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Gov. Scott: If you don't need to come to Vt., don't

Gov. Scott: If you don’t need to come to Vt., don’t New restrictions on lodging, mandated quarantine for travelers

By Shawn Cunningham ©2020 Telegraph Publishing LLC In an effort to slow the spread of the coronavirus, Gov. Phil Scott today ordered restrictions on travelers arriving in Vermont and ordered the lodging industry — including Airbnbs and others offering short-term rentals as well as campgrounds and RV parks — to close and stop taking reservations. […]

Weston board delays decision on special Town Meeting in its first remote session

Weston board delays decision on special Town Meeting in its first remote session

By Bruce Frauman ©2020 Telegraph Publishing LLC In its first video-conferencing meeting during the Covid-19 shutdown, the Weston Select Board on March 24 delayed action on a proposal by board chair Denis Benson to hold a special Town Meeting to postpone large town expenditures such as a $90,000 bridge replacement and $30,000 for a fire […]

Left in Andover: In tune with my musical side

Left in Andover: In tune with my musical side

By Susan Leader ©2020 Telegraph Publishing LLC As both the wife and mother of accomplished musicians, I am often asked if I play an instrument. My response is always a vigorous no. This is not, however, strictly accurate. I actually participated in grade school and junior high band as a flautist. But I never progressed […]

Chester Chatter: Keeping busy while cooped up

Chester Chatter: Keeping busy while cooped up

By Ruthie Douglas © 2020 Telegraph Publishing LLC When I first bought the home I still live in, everyone asked if I liked the picture window in the living room. I responded that it would be perfect when I got older to watch traffic and see what is happening farther down the road. Now that […]

State Police check compliance at hundreds of hotels/motels

State Police check compliance at hundreds of hotels/motels

© 2020 Telegraph Publishing, LLC Vermont State Police troopers visited 295 lodging establishments across the state to check their compliance with Gov. Phil Scott’s Stay Home, Stay Safe executive order which required commercial lodging establishments to immediately begin to cease operations due to the coronavirus pandemic according to a VSP press release issued Sunday afternoon. […]

Covid-19 testing kicks off at Landmark College

Covid-19 testing kicks off at Landmark College Statewide testing increases by 56 percent from yesterday, 24 new cases, no new deaths

By Shawn Cunningham © 2020 Telegraph Publishing LLC Just before 8 a.m. Sunday morning, in a chilly drizzle, Lt. Col. Miles Trudell and his crew of National Guard soldiers were putting the finishing touches on a drive-through testing operation at Landmark College’s parking lot D. The tents for registering and testing patients and processing specimens […]

Hospitals must protect patient information

Hospitals must protect patient information

From Grace Cottage Hospital In light of the recent pandemic of novel coronavirus known as Covid-19, Grace Cottage Family Health & Hospital in Townshend has received inquiries about patients that have been tested for coronavirus within the community. While it is understandable that people want this information to protect themselves and their families, Grace Cottage […]

Chester Select Board agenda for April 1, 2020

Chester Select Board agenda for April 1, 2020

The Chester Select Board will meet at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, April 1 via Zoom and at Town Hall, 556 Elm St., where the Select Board chair and the town manager will be located. Zoom log-in information was not available at publication time. Below is its agenda. 1. Approve Minutes from the March 18, 2020 […]

Henry Homeyer: Feeling stuck in a room? Take to the trees and prune

Henry Homeyer: Feeling stuck in a room? Take to the trees and prune

By Henry Homeyer ©2019 Telegraph Publishing LLC We are lucky this March: no deep snow to keep us from approaching our fruit trees, ladder and clippers in hand. Some years we still have thigh-deep snow in March, which is the traditional time to prune our apples, pears, peaches and more. There is nothing magical about […]

Guard sets up Covid-19 testing site in Putney

Guard sets up Covid-19 testing site in Putney Opens Sunday; health-care provider referral required

© 2020 Telegraph Publishing LLC The Vermont Department of Health announced this evening – Saturday, March 28, that the state’s National Guard is setting up a Covid-19 testing facility at a building on the Landmark College campus in Putney that will open on Sunday morning. (The state has since altered its plan and the testing […]

State Covid-19 total surpasses 200; 2 more die

State Covid-19 total surpasses 200; 2 more die No new cases recorded in Windsor, Windham

© 2020 Telegraph Publishing LLC The Vermont Health Department today announced that the number of positive results for the coronavirus jumped from 183 to 211, from a total of 2,374 people tested. The number of patients who have died also rose by two to 12. There were no new cases in Windsor and Windham counties, […]

New ways to do business with Town of Londonderry, Transfer Station & Library

New ways to do business with Town of Londonderry, Transfer Station & Library

While the Londonderry Town Office and the S. Londonderry Library are closed to the public during the Covid-19 crisis, there are still ways you can conduct business with the town, check out books and use the Wi-Fi.  And the Transfer Station is still open for some services. Doing business with the town If you need […]

Levine touts 'full-court press' to ease testing rules

Levine touts ‘full-court press’ to ease testing rules Covid positives up by 26 from yesterday, 2 more patients die

By Shawn Cunningham © 2020 Telegraph Publishing LLC While the nominal purpose of Gov. Phil Scott’s press conference this morning was to talk about his order to dismiss schools for the remainder of the year, that was overshadowed by the announcement of relaxed requirements for testing Vermonters for Covid-19, the increase in positive tests by […]

Gov. Scott: Schools won't reopen this school year

Gov. Scott: Schools won’t reopen this school year Distance learning will continue with AOE guidance

© 2020 Telegraph Publishing LLC Gov. Phil Scott today directed schools to remain closed through June, but continue distance learning. This extends the previous directive closing Pre-k-12 schools from March 18 to April 6. The decision, according to a press release, was made to slow the spread of coronavirus, which causes Covid-19, the disease that […]

Open meetings law to be relaxed during emergency

Open meetings law to be relaxed during emergency Temporary measures allow meetings to have no physical place, must include public by phone

Shawn Cunningham © 2020 Telegraph Publishing, LLC Today Gov. Phil Scott is expected to sign legislation today that will ease some of the requirements for access to the meetings of public boards and allow for more time to post the minutes of those meetings. A statement in the law says it is the intent of […]

Covid-19 cases rise by nearly a third to 158

Covid-19 cases rise by nearly a third to 158 Health Dept. cautions against using drugs not approved for the illness

By Shawn Cunningham © 2020 Telegraph Publishing LLC The number of Covid-19 cases in Vermont rose by 35 today, Thursday, March 26, from 123 yesterday to 158 and the Department of Health announced that another patient has died raising that total to nine. To date, six of those patients who have died were residents of […]

Citing 'exponential growth' in Covid-19 cases, Gov. Scott tightens stay home order

Citing ‘exponential growth’ in Covid-19 cases, Gov. Scott tightens stay home order 28 new cases brings total to 123 as another patient dies

By Shawn Cunningham © 2020 Telegraph Publishing LLC Just eyeballing this, everyone can see this does not represent linear growth,” said Dr. Mark Levine, pointing to a bar graph that showed cumulative and new cases of Covid-19 from March 7 through March 24. Levine, Vermont’s commissioner of health, was speaking at a press conference Wednesday […]

Derry board briefed on pandemic readiness

Derry board briefed on pandemic readiness George Mora elected new Select Board chair

By Bruce Frauman ©2020 Telegraph Publishing LLC As he spoke about the town’s preparation for the Covid-19 crisis, Londonderry Emergency Management Director Kevin Beattie told the Select Board on Monday, March 16 that the primary issue nationally is to slow the spread of the virus so that the medical infrastructure can keep up with the […]

Flood Brook adjusts, innovates for new schooling

Flood Brook adjusts, innovates for new schooling

By Bruce Frauman ©2020 Telegraph Publishing LLC As he enters the 2nd week of classes under state restrictions imposed to stem the spread of the Covid-19 pandemic, Flood Brook School Principal Neal McIntyre said, “The challenge we are facing in education right now is that we have to figure out everything at once.” Since Friday, […]

Neighborly Advice: Maintain health, sanity and safety in the time of Covid-19

Neighborly Advice: Maintain health, sanity and safety in the time of Covid-19

Our readers stepped up with suggestions to help each other manage our lives, maintain a modicum of normalcy, boost our morale, help our children and at times exceed our own expectations during the Covid-19 shutdowns.  Thanks to all who shared their tips and photos. Maintain your health & sanity Amanda Stearns, Andover: Shopping is a […]