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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, […]

Police to escort Sgt. Phelps home this afternoon

Police to escort Sgt. Phelps home this afternoon

The Chester Police Department have issued this statement at 1:15 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 13: Today we will be bringing Sgt. Mark Phelps home. Escorting him from Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center, leaving there at 3 p.m. to Davis Chapel on Summer Street in Springfield. Escort route will be as follows: 1-89 N to I-91 S to […]

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 […]

Chester Police Sgt. Mark Phelps dies

Chester Police Sgt. Mark Phelps dies

© 2017 Telegraph Publishing LLC The Chester Police Department announced this morning that Sgt. Mark Phelps has died. In a message this morning, Chief Richard Cloud wrote: “It is with deep sorrow and heavy hearts; Chester Police Department announces the death of Sergeant Mark Phelps. Please keep his family in your thoughts and prayers in […]

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, […]

American Legion donates flag pole for Chester Town Hall

American Legion donates flag pole for Chester Town Hall

By Shawn Cunningham © 2017 Telegraph Publishing LLC Chester’s American Legion Post 67 has donated a flag pole to the Town of Chester for Town Hall. On Thursday, it was presented to Town Manager David Pisha. In the late summer and early fall, Jeff Holden, who was representing the Legion, came to Chester’s Select Board […]

Grant will add nine holes, amenities to Chester disc golf course

Grant will add nine holes, amenities to Chester disc golf course

By Shawn Cunningham © 2017 Telegraph Publishing LLC By next summer, Chester will have an 18-hole disc golf course thanks to a Recreation Facilities grant from Vermont’s Department of Buildings and General Services. At the Pinnacle Recreation Area on Thursday, Dec. 7, state Rep. Tom Bock presented Town Manager David Pisha with a ceremonial check […]

Court hears motions in Chester/Ludlow sex assault cases

Court hears motions in Chester/Ludlow sex assault cases

By Shawn Cunningham © 2017 Telegraph Publishing LLC WHITE RIVER JUNCTION A Windsor County criminal court judge heard motions on Tuesday regarding taking  depositions in the sexual assault cases against Chester teenager Ryan Stocker. In June, Stocker was charged with two counts of sexual assault in connection with incidents that happened in May 2017 and […]

Volunteers light up Chester Green, prepare to kick off 32nd Overture

Volunteers light up Chester Green, prepare to kick off 32nd Overture

© 2017 Telegraph Publishing LLC Aband of volunteers braved a chilly, windy morning on Saturday to install Christmas lights on the Chester Green in anticipation of the 32nd edition of Chester’s Overture to Christmas. Led by Chris Meyer, one group unpacked, unspooled and, in some cases, untangled thousands of feet of LED strings while another […]

Chester water rate hiked; bond plan to include road compactorState looks at possible wetlands; Yosemite Fire House nears last hurdle

Chester water rate hiked; bond plan to include road compactor
State looks at possible wetlands; Yosemite Fire House nears last hurdle

By Shawn Cunningham © 2017 Telegraph Publishing LLC A mercifully short Chester Select Board meeting was made all the more remarkable on Wednesday, Nov. 15 by the fact that it was two meetings. Before its regular, third-Wednesday-of-the-month session, the board convened a quick meeting of the Chester Water Commission to raise the equivalent unit rate […]

Chester board begins budgeting, talks 911 addresses, Coleman plaque

Chester board begins budgeting, talks 911 addresses, Coleman plaque

By Shawn Cunningham ©2017 Telegraph Publishing LLC The Chester Select Board opened the 2018 budgeting season last Wednesday night with a review of a draft general fund budget  and some confusion ensued. This is the first budget since the town upgraded its accounting software from QuickBooks to programs developed for municipalities by the New England […]

New Hearse House Museum opens in Chester

New Hearse House Museum opens in Chester

By Shawn Cunningham © 2017 Telegraph Publishing  LLC More than three years ago, the Chester Beautification Committee asked the town’s Select Board for the town to apply for a $15,000 grant from the Agency of Commerce and Community Development to restore the 1830s Hearse House, which stands at the entrance to the Brookside Cemetery. The […]

'Damp patch' snags Chester emergency services building study

‘Damp patch’ snags Chester emergency services building study

By Shawn Cunningham © 2017 Telegraph Publishing LLC The state of Vermont has thrown a small wrench into Chester’s feasibility study on constructing new town buildings on the Town Garage site. Last Wednesday, Chester architect Claudio Veliz, updating the Chester Select Board on the study that his firm is conducting on the buildings to house […]

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 […]