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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: A town I never want to leave

Chester Chatter: A town I never want to leave

By Ruthie Douglas ©2021 Telegraph Publishing LLC In 1957, when I came to live in Chester, I knew that I would never want to leave. It seemed that everyone knew everyone else. Folks liked each other here.  As a farmer’s wife, I was eased into that role slowly. I came to know the hardware store […]

Chester Chatter: Long winters spent indoors

Chester Chatter: Long winters spent indoors

By Ruthie Douglas ©2021 Telegraph Publishing LLC Because the house I grew up in in Springfield was so small — four rooms for a family of five — we had to share our space. Come a cold winter day when my sister Marie and I could not play outside, so winter meant a lot of […]

Chester Chatter: A winter to remember other winters

Chester Chatter: A winter to remember other winters

By Ruthie Douglas ©2021 Telegraph Publishing LLC Like so many others, I am experiencing a winter that is so different than previous ones. I have plenty of time to sit around, read,watch TV and recall times that were special to me. One such memory is back in my childhood. I was a tomboy of sorts, […]

Chester Chatter: December birthday wishes

Chester Chatter: December birthday wishes

By Ruthie Douglas ©2021 Telegraph Publishing LLC It was Dec. 31, 1940 at 11 minutes to midnight, when I arrived. Daddy asked, “Another girl, huh?” I was the fifth daughter in our family. All was well at Springfield Hospital. And with kisses goodbye to my mother, Dad returned to his party with his co-workers, poker […]

Chester Chatter: A quiet, thoughtful Christmas

Chester Chatter: A quiet, thoughtful Christmas

CARD SHOWER FOR RUTHIE: Ruthie turns 80 on Dec. 31. She would love to hear from you. Just send your notes to Ruthie Douglas, 15 Breezy Lane, Chester, VT 05143. Thank you! By Ruthie Douglas ©2020 Telegraph Publishing LLC My merry little Christmas has come to an end. Since Dec. 1, I have received a […]

Chester Chatter: Back in touch with nature

Chester Chatter: Back in touch with nature

SHHHH! CARD SHOWER FOR RUTHIE: Ruthie turns 80 on Dec. 31. She would love to hear from you. Just send your notes to Ruthie Douglas, 15 Breezy Lane, Chester, VT 05143. Thank you! By Ruthie Douglas ©2020 Telegraph Publishing LLC As we near the end of the year 2020, we have to agree the year […]

Chester Chatter: Card shower to wish Ruthie<br> a happy 80th birthday!

Chester Chatter: Card shower to wish Ruthie
a happy 80th birthday!

SHHHH! CARD SHOWER FOR RUTHIE: Ruthie turns 80 on Dec. 31. She would love to hear from you. Just send your notes to Ruthie Douglas, 15 Breezy Lane, Chester, VT 05143. Thank you! By Ruthie Douglas ©2020 Telegraph Publishing LLC Wow. The Christmas lights on our Village Green and side streets are wonderful. Chester is […]

Chester Chatter: Little gifts can mean a lot

Chester Chatter: Little gifts can mean a lot

By Ruthie Douglas ©2020 Telegraph Publishing LLC I don’t know when it began, but it has brought me much happiness over the years. Beginning on Dec. 1 of each year, my daughter Jeanie gives me a small gift.  Each morning now, with my cup of coffee, I open a gift of surprise and love. Socks […]

Chester Chatter: Sandbox memories

Chester Chatter: Sandbox memories

By Ruthie Douglas ©2020 Telegraph Publishing LLC The old barn was torn down and along with it the chicken house and the milk house. We had built the new barn between the two houses, one owned by Don and I and the other by his brother. But left behind was that milk house foundation. So […]

Chester Chatter: My 1st farmhouse Thanksgiving

Chester Chatter: My 1st farmhouse Thanksgiving

By Ruthie Douglas ©2020 Telegraph Publishing LLC Time has gone by but today I am reminiscing of a long ago Thanksgiving. The farmhouse kitchen was the nucleus of the whole house. It was there that we gathered often. About this time of year, delicious smells filled the home. My mother-in-law was getting ready for the […]

Chester Chatter: Did you thank a veteran?

Chester Chatter: Did you thank a veteran?

By Ruthie Douglas © 2020 Telegraph Publishing Growing up in the 1940s, the great news was when World War II ended, and our boys were coming home. Headed off to war were farm boys who had never left their Vermont homes. But they left knowing they were loved. Many had signed up in groups of […]

Chester Chatter: Memory stones in the garden

Chester Chatter: Memory stones in the garden

By Ruthie Douglas ©2020 Telegraph Publishing LLC After doing some landscaping work around our back door at the farmhouse, somehow we ended up with a batch of dirt at the side of the door. From then on, whenever we went on a trip, I’d collect a stone from the trip and toss it on the […]

Chester Chatter: Don't take voting for granted

Chester Chatter: Don’t take voting for granted

By Ruthie Douglas ©2020 Telegraph Publishing The year was 1957, and I was new bride of 16. One summer day came a knock at the farmhouse door from three gentlemen. “Hello Mrs. Douglas,” they said. “We’re selectmen from the town of Chester and we are here to sign you up to vote.” “Of course,” they […]

Chester Chatter: When the norm was repair, recycle and re-use

Chester Chatter: When the norm was repair, recycle and re-use

By Ruthie Douglas ©2020 Telegraph Publishing LLC I my family home growing up, we were not very quick to throw away anything. Instead, we recycled or repaired. Downtown, there was a repair shop and that gentleman stayed very busy. My mother would send me there when she had a problem with any small appliance. The […]

Chester Chatter: A slower pace, a time for visiting

Chester Chatter: A slower pace, a time for visiting

By Ruthie Douglas ©2020 Telegraph Publishing LLC A walk around the village streets of Chester in the 1950s looks different than today. Starting low on Route 103 was Putnam’s Diner, where the yard was nearly always filled with tractor trailer trucks. It was open nearly 24 hours a day. Moving up the road was the […]

Chester Chatter: Autumn leaves a child's delight

Chester Chatter: Autumn leaves a child’s delight

By Ruthie Douglas ©2020 Telegraph Publishing LLC Autumn leaves of red and gold come down in my neighborhood, creating a carpet that has covered the dried up grass of the summer past. As kids, we did not waste time to play and jump in the leaves. Later on our fathers would rake the leaves to […]

Chester Chatter: Vacationing in the car with kids

Chester Chatter: Vacationing in the car with kids

By Ruthie Douglas ©2020 Telegraph Publishing LLC When planning our two-week summer vacation, we would do so around some historic place. Don liked big cars, such as a Chrysler New Yorker. It took us — me and the two girls — a couple of days to pack and get ready to go. The back seat […]

Chester Chatter: Perfect fall day for a flea market

Chester Chatter: Perfect fall day for a flea market

By Ruthie Douglas ©2020 Telegraph Publishing LLC Saturday was a near-perfect fall day to spread your wings and breathe in some fresh air. The American Legion Post 67 utilized for the first time its new property across from their home in Chester. It became a flea market and craft fair. You should have seen it. […]

Chester Chatter: Drive-ins were for family time

Chester Chatter: Drive-ins were for family time

By Ruthie Douglas 2020 Telegraph Publishing LLC Some Saturdays, my mother would begin to pop popcorn, filling a big paper bag and adding butter and salt. It was a signal that my sister and I understood. Later we would be going to the drive-in movies in Bellows Falls, one of my family’s favorite things to […]

Chester Chatter: A sad but true tale of cash cows

Chester Chatter: A sad but true tale of cash cows

By Ruthie Douglas ©2020 Telegraph Publishing LLC A Vermont farmer doesn’t always need to count on the New York City stock exchange for big money. On one hot summer night with our bedroom windows wide open, I awoke to hear the pounding of hooves and cows stampeding down the dirt road. Worse than that, I […]