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To the editor: Covid-19 affects funeral practices

To the editor: Covid-19 affects funeral practices

As of Wednesday March 25, 2020 Davis Memorial Chapel in Springfield will not be able to hold public services of any kind, and private services will be very limited. Gov. Phil Scott and Health Commissioner Dr. Mark Levine have made it very clear that if we have any chance in containing this virus we must […]

To the editor: Springfield Hospital to open testing site, alters some procedures

To the editor: Springfield Hospital to open testing site, alters some procedures

Here at Springfield Medical Care Systems, we know it is a very stressful time for everyone. To protect our patients, our healthcare workers and staff during the Covid-19 pandemic, we are doing a lot of things differently. If you are sick, please call before coming to one of our clinics. If you arrive at a clinic, we […]

Commentary: Managing stress under Covid-19

Commentary: Managing stress under Covid-19

By Richard W. Root II, Ed.D., ABP Twin State Psychological Services New reports about Covid-19 are becoming more widespread and can be stressful to deal with. Here are some tips to help you manage stress, put news reports in perspective and maintain a positive outlook. Keep things in perspective. Take a deep breath and remind […]

To the editor: Some in Congress favor military over health care

To the editor: Some in Congress favor military over health care

While Vermont communities were watching for signs the federal government would help them weather the current public health issues, 130 federal legislators had their sights set on something else. These members of Congress had the audacity to jointly petition the House Armed Services Committee, just four days after the White House declared a state of […]

To the editor: Family Center seeks monetary donations

To the editor: Family Center seeks monetary donations

The Chester Telegraph is republishing this letter from the Chester-Andover Family Center seeking funds. While its website is still experiencing problems, the link to its Paypal account works. The Chester-Andover Family Center is asking the community for help in keeping our Food Shelf fully stocked to meet the needs of participating residents. As you know, […]

To the editor: Grace Cottage responds to Covid-19

To the editor: Grace Cottage responds to Covid-19

I am writing to inform you about Grace Cottage Family Health & Hospital’s preparedness for and response to the Covid-19 pandemic. We are working hard and diligently to stop the spread of Covid-19, while continuing to provide high-quality medical care and to protect the safety of our community, including patients, their families, and our employees. […]

Op-Ed: Legislators look for ways to address crisis

Op-Ed: Legislators look for ways to address crisis

By Sen. Alison Clarkson We are all adjusting to our new COVID-19 normal. The legislature has just finished its first week working remotely on Vermont’s response to this crisis. Each committee is addressing ways to respond to the anxieties and uncertainties we are all facing. This crisis is affecting almost every aspect of our lives, […]

To the Editor: Chester's response to COVID-19

To the Editor: Chester’s response to COVID-19

To: Chester Residents Re: COVID-19 In an effort to keep all of our residents and employees as safe as possible, the following is the Town of Chester’s response to COVID-19. This response will remain in effect until April 6, 2020, at which time we will reassess. Please read this information thoroughly so that you can […]

To the editor: Family Center changes process for food pickup

To the editor: Family Center changes process for food pickup

The Chester-Andover Family Center is putting new procedures in place regarding how we carry out our mission to make a difference in our community by providing resources for financial assistance, supplemental, nutritional food, affordable clothing and household goods. Beginning immediately, our Thrift Shop will be closed until Thursday, April 16. We will continue to provide […]

To the editor: Humane Society closes to public

To the editor: Humane Society closes to public

The Springfield Humane Society will be closed to the public, including all volunteers, effective Wednesday, March 18. Adoptions will be handled online, and appointments will made once an application has been processed and approved. Please go to our website, our Facebook page, and our Petfinder page to see pets we have for adoption. Fill out […]

To the editor: Cavendish Library to close but continue offering some services

To the editor: Cavendish Library to close but continue offering some services

Out of concern for the community, the Cavendish Fletcher Community Library will close to the public until further notice.  All library programs are cancelled until Monday, April 6, when the library board will make a further determination. During this time, we will be stocking the library entrance way with free books and movies, refreshed daily.  […]

Op-ed: Trust in government depends on transparency

Op-ed: Trust in government depends on transparency Sunshine Week spotlights the importance of access to public information

By Jim Condos Secretary of State Trust in government is at an all-time low. As you can see playing out before our eyes in the news today, integrity is at a premium in times of crisis. Truth and transparency are necessary to effective leadership. In Vermont, we take great pride in having a government that […]

To the editor: Whiting Library closed til April 6

To the editor: Whiting Library closed til April 6

To limit the exposure to the COVID-19 virus, Whiting Library in Chester will be closed from Sunday, March 15 until April 6. This is a difficult decision; we do not want to disappoint our loyal patrons and all who rely on library services.  Please know that we have the best interest of our volunteers, staff […]

To the editor: BRGNS switches to phone requests for food, assistance

To the editor: BRGNS switches to phone requests for food, assistance

Black River Good Neighbor Services has served the people of Ludlow, Cavendish, Mount Holly, and Plymouth for over 40 years with food and financial assistance in times of need. With the global health crisis facing us now we realize that our services are more relevant than ever. Our volunteers and staff assure you that our […]

To the editor: Cavendish library board says no decisions made

To the editor: Cavendish library board says no decisions made

The Cavendish Fletcher Community Library Board would like our community to know that we are engaged in extensive conversations about the safety of the students of CTES and all of the patrons of this wonderful public library, including the children. We are in contact with the Board of Directors of the Green Mountain Unified School […]

To the editor: Overnight stays at Lowell Lake out for now

To the editor: Overnight stays at Lowell Lake out for now

Lowell Lake Concerned Citizens has been informed by Michael Snyder, commissioner of Vermont Forests, Parks and Recreation, that his department will not develop overnight lodging at Lowell Lake State Park at this time, stating in an email to the group that, “I have made a point of becoming well aware of your concerns and they […]

An open letter to state Rep. Bock on tree warden bill

An open letter to state Rep. Bock on tree warden bill

Editor’s note: This open letter to Vermont Rep. Tom Bock was received on Feb. 26 from the Andover Select Board, prior to its Town Meeting on Saturday in which a new board member was elected. Dear Tom, We, the Select Board of Andover, Vermont, have read H.673, the tree warden bill that you co-sponsored and […]

Editorial: Vote 'yes' on the GM budget, then demand better

Editorial: Vote ‘yes’ on the GM budget, then demand better

The $14 million Green Mountain Unified School District budget, which will go before the voters on Tuesday March 3, isn’t perfect. One glaring error is that the school board failed to fight harder to include the long promised foreign language program for the district’s elementary schools, but still managed to be 9 percent over last […]

Rep. Bock: Of two important bills, Scott vetoes one, takes no action yet on the other

Rep. Bock: Of two important bills, Scott vetoes one, takes no action yet on the other

By Rep. Tom Bock On the very first day of the 2020 session, Democratic leaders renewed their pledge to continue their work to strengthen the economy and make Vermont more affordable for working families. We are feeling the pinch of a shrinking workforce and an aging population. Currently in the state, there are about 55,000 […]

Sen. Clarkson: Census matters to Vermonters

Sen. Clarkson: Census matters to Vermonters

By Sen. Alison Clarkson The Census matters. Two legislative committees were reminded last week of how important the data gleaned from it is for every state. Each decade since 1790 the U.S. Census Bureau has conducted an every household survey collecting data about our country’s people and the places they live. It is the leading […]