Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Weathersfield News Sept 24 #weathersfield #VT


Weathersfield News September 24, 2014
Nancy Nutile-McMenemy
photosbynanci@comcast.net
Copyright © Nancy Nutile-McMenemy
www.photosbynanci.com

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.

More performance images: http://photosbynanci.smugmug.com/LebanonOperaHouseShows/Bruce-Hornsby/


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.



Obituaries

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 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.
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 weathersfieldproctorlibrary@gmail.com. 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.

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.

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).

Need to Find a Business in Weathersfield: http://www.weathersfielddirectory.org/

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Weathersfield VT News Sept 17 #weathersfield #VT


Weathersfield News September 17, 2014
Nancy Nutile-McMenemy
photosbynanci@comcast.net
Copyright ©2014 Nancy Nutile-McMenemy 
www.photosbynanci.com

 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).

Need to Find a Business in Weathersfield: http://www.weathersfielddirectory.org/

2nd Annual Vermont Mac & Cheese Challenge #cheese #VT

Artisan Way
Windsor VT
September 14, 2014
Organizers were not prepared for the overwhelming turnout at the 2nd Annual Vermont Mac and Cheese Challenge. The number of Mac and Cheese lovers attending the event tripled from last year. About 2000 tickets were sold ahead of time online with at least another 1600 walk-ups on the sunny and somewhat chilly Sunday afternoon-perfect Mac and Cheese weather. The event proceeds go to the Vermont Foodbank and the folks from Vermont Farmstead Cheese hope it doubles in size again next year.

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Weathersfield News Sept 10 #weathersfield #VT


Weathersfield News September 10, 2014
Nancy Nutile-McMenemy
photosbynanci@comcast.net

What a crazy weekend I had. Friday I photographed a lovely wedding up in West Fairlee-wonderful family. I followed that up by photographing the SOLD-OUT opening night of "The 39 Steps" at the King Farm Barn, Woodstock (see below.) The play is being performed by BarnArts in collaboration with Sculpture Fest and was so entertaining. Saturday before the rain I headed up to Killington to shoot the annual Hay Fest-area businesses create sculptures out of hay bales-always a fun event for families.


More Hay Fest images: http://photosbynanci.smugmug.com/VermontStandard/September-2014/Killington-Hay-Fest-2014/

I closed out the weekend with a trip to Fenway Park. The husband and I had a yummy lunch at the Yard House-Chicken Mac & Cheese for me, Turkey Club with fries for him. Then into the park we went. Our seats were two rows behind the Red Sox dugout beside the camera pit. Young families with children sat beside and in front of us so our line of sight to home plate was perfect. All was going great until I got hit by a foul ball. YUP, when they say Watch Out for Foul Balls-They Hurt, they mean it. I was keeping score and doing pitch counts on my score sheet and had just recorded the foul. It was heading towards the dugout and I thought it was going INTO the dugout but it took a bad hop and hit me on the hand! Bill H. of Fenway Security was immediately at our seats asking if I was OK. He asked if I needed an ice pack and where the ball went. Our whole section was hunting for the ball but couldn't find it. He returned with the ice and again asked if I was OK and gave me a ball to take home-nice guy.
More Game images: http://photosbynanci.smugmug.com/RedSox/2014/Toronto-Blue-Jays/

In my garden-The cucumber harvest continues so the freezer is being filled with freezer pickles. I'm running out of ways to prepare zucchini-HELP any suggestions?

Music to my ears-No music shows this week but I did attend a performance of "The 39 Steps" performed by BarnArts at the King Farm Barn in Woodstock. Oh my, what a fantastic show. The physical comedy and rapid dialogue reminded me of a Monty Python skit. Performances continue Sept 12, 13 at 7:30 p.m. and 5 p.m. Sep 7 and 14 at King Farm Barn. Tickets are $15 for adults, and $10 for students. For reservations please call 802-332-6020 or email info@barnarts.org To purchase tickets online and for more information visit www.barnarts.org.


More images from "The 39 Steps": http://photosbynanci.smugmug.com/BarnArts/The-39-Steps

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 Wellwood Orchards Cider Donuts. They are available ONLY on weekends so treat yourself after a long work week with these delicious cake like donuts covered in sugar and cinnamon. If think you've had donuts because you've eaten them out of a box or purchased them through a drive-thru-NO WAY, you have to try these and you won't go back! Wellwood Orchards is open daily from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. but the Cider Donuts are only out on Saturday and Sunday. They are so popular that they make the up ahead of time by the bag full!

OK now for some news-Vermont State Police are investigating a vandalism incident at Mount Ascutney State Park in Windsor. Police say unknown persons spray painted on the rocks and brush at an observation point at the top of the mountain. Words sprayed painted include "Sara", "Baby Jace", and "Gokey". Anyone with information is asked to contact Vermont State Police at (802)-875-2112.

Obituaries
Alva Pratt "Bill" Estey of Ascutney died on Wednesday, Sept 3, at Cedar Hill Care Facility in Windsor after a short but courageous battle with cancer. He was 87. He was born in Windsor on August 24, 1927, the son of Alva Peck and Marion Pratt Estey. He attended schools in Windsor, Plainfield, N.H., and Springfield, graduating from Springfield High School. He married Eda Frances Bickford on June 15, 1947. They celebrated their 67th wedding anniversary earlier this year. They made their home in Springfield until 1970, when they moved to Weathersfield. Funeral services will be private. Donations in his memory may be made to the Springfield Humane Society. The Stringer Funeral Home in Claremont, N.H., is in charge of arrangements.

Town Boards and Commissions
Select Board: The Board discussed the aesthetics of cell tower in Ascutney behind Strobel’s Service Station. The company is in violation of their permit because the cell tower in Ascutney does not look like what was promised. A previous attempt to communicate with the company (when the pole was white) was unsuccessful (no response was received). The Select Board directed the Town Manager to write a letter to the company that is constructing the tower inquiring (a) about the differences in the appearance of the proposed and constructed towers and (b) if they are finished with the tower. Pictures of the proposed and constructed towers are to be included with the letter. A copy of the letter is to be sent to the Public Service Board.
The board also discussed whether to discontinue Town Highway #81 – a Class 4 highway adjacent to Gravelin Road; they will view the premises of Town Highway #81 on October 6, 2014 at 6:30 PM. The Select Board will conduct a public hearing at Martin Memorial Hall on the proposed discontinuance of Town Highway #81 immediately following the site visit on October 6.

Perkinsville Schoolhouse Committee:
BJ Esty, Committee Vice Chair reported to the Select Board that the Committee has met several times since it was formed. The outside of the school has been cleaned up nicely and the plywood has been removed from the inside of the windows, making the building look much inviting and pleasant. Many people have been using Hoisington Field all summer. The Committee would like to pursue: Energy audit for the building; Remediation of the mold issue in the basement; Code issues; Fundraising and grant procurement. If funds are available from the demolition of the 1954 and 1969 additions, the Committee feels that finishing installation of the water and electrical systems and replacement of the handrail on the ramp would be eligible projects to be funded as they are directly related to the demolition of the other buildings. The Parks & Recreation Commission has agreed to fund construction of a new, handicapped bathroom that would be accessible from the outside of the building. The Historical Society is soliciting donations from its members to help pay for the projects. Many volunteers are waiting to help. The Committee is planning fundraising events and applying for a Historic Preservation grant. There is a balance of $16,431 from the demolition project. However, spending of those funds must be in accordance with the article that was voted on. Mr. Fuller stated that the Board should consider putting an article on the ballot for March Town Meeting to “get it done”.

Weathersfield Elementary School: 135 Schoolhouse Road Ascutney, VT 05030 802-674-5400
New Faculty and Staff: Dennis White, Bus Driver, (taking Chet Stone’s route); Rebecca Wood, Music Teacher; Caitlin Flanigin, Art Teacher, (2 days a week); Tara Ordway Smith, Library Media Teacher, (4 days a week)
Program Director Needed The school has been able to secure a grants to start an afterschool program. They need to hire an Afterschool Program Director to create the program, work on licensing and secure more funding for sustainability of the program. If you have an interest or want to know more about the job, please contact Principal Oakman at 674-5400.

Town Events:

Household Hazardous Waste Collections
Saturday, Sept. 13 Weathersfield Transfer Station 9 a.m.–1 p.m. Only district residents may participate. Up to 10 gallons = free 11+ gallons = $4/gallon. For more information, visit www.vtsolidwastedistrict.org Or call 674-9235 These events are sponsored by the Southern Windsor/Windham Counties Solid Waste Management District in cooperation with the host towns. They are accepting LATEX PAINT this year!

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 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.

Weathersfield Hikes: 
Crown Point Road Hosted by the Weathersfield Parks and Recreation Group. For more information call Steve at 263-5439.

Sunday, Sept 14 10 a.m. Crown Point Road, from the Country Club to Reservoir Road. The section from the club to the orchard is about 1.3 miles, easy, and has a nice view as you emerge from the woods. The next section is about 2.3 miles and has a pleasant view if we take a short bypass. Both are downhill and on both sections the ancient road feels evident much of the way. Some stops and commentary will occur.

Monday, Sept 15 9 a.m. Crown Point Road, from Grout Cemetery to the top of Greenbush Road (where Tarbell Hill Road meets Tarbell Hill Road). Note the shorter options. This hike passes the only two original mile markers (miles 10 and 11) on the CPR. It crosses Branch Brook (about 6 inch depth) and includes at the end a climb of over 500 feet in over a mile and a half. (Strenuous.) The total distance is about 4 miles. This walk has no viewpoints, but is historic. Option 1: To the brook and back, about 1 ½ miles total. Option 2: Cross the brook, see the original marker, and head out to Branch Brook Road. Total distance: about 1 mile.

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 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).

Need to Find a Business in Weathersfield: http://www.weathersfielddirectory.org/


One VIP ticket for Sunday $70 
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Killington Hay Fest 2014 #KillingtonVT #discoverkillington #VT #hayfest2014


The 2014 Killington Hay Festival and Scavenger Hunt opened Labor Day weekend and will run through Columbus Day Weekend. Fewer businesses are participating this year because the hay that was delivered was bad. To quote Manfred Karlhuber, owner of the Snowed Inn, "the bales must have been wet inside and collapsed under the weight of the stacked bales." This set back didn't stop him, he built Snowed Inn's famous Mama Raccoon and was putting the finishes touches on this past Saturday. Many of the sculptures collapsed and had to be rebuilt, others just gave up. Other have vowed to create something before the festival ends.



2014 Killington Hay Festival and Scavenger Hunt
Killington VT September 6, 2014
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For The Vermont Standard: http://www.thevermontstandard.com/
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"The 39 Steps" is Superb! #BarnArts #SculptureFest #woodstock #VT

BarnArts Center for the Arts in coordination with Sculpture Fest hosted an opening night reception prior to the performance of "The 39 Steps" on Friday night. Folks gathered for a light dinner then found seats inside King Farm Barn. The opening night performance was SOLD OUT. Director Jarvis Green was turning people away at the door.

The two act play set in London 1935, follows the adventures or misadventures of Richard Hannay, an English gentleman of leisure who get caught up in a web of spies, secrets and murder. Despite theses goings on, the play is quite funny and extremely entertaining. The physical comedy and rapid dialogue remind one of a Monty Python skit.
This version of "The 39 Steps" was adapted by Patrick Barlow, from a novel by John Buchan, from a movie of Alfred Hitchcock. This convoluted explanation is minor compared to the twists and turn that happen on stage.

Performances continue September 6, 12, 13 at 7:30 p.m. and 5 p.m. September 7 and 14 at King Farm Barn in Woodstock. Tickets are $15 for adults, and $10 for students. For reservations please call 802-332-6020 or email info@barnarts.org To purchase tickets online and for more information visit www.barnarts.org.

More images of rehearsal and Opening Night: http://photosbynanci.smugmug.com/BarnArts/The-39-Steps

The 39 Steps
BarnArts Opening Night September 5, 2014
Performance King Farm Barn Woodstock VT
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Grand Point North Sunday VIP Ticket for Sale #GPNFest #gracepotter #BVT


Grand Point North One VIP ticket* 

For Sunday September 14

(VIP is SOLD OUT)
VIP ticket holders get: 
Early entry to the festival
VIP viewing area at the sound board
Commemorative VIP laminate
Festival poster signed by Grace Potter
Access to VIP tent

Cider Mag Preview
The 4th annual Grand Point North Music Festival, hosted and curated by the bluesy rock group Grace Potter & The Nocturnals along with Higher Ground, is taking place on Saturday, September 13th and Sunday, September 14th, 2014 at Burlington’s Waterfront Park.

Hailing from Burlington, VT Grace Potter & the Nocturnals, who released their first self-made album in 2005 (Nothing But the Water), are now an international success. The group recently returned to Australia for a spring tour, with stops in New Zealand for the first time as well. They’ve kept it low-key with touring this summer since they’ve been incredibly busy in the studio recording their new album, and with family precious family time. In September Grace Potter & the Nocturnals turn the notch up with touring, hitting festivals in Ohio, Virginia, Illinois, and then home to Vermont for their two-day Burlington city-festival. READ MORE


$70 email me if interested!

*We may have two (2) tickets for sale 
if you need a pair!

Pics from previous years:
http://photosbynanci.smugmug.com/GrandPointNorth2011,
http://photosbynanci.smugmug.com/Grand-Point-North-2012,
http://photosbynanci.smugmug.com/GrandPointNorth2013


Thursday, September 4, 2014

GMHA Distance Days 2014 #VT #GMHA #trailrides #horses

Jenny Kimberly hit 8000 miles this weekend.
This Labor Day weekend Green Mountain Horse association hosted their Annual Distance Days, featuring the 78th Annual 100-mile ride. This year competitors rode 40, 35, and 25 miles respectively instead of the traditional 40, 40, and 20. Making this change allowed for another distance option during the weekend—that of a one-day 25 mile ride. The "new" last 5 miles introduced the horses and riders to some new trails for exploration.
Larry Geoghegan holds up photos of himself
The 100 mile saw a field of about 18 horses and riders; the 60 mile and 35 mile rides had about seven competitors, including Gene Limlaw from Weathersfield who also rode the Sunday 25 mile ride. The 25 mile ride had 11 riders, and the 15 mile 18 riders. The Pleasure ride was also very well attended.
Gene Limlaw
The youngest 100 mile ride competitor, Syndey Meeker races to beat the
clock and finish her first 100 mile ride.
More images of the event: http://photosbynanci.smugmug.com/VermontStandard/September-2014/GMHA-Distance-Days-2014/

GMHA Distance Days 2014
Featuring the 78th Annual 100-mile ride
Woodstock VT August 29-31, 2014
Copyright ©2014 Nancy Nutile-McMenemy
www.photosbynanci.com
For The Vermont Standard: http://www.thevermontstandard.com/
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Weathersfield News September 4 #weathersfield #VT


Weathersfield News
September 4, 2014
Copyright ©2014 Nancy Nutile-McMenemy
photosbynanci@comcast.net

I hope everyone had a wonderful Labor Day Weekend. It started off with a seven hour power outage Friday night. I heard there was a HUGE tree down on Rte 5 heading towards Windsor. Five Crews worked on it and it still took seven hours to repair-it must have been one heck of a tree!

We had a wonderful neighborhood get-together on Sunday. Even the rain couldn't stop the fun. Thanks to Ron and Amy Beth for hosting and thanks to everyone who brought the delicious food for sharing: home brewed beer, venison, chicken, salads, desserts and homemade bread.

A heads up... Rte 106 at Little Ascutney Road will be closed on Sept. 9 according to the flashing Highway Alert signs posted at Little Ascutney Road and at the intersection of Rte 44 and 106.

Congratulations to Gene Limlaw from Weathersfield who rode Nitro Cool Steele, a seven year old Arab, in the Green Mountain Horse Association's Annual Distance Days this past weekend. Gene rode in both the 35 mile and the 25 mile rides.

Football starts on Sunday! My husband becomes a football widower for 17 weeks. Go Pats, Go Niners! I've been waiting since February for the season to begin again. I love Sundays, and Thursdays and Mondays.

Heard some disturbing news this weekend-someone stole the Weathersfield Food Shelf Sign. The sign cost over $200 and was purchased with donations. The food shelf volunteers are quite saddened that the theft has happened because the sign was used to let our neighbors in need know the location and hours of the food shelf. If you have any information please contact the Weathersfield Police so the sign may be returned.

In my garden-Our tomatoes may be dead but our New Ace peppers are out of control. I think we may have 100 pounds of peppers in our garden this year. I usually freeze them in my homemade sauce but without tomatoes this year I'm not sure what I'll do with all these gorgeous green fruits. Planted more lettuce seeds to keep that crop going through the fall. I plant seeds every two weeks for a continuous harvest.

Music to my ears-No live shows this week. BUMMER. But I did get to listen to the new Richard Thompson CD "Acoustic Classics." Thompson will be performing at the Lebanon Opera House on Oct. 14, I can't wait to see this show.

Obituaries
Perkinsville, Vt. — Rachel Lillian (Hoisington) Jensen, 88, died Friday, Aug. 29, at the Bridgeway Care and Rehabilitation Center in Hillsborough, N.J., following a long illness. A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 6, at the Weathersfield Center First Congregational Church, 79 Center Church Road, Weathersfield, Vt. Memorial contributions may be made to the Weathersfield Center Church, the Perkinsville Community Church, or the American Stroke Association (www.strokeassociation.org).

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 "Nancy Sandwich" at the Ascutney Market on Rte 5 in Ascutney. This creation was recommended to me by Ascutney Fire Chief Darrin Spaulding. Named after co-owner Nancy Rogers, the hot sandwich includes asparagus, cheese, lettuce, tomato, onion, turkey and a special honey mustard sauce on white bread, all toasted to a golden brown. WOW and a tub of their Cole Slaw made quite the meal. By the way, their Cole Slaw was outrageously good. Chief Spaulding tells me the potato salad ain't bad either! Very reasonably priced for a hot sandwich. Located on Rte 5 north heading toward Windsor they are open: Mon-Thu: 6:00 am - 7:00 pm, Fri: 6:00 am - 8:00 pm, Sat: 7:00 am - 8:00 pm, Sun: 7:00 am - 7:00 pm.

Household Hazardous Waste Collections
Saturday, Sept. 13 Weathersfield Transfer Station 9 a.m.–1 p.m. Only district residents may participate. Up to 10 gallons = free 11+ gallons = $4/gallon. For more information, visit www.vtsolidwastedistrict.org Or call 674-9235 These events are sponsored by the Southern Windsor/Windham Counties Solid Waste Management District in cooperation with the host towns. They are accepting LATEX PAINT this year!

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 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.

Weathersfield Hikes: Crown Point Road Hosted by the Weathersfield Parks and Recreation Group. For more information call Steve at 263-5439.

Sunday, Sept 14 10 a.m. Crown Point Road, from the Country Club to Reservoir Road. The section from the club to the orchard is about 1.3 miles, easy, and has a nice view as you emerge from the woods. The next section is about 2.3 miles and has a pleasant view if we take a short bypass. Both are downhill and on both sections the ancient road feels evident much of the way. Some stops and commentary will occur.

Monday, Sept 15 9 a.m. Crown Point Road, from Grout Cemetery to the top of Greenbush Road (where Tarbell Hill Road meets Tarbell Hill Road). Note the shorter options. This hike passes the only two original mile markers (miles 10 and 11) on the CPR. It crosses Branch Brook (about 6 inch depth) and includes at the end a climb of over 500 feet in over a mile and a half. (Strenuous.) The total distance is about 4 miles. This walk has no viewpoints, but is historic. Option 1: To the brook and back, about 1 ½ miles total. Option 2: Cross the brook, see the original marker, and head out to Branch Brook Road. Total distance: about 1 mile.

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.

Exercise Group-FREE Perkinsville Church 9:30-10:30 a.m. on Monday and Thursday mornings there is a Bone Building exercise group led by Dottie Richardson. It is free, weights are provided and you work at your ability level. It is fun and good for you. Everyone welcome, just show up or call Dottie for more information at 263-5444.

Weathersfield Proctor Library-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).

Monthly Potluck Lunch and Program-FREE Contact: Lorraine Zigman 802-263-5245; lzigman@comcast.net

Need to Find a Business in Weathersfield: http://www.weathersfielddirectory.org/

I have some tickets for sale if anyone is interested!
Toronto Blue Jays at Boston Red Sox  for info CLICK HERE.
Two rows behind the Sox dugout!!

Grand Point North One VIP ticket for Sunday $70 email me if interested!