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Nobody was injured when an apparent lightning strike ignited a fire at home in Vershire last night. Read more.


After cutting away an area of cedar shake siding with a chainsaw firefighters examine where lightning was suspected to have traveled down the side of Donna Goldberg’s house on Taylor Valley Road in Vershire, Vt., on July 17, 2018. The early 1970s-era house was unoccupied, undergoing renovations and is insured. (Valley News – Geoff Hansen) Copyright Valley News. May not be reprinted or used online without permission. Send requests to permission@vnews.com.


p.s. Our friends at the Concord Monitor report that lightning caused three fires in New Hampshire.

Emergency 90-minute power outage planned for Fairlee area this evening from midnight until 1:30 Thursday morning

Here’s a press release from Green Mountain Power:


Green Mountain Power will need to interrupt power tonight to 1800 customers in parts of Fairlee, West Fairlee, Vershire, Strafford and Thetford in order to safely repair broken equipment. The interruption will begin tonight at midnight and last until approximately 1:30 Thursday morning.

The areas affected include:

  • In Fairlee –  most of Fairlee including areas along VT Route 244, US Route 5, Lake Morey Rd & Redmond Rd.
  • In West Fairlee – most of West Fairlee including along VT Route 113, Beaver Meadow Rd, Middlebrook Rd,  & Blood Brook Rd.
  • In Vershire – the south-west portion of Vershire along S. Vershire Rd, Vershire Center Rd, & Taylor Valley Rd.
  • In Strafford – the north-west portion of Strafford along Old City Falls Rd, Miller Pond Rd, & Sawnee Bean Rd.
  • In Thetford – northern sections of Thetford along Sawnee Bean Rd, VT Route 113, VT Route 244 Quinibeck Rd & US Route 5 south to Cider Mill Rd.

Good news and gratitude in Vershire

(The following was written by Ethel Pike and posted on the Vershire listserve. It is reposted here with her permission. GIF curation by yours truly. Thanks, Ethel!)

I was reminded yesterday of how truly wonderful our town is. At 72, I find myself not as strong nor as energetic as I use to be. Not a surprise to me or you. I find I must do what until recently I rarely did.

This year, I asked if I could play a piano while pet sitting
I WAS GIFTED a piano to play!
I didn’t have the money to move it.
I asked a fellow if he might help and to my utter surprise
A TRUCK and A TEAM OF 5 delivered it !

A few days ago I inquired about some garden manure and I asked if he had any idea of how to move it. I was thinking by the pail-full.

Yesterday, I was slow moving and dreading the coming cold. When the dog kicked up a fuss, I went to investigate. First there was the fellow who came to finish bucking up a tree that fell in Spring. As I went to put on a sweater, there came a knock at the door, I heard “Manure movers, where do you want us to put it?”

Two lads were there and gone in a flash. It would have taken me most of the day to move it!

I AM FILLED TO EVERY CORNER WITH GRATITUDE AND LOVE for the Gift of this place, and the people in it.