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Negotiations with Chester to begin as Andover residents weigh in on fire, ambulance

Negotiations with Chester to begin as Andover residents weigh in on fire, ambulance Tensions cool as select boards seek to find an equitable route

Video by Cynthia Prairie/Video editing by Leah Cunningham ©2021 Telegraph Publishing LLC  By Shawn Cunningham © 2021 Telegraph Publishing LLC More than 35 Andover residents attended the Andover Select Board on Monday night to voice their concerns over Chester’s decision to discontinue fire and ambulance service to the town at the end of this year. […]

Chester Select Board to end contracting emergency services to Andover in 2022

Chester Select Board to end contracting emergency services to Andover in 2022 Cites 'heightened animosity' and 'clear distrust' of Chester

By Shawn Cunningham © 2021 Telegraph Publishing LLC On Wednesday night, the Chester Select Board decided — after a one hour executive session — that the town would no longer provide its fire and ambulance coverage to Andover after the end of this year. When the board came out of the closed door meeting, board […]

Chester emergency departments explain costs, training, services in Andover

Chester emergency departments explain costs, training, services in Andover

By Shawn Cunningham © Telegraph Publishing LLC An informational meeting on emergency services between the Andover and Chester select boards Monday night was winding down when Andover board member Chris Walker slammed a travel mug on the table and walked out saying that the Town of Chester wasn’t listening and would force Andover to pay […]

Caretakers seek winter home for 'Jersey 5'

Caretakers seek winter home for ‘Jersey 5’ Hope has cancer; nearby permanent lodgings sought for small herd

By Cynthia Prairie ©2021 Telegraph Publishing LLC The Andover folks who rescued the “Jersey 5” are currently seeking winter room and board for the small herd as they also deal with the news that the eye infection of one cow, Hope, was indeed caused by cancer that will likely recur. Two weeks ago, a disparate […]

Chester greenhouse project in flux following multiple board resignations

Chester greenhouse project in flux following multiple board resignations Current, former members hope efforts continue to completion

By Cynthia Prairie and Shawn Cunningham © 2021 Telegraph Publishing LLC An effort to erect an historic greenhouse in Chester and operate it as a community service is in the midst of an upheaval after three members of the six-member board quit in late August, citing a disagreement over what  some say is the “scope […]

Visitors to new Public Safety Building treated to demonstrations, good eats and a real fire call

Visitors to new Public Safety Building treated to demonstrations, good eats and a real fire call

By Shawn Cunningham © 2021 Telegraph Publishing LLC Nearing the close of Sunday’s Open House for Chester’s new Public Safety Building – which featured demonstrations by both the Police and Fire departments – attendees got a chance to see a real-life response to a fire call. Click the link to take you down to the […]

Michigan man pleads guilty to 2019 GMUHS bomb scare, threats

Michigan man pleads guilty to 2019 GMUHS bomb scare, threats

© Telegraph Publishing LLC A 24 year-old Holland, Mich., man pleaded guilty, in federal court in Burlington to making a threat to “shoot up” Green Mountain Union High School in February of 2019. The Office of the U.S. Attorney for the District of Vermont announced the plea deal on Friday, Sept. 24. According to a […]

Chester board hears of safety building opening, raises ambulance rates

Chester board hears of safety building opening, raises ambulance rates

By Shawn Cunningham © 2021 Telegraph Publishing LLC As the new Public Safety Building is readied for an open house on Sunday, Sept. 26, Assistant Fire Chief Ben Whalen came before the Chester Select Board to explain that much of the new furniture and other equipment that people will see were not paid for by […]

Henry Homestead marker celebrates 200 years of a Vermont family's notable history

Henry Homestead marker celebrates 200 years of a Vermont family’s notable history

By Jillian Petroski and Tuckerman Wunderle ©2021 Telegraph Publishing LLC Along the tree-lined winding dirt road of the Green Mountain Turnpike in Chester stands a prominent new plaque that adds more depth to the history of Vermont, the United States and six generations of the Henry family. This new state historic site marker is one […]

Chester Dems meet Sept. 22 for reorganization

Chester Dems meet Sept. 22 for reorganization

The Chester Democratic Town Committee will hold it biennial reorganization Caucus at 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 22 on the 2nd floor of Chester Town Hall, 566 Elm St. All Democrats are welcome. Bring a friend or a newcomer to Chester who has expressed an interest in becoming involved with and supporting the Democratic Party […]

New at Chester Festival: Vaxx clinic, family-friendly farm events

New at Chester Festival: Vaxx clinic, family-friendly farm events

By Cynthia Prairie ©2021 Telegraph Publishing LLC The Vermont National Guard will be hosting a walk-in Covid-19 vaccine clinic at the Chester Festival on the Green from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 18, to administer the single dose Johnson & Johnson inoculation to anyone 18 and older. The tent will be set […]

Chester Select Board agenda for Sept. 15

Chester Select Board agenda for Sept. 15

The Chester Select Board will hold its regular meeting at 6 p.m. on Wednesday Sept. 15, 2021 at Town Hall, 556 Elm St. and via Zoom. Join the meeting by going to https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81988842129 Below is its agenda: 1. Approve Minutes from the September 1, 2021 Selectboard Meeting 2. Citizen Comments/Answers from Previous Meeting 3. Old […]

Chester board mulls cost of fire, ambulance coverage for Andover

Chester board mulls cost of fire, ambulance coverage for Andover

By Shawn Cunningham © Telegraph Publishing LLC Members of the Andover Select Board came to the Sept. 1 meeting of the Chester Select Board to begin discussing the cost of fire and ambulance coverage. Vermont towns are required by statute to provide fire service, however those that are too small to have a fire department […]

Following 'vicious dog' hearing, Chester board orders dog impounded, sets conditions of release

Following ‘vicious dog’ hearing, Chester board orders dog impounded, sets conditions of release

By Shawn Cunningham © 2021 Telegraph Publishing LLC The Chester Select Board – acting as a quasi-judicial body under state law – judged a German shepherd named Dutchess to be vicious and ordered her impounded. According to testimony given at the hearing last Wednesday night, the dog, which is owned by Michael Horton, has bitten […]

Chester board mulls construction finances, choices

Chester board mulls construction finances, choices

By Shawn Cunningham © 2021 Telegraph Publishing LLC In an accelerated meeting last Wednesday that took visiting members of the Andover Select Board by surprise, the Chester Select Board heard from Town Manager Julie Hance about the finances and schedules of the soon to open Public Services Building on Pleasant Street and the soon to […]

Clearing a trail, one bite at a time

Clearing a trail, one bite at a time

By Shawn Cunningham © 2021 Telegraph Publishing LLC Day and night during the last two weeks of July, a band of workers quietly and methodically rid 14 acres of the new Chester hiking trail of the invasive barberry bush – by eating it. Actually the 16 goats – from Slippery Slope Farm in Londonderry – […]

Chester plays host to new farmers market

Chester plays host to new farmers market

By Cynthia Prairie ©2021 Telegraph Publishing LLC See Photo Gallery Below Despite only three vendors and a community organization info booth, the inaugural Chester Farmers Market, held on Wednesday, July 18, made an enthusiastic show of it in the grassy field next to the Baba a Louis parking lot on Route 11 West in Chester. […]

Public weighs in on Chester greenhouse proposal

Public weighs in on Chester greenhouse proposal Select Board continues speed limit talk; town garage rehab hits a budget wall

By Shawn Cunningham © 2021 Telegraph Publishing LLC Before taking up the regular business of its agenda for Wednesday, July 21, the Chester Select Board held a forum for the organizers of the community greenhouse project to explain what they are working on to the public, answer  community questions and take comments and suggestions. Around […]

Chester taxes jump as reassessment cancels CLA cushion

Chester taxes jump as reassessment cancels CLA cushion

By Shawn Cunningham © 2021 Telegraph Publishing LLC Last Wednesday night, the Chester Select Board set tax rates and, even though municipal and school budgets have seen only minor increases for this year and the 2021-22 school year, Chester taxpayers are looking at an increases of about 13 cents per hundred of assessed value (or […]

Fourth fireworks finally on Fifth

Fourth fireworks finally on Fifth

After a rain delay from the planned July 3 events, the American Legion in Chester had a perfect evening on Monday to hold the town Independence Day fireworks, bringing the long weekend to a close. If you didn’t get a chance to watch them live, Dennis Kopacz of Sculpted Physiques in Chester viewed the display […]