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After reorganization fracas, planning panel looks forward

By Shawn Cunningham © 2021 Telegraph Publishing LLC Two weeks after a contentious reorganization meeting, which saw the chair elected by a coin flip and the nomination of a vice chair as “a joke,” the Chester Planning Commission was back together on Monday night but seeming more restrained in front of a guest – Jason […]

Keith Hill accepts 1-year contract as GM principal

By Cynthia Prairie ©2021 Telegraph Publishing LLC Keith Hill has accepted the position of principal of Green Mountain High School, informing Superintendent Lauren Fierman of his decision on the morning of Monday, April 19. The past two weeks have been a roller coaster ride for Hill, the school system and much of the community since […]

After heated votes, GM board looks at what’s next

By Shawn Cunningham and Cynthia Prairie ©2021 Telegraph Publishing LLC Thursday’s meeting of the board of the Green Mountain Unified School District left few members — if any — feeling unbloodied from the voting process and the public’s reaction. During the meeting some members complained of receiving threats for voting ‘no’ to approving a one […]

A single vote changes and GM board appoints Keith Hill principal

By Shawn Cunningham © 2021 Telegraph Publishing LLC In an often contentious  and confusing meeting on Thursday night, the Green Mountain Unified School District Board looked at a bleak prospect and voted 5-4 to rescind its recent vote to reject its superintendent’s recommendation for a new high school principal. With four members continuing to stand […]

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 […]

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  • Amy Harlow named Flood Brook principal

    Amy Harlow named Flood Brook principal

    The Flood Brook School has named Amy Harlow of Westminster as its new principal. She begins her tenure on July 1. One of five schools in the Taconic & Green School District, the Flood Brook School serves the communities of Landgrove, Londonderry, Peru and Weston. Parents, teachers and students from each of the four towns […]

  • Take-Back Day: Drop unused prescription drugs at police departments

    Take-Back Day: Drop unused prescription drugs at police departments

    On Saturday, April 24, the public will be able to prevent pill abuse and theft by ridding their homes of potentially dangerous, expired, unused and unwanted prescription drugs at secure drop boxes throughout Windsor County. The Take-Back Day is sponsored by the Windsor County Sheriff’s Office, local and state law enforcement agencies, and the Drug […]

  • Applications accepted for nursing scholarship

    Applications accepted for nursing scholarship

    Applications are being accepted for the 16h Annual Eileen Austin Neal Nursing Scholarship of $1,000.  This scholarship is open to any student who has been accepted into a nursing program of study. Applicants will be judged on interest in and commitment to the field of nursing.  Determination will be based on merit and need. Eileen […]

  • Chester board gets feedback on paper of record choice

    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

    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 […]

  • Henry Homeyer: Did you know your growing habits can help our feathered friends?

    Henry Homeyer: Did you know your growing habits can help our feathered friends?

    By Henry Homeyer ©2021 Telegraph Publishing LLC By now birds are finding their own food and have less need for that sunflower seed we have been providing during the cold days of winter. So what can we do to help our birds as they go into the season of having young? Growing native trees and […]

  • Weekly Covid Update: High case counts continue among younger Vermonters

    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

    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 […]

  • Fractious Chester Planning Commission elects chair on a coin flip

    Fractious Chester Planning Commission elects chair on a coin flip

    By Shawn Cunningham © 2021 Telegraph Publishing LLC The Chester Planning Commission met on Monday night for the first time since the town’s Select Board removed one member and appointed two more. What that appeared to create was two factions with differing views of zoning and the tie-breaking vote in the hands of a newcomer […]

  • 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 […]

  • Springfield Hospital to allow visitors under some conditions

    Springfield Hospital to allow visitors under some conditions

    As per Gov. Phil Scott, visitors can now return to Vermont hospitals, including Springfield Hospital, under certain new restrictions. At Springfield Hospital, only fully vaccinated visitors are permitted to access the Inpatient Care Unit and Emergency Department unless they qualify under an exception. Visitors must have received their full Covid-19 vaccination series at least two […]

  • Weston Playhouse re-opens with 'Mountain Top,' 'Ring of Fire,' 'Seussical'

    Weston Playhouse re-opens with ‘Mountain Top,’ ‘Ring of Fire,’ ‘Seussical’

    Susanna Gellert, executive artistic director of Weston Playhouse Theatre Company, has announced her third season at the helm of Vermont’s award-winning professional theater. It is also the 85th anniversary of the Weston Playhouse Theatre Company. It was just a year ago that the playhouse announced that it was canceling the 2020 season due to the […]

  • 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 […]

  • Left in Andover: Perfectly ordinary beauty

    Left in Andover: Perfectly ordinary beauty

    By Susan Leader ©2021 Telegraph Publishing LLC I spent most of my year and a half in Japan, from late 1972 to early 1974, bent over a potters wheel. But I did take a monthlong break between apprenticeships to hitchhike around the country. I managed to visit every single one of the six ancient kiln […]

  • Chester Chatter: Support your local businesses

    Chester Chatter: Support your local businesses

    By Ruthie Douglas ©2021 Telegraph Publishing LLC Decades ago, one did not have to leave Chester for most things. We had three grocery stores: Jamison’s Market, Al’s IGA and Gould’s. We had two hardware stores, a grain store, two diners and gas stations galore. Usually, you would travel to Claremont, N.H. for special purchases, such […]

  • 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. […]

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