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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 more than 40 of those years. Ruthie is also a longtime volunteer throughout the community.

Chester Chatter: Fall cleaning is for memories

Chester Chatter: Fall cleaning is for memories

By Ruthie Douglas ©2021 Telegraph Publishing LLC Fall has arrived. And it means I am doing my fall house cleaning. Somehow I skipped over spring cleaning and am going slow due to the fact that I am bumping into memories such as notes, photos, newspaper clippings and of course some pure junk. Here is my […]

Chester Chatter: Sunset at Windows on the World

Chester Chatter: Sunset at Windows on the World

By Ruthie Douglas ©2021 Telegraph Publishing LLC It was a beautiful crystal clear summer morning. Birds were chirping. The sun shown bright and the river in front of my farmhouse flowed along slowly. I was some upset however since I was home sick and had lost a work day. I laid on my couch and […]

Chester Chatter: Yes, a dump brings people together

Chester Chatter: Yes, a dump brings people together

By Ruthie Douglas ©2021 Telegraph Publishing LLC For some time Chester had a community landfill dump. It was located below our home on the Green Mountain Turnpike, the road that lead to Bartonsville. The landfill was large but became much smaller once the spring rains washed much of the rubbish downstream in the Williams River, […]

Chester Chatter: Remembering Irene on its 10th anniversary

Chester Chatter: Remembering Irene on its 10th anniversary

By Ruthie Douglas ©2021 Telegraph Publishing LLC Rain, rain and more rain. In two days the rains had turned the yard around my house into a swamp. Water ran down the street, turning it into a river. It was late August 2011 and Hurricane Irene had turned into a tropical storm that blanketed the state. […]

Chester Chatter: Square dancing was not for me

Chester Chatter: Square dancing was not for me

By Ruthie Douglas ©2021 Telegraph Publishing LLC On days of bad weather or during the winter months, gym classes were held inside. But what to do when you had boys’ and girls’ gym classes to deal with at the same time? The teachers decided to teach the young people square dancing. I was not very […]

Chester Chatter: State Fair fills the senses

Chester Chatter: State Fair fills the senses

By Ruthie Douglas ©2021 Telegraph Publishing LLC The first day of school in Chester used to start after the State Fair in Rutland was finished in September.  Every farmers’ kids would be up there showing their livestock. In rural Vermont, most folks looked forward to the country fairs.  Farm children often belonged to 4-H. Our […]

Chester Chatter: Taking the week off

Chester Chatter: Taking the week off

By Ruthie Douglas ©2021 Telegraph Publishing LLC Editor’s Note: Ruthie is taking the week off. Her column will return Aug. 16.

Chester Chatter: Evenings on the front porch

Chester Chatter: Evenings on the front porch

By Ruthie Douglas ©2021 Telegraph Publishing Co. On warm, soft summer nights, many times I sat out on our big wide wraparound porch on our farmhouse. Our favorite spot was the front porch, which looked out over the river. Oftentimes before it got completely dark, we watched the deer head down to the river for […]

Chester Chatter: When simple entertainments were in the cards

Chester Chatter: When simple entertainments were in the cards

By Ruthie Douglas ©2021 Telegraph Publishing LLC In times gone by, folks living out on the dusty back roads had little time for enjoyment. When they did get a break, they often went a calling on their friends. Entertainment was very simple:  a long walk, especially at night, catching fireflies in glass jars; riding bicycles […]

Chester Chatter: A night out at the Park Theater

Chester Chatter: A night out at the Park Theater

By Ruthie Douglas ©2021 Telegraph Publishing LLC Sundays on the farm were Ma and Pop’s day off.  It meant that Don and I had to step in to do all the chores, including the milking, by ourselves. We scurried through the jobs because Sundays were also Don and my time to go to the movies. […]

Chester Chatter: Once a farmer, always a farmer

Chester Chatter: Once a farmer, always a farmer

By Ruthie Douglas ©2021 Telegraph Publishing LLC Small farm living was a good way of life. When Don and I were first married, we considered other ways that we might earn a living besides farming. But we went with farming on his parents family farm. Don, his brother George and their father bought the farm […]

Chester Chatter: Fireworks for the Fourth

Chester Chatter: Fireworks for the Fourth

By Ruthie Douglas © Telegraph Publishing LLC Celebrating the Fourth of July, Chester did not always have a display of fireworks. In fact our town streets were empty and not many people were around during the holiday. Most had gone to family gatherings or went to the local lakesides to enjoy a day of cookouts […]

Chester Chatter: On the horse-pulling circuit

Chester Chatter: On the horse-pulling circuit

By Ruthie Douglas ©2021 Telegraph Publishing LLC For a few summers, Don and I traveled up and down the state of Vermont with our pulling horses. Tink and Toby were beautiful Morgan horses. With pulling horses, we had the opportunity to meet some very interesting people. The owners of most pulling horses were farmers and […]

Chester Chatter: The goodness of my father

Chester Chatter: The goodness of my father

By Ruthie Douglas ©2021 Telegraph Publishing LLC My father was a quiet person. He made little noise. Actually, he was shy. But what I loved about my dad was that he stepped up to support what he believed in.  I could always count on his help whenever I found myself in trouble, which was often. […]

Chester Chatter: The joy in haying

Chester Chatter: The joy in haying

By Ruthie Douglas ©2021 Telegraph Publishing LLC It was haying time once again on the family farm. That meant that everyone in the family had a job to do. My favorite thing about this season was the smell of the newly mown hay. In the morning sunshine the grass was mowed down to dry. It […]

Chester Chatter: TV continues to fascinate

Chester Chatter: TV continues to fascinate

By Ruthie Douglas ©2021 Telegraph Publishing LLC I was 15 years old when my family finally got a television set. My sister and I hurried home from school so that we could watch The Mickey Mouse Club. We watched the show almost every day. While my mother was getting supper ready, my father watched the […]

Chester Chatter: Every cemetery tells a story

Chester Chatter: Every cemetery tells a story

By Ruthie Douglas ©2021 Telegraph Publishing LLC Chester has seven cemeteries. For many years, Ken Barrett was the cemetery sexton for those cemeteries, taking quite good care of them. Chester’s cemeteries are very well kept, which is not true of other towns. Years ago, Ken gave me a tour of the graveyards in his pickup […]

Chester Chatter: Giving them a ghost of a chance

Chester Chatter: Giving them a ghost of a chance

By Ruthie Douglas ©2021 Telegraph Publishing LLC Year’s ago, on a warm summer day while I was working at Raspberries and Tyme restaurant, a woman and her son came in for lunch.  A waitress invited the pair to sit down as they finished setting up. After a while, the woman asked one of the waitresses […]

Chester Chatter: In honor of Vivian and Helene

Chester Chatter: In honor of Vivian and Helene

By Ruthie Douglas ©2021 Telegraph Publishing LLC I used to honor two mothers on Mother’s Day: my own mother and my mother-in-law. Every Mother’s Day, my mother Vivian would receive a wide variety of gifts seeing that there were five of us daughters. My gifts to her were apt to be things I made at […]

Chester Chatter: Farm life is hard, but rewarding

Chester Chatter: Farm life is hard, but rewarding

By Ruthie Douglas ©2021 Telegraph Publishing LLC As a new farmer’s wife I had lots to learn. For instance, I had never considered farming to be a business. But it sure as heck is. On our kitchen table came many farm-related news announcements and there were many many meetings to attend. Some of us farmers […]