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Hearing scheduled for Merrill plea change

Hearing scheduled for Merrill plea change

By Shawn Cunningham © 2022 Telegraph Publishing LLC Seven months after his arrest on charges of producing child pornography in his Chester home, Norman Merrill is scheduled enter a change of plea in a hearing before U.S. District Judge Christina Reiss on Dec. 20. On May 23, Merrill pled not guilty to a three-count indictment […]

Second meeting of TRSU's 'Portrait of a Graduate' set for Dec. 5

Second meeting of TRSU’s ‘Portrait of a Graduate’ set for Dec. 5

By Shawn Cunningham © 2022 Telegraph Publishing LLC About 25 community members gathered in the library at Green Mountain High School on Monday Nov. 14 to participate as a “design team” in the first of four meetings aimed at answering the question “what should a graduate from a Two Rivers Supervisory Union school – elementary, […]

Chester Fire Department Christmas trees go on sale

Chester Fire Department Christmas trees go on sale

By Shawn Cunningham © 2022 Telegraph Publishing LLC The spirit of the season arrived in Chester on Friday, with the delivery of 500 Christmas trees for the Chester Fire Department’s annual sale. Firefighters and other volunteers – including a number of children – gathered at Rt. 103 south across from Marshall Road – to unload […]

Chester board hears from attorney about STR ordinance

Chester board hears from attorney about STR ordinance

By Shawn Cunningham © 2022 Telegraph Publishing LLC Chester’s Select Board continued deliberating on an ordinance that would require registration of  short term rentals — like Airbnb and VRBO — to gather information about the effects of such rentals on the town and to ensure that fire and safety regulations are observed. Back in August, […]

Andover Select Board agenda for Nov. 28

Andover Select Board agenda for Nov. 28

The Andover Select Board will hold its regular meeting at 6:30 p.m. on Monday Nov. 28 at the Town Office, 953 Andover Weston Road and via Zoom. To join the meeting go to: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/8690215007 The meeting ID is 869 021 5007 and the passcode is 146374 Below is the board’s agenda: 1. Call Meeting to […]

Blaze destroys Chester home, displacing family of eight

Blaze destroys Chester home, displacing family of eight Firefighters work amid bitter temperatures

By Shawn Cunningham © 2022 Telegraph Publishing LLC Firefighters from more than a dozen departments responded to Chester for a fire that destroyed a home that housed eight on Route 103 north near Wymans Falls Road and closed the highway for several hours on Sunday night as temperatures dropped into the low teens. According to […]

News Analysis: Next steps for GMUSD after bond defeat

News Analysis: Next steps for GMUSD after bond defeat

By Shawn Cunningham © 2022 Telegraph Publishing LLC Last Tuesday’s 47-vote defeat of a bond issue to renovate three school buildings that make up the Green Mountain Unified School District is on the agenda for that board’s monthly meeting on Thursday, Nov. 17 as members and administrators figure out where to go from here. At […]

Andover's 'High Bridge' re-opens on time

Andover’s ‘High Bridge’ re-opens on time

By Shawn Cunningham © 2022 Telegraph Publishing LLC T bridge replacement project on Weston-Andover Road, a worry for the Andover Select Board for many years, has finished on time and reopened after an 11-week closure. The town and the construction company held a ribbon cutting on Friday, Nov. 4 to mark the occasion. The 84-foot […]

Mail-in ballots, large in-person turnout make for busy election day

Mail-in ballots, large in-person turnout make for busy election day Props 2 and 5 pass, Democratic candidates win Windsor Senate seats, sheriff's office

By Shawn Cunningham © 2022 Telegraph Publishing LLC Town clerks across the area on Election Day morning said that especially large numbers of voters had cast ballots early, returning the general election ballots sent to them by the Vermont Secretary of State. At the same time, they noted there was also steady traffic at polling […]

$20M school renovation bond fails by 47 votes

$20M school renovation bond fails by 47 votes

By Shawn Cunningham © 2022 Telegraph Publishing LLC The $20 million bond intended to pay for renovating the three school buildings of the Green Mountain Unified School District was narrowly defeated Tuesday evening by a vote of 808 in favor to 855 opposed, a defeat that school officials called “disappointing.” The lower vote totals may […]

Details on GM school bond highlight aging systems

Details on GM school bond highlight aging systems

By Shawn Cunningham © 2022 Telegraph Publishing LLC A number of readers have asked for more details on the prices of the elements that go into the total price of the bond. According to Eric Lafayette, of general contractor Energy Efficient Investments, their process is to generate estimates based on current jobs they are working, […]

Voters weigh in with questions on school bond

Voters weigh in with questions on school bond

By Shawn Cunningham © 2022 Telegraph Publishing LLC Last Thursday evening, the Green Mountain Unified School District held a “walk through” at Green Mountain High School in Chester to give voters the chance to see why board members believe the proposed $20 million renovation bond that will come before them on Nov. 8 is necessary. […]

3 area villages to get ARPA funds for wastewater projects

3 area villages to get ARPA funds for wastewater projects Grafton, North & South Londonderry among 12 recipients

By Shawn Cunningham © 2022 Telegraph Publishing LLC Wastewater projects in three area villages — Grafton, South Londonderry and North Londonderry — will receive American Rescue Plan Act funding to the tune of almost $4 million each, Gov. Phil Scott announced last week. The funding, which is coming through the state’s Village Water and Wastewater […]

What's in the GM renovation bond: Elementary schools to see upgrades in heating systems

What’s in the GM renovation bond: Elementary schools to see upgrades in heating systems

By Shawn Cunningham © 2022 Telegraph Publishing LLC Both Cavendish Town and Chester-Andover elementary schools are slated to get upgrades to their fire alarm systems, should the bond proposal pass. Cavendish Town’s portion of the upgrade is worth $1.7 million; Chester-Andover’s is $2.6 million. Todd Parah, facilities director for Two Rivers Supervisory Union, says this […]

Chester board mulls gardens, housing, short-term rentals in wide ranging meeting

Chester board mulls gardens, housing, short-term rentals in wide ranging meeting

By Shawn Cunningham © 2022 Telegraph Publishing LLC Coming in at just under three hours in length, the Oct. 19 Chester Select Board meeting got through a packed agenda that included a request for a lease to use the Canal Street well site for a community garden, a discussion of how to approach the lack […]

Holey mission: Bonny Hudson finds the holy grail of apple cider doughnuts

Holey mission: Bonny Hudson finds the holy grail of apple cider doughnuts

By Shawn Cunningham © 2022 Telegraph Publishing LLC If you want the doughnuts up front by 8, you have to start at 4:30,” says Bonny Hudson as the deep fryers bring the soy oil up to temperature in the kitchen of Smitty’s Chester Market. It’s a little after 7 on a recent Saturday morning in […]

What's in the $20 million GM school renovation bond?

What’s in the $20 million GM school renovation bond? Part 1 of 2: We take a look at plans for Green Mountain High

By Shawn Cunningham © 2022 Telegraph Publishing LLC With just about three weeks before the end of mail-in voting and the Tuesday, Nov. 8 Election Day, the public can weigh in on the proposed $20 million bond to renovate the three schools in the Green Mountain School District. Board members, administration and school staff are […]

Chester board hears pros and cons of short-term rentals, ordinance

Chester board hears pros and cons of short-term rentals, ordinance Will look at ordinance again after lawyer's review

By Shawn Cunningham © 2022 Telegraph Publishing LLC Last Wednesday’s Chester Select Board review of a proposed ordinance that would require the registration of short-term rentals – like those marketed online by Airbnb and VRBO – brought out those in favor of regulation and those defending their income stream, as well as an emotional appeal […]

Already voted? There's still the Green Mountain School District renovation bond

Already voted? There’s still the Green Mountain School District renovation bond

By Shawn Cunningham © 2022 Telegraph Publishing LLC By now, registered voters in Vermont should have received their general election ballots by mail and many have either returned them or dropped them off with their town clerk. But there’s another vote remaining that was not part of the mailing from the state of Vermont. Voters […]

Different approaches: How are area towns addressing the issue of short-term rentals?

Different approaches: How are area towns addressing the issue of short-term rentals?

By Shawn Cunningham © 2022 Telegraph Publishing LLC As public concern grows around the proliferation of short-term rentals in area towns, select boards and planning panels have begun to take action. But while towns like Killington and Woodstock have established rental registries and regulations, local governments have either taken an incremental approach or only just […]