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As another ski season looms, travel and quarantine requirements have fallen by the wayside while a renewed wave of COVID-19 surges, but Stowe’s hospitality industry has largely been left alone by the state to craft its own vaccination protocols and other protections for employees and guests.

Stowe’s population increased by nearly a thousand people over the past decade, and that increase may mean some growing pains when it comes to the town’s representation in Montpelier.

Despite the promise of a swift decision, the live music permit for Stowe Cider⁠ was finally approved on Sunday, nearly 45 days after it was last considered and the summer season had passed.

A 14-unit affordable housing project planned for Maple Street in Stowe received widespread support from people in the public and private sector as the town signed off on a pass-through grant for the project.

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The Lamoille South school district claims a high vaccination rate among its staff and students, but is not tracking actual numbers or requiring vaccinations, even as other school districts have chosen to do so.

Stowe photographer Robert Fahey is the featured artist for the month of September at the Penny Cluse Cafe, 169 Cherry St., Burlington.

Leaf Peeper

Bread & Puppet holds its annual Political Leaf Peeping to celebrate the fall landscape and the completion of another summer season with an afternoon of music, puppet shows and potato pancakes, Sunday, Sept. 26, 2 p.m., Bread & Puppet farm, 753 Heights Road, Glover.

This Saturday, a half century later, the folks who played in the first rugby games at Johnson State College will be the ones on the sidelines, the subjects of good-natured ribbings of scrums of days past, and the memories of boys no longer on this worldly pitch.

What do you miss? Learning to hoot like an owl? Hearing up-to-date political commentary from experts? Hearing about the underwater archeology of Lake Champlain or, perhaps, rum-running on the lake?

Lamoille Housing Partnership holds its annual meeting and a supporter appreciation event Monday, Sept. 27, 3:30-5:30 p.m., at River Arts Community Arts Center in Morrisville.

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To honor Vermonters lost to COVID-19, Vermont Interfaith Action hosts a memorial service on the lawn of the Statehouse in Montpelier Sunday, Sept. 19, 3 p.m.

The Stowe Republican town committee holds a reorganization meeting and cocktail social hour Saturday, Sept. 18, 4 p.m. at Stowe Bowl, 1613 Mountain Road.

Stowe Democratic Party Committee is holding its biannual reorganization meeting to elect members and officers Tuesday, Sept. 21, 5:30 p.m., outdoors at the gazebo by the Stowe Free Library.

Fall is a great time to plant heuchera, or coral bells, along with many other types of perennials.

Today’s kids; tomorrow’s Raiders. The Stowe Youth Soccer program’s first and second grade boys scrimmage over the weekend.

On Sept. 9, members of the Stowe High School cross country team stacked six cords of wood at the home of Susan and Barry Russo of Morristown.

A recent incident shows how the agency may be withholding incidents where vehicles impede traffic in the Notch, but don’t technically become stuck.

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