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GM middle school teacher arrested on federal charges of creating child pornography

By Cynthia Prairie and Shawn Cunningham ©2022 Telegraph Publishing LLC Norm Merrill, a longtime 8th grade teacher  and Middle School coordinator at Green Mountain High School, was taken into custody today, Thursday, May 19, by Chester Police on federal charges of “producing child sexual abuse material.” The U.S.  Attorney for the District of Vermont announced […]

Library director resigns amid questions of board censorship

By Shawn Cunningham © 2022 Telegraph Publishing LLC The director of Chester’s Whiting Library tendered her resignation on Thursday, May 12, on the eve of  the Whiting’s board of trustees second executive session to discuss a scheduled library event that at least one member found “too controversial” and wanted cancelled. But board chair Robert Nied […]

GM boys baseball stings Woodstock Wasps 13-3

By Evan Chadwick © 2022 Telegraph Publishing LLC If there is one thing that Coach Matt McCarthy is above all else in leading his GM boys baseball team, its being practical with his expectations. He has long focused on his boys doing the little things, which when added together, equate to success on the diamond. […]

Chester board appoints cannabis commission, talks police assessment

By Shawn Cunningham © 2022 Telegraph Publishing LLC At its May 4 meeting, the Chester Select Board formally created a local cannabis control commission, then appointed five of the seven residents who applied to serve on it. That included some who urged voters to reject the opt-in measure for retail sales of cannabis that was […]

From sidewalks to stop lights, Chester residents weigh in on priorities for ARPA funding

By Shawn Cunningham © 2022 Telegraph Publishing LLC With $900,000 on the table to fund most anything that could be labelled “government services,” around 20 residents came together – in person and on Zoom – on Monday evening to lend their ideas on how the money should be spent. There are only a few restrictions […]

Derry Town Meeting scuttles dam article

By Shawn Cunningham © 2022 Telegraph Publishing LLC On a sunny but cool and blustery Saturday morning a little over a hundred residents of Londonderry gathered in the parking lot of Town Hall on Middletown Road to hold their Town Meeting, which had been postponed from early March due to Covid worries. Ironically, they were […]

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  • Andrew Lavallee, 35, of Londonderry

    Andrew Lavallee, 35, of Londonderry

    Andrew L. Lavallee passed away on Wednesday, April 27, 2022, at his home in Londonderry. Andy was born in Springfield on Sept. 1, 1987, to Deborah L. Carleton (Mathews) and Andrew P. Lavallee. Andy graduated from Green Mountain Union High School in Chester in 2006. He attended SUNY/Cobleskill in Cobleskill, N.Y., for Landscape Construction Management. […]

  • Springfield man hit by gunfire; police seek information

    Springfield man hit by gunfire; police seek information

    © 2022 Telegraph Publishing LLC UPDATE: Tuesday May 10 – Police have identified the victim in yesterday’s shooting as Todd Amell, 50, who lives on Valley Street in Springfield. He was shot in one of his legs, taken by ambulance to the hospital, treated and released. Investigators are saying that the shooting was not random […]

  • 'Dealing with Dementia' info session May 24

    ‘Dealing with Dementia’ info session May 24

      Community Cares Network of Chester/Andover is sponsoring a free informational evening titled  Dealing with Dementia. This will be held at American Legion Post 67, 635 VT Route 103, Chester from 6:30 to 8 p.m on Tuesday, May 24. Jennifer Chambers from Springfield Hospital and Jordon Cotto from Alzheimer’s Association: Vermont Chapter will be speaking. […]

  • St. Luke's Annual Plant Sale May 27-29

    St. Luke’s Annual Plant Sale May 27-29

    St. Luke’s Church, 313 Main St., Chester, will hold its annual plant sale May 27 through May 29. Hours are 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Friday and Saturday and noon to 3 p.m. on Sunday. A wide selection of proven, large, healthy and hardy plants are sold at bargain prices. The sale features numerous […]

  • Henry Homeyer: falling in love with spring flowers

    Henry Homeyer: falling in love with spring flowers

    By Henry Homeyer © 2022 Telegraph Publishing LLC Spring has teased us this year: she comes, she goes; warm sunny days are followed by high winds, cold rain and even pellets of ice. But the spring flowers persist, starting with those dainty white snowdrops that appear reliably in early March for me. Let’s look at […]

  • Chieftains baseball team loses 3-2 pitching duel to White River

    Chieftains baseball team loses 3-2 pitching duel to White River

    By Evan Chadwick ©2022 Telegraph Publishing LLC CHESTER In this early portion of the 2022 campaign, the Green Mountain Chieftains baseball team is no stranger to close contests. A close loss to Bellows Falls, followed by three straight wins over Mill River, Proctor and Leland & Gray, the last being of the one-run variety, certainly […]

  • Weston Theater Company receives $15,000 grant

    Weston Theater Company receives $15,000 grant

    Weston Theater Company has been approved for a $15,000 Grants for Arts Projects award to support its 2022 New Works Program. WTC’s project is among 1,248 across America that were selected to receive a total of $28.8 million during the first round of fiscal year 2022 funding in this category. Over the past decade, WTC […]

  • Andover Select Board agenda for May 9

    Andover Select Board agenda for May 9

    The Andover Select Board will hold its regular meeting at 6:30 p.m. on Monday May 9, 2022 at the Andover Town Office, 753 Weston-Andover Road and via Zoom. To join go to: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/8690215007  Passcode: 146374 Below is the board’s agenda: 1. Call Select Board meeting to order. 2. Act on Agenda. 3. Act on Minutes: […]

  • TRSU board agenda for May 5

    TRSU board agenda for May 5

    The Two Rivers Supervisory Union board will hold its regular meeting at 6 p.m. on Thursday May 5, 2022 in the Art Room at Cavendish Elementary School and via Zoom. To join the meeting go to: https://trsu.zoom.us/j/85756476936  Below is the board’s agenda I. Call to Order A. Roll Call II. Approval of Agenda: III. APPROVAL […]

  • 'Oldest man in Chester' to celebrate 104th on the Green

    ‘Oldest man in Chester’ to celebrate 104th on the Green

    By Shawn Cunningham © 2022 Telegraph Publishing LLC When Bernard Mowrey was born, Woodrow Wilson was president of the United States, the end of World War I was still six months away and the flu pandemic, which would kill tens of millions worldwide, was just getting under way. Next week he’ll celebrate his 104th birthday […]

  • Ruthie Douglas, 81, longtime chronicler of Chester,  friend to many

    Ruthie Douglas, 81, longtime chronicler of Chester, friend to many

    Ruth “Ruthie” F. Douglas, 81, of Chester, passed away on Sunday May 1, 2022 at the Jack Byrne Center in Lebanon, N.H.  She was born Dec. 31, 1940 in Springfield, the daughter of Dwight E. and Vivian (Tatro) Foster.  She attended Springfield schools. On Aug. 22, 1956, she married Donald W. Douglas. He predeceased her […]

  • Whiting Library celebrates National Foster Care Month with special story time

    Whiting Library celebrates National Foster Care Month with special story time

    Whiting Library, 117 Main St., Chester, will celebrate National Foster Care Month with a special family story hour at 3 p.m. on Tuesday, May 10. This event combines the library’s monthly kid’s book club with learning about foster care, adoption and family differences. Carrie King, Youth Services librarian, will read aloud from books that engage […]

  • Composting station available for Cavendish residents

    Composting station available for Cavendish residents

    When the Vermont legislature banned food scraps from the trash and mandated that they must be composted, the Town of Cavendish engaged the services of a company to haul away those scraps each week. That quickly became hugely expensive. For several months, the Cavendish Transfer Station has been composting on site. That saves the carbon […]

  • Trivia Night set for May 28 to benefit Chester Rotary Ladd Scholarship

    Trivia Night set for May 28 to benefit Chester Rotary Ladd Scholarship

    Quiz/Trivia Night will be held from 6:30 to 9 p.m. on Saturday, May 28 in the Banquet Room of American Legion Post 67, 634 VT Route 103. You can register as a team or an individual. Team registration — for three to six people is $100; individual registration is $20.  You can also help sponsor […]

  • Invasive jumping worms? Webinar offers the skinny on these pests

    Invasive jumping worms? Webinar offers the skinny on these pests

    Gardeners interested in learning about the invasive jumping worm pest are invited to attend a webinar presented by Dr. Josef Gorres: Jumping Worms. Why Worry? What Can You Do. It will be held via Zoom from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. Saturday, May 14 Closed captioning will be available. Jumping worms are invasive earthworms hailing […]

  • Green Up Day events throughout the region

    Green Up Day events throughout the region

    By Stacia Spaulding ©2022 Telegraph Publishing LLC Although Green Up Day officially takes place on the first Saturday in May, many area residents have gotten a jumpstart on cleaning up the roadsides in their towns. If you would like to help, there are still plenty of opportunities to take part on Saturday, May 7. This […]

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