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Boards struggle with holding annual meetings during pandemic

Boards struggle with holding annual meetings during pandemic Legislation may give municipalities more options

By Shawn Cunningham © 2020 Telegraph Publishing, LLC Town Meeting day is more than two months away, but municipalities — including school districts — throughout Vermont are working out how that annual ritual of direct democracy will be handled during a global pandemic in which personal contact can be hazardous. When Gov. Phil Scott announced […]

<strong>40,000 Meals & Counting</strong>

40,000 Meals & Counting $315,000 grant gives Chester Helping Hands-Springfield Family Center partnership the boost to feed more

By Cherise Madigan ©2020 Telegraph Publishing LLC During the bone chilling months of last March, when the Covid-19 pandemic was beginning it race across the country, Chester residents Chris Meyer and Jason Tostrup asked themselves a question: Will our neighbors be going hungry? As Vermont residents became confined to their homes, and unemployment spiked, the […]

Photo gallery: Local elections called 'smooth'

Photo gallery: Local elections called ‘smooth’

By Shawn Cunningham © 2020 Telegraph Publishing LLC A visitor to the polls in 10 local towns today heard the same word over and over: smooth. One after another, town clerks and other election officials told The Telegraph that turnout was light to moderate but steady. There were no long lines or waits to vote […]

Clerks: Mail-in voting pace is brisk, few errors

Clerks: Mail-in voting pace is brisk, few errors Voter registration rolls see a jump

By Shawn Cunningham © 2020 Telegraph Publishing LLC Area residents are embracing mail-in voting in substantial numbers and making very few mistakes, according to several town clerks. And, since Sept. 2 more than 200 people have registered to vote in nine towns. The Vermont Secretary of State used that date as the cutoff for mailing […]

Local money in the presidential race

Local money in the presidential race NYT analysis details donation amounts, donor numbers

©2020 Telegraph Publishing LLC On Monday, the New York Times published an analysis of campaign contributions by ZIP code. The reporters teased out the number of donations from April 1 through Oct. 14 and estimated their amounts by every ZIP code in the United States and looked at factors behind the numbers including education. The […]

<strong>The emerald ash borer: </strong>What we know, what's being done, what we can do, what we can expect

The emerald ash borer: What we know, what’s being done, what we can do, what we can expect

By Cherise Madigan ©2020 Telegraph Publishing LLC Last October, a Londonderry landowner found a green beetle with a red abdomen lodged in his door. Inspection from a forester and entomologist confirmed that the insect was the invasive emerald ash borer that — though first found in Vermont in 2018 — was not expected in the region […]

Casting your ballot: A guide to voting procedures

Casting your ballot: A guide to voting procedures

By Shawn Cunningham © 2020 Telegraph Publishing LLC Voting in this pandemic year will not be like any vote we have ever cast and Secretary of State Jim Condos is suggesting that everyone have a voting plan. One suggestion is to vote by Saturday, Oct. 24 — “to reduce contact at polling places and to […]

How VTel's phone/internet outage happened

How VTel’s phone/internet outage happened

By Shawn Cunningham © 2020 Telegraph Publishing LLC Multiple equipment failures brought to a standstill VTel phone and internet service to Chester, Andover, Grafton and Windham — first on Thursday, then on Friday and into Saturday of last week, prompting questions about access to public safety agencies and how to make that more robust. According […]

Mail-in ballots during primary provide test-run for November General Election

Mail-in ballots during primary provide test-run for November General Election Landgrove claims top voter turnout in VT

By Cherise Forbes and Shawn Cunningham Voting looked more than a little different from past elections in many towns during Vermont’s Primary Election on Tuesday, Aug. 11, due to added precautions and new polling configurations in light of the Covid-19 pandemic. Nonetheless, turnout kept pace with past years — even topping those in some communities […]

Michigan man indicted for 2019 threat against GMUHS

Michigan man indicted for 2019 threat against GMUHS

© 2020 Telegraph Publishing LLC The Office of the U.S. Attorney for the District of Vermont announced in a press release on Friday, July 24 that a federal grand jury, sitting in Burlington has indicted Jason Graham, 24, of Michigan, for threatening Green Mountain Union High School in Chester in the winter of 2019. On […]

Andover Select Board agenda for May 11, 2020

Andover Select Board agenda for May 11, 2020

The Andover Select Board will hold its regular meeting via Zoom at 6:30 p.m. on Monday May 11, 2020. You may attend the meeting via Zoom at : https://zoom.us/join The meeting ID is 811-1769-5540 and the password is 373044 To call in dial 1 929 436 2866. Below is the agenda 1. Call Select Board […]

Andover launches stay-at-home art project

Andover launches stay-at-home art project

What will Andover residents remember about the Covid-19 emergency over 50 years from now? Will they remember it? Let’s have Andover’s children send a message to the future through artwork and writing. The submissions will be kept rolled up in a tube in the town vault to be opened at Andover’s Tricentennial in 2076. This […]

Andover man dies in early morning fire

Andover man dies in early morning fire

© 2020 Telegraph Publishing LLC An Andover man died in a house fire early Friday morning, according to the Vermont State Police. Just after 6 a.m., a caller to the 911 center said that there was smoke coming from the roof of the house at 3047 Simonsville Road in Andover. Firefighters from Chester, Proctorsville and […]

Free Range to offer free to-go family dinners

Free Range to offer free to-go family dinners Donations of produce, money sought to bolster effort

By Cynthia Prairie ©2020 Telegraph Publishing LLC Jason Tostrup, chef and owner of the Free Range restaurant in Chester, and Andover resident Chris Meyer are teaming up to ensure that Chester and Andover families — especially those with school children — are provided with some dinners over the next eight weeks of the Covid-19 crisis. […]

Budget passes easily, surplus hangs up Andover Town Meeting

Budget passes easily, surplus hangs up Andover Town Meeting

By Shawn Cunningham © 2020 Telegraph Publishing LLC More often than not, Town Meeting Day meetings consist of a lot of quick approvals of important business and one or two relatively minor questions that take up the lion’s share of time. And so it was at Andover on Saturday, Feb. 29 as the Select Board […]

Meet the candidates for board of the Green Mountain Unified School District

Meet the candidates for board of the Green Mountain Unified School District

Three candidates are vying for two three-year positions on the board of the Green Mountain Unified School District: Incumbent Rick Alexander; Patty Davenport and Jeannie Wade. Marilyn Mahusky decided not to seek re-election this year, leaving that position open. Three weeks ago, The Chester Telegraph sent the candidates a series of questions for them to […]

Smoke scare at Rowell's Inn days before opening

Smoke scare at Rowell’s Inn days before opening

By Shawn Cunningham © 2020 Telegraph Publishing LLC Around 12:30 p.m. on Sunday Chester firefighters were called out for a smoke alarm at Rowell’s Inn in Andover, just days before its scheduled opening as a restaurant, bakery and bed and breakfast. “The owners were lighting a woodstove when a back-draft blew smoke into the building,” […]

Who's on the March 3 ballot for town offices in Andover, Cavendish, Chester & Grafton?

Who’s on the March 3 ballot for town offices in Andover, Cavendish, Chester & Grafton?

© 2020 Telegraph Publishing LLC Monday, Jan. 27 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 3. Those running for offices in Weston and Londonderry will […]

Take a run: Offices open in local governments

Take a run: Offices open in local governments Petitions to be on the ballot are due Jan. 27

Vermont’s towns are run by community minded folks who step up and serve in local government positions – from town clerks and select board members to Library Trustees, Listers, Constables and more. This is the time of year that residents can take out a petition to get on the ballot for Town Meeting Day elections. […]

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 […]