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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 […]

Rt. 131 in Cavendish reopens as crash cleanup is completed

Rt. 131 in Cavendish reopens as crash cleanup is completed

By Shawn Cunningham © 2021 Telegraph Publishing LLC Vermont Rt. 131 in Cavendish appears to be open to traffic again after being closed for nearly a day as emergency personnel worked to get a tractor trailer out of the Black River. Read yesterday’s Telegraph article here. But while the closure no longer appears on New […]

UPDATED: Truck crash into river closes Rt. 131 in Cavendish; recovery ongoing

UPDATED: Truck crash into river closes Rt. 131 in Cavendish; recovery ongoing

By Shawn Cunningham ©2021 Telegraph Publishing LLC UPDATE 5:45 p.m. – In what appears to be a change of plan, Proctorsville Fire has just told Hartford Dispatch that the tractor portion of the rig has been removed from the river and they are working on the trailer. We will continue to monitor scanner traffic through […]

Police seek help in Cavendish RTV theft

Police seek help in Cavendish RTV theft

© 2021 Telegraph Publishing LLC Vermont State Police are asking the public for help in connection to the recent theft of a rough terrain vehicle. According to a VSP press release, at about 3 a.m. on Tuesday December 21, a Kubota RTV 900 was stolen from a home on Densmore Rd. in Cavendish. Police included […]

Cavendish adopts mask mandate for public buildings

Cavendish adopts mask mandate for public buildings

By Shawn Cunningham © 2021 Telegraph Publishing LLC By a unanimous vote on Monday evening the Cavendish Select Board adopted a model mask mandate written by the Vermont League of Cities and Towns that will require the wearing of masks in all public buildings. Board members and Town Manager Brendan McNamara acknowledged that the mandate […]

Area towns look -- cautiously -- to spend large ARPA allocations

Area towns look — cautiously — to spend large ARPA allocations

By Shawn Cunningham © 2021 Telegraph Publishing LLC There’s a lot of extra money in the bank accounts of town governments across the state with more coming next year. But most towns are taking cautious steps in deciding how to spend the funds. That’s because the money comes from the federal government’s American Rescue Plan […]

Michigan man pleads guilty to 2019 GMUHS bomb scare, threats

Michigan man pleads guilty to 2019 GMUHS bomb scare, threats

© Telegraph Publishing LLC A 24 year-old Holland, Mich., man pleaded guilty, in federal court in Burlington to making a threat to “shoot up” Green Mountain Union High School in February of 2019. The Office of the U.S. Attorney for the District of Vermont announced the plea deal on Friday, Sept. 24. According to a […]

Cavendish Select Board agenda for Sept. 13

Cavendish Select Board agenda for Sept. 13

The Cavendish Select Board will hold its regular meeting at 6:30 p.m. at the Town Office Meeting 37 High Street in Cavendish. Below is its agenda. 1. Call the meeting to order 2. Act upon the minutes of August 9th, 2021 3. Adjust agenda 4. Hear Citizens 5. Update on Route 131 Paving Project. 6. […]

Cavendish looks at enforcing old junkyard ordinance

Cavendish looks at enforcing old junkyard ordinance

By Shawn Cunningham © 2021 Telegraph Publishing LLC At its Aug. 9 meeting, the Cavendish Select Board discussed the enforcement of its 15-year-old “junkyard ordinance” and got some push back from one resident who says he was unfairly singled out under the law when others in town were not. Brendan McNamara told the board that […]

Cavendish schedules sewer repair with late summer paving

Cavendish schedules sewer repair with late summer paving

By Shawn Cunningham © 2021 Telegraph Publishing LLC The Town of Cavendish is looking to resolve a longstanding sewer pipe problem on Main Street in Proctorsville this summer by piggybacking on the state’s work on Route 131 At Monday night’s Select Board meeting, Town Manager Brendan McNamara said that the 8-inch asbestos-cement sewer line between […]

Cavendish board ponders fate of Vermont Apple Pie Co. water allocation

Cavendish board ponders fate of Vermont Apple Pie Co. water allocation

By Jasmin Gomez ©2021 Telegraph Publishing LLC The Cavendish Select Board, acting as Board of Waste Water Commissioners at its meeting on Monday, April 12, is trying to determine if Vermont Apple Pie Co. needs to retain its second allocation for town water now that its business is confined to homebased baking. An allocation is equal […]

Propane leak forces dental clinic in Chester to evacuate

Propane leak forces dental clinic in Chester to evacuate

By Shawn Cunningham © 2021 Telegraph Publishing LLC A large propane leak at the Chester Dental Clinic just west of downtown this morning brought out firefighters from Chester and Proctorsville on a busy day of high wind-related calls. Upon arrival, Chester Fire Chief Matt Wilson said, his crew used gas meters to detect a high […]

Towns set new info sessions, Town Meetings, votes in response to Covid-19 pandemic

Towns set new info sessions, Town Meetings, votes in response to Covid-19 pandemic

By Shawn Cunningham © 2021 Telegraph Publishing, LLC With Town Meeting Day just four weeks away and the rules for gathering during the Covid-19 pandemic still restrictive, select boards are looking at the options presented to them by the Vermont Legislature. With the passage of H. 48, the state gave municipalities – including school districts […]

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 […]

Cavendish begins count of mail-in votes

Cavendish begins count of mail-in votes

By Shawn Cunningham © 2020 Telegraph Publishing LLC As announced earlier in October, on Friday, officials of the town of Cavendish counted the mail-in ballots received up to that point in preparation for this Tuesday’s election. Town Clerk Diane McNamara explained the procedure to Justices of the Peace Rolf Van Schaik and Doris Eddy, who […]

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 […]