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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.

CAES hosts Community Cafe Ice Cream Social

CAES hosts Community Cafe Ice Cream Social

By Cynthia Prairie © 2017 Telegraph Publishing, LLC Chester-Andover Elementary School, 72 S. Main St., will be hosting a free ice cream social at the school from 3 to 5 p.m. on Sunday, May 21, to begin talking with families about what they want to see in a new playground and in other areas that […]

Ludlow Rotary offers business memberships; <br>Moody's upgrades VSAC bond ratings

Ludlow Rotary offers business memberships;
Moody’s upgrades VSAC bond ratings

Ludlow Rotary kicks off business membership with Big Eyes Bakery The Ludlow Rotary Club initiated its new business membership policy at its recent luncheon meeting at DJs Restaurant by welcoming the Big Eyes Bakery of Ludlow into the club. This new membership procedure permits area businesses to become members of the Ludlow Rotary and Rotary […]

GM board sanctions LGBTQ comments of fellow member

GM board sanctions LGBTQ comments of fellow member

By Stephen Seitz and Cynthia Prairie ©2017 Telegraph Publishing LLC The Green Mountain Union High School board sanctioned the comments of one of its own at its regular meeting on Thursday, April 13, as a room full of faculty, staff, students and other board members aired their outrage over comments made at the March 9 […]

New owners of Country Girl Diner fulfill lifelong dream

New owners of Country Girl Diner fulfill lifelong dream

By Stephen Seitz and Cynthia Prairie © 2017 Telegraph Publishing LLC The Country Girl Diner in Chester may have changed hands, but the new owners are assuring their customers that further changes will be incremental and, then, only for the better. Jess Holmes and Paul Frasca, who have been managing and cooking at the diner […]

Grafton board votes to move meetings to new town garage

Grafton board votes to move meetings to new town garage

By Cynthia Prairie ©2017 Telegraph Publishing LLC The Grafton Select Board voted 4 to 1 on Monday to move its meetings to the new town garage on Tom Bell Road, more than 2 miles east of the center of town. The meetings are currently held in the gym/cafeteria at the Grafton Elementary School, 58 School […]

Grafton residents to vote on using surplus to buy tractor

Grafton residents to vote on using surplus to buy tractor

By Cynthia Prairie ©2017 Telegraph Publishing LLC The Grafton Select Board Monday night decided to ask town voters to approve using funds from the town surplus to help pay for a new tractor and attachments that would help the town comply with Act 64, which was signed into law in summer of 2015 and is […]

Chester commission disabled as member quits after walking out on meeting

Chester commission disabled as member quits after walking out on meeting

By Cynthia Prairie ©2017-Telegraph Publishing LLC Chester Planning Commission member Tom Hildreth walked out of the panel’s Monday Feb. 27 meeting, declaring to the remaining two members “you don’t have a quorum,” as he packed up to leave. The following day he turned in his resignation to Town Hall. His action leaves just two members […]

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

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 […]

Weekend cannoli shop opens in Chester

Weekend cannoli shop opens in Chester

© 2017 Telegraph Publishing LLC Catherine Marino of Andover has opened the Vermont Cannoli shop in downtown Chester, serving up traditional Sicilian cannoli filled with homemade ricotta. The shop is located at 145 S. Main St., behind Chester Flowers and Village Children’s Shop. It is open from 3 to 7 p.m. on Fridays and 11 […]

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 […]

Locals turn out in force to Montpelier, D.C. marches for women

Locals turn out in force to Montpelier, D.C. marches for women

By Cynthia Prairie ©2017 Telegraph Publishing LLC MONTPELIER Saturday Jan. 21, 2017 was a day of surprises for many attending the Women’s March on Montpelier, just one small portion of a world-wide protest that began as a suggestion on Facebook after the election of Donald Trump to the presidency in November. Organizers and participants said […]

CAES assembly suits kids to a T

CAES assembly suits kids to a T

© 2017 Telegraph Publishing Photos by Cynthia Prairie Wearing bright red T-shirts and filing into the auditorium at Chester-Andover Elementary School, the 200 pupils were ready to take their places for the first all-school picture that anyone could remember. Older students came first, followed by the younger, then the  youngest — and the most fidgety […]

Telegraph Business Ticker

Telegraph Business Ticker

Stone Hearth donates to Chester Rec Dept. Sheldon Ghetler and Francy Anderson, owners of Stone Hearth Inn and Tavern in Chester, donated $1,000 on Friday night to the Chester Recreation Department. Walker Farm theater construction under way Despite the chill and snow, construction work has begun on the new theater at Walker Farm in Weston, […]

2016 Telegraph Gift Guide: Share Your Blessings

2016 Telegraph Gift Guide: Share Your Blessings

This year, we decided that the annual Chester Telegraph Gift Guide would take a different view and look at the organizations that do so much to help others in our communities. In myriad ways, these organizations are there to help us and our families, friends and neighbors as well as the animals in our lives. […]

Grafton addresses solar energy in Town Plan, grant for possible project

Grafton addresses solar energy in Town Plan, grant for possible project

By Cynthia Prairie ©2016 Telegraph Publishing LLC The public vote against a proposed wind farm for Grafton in early November did not dampen the interest nor the need to address renewable energy in its Town Plan. On Monday night, the Grafton Select Board voted — 3 in favor with 2 abstaining — of backing the […]

'Once' kicks off Weston theater season that ends with Walker Farm opening

‘Once’ kicks off Weston theater season that ends with Walker Farm opening

©2016 Telegraph Publishing LLC Weston Playhouse Theatre Company will lead off its 2017 season with the Vermont premiere of the 2012 Tony Award winning musical Once and conclude with the opening of the company’s new second stage on the Walker Farm property in Weston, which has been 10 years in the making. “We’re planning a […]

Stiles Brook landowner, wind foes take a breath, consider next steps

Stiles Brook landowner, wind foes take a breath, consider next steps

By Cynthia Prairie ©2016 Telegraph Publishing LLC While Iberdrola Renewables has said it will not move forward with a 24-turbine wind project straddling the Windham and Grafton line following a decisive vote, the owners of the 5,000-acre project site have made no such promise. When asked on Monday, what happens next, Meadowsend Timberlands’ managing forester […]

Second-homeowners against Iberdrola wind project as well, surveys find

Second-homeowners against Iberdrola wind project as well, surveys find

By John Hoover and Cynthia Prairie © 2016 Telegraph Publishing LLC Like their full-time resident counterparts, second-homeowners in both Windham and Grafton overwhelmingly rejected a proposal by Iberdrola Renewables to build a 24-turbine wind farm on property straddling the towns. Second-homeowners in both towns had been mailed surveys asking whether they were for the proposed […]

Grafton, Windham voters deal fatal blow to Iberdrola wind proposal

Grafton, Windham voters deal fatal blow to Iberdrola wind proposal

By Cynthia Prairie © 2016 Telegraph Publishing LLC In a decisive blow to a proposed industrial wind project, the voters in Windham and Grafton have voted against putting a 24-turbine industrial wind project along the Stiles Brook tract of land that straddles the two towns. When the votes were counted on Tuesday night, Grafton defeated […]

Wind tax info meeting canceled on legality concern

Wind tax info meeting canceled on legality concern

©2016 Telegraph Publishing LLC What was intended as an informational workshop for Grafton property taxpayers to show them how to figure out the impact of the tax benefits derived from the proposed Iberdrola wind proposal on their personal property taxes did not come off as planned on Saturday. The meeting had been warned as a […]