Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Weathersfield News Jan 14 #WeathersfieldVT #VT



Weathersfield News January 14, 2015
Nancy Nutile-McMenemy


Weather Weirdness, yup that's the term for me. "Global Warming" just doesn't fit for most New Englanders and "Climate Change" sounds way too scientific. Weather Weirdness is the phrase for me. Think about it, weirdness covers it all: deep snow for Thanksgiving, rain and temps in the 40s for Christmas, temps 20 below one day and 20 above the next. As a New Englander, weather is a big part of my life. When I get out of bed in the morning, before I even reach for coffee, I check the weather outside. In the summer, I look to the sky for rain to water my garden and hope we don't get hail to crush it. As the season turns to fall, I watch the forecast and hope frost will hold off until all the fruits and veggies are harvested. Weather is part of our lives and it's getting down right weird. I'm not going to point fingers as to how or why its becoming weird, I just know it's affecting me and I'm not sure I like.

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, West 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 day.


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 Woodstock Union High School. 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.



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 Middle Valleys. My quest to meet new people continues.







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..

Weathersfield School News: Drama Club Dates-Seeking talent for the 2nd Annual "Got Talent Show" to be held on Thursday, Feb. 26 7 p.m.  Dust off your tap shoes, jokes and vocal cords! WS is looking for unique talent acts to make this show even more successful than last year. Auditions will be held on Thursday, Jan. 22 after school. This audition is open to students, faculty, and community members. Please contact Erica Yuengling with any questions. Thursday, Feb. 26  7 p.m. Weathersfield's Got Talent Show (Dress rehearsal Wednesday, Feb. 25 3-5 p.m.) Performance Saturday, May 30 2 p.m.: A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court (Dress Rehearsal Friday, May 29 3-5 p.m.) Performance Monday, Jun. 1 1 p.m.: In the Gym for all K-8 students.

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 weathersfieldproctorlibrary@gmail.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 Weathersfield Elementary School. E-Reader, Tablet Use Workshop
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 weathersfieldproctorlibrary@gmail.com 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 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 4-5 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).

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.


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