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Vershire residents split votes on heating system proposals for town buildings
04-08-2024 5:25 PM

By LUKAS DUNFORD

VERSHIRE — Energy concerns were top of mind for Town Meeting voters on Sunday.In floor voting, the approximately 40 people gathered supported putting $20,000 of surplus money into a new propane boiler for the Town Center building, but rejected a...

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Trail connecting Rivendell schools behind on maintenance
05-31-2024 7:01 PM

By LIZ SAUCHELLI

ORFORD — Maintenance challenges and issues with private landowners mean that about a quarter of the 36-mile Cross Rivendell Trail is closed and the people who care about it are pondering its future.The trail was first founded about 25 years ago as a...


Out & About: Vershire joins Upper Valley communities with farmers markets
05-03-2024 5:30 PM

By LIZ SAUCHELLI

Vershire is the latest Upper Valley community to establish a farmers market.The Vershire Artisan & Farmers’ Market will begin Sunday, May 19 and take place every week from 12:30 to 3:30 p.m. through Sept. 15 outside Vershire Town Center, located at 27...


Vershire Town Meeting preview
03-29-2024 4:31 PM

Article of note: During the floor meeting, voters will be asked whether to raise the compensation for Selectboard members from $1,000 annually to $2,000. Voters also will be asked whether they want to put $20,000 of surplus money into a new propane...


Rivendell Interstate School District annual meeting preview
03-29-2024 4:17 PM

Articles of note: Voters in the four towns served by the Rivendell Interstate School District will decide whether to permanently move their annual meeting day from the evening of the third Thursday in March to the third Saturday in March. The article...


Cliff tops in Vershire and Fairlee closed for falcon nesting season
03-12-2024 5:31 PM

FAIRLEE — Several cliff tops across Vermont are closed to hiking and climbing this spring to protect nesting peregrine falcons, including Eagle Ledge in Vershire and the Fairlee Palisades. The sites will remain closed until Aug. 1, or until officials...


Out & About: Vershire program supports families affected by addiction
01-19-2024 8:30 PM

By LIZ SAUCHELLI

VERSHIRE — When Gregory Wilson joined Vershire Fire and Rescue a few years ago, he was struck by the number of calls related to mental health and substance misuse that the volunteer department received.Wilson, a pastoral psychotherapist, was also...


Volunteers needed for Rivendell school reconfiguration committee
12-18-2023 4:31 PM

ORFORD — Rivendell Interstate School District seeks volunteers to serve as committee members as the district prepares to implement a three-year plan that will close one of its schools. At a November meeting, the Rivendell School Board approved a...


Rivendell board OKs plan that would close elementary school
12-04-2023 4:25 PM

By NICOLA SMITH

FAIRLEE — The Rivendell Interstate School District Board voted 6-2 last month to move forward with a plan from district administrators that would result in the closure of the Samuel Morey Elementary School in Fairlee. Two additional board members were...


Rivendell considers school reconfigurations to cut staffing costs
10-31-2023 4:12 AM

By NORA DOYLE-BURR

WEST FAIRLEE — In an effort to avoid another major school tax increase, the Rivendell Interstate School District is asking people in Orford, Fairlee, West Fairlee and Vershire to consider major school reconfigurations.“In general, we have a community...


Archeologists seek clues to the past at Ely Mine site in Vershire 
10-11-2023 9:41 AM

By FRANCES MIZE

VERSHIRE — For much of the 19th century, plumes of sulfur dioxide settled over the community of workers living at Vershire’s Ely Mine. Heavier than air, the toxic smoke produced from copper mining sunk to the valley floor, withering vegetation and...


Vershire man sentenced to prison on federal firearms charge
08-16-2023 3:12 PM

By JOHN LIPPMANValley News Staff WriterBOSTON — A Vershire man with an extensive criminal history has been sentenced in federal court in Boston for unlawful possession of firearms and ammunition on charges dating back to 2019.Dominick Bailey, 57, was...


Route 113 reopens in Vershire
08-04-2023 4:54 PM

VERSHIRE — Route 113 has reopened between Darling Hill Road and Vershire Center Road, according to a Thursday evening news alert from the Vermont Agency of Transportation.The road had been closed since flooding on July 10 wiped out a bridge in...


EPA to hold meeting on Vershire mine cleanup
06-07-2023 1:24 PM

VERSHIRE — The Environmental Protection Agency is hosting a public meeting Tuesday night to discuss its preliminary cleanup of an abandoned Vershire copper mine.The former Ely Mine sits on about 350 acres off Beanville Road. The conclusion of mining...


Vershire to break ground on new town garage on Thursday
05-30-2023 2:54 PM

VERSHIRE — The Selectboard is scheduled to hold a groundbreaking ceremony for a new town garage this week, according to a news release.The event will be held on Thursday, June 1, at 10 a.m. at 815 Vershire Center Road.The new garage will replace the...


Town Meeting: Vershire budget passes, Emerald Ash Borer Fund request denied
05-23-2023 1:55 PM

VERSHIRE — Voters approved all warned articles, except one, in Town Meeting voting on Sunday.In a voice vote during the meeting held in-person at the Vershire Town Center building, voters rejected a requested appropriation of $5,000 for the Emerald...


Town Meeting preview: Vershire voters to gather for Sunday meeting
05-17-2023 12:26 PM

Article of note: In ballot voting on Sunday, voters will be asked whether to purchase a 2022 CAT backhoe that the town is currently leasing by converting the lease into a loan of five years or less. They also will be asked whether they want to...


Annual Meeting: Rivendell voters approve $14.7 million school budget
03-22-2023 10:52 AM

ORFORD — Voters at the floor meeting of the Rivendell Interstate School District on Tuesday evening approved a budget of $14.7 million in a paper ballot vote, 134-111, according to acting School Clerk Brenda Gray.Voters, from Fairlee, Orford, Vershire...


Vershire hits fundraising goal for timber frame pavilion
03-07-2023 4:39 PM

Staff Report

VERSHIRE — In less than 60 days, the Vershire community surpassed its initial fundraising goal of $20,000 for a timber frame pavilion behind the Vershire Town Center building, according to a news release from the campaign organizer.As of Tuesday, the...


Vermont State Police: Trooper used stun gun to stop suspect from fleeing transport
02-16-2023 6:49 PM

By JOHN LIPPMAN

CHELSEA — A 38-year-old Vershire man wanted on warrants in two states is facing new charges after he allegedly persuaded a Vermont state trooper into loosening his handcuffs and begged, “Just let me run to New Hampshire!” before the officer used a...


Donations sought for community center pavilion
01-20-2023 7:33 PM

By NORA DOYLE-BURR

VERSHIRE — Community members have launched a crowdfunding campaign in an effort to raise $60,000 to build a timber frame pavilion behind the Vershire Town Center building, according to a news release from the Vermont Department of Housing and...

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