Hermitage ordered to pay for clothes

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NEWFANE — The Hermitage Club was ordered to pay for a bunch of hoodies and other shirts.

On Friday, Judge John Wesley signed the judgement order that says a total of about $5,752 is owed to Kansas-based Gear For Sports Inc.

The plaintiffs Hermitage Club LLC and Hermitage founder Jim Barnes did not answer a complaint and request for summary judgment from Gear For Sports last month. Barnes "completed an application for credit and executed a personal guaranty," which included an interest rate that accrues at a rate of 1.5 percent every month on the unpaid balance and attorney fees, according to the complaint. A collections document indicates that the Hermitage purchased about $2,327 of unisex adult hoodies, about $1,481 of hoodies for children and different shirts for a combined total of about $1,296 from Gear For Sports.

Hermitage entities have been defendants in other cases alleging nonpayment since Berkshire Bank foreclosed Hermitage's private ski resort at Haystack Mountain, golf course, several inns and townhouses in February. And the Vermont Department of Taxes shut down establishments in March for missing tax payments. Hermitage officials have said they are working on a loan to help reopen Haystack this winter.

Reach staff writer Chris Mays at cmays@reformer.com, at @CMaysBR on Twitter and 802-254-2311, ext. 273.

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