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Weston Board OKs homestead rate of $2.1879

By Bruce Frauman ©2020 Telegraph Publishing LLC The Weston Select Board on Tuesday, July 28 voted to approve a homestead tax rate of $2.1879 per $100 of assessed property value and $2.2135 for non-homestead property. To arrive at that rate, Town Treasurer Kim Seymour removed the $250,000 spending item to replace a culvert on Trout […]

State expands biz recovery grants to some owners; hazard pay grants now available

Gov. Phil Scott and agencies in Vermont announced two new programs today to help  small business owners as well as front-line workers who have been financially impacted by the Covid-19 pandemic. Scott, the Agency of Commerce and Community Development and the Department of Taxes have expanded the eligibility for Economic Recovery Grants for Vermont businesses. […]

Explainer: What is antigen testing?

By Shawn Cunningham © 2020 Telegraph Publishing LLC Antigen testing for the coronavirus has received a lot of attention in Vermont, when in early July more than 50 positive results came from a clinic in Manchester. This type of rapid testing was approved by the Food and Drug Administration in May on an emergency basis, […]

TRSU sets midweek ‘remote learning day’ as it hones re-opening plan

By Shawn Cunningham © 2020 Telegraph Publishing LLC As it continues to field questions from parents and hone its plans for reopening, the Two Rivers Supervisory Union will hold a third in a series of public forums to discuss the imminent reopening of schools. The forum will be held at 6 p.m. on Aug. 5 […]

State reports 1st Covid death in 6 weeks; Scott expands retail capacity as mask mandate goes into effect

©2020 Telegraph Publishing LLC The Vermont Department of Health this week reported the first Covid-19 related death in more than six weeks, bringing Vermont’s statewide total to 57. Although the Health Department did not release any detailed information on the victim, data sources indicated the person was older than 80 and from Washington County. Gov. […]

N.H. beer enthusiasts developing craft brew app

By Ryan Lessard Brew News Spotlight Republished Courtesy Manchester (N.H.) Ink Link Have an idea what kind of beer you like but need help finding a new craft brew made locally? There’s an app for that — or rather, there will be soon. DraughtPick is a mobile app under development and due for beta test […]

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  • Condos urges absentee voters to send in ballots

    Condos urges absentee voters to send in ballots

    Vermont Secretary of State Jim Condos is encouraging all Vermont voters to ensure that they exercise their right to vote in the upcoming Tuesday, Aug. 11 statewide Primary Elections. For those voters who have requested early/absentee ballots, Condos recommends the voter follow all instructions to properly vote their ballot, and return it to their Town […]

  • Left in Andover: A step back to go forward in women's health care

    Left in Andover: A step back to go forward in women’s health care

    By Susan Leader ©2020 Telegraph Publishing LLC Brattleboro Hospital was the place to deliver when I had my two babies in the mid-1980s. It had been early to adopt woman-centric policies, offering my women friends and me wide latitude in our birth plans. But Springfield was a shorter drive from my home in Andover. I […]

  • Chester Chatter: Ah, those trips to the dump

    Chester Chatter: Ah, those trips to the dump

    By Ruthie Douglas ©2020 Telegraph Publishing LLC Yippee! Yippee! School was out and summer vacation had begun for me and my sister. My Uncle Kenny had a butcher shop and small grocery in front of our house. The shop was closed on Mondays and my sister and I would hang out with him. We really […]

  • Henry Homeyer: beyond the perennials, unique ways to make your garden your own

    Henry Homeyer: beyond the perennials, unique ways to make your garden your own

    By Henry Homeyer ©2020 Telegraph Publishing LLC My garden is the place I go in times of sadness, worry or stress. It makes me feel better. I took a few moments one morning recently to really look at what was in my garden to see what made it so special. I saw that in addition […]

  • Londonderry woman dies in crash

    Londonderry woman dies in crash

    © 2020 Telegraph Publishing, LLC A Londonderry woman has died as a result of an early afternoon motor vehicle crash in Salisbury, Vt. According to a Vermont State Police Press release, Joan Dayton, 72 of Londonderry was a passenger in a car driven by Center Merrill, 77 also of Londonderry. Just after 1 p.m., Merrill […]

  • Michigan man indicted for 2019 threat against GMUHS

    Michigan man indicted for 2019 threat against GMUHS

    © 2020 Telegraph Publishing LLC The Office of the U.S. Attorney for the District of Vermont announced in a press release on Friday, July 24 that a federal grand jury, sitting in Burlington has indicted Jason Graham, 24, of Michigan, for threatening Green Mountain Union High School in Chester in the winter of 2019. On […]

  • Total Covid-19 cases continue slow growth as Scott mandates masks

    Total Covid-19 cases continue slow growth as Scott mandates masks

    ©2020 Telegraph Publishing LLC Despite Covid-19 numbers in Vermont that lead the nation in optimistic trends, including the lowest total positive case number and the lowest positivity rate,  Gov.  Phil Scott announced a statewide mask mandate beginning Aug. 1. Scott cited concerns over increased cases to the south and west of Vermont, the current tourist […]

  • Missing Springfield man found dead in Chester

    Missing Springfield man found dead in Chester

    © 2020 Telegraph Publishing, LLC A Springfield man who went missing on July 18, 2020 was found dead yesterday afternoon off Route 103 north in Chester. According to a Chester Police press release, at about 2:30 p.m. on Thursday, July 23 police were notified that a vehicle belonging to Robert Redfield, 55, had been seen […]

  • Derry board sets tax rates, ratifies mask order

    Derry board sets tax rates, ratifies mask order

    By Bruce Frauman ©2020 Telegraph Publishing LLC The Londonderry Select Board on Monday, July 20 voted to set a municipal property tax rate of $0.40401 per $100 of assessed value and to accept the state homestead rate of $1.6130 and the non-homestead rate of $1.6380. The municipal tax rate funds the operation of town government. […]

  • Gov. Scott mandates public mask-wearing

    Gov. Scott mandates public mask-wearing

    By Cynthia Prairie ©2020 Telegraph Publishing LLC Citing the surge of Covid-19 cases around the country, Gov. Phil Scott on Friday, July 24, mandated that everyone in a public place in which physical distancing is not possible must wear a mask or cloth face covering. The order takes effect on Saturday, Aug. 1. State officials […]

  • Chester Select Board special meeting for July 23

    Chester Select Board special meeting for July 23

    The Chester Select Board will hold a special meeting at 8:30 a.m. on Thursday, July 23 at Town Hall, 556 Elm St., and via Zoom. Town Hall is limited to 25 people. Click here for updated Zoom meeting information. Below is the agenda. 1. Citizen Comments 2. Sign Amendment A, Guaranteed Maximum Price, for Emergency […]

  • Andover Select Board agenda for July 27

    Andover Select Board agenda for July 27

    The Select Board for the town of Andover will meet at 6:30 p.m. on Monday, July 27 at the Andover Town Office, 953 Andover Road, with appropriate distancing in place.  Below is its agenda. 1. Call Select Board meeting to order. 2. Act on Agenda. 3. Act on Minutes: Act on minutes from the July […]

  • GMUSD Board gets update on re-opening

    GMUSD Board gets update on re-opening

    By Shawn Cunningham © 2020 Telegraph Publishing LLC Most of the Green Mountain Unified School District board meeting on Thursday, July 17 was taken up with discussing how district schools will reopen for face-to-face learning late next month. So it was ironic that the final agenda point was a conversation on whether the board should […]

  • Chester quilter among winners at Billings exhibit

    Chester quilter among winners at Billings exhibit

    Linda Diak of Chester has been chosen as one of several winners of the Juror’s Choice Awards during the 34th Annual Quilt Exhibition of the Billings Farm & Museum, 69 Old River Road in Woodstock. She and other winners were announced during the exhibit’s opening reception on Friday, July 17. The Quilt Exhibition, which runs […]

  • Weston board sets homestead rate at $2.17

    Weston board sets homestead rate at $2.17

    By Bruce Frauman ©2020 Telegraph Publishing LLC Town Treasurer Kim Seymour at the Weston Select Board meeting on Tuesday, July 14 said the combined homestead tax rate will be $2.17 cents per $100 of property valuation and $2.19 cents for non-residents. Seymour said this is down from last year. According to the minutes for last […]

  • A hot Sunday for Chester firefighters

    A hot Sunday for Chester firefighters

    By Shawn Cunningham © 2020 Telegraph Publishing LLC Chester Fire Chief Matt Wilson had planned a quiet Sunday by the pool. But it was not to be. At 12:55 p.m., the Fire Department was called out for a tree that fell on Grafton Road, just south of High Street, taking down wires and knocking out […]

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