RSSAuthor Archive for Shawn Cunningham

Chester board picks 'design/build' for emergency services building

Chester board picks ‘design/build’ for emergency services building Reviews no bid contract with Russell Construction in executive session

By Shawn Cunningham © 2019 Telegraph Publishing LLC The Chester Select Board voted to go with a “design-build” process rather than traditional bidding for the proposed emergency services building, but not without objections by one member. “I believe in process and I don’t think we did our due diligence here,” said board member Heather Chase, […]

Fine winter weather for Chester Winter Carnival

Fine winter weather for Chester Winter Carnival

By Shawn Cunningham © 2019 Telegraph Publishing LLC After some years of either bitter or balmy temperatures, the Chester Winter Carnival went off this weekend under sunny skies and with comfortably cold thermometer readings. The ice rink was frozen solid as several of those playing broom hockey found when they fell. And there was even […]

Depot St. bridge construction set to begin

Depot St. bridge construction set to begin Cold River Bridges signed to rebuild Cavendish span

By Shawn Cunningham © 2019 Telegraph Publishing LLC The long awaited work on the Depot Street bridge in Cavendish is right around the corner according to Town Manager Brendan McNamara, and the town is looking down the road at minimizing some of the problems it sees with having the span open again. McNamara told the […]

To the editor: Re-elect Joan Dayton for Delinquent Tax Collector

To the editor: Re-elect Joan Dayton for Delinquent Tax Collector

I am pleased to say that I will be running for Delinquent Tax Collector for the Town of Londonderry for 2019. In a brief background, I have lived and worked in Londonderry for over 20 years, I was born and educated in Vermont. I have a degree in Business Administration and have taken courses at […]

Michigan authorities arrest man in GM threat

Michigan authorities arrest man in GM threat

© 2019 Telegraph Publishing LLC A 23-year-old Michigan man was arrested yesterday in connection with an online threat made against a Green Mountain High School student and against the school on Monday,  according to Vermont State Police. Police have said that the threat made on Monday, Feb. 4 was traced to a person “in the […]

GM High in lockdown; students moved to Legion

Here are links to the latest stories on the school lockdown. – When a child’s text message of love is ominous – Chief Cloud confirms two GM threats are related Green Mountain High School received a call this morning, Thursday, Feb. 7, that prompted school officials to call police. The Telegraph could not determine the […]

TRSU floats policies to govern its boards

TRSU floats policies to govern its boards Move comes in the wake of questions by board members

By Shawn Cunningham © 2019 Telegraph Publishing LLC In the wake of a number of recent meetings in which Two Rivers Supervisory Union and Green Mountain Unified School District board members have been skeptical and even critical of the decisions and priorities of administrators, the “senior management” of the supervisory union is proposing policies defining […]

After 20 years of feeding kids, Jack Carroll to hang up his apron

After 20 years of feeding kids, Jack Carroll to hang up his apron

By Shawn Cunningham © 2019 Telegraph Publishing LLC When Jack Carroll, class of 1969, joined a walkout at Chester High School, marching to the Green to encourage the town to pass the bond to build Green Mountain High, he could scarcely imagine he would later spend 20 years running the school cafeteria in the proposed […]

Chester Board OKs sending budget to voters

Chester Board OKs sending budget to voters $4.059 million plan would add 1.25 cents to property tax rate

By Shawn Cunningham © 2019 Telegraph Publishing LLC With little fanfare and one dissenting vote, the Chester Select Board approved sending the 2019 general fund budget, with a $49,767  increase over last year, to the voters on Monday, March 4. The $4.059 million budget requires a tax increase of 1.25 cents per hundred of assessed value […]

GM board member: CAES staff under 'gag order'

GM board member: CAES staff under ‘gag order’ Asst. principal in budget going to voters for approval

By Shawn Cunningham © 2019 Telegraph Publishing LLC In a sometimes tense meeting of the Green Mountain Unified School board last Thursday night, one board member said he had been told by a number of Chester-Andover Elementary teachers that they were under a “gag order,” while the head of the board indicated she was close […]

GM finance panel deadlocks, sends budget options to full board

GM finance panel deadlocks, sends budget options to full board

By Shawn Cunningham © 2019 Telegraph Publishing, LLC On Monday night, the Two Rivers Supervisory Union board rejected the request of the Green Mountain Unified School District to reopen the SU budget and look for some cuts that would lower the district’s assessment for SU services. So on Tuesday night, the GM finance committee was […]

TRSU won't to reopen budget for more cuts

TRSU won’t to reopen budget for more cuts

By Shawn Cunningham © 2019 Telegraph Publishing LLC The Two Rivers Supervisory Union board of directors, meeting on Monday night, voted 4 to 1 against reopening the SU’s budget. The Green Mountain Unified School District Finance Committee had asked the board to look at reducing the assessment it bills to the district in the committee’s […]

Ryan Stocker arraigned on two new charges

Ryan Stocker arraigned on two new charges Recordings of prison phone calls led police to 4th victim

By Shawn Cunningham ©2019 Telegraph Publishing LLC WHITE RIVER JUNCTION Authorities have added two new felony charges and a fourth victim to the cases against Ryan Stocker of Chester. Stocker, 20, was arrested on Thursday and arraigned this afternoon in Windsor County Superior Court Criminal Division in White River Junction. Stocker was first charged as […]

GMUSD panel asks TRSU to reopen its budget

GMUSD panel asks TRSU to reopen its budget

By Shawn Cunningham © 2019 Telegraph Publishing, LLC For the second time in the two years since its inception, the Green Mountain Unified School District Finance Committee is asking the Two Rivers Supervisory Board to reopen its budget to find savings that will help reduce its funding increase from 4.31 percent or nearly half a […]

Chester board member calls budget increase 'insidiously dangerous'

Chester board member calls budget increase ‘insidiously dangerous’

By Shawn Cunningham © 2019 Telegraph Publishing LLC Calling the $43,500 increase over last year’s budget “insidiously dangerous,” Chester Select Board member Dan Cote read from a prepared statement at Tuesday night’s special meeting to work on finalizing the town’s spending plan. Referring to “our inability to manage a budget,” Cote called the 1 percent […]

Magic Mtn. opens lift to mid-mountain

Magic Mtn. opens lift to mid-mountain

By Shawn Cunningham © 2018 Telegraph Publishing LLC Decades after its construction was begun, Magic Mountain’s Green Chair lift took its first skiers to mid-mountain on Saturday. Just before 2 p.m., resort President Geoff Hatheway christened the lift with a bottle of sparkling wine to the cheers of a patient group of skiers who had […]

Potash Brook home looks to be a total loss

Potash Brook home looks to be a total loss

By Shawn Cunningham © 2018 Telegraph Publishing LLC Firefighters are saying that a fire late Friday afternoon destroyed a home at 3 Potash Brook Road in Chester. Eleven fire departments and the Chester Ambulance service responded to the blaze and one minor injury to a firefighter was reported. Chester Fire Chief Matt Wilson said on […]

Kidnapping, sex assault suspect captured in Pa.

Kidnapping, sex assault suspect captured in Pa. Arrest made following car chases, crash near Philadelphia

© 2018 Telegraph Publishing LLC A man suspected of abducting a woman and child in New Hampshire and then sexually assaulting the woman at a Vermont hotel has been taken into custody following a car chase Sunday evening outside Philadelphia. Everett Simpson, 41, faces extradition to Vermont following his arrest by the Upper Darby Township […]

Afternoon blaze engulfs Potash Brook home

Afternoon blaze engulfs Potash Brook home

By Shawn Cunningham © 2018 Telegraph Publishing, LLC When Andover Road resident Debbie Richardson arrived home from work just after 4 p.m. on Friday, she noticed smoke at the house across the stream, but thought it might be an outdoor fire. As she got closer, Richardson realized her neighbor’s house was on fire and called […]

News Analysis: Oversight or overreach by TRSU board

News Analysis: Oversight or overreach by TRSU board

By Shawn Cunningham © 2018 Telegraph Publishing LLC As the Two Rivers Supervisory Union prepares to return to its board on Thursday, Jan. 3 with a level funded budget for FY20, resistance to one item has cropped up over and over and that seems to be telling a larger story with larger questions. Namely, what […]