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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 […]

Chester to hold open house for retiring town manager

Chester to hold open house for retiring town manager

The Town of Chester will mark the retirement of Town Manager David Pisha with an open house and lunch from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Friday March 6, 2020. The open house will be held upstairs at the Town Hall, 556 Elm St. Pisha came to Chester from Asheville, N.C., in 2008 and has […]

Meet the candidates for board of the Green Mountain Unified School District

Meet the candidates for board of the Green Mountain Unified School District

Three candidates are vying for two three-year positions on the board of the Green Mountain Unified School District: Incumbent Rick Alexander; Patty Davenport and Jeannie Wade. Marilyn Mahusky decided not to seek re-election this year, leaving that position open. Three weeks ago, The Chester Telegraph sent the candidates a series of questions for them to […]

Meet the candidates for Chester Select Board

Meet the candidates for Chester Select Board

Three candidates are vying for two one-year positions on the Chester Select Board: Incumbent Leigh Dakin, who won her seat last year in a write-in campaign; Scott Blair, who ran an unsuccessful write-in campaign last year; and Water/Sewer Commissioner Jeff Holden. Select Board member Ben Whalen deciding not to seek re-election. Board chair Arne Jonynas […]

2020 Chester Winter Carnival schedule of events

2020 Chester Winter Carnival schedule of events

©2020 Telegraph Publishing  LLC The 2020 Chester Winter Carnival will take place on Saturday, Feb. 15 and Sunday, Feb. 16 in various locations throughout Chester. Below is the schedule of events, courtesy of the Chester Recreation Dept. Saturday, Feb. 15 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.: Children’s snowmobile demo rides sponsored by the Chester Snowmobile Club. […]

Who's on the March 3 ballot for town offices in Andover, Cavendish, Chester & Grafton?

Who’s on the March 3 ballot for town offices in Andover, Cavendish, Chester & Grafton?

© 2020 Telegraph Publishing LLC Monday, Jan. 27 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 3. Those running for offices in Weston and Londonderry will […]

Take a run: Offices open in local governments

Take a run: Offices open in local governments Petitions to be on the ballot are due Jan. 27

Vermont’s towns are run by community minded folks who step up and serve in local government positions – from town clerks and select board members to Library Trustees, Listers, Constables and more. This is the time of year that residents can take out a petition to get on the ballot for Town Meeting Day elections. […]

Chester board nears final budget version

Chester board nears final budget version

By Shawn Cunningham © 2020 Telegraph Publishing LLC Last Wednesday, the Chester Select Board took its next-to-last look at its 2020 budget with the goal of limiting an increase in the tax rate. At the time of the meeting it appeared that that the budget was $241,565 greater than last year — equivalent to 6 […]

Chester board, Springfield officials talk Transfer Station fees

Chester board, Springfield officials talk Transfer Station fees

By Shawn Cunningham © 2019 Telegraph Publishing, LLC Following a question about the cost of the Springfield Transfer Station at its Dec. 4 meeting, the Chester Select Board heard from Springfield officials last Wednesday, Dec. 18. At that early December meeting, Lister and Chester resident Wanda Purdy had questioned the number of Chester residents buying […]

Chester property owner ticketed for unpermitted building fire

Chester property owner ticketed for unpermitted building fire

By Shawn Cunningham © 2019 Telegraph Publishing, LLC A property owner on Nudist Camp Road in Chester burned to the ground a cabin he bought in October on Monday afternoon sending fire trucks from a host of neighboring towns to the scene. Just before 5 p.m., the Chester Fire Department was alerted to a “fully […]

Chester board reviews budget, capital expenses

Chester board reviews budget, capital expenses

By Shawn Cunningham © 2019 Telegraph Publishing, LLC With department heads for fire, police, ambulance, highway, water and sewer present, the Chester Select Board continued its review of the 2021 budget at its Dec. 4 meeting. First up was Water and Sewer as the board put on their commissioners’ hats and looked at a budget […]

Stone Village on display in Holiday Cookie Tour

Stone Village on display in Holiday Cookie Tour

© 2019 Telegraph Publishing LLC Ringing in the festive holiday season, from noon to 4 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 8, visitors will have the chance to tour eight decorated homes and the Stone Church in Chester’s historic Stone Village, enjoying homemade cookies and good company. Now in its third year, the Chester Holiday Cookie Tour invites […]

Chester board mulls cannabis sales, Historical Society loan, donation of old Jiffy Mart building

Chester board mulls cannabis sales, Historical Society loan, donation of old Jiffy Mart building

By Shawn Cunningham © 2019 Telegraph Publishing  LLC At the request of one member, the Chester Select Board last Wednesday took up a lengthy discussion of whether the town should ban the sales of cannabis (marijuana) if pending legalization legislation passes the Vermont House in the next session. Last January, the Vermont State Senate passed […]

Lumber truck crash closes Rt. 11 in Chester

Lumber truck crash closes Rt. 11 in Chester Driver cited: was his 2nd accident in same area in five years

UPDATE – November 12, 9:52 p.m. – Vermont State Police have posted that Route 11 is now open to traffic. By Shawn Cunningham © 2019 Telegraph Publishing LLC Around 1 p.m. this afternoon — Tuesday — a tractor trailer carrying lumber slid off the road into a ditch on Route 11 just west of Swett […]

Husband holding surprise party for wife Jil's 66th

Husband holding surprise party for wife Jil’s 66th

Jil Rushford is having a birthday bash, but she doesn’t know about it yet. The Chester woman, who has had some serious medical difficulties over the past few years, is turning 66. And to celebrate, her husband Kim Rushford is holding a surprise potluck birthday party. Bring a dish to share and enjoy the acoustic […]

Chester voters OK bond for emergency services building

Chester voters OK bond for emergency services building $4.777 million project to set to begin in May 2020

By Shawn Cunningham © 2019 Telegraph Publishing LLC Chester voters overwhelmingly approved a $4.777 million bond issue to construct a 15,000-square-foot emergency services building on Pleasant Street and to renovate and upgrade the existing town garage. With 499 residents casting ballots on the lone issue, the bond passed 315 to 183 vote with one spoiled […]

Windstorm knocks out power for days

Windstorm knocks out power for days

By Shawn Cunningham ©2019 Telegraph Publishing LLC A powerful storm on Thursday night into Friday left thousands of Green Mountain Power customers in the dark with many still powerless on Sunday morning. As of this morning — Monday — GMP was reporting 371 statewide customers without power with more than 25 percent in The Telegraph […]