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Hearing scheduled for Merrill plea change

Hearing scheduled for Merrill plea change

By Shawn Cunningham © 2022 Telegraph Publishing LLC Seven months after his arrest on charges of producing child pornography in his Chester home, Norman Merrill is scheduled enter a change of plea in a hearing before U.S. District Judge Christina Reiss on Dec. 20. On May 23, Merrill pled not guilty to a three-count indictment […]

Second meeting of TRSU's 'Portrait of a Graduate' set for Dec. 5

Second meeting of TRSU’s ‘Portrait of a Graduate’ set for Dec. 5

By Shawn Cunningham © 2022 Telegraph Publishing LLC About 25 community members gathered in the library at Green Mountain High School on Monday Nov. 14 to participate as a “design team” in the first of four meetings aimed at answering the question “what should a graduate from a Two Rivers Supervisory Union school – elementary, […]

Mountain Towns Housing Project under way

Mountain Towns Housing Project under way

Paul Alcorn, chair of the Mountain Towns Housing Project, has announced that the Bob Perry Lane house is well under way, and the steering committee has reached the first milestone of $100,000 in fundraising to get things started. The Bob Perry Lane house is a modest home currently under construction that will be sold to […]

Holiday events throughout the region

Holiday events throughout the region Tree sales and lightings, musical events, craft fairs, community dinner

By Stacia Spaulding ©2022 Telegraph Publishing LLC The holiday season is upon us. Do you need a Christmas tree or are you wondering where to find Santa? Maybe a night of relaxation and fun is on your list. The Telegraph has compiled a list of holiday events in the region. Our Calendar of Events contains […]

Chester board hears from attorney about STR ordinance

Chester board hears from attorney about STR ordinance

By Shawn Cunningham © 2022 Telegraph Publishing LLC Chester’s Select Board continued deliberating on an ordinance that would require registration of  short term rentals — like Airbnb and VRBO — to gather information about the effects of such rentals on the town and to ensure that fire and safety regulations are observed. Back in August, […]

Andover Select Board agenda for Nov. 28

Andover Select Board agenda for Nov. 28

The Andover Select Board will hold its regular meeting at 6:30 p.m. on Monday Nov. 28 at the Town Office, 953 Andover Weston Road and via Zoom. To join the meeting go to: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/8690215007 The meeting ID is 869 021 5007 and the passcode is 146374 Below is the board’s agenda: 1. Call Meeting to […]

Blaze destroys Chester home, displacing family of eight

Blaze destroys Chester home, displacing family of eight Firefighters work amid bitter temperatures

By Shawn Cunningham © 2022 Telegraph Publishing LLC Firefighters from more than a dozen departments responded to Chester for a fire that destroyed a home that housed eight on Route 103 north near Wymans Falls Road and closed the highway for several hours on Sunday night as temperatures dropped into the low teens. According to […]

District governor visits GM Interact Club

District governor visits GM Interact Club

On Monday, Nov. 7, Rotary District 7870 District Gov. Randell Barclay visited the Chester Rotary Interact Club at Green Mountain Union High School to discuss its participation in the KIVA program. Interact is a Rotary-sponsored high school leadership program that adheres to the Rotary International motto of “Service Above Self.” KIVA is an international nonprofit […]

State opens public 'forum' on FY 2024 budget

State opens public ‘forum’ on FY 2024 budget

© 2022 Telegraph Publishing LLC The state of Vermont has opened a web page to receive comments on the development of the state budget for the 2024 fiscal year, which runs from July 1, 2023 to June 30, 2024. A press release from Commissioner of Finance & Management Adam Greshin, pointed to 32 V.S.A. § […]

Andover's 'High Bridge' re-opens on time

Andover’s ‘High Bridge’ re-opens on time

By Shawn Cunningham © 2022 Telegraph Publishing LLC T bridge replacement project on Weston-Andover Road, a worry for the Andover Select Board for many years, has finished on time and reopened after an 11-week closure. The town and the construction company held a ribbon cutting on Friday, Nov. 4 to mark the occasion. The 84-foot […]

State seeks public input on eating disorders, treatment options

State seeks public input on eating disorders, treatment options Workgroup to hold virtual meeting on Nov. 28

Are you struggling with an eating disorder? Have you or someone you care about struggled to find care for an eating disorder? The Eating Disorders Workgroup, chaired by the Department of Mental Health, wants to hear from you. Please join the workgroup for a virtual meeting at 10 a.m. on Monday, Nov. 28 to share […]

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Chester Planning Commission meeting to explore housing problems

Chester’s Planning Commission will host its fourth and final workshop on Chester’s ongoing bylaw modernization project at Town Hall, 556 Elm St., at 6:30 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 21, as well as on Zoom  by clicking here. The Nov. 21 workshop will involve a panel discussion with realtors and builders to get their perspectives on […]

Chester Select Board & Water Sewer/Commissioners meeting agenda for Nov. 16

Chester Select Board & Water Sewer/Commissioners meeting agenda for Nov. 16

The Chester Select Board will hold its regular meeting at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday Nov. 16 followed by a meeting as the Board of Water and Sewer Commissioners. The meetings will be held at Town Hall, 556 Elm Street and via Zoom. To join the meeting go to https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81988842129 Below are the boards’ agendas Select […]

Andover Select Board agenda for Nov. 14

Andover Select Board agenda for Nov. 14

The Andover Select Board will meet at 6:30 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 14 at Andover Town Office, 953 Andover Road, and via Zoom. (See end of agenda.) Below is its agenda. 1. Call Meeting to Order. 2. Act on Agenda. 3. Act on Minutes of October 24th meeting. 4. Public Comment (Time allowance: Five minutes […]

Mail-in ballots, large in-person turnout make for busy election day

Mail-in ballots, large in-person turnout make for busy election day Props 2 and 5 pass, Democratic candidates win Windsor Senate seats, sheriff's office

By Shawn Cunningham © 2022 Telegraph Publishing LLC Town clerks across the area on Election Day morning said that especially large numbers of voters had cast ballots early, returning the general election ballots sent to them by the Vermont Secretary of State. At the same time, they noted there was also steady traffic at polling […]

$20M school renovation bond fails by 47 votes

$20M school renovation bond fails by 47 votes

By Shawn Cunningham © 2022 Telegraph Publishing LLC The $20 million bond intended to pay for renovating the three school buildings of the Green Mountain Unified School District was narrowly defeated Tuesday evening by a vote of 808 in favor to 855 opposed, a defeat that school officials called “disappointing.” The lower vote totals may […]

Chase beats Ryan in new Vermont House district

Chase beats Ryan in new Vermont House district

By Cynthia Prairie ©2022 Telegraph Publishing LLC Democrat Heather Chase has won the seat in the Vermont House of Representatives for the newly carved out Windsor-Windham District of Athens, Chester, Grafton and Windham. Chase handily beat Ryan 1,308 to 803, winning in comfortable margins in each town. Those town by town breakdowns were: 819 to […]

Competitive Chase-Ryan race yields local view of campaign financing

Competitive Chase-Ryan race yields local view of campaign financing

By Cynthia Prairie ©2022 Telegraph Publishing LLC For the first time in many years, voters from this part of  Southern Central Vermont are viewing a rare bird: a competitive “spending race” for the Vermont House of Representatives  — in this case the new Windsor-Windham District that encompasses Athens, Chester, Grafton and Windham. The race to […]

Input from Derry residents, workers sought on housing needs

Input from Derry residents, workers sought on housing needs

The Town of Londonderry is conducting a community housing survey to help the town understand critical housing needs and help create solutions to the town’s housing challenges. Findings from the community survey will be incorporated into a housing plan for the town that will be completed early in 2023. Take the survey at www.LondonderryVT.org/housingsurvey Those […]

Ryan-Chase forum sheds more light on State House candidates

Ryan-Chase forum sheds more light on State House candidates

By Cynthia Prairie ©2022 Telegraph Publishing LLC Like most candidate forums, the meetup in Grafton between Republican Eva Ryan and Democrat Heather Chase, candidates for the newly configured Windsor-Windham District of Athens, Chester, Grafton and Windham in the state House of Representatives, was a polite affair. No challenges, objections or name calling. The questions were […]