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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 […]

Henry Homeyer: identifying 8 common ferns

Henry Homeyer: identifying 8 common ferns

By Henry Homeyer ©2019 Telegraph Publishing LLC Ferns are under-rated and largely ignored by gardeners, but shouldn’t be as they can add much to a garden. I recently went to Walpole, N.H., where I met with Michael Nerrie of Distant Hill Gardens and Nature Trail. He introduced me to many ferns and also sold me […]

Chester Select Board agenda for Aug. 21

Chester Select Board agenda for Aug. 21

The Chester Select Board will meet at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 21 at the Academy Building on Main Street in Chester to tour the building. Following that, the meeting will be held at Town Hall, 556 Elm St. Below is its agenda. 1. Tour the Academy Building 2. Executive Session; Discussion with Attorney Jim […]

Celebration of Life for Charles Jerome set for Saturday, Aug. 24

Celebration of Life for Charles Jerome set for Saturday, Aug. 24

A celebration of Life service for Andover resident Charles H. Jerome 76, who died on July 2, 2019, will be held from 1 to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 24, 2019 at the American Legion Post #67, 637 Route 103 S. in Chester, where he was a member. He served in the U.S. Army during […]

Ralph Abbott, 75, of Andover, enjoyed hunting, time with family pet dogs

Ralph Abbott, 75, of Andover, enjoyed hunting, time with family pet dogs

Ralph W. Abbott passed away on Sunday Aug. 11, 2019 at his home in Andover surrounded by his loving family. He was 75. Mr. Abbott was born Oct. 10, 1943 in South Londonderry, the son of Henry Winston and Ella Melissa (Beers) Abbott.  He attended school in Chester. On March 11, 1995, he married Donna […]

Closed door saves South Derry home

Closed door saves South Derry home 14-year-old family dog dies from smoke inhalation

By Shawn Cunningham © Telegraph Publishing LLC Firefighters say that a closed, solid wood door and the monthly business meeting of the Champion Fire Company in South Londonderry saved a Melendy Hill Road home from destruction Wednesday night when a fire broke out in the building’s basement. There were no injuries, but a family dog […]

Chester board discusses moving Yosemite, mulls feasibility study for museum

Chester board discusses moving Yosemite, mulls feasibility study for museum

By Shawn Cunningham © 2019 Telegraph Publishing LLC A suggestion, by Town Manager David Pisha, that the historic Yosemite Firehouse be moved led to the longest discussion at the Wednesday, Aug. 7 Chester Select Board meeting. At the previous meeting of the board on July 24, Lillian Willis of the Chester Historic Preservation Committee asked […]

Cavendish to be under water conservation notice

Cavendish to be under water conservation notice Filtering media must be replaced at water plant

By Shawn Cunningham © 2019 Telegraph Publishing LLC On Monday night, Aug. 12, Town Manager Brendan McNamara told the Cavendish Select Board that the town would have to issue another water conservation notice from Tuesday Sept. 3 to Monday Sept. 9 to change the filtering media at the water plant. The work was originally slated […]

New owner, name slated for Chester bookstore

New owner, name slated for Chester bookstore From avid reader to bookseller to store owner

By Cynthia Prairie ©2019 Telegraph Publishing LLC Vicki Thornton loves to read. It was reading that brought her to work at Phoenix Books Misty Valley when the owner’s daughter and store manager, Katie DeSanto, was looking for some help in January to free her from the frequent days away from her East Hardwick home. And […]

Fund match offered in MacLaury event; 11th Annual Blue Flames concert, picnic in Weston

Fund match offered in MacLaury event; 11th Annual Blue Flames concert, picnic in Weston

Donor offers to match at Open Garden Fundraiser An anonymous donor has offered to give $1,000 to the charitable efforts of Carol and Steve MacLaury should they reach $2,500 in donations at their event Sunday, Aug. 18. The event — an Open Garden Fundraiser to help fight cancer —  will be held 3 to 7 […]

Pollards open flower shop at Chester Hardware

Pollards open flower shop at Chester Hardware

By Cynthia Prairie ©2019 Telegraph Publishing LLC Come Saturday, Aug. 17, the almost yearlong absence of a flower shop in the town of Chester will come to an end, thanks to a simple question from the owner of Chester Hardware. It was October of 2018 when the long-time owners of Chester Flowers and Village Children […]

Derry Select Board special meeting agenda for Aug. 14

Derry Select Board special meeting agenda for Aug. 14

The Select Board for the Town of Londonderry will hold a special meeting at 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 14 at the Twitchell Building, 100 Old School St. in S. Londonderry. Below is its agenda. 1. Call Meeting to Order 2. Additions or Deletions to the Agenda 3. Executive Session – The appointment or employment […]

Police seek help in masked wine burglary

Police seek help in masked wine burglary

© 2019 Telegraph Publishing, LLC Vermont State Police in Westminster are asking the public for help in identifying a burglar who stole wine earlier this month. According to a press release, during the night between Saturday Aug. 3 and Sunday Aug. 4, an unidentified man wearing a mask broke into the Putney Mountain Winery in […]

Richard 'Obie' O'Brien, 78, enjoyed working at Recycling Center

Richard ‘Obie’ O’Brien, 78, enjoyed working at Recycling Center

Richard “Obie” O’Brien passed away unexpectedly at his home on Tuesday, Aug. 6, 2019.  He was 78. He was born on May 2, 1941 in Gardner, Mass.  He was married to Debra Parsons (O’Brien) on June 20, 1998, although they had been together since Nov. 23, 1975. Mr. O’Brien attended school a Saint Joseph’s in […]