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Chester water rates increase; Coach Road water pipes to be ‘looped’

By Christian Avard © 2016 Telegraph Publishing LLC Chester residents and second homeowners will be seeing an increase in water rates with their next bill. Acting as the town’s Water Commissioners, the Chester Select Board approved a $2 water rate increase at its Aug. 17 meeting. Water users will be charged $46 per equivalent unit […]

New Derry zoning admin resigns; driveway access given on legal trail

By Bruce Frauman © 2016 Telegraph Publishing LLC Citing “health concerns and previous employment commitments” new Zoning Administrator Heather Makovec sent a letter of resignation to the Londonderry Select Board a few days before its Aug. 15 meeting. The board passed Paul Gordon’s motion to accept Makeovec’s resignation effective after the DRB meeting Aug. 17 […]

Andover celebration helps fill scholarship coffers

By Kevin Kunze ©2016 Telegraph Publishing LLC More than 20 artists, craftspeople and bakers lined the grounds of the Andover Town Hall on Saturday to show and sell their wares under warm blue skies for the third annual Andover Day Fair. (See photo gallery below.) Music by fiddler John Specker and his daughters, Ida Mae […]

Pokemon Go — and its fans — take to the streets in s. Vermont

By Kevin Cudabac 2016 Telegraph Publishing LLC While you won’t see thousands of Pokemon Go players bumping into each other in front of the Vermont Country Store in Weston or swarming the Green in Chester, there are plenty of historical landmarks, unique shops and cafes in the region to keep the most avid players interested. […]

Lucky 13? Ski mountain investors say they believe in Magic

By Shawn Cunningham © 2016 Telegraph Publishing LLC Thirteen investors – many of whom are longtime Magic Mountain skiers – have concluded an agreement to buy the Londonderry resort from Magic Mountain Management for an undisclosed price. Formed as SKI MAGIC LLC, the group expects to close on the property in late September or early […]

Op-eds: 2 views on the Windham-Grafton industrial wind plan

On Thursday, Aug. 11, The Chester Telegraph received a request from KSE Partners, a Montpelier and Washington, D.C.-based lobbying firm, to run an op-ed by Art Sasse, the communications director for Iberdrola Renewables, the Spanish wind turbine company that is seeking to build Vermont’s largest wind project in Windham and Grafton. Instead of letting the […]

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  • Barbara 'Bobbie' Hume, 83, wonderful mother, active volunteer

    Barbara ‘Bobbie’ Hume, 83, wonderful mother, active volunteer

    ©2016 Telegraph Publishing LLC Barbara “Bobbie” B. Hume, 83, died on Tuesday, Aug. 16, 2016 — on the 9th anniversary of her own mother’s death 2007 — at Wake Robin in Shelburne, Vt. She was born on June 26, 1933 in Buffalo, N.Y., to Reginald and Marion (Ball) Burns. Mrs. Hume grew up in Ridgewood, […]

  • Derry boards work to make town office basement usable

    Derry boards work to make town office basement usable

    By Bruce Frauman © 2016 Telegraph Publishing LLC The Londonderry Select Board moved forward in its town office planning project during a special joint meeting with members of the Planning Commission on Wednesday, Aug. 10. The goal of the project is to end up with “a building that will work,” said Planning Commission member Larry […]

  • Weston Board says 'no' to Little School diagonal parking

    Weston Board says ‘no’ to Little School diagonal parking

    By Bruce Frauman ©2016 Telegraph Publishing LLC Feeling they had done their due diligence, members of the Weston Select Board on Aug. 9 voted to draft a letter to the committee that proposed changes to the parking in front of the Little School saying that it did not “seem like a viable option.” At Town […]

  • Grafton begins crafting wind survey, sets up wind info panels

    Grafton begins crafting wind survey, sets up wind info panels

    By Cynthia Prairie ©2016 Telegraph Publishing LLC Monday night’s Grafton Select Board meeting could have gone the way of many meetings in the past few years, turning into a pitched battle of finger-pointing and legal arguments, but board chair Ron Pilette wasn’t having it. Pilette moved the meeting forward, setting aside an ongoing ethics complaint […]

  • Londonderry Select Board moves forward on salt and sand shed

    Londonderry Select Board moves forward on salt and sand shed

    By Bruce Frauman © 2016 Telegraph Publishing LLC The Londonderry Select Board moved forward on plans to build a new salt and sand shed at a special meeting this past week. Earlier this year, the state Department of Transportation told the town of to remove by July of 2017 the salt it now stores at […]

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  • Multi-talented cast carries multi-character 'Murder for Two'

    Multi-talented cast carries multi-character ‘Murder for Two’

    By David Lampe-Wilson ©2016 Telegraph Publishing LLC Weston Playhouse continues its summer season at its Other Stage with “Murder for Two,” a frivolous musical that sends up murder mysteries and their attendant tropes. While its premise is clever — two actors play all parts including detective, victim and suspects — your enjoyment will depend on […]

  • BRGNS seek goods and furniture for thrift store sale

    BRGNS seek goods and furniture for thrift store sale

    The folks at Black River Good Neighbor Services are seeking donations of saleable goods for their thrift store at 37B Main St. in Ludlow. The store carries all kinds of donated items. They are in particular need of infant clothing, kitchen utensils, fall clothing, hats and waterproof gloves.  BRGNS sells furniture from its store at 105 […]

  • Community events: Aug. 15 through Aug. 21, 2016

    Community events: Aug. 15 through Aug. 21, 2016

    For more upcoming events, click here for The Chester Telegraph calendar. To be included in their Upcoming events briefs, email Susan Lampe-Wilson at calendar@chestertelegraph.org. Photos welcome. No PDFs. Notices must be received by noon on Fridays to be eligible for publication the following week. Aug. 15: Yoga and music for the family Lila Specker, a […]

  • Sticky, spicy sausage and bell peppers are 'picnic perfect'

    Sticky, spicy sausage and bell peppers are ‘picnic perfect’

    By Jim Bailey theyankeechef.blogspot.com What would summer be without the stickiness that is barbecue and the smell of sausages floating overhead? Try this sweet, yet spicy, recipe that pairs well with anything you can lug to the picnic table. … and then some! 2 tablespoons pure olive oil 2 Italian sausage links, sliced 1/2-inch thick […]

  • Grafton Select Board agenda for Aug. 15, 2016

    Grafton Select Board agenda for Aug. 15, 2016

    The Grafton Select Board will meet at 6 p.m. on Monday, Aug. 15 at Grafton Elementary School, 58 School St. Below is its agenda. 1. Public Comment 2. Adopt Agenda 3. Minutes: August 1, 2016 4. Warrants: Accounts Payable and Payroll 5. Highway Report: a. David Wheeler requests Town mow brush on Class 4 road […]

  • Chester Select Board agenda for Wednesday, Aug. 17, 2016

    Chester Select Board agenda for Wednesday, Aug. 17, 2016

    The Chester Select Board will meet as the Chester Water Commissioners at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 17 at Town Hall, 556 Elm St. Below is its agenda. (The Chester Select Board will meet immediately following this meeting.) 1. Citizen Comments 2. Set Water Rate 3. Adjourn Special Select Board meeting 1. Approve Minutes from […]

  • Another water rate hike on tap in Chester; Select Board ethics policy debate continues

    Another water rate hike on tap in Chester; Select Board ethics policy debate continues

    By Shawn Cunningham © 2016 Telegraph Publishing LLC The Chester Select Board, at its Wednesday, Aug. 3 meeting, decided not to act on a recommendation from Town Manager David Pisha to approve a water rate increase. Instead, the five-member panel will warn the rate increase for the next meeting — Aug. 17 — and make […]

  • Bock wins Democratic Primary in Windsor 3-1; victory in November seems assured

    Bock wins Democratic Primary in Windsor 3-1; victory in November seems assured

    By Shawn Cunningham and Cynthia Prairie ©2016 Telegraph Publishing LLC Tom Bock sprinted to a victory over Melody Reed in the Democratic Primary for Vermont state representative from the Windsor 3-1 District, which includes Chester, Andover, Baltimore and North Springfield. Despite ballot counting glitches in Andover and Baltimore, by 9:30 p.m. it appeared that Bock […]

  • With one district out, Bock takes lead in State House race

    With one district out, Bock takes lead in State House race

    9:08 p.m. © 2016 Telegraph Publishing LLC Tom Bock jumped out to an early lead over Melody Reed in the race for Vermont state representative from the Windsor 3-1 District, which includes Chester, Andover, Baltimore and North Springfield. Polling 251 votes to Reed’s 209 in the town of Chester, the former Chester Select Board member […]

  • Celebration of Life for Marlene Whitacre to be held Aug. 21

    Celebration of Life for Marlene Whitacre to be held Aug. 21

    A Celebration of Life in remembrance of Marlene Whitacre will take place from noon to 1 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 21 at the White Church in Grafton, immediately followed by a reception across the street in the Grafton Chapel till 3 p.m. All are invited to gather with her family, friends and neighbors to share […]

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