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To the editor: Legislature should pass single-member districts

To the editor: Legislature should pass single-member districts

Below is a letter sent to state Reps. Carolyn Patridge and Leslie Goldman, both Democrats representing Windham-3, on the morning of Friday, Jan. 14. Good morning, Carolyn and Leslie, Best wishes to you and yours for the new year. This afternoon, the Vermont House will vote on redistricting the electoral districts in the state.  As […]

Op-ed: A Q&A with Chester Planning Commission chair Cathy Hasbrouck

Op-ed: A Q&A with Chester Planning Commission chair Cathy Hasbrouck

  In early November of this year, Chester businessman Steve Mancuso, owner of Chester Electric and head of the nascent Chester Business Coalition**,  asked a series of questions of Cathy Hasbrouck, chair of the Chester Planning Commission, which is working on updating the town’s bylaws, to clarify recent activities and the general direction of the […]

To the editor: Eye-opening discussion over masking in Chester

To the editor: Eye-opening discussion over masking in Chester

Last Wednesday’s select board meeting with public discussion on the mask mandate was truly eye-opening! It’s difficult to listen to the same theme from so many people, “My personal freedom is more important than yours.” Whatever happened to taking care of your neighbor with regard to public health? Wearing a mask is such a simple […]

To the editor: Thanks to all who made Dance Factory's 'Nutcracker' a success

To the editor: Thanks to all who made Dance Factory’s ‘Nutcracker’ a success

  The Dance Factory would like to extend heartfelt thanks and immense gratitude to the myriad community members whose contributions made this year’s production of The Nutcracker possible. To our amazing cast of dancers: thank you for your time, talent and dedication, and for being so mindful of staying healthy and safe. Performing in masks […]

From the editor: A poll is just a poll, not a vote

From the editor: A poll is just a poll, not a vote

By Cynthia Prairie ©2021 Telegraph Publishing LLC Every so often, The Chester Telegraph rolls out a poll to take the pulse of our communities on various issues: bringing a big box store into Chester; what type of restaurants you would like to see move in; cannabis laws etc. Voters have been respectful in their voting, […]

To the editor: Chester board should institute a mask mandate

To the editor: Chester board should institute a mask mandate

After some debate on the topic, I can only determine three core reasons that some of my fellow citizens have for not wanting a mask mandate in Chester. a) They don’t want anyone telling them what to do. b) They don’t believe the science telling us that masks help mitigate the transmission of Covid. c) […]

The Telegraph Poll: A mask mandate for Chester?

The Telegraph Poll: A mask mandate for Chester?

This Telegraph Poll will be open until Dec. 15. Should the Chester Select Board institute a mask mandate for public buildings and businesses?

Op-ed: Does the First Amendment allow racist and personal threats of violence?

Op-ed: Does the First Amendment allow racist and personal threats of violence?

By Bill Schubart It’s time for a statute prohibiting hate-speech, online bullying and threats of physical violence. Five years ago, Rep. Kiah Morris (D-Bennington) resigned from the Vermont legislature, where she had earned the respect of her colleagues and a reputation as an effective promoter of equity and justice in Vermont. The online harassment began […]

To the editor: Londonderry should consider other ways to control speeding than costly sheriff

To the editor: Londonderry should consider other ways to control speeding than costly sheriff

At Town Meeting last year, Londonderry voted to appropriate $45,000 to hire the Windham County Sheriff to spend up to 20 hours per week for policing the town of Londonderry. A representative from the sheriff’s office said that they were committed to policing the community as a whole (which was important to the voters since […]

To the editor: Budget deliberations to begin for BRSU school districts; public urged to attend

To the editor: Budget deliberations to begin for BRSU school districts; public urged to attend

As December is upon us, the Bennington Rutland Supervisory Union  is focusing on the future of its three school districts: Winhall, Mettawee, and the Taconic & Green, which serves Peru, Londonderry, Landgrove and Weston. For all three jurisdictions, December marks the traditional start of formal district budget discussions on finances and tax rates for fiscal […]

To the editor: Thanks to all who made Warm Hands coat drive successful

To the editor: Thanks to all who made Warm Hands coat drive successful

The Warm Hands Warm Hearts planning committee wishes to thank the Chester and Andover communities for the wonderful support for Warm Hands Warm Hearts 2021, held in late October. Many generous donations of coats, blankets, boots and other warm items were all given free to all shoppers. Donations of cash were used to purchase healthy […]

To the editor: Community responds to Whiting Library visioning efforts

To the editor: Community responds to Whiting Library visioning efforts

On Sept. 7 and Oct. 5, 2021, residents of Chester and Andover gathered at the Chester Town Hall to talk about shared aspirations for the community and to envision the future of Whiting Library. Professional library consultant, Amy Howlett, facilitated these conversations with the assistance of Library Director Deirdre Doran. The goal of the meetings […]

To the editor: Family Center seeks donations for Thanksgiving meals

To the editor: Family Center seeks donations for Thanksgiving meals

The Chester-Andover Family Center Food Shelf needs your help. We are busy preparing to provide Food Shelf participants with food for their Thanksgiving dinners. As Vermont Food bank partners, we can purchase turkeys and shelf stable items at very low cost. We also partner with local grocery outlets and farmers to purchase fresh produce and […]

To the editor: Townscape celebrates fall season with new plantings

To the editor: Townscape celebrates fall season with new plantings

Many changes let residents and visitors know that Chester is geared up for the fall season. Most of summer’s prominent bridge boxes and pots and barrels of cascading flowers have been replaced with decorations that proclaim a new season with a different abundance. Chester Townscape thanks all those volunteers who planted, watered, and cared for […]

Op-ed: Critical Race Theory is American history

Op-ed: Critical Race Theory is American history

By James Michael Brodie Across the country, lawmakers, educators (including the Board of Regents at my alma mater, the University of Colorado), and other interested parties are taking up discussions regarding Critical Race Theory and the 1619 Project. The conflict among many White Americans is whether or not to acknowledge what actually happened to enslaved […]

To the editor: People should not be used as mascots

To the editor: People should not be used as mascots

Mascots are symbolic figures adopted by a group to bring them good luck, to promote a sense of teamwork and unity, and to symbolize the attributes that the group aspires to. A stereotype is an oversimplified image or idea of a particular type of person or thing.  I believe that, when an image is based […]

Op-ed Why is there a worker shortage?

Op-ed Why is there a worker shortage?

By Jack Hoffman The Washington Post recently tackled the question a lot of people have been talking about. The headline read: “Why America has 8.4 million unemployed when there are 10 million job openings.” What was refreshing about the Post story was that it didn’t offer the usual explanation about the mismatch between jobs and […]

Rep. Tom Bock: Cares Act, ARPA funds give historic aid to Vermont

Rep. Tom Bock: Cares Act, ARPA funds give historic aid to Vermont

By Rep. Tom Bock Because of Covid-19, an unprecedented spending at the federal level, a vast infusion of federal dollars came to Vermont, leading to  unprecedented levels of revenue for our state. In the spring of 2020, Vermont received $1.25 billion from the Cares Act and in the spring of 2021 we received $1.052 billion […]

To the editor: Roper's letter incorrect, misleading

To the editor: Roper’s letter incorrect, misleading

In his Aug. 17, 2021 letter to the editor Tim Roper stated the following: “Imagine you’re someone who wants a permit to use your property in some way that’s different from how it’s used now. That could be opening a business, or building a new shed, barn, garage, or accessory dwelling unit. Or maybe you […]

To the editor: Greenhouse project thanks Chester residents for feedback

To the editor: Greenhouse project thanks Chester residents for feedback

I would like to thank the people of Chester who came to the public forum at the July 21 Select Board meeting to support, give opinions, and find out more about the Chester Community Greenhouse & Gardens. Everyone overwhelmingly voiced their support of the project as a whole. It was the third public informative presentation, […]