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Weston board OKs tax rates, stream work bid

Weston board OKs tax rates, stream work bid

By Shawn Cunningham © 2019 Telegraph Publishing LLC The Weston Select Board approved 2019 tax rates representing a 4.76 percent increase for residents and a 2 percent increase for non-residents and commercial property owners. Town Clerk Kim Seymour presented the numbers, which included a 6-cent increase in municipal taxes (from $0.4773 to $0.5375) and education […]

Derry board asked to weigh in on Lowell Lake

Derry board asked to weigh in on Lowell Lake Kuperberg says internal documents show state's intent was always overnight stays

By Shawn Cunningham © 2019 Telegraph Publishing LLC The Londonderry Select Board was asked to “stand with” the town’s Conservation Commission Monday night in opposing plans for overnight lodging and expanded parking at Lowell Lake as internal state documents came to light. Conservation Commission chair Irwin Kuperberg told the board that after studying the Department […]

Cavendish Fire chief answers Ripley's claim

Cavendish Fire chief answers Ripley’s claim

By Shawn Cunningham © 2019 Telegraph Publishing, LLC The monthly Cavendish Select Board meeting hadn’t even begun last night when board member Mike Ripley’s radio came to life with a call for the Ludlow Ambulance – on which he serves – and he was out the door. That was unfortunate, because Cavendish Acting Fire Chief […]

Restoration begins on Chester Town Hall

Restoration begins on Chester Town Hall

By Shawn Cunningham © 2019 Telegraph Publishing LLC For years, Chester Select Board members have complained about the state of Town Hall during their twice monthly meetings on the second floor of 556 Elm St. Former member Bill Lindsay was particularly vocal about the embarrassing state of the historic building, often taking time during meetings […]

Chester board sets tax rates, OKs festival parking

Chester board sets tax rates, OKs festival parking

By Shawn Cunningham © 2019 Telegraph Publishing, LLC The Chester Select Board set this year’s property tax rates at a special meeting held on July 2. The meeting was held in the Town Clerk’s office due to the renovation of the second floor of Town Hall. This year’s municipal tax rate – the combination of […]

Derry Planning/Regional Commission to review state Lowell Lake plan for local compliance

Derry Planning/Regional Commission to review state Lowell Lake plan for local compliance

By Shawn Cunningham © 2019 Telegraph Publishing LLC At the request of the Planning Commission, the Londonderry Select Board decided to stick a toe in the Lowell Lake Park controversy last night by letting the commission meet with the Windham Regional Commission to look at whether the State of Vermont’s plan for the park is […]

Weston board mulls Priory solar; decommission of Devil's Den Trail

Weston board mulls Priory solar; decommission of Devil’s Den Trail

By Shawn Cunningham © 2019 Telegraph Publishing, LLC One Weston Select Board member’s solitary action regarding a solar installation at the Weston Priory brought an annoyed reaction from chairman Denis Benson at the board’s June 25 meeting. Charles Goodwin said that he had registered the Town of Weston on the Public Utility Commission’s website to […]

GMUSD board cures violation, increases oversight of supervisory union

GMUSD board cures violation, increases oversight of supervisory union

By Shawn Cunningham © 2019 Telegraph Publishing LLC The board of the Green Mountain Unified School District continued to move toward both greater autonomy from and oversight of the Two Rivers Supervisory Union at its regular monthly meeting on Thursday, June 20. In the wake of Open Meeting Law complaints and the revelation that there […]

Act 250 allows Magic to double snowmaking

Act 250 allows Magic to double snowmaking

© 2019 Telegraph Publishing LLC Magic Mountain Ski Area in Londonderry announced today, Tuesday, June 25 that it has received Act 250 approval to double the size of its snowmaking pond to approximately 9 million gallons while taking the pond “off stream” to help create a better aquatic environment for fish downstream. The Act 250 […]

TRSU boards split on curing transparency violations; only one follows the law

TRSU boards split on curing transparency violations; only one follows the law

By Shawn Cunningham © 2019 Telegraph Publishing LLC Three boards of the Two Rivers Supervisory Union last week admitted to “errors” resulting in multiple violations of Vermont’s Open Meeting Law, but only one “cured” the violation according to state statute and to the satisfaction of the complainant. On May 7, The Chester Telegraph sent a […]

Ceremony celebrates 54 GM seniors graduating

Ceremony celebrates 54 GM seniors graduating

©2019 Telegraph Publishing LLC Friday night was chilly for an outdoor graduation ceremony, but the rains had ended early enough and the 54 Green Mountain Union High seniors and their families seemed game to take on the unusually cool evening with grace. To launch the photo gallery, by Shawn Cunningham, please click any photo. The […]

TRSU boards apparently kept in dark about suits

TRSU boards apparently kept in dark about suits

By Shawn Cunningham © 2019 Telegraph Publishing LLC The overspending of a line item for legal expenses by nearly 500 percent led to the revelation by The Chester Telegraph Thursday night that the Two Rivers Supervisory Union is facing at least two lawsuits that virtually no board members of Green Mountain Unified School District nor […]

Chester board OKs gravel studies, source for Act 250 funds

Chester board OKs gravel studies, source for Act 250 funds

By Shawn Cunningham © 2019 Telegraph Publishing LLC The Town of Chester, through its attorney Jim Goss, is preparing to file applications for an ACT 250 permit and a zoning permit to extract gravel from a site on the 139-acre parcel it purchased in 2016 for siting a water tank as part of a system […]

Questionable executive session concerned Powden contract, evaluation

Questionable executive session concerned Powden contract, evaluation

By Shawn Cunningham © 2019 Telegraph Publishing LLC In the five weeks since Superintendent Meg Powden told The Telegraph that the executive session of the May 2 TRSU board meeting was  “cited properly” and said she didn’t have to give any more information than that, the board of the Two Rivers Supervisory Union has admitted […]

Springfield walks back Transfer Station changes

Springfield walks back Transfer Station changes To study options to accommodate smaller amounts of trash

By Shawn Cunningham © 2019 Telegraph Publishing, LLC The Town of Springfield recently announced a major change in the way its transfer station would be doing business, but on Tuesday afternoon, June 11 – after hearing public concerns the night before – the town put a hold on rolling out all the changes until Sept. […]

Truck wreck sends diesel into Williams River

Truck wreck sends diesel into Williams River Route 103 expected to be closed til 11 p.m. Tuesday

By Shawn Cunningham © 2019 Telegraph Publishing, LLC A Ryder tractor unit hit a guardrail on 103 North in Chester Tuesday evening, narrowly avoiding a roll into the Williams River. But damage to the truck sent gallons and gallons of diesel fuel into the water. At around 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, June 11, while the Chester […]

TRSU displays pattern of Open Meeting Law violations

TRSU displays pattern of Open Meeting Law violations Powden's question reveals boards go into executive session without knowing why

By Shawn Cunningham ©2019 Telegraph Publishing LLC A Chester Telegraph analysis of the meetings of the Two Rivers Supervisory Union Board of Directors and of those of its school district boards reveals eight recent instances of lax observance of the laws that protect the public’s access to public meetings. A May 2 revelation that TRSU […]

Telegraph rejects TRSU account, remedy of Open Meeting violation

Telegraph rejects TRSU account, remedy of Open Meeting violation Suggests informing members early, in detail about prospective executive sessions

By Shawn Cunningham © 2019 Telegraph Publishing LLC The Chester Telegraph has rejected the account and remedy of the Open Meeting Law violation given by Paul Orzechowski, chairman of the Two Rivers Supervisory Union board, contending that he did not fully address the violation and that the complaint remains unresolved. On May 7, Cynthia Prairie, […]

Sweeping changes proposed to Chester zoning

Sweeping changes proposed to Chester zoning Information meetings set for June

By Shawn Cunningham © 2019 Telegraph Publishing, LLC The Town of Chester is undergoing the most comprehensive overhaul of its zoning regulations and zoning districts since they were first enacted more than 40 years ago. The Unified Development Bylaws – as they are known – have been completely revamped and, if approved by the Select […]

Firefighters find missing Chester boy after 3-hour search

Firefighters find missing Chester boy after 3-hour search

By Shawn Cunningham © 2019 Telegraph Publishing LLC Firefighters and police searched the woods of Smokeshire for nearly three hours this afternoon before finding a 9-year-old boy who had gone missing from his home earlier in the day. The Chester Fire Department was called out around 2:30 p.m. to search for the boy. The boy’s […]