Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Weathersfield News Apr. 1 #WeathersfieldVT #VT


Weathersfield News April 1, 2015
Nancy Nutile-McMenemy
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Greetings from Scotland! Over the last two weeks I’ve been traveling around Scotland and have fallen in love with it. I’ve taken the high road and I’ve taken the low road and I have seen Loch Lomond! I arrived early on a Saturday morning into the bustling city of Edinburgh. I spent a couple of days here exploring the city and finding some of the best microbrew pubs-Brew Dog and The Holyrood 9A. Edinburgh Castle and the Royal Mile were very nice visits.

Next up our tour group traveled into the Highlands for a stay in Inverness and Fort William. A visit to Culloden Battlefield was quite moving and emotional. Before I left I got hooked on the Starz TV show “Outlander” so I knew a little about the Jacobites and their rebellion against the British. (Google both these if you have no idea what I’m talking about.)  

Our tour ended in Glasgow. I­­­ saw castles and farms; Highland cattle and sheep; I ate haggis and blood pudding and drank many single malts (12 and 17 year olds) and got to hear quite a few bagpipes being played. I even got to take a spin on the Falkirk Wheel. All and all a great trip (I took over 3000 images!) Now I’m ready to start the Vermont tradition of backyard sugaring.

I'll be blogging and posting images over the next few days. 




News You Can Use
Remove Bird Feeders From April 1 to December 1 In Bear Areas. Follow these guidelines to decrease the chance of conflicts with bears:
~Dispose of garbage frequently. Store it in clean, secure containers (toplatched, tied, or chained). Don’t put garbage out at the curb the night before pickup.
~Feed pets indoors.
~Keep barbecue grills clean and stored inside.
~ Don’t feed birds from April 1 to December 1 if you live in an area where there are bears. If you see or suspect a bear near your home, remove your bird feeders for at least four weeks or until the bear is no longer in the area.
~ If you have livestock, dispose of animal carcasses immediately by burying or incinerating.
~ Support protecting and enhancing natural food sources in areas away from human habitation. For more information about how you can help enhance bear habitat, visit the Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department website. Please report any black bear incidents you may have had. To report a backyard visit or damage caused by a bear, go to the Fish & Wildlife website for Wildlife Programs and fill in the form Black Bear Incident Reporting. Above all, REMEMBER A FED BEAR IS A DEAD BEAR! Visit these websites to learn more about black bears: Be Bear Aware—http://www.centerforwildlifeinformation.org/BeBearAware/bebearaware.html; Bear Wise—http://www.mnr.gov.on.ca/en/Business/Bearwise/index.html. Help is Available
Persons suffering bear damage should contact the nearest Vermont Fish & Wildlife office or local state game warden prior to taking any control action on their own. Fish & Wildlife personnel will recommend appropriate measures or control strategies that can lessen the problem. Producers of bees/honey, corn, fruit orchards, and livestock interested in learning more about black bear damage, its identification, what to do if damage occurs, and where to go for assistance should contact their local Vermont Fish & Wildlife local game warden:  www.vtfishandwildlife.com/about_staff.cfm

Boards and Committees
Select Board-Met on Monday, Mar. 30 at 7 p.m. for a Special Meeting to conduct a study to review the division of duties in Finance Department and to review the job description for Town Accountant and authorize Town Manager to post the position.

Trustees of the Weathersfield Proctor Library-Reminder the Library will be closed for mold removal Mar 23-Apr 7. Please keep your checked-out books home with you until the library reopens on Apr. 8.

Weathersfield Elementary School: The next School Board meeting will be held Apr. 20 at 6:30 in the A.P. room.

Town Calendar of Events
Legalize Marijuana? Mt. Ascutney Prevention Partnership Invites You to a Community Discussion, Wednesday Apr.1 6-7:30 p.m. at Martin Memorial Hall, 5259 Route 5, Ascutney, VT. The informational presentation will focus around how marijuana legalization may affect your community and the whole landscape of Vermont. Dinner and childcare will be provided with RSVP to: Courtney.Hillhouse@mahhc.org or call 802-674-2900 x 25.


Pizza for AVFD-Ramunto's Brick Oven Pizza, Claremont, NH Apr. 8 5-9 p.m. is hosting a night of pizza and fun with 5% of meal proceeds benefitting Ascutney Volunteer Fire Dept. Grab your buddies and family members for a midweek night of laughter and catching up with your neighbors. A coupon can be found on the Facebook page: coupon Hand it to the waitstaff so the fire department can receive the donation.

Weathersfield Elementary School:
Important School Dates: Apr. 9- Honor's Dinner 6 p.m.; May 15 7/8 Graduation Dance Time: TBA;  Jun. 4-School Report Night 5- 6p.m.; Jun. 5-Grade 8 Class Trip to Boston;  Jun. 15-Grade 8 Graduation 7 p.m.;  Jun. 16-Last Day of School for Students-Early Release Day;  Jun. 17 Building Based In-Service Day for Teachers. Panther Cub Night Wednesday, May 13 6-7:30 p.m. is hosted to welcome incoming Kindergarten students, joining the school in the fall of 2015. A night filled with fun, laughter, good food, and great activities. Parents bring their soon-to-be kindergarten students in to meet their new classmates, faculty and staff, they get a chance to look over the classroom and become familiar with the school. 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.

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.

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: (LIBRARY CLOSED MAR 23-APR 7) 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


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