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Camel’s Hump Challenge set for Sunday

The 26th annual Camel’s Hump Challenge is set for Sunday, Feb. 10 in Huntington, with an alternative weather date on March 3. The Camel’s Hump Challenge is a demanding 26-kilometer backcountry ski around Camel’s Hump. The fundraiser supports education and family support programs for the Alzheimer’s Association, Vermont Chapter. Experienced backcountry skiers are invited to gather at 7:30 a.m. at the Camel’s Hump Nordic Skiers’ Association center in Huntington.

Participants raise money by collecting pledges to support their “Round the Hump” trek with contributions. All skiers are asked to collect a minimum of $125.

“The purpose of this event is to enjoy this extraordinary ski tour and to raise money for a good cause,” said Camel’s Hump Challenge board member Bruce Beeken in a press release.

For more information or to participate, visit To contribute, send your contributions directly to a fundraising skier or mail donation checks made out to: The Alzheimer’s Association, Vermont Chapter at 300 Cornerstone Drive, Suite 128, Williston, Vermont 05495.


Homestead declarations to be filed annually 

Beginning in 2013, annual filing of homestead declarations will be required once again. All eligible property owners must file homestead declarations by April 15.

This is a change to the law. Previously, property owners had to declare their homestead once unless there was a change in ownership or status of the property. In Vermont, all property is subject to education property tax. Property is considered “nonresidential” until it is claimed as the owner’s “homestead.” A property owner must file a homestead declaration if the owner owns and occupies the property as his or her primary residence, and is domiciled in Vermont.

“Filing your homestead declaration is critical to paying the correct amount of tax,” said Mary Peterson, commissioner of taxes. “Therefore, the Department of Taxes is making every effort to inform property owners about the change in the law, so that they will file their homestead declarations by the deadline, April 15.”

Owners of homestead property acquired as of April 1 must file by the April 15 deadline. Late filing will be accepted through Oct. 15 of each year, but a late filing penalty will apply. For those seeking a property tax adjustment, a homestead declaration must be filed in order to file for the adjustment.

To file a homestead declaration, submit Vermont form HS-122 at, by mail or in person. To file, residents need their School Property Account Number (SPAN) printed on the property tax bill, the property owner’s social security number and the code of the Vermont school district in which the property is located. The school code usually can be found on the property tax bill, but it is also available on the Department of Taxes website.

For more information, visit or contact the Vermont Department of Taxes at (802) 828-2865 or toll-free in Vermont at (866) 828-2865.