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To the editor: Chester family needs medical help for soon-to-be-born baby

To the editor: Chester family needs medical help for soon-to-be-born baby

My name is Scott Boucher and my wife is Stacey Sanderson. She is a Chester native, and I am a longtime transplant from Burlington. Our oldest daughter Anya is a second grader at CAES, and we are proud of our town. Chester is a wonderful, safe and close-knit community, and we have seen the residents […]

To the editor: CTES Petition organizers thank communities

To the editor: CTES Petition organizers thank communities

To the communities of Cavendish, Chester, Andover, Baltimore, Ludlow and Mt. Holly: We want to express our sincere gratitude to all of you for supporting our petition to reinstate the position of Cavendish Town Elementary School principal as full-time and permanent. We had received 401 signatures including residents of all the towns that make up the Two […]

To the editor: GM Iron Chefs serve winning recipe at State House

To the editor: GM Iron Chefs serve winning recipe at State House

We are pleased and proud to announce that one of our winning teams of this year’s Jr. Iron Chef competition was invited to the Vermont State House to witness the reading of a Jr Iron Chef Vt resolution, to be recognized by their representatives in the House chamber and then to cook their award-winning recipes […]

To the editor: GM students pioneer French exchange program

To the editor: GM students pioneer French exchange program

This year, nine students and two faculty members of Green Mountain Union High School pioneered an exchange program with Lycée St. Joseph La Pommeraye, a high school in France. The 2018 St. Joseph La Pommeraye Exchange Program was an opportunity for GM students to better understand French culture and gain fluency in French language through […]

To the editor: Family Center thanks businesses for help during prom outfit sale

To the editor: Family Center thanks businesses for help during prom outfit sale

On April 4, 2018, area teens and parents converged on the Chester-Andover Family Center for prom shopping. Shoppers tried on multiple dresses from our selection of over 200 long and short gowns. Once the perfect dress was found, the girls selected accessories to match. Guys also had a large selection of suits and tuxedos to […]

To the editor: Principal Ferenc invites parents to Proficiency Based Education meeting

To the editor: Principal Ferenc invites parents to Proficiency Based Education meeting

Dear Green Mountain Parents, Students and Guardians, I am writing this letter to invite you to an informational presentation on Proficiency Based Education, to be held at 6 p.m. Tuesday, May 1, 2018 in the Green Mountain Union High School’s Library Learning Commons. We will open the meeting in the LLC with a brief overview […]

Commentary: Get to know Grace Cottage

Commentary: Get to know Grace Cottage

By Rep. Kelly Pajala The legislature meets Tuesday through Friday, so Mondays are often the one weekday during sessions when legislators have the opportunity to spend time back in their home districts. Last Monday, in the midst of my brain being consumed by the battle over gun control and school safety, I literally went out […]

To the editor: Make your voice heard

To the editor: Make your voice heard

Chester and Andover residents, I invite you to participate in a brief, four question research survey about Community and Youth in Chester and Andover, Vermont. I am an Andover resident, an early childhood educator and graduate student at Goddard College. The survey should take 3 to 5 minutes and will be up online until April […]

To the editor: Watershed Alliance thanks communities for support

To the editor: Watershed Alliance thanks communities for support

The Southeastern Vermont Watershed Alliance wants to sincerely thank the following communities and their citizens for supporting our efforts to monitor the waterways of our area: Brattleboro, Brookline, Dummerston, Jamaica, Londonderry, Newfane, Putney, Townshend and Wardsboro. Your support of our organization demonstrates your desire and commitment for our stream to be checked regularly throughout the […]

Commentary: Rep. Clarkson on gun safety, tech security bills

Commentary: Rep. Clarkson on gun safety, tech security bills

By Sen. Alison Clarkson Both bodies of the Vermont legislature have now passed three major measures to improve firearm safety in our state. These bills: S.221, H.422 and S.55 are designed to keep guns out of the hands of those who intend harm to themselves or others, domestic violence abusers, and those with a serious […]

To the editor: Gun proliferation is part of problem

To the editor: Gun proliferation is part of problem

Gun rights advocates are fond of saying “guns don’t kill people, people do.” Presumably this means that someone who is intent upon committing murder or mayhem will always find a weapon of some sort and a way to use it. So, since guns are not the problem, there is no need to control access to […]

Telegraph Poll: Why did you vote against the GMUSD budget?

Telegraph Poll: Why did you vote against the GMUSD budget?

The Green Mountain Unified School District Board is revisiting the budget that was voted down by residents in Andover, Baltimore, Cavendish and Chester and has questioned why it failed.  The Telegraph wants to give you the opportunity to say why you voted against it. (You can also choose multiple answers.)

Commentary: Rep. Bock on gun, tax measures

Commentary: Rep. Bock on gun, tax measures

By Rep. Tom Bock The school shooting in Florida plus the incident at Fair Haven High School right here in Vermont has brought the need for immediate attention to be paid to gun violence. Gov. Phil Scott had already outlined an action plan to improve school safety and reduce gun violence. The gun violence prevention […]

To the editor: GM Iron Chef teams cook up wins

To the editor: GM Iron Chef teams cook up wins

St. Patrick’s Day proved to be a lucky day for two of the three Jr. Iron Chef teams that Green Mountain Middle & High sent to compete in the 11th Annual Jr. Iron Chef Competition in Essex on Saturday, March 17. GM teams have competed for six years, and our teams have been winners in […]

To the editor: Condos concerned by over-reach of Homeland Security bill

To the editor: Condos concerned by over-reach of Homeland Security bill

As Vermont’s Chief Elections Officer my responsibility is to ensure that our fundamental democratic voting rights are protected. I recently learned of language included in Section 4012 of H.R.2825, which provides for the reauthorization of the federal Department of Homeland Security, which would allow armed Secret Service agents to enter polling locations – at the […]

To the editor: Gun owners, control advocates can find common ground

To the editor: Gun owners, control advocates can find common ground

On March 14, I watched about 30 Leland and Gray students walk out of their school and conduct a 17-minute demonstration to honor the 17 students and teachers who were slaughtered in the April 14 school-shooting in Florida, and to demand action by national and state legislators to prevent such tragedies from happening again. The […]

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, […]

Op-Ed: Open government is good government

Op-Ed: Open government is good government

By Jim Condos Vermont Secretary of State March 11-17 is Sunshine Week, a national celebration of access to public information and what it means for you and your community. All across Vermont new board members and other town and city officials are being sworn in and taking their seats for the first time. I am […]

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 […]

To the editor: Board chair urges 'Yes' vote on new GMUSD budget

To the editor: Board chair urges ‘Yes’ vote on new GMUSD budget

The Green Mountain Unified School District became operational in September 2017. In short order, the board, represented by the towns of Andover, Baltimore, Cavendish and Chester, elected officers, organized committees, and began work on the budget. The budget proved challenging. We had anticipated substantial savings as a result of consolidation under Act 46. Because of […]