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Waitsfield, VT 05673

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"Waitsfield could be friendlier"

By Marie Leotta

As the Waitsfield Town Dog Warden I get to see and hear a lot of people complain about neighbors and their dogs. One side says the dogs should be contained and kept quiet, the other thinks that dogs should run free instead of being leashed.  Each side has their argument. Larry Richichi gave his opinion of how Waitsfield could be a friendlier place to visit in The Valley Reporter last week. 

He gave his opinion, one I share. I think "we" as a town could be friendlier...we could decorate, clean and spruce this town up a bit to attract tourists which maintain businesses. If his article angered you, then good. It made you think. Whether you thought of a defense or agreed, it gave you pause.

The people who live here gave some portion of their life's blood to buy a home, raise a family and open and run a business in The Valley. Whether they are a farmer, a construction company, a restaurant, a B&B, pet services, or grocery, whatever, they are putting their life's blood into it. As they do their share, there are many of us who do not. 

We may not spend as much here as we do elsewhere but could. Maybe Larry is right -- a little decoration could tell people we appreciate them visiting our town and spending money and time here. I think it would be a great idea to organize a little community-sponsored effort and give of our time into sprucing up our town for tourists. That includes a smile. I love the farmers' market on Saturday and think of it as a time to see the people I hold dear. That also includes all of the hardworking vendors and their families!
It is fall; as a resident I would like to see it decorated in celebration of why people/peepers come to Vermont. We have a good base to work with, lots of cute things to see, that doesn't mean we should neglect the rest. And, yes, I would volunteer. When driving in from the north there are beautiful farms to greet the eye. From the south we have the falls and the beautiful views along Route 100, but more could be done.
Let's take what Larry had to say in good spirit and work towards making Waitsfield a place you want to visit, and maybe even lucky enough to live, in like us!
Marie Leotta lives in Waitsfield.


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