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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 […]

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 […]

Ludlow, Cavendish continue cleanups, rescues after historic floods

Ludlow, Cavendish continue cleanups, rescues after historic floods

By Cara Philbin ©2023 Telegraph Publishing LLC Emergency service providers and private citizens in Ludlow and Cavendish continue to work around the clock to clear roads so that displaced residents may eventually return to their homes. Green Mountain Railroad freight service had to be suspended because railroad tracks in both Cavendish and Ludlow collapsed, according […]

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 […]

Community spirit alive in Cavendish businesses

Community spirit alive in Cavendish businesses

By Cara Philbin ©2023 Telegraph Publishing LLC Ask nearly any business in Cavendish why they’re in this small town in the shadow of a major ski resort, and you’ll get a slightly different version of the same answer: community. “We take pride in everything we put out, we treat everybody like family,” says Laura Jennings-Ryll, […]

Cavendish Town Manager flushes water lines, Select Board punts School Board appointment back to GMUSD

Cavendish Town Manager flushes water lines, Select Board punts School Board appointment back to GMUSD

By Cara Philbin ©2023 Telegraph Publishing LLC On Monday, Cavendish’s new manager updated the Select Board on his efforts to stabilize the town’s water practices, telling the Telegraph that “everybody’s water should be back to normal by the time the paper comes out.” Richard Chambers says he has been working to tighten Cavendish’s drinking water […]

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 […]

Cavendish hires town manager; addresses manganese in town water

Cavendish hires town manager; addresses manganese in town water Grafton Cheese gets take-away alcohol license for new store

By Cara Philbin © 2023 Telegraph Publishing LLC On Monday, the Cavendish Select Board announced that Rick Chambers has been hired as the new town manager, following Brendan McNamara’s departure to Ludlow. Chambers is a resident of Cavendish and spent over 25 years working for the town of Springfield, where he most recently served as […]

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 […]

Cavendish passes $1.95 million budget;  discusses ARPA fund use

Cavendish passes $1.95 million budget; discusses ARPA fund use

By Cara Philbin © 2023 Telegraph Publishing LLC Monday night’s Cavendish Town Meeting attracted about 50 residents to the Cavendish Town Elementary School and 15 on Zoom, mostly to discuss the proposed budget, which was among items to be voted on by Australian ballot on Tuesday, and uses of funding received from the federal pandemic […]

ARPA funds info session at Cavendish Town Meeting, March 6

ARPA funds info session at Cavendish Town Meeting, March 6

© 2023 Telegraph Publishing LLC The Cavendish ARPA Committee will hold an info session at the Cavendish Town Meeting to discuss the use of the town’s ARPA funds. Town meeting will begin at 7 p.m. on Monday, March 6 at Cavendish Town Elementary School, 573 Main St. in Proctorsville. The American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) […]

Resignations leave Cavendish Planning Commission quorumless

Resignations leave Cavendish Planning Commission quorumless Select Board to mull next steps; votes Eddy as health officer despite objection

By Cara Philbin @2023 Telegraph Publishing LLC Last Monday, the Cavendish Select Board voted unanimously to accept the resignations of Etienne Ting and Doug McBride from the town’s Planning Commission. Their departures follow a fractious January meeting for the commission several members’ resistance to the Select Board’s October 2022 decision to adopt a Vermont state […]

GMUSD board agrees to 'retire' Chieftain name

GMUSD board agrees to ‘retire’ Chieftain name 'Indian head' image was dropped two years ago

By Shawn Cunningham © 2023 Telegraph Publishing LLC In a move that was a surprise to at least one board member, the Green Mountain Unified School District board voted tonight, Thursday, Jan. 19, to discontinue the use of the Chieftain name. The district had voted to stop using the image of a Native American in […]