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18 Derry residents test positive for Covid-19; Town Office closed; softball tourney in Chester draws maskless crowds

By Cynthia Prairie and Shawn Cunningham ©2020 Telegraph Publishing LLC At least 18 people in Londonderry have tested positive for Covid-19 at a rapid testing facility in Manchester, town Emergency Management Director Kevin Beattie said on late Monday afternoon. He added that the state is contacting those people and telling them to get retested. And […]

A Complex Equation: Schools, Tech Center prepare for return of students

By Shawn Cunningham © 2020 Telegraph Publishing, LLC This is the third in a series of articles on what schools will have to plan for when they open in the fall. To read Part 1 click here. To read Part 2 click here. No matter what anyone says about what will happen when schools reopen […]

Vermont Covid-19 cases up by 41 in week, none indicating state ‘hot spots’

© 2020 Telegraph Publishing LLC The Vermont Department of Health confirmed five new Covid-19 cases on Friday, for a weekly increase of 41 cases, up slightly from last week’s 38-case hike. The largest single-day increase was 16,  recorded on Thursday, July 9. During the Friday, July 10 press conference, Vermont Department of Health Commissioner Dr. […]

Derry board chair condemns graffiti; town moves forward on fiber optic

By Bruce Frauman ©2020 Telegraph Publishing LLC In response to the discovery of anti-Black Lives Matter graffiti painted on Route 100 in South Londonderry and in Jamaica, Londonderry Select Board chair George Mora on Monday, July 6, said “racist intimidation has no place in Londonderry” or elsewhere in the United States. The lack of a […]

Chester board continues discussion of policing policies with chief

By Shawn Cunningham © 2020 Telegraph Publishing LLC Three members of the Chester Select Board gathered at Town Hall last Wednesday for the first in-person meeting it has held since early April. The meeting was also held via Zoom for those who did not wisht0 or were unable to attend. The board continued its discussion […]

S. Derry, Jamaica area hit with anti-BLM graffiti

By Cherise Madigan ©2020 Telegraph Publishing LLC When South Londonderry residents at the intersection of Winhall Hollow Road and Route 100 awoke on Monday morning, something on their block had changed: fresh spray paint marked the pavement in the center of the road. It read: “BLM [Black Lives Matter] is racist.” Similar graffiti would later […]

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  • Chester Development Review Board agenda for July 13 (REVISED)

    Chester Development Review Board agenda for July 13 (REVISED)

    The Development Review Board for the town of Chester will hold a site visit at 5:15 p.m., Monday, July 13 at 1482 Quarry Road prior to its public meeting at Town Hall, 556 Elm St., and via Zoom at 6 p.m. The in-person meeting will be limited to the first 25 people, which includes DRB […]

  • Special Chester Select Board meeting for July 10

    Special Chester Select Board meeting for July 10

    The Chester Select Board will hold a special meeting at 8:30 a.m. on Friday, July 10 via Zoom. (Please note that this meeting had been scheduled for July 13.) Please click this link to find out how to access this Zoom meeting. 1. Citizen Comments/Answers from Previous Meeting 2. Set Tax Rate 3. Adjourn

  • Andover Select Board agenda for July 13

    Andover Select Board agenda for July 13

    The Select Board for the Town of Andover will hold its meeting at 6:30 p.m. on Monday, July 13 in person with proper distancing at Andover Town Office, 953 Andover-Weston Road. Below is its agenda. 1. Call Select Board meeting to order. 2. Act on Agenda. 3. Act on Minutes: Act on minutes from the […]

  • VSP investigate Londonderry burglary

    VSP investigate Londonderry burglary

    © 2020 Telegraph Publishing, LLC Vermont State Police are investigating a recent burglary in the Pierce Ridge Road area of Londonderry. According to a VSP press release, sometime between June 16 and July 3, someone forced entry into the locked residence of Luke Spiess of Griswold, Conn. and stole a 9mm handgun. Police are asking […]

  • VSP on theft of Peru speed sign: Never mind

    VSP on theft of Peru speed sign: Never mind

    © 2020 Telegraph Publishing LLC A speed sign on Route 11 near the Bromley Market that was reported stolen has turned up with “no foul play.” According to a Vermont State Police press release issued on Friday, July 3, the sign, which is owned by the Department of Public Safety and reported stolen on July, […]

  • Stone table and benches complete Chester park

    Stone table and benches complete Chester park

    By Shawn Cunningham © 2020 Telegraph Publishing LLC In March 2018, Chester voters approved a bond for $25,000 to construct a “pocket park” at the end of School Street by the suspension bridge over the Middle Branch of the Williams River. The park was one of the first ideas that came out of the Village […]

  • Londonderry Select Board agenda for July 6

    Londonderry Select Board agenda for July 6

    The Select Board for the town of Londonderry will hold its meetings at 6 p.m. Monday, July 6 through Zoom. To access the meeting remotely:  Via web: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/84524719864 Via telephone: (929) 205-6099; Meeting ID: 845 2471 9864 Below is its agenda. 1. Call Meeting to Order 2. Additions or Deletions to the Agenda 3. Minutes […]

  • Speed sign stolen in Peru

    Speed sign stolen in Peru

    © 2020 Telegraph Publishing, LLC Vermont State Police are asking for the public’s help in recovering a speed sign stolen in Peru. According to a VSP press release, between June 23 and June 30 a Decatur solar-powered speed sign was stolen from Vermont Route 11 near the Bromley Market. The speed sign is described as […]

  • Chester Planning Commission agenda for July 6

    Chester Planning Commission agenda for July 6

    The Chester Planning Commission will hold its regular meeting at 6:30 p.m. on Monday July 6, 2020. Below is its agenda. It will be held via Zoom. To attend by phone, call (646) 558 8656 and enter the Meeting ID: ​810 2925 6359 # To attend online go to https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81029256359 Review minutes from the June […]

  • Late night driver takes out Route 103 pole, power

    Late night driver takes out Route 103 pole, power

    By Shawn Cunningham © 2020 Telegraph Publishing LLC Just before 3 a.m. on Monday morning, Chester Police, Fire and Ambulance were called for a crash that sheered off a utility pole along Rt. 103 south bringing down wires and stopping traffic. But when they arrived, they found an empty car. According to a CPD press […]

  • Grace Cottage to hold 70th Fair Day virtually

    Grace Cottage to hold 70th Fair Day virtually

    Grace Cottage Hospital’s 70th Annual Hospital Fair Day is going virtual this year as it seeks to raise $34,800 for technologically advanced hospital beds that will provide increased comfort and safety for patients and nurses. Donations of new or used items of high value including jewelry, cars, trucks, snowmobiles, ATVs, motorcycles, and boats are greatly […]

  • Op-ed: Why are you 'white?'

    Op-ed: Why are you ‘white?’

    By James Michael Brodie ©2020 Telegraph Publishing LLC I recently posed a question to my friends on Facebook who identify as white: “Do you know how you came to be called white? Do you know why?” Those who responded shared their experiences of living in white skin, but none could cite the source of those […]

  • To the editor: Windham Fire Co. cancels fund-raiser amid Covid-19; 50/50 raffle to take place

    To the editor: Windham Fire Co. cancels fund-raiser amid Covid-19; 50/50 raffle to take place

    This year has brought some very unexpected changes to our daily lives. All of us have felt the impact of Covid-19. Here in Vermont we are fortunate that the virus has not affected us as gravely as our neighboring states, but we must take precautions nonetheless. I am sorry to report that the Windham Volunteer […]

  • Chester Select Board agenda for July 1

    Chester Select Board agenda for July 1

    The Chester Select Board will meet at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, July 1 both at Town Hall, 556 Elm St., and via Zoom. Town Hall attendance is limited to 25 people. To access the meeting through Zoom click https://zoom.us/join use Meeting ID: 829 4001 5210 or  click https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82940015210 1. Approve Minutes from the June 17, […]

  • Left in Andover: Vegetarians in meat-filled world

    Left in Andover: Vegetarians in meat-filled world

    By Susan Leader ©2020 Telegraph Publishing LLC As a hyper-sensitive vegetarian child in the 1950s I avoided close-up contact with the chickens my family kept for eggs. Obscured underneath their pretty feathers, my X-ray vision detected dead poultry as displayed at the supermarket. My little brother, on the other hand, enjoyed picking them up and […]

  • Chester Chatter: A time to get organized

    Chester Chatter: A time to get organized

    By Ruthie Douglas ©2020 Telegraph Publishing LLC Stop everyone. Take a minute and don’t make comparisons between the Depression and how we are living right now. Back in the 1930s, many people didn’t have a telephone, a radio or a car. This year as we have been told to stay at home, we at least […]

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