Alarm System Reviews has declared Chester, VT as number 4 on a list of the 15 safest places to live in Vermont. See the list here: 15 Safest Places to Live in Vermont-2016
AARP has rated Chester as one of thetop ten places in the world for a fabulous fall vacation. View the full article here: Fabulous Fall Vacations for 2016
Reasons to Visit Chester
Household Hazardous Waste Collection
There will be a household hazardous waste collection on WEDNESDAY, September 18 at the Springfield Transfer Station, 2:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. for residents of Andover, Athens, Baltimore, Cavendish, Chester, Grafton, Ludlow, Plymouth, Reading, Rockingham, Springfield, Weathersfield, West Windsor, and Windsor. Sponsored by the Southern Windsor/Windham Counties Solid Waste Management District and the host town. Call 674-9235 for more information or visit www.vtsolidwastedistrict.org for a list of what to bring and what not to bring.
Message From Montpelier
Chester Town Plan Revisions
Four chapters of the Chester Town Plan are being amended to meet a variety of requirements from the Town of Chester and the State of Vermont. The amendments are working their way through the adoption process. As of May, 2019 they are being reviewed one chapter at a time during Select Board meetings. The chapters being amended include:
View the Select Board agendas for notice of further actions in this process.
The Pictorial History of Chester, Andover, Weston, & Londonderry is a 6X9” softbound with 142 pages containing 280 high-quality vintage photographs. Drawing on the Society’s large original glass plate negative collection as well as those from other local archives and personal collections, Society President Ron Patch has compiled a selection that will please and educate all those who are interested in local history. Scanning, design and layout has been accomplished by Society member Tom Hildreth, who, along with Patch feels they have successfully captured the sights, activities, and spirit of this area as experienced a century ago.
AVAILABLE AT THE FOLLOWING AREA LOCATIONS for $20/Ea.:
BELLOWS FALLS-Lisai’s Market
CHESTER- Chester Hardware; Erskine’s Feed Store; Framery of Vermont; Lisai’s Market; Stone House Antique Center.
LONDONDERRY- Mike and Tammy’s; and the Garden Market.
WESTON-Weston Market Place.
AVAILABLE THROUGH USPS FOR $25 Ea.:
Mail check to:
Chester Historical Society
PO Box 118
Chester, Vermont 05143
An Alternatives Presentation Meeting for the project listed below will be held on Thursday, August 29th, 2019 beginning at 6:30 PM at the NewsBank Conference Center, located at 352 Main Street, in Chester, VT.
The recommended alternative includes removal of Bridge 62, 72, and 28 and replacement with a new bridge off-alignment. The intent of the meeting is to provide an overview of the project to Town Officials, local residents and businesses, emergency services and other interested parties. There will be a review of the existing site conditions, proposed work, and overall schedule followed by a question and answer period. Representatives from both VTrans and the Town of Chester will be available at the meeting to address public concerns about the project.
A copy of the Scoping Report for this project may be seen at the office of the Town Clerk in Chester, VT or at the Structures Section of the Agency of Transportation’s office in Montpelier, VT. Electronic copies are also available online at: https://outside.vermont.gov/agency/vtrans/external/Projects/Structures/12J616
Regional Concerns Meeting 8/29/19
A Regional Concerns Meeting for the projects listed below will be held on Thursday, August 29th, 2019 beginning at 6:30 PM at the NewsBank Conference Center, located at 352 Main Street, in Chester, VT.
The selected alternatives include a deck replacement and a full bridge replacement with traffic maintained on temporary bridges during construction. The intent of the meeting is to provide an overview of these two projects to Town Officials, local residents and businesses, emergency services and other interested parties. There will be a review of the existing site conditions, proposed work, and overall schedule followed by a question and answer period. Representatives from both VTrans and the Town of Chester will be available at the meeting to address public concerns about the project.
A copy of the Scoping Reports for these projects may be seen at the office of the Town Clerk in Chester, VT or at the Structures Section of the Agency of Transportation’s office in Montpelier, VT. Electronic copies are also available online at:
2019 Town Newsletter Summer Edition
The 2019 Summer edition of the Town Newsletter has been released. Copies of the Newsletter can be found at various places around town. If you would like to receive the Newsletter by mail or have it emailed to you, please call the office at 875-2173, or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please see here to view this edition: Newsletter
"Tiny Chester is Worth a Visit!"
The Town of Chester was featured in an article in the Boston Globe on April 17, 2019. The article highlights the many reasons why people should visit Chester, like places to stay, places to eat, and things to do. Please see here to view the article- The word is out: Tiny Chester is worth a visit
Chester Development Fund Policy
At their May 16, 2018 Select Board meeting, the Select Board approved changes to the Chester Development Fund Policy. The new Policy allows for assistance to property owners located in the Village Center Designated Area with improvements to their properties. Property owners who live in this area may apply for either a mini loan, grant or combination thereof for assistance in conducting a variety of improvements to their property. These can include, but are not limited to, facade improvements, painting or tree planting and maintenance. Grants will be considered for up to $500.00 each and loans are available for up to $1,000.00 each. Total funds available are limited and applications will be reviewed upon receipt. More information and the application is available at the Town Hall or by downloading it here- Mini Grant Loan Application
Salvage Yard Ordinance
On July 3, 2018, the Selectboard for the Town of Chester adopted an Ordinance for Regulating Outdoor Storage of Junk and Junk Vehicles. To view a complete copy of the adopted Ordinance for Regulating Outdoor Storage of June and Junk Vehicles please see here- Salvage Yard Ordinance
Feasibility Study Results
Unclaimed Property in Chester
The State of Vermont Treasurer's Office Unclaimed Property Division holds unclaimed property from forgotten bank accounts, mutual funds, uncashed checks, contents of safe deposit boxes, and more. This property is waiting to be claimed by its rightful owners. The list of unclaimed property for Chester can be found here- Unclaimed Property. The Unclaimed Property Division can be contacted by calling (800) 642-6200, or by visiting www.vermonttreasurer.gov.
The Chester Economic Development Committee has started a brochure website as a new way to promote Chester. Please view the site by clicking here: Meet Chester Vermont
"Located in the scenic Green Mountains, Chester, Vermont is a thriving town with a strong sense of history and place. Easily accessible from I-91, we are a picturesque, engaged community providing a wide range of four-season activities making for a uniquely rich quality of life for our residents and visitors alike. Chester's Stone Village Historic District and its sweet main street and green claim spots on National Register of Historical Places. New England Travel Today recently named Chester one of the ten best antique towns in all of New England.
Enjoying the outdoors comes second nature to us; we're active in our own backyards and we take advantage of our proximity to Bromley, Stratton, Magic Mountain, Mount Snow, Okemo Mountain Resort, and Killington.
Lately, the buzz has revolved around our blazing fast, reasonably-priced internet speed. Lucky us, we're at the center of one of the U.S.'s fastest fiber optic cable networks in the United States making us one of the best connected communities in the nation. Whether you're visiting Chester, Vermont for the weekend or considering a move here, we're happy to show you around and give you a taste of what makes being here so special."
New Vital Records Law
In May 2017, the Vermont Legislature passed a bill that will change the laws pertaining to how people can obtain vital records, which include death and birth certificates. Act 46 was passed to help ensure the safety of Vermonter's information, and to help protect against identity theft. These changes went into effect on July 1, 2019.
To see how these changes will affect you, please see here: New Vital Records Law