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Chester Select Board agenda for Dec. 20, 2017

Chester Select Board agenda for Dec. 20, 2017

The Chester Select Board will meet at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 20 at Town Hall, 556 Elm St. Below is its agenda. 1. Approval of Minutes from the December 6, 2017 Selectboard Meeting 2. Citizen Comments 3. Old Business 4. Discussion with Windsor County Legislators about upcoming Legislative Session 5. Chester Library Update; Kathy […]

I-91 Rockingham bridge construction update

I-91 Rockingham bridge construction update

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 Dec. 18, 2017. I-91 NORTHBOUND & SOUTHBOUND ARE REDUCED TO ONE LANE WITHIN THE CONSTRUCTION ZONE. I-91 NORTHBOUND MOTORISTS […]

David Hume Jr., 58, co-founder of Green Mtn. Gringo, was lover of the outdoors, thrilled teaching sons snowboarding

David Hume Jr., 58, co-founder of Green Mtn. Gringo, was lover of the outdoors, thrilled teaching sons snowboarding

GAINESVILLE, Fla. David Stuart Hume Jr., 58, passed away peacefully following a long illness on Dec. 8, 2017. Mr. Hume was born May 2, 1959 in Endicott, N.Y., the youngest child to David and Barbara (Burns) Hume. His early years were spent in Chappaqua, N.Y., with most weekends and holidays spent in Andover, Vt., exploring […]

Storm yields another crop of accidents: 'Slow down' says VSP

Storm yields another crop of accidents: ‘Slow down’ says VSP

By Shawn Cunningham © 2017 Telegraph Publishing LLC “It’s pretty simple,” said Sgt. Chris Buckley of the Vermont State Police Westminster barracks, “you can’t continue to drive at 65 when the road is covered with snow.” Dozens of motorists learned that lesson during Tuesday’s storm as the VSP responded to 47 calls for crashes, cars […]

Colleagues escort Sgt. Phelps home before final goodbyes on Monday

Colleagues escort Sgt. Phelps home before final goodbyes on Monday

By Shawn Cunningham © 2017 Telegraph Publishing LLC Members of area emergency services agencies and first responders honored Chester Police Sgt. Mark Phelps, who died on Monday, by escorting his remains to the Davis Funeral Home in Springfield from Dartmouth Hitchcock Hospital in Lebanon, N.H. Just before 4 p.m., as dusk was just settling in, […]

Sgt. Mark Phelps, 53, lived a life of public service, devotion to family

Sgt. Mark Phelps, 53, lived a life of public service, devotion to family

Mark Phelps Sr. 53, passed away on Monday Dec. 11, 2017 at the Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center in Lebanon, N.H.  He was born April 17, 1964 in Springfield, Vt., the son of Charles and Elizabeth (Childs) Phelps.  He attended Springfield schools, graduating from Springfield High School class of 1983.  He later attended the Vermont Police […]

Police to escort Sgt. Phelps home this afternoon

Police to escort Sgt. Phelps home this afternoon

The Chester Police Department have issued this statement at 1:15 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 13: Today we will be bringing Sgt. Mark Phelps home. Escorting him from Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center, leaving there at 3 p.m. to Davis Chapel on Summer Street in Springfield. Escort route will be as follows: 1-89 N to I-91 S to […]

Chester board hears culvert detour concerns, reviews 2018 budget

Chester board hears culvert detour concerns, reviews 2018 budget

By Shawn Cunningham © 2017 Telegraph Publishing LLC In a special hearing before the Dec. 6 Chester Select Board meeting, Popple Dungeon residents expressed their concerns about detours that would occur during replacement of a failed culvert that was insufficient to handle the water from Tropical Storm Irene. Aaron Guyette and Jason Keener of the […]

Chester Police Sgt. Mark Phelps dies

Chester Police Sgt. Mark Phelps dies

© 2017 Telegraph Publishing LLC The Chester Police Department announced this morning that Sgt. Mark Phelps has died. In a message this morning, Chief Richard Cloud wrote: “It is with deep sorrow and heavy hearts; Chester Police Department announces the death of Sergeant Mark Phelps. Please keep his family in your thoughts and prayers in […]

Tomasso property back on market after forestry foundation option lapses

Tomasso property back on market after forestry foundation option lapses

Shawn Cunningham © 2017 Telegraph Publishing LLC The 1,800-acre property in Chester that was the focus of so much attention and excitement as a possible “community forest” that would offer a number of recreational opportunities including hiking, mountain biking and expanded snowmobiling in addition to hunting and fishing is back on the market. Robert Perschel, […]

Missing Chester man found dead

Missing Chester man found dead

By Shawn Cunningham © 2017 Telegraph Publishing, LLC A Chester man who was last seen on Oct. 24 was found dead in the woods off  Green Mountain Turnpike on Saturday Dec. 9. According to Chester Police, the body of David MacTavish, who is also known as David “Milo” Mills, 54, was found by a hunter […]

First snow crashes keep police busy overnight

First snow crashes keep police busy overnight

© 2017 Telegraph Publishing LLC The first accumulating snow of the season in this southern Vermont area brought a large crop of motor vehicle accidents, keeping police and towing companies busy into the wee hours. According to the Vermont State Police, troopers from the Westminster barracks responded to more than 35 crashes between 4 p.m. […]

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 Dec. 11, 2017. I-91 NORTHBOUND & SOUTHBOUND ARE REDUCED TO ONE LANE WITHIN THE CONSTRUCTION ZONE. I-91 NORTHBOUND MOTORISTS […]

Andover Select Board agenda for Dec. 11, 2017

Andover Select Board agenda for Dec. 11, 2017

The Select Board for the town of Andover will meet at 6:30 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 11 at Town Office, 953 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 Nov. 27 meeting. 4. Public Comment (Time allowance: Five […]

American Legion donates flag pole for Chester Town Hall

American Legion donates flag pole for Chester Town Hall

By Shawn Cunningham © 2017 Telegraph Publishing LLC Chester’s American Legion Post 67 has donated a flag pole to the Town of Chester for Town Hall. On Thursday, it was presented to Town Manager David Pisha. In the late summer and early fall, Jeff Holden, who was representing the Legion, came to Chester’s Select Board […]

Grant will add nine holes, amenities to Chester disc golf course

Grant will add nine holes, amenities to Chester disc golf course

By Shawn Cunningham © 2017 Telegraph Publishing LLC By next summer, Chester will have an 18-hole disc golf course thanks to a Recreation Facilities grant from Vermont’s Department of Buildings and General Services. At the Pinnacle Recreation Area on Thursday, Dec. 7, state Rep. Tom Bock presented Town Manager David Pisha with a ceremonial check […]

Employee assaulted as masked pair robs Weathersfield store

Employee assaulted as masked pair robs Weathersfield store

Police say that two men robbed the Downers Corner Store this morning, assaulting an employee in the process. According to a Vermont State Police press release two men wearing masks and hoods followed employee June French  into the store at 4261 Route 106  in Weathersfield as she was about to open up around 4 a.m. […]

Danna de Rochefort, 86, of Chester, was passionate gardener, outdoor enthusiast

Danna de Rochefort, 86, of Chester, was passionate gardener, outdoor enthusiast

Danna de Rochefort, of Chester, loving mother, grandmother and friend, died peacefully in her sleep, surrounded by her children and grandchildren, on Dec. 3, 2017. She was 86. Mrs. de Rochefort was born on July 21, 1931 in Thompson, Conn., to Dr. James Edward Breslin and his wife Adeline Breslin, née Devereaux. She grew up […]

Pajala, ready to take Olsen's House seat, eyes taxes, economic development

Pajala, ready to take Olsen’s House seat, eyes taxes, economic development

© 2017 Telegraph Publishing LLC Londonderry Town Clerk Kelley Pajala was appointed by Gov. Phil Scott on Thursday to fill the unexpired portion of Oliver Olsen’s term in the Vermont House. Pajala threw her hat in the ring shortly after Olsen announced that he was stepping down on Oct 15. Pajala put her name forward […]

Brown counteroffers on mural damage; Derry board hears shed update

Brown counteroffers on mural damage; Derry board hears shed update

By Bruce Frauman ©2017 Telegraph Publishing LLC Restaurant owner Ed Brown has offered to pay $500 to Flood Brook School as compensation for painting over the mural students designed several years ago, Londonderry Select Board chair Paul Gordon said at Monday’s board meeting. He said that the offer was relayed by Jackie Trepanier, program director […]