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Derry group gets grant for hazardous waste collections; Cavendish Fund awards three grants

Derry group gets grant for hazardous waste collections; Cavendish Fund awards three grants

Londonderry Solid Waste Group gets grant for hazardous waste disposal The Londonderry Solid Waste Group has been awarded a grant worth $6,659.75 by the Vermont Department of Environmental Conservation to help cover costs for providing disposal of hazardous waste generated by residents and qualifying businesses of the towns of Landgrove, Londonderry, Peru, Weston and Windham. […]

Flood Brook's first-time softballers discover hidden talent for the game

Flood Brook’s first-time softballers discover hidden talent for the game

By Christian Avard © 2021 Telegraph Publishing LLC What are the odds that a group of girls who never played softball before could learn the game on the fly and dominate their opponents? Pretty good if those girls play for Flood Brook School. There’s no rhyme or reason to explain the team’s success. They just […]

Troopers investigate gunfire into Derry home

Troopers investigate gunfire into Derry home

© 2021 Telegraph Publishing LLC The Vermont State Police are investigating a shooting that took place in Londonderry on Monday night. No one was injured. According to a VSP press release, troopers were called to a home on Chaves Road at about 10:47 p.m. on Monday, April, 19. The homeowner, John Ross, 54, told police […]

Chester man arrested on probation violation in Londonderry

Chester man arrested on probation violation in Londonderry

© 2021 Telegraph Publishing LLC Three law enforcement agencies arrested a Chester man in Londonderry on probation violation charges on Friday afternoon. According to a U. S. Marshals Service press release, marshals, Chester Police and Vermont State Police located Timothy Arbuckle, 40, of Chester in a motel in Londonderry. Arbuckle was wanted on probation violations […]

Derry board delays action on Hunter Excavating proposal on taking some Transfer Station waste

Derry board delays action on Hunter Excavating proposal on taking some Transfer Station waste

By Cherise Madigan ©2021 Telegraph Publishing LLC The Londonderry Select Board delayed a vote on a motion that would allow the town to begin coordinating a proposed organic waste agreement between Hunter Excavating Inc. and the town Transfer Station, pending review from Zoning Administrator Will Goodwin. According to Hunter, the plan promises benefits that “have […]

Derry residents set priorities including revitalizing villages, expanding affordable housing and creating a community center

Derry residents set priorities including revitalizing villages, expanding affordable housing and creating a community center

By Cherise Madigan ©2021 Telegraph Publishing LLC At the second in a series of meetings about the future of Londonderry, residents identified three primary priorities for the coming years: expanding affordable housing, developing a community center and revitalizing the North and South village centers. The Thursday, Feb. 25 meeting followed an information session at the […]

Forest rangers ask for Derry help in controlling rogue footbridge, bike paths

Forest rangers ask for Derry help in controlling rogue footbridge, bike paths Cannabis vote still on burner; joint policing with Jamaica considered

By Cherise Madigan ©2021 Telegraph Publishing LLC US. Forest Service rangers are looking into a seemingly unsanctioned footbridge and adjoining bike paths constructed in Londonderry’s Sherwood Forest neighborhood, and on Monday they requested the town Select Board’s assistance in investigating and resolving the issue. Martina Barnes, USFS Manchester District ranger, told the Londonderry Select Board […]

Towns set new info sessions, Town Meetings, votes in response to Covid-19 pandemic

Towns set new info sessions, Town Meetings, votes in response to Covid-19 pandemic

By Shawn Cunningham © 2021 Telegraph Publishing, LLC With Town Meeting Day just four weeks away and the rules for gathering during the Covid-19 pandemic still restrictive, select boards are looking at the options presented to them by the Vermont Legislature. With the passage of H. 48, the state gave municipalities – including school districts […]

Derry board mulls cannabis vote, talks wastewater sites

Derry board mulls cannabis vote, talks wastewater sites

By Cherise Madigan © 2021 Telegraph Publishing, LLC The Londonderry Select Board has committed to holding a special town meeting to vote on whether to opt into Vermont’s nascent retail cannabis market, as well as whether to adopt a previously rejected local option tax for revenue from retail sales. Cannabis was not the only contentious […]

Local state reps outline priorities for 2021 session

Local state reps outline priorities for 2021 session

By Cherise Madigan ©2021 Telegraph Publishing LLC Local state legislators returned remotely to Montpelier for the 2021 session, focusing on the Covid-19 pandemic and recovery efforts. To find out what local legislators were specifically addressing this session, The Telegraph spoke with Reps. Tom Bock of Chester (D-Windsor 3-1), Kelly Pajala of Londonderry (I-Windham-Bennington-Windsor),  Linda Joy […]

One Londonderry to hold community forums on town future

One Londonderry to hold community forums on town future

  On Wednesday, Feb. 3, all members of the Londonderry community are invited to kick off One Londonderry: a community process to engage all residents in setting direction for a vibrant, prosperous and dynamic future. This process is a practical, pragmatic and facilitated way for residents to actively participate in reviewing challenges and opportunities facing […]

Derry Board still mulls details of Town Meeting; opts for caretaker service, nixing full-time hire

Derry Board still mulls details of Town Meeting; opts for caretaker service, nixing full-time hire

By Cherise Madigan ©2021 Telegraph Publishing LLC A new Highway and Buildings maintenance position mulled by the Londonderry Select Board earlier this month will not come to fruition following criticism of the expenditure from some residents and board members. The proposed position, which would have totaled nearly $80,000 per year with benefits, will now be […]

Project Londonderry volunteers establish new non-profit organization

Project Londonderry volunteers establish new non-profit organization Members work toward North Village Master Plan, seek community input

From the editor: To correct the record: The Chester Telegraph last week published an article on Project Londonderry saying that it was breaking from the town Planning Commission and forming a 501(c)(3). After that story appeared, organizers  notified The Chester Telegraph that the 501(c)(3) organization recently established is actually known as The Community Fund for […]

Londonderry Select Board agenda for Jan. 18

Londonderry Select Board agenda for Jan. 18

The Londonderry Select Board will hold its regular meeting at 6 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 18, 2021 via Zoom. To attend remotely go to https://us02web.zoom.us/j/87226079702 Via telephone: (929) 205-6099 (Meeting ID: 872 2607 9702) Below is the board’s agenda: 1. Call Meeting to Order 2. Additions or Deletions to the Agenda 3. Minutes Approval – […]

Project Londonderry volunteers establish new non-profit organization

Project Londonderry volunteers establish new non-profit organization Members work toward North Village Master Plan, seek community input

From the editor: To correct the record: Project Londonderry organizers have notified The Chester Telegraph that the 501(c)(3) organization recently established is actually known as The Community Fund for Londonderry, and is separate from the Project Londonderry initiative, which remains a volunteer effort coordinated by the Town Planning Commission. The Community Fund for Londonderry is […]

Derry board nixes new maintenance position, seeks volunteers

Derry board nixes new maintenance position, seeks volunteers

By Cherise Madigan © 2021 Telegraph Publishing, LLC The suggestion of a new Highway, Building and Grounds Maintenance employee drew a crowd to Londonderry’s virtual Select Board meeting on Monday night after a number of residents expressed opposition to the position’s cost in a year that has been financially difficult for many.  The $20-per-hour full-time […]

Boards struggle with holding annual meetings during pandemic

Boards struggle with holding annual meetings during pandemic Legislation may give municipalities more options

By Shawn Cunningham © 2020 Telegraph Publishing, LLC Town Meeting day is more than two months away, but municipalities — including school districts — throughout Vermont are working out how that annual ritual of direct democracy will be handled during a global pandemic in which personal contact can be hazardous. When Gov. Phil Scott announced […]

Derry board ponders delay in Town Meeting; addresses property taxes and budgeting

Derry board ponders delay in Town Meeting; addresses property taxes and budgeting

By Cherise Madigan 2020 Telegraph Publishing LLC Londonderry’s 2021 Town Meeting may move to Pingree Park — and from March to May — if the state grants towns the ability to delay meetings due to the Covid-19 pandemic. And state legislators are working to make the one-time exception a reality, Town Clerk Kelly Pajala, who also […]

Pandemic casts shadow on Derry board decisions

Pandemic casts shadow on Derry board decisions Town Meeting plans discussed; board cautious on spending

By Cherise Forbes ©2020 Telegraph Publishing LLC At the Dec. 7 meeting of the Londonderry Select Board, Kelly Pajala, who is Town Clerk and a state representative for Windham-Bennington-Windsor, told the board that legislators are working to get a bill to Gov. Phil Scott by mid-January to expand options for how and when towns may […]

<strong>40,000 Meals & Counting</strong>

40,000 Meals & Counting $315,000 grant gives Chester Helping Hands-Springfield Family Center partnership the boost to feed more

By Cherise Madigan ©2020 Telegraph Publishing LLC During the bone chilling months of last March, when the Covid-19 pandemic was beginning it race across the country, Chester residents Chris Meyer and Jason Tostrup asked themselves a question: Will our neighbors be going hungry? As Vermont residents became confined to their homes, and unemployment spiked, the […]