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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 […]

Four displaced after fire damages Chester home

Four displaced after fire damages Chester home

By Shawn Cunningham © 2019 Telegraph Publishing LLC A Sunday morning fire on River Street in Chester severely damaged a house, leaving a family homeless. Neighbor Larry Reed told The Telegraph that around 10 a.m. he heard an explosion and looked outside to see the second floor porch on the green house next door — […]

Man's death on Rt. 103 called 'suspicious' by police

Man’s death on Rt. 103 called ‘suspicious’ by police

© 2019 Telegraph Publishing, LLC A call for a welfare check on Route 103 in Rockingham this evening led to the discovery of a man in a box truck whose death is being called suspicious by Vermont State Police. According to a VSP press release, at about 5:45 p.m. tonight, police responded to a call […]

Chester holds last info meeting on emergency services building

Chester holds last info meeting on emergency services building Bond vote to be held on Tuesday, Nov. 5

© 2019 Telegraph Publishing LLC The Town of Chester will hold its final information meeting for the proposed construction of a new emergency services building and the renovation town highway garage renovation at 6 p.m. on Monday Nov. 4 on the second floor of Chester Town Hall 556 Elm St. The following day, Tuesday, Nov. […]

Emerald ash borer found in Londonderry

Emerald ash borer found in Londonderry Surrounding towns now seen as infected or high risk

By Shawn Cunningham © 2019 Telegraph Publishing LLC The Vermont Department of Forests, Parks & Recreation has announced that the emerald ash borer, a beetle that has been decimating ash trees from Michigan to Maine, now has been found in Londonderry. According to a statement released Thursday, the infested area includes all of Londonderry, Windham, […]

Chester board continues work on manager search

Chester board continues work on manager search First select board meeting in refurbished town hall

By Shawn Cunningham © 2019 Telegraph Publishing LLC The Chester Select Board took another step toward conducting a search for someone to replace Town Manager David Pisha, who will step down from the post on Town Meeting Day next year. Acknowledging that the window for conducting the search is growing smaller, the board approved an […]

Aging Chester Congregational Church seeks 'replanting'

Aging Chester Congregational Church seeks ‘replanting’

By Shawn Cunningham © 2019 Telegraph Publishing, LLC Next June, after 247 years, the ministry of the Chester Congregational Church, at 469 Main St., will come to an end. But if all goes well, it will also be the beginning of a new ministry, according to Pastor Susan E. Moody. With congregation membership hovering at […]

Stocker's grandmother pleads guilty to obstruction

Stocker’s grandmother pleads guilty to obstruction

By Shawn Cunningham © 2019 Telegraph Publishing LLC The grandmother of a Chester man who stands accused of sexual assault, kidnapping and other offenses plead guilty on Wednesday to obstruction of justice by arranging contact with one of the victims to convince her to drop the charges. Obstruction of justice is a felony punishable by […]

Chester board picks bridge option, sets bond warning, seeks citizens for town manager search

Chester board picks bridge option, sets bond warning, seeks citizens for town manager search

By Shawn Cunningham © 2019 Telegraph Publishing LLC Last Wednesday, the Chester Select Board made decisions on some issues it has talked about for several meetings, including the amount of the bond for the proposed emergency services building and which of five alternatives it would choose for the replacement of bridges along Route 103 north. […]

Chester Police opens door for pre-vote tours

Chester Police opens door for pre-vote tours

The Chester Police Department is inviting residents to stop in to visit the Police Department facilities at 556 Elm St. in Chester during office hours, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday, prior to the bond vote on the Emergency Service Building on Tuesday, Nov. 5. This short tour is being held ahead of […]