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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 […]

Chester Chatter: How now brown cow?

Chester Chatter: How now brown cow?

By Ruthie Douglas © 2020 Telegraph Publishing LLC In the fall of 1959, while our new barns were being built, we were planning on the livestock. Don and I traveled down to Masschusetts to a huge farm auction. Don thought he would like to buy a few Brown Swiss to add to our herd. Brown […]

Chester Chatter: Friendship takes wings

Chester Chatter: Friendship takes wings

By Ruthie Douglas ©2020 Telegraph Publishing LLC My sister Marie and I became the best of friends with Willy, who I wrote about last week.   When school began in late summer, Marie and I went off to school and Willy was left behind to wait for us to come home. Soon, our playtime changed. […]

Chester Chatter: Days of summer play

Chester Chatter: Days of summer play

By Ruthie Douglas © 2020 Telegraph Publishing LLC When my sister Marie and I were very young, we met our neighbor Glen. He was a little younger than we were, but soon we became the best of friends. We called our new friend Willy as his last name was Williams. Each day we met to […]

Chester Chatter: Four Corners Club had the corner on friendship

Chester Chatter: Four Corners Club had the corner on friendship

By Ruthie Douglas © 2020 Telegraph Publishing, LLC The Chester Four Corners Women’s Club was in existence from the 1930s to not so very long ago. The club was formed so that women could be informed on topics that helped them run their homes. Keep in mind that this was in the days before TV […]

Chester Chatter: Drawing friendship over tea

Chester Chatter: Drawing friendship over tea

By Ruthie Douglas ©2020 Telegraph Publishing LLC Eve Dawson came to Chester from New York City some time in the 1970s. Eve had bought the Grist Mill on North Street by the bridge, where she set up an art studio and gallery. I went there on assignment for the Springfield Reporter. Eve and I clicked. […]

Chester Chatter: Lifelong strength in small town friendships

Chester Chatter: Lifelong strength in small town friendships

By Ruthie Douglas ©2020 Telegraph Publishing LLC What is it about growing up in small town America? Making forever friends in our first years of school happened to many of us. Some 30 of us who started first grade at the same time often get together once a month for lunch. Over the years, many […]

Chester Chatter: Becoming a puppet master

Chester Chatter: Becoming a puppet master

By Ruthie Douglas © 2020 Telegraph Publishing LLC Our fourth grade teacher kept us busy with fun projects. One morning she announced we kids would be making puppets. My heart sank. I was not good at art or any kind of handicrafts. We would start making puppets the next day and, she added, “wear old […]

Chester Chatter: Skating down the Black River

Chester Chatter: Skating down the Black River

By Ruthie Douglas ©2020 Telegraph Publishing LLC As a young couple, my grandparents left Three Rivers, Canada to start a new life in Springfield. They bought a newly built apartment building on Union Street, which grandmother turned into a boarding house. They soon got jobs and met new people. A group those new friends would […]

Chester Chatter: Fill the garden, fill the pantry

Chester Chatter: Fill the garden, fill the pantry

By Ruthie Douglas ©2020 Telegraph Publishing LLC As the seed catalogs arrive, my mother-in-law and I would start to plan the vegetable garden. The kitchen table would be filled with our open catalogs. Selecting our seeds was a three-day project.  Our vegetable garden was large and awarded us just about everything we would need to […]

Chester Chatter: Joys of being a farmer's wife

Chester Chatter: Joys of being a farmer’s wife

By Ruthie Douglas ©2020 Telegraph Publishing LLC Lately, I look out my big window above the hospital parking lot. It has looked more like spring than the dead of winter. The birds are chirping and hopping about. Looking back in time, now is the time we spread our seed catalogs out on the kitchen table, […]

Chester Chatter: A time for new beginnings

Chester Chatter: A time for new beginnings

By Ruthie Douglas ©2020 Telegraph Publishing LLC Here we are in the new year, 2020, and a time for new beginnings. I’ve decided I am going to be more grateful and a little bit nicer in the year ahead. Last year was a real test for me. I  battled for my life. I also lost […]

Chester Chatter: Recuperating into the New Year

Chester Chatter: Recuperating into the New Year

By Ruthie Douglas ©2019 Telegraph Publishing LLC My column will be returning in just a short time as my recuperation continues on course! I look forward to writing for you once again, and thank you for all the good wishes.

Chester Chatter: Happy, restful holidays

Chester Chatter: Happy, restful holidays

By Ruthie Douglas ©2019 Telegraph Publishing LLC I’ll be taking some time off to take care of a health issue. I wish everyone a wonderful Christmas, Hanukkah and holiday season with lots of love and good will.

Chester Chatter: The first opening day at Magic

Chester Chatter: The first opening day at Magic

By Ruthie Douglas ©2019 Telegraph Publishing LLC It was a step back in time as I entered the cafeteria at Magic Mountain. Closing my eyes, it was 1960, and opening day at the Base Lodge. I was the first ever food manager. I saw a young Bruce Meyer greeting folks and selling lift tickets. I […]

Chester Chatter: J.J. & the milk-run Christmas

Chester Chatter: J.J. & the milk-run Christmas

By Ruthie Douglas ©2019 Telegraph Publishing LLC We are in the Christmas season and I have been recalling Christmas from a time past. One of my favorite memories is from when I worked at the diner, and got to know all the regulars who came by every day. One truck driver we all liked was […]

Chester Chatter: A day at the beach

Chester Chatter: A day at the beach

By Ruthie Douglas ©2019 Telegraph Publishing LLC The phone call came. Jerry’s hearing aids were ready and we needed to go to the V.A. in Manchester, N.H., to pick them up. Sitting in the car at the V.A. Hospital, as Jerry went inside to pick up his package, I spotted a sign that read “Hampton […]

Chester Chatter: The art of stone wall building

Chester Chatter: The art of stone wall building

By Ruthie Douglas © 2019 Telegraph Publishing LLC When early settlers first came to Vermont and began to clear their land, they discovered plenty of rocks and stones. They then built stone walls to show their property lines. Stone walls are Vermont’s land markers as well as our trade mark. Building a stone wall has […]

Chester Chatter: The aromas of warmth, love

Chester Chatter: The aromas of warmth, love

By Ruthie Douglas 2019 Telegraph Publishing LLC Thanksgiving Day is almost everyone’s favorite holiday. Perhaps it is because we get together with family and friends over some delicious food. Thanksgiving is not only a feeling in the air, it is the aromas coming from the kitchen, filling the house full of warmth and love. How […]