Hear, ye, hear ye!! Longtime Chester resident thankful for gift
ABOVE: Mollie McDowell and hearing instrument specialist Nick Vickers. Mollie McDowell received a gift last week that was music to her ears. McDowell, 86, was fitted for a new pair of $6,000 hearing aids last week, courtesy of the Beltone Hearing Care Foundation. The longtime Chester resident was thrilled.... Read more
In the Alaskan bush: Local reading specialist and son summer up north
Most of the year, Andrea Sisson works as a reading specialist in local schools, but during three recent summers, she has traded her laptop and headphones for salmon nets and gardening tools, trekking to a homestead on the Yukon River in Alaska with her son, Nick, a rising freshman... Read more
From the Alaskan bush to Chester: Former canine TV star, sled dog finds a home
Andrea Sisson’s Alaskan husky, Donner, doesn’t look a day over five years old, despite having been born in 2008. Few would guess they were in the presence of a senior dog when they see Donner dancing on the end of her leash. Even fewer would realize they’re in the... Read more
Local beekeeper is sweet on his job
Terry Rosvall wanted a home garden. But there was a hitch: there weren’t enough bees to pollinate the garden plot. So the Rosvall family adopted two beehives in 2012. “Beekeeping and everything associated with the pollinators have become my passion,” Rosvall said. What began as a hobby to save... Read more
Girl gets car for her birthday; Chester car dealership helps family in need
Sawyer Perkins, a pediatric brain cancer contender from Mechanicsville, celebrated her eighth birthday in a big way when the Chester community gathered recently at Heritage Chevrolet to observe and participate with her receiving her first car. “A car? For an 8 year old? Absolutely! We all want to see... Read more
Overcoming adversity: Mother, daughter strengthen each other through running and writing
At first glance, Anne and Madison Braswell appear to be the typical mother-daughter duo. Through their bright smiles and successes, one would be hard-pressed to imagine the hardships they have faced. North Carolina natives, their family relocated in June 2010, when Anne’s husband, Madison’s father, accepted a job in... Read more
War bond with a story
Mary Runnels holds a 1956 Series E war bond that she recently found. Her mother, Floris Blankenship, purchased the bond for her for $18.75. It is now worth $188.59, Runnels said, noting it stopped accruing interest after 30 years. Her mother bought the bond for her as a life... Read more
Vietnam War veteran found humor in the darkest hours
Ask Larry Gable how he survived his stint in Vietnam in the late 1960s, and he is likely to point to his healthy sense of humor. Even his draft date offers fodder for comic relief. “When I went to the induction facility in 1967 for my physical, the doctors... Read more
Tai chi man: Stephens touts benefits for mind, body and spirit
Tai chi is great for physical, mental and social benefits. That’s the word from Mike Stephens, who took up the practice after suffering from a heart attack and triple bypass heart surgery in the late 1990s. Stephens was trained in the martial art of tai chi by Tim Turner... Read more
Family tradition continues: Clara Dennis and her offspring meet every Mother’s Day
Mother’s Day falls on May 13 this year, and one family that will be together that day boasts five generations of women ranging from age 11 to 99. Clara Dennis is Marie North’s mother, Penny Conner’s grandmother, Ashley Stanley’s great-grandmother and Mya Johnson’s great-great-grandmother. Dennis has four children, several... Read more