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Municipal water upgrade, land purchase discussed by Chester Select Board

Municipal water upgrade, land purchase discussed by Chester Select Board

By Shawn Cunningham © 2015 Telegraph Publishing LLC With uncertainties about how long state funding will be available and a number of questions unanswered, the upgrade to Chester’s municipal water system took center stage in the second Select Board meeting in a row that came in under two hours in length. Also at the Wednesday […]

Donors turn out to two events to help fire victims

Donors turn out to two events to help fire victims

By Shawn Cunningham ©2015 Telegraph Publishing LLC Pleasant Street in Chester was lined with cars and the Pizza Stone was crowded on Monday night, March 16, as droves of people turned out to help those who have lost their homes to fires this winter. Two dozen restaurants, markets and food manufacturers donated tables of food […]

Grafton Select Board OKs local input resolution; approves historic preservation plan for Daisy Turner property

Grafton Select Board OKs local input resolution; approves historic preservation plan for Daisy Turner property

By Cynthia Prairie ©2015 Telegraph Publishing LLC At its Monday, March 16 meeting, the Grafton Select Board approved – with vocal disagreement from some of the attending public – a resolution created by Rutland Town government to attempt to give local jurisdictions a stronger say with the Public Service Board over the siting of renewable […]

Business owners talk increasing traffic, visitors in Chester

Business owners talk increasing traffic, visitors in Chester

By Shawn Cunningham © 2015 Telegraph Publishing, LLC The March meeting of the Chester Economic Development Corp.,  held last Wednesday at the Free Range Restaurant, featured several discussions around efforts to increase traffic and add value to a visit to Chester. The CEDC is a private, not-for-profit organization that evaluates applications for loans from the […]

Friday fire in Fullerton Inn chimney; Chester holds its breath

Friday fire in Fullerton Inn chimney; Chester holds its breath

By Shawn Cunningham ©2015 – The Chester Telegraph Around 6 on Friday evening, the owners of Chester’s Fullerton Inn heard a distinctive sound. “It was a roar,” said Bret Rugg. “A loud roar.” Suspecting a chimney fire, Rugg and his wife Nancy ran into the street to see flames shooting out of one of the […]

Chester Select Board Agenda for Wednesday, March 18, 2015

The Chester Select Board will meet at the new hour of 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, March 18, 2015 at Town Hall, 556 Elm St. in Chester. Below is its agenda. Approve Minutes from March 4, 2015 Select Board Meeting Citizen Comments Old Business Water Project Update (Pending Further Information) Planning Commission Appointments Sign Cavendish Culvert […]

Grafton Select Board agenda for Monday, March 16, 2015

The Grafton Select Board will meet at 6 p.m. at Grafton Elementary School, 58 School St. in Grafton. Below is its agenda. Public Comment Adopt Agenda Minutes: March 2, 2015; March 3, 2015; March 10, 2015 Warrants: Payroll and Accounts Payable Highway Report Work Schedule Town Garage Committee New Town Garage Update Town Truck 2 […]

Police Log Dec. 1, 2014  -  March 1, 2015

Police Log Dec. 1, 2014 – March 1, 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. Monday, Dec. 1, 11:25 a.m. Police responded to ongoing behavior of a juvenile at Chester Andover Elementary School, including hitting with fists, making weapons […]

Donation buckets, fund collections, pot luck and St. Patrick's event to help victims of two Chester fires

Donation buckets, fund collections, pot luck and St. Patrick’s event to help victims of two Chester fires

©2015 The Chester Telegraph If you know of more fund-raising efforts, please email info@chestertelegraph.org and we’ll add them to the list. Donation buckets have been placed at Lisai’s Chester Market, Jiffy Mart, Heritage Deli, Country Girl Diner, the Sunoco and Chester Hardware to collect money for victims of the two recent fires that displaced the […]

Chase takes seat on Chester board; meetings to be held earlier

Chase takes seat on Chester board; meetings to be held earlier

By Shawn Cunningham ©2015 The Chester Telegraph On the day after Town Meeting, the Chester Select Board gathered for its annual reorganization meeting, welcomed a new member, received an updated proposal for investing the Chester Economic Development Fund, appointed town officers and got an update on the proposed town water system among other items. But […]

Early morning fire destroys Elm Street home in Chester, firefighters injured

Early morning fire destroys Elm Street home in Chester, firefighters injured

© 2015 Telegraph Publishing, LLC UPDATE — 9:17 a.m. Saturday, March 7. Below in How to Help: Fundraiser at Pizza Stone, Monday March 16. UPDATE — 6 p.m. March 6. As the Chester Fire Department responded to the Monier fire early this morning, another fire was reported a few houses away on Elm Street, according […]

Squeaker of a write-in contest for Grafton Select Board; sale of Town Garage OK'd

Squeaker of a write-in contest for Grafton Select Board; sale of Town Garage OK’d

It was a quiet day for Grafton officials as voters met at the Grafton Elementary School Tuesday for a less than hourlong Town Meeting, then sporadic visitation during daylong Australian balloting. The Grafton Select Board will have a new member with the write-in candidacy of Ron Pilette, who won a tight race 69 to 67 […]

Chase beats incumbent Suursoo in landslide for Chester Select Board

Chase beats incumbent Suursoo in landslide for Chester Select Board

By Shawn Cunningham ©2015-Telegraph Publishing LLC In what could be considered a landslide victory, newcomer Heather Chase took more than 57 percent of  the vote on Tuesday to beat incumbent Derek Suursoo for a three-year term on the Chester Select Board. With a 93-vote difference, Chase won,  335 to 242, in one of the biggest […]

Two new members for Weston Select Board; voters approve raising expenditures

Two new members for Weston Select Board; voters approve raising expenditures

©2015-Telegraph Publishing LLC Weston has two new Select Board members. On Tuesday, at the Weston Playhouse, Weston voters voted in Bruce Downer for a two-year term and Tim Goodwin, to a one-year term, filling a vacancy left by Elizabeth Currie, Weston Clerk Kim Seymour said. Jim Linville was elected to a three-year term as Select Board […]

Londonderry questions, then approves Champion fire truck

Londonderry questions, then approves Champion fire truck

By Shawn Cunningham © 2015 Telegraph Publishing, LLC The crowd of more than 100 voters who filled the first floor of the old Town Hall in South Londonderry for Town Meeting were joined in the balcony by about 30 7th and 8th grade observers from Flood Brook School. The largest and most contentious article – […]

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 […]