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Choose your own adventure with Ukraine

Chooseco, Waitsfield, publisher of the Choose Your Own Adventure (CYOA) gamebooks, has announced that it is donating 100% of book sales from its online store to two humanitarian groups helping Ukrainians on the front lines of their invasion by Russia.

Starting March 1, 2022, all profits from books purchased on www.CYOA.com (less shipping) will be split between Jose Andres’ World Central Kitchen and Razom For Ukraine. World Central Kitchen provides tens of thousands of meals daily to Ukrainian refugees in more than 30 mobile kitchens. Razom For Ukraine, founded during the Maidan revolution in 2014, provides critical medical supplies to the front lines of conflict and also works to amplify the voices of Ukrainians defending their country.

“This is Putin’s war of choice and it’s awful,” said CYOA editor Shannon Gilligan. “We sincerely hope that his next choices will be more sensible. Slava Ukraine.



New MRV Arts Board Members

Mad River Valley Arts has two new board members and a new vice president. Larissa Koch, Waitsfield, and Lori Klein, Warren, joined the board. Jean Sharry, Warren, was elected vice-president and Koch, secretary. An art student from Harwood will serve as a summer intern throughout the summer.

Koch and her husband moved to The Valley in 2019, purchased the Stowell Farm and began restoration of the barn, the first of several outbuildings they plan to convert and use for arts pursuits. She had a long connection with dance and worked for the Dance Program, Office of the Arts at Harvard University during and after her studies and graduation there.

Lori Klein returns for a third stint on the board. She came to The Valley with her parents to ski as a child and met her late husband Rick Klein here in 1980, moved here and ran Jackie Rose’s The Store until 1984 and had daughters Alixandra (39) and Diviner (37). She began making jewelry in 1990, which led to the creation of the Artisans’ Gallery partnership in 1995. She has just retired after 15 years as a shop shopper in the upstairs store at the Warren Store, leaving more time to be a “helpful grandmother,” the Mad River Valley Gallery and Arts.

Jean Sharry has created a new event, Earth and Fire, for the Festival Gallery later this summer to celebrate The Valley’s many skilled potters.

First cast of Lawson’s Double Sunshine Ruby Red Grapefruit

Lawson’s Finest Liquids welcomes spring with a first release of its most sought after specialty beer – Double Sunshine with Ruby Red Grapefruit. The dual IPA with Ruby Red Grapefruit flavor and aroma will be available for a limited time at retailers in Lawson’s Finest Liquids nine-state distribution area (VT, CT, MA, ME, NH, NJ, NY, PA and RI ) starting this week. .

Double Sunshine with Ruby Red Grapefruit was first dreamed up during a trip to Florida where company owners Sean and Karen Lawson fell in love with the refreshing, citrus-infused flavors of several IPAs they sipped along the way. Since the trip, they have never looked back and have brewed this iconic version of Double Sunshine every year.

The release of Double Sunshine with Ruby Red Grapefruit follows Hopzilla and Super Session #3 with Comet distribution. These beers are part of Lawson’s 2022 Finest Liquids specialty limited release schedule in the Northeast.

Announcement of Mad River Valley Rotary Meeting and Speaker Schedule

Mad River Valley Rotary invites non-members to attend meetings during the month of April.

On Wednesday, April 13, a 7 a.m. breakfast at Waitsfield United Church of Christ, hosted by Toast and Eggs, will feature Rebecca Baruzzi speaking about Mad River Valley Community Fund efforts from March 2020 to March 2022.

The club meets on Wednesday, April 20 at 5 p.m. on Zoom and the speaker will be new member Rob Perry.

On Wednesday, April 27, at a 7 a.m. breakfast at Waitsfield United Church of Christ, hosted by Toast and Eggs, the speaker will be new member Mike Bridgewater.



One of the makers of Osborn’s Massachusetts collection.

Warren photographer Lynn Obsorn, creator of Front Porch Portraits, photos of local families on their front porches during the COVID-19 pandemic, creates a new project featuring local makers. “I’ve had a great experience meeting all of the people I’ve taken portraits of during the pandemic, on their porches, alone or with family, friends and pets, including many of you. May -maybe you’ve seen them on the cinderblock walls of Meuhron or among the donuts of Entemann at the Village Grocery.” she says.

“I’m embarking on a new photo project, based on a project I did in Massachusetts (see attached https://lynnosborn.smugmug.com/Art-Application/). I know the Mad River Valley will have an incredible variety of manufacturers. Maybe not the population density to support a Zipper hospital like in my other hometown, but a lot more manufacturing and variety. If you or someone you know wants to be included in this group of people who mostly support each other using their hands, elbow grease included, let me know and I’ll start scheduling visits.Among other things, I think it’s important to both document and celebrate the older, practical work that is how things are built, made and repaired,” she said.

To suggest a local fabricator or volunteer to photograph, contact Obsorn at This email address is protected from spam. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Mad River Valley Rotary launches annual sponsorship campaign

Mad River Valley Rotary Club’s annual sponsorship program assists corporations with donations to support 30-40 organizations and projects. Every penny of every donation goes to a wide range of non-profit organization projects, primarily in the Valley. Funds are distributed to scholarships for Harwood students as well as support for seniors, Meals On Wheels, the local community food pantry, Mad River Path, Mad River Valley Ambulance, Scrag Mountain Music, the local libraries, Waitsfield Childrens Center, NOW and many other organizations. . Contact Bonnie Barnes at This email address is protected from spam. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.or Tom Emory at This email address is protected from spam. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or visit https://MRVRotary.org for more information.

WDEV adds ‘Eye on the World’ to its weekly schedule

The WDEV-Vermont news station launched the CBS program “Eye on the World” with host John Batchelor. This late-night news magazine will air weeknights from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. Guests will include experts in the fields of global politics, science, literature, economics and outer space
“We are very pleased to add ‘Eye on the World’ to our lineup. With ‘Eye on the World’, WDEV extends its commitment to news well into the evening hours,” said CEO Steve Cormier.

WDEV is independently owned and operated by the Radio Vermont Group. He can be heard on AM 550 and FM 96.1, 96.5, 98.3 and 101.9. As well as streaming on wdevradio.com.