Wednesday, February 25, 2015

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Weathersfield News February 25, 2015
Nancy Nutile-McMenemy

Town Meeting is scheduled next week. There is one contested race on the ballot, the Select Board Two Year seat. I thought I'd ask Lynn Esty (LE) and Michael Todd (MT) the two candidates running, a few questions.
In their words..

1. How long have you lived in Weathersfield?
LE-I was born and raised in Weathersfield. With the exception of the 5 years we lived in Alaska, I have lived the majority of my 48 years in Weathersfield. We purchased my Grandfathers 2 acre farm on 106 in Perkinsville in October 2001. We are buying a mobile home on one acre on Route 131 in Ascutney. We raised our 3 daughters in Weathersfield. My granddaughter is the 7th generation of our family residing in Weathersfield. We also have a grown foster daughter with 4 children that live close by.

MT-27 years, Born and raised in Springfield , Vermont

2. What do you doing for a living?

LE-Currently I am a job coach for a young woman with Down Syndrome. I assist her with her duties at a local humane society: washing dishes, folding laundry, cleaning cat boxes, walking dogs, socializing cats, and other work as she is able to do. I transport her to her job, assist her in her responsibilities and transport her back home. I was previously the Assistant Librarian at the Weathersfield Proctor Library for 5+ years. My husband and I raise pigs, chickens, turkeys and beef to fill the freezer and have, year round, Nigerian dwarf goats, a horse, a pony, two dogs, an elderly house cat, 2 barn cats and 2 love birds.

MT-Business Owner; Hawks Mountain Motorcycles in Perkinsville, Vt. 10 years

3. Have you held other positions for the town in the past either elected, appointed, or volunteer? If yes, what were they and for how long?

LE-In the Past: Girl Scout Leader; Weathersfield School Substitute Teacher/Librarian/ Volunteer; Green-Up Participant; Animal Control/Constable; Justice of the Peace; Clerical Worker for Town of Weathersfield; Weathersfield Proctor Library Book Group Facilitator 9/2014 to Present; Deputy Health Officer, Town of Weathersfield 10/2001 to 10/2014; Weathersfield Spay/ Neuter Assistance Program, Administrator 2008 to Present; Weathersfield Zoning Board, Member/currently Chairperson 2011 to Present; Weathersfield Fire Commission, Citizen Member/currently Chairperson 2012 to Present; Weathersfield Directory, currently Chairperson 2012 to Present; Weathersfield Vermont News, Administrator/Reporter 6/26/13 to Present; Weathersfield Knit/Crochet Group - Facilitator Winters 2013/14, 14/15; Weathersfield Proctor Library volunteer 12/2014 to Present.
MT- Yes, Planning Commission 7 years, currently Chairman. Budget Committee 7 years, Perkinsville School reuse committee 2 years, Selectman, Appointed  1year

4. Why are you running for the two year Select Board seat?

LE-I want to offer a new viewpoint on the Select Board. I've been told numerous times that there needs to be a change. I am willing to step up and help be part of that change. My family has a long history of community service to the Town of Weathersfield. I want to continue that tradition.  Being elected to the Select Board has been a long-term goal of mine.

MT- I like serving the people of Weathersfield and feel I know many of the current issues faced by our Town Government.

5. Do you have something specific on your agenda that you hope to get accomplished during your two year term?

LE-I would like to see the monthly reporting resumed (police, animal control, fire commission, etc.) I feel this information will reflect the hard work and valued presence in our community. This information needs to be presented monthly to keep us, and the citizens, informed. I would like to encourage more Weathersfield citizens to participate in and attend all public meetings and share their knowledge and ask questions. I want the citizens to feel valued and heard.  I would like to facilitate increased awareness of events, projects and happenings around town. An increase in town-wide gatherings and communication will only benefit everyone in Weathersfield.

MT-Better communication between the people and their elected officials. Better Communication between the School Board and the Select Board at Budget times.

6. What are three most important things facing the voters in Weathersfield over the next few years?

LE-A) New Town Manager Search B) Tax Increases C) Condition of our roads

MT-I think it depends on who you talk too. Most will say taxes. That means balanced budgets and fiscal responsibility. There are a lot of  people on fixed incomes that can not afford higher taxes whether its caused by the School or the Town. They both show up on one tax bill. There may be an issue arising concerning involvement with the School Supervisory Union. There are changes occurring at the State level that seem to further strip Towns of local control. My experience at the Planning Commission has shown me that the residents of Weathersfield prefer to have a say in issues that effect them. Especially issues that are this personal and close to home. Time will tell on this one. The Library Expansion project. I think most people recognize the need to upgrade and expand this important Town resource However, the Plan put forward by the Library Trustees has been voted down twice. I think there needs to be a plan that addresses the needed upgrades and provides for a bit more modest expansion. This goes back to my first point, taxes.   


7. How will you work to see these three things happen?

LE-A) I will volunteer to be on the search/hiring committee and do my best, as part of the committee, to hire the most qualified, competent individual and the best fit for the good of Weathersfield. B) Increases in taxes are always a concern, especially for citizens who are on a fixed income. We need to find a way to keep the taxes as level as possible while not cutting the necessary services to the residents. Some taxes – such as the school – we have no control over the increases or costs. Increasing the revenue from some departments might help to increase the services and not increase the tax burden. C) Wes and the Town Crew do a wonderful job with their budget every year and they always seem to have a surplus. I would like to see some of those surplus funds used to catch up on the paving of roads that have been put off.

MT-It all comes down to communication. Reaching out to the public to ask and answer questions. What do the people want? How much do they know about any given issue? The better we know what the people are thinking, the easier it should be to make decisions and have their support.

Reminder-Annual Town Meeting Monday Mar. 2 and Tuesday Mar. 3. The Monday meeting takes place at the Weathersfield School beginning at 7:30 p.m. (following the School District Meeting.) The meeting will be adjourned until 10 a.m. Tuesday Mar. 3 where the remaining 17 Articles and Town Officers will be voted on by Australian Ballot.

Boards and Committees
Trustees of the Weathersfield Proctor Library-at their regular monthly meeting Feb 19 the Library Trustees accepted the resignation of Library Director Nancy Tusinski. She will be taking a job closer to her home in Rockingham. The Trustees will be advertising for the job opening and will collect resumes until Mar. 27. The Trustees also voted to close the Library Mar. 9-24 so the mold maybe removed from the basement. The Library will reopen Mar. 25 under Interim Library Director Karin Fischer.

Town Events:
Friends of Weathersfield Proctor Library will meet Feb. 26 7 p.m. at the Library. Election of officers and work on their By-laws and Articles of Incorporation are on the agenda.

West Weathersfield Volunteer Fire Department

"The LOGGER" Rusy DeWees Saturday, Feb. 28 7 p.m. at Windsor High School Theater 
to Benefit West Weathersfield Volunteer Fire Department. Tickets are now on sale by calling 802-952-9712 ($22 advance / $25 at the door) or at one of the following businesses/sponsors: Springfield Auto Mart, River Road in Springfield,  Frazer's Place, Rte 5 North in Windsor, Mr. G's Restaurant, Rte 131 in Ascutney, MJ Harrington's Jewelers in Newport, NH. Come and enjoy an evening of fun and laughs while supporting a good cause.

Gun Raffle $10.00 a TICKET. Drawing to be held on Mar. 1. Tickets may be purchased at Downers Four Corners Store/ Route 106 Deli Store or by calling  802-356-0623 Prizes: Ruger American Riffle with a Redfield Scope, -22-250 Rem., -223 Rem,. 243 Win., -270 Win., -7mm-08 Rem., -30-06 Rem., -308 Win. Must be 18+ years old and pass a Federal Background to Claim Prize.

Gun Raffle $10.00 a TICKET. Drawing to be held on Mar. 1. Tickets may be purchased at Downers Four Corners Store/ Route 106 Deli Store or by calling  802-356-0623 Prizes: Ruger American Riffle with a Redfield Scope, -22-250 Rem., -223 Rem,. 243 Win., -270 Win., -7mm-08 Rem., -30-06 Rem., -308 Win. Must be 18+ years old and pass a Federal Background to Claim Prize.

Weathersfield School Events:
Drama Club Dates-2nd Annual Got Talent Show, Thursday, Feb. 26  7 p.m. (Dress rehearsal Wednesday, Feb. 25 3-5 p.m.) A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court Saturday, May 30 2 p.m. (Dress Rehearsal Friday, May 29 3-5 p.m.) Performance Monday, Jun. 1 1 p.m.: In the Gym for all K-8 students.

Sports Team Sign-ups-sport sign ups for Track, Softball, and Baseball. Please send sign ups in as early as possible. Sign up deadlines are as follows:  Grades 5-8 - Track - March 23rd; Grades 3-8 - Softball & Baseball - March 23rd; Ongoing for K-2 programs. Anyone interested in coaching should fill out an application and get it in as soon as possible. Coaches are chosen based on experience at the level they wish to coach.

Weathersfield Proctor Library Call 674-2863 or email weathersfieldproctorlibrary@gmail.com for more information about these events. American Red Cross Babysitter's Course, Saturday Apr. 11 Martin Memorial Hall 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Pre-registration required. Sign up at the Library. Class size limited to 12, Bring a bag lunch the day of the course.

4th Annual Town Wide Challenge, It's Almost Time  Saturday Mar 21 at 7 p.m. Weathersfield School, Ascutney. Watch your favorite town teams compete in this fun trivia challenge contest.  The topics include Geography, Sports, Spelling, "Name That Tune," Current Events and Weathersfield History.  Prizes are awarded for the most points and the Best Team Spirit. All teams are collecting donations to benefit the Weathersfield Proctor Library Capital Campaign. Donate to your favorite town team and come to the school to watch your team compete with other town teams - Library, School Board, Town Office, Select Board, Historical Society, School team, Ascutney Fire Dept. Veterans Memorial Commission and the Weathersfield School Staff. This is a fun and funny event and a great way to gather the community after a long and cold winter.

Obituaries
WINDSOR-Franklin “Frank” Albert Silfies Sr., 71, of Ascutney Street in Windsor, died Tuesday, Feb. 17, following a five-year battle with cancer. He was born June 3, 1943, in Northampton, Pennsylvania, the son of Franklin H. and Salome (Keefer) Silfies.

Frank graduated from Norwich University in 1965 with a BA in English. He was program coordinator for crisis services at HCRS in Springfield, where he had worked for 35 years. Frank was a member of the Ascutney Volunteer Fire Department, where he served as president for several years. He also served as a part-time member of the Weathersfield Police Department and was director of the Weathersfield Ambulance Service. Well-known to first responders in Vermont and New Hampshire, Frank founded the Green Mountain Critical Incident Stress Management team. One of his favorite things was volunteering every year as an instructor at the North Country Fire School in Alburgh, Vermont. His family includes his wife of 51 years, SallyAnn; one son, Christopher of Charlestown and his best friend, Carol Goodwin; one daughter, Wendi and her husband, Todd Curtis, of Claremont; four grandsons, Cody Silfies of Burlington, Craig Curtis of Claremont, Randy Curtis of Springfield and Noah Curtis of Claremont; three granddaughters, Taylor Silfies and Kelsey Silfies of Virginia Beach, Virginia and Zoƫ Curtis of Claremont; and one great-grandson, Kobie Curtis of Claremont; and Shelby Packard-Lowery of Charlestown, who considered him to be her second dad. He was predeceased by his brother, William; his oldest son, Frank Silfies Jr. and his beloved granddaughter, Scotlynn Silfies. A celebration of his life will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 28, at the Greater Hartford United Church of Christ on Route 14 in Hartford Village. Hospice Chaplain Constance Moser will officiate. Visiting hours will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 27, at the church. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Greater Hartford United Church of Christ or to the Ascutney Volunteer Fire Department.

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, Hours: Wed 10-6 p.m.; Thurs & Fri noon-6 p.m.; Sat 9-1 p.m. 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).-Preschool Storytime Wednesdays 11 a.m. Jan 21 - May 27-Crafternoons for Kids Thursdays 3-4 p.m. For 6 weeks Jan. 29 - Mar. 5

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

Another event filled weekend for me.
Friday night I photographed the Sierra Leone Refugee Allstars at the Woodstock Town Hall Theatre. What a great show. Woodstock resident Sayon Camara and the Landaya Emsemble opening the evening with some very impressive drumming.




Saturday I spent the afternoon at Harpoon Brewery in Windsor for their Long Thaw Party.



Nice way to celebrate the outdoors in winter, in Vermont.

Sunday I attended the Grand Opening of the newly expanded "The Village at Cedar Hill." The 40 unit expansion and the new Memory Care Center is just beautiful. The attention to detail and comfort to the residents is amazing.