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Chester board finds itself in a DRB dustup

By Shawn Cunningham ©2017 Telegraph Publishing LLC Chester’s planning and zoning functions continue to be problematic even after the adoption of “pro-business” changes to the Unified Development Bylaws earlier this year. Front2Back Landscaping owner Randy Miles complained to the Select Board at its June 14 meeting that the Development Review Board had denied his application. […]

Derry completes Genser buyout; Frog’s Leap Inn fails to sell

By Bruce Frauman ©2017 Telegraph Publishing LLC Applause broke out at the Londonderry Select Board meeting on Monday, June 19 when Town Administrator Stephanie Thompson said, “I am pleased to announce that as of  1 p.m. today we closed on the Genser property.” This marked the end of a six-year saga that began in August […]

Chester teen charged with two counts of sexual assault

By Cynthia Prairie and Shawn Cunningham ©2017 Telegraph Publishing LLC WHITE RIVER JUNCTION Following a monthlong investigation, Chester and Ludlow Police have charged an 18-year-old Chester man with two counts of sexual assault in incidents that occurred in October 2016 in Ludlow and in May 2017 in Chester to two separate victims. All are students […]

Downer steps down as zoning chief, Weston board taps interim

By Bruce Frauman © 2017 Telegraph Publishing LLC After only a month as Weston’s zoning administrator, Bruce Downer handed his resignation to the Weston Select Board on Tuesday, June 13. Downer also serves as a member of the Select Board. At its  meeting, the Select Board accepted the resignation and the recommendation of the Planning […]

The Telegraph welcomes Ruthie Douglas and ‘Chester Chatter’

I am pleased to announce that Ruthie Douglas is bringing her Chester Chatter column to Chester Telegraph readers. Before the internet and bloggers, there were community columns such as Chester Chatter that gave readers a glimpse into life down the street or on the other side of town. Her column has been a fixture for […]

UPDATE: ROUTE 103 NOW OPEN Route 103 South still closed as Hazmat cleanup continues

By Shawn Cunningham © 2017 Telegraph Publishing LLC At 8:30 a.m. on Wednesday, more than 18 hours after the 911 call that unleashed a large emergency Hazmat response, Chester and Springfield firefighters, ambulance crews, local and DMV police and other responders were still on the scene with Rt. 103 South closed east of the Chester-Andover […]

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  • Services in Chester for Ginevra Goldthwaite Finch

    Services in Chester for Ginevra Goldthwaite Finch

    Family and friends of Ginevra Goldthwaite Marsh Finch are welcome to celebrate her life at a graveside gathering and burial at 10 a.m. on Thursday, June 29, 2017 at the Pleasant View Cemetery, 893 High St. in Chester. Mrs. Finch was born March 15, 1923 and raised in Chester. She died on March 10, 2017, […]

  • UPDATE: I-91 Rockingham Bridge construction schedule

    UPDATE: I-91 Rockingham Bridge construction schedule

    The Vermont Agency of Transportation has begun replacing the bridges on I-91 over the Williams River in Rockingham. The projected completion date is May 18, 2020. Here is the anticipated construction schedule for the week of June, 19 2017. Golden Hill Road activities: Monday through Friday Continued steady truck traffic with traffic control present. Pumping […]

  • Grafton Select Board agenda for Monday, June 19, 2017

    Grafton Select Board agenda for Monday, June 19, 2017

    The Grafton Select Board will meet at 6 p.m. on Monday, June 19 at Grafton Town Garage, 220 Bell St. Below is its agenda. Adopt Agenda Minutes: June 5, 2017 Highway Report Signature for Cemetery Deed Signature for Sullivan, Powers & Co. Audit Agreement Open Paving, Chip Sealing, and Milling Bids Open Town Pond for […]

  • Truck inspection yields cause of yesterday's Hazmat leak

    Truck inspection yields cause of yesterday’s Hazmat leak

    By Shawn Cunningham © 2017 Telegraph Publishing, LLC One nail, sticking up as little as a quarter of an inch from the surface of a pallet punctured one plastic drum being carried on a Clean Harbors Environmental Services truck and closed Rt. 103 in Chester for nearly 20 hours starting on Tuesday afternoon, according to […]

  • Sun shines on 2017 Chester Alumni Day Parade

    Sun shines on 2017 Chester Alumni Day Parade

    ©2017-Telegraph Publishing LLC After several days of rain, the clouds parted just in time for the annual Chester Alumni Day Parade on Saturday, June 6. Chester architect Claudio Veliz shot these photos commemorating the event. Click any photo to launch the gallery.  

  • 2 named to Chester Planning Board, shoring up of Rt. 35 starts

    2 named to Chester Planning Board, shoring up of Rt. 35 starts

    By Shawn Cunningham © 2017  Telegraph Publishing LLC Leaving one of the three vacant positions still open, the Chester Select Board appointed two candidates to the Chester Planning Commission at its meeting on Wednesday, June 7. The board, which interviewed five candidates in executive sessions this spring, put Chester residents Tim Roper and Barre Pinske […]

  • Truck's leaking cargo spurs Hazmat response on Routes 103, 11

    Truck’s leaking cargo spurs Hazmat response on Routes 103, 11

    UPDATE: 9:30 p.m. Tuesday About 30 firefighters, state Hazmat team members, police and ambulance personnel remain on the scene of a hazardous materials incident tonight to help a crew from Clean Harbors Environmental Services cope with a cleanup of one of its trucks that was leaking liquid sodium nitrate. “The people here now will be […]

  • College News

    College News

    In late May, the University of Vermont, located in Burlington, conferred degrees on about 3,228 graduates. Approximately 1,116 graduates are from Vermont. The following local students earned degrees: Crystal Abbate of Cavendish graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology Michael Beith of Ludlow graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in English Devin […]

  • Grafton Planning Commission agenda for June 13

    Grafton Planning Commission agenda for June 13

    The Planning Commission for the town of Grafton will meet at 7 p.m. Tuesday, June 13 at Grafton Elementary School, 56 School St. It will begin with a public hearing on a minor subdivision before moving on to the Town Plan. Below is its agenda. Public Hearing Minor Subdivision Hearing | Iva Fisher for Kim […]

  • Avoiding bear, driver crashes truck in Londonderry

    Avoiding bear, driver crashes truck in Londonderry

    By Shawn Cunningham © 2017 Telegraph Publishing, LLC The driver of a tractor trailer who swerved to avoid hitting a bear on Route 11 yesterday ended up crashing his truck, slowing and even stopping traffic in the area. According to the Vermont State Police, at about 5:30 Thursday morning, Saul Hernandez, 38,  of Allentown, Pa., […]

  • UPDATE: I-91 Rockingham Bridge construction schedule

    UPDATE: I-91 Rockingham Bridge construction schedule

    © 2017 Telegraph Publishing LLC The Vermont Agency of Transportation has begun replacing the bridges on I-91 over the Williams River in Rockingham. The projected completion date is May 18, 2020. Here is the anticipated construction schedule for the week of June, 12 2017. Monday thru Friday: Southbound left lane is closed on I-91 over […]

  • Andover Select Board agenda for June 12

    Andover Select Board agenda for June 12

    The Select Board for the Town of Andover will meet at 6:30 p.m. on Monday, June 12 at Town Offices, 953 Weston-Andover Road. Below is its agenda. 1. Call Select Board meeting to order. 2. Act on Agenda. 3. Act on Minutes: Act on minutes from May 22nd meeting. 4. New Business: A. Chester Snowmobile […]

  • Chester Select Board special meeting agenda for June 14

    Chester Select Board special meeting agenda for June 14

    The Chester Select Board will hold a special meeting at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, June 14 at Town Hall, 556 Elm St. Below is its agenda. Citizen Comments Chester Snowmobile Club Request (added) Vermont Journal (deleted) Public hearing – Bicycle/Pedestrian Grant Application for Depot Street VTrans Grants In Aid Pilot Program (added) EMS Building Feasibility […]

  • UPDATE: Tractor trailer accident will slow Londonderry traffic

    UPDATE: Tractor trailer accident will slow Londonderry traffic

    UPDATE:Although the Vermont State Police at the Westminster Barracks said they didn’t know where the accident was, an alert Telegraph reader tells us that it occurred near Glebe Mountain Nursery. © Telegraph Publishing, LLC A tractor trailer that slid off the road in Londonderry will cause traffic delays for three to four hours on Route […]

  • Derry should see Genser teardown, salt shed construction start soon

    Derry should see Genser teardown, salt shed construction start soon

    By Bruce Frauman ©2017 Telegraph Publishing LLC Several major projects – long in the works in Londonderry – appear to be moving to resolution this month. At its Monday, June 5 meeting, the Londonderry Select Board heard that the closing on the buyout of the flooded Genser property should happen within a month, and that […]

  • Vermont State Police Incident Log for Feb. 8 to April 17

    Vermont State Police Incident Log for Feb. 8 to April 17

    © 2017 Telegraph Publishing LLC Editor’s Note: The Vermont State Police incident report is a sampling of incidents directly from the Vermont State Police. We do not identify individual victims of crimes nor those who have been arrested. Wednesday, Feb. 8 – Londonderry – Just before 5 a.m. police received a report of a break-in […]

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