The Friends of the West River Trail has acquired the Riverstone Preserve, a half mile north of the Interstate 91 bridge in Brattleboro. It's the only public piece of land between the river and the trail, which is along the historic former West River Railroad.
"It's so great to see this reach fruition," said Alex Wilson, a member of The Friends of the West River Trail who has been interesting in setting up the trail for years. "It's a beautiful and important parcel and we think there is a lot of potential there to develop that we would not otherwise have."
The Brattleboro Reformer reports (http://bit.ly/1bI41RH) the group acquired the parcel by working with the Vermont Land Trust. The Vermont Housing and Conservation Board awarded a $65,050 grant for the purchase. About $32,000 was raised through donations.
The group has been working on a trail system that starts at the Marina Restaurant and runs along the river to an old quarry in Dummerston.
Vt. fire officials find dead woman at fire scene
SOUTH BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) -- Vermont police say they do not suspect foul play in the death of a woman whose body was discovered at a fire scene.
South Burlington police and fire officials responded to a residential fire on Cedar Glen North just after 9 p.m. Saturday.
Authorities say they were able to contain the fire and located the deceased occupant during a search of the building.
They are not releasing the identity of the 53-year-old female victim pending notification of next of kin.
They say the cause of death does not appear to be suspicious, but have called in the Vermont State Police arson squad to investigate.
An autopsy will be performed early this week.
NY snowboarder dies after striking tree in Vt.
KILLINGTON, Vt. (AP) -- Authorities say a snowboarder from western New York hit a tree after swerving to miss a friend who fell on a trail at the Killington Ski Resort in Vermont and later died.
The Burlington Free Press reports (http://bfpne.ws/1eVnFth ) that 23-year-old Skylar Ormond, of Canandaigua, N.Y., was snowboarding on Mouse Trap Trail with two friends around 3:15 p.m. Friday. Vermont State Police say one of the friends fell and Ormond swerved to miss him. He went into the woods and tumbled before hitting a tree.
His friends contacted the ski patrol and Ormond was taken to Rutland Regional Medical Center. Police say he died there from internal injuries.