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Chester EMS building to go to vote in November

By Shawn Cunningham ©2019 Telegraph Publishing LLC At a special meeting last week, the Chester Select Board set a town vote on bonding for $4.7 million to construct a new building on Pleasant Street to house Chester’s police, ambulance and fire departments. It would also pay for refurbishing and bringing up to code the town […]

Weston considers buying used grader; OKs HB bid for heating oil

  By Bruce Frauman ©2019 Telegraph Publishing LLC The Weston Select Board is considering purchasing a used grader. At the Weston Select Board’s Sept. 10 meeting, board chair Denis Benson said that the board may consider the purchase in early October. Road Foreman Almon Crandall said he has been looking at a used grader that […]

Londonderry institution, Clarks IGA sold to Associated Grocers

By Shawn Cunningham © 2019 Telegraph Publishing LLC Miner Clark was a college freshman when his parents bought the grocery store in the Londonderry Plaza in 1974. On Saturday it was announced that after 45 years, the Clark family’s ownership was coming to an end as Associated Grocers of New England has bought the store. […]

Derry to seek funds for electric speed sign as state OKs reducing mph near Flood Brook

By Bruce Frauman ©2019 Telegraph Publishing LLC Flood Brook School Principal Neal McIntyre, who had met with the Traffic Committee of the state Agency of Transportation, told the Londonderry Select Board on Monday Sept. 9 that the state will agree to lower the speed limit on Route 11 near the school to 40 mph as […]

Chester board OKs Palmer Bridge repairs, delays vote on VTrans bridge replacement plan

By Shawn Cunningham © 2019 Telegraph Publishing LLC The heat from the question of taking residents’ land by eminent domain was turned up a notch at the Sept. 4 Chester Select Board meeting as Brian and Amy Mosher reiterated their claim that they would not negotiate for the right of way needed to consolidate three […]

Federal suit claims GMUSD, TRSU officials did little to stop harassment

By Shawn Cunningham © 2019 Telegraph Publishing LLC Late last week, the list of lawsuits against the Two Rivers Supervisory Union and its constituent school districts grew by one as a 30-count, 69-page complaint alleging a “sexually hostile school environment,” among other claims, was filed in the U.S. District Court for Vermont. The suit names […]

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  • Afternoon manhunt comes up empty; police in two states search for Vermont man

    Afternoon manhunt comes up empty; police in two states search for Vermont man

    By Shawn Cunningham © 2019 Telegraph Publishing LLC An extensive, two-state manhunt came up empty today as police agencies from Vermont and New Hampshire searched for a wanted Westminster man. As of 6:30 tonight, police on both sides of the Connecticut River were asking the public for help. According to a Walpole, N.H., Police press […]

  • TRSU board ratifies Powden 2-year contract, 4% raise

    TRSU board ratifies Powden 2-year contract, 4% raise

    By Shawn Cunningham © 2019 Telegraph Publishing LLC The Two Rivers Supervisory Union Board ratified Superintendent Meg Powden’s two-year contract on a 3-2 vote Monday night, but only after questions and discussions surrounding dissatisfaction with Powden’s job performance. The special meeting, held at TRSU offices in Ludlow, had been called to cure three violations of […]

  • Chester Planning Commission agenda for Sept. 16

    Chester Planning Commission agenda for Sept. 16

    The Chester Planning Commission will meet from 7 to 8:30 p.m. on Monday, Sept. 16 at Town Hall, 556 Elm St. Below is its agenda. 1. Review minutes from Aug.t 19, 2019 meeting 2. Citizens Comments 3. Review summary of draft changes to Unified Development By- Laws; beginning with the district boundaries in R6 & […]

  • GMUSD board's 'priorities retreat' scheduled for Tuesday, open to the public

    GMUSD board’s ‘priorities retreat’ scheduled for Tuesday, open to the public

    © 2019 Telegraph Publishing LLC The board of the Green Mountain Unified School District will hold a special public meeting as a retreat for the purpose of setting goals and priorities ahead of the 2020/21 budget process. The board will begin by hearing Superintendent Meg Powden’s Strategic Plan of Action. Powden told last week’s Two […]

  • Henry Homeyer: fall color in the flower garden

    Henry Homeyer: fall color in the flower garden

    By Henry Homeyer ©2019 Telegraph Publishing LLC Big yellow buses are growling as they lumber down country roads, delivering their children to school. Soft serve stands are warning of imminent closure. Favorite flowers are finishing their blooms; fall is here. But don’t despair as there are plenty of colorful plants to fill vases and warm […]

  • TRSU board reverses response to meeting complaint, will revisit Powden's contract

    TRSU board reverses response to meeting complaint, will revisit Powden’s contract

    Shawn Cunningham © 2019 Telegraph Publishing LLC On Monday, Sept. 9, the board of the Two Rivers Supervisory Union will revisit Superintendent Meg Powden’s two-year contract, which it approved in February following an improper executive session. The decision was made Thursday night after members of the Green Mountain Unified School District board urged the TRSU […]

  • TRSU Board agenda for Monday, Sept. 9

    TRSU Board agenda for Monday, Sept. 9

    The Two Rivers Supervisory Union Board of Directors will meet at 6 p.m. on Monday, Sept. 9 at the Roost at Fletcher Farm, 611 VT-103 in Ludlow. Below is its agenda. I. CALL TO ORDER: a. Roll Call II. APPROVAL OF AGENDA: (Additions & Deletions) III. PUBLIC COMMENTS: IV. OLD BUSINESS: a. Open Meeting Law […]

  • Residents oppose VTrans plan to eliminate bridges

    Residents oppose VTrans plan to eliminate bridges

    By Shawn Cunningham © 2019 Telegraph Publishing LLC The recommended solution to a three-bridge problem along Rt. 103 North in Chester may result in legal action as one homeowner vows to prevent it. At a special meeting of the Chester Select Board last Thursday night, engineers from VTrans presented their recommendation for constructing one bridge […]

  • To the editor: On Lowell Lake overnight camping

    To the editor: On Lowell Lake overnight camping

    Renovating the cottages at Lowell Lake and returning them to overnight service is a good idea. The event barn is a good idea too. Wouldn’t it be lovely to attend a music event at Lowell Lake or let people get married there? Lowell Lake is a manmade lake that has hosted visitors in its cottages […]

  • Community & Arts events: Sept. 7 - 10

    Community & Arts events: Sept. 7 – 10

    For a full listing of upcoming events, click here for The Chester Telegraph Calendar. To find out how to become a Calendar Partner, email or call Cynthia Prairie at cprairie@chestertelegraph.org or 802-875-2703. To be included in events briefs, email calendar@chestertelegraph.org. Photos welcome. No PDFs, please. Notices must be received by noon on Fridays to be […]

  • Derry Rescue Squad offers medical responder course

    Derry Rescue Squad offers medical responder course

    The Londonderry Volunteer Rescue Squad will be offering an Emergency Medical Responder course beginning in late September. Classes will meet from 6 to 9 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays from Sept. 25 through Dec. 19. at the Rescue Squad Building, 6068 Route 100 in Londonderry. State testing will follow. EMRs are often the first medical personnel […]

  • Obituary: Stacy Ingalls, 55, of Springfield

    Obituary: Stacy Ingalls, 55, of Springfield

    Stacy L. Ingalls, 55, of Springfield, passed away on Thursday evening Aug. 29, 2019 surrounded by her family. She was born Feb. 21, 1964 in Hartford, Conn., the daughter of Paul B. Sr. and Elinor K. (Jones) Ingalls. She graduated from Green Mountain High School in Chester. Ms. Ingalls was employed as an office clerk […]

  • Chester Select Board agenda for Sept. 4

    Chester Select Board agenda for Sept. 4

    The Chester Select Board will meet at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 4 at Town Hall, 556 Elm St. Below is its agenda. 1. Approve Minutes from the Aug. 21, 2019 Selectboard Meeting and Aug. 21, 2019 Executive Session 2. Citizen Comments 3. Old Business 4. Town Manager Search Discussion with Abigail Friedman from VLCT […]

  • Left in Andover: A bit of Hetty Green in Weston

    Left in Andover: A bit of Hetty Green in Weston

    By Susan Leader ©2019 Telegraph Publishing LLC In 1966, I inherited my older sister’s job as a housekeeper at the newly rebuilt Weston Playhouse, designed by architect and esteemed native son Ray Austin. What I most dreaded was cleaning the toilets. Luckily for me, all the bathroom fixtures in the upstairs actors’ quarters were still […]

  • Chester Chatter: When it was time to grow up

    Chester Chatter: When it was time to grow up

    By Ruthie Douglas ©2019 Telegraph Publishing LLC Summer had come to an end. I was sad and yet excited to see my friends once again now that school had started. I had a couple of new outfits to wear as I was starting the 8th grade. The first day was a bit scary. I was […]

  • Henry Homeyer: Roots can be the root of the problem

    Henry Homeyer: Roots can be the root of the problem

    By Henry Homeyer ©2019 Telegraph Publishing LLC Folks who only have shade often give up on gardening because they cannot grow things like poppies and peonies, and only know “boring” shade plants planted for their foliage rather than their blossoms: hostas, pachysandra and myrtle. But even those plants don’t necessarily grow vigorously in shade. More […]

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