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Ruthie Douglas is originally from Springfield but has called Chester her home for 58 years, and has been writing the Chester Chatter column for 40 of those years. Ruthie is also a longtime volunteer throughout the community.

Chester Chatter: A Cole Pond camp in the woods

Chester Chatter: A Cole Pond camp in the woods

By Ruthie Douglas ©2018 Telegraph Publishing LLC For more than 50 years, my family enjoyed the cabin on Cole Pond in Jamaica. It was our gathering place, the cabin in the great woods, our retreat from a busy world. It was built by the unskilled labor of family members, put together with hand tools, without […]

Chester Chatter: A ball called Tommy and my guinea pig hairdo

Chester Chatter: A ball called Tommy and my guinea pig hairdo

By Ruthie Douglas ©2018 Telegraph Publishing LLC These past few days, I have been hanging out near my air conditioning, as I have been on the mend from a leg infection. Being bored, I have been recalling times long ago, emptying out my head. Our family oftentimes rented a cottage on Lake Hortonia for a […]

Chester Chatter: Summertime is for children and parking lot carnivals

Chester Chatter: Summertime is for children and parking lot carnivals

By Ruthie Douglas ©2018 Telegraph Publishing LLC Oh for the hot, hazy, lazy days of summer, a long time ago. We kids always looked foreword to the coming of parking lot carnivals. In Springfield, usually there were a couple over the warm days. The carnival was set up in the Plaza parking lot, in the […]

Chester Chatter: The joys of Alumni Day

Chester Chatter: The joys of Alumni Day

By Ruthie Douglas ©2018 Telegraph Publishing LLC It was Alumni Day once again!  Vermont folks celebrated their school years. Once a year, classmates and friends gather to recall past times and many memories. There are cookouts, dinner gatherings, and sharing of the latest happenings. Times change and perhaps the parade is not so long and […]

Chester Chatter: When communication is key

Chester Chatter: When communication is key

By Ruthie Douglas ©2018 Telegraph Publishing LLC What if native Americans had had modern-day communications at their disposal? If they had had a website, a computer handy, well how different would our world and nation be today? In my opinion, the native Americans were unable to communicate with Europeans and with many tribes of different […]

Chester Chatter: Summers were for mom & kids

Chester Chatter: Summers were for mom & kids

By Ruthie Douglas ©2018 Telegraph Publishing LLC The best thing that Jerry Ford ever did during his short term as president was to allow lunch workers to collect unemployment when school was not in session. It meant I did not need a summer job. I could be a housewife, a mother and have time to […]

Chester Chatter: Lilacs for those we loved, lost

Chester Chatter: Lilacs for those we loved, lost

By Ruthie Douglas ©2018 Telegraph Publishing LLC Spring is truly here with Memorial Day arriving. Right on time, the lilacs are in bloom. Growing up, we had a row of lilac trees in front of our porch, five purple and one white. We made bouquets for family graves. Mayonnaise jars were washed and small stones […]

Chester Chatter: The sounds of summer

Chester Chatter: The sounds of summer

By Ruthie Douglas © 2018 Telegraph Publishing LLC School was out for the summer. We kids were happy and excited. Thus began new summer sounds, the day started being awakened by clanging of milk bottles banging against their metal rack as they were delivered to our door. Next door, Henry mowed his lawn with the […]

Chester Chatter: In appreciation of mothers

Chester Chatter: In appreciation of mothers

By Ruthie Douglas © 2018 Telegraph Publishing LLC Mothers are special. The role of a mother is the most important for family life. My mother was a great cook: Our meals were wonderful. She was not much of a housekeeper, but we accepted that part. Every day she played the piano or had the radio […]

Chester Chatter: A May Day surprise at the door

Chester Chatter: A May Day surprise at the door

By Ruthie Douglas © 2018 Telegraph Publishing LLC Many countries around the world celebrate May Day, the first day of May. Every year I look forward to a knock on my door, where I am greeted by a young child with a may basket for me. I invite them in and they show me what […]

Chester Chatter: A joyful, early Green Up Day

Chester Chatter: A joyful, early Green Up Day

By Ruthie Douglas © 2018 Telegraph Publishing LLC When driving around our state, one quickly realizes how beautiful our countryside is. And why is that you wonder? Is it because there are no billboards cluttering up our roadsides? Is it because there’s little trash or rubbish to be seen? Earth Day and Green Up Day […]

Chester Chatter: Sowing seeds for a fine harvest

Chester Chatter: Sowing seeds for a fine harvest

By Ruthie Douglas © 2018 Telegraph Publishing LLC About this time of year, seed catalogs started to arrive in the mailbox of the old Douglas farm house. It was not long before they were spread out on the kitchen table. Pages were turned, prices compared and much thought pondered. First came the farmland seeds, a […]

Chester Chatter: A simple life close to home

Chester Chatter: A simple life close to home

By Ruthie Douglas © 2018 Telegraph Publishing LLC My mother-in-law grew up many years ago in the hilltop town of Windham. Before electricity, before central heat and in the days of the one-room schoolhouse. It was a peaceful, quiet place to live with no Main Street, no general store or diner. Children walked to school […]

Chester Chatter: In the company of young and old

Chester Chatter: In the company of young and old

By Ruthie Douglas © 2018 Telegraph Publishing LLC Old time Chester was a hub of activity. There was always something to do, whether it be sports or of a more intellectual pursuit. During the winter months, the townspeople got involved with community plays and musical concerts. Many times, a troupe from Boston or New York […]

Chester Chatter: My Canadian grandfather

Chester Chatter: My Canadian grandfather

By Ruthie Douglas © 2018 Telegraph Publishing LLC My grandpa was born into a large family in Canada. Being the oldest child, he was bonded out to work at the age of 9. He worked on a farm and his pay went to his father. Grandpa slept in the barn, and it was clean and […]

Chester Chatter: Easter dress-up and bunnies

Chester Chatter: Easter dress-up and bunnies

By Ruthie Douglas © 2018 Telegraph Publishing LLC Easter, when I was growing up, always meant coloring eggs the day before. My mother bought a dozen eggs each for my sister and me. She laid out newspaper on the kitchen table to catch the mess and spills. Several colors were mixed up with a single […]

Chester Chatter: We need to talk about the elephant in the room

Chester Chatter: We need to talk about the elephant in the room

By Ruthie Douglas © 2018 Telegraph Publishing LLC Many folks know I collect elephant figurines. Long ago, my grandmother told me that you should never keep an elephant in your house whose trunk is facing down. Years ago, I realized a beautiful purple glass elephant that I had bought on Cape Cod had stayed much […]

Chester Chatter: Those old Town Meetings brought community together

Chester Chatter: Those old Town Meetings brought community together

By Ruthie Douglas © 2018 Telegraph Publishing LLC In times past, Vermont folks looked forward to Town Meeting Day, mostly because it allowed one a chance to express themselves and suggest their ideas. Town Meeting was an all day event, starting at 10 a.m., which gave the farmers time to get their milking and some […]

Chester Chatter: Matching furniture isn't always a blessing

Chester Chatter: Matching furniture isn’t always a blessing

By Ruthie Douglas © 2018 Telegraph Publishing LLC When Don and I were first married, we had three rooms upstairs in the big farmhouse. One had been Don’s bedroom, then a kitchen and living room. The thing was we had no furniture. We ate our meals all together downstairs. I went to used furniture stores […]

Chester Chatter: Knee-deep in granddaddy bullfrogs

Chester Chatter: Knee-deep in granddaddy bullfrogs

By Ruthie Douglas ©2018 Telegraph Publishing LLC The frog pond at the end of our street provided us kids with hours of fun. When the ice went out in the spring, we would start to build a couple of rafts and paddle up and down the length of it, which was quite long. We had […]