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Signs of the Times: A trip through Chester

Signs of the Times: A trip through Chester

© 2020 Telegraph Publishing LLC During the last week of March, Cynthia Prairie and Shawn Cunningham of The Chester Telegraph took a drive around Chester taking photos of signs posted by various businesses and organizations. As of this writing, several of the signs are certainly outdated, since Gov. Phil Scott has ordered continued shutdowns of […]

Neighborly Advice: Maintain health, sanity and safety in the time of Covid-19

Neighborly Advice: Maintain health, sanity and safety in the time of Covid-19

Our readers stepped up with suggestions to help each other manage our lives, maintain a modicum of normalcy, boost our morale, help our children and at times exceed our own expectations during the Covid-19 shutdowns.  Thanks to all who shared their tips and photos. Maintain your health & sanity Amanda Stearns, Andover: Shopping is a […]

Businesses feel strain, adapt to Covid-19

Businesses feel strain, adapt to Covid-19

By Cynthia Prairie ©2020 Telegraph Publishing LLC Throughout our Southern Vermont communities, many retail and tourist-dependent businesses began planning several weeks ago for the annual mudseason slowdown. At that time, word was just beginning to spread about the coronavirus that was wreaking havoc in China, and just barely touching Italy . Now that Covid-19 is […]

Cavendish Library adds, extends services in response to COVID-19

Cavendish Library adds, extends services in response to COVID-19

The Cavendish Fletcher Community Library is adding and extending services to help reduce the spread of viruses during this extraordinary season of cold, flu and the coronavirus that causes an illness called COVID-19. According to Library Director Kata Welch, the library is sanitizing all items that come into and go out of the library, and […]

Retiring Chester town manager honored at luncheon; Cavendish fund seeks grant applicants

Retiring Chester town manager honored at luncheon; Cavendish fund seeks grant applicants

Chester Town Manager Pisha retires Chester Town Manager David Pisha was honored at a luncheon at Town Hall on Friday as he prepared to embark on his retirement.  Numerous town employees, officials and local residents stopped by to wish the best for Pisha, who served as Chester’s town manager for 11 years, and his wife […]

Ash tree ID training to be held March 10 to prep for emerald ash borer beetle infestation

Ash tree ID training to be held March 10 to prep for emerald ash borer beetle infestation

From 6 to 8 p.m. on Tuesday, March 10, a forestry representative from the state will be training people on how to take an inventory of ash trees in preparation for the infestation of the emerald ash borer beetle, which has already been found in Londonderry. The training will be held in the conference room […]

19th century comes to Taylor Farm; early registration open for Chester LEGO contest

19th century comes to Taylor Farm; early registration open for Chester LEGO contest

  Chester LEGO Contest seeks early entrants The 2020 LEGO Contest will take place on Saturday, March 14, with organizers urging early registration by Friday March 6 to qualify for the discount entry fee of $15. The entry fee afterward is $20. Click here to download the registration form.  Printed forms are available at the […]

Derry rescue squad seeks one-day volunteers

Derry rescue squad seeks one-day volunteers

The Londonderry Volunteer Rescue Squad needs volunteers to help label and stuff 6,000 letters for the rescue squad’s annual benefit and fundraiser. Come for an hour or two, or plan to stay for lunch. Lunch, snacks and good company will be provided. Volunteers of all ages are welcome. The envelope stuffing will take place from […]

Chester Rescue Squad holds holiday party for local kids

Chester Rescue Squad holds holiday party for local kids

Chester Volunteer Rescue Squad, the local Dollar General and generous shoppers teamed up to help area families with gifts for the holidays. Leading up to the holidays, the Dollar General gathered the names of families in need. Then shoppers would buy gifts at the Dollar General and donate them in a box at the store. […]

Whiting Library to unveil new trove of children's books

Whiting Library to unveil new trove of children’s books

The Whiting Library, 117 Main St. in Chester, is inviting the public to attend the unveiling of a new collection of 95 children’s books at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 8. The collection is made possible by a grant from the Children’s Book Project, awarded by the Pilcrow Foundation, which supports rural public libraries and […]

Cookie Tour presents $800 to Family Center

Cookie Tour presents $800 to Family Center

The 2019 Chester Holiday Cookie Tour presented a check for $800 on Friday, Dec. 21, to the Chester-Andover Family Center to help them in their mission of aiding local individuals and families in need. Present for the occasion was organizer Cynthia Prairie, Family Center past President Nena Nanfeldt and several of the nine families who […]

Chester Elementary collects gifts, food for area families

Chester Elementary collects gifts, food for area families

The students and staff of Chester-Andover Elementary School collected gifts and bags of food for Chester and Andover families for the holiday season. Every year, the school sets up a Mitten Tree, where students can pick a mitten with a gift idea for a specific child.  This year, children from 25 families will receive those […]

Stone Village on display in Holiday Cookie Tour

Stone Village on display in Holiday Cookie Tour

© 2019 Telegraph Publishing LLC Ringing in the festive holiday season, from noon to 4 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 8, visitors will have the chance to tour eight decorated homes and the Stone Church in Chester’s historic Stone Village, enjoying homemade cookies and good company. Now in its third year, the Chester Holiday Cookie Tour invites […]

Christmas trees arrive for Chester Fire Dept. sale

Christmas trees arrive for Chester Fire Dept. sale

By Shawn Cunningham © 2019 Telegraph Publishing LLC Just before 8 a.m. on Black Friday, the scanner crackled to life with a loud piercing tone. “Chester Fire, Administrative tone. The truck with the trees has arrived. All available personnel to the field to unload.” And with that, a Chester holiday season tradition and a major […]

Chester pub's scarefest raises funds for 2 charities

Chester pub’s scarefest raises funds for 2 charities

© 2019 Telegraph Publishing LLC The annual Haunted House scarefest held by MacLaomainn’s Scottish Pub in Chester hit its fundraising goal last weekend for the two charities it supports. According to pub owner Deb Brown, the elaborate event, which takes more than a month to put together and more than 20 volunteers to operate, brought […]

Derry to hold energy efficiency workshop

Derry to hold energy efficiency workshop

The Londonderry Energy Committee will host a workshop at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 5 on how to create an energy-efficient home in time for winter. The event will be held at the Depot, 34 W. River St. in South Londonderry. The workshop will answer these questions: What does weatherization look like in your home? What […]

Spooktacular fun at MacLaomainn's

Spooktacular fun at MacLaomainn’s Haunted house spans two weekends this year

By Shawn Cunningham © 2019 Telegraph Publishing, LLC Around this time every year,  52 Main St. is the spookiest place in Chester as MacLaomainn’s Scottish Pub hosts its annual Haunted House in the Great Hall. This year though, there’s twice the spooky fun as the event will be held on two weekends rather than one.  […]

Andover resident celebrates 100th; Londonderry Rescue Squad gives kids a taste of EMS work

Andover resident celebrates 100th; Londonderry Rescue Squad gives kids a taste of EMS work

© 2019 Telegraph Publishing, LLC Andover resident Barbara Brady celebrated her 100th birthday on Saturday, Oct. 5 with 45 friends and family at the former Baba a Louis Bakery in Chester. Brady and her late husband Joe, who died in 2015, were both New Jersey natives and had built a home in Andover to indulge […]

Derry Rescue Squad offers medical responder course

Derry Rescue Squad offers medical responder course

The Londonderry Volunteer Rescue Squad will be offering an Emergency Medical Responder course beginning in late September. Classes will meet from 6 to 9 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays from Sept. 25 through Dec. 19. at the Rescue Squad Building, 6068 Route 100 in Londonderry. State testing will follow. EMRs are often the first medical personnel […]

Senior Solutions seeks donations for Foxy Fund

Senior Solutions seeks donations for Foxy Fund Money for pet care available to older Windham, Windsor residents

With proceeds from the estate of one of its clients, Senior Solutions has opened a special fund called The Foxy Fund available to all older Vermonters living in Windham and Windsor counties to assist with costs associated with animal care. In honor of Dog Appreciation Day on Monday, Aug. 26, consider making a contribution to […]