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Weston board opens bids, prepping for winter

By Shawn Cunningham © 2019 Telegraph Publishing, LLC It may have been the middle of August, but winter was in the air at the Weston Select Board meeting last Tuesday, Aug. 13, as the board opened bids for winter sand and fuel oil and discussed heating contract expenses for the town annex among other issues. […]

GMUSD board learns of $189,000 deficit, will start budget process months early

By Shawn Cunningham © 2019 Telegraph Publishing LLC Budgeting was front and center on Thursday night as the board of the Green Mountain Unified School District learned that it would be starting the process with a deficit of more than $189,000. In the end, the board also decided to change the way it compiles its […]

Closed door saves South Derry home

By Shawn Cunningham © Telegraph Publishing LLC Firefighters say that a closed, solid wood door and the monthly business meeting of the Champion Fire Company in South Londonderry saved a Melendy Hill Road home from destruction Wednesday night when a fire broke out in the building’s basement. There were no injuries, but a family dog […]

Chester board discusses moving Yosemite, mulls feasibility study for museum

By Shawn Cunningham © 2019 Telegraph Publishing LLC A suggestion, by Town Manager David Pisha, that the historic Yosemite Firehouse be moved led to the longest discussion at the Wednesday, Aug. 7 Chester Select Board meeting. At the previous meeting of the board on July 24, Lillian Willis of the Chester Historic Preservation Committee asked […]

Cavendish to be under water conservation notice

By Shawn Cunningham © 2019 Telegraph Publishing LLC On Monday night, Aug. 12, Town Manager Brendan McNamara told the Cavendish Select Board that the town would have to issue another water conservation notice from Tuesday Sept. 3 to Monday Sept. 9 to change the filtering media at the water plant. The work was originally slated […]

New owner, name slated for Chester bookstore

By Cynthia Prairie ©2019 Telegraph Publishing LLC Vicki Thornton loves to read. It was reading that brought her to work at Phoenix Books Misty Valley when the owner’s daughter and store manager, Katie DeSanto, was looking for some help in January to free her from the frequent days away from her East Hardwick home. And […]

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  • Celebration of Life for Charles Jerome set for Saturday, Aug. 24

    Celebration of Life for Charles Jerome set for Saturday, Aug. 24

    A celebration of Life service for Andover resident Charles H. Jerome 76, who died on July 2, 2019, will be held from 1 to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 24, 2019 at the American Legion Post #67, 637 Route 103 S. in Chester, where he was a member. He served in the U.S. Army during […]

  • Ralph Abbott, 75, of Andover, enjoyed hunting, time with family pet dogs

    Ralph Abbott, 75, of Andover, enjoyed hunting, time with family pet dogs

    Ralph W. Abbott passed away on Sunday Aug. 11, 2019 at his home in Andover surrounded by his loving family. He was 75. Mr. Abbott was born Oct. 10, 1943 in South Londonderry, the son of Henry Winston and Ella Melissa (Beers) Abbott.  He attended school in Chester. On March 11, 1995, he married Donna […]

  • Derry Select Board special meeting agenda for Aug. 14

    Derry Select Board special meeting agenda for Aug. 14

    The Select Board for the Town of Londonderry will hold a special meeting at 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 14 at the Twitchell Building, 100 Old School St. in S. Londonderry. Below is its agenda. 1. Call Meeting to Order 2. Additions or Deletions to the Agenda 3. Executive Session – The appointment or employment […]

  • Police seek help in masked wine burglary

    Police seek help in masked wine burglary

    © 2019 Telegraph Publishing, LLC Vermont State Police in Westminster are asking the public for help in identifying a burglar who stole wine earlier this month. According to a press release, during the night between Saturday Aug. 3 and Sunday Aug. 4, an unidentified man wearing a mask broke into the Putney Mountain Winery in […]

  • Richard 'Obie' O'Brien, 78, enjoyed working at Recycling Center

    Richard ‘Obie’ O’Brien, 78, enjoyed working at Recycling Center

    Richard “Obie” O’Brien passed away unexpectedly at his home on Tuesday, Aug. 6, 2019.  He was 78. He was born on May 2, 1941 in Gardner, Mass.  He was married to Debra Parsons (O’Brien) on June 20, 1998, although they had been together since Nov. 23, 1975. Mr. O’Brien attended school a Saint Joseph’s in […]

  • Community & Arts events: Aug. 17 - Aug. 21

    Community & Arts events: Aug. 17 – Aug. 21

    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 Susan Lampe-Wilson at calendar@chestertelegraph.org. Photos welcome. No PDFs, please. Notices must be received by noon on […]

  • Chester Chatter: Our magical mystery tours

    Chester Chatter: Our magical mystery tours

    By Ruthie Douglas ©2019 Telegraph Publishing LLC When my daughter Jeanie was a little girl, she did not care to go shunpiking with me on the backroads of Vermont and New Hampshire. She was afraid that we would get lost and be unable to find our way back home. Now, as an adult, all that […]

  • Henry Homeyer: How to plant a tree

    Henry Homeyer: How to plant a tree

    By Henry Homeyer ©2019 Telegraph Publishing LLC I recently planted a couple of blue spruce trees on a nice cloudy day, and want to share with you what I did. First, and most important, I checked the position of the trunk of the tree in the pot. In the wild you will notice that trees […]

  • Grafton Road closed Aug. 14 through Aug. 16

    Grafton Road closed Aug. 14 through Aug. 16

    © 2019 Telegraph Publishing LLC The major work currently being done on a portion of Grafton Road (Rt. 35) in Chester will require the closure of the road from Wednesday Aug. 14 through Friday Aug. 16. The road will be closed from 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. on those days. The detour around the closures […]

  • Parks rep outlines Lowell Lake plans for Derry board

    Parks rep outlines Lowell Lake plans for Derry board

    By Shawn Cunningham © 2019 Telegraph Publishing LLC The Londonderry Select Board was expecting a crowd Monday night, but only a handful of the regulars showed up. Three rows of chairs were set up in the big room of the Twitchell Office Building expecting locals to turn out, as Ethan Phelps of Vermont’s Department of […]

  • Weston beekeepers open gardens to cancer cure fund-raiser

    Weston beekeepers open gardens to cancer cure fund-raiser

    MacLaury fund-raiser in honor of grandson, brain cancer survivor Community members are invited to an Open Garden Fundraiser to help fight cancer from 3 to 7 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 18 at the MacLaury residence, 21 Turner Road in Weston. Carol and Steve MacLaury of Peabody Mountain Apiaries are known for their beekeeping prowess and […]

  • Andover Select Board agenda for Aug. 12

    Andover Select Board agenda for Aug. 12

    The Andover Select Board will meet at 6:30 p.m. on Monday, Aug. 12 at Town Offices, 953 Andover Road. Below is its agenda. 1. Call Select Board meeting to order. 2. Act on Agenda. 3. Act on Minutes: Act on minutes from the July 22nd meeting. 4. Public Comment (Time allowance: Five minutes per visitor, […]

  • 'Always ... Patsy Cline' fine musical entertainment

    ‘Always … Patsy Cline’ fine musical entertainment

    By David Lampe-Wilson ©2019 Telegraph Publishing LLC Weston Playhouse at Walker Farm goes Country with Always … Patsy Cline, not so much a play as a two-volume tribute album of greatest hits. While the music is great and the vocals are stellar, Ted Swindley’s book for this jukebox jamboree is as emotionally empty as the […]

  • Community & Arts events: Aug. 9 - Aug. 14

    Community & Arts events: Aug. 9 – Aug. 14

    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 Susan Lampe-Wilson at calendar@chestertelegraph.org. Photos welcome. No PDFs, please. Notices must be received by noon on […]

  • Left in Andover: Getting in touch with the earth

    Left in Andover: Getting in touch with the earth

    By Susan Leader ©2019 Telegraph Publishing LLC For me, summer on Popplewood Farm in 1958 meant forced labor. I detested the endless hoeing of weeds in my family’s large vegetable garden. There were, however, several limited compensations. When no one was watching, I dallied, catching grasshoppers to feed my kitty, who lolled in the grass, […]

  • Chester Chatter: When neighbors are like family

    Chester Chatter: When neighbors are like family

    By Ruthie Douglas ©2019 Telegraph Publishing LLC Moving to the farm on Green Mountain Turnpike in 1957, I was surprised to learn that our nearest neighbors lived three-quarters of a mile away. They were John and Elise Edwards. Nicer neighbors there never were.  Our families blended. Many people thought we were related. We spent a […]

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