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School keeps gymnastics and Latin, budge…

By Rachel Goff "This is the worst budget season we have ever seen," Washington West Supervisory Union (WWSU) superintendent Brigid Scheffert said at the start of the Harwood School Board meeting...

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Select board sends letter of opposition …

By Lisa Loomis Fayston Select Board issued a letter to the Vermont Public Service Board opposing a proposed broadband tower for Bragg Hill. On December 24, the town and abutters to property...

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Sugarbush to host 10th Mountain Division

On February 7 and 8, veterans, soldiers, descendants and friends of the 10th Mountain Division will meet at Sugarbush Resort to reconnect, welcome the new generation of 10th soldiers and...

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Mad River Riders and community partners …

Mad River Riders and community partners win USFS award for Blueberry Lake Trails

U.S. Forest Service Chief Tom Tidwell recently announced the 2014 Chief's Honor Awards recipients. The staff of Green Mountain National Forest, along with multiple partners and local businesses, received an...

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Duxbury budget includes increases for al…

By Lisa Loomis The budget proposed by the Duxbury Select Board provides wage increases to all employees except the town clerk whose wages the board would reduce from $36,000 to $24,800. Last...

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Harwood Ski Teams had a busy week

Harwood Ski Teams had a busy week

Harwood alpine race team had a busy week On Monday, January 19, the team competed in the Cougar Cup held at the Cochran's Ski Area. "It was a slow track with fresh...

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Select board candidates running in The V…

Monday, January 26, was the last day to file a petition to run for select board in The Valley towns of Warren, Waitsfield and Moretown. The candidates for the terms...

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December fire exposes safety issues with…

By Rachel Goff Recent fires in condos surrounding Sugarbush Resort are prompting the town of Warren to look into zoning laws. On December 13 at 12:30 a.m., a fire at Summit Condos...

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WWSU to consider all options on school s…

By Rachel Goff At their meeting on Wednesday, January 14, Washington West Supervisory Union (WWSU) voted unanimously to apply for a grant from the Vermont Agency of Education (AOE) to hire...

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Vermont Music Fest’s fate uncertain

Vermont Music Fest’s fate uncertain

By Rachel Goff Last summer, over 4,000 people flocked to Lareau Farm in Waitsfield for the fourth annual Vermont Music Fest. This summer, it might not happen. "Essentially, I'm debating whether to...

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Sam Nishi is Gatorade Cross Country Runn…

Sam Nishi is Gatorade Cross Country Runner of the Year for second year

Sam Nishi, a Harwood Union senior from Waitsfield, has been named the 2014-2015 Gatorade Vermont Boys Cross Country Runner of the Year. Nishi is the first Gatorade Vermont Boys Cross Country...

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Waitsfield continues work on dog ordinan…

By Lisa Loomis Waitsfield's animal control officer can issue tickets to dog owners whose pets are violating the town's dog ordinance. The tickets are civil infractions that are enforced by the Vermont...

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HU alpine girls take a first; boys are t…

Harwood alpine ski team had their first race on Friday, January 9, at Sugarbush Lincoln Peak. It was a full-length GS course down Spring Fling on a hard icy surface, reported...

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Red Hen Baking Company partners with Que…

Red Hen Baking Company partners with Quebec farm for locally sourced flour

  Red Hen Baking Company, Middlesex, has developed a new partnership with a mill and farm located just 150 miles from the bakery in Les Cedres, Quebec. Les Fermes Longpres...

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Three new business owners report on thei…

Editor's Note: The Valley Reporter checked in with the owners of three new businesses that enjoyed their first full year in The Valley in 2014 to see how things were...

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Mad 12 fundraiser is successful!

Mad 12 fundraiser is successful!

Thirteen chefs from Mad River Valley restaurants joined together at Round Barn Farm on Monday night to present the Mad 12 Tasting Dinner. Thirteen elegant tasting portions, starting with hors...

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Waitsfield proposes adopting charter

Waitsfield proposes adopting charter

By Lisa Loomis The town of Waitsfield is again holding public hearings on the issue of whether the town should change its charter. At Town Meeting this year Waitsfield voters will be...

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Local residents create Affordable Educat…

A group of local residents, meeting from May to December of last year, have drafted an education funding proposal to address Vermont's rising education costs. Members of the group include businesspeople...

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Public forum about Waitsfield’s Scrag Fo…

Public forum about Waitsfield’s Scrag Forest Trail Design Report

The Waitsfield Conservation Commission is issuing a final call for public input on the Waitsfield Scrag Forest Trail Design Report. The town of Waitsfield Conservation Commission (WCC) is wrapping up Phase...

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Towns budgeting for sheriffs and constab…

Towns budgeting for sheriffs and constables in advance of Town Meeting

In The Valley, only Warren and Waitsfield budget money to pay the Washington County Sheriff's Department for patrol services. Moretown, Fayston and Duxbury do not. This year, Warren will budget $34,900...

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Harwood Nordic team heating up

Harwood Nordic team heating up

The Harwood Nordic team posted impressive results at two classic races held last week at Trapp Family Lodge. On January 6, sophomore Noah Eckstein led the team to a third-place...

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Joslin Hill – to rebuild and improve or …

By Lisa Loomis Waitsfield Select Board will hold another public hearing on the issue of Joslin Hill Road next Monday, January 19. The meeting follows a very-well attended hearing about the...

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Warren receives grant for village improv…

Warren receives grant for village improvements

By Rachel Goff Starting next year, drivers backing out of parking spaces in front of The Warren Store won't have to just hope there are no other cars coming. Last month, the...

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Ninety-foot-high broadband tower propose…

By Lisa Loomis Residents spoke out against a broadband tower proposed for Bragg Hill at a Fayston Planning Commission hearing this week. The planning commission met on January 5 to take public...

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Local photographer was in the right plac…

Local photographer was in the right place at the right time

By Lisa Loomis Waitsfield photographer David Garten was awakened by his housemate in Havana, Cuba, on December 17, 2014. His housemate insisted that Garten get up immediately and come watch the...

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Towns work on wages and health care bene…

By Rachel Goff As select boards work on finalizing this year's town budget, one topic on the table is salary increases for payroll employees, which for some towns are directly tied...

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Claudia Becker on the twelfth year of ‘F…

Claudia Becker on the twelfth year of ‘Films for Thought’ at the MountainTop Film Festival

In honor of Martin Luther King Jr., the 12th annual MountainTop Film Festival once again offers a diverse program of documentary and dramatic films and special events, addressing social and environmental...

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Warning to residents raising chickens

Warning to residents raising chickens

Valley residents raising chickens take heed: Last week, Vermont assistant state veterinarian Shelley Mehlenbacher sent out a notice warning that in the past month cases of the highly pathogenic avian...

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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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