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TRSU Act 46 merger committee approves four-town RED proposal

By Shawn Cunningham © 2017 Telegraph Publishing LLC The Two Rivers Supervisory Union Act 46 Study Committee voted last night (Thursday, Feb. 23) to approve the subcommittee report that recommends the creation of a Regional Education District (RED) from Andover, Baltimore, Cavendish and Chester.  If approved by the Vermont Board of Education at its March […]

Meadowsend Timberlands buys 600 acres; looks to renewable project down the road

By Cynthia Prairie ©2017 Telegraph Publishing LLC Meadowsend Timberlands has purchased 600 acres of land adjacent to the southern portion of its Stiles Brook Tract, straddling Grafton and Townsend, Jeremy Turner, managing forester for the company, confirmed on Tuesday. He added that a quarter of the tract is in Grafton, with the remaining acreage n […]

Chester board continues hearing comments on UDBs

By Shawn Cunningham © 2017 Telegraph Publishing LLC With two members not able to attend the Feb. 15 meeting, the Chester Select Board continued to hear comments on the Unified Development Bylaws in a public hearing, but in its regular meeting, did not take on anything of consequence, including a procedure for appointing public officials. […]

Derry Candidates Night: Three vie for open Select Board seats

By Bruce Frauman © 2017 Telegraph Publishing LLC With the death of Londonderry Select Board chair Steve Prouty and members Wayne Blanchard and Bill Wylie deciding not to run for re-election, three Select Board seats will change hands on Town Meeting day. Emmett Dunbar and Cathy Aragi each came to the town’s Candidates Night on […]

Green Mountain RED merger moves forward; Ludlow, Mt. Holly reject plan

By Shawn Cunningham © 2017 Telegraph Publishing LLC On Monday night, school merger study committee representatives from Andover, Baltimore, Cavendish and Chester who are working to form a Regional Education District heard from Mount Holly and Ludlow reps that those towns will not participate in the RED – even as a fallback position in their […]

Full Derry board meeting opens with tribute to Prouty

By Bruce Frauman ©2017 Telegraph Publishing LLC With his voice breaking, Londonderry Select Board chair Paul Gordon opened the meeting of Feb. 13 saying, “It is with great sadness that I step in as vice chairman. The sudden passing of our chairman and friend, Steve Prouty, leaves us without our dedicated leader.” Prouty, 66, who […]

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  • Chester DRB hearing for Monday, Feb. 27

    Chester DRB hearing for Monday, Feb. 27

    The Chester Development Review Board will meet for a site visit at 5:15 p.m. on  Monday Feb. 27. That visit will take place at 155 S. Main St. It will then meet for a public hearing at 6 p.m. at Town Hall, 556 Elm St. Below is its agenda. Review minutes from Feb. 13, 2017 […]

  • To the editor: 'Main Street USA' in Chester is a fantasy world

    To the editor: ‘Main Street USA’ in Chester is a fantasy world

    There’s a movement afoot in Chester that seems intent upon driving the gentrification of our town. A small, but vocal and well-healed minority is attempting to drive their agenda of making Chester into a sort of “Main Street USA” fantasy world. This group is now working to rewrite our zoning laws to include regulations that […]

  • To the editor: Raise the minimum wage

    To the editor: Raise the minimum wage

    Raising the minimum wage is not a new idea. But we need to get serious now. There is a bill before the Vermont legislature that would gradually raise the minimum wage to $15 an hour. There are many benefits to this. It would help Vermont workers. It would help families. It would help the Vermont […]

  • To the editor: GMUHS announces new Jr. Iron Chef teams

    To the editor: GMUHS announces new Jr. Iron Chef teams

    I am pleased to announce that Green Mountain Union High will be participating for the 5th year in the incredible culinary competition for middle and high school chefs, Jr. Iron Chef Vermont, on March 18 in Essex. In three previous years, our teams have returned from the event as winners. In looking over the recipes […]

  • Grafton Select Board meeting for Tuesday, Feb. 21, 2017

    Grafton Select Board meeting for Tuesday, Feb. 21, 2017

    The Grafton Select Board will meet at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 21, at Grafton Elementary School, 58 School St. in Grafton. Below is its agenda. 1. Public Comment 2. Adopt Agenda 3. Minutes: Feb. 6, 2017 4. Presentation of Audit: Fred Duplessis, Sullivan, Powers & Co., P.C. 5. Highway Report 6. Increase in Dog […]

  • UPDATE: I-91 Bridge Construction in Rockingham

    UPDATE: I-91 Bridge Construction in Rockingham

    © 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 this week. Periodic temporary daytime lane closures in the southbound high-speed lane (left lane) to allow crews/equipment access […]

  • Chester's rookie K-9 captures a lot of attention

    Chester’s rookie K-9 captures a lot of attention

    By Shawn Cunningham © 2017 Telegraph Publishing LLC The Chester Police Department has a new officer, and he’s just a year old. Dutch, a Dutch shepherd belonging to Chester Police Chief Rick Cloud, has been learning on the job, but his formal, 6-week training begins on March 6. According to Cloud, Dutch will be trained […]

  • To the editor: From breakfast to lunch to Iron Chef Jr., GMUHS is cooking

    To the editor: From breakfast to lunch to Iron Chef Jr., GMUHS is cooking

    Here we are mid-winter and everything is going great in the kitchen at Green Mountain Union High. We offer a great breakfast everyday from 7 a.m. and throughout the morning. You will find on any given day a number of choices to satisfy everyone. We offer a great breakfast sandwich on a wrap, biscuit or […]

  • To the editor: Orange-1 recount was conducted properly

    To the editor: Orange-1 recount was conducted properly

    An Open Letter to the Vermont House of Representatives Re: H.R. 8, House resolution relating to conducting a recount in the election for the House of Representatives for the Orange-1 District As you may know, we were Election Officials for the District Orange 1 recount that took place on Nov. 21, 2016 at the Orange […]

  • Chester Select Board meeting for Wednesday, Feb. 15, 2017

    Chester Select Board meeting for Wednesday, Feb. 15, 2017

    The Chester Select Board will hold a public hearing on the Chapters 2 and 3 of the proposed Unified Development Bylaws at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 15, after which it will go into its Select Board hearing. Both meetings will be held at Chester Town Hall, 556 Elm St. in Chester. Below is its […]

  • To the editor: Arrison announces candidacy for Chester Select Board

    To the editor: Arrison announces candidacy for Chester Select Board

    My name is Kelly Arrison, and I’m running for a seat on the Chester Select Board. I’ve lived in Chester for 45 years. Twenty-six years ago, I brought my auto racing business to Chester, where it has thrived. Chester is a great place to live and work. Because it has given me so much I […]

  • Canadian split pea soup a warming dish on a frigid day

    Canadian split pea soup a warming dish on a frigid day

    By Jim Bailey theyankeechef.blogspot.com If pancetta is too expensive, by all means try other cured hams or even boiled ham. I have used a new product from my deli called Italian Hot Ham, and the heat is absolutely perfect. And if you are wondering if there is a difference between Canadian split peas and green […]

  • To the editor: Champion Fire Company thanks Thrifty Attic

    To the editor: Champion Fire Company thanks Thrifty Attic

    The Champion Fire Company #5 of South Londonderry would like to thank the Thrifty Attic for its continued support in the improvement of our firefighting operations. This year’s financial assistance from the Thrifty Attic is allowing us modify and upgrade our current self contained breathing apparatus compressor to a higher pressure and to purchase four […]

  • Memorial service set for Steven Prouty, Derry Select Board chair

    Memorial service set for Steven Prouty, Derry Select Board chair

    A service for Steven G. Prouty, who died earlier this week, will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 12, 2017 at the South Londonderry Town Hall, 139 Middletown Road. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the West River Railroad Depot Project or the Town of Londonderry for tree planting on […]

  • Steve Prouty, champion of Londonderry, Select Board chair, dies at 66

    Steve Prouty, champion of Londonderry, Select Board chair, dies at 66

    By Bruce Frauman © 2017 Telegraph Publishing LLC Steve Prouty, chair of the Londonderry Select Board, died at his home on Monday morning, Feb. 6, 2017. He was 66. Prouty was elected to the board in 2011 and rose to chair last May after Jim Ameden resigned for family reasons. Prouty’s father, Clyde, served 36 […]

  • Chester Police Log for Dec. 2, 2016 to Jan. 31, 2017

    Chester Police Log for Dec. 2, 2016 to Jan. 31, 2017

    © 2017 Telegraph Publishing LLC Editor’s Note: The Chester Telegraph Police Log is a sampling of incidents directly from Chester Police reports. In general, we do not identify individual victims of crimes nor those who have been arrested. Friday, Dec. 2, 2016 8:51 p.m. Police were sent to Kevadus Circle for the report of a […]

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