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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: That clear beautiful tragic day

Chester Chatter: That clear beautiful tragic day

By Ruthie Douglas ©2019 Telegraph Publishing LLC It was a beautiful clear day. Fall was on its way. The sky was blue dotted with fluffy white clouds. I was angry that I was sick and called into work that I would not be coming in. I wrapped up in a blanket, turned on the TV […]

Chester Chatter: Diary of a left-handed kid

Chester Chatter: Diary of a left-handed kid

By Ruthie Douglas ©2019 Telegraph Publishing LLC Picture what a first grade classroom looked like in 1946. Now you have an idea of what I had to deal with as a left-handed little girl. Students had to enter the desk from the right side and the inkwells were on the right side as well. There […]

Chester Chatter: When it was time to grow up

Chester Chatter: When it was time to grow up

By Ruthie Douglas ©2019 Telegraph Publishing LLC Summer had come to an end. I was sad and yet excited to see my friends once again now that school had started. I had a couple of new outfits to wear as I was starting the 8th grade. The first day was a bit scary. I was […]

Chester Chatter: Begin each day with a song

Chester Chatter: Begin each day with a song

By Ruthie Douglas ©2019 Telegraph Publishing LLC What the world needs now, is love, sweet love. And plenty of hugs. Never have we ever needed kindness and smiles more. Over this past year, I came to realize how much it means. When the nurses and the LNAs offered me comfort and a gentle touch of […]

Chester Chatter: The benefits of eating slowly

Chester Chatter: The benefits of eating slowly

By Ruthie Douglas ©2019 Telegraph Publishing LLC My grandfather, who was born in Trois-Rivières in Quebec, Canada, and was bonded out to work at the age of 9, was a slow eater. The farmer that he worked for made sure Grandpa always had plenty to eat to keep him strong and healthy. Since it was […]

Chester Chatter: Our magical mystery tours

Chester Chatter: Our magical mystery tours

By Ruthie Douglas ©2019 Telegraph Publishing LLC When my daughter Jeanie was a little girl, she did not care to go shunpiking with me on the backroads of Vermont and New Hampshire. She was afraid that we would get lost and be unable to find our way back home. Now, as an adult, all that […]

Chester Chatter: When neighbors are like family

Chester Chatter: When neighbors are like family

By Ruthie Douglas ©2019 Telegraph Publishing LLC Moving to the farm on Green Mountain Turnpike in 1957, I was surprised to learn that our nearest neighbors lived three-quarters of a mile away. They were John and Elise Edwards. Nicer neighbors there never were.  Our families blended. Many people thought we were related. We spent a […]

Chester Chatter: Taking the roads less traveled

Chester Chatter: Taking the roads less traveled

By Ruthie Douglas ©2019 Telegraph Publishing LLC In the sweet old Vermont countryside, it is time for shunpiking — a time to hit the back roads of rural Vermont, a time to kick up dust, gravel, stones and some rocks all to take in the beauty of the green, very green foliage, the hillside views […]

Chester Chatter: Cherished hand-written notes

Chester Chatter: Cherished hand-written notes

By Ruthie Douglas ©2019 Telegraph Publishing LLC In this world of electronic devices I have found myself out of the loop. I am perhaps one of the few you might know who does not have a computer, a cellphone or a GPS. I will speak my own mind without hiding behind a text message or […]

Chester Chatter: When owning a car was a luxury

Chester Chatter: When owning a car was a luxury

By Ruthie Douglas ©2019 Telegraph Publishing LLC My father though himself mighty lucky to have gotten a job at the Fellows Gear Shaper during the early 1940s. He had five daughters to support. His pay did not stretch far enough to allow him to purchase a car and he instead walked to work each day. […]

Chester Chatter: Celebrating 4th with a horse-pull

Chester Chatter: Celebrating 4th with a horse-pull

By Ruthie Douglas ©2019 Telegraph Publishing LLC For many years, our town celebrated the 4th of July with a horse pull set up in the Jeffrey’s field, where the Jeffrey barn and the round, brick silo remain on Route 103. The barn became the food court where burgers, hot dogs, fried onions and peppers and […]

Chester Chatter: The days of child's play

Chester Chatter: The days of child’s play

By Ruthie Douglas ©2019 Telegraph Publishing LLC As kids, our favorite thing to play in our neighborhood was cowboys and Indians. We began by choosing to either be a cowboy or an Indian. The sidewalks, backyards and nearby woods were our battlefield. Someone would give a war cry and away we went. We made the […]

Chester Chatter: Sights and sounds of summer

Chester Chatter: Sights and sounds of summer

By Ruthie Douglas ©2019 Telegraph Publishing LLC The best things about summer are free. One just needs to be aware, and to stop and listen. Listen to the morning birds greet one another. Listen to them as the settle down in the evening saying goodnight to their friends. Watch the loon silently swim on the […]

Chester Chatter: School friends can last a lifetime

Chester Chatter: School friends can last a lifetime

By Ruthie Douglas ©2019 Telegraph Publishing LLC All over Vermont, small towns in the hills and down in the valleys, this is the time of year for gathering of high school classmates. Perhaps it isn’t a big celebration at other places. But in Vermont, it is a special time of year. Once it was not […]

Chester Chatter: At home and wrestling with remote possibilities

Chester Chatter: At home and wrestling with remote possibilities

By Ruthie Douglas ©2019 Telegraph Publishing LLC Here I am home at last. Stepping into my house after a year of spending it in the hospital and at Springfield Rehab, the feeling was strange. My first day at home, I just sat and looked around. It didn’t seem real. The phone rang and I didn’t […]

Chester Chatter: Settling back home

Chester Chatter: Settling back home

By Ruthie Douglas ©2019 Telegraph Publishing LLC Ruthie’s taking the week off as she settles back into her routine at home.

Chester Chatter: As I prepare to head home

Chester Chatter: As I prepare to head home

By Ruthie Douglas ©2019 Telegraph Publishing LLC Nearly a year has passed since I was last in my home. So I have made Springfield Health and Rehab my home. My first few weeks here were lying in bed and in terrible pain. The staff here was wonderful. They held my hand and listened to me […]

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 […]