RSSAll Entries in the "Community and Arts Life" Category

Nature Museum hires new exec director

Nature Museum hires new exec director

©2019 Telegraph Publishing LLC As it embarks on celebrating its 30th anniversary — and with eyes toward a new phase of program and facility expansion — the Nature Museum announces the appointment of  Vanessa Stern as its new executive director. The museum is located at 186 Townshend Road in Grafton, and is open 10 a.m. to […]

Left in Andover: Living off of and for the land

Left in Andover: Living off of and for the land

By Susan Leader ©2019 Telegraph Publishing LLC In 1979, my parents gifted me two cabins and some land, the one-time ‘back forty’ of our Popplewood Farm in Andover. I have lived there ever since. This head start made it possible for me to pursue my “impractical” life-long career as a potter, and my husband, his […]

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. […]

Bringing the garden and orchard to the table

Bringing the garden and orchard to the table

By Jim Bailey theyankeechef.blogspot.com Such a simple and surprisingly different pasta dish that reminds you of Florida. The crisp flavor of orange juice cuts into the chicken broth perfectly. If you use fat free chicken broth, you have dramatically altered the fat content of this dish, which only enhances the allure of this great summertime […]

Community & Arts events: July 20-July 24

Community & Arts events: July 20-July 24

For a full listing of upcoming events, click here for The Chester Telegraph Calendar. To find out how to become a Calendar Partner, email or call Cynthia Prairie at cprairie@chestertelegraph.org or 802-875-2703. To be included in events briefs, email Susan Lampe-Wilson at calendar@chestertelegraph.org. Photos welcome. No PDFs, please. Notices must be received by noon on […]

Henry Homeyer: garden thugs to love or hate

Henry Homeyer: garden thugs to love or hate

By Henry Homeyer ©2019 Telegraph Publishing LLC I’ve never subscribed to the old saying that “Children should be seen and not heard.” So it shouldn’t surprise you that I don’t insist that all the flowers in my garden stay in place each year, and that those that do wander are not necessarily disciplined with a […]

Curious hearts, complicated lives come alive in 'I and You'

Curious hearts, complicated lives come alive in ‘I and You’

By Bob Behr ©2019 Telegraph Publishing LLC Weston Playhouse’s newest offering, Lauren Gunderson’s I and You, is a beautifully written — and beautifully presented — story of two young people at a critical moment. If you go (and you should), your first impression will be scenic designer Tim Mackabee’s spectacular stage set, which remains in […]

Arts & Community events: July 11 - July 17

Arts & Community events: July 11 – July 17

For a full listing of upcoming events, click here for The Chester Telegraph Calendar. To find out how to become a Calendar Partner, email or call Cynthia Prairie at cprairie@chestertelegraph.org or 802-875-2703. To be included in events briefs, email Susan Lampe-Wilson at calendar@chestertelegraph.org. Photos welcome. No PDFs, please. Notices must be received by noon on […]

Left in Andover: The pacifist peril in the '50s

Left in Andover: The pacifist peril in the ’50s

By Susan Leader ©2019 Telegraph Publishing LLC In 1950, my parents settled in Andover, coming directly from Stratton Mountain, where they had thrived as part of the lively community that formed around Scott Nearing, vegetarian/pacifist/socialist guru of the modern “back to the land” movement. My dad, Herbert Leader, had met Scott years earlier, when he […]

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 […]

Experience the vibrance of Salmon Vera Cruz

Experience the vibrance of Salmon Vera Cruz

By Jim Bailey theyankeechef.blogspot.com This tangy, crisp-tender and colorful dish is probably the most famous of all Mexican dishes, originating (it is said) from the area of the same name. Simple to make and just as vibrant in taste, enjoy this Yanked version with other types of fish as well, including the popular snapper. 1 […]

Henry Homeyer: Sweet smells by the dozen

Henry Homeyer: Sweet smells by the dozen

By Henry Homeyer ©2019 Telegraph Publishing LLC Lilac season is about over. For the lasts two weeks I have been enjoying the amazing fragrance of ‘Miss Kim,’ a species of lilac (Syringa patula) with light purple blossoms. It was sold to me some 25 years ago as a dwarf lilac, however it’s just slow-growing. Mine […]

Chester marks Kennedy's retirement

Chester marks Kennedy’s retirement

© 2019 Telegraph Publishing, LLC More than 120 people showed up at Chester’s town garage last Thursday to congratulate Highway Foreman Graham Kennedy and wish him well on his retirement. Kennedy, who has worked for the department for 30 years – with more than 20 of those as foreman – chatted and joked with the […]

Community & Arts Events: July 5-July 10, 2019

Community & Arts Events: July 5-July 10, 2019

For a full listing of upcoming events, click here for The Chester Telegraph Calendar. To find out how to become a Calendar Partner, email or call Cynthia Prairie at cprairie@chestertelegraph.org or 802-875-2703. To be included in events briefs, email Susan Lampe-Wilson at calendar@chestertelegraph.org. Photos welcome. No PDFs, please. Notices must be received by noon on […]

Left in Andover: Bill Newhall's whole grain life

Left in Andover: Bill Newhall’s whole grain life

By Susan Leader ©2019 Telegraph Publishing LLC Technically I was underage the summer that health food nut Bill Newhall tapped me to run his whole wheat bakery in the ell next to the fudge shop in the Weston Mill Yard. In the mid-1960s, baking with whole grains was an anomaly in rural Vermont. This enterprise, […]

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 […]

S is for summer and salmon cakes

S is for summer and salmon cakes

By Jim Bailey theyankeechef.blogspot.com Simple, beautifully accented with veggies and cheese and using up some Old Bay seasoning many of you have in the cupboard. 1 1/4 cups plain dried breadcrumbs, divided 1 (15 ounce) can of salmon, drained well 1/3 cup frozen peas, thawed 1/3 cup whole kernel corn 1 medium potato, peeled and […]

Henry Homeyer: Flowers in bloom that make me swoon

Henry Homeyer: Flowers in bloom that make me swoon

By Henry Homeyer ©2019 Telegraph Publishing LLC My earliest memory of a flower dates back to spring, 1948, when I was just 2 years old and living in Hingham, Massachusetts (we moved away that fall, so I know the year). My mother, sister and I were walking through a pine woods when we encountered a […]

Community & Arts events: June 27-July 3

Community & Arts events: June 27-July 3

For a full listing of upcoming events, click here for The Chester Telegraph Calendar. To find out how to become a Calendar Partner, email or call Cynthia Prairie at cprairie@chestertelegraph.org or 802-875-2703. To be included in events briefs, email Susan Lampe-Wilson at calendar@chestertelegraph.org. Photos welcome. No PDFs, please. Notices must be received by noon on […]

Left in Andover: Schoolhouse memories at play

Left in Andover: Schoolhouse memories at play

By Susan Leader ©2019 Telegraph Publishing LLC My heart still gives a little flutter each time I drive by our old Peaseville Schoolhouse in Andover. Is it sorrow, for the sheer forlornness of it? Or mere nostalgia, bad memories softened over the last 60 years so only the good ones remain? Either way, the abandoned […]