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Chester EMS building to go to vote in November

Chester EMS building to go to vote in November

By Shawn Cunningham ©2019 Telegraph Publishing LLC At a special meeting last week, the Chester Select Board set a town vote on bonding for $4.7 million to construct a new building on Pleasant Street to house Chester’s police, ambulance and fire departments. It would also pay for refurbishing and bringing up to code the town […]

Chester board OKs Palmer Bridge repairs, delays vote on VTrans bridge replacement plan

Chester board OKs Palmer Bridge repairs, delays vote on VTrans bridge replacement plan

By Shawn Cunningham © 2019 Telegraph Publishing LLC The heat from the question of taking residents’ land by eminent domain was turned up a notch at the Sept. 4 Chester Select Board meeting as Brian and Amy Mosher reiterated their claim that they would not negotiate for the right of way needed to consolidate three […]

Residents oppose VTrans plan to eliminate bridges

Residents oppose VTrans plan to eliminate bridges

By Shawn Cunningham © 2019 Telegraph Publishing LLC The recommended solution to a three-bridge problem along Rt. 103 North in Chester may result in legal action as one homeowner vows to prevent it. At a special meeting of the Chester Select Board last Thursday night, engineers from VTrans presented their recommendation for constructing one bridge […]

Chester town manager to retire; Select Board OKs Yosemite feasibility study funds

Chester town manager to retire; Select Board OKs Yosemite feasibility study funds

By Shawn Cunningham © 2019 Telegraph Publishing, LLC Chester Select Board Chair Arne Jonynas announced that Town Manager David Pisha will retire effective at Town Meeting March 3, 2020. Jonynas praised Pisha saying that he came on board in August 2008 with the town’s finances “in shambles” and that he had retired a $500,000 deficit […]

Simultaneous alarms send Chester firefighters in opposite directions

Simultaneous alarms send Chester firefighters in opposite directions

By Shawn Cunningham © 2019 Telegraph Publishing LLC Two nearly simultaneous alarms sent Chester firefighters in opposite directions Tuesday night, Aug. 20. At about 7:31 p.m. dispatchers called the Chester department to alert them that a sprinkler alarm had been activated at Stone House Antiques, 557 Rt. 103 South and, moments later, a second call […]

Chester board discusses moving Yosemite, mulls feasibility study for museum

Chester board discusses moving Yosemite, mulls feasibility study for museum

By Shawn Cunningham © 2019 Telegraph Publishing LLC A suggestion, by Town Manager David Pisha, that the historic Yosemite Firehouse be moved led to the longest discussion at the Wednesday, Aug. 7 Chester Select Board meeting. At the previous meeting of the board on July 24, Lillian Willis of the Chester Historic Preservation Committee asked […]

New owner, name slated for Chester bookstore

New owner, name slated for Chester bookstore From avid reader to bookseller to store owner

By Cynthia Prairie ©2019 Telegraph Publishing LLC Vicki Thornton loves to read. It was reading that brought her to work at Phoenix Books Misty Valley when the owner’s daughter and store manager, Katie DeSanto, was looking for some help in January to free her from the frequent days away from her East Hardwick home. And […]

Pollards open flower shop at Chester Hardware

Pollards open flower shop at Chester Hardware

By Cynthia Prairie ©2019 Telegraph Publishing LLC Come Saturday, Aug. 17, the almost yearlong absence of a flower shop in the town of Chester will come to an end, thanks to a simple question from the owner of Chester Hardware. It was October of 2018 when the long-time owners of Chester Flowers and Village Children […]

Grafton Road closed Aug. 14 through Aug. 16

Grafton Road closed Aug. 14 through Aug. 16 Closure is part of ongoing repairs of Rt. 35

© 2019 Telegraph Publishing LLC The major work currently being done on a portion of Grafton Road (Rt. 35) in Chester will require the closure of the road from Wednesday Aug. 14 through Friday Aug. 16. The road will be closed from 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. on those days. The detour around the closures […]

Chester board hears Church St. sidewalk, traffic concerns

Chester board hears Church St. sidewalk, traffic concerns

By Shawn Cunningham © 2019 Telegraph Publishing, LLC A representative of Dufresne Group was on hand at the Chester Select Board’s July 24 meeting to conduct a “Local Concerns” hearing regarding a scoping study for some sort of sidewalk or walking path on Church Street to connect Main with North Street, but those attending were […]

Gov. Scott visits Chester as part of 'Capitol for Day'

Gov. Scott visits Chester as part of ‘Capitol for Day’

By Shawn Cunningham © 2019 Telegraph Publishing LLC Saying that it’s good to get out of Montpelier and see people, Gov. Phil Scott kicked off the Windsor County leg of his 14 county “Capitol for a Day” tour on Tuesday at the Fullerton Inn in Chester. Scott brought “the entire cabinet” with him to “see […]

Chester board sets tax rates, OKs festival parking

Chester board sets tax rates, OKs festival parking

By Shawn Cunningham © 2019 Telegraph Publishing, LLC The Chester Select Board set this year’s property tax rates at a special meeting held on July 2. The meeting was held in the Town Clerk’s office due to the renovation of the second floor of Town Hall. This year’s municipal tax rate – the combination of […]

Hilaire Hennessy, 61, naturally artistic carver, loving friend, husband, father and Pop-pop

Hilaire Hennessy, 61, naturally artistic carver, loving friend, husband, father and Pop-pop

Hilaire Peter Hennessy died unexpectedly on July 5, 2019 in Chester at the age of 61. Mr. Hennessy was the grandson of Dorothy Day and Forster Batterham and the son of Tamar and David Hennessy. He was the eighth of nine children, preceded in death by Nicky and Susie, celebrated and mourned by Becky, Eric, […]

Charles Henry Jerome, 76, of Andover, enjoyed hunting, fishing

Charles Henry Jerome, 76, of Andover, enjoyed hunting, fishing

Charles Henry Jerome, 76, of Andover, passed away unexpectedly on Tuesday July 2, 2019 at the Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center in Lebanon, N.H. He was born April 19, 1943 in Ferrisburgh, the son of John J. and Ruth (Newville) Jerome. He attended school in the Ferrisburgh area. He served in the U.S. Army during the […]

TRSU boards apparently kept in dark about suits

TRSU boards apparently kept in dark about suits

By Shawn Cunningham © 2019 Telegraph Publishing LLC The overspending of a line item for legal expenses by nearly 500 percent led to the revelation by The Chester Telegraph Thursday night that the Two Rivers Supervisory Union is facing at least two lawsuits that virtually no board members of Green Mountain Unified School District nor […]

Springfield walks back Transfer Station changes

Springfield walks back Transfer Station changes To study options to accommodate smaller amounts of trash

By Shawn Cunningham © 2019 Telegraph Publishing, LLC The Town of Springfield recently announced a major change in the way its transfer station would be doing business, but on Tuesday afternoon, June 11 – after hearing public concerns the night before – the town put a hold on rolling out all the changes until Sept. […]

After year delay, new CAES playground dedicated

After year delay, new CAES playground dedicated

©2019 Telegraph Publishing LLC Fund-raising and planning took quite a number of years. Then, last August, when Chester-Andover Elementary School and the volunteers of the Parent-Teacher Group were ready to welcome kids back to school and celebrate the brand new and very blue playground that they had labored so long for,  a water line break […]

Firefighters find missing Chester boy after 3-hour search

Firefighters find missing Chester boy after 3-hour search

By Shawn Cunningham © 2019 Telegraph Publishing LLC Firefighters and police searched the woods of Smokeshire for nearly three hours this afternoon before finding a 9-year-old boy who had gone missing from his home earlier in the day. The Chester Fire Department was called out around 2:30 p.m. to search for the boy. The boy’s […]

Mt. Holly woman arrested after chase, manhunt

Mt. Holly woman arrested after chase, manhunt Led troopers on high speed pursuit through five towns in stolen car

By Shawn Cunningham © 2019 Telegraph Publishing, LLC A Mount Holly woman has been arrested after Vermont State Police say she lead them on a high speed chase through Weathersfield, North Springfield, Chester, Cavendish and Ludlow Wednesday morning in a stolen car. According to radio transmissions, troopers eventually broke off the pursuit for the sake […]

Stocker trials move closer, prosecution suggests this summer

Stocker trials move closer, prosecution suggests this summer

By Shawn Cunningham © 2019 Telegraph Publishing, LLC WHITE RIVER JUNCTION Ryan Stocker, 20 of Chester appeared in Windsor Superior Court Criminal Division in White River Junction on Tuesday for a status conference on the eight felony and two misdemeanor charges he faces in six cases. Deputy State’s Attorney Heidi Remick told the court that […]