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Contemporary artists interpret Parables in new exhibit

Contemporary artists interpret Parables in new exhibit

As part of its grounded4LIFE program, the Chester Baptist Church, 162 Main St. in Chester, invites the entire community to visit Picturing the Parables, an exhibit of 29 original artworks on display for the entire month of January. Picturing the Parables is a visual representation of some of most familiar teachings of Jesus of Nazareth. […]

Business in Brief: Federal aid for Irene available; nursing students honored

SPRINGFIELD The Vermont Community Development Program has awarded a $1 million Community Development Block Grant for Disaster Recovery to two southeastern Vermont regional development corporations. Brattleboro Development Credit Corp. is partnering with Springfield Regional Development Corp. to provide funding for Irene flood-impacted businesses throughout Windham and southern Windsor counties. “While it is discouraging that some […]

Local students featured in OTW's 'Noye's Fludde'

Local students featured in OTW’s ‘Noye’s Fludde’

Eight students from the Chester/Ludlow area will participate in the upcoming Opera Theatre of Weston production of Noye’s Fludde (Noah’s Flood) by Benjamin Britten. The one-act opera is a unique take on the well-known biblical tale of Noah and his Ark.  Noye’s Fludde will mark the 13th annual Opera in Winter produced by OTW. Green […]

Extras sought for film scene to be shot Thursday, Dec. 20

Extras sought for film scene to be shot Thursday, Dec. 20

The producers of a short film, currently in production in Chester, are looking for extras of all ages and additional cast for a funeral scene to be shot at the Fullerton Inn, 40 The Common, on Thursday, Dec. 20. Call time is 4 p.m. Thursday, with filming expected to be finished around 7:30 p.m. Those […]

To the editor: Many to thank for making Overture to Christmas a success!

I would like to thank everyone involved in helping to make this year’s Overture to Christmas the best yet. Let me start by saying that the level of participation in the planning and execution was so large, it is inevitable that I will overlook someone in this thank you. For this, I apologize. Thanks to […]

Housewarming in Chester to raise fuel-assistance funds

Housewarming in Chester to raise fuel-assistance funds

State Rep. Leigh Dakin and former State Rep. Kathy Pellett are announcing the annual Housewarming Party to raise funds for local residents in need of winter fuel assistance. Now in its seventh year, the Chester/Andover Democrats will hold their annual “housewarming” fuel assistance event at 6 p.m. Monday, Dec. 17 at Baba-A-Louis Bakery,  92 VT […]

Tis the Season: Unusual holiday gifts for every budget and everyone

Tis the Season: Unusual holiday gifts for every budget and everyone

By Cynthia Prairie There are few reasons to leave Chester to shop for that very special holiday gift for that very special person. Chester abounds with interesting items in all price ranges — if you know where to look. Whether the recipient is your spouse or lover, a child, your pets or friends who love […]

New name, new transitional structure for school supervisory union

LUDLOW The public relations committee of the new Two Rivers Supervisory Union, which encompasses Chester and Andover schools, has announced that work is well under way for the launch of the merged organization on July 1, 2013. The following principles have been adopted by the board: a) The new SU organization will be sized to […]

Holly Jolly beginning of Christmas season

Holly Jolly beginning of Christmas season

The second weekend of Overture of Christmas featured a puppet show at VTica,  gingerbread house judging, caroling, storytelling and a live Nativity Scene. The 27th annual event was topped off with the arrival of Santa and Mrs. Claus and the lighting of the Town Tree. Click on any photo below to launch the photo gallery.

Holiday favorite turned on its ear; well-loved authors at Misty Valley; St. Luke's Christmas celebration

Holiday favorite turned on its ear; well-loved authors at Misty Valley; St. Luke’s Christmas celebration

Totally Scrooged! one man show in Grafton It’s open season on the holiday season as comic actor Pickles Reese unloads both barrels and blows the doors off tradition in histour d’ farce Totally Scrooged!  This saucy solo sendup of Dickens’ A Christmas Carol is presented one night only, at 7:30 p.m. Friday Dec. 14,  at […]

Cranberry scones for your sweetheart

Cranberry scones for your sweetheart

By Jim Bailey theyankeechef.blogspot.com As many of you know, I am a strong advocate for Breast Cancer Awareness for personal reasons and  even more so during the holidays. Everybody is somebody’s sweetheart and that mantra holds true for those who have died from this terrible disease. I have certain ways to remember the loved ones […]

Overture to Christmas kicks off with kids' crafts and carolers

Overture to Christmas kicks off with kids’ crafts and carolers

Alight snow fell over Chester on Saturday, Dec. 1, the first day of Overture to Christmas, now in its 27th year.  Following an elfish breakfast at the American Legion, children and parents packed tables at Chester-Andover Elementary School to paint pottery ornaments, create lace and bead candy canes and decorate Christmas cookies. The St. Luke’s […]

Opera Theatre seeks audience singers for Noye's Fludde

Opera Theatre seeks audience singers for Noye’s Fludde

Opera Theatre of Weston artistic directors Nan Nall and Lise Messier will present a new production of Noye’s Fludde by Benjamin Britten at the Paramount Theatre in Rutland and at the Weston Playhouse in January.  Britten arranged three well-known hymns for this opera to be sung by the “congregation” to underscore the drama unfolding on […]

The Telegraph Poll: Where to shop for gifts?

The Telegraph Poll: Where to shop for gifts?

Impressive poached pear in pastry with fig sauce

Impressive poached pear in pastry with fig sauce

By Jim Bailey theyankeechef.blogspot.com Here’s a great break from tradition, yet traditional because of the use of figs. Many of us have only gotten close to figs in one way, and that is eating Fig Newtons. Many may think that’s how figs taste. In essence, yes. But, in reality, figs are so much more fragrant […]

Chris Zuppinger, 46, precision carpenter and devoted husband

Chris Zuppinger, 46, precision carpenter and devoted husband

Christoph M. Zuppinger of Chester, VT, passed away at his home on Thursday, Nov. 29, 2012 after a brief illness. He was 46. Mr. Zuppinger was born on March 28, 1966 in Schaffhausen, Switzerland, a heavily forested 800-year-old town near the largest waterfall in Europe. As a child, Mr. Zuppinger wanted to be an artist, […]

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