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GM school board wrestles with better use of its three school buildings

By Shawn Cunningham © 2024 Telegraph Publishing LLC Last week’s Green Mountain Unified School District’s Restructuring Committee meeting was like experiencing a time warp, with the discussion re-litigating portions of the Act 46 merger that created the district more than seven years ago. The original charge for the committee was to come up with ideas […]

Londonderry zoning proposal sparks community pushback, a board resignation

By Shawn Cunningham and Cynthia Prairie © 2024 Telegraph Publishing LLC The row during last week’s Londonderry Select Board special meeting over proposed zoning regulations, which caused one board member to resign, continued on Monday night as more than 100 residents crowded into the Town Office meeting room, then spilled into the hallway and outdoors. […]

What’s at stake in the June 4 GM school budget vote?

By Shawn Cunningham © 2024 Telegraph Publishing LLC On Tuesday, June 4 – a little less than three weeks from now – residents of Andover, Baltimore, Cavendish and Chester will have the opportunity to vote on the Green Mountain School District budget for the third time in as many months. The budget funds Cavendish Town […]

Potash neighbors tell select board of nuisance goats

By Shawn Cunningham © 2024 Telegraph Publishing LLC Last Wednesday, several residents from the area of Andover and Potash Brook roads asked the Chester Select Board to establish a nuisance ordinance in response to a neighbor’s animals – including goats, horses, pigs and vicious dogs – that have made living in the area difficult for […]

GM school board approves warning for 3rd budget vote on June 4

By Shawn Cunningham © 2024 Telegraph Publishing LLC Last night,  the Green Mountain Unified School District Board voted unanimously to approve a warning that will put a $16.5 million budget in front of the voters in Andover, Baltimore, Cavendish and Chester on Tuesday, June 4. This will be the third vote on the school budget […]

GM school board readies third budget proposal hoping to avert major penalty

By Shawn Cunningham © 2024 Telegraph Publishing LLC Last night was a make-or-break moment for the board of the Green Mountain Unified School District  as members met in Proctorsville to craft a budget that could win the approval of voters before the end of the school year on June 30 and avoid the penalties that […]

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  • Garden writer Henry Homeyer wins Beane journalism award

    Garden writer Henry Homeyer wins Beane journalism award

    Garden writer Henry Homeyer, whose column has been appearing in The Chester Telegraph for seven years, has been awarded the Fred E. Beane Award given for “fair, accurate and effective reporting of news and issues impacting farming and forestry in the state” by the directors of the New Hampshire Farm, Forest & Garden Expo in […]

  • Chester Community Garden open for season

    Chester Community Garden open for season

    The organic Community Garden, located on Canal Street in Chester, is offering 10-foot by 10-foot plots, ready to plant and assigned on a first-come, first-served basis. Yearly donations are $20 per plot, and scholarships are available: A garden is available to anyone who wants one.  Newcomers pay a one-time refundable deposit of $25. To reserve […]

  • Op-ed: The power of connectedness protects older Vermonters from loneliness

    Op-ed: The power of connectedness protects older Vermonters from loneliness

    By Mark Boutwell Senior Solutions In late February, case manager Pam Halme visited one of her clients, Marjorie (not her real name), who was turning 99 soon. Marjorie has polio and is unable to move herself in any way but has been able to stay in her own home now for many years. Halme provides […]

  • GMUSD Board agenda for May 16

    GMUSD Board agenda for May 16

    The Green Mountain Unified School District Board will hold its regular meeting at 6 p.m. on Thursday May 16 at Green Mountain High School, 716 Route 103 south and via Zoom. To join the meeting go to: https://trsu.zoom.us/j/88449272142 I. CALL TO ORDER: A. Roll call II. APPROVAL OF AGENDA: (Additions & Deletions) III. APPROVAL OF […]

  • 'Baby Boom' to be shown in S. Derry on Thursday

    ‘Baby Boom’ to be shown in S. Derry on Thursday

    At 7 p.m. on Thursday, May 16, the light-hearted comedy Baby Boom will be shown at the South Londonderry Depot, on Route 100 just south of the West River Bridge. Baby Boom is the story of J.C., the Tiger Lady of Wall Street who is “gifted” an infant and ultimately gives up fame and fortune […]

  • Learn about the Bellows Falls petroglyph site

    Learn about the Bellows Falls petroglyph site

    Annette Spaulding and members of the Kchi Pôntegok Project will present the results of the two-year effort to better understand the Bellows Falls petroglyph site at several local venues between May 15 and 25. The project is named for the Western Abenaki term meaning “at the Great Falls,” which describes the location of the petroglyph […]

  • Ludlow Rotary donates personalized books to CTES first-graders

    Ludlow Rotary donates personalized books to CTES first-graders

    Continuing its program of literacy promotion, the Ludlow Rotary Club delivered custom-printed books to students at Cavendish Town Elementary School. Rotarian George Thomson, a  former CTES principal, presented the book School Is Fun to the first-grade class and read the book to them. Each book is personalized with the student’s name. Thomson stated, “In the […]

  • Introduction to heat pumps May 15

    Introduction to heat pumps May 15

    The second installment in the Rockingham Energy Committee’s Home Energy Forum series will be held from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. on Wednesday, May 15 at the Rockingham Free Public Library, 65 Westminster St. in Bellows Falls. Heat pump experts Harold Elliott, service manager at Cota & Cota in Bellows Falls, and Bruce Courtot, a senior […]

  • Taylor Claflin named 66th Apple Blossom Queen

    Taylor Claflin named 66th Apple Blossom Queen

    The 66th Apple Blossom took place at Riverside Middle School in Springfield on Friday, May 3 and Saturday, May 4. Taylor Claflin was announced as this year’s queen. Her dancing partner was Matthew Winter. Members of her court are Lorelei Bertone, who was partnered with Logan Roundy and Molly Tennis, who was partnered with Armando […]

  • Andover Select Board agenda for May 13

    Andover Select Board agenda for May 13

    The Andover Select Board will hold its regular meeting at 6:30 p.m. on Monday May 13 at the Town Office, 953 Weston-Andover Road. Below is the board’s agenda 1. Call Meeting to Order. 2. Act on Agenda. 3. Act on Minutes of April 22nd meeting. 4. Public Comment (Time allowance: Five minutes per visitor, 10 […]

  • 3rd Annual WRSA Concert at Magic June 1

    3rd Annual WRSA Concert at Magic June 1

    West River Sports Association, in collaboration with Mountain Towns Recreation and Flood Brook Athletic Association, will host the Third Annual WRSA June Concert on Saturday, June 1 at Magic Mountain Ski Area, 495 Magic Mountain Access Road in Londonderry. Gates open at 3 p.m. Although El Niño may have altered plans for the traditional on-snow […]

  • To the editor: A new Postmaster in Chester

    To the editor: A new Postmaster in Chester

    As the Postmaster of Chester I am excited to let our community know of some significant updates that will enhance service and ensure a seamless experience for our customers: Since the beginning of 2021, USPS has installed 348 new package processing machines nationwide and expanded our daily package processing capacity to an industry-leading 70 million […]

  • To the editor: Thanks to all who made Green Up Day successful in Chester

    To the editor: Thanks to all who made Green Up Day successful in Chester

    The recent Green Up Day in Chester was a resounding success, thanks to the dedicated efforts of over 250 volunteers who took to our roads to clean up litter and debris. We extend our heartfelt gratitude to each and every person who cleaned the roads of our community picking up litter from cans, bottles, tires, […]

  • Green Mtn. Club trail work day May 18

    Green Mtn. Club trail work day May 18

    Do you hike in the Manchester area? Come help members of the Green Mountain Club Manchester Section with their trail work day. Meet at 8 a.m. on Saturday, May 18 at the Mad Tom Notch Long Trail parking lot on Mad Tom Notch Road in Peru. This is an all-day event. The objective is to […]

  • Artists wanted for fall fine art, craft exhibition

    Artists wanted for fall fine art, craft exhibition

    The Old School Enrichment Council in Wilmington announces a call for artists for Art in the Valley, a three-day, juried indoor fine art and craft exhibition that will take place on Friday, Sept. 27 through Sunday, Sept. 29. The indoor show, featuring the works of 40 or more artists, will be held in the Old […]

  • So. Derry Library celebrates Mother's Day May 11

    So. Derry Library celebrates Mother’s Day May 11

    The South Londonderry Free Library, 15 Old School St., invites children of all ages to celebrate Mother’s Day beginning at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, May 11. Art teacher Casey Junker Bailey will lead the workshop. Come make a special card and gift for Mom. Thanks to a grant from The Stratton Foundation, each family will […]

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