Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Weathersfield News Dec 30 #WeathersfieldVT #VT



Weathersfield News December 24, 2014
Nancy Nutile-McMenemy


Ah, the last few days of 2014. Time to take a look back at the year that was. My year was filled with music and adventures. It started with Trombone Shorty and ended Bob Seger and the Silver Bullet Band. With about fifty bands and artists in between. My favorite shows would have to be Lyle Lovett and John Hiatt in Burlington VT and Concord NH and Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band in Albany NY and Mohegan Sun (Uncasville CT.)

I celebrated my birthday in April by diving in the beautiful waters off the coast of Little Cayman in the British West Indies and traveled to Ireland in November to explore this magical Emerald Isle. I covered 38 assignments for the Vermont Standard and 17 shows for the Lebanon Opera House. I saw only three Boston Red Sox games, (it didn't help that they stunk this year) and had the pleasure of shooting three weddings.

The world around me had some pretty strange stuff happen. An Airliner completely disappeared and we still have no idea what happened to it. People around the world celebrating their 15 seconds of fame and raising money for ALS research decided to dump buckets of ice water over themselves and challenge others to do the same.

The Secret Security at the White House was left wondering how the perimeter was breached and an intruder made it into the home of the leader of the free world. The US was invaded by a Polar Vortex from our neighbors to the north. We saw huge amounts of snow and record low temperatures. I know we "burned" through our wood pile really quickly.

A few states decide that selling marijuana to consenting adults may not be a bad thing for the local culture and economy. (Vermont may debate this issue in the upcoming legislative session.)

The Super Bowl in February was a Super Bust-the Seahawks walked all over Payton Manning and the Denver Broncos-not a bad thing for  New England Patriot fans. The Olympics from Sochi was interesting and a lot of Vermonters brought home some heavy metal. As soon as the athletes leave, Russia invades Crimea.

World Cup Fever hits the US in June and a fever of a different kind, Ebola hits the US in October. The mid-term elections, which most people has no idea happened (the lowest voter turnout, like EVER!) saw the Democrats dropping like flies. Politics in Washington will be even more interesting now, NAH.

Race relations took center stage in late November when white police officers were not indicted for killing unarmed black men and the "people" took violently to the streets. Just this last week two New York City police officers were gunned down and there are reports of many threats being made to more people who put their lives on the line to keep the peace. We sure live in a crazy world.

For me, while all these bizarre events were happening in the world, I got to meet some extremely nice people in my adventures as a freelance photographer. I love our little towns here in southern/central Vermont. I hope we all really appreciate what a special place this is and how, thankfully, we are unlike most of the rest of the world.

For 2015, my resolution will be to appreciate the life I have and the people I know now and the ones I hope to meet in this upcoming year.

No local news updates this week as most Boards and Committees in town were off spending time with their family and friends.

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/

Please Don't Tell -Live Music at the Windsor Station Restaurant and Barroom #WindsorVT #VT


In April of 2013 the Capursos of Hartland purchased the Windsor Station Restaurant and Barroom and began renovations. After years of successfully running, owning and outgrowing their beloved Stella's in Hartland Jon and Stacy moved south on Rte 5 to 29 Depot Street in Windsor. Since their opening, the couple has seen a huge increase in loyal diners up and down the I91 corridor. "This is one difficult reservation to get on a weekend and it doesn't matter what time of year either" one loyal diner said while forking into her Chicken and Vodka Sauce.

Jon's kitchen, influenced by Italian roots and time spent cooking in the Caribbean, features locally grown food; Windsor Station is a member of the Vermont Fresh Network, and the Capursos tap farms in Hartland, Windsor and Weathersfield for some of their meat and produce. Farm collaborations won’t end there: Front-of-house manager Stacy Capurso has put together a menu of “farm-to-bar” cocktails, some of them drawing on local spirits such as the rye-cased Silo Vodka, made just down the road and many local beers on tap.

Enjoying his dinner, Deep Meadow Farm owner Jon Cohen said he eats at the "Station" often and he his organic farm in Ascutney supplies a lot of the produce served, "I know where the ingredients come from and how they were grown."

Jon and Stacy are becoming know for not only their delicious dinners and cocktails but also for highlighting local music. Ty McCarthy, a musician from Canaan NH said "Open Mic Nights here are packed." McCarthy has played many Upper Valley venues but loves the vibe and crowd at the Windsor Station the best. John Scott, who will be performing Tuesday Feb. 3 6-9 p.m. said proudly "I had the first burger served here when Jon and Stacy opened; they are good friends and wonderful people."
Saturday night "Please Don't Tell", a band from Lebanon/Enfield NH debuted at "The Station" with two one-hour sets. The band plays four decades of rock and roll. And occasionally throws in an original tune. Lead singer Megan Lemere was having a rough night. She sang and danced around the barroom and had a lot of the audience rolling their eyes. Her voice cracked many times leaving the rest of the band a little more than upset. Her attempts at Pat Benatar's "Hit me With Your Best Shot" and Aretha Franklin's "Chain of Fools" totally missed. Tim Lenihan took over for a few songs on lead and the band really sounded good. His medley of Billy Joel's "You May Be Right" and John Mellencamp's R.O.C.K. in the USA" got the crowd on their feet. Hopefully Lemere was just having a bad night but her performance was no way to gather more fans. This reviewer left halfway through the first set.
Please Don't Tell
Windsor Station Restaurant and Barroom
Windsor VT December 27, 2014
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Sunday, December 28, 2014

Easy Microwave Peanut Brittle #peanutbrittle #VT


OK, so you didn't get that box of Peanut Brittle you've been craving. Never fear you can make your own.
It's Easy!!

Gather:
1 cup white sugar
1/2 cup light corn syrup
1 cup salted peanuts
1 teaspoon butter
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 teaspoon baking soda


1. Butter a cookie sheet

2. Combine sugar and corn syrup in a 2 quart glass bowl and microwave on high for 4 minutes

3. Stir in peanuts and microwave on high 3 1/2 minute more.

4. Stir in butter and vanilla and microwave for 1 1/2 minutes.

5. Stir in baking soda until light and foamy.


6. Pour onto cookie sheet and spread thin.

7. Cool completely and break into pieces and serve.


Soak bowl and utensils in really hot water to remove the "candy."

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Weathersfield News Dec 24 #WeathersfieldVT #VT



Weathersfield News December 24, 2014
Nancy Nutile-McMenemy

As I write this, I'm waiting to celebrate the Winter Solstice, December 21, the shortest day of the year. The Solstice is an important astronomical occurrence and celebrates the subsequent “return” of the Sun in a variety of different ways. I thought I'd do a little research to see just how people "honor" the return of the sun through festivals of light.

Many cultures and many people around the world celebrate but in very different ways.
Here are a few samples I found:
Soyal is the winter solstice celebration of the Hopi Indians of northern Arizona. Ceremonies and rituals include purification, dancing, and sometimes gift-giving.

The Persian festival Yalda, or Shab-e Yalda is a celebration of the winter solstice in Iran that started in ancient times. It marks the last day of the Persian month of Azar. Yalda is viewed traditionally as the victory of light over dark, and the birthday of the sun god Mithra. Families celebrate together with special foods like nuts and pomegranates and some stay awake all night long to welcome the morning sun.

Saturnalia The ancient Roman festival of Saturnalia is perhaps the most closely linked with the modern celebration of Christmas. This festival happened around the time of the winter solstice and celebrated the end of the planting season. There were games and feasts and gift-giving for several days, and social order was inverted—slaves did not work and were briefly treated as equals.

St. Lucia’s Day is a festival of lights celebrated in Scandinavia around the time of the winter solstice. Although it is now meant to honor St. Lucia, a Christian martyr, it has been incorporated with earlier Norse solstice traditions, such as lighting fires to ward off spirits during the longest night. Girls dress up in white gowns with red sashes and wear wreaths of candles on their heads in honor of St. Lucia.

Dong Zhi, the “arrival of winter,” is an important festival in China. It is a time for family to get together and celebrate the year they have had. Based on the traditional Chinese celestial calendar, the holiday generally falls between the 21st and 23rd of December. It is thought to have started as an end-of-harvest festival, with workers returning from the fields and enjoying the fruits of their labors with family. Special foods, such as tang yuan glutinous rice balls, are enjoyed.

We are familiar with Chanukah-the lighting of the Menorah,  and Christmas-lights on houses, lights on trees, Advent Wreaths with candles, both are also celebrations of light, gift-giving and family gatherings. I guess however you choose to celebrate the Winter Solstice I hope that you and your family and friends enjoy the return of light to our dark winter days-albeit slowly over the next few months.

Select Board
FY16 Budget preparation-Town Budget for health insurance coverage in calendar year 2016-The Town Manager met with the town employees to discuss ways of containing insurance costs. The Board discussed changing from the Platinum plan to the Gold plan or asking employees to contribute a portion of the premiums.

General Fund Budget-The Town Manager, Jim Mullen told the Select Board that the general fund budget must be reduced by $74,624 to stay within the recommended increase of no more than 1.7%, a recommendation made by the Budget Committee.
The Manager offered several suggestions, including reducing one full time police officer to 29 hours per week and making changes in the insurance plan. The Board did not support the reduction in the police officer’s hours, preferring to allow the police chief to offer cuts where he finds them most practical.

Highway Fund Budget-The Town Manager stated that $62,000 must be cut from the Highway Budget to keep within the 1.7% increase cap. Various suggestions were discussed including putting the cost of the new heating system and the pickup truck on separate articles. Highway Department Manager, Wes Hazeltine stated his top priority is to have an eight-man crew.

Weathersfield Proctor Library Budget-Ernest Shand, Library Trustee Chair presented the Library’s budget. The Trustees would like to increase the librarian’s hours and her hourly rate of pay. They are also asking for two cents on the tax rate for the reserve fund. The Town Manager was asked to bring the Town’s policy on insurance opt-out to the next meeting.

The Select Board will have an article on the March Ballot in the amount of  $35,000 for stabilization of and repairs to the 1879 School House.

Hammond Engineering was awarded the contract bid to provide engineering services for the 1.1 Mile Baltimore Road Concrete Box Culvert Project.

Weathersfield Directory-The Weathersfield Directory Committee met Dec 16 and decided that due to lack of submissions and interest, there would be no 2015 printed directory. The online version will be kept current and maintained. Please email them with any changes to your current listings. Email: WeathersfieldDirectory@gmail.com

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/

Caroling in Reading VT #ReadingVT #VT

Carols, Cookies, Cocoa and Santa. The Reading Public Library hosted an evening of caroling, a story, cookies and a visit from Santa on Friday night. Folks gathered at the library then made their way through town singing carols for the neighbors. Some special neighbors received poinsettias from the group. About 25 voices filled the night air.

Reading Caroling, Cookies and Santa
Reading Public Library
Reading VT December 19, 2014
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Thursday, December 18, 2014

One Last Birthday...

Lynnfield-MA

Today Marie Alice (Devine) Nutile would have been 88 years old. My plan was to take her to Davio's Lynnfield to lunch then hangout with her and talk about my trip to Ireland.
Unfortunately, she died on December 4 around 11 a.m., a mere two weeks ago.

She grew up in Everett and Wakefield, worked at a bank on Newbury Street in Boston and moved to Lynnfield when she married my Dad, Vincent D. Nutile. They built a house on Pine Hill Rd with these crazy half circle stairs leading to the front door. I met someone later in my life who had been friends with folks on the street and what he remembered about the house were these stairs.

Vinnie and Marie, as most people knew them by, had three children: me, my brother Paul and my sister Christina. We all attended the schools in Lynnfield and my mother always pushed us to learn as much as we could no matter the subject. She always said "Keep learning, any education is knowledge you'll keep for life."

I guess I got my curiosity about EVERYTHING from her and I believe it's made me a better person. She taught me to appreciate music from classical to punk. She could listen to Pavarotti one minute and The Eagles the next.

She taught me to read and to love books. We would spend hours on the phone discussing books we had just read or favorite authors we were waiting for to publish their next books. I still to this day do not read while eating and always wash my hands before opening a book-more quirky things I learned from her.

She loved to teach. I learned to write cursive before I even got into 1st grade (and even a little shorthand from her bank days!) She carried this love of teaching beyond her children. Once Chrissie was out the door to school she started teaching at Tower Day School in Lynnfield. I can't even image how many children's lives she touched there but I ran into one of her students when I was covering an event for The Vermont Standard (a weekly newspaper I freelance for) at The Calvin Coolidge Homestead. The woman said she was from Massachusetts and we started talk about where we grew up and sure enough, she grew up in Lynnfield and attended Tower Day AND was in my mother's class.

Vinnie and Marie were together until 1997 when he died. She spent these last 17 years watching her grandchildren grow up: Eric and Celeste are Chrissie's children and Brittany is Paul's daughter. My children have had four legs and lots of fur but she still would call on their birthdays and wish Happy Birthday to her Grand-Doggies.

I cannot thank my sister enough, she was with both my parents when they died. I was not. I was in Bonaire diving when I got news of my Dad's passing and I was in Ireland when I heard that my Mom had taken a turn for the worse. Chrissie's been a real trooper these last two weeks so understandably she wanted my mom's service private. We all gathered at McDonald's Funeral Home in Wakefield for a brief service on Saturday December 13 (12-13-14 Marie would have loved this!) then made our way to one of my mom's favorite restaurants-Mandarin Reading-for lunch and memories. My sister also requested that no obituary be published.

But being the BIG sister who sometimes doesn't follow family rules, I decided to write this up to let folks know, my Mom, Marie Nutile is no longer with us. So if you know folks who were touched by her please let them know she's off on her next adventure.

Marie’s brother, John (we all knew him as Uncle Jackie) is now the only surviving member of the original Devine family. He fondly remembers that Marie often provided the majority of his early education by teaching him "reading, 'riting and 'rithmatic" when he was just a toddler. He also credits her with giving him his abiding love of good music (she was an ardent fan of the Boston Pops) and that provided him with the foundation that led him to be one of Boston’s favorite classical music DJs in the mid-60s. She will always be remembered as a relentless optimist and possessed of a terrific sense of humor. (Thanks Uncle Jackie for adding this!)

If you would like to honor her for touching your life or you know someone she touched-please feel free to share this and, please make a donation to "My Brother's Table" in Lynn MA (one of her favorite charities!)

Happy Birthday Mom, I miss you.

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Weathersfield News Dec 17 #weathersfield #VT



Weathersfield News December 17, 2014
Nancy Nutile-McMenemy

What a crazy week this past one was. It started on Monday night with the open registration for the 24th running of the Covered Bridge Half Marathon. All 3000 spots were spoken for in 24 minutes. Wednesday I met my friend Grace in Claremont for Sushi. She's getting me to explore more interesting rolls each time we meet. The "Spicy Pink Lady" served at Kouzoku on Washington Street was amazing. Next up Wassail Weekend. It started for me at the Yoh players production of The Snow Queen (there are some seriously talented actors at the Woodstock Union High School) and ended Sunday with a day filled with Holiday crafts and song.

For Town News its Budget Time. The Town and School are winding up their proposed budgets for Town Meeting. As they finalize these budgets in the next few weeks, they will be reported on here.

The Select Board and Budget Committee are meeting Monday night to go over the drafts of the Town Departments Budgets.

The Weathersfield Directory Committee is meeting on Tuesday. Submissions for the next printed Directory are due no later than the end of the month.

The Library Trustees are meeting Thursday night to discuss the recent finding of mold in the basement and how best to get rid of it.

The judges for the Weathersfield Conservation Commission's Photography Contest are meeting Tuesday to determine the BEST photos that were submitted.

And it's two weeks until Christmas...

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/

30th Annual Wassail Messiah Sing #WassailWeekend #Woodstock VT #HolidaySinging

December 14, 2014
Woodstock, VT

Pentangle Arts Council hosted the 30th Annual Messiah Sing to close out Wassail Weekend. The Ensemble was conducted by Louis Burkot Jr.. The doors opened at 3:30 for the 4 p.m. performance and Our Lady of the Snows church quickly filled to standing room only.



More Messiah Sing images: http://photosbynanci.smugmug.com/VermontStandard/December-2014/30th-Annual-Messiah-Sing/

30th Annual Messiah Sing
Presented by Pentangle Arts
Woodstock Wassail Weekend
Our Lady of the Snows Catholic Church
Woodstock, VT December 14, 2014
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Hartland Holiday Concert #HartlandVT #HolidaySinging #HolidayMusic


December 14, 2014
Hartland VT
Hartland Community Arts presented their Hartland Holiday Concert on Saturday and Sunday. This year's concert was dedicated to the memory of Linda Moyer who sang with the chorus for many years. The performance featured the Town Chorus, the newly revived Youth Chorus and the Flute Choir. About 80 people attended the Sunday performance, even Emma-the Mascot for the Chorus.



Hartland Holiday Concert
Hartland Community Arts
Damon Hall
Hartland, VT December 14, 2014
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Brownsville Holiday Sing-A-Long #BrownsvilleVT #HolidaySinging

December 14, 2014
Brownsville, VT
The Brownsville Community Church and new pastor, Rev. Christian Huebner hosted its Second Annual Community Sing-A-Long on Sunday. About 50 people attended. The event was organized by Linda Ley and Jennifer Aldrich. The Sing-A-Long was produced by Diane Hall the Choir Director for the Community Church and by Ginger Armstrong the Music Teacher at Albert Bridge School.

Holiday Sing A Long
Brownsville Community Church
West Windsor, VT December 14, 2014
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Wassail Craft Fair #WoodstockVT #WassailWeekend

December 14, 2014
Woodstock VT
The Annual Wassail Weekend Craft Fair saw artisans from near and far. There were knit goods, artisan body products, homemade jellies and jams, jewelry, stuffed animals, pottery and lots more. The fair ran both Saturday and Sunday at the Masonic Hall in Woodstock VT. Many shoppers were checking off their Holiday lists.

More images from the Fair: http://photosbynanci.smugmug.com/VermontStandard/December-2014/Holiday-Craft-Fair/

Holiday Craft Fair
Woodstock Wassail Weekend
Masonic Hall
Woodstock, VT December 14, 2014
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Yoh Players Perform The Snow Queen #snowqueen #YohPlayers #WoodstockVT

December 12, 2014
Yoh Theater, Woodstock VT

The Yoh Players performed Hans Christian Anderson's fairy Tale "The Snow Queen" for Woodstock's Wassail Weekend. The play is a coming-of-age story of two friends Kai and Gerda who find themselves involved with the alluring Snow Queen. When Kai is kidnapped, young Gerda sets out to find and rescue him. With the help of some magical creatures, Gerda makes her way to the Snow Queen's castle and must break the icy spell cast over Kai. Their adventures were told in seven stories over two acts.


More images from the performance: http://photosbynanci.smugmug.com/Yoh-Theatre/The-Snow-Queen/

The Snow Queen
Performed By Yoh Theatre Players
Woodstock Wassail Weekend
Woodstock Union High School
Woodstock, VT December 12, 2014
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Wednesday, December 10, 2014

1st Annual Brownsville Turkey Trot #WestWindsor #VT


December 7, 2014
West Windsor , VT

The best laid plans...The 1st Annual Brownsville 5K-9 Turkey Trot/Walk/Pie was scheduled for Thanksgiving Day, Thursday November 27 but Mother Nature changed that with an early winter storm. The race was postponed to Sunday December 7. Nineteen people had pre-registered online and twenty more had expressed interest according to Race Organizer Erin Montgomery Kershaw. "Leave it to a flat-lander to plan a winter run in Vermont" she said.
Ten people and five dogs braved the bitter cold to run/walk this inaugural race. The course took the participants down Brook Rd to the dead end where water and pie waited to fuel them.
West Windsor's own Terry Shearer finished first with an unofficial time of 25:29, Raina White, also from West Windsor finished about one minute behind him. Eric Ruffin from Claremont came in third.


1st Annual Brownsville 5K-9 Turkey Trot/Walk/Pie
Hosted by The Edge at Ascutney
West Windsor, VT December 7, 2014
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Weathersfield News Dec 10 #weathersfield #VT



Weathersfield News December 10, 2014
Nancy Nutile-McMenemy

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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/

Windsor Scouts Sell Christmas Trees #windsor #VT

December 6, 2104
Windsor VT
Neither rain nor snow could stop Windsor Troop 218 from selling Christmas Trees on Saturday. According to Troop Leader Kevin Anderson the trees were cut Saturday morning. "You can't get them any fresher than that. And we deliver." he said. The event is a major fund-raiser for the boys, who use the money for summer camp, gear and other trips.
In addition to the trees, Windsor High School Project Graduation was selling hand decorated wreaths.

Troup 218 Christmas Trees, Project Graduation Wreaths
Masonic Hall
Windsor, VT December 6, 2014
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Brownsville Christmas Bazaar Has a HUGE Turnout #WestWindsor #VT

December 6, 2014
West Windsor, VT
Brownsville Christmas Bazaar took place on Saturday. The West Windsor Town Hall was filled with holiday shoppers out looking for gifts and supporting their neighbors. The craft fair ran from 9 a.m-2 p.m.. The ladies of the United Methodist Women’s group hosted their annual lunch including homemade soups and sandwiches as well as freshly baked deserts. About 14 local crafts people had booths at the Christmas Bazaar.
Adam Boyce provided some holiday tunes on his Liberty Pump Organ that he estimates to be about 80 years old.

Funds raised at the Bazaar and other events support the Reading Food Shelf, Vermont Food Bank, Listen Center, Volunteers in Action, Windsor County Partners and other local charities.

More images from the Bazaar: http://photosbynanci.smugmug.com/VermontStandard/December-2014/Brownsville-Christmas-Bazaar/

Brownsville Christmas Bazaar
Hosted by the United Methodist Women's Group
West Windsor Town Hall
Brownsville, VT December 6, 2014
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