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Covid Weekly Update: State of emergency, vaccine rollout continue

Covid Weekly Update: State of emergency, vaccine rollout continue Not all activities seen as drivers of Covid numbers

©2021 Telegraph Publishing LLC Gov. Phil Scott extended the state of emergency throughout Vermont through mid-February as new weekly Covid-19 totals again topped 1,000 for the second week in a row. The new weekly total of 1,115 was down slightly from the record-setting high of 1,207 last week, for a total of 9,734. Seven Vermonters […]

TRSU board approves 14% budget increase

TRSU board approves 14% budget increase

By Shawn Cunningham © 2021 Telegraph Publishing LLC Last Thursday night, the board of the Two Rivers Supervisory Union unanimously approved a budget of $6.548 million, which taxpayers in the SU’s two districts will see as assessments in the district budgets for the 2021/22 school year. The spending plan included an overall increase of $807,764 […]

Weekly Covid Update: Cases balloon as state ranks No. 2 in vaccine rollout

Weekly Covid Update: Cases balloon as state ranks No. 2 in vaccine rollout

©2021 Telegraph Publishing LLC The beginning of the new year is already breaking records, with the first days of 2021 seeing an astounding 1,207 new cases of Covid-19 for a total of 8,619 cases, and 20 more deaths, totaling 156, since the last 2020 report on Thursday, Dec. 31. The seven-day positivity rate has also […]

Bennington-Rutland Supervisory Union seeks candidates for T&G, Winhall, Mettawee districts

Bennington-Rutland Supervisory Union seeks candidates for T&G, Winhall, Mettawee districts

Running for your local school board is another endeavor altered by the pandemic. For 2021 elections, signed petitions are no longer required to qualify to run for any of the 19 open positions in the three school districts of the Bennington-Rutland Supervisory Union: Mettawee, Winhall and the Taconic & Green Regional. “Finding candidates to run […]

Local Covid-19 numbers grow in post-holiday spikes

Local Covid-19 numbers grow in post-holiday spikes

By Cherise Madigan © 2021 Telegraph Publishing, LLC The Vermont Department of Health announced 165 new cases of Covid-19 on Tuesday, with 38 hospitalized, eight of whom are in intensive care. Now more than 500 new cases have been reported since Thursday, Dec. 31. Since Sunday, Vermont’s seven-day average positivity rate has risen from 2.3 […]

Derry board nixes new maintenance position, seeks volunteers

Derry board nixes new maintenance position, seeks volunteers

By Cherise Madigan © 2021 Telegraph Publishing, LLC The suggestion of a new Highway, Building and Grounds Maintenance employee drew a crowd to Londonderry’s virtual Select Board meeting on Monday night after a number of residents expressed opposition to the position’s cost in a year that has been financially difficult for many.  The $20-per-hour full-time […]

Weekly Covid Update: Federal vaccine reductions vex Scott administration

Weekly Covid Update: Federal vaccine reductions vex Scott administration

©2020 Telegraph Publishing LLC A spike in the daily Covid-19 new case totals, two new deaths, and lower than expected vaccine allotments coming from the federal government capped off 2020’s final Covid-19 press conference on Thursday, Dec. 31, which also marked the 100th press conference given by Gov. Phil Scott and his state health team […]

Boards struggle with holding annual meetings during pandemic

Boards struggle with holding annual meetings during pandemic Legislation may give municipalities more options

By Shawn Cunningham © 2020 Telegraph Publishing, LLC Town Meeting day is more than two months away, but municipalities — including school districts — throughout Vermont are working out how that annual ritual of direct democracy will be handled during a global pandemic in which personal contact can be hazardous. When Gov. Phil Scott announced […]

GMUSD Special Meeting agenda for Dec. 28

GMUSD Special Meeting agenda for Dec. 28

The Green Mountain Unified School District board will hold a special meeting via Zoom at 6 p.m. on Monday Dec. 28, 2020. To attend using Zoom click here. Below is its agenda. CALL TO ORDER: a. Roll Call APPROVAL OF AGENDA: BOARD COMMENTS PUBLIC COMMENTS NEW BUSINESS  a. Process for annual meeting NEXT MEETING DATE: […]

3 GM board members eschew re-election, annual meeting in flux

3 GM board members eschew re-election, annual meeting in flux

By Shawn Cunningham © 2020 Telegraph Publishing LLC On the evening following a snowstorm that normally would have cancelled all school activities, the Green Mountain Unified School District board and finance committee met remotely last Thursday with three members announcing they would not run for re-election and the board deciding to hold a Zoom annual […]

State to allow 2-household holiday gatherings

State to allow 2-household holiday gatherings

©2020 Telegraph Publishing LLC Citing stabilized case counts of under 100 over the past several days — including 63 on Tuesday, Dec. 22  — that suggested an overall “vast improvement,” Gov. Phil Scott announced that several  health guidelines will be loosened from Wednesday, Dec. 23 through Saturday, Jan. 2. These include expanding the state’s gathering […]

Vaccines arrive as infections, deaths climb

Vaccines arrive as infections, deaths climb

©2020 Telegraph Publishing LLC With Vermont reaching what he called a “grim milestone” of over 100 deaths and with new case counts again jumping another 1,000-mark threshold this week, Gov. Phil Scott announced on Tuesday that he is extending Vermont’s state of emergency through Jan. 15, 2021. The first Pfizer vaccines arrived in the state […]

Holiday Lights: Send us your photos!

Holiday Lights: Send us your photos!

© Telegraph Publishing LLC On a recent evening drive to view some of the decorations on The Telegraph’s Holiday Lights Map  we took a few photos that we thought we’d share with readers who haven’t had a chance to get out there yet. This is just the tip of the iceberg and several neighborhoods have […]

Weekly Covid Update: 16 more Vermonters die as new cases hit 778

Weekly Covid Update: 16 more Vermonters die as new cases hit 778 Dr. Levine: No surge from Thanksgiving yet seen

©2020 Telegraph Publishing LLC The Vermont Department of Health reported 16 more deaths this week, up from 10 last week, along with a new Covid-19 case count that skyrocketed by a record-breaking 778, up from 758 reported last week. Deaths in Vermont from Covid now stand at 93 deaths, with a total of 5,541 cases. […]

Holiday Lights are twinkling!

Holiday Lights are twinkling! Find them with the Telegraph Holiday Lights Map

To get into the holiday spirit, our map maker, artist Dan O’Donnell, shot this video of the Green Mountain Flyer gussied up for the holiday. Turn up the volume so you can hear Santa! © 2020 Telegraph Publishing LLC More than 30 families and businesses answered the call to be placed on The Chester Telegraph […]

Chester board continues budget work, appoints Zoning Administrator

Chester board continues budget work, appoints Zoning Administrator Resident proposes civilian oversight of police

By Shawn Cunningham © 2020 Telegraph Publishing LLC At its Dec. 2 meeting, the Chester Select Board continued working on the budget,  department by department, and even converted into its alter ego – The Chester Water Commission – to look at the numbers for 2021. As has happened in previous meetings, most of the budget […]

TRSU board OKs half-time buildings coordinator

TRSU board OKs half-time buildings coordinator

By Shawn Cunningham © 2020 Telegraph Publishing LLC During last Thursday’s meeting of the Two Rivers Supervisory Union, Green Mountain School Board chair Joe Fromberger revisited topics he has been adamant about in the past: who pays for what and who controls what. Fromberger twice expressed his opinion that each of the two districts with […]

Covid Weekly Update: Vermont cases soaring as deaths double from last week

Covid Weekly Update: Vermont cases soaring as deaths double from last week

©2020 Telegraph Publishing LLC The Vermont Department of Health recorded 10 new deaths this week, double the fatalities reported last week, and a new Covid-19 case count that soared by 758, up from 546 reported last week, for 77 total deaths and 4,763 total cases. Seven deaths of the new deaths were Vermonters over the […]

Whiting Library announces changes, continuing services

Whiting Library announces changes, continuing services Open hours will change in 2021

Due to the rising number of Covid-19 cases in the area, the Whiting Library is returning to providing Front Porch Pick Up of library materials only and discontinuing entry by appointment. The library says it will resume appointments when case counts go down. In the meantime, the library staff is still there to help. You […]

X-country ski centers hopeful for coming season

X-country ski centers hopeful for coming season Viking, Wild Wings, Grafton expect more locals, fewer from away

By Cherise Madigan ©2020 Telegraph Publishing LLC Despite restrictions on travel and recreation, local cross country ski centers are anticipating a strong season ahead — one that could possibly even surpass past winters. Following an uptick in outdoor recreation this summer, businesses like Londonderry’s Viking Nordic Center, Wild Wings Ski & Yoga in Peru, and […]