Wednesday, January 28, 2015

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Weathersfield News January 28, 2015
Nancy Nutile-McMenemy
photosbynanci@comcast.net

Wow, did you get out on Sunday? What a gorgeous day. Some might say it was a Chamber of Commerce type day. I'm just back from an hour long snow-shoe in my neighbors' field. The snow we got on Saturday covered the icy patches and the wind blew deep drifts on the edge of the fields making for great snow-shoeing. I'm sitting down with a cup of tea in front of the woodstove reflecting on this last week of January.

Can it already be, I mean didn't we just ring in the New Year? And speaking of New Year, when is it acceptable to stop saying "Happy New Year"? Do we keep saying it to people we're seeing for the first time since January 1 or what? What would they do on Downton Abbey? (Hooked, again. Love this British Sunday night soap opera.) Also as January comes to a close, check your wood piles. Folklore dictates that you are half-way through your wood pile in early February. Even with the brutal cold we've been experiencing, I think our pile is just about on target.

Rather than freak-out about this month whizzing by I think I'll focus on the week that has past. Hopefully, you are all safe after last Sunday's ice-storm. (See Weather Weirdness column Jan 12!) Our driveway was a skating rink but that quickly passed as the flash freezing rain changed over to a snow storm.

Thursday night I had the pleasure of attending a house concert in Manchester VT. Ana├»s Mitchell, a terrific singer/songwriter from Vermont who is on tour now with Ani DiFranco performed at a friend's house. There is nothing like seeing live music in an intimate setting. Images from this event: http://photosbynanci.smugmug.com/AnaisMitchell/Billsville-Manchester-VT-2015/
Anais Mitchell
Friday night was filled with laughter and estrogen, lots of estrogen! SPANK! The Fifty Shades Parody was performed at the Lebanon Opera House. About 500 crazy women (and a handful of men) watched this hilarious three person play. It was my second time seeing it and it didn't disappoint. Images from this performance: http://photosbynanci.smugmug.com/LebanonOperaHouseShows/SPANK-2015/


Saturday the Weathersfield community came together at the Center Meeting House, despite the snow, to help raise money for Alicia Jenks and Glenn Selwitz owners of the Green Dragon Farm that burned down on Jan 2. Even though a tragedy brought folks together, I saw nothing but hugs and love in that room; made me proud to live in this town. Alicia and Glenn have a long road ahead of them but as long as we, their neighbors, stick with them, they will see this through. Images from this event: http://photosbynanci.smugmug.com/VermontStandard/January-2015/Green-Dragon-Farm-Fundraiser/
Glenn and Alicia
Gary Skillings, event organizer and Glenn
Ok, who's ready for football? Have we moved past "deflategate" so we can focus on Tom Brady and Bill Belichick winning their fourth Super Bowl together? I sure have, and I'm a Niners fan! Go Pats!


Notice of Public Hearing Feb. 2 7 p.m. Martin Memorial Hall Ascutney. Pursuant to the provisions of Title 24, Section 4384, of the Vermont Statutes Annotated, the Planning Commission will hold a public hearing on Monday, February 9, 2015, at 7:00pm, in the Martin Memorial Hall in Ascutney to receive public comment regarding revised chapters to the Weathersfield Town Plan. Copies of these Town Plan Chapters – Flood Resiliency Chapter and the Natural, Historical, and Scenic Resources Chapter are available for public review. The chapters with their accompanying reports can be viewed at the Town of Weathersfield’s website by clicking on this link. Interested persons may also request a print or digital copy by emailing the Zoning Administrator at zoning@weathersfield.org. Persons wishing to comment on the Plan Chapters may do so in writing to the Planning Commission prior to the meeting or by appearing in person.

Ascutney Volunteer Fire Department-Breakfast 4 Dinner, Saturday Feb. 7 5-7 p.m. Martin Memorial Hall, Ascutney. Bring the family out for this fundraiser that will treat you to breakfast for dinner.

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. 

Weathersfield's Got Talent Show Thursday, Feb. 26 7 p.m.  (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.

Early Release Day Friday, Feb. 6 is an early release day. Teachers will be working on curriculum that afternoon. The children will be served lunch and then boarded on the bus for home by 11:30 am.

Winter Concerts The K-3 Winter Concert Tuesday, Jan. 27 from 6-7 p.m. on. The snow date for this concert is Jan. 29, same time. Students should be at the school by 5:45 p.m., wearing their very best! The Grade 4-8 Winter Concert Wednesday, Jan. 28 6- 7:30 p.m. with the snow date also being on Thursday Jan. 29, same time. Students should be at school by 5:45 pm.

February Break February vacation this year will be the week of Feb.16-20.


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. 

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.


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.

Need to Find a Business in Weathersfield: http://www.weathersfielddirectory.org/ or do you own a business in town and want to get listed, email: WeathersfieldDirectory@gmail.com