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Challenges for volunteer organizations

By Lisa Loomis For many decades The Valley's emergency medical response needs have been met by the all-volunteer Mad River Valley Ambulance Service (MRVAS). MRVAS provides vehicle extraction for rescue with...

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Harwood composers’ pieces performed by p…

Harwood composers’ pieces performed by professionals

By Rachel Goff This April, professional musicians will perform pieces written by Harwood Union Middle/High School students. Harwood band director Chris Rivers got the idea for holding a composing competition from a...

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New Valley House lift will increase uphi…

By Rachel Goff This spring, Sugarbush plans to start replacing its Valley House lift. Earlier this month, the United States Forest Service approved the ski resort's permit application to replace the existing...

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Local athletes compete at Special Olympi…

Local athletes compete at Special Olympics Winter Games

The Vermont Adaptive Ski and Sports/Sugarbush alpine race team competed at the 2015 Special Olympics Winter Games held March 7 and 8 at Suicide Six, South Pomfret, Vermont. A team of...

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Work on Vision and Vitality workshop ser…

By Rachel Goff This summer, the Mad River Valley Planning District (MRVPD) and the Mad River Valley Chamber of Commerce (MRVCC) will be collaborating on a workshop series titled Vision and...

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Bill could bring change to Town Plan rew…

This session, Montpelier legislators are considering a bill that would change the municipal plan cycle from five years to 10. While it may not sound like much, "It's huge," Mad...

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What’s with all the owls?

What’s with all the owls?

By Lisa Loomis Does it seem like people are seeing (and photographing) more owls than usual this year? The Valley Reporter thought so and sought out Vermont Fish & Wildlife biologist...

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Alliance adjusts to new waste disposal l…

Alliance adjusts to new waste disposal law

By Rachel Goff With the passage of the Universal Recycling Law, Act 148, the state is taking strides toward streamlining waste disposal. But, at a local level, some towns are struggling...

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Shea is geo-bee semifinalist

Shea is geo-bee semifinalist

   Crossett Brook Middle School seventh-grader Carson Shea of Duxbury has been notified by the National Geography Society that he is one of the semifinalists eligible to compete in the...

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Warren residents question Town Plan revi…

By Rachel Goff As the Warren Planning Commission works on updating the Town Plan, over a dozen residents came out to its meeting on Monday, March 9, to weigh in on...

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Mad River Glen Backcountry Challenge is …

Mad River Glen Backcountry Challenge is March 21

Attention skiers, snowshoers and telemarkers – prepare the gear to tackle one of the most fun and challenging events of the year. The Backcountry Challenge returns to Mad River Glen...

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Chez Henri celebrates 50th anniversary i…

Chez Henri celebrates 50th anniversary in 2015

Mad River Valley landmark and Parisian Bistrot Chez Henri will be celebrating its 50th anniversary Thursday, March 26, through Saturday, March 28. The restaurant, which opened its doors in 1964...

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Original U-45 budget up for revote

Next week, Waterbury and Duxbury residents will head to the polls for a revote on the U-45 school district budget which was defeated at Town Meeting earlier this month by...

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Education funding reform bill could affe…

By Rachel Goff At Town Meeting last week, The Valley's representatives to the state Legislature, Adam Greshin (I-Warren) and Maxine Grad (D-Moretown), updated residents on an education funding reform bill that...

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Telefest is over, but free-heel skiing i…

Telefest is over, but free-heel skiing isn’t

By Rachel Goff Last weekend, March 7 and 8, over 200 free-heelers came out for the North American Telemark Organization's (NATO) 40th telefest at Mad River Glen ski area. This was...

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Radio station raises money to build new …

Radio station raises money to build new tower

By Rachel Goff The bumper sticker for WMRW 95.1 FM riffs on the famous red-and-white slogan for Mad River Glen ski area. Instead of "ski it if you can," it's "hear...

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How cold was it last month? Stats don’t …

How cold was it last month? Stats don’t lie!

By Lisa Loomis Yup. February was really cold. So was January. Colder than last year and last year was colder than the year before, thanks to the Polar Vortex. The average temperature...

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Sugarbush and GMVS host U16 girls’ Vermo…

Sugarbush and GMVS host U16 girls’ Vermont state championships

On March 8 and 9, Sugarbush Resort and Green Mountain Valley School hosted the final weekend of the U16 Vermont State Girls' Championships at Mt. Ellen. Close to 100 families...

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Local student named VT National Geograph…

Local student named VT National Geographic state bee semifinalist

Tucker Frank, the son of Gretchen and David Frank, Fayston, has been notified by the National Geography Society that he is one of the semifinalists eligible to compete in the...

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18th annual Castlerock Extreme results

18th annual Castlerock Extreme results

The 18th annual Castlerock Extreme at Sugarbush Resort this past Saturday was a big success and saw 110 competitors from around the Northeast and Canada. Results for the Castlerock Extreme...

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Locals raise money to restore sugar orch…

Locals raise money to restore sugar orchard

Last month, Warren resident Glenn Cahilly-Bretzin's Kickstarter fundraising campaign to restore an old sugaring orchard in Warren to produce maple syrup met its $5,000 goal. With that money Cahilly-Bretzin, together with...

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Town Meetings bring change to Valley sel…

Town Meetings bring change to Valley select boards

(Links to individual town meetings below) Waitsfield voters re-elected Paul Hartshorn to the select board. He ran unopposed for a three-year term. Voters are sending Kari Dolan to sit at the...

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Harwood Nordic skiers finish season in h…

Harwood Nordic skiers finish season in high gear

   Harwood's Nordic ski team wrapped up its season with strong finishes in its final races, including the state championship meets, and placed several skiers on the all-state under-16 (U16)...

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Exhibit offers unique perspective on Val…

Exhibit offers unique perspective on Valley history

By Lisa Loomis Editor's Note: In the interest of full disclosure, this is a review of an exhibit of 25 years of editorial cartoons by The Valley Reporter's cartoonist Keith Davidson...

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From Ole’s to the podium

From Ole’s to the podium

On Tuesday, February 24, Caitlin (Compton) Gregg did something no U.S. woman had done before her – she skied swiftly enough to win a medal at the cross-country skiing world...

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How to assess property piques Fayston vo…

How to assess property piques Fayston voters’ interest

By Lisa Loomis Fayston voters were very interested in one Town Meeting article calling for hiring outside assessors versus using the town's listers to appraise property in the town. On March...

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Marathon Town Meeting in Duxbury yields …

Marathon Town Meeting in Duxbury yields new select board members

By Lisa Loomis After eight and a half hours and multiple paper ballots, the gavel banged and Duxbury's Town Meeting ended. The marathon meeting included select board member Mo LaVanway tendering his...

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Moretown voters approve budget, with onl…

Moretown voters approve budget, with only a few questions

By Rachel Goff On Tuesday, March 3, Moretown residents approved a budget of $1,062,837, which marks a 0.56 percent decrease from last year. The article was voted on via Australian ballot...

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