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Weathersfield News November 25, 2015
Nancy Nutile-McMenemy

Happy Thanksgiving folks. Ah, the start of the winter holiday season. Food, family, shopping, craft fairs, and lots of stress. One thing I try to tell myself this time of year is celebrate the true meaning of Thanksgiving-Give Thanks. I've made it through another year. Some of us haven't faired so well. This time of year brings joy to some but darkness to others and I don't just mean the early dark afternoons. Try to be aware of those around us who may not be celebrating they way we are. "Give" them your time by listening to them or just being with them. And "thank" them for being themselves. Try to reach out to people you may not other wise encounter in your normal daily lives. Visit a nursing home or elder care facility and just sit with someone. Visit the VA in White River Junction and say "thank you" to the veterans and their caregivers.  Buy a toy and donate it to an organization supporting children. Let's all be creative this holiday season and STOP and think about those around us and not just our shopping lists.

Another week of music and theater for me.
Last Tuesday I attended a band concert at Woodstock Middle and High School in honor of Chuck and Harriet. The Yoh Theatre was packed with friends and supporters of the Worrells.

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I freelance for the Vermont Standard and attended their Correspondents Holiday Luncheon at the Public House in Quechee. The food was delicious.

Friday night, I made my way to Pomfret for a gallery opening of "Small Works" at the ArtisTree. You should check it out his holiday season. Lot of cute gifts made by local artisans.

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Right next door in the big barn, I took in the Local Songwriters Spotlight concert featuring Sensible Shoes and Hammer and Feather.

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Saturday night, I drove to Hartland to see a one man show-The Fiddler, Patrick Ross. What a talented musician. His daughter Ophelia is quite talented too.

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I finished off my weekend but attending a two man play in White River Junction. North Country Community Theatre presented "A Walk in the Woods" at the Briggs Opera House. It was really powerful and extremely entertaining.

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Now on to the Town news...
Select Board News: The Select Board is reviewing the town budget for FY2017. At their meeting on Nov. 16 they reviewed the Police Department budget with Chief Daniels. The Chief is asking to replace the truck that has 118,000 miles, replacement cost could be around $38,000. The Board also reviewed the Capital Replacement Plan and Long Term Debt Schedule and discussed possible options. Town Manager Jim Mullen recommended moving replacement of WWVFD Engine 3 out to 2018 because the results of the fire services evaluation won’t be available until the 2017 Town Meeting. Fire Chief Josh Dauphin argued against it. The matter will be discussed at the next Fire Commission meeting with recommendations to follow. Electronic Waste Collection at the Transfer Station- Town Manager Mullen will report on a conference call taking place with area municipal e-waste providers; he will report the suggestions to the Board at the next meeting.

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Weathersfield SchoolCommunity and Family Thanksgiving Dinner was a huge success; over 300 lunches were served on Wednesday, Nov. 18. Thanks to CafĂ© Services and Judy Sargent in the kitchen,  BJ Esty, Theresa White and her volunteer husband , Dennis, who worked so very hard to make it all happen.

Town Calendar of Events:
Weathersfield School-The WS PTA meets the first Tuesday of every month at 6:15 p.m. at the school the next meeting is Dec. 1. WS School Board's next meeting is Dec. 14 6:30 p.m. in the AP Room.

Weathersfield Proctor Library-Saturday, Dec. 5, 11 a.m.-1 p.m. A Holiday Reception and Tea to Welcome Mark Richardson, Library Director. Stop by and Welcome our NEW Library Director Mark Richardson. Judy and Bob Topolski are the planners. Contact the Library for more information.

Get Out And About:
Mary Poppins-Northern Stage White River Junction VT Nov. 18-Jan 3. Call 802.296.7000 for tickets.

2nd Annual Turkey Trot: Thanksgiving Day, Nov. 26 7:45 a.m. The Climb Fitness Center Ascutney Mountain. A canine-friendly 5k fun run or walk to support Mount Ascutney Outdoors, Inc.  Run/walk along a route of scenic Brownsville roads. Registration: $10 (Pre-Registration Only) Run open to the first 50 turkeys who pre-register. To pre-register, please go to: More information contact The Climb Fitness Center at (802) 484-3511. Note-All dogs must be on a leash and if it snows, they will snowshoe, however, snow shoes are not provided so bring your own.

Holiday Happenings in Brownsville-Saturday, Dec. 5 Brownsville Community Church and WestWindsor Town HallBrownsville Christmas Bazaar & Luncheon at Town Hall from 9 a.m.-2 p.m., Community Holiday Carol Sing at Brownsville Community Church at 3 p.m., Brownsville Holiday Tree Lighting, Caroling, Fire Pit & Refreshments at Town Hall at 4:30 p.m., Christmas Concert at Brownsville Community Church at 7p.m. Admission is free for all the events on Dec. 5 and a free-will offering will be accepted at the concert to help offset costs. 
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, AscutneyVT. Classes are led by Geraldine Rudenfeldt. If interested call 674-5254 for more information.

Weathersfield Proctor Library, Hours: Wed 10-8 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. Story Hour with Jordan: Wednesdays at 2 p.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. 

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