Friday, January 31, 2014

Weathersfield Proctor Library Hosts Expansion Information Open House

Architect Drawing of Building and Parking Lot
Monday February 3, 2014 at 6:30 pm The Trustees of the Weathersfield Proctor Library will be hosting an Open House. Weathersfield residents are encouraged to come and visit the Library with their questions about the proposed expansion and the $1.3 million bond vote (less grants and other funding resources) that will come before the town voters on March 4th, Town Meeting Day. The expansion will provide to the Town a library prepared for the changes facing the community, a resource for the future!

The Weathersfield Proctor Library is a small red brick building located on Route 5 in Ascutney, Vermont. Dedicated in 1903, it was the gift of Benjamin Franklin Blood in memory of his mother, Roxalana Proctor Blood.

The Proctor Library has 856 square feet of public space. The unfinished basement is used to store overflow books, to process incoming materials, to mend materials, to store books for the library book sale, to store supplies and store all programming materials and records. The basement also houses the furnace and the bathroom.

What will the expanded space offer?
The library's plan includes:
  • doubling the size of the existing library allowing for collection growth as well as thoughtful reconfiguration
  • preservation of historic architectural elements
  • fun, engaging and inviting new children's space
  • better accessibility to the library and all collections
  • space for additional computers and access to new technologies
  • increase in seating options
  • two public restrooms
  • larger and more efficient staff work spaces
  • Vermont and local Weathersfield history room
  • after-hours access to large group community meeting room and programs
  • space for quiet study, study with a tutor, or group study and online learning
At Town Meeting the voters will be asked to pass a $1.3 million bond,  less grants and other funding resources, to fund this expansion. The average cost to each taxpayer on a 20 year tax exempt bond from the Vermont Municipal Bond Bank at 3.832% (rate quoted on 12/18/13) would increase the municipal taxes on a $200,000 home by $64 a year (less than the purchase of two hardcover books and a little more than one month of internet service.)

For over one hundred years the footprint of this building has remained the same while the Town around it has grown considerably. 
Circulation statistics have risen every year in the past ten years. In 2013 circulation rose 16% and 110 new library cards were given out in 2013. But despite our efforts to take advantage of every inch, we don't have enough room to accommodate all of the activities that take place under our roof. Not only are we running out of space for our collections (many books are being stored in the basement), but we also lack the space we need for programs, meetings, and the increased demand for public access to the Internet. As we study state and regional trends in library use, we can identify many services we would like to offer, if only we had the capacity.

"The population of Weathersfield in 1902 when the library was built was 1089. Proctor Library is simply too small to serve the 2862 citizens of Weathersfield as well as they deserve."

Bring your questions to the Open House Monday night. Get a tour of the current Library space and view the plans for the proposed expansion. Refreshments will be served. T-shirts supporting the Library will be available for purchase!

More information maybe found at: WPL Expansion or at the Library's website: Weathersfield Proctor Library or by calling 802-674-2863.

Thursday, January 30, 2014

Led Zep Wins a Grammy-Celebrate with "Get The Led Out" @LOH

Led Zeppelin wins best rock album. (Dario Cantatore / Associated Press)

Led Zeppelin’s “Celebration Day the live album documenting the surviving members’ 2007 reunion in London wins Best Rock Album 2014. Led Zep founders Robert Plant, Jimmy Page and John Paul Jones were supported by drummer Jason Bonham, filling in for his departed dad, John Bonham, for these shows that retraced the group’s history in 17 songs including such cornerstone numbers as “Whole Lotta Love,” “Rock and Roll,” “Black Dog,” “Dazed and Confused” and “Stairway to Heaven.”

The song "Kashmir" was nominated for Best Rock Performance but lost to "Radioactive" by Imagine Dragons

Fans clamored for a tour in the wake of the acclaimed reunion show, and there continues to be talk of the possibility, but nothing’s been confirmed to date. So...

Until there is a reunion...Get The Led Out!

Saturday February 1, 2014 at the Lebanon Opera House,
Lebanon NH 7:30 PM
Get Tickets HERE
A low dough show $25-35

Presented by LOH and Kirschner Concerts

From GTLO Press:
From the bombastic and epic, to the folky and mystical, Get The Led Out (GTLO) have captured the essence of the recorded music of Led Zeppelin and brought it to the concert stage. The Philadelphia-based group consists of six veteran musicians intent on delivering Led Zeppelin live, like you’ve never heard before. Utilizing the multi-instrumentalists at their disposal, GTLO re-create the songs in all their depth and glory with the studio overdubs that Zeppelin themselves never performed. When you hear three guitars on the album…GTLO delivers three guitarists on stage. No wigs or fake English accents, GTLO brings what the audience wants…a high energy Zeppelin concert with an honest, heart-thumping intensity.

Dubbed by the media as “The American Led Zeppelin,” Get The Led Out offers a strong focus on the early years. They also touch on the deeper cuts that were seldom, if ever heard in concert. GTLO also include a special “acoustic set” with Zep favorites such as “Tangerine” and the “Battle of Evermore” being performed in its’ original instrumentation with guest singer Diana DeSantis joining the band.
Not sure if you remember this but...Led Zeppelin Banned in Boston, 39 Years Ago!

At the Lebanon Opera House February 1, 2014, 
almost 39 years to the day 
Led Zeppelin would have 
played the Boston

See You There!

Thursday, January 23, 2014

Celia Woodsmith Heads to the Grammy's!

Celia Woodsmith
Celia Woodsmith grew up in Norwich Vermont, attended Hanover High School then moved on to the University of Vermont where she met a future band mate/collaborator Avi Salloway and began playing guitar.
Avi and Celia 2009
Avi Salloway (now in the band Billy Wylder)
Avi and Celia 2010
Avi and Celia played around the country for a few years and I have my friend Dave to THANK for getting me hooked on these talented musicians.
Avi, Dave and Celia 2009
Eventually the band morphed into Hey Mama, a blues-rock quartet that toured throughout the US and Canada performing over 500 gigs. The band also included Paul Chase on bass and Jared Seabrook on drums.

Hey Mama played their FINAL GIG January 21, 2011 at The Stone Church in Newmarket NH.

The band reunited for one final time at the Quechee Balloon Festival June 17, 2011

After this, Avi Salloway went on to form Billy Wylder

While Celia moved on to Della Mae. Now Celia is up for a Grammy!!
Della Mae’s label, Rounder Records, submitted their most recent album, This World Oft Can Be, for consideration in three Grammy categories back in the summer.Celia co-wrote eight of the album’s 12 songs. The album will have some pretty tough competition: The Boxcars, Dailey & Vincent, James King and the Del McCoury Band for the Best Bluegrass Album Grammy on Sunday.

Celia will be in Los Angeles with her Mom Sybil Smith for the Grammy telecast. We wish her the BEST!!
You Go Celia!!!

Great article in the Valley News: From Norwich to Grammy Nomination

More Photos By Nanci  images of Avi and Celia

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Weathersfield Proctor Library NEEDS to Grow!

On Tuesday March 4, 2014, the Voters of Weathersfield will be asked to approve a bond for the Weathersfield Proctor Library Expansion Project

I urge you to VOTE YES!!

In use since 1902, the Library's footprint has not changed as the town's population and library's use has grown. Many Library programs must be held at the Martin Memorial Hall (MMH), or elsewhere around town, because Library space too to limited to host the attendees.
Examples are:

Hungrytown and Vellamo at the Weathersfield Center Church 2012

A Summer Evening With Friends and Neighbors at the Weathersfield Center Church 2013

Saxton's River Bell Ringers, Ascutney House 2013

The programs that are held at the library are usually overcrowded.

Michael Caduto, Summer Reading Program 2013

When weather permits, programs are moved outdoors for more space.

More WPL Events images from 2009 to the present, click HERE.
Why the Library needs to grow:
  • increased demand, a greater variety of resources and service, and the advent of electronic technology
  • insufficient space for books, magazines, reference materials, AV resources, computer space - many items are stored in the unfinished basement where we run a dehumidifier to keep items from getting moldy 
  • limited public seating for programs 
  • certain parts not accessible to people who are physically challenged
  • restroom down steep stairs, not accessible and not available without permission
  • significant workflow, safety, and security problems 
  • accessibility ramp is in Route 5 right-of-way
  • building does not have a second exit, and there is no second exit in basement
  • limited parking - the side parking lot is not owned by the library, the owners let us use 1/2 of the lot 
  • currently the library meets the VT Dept of Libraries Minimum Standards for 1998 - but only because we have a future plan in place to meet ADA requirements.
  • many grants and programs are unavailable to us because we do not meet Federal ADA requirements
The Expansion will offer the citizens of Weathersfield:
  • doubling the size of the existing library allowing for collection growth as well as thoughtful reconfiguration
  • preservation of historic architectural elements
  • fun, engaging and inviting new children's space
  • better accessibility to the library and all collections
  • space for additional computers and access to new technologies
  • increase in seating options
  • two public restrooms
  • larger and more efficient staff work spaces
  • Vermont and local Weathersfield history room
  • after-hours access to large group community meeting room and programs
  • space for quiet study, study with a tutor, or group study and online learning
Answers to More Frequently Asked Questions please visit: WPL FAQs

On March 4, 2014 10AM-7PM
Martin Memorial Hall
Ascutney Vt 
The Voters in the Town of Weathersfield 
will be asked to 
"Invest in Weathersfield's Future" 
I hope you will MAKE your voice heard by 
VOTING YES on the Bond!!

DONATE to the Project!
Upcoming Library Events:
An Evening With Kay
January 23 at 6:30 pm
Martin Memorial Hall

Library Expansion Information Night
Monday February 3, 2014
6:30 pm
Refreshments will be served

Computer Tutor - Fridays10:30 - 11:30
Sign up required

WPL Book Group
Thursday February 6th
6:30 pm
Suite Francaise by Irene Nemirovsky

Love Your Library Day!

Saturday February 8th
9:00 am - 1:00 pm
Valentine Card Making
Record your video valentine to WPL for YouTube!

Discover Giant Mantas

Slideshow presentation and Pizza!
11:00 - Noon

Intro to Zentangle
Saturday February 22
1:00 pm

Saturday, January 18, 2014

Lyle Lovett and John Hiatt: A SOLD OUT Acoustic Evening in Burlington Vermont

January 18, 2014
Nancy Nutile-McMenemy
Weathersfield Vermont

An Acoustic Evening with Lyle Lovett and John Hiatt
Flynn Center for the Performing Arts
Burlington VT, January 17, 2014

This show has been SOLD OUT for months and has been much anticipated by the crowd that was lucky enough to buy tickets before the sell out. As one 30-something person mentioned to his friend before the show started, we've gotta  be the youngest people here, I didn't think old people still went to concerts! Well, yes they do, especially concerts with this caliber of talent.

Lyle and John walked on stage a little after 8:00 pm after being introduced by Lyle's longtime friend and Large Band mate James Gilmer. Lyle asked John how his trip from Maine was and John replied that they pulled into Burlington at 5:30 am. John asked how his day was and Lyle said he enjoyed breakfast at the Pearl Street Diner. John said he's hoping to get some Nectar's fries after the show. This friendly banter is a signature of these performances and the reason many people buy tickets.

Most in the crowd has seen both performers with their respective bands, but seeing them perform acoustically side-by-side, is like being in their living room watching an amazing jam session.

Lyle Lovett, a singer, composer and actor, has a career that spans 14 albums. He has a gift for storytelling, both verbally and musically. He has four Grammy Awards, he was given the Americana Music Association’s inaugural Trailblazer Award, and was recently named the Texas State Musician.

John Hiatt's songs have been covered by folks like: Bonnie Raitt, Ronnie Milsap, Dr. Feelgood, Iggy Pop, Three Dog Night ("Sure As I'm Sittin' Here"), and the Neville Brothers. He only entered the music charts after 13 years of writing and performing. Hiatt began his solo career in 1974. He performed at the Paradiso in Amsterdam for the first time in 1979 opening for Southside Johnny & The Asbury Jukes!

During a banter break, Lyle Lovett recognized Jim Rooney in the audience, saying if not for Rooney he wouldn't be here on stage. He thanked Rooney for allowing him to sleep on his couch in Nashville those many years ago. Then asked Rooney to come up on stage for a song. After a "how could this accident have been prevented moment" of getting Rooney on stage, Rooney flip Lyle's guitar upside down and played a wonderful rendition of "Sittin' On Top of the World".
John said he's heard many versions of "Sittin' On Top of the World" but this was the best.

The two hour twenty minute show was very different from the one we saw in Rutland Vermont in October 2013:
One of Them Damn Days/Which Way Does That Old Pony Run
Marlene (new)/Sonia
Buffalo River Home/Don't Touch My Hat
Lift Up Every Stone (Hiatt)
Sittin' On Top Of The World (performed by Jim Rooney)
Church (Lovett)
Icy Blue Heart/Promises
Crossing Muddy Water/White Boy Lost In The Blues
Drive South/LA County
Tennessee Plates/One Way Gal
Terms Of My Surrender (title track of upcoming album)/Fly Swatter Ice Water Blues
Master of Disaster/If I Had A Boat
Memphis In The Meantime/My Baby Don't Tolerate

Next up Capital Center for the Arts in Concord NH January 18, 2014 8 pm.
More tour dates click here.

More performance images click HERE.

Friday, January 17, 2014

The Upper Valley Haven NEEDS Our Help!!

The Upper Valley Haven NEEDS Our Help

713 Hartford Avenue
White River Junction, VT 05001
phone: 802-295-6500

Their food shelf is critically low and has run out completely several times this winter. If you live in the Upper Valley PLEASE, drop off food and items from their Food Wish List, TODAY!

We want their shelves to look like this!!!

The Food Shelf provides a week’s supply of healthy groceries once a month (including meat, dairy and produce), and unlimited access to bread and produce to anyone in need. We offer a Healthy Eating Program which addresses food shelf visitors’ needs for inexpensive and healthy eating options. It is designed to serve everyone who comes through the doors of the Haven. The program consists of developing healthy and budget-conscious recipes, on-site food preparation using ingredients found at the Food Shelf, and food sampling for clients with hand-outs of the corresponding recipes.
Most of the items in the Haven’s Food Shelf are purchased through the Vermont Food Bank, at the average price of $0.18 per pound. We also receive generous donations of food from individuals, businesses, churches, and civic groups throughout the year. Food drives are always welcome. Visit our Food Shelf Wish List for a list of food items we currently need.

Perishable items are welcome:
Eggs, cheese, quarts of milk, butter, yogurt, beef, chicken, pork, fish, etc.

Items that are always needed in the Food Shelf:
Cereal (hot and cold)
Peanut Butter
Canned potatoes
Pasta of all kinds Canned vegetables (beets, carrots, mixed, asparagus)
Dry or evaporated milk
Tuna or sardines
Pasta Sauce
Canned Whole Tomatoes
Tomato paste/diced or stewed
Macaroni & Cheese
Red kidney beans
Black beans
Chick peas
Dried beans, lentils, peas
Sliced bread
Chicken, beef or vegetable broth
Baked Beans
Canned Fruit

Paper Goods and Toiletries:
Baby wipes
Dish Detergent
Feminine Products
Laundry Detergent
Recycled Grocery Bags
Toilet Paper
Toothpaste Toothbrushes
Paper Towels

Additional needed items:
Manual can openers

If you don't live locally but would like to help out our neighbors, please DONATE online today!

Photos by Nanci
Encourages YOU to Support the Upper Valley Haven!