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Mt. Holly woman arrested after chase, manhunt

Mt. Holly woman arrested after chase, manhunt Led troopers on high speed pursuit through five towns in stolen car

By Shawn Cunningham © 2019 Telegraph Publishing, LLC A Mount Holly woman has been arrested after Vermont State Police say she lead them on a high speed chase through Weathersfield, North Springfield, Chester, Cavendish and Ludlow Wednesday morning in a stolen car. According to radio transmissions, troopers eventually broke off the pursuit for the sake […]

Stocker trials move closer, prosecution suggests this summer

Stocker trials move closer, prosecution suggests this summer

By Shawn Cunningham © 2019 Telegraph Publishing, LLC WHITE RIVER JUNCTION Ryan Stocker, 20 of Chester appeared in Windsor Superior Court Criminal Division in White River Junction on Tuesday for a status conference on the eight felony and two misdemeanor charges he faces in six cases. Deputy State’s Attorney Heidi Remick told the court that […]

AOT maps route to lower speed limit at GMHS

AOT maps route to lower speed limit at GMHS

By Shawn Cunningham © 2019 Telegraph Publishing, LLC Representatives of Vermont’s Agency of Transportation came to Chester on Monday to look at Rt. 103 around Green Mountain High School and hear from the public on why the speed limit should be lowered from 40 mph to 30 mph there. Marcos Miller, Tyler Guazzoni and Mario […]

TRSU chair Orzechowski: 'We violated open meeting law'

TRSU chair Orzechowski: ‘We violated open meeting law’ Orzechowski apologizes, Powden does not attend, Prairie unconvinced

By Shawn Cunningham © 2019 Telegraph Publishing  LLC With Two Rivers Supervisory Union Superintendent Meg Powden not in attendance, board chair Paul Orzechowski admitted that the TRSU board had violated Vermont’s Open Meeting Law and apologized at a May 16 special meeting held by video conference with members attending from Chester-Andover Elementary, TRSU in Ludlow […]

Chester loses bid for Tomasso land, eyes gravel extraction at water tank property

Chester loses bid for Tomasso land, eyes gravel extraction at water tank property

By Shawn Cunningham © 2019 Telegraph Publishing LLC Town properties – current and potential – took up the majority of the Wednesday, May 15 Chester Select Board meeting as Chairman Arne Jonynas told the meeting that he had asked that the Tomasso property be put on the agenda to keep the public abreast of what […]

TRSU board to answer open meeting claim in special session

TRSU board to answer open meeting claim in special session

By Shawn Cunningham © 2019 Telegraph Publishing, LLC The board of the Two Rivers Supervisory Union will meet on Thursday night to discuss and take action on The Chester Telegraph’s claim that the closed door session at its May 2 was a violation of Vermont’s Open Meeting Law. The agenda for the special session says […]

GMUSD board OKs contract, appoints new member, seeks safety upgrades in Cavendish

GMUSD board OKs contract, appoints new member, seeks safety upgrades in Cavendish

By Shawn Cunningham © 2019 Telegraph Publishing LLC The board of directors of the Green Mountain Unified School District  ratified its agreement with its support staff at a special meeting last Thursday, but not without questions about the timing of the work. The agreement, which covers para-educators, personal care assistants, food service workers, bus drivers […]

Chester sets Special Town Meeting over loader purchase for June 10

Chester sets Special Town Meeting over loader purchase for June 10

By Shawn Cunningham © 2019 Telegraph Publishing LLC On Friday May 10, the Chester Select Board approved a warning for a Special Town Meeting to vote on the purchase of a new loader for the town garage. According to board chair Arne Jonynas, the funding for the loader was included in the town’s capital plan […]

Hearing on Rt. 103 speed limit at GM High School

Hearing on Rt. 103 speed limit at GM High School

By Shawn Cunningham © 2019 Telegraph Publishing LLC The Agency of Transportation will hold a hearing next week to take public testimony on lowering the speed limit on Rt. 103 around the Green Mountain High School in Chester. VTrans officials will hear public comment on the current speed limits and how they might be changed […]

Westminster man charged in road rage shooting

Westminster man charged in road rage shooting

By Shawn Cunningham © 2019 Telegraph Publishing, LLC A Westminster man was arrested this afternoon and charged in a road rage shooting this morning. No one was injured in the incident. At around 8:30 a.m. today, Thursday, Robert Wright of Townshend called 9-1-1 to say that the driver of a truck had fired several shots […]

CAES asks parents not to arrive early for pickup

CAES asks parents not to arrive early for pickup Traffic pattern, early arrivals mean congestion at elementary

By Shawn Cunningham © 2019 Telegraph Publishing LLC Jim Spaulding is spending a chunk of his afternoons directing traffic. The building supervisor at Chester-Andover Elementary School has made it his mission to make the bus and parent pickups run smoothly and that means asking some people (politely) to leave. Over the years, several schemes have […]

Chester Telegraph claims TRSU board violated state Open Meeting Law

Chester Telegraph claims TRSU board violated state Open Meeting Law

By Shawn Cunningham © 2019 Telegraph Publishing LLC In a complaint dated May 7 and sent to Two Rivers Supervisory Union Superintendent Meg Powden and board members, Cynthia Prairie, editor and publisher of The Chester Telegraph, is contending that the board of the SU improperly entered into an executive session even after it was warned […]

Townscape volunteers dress up information booth, gazebo

Townscape volunteers dress up information booth, gazebo

By Shawn Cunningham © 2019 Telegraph Publishing LLC The people who brought you the daffodils by the cemetery wall, planters all over town, flower boxes on the bridges and the Hearse House Renovation are back and they’re getting their hands dirty. A group of Chester Townscape members descended on the information booth on Main Street […]

Hazardous waste disposal days, hours to change

Hazardous waste disposal days, hours to change Chester Select Board discusses special town meetings on EMS building, loader

By Shawn Cunningham © 2019 Telegraph Publishing LLC The hazardous household waste collections that have been held at the Springfield Transfer Station a couple of times a year are in for a big change, which may make them both harder to access and more expensive. Last Wednesday night, Derek Suursoo, who represents the Town of […]

GMUSD board balks at hearing CTES complaints

GMUSD board balks at hearing CTES complaints

By Shawn Cunningham © 2019 Telegraph Publishing LLC While the agenda for the Green Mountain Unified School District’s Thursday, April 25 meeting was full — and the public portion of the meeting went on for three hours — one question hung over the proceedings until the end and even then some members of the public […]

Chester solons mull water, gravel and Hogs

Chester solons mull water, gravel and Hogs

By Shawn Cunningham © 2019 Telegraph Publishing, LLC Acting as the town’s Water and Sewer Commission, the Chester Select Board, at its April 17 meeting, approved taking out a $45,000 from the state’s Drinking Water and Groundwater Protection Division to inventory and map the entire water system. The Asset Management Planning loan is offered to […]

Cavendish Elementary parents petition SU to delay Beaupre contract renewal

Cavendish Elementary parents petition SU to delay Beaupre contract renewal

By Shawn Cunningham © 2019 Telegraph Publishing LLC Nearly six dozen parents of Cavendish Town Elementary School students and other interested community members have signed a petition of no confidence in Principal Deb Beaupre, asking that the Two Rivers Supervisory Union “hold up her contract renewal” and “open an investigation into the communities (sic) concerns.” […]

Early morning flooding hammers area towns

Early morning flooding hammers area towns

By Shawn Cunningham ©2019 Telegraph Publishing LLC Overnight rains and melting snows combined on Monday morning to cause flooding and close roads throughout the area. Luckily, it was also the first day of the spring break for local schools. At 6:24 a.m., a Weston firefighter asked the Keene Mutual Aid dispatcher to tone fire department […]

Troopers find double murder suspect dead

Troopers find double murder suspect dead

© 2019 Telegraph Publishing LLC Late this afternoon while searching for double murder suspect Derrick Shippee, police found him dead. According to a VSP press release, the Tactical Services Unit was searching on and around Shippee’s family’s property at 138 Sak Road in Vernon, when at around 4:35 p.m. TSU members located a body preliminarily […]

Car fire at CAES disrupts dismissal, no injuries

Car fire at CAES disrupts dismissal, no injuries

By Shawn Cunningham © 2019 Telegraph Publishing LLC A car fire at 3 p.m. threw the afternoon dismissal for Chester-Andover Elementary School into disarray while firefighters blocked the driveway to extinguish the blaze. As parents in cars lined up behind the school to pick up their children, the car at the front of the line […]