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Young artist brings the inside out while challenging norms

By Jasmin Gomez 2021 Telegraph Publishing LLC When Chester resident John Garoutte isn’t snowboarding or skateboarding, you will most likely find him creating art. And the 24-year-old artist’s work, which can be found on shirts, snowboards and skateboard decks, sets him apart from what you may think a typical Vermont artist would create. It continuously […]

Vaxx signups start Monday for those 65+

©2021 Telegraph Publishing LLC As the 65+ age band is poised to begin registering for the Covid-19 vaccine on Monday, March 1, Gov. Phil Scott indicated that state officials are considering priority vaccinations for educators and school staff as the state’s focus heats up to get children back to full-time in-person learning. Although Scott would […]

Helipad letter prompts Weston board to push
for updated Town Plan, zoning regulations

By Cherise Madigan ©2021 Telegraph Publishing LLC The Weston Select Board took the first step toward updating the town’s zoning laws and Town Plan at its Feb. 23 meeting, prompted by a letter from Vermont’s Transportation Board regarding permitting for helipads and airstrips. Transportation board Helipad Letter In the letter, which you can read here, […]

GMUSD board plans retreat, principal search continues

By Shawn Cunningham © 2021 Telegraph Publishing LLC Two Rivers Supervisory Union Superintendent Lauren Fierman brought her suggestion to hold a board retreat later this year to the Green Mountain Unified School District board at its monthly meeting last Thursday. She said that the SU and its two school districts — Green Mountain and Ludlow-Mt. […]

Chester Planning Commission ousts its chair

By Shawn Cunningham © 2021 Telegraph Publishing LLC By a vote of four to zero on Monday night, the Chester Planning Commission removed Peter Hudkins from his position as its chairman. The action was based on a presentation Hudkins made before the Select Board at its meeting last Wednesday in which commission members said he […]

Weekly Covid Update: Travel restrictions loosened for those vaccinated

©2021 Telegraph Publishing LLC With vaccination rates and dose allotment on the rise and new Covid-19 cases on the decline, Gov. Phil Scott announced on Friday a loosening of travel restrictions, as well as changes to protocols within long-term care and other senior living facilities, for fully vaccinated Vermonters. Scott also said changes are expected […]

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  • Forest rangers ask for Derry help in controlling rogue footbridge, bike paths

    Forest rangers ask for Derry help in controlling rogue footbridge, bike paths

    By Cherise Madigan ©2021 Telegraph Publishing LLC US. Forest Service rangers are looking into a seemingly unsanctioned footbridge and adjoining bike paths constructed in Londonderry’s Sherwood Forest neighborhood, and on Monday they requested the town Select Board’s assistance in investigating and resolving the issue. Martina Barnes, USFS Manchester District ranger, told the Londonderry Select Board […]

  • Meet the Candidates: Three vie for two 1-year seats on Chester Select Board

    Meet the Candidates: Three vie for two 1-year seats on Chester Select Board

    © 2021 Telegraph Publishing LLC Three races for the Chester Select Board are being contested in this year’s election: Three people are running for a three-year term and another three people are running for two one-year terms. Leigh Dakin and Jeff Holden are seeking re-election to their one-year seats and are being challenged by Will […]

  • A Second Look: What actually happened at Springfield Hospital?

    A Second Look: What actually happened at Springfield Hospital?

    By Cynthia Prairie ©2021 Telegraph Publishing LLC Three weeks ago, Vermonters were surprised by the news that 860 doses of Moderna vaccine ready for use by Springfield Hospital in the statewide battle against Covid 19 would be disposed of because of an “excursion” of slightly more than 1 degree above the accepted storage temperature. (Telegraph, […]

  • Traffic safety around Green continues to concern Weston board

    Traffic safety around Green continues to concern Weston board

    By Cherise Madigan ©2021 Telegraph Publishing LLC The Weston Select Board, at its Feb. 9 meeting, continued to explore options to improve traffic safety around the Weston Town Green at Vermont Route 100. Although the posted speed limit slows to 30 mph before vehicles enter downtown Weston, the area has seen a number of accidents […]

  • Meet the Candidates: Three seek 3-year seat on Chester Select Board

    Meet the Candidates: Three seek 3-year seat on Chester Select Board

    Three races for the Chester Select Board are being contested in this year’s election: Three people are running for a three-year term and three people are also running for two one-year terms. Heather Chase, who currently holds the three-year seat, is running for re-election. She is being challenged by Jeannie Wade and Scott Blair. (Leigh […]

  • Chester parish sells 'Bernie Mittens' Feb. 19-21

    Chester parish sells ‘Bernie Mittens’ Feb. 19-21

    On Friday, Saturday and Sunday, Feb. 19-21, the First Universalist Parish of Chester, 211 North St. (Route 103) in Chester, will sell “Bernie Mittens” made by parish members as a fund-raiser for the church. The sale will take place at the church at from 2 to 5 p.m. on Friday and Sunday and 10 a.m. […]

  • Collaborative hosts pianist, recovered addict Benjamin Lerner

    Collaborative hosts pianist, recovered addict Benjamin Lerner

    The Londonderry-based Collaborative’s Refuse to Use program is offering a virtual evening of recovery and music beginning at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 25 with guest artist composer, writer, radio host and recovery advocate Benjamin Lerner. Lerner, who lives in Vermont, will share his personal experience and struggles with addiction – as well as his […]

  • Area EMTs take vaccines on the road for homebound Vermonters

    Area EMTs take vaccines on the road for homebound Vermonters

    By Shawn Cunningham © 2021 Telegraph Publishing LLC Last Friday, 30 residents of Bennington County, age 75 or older, received their first dose of the Pfizer Covid-19 vaccine. On its face, that might not seem so remarkable since more than 30,000 Vermonters in that age band have either been vaccinated or made appointments to get […]

  • To the editor: Chase has proven track record on Chester Select Board

    To the editor: Chase has proven track record on Chester Select Board

    The first time met Heather Chase, I was a new state representative. She approached me (at the Post Office to be exact) to discuss an issue she felt was important to Chester. Over the course of my six years in the legislature, I often heard from Heather on issues that touched on the well-being and […]

  • Londonderry community to set action priorities on Feb. 25

    Londonderry community to set action priorities on Feb. 25

    All members of the Londonderry community are invited to participate in the second phase of the One Londonderry process to set direction for the future of the town. The meeting, to be held virtually (on Zoom via computer, tablet, or phone) from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. on Thursday Feb. 25, will follow up on the […]

  • To the editor: Chester greenhouse project thanks supporters

    To the editor: Chester greenhouse project thanks supporters

    Chester Community Greenhouse & Gardens is sincerely grateful to the Town of Chester Select Board for its Feb. 3, 2021 letter supporting our proposed community greenhouse project. What began as just an idea discussed by a few avid gardeners at the beginning of the pandemic, has taken root to become a full-fledged non-profit organization in […]

  • Grace Cottage hosts Cabin Fever Online Auction

    Grace Cottage hosts Cabin Fever Online Auction

    Too much time stuck at home? Ready to dream for the future? Grace Cottage’s Annual Cabin Fever Online Auction, held now through Feb. 24, offers a chance to bid on Caribbean trips, an African safari, local foods, outings to local restaurants and inns, fun outdoor venues, arts & crafts and more. Included are an array […]

  • Chester Planning Board agenda for Feb. 15

    Chester Planning Board agenda for Feb. 15

    The Chester Planning Commission will meet from 6:30 to 8 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 15 via Zoom. To access the meeting https://zoom.us/join Meeting ID: ​810 2925 6359  or  https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81029256359 Below is its agenda. 1. Review minutes from the Feb. 1, 2021 meeting. 2. Citizens Comments 3. Discuss document which addresses the Select Board request for “a summary […]

  • Chester Townscape offers trees, shrubs for sale

    Chester Townscape offers trees, shrubs for sale

    Chester Townscape has released its selections for this year’s Tree and Shrub Sale to support Townscape’s public landscaping projects, such as the flowering planters and bridge boxes and other seasonal decorations that beautify public places around town. CT’s annual Tree and Shrub Sale provides landowners with the opportunity to beautify their own properties with good-size, […]

  • Left in Andover: Grandma Freda's determined life

    Left in Andover: Grandma Freda’s determined life

    By Susan Leader ©2021 Telegraph Publishing LLC After Mom died in 2012, I inherited my maternal grandmother Freda Freund Bergman’s intimate diary in a box of mementos I brought back to Vermont. The fraying, soft-leather five-year journal holds Grandma’s unexpurgated entries from when she and the 20th century were both in their 40s. I doubt […]

  • Chester Chatter: Remembering Johnnie Walker

    Chester Chatter: Remembering Johnnie Walker

    By Ruthie Douglas ©2021 Telegraph Publishing LLC Johnnie Walker had come up from working in a foundry in New Jersey to work with horses at a boys’ school in Jamaica. He was extremely talented in working with those horses, but he didn’t know how to read or write. With the closing of the school, he […]

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