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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: The journey winds down

Chester Chatter: The journey winds down

By Ruthie Douglas ©2019 Telegraph Publishing LLC I’m about to the end of the long journey I have been on for the past year. It began with my impending hip replacement after it had been dislocated. Thinking water therapy would help, I ended up scraping my leg on the stairs to a pool, so I […]

Chester Chatter: Grange was political, social force

Chester Chatter: Grange was political, social force

By Ruthie Douglas ©2019 Telegraph Publishing LLC The Douglas family belonged to the Grange for many years, being members of the Bartonsville Grange. Soon after I became a member of the family I too became a member. The Grange was formed to help farmers and also provide a time of socializing. We lobbied in Montpelier […]

Chester Chatter: Time to remember Mother

Chester Chatter: Time to remember Mother

By Ruthie Douglas ©2019 Telegraph Publishing LLC The makings of one day becoming a mother often begin as a young girl with her dolls. At least that was the case with my daughter Jeanie. She loved her dolls. Her dad made her a cradle and Grandma made her a quilt. Every night the dolls got […]

Chester Chatter: May baskets for kind neighbors

Chester Chatter: May baskets for kind neighbors

By Ruthie Douglas ©2019 Telegraph Publishing LLC May Day, a time for May baskets when I was young. We kids in the neighborhood went to the nearby woods to gather wild flowers, pine cones and moss. My sister Marie and I made baskets out of wallpaper, glue and staples. We line it with fresh green […]

Chester Chatter: Easter surrounded by love

Chester Chatter: Easter surrounded by love

By Ruthie Douglas ©2019 Telegraph Publishing LLC Growing up, Easter for my sister Marie and me was usually the same. Photos show us ready for church in our new outfits. Always a new hat, shoes and gloves. We had our little purses with money for the collection plate. After church, we changed our clothes and […]

Chester Chatter: Family photos banish gloomy winter-like day

Chester Chatter: Family photos banish gloomy winter-like day

By Ruthie Douglas ©2019 Telegraph Publishing LLC It’s another gloomy winter-like day. What to do? Many times I go to my bedroom closet and take out scrap books of photos. In a short time, I’m back to times gone by. My family took many photos of our outings. Learning to walk, then just like that […]

Chester Chatter: Another week of recovery

Chester Chatter: Another week of recovery

By Ruthie Douglas ©2019 Telegraph Publishing LLC Editor’s Note: Ruthie is continuing her remarkable recovery from hip surgery and decided that one more week away might do her a world of good!

Chester Chatter: Off this week

Chester Chatter: Off this week

By Ruthie Douglas ©2019 Telegraph Publishing LLC Editor’s Note: Ruthie will be taking the week off as she recovers from hip surgery. She hopes to be back up and dancing soon!  

Chester Chatter: Jumpstarting spring with jump rope tunes

Chester Chatter: Jumpstarting spring with jump rope tunes

By Ruthie Douglas ©2019 Telegraph Publishing LLC Spring has arrived! With it comes a touch of warm breezes, melting snow and the singing of birds and, of course, longer days. Kids on bikes dart down the street, skateboards flying by and children run about without their winter jackets. I remember when, out on the playground, […]

Chester Chatter: Where are the boarding houses?

Chester Chatter: Where are the boarding houses?

By Ruthie Douglas ©2019 Telegraph Publishing LLC In years past, almost every town had a boarding house. In Chester, we had the Hilton House of Main Street. It is now called the Inn Victoria. During World War II, Chester was very busy. The Survey company made maps for the government and hired several employees, young, […]

Chester Chatter: Date night at the Park Theater

Chester Chatter: Date night at the Park Theater

By Ruthie Douglas ©2019 Telegraph Publishing LLC Once upon a time Chester had a movie theater. It was upstairs in the building where the Moon Dog Cafe was and where Meditrina Wine and Cheese now is. High long stairs led up to the theater, which held about 75 seats. Movies were shown Friday, Saturday and […]

Chester Chatter: A stroll along the Green

Chester Chatter: A stroll along the Green

By Ruthie Douglas ©2019 Telegraph Publishing LLC Small business is the way to go. Folks have come to feel more comfortable in small shops rather than to push and shove and wait in long lines in large retail stores. Here in Chester, in our beautiful setting of downtown, along the Village Green are nestled quaint […]

Chester Chatter: Friends help cure Cabin Fever

Chester Chatter: Friends help cure Cabin Fever

By Ruthie Douglas ©2019 Telegraph Publishing LLC The time is upon us: the time of the year known as Cabin Fever. We natives have come up with ways to keep us happy and cheerful, mostly it depends on your age though. This year is very different for me as I have been in rehab for […]

Chester Chatter: Ideas sprout from seed catalogs

Chester Chatter: Ideas sprout from seed catalogs

By Ruthie Douglas© 2019 Telegraph Publishing LLC Around this time of the year, the seed catalogs began to arrive at the farm house. After supper, we laid them out on the kitchen table and poured over the pages, studying all the different types of seeds on sale. Not only was it most important to order […]

Chester Chatter: To all our special Valentines

Chester Chatter: To all our special Valentines

By Ruthie Douglas © 2019 Telegraph Publishing LLC Valentine’s Day, Feb. 14, is a great time to let those you love know you love them. Show your love in many ways, little or big  — it does not matter. Large or small gifts, it does not matter. The handmade Valentine cards that the girls made […]

Chester Chatter: When we got a very poor reception

Chester Chatter: When we got a very poor reception

By Ruthie Douglas© 2019 Telegraph Publishing LLC Down on the farm, before we got a satellite dish, television reception was terrible. The antennae on our roof brought in — maybe on a good day  — two channels. The the aluminum-sided St. Johnsbury trucks went by on Route 103, the television got all fuzzy until the […]

Chester Chatter: Winter was for outside play

Chester Chatter: Winter was for outside play

By Ruthie Douglas© 2019 Telegraph Publishing LLC Once, a winter storm meant putting chains on your car tires to get up the South Street Hill in Springfield. After working a 10-hour day at Fellows Gear Shaper, my dad would do a lot of shoveling. He had to shovel out the spot under our huge clothes […]

Chester Chatter: Remembering Principal Perry

Chester Chatter: Remembering Principal Perry

By Ruthie Douglas © 2019 Telegraph Publishing LLC This week I dedicate this column to my dear friend and former boss, Jack Perry, who died in December. Jack was principal of Chester-Andover Elementary School from 1979 until his retirement in 1990 and hired me as supervisor for the school’s hot lunch program in 1982. We […]

Chester Chatter: The versatile sand pit

Chester Chatter: The versatile sand pit

By Ruthie Douglas © 2019 Telegraph Publishing LLC Around around my childhood neighborhood, we kids had favorite places to play, one of which was a big sand pit that was used by the town. In my box of shredded wheat puffs were cards with lessons from various famous American Indians. One such card explained how […]

Chester Chatter: When I didn't make the grade

Chester Chatter: When I didn’t make the grade

By Ruthie Douglas © 2018 Telegraph Publishing LLC Here it is, another New Year. It has made be recall the years gone by. My growing-up years were mostly happy. And then I went to 1st Grade. That’s when I had to deal with being left-handed and following rules and directions, which I was not used […]