RSSAuthor Archive for Cynthia Prairie

Cynthia Prairie has been a newspaper editor more than 30 years. She has worked at such publications as the Raleigh Times, the Baltimore News American, the Buffalo Courier Express, the Chicago Sun-Times and the Patuxent Publishing chain of community newspapers in Maryland. She and her family moved to Chester, Vermont in 2004.

As storm closes in, towns urge caution

As storm closes in, towns urge caution Here's some hints and phone numbers you should have

Emergency management officials around the area are warning everyone that this weekend winter storm, which will start Saturday evening, could deliver 1 to 2 feet of snow, and bitter weather of as low as 20 below. This will be an especially difficult weekend since it’s also the national holiday  in honor of Martin Luther King […]

After four months of repairs, CAES opens to a new year

After four months of repairs, CAES opens to a new year

© 2018 Telegraph Publishing LLC Four months after Chester-Andover Elementary School was set to welcome its 240 pupils in the warm weather following summer vacation, they instead embraced the children with warm welcomes beneath a cloudy, snowy sky. ON THE COVER: 3rd Grade teacher Laurie Birmingham gets her classroom at CAES ready for her students. […]

Vail reverses ski program rate hike for kids on Fed lunch list

Vail reverses ski program rate hike for kids on Fed lunch list Reduces lift pass benefit to Snow Sports volunteers

By Cynthia Prairie ©2018 Telegraph Publishing LLC Vail Resorts has rescinded its announced price increase for those local families on the Federal Free and Reduced Lunch Program whose children want to participate in school ski and snowboard programs at Okemo Mountain, according to those close to the situation. The Chester Telegraph reported the initial rate-hike […]

Ski programs at Cavendish Town, Chester-Andover mount fund-raisers

Ski programs at Cavendish Town, Chester-Andover mount fund-raisers Okemo hikes rates, ends reduced fee for qualifying families

By Cynthia Prairie ©2018 Telegraph Publishing Winter sports program coordinators have scrambled to set up Go Fund Me campaigns to ensure that children at Cavendish Town and Chester-Andover elementary schools can participate, after Okemo Mountain Resort raised prices from $19 to $47 a child and eliminated lower fees for families qualifying for the Federal Free […]

Family Center receives more than $1,000 from Chester Cookie Tour, Andover Snow Riders

Family Center receives more than $1,000 from Chester Cookie Tour, Andover Snow Riders

The Chester-Andover Family Center has recently received more than $1,000 from two local organizations. The Overture to Christmas Committee presented a check for $500 from monies raised during its 2nd Annual Holiday House Cookie Tour, held on Sunday, Dec. 9. Cookie tour passports — containing information about each Main Street venue toured and recipes of […]

Telegraph Business Ticker

Telegraph Business Ticker Made to Move Pilates moves to bigger locale; Smokeshire Designs awards 2nd Grand Prize; SAPA-TV hosts a public domain Christmas

Made to Move Pilates of Chester, owned by Patty Nader, has moved from School Street to an expanded space in a former laundromat at 288 Depot St. The new studio is set to open on Wednesday, Dec. 19. The studio, which opened five years ago in a small space on School Street, had undergone renovations […]

Early plan for Chester EMS building unveiled

Early plan for Chester EMS building unveiled

By Cynthia Prairie ©2018 Telegraph Publishing LLC A preliminary plan would put Chester’s Police, Fire and Ambulance departments into a single new building on Pleasant Street and rehab the Town Garage on Depot Street solely for the Highway Department. The total cost for both projects is estimated at $4.6 million, with the new, single-story, 14,500-square-foot […]

Misty Valley bookstore reopens on limited basis

Misty Valley bookstore reopens on limited basis

By Cynthia Prairie ©2018 Telegraph Publishing LLC After reconsideration, Phoenix Books Misty Valley has reopened its doors, at least until Christmas, Katie DeSanto,  a Phoenix employee and daughter of owner Mike DeSanto, told the Telegraph Tuesday morning. The shop on Chester’s Green, which stayed shuttered for more than a week, reopened the afternoon of Monday, […]

Misty Valley Books shut after staff apparently quits

Misty Valley Books shut after staff apparently quits Local purchase of store from Phoenix Books abruptly ends

By Cynthia Prairie ©2018 Telegraph Publishing On Tuesday, Nov. 6, Phoenix Books Misty Valley in Chester was open. On Wednesday, Nov. 7, it was not. Sometime on Thursday, Nov. 8, it will open again, at least through the weekend. But when it will reopen again permanently is not known by the owners, who still hope […]

Brisk turnout for cold, rainy midterm contests

Brisk turnout for cold, rainy midterm contests

By Cynthia Prairie ©2018 Telegraph Publishing LLC Tuesday’s General Election had three strikes against it: Most Vermont races – from U.S. Congress to the governor’s mansion and the State House – were pretty much foregone conclusions even before Tuesday and wouldn’t make a huge impact on the national scene; Mid-terms are usually ho-hum affairs that […]

Telegraph Business Ticker

Telegraph Business Ticker Smokeshire Design celebrates 1st anniversary; Chef Tostrup launches community fund-raisers

Smokeshire Design celebrates first anniversary Smokeshire Design, the fine home-wares shop of locally made and handcrafted goods located 3630 VT Route 103 North in Chester, will be celebrating its first anniversary for a week of events and giveaways. The celebration starts on Friday, Nov. 23 — Glass Friday — with a daily door prize drawing […]

Derry bear was ready for his close-up

Derry bear was ready for his close-up

By Cynthia Prairie ©2018 Telegraph Publishing LLC It’s not every day that a Vermonter gets to shoot a bear up-close without inflicting bodily harm on the bear, but that is exactly what Londonderry resident Julie Adams did on Sunday morning. Adams was fast asleep when, around 12:15 a.m., she was awakened to the barks of […]

Carlton acquires Stocker Plumbing & Heating

Carlton acquires Stocker Plumbing & Heating

©2018 Telegraph Publishing, LLC After 50 years in the plumbing and heating business — the last 35 running his own company — Rich Stocker of Chester is packing up his pipes and handing his customer list over to the next generation of independent plumbers. In addition to his “Rolodex” and other equipment, the owner of […]

Retirement to close Chester Flowers & Village Children's Shop

Retirement to close Chester Flowers & Village Children’s Shop While 33-year business partnership comes to an end, a longer friendship continues

By Cynthia Prairie ©2018 Telegraph Publishing LLC After more than 30 years in business, through changing times and tastes, Diane Stocker and Cheryl LeClair, who have kept area children fashionably dressed and local tables and special occasions in bloom, are retiring. Sometime in mid-October, the Village Children’s Shop and Chester Flowers, at 145 S. Main. […]

TD Bank closing Chester branch in December

TD Bank closing Chester branch in December

By Cynthia Prairie 2018 Telegraph Publishing LLC Across the area on Friday, customers of TD Bank in Chester opened their mail to learn that Friday, Dec. 7 would be the last day that branch, at 48 Main St., would be open. The loss leaves those who wish to save locally with two choices: People’s Bank […]

College News

College News

Christopher Armstrong of Chester was awarded gold stars by The Citadel, a military college in Charlestown, S.C.,  for achieving a 3.7 grade point average or higher during the 2018 spring semester. Cadets and students who achieve gold star recognition are also placed on The Citadel’s dean’s list. Castleton University welcomes the following students who have […]

Business Ticker: 'Vermont Wild' books optioned for TV

Business Ticker: ‘Vermont Wild’ books optioned for TV Jersey Girls milk gets special light-stopping packaging

‘Vermont Wild’ series optioned for television Vermont Wild, Adventures of Fish and Game Wardens, the Green Mountains best-selling Outdoor adventure books for children and adults, has been optioned for television.  Author Megan Price will be at Phoenix Books/ Misty Valley in Chester  from 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 15 signing books for […]

CAES 2nd-6th graders to temporarily move to GM

CAES 2nd-6th graders to temporarily move to GM Classroom space still sought for k-1st graders after water damage closes school

By Cynthia Prairie and Shawn Cunningham ©2018 Telegraph Publishing LLC A second water main leak at Chester-Andover Elementary School damaged carpeting and other items in two classrooms Monday morning, ensuring that the school’s reopening will be delayed “four to six weeks” even as administrators have set Thursday, Sept. 6 for classes to begin in alternate […]

<center><strong>2018 Guide to the Chester Fall Festival</center></strong>

2018 Guide to the Chester Fall Festival

©2018 Telegraph Publishing LLC Now in its 44th year, the Chester Fall Festival is weekend filled with toe-tapping music, great arts and crafts, good food and friends. And it’s set in the gorgeous Vermont town of Chester. There is no wonder that the Vermont Chamber of Commerce named it one of the state’s Top 10 […]

Water line break at CAES may delay opening

Water line break at CAES may delay opening School Year's Eve, playground dedication also up in the air

By Cynthia Prairie ©2018 Telegraph Publishing LLC A water main break at Chester-Andover Elementary School this morning may delay the school’s opening on Wednesday, Aug. 29 and waylay Tuesday’s School Year’s Eve plans and the dedication of its new playground. Around 6:30 this morning, just six days from the start of school, school Facilities Director […]