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Cynthia Prairie has been a newspaper editor more than 30 years. She has worked at such publications as the Raleigh Times, the Baltimore News American, the Buffalo Courier Express, the Chicago Sun-Times and the Patuxent Publishing chain of community newspapers in Maryland. She and her family moved to Chester, Vermont in 2004.

31 area restaurants OK'd for Covid relief grants worth $4.2 million

31 area restaurants OK’d for Covid relief grants worth $4.2 million

By Cynthia Prairie ©2021 Telegraph Publishing LLC Thirty-one restaurants, bars and food trucks from Bellows Falls to Manchester, including four in Chester, have been approved to receive portions of the $28.6 billion federal Restaurant Revitalization Fund to help them recover from the effects of restrictions imposed during the Covid-19 pandemic crisis.  The total funding those […]

College News

College News

Emerson College in Boston awarded more than 950 undergraduate degrees and more than 470 graduate degrees for the Class of 2021 on Sunday, May 2, at Fenway Park in Boston, during its 141st commencement exercises, and virtually on Sunday, May 9. The College also honored the Class of 2020 graduates in an additional ceremony at […]

Green Mountain seniors receive awards, scholarships

Green Mountain seniors receive awards, scholarships

© Telegraph Publishing LLC At a ceremony on Friday June 11, the Green Mountain High School recognized students with the announcement of awards and scholarships. The list of the recipients is below. Chester High School/GMUHS Alumni Association Kyleigh Moses & Rosalee Saccardo Masonic Lodge Olive Branch #64 Sadie Kobak & Erik Heitsmith     Order of the […]

Editorial: Keeping an eye on the public's business

Editorial: Keeping an eye on the public’s business

By Cynthia Prairie ©2021 Telegraph Publishing LLC One of the most important missions of any newspaper is to be a check on government officials and agencies, including those with the state and towns and school systems, any place that has control over taxpayer funds. From its launch almost 10 years ago, The Chester Telegraph has […]

Chester Chatter: From flag kids to money cakes

Chester Chatter: From flag kids to money cakes

By Ruthie Douglas ©2021 Telegraph Publishing LLC For some time when my daughters were young, I became enamored with Women’s Day magazine. It was full of good ideas and advice. During the summer of 1976, for the U.S. Bicentennial, it suggested buying back-to-school clothes for our in children red, white and blue and mixing and […]

Andover Select Board agenda for May 24

Andover Select Board agenda for May 24

The Select Board for the town of Andover will meet at 6:30 p.m. on Monday, May 24 in person and via Zoom. To join via Zoom click here. Meeting ID: 869 021 5007 and Passcode: 146374. To dial in, call: +1 929 436 2866. Town offices are located at 953 Weston-Andover Road. Below is its […]

Community Preschool kids cultivate good will with 'kindness rocks'

Community Preschool kids cultivate good will with ‘kindness rocks’

The Chester Community Preschool recently received a $500 grant from the Kindness Rocks Project, giving children a chance to paint rocks and have them inscribed with upbeat and inspirational sayings. The project centers around social and emotional learning and also includes workbooks and posters about kindness. Under their teachers’ guidance, the pupils on Tuesday placed […]

Keith Hill accepts 1-year contract as GM principal

Keith Hill accepts 1-year contract as GM principal

By Cynthia Prairie ©2021 Telegraph Publishing LLC Keith Hill has accepted the position of principal of Green Mountain High School, informing Superintendent Lauren Fierman of his decision on the morning of Monday, April 19. The past two weeks have been a roller coaster ride for Hill, the school system and much of the community since […]

Editorial: Give Keith Hill the contract

Editorial: Give Keith Hill the contract

By Cynthia Prairie editor, The Chester Telegraph ©2021 Telegraph Publishing There have been plenty of instances over the years that The Telegraph has been covering various boards when members claim that their decision is based upon the recommendations of either another body or of the general public, whom they have been elected to represent. So […]

A Second Look: What actually happened at Springfield Hospital?

A Second Look: What actually happened at Springfield Hospital?

By Cynthia Prairie ©2021 Telegraph Publishing LLC Three weeks ago, Vermonters were surprised by the news that 860 doses of Moderna vaccine ready for use by Springfield Hospital in the statewide battle against Covid 19 would be disposed of because of an “excursion” of slightly more than 1 degree above the accepted storage temperature. (Telegraph, […]

Springfield Hospital's Friday Covid vaccine clinic to be held as scheduled

Springfield Hospital’s Friday Covid vaccine clinic to be held as scheduled

By Cynthia Prairie ©2021 Telegraph Publishing LLC Springfield Hospital’s Covid-19 vaccination clinic for “Priority Group 1A,” made up of health care workers and front line staff, set for Friday, Jan. 29, will take place as scheduled, spokeswoman Anna Smith said on Thursday. “We have a new supply of vaccine arriving for this clinic,” Smith said […]

Health Dept.: Review of Springfield Hospital situation continues

Health Dept.: Review of Springfield Hospital situation continues Doses have not been thrown away

©2021 Telegraph Publishing LLC The Vermont Health Department contacted the Chester Telegraph this afternoon with this statement concerning the 860 doses of Moderna Covid-19 vaccine that may have been affected by a slight temperature change in its refrigerators. The vaccines have not been thrown away, as has been reported by many news organizations.  To read […]

Temperature questions shut down vaccine clinic at Springfield Hospital

Temperature questions shut down vaccine clinic at Springfield Hospital Differing monitor readings throw doubt on efficacy of 860 doses

By Cynthia Prairie ©2021 Telegraph Publishing LLC Kathleen Bell was standing “right at the door” of Springfield Hospital at 9 a.m. Wednesday waiting to enter to get her second dose of the Covid-19 vaccine, when a hospital worker came out to announce that they clinic was now closed and those scheduled would be contacted for […]

Chester Rotary seeks 'competent organization' to take over Fall Festival

Chester Rotary seeks ‘competent organization’ to take over Fall Festival

By Cynthia Prairie ©2021 Telegraph Publishing LLC The Chester Rotary is hoping that a “competent organization” will soon step forward to take over the annual Chester Fall Festival “for the sake of the community and the town,” said Rotary President Ian Montgomery on Tuesday morning. The festival, which was in its 45th year with the […]

Holiday Lights: Send us your photos!

Holiday Lights: Send us your photos!

© Telegraph Publishing LLC On a recent evening drive to view some of the decorations on The Telegraph’s Holiday Lights Map  we took a few photos that we thought we’d share with readers who haven’t had a chance to get out there yet. This is just the tip of the iceberg and several neighborhoods have […]

Chester Fire Department Christmas trees sell fast

Chester Fire Department Christmas trees sell fast

© 2020 Telegraph Publishing LLC The Chester Fire Department’s annual Christmas tree sale is under way and trees are moving fast. This is one of the department’s  major fundraisers so people can get a good tree while they support Chester’s firefighters. Trees are $30 each and you can find them on 103 South in Chester. […]

Marconics gatherings spark Covid concerns in Chester

Marconics gatherings spark Covid concerns in Chester Owners: We are Covid compliant, attention is a 'witch hunt'

By Cynthia Prairie & Shawn Cunningham ©2020 Telegraph Publishing LLC As many as 25 to 35 cars — most bearing out-of-state license plates — parked at the old Jiffy Mart and adjacent streets in downtown Chester last week alarmed members of the Chester community as Covid-19 cases continue to rise nationwide and as Vermont severely […]

Presidential returns by town; legislature results

Presidential returns by town; legislature results State House incumbents win; a few new faces sent to Montpelier

By Cynthia Prairie and Shawn Cunningham © 2020 Telegraph Publishing LLC All eyes were on the presidential race during yesterday’s election – and results for that by town are listed below – but there were also a number of local races for the Vermont legislature. For those results, this article continues below the chart. Three […]

Political sign waving in Chester

Political sign waving in Chester

Area Rotary Clubs help hospitals, first responders

Area Rotary Clubs help hospitals, first responders