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Chester Chatter: Support your local businesses

Chester Chatter: Support your local businesses

By Ruthie Douglas ©2021 Telegraph Publishing LLC Decades ago, one did not have to leave Chester for most things. We had three grocery stores: Jamison’s Market, Al’s IGA and Gould’s. We had two hardware stores, a grain store, two diners and gas stations galore. Usually, you would travel to Claremont, N.H. for special purchases, such […]

Chester Chatter: My resilient grandmother Mabel

Chester Chatter: My resilient grandmother Mabel

By Ruthie Douglas ©2021 Telegraph Publishing LLC My grandmother Mabel was raped. She was barely 16 years old and discovered later that she had become pregnant. This was in the late 1800s. The small Canadian town she lived in was religiously conservative; upon learning of Mabel’s situation, her mother threw her out of the house. […]

Chester Chatter: A short-order cook stands tall

Chester Chatter: A short-order cook stands tall

By Ruthie Douglas ©2021 Telegraph Publishing LLC In the late 1950s, my husband Don bought a pair of Morgan draft pulling horses. The matched pair were strictly for showing. On the country fair circuit, they won many awards and appeared on television at the Eastern States Fair — the Big E — in Massachusetts. We […]

Chester Chatter: Honoring Helene for Women's History Month

Chester Chatter: Honoring Helene for Women’s History Month

By Ruthie Douglas ©2021 Telegraph Publishing LLC This is the month of the woman, Women’s History Month. Who is the woman you honor? My mother-in-law, Helene Douglas, meant a lot to me. It started when I married her son and moved into their farmhouse. I was 16 and didn’t know how to run a vacuum […]

Chester Chatter: After WWI, Johnnie Walker finds home in Vermont

Chester Chatter: After WWI, Johnnie Walker finds home in Vermont

By Ruthie Douglas ©2021 Telegraph Publishing LLC Johnnie Walker fished the Williams River in front of my farmhouse and many times would seek a ride back up to town. That gave me a chance to really get to know Johnnie. At one point, my editor — I believe it was at the Black River Tribune […]

Chester Chatter: Kindness abounds in our community

Chester Chatter: Kindness abounds in our community

by Ruthie Douglas ©2021 Telegraph Publishing LLC Here I go again. Do you realize how lucky we are to be living here? I am now very familiar with the emergency room, hospital and rehab facilities nearby. Working in these facilities are the staffs. Those folks are some sweet people. The kindness they show their patients […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]