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Weekly Covid Update: State of emergency extended; vaxx registration begins for 16 & up

©2021 Telegraph Publishing LLC Even as Vermont has reached a significant milestone — more than half of all Vermonters 16 and up have received at least one dose of a Covid vaccine — Gov. Phil Scott is extending Vermont’s state of emergency for another month, as he and his team continue to manage the pandemic […]

Six GM board members say what went into principal voting decisions

By Shawn Cunningham © 2021 Telegraph Publishing LLC The actual deliberations that went into the Green Mountain Unified School District board’s decision not to offer GM teacher Keith Hill a one-year contract as principal will remain shrouded by the executive session where they took place. But The Telegraph asked board members to share their personal […]

Chester board gets feedback on paper of record choice

By Shawn Cunningham © Telegraph Publishing LLC Before calling its meeting to order on the evening of Wednesday, April 7, the Chester Select Board held a forum to hear public comments on its decision to name The Chester Telegraph as the town’s paper of record for legally required public notices for the coming year. For […]

Chester board passes on reversing course on Mosher land

By Shawn Cunningham © Telegraph Publishing LLC At its March 17 meeting, the Chester Select Board heard from project managers who will consolidate the Thompson and Jewett bridges along Route 103 North into one bridge. Before getting deeply into the design phases of the project, they wanted to see if  Chester would change course and […]

Weekly Covid Update: High case counts continue among younger Vermonters

© 2021 Telegraph Publishing LLC Although many numbers started to trend downward this week, high Covid-19 case counts and outbreaks are likely to continue in the very near future in younger populations, i.e.: those not vaccinated, according to Vermont Health Commissioner Dr. Mark Levine. Driving the high numbers are the variants in the picture — […]

GM board rejects principal recommendation 4-3

By Shawn Cunningham © 2021 Telegraph Publishing LLC By a vote of 4-3 with one abstention, the board of the Green Mountain Unified School District late Tuesday night rejected the recommendation of Two Rivers Superintendent Lauren Fierman to name Keith Hill the next principal of Green Mountain High School. Hill, a social studies teacher in […]

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  • League of Women Voters offers college scholarships

    League of Women Voters offers college scholarships

    Vermont high school students looking for a scholarship to help pay the way for college can now apply to the League of Women Voters of Vermont Education Fund Winona Smith Scholarship program. Applications are due on May 1 and can be completed online by clicking here. Students need to submit two essays (500 words), one […]

  • New dimensions in Chester zoning proposal

    New dimensions in Chester zoning proposal

    March 17: Huge changes possible in Chester’s proposed new bylaws March 24: Proposed zoning bylaws raise questions of uses, costs By Shawn Cunningham © 2021 Telegraph Publishing LLC Allowed uses — such as single family home, restaurant, retail shop or light industry to name just a few —  are not the only way of crafting […]

  • GMUSD board special meeting agenda for April 6

    GMUSD board special meeting agenda for April 6

    The Green Mountain Unified School District board will hold a special meeting via Zoom at 6 p.m. on Tuesday April 6. To join the meeting go to https://trsu.zoom.us/j/82688621740. Below is the board’s agenda: I. CALL TO ORDER: A. Roll call II. APPROVAL OF AGENDA: (Additions & Deletions) III. PUBLIC COMMENTS: IV. BOARD MEMBER COMMENTS: V. […]

  • Chester Planning Commission agenda for April 5

    Chester Planning Commission agenda for April 5

    The Chester Planning Commission will hold its regular meeting at 6:30 p.m. on Monday April 5 at Town Hall, 556 Elm Street and via Zoom. To attend by Zoom go to https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81029256359 Below is the commission’s agenda: 1. Re-organizational meeting. 2. Review minutes from March 15, 2021 meeting. 3. Citizen comments. 4. Discuss plans for […]

  • Photo gallery: Great Cavendish Easter egg hunt

    Photo gallery: Great Cavendish Easter egg hunt

    By Shawn Cunningham © 2021 Telegraph Publishing LLC There wasn’t a cloud in the sky on Saturday morning as the Cavendish Recreation Department held its annual Easter Egg Hunt. But while the sunshine was bright, the freezing temperatures and gusty winds made the event a chilly one at Greven Field. After all 37 children were […]

  • Henry Homeyer: the art of timing veggie planting

    Henry Homeyer: the art of timing veggie planting

    By Henry Homeyer ©2021 Telegraph Publishing LLC Iknow some gardeners that plant their potatoes or tomatoes in the garden on the same day every year. Not me. I think planting time is best based not only on the last frost date in your garden, but also the soil temperature and up-to-date weather predictions. And of […]

  • Covid Weekly Update: Record breaking spike reason for concern

    Covid Weekly Update: Record breaking spike reason for concern

    ©2021 Telegraph Publishing LLC A record-breaking spike with over 1,257 positive Covid-19 cases this week has Vermont Health Commissioner Dr. Mark Levine saying that although there is reason for optimism in the near future, “when it comes to the present, frankly I am very concerned.” The spike is largely concentrated in younger age groups with […]

  • Chester Select Board agenda for April 7

    Chester Select Board agenda for April 7

    The Chester Select Board will hold a special meeting following a public forum that will begin at 6 p.m. on Wednesday April 7, 2021. The meeting and forum will be held in-person at Town Hall, 556 Elm Street and via Zoom. To join the meeting go to https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81988842129 In person attendance is limited, so please […]

  • School community meets, questions GM principal candidates

    School community meets, questions GM principal candidates

     By Shawn Cunningham © 2021 Telegraph Publishing LLC Each of the two finalists for the GM principal post were scheduled to meet with the public on Tuesday night to talk about their experience and qualifications and to answer questions about how they would handle running the high school. The candidates are Gwen Hagenbarth of Killington […]

  • Cavendish Community Fund accepting grant applications

    Cavendish Community Fund accepting grant applications

    The Cavendish Community Fund is accepting grant applications for spring 2021 awards. The fund will consider applications filed anytime, but will only award spring grants to those who file by May 8. Applications can be made by letter that describes the organization that is applying, the project proposed and the overall budget, including the amount […]

  • Chester board appoints interim Zoning Administrator, again

    Chester board appoints interim Zoning Administrator, again

    By Shawn Cunningham © 2021 Telegraph Publishing LLC Just days short of completing her fourth month as Chester’s Zoning Administrator, Jill Barger unexpectedly resigned late last week. Then on Tuesday afternoon of this week, the town’s Select Board re-appointed Cathy Hasbrouck to the position of interim ZA until another candidate can be appointed to the […]

  • Special select board meeting agenda for March 30

    Special select board meeting agenda for March 30

    The Chester Select Board will hold a special meeting at Town Hall and via Zoom at 2:30 p.m. on Tuesday March 30. To join the meeting via zoom, go to https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81988842129 Below is its agenda: 1. Citizen Comments/Answers from Previous Meeting 2. Appoint Interim Zoning Administrator 3. Adjourn

  • TRSU board meeting agenda for April 1

    TRSU board meeting agenda for April 1

    The Two Rivers Supervisory Union Board will hold its regular monthly meeting at the Ludlow Elementary professional development room and via Zoom at 6 p.m. on Thursday April 1, 2021. To join the meeting via Zoom go to  https://trsu.zoom.us/j/81345004489 Below is its agenda: Call to Order A. Roll Call II. ELECTION OF OFFICERS A. Election […]

  • Angelae Wunderle honored with Laura Cody McNaughton Scholarship

    Angelae Wunderle honored with Laura Cody McNaughton Scholarship

    The Laura Cody McNaughton Memorial Fund is proud to announce its first annual Public Health and Community Service Scholarship awarded to Angelae Wunderle, formerly of Chester, now studying at Drew University. The 2020 scholarship is for $8,000. Elected to the National Honor Society in her sophomore year, Angelae, who makes her home in Bellows Falls, […]

  • To the editor: State should not burden state workers with retirement shortfall

    To the editor: State should not burden state workers with retirement shortfall

    I urge our state government NOT to support the current proposal that would put the burden of the retirement shortfall on our teachers and state employees.  The current teachers and state employees should be not responsible for the mismanagement of the retirement fund by prior state administrations. Asking teachers/state employees to delay retirement for less […]

  • State urges mud-season hikers to be cautious - for themselves and fragile trails

    State urges mud-season hikers to be cautious – for themselves and fragile trails

    The Vermont Department of Forests, Parks and Recreation and its partners remind hikers of mud season at this time of year and ask for the public’s help protecting Vermont’s trails. This year, Covid-19 is still a dominant concern, even with more people vaccinated. FPR and partners are asking for the public’s assistance with making smart […]

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