Ludlow Firehouse mystery 

Recently the Vermont Journal/Shopper editor Brandy Todt was contacted by Black River Good Neighbors in Ludlow, regarding a discovery they made in the old Ludlow firehouse on Main Street in Ludlow. The old firehouse is very cold and drafty in … Continued

B.M. Bailey, Ludlow silversmith

Ron Patch

Over the years I have bought and sold hundreds of pieces of early Vermont silver and silverware. One of the most sought-after makers is Roswell H. Bailey of Woodstock (1804-1886). Another highly prized silversmith’s work is that of Roswell’s cousin, … Continued

Introduction to Genealogy workshop


SPRINGFIELD, Vt. – Have you always wanted to research your family tree, but don’t know where to start? Hugh Putnam of the Springfield Art and Historical Society will present Introduction to Genealogy at the Springfield Town Library on Thursday, April … Continued

Erskine’s Feed Store

Ron Patch

  Erskine’s Feed Store is the oldest family run business in Chester. Richard “Dick” Erskine founded the business in 1952. Erskine’s original location was near the old Yosemite Fire Station. This location was last used as the Chester Family Center. … Continued

A Mitchell 300 & Ernie Aumand

  The best thing about Vermont’s changing seasons is that new seasons usher in new outdoor opportunities. On April 8 trout season begins in Vermont. The ice is still on local ponds so brook fishing will be the only option. … Continued

Losing your marbles

local history

  In the 1950s playing marbles was a favorite spring pastime. Most every schoolboy had a marble bag and marbles. You had agates (“aggies”), cats-eyes, shooters and biggies. Some kids whose fathers worked in one of the shops in Springfield … Continued

Boyhood memories from over 50 years ago.

maple syrup

  When I was 11 years old (1962) I began boiling sap for maple syrup. Bud Nadeau and Billy Parker were usually there to help. We built a pit outdoors of stone and placed a heavy iron grate on top … Continued

Rabbit hunting


  When I was young and living on High Street in Chester we always had two or three beagles for rabbit hunting. My father had some of the best beagles in the area. He was particular about dogs the he … Continued

The Oleo Farm

Ron Patch

Below is a story I wrote for my novel, “1957 Chester, Vermont.” It is pure fiction and not to be interpreted as fact. It is purely my imagination. Questions you might have, such as what happened to Bruce and Susie, … Continued

Winter ice safety

Ron Patch

I’ve seen on the local news lately that number of snowmobilers had fallen through the ice on area lakes and ponds with some deaths resulting. This is a tragedy that can be avoided by both snowmobilers and ice-fishermen. I grew … Continued

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