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Four towns OK Green Mountain RED merger; voter turnout low

Four towns OK Green Mountain RED merger; voter turnout low

By Shawn Cunningham © 2017 Telegraph Publishing LLC Although turnout numbers were low, voters in Andover, Baltimore, Cavendish and Chester today, approved an Act 46 merger of the six districts that comprise their school system into the Green Mountain Unified School District. The new district will operate Chester-Andover Elementary School, Cavendish Town Elementary and Green […]

Fighter training flights to continue through mid-June

Fighter training flights to continue through mid-June

© 2017 Telegraph Publishing, LLC The 104th Fighter Wing, headquartered at Barnes Air National Guard Base in Westfield, Mass. has announced it will be exercising its aircrews and maintenance teams in a increased operations training exercise May 1 – June 14, between  9 a.m. and 5 p.m on weekdays. The flights will take place over […]

104th Fighter Wing training in area today

104th Fighter Wing training in area today

© 2017 Telegraph Publishing, LLC The 104th Fighter Wing, flying out of Barnes Air National Guard Base in Westfield, Mass. will be flying routine training missions over Southern Vermont this afternoon.  The 104th flies F-15 Eagles and has, as one of its missions, protecting the Northeast  from airborne threats.

Ludlow area residents plan for merger 'No' vote and its aftermath

Ludlow area residents plan for merger ‘No’ vote and its aftermath

By Shawn Cunningham © 2017 Telegraph Publishing LLC More than 40 people got together Thursday night to plan their opposition to the closing of Black River High School and the merger of the Ludlow and Mount Holly schools with the Mill River Unified Union School District in Clarendon. They also worked on ideas for what […]

Pre-vote Act 46 discussion hits lots of topics at Andover meeting

Pre-vote Act 46 discussion hits lots of topics at Andover meeting

By Shawn Cunningham © 2017 Telegraph Publishing LLC Just three days ahead of a vote on forming a Regional Education District — or RED — several members of the Andover community attending an information meeting at Andover Town Hall were more focused on Act 60 – the school funding statute – than on Act 46 […]

Questions abound at Act 46 merger meeting in Cavendish

Questions abound at Act 46 merger meeting in Cavendish

By Shawn Cunningham © 2017 Telegraph Publishing, LLC About 40 community members gathered in the cafeteria of Cavendish Town Elementary on Tuesday night to hear a presentation on the proposed Act 46 merger of Andover, Baltimore, Cavendish and Chester to create a Green Mountain Unified School District. They also asked questions of members of the […]

Chester Select Board meeting for May 3, 2017

Chester Select Board meeting for May 3, 2017

The Chester Select Board will meet at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, May 3 at Town Hall, 556 Elm St. Below is its agenda. Approval of Minutes from April 14, 2017 Special Select Board Meeting and Minutes from the April 19, 2017 Select Board Meeting Citizen Comment Old Business Report on the Police Department; Chief Cloud […]

Weston Select Board OKs purchase of new plow truck

Weston Select Board OKs purchase of new plow truck

By Bruce Frauman ©2017 Telegraph Publishing LLC Weston can expect delivery of a new plow truck in mid to late fall now that the Select Board gave Road Foreman Almon Crandall authorization to spend $87,697 to purchase a new Ford 550 cab and chassis from Stewart’s and a dump body, plow and sander from HP […]

'Whole lot of luck' spares Chester home from afternoon fire

‘Whole lot of luck’ spares Chester home from afternoon fire

By Shawn Cunningham © 2017 Telegraph Publishing LLC Events could have worked out very differently this afternoon on Orcutt Drive in Chester. But when the wire from a Green Mountain Power pole to Kyle and Becky Martens’ house began arcing and caught fire, everything fell into place to keep what could have been a major […]

Grafton Select Board agenda for May 1, 2017

Grafton Select Board agenda for May 1, 2017

The Grafton Select Board will meet at 6 p.m. on Monday, May 1 at Grafton Elementary School, 58 School St. Below is its agenda. Adopt Agenda Minutes: April 17, 2017 Warrants: Accounts Payable and Payroll Highway Report Signature for Cemetery Deed Act 148 Universal Recycling Law requirements: Tom Kennedy MKT Grafton Block Party FEMA Public […]

Man arrested in VSP barracks break-in attempt, more charges

Man arrested in VSP barracks break-in attempt, more charges

A Ludlow man faces arraignment today on a number of charges including burglary, possession of stolen property, obstruction of justice and unlawful mischief, according to Vermont State Police. Justin Clouart, whose residence is listed by police alternately as Ludlow and Putney, is accused in two separate incidents one of which included a break-in at the […]

Small crowd for Mill River merger meeting in Ludlow

Small crowd for Mill River merger meeting in Ludlow

By Shawn Cunningham © 2017 Telegraph Publishing LLC Considering the emotion that has swirled around the question of what should happen to Black River High School in the Act 46 school consolidation, a surprisingly small crowd turned out on Monday night to hear about and ask questions on the plan. Subtracting board members, Two Rivers […]

Chester board discusses emergency preparedness, new fire station

Chester board discusses emergency preparedness, new fire station

By Shawn Cunningham © 2017 Telegraph Publishing LLC The Chester Select Board had a light agenda so it could move onto executive session to interview Planning Commission candidates, but took time to discuss emergency preparedness and the status of an emergency services building at its April 19 meeting. The question about emergency preparedness arose when […]

Act 46 RED goes to voters: What will merger mean?

Act 46 RED goes to voters: What will merger mean?

By Shawn Cunningham © 2017 Telegraph Publishing LLC Next Tuesday, May 2, the voters of Andover, Baltimore, Cavendish and Chester will decide whether they will join their existing school districts into a new, unified one to fulfill the requirements of the state’s school consolidation law. The Regional Education District — or RED — that will […]

Between school mergers and splits: How did we get here?

Between school mergers and splits: How did we get here?

By Shawn Cunningham © 2017 Telegraph Publishing LLC Enacted by the Vermont legislature in the spring of 2015, Act 46 was designed to improve education opportunities for Vermont students while lowering the cost of providing those opportunities through mergers that would scale up the state’s schools and help create efficiencies. And that’s more than just […]

Telegraph Business Ticker

Telegraph Business Ticker

Country Creemee changes name and owners PERKINSVILLE Country Creemee, which has dispensed ice cream and burgers for many years at Downers Four Corners at Routes 106 and 131, is now in the hands of new owners, who have renamed it Villagers Restaurant. “Everything we’re doing comes back to the name  Villagers, ” said new owner […]

Students from GMUHS, Cavendish Elementary Rally for Planet

Students from GMUHS, Cavendish Elementary Rally for Planet

By Tuckerman Wunderle ©2017 Telegraph Publishing LLC MONTPELIER On Wednesday, April 12, students from Green Mountain Union High School and Cavendish Town Elementary School flocked to Montpelier to participate in the 2nd annual Rally for the Planet, organized by the Vermont Youth Lobby. The Green Mountain and Cavendish contingents joined about 1,400 other students from […]

Weston Select Board agenda for April 25, 2017

Weston Select Board agenda for April 25, 2017

The Town of Weston Select Board will meet at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, April 25 at Town Offices, 12 Lawrence Hill Road. Below is its agenda. Any Requested Changes to the Agenda: Public Comment: LEOP & NIMS: Road Foreman: Access Permit: TAN: Conflict of Interest & Lockout/Tagout Policies: Appointed Officers: Review and Approve Minutes: SO […]

UPDATE: I-91 Rockingham Bridge Construction

UPDATE: I-91 Rockingham Bridge Construction

© 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 this week. Monday thru Wednesday:  Weather permitting, temporary alternating southbound lane closures over the bridge to allow […]

Robbers caught on camera in two convenience store robberies

Robbers caught on camera in two convenience store robberies

© 2017-Telegraph Publishing LLC Vermont State Police are looking for three men involved in two robberies last night. In the first robbery, two men entered the Sunoco station on Route 5 at I-91 Exit 4 in Dummerston at around 9:15 p.m.  According to a VSP press release, one man distracted the store clerk while the […]