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Community Nurse Project presents to Weston board in preparation for Town Meeting

Community Nurse Project presents to Weston board in preparation for Town Meeting

By Cherise Madigan ©2020 Telegraph Publishing LLC Public health discussions dominated the Weston Select Board’s pre-Thanksgiving meeting on Tuesday, Nov. 24, with the town’s Emergency Management director, Michael Smilovich, encouraging unity in the face of an uptick in Covid-19 cases and resulting regulations. “With Thanksgiving right around the corner, it’s imperative that we heed the […]

State audit offers Derry road speed suggestions

State audit offers Derry road speed suggestions

By Cherise Madigan ©2020 Telegraph Publishing LLC A recently completed Road Safety Audit from the Vermont Agency of Transportation has provided new data and recommendations regarding traffic speeds along Route 11 and into the North Village of Londonderry. According to Select Board Chair George Mora, traffic speeds and safety present an “ongoing problem” with residents […]

Covid frustrations spill over at Derry board ahead of holidays; Town hires assessor

Covid frustrations spill over at Derry board ahead of holidays; Town hires assessor

By Cherise Madigan © 2020 Telegraph Publishing, LLC The Londonderry Select Board is not immune to the frustration that many are feeling around the Covid-19 pandemic and state mandated restrictions, especially as the holidays approach. Following Emergency Management Director Kevin Beattie’s update on the pandemic, Select Board member Vincent Annunziata voiced resistance to Gov. Phil […]

Photo gallery: Local elections called 'smooth'

Photo gallery: Local elections called ‘smooth’

By Shawn Cunningham © 2020 Telegraph Publishing LLC A visitor to the polls in 10 local towns today heard the same word over and over: smooth. One after another, town clerks and other election officials told The Telegraph that turnout was light to moderate but steady. There were no long lines or waits to vote […]

Derry Board plans for new town assessor

Derry Board plans for new town assessor Listers chair to retire in 2022; roads crew post still unfilled

By Cherise Madigan Telegraph Publishing LLC Employment considerations dominated the election-eve meeting of the Londonderry Select Board on Monday. Following an impassioned recommendation from the chair of Londonderry’s Board of Listers, the Select Board established the part-time position of town assessor pending its approval of a job description and related budget adjustments. Additionally, town officials […]

Weston resident donates 20kw generator for Little School, town office

Weston resident donates 20kw generator for Little School, town office

By Cherise Madigan © 2020 Telegraph Publishing LLC Weston resident Gary Bettman has donated a 20 kilowatt generator to The Little School, temporarily resolving the Select Board’s months long deliberations on the subject and prompted the board to approve a future survey of the surrounding town property at its Oct. 27 meeting. Last December, the […]

Clerks: Mail-in voting pace is brisk, few errors

Clerks: Mail-in voting pace is brisk, few errors Voter registration rolls see a jump

By Shawn Cunningham © 2020 Telegraph Publishing LLC Area residents are embracing mail-in voting in substantial numbers and making very few mistakes, according to several town clerks. And, since Sept. 2 more than 200 people have registered to vote in nine towns. The Vermont Secretary of State used that date as the cutoff for mailing […]

Local money in the presidential race

Local money in the presidential race NYT analysis details donation amounts, donor numbers

©2020 Telegraph Publishing LLC On Monday, the New York Times published an analysis of campaign contributions by ZIP code. The reporters teased out the number of donations from April 1 through Oct. 14 and estimated their amounts by every ZIP code in the United States and looked at factors behind the numbers including education. The […]

<strong>The emerald ash borer: </strong>What we know, what's being done, what we can do, what we can expect

The emerald ash borer: What we know, what’s being done, what we can do, what we can expect

By Cherise Madigan ©2020 Telegraph Publishing LLC Last October, a Londonderry landowner found a green beetle with a red abdomen lodged in his door. Inspection from a forester and entomologist confirmed that the insect was the invasive emerald ash borer that — though first found in Vermont in 2018 — was not expected in the region […]

Broadband plan outlined to bring fiber to Weston, Derry, 14 other towns in Deerfield Valley CUD

Broadband plan outlined to bring fiber to Weston, Derry, 14 other towns in Deerfield Valley CUD

By Cherise Madigan © 2020 Telegraph Publishing LLC The Deerfield Valley Communications Union District — of which Londonderry and now Weston are members — presented its business plan earlier this month, following months of surveys and studies into the region’s connectivity and potential. Officially formed this April, the 16-member town CUD aims to provide equitable, […]

Derry board revisits future of Williams Dam

Derry board revisits future of Williams Dam

By Cherise Madigan ©2020 Telegraph Publishing LLC The Londonderry Select Board revisited the Williams Dam at its Monday, Oct. 19 meeting, continuing a discussion that has played out for years without resolution. Now, new safety classifications expected from the Vermont Department of Dam Safety in the near future poses a question for the Town of […]

Telegraph reporter on GNAT election night panel; Church removes Trump sign from rectory land

Telegraph reporter on GNAT election night panel; Church removes Trump sign from rectory land

Telegraph reporter to be on GNAT-TV election night panel GNAT-TV is going live at 8 p.m. on Election Night with news director Andrew McKeever moderating a panel including Cherise Madigan Forbes of The Chester Telegraph, former state Rep. Jeff Wilson and Manchester Town Manager John O’Keefe, all offering commentary and analysis. Area high school students […]

Beattie named Vermont Emergency Management Director of Year

Beattie named Vermont Emergency Management Director of Year

By Cherise Madigan ©2020 Telegraph Publishing LLC Londonderry’s own Kevin Beattie has been recognized as Vermont’s Emergency Management Director of the Year for 2020, a year in which emergency management is anything but “business-as-usual.” “Kevin Beattie has all the characteristics that make an exemplary EMD,” said Mark Bosma, public information officer for the state Department […]

Derry Transfer Station food-scrap intake doubles

Derry Transfer Station food-scrap intake doubles

By Cherise Madigan ©2020 Telegraph Publishing LLC Recycling Coordinator Esther Fishman told the Londonderry Select Board at its Monday, Oct. 5 meeting that the amount of food scraps being brought to the Transfer Station has increased by nearly 10,000 pounds per month since a state composting mandate went into effect this summer. Food scraps totaled […]

Londonderry Select Board agenda for Oct. 5

Londonderry Select Board agenda for Oct. 5

The Londonderry Select Board will hold a regular meeting at 6 p.m. on Monday Oct. 5, 2020 via Zoom. To join the meeting online click https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82909673832  Via telephone: (929) 205-6099 (Meeting ID: 2 0967)  It is strongly recommended that potential participants familiarize themselves with Zoom software (https://zoom.us/) prior to the meeting as the Board will […]

Casting your ballot: A guide to voting procedures

Casting your ballot: A guide to voting procedures

By Shawn Cunningham © 2020 Telegraph Publishing LLC Voting in this pandemic year will not be like any vote we have ever cast and Secretary of State Jim Condos is suggesting that everyone have a voting plan. One suggestion is to vote by Saturday, Oct. 24 — “to reduce contact at polling places and to […]

Derry Main St. paving wraps for season as town begins to focus on future Master Plan

Derry Main St. paving wraps for season as town begins to focus on future Master Plan

By Cherise Madigan ©2020 Telegraph Publishing LLC Londonderry’s Main Street paving project will continue into November, Town Administrator Shane O’Keefe announced at Monday’s Londonderry Select Board meeting, and the project is on-schedule to be completed this fall with the exception of a wear coat — the final driving surface for the newly paved road that […]

Initiative looks to expand fiber-optic internet access in Derry, Weston

Initiative looks to expand fiber-optic internet access in Derry, Weston In time of Covid-19, high speed service vital to education, public health, business

By Cherise Madigan ©2020 Telegraph Publishing LLC In the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic and subsequent stay-at-home orders, Vermonters in some towns are feeling the lack of high-speed internet more than ever. While some area towns like Chester and Andover have had fiber optic for several years because Vtel received a federal grant to wire […]

Suit claims Londonderry sold home via tax sale without proper notice

Suit claims Londonderry sold home via tax sale without proper notice

By Cherise Madigan ©2020 Telegraph Publishing LLC Was a Londonderry home sold without the knowledge of its owner? That’s the question posed by a lawsuit filed against the Town of Londonderry that claims that a homeowner’s constitutional rights to due process and protection from the unlawful seizure of property were violated. Emanuel Contos of Glastonbury, […]

Project Londonderry seeks community participation to move town forward

Project Londonderry seeks community participation to move town forward

Project Londonderry is a new initiative from the Londonderry Planning Commission  to create a citizen-driven group to “identify and implement strategies and activities that 1) sustain and improve the economic vitality of our town, and 2) meet the expressed needs of our residents, with special attention to the north and south village centers.” How did […]