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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: The tale of toad and frog

Chester Chatter: The tale of toad and frog

By Ruthie Douglas ©2020 Telegraph Publishing LLC In the late 1960s, the government gave money to lots of small Vermont towns to be used for summer programs for children. Just down the road from my house was the town of Bartonsville. It was in a different county from my farmhouse but my daughters still were […]

Chester Chatter: Ah, those trips to the dump

Chester Chatter: Ah, those trips to the dump

By Ruthie Douglas ©2020 Telegraph Publishing LLC Yippee! Yippee! School was out and summer vacation had begun for me and my sister. My Uncle Kenny had a butcher shop and small grocery in front of our house. The shop was closed on Mondays and my sister and I would hang out with him. We really […]

Chester Chatter: Air conditioning ushered in changes

Chester Chatter: Air conditioning ushered in changes

By Ruthie Douglas ©2020 Telegraph Publishing LLC Growing up I did not know anyone who had air conditioning in their homes. This was the 1950s. No one had air conditioning in their car, either. We had one big fan that we moved around from room to room, whereever we were. Often we sat on our […]

Chester Chatter: A softball league of our own

Chester Chatter: A softball league of our own

By Ruthie Douglas ©2020 Telegraph Publishing LLC The Green Mountain Softball League is celebrating 41 years of playing on its field off Route 103 in Chester. It all started in Londonderry with an idea from a few young boys. Alan Benson of Weston helped get everything started. Neil MacKenzie of Chester donated funds to help. […]

Chester Chatter: My not-so-older sister

Chester Chatter: My not-so-older sister

By Ruthie Douglas ©2020 Telegraph Publishing LLC My sister Marie and I were what is known as Irish twins. We were 10 months apart as well as being born in the same year. That meant that we started 1st grade together. But still, Marie was my big sister who helped me climb out of my […]

Chester Chatter: A time to get organized

Chester Chatter: A time to get organized

By Ruthie Douglas ©2020 Telegraph Publishing LLC Stop everyone. Take a minute and don’t make comparisons between the Depression and how we are living right now. Back in the 1930s, many people didn’t have a telephone, a radio or a car. This year as we have been told to stay at home, we at least […]

Chester Chatter: Fireworks at the Douglas farm

Chester Chatter: Fireworks at the Douglas farm

By Ruthie Douglas ©2020 Telegraph Publishing LLC As a little girl, I loved fireworks. In the years of my growing up, anyone could shoot off fireworks in their backyard, their driveway or the street. You didn’t have to wait to use fireworks for any particular time because you could celebrate birthdays, a new baby, an […]

Chester Chatter: Bird calls and backward shorts

Chester Chatter: Bird calls and backward shorts

By Ruthie Douglas ©2020 Telegraph Publishing LLC When school was out for the summer, the girls were ready for our annual two-week vacation. We usually planned those family trips for the immediate weeks following the end of school and we always went to some historic place. One time we visited Colonial Williamsburg. It was mighty […]

Chester Chatter: Feeling the burn

Chester Chatter: Feeling the burn

By Ruthie Douglas ©2020 Telegraph Publishing LLC My husband Don traveled for his company. He usually flew out of Logan in Boston when he going out of the country and Bradley Field when he was traveling in the states. His company usually drove him to the airport. However, one time everything got mixed up and […]

Chester Chatter: Green Up Day going strong

Chester Chatter: Green Up Day going strong

By Ruthie Douglas ©2020 Telegraph Publishing LLC Driving from Dallas, Texas, to Vermont in the late 1950s, we noticed that along the sides of the highway were a lot of rubbish. But once in Vermont we were not seeing so much of that mess. So it was no surprise that when Green Up Day began […]

Chester Chatter: Enjoying home, inside and out

Chester Chatter: Enjoying home, inside and out

By Ruthie Douglas ©2020 Telegraph Publishing LLC For many of these past months have been like a step behind. However folks my age remember when everything was slower. Many folks are finding time to enjoy their homes. It has been a good time to turn of the television and read books. When was the last […]

Chester Chatter: The era of door to door salesmen

Chester Chatter: The era of door to door salesmen

By Ruthie Douglas ©2020 Telegraph Publishing LLC Every couple of weeks or so, a familiar vehicle would pull up in our door yard. With a knock at the door, the Raleigh salesman would enter bearing a wide variety of items for sale, ranging from lotions to medicated salves, spices, kitchen gadgets and vitamins. In those […]

Chester Chatter: Seizing the day with Abe Lincoln

Chester Chatter: Seizing the day with Abe Lincoln

By Ruthie Douglas ©2020 Telegraph Publishing LLC History was my favorite subject in high school. In fact, I excelled so much that my teacher assigned me to do a profile on Abraham Lincoln. The assignment would take two weeks, so I set up my study in the library to research and write the profile. I […]

Chester Chatter: Ever more grateful for our health workers

Chester Chatter: Ever more grateful for our health workers

By Ruthie Douglas ©2020 Telegraph Publishing LLC Sap is a running. Birds are a singing and jump ropes are a swinging. Daylight hours are getting longer and there is a feeling of spring in the air. Somehow one can just smell spring. I’m getting restless to be outside poking around and planning where to plant […]

Chester Chatter: Sparking memories of a fire

Chester Chatter: Sparking memories of a fire

By Ruthie Douglas ©2020 Telegraph Publishing LLC Editor’s Note: This week — and this week only — Ruthie is turning over her column to Warren Mackensen, whose parents used to own the Chester Inn, which is now known as the Fullerton Inn. On July 25, 1956, at about 4:20 p.m., a brief but vicious late […]

Chester Chatter: Creating a home within a home

Chester Chatter: Creating a home within a home

By Ruthie Douglas ©2020 Telegraph Publishing LLC Newly married, Don and I lived in his upstairs bedroom in the big old farmhouse. There were three other connecting rooms that would be turned into an apartment whenever we had some money. A kitchen of sorts had a sink with cold-running water and some cupboards. When friends […]

Chester Chatter: Days of duckpin bowling, skating

Chester Chatter: Days of duckpin bowling, skating

By Ruthie Douglas ©2020 Telegraph Publishing LLC With school out for the summer, my sister and I were not often bored. There was much we could do. The Community House across from the Post Office in downtown Springfield offered lots to do. They held a record hop on many Friday nights. There was duckpin bowling. […]

Chester Chatter: A call from an old friend

Chester Chatter: A call from an old friend

By Ruthie Douglas ©2020 Telegraph Publishing LLC Our town of Chester is a place to be proud. Most folks are following what our government has asked of us: Stay at home and don’t mingle in person. While those types of rules are hard for me to follow, in this instance I am doing as I […]

Chester Chatter: Keeping busy while cooped up

Chester Chatter: Keeping busy while cooped up

By Ruthie Douglas © 2020 Telegraph Publishing LLC When I first bought the home I still live in, everyone asked if I liked the picture window in the living room. I responded that it would be perfect when I got older to watch traffic and see what is happening farther down the road. Now that […]

Chester Chatter: The gift of time

Chester Chatter: The gift of time

By Ruthie Douglas © 2020 Telegraph Publishing, LLC The coronavirus has brought about a chance to enjoy our homes, a chance to spend time with family who we love. Because we are supposed to stay home, inside and not touching many things, another chance is open and offered to us. It’s a time to lay […]