Chester Chatter: The warm aromas of the kitchen

By Ruthie Douglas
©2022 Telegraph Publishing Co.

The world as I once knew it has long passed. Perhaps it is because I am old, what is known as “elderly.” I also have had plenty of time to reflect on my past years. And this frigid winter has made me reflect on my childhood.

On dark cold winter days, my sister and I would stay inside to play and often with our paper dolls. Soon we would smell wonderful warm aromas wafting up from the kitchen.

Our mother was at it once again, making candy. After spreading out wax paper on the kitchen table, she would then drop a hot mixture of sugar, water and peppermint extract into circles. Voila! Homemade peppermint patties.

My dad, sister and I would soon help ourselves once the the goodies cooled on the wax paper. What a great way to spend a cold day.

Scene and heard

Forever, my daughters and I will remember Jan. 27, the day that my husband Don and their father died while working in Fairfield, N.J.  Many folks in town came to help us out. We will always remember their kindness.

The Chester-Andover Elementary kids who are in the ski program are having some fun, though they wish it wasn’t so darn cold.

The Class of 1959 from Springfield High School gathered for lunch at Riverside Restaurant on Friday. Everyone was sad to hear that Pat Follett’s husband, Neil Martin, has died. He spent years in the Springfield Police Department before working at Johnson & Dix Fuel Corp.  Our warmest condolences to the family.

Our Post Office is having some trouble; sickness and short-staffing have really impacted the service. Please be patient.

I have a new kitten. His name is Henry, with a nickname of Harry. He has already proved to be a great companion.

Congratulations to the Mustoe family on their purchase of the Stone Hearth Inn. Welcome to Chester! And we look forward to the new look, new menu and other changes in the offing and wish them the best of luck.

Once again a big thank you to our Chester road crew.  Great job guys!

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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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