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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, […]

Chester water panel, Select Board agendas for May 2, 2018

Chester water panel, Select Board agendas for May 2, 2018

The Chester Water Commissioners, which is made up of the Chester Select Board, will meet at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, May 2, at Town Hall, 556 Elm St. It will be followed by the Select Board meeting. Below are their agendas. The Chester Water Commissioners 1. Public Comment 2. Set Water Rate 3. Adjourn Special […]

Chester board picks Dungeon bridge alternative

Chester board picks Dungeon bridge alternative Begins consideration of salvage yard ordinance

By Shawn Cunningham © 2018 Telegraph Publishing, LLC The Chester Select Board considered its options for replacing a failing culvert on Popple Dungeon Road and rejected the recommended alternative last Wednesday evening. The engineering firm VHB presented four alternatives for the project but recommended the one that would have closed Popple Dungeon from just west […]

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 […]

Rediscovering Chester wins second award

Rediscovering Chester wins second award Village Master Plan honored by state planning group

© 2018 Telegraph Publishing LLC The Vermont Planners Association has announced that it has given Chester’s Village Center master plan its Plan of the Year award, recognizing outstanding achievements in community planning in Vermont. Nominees come from all corners of Vermont and represent the best in local, regional and state planning by citizens and professional […]

New fire engine arrives in Chester

New fire engine arrives in Chester Added features mean faster response

By Shawn Cunningham © 2018 Telegraph Publishing LLC Last year’s Town Meeting ballot in Chester included a new pumper to replace a 1997 model that was at the end of its safe and useful life, according to Fire Chief Matt Wilson. The vote wasn’t even close, with the $500,000 truck purchase approved 463 to 175. […]

Chester board begins to look at regulating junk

Chester board begins to look at regulating junk Zoning administrator under fire from area businesses

By Shawn Cunningham © 2018 Telegraph Publishing LLC The third try was the charm as town attorney Jim Carroll of Middlebury finally made his twice-snow-delayed trek to Chester to brief the Select Board on a draft salvage yard ordinance, the employee status of a zoning administrator, and the town’s budget committee and how it might […]

Chester days from owning Yosemite Fire House

Chester days from owning Yosemite Fire House

By Shawn Cunningham ©2018 Telegraph Publishing LLC The town of Chester is just a few weeks from being officially recognized as the owner of the historic Yosemite House, located on Depot Street, the town’s attorney, Jim Carroll, says. Slightly more than three years ago, the ownership became an issue when the Chester Historical Society said […]

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 […]

Chester board briefed on garage replacement

Chester board briefed on garage replacement Emergency services building, tree-lined streets discussed

By Shawn Cunningham © 2018 Telegraph Publishing LLC At its regular meeting on Wednesday, March 21, the Chester Select Board considered updates on two projects: a feasibility study for the replacement of the Town Garage with a new garage and an emergency services building and a canopy management plan to “re-establish Chester’s tree-lined streets.” Architects […]

Office appointments, Fall Fest and 'EV' charging at special Chester board meeting

Office appointments, Fall Fest and ‘EV’ charging at special Chester board meeting

By Shawn Cunningham © 2018 Telegraph Publishing LLC With just three members present and an agenda shortened by last Wednesday’s snowstorm, the Chester Select Board’s special meeting on Thursday, March 15 was mostly housekeeping. Town attorney Jim Carroll’s visit to go over a list of legal questions was postponed again by snow, this time until […]

Three bond issues pass by wide margins in Chester

Three bond issues pass by wide margins in Chester

By Shawn Cunningham © 2018 Telegraph Publishing, LLC Chester voters passed three bond issues totaling $669,000 by wide margins on Town Meeting Day. The bond to purchase a $110,000 compaction roller for the town’s nearly 100 miles of dirt roads, $115,000 for a sidewalk plow to be used downtown and $11,000 for a Hazmat trailer […]

Agreeable Chester voters pass town articles with few questions

Agreeable Chester voters pass town articles with few questions

By Shawn Cunningham ©2018 Telegraph Publishing LLC Nary was heard a discouraging word during Monday evening’s town meeting in Chester, where about 80 voters showed up to Town Hall to voice their approval for every article presented by town government this year. Either voters think the town is on the right track or Town Manager […]

Chester board delays zoning admin appointment, looks at solar farm request

Chester board delays zoning admin appointment, looks at solar farm request

By Shawn Cunningham © 2018 Telegraph Publishing LLC The March 7 visit to the Chester Select Board by town attorney Jim Carroll just keeps getting busier. Carroll was already coming to discuss a junk yard ordinance and the mechanics of setting up a budget committee. But last Wednesday’s meeting the Chester Select Board added questions […]

Chester Town Meeting Warning for March 5 & 6, 2018

Chester Town Meeting Warning for March 5 & 6, 2018

Below is the warning for the Chester Town Meeting and vote taking place next week. All take place at Town Hall, 556 Elm St. in Chester. The Legal Voters of the TOWN OF CHESTER are hereby notified and warned to meet at the Chester Town Hall, Second Floor in said Town of Chester on Monday, […]

Chester begins zoning audit

Chester begins zoning audit

By Shawn Cunningham © 2018 Telegraph Publishing, LLC As it continues to work on the required update of the Town Plan, the Chester Planning Commission is also embarking – with the help of planning consultant Brandy Sexton – on an audit of Chester’s zoning regulations. The first steps in the work were unveiled at a […]

Chester House innkeeper's calm helps to save historic structure

Chester House innkeeper’s calm helps to save historic structure

By Shawn Cunningham © 2018 Telegraph Publishing LLC Chester Fire Chief Matt Wilson credits the Chester House Inn owner’s calm demeanor and  knowledge of firefighting in helping firefighters extinguish a chimney fire that had spread into the walls and roof and could have been much worse. There were no injuries and everyone including pets made […]

Candidates finalized, no contested races in Chester

Candidates finalized, no contested races in Chester

© 2018 Telegraph Publishing LLC Monday, Jan. 29 was the deadline to have names put on the ballot for town offices in Chester and, for the first time in several years, there were no contested races. Incumbent members of the Select Board and others decided to stay put and the only organization with new candidates […]

Chester resident accused of embezzlement from Putney School

Chester resident accused of embezzlement from Putney School

© 2018 Telegraph Publishing LLC A Chester resident has been arrested on suspicion of embezzlement of more than $30,000 from the Putney Grammar School, according to the Vermont State Police. Police say that on Tuesday, Jan. 23 they conducted an investigation that led them to arrest Tammy H. Neathawk, 45, on suspicion of embezzlement. According […]