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Here’s the Very Important follow-up to today’s mac and cheese story: the winning ingredients!

Hint: There was more than macaroni and cheese. 

The five official macaroni and cheese judges compare tasting notes on one of the 17 entrants in the Vermont Mac and Cheese Challenge at Artisan’s Park in Windsor, Vt., Sunday, Sept. 9, 2018. The judges were, clockwise from left, Meredith Fitzgerald, of Haverhill, Mass., member of the American Cheese Society, Graham Kist, of Hartford, Conn., a food writer and barbecue judge, Ben Parker, of New York City, a sales rep with salami maker Charlito’s Cocina, Mary Tuthill, of Waitsfield, Vt., head cheesemonger at Mad River Taste Place, and Faith Raymond of the Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Food and Markets. (Valley News – James M. Patterson) Copyright Valley News. May not be reprinted or used online without permission. Send requests to permission@vnews.com.

The entry that judges said was the best macaroni and cheese at the 6th annual Vermont Mac & Cheese Challenge in Windsor on Sunday had everything from wild boar to edamame in it. Chef Joseph Madzia of the Omni Mount Washington Resort said the winning Wild Boar and Short Rib Mac and Cheese included smoked Tilsit Cheddar cheese, tomatoes, smoked baby carrots, edamame and mushrooms.

“We made a barbecue sauce for it. It was a Harissa and pineapple barbecue sauce, and then we did fried onions on top that we dusted with the maple Castleton crackers,” he said in a phone interview on Monday.

“There was a lot going on,” he added.

Chef Joseph, who grew up in Ohio and has been at the Bretton Woods, N.H., hotel for three years, said it was his first time at the Windsor-based competition.

“It was very exciting. There were more people then what we expected, but we were ready for them,” he said. “I think I looked down once, and looked up 10 minutes later and there were probably 1,000 more people in the room.”

Madzia said the resort regularly offers mac & cheese, but the winning entry is only available periodically as a special.

The verdict is in: The athletic community in Windsor really appreciates Bob Hingston

Windsor athletic director Bob Hingston stands in front of the newly-minted Windsor High Athletic Wall of Fame on Sept. 15, 2009, begun to honor the school’s top athletes and their accomplishments. (Valley News – Catalin Abagiu) Copyright Valley News. May not be reprinted or used online without permission. Send requests to permission@vnews.com.

Check out the video of all of the comments on our Facebook page in the tweet below, and read the story about Bob Hingston’s latest award at the Valley News website.

Cornish-Windsor covered bridge has reopened after it was closed due to ‘a truck damaging the interior’

UPDATE: Here’s the Valley News report.

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Cornish police photograph.

 

The temporary closing this morning was announced by the Cornish Fire Department.

 

Hey, everybody. Stop. Hitting. CoveredBridges.

Here’s the Cornish Police news release:

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Photo galleries: Upper Valley sports championships! bc SPORTS!

Windsor sophomore sensation Olivia Rockwood cuts a piece of the net with the rest of her teammates after they defeated Thetford 51-34 to win the Division III state championship in Barre, Vt., on March 10, 2018. (Valley News – Geoff Hansen) Copyright Valley News. May not be reprinted or used online without permission. Send requests to permission@vnews.com

We <3 sports and we <3 photos, so photo galleries of sports are a pretty great thing, and the Valley News photography staff have put together four of them for state championship teams.

(As a reminder, you can always browse all of our photo galleries — find the link about halfway down on the www.vnews.com homepage!)

Sharon Academy head coach Blake Fabrikant is mobbed by his team at the buzzer as they defeated Danville, 60-56, to win the Division IV state championship in Barre, Vt., on March 19, 2018. In eight state final appearances by three sports in school history, the 60-56 win was the first title for a team in school history. (Valley News – Geoff Hansen) Copyright Valley News. May not be reprinted or used online without permission. Send requests to permission@vnews.com.