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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 […]

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 […]



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  • 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 […]

  • 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 […]

  • 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 […]

  • 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: 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 […]

  • To the editor: Neighborhood Connections thanks Kinsley, Jake's

    To the editor: Neighborhood Connections thanks Kinsley, Jake’s

    Neighborhood Connections extends its heartfelt thanks to Tad Kinsley and his staff for a very successful spaghetti dinner benefit held on Wednesday, June 15. More than 125 diners enjoyed pasta, meatballs and sausage with Jake’s Restaurant terrific sauce along with salad and the best brownies all provided by Tad and enabling 100 percent of the […]

  • To the editor: Bock is obvious choice for Chester

    To the editor: Bock is obvious choice for Chester

    We are writing this letter in support of Tom Bock for state representative. Tom is the obvious choice for Chester. His involvement in the community — as the chairman of the Planning Commission, chairman of the Regional Planning Commission, Select Board member and Chester Economic Development Committee member — has provided him with the knowledge […]

  • Cod and mango salad healthy and satisfying

    Cod and mango salad healthy and satisfying

    By Jim Bailey theyankeechef.blogspot.com My kind of salad! I chose cod because it has the lowest fat content of any fish and cooks rapidly. Tilapia is also a great white fish for this recipe. But what I truly love about this dish is the beautiful presentation as well as a “feel good about yourself” result. […]

  • Chainsaw taken from truck in Saxtons River

    Chainsaw taken from truck in Saxtons River

    © 2016 Telegraph Publishing, LLC Vermont State Police say that a chainsaw was stolen from a truck in Saxtons River during the evening of July 4. Russell Schleimer of Chester contacted police to report that his Husqvarna model 373 XP chainsaw was taken from the bed of his pick up truck while he was attending […]

  • Burglars hit Grafton Garage

    Burglars hit Grafton Garage

    © 2016 Telegraph Publishing, LLC The Vermont State Police in Rockingham are investigating a break-in and burglary at the Grafton Garage at 21 Route 121 in Grafton. Police responded to the burglary report this morning and say the crime was committed overnight. A small amount of cash, three checks and a digital camera were stolen. […]

  • Chester temporarily chlorinates public water

    Chester temporarily chlorinates public water

    Temporary chlorination of Chester’s public water system began this evening — Friday, July 8 — to prevent problems that could be caused by the continuing water pipe replacement work, pressure testing and flushing that has been taking place along Route 103, says Jeff Holden, Chester’s water and sewer superintendent. He adds that residents shouldn’t experience […]

  • Grafton board hopefuls offer two views of government, wind project

    Grafton board hopefuls offer two views of government, wind project

    By Cynthia Prairie ©2016 Telegraph Publishing LLC In what was promising to be a stormy Thursday night – at least outside – about 75 people gathered at the White Church in Grafton to hear from two candidates who hope to be elected to fill the unexpired term left by Gus Plummer’s resignation in mid-May. That […]

  • Burglar steals GMUHS graduating class gift

    Burglar steals GMUHS graduating class gift

    By Shawn Cunningham © 2016 Telegraph Publishing LLC The Chester Police Department is looking for the person who broke into Green Mountain Union High School last night and stole the gift that the Class of 2016 had given to the school at graduation last month. At about 11:45 p.m. Thursday, July 7, Chester Police responded […]

  • State police investigate burglaries in Jamaica and Stratton

    State police investigate burglaries in Jamaica and Stratton

    © 2016 Telegraph Publishing LLC Vermont State Police from the Brattleboro barracks responded to a report of a burglary on Forrester Road in Jamaica only to find that several residences in that area had been burglarized. The burglaries are thought to have taken place around July 4. Anyone who may have seen anything suspicious during […]

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