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Weathersfield News December 10, 2014
Nancy Nutile-McMenemy

I just wrapped up writing my blog about our trip to Ireland. What a beautiful country, kind of like a European version of Vermont. Lots of hills, stonewalls, cows, sheep and friendly people. I really enjoyed my brief time in Galway and if I return to Ireland I'll be sure to spend a week there.

Crazy week this past week. Flashed back to my high school days when I went to see the J. Geils Band open for Bob Seger and The Silver Bullet Band in Albany. These guys may be getting older but they sure can still rock and roll. It was fun being at a concert where I wasn't the oldest person in the crowd.

The Holiday Parties are in full swing now. I attended the Standard's Correspondents Luncheon on Thursday at Suicide Six. The meal was catered by the Woodstock Inn and it was delicious. It is so nice getting to see a face to the person who's column or article I read each week. Thank you Phil and Staff for putting on a wonderful lunch for us all.

In addition to the Holiday Parties the Craft Fairs are filling up our weekends. Hartland and Brownsville hosted a fair each last weekend. Hartland also had a visit with Santa. I asked him where the Nikon D800 was that I asked for last year, he was silent but gave me a candy cane.

At Brownsville Craft Fair I got to sample the homemade soups. The first year I covered this event I arrived early before lunch and missed the homemade corn chowder, this year I timed it so I could have myself a big old bowl of this yummy creation. It really hit the spot on that cold and rainy Saturday. It was also really nice to hear Adam Boyce on his old time pump organ playing Holiday Tunes (so much better than a CD playing!)

This week I'm really looking forward to the Yoh Players production of Hans Christian Andersen's "Snow Queen." This fairy tale was first published in 1844. With Harriet Worrell directing and Holly Levison creating the costumes, this should be a real treat. The times are Friday and Saturday at 7:30 p.m. at Woodstock Union High School Yoh Theater with a matinee on Sunday. And of course there is Wassailing to be done. Let's hope the Winter storm approaching us is done before Friday night.

Select Board News: From the Dec. 1 Meeting
Budget Discussion continues and should be finalized at the Dec. 15 meeting. Mold and Asbestos remediation in 1879 Perkinsville School House continues to be discussed-Todd Hobson of Claypoint Associates joined the meeting by telephone to discuss the cost of removing the mold ($10,635) and asbestos ($935) from the el. Decision will need to be made on the cost and how to pay for this project and whether this project should be placed on the warrant for the next Town Meeting. No action was taken.

The Board discussed whether to list each of the eleven agencies on the warrant separately or to list only those that are requesting more than $400. The motion to place all eleven social service agencies on the ballot was passed.

A request to place article for solar power on Warning for 2015 Town Meeting was presented by Julia Lloyd Wright. Ms. Wright is asking for 1-2 cents on the tax rate to fund sustainable energy projects for the Town. The Board asked for more specific details from Ms. Wright such as a  cost/benefit analysis to be reported at the next meeting. No action was taken. The Board instructed the Town Manager to explore "buy in" options for offsite solar.

Weathersfield School News:
Proper Attire For Recess
If any child is in need of hats, boots, socks, ski pants, mittens and/or coats, please let BJ or Principal Oakman know ASAP. Generous community members and groups have donated many winter outdoor items to the school, these items are available to students in need for free. As always, this information will remain highly confidential. Winter has unofficially begun, students should come to school with hats, mittens, boots and coats, and ski pants when the heavy snow comes. Students continue to ask the office for coats, hats and mittens. There have been several outbreaks of head lice so hats are not loaned out. The School Office does lend mittens, but often they are not returned so some requests cannot be filled. Students continue to come to school in shorts and sweatshirts; they will be sent out to recess dressed this way.  Students should dress warmly when coming to school so they can enjoy recess. Students do remain indoor for recess during inclement weather or if the temps dip below 10 degrees.

Town Events:
Santa visits the Weathersfield Proctor Library at Polar Express Storytime Thursday Dec. 11 at 6:30 p.m. Come hear the story of the Polar Express, make a craft and visit with Santa. For information about the concert call 802.674.2863 or visit

Candlelight Christmas Service and Music Program Sunday, Dec. 14, at 5p.m. hosted by the Perkinsville VT Community Church. Musicians who will participate are Patty Williams on Celtic harp, Gill Williams on banjo and guitar, Ruth Kelin on piano, Carol Wing on organ, Sally Reeves on flute, solos by George Keeler and Kathi Duhamel, and choral selections by the Clear Spring Singers as well as candle lighting, a congregation carol sing and the reading of Luke, by Kathleen Fellows.  All are welcome.

Monthly Weathersfield Potluck and Programs, Tuesday, Dec. 16, at noon in Perkinsville VT Community Church Vestry. All are welcome to attend and have a nice visit. Bring a hot dish, salad or dessert. Beverages will be provided. Contact Lorraine Zigman 802-263-5245;

Weathersfield Knit/Crochet Group
Beginning Dec. 1 1-2:30 p.m. Perkinsville Community Church. Bring your current project or your own supplies to get started. Not sure what to create? Come help create an afghan! (Yarn and instructions provided.) Contact Lynn Esty at 263-9441 or if you have any questions.

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
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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