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Chester board looks to stem tax increase

Chester board looks to stem tax increase Asks Town Manager Pisha for department cuts

By Shawn Cunningham © 2018 Telegraph Publishing LLC Staring at a budget gap that amounts to an additional 4 cents on the tax rate, the Chester Select Board sent Town Manager David Pisha back to department heads with the message that cuts would be needed. With most of the town’s revenue in and most of […]

Marie Foster Angel, Springfield native, dies at 78

Marie Foster Angel, Springfield native, dies at 78

Marie Foster Angel died Saturday, Dec. 15 in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. She was 78 years old. She was born and grew up in Springfield, Vt., graduating in 1959 from Springfield High School. She graduated from Mary Hitchcock School of Nursing in Hanover, N.H., and became a nurse at the Air Force base hospital in Anchorage, […]

Big kids, little kids pose on last day together at GM

Big kids, little kids pose on last day together at GM Elementary pupils set to move back to CAES on Jan. 3

© 2018 Telegraph Publishing LLC On what is expected to be the final day that Green Mountain High School students will share their space with Chester-Andover Elementary students displaced by flooding damage in August, everyone got together in the gymnasium on Friday for the first K-12 photo since who knows when. As each class arrived […]

Vail reverses ski program rate hike for kids on Fed lunch list

Vail reverses ski program rate hike for kids on Fed lunch list Reduces lift pass benefit to Snow Sports volunteers

By Cynthia Prairie ©2018 Telegraph Publishing LLC Vail Resorts has rescinded its announced price increase for those local families on the Federal Free and Reduced Lunch Program whose children want to participate in school ski and snowboard programs at Okemo Mountain, according to those close to the situation. The Chester Telegraph reported the initial rate-hike […]

GMUSD Board meeting agenda for Dec. 20, 2018

GMUSD Board meeting agenda for Dec. 20, 2018

© 2018 Telegraph Publishing, LLC The Green Mountain Unified School District Board will hold its monthly meeting at 6 p.m. on Thursday Dec. 20, 2018 in the Library Learning Commons of the Green Mountain High School, 716 Rt. 103 South in Chester. The meeting will be preceded by a meeting of the GMUSD Finance Committee […]

Derry board hears Lowell Lake concerns, hires town administrator

Derry board hears Lowell Lake concerns, hires town administrator

By Bruce Frauman © 2018 Telegraph Publishing LLC Even the hiring of a new Londonderry town administrator was overshadowed by the ongoing uproar over the state’s plans for Lowell Lake Park. While the Select Board voted to appoint Shane O’Keefe as the new Town, Zoning, and Floodplain Administrator, former administrator Robert Nied, who left his […]

Ski programs at Cavendish Town, Chester-Andover mount fund-raisers

Ski programs at Cavendish Town, Chester-Andover mount fund-raisers Okemo hikes rates, ends reduced fee for qualifying families

By Cynthia Prairie ©2018 Telegraph Publishing Winter sports program coordinators have scrambled to set up Go Fund Me campaigns to ensure that children at Cavendish Town and Chester-Andover elementary schools can participate, after Okemo Mountain Resort raised prices from $19 to $47 a child and eliminated lower fees for families qualifying for the Federal Free […]

Chester-Andover re-opening set for Jan. 3

Chester-Andover re-opening set for Jan. 3 4 to 6 week restoration stretched into 19

© 2018 Telegraph Publishing LLC The Two Rivers Supervisory Union has announced that the Chester-Andover Elementary School building will reopen for students on Thursday, Jan. 3. Since early September, K-6 classes have been held at the Green Mountain High School due to a water main break  in late August that destroyed the school’s electrical and […]

Weston board rejects land donation; town purchases more salt, sand to meet weather need

Weston board rejects land donation; town purchases more salt, sand to meet weather need

By Bruce Frauman © Telegraph Publishing LLC Weston Select Board on Tuesday, Dec. 11, agreed to tell the estate of a local landowner who was hoping to donate property to the town that “it is not in the best interests of the town to accept the property.” The land, owned by the estate of James […]

Ruth Pfanner, 95, Powder Mill founder whose deep faith inspired many

Ruth Pfanner, 95, Powder Mill founder whose deep faith inspired many

Ruth Olson Pfanner passed away peacefully at age 95 in New London, N.H., on Dec. 7, 2018. Mrs. Pfanner was born in Listerby, Sweden, to Karl Olof Olson and Betty Johanna Peterson. In 1930, at age 7, she came with her family to the United States, spending her childhood in New York City and Queens. […]

State outlines plans for Lowell Lake, Master Plan

State outlines plans for Lowell Lake, Master Plan Derry residents concerned about noise, wildlife, safety

By Bruce Frauman © 2018 Telegraph Publishing LLC The 38 people attending a meeting on Monday, Dec. 10 to engage in the planning and design process for a Master Plan for Lowell Lake State Park in Londonderry for the most part expressed concern that the park is already overcrowded and environmentally vulnerable. While praising the […]

Ripley resigns as Cavendish emergency chief

Ripley resigns as Cavendish emergency chief

By Shawn Cunningham © Telegraph Publishing LLC Cavendish Select Board member Mike Ripley forgot his homework, but board chair Robert Glidden gave him a sheet of paper to recreate it before the board could move to accept his resignation as the town’s Emergency Management coordinator. Ripley had left the original on his computer. Ripley, whose […]

Early plan for Chester EMS building unveiled

Early plan for Chester EMS building unveiled

By Cynthia Prairie ©2018 Telegraph Publishing LLC A preliminary plan would put Chester’s Police, Fire and Ambulance departments into a single new building on Pleasant Street and rehab the Town Garage on Depot Street solely for the Highway Department. The total cost for both projects is estimated at $4.6 million, with the new, single-story, 14,500-square-foot […]

McNamara: No 'crime problem' in Cavendish

McNamara: No ‘crime problem’ in Cavendish Weathersfield area policing plan fails to gain traction

By Shawn Cunningham © 2018 Telegraph Publishing LLC There is no “crime problem” in Cavendish, said Town Manager Brendan McNamara at last night’s meeting of the town’s Select Board. “The article (in The Eagle Times) did not portray Cavendish accurately,” he added. The article, “Weathersfield may provide police service to Cavendish, Baltimore” published in the […]

Dems to hold heat fundraiser for Family Center; <br>CAES, Weston Playhouse get Arts Council grants

Dems to hold heat fundraiser for Family Center;
CAES, Weston Playhouse get Arts Council grants

Chester, Andover Dems hold heat fundraiser for Family Center The Chester and Andover Democrats will hold its annual Holiday Housewarming Fuel & Food Fundraiser at Baba a Louis Bakery,  92 VT-11 in Chester, from 6 to 8 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 14. There will be plenty to eat and drink at this event, which is […]

Ludlow man arrested in infant's death

Ludlow man arrested in infant’s death

© 2018 Telegraph Publishing LLC A Ludlow man was arrested today in the asphyxiation death of an infant last January. The death of 11-month-old Karsen Rickert was ruled a homicide by New Hampshire Chief Medical Examiner’s Office in June. According to a Vermont State Police press release, investigations by the Major Crimes Unit and the […]

Derry to re-combine town, zoning admin posts

Derry to re-combine town, zoning admin posts Board assesses surprise snowstorm response, recovery

By Bruce Frauman ©2018 Telegraph Publishing LLC In response to an applicant for the zoning administrator position, Londonderry Select Board member George Mora revealed on Monday, Dec. 3 that the board had decided to combine this open position with the town administrator, as had been the case under Robert Nied, who held both positions until […]

Springfield man cited for lewd, lascivious conduct

Springfield man cited for lewd, lascivious conduct

© 2018 Telegraph Publishing LLC A Springfield man has been cited on a charge of lewd and lascivious conduct that allegedly took place more than a year ago. In a press release today, the Vermont State Police say that based on an allegation of unwanted sexual contact made by a Peru woman, VSP conducted an […]

Chester Planning Commission agenda for Dec. 10

Chester Planning Commission agenda for Dec. 10

The Planning Commission for the Town of Chester will meet at 7 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 10, at Town Hall, 556 Elm St. This is a change from their planned meeting of Dec. 17. Below is its agenda. 1) Review minutes from Dec. 3rd meeting 2) Citizen comments 3) Review of proposed changes to Unified […]

Chester Select Board agenda for Dec. 5

Chester Select Board agenda for Dec. 5

The Chester Select Board will meet at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 5 at Town Hall, 556 Elm St. Below is its agenda. 1. Approve Minutes from the Nov. 28, 2018 Select Board Meeting 2. Citizen Comments 3. Tax Abatement Concern; Frederick Greenwell 4. EMS Building Presentation; Lee Gustafson 5. Discussion Regarding Creation of a […]