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Weston board considers reappraisal, tables municipal tax-rate decision

By Shawn Cunningham © Telegraph Publishing LLC Last Tuesday evening, the Weston Select Board heard from Listers Greg Carroll and Dan Hanenberg who suggested that the town might want to consider a reappraisal of properties for the grand list. Noting that last appraisal was in 2005 and that the “cost table” and “land value schedules” […]

31 area restaurants OK’d for Covid relief grants worth $4.2 million

By Cynthia Prairie ©2021 Telegraph Publishing LLC Thirty-one restaurants, bars and food trucks from Bellows Falls to Manchester, including four in Chester, have been approved to receive portions of the $28.6 billion federal Restaurant Revitalization Fund to help them recover from the effects of restrictions imposed during the Covid-19 pandemic crisis.  The total funding those […]

Chester taxes jump as reassessment cancels CLA cushion

By Shawn Cunningham © 2021 Telegraph Publishing LLC Last Wednesday night, the Chester Select Board set tax rates and, even though municipal and school budgets have seen only minor increases for this year and the 2021-22 school year, Chester taxpayers are looking at an increases of about 13 cents per hundred of assessed value (or […]

TRSU boards look at their roles during retreat

By Shawn Cunningham © 2021 Telegraph Publishing LLC School boards don’t operate schools.” If there is one takeaway from a presentation that facilitator Susan Holson of the Vermont School Boards Association gave to members of the Green Mountain and Ludlow Mount Holly district boards during their June 30 retreat, it was that school boards hire […]

Fourth fireworks finally on Fifth

After a rain delay from the planned July 3 events, the American Legion in Chester had a perfect evening on Monday to hold the town Independence Day fireworks, bringing the long weekend to a close. If you didn’t get a chance to watch them live, Dennis Kopacz of Sculpted Physiques in Chester viewed the display […]

Weston considers replacing Zoning Board with Development Review Board

By Mallory Hopkins ©2021 Telegraph Publishing LLC During the Weston Select Board meeting on Tuesday, June 22, members began discussing replacing the Zoning Board of Adjustment with a Development Review Board, which would allow landowner to have a “one-stop shop” when it comes to seeking decisions on land-use issues. Board vice chair Jim Linville said […]

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  • 'Dine around BBQ' fund-raiser for Londonderry Arts & Historical Society to be held Aug. 13

    ‘Dine around BBQ’ fund-raiser for Londonderry Arts & Historical Society to be held Aug. 13

    The Londonderry Arts and Historical Society is hosting a Dine-around-a-Barbecue fund-raiser at the Custer Sharp House, 2461 Middletown Road, from 5 to 7:30 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 13. Local chefs Annie Campbell and Sharon Crossman are preparing assorted creative burgers. Guests can choose from the Bernadine, the  Custer Sharp, the  Route 11 and the Middletown […]

  • Derry Congregational Church to hold annual Whale of a Sale July 30 & 31

    Derry Congregational Church to hold annual Whale of a Sale July 30 & 31

    The Second Congregational Church’s annual Whale of a Sale will be held from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday July 30 and Saturday July 31 at the church, 2051 Vermont Route 11, in Londonderry. Highlights this year include:  Chairs, chairs, and more chairs! Also featured are many beautiful lamps, bookcases, a fine collection of prints/frames […]

  • Left in Andover: When Middletown was a lively village center

    Left in Andover: When Middletown was a lively village center

    By Susan Leader ©2021 Telegraph Publishing LLC Middletown Road and Middletown Cemetery are vestiges of a once vibrant village center within the greater town of Andover. Over the course of history, Middletown boasted a substantial meeting house, a store and Post Office, a schoolhouse, several blacksmith shops and a tavern. I was born into this […]

  • Chester Chatter: A night out at the Park Theater

    Chester Chatter: A night out at the Park Theater

    By Ruthie Douglas ©2021 Telegraph Publishing LLC Sundays on the farm were Ma and Pop’s day off.  It meant that Don and I had to step in to do all the chores, including the milking by ourselves. We scurried through the jobs because Sundays were also Don and my time to go to the movies. […]

  • Henry Homeyer: Keeping weeds at bay with mulch

    Henry Homeyer: Keeping weeds at bay with mulch

    By Henry Homeyer ©2021 Telegraph Publishing LLC Mulch is commonly used to help suppress weeds and to hold in soil moisture in dry times. There are many different kinds of mulch and it is important to get the right kind, and to apply it properly if you wish to get the benefits of mulch. The […]

  • REVISED Chester Planning Commission agenda for July 19

    REVISED Chester Planning Commission agenda for July 19

    The Chester Planning Commission will hold its regular meeting at 6 p.m. on Monday July 19 at Town Hall, 556 Elm Street and via Zoom. To join the meeting go to https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81029256359 Below is the commission’s revised agenda. Changes are in bold. 1. Discuss the ACCD document Enabling Better Places: A Zoning Guide for Vermont […]

  • Tri Mountain Lions announces winners of July 3 Duck Race

    Tri Mountain Lions announces winners of July 3 Duck Race

    The Tri-Mountain Lions Club, based in Londonderry, held its Duck Race on Saturday, July 3 raising funds for its efforts including providing glasses and vision care for local residents. The lucky winners of 2021 Duck Race are: First Place winning $175: Jon Foster of Mount Holly; Second Place winning $125: Elizabeth Grant of Winhall; and […]

  • 10-car crash closes I-91 northbound; no injuries

    10-car crash closes I-91 northbound; no injuries

    © 2021 Telegraph Publishing LLC A pickup truck on I-91 that was unable to stop to avoid vehicles waiting for the cleanup of an earlier two-car crash this morning caused a 10-vehicle pileup. No injuries were reported, but the mess closed the roadway for two hours, until around 10 a.m. According to Vermont State Police, […]

  • Biden appoints Gov. Scott to bi-partisan governors' security council

    Biden appoints Gov. Scott to bi-partisan governors’ security council

    President Joe Biden has appointed Gov. Phil Scott to the President’s Council of Governors for a two-year term, the White House announced.  The bipartisan council was established in 2010 by Section 1822 of the National Defense Authorization Act of 2008 and implemented by Presidential Executive Order 13528. It includes up to 10 governors who work […]

  • Left in Andover: The miracle of farmers markets

    Left in Andover: The miracle of farmers markets

    By Susan Leader ©2021 Telegraph Publishing LLC I first experienced the magic of a traditional farmers market on a trip to Morocco’s Ourika Mountains in 1978. Farmers, potters and camel dealers converged upon a desolate high mountain plain. In an age old ritual of trade and sociability, a public square formed. Then poof, a few […]

  • Chester Chatter: Once a farmer, always a farmer

    Chester Chatter: Once a farmer, always a farmer

    By Ruthie Douglas ©2021 Telegraph Publishing LLC Small farm living was a good way of life. When Don and I were first married, we considered other ways that we might earn a living besides farming. But we went with farming on his parents family farm. Don, his brother George and their father bought the farm […]

  • Self-guided tours of six gardens on July 17

    Self-guided tours of six gardens on July 17

    On Saturday, July 17, Mountain Garden Walks offers a self-guided walking tour of six enchanting gardens in Londonderry and Weston, each capturing the beauty of Vermont’s perennial, woodland and native plants surrounded by stonewalls, bogs and expansive vistas of mountains and meadows. Most of all, these spectacular gardens reflect the environment of our Vermont landscape. […]

  • Henry Homeyer: A mid-summer night's bloom

    Henry Homeyer: A mid-summer night’s bloom

    By Henry Homeyer ©2021 Telegraph Publishing LLC Mid-summer is often a quiet time for flowers – many gardens have fewer dramatic blossoms than in the spring. I have made an effort to have plenty blooming now. It’s true that my Japanese primroses, peonies and Siberian iris have gone by. But I have many others, both […]

  • 'An Iliad' marks return of live theater to Weston Playhouse

    ‘An Iliad’ marks return of live theater to Weston Playhouse

    Weston Playhouse Theatre Company announces a return to live performance with the first production of its 2021 season: An Iliad, running July 14 – Aug. 6 under the Tent at Walker Farm. The eternal, enchanting power of storytelling comes to life in Denis O’Hare and Lisa Peterson’s acclaimed adaptation of Homer’s classic. A chorus of […]

  • Derry resident arraigned on federal drug charges

    Derry resident arraigned on federal drug charges

    By Shawn Cunningham © 2021 Telegraph Publishing LLC A South Londonderry  man pleaded not guilty in federal court (via Zoom) this afternoon on drug charges dating back to 2017  that apparently involved an overdose death. Timothy J. Slade, 29, was indicted by a federal grand jury on charges of heroin distribution and maintaining a drug-involved […]

  • State offering outdoor recreation grants to towns, nonprofits

    State offering outdoor recreation grants to towns, nonprofits

    The Department of Forests, Parks and Recreation is launching the 2021 Vermont Outdoor Recreation Economic Collaborative  Community Grant Program and the Enhancement of Recreational Stewardship and Access Trail Grants. These programs will distribute more than $6 million to municipalities and non-profit organizations across Vermont. The funding comes from one-time general funds and is a portion […]

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