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Weston's free 'Pop-Up University' restarts; Free screening of 'Coded Bias' on facial recognition

Weston’s free ‘Pop-Up University’ restarts; Free screening of ‘Coded Bias’ on facial recognition

Pop-Up University restarts for classes in March The Weston Pop-Up University is returning in March with four weeks of classes, events and workshops led by local residents, all held virtually because of Covid-19 pandemic rules. This year’s Pop-Up schedule includes nine on-line classes and workshops offering a wide variety of topics from Italian cooking lessons […]

Left in Andover: Home Dem meetings were <br> a lifeline for rural women in the 1950s

Left in Andover: Home Dem meetings were
a lifeline for rural women in the 1950s

By Susan Leader ©2021 Telegraph Publishing LLC When I was a child, my mother looked forward to Andover “Home Dem,”or Friendly Club meetings. Open to all, they were held at a different member’s home each month. Each meeting included a practical educational topic of discussion as well as time to socialize. The Home Demonstration movement […]

Chester Chatter: Rewarding friendship spans age

Chester Chatter: Rewarding friendship spans age

By Ruthie Douglas ©2021 Telegraph Publishing LLC A house in our neighborhood in Springfield stood vacant for some time. Then one summer day, a moving truck backed up. We kids crept near behind some bushes to see: Would there be any kids to play with? No, it turns out. Just two old people, Henry and […]

Henry Homeyer: mid-winter care for your houseplants

Henry Homeyer: mid-winter care for your houseplants

By Henry Homeyer ©2020 Telegraph Publishing LLC Are you suffering from the mid-winter blahs? More importantly, are your houseplants? We can’t be in our gardens outside now – except for a few stalwarts who are pruning, I suppose – but we can take good care of our houseplants. Although I have not the passion for […]

Chester parish sells 'Bernie Mittens' Feb. 19-21

Chester parish sells ‘Bernie Mittens’ Feb. 19-21

On Friday, Saturday and Sunday, Feb. 19-21, the First Universalist Parish of Chester, 211 North St. (Route 103) in Chester, will sell “Bernie Mittens” made by parish members as a fund-raiser for the church. The sale will take place at the church at from 2 to 5 p.m. on Friday and Sunday and 10 a.m. […]

Collaborative hosts pianist, recovered addict Benjamin Lerner

Collaborative hosts pianist, recovered addict Benjamin Lerner

The Londonderry-based Collaborative’s Refuse to Use program is offering a virtual evening of recovery and music beginning at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 25 with guest artist composer, writer, radio host and recovery advocate Benjamin Lerner. Lerner, who lives in Vermont, will share his personal experience and struggles with addiction – as well as his […]

Londonderry community to set action priorities on Feb. 25

Londonderry community to set action priorities on Feb. 25

All members of the Londonderry community are invited to participate in the second phase of the One Londonderry process to set direction for the future of the town. The meeting, to be held virtually (on Zoom via computer, tablet, or phone) from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. on Thursday Feb. 25, will follow up on the […]

Grace Cottage hosts Cabin Fever Online Auction

Grace Cottage hosts Cabin Fever Online Auction

Too much time stuck at home? Ready to dream for the future? Grace Cottage’s Annual Cabin Fever Online Auction, held now through Feb. 24, offers a chance to bid on Caribbean trips, an African safari, local foods, outings to local restaurants and inns, fun outdoor venues, arts & crafts and more. Included are an array […]

Chester Townscape offers trees, shrubs for sale

Chester Townscape offers trees, shrubs for sale

Chester Townscape has released its selections for this year’s Tree and Shrub Sale to support Townscape’s public landscaping projects, such as the flowering planters and bridge boxes and other seasonal decorations that beautify public places around town. CT’s annual Tree and Shrub Sale provides landowners with the opportunity to beautify their own properties with good-size, […]

Left in Andover: Grandma Freda's determined life

Left in Andover: Grandma Freda’s determined life

By Susan Leader ©2021 Telegraph Publishing LLC After Mom died in 2012, I inherited my maternal grandmother Freda Freund Bergman’s intimate diary in a box of mementos I brought back to Vermont. The fraying, soft-leather five-year journal holds Grandma’s unexpurgated entries from when she and the 20th century were both in their 40s. I doubt […]

Chester Chatter: Remembering Johnnie Walker

Chester Chatter: Remembering Johnnie Walker

By Ruthie Douglas ©2021 Telegraph Publishing LLC Johnnie Walker had come up from working in a foundry in New Jersey to work with horses at a boys’ school in Jamaica. He was extremely talented in working with those horses, but he didn’t know how to read or write. With the closing of the school, he […]

Henry Homeyer: A winter soup for you, from your garden

Henry Homeyer: A winter soup for you, from your garden

By Henry Homeyer ©2020 Telegraph Publishing LLC There is something about a bowl of warm soup on a cold winter day that warms the heart and soul as well as filling the tummy. And if the ingredients are from your own garden, the soup tastes even better! Here is a soup I made largely with […]

Left in Andover: Correspondence with mother

Left in Andover: Correspondence with mother

By Susan Leader ©2021 Telegraph Publishing LLC From the late 1930s when she left home through her years as a 1950s housewife in Andover, my mother showered her mother with chatty, revelatory letters and postcards. At times, the correspondence was almost daily. Grandma saved it all. When my parents bought Popplewood Farm in 1950, Grandma […]

Chester Chatter: Happy Valentine's Day to all

Chester Chatter: Happy Valentine’s Day to all

By Ruthie Douglas ©2021 Telegraph Publishing LLC Love is in the air. Can’t you hear it? Can’t you feel it? It’s time to let those we love really know it. Right now is the perfect time to make some memories since the Covid-19 pandemic rules say that we should be staying at home. Gather up […]

Henry Homeyer: Winter arbor favorites, as shared by readers & experts

Henry Homeyer: Winter arbor favorites, as shared by readers & experts

By Henry Homeyer ©2020 Telegraph Publishing LLC I recently asked a few readers, garden friends and tree experts a question: “What is your favorite tree in winter?” It’s not easy to pick just one, any more than most of us would be willing to name a favorite child. I invite you to think about the […]

Left in Andover: The singular steps of Martha Hennessy

Left in Andover: The singular steps of Martha Hennessy

By Susan Leader ©2021 Telegraph Publishing LLC April 4, 2018, the 50th anniversary of the murder of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., honoring his call to action against “the triple evils of militarism, racism and materialism,” Martha Hennessy along with nine other non-violent Catholic activists, the Kings Bay Plowshares 7, entered the premises of the […]

Chester Chatter: Navigating life in a wheelchair

Chester Chatter: Navigating life in a wheelchair

By Ruthie Douglas ©2021 Telegraph Publishing LLC I now know what handicapped really means. For instance, many stores have doors that are too cumbersome to open if you are in a wheelchair. Walking paths are often too narrow for wheelchairs. Tables at restaurants are many times too high for comfortable dining for those who must […]

Henry Homeyer: starting at the seeds, now we're here

Henry Homeyer: starting at the seeds, now we’re here

By Henry Homeyer ©2020 Telegraph Publishing LLC I hate to be the one to give you bad news, but some seed companies are already running out of seeds. Don’t panic: there are, in fact, plenty of seeds out there. And if one company doesn’t have your favorite tomato or zinnia variety, chances are that some […]

Left in Andover: The unbearable lumpish oatmeal

Left in Andover: The unbearable lumpish oatmeal

By Susan Leader ©2021 Telegraph Publishing LLC In his poem Oatmeal, Galway Kinnell, Vermont poet laureate from 1989 to 1993, enlivens his solitary morning bowl by inviting “imaginary companions“ to share it with him. The Pulitzer Prize winner’s Rolodex includes some persons of note: “Keats said I was absolutely right to invite him: due to […]

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 […]