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Chester Select Board to explore offering benefits to full-time Whiting Library staff

Chester Select Board to explore offering benefits to full-time Whiting Library staff

By Shawn Cunningham © 2023 Telegraph Publishing LLC While last Wednesday’s Chester Select Board agenda was short, it yielded a lot of discussion and some progress on a couple of long-standing issues. Whiting Library Board chair Matt Gorsky came before the board to ask for “some reasonable accommodation” to get benefits for the library’s two […]

Carrara arraigned on child sex charges, held without bail

Carrara arraigned on child sex charges, held without bail

By Shawn Cunningham © 2023 Telegraph Publishing LLC Appearing via video conference from Southern State Correctional Facility in Springfield, Jason Carrara of Chester was arraigned Monday, Sept. 25 by Judge John R. Treadwell in the Windham County Superior Court in Brattleboro. Representing Carrara, attorney Brian Marsicovetere entered a plea of not guilty to a charge […]

Chester man arrested on child sex charge

Chester man arrested on child sex charge

By Shawn Cunningham © Telegraph Publishing LLC Police arrested a Chester man today, Sunday, Sept. 24, on a charge of aggravated sexual assault on a child. According to the Chester Police, 40-year-old Jason Carrara surrendered at the Public Safety Building on Pleasant Street and was processed before being taken to Southern State Correctional Facility to […]

A bird's eye view of the Chester Fall Festival

A bird’s eye view of the Chester Fall Festival

 ©2023 Telegraph Publishing LLC Thanks to drone pilot Tuck Wunderle, The Telegraph took an early Sunday morning flight over the 2023 Chester Fall Festival on the Green in beautiful Chester. The festival was held Saturday, Sept. 16 and Sunday, Sept. 17.  Weather concerns might have held some people back on Saturday, but Sunday saw […]

DRB holds first hearing on permits for Julian quarries

DRB holds first hearing on permits for Julian quarries Site visits set for Sept. 25

By Shawn Cunningham © 2023 Telegraph Publishing LLC Development Review Board hearings are quasi-judicial proceedings that can be quiet, formal affairs that consist of taking testimony and checking boxes. But they can also be confrontational and charged with emotion when people disagree over development plans. The latter was what Chester DRB chair Bob Greenfield was […]

Chester board bans new, unhosted short-term rentals for six months

Chester board bans new, unhosted short-term rentals for six months

By Shawn Cunningham ©2023 Telegraph Publishing LLC On Wednesday night, after much discussion and public comment, the Chester Select Board voted to impose a six-month moratorium on new unhosted short-term rentals beginning on Oct. 1. The suggestion for the moratorium came from Zoning Administrator Preston Bristow, who pointed out that there are seven such rentals […]

Remote meeting styles evolve with good and bad experiences, technology

Remote meeting styles evolve with good and bad experiences, technology

  By Shawn Cunningham © 2023 Telegraph Publishing LLC The recent move by Green Mountain Unified School District Board to prohibit comment from those who attend its meetings by Zoom – including board members – prompts the question of where other boards stand on the issue of remote vs. in-person meetings and what goes into […]

Chester residents call for more short-term rental regulations

Chester residents call for more short-term rental regulations

By Shawn Cunningham © 2023 Telegraph Publishing LLC Last Wednesday, several Chester residents attended the Select Board meeting to tell members that they want more regulation of short-term rentals before it’s too late and that neighborhoods like the Stone Village are full of “empty houses for tourists.” The topic was on the board’s agenda because […]

Chester to bypass vendor, roll out first phase of STR registration applications

Chester to bypass vendor, roll out first phase of STR registration applications No implementation dates from swamped Granicus

By Shawn Cunningham ©2023 Telegraph Publishing LLC Last Friday’s “kick off” meeting with Granicus, the company that Chester hired to establish and manage its short-term rental registry, has spurred the town to seek an old-school route while waiting for the more hi-tech segments to be created. “Alex bravely answered our questions and stayed chipper,” Zoning […]

UPDATED - Chester police seek info in School St. gun incident

UPDATED – Chester police seek info in School St. gun incident

UPDATE: Chester Police say that the subject wanted in this incident called and asked to speak with an officer late this afternoon. Chief Tom Williams told The Telegraph that police have spoken with him and are continuing their investigation. © 2023 Telegraph Publishing LLC The Chester Police Department is looking for a man who brandished […]

Work on Chester's delayed short-term rental registry to move forward

Work on Chester’s delayed short-term rental registry to move forward

By Shawn Cunningham © 2023 Telegraph Publishing LLC Implementing a short-term rental registry has been a more daunting task than Chester’s town government had expected. More than five months after signing a contract to provide Chester a short-term rental registration program that was planned to launch by April, Granicus told the town on July 13 […]

Chester public safety agencies to host National Night Out Tuesday, Aug. 1

Chester public safety agencies to host National Night Out Tuesday, Aug. 1

The Chester public safety agencies are hosting their annual National Night Out from 6 to 9 p.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 1 at the Public Safety Building, 130 Pleasant St. Come join members of the Police and Fire departments and the Ambulance Service for a night of fun that includes food, games, music and various emergency […]

Flooding cancels customer appreciation day

Flooding cancels customer appreciation day

© 2023 Telegraph Publishing LLC Kim Rushford still appreciates his customers, but when flood waters wrecked the driveway to his garage at Route 103 north and carried some of his equipment off the premises, he decided he needed to cancel the Customer Appreciation Day scheduled for Saturday, July 22. For the time being, Rushford, who […]

Bridge closure on Popple Dungeon due to flooding

Bridge closure on Popple Dungeon due to flooding

By Shawn Cunningham © 2023 Telegraph Publishing LLC The Town of Chester learned Friday night that the abutment for a small bridge on Popple Dungeon Road has been severely undermined and must be closed until further notice. The bridge on Popple Dungeon is just west of Nudist Camp Road and just before the Williams River […]

Road conditions in Chester and Weston

Road conditions in Chester and Weston

By Shawn Cunningham © 2023 Telegraph Publishing LLC The following lists of road conditions are as of Thursday night, July 14. Work continues in Chester and Weston to make all of the roads passable. Please note, passable means just that. These are not permanent repairs, but fixes to make it possible so that everyone who […]

Cleanup begins after massive rains wallop region

Cleanup begins after massive rains wallop region Reports from Londonderry, Weston, Chester and Andover

By Cynthia Prairie and Shawn Cunningham © 2023 Telegraph Publishing LLC The comparisons to Tropical Storm Irene of August 2011 began rolling in over the weekend as the National Weather Service rolled out its rain estimates. By Monday night, at the end of the storm that dropped as much as 9 inches of rain in […]

Area fire, rescue services brace for rains, flooding

Area fire, rescue services brace for rains, flooding

By Shawn Cunningham © 2023 Telegraph Publishing LLC With the National Weather Service issuing a flood watch for all of Vermont from Sunday afternoon through Monday evening, local emergency responders are preparing for the needs of their communities, and Vermont Emergency Management has put out a list of things to do to ensure public safety […]

UPDATE: DRB site visit to Allstone, Julian quarries postponed

UPDATE: DRB site visit to Allstone, Julian quarries postponed DRB Hearing will proceed as scheduled on Monday evening

The site visit scheduled for Monday, July 10 at the three quarries owned by Julian Materials is being postponed to a date, time and location still to be determined, according to Chester Town Manager Julie Hance. The notice also says that, “The site visits have been postponed to facilitate the appropriate arrangements for conducting the […]

Legislators wrap up session June 25 in Weston

Legislators wrap up session June 25 in Weston

New Thought Vermont, 614 Main St. in Weston, will host a   Wrap Up Legislative Forum for Weston and neighboring mountain towns from 4 to 6 p.m. on Sunday, June 25. With the veto session having just been completed, come listen to updates about the legislative session from our state legislators. You will also have an […]

Chester to expand ambulance service with new full-time hire

Chester to expand ambulance service with new full-time hire

By Shawn Cunningham © 2023 Telegraph Publishing LLC The Chester Ambulance Service could become a more extensive operation, providing community health services as part of that expansion if Town Manager Julie Hance’s vision comes to fruition. The first step came last Wednesday night when the Chester Select Board approved hiring a second full-time ambulance employee. […]