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Benches installed, Chester pocket park nears completion

Benches installed, Chester pocket park nears completion

By Shawn Cunningham © 2018 Telegraph Publishing, LLC In March, Chester voters approved an outlay of $25,000 to construct a “pocket park” at the end of School Street by the suspension bridge over the Middle Branch of the Williams River. The park was one of the first ideas that from the Village Center Master Planning […]

Damaged ash removals in Derry tagged at $100,000

Damaged ash removals in Derry tagged at $100,000

By Bruce Frauman ©2018 Telegraph Publishing LLC Londonderry Tree Warden Kevin Beattie has estimated that the cost of removing ash trees along the town’s rights of way to be about $100,000 and recommended that the town set up a reserve fund to meet the challenge. At its Monday, Nov. 19, meeting, the Londonderry Select Board […]

Weston Board targets cluttered Longley Loop

Weston Board targets cluttered Longley Loop

By Bruce Frauman ©2018 Telegraph Publishing LLC After Road Foreman Almon Crandal left the Weston Select Board meeting on Tuesday, Nov. 13, board chair Denis Benson said that Crandal told him that culverts were not replaced this year because the road crew was busy with lining roads with stones, as per state flood mitigation grants. […]

Ludlow Rotary donates $2,000 to five groups

Ludlow Rotary donates $2,000 to five groups

In October, the Ludlow Rotary Club was awarded a Rotary District 7870 Grant for $2,000. And instead of one grant recipient, the Rotary gave the funds to five area community organizations. Those receiving funds at a luncheon on Tuesday, Nov. 6 were: Reinbow Riding of Shrewsbury; Streetscapes of Ludlow; Mt. Holly Library; Black River Action […]

Misty Valley bookstore reopens on limited basis

Misty Valley bookstore reopens on limited basis

By Cynthia Prairie ©2018 Telegraph Publishing LLC After reconsideration, Phoenix Books Misty Valley has reopened its doors, at least until Christmas, Katie DeSanto,  a Phoenix employee and daughter of owner Mike DeSanto, told the Telegraph Tuesday morning. The shop on Chester’s Green, which stayed shuttered for more than a week, reopened the afternoon of Monday, […]

Andover native John Lamson, 97, was avid pilot who gave thrilling rides

Andover native John Lamson, 97, was avid pilot who gave thrilling rides

John W. Lamson, 97, of Hanover, N.H., died peacefully on Tuesday, Oct. 30, 2018. He was born in Andover, Vt., on Sept. 7, 1921, to Joseph and Christine (Forbes) Lamson, of Andover. Mr. Lamson graduated from Chester High School in 1940. He served in the U.S. Marine Corps during World War II and was recognized […]

Andover Select Board meeting for Nov. 26, 2018

Andover Select Board meeting for Nov. 26, 2018

The Select Board for the town of Andover will meet at 6:30 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 26 at Town Office, 953 Andover-Weston Road. Below is its agenda. 1. Call Select Board meeting to order. 2. Act on Agenda. 3. Act on Minutes: Act on minutes from November 12th meeting. 4. Public Comment (Time allowance: Five […]

Chester board: Public needs more info on Tomasso property study

Chester board: Public needs more info on Tomasso property study

By Shawn Cunningham © 2018 Telegraph Publishing, LLC A request for the Chester Select Board to accept a $20,000 grant from the Open Space Institute at its Nov. 7 meeting sparked a lengthy discussion around the question of the town owning the 1,800-acre Tomasso property in Smokeshire and the public’s perception of what is happening. […]

Chester DRB agenda for Nov. 26

Chester DRB agenda for Nov. 26

The Chester Development Review Board will hold a site visit at 4 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 26 at Gold River Extension off Pleasant Street. Its public meeting will follow at 6 p.m. in Town Hall, 556 Elm St. Below is its agenda. 1) Review draft minutes from the Nov. 12th meeting 2) Citizens comments 3) […]

Electric service bid adds weeks to CAES opening

Electric service bid adds weeks to CAES opening Hopes for a Thanksgiving opening fades

By Shawn Cunningham © 2018 Telegraph Publishing LLC When a bolt broke on a water main flange in late August, flooding the Chester-Andover Elementary School boiler room and ruining the the infrastructure necessary to open to students the following week,  officials predicted that the school would be back in service in four to six weeks […]

N.H. man charged with luring a child in Chester

N.H. man charged with luring a child in Chester

© 2018 Telegraph Publishing, LLC The Vermont State Police Bureau of Criminal Investigation has charged a New Hampshire man with luring a child while living in Chester. According to a press release, police were alerted to a possible luring complaint in March, 2018. On investigation, members of the BCI determined that Christopher Bell, 22 of […]

Andover Select Board agenda for Nov. 12, 2018

Andover Select Board agenda for Nov. 12, 2018

© 2018 Telegraph Publishing, LLC The Andover Select Board will hold its regular meeting on Nov. 12, 2018 immediately following the Board of Abatement hearing which will begin at 6:30 p.m. Below is the Select Board agenda. 1. Call Select Board meeting to order. 2. Act on Agenda. 3. Act on Minutes: Act on minutes […]

Misty Valley Books shut after staff apparently quits

Misty Valley Books shut after staff apparently quits Local purchase of store from Phoenix Books abruptly ends

By Cynthia Prairie ©2018 Telegraph Publishing On Tuesday, Nov. 6, Phoenix Books Misty Valley in Chester was open. On Wednesday, Nov. 7, it was not. Sometime on Thursday, Nov. 8, it will open again, at least through the weekend. But when it will reopen again permanently is not known by the owners, who still hope […]

Chester Planning Commission zoning workshop

Chester Planning Commission zoning workshop

© 2018 Telegraph Publishing, LLC The Chester Planning Commission will hold a workshop from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday Nov. 10, 2018. The session will be to look at ideas and proposed changes to the town’s Unified Development Bylaws with zoning consultant Brandy Sexton. Materials from the planning process can be found here. […]

Brisk turnout for cold, rainy midterm contests

Brisk turnout for cold, rainy midterm contests

By Cynthia Prairie ©2018 Telegraph Publishing LLC Tuesday’s General Election had three strikes against it: Most Vermont races – from U.S. Congress to the governor’s mansion and the State House – were pretty much foregone conclusions even before Tuesday and wouldn’t make a huge impact on the national scene; Mid-terms are usually ho-hum affairs that […]

Compromised electric to be replaced at CAES

Compromised electric to be replaced at CAES Planned conduit was never installed; more digging needed

By Shawn Cunningham and Cynthia Prairie © 2018 Telegraph Publishing LLC The Green Mountain Unified School District board held a special meeting on Monday night to discuss a new wrinkle in repairing the problems caused by flooding at Chester-Andover Elementary and returning 243 pupils to their classrooms. While schools officials are still hoping to reopen […]

Derry board mulls administrative openings, police coverage

Derry board mulls administrative openings, police coverage

By Bruce Frauman ©2018 Telegraph Publishing LLC The majority of the business done by the Londonderry Select Board on Monday, Nov. 5 was handled in executive session to discuss personnel issues and compensation concerning filling the positions that Robert Nied’s departure on Nov. 1 left open. For the past year, he has served as town […]

Chester Select Board agenda for Nov. 7, 2018

Chester Select Board agenda for Nov. 7, 2018

The Chester Select Board will meet at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 7 at Town Hall, 556 Elm St. Below is its agenda 1. Approve Minutes from the Oct. 17, 2018 Select Board meeting and Oct. 17, 2018 Executive Session 2. Citizen Comments 3. Old Business 4. Chester Townscape Request 5. Green Mountain Power Easement […]

Jeanne Storm, 90, of Chester, had a quirky sense of humor and loved nature, British comedies

Jeanne Storm, 90, of Chester, had a quirky sense of humor and loved nature, British comedies

Jeanne May Storm, 90, died at her home in Chester on Halloween Oct. 31, 2018. She was born Jeanne Geres in Kiskatom, N.Y., on June 26, 1928 to Florence (Von Bargen) Geres and the Rev. George Geres. She was raised and educated in Astoria, N.Y., where she attended William Cullen Bryant High School, from which […]

Firefighters' quick response saves building, delays Halloween

Firefighters’ quick response saves building, delays Halloween

By Shawn Cunningham © 2018 Telegraph Publishing LLC When a call came in for a fire in an outbuilding on Popple Dungeon Road around 4:30 p.m. on Wednesday afternoon,  12 or so Chester firefighters were already at the station wearing their turnout gear. They were on the road in less than 30 seconds and the […]