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Johnny Seesaw’s razed to rise again

By Cherise Madigan © 2018 Telegraph Publishing LLC PERU After years of decay, the original Johnny Seesaw’s restaurant is gone, but in its place will rise a new restaurant that owners hope will reflect the personality of the previous owners and love that the surrounding community had for it. The revival is the result of […]

Chester begins zoning audit

By Shawn Cunningham © 2018 Telegraph Publishing, LLC As it continues to work on the required update of the Town Plan, the Chester Planning Commission is also embarking – with the help of planning consultant Brandy Sexton – on an audit of Chester’s zoning regulations. The first steps in the work were unveiled at a […]

Derry board OKs new Planning Commission member

By Bruce Frauman ©2018 Telegraph Publishing LLC The Londonderry Select Board met for a mere 23 minutes Monday night with the primary business of appointing a new member to the Planning Commission. Planning Commission chair Sharon Crossman introduced Mary “Mimi” Adams Lines to the Select Board and recommended her appointment. Lines said she knows “a […]

Weston Fire Dept. gets new tanker, hosts town-wide home safety equipment sale, giveaway

By Bruce Frauman ©2018 Telegraph Publishing LLC Under a slate-gray sky on a cold Saturday in early February, the Weston Volunteer Fire Department took delivery of a new tanker truck, a once-every-30-year event. Chief Brian Lundberg calls the tanker “water on wheels.” It holds 2,000 gallons with a 750-gallon per minute pump. The engine, which […]

Cleaning chemical mishap sends 5 VCS workers to hospital for evaluation

By Shawn Cunningham © 2018 Telegraph Publishing LLC Shortly before noon on Sunday Feb. 18, the Weston Volunteer Fire Dept. responded to a call that was initially described as smoke in a section of the Vermont Country Store. On arrival, the firefighters found chlorine gas instead. Five store employees were taken to the hospital for […]

Insufficient notice results in meeting postponement; TRSU budget must wait

© 2018 Telegraph Publishing LLC A meeting this evening in which the Two Rivers Supervisory Union was slated to bring a revised budget for both the central office and special education program was abruptly postponed just after 2:30 this afternoon. An email from the supervisory union said, “Please note the above meeting scheduled for tonight […]

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  • Chester Select Board agenda for Feb. 21, 2018

    Chester Select Board agenda for Feb. 21, 2018

    The Chester Select Board will meet at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 21 at Town Hall, 556 Elm St. Below is its agenda. 1. Approval of Minutes from the January 8, 2018 Special Selectboard Meeting and January 17, 2018 Selectboard Meeting 2. Citizen Comments 3. Old Business 4. Chester Development Fund Update; Remus Preda & […]

  • Grafton Select Board agenda for Feb. 19, 2018

    Grafton Select Board agenda for Feb. 19, 2018

    The Grafton Select Board will hold its regular meeting on Monday, Feb. 19, 2018 at 6 p.m. at the Town Garage, 220 Bell St. Below is its agenda. 1. Adopt Agenda 2. Approve Minutes: January 22, 2018 3. Highway Report 4. Excess Weight Permit – (McCullough Crushing, Inc; Valley Crane Services Inc.; and Renaud Bros. […]

  • Derry Candidates Night: 2 candidates, 8 attendees, 9 minutes

    Derry Candidates Night: 2 candidates, 8 attendees, 9 minutes

    By Bruce Frauman ©2018 Telegraph Publishing LLC At an extremely short and sparsely attended Londonderry Candidates Night, held at the Twitchell Building on Tuesday, Feb. 13, two candidates showed up, one an incumbent seeking a second term to the Londonderry Select Board. Tom Cavanagh, who is completing the final year of the three-year term Jim […]

  • Sparks and smoke at Vermont Country Store bring quick response from firefighters

    Sparks and smoke at Vermont Country Store bring quick response from firefighters

    By Shawn Cunningham © 2017 Telegraph Publishing, LLC A smoking electrical panel at the Vermont Country Store brought several fire companies out early Wednesday afternoon, but fortunately there was no fire and no injuries. At 1:49 p.m., the Weston Volunteer Fire Department received a report of a smoking and sparking electrical panel at the Vermont […]

  • Transportation, truck issues steer Weston board meeting

    Transportation, truck issues steer Weston board meeting

    By Cherise Madigan ©2018 Telegraph Publishing LLC Business moved quickly at the Tuesday, Feb. 13 meeting of the Weston Select Board, where transportation policies and town vehicles where the primary topic of discussion. Road Foreman Almon Crandall kicked off the meeting with an update on the town’s new Ford 550 truck, a $87,697 purchase authorized […]

  • Fighter jets to fly exercises over Vermont, New Hampshire tomorrow

    Fighter jets to fly exercises over Vermont, New Hampshire tomorrow

    © 2018 Telegraph Publishing LLC The 104th Fighter Wing from Barnes Air National Guard Base in Westfield, Mass., will be conducting a Homeland Alert Air Defense Exercise  tomorrow, Wednesday, Feb. 14, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. around Rutland in Vermont and Lebanon, N.H. During this exercise, two F-15C Eagles will conduct low altitude intercepts […]

  • Chester House innkeeper's calm helps to save historic structure

    Chester House innkeeper’s calm helps to save historic structure

    By Shawn Cunningham © 2018 Telegraph Publishing LLC Chester Fire Chief Matt Wilson credits the Chester House Inn owner’s calm demeanor and  knowledge of firefighting in helping firefighters extinguish a chimney fire that had spread into the walls and roof and could have been much worse. There were no injuries and everyone including pets made […]

  • UPDATE: I-91 Rockingham bridge construction

    UPDATE: I-91 Rockingham bridge construction

    © 2018 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 Feb. 12, 2018. I-91 NORTHBOUND & SOUTHBOUND ARE REDUCED TO ONE LANE WITHIN THE […]

  • Call for vendors for the 2018 Chester Fall Festival

    Call for vendors for the 2018 Chester Fall Festival

    Applications for the annual Chester Fall Festival on the Green, scheduled for Sept. 15 to 16 are available. High quality artists and craftspeople creating handmade work in New England are encouraged to participate. Applications are due by April 1.  Download an application and guidelines at www.chesterfallfestival.org. Participating vendors will be listed on the Fall Festival […]

  • 13 high school seniors work toward Apple Blossom Cotillion

    13 high school seniors work toward Apple Blossom Cotillion

    The 62nd Apple Blossom Cotillion is three months away, but the hard work for its participants began on Sunday, Jan. 7 at Riverside Gymnasium in Springfield and will continue every Sunday until the big night on May 5. Thirteen high school senior girls and their chosen escorts will be joined by 25 elementary school couples […]

  • Chester Chatter: A sweet-filled Valentine’s Day in grade school

    Chester Chatter: A sweet-filled Valentine’s Day in grade school

    By Ruthie Douglas ©2018 Telegraph Publishing LLC Excitement was running high in the classroom. Soon it would be Valentine’s Day. We kids knew that meant a party. The art teacher helped us make mailboxes for our Valentine cards. We brought in boxes to be decorated. A shoe box was just the right size. Available were […]

  • Smother your palate with tradition and flavor

    Smother your palate with tradition and flavor

    By Jim Bailey theyankeechef.blogspot.com Well worth your patience and time, the preparation of true Smothered Beef and Onions results in fall-apart tender beef and the great taste of seasoned onions with beef gravy blanketing the entire dish. In the classic preparation, you can use any type of stew beef because you simmer the meat until […]

  • Andover Select Board meeting for Feb. 12, 2018

    Andover Select Board meeting for Feb. 12, 2018

    The Select Board for the town of Andover will meet at 6:30 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 12 at Town Office, 953 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 January 22nd meeting. 4. Public Comment (Time allowance: Five […]

  • Henry Homeyer: Grab your seed catalogs and start to plan

    Henry Homeyer: Grab your seed catalogs and start to plan

    By Henry Homeyer ©2018 Telegraph Publishing LLC Groundhog’s Day has come and gone. That means we’re coming down home stretch. Winter is more than half gone. It’s time to think about ordering seeds, if you haven’t yet. Many great gardeners just don’t bother starting seedlings indoors. They say it takes too much time and effort. […]

  • Art stolen from Newfane store window

    Art stolen from Newfane store window

    © 2018 Telegraph Publishing LLC A yellow #2 pencil was reported stolen from a display in Newfane, but it was not the kind you use to take the SAT. According to the Vermont State Police, troopers received a call from art dealer Diane Birdsall saying that a piece of art created by artist Peter Kirkiles […]

  • VSP seeks help with prescription fraud case

    VSP seeks help with prescription fraud case

    © 2018 Telegraph Publishing LLC Vermont State Police are asking the public for help in solving a prescription fraud case in Bellows Falls. According to a press release, on Jan. 17, the Vermont State Police received a complaint of prescription fraud from the Rite Aid Pharmacy in Bellows Falls. Police found that an unknown woman […]

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