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Grace Cottage participates in Giving Tuesday;<br>Weston Christmas Bazaar goes virtual; <br>WOOL-FM holds online fundraiser

Grace Cottage participates in Giving Tuesday;
Weston Christmas Bazaar goes virtual;
WOOL-FM holds online fundraiser

Grace Cottage seeks funds for defibrillators on Giving Tuesday TOWNSHEND After Black Friday and Cyber Monday comes Giving Tuesday, a worldwide day of philanthropy during the season of gratitude. Grace Cottage Family Health & Hospital asks its friends and neighbors to participate in its Giving Tuesday campaign on Dec. 1 to help raise funds to […]

Vt. Community Foundation gives Park St. School project $300,000

Vt. Community Foundation gives Park St. School project $300,000

© 2020 Telegraph Publishing LLC Springfield Regional Development Corp.  announced that it has received a $300,000 investment from the Vermont Community Foundation to support ongoing pre-development work at the former Park Street School in Springfield. SRDC Executive Director Bob Flint said that the funds would help to complete architectural and engineering work for redevelopment of […]

SRDC gets grants for co-op, Blake Hill Preserves

SRDC gets grants for co-op, Blake Hill Preserves

Springfield Regional Development Corp.is the recipient of two grants to support a pair of economic development projects in the region. The awards were part of the Regional Economic Development Grant Program, administered by the Department of Buildings and General Services. The goal of the program is promote stimulation or retention economic opportunities in the state. […]

The Collaborative fills new epidemiologist post

The Collaborative fills new epidemiologist post

The Collaborative, the regional substance misuse prevention organization located in Londonderry, announces Samantha Pearce as its community health epidemiologist, a new position funded by a federal grant. Pearce, who recently earned her master’s in Public Health from the University of New England in Biddeford, Maine, will oversee designing, collecting and analyzing statistical data to measure […]

Broadband plan outlined to bring fiber to Weston, Derry, 14 other towns in Deerfield Valley CUD

Broadband plan outlined to bring fiber to Weston, Derry, 14 other towns in Deerfield Valley CUD

By Cherise Madigan © 2020 Telegraph Publishing LLC The Deerfield Valley Communications Union District — of which Londonderry and now Weston are members — presented its business plan earlier this month, following months of surveys and studies into the region’s connectivity and potential. Officially formed this April, the 16-member town CUD aims to provide equitable, […]

Okemo chamber gets regional stimulus grant; GNAT offers free promotional videos; SBA announces simpler form for PPP loan forgiveness

Okemo chamber gets regional stimulus grant; GNAT offers free promotional videos; SBA announces simpler form for PPP loan forgiveness

Okemo chamber gets state regional stimulus grant The Okemo Valley Regional Chamber of Commerce was recently awarded a Restart VT Regional Marketing & Stimulus Grant from the state Department of Tourism. This successful application was the result of a regional collaboration with joint applications from  partners including the communities of Chester, Londonderry, Ludlow and Weston. Individual community grants […]

Artisans Alley Indoors opens in Chester; Atelier Annex artists hold pop up gallery in Grafton

Artisans Alley Indoors opens in Chester; Atelier Annex artists hold pop up gallery in Grafton

Pop up gallery by Atelier Annex artists set for Grafton this weekend Atelier Annex is planning a pop up gallery in Grafton in the Mountain Mind and Movement Yoga Studio, Windham Cottage Annex, 76 Main St. in Grafton, which is currently not in use due to Covid 19. The event will be held from 11 […]

Springfield Hospital, Okemo Chamber announce winners of September golf tourneys

Springfield Hospital, Okemo Chamber announce winners of September golf tourneys

Springfield Hospital’s 20th Annual Golf Challenge nets $12,000 for operating room Springfield Hospital hosted its 20th Annual Springfield Hospital Golf Challenge on Wednesday, Sept. 16 at Okemo Valley Golf Club in Ludlow, raising more than  $12,000 for its Operating Room Equipment Fund. Sixty-eight tournament participants enjoyed a variety of competitions in addition to 18 holes […]

BRIC partners for free courses to upgrade digital skills; VSAC offers webinar on FAFSA forms

BRIC partners for free courses to upgrade digital skills; VSAC offers webinar on FAFSA forms

BRIC partners for free digital courses Springfield’s Black River Innovation Campus has partnered with the Center On Rural Innovation to bring rural residents in Southern Vermont the Future Is Digital Challenge. It includes free, 40-hour courses and scholarships for 3-month Nanodegrees (project and skills-based credential programs) along three tracks: Digital Marketing, Business Analytics and Front-End […]

As autumn descends, eateries cautious, optimistic

As autumn descends, eateries cautious, optimistic

By Cherise Madigan ©2020 Telegraph Publishing LLC Vermont’s fall foliage season typically rakes in revenue totaling $280 million throughout the month of October, according to the Vermont Department of Tourism and Marketing, and leaf peepers have already begun to descend on the Green Mountains as they burst into a blaze of color. While the foliage […]

A new masthead, new logo for The Telegraph

A new masthead, new logo for The Telegraph

©2020 Telegraph Publishing LLC Since its inception eight and a half years ago, The Chester Telegraph has sported this masthead: We chose the font — an old style typewriter font — and the hand on the telegraph keys to harken back to a time when the telegraph lines followed the railroad tracks, which were so […]

Year after blaze, Timber Works rises from ashes

Year after blaze, Timber Works rises from ashes

By Shawn Cunningham © 2020 Telegraph Publishing LLC A year ago this week, a fire in a dumpster outside Vermont Timber Works in North Springfield spread to the building destroying it in a massive blaze fueled by exploding propane and gas tanks inside the building. Just shy of a year later,  the company is back, […]

Small Business Week to be held Sept. 22-24; Vermont VBA hosts PPP forgiveness seminars

Small Business Week to be held Sept. 22-24; Vermont VBA hosts PPP forgiveness seminars

National Small Business Week will be held Tuesday through Thursday, Sept. 22-24. The annual event is virtual this year and was rescheduled from May due to the coronavirus pandemic. National Small Business Week honors the nation’s small businesses, many of which are veteran, women and minority-owned, for their achievements and dedication to their communities. This […]

Initiative looks to expand fiber-optic internet access in Derry, Weston

Initiative looks to expand fiber-optic internet access in Derry, Weston In time of Covid-19, high speed service vital to education, public health, business

By Cherise Madigan ©2020 Telegraph Publishing LLC In the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic and subsequent stay-at-home orders, Vermonters in some towns are feeling the lack of high-speed internet more than ever. While some area towns like Chester and Andover have had fiber optic for several years because Vtel received a federal grant to wire […]

Juice bar opens in Chester; business recovery grants increased for certain sectors

Juice bar opens in Chester; business recovery grants increased for certain sectors

Aurora’s Fresh Juice & Smoothie Bah opens in Chester Aurora McCarthy, 42, has opened Aurora’s Fresh Juice and Smoothie Bah at Blair Books & More on the Green in Chester. McCarthy first visited Chester 22 years ago for a workshop retreat and said she felt drawn to return to this ‘special high-vibe corner of the […]

Projects in Springfield, Bellows Falls and Manchester awarded state tax credits

Projects in Springfield, Bellows Falls and Manchester awarded state tax credits

  Projects in Springfield and Rockingham are among 30 in 27 communities that will receive a total of $3.2 million in Downtown and Village Center tax credits from the state of Vermont. “I’m proud to see Vermont’s continued commitment to investing in their downtowns during these uncertain times – it is a testament to our […]

State expands biz recovery grants to some owners; hazard pay grants now available

State expands biz recovery grants to some owners; hazard pay grants now available

Gov. Phil Scott and agencies in Vermont announced two new programs today to help  small business owners as well as front-line workers who have been financially impacted by the Covid-19 pandemic. Scott, the Agency of Commerce and Community Development and the Department of Taxes have expanded the eligibility for Economic Recovery Grants for Vermont businesses. […]

State reports 1st Covid death in 6 weeks; Scott expands retail capacity as mask mandate goes into effect

State reports 1st Covid death in 6 weeks; Scott expands retail capacity as mask mandate goes into effect

©2020 Telegraph Publishing LLC The Vermont Department of Health this week reported the first Covid-19 related death in more than six weeks, bringing Vermont’s statewide total to 57. Although the Health Department did not release any detailed information on the victim, data sources indicated the person was older than 80 and from Washington County. Gov. […]

N.H. beer enthusiasts developing craft brew app

N.H. beer enthusiasts developing craft brew app

By Ryan Lessard Brew News Spotlight Republished Courtesy Manchester (N.H.) Ink Link Have an idea what kind of beer you like but need help finding a new craft brew made locally? There’s an app for that — or rather, there will be soon. DraughtPick is a mobile app under development and due for beta test […]

SBA holding free webinars on PPP, EIDL

SBA holding free webinars on PPP, EIDL

The Small Business Administration Vermont District Office hosts a free daily webinar from 9 to 10 a.m. Monday to Friday to discuss Paycheck Protection Program forgiveness and other changes. To join the webinar, click here. To join by phone, call (202) 765-1264 and when prompted enter the code 237511921#. Upon joining the call, mute the […]