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When you become part of the Waitsfield and Champlain Valley Telecom family, you’re joining a one hundred year old organization that values its employees and recognizes the important contribution each one makes to our company’s success.
The 2018 Mad River Valley Telephone Directory is hot off the press and arriving in area mailboxes. Additional copies of the telephone directory are available at the Waitsfield and Champlain Valley business office as well as various distribution locations throughout the area. Read the rest of this entry »
Waitsfield and Champlain Valley Telecom is pleased to announce the recipients of the 2018 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 Eric Haskin, President and CEO of Waitsfield and Champlain Valley Telecom. This year’s recipients were as follows:
Champlain Valley Union High School – Abigail Francis
Harwood Union High School – Camille King
Mount Abraham Union High School – Kameryn Norse
Mount Mansfield Union High School – Ryan Tice
Middlebury Union High School – Lanelle Hogan-Mairs
Vergennes High School – Jayna Duffy
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 Eric 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.”
Gregg L. Haskin, 54, of Berlin, VT died unexpectedly on June 6, 2018 at his home in Berlin. Eric Haskin will now take over leadership of Waitsfield and Champlain Valley Telecom maintaining the family legacy.
Gregg was born May 15, 1964 in Montpelier to the late Eleanor (Farr) and Dana L. Haskin, Jr. Gregg was a 1982 graduate of Harwood Union High School. While in high school he discovered an interest in accounting and went on to attend Bentley College in Waltham, MA. All through high school and college Gregg worked at the family business, Waitsfield Champlain Valley Telecom, alongside his parents, brother and sister, assisting installers, line crew, splicers or helping at the central office. Early in 1999 he became Controller of the company and eventually Chief Financial Officer. He often called his co-workers at the company his “telephone family”.
Gregg had many hobbies and interests. He attained the rank of Eagle Scout in Troop 100 of Waitsfield, obtained his private pilot license, enjoyed golf, volunteering for animal rescue groups, going to camp, family events, his beloved Patriots and traveling, especially to Las Vegas. However his true passion was cars. What started out as “mud bogging” evolved into a professional racing career and Gregg and his vehicle “Risky Business” made numerous appearances in televised races on TNN and ESPN. More recently he discovered drag racing and was in the process of building a top sportsman car to race at NHRA events. Gregg spent many happy hours with his pals in his garage shop.
On September 8, 1996 he married his wife Roberta. At first they resided at the Haskin camp in East Warren and moved to Berlin in 1997. Gregg and Roberta had a common love of animals that resulted in many cats and dogs becoming their fur babies over the years. They enjoyed their home, having friends and family to their camp, regular trips to the Outer Banks of North Carolina and traveling.
Gregg is survived by his wife, Roberta, brother Eric (Anna) of Waitsfield, brother Scott of Florida, nieces and nephews; Kianna Haskin, Samantha Simms, Shannon Simms, Derrick Haskin, Michael Simms and Jacob Simms, uncle Father Jay Haskin and aunt Ann Haskin Ways, as well as his extended family of brothers and sisters–in-laws, nieces and nephews and many, many friends. Gregg was predeceased by his sister, Susan Haskin Simms, on July 14, 2003. He will be missed by his loyal companions Cheddar, Biscuit, Brie and Manny.
In the end it was Villanova beating Michigan … at the end of our 2018 WCVT March Mania contest it was:
1st Place – Abigail Perlee – $200.00 Von Trapp Gardens in Waitsfield
2nd Place – Stephen Peterson – $100.00 Gift Certificate to The Richmond Market in Richmond
3rd Place – Maureen Parent – $75.00 Gift Certificate to Red Wagon Plants in Hinesburg
4th Place – Katherine Long – $50.00 Gift Certificate to Horsford’s Gardens in Charlotte
5th Place – Jeremy Tretiak – $30.00 Gift Certificate to The Bristol Cliffs Cafe in Bristol
Congratulations winners and thanks to all our amazing local businesses for the great prizes! Hope everyone had fun playing our March Mania contest. Until next year folks … and we’re onto baseball. Go Sox!
As you may have heard, the Federal Communication’s Commission (FCC) voted on December 14, 2017 to overturn certain Net Neutrality protections. So what is Net Neutrality and what does this mean to me? First off, please know that we happen to disagree with the ruling to overturn Net Neutrality rules and do not have any plans to change our business practices or how we provide your Internet service.
Net Neutrality was a fundamental guiding principle that the Internet was founded on an open Internet and prevented service providers from speeding up, slowing down, or blocking any type of content, applications, or websites. In addition, Net Neutrality also included certain consumer protections, as well as issues regarding privacy, site blocking issues and preferential service (Internet fast lanes), which may be based on agreements or fees paid.
As a rural, Independent telecommunications company, we are regulated differently than the large national telecommunications providers. When Net Neutrality was made law, the rules didn’t change for us. We were already regulated under Federal Communications Act Title II rules and were adhering to certain consumer protections including stringent privacy protections in operating our network. We have never stored any user information regarding websites visited, nor do we have any business relationships with any third party organizations that might be interested in obtaining that data. As a result of changes in the Net Neutrality law, we will not change any of our business practices.
However, as a small Internet Service Provider, we are concerned that the large national telecommunications providers may seek deals that will isolate or block the services of smaller providers like us. We are very much in favor of rules that allow everyone a fair playing field and we view that overturning Net Neutrality rules runs counter to this. With the amount of attention that Net Neutrality has recently received, we believe that we will not see any impacts in the short-term. The Vermont Congressional delegation is pro Net Neutrality and is working to take measures to pass legislation to protect consumers and keep the Internet open for all.
Waitsfield and Champlain Valley Telecom (WCVT) employees donated more than $7,500 to the American Red Cross to help with hurricane relief efforts. Employees raised funds through a company-wide raffle, individual donations and through the company’s Contributions Committee.
Our thoughts continue to be with the many people whose lives were so severely impacted by hurricanes in Texas, Florida and Puerto Rico,” said Gregg Haskin, President and CEO of Waitsfield and Champlain Valley Telecom. “We are extremely proud of our employees’ generosity and willingness to help those in need.”
Waitsfield Cable Standard and Preferred customers can now get access to NESN content through the NESNgo website. To access, you must first register for access to WatchTVeverywhere.
WatchTVeverywhere streams some of your favorite channels and programming to your tablet, smartphone, laptop and other devices from anywhere you can receive an Internet signal: inside your house, at the office, hotel, airport, vacation home and everywhere. And best of all, WatchTVeverywhere is free with your Waitsfield Cable Standard or Preferred subscription.
For more information and to register for access, click here
Valley resident, Anneka Williams has been awarded a $2,500.00 scholarship from the Foundation for Rural Service (FRS). FRS is a charitable foundation and was founded by the NTCA – The Rural Broadband Association, an organization representing independent, community based telecommunication companies. Anneka was nominated by Waitsfield and Champlain Valley Telecom (WCVT), who is an active member of NTCA.
“We congratulate Anneka on her efforts as she is definitely deserving of this honor. We wish her the best of luck as she starts her college career at Bowdoin this month,” said Roger Nishi, Vice President of Industry Relations for WCVT.
FRS provides a variety of programs, ranging from youth-based initiatives and educational materials to consumer awareness and rural economic development. The FRS Scholarship Program is made possible through the generosity of independent telecommunications companies operating in rural areas across the United States and Canada and the companies that provide goods and services to these companies.