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Chester board finalizes budget; cannabis retailer on the horizon; citizen police panel discussed

By Shawn Cunningham © 2023 Telegraph Publishing LLC While issues like a report from the town’s Cannabis Control Commission, thoughts on a police citizen advisory board and the approval of the warning for Town Meeting were on the Chester Select Board’s Jan. 18 agenda, one line on the proposed 2023 budget took up a significant […]

Derry board considers stricter short-term rental ordinance

By Shawn Cunningham © 2023 Telegraph Publishing LLC At its Monday Jan. 23 meeting, the  Londonderry Select Board took up a draft ordinance to regulate short-term rentals. The draft that was posted on the town’s website as part of the board packet was basically the ordinance adopted by the Chester Select Board back in December.  […]

Andover board sends $1.066M budget to voters

By Cynthia Prairie ©2023 Telegraph Publishing LLC As expected, the Andover Select Board on Monday night signed off on the town’s first $1.066 million spending plan with nary a complaint or dissent. Referring to the 2023-24 budget proposal, board member Robin Trask said, “There’s nothing frivolous here.  It’s all about the trucks and the gas […]

GMUSD board agrees to ‘retire’ Chieftain name

By Shawn Cunningham © 2023 Telegraph Publishing LLC In a move that was a surprise to at least one board member, the Green Mountain Unified School District board voted tonight, Thursday, Jan. 19, to discontinue the use of the Chieftain name. The district had voted to stop using the image of a Native American in […]

Former Flood Brook teacher offered principalship at CAES

By Cynthia Prairie ©2023 Telegraph Publishing LLC The Board of Directors of the Green Mountain Unified School District, during a special meeting on Wednesday night, voted to offer Joanne Blane, an instructional coach for the Bennington-Rutland Supervisory Union and former teacher at Flood Brook School in Londonderry, a one-year contract as principal of Chester-Andover Elementary […]

Cavendish board talks energy, reappraisals and police coverage

By Cara Philbin ©2023 Telegraph Publishing After considerable discussion, the Cavendish Select Board, on Monday, Jan. 9, voted to direct the town’s Planning Commission to begin the process of adopting the enhanced energy chapter for the Town Plan. Commission chair Etienne Ting had told the board that if it wanted that outcome it should tell […]

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  • Chester-Andover Family Center plans expansion

    Chester-Andover Family Center plans expansion

    By Cynthia Prairie ©2023 Telegraph Publishing LLC The aftereffects of a lightning strike several years ago at the Chester-Andover Family Center has sparked a plan for expanding the building, located at 908 VT-103 in Chester, to accommodate more storage, sorting space for donations and added comfort for the all-volunteer staff. Nena Nanfeldt, a board member […]

  • College News

    College News

    Southern New Hampshire University of Manchester, N.H., congratulates the following students on being named to the fall 2022 President’s List. Full-time undergraduate students who have earned a minimum grade-point average of 3.700 for the reporting term are named to the President’s List. Full-time status is achieved by earning 12 credits over each 16-week term or […]

  • Andover Select Board agenda for Jan. 23

    Andover Select Board agenda for Jan. 23

    The Select Board for the Town of Andover will meet at 6:30 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 23 at the Andover Town Office, 953 Andover Road, and via Zoom. To access via Zoom, please click here.  Meeting ID: 869 021 5007 Passcode: 146374. Below is its agenda. 1. Call Meeting to Order. 2. Act on Agenda. […]

  • Chester Cannabis Commission to report at Jan. 18 Select Board meeting

    Chester Cannabis Commission to report at Jan. 18 Select Board meeting

    © 2023 Telegraph Publishing LLC On Wednesday, Jan. 18, the Chester Select Board meeting will include the first annual report from the Chester Local Cannabis Commission. The public is invited to hear about the state of the legal cannabis industry in Vermont and specifically Chester as well as meet the local commission members. The commission, […]

  • Chester Select Board/Water and Sewer Commission agendas for Jan. 18

    Chester Select Board/Water and Sewer Commission agendas for Jan. 18

    The Chester Select Board will hold its regular meeting at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday Jan. 18, 2023. After that meeting, its members will convene as the Commissioners of Water and Sewer. The meetings will be held at Town Hall, 556 Elm Street and via Zoom. To join the meeting go to https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81988842129 Below are the […]

  • Chester Board dips into 'Public Funds' to pay for cemetery work

    Chester Board dips into ‘Public Funds’ to pay for cemetery work

    By Shawn Cunningham © 2023 Telegraph Publishing LLC With a quorum of just three members attending — including Leigh Dakin on Zoom — the Chester Select Board worked through a fairly light agenda on Jan. 4, from looking to bequeathed funds for money to offset a deficit in last year’s budget to sending a proposed […]

  • RUN FOR OFFICE!

    RUN FOR OFFICE!

    © 2023 Telegraph Publishing LLC Vermont’s towns are run by community minded folks who step up and serve in local government positions – from town clerks and select board members to Library Trustees, Listers, Constables and more. This is the time of year that residents can take out a petition to get on the ballot […]

  • Andover Board nears accepting its first million-dollar budget

    Andover Board nears accepting its first million-dollar budget

    By Cynthia Prairie ©2023 Telegraph Publishing LLC While the Andover Select Board on Monday night spent more time discussing a proposed bylaw addressing regulating the growing short-term rental industry, no action was taken on the issue — and seemingly won’t be in time for Town Meeting in March, when voters would have the earliest opportunity […]

  • College News

    College News

    Jonathan Griffin of West Townshend, a sophomore Business Administration major at Bob Jones University in Greenville, S.C., was named to the fall 2022 President’s List. The President’s List recognizes students who earn a 3.75 or higher grade point average for the semester. Stonehill College of Easton, Mass., announces that the following students have been named […]

  • GMUSD Board meeting agenda for Jan. 19

    GMUSD Board meeting agenda for Jan. 19

    The Board of the Green Mountain Unified School District, made up of Andover, Baltimore, Cavendish and Chester, will hold its next meeting from 6 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 19 at the Green Mountain High School Library/Media Center, 716 VT-103 in Chester, and via Zoom. To access via Zoom, click here or phone in […]

  • Soup to Nuts Supper to benefit Chester Universalist Parish to be held Jan. 14

    Soup to Nuts Supper to benefit Chester Universalist Parish to be held Jan. 14

    The First Universalist Parish of Chester, located at 211 North St. in Chester’s Historic Stone Village, welcomes everyone to its community soup fundraiser from noon to 6 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 14. The menu includes soup or chili, salad, crusty bread, nuts, beverage and dessert. Church members are doing the cooking and promise a variety […]

  • Whiting Library events encourage fun reading activities in January

    Whiting Library events encourage fun reading activities in January

    Reconnect with the Whiting Library this winter and renew your love of reading, learning and community by celebrating Lunar New Year and Hobby Month throughout January. At the same time, you can meet the new library director, Pamela Johnson-Spurlock, and library assistant, Colleen Garvey. Plus, there is a Hobby Month raffle prize drawing on Tuesday, […]

  • Abenaki erasure discussion set for Jan. 15

    Abenaki erasure discussion set for Jan. 15

    Vera Longtoe Sheehan, a member of the Elnu Abenaki tribe, will present an eye-opening and inspiring talk at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 15 via Zoom. Regional Indigenous culture began long before the Green Mountain State was named and had endured colonization; it continues to this day. Longtoe Sheehan will cover the three Es of […]

  • Stone Village Poetry Experience returns Jan. 12

    Stone Village Poetry Experience returns Jan. 12

    It’s time to pull out your poetry notebook for Series II of the Stone Village Poetry Experience. The Poetry Slams and Workshops will be led by Tuck Wunderle and surprise guest collaborators. They will take place on Thursdays — and one Tuesday — through March at the First Universalist Parish, 211 North St., in Chester’s […]

  • Henry Homeyer: Looking back and ahead

    Henry Homeyer: Looking back and ahead

    By Henry Homeyer © 2022 Telegraph Publishing LLC It’s gray and chilly outside, but I have a fire in the new woodstove that warms the house and pleases me as I look through its glass window. I’ve been in the same house since 1970, so I’ve had plenty of time to plan and execute projects. […]

  • Jackknifed tractor trailer closes slushy Grafton Road

    Jackknifed tractor trailer closes slushy Grafton Road

    By Shawn Cunningham © 2023 Telegraph Publishing LLC The driver of a northbound tractor trailer lost control of his truck in slushy conditions on Route 35 in Chester on Friday, Jan. 6 and jackknifed winding up pointing in the opposite direction in a ditch. The mishap closed the Grafton Road from around 11:30 a.m. until […]

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