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Local chefs face off in new competition

Local chefs face off in new competition

By Rachel Goff To get the most out of all the veggies and meat in The Valley, it helps to know how to prepare them. On Sunday, August 11, Sugarbush Resort hosted...

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Vandals and litterers strike Lareau Swim…

Vandals and litterers strike Lareau Swim Hole

By Lisa Loomis Vandals tipped over the port-o-let at the Lareau Swim Hole last week, requiring an emergency trip from Hartigan to right the port-o-let and clean it up. The town...

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Waitsfield Bridge Street project bids co…

Waitsfield Bridge Street project bids come in $240,000 over budget

By Lisa Loomis The extensive project long slated for the Waitsfield covered bridge and Bridge Street is likely to be pushed out further after the town opened the bids for the...

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Photo Show award winners announced

Photo Show award winners announced

Seven photographs from the more than 200 on display at this year's Photo Show in the Round Barn have been honored as Works of Distinction. These photographs will be included...

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Select board, landowners want dam gone

Select board, landowners want dam gone

By Rachel Goff The Warren timber crib dam is in a state of flux. Once a working part of a bustling mill town, the 200-year-old structure has started to disintegrate and...

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Shumlin visits Efficiency Vermont

Shumlin visits Efficiency Vermont

By Rachel Goff Last week, Governor Peter Shumlin visited The Valley to unveil a new initiative that will help Vermont manufacturers reduce their energy costs, effectively monitor and manage their costs...

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Former Warren resident and select board …

Former Warren resident and select board member searches for kidney donor

Former Valley resident and Warren Select Board member Erin Russell-Story is looking for a kidney donor. She has been diagnosed with an autoimmune disease that has caused kidney failure. During a...

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Wu Ledges vandalized

Wu Ledges vandalized

By Lisa Loomis Members of the Waitsfield Conservation Commission are hoping that the vandals who painted HU 14 and an American flag on the face of the ledges will come forward...

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Celebrating the arts – all August long

Celebrating the arts – all August long

The Mad River Valley was buzzing with arts activities this past weekend to kick off the Vermont Festival of the Arts. People made their way into town to meet artists...

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Moretown taxes increase due to statewide…

Moretown taxes increase due to statewide spending

At their meeting on Monday, August 4, the Moretown Select Board set the 2014 tax rate at $1.9109 for residents and $1.7346 for nonresidents. This year's tax rate reflects a...

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Warren breaks ground on solar array inst…

Warren breaks ground on solar array installation

Beyond the softball and soccer games, there's been a flurry of activity at Brooks Field at Warren Elementary School. After surveying the site, this past week Waitsfield-based company Aegis Renewable Energy...

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Locals prep for fifth annual community e…

Locals prep for fifth annual community event

By Rachel Goff Jeff Mack is really excited for Vermont Music Fest. Really, really excited. For the past week, the Warren resident and founder of Vermont Music Fest has been spending a...

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A look at life above The Valley

A look at life above The Valley

By Rachel Goff James Ialeggio spends his Saturdays sitting on mountains. Sundays, too. As a backcountry caretaker for Green Mountain Club (GMC), Ialeggio is in charge of the section of the Long...

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Waitsfield Voters will be asked to OK si…

Waitsfield Voters will be asked to OK sidewalk funds

By Lisa Loomis Waitsfield voters will be asked to OK spending up to $65,000 to close out the final bills for the town's newly built sidewalk system and to fund the...

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Duxbury taxpayers, town officials clear …

Duxbury taxpayers, town officials clear the air

By Rachel Goff After gaining a greater understanding of their town's current financial situation, Duxbury residents decided to stick with the original debt repayment plan they approved this spring. At a second...

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MRV Little League 10- to 11-year-olds ca…

MRV Little League 10- to 11-year-olds capture first state title in league history

Mad River Valley Little League celebrated a first when the 10- to 11-year-old All-Star team defeated Brattleboro 12-2 to capture the state title on Thursday, July 24, at Couples Club...

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Round Barn photo show celebrates 25 year…

Round Barn photo show celebrates 25 years

The Photo Show in the Round Barn is celebrating its 25th year this summer. The Photo Show was started in 1989 by Pat Dockendorf, a photographer, and Pam Lerner who...

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Vermont Fish and Wildlife speaks out on …

Vermont Fish and Wildlife speaks out on bears

By Lisa Loomis Given the current intense local interest in The Valley and the state's bear population, The Valley Reporter reached out to Forrest Hammond who is the black bear project...

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Education and recreation in a floodplain

Education and recreation in a floodplain

By Rachel Goff On Tuesday, July 29, a group gathered at Riverside Park in Warren to discuss future maintenance for the floodplain property. Right now, Riverside Park "looks probably the best it...

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Iron Chef Competition at Taste of the Va…

Iron Chef Competition at Taste of the Valley

Taste of the Valley is Sunday, August 10, and the new Iron Chef Competition shouldn't be missed. Iron Chef will pit two favorite chefs in a head-to-head cook-off during Taste of...

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Shumlin touts success of local solar pro…

Shumlin touts success of local solar projects

By Rachel Goff On Tuesday, July 29, Governor Peter Shumlin visited The Valley to announce $442,750 in Vermont Clean Energy Development Fund grants for nine community solar projects—including one in Warren...

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Riverside Park: floodplain or Frisbee fi…

Riverside Park: floodplain or Frisbee field?

By Rachel Goff Can a piece of land be both a riparian buffer and a recreation area? Warren Select Board continued this debate in its discussion on the future of Riverside...

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Mad River All-Stars step up to the plate…

Mad River All-Stars step up to the plate

  STATE CHAMPIONS With an authoritative 12-2 win over Brattleboro on Thursday, July 24 the Mad River Valley Little League All Stars have won the Vermont State Championships (10-11 Div)   Mad River Valley...

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Special town meeting will determine whet…

Special town meeting will determine whether Duxbury borrows money

By Rachel Goff Town Meeting is a time-honored tradition that takes place every March throughout Vermont, but this year Duxbury decided to hold not one, not two, but three of them. Duxbury...

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Towns set tax rates

Towns set tax rates

Throughout The Valley towns are setting tax rates and some voters have already received their property tax bills. Fayston has set its property tax rate and bills have gone out. The...

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Moretown makes moves to digitize tax map…

Moretown makes moves to digitize tax maps

By Rachel Goff When Moretown town offices flooded during Tropical Storm Irene in August of 2011, the town lost a lot of important documents. That never would have happened if they...

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Houston asks Waitsfield for free water

Houston asks Waitsfield for free water

By Lisa Loomis Virginia Houston believes the town of Waitsfield owes her free water from the town's municipal water system and came before the Waitsfield Water Commission to make that request. She...

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Cell 4 application still technically inc…

Cell 4 application still technically incomplete

By Rachel Goff At the Moretown Select Board meeting on Monday, July 21, talk turned to Moretown Landfill, whose application to construct a fourth trash cell on site is still under...

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