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Public gets peek at Tomasso property

Public gets peek at Tomasso property

By Shawn Cunningham © Telegraph Publishing LLC On a warm and sunny Saturday, upwards of 80 Chester residents — and a few dogs — took the New England Forestry Foundation up on its offer to show the public some of the 1,800 acres it hopes to buy and preserve if it can raise $3.5 million […]

Final presentations on Chester Master Plan

Final presentations on Chester Master Plan

© 2017 Telegraph Publishing LLC The Town of Chester will present the results of its Village Center Master Plan, “Rediscovering Chester” on Thursday evening and Sunday afternoon. The public is invited to attend. Thursday, Oct. 19 at 6:30 p.m. American Legion Post 67 637 Rt. 103 South Sunday, Oct. 22 at 1 p.m. NewsBank Conference […]

Chester Hearse House Museum to open Oct. 28

Chester Hearse House Museum to open Oct. 28

©2017 Telegraph Publishing LLC After a three-year renovation, Chester’s new Hearse House Museum will open to the public at 3 p.m. on Saturday Oct. 28. Visitors will be able to see Chester’s last horse-drawn hearse, its historic “house” that was saved from demolition then rehabilitated, and the new mini-museum created inside that features information about […]

Chester board agrees to sell land to Sandri, gas pumps stay in front

Chester board agrees to sell land to Sandri, gas pumps stay in front

By Shawn Cunningham © 2017 Telegraph Publishing LLC In a reversal of the plan presented to the board on Aug. 16, Michael Behn of Sandri said his company will not move its pumps to the westside of the existing Sunoco station and add a canopy. Even so, the Chester Select Board voted 4-1 on Wednesday […]

Chester awarded $800,000 sidewalk grant for Depot Street

Chester awarded $800,000 sidewalk grant for Depot Street

By Shawn Cunningham © 2017 Telegraph Publishing LLC The Town of Chester has announced that it has been awarded $800,000 for an extensive sidewalk project that will be the first large-scale result of the recently completed Village Center Master Plan. According to Executive Assistant Julie Hance,  VTrans’ Bicycle and Pedestrian Program awarded the grant that […]

Chester board hears ambulance down a person; discusses renovations of Town Hall

Chester board hears ambulance down a person; discusses renovations of Town Hall

By Shawn Cunningham © 2017 Telegraph Publishing LLC The most closely followed topic at last Wednesday’s Chester Select Board meeting was not on the agenda, as Water Superintendent Jeff Holden explained what had happened during hydrant replacement that necessitated a boil water order. See Telegraph coverage of his remarks here. The board also heard a […]

Road access issue stalls Jack's Diner hearing

Road access issue stalls Jack’s Diner hearing

By Shawn Cunningham © 2017 Telegraph Publishing LLC The conditional use application for Jack’s Diner had its third but not quite final meeting before the Chester Development Review Board on Monday night. Attorney Amanda George told the board that the approval her client, Jacques Dodier, was expecting from the Agency of Transportation had not come […]

Boil water order lifted in Chester

Boil water order lifted in Chester

© 2017 Telegraph Publishing LLC Jeff Holden, Superintendent of the Chester Water Department, has announced that the “boil water” order imposed on Monday has been lifted. Two tests required to be clear of bacteria were performed and the results were clean. The order was issued in line with a state protocol after a valve blew […]

Holden explains Chester water situation; boil order could be lifted today

Holden explains Chester water situation; boil order could be lifted today

By Shawn Cunningham © Telegraph Publishing LLC Water Superintendent Jeff Holden told the Chester Select Board last night that the first of two tests of the town’s water system came back clean after a construction mishap pulled dirt into the water system on Monday. That prompted the town to issue the “boil water” order for […]

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., […]

IMPORTANT: Boil water order in Chester

IMPORTANT: Boil water order in Chester

The Town of Chester has issued the following statement: BOIL WATER ORDER During the process of replacing the Town’s existing hydrants, cross contamination occurred necessitating the need for a mandatory boil water order. This is anticipated to be in effect for 3 to 4 days and will be followed by a heavy dose of chlorination. […]

Village Center Master Plan rolled out for Chester board

Village Center Master Plan rolled out for Chester board

By Shawn Cunningham © 2017 Telegraph Publishing, LLC Saying that “if it doesn’t work for residents, it doesn’t work,” Mark Kane of SE Group rolled out the Chester Village Center Master Plan that his company and many of those residents have worked on it since October of last year. Kane told a special session of […]

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 […]

Jack's Diner has second DRB hearing, third scheduled

Jack’s Diner has second DRB hearing, third scheduled

By Shawn Cunningham © 2017 Telegraph Publishing LLC On Monday night, the Chester Development Review Board once again took up the application of Jacques Dodier for a conditional use permit to operate a restaurant and apartments on the site of what was Jack’s Diner until 2011 when he shuttered the operation for what was described […]

Sandri land offer to Chester goes behind closed doors

Sandri land offer to Chester goes behind closed doors

By Shawn Cunningham © 2017 Telegraph Publishing LLC The Chester Select Board meeting of Wednesday, Sept. 20 was mostly about checking in with ongoing projects before holding two executive sessions – one to interview candidates for the Planning Commission and Development Review Board and another to discuss an offer by Sandri to purchase town land […]

Firefighters quickly extinguish blaze at Tsuga Studios

Firefighters quickly extinguish blaze at Tsuga Studios

By Shawn Cunningham © 2017 Telegraph Publishing LLC Just before 5:30 on Wednesday evening, the Chester Fire Department was called out to a fire at Tsuga Studios on Goldthwaite Road, home of art glass maker Nick Kekic. According to Fire Chief Matt Wilson, much earlier in the day, a small fire had started near the […]

Teen charged in sex assaults appears in court on 'furnishing' charge

Teen charged in sex assaults appears in court on ‘furnishing’ charge

By Shawn Cunningham © 2017 Telegraph Publishing LLC WHITE RIVER JUNCTION Having plead not guilty to a charge of furnishing malt beverages to a minor in Windsor Superior Court on Aug. 29, Ryan Stocker was back in a White River Junction courtroom on Tuesday afternoon to tell the court whether he had secured attorney representation […]

Chester board, residents ask about public use of land after foundation purchase

Chester board, residents ask about public use of land after foundation purchase

By Shawn Cunningham © 2017 Telegraph Publishing, LLC Around 50 people attending the Wednesday Sept. 5 Chester Select Board meeting heard about two efforts to conserve natural resources in Chester, one at the end of the process and one just beginning. At the beginning of the meeting, Town Manager David Pisha told the board that […]

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 […]

Salvage yards neighbors ask Chester Select Board for help

Salvage yards neighbors ask Chester Select Board for help

By Shawn Cunningham © 2017 Telegraph Publishing LLC Neighbors of three properties off Route 10 in north Chester are asking the town’s select board for help with accumulating junk. Approximately two dozen people concerned with the situation attended the Sept. 6 board meeting. Two properties – one on either side of Chandler Road at the […]