Chester Chatter: Happy new year and a happy birthday!

By Ruthie Douglas
©2022 Telegraph Publishing LLC

Wow a new year has begun and with it another birthday — my 81st! Where did all that time go?

Sitting in my recliner, I am recalling more memories of my birthdays past, when I was so much younger. Most of the gifts I received for my birthday were wrapped in Christmas paper and I recall having seen them nesting under the Christmas tree.

My birthday cake and ice cream would be served very quickly as my parents hurried to get ready to go out for a night to ring in the new year.

My oldest sister Lila was my babysitter. It was fine with me because she allowed me to do just about anything I wanted.

As time went by I rarely got a chance to celebrate my birthday working as a bartender. Come New Year’s Eve we were busy making sure our guests had a good time. Now all is well if I spend a quiet time celebrating with my dear friends.

A happy new year to everyone!

Scene and heard

Zack and Tessa Corliss and big brother Cohen have welcomed Aurora Jean into the world on Christmas Day. She weighed 7 pounds and 6 ounces. She is so loved by everyone!

Tim and Linnea Palmer celebrated their 15th wedding anniversary on New Year’s Eve. All happiness to this special couple.

Debbie Aldrich and her mom Judy Henning spent a few days in Maine last week for the birthday of Rachel Putnam, Debbie’s daughter.

Our thoughts are with Joanna Henning upon the death of her son Thomas. Such a bright star will be sorely missed.

The American Legion Post 67 will be opening up for Friday night food this coming Jan. 7. This past Sunday it had a good start to Sunday bingo.


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

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  1. Lisa Douglas says:

    Happy Birthday, Ruthie! Big hugs! Lisa And Darryl and the crew.

  2. Carl Davison says:

    Happy Birthday Ruthie! I hope to see you when I come up sometime this year.

  3. Marigene Nadeau Purcell says:

    Happy birthday, Ruthie!

  4. Peter Daniels says:

    Happy birthday Ruthie!
    I just had my 81st on the 28th.