Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Weathersfield News March 4 #WeathersfieldVT #VT


March 4, 2015
Nancy Nutile-McMenemy

YES! It's March. In like a lion, out like a lamb. Meteorological Winter is over. The Vernal Equinox is just a couple of weeks away. I'm thinking about Town Meeting, putting out sap buckets, and starting my garden plant seeds in my kitchen-it must be spring. Right? Ok so how come it's snowing AGAIN.

Boards and Committees
Select Board News- VELCO Connecticut River Valley Project, VELCO plans construction of a second substation at the Ascutney site on Route 5 and upgrading the power lines from Ascutney to Cavendish. The power line upgrades will occur within the existing rights-of-way, the projected start date of spring 2016. They anticipate 15-18 months to complete the project. Public outreach will begin in the next 2-3 months.

The Select Board approved the following: Valley Artesian Well Co. was awarded a contract to drill a well at Town Garage; The Town Manager will post a position for a Full-time Police Officer; Competitive Computers will upgrade the computers located at the Town Office in Martin Memorial Hall

Trustees of the Weathersfield Proctor Library-Last week it was noted that the Library would be closed March 9-24 for mold removal. Due to a scheduling conflict the dates of closure have been changed to March 23-April 7. Please check the library website for further updates: http://www.weathersfieldproctorlibrary.org/. The Library Director position has been posted and resumes will be collected until March 27. The Search Committee will begin the interview process the first week of April.

Weathersfield Police Department: SCAM Alert-A resident in town received the following call  from 213-457-3672. The caller stated legal action was taken against the resident and the caller asked for the resident's lawyers info. When the caller said they didn't have a lawyer, they were told that a warrant for arrest would be issued because 2011taxes we not paid and the caller would face jail time.  
Arrest for Assault and Robbery-Matthew Martin, 28,Weathersfield, Vermont On January 28, 2015 the Windsor County Credit Union was robbed by a subject alleging to have a gun. Springfield Police Department, the Vermont State Police, Weathersfield PD, & Chester PD, all responded to this incident. Further investigation yielded the alleged involvement of Matthew Martin in this robbery. On February 25, 2015 Springfield Officers located and arrested Martin for the alleged offense of Assault and Robbery. Martin was lodged at Southern State Correctional Facility in lieu of $25,000 bail and was arraigned on Feb. 26 in Windsor County Superior Court Criminal Division where he pleaded not guilty.

Town Events:


Weathersfield School Events:
Drama Club Dates-Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court-Dress Rehearsal Friday, May 29, 3-5 p.m. Performances Saturday, May 30, 2 p.m. and 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 - Mar. 23; Grades 3-8 - Softball & Baseball - Mar. 23; 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.

Friends of the Weathersfield Proctor Library-Reception for outgoing Library Director Nancy Tusinski Thursday, Mar. 5 4;30-6 p.m. at the Library.

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.

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 busy week for me. Check out the Vermont Standard on Thursday!
Last Thursday I covered a forum hosted by the Windsor County Democrats asking the question "Should Marijuana Be Legalized in Vermont?"
More images from the forum: http://photosbynanci.smugmug.com/VermontStandard/March-2015/Should-Marijuana-Be-Legalized-/

Friday I followed the students, teachers and family members of Hartland Elementary School in their Pink Shirts to a Dartmouth Women's Basketball game. It was quite a colorful event.
More images from the Pink Shirts: http://photosbynanci.smugmug.com/VermontStandard/March-2015/HES-Pink-Shirt-Day/

And of course it was Annual Town Meeting on Tuesday.
I covered the Hartland and West Windsor Town Meetings.

 More images from Hartland Town Meeting: http://photosbynanci.smugmug.com/VermontStandard/March-2015/Hartland-Town-Meeting/
More images from West Windsor Town Meeting: http://photosbynanci.smugmug.com/VermontStandard/March-2015/West-Windsor-Town-Meeting/