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To the editor: Secretary of State supports net neutrality

To the editor: Secretary of State supports net neutrality

Open and unfettered access to information is critical to a functioning democracy. The Federal Communications Commission’s decision to upend net neutrality is a major blow to our democratic ideals of open information access and free speech, allowing corporations to restrict what information Americans are able to access, and how they’re able to access it. This […]

To the editor: An open letter to the residents of Chester

To the editor: An open letter to the residents of Chester

The Steering Committee would like to express our gratitude for the opportunity to participate and help create the Village Center Master Plan for Chester. It has been a tremendously rewarding experience for all of us. The Chester Select Board was very thoughtful in nominating a diverse group of engaged citizens with different perspectives and backgrounds. […]

To the editor: Thanks to all who made Overture a success

To the editor: Thanks to all who made Overture a success

The Overture to Christmas Committee would like to thank all of the community members who helped make this 32nd Overture — held in late November and early December — a resounding success with children and adults alike. Thank you to our Festival of Trees sponsors: the Pizza Stone, the Heritage Deli, The Chester Telegraph, the […]

To the editor: Green Mountain Party a cure to status quo

To the editor: Green Mountain Party a cure to status quo

Are you at all frustrated with the political direction Vermont is currently on? If so, a group of us have formed the Green Mountain Party to address the concerns of so many in Vermont that are being ignored. Here is a link to our party at the Secretary of State’s office. Term Limits — eight […]

To the editor: Principal Ferenc announces retirement

To the editor: Principal Ferenc announces retirement

To the members of the Green Mountain Union High School community: It is with a heavy heart that I announce my retirement effective the end of this school year. It has been a pleasure being your principal for the past 11 years. The support of the school board, parents and community members has been nothing […]

To the editor: BRHS board will work toward smooth transition

To the editor: BRHS board will work toward smooth transition

The School Board Directors of the Union 39 district collectively wanted to assure everyone that we will be working hard to help make the transition from a union school district to a unified district as smooth as possible. While there are no doubt some in our school community are not in support of this unified […]

To the editor: Supervised injection facilities are not the answer

To the editor: Supervised injection facilities are not the answer

Before Vermont considers opening a Supervised Injection Facility – a state sponsored and funded heroin injection site — there should be a full examination of the costs and benefits of such a program. Questions that need to be fully answered include: whether such facilities would lead to greater drug use, additional crime, a deterioration of […]

Analysis: Net Neutrality keeps local, online news flowing

Analysis: Net Neutrality keeps local, online news flowing

By Matt DeRienzo ©2017 Telegraph Publishing LLC Repealing Net Neutrality would allow giant chain media to work in concert with internet conglomerates to limit access to independent, alternative and local news and information, warns LION Publishers about the upcoming vote by the FCC. “Giving a clear go-ahead for a tilted playing field would be the […]

To the editor: Young chefs prep for 2018 Jr. Iron Chef competition

To the editor: Young chefs prep for 2018 Jr. Iron Chef competition

For the sixth year in a row, Green Mountain Union High will be participating in the Jr. Iron Chef Vermont competition in March 2018. We have three great teams and their coaches already practicing in the kitchen on a weekly basis. They have been cooking and testing recipes to start creating the one they will […]

To the editor: Magic Mtn. thanks all for Coat Giveaway help

To the editor: Magic Mtn. thanks all for Coat Giveaway help

A big Thank You to all the generous community members who donated warm winter clothing for Magic Mountain’s Coat Giveaway. Thank you also to our employees Amanda Bourque, Mary Ives, Mary Beth Hatheway and our partners at Four Seasons Sotheby’s Real Estate in Londonderry — especially Nancy Jensen, Gary Coger and Meredith Stock — for […]

To the editor: Neighborhood Connections thanks VT Community Foundation

To the editor: Neighborhood Connections thanks VT Community Foundation

Neighborhood Connections would like to thank the Lyman Orton Fund of the Vermont Community Foundation for its recent grant for annual support. These monies will go to provide much-needed help to our neighbors in the community. Neighborhood Connections is a community-based organization serving individuals and families in the mountain towns of south-central Vermont with particular […]

To the editor: NRA members are only hope

To the editor: NRA members are only hope

The recent massacre at a church in Texas was the 307th mass shooting this year. The rank and file members of the NRA are our best (perhaps only) hope for stemming such horrors, which are so common that we have begun to accept them as a fact of life in America. It is obvious that […]

To the editor: BRGNS thanks all for Stick Season Social support

To the editor: BRGNS thanks all for Stick Season Social support

The directors, staff and volunteers at Black River Good Neighbor Services in Ludlow express our sincere thanks to the many generous supporters who attended and donated to the annual Stick Season Social held on Sunday, Nov. 5. This fundraiser helps to fill the food shelves at the holiday season and raises cash to help provide […]

To the editor: Chester Townscape thanks all for their efforts

To the editor: Chester Townscape thanks all for their efforts

This year, there was an eye-catching succession of plantings in our beautiful town of Chester. Spring bulbs were succeeded by summer flowers in pots and boxes on the bridges, along with impatiens along the Brookside Cemetery wall. The summer blooms were then followed by cornstalks, mums and pumpkins in public places around town. The volunteers […]

To the editor: Warm Hands Warm Hearts thanks community for support

To the editor: Warm Hands Warm Hearts thanks community for support

The 10th Annual Blanket & Outerwear Drive was a great success due to the amazing community support for the event. Individuals and families who selected items at the distribution were truly blessed with a wide array of blankets, handmade quilts, coats, boots, hand-knit hats, mittens, etc. Many area residents will be warmer this winter due […]

To the editor: In school merger, money is not the only issue

To the editor: In school merger, money is not the only issue

Bells, whistles, and other distractions aside, Mount Holly and Ludlow residents are again being asked if they are willing to see Black River High School close its doors, and again money is an issue. The school tax rate appears to decrease when there is no local high school, but much of that decrease is the […]

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 […]

To the editor: Vote no to Ludlow/Mt. Holly schools merger

To the editor: Vote no to Ludlow/Mt. Holly schools merger

On Nov. 28, Mount Holly and Ludlow will once again be voting on whether or not to close Black River High School and to send our 7 – 12 grade students to … wherever. A group of local people are proposing an independent high school. In an article about this possibility, Melissa Perrino is quoted […]

To the editor: Nature Museum thanks community for support of Fairy House Fest

To the editor: Nature Museum thanks community for support of Fairy House Fest

The staff at the Nature Museum was warmed by the buzz of community excitement and show of support for the recent Fairy House Festival on Saturday, Sept. 23, and Sunday, Sept. 24. Local individuals, families, schools, libraries, and businesses collected pine cones, acorn caps, feathers, moss, and more and created charming fairy houses. Visitors to […]

To the editor: The hows, whys of punch card system at Derry Transfer Station

To the editor: The hows, whys of punch card system at Derry Transfer Station

Some folks have expressed their frustration with the new punch card system at the Londonderry Transfer Station. Punch cards are a solution to one piece of a much larger puzzle. Handling cash at the Transfer Station has been a safety and financial concern for years. I would like to assure everyone that Londonderry does not […]