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Letters • Published March 25, 2020 08 a.m.

Share the Merchants’ Burden

This letter is directed to the landlords who lease space to the small businesses in our towns. None of us can avoid this unfortunate health emergency, but we must all try to help our fellow...

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Letters • Published March 18, 2020 08 a.m.

What’s Truly Good About Chester

The world doesn’t stop spinning, even for a micro-second, when someone passes on. But our personal world often does. So I believe it’s worthwhile to point out how for many people in...

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Letters • Published March 11, 2020 08 a.m.

Mountain of Uncertainties

As a commercial property owner concerned for the downtown and its merchants, I write to express my ever-growing concern that the Main Street project is plowing forward to be completed this year in ...

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Letters • Published Jan. 29, 2020 08 a.m.

A Much-Needed Process

The debate over the Valley Warriors name/logo will undoubtedly put neighbors, friends, and perhaps even relatives at odds. There will certainly be impassioned pleas on both sides of the issue. Yet,...

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Letters • Published Jan. 22, 2020 08 a.m.

Inappropriate for Publication

The first time I saw the full-page ad for handguns in the Valley Courier, I too felt it was inappropriate for publication in a community newspaper. This ad was bold and focused on hand...

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Letters • Published Jan. 15, 2020 08 a.m.

Before You Know It

Chester Village has a very exciting future. In about six months from now, the center of Chester will be graced with new sidewalks, roadways, parking, streetlights, benches, bicycle racks, trash...

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Letters • Published Dec. 04, 2019 08 a.m.

What a Difference

What a difference some loose change makes! Our United Church of Chester family and the wider community of Chester merchants and their patrons, as well as Cub Scout Pack 13, which joined our...

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Letters • Published Dec. 04, 2019 08 a.m.

Brilliant, Whimsical, and Distinctive

Marking its 50th anniversary, the Chester Historical Society kicked off its opening program on Nov. 17, “Fifty Years of Chester Graphics by Cummings & Good.”A...

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Letters • Published Nov. 06, 2019 08 a.m.

A Vibrant Community, Even Under Construction

The third phase of roadway and utility improvements in Chester Village will be coming early next year. Improvements will include road upgrades, granite curbing, a permanent gathering place or...

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Letters • Published Oct. 30, 2019 08 a.m.

A Deep Understanding

It has been a privilege to serve as Chester’s selectman for the past four years. First Selectman Lauren Gister and I’ve been committed to working with and for everyone in the town of ...

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Letters • Published Oct. 30, 2019 08 a.m.

Necessary Experience and Knowledge

I am writing in support of Andrew Gardner running as an Alternate for Chester’s Board of Finance (BOF). Andrew will be a welcome addition to the BOF due to his extensive financial...

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Letters • Published Oct. 30, 2019 08 a.m.

Knowledge, Values, and Dedication

It has been my privilege to serve as Chester’s first selectman since 2015. During that time, I have developed a keen understanding of how our town functions and what’s required to...

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Letters • Published Oct. 30, 2019 08 a.m.

Mindfulness, Experience, and Knowledge

I support First Selectman Lauren Gister and Selectman Charlene Janecek for re-election to the Board of Selectmen so they can continue their dedicated service to the town of Chester. Their in-depth ...

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Letters • Published Oct. 30, 2019 08 a.m.

Smart and Responsible Planning

I’m writing in support of Shubert Koong’s candidacy for Chester’s Planning & Zoning Commission Alternate position. Shubert is an active Chester citizen dedicated to...

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Letters • Published Oct. 30, 2019 08 a.m.

Knowledge, Integrity, and Energy

In many ways, no public service is more critical to the town of Chester than the actions of the Board of Finance. We are fortunate to have a candidate this year for Alternate member of the board...

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Letters • Published Oct. 30, 2019 08 a.m.

Continue to Thrive

I am writing to support David Fitzgibbons, Rebecca Greenberg-Ellis, Charlene Fearon, and Dale Bernardoni for the Chester Elementary Board of Education. They all have many years of educational...

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Letters • Published Oct. 30, 2019 08 a.m.

Experience and Care Matters

On Nov. 5, Chester voters should re-elect Democratic incumbents First Selectman Lauren Gister and Selectman Charlene Janecek to a third term.During their four years on the Board of...

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Letters • Published Oct. 30, 2019 08 a.m.

Served Effectively and Sensibly

I am writing in support of Richard Strauss, who is an incumbent candidate on Chester’s ballot this Nov. 5 for office on the Board of Finance. Richard currently serves as an alternate on the ...

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Letters • Published Oct. 30, 2019 08 a.m.

Prepared by Experience

I want to introduce Dale Bernardoni to Chester voters. Dale is a Democratic candidate for a four-year term on the Chester Board of Education. She has lived in Chester for more than 10 years and...

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Letters • Published Oct. 30, 2019 08 a.m.

Look Past Labels

On Election Day, Nov. 5, the one candidate I will be certain to vote for to serve on the Chester Board of Selectmen is Tommy Englert. Tom Englert is a longtime Chester resident, a homeowner who...

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Letters • Published Oct. 23, 2019 08 a.m.

Will Continue to Serve

As my term as selectman is coming to a close, I would like to take this opportunity to thank the residents of Chester for entrusting me to serve as their selectman. It has been an honor to...

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Letters • Published Oct. 23, 2019 08 a.m.

Steady and Reasoned Leadership

Shubert Koong is a welcome citizen to the Town of Chester, and I am excited to support his candidacy to the Planning & Zoning Commission (PZC). I have come to know Shubert and his family,...

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Letters • Published Oct. 16, 2019 08 a.m.

A Select Designation

Kudos to the Valley Courier for its outstanding coverage of the Chester Land Trust’s Connecticut Freedom Trail celebration on Oct. 6. On that day, the State of Connecticut honored...

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Letters • Published Oct. 02, 2019 08 a.m.

They Were a Delight

On Sunday, Sept. 22, three baseball teams representing the Chester, Deep River, and Essex historical societies played a spirited round robin to determine a victor, playing by 1857 rules. A large...

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Letters • Published Sep. 18, 2019 08 a.m.

Public Participation Is Essential

With another local municipal election coming up this year, we must remember to be civil to our neighbors and respect all our residents, regardless of their political affiliation. People need to...

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