Killington, VT – Vacationing Jewish NYers Marooned in Vermont


    People walk along a washed out section of Route 12 on Monday, Aug. 29, 2011 in Berlin, Vt. Vermont's top transportation official says roads to a number of communities in the state remain cut off due to flooding caused by the remnants of Hurricane Irene.  (AP Photo/Toby Talbot)Killington, VT – Approximately eighteen Orthodox Jewish families including sixty to eighty adults and about forty children are stranded at the Grand Hotel in Killington, Vermont, after all roads into the area flooded with water or collapsed entirely. While the stranded vacationers currently have electricity, they are low on food and other supplies as they were intending to leave the area yesterday.

    “We have two small private planes and a helicopter heading there right now with food and supplies,” said Meyer Berger of Chesed Shel Emes. “One plane just took off from Westchester County Airport and another just left Teterboro Airport in New Jersey.”

    One of the vacationers told VIN News that half of the town of Killington lost electrical power at approximately 2 PM yesterday, while the remaining power went out at 10 PM last night. Electricity was restored to the area at noon today and local officials are hoping that a single lane into Killington may be restored either Tuesday or Wednesday.

    Vermont has been hard hit by hurricane Irene with numerous areas unreachable because of impassable roads and all non-essential government offices have been closed for the day. Vermont State Police confirm that at the moment, there are no open roads to Killington.

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    1. As anyone who has been there knows, there is plenty to do at Killington, especially since the power is back on and I’m sure there is plenty of fruits, vegetables and canned food they can get by on for few days. I’d take advantage of a few extra days of free vacation time and enjoy the sunny and cool weather for biking, hiking, tennis or whatever else they want to do until they are “rescued” from such hardship.

      • Apparently they did listen. The people did not just go for shabbos, they were ther for a couple of weeks. The warnings were to stay away from coastal areas and not to wander out during the storm. These people did neither yet they are now stuck.

    2. The vacation program officially ended yesterday.
      I was at the Killington Grand Resort Hotel for eleven days. Luckily, we left last Thursday.

      One thing i don’t understand. Why is there a shortage of food? When a Yid goes on a trip he understands that he is going to a place with out kosher food. We brought more then enough food. We even had to bring back some. Most properly those people relied on the Monday and Thursday food deliveries.

      BTW: I would like to thank the organizer of this wonderful trip!

    3. I was there for 12 days and returned Tuesday. From the Vermont web sites, I gather that: K1 Lodge was swept off its foundation, gondola is shut down. You can’t get to Price Chopper or any of the Rutland stores, so the only store is the smaller Market Shop on Killington Road which, I imagine would sell out quickly. Pico is shut down. There is worry about the local produce and vegetables that they were contaminated by the storm water. They are hoping to get a temporary one- lane road into Killington Tuesday or Wednesday. If families were planning on leaving Sunday, they could run low on food. Please don’t blame the families. As far as what to do, assuming they don’t have to be back at work, yes they can play tennis and the men can use the Pinnacle pool, but I imagine what is going on is not what most people imagine in a vacation….

    4. they were told to leave thursday and refused, there is plenty of food but it doesnt have heimishe hashgacha, now they are crying and getting food delivered via helicopter? are they also raising money for them?

    5. “Vermont’s worst natural disaster since the epic flood of 1927” is what they are calling it. No one expected Southern Vermont to have so many roads cut off. If you have a large family, it is a big logistical issue to prepare food for 2 weeks, especially if you use haimish hashgacha. Those that use haimish hashgacha are not the ones that run out, as they plan ahead. I took an extra trip out there to check out the place, with a car full of groceries, and rented storage space at U-haul in Rutland. (food in suitcases to protect against vermin). (I didn’t think the van could pull a u-haul trailer). Those that can shop at the supermarket for most of their food, usually take a lot less, and are the ones that have more of a problem if they can’t get to the supermarket.
      There will always be some griping people, I think its best not to comment about them. Perhaps they lost their job, or are one of the thousands that cannot afford a vacation this year. Its understandable that they are feeling bad when someone comments they are in London now,etc.


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