The Greeting

KRISTOPHER RADDER — BRATTLEBORO REFORMER
A bald eagle soars around Spofford Lake, in Spofford, N.H., on Tuesday.

Thursday, April 4, 2019

Greetings from Windham County! Spring is in the air, so pack your winter jacket and your sunscreen, because you might need both! (And some tick repellent, too.)

With the end of winter comes the end of ski season, and boy did Winhall's Mac Forehand close out his year in style, winning the World Cup Crystal Globe in slopestyle. He's the first Stratton Mountain School student to win a title while still in high school, and his coaches credit his passion and devotion to the sport.

Have you thanked your local volunteer firefighter lately? In Newfane on Tuesday and in Jamaica on Sunday, fire crews doused the flames and limited damage.

Also in public safety news, Windham County Sheriff Keith Clark has decided to retire effective June 30, just months after he was re-elected to the post.

Should Bellows Falls go it alone? James Mitchell says yes, and he's launched a petition drive to have the village secede from the town of Rockingham.

A deeper look at the latest state health statistics showed Windham County had the highest per-capita overdose death rate in the state.

Meanwhile, at the Hermitage:  A judge has ruled the shuttered resort and founder Jim Barnes owes the state more than $1 million in sales taxes. And a judge has ordered the resort and Barnes to pay a Massachusetts man $2.1 million. 

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Best,

Greg Sukiennik
Reformer engagement and opinion editor
gsukiennik@reformer.com


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