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Vaxx signups start Monday for those 65+

Vaxx signups start Monday for those 65+ Covid-19 infections drop as deaths rise; state considers making educators' vaccines a priority

©2021 Telegraph Publishing LLC As the 65+ age band is poised to begin registering for the Covid-19 vaccine on Monday, March 1, Gov. Phil Scott indicated that state officials are considering priority vaccinations for educators and school staff as the state’s focus heats up to get children back to full-time in-person learning. Although Scott would […]

Helipad letter prompts Weston board to push<br> for updated Town Plan, zoning regulations

Helipad letter prompts Weston board to push
for updated Town Plan, zoning regulations

By Cherise Madigan ©2021 Telegraph Publishing LLC The Weston Select Board took the first step toward updating the town’s zoning laws and Town Plan at its Feb. 23 meeting, prompted by a letter from Vermont’s Transportation Board regarding permitting for helipads and airstrips. Transportation board Helipad Letter In the letter, which you can read here, […]

Chester Planning Comm. agenda for March 1

Chester Planning Comm. agenda for March 1

The Chester Planning Commission will hold its regular meeting via Zoom at 5 p.m. on Monday March 1. To join the meeting go to https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81029256359. Below is its agenda. 1. Citizen comments 2. Discuss letter to Select Board about Peter Hudkins presentation at the February 17, 2021 Select Board meeting. 3. Discuss agenda and set […]

Springfield, Ludlow to be among 11 new EV <br> fast-charging stations in Vermont

Springfield, Ludlow to be among 11 new EV
fast-charging stations in Vermont

Gov. Phil Scott announced Monday that 11 new plug-in electric vehicle fast-charge stations are scheduled to be installed across Vermont over the next two years. The charge stations will be located in Springfield, Ludlow,  Wilmington, Rutland, Newport, Enosburgh, St. Johnsbury, Johnson, South Hero, Randolph and Fair Haven. The chargers will be a part of the […]

Chester Planning Commission ousts its chair

Chester Planning Commission ousts its chair

By Shawn Cunningham © 2021 Telegraph Publishing LLC By a vote of four to zero on Monday night, the Chester Planning Commission removed Peter Hudkins from his position as its chairman. The action was based on a presentation Hudkins made before the Select Board at its meeting last Wednesday in which commission members said he […]

Weekly Covid Update: Travel restrictions loosened for those vaccinated

Weekly Covid Update: Travel restrictions loosened for those vaccinated

©2021 Telegraph Publishing LLC With vaccination rates and dose allotment on the rise and new Covid-19 cases on the decline, Gov. Phil Scott announced on Friday a loosening of travel restrictions, as well as changes to protocols within long-term care and other senior living facilities, for fully vaccinated Vermonters. Scott also said changes are expected […]

Chester Planning Commission special meeting agenda for Feb. 22, 2021

Chester Planning Commission special meeting agenda for Feb. 22, 2021

The Chester Planning Commission will hold a special meeting via Zoom at 6:30 p.m. on Monday February 22, 2021. To join the meeting go to https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81029256359 To attend by phone dial (646) 558 8656 and use meeting id: 885 1664 9788 Below is the commission’s agenda: Citizens Comments Discuss the presentation Peter Hudkins made to […]

Forest rangers ask for Derry help in controlling rogue footbridge, bike paths

Forest rangers ask for Derry help in controlling rogue footbridge, bike paths Cannabis vote still on burner; joint policing with Jamaica considered

By Cherise Madigan ©2021 Telegraph Publishing LLC US. Forest Service rangers are looking into a seemingly unsanctioned footbridge and adjoining bike paths constructed in Londonderry’s Sherwood Forest neighborhood, and on Monday they requested the town Select Board’s assistance in investigating and resolving the issue. Martina Barnes, USFS Manchester District ranger, told the Londonderry Select Board […]

Meet the Candidates: Three vie for two 1-year seats on Chester Select Board

Meet the Candidates: Three vie for two 1-year seats on Chester Select Board

© 2021 Telegraph Publishing LLC Three races for the Chester Select Board are being contested in this year’s election: Three people are running for a three-year term and another three people are running for two one-year terms. Leigh Dakin and Jeff Holden are seeking re-election to their one-year seats and are being challenged by Will […]

A Second Look: What actually happened at Springfield Hospital?

A Second Look: What actually happened at Springfield Hospital?

By Cynthia Prairie ©2021 Telegraph Publishing LLC Three weeks ago, Vermonters were surprised by the news that 860 doses of Moderna vaccine ready for use by Springfield Hospital in the statewide battle against Covid 19 would be disposed of because of an “excursion” of slightly more than 1 degree above the accepted storage temperature. (Telegraph, […]

Traffic safety around Green continues to concern Weston board

Traffic safety around Green continues to concern Weston board

By Cherise Madigan ©2021 Telegraph Publishing LLC The Weston Select Board, at its Feb. 9 meeting, continued to explore options to improve traffic safety around the Weston Town Green at Vermont Route 100. Although the posted speed limit slows to 30 mph before vehicles enter downtown Weston, the area has seen a number of accidents […]

Meet the Candidates: Three seek 3-year seat on Chester Select Board

Meet the Candidates: Three seek 3-year seat on Chester Select Board

Three races for the Chester Select Board are being contested in this year’s election: Three people are running for a three-year term and three people are also running for two one-year terms. Heather Chase, who currently holds the three-year seat, is running for re-election. She is being challenged by Jeannie Wade and Scott Blair. (Leigh […]

Area EMTs take vaccines on the road for homebound Vermonters

Area EMTs take vaccines on the road for homebound Vermonters

By Shawn Cunningham © 2021 Telegraph Publishing LLC Last Friday, 30 residents of Bennington County, age 75 or older, received their first dose of the Pfizer Covid-19 vaccine. On its face, that might not seem so remarkable since more than 30,000 Vermonters in that age band have either been vaccinated or made appointments to get […]

Chester Planning Board agenda for Feb. 15

Chester Planning Board agenda for Feb. 15

The Chester Planning Commission will meet from 6:30 to 8 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 15 via Zoom. To access the meeting https://zoom.us/join Meeting ID: ​810 2925 6359  or  https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81029256359 Below is its agenda. 1. Review minutes from the Feb. 1, 2021 meeting. 2. Citizens Comments 3. Discuss document which addresses the Select Board request for “a summary […]

Chester Select Board agenda for Feb. 17

Chester Select Board agenda for Feb. 17

The Chester Select Board will hold its regular meeting via Zoom only at 6 p.m. on Wednesday February 17, 2021. To join the meeting go to https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81988842129 Below is its agenda. 1. Approve Minutes from the February 3, 2021 Select Board Meeting 2. Citizen Comments/Answers from Previous Meeting 3. Old Business 4. Skateboard Park Funding […]

Londonderry Select Board agenda for Feb. 15

Londonderry Select Board agenda for Feb. 15

The Londonderry Select Board will hold its regular meeting via Zoom at 6 p.m. on Monday, February 2021. To join the meeting online go to  https://us02web.zoom.us/j/88290878819  To join via telephone: (929) 205-6099 (Meeting ID: 882 9087 8819) Below is its agenda: 1. Call Meeting to Order 2. Additions or Deletions to the Agenda 3. Minutes […]

Weekly Covid Update: Shots open to 70+, school music comes back, emergency extended

Weekly Covid Update: Shots open to 70+, school music comes back, emergency extended

©2021 Telegraph Publishing LLC Gov. Phil Scott opened Covid-19 vaccinations to Vermonters aged 70+ with registration beginning next Tuesday and announced the resumption of music programming in schools at his Friday press conference and extended the Covid-19 state of emergency through March 15. Registration for 70+ age group will begin at 8:15 a.m. on Tuesday, […]

Chester board delays cannabis discussion; affirms support for community greenhouse

Chester board delays cannabis discussion; affirms support for community greenhouse

By Shawn Cunningham © 2021 Telegraph Publishing, LLC At just a little over 37 minutes in length, last Wednesday’s Chester Select Board meeting touched on many topics, but most of the work was “just housekeeping,” in the words of board chair Arne Jonynas. And there was an off-agenda discussion of future discussions of retail sales […]

Slower rise in Covid-19 cases for s. Vt. towns

Slower rise in Covid-19 cases for s. Vt. towns

By Cherise Madigan ©2021 Telegraph Publishing LLC The number of new cases in southern Vermont towns have begun to decline, although statewide case counts, deaths and hospitalizations remain on the rise. Springfield and Chester both saw the largest bumps in cases for the week between Jan. 27 and Feb. 3, with 19 and 7 more […]

Weekly Covid Update: Youth sports to restart without spectators; new vaxx sites at Grace Cottage, Mount Ascutney hospitals

Weekly Covid Update: Youth sports to restart without spectators; new vaxx sites at Grace Cottage, Mount Ascutney hospitals

©2021 Telegraph Publishing LLC Gov. Phil Scott announced the resumption of youth sports competition between schools, including interscholastic teams and youth leagues, for basketball, hockey, indoor soccer and football, broomball and volleyball, to begin next Friday, Feb. 12 with additional safety measures including no spectators, the masking mandate expanding to referees and no more than […]