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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. […]

Obituary: Charlene Kolenda, nurse, from Proctorsville

Obituary: Charlene Kolenda, nurse, from Proctorsville

After a lengthy illness, Charlene F. Koson Kolenda, of Proctorsville, died on Aug. 21, 2019 at the Jack Byrne Center at Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center Palliative and Hospice Care Facility in Lebanon, N.H., where she had been receiving the three C’s — Care, Comfort and Compassion. Ms. Kolenda was born to Jennie (Janowski) Koson and […]

Henry Homeyer: Beware the purple invader

Henry Homeyer: Beware the purple invader

By Henry Homeyer ©2019 Telegraph Publishing LLC This is the time of year when swampy areas often are ablaze with gorgeous pink-purple flowers that dominate the wetland. These are the flowers of purple loosestrife (Lythrum salicaria), an invasive plant that you should not encourage – but that you probably can’t get rid of once established. […]

Wednesday tornado damages homes, property in Windham

Wednesday tornado damages homes, property in Windham

By Shawn Cunningham © 2019 Telegraph Publishing LLC A tornado, spawned during a Wednesday afternoon thunderstorm damaged homes, barns and other structures and devastated trees in the Timberside section of Windham. On the Cover: Tom Grondine’s farm house sustained tree damage during Wednesday’s storm. Click any photo to launch photo gallery. Meteorologist Ray O’Keefe, of […]

Chester Select Board special meeting agenda for Aug. 29

Chester Select Board special meeting agenda for Aug. 29

The Chester Select Board will hold a special meeting beginning at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 29 at the NewsBank Conference Center, 352 Main St. in Chester. Below is its agenda. 1. Citizen’s Comments 2. Scoping Report presentation and discussion regarding bridge project involving Thompson Bridge, Jewett Bridge and Palmer Bridge; VTrans 3. Scoping Report […]

Weston board opens bids, prepping for winter

Weston board opens bids, prepping for winter

By Shawn Cunningham © 2019 Telegraph Publishing, LLC It may have been the middle of August, but winter was in the air at the Weston Select Board meeting last Tuesday, Aug. 13, as the board opened bids for winter sand and fuel oil and discussed heating contract expenses for the town annex among other issues. […]

GMUSD board learns of $189,000 deficit, will start budget process months early

GMUSD board learns of $189,000 deficit, will start budget process months early

By Shawn Cunningham © 2019 Telegraph Publishing LLC Budgeting was front and center on Thursday night as the board of the Green Mountain Unified School District learned that it would be starting the process with a deficit of more than $189,000. In the end, the board also decided to change the way it compiles its […]

Derry Rescue Squad building damaged in an 'inside job'

Derry Rescue Squad building damaged in an ‘inside job’

By Cynthia Prairie ©2019 Telegraph Publishing LLC Kevin Beattie, of the Londonderry Rescue Squad, was preparing to head out to a rescue in Winhall Monday evening. A woman had slipped at a pond and he could make use of the specialized equipment on the Rescue 1 truck to aid in her recovery. He turned from […]

Simultaneous alarms send Chester firefighters in opposite directions

Simultaneous alarms send Chester firefighters in opposite directions

By Shawn Cunningham © 2019 Telegraph Publishing LLC Two nearly simultaneous alarms sent Chester firefighters in opposite directions Tuesday night, Aug. 20. At about 7:31 p.m. dispatchers called the Chester department to alert them that a sprinkler alarm had been activated at Stone House Antiques, 557 Rt. 103 South and, moments later, a second call […]

Travis Barton, 38, of Perkinsville

Travis Barton, 38, of Perkinsville

Travis J. Barton 38, died unexpectedly at his home on Saturday, Aug. 17, 2019.  He was born July 4, 1981 in Claremont, N.H., the son of Edwin T. and Lauren (Congdon) Barton.  He attended Springfield schools, graduating from Springfield High School in 2000. He married Christina M. Libby on Feb. 8, 2001. She died just […]

Christina Barton, 38, of Perkinsville

Christina Barton, 38, of Perkinsville

Christina M. (Libby) Barton, 38, died after a brief illness on Sunday, Aug. 18, 2019 at the Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center in Lebanon, N.H.  She was born May 3, 1981 in Springfield and lived in Perkinsville She attended Springfield  schools, graduating from Springfield High School class of 2000. On Feb. 8, 2001 she married Travis […]

Chester Development Review Board agenda for Aug. 26

Chester Development Review Board agenda for Aug. 26

The Chester Development Review Board will meet for a site visit at 982 Old Stage Road beginning at 5:20 p.m. followed by its public meeting at 6 p.m., on Monday, Aug. 26, which will take place at Chester Town Hall. Below is its agenda. 5:20 pm Site Visit 982 Old Stage Rd. 6:00 pm Public […]

Weston's 'Virginia Woolf' challenges actors, audience

Weston’s ‘Virginia Woolf’ challenges actors, audience

By David Lampe-Wilson ©2019 Telegraph Publishing LLC Weston Playhouse closes its mainstage summer season with Edward Albee’s Pulitzer Prize-winning black comedy/drama Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf. This is a marathon evening; opening night ran three-plus hours. It is an endurance test that challenges four actors to create larger-than-life characters out of reams of Albee’s caustic […]

Vermont opts out of federal Title X funding

Vermont opts out of federal Title X funding Cites Trump administration rule against abortion services

Following new federal limits on how federal Title X funding can be used, Health Commissioner Mark Levine, MD has notified the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services that the state of Vermont will stop using those funds provided to Planned Parenthood of Northern New England for family planning services in Vermont. Instead, the Vermont […]

Community & Arts events: Aug. 22-Aug. 27

Community & Arts events: Aug. 22-Aug. 27

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 […]

To the editor: CAFC thanks Stone Hearth, businesses for successful Hot Cook-Off

To the editor: CAFC thanks Stone Hearth, businesses for successful Hot Cook-Off

The Chester-Andover Family Center Board of Directors would like to thank and acknowledge the many businesses and volunteers who contributed their time and donations to make the Hot Dog Cook-Off Fundraiser a success. Stone Hearth’s innkeepers, Sheldon and Francy,  deserve accolades for their work in organizing and hosting this important fundraising opportunity for the Chester-Andover […]

To the editor: Lowell Lake imperiled by state plan

To the editor: Lowell Lake imperiled by state plan

There has been considerable, often rancorous debate about what impacts the state’s plan to develop Lowell Lake State Park would have on the iconic lake and its surroundings. The debate has been about opinion as often as it has been about facts. Following the state’s recent open house and the public presentation of its two […]

Left in Andover: Starting at the Finnish line

Left in Andover: Starting at the Finnish line

By Susan Leader ©2019 Telegraph Publishing LLC Free-standing saunas, some in excellent condition, others rotted into the ground, still punctuate the hills of Andover. It was not possible to grow up here without being aware of its Finnish heritage. “Yksi, kaksi, kolme … one, two, three” and “Paha tytto, paha poika … bad girl, bad […]

Senior Solutions seeks donations for Foxy Fund

Senior Solutions seeks donations for Foxy Fund Money for pet care available to older Windham, Windsor residents

With proceeds from the estate of one of its clients, Senior Solutions has opened a special fund called The Foxy Fund available to all older Vermonters living in Windham and Windsor counties to assist with costs associated with animal care. In honor of Dog Appreciation Day on Monday, Aug. 26, consider making a contribution to […]

Chester Chatter: The benefits of eating slowly

Chester Chatter: The benefits of eating slowly

By Ruthie Douglas ©2019 Telegraph Publishing LLC My grandfather, who was born in Trois-Rivières in Quebec, Canada, and was bonded out to work at the age of 9, was a slow eater. The farmer that he worked for made sure Grandpa always had plenty to eat to keep him strong and healthy. Since it was […]