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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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Reid to sing national anthem at Madison …

Reid to sing national anthem at Madison Square Garden

  Sarah Reid (aka "Reid"), who grew up in the Mad River Valley and graduated from Harwood Union High School, has been invited to sing the national anthem with a...

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The session begins

The Vermont Legislature is back in session and many folks are very interested in what Vermont's citizen legislators will prioritize this session. The first order of business is for the Legislature...

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Local nonprofits are the true winners in…

Local nonprofits are the true winners in the lighting contest

Sugarbush Resort hosted the 10th annual Festival of Lights celebration at Timbers Restaurant on Thursday, December 18. Over 100 people attended this event where $6,000 was awarded from the Winthrop...

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Year in Review - 2014

Year in Review - 2014

>>CLICK HERE FOR FULL PDF VERSION<< The Valley Reporter wishes you all a wonderful New Year. As our gift we are offering the full PDF electronic version of the annual Year...

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Chez Henri celebrates 50th anniversary

Chez Henri celebrates 50th anniversary

By Lisa Loomis "Everything is an accident in life," said Henri Borel, owner of Chez Henri Bistrot in Sugarbush Village, referring to how he ended up running the popular French restaurant...

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VLT selects farmers to revive Fayston hi…

VLT selects farmers to revive Fayston hill farm

Local farmers Sebastian and Heather von Trapp along with Georgia von Trapp and Joey Nagy have been selected by Vermont Land Trust (VLT) to revive a Tenney hill farm on...

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Mad River Distillers to open tasting roo…

Mad River Distillers to open tasting room and retail outlet

By Lisa Loomis Mad River Distillers will open a tasting room and, a few weeks later, a retail shop in Waitsfield on the ground level of the former Egan's Restaurant at...

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