Fall Sports Report 2021: Otter Valley Union High School

BRANDON –– School is back in session at Otter Valley Union High School, and so are fall sports. At OV, that includes girls’ and boys’ soccer, field hockey, football, cross-country running and golf.Coaches and athletes have set goals as they move forward in the season.Here’s a brief preview of the season ahead for OV athletes FIELD HOCKEYField hockey won its first game this season –– 6-0 against Brattleboro in Brandon on Sept. 4, with Lily Morgan in goal for her second year starting.The Otters highlighted wh … (read more)

Cafe Provence seeks new owners

BRANDON — After 17 years of long days in the kitchen and seven-day work weeks, Chef Robert Barral and Line Barral have opted to list their marquee restaurant, bakery and associated building for sale. Chef Robert, who just turned 68 last week, and Line, 65 … (read more)

RASTA changes its name, launches Velomont Trail

ROCHESTER­­––The trail network organization that has been called RASTA since its founding in 2013 is changing its name to The Ridgeline Outdoor Collective (ROC), or Ridgeline, for short. The organization has been instrumental in developing mountain biking … (read more)

Veteran wins Brandon chowdown

BRANDON — Arturo Mendiola, 35, is a big man with a big appetite for Little Debbie Swiss Rolls.A four-time defending champion of Brandon’s Swiss Roll eating contest, Town Recreation Director Bill Moore crowned Mendiola “world record champion” after his imp … (read more)

Blueberry Hill Inn invests in community with pizza nights

GOSHEN — Among families, sweethearts, friends and staff that make up the intimate outdoor scene at Blueberrry Hill’s Pizza by the Pond this Thursday night was Rip Mason.In a friendly chat over a few slices on June 25, I discover that Mason had driven a fe … (read more)

Graduation 2021: West Rutland graduates celebrate hard work

WEST RUTLAND — Principal Jay Slenker proudly ushered in West Rutland School graduates on June 11, congratulating the class for its accelerated work toward college: through Vermont’s Flexible Pathways Initiative, 47% of the class completed at least one col … (read more)

Otter Valley class of ’21 graduates

BRANDON — On a sunny, beautiful day that saw 76 Otter Valley Union High School seniors graduate on a well-spaced Markowski Field, in observance of loosened pandemic guidelines, Principal Jim Avery said afterward that the event was a “brand new way to hold … (read more)