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Ceremony celebrates 54 GM seniors graduating

Ceremony celebrates 54 GM seniors graduating

©2019 Telegraph Publishing LLC Friday night was chilly for an outdoor graduation ceremony, but the rains had ended early enough and the 54 Green Mountain Union High seniors and their families seemed game to take on the unusually cool evening with grace. To launch the photo gallery, by Shawn Cunningham, please click any photo. The […]

TRSU boards apparently kept in dark about suits

TRSU boards apparently kept in dark about suits

By Shawn Cunningham © 2019 Telegraph Publishing LLC The overspending of a line item for legal expenses by nearly 500 percent led to the revelation by The Chester Telegraph Thursday night that the Two Rivers Supervisory Union is facing at least two lawsuits that virtually no board members of Green Mountain Unified School District nor […]

Andover Select Board agenda for June 24

Andover Select Board agenda for June 24

The Select Board for the Town of Andover will meet at 6:30 p.m. on Monday June 24 at Town Offices, 9538 Andover Road. Below is its agenda. 1. Call Select Board meeting to order. 2. Act on Agenda. 3. Act on Minutes: Act on minutes from June 10th meeting. 4. Public Comment (Time allowance: Five […]

Derry Select Board agenda for June 17, 2019

Derry Select Board agenda for June 17, 2019

The Londonderry Select Board will meet at 6:30 p.m. on Monday, June 17 at the Twitchell Building, 100 Old School St. in South Londonderry. Below is its agenda. 1. Call Meeting to Order 2. Additions or Deletions to the Agenda 3. Executive Session – The appointment or employment or evaluation of a public officer or […]

CANCELED: Chester Select Board agenda for June 19, 2019

CANCELED: Chester Select Board agenda for June 19, 2019

The Chester Select Board meeting for tonight, Wednesday, June 19 has been canceled for lack of a quorum. The Chester Select Board will meet at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, June 19 at Town Hall, 556 Elm St. Below is its agenda. 1. Approve June 5, 2019 Selectboard Minutes and Executive Session Minutes 2. Citizen Comments […]

Chester board OKs gravel studies, source for Act 250 funds

Chester board OKs gravel studies, source for Act 250 funds

By Shawn Cunningham © 2019 Telegraph Publishing LLC The Town of Chester, through its attorney Jim Goss, is preparing to file applications for an ACT 250 permit and a zoning permit to extract gravel from a site on the 139-acre parcel it purchased in 2016 for siting a water tank as part of a system […]

Questionable executive session concerned Powden contract, evaluation

Questionable executive session concerned Powden contract, evaluation

By Shawn Cunningham © 2019 Telegraph Publishing LLC In the five weeks since Superintendent Meg Powden told The Telegraph that the executive session of the May 2 TRSU board meeting was  “cited properly” and said she didn’t have to give any more information than that, the board of the Two Rivers Supervisory Union has admitted […]

Springfield walks back Transfer Station changes

Springfield walks back Transfer Station changes To study options to accommodate smaller amounts of trash

By Shawn Cunningham © 2019 Telegraph Publishing, LLC The Town of Springfield recently announced a major change in the way its transfer station would be doing business, but on Tuesday afternoon, June 11 – after hearing public concerns the night before – the town put a hold on rolling out all the changes until Sept. […]

After year delay, new CAES playground dedicated

After year delay, new CAES playground dedicated

©2019 Telegraph Publishing LLC Fund-raising and planning took quite a number of years. Then, last August, when Chester-Andover Elementary School and the volunteers of the Parent-Teacher Group were ready to welcome kids back to school and celebrate the brand new and very blue playground that they had labored so long for,  a water line break […]

Truck wreck sends diesel into Williams River

Truck wreck sends diesel into Williams River Route 103 expected to be closed til 11 p.m. Tuesday

By Shawn Cunningham © 2019 Telegraph Publishing, LLC A Ryder tractor unit hit a guardrail on 103 North in Chester Tuesday evening, narrowly avoiding a roll into the Williams River. But damage to the truck sent gallons and gallons of diesel fuel into the water. At around 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, June 11, while the Chester […]

Tractor-trailer accident closes Route 103 North of Chester

Tractor-trailer accident closes Route 103 North of Chester

Time: 8:14 p.m. June 11 A single-vehicle accident involving a tractor-trailer heading south on Route 103, just north of Chester’s Stone Village at Palmer Road, has stopped traffic in both directions. The accident occurred around 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, June 11. No one was injured. But Chester Fire Department personnel are concerned about fluid from […]

Chester Planning Commission agenda for June 17

Chester Planning Commission agenda for June 17

The Chester Planning Commission will meet from 6:30 to 8 p.m. on Monday, June 17 at Chester Town Hall, 556 Elm St. Below is its agenda. 1. Community Workshop #2: Rural zoning district and uses 2. Citizen comments 3. Adjourn

Derry board walks line between zoning enforcement, resident's need

Derry board walks line between zoning enforcement, resident’s need

By Bruce Frauman ©2019 Telegraph Publishing LLC Londonderry Select Board member Bob Forbes on June 3 kicked off a 40-minute discussion on how to handle zoning enforcement at 213 Middletown Road. At the May 20 meeting, the board had given owner James Twitchell two weeks to take the burned-out house down and remove all the […]

Lydia Balch, 93, patriot, devoted grandmother

Lydia Balch, 93, patriot, devoted grandmother

Lydia Balch 93, of Springfield, passed away peacefully on Saturday, June 8, 2019 with her family by her side.  She was born March 9, 1926 in Douglas, Mass., the daughter of George H. and Gladys (Caswell) Johnson. She graduated from Sutton High School and Worcester Normal School in Massachusetts. She was married to Richard L. […]

Paul Nadeau, 59, of Cavendish, enjoyed life's simple things

Paul Nadeau, 59, of Cavendish, enjoyed life’s simple things

Paul E. Nadeau Jr., 59, of Cavendish, died on Thursday, May 30, 2019. He was born in Rutland on Jan. 17, 1960, the son of Paul Sr. and Beatrice (Downey) Nadeau of Ludlow. Mr. Nadeau was a polite man and enjoyed the simple things in life. He was well-liked and had many friends. He is […]

Graveside service for Paul Truax

Graveside service for Paul Truax

A graveside committal service with military honors for Paul W. Truax, 84, who passed away on April 23, 2019 will be held at 1 p.m. on Monday, June 17, 2019 at the Village Cemetery in Hinesburg. Davis Memorial Chapel in Springfield is assisting with arrangements

Brenda Beebe, 65, loved granddaughters, time with family

Brenda Beebe, 65, loved granddaughters, time with family

Brenda L. (Couitt) Beebe, 65, passed away at her home on Thursday afternoon June 6, 2019 surrounded by her loving family. She was born March 10, 1954 in Newport, N.H., to Phillip and Alfreda (Partlow) Couitt. She attended schools in Newport and graduated from Stevens High School in Claremont, N.H. On March 26, 1983 she […]

Andover Select Board agenda for June 10

Andover Select Board agenda for June 10

The Andover Select Board will meet at the Andover Town Office, 953 Andover Road, at 6:30 p.m. on Monday, June 10. Below is its agenda. 1. Call Select Board meeting to order. 2. Act on Agenda. 3. Act on Minutes: Act on minutes from May 13th meeting. 4. Public Comment (Time allowance: Five minutes per […]

TRSU displays pattern of Open Meeting Law violations

TRSU displays pattern of Open Meeting Law violations Powden's question reveals boards go into executive session without knowing why

By Shawn Cunningham ©2019 Telegraph Publishing LLC A Chester Telegraph analysis of the meetings of the Two Rivers Supervisory Union Board of Directors and of those of its school district boards reveals eight recent instances of lax observance of the laws that protect the public’s access to public meetings. A May 2 revelation that TRSU […]

Telegraph rejects TRSU account, remedy of Open Meeting violation

Telegraph rejects TRSU account, remedy of Open Meeting violation Suggests informing members early, in detail about prospective executive sessions

By Shawn Cunningham © 2019 Telegraph Publishing LLC The Chester Telegraph has rejected the account and remedy of the Open Meeting Law violation given by Paul Orzechowski, chairman of the Two Rivers Supervisory Union board, contending that he did not fully address the violation and that the complaint remains unresolved. On May 7, Cynthia Prairie, […]