Take this week's assignments, I covered another fire. This time at the old Ascutney Base Lodge. The building has been abandoned for many years and was pretty much falling down on its own but to catch fire on a sub-zero day was just a scary thing to put the local fire fighters through. When I arrived
Windsor, Reading Ascutney and Hartland were at the scene. It was
brutal. My camera and cell phone batteries were freezing up after only thirty
minutes so you can image how the first responders felt being there most of the
The day after that I covered a Skating Party in
Brownsville, it was in
the teens temp wise and the children skating kept telling me it was warm. Ah
no, warm is 60 degrees not 14. But as one wise child told me, "well it is
30 degrees warmer than it was yesterday (Thursday)." OK then. I also
covered the Nordic Ski Event at . Those racers were so cold I over heard
some say their contact lenses were freezing up. But they and their parents
braved the cold and raced and cheered like it wasn't so cold. Well, I couldn't
take video because my battery froze up. I think my electronics are trying to
tell me something. I did get to meet some amazing youngsters who are trying to
create change at their schools by denouncing bullying though, that warmed my
heart and spirit-if only it could have warmed my body. Woodstock
Thankfully, I had a few indoor jobs this week too. My adventures took me to the ArisTree where I photographed some of the actors that will be appearing in the upcoming production of "Fiddler on the Roof." If their spirit comes through on stage the way it did for their headshots, this will be one heck of a show. I also took a few photos of my good friend, Holly Levison who is up for Best Costume Design from the New Hampshire Theatre Awards, for the North Country Community Theatre's "Seussical the Musical." Her work is outstanding and I've had the pleasure of photographing many of the plays she's been involved with.
Saturday night, before sweating through the Patriots Divisional Playoff Game, I attended the 7th Annual Emerging Artists Showcase in Hartland. I got to meet and speak with local musicians and artists who put on a terrific show. Lots of young talent surrounds us here in the Upper and
My quest to meet new people continues. Middle Valleys
On a side note, a fund has been set up for Alicia Jenks, the owner of the Green Dragon Farm here in Weathersfield, whose house was destroyed by fire two weeks ago. Donations are being accepted at the Mascoma Bank Hartland Branch.
Select Board News
Petitions of Nominations For Town Offices-The filing deadline for candidates to be on the ballot for Annual Town Meeting is Jan. 26 by 5 p.m.. All signature pages must be returned to the Town Clerk with at least 25 valid signatures at this time.
FY 16 Budget preparation-Tax Rate Projection. Town Manager Jim Mullen reported a 6.7% increase on the municipal tax rate with the budgets as they currently stand, assuming all special articles pass, no increase in the grand list, and applying fund balances to reduce the rate. Budgets will have to be decreased by $86,112 to reach the goal of a 1.7% increase, requested by the Budget Committee. Special articles are where most of the increase occurs. Highway budget is down by 0.5% and municipal budget is only up by 1% (without the articles.) $30,000 of the fund balance is being used in the proposed budget to reduce the tax rate and employees are being asked to pay $15 for the health insurance program. The budget will be finalized on Jan. 19 7 p.m..
Town Wide Challenge Saturday Mar. 21 Start getting your team together, which Team will be victorious in this year's Trivia Challenge. More details to follow.
Weathersfield Proctor Library
Call 674-2863 or email email@example.com for more information about these events. Junior Book Club Grades 3 - 5 Thursday Jan. 22 3-4 p.m. "Escape from Mr Lemoncello's Library" by Chris Grabenstein. Copies of the book are available at the library and
. E-Reader, Tablet Use Workshop Weathersfield
Did someone gift you with an eReader, tablet or new phone? Would you like to learn how to download eBooks and/or audiobooks from the library's collection? Sign up for a "How To" class at the library on Saturday, Jan. 24 at 2 p.m. Please let them know what device you will be using to download (eReader, tablet, phone, laptop) when you sign up. Call 674-2863 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information. First Thursday Adult Book Group Feb. 5 at 6:30 p.m. "Prayers for
Sale" by Sandra Dallas Copies of the
book are available at the library. Drop
In Valentine Card Making Thursday Feb. 12 from 1-4 p.m.
Monthly Weathersfield Potluck and Program Tuesday, Jan. 20, noon at Perkinsville VT Community Church Vestry on Route 106. The speaker will be Ginger Wimberg, President of the Weathersfield Historical Society who will give the origins and history of the Society, and its growth and changes over the years. Bring a hot dish, salad or dessert, beverages will be provided. All are welcome. Contact
Zigman 802-263-5245; email@example.com
Weathersfield Knit/Crochet Group
Beginning Dec. 1 1-2:30 p.m.
. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions. Perkinsville Community
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 4-5 p.m.
Senior Exercise Program in Ascutney-FREE sponsored by RSPV- Wednesdays 10-11 a.m. in basement of Martin Memorial Hall, Route 5,
Classes are led by Geraldine Rudenfeldt. If interested call 674-5254 for more
information. Ascutney, VT.
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).
Storytime Wednesdays 11 a.m. Jan 21 - May 27
Crafternoons for Kids Thursdays 3-4 p.m. For 6 weeks Jan. 29 - Mar. 5
Library Hours: Wed 10-6 p.m.; Thurs & Fri noon-6 p.m.; Sat 9-1 p.m.
Need to Find a Business in Weathersfield: http://www.weathersfielddirectory.org/