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Fairlee coffee shop creates a buzz around town
06-11-2024 5:31 PM

By KATE ODEN

FAIRLEE — “Company” takes two forms at Sunnyside Coffee Company at 501 Main Street. Owner Taryn Adamczyk and her baristas make specialty coffee and breakfast with ingredients from local suppliers. They’re also creating a welcoming spot where people...

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Westshire students learn circus skills
06-04-2024 9:01 PM

WEST FAIRLEE — Students at Westshire Elementary School learned a variety of circus tricks, from tumbling and juggling to aerial skills during a circus workshop led by the Upper Valley Circus Collective on Monday. The workshop was held at the school...


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...


Fairlee and Orford Fourth of July parade canceled due to traffic concerns
05-23-2024 4:01 PM

By LIZ SAUCHELLI

FAIRLEE — The state has forced the cancellation of the annual Fairlee and Orford Fourth of July parade this year due to an increase in traffic along the parade’s roughly mile-long route.The parade traditionally begins on Route 25A in Orford, then...


I-91 South between Bradford, Vt., and Fairlee closes Wednesday
04-23-2024 3:12 PM

BRADFORD, Vt. — A 6-mile stretch of Interstate 91 South between Bradford, Vt., and Fairlee will close to traffic for an extended period beginning Wednesday.All southbound drivers will be diverted to Route 5 at Exit 15 in Bradford, according to a...


I-91 southbound to close between Bradford and Fairlee for ledge repair
04-04-2024 5:30 PM

By CHRISTINA DOLAN

FAIRLEE — An upcoming ledge repair project will close a 6-mile stretch of Interstate 91 South between Bradford and Fairlee, likely through the summer. Scheduled to begin within the next two weeks, the project will stabilize the rock face that towers...


Suspended saturation in the greenhouse
04-02-2024 5:43 PM

Before going to lunch, Chris Clemson, owner of Frost Gardens in Ely, waters hanging plants in one of their greenhouses on Friday. The business will open May 1.


One injured in Fairlee crash
03-29-2024 5:27 PM

Vermont State Police Sgt. Sean Brennan and Trooper Ryan Butler take measurements at the scene of an crash along Route 5 in Fairlee on Friday. The vehicle matching the description of the car on the right was involved in a road rage incident earlier in...


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...


Fairlee voters approve all articles as warned
03-06-2024 10:20 AM

FAIRLEE — Voters approved all articles during Tuesday morning’s Town Meeting.Town Clerk Georgette Wolf-Ludwig said the 83 voters present made quick work of the warning, approving all articles — including a $1.37 million general fund budget, $331,000...


Town Meeting results: West Fairlee OKs increased funding for fire department
03-05-2024 12:14 PM

WEST FAIRLEE — Voters approved all articles as warned at Saturday’s floor meeting.Of West Fairlee’s 521 registered voters, there were 31 present at the meeting, Town Clerk Staci Sargent said in a Tuesday email. That puts turnout at 6%.Among the items...


Short-term rental debates pit Upper Valley property owners against neighbors
03-01-2024 4:35 PM

By LIZ SAUCHELLI

SUNAPEE — At first, Lisa Hoekstra was open to Sunapee’s plans to monitor short-term rentals.Two years ago, she joined the town’s Short-Term Rental Task Force and began brainstorming ideas that she hoped would result in a policy that would be a win-win...


I-91 between Bradford and Fairlee closes following rockslide
02-28-2024 4:59 PM

By LIZ SAUCHELLI

FAIRLEE — A portion of Interstate 91 South between Bradford, Vt., and Fairlee will be closed at least a week as it undergoes repairs caused by a Tuesday night rockslide.No injuries were reported in the rockslide, according to a news release sent out...


Special Town Meeting: Fairlee voters support short-term rental ordinance
02-26-2024 8:00 PM

By LIZ SAUCHELLI

FAIRLEE — Residents voted to uphold a new short-term rental ordinance during a special Town Meeting Saturday.The ordinance is now officially in effect. That means short-term rental owners who own properties that they rent out for stays fewer than 32...


Town Meeting preview: Cost for capital improvements up in Fairlee
02-25-2024 11:40 AM

Article of note: Voters will be asked whether they want to raise $287,000 in taxes to support capital improvements in town. That’s up from $275,000 last year.Contested races: Officers will be elected from the floor.Budgets and spending articles:  The...


Town Meeting preview: West Fairlee weighs increasing Selectboard stipends
02-25-2024 10:51 AM

Article of note: One article asks whether voters will increase the annual stipend for Selectboard members to $1,200 and provide an additional $200 to the chair.Contested races: There are no contested races.Budgets and other spending articles: The...


Opposition to Fairlee short-term rental ordinance prompts special Town Meeting
02-20-2024 9:01 PM

By LIZ SAUCHELLI

FAIRLEE — Residents will vote on whether to overturn a newly approved short-term rental ordinance during a special Town Meeting on Saturday.The Feb. 24 meeting is scheduled to begin at 1 p.m. at Fairlee Town Hall. Residents will have an opportunity to...


Fairlee Selectboard to fill vacancy left by retiring board member
01-22-2024 5:56 PM

FAIRLEE — The Selectboard seeks to fill a seat left vacant by Cathy McGrath, who stepped down on Jan. 16. “Having retired, it is now my moment to travel and explore the country,” her resignation letter said. McGrath, who was re-elected last year,...


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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...

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