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Lighting and sidewalk accents sought for…

Lighting and sidewalk accents sought for Bridge Street project

By Lisa Loomis With razor-thin construction timelines, a group of Waitsfield residents is working with the Waitsfield Select Board to see if the sidewalks on Bridge Street can be enhanced with...

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Social media picks Harwood band to play …

Social media picks Harwood band to play at Grace Potter's Grand Point North concerts

By Lisa Loomis It's official! The Harwood Union Assembly Band, also known as Nothing Quite Yet, received the most votes in a social media contest to determine which band would get...

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Sanders kicks off campaign on familiar g…

Sanders kicks off campaign on familiar ground

By Rachel Goff On Tuesday, May 26, Bernie Sanders kicked off his presidential campaign in Burlington calling for a political revolution. "This country faces more serious problems today than at any time...

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A local composter responds to the new st…

A local composter responds to the new state law

By Rachel Goff "We kind of all grew up thinking of apple cores and whatever's left on our plate as waste," said Lisa Ransom, co-owner of Grow Compost of Vermont, when...

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Path association annual celebration set …

Path association annual celebration set for May 28

The Mad River Path Association will hold its annual celebration starting at 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, May 28, at the West Hill House B&B in Warren. The gathering is an opportunity...

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Harwood golf going for championship

Harwood golf going for championship

This past week, the Harwood Union High School boys' golf team edged out Lamoille to qualify for the state championships, which will take place at Green Mountain National Golf Course...

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New assessments adapt to each student

New assessments adapt to each student

By Rachel Goff This spring, students in Valley schools took the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium (SBAC), a new statewide standardized test that will replace the New England Common Assessment Program (NECAP). As...

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A town-by-town look at new town offices

A town-by-town look at new town offices

During Tropical Storm Irene in August of 2011, both the Waitsfield and Moretown town offices sustained damage. After the flood, Waitsfield town employees were able to return to their former...

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Sugarbush expands mountain bike programs

Sugarbush expands mountain bike programs

Sugarbush Resort is offering lift-served mountain biking this summer with a host of expanded programs. The resort plans to open lift-served terrain on Saturday, June 27, with 37 trails, 20...

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Town expects to receive $150K in additio…

By Lisa Loomis While the town has not heard officially from the Vermont Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) agency, unofficially the town has heard that it will get at least another...

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Many applicants, but not enough money

Many applicants, but not enough money

By Rachel Goff The contest to take over Mix Cupcakerie in Waitsfield is over, but the business is still up for grabs. Last month, Mix Cupcakerie owner Carole Kelaher launched a crowdfunding...

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Free Wi-Fi in Waitsfield and The Valley

Free Wi-Fi in Waitsfield and The Valley

Waitsfield and Champlain Valley Telecom (WCVT) is working with local partners to create free community Wi-Fi zones. The Waitsfield Farmers' Market at the Mad River Green is the first Wi-Fi...

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Kayakers take heed: how to prevent the s…

Kayakers take heed: how to prevent the spread of didymo

By Rachel Goff With temperatures tipping into the 80s over the past two weeks, Valley dwellers flocked to the swimming holes, taking advantage of the cool, (mostly) clear water. And, with...

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Remember the poppies, the poppy lady and…

Remember the poppies, the poppy lady and Memorial Day

   By Lisa Loomis Warren resident Marion May Snow wants people to remember Moina Michael, the woman who pioneered the idea of using poppies as a symbol of remembrance. "I'm not going...

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Waitsfield Select Board opts for Farm St…

Waitsfield Select Board opts for Farm Stand vs. bank

By Lisa Loomis The Waitsfield Select Board is going ahead with plans to build a new town office at the Farm Stand site but will gather more specific financial data about...

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Town debates maintenance of flood plain …

Town debates maintenance of flood plain property

By Rachel Goff At their meeting on Tuesday, May 12, the Warren Select Board discussed plans for a roughly two-acre parcel at 1189 Route 100, located just south of Sugarbush Access...

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GMP will begin herbicide use on rights o…

GMP will begin herbicide use on rights of way

Green Mountain Power (GMP) has informed customers in Warren, Waitsfield and Fayston that the utility will begin right-of-way maintenance work that will include the use of herbicides on stumps the...

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Waitsfield covered bridge closed May 18

Waitsfield covered bridge closed May 18

By Lisa Loomis The Waitsfield covered bridge will be closed next Monday, May 18, and will be closed to vehicular traffic until September. Pedestrian access will continue until mid-June. The bridge will...

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Lareau bridge to be reconstructed summer…

Lareau bridge to be reconstructed summer of 2016

In July of 2016, the bridge on Route 100 in front of Lareau Farm in Waitsfield will be reconstructed with the Vermont Agency of Transportation's (VTrans) Accelerated Bridge Program (ABP). During...

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Local photographer features Mad River Va…

Local photographer features Mad River Valley dogs on new blog

Rebecca "Becky" Silbernagel, the photographer and graphic designer for the Valley Arts Foundation (VAF), recently began a new blog, wagmorevt.com. Her blog features portraits of Mad River Valley dogs and...

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Municipal water system to cost under $10…

By Rachel Goff At Town Meeting in March, taxpayers authorized the Warren Select Board to apply for a loan not to exceed $259,000 to install a new municipal water system. Earlier...

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UPDATE on Northfield Savings Bank robber…

UPDATE on Northfield Savings Bank robbery

Update on May 5 NSB bank robbery investigation As part of the ongoing investigation into the Northfield Savings Bank armed robbery that occurred on Tuesday afternoon, May 5, detectives have developed...

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Town officials, business owners weigh Br…

Town officials, business owners weigh Bridge Street closure

By Lisa Loomis and Rachel Goff Pop-up tents, scavenger hunts and a ferry service? Merchants, the Mad River Valley Chamber of Commerce and the town of Waitsfield are strategizing about ways...

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New community array could make solar mor…

New community array could make solar more affordable

By Rachel Goff Coming this summer, Waitsfield could have a new community solar array in which residents can purchase panels to offset their household energy needs. Nils Behn of Waitsfield-based Aegis Renewable...

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Supporting multi-use trails in The Valle…

Supporting multi-use trails in The Valley

With new trails under construction, older trails getting upgrades and a full calendar of group rides, clinics, parties and festivals, the Mad River Riders—a chapter of the Vermont Mountain Bike...

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Business owner leaving but wants store t…

Business owner leaving but wants store to stay open

By Rachel Goff Carole Kelaher is moving to Cape Cod. But she wants her business to stay in The Valley. Kelaher, the owner of Mix Cupcakerie in Waitsfield, has launched a crowdfunding...

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Waitsfield’s Bridge Street pocket park r…

Waitsfield’s Bridge Street pocket park receives grant

Waitsfield has been awarded $179,976 for the Waitsfield Village Pocket Park Project. The project consists of final design, engineering and construction of a community pocket park at the town-owned parcel located...

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Bridge Street Butchery is moving

Bridge Street Butchery is moving

Effective immediately, Bridge Street Butchery on Bridge Street has temporarily closed its doors in preparation for a change of venue. Chef-owner Jeff Lynn cites that the availability of a larger...

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