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GMUSD budget passes by 60 votes in low turnout

GMUSD budget passes by 60 votes in low turnout First budget was defeated in March by 49 votes

By Shawn Cunningham © 2018 Telegraph Publishing LLC The long and winding road to a spending plan for the new Green Mountain Unified School District came to its end Tuesday with the yes votes outnumbering the no votes by 60, with just 382 ballots cast in Andover, Baltimore, Cavendish and Chester combined. The $12.5 million […]

Crash snarls traffic, interrupts power in Andover

Crash snarls traffic, interrupts power in Andover

By Shawn Cunningham © 2018 Telegraph Publishing LLC A one-car crash just after noon today brought traffic to a standstill and knocked out power to a number of residents along Rt. 11 west of Stigers Road in Andover. A minivan traveling west on Rt. 11 left the road and struck a utility pole, snapping it […]

GMUSD votes to make CTES principal permanent

GMUSD votes to make CTES principal permanent But new advert lists position only as 'full time'

By Shawn Cunningham ©2018 Telegraph Publishing LLC While about 40 people crowded into the Chester-Andover Elementary School library Monday night, around 400 others made their presence felt through a petition asking the Green Mountain Unified School District board to reopen the Cavendish Elementary principal search, changing the job from interim to permanent. In the end, […]

Cavendish residents seek permanent principal

Cavendish residents seek permanent principal Petition open to Chester, Andover, Baltimore residents

By Shawn Cunningham © 2018 Telegraph Publishing LLC A group of Cavendish residents are gathering signatures from Cavendish, Chester, Andover and Baltimore residents asking that Two Rivers Supervisory Union make the position of principal of Cavendish Town Elementary School permanent instead of interim. The online petition can be found here. On Monday, the group sent […]

GM board splits, but hires interim CTES principal

GM board splits, but hires interim CTES principal 2 of 3 Cavendish reps vote no; board sends new budget to voters

By Shawn Cunningham © 2018 Telegraph Publishing LLC With two of three Cavendish members voting “no,” the Green Mountain Unified School District board voted on Tuesday night to hire Madeline Carlock — the sole remaining candidate — for the position of interim principal of Cavendish Town Elementary School. Also on the agenda was the consideration […]

Vision, Finance panels meet on ed plan, budget

Vision, Finance panels meet on ed plan, budget Public weighs in on STEM, foreign language offerings

By Shawn Cunningham © 2018 Telegraph Publishing, LLC The Green Mountain Unified School District Vision Committee once again tread the path between planning and action at its April 9 meeting, this time with members of the district’s finance committee in attendance as budget deadlines near. Voters in the district created by the Act 46 merger […]

Andover voters question GMUSD school budget during Town Meeting

Andover voters question GMUSD school budget during Town Meeting

By Shawn Cunningham © 2018 Telegraph Publishing LLC Questions about education – budgets, taxes and board representation – took up the majority of the two-hour Andover town meeting on Saturday, March 3. The turnout was a bit sparser than recent meetings and, as usual, gray was the dominant hair color. Maddie Bodin was elected to […]

Andover Town Meeting warning for Saturday, March 3, 2018

Andover Town Meeting warning for Saturday, March 3, 2018

Below is the warning for the Andover Town Meeting, which will be held at Town Hall, 953 Andover Road. To the inhabitants of the Town of Andover, in the County of Windsor and the State of Vermont, qualified to vote in Town affairs: You are hereby warned to meet at the Town Hall in Andover […]

Chester Drugstore owner Bill Hale, wife Joanne die week apart

Chester Drugstore owner Bill Hale, wife Joanne die week apart

Former Chester Drugstore owner Wilbur “Bill” Hale Jr. died on Sept. 15, 2017, at the Lower Cape Fear Hospice in Bolivia, N.C. He had been battling leukemia for several months. His wife of 64 years, Joanne Rawson Hale, died on Sept. 22, 2017, in Bolivia, N.C. Both were born in 1930. Born in Blakely, Penn., […]

Springfield Recycling rates hiked starting Monday, Oct. 2

Springfield Recycling rates hiked starting Monday, Oct. 2

By Cynthia Prairie ©2013 Telegraph Publishing LLC As of Monday, Oct. 2, the cost for a sheet of 25 tickets for the Springfield Recycling Center will increase $2.25 from $11.25 to a base price of $13.50 a sheet. Each ticket is good for 4 pounds of trash, or 100 pounds per sheet. Consumers will see […]

Andover to celebrate long tenure, retirement of roads foreman

Andover to celebrate long tenure, retirement of roads foreman

The Town of Andover will celebrate the career and retirement of road crew Foreman Kevin Baker in the Town Hall, 953 Andover Road, from 2 to 3:30 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 1. Baker is an Andover native whose parents moved to the town when they got married. For he past 23 years, Baker has been […]

New RED school district gets under way

New RED school district gets under way

By Shawn Cunningham © 2017 Telegraph Publishing LLC The launch of the Green Mountain Unified School District, a Regional Education District (RED) created by an Act 46 merger vote in May, took place Tuesday night. Not counting school and town employees, only a handful of voters from the constituent towns of Andover, Baltimore, Cavendish and […]

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.  

'Worst of the worst' on Route 11 budgeted for summer temp fix

‘Worst of the worst’ on Route 11 budgeted for summer temp fix

By Shawn Cunningham © 2017 Telegraph Publishing LLC Complaints by local officials about the poor condition of Route 11 between Londonderry and Chester appear to have gained some traction of late as VTrans has offered an interim step in repairing the road. And one Londonderry ambulance service member says improvements can’t come soon enough since […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

GM board sanctions LGBTQ comments of fellow member

GM board sanctions LGBTQ comments of fellow member

By Stephen Seitz and Cynthia Prairie ©2017 Telegraph Publishing LLC The Green Mountain Union High School board sanctioned the comments of one of its own at its regular meeting on Thursday, April 13, as a room full of faculty, staff, students and other board members aired their outrage over comments made at the March 9 […]