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To the editor: Thanks to the Wantastiquet Rotary for contributions to Bob Perry Lane House

To the editor: Thanks to the Wantastiquet Rotary for contributions to Bob Perry Lane House

Martha Dale and Patty Eisenhaur, co-chairs of the Mountain Towns Housing Project Steering Committee, thank the Wantastiquet Rotary Club for its contribution to the Bob Perry Lane House. Their help in providing all of the appliances for the home in addition to other financial support has been instrumental in finishing the project. Kara Corlew and […]

To the editor: Why I will vote for Nikki Haley in the Vermont presidential primary

To the editor: Why I will vote for Nikki Haley in the Vermont presidential primary

I usually vote Democratic and will probably vote for President Biden in November, but I will be voting for Nikki Haley in Vermont’s presidential primary election on March 5. Here’s why: Vermont is one of only 15 states that have an  open primary in which all registered voters, regardless of their party affiliation, can vote […]

To the editor: Tim Roper asks for your vote for seat on the Chester Select Board

To the editor: Tim Roper asks for your vote for seat on the Chester Select Board

I’m Tim Roper and I’m running for a one-year seat on the Chester Select Board. I hope you’ll vote for me on Tuesday, March 5. I’ve been involved in the community for the 30 years I’ve been in Chester, from coaching and refereeing youth sports to serving on the Planning Commission for the past seven […]

Op-ed: Voting rights at Andover Town Meeting

Op-ed: Voting rights at Andover Town Meeting

By Madeline Bodin ©2024 Telegraph Publishing LLC Where will you be on Monday, March 4 at 5 o’clock? If you live in Andover and you say, “Leaving work, of course,” you have a problem. For the second time in two years, Andover’s Town Meeting will be held on a weekday afternoon. There is a well-respected […]

To the editor: Economic development efforts heard in Montpelier

To the editor: Economic development efforts heard in Montpelier

I want to bring you up to date on some of the activities that I have been involved in during this current legislative session at the State House in Montpelier. In the House Commerce and Economic Development Committee, on which I sit, we took testimony on the Film and Creative Media Workforce Development Initiative from […]

To the editor: Hudkins sees self as 'independent centrist' who gives sleigh rides

To the editor: Hudkins sees self as ‘independent centrist’ who gives sleigh rides

Peter Hudkins here. I was having my coffee this morning before going to do my barn chores, waiting for the wood stove to get going before I left, when I read the article in The Telegraph. Although my name was not in the article it was in the flyer for the Republican “Meet the Candidates” […]

Rep. Pajala: School choice flourishes in rural Vermont communities

Rep. Pajala: School choice flourishes in rural Vermont communities

By Rep. Kelly Pajala It has been a tough year for the rural community I represent in southern Vermont. Flooding struck not once, but twice. July ravaged our towns, damaged small businesses, and forced people from their homes (including my own). Now that the legislature is back in Montpelier, I hope my colleagues can work […]

Sen. Clarkson: Vermont's housing crisis continues to be priority in Montpelier

Sen. Clarkson: Vermont’s housing crisis continues to be priority in Montpelier

By Sen. Alison Clarkson Addressing Vermont’s housing crisis is one of the legislature’s top agenda items this year – as it has been for the last four years. There are many factors creating the challenge we face. Vermont has been underbuilding new housing units since the 1980s. Add to that the Covid pandemic, the loss […]

An unidentified young person vaping. Photo by Itay Kabalo on Unsplash

To the editor: Vermont needs to help kids addicted to vaping

My son is addicted to vaping. He started when friends introduced him to a flavored vape product in high school when he was 17 and is now struggling to quit at 24. He’s part of Vermont’s youth tobacco addiction crisis that demands action — on two fronts. We can immediately remove the enticement for these […]

To the editor: Chase schedules time to meet with constituents

To the editor: Chase schedules time to meet with constituents

To the residents of Chester, Grafton, Athens and Windham: I will be having constituent meetings in our communities throughout the legislative session on the dates and times as set out below. I look forward to meeting you face to face, hearing your thoughts and discussing matters of importance.  This schedule is through April. More dates and […]

To the editor: Derry Rescue Squad, Technical Rescue receive hefty donation from Thrifty Attic

To the editor: Derry Rescue Squad, Technical Rescue receive hefty donation from Thrifty Attic

Londonderry Volunteer Rescue Squad and Londonderry Technical Rescue each recently received a $3,000 donation from the Thrifty Attic in Londonderry. We thank them for their generosity and their commitment to our community. January marks the halfway point in our year. From July 1, 2023 through Jan. 1, 2024, LVRS responded to 335 calls. We are […]

To the editor: The bane of flavored tobacco products

To the editor: The bane of flavored tobacco products

I recently turned down a deal with the devil. Two lobbyists with Altria, a big tobacco company, reached out to me because of my work with Vermont’s recovery and harm reduction community. They tried to convince me that flavored tobacco products serve as a “coping mechanism” for people in recovery and compared these products with […]

To the editor: Flood recovery, resiliency among legislative priorities in 2nd half of biennium

To the editor: Flood recovery, resiliency among legislative priorities in 2nd half of biennium

The 2024 legislative session, which began on Jan. 3 in Montpelier, is the second half of a two-year biennium, so Vermont lawmakers spend far less time on the formalities, pomp and circumstance. And, with committees and leadership in place, we got right to work. Which is good as we have a huge amount on our […]

To the editor: Rep. Chase offers 2024 legislative preview

To the editor: Rep. Chase offers 2024 legislative preview

The Vermont legislature opened its 2024 legislative session on Wednesday, Jan. 3, 2024. As the state representative of Athens, Chester, Grafton and Windham,  I have a positive expectancy about meeting the goals and priorities of this session as we address issues of continuing importance to our communities and our state. Vermont was once again hit […]

To the editor: Ludlow Rotarians outline 2023 efforts, thank community for support

To the editor: Ludlow Rotarians outline 2023 efforts, thank community for support

The Ludlow Area Rotary Club thanks the residents and businesses of the greater Ludlow area for their support in 2023. Our club is a part of Rotary International, one of the largest service organizations in the world. The mission of Rotary is to “provide service to others, promote integrity, and advance world understanding, goodwill, and […]

To the editor: Springfield Garden Club’s Holiday Market a success

To the editor: Springfield Garden Club’s Holiday Market a success

The Springfield Garden Club would like to thank the local community who showed up in force to attend its  2023 Christmas Holidays Pop-Up Market in early December at the former Young’s Propane location in the plaza. The garden club is grateful to the members and spouses who made the event possible. Members handmade and decorated […]

Editorial: Moving on from the Chieftain name

Editorial: Moving on from the Chieftain name

By Cynthia Prairie ©2023 Telegraph Publishing It’s time to move on from the chaos and drama that has plagued the board of the Green Mountain Unified School District since last March, when a reconstituted board took over and a volcano of anger and distrust over the future of the “Chieftain” name upended the normal flow […]

To the editor: It's time for the Williams Dam to go

To the editor: It’s time for the Williams Dam to go

With Monday, Dec. 18’s  flooding, it has become clear to me that the Williams Dam in Londonderry needs to go. The dam is located on the mill pond at the intersection of Route 100 and Route 11 near the Mill Tavern Restaurant. It is old, it is leaking and — from the aerial photographs of […]

To the editor: Green Mountain Gardeners brightens area communities, residents

To the editor: Green Mountain Gardeners brightens area communities, residents

The Green Mountain Gardeners celebrated the holidays with its tradition of tabletop-tree-making for the homebound and donations to support our community organizations. The uniquely decorated table-top trees, together with cookies from the Weston Women’s Club, were delivered by Tom Widger and the Wantastiquet Rotary elves to bring holiday cheer to our homebound. In addition to […]

Op-ed: One small gift leads to so much more

Op-ed: One small gift leads to so much more

By Sharon Bondroff ©2023 Telegraph Publishing LLC GRAY, MAINE In the late 1970s, searching for a gift for my partner Stevens Bunker, I stopped by a small antiques shop in Ellicott City, Md. Turns out Joe the shopkeeper, was friends with Bunker. They both loved, bought and sold old maritime stuff. Joe was a retired […]