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Chester town budget underspent so far this year

By Shawn Cunningham © 2020 Telegraph Publishing LLC With 75 percent of the year past, the town of Chester had spent about 65 percent of its annual budget, having hit the brakes earlier this year when it looked as though the Covid-19 pandemic would result in delayed or delinquent property tax collection. At its Oct. […]

Clerks: Mail-in voting pace is brisk, few errors

By Shawn Cunningham © 2020 Telegraph Publishing LLC Area residents are embracing mail-in voting in substantial numbers and making very few mistakes, according to several town clerks. And, since Sept. 2 more than 200 people have registered to vote in nine towns. The Vermont Secretary of State used that date as the cutoff for mailing […]

Local money in the presidential race

©2020 Telegraph Publishing LLC On Monday, the New York Times published an analysis of campaign contributions by ZIP code. The reporters teased out the number of donations from April 1 through Oct. 14 and estimated their amounts by every ZIP code in the United States and looked at factors behind the numbers including education. The […]

PHOTO GALLERY: Excited kids flock to drive-through trunk or treat in Chester

By Shawn Cunningham © 2020 Telegraph Publishing LLC Cars filled with excited children lined the Green Mountain High School driveway well before the 6 p.m. start time for the Halloween celebration on Saturday. Dressed in orange, Chester-Andover Elementary teacher Frank Kelley welcomed families and directed traffic. Waiting for the kids to cruise by were ghouls, […]

The emerald ash borer: What we know, what’s being done, what we can do, what we can expect

By Cherise Madigan ©2020 Telegraph Publishing LLC Last October, a Londonderry landowner found a green beetle with a red abdomen lodged in his door. Inspection from a forester and entomologist confirmed that the insect was the invasive emerald ash borer that — though first found in Vermont in 2018 — was not expected in the region […]

Like rest of country, Vermont Covid numbers rise

©2020 Telegraph Publishing LLC The Vermont Department of Health confirmed a jump of 28 new Covid-19 cases on Friday, for a steep incline of 101 new cases reported this week, a small portion of the 82,600 new infections reported nationwide on Friday alone. Despite that, Vermont still has the lowest seven-day per capita average of […]

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  • Derry board revisits future of Williams Dam

    Derry board revisits future of Williams Dam

    By Cherise Madigan ©2020 Telegraph Publishing LLC The Londonderry Select Board revisited the Williams Dam at its Monday, Oct. 19 meeting, continuing a discussion that has played out for years without resolution. Now, new safety classifications expected from the Vermont Department of Dam Safety in the near future poses a question for the Town of […]

  • Telegraph reporter on GNAT election night panel; Church removes Trump sign from rectory land

    Telegraph reporter on GNAT election night panel; Church removes Trump sign from rectory land

    Telegraph reporter to be on GNAT-TV election night panel GNAT-TV is going live at 8 p.m. on Election Night with news director Andrew McKeever moderating a panel including Cherise Madigan Forbes of The Chester Telegraph, former state Rep. Jeff Wilson and Manchester Town Manager John O’Keefe, all offering commentary and analysis. Area high school students […]

  • Derry cemeteries close for season on Nov. 12

    Derry cemeteries close for season on Nov. 12

    The Cemetery Commission of the Town of Londonderry will be closing  Londonderry cemeteries for the season on Thursday, Nov. 12, which will still allow for observance of Veteran’s Day on Wednesday, Nov. 11. Clean-up of the cemeteries by the cemetery caretakers will begin immediately.  The Cemetery Commission is asking that people remove all decorations that […]

  • Andover Select Board agenda for Oct. 26

    Andover Select Board agenda for Oct. 26

    The Select Board for the town of Andover will meet at 6:30 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 26 at Andover Town Hall, 953 Andover Road, with appropriate distancing. Below is its agenda. 1. Call Select Board meeting to order. 2. Act on Agenda. 3. Act on Minutes: Act on the minutes from the October 12th meeting. […]

  • Chester Select Board agenda for Oct. 21

    Chester Select Board agenda for Oct. 21

    The Chester Select Board will meet at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 21 at Town Hall, 556 Elm St., and via Zoom.  In person attendance is limited to 25 people, so please consider if your physical attendance is needed or if you can participate via Zoom. To access via Zoom: https://zoom.us/join Meeting ID:  819 8884 2129 […]

  • Woman critical after hit-and-run in W. Wardsboro

    Woman critical after hit-and-run in W. Wardsboro

    © 2020 Telegraph Publishing LLC The Vermont State Police are asking for the public’s help in finding the driver of a car who hit and critically injured a West Wardsboro woman on Saturday night, then fled. According to a VSP press release, Deborah Ayers, 65, was found semi-conscious on the Stratton Arlington Road around 8 […]

  • Left in Andover: Some heroes don't wear capes

    Left in Andover: Some heroes don’t wear capes

    By Susan Leader ©2020 Telegraph Publishing LLC When I was little, my family made frequent trips to Bennington from Andover to visit our aunts. We developed various rituals coming into town including who could catch sight first of the Bennington Battle Monument. Then, yelling “keppel” (Yiddish for head), we ducked our heads in unison as […]

  • Chester Chatter: A slower pace, a time for visiting

    Chester Chatter: A slower pace, a time for visiting

    By Ruthie Douglas ©2020 Telegraph Publishing LLC A walk around the village streets of Chester in the 1950s looks different than today. Starting low on Route 103 was Putnam’s Diner, where the yard was nearly always filled with tractor trailer trucks. It was open nearly 24 hours a day. Moving up the road was the […]

  • Henry Homeyer: October blooming trees, shrubs and flowers

    Henry Homeyer: October blooming trees, shrubs and flowers

    By Henry Homeyer ©2020 Telegraph Publishing LLC Summer has faded and gone. Autumn’s bright foliage does compensate, somewhat, for the dearth of flowers, but a few of my trees, shrubs, and several perennials bloom in October. I treasure them, let’s take a look. Starting in early September, but varying greatly from year to year, my […]

  • Weekly Update: As Covid-19 cases rise slightly, emergency declaration extended to Nov. 15

    Weekly Update: As Covid-19 cases rise slightly, emergency declaration extended to Nov. 15

    © 2020 Telegraph Publishing LLC Gov. Phil Scott extended the State of Emergency in Vermont on Thursday for another month, through Nov. 15. This gives Scott the authority  continue to implement and manage state guidelines in response to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic. The state Department of Health continued to see higher than usual new positive […]

  • To the editor: State Rep. Tom Bock deserves our vote

    To the editor: State Rep. Tom Bock deserves our vote

    Tom Bock has served the residents of our town and legislative district with care and should be re-elected to the Vermont House of Representatives.  As a business owner, select person, local and regional planning commission member and a Chester resident, Tom knows well the needs and concerns of the people and places within our legislative […]

  • Candace Cook, 66, of Chester

    Candace Cook, 66, of Chester

    Candace P. Cook, 66, of Chester, passed away on Tuesday evening Oct. 13, 2020 at Cheshire Medical Center in Keene, N.H. She was born on  June 6, 1954 in Springfield, the daughter of Walden F. and Louise (Grover) Page, and attended Springfield schools, graduating from Springfield High School with the Class of  1972. On July […]

  • Chester Planning Commission agenda for Oct. 19

    Chester Planning Commission agenda for Oct. 19

    The Chester Planning Commission will hold its regular meeting at 6:30 p.m. on Monday Oct. 19 via Zoom. To join the meeting click on this link –  https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81029256359 By phone, call (646) 558 8656 and enter the Meeting ID:​810 2925 6359 Below is the commission’s agenda. 1. Review October 5, 2020 minutes. 2. Citizen comments. […]

  • Weston firefighters seek new building; board appoints rep for Communications Union District

    Weston firefighters seek new building; board appoints rep for Communications Union District

    By Cherise Madigan © 2020 Telegraph Publishing LLC The Weston Volunteer Fire Department may be getting a new home following a preliminary presentation by Fire Chief Ryan Hart and Firefighter Jake Hart at the Oct. 13 meeting of the Weston Select Board. In their appeal, presented by Jake Hart, the fire company requested that, as […]

  • 'Little library' for food installed at Smitty's Market

    ‘Little library’ for food installed at Smitty’s Market

    By Shawn Cunningham © 2020 Telegraph Publishing LLC In another effort to eliminate food insecurity in area communities, Smitty’s Chester Market and Chester Helping Hands have teamed up to install a food pantry for those who are in need. On Wednesday morning, Stu Stocker and Smitty’s owner Garrison Smith could be found leveling a wooden […]

  • Vermont drops out of 'green zone' for Covid-19, White House says

    Vermont drops out of ‘green zone’ for Covid-19, White House says

    By Liz Essley Whyte Center for Public Integrity Oct. 13, 2020 The Center for Public Integrity is a nonprofit newsroom that investigates betrayals of public trust. Sign up to receive our stories. More than half of states are in the “red zone” for new Covid-19 cases, meaning they had more than 100 new cases for […]

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