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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 […]

Two area first responders honored by Vermont

Two area first responders honored by Vermont

© 2023 Telegraph Publishing LLC Two area first responders – one from Chester and another from Londonderry – were recognized with state Emergency Medical Services awards as part of 49th annual National Emergency Medical Services Week in late May. Steve Vertefeuille of Chester was named First Responder of the Year for his service with the […]

Londonderry to introduce Village Wastewater Project

Londonderry to introduce Village Wastewater Project

The Town of Londonderry Village Wastewater Committee will host an open house from 8:30 to 10 a.m. on Saturday, June 10 at the Town Office, 100 Old School Road, South Londonderry. The open house will provide an opportunity for residents and business owners to ask questions, review the progress of the project and hear about […]

Londonderry to develop new 'gateway' park

Londonderry to develop new ‘gateway’ park

By Cynthia Prairie ©2023 Telegraph Publishing LLC The Town of Londonderry is poised for a new park at the northeast corner of Route 11 and Route 100, overlooking the Mill Pond. It’s a park that proponents say will be a welcoming gateway for visitors traveling from both Chester and Weston, and they hope to start […]

Derry group gets grant to hold two hazardous waste collection events

Derry group gets grant to hold two hazardous waste collection events

The Londonderry Solid Waste Group is has been awarded a grant of $6659.50 by the Vermont Department of Environmental Conservation that will be used to defer some of the costs of two Household Hazardous Waste Collection Events to be held from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, June 3 and Saturday, Oct. 7, 2023 […]

Short-term rentals: Towns' pace for regulation between snail and speedy

Short-term rentals: Towns’ pace for regulation between snail and speedy State legislature, however, puts the onus on local jurisdictions

By Shawn Cunningham © 2023 Telegraph Publishing LLC While the growth in the number of homes in area towns that are being converted into short-term rentals — like Airbnb and VRBO — is concerning to many residents, state and local governments are moving at different paces to address the trend. The Vermont legislature has taken […]

Vermont jobless rate falls in January

Vermont jobless rate falls in January Both Windsor, Windham counties see rise in employment

By Cynthia Prairie ©2023 Telegraph Publishing LLC The state has seen a slight drop in the unemployment rate for the month of January, the Vermont Department of Labor announced on Monday, bringing it down to a seasonally-adjusted unemployment rate of 2.9 percent. The United States rate for January was 3.4 percent. Both the state and […]

Yosemite Firehouse, S. Londonderry Library among recipients of historic preservation grants

Yosemite Firehouse, S. Londonderry Library among recipients of historic preservation grants

By Cynthia Prairie ©2023 Telegraph Publishing LLC The Yosemite Firehouse in Chester and the South Londonderry Free Library are among 20 historic buildings in six counties to receive restoration and rehabilitation grants from the state of Vermont. Gov. Phil Scott, the Vermont Division for Historic Preservation and the Vermont Advisory Council on Historic Preservation announced […]

Derry board considers stricter short-term rental ordinance

Derry board considers stricter short-term rental ordinance

By Shawn Cunningham © 2023 Telegraph Publishing LLC At its Monday Jan. 23 meeting, the  Londonderry Select Board took up a draft ordinance to regulate short-term rentals. The draft that was posted on the town’s website as part of the board packet was basically the ordinance adopted by the Chester Select Board back in December.  […]

Derry house project raises fund to cover panel system

Derry house project raises fund to cover panel system

Cynthia Gubb, chair of the Mountain Towns Housing Project  Fundraising Committee, says that the Bob Perry Lane project has raised sufficient funds to order the house panel system from LaValley’s in Ludlow. Gubb called it “perfect timing for the project. Placing the order now will ensure that the panel system will be constructed over the […]

RUN FOR OFFICE!

RUN FOR OFFICE! Open seats in Andover, Athens, Cavendish, Chester, Grafton, Londonderry, Weston & Windham

© 2023 Telegraph Publishing LLC 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 […]

Mountain Towns Housing Project under way

Mountain Towns Housing Project under way

Paul Alcorn, chair of the Mountain Towns Housing Project, has announced that the Bob Perry Lane house is well under way, and the steering committee has reached the first milestone of $100,000 in fundraising to get things started. The Bob Perry Lane house is a modest home currently under construction that will be sold to […]

Input from Derry residents, workers sought on housing needs

Input from Derry residents, workers sought on housing needs

The Town of Londonderry is conducting a community housing survey to help the town understand critical housing needs and help create solutions to the town’s housing challenges. Findings from the community survey will be incorporated into a housing plan for the town that will be completed early in 2023. Take the survey at www.LondonderryVT.org/housingsurvey Those […]

3 area villages to get ARPA funds for wastewater projects

3 area villages to get ARPA funds for wastewater projects Grafton, North & South Londonderry among 12 recipients

By Shawn Cunningham © 2022 Telegraph Publishing LLC Wastewater projects in three area villages — Grafton, South Londonderry and North Londonderry — will receive American Rescue Plan Act funding to the tune of almost $4 million each, Gov. Phil Scott announced last week. The funding, which is coming through the state’s Village Water and Wastewater […]

Colchester firm to develop Stormwater Master Plans for Chester, Londonderry

Colchester firm to develop Stormwater Master Plans for Chester, Londonderry

Fitzgerald Environmental Associates of Colchester will be developing Stormwater Master Plans for the towns of Chester and Londonderry in partnership with the towns and the Vermont Department of Environmental Conservation. Both projects are funded by State Capital Clean Water Funds. Stormwater Master Plans outline actionable steps toward improving water quality and reducing flooding through implementation […]

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Londonderry launches housing needs study

© 2022 Telegraph Publishing LLC The Town of Londonderry is conducting a study that will explore critical housing issues in the community and lead to the creation of a housing strategy. The study will include a detailed data analysis of demographic, economic, and housing trends in the town and surrounding region and will identify opportunities […]

Derry Planning Commission sets three info meetings on proposed bylaws

Derry Planning Commission sets three info meetings on proposed bylaws

The Londonderry Planning Commission is hosting a series of public information meetings in October about the proposed Londonderry Zoning Bylaws. The meetings will be facilitated by the town’s consultant hired to update the regulations. The proposed bylaws represent a complete rewrite of the existing Zoning Bylaws, which have not been updated since 2009, and includes […]

Derry board asks One Londonderry to remove liaison following email kerfuffle

Derry board asks One Londonderry to remove liaison following email kerfuffle

By Shawn Cunningham © 2022 Telegraph Publishing LLC Concerns over the relationship of a private organization with a mission to improve aspects of Londonderry and the town government and its transparency responsibilities prompted the Select Board at its Monday, Aug. 15 meeting, to take the unusual step to ask One Londonderry to remove one of […]

Turnout is high in local primary voting; November matchups decided

Turnout is high in local primary voting; November matchups decided

By Shawn Cunningham © 2022 Telegraph Publishing LLC Held in the hot and vacation rich month of August, Vermont’s primaries are generally sleepy affairs in which a relatively small number loyalists from the state’s three parties – Democratic, Republican and Progressive – come out to reaffirm the incumbents and chose the occasional challenger. But this […]

Derry Town Meeting scuttles dam article

Derry Town Meeting scuttles dam article

By Shawn Cunningham © 2022 Telegraph Publishing LLC On a sunny but cool and blustery Saturday morning a little over a hundred residents of Londonderry gathered in the parking lot of Town Hall on Middletown Road to hold their Town Meeting, which had been postponed from early March due to Covid worries. Ironically, they were […]