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Chester board votes to offer emergency services to Andover

By Shawn Cunningham © 2021 Telegraph Publishing LLC On Wednesday night, the Chester Select Board voted to offer fire and ambulance coverage to the Town of Andover for 2022 at the cost of $55,754.67. That represents a 69 percent increase over the $33,000 that Chester charged Andover for fire, ambulance and dispatch in 2021. The […]

Vermont, Chester continue upward Covid trend

©2021 Telegraph Publishing LLC For the second straight week, Covid-19 numbers in Vermont and in Chester have reached new record highs,  again bucking the national trend. Vermont saw a new case weekly total of 1,590 topping last week’s record of 1,526; Chester’s new Covid-case numbers again are well into double digits with 23 new cases, […]

Small public turnout at forum on fate of Chieftain mascot

By Shawn Cunningham © 2021 Telegraph Publishing LLC For what was expected to be a hot-button topic, the community  discussion of whether to change Green Mountain High School’s Chieftain mascot last Thursday night drew relatively sparse attendance. The number of those on the Zoom call peaked at 52 toward the end of the meeting but […]

Despite letter, Drew’s Organics production to resume in 2022, owners say

By Cynthia Prairie ©2021 Telegraph Publishing LLC The worldwide supply chain crisis has hit the Schlotterbeck & Foss food manufacturing facility in Chester, which also produces Drew’s Organics dressings and salsas. And despite a seemingly definitive letter to its retail customers and distributors saying that S&F is “discontinuing production” of Chester-based Drew’s Organics,  a company […]

Negotiations with Chester to begin as Andover residents weigh in on fire, ambulance

Video by Cynthia Prairie/Video editing by Leah Cunningham ©2021 Telegraph Publishing LLC  By Shawn Cunningham © 2021 Telegraph Publishing LLC More than 35 Andover residents attended the Andover Select Board on Monday night to voice their concerns over Chester’s decision to discontinue fire and ambulance service to the town at the end of this year. […]

GM’s Mosher nets 100th goal in a tough double-overtime 1-1 tie

   By Christian Avard ©2021 Telegraph Publishing LLC WOODSTOCK Green Mountain High School Senior Everett Mosher made history on Tuesday as he scored his 100th goal in the 13th minute of a brutal knock-down drag-out boys’ soccer affair that went to double-overtime and ended in a 1-1 tie with Woodstock High School. Mosher scored […]

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  • Henry Homeyer: Putting away veggies for winter

    Henry Homeyer: Putting away veggies for winter

    By Henry Homeyer ©2021 Telegraph Publishing LLC Like any industrious squirrel, I am getting food stored and ready for winter. Even if your vegetable garden is depleted, you can buy things in bulk from your local farm stand now to save for winter. Each type of veggie has its own requirements. Some like a cool […]

  • Chester Select Board to end contracting emergency services to Andover in 2022

    Chester Select Board to end contracting emergency services to Andover in 2022

    By Shawn Cunningham © 2021 Telegraph Publishing LLC On Wednesday night, the Chester Select Board decided — after a one hour executive session — that the town would no longer provide its fire and ambulance coverage to Andover after the end of this year. When the board came out of the closed door meeting, board […]

  • Andover Select Board agenda for Oct. 11

    Andover Select Board agenda for Oct. 11

    The Select Board of the Town of Andover will meet at 6:30 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 11 at Andover Town Office, 953 Weston-Andover Road. Below is its agenda. 1. Call Select Board meeting to order. 2. Act on Agenda. 3. Act on Minutes: Act on the minutes from the September 27th meeting. 4. Public Comment […]

  • Chester emergency departments explain costs, training, services in Andover

    Chester emergency departments explain costs, training, services in Andover

    By Shawn Cunningham © Telegraph Publishing LLC An informational meeting on emergency services between the Andover and Chester select boards Monday night was winding down when Andover board member Chris Walker slammed a travel mug on the table and walked out saying that the Town of Chester wasn’t listening and would force Andover to pay […]

  • Caretakers seek winter home for 'Jersey 5'

    Caretakers seek winter home for ‘Jersey 5’

    By Cynthia Prairie ©2021 Telegraph Publishing LLC The Andover folks who rescued the “Jersey 5” are currently seeking winter room and board for the small herd as they also deal with the news that the eye infection of one cow, Hope, was indeed caused by cancer that will likely recur. Two weeks ago, a disparate […]

  • TRSU board agenda for Oct. 7

    TRSU board agenda for Oct. 7

    The Board of Directors of the Two Rivers Supervisory Union will meet from 6 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 7 in the Professional Development Room of Ludlow Elementary School, 45 Main St., and via Zoom. To access via Zoom: https://trsu.zoom.us/j/81904468426| and Phone: 646-876-9923 Below is its agenda. I. Call to Order A. Roll Call […]

  • Specker performs at last West River Farmers Market of season

    Specker performs at last West River Farmers Market of season

    Visit the West River Farmers Market for its final market of the 2021 season. From 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 9, the West River Farmers Market, located at Routes 11 and 100 in Londonderry, will be hosting musician Ida Mae Specker, a solo artist playing and singing traditional old-time and Appalachia-style tunes. […]

  • Powerful 'Mountaintop' built on sterling performances

    Powerful ‘Mountaintop’ built on sterling performances

    By Shawn Cunningham © 2021 Telegraph Publishing LLC The Mountaintop – now running at Weston’s Walker Farm stage – is a fantasy that imagines the last night of Martin Luther King’s life set in Room 306 of the Lorraine Motel in Memphis during a thunderstorm. It is April 3, 1968. King has just delivered his […]

  • 14th Warm Hands Warm Hearts giveaway set for Oct. 22 & 23

    14th Warm Hands Warm Hearts giveaway set for Oct. 22 & 23

    The 14th annual Warm Hands Warm Hearts clothing, coats and blanket drive will take place in Chester from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Friday Oct. 22 and Saturday, Oct. 23 at the Chester Baptist Church, 162 Main St. Come choose free winter coats, boots, sweaters, blankets etc. for yourself or someone you know who […]

  • Grace Cottage offers LGBTQ+ affirming care

    Grace Cottage offers LGBTQ+ affirming care

    TOWNSHEND Grace Cottage understands that it can be challenging in a rural area to access appropriate primary care that is specifically affirming of gender and sexuality. Grace Cottage’s Equity Committee has been considering these needs, and the Grace Cottage primary care clinic is now offering the following gender-affirming services: Affirming primary care for adults and […]

  • Left in Andover: Taking a break

    Left in Andover: Taking a break

    By Susan Leader ©2021 Telegraph Publishing LLC Susan is putting down the pen and taking a break for a while. Look for her return in the near future!

  • Chester Chatter: Celebrating our new Public Safety Building

    Chester Chatter: Celebrating our new Public Safety Building

    By Ruthie Douglas ©2021 Telegraph Publishing LLC Chester is a small town. But we are so lucky to have the public services that we have. We have our own police, ambulance and fire departments, and our own water and sewer in the downtown area. Last Sunday, we celebrated the brand new home for our police, […]

  • Green Mountain Unified School Board to hold special meeting Oct. 5

    Green Mountain Unified School Board to hold special meeting Oct. 5

    The board of directors of the Green Mountain Unified School District will meet from 7 to 8:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 5, at the GM High School Media Center,  716 VT-103 in Chester, and via Zoom: https://trsu.zoom.us/j/86497767646 646-876-9923 Below is its agenda. I. CALL TO ORDER: A. Roll call II. APPROVAL OF AGENDA: III. PUBLIC […]

  • Chester Select Board agenda for Oct. 6

    Chester Select Board agenda for Oct. 6

    The Chester Select Board will hold its regular meeting on Wednesday, Oct. 6 at Town Hall, 556 Elm St., and via Zoom.  To access via Zoom: https://zoom.us/join Meeting ID:  819 8884 2129 or​ https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81988842129. Below is its agenda. 1. Approve Minutes from the September 15, 2021 Selectboard Meeting and September 24, 2021 Special Selectboard Meeting 2. Citizen […]

  • Henry Homeyer: the unfortunate gardener gets the worm

    Henry Homeyer: the unfortunate gardener gets the worm

    By Henry Homeyer ©2021 Telegraph Publishing LLC After decades of improving my garden soil, I have an infestation of Asian jumping worms. They can eat all the organic material in the soil, depleting it terribly. These foreign invaders multiply more quickly than our common worms, outcompeting them. Everything I have read about them says they […]

  • Weekly Update: Fewer CAES students remain in quarantine; state seeks better tracing method

    Weekly Update: Fewer CAES students remain in quarantine; state seeks better tracing method

    ©2021 Telegraph Publishing LLC Chester elementary school students have returned to in-person instruction this week, with only a handful of students in quarantine, according to Katherine Fogg, principal at both Chester-Andover and Cavendish Town elementary schools. The Springfield School District’s four schools were all closed on Monday to catch up with contact-tracing efforts, but were […]

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