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Londonderry institution, Clarks IGA sold to Associated Grocers

By Shawn Cunningham © 2019 Telegraph Publishing LLC Miner Clark was a college freshman when his parents bought the grocery store in the Londonderry Plaza in 1974. On Saturday it was announced that after 45 years, the Clark family’s ownership was coming to an end as Associated Grocers of New England has bought the store. […]

Derry to seek funds for electric speed sign as state OKs reducing mph near Flood Brook

By Bruce Frauman ©2019 Telegraph Publishing LLC Flood Brook School Principal Neal McIntyre, who had met with the Traffic Committee of the state Agency of Transportation, told the Londonderry Select Board on Monday Sept. 9 that the state will agree to lower the speed limit on Route 11 near the school to 40 mph as […]

Chester board OKs Palmer Bridge repairs, delays vote on VTrans bridge replacement plan

By Shawn Cunningham © 2019 Telegraph Publishing LLC The heat from the question of taking residents’ land by eminent domain was turned up a notch at the Sept. 4 Chester Select Board meeting as Brian and Amy Mosher reiterated their claim that they would not negotiate for the right of way needed to consolidate three […]

Federal suit claims GMUSD, TRSU officials did little to stop harassment

By Shawn Cunningham © 2019 Telegraph Publishing LLC Late last week, the list of lawsuits against the Two Rivers Supervisory Union and its constituent school districts grew by one as a 30-count, 69-page complaint alleging a “sexually hostile school environment,” among other claims, was filed in the U.S. District Court for Vermont. The suit names […]

TRSU board ratifies Powden 2-year contract, 4% raise

By Shawn Cunningham © 2019 Telegraph Publishing LLC The Two Rivers Supervisory Union Board ratified Superintendent Meg Powden’s two-year contract on a 3-2 vote Monday night, but only after questions and discussions surrounding dissatisfaction with Powden’s job performance. The special meeting, held at TRSU offices in Ludlow, had been called to cure three violations of […]

TRSU board reverses response to meeting complaint, will revisit Powden’s contract

Shawn Cunningham © 2019 Telegraph Publishing LLC On Monday, Sept. 9, the board of the Two Rivers Supervisory Union will revisit Superintendent Meg Powden’s two-year contract, which it approved in February following an improper executive session. The decision was made Thursday night after members of the Green Mountain Unified School District board urged the TRSU […]

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  • TRSU Board agenda for Monday, Sept. 9

    TRSU Board agenda for Monday, Sept. 9

    The Two Rivers Supervisory Union Board of Directors will meet at 6 p.m. on Monday, Sept. 9 at the Roost at Fletcher Farm, 611 VT-103 in Ludlow. Below is its agenda. I. CALL TO ORDER: a. Roll Call II. APPROVAL OF AGENDA: (Additions & Deletions) III. PUBLIC COMMENTS: IV. OLD BUSINESS: a. Open Meeting Law […]

  • To the editor: On Lowell Lake overnight camping

    To the editor: On Lowell Lake overnight camping

    Renovating the cottages at Lowell Lake and returning them to overnight service is a good idea. The event barn is a good idea too. Wouldn’t it be lovely to attend a music event at Lowell Lake or let people get married there? Lowell Lake is a manmade lake that has hosted visitors in its cottages […]

  • Derry Rescue Squad offers medical responder course

    Derry Rescue Squad offers medical responder course

    The Londonderry Volunteer Rescue Squad will be offering an Emergency Medical Responder course beginning in late September. Classes will meet from 6 to 9 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays from Sept. 25 through Dec. 19. at the Rescue Squad Building, 6068 Route 100 in Londonderry. State testing will follow. EMRs are often the first medical personnel […]

  • Obituary: Stacy Ingalls, 55, of Springfield

    Obituary: Stacy Ingalls, 55, of Springfield

    Stacy L. Ingalls, 55, of Springfield, passed away on Thursday evening Aug. 29, 2019 surrounded by her family. She was born Feb. 21, 1964 in Hartford, Conn., the daughter of Paul B. Sr. and Elinor K. (Jones) Ingalls. She graduated from Green Mountain High School in Chester. Ms. Ingalls was employed as an office clerk […]

  • Chester Select Board agenda for Sept. 4

    Chester Select Board agenda for Sept. 4

    The Chester Select Board will meet at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 4 at Town Hall, 556 Elm St. Below is its agenda. 1. Approve Minutes from the Aug. 21, 2019 Selectboard Meeting and Aug. 21, 2019 Executive Session 2. Citizen Comments 3. Old Business 4. Town Manager Search Discussion with Abigail Friedman from VLCT […]

  • Left in Andover: A bit of Hetty Green in Weston

    Left in Andover: A bit of Hetty Green in Weston

    By Susan Leader ©2019 Telegraph Publishing LLC In 1966, I inherited my older sister’s job as a housekeeper at the newly rebuilt Weston Playhouse, designed by architect and esteemed native son Ray Austin. What I most dreaded was cleaning the toilets. Luckily for me, all the bathroom fixtures in the upstairs actors’ quarters were still […]

  • Chester Chatter: When it was time to grow up

    Chester Chatter: When it was time to grow up

    By Ruthie Douglas ©2019 Telegraph Publishing LLC Summer had come to an end. I was sad and yet excited to see my friends once again now that school had started. I had a couple of new outfits to wear as I was starting the 8th grade. The first day was a bit scary. I was […]

  • Henry Homeyer: Roots can be the root of the problem

    Henry Homeyer: Roots can be the root of the problem

    By Henry Homeyer ©2019 Telegraph Publishing LLC Folks who only have shade often give up on gardening because they cannot grow things like poppies and peonies, and only know “boring” shade plants planted for their foliage rather than their blossoms: hostas, pachysandra and myrtle. But even those plants don’t necessarily grow vigorously in shade. More […]

  • <strong>Guide to the 2019 Chester Fall Festival</strong>

    Guide to the 2019 Chester Fall Festival

    © 2019 Telegraph Publishing LLC Now in its 45th year, the Chester Fall Festival is a weekend filled with toe-tapping music, great arts and crafts, good food and friends set in the gorgeous Vermont town of Chester. There’s no wonder that the Vermont Chamber of Commerce named it one of the state’s Top 10 Fall […]

  • Theissen to speak on legislative impact on retirement accounts

    Theissen to speak on legislative impact on retirement accounts

    © 2019 Telegraph Publishing LLC Legislation working its way through Congress will impact Individual Retirement Accounts. Learn about the proposed law and  how best to prepare for the changes that come with it when Ron Theissen speaks at the Chester Rotary First Thursday program from 5:15 to 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 5 at the Fullerton […]

  • Derry to consider town meeting on Lowell Lake

    Derry to consider town meeting on Lowell Lake

    By Shawn Cunningham © 2019 Telegraph Publishing, LLC Londonderry Conservation Committee chair Irwin Kuperberg came to the Derry  Select Board on Aug. 19 asking for an endorsement of the committee’s Lowell Lake position. While Kuperberg did not get what he wanted, he didn’t come away empty handed. After recounting a number of the objections to […]

  • Chester town manager to retire; Select Board OKs Yosemite feasibility study funds

    Chester town manager to retire; Select Board OKs Yosemite feasibility study funds

    By Shawn Cunningham © 2019 Telegraph Publishing, LLC Chester Select Board Chair Arne Jonynas announced that Town Manager David Pisha will retire effective at Town Meeting March 3, 2020. Jonynas praised Pisha saying that he came on board in August 2008 with the town’s finances “in shambles” and that he had retired a $500,000 deficit […]

  • Community & Arts events: Aug. 28-Sept. 1

    Community & Arts events: Aug. 28-Sept. 1

    For a full listing of upcoming events, click here for The Chester Telegraph Calendar. To find out how to become a Calendar Partner, email or call Cynthia Prairie at cprairie@chestertelegraph.org or 802-875-2703. To be included in events briefs, email Susan Lampe-Wilson at calendar@chestertelegraph.org. Photos welcome. No PDFs, please. Notices must be received by noon on […]

  • Left in Andover: Finding our place in France

    Left in Andover: Finding our place in France

    By Susan Leader ©2019 Telegraph Publishing LLC Late August 1963, stranded in Helsinki, my family and I explored the city, subsisting on hearty black bread, figs and sour yogurt from an open air market. A family living near the Olympic Stadium rented us the dining room of their mansion, outfitted with five beds. An overly […]

  • Chester Chatter: Begin each day with a song

    Chester Chatter: Begin each day with a song

    By Ruthie Douglas ©2019 Telegraph Publishing LLC What the world needs now, is love, sweet love. And plenty of hugs. Never have we ever needed kindness and smiles more. Over this past year, I came to realize how much it means. When the nurses and the LNAs offered me comfort and a gentle touch of […]

  • Obituary: Amanda Page, 67, of Springfield

    Obituary: Amanda Page, 67, of Springfield

    Amanda L. Page 67, died on Thursday Aug. 15, 2019, at her home in Springfield surrounded by her loving family.  She was born on May 29, 1952 in Bellows Falls, the daughter of Wallace and Priscilla (Spooner) Batchelder.  She attended schools in both Connecticut and New Hampshire. On Sept. 4, 1971, she married Rodney L. […]

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