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State Police check compliance at hundreds of hotels/motels

State Police check compliance at hundreds of hotels/motels

© 2020 Telegraph Publishing, LLC Vermont State Police troopers visited 295 lodging establishments across the state to check their compliance with Gov. Phil Scott’s Stay Home, Stay Safe executive order which required commercial lodging establishments to immediately begin to cease operations due to the coronavirus pandemic according to a VSP press release issued Sunday afternoon. […]

Flood Brook adjusts, innovates for new schooling

Flood Brook adjusts, innovates for new schooling

By Bruce Frauman ©2020 Telegraph Publishing LLC As he enters the 2nd week of classes under state restrictions imposed to stem the spread of the Covid-19 pandemic, Flood Brook School Principal Neal McIntyre said, “The challenge we are facing in education right now is that we have to figure out everything at once.” Since Friday, […]

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 […]

Covid-19 Task Force looks for so. Vt. medical sites

Covid-19 Task Force looks for so. Vt. medical sites Scott orders non-exempt business to end in-person contact

By Shawn Cunningham ©2020 Telegraph Publishing LLC While the Vermont National Guard works to set up emergency medical centers in northern Vermont to help hospitals with a possible surge in Covid-19 cases that could overwhelm them, Gov. Phil Scott’s Covid-19 Task Force is searching southern Vermont for similar sites, Mark Bosma, spokesman for Vermont Emergency […]

State announces disaster loans for small business

State announces disaster loans for small business

Gov. Phil Scott on Friday announced Vermont small business owners suffering economic injury due the COVID-19 pandemic can apply for Small Business Administration disaster loans, following a statewide disaster declaration. SBA’s Economic Injury Disaster Loans offer up to $2 million in assistance per business, providing economic support to overcome temporary loss of revenue. EIDLs may […]

Think before you share: Rumor control in the time of COVID-19

Think before you share: Rumor control in the time of COVID-19

By Shawn Cunningham © Telegraph Publishing LLC There’s a lot of mistaken, misinterpreted and downright malicious stuff out there about the coronovirus that causes the illness Covid-19. And much of it is spread through social media. Before you share something that seems dire, ask yourself if it’s true. Spreading misinformation can be damaging to efforts […]

State orders more businesses closed, further limits size of gatherings

State orders more businesses closed, further limits size of gatherings

© 2020 Telegraph Publishing LLC In an early morning press release, Gov. Phil Scott announced that the State of Vermont is ordering the closure of “close-contact” businesses and limiting the size of “non-essential” gatherings to 1o or fewer people. The press release quotes Scott as saying, “I will continue act to slow the spread of […]

Distance learning, meal delivery begin within GM school district

Distance learning, meal delivery begin within GM school district

By Shawn Cunningham © 2020 Telegraph Publishing LLC Shortly after 7 a.m. on Thursday, buses rolled up in front of the Green Mountain High School in Chester as staff members pushed carts and sheet pan racks filled with boxes of bagged meals through the wet snow for students who are staying home until at least […]

Home Work: Flood Brook teachers, admin, students prep for learning under Covid-19

Home Work: Flood Brook teachers, admin, students prep for learning under Covid-19

By Bruce Frauman ©2020 Telegraph Publishing LLC Flood Brook School Principal Neal McIntyre on Monday, March 16 met with his teaching and administrative staffs to plan for the state-mandated closing of all schools, which started today, Wednesday, March 18. On Sunday, Gov. Phil Scott had ordered all K-12 schools closed at least until April 6 […]

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 […]

Area restaurants offer take-out during shutdown

Area restaurants offer take-out during shutdown A directory of local eateries

© 2020 Telegraph Publishing LLC Even before Gov. Phil Scott’s order to close all bars and restaurants to sit-down service statewide from 2 p.m. Tuesday, March 17 til at least Monday, April 6, Southern Vermont restaurants were already making that change, creating limited menus and taking phone orders only for pickup and delivery. For those […]

Free Range to offer free to-go family dinners

Free Range to offer free to-go family dinners Donations of produce, money sought to bolster effort

By Cynthia Prairie ©2020 Telegraph Publishing LLC Jason Tostrup, chef and owner of the Free Range restaurant in Chester, and Andover resident Chris Meyer are teaming up to ensure that Chester and Andover families — especially those with school children — are provided with some dinners over the next eight weeks of the Covid-19 crisis. […]

Share your solutions: Coping under COVID-19

Share your solutions: Coping under COVID-19

© 2020 Telegraph Publishing LLC How are you coping with the changes that are taking place as our world tries to deal with the coronavirus pandemic? What tips would you like to share with your neighbors to help us all deal with the challenges such as school closings for parents and children, the problems caused […]

TRSU schools closed; Health Dept. did not recommend shuttering

TRSU schools closed; Health Dept. did not recommend shuttering Contact occurred at Cavendish Town Elementary

By Shawn Cunningham © 2020 Telegraph Publishing LLC The schools of the Two Rivers Supervisory Union will be closed “until further notice” starting on Monday, March 16, according to an email sent on Saturday by Superintendent Meg Powden to families, teachers and staff of the six schools in the SU. The email states: “An individual […]

Event cancellations and changes

Event cancellations and changes

The Chester Telegraph is compiling a list of events that have been cancelled or changed in some way due to concern over contagious Covid-19 virus. We’ll update the list as information comes in so check back daily. If you have an event to cancel or change, please send the information to info@chestertelegraph.org and we’ll publish […]

Local agencies prepare to confront COVID-19

Local agencies prepare to confront COVID-19

By Shawn Cunningham © 2020 Telegraph Publishing LLC With one confirmed case of the coronavirus known as COVID-19 in the state of Vermont, most area towns and first responders are now beginning to organize their responses to this new health threat. The Vermont case  — a Readsboro man — tested positive and is hospitalized in […]