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Grafton Select Board agendas for March 2 and March 3

The Grafton Select Board will meet at 6 p.m. tonight, Monday, March 2 at Grafton Elementary School, 50 School St. Below is its agenda. Public Comment Adopt Agenda Minutes: Feb. 16, 2015 Warrants: Payroll and Accounts Payable Highway Report Work Schedule Other Highway Issues: Putnam Forest Turn-Around Rutland Municipal Input Resolution Petition TSO Appointment Letter […]

Budget passes at relocated Andover Town Meeting

Budget passes at relocated Andover Town Meeting

By Cynthia Prairie ©2015-Telegraph Publishing LLC Failure of the Town Hall heating system forced the Andover Town Meeting to be moved to a hall at the Andover Community Church across the street, resulting in a standing room only crowd and prompting a joke from moderator Jon Bliss about the separation of church and state. Despite […]

Chester Select Board agenda for March 4, 2015

The Chester Select Board will meet at Town Hall, 556 Elm St. in Chester at 7 p.m. Wednesday, March 4. Below is its Selectboard Organization Approval of Minutes; Feb. 18, 2015 Select Board meeting Old Business Citizen’s Comments Vending Permit; Bill Roberson Economic Development Funds Investment update; Remus Preda & Gary Gibbs Liquor License Renewals […]

News analysis: Are school tax rates going down?

News analysis: Are school tax rates going down?

Last August, Chester’s Select Board asked representatives of the Vermont League of Cities and Towns and the tax department, to attend a special meeting to explain Vermont’s education finance system. But it seems the Chester Select Board is still having difficulties understanding the way that about 70 percent of Chester’s property tax burden is calculated.  […]

Water system upgrade, Edson monument placement addressed at Chester Select Board meeting

Water system upgrade, Edson monument placement addressed at Chester Select Board meeting

By Shawn Cunningham ©2015-Telegraph Publishing LLC At its Feb. 18 meeting, the Chester Select Board heard a project update and information on funding alternatives for Chester’s water upgrade, considered a request to place the new Edson monument in an alternate site on the Green and got a report on traffic ticket income from Police Chief […]

Derek Suursoo: Repaving Routes 11, 103 within Chester village are priorities

Derek Suursoo: Repaving Routes 11, 103 within Chester village are priorities

©2015-Telegraph Publishing LLC Derek Suursoo grew up in Chester before joining the  Navy in 1978, where he served as an electronics technician before retiring from service in 2000. Since then, he says his “primary job” has been raising his four children. He is currently in his ninth year on the Chester Select Board. What do […]

Heather Chase: Increase public participation in town government

Heather Chase: Increase public participation in town government

©2015-Telegraph Publishing LLC Heather Chase is a Chester resident with four children. She is also a nurse and the owner of a small business, Corporate Lactation Services, a company she founded in 1996 to “assist companies in creating environments and programs that would allow women to continue to breastfeed once they return to work,” according […]

Candidates in contested Chester Select Board race address pressing issues

Candidates in contested Chester Select Board race address pressing issues

©2015-Telegraph Publishing LLC The Telegraph asked the two candidates for the open three-year term on the Chester Select Board to respond to a set of questions that address their vision for the town. The other two candidates — incumbents Tom Bock and Arne Jonynas — are unopposed in seeking re-election to one-year terms. The three-year […]

Weston Liquor Board and Select Board agendas for Tuesday, Feb. 24, 2015

The Town of Weston’s Liquor Control Board meeting will be held at 7:15 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 24 at Town Offices at 12 Lawrence Hill Road. At 7:30, the Weston Select Board will hold its meeting. Below are their agendas. Liquor Control Board 1. Any Requested Changes to the Agenda: 2. Second Class Liquor License: Weston […]

Londonderry hears from candidates, considers new fire truck

Londonderry hears from candidates, considers new fire truck

By Shawn Cunningham ©2015-Telegraph Publishing LLC About 25 people turned out for Candidates Night at Town Hall in South Londonderry on Tuesday Feb. 10. In the absence of town moderator Wendell Coleman, Select Board member Robert Cowles took over the moderating duties. Cowles also announced that after 18 years on the board, he would not […]

Chester firefighters stretched and cramped and looking for a solution

Chester firefighters stretched and cramped and looking for a solution

By Shawn Cunningham © 2015 Telegraph Publishing, LLC The two-bay end of the town garage that houses the Chester Fire Department was quiet on a recent evening — a welcomed break from more than a month of non-stop action for the 17 part-time firefighters, whose main coverage area spans 89 hilly square miles in Chester […]

Chester Select Board agenda for Feb. 18, 2015

The Chester Select Board will hold its regular meeting on Wednesday February 18, 2015 at 7 p.m. at Town Hall 556 Elm Street. Below is its agenda.  Approve Minutes from February 4, 2015 Selectboard Meeting Citizen Comments Old Business Liquor License Renewals Free Range Restaurant Sunoco Lisai’s Water Project Update; Naomi Johnson Merritt Edson Day; […]

Grafton Select Board meeting for Monday, Feb. 16, 2015

The Grafton Select Board will meet on Monday, Feb. 16 at 6 p.m. at Grafton Elementary on School Street in Grafton. Below is its agenda. Public Comment Adopt Agenda Town Audit – Fred Duplessis Minutes: Jan. 19, 2015 Warrants: Payroll and Accounts Payable Highway Report Work Schedule Town Garage Update Other Highway Issues Delinquent Taxes […]

Community architect addresses villages' futures at Rotary talk

Community architect addresses villages’ futures at Rotary talk

By Shawn Cunningham ©2015-Telegraph Publishing LLC An architect who specializes in helping people think about the futures of their town centers attracted a crowd of 45  to the Fullerton Inn in Chester last Thursday night. While most were from Chester, residents of Ludlow, Londonderry, Springfield and Grafton also came to hear the Chester Rotary Club-sponsored […]

Board seeks higher return on Chester economic loan fund

Board seeks higher return on Chester economic loan fund

By Shawn Cunningham ©2015-Telegraph Publishing LLC Having speculated for several years whether a loan fund created to help Chester’s businesses could get a higher rate of return on its unused balance, the Chester Select Board heard a presentation by representatives of the wealth management division of People’s Bank at its Feb.y 4 meeting. The Chester […]

Chester Police Log for Nov. 7, 2014 to Jan. 28, 2015

Chester Police Log for Nov. 7, 2014 to Jan. 28, 2015

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. Friday, Nov. 7, 2014,  5:37 p.m. A Londonderry resident was charged with reckless endangerment after a Chester resident reported that as he was driving […]

Only one contested race in Chester, eight offices have no candidates

The petitions have been submitted, the signatures checked and here is the slate of candidates standing for elective office in Chester. The only office that is being contested is the three year select board position currently held by Derek Suursoo.  Heather C. Chase is running to take Suursoo’s place.   A write-in candidate for any […]

Fiscal issues for Londonderry Town Meeting

The following fiscal issues will be considered by the legal voters of Londonderry at its Town Meeting, Tuesday March 3, beginning at 9:30 a.m.  at the old town hall at 139 Middletown Road.  Fiscal issues for Weston, Grafton, Andover and Chester were published in last week’s Telegraph. Article 7 asks for approval for a funding […]

Fire destroys Chester home on Sunday, donations welcome

Fire destroys Chester home on Sunday, donations welcome

By Cynthia Prairie ©2015-The Chester Telegraph Chester Fire Chief Matt Wilson says that a fire that destroyed the home of Andy and Judy Lavallee on First Avenue in Chester on Sunday was not suspicious, but that the cause has not been officially confirmed. According to the Chester Fire Department, firefighters responded around 8:30 a.m. to […]

CANCELED: Grafton Select Board agenda for Feb. 2, 2015

Tonight’s meeting of the Grafton Select Board is canceled due to the weather. The next meeting is scheduled for Monday, Feb. 16. The Grafton Select Board will meet at 6 p.m. Monday, Feb. 2 at Grafton Elementary School on School Street. Below is its agenda. Public Comment Adopt Agenda Minutes: Jan. 19, 2015 Warrants: Payroll […]