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School spirit shines through cloudy day at Chester Alumni Parade

School spirit shines through cloudy day at Chester Alumni Parade

By Lorien Strange ©2024 Telegraph Publishing LLC There’s a unicycle?” exclaimed a young boy as other kids practiced gymnastics and ran around the gazebo in front of Chester Town Hall just before Saturday’s annual parade put on by the Chester High School/Green Mountain Union High School Alumni Association. Meanwhile, the small crowd of adults took […]

GM and Ludlow-Mount Holly districts pass budgets with higher turnout

GM and Ludlow-Mount Holly districts pass budgets with higher turnout

By Shawn Cunningham © 2024 Telegraph Publishing LLC Residents in the two school districts that comprise the Two Rivers Supervisory Union went to the polls for the third time in as many months on Tuesday, this time passing their much-downsized budgets to run  four elementary schools and one high school, with a much higher turnout. […]

Third time school budget votes for GM and LMH on Tuesday June 4

Third time school budget votes for GM and LMH on Tuesday June 4

By Shawn Cunningham © 2024 Telegraph Publishing LLC On Tuesday June 4, voters in the Green Mountain and Ludlow-Mount Holly school districts will go to the polls to weigh in on school budgets for a third time in as many months. Those budgets are intended to fund the operation of five schools in six towns. […]

GM school board wrestles with better use of its three school buildings

GM school board wrestles with better use of its three school buildings

By Shawn Cunningham © 2024 Telegraph Publishing LLC Last week’s Green Mountain Unified School District’s Restructuring Committee meeting was like experiencing a time warp, with the discussion re-litigating portions of the Act 46 merger that created the district more than seven years ago. The original charge for the committee was to come up with ideas […]

Spauldings to head to GOP Prez Convention

Spauldings to head to GOP Prez Convention

On Saturday, May 18, Vermont Republicans gathered in South Burlington to elect 14 Republican National Committee delegates to the Presidential Convention in July. Of the 14, four were elected from Windsor County: Roy and Kelly Spaulding of Chester and Gerald and Stacey Malloy of Weathersfield. The convention will be held at the Fiserv Forum in […]

Tree truck crashes in Chester; no one injured

Tree truck crashes in Chester; no one injured

By Shawn Cunningham © 2024 Telegraph Publishing LLC A tree trimming rig belonging to a contractor working for Green Mountain Power lost its brakes this afternoon and crashed on Route 35 in Chester. According to Chester Police, the driver of a TTS Tree Service boom truck that was towing a chipper lost his brakes as […]

What's at stake in the June 4 GM school budget vote?

What’s at stake in the June 4 GM school budget vote?

By Shawn Cunningham © 2024 Telegraph Publishing LLC On Tuesday, June 4 – a little less than three weeks from now – residents of Andover, Baltimore, Cavendish and Chester will have the opportunity to vote on the Green Mountain School District budget for the third time in as many months. The budget funds Cavendish Town […]

GM school board readies third budget proposal hoping to avert major penalty

GM school board readies third budget proposal hoping to avert major penalty

By Shawn Cunningham © 2024 Telegraph Publishing LLC Last night was a make-or-break moment for the board of the Green Mountain Unified School District  as members met in Proctorsville to craft a budget that could win the approval of voters before the end of the school year on June 30 and avoid the penalties that […]

Green Up Day: May the 4th be with you!

Green Up Day: May the 4th be with you! Information for Andover, Cavendish and Chester

By Stacia Spaulding ©2024 Telegraph Publishing LLC Although Green Up Day officially takes place on the first Saturday in May, many area residents have gotten a jump-start on cleaning up the roadsides in their towns. If you would like to help, there are still plenty of opportunities available on Saturday, May 4. Green Up Vermont’s […]

Chester board OKs community health initiative, full-time Fire Chief post

Chester board OKs community health initiative, full-time Fire Chief post

By Shawn Cunningham © 2024 Telegraph Publishing LLC The Chester Select Board at its April 17 meeting approved some major new initiatives in public safety, including a community health program that would expand the work of the town’s ambulance service beyond emergency response and a full-time fire chief. Ambulance Chief Mike Randzio told the board […]

Rep. Chase to meet constituents at Whiting Library April 27

Rep. Chase to meet constituents at Whiting Library April 27

State Rep. Heather Chase, who represents the Windsor-Windham District, will be at the Whiting Library, 117 Main St. in Chester, from 9:30 until 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, April 27, to meet with constituents. The Windham-Windsor District is made up of Chester, Grafton, Athens and Windham. Residents are invited to stop in to discuss issues of […]

A scorecard for voters in the April 23 GM school budget re-vote

A scorecard for voters in the April 23 GM school budget re-vote

By Shawn Cunningham © 2024 Telegraph Publishing LLC Next Tuesday, April  23, voters in Andover, Baltimore, Cavendish and Chester will go to the polls to decide whether or not to approve a somewhat smaller budget for the Green Mountain Unified School District for the 2024-25 school year. The original budget was rejected in March by […]

Chester Select Board agenda for April 17

Chester Select Board agenda for April 17

The Chester Select Board will meet at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, April 17 at Town Hall, 556 Elm St., and via Zoom. To access via Zoom, click here. Below is its agenda. 1. Additions or Deletions to the Agenda 2. Approve Minutes from Previous Meeting 3. Citizen’s Comments 4. Old Business 5. Legislative Update; Rep. […]

Chester Democrats work to engage public in democracy, to caucus on April 26

Chester Democrats work to engage public in democracy, to caucus on April 26

At its recent monthly meeting, Chester’s Democratic Party Committee focused on how to keep American democracy alive. “We’ve got to get people more engaged with the process of democracy,” Committee Chair James Clemer said as committee members discussed a variety of activities. “There’s too much at stake.” This approach is very much in keeping with […]

Chester board gets water/wastewater update, approves coin drops

Chester board gets water/wastewater update, approves coin drops

By Shawn Cunningham © 2024 Telegraph Publishing LLC Engineer Naomi Johnson of Dufresne Group updated the Chester Select Board last Wednesday on several town water and sewer projects that have been completed or are nearing completion. These include an “asset management plan” for the town’s wastewater system, an inventory of the water system to find […]

Julians admit violations, will cease hammering, other activities

Julians admit violations, will cease hammering, other activities

By Shawn Cunningham © 2024 Telegraph Publishing LLC Chester’s Development Review Board was set to hear an appeal of the town’s notice of violation against Julian Materials/Allstone on Monday night when it was announced that those companies and the neighbors of its three quarries in Gassetts had agreed to a stipulation that brings a halt […]

New name, mascot for GM? Not yet, but Principal Broadley is developing a plan

New name, mascot for GM? Not yet, but Principal Broadley is developing a plan

By Cynthia Prairie © 2024 Telegraph Publishing LLC John Broadley wanted to give the school mascot/name issue some breathing room before bringing it back up again. In December, shortly after the name “Chieftains” was voted down 6 to 3 by a vote of the board of the Green Mountain Unified School District, Broadley, the new […]

Chester Board addresses preserving ancient roads

Chester Board addresses preserving ancient roads Conservation Committee could aid with public accessibility

By Shawn Cunningham © 2024 Telegraph Publishing LLC In the middle of a rather routine “housekeeping” meeting last Wednesday, the Chester Select Board took time to discuss the town’s 16.67 miles of Class 4  roads. Often called “ancient roads,” Class 4 roads are town-owned rights-of-way that are no longer maintained. Some are still recognizable as […]

Local short-term rental regulation one year later

Local short-term rental regulation one year later

By Shawn Cunningham ©2024 Telegraph Publishing LLC A a year ago, The Telegraph published an article about where area towns stood in dealing with short-term rentals such as AirBnb and VRBO. At Town Meeting earlier this month, Andover residents voted down making short-term rentals a conditional use while the Town of Londonderry began advertising for […]

Chester hones STR ordinance changes as moratorium nears end

Chester hones STR ordinance changes as moratorium nears end

By Shawn Cunningham © 2024 Telegraph Publishing LLC After a routine reorganization following Tuesday’s Town Meeting Day election, the Chester Select Board, with new member Tim Roper, got down to working on some proposed changes to its Short-Term Rental Ordinance. The board’s six month moratorium on new un-hosted rentals ends on April 1 and it […]