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Chester Zoning Administrator Normyle steps down; Hasbrouck named interim during search

Chester Zoning Administrator Normyle steps down; Hasbrouck named interim during search

By Shawn Cunningham © 2020 Telegraph Publishing LLC With one member under the weather and another on vacation, the remaining three members of the Chester Select Board worked their way through a relatively light agenda that saw the public portion of the meeting end in about an hour. Town Manager Julie Hance told the board […]

Chester breaks ground for public safety building

Chester breaks ground for public safety building

By Shawn Cunningham © 2020 Telegraph Publishing LLC Last week, after more than a decade of proposals and several unsuccessful votes, Chester broke ground for a new public safety building to house the Fire and Police departments as well as the town’s Ambulance Service approved by voters on Nov. 5, 2019. On Thursday, Aug. 13, […]

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 […]

Chester board OKs funding for marketing efforts, looks at speed limits

Chester board OKs funding for marketing efforts, looks at speed limits

By Shawn Cunningham © 2020 Telegraph Publishing LLC In introducing a marketing effort for Chester to the Select Board on Wednesday, Aug. 5, Bob Flint, executive director of the Springfield Regional Development Corporation, said it started with a call from Town Manager Julie Hance to see if there were opportunities the town should look into […]

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 […]

Missing Springfield man found dead in Chester

Missing Springfield man found dead in Chester

© 2020 Telegraph Publishing, LLC A Springfield man who went missing on July 18, 2020 was found dead yesterday afternoon off Route 103 north in Chester. According to a Chester Police press release, at about 2:30 p.m. on Thursday, July 23 police were notified that a vehicle belonging to Robert Redfield, 55, had been seen […]

Chester board continues discussion of policing policies with chief

Chester board continues discussion of policing policies with chief

By Shawn Cunningham © 2020 Telegraph Publishing LLC Three members of the Chester Select Board gathered at Town Hall last Wednesday for the first in-person meeting it has held since early April. The meeting was also held via Zoom for those who did not wisht0 or were unable to attend. The board continued its discussion […]

Late night driver takes out Route 103 pole, power

Late night driver takes out Route 103 pole, power

By Shawn Cunningham © 2020 Telegraph Publishing LLC Just before 3 a.m. on Monday morning, Chester Police, Fire and Ambulance were called for a crash that sheered off a utility pole along Rt. 103 south bringing down wires and stopping traffic. But when they arrived, they found an empty car. According to a CPD press […]

Lisai's becomes Smitty's with new owner

Lisai’s becomes Smitty’s with new owner

  By Shawn Cunningham © 2020 Telegraph Publishing LLC Garrison Smith is no stranger to working 12 hours a day, but it’s a long way from working as an attorney and corporate counsel to babysitting an ailing cooler until service can arrive. Smith is the new owner of Lisai’s Chester Market, whose name will be […]

Select Board hears of Jersey Girls' lawsuit against Chester

Select Board hears of Jersey Girls’ lawsuit against Chester

By Shawn Cunningham © 2020 Telegraph Publishing, LLC The Chester Select Board went into executive session on Wednesday night to discuss the lawsuit Jersey Girls Dairy owner Lisa Kaiman has filed against the Town of Chester seeking damages for losses she says her businesses have taken resulting from the weight limits on the bridges that […]

Police identify remains found in Chester

Police identify remains found in Chester

© 2020 Telegraph Publishing, LLC Vermont State Police are saying that the body found in a creek on Thursday June 4 near Wymans Falls Road in Chester was that of Joshua Webster, 39 of Springfield. A VSP press release says that an autopsy performed Saturday, June 6, 2020, at the Chief Medical Examiner’s Office in […]

Police investigate human remains found in Chester

Police investigate human remains found in Chester

© 2020 Telegraph Publishing LLC Police are investigating the discovery of human remains in Chester yesterday, Thursday, June 4. In a press release this morning, the Vermont State Police say they were notified early Thursday evening that a badly decomposed body had been located along Wymans Falls Road in Chester. According to police detectives with the […]

Chester OKs picnic tables on the Green as restaurants begin to reopen

Chester OKs picnic tables on the Green as restaurants begin to reopen Board reviews landscaping plan for public safety building

By Shawn Cunningham © 2020 Telegraph Publishing LLC After a discussion about several aspects of their request, the Chester Select Board on Wednesday, May 20,  gave Scott Blair of Southern Pie Cafe and Jason Tostrup of the Free Range Restaurant permission to put five 6-foot picnic tables on the east end of the Green for […]

Hance seeks savings in Chester budget

Hance seeks savings in Chester budget

By Shawn Cunningham © 2020 Telegraph Publishing LLC In a review of  Chester’s financial picture, Town Manager Julie Hance told the Select Board that the town is holding off spending as much as possible so that it would not have to draw on its tax anticipation note or TAN. The note is like a line […]

State asks Chester, other towns for economic development funds

State asks Chester, other towns for economic development funds

By Shawn Cunningham © 2020 Telegraph Publishing LLC With a request from Vermont to dedicate a portion of the Chester Development Fund to a state-run loan program, the Chester Select Board on Wednesday night turned to Bob Flint of the Springfield Regional Development Corp. to help explain what’s happening. Flint said that the legislature has […]

No Covid-19 in water: Chester among 690 Vermont systems ordered to chlorinate water

No Covid-19 in water: Chester among 690 Vermont systems ordered to chlorinate water State director says mandate aids vulnerable population

By Shawn Cunningham © 2020 Telegraph Publishing LLC Under state orders, Chester has begun adding chlorine to its town water supply, something that it had previously only done as a precaution after a water main break or when bacteria is detected during routine weekly testing. The state mandate, Bryan Redmond, director of the Drinking Water […]

Hance named Chester town manager

Hance named Chester town manager Financially distressed urged to call town over taxes, bills

Shawn Cunningham © 2020 Telegraph Publishing LLC In the 15 years that Julie Hance has worked for Chester town government, she has been assistant town clerk, assistant town treasurer, zoning administrator, executive assistant and assistant town manager. On Wednesday, April 1, the Chester Select Board unanimously named her town manager and gave her a one-year […]

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. […]

Chester Select Board agenda for March 18

Chester Select Board agenda for March 18

The Chester Select Board will hold its regular meeting at 6 p.m. Wednesday March 18, 2020 at Town Hall, 556 Elm Street. Please note the change of time from 6:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. Below is its agenda: 1. Approve Minutes from the March 4, 2020 Select Board meeting 2. Citizen Comments 3. Old Business […]

Holden, Dakin win Chester Select Board seats

Holden, Dakin win Chester Select Board seats Wade, Alexander eke out wins in close GM school board race

By Cynthia Prairie ©2020 Telegraph Publishing LLC It was inevitable that Chester voters on Tuesday would elect new members to its most important boards: The Select Board and the board of directors of the Green Mountain Unified School District which saw the only contested seats of the day. But the number of new members was […]