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To the editor: Bock announces re-election bid

To the editor: Bock announces re-election bid

I would like to announce that I am seeking re-election for the 2019/2020 legislative term as a Democrat for the Vermont House of Representatives for Windsor 3-1 District  representing Andover, Baltimore, Chester, and parts of North Springfield. It has been an honor to serve as your representative in Montpelier during the past two years and […]

To the editor: I vote for the man, not the party

To the editor: I vote for the man, not the party

I vote for the Man not the Party My voting history goes back to 1960 when I cast my first vote for John F. Kennedy for President. Coming from a GOP family (That’s Grand Old Party for young voters who might not recognize the current Republican Party), my mother simply said, “I know you will […]

Rep. Tom Bock: Government shutdown avoided

Rep. Tom Bock: Government shutdown avoided

By Rep. Tom Bock Windsor 3-1 Time was of the essence. Without a budget passed by July 1, Vermont government would be closed for the first time in history. After the biennium session ended on May 17 without a spending plan, a special session was reconvened, and over a period of four weeks the legislature […]

To the editor: Watson's remarks 'mischaracterized'

To the editor: Watson’s remarks ‘mischaracterized’

Your July 18 article Resistance to Tierney Road quarry continues by Julia Purdy was well-written and was largely factual. However, there were several statements that need correction or comment since they convey a negative impression on the group of Tierney Road residents that oppose the quarry. First, Ms. Watson did not “demand” anything. To say […]

To the editor: BRGNS thanks all who made golf tourney successful

To the editor: BRGNS thanks all who made golf tourney successful

The staff, the clients and the volunteers at Black River Good Neighbor Services are grateful to all of those who pitched in to make the recent golf tournament a success. The tournament raised more than $5,000, which we will use to defray the costs of several of our food programs. Our programs succeed because of […]

To the editor: Vote to fight tyranny of Act 46

To the editor: Vote to fight tyranny of Act 46

The political campaign season is here once again. Vermonters have another chance to make a much needed course correction in the relationship we have with our state government. The forced school closures and mandated mergers involved with ACT 46 are tyrannical. Local stakeholders, which include parents, grandparents, taxpayers and every voter, should be determining if […]

Telegraph Poll: On Yosemite Fire House's future

Telegraph Poll: On Yosemite Fire House’s future

The Chester Telegraph decided to conduct this poll after receiving a press release from the Chester Historic Preservation Committee*, which is an informal group of Chester residents that addresses the value, condition and possible uses of Chester’s historic buildings. Now that the historic Yosemite Fire House is officially owned by the Town of Chester, the […]

To the editor: Candidate concerned by polluted waters

To the editor: Candidate concerned by polluted waters

I hope that everyone enjoyed our celebration of independence and freedom from our former controlling Monarchy motherland, Britain. We must eternally thank our Founding Fathers and armed citizens who fought against the odds for our freedom. We must never disregard our founding documents or the foundation of our country. The constitutions were written for the […]

Perspective: A free press and a free country

Perspective: A free press and a free country

By Cynthia Prairie ©2018 Telegraph Publishing LLC Every day, we journalists work to make sure our news stories reflect the truth as best as can be gleaned from the sources that we have. We strive to make those stories pertinent to our community and, most importantly, we work to ensure that our stories are informative, […]

To the editor: TRSU fails to support parents

To the editor: TRSU fails to support parents

To the Two Rivers Supervisory Union, Green Mountain Union High School and the Vermont Agency of Education: During the past school year, there were many, many times when transportation to school was not available for children on the Andover route. For my own purposes, the staff at GMUHS was not helpful at all. In Vermont, […]

To the editor: Vote Stern for governor, for schools

To the editor: Vote Stern for governor, for schools

According to the chief education bureaucrat in Montpelier — Gov. Phil Scott —  in 1997, there were 104,000 students in Vermont’s preK-12 schools. Today, Vermont has 75,000 students. That number is predicted to fall to 69,000 in the next five years and, by 2030, fall again to 65,000. 1997 was the year that ACT 60, […]

To the editor: Rep. Pajala announces run

To the editor: Rep. Pajala announces run

I am proud and excited to announce that I will be running for state representative as an Independent this November. It has been an honor to work on behalf of Jamaica, Londonderry, Stratton, Weston and Winhall for the last six months and I hope that the community will entrust me with that responsibility in the […]

To the editor: Andover families decry spotty GM bus service as 'unacceptable'

To the editor: Andover families decry spotty GM bus service as ‘unacceptable’

We, the parents and taxpayers of Bus #4 (the “Andover” school bus) want to make all of you aware of a disservice being done to the families who live in Andover, the outer edge of Chester, and Londonderry. Since mid-April there has been only sporadic school bus service to Andover, Londonderry, Potash Brook Road and […]

To the editor: GM Interact Club grateful for help to fund Nicaragua trip

To the editor: GM Interact Club grateful for help to fund Nicaragua trip

Nine members of the Chester Rotary Interact Club at Green Mountain Union High School spent the 2018 February break in Nicaragua engaged in service work. The participants included Magali Stowell-Alemán, Sierra Kehoe, Sadie Wood, Noelle Gignoux, Mary Churchill, Pearl Myers, Zoe Svec, Erik Heitsmith, all of GMUHS, and Hannah Fleming, a Chester resident enrolled at […]

To the editor: Chester Snowmobile Club thanks landowners for trail access

To the editor: Chester Snowmobile Club thanks landowners for trail access

The Chester Snowmobile Club maintains more than 60 miles of VAST snowmobile trails running through Chester and the surrounding towns. We love the town of Chester and, as a way to support the community annually, we make financial contributions to many local organizations. During the last meeting of the season, we recently voted to make […]

To the editor: Vote yes on the GMUSD budget

To the editor: Vote yes on the GMUSD budget

Dear Community Members: Thank you to everyone who participated in the effort to refine the 2018-2019 Green Mountain Unified School District (GMUSD) budget. The board voted almost unanimously to put forth this budget to the legal voters, and feels that it is reflective of community goals for our students. In summary, this proposed budget totals […]

Bill Schubart: 'Vermont Life's' heedless death

Bill Schubart: ‘Vermont Life’s’ heedless death

By Bill Schubart This commentary first aired on VPR I grew up reading Vermont Life in the fifties and continued reading it until shortly after the turn of the century. It always had a prominent place in our home, moving quarterly from the coffee table to the bathroom magazine rack – where its continued perusal […]

To the editor: Gordon Scholarship thanks all who helped with fund-raiser

To the editor: Gordon Scholarship thanks all who helped with fund-raiser

It was a fantastic Cinco De Mayo night at the Chester American Legion, and the Heath Gordon Scholarship Fund has a ton of people to thank for their 5th annual fundraiser. The fund was able to add thousands to their bank account Saturday night and excited about putting it to good use. All proceeds will […]

To the editor: BR school group gets 501c3 status

To the editor: BR school group gets 501c3 status Seeks more community input for new independent school

The Ludlow-based Black River Independent School Committee recently became recognized as an official tax-exempt organization, gaining 501c3 status through the IRS. The group is currently in the process of completing the application to submit to the Vermont Board of Education to establish Black River Academy, an independent school serving grades 7-12 in Ludlow and Mount […]

To the editor: Housing Trust aids homeowners with repairs

To the editor: Housing Trust aids homeowners with repairs

At the Chester Select Board meeting on May 2, AmeriCorps service member Daphne Okumus presented information about Windham & Windsor Housing Trust’s Green Mountain Home Repair program. “The Green Mountain Home Repair program provides low cost loans and construction management to residents in Windham and Windsor counties,” Okumus told the board. “These loans have a […]