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‘Chester Inn’ chargers donated to Fullerton, Historical Society

Photos and text by Cynthia Prairie © 2022 Telegraph Publishing LLC Warren Mackensen and his wife Patricia visited Chester on Tuesday from their home in Hampton, N.H., to lunch with old friends and serve two plates, but ones not bearing food. The historic copper plates were part of a set of 60 chargers that Mackensen’s […]

Whiting Library board reorganizes with six new members

By Shawn Cunningham © 2022 Telegraph Publishing LLC One week after being appointed by the Chester Select Board, six new trustees of the Whiting Library joined Donna McNeill-Hudkins — the sole remaining trustee — to reorganize the board. The appointments became necessary when six out of seven trustees resigned in the wake of controversy over […]

Jeld Wen lays off 80, shutters N. Springfield plant

By Shawn Cunningham © 2022 Telegraph Publishing LLC On Wednesday, most employees at the North Springfield Jeld Wen Door Systems plant learned that they would be losing their jobs and that their workplace would be closed immediately.  Also happening immediately will be consolidation of the Springfield operations into the company’s Ludlow plant. The company employed […]

Chester board hears community garden proposal, appoints six library trustees

By Shawn Cunningham © 2022 Telegraph Publishing LLC At its June 15 meeting, the Chester Select Board appointed six new trustees to the Whiting Library board and received a request for the use of the Canal Street well site from the group that wants to put community garden plots – and eventually a greenhouse – […]

Green Mountain graduates 52 under fair skies

By Shawn Cunningham © 2022 Telegraph Publishing LLC The Green Mountain High School Class of 2022 got a perfect evening for its graduation exercises last Friday as 52 students shifted the tassels on their mortarboard caps and became alumni. Hundreds of parents and friends watched as members of the class received awards and diplomas. A […]

Public records search of Merrill files turns up no complaints related to alleged behavior

By Cynthia Prairie ©2022 Telegraph Publishing LLC Following a Public Records Act request by The Chester Telegraph for access to all documents — including personnel files — related to any complaint or concern filed against former Green Mountain teacher Norm Merrill, the Two Rivers Supervisory Union has replied that a hand search of paper files […]

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  • Springfield Rotary awards scholarships to grads

    Springfield Rotary awards scholarships to grads

    ROTARY SCHOLARSHIP WINNERS: Springfield Rotary Club members Jim Fog, left, and Bob Flint flank this year’s Rotary Scholarship winners, from left, Ariana Cioffi, Timothy Amsden and Emily Chamberlin, who were each awarded a $2,000 scholarship. Cioffi will be attending the University of New England, Amsden will be at Western New England University and Chamberlin will […]

  • Retirement celebration for Dr. Fox set for July 9

    Retirement celebration for Dr. Fox set for July 9

    Dr. Roger Fox is retiring from the Mountain Valley Clinic in Londonderry after 47 years of service. The Mountain Valley Health Council invites all well-wishers to come together from 1 to 4 p.m. on Saturday, July 9 on the Peru Town Green to celebrate his dedication to the entire community. Fox  has been a central […]

  • It's summer reading time at Whiting Library

    It’s summer reading time at Whiting Library

    Summer has arrived in Vermont. With the sunshine and long days come many fun activities at Whiting Library, 117 Main St., Chester. The theme for the 2022 Summer Reading Program is Oceans of Possibilities. Kids of all ages can sign up for the program, which includes recording their reading progress, a free book of their […]

  • Henry Homeyer: 10 native shrubs for your consideration

    Henry Homeyer: 10 native shrubs for your consideration

    By Henry Homeyer © 2022 Telegraph Publishing LLC Many of the “cast iron” shrubs that no one can kill are now deemed invasive: barberry, burning bush, multiflora rose and bush honeysuckle. And many others, while not invasive, have been overused – lilacs, rhododendrons and spirea, for example are nice but not too exciting. Today I’d […]

  • Donald I. Gurney

    UPDDATE – Missing Springfield man found alive

    UPDATE 5:55 p.m. Thursday June 16, 2022 – At about 3:30 p.m. today, search crews located Donald Gurney in a wooded area near Knapp Pond in Cavendish. He was dehydrated but otherwise appeared to be in fair condition. Crews brought Gurney out of the woods on a litter and he was checked by medical personnel. […]

  • Donald I. Gurney

    Update on missing person search in Cavendish

    © 2022 Telegraph Publishing LLC Vermont State Police say that the search for Donald I. Gurney, 65, of Springfield, is continuing today. Gurney, who suffers from Alzheimer’s, was reported missing shortly after midnight on Tuesday, June 14, 2022. His truck was found near Parker Hill Road in Cavendish. On Wednesday, about 50 searchers – including […]

  • Two honored with Andover Scholarships

    Two honored with Andover Scholarships

    Two Andover residents attending Vermont Academy and Bellows Falls High are the recipients of the Andover Scholarships worth $2,000 each. Rex Hill, the son of Jason and Shayne Hill, is graduating from Vermont Academy and will be attending Colby-Sawyer College in New London, N.H., majoring in exercise science. Jed Lober, the son of Laura Kalinen, […]

  • College News

    College News

    Paige Elizabeth Congdon of Springfield graduated Summa Cum Laude from Plymouth State University in New Hampshire on May 7, with a bachelors of science degree in elementary education. Congdon is the daughter of Jeremy and Ruth Congdon. Students who received Summa Cum Laude honors earned a 3.75 or greater GPA. Sam Cowles of South Londonderry […]

  • Judge denies Merrill motion for pre-trial release

    Judge denies Merrill motion for pre-trial release

    By Shawn Cunningham © 2022 Telegraph Publishing LLC Former Green Mountain Middle School teacher Norman Merrill will remain in jail after Federal District Judge Christina Reiss in Burlington held a hearing on his “motion to revoke detention order,” then denied it last Thursday. The motion, brought by defense attorney Devin McLaughlin, asserted that the detention […]

  • Springfield Community Band kicks off summer season on June 21

    Springfield Community Band kicks off summer season on June 21

    The Springfield Community Band, under the direction of Nick Pelton, will kick off its 2022 summer season with a free concert at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, June 21 at the outdoor bandstand at Riverside Middle School, 13 Fairground Road, Springfield. Concerts are scheduled for every Tuesday evening from June 21 through Aug. 9. The band’s ever-popular […]

  • Donald I. Gurney

    Police searching in Cavendish for missing Springfield man

    © 2022 Telegraph Publishing LLC Vermont State Police are looking a 65 year old Springfield man suffering from Alzheimer’s who went missing yesterday. According to a VSP press release early this morning, Donald I. Gurney, 65, of Gurney Road in Springfield was reported missing to the police in the early hours of Tuesday June 14. […]

  • Ludlow Rotary Club awards scholarships to area graduates

    Ludlow Rotary Club awards scholarships to area graduates

    The Ludlow Rotary Club announced its 2022 awards to area graduating students wishing to pursue educational opportunities beyond high school. This program is available to all graduating high school seniors residing in LRC’s service area of Ludlow, Cavendish, Mt. Holly and Plymouth. Since the inception of this program in the 1960s, LRC has awarded more […]

  • Impressive comeback for Chester-GM Alumni Parade

    Impressive comeback for Chester-GM Alumni Parade

    ©2022 Telegraph Publishing LLC After a two-year hiatus due to Covid-19 restrictions and concerns, the Chester High School/Green Mountain Alumni Day Parade roared back on Saturday to a colorful display and a delighted audience. Below are images from the event. All images are by Claudio Veliz. Click any image to launch the gallery.     […]

  • Human & beaver dams: when and how to remove

    Human & beaver dams: when and how to remove

    As part of the Riverwide Connecticut River Speaker Series, Tyler Brown, wildlife specialist with the Vermont Agency of Natural Resources, and Ron Rhodes, director of Restoration Programs with the Connecticut River Conservancy, will give an online presentation at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, June 29. Dams can be spotted across the Upper Connecticut River watershed. Whether […]

  • GNAT-TV launches cooking show starring You

    GNAT-TV launches cooking show starring You

    Community members are invited to the GNAT-TV studio in Sunderland to star in a new cooking show titled “GNAT-TV Presents: Potluck Kitchen.” The program is an opportunity for amateur chefs to share their cooking talents and have a little fun in GNAT-TV’s kitchen studio. Participants may share cooking tips and favorite recipes and techniques and […]

  • Henry Homeyer: It's not too late to plant your uncommon favorites

    Henry Homeyer: It’s not too late to plant your uncommon favorites

    By Henry Homeyer © 2022 Telegraph Publishing LLC It’s not too late to plant some more things in the vegetable garden. It’s only June, and there is still time. Here are some tips for some less commonly planted veggies – for growing and/or using. It’s way too late to start most things from seed, but […]

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