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Derry board chair condemns graffiti; town moves forward on fiber optic

Derry board chair condemns graffiti; town moves forward on fiber optic

By Bruce Frauman ©2020 Telegraph Publishing LLC In response to the discovery of anti-Black Lives Matter graffiti painted on Route 100 in South Londonderry and in Jamaica, Londonderry Select Board chair George Mora on Monday, July 6, said “racist intimidation has no place in Londonderry” or elsewhere in the United States. The lack of a […]

Dr. Barbeau, founder of Neighborhood Connections, honored with car parade

Dr. Barbeau, founder of Neighborhood Connections, honored with car parade

By Bruce Frauman ©2020 Telegraph Publishing LLC .Nicole Wengerd, the new executive director of Neighborhood Connections in Londonderry, introduced founding member Delores Barbeau by saying doctors told Barbeau that she should not be alive. Barbeau has Stage 4 cancer and was not expected to live beyond May. Wengerd then joked, “What do doctors know?” The […]

Area restaurants adopt new formats, menus under Covid-19

Area restaurants adopt new formats, menus under Covid-19 Owners hope state reopens slowly to prevent second wave

By Bruce Frauman ©2020 Telegraph Publishing LLC Restaurant owners say they are finding ways to keep their businesses alive as the Covid-19 pandemic continues into its fifth month. With curbside delivery in place, outdoor seating and limited indoor dining allowed, business has picked up somewhat. Some owners have secured federal Payroll Protection Plan loans and […]

Derry ponders burn ordinance; pushes racial justice resolution to Town Meeting

Derry ponders burn ordinance; pushes racial justice resolution to Town Meeting

By Bruce Frauman ©2020 Telegraph Publishing LLC In a meeting with plenty of discussion but little action, on Monday, June 15, Town Administrator Shane O’Keefe told the Londonderry Select Board that he will continue to work on a draft of a town ordinance to ban the burning of trash. He said he will base Londonderry’s […]

Weston board OKs extending Lawrence Hill paving near Post Office loading dock

Weston board OKs extending Lawrence Hill paving near Post Office loading dock

By Bruce Frauman ©2020 Telegraph Publishing LLC The Weston Select Board during its Zoom meeting on Tuesday, June 9 agreed in a 3-1 vote to pave near the loading dock of the Post Office building at Main Street and Lawrence Hill Road, where a puddle forms as deep as 6 inches forms and can turn […]

Fed compliance to state Covid-19 regs at issue in Derry

Fed compliance to state Covid-19 regs at issue in Derry

By Bruce Frauman ©2020 Telegraph Publishing LLC Emergency Management Director Kevin Beattie told the Londonderry Select Board at its June 1 meeting that he has asked the manager of the Winhall Brook Campground to ask campers to bring their own food and supplies so they can stay there once they arrive in accordance with state […]

Despite objection over small no-bid project, Weston board OKs large payout

Despite objection over small no-bid project, Weston board OKs large payout

By Bruce Frauman ©2020 Telegraph Publishing LLC The Weston Select Board on Tuesday, May 26 voted 3-2 to pay out $964,922.90, with the bulk — $938,716.74 —  going to the Vermont Education Fund. The education payout, however, was not an issue. Instead, chair Denis Benson questioned a $10,000 downpayment to Ron Prouty for building a […]

Derry board adopts resolution asking shoppers to wear masks

Derry board adopts resolution asking shoppers to wear masks VTrans explains Route 11 repaving project, process

  By Bruce Frauman 2020 Telegraph Publishing LLC After considerable discussion, the Londonderry Select Board on May 18, approved a resolution that requests that people shopping at Londonderry businesses wear a mask as the town attempts to protect workers and residents from the continuing threat of the Covid-19 virus. Board chair George Mora will work […]

Weston Board OKs industrial generator for Town Office, Little School

Weston Board OKs industrial generator for Town Office, Little School

By Bruce Frauman ©2020 Telegraph Publishing LLC The Weston Select Board on May 12 voted to purchase a new industrial grade generator to provide electricity during blackouts to the Town Office building and the Annex building next door, which houses the Little School. Board member Jim Linville estimated a cost of $15,000 to $20,000, with […]

Beattie: Food shortages, large gatherings of concern in Derry

Beattie: Food shortages, large gatherings of concern in Derry

By Bruce Frauman ©2020 Telegraph Publishing LLC Londonderry Emergency Management Director Kevin Beattie updated the Select Board via Zoom on Monday, May 4 about Covid-19 conditions in the state and the local response, opening a meeting that lasted more than 2½ hours. Beattie said his biggest concern is that people are getting short of money […]

Weston Board to seek bridge loan; to seek electric speed signs for Route 100

Weston Board to seek bridge loan; to seek electric speed signs for Route 100

By Bruce Frauman ©2020 Telegraph Publishing LLC Town Clerk/Treasurer Kim Seymour told the Weston Select Board at its Tuesday, April 28 meeting on Zoom that the town needs to borrow $632,500 through a Tax Anticipation Note, with $119,000 coming from a town special fund. The loan would be a “bridge loan” to cover town expenses, […]

Weston board OK's paving bid for Lawrence Hill, Chester Mountain roads

Weston board OK’s paving bid for Lawrence Hill, Chester Mountain roads

By Bruce Frauman ©2020 Telegraph Publishing LLC The Weston Select Board on Tuesday, April 14 approved a bid of $290,539 from Fuller Sand and Gravel of Danby pending review and approval of Road Foreman Almon Crandall. The bid is almost $50,000 under the next lowest bid, according to board member Jim Linville. The bid is […]

Derry Emergency Management chief outlines actions during Covid-19 crisis

Derry Emergency Management chief outlines actions during Covid-19 crisis

By Bruce Frauman ©2020 Telegraph Publishing LLC The Londonderry Select Board met for two hours and 40 minutes on April 20 in a Zoom session mostly to hear about what work Emergency Management Director Kevin Beattie was doing to protect the community during the Covid-19 crisis. Beattie said a virtual Emergency Operations Center to respond […]

During Covid-19 crisis, market-delis struggle with changing consumer demands

During Covid-19 crisis, market-delis struggle with changing consumer demands

By Bruce Frauman ©2020 Telegraph Publishing While  grocery stores such as the Londonderry Village Market and Lisai’s Chester Market continue to do steady business during the Covid-19 stay home orders, many of the smaller markets that offer not only specialty foods but meals as well have seen their sales take a dive as they work […]

Signs of the Times: In Londonderry

Signs of the Times: In Londonderry

Chester Telegraph reporter Bruce Frauman took a tour of Londonderry late last week to visit the shops and offices that are usually open to the public but under shut-down orders because of the Covid-19 virus are either open on a limited basis, with altered hours or closed completely. Here’s what he discovered. Click any photo […]

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 […]

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, […]

Weston cemetery commish loses seat as non-voter

Weston cemetery commish loses seat as non-voter

By Bruce Frauman © 2020 Telegraph Publishing LLC Resident Donald Hart told the Weston Select Board on Tuesday, March 10 that one of the elections on Town Meeting Day the previous week was illegal. Judy Poissant had been elected to a five-year term on the Cemetery Commission but is not registered to vote in Weston, […]

Home Work: Flood Brook teachers, admin, students prep for learning under Covid-19

Home Work: Flood Brook teachers, admin, students prep for learning under Covid-19

By Bruce Frauman ©2020 Telegraph Publishing LLC Flood Brook School Principal Neal McIntyre on Monday, March 16 met with his teaching and administrative staffs to plan for the state-mandated closing of all schools, which started today, Wednesday, March 18. On Sunday, Gov. Phil Scott had ordered all K-12 schools closed at least until April 6 […]