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.
We have been notified by Vermont PBS that effective January 16, 2017, PBS World (Channel 139) will change to PBS Kids. PBS Kids is devoted to educational programming for kids featuring series such as Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood, Sesame Street, Wild Kratts and more.
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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!
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 tuning 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.
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!
Waitsfield and Champlain Valley Telecom recently sponsored its annual fall Red Cross blood drive on Thursday, September 22nd at their main business office in Waitsfield, Vermont. According to Eric Haskin, V.P. Network for WCVT and event organizer, “The blood drive was a huge success with a total of 43 pints of blood being was collected. I would like to personally thank everyone who donated blood, or volunteered to help make the event a success.”
Please be advised, beginning in early late September and continuing through the middle of October, disturbances to signal reception may occur when the sun passes directly behind a satellite. The intense energy of the sun overpowers the signal from the satellite. You may experience anything from slight signal degradation to complete signal loss. This usually lasts less than a few minutes, and occurs in the afternoon. Exact dates and times of these outages depend on your geographical location and satellite viewed. This is a natural phenomenon that affects both satellite and cable company reception. For more information, please contact our Customer Service Department at 496-5800.
The latest issue of our Business Connections Magazine is hot off the press and out for mail delivery. This issue spotlights Bristol Works!, a redevelopment project in Bristol, benefits of Managed Business Class Wi-Fi and more. Read the most recent issue of our Business Connections Magazine and let us know what you think.
Waitsfield and Champlain Valley Telecom is pleased to announce the recipients of the 2016 Eunice B. Farr Incentive Award scholarships. “It is a pleasure to award these scholarships on an annual basis. We wish these motivated students the best of luck in their future endeavors,” said Gregg Haskin, President and CEO of Waitsfield and Champlain Valley Telecom. This year’s recipients were as follows:
Champlain Valley Union High School – Cooper Bolduc – Shelburne
Harwood Union High School – Madison D’Amico – Waterbury
Mount Abraham Union High School – Kylie Brown – Bristol
Mount Mansfield Union High School – Sierra Gempka – Jericho
Middlebury Union High School – Kylie Scheck – E. Middlebury
Vergennes High School – Nikkilette Salley – Ferrisburgh
Each year, Waitsfield and Champlain Valley Telecom grants six scholarships, one to each of the public high schools that students from our service area attend. These scholarships are donated in memory of the late Eunice B. Farr, former owner and operator of the Waitsfield-Fayston Telephone Company and grandmother of Gregg Haskin. The criteria of the scholarship is as follows, “The award should be presented to a graduating senior that plans subsequent education, be it college or trade school. The faculty should select an individual that has shown a steady improvement in his or her academics, but is not necessarily at the top of the class. The award is designed to benefit a hard working graduate that his or her instructors have found to demonstrate a sincere effort to improve grades/results and plans continuing education.”