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Hollowed Community? Residents ring alarm over growth of unhosted short-term rentals

By Cara Philbin and Cynthia Prairie © 2022 Telegraph Publishing LLC Housing in the rural central tier of southern Vermont always has been dependent upon single-family homes. While Chester – with a population of 3,005 – has two purpose-built, townhouse-style apartment complexes, they are rare in most villages. Instead, residents in this east-west corridor have […]

Chester Police Dept. study finds communication lacking, training procedures outdated

By Shawn Cunningham © 2022 Telegraph Publishing LLC The Chester Police Department needs to improve its communication with the public as well as bring its policies and related training procedures into the 21st century, according to a number of recommendations in an assessment of the town’s Police Department written by Jim Baker, a former director […]

Chester boards up ‘health hazard’ Hennessey house

By Shawn Cunningham © Telegraph Publishing LLC On Tuesday afternoon, employees of the Town of Chester boarded up the house at 138 Cummings Road to keep people from staying in the house that the town says has no running water or working septic and is surrounded by a junk yard containing hazardous materials. The house […]

State House candidates Ryan, Chase touch on variety of issues during Windham forum

By Cynthia Prairie ©2022 Telegraph Publishing LLC More than 40 people turned out on a stormy Tuesday night — in person and on Zoom — to hear the first candidate forum for a seat in the Vermont State House from the new Windsor-Windham District of Athens, Chester, Grafton and Windham. Democrat Heather Chase and Republican […]

Chester board bars occupancy at Cummings Rd. residence

By Shawn Cunningham © 2022 Telegraph Publishing LLC At its Sept. 7 meeting, the Chester Select Board heard testimony regarding the state of the property at 138 Cummings Road owned by John Hennessey, then approved a health order that bans occupancy at the residence until a major clean up is done and mandates ongoing measures […]

GM board votes to put $20 million renovation bond before district voters

By Shawn Cunningham © 2022 Telegraph Publishing LLC On Aug. 25, the board of the Green Mountain Unified School District decided to move forward with a multi-year, $20.5 million project to renovate its three school buildings. The vote was 6-1 — with three members absent — to put a 20 year bond before the voters […]

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    Vermont libraries celebrate freedom to read

    T his week, through Sept. 24,  is the 40th annual Banned Books Week, created and sustained by the American Library Association “as both a reminder of the unifying power of stories and the divisiveness of censorship, and a call to action for readers across the country to push back against censorship attempts in their communities.” […]

  • Forum for lt. governor candidates Wednesday

    Forum for lt. governor candidates Wednesday

    The League of Women Voters of Vermont will host an in-person candidates’ forum for the office of lieutenant governor from 7 to 8:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 21 at St. Johnsbury Athenaeum, 1171 Main St., in St. Johnsbury. A meet-and-greet is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. The two major party candidates participating in the forum are […]

  • Peru Fair returns on Sept. 24

    Peru Fair returns on Sept. 24

    After a two-year hiatus caused by the Covid-19 pandemic, the Peru Fair will return to Peru Village from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 24. Described as an old-fashioned country fair, the Peru Fair has been an annual tradition for more than 40 years. This year’s celebration will feature a variety of vendors, […]

  • Henry Homeyer: Fall flowers to fall in love with

    Henry Homeyer: Fall flowers to fall in love with

    By Henry Homeyer © 2022 Telegraph Publishing LLC Many gardeners go to the plant nurseries in June, and buy things in bloom for their gardens – and rarely go back until the next year. But that means that now, as summer winds down, they have few flowers in bloom. Not me. I buy perennials in […]

  • Crowdsourced Cinema film 'Star Wars: A New Hope' Sept. 30 at Manchester Community Library

    Crowdsourced Cinema film ‘Star Wars: A New Hope’ Sept. 30 at Manchester Community Library

    Enjoy an evening of film fun, geek glam, green screen photo ops and food from a galaxy far, far away to help celebrate Star Wars the crowdsourced way on Friday, Sept. 30 at the Manchester Community Library, 138 Cemetery Ave., Manchester Center. All ages are welcome. The festivities begin at 5 p.m., and the film […]

  • Chester Select Board agenda for Sept. 21

    Chester Select Board agenda for Sept. 21

    The Chester Select Board will hold its regular meeting at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday Sept. 21, 2022 at Town Hall, 556 Elm Street and via Zoom. To join the meeting remotely go to https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81988842129 Below is the board’s agenda: 1. Public Hearing re: Amendment to Unified Development Bylaws 2. Approve Minutes from the September 7, […]

  • Bonnie's Bundles offers free fabric and treats Sept. 17 & 18

    Bonnie’s Bundles offers free fabric and treats Sept. 17 & 18

    Chester doll artist Bonnie Watters will not be on the Chester Green this year for the annual Fall Festival. However, the shop, which is located at 250 North St. in the Stone Village, will be open for visitors Saturday, Sept. 17 and Sunday, Sept. 18. The old-fashioned calico fabrics that were central to Watters’ dolls have […]

  • Updates to regional plan to be discussed ahead of adoption

    Updates to regional plan to be discussed ahead of adoption

    © 2022 Telegraph Publishing LLC The Mount Ascutney Regional Commission (formerly known as the Southern Windsor Regional Planning Commission) will hold two public hearings ahead of adopting changes to the area’s regional plan. The current regional plan expires on Nov. 18, 2022. The public hearings will take place in the Conference Room at 38 Ascutney […]

  • Diversity grant allows Whiting to purchase more books and supplies

    Diversity grant allows Whiting to purchase more books and supplies

    Thanks to a grant from the Vermont Department of Libraries as part of American Rescue Plan Act funding by the Institute of Museum and Library Services, Whiting Library received $1,715 to purchase books and supplies. With the distribution of these grant funds, VTLIB encouraged public libraries in Vermont to spend this second round of ARPA […]

  • FOLA begins Robin Williams film series Sept. 17 with 'Moscow on the Hudson'

    FOLA begins Robin Williams film series Sept. 17 with ‘Moscow on the Hudson’

    Friends of Ludlow Auditorium will begin its three-part series of films showcasing the comedic and dramatic talents of Robin Williams on Saturday, Sept. 17 with the screening of the comedic hit Moscow on the Hudson. All events will take place in Heald Auditorium, which is located on the second floor of the Ludlow Town Hall, 37 Depot […]

  • Leslie 'Bill' Westine, 77, formerly of Chester

    Leslie ‘Bill’ Westine, 77, formerly of Chester

    Bill Westine (Leslie Westine Jr.) peacefully passed away after celebrating his birthday and his final Labor Day weekend at The Lake. He lived a full and loving 77 years with many friends and close family nearby. Bus (Leslie Sr.) and Eleanor (Howe) Westine raised Bill and his brother, Jim, in the quaint town of Chester, […]

  • Chester Planning workshop to focus on housing needs, zoning solutions

    Chester Planning workshop to focus on housing needs, zoning solutions

    © 2022 Telegraph Publishing LLC The third in a series of four planning workshops will focus on housing and take place at 6:30 p.m. on Monday, Sept. 19, 2022 at Town Hall and via Zoom. To attend remotely, click here. In view of the current shortage of affordable housing, the purpose of these workshops is […]

  • Ludlow Rotary prepares for 31st Chili Cook-off

    Ludlow Rotary prepares for 31st Chili Cook-off

    The Ludlow Rotary Club is sponsoring its 31st Annual Chili Cook-off from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 8 on Depot Street by the traffic light in Ludlow. According to cookoff chair Kevin Barnes, chili entries are welcome from individuals, clubs and businesses. Four to 5 gallons of heated chili should be delivered […]

  • Psychiatrist to speak on 'Practice and Advocacy'

    Psychiatrist to speak on ‘Practice and Advocacy’

    The Landgrove Meeting House, 88 Landgrove Road, is hosting a presentation by Dr. Barry Perlman at 4 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 18: “A Psychiatrist Reflects on Practice and Advocacy.” The community and visitors are invited to learn about this critical time for change in our healthcare system to meet the needs of persons with mental […]

  • Herbert Rosenblatt, 96, of Brookfield, Conn.

    Herbert Rosenblatt, 96, of Brookfield, Conn.

    Herbert Rosenblatt, 96, of Brookfield, Conn., passed away after a short illness at home on Sept. 9  surrounded by his loving family. He was the husband of the late Jane Rosenblatt (Solomon). He was born on Sept. 3, 1926, in Brooklyn, N.Y., the son of the late Israel and Alice Rosenblatt. He grew up in […]

  • Andover Select Board agenda for Sept. 12

    Andover Select Board agenda for Sept. 12

    The Andover Select Board will hold its regular meeting at 6:30 p.m. on Monday Sept. 12, 2022 at the Andover Town Office and via Zoom. To join go to https://us02web.zoom.us/j/8690215007 1. Call Meeting to Order. 2. Act on Agenda. 3. Act on Minutes of August 22nd & 29th meetings. 4. Public Comment (Time allowance: Five […]

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