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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 […]

Powden claims 'no intentional violation' in Telegraph open meeting complaint

Powden claims ‘no intentional violation’ in Telegraph open meeting complaint

© 2018 Telegraph Publishing, LLC After approving a budget and re-adopting the “limited school transfer program” at its Jan. 17 meeting, the Green Mountain Unified School District board turned its attention to a complaint by The Chester Telegraph alleging that the during the recent run up to the budget the board had twice violated Vermont’s Open […]

Chester Select Board mulls budget priorities, asks departments for cuts

Chester Select Board mulls budget priorities, asks departments for cuts

By Shawn Cunningham © 2018 Telegraph Publishing LLC With a short schedule for getting a budget approved and sent to the printer ahead of Town Meeting Day in March, the Chester Select Board met on Monday Jan. 8 to review its 2018 numbers with an eye toward reducing an overall increase of $242,986. In a […]

Master Plan moves to implementation phase; Okemo Chamber seeks Chester board help

Master Plan moves to implementation phase; Okemo Chamber seeks Chester board help

By Shawn Cunningham © 2018 Telegraph Publishing LLC Without final financial numbers for 2017 to finish its work on the budget, the regular meeting of the Chester Select Board handled a number of housekeeping items and heard a plea for help from the Okemo Valley Regional Chamber of Commerce. Executive Assistant Julie Hance told the […]

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 compactor<br><small>State looks at possible wetlands; Yosemite Fire House nears last hurdle</small>

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 […]