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Vt. Town Changes Name to Killington

March 3, 1999

SHERBURNE, Vt. (AP) _ For years, many folks just assumed the Killington ski resort was in Killington. They would have been right when the town was chartered 230 years ago, and they will soon be right again.

Residents voted 197 to 51 Tuesday to drop the name Sherburne for Killington, the name the town was given in the first place _ and which most people call it anyway.

The change now goes to the state Legislature for approval.

``We’re associated with the mountain more than with some old guy named Sherburne,″ said Annie Hager, a science teacher at the Killington Mountain School.

That ``old guy″ is Col. Benjamin Sherburne, a land grantee for whom the town was renamed in 1800. The colonel’s influence was forgotten over the years while the Killington ski area grew to dominate the economy of the region.

Killington employs 360 people year-round and as many as 1,800 people in winter months. The largest ski area in Vermont, Killington also supports a varied cluster of restaurants, ski stores, real estate and other businesses.

The move to change Sherburne’s name started when the AAA automobile club said it would stop listing local businesses under a Killington address in their tour guides. Business owners said that would add to the confusion of tourists who already think the town is called Killington but can’t find it on maps.

Out-of-towners also mixed up Sherburne with Shelburne, a town 100 miles to the north.

``Killington is our town; we really don’t have any other business here besides the mountain,″ said Town Clerk Judy Hansen. ``We are a company town, no question about it.″

Town Moderator Horace Glaze predicted that people would start confusing the ski resort with the town offices, and the resort would have to field calls about dog licenses and tax bills.

``If it isn’t broke, don’t fix it,″ he said.

But Glaze acknowledged he sometimes tells people he lives in Killington.

``I’m not going to lose any sleep over it,″ he said.

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