West Fairlee

Lake Fairlee Dam Project on Hold

Friday, July 24, 2015

Thetford — The long-planned project to replace the ailing Lake Fairlee Dam this summer abruptly halted this week after the contractor and the three towns involved — Thetford, Fairlee and West Fairlee — parted ways over a dispute about the unsigned construction contract. Speaking for the towns, Fairlee Selectboard Chairman Frank J. Barrett Jr. said the $850,000 project, which voters in the three towns approved through bond votes in May, …

Hartford Legion Will Return to State Tourney

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

White River Junction — The Hartford American Legion baseball team gathered for a group photo Monday night after a 12-5 defeat of Lakes Region clinched its first postseason berth in what’s estimated to be at least 15 years. There was the usual tomfoolery of hats being knocked askew and pinches to the posterior. Coach Jarrod Grassi waited through it all patiently, before making …

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 …

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 …

W. Fairlee Boosts Fire Department

Sunday, March 1, 2015

West Fairlee — As he waited for residents to arrive at the Community Building for Saturday’s annual Town Meeting, Selectman Fred Cook said a turnout of 40 is considered a good crowd these days, and that was just …

West Fairlee Preps For New Town Clerk

Friday, February 13, 2015

West Fairlee Town Meeting will be held Saturday, Feb. 28, at 10 a.m. in the Community Building to vote on 20 warning articles including appropriations. Voting by ballot to approve the operating budget and elect town officers will take place in the Community Building on Tuesday, March 3, …

Lake Fairlee Hosts Annual Ice Fishing Derby

Monday, February 9, 2015

West Fairlee — Sunday was a hopeful day on Lake Fairlee. The crows and the eagles watched from the treetops with hopeful eyes all morning, while about 300 humans bustled about between colorful makeshift shanties on the frozen …

‘Pompy’ Becomes a Priority: Ompompanoosuc’s E. Coli Problem Gets Renewed Attention

Sunday, February 8, 2015

Volunteer efforts to combat a long-running water quality issue in the Ompompanoosuc River have ebbed and flowed over the years as time and funding were available. But recently, residents have refocused their attention on the high E. coli …

She’s a Keeper: Rivendell Freshman Thomson Packing Promise

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Orford — Having already coached Riley Thomson on his AAU team last summer, Rivendell Academy girls basketball coach Hank Tenney expected the freshman to be an immediate contributor for the Raptors this season. Neither coach nor player realized she’d be producing so much, so quickly. The 5-foot-8 Thomson …

Ompompanoosuc River Water Quality Is Focus Of West Fairlee Meeting

Sunday, January 25, 2015

West Fairlee — A meeting in West Fairlee next month will take a close look at water quality in the Ompompanoosuc River. The Ompompanoosuc was placed on Vermont’s impaired waters list after E. coli was found in a roughly 11-mile section of the river between the Vershire-West Fairlee …

Sharon Boys Earn A ‘Statement Win’

Saturday, January 24, 2015

Sharon — One miss led to an exhortation, a second to a plea. A third left Sharon Academy boys basketball coach Blake Fabrikant noshing on his tie. By the 19th miss, Fabrikant knew — his Phoenix wasn’t going to beat Rivendell on Friday night with its free-throw shooting. …

Local Roundup: Wasps Rain Threes in Boys Hoop Win Over Hartford

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

White River Junction — The Woodstock High boys played two halves of basketball in recording their second win over Hartford in 48 hours on Monday. They scored half of their baskets from beyond the 3-point arc, mirroring leading …