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To the editor: GM students ready to embark on trip to France, England

To the editor: GM students ready to embark on trip to France, England

On Tuesday, May 28, as part of the Year End Studies Program at Green Mountain Union High School, 24 students in grades 9-12 are heading to France and England for eight days of immersive, experiential learning. Under the supervision of four faculty and staff members, students will spend three days in Paris, where, among other […]

To the editor: A new Postmaster in Chester

To the editor: A new Postmaster in Chester

As the Postmaster of Chester I am excited to let our community know of some significant updates that will enhance service and ensure a seamless experience for our customers: Since the beginning of 2021, USPS has installed 348 new package processing machines nationwide and expanded our daily package processing capacity to an industry-leading 70 million […]

To the editor: Thanks to all who made Green Up Day successful in Chester

To the editor: Thanks to all who made Green Up Day successful in Chester

The recent Green Up Day in Chester was a resounding success, thanks to the dedicated efforts of over 250 volunteers who took to our roads to clean up litter and debris. We extend our heartfelt gratitude to each and every person who cleaned the roads of our community picking up litter from cans, bottles, tires, […]

To the editor: Thayer announces run for lieutenant governor

To the editor: Thayer announces run for lieutenant governor

Hello my fellow Vermonters, My name is Gregory Thayer and in fall of 2024, I am a candidate for the position of lieutenant governor of this great state of Vermont. Every Vermonter needs to know that, with the current leadership in Montpelier, the future of Vermont looks bleak, and traveling down a stormy road. My […]

To the editor: Vermont legislators fail us with current tax policy

To the editor: Vermont legislators fail us with current tax policy

An open letter to Rep. Heather Chase and Sens. Wendy Harrison and Nader Hashim: It is difficult to think that you, my representatives in the Vermont legislature, along with the rest of the Democrat/Progressive super-majority, are working in the interests of the people and the natural environment of this beautiful little state. The added tax […]

To the editor: Rep. Chase announces run for re-election

To the editor: Rep. Chase announces run for re-election

As I complete my first term in the Vermont State House, I am pleased to announce that I am running for re-election for state representative for the Windsor-Windham District, made up of the towns of Athens, Chester, Grafton and Windham. The legislative primary is Tuesday, Aug. 13 and the general election is Tuesday, Nov. 5. […]

To the editor: Land use, municipal ethics bills draw interest in Montpelier

To the editor: Land use, municipal ethics bills draw interest in Montpelier

The Statehouse is an extraordinarily busy place at the moment. The legislature is in the last month of its two-year 2023-24 biennium, which means that if bills don’t pass in the next four weeks, they are ‘dead’ until January 2025, when they can be re-introduced. So, for many issues and bills, this is crunch time. […]

To the editor: 'Egalitarian utopia' an expensive fantasy

To the editor: ‘Egalitarian utopia’ an expensive fantasy

In 1990, I was a financially struggling college student attending Lyndon State College in northern Vermont. I was an active member of the College Democrats, and an avid supporter of Bernie Sanders who was then running for the U.S. House of Representatives. Like his other supporters, I too found appeal in Bernie’s grand promise of […]

To the editor: Working to solve the housing crisis

To the editor: Working to solve the housing crisis

During the two years I’ve served in the legislature, Vermont’s housing crisis has been constantly top of mind. I’ve heard heart-wrenching stories of Vermonters with disabilities facing homelessness, seen tears in the eyes of  constituents on the brink of losing their long-term rental home and unsure of where they would find a new place, and […]

To the editor: TRSU schools thank Okemo Mtn., Vail for Winter Sports Program

To the editor: TRSU schools thank Okemo Mtn., Vail for Winter Sports Program

All of us at the schools of the Two Rivers Supervisory Union – Cavendish Town Elementary, Chester-Andover Elementary, Green Mountain Union High, Ludlow Elementary and Mount Holly – want to thank all the amazing people who helped make the Okemo Winter Snow Sports program a huge success. The students, volunteers and staff from our schools […]

To the editor: Montpelier wrestles with flood impacts, school budgeting

To the editor: Montpelier wrestles with flood impacts, school budgeting

The Vermont legislature has now said “thank you and farewell” to our second set of pages, which means we are more than halfway through our 2024 session. If you know a young person who will be in the 8th grade next year and is interested in how Vermont works – please suggest they consider serving […]

To the editor: Roper thanks Chester voters

To the editor: Roper thanks Chester voters

I am writing to thank Chester’s voters for electing me to represent them on our Select Board. I am always open to hearing from anyone who has a local issue or a need that the board may be of help with. It’s important for all to know that our Select Board is a place where […]

To the editor: After flooding, Green Mountain Gardeners lead in landscape restoration

To the editor: After flooding, Green Mountain Gardeners lead in landscape restoration

Remembering July 2023, the area of the state where some of the worst Vermont flood devastation occurred, the Green Mountain Gardeners  members lead in community landscape restoration. “The Green Mountain Gardeners is a group of community members who foster horticulture, beautification, and conservation of all natural resources in their mountain communities,” saya club President Linda […]

To the editor: Self-checkout no convenience at convenience store

To the editor: Self-checkout no convenience at convenience store

I was driving home from Charlotte to South Londonderry the other day after working long hours. I was tired and thought it would be a good idea to stop at a convenience store for a coffee with a little hot chocolate in it to perk me for the drive. A Maplefields (location to remain nameless […]

To the editor: Chester seeks volunteers to help water new trees

To the editor: Chester seeks volunteers to help water new trees

Chester has been awarded one of the 2024 Urban & Community Forestry Grants to increase and maintain a healthy tree population. See Chester Telegraph Feb. 20, 2024 article: Chester gets $47,000 grant to remove, replace ash trees. The goal for the approximately $50,000 in awarded funds is to plant ornamental trees in targeted locations in […]

To the editor: Senior Solutions thanks Chester voters for approving funding

To the editor: Senior Solutions thanks Chester voters for approving funding

Senior Solutions, the area agency on aging in southeastern Vermont, offers our  heartfelt gratitude to the residents of Chester who voted to approve funding for us during Town Meeting. The decision to allocate resources to support our seniors demonstrates the compassionate and forward-thinking nature of your community. We look forward to working to ensure the older residents of […]

To the editor: Change in medical cannabis law a step backward

To the editor: Change in medical cannabis law a step backward

The Vermont House Government Operations Committee is considering amending Vermont law to allow high-potency cannabis to be sold at retail stores to patients with “medical” cards for marijuana.  This would depart from the present law, which limits sale of high-potency cannabis concentrates to medical dispensaries only.  This change would be a major step backward for […]

To the editor: School branding bill amendment is 'state censorship'

To the editor: School branding bill amendment is ‘state censorship’

You know the saying “You’ll spend us into the gutter?” How about a Vermont version: “You’ll spend us into the ditch.’’ Vermont’s veto-proof state Democrats are doing just that: spending the people of Vermont into the ditch. For example, there’s the mind-boggling education property tax? A half joke in Montpelier has it that only one […]

To the editor: Banish 'Groundhog Day;' Vote for Nikki Haley

To the editor: Banish ‘Groundhog Day;’ Vote for Nikki Haley

Since the hit movie starring Bill Murray came out in the 1990s, the term Groundhog Day — meaning a monotonous, unpleasant and repetitive situation — has become part of the English lexicon. As I watch the 2024 election unfold, it seems like Groundhog Day all over again.  We are trapped in a time loop that […]

To the editor: Lisa Rufa on her race for Chester Select Board

To the editor: Lisa Rufa on her race for Chester Select Board

I was unable to attend the Candidates Night, however I would like to answer the questions so voters can read my position on the issues that affect Chester. Question 1: Why do you want to serve on the Chester Select Board? I would like to serve on the Select Board because like so many in […]