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GMUSD board plans retreat, principal search continues

GMUSD board plans retreat, principal search continues

By Shawn Cunningham © 2021 Telegraph Publishing LLC Two Rivers Supervisory Union Superintendent Lauren Fierman brought her suggestion to hold a board retreat later this year to the Green Mountain Unified School District board at its monthly meeting last Thursday. She said that the SU and its two school districts — Green Mountain and Ludlow-Mt. […]

Chester Planning Commission ousts its chair

Chester Planning Commission ousts its chair

By Shawn Cunningham © 2021 Telegraph Publishing LLC By a vote of four to zero on Monday night, the Chester Planning Commission removed Peter Hudkins from his position as its chairman. The action was based on a presentation Hudkins made before the Select Board at its meeting last Wednesday in which commission members said he […]

Area EMTs take vaccines on the road for homebound Vermonters

Area EMTs take vaccines on the road for homebound Vermonters

By Shawn Cunningham © 2021 Telegraph Publishing LLC Last Friday, 30 residents of Bennington County, age 75 or older, received their first dose of the Pfizer Covid-19 vaccine. On its face, that might not seem so remarkable since more than 30,000 Vermonters in that age band have either been vaccinated or made appointments to get […]

Chester board delays cannabis discussion; affirms support for community greenhouse

Chester board delays cannabis discussion; affirms support for community greenhouse

By Shawn Cunningham © 2021 Telegraph Publishing, LLC At just a little over 37 minutes in length, last Wednesday’s Chester Select Board meeting touched on many topics, but most of the work was “just housekeeping,” in the words of board chair Arne Jonynas. And there was an off-agenda discussion of future discussions of retail sales […]

TRSU board talks strategic planning, principal searches

TRSU board talks strategic planning, principal searches

By Shawn Cunningham © 2021 Telegraph Publishing LLC The Two Rivers Supervisory Union board meeting last Thursday fell just short of one hour and would have been shorter but for a lengthy discussion over scheduling a board retreat to work on a Strategic Operating Plan. Superintendent Lauren Fierman told the board, “We need to know […]

Towns set new info sessions, Town Meetings, votes in response to Covid-19 pandemic

Towns set new info sessions, Town Meetings, votes in response to Covid-19 pandemic

By Shawn Cunningham © 2021 Telegraph Publishing, LLC With Town Meeting Day just four weeks away and the rules for gathering during the Covid-19 pandemic still restrictive, select boards are looking at the options presented to them by the Vermont Legislature. With the passage of H. 48, the state gave municipalities – including school districts […]

Chester board approves $3.3 million budget

Chester board approves $3.3 million budget

By Shawn Cunningham © 2021 Telegraph Publishing LLC The Chester Select Board approved the town’s $3.343 million budget at its Wednesday,  Jan. 20 meeting and decided to use the general fund surplus of $335,295 to pay upfront for the match for the grant to do the Depot Street sidewalk project rather than borrowing the $200,000 […]

Chester board OKs annual warning, drops cannabis discussion

Chester board OKs annual warning, drops cannabis discussion Town budget, paving bonds, dump truck and police cruiser among items to be voted

By Shawn Cunningham © 2021 Telegraph Publishing LLC The Chester Select Board at a special meeting on Monday afternoon approved the town’s warning for the March 2 Town Meeting Australian ballot, but decided to postpone putting an article on cannabis sales in front of the voters until board members could discuss it further in a […]

Vaccine signups begin today for ages 75 & up

Vaccine signups begin today for ages 75 & up

UPDATE: According to the Vermont Health Department, as of 11:30 a.m. on Monday, 13,290 people 75 and older have scheduled appointments. Out of the approximately 49,000 of those eligible, that’s a little over 27 percent. By Shawn Cunningham © 2021 Telegraph Publishing, LLC Registration for an appointment to receive the first dose of a coronavirus […]

GMUSD budget up less than 1% despite special ed hike

GMUSD budget up less than 1% despite special ed hike

By Shawn Cunningham © 2021 Telegraph Publishing LLC The directors of the Green Mountain Unified School District approved a $14.2 million budget last Thursday. It represents an increase of less than 1 percent over last year’s spending plan, despite a recent 14 percent increase by the Two Rivers Supervisory Union, which charges its spending back […]

Vermont vaccine rollout shifts to age based eligibility

Vermont vaccine rollout shifts to age based eligibility

By Shawn Cunningham © 2021 Telegraph Publishing LLC With the supply of the vaccine to combat Covid-19 in Vermont smaller and less reliable than anticipated, the administration of Gov. Phil Scott is changing its strategy for rolling it out. In what has been called Phase 1A, workers in health care, residents in long-term care facilities […]

TRSU board approves 14% budget increase

TRSU board approves 14% budget increase

By Shawn Cunningham © 2021 Telegraph Publishing LLC Last Thursday night, the board of the Two Rivers Supervisory Union unanimously approved a budget of $6.548 million, which taxpayers in the SU’s two districts will see as assessments in the district budgets for the 2021/22 school year. The spending plan included an overall increase of $807,764 […]

Chester board opts out of in-person Town Meeting

Chester board opts out of in-person Town Meeting All questions to be voted by Australian ballot; online informational meeting to be held

By Shawn Cunningham © 2021 Telegraph Publishing LLC The Chester Select Board last Wednesday opted to hold an informational meeting on Monday, March 1 followed by a vote on all issues before the voters by Australian ballot on Tuesday, March 2 — Vermont’s Town Meeting Day. At the beginning of the discussion, board chair Arne […]

FBI warns of threats to state Capitol buildings through Biden inauguration

FBI warns of threats to state Capitol buildings through Biden inauguration

© 2021 Telegraph Publishing LLC During a press conference held by Commissioner of Public Safety Michael Schirling Monday afternoon regarding security during protests in the days leading up to the inauguration of President-lect Joe Biden, the Federal Bureau of Investigation issued a bulletin warning that armed protests are being planned for all 50 state capitol […]

Boards struggle with holding annual meetings during pandemic

Boards struggle with holding annual meetings during pandemic Legislation may give municipalities more options

By Shawn Cunningham © 2020 Telegraph Publishing, LLC Town Meeting day is more than two months away, but municipalities — including school districts — throughout Vermont are working out how that annual ritual of direct democracy will be handled during a global pandemic in which personal contact can be hazardous. When Gov. Phil Scott announced […]

3 GM board members eschew re-election, annual meeting in flux

3 GM board members eschew re-election, annual meeting in flux

By Shawn Cunningham © 2020 Telegraph Publishing LLC On the evening following a snowstorm that normally would have cancelled all school activities, the Green Mountain Unified School District board and finance committee met remotely last Thursday with three members announcing they would not run for re-election and the board deciding to hold a Zoom annual […]

Chester board mulls dismantling 131-year-old Jeffrey Barn

Chester board mulls dismantling 131-year-old Jeffrey Barn Lack of insurance, upkeep at core of Select Board decision

By Shawn Cunningham © 2020 Telegraph Publishing LLC The Chester Select Board is looking for a contractor to dismantle the 131-year-old Jeffrey Barn on Rt. 103 North after learning that the town’s insurer will no longer cover it. Town Manager Julie Hance told the board at its Wednesday, Dec. 16 meeting that the Vermont League […]

GMUSD board and Finance Committee agendas for Dec. 17

GMUSD board and Finance Committee agendas for Dec. 17

The Green Mountain Unified School District Finance Committee will meet at 5 p.m. on Dec. 17, 2020 via zoom. Click here to join the meeting. Below is its agenda. CALL TO ORDER APPROVAL OF AGENDA: (Additions & Deletions) APPROVAL OF MINUTES: a. November 23, 2020 Special Meeting NEW BUSINESS: OLD BUSINESS: a. Superintendent’s FY22 GMUSD […]

New owners for Erskine's, iconic Chester store

New owners for Erskine’s, iconic Chester store Bartonsville family keeps 'Erskine' name, products as it targets young clientele

By Shawn Cunningham © 2020 Telegraph Publishing LLC This afternoon, R.B. Erskine Grain & Supplies officially became Erskine’s Grain and Garden as the feed store in Chester Depot was sold to new owners. The similar name is not the only thing that will be familiar to long-time customers. As Bartonsville residents Janessa Purney and Burleigh […]

Chester board continues budget work, appoints Zoning Administrator

Chester board continues budget work, appoints Zoning Administrator Resident proposes civilian oversight of police

By Shawn Cunningham © 2020 Telegraph Publishing LLC At its Dec. 2 meeting, the Chester Select Board continued working on the budget,  department by department, and even converted into its alter ego – The Chester Water Commission – to look at the numbers for 2021. As has happened in previous meetings, most of the budget […]