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Cynthia Prairie has been a newspaper editor more than 40 years. Cynthia 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, and has won numerous state awards for her reporting. As an editor, she has overseen her staffs to win many awards for indepth coverage. She and her family moved to Chester, Vermont in 2004.

Public records search of Merrill files turns up no complaints related to alleged behavior

Public records search of Merrill files turns up no complaints related to alleged behavior

By Cynthia Prairie ©2022 Telegraph Publishing LLC Following a Public Records Act request by The Chester Telegraph for access to all documents — including personnel files — related to any complaint or concern filed against former Green Mountain teacher Norm Merrill, the Two Rivers Supervisory Union has replied that a hand search of paper files […]

Morrow pulls out of Windsor Senate race

Morrow pulls out of Windsor Senate race Remaining contenders are from northern part of county

By Cynthia Prairie ©2022 Telegraph Publishing LLC Just one week after formally announcing his run for the Vermont Senate to represent the Windsor District, Chris Morrow of Weston, former owner of Northshire Books in Manchester, has pulled out of the race. Because of Windsor County’s population — the 4th largest in Vermont with 57,753 residents […]

A day filled with parade, pizza and pride

A day filled with parade, pizza and pride

©2022 Telegraph Publishing LLC A perfect spring Saturday, June 4, drew out smiling folks carrying rainbow flags and wearing rainbow clothing to the Chester Green to show support for LBGTQ rights and celebrate Pride Month with a parade and children’s storybook readings at the Pizza Stone. Restaurant owner Darlene Doane and her enthusiastic staff, with […]

Five more Whiting Library Trustees resign

Five more Whiting Library Trustees resign Management of library in question without enough Trustees

UPDATE: 4:55 p.m. Wednesday, June 1: Hance says that town attorney Jim Carroll believes that there is no reason for the library to be shut down and that there is authority in statute to ensure any bills and paychecks get paid. By Cynthia Prairie ©2022 Telegraph Publishing LLC Five more Trustees of the Whiting Library […]

Smitty's honored

The Right Stuffed: Smitty’s honored by Everyone Eats

Photos and Text by Cynthia Prairie ©2022 Telegraph Publishing LLC Click on any photo to launch the gallery. Chris Meyer of Chester Helping Hands and Trish Paradis of the Springfield Family Center last week presented Garrison Smith, owner of Smitty’s Chester Market, and in-house chef Bonny Hudson with plaques honoring their work on behalf of […]

Weston Library hosts Drag Queen Story Hour to much enjoyment

Weston Library hosts Drag Queen Story Hour to much enjoyment

 By Cynthia Prairie ©2022 Telegraph Publishing LLC Weston’s Wilder Memorial Library had no qualms about holding a Drag Queen Story Hour on Saturday, attracting around 50 kids and adults, including several Wilder board members. The drag queens — Katniss Everqueer and Emoji Nightmare — arrived around 1:30, batting wickedly long eyelashes, their makeup contoured […]

GM middle school teacher arrested on federal charges of creating child pornography

GM middle school teacher arrested on federal charges of creating child pornography

By Cynthia Prairie and Shawn Cunningham ©2022 Telegraph Publishing LLC Norm Merrill, a longtime 8th grade teacher  and Middle School coordinator at Green Mountain High School, was taken into custody today, Thursday, May 19, by Chester Police on federal charges of “producing child sexual abuse material.” The U.S.  Attorney for the District of Vermont announced […]

Derry voters seek answers as they consider future of Williams Dam

Derry voters seek answers as they consider future of Williams Dam Vote to be held on Saturday during Town Meeting

By Cynthia Prairie ©2022 Telegraph Publishing LLC LONDONDERRY To a number of speakers at last Wednesday’s informational meeting on the future of the 1883 Williams Dam on the West River in Londonderry, the dam and the pond it creates at Route 11 and Route 100 north are a scenic, bucolic setting that attracts birds and […]

Sunflower cookies for Arman

Sunflower cookies for Arman Heritage Deli steps up to boost Springfield club's effort to bring family of Ukrainian exchange student to Vermont

By Cynthia Prairie ©2022 Telegraph Publishing LLC Michele Wilcox of Heritage Deli in Chester loves to bake and she also loves to find a cause she can support. Wilcox’s current cause combines the two. She’s baking hundreds of cookies to sell to help bring the family of a Ukraine exchange student to the United States. […]

Chester bookstore owner hospitalized after <br>head-on collision

Chester bookstore owner hospitalized after
head-on collision

By Cynthia Prairie ©2022 Telegraph Publishing LLC Ludlow resident and Chester bookstore owner Vicki Thornton was seriously injured late Saturday afternoon when her northbound car was hit head-on on Route 103 by a southbound car that smacked into guardrail, bounced off and veered into her lane.  Thornton was heading home after closing up shop early […]

Fire destroys Windham family's mobile home; search is on for a new one

Fire destroys Windham family’s mobile home; search is on for a new one

By Cynthia Prairie ©2022 Telegraph Publishing LLC A 21-year-old Windham woman and her 1-year-old daughter lost their home to an electrical fire on Saturday, Feb. 5. Now the woman’s mother, who owns the Windham property but lives nearby, is hoping to help her daughter and granddaughter establish a new home in the same spot. In […]

Driver injured in head-on crash that stops 103 traffic for more than two hours

Driver injured in head-on crash that stops 103 traffic for more than two hours

By Cynthia Prairie ©2022 Telegraph Publishing LLC A30-year-old White River Junction man was injured shortly before 9 a.m. Monday morning when his northbound 2000 Chevrolet Blazer crossed the center line on Route 103 in Cavendish, hitting a Ford van head-on that was heading south and pushing it back about 50 yards upon impact, police have said. […]

Landscape firm loses thousands of dollars in equipment in holiday theft

Landscape firm loses thousands of dollars in equipment in holiday theft

By Cynthia Prairie ©2022 Telegraph Publishing LLC It was Friday, Dec. 24, and the crew from Terrigenous Landscape Architecture  of Chester was looking forward to a holiday week off. They had been working in the back of a stone house in Baltimore, “putting in a stone wall and drainage to save one of these old […]

Doctor charged in Rockingham killing waives extradition from Florida

Doctor charged in Rockingham killing waives extradition from Florida

By Cynthia Prairie ©2021 Telegraph Publishing LLC Jozsef Piri, a Naples, Fla., resident who owns a second home in Londonderry, remains in custody in a Collier County, Fla., jail having been denied bail on Friday, Dec. 17, during his first court appearance before a judge as he faces a charge of second degree murder. He […]

Cow falls from livestock trailer in Rockingham, police search for owner

Cow falls from livestock trailer in Rockingham, police search for owner

©2021 Telegraph Publishing LLC Vermont State Police continue to search for the owner of a cow that fell off the back of a livestock trailer on Wednesday morning at Williams Road and Route 103 north in the town of Rockingham. According to police, witnesses at the scene said that around 10:44 a.m. Dec. 15, the […]

From the editor: A poll is just a poll, not a vote

From the editor: A poll is just a poll, not a vote

By Cynthia Prairie ©2021 Telegraph Publishing LLC Every so often, The Chester Telegraph rolls out a poll to take the pulse of our communities on various issues: bringing a big box store into Chester; what type of restaurants you would like to see move in; cannabis laws etc. Voters have been respectful in their voting, […]

One Londonderry seeks donations for new skating rink

One Londonderry seeks donations for new skating rink

The Recreation Group of One Londonderry is seeking donations to fund the construction of a 120- by 60-foot skating rink to be built behind Jake’s Restaurant at the Mountain Marketplace Plaza. The project was approved by the Londonderry Development Review Board in August, and the rink is expected to be completed by Christmas. The rink […]

New Chester gallery celebrates the art in nature

New Chester gallery celebrates the art in nature Fischer Arts owner blends love of science with love of art

By Cynthia Prairie ©2021 Telegraph Publishing LLC Fischer Arts, a new gallery specializing in antique and modern works celebrating nature, will be holding an opening celebration from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 27, at its new shop at 102 The Common on the Green in Chester. Following the Nov. 27 event, the […]

Animals seized, Windham woman charged with cruelty

Animals seized, Windham woman charged with cruelty

© 2021 Telegraph Publishing LLC A Windham woman has been charged with animal cruelty and more than 60 farm animals were seized from her residence after Vermont State Police descended upon her Popple Dungeon home on Friday, Nov. 5. Vermont State Police say they issued a search warrant on the home of 23-year-old Erika VanAlstyne […]

Andover board OKs dollar amount for emergency services; tables ATV ordinance till Town Meeting

Andover board OKs dollar amount for emergency services; tables ATV ordinance till Town Meeting Chester now must draw up contract for fire, ambulance

By Cynthia Prairie ©2021 Telegraph Publishing LLC During the calm portion of what turned into a headache-inducing meeting on Monday, the Andover Select Board decided that it would accept a $55,754.67 contract from the Town of Chester to provide emergency fire and medical/ambulance services, should one be offered. The price of service will fluctuate based […]