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Grafton voters overturn junk ordinance

By Mark Burbela Grafton ©The Chester Telegraph — 2014 In a 56 to 37 vote, the voters of Grafton defeated an ordinance that would have limited the number of unregistered vehicles that could be stored on a residential property and required screening from view of so-called “junk.”  The ballot was taken at a special town […]

Chester wrestles with tight budget; Hearse House planning moves ahead

By Shawn Cunningham ©The Chester Telegraph — 2014 During the Chester Select Board’s regular meeting on Wednesday, Sept. 17, town manager David Pisha reported that funds – including property taxes — are coming in slower than last year. Select Board member Derek Suursoo noted that the financial report handed out didn’t give him the detail […]

Objections to zoning changes fail to sway Chester Select Board

By Shawn Cunningham ©The Chester Telegraph — 2014 On Wednesday, Sept. 17, about 25 Chester business owners and residents gathered at the Chester Select Board to express their views on several proposed changes to the town development bylaws. Most were concerns about two specific changes — raising a minimum residential lot size and rezoning a […]

Green Mountain Flyer Fall excursions right on track

Yesterday, Tuesday, Sept. 23 was the premier run for the Green Mountain Flyer’s Fall Foliage excursions running out of Chester Depot. About 75 passengers boarded the morning train, most coming from outside the area. Cars in the newly refurbished Vermont Railway’s parking area in front of Erskine’s sported license plates from as far away as […]

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 […]

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  • Two-day artist workshops on plein air, photography and still lifes

    The Southern Vermont Arts Center’s Fall Art Workshop Series wraps up with three two-day, all-level workshops in plein air oil painting,  High Dynamic Range digital photography and still life pastel painting. All workshops meet from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Oil painter Walt Pasko leads off on Saturday Oct. 4 and Sunday, Oct. 5 with  […]

  • Recently read favorites include fantasy, history and thrillers

    Recently read favorites include fantasy, history and thrillers

    By John Hoover ©The Chester Telegraph — 2014 If you’re a reader, a person who thinks there’s nothing better than losing yourself in a good book, you most likely have found that each new book has the potential to be the best book you ever read. We call those our “recently read Good Reads” because […]

  • Taste of the fall with a gingerbread-apple bar dessert

    Taste of the fall with a gingerbread-apple bar dessert

    By Jim Bailey theyankeechef.blogspot.com Many things set this recipe apart from every other bar treat. I took the memory of the age-old charlotte dessert and combined it with the taste of gingerbread. Apples and cheddar cheese transformed this great treat into a true New England dessert. Use stale bread if you like, but you will […]

  • Londonderry extends hours for tax payments, offers e-payment options

    Tina Labeau, treasurer for the Town of Londonderry, says that the Londonderry Town Office, located on School Street in South Londonderry, will be open extended hours next week to accept tax payments. Its usual hours are 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday, and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Wednesday. For […]

  • Weston Select Board agenda for Tuesday, Sept. 23, 2014

    The Weston Select Board will hold its regular meeting at 7:30 p.m. tonight, Tuesday, Sept. 23 at Town Office, 12 Lawrence Hill Road in Weston. Below is its agenda. 1. Any Requested Changes to the Agenda 2. Public Comment 3. VLCT: Health Insurance 4. Road Foreman Cargill Contract Furnace 2002 International Truck Bids Bridge #10 […]

  • Upcoming events: Day of Art in Barton; community meal returns; 6th Annual Fairy House Tour in Grafton; autumn art classes in Londonderry

    Upcoming events: Day of Art in Barton; community meal returns; 6th Annual Fairy House Tour in Grafton; autumn art classes in Londonderry

    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. Sept. 27: Day of Art in Barton Greater Barton Vermont Art and Artists Co-operative presents  A Day of Art in Barton with two events on Saturday, […]

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