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Chester Chatter: Left on a right-sided farm

Chester Chatter: Left on a right-sided farm

By Ruthie Douglas ©2022 Telegraph Publishing LLC As a housewife and a farm hand,  I was getting pretty darn tired of this new job. One day Don told me he was going to show me how to drive a tractor. He offered me a Ford tractor, which he called “the easiest one on the farm […]

Chester Chatter: Recuperating after surgery

Chester Chatter: Recuperating after surgery

By Ruthie Douglas ©2022 Telegraph Publishing LLC Ruthie is taking the week off as she recuperates from surgery. Look for her column next Monday.

Chester Chatter: Thank you for birthday greetings

Chester Chatter: Thank you for birthday greetings

By Ruthie Douglas ©2022 Telegraph Publishing LLC Thank you all for the wonderful birthday wishes over the past week on both Facebook and in The Chester Telegraph. They warmed my heart so very much. I have been busy in this little house packing up all my Christmas decorations. Seems like a lot of decorations for […]

Chester Chatter: Happy new year and a happy birthday!

Chester Chatter: Happy new year and a happy birthday!

By Ruthie Douglas ©2022 Telegraph Publishing LLC Wow a new year has begun and with it another birthday — my 81st! Where did all that time go? Sitting in my recliner, I am recalling more memories of my birthdays past, when I was so much younger. Most of the gifts I received for my birthday […]

Chester Chatter: The best Christmases ever

Chester Chatter: The best Christmases ever

By Ruthie Douglas ©2021 Telegraph Publishing Co. It was the night before Christmas and all through the house not a creature was stirring not even a little nice mouse. And down the hall into the bedroom Ruthie Douglas lay on her bed, with memories of Christmases running through her head. It started way back when […]

Chester Chatter: Remembering Helene Douglas

Chester Chatter: Remembering Helene Douglas

By Ruthie Douglas ©2021 Telegraph Publishing LLC Helene Douglas was a wonderful woman. She became my mother-in-law when I married her son Don in 1957. We all lived together in a big farmhouse. For the first month or so I thought I was something special, floating down the staircase, ordering my breakfast like I was […]

Chester Chatter: The best Christmas tree

Chester Chatter: The best Christmas tree

By Ruthie Douglas ©2021 Telegraph Publishing LLC Getting out my Christmas decorations this year, I pause a moment. As I hold an ornament in my hand, memories flow by as I recall how some came into my family to adorn our Christmas trees. We lost our home to a fire right after the Christmas of […]

Chester Chatter: The joy in our small business town

Chester Chatter: The joy in our small business town

By Ruthie Douglas ©2021 Telegraph Publishing LLC Recently we set aside a time to honor small businesses. I have always known that our town’s small businesses and shops were important to us. We have few big box stores nearby. You can drive out of town and even out of state to purchase an item cheaper […]

Chester Chatter: Full of thanks for you all

Chester Chatter: Full of thanks for you all

By Ruthie Douglas ©2021 Telegraph Publishing LLC Thanksgiving is a time for me to pause and consider all the many things that I am thankful for. Of course, I’m thankful for my family.  I am lucky to live in this wonderful town of Chester. I am so very grateful for my readers. And I am […]

Chester Chatter: Memories in a junk drawer

Chester Chatter: Memories in a junk drawer

By Ruthie Douglas ©2021 Telegraph Publishing LLC It was time for fall cleaning at my house, especially the drawers and cupboards. But it was more of a treasure hunt since I found old Chester High School yearbooks.  And with them were a photograph of the Future Farmers of America. Some of those boys were going […]

Chester Chatter: We honor our veterans

Chester Chatter: We honor our veterans

By Ruthie Douglas ©2021 Telegraph Publishing LLC World War II had just ended when I started 1st grade. Teachers were hard to find. So older women and widows tried their best to help out. Some had retired and their children were grown. But now they found that the young people were much different than they […]

Chester Chatter: Trick or treaters are a real treat

Chester Chatter: Trick or treaters are a real treat

By Ruthie Douglas ©2021 Telegraph Publishing LLC Rap rap rap on my big front door. Then a small voice saying “Trick or Treat.”  My Halloween on Breezy Lane had started once again. My care-giver, who lives in the countryside and never sees trick or treaters, and I divided up the expense on all the candy […]

Chester Chatter: Putting our garden to bed

Chester Chatter: Putting our garden to bed

By Ruthie Douglas ©2021 Telegraph Publishing LLC It was that time of year once again. My mother-in-law and I tended a very large vegetable garden and it was now time to put it to bed. The nights were cold, the days were sort of a bit chilly and frost was just around the corner. We […]

Chester Chatter: Summer falls into autumn

Chester Chatter: Summer falls into autumn

By Ruthie Douglas ©2021 Telegraph Publishing LLC Under the full Hunter’s Moon and with the help of a soft breeze, the autumn leaves are coming down. In our neighborhood when I was growing up, folks could rake their leaves into the curb and town trucks would come to pick them up. Or you could burn […]

Chester Chatter: A pantry filled with goodness

Chester Chatter: A pantry filled with goodness

By Ruthie Douglas ©2021 Telegraph Publishing LLC Have you ever eaten a butternut? If you have, you will know what I am talking about. (Not the squash, but the white walnut tree.) Down the back road from our old farm house was the lane that went up to our night pasture that was lined with […]

Chester Chatter: Taking in the foliage along the Mohawk Trail

Chester Chatter: Taking in the foliage along the Mohawk Trail

By Ruthie Douglas ©2021 Telegraph Publishing When my sister Marie and I were young, around this time of year, our father would announce that it was time to head over to the Mohawk Trail. It was a family tradition. We pointed the car west to Bennington, where we always stopped to see Maude, who was […]

Chester Chatter: Celebrating our new Public Safety Building

Chester Chatter: Celebrating our new Public Safety Building

By Ruthie Douglas ©2021 Telegraph Publishing LLC Chester is a small town. But we are so lucky to have the public services that we have. We have our own police, ambulance and fire departments, and our own water and sewer in the downtown area. Last Sunday, we celebrated the brand new home for our police, […]

Chester Chatter: Silo'd in a difficult farm job

Chester Chatter: Silo’d in a difficult farm job

By Ruthie Douglas ©2021 Telegraph Publishing LLC The baled hay was all packed away in the barn loft, ready for winter. That meant that until the hay was all gone, the loft could not be used as a basketball court by Don and his pals. It also meant that it was time to cut the […]

Chester Chatter: Fall cleaning is for memories

Chester Chatter: Fall cleaning is for memories

By Ruthie Douglas ©2021 Telegraph Publishing LLC Fall has arrived. And it means I am doing my fall house cleaning. Somehow I skipped over spring cleaning and am going slow due to the fact that I am bumping into memories such as notes, photos, newspaper clippings and of course some pure junk. Here is my […]

Chester Chatter: Sunset at Windows on the World

Chester Chatter: Sunset at Windows on the World

By Ruthie Douglas ©2021 Telegraph Publishing LLC It was a beautiful crystal clear summer morning. Birds were chirping. The sun shown bright and the river in front of my farmhouse flowed along slowly. I was some upset however since I was home sick and had lost a work day. I laid on my couch and […]