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 or the funeral home Facebook page.

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!


WCVT Hosts Red Cross Blood Drive

September 23rd, 2016

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.”


Technical Support Email Scam Alert

May 29th, 2016


Some of our customers have received a scam phishing email claiming to be from Technical Support. This email is a scam, please delete it if you receive it. If you have any questions, please give us a call. Here is the body of the email that some of our customers have received.

Waitsfield and Champlain Valley Telecom, Green Mountain.

We are having some technical Problem on Our Incoming Server And Outgoing Server To All Our Customer’s Web-mail User Which Requires Urgent Service Support; We Are Setting New Standards For Efficient And Effective Services To All Our Customers, To Complete This Process And Secure Your Mailbox Account, Please Login Your E-Mail Account For Service & Maintenance.
Click Here to Login Your E-mail Account for Service & Maintenance OR Copy this Link to your browser:

We apologise for any inconvenience caused due to this Maintenance


Maintenance Support Team.

Change in Waitsfield Cable Channel Lineup

May 20th, 2016

Effective May 31, 2016, we have been notified from in Demand that the following Pay-Per-View channels will no longer be available:

  • 502 (in Demand 4)
  • 503 (in Demand 5)

Please contact our Customer Service Department at 496-5800 with any questions.C