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GM junior's musical composition to be performed by VSO members

GM junior’s musical composition to be performed by VSO members

By Shawn Cunningham ©2019 Telegraph Publishing LLC This is an especially busy week for Alex Beshay. Between this Wednesday — today —  and next Tuesday, the Green Mountain junior will participate in a four-day national conference choir in Columbus, Ohio, then work with members of the Vermont Symphony Orchestra as it prepares to perform one […]

DMV officer from Derry makes her last collar

DMV officer from Derry makes her last collar Duchess retires after 11 years in drug enforcement

By Shawn Cunningham © 2019 Telegraph Publishing LLC At the end of February, Gov. Phil Scott honored a long-time employee of the Department of Motor Vehicles upon her retirement. He presented the Londonderry resident with a gift he and the first lady had picked out personally to honor the contribution she had made to the […]

Explosion, fire destroy guest house at South Derry compound

Explosion, fire destroy guest house at South Derry compound

By Shawn Cunningham ©2019 Telegraph Publishing LLC Doug Stevens had just backed his truck into the sugar house on Winhall Hollow Road in Londonderry when one of several buildings on the property exploded. While firefighters were dousing the flames, Stevens, who is caretaker of the property, told The Telegraph that he heard a huge “baah-room”  […]

Tension between fire departments extends to Select Board appointments in Cavendish

Tension between fire departments extends to Select Board appointments in Cavendish

By Shawn Cunningham © 2019 Telegraph Publishing LLC Select board reorganization meetings are usually pretty routine affairs in which the board sets its meeting dates, picks a chair and appoints the many – usually unpaid – volunteers to jobs like representing the town on the solid waste district board. It’s not particularly glamorous or controversial. […]

GM pilots college readiness course for students challenged by math

GM pilots college readiness course for students challenged by math

By Shawn Cunningham © 2019 Telegraph Publishing LLC Green Mountain High students who may be less than comfortable with math but need math proficiency for college or careers will have a new option in the fall as the school participates in a pilot program sponsored by the Vermont Student Assistance Corp. VSAC, the Vermont State […]

Chester board notes historic moment

Chester board notes historic moment First time two women have served on select board

By Shawn Cunningham © 2019 Telegraph Publishing LLC The reorganization meeting after each year’s select board election is seldom exciting unless you find the reappointment of the fence viewers and the weigher of coal to be riveting. But Wednesday night’s edition of the Chester Select Board was the exception. Shortly after the meeting began, board […]

GM Booster Club hosts comedy basketball game

GM Booster Club hosts comedy basketball game 2500 and 0 Harlem Rockets to take on GM 'Dream Team'

© 2019 Telegraph Publishing, LLC On Thursday March 14, the Green Mountain Booster Club will host The Harlem Rockets, a talented group of basketball entertainers who combine incredible basketball skills with family-friendly comedy. The Rockets will face the GM Dream Team at 7 p.m. at the Green Mountain High School, 716 Rt. 103 South in […]

Weston voters OK paving, dam removal funds

Weston voters OK paving, dam removal funds

By Shawn Cunningham © 2019 Telegraph Publishing LLC The 2019 Weston Town Meeting got it just about right. The town business was taken care of quickly and efficiently, there were a couple of opportunities for community celebration and just enough political wrangling to keep everyone’s interest. In the end, all the articles passed and the […]

Cavendish voters OK tax exemption for Fletcher Farm, Black River Health Center

Cavendish voters OK tax exemption for Fletcher Farm, Black River Health Center

By Shawn Cunningham © 2019 Telegraph Publishing LLC Every town meeting is different and it can be hard to predict which articles will sail past and which will spark debate. But more often than not, the time spent on one or two articles is out of proportion with the amount they will cost. True to […]

Dakin, Whalen, Gustafson take Chester Select Board seats; road bond issue passes in Chester

Dakin, Whalen, Gustafson take Chester Select Board seats; road bond issue passes in Chester

By Shawn Cunningham © 2019 Telegraph Publishing LLC Veteran office holder Leigh Dakin cruised to a write-in victory over political newcomer Scott Blair, co-owner of the Southern Pie Company and the Main Street Coffee & Scoop Shoppe, on Tuesday evening making the composition of the Chester Select Board 40 percent female for the first time. […]

GM School District budget OK'd by 70 votes

GM School District budget OK’d by 70 votes CAES assistant principal funded in $13 million spending plan

By Shawn Cunningham © 2019 Telegraph Publishing, LLC The Green Mountain Unified School District budget was approved by the voters of Andover, Baltimore, Cavendish and Chester in Australian balloting on Tuesday. The count was 423 to 353 with a margin of victory of 70 votes or 9 percent. The budget gives Chester-Andover Elementary an assistant […]

After rocky process, GM school budget goes to voters

After rocky process, GM school budget goes to voters Assistant Principal for CAES was bone of contention

By Shawn Cunningham © 2019 Telegraph Publishing LLC On Tuesday, March 5, residents in Andover, Baltimore, Cavendish and Chester will go to the polls to vote on the Green Mountain Unified School District budget for the 2019/2020 school year. The $12,937,250 spending plan represents an increase of more than $405,000, or 3.23 percent over the […]

Cold Spring group seeks Weston funds for lower dam removal

Cold Spring group seeks Weston funds for lower dam removal

By Shawn Cunningham ©2019 Telegraph Publishing  LLC With more than 30 people jammed into the Weston Playhouse living room, members of the Weston Community Association and the Conservation Committee explained how they came to the conclusion that the lower dam along Lawrence Hill Road should be removed and the stream bed restored. They are asking […]

Sunday morning fire destroys Stratton guest house

Sunday morning fire destroys Stratton guest house

By Shawn Cunningham © 2019 Telegraph Publishing, LLC A morning blaze destroyed a guest house in the Snowy Pond Estate compound off Mountain Road in Stratton on Sunday. The Stratton Volunteer Fire Company responded to the automatic fire alarm at 802 Mountain Road – near the Town Garage – just before 10 a.m. and found […]

GM 'better board' training heavy on limitations

GM ‘better board’ training heavy on limitations Board association recommends 'hands off' posture toward administration

By Shawn Cunningham © 2019 Telegraph Publishing LLC The main event at last night’s Green Mountain Unified School District Board meeting was a training session for the board on being a board. Board chair Marilyn Mahusky told the meeting that she and Superintendent Meg Powden felt there was value in “bringing somebody in to help […]

Chester updated on Depot St. sidewalk project

Chester updated on Depot St. sidewalk project

By Shawn Cunningham © 2019 Telegraph Publishing LLC The main event at Wednesday’s Chester Select Board meeting – a public hearing on the federally funded sidewalk project along Depot Street – almost didn’t happen when the presenters were unable to make their PowerPoint presentation work. But when the situation seemed darkest, outgoing board member Dan […]

Ben Whalen: Chester needs to be good for people and business

Ben Whalen: Chester needs to be good for people and business

By Shawn Cunningham ©2019 Telegraph Publishing LLC Ben Whalen is seeking a fourth one-year term on the Chester Select Board after having won low-key campaigns in contested elections in 2016 and 2017 and an uncontested one in 2018. This year, Whalen’s name stands alone on the ballot for two one-year terms after incumbent Lee Gustafson […]

Scott Blair: Chester is a family town, not just a historic place

Scott Blair: Chester is a family town, not just a historic place

By Shawn Cunningham © 2019 Telegraph Publishing LLC Scott Blair sees Chester as a family town that attracts tourists, but he does not see tourism as the town’s primary economic driver. Instead, he says, that economic  driver is small business and he believes the town needs to do a better job encouraging them. “The town […]

Massive ice sculpture crowns Popple Dungeon

Massive ice sculpture crowns Popple Dungeon

By Shawn Cunningham © 2019 Telegraph Publishing LLC In the late fall of each year, Peter Delaney erects a tall wooden framework for mounting a hose that’s fed by a spring up in the hills along Popple Dungeon Road in Chester. He caps the hose and then drills five small holes in the cap to […]

Chester man cited for child cruelty during I-91 accident probe

Chester man cited for child cruelty during I-91 accident probe

© 2019 Telegraph Publishing, LLC A Chester man was cited for child cruelty this afternoon when he refused to remove a child from an accident scene involving his company’s truck on I-91 northbound. According to a Vermont State Police press release, early in the investigation of the crash, Jason Carrara, 36, of Chester, arrived on […]