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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 […]

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. […]