Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Weathersfield News Oct 14 #WeathersfieldVT #VT


Weathersfield News October 12, 2015
Nancy Nutile-McMenemy

The air is crisp, the trees are exploding with color, I'm planting garlic, it must be Fall in Vermont. I've harvested my winter squash. I'm getting ready to wash and dry it before bringing it downstairs to store for the winter (I feel like a chipmunk!) The last of the tomatoes are being picked and the vines are heading to the compost pile. We still have a ton of peppers so every time the weather prognosticators hint at frost, we're covering them up. Sure we can freeze them but they taste so much better fresh. One question for you folks-are you going to celebrate next Wednesday, October 21? Celebrate what you ask-well, "Back to the Future" Day of course. In 1985 we were introduced to one very cool car-a time machine in the shape of a DeLorean. "Great Scott!" what a movie trilogy.  Search the internet for more information-what did the movie predict 30 years ago that came true and what didn't. And be sure to check out the fashions-are we traveling back to the past?
Oh the Colors!




What a week I had last week. 
I traveled to Barre to cover Matt Dunne announcing his run for Vermont Governor.

Then I traveled around the Northeast for a week filled with music, I believe they call it Americana now. 
Three nights with Lyle Lovett and John Hiatt in Troy NY, Worcester MA and Burlington VT.





And finally an evening in the Berkshires-Great Barrington MA with Lucinda Williams

I also covered the Grand Opening of Northern Stage's new space in White River Junction-WOW! They have created a very special place in the old Miller Auto space. You should really check it out.


And now the news...
Select Board News:
Town Manager Search Committee-Mike Todd, chair of the Committee reported that there are 45 applications for the position. The committee will conduct preliminary interviews and then forward 3-6 candidates to the Select Board.  Land Use Administrator Appointment-Mr. Todd, also chair of the Planning Commission, said that the Commission recommended by unanimous vote the appointment of David (Scott) Osgood as the next zoning administrator. Mr. Osgood is a professional civil engineer with strong planning experience and good public interaction skills. He is working part time in Enfield, NH and resides in Henniker, NH. The Select Board approved Osgood for a three year term. Fire Department Update-The Fire Commission recommends that the Town hire a consultant trained in fire services to conduct the study and analysis of the Weathersfield fire services. Mrs. Lynn Esty reported that the fire departments are frustrated with being asked to provide reports to the Select Board, and then having the Board fail to read them or acknowledge receipt of them. The Board decided to  hire a consultant to study Weathersfield's Fire Services. Town Manager Mullen suggested contacting the State Fire Services Chief for recommendations of a suitable consultant. Mullen also reported that the VLCT had supplied Mr. Mullen with the names of towns that had recently conducted this type of study.

Weathersfield School News:


Electronic Devises Allowed On Buses with Conditions-Electronic devices may be used by students who ride the bus if they wear ear plugs to play music and shut the volume off for handheld games. The school and the bus company have decided that this is a fair change in rules. Students may not take pictures, take video, or post anything to Social Media while riding on the bus. If you have questions, please call Principal Oakman at 674- 5400. Special thanks to Student Transportation of America for working with the school in making this change in the name of children.

Notice of Office closure:
Town Clerk's Office-Nov. 18 and 19 for the New England Cities and Town Clerk's Association Conference.

Town Calendar of Events:
Organ/Trumpet Concert and Picnic in the Park, Brownsville Sunday, Oct. 18 4 p.m. Brownsville Community Church will sponsor the third of a series of four free concerts open to the public. Picnic attendees are asked to bring their own beverage and a salad or dessert to share.  The Brownsville Community Church will be grilling hot dogs and burgers.  In the event of rain, the picnic will be in the Church dining room. The concert will feature treasured works from Bach, Reger, Handel, Telemann and more performed by Christian Huebner on the organ and Skip Downing on trumpet. 

Weathersfield Monthly Program and Potluck Luncheon Perkinsville Tuesday, Oct. 20 noon at Perkinsville Community Church Vestry on Route 106 in Weathersfield. Newcomers are always welcome. Bring a hot dish, salad or dessert. Beverages will be provided. Contact: Lorraine Zigman 802-263-5245; lzigman@comcast.net

Reading Old Time Ball and Dinner Reading Town Hall Saturday, Oct. 24. Turkey supper with all the fixins; two seatings at 6 and 7:30 p.m.  Dancing to the music of "The Reverbs" will be from 8 p.m. to 11 p.m.  Supper only $12.00; Dance only $10.00; Combo tickets $20.00.  Tickets are on sale at the Reading Town Office, Monday-Thursday 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Benefits Reading Fire Auxiliary. 

Weathersfield School Fall Sports Banquets The annual fall sports banquets will be held Oct. 27 for grades K-4 and Oct. 28 for grades 5-8 and the Girls Soccer Team, Grades 4-6 Both banquets are from 6:30-7:30 p.m. in the A.P. room.

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/


Have anything you want included in this news and events column-email Nancy at photosbynanci@comcast.net two weeks prior to your event.