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Weekly Covid Update: Vaccinations to begin for Vermonters 75 and up

©2021 Telegraph Publishing LLC On the morning of Monday, Jan. 25, Phase 2 of the Vermont vaccination plan will begin, allowing Vermonters age 75 and older to begin registering for inoculations. The first vaccines for this group will start on Wednesday. The website and phone number for vaccination registration will be released on Monday morning. […]

GMUSD budget up less than 1% despite special ed hike

By Shawn Cunningham © 2021 Telegraph Publishing LLC The directors of the Green Mountain Unified School District approved a $14.2 million budget last Thursday. It represents an increase of less than 1 percent over last year’s spending plan, despite a recent 14 percent increase by the Two Rivers Supervisory Union, which charges its spending back […]

Vermont vaccine rollout shifts to age based eligibility

By Shawn Cunningham © 2021 Telegraph Publishing LLC With the supply of the vaccine to combat Covid-19 in Vermont smaller and less reliable than anticipated, the administration of Gov. Phil Scott is changing its strategy for rolling it out. In what has been called Phase 1A, workers in health care, residents in long-term care facilities […]

Derry Board still mulls details of Town Meeting; opts for caretaker service, nixing full-time hire

By Cherise Madigan ©2021 Telegraph Publishing LLC A new Highway and Buildings maintenance position mulled by the Londonderry Select Board earlier this month will not come to fruition following criticism of the expenditure from some residents and board members. The proposed position, which would have totaled nearly $80,000 per year with benefits, will now be […]

Weston board reviews increased T&G tax rate, eyes Town Meeting delay

By Cherise Madigan ©2021 Telegraph Publishing LLC Despite a decreased budget, the Taconic & Green Regional School District’s estimated tax rate is expected to increase by 3.9 cents in fiscal 2022, according to Weston’s representative on the district board, Deborah Lyneis. The increase will bump the current equalized rate of $1.603 to about $1.642, she […]

Covid Weekly Update: State of emergency, vaccine rollout continue

©2021 Telegraph Publishing LLC Gov. Phil Scott extended the state of emergency throughout Vermont through mid-February as new weekly Covid-19 totals again topped 1,000 for the second week in a row. The new weekly total of 1,115 was down slightly from the record-setting high of 1,207 last week, for a total of 9,734. Seven Vermonters […]

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  • Chester Select Board/Water Sewer agenda for Jan. 20

    Chester Select Board/Water Sewer agenda for Jan. 20

    The Chester Select Board will hold a meeting as the Water and Sewer Commission followed by a meeting as the Select Board beginning at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 20 at Town Hall and via Zoom. The Select Board meeting is labeled “special” because it will not begin at its regular time. To participate via […]

  • Londonderry Select Board agenda for Jan. 18

    Londonderry Select Board agenda for Jan. 18

    The Londonderry Select Board will hold its regular meeting at 6 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 18, 2021 via Zoom. To attend remotely go to https://us02web.zoom.us/j/87226079702 Via telephone: (929) 205-6099 (Meeting ID: 872 2607 9702) Below is the board’s agenda: 1. Call Meeting to Order 2. Additions or Deletions to the Agenda 3. Minutes Approval – […]

  • TRSU board approves 14% budget increase

    TRSU board approves 14% budget increase

    By Shawn Cunningham © 2021 Telegraph Publishing LLC Last Thursday night, the board of the Two Rivers Supervisory Union unanimously approved a budget of $6.548 million, which taxpayers in the SU’s two districts will see as assessments in the district budgets for the 2021/22 school year. The spending plan included an overall increase of $807,764 […]

  • Chester board opts out of in-person Town Meeting

    Chester board opts out of in-person Town Meeting

    By Shawn Cunningham © 2021 Telegraph Publishing LLC The Chester Select Board last Wednesday opted to hold an informational meeting on Monday, March 1 followed by a vote on all issues before the voters by Australian ballot on Tuesday, March 2 — Vermont’s Town Meeting Day. At the beginning of the discussion, board chair Arne […]

  • Project Londonderry volunteers establish new non-profit organization

    Project Londonderry volunteers establish new non-profit organization

    From the editor: To correct the record: Project Londonderry organizers have notified The Chester Telegraph that the 501(c)(3) organization recently established is actually known as The Community Fund for Londonderry, and is separate from the Project Londonderry initiative, which remains a volunteer effort coordinated by the Town Planning Commission. The Community Fund for Londonderry is […]

  • College News

    College News

    A number of area students have been named to the Castleton University Dean’s List for the fall semester of the 2020-21 academic year. To qualify for this academic honor, the student must maintain full-time status and a semester grade point average of 3.5. Wilson, a member of the class of 2024  is majoring in Physical […]

  • FBI warns of threats to state Capitol buildings through Biden inauguration

    FBI warns of threats to state Capitol buildings through Biden inauguration

    © 2021 Telegraph Publishing LLC During a press conference held by Commissioner of Public Safety Michael Schirling Monday afternoon regarding security during protests in the days leading up to the inauguration of President-lect Joe Biden, the Federal Bureau of Investigation issued a bulletin warning that armed protests are being planned for all 50 state capitol […]

  • GMUSD Board agenda for Jan. 14, 2021

    GMUSD Board agenda for Jan. 14, 2021

    The Green Mountain Unified School District Board will meet via Zoom from 6 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 14. To access via Zoom: Location: https://trsu.zoom.us/j/88395602119 | Phone: 646-876-9923 Below is its agenda. I. CALL TO ORDER: a. Roll call II. APPROVAL OF AGENDA: III. APPROVAL OF MINUTES: a. Dec. 17, 2020 Regular Meeting; b. […]

  • Henry Homeyer: Lessons from 'A Guide to Nature in Winter'

    Henry Homeyer: Lessons from ‘A Guide to Nature in Winter’

    By Henry Homeyer ©2020 Telegraph Publishing LLC This is a good time to be outdoors exploring the fields and woods. There is so much to see that will be buried in snow later on. But you may ask, what is there to see? Trees, winter weeds, animal footprints, signs of insects, shelf fungi on trees, […]

  • Weekly Covid Update: Cases balloon as state ranks No. 2 in vaccine rollout

    Weekly Covid Update: Cases balloon as state ranks No. 2 in vaccine rollout

    ©2021 Telegraph Publishing LLC The beginning of the new year is already breaking records, with the first days of 2021 seeing an astounding 1,207 new cases of Covid-19 for a total of 8,619 cases, and 20 more deaths, totaling 156, since the last 2020 report on Thursday, Dec. 31. The seven-day positivity rate has also […]

  • Bennington-Rutland Supervisory Union seeks candidates for T&G, Winhall, Mettawee districts

    Bennington-Rutland Supervisory Union seeks candidates for T&G, Winhall, Mettawee districts

    Running for your local school board is another endeavor altered by the pandemic. For 2021 elections, signed petitions are no longer required to qualify to run for any of the 19 open positions in the three school districts of the Bennington-Rutland Supervisory Union: Mettawee, Winhall and the Taconic & Green Regional. “Finding candidates to run […]

  • Andover Select Board agenda for Jan. 11

    Andover Select Board agenda for Jan. 11

    The Select Board for the town of Andover will meet at 6:30 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 11 via Zoom. To access via Zoom: https://zoom.us Personal Meeting ID 869 021 5007; Passcode 146374; or call in: 1 929 436 2866 US (New York). Below is its agenda. 1. Call Select Board meeting to order. 2. Act […]

  • Local Covid-19 numbers grow in post-holiday spikes

    Local Covid-19 numbers grow in post-holiday spikes

    By Cherise Madigan © 2021 Telegraph Publishing, LLC The Vermont Department of Health announced 165 new cases of Covid-19 on Tuesday, with 38 hospitalized, eight of whom are in intensive care. Now more than 500 new cases have been reported since Thursday, Dec. 31. Since Sunday, Vermont’s seven-day average positivity rate has risen from 2.3 […]

  • Chester Rotary seeks 'competent organization' to take over Fall Festival

    Chester Rotary seeks ‘competent organization’ to take over Fall Festival

    By Cynthia Prairie ©2021 Telegraph Publishing LLC The Chester Rotary is hoping that a “competent organization” will soon step forward to take over the annual Chester Fall Festival “for the sake of the community and the town,” said Rotary President Ian Montgomery on Tuesday morning. The festival, which was in its 45th year with the […]

  • Derry board nixes new maintenance position, seeks volunteers

    Derry board nixes new maintenance position, seeks volunteers

    By Cherise Madigan © 2021 Telegraph Publishing, LLC The suggestion of a new Highway, Building and Grounds Maintenance employee drew a crowd to Londonderry’s virtual Select Board meeting on Monday night after a number of residents expressed opposition to the position’s cost in a year that has been financially difficult for many.  The $20-per-hour full-time […]

  • Chester Select Board agenda for Jan. 6, 2021

    Chester Select Board agenda for Jan. 6, 2021

    The Chester Select Board will meet at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 6 both in person at 556 Elm St. and via Zoom. To access via Zoom, https://zoom.us/join Meeting ID:  819 8884 2129 or https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81988842129 Below is its agenda. 1. Approve Minutes from the Dec. 16, 2020 Selectboard Meeting 2. Citizen Comments/Answers from Previous Meeting 3. […]

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