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To the editor: No Shirt, No Shoes, No Mask - NO SERVICE

To the editor: No Shirt, No Shoes, No Mask – NO SERVICE

We don’t allow smoking in stores because second hand smoke causes cancer. Why in the world should we allow people to transmit a deadly virus in stores when they can easily wear a mask? Second hand smoke takes years of multiple exposures to cause cancer, while one exposure to the novel coronavirus can kill. At […]

Celebrate World Press Freedom Day

Celebrate World Press Freedom Day NY Times: Support news outlets like The Chester Telegraph

By Cynthia Prairie ©2020 Telegraph Publishing LLC Today, Sunday, May 3, is UNESCO’s World Press Freedom Day, dedicated to raising public awareness of the vital importance of an independent press. To mark the occasion, The New York Times created a database of news sources, which you can access here, and is encouraging people to find […]

To the editor: Green Up Day moved to May 30

To the editor: Green Up Day moved to May 30

The Chester Conservation Committee is announcing that our 50th Green Up Day will be held on May 30, 2020 and we want to share – at a safe social distance – this momentous anniversary with you. No one really expected the 50th anniversary of Green Up Day would include working around a pandemic, but we […]

To the editor: Londonderry Volunteer Rescue Squad thanks supporters, mask makers

To the editor: Londonderry Volunteer Rescue Squad thanks supporters, mask makers

The Londonderry Volunteer Rescue Squad has received a tremendous outpouring of support from the community over the last two months. First, we’d like to express our gratitude for the many monetary donations we’ve received. In addition, the discounts and donations of materials, time, labor and products were instrumental in strengthening our response to the Covid-19 […]

To the editor: Chester Music Series cancelled

To the editor: Chester Music Series cancelled

With great reluctance, the Chester Summer Music Series Committee has decided to cancel our concert series for the summer of 2020. There are a great many variables at play with Covid-19, and we do not feel confident in predicting the current and future course of the pandemic at this time. This decision has been difficult […]

To the editor: Keep Vermont State Colleges independent

To the editor: Keep Vermont State Colleges independent

Closing NVU-Lyndon, NVU-Johnson, and Vermont Technical College’s Randolph campus would migrate Vermont’s higher educational engine to the Champlain Valley. The Burlington metropolitan area already exerts economic and political dominance over the rest of the state, especially the Northeast Kingdom and southern Vermont. Depriving Vermonters of access to educational and cultural resources in this manner would […]

To the editor: Everyone must wear a mask in public

To the editor: Everyone must wear a mask in public

While I have been a supporter of Gov. Phil Scott, and think he and his team are doing an excellent job managing the Covid-19 crisis, I am concerned that mask wearing in public has not been made mandatory. It is a risky move and it just isn’t safe. This virus is not going away. It […]

To the editor: Help Albert & Karnie DeCell celebrate milestones with a card shower

To the editor: Help Albert & Karnie DeCell celebrate milestones with a card shower

Albert and Karnie DeCell of Weston are celebrating three significant milestones this year! Karnie turns 85 on Saturday, April 25, their 65th wedding anniversary is on Friday, July 24, and Albert will turn 90 on Thursday, Nov. 19. Their children — Greg, Judy and Verlene — invite all extended family members, friends and neighbors to […]

To the editor: Bennington attorney running for governor

To the editor: Bennington attorney running for governor

My name is Pat Winburn and I am running for governor of Vermont. I would like to introduce myself. I live with my wife and our two dogs in Bennington and have practiced law in Vermont since 1986. I am a former school board member and currently serve as moderator of the Village of Old […]

To the editor: Re-open business with safety rules

To the editor: Re-open business with safety rules

Stay Home Stay Safe Until May 15? The governor is going to bankrupt us and the state. The collateral damage and unintended consequences will be vast. Hospital visits are down by 50 percent already. People without Covid-19 are getting sicker. People will die from causes other than Covid-19. They won’t go to the hospital for […]

To the editor: Derry Rescue Squad seeks mask makers

To the editor: Derry Rescue Squad seeks mask makers

The Londonderry Volunteer Rescue Squad is asking for the public’s help in making cloth facemasks that will extend the useful life our current supply of N95 masks during the Covid-19 outbreak. The supply of N95 masks available to healthcare workers is still limited, and LVRS is seeking volunteers to sew cloth facemasks that will fit […]

Commentary: How to help a domestic abuse survivor during the Covid-19 crisis

Commentary: How to help a domestic abuse survivor during the Covid-19 crisis

By the Women’s Freedom Center If you’ve been out to run essential errands, you’ve already felt the eerie absence of almost everyone else. Grocery stores, drugstores and drive-up restaurants provide not just necessities now, but also our few remaining live contacts outside the home. They’re a welcome sight to anyone, but imagine how vital they […]

To the editor: Black River Independent School ready

To the editor: Black River Independent School ready

The time is now. We at the Black River Independent School are ready to make a big move. You have been hearing from us for three years now, in some form, about our mission to open an independent school in Ludlow, to serve any area student, tuition-free. A school whose independent status will allow full […]

Op-ed: Rep. Bock on aid for small businesses

Op-ed: Rep. Bock on aid for small businesses

By Rep. Tom Bock The Covid-19 pandemic is unlike any crisis Vermont has faced. This is a very stressful time for neighbors, as public safety measures have closed many of the businesses and institutions we rely on. I am committed to working with the Scott administration and our congressional delegation to make sure our community […]

To the editor: Covid-19 affects funeral practices

To the editor: Covid-19 affects funeral practices

As of Wednesday March 25, 2020 Davis Memorial Chapel in Springfield will not be able to hold public services of any kind, and private services will be very limited. Gov. Phil Scott and Health Commissioner Dr. Mark Levine have made it very clear that if we have any chance in containing this virus we must […]

To the editor: Springfield Hospital to open testing site, alters some procedures

To the editor: Springfield Hospital to open testing site, alters some procedures

Here at Springfield Medical Care Systems, we know it is a very stressful time for everyone. To protect our patients, our healthcare workers and staff during the Covid-19 pandemic, we are doing a lot of things differently. If you are sick, please call before coming to one of our clinics. If you arrive at a clinic, we […]

Commentary: Managing stress under Covid-19

Commentary: Managing stress under Covid-19

By Richard W. Root II, Ed.D., ABP Twin State Psychological Services New reports about Covid-19 are becoming more widespread and can be stressful to deal with. Here are some tips to help you manage stress, put news reports in perspective and maintain a positive outlook. Keep things in perspective. Take a deep breath and remind […]

To the editor: Some in Congress favor military over health care

To the editor: Some in Congress favor military over health care

While Vermont communities were watching for signs the federal government would help them weather the current public health issues, 130 federal legislators had their sights set on something else. These members of Congress had the audacity to jointly petition the House Armed Services Committee, just four days after the White House declared a state of […]

To the editor: Family Center seeks monetary donations

To the editor: Family Center seeks monetary donations

The Chester Telegraph is republishing this letter from the Chester-Andover Family Center seeking funds. While its website is still experiencing problems, the link to its Paypal account works. The Chester-Andover Family Center is asking the community for help in keeping our Food Shelf fully stocked to meet the needs of participating residents. As you know, […]

To the editor: Grace Cottage responds to Covid-19

To the editor: Grace Cottage responds to Covid-19

I am writing to inform you about Grace Cottage Family Health & Hospital’s preparedness for and response to the Covid-19 pandemic. We are working hard and diligently to stop the spread of Covid-19, while continuing to provide high-quality medical care and to protect the safety of our community, including patients, their families, and our employees. […]