Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Weathersfield VT News Sept 17 #weathersfield #VT


Weathersfield News September 17, 2014
Nancy Nutile-McMenemy
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Copyright ©2014 Nancy Nutile-McMenemy 
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 The Upper Valley running community lost a great friend last week. Chad Denning, 39, was running the  Appalachian trail with friends when he collapsed and died. And I lost a dear friend. Chad and I volunteered together on a few area races including: The Covered Bridges Half Marathon, The Vermont 100 Ride and Endurance Run and The Vermont 50 Mountain Bike or Ultra Run. There will be a celebration of his life Saturday Sept 20 at noon at the Oak Hill Recreation Area in HanoverNH details and directions may be found on the Team AMP Facebook page. Every time I volunteer for one of these races in the future, I'll be thinking about Chad and his family.
Chad Denning at the Vermont 50
In my garden-We dodged a bullet last night. I thought for sure with the clear skies and dropping temps our precious peppers would have gotten frosted but everything looked OK come sunrise. Fingers crossed that our growing season will continue for another four or so weeks. The sheets are out and at the ready to cover whenever the weather folks predict a frost-it's that time of year folks.

Music to my ears-Great weekend for music. Traveled to Burlington, in the rain, for the 4th Annual Grand Point North Festival hosted by Vermont's own, Grace Potter and the Nocturnals. Despite the rain, the bands and the crowd were very enthusiastic. Highlights from Day 1 for me Dwight and Nicole, Lake Street Dive and The War on Drugs. Sunday I was lucky to get into the Lebanon Opera House for the SOLD OUT Barenaked Ladies concert. I've never seen that venue so full with such a variety of ages attending a show. Very entertaining.
Grace Potter 
Dwight and Nicole
The War On Drugs
More Festival images: http://photosbynanci.smugmug.com/Grand-Point-North-2014

Barenaked Ladies at the Lebanon Opera House
More performance images: http://photosbynanci.smugmug.com/LebanonOperaHouseShows/Barenaked-Ladies/

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 picked The Ascutney Farm Stand located on Rte 5 heading towards Windsor. I tried the "Cheesecake in a Jar." They had a few varieties but being a chocoholic I had to taste the Chocolate Cheesecake. I thought there was a little too much graham cracker crumbs and not enough rich chocolate flavor and it was pricey. Maybe the blueberry would have been a better choice. Their fall hours are Wed, Thu and Fri 11 a.m.-6 p.m., Sat and Sun 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Try one and let me know what you think.

Obituaries
Springfield, Vt. — Roger W. Eastman 90, passed away Saturday, Sept. 13 in Springfield. He was born Oct. 23, 1923 in Newport, N.H. the son of Leighton and Bertha ( Webster ) Eastman. He attended Springfield schools and graduated from Springfield High School and the Co-oP Course class of 1942. Roger served in the United States Navy during WW II in the South Pacific as a U.S. Navy Aviation Machinist and Aerial Gunner. He married Doris Ilene Graham and they had five children together. He began farming on the family farm in Weathersfield. He served on the Weathersfield School Board for seven years as Treasurer and Chairman, served for many years on the Zoning Board of Adjustment for Weathersfield, and served many years on the Weathersfield Board of Civil Authority. He was the oldest living veteran in Weathersfield. A graveside service with military honors will be held at 11 a.m. on Thursday Sept 18 at the Plain Cemetery in Perkinsville. Reverend Gerry Piper will officiate. Contributions may be made in his memory to the Kurn Hatin Homes P.O. Box 127 Westminster, Vt. 05158. Or to the Perkinsville Veterans Memorial.

Town Events:
A Sense of Place-Free Potluck
Thursday Sept. 18 6 p.m. Weathersfield Meetinghouse, Weathersfield Center RD.. Hosted by the Weathersfield Land Preservation Association, this potluck will celebrate land use and stewardship. The event is designed so folks will share stories about their personal land use experiences. Call 263-5217 for more information.

Weathersfield Hikes: Little Ascutney
Saturday, Sept 20, 9:30 a.m. Hosted by the Weathersfield Parks and Recreation Group. For more information call Steve at 263-5439. We will walk up to the ledges – very nice view – on a trail, or not, and then might loop around to the basin and its cellar holes. In large part this terrain is strenuous. There is first a steady climb, then a dip, and then a steep ascent to get from the parking lot at 900 feet to the summit of Little Ascutney at 1709 feet. The hike probably will take over two hours. Steve Snyder is the hike leader, we hope.

The Search for the Largest Apple in Weathersfield is On!
Wed Sept 24  3p.m. Special Afternoon Storytime 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 weathersfieldproctorlibrary@gmail.com. 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.
Friends of the Weathersfield Proctor Library
Books, pies and hidden treasures will all be waiting for you at the Friends of the WPL sale this year.  A wide variety of books will be offered, cookbooks, fiction, your favorite paperback mysteries, DVDs and VHS movies too!  Boxes of children's fiction and picture books. All proceeds from the book and pie sale help to support children's programming and special projects at the library. 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 weathersfieldproctorlibrary@gmail.com. The Weathersfield Proctor Library is located at 5181 Route 5 Ascutney, VT.

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

Ongoing:
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.  

The First Thursday Book Group is reading The Red Tent by Anita Diamant this month and the next meeting is on Sept 4 at 6:30 pm.  Copies of the book are available at the library. Newcomers are always welcome at to join this fun, friendly, brownie-loving group.  

Shakespeare Discussion Group 
Oct 1 - Nov 5 at 6:30 pm
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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