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Candidates for lt. gov., governor talk industrial wind power, citizen input at Grafton forum

By Cynthia Prairie ©2016 Telegraph Publishing LLC The small crowd gathered before even one candidate entered Grafton’s White Church on Monday night got the biggest treat of the day, when young Ripley Schemm practiced a solo soprano performance with one of the world’s most famous arias. Accompanied by his father on piano, Ripley, who is […]

End of an era as State Police prepare to leave Rockingham

By Shawn Cunningham © 2016 Telegraph Publishing LLC After almost 45 years in service, the Rockingham Barracks is being retired this week and the troopers who work there are moving into new quarters in Westminster along with colleagues from the Brattleboro Barracks. To mark the occasion, members of the Vermont State Police came together Tuesday […]

Prouty will continue as chair, Crossman will leave town office

By Bruce Frauman © 2016 Telegraph Publishing LLC In another surprise personnel change, the Londonderry Select Board voted on Monday night to accept, with regret, the resignation of Assistant Town Clerk Dodie Crossman. Town Clerk Kelly Pajala told The Telegraph, on Tuesday that Crossman’s resignation would be effective at the end of August and that […]

Pilette, new chair to Grafton Select Board, moves wind info-gathering forward

By Cynthia Prairie ©2016 Telegraph Publishing LLC Monday’s Grafton Select Board meeting was a long one made up of fits and starts as Town Attorney Robin Stern attempted to instill order in what has habitually been easily-derailed proceedings. She was largely successful, thanks to newly elected Select Board chair Ron Pilette, who despite his own […]

Chester celebrates 250 with displays, activities and food

Photographers Claudio Veliz, Karen Zuppinger and Shawn Cunningham spent Saturday and Sunday at the various events being held around Chester to mark the 250th anniversary of the town’s New York charter, the last one of three that the town was issued. Activities ranged from the Pinnacle to the Fairgrounds and from the Green to the […]

Londonderry roads chief surprises board with intention to quit

By Bruce Frauman © 2016 Telegraph Publishing LLC Londonderry Road Foreman Duane Hart surprised the town’s Select Board at its Thursday, July 7 meeting by announcing that he would be stepping down from that position later this summer. “It’s my intention to end my relationship with the town of Londonderry in September,” said Hart. “Londonderry […]



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  • Vermont State Police log for June 1 through June 30

    Vermont State Police log for June 1 through June 30

    © 2016 Telegraph Publishing LLC Editor’s Note: The Vermont State Police incident report is a sampling of incidents directly from the Vermont State Police. We do not identify individual victims of crimes nor those who have been arrested. Wednesday, June 1, Weston – State police responded to a report of a forced entry into a home […]

  • Community events: July 21 through July 24, 2016

    Community events: July 21 through July 24, 2016

    For more upcoming events, click here for The Chester Telegraph calendar. To be included in our Upcoming events briefs, email Susan Lampe-Wilson at calendar@chestertelegraph.org. Photos welcome. No PDFs, please. Notices must be received by noon on Fridays to be eligible for publication the following week. July 21: Woodworker meet-up at Clearlake Furniture The Vermont Wood […]

  • In Chester, man arrested in assault, troopers save OD victim

    In Chester, man arrested in assault, troopers save OD victim

    By Shawn Cunningham © 2016 Telegraph Publishing LLC Friday night was a busy one for Chester Police with two major incidents back to back. At about 10:30 p.m., Chester Police, Vermont State Police and Springfield Police responded to a home in the area of Highland Court where an argument between a man and a woman […]

  • In moving 'Forever,' restless ghosts haunt Weston’s Other Stage

    In moving ‘Forever,’ restless ghosts haunt Weston’s Other Stage

    By David Lampe-Wilson ©2016 Telegraph Publishing LLC   Actress, poet and playwright Dael Orlandersmith returns to the Weston Playhouse Other Stage with  Forever, an angry eulogy to the spirit of her abusive mother. It is a festering wound of a play that takes no prisoners in its unvarnished, raw honest language and its rich, telling […]

  • Try grilled chicken with an Hawaiian flair

    Try grilled chicken with an Hawaiian flair

    By Jim Bailey theyankeechef.blogspot.com Literally meaning “turn turn,” Huli Huli Chicken is a mainstay in Hawaii. It is a great way of barbecuing chicken without burning it because you are turning it every few minutes. Think it will come out tough? Think again! It’s tender and moist, even without the skin. This recipe is a […]

  • Grafton Select Board agenda for July 18, 2016

    Grafton Select Board agenda for July 18, 2016

    The Grafton Select Board will meet at 6 p.m. Monday, July 18 at Grafton Elementary School, 58 School St. Below is its agenda. 1. Adopt Agenda 2. Minutes: Warrants: Accounts Payable and Payroll 3. Highway Report a. Work Schedule: Signage for truck traffic, Eastman Road 4. Response by Al Sands to David Acker’s accusation regarding […]

  • Police continue hunt for thief of GMUHS class gift; donations, reward offered

    Police continue hunt for thief of GMUHS class gift; donations, reward offered

    Chester Police continue to run down clues in search of the thief who stole a 65-inch flat screen TV from Green Mountain Union High School late last Thursday night. The screen, valued at $1,000, was the gift from the Class of 2016, which graduated in June. It had a arrived at the school that day […]

  • Chester tax rates decline; water tank, pipeline contracts awarded

    Chester tax rates decline; water tank, pipeline contracts awarded

    By Shawn Cunningham © 2016 Telegraph Publishing LLC In a busy meeting on Wednesday night, the Chester Select Board set this year’s tax rate, heard a report from the town’s outside auditor, approved hiring several  contractors for master planning and for work on the water system, made three Development Review Board appointments, got updates on […]

  • Turner wins Grafton Select Board seat; opponent Dougall hospitalized before polls open

    Turner wins Grafton Select Board seat; opponent Dougall hospitalized before polls open

    By Cynthia Prairie ©2016 Telegraph Publishing LLC Grafton voters went to the polls today and elected John Turner to a Select Board seat left vacant by the resignation of Gus Plummer. But the voting developed an unexpectedly sad tone just before the polls closed this evening as word got out that candidate Don Dougall had […]

  • A weekend of celebrations for Chester's 250th

    A weekend of celebrations for Chester’s 250th

    In celebration of the town of Chester’s 250th anniversary of the New York Charter, a committee of residents has planned a series of events for the coming weekend to mark the occasion. Many other organizations — including churches and businesses — have also stepped up to celebrate. Please check out The Telegraph Calendar of Events […]

  • Arts events: July 14, 2016

    Arts events: July 14, 2016

    For more upcoming events, click here for The Chester Telegraph calendar. To be included in our Upcoming events briefs, email Susan Lampe-Wilson at calendar@chestertelegraph.org. Photos welcome. No PDFs, please. Notices must be received by noon on Fridays to be eligible for publication the following week. July 14: Gypsy Reel kicks off Chester concert series, 250th […]

  • Community events: July 13 through July 20, 2016

    Community events: July 13 through July 20, 2016

    For more upcoming events, click here for The Chester Telegraph calendar. To be included in our Upcoming events briefs, email Susan Lampe-Wilson at calendar@chestertelegraph.org. Photos welcome. No PDFs, please. Notices must be received by noon on Fridays to be eligible for publication the following week. July 13: Stingrays Swim Team summer season begins The Edgar […]

  • To the editor: Bock the right choice for Windsor 3-1

    To the editor: Bock the right choice for Windsor 3-1

    There are many factors that tell me Tom Bock is the right choice for the Windsor 3-1 District’s representative in Montpelier.  The most important factor from my perspective is his long history of productive public service. Serving on the boards of Selectmen, Chester Planning Commission, as chair of the Regional Planning Commission and the Chester […]

  • To the editor: Send Reed to Montpelier to represent us

    To the editor: Send Reed to Montpelier to represent us

    I am writing in support of candidate Melody Reed for Vermont state representative, serving the communities of Andover, Baltimore, Chester and North Springfield. Melody has been a friend of mine for several years and I am thrilled she wants to be our representative in Montpelier next term. She is a hard-working, genuine person — just […]

  • To the editor: Bock's experience qualifies him for state rep

    To the editor: Bock’s experience qualifies him for state rep

    I encourage you to vote for Tom Bock for Vermont House of Representatives for the Windsor District 3-1, representing the Towns of Chester, Andover, Baltimore and North Springfield. Tom and his wife, Mariette, raised their family in Chester and know first-hand the rewards and challenges of living in rural Vermont.  As both former manager of […]

  • To the editor: Reed has qualities for state representative

    To the editor: Reed has qualities for state representative

    It’s campaign season and I’m asked by people, “What does it take to be a good state representative?” It’s a really good question and I’m happy to answer it based on my experience and what I’ve observed in other representatives with whom I served. At the top of my list is: You must be a […]

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