An email forum for the Upper Valley of VT and NH

Statement of Purpose

This email list is a discussion forum for topics specific to the Upper Valley. It is not an 'official' list set up by the town government. It is open to anyone who wants to participate. Residents are encouraged to subscribe and post; non-residents may subscribe, but are asked not to post.

Posting Guidelines

Summary – Keep it Local, Keep it Civil, Limit Commercial Postings to twice a Month and private classified ads to once a week.

No anonymous posts – If your first and last name are not obvious from your email address, please sign your post.

The intent is to keep the discussion on and about the Upper Valley. The issue doesn't need to be unique to the Upper Valley, but it must be specific to the Upper Valley. Subscribers to the list are assumed to be in agreement about that simple constraint. If in doubt about whether a topic is appropriate for our list, consider this: If there are other online forums, such as email lists, news groups or blogs that address your issue, please take your discussion to one of them.

Some examples:

  • Discussion of legislation in Concord/Montpelier or Washington is ok if it addresses an Upper Valley issue.
  • Discussion of national or state issues in the context of a warned town meeting resolution is ok.
  • Announcements for meetings, rallies or demonstrations in the Upper Valley, or for car pools leaving from the Upper Valley are ok.
  • Forwarding content of emails or web sites that are not related to the Upper Valley is absolutely not ok.
  • Forwarding of copyrighted content is (obviously) not ok.

General Rules

This discussion list operates on the assumption that list postings will be civil and respectful to other list members. No abusive or threatening postings will be allowed. Anyone engaging in what the administration of Vital Communities considers to be abusive language or threats directed towards another list member may have posting privileges revoked.

Because this list is set up for the convenience of the community, occasional announcements from businesses in the Upper Valley are o.k. (for example, a new business in town, information about a business service offered in conjunction with a public event taking place in town, or a one-time listing about babysitting). In no case should any business (small or large) use the discussion list for frequent repetitive business promotion. Posting commercial announcements more often than twice monthly may annoy your neighbors and bring a warning from the list administrator.

In order to keep this discussion list useful and dynamic, there should be no verbatim forwarding of content that has already appeared elsewhere. If an article has appeared on the web that would be appropriate to reference in the context of a discussion on this list, please just include the address for the web page on which the article appears. the web page on which the article appears. (This may also be appropriate for lengthy blog-like posts that appear elsewhere – just summarize your point and link to the source.) It is inappropriate to post the content of any private correspondence to or from a list member without the express permission of all correspondents involved.

Please note that it is the intent of this discussion list to center on issues and events directly affecting this particular area. It is specifically a venue for general announcements about Upper Valley events. Subscribers who regularly post to multiple lists will be warned and eventually suspended.

And as a final reminder, this list is only available in DIGEST form, not as individual emails. The reason for this decision is that we wanted to ensure equal opportunity for occasional and heavy computer users alike. The digest posts in one or two parts depending on the volume of the posts that day at varying times early am.

The administration of Vital Communities reserves the right to warn, suspend, or permanently exclude any list subscriber for any abuse or infringement of these list rules and guidelines. To contact Vital Communities with comments or to bring specific issues to their attention, write to

Legal Disclaimer

Vital Communities does not control and assumes no legal or editorial responsibility for any content distributed through the community discussion lists. Content is generated by individual subscribers, who each bear responsibility for their individual postings. Content posted to the discussion lists is automatically distributed to the subscribers and Vital Communities cannot retract or modify any such content before it is sent to subscribers. All historical content is publicly accessible in the archives (Vital Communities can remove content from the archives after the fact upon request from the original poster). Volunteer individual discussion list administrators in each town are responsible for post-facto monitoring of the content of a town discussion list and may, at their own discretion, issue private warnings to individual subscribers or public guidelines to the entire discussion list if, in their sole judgment, any of the Posting Guidelines or General Rules are repeatedly violated.

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