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Turnout is high in local primary voting; November matchups decided

Turnout is high in local primary voting; November matchups decided

By Shawn Cunningham © 2022 Telegraph Publishing LLC Held in the hot and vacation rich month of August, Vermont’s primaries are generally sleepy affairs in which a relatively small number loyalists from the state’s three parties – Democratic, Republican and Progressive – come out to reaffirm the incumbents and chose the occasional challenger. But this […]

Chester planners wrestle with scope of short-term rental ordinance

Chester planners wrestle with scope of short-term rental ordinance

By Shawn Cunningham © 2022 Telegraph Publishing LLC While the main event was a warned public hearing for an amendment to the town’s Unified Development Bylaws — which includes its zoning regulations — Monday night’s Chester Planning Commission meeting spent far more time and energy on the undercard — a discussion of the latest draft […]

After 20 years, Chief Cloud to retire from Chester Police

After 20 years, Chief Cloud to retire from Chester Police

By Shawn Cunningham © 2022 Telegraph Publishing LLC After nearly 20 years with the Chester Police Department, Chief Rick Cloud has told the town he intends to retire. In a July 18 letter to Town Manager Julie Hance, Cloud said he was resigning effective Jan. 7, 2023 and appreciated the opportunity the town had afforded […]

Popple Dungeon bridge construction falls behind schedule

Popple Dungeon bridge construction falls behind schedule

By Shawn Cunningham © 2022 Telegraph Publishing LLC A nine-week bridge construction job in Chester may stretch to 12 if the company doing the work up on Popple Dungeon Road has its way. According to Town Manager Julie Hance, Alpine Construction of Schuylerville, N.Y., has asked for three more weeks to finish the installation of […]

Chester Business Coalition talks business growth, affordable housing, state funding

Chester Business Coalition talks business growth, affordable housing, state funding

By Shawn Cunningham © 2022 Telegraph Publishing LLC Saying that there is no one – such as a chamber of commerce or other organization – representing businesses in Chester, Steve Mancuso kicked off the July meeting of the nascent Chester Business Coalition at the American Legion on Monday night. Founded by Mancuso, an electrician who […]

Chester planning panel to hold public hearing on zoning change

Chester planning panel to hold public hearing on zoning change

© 2022 Telegraph Publishing LLC The Chester Planning Commission will hold a public hearing concerning a proposed amendment to the town’s Unified Development Bylaws (which includes zoning regulations) at 6:30 p.m. on Monday, Aug. 1  at Town Hall, 556 Elm St. The amendment concerns legacy uses and adaptive reuses and the change would affect every […]

Wayward semi snags Chester traffic

Wayward semi snags Chester traffic

By Shawn Cunningham © 2022 Telegraph Publishing LLC A tractor trailer trying to make a tight turn in downtown Chester got hung up on guardrails and snarled traffic at Routes 103 and 11 for about three hours last night. At 9:43 p.m. the State Police dispatch center in Westminster announced that Route 103 in the […]

Chester planning panel kicks off zoning rewrite with first public workshop

Chester planning panel kicks off zoning rewrite with first public workshop

By Shawn Cunningham © 2002 Telegraph Publishing LLC In preparation for a new re-write of the town’s zoning regulations — known as the Unified Development Bylaws — the Chester Planning Commission held the first of several workshops with consultant Jason Rasmussen Monday night. Rasmussen is the executive director of the Mount Ascutney Regional Commission, which […]

Heavy rain, winds wallop Chester

Heavy rain, winds wallop Chester

By Shawn Cunningham © 2022 Telegraph Publishing LLC Yesterday afternoon Chester got the worst of a storm which swept across Vermont taking down many trees, knocking out power to more than 56 percent of Green Mountain Power’s Chester customers and sending more than two dozen firefighters from Chester and Proctorsville out on “a month’s worth […]

Chester board hears from neighbors of proposed garden/greenhouse

Chester board hears from neighbors of proposed garden/greenhouse

By Shawn Cunningham © 2022 Telegraph Publishing LLC A project to create community gardens and at some point erect a large, historic greenhouse on town land was on the Chester Select Board’s agenda again at its July 6 meeting as the panel heard from abutters to the 3-acre site that is under consideration for the […]

Marry Me A Little: Sondheim's 'songs that got away' shine at Walker Farm

Marry Me A Little: Sondheim’s ‘songs that got away’ shine at Walker Farm

By Shawn Cunningham © Telegraph Publishing LLC At first blush, the idea of spending an evening of theater consisting of songs that were cut from eight musicals might give one pause. But in this case it shouldn’t. Marry Me A Little, now being performed on the Weston Theater Company’s Walker Farm stage, is made up […]

Chester Planning Commission moves toward regulating short-term rentals

Chester Planning Commission moves toward regulating short-term rentals

By Shawn Cunningham © 2022 Telegraph Publishing LLC With a growing number of homes in the area being used as short-term rentals booked through such organizations as Airbnb and VRBO, the question of whether such a use should be regulated and even restricted has become a hot topic for area select boards and planning commissions. […]

Whiting Library board reorganizes with six new members

Whiting Library board reorganizes with six new members

By Shawn Cunningham © 2022 Telegraph Publishing LLC One week after being appointed by the Chester Select Board, six new trustees of the Whiting Library joined Donna McNeill-Hudkins — the sole remaining trustee — to reorganize the board. The appointments became necessary when six out of seven trustees resigned in the wake of controversy over […]

Jeld Wen lays off 80, shutters N. Springfield plant

Jeld Wen lays off 80, shutters N. Springfield plant Work will move to Ludlow and other locations

By Shawn Cunningham © 2022 Telegraph Publishing LLC On Wednesday, most employees at the North Springfield Jeld Wen Door Systems plant learned that they would be losing their jobs and that their workplace would be closed immediately.  Also happening immediately will be consolidation of the Springfield operations into the company’s Ludlow plant. The company employed […]

Chester board hears community garden proposal, appoints six library trustees

Chester board hears community garden proposal, appoints six library trustees

By Shawn Cunningham © 2022 Telegraph Publishing LLC At its June 15 meeting, the Chester Select Board appointed six new trustees to the Whiting Library board and received a request for the use of the Canal Street well site from the group that wants to put community garden plots – and eventually a greenhouse – […]

Green Mountain graduates 52 under fair skies

Green Mountain graduates 52 under fair skies

By Shawn Cunningham © 2022 Telegraph Publishing LLC The Green Mountain High School Class of 2022 got a perfect evening for its graduation exercises last Friday as 52 students shifted the tassels on their mortarboard caps and became alumni. Hundreds of parents and friends watched as members of the class received awards and diplomas. A […]

Chester Planning Commission agenda for June 20, 2022

Chester Planning Commission agenda for June 20, 2022

The Chester Planning Commission will hold its regular meeting at 6:30 p.m. on Monday June 20, 2022 at Town Hall and via Zoom. To join the meeting go to: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81029256359 Below is the commission’s agenda 1. Changes to the Agenda 2. Review & Approve minutes from the June 6 2022 meeting 3. Citizen Comments 4. […]

Donald I. Gurney

UPDDATE – Missing Springfield man found alive

UPDATE 5:55 p.m. Thursday June 16, 2022 – At about 3:30 p.m. today, search crews located Donald Gurney in a wooded area near Knapp Pond in Cavendish. He was dehydrated but otherwise appeared to be in fair condition. Crews brought Gurney out of the woods on a litter and he was checked by medical personnel. […]

Donald I. Gurney

Update on missing person search in Cavendish

© 2022 Telegraph Publishing LLC Vermont State Police say that the search for Donald I. Gurney, 65, of Springfield, is continuing today. Gurney, who suffers from Alzheimer’s, was reported missing shortly after midnight on Tuesday, June 14, 2022. His truck was found near Parker Hill Road in Cavendish. On Wednesday, about 50 searchers – including […]

Judge denies Merrill motion for pre-trial release

Judge denies Merrill motion for pre-trial release

By Shawn Cunningham © 2022 Telegraph Publishing LLC Former Green Mountain Middle School teacher Norman Merrill will remain in jail after Federal District Judge Christina Reiss in Burlington held a hearing on his “motion to revoke detention order,” then denied it last Thursday. The motion, brought by defense attorney Devin McLaughlin, asserted that the detention […]