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Turnout is high in local primary voting; November matchups decided

Turnout is high in local primary voting; November matchups decided

By Shawn Cunningham © 2022 Telegraph Publishing LLC Held in the hot and vacation rich month of August, Vermont’s primaries are generally sleepy affairs in which a relatively small number loyalists from the state’s three parties – Democratic, Republican and Progressive – come out to reaffirm the incumbents and chose the occasional challenger. But this […]

Andover bridge reconstruction to close road<br>Aug. 22 to Nov. 4

Andover bridge reconstruction to close road
Aug. 22 to Nov. 4

By Cynthia Prairie ©2022 Telegraph Publishing LLC Construction crews are expected to begin assembling on site this week to begin the process of taking down and replacing Andover Bridge No. 9, over Trout Brook, just southeast of the switchback on the Weston-Andover Road. The road is expected to be closed starting on Monday, Aug. 22, […]

Chester planners wrestle with scope of short-term rental ordinance

Chester planners wrestle with scope of short-term rental ordinance

By Shawn Cunningham © 2022 Telegraph Publishing LLC While the main event was a warned public hearing for an amendment to the town’s Unified Development Bylaws — which includes its zoning regulations — Monday night’s Chester Planning Commission meeting spent far more time and energy on the undercard — a discussion of the latest draft […]

After 20 years, Chief Cloud to retire from Chester Police

After 20 years, Chief Cloud to retire from Chester Police

By Shawn Cunningham © 2022 Telegraph Publishing LLC After nearly 20 years with the Chester Police Department, Chief Rick Cloud has told the town he intends to retire. In a July 18 letter to Town Manager Julie Hance, Cloud said he was resigning effective Jan. 7, 2023 and appreciated the opportunity the town had afforded […]

Popple Dungeon bridge construction falls behind schedule

Popple Dungeon bridge construction falls behind schedule

By Shawn Cunningham © 2022 Telegraph Publishing LLC A nine-week bridge construction job in Chester may stretch to 12 if the company doing the work up on Popple Dungeon Road has its way. According to Town Manager Julie Hance, Alpine Construction of Schuylerville, N.Y., has asked for three more weeks to finish the installation of […]

Chester Business Coalition talks business growth, affordable housing, state funding

Chester Business Coalition talks business growth, affordable housing, state funding

By Shawn Cunningham © 2022 Telegraph Publishing LLC Saying that there is no one – such as a chamber of commerce or other organization – representing businesses in Chester, Steve Mancuso kicked off the July meeting of the nascent Chester Business Coalition at the American Legion on Monday night. Founded by Mancuso, an electrician who […]

Chester planning panel to hold public hearing on zoning change

Chester planning panel to hold public hearing on zoning change

© 2022 Telegraph Publishing LLC The Chester Planning Commission will hold a public hearing concerning a proposed amendment to the town’s Unified Development Bylaws (which includes zoning regulations) at 6:30 p.m. on Monday, Aug. 1  at Town Hall, 556 Elm St. The amendment concerns legacy uses and adaptive reuses and the change would affect every […]

Chester planning panel kicks off zoning rewrite with first public workshop

Chester planning panel kicks off zoning rewrite with first public workshop

By Shawn Cunningham © 2002 Telegraph Publishing LLC In preparation for a new re-write of the town’s zoning regulations — known as the Unified Development Bylaws — the Chester Planning Commission held the first of several workshops with consultant Jason Rasmussen Monday night. Rasmussen is the executive director of the Mount Ascutney Regional Commission, which […]

Two Chester leagues serve up volleyball your way

Two Chester leagues serve up volleyball your way Co-ed or women-only, there's no better way to get sand between your toes

By Evan Chadwick ©2022 Telegraph Publishing The sport of volleyball is a microcosm of community. Each player knows his role, and uses that knowledge to effectively work with others to succeed in various athletic task. The community aspect of volleyball has found its way into Chester with the blossoming Chester Vermont Volleyball League and the […]

Heavy rain, winds wallop Chester

Heavy rain, winds wallop Chester

By Shawn Cunningham © 2022 Telegraph Publishing LLC Yesterday afternoon Chester got the worst of a storm which swept across Vermont taking down many trees, knocking out power to more than 56 percent of Green Mountain Power’s Chester customers and sending more than two dozen firefighters from Chester and Proctorsville out on “a month’s worth […]

Chester board hears from neighbors of proposed garden/greenhouse

Chester board hears from neighbors of proposed garden/greenhouse

By Shawn Cunningham © 2022 Telegraph Publishing LLC A project to create community gardens and at some point erect a large, historic greenhouse on town land was on the Chester Select Board’s agenda again at its July 6 meeting as the panel heard from abutters to the 3-acre site that is under consideration for the […]

Chester Planning Commission moves toward regulating short-term rentals

Chester Planning Commission moves toward regulating short-term rentals

By Shawn Cunningham © 2022 Telegraph Publishing LLC With a growing number of homes in the area being used as short-term rentals booked through such organizations as Airbnb and VRBO, the question of whether such a use should be regulated and even restricted has become a hot topic for area select boards and planning commissions. […]

'Chester Inn' chargers donated to Fullerton, Historical Society

‘Chester Inn’ chargers donated to Fullerton, Historical Society Former owners' son presents engraved plates

Photos and text by Cynthia Prairie © 2022 Telegraph Publishing LLC Warren Mackensen and his wife Patricia visited Chester on Tuesday from their home in Hampton, N.H., to lunch with old friends and serve two plates, but ones not bearing food. The historic copper plates were part of a set of 60 chargers that Mackensen’s […]

Whiting Library board reorganizes with six new members

Whiting Library board reorganizes with six new members

By Shawn Cunningham © 2022 Telegraph Publishing LLC One week after being appointed by the Chester Select Board, six new trustees of the Whiting Library joined Donna McNeill-Hudkins — the sole remaining trustee — to reorganize the board. The appointments became necessary when six out of seven trustees resigned in the wake of controversy over […]

Jeld Wen lays off 80, shutters N. Springfield plant

Jeld Wen lays off 80, shutters N. Springfield plant Work will move to Ludlow and other locations

By Shawn Cunningham © 2022 Telegraph Publishing LLC On Wednesday, most employees at the North Springfield Jeld Wen Door Systems plant learned that they would be losing their jobs and that their workplace would be closed immediately.  Also happening immediately will be consolidation of the Springfield operations into the company’s Ludlow plant. The company employed […]

Chester board hears community garden proposal, appoints six library trustees

Chester board hears community garden proposal, appoints six library trustees

By Shawn Cunningham © 2022 Telegraph Publishing LLC At its June 15 meeting, the Chester Select Board appointed six new trustees to the Whiting Library board and received a request for the use of the Canal Street well site from the group that wants to put community garden plots – and eventually a greenhouse – […]

Green Mountain graduates 52 under fair skies

Green Mountain graduates 52 under fair skies

By Shawn Cunningham © 2022 Telegraph Publishing LLC The Green Mountain High School Class of 2022 got a perfect evening for its graduation exercises last Friday as 52 students shifted the tassels on their mortarboard caps and became alumni. Hundreds of parents and friends watched as members of the class received awards and diplomas. A […]

Public records search of Merrill files turns up no complaints related to alleged behavior

Public records search of Merrill files turns up no complaints related to alleged behavior

By Cynthia Prairie ©2022 Telegraph Publishing LLC Following a Public Records Act request by The Chester Telegraph for access to all documents — including personnel files — related to any complaint or concern filed against former Green Mountain teacher Norm Merrill, the Two Rivers Supervisory Union has replied that a hand search of paper files […]

Impressive comeback for Chester-GM Alumni Parade

Impressive comeback for Chester-GM Alumni Parade

©2022 Telegraph Publishing LLC After a two-year hiatus due to Covid-19 restrictions and concerns, the Chester High School/Green Mountain Alumni Day Parade roared back on Saturday to a colorful display and a delighted audience. Below are images from the event. All images are by Claudio Veliz. Click any image to launch the gallery.     […]

Morrow pulls out of Windsor Senate race

Morrow pulls out of Windsor Senate race Remaining contenders are from northern part of county

By Cynthia Prairie ©2022 Telegraph Publishing LLC Just one week after formally announcing his run for the Vermont Senate to represent the Windsor District, Chris Morrow of Weston, former owner of Northshire Books in Manchester, has pulled out of the race. Because of Windsor County’s population — the 4th largest in Vermont with 57,753 residents […]