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Hearing on Rt. 103 speed limit at GM High School

Hearing on Rt. 103 speed limit at GM High School

By Shawn Cunningham © 2019 Telegraph Publishing LLC The Agency of Transportation will hold a hearing next week to take public testimony on lowering the speed limit on Rt. 103 around the Green Mountain High School in Chester. VTrans officials will hear public comment on the current speed limits and how they might be changed […]

Hazardous waste disposal days, hours to change

Hazardous waste disposal days, hours to change Chester Select Board discusses special town meetings on EMS building, loader

By Shawn Cunningham © 2019 Telegraph Publishing LLC The hazardous household waste collections that have been held at the Springfield Transfer Station a couple of times a year are in for a big change, which may make them both harder to access and more expensive. Last Wednesday night, Derek Suursoo, who represents the Town of […]

Chester solons mull water, gravel and Hogs

Chester solons mull water, gravel and Hogs

By Shawn Cunningham © 2019 Telegraph Publishing, LLC Acting as the town’s Water and Sewer Commission, the Chester Select Board, at its April 17 meeting, approved taking out a $45,000 from the state’s Drinking Water and Groundwater Protection Division to inventory and map the entire water system. The Asset Management Planning loan is offered to […]

Dr. Eugene Bont, 88, known for medical care, school board service

Dr. Eugene Bont, 88, known for medical care, school board service

Reprinted with permission from the Cavendish Historical Society and Margo Caulfield. Dr. Eugene Bont of Cavendish, a much-loved physician and long-serving member of area school boards, died on Saturday, April 13. He was 88. Born in 1931 in Grand Rapids, Mich., Dr. Eugene Merlin Bont attended Northwestern Medical School. He married Phyllis Flynn, whom he […]

Early morning flooding hammers area towns

Early morning flooding hammers area towns

By Shawn Cunningham ©2019 Telegraph Publishing LLC Overnight rains and melting snows combined on Monday morning to cause flooding and close roads throughout the area. Luckily, it was also the first day of the spring break for local schools. At 6:24 a.m., a Weston firefighter asked the Keene Mutual Aid dispatcher to tone fire department […]

Car fire at CAES disrupts dismissal, no injuries

Car fire at CAES disrupts dismissal, no injuries

By Shawn Cunningham © 2019 Telegraph Publishing LLC A car fire at 3 p.m. threw the afternoon dismissal for Chester-Andover Elementary School into disarray while firefighters blocked the driveway to extinguish the blaze. As parents in cars lined up behind the school to pick up their children, the car at the front of the line […]

Chester Board to begin reviewing Town Plan changes

Chester Board to begin reviewing Town Plan changes

By Shawn Cunningham © 2019 Telegraph Publishing, LLC The Chester Select Board held its statutory Town Plan public hearing before beginning to review changes proposed by the Planning Commission at its Wednesday, April 3 meeting. There are substantial changes to four chapters of the plan – Utilities and Facilities, Education and Child Care Facilities, Energy […]

Volunteers sought for focus groups on healthcare related issues

Volunteers sought for focus groups on healthcare related issues

The Springfield Area Community Collaborative is conducting focus groups regarding health related matters including, unmet health needs, access to services and barriers to care. Groups will be held in Springfield, Chester, Ludlow, Londonderry and Bellows Falls in Vermont and  in Charlestown, N.H., in mid-May, 2019. The focus groups will include a light dinner, and a […]

Spring snow turns roads treacherous

Spring snow turns roads treacherous

By Shawn Cunningham © 2019 Telegraph Publishing, LLC Freezing rain and snow turned area roads slick this April Monday afternoon. Accidents were reported in Chester, Landgrove and Weston among others. According to witnesses and a State Police press release, at about 1:13 p.m. a 2006 Subaru Impreza was being driven west on the Weston Andover […]

Lowell Lake group to begin researching park

Lowell Lake group to begin researching park

By Bruce Frauman ©2019 Telegraph Publishing LLC The March 28 meeting of the Lowell Lake Working Group, held at Neighborhood Connections in Londonderry, revealed a nascent organization with lots of questions seeking answers. Robert Nied, a Chester resident and former town administrator of Londonderry, began pulling together the organization after the state Department of Forest […]

Chester board notes historic moment

Chester board notes historic moment First time two women have served on select board

By Shawn Cunningham © 2019 Telegraph Publishing LLC The reorganization meeting after each year’s select board election is seldom exciting unless you find the reappointment of the fence viewers and the weigher of coal to be riveting. But Wednesday night’s edition of the Chester Select Board was the exception. Shortly after the meeting began, board […]

Dakin, Whalen, Gustafson take Chester Select Board seats; road bond issue passes in Chester

Dakin, Whalen, Gustafson take Chester Select Board seats; road bond issue passes in Chester

By Shawn Cunningham © 2019 Telegraph Publishing LLC Veteran office holder Leigh Dakin cruised to a write-in victory over political newcomer Scott Blair, co-owner of the Southern Pie Company and the Main Street Coffee & Scoop Shoppe, on Tuesday evening making the composition of the Chester Select Board 40 percent female for the first time. […]

Chester voters establish emergency  reserve fund, pass climate resolution

Chester voters establish emergency reserve fund, pass climate resolution

By Leah M. Cunningham and Cynthia Prairie ©2019 Telegraph Publishing LLC More than 120 Chester residents turned out on Monday night for Town Meeting, passing 21 articles, including setting up a town reserve fund and a much discussed climate resolution, and tabling one before adjourning the meeting after two and a half hours. Tabled was […]

Chester updated on Depot St. sidewalk project

Chester updated on Depot St. sidewalk project

By Shawn Cunningham © 2019 Telegraph Publishing LLC The main event at Wednesday’s Chester Select Board meeting – a public hearing on the federally funded sidewalk project along Depot Street – almost didn’t happen when the presenters were unable to make their PowerPoint presentation work. But when the situation seemed darkest, outgoing board member Dan […]

1 incumbent, 2 write-ins vie for Chester seats

1 incumbent, 2 write-ins vie for Chester seats Whelan hopes to retain Select Board post as Dakin, Blair seek victory as write-ins

Over the last four years, Chester’s races for Select Board have gotten a bit more competitive than in years past, bringing in contenders for the open seats as more voters seek to get involved in government. But when Ben Whalen petitioned to be on the March 5 ballot to seek a fourth one-year seat on […]

Ben Whalen: Chester needs to be good for people and business

Ben Whalen: Chester needs to be good for people and business

By Shawn Cunningham ©2019 Telegraph Publishing LLC Ben Whalen is seeking a fourth one-year term on the Chester Select Board after having won low-key campaigns in contested elections in 2016 and 2017 and an uncontested one in 2018. This year, Whalen’s name stands alone on the ballot for two one-year terms after incumbent Lee Gustafson […]

Scott Blair: Chester is a family town, not just a historic place

Scott Blair: Chester is a family town, not just a historic place

By Shawn Cunningham © 2019 Telegraph Publishing LLC Scott Blair sees Chester as a family town that attracts tourists, but he does not see tourism as the town’s primary economic driver. Instead, he says, that economic  driver is small business and he believes the town needs to do a better job encouraging them. “The town […]

Leigh Dakin: Role of Select Board in economic development should be high

Leigh Dakin: Role of Select Board in economic development should be high

By Cynthia Prairie ©2019 Telegraph Publishing LLC Leigh Dakin is ready to get back into the game. In the 1980s, she served nine years on the Chester Select Board and, more recently, six as a state representative in Montpelier. With her new grandson, she’s been enjoying a retirement from a long career in nursing. But […]

Pisha rebukes Grafton board on Rt. 35 facts

Pisha rebukes Grafton board on Rt. 35 facts Grafton Administrator Kearns seeks 'date certain' on repairs

By Cynthia Prairie ©2019 Telegraph Publishing LLC In a forceful letter, Chester Town Manager David Pisha has rebuked the Grafton Select Board for discussing Chester’s plans regarding repairs to Route 35 without calling the town first “to find out the facts.” “That is not how I would expect neighbors to behave,” he wrote in a […]

Grafton board chair 'as private citizen' starts drive to force Chester to repair Route 35

Grafton board chair ‘as private citizen’ starts drive to force Chester to repair Route 35

By Cynthia Prairie and Shawn Cunningham ©2019 Telegraph Publishing LLC Members of the Grafton Select Board are hoping to push the Chester Select Board to expedite repairs to Route 35 from the Williams River bridge to the Grafton line, after its chairman, Joe Pollio, mounted a petition drive that could possibly lead to court action. […]