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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 […]

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 […]

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, […]

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 […]

Left in Andover: Archaeology in the family dump

Left in Andover: Archaeology in the family dump

Editor’s Note: The Chester Telegraph welcomes Susan Leader to our family of columnists.  We’ve known Susan for many years, seeing her as a talented potter who is thoroughly invested in her community. Little did we realize until recently just what a talented writer she is. Please join us in welcoming her! By Susan Leader © […]