Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Weathersfield News Feb 25 #WeathersfieldVT #VT



Weathersfield News February 25, 2015
Nancy Nutile-McMenemy

Town Meeting is scheduled next week. There is one contested race on the ballot, the Select Board Two Year seat. I thought I'd ask Lynn Esty (LE) and Michael Todd (MT) the two candidates running, a few questions.
In their words..

1. How long have you lived in Weathersfield?
LE-I was born and raised in Weathersfield. With the exception of the 5 years we lived in Alaska, I have lived the majority of my 48 years in Weathersfield. We purchased my Grandfathers 2 acre farm on 106 in Perkinsville in October 2001. We are buying a mobile home on one acre on Route 131 in Ascutney. We raised our 3 daughters in Weathersfield. My granddaughter is the 7th generation of our family residing in Weathersfield. We also have a grown foster daughter with 4 children that live close by.

MT-27 years, Born and raised in Springfield , Vermont

2. What do you doing for a living?

LE-Currently I am a job coach for a young woman with Down Syndrome. I assist her with her duties at a local humane society: washing dishes, folding laundry, cleaning cat boxes, walking dogs, socializing cats, and other work as she is able to do. I transport her to her job, assist her in her responsibilities and transport her back home. I was previously the Assistant Librarian at the Weathersfield Proctor Library for 5+ years. My husband and I raise pigs, chickens, turkeys and beef to fill the freezer and have, year round, Nigerian dwarf goats, a horse, a pony, two dogs, an elderly house cat, 2 barn cats and 2 love birds.

MT-Business Owner; Hawks Mountain Motorcycles in Perkinsville, Vt. 10 years

3. Have you held other positions for the town in the past either elected, appointed, or volunteer? If yes, what were they and for how long?

LE-In the Past: Girl Scout Leader; Weathersfield School Substitute Teacher/Librarian/ Volunteer; Green-Up Participant; Animal Control/Constable; Justice of the Peace; Clerical Worker for Town of Weathersfield; Weathersfield Proctor Library Book Group Facilitator 9/2014 to Present; Deputy Health Officer, Town of Weathersfield 10/2001 to 10/2014; Weathersfield Spay/ Neuter Assistance Program, Administrator 2008 to Present; Weathersfield Zoning Board, Member/currently Chairperson 2011 to Present; Weathersfield Fire Commission, Citizen Member/currently Chairperson 2012 to Present; Weathersfield Directory, currently Chairperson 2012 to Present; Weathersfield Vermont News, Administrator/Reporter 6/26/13 to Present; Weathersfield Knit/Crochet Group - Facilitator Winters 2013/14, 14/15; Weathersfield Proctor Library volunteer 12/2014 to Present.
MT- Yes, Planning Commission 7 years, currently Chairman. Budget Committee 7 years, Perkinsville School reuse committee 2 years, Selectman, Appointed  1year

4. Why are you running for the two year Select Board seat?

LE-I want to offer a new viewpoint on the Select Board. I've been told numerous times that there needs to be a change. I am willing to step up and help be part of that change. My family has a long history of community service to the Town of Weathersfield. I want to continue that tradition.  Being elected to the Select Board has been a long-term goal of mine.

MT- I like serving the people of Weathersfield and feel I know many of the current issues faced by our Town Government.

5. Do you have something specific on your agenda that you hope to get accomplished during your two year term?

LE-I would like to see the monthly reporting resumed (police, animal control, fire commission, etc.) I feel this information will reflect the hard work and valued presence in our community. This information needs to be presented monthly to keep us, and the citizens, informed. I would like to encourage more Weathersfield citizens to participate in and attend all public meetings and share their knowledge and ask questions. I want the citizens to feel valued and heard.  I would like to facilitate increased awareness of events, projects and happenings around town. An increase in town-wide gatherings and communication will only benefit everyone in Weathersfield.

MT-Better communication between the people and their elected officials. Better Communication between the School Board and the Select Board at Budget times.

6. What are three most important things facing the voters in Weathersfield over the next few years?

LE-A) New Town Manager Search B) Tax Increases C) Condition of our roads

MT-I think it depends on who you talk too. Most will say taxes. That means balanced budgets and fiscal responsibility. There are a lot of  people on fixed incomes that can not afford higher taxes whether its caused by the School or the Town. They both show up on one tax bill. There may be an issue arising concerning involvement with the School Supervisory Union. There are changes occurring at the State level that seem to further strip Towns of local control. My experience at the Planning Commission has shown me that the residents of Weathersfield prefer to have a say in issues that effect them. Especially issues that are this personal and close to home. Time will tell on this one. The Library Expansion project. I think most people recognize the need to upgrade and expand this important Town resource However, the Plan put forward by the Library Trustees has been voted down twice. I think there needs to be a plan that addresses the needed upgrades and provides for a bit more modest expansion. This goes back to my first point, taxes.   


7. How will you work to see these three things happen?

LE-A) I will volunteer to be on the search/hiring committee and do my best, as part of the committee, to hire the most qualified, competent individual and the best fit for the good of Weathersfield. B) Increases in taxes are always a concern, especially for citizens who are on a fixed income. We need to find a way to keep the taxes as level as possible while not cutting the necessary services to the residents. Some taxes – such as the school – we have no control over the increases or costs. Increasing the revenue from some departments might help to increase the services and not increase the tax burden. C) Wes and the Town Crew do a wonderful job with their budget every year and they always seem to have a surplus. I would like to see some of those surplus funds used to catch up on the paving of roads that have been put off.

MT-It all comes down to communication. Reaching out to the public to ask and answer questions. What do the people want? How much do they know about any given issue? The better we know what the people are thinking, the easier it should be to make decisions and have their support.

Reminder-Annual Town Meeting Monday Mar. 2 and Tuesday Mar. 3. The Monday meeting takes place at the Weathersfield School beginning at 7:30 p.m. (following the School District Meeting.) The meeting will be adjourned until 10 a.m. Tuesday Mar. 3 where the remaining 17 Articles and Town Officers will be voted on by Australian Ballot.

Boards and Committees
Trustees of the Weathersfield Proctor Library-at their regular monthly meeting Feb 19 the Library Trustees accepted the resignation of Library Director Nancy Tusinski. She will be taking a job closer to her home in Rockingham. The Trustees will be advertising for the job opening and will collect resumes until Mar. 27. The Trustees also voted to close the Library Mar. 9-24 so the mold maybe removed from the basement. The Library will reopen Mar. 25 under Interim Library Director Karin Fischer.

Town Events:
Friends of Weathersfield Proctor Library will meet Feb. 26 7 p.m. at the Library. Election of officers and work on their By-laws and Articles of Incorporation are on the agenda.

West Weathersfield Volunteer Fire Department

"The LOGGER" Rusy DeWees Saturday, Feb. 28 7 p.m. at Windsor High School Theater 
to Benefit West Weathersfield Volunteer Fire Department. Tickets are now on sale by calling 802-952-9712 ($22 advance / $25 at the door) or at one of the following businesses/sponsors: Springfield Auto Mart, River Road in Springfield,  Frazer's Place, Rte 5 North in Windsor, Mr. G's Restaurant, Rte 131 in Ascutney, MJ Harrington's Jewelers in Newport, NH. Come and enjoy an evening of fun and laughs while supporting a good cause.

Gun Raffle $10.00 a TICKET. Drawing to be held on Mar. 1. Tickets may be purchased at Downers Four Corners Store/ Route 106 Deli Store or by calling  802-356-0623 Prizes: Ruger American Riffle with a Redfield Scope, -22-250 Rem., -223 Rem,. 243 Win., -270 Win., -7mm-08 Rem., -30-06 Rem., -308 Win. Must be 18+ years old and pass a Federal Background to Claim Prize.

Gun Raffle $10.00 a TICKET. Drawing to be held on Mar. 1. Tickets may be purchased at Downers Four Corners Store/ Route 106 Deli Store or by calling  802-356-0623 Prizes: Ruger American Riffle with a Redfield Scope, -22-250 Rem., -223 Rem,. 243 Win., -270 Win., -7mm-08 Rem., -30-06 Rem., -308 Win. Must be 18+ years old and pass a Federal Background to Claim Prize.

Weathersfield School Events:
Drama Club Dates-2nd Annual Got Talent Show, Thursday, Feb. 26  7 p.m. (Dress rehearsal Wednesday, Feb. 25 3-5 p.m.) A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court Saturday, May 30 2 p.m. (Dress Rehearsal Friday, May 29 3-5 p.m.) Performance Monday, Jun. 1 1 p.m.: In the Gym for all K-8 students.

Sports Team Sign-ups-sport sign ups for Track, Softball, and Baseball. Please send sign ups in as early as possible. Sign up deadlines are as follows:  Grades 5-8 - Track - March 23rd; Grades 3-8 - Softball & Baseball - March 23rd; Ongoing for K-2 programs. Anyone interested in coaching should fill out an application and get it in as soon as possible. Coaches are chosen based on experience at the level they wish to coach.

Weathersfield Proctor Library Call 674-2863 or email weathersfieldproctorlibrary@gmail.com 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.

4th Annual Town Wide Challenge, It's Almost Time  Saturday Mar 21 at 7 p.m. Weathersfield School, Ascutney. Watch your favorite town teams compete in this fun trivia challenge contest.  The topics include Geography, Sports, Spelling, "Name That Tune," Current Events and Weathersfield History.  Prizes are awarded for the most points and the Best Team Spirit. All teams are collecting donations to benefit the Weathersfield Proctor Library Capital Campaign. Donate to your favorite town team and come to the school to watch your team compete with other town teams - Library, School Board, Town Office, Select Board, Historical Society, School team, Ascutney Fire Dept. Veterans Memorial Commission and the Weathersfield School Staff. This is a fun and funny event and a great way to gather the community after a long and cold winter.

Obituaries
WINDSOR-Franklin “Frank” Albert Silfies Sr., 71, of Ascutney Street in Windsor, died Tuesday, Feb. 17, following a five-year battle with cancer. He was born June 3, 1943, in Northampton, Pennsylvania, the son of Franklin H. and Salome (Keefer) Silfies.

Frank graduated from Norwich University in 1965 with a BA in English. He was program coordinator for crisis services at HCRS in Springfield, where he had worked for 35 years. Frank was a member of the Ascutney Volunteer Fire Department, where he served as president for several years. He also served as a part-time member of the Weathersfield Police Department and was director of the Weathersfield Ambulance Service. Well-known to first responders in Vermont and New Hampshire, Frank founded the Green Mountain Critical Incident Stress Management team. One of his favorite things was volunteering every year as an instructor at the North Country Fire School in Alburgh, Vermont. His family includes his wife of 51 years, SallyAnn; one son, Christopher of Charlestown and his best friend, Carol Goodwin; one daughter, Wendi and her husband, Todd Curtis, of Claremont; four grandsons, Cody Silfies of Burlington, Craig Curtis of Claremont, Randy Curtis of Springfield and Noah Curtis of Claremont; three granddaughters, Taylor Silfies and Kelsey Silfies of Virginia Beach, Virginia and Zoƫ Curtis of Claremont; and one great-grandson, Kobie Curtis of Claremont; and Shelby Packard-Lowery of Charlestown, who considered him to be her second dad. He was predeceased by his brother, William; his oldest son, Frank Silfies Jr. and his beloved granddaughter, Scotlynn Silfies. A celebration of his life will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 28, at the Greater Hartford United Church of Christ on Route 14 in Hartford Village. Hospice Chaplain Constance Moser will officiate. Visiting hours will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 27, at the church. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Greater Hartford United Church of Christ or to the Ascutney Volunteer Fire Department.

Ongoing:
Weathersfield Knit/Crochet Group
Beginning Dec. 1 1-2:30 p.m. Perkinsville Community Church. Bring your current project or your own supplies to get started. Not sure what to create? Come help create an afghan! (Yarn and instructions provided.) Contact Lynn Esty at 263-9441 or lynnesty@comcast.net if you have any questions.

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-Crafternoons for Kids Thursdays 3-4 p.m. For 6 weeks Jan. 29 - Mar. 5

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

Another event filled weekend for me.
Friday night I photographed the Sierra Leone Refugee Allstars at the Woodstock Town Hall Theatre. What a great show. Woodstock resident Sayon Camara and the Landaya Emsemble opening the evening with some very impressive drumming.




Saturday I spent the afternoon at Harpoon Brewery in Windsor for their Long Thaw Party.



Nice way to celebrate the outdoors in winter, in Vermont.

Sunday I attended the Grand Opening of the newly expanded "The Village at Cedar Hill." The 40 unit expansion and the new Memory Care Center is just beautiful. The attention to detail and comfort to the residents is amazing.




The Village at Cedar Hill Expansion Grand Opening #WindsorVT #VT

February 22, 2015
Windsor VT

On Sunday Cedar Hill hosted a Grand Opening of their 40-Unit Village Expansion and New Memory Care Center. The event included a Ribbon Cutting, Naming Ceremony, Facility Tours, Music performed by the String Alongs and Refreshments.

The ground breaking for this $10.6 million expanded facility of The Village at Cedar took place last February. See images here. 
And a year later, co-owners Mary Louise Sayles and her daughter Patricia Horn are ready to welcome new residents to this beautiful place.
The common spaces boast lots of light and include a tavern, a large conference room fit for watching movies, a library with large touch screen computers, beauty salons, and common country kitchens. The secure Memory Care facility opens to the Memory Garden where residents will be able to maintain their freedom to go outside as they please in a safe and secure environment.


More images of the facility and the Grand Opening Ceremony: http://photosbynanci.smugmug.com/VermontStandard/February-2015/The-Village-at-Cedar-Hill/


Harpoon's Long Thaw Party #thelongthaw #harpoon_brewery #FriendofHarpoon #VT #WindsorVT

February 21, 2015
Windsor VT
Snow got you down? On Saturday Harpoon Brewery in Windsor celebrated winter by hosting their Long Thaw Party to introduce their Long Thaw White IPA. The fire pit was blazing and their Beer Garden window was open for folks to enjoy beers outside.

Great River Outfitters, offered horse drawn sleigh rides and a snowshoe demo.


Paradise Sports had Fat Tire bikes for folks to try. 

And the brewery had a few games available for folks to win some cool prizes including an outdoor life sized Jenga!

Long Thaw Celebration at Harpoon Brewery
Harpoon BreweryRiverbend Taps & Beer Garden
WindsorVT  February 21, 2015
Copyright ©2015 Nancy Nutile-McMenemy

Sierra Leone Refugee All Stars Return to Woodstock VT #landaya #RefugeeAllStars #WoodstockVT #VT


February 20, 2015
Woodstock VT

For the past 17 years Sierra Leone's Refugee All Stars' joyful music has contradicted the horrors they witnessed during their country's civil war. The guitar-driven group came together in Guinean refugee camps in the late 1990s and has gone on to perform on international stages and collaborate with many rock stars including Aerosmith, Dispatch and Ziggy Marley. They opened for Jimmy Cliff in 2010 at Pentangle's Suicide Six Summer Concert.

Now its members face a different plight. Since the spring of 2014, the Refugee All Stars have been living in American exile because of the Ebola epidemic. "Around July, the media started talking about it and we were receiving calls from Sierra Leone about how dreadful it is" said Reuben Koroma. So the group began raising money to support for relief efforts (including a new Ebola-educational TV channel called WeOwnTV) and sending more money to their families in the country.

They returned to Woodstock Friday night and joined guest performer, Sayon Camara, Woodstock resident and West African native, to shine a light on the Ebola crisis and delivered an exhilarating performance. 

Sayon Camara & the Landaya Ensemble opened the show with some wild drumming.




"When we visited this town for the first time, we were privileged to play with Joe Perry (part time Woodstock resident and guitarist for the band Aerosmith) and Joe Perry gave us some gifts, the lead guitar was donated to us by Joe Perry. And so this town is very connected to the guys on stage, are you happy? We are so happy to be here. And we're gonna play you good music tonight, trust me" Koroma told the audience.
Guitarist Ashade Pearce whispered in Koroma's ear and Koroma announced "At one time we were given the keys of the town. And yes, we still have those keys. Yes, we have to remember that, that was something very, very amazing for us, because that was the beginning, that was the time we started visiting the United States of America...Thank you all."

The band played for seventy five minutes with no encore. The audience was up and dancing most of the time. At one point Koroma mentioned the t-shirts the band member were wearing. "It says 'Fight this Ebola Out of Africa'; its a t-shirt that we created to raise some money to be able to support our families back home. So, if you want to be a party to help in this vision just grab one t-shirt. That's the way you can help the guys on stage. OK?"

"As long as we are together and play music together, it gives us warmth, more confidence and hope that we will come out of this situation," Koroma says. "We came out of the war, and so we know that we will prevail over Ebola."





with special guests Sayon Camara & the Landaya Ensemble
Woodstock Town Hall Theatre
WoodstockVT February 20, 2015
Copyright ©2015Nancy Nutile-McMenemy

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Weathersfield News Feb 18 #WeathersfieldVT #VT

Weathersfield News February 18, 2015
Nancy Nutile-McMenemy

This winter of 2014-2015 just doesn't want to quit. Alright already, we're impressed. Trust me, you can go away now. Enough snow and below zero temps and dangerously cold wind chills. We get it 'You're Number One' in Winters. We're "burning" through our wood pile and hoping the snow melts off our roof soon. I'm sleeping with my head buried under the covers and if the dog leaves the bed, I wake up cold. We have about one month until spring begins but I'm beginning to think we'll have snow on the ground until June if this weather continues. I love Vermont?

Annual Town Meeting Monday Mar. 2 and Tuesday Mar. 3. The Monday meeting takes place at the Weathersfield School beginning at 7:30 p.m. (following the School District Meeting.) The meeting will be adjourned until 10 a.m. Tuesday Mar. 3 where the remaining 17 Articles and Town Officers will be voted on by Australian Ballot.

Boards and Committees
Weathersfield School Board is scheduled to meet on Monday Feb. 16 at 6:3- p.m. at the school. The next meeting is schedule for Monday Mar. 16 at 6:30 p.m.

Select Board News-Select Board was scheduled to meet on Tuesday Feb. 17.

Zoning Board of Adjustment is scheduled to meet on Wednesday Feb. 18 6:30 p.m. at Martin Memorial Hall.

Trustees of the Weathersfield Proctor Library will meet Thursday Feb. 19 at 7 p.m. at the Library for their regular monthly meeting.

Planning Commission will meet Monday Feb. 23, 7 p.m. Martin Memorial Hall. This meeting will include the public hearing on Flood Resiliency Chapter and the Natural, Historical, and Scenic Resources Chapters of the Town Plan.

Fire Commission will meet Tuesday Feb. 24 7 p.m. at the Ascutney Volunteer Fire Association.

Friends of Weathersfield Proctor Library will meet Feb. 26 7 p.m. at the Library. Election of officers and work on their By-laws and Articles of Incorporation are on the agenda.

Town Events:
West Weathersfield Volunteer Fire Department
"The LOGGER" Rusy DeWees Saturday, Feb. 28 7 p.m. at Windsor High School Theater 
to Benefit West Weathersfield Volunteer Fire Department. Tickets are now on sale by calling 802-952-9712 ($22 advance / $25 at the door) or at one of the following businesses/sponsors: Springfield Auto Mart, River Road in Springfield,  Frazer's Place, Rte 5 North in Windsor, Mr. G's Restaurant, Rte 131 in Ascutney, MJ Harrington's Jewelers in Newport, NH. Come and enjoy an evening of fun and laughs while supporting a good cause.

Gun Raffle $10.00 a TICKET. Drawing to be held on Mar. 1. Tickets may be purchased at Downers Four Corners Store/ Route 106 Deli Store or by calling  802-356-0623 Prizes: Ruger American Riffle with a Redfield Scope, -22-250 Rem., -223 Rem,. 243 Win., -270 Win., -7mm-08 Rem., -30-06 Rem., -308 Win. Must be 18+ years old and pass a Federal Background to Claim Prize.

Weathersfield School Events:
Drama Club Dates-2nd Annual Got Talent Show, Thursday, Feb. 26  7 p.m. (Dress rehearsal Wednesday, Feb. 25 3-5 p.m.) A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court Saturday, May 30 2 p.m. (Dress Rehearsal Friday, May 29 3-5 p.m.) Performance Monday, Jun. 1 1 p.m.: In the Gym for all K-8 students.

Sports Team Sign-ups-sport sign ups for Track, Softball, and Baseball. Please send sign ups in as early as possible. Sign up deadlines are as follows:  Grades 5-8 - Track - March 23rd; Grades 3-8 - Softball & Baseball - March 23rd; Ongoing for K-2 programs. Anyone interested in coaching should fill out an application and get it in as soon as possible. Coaches are chosen based on experience at the level they wish to coach.

Weathersfield Proctor Library Call 674-2863 or email weathersfieldproctorlibrary@gmail.com 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.

4th Annual Town Wide Challenge, It's Almost Time  Saturday Mar 21 at 7 p.m. Weathersfield School, Ascutney. Watch your favorite town teams compete in this fun trivia challenge contest.  The topics include Geography, Sports, Spelling, "Name That Tune," Current Events and Weathersfield History.  Prizes are awarded for the most points and the Best Team Spirit. All teams are collecting donations to benefit the Weathersfield Proctor Library Capital Campaign. Donate to your favorite town team and come to the school to watch your team compete with other town teams - Library, School Board, Town Office, Select Board, Historical Society, School team, Ascutney Fire Dept. Veterans Memorial Commission and the Weathersfield School Staff. This is a fun and funny event and a great way to gather the community after a long and cold winter.

Obituaries
Springfield - Richard C. Chadwick, 83, formerly of Perkinsville and Brandon, died Friday, Feb. 6 at his home. He was born June 4, 1931, in Framingham, Mass., the son of Clyde and  Ethel (Barrows) Chadwick. He graduated in 1949 from Springfield High School. Mr. Chadwick served in the U.S. Army during the Korean era, stationed in Germany. He was employed with Vermont Foundry for 22 years, Lucas Pattern Shop in Springfield for 22 years, Springfield Hospital in maintenance and later worked at Ames Department Store in Springfield, retiring in 2000. He was a lifetime member and former master of Hawks Mountain Grange, a member of the National Grange, VFW Post 771 in Springfield, Chester American Legion Post 67, and a past member of the Springfield Moose Lodge. Survivors include two children, Jeffrey Chadwick of Springfield and
Barbara DeLorme of Fair Haven; his caregiver, Wren Smith of Springfield; two sisters, Gladys Blew and Barbara Graham, both of Alfred, Maine; several nieces, nephews and cousins. He was predeceased by his ex-wife, Janice Claflin, in 2000. The funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Sunday, March 1, at the Davis Memorial Chapel in Springfield, at which time peanut butter donations for the local food shelf are encouraged. Burial will be at a later date in Plain Cemetery in Perkinsville. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to American Cancer Society , PO Box 22718, Oklahoma City, OK 73123-1718.

Ongoing:
Weathersfield Knit/Crochet Group
Beginning Dec. 1 1-2:30 p.m. Perkinsville Community Church. Bring your current project or your own supplies to get started. Not sure what to create? Come help create an afghan! (Yarn and instructions provided.) Contact Lynn Esty at 263-9441 or lynnesty@comcast.net if you have any questions.

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-Crafternoons for Kids Thursdays 3-4 p.m. For 6 weeks Jan. 29 - Mar. 5

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

Chimney Fire in West Windsor #WestWindsorVT #VT #ChimneyFire

February 17, 2015
West Windsor, VT

No one was injured in an early morning chimney fire on Rush Meadow RD in West Windsor. Home owners Allen and Marge Franklin could smell smoke coming from their basement. Mr. Franklin went outside and noticed smoke coming out from around the chimney and immediately called the fire in. "Once I saw the smoke coming out from around the chimney base I knew we had a problem" said Franklin. He called it in around 8:30 a.m. and left the building.
Four area fire departments responded to call West Windsor, Reading, West Weathersfield and Windsor. West Windsor Chief Mike Spackman believes the fire was caused by a blocked tile lined chimney.


Rush Meadow RD Chimney Fire
West Windsor, VT February 17, 2015
Copyright ©2015 Nancy Nutile-McMenemy
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Thursday, February 12, 2015

Friend of Zack's Place Involved in Car Accident. #WoodstockVT #VT



Robert Hager in a Zack's Place Production.

PERU, Vt. -
Longtime television journalist Robert Hager was involved in a car accident Thursday afternoon.
Police say he and his wife, Honore, were traveling on Route 11 in Peru, Vermont, when another car crossed the center line and hit them head on.
Robert was not injured; his wife was hospitalized with possible back and neck injuries.

The Woodstock native was a correspondent for NBC Nightly News for 35 years.
On 2/12/15 at 14:46 Vermont State Police investigated a two vehicle head on crash on RT 11 in Peru. Kylie Hershey was traveling west in a 2011 Toyota Prius when she lost control of the vehicle. Hershey crossed into the eastbound lane and struck a 2006 Landrover being operated by Robert Hager. Both vehicles had heavy front end damage. Hershey was transported to the Springfield Hospital for leg, shoulder, and head injuries. Honore Hager, who was a passenger in the Landrover, was transported to the hospital to be evaluated for possible back/neck injuries. None of the injuries are believed to be life threatening. Hershey was issued a warning for failing to maintain her lane of travel.

More images from Zack's Place productions: http://photosbynanci.smugmug.com/Zacks-Place-Theater-

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Weathersfield News Feb 11 #WeathersfieldVT #VT

Weathersfield News February 11, 2015
Nancy Nutile-McMenemy

Snow and more snow. But that didn't slow me down. Weekends are my busy time as a freelance photographer.

And this past weekend was no different.

Thursday I did a photo shoot at Edge Fitness and Wellness at Ascutney Mountain Resort. I attended their Boot Camp, Pilates Yoga Fusion and their Gymnastics class.



Friday night I hit Opening Night of Fiddler On The Roof in Woodstock, what a show.


Saturday I was back at Ascutney Mountain for the Big Foot 5 K Snow Shoe.

Then I spent the afternoon in Hartland for Hartland's Winterfest and Chili Cook Off.

Sunday I was back in Hartland for the 7th Annual Chocolate Auction (one of my favorite assignments!)

All these galleries may be found at: http://photosbynanci.smugmug.com/VermontStandard/Galleries

Annual Town Meeting Monday Mar. 2 and Tuesday Mar. 3. The Monday meeting takes place at the Weathersfield School beginning at 7:30 p.m. (following the School District Meeting.) Voters will be asked to vote, by voice, on eight Articles Monday night. Presentations will be made by various organizations.

The meeting will be adjourned until 10 a.m. Tuesday Mar. 3 where the remaining 17 Articles and Town Officers will be voted on by Australian Ballot. These "money" articles include: Article 10-$1,258,844 ($896,188 raised by taxes) for the Town Budget. Article 11-$1, 037,746 (746,575 to be raised by taxes) for Town Highway. Article 12-$266,550 (to be raised by fee collection) for Solid Waste Management.

Articles 13, 14 and 15 (not in the operating budget) are to borrow funds for: the 1879 Perkinsville School ($70,000); a light duty plow ($35,000); a police cruise ($16,000.)  Articles 16, 17, 18 are for Reserve Funds: Highway Maintenance and Repair Equipment ($15,000); Motorized Fire Equipment ($15,000) and The Weathersfield Proctor Library Capital Reserve Fund ($30,000.)

The remaining low budget Articles (also not in the operating budget) include $100 for the Weathersfield Directory, $1,800 for the Connecticut River Transit (CRT), $2,145 for the Health Care and Rehabilitation Services (HCRS), $400 for SAPA TV,  $1,200 for Southeastern Vermont Community Action (SEVCA), $600 for the Vermont Association for the Blind and Visually Impaired (VABVI), $9,680 for the Visiting Nurse and Hospice of Vermont and New Hampshire (VNAVNH) and $480 to support the activities of the Windsor County Partners (WCP.)

Select Board News: The Select Board met Feb. 2. A few announcements were made. 
Mr. John Arrison announced that a representative of Velco will be attending the Feb. 17 meeting of the Select Board and urged anyone who may be affected by the proposed power line project to attend. BJ Esty announced that the School Board has changed its regular meeting night to the second Monday of each month to accommodate those who wish to attend both the Select Board meetings and the School Board meetings. The new schedule will take effect in April.

Members of the 1879 Perkinsville School Committee were present to request the Board’s stand Article 4 on the warrant for Town Meeting. Mr. Arrison stated that this was an opportunity for the voters to express their support for the school and that the Select Board should remain neutral. Presentation of the three articles pertaining to the school was discussed. It was agreed that the Board and the Committee would collaborate on presentation of the articles.

Proposed Policy Change First Reading: Amend personnel policy regarding length of probationary period for new hires. Town Manager Mullen is requesting the policy change, which would extend the probationary period of all new hires from its current ninety days to one year. It is Mr. Mullen’s opinion that the longer period is fairer to both the new hire and the Town. After discussing the proposed language, the board asked that Mr. Mullen clarify the term “these rules” in item (B) and to consider keeping the existing policy with regard to item (C). A second reading will happen on Feb. 17.

The Board announced that they will be competing in the Town Challenge on Mar. 21.

1879 Perkinsville Schoolhouse Committee is scheduled to meet on Feb. 10 6:30 p.m., at Perkinsville Community Church to discuss their presentation for Town Meeting.

Town Events:
Monthly Weathersfield Potluck and Program Tuesday, Feb. 17, noon at Perkinsville Community Church Vestry on Route 106.   Trivia games will be enjoyed, and Pat Daniels will inform the group on what will be discussed and voted on at the Weathersfield Town Meeting.   Bring a hot dish, salad or dessert. Beverages will be provided. For information call Lorraine Zigman 802-263-5245; email: lzigman@comcast.net .

West Weathersfield Volunteer Fire Department
"The LOGGER" Rusy DeWees Saturday, Feb. 28 7 p.m. at Windsor High School Theater 
to Benefit West Weathersfield Volunteer Fire Department. Tickets are now on sale by calling 802-952-9712 ($22 advance / $25 at the door) or at one of the following businesses/sponsors: Springfield Auto Mart, River Road in Springfield,  Frazer's Place, Rte 5 North in Windsor, Mr. G's Restaurant, Rte 131 in Ascutney, MJ Harrington's Jewelers in Newport, NH. Come and enjoy an evening of fun and laughs while supporting a good cause.

Gun Raffle $10.00 a TICKET. Drawing to be held on Mar. 1. Tickets may be purchased at Downers Four Corners Store/ Route 106 Deli Store or by calling  802-356-0623 Prizes: Ruger American Riffle with a Redfield Scope, -22-250 Rem., -223 Rem,. 243 Win., -270 Win., -7mm-08 Rem., -30-06 Rem., -308 Win. Must be 18+ years old and pass a Federal Background to Claim Prize.

Weathersfield School Events:
Drama Club Dates-Seeking talent for the 2nd Annual "Got Talent Show" to be held on Thursday, Feb. 26 7 p.m.  Dust off your tap shoes, jokes and vocal cords! WS is looking for unique talent acts to make this show even more successful than last year. Please contact Erica Yuengling with any questions. Got Talent Show ,Thursday, Feb. 26  7 p.m. Weathersfield's (Dress rehearsal Wednesday, Feb. 25 3-5 p.m.) A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court Saturday, May 30 2 p.m. (Dress Rehearsal Friday, May 29 3-5 p.m.) Performance Monday, Jun. 1 1 p.m.: In the Gym for all K-8 students.

February Break-February vacation this year will be the week of Feb.16-20.

Weathersfield Proctor Library Call 674-2863 or email weathersfieldproctorlibrary@gmail.com for more information about these events.-Drop In Valentine Card Making Thursday Feb. 12 from 1-4 p.m.-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.

Annual Town Wide Challenge Saturday Mar. 21 Start getting your team together, which Team will be victorious in this year's Trivia Challenge. More details to follow.

Ongoing:
Weathersfield Knit/Crochet Group
Beginning Dec. 1 1-2:30 p.m. Perkinsville Community Church. Bring your current project or your own supplies to get started. Not sure what to create? Come help create an afghan! (Yarn and instructions provided.) Contact Lynn Esty at 263-9441 or lynnesty@comcast.net if you have any questions.

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).-Storytime Wednesdays 11 a.m. Jan 21 - May 27-Crafternoons for Kids Thursdays 3-4 p.m. For 6 weeks Jan. 29 - Mar. 5


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

Tanner Potter Wins Hartland's Chili Cook Off #HartlandVT #VT #ChiliCookOff


February 7, 2015
Hartland VT

Tanner Potter's maple syrup laced Westwood Chili took top honors in the Annual Hartland's Chili Cook Off. Second place went to Sarah Paine's Meaty Chili and Colleen Spence with Chili of Love took home third place. Eleven contenders were entered into this year's competition.



Hartland Winterfest Chili Cook Off 2015
Hartland Recreation Center
Hartland, VT February 7, 2015
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Lots of Chocolate at the 7th Annual Chocolate Auction #HartlandVT #VT


February 8, 2015
Hartland, VT
The snow couldn't stop the chocolate lovers who flocked to the Universalist Society of Hartland on Sunday for the 7th Annual Chocolate Auction. This year the first row was filled with children making deals and pooling their money to bid on the various items on the Children's Table and even bidding on some of the adult items too. The crowd had settled in and the tension was building when the door opened and in walked Gretchen Schmertz, co-owner of the Skunk Hollow Tavern, with her donation to the auction. A cheer went up and suddenly everyone was clapping. The reason, these savvy auction attendees know that Gretchen's creations are so yummy and usually get the highest bid.

This year though, with so many seats taken by children, the hot items were the "Dirt Cakes." Each time a Dirt Cake was offered a sea of bid cards could be seen. A new item that drew great interest this year-chocolate covered bacon. 

In addition to the live auction, a raffle was held for a gift certificate to the Windsor Station Restaurant. All proceeds benefited Universalist Society of Hartland.

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7th Annual Chocolate Auction
Universalist Society of Hartland
Hartland Four Corners, VT February 7, 2015
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Hartland's Winterfest 2015 A HUGE Success #HartlandVT #VT #Winterfest2015

February 7, 2015
Hartland VT


With all the snow we've been getting lately, conditions were perfect for Winterfest. HartlandRecreation hosted its annual event and this year there was tons of snow to celebrate with. Outdoor events included dog sled rides from Mishawum Kennels, broom ball, ice skating and sledding. 

When folks needed to warm up they could head into the center for the silent auction to benefit the Hartland Cooperative Nursery School, have a caricature made by Erica Golter, enjoy some hot cocoa and sample some of the chili made for the annual Chili Cook Off. Through a generous donation made by Mascoma Savings Bank of Hartland, all the events were offered to the community at no charge. About 200 people stopped by to enjoy the indoor and outdoor events.



Hartland Winterfest 2015
HartlandVT February 7, 2015
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