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South Derry fire department wins $84,000 FEMA grant

South Derry fire department wins $84,000 FEMA grant

By Shawn Cunningham © 2017 Telegraph Publishing LLC Champion Fire Company No. 5 Chief Jeff Duda announced Friday morning that the South Londonderry company has won an $84,096 Assistance to Firefighter Grant from the Federal Emergency Management Agency. Champion was one of seven FEMA grant winners in Vermont including Springfield with $250,069 and Wilmington with […]

UPDATE: I-91 Rockingham Bridge construction schedule

UPDATE: I-91 Rockingham Bridge construction schedule

The Vermont Agency of Transportation has begun replacing the bridges on I-91 over the Williams River in Rockingham. The projected completion date is May 18, 2020. Here is the anticipated construction schedule for the week of June, 26 2017. Golden Hill Road activities: Monday through Friday Continued construction of lower access road Continued steady truck […]

Andover Select Board agenda for June 26, 2017

Andover Select Board agenda for June 26, 2017

The Andover Select Board will hold its meeting at 6:30 p.m. on Monday, June 26 at Town Offices, 953 Andover-Weston Road.  Call Select Board meeting to order. Act on Agenda. Act on Minutes: Act on minutes from June 12th meeting. New Business: A. SWCRPC update – Allison Hopkins; B. Select Board rules of procedure; C. […]

Chester board finds itself in a DRB dustup

Chester board finds itself in a DRB dustup

By Shawn Cunningham ©2017 Telegraph Publishing LLC Chester’s planning and zoning functions continue to be problematic even after the adoption of “pro-business” changes to the Unified Development Bylaws earlier this year. Front2Back Landscaping owner Randy Miles complained to the Select Board at its June 14 meeting that the Development Review Board had denied his application. […]

Derry completes Genser buyout; Frog's Leap Inn fails to sell

Derry completes Genser buyout; Frog’s Leap Inn fails to sell

By Bruce Frauman ©2017 Telegraph Publishing LLC Applause broke out at the Londonderry Select Board meeting on Monday, June 19 when Town Administrator Stephanie Thompson said, “I am pleased to announce that as of  1 p.m. today we closed on the Genser property.” This marked the end of a six-year saga that began in August […]

Chester teen charged with two counts of sexual assault

Chester teen charged with two counts of sexual assault

By Cynthia Prairie and Shawn Cunningham ©2017 Telegraph Publishing LLC WHITE RIVER JUNCTION Following a monthlong investigation, Chester and Ludlow Police have charged an 18-year-old Chester man with two counts of sexual assault in incidents that occurred in October 2016 in Ludlow and in May 2017 in Chester to two separate victims. All are students […]

Chester Development Review Board hearing for June 26, 2017

Chester Development Review Board hearing for June 26, 2017

The Development Review Board of the town of Chester will meet for two site visits on Monday, June 26 prior to its 6 p.m. public hearing at Town Hall, 556 Elm St. Below is its agenda. 5 p.m. Site Visit – 390 Ethan Allen Road – Junker Minor Sub-Division 5:25 p.m. Site Visit – 1205 […]

Downer steps down as zoning chief, Weston board taps interim

Downer steps down as zoning chief, Weston board taps interim

By Bruce Frauman © 2017 Telegraph Publishing LLC After only a month as Weston’s zoning administrator, Bruce Downer handed his resignation to the Weston Select Board on Tuesday, June 13. Downer also serves as a member of the Select Board. At its  meeting, the Select Board accepted the resignation and the recommendation of the Planning […]

Services in Chester for Ginevra Goldthwaite Finch

Services in Chester for Ginevra Goldthwaite Finch

Family and friends of Ginevra Goldthwaite Marsh Finch are welcome to celebrate her life at a graveside gathering and burial at 10 a.m. on Thursday, June 29, 2017 at the Pleasant View Cemetery, 893 High St. in Chester. Mrs. Finch was born March 15, 1923 and raised in Chester. She died on March 10, 2017, […]

UPDATE: I-91 Rockingham Bridge construction schedule

UPDATE: I-91 Rockingham Bridge construction schedule

The Vermont Agency of Transportation has begun replacing the bridges on I-91 over the Williams River in Rockingham. The projected completion date is May 18, 2020. Here is the anticipated construction schedule for the week of June, 19 2017. Golden Hill Road activities: Monday through Friday Continued steady truck traffic with traffic control present. Pumping […]

Grafton Select Board agenda for Monday, June 19, 2017

Grafton Select Board agenda for Monday, June 19, 2017

The Grafton Select Board will meet at 6 p.m. on Monday, June 19 at Grafton Town Garage, 220 Bell St. Below is its agenda. Adopt Agenda Minutes: June 5, 2017 Highway Report Signature for Cemetery Deed Signature for Sullivan, Powers & Co. Audit Agreement Open Paving, Chip Sealing, and Milling Bids Open Town Pond for […]

Truck inspection yields cause of yesterday's Hazmat leak

Truck inspection yields cause of yesterday’s Hazmat leak

By Shawn Cunningham © 2017 Telegraph Publishing, LLC One nail, sticking up as little as a quarter of an inch from the surface of a pallet punctured one plastic drum being carried on a Clean Harbors Environmental Services truck and closed Rt. 103 in Chester for nearly 20 hours starting on Tuesday afternoon, according to […]

UPDATE: ROUTE 103 NOW OPEN   Route 103 South still closed as Hazmat cleanup continues

UPDATE: ROUTE 103 NOW OPEN Route 103 South still closed as Hazmat cleanup continues

By Shawn Cunningham © 2017 Telegraph Publishing LLC At 8:30 a.m. on Wednesday, more than 18 hours after the 911 call that unleashed a large emergency Hazmat response, Chester and Springfield firefighters, ambulance crews, local and DMV police and other responders were still on the scene with Rt. 103 South closed east of the Chester-Andover […]

Sun shines on 2017 Chester Alumni Day Parade

Sun shines on 2017 Chester Alumni Day Parade

©2017-Telegraph Publishing LLC After several days of rain, the clouds parted just in time for the annual Chester Alumni Day Parade on Saturday, June 6. Chester architect Claudio Veliz shot these photos commemorating the event. Click any photo to launch the gallery.  

2 named to Chester Planning Board, shoring up of Rt. 35 starts

2 named to Chester Planning Board, shoring up of Rt. 35 starts

By Shawn Cunningham © 2017  Telegraph Publishing LLC Leaving one of the three vacant positions still open, the Chester Select Board appointed two candidates to the Chester Planning Commission at its meeting on Wednesday, June 7. The board, which interviewed five candidates in executive sessions this spring, put Chester residents Tim Roper and Barre Pinske […]

Truck's leaking cargo spurs Hazmat response on Routes 103, 11

Truck’s leaking cargo spurs Hazmat response on Routes 103, 11

UPDATE: 9:30 p.m. Tuesday About 30 firefighters, state Hazmat team members, police and ambulance personnel remain on the scene of a hazardous materials incident tonight to help a crew from Clean Harbors Environmental Services cope with a cleanup of one of its trucks that was leaking liquid sodium nitrate. “The people here now will be […]

Grafton Planning Commission agenda for June 13

Grafton Planning Commission agenda for June 13

The Planning Commission for the town of Grafton will meet at 7 p.m. Tuesday, June 13 at Grafton Elementary School, 56 School St. It will begin with a public hearing on a minor subdivision before moving on to the Town Plan. Below is its agenda. Public Hearing Minor Subdivision Hearing | Iva Fisher for Kim […]

Avoiding bear, driver crashes truck in Londonderry

Avoiding bear, driver crashes truck in Londonderry

By Shawn Cunningham © 2017 Telegraph Publishing, LLC The driver of a tractor trailer who swerved to avoid hitting a bear on Route 11 yesterday ended up crashing his truck, slowing and even stopping traffic in the area. According to the Vermont State Police, at about 5:30 Thursday morning, Saul Hernandez, 38,  of Allentown, Pa., […]

UPDATE: I-91 Rockingham Bridge construction schedule

UPDATE: I-91 Rockingham Bridge construction schedule

© 2017 Telegraph Publishing LLC The Vermont Agency of Transportation has begun replacing the bridges on I-91 over the Williams River in Rockingham. The projected completion date is May 18, 2020. Here is the anticipated construction schedule for the week of June, 12 2017. Monday thru Friday: Southbound left lane is closed on I-91 over […]

Andover Select Board agenda for June 12

Andover Select Board agenda for June 12

The Select Board for the Town of Andover will meet at 6:30 p.m. on Monday, June 12 at Town Offices, 953 Weston-Andover Road. Below is its agenda. 1. Call Select Board meeting to order. 2. Act on Agenda. 3. Act on Minutes: Act on minutes from May 22nd meeting. 4. New Business: A. Chester Snowmobile […]