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Helipad letter prompts Weston board to push<br> for updated Town Plan, zoning regulations

Helipad letter prompts Weston board to push
for updated Town Plan, zoning regulations

By Cherise Madigan ©2021 Telegraph Publishing LLC The Weston Select Board took the first step toward updating the town’s zoning laws and Town Plan at its Feb. 23 meeting, prompted by a letter from Vermont’s Transportation Board regarding permitting for helipads and airstrips. Transportation board Helipad Letter In the letter, which you can read here, […]

Traffic safety around Green continues to concern Weston board

Traffic safety around Green continues to concern Weston board

By Cherise Madigan ©2021 Telegraph Publishing LLC The Weston Select Board, at its Feb. 9 meeting, continued to explore options to improve traffic safety around the Weston Town Green at Vermont Route 100. Although the posted speed limit slows to 30 mph before vehicles enter downtown Weston, the area has seen a number of accidents […]

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 […]

Weston Select Board sets May 25 Town Meeting

Weston Select Board sets May 25 Town Meeting Details remain unsettled amid concern over loss of tradition

By Cherise Madigan ©2021 Telegraph Publishing LLC The Weston Select Board, expressing concerns about permanently losing Town Meeting Day, has decided to reschedule its Town Meeting this year tp Tuesday, May 25, although the details on where it will be held and how votes will be conducted won’t be revisited until the board’s March 23 […]

Weston board reviews increased T&G tax rate, eyes Town Meeting delay

Weston board reviews increased T&G tax rate, eyes Town Meeting delay

By Cherise Madigan ©2021 Telegraph Publishing LLC Despite a decreased budget, the Taconic & Green Regional School District’s estimated tax rate is expected to increase by 3.9 cents in fiscal 2022, according to Weston’s representative on the district board, Deborah Lyneis. The increase will bump the current equalized rate of $1.603 to about $1.642, she […]

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 […]

Weston board focuses on Town Meeting plans, possible 9% education tax hike

Weston board focuses on Town Meeting plans, possible 9% education tax hike

By Cherise Madigan 2020 Telegraph Publishing LLC Town Meeting was the focus of the Weston Select Board’s Dec. 8 meeting, echoing similar discussions this week in Chester and Londonderry as 2021 looms large. Typically, the town hosts its annual meeting at the Weston Playhouse — a plan that Board Chair Denis Benson suggests continuing with […]

<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 […]

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 […]

Weston board rehashes land survey decision, no change

Weston board rehashes land survey decision, no change

By Cherise Madigan 2020 Telegraph Publishing LLC The Weston Select Board celebrated the delivery of a generator donated to The Little School at its Nov. 10 meeting, while continuing debate over a survey of the town-owned property on which the school and Weston Town Offices are located. While the board voted to proceed with the […]

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 […]

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, […]

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 […]

Weston firefighters seek new building; board appoints rep for Communications Union District

Weston firefighters seek new building; board appoints rep for Communications Union District

By Cherise Madigan © 2020 Telegraph Publishing LLC The Weston Volunteer Fire Department may be getting a new home following a preliminary presentation by Fire Chief Ryan Hart and Firefighter Jake Hart at the Oct. 13 meeting of the Weston Select Board. In their appeal, presented by Jake Hart, the fire company requested that, as […]

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 […]

Weston board grills Brattleboro Dev. Corp. on lack of internet push, local jobs programs

Weston board grills Brattleboro Dev. Corp. on lack of internet push, local jobs programs

By Cherise Madigan ©2020 Telegraph Publishing LLC Economic development — particularly in the context of the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic — dominated discussion at the Sept. 22 meeting of the Weston Select Board, which found some friction between its own development priorities and those established by the Brattleboro Development Credit Corp. BDCC Director of Programs Jen […]