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Andover Select Board agenda for Feb. 26

Andover Select Board agenda for Feb. 26

The Andover Select Board will hold its regular meeting at 6:30 p.m. on Monday Feb. 26 at the Town Office, 953 Weston-Andover Road. Below is the board’s agenda. 1. Call Meeting to Order. 2. Act on Agenda. 3. Act on Minutes of February 8th and February 12th meetings. 4. Public Comment (Time allowance: Five minutes […]

Who’s on the March 5 ballot for offices in Andover, Cavendish, Chester and Grafton?

Who’s on the March 5 ballot for offices in Andover, Cavendish, Chester and Grafton?

© 2024 Telegraph Publishing LLC Monday, Jan. 29 was the deadline for candidate petitions to be turned in at Town Clerks’ offices all over Vermont. Here are the candidates for offices in our area who will be voted on by Australian ballot on Tuesday, March 5. Those running for offices in Weston and Londonderry will […]

Flooding hits S. Vt.: Derry shops whacked again

Flooding hits S. Vt.: Derry shops whacked again Dirt roads take the brunt of other damage

 Video by David Lewis of Windham. The Chester Telegraph thanks all of our reporting partners who provided photos, video and insights into today’s events. See photo gallery below. To launch the gallery, click any image. By Cynthia Prairie and Shawn Cunningham ©2023 Telegraph Publishing LLC Our southern Vermont region was hit with another rainstorm […]

Flood resiliency takes center stage at legislative forum in Weston

Flood resiliency takes center stage at legislative forum in Weston Area residents anxious for solutions to persistent flooding

By Cynthia Prairie ©2023 Telegraph Publishing LLC WESTON Flood resiliency and mitigation was the major topic addressed during a gathering on Saturday of about 30 residents of Weston and surrounding towns for a discussion with state Rep. Kelly Pajala, and state Sens. Alison Clarkson, Dick McCormack and Becca White. McCormack, Clarkson and White represent Windsor […]

Chester's Whiting Library welcomes new director

Chester’s Whiting Library welcomes new director

By Cynthia Prairie ©2023 Telegraph Publishing Chester’s Whiting Library has a new library director, Gail Zachariah,  a Westminster resident and head of engagement and youth services at the Keene, N.H., Public Library for 23 years before her departure in August. She will be the second library director since Deirdre Doran resigned last spring. High school […]

State action on Chieftain appeal looks stalled

State action on Chieftain appeal looks stalled

By Shawn Cunningham © 2023 Telegraph Publishing LLC While the board of the Green Mountain Unified School District board has stopped paying for an attorney to defend its Chieftain name, appeals to the Vermont Agency of Education, which  could permanently settle the issue of whether the name violates school policy, appear to have stalled. The […]

Remote meeting styles evolve with good and bad experiences, technology

Remote meeting styles evolve with good and bad experiences, technology

  By Shawn Cunningham © 2023 Telegraph Publishing LLC The recent move by Green Mountain Unified School District Board to prohibit comment from those who attend its meetings by Zoom – including board members – prompts the question of where other boards stand on the issue of remote vs. in-person meetings and what goes into […]

Cleanup begins after massive rains wallop region

Cleanup begins after massive rains wallop region Reports from Londonderry, Weston, Chester and Andover

By Cynthia Prairie and Shawn Cunningham © 2023 Telegraph Publishing LLC The comparisons to Tropical Storm Irene of August 2011 began rolling in over the weekend as the National Weather Service rolled out its rain estimates. By Monday night, at the end of the storm that dropped as much as 9 inches of rain in […]

Area fire, rescue services brace for rains, flooding

Area fire, rescue services brace for rains, flooding

By Shawn Cunningham © 2023 Telegraph Publishing LLC With the National Weather Service issuing a flood watch for all of Vermont from Sunday afternoon through Monday evening, local emergency responders are preparing for the needs of their communities, and Vermont Emergency Management has put out a list of things to do to ensure public safety […]

Legislators wrap up session June 25 in Weston

Legislators wrap up session June 25 in Weston

New Thought Vermont, 614 Main St. in Weston, will host a   Wrap Up Legislative Forum for Weston and neighboring mountain towns from 4 to 6 p.m. on Sunday, June 25. With the veto session having just been completed, come listen to updates about the legislative session from our state legislators. You will also have an […]

Cannabis grower addresses Andover concerns

Cannabis grower addresses Andover concerns

By Cynthia Prairie ©2023 Telegraph Publishing LLC Dustin Sherman believes he did not get much of a chance to address the concerns of the Andover community at Tuesday night’s hearing conducted by the Zoning Board of Adjustment at Andover Town Hall. With about 70 people in person and on Zoom, the meeting was more like […]

Andover residents criticize proposed pot farm

Andover residents criticize proposed pot farm Applicant's proposal barely gets a hearing

By Cynthia Prairie ©2023 Telegraph Publishing LLC The potential for a lot of cannabis growing in their backyard drew more than 70 people in Andover to Tuesday’s Zoning Board of Adjustment hearing on a proposal to build up to four 24- by 96-foot greenhouses high up in the hills east of Terrible Mountain. The applicant, […]

GM board votes to keep Chieftain; Fierman, 3 members resign

GM board votes to keep Chieftain; Fierman, 3 members resign Board member cites confusing motion, spotty internet in vote that upheld name

By Shawn Cunningham and Cynthia Prairie 2023 Telegraph Publishing LLC The divisive issue of using the Chieftain name by Green Mountain High School came to a head at last night’s school district board meeting and, by the time it was over, the board in effect voted to keep the “Chieftains” name and three of its […]

Hill, Donohue departures from GM mark latest changes at TRSU

Hill, Donohue departures from GM mark latest changes at TRSU 3 of 5 schools must find new principals; 1 coming on board

By Shawn Cunningham and Cynthia Prairie © 2023 Telegraph Publishing LLC Green Mountain High Principal Keith Hill has announced that he is leaving the school at the end of this school year, almost two years to the day that he was first appointed in April 2021. He announced to parents of students his decision in […]

Short-term rentals: Towns' pace for regulation between snail and speedy

Short-term rentals: Towns’ pace for regulation between snail and speedy State legislature, however, puts the onus on local jurisdictions

By Shawn Cunningham © 2023 Telegraph Publishing LLC While the growth in the number of homes in area towns that are being converted into short-term rentals — like Airbnb and VRBO — is concerning to many residents, state and local governments are moving at different paces to address the trend. The Vermont legislature has taken […]

Vermont jobless rate falls in January

Vermont jobless rate falls in January Both Windsor, Windham counties see rise in employment

By Cynthia Prairie ©2023 Telegraph Publishing LLC The state has seen a slight drop in the unemployment rate for the month of January, the Vermont Department of Labor announced on Monday, bringing it down to a seasonally-adjusted unemployment rate of 2.9 percent. The United States rate for January was 3.4 percent. Both the state and […]

Election results: Andover, Cavendish, Chester, Grafton, Weston, GM District budget

Election results: Andover, Cavendish, Chester, Grafton, Weston, GM District budget

By Shawn Cunningham © 2023 Telegraph Publishing LLC Residents in area towns made some big changes and rejected others as Town Meeting 2023 unfolded. Chester voters chose two new select board members out of a field of five — Arianna Knapp and Peter Hudkins — and gave that body the power to appoint the town […]

Andover votes out Fromberger from longtime school board service

Andover votes out Fromberger from longtime school board service Re-elects incumbents elsewhere; OKs first million dollar budget

By Cynthia Prairie © 2023 Telegraph Publishing LLC The Andover Town Meeting, rescheduled from this past snow-bound Saturday, went off without too many hitches on Tuesday afternoon as 60 plus voters gathered at Town Hall and almost a dozen showed up on Zoom to hear the proceedings. But in a surprise action — once the […]

Andover looks to solutions for possible FY 2023 shortfall

Andover looks to solutions for possible FY 2023 shortfall

By Cynthia Prairie ©2023 Telegraph Publishing LCC The Andover Select Board on Monday night discussed a possible shortfall to this fiscal year’s budget, which ends July 1. Member Richard Griswold said he had “done some figuring” and found that after taking out for scheduled payables through the end of the fiscal year, about $45,000 would […]

Andover board sends $1.066M budget to voters

Andover board sends $1.066M budget to voters

By Cynthia Prairie ©2023 Telegraph Publishing LLC As expected, the Andover Select Board on Monday night signed off on the town’s first $1.066 million spending plan with nary a complaint or dissent. Referring to the 2023-24 budget proposal, board member Robin Trask said, “There’s nothing frivolous here.  It’s all about the trucks and the gas […]