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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 […]

Nine Windsor sites open for drug Take-Back Day

On Saturday, Sept. 27, the Windsor County Sheriff’s Office, local and state law enforcement agencies, and the Drug Enforcement Administration will give the public its ninth opportunity in four years to prevent pill abuse and theft by ridding their homes of potentially dangerous, expired, unused and unwanted prescription drugs. The Take-Back Day event is free […]

High waters: Two neighboring towns face very different challenges

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

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 […]

Free Wi-Fi access available in downtown Chester; daffodil bulb sale to help beautify Chester

Free Wi-Fi access available in downtown Chester; daffodil bulb sale to help beautify Chester

The Chester Connection, free public access to the Internet via Wi-Fi, is up and functioning in downtown Chester.   To utilize this service select The Chester Connection from the list of available Wi-Fi networks on your phone, tablet, or laptop and agree to the terms and services listed on the splash page. The service is available […]

Chester Select Board Agenda for Sept. 17, 2014; adoption of zoning bylaws

The Chester Select Board will hold a half-hour public hearing beginning at 6:30 p.m. Sept. 17 on the proposed zoning changes. It will then go into its regular meeting  and, following several items, adopt the zoning regulations, according to the agenda. The meeting will take place at Chester Town Hall, 556 Elm St. Below is […]

Chester residents take aim at proposed 3-acre lot size, gas sales zone expansion

Chester residents take aim at proposed 3-acre lot size, gas sales zone expansion

By Shawn Cunningham ©The Chester Telegraph — 2014 Residents who turned up to offer input on Wednesday, Sept. 3 on Chester’s  proposed Unified Development Bylaws complained about a suggestion to change the minimum lot size to 3 acres and to extend gasoline sales on  Main Street from St. Joseph’s Church to Pleasant Street in an […]

Plan for Chester Ambulance reorganization explained; beautification panel proposes restoration of 'hearse house'

Plan for Chester Ambulance reorganization explained; beautification panel proposes restoration of ‘hearse house’

By Shawn Cunningham ©The Chester Telegraph — 2014 At its Wednesday, Sept. 3, meeting, the Chester Select Board looked at a grassroots effort to restore the hearse building at Brookside cemetery,  questions about the application for historic site markers and the restructuring of the Chester Ambulance service Back in June, the board had heard about […]

Grafton Select Board updated on break-ins, drug use

Grafton Select Board updated on break-ins, drug use

By Mark Burbela ©The Chester Telegraph – 2014 The Grafton Select Board met Tuesday Sept. 2 to discuss local crime and getting more publicity for its town-maintained covered bridge. Capt. Robert Lakin of the Windham County Sheriff’s department was to lead a discussion on narcotics use, local crime connected to narcotics and how communities are […]

Explainer: In search for fairness, Vermont's school funding calculations tax the brain

Explainer: In search for fairness, Vermont’s school funding calculations tax the brain

By Shawn Cunningham ©The Chester Telegraph – 2014 Whether you live in a Victorian on The Green, an old farmhouse up a dirt road or a yurt off the grid in the hills, you have one thing in common – property taxes. The largest portion of that annual payment is the education tax. It’s also […]

Police Log for June 19 to Aug. 25, 2014

Police Log for June 19 to Aug. 25, 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.  Thursday, June 19, 8:29 p.m. Police received a call that a car had passed a school bus that had its red lights flashing and […]

Community flood resiliency forum set for Thursday night in Chester

The Agency of Natural Resources in conjunction with the Town of Chester and the Southern Windsor County Regional Planning Commission are sponsoring an informational meeting  from 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 4 to discuss flooding, river science, river regulations in Vermont and the Vermont Economic Recovery Initiative program start-up. This public meeting will also […]

Chester Select Board meeting agenda for Wednesday, Sept. 3, 2014

The Chester Select Board will be holding a special meeting to resume the public hearing on proposed zoning regulations. The meeting will begin at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 3 at Chester Town Hall, 556 Elm St. Following the hearing, the regular Chester Select Board meeting will take place. Below is the agenda. 1. Resumption of […]

40 listen as state ed experts explain education funding formula

40 listen as state ed experts explain education funding formula

By Shawn Cunningham ©The Chester Telegraph – 2014 The first two hours of the Chester Select Board meeting for Wednesday, Aug. 20 was devoted to a seminar on how the state education tax rate is calculated and why Chester’s tax rate took such a jump this year. The program was led by Steven Jeffrey, executive […]

No surprises in a primary election with 'ridiculously low' turnout

No surprises in a primary election with ‘ridiculously low’ turnout

With 97.8 percent of the precincts reporting in Vermont’s primary held Tuesday, Politico.com is reporting that Democratic incumbent Gov. Peter Shumlin easily defeated H. Brooke Paige with 82.5 percent of vote from those picking up Democratic ballots. He garnered 15,164 votes to Paige’s 3,225. Republican Scott Milne also came out on top against two other […]

Grant applications open for Cavendish Community Fund awards

Cavendish The Cavendish Community Fund is accepting grant applications for fall 2014 awards. The deadline for applying is Oct. 1, 2014. Applications are available at the Cavendish Community and Conservation Association’s website www.CavendishCCCA.org and include instructions on how and where to apply. The fund began in 2007 giving cash grants to organizations for educational, artistic […]

Weston Select Board agenda for Tuesday, Aug. 26, 2014

The  Weston Select Board will hold its regular meeting at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday Aug. 26 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. SO #19 Payroll, SO #19 Vendors; 4. First Constable; 5. Audit; 6. Review & Approve […]

Chester Select Board Special meeting agenda for Wednesday, Aug. 27, 2014

Due to a scheduling conflict, the Chester Select Board will not be holding its previously scheduled public hearing on proposed changes to the town’s zoning regulations at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 27. Instead, it will hold a public hearing at 6 p.m. that evening on the Community Development Block Grant for the Cavendish Gulf Project. […]

Primary election set for Tuesday, Aug. 26

Primary election set for Tuesday, Aug. 26

©The Chester Telegraph – 2014 The primary election is being held next Tuesday, Aug. 26, to determine which candidates will represent their parties during the November General Election. Seventeen offices are on each ballot and no party has put someone up for every position. Since Vermont is an open primary state, voters will be given […]

All Aboard! Green Mountain Flyer restarts Fall Foliage excursions

All Aboard! Green Mountain Flyer restarts Fall Foliage excursions

By Cynthia Prairie ©The Chester Telegraph – 2014 The Green Mountain Flyer will begin using Chester as the hub for its regular Fall Foliage excursions beginning on Tuesday Sept. 23 and running through mid-October. In preparation, employees of the Vermont Rail System, which is celebrating its 50th year this year, have been working in and […]

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