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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, […]

$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 […]

What's in the GM renovation bond: Elementary schools to see upgrades in heating systems

What’s in the GM renovation bond: Elementary schools to see upgrades in heating systems

By Shawn Cunningham © 2022 Telegraph Publishing LLC Both Cavendish Town and Chester-Andover elementary schools are slated to get upgrades to their fire alarm systems, should the bond proposal pass. Cavendish Town’s portion of the upgrade is worth $1.7 million; Chester-Andover’s is $2.6 million. Todd Parah, facilities director for Two Rivers Supervisory Union, says this […]

GM board votes to put $20 million renovation bond before district voters

GM board votes to put $20 million renovation bond before district voters

By Shawn Cunningham © 2022 Telegraph Publishing LLC On Aug. 25, the board of the Green Mountain Unified School District decided to move forward with a multi-year, $20.5 million project to renovate its three school buildings. The vote was 6-1 — with three members absent — to put a 20 year bond before the voters […]

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 […]

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 […]

As Cavendish votes, Gross celebrates a hard won defeat

As Cavendish votes, Gross celebrates a hard won defeat

By Shawn Cunningham © 2022 Telegraph Publishing LLC With contested races for town four offices approximately ten percent of Cavendish voters either showed up or cast absentee ballots in the delayed Town Meeting election on Tuesday. One hundred eleven votes were cast with 15 of those being absentee ballots received by noon. George Timko garnered […]

Abe Gross: Vote for Steve, not for me!

Abe Gross: Vote for Steve, not for me!

By Shawn Cunningham © 2022 Telegraph Publishing LLC Green Mountain school board member Abe Gross wants Cavendish residents to vote him out of office when the town holds its town meeting balloting on Tuesday, March 29. In May 2021, Gross took one of two open seats representing Cavendish, saying that he had more than enough […]

Cavendish principal finalist forum March 1; special GMUSD board meeting March 2

Cavendish principal finalist forum March 1; special GMUSD board meeting March 2

© 2022 Telegraph Publishing LLC The Cavendish Town Elementary School Principal Interview Committee will be holding a finalists forum from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 1. The forum will be both in person (at CTES, 573 Main St. in Proctorsville) and on Zoom. The Two Rivers Supervisory Union will be recording the forum for […]

Police search for Connecticut SUV that caused Cavendish crash

Police search for Connecticut SUV that caused Cavendish crash

© Telegraph Publishing LLC The Vermont State Police are looking for the driver of a car they say caused a crash in Cavendish on Thursday then left the scene. According to a VSP press release, just before 3 p.m. on Feb. 24, Denver Schillinger, 51, of Windsor, was driving a 2015 GMC truck east near  […]

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 […]

Driver injured in head-on crash that stops 103 traffic for more than two hours

Driver injured in head-on crash that stops 103 traffic for more than two hours

By Cynthia Prairie ©2022 Telegraph Publishing LLC A30-year-old White River Junction man was injured shortly before 9 a.m. Monday morning when his northbound 2000 Chevrolet Blazer crossed the center line on Route 103 in Cavendish, hitting a Ford van head-on that was heading south and pushing it back about 50 yards upon impact, police have said. […]

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 […]