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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.

College News

College News

The following students have been named to the Dean’s List of Champlain College in Burlington for achieving a grade point average of 3.5 or higher in the spring 2018 semester. Ian Kehoe of Chester. Joshua Sherman of Springfield. Dean College, located in Franklin, Mass., announces that Catherine Sikes of Londonderry has earned a place on […]

Temp driver puts Bus 4 troubles under control for now

Temp driver puts Bus 4 troubles under control for now Communications from school remain an issue

By Cynthia Prairie ©2018 Telegraph Publishing LLC Parents in Andover and the western part of Chester have been frustrated by spotty school bus service – including no buses, late buses and inconsistent communications from the school. But just weeks before the end of the school year on June 19, a temporary solution has given them […]

Chester Select Board meeting for June 6, 2018

Chester Select Board meeting for June 6, 2018

The Chester Select Board will meet at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, June 6 at Town Hall, 556 Elm St. Below is its agenda. Approval of Minutes from the May 16, 2018 Selectboard Meeting and May 17 Special Selectboard Meeting Citizen Comments Old Business Food Truck Permit; Laurie Scott Chester-Andover Playground Equipment Update; Chris Meyer Autumn Event; […]

Introducing The Telegraph's New Calendar!

Introducing The Telegraph’s New Calendar!

The new Chester Telegraph Calendar has been months in the making. To introduce it, we’ve created four simple-to-read graphics to help walk you through the features that our new Calendar has to offer. Please read the explainer and click on each graphic to enlarge the view. Or click here to explore the live calendar on […]

Andover Select Board agenda for May 14, 2018

Andover Select Board agenda for May 14, 2018

The Andover Select Board will meet at 6:30 p.m. on Monday, May 14 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 April 23rd meeting. 4. Public Comment (Time allowance: Five minutes per visitor, 10 […]

Cavendish interim principal pick says 'No'

Cavendish interim principal pick says ‘No’

By Chester Telegraph staff ©2018 Telegraph Publishing LLC Madeline Carlock, the 32-year-old West Lebanon resident and instructional coach at Hartford School District, accepted the job of interim principal position at Cavendish Town Elementary School last night after Green Mountain Unified School District board offered it to her as the last remaining candidate. But then this […]

Chester dental expands as medical services move

Chester dental expands as medical services move

By Cynthia Prairie ©2018 Telegraph Publishing LLC Springfield Medical Care Systems will expand its dental services at the Ellsworth Building at 55 Route 11 in Chester, adding dental staff and taking over space now occupied by the Chester Health Center. SMCS will be bringing on a second dentist, by July 1, plus two dental hygienists […]

Telegraph Business Ticker

Telegraph Business Ticker Fullerton Inn and Moon Dog on the move ...

By Cynthia Prairie ©2018 Telegraph Publishing Fullerton Inn & Tavern closed for Spring Revitalization The Fullerton Inn and Tavern, at 40 the Common in Chester, has closed for a few weeks for what owners Bret and Nancy Rugg are calling “Spring Revitalization.” The inn will reopen for lunch at 11:30 to 3 p.m. on Tuesday, […]

Editorial: Sunshine for Southern Vermont

Editorial: Sunshine for Southern Vermont

By Cynthia Prairie ©2018 Telegraph Publishing LLC This week, we “celebrate” Sunshine Week, that annual effort by journalists and good government advocates around the country to raise awareness of the crucial role that open meetings and public documents play in our democracy. Of course, for journalists, every week is Sunshine Week. And, over the years, […]

EDITORIAL: Involvement is the next step in fixing GMUSD budget

EDITORIAL: Involvement is the next step in fixing GMUSD budget

By Cynthia Prairie ©2018 Telegraph Publishing LLC The voters of the towns of Andover, Baltimore, Cavendish and Chester have spoken, voting down the new Green Mountain Unified School District’s first ever budget, amounting to $12.5 million. The outcome was far from inevitable. While there were strong objections to the proposal, many teachers and parents as […]

First GM Unified School District budget goes down in defeat

First GM Unified School District budget goes down in defeat

By Cynthia Prairie ©2018 Telegraph Publishing LLC The voters of the towns of Andover, Baltimore, Cavendish and Chester — well, 739 of them anyway — rejected the first ever proposed budget of the new consolidated Green Mountain Unified School District. The ballots were all brought to Chester Tuesday night to be counted together since the […]

Editorial: Vote 'No' on GMUSD budget: It's not 'for the kids'

Editorial: Vote ‘No’ on GMUSD budget: It’s not ‘for the kids’

By Cynthia Prairie ©2018 Telegraph Publishing LLC The Chester Telegraph urges the voters of Andover, Baltimore, Cavendish and Chester to vote NO on Tuesday, March 6 on the proposed $12.5 million school budget for the new Green Mountain Unified School District. The GMUSD school board needs time to retool its budget to offer the added […]

Facebook's making it harder to see The Chester Telegraph; here's what to do

Facebook’s making it harder to see The Chester Telegraph; here’s what to do

By Cynthia Prairie 2018 Telegraph Publishing LLC Facebook has never been the best way to receive news since, over the years, it altered users’ algorithms to limit how much they see in their News Feeds. Then just a week ago, Facebook announced that it would show users more posts from friends and family while hiding […]

Adams Funeral Homes in Chester, Ludlow to close by early February

Adams Funeral Homes in Chester, Ludlow to close by early February

By Cynthia Prairie ©2018 Telegraph Publishing LLC The Adams Funeral Homes & Cremation Services in Chester and Ludlow will be closing their doors by early February. The two funeral homes have been managed under the Dignity Memorial brand, which is owned by Service Corporation International, the Houston, Texas, based company that, as of 2013, owned […]

Telegraph Business Ticker

Telegraph Business Ticker

©2018 Telegraph Publishing LLC Green Mountain Bookkeeping opens shop in Chester Mary Richardson has opened Green Mountain Bookkeeping & Office Support on Main Street in Chester. With more than 25 years of experience, Green Mountain Bookkeeping is offering bookkeeping and office support to small business owners as well as individuals. Richardson said that her services […]

Telegraph Business Ticker

Telegraph Business Ticker

New businesses coming online in Chester By Cynthia Prairie ©2017 Telegraph Publishing LLC The business landscape continues to change in and around Chester, much of it for the better. Nancy and Hugh Pennell of Smokeshire Road have transformed the former Post Office and grocery at 3630 Route 103 in Gassetts into a warm showroom and […]

Andover Select Board agenda for Nov. 27, 2017

Andover Select Board agenda for Nov. 27, 2017

The Select Board for the town of Andover will meet at Town Office, 953 Andover Road, at 6:30 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 27. Below is its agenda. 1. Call Select Board meeting to order. 2. Act on Agenda. 3. Act on Minutes: Act on minutes from Nov. 13 meeting. 4. Public Comment (Time allowance: Five […]

Commentary: Chester is emerging with new energy

Commentary: Chester is emerging with new energy

By Cynthia Prairie ©2017 Telegraph Publishing LLC Several years ago, at a Chester Town Meeting, a resident told those gathered that she believed that the town was stagnating. Then, others noted there were empty shops on the Green, houses were not selling and those that did sell were getting prices far lower than their assessed […]

New Derry Town-Zoning Admin hails from rural New York

New Derry Town-Zoning Admin hails from rural New York

 By Cynthia Prairie ©2017 Telegraph Publishing LLC The Londonderry Select Board has hired Robert Nied of Richmondville, N.Y., as its new Town Administrator and Zoning Administrator, for the first time combining the two positions under one person. Nied (pronounced need) will be replacing Stephanie Thompson who served as Londonderry’s Town Administrator from 2015 until her […]

Springfield Recycling rates hiked starting Monday, Oct. 2

Springfield Recycling rates hiked starting Monday, Oct. 2

By Cynthia Prairie ©2013 Telegraph Publishing LLC As of Monday, Oct. 2, the cost for a sheet of 25 tickets for the Springfield Recycling Center will increase $2.25 from $11.25 to a base price of $13.50 a sheet. Each ticket is good for 4 pounds of trash, or 100 pounds per sheet. Consumers will see […]