West Fairlee

Mike Swift and his son Olin, 2, go to the transfer center in Strafford every Saturday. Their bagged garbage is loaded into a truck to be hauled away. More provisions of Vermont’s Universal Recycling Law are scheduled to go into effect on July 1. Among the changes, individual households are required to separate out their recyclables and towns must put recycling receptacles alongside waste bins. (Medora Hebert photograph)

No Time to Waste: Major Provisions of Vermont Recycling Law Go Into Effect This Week

Sunday, June 28, 2015

“Nobody really knows what’s going to happen when this goes into effect on July 1,” Todd Allen, the chairman of Hartford’s Solid Waste Advisory Committee, told town leaders earlier this month. “It’s a little bit of uncharted waters.” Allen was talking about a rapidly approaching deadline under Vermont’s Universal Recycling Law, a radical rethinking of how solid waste is handled …

Mom, Son in Class On the Cross Rivendell Trail

Thursday, June 18, 2015

Orford — Since it was built about a decade ago, sections of the Cross Rivendell Trail have been used as outdoor classrooms by the Rivendell Interstate School District. Home school teacher and mother Liss Gilbert went ahead and used the whole 36-mile route for hers. Gilbert and her 9-year-old son/student, Alex, recently through-hiked …

At Rivendell, Stories of Truth And Confidence

Sunday, June 14, 2015

Orford — Among the 35 seniors who collected their diplomas in the Rivendell Academy gym on Saturday, Miranda Garrow is gearing up for her freshman year at the University of Vermont, and her co-valedictorian Christian Parenti for Drew University in New Jersey. Next stop for Tim Stimson and Dakota Floyd: the U.S. Army. …

Lake Fairlee Dam Owner Objects to Tri-Town Proposal

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Thetford — A month before three towns are set to vote on an $850,000 project to replace the Lake Fairlee Dam, its private owner is voicing objections that could call the deal into jeopardy. In phone interviews this week, Bryan Gregory, 62, a Maine resident who plans to …

3 Towns to Vote Next Month on $850,000 Project To Replace Lake Fairlee Dam

Monday, April 13, 2015

Thetford — After three years of discussions, research and planning, the selectboards of Fairlee, West Fairlee and Thetford plan to hold special Town Meetings next month asking for voter approval to take control of a deteriorating dam that …

Counties Ranked on Wellness

Saturday, March 28, 2015

West Lebanon — Upper Valley public health officials say an annual ranking of the health status of each county in the United States will help guide them as they create action plans to address the challenges area communities …

Rivendell Budget Criticized But OK’d

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Orford — Despite critiques from some in attendance that the number of teachers has not declined along with the number of students in the Rivendell Interstate School District in recent years, voters in the four towns comprising the district approved a $10 million spending plan for next school …

Recycling Strains Town Dumps

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Thetford — The good news is that residents want to recycle, steadily increasing the amount of recyclable material coming into Thetford’s transfer station over the past three years. The bad news is that a number of factors, including …

H.S. Notebook: Capital League Names TA’s Pomeroy Player of Year

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

A visit to Saturday’s VBCA Senior All-Star Games put Eric Ward in a wistful mood. As Thetford Academy senior Michaela Pomeroy ran around the Windsor High School floor in her Division III-IV girls basketball finale, Ward thought about …

Rivendell Towns to Vote On Budget Next Tuesday

Friday, March 13, 2015

The Rivendell Interstate School District annual meeting will be held at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday at Rivendell Academy in Orford. Voting for the district’s elected positions will begin at 6 p.m. Tuesday at the academy. Orford — Voters from four Upper Valley towns will be asked to approve …

Raptors Are Bedeviled Yet Again

Sunday, March 8, 2015

Barre, Vt. — When Williamstown High boys basketball coach Jack Carrier took over the program six years ago, his goal was to help the Blue Devils experience the feeling he enjoyed winning a state title with the team …

Joyous Raptors: Rivendell Soars to Championship Game

Thursday, March 5, 2015

Barre, Vt. — While breaking away from any team huddle or timeout, the Rivendell Academy boys basketball team collectively shouts “All in!” — a phrase the Raptors say is indicative of their aggressive play and cohesiveness. During Thursday …

West Fairlee Voters Endorse New Clerk

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

West Fairlee — Voters passed the $613,000 town budget, 82-19, and elected the new town clerk, who had been appointed following a former longtime clerk’s departure. Staci Sargent garnered 70 votes. There were 20 write-ins, 10 blanks and one “spoiled” vote. The budget included spending on consulting services …