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Local News • Published Oct. 22, 2019 01:45 p.m.

Several Competitive Races on 2019 Chester Ballot

When voters in Chester get to the polls on Tuesday, Nov. 5, they’ll be greeted by a big ballot, though 13 of the 18 ballot races are uncontested. The 2019 election features competitive...

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Sports • Published Oct. 21, 2019 09 a.m.

Valley Volleyball Notches Three Victories; Girls' Soccer Gets a Win and a Tie

VolleyballThe Valley Regional Volleyball squad earned three victories last week. The three wins improved the Warriors’ record to 6-9 on the season with five games...

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Sports • Published Oct. 21, 2019 08:54 a.m.

Valley Qualifies for States with an Eye on Shorelines

The Valley Regional boys’ soccer team is headed back to the Class M State Tournament in 2019 after last week’s action. The Warriors played games against Hale-Ray, Old Saybrook, and...

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Sports Person of the Week • Published Oct. 17, 2019 04:26 p.m.

Frazier’s Fully Focused on Leading the Warriors

Behind every great photo, there is more than just a great camera. Behind every great captain, there is more than just talent. On the Valley Regional boys’ soccer team, senior captain...

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Local News • Published Oct. 17, 2019 04:21 p.m.

Galbraith Challenges Gister as Write-In for Chester First Selectman

Though his name will not appear on the Tuesday, Nov. 5 ballot, Robert Galbraith is making a run for Chester first selectman as a write-in candidate. As an official write-in candidate registered...

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Obituaries • Published Oct. 16, 2019 04:50 p.m.

Jarvis Elmer Smith, Jr., (“Smitty”)

Jarvis Elmer Smith, Jr., (“Smitty”), 81, of Chester died on Oct. 12.As described in Smitty’s yearbook, “Mischievous there art a foot” was spot on as he...

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Obituaries • Published Oct. 16, 2019 04:22 p.m.

Carl G. Nilsson

Carl G. Nilsson, 1930 to 2019, a longtime resident of Chester, passed away on Sept. 29 in his own home. He was the beloved father of Leif Nilsson of Chester, Kent Nelson of West Hartford, and Jan...

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Local News • Published Oct. 16, 2019 11:39 a.m.

Lauren Gister Seeking Third Term as Chester First Selectman

Democrat Lauren Gister is seeking a third term as the first selectman of Chester, facing write-in candidate Rob Galbraith for the town's top seat. (Look for a profile of Galbraith in an...

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Person of the Week • Published Oct. 16, 2019 08:30 a.m.

Peggy Winkley: Making a House into a Home

Thirty-five years ago, Peggy Winkley and her late husband Mal had an idea. Today that idea is a thriving organization dedicated to serving adults with mental and emotional challenges, among them...

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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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Local News • Published Oct. 17, 2019 12:01 a.m.

CFMC: Putting the ‘Fun’ in Community Fundraising

He’s the neighbor who always greets you with “Have a sparkling day!” She’s the one who answers your “Will you help?” with “Of course I will!...

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Sports • Published Oct. 14, 2019 12:24 a.m.

Valley Girls’ Soccer Qualifies for States; Boys’ Soccer Gets a Split

Girls’ SoccerThe Valley Regional girls’ soccer qualified for the Class M State Tournament by earning a 1-0 victory at East Hampton last week. The Warriors...

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Sports • Published Oct. 13, 2019 08:41 p.m.

Valley Volleyball Sweeps Morgan in Pink Game

The Valley Regional volleyball team hosted Morgan for its annual Dig Pink Game in support of breast cancer awareness on Oct. 7. The Warriors earned their third victory of the season by posting a 3-...

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Sports Person of the Week • Published Oct. 10, 2019 03:39 p.m.

Miller Returns to Coaching With Valley Volleyball

Lauren Miller has a wealth of experience coaching kids, and now she’s bringing that knowledge to the Valley Regional volleyball team. Lauren is a new assistant coach working with the...

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Local News • Published Oct. 09, 2019 07 a.m.

Chester Land Trust Creates the Judge Constance Baker Motley Preserve

A historic site dedication on the Connecticut Freedom Trail took place on Oct. 6 at the former property of Judge Constance Baker Motley on Cedar Lake Road in Chester. The public, friends, and...

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Local News • Published Oct. 09, 2019 08 a.m.

A New Look at Camp Hazen

Big things are happening at the historic YMCA Camp Hazen site in Chester. Gearing up for its 100th anniversary in 2020 and embarking on the next phase of the master site plan, there has been a...

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Local News • Published Oct. 08, 2019 02:39 p.m.

Region 4 BOE Establishes New Capital Reserve Fund

Following a 2018 Region 4 School District Board of Education (BOE) land acquisition—one that was done in a way that created confusion about exactly which fund was used to pay for the...

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Person of the Week • Published Oct. 09, 2019 08:30 a.m.

Howard Tuttle: Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner?

Howard Tuttle doesn’t know the menu yet but he does know he and his wife Peggy will be having a dinner party on Saturday, Nov. 2. The Tuttle’s home in Essex is one of the 15 private...

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Sports • Published Oct. 07, 2019 02:32 p.m.

Valley on the Attack Entering Second Half

The Valley Regional field hockey squad is turning its season around after another big week. The Warriors have drawn even at 4-4 on the season after starting the year on an 0-4 skid. With home wins ...

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Sports • Published Oct. 07, 2019 08:36 a.m.

Valley Girls’ Soccer Earns Two Draws; Volleyball Drops a Couple of Close Contests

Girls’ SoccerThe Valley Regional girls’ soccer squad moved within a win or a tie of qualifying for the Class M State Tournament after picking up two ties in...

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Sports Person of the Week • Published Oct. 04, 2019 02 p.m.

Versatile Millburne Finds Her Voice as a Senior Captain

Riley Millburne has come a long way since her first season as a member of the Valley Regional field hockey team. In her freshman year, Riley earned varsity playing time after having picked up a...

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Local News • Published Oct. 02, 2019 08:26 a.m.

Judge Motley’s Chester Home is Newest Site on Freedom Trail

Known for her perseverance, courage, intelligence, and integrity, Judge Constance Baker Motley helped to change the trajectory of civil rights in the United States. Because of her influence and...

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Local News • Published Oct. 01, 2019 04:45 p.m.

TTYS Partners with State Police for Internet Safety Program

Tri-Town Youth Services has teamed up with Connecticut State Trooper Kate Cummins to offer a free informational presentation to parents on social media trends and problematic adolescent online...

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Local News • Published Oct. 03, 2019 12:01 a.m.

Chester Fair 2019 Photography Prize Winners Announced

The 140th annual Chester Fair held Aug. 23 to 25 was again a showcase for amateur photographers from both near and far. A total of 83 adult and youth photographers entered a total of 360 prints at ...

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Person of the Week • Published Oct. 02, 2019 08:30 a.m.

Deb Smith: Creating Community Through Books

Coming to Essex with an impressive résumé, Deb Smith brings a strong sense of excitement and verve to her new job as executive director of the Essex Library Association. Smith hit the...

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