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Weathersfield News April 8, 2015
Nancy Nutile-McMenemy

I'm almost back on east coast time from our adventure in Scotland (they are five hours ahead of us-they turned their clocks ahead on our last Sunday in the country.) As the jet lag has faded, I've been reliving our eleven days in Scotland by editing the images I took (over 3000!) and posting a Travel Blog about our trip. If you'd like to take a quick trip to Scotland, you can check out my adventures on my website: Comments and questions are always welcome.

As soon as we got home, we put in our maple syrup taps. We only run 18 taps and lucky for us the sap run was still running. We boiled on Sunday and collected a little over two quarts. We're hoping to get one more boil in this season.

The basil, pepper, and tomato seedlings are doing well. They all sprouted while we were away and are now under lights. We still have about one foot of snow on the garden so it will be some time before they see real sunlight.

I covered a few cool events last weekend...
MUD at ArtisTree in South Pomfret. Area artists created works of art in various media to show their impressions of our unofficial fifth season. The exhibit runs April 3-May 2.

And an Easter Egg Pool Hunt at Edge Fitness and Wellness in West Windsor!

And did you catch the full moon?

Now onto Town news...

News You Can Use

Boards and Committees
The Select Board held a special meeting Mar. 30 to conduct a study to review the division of duties in Finance Department. Town Treasurer, Steven Hier, explained to the Select Board the division of duties in the Finance Department at the Town Office. The Town has six people who oversee various parts of financial transactions – a system providing internal control and that has produced ever-improving financial audit reports for the Town. The Select Board decided that a study was not needed and that the current system does not need improvement or change.

The Board moved on to review the job description for the Town Accountant. The Board discussed the fact that the current accountant position is part-time, finding a suitable candidate for the open position may be difficult. The consensus after discussion was to be flexible about the number of hours offered with the position.

Select Board's Regular Meeting was scheduled to meet on Monday, Apr. 6 at 6:30 p.m..

Help Wanted-Town Accountant-The Town of Weathersfield, Vermont is seeking qualified applicants for the position of Town Accountant. This is a permanent position working between 30 - 40 hours per week, Monday-Thursday, with excellent benefits, including health care and retirement. The hours worked Monday-Thursday are somewhat flexible as are the average number of hours worked per week. Occasional attendance at night meetings is required, especially during the fall budget preparation time.

The position is responsible for the maintenance of the Town’s general ledger, reconciling accounts receivable, payable, and payroll, and preparing the Town’s financial documents. Education, Experience, and Training Preferences: A Bachelor’s degree in accounting, business administration, or equally pertinent field and two years experience at a professional level in accounting or financial auditing work. Pay rate $22.00 - $24.50/hour depending on qualifications and experience. Job description and application for employment available upon request. Applicants should email a letter of interest, resume, and employment application to Weathersfield Town Manager Jim Mullen at Position open until filled.

Trustees of the Weathersfield Proctor Library-The Library is scheduled to reopen on Wednesday Apr. 8 at 10 am. The Trustees will hold a Special Meeting on Saturday Apr. 11 at 8:30 to review the Mold Remediation Project.

Weathersfield Elementary School: The next School Board meeting will be held Apr. 20 at 6:30 in the A.P. room.
Dr. Seuss Writing Contest-Three students participated in The Dr. Seuss Writing Contest. Congratulations to Olivia Magliola, Bailey Eddy, and Nick Lenahan who submitted a very "Seusslike" story or poem. All three submissions were extremely inventive, creative and fun. Each child was awarded a prize.

Safety Please be careful when pulling into the WS parking lot as track has started. It’s that time of year when we will see more kids outside for spring sports. There will be runners warming up on nicer days with runs around the school and possibly along the sidewalks and parking lot right after school and around pick up time. Please be aware and slow down when pulling into the parking lot. Thank you, Kelly Harriman - AD

Town Calendar of Events
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 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.

Elsie Hannah Johnson, 88, a 60-year resident of Weathersfield, passed away Tuesday evening, March 31, 2015, at the Elm Wood Center in Claremont, N.H. She was born March 7, 1927, in Cornish, N.H., the daughter of Paul and Isabella (Clow) Tewksbury. She received her schooling in Cornish and Windsor and graduated from Windsor High School in 1945. She later attended Nursing School in Barre, Vt. She married Howard L. Johnson in Cornish on Sept. 18, 1948. Mrs. Johnson was employed as a Licensed Practical Nurse at Springfield Hospital in Springfield, Vt., and later at Mt. Ascutney Hospital in Windsor for 25 years. She most recently drove a school bus for the Town of Weathersfield for twenty-three years until her retirement in 1991. While working, she and her husband maintained a milk route for Butterick Creamery of West Lebanon and owned and operated a rural gas business in Claremont, N.H. Elsie was a member of the Connecticut River Grange in Ascutney, a member of the Council on Aging and a longtime member of the Ascutney Union Church. She also served as Health Officer for the town of Weathersfield. She enjoyed fishing, hunting, gardening and traveling. Memorial contributions may be made to the VNA of VT and NH at 66 Benning Street, West Lebanon, NH 03784.

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 REOPENS APRIL 8) 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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