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Chester Chatter: Ruthie off this week

Chester Chatter: Ruthie off this week

Ruthie Douglas is taking this week off due to surgery, which has become a bit more complicated than she expected. She sends her best wishes to her friends and readers, who she says she misses terribly.  

Chester Chatter: Summer is filled with music

Chester Chatter: Summer is filled with music

By Ruthie Douglas ©2018 Telegraph Publishing LLC Everyone’s favorite, the Starline Rhythm Boys, played to a good crowd at the Chester Summer Concert Series on the lawn of the Academy Building on the last Thursday of July. It has been an almost perfect summer for the outside concerts.   To find out more summer concerts, click […]

Chester Chatter: Those good time radio days

Chester Chatter: Those good time radio days

By Ruthie Douglas ©2018 Telegraph Publishing LLC Our family radio was the focal point of our living room. It was a nice piece of furniture made out of polished wood, with tapestry covering the speakers. The dials and knobs lit up and it had a aerial that ran outside and tubes that had to warm […]

Chester Chatter: Movie violence is just too much

Chester Chatter: Movie violence is just too much

By Ruthie Douglas ©2018 Telegraph Publishing LLC Alright, already, I can no longer stand violence. Filmmakers seem to think that moviegoers want to view blood, guts and gory scenes. Not this woman.  I have the right to walk out of the theater or I can turn on the lights. I get so upset, I can […]

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: A short hiatus

Chester Chatter: A short hiatus

Due to illness, Ruthie Douglas’ Chester Chatter will be taking the week off. Please send Ruthie best wishes by commenting below.

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 […]