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Derry residents hear Nature Conservancy's plans for Glebe Mountain

Derry residents hear Nature Conservancy’s plans for Glebe Mountain

By Cherise Madigan © 2019 Telegraph Publishing LLC The future of a 3,500-acre parcel of land on Glebe Mountain, in the towns of Londonderry and Windham, was the topic of discussion during a session hosted by the Nature Conservancy at the Londonderry’s Old Town Hall last night. There, around 20 residents discussed their experiences with […]

Windham man arrested after search

Windham man arrested after search Accused of lewd behavior, assault

© 2019 Telegraph Publishing, LLC A Windham man who police say assaulted and exposed himself to a person at a house on Windham Hill Road is in custody awaiting a psychological evaluation. Vermont State Police say that on March 22, Barry J. Reilly, 43, of Windham Hill Rd. assaulted person and then exposed his genitals […]

Act 171 & forest blocks: Derry hosts ANR with changes to town plans down the road

Act 171 & forest blocks: Derry hosts ANR with changes to town plans down the road

By Bruce Frauman ©2018 Telegraph Publishing LLC Act 171, which the governor signed into law more than two years ago, will impact towns throughout Vermont as the state attempts to save Vermont’s wildlife, including large animals such as deer, bear and moose and smaller ones such as foxes and otter, by preserving “habitat connectors” that […]

Ct. woman watches burglars in Windham home

Ct. woman watches burglars in Windham home VSP seek public's help identifying duo

© 2018 Telegraph Publishing LLC A Waterford, Conn., woman called Vermont State Police on Sunday morning to say that she was watching burglars in her Windham house. According to a Vermont State Police press release, at 8:01 a.m. , Sept. 16, Janice Chieka was telling police that her security cameras were catching two men in […]

Man charged in dozens of Derry area crimes

Man charged in dozens of Derry area crimes

© 2018 Telegraph Publishing, LLC A Bellows Falls man was charged yesterday in more than three dozen incidents of burglary and other crimes that took place in the Londonderry area between May 2015 and April 2017. Vermont State Police say that Travis Despain, 27, burglarized businesses, schools, churches and town offices, as well as homes […]

4 arrested in damage to Tater Hill Golf Course

4 arrested in damage to Tater Hill Golf Course Charges include DUI, burglary, unlawful mischief, possession of stolen property

© 2018 Telegraph Publishing LLC Four area men between the ages of 18 and 20 were arrested early this morning on a variety of charges in an overnight burglary at the Tater Hill Golf Course in Windham. According to a Vermont State Police press release, at about 2:30 a.m. Saturday, troopers got a report that […]

Summer road work to begin in Londonderry

Summer road work to begin in Londonderry

By Neil B. Thorley © 2018 Telegraph Publishing LLC   In the next few weeks, several sections of road in Londonderry will be undergoing maintenance. The largest will be on the southern end of Thompsonburg Road entering South Londonderry. The resurfacing work will stretch from Old School Street to Cross Road and include the apron […]

Micro-storm knocks down trees, power lines

Micro-storm knocks down trees, power lines

© 2018 Telegraph Publishing LLC A brief but powerful thunderstorm blew through southern Vermont yesterday leaving thousands without power and keeping local emergency responders and power crews busy for hours.  While the entire afternoon was windy and increasingly overcast, the actual storm – around 5 p.m. was over in just a few minutes. Kevin Beattie, […]

Theft of shingles in Windham

Theft of shingles in Windham

© 2017 Telegraph Publishing, LLC Vermont State Police are investigating a theft of asphalt shingles from a home building site located on White Road in Windham. According to a police press release, the thieves were caught on camera entering the White Road site at about 6:30 p.m. on Friday Oct. 20. Approximately 12 bundles of […]

'Worst of the worst' on Route 11 budgeted for summer temp fix

‘Worst of the worst’ on Route 11 budgeted for summer temp fix

By Shawn Cunningham © 2017 Telegraph Publishing LLC Complaints by local officials about the poor condition of Route 11 between Londonderry and Chester appear to have gained some traction of late as VTrans has offered an interim step in repairing the road. And one Londonderry ambulance service member says improvements can’t come soon enough since […]

Meadowsend Timberlands buys 600 acres; looks to renewable project down the road

Meadowsend Timberlands buys 600 acres; looks to renewable project down the road

By Cynthia Prairie ©2017 Telegraph Publishing LLC Meadowsend Timberlands has purchased 600 acres of land adjacent to the southern portion of its Stiles Brook Tract, straddling Grafton and Townsend, Jeremy Turner, managing forester for the company, confirmed on Tuesday. He added that a quarter of the tract is in Grafton, with the remaining acreage n […]

Regional police force stalls out for 'Mountain Towns'

Regional police force stalls out for ‘Mountain Towns’

CORRECTIONS: Jeanette Haight, Andover Town Clerk, has informed us that Andover actually pays $7,000 annually for five hours of policing a month. And also Al Peters was misidentified. He is the Andover Town Constable.   By Bruce Frauman © 2016 Telegraph Publishing LLC After two meetings this fall, members of area select boards and Londonderry’s […]

Stiles Brook landowner, wind foes take a breath, consider next steps

Stiles Brook landowner, wind foes take a breath, consider next steps

By Cynthia Prairie ©2016 Telegraph Publishing LLC While Iberdrola Renewables has said it will not move forward with a 24-turbine wind project straddling the Windham and Grafton line following a decisive vote, the owners of the 5,000-acre project site have made no such promise. When asked on Monday, what happens next, Meadowsend Timberlands’ managing forester […]

Second-homeowners against Iberdrola wind project as well, surveys find

Second-homeowners against Iberdrola wind project as well, surveys find

By John Hoover and Cynthia Prairie © 2016 Telegraph Publishing LLC Like their full-time resident counterparts, second-homeowners in both Windham and Grafton overwhelmingly rejected a proposal by Iberdrola Renewables to build a 24-turbine wind farm on property straddling the towns. Second-homeowners in both towns had been mailed surveys asking whether they were for the proposed […]

Grafton, Windham voters deal fatal blow to Iberdrola wind proposal

Grafton, Windham voters deal fatal blow to Iberdrola wind proposal

By Cynthia Prairie © 2016 Telegraph Publishing LLC In a decisive blow to a proposed industrial wind project, the voters in Windham and Grafton have voted against putting a 24-turbine industrial wind project along the Stiles Brook tract of land that straddles the two towns. When the votes were counted on Tuesday night, Grafton defeated […]

Ornithologist downplays turbine danger to rare bird

Ornithologist downplays turbine danger to rare bird

By Cynthia Prairie © 2016 Telegraph Publishing LLC A Vermont ornithologist is downplaying concerns that the at-risk Bicknell’s thrush will be imperiled should the 24-turbine Stiles Brook wind project go through. Some in the anti-wind community in Grafton and Windham are hoping to use the plight of this small songbird as the Nov. 8 vote […]

Iberdrola sweetened the pot, but Windham residents stirred it

Iberdrola sweetened the pot, but Windham residents stirred it

By Cynthia Prairie ©2016 Telegraph Publishing LLC Following the rollout on Tuesday of Iberdrola Renewables’ “sweetened deals” to the towns of Windham and Grafton, there were outcries that the Spanish wind company was “bribing” and “buying votes.” (See also, Iberdrola offers Grafton voters ‘partnership’ payments) However, the new proposals, which eliminated four of the 20 […]

Windham board's budget work includes wind project legal costs

Windham board’s budget work includes wind project legal costs

By John Hoover © 2016 Telegraph Publishing LLC Even budget discussions took on the cast of wind development as the Windham Select Board discussed legal and other expenditures related to the situation at its Monday, Oct. 3 meeting. Selectman Kord Scott was absent due to illness. Under Iberdrola wind project related items, chair Frank Seawright […]

Iberdrola cuts number of turbines in Windham, ups its financial packages

Iberdrola cuts number of turbines in Windham, ups its financial packages

By John Hoover and Cynthia Prairie ©2016 Telegraph Publishing LLC At its much anticipated meeting with Windham residents on Tuesday, Oct. 4, Iberdrola Renewables has changed its industrial wind proposal by cutting the number of turbines planned for the Town of Windham from 20 to 16 and raising the benefits package from $715,000 to $1 […]

Iberdrola schedules residents' meetings in Windham, Grafton

Iberdrola schedules residents’ meetings in Windham, Grafton

©2016 Telegraph Publishing LLC Iberdrola Renewables has invited Windham and Grafton residents to two meetings next week that it will hold in their communities. The meetings, according to Iberdrola communication director Paul Copelman, will “present changes to the project footprint and to the community benefits package.” Residents will learn about the revised plans to both […]