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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 […]

May 2 voting set on Green Mountain Act 46 merger

May 2 voting set on Green Mountain Act 46 merger

By Shawn Cunningham © 2017 Telegraph Publishing LLC The town school boards and town clerks of Andover, Baltimore, Cavendish and Chester met at Green Mountain Union High School on Monday, March 27, to lay out and agree to the process for holding votes on forming a Regional Education District to fulfill their obligations under the […]

After years of promises, state to fix crumbling Route 11 in 2019

After years of promises, state to fix crumbling Route 11 in 2019

By Shawn Cunningham © 2017 Telegraph Publishing LLC A little over a month ago, 911 dispatchers received a call about an eastbound tractor trailer that was “all over the road” on Route 11 west of Chester.  When Chester Police Det. Andy Brothers stopped the truck, the driver of the rig explained that he “was trying […]

State Ed Board OKs TRSU RED plan; town votes eyed for May 2

State Ed Board OKs TRSU RED plan; town votes eyed for May 2

By Shawn Cunningham © 2017 Telegraph Publishing LLC At its Tuesday, March 21 meeting, the Vermont State Board of Education gave the go-ahead to four area towns to put an Act 46 merger proposal before their voters on Tuesday, May 2, 2017. The approval by the Agency of Education and the Board of Education was […]

After long school meeting, Andover OKs $834,000 town budget

After long school meeting, Andover OKs $834,000 town budget

By Shawn Cunningham © 2017 Telegraph Publishing LLC With about 10 percent of the town’s population in attendance, the Andover Town Meeting on Saturday was – as usual – a well-mannered and friendly affair even though it started 70 minutes later than scheduled due to the school district meeting running over its allotted 15 minutes. […]

TRSU Act 46 merger committee approves four-town RED proposal

TRSU Act 46 merger committee approves four-town RED proposal

By Shawn Cunningham © 2017 Telegraph Publishing LLC The Two Rivers Supervisory Union Act 46 Study Committee voted last night (Thursday, Feb. 23) to approve the subcommittee report that recommends the creation of a Regional Education District (RED) from Andover, Baltimore, Cavendish and Chester.  If approved by the Vermont Board of Education at its March […]

Green Mountain RED merger moves forward; Ludlow, Mt. Holly reject plan

Green Mountain RED merger moves forward; Ludlow, Mt. Holly reject plan

By Shawn Cunningham © 2017 Telegraph Publishing LLC On Monday night, school merger study committee representatives from Andover, Baltimore, Cavendish and Chester who are working to form a Regional Education District heard from Mount Holly and Ludlow reps that those towns will not participate in the RED – even as a fallback position in their […]

TRSU 'Red' Sub-committee meeting agenda for Feb. 13, 2017

TRSU ‘Red’ Sub-committee meeting agenda for Feb. 13, 2017

© 2017 Telegraph Publishing, LLC The Two Rivers Supervisory Union Act 46 Sub-Committee studying a Regional Education District for the towns of Andover, Baltimore, Cavendish and Chester will hold a meeting on Monday, Feb. 13 from 6 to 8:30 p.m. in the Library Learning Commons at Green Mountain Union High School, 716 Route 103 South […]

Act 46 RED meeting rescheduled for Jan. 31 in Andover

Act 46 RED meeting rescheduled for Jan. 31 in Andover

Two Rivers Supervisory Union has announced it has rescheduled the meeting of its Act 46 Sub-Committee for Tuesday Jan. 31. at 5:30 p.m. at Andover Town Hall.  The original meeting was postponed due to the weather. The subcommittee is looking at setting up a regional education district (RED) among the towns of Andover, Baltimore, Cavendish […]

UPDATE: Tonight's Act 46 RED Subcommittee meeting postponed

UPDATE: Tonight’s Act 46 RED Subcommittee meeting postponed

© 2017 Telegraph Publishing, LLC The Two Rivers Supervisory Union Act 46 subcommittee meeting at the Andover Town Hall this evening is being postponed due to bad weather. TRSU has announced it has rescheduled the meeting for Tuesday Jan. 31. at 5:30 p.m. at Andover Town Hall.  The subcommittee is looking at setting up a […]

Four TRSU towns look to merge; Ludlow, Mt. Holly seek 'Plan B'

Four TRSU towns look to merge; Ludlow, Mt. Holly seek ‘Plan B’

By Shawn Cunningham © 2017 Telegraph Publishing LLC After presentations on the scenario recommended by its superintendent and often emotional but inconclusive discussions of the plan, the Two Rivers Supervisory Union Act 46 Study Committee voted to allow Andover, Baltimore, Cavendish and Chester to study forming a Regional Education District (RED) within TRSU. That subcommittee […]