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Adapting to the COVID-19 pandemic, many Lamoille County restaurants and bars moved patrons outside to stay afloat. Now, as the crisp air turns from charming to crushing, what happens?

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Lamoille County Sen. Rich Westman was one of a handful of Vermont lawmakers who received an anonymous postcard earlier this week demanding the arrest of House Speaker Mitzi Johnson “and her associates.”

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After almost 43 years of cutting hair in Morrisville, Art Hamel has decided to throw in the towel. And the scissors, clippers, brushes and all the other accoutrements of a life in barbering.

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Stowe businesses that want to put up tents or other sheltered structure through the winter in order to bring their business outside will be allowed to without having to go through the zoning process.

Election News

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Anyone hoping to vote by mail in the Nov. 3 general election should have completed ballots in the mail by Saturday.

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As money rolls into Lamoille County legislative campaign coffers, the question in one of the election races isn’t just how much money has been raised, but who has been writing the checks.

Election Letters

The Oct. 22 edition of the paper was the last one to publish election-related letters. We will not publish election letters in the last edition before the vote on Nov. 3, because there would be no opportunity to correct errors or other problems before people went to the polls.

rk Miles, Inc., a third-generation, family-owned business with locations in Morrisville and Stowe won the 2020 University of Vermont’s Grossman School of Business Multi-Generation Family Business Award on Friday, Oct. 2.

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Three local chambers are using a $30,000 grant to promote the best of Route 100. Mad River Valley Chamber of Commerce, Stowe Area Association and Revitalizing Waterbury received $30,000 in Restart Vermont regional marketing and stimulus grants to promote the rugged, mountain corridor that links Stowe to the Mad River Valley.

There’s a new podiatrist in town. Dr. Ciara Hollister has joined Copley Hospital’s Mansfield Orthopaedic team.

Christine Hallquist is joining NEK Broadband to help the organization get every home and business in the Northeast Kingdom hooked up to a fiber-optic internet connection.

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Stowe’s varsity boys’ golf team is the best in the state — again. The win gave Stowe its fifth state championship in golf in the last six seasons; the Raiders claimed four straight Division 3 titles before moving up to Division 2 last year.

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Stowe’s high school sports squads are headed into their respective postseasons.

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Chicks with Stix, a super fun girls ice hockey group for ages 7-13 meets 12 Mondays at Stowe Arena from 5-6 p.m. starting Nov. 2. Contact Clea James at bareau@hotmail.com or 802-324-2724 for info on how to register.

Dine Stowe takes place Oct. 25-31, and 16 restaurants in Stowe will offer specialty menus for dine-in, take-out and curbside.

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On Saturday, Oct. 24, 4:30 p.m. the Stowe and Morrisville Rotary Clubs will hold a ceremony at the Stowe March of Dimes Monument on the Mayo Farm Road in Stowe to recognize the club’s efforts to combat the worldwide polio epidemic.

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Lamoille County is holding a Register to Vote Day, Saturday, Oct. 24, from 11 a.m.- 2 p.m. at four sites: Jeffersonville/Cambridge roundabout; Big Lots/McDonalds Shopping Center; Johnson Main Street; and Stowe Main Street.

Detail of “Madrid,” 1988, from artist Dona McAdams’s “Some Women” collection. McAdams is currently exhibiting at Helen Day Art Center in Stowe.

Local citizens take to Johnson’s Main Street to capture the attention of passersby and motorists about causes and candidates.

Art Hamel in barbershop, which he recently sold after 43 years of service.

From left, fourth generation Henry Miles accepts the UVM Grossman School of Business Multi-Generation Family Business Award with third generation owners Christine and Joe Miles of rk Miles.

Framed by fall’s foliage, snow dusted Mount Mansfield for the first time this fall as skiers and boarders anticipate a COVID ski season. Uncertain, sure, but winter sports aficionados are a hardy lot.

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