Chester Chatter: A journey back to good health

By Ruthie Douglas
© 2018 Telegraph Publishing LLC

I never planned it this way, but here I have been for three months in the Springfield Rehab facility. What a journey I have been on!

Since June 2nd, I have been laid up with a serious leg infection and then a dislocated hip. It all started with a slip on pool stairs. Tests showed that first the leg needed to heal before doctors could operate on the hip. But before that healing could begin, a stent needed to be placed in my heart and an artery needed to be replaced in my leg and veins needed to be flushed out.

I stayed at Dartmouth Hitchcock Hospital for three weeks then came for rehabilitation in Springfield. My leg is healed well and I am now waiting for the hip operation in January. Oh, how I wish to go home.

The staff here, however, has been wonderful. We share jokes and laughs. When I am in pain and need help, they are there to help. They are so nice and they help keep my spirits up.and they are very nice

Making the Rounds

This year, Chester’s Annual Senior Christmas Dinner will be served from noon to 3 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 8 at the cafeteria of Green Mountain High School. Enter the high school by the ramp/walkway to the gym.

There will be signs. If you wish to have a dinner delivered please call Georgia at 875-6242 ASAP. If you need a ride please call Pat at the Motel in the Meadow 875-2626.

On Sunday, Dec. 9, Chester’s 2nd Annual Holiday Cookie Tour will be taking place from noon to 4 p.m. It was such a huge success last year! Tickets are only $10 are extremely limited and can be purchased at the Main Street Coffee and Scoop Shoppe on the Green. It’s a great event for friends and family to kick off the Christmas spirit and get some fabulous cookie recipes as well!

Paul Ippolito entertained the residents of Springfield Health and Rehab. He sang songs that everyone enjoyed.

A big hug to Tory Spater on the death of her husband Doug Somerville.

Once again, Chester’s road crews did a great job in cleaning our roads and streets of the heavy snows dumped on us this past week. Thank you, fellows!

Chester’s volunteer firefighters are at it once again, selling more than 400 Christmas trees on Route 103 South. It is their major fund-raiser. Stop by and pick up your today!

A big thank you to Chris Meyer and his crew for their great job in decorating the Chester Town Green and the businesses along Main Street for the holidays.

Happy Birthday to Judy Henning.

  • This week’s trivia question:  Who owned and sold cars at the Wheel Ranch?
  • Answer to last week’s trivia question: The gazebo on the Green in Chester was built with the help of Jack Coleman in honor of his son, in the 1990s.

Street Talk

What was your favorite Christmas gift?

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About the Author: Ruthie Douglas is originally from Springfield but has called Chester her home for 58 years, and has been writing the Chester Chatter column for more than 40 of those years. Ruthie is also a longtime volunteer throughout the community.

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  1. Deborah Costa says:


    Please continue to heal and have a successful surgery in January; sounds like you are in the right place! Everyone seems so caring and attentive. If we don’t get another opportunity, Ron (Betts)-from Chester and the American Legion- and I wish you a very Merry Christmas and a Happy healthier New Year! Keep on writing this column that we both so enjoy…

    Deb Costa and Ron Betts
    Belmont, VT