Sunday, November 30, 2014

Ireland-The Emerald Isle, Dublin #dublin #Ireland #goaheadtours

Sunday 16 November 2014
Weathersfield to Boston to Ireland
(We booked our trip to Ireland a year ago on Black Friday with Go Ahead Tours.)

We dropped Riley, the wonder dog, off at the kennel and drove south to Boston. Our overnight flight from Logan/Boston to Dublin arrived about 4:45 am. We were met by our Tour Director Cathal (pronounced like Karl) in the airport. He popped us in a taxi and off we went to the Maldron/ParnellHotel. Got there at 6 am and luckily there was a room ready for us.

Monday 17 November 2014
We crashed, intending to sleep only a few hours but woke up at noon. We decided, after surfing the internet, to try to find The Black Sheep Pub on the corner of Parnell and Capel. 

We did find the Pub after asking a few friendly folks and found it to be wonderful. Lots of young folks and a few oldsters too. They had a variety of Galway Bay Brewery beers on tap so Jay was in heaven. I ordered the fish and chips and Jay had the club sandwich. The fish came with this green spearminty cup and I was told this was mushy peas-it was great and refreshing, cutting the grease of the fish and fries just right.
Our bartender let us sample the White Hag Imperial Oatmeal Stout (9%) called Black Boar but Jay and I preferred the Galway Stormy Port better.

Around 3:30 we met our tour group in the lobby for a brief walking tour around Dublin with Cathal. He pointed out all the statues and theaters and the GPO (General Post Office). We ended up at The Palace Bar. Jay tried the Beamish Irish Stout and I tried a Hot Whiskey/Hot Toddy (whiskey, hot water, lemon, cloves and a little sugar-very medicinal.)

Fun Facts: Most Dublin Buildings are in Georgian style-(four Georges ruled over Ireland 1714-1830.) O'Connell Street is the center of tourist traffic and shopping. The River Iffey cuts the city in two: North Dublin and South Dublin.

We met our group again in the lobby of the hotel for our Welcome Meeting and Dinner. Paddy our driver greeted us too. We have 12 people on our tour: Jennifer from Greenville SC; Shirley and Tom from Lake Pleasant NJ; Alex and Kelsy from Youngstown OH; Tom and Michelle from Tampa FL; Sue from Boston, Laura and Sandy from Alabama; Nancy and Jay from Vermont; Cathal (our Tour Director) from Cork and Paddy (our bus driver) from Limmerick.

Dinner was great then off to bed. Our room was right out over the street so the traffic noise went on all night. Coming from living in the woods with no night sounds-sleeping was difficult.

Up the next morning pretty bleary eyed.

More images from our first day in Dublin: http://photosbynanci.smugmug.com/Ireland-2014/Dublin/

Traditions of Ireland
Go Ahead Tours
November 16-26, 2014
Copyright © Nancy Nutile-McMenemy

Saturday, November 29, 2014

Weathersfield News Nov 26 #weathersfield #VT


Weathersfield News November 23, 2014
Nancy Nutile-McMenemy
photosbynanci@comcast.net


Beannachtaí
Greetings from the Emerald Isle, Ireland. We flew over last Sunday and have been touring this lovely country all week (we should be arriving back to Weathersfield as this paper is being delivered!) Our adventure started with three nights in Dublin-and no we didn’t see Bono (I believe he was having surgery following a bike accident-not that we would have seen him anyway.)
We day tripped to many wonderful sites such as:
Dublin- St. Patrick’s Cathedral, Trinity College (Book of Kells), Phoenix Park.
County Wicklow (the Hollywood of Ireland-many films are shot here)-Powerscourt (gorgeous gardens), Glendalough (Valley of Two Lakes)
Making our way south we hit:
County Kildare-The National Stud Farm (famous Irish Thoroughbreds)
County Tipperary-Rock of Cashel (12th century stone buildings)
County Cork-Cobh (the last stop before Titanic began its voyage across the Atlantic, also the Lusitania was torpedoed right off the coast), Blarney Castle (no I did NOT kiss the Blarney Stone)
County Kerry-The Ring of Kerry (a 112 mile long coastline route that travels through some of the most spectacular scenery in all of Ireland)
Next we headed towards the west coast:
County Clare-Bunratty Castle (15th century Tower House)
County Galway-the Burren (limestone plateau), Cliffs of Moher
County Limmerick-Silvermine Mountains and the Shannon River
It was a jammed packed adventure and one that I would do again in a heartbeat. The country is beautiful; the people extremely warm and friendly; the food was excellent and or course there was the beer and whiskey, very flavorful.

Thank the stars for digital images, if I had shot this trip on film, oh boy. Think of me while you are enjoying turkey and football. I’ll be editing these images and reliving this fabulous trip to √Čire.

I will be posting all my Ireland images to: http://photosbynanci.smugmug.com/Ireland-2014

Town Events:
Contradance Friday Nov. 28 7:00 p.m. at the Weathersfield Center Meetinghouse. Sponsored by the Friends of the Meetinghouse, admission $8, children are free and welcomed. All dances will be taught. The caller will be David Millstone, music performed by George Ainley and the Stringfield Springers. Proceeds will go towards replacing the front porch and steps of the historic Meetinghouse. Bring any leftover Thanksgiving desserts and cider will be served.

Saxtons River Bell Ringers Holiday Concert Thursday Dec. 4 7 p.m. Come hear handbell musicians play holiday favorites at Martin Memorial Hall, 5259 Route 5 in Ascutney, VT. Unlike an orchestra or choir in which each musician is responsible for one line of the texture, a bell ensemble acts as one instrument, with each musician responsible for particular notes, sounding his or her assigned bells whenever that note appears in the music. This concert is free and for all ages thanks to the Friends of the Weathersfield Proctor Library. For more information about handbells please visit http://handbellmusicians.org/. For information about the concert call 802.674.2863 or visit www.weathersfieldproctorlibrary.org.

REMINDERS

Turkey Trots in the Area:
Zack’s Place 5K Turkey Trot Walk and Run Thanksgiving Day Woodstock
Thursday Nov. 27, 10 a.m. Start Registration at 8 a.m.
Starts at Woodstock Elementary 15 School St. Woodstock, VT
1400 people walk and run through historic Woodstock. A family event. Proceeds benefit Zack's Place enrichment center providing free programs Mon-Fri for individuals with special needs. Entertainment, Prizes and t-shirts! $25.00 www.zacksplacevt.org

Edgar May Thanksgiving Day 5k, Springfield
Check in and registration will open at 8 a.m. with the race beginning at 9 a.m.
Parking is available in the Springfield Hospital main parking lot at the top of Ridgewood Road or behind in the employee lot. Please dress appropriately for a November race.
Awards and results will be available at 10 a.m. Kick off your Thanksgiving Day with a great workout and run or walk our 3.1 mile route, starting and ending at Springfield Hospital. Those who preregister will receive a t-shirt. This will be a timed event and medals will be awarded for top male and female finishers in the following categories: 18 and under, 19-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, and 60+. The cost of the race is $25 if you register before Nov 1 and $30 after. To register for this event: http://www.active.com/springfield-vt/running/distance-running-races/the-edgarmay-thanksgiving-day-5k-2014?int

West Windsor Turkey Trot, Brownville
Thursday Nov. 27 10a.m. Please join the Edge Fitness Center at the Ascutney Mountain Resort for our first annual 5-K9 Turkey Trot, held on Thanksgiving Day! Come celebrate Thanksgiving in the beautiful community of West Windsor during this super fun 3 mile run/walk! The BEST PART? Dogs are welcome and encouraged on the course! For an extra energy kick, PIE STATIONS will be at the beginning, mid point and finish line of the run! After all, what would a Thanksgiving event be without copious amounts of pie? After finishing the run/walk, please stay for pie at the finish line! Feeling GIVING? Please bring non-perishable food items to support our friends that utilize the Reading Food Shelf. YOU MUST REGISTER ONLINE TO PARTICIPATE FOR THIS EVENT! PLEASE SIGN UP TODAY! http://www.imathlete.com/events/EventOverview.aspx?fEID=21716
Call 802-484-3511or email: erinmontgomerykershaw@gmail.com for more information.

Trot It Off 5k, Ludlow
Saturday Nov. 29 8 a.m.-Registration in the Cornerstone Room at Jackson Gore. 9: 15a.m-Tots Trot 9:30 a.m.- 5K Race Location: Jackson Gore Village Description: This 5k running/walking race is perfect for the avid runner or the recreational walker eager to burn off the calories from that extra slice of Thanksgiving dessert. Registration is $25 per person and proceeds go to support the Wendy Neal Scholarship Fund and Black River Good Neighbor Services. All participants will receive an event Tee-shirt. The Tots Trot, a kids’ fun race for children 12 and younger, will take place just before the 5k. Trot It Off 5K Pre-Registration: $25 ($30 on the day of the event) Tots Trot (12 & under) Pre-Registration: $10 ($15 on the day of the event)
http://www.okemo.com/activities/calendar/trot-it-off-5k/#events

Ongoing:

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

Food Shelf
The Weathersfield Food Shelf is located at 7303 Route 131 - the former "World of Discovery" daycare. Thanks to the generosity of their donors, the Weathersfield Food Shelf will now be open every Thursday from 4 p.m.-5 p.m.

Senior Exercise Program in Ascutney-FREE sponsored by RSPV- Wednesdays 10-11 a.m. in basement of Martin Memorial Hall, Route 5, Ascutney, VT. Classes are led by Geraldine Rudenfeldt. If interested call 674-5254 for more information.

Weathersfield Proctor Library-FREE Programs
FREE Computer Tutor - Fridays 10:30 - 11:30 a.m. Do you want to learn how to use a computer? Sign up for email or facebook or learn more about internet safety? Did you know the library offers downloadable eBooks and audiobooks? Sign up required. BYOL (bring your own laptop or smartphone if you have one).

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

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Weathersfield News Nov 19 #weathersfield #VT


Weathersfield News November 19, 2014
Nancy Nutile-McMenemy


I had the pleasure of attending a delightful musical this past Friday night, Fish Tale, An Original Musical. The Trumbull Hall Troupe performed this musical at the Lebanon Opera House. The play was directed by Kyle Silliman-Smith and Jodi Picoult was the Executive Producer. With this combination, you know this play had to be off the charts-and it was. Picoult wrote the script and Ellen Wilbur the score. The set and costumes were colorful and amusing Chris Scott and Holly Levison out did themselves. And the actors-what a great group of very talented young adults. In addition to rehearsals, they gave of their time to help support Troupe's charities: they wrote letters to orphans in Zimbabwe (The Zienzele Foundation), helped out at the CHaD HERO Half Marathon and Ripcord 5K (Children's Hospital at Dartmouth) and hosted a three-week class with children through the Upper Valley Haven. Trumbull Hall Troupe is on my radar for future productions and should be on yours too.

Select Board News
From their Nov. 10 Meeting
Bids have been received for mold remediation in the 1879 Perkinsville School building. Board member Fuller asked for clarification of the work that has been bid on. Town Manager Mullen showed the Board a drawing of the floor plan of the building and indicated that the project included everything except the portion under the addition. Mr. Mullen said that the portion under the addition is only a crawl space, making access difficult for the type of work being proposed. He said that the addition would have to gutted and the floor boards removed to get access to the floor joists and beams underneath. He said this might constitute a separate project to be taken up when the sills are to be repaired and the new bathroom installed. This area would be sealed off from the rest of the building until such time as this part of the work could be done. Mr. Fuller expressed concern about the effectiveness of the seal and the possibility that mold from the addition could re-contaminate the main part of the building. Mr. Mullen said that a fan would be installed that would create a negative pressure in the crawl space. The air would be vented to the outside. The Board placed a call to Todd Hobson of Claypoint Associates to get some project clarification. Mr. Fuller made a motion to direct the Town Manager to work with Claypoint Associates to go back to the three contractors to ask them to refine their bids which will take care of the entire mold problem according to whatever the specs are. Mr. Boyer seconded and all voted in favor. This discussion will continue at the Nov 17 Select Board meeting.

Weathersfield School News
Thanksgiving Celebration at WS. Thursday, Nov. 20 WS will host their annual Thanksgiving Celebration. All are welcome to purchase lunch for $3.35 for each adult and $2.65 for each child. Reservations need to be made by Monday, Nov. 17. Contact the school to sign up. Lunch Schedule: (no salad or sandwich options on this day)
Grades K-2- Lunch: 10:20- 10:50; Grades 5-8- Lunch: 10: 53- 11:15; Recess: 11:15-11:25; Grades 3-4 - Lunch: 11:35-12:05; Grades K-4- Recess: 11:00-11:30.

Three Early Release Days in December Thursday, Dec. 4 is an early release day. Teachers will begin conferences that afternoon through the evening. The children will be fed and boarded on buses by 11:30 a.m.. No school on Friday, Dec. 5, as conferences will continue. Please be advised that there are two more early release days: Dec. 11 and 19.

1879 Perkinsville School News
The Select Board voted to give the school reuse committee $12,000 to help with renovations to bring the building up to code. Weathersfield Parks and Rec. Dept has said some monies may be available for a bathroom installation. One room has been designated for use by the Food shelf and one potentially for use by the Weathersfield Proctor Library as a library annex. There is also discussion of hosting a child care center.

Obituaries:
Ascutney, Vt.— Keith Vance, 69, passed away on Sunday, Nov. 9, 1014.
Keith was predeceased by his parents Charles E. & Mildred B. (Stanton) Vance, and a brother Sheldon Vance. Keith served in the United States Army during the Vietnam War.
He is survived by his son, Mikel Hunt of Temple, Texas; and six siblings, Shirley Picken of Brownington, Vt., Gary Vance of Claremont, N.H., his twin brother, Kermit Vance of Belton, S.C., Edward Vance of Newport, N.H., and Linda Dresser of Thetford Ctr., Vt.
Family and friends are invited to memorial calling hours at the Ricker Funeral Home in Lebanon on Friday, Nov. 14, 2014, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. A private committal service will held at a later date. A message of condolence can be shared with the family through an on line guest book by visiting www.rickerfuneralhome.com.

Town  and Area Events
Turkey Trots in the Area:
Zack’s Place 5K Turkey Trot Walk and Run Thanksgiving Day Woodstock
Thursday Nov 27, 10 a.m. Start Registration at 8 a.m.
Starts at Woodstock Elementary 15 School St. Woodstock, VT
1400 people walk and run through historic Woodstock.  A family event. Proceeds benefit Zack's Place enrichment center providing free programs Mon-Fri for individuals with special needs. Entertainment, Prizes and t-shirts! $25.00 www.zacksplacevt.org 

Edgar May Thanksgiving Day 5k, Springfield
Check in and registration will open at 8 a.m. with the race beginning at 9 a.m.
Parking is available in the Springfield Hospital main parking lot at the top of Ridgewood Road or behind in the employee lot.  Please dress appropriately for a November race.
Awards and results will be available at 10 a.m. Kick off your Thanksgiving Day with a great workout and run or walk our 3.1 mile route, starting and ending at Springfield Hospital. Those who preregister will receive a t-shirt. This will be a timed event and medals will be awarded for top male and female finishers in the following categories: 18 and under, 19-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, and 60+. The cost of the race is $25 if you register before Nov 1 and $30 after. To register for this event: http://www.active.com/springfield-vt/running/distance-running-races/the-edgarmay-thanksgiving-day-5k-2014?int

West Windsor Turkey Trot, Brownville
Thursday Nov 27 Please join the Edge Fitness Center at the Ascutney Mountain Resort for our first annual 5-K9 Turkey Trot, held on Thanksgiving Day! Come celebrate Thanksgiving in the beautiful community of West Windsor during this super fun 3 mile run/walk! The BEST PART? Dogs are welcome and encouraged on the course! For an extra energy kick, PIE STATIONS will be at the beginning, mid point and finish line of the run! After all, what would a Thanksgiving event be without copious amounts of pie? After finishing the run/walk, please stay for pie at the finish line!  Feeling GIVING? Please bring non-perishable food items to support our friends that utilize the Reading Food Shelf.
YOU MUST REGISTER ONLINE TO PARTICIPATE FOR THIS EVENT! PLEASE SIGN UP TODAY! http://www.imathlete.com/events/EventOverview.aspx?fEID=21716
Call 802-484-3511or email: erinmontgomerykershaw@gmail.com for more information.


Contadance sponsored by the Friends of the Meetinghouse on the day after Thanksgiving, Friday Nov. 28 at 7:00 p.m. at the Weathersfield Center Meetinghouse. Admission will be $8.00.  Children are free and welcomed. All dances will be taught. The caller will be David Millstone and the music will be by George Ainley and the Stringfield Springers. Proceeds will go towards replacing the front porch and steps of the historic Meetinghouse. Bring any leftover Thanksgiving desserts and cider will be served.

Trot It Off 5k, Ludlow
Saturday Nov 29 8 a.m.-Registration in the Cornerstone Room at Jackson Gore. 9: 15a.m-Tots Trot 9:30 a.m.- 5K Race  Location: Jackson Gore Village Description: This 5k running/walking race is perfect for the avid runner or the recreational walker eager to burn off the calories from that extra slice of Thanksgiving dessert. Registration is $25 per person and proceeds go to support the Wendy Neal Scholarship Fund and Black River Good Neighbor Services. All participants will receive an event Tee-shirt. The Tots Trot, a kids’ fun race for children 12 and younger, will take place just before the 5k.  Trot It Off 5K Pre-Registration: $25 ($30 on the day of the event) Tots Trot (12 & under) Pre-Registration: $10 ($15 on the day of the event)

Ongoing:
Food Shelf
The Weathersfield Food Shelf is located at 7303 Route 131 - the former "World of Discovery" daycare. Thanks to the generosity of their donors, the Weathersfield Food Shelf will now be open every Thursday from 4 p.m.-5 p.m. 

Senior Exercise Program in Ascutney-FREE sponsored by RSPV- Wednesdays 10-11 a.m. in basement of Martin Memorial Hall, Route 5, Ascutney, VT. Classes are led by Geraldine Rudenfeldt. If interested call 674-5254 for more information.

Weathersfield Proctor Library-FREE Programs
FREE Computer Tutor - Fridays 10:30 - 11:30 a.m. Do you want to learn how to use a computer? Sign up for email or facebook or learn more about internet safety? Did you know the library offers downloadable eBooks and audiobooks? Sign up required. BYOL (bring your own laptop or smartphone if you have one).


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

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Weathersfield News Nov 12 #weathersfield #VT


Weathersfield News November 12, 2014
Nancy Nutile-McMenemy


I hope you all noticed 'Old Glory' flying on the power poles in Ascutney and Perkinsville. The Weathersfield American Flag Project, headed by Lisa and Jeff Slade, raised private funds to purchase the flags and mounts; used volunteers to mount them and as a result the flags are now proudly on display in time for Veterans Day. The flags will be removed for the winter and will reappear just before Memorial Day. The group is still accepting donations (in the form of a check made payable to the Town of Weathersfield mailed to the Town Office at PO Box 550 Ascutney, VT 05030 or contact Lisa Slade 802-291-1475 for more information) so the flags and mounts can be replaced as needed.

Signs of November-gray skies, leafless trees and time to wear orange. Youth rifle season in Vermont was last weekend Nov. 8 and 9. Rifle Deer Hunting and Late Black Bear Hunting open Nov. 15 through Nov. 30 and Nov. 23 respectively. A good source of Vermont Hunting Information is: http://www.eregulations.com/vermont/. So it's time to get out the blaze orange for you and your dogs. We hike in the woods daily and always have a reflective vest and bell on our dog. The vests are fairly inexpensive and no only can be used during hunting season but year round for you dog's safety.

Select Board News
Portion of Asa Grout Lane Reclassified. Mr. Arrison said that the Board had received a letter from the Public Works Supervisor saying that the work has been completed and that the grader and a truck from the West Weathersfield Fire Department can turn around at the top. He said they have the Findings of Facts and the Conclusion of Law. The Select Board voted unanimously to reclassify a portion of Asa Grout Lane that is 1260± feet from a class 4 to a class 3 town highway.

Weathersfield Elementary School News
Grade 8 Raffle-Congratulations to the following people for winning the 8th Grade Raffle on Saturday, Nov. 1: One night stay at the Weathersfield Inn- Jean Wright; Kayak with life vest and paddle- Chris and Lillie; Handmade Quilt- Milton Dopp; Detailed Car Wash- Scott Harriman. Money raised will help the 8th grade field trip to Boston.

“Tom the Terrific Turkey” by Harriet Wood-Former WES Title 1 Reading teacher, Harriet Wood, is an author! Her new book is called “Tom the Terrific Turkey”. WES Library Media Teacher, Mrs. Smith, has asked Mrs. Wood to come to school to read her new book to the children. The school purchased eight copies for the children to enjoy and sign out. Mrs. Wood is planning to spend the day in  the library on Monday, Nov. 24 and on Tuesday, Nov. 25 for 8th period. She is planning to  read her book to each class during their library time.

Art on Display-Caitlin Flanigin, WES Art Teacher, has mounted student art work from grades 5th-8th at the WSESU Central Office in Windsor, (above the Mascoma
Bank.) Each school displays artwork there during the year. The display includes about 25 pieces, all up on the walls. The work will be on display until Dec. 12.

Donations Needed
The Student Council will be collecting the items below for this year's Thanksgiving Baskets. The class with the most donations will win a pizza party! Student Council will be filling 20 baskets for the community. All donations are due by Friday, Nov. 21. Items needed: Turkey-Frozen, Potatoes, Squash, Cranberry Sauce, Stuffing, Canned Veggie, Pickles, Pie Crust, Pie Filling, Gravy, and Juice. Items may be dropped off at the school.

Manchester Monarchs Field Trip
Many parents and Weathersfield family members have asked about chaperoning for the Manchester Monarchs field trip on Nov. 19. The School will be inviting volunteers, but only after school personnel needing to go have been assured seating in the arena with their students. If you'd like to volunteer, please contact Jessica Sivret at the school by email: jessica.sivret@wsesu.net. The Verizon Wireless Arena is a public place so if you would like to attend on your own and not as a chaperone, please visit www.manchestermonarchs.com to get tickets for the event.

Town Events:
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:
Last Week to Submit-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.  

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/

Honoring Veterans #HartlandVT #WestWindsorVT #VT

Veterans Day
November 11, 2014

The American Legion Post 48 and Cub Scouts Pack 235 hosted a program honoring the local Veterans at Damon Hall in Hartland on Tuesday.


Attending the ceremony were two World War II combat vets: Jimmy Bowers who fought at the Battle of the Bulge and Errol Rice who was shot down over France. Dorothy Cummings was also at the event. She served as an Army nurse on the US Hope. She was working the night shift when the Japanese surrendered.

More images from Hartland's salute to their heroes: http://photosbynanci.smugmug.com/VermontStandard/November-2014/Hartland-Veterans-Day/

Later in the day, the students at Albert Bridge School in West Windsor hosted a program honoring their local Veterans.
The students read a brief history of Veterans Day, sang a few songs and Thanked the Veterans by handing out Certificates of Appreciation.
At the close of the ceremony the 6th grade class went around the gym and personally thanked all the Veterans in attendance. Edson Pierce shared some of his old photos from his time in the Navy (1953-1957) with the children.

More images from Albert Bridge School: http://photosbynanci.smugmug.com/VermontStandard/November-2014/Albert-Bridge-School-Veterans-/

Honoring Our Veterans
American Legion Post 48
Albert Bridge School
Hartland and West Windsor, VT November 11, 2014
Copyright ©2014 Nancy Nutile-McMenemy

Woodstock Car Hits A Buck In Reading #ReadingVT #VT


Stephanie Linton, 24 of Woodstock, was driving her 3 year old son, Jax to child care around 8:30 a.m. Monday morning when their 2011 Hyndai Santa Fe hit a buck on Rte 106. A doe ran across the road followed by a buck. "The deer came out of nowhere, I hit the brakes but I had no place to go" said Stephanie by phone after the accident. Both she and her son are fine, the car is a wreck. The airbags did not deploy. Immediately after the accident, Jax's Dad, Josh, was on the scene and he said his son was fine and said to him "Daddy can we go find the deer?"
The deer was badly injured and climbed up into the woods where it later died. Vermont State Game Warden, David Taddei arrived from Townshend and tagged the deer so the Linton family could legally keep it. "We still have deer meat in the freezer from last winter" Stephanie said, this buck will add to it.

The vehicle was towed to Woodstock Sunoco waiting on insurance assessment. Ms. Linton is the daughter-in-law of Woodstock's Second Constable Kelly Linton.


Vehicle Hits Deer in Reading
Reading, VT November 10, 2014
Copyright ©2014 Nancy Nutile-McMenemy


40 Years of Mentoring, Pasta and Improv Night #HartlandVT #VT


Windsor County Partners hosted a Pasta Dinner and Quicksilver Comedy Improv Night at Damon Hall in Hartland Saturday night to kick off 40 years of mentoring in Windsor County. Over 75 people attended the dinner that included chicken from Jake's in Quechee, Mac and Cheese from Skunk Hollow tavern in Hartland, Lasagna from Windsor Station In Windsor and a beautiful cake from Shaw's in West Lebanon.


Pasta Dinner and Quicksilver Comedy Improv Night
Hosted by Windsor County Partners
Damon Hall
Hartland, VT November 8, 2014
Copyright ©2014 Nancy Nutile-McMenemy

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Local Voting November 2014


Voters in Hartland and West Windsor took to the polls on Tuesday, Nov. 4. These two Windsor County towns still hand count every ballot-no machines for them.
Voters of all ages cast their ballots. I even ran into a first time voter in Hartland.

Voting in Hartland and West Windsor
West Windsor, VT November 4, 2014
Copyright ©2014 Nancy Nutile-McMenemy

Weathersfield News Nov 5 #weathersfield vt #VT


Weathersfield News November 5, 2014
Nancy Nutile-McMenemy

By now you are getting adjusted to our turning the clocks back an hour on Sunday Nov. 2. I for one don't see the point. I'm not a big fan of Daylight Savings Time (DST), and would prefer that we leave the clocks alone. I offer you five reasons why we shouldn't change the clocks:
1. An unpopular tradition-The main argument against daylight saving time is simple: People don’t like to do it. According to a Rasmussen report from March of 2013, only 37 percent of Americans believe that DST should continue, while 45 percent said that the practice was pointless and was not “worth the hassle.”

2. Farmers-Much of the argument for maintaining DST lies in the belief that the practice is beneficial to farmers. However, the changing hours have little to no effect on the daily tasks required on a farm, there's still the same number of daylight hours.


3. Safety concerns-Changing the clocks means waking up and going to bed at different hours, but it can also create a higher risk of traffic accidents for commuters who normally drive home during daylight hours. A study published by the New England Journal of Medicine suggests that drivers unaccustomed to the time differences due to DST are more likely to get into accidents due to disrupted circadian rhythms and insufficient sleep. "As a society we are chronically sleep-deprived and that small additional losses of sleep may have consequences for public and individual safety," said Dr. Stanley Coren in his report.

4. Health hazards-Changing an individual's schedule by a single hour might not just interrupt their day, but could also be hazardous to their health. Recent studies have linked the beginning and end of DST to a variety of health problems, including an increased risk of heart attacks and a rise in suicide rates. According to Dr. Sean Duffy, an associate professor of Psychology at Rutgers-Camden, DST is not only a risk to physical health, but it could negatively affect a person's mood. “Falling back” in the winter marks the beginning of early nights, sometimes leading to symptoms of depression. “The change in DST in fall is also a marker of the end of the summer season and the beginning of winter,” said Duffy. “This can be depressing for those longing for the extravagances of summer.”

5. Interrupted sleeping schedules-Setting clocks back an hour means gaining an extra hour of sleep time. For others who might be more sensitive to time changes, however, going to bed an hour later could cause anything but sweet dreams. According to Dr. Sean Duffy, an associate professor of Psychology at Rutgers-Camden, time changes could upset a person’s natural sleeping schedule. In some cases, the process of adjusting to “springing forward” and “falling back” can affect learning and memory processes by changing the way that the brain functions. “Sleep is a critical process for the whole body, helping it repair damage, but particularly for the brain, which consolidates memory and helps us learn,” said Duffy. “Most people can handle the one hour switch of daylight saving time but if you are prone to sleep disorders or insomnia, the change in timing can take some adjustment.”

I know I'm greatly affected by these time changes and so is my dog. On average I'd say it takes us about a week to fully adjust to the "Spring Ahead" "Fall Back" clocks. I've also found that it not only affects my sleeping patterns but my eating patterns as well.

DST started during World War I in an effort to conserve fuel, Germany began observing in 1916. The United States followed in 1918, Congress abolished this Standard Time Act after the war overriding Woodrow Wilson's veto. Observation became a local option where some States observed and others did not until World War II when President Franklin Roosevelt instituted the year-round DST, called "War Time" on February 19, 1942 through September 1945. After 1945 many states and cities east of the Mississippi River adopted summer DST. From 1945 to 1966 there was no federal law on daylight savings. In 1962 the transportation industry found much confusion between states observing and not and pushed for federal regulation, resulting in the Uniform Time Act of 1966.

Some States and US Territories DO NOT Observe DST: Arizona (except the Navajo Indian Reservation which extends into Utah and New Mexico), Hawaii, Puerto Rico, American Samoa, Guam, The Northern Mariana Islands and the United States Virgin Islands, I guess they have 12 hours of daylight year round anyway, hmmm I'll have to look into these states and territories a little more.

Weathersfield Elementary School News






Donations Needed
The Student Council will be collecting the items below for this year's Thanksgiving Baskets. The class with the most donations will win a pizza party! Student Council will be filling 20 baskets for the community. All donations are due by Friday, Nov. 21. Items needed: Turkey-Frozen, Potatoes, Squash, Cranberry Sauce, Stuffing, Canned Veggie, Pickles, Pie Crust, Pie Filling, Gravy, and Juice. Items may be dropped off at the school.

Manchester Monarchs Field Trip
Many parents and Weathersfield family members have asked about chaperoning for the Manchester Monarchs field trip on Nov. 19. The School will be inviting volunteers, but only after school personnel needing to go have been assured seating in the arena with their students. If you'd like to volunteer, please contact Jessica Sivret at the school by email: jessica.sivret@wsesu.net. The Verizon Wireless Arena is a public place so if you would like to attend on your own and not as a chaperone, please visit www.manchestermonarchs.com to get tickets for the event.

Town Events:
Veteran's Day Program -Tuesday, Nov. 11 at 8:15 a.m. 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!

File photo from 2010
File photo from 2010
Veterans Day Nov. 11-is a day to remember and honor the selfless dedication of service members, men and women, who have boldly stood in harm’s way carrying the torch of freedom fighting to protect our abundant way of life. Please come to the Perkinsville Green, in Perkinsville Vermont on Tuesday Nov. 11 at 11 a.m. to celebrate Veterans.

History of Vermont Agriculture
Thursday Nov. 13 6:30 p.m. Weathersfield Proctor Library hosts Roger Albee, the former Secretary of the State of Vermont Department of Agriculture. Albee 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.


Monthly Weathersfield Potluck - Tuesday, Nov. 18 noon at Perkinsville Community Church, Route 106, Perkinsville VT.  A time of fellowship and some trivia games . Free and open to all. Bring a hot dish, salad or dessert. Beverages will be provided. Contact Lorraine Zigman 802-263-5245lzigman@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.  

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/

Pumpkins In The Park 2014 #Hartland VT #VT


Hundreds of Hartlanders attended the Pumpkins In The Park Halloween Party hosted by the Hartland Recreation Department on Friday night. The evening's events included: costume contests, guess the HUGE pumpkin's weight, how many candies in a jar, hay wagon rides and a DJ to dance the night away.


More images from the Halloween Party in Hartland: http://photosbynanci.smugmug.com/VermontStandard/November-2014/Pumpkins-In-The-Park/

Pumpkins In The Park 2014
Hosted by Hartland Recreation Department
Hartland VT October 31, 2014
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Fright Night 2014 #Reading VT #VT

Reading Town Hall was transformed into a giant Haunted House Friday Night. Complete with ghosts and zombies and a very unusual chef.
The Town Hall hosted a Turkey Supper and Old Time Dance a week ago Friday night and the Friends and Neighbors Community Foundation volunteers moved in on Saturday to begin setting up for Fright Night 2014. The Haunted House didn't open until 6:30 p.m. so the children of Reading VT and their families had time to "Trick or Treat" at the houses and businesses in town before the fun really began. Children and families also had the option of enjoying some pizza and desserts before the haunted house opened.
There was also the annual Pumpkin Carving Contest with the pumpkins all a glow at the library.



Reading Fright Night 2014
Hosted by Friends and Neighbors Community Foundation
Reading VT October 31, 2014
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