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Bolstering existing businesses suggested as way to aid Chester

Bolstering existing businesses suggested as way to aid Chester

By Shawn Cunningham Noting that this was a once-a-year occurrence, David Pisha opened the first Select Board meeting after Chester’s elections of March 4. At its annual reorganization meeting, the board re-elected John DeBenedetti as chairman, Derek Suursoo as vice chair and Arne Jonynas as secretary. As it has at recent meetings, economic development dominated […]

Chester Police Log for Dec. 13, 2013 through Feb. 26, 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, Dec. 13, 2013, 1:11 p.m A teenager called police to report that someone had hacked her Facebook account, changed its password and posted […]

School budget issues pass; two write-ins take school posts; incumbents re-elected in Chester

School budget issues pass; two write-ins take school posts; incumbents re-elected in Chester

  By Cynthia Prairie With 402 Chester residents voting on Tuesday, all the school budget items passed and every incumbent seeking re-election was returned to office. The River Valley Technical Center budget issue was approved 307 yes to 92 no. With votes of both Chester and Andover co-mingled, the Chester-Andover Elementary School budget passed 307 […]

Chester Select Board meeting for Wednesday, March 5, 2014

The Chester Select Board will meet at 7 p.m. Wednesday, March 5 at Town Hall, 556 Elm St. in Chester. Below is its agenda: Select Board organization following the election Approval of the minutes of the Feb. 19, 2014 Select Board meeting Old businesses Citizens’ comments Liquor license renewals: Stone Hearth Inn, Lisai’s Chester Market, […]

Chester Development Review Board meeting for March 10, 2014

The Chester Development Review Board will meet at 6 p.m. Monday, March 10 at Town Hall, 556 Elm St. in Chester. Below is its agenda. 1) Review minutes from the Feb. 24 meeting 2) Dalio Boundary Line Adjustment hearing 3) Comments from citizens 4) Deliberative session to review the above and previous matters

Chester voters OK all articles: Whiting Library issue creates a ruckus

Chester voters OK all articles: Whiting Library issue creates a ruckus

  By Cynthia Prairie Chester Town Meeting was quickly thrown a curveball on Monday night when Select Board chair John DeBenedetti sought to amend an article to give the Select Board authority over how and if money for repair and rehabilitation of the Whiting Library is spent, stunning members of Whiting’s board of trustees and […]

Large, agreeable turnout for Andover Town Meeting; budget, elections are unanimous

Large, agreeable turnout for Andover Town Meeting; budget, elections are unanimous

  By Madeline Bodin  A lot of discussion, but not much disagreement dominated the Andover Town Meeting on Saturday, March 1. None of the elections was contested and all votes were unanimous. Andover Town Hall remained chilly, and most of the approximately 60 participants kept their coats on throughout the meeting. Moderator Jon Bliss opened […]

Economic development gets a once over at Chester Select Board

Economic development gets a once over at Chester Select Board

After reviews of the financials and other housekeeping at its Feb. 19 meeting, the Chester Select Board turned to two lengthy discussions – one on proposed new water rates and one on economic development with an eye to growing the Grand List, the total assessed value of a town’s taxable real estate. It was noted […]

Andover voters to address alternative energy use, 4% hike in budget

Andover voters to address alternative energy use, 4% hike in budget

  By Cynthia Prairie Andover’s Town Meeting will begin at 10:15 a.m. Saturday, March 1 at Andover Town Hall, 953 Weston Andover Road. Besides electing 12 town officers during a floor vote, Andover voters will also consider exempting from municipal taxes those net metered solar energy systems that are regulated by the state Public Service […]

Londonderry to vote on eliminating auditors, lengthening terms of town clerk, treasurer

Londonderry to vote on eliminating auditors, lengthening terms of town clerk, treasurer

  By Cynthia Prairie Among items under consideration for Londonderry voters during Town Meeting next week is Article 4 to eliminate the post of auditor, which has three three-year slots, two of which are up for election, and Article 3 to lengthen the terms of town clerk and treasurer, which are currently one-year terms, to […]

$385,000 in capital expenditures face vote at Chester Town Meeting

$385,000 in capital expenditures face vote at Chester Town Meeting

  This article was originally published on Jan. 29, 2014. We republish it as a service to our Chester readers who will be voting at Town Meeting and on Election Day. By Cynthia Prairie Chester town voters will be addressing expenditure requests for 14 articles during Town Meeting, 10 of those requests from petition drives […]

Chester Development Review Board agenda for Feb. 24, 2014

The Chester Development Review Board is scheduled to meet at 6 p.m. Monday, Feb. 24 at Chester Town Hall, 556 Elm St. Below is its current agenda. Check back for any updates. 1)    Review minutes from the Feb. 10 meeting 2)    Comments from citizens 3)    Deliberative session to review the above and previous matters

Environmental Court OK's Dollar General with conditions

Environmental Court OK’s Dollar General with conditions

  By Cynthia Prairie Concluding that pertinent segments of Chester’s Town Plan are “aspirational” and not mandatory and that, even though the project will have an adverse impact, it will not be an undue impact, Environmental Court Judge Thomas Walsh has ruled that a 9,100-square-foot Dollar General can be built on Main Street in Chester. […]

Forum on Cavendish ballot issues set for Feb. 25

The Cavendish Community and Conservation Association will hold an informational meeting for all Cavendish citizens and residents on the Tuesday, Feb. 25 prior the March 3 town meeting. The forum begins at 6:30 p.m. at the Cavendish Town Offices, 37 High St. in Cavendish. The meeting will address the issues on this year’s town meeting […]

Chester Select Board agenda for Wednesday Feb. 19, 2014

The Chester Select Board will meet at 7 p.m. Feb. 19 at the Chester Town Hall, 556 Elm St. Below is its agenda. Approve Minutes from Feb. 5, 2014| Citizen Comments Old Business License to Sell Malt & Vinous Beverages Jiffy Mart License to Sell Tobacco Jiffy Mart Financial Update General Fund Water & Sewer […]

DRB upholds Dollar General OK, clarifies findings

DRB upholds Dollar General OK, clarifies findings

  In a much anticipated move, the Chester Development Review Board has issued clarified findings of  fact and conclusions of law in the conditional use permit application of Zaremba Group LLC to build a 9,100-square-foot Dollar General store on Main Street across from the Country Girl Diner. The five-member board (four of whom have been […]

Sunday morning fire destroys home on Trebo Road

Sunday morning fire destroys home on Trebo Road

  UPDATE: How you can help, below the story. A single-family home on Trebo Road, about a half a mile from Route 103 North, was destroyed Sunday morning in a fire that also injured two residents and apparently collapsed portions of the building “fairly quickly,” Chester Fire Chief Matt Wilson said in an interview on […]

Chester Police Log for Dec. 1, 2013 through Jan. 28, 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. Sunday, Dec. 1, 2013, 1:51 p.m. Police were sent to a home off Trebo Road following a complaint of animal cruelty, in which the […]

Chester's final fiscal articles set; no formal challenges to incumbents, seven contests vacant

Chester’s final fiscal articles set; no formal challenges to incumbents, seven contests vacant

By Cynthia Prairie Chester town voters will be addressing expenditure requests for 14 articles during Town Meeting, 10 of those requests from petition drives mounted by organizations. The meeting begins at 6 p.m. Monday, March 3 in Town Hall, 556 Elm St. in Chester. As for the elections on Tuesday, March 4, the roster will […]

Chester auditors defend their work; Select Board again dips into Economic Development fund

Chester auditors defend their work; Select Board again dips into Economic Development fund

  By Shawn Cunningham Chester’s elected local auditors – Jack Cable, Phyllis Jewett and Ted Spaulding – appeared before the Select Board on Wednesday, Jan. 15 to explain what they do and answer questions that were raised by a proposal to eliminate their function to save the town $4,000 per year. According to Vermont state […]

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