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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, […]

Green Up Day events throughout the region

Green Up Day events throughout the region Andover, Athens, Cavendish, Chester, Grafton, Londonderry Weston & Winhall

By Stacia Spaulding ©2022 Telegraph Publishing LLC Although Green Up Day officially takes place on the first Saturday in May, many area residents have gotten a jumpstart on cleaning up the roadsides in their towns. If you would like to help, there are still plenty of opportunities to take part on Saturday, May 7. This […]

News Analysis: Legislature shuffles the districts in spite of local wishes

News Analysis: Legislature shuffles the districts in spite of local wishes Local towns need to leverage new representation

By Shawn Cunningham © 2022 Telegraph Publishing LLC While the text of House Bill 589 said that lawmakers would be seeking public — and municipal — input on their reapportionment plan to determine what State House districts will look like for the next 10 years, for officials in most area towns, they apparently were not […]

Detour & delay season is right around the corner

Detour & delay season is right around the corner Here's a short guide to avoiding the worst of it

By Shawn Cunningham © 2022 Telegraph Publishing LLC Every year as the weather warms, we begin to look around to see where the public works construction season will give us delays and detours. Here are some of the projects you may run into this summer. Andover The major project in Andover will be a relatively […]

Andover Select Board agenda for April 11

Andover Select Board agenda for April 11

The Andover Select Board will hold its regular meeting at 6:30 p.m. on Monday April 11, 2022 at the Andover Town Hall, 953 Weston-Andover Rd. and via Zoom. To join the meeting go to: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/8690215007  The passcode is 146374. Below is the board’s agenda 1. Call Select Board meeting to order. 2. Act on Agenda. […]

Andover Select Board replaces another member, talks short-term rentals again

Andover Select Board replaces another member, talks short-term rentals again

By Shawn Cunningham © 2022 Telegraph Publishing LLC Just as things seemed about to settle down on the Andover Select Board, on Monday night another resignation put a fourth new member on the panel, leaving chairman Chris Plumb as the only one with substantial experience in town government. As the meeting got under way at […]

Andover Select Board agenda for March 28, 2022

Andover Select Board agenda for March 28, 2022

The Andover Select Board will hold its regular meeting at 6:30 p.m. on Monday March 28, 2022 at the Andover Town Hall, 953 Weston Andover Road and via Zoom. To join the meeting go to https://us02web.zoom.us/j/8690215007 with passcode 146374. Below is the board’s agenda 1. Call Select Board meeting to order. 2. Act on Agenda. […]

New Andover board OKs fire/ambulance contract, mulls reappraisal

New Andover board OKs fire/ambulance contract, mulls reappraisal

By Shawn Cunningham © 2022 Telegraph Publishing LLC The Andover Select Board on Monday — in its first meeting since the Town Meeting Day election — approved the emergency services contract with the Town of Chester that includes fire, ambulance and dispatch. With Richard Griswold, Melissa Gates and Robin Trask as newly minted members, the […]

Andover elects historic board; Chester voters return Whalen to Select Board after hiatus

Andover elects historic board; Chester voters return Whalen to Select Board after hiatus

By Shawn Cunningham © 2022 Telegraph Publishing LLC Andover residents, faced with three select board vacancies, created what is likely an historic board with a majority of women as members. With one member resigning his unexpired three-year seat and two members deciding not to run for re-election, Andover residents were voting to put three new […]

Chester votes 'yes' on retail cannabis;  Andover voters say 'no' to street ATVs

Chester votes ‘yes’ on retail cannabis; Andover voters say ‘no’ to street ATVs Manchester voters reject regional field house proposal

By Shawn Cunningham and Cynthia Prairie © 2022 Telegraph Publishing LLC Retail cannabis was approved Tuesday by the voters of Chester 318 to 267, an outcome that seemed to surprise both those who were for it and those who were against it. The article  — Shall the Town of Chester authorize cannabis retailers in town […]

Hybrid Andover information meeting focuses on ATV ordinance

Hybrid Andover information meeting focuses on ATV ordinance Nearly 100 residents attend online or in person

By Shawn Cunningham © 2022 Telegraph Publishing LLC The Saturday before Town Meeting Day is usually when the Town of Andover gathers its voters to do the town’s business. But in light of the pandemic – and at the urging of residents – the Select Board opted again this year to vote all articles by […]

Three member Andover board talks reappraisal, short term rentals

Three member Andover board talks reappraisal, short term rentals Emergency services contract on hold for new board

By Shawn Cunningham © 2022 Telegraph Publishing LLC Recent meetings of the Andover Select Board have tended to be contentious, but the Feb. 14 meeting saw the now three-member board agreeing on most everything that came up. And with three members remaining after two recent resignations, there was no room for disagreement. That’s because with […]

Variations on a Town Meeting Day

Variations on a Town Meeting Day Area towns choose formats, new dates for annual votes

By Shawn Cunningham © 2022 Telegraph Publishing LLC Once again this year the Vermont legislature has taken its cue from the continuing Covid pandemic and is giving municipalities options in how they can manage Town Meeting Day. And area select boards have chosen several variations — from fully remote meetings and Australian ballots for all […]

Andover Select Board agenda for Feb. 14

Andover Select Board agenda for Feb. 14

The Andover Select Board will hold its regular meeting at 6:30 p.m. on Monday Feb. 14, 2022 at the Andover Town Hall and via Zoom. To join the meeting click here. Use passcode: 146374 Below is the board’s agenda. 1. Call Select Board meeting to order. 2. Act on Agenda. 3. Act on Minutes: Act […]

Andover board unanimously reverses town meeting decision; two members resign

Andover board unanimously reverses town meeting decision; two members resign

By Shawn Cunningham © 2022 Telegraph Publishing LLC Early in its Monday, Jan. 24 meeting, the Andover Select Board unanimously reversed its stance on how Town Meeting should be conducted, changing from all business being done by floor vote to a hybrid information meeting on one day, with voting by Australian ballot on Town Meeting […]

Area towns shuffled, separated under proposed redistricting plan

Area towns shuffled, separated under proposed redistricting plan

By Shawn Cunningham © 2022 Telegraph Publishing LLC The Vermont House yesterday passed H. 589 to bypass the work done by a tri-partisan board set up to create a legislative redistricting plan. The move substitutes the bill as the design for the “initial district plan.” The text of the legislation says that lawmakers will be […]

Chester Dems hold annual Share Heat fundraiser

Chester Dems hold annual Share Heat fundraiser

The Chester Town Democratic Committee is holding its annual Share Heat Fundraiser to provide financial support for those in our community in need of assistance in paying for the cost of home heating fuel. As fuel prices have risen significantly, the need for heating fuel assistance to provide warmth and comfort continues to grow. The […]

Andover board opts for in-person Town Meeting; Bodin says voters' voices are being disrespected

Andover board opts for in-person Town Meeting; Bodin says voters’ voices are being disrespected

By Shawn Cunningham © 2022 Telegraph Publishing LLC Long simmering disagreements over a number of issues boiled over at Monday’s Andover Select Board meeting after the board decided on a 3 to 2 vote to return to a “floor vote” Town Meeting rather than using Australian ballots as it did last year due to the […]

Andover Select Board agenda for Dec. 13, 2021

Andover Select Board agenda for Dec. 13, 2021

The Andover Select Board will hold its regular meeting at 6:30 p.m. on Monday Dec. 13, 2021 at Town Hall, 953 Weston Andover Road and via Zoom. To join the meeting, go to https://us02web.zoom.us/j/8690215007  Passcode 146374. 1. Call Select Board meeting to order. 2. Act on Agenda. 3. Act on Minutes: Act on the minutes […]