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Journalist and photographer Cherise Madigan specializes in writing about outdoor recreation, the environment and travel. She has roots in Manchester and a history of reporting throughout Southern Vermont. Madigan is a graduate of Nazareth College of Rochester, earning her degree in Political Science summa cum laude in 2015.

Forest rangers ask for Derry help in controlling rogue footbridge, bike paths

Forest rangers ask for Derry help in controlling rogue footbridge, bike paths Cannabis vote still on burner; joint policing with Jamaica considered

By Cherise Madigan ©2021 Telegraph Publishing LLC US. Forest Service rangers are looking into a seemingly unsanctioned footbridge and adjoining bike paths constructed in Londonderry’s Sherwood Forest neighborhood, and on Monday they requested the town Select Board’s assistance in investigating and resolving the issue. Martina Barnes, USFS Manchester District ranger, told the Londonderry Select Board […]

Traffic safety around Green continues to concern Weston board

Traffic safety around Green continues to concern Weston board

By Cherise Madigan ©2021 Telegraph Publishing LLC The Weston Select Board, at its Feb. 9 meeting, continued to explore options to improve traffic safety around the Weston Town Green at Vermont Route 100. Although the posted speed limit slows to 30 mph before vehicles enter downtown Weston, the area has seen a number of accidents […]

Slower rise in Covid-19 cases for s. Vt. towns

Slower rise in Covid-19 cases for s. Vt. towns

By Cherise Madigan ©2021 Telegraph Publishing LLC The number of new cases in southern Vermont towns have begun to decline, although statewide case counts, deaths and hospitalizations remain on the rise. Springfield and Chester both saw the largest bumps in cases for the week between Jan. 27 and Feb. 3, with 19 and 7 more […]

Uptick in Covid cases in s. Vermont towns, with Manchester, Springfield leading in number

Uptick in Covid cases in s. Vermont towns, with Manchester, Springfield leading in number

By Cherise Madigan ©2021 Telegraph Publishing LLC Covid-19 cases continue to grow in Southern Vermont despite reports of decreasing case counts across the southern Vermont region, with Manchester recording 23 new cases between Jan. 20 and 27 and Springfield seeing 15 more cases with that time frame. Three area towns — Manchester, Winhall, and Dover […]

Derry board mulls cannabis vote, talks wastewater sites

Derry board mulls cannabis vote, talks wastewater sites

By Cherise Madigan © 2021 Telegraph Publishing, LLC The Londonderry Select Board has committed to holding a special town meeting to vote on whether to opt into Vermont’s nascent retail cannabis market, as well as whether to adopt a previously rejected local option tax for revenue from retail sales. Cannabis was not the only contentious […]

Local state reps outline priorities for 2021 session

Local state reps outline priorities for 2021 session

By Cherise Madigan ©2021 Telegraph Publishing LLC Local state legislators returned remotely to Montpelier for the 2021 session, focusing on the Covid-19 pandemic and recovery efforts. To find out what local legislators were specifically addressing this session, The Telegraph spoke with Reps. Tom Bock of Chester (D-Windsor 3-1), Kelly Pajala of Londonderry (I-Windham-Bennington-Windsor),  Linda Joy […]

Weston Select Board sets May 25 Town Meeting

Weston Select Board sets May 25 Town Meeting Details remain unsettled amid concern over loss of tradition

By Cherise Madigan ©2021 Telegraph Publishing LLC The Weston Select Board, expressing concerns about permanently losing Town Meeting Day, has decided to reschedule its Town Meeting this year tp Tuesday, May 25, although the details on where it will be held and how votes will be conducted won’t be revisited until the board’s March 23 […]

Covid cases vs. 'case rates': How population plays into local numbers

Covid cases vs. ‘case rates’: How population plays into local numbers

By Cherise Madigan ©2021 Telegraph Publishing LLC Cases of Covid-19 are continuing to rise in area towns, with Springfield up by 22 to a total of 108 and Manchester up by 27 to 81 in the span of just one week. By comparison, Vermont statewide has experienced has seen its case count rise by 898 […]

Derry Board still mulls details of Town Meeting; opts for caretaker service, nixing full-time hire

Derry Board still mulls details of Town Meeting; opts for caretaker service, nixing full-time hire

By Cherise Madigan ©2021 Telegraph Publishing LLC A new Highway and Buildings maintenance position mulled by the Londonderry Select Board earlier this month will not come to fruition following criticism of the expenditure from some residents and board members. The proposed position, which would have totaled nearly $80,000 per year with benefits, will now be […]

Project Londonderry volunteers establish new non-profit organization

Project Londonderry volunteers establish new non-profit organization Members work toward North Village Master Plan, seek community input

From the editor: To correct the record: The Chester Telegraph last week published an article on Project Londonderry saying that it was breaking from the town Planning Commission and forming a 501(c)(3). After that story appeared, organizers  notified The Chester Telegraph that the 501(c)(3) organization recently established is actually known as The Community Fund for […]

Weston board reviews increased T&G tax rate, eyes Town Meeting delay

Weston board reviews increased T&G tax rate, eyes Town Meeting delay

By Cherise Madigan ©2021 Telegraph Publishing LLC Despite a decreased budget, the Taconic & Green Regional School District’s estimated tax rate is expected to increase by 3.9 cents in fiscal 2022, according to Weston’s representative on the district board, Deborah Lyneis. The increase will bump the current equalized rate of $1.603 to about $1.642, she […]

Project Londonderry volunteers establish new non-profit organization

Project Londonderry volunteers establish new non-profit organization Members work toward North Village Master Plan, seek community input

From the editor: To correct the record: Project Londonderry organizers have notified The Chester Telegraph that the 501(c)(3) organization recently established is actually known as The Community Fund for Londonderry, and is separate from the Project Londonderry initiative, which remains a volunteer effort coordinated by the Town Planning Commission. The Community Fund for Londonderry is […]

Local Covid-19 numbers grow in post-holiday spikes

Local Covid-19 numbers grow in post-holiday spikes

By Cherise Madigan © 2021 Telegraph Publishing, LLC The Vermont Department of Health announced 165 new cases of Covid-19 on Tuesday, with 38 hospitalized, eight of whom are in intensive care. Now more than 500 new cases have been reported since Thursday, Dec. 31. Since Sunday, Vermont’s seven-day average positivity rate has risen from 2.3 […]

Derry board nixes new maintenance position, seeks volunteers

Derry board nixes new maintenance position, seeks volunteers

By Cherise Madigan © 2021 Telegraph Publishing, LLC The suggestion of a new Highway, Building and Grounds Maintenance employee drew a crowd to Londonderry’s virtual Select Board meeting on Monday night after a number of residents expressed opposition to the position’s cost in a year that has been financially difficult for many.  The $20-per-hour full-time […]

Derry board ponders delay in Town Meeting; addresses property taxes and budgeting

Derry board ponders delay in Town Meeting; addresses property taxes and budgeting

By Cherise Madigan 2020 Telegraph Publishing LLC Londonderry’s 2021 Town Meeting may move to Pingree Park — and from March to May — if the state grants towns the ability to delay meetings due to the Covid-19 pandemic. And state legislators are working to make the one-time exception a reality, Town Clerk Kelly Pajala, who also […]

Slight hike in call for heating fuel help, but local programs expect more

Slight hike in call for heating fuel help, but local programs expect more

By Cherise Madigan ©2020 Telegraph Publishing LLC The call for heating assistance has increased this year, but not as dramatically as expected given the economic impacts of the Covid-19 pandemic, those who distribute such aid say. As the end of 2020 approaches and programs funded by the federal CARES Act begin to expire, however, those […]

Santa - and a new tree - greet celebrants in Londonderry

Santa – and a new tree – greet celebrants in Londonderry

©2020 Telegraph Publishing LLC As the sun finally set on Friday, Dec. 11, Santa arrived at the Mountain Marketplace in Londonderry  to welcome families to the annual tree lighting. Santa greeted families and was available for photos as families drove by from a safe distance and the children handed in their Christmas lists. Organizer Suzy […]

Weston board focuses on Town Meeting plans, possible 9% education tax hike

Weston board focuses on Town Meeting plans, possible 9% education tax hike

By Cherise Madigan 2020 Telegraph Publishing LLC Town Meeting was the focus of the Weston Select Board’s Dec. 8 meeting, echoing similar discussions this week in Chester and Londonderry as 2021 looms large. Typically, the town hosts its annual meeting at the Weston Playhouse — a plan that Board Chair Denis Benson suggests continuing with […]

Pandemic casts shadow on Derry board decisions

Pandemic casts shadow on Derry board decisions Town Meeting plans discussed; board cautious on spending

By Cherise Forbes ©2020 Telegraph Publishing LLC At the Dec. 7 meeting of the Londonderry Select Board, Kelly Pajala, who is Town Clerk and a state representative for Windham-Bennington-Windsor, told the board that legislators are working to get a bill to Gov. Phil Scott by mid-January to expand options for how and when towns may […]

Local hemp producers, sellers eye budding 'Vermont brand' recreational cannabis market

Local hemp producers, sellers eye budding ‘Vermont brand’ recreational cannabis market

By Cherise Madigan ©2020 Telegraph Publishing LLC Although Vermont’s recreational cannabis market will not open until 2022, the budding CBD industry may be poised to pave the way for new and expanding businesses in the region. While questions remain as to the size of Vermont’s future cannabis industry and the scope of its economic impact, […]