According to a story in the Associated Press, for the first time in its 35-year history, the Trapp Family Lodge in Stowe, VT, has banned hunting on the 1,100 acres surrounding the resort. Johannes von Trapp, general manager of the lodge, told AP he was worried people had the perception that the grounds were dangerous. (The lodge is a popular site for mountain trails and cross-country skiing.) The family did leave another 1,100 acres for hunters.
Johannes Von Trapp is, of course, the youngest son of Maria von Trapp, the governess who inspired Rodgers & Hammerstein's musical, The Sound Of Music, which followed the Austrian family's escape during World War II.
-- By David Lefkowitz