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Area towns consider ways to spend ARPA funds

Area towns consider ways to spend ARPA funds Town Halls, broadband, water among ideas for fed monies

By Cynthia Prairie ©2021 Telegraph Publishing LLC Gov. Phil Scott has announced that Vermont has received 50 percent of its allocation from the State and Local Fiscal Recovery Fund within the American Rescue Plan Act, and a number of south-central towns have already begun considering how they will spend those funds. Those towns include Andover, […]

31 area restaurants OK'd for Covid relief grants worth $4.2 million

31 area restaurants OK’d for Covid relief grants worth $4.2 million

By Cynthia Prairie ©2021 Telegraph Publishing LLC Thirty-one restaurants, bars and food trucks from Bellows Falls to Manchester, including four in Chester, have been approved to receive portions of the $28.6 billion federal Restaurant Revitalization Fund to help them recover from the effects of restrictions imposed during the Covid-19 pandemic crisis.  The total funding those […]

Vermont closing in on 80% vaxx rate for lifting of all Covid restrictions

Vermont closing in on 80% vaxx rate for lifting of all Covid restrictions

©2021 Telegraph Publishing LLC With Vermont just 0.2 percent shy of the 80 percent vaccination rate goal as of numbers through Thursday, June 10, state officials announced the addition of dozens of walk-in clinics at state parks and other venues throughout the state this weekend. The coordination with state parks coincides with the annual Vermont […]

Weekly Covid Update: Scott lifts curfew on restaurants, looks to 80 percent goal next week

Weekly Covid Update: Scott lifts curfew on restaurants, looks to 80 percent goal next week

© 2021 Telegraph Publishing LLC On Friday, Gov. Phil Scott announced he was lifting curfews on restaurants, bars and social clubs beginning Saturday, May 29, allowing those establishments to return to their normal business hours. Local municipalities are still allowed to place their own restrictions on businesses if desired. In what had been an optimistic […]

Weekly Covid Update: Scott extends emergency order even as mask mandate nixed for fully vaxxed Vermonters

Weekly Covid Update: Scott extends emergency order even as mask mandate nixed for fully vaxxed Vermonters

  ©2021 Telegraph Publishing LLC On Friday, Gov. Phil Scott extended Vermont’s state of emergency for another 30 days, even as he announced the leap to Step 3 in the Vermont Forward Plan; and eliminated the mask and social distance requirements for fully vaccinated Vermonters. As Vermont continues to lead the nation in vaccinations and […]

Springfield Hospital to allow visitors under some conditions

Springfield Hospital to allow visitors under some conditions

As per Gov. Phil Scott, visitors can now return to Vermont hospitals, including Springfield Hospital, under certain new restrictions. At Springfield Hospital, only fully vaccinated visitors are permitted to access the Inpatient Care Unit and Emergency Department unless they qualify under an exception. Visitors must have received their full Covid-19 vaccination series at least two […]

Weekly Covid Update: All Vermonters 16 and up can register for vaxx by April 19

Weekly Covid Update: All Vermonters 16 and up can register for vaxx by April 19

© 2021 Telegraph Publishing LLC In honor of the one-year anniversary of the first two deaths in Vermont due to Covid-19 — one of whom was 93-year-old Bob Kirkbride of Ludlow – Gov. Phil Scott has ordered flags lowered to half-mast and asked all churches and schools to ring their bells 14 times at 7 […]

Weekly Covid Update: Emergency order extended; Chester, Ludlow to get vaxx clinics

Weekly Covid Update: Emergency order extended; Chester, Ludlow to get vaxx clinics

©2021 Telegraph Publishing LLC Gov. Phil Scott extended Vermont’s state of emergency through mid-April in the state’s ongoing efforts to coordinate Covid-19 mitigation efforts, even as he announced additional loosening of restrictions for household gatherings and in the restaurant sector, and anticipates accelerated timelines for Vermont vaccination tiers. Meanwhile, the state also announced today that […]

Chester board delays cannabis discussion; affirms support for community greenhouse

Chester board delays cannabis discussion; affirms support for community greenhouse

By Shawn Cunningham © 2021 Telegraph Publishing, LLC At just a little over 37 minutes in length, last Wednesday’s Chester Select Board meeting touched on many topics, but most of the work was “just housekeeping,” in the words of board chair Arne Jonynas. And there was an off-agenda discussion of future discussions of retail sales […]

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 […]

<strong>40,000 Meals & Counting</strong>

40,000 Meals & Counting $315,000 grant gives Chester Helping Hands-Springfield Family Center partnership the boost to feed more

By Cherise Madigan ©2020 Telegraph Publishing LLC During the bone chilling months of last March, when the Covid-19 pandemic was beginning it race across the country, Chester residents Chris Meyer and Jason Tostrup asked themselves a question: Will our neighbors be going hungry? As Vermont residents became confined to their homes, and unemployment spiked, the […]

Weekly Covid Update: Cases continue to rise as Gov. Scott clarifies restrictions

Weekly Covid Update: Cases continue to rise as Gov. Scott clarifies restrictions

  ©2020 Telegraph Publishing LLC The Vermont Department of Health recorded three more deaths from Covid-19 this week and a new case count that soared by 716, up from the 417 cases reported last week, for a total of 3,459 Covid-19 cases. Thursday brought a grim milestone with the highest number of new infections in […]

Marconics gatherings spark Covid concerns in Chester

Marconics gatherings spark Covid concerns in Chester Owners: We are Covid compliant, attention is a 'witch hunt'

By Cynthia Prairie & Shawn Cunningham ©2020 Telegraph Publishing LLC As many as 25 to 35 cars — most bearing out-of-state license plates — parked at the old Jiffy Mart and adjacent streets in downtown Chester last week alarmed members of the Chester community as Covid-19 cases continue to rise nationwide and as Vermont severely […]

Gov. Scott calls for more strict mandates as Covid numbers rise in Vermont

Gov. Scott calls for more strict mandates as Covid numbers rise in Vermont Bars must close; restaurants can stay open at 50% capacity

 ©2020 Telegraph Publishing LLC With 84 new Covid-19 cases reported today, a weekly case count that far outstrips any previous tally, and more than 80 “situations” and 17 outbreaks being investigated by the Vermont Department of Health, Gov. Phil Scott has called for new strict mandates for Vermonters, including a ban on all multi-household gatherings, […]

Vt. Covid-19 cases hit high one-day total of 72

Vt. Covid-19 cases hit high one-day total of 72

© 2020 Telegraph Publishing LLC Vermont is no exception to the spike in coronavirus infections seen across the globe as the state Health Department today reported 72 new Covid-19 cases, surpassing the previous highest one-day number on April 4.  The total number of cases in Vermont since the beginning of the pandemic now stands at […]

Weekly Covid Update: Restrictions added for school winter sports, ski areas

Weekly Covid Update: Restrictions added for school winter sports, ski areas

©2020 Telegraph Publishing LLC New restrictive health guidelines for both school winters sports and Vermont ski areas were released this week, as the state of Vermont saw Covid-19 cases rise by double digits every day and the  largest weekly total since April. New guidelines for school winter sports programs were released on Tuesday, including several […]

Like rest of country, Vermont Covid numbers rise

Like rest of country, Vermont Covid numbers rise State issues early vaccination protocol, frontline hazard pay program

©2020 Telegraph Publishing LLC The Vermont Department of Health confirmed a jump of 28 new Covid-19 cases on Friday, for a steep incline of 101 new cases reported this week, a small portion of the 82,600 new infections reported nationwide on Friday alone. Despite that, Vermont still has the lowest seven-day per capita average of […]

'Little library' for food installed at Smitty's Market

‘Little library’ for food installed at Smitty’s Market

By Shawn Cunningham © 2020 Telegraph Publishing LLC In another effort to eliminate food insecurity in area communities, Smitty’s Chester Market and Chester Helping Hands have teamed up to install a food pantry for those who are in need. On Wednesday morning, Stu Stocker and Smitty’s owner Garrison Smith could be found leveling a wooden […]

As autumn descends, eateries cautious, optimistic

As autumn descends, eateries cautious, optimistic

By Cherise Madigan ©2020 Telegraph Publishing LLC Vermont’s fall foliage season typically rakes in revenue totaling $280 million throughout the month of October, according to the Vermont Department of Tourism and Marketing, and leaf peepers have already begun to descend on the Green Mountains as they burst into a blaze of color. While the foliage […]

Initiative looks to expand fiber-optic internet access in Derry, Weston

Initiative looks to expand fiber-optic internet access in Derry, Weston In time of Covid-19, high speed service vital to education, public health, business

By Cherise Madigan ©2020 Telegraph Publishing LLC In the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic and subsequent stay-at-home orders, Vermonters in some towns are feeling the lack of high-speed internet more than ever. While some area towns like Chester and Andover have had fiber optic for several years because Vtel received a federal grant to wire […]