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Weathersfield Weekly Blog October 19 #weathersfieldvt #vt

October 19, 2016
Weathersfield Weekly Blog

A busy few days for area law enforcement
Police Search for Armed Robber: Vermont State Police, Springfield Police and Weathersfield Police searched a cornfield near Stoughton Pond in Perkinsville on Tuesday afternoon for a suspect in a Springfield bank robbery. The Windsor County Credit Union was robbed Tuesday afternoon.

According to police the suspect was armed with a 9 mm handgun and held up the credit union around 12:30 p.m. The suspect fled in a stolen vehicle which was located on Plains RD in Perkinsville.

State and local police surrounded the field and waited for a K9 unit to respond. A search of the area did not turn up the suspect. Police think the suspect may have had help leaving the abandoned stolen vehicle. The investigation is on going and the public is asked to contact Springfield Police with any information.

Bomb Threat in Ascutney: A bomb threat at an Ascutney gas station closed Route 131 on Saturday, Oct.15. The incident occurred at the Sunoco gas station located at the intersection of Route 131 and Interstate 91. Police say a man left the bathroom around 4 p.m. and told an employee there was a bomb in the bathroom. Police were called and the building evacuated. The Vermont Bomb Squad responded along with a bomb sniffing dog. They reported no evidence of a bomb and the road was reopened. Police continue to investigate.

OK enough bad stuff.
Last week, I had one of my most fun fall weeks. I covered the Green Mountain Horse Association (GMHA) Fall Foliage ride organized by Weathersfielder Chelle Grald. The horses were gorgeous and the foliage wasn't bad either. I had the pleasure of photographing an Upper Valley family as a birthday present to one of the parents on Sunday. And while the weather wasn't the best, the company was. On Monday, I got to meet one of my favorite authors, Jodi Picoult. She's on a book tour for her latest "Great Small Things." I hope to sit down this week to read it. It sounds like a real page turner. 

Wednesday, I got my DEAD-On at the Lebanon Opera House as Dark Star Orchestra (a Grateful Dead tribute band) put on a concert benefiting the Rusty Berrings Skate Park in Lebanon, NH. 

Thursday, I was on a shoot at the Vermont Technical College. It was their 18th Annual Women Can Do conference promoting STEM and Trades careers. About 500 Vermont high school girls were there trying out skills from culinary arts, to chain sawing to driving state highway snow plows. It was very cool and I must say a photographers candy-land. 

Saturday night, I photographed the Vermont and Windsor County Democratic politicians and supporters at Damon Hall as the Windsor County Democrats hosted their "Pasta and Politics" fundraiser.

 I capped the week off with a concert at Lebanon Opera House with Esperanza Spalding performing. 

I even had a little time to take a few foliage pictures; time to put the garden to bed and plant the garlic for next year's harvest.

 I still need to wash and put away my winter squash and I need to clean my wood stove chimney. After all those chores, I need to sit down and open that Picoult book.

Now the News You Can Use

Weathersfield select board news: The select was scheduled to meet on Monday, Oct. 17 at the Bow Baptist Church. Their agenda included the Fire Commission updates and approve the funds for the Amsden School Road repaving project. More information about the select board and the town, contact Ed Morris at 802-674-2626 or

Weathersfield budget committee news: The budget committee met on Tuesday Oct. 18. They were to begin review of the Police Department proposed budget. At their meeting on Oct. 11 they toured the West Weathersfield and Ascutney Fire Departments.

Weathersfield School news: On Tuesday Oct. 11 Cross Country Runners from area schools competed: Wildcats, Cosmos, Yellow Jackets and Weathersfield Panthers. Congratulations go out to: Coach McNaughton, and the runners-Aria, Dory-ander, Zed, Alicia, Madeline, Reese and Anneka. This week the Panthers head to the Marble Valley League championship race. For more information about these programs, the school and events, call 802-674-5400.

Get Out and About

Ongoing Events

Register to Vote: in Ascutney until Wednesday Nov. 2 at 5 p.m. at the Town Clerks Office in Martin Memorial Hall on Route 5. Early or Absentee Ballots can be requested until Monday Nov. 7 at 4 p.m. General Election voting will be at Martin Memorial Hall on Tuesday Nov 8 from 8 a.m.-7 p.m..

Reading Shakespeare in the 21st Century: Hamlet: in Ascutney, Wednesdays Oct. 5-Nov. 9 at 6:30 p.m. at the Weathersfield Proctor Library on Route 5. Patti Arrison will lead discussion of the works of William Shakespeare. Contact Mark at 802-674-2863 or email for more information.

Weathersfield Parks and Recreations Guided Hikes: Contact Steve Aikenhead with questions, 263-5439. The final hike this year is Saturday, Oct. 22, 5 p.m.: Ferry Road and the Connecticut River. The total length is about two miles. Carol Orth is the leader.

Fridays Live Music Inn at Weathersfield in Perkinsville, Friday nights 7-9 p.m. Oct. 21: Ali T, Oct. 28: Steve Ellis.

Windsor Station Live Music in Windsor Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays. Oct. 20, 7-10 p.m. Grayson and Tadd Davis.

Low Cost Cat Pay/Neuter Clinics in Springfield. Call Springfield Humane Society at 802-885-3997 for an appointment. Final date is Dec. 13. Weathersfield residents are reimbursed for cost of surgery up to $50, limit three cats. Please bring SNAP form (available at the Town Office).

Weathersfield Food Shelf in Perkinsville every Thursday from 2-3 p.m. Route 106 at the old Perkinsville Elementary School.

Valley Court Diversion Programs: Volunteers are needed in Weathersfield/Springfield areas to work with low level offenders in the community. The group meets once a month at the Springfield Police Department, your commitment will require about three hours a month. Training is provided. For more information please visit our website at or call Maureen at 281-5213.

Senior Exercise Program in Ascutney: Free. Sponsored by RSPV. Wednesdays 10-11 a.m. in basement of Martin Memorial Hall, Route 5, Ascutney. Classes are led by Geraldine Rudenfeldt. If interested call 674-5254 for more information.

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