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Grafton Cheese features mural by Chester artist

Grafton Cheese features mural by Chester artist

© 2019 Telegraph Publishing LLC Chester artist Amy Mosher has completed a bucolic mural for the Grafton Village Cheese Co.’s viewing room at its facility at 533 Townshend Road in Grafton. The 340-square-foot mural portrays Vermont’s rural landscape complete with the cows and sheep that provide milk to make Grafton’s cave aged cheeses. Mosher had […]

Bulb sale at Chester Fall Fest; Grafton Fall Fest seeks crafters; Springfield Band looking for musicians

Bulb sale at Chester Fall Fest; Grafton Fall Fest seeks crafters; Springfield Band looking for musicians

Chester Townscape selling bulbs at Fall Festival Chester Townscape volunteers will be in front of the Fullerton Inn on Main Street in Chester selling spring-flowering bulbs during Chester’s Fall Festival from 10 a.m to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday Sept. 21 and 22. All bulbs are top quality, hardy, easy care, deer resistant, and expected […]

Left in Andover: Apple picking plants seeds for lifetime of growth

Left in Andover: Apple picking plants seeds for lifetime of growth

By Susan Leader ©2019 Telegraph Publishing LLC In 1978 my mother, Miriam Leader, wrote, “I search the reddened cheeks of a Northern Spy, my daughter’s cheeks rosy as she picked it … I am becoming greedy of those times.” I have no desire to reprise my time as a professional, seasonal orchard worker throughout my […]

Chester Chatter: That clear beautiful tragic day

Chester Chatter: That clear beautiful tragic day

By Ruthie Douglas ©2019 Telegraph Publishing LLC It was a beautiful clear day. Fall was on its way. The sky was blue dotted with fluffy white clouds. I was angry that I was sick and called into work that I would not be coming in. I wrapped up in a blanket, turned on the TV […]

Henry Homeyer: getting the most out of your veggie harvest

Henry Homeyer: getting the most out of your veggie harvest

By Henry Homeyer ©2019 Telegraph Publishing LLC Want to maximize the output of your garden?  Now is the time to act. Here are a few things you can do that will help. Brussels sprouts: Have you had trouble getting full-sized sprouts? These plants need to be topped in the fall to get the tiny sprouts […]

Chester resident's quilt places 3rd in Billings Farm People's Choice awards

Chester resident’s quilt places 3rd in Billings Farm People’s Choice awards

Chester resident Linda Diak took a third place award in the small to medium category for quilt Circle #1 at the Billings Farm & Museum‘s 2019 People’s Choice awards during the 33rd Annual Quilt Exhibition. More than 15,000 visitors viewed the recent exhibition and nearly 1,000 ballots were cast for favorite quilts. The results: FULL […]

Left in Andover: The Coolidge connection

Left in Andover: The Coolidge connection

By Susan Leader ©2019 Telegraph Publishing LLC As a young child I used to hike up Weston Road with my mother to Middletown Cemetery, where we enjoyed trying to figure out the stories behind the gravestone inscriptions. What triple misfortune befell the Chandler family, summers end, 1839? Even the ministrations of Dr. Charles Chandler, husband […]

Chester Chatter: Diary of a left-handed kid

Chester Chatter: Diary of a left-handed kid

By Ruthie Douglas ©2019 Telegraph Publishing LLC Picture what a first grade classroom looked like in 1946. Now you have an idea of what I had to deal with as a left-handed little girl. Students had to enter the desk from the right side and the inkwells were on the right side as well. There […]

Henry Homeyer: fall color in the flower garden

Henry Homeyer: fall color in the flower garden

By Henry Homeyer ©2019 Telegraph Publishing LLC Big yellow buses are growling as they lumber down country roads, delivering their children to school. Soft serve stands are warning of imminent closure. Favorite flowers are finishing their blooms; fall is here. But don’t despair as there are plenty of colorful plants to fill vases and warm […]

Community & Arts events: Sept. 7 - 10

Community & Arts events: Sept. 7 – 10

For a full listing of upcoming events, click here for The Chester Telegraph Calendar. To find out how to become a Calendar Partner, email or call Cynthia Prairie at cprairie@chestertelegraph.org or 802-875-2703. To be included in events briefs, email calendar@chestertelegraph.org. Photos welcome. No PDFs, please. Notices must be received by noon on Fridays to be […]

Derry Rescue Squad offers medical responder course

Derry Rescue Squad offers medical responder course

The Londonderry Volunteer Rescue Squad will be offering an Emergency Medical Responder course beginning in late September. Classes will meet from 6 to 9 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays from Sept. 25 through Dec. 19. at the Rescue Squad Building, 6068 Route 100 in Londonderry. State testing will follow. EMRs are often the first medical personnel […]

Left in Andover: A bit of Hetty Green in Weston

Left in Andover: A bit of Hetty Green in Weston

By Susan Leader ©2019 Telegraph Publishing LLC In 1966, I inherited my older sister’s job as a housekeeper at the newly rebuilt Weston Playhouse, designed by architect and esteemed native son Ray Austin. What I most dreaded was cleaning the toilets. Luckily for me, all the bathroom fixtures in the upstairs actors’ quarters were still […]

Chester Chatter: When it was time to grow up

Chester Chatter: When it was time to grow up

By Ruthie Douglas ©2019 Telegraph Publishing LLC Summer had come to an end. I was sad and yet excited to see my friends once again now that school had started. I had a couple of new outfits to wear as I was starting the 8th grade. The first day was a bit scary. I was […]

Henry Homeyer: Roots can be the root of the problem

Henry Homeyer: Roots can be the root of the problem

By Henry Homeyer ©2019 Telegraph Publishing LLC Folks who only have shade often give up on gardening because they cannot grow things like poppies and peonies, and only know “boring” shade plants planted for their foliage rather than their blossoms: hostas, pachysandra and myrtle. But even those plants don’t necessarily grow vigorously in shade. More […]

Community & Arts events: Aug. 28-Sept. 1

Community & Arts events: Aug. 28-Sept. 1

For a full listing of upcoming events, click here for The Chester Telegraph Calendar. To find out how to become a Calendar Partner, email or call Cynthia Prairie at cprairie@chestertelegraph.org or 802-875-2703. To be included in events briefs, email Susan Lampe-Wilson at calendar@chestertelegraph.org. Photos welcome. No PDFs, please. Notices must be received by noon on […]

Left in Andover: Finding our place in France

Left in Andover: Finding our place in France

By Susan Leader ©2019 Telegraph Publishing LLC Late August 1963, stranded in Helsinki, my family and I explored the city, subsisting on hearty black bread, figs and sour yogurt from an open air market. A family living near the Olympic Stadium rented us the dining room of their mansion, outfitted with five beds. An overly […]

Chester Chatter: Begin each day with a song

Chester Chatter: Begin each day with a song

By Ruthie Douglas ©2019 Telegraph Publishing LLC What the world needs now, is love, sweet love. And plenty of hugs. Never have we ever needed kindness and smiles more. Over this past year, I came to realize how much it means. When the nurses and the LNAs offered me comfort and a gentle touch of […]

Henry Homeyer: Beware the purple invader

Henry Homeyer: Beware the purple invader

By Henry Homeyer ©2019 Telegraph Publishing LLC This is the time of year when swampy areas often are ablaze with gorgeous pink-purple flowers that dominate the wetland. These are the flowers of purple loosestrife (Lythrum salicaria), an invasive plant that you should not encourage – but that you probably can’t get rid of once established. […]

Weston's 'Virginia Woolf' challenges actors, audience

Weston’s ‘Virginia Woolf’ challenges actors, audience

By David Lampe-Wilson ©2019 Telegraph Publishing LLC Weston Playhouse closes its mainstage summer season with Edward Albee’s Pulitzer Prize-winning black comedy/drama Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf. This is a marathon evening; opening night ran three-plus hours. It is an endurance test that challenges four actors to create larger-than-life characters out of reams of Albee’s caustic […]

Community & Arts events: Aug. 22-Aug. 27

Community & Arts events: Aug. 22-Aug. 27

For a full listing of upcoming events, click here for The Chester Telegraph Calendar. To find out how to become a Calendar Partner, email or call Cynthia Prairie at cprairie@chestertelegraph.org or 802-875-2703. To be included in events briefs, email Susan Lampe-Wilson at calendar@chestertelegraph.org. Photos welcome. No PDFs, please. Notices must be received by noon on […]