue to operate their worldwide group tour business independent of the merger.
In making the announcement, Scott Milne said, “Once we complete the integration our intent is for business and vacation clients of Plymouth Travel and other travelers in central New Hampshire to become satisfied clients of Milne Travel.”
Milne Travel began as a one-person operation in Barre 36 years ago, has expanded into the largest travel agency in northern New England employing over 100 travel professionals. Milne is American Express’ largest franchisee in the northeastern part of the United States with ten locations out of Amex’s 1700 locations worldwide.
The purpose of this column is to primarily recognize what is happening in the business community. If you have news of a business nature, you may reach Paul Bousquet via e-mail at Paulbousquet@comcast.net or by phone at 802-457-9256.
This article first appeared in the September 22nd print edition of the Vermont Standard.