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Hallmark Movies & Mysteries Added to Waitsfield Cable Channel Line Up

February 16th, 2017

Hallmark Movies & Mysteries has been added to the Waitsfield Cable channel lineup (channel 65) in both standard and high-definition.  Hallmark Movies and Mysteries airs family-oriented  feature and made-for-tv movies along with a limited number of mystery-themed television series.

Hallmark Movies & Mysteries is available to Waitsfield Cable customers who subscribe to the Preferred Package. For more information, visit www.waitsfieldcable.com or contact our Customer Service Department at 496-5800.

Special Notice Regarding Waitsfield Cable Rates

February 1st, 2017

Due to the continued annual escalation in programming fees, including increases to continue to carry our local, regional and premium channels, the following rates will be effective March 1, 2017.  Please do not hesitate to contact our Customer Service Department at 496-5800 with any questions.

 Monthly Service Charges (effective March 1, 2017)*

Basic Service                           $29.25

Standard Service                     $79.90

Preferred Service                    $101.90

*A set-top box is required for each television.  Applicable VT sales tax and public, educational and government surcharges apply.

For more information on what continues to drive cable TV rate increases, visit www.tvonmyside.com.   As always, if you have any questions, please contact our Customer Service Department at 496-5800.

Waitsfield Cable Announces Change to Channel Line-Up

February 1st, 2017

Waitsfield Cable recently received notice that the CLOO Network (Channel 97) will permanently discontinue delivery of its programming effective February 1, 2017.

Waitsfield Cable is currently in the process of adding new channels to the lineup. Stay tuned for more information.

Click here to view the current Channel Guide.

Waitsfield and Champlain Valley Telecom to Partner with Pinnacle Publishing to Produce Mad River Valley Directory

January 31st, 2017

Waitsfield and Champlain Valley Telecom is pleased to announce a new partnership with Pinnacle Marketing Group to publish the 2017 Mad River Valley Directory.  Pinnacle Marketing Group specializes in publishing community directories for independent telephone companies throughout the United States. Representatives from Pinnacle will begin reaching out to Valley businesses by the end of the month to discuss advertising opportunities in this year’s directory.

The Mad River Valley Directory will be distributed to approximately 6,500 households, businesses, and other high profile tourist areas throughout the Mad River Valley.   Special features including the community interest pages and local history profile continue to make it the book of choice among Valley residents and tourists.

For more information, please contact Alan Jones, Directory Manager at 496.8328 or ajones@wcvt.com.

 

A Tribute to Dana L. Haskin, Jr.

January 18th, 2017

Dana L. Haskin, Jr. – 86, passed away peacefully surrounded by his family on January 16, 2017 at the University of Vermont Medical Center in Burlington. He was born to the late Dana L. Haskin, Sr. and Edith (Bryant) Haskin on August 31, 1930 in Providence, RI.

Dana was a 1949 graduate of Montpelier High School and then proudly pursued a military career culminating in 33 years of combined service as a Lt. Colonel in the United States Air Force and the Vermont Air National Guard. He served in the  Korean War as a left gunner on the B29 and with the Vermont Air Guard F89J Flight Group A. He received many medals and awards, notably the Air Force Commendation Medal and the Vermont National Guard Commendation Medal.

On March 23, 1952, he married Eleanor Farr in Waitsfield, Vermont. First living in Texas as Dana continued his service, they later returned to Waitsfield to help Eleanor’s mother operate the Waitsfield-Fayston Telephone Company, as it was known then. Throughout the 1960’s and 70’s, Dana and Eleanor invested their time and energy to grow the company, investing in technology to bring state of the art telephone, cable TV and eventually Internet service to the Mad River Valley. In 1994, the company expanded its customer base to additional communities in the Champlain Valley and is now known as Waitsfield & Champlain Valley Telecom. Dana was immensely proud of the company and all who helped build it. Dana and Eleanor raised four children, two that continue to run the company today.

Dana was an active community member serving as past-president of TANE (Telephone Association of New England), was one of the founding members of the Mad River Valley Ambulance Service, a member of the Waitsfield Volunteer Fire Department, and for many years taught Hunter Safety Education. He enjoyed the outdoors, hunting, fishing, collecting and researching firearms, time at ‘camp’, spending time with his family and many canine companions over the years.

Dana was predeceased by his loving wife of 63 years, Eleanor G. Haskin on May 3, 2015, and daughter Susan Haskin Simms on July 14, 2003. Dana is survived by son Eric and his wife Anna of Waitsfield, son Gregg and his wife Roberta of Berlin, son Scott of Hinesburg, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, a sister Ann Haskin Ways of Glendale, CA and brother Father Jay Haskin of Stowe. Dana was also predeceased by his stepmother, Marguerite Haskin.

Funeral services will be held at the Waitsfield United Church of Christ on Tuesday, January 24, 2017 at 11 a.m. with a reception to follow at Waitsfield Telecom in Waitsfield. Interment services with full military honors will be held in the Waitsfield Village Cemetery this spring. In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts would be appreciated to the Mad River Valley Ambulance Service, PO Box 305, Waitsfield, VT 05673. Assisting the family is the Perkins-Parker Funeral Home and Cremation Service in Waterbury. To send online condolences please visit www.perkinsparker.com or the funeral home Facebook page.

SERVICES
Funeral Service

Tuesday, January 24, 2017 – 11:00 AM

Waitsfield United Church Of Christ
4335 Main Street
Waitsfield, Vermont 05673
 
A reception will follow the service at Waitsfield and Champlain Valley Telecom.

And The Winners of 2017 WCVT Pickit Bowl Challenge Are…….

January 10th, 2017

And the winners of our 2017 WCVT Pickit Bowl Challenge are… (drum roll)…Clemson and………..

1st Place – William Sprano ($150.00 to Kitchen Table Bistro in Richmond)
2nd Place – Doug Thorburn ($100.00 to Tourterelle Restaurant in New Haven)
3rd Place – Roger Marum ($75.00 to Bob Cat Cafe in Bristol)
4th Place – Richard Lucia  ($50 to Hinesburgh Public House in Hinesburg)
5th Place – Linda Fiess ($40.00 to Home Plate Restaurant in Waitsfield)

6th Place – Joshua Schwartz  ($25.00 to Old Brick Store in Charlotte)

Congratulations winners – we will be contacting you directly with more information. And to everyone else, thanks for playing. March Madness next!

Updated Cable TV Online Program Guide

November 4th, 2016

Waitsfield Cable’s Interactive Program Guide has a fresh new look as a result of a recent upgrade that took place on Wednesday, November 16th.   The on screen cable guide now has a sleek HD user interface, but with the same intuitive navigation as before and easier to use features.  Enjoy the following new features:

  • HD Auto-Tune – now you can always enjoy your favorite shows in the best resolution. When iguidetuning to an SD channel, i-Guide will automatically tune to the HD equivalent (when available).
  • DVR Live buffer increases – the release increases buffering of HD content to 90 minutes (an increase of 15 minutes).
  • Six (6) channels at a glance – You can now view six channels with streamlined genre color coding (purple for movies, blue for kids and green for sports).

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact our Customer Service Department at 496-5800.

Employees Fight Hunger in Vermont

September 29th, 2016

A group of WCVT employees spent the day at Boyer’s Orchard in Monkton and picked apples to fight hunger in Vermont.  During this past harvest season, companies throughout Vermont picked or bought apples at local orchards to donate to the VT Foodbank. The WCVT crew picked over 1,500 pounds of apples for the cause. The program is a win-win for everyone. Fresh, local fruit is distributed to needy families throughout Vermont, local orchards benefit with increased sales and exposure, and companies experience a day of teamwork and fun.

Great job VT Foodbank, Boyer’s Orchard, and Team WCVT!

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