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Vt. Town Changes Name to Killington

March 3, 1999

SHERBURNE, Vt. (AP) _ The company town will soon have the company’s name.

Residents of Sherburne voted Tuesday to change their town’s name to Killington, the name of the East Coast’s premier ski resort and the area’s largest employer.

The move, which must now be approved by the state Legislature, restores the name given when the town was chartered 230 years ago at the base of the mountain called Killington Peak.

The name was changed from Killington to Sherburne in 1800 in honor of Col. Benjamin Sherburne, a land grantee.

The colonel’s influence was forgotten over the years. Meanwhile, the Killington ski area came into being in 1958 and grew to dominate the economy and geography of not only the town but the region.

Killington now employs 360 people year-round and as many as 1,800 people in the winter months.

The largest ski area in Vermont, Killington also supports a large and varied cluster of restaurants, ski stores, real estate and other establishments.

All that makes Killington the more appropriate name, said Annie Hager, a science teacher at the Killington Mountain School.

``We’re associated with the mountain more than with some old guy named Sherburne,″ Hager said.

Most residents agreed, voting 197-51 by secret ballot at their town meeting.

Town Moderator Horace (Red) Glaze predicted that people would start confusing the ski resort’s offices with the town offices, and the resort would have to field calls about dog licenses and tax bills. He voted against the name change.

``If it isn’t broke, don’t fix it,″ Glaze said. But he added he already tells people he lives in Killington if it’s convenient. ``I’m not going to lose any sleep over it.″

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