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Henry Homeyer: getting the most out of your veggie harvest

Henry Homeyer: getting the most out of your veggie harvest

By Henry Homeyer ©2019 Telegraph Publishing LLC Want to maximize the output of your garden?  Now is the time to act. Here are a few things you can do that will help. Brussels sprouts: Have you had trouble getting full-sized sprouts? These plants need to be topped in the fall to get the tiny sprouts […]

Chester Select Board special meeting agenda for Sept. 12

Chester Select Board special meeting agenda for Sept. 12

  SPECIAL SELECTBOARD MEETING AGENDA   The Chester Select Board will hold a special meeting at 6:15 p.m. on September 12, 2019 at Town Hall, 556 Elm St. Below is the agenda: Citizen Comments Latest update of plans and costs for EMS Building & Town Garage Adjourn

Obituary: Elizabeth Helberg, 86, of Mt. Holly

Obituary: Elizabeth Helberg, 86, of Mt. Holly

Elizabeth “Betty” Carol Helberg of Mt. Holly died peacefully on Sept. 8, 2019 at the Meadows Assisted Living in Rutland. Mrs. Helberg was born on Aug. 6, 1933, the daughter of Harry A. Colburn and Bernice Eliza (Burton) Colburn of Mt. Holly. Mrs Colburn died two month’s after Elizabeth’s birth. She was raised by her […]

Afternoon manhunt comes up empty; police in two states search for Vermont man

Afternoon manhunt comes up empty; police in two states search for Vermont man

By Shawn Cunningham © 2019 Telegraph Publishing LLC An extensive, two-state manhunt came up empty today as police agencies from Vermont and New Hampshire searched for a wanted Westminster man. As of 6:30 tonight, police on both sides of the Connecticut River were asking the public for help. According to a Walpole, N.H., Police press […]

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

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

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 […]

Rep. Tom Bock: Bills passed to spur job growth

Rep. Tom Bock: Bills passed to spur job growth

By Rep. Tom Bock By the closing of the 2019 session in mid-May, the House and Senate legislators had passed 93 bills, two of which were vetoed by Gov. Phil Scott. The rest became law on July 1, 2019, including the FY2020 $6.1 billion budget. Low population growth and its impact on workforce development have […]

South Central Vermont Realtors collect, donate supplies to 13 schools

South Central Vermont Realtors collect, donate supplies to 13 schools

Realtors in south-central Vermont have collected 35 bags of school supplies, with an estimated value of $1,750, for 13 area schools, including the Flood Brook School in Londonderry and Windham Elementary in Windham. “We realize that many of our teachers reach into their own pockets to purchase basic school supplies for their classrooms,” said Claudia […]

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

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 […]

Chester Planning Commission agenda for Sept. 16

Chester Planning Commission agenda for Sept. 16

The Chester Planning Commission will meet from 7 to 8:30 p.m. on Monday, Sept. 16 at Town Hall, 556 Elm St. Below is its agenda. 1. Review minutes from Aug.t 19, 2019 meeting 2. Citizens Comments 3. Review summary of draft changes to Unified Development By- Laws; beginning with the district boundaries in R6 & […]

Chester resident's quilt places 3rd in Billings Farm People's Choice awards

Chester resident’s quilt places 3rd in Billings Farm People’s Choice awards

Chester resident Linda Diak took a third place award in the small to medium category for quilt Circle #1 at the Billings Farm & Museum‘s 2019 People’s Choice awards during the 33rd Annual Quilt Exhibition. More than 15,000 visitors viewed the recent exhibition and nearly 1,000 ballots were cast for favorite quilts. The results: FULL […]

Editorial: A question of judgment

Editorial: A question of judgment

By Cynthia Prairie ©2019 Telegraph Publishing LLC Meg Powden took the reins of the Two Rivers Supervisory Union in 2016, when our schools were in the throes of Act 46 consolidations and all parties involved worked hard to make the transition smooth. At the time, Powden was an unknown entity, so we sat back and […]

GMUSD board's 'priorities retreat' scheduled for Tuesday, open to the public

GMUSD board’s ‘priorities retreat’ scheduled for Tuesday, open to the public

© 2019 Telegraph Publishing LLC The board of the Green Mountain Unified School District will hold a special public meeting as a retreat for the purpose of setting goals and priorities ahead of the 2020/21 budget process. The board will begin by hearing Superintendent Meg Powden’s Strategic Plan of Action. Powden told last week’s Two […]

Left in Andover: The Coolidge connection

Left in Andover: The Coolidge connection

By Susan Leader ©2019 Telegraph Publishing LLC As a young child I used to hike up Weston Road with my mother to Middletown Cemetery, where we enjoyed trying to figure out the stories behind the gravestone inscriptions. What triple misfortune befell the Chandler family, summers end, 1839? Even the ministrations of Dr. Charles Chandler, husband […]

Chester Chatter: Diary of a left-handed kid

Chester Chatter: Diary of a left-handed kid

By Ruthie Douglas ©2019 Telegraph Publishing LLC Picture what a first grade classroom looked like in 1946. Now you have an idea of what I had to deal with as a left-handed little girl. Students had to enter the desk from the right side and the inkwells were on the right side as well. There […]

Henry Homeyer: fall color in the flower garden

Henry Homeyer: fall color in the flower garden

By Henry Homeyer ©2019 Telegraph Publishing LLC Big yellow buses are growling as they lumber down country roads, delivering their children to school. Soft serve stands are warning of imminent closure. Favorite flowers are finishing their blooms; fall is here. But don’t despair as there are plenty of colorful plants to fill vases and warm […]

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

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 […]

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: Chef Michael Kennedy takes over GM food service

To the editor: Chef Michael Kennedy takes over GM food service

Welcome to another year of healthy and nutritious meals for our students. My name is Michael Kennedy, and I am the new food service director here at GMUSD. I grew up in Chester and know Jack Carroll quite well. I am excited to build upon the terrific program Jack has been running here for so […]

Residents oppose VTrans plan to eliminate bridges

Residents oppose VTrans plan to eliminate bridges

By Shawn Cunningham © 2019 Telegraph Publishing LLC The recommended solution to a three-bridge problem along Rt. 103 North in Chester may result in legal action as one homeowner vows to prevent it. At a special meeting of the Chester Select Board last Thursday night, engineers from VTrans presented their recommendation for constructing one bridge […]