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Flood cleanup estimates over $1.5 million; FEMA tours damage

Flood cleanup estimates over $1.5 million; FEMA tours damage

By Cynthia Prairie ©The Chester Telegraph – 2014 Preliminary figures indicate that the Chester-Andover-Windham area suffered between $1.5 million and $1.8 million in damage from the torrential rain storm and subsequent flooding of Monday, July 28. These figures also include $100,000 in damage to both Reading and Weathersfield. On Tuesday morning, Aug. 5, representatives from […]

Public hearing on Chester zoning reg proposals postponed; Select Board meeting canceled

The Chester Select Board will meet at 6 p.m. Wednesday Aug. 6 to formally postpone its already warned hearing, which resumes the public discussion on proposed updated zoning regulations. Town manager David Pisha said this meeting will instead be held at 6 p.m. Wednesday Aug. 27, at Town Hall, 556 Elm St. in Chester. The […]

Solar facility proposed for Cavendish; informational meeting set

Cavendish T he Cavendish Town Energy Committee has proposed to the Cavendish Select Board that the town establish a solar facility to generate the electricity used by several town departments, and the Select Board has voted to ask town voters if they will approve a bond issue to pay for it. The Energy Committee will […]

Whiting issues open call for artwork

W hiting Library, located on Main Street in Chester, is seeking artwork created by locals for an open show from the beginning of September through end of October. Pieces will be collected until Saturday, Aug. 23. There is room to display many hanging creations as well as a few three-dimensional works. Whiting’s latest show featured […]

Crews work to repair road damage in Andover, Chester

Crews work to repair road damage in Andover, Chester

By Shawn Cunningham © The Chester Telegraph 2014 Clickable photo gallery is below the article. Photos by Shawn Cunningham, The Chester Telegraph T own road crews, VTrans and private contractors were busy Tuesday morning as they continued to put local roads back together after Monday’s torrential rains (Click here for Monday’s story.). In Andover, Simmonds […]

Grafton Select Board OKs junk vehicle regulations

Grafton Select Board OKs junk vehicle regulations

By Mark Burbela Grafton ©The Chester Telegraph – 2014 Despite objections from some of the 25 residents in attendance, the Grafton Select Board on Monday, July 21, passed a new ordinance regulating the storage of junk and junk vehicles, in an attempt to address numerous complaints about junk stored at private residences and to ensure […]

Torrential rains wash out Route 11, a number of Andover roads

Torrential rains wash out Route 11, a number of Andover roads

By Shawn Cunningham ©The Chester Telegraph – 2014 A clickable photo gallery is below the article. Thanks to our photo contributors: Mark Burbela, Stacie Goodman Hill, Melissa Ryan and Marc Thomas. The skies opened up over Chester on Monday, and stayed that way, warranting the largest flood response since Tropical Storm Irene in August 2011. […]

Wetlands delay Popple Dungeon repairs; education taxes discussed by Select Board

Wetlands delay Popple Dungeon repairs; education taxes discussed by Select Board

By Shawn Cunningham ©The Chester Telegraph – 2014 Proposed work to the decaying portion of Popple Dungeon Road has been put on hold because the Army Corps of Engineers and the State of Vermont have declared that an area that would be used to straighten the road and pull it away from a hillside is […]

Public questions lot size, noise proposals in Chester zoning regs

Public questions lot size, noise proposals in Chester zoning regs

By Shawn Cunningham ©The Chester Telegraph – 2014 The Chester Select Board reconvened its public hearing on new zoning regulations on Wednesday, July 16 with a much larger crowd than had attended the July 2 meeting, in which only two members of the public attended. At that July 2 meeting, some thought the sparse attendance […]

Weston Select Board agenda for Tuesday, July 22, 2014

The Weston Select Board will hold its regular meeting at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, July 22 at Weston Town Office, 12 Lawrence Hill Road in Weston. Below is its agenda. 1. Any requested changes to the agenda; 2. Public comment; 3. Knowlton access permit; 4. SO #16 Payroll, SO #16 Vendors; 5. Review & Approve Minutes; […]

Weston Select Board calls meeting for July 16 to set tax rate

The Weston Select Board has called a Special Meeting for 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, July 16 to set the town tax rate. The meeting will be held at Weston Town Offices, 12 Lawrence Hill Road, in Weston. Regular meetings are scheduled for the second and fourth Tuesday of each month. Below is its Special Meeting agenda. […]

Chester Select Board for July 16: Public hearing on zoning regs followed by regular meeting

The Chester Select Board has called a public hearing set for 6 p.m. Wednesday, July 16 on the proposed zoning regulations for the town of Chester. The meeting will be held at Town Hall, 556 Elm St., and will be followed by its regular meeting at 7 p.m., also at Town Hall Here is the […]

Select Board hears concerns on raising lot sizes in Chester; sets tax rate; OKs Whiting grant; discusses Open Meetings Law

Select Board hears concerns on raising lot sizes in Chester; sets tax rate; OKs Whiting grant; discusses Open Meetings Law

By Shawn Cunningham ©The Chester Telegraph – 2014 A very small crowd showed up for the Wednesday, July 2 Chester Select Board meeting even though the topics to be discussed – zoning and tax rates – are often hot button issues. While the adoption of new tax rates is more or less proforma, the zoning […]

Police Log for May 2 to June 1, 2014

Police Log for May 2 to June 1, 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. Friday, May 2, 7:29 p.m. A Chester officer responded to a Springfield address to serve a Vermont Civil Violation Complaint on a subject for […]

Chester Economic Development Corporation agenda for July 2, 2014

The Chester Economic Development Corp. will meet at 8 a.m. on Wednesday, July 2 at Misty Valley Books, on the Green in Chester. Below is its agenda 1. Meeting to order 2. Approve minutes of June meeting 3. Treasurer’s Report 4. Review Economic and Business Activities in the Town of Chester Town Development Bylaws WiFi […]

Chester Select Board agenda for July 2, 2014

The Chester Select Board will meet at 7 p.m. Wednesday, July 2 at Town Hall, 556 Elm St. in Chester. Part of the meeting will including a zoning regulations public hearing as well as a discussion on the USDA grant to the Whiting Library.  Below is its agenda. 1. Approve minutes from June 18, 2014 […]

Whiting Library gets $99,800 in USDA grants and loans for repairs, restoration

Whiting Library gets $99,800 in USDA grants and loans for repairs, restoration

By Karen Zuppinger Chester’s Whiting Library has been awarded $99,800 in grants and loans from the U.S. Department of Agricultural Rural Development. The award, with $340,000 to several other towns and municipalities throughout Vermont, was announced Monday, June 23 at the library by Ted Brady, regional director of USDA RD  for Vermont and New Hampshire. […]

New water rates pass in Chester as infrastructure problems are highlighted

New water rates pass in Chester as infrastructure problems are highlighted

By Shawn Cunningham After more than six months of discussing the dire need to increase water rates to bring the Water and Sewer Department into the black, the Chester Select Board at its Wednesday, June 18 meeting suddenly – and with relatively little discussion – voted to adopt a new rate schedule for delivering water […]

Flood Brook's new playground opens for fun

Flood Brook’s new playground opens for fun

On Monday, June 16 the Mountain Towns communities of Londonderry, Weston, Landgrove and Peru gathered at Flood Brook School to officially open its new playground. The opening ceremony was led by Principal Neal McIntyre, with members of the playground committee officially cutting the ribbon. This project has been a multi-year effort planned by the Playground […]

New play equipment installed at Pingree Park; fun fund-raising continues for more work

New play equipment installed at Pingree Park; fun fund-raising continues for more work

As of Father’s Day, Sunday, June 15, the new playground at Pingree Park in Londonderry is finished and open for fun.  After a year of planning and fund-raising there are new swings, a crawl tube, a bouncy seesaw and a climbing structure with slides.  The equipment is appropriate for ages 2 to 12 and includes […]

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