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Area towns shuffled, separated under proposed redistricting plan

By Shawn Cunningham © 2022 Telegraph Publishing LLC The Vermont House yesterday passed H. 589 to bypass the work done by a tri-partisan board set up to create a legislative redistricting plan. The move substitutes the bill as the design for the “initial district plan.” The text of the legislation says that lawmakers will be […]

Green Mountain Girls rout BF Terriers 40-33

By Evan Chadwick ©2022 Telegraph Publishing LLC In this year’s COVID-plagued basketball season, it is anticipated that each game will bring a variation of their pre-season roster to each contest. For the Green Mountain girls basketball squad, they took this adaptation in stride, showing the increasing depth of Coach Jeff Buffum’s roster in their 40-33 […]

Chieftains shake off the rust with overtime win

By Evan Chadwick © 2022 Telegraph Publishing LLC Struggling from a long layover with three games canceled, the Green Mountain boys basketball team were just happy to get back on the court the night of Wednesday, Jan. 12. What made them even happier – despite the nearly month-long gap since their last game –  was […]

Andover board opts for in-person Town Meeting; Bodin says voters’ voices are being disrespected

By Shawn Cunningham © 2022 Telegraph Publishing LLC Long simmering disagreements over a number of issues boiled over at Monday’s Andover Select Board meeting after the board decided on a 3 to 2 vote to return to a “floor vote” Town Meeting rather than using Australian ballots as it did last year due to the […]

Chester board opts for remote Town Meeting; kicks cannabis vote down the road

By Shawn Cunningham © 2022 Telegraph Publishing LLC For the second year in a row, the Chester Select Board has concluded that putting the question of allowing retail sales of cannabis before the voters needs more board discussion, although they may look at it on Wednesday, Jan. 19, the final day before they must finalize […]

Police look for suspect in Westminster armed robbery

© 2022 Telegraph Publishing LLC Vermont State Police are looking for a suspect in one and possibly two armed robberies that took place on Thursday in Westminster and Springfield. According to a VSP press release, a man entered the Allen Brothers Farm Store on Rt. 5 in Westminster at 6:54 p.m. showing a handgun and […]

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    College News

    Jonathan Griffin of West Townshend, a freshman accounting major, was among approximately 660 Bob Jones University students named to the fall 2021 President’s List. The President’s List recognizes students who earn a 3.75 or higher grade point average for the semester. Bob Jones University is located in Greenville, S.C. Aaron Merrill of Ludlow, a member […]

  • Henry Homeyer: How to craft your winter wreath

    Henry Homeyer: How to craft your winter wreath

    By Henry Homeyer © 2022 Telegraph Publishing Winter is upon us and it may seem there is little for a gardener to do. No weeding, nothing to plant, no flowers to pick. But last year’s garden may still have some remnants that, with a little imagination, can create something pleasing to the eye. I went […]

  • Weekly Covid Update: Vermont, Chester hit record Covid numbers again

    Weekly Covid Update: Vermont, Chester hit record Covid numbers again

    ©2022 Telegraph Publishing LLC In a sentence that seems like a broken record, and as state officials predicted heading into the holidays, Vermont’s new Covid-19 cases have soared into record territory again this past week. The state hit a record single-day total of 2,188 cases Thursday. The record busting new weekly total now stands at […]

  • Landscape firm loses thousands of dollars in equipment in holiday theft

    Landscape firm loses thousands of dollars in equipment in holiday theft

    By Cynthia Prairie ©2022 Telegraph Publishing LLC It was Friday, Dec. 24, and the crew from Terrigenous Landscape Architecture  of Chester was looking forward to a holiday week off. They had been working in the back of a stone house in Baltimore, “putting in a stone wall and drainage to save one of these old […]

  • Andover Select Board agenda for Jan. 10

    Andover Select Board agenda for Jan. 10

    The Select Board for the Town of Andover will meet at 6:30 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 10 at Andover Town Hall, 953 Andover Road, and via Zoom. To access via Zoom, click here. Below is its agenda. 1. Call Select Board meeting to order. 2. Act on Agenda. 3. Act on Minutes: Act on the […]

  • Chester board OKs 'statement' encouraging individual Covid mitigation measures

    Chester board OKs ‘statement’ encouraging individual Covid mitigation measures

    By Shawn Cunningham © Telegraph Publishing LLC While a number of area towns including Cavendish, Ludlow and Windham have instituted mask mandates for public buildings, the Chester board issued a statement that while there is increasing transmission of Covid in Vermont and New Hampshire, “The Town of Chester is not supportive of implementing a mask […]

  • GM Girls b-ball team falls to Wildcats, 55-34

    GM Girls b-ball team falls to Wildcats, 55-34

    By Evan Chadwick ©2022 Telegraph Publishing LLC The Green Mountain Girls basketball team was facing an early challenge from the White River Valley Wildcats in South Royalton Monday night when they raced out to an 11-2 lead. The Chieftains in response would hang tough. However, the obstacles were just a little too much for Coach […]

  • Whiting Library eliminates late fines in yearlong test

    Whiting Library eliminates late fines in yearlong test

    Happy New Year from Whiting Library! Let’s all start 2022 with a clean slate — one without library fines! The library has been awarded a grant facilitated by the Association of Small and Rural Libraries to participate in a one-year fine free trial. What does this mean? There will be no fines for overdue library […]

  • Rasmussen takes over leadership of Ascutney Regional Commission

    Rasmussen takes over leadership of Ascutney Regional Commission

    After more than 30 years as the executive director of the organization that is now the Mount Ascutney Regional Commission, Tom Kennedy has stepped down and Jason Rasmussen has become the new executive director starting on Jan. 1. Kennedy will start his new position as director of Community Development, remaining involved in brownfields, solid waste […]

  • GMUSD board narrows focus on major infrastructure spending, bond issue

    GMUSD board narrows focus on major infrastructure spending, bond issue

    By Shawn Cunningham © 2022 Telegraph Publishing LLC Mike Davey of Energy Efficient Investments was back before the Green Mountain Unified School District board on Monday, Dec. 21 with some new numbers for a proposed $20 million project to renovate and upgrade the district’s three schools. GMUSD operates two elementary and one high school with […]

  • Derry on Ice: New rink to open Sunday, Jan. 9

    Derry on Ice: New rink to open Sunday, Jan. 9

    The One Londonderry Recreation Group invites everyone to the Grand Opening of the Derry Rink at the Mountain Marketplace behind Jake’s Restaurant, 5700 Vermont Route 100, at 2 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 9.  Refreshments will be served and we expect that the ice will be firm. Construction began on the the 120- by 50-foot skating rink […]

  • Chester Select Board agenda for Jan. 5

    Chester Select Board agenda for Jan. 5

    The Chester Select Board will meet at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 5 at Town Hall, 556 Elm St., and via Zoom. You can access the meeting via Zoom by clicking here. Below is its agenda. 1. Approve Minutes from the December 15, 2021 Selectboard Meeting; Dec. 17, 2021 Special Selectboard Meeting and Dec. 29, […]

  • Judiciary seeks volunteers to join guardian ad litem program

    Judiciary seeks volunteers to join guardian ad litem program

    When the Department of Children and Families seeks to take a child into custody, Vermont law requires the court to appoint a guardian ad litem. GALs are volunteer, court-appointed special advocates who protect children’s best interests in these juvenile court cases, which usually involve allegations of abuse or neglect. A GAL works closely with a […]

  • Derry Planning Commission to hold forum on Main Street Master Plan

    Derry Planning Commission to hold forum on Main Street Master Plan

    The Londonderry Planning Commission is inviting residents to view and discuss the consolidated Main Street Master Plan recommendations developed by Stevens & Associates for Londonderry’s North Main Street. The recommendations will be presented from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 6 on Zoom. Additional information and access to the Zoom meeting can be found […]

  • Chester Chatter: Happy new year and a happy birthday!

    Chester Chatter: Happy new year and a happy birthday!

    By Ruthie Douglas ©2022 Telegraph Publishing LLC Wow a new year has begun and with it another birthday — my 81st! Where did all that time go? Sitting in my recliner, I am recalling more memories of my birthdays past, when I was so much younger. Most of the gifts I received for my birthday […]

  • Henry Homeyer: Introducing children to the 'World of Wonders'

    Henry Homeyer: Introducing children to the ‘World of Wonders’

    By Henry Homeyer © 2022 Telegraph Publishing One recent morning I decided it was time to finish reading a small book of essays I had started long before, and savored, but had (inexplicably) put off finishing. World of Wonders: In Praise of Fireflies, Whale Sharks and Other Astonishments is a delight, from start to finish. […]

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