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Grafton Cheese features mural by Chester artist

Grafton Cheese features mural by Chester artist

© 2019 Telegraph Publishing LLC Chester artist Amy Mosher has completed a bucolic mural for the Grafton Village Cheese Co.’s viewing room at its facility at 533 Townshend Road in Grafton. The 340-square-foot mural portrays Vermont’s rural landscape complete with the cows and sheep that provide milk to make Grafton’s cave aged cheeses. Mosher had […]

Chester EMS building to go to vote in November

Chester EMS building to go to vote in November

By Shawn Cunningham ©2019 Telegraph Publishing LLC At a special meeting last week, the Chester Select Board set a town vote on bonding for $4.7 million to construct a new building on Pleasant Street to house Chester’s police, ambulance and fire departments. It would also pay for refurbishing and bringing up to code the town […]

Londonderry institution, Clarks IGA sold to Associated Grocers

Londonderry institution, Clarks IGA sold to Associated Grocers

By Shawn Cunningham © 2019 Telegraph Publishing LLC Miner Clark was a college freshman when his parents bought the grocery store in the Londonderry Plaza in 1974. On Saturday it was announced that after 45 years, the Clark family’s ownership was coming to an end as Associated Grocers of New England has bought the store. […]

Afternoon manhunt comes up empty; police in two states search for Vermont man

Afternoon manhunt comes up empty; police in two states search for Vermont man

By Shawn Cunningham © 2019 Telegraph Publishing LLC An extensive, two-state manhunt came up empty today as police agencies from Vermont and New Hampshire searched for a wanted Westminster man. As of 6:30 tonight, police on both sides of the Connecticut River were asking the public for help. According to a Walpole, N.H., Police press […]

Chester board OKs Palmer Bridge repairs, delays vote on VTrans bridge replacement plan

Chester board OKs Palmer Bridge repairs, delays vote on VTrans bridge replacement plan

By Shawn Cunningham © 2019 Telegraph Publishing LLC The heat from the question of taking residents’ land by eminent domain was turned up a notch at the Sept. 4 Chester Select Board meeting as Brian and Amy Mosher reiterated their claim that they would not negotiate for the right of way needed to consolidate three […]

Federal suit claims GMUSD, TRSU officials did little to stop harassment

Federal suit claims GMUSD, TRSU officials did little to stop harassment

By Shawn Cunningham © 2019 Telegraph Publishing LLC Late last week, the list of lawsuits against the Two Rivers Supervisory Union and its constituent school districts grew by one as a 30-count, 69-page complaint alleging a “sexually hostile school environment,” among other claims, was filed in the U.S. District Court for Vermont. The suit names […]

TRSU board ratifies Powden 2-year contract, 4% raise

TRSU board ratifies Powden 2-year contract, 4% raise

By Shawn Cunningham © 2019 Telegraph Publishing LLC The Two Rivers Supervisory Union Board ratified Superintendent Meg Powden’s two-year contract on a 3-2 vote Monday night, but only after questions and discussions surrounding dissatisfaction with Powden’s job performance. The special meeting, held at TRSU offices in Ludlow, had been called to cure three violations of […]

TRSU board reverses response to meeting complaint, will revisit Powden's contract

TRSU board reverses response to meeting complaint, will revisit Powden’s contract

Shawn Cunningham © 2019 Telegraph Publishing LLC On Monday, Sept. 9, the board of the Two Rivers Supervisory Union will revisit Superintendent Meg Powden’s two-year contract, which it approved in February following an improper executive session. The decision was made Thursday night after members of the Green Mountain Unified School District board urged the TRSU […]

Residents oppose VTrans plan to eliminate bridges

Residents oppose VTrans plan to eliminate bridges

By Shawn Cunningham © 2019 Telegraph Publishing LLC The recommended solution to a three-bridge problem along Rt. 103 North in Chester may result in legal action as one homeowner vows to prevent it. At a special meeting of the Chester Select Board last Thursday night, engineers from VTrans presented their recommendation for constructing one bridge […]

Derry to consider town meeting on Lowell Lake

Derry to consider town meeting on Lowell Lake

By Shawn Cunningham © 2019 Telegraph Publishing, LLC Londonderry Conservation Committee chair Irwin Kuperberg came to the Derry  Select Board on Aug. 19 asking for an endorsement of the committee’s Lowell Lake position. While Kuperberg did not get what he wanted, he didn’t come away empty handed. After recounting a number of the objections to […]

Chester town manager to retire; Select Board OKs Yosemite feasibility study funds

Chester town manager to retire; Select Board OKs Yosemite feasibility study funds

By Shawn Cunningham © 2019 Telegraph Publishing, LLC Chester Select Board Chair Arne Jonynas announced that Town Manager David Pisha will retire effective at Town Meeting March 3, 2020. Jonynas praised Pisha saying that he came on board in August 2008 with the town’s finances “in shambles” and that he had retired a $500,000 deficit […]

Wednesday tornado damages homes, property in Windham

Wednesday tornado damages homes, property in Windham

By Shawn Cunningham © 2019 Telegraph Publishing LLC A tornado, spawned during a Wednesday afternoon thunderstorm damaged homes, barns and other structures and devastated trees in the Timberside section of Windham. On the Cover: Tom Grondine’s farm house sustained tree damage during Wednesday’s storm. Click any photo to launch photo gallery. Meteorologist Ray O’Keefe, of […]

Weston board opens bids, prepping for winter

Weston board opens bids, prepping for winter

By Shawn Cunningham © 2019 Telegraph Publishing, LLC It may have been the middle of August, but winter was in the air at the Weston Select Board meeting last Tuesday, Aug. 13, as the board opened bids for winter sand and fuel oil and discussed heating contract expenses for the town annex among other issues. […]

GMUSD board learns of $189,000 deficit, will start budget process months early

GMUSD board learns of $189,000 deficit, will start budget process months early

By Shawn Cunningham © 2019 Telegraph Publishing LLC Budgeting was front and center on Thursday night as the board of the Green Mountain Unified School District learned that it would be starting the process with a deficit of more than $189,000. In the end, the board also decided to change the way it compiles its […]

Simultaneous alarms send Chester firefighters in opposite directions

Simultaneous alarms send Chester firefighters in opposite directions

By Shawn Cunningham © 2019 Telegraph Publishing LLC Two nearly simultaneous alarms sent Chester firefighters in opposite directions Tuesday night, Aug. 20. At about 7:31 p.m. dispatchers called the Chester department to alert them that a sprinkler alarm had been activated at Stone House Antiques, 557 Rt. 103 South and, moments later, a second call […]

Closed door saves South Derry home

Closed door saves South Derry home 14-year-old family dog dies from smoke inhalation

By Shawn Cunningham © Telegraph Publishing LLC Firefighters say that a closed, solid wood door and the monthly business meeting of the Champion Fire Company in South Londonderry saved a Melendy Hill Road home from destruction Wednesday night when a fire broke out in the building’s basement. There were no injuries, but a family dog […]

Chester board discusses moving Yosemite, mulls feasibility study for museum

Chester board discusses moving Yosemite, mulls feasibility study for museum

By Shawn Cunningham © 2019 Telegraph Publishing LLC A suggestion, by Town Manager David Pisha, that the historic Yosemite Firehouse be moved led to the longest discussion at the Wednesday, Aug. 7 Chester Select Board meeting. At the previous meeting of the board on July 24, Lillian Willis of the Chester Historic Preservation Committee asked […]

Cavendish to be under water conservation notice

Cavendish to be under water conservation notice Filtering media must be replaced at water plant

By Shawn Cunningham © 2019 Telegraph Publishing LLC On Monday night, Aug. 12, Town Manager Brendan McNamara told the Cavendish Select Board that the town would have to issue another water conservation notice from Tuesday Sept. 3 to Monday Sept. 9 to change the filtering media at the water plant. The work was originally slated […]

Parks rep outlines Lowell Lake plans for Derry board

Parks rep outlines Lowell Lake plans for Derry board

By Shawn Cunningham © 2019 Telegraph Publishing LLC The Londonderry Select Board was expecting a crowd Monday night, but only a handful of the regulars showed up. Three rows of chairs were set up in the big room of the Twitchell Office Building expecting locals to turn out, as Ethan Phelps of Vermont’s Department of […]

Chester board hears Church St. sidewalk, traffic concerns

Chester board hears Church St. sidewalk, traffic concerns

By Shawn Cunningham © 2019 Telegraph Publishing, LLC A representative of Dufresne Group was on hand at the Chester Select Board’s July 24 meeting to conduct a “Local Concerns” hearing regarding a scoping study for some sort of sidewalk or walking path on Church Street to connect Main with North Street, but those attending were […]