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      WELCOME NEW UJ MEMBERS   06/25/2017

      It seems the word is out and UJ is enjoying a steady stream of newly Registered Members. Welcome to all of you, and we are all looking forward to your positive participation. I strongly suggest you review the Board Guidelines that have been in place since 2002. The most significant thing being that UJ is a NO POLITICS BOARD. LInk:  UJ BOARD GUIDELINES   Also UJ stays afloat mainly through Member Donations. Once a Donation is made you are placed in the Contributing Member Group with extra Priviliges. I am getting very few new Donations so hopefully this will spur that on a bit. Link:  New Members/Donations/Priviliges
aje4

Rutland, VT area? Possible Relocation

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aje4

What can you tell me about the Rutland area?  We lived in NH for 7 years prior to moving out to WI.  I'm an avid hunter, fisher, hiker, camper, ice fisher.....tell me the good and the bad.  Schools? Housing? Taxes?   Thanks

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aje4

Btw, my kids love to ski so Killington would be nice.....

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Millriver

Two words: Lake Champlain. At least for fishing, both hard and soft water, and for waterfowl hunting. An easy drive from Rutland for sure. I'm from Western Massachusetts and love the entire state for everything you enjoy. The state parks have great camping. The Long Trail is there for you to hike (as is the brewery 👍).

 

There are certainly others on this board more knowledgeable than I, but I do love my time spent  in Vermont. Good luck!

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Field Grade

Rutland itself is not a terribly picturesque city, at least outside the downtown proper. It has alot of strip malls and box stores and fast food joints.

 

But travel several miles in any direction and you have mountains, lakes, streams, skiing, hunting, fishing, hiking, quaint New England villages, and all the other outdoor pursuits you mentioned.

 

I like Mad River Glen alot, a little over an hour north off Rte. 100. It's a throwback ski area with a 2-mile-long single chair and narrow, twisty old-time New England ski runs and glades.

 

There's Sugarbush next door to it for a much more expansive, modern ski hill.

 

I don't know all that much about schools, taxes or cost of living but as far as outdoor activities it's a winner.

 

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Brad Eden

I wouldn't mind living ina town in New England called Rutland. Cool name if nothing else.

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henryrski
1 hour ago, Brad Eden said:

I wouldn't mind living ina town in New England called Rutland. Cool name if nothing else.

I thought you lived in Mud Gulch and liked that name.

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Dogwood

Did not know that Lake Champlain has good waterfowl hunting; divers/layout or puddle ducks?

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pa'tridge hunters
2 hours ago, Brad Eden said:

I wouldn't mind living ina town in New England called Rutland. Cool name if nothing else.

You could change where you live now to Rutland. Doubt anyone would notice. Those that did might just like it too.

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Millriver
3 hours ago, Dogwood said:

Did not know that Lake Champlain has good waterfowl hunting; divers/layout or puddle ducks?

Since I'm not a duck hunter, I can't say for sure. I know everywhere I fish there there are blinds all over!

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Pat Berry
On 12/5/2017 at 9:44 AM, Field Grade said:

Rutland itself is not a terribly picturesque city, at least outside the downtown proper. It has alot of strip malls and box stores and fast food joints.

 

But travel several miles in any direction and you have mountains, lakes, streams, skiing, hunting, fishing, hiking, quaint New England villages, and all the other outdoor pursuits you mentioned.

 

 

Bingo. If you judge Rutland by the strip of development chaos that runs along route 7 through town, you'd miss all of the incredible stuff around it. I go through Rutland all the time (including this morning) and I am always impressed by the beauty of the landscape to the west and south (although it's beautiful in any direction).

 

If you take a look at a satellite image of the surrounding area, you'll see countless lakes to the northwest, all of which provide exceptional fishing. In addition to the excellent waterfowl hunting in the Lake Champlain flyway, there is a series of wetland complexes that runs for over 30 miles north to the town of Middlebury. Again, look at a satellite image. There is very good woocock and grouse hunting to the north and east, but you'll have to work hard to find some good covers. Once you do you'll never see anyone because no one around here seems to upland hunt. Camping, skiing, hiking, etc is everywhere.

 

The cost of living and property taxes are high almost anywhere you go in Vermont. The schools in Rutland are a mixed bag depending on where you call home. In general, Rutland is a town on the rise, and has developed a fruitful partnership with Castleton University for both downtown redevelopment and economic development. And the Paramount Theater in the old downtown is one of the greatest venues I've even been to.

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Irish Joe

I spent a week in VT this past summer. I enjoyed the people, the places and the entire trip very much. I wouldn't hesitate to go again.

My only regret is not getting to have a beer or two with Pat Berry.

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aje4

I appreciate all the comments so far....my family misses the mountains and close access to the ocean.  I'll let the recruitment play out further to see what happens.  So far it sounds just the way I thought it would.....

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Pat Berry
On 12/7/2017 at 9:30 PM, aje4 said:

I appreciate all the comments so far....my family misses the mountains and close access to the ocean.  I'll let the recruitment play out further to see what happens.  So far it sounds just the way I thought it would.....

 

Just shoot me a PM if you have any questions. Happy to help.

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