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Weathersfield News April 20, 2015
Nancy Nutile-McMenemy

I know it's spring because 1) the phoebes are back and scouting out my bay window ledge for nest building 2) my kitchen is overrun with ants 3) I planted my pea and lettuce seeds after turning over parts of my garden 4) the "peepers" in our wetland are peeping, and 5) my crocuses are up. I've been waiting for these warm sunny days for months and I'm sure glad they are finally here. May Day and Vermont Green Up day are just around the corner.

News You Can Use
Select Board-From their Apr. 6 Meeting-Tenney Hill land for sale. The voters approved the sale at Town Meeting in March. Neil Daniels urged the Board not to sell the Tenney Hill property on the grounds that it has an excellent source of water (200 gpm) under it with a protection area (formed by Wilgus State Park, the Interstate, Charlie Johnson’s land, and the power line corridor) surrounding it. He said the Town acquired it by donation and the protection area is free. The Board discussed various ways of protecting the water while honoring the vote taken at Town Meeting. The consensus was that the Board should hire a realtor and then discuss the options after that.

The Board and Fire Commission agreed to hold a joint meeting on Apr. 27 at 7 p.m. at Martin Hall to further discuss the Weathersfield Hazardous Materials Response Ordinance. There seems to be some confusion among the Select Board and the members of the fire departments, who asked for clarification of the amendment’s intent and how it would be applied.

Update on Perkinsville School Reuse Project. Bette Jo Esty announced the need for volunteers to help with the demolition of the interior of the “ell” portion of the 1879 schoolhouse in preparation of the mold remediation. Mr. Mullen suggested hiring a project manager. The board approved the hiring of Matt Keniston in this position for a maximum of 40 hours at $50 per hour. The total cost would be $2000 and would be paid out of the $70,000 earmarked for restoration projects.

Report on Award of Bids for Town Highway 10-Wheeler Chassis and Body/Plow-Mr. Mullen reported that the chassis, plow and truck body have been ordered. The total cost is $180,801, which is well under the $199,000 limit set by the voters. Mr. Hazeltine said the truck should be ready for service by mid-summer.

Reminder-Town Clerk Office Closed Apr. 28-Apr. 28 the office will also be closed for Vermont Municipal Clerk's and Treasurer's Training. The Town Offices will be open both days.

Weathersfield Elementary School: Emily Lang Wins at VT State Science Fair. Three Weathersfield School students participated in the Vermont State Science and Mathematics Fair on Saturday, Mar 28: Jacob Harriman, Emily Lang and Brooke McKeen. Emily Lang won Honorable Mention from the Society of Women Engineers for her project on electrical engineering.

New Eureka Math and Wheatley ELA Curricula approved by the Supervisory Union Board. The decision helps satisfy recent legislation mandating adoption or establishment of a unified curriculum at the supervisory union level.

Updates on testing-Science NECAP tests will be given to grades 4 and 8 on May 12, 13, 14. SBAC Assessment for grades 3-8 will be administered from May 19-29.

Announcing-WS Poetry Contest-Entry Rules: Poem must be your own original work, 1 or 2 pages in length, any theme or topic, no need to rhyme, it can be from a class assignment or written at home. Submit entries by Apr. 29 to Mrs. Tennis, drop in Poetry mailbox in foyer or email to: Be sure to include your name and grade. There will be a prize for grades K-2; 3-5 and 6-8

Town Calendar of Events
Weathersfield Elementary School:
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.

Lakeland FL-Rebecca F. 'Becky' Noake, 71, passed away at her home on Mar.6, from pancreatic cancer.  She was preceded in death by her sister Cecelia (38) and her parents Joe and Louise. She is survived by her husband of 53 years, Dave, her daughter Kimberly, son Steven, younger brother JC and five grandchildren. Born May 14, 1943, in Clifton Forge, VA, she attended William and Mary College, married her husband, Dave, then an Army officer, traveled Europe and raised their daughter Kim (MacPhee) and son Steve while moving frequently from post to post. During 20 years as an Army wife she found time to work as office manager for a very successful orthodontist and secured her VA real estate license. Following Dave's Army retirement she continued to manage a dental office in VT, do tax returns at H&R Block and be active in Vermont and Weathersfield politics while supporting Dave in a business startup. They moved to FL. in 1996 and she immediately found employment at, then the largest one site RV complex, rising to Director of Customer Service for then owner of LZ Days I-4, Don Wallace. She retired in 2006 focusing on her hobbies. Memorial donations may be made in her name to The American Cancer Society - Fight Against Pancreatic Cancer.

Perkinsville, VT-Sarah J. Gunzinger, 70, passed away Saturday, Apr. 11 at the Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center in Lebanon, N.H. She was born June 23, 1944, in Newport, N.H. the daughter of George and Laila (Anderson) Watling. She attended schools and graduated from Towle High School in Newport, and then from Katharine Gibbs School of Business in Boston, Mass. She was employed as an Administrative Assistant for many years, working in N.H., Mass., and Vt., in the Banking and Development Industry, She was employed with Vermont Research in Springfield, Vt. for several years, and retired from Customized Structures in Claremont, N.H. after 21 years of service. On Sept. 22, 1974, she married David E. Gunzinger in Brattleboro, Vt. He predeceased her on July 1, 2010. Sarah was an avid golfer and an active member of the Newport Country Club in Newport, N.H. She enjoyed knitting and was an excellent knitter, making Irish Sweaters. She also loved cats and traveling. She is survived by her sister, Christine “Tina” Newton and her husband, James of Colorado Springs, Colo.; and two nephews, Mark Newton of Ventura, Calif. and James Newton Jr. of Superior, Colo. A celebration of life service will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, May 9. 2015, at the Davis Memorial Chapel in Springfield, Vt. Contributions may be made in her memory to the Weathersfield Proctor Library PO Box 519, Ascutney, VT 05030.

Valley Court Diversion Programs-Volunteer are needed in Weathersfield/Springfield areas to work with low level offenders in the community. The organization embraces the principles of restorative justice. As a volunteer, you will hear participant's stories and help create a restorative contract with them. The group meets once a month at the Springfield Police Department, your commitment will require about 3 hours a month. Training is provided. For more information please visit our website at or call Maureen at 802-295-5078 #10.

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

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