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Facebook's making it harder to see The Chester Telegraph; here's what to do

Facebook’s making it harder to see The Chester Telegraph; here’s what to do

By Cynthia Prairie 2018 Telegraph Publishing LLC Facebook has never been the best way to receive news since, over the years, it altered users’ algorithms to limit how much they see in their News Feeds. Then just a week ago, Facebook announced that it would show users more posts from friends and family while hiding […]

With little enthusiasm, GMUSD board sends budget to voters

With little enthusiasm, GMUSD board sends budget to voters

By Shawn Cunningham © 2018 Telegraph Publishing, LLC The Green Mountain Unified School District board moved ahead in fits and starts Wednesday night, approving a budget proposal that a number of members were not happy with while Superintendent Meg Powden repeatedly sounded “retreat,” promising just such an extended board session “sooner than later” to sort […]

Log truck-plow crash temporarily closes I-91; no life-threatening injuries

Log truck-plow crash temporarily closes I-91; no life-threatening injuries

By Shawn Cunningham © 2018 Telegraph Publishing LLC A tractor-trailer truck carrying logs on I-91 collided with a VTrans plow truck Wednesday evening shutting down the highway completely for about 20 minutes and one northbound lane of the highway for several hours. There were no life-threatening injuries in the accident. According to Vermont State Police, […]

Joint Cavendish/Chester school board meeting turns on issues of transparency, trust

Joint Cavendish/Chester school board meeting turns on issues of transparency, trust

By Shawn Cunningham © 2018 Telegraph Publishing LLC At a meeting of the Cavendish Town Elementary School Board – on its own and in a joint session with the Chester-Andover Elementary School on Tuesday night – a number of Cavendish residents expressed misgivings about the intentions of administration of the new school district. Their suspicions […]

Weston to email, mail tax reminders; board mulls parking ordinance revamp

Weston to email, mail tax reminders; board mulls parking ordinance revamp

By Bruce Frauman ©2018 Telegraph Publishing LLC Weston property taxpayers will receive at least three reminders of the date that their property taxes are due, the Select Board decided at its meeting last week, Jan. 9. Those reminders will be sent out by email as well as through the Post Office. That due date will […]

Seeking petitions, Derry board rejects four funding requests

Seeking petitions, Derry board rejects four funding requests

By Bruce Frauman ©2018-Telegraph Publishing LLC The Londonderry Select Board on Jan. 8 went through the list of appropriation requests to be voted on from the floor as it prepared for the March Town Meeting. Four organizations requesting money from the town were denied a spot on the warning by the Select Board unless they […]

Chester Select Board mulls budget priorities, asks departments for cuts

Chester Select Board mulls budget priorities, asks departments for cuts

By Shawn Cunningham © 2018 Telegraph Publishing LLC With a short schedule for getting a budget approved and sent to the printer ahead of Town Meeting Day in March, the Chester Select Board met on Monday Jan. 8 to review its 2018 numbers with an eye toward reducing an overall increase of $242,986. In a […]

TRSU backs away from nursing change, reshuffles principal proposal; finance committee deadlocks on budget

TRSU backs away from nursing change, reshuffles principal proposal; finance committee deadlocks on budget

Editor’s note: The meetings of the Green Mountain Unified School District Board and Finance Committee were held on Tuesday evening. Here are some of the highlights of those meetings. The Telegraph will have a detailed report on the meeting in the next day or so. By Shawn Cunningham © 2018 Telegraph Publishing, LLC With an […]

Powden adds foreign language to nurse, principal cuts; refuses to release meeting recording

Powden adds foreign language to nurse, principal cuts; refuses to release meeting recording

Editor’s Note: The Chester Telegraph attended the 6 p.m. Jan. 2 meeting of the Green Mountain Unified School District Finance Committee as it worked on the budget for the new school district. Unfortunately our reporter was unable to stay past 7 p.m., but the next morning requested a copy of the digital audio file recorded […]

Master Plan moves to implementation phase; Okemo Chamber seeks Chester board help

Master Plan moves to implementation phase; Okemo Chamber seeks Chester board help

By Shawn Cunningham © 2018 Telegraph Publishing LLC Without final financial numbers for 2017 to finish its work on the budget, the regular meeting of the Chester Select Board handled a number of housekeeping items and heard a plea for help from the Okemo Valley Regional Chamber of Commerce. Executive Assistant Julie Hance told the […]

New requests in Derry bring voted articles to $91,000

New requests in Derry bring voted articles to $91,000

By Bruce Frauman ©2018 Telegraph Publishing LLC Fiscal requests to be voted on from the floor at Londonderry’s Town Meeting in March are almost $23,000 above the nearly $68,000 approved in 2017, according to a preliminary list compiled by Treasurer Tina Labeau and presented to the Londonderry Select Board on Dec. 18. At that meeting, […]

Adams Funeral Homes in Chester, Ludlow to close by early February

Adams Funeral Homes in Chester, Ludlow to close by early February

By Cynthia Prairie ©2018 Telegraph Publishing LLC The Adams Funeral Homes & Cremation Services in Chester and Ludlow will be closing their doors by early February. The two funeral homes have been managed under the Dignity Memorial brand, which is owned by Service Corporation International, the Houston, Texas, based company that, as of 2013, owned […]

TRSU Super Powden proposes consolidating nurse, principal functions in new district

TRSU Super Powden proposes consolidating nurse, principal functions in new district

By Shawn Cunningham © 2017 Telegraph Publishing LLC One agenda item out of more than a dozen – next year’s budget –  sucked the oxygen out of the room at last Tuesday night’s meeting of the new Green Mountain Unified School District, held at Cavendish Town Elementary School. The audience of about 15 was unhappy […]

Ludlow residents petition for school merger re-vote, hope to keep BRHS alive

Ludlow residents petition for school merger re-vote, hope to keep BRHS alive

UPDATE: On Wednesday, Dec. 27, Ludlow’s Assistant Town Clerk and Treasurer Pamela Todt confirmed that the petition had 127 valid signatures and is therefore sufficient to cause a re-vote of the merger with Mount Holly. By Shawn Cunningham © 2017 Telegraph Publishing LLC With just two days left until a Dec. 28 deadline, voters in […]

Magic 'Best in Snow' again, continues work on upgrades

Magic ‘Best in Snow’ again, continues work on upgrades

By Shawn Cunningham © 2017 Telegraph Publishing LLC More than a foot of snow last Tuesday was an auspicious sign for the Magic Mountain ski area just days before opening, as its new owners continued to refurbish and upgrade the 57-year-old ski area in their second season of operation. But the news that came this […]

Readying to move, Gordon resigns from Derry board; <br>mediator mulls returning Brown case to State's Attorney

Readying to move, Gordon resigns from Derry board;
mediator mulls returning Brown case to State’s Attorney

By Bruce Frauman 2017 Telegraph Publishing LLC Select Board chair Paul Gordon announced his resignation from the board at its Monday, Dec. 18 meeting, saying that he and his wife will be moving to Virginia after selling their Londonderry home more quickly than expected. For the past nine years, Gordon had served on the Planning […]

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, […]

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 […]

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, […]