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Weathersfield News September 24, 2014
Nancy Nutile-McMenemy
Copyright © Nancy Nutile-McMenemy

The past weekend was the calm before the storm for me. Even though I was straight out covering various events around the region, this will be nothing compared to next weekend. The 21st Annual Vermont 50 Mountain Bike or Ultra Run takes place at Ascutney Mountain. The race is on Sunday but race registration takes place on Saturday. I am a long time volunteer for the event (all 21 races!), so I'll pretty much be living at the mountain from Thursday morning until clean up on Monday afternoon. This year there will be over 1400 athletes running and riding the hills and back roads around West Windsor and Hartland. Our normally quiet traffic may seem a bit congested but it's all for a good cause. All the proceeds go to support Vermont Adaptive, which started at Ascutney Mountain in 1985 but has since moved to Pico. The mountain will be packed with racers and their families so the race cannot support spectators but if you'd like to volunteer at the finish line on Sunday please stop by and get an assignment from the Volunteer Coordinator.

Town News
Tarbell Hill Road Closure
Tarbell Hill Road will be closed to through traffic weekdays from 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. from Monday, Sept 22 through Tuesday, Sept 30. The road closure will occur at a point one-quarter mile west of Route 106 to allow the Town to stabilize the channel of the adjacent brook. This work is part of the Town’s effort to lessen damage from flooding. Although the road will be closed at the work site, homes on Tarbell Hill Road will still be accessible either from the Route 106, or the Town of Cavendish, ends of the road.

In my garden-Well, my garden got hit by a freeze on Tuesday. Temps dropped to 27ยบ F and my winter squash plants bit the dust. Fingers are crossed that the fruits had enough time to ripen otherwise-no winter squash for us this year. We're still giving away bags of peppers-red and green so at least our pepper harvest has been a success.

Music to my ears-No music adventures this past weekend but I'm looking forward to hearing Bruce Hornsby at the Lebanon Opera House (LOH) on Tuesday Sept 23 and Los Lobos there next week Tuesday Sept 30. LOH has some great music scheduled this fall-check out their schedule.

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Taste of Weathersfield-Each week I'll highlight a Weathersfield treat or meal that I've found in my travels around town. This week I've chosen to highlight Wood's Cider House on Weathersfield Center Road, a little past the Center Meeting House on the way to Springfield. Yes, it's Cider Season but Tina and Willis have so much more to offer. Their Cider is Top Notch, no argument, but they also have great products like Cider Jelly. I bought a jar and have been eating it on my homemade bread with my morning tea. And they have something I've never heard of (Thank You Pat Daniels!) Cinnamon Cider Syrup. Oh man is this stuff great on pancakes! All their products are reasonably priced, you'll not be disappointed. Stop by anytime and stock up on these sweet treats.


Perkinsville - Robert Leavitt Dodge, 77, of Perkinsville, Vt., passed away on Sunday, Sept 7, following a long illness. He was born on October 25, 1936, to William and Cecile (Leavitt) Dodge. He attended primary school in Springfield, Vt., and went on to graduate from the Vermont School of Agriculture in 1955. He enlisted in the U.S. Army later in 1955 and served as a mechanic in Germany until 1958. He founded Dodge Brothers, a concrete contracting business, and was proud to work with his brothers for many years. In lieu of flowers, the family asks for donations to be made to Franklin County Hospice or to Ascutney Union Church in Ascutney, Vt. Services were held Sunday, Sept 21, at the Ascutney Union Church. A burial followed in Ascutneyville Cemetery.

Town Events:
The Search for the Largest Apple in Weathersfield is On!
Wed Sept 24 3 p.m. Special Afternoon Story time with Kay Faust, hosted by the Weathersfield Proctor Library. Bring your LARGEST Apple. For more information please call the library 802.674.2863 or email The Weathersfield Proctor Library is located at 5181 Route 5 Ascutney, VT.

Weathersfield Community Forum and Dinner
Thursday, Sept 25 from 6-8 p.m. Weathersfield Elementary School.
The Weathersfield School Board, Superintendent Baker, and Principal Oakman would like to welcome you to a community dinner and conversation on This event is open to the public. Pizza and salad will be served. Babysitting will be made available. The Board is very interested to hear your opinion on a variety of topics, some of which may include, (but not limited to); WS Busing, WSESU Programs and the Strategic Plan, Athletics, Foreign Language, Afterschool Programs, How to keep the climate and flavor of our hometown school with so many state and WSESU mandates, Budget Pressures, Vision for the Future, Emergency Preparedness. And any other topics of interest to YOU! The board is hoping for a nice attendance mix of community members, parents and school personnel to make this a balanced and rich conversation.

Annual Book and Pie Sale and Mini Yard Sale
Saturday Sept 27 9:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m.
Hosted by the Friends of the Weathersfield Proctor Library at the Weathersfield Proctor Library front lawn. Books, pies and hidden treasures will all be waiting for you. Come purchase a pie, sit and eat at the new picnic table purchased by the Friends, and read your latest fiction find from the sale! For more information please call the library 802.674.2863 or email The Weathersfield Proctor Library is located at 5181 Route 5 Ascutney, VT.

Chicken BBQ
Saturday Sept 27 11 a.m. until sold out. Hosted by Veterans Memorial Committee Martin at Memorial Hall Route 5 Ascutney VT. Complete dinner $10.00 includes BBQ chicken,
beans, salad, beverage and dessert.

Weathersfield Hikes:
Cooks Pond Loop Saturday, Oct 4, 9:30 a.m. This is a route on dirt road more than on trail. There are three beaver ponds along the trail and a framed view of Mt. Ascutney from the south end of Cooks Pond. On Skyline Drive the route passes the much-photographed white birches. Julia Lloyd Wright will be the hike leader. Difficulty: easy, with one longish incline. Distance: almost 3 miles.

Off-Trail Ledge Adventure Saturday, Oct 18, 9:30 a.m. On the side of Mount Ascutney we climb through the forest and then leave the trail to reach a view from the top of ledges. This section is moderate to strenuous. The descent is through a maple forest followed by some moderate up and down and past a lovely expanse of pasture. The distance is about 3.5 miles.

Weathersfield Car Show-Hosted by The Weathersfield Elementary School.
Saturday Oct 4 10 a.m.-2 p.m.. Admission by Donation. More information 802-674-5400.

Craft Fair
Saturday Oct 4 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Hosted by the West Weathersfield Volunteer Fire Department.

Wildlife Photo Contest-2nd Annual Contest Sponsored by the Weathersfield Conservation Commission. Requirements: Limited to native wildlife (animals, birds, or insects); Limited to amateur photographer; Must be photographed locally (within a 50 mile radius.) One submission per person must be on a 8 x 10 glossy. There will be up to three places should there be sufficient entries. Judging will be done by 3 interested persons. Submitted photos can be dropped off at the Weathersfield Town Office in an envelope plainly marked Conservation Commission photo contest. There is a drop box at the Town Office for after hours. Please include with the photo: Name, phone number, address, and location where photo was taken. Winning photos will be mounted and framed, then displayed for one year at either the town office, library, or school, then returned to the owner. Submission deadline: Nov. 15.

Food Shelf

The Weathersfield Food Shelf is located at 7303 Route 131 - the former "World of Discovery" daycare. Thanks to the generosity of their donors, the Weathersfield Food Shelf will now be open every Thursday from 4 p.m.-5 p.m.

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

Weathersfield Proctor Library-FREE Programs

Literacy, Learning and Fun at the Weathersfield Proctor
Fall Storytime with Jordan begins on Wednesday Sept 10 and will be held every Wednesday from 11:00 - 11:30 through Nov 19.

Shakespeare Discussion Group
Oct 1-Nov 5 at 6:30 pm, Weathersfield Proctor Library
Double, double, toil and trouble; Fire burn, and cauldron bubble.
Are you scared of Shakespeare? Bothered by the Bard's vocabulary? Put off by the poetry in his plays? The works of this Elizabethan playwright are easier to read and understand than you think. Join Patti Arrison for a six-week discussion group that will put your fears to rest--except for those aroused by Macbeth! This story of magic, murder, and mayhem is perfect for dark fall nights. We will read one act a week, beginning with a brief introduction to iambic pentameter and ending with a movie night. Please call Nancy T. (802-674-2863) or Patti A. (802-263-9405) for more information. Copies of the book will be supplied. Sign up is encouraged, but not required.

FREE Computer Tutor - Fridays 10:30 - 11:30 a.m. Do you want to learn how to use a computer? Sign up for email or facebook or learn more about internet safety? Did you know the library offers downloadable eBooks and audiobooks? Sign up required. BYOL (bring your own laptop or smartphone if you have one).

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