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Chester Board OKs sending budget to voters

By Shawn Cunningham © 2019 Telegraph Publishing LLC With little fanfare and one dissenting vote, the Chester Select Board approved sending the 2019 general fund budget, with a $49,767  increase over last year, to the voters on Monday, March 4. The $4.059 million budget requires a tax increase of 1.25 cents per hundred of assessed value […]

GM board member: CAES staff under ‘gag order’

By Shawn Cunningham © 2019 Telegraph Publishing LLC In a sometimes tense meeting of the Green Mountain Unified School board last Thursday night, one board member said he had been told by a number of Chester-Andover Elementary teachers that they were under a “gag order,” while the head of the board indicated she was close […]

As storm closes in, towns urge caution

Emergency management officials around the area are warning everyone that this weekend winter storm, which will start Saturday evening, could deliver 1 to 2 feet of snow, and bitter weather of as low as 20 below. This will be an especially difficult weekend since it’s also the national holiday  in honor of Martin Luther King […]

GM finance panel deadlocks, sends budget options to full board

By Shawn Cunningham © 2019 Telegraph Publishing, LLC On Monday night, the Two Rivers Supervisory Union board rejected the request of the Green Mountain Unified School District to reopen the SU budget and look for some cuts that would lower the district’s assessment for SU services. So on Tuesday night, the GM finance committee was […]

TRSU won’t to reopen budget for more cuts

By Shawn Cunningham © 2019 Telegraph Publishing LLC The Two Rivers Supervisory Union board of directors, meeting on Monday night, voted 4 to 1 against reopening the SU’s budget. The Green Mountain Unified School District Finance Committee had asked the board to look at reducing the assessment it bills to the district in the committee’s […]

Derry continues to mull future of Williams Dam

By Bruce Frauman ©2019 Telegraph Publishing LLC The future of the Williams Dam in Londonderry continues to be a topic of concern for town residents and officials. At the Jan. 7 Select Board meeting, Emergency Management Director Kevin Beattie said that a grant to study the effects of a breech of Williams Dam is off […]

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  • College News

    College News

    ©2019 Telegraph Publishing LLC Alecia Rokes of Andover has been named to Lehigh University’s Dean’s List for the fall 2018 semester. Dean’s List status for the Bethlehem, Pa., university is awarded to students who earned a scholastic average of 3.6 or better while carrying at least 12 hours of regularly graded courses. Nora Bright of […]

  • To the editor: Andover Snow Riders thanks all fund-raiser participants

    To the editor: Andover Snow Riders thanks all fund-raiser participants

    On Saturday, Jan. 5, 2019, the Andover Mountaineer Snow Riders held  its 6th Annual Pasta Dinner and Blind Auction. The event was well attended by club members, fellow snowmobile enthusiasts and neighbors from our surrounding communities. The evening is a two-fold event: the delicious dinner served at the beginning of the evening, then the fun, […]

  • To the editor: BRGNS thanks all for holiday food, gift collection, distribution efforts

    To the editor: BRGNS thanks all for holiday food, gift collection, distribution efforts

    Each year, the staff and volunteers at Black River Good Neighbor Services collect food and toys during December and distribute them to deserving families throughout the area. This distribution dates back to well before the creation of BRGNS, but our staff and volunteers are proud to continue the tradition and to serve our clients in […]

  • Andover Select Board agenda for Jan. 14

    Andover Select Board agenda for Jan. 14

    The Select Board for the Town of Andover will meet at 6:30 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 14 at Town Office, 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 December 10th meeting. 4. Public Comment (Time allowance: Five […]

  • GMUSD panel asks TRSU to reopen its budget

    GMUSD panel asks TRSU to reopen its budget

    By Shawn Cunningham © 2019 Telegraph Publishing, LLC For the second time in the two years since its inception, the Green Mountain Unified School District Finance Committee is asking the Two Rivers Supervisory Board to reopen its budget to find savings that will help reduce its funding increase from 4.31 percent or nearly half a […]

  • Chester board member calls budget increase 'insidiously dangerous'

    Chester board member calls budget increase ‘insidiously dangerous’

    By Shawn Cunningham © 2019 Telegraph Publishing LLC Calling the $43,500 increase over last year’s budget “insidiously dangerous,” Chester Select Board member Dan Cote read from a prepared statement at Tuesday night’s special meeting to work on finalizing the town’s spending plan. Referring to “our inability to manage a budget,” Cote called the 1 percent […]

  • To the editor: Derry Rescue Squad honors members at banquet

    To the editor: Derry Rescue Squad honors members at banquet

    On Oct. 28, the Londonderry Volunteer Rescue Squad held its annual banquet at the Landgrove Inn. LVRS is all volunteer and doesn’t charge for its ambulance and rescue services. The banquet is a yearly chance to get together in a social setting, have good fun and good food, and recognize accomplishments of individual members and […]

  • After four months of repairs, CAES opens to a new year

    After four months of repairs, CAES opens to a new year

    © 2018 Telegraph Publishing LLC Four months after Chester-Andover Elementary School was set to welcome its 240 pupils in the warm weather following summer vacation, they instead embraced the children with warm welcomes beneath a cloudy, snowy sky. ON THE COVER: 3rd Grade teacher Laurie Birmingham gets her classroom at CAES ready for her students. […]

  • Derry Rescue Squad seeks volunteers for 1-day event

    Derry Rescue Squad seeks volunteers for 1-day event

    The Londonderry Volunteer Rescue Squad is seeking volunteers for a two-hour, one-day project in early February. From 10 a.m. to noon on Saturday  SUNDAY, Feb. 3, the LVRS, a third of a mile north of Route 11 on Route 100, will be needing volunteers to help label and stuff 6,000 letters for the rescue squad’s […]

  • Chester Planning Commission agenda for Jan. 14

    Chester Planning Commission agenda for Jan. 14

    The Chester Planning Commission will meet from 7 to 9 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 14 at Town Hall, 556 Elm St. Below is its agenda. 1. Review draft minutes from the Dec. 10, 2018 and Jan. 5, 2019 Work Shops 2. Citizen Comments 3. Continue Work Shop on proposed changes to the Unified Development By-Laws

  • Community & Arts Events: Jan. 11 - Jan. 17, 2019

    Community & Arts Events: Jan. 11 – Jan. 17, 2019

    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 […]

  • Danny Michaelson, 74, Grafton resident who loved teaching, travel and theater

    Danny Michaelson, 74, Grafton resident who loved teaching, travel and theater

    Daniel “Danny” Michaelson of Grafton died suddenly on Dec. 5, 2018 at home, in the midst of a favorite activity: packing for a trip, this time to Florida to meet with his brothers David and Peter. Mr. Michaelson was born in 1944 and grew up in Queens, N.Y. When Grafton’s Pettengill Schoolhouse changed owners about […]

  • Potash Brook home looks to be a total loss

    Potash Brook home looks to be a total loss

    By Shawn Cunningham © 2018 Telegraph Publishing LLC Firefighters are saying that a fire late Friday afternoon destroyed a home at 3 Potash Brook Road in Chester. Eleven fire departments and the Chester Ambulance service responded to the blaze and one minor injury to a firefighter was reported. Chester Fire Chief Matt Wilson said on […]

  • Chester Chatter: When I didn't make the grade

    Chester Chatter: When I didn’t make the grade

    By Ruthie Douglas © 2018 Telegraph Publishing LLC Here it is, another New Year. It has made be recall the years gone by. My growing-up years were mostly happy. And then I went to 1st Grade. That’s when I had to deal with being left-handed and following rules and directions, which I was not used […]

  • Sweet-tart cheesecake dip to dig into for winter

    Sweet-tart cheesecake dip to dig into for winter

    By Jim Bailey theyankeechef.blogspot.com I know, I know… the last thing you want is a heavy dessert after what you went through during the holidays. However, the sensation of tart and sweet mixed together, and the fact that you can enjoy this sitting in front of a fire throughout the winter, makes this irresistible to […]

  • Kidnapping, sex assault suspect captured in Pa.

    Kidnapping, sex assault suspect captured in Pa.

    © 2018 Telegraph Publishing LLC A man suspected of abducting a woman and child in New Hampshire and then sexually assaulting the woman at a Vermont hotel has been taken into custody following a car chase Sunday evening outside Philadelphia. Everett Simpson, 41, faces extradition to Vermont following his arrest by the Upper Darby Township […]

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