Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Weathersfield News Oct 29 #weathersfield #VT


Weathersfield News October 29, 2014
Nancy Nutile-McMenemy

Happy Halloween! You have to love a holiday where people have baskets of chocolate out, encouraging you to take some. I mean, it's way better than Valentine's Day. On VD Day you can get chocolate from one lover or secret admirer but on Halloween-everyone wants to give you chocolate. This is a good thing! As a kid growing up in a suburb of Boston, on a dead end road, us kids LIVED for Halloween. There were about 20 of us (enough for full teams of whiffle ball, football and street hockey) and there was on house on the street where we would plot how to visit it twice; Mrs. Wallace's house-she made homemade raisin cookies and frosted them to look like pumpkins-man, oh man were they good. But she kept an eye on who came to the door-one visit per kid. I know this would never fly in this day and age but when I think Halloween-I think Mrs. Wallace's Cookies! Have Fun, Be Safe and Brush Your Teeth (oops channeled my Mom! but it is good advice.)

Select Board News
From their Oct. 20 meeting:
The 1879 Perkinsville Schoolhouse Committee gave a presentation on the current state of
the building and what needs to be done to be able to occupy it once again. The group is proposing that The Weathersfield Food Shelf occupy the south classroom, the Weathersfield Proctor Library host a branch library in the north classroom, and the Parks & Rec committee would use the ell for storage of equipment. Fire safety and electrical code violations (heating system, access ramp, buckle in the floor, and some minor electrical work on the first floor) need to be addressed. Repairs could cost approximately $6,000 (with volunteer labor). The Committee has raised $3100. Mold in the basement is a separate issue. The Board voted to authorize the Town Manager to address the mold situation in the 1879 Perkinsville Schoolhouse. They also voted to authorize the Town Manager to spend up to $12,000 for repairs at the 1879 schoolhouse.

During Budget discussion, Julia Lloyd Wright asked for an article to be placed on the next Town Meeting ballot for one/two cents on the tax rate to fund a town solar array. No further details were given.

In my garden-Potted up some Sage, Parsley and my Rosemary bush to bring inside for the winter. Washed the Butternut Squash to store in the basement. Roasted one to test the flavor. Scraped out the "meat" and blended it with some almond milk, maple syrup, brown sugar, fresh chopped sage and parsley and a touch or rosemary infused olive oil. Reheated it briefly and salted to taste. Poured this whole thing over a bowl of rotini pasta and have found a new way to make a Mac and Cheese like dish with out all the calories! Even the dog loved it!

Town Events:
The Weathersfield School PTA Annual Fall Craft Fair-Nov. 1 from 9 a.m.-2 p.m.
at the school on School House Drive in Ascutney. There are still tables available (at $10.00 a table). Come and see what our local people make and have for sale. Food will be on sale and the 8th graders will be there to draw for the winners of their raffle prizes.  Make sure you take a chance on winning a great prize and help them raise their money for the trip to Boston. Contact the school or Kelly at 263-5373.

Early Release Day for Weathersfield School- Wednesday, Nov. 5. Don’t forget, is an early release day for students. Faculty and staff will be working the full day. Students will have lunch and students will be boarded on buses to go home by 11:30 a.m..

Veteran's Day Program -Tuesday, Nov. 11 at 8:15 am The Weathersfield School would like to cordially invite you to our annual Veteran's Day Program. The program will feature patriotic songs, poetry and student presentations, as well as few speakers. It should last about 45 minutes. This event is open to the public. Please wear red, white and blue!

History of Vermont Agriculture
Thursday Nov. 13 6:30 p.m. Weathersfield Proctor Library. Roger Albee, the former Secretary of the State of Vermont Department of Agriculture will give a presentation on the History of Vermont Agriculture since 1766, why changes took place, and what it means for today. The Weathersfield Proctor Library is located at 5181 Route 5 Ascutney VT. For more information please call 802-674-2863 or email weathersfieldproctorlibrary@gmail.com.

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/

Reading Turkey Supper and Old Time Ball #VT

Saturday night the Reading Fire Department Auxiliary hosted a Turkey Supper and Old Time Ball. Folks could share in a family style community supper then head upstairs in Reading Town Hall and dance the night away to Yvonne and the Reverbs.
The turkey supper featured seven fresh turkeys from Ephraim Mountain Farm in Springfield VT, the smallest was 26 lbs and the largest 28.5 lbs.  As Bob Allen tells it "The turkeys had feathers on them Wednesday! We cooked them up today." The volunteers served up 100 lbs of potatoes, 100 lbs of onions, 100 lbs of squash and 38 pies-17 pumpkin pies cooked were on Friday in the Town Hall kitchen, rest were provided by cooks in the community. Esther Allen said "Everything was made from scratch, even the cranberry sauce. We have a great group of volunteers that helped us out."

Following dinner, folks made their way upstairs a good Old Time Ball featuring the music of Yvonne and The Reverbs. George and Della Starkweather traveled all the way from Marlboro NH to see the band. "We love this band, we missed them this summer at the VFW so we're really dying to see them tonight" said Della.


Reading Turkey Supper and Old Time Ball
Hosted by Reading Volunteer Fire Department Auxiliary
Reading VT October 25, 2014
Copyright ©2014 Nancy Nutile-McMenemy

Hartland Riding Club Trick or Treat Trio #VT


Saturday Hartland Riding Club and Vermont Equine Riding and Driving Association (VERDA) hosted a Trick or Treat Trio and Eatathon around the back roads of Hartland.
About 37 riders participated in this progressive lunch ride that made stops at The Tessier Farm (for breakfast), John Hammond's Farm, the Hamilton Rare Breed Farm and Hosington Farm returning to Tessier farm for dessert (where the dessert were judged by the riders.)

In addition to the lunch, there was a Poker Hand Ride with riders collecting their cards at each stop. With Halloween next week, there was a costume contest for scariest, funniest and most original. Lisa Keely won the $175 Poker Hand and Linda Glock won best dessert. Best Costume winners were Erin Glock and her horse as devils, Ruth Ferland and Sarah MacDonald for Pocahontas.


Trick or Treat Trio/Eatathon
Hosted by Hartland Riding Club and VERDA
Tessier Farm, Mace Hill RD
Hartland VT October 25, 2014
Copyright ©2014 Nancy Nutile-McMenemy

Monday, October 27, 2014

Pentangle Players Perform Joseph And The Amazing Technicolor® Dreamcoat #VT

Friday October 24, 2014
Town Hall Theater, Woodstock VT

Opening night for Joseph And The Amazing Technicolor® Dreamcoat was Friday. The Pentangle Players performed this spectacular two act play created in 1967 by Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice. There are just three more times for you to catch this fabulous production:
Saturday, November 1 @ 2:00 pm and 7:30 pm
Sunday, November 2 @ 2:00 pm
Tickets: $22.00 Adult / $21.00 Senior / $20.00 Member / $18.00 College Student (with I.D.) / $12.00 Child (5-18)

The house lights go down, the orchestra begins to play and the set is revealed...two giant brightly colored stair cases reaching to the top of the stage. The Narrator (Lanni Luce West) is surrounded by children. And the adventure begins.

Joseph (Joseph Guarino) is the favorite son of Jacob (Ken Hershey); his brothers make up the Twelve Tribes of Israel. Costume designer Holly Levison hand-dyed 83 yards of organic linen in colors representing the Tribes. Joesph receives an Amazing Coat from Jacob and the brothers become even more jealous of Joseph. They sell him into slavery; Joseph ends up in Pharaoh's Jail and eventually becomes Pharaoh's confident. He is released from jail and is confronted by his brothers. Will he seek revenge or will his show forgiveness?
The production is full of surprises, a country western song, Pharaoh (Paul West) as Elvis, a calypso song featuring Patrick Sharpe.
And even accordion music where the brothers lament over the loss of Joseph performed by Bill McCollom (Simeon) and Musical Director  Bob Merrill.

The production was colorful, the songs were wonderful to listen to and the cast-young and old alike were a joy to watch.


Joseph And The Amazing Technicolor® Dreamcoat
Pentangle Arts Council, Woodstock Town Hall Theatre
Woodstock,  VT October 24, 2014
Copyright ©2014Nancy Nutile-McMenemy

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Weathersfield News Oct 22 #weathersfield #VT

Weathersfield News October 22, 2014
Nancy Nutile-McMenemy
photosbynanci@comcast.net

Got my annual Flu Shot this past weekend. When we first moved up to Vermont in the 80s I got the flu (not a wimpy old cold mind you-but the REAL flu.) I never knew your hair follicles and teeth could ache or that breathing could be should a monumental chore. I had the chills so bad that I thought I was going to throw out my back shaking so hard. After the major symptoms left, it took over a month to get back to normal. I vowed to NEVER go through that again. I know that there is a lot of controversy circulating about getting the flu shot but trust me, if you don't get one for yourself do it to save someone else from getting this nasty bug. We travel a lot and folks have been asking if we fear the Ebola Virus-well, no not really but I DO FEAR the common cold and the Flu-hopefully this shot will save me from the flu's nastiness.

Weathersfield Elementary School News
Natalie Nichols Is A Winner-Natalie won her age group for the Elks soccer shootout that was held at Riverside Middle School on Sept 13. She now has an opportunity to go to St. Albans on Oct 19 to compete in the state shootout. If she wins her age group there, she will have a chance at going to Maine to compete nationally.
Good Luck Natalie!

Parent-Teacher Conferences/Report Cards
Parent -Teacher conferences will be held on Dec 4 and 5 this year, the school is reporting at trimesters for the first time. Grades will be sent home to parents on Dec 3, (the close of the first trimester is the week before), the conferences will focus on student achievement. K-4 students will receive a standards based report card for the first time ever. They will be graded on a 1 to 4 scale so the report card will not have letter grades and will look very different. Grades 5-8 will use the same reporting system as they have others years, but there is talk of changing their grades to standards based reporting, perhaps as early as next year. K-8 teachers are using PowerGrades now. The parent portal is open for grades 5-8, so parents can have daily access to their students’ grades. The parent portal is expected to open next year for grades K-4. Parent-Teacher Conference notices will be sent home on Nov 14.

Student Council Elections-Elections for Student Council were held on Thursday, Oct 16. The officers for 2014/2015 are: President - Brooke McKeen, Vice President- Emily Lang, Secretary- Katelin Wright, Treasurer- Ben French. Congratulations to these school leaders!

Hawks Mountain Grange #499 in Perkinsville Senior Scholarship
The School announced that Hawks Mountain Grange #499 in Perkinsville has donated a sum of $200 offering a scholarship to a graduating senior from Weathersfield that will be furthering their education in the agricultural field. This scholarship will be awarded each year until the funds no longer exist. Interested students should submit a letter of interest to: Weathersfield School, PO Box 279, Ascutney, VT 05030 c/o Grange Scholarship.

In my garden- Another Monday, another below 30 degree morning. Our pepper plants are trying to hang on but this may be the time that the garden gets put to bed. The garlic is in and now my focus is on cleaning up the perennial beds. Most of the leaves are off the trees so raking the yard should commence later this week if it doesn't rain.

Town Events:
Arming The Union: Vermont Gunmakers and The Technology That Shaped America-Thursday Oct 23 6:30 p.m. Martin Memorial Hall Rte 5 Ascutney. During the Civil War, The Union Army fielded more that two million men, most armed with newly-made highly accurate rifles. Carrie Brown will explore the critical role that Windsor played in producing technology that won the war. This is a Vermont Humanities event sponsored by the Friends of the Weathersfield Proctor Library. For more information call 802.674.2863 or visit www.weathersfieldproctorlibrary.org.

Candidate Forum at Cavendish Town Elementary School-Thursday Oct 23 at 7 p.m. for a local Candidate Forum at Cavendish Town Elementary School. Cavendish/Weathersfield residents should attend to ask question of the candidates running to represent this seat in the Vermont House.

Service Day At Weathersfield School-Oct 24. Please join the school in welcoming Weathersfield's fire departments, police and rescue as they spend the day at WS to teach kids about fire safety and safety in general.

Ascutney Mountain Audubon Society Annual Dinner and Program-Friday Oct 24 6 p.m. dinner, 7 p.m. program, Methodist Church Springfield. The traditional turkey dinner will be followed by a talk by Dr. Leonard Reitsma about his research the Secret Sex Life of Canada Warblers. Reservations for dinner can be made by contacting Ellen Allman 802.463.5129.

The Impact of the Interstate on Vermont Towns-Saturday Oct 25 7:30 p.m. UVM Professor Frank Ryan will speak on how the interstate system changed life in Vermont. The lecture will follow the Weathersfield Historical Society Annual Meeting and Potluck Supper. For more information call Ginger Wimberg 802.263.5626.

The Weathersfield School PTA Annual Fall Craft Fair-Nov 1 from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. at the school on School House Drive in Ascutney. There are still tables available (at $10.00 a table). Come and see what our local people make and have for sale. Food will be on sale and the 8th graders will be there to draw for the winners of their raffle prizes. Make sure you take a chance on winning a great prize and help them raise their money for the trip to Boston. Contact the school or Kelly at 263-5373.

Early Release Day for Weathersfield School- Wednesday, Nov 5. Don’t forget, is an early release day for students. Faculty and staff will be working the full day. Students will have lunch and students will be boarded on buses to go home by 11:30 a.m..

Veteran's Day Program -Tuesday, Nov 11 at 8:15 am The Weathersfield School would like to cordially invite you to our annual Veteran's Day Program. The program will feature patriotic songs, poetry and student presentations, as well as few speakers. It should last about 45 minutes. This event is open to the public. Please wear red, white and blue!

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/

Hartland Community Arts performs "Our Town" #Hartland #VT

Hartland VT
October 17, 2014

Hartland Community Arts performed Thornton Wilder's Our Town on Friday, opening night. The play is directed by RJ Crowley and produced by Kim Gibbs. 
This community theater chose a very interesting play to perform. Thornton Wilder's play was not well received when if first came out. Wilder wanted to "shake up" the theater world by creating a play with no scenery and having the character of the Stage Manager on stage speaking directly to the audience. Director and Stage Manager, RJ Crowley first saw the play in the early 1990s and fell in love with it.

With no scenery or props the audience is forced to focus on the characters, their dialogue and their interactions with each other. The play takes place in Grover's Corners NH and follows the lives of the town folk. The play is extremely well acted and very enjoyable. Although, be forewarned, there are some difficult moments, just as there are in real life.

Tickets are ONLY $10 and it will be $10 very well spent.

More performances will be held on Oct,24, 25, and 26 7 p.m. at Damon Hall in Hartland.

More images from Opening Night: http://photosbynanci.smugmug.com/VermontStandard/October-2014/HCA-Our-Town/


Our Town by Thornton Wilder
Performed by Hartland Community Arts
Damon Hall
Hartland VT October 17, 2014
Copyright ©2014 Nancy Nutile-McMenemy
www.photosbynanci.com
For The Vermont Standard: http://www.thevermontstandard.com/
Image Galleries http://photosbynanci.smugmug.com/VermontStandard

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

John Hiatt, Solo at the Shalin Liu Performance Center, Rockport MA

Shalin Liu Performance Center
Rockport MA
October 19, 2014

First let me say this venue is gorgeous. The backdrop for the performers is a wall of windows facing out into Rockport Harbor. Absolutely beautiful. Second, the acoustics are crystal.

What can I say about the legendary Mr. John Hiatt that hasn't been said before.

I overheard one member of the audience say her friend asked who is John Hiatt and the woman replied "You may not know him but I bet you've heard his songs!"
Recognize any titles? He has quite a catalog. Hiatt is out on tour solo right now playing some of his hits like: "Perfectly Good Guitar", "The Tiki Bar is Open", "Crossing Muddy Waters", "Cry Love", "Have a Little Faith in Me", and "Tennessee Plates".

Michael Logen opened the show.


More images from the show: http://photosbynanci.smugmug.com/JohnHiatt/2014-Solo-Tour/Shalin-Liu-Rockport/

Monday, October 20, 2014

Southside Johnny and the Asbury Jukes Perform at the Egg

The Egg Center for the Performing Arts
Albany, NY
October 18, 2014

Southside Johnny and the Asbury Jukes ventured from Jersey to Upstate New York for a performance at the Egg. I've been following Southside since the 80s and continue to be amazed at his talent as a singer/songwriter and band leader. The Jukes: Southside on vocals; Glenn Alexander on guitar; Chris Anderson on trumpet; John Conte on bass; John Isley on sax; Jeff Kazee on piano; Neal Pawley on trombone and Tom Seguso on drums totally rocked The Egg and its audience.

The Jukes opened with two songs from Little Steve Van Zandt and coaxed the crowd into singing along on a few songs including "Walk Away Renee" and "Talk to Me."

Setlist (provided by Carol Gerber)
Angel Eyes
Forever
This Time Baby's Gone for Good
Walk away Renée
Harder Than It Looks
Key to the highway
Strange Strange Feeling
Take It Inside
Rhumba & Coke
She Got Me Where She Wants Me
This Time It’s for Real
Without Love
Some Things Just Don't Change
On the Beach
Talk to Me
Working Too Hard
Passion St.
The Fever
Trapped Again
We're Having a Party

First encore:
Ooh Poo Pah Doo http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ve6c_z_9NYA / Tipitina http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UBSN7WOPkQ0
I Don’t Want to Go Home

Second encore:
Hearts of Stone (Southside singing with Jeff on keyboard)

There was some issue with the mic stand and the monitors but I don't think the crowd noticed as they were clapping and singing and dancing most of the night.

Always good to get a Jukes Fix!!

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Weathersfield News Oct 15 #weathersfield #VT



Weathersfield News October 15, 2014
Nancy Nutile-McMenemy
photosbynanci@comcast.net

Town News
The Select Board Meeting

Chief Daniels reported to the Select Board on Oct. 6 that the Police Vehicle-Impala currently has 99,000 miles on it. It is a 2009 model and currently has a small transmission issue. Chief Daniels has looked into bidding on various vehicles including a 2012 Ford Taurus, a 2015 Ford Taurus, a 2015 Ford Explorer. Daniels reported that the department has taken more than 900 calls this year. Last year there were 714 calls for the year, so department activity has increased. Mr. Arrison clarified that this discussion was purely informational and that no action was expected or would be taken. Arrison said that at the last town meeting, the voters had turned down the article to borrow money to buy a new cruiser. There is currently $17,700 in the reserve account to potentially work with until the next fiscal year. Mr. Fuller said the Board should consider putting an article on the next town meeting warrant for the new cruiser. Mr. Arrison said the cost could be placed in the general fund budget as a line item. Mr. Horton said that the voters had said “no” to the Town purchasing a new cruiser at the last town meeting, and if the Board chose to bid on this vehicle, the Board would be going against the will of the voters. Mr. Arrsion said that the voters did not authorize the Select Board to borrow money with which to purchase a new cruiser.

The Board also discussed the FY2014 budget. Net assets of the Town have increased since 2007 and continue to increase, reserve funds have increased since 2009, long-term debt has decreased since 2011 and the Center Road paving loan was paid off early (in 2014). In the current fiscal year, the Board did not use any fund balances to lower the tax rate, making it easier to keep the tax rate from increasing in the next budget.

The next Select Board meeting on Oct. 20 will be at Weathersfield Bow Baptist Church.


Weathersfield Proctor Library News
Congratulations Jordan Hutchinson, the Youth Services Librarian, and the Children's Room! Jordan received a scholarship to attend the 19th Annual Red Clover Conference and Children's Picture Book Award Ceremony in Fairlee, VT on Oct. 8. She learned new skills and came back with some great ideas for early literacy programming for children. In addition, she also won a full set of the Red Clover Award nominated books - all 10! The library staff and volunteers are busy processing and adding these books to the library catalog, but they are ready for your requests now.

In my garden-Time to plant the garlic! We've turned over the patch and are ready to put the cloves into the ground for next year's harvest. We had a bumper crop this summer and the garlic heads were HUGE, so the ones I've delegated to the garlic patch should yield even bigger ones next year. The winter butternut squash will be washed, dried and put in the basement for us to enjoy during the long winter months ahead. Our peppers are STILL going strong even after a few frost/freeze scares.

Music to my ears-Great music in the Upper Valley continues this week with Richard Thompson coming to the Lebanon Opera House on Tuesday Oct. 14. I'll be heading to Albany to see Southside Johnny and the Asbury Jukes on Saturday Oct. 18 and to Rockport MA to see John Hiatt on Oct.19. Oct 26 Mary Chapin Carpenter, with special guest Tift Merritt perform a benefit for Child and family Services of New Hampshire at the Lebanon Opera House. Lots of great music out there, get out and support LIVE music.

Obituaries
Weathersfield, Vt. — Brent W. Preston, Sr., 65, died Sunday, Oct. 5 at the Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center in Lebanon, N.H. He was born April 14, 1949, in Hanover, N.H. a son of Edward and Ethel (Brown) Preston. Brent attended schools in Lebanon and went on to work with several painting contractors in the Upper Valley but his true passion was his music. He played guitar and sung lead vocals with several bands in the area, most recently The Nighthawks. He also operated Brent’s Karaoke and DJ Service. Brent loved anything to do with music and enjoyed sharing it with others, including volunteering at senior centers, nursing homes and playing for the clients at Lincoln Street. The only thing Brent enjoyed as much as music was time with his family, especially his grandkids. He also enjoyed camping and spent summers with his family at Getaway Mountain Campground in Ascutney, Vt. Contributions in his memory may be made to the Norris Cotton Cancer Center, One Medical Center Drive, Lebanon, NH 03756.

Town Events:
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.

Y-JAM-National Youth Justice Awareness Month Community Event-Saturday Oct 18, Valley Court Diversion Programs 211 North Main Street, White River Junction, (right next to the Upper Valley Food Co-Op.) will host the National Youth Justice Awareness Month (Y-JAM) community event. Registration begins at 8:30 a.m., Run start time 10 a.m.. This event is a 5 K fun run/walk to bring awareness to youth in the adult and juvenile justice systems, as well as a fundraiser for Valley Court Diversion Programs. The campaign will distribute t-shirts to the first 100 registrants, as well as raffle prizes from local merchants at the end of the event. Bagels, fruit, and water provided. For more information call: 802-295-5078, ext. 15

Monthly Weathersfield Potluck And Program FREE -Tuesday, Oct 21, noon at Perkinsville VT Community Church Vestry. The program will be author Donna Dearborn of Chester VT on her book "Every Sunday" about her exceptional and inspirational father who lived a life of kindness and humility, and who had a devastating stroke. Her book shares her many visits to him at a nursing home sharing their many memories of hiking, skiing, etc. Bring a salad, hot dish or dessert to share. Beverages will be provided. Contact Lorraine Zigman 802-263-5245; lzigman@comcast.net

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/

Richard Thompson performs at the Lebanon Opera House #lohbackstage #NH

Richard Thompson performed a solo acoustic show for the Upper Valley on Tuesday night. About 500 folk music lovers got to hear Sir Richard play many of his most popular songs including "Beeswing", "Wall of Death" and my personal favorite "1952 Vincent Black Lightning". If you missed the show you can purchase his CD Acoustic Classics and get a feel for the show but it won't be the same. He's in Fall River Mass tonight but that show is SOLD OUT. So you'll have to wait until he swings back through the area in the future if you want to catch him live (and you should!)

Mr. Thompson last played the Opera House with Loudon Wainwright III in October of 2009 (http://photosbynanci.smugmug.com/LebanonOperaHouseShows/2009/Loud-and-Rich/)


Amanda Shires opened the show.
Images from Amanda's performance: http://photosbynanci.smugmug.com/LebanonOperaHouseShows/Richard-Thompson/Amanda-Shires/

Richard Thompson
with Special Guest Amanda Shires
Lebanon Opera House, Lebanon, NH
October 14, 2014
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Harpoon Octoberfest #VT

Columbus Day weekend many celebrate a famous Italian but Harpoon Brewery in Windsor celebrates German food and beer. Add in the Jolly Kopperschmidts-an Oompah Band playing non-stop and you have the makings for Harpoon's Octoberfest. They also hosted the 12th Annual Octoberfest Road Race on Sunday where all proceeds go to the Friends of Norris Cotton Cancer Center at DHMC.

Harpoon Octoberfest 2014
Artisan Way
Windsor VT October 12, 2014
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AVFD Golf Ball Drop #weathersfield #VT

The Ascutney Volunteer Fire Department hosted its 2nd Annual Golf Ball Drop on Sunday. Folks could buy a golf ball for $5 each or 3 for $25. The ball making a hole in one or the ball closest to the hole wins $400. Last year the event raised over $1100. Totals for this year weren't in at press.

Congrats to Levi Eglintine-he won the $400!

More images from the drop: http://photosbynanci.smugmug.com/VermontStandard/October-2014/AVFD-Golf-Ball-Drop

2nd Annual Golf Ball Drop
Hosted by Ascutney Volunteer Fire Department
Ascutney VT October 12, 2014
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AVFD Yard Sale-A Huge Success #weathersfield #VT

This past Friday, Saturday and Sunday, The Ascutney Volunteer Fire Department hosted its Annual Columbus Day Weekend Yard Sale. Community members are asked to donate gently used treasures and the AVFD volunteers sort and set up a MEGA-Yard Sale that opened Friday morning at 6 a.m.


Annual Columbus Day Weekend Yard Sale
Hosted by Ascutney Volunteer Fire Department
Ascutney VT October 12, 2014
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Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Weathersfield VT News October 8 #weathersfield #VT



Weathersfield News October 8, 2014
Nancy Nutile-McMenemy
photosbynanci@comcast.net

So the first week of October has raced by. I know most people LOVE fall with it's foliage and apple picking and crisp air but I'm a summer person and this time of year for me, as an avid gardener, means dying. I'm already missing the greens of summer. The dead leaf brown really gets me down. To relieve some of this, I'm starting an indoor herb garden and I'm vowing to walk with my dog every day regardless of weather to get my daily dose of Vitamin D. Any other suggestions on how you get rid of the winter blues would be wonderful.

I attended a rehearsal of Pentangle Arts Council’s amateur production of "Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor® Dreamcoat". The play will run the weekends of Oct 24 and Nov 1 at Woodstock Town Hall Theatre. Call 802-457-3981 or visit http://pentanglearts.org/joseph-dreamcoat/ for more information.

On Friday, Oct 3 Congressman Peter Welch stopped in North Hartland to visit with the employees of the North Hartland Tool Corporation. The custom tool design and manufacturing plant is located in the old North Hartland train depot. North Hartland Tool specializes in fixtures and gauges for jet engines.


Town News
Weathersfield Elementary School
The Kindergarten Class visited the Riverview Farm in Plainfield, NH on Friday Oct 3. The class had the pleasure of picking apples, pumpkins, raspberries, and even exploring a corn maze. The kids had been studying the lifecycle of an apple for a couple of weeks. The field trip was followed up by a 'Farm to School' high school team sharing a presentation of "How Apples Grow," which included a tasting of a variety of apples.


Weathersfield School Math Team has been announced and includes: Tori Amsden, Brennen Bickford, Kacie Charest, Kristin Clark, Daniel Dexter, Ben French, Jordan Gaito, Christina Gregory, Ozzie Jewett, Emily Lang, Jasmine Martens, Serene Martens, Virginia Snyder, Gideon Spikes, Skylar Swan and, Gunnar Waters. Team coaches are Mrs. Day and Mr. Lambert. The first math meet will be at Hanover High School on Oct 23.

Friends of the Weathersfield Proctor Library announced that their book and bake sale was a huge success. Close to $900 was raised last Saturday. The group extends thanks to everyone who helped sort books, bake, set up, take down, make change, carry boxes, purchased books, bought pies and helped in anyway. All proceeds from the sale help fund library programming and special projects. The new picnic table is the latest special project given to the Library by the Friends.

In my garden-Had to cover the pepper plants again on Sunday night. Woke up Monday morning to 28 degrees but I think the covered peppers survived. We've taken down our screens and will be washing the windows soon. The lawn furniture is being cleaned and put away for the winter and the final perennial bed weeding has begun.

Music to my ears-I had the great pleasure of attending the Los Lobos concert at the Lebanon Opera House (LOH) a week ago Tuesday, Sept 30. Not only are these guys great musicians but great people too. They hung around after the show and signed things and took pictures and were just the nicest bunch of guys. This week, again on Tuesday night Oct 7, Los Lonely Boys hit the LOH Stage, I'm sure it will be another great show. Last Saturday, Oct 4 I attended "An Evening of Music and Laughter" in Hartland with Christine Lavin and Don White. What a great way to spend a dark and stormy night, listening to folk music and hearing some very funny stories told by two extremely entertaining people. I'm looking forward to seeing John Hiatt at the Calvin in Northampton MA on Friday Oct 10 and Richard Thompson at LOH on Oct 14. There is a lot of great music coming to our area. You should check it out.







Obituaries
Weathersfield, Vt. — Kenneth A. Phillips, 81, died Thursday, Sept 25, at Springfield Hospital. He was born June 9, 1933, in Warwick, R.I., the son of Wendall and Florence (McGregor) Phillips. He attended schools and graduated from high school in Rhode Island. He served in the U.S. Army in Korea. He was employed as a supervisor with American Tourister Luggage in Warren, RI, for many years, and later worked for Copeland Furniture Manufacturing. A graveside service with military honors will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, Oct 10, at the Vermont Veterans Cemetery in Randolph Center. Arrangements are under the direction of Davis Memorial Chapel in Springfield.

Weathersfield, Vt. — Joseph A. Lemois, 85, a longtime resident of Weathersfield, passed away Monday morning, Sept. 29, at his home in Weathersfield. He was born April 11, 1929, in Taftville, Conn., the son of Edward and Albina (Vincent) Lemois. He moved to Burlington, Vt., in 1959 where he met Sandra Morgan. They were later married in West Warwick, R.I. They moved to Weathersfield in 1967. Joseph enjoyed working on his home in Weathersfield and was proud to have built it with his wife and son-in-law at the age of 83. At his request, private services will be held at the convenience of the family. Memorial contributions may be made to the Ascutneyville Volunteer Fire Department at PO Box 91, Ascutney, VT 05030 or to St. Jude Hospital at 262 Danny Thomas Place, Memphis, TN 38105 or at www.stjude.org.

Town Events:
Ascutney Fire Department Pie and Yard Sale-Ascutney Fire House Rte 131 Ascutney Friday Oct 10 6 a.m.-3 p.m., Saturday Oct 11 6 a.m.-4 p.m. and Sunday Oct 12 7 a.m.-1 p.m. Pies and lots of treasures to be found. Benefits the AVFD.

Ascutney Fire Department Golf Ball Drop. Saturday Oct 12, 11 a.m.. Hosted by The Ascutney Volunteer Fire Department. Buy your numbered golf ball before 11a.m. on October 12th All balls are dropped from AVFD's ladder truck over a putting hole next to the station. Ball in the hole, or closest to the pin, wins $400!

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.

Y-JAM-National Youth Justice Awareness Month Community Event-Saturday Oct 18, Valley Court Diversion Programs 211 North Main Street, White River Junction, (right next to the Upper Valley Food Co-Op.) will host the National Youth Justice Awareness Month (Y-JAM) community event. Registration begins at 8:30 a.m., Run start time 10 a.m.. This event is a 5 K fun run/walk to bring awareness to youth in the adult and juvenile justice systems, as well as a fundraiser for Valley Court Diversion Programs. The campaign will distribute t-shirts to the first 100 registrants, as well as raffle prizes from local merchants at the end of the event. Bagels, fruit, and water provided. For more information call: 802-295-5078, ext. 15

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/

Christine Lavin and Don White-An Evening of Music and Laughter in Hartland VT


Four Corners Concerts, in Hartland, hosted an "Evening of Music and Laughter with Christine Lavin and Don White" at the Hartland Universalist Church on Saturday night. The event's organizer John Bartholomew hopes to bring back the folk music series once held in Hartland. The Lavin/White show had pre-sold 140 tickets and when doors opened at 7 p.m. there was standing room only. The Lavin/White performances have packed audiences in wherever they’ve played, from the Regent Theatre in Boston to The Ark in Ann Arbor Michigan, it appeared that Hartland Vt. was no different. Bartholomew introduced Christine Lavin by saying "My first date with my wife was to a Christine Lavin concert."
Lavin took the stage first and played a set that included a new song inspired by the TV show 'Dance Moms'. She then introduced a young girl she met before the show who requested "Amoeba Hop" which is now a book. Lavin invited Eve Lydon Ovitt on stage to turn the book pages as the song progressed.
After a brief intermission Don White opened his set which included many songs that had folks laughing so hard tears were falling and a few songs that had tears falling for other reasons. Lavin joined White for a few songs and the chemistry between the two old friends could be felt throughout the venue. The show concluded with Lavin and White inviting any "Sensitive New-Age Guys" up on stage from the audience for a sing-along to her 1990's hit "Sensitive New-Age Guy", a song she wrote with John Gorka.

The next concert planned for Four Corners Concerts will be Nov 29 featuring Nowell Sing We Clear, a group from Brattleboro. More information my be found at: http://www.hartlanduu.com/

More performance images: http://photosbynanci.smugmug.com/VermontStandard/October-2014/Christine-Lavin-and-Don-White/

An Evening of Music and Laughter
With Christine Lavin and Don White
Sponsored by Four Corners Concerts
Hartland Universalist Church
Hartland VT October 4, 2014
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