RSSAuthor Archive for Cynthia Prairie

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.

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

Wreath-decorating workshops in Chester; Townscape preps trench for tulips at CAES

Wreath-decorating workshops in Chester; Townscape preps trench for tulips at CAES

Wreath-decorating workshops at St. Luke’s St. Luke’s Episcopal Church in Chester will be holding seven holiday wreath-decorating workshops from Thursday, Nov. 19 through Saturday, Nov. 21. Masks will be required and social distancing will be in place, and each workshop is limited to six participants. Classes are $50 per person but those who register and […]

Telegraph reporter on GNAT election night panel; Church removes Trump sign from rectory land

Telegraph reporter on GNAT election night panel; Church removes Trump sign from rectory land

Telegraph reporter to be on GNAT-TV election night panel GNAT-TV is going live at 8 p.m. on Election Night with news director Andrew McKeever moderating a panel including Cherise Madigan Forbes of The Chester Telegraph, former state Rep. Jeff Wilson and Manchester Town Manager John O’Keefe, all offering commentary and analysis. Area high school students […]

A community greenhouse grows in Chester

A community greenhouse grows in Chester

By Cynthia Prairie ©2020 Telegraph Publishing LLC A group in Chester is working to establish a community greenhouse that will allow residents to extend the season to grow plants, vegetables and flowers almost all year long. Their vision is of a community greenhouse and gardens that include educational opportunities while addressing climate change, food insecurity […]

Statewide disc golf tournament draws players to Chester

Statewide disc golf tournament draws players to Chester

By Cynthia Prairie ©2020 Telegraph Publishing LLC The Stone Village Shootout disc golf tournament this past weekend at the Pinnacle in Chester attracted 50 players from Vermont and New Hampshire and marked the four-year-old course’s inaugural run in the disc golf tournament world. The Chester course was the No. 9 stop in the 2020, 11-course […]

A new masthead, new logo for The Telegraph

A new masthead, new logo for The Telegraph

©2020 Telegraph Publishing LLC Since its inception eight and a half years ago, The Chester Telegraph has sported this masthead: We chose the font — an old style typewriter font — and the hand on the telegraph keys to harken back to a time when the telegraph lines followed the railroad tracks, which were so […]

Gov. Scott mandates public mask-wearing

Gov. Scott mandates public mask-wearing

By Cynthia Prairie ©2020 Telegraph Publishing LLC Citing the surge of Covid-19 cases around the country, Gov. Phil Scott on Friday, July 24, mandated that everyone in a public place in which physical distancing is not possible must wear a mask or cloth face covering. The order takes effect on Saturday, Aug. 1. State officials […]

Derry Select Board orders mask wearing

Derry Select Board orders mask wearing Board chair: Gov. Scott put small town leaders in 'untenable situation'

By Cynthia Prairie and Bruce Frauman ©2020 Telegraph Publishing LLC The Select Board of the town of Londonderry voted in a special meeting on Wednesday, July 15, to mandate that the public and employees wear masks or other face coverings in local businesses. The board was prompted to take the action, said board chair George […]

18 Derry residents test positive for Covid-19; Town Office closed; softball tourney in Chester draws maskless crowds

18 Derry residents test positive for Covid-19; Town Office closed; softball tourney in Chester draws maskless crowds

By Cynthia Prairie and Shawn Cunningham ©2020 Telegraph Publishing LLC At least 18 people in Londonderry have tested positive for Covid-19 at a rapid testing facility in Manchester, town Emergency Management Director Kevin Beattie said on late Monday afternoon. He added that the state is contacting those people and telling them to get retested. And […]

GM grads to parade through town on Friday

GM grads to parade through town on Friday Residents encouraged to turn out to cheer on GM seniors

Chester, Andover, Cavendish and Baltimore residents are being encouraged to assemble along the Green and Main Street in Chester by 11:30 a.m. Friday morning to cheer on Green Mountain High’s seniors as they participate in a parade on their way to graduation ceremonies that will begin at 1 p.m. at the school. The parade, organized […]

Editorial: Why Black Lives Matter

Editorial: Why Black Lives Matter

By Cynthia Prairie ©2020 Telegraph Publishing LLC You say “All Lives Matter?” Let me be clear that Black Lives Matter now because they have never mattered.  They haven’t mattered to the majority of white Americans and white America holds all the cards and all the privileges. As a nation, we have enslaved black lives to […]

To the editor: Chester/GM Alumni Association cancels parade

To the editor: Chester/GM Alumni Association cancels parade

Unfortunately we have decided to cancel this years Chester High/Green Mountain Union High Alumni Parade, which was scheduled for Saturday, June 6. Due to various circumstances related to the coronavirus shutdown, we can’t plan a future date at this time.  We are hoping to have an alumni event of some type this fall but it’s […]

Celebrate World Press Freedom Day

Celebrate World Press Freedom Day NY Times: Support news outlets like The Chester Telegraph

By Cynthia Prairie ©2020 Telegraph Publishing LLC Today, Sunday, May 3, is UNESCO’s World Press Freedom Day, dedicated to raising public awareness of the vital importance of an independent press. To mark the occasion, The New York Times created a database of news sources, which you can access here, and is encouraging people to find […]

Andover Select Board agenda for April 27

Andover Select Board agenda for April 27

The Select Board for the town of Andover will meet at 6:30 p.m. on Monday, April 27. Join via Zoom by clicking here and adding the meeting ID: Meeting ID: 983-4663-7102; Password: 789350 or call in at 1-929-436-2866. Below is its agenda, 1. Call Select Board meeting to order. 2. Act on Agenda. 3. Act […]

Weston Playhouse cancels summer season

Weston Playhouse cancels summer season Intends to bring back three major productions in 2021

By Cynthia Prairie ©2020 Telegraph Publishing LLC The Weston Playhouse has canceled for the foreseeable future its summer theater season as well as all special events and concerts planned for the playhouse in downtown Weston and the nearby Walker Farm. Susanna Gellert, the executive artistic director of the Weston Playhouse Theatre Company, announced Thursday that […]

Northern counties continue to take brunt of Covid-19 cases

Northern counties continue to take brunt of Covid-19 cases

By Cynthia Prairie ©2020 Telegraph Publishing LLC Since The Telegraph last reported the number of Covid-19 infections in the state of Vermont on Tuesday, almost 100 more cases have been reported, taking that number from 293 to 389 today, Friday, April 3. The total number of tests for the virus statewide is 5,228, indicating that […]

The women behind the masks

The women behind the masks Three businesswomen sew kindness into every face mask

By Cynthia Prairie ©2020 Telegraph Publishing Three businesswomen have turned their sewing expertise into an act of kindness by creating washable, reusable face masks for friends, family and medical personnel throughout the region to help slow Covid-19 infections in Vermont. They are part of a force of individuals who have stepped up to fill a […]