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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 […]

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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 […]

With low Vt. Covid cases, Scott focuses on school reopening, easing hospitality sector restrictions

With low Vt. Covid cases, Scott focuses on school reopening, easing hospitality sector restrictions

©2020 Telegraph Publishing LLC With state K-12 schools set to open on Tuesday, Sept. 8, Vermont continues to lead the nation with the lowest positivity rate in the nation, as well as the lowest per capita case total in the country. Gov. Phil Scott said that Vermont’s low-Covid data continues to show why it’s possible […]

Juice bar opens in Chester; business recovery grants increased for certain sectors

Juice bar opens in Chester; business recovery grants increased for certain sectors

Aurora’s Fresh Juice & Smoothie Bah opens in Chester Aurora McCarthy, 42, has opened Aurora’s Fresh Juice and Smoothie Bah at Blair Books & More on the Green in Chester. McCarthy first visited Chester 22 years ago for a workshop retreat and said she felt drawn to return to this ‘special high-vibe corner of the […]

State expands biz recovery grants to some owners; hazard pay grants now available

State expands biz recovery grants to some owners; hazard pay grants now available

Gov. Phil Scott and agencies in Vermont announced two new programs today to help  small business owners as well as front-line workers who have been financially impacted by the Covid-19 pandemic. Scott, the Agency of Commerce and Community Development and the Department of Taxes have expanded the eligibility for Economic Recovery Grants for Vermont businesses. […]

State reports 1st Covid death in 6 weeks; Scott expands retail capacity as mask mandate goes into effect

State reports 1st Covid death in 6 weeks; Scott expands retail capacity as mask mandate goes into effect

©2020 Telegraph Publishing LLC The Vermont Department of Health this week reported the first Covid-19 related death in more than six weeks, bringing Vermont’s statewide total to 57. Although the Health Department did not release any detailed information on the victim, data sources indicated the person was older than 80 and from Washington County. Gov. […]

Total Covid-19 cases continue slow growth as Scott mandates masks

Total Covid-19 cases continue slow growth as Scott mandates masks

©2020 Telegraph Publishing LLC Despite Covid-19 numbers in Vermont that lead the nation in optimistic trends, including the lowest total positive case number and the lowest positivity rate,  Gov.  Phil Scott announced a statewide mask mandate beginning Aug. 1. Scott cited concerns over increased cases to the south and west of Vermont, the current tourist […]

Gov. Scott mandates public mask-wearing

Gov. Scott mandates public mask-wearing

By Cynthia Prairie ©2020 Telegraph Publishing LLC Citing the surge of Covid-19 cases around the country, Gov. Phil Scott on Friday, July 24, mandated that everyone in a public place in which physical distancing is not possible must wear a mask or cloth face covering. The order takes effect on Saturday, Aug. 1. State officials […]

Derry Select Board orders mask wearing

Derry Select Board orders mask wearing Board chair: Gov. Scott put small town leaders in 'untenable situation'

By Cynthia Prairie and Bruce Frauman ©2020 Telegraph Publishing LLC The Select Board of the town of Londonderry voted in a special meeting on Wednesday, July 15, to mandate that the public and employees wear masks or other face coverings in local businesses. The board was prompted to take the action, said board chair George […]

Vermont reports 38 new Covid-19 cases in week

Vermont reports 38 new Covid-19 cases in week Drive-in fireworks displays to be allowed as guidelines change

©2020 Telegraph Publishing LLC The Vermont Department of Health confirmed nine new Covid-19 cases on Friday, for an increase of 38 cases this week, which is trending down from last week’s addition of 54. The total number of cases in Vermont now stands at 1,236 with no new deaths reported. Total deaths in Vermont have […]

Area restaurants adopt new formats, menus under Covid-19

Area restaurants adopt new formats, menus under Covid-19 Owners hope state reopens slowly to prevent second wave

By Bruce Frauman ©2020 Telegraph Publishing LLC Restaurant owners say they are finding ways to keep their businesses alive as the Covid-19 pandemic continues into its fifth month. With curbside delivery in place, outdoor seating and limited indoor dining allowed, business has picked up somewhat. Some owners have secured federal Payroll Protection Plan loans and […]