Fire Destroys Chester VT Home and Barn

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A Chester Vermont fire is under investigation. Fire officials say the house and barn on 2703 Green Mountain Turnpike was fully involved when Chester Fire Department arrived. The fire was called in shortly before 11 pm on Saturday. A brush fire was spreading towards another barn in the rear of the property. Crews extinguished the brush fire and saved the small barn but the rest of the property was a total loss. Fire fighters from Chester, Proctorsville, Springfield, Bellows Falls, Ludlow, Rockingham and Grafton fought the fire until about 3:00 am Sunday morning with Chester staying on scene until 11 am.
Although the fire is under investigation and has not yet been deemed arson the blaze is considered suspicious. Anyone that may have seen something or someone in the area around this time or any suspicious behavior in regards to this property are asked to contact Chester Police Department 802-875-2233 or the Arson Tip Line 800-322-7766.

NH Skiing Pioneer Dies

A New Hampshire skiing pioneer has died. Robert A. Skinner who played a significant role in the history of NH skiing died on April 11, 2015, at age 96.Skinner raced for Dartmouth when Dartmouth supplied the bulk of competitors for the national and Olympic ski teams. His teammates included Dick Durrance, Ted Hunter, Warren Chivers, David and Steven Bradley, Percy Rideout and Chapman Wentworth, part of “The invincible 1939 Dartmouth Ski Team.”
He was best known as a downhiller, registering top finishes in the famed Greylock Thunderbolt race and the Inferno down Tuckerman’s Ravine on Mount Washington. . The New Hampshire Alpine Racing Association awards the Bob Skinner Cup to young skiers at Mount Sunapee each year. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Mount Sunapee Area Ski Club, Attn: Wendy Nolin, P.O. Box 344, Bradford, N.H. 03221.

Claremont Runs With Pumpkinfest
pumpkin fest claremontClaremont continues to move forward with the Pumpkin Fest. Nichole Sorenson will now lead the festival organization as the group prepares to give a presentation to Claremont’s City Council. Michael Charest said “We have a few issues to iron out but just know Claremont is having a Pumpkin fest, (we) have a few surprises in store and we are going to own it.” The group is planning to get seed packets to students to encourage them to grow their own pumpkins, and carve them for the event. The group is starting a web page and Facebook page for the event and is looking for someone who has expertise in that area to establish a website. Anyone seeking more information can contact