Chester-Andover Elementary Playground Redevelopment Gets a Boost

A committed group of local Chester residents have been steadily raising funds for the replacement of the current playground at the local elementary school. To date, $17,000 has been raised for the endeavor.

The Chester Telegraph reported that the Chester Rotary donated $1,000. Combined with another recent donation of $2,000 from Jiffy Mart and other community initiatives the playground's fundraising has momentum going into the summer.

The committee has their sights set on a grant funded by the VT Department of Children and Families to move them further to their goal of $150,000. 

Read more about the project's progress in The Chester Telegraph>


Walter Meyer of Mary Meyer Manufacturing to Speak at Fullerton Inn

From a press release distributed by the Chester Rotary Club

The Chester Rotary Club is pleased to announce that on Thursday, July 6th, Walter Meyer from Mary Meyer Manufacturing Company will be the guest speaker at the Fullerton Inn. The program goes from 5.15 p.m. to 6.30 p.m. Hors d’oeuvres will be served and a cash bar is available.

Mary Meyer is famous internationally for designing and selling teddy bears and other soft toys from its headquarters in Townsend, Vermont. The company is truly a “family business”; a three generational composite of loyalty, labor and love. Walter Meyer is the son of founders Hans and Mary Meyer. The company was founded in 1933 in New York City and relocated to Vermont in 1948. By 1960, Walter was co-managing the Company with his mother and continued to do so for 25 years. Walter Meyer has replaced himself at the helm with four of his six offspring but still plays a very active role in all aspects of the company. Walter is a passionate speaker who will enlighten us about how he has built and maintained a successful family business in Vermont.

The meeting is open to the general public so please join Chester Rotary Club for this exciting event. For planning purposes, please RSVP to

Area Businesses Recognized for Alcohol Sales Compliance

Retailers throughout Windsor County were recently recognized for passing alcohol compliance checks that help keep alcohol away from minors.
— Chester Telegraph

Congratulations Meditrina and Lisai's Chester Market for recently being recognized by the Windsor County Prevention Partners for following protocols to keep alcohol out of the hands of underage minors. 

Read the full article at The Chester Telegraph>



"Vermont Bookbinder Relies on Medieval Solutions"

The Brattleboro Reformer profiled Malcolm Summers of the Chester Bookworm in its May 5th edition. 

I’m just doing a book for a customer in Zurich, Switzerland,” he said, “and the object of the restoration is to give 200 to 300 years of life to the book...Not a week goes by when I’m not doing a cookbook or a Bible...Cookbooks — it’s either their mother’s, their grandmother’s, or their great-grandmother’s. They’ve got themselves in a state, and they need some tender loving care....I did a restoration of 17th-century Bible in Swedish. Bibles have been passed down and can have information about the family.