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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.

Derry Main St. paving wraps for season as town begins to focus on future Master Plan

Derry Main St. paving wraps for season as town begins to focus on future Master Plan

By Cherise Madigan ©2020 Telegraph Publishing LLC Londonderry’s Main Street paving project will continue into November, Town Administrator Shane O’Keefe announced at Monday’s Londonderry Select Board meeting, and the project is on-schedule to be completed this fall with the exception of a wear coat — the final driving surface for the newly paved road that […]

Initiative looks to expand fiber-optic internet access in Derry, Weston

Initiative looks to expand fiber-optic internet access in Derry, Weston In time of Covid-19, high speed service vital to education, public health, business

By Cherise Madigan ©2020 Telegraph Publishing LLC In the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic and subsequent stay-at-home orders, Vermonters in some towns are feeling the lack of high-speed internet more than ever. While some area towns like Chester and Andover have had fiber optic for several years because Vtel received a federal grant to wire […]

Weston board OKs backhoe purchase, nears approval of broad-band initiative

Weston board OKs backhoe purchase, nears approval of broad-band initiative

By Cherise Madigan ©2020 Telegraph Publishing LLC The Weston Select Board authorized the purchase of new equipment and moved closer to joining an initiative to expand high-speed internet access in the region at its Tuesday, Sept. 8 meeting, held via Zoom. See Thursday, Sept. 10 story: Initiative looks to expand fiber optic internet access in […]

Suit claims Londonderry sold home via tax sale without proper notice

Suit claims Londonderry sold home via tax sale without proper notice

By Cherise Madigan ©2020 Telegraph Publishing LLC Was a Londonderry home sold without the knowledge of its owner? That’s the question posed by a lawsuit filed against the Town of Londonderry that claims that a homeowner’s constitutional rights to due process and protection from the unlawful seizure of property were violated. Emanuel Contos of Glastonbury, […]

Derry dog owner addresses barking issue; board appoints Health Officer

Derry dog owner addresses barking issue; board appoints Health Officer

By Cherise Madigan ©2020 Telegraph Publishing LLC At a special session of the Londonderry Select Board on Monday, the board appointed a new Town Health Officer, heard from a resident whose dog’s barking was discussed by the board at its Aug. 17 meeting and went into executive session to discuss potential litigation. Cobble Ridge dog […]

Weston Board grants Little School rent relief, continues fiber optic consideration

Weston Board grants Little School rent relief, continues fiber optic consideration

By Cherise Madigan ©2020 Telegraph Publishing LLC The Weston Select Board continued to address the local impacts of the Covid-19 pandemic at its Tuesday, Aug. 25 meeting by granting rent relief to The Little School for the remainder of 2020 and exploring the potential for fiber optic internet service in Weston — an increasingly valuable […]

Livestock dog's barking agitates Derry neighbors

Livestock dog’s barking agitates Derry neighbors

By Cherise Madigan ©2020 Telegraph Publishing LLC In the time allotted for public comment at the Aug. 17 meeting of the Londonderry Select Board, a disagreement over a barking dog on Cobble Ridge Road prompted the board to examine its potential role in community conflict resolution, state and local statutes regarding livestock guardian dogs, and […]

Route 11 work continues, but Derry road side mowing delayed

Route 11 work continues, but Derry road side mowing delayed

By Cherise Forbes ©2020 Telegraph Publishing LLC Board chair George Mora began the Monday, Aug. 17 meeting of the Londonderry Select Board, held via Zoom, by providing an update on the Route 11 paving project and, later, Board member Taylor Prouty explained why the town isn’t doing roadside mowing. Mora told the board that she […]

Mail-in ballots during primary provide test-run for November General Election

Mail-in ballots during primary provide test-run for November General Election Landgrove claims top voter turnout in VT

By Cherise Forbes and Shawn Cunningham Voting looked more than a little different from past elections in many towns during Vermont’s Primary Election on Tuesday, Aug. 11, due to added precautions and new polling configurations in light of the Covid-19 pandemic. Nonetheless, turnout kept pace with past years — even topping those in some communities […]

Weston board talks Little School work, fiber optic, shared health officer

Weston board talks Little School work, fiber optic, shared health officer

By Cherise Forbes © 2020 Telegraph Publishing LLC Despite a busy day at the polls, the Weston Select Board began to explore the potential for fiber optic internet in the town and discussed the viability of a shared regional health officer, alongside continued discussion about the Little School grounds and a generator to be shared […]

S. Derry, Jamaica area hit with anti-BLM graffiti

S. Derry, Jamaica area hit with anti-BLM graffiti

By Cherise Madigan ©2020 Telegraph Publishing LLC When South Londonderry residents at the intersection of Winhall Hollow Road and Route 100 awoke on Monday morning, something on their block had changed: fresh spray paint marked the pavement in the center of the road. It read: “BLM [Black Lives Matter] is racist.” Similar graffiti would later […]

TRSU exec panel picks Powden evaluation form

TRSU exec panel picks Powden evaluation form Parents, community members to get different document

By Cherise Madigan ©2018 Telegraph Publishing LLC The Executive Committee of the Two Rivers Supervisory Union, at its April 5 meeting, outlined a methodology and timeline for the evaluation of Superintendent Meg Powden, while also formulating a list of areas in the supervisory union’s proposed fiscal 2019 budget that could be considered for cuts by […]

Derry board hears about traffic safety data, Energy Committee's next steps

Derry board hears about traffic safety data, Energy Committee’s next steps

By Cherise Madigan 2018 Telegraph Publishing LLC Appointments and announcements dominated the first meeting of the Londonderry Select Board following Town Meeting, with acting chairman Jim Ameden — who previously served as chairman between 2005 and 2016 — formalizing his leadership of the board, and fellow member George Mora elected to vice chair. The Monday, […]

Johnny Seesaw's razed to rise again

Johnny Seesaw’s razed to rise again

By Cherise Madigan © 2018 Telegraph Publishing LLC PERU After years of decay, the original Johnny Seesaw’s restaurant is gone, but in its place will rise a new restaurant that owners hope will reflect the personality of the previous owners and love that the surrounding community had for it. The revival is the result of […]

Transportation, truck issues steer Weston board meeting

Transportation, truck issues steer Weston board meeting

By Cherise Madigan ©2018 Telegraph Publishing LLC Business moved quickly at the Tuesday, Feb. 13 meeting of the Weston Select Board, where transportation policies and town vehicles where the primary topic of discussion. Road Foreman Almon Crandall kicked off the meeting with an update on the town’s new Ford 550 truck, a $87,697 purchase authorized […]