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It’s summertime – go fishing

It’s summertime – go fishing

By John Mansfield I'll admit that in summer, I fish more than I probably should, if that is actually reason doing the talking. It could be some sort of Puritan guilt...

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Bricks for Bridge Street campaign ends s…

Bricks for Bridge Street campaign ends successfully

By Lisa Loomis A last-minute push to get people to pay for the engraved bricks they had pledged to buy, plus a boost by Fayston's own rock star Grace Potter on...

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Festival of the Arts starts with a bang

Festival of the Arts starts with a bang

OPENING CALENDAR BELOW The opening weekend of the Vermont Festival of the Arts has arrived. With so much to do, it will be a great weekend (and month) to immerse yourself...

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School board answers questions about hir…

Last week, The Valley Reporter learned that Laurie Greenberg of Moretown, the new third- and fourth-grade teacher that Warren School hired last month, is not currently licensed to teach in...

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Q and A with the Warren School Board reg…

The Valley Reporter reached out to the Warren School Board and Washington West Supervisory Union (WWSU) superintendent Brigid Scheffert-Nease about issues raised at a July 21 school board meeting. Michael...

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Local stores talk strategy at economic v…

Local stores talk strategy at economic vitality workshop

By Rachel Goff What are the strengths of the retail sector in The Valley? What challenges does it face? Over a dozen local business owners came together at Three Mountain Cafe in...

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High Meadows Fund awards Mad River Valle…

High Meadows Fund awards Mad River Valley flood resilience grant

The High Meadows Fund at the Vermont Community Foundation has awarded a team from the Mad River Valley (MRV) $60,000 to work together across the five-town watershed toward increasing flood...

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Community proposes new position for Jone…

Community proposes new position for Jones

  For the Record - In the July 23 print edition, The severance package offered to Warren School administrative assistant Laurie Jones was one half of one year's salary paid over...

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My personal Cuba: an interview with MRV …

My personal Cuba: an interview with MRV photographer David Garten

Q. Thanks for speaking with us, David. How did you first connect with Cuba? A. A conscious desire to go there arose in my mind sometime in the 1980s. In the...

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Homeowners looks toward future, apply fo…

Homeowners looks toward future, apply for FEMA funding

By Rachel Goff In the wake of Tropical Storm Irene, towns across Vermont – including Waitsfield and Moretown – applied for and received grants from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)...

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GMCC’s 26th annual photo show in the Rou…

GMCC’s 26th annual photo show in the Round Barn

The annual Green Mountain Cultural Center's (GMCC) photo show is held each August in the Round Barn on East Warren Road in Waitsfield and is a part of the Vermont...

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Sugarbush hosts High Fives charity golf …

The High Fives Nonprofit Foundation will hold its third annual charity golf tournament presented by GoPro, Vermont North Ski Shops, CMH, ACC Apothecary and Sugarbush Resort on Friday, August 14...

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Momentum builds for Vermont Music Fest

Momentum builds for Vermont Music Fest

Momentum is building for the sixth annual Vermont Music Fest which takes place rain or shine at Lareau Farm, home of American Flatbread, on Saturday, August 8, from noon to...

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As food recovery efforts evolve, state a…

As food recovery efforts evolve, state and town must adapt

By Rachel Goff Last month, the Vermont Agency of Natural Resources (ANR), upon receiving a request from Grow Compost of Vermont, revoked the Moretown company's solid waste certification on June 12...

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VTrans receives requests to change Larea…

VTrans receives requests to change Lareau bridge closure dates

By Lisa Loomis The Waitsfield Select Board asked VTrans representatives to change the schedule for replacing state bridge 177 over the Mad River on Route 100 between American Flatbread and The...

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Checking on the health of the fish popul…

Checking on the health of the fish population

By Lisa Loomis A trio of state employees parked their truck on the side of German Flats Road near Slide Brook and unloaded a portable generator, an electric loop, nets and...

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Laura Graves advances to Rio Olympics

Laura Graves advances to Rio Olympics

Fayston native Laura Graves competed in the 2015 Pan Am Games at the Caledon Equestrian Center in Palgrave, Ontario, this week. Graves' parents, Freddie and Ron, her aunt, Deb Jones, and...

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Yestermorrow celebrates 35 years

Yestermorrow celebrates 35 years

Thirty-five years ago, architect John Connell decided it was time to proactively connect designers, builders and inhabitants of the built environment. The result: Yestermorrow Design/Build School, whose name sprang from...

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Friends of Warren School will present pe…

By Lisa Loomis Friends of Warren School, a community group with concerns about the Warren School Board's failure to renew the contract of administrative assistant Laurie Jones, will present petitions to...

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Waitsfield breaks ground on new town off…

Waitsfield breaks ground on new town office

By Lisa Loomis After five years of wrangling, two votes and several petitions, Waitsfield broke ground on its new town office with no fanfare, no golden shovels and only an excavator...

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The Eye of Senator Leahy photo exhibit a…

The Eye of Senator Leahy photo exhibit at Big Picture Theater

A six-term U.S. Senator, with a camera almost always affixed to his shoulder, Vermont Senator Patrick Leahy has a unique vantage point on world events. At more than 6 feet...

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The Mad River Valley welcomes marathoner…

The Mad River Valley welcomes marathoners

The fifth annual Mad Marathon is poised for a full weekend of events and nearly 1,000 runners coming from around the world. On race day, Sunday, July 12, there is...

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Warren Residents petition for board memb…

Warren Residents petition for board members to resign

By Rachel Goff After a standing-room-only Warren School Board meeting that took place Tuesday, July 7, a group of community members has put together a petition calling for a vote of...

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Warren School Board explains hiring of G…

Warren School Board explains hiring of Greenberg

By Rachel Goff At a Warren School Board meeting that took place on Tuesday, July 7, over 100 community members came out to question the actions of the elected officials, who...

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Waitsfield awards contract for town offi…

By Lisa Loomis As The Valley Reporter goes to press on July 8, plans are being made to set the date for the groundbreaking for Waitsfield's new town office at the...

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Moretown Mountain Road: good news and ba…

The Waitsfield covered bridge is still closed to cars, but another local detour just got a little bit more bearable—and a little bit more expensive. As The Valley Reporter went to...

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Waitsfield’s summer paving projects comi…

Waitsfield's summer paving projects are expected to get started by the end of July, as soon as the town can replace two culverts. The culvert bids came in high and...

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33-day Route 100 closure possible

By Lisa Loomis VTrans will present its plans to replace state bridge 177 on Route 100 between the Lareau Farm and The Elusive Moose in Waitsfield next week during a Waitsfield...

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Tomato War over Columbus Day weekend

The little known but well attended Tomato War in Warren over Columbus Day Weekend is a tradition older than the Super Bowl; the annual event draws hundreds of out-of-state tourists who make the trek to The Valley to toss tomatoes at each other every year.

This year’s Tomato War is slated for October 7 through 9 off of German Flats Road in Warren.

The event isn’t technically a fundraiser, though in the past any leftover money has been donated to the Mad River Valley Ambulance Service.

This year organizers are looking for local participants to join in the Tomato War in hopes of raising money to benefit Valley disaster relief efforts. The group is seeking local sponsors to participate in this year’s event.

The tradition started over 50 years ago and has developed into an organized annual event comprised of competitors from Massachusetts and New York.

It’s basically a giant game of capture the flag amongst two teams, red and yellow. Teams are armed with a bag of tomatoes and wear wristbands in place of flags.

If a competitor is hit, his or her wristband is surrendered to the person that made the hit. The war begins at 11 a.m. on Saturday, October 8, and finishes at 5 p.m.

Those interested in joining the Tomato War can visit the group’s event page on Facebook to RSVP. 

 

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