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High waters: Two neighboring towns face very different challenges

By Cynthia Prairie ©The Chester Telegraph – 2014 Londonderry and Chester are 14 miles apart and lie in two different river valleys: Londonderry in the West River; Chester in the Williams. Both were flooded in 2011 by Tropical Storm Irene, but Chester fared far worse. Then, on July 28 of this year, torrential rains soaked […]

High waters: Vermont adopts ‘counter-intuitive’ approach to river management

By Cynthia Prairie ©The Chester Telegraph — 2014 “One hundred years ago,” says Vermont river engineer Todd Menees, “it made sense to build on rivers — for hydro-power for mills, for commerce, for travel … ” as well as for some of the best farmland that lies in the floodplains. But, he says, “We now […]

Chester residents take aim at proposed 3-acre lot size, gas sales zone expansion

By Shawn Cunningham ©The Chester Telegraph — 2014 Residents who turned up to offer input on Wednesday, Sept. 3 on Chester’s  proposed Unified Development Bylaws complained about a suggestion to change the minimum lot size to 3 acres and to extend gasoline sales on  Main Street from St. Joseph’s Church to Pleasant Street in an […]

Plan for Chester Ambulance reorganization explained; beautification panel proposes restoration of ‘hearse house’

By Shawn Cunningham ©The Chester Telegraph — 2014 At its Wednesday, Sept. 3, meeting, the Chester Select Board looked at a grassroots effort to restore the hearse building at Brookside cemetery,  questions about the application for historic site markers and the restructuring of the Chester Ambulance service Back in June, the board had heard about […]

Grafton Select Board updated on break-ins, drug use

By Mark Burbela ©The Chester Telegraph – 2014 The Grafton Select Board met Tuesday Sept. 2 to discuss local crime and getting more publicity for its town-maintained covered bridge. Capt. Robert Lakin of the Windham County Sheriff’s department was to lead a discussion on narcotics use, local crime connected to narcotics and how communities are […]

Explainer: In search for fairness, Vermont’s school funding calculations tax the brain

By Shawn Cunningham ©The Chester Telegraph – 2014 Whether you live in a Victorian on The Green, an old farmhouse up a dirt road or a yurt off the grid in the hills, you have one thing in common – property taxes. The largest portion of that annual payment is the education tax. It’s also […]

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  • Monkey jam is the bread spread for banana lovers

    Monkey jam is the bread spread for banana lovers

    By Jim Bailey theyankeechef.blogspot.com Monkey butter should be the appropriate name for this delicious spread but somehow that name denotes something really fatty. Besides, this “jam” is the end-all, beat-all of fruit spreads, especially for those of you who love the taste of peanut butter and bananas together. Use it in place of other types […]

  • Police Log for June 19 to Aug. 25, 2014

    Police Log for June 19 to Aug. 25, 2014

    Editor’s Note: The Chester Telegraph Police Log is a sampling of incidents directly from Chester Police reports. We do not identify individual victims of crimes nor those who have been arrested.  Thursday, June 19, 8:29 p.m. Police received a call that a car had passed a school bus that had its red lights flashing and […]

  • Community flood resiliency forum set for Thursday night in Chester

    The Agency of Natural Resources in conjunction with the Town of Chester and the Southern Windsor County Regional Planning Commission are sponsoring an informational meeting  from 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 4 to discuss flooding, river science, river regulations in Vermont and the Vermont Economic Recovery Initiative program start-up. This public meeting will also […]

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