Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Weathersfield News Sept. 23 #WeathersfieldVT #VT

Weathersfield News September 23, 2015
Nancy Nutile-McMenemy

After our endless summer, there seems to be a crispness in the air. Fall is coming! This coming Sunday Sept. 27, the 23rd Annual Vermont 50 Mountain Bike or Ultra Run takes place at Ascutney Mountain in Brownsville. This sold-out race is a benefit for Vermont Adaptive, which got its start at Ascutney back in 1986 and has since move to Pico and a few other mountains in Vermont. One of the weekend highlights for me is the Kid Free Fun Races held Saturday Sept 26 beginning at 3:30 p.m.. 



These races are open to all children, so if you know kids who love to run, sign them up. The kids' races are held to encourage children of all ages to have fun and get some exercise. Following the races, the younger children get to hunt through hay bales looking for buried treasure. It makes for quite a fun fall afternoon. More information about the race weekend can be found at www.vermont50.com.
An unusual celestial event takes place Sunday night too! A Super Moon, full lunar eclipse will happen for about an hour. It is called a Blood Moon because the earth casts it shadow on the moon, making the moon appear red. An illustration of this very rare event may be viewed at: http://www.timeanddate.com/eclipse/lunar/2015-september-28.

And speaking of red...Before race weekend, I'll be in my kitchen turning my bushels of tomatoes into sauce for the winter. I don't know about you but this has been quite a year for the red fruits. Last year we got hit with late blight and I think I over planted this year to compensate. Now my kitchen counters have been taken over by the attack of the bountiful tomatoes! At least, I won't have to purchase sauce this winter.

One yummy event I try to cover every year is the Coon Club Wild Game Supper. This year was the best attended with over 100 people enjoying the venison and moose lasagna, smoke rainbow trout bruschetta, roast moose, grilled domestic ham, Swedish moose and venison meatballs, game stew, corn chowder all prepared by Coon Club Chef Jim Theetge (who is also the chef at Simon Pearce Restaurant) and his crew. Already on my calendar for next year!
Select Board News:
The Fire Departments are in the news again. There was continued discussion about combining the two departments. Mr. Fuller expressed concerns about duplication of equipment. He mentioned the need for equipment inventories. He said the Town hasn’t changed much – still 1700 parcels, population of 2800 ± , road mileage still roughly the same. Fuller set a goal of March 2017 to have an assessment made about the departments. Mrs. Esty reminded everyone that the current departments are private non-profit organizations that the Town cannot dissolve. She went on to state that if the Town chose to create a municipal fire department, then there could potentially be three fire departments serving the Town. Mr. Boyer said he is in favor of a single department with a paid fire chief. Mr. Arrison suggested hiring an independent consultant to analyze the current situation and make recommendations on improvements. In the end the Board set up a 5-member committee to evaluate fire services. They are looking for folks in town to apply to serve on this board.

In other Select Board news, the Library would like to apply for a Vermont Community Development Grant to construct an ADA-compliant bathroom, an ADA door into the building, an ADA-compliant ramp to the door and remove the existing ramp from the front of the building. The projected cost is $74,000. Since the building is owned by the Town, the Select Board must apply for the grant. This addition will have no affect on the proposed addition to the library, if the footprint of the expansion remains unchanged from its original configuration. The Select Board agreed to work with a grant writer to apply for various grants to fund the project.

Notice of Office closure:
Town Clerk's Office-The Office will be closed on Oct. 8 for the Vermont League of Cities and Towns' Town Fair and Nov. 18 and 19 for the New England Cities and Town Clerk's Association Conference.

Town Calendar of Events:
The Weathersfield Proctor Library Saturday, Sept. 26, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Annual Book Sale and Mini-Yard Sale at the library. Interesting books, homemade bake goods, and collectible items will be available for sale with the proceeds going to the most needed expansion of the Library. Contact Cookie Shand at 802-674-5021 for more information.

Out of the Darkness Community Walk- Saturday, Sept. 26, 9:30 a.m. Help Us Create A World Without Suicide Springfield Walking Path, (Toonerville Trail), Springfield, VT. Check In/ Registration Time: 9:30 a.m.. Walk: 10-1 p.m..  For More Information, please contact: Heather Jarvis 802- 296-1989 hthrjrvs2008@yahoo.com or Judy Jarvis 802-263-5549 judith_jarvisusa@yahoo.com.

The Weathersfield Veterans Memorial Committee-Saturday, Sept. 26, 11 a.m. Annual Chicken BBQ Martin Memorial Hall Route 5 Ascutney. Complete meal consists of 1/2 BBQ chicken, beans, coleslaw, beverage and dessert for only $10. For More information call Lisa Slade at 802-291-1475.

The Weathersfield Historical Society-Saturday, Sept. 26, 10 a.m. Restoring Antique Dolls a talk by Tonya Conway, Dan Foster House (across from the Weathersfield Meeting House) Weathersfield Center Road. This event is free. Contact Ginger Wimberg at 802-263-5626 if you have any questions.

The Ascutney Volunteer Fire Department- Saturday, Sept. 26, 11 a.m. Funds Drive for AVFD Martin Memorial Hall, Rte 5 Ascutney. AVFD will be on site with Engine 4-bring your camera for a photo of the kids and Engine 4. There will be a Silent Auction and t-shirts, sweatshirts, golf balls for Golf Ball Drop (Columbus Day Weekend) on sale. For more information, call AVFD at 802-674-6869.

The 23rd Annual Vermont 50 Mountain Bike or Ultra Run, Saturday Sept 26 and Sunday Sept 27 at Ascutney Mountain Resort. This event features a 50 mile mountain bike ride, a 50 mile run, a 50 mile Team Relay and a 50 K run. Proceeds benefit Vermont Adaptive (which started at Ascutney Mountain in 1986.) The event is sold out but volunteers are needed, please email: vt50volunteer@gmail.com for more information.

7th Annual Kids Fun Free Race-Saturday Sept. 26 3:30 p.m. Ascutney Mountain Resort. There are three FREE races: 1/2 Mile , 1 Mile, and 3 Mile (for children who are able to run independently.) On site Race Registration noon-3 p.m. or now online http://vermont50.blogspot.com/p/kids-fun-race.html  For more information email vt50funrun@gmail.com. There is also a Hay Bale Treasure Hunt, a clown with balloon creations and face painting.

Table19 Presents ‘Glitter & Gowns’ An Elegant Evening of Dinner & Dancing Sept. 26, 6:30 p.m. Time travel back to 1940 with Live Swing & Big Band Music by Gerry Grimo's 10-piece band. Champagne, prime rib and lobster tail buffet, decadent dessert bar, cash bar with themed cocktails. Tickets can be purchased at Table19 or by calling 802.885.8219. $85.00 Per Person / $150.00 per couple-black tie optional. Reservations required. Tickets must be purchased by Sept. 12.

Ongoing:
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 www.vcdp.org 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.

Volunteers in Action (VIA) is looking for volunteer drivers. VIA is an organization that drives people to doctor's appointments, usually at Mt. Ascutney Hospital or DHMC and occasionally grocery missions. Your mileage is reimbursable.  Please call VIA at (802) 674-5971 ask for Martha or Scottie. 

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


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