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Lumber truck crash closes Rt. 11 in Chester

Lumber truck crash closes Rt. 11 in Chester Driver cited: was his 2nd accident in same area in five years

UPDATE – November 12, 9:52 p.m. – Vermont State Police have posted that Route 11 is now open to traffic. By Shawn Cunningham © 2019 Telegraph Publishing LLC Around 1 p.m. this afternoon — Tuesday — a tractor trailer carrying lumber slid off the road into a ditch on Route 11 just west of Swett […]

Police press for more clues in Rt. 103 homicide

Police press for more clues in Rt. 103 homicide

By Shawn Cunningham and Cynthia Prairie © 2019 Telegraph Publishing, LLC One week after a Boston truck driver was found shot to death in his produce delivery truck on Route 103 in Rockingham, a large contingent of Vermont State Police were out at the scene hoping to jog drivers’ memories to help with the investigation. […]

Londonderry to join state's opioid lawsuit

Londonderry to join state’s opioid lawsuit

By Bruce Frauman ©2019 Telegraph Publishing LLC The Londonderry Select Board at its meeting Monday night chose to join a Vermont lawsuit that is part of the nationwide multi-district litigation against manufacturers and distributors that created or contributed to the nationwide opioid crisis. Vermont Attorney General T.J. Donovan said in a letter to all Vermont […]

Chester voters OK bond for emergency services building

Chester voters OK bond for emergency services building $4.777 million project to set to begin in May 2020

By Shawn Cunningham © 2019 Telegraph Publishing LLC Chester voters overwhelmingly approved a $4.777 million bond issue to construct a 15,000-square-foot emergency services building on Pleasant Street and to renovate and upgrade the existing town garage. With 499 residents casting ballots on the lone issue, the bond passed 315 to 183 vote with one spoiled […]

GM boys soccer team wins its first state title

GM boys soccer team wins its first state title

Chester holds final info meeting on emergency services building

Chester holds final info meeting on emergency services building Vote today on whether to approval $4.777 million bond issue

By Shawn Cunningham © 2019 Telegraph Publishing LLC With one day to go before voting on a $4.777 million bond issue for building a new home for Chester’s fire, ambulance and police departments and renovating and upgrading the existing town garage, more than 40 residents turned up on Monday night for the last information meeting […]

Windstorm knocks out power for days

Windstorm knocks out power for days

By Shawn Cunningham ©2019 Telegraph Publishing LLC A powerful storm on Thursday night into Friday left thousands of Green Mountain Power customers in the dark with many still powerless on Sunday morning. As of this morning — Monday — GMP was reporting 371 statewide customers without power with more than 25 percent in The Telegraph […]

Four displaced after fire damages Chester home

Four displaced after fire damages Chester home

By Shawn Cunningham © 2019 Telegraph Publishing LLC A Sunday morning fire on River Street in Chester severely damaged a house, leaving a family homeless. Neighbor Larry Reed told The Telegraph that around 10 a.m. he heard an explosion and looked outside to see the second floor porch on the green house next door — […]

Boston trucker apparently shot dead on Rt. 103

Boston trucker apparently shot dead on Rt. 103 Victim pled guilty in 2017 to federal drug charges in Mass.

By Shawn Cunningham © 2019 Telegraph Publishing LLC A Boston man was found dead along Route 103 in Rockingham Friday, apparently of a gunshot wound, in the truck he was driving for a Boston fruit wholesaler according to Vermont State Police. Late Friday afternoon, state police were sent to perform a welfare check on the […]

Powden releases text of speech to board, Telegraph

Powden releases text of speech to board, Telegraph Board members' reaction to presentation mixed

By Shawn Cunningham © 2019 Telegraph Publishing, LLC A speech given by Two Rivers Supervisory Union Superintendent Meg Powden but withheld from the public was released after The Chester Telegraph requested the text under a state law that protects the public’s right to know what government agencies are doing. Board members’ reaction to the speech […]

Weston board continues town worker health insurance, OKs funds for Flood Brook speed sign

Weston board continues town worker health insurance, OKs funds for Flood Brook speed sign

By Bruce Frauman ©2019 Telegraph Publishing LLC During a short meeting on Tuesday, Oct. 22, the Weston Select Board  voted to continue with health insurance coverage through MVP in spite of a 9 percent increase in premiums. The town insures four full-time staffers. Board member Jim Linville said the risk of exposure without insurance was […]

Derry to mull fund to tackle emerald ash borer

Derry to mull fund to tackle emerald ash borer

By Bruce Frauman ©2019 Telegraph Publishing LLC After considerable discussion, the Londonderry Select Board agreed on Monday, Oct. 21 to consider both an annual budget allocation and a fund that can accumulate from year to year to cope with the emerald ash borer beetle that was identified in the town in early October. The beetle […]

Chester holds last info meeting on emergency services building

Chester holds last info meeting on emergency services building Bond vote to be held on Tuesday, Nov. 5

© 2019 Telegraph Publishing LLC The Town of Chester will hold its final information meeting for the proposed construction of a new emergency services building and the renovation town highway garage renovation at 6 p.m. on Monday Nov. 4 on the second floor of Chester Town Hall 556 Elm St. The following day, Tuesday, Nov. […]

Powden refuses to make speech public, says 'I don't trust' some school board members

Powden refuses to make speech public, says ‘I don’t trust’ some school board members

By Shawn Cunningham © 2019 Telegraph Publishing LLC On Thursday night, Superintendent Meg Powden refused to share with the Green Mountain Unified School Board the text of a speech she gave to a “welcoming meeting” held for teachers across the supervisory union on Oct. 15. Member Michael Studin brought up the issue, telling Powden that […]

Cavendish Streetscapes looks to reclaim town garage site

Cavendish Streetscapes looks to reclaim town garage site

By Shawn Cunningham © 2019 Telegraph Publishing, LLC Members of the Cavendish Streetscapes Committee came before the Select Board last Tuesday to discuss plans to renovate the site of the town garage that burned in February 2017. Rolf van Shaik told the board that the committee had received a $5,000 donation as well as $800 […]

Speed limits, signage top Derry board discussion

Speed limits, signage top Derry board discussion

By Bruce Frauman ©2019 Telegraph Publishing LLC Responding to a letter from Flood Brook School Principal Neal McIntyre, the Londonderry Select Board on Monday, Oct. 7 agreed to contribute $1,530 toward the cost of new speed limit beacons on Route 11. McIntyre said the total cost will be $10,000 and the state Agency of Transportation […]

Emerald ash borer found in Londonderry

Emerald ash borer found in Londonderry Surrounding towns now seen as infected or high risk

By Shawn Cunningham © 2019 Telegraph Publishing LLC The Vermont Department of Forests, Parks & Recreation has announced that the emerald ash borer, a beetle that has been decimating ash trees from Michigan to Maine, now has been found in Londonderry. According to a statement released Thursday, the infested area includes all of Londonderry, Windham, […]

Chester board continues work on manager search

Chester board continues work on manager search First select board meeting in refurbished town hall

By Shawn Cunningham © 2019 Telegraph Publishing LLC The Chester Select Board took another step toward conducting a search for someone to replace Town Manager David Pisha, who will step down from the post on Town Meeting Day next year. Acknowledging that the window for conducting the search is growing smaller, the board approved an […]

Aging Chester Congregational Church seeks 'replanting'

Aging Chester Congregational Church seeks ‘replanting’

By Shawn Cunningham © 2019 Telegraph Publishing, LLC Next June, after 247 years, the ministry of the Chester Congregational Church, at 469 Main St., will come to an end. But if all goes well, it will also be the beginning of a new ministry, according to Pastor Susan E. Moody. With congregation membership hovering at […]

Stocker's grandmother pleads guilty to obstruction

Stocker’s grandmother pleads guilty to obstruction

By Shawn Cunningham © 2019 Telegraph Publishing LLC The grandmother of a Chester man who stands accused of sexual assault, kidnapping and other offenses plead guilty on Wednesday to obstruction of justice by arranging contact with one of the victims to convince her to drop the charges. Obstruction of justice is a felony punishable by […]