Thursday, April 30, 2015

Great Weekend of Music #RthompsonMusic #LyleLovett #johnhiattmusic #bowthayer #CollegeStMusic #UlsterPerformin

What could be better than a weekend filled with amazing singer/songwriters?
I can't think of anything.

For me May opens with a BANG as I get to see not one, not two, not three, but four of my favorite musicians this coming weekend.

Friday night I hit the Freight House Hall in White River Junction VT for  "A Very Intimate Evening with Richard Thompson"
A few tickets are still available (but not many!) I'd grabbed them fast-if I were you. TICKETS

More images of Richard Thompson:

Local favorite Bow Thayer opens this show-always a good time when the Bojotar comes out. 
More images of Bow Thayer: http://photosbynanci.smugmug.com/BowThayer


Saturday and Sunday, I get to see my favorite duo-Lyle Lovett and John Hiatt. The two are back out on tour together. While I love seeing both of them solo or with their bands-the shows they put on together are on a WHOLE different level.

The first time I saw John and Lyle together they were with Guy Clark and Joe Ely at the State Theater in Cleveland Ohio back in 2007. That was an AMAZING show. They've since toured on and off and I've had the pleasure of seeing them eleven times together-it just doesn't get old-trust me.


I'll be adding two more shows this weekend to my collection when this duo takes on New Haven CT and Kingston NY. A few tickets remain for both shows. Grab 'em, don't miss these guys...

238 College Street New Haven, CT Saturday May 2, 2015
Doors: 7:00 PM
Show: 8:00 PM All Ages
Sun, May 3, 2015 7:00 PM 





Bernie Announces Run for President #SenSanders #BernieSanders #VT


The official statement has been made, the Independent Senator from Vermont is running for President! I've had the great pleasure of crossing paths with Bernie Sanders over the years and I look forward to seeing him on the 2016 campaign trail.

Campaigning in NH for Obama in 2008
More images: http://photosbynanci.smugmug.com/Vermont-Politics/Obama-2008

Some Bernie facts:
Bernie Sanders was born on September 8, 1941, in Brooklyn, New York, the son of Jewish immigrants, Dorothy (née Glassberg) and Eli Sanders. He attended James Madison High School in Brooklyn, where he ran for his school's track team and from which he graduated in 1959.

Sanders spent a year studying psychology at Brooklyn College before transferring to the University of Chicago. While a student in 1963, Sanders was active in the Civil Rights Movement, becoming a student organizer for the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee. He was one of several thousand students who traveled on buses to Washington, D.C., for the 1963 March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom. Sanders graduated from the University of Chicago in 1964 with a Bachelor of Arts in political science.

After graduating, Sanders spent time on an Israeli kibbutz. In 1964, he moved to Vermont, where he worked as a carpenter, filmmaker, writer, and researcher, among other jobs.

In 1981, at the suggestion of his friend Richard Sugarman, a professor of religion at the University of Vermont, Sanders ran for Mayor of Burlington and defeated six-term Democratic incumbent Gordon Paquette by 10 votes in a four-way contest. Sanders won three more terms, defeating both Democratic and Republican candidates. In his final run for Mayor in 1987, Sanders defeated a candidate endorsed by both major parties.

In 1988, incumbent Republican Congressman Jim Jeffords decided to run for the U.S. Senate, vacating Vermont's at-large congressional district. Republican Lieutenant Governor Peter Smith won the House election with a plurality of 41% of the vote. Sanders, who ran as an independent, placed second with 38% of the vote, while Democrat State Representative Paul N. Poirier placed third with 19% of the vote. In 1990, Sanders ran for the seat again and defeated Smith in a rematch, 56%–40%. Sanders became the first independent elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in 40 years, since Frazier Reams of Ohio. Thereafter Sanders continually won reelection with high margins, with his closest bid in 1994 during the Republican Revolution, when he won just 50% of the vote.

Campaigning in Woodstock VT 2012

Sanders runs for office as an independent but caucuses with the Democratic Party and is counted as a Democrat for purposes of committee assignments. He was the only independent member of the House during most of his service and is the longest-serving independent in U.S. Congressional history.

Sanders with his wife, Jane and Sen. Elizabeth Warren (Dem-MA)
At The VDP Curtis Awards 2014
VDP Curtis Awards Dinner 20014


Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Weathersfield News Apr 29 #WeathersfieldVT #VT




Weathersfield News April 29, 2015
Nancy Nutile-McMenemy
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Waiting for better weather, Peppers and Tomatoes
As April comes to a close, we look to May to warm up and get into our gardens. I'm still looking for my pea sprouts-nothing yet. The Reliance Peach tree I put in last week looks OK but not getting very green. I set out some lettuce that I started in my kitchen and I hope these will take off in this cooler weather. 


Looking back in my garden journal I see that last year on May 5 I saw my first hummingbird, I'm not very confident that these little birds will be making an appearance this weekend but I'm hopeful.

Another crazy weekend for me. As a photojournalist, you are supposed to record events that you cover but this past weekend I found myself getting involved in all three of my newspaper assignments. Friday night I was at the ArtisTree Community Arts Center for the Pentangle Arts Council sponsored show-Hayley Reardon, a young singer/song writer who I was first introduced to in the documentary "Club 47." Hayley will be graduating high school in a few weeks but this little fireball of an entertainer had me clapping and singing along with the other audience members. Watch for this young woman's name-she's going places.

Hayley Reardon
Mike DiMauro, WUHS Sophomore opened the show
More images from Hayley's performance: http://photosbynanci.smugmug.com/Hayley-Reardon/ArtisTree

Next up I went to Ascutney Mountain to cover the "Humans Paws for Earth Day"-Ascutney Trails clean-up day hosted by Sport Trails of the Ascutney Basin (STAB) and Edge Fitness. Sure I took pictures but I also found myself kicking twigs off the trail and collecting discarded bottles and cans. This trail system is amazing. The views offered of the valley from many of them are breathtaking. Nice work STAB and the Brownsville community.



I closed my weekend covering the Woodstock Union High School Prom. What a trip down memory lane. As I watch watched the Juniors and Seniors on THEIR night out, I couldn't help thinking of my junior and senior proms and guess what-things are still basically the same. The groups still exist-the kings and queens, the jocks, the artists but what I saw here was they all interacted. In my school, this rarely happened. Kudos to the young adults of WUHS-let's hope they carry these non-judgmental attitudes into the future. By the way, some of the gowns were just stunning-way to go ladies of WUHS.


News You Can Use
Select Board-From their Apr. 20 Meeting. Perkinsville Schoolhouse Update
The floor and interior walls of the ell were removed by volunteers last weekend in preparation for the asbestos removal and mold remediation. Curtain drains will have to be installed on the north and west sides of the building to prevent water from draining into the basement. This will have to be completed before the mold remediation can move forward. Asplundh tree service donated the removal of the trees on the north side of the building to facilitate installation of the drainage. State permits will be required before the interior of the ell can be rebuilt. Volunteers are working on the floor plan and design.

Review list of roads that need reconstruction or rehabilitation
The Board reviewed the list compiled by the Regional Planning Commission in 2014. There are five roads on the list of roads that need reconstruction and rehabilitation, two of which are already underway (Maple Street and Airport Road-see below.)

Airport Road Reconstruction Begins Monday-The reconstruction of Airport Road began on Monday, Apr. 27.   Work will last approximately 3 weeks. The reconstruction work will be performed by Bazin Brothers Trucking. Reconstruction will include the entire length of Airport Road from Route 106 to the airport. During the period of construction, through traffic will be detoured to Kendricks Corner Road.  The contractor will be maintaining access to the driveways of residences along Airport Road.  Access to the airport will be maintained from Kendricks Corner Road to the airport parking lot. For more information please contact Weathersfield Public Works Supervisor Wes Hazeltine:   (Highway Garage)  802-263-5272, highway@weathersfield.org

Weathersfield Elementary School: Dress Code Now that spring has arrived, the school administrators are seeing some provocative outfits being worn to school, please refer to pages 35 and 36 of the school handbook, also found on the school's website, which will help you in determining appropriate school attire for your child. WS Math Team Competes-The Twin State Math League All-Star Meet will be held at KUA on May 29 at 9 a.m..

Town Calendar of Events
Weathersfield Elementary School:
Panther Cub Night-May 13  6 -7:30 p.m.. 7/8 Graduation Dance-May 15, 7-10 p.m.. Spring Concerts-K-3-May 5, 6-7 p.m. in gym 4-8- May 7, 6-7:30 p.m. in gym.

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. 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


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

Abby Kaija and Alex Crompton crowned King and Queen at WUHS Prom #WoodstockVT #VT

The Woodstock Union High School Junior Prom was held on Saturday at the Woodstock Inn and Resort. Over 100 students and their dates attended. Class President, Trevor Van Niel said the event planning began in August. The six person committee worked tirelessly to make the prom happen. The theme this year was black and white. "The challenges and stresses (of the event) definitely paid off in the end" said Van Niel. The class promenade began at 9:15 p.m. followed by Alex Crompton and Abby Kaija being crowned King and Queen. The court includes: Trevor Van Niel, Austin Waterman, Ryan McLiverty, Lilly Noble, Shannon Herrick and Rachael Emery.

A flash mob was organized by Alex Crompton. The group rehearsed for four weeks to get their dance moves perfected. 

WUHS Prom
Woodstock Inn and Resort
Woodstock, VT April 25, 2015
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Humans Paws for Earth Day at Ascutney Mtn #WestWindsorVT #VT #EarthDay2015

Earth Day was celebrated in West Windsor VT by folks coming together and cleaning up the Ascutney Trails. The event, organized by Edge Fitness Ascutney and Sport Trails of the Ascutney Basin(STAB), held Saturday saw about twenty volunteers take to the woods to clean up fallen trees and branches, getting the trails ready for hiking and mountain biking season. The event ended with hamburgers and hot dogs provided by Holiday Inn Club Vacations at Ascutney Mountain.







Humans Paws for Earth Day
Ascutney Mountain Trails
West WindsorVT  April 25, 2015
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Hayley Reardon Performs at the ArtisTree In Pomfret #VT #hayleyreardon #PentangleArts #ArtisTreeVT

Hayley Reardon
Hayley Reardon, the young singer/song writer from Marblehead MA performed at ArtisTree Community Arts Center in a free concert Friday night. After spending the day at Woodstock Union Middle/High School, where she performed a couple of concerts and conducted a songwriter workshop, she took the stage for about 50 people in a concert sponsored by Pentangle Arts Council. WUHS sophomore Mike DiMauro opened the show with some of his original music.
Mike DiMauro

Hayley and a few fans
More images from the show: http://photosbynanci.smugmug.com/Hayley-Reardon/ArtisTree

Hayley Performing
"Fourth Grade"

"Stand Together"


Hayley Reardon
With Special Guest Michael DiMauro
ArtisTree Community Arts Center
PomfretVT  April 24, 2015
Copyright ©2015 Nancy Nutile-McMenemy

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Weathersfield News Apr 22 #WeathersfieldVT #VT


Weathersfield News April 20, 2015
Nancy Nutile-McMenemy
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I know it's spring because 1) the phoebes are back and scouting out my bay window ledge for nest building 2) my kitchen is overrun with ants 3) I planted my pea and lettuce seeds after turning over parts of my garden 4) the "peepers" in our wetland are peeping, and 5) my crocuses are up. I've been waiting for these warm sunny days for months and I'm sure glad they are finally here. May Day and Vermont Green Up day are just around the corner.
 

News You Can Use
Select Board-From their Apr. 6 Meeting-Tenney Hill land for sale. The voters approved the sale at Town Meeting in March. Neil Daniels urged the Board not to sell the Tenney Hill property on the grounds that it has an excellent source of water (200 gpm) under it with a protection area (formed by Wilgus State Park, the Interstate, Charlie Johnson’s land, and the power line corridor) surrounding it. He said the Town acquired it by donation and the protection area is free. The Board discussed various ways of protecting the water while honoring the vote taken at Town Meeting. The consensus was that the Board should hire a realtor and then discuss the options after that.

The Board and Fire Commission agreed to hold a joint meeting on Apr. 27 at 7 p.m. at Martin Hall to further discuss the Weathersfield Hazardous Materials Response Ordinance. There seems to be some confusion among the Select Board and the members of the fire departments, who asked for clarification of the amendment’s intent and how it would be applied.

Update on Perkinsville School Reuse Project. Bette Jo Esty announced the need for volunteers to help with the demolition of the interior of the “ell” portion of the 1879 schoolhouse in preparation of the mold remediation. Mr. Mullen suggested hiring a project manager. The board approved the hiring of Matt Keniston in this position for a maximum of 40 hours at $50 per hour. The total cost would be $2000 and would be paid out of the $70,000 earmarked for restoration projects.

Report on Award of Bids for Town Highway 10-Wheeler Chassis and Body/Plow-Mr. Mullen reported that the chassis, plow and truck body have been ordered. The total cost is $180,801, which is well under the $199,000 limit set by the voters. Mr. Hazeltine said the truck should be ready for service by mid-summer.

Reminder-Town Clerk Office Closed Apr. 28-Apr. 28 the office will also be closed for Vermont Municipal Clerk's and Treasurer's Training. The Town Offices will be open both days.


Weathersfield Elementary School: Emily Lang Wins at VT State Science Fair. Three Weathersfield School students participated in the Vermont State Science and Mathematics Fair on Saturday, Mar 28: Jacob Harriman, Emily Lang and Brooke McKeen. Emily Lang won Honorable Mention from the Society of Women Engineers for her project on electrical engineering.

New Eureka Math and Wheatley ELA Curricula approved by the Supervisory Union Board. The decision helps satisfy recent legislation mandating adoption or establishment of a unified curriculum at the supervisory union level.

Updates on testing-Science NECAP tests will be given to grades 4 and 8 on May 12, 13, 14. SBAC Assessment for grades 3-8 will be administered from May 19-29.

Announcing-WS Poetry Contest-Entry Rules: Poem must be your own original work, 1 or 2 pages in length, any theme or topic, no need to rhyme, it can be from a class assignment or written at home. Submit entries by Apr. 29 to Mrs. Tennis, drop in Poetry mailbox in foyer or email to: jtennis@wsesu.net. Be sure to include your name and grade. There will be a prize for grades K-2; 3-5 and 6-8

Town Calendar of Events
Weathersfield Elementary School:
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.

Obituaries
Lakeland FL-Rebecca F. 'Becky' Noake, 71, passed away at her home on Mar.6, from pancreatic cancer.  She was preceded in death by her sister Cecelia (38) and her parents Joe and Louise. She is survived by her husband of 53 years, Dave, her daughter Kimberly, son Steven, younger brother JC and five grandchildren. Born May 14, 1943, in Clifton Forge, VA, she attended William and Mary College, married her husband, Dave, then an Army officer, traveled Europe and raised their daughter Kim (MacPhee) and son Steve while moving frequently from post to post. During 20 years as an Army wife she found time to work as office manager for a very successful orthodontist and secured her VA real estate license. Following Dave's Army retirement she continued to manage a dental office in VT, do tax returns at H&R Block and be active in Vermont and Weathersfield politics while supporting Dave in a business startup. They moved to FL. in 1996 and she immediately found employment at, then the largest one site RV complex, rising to Director of Customer Service for then owner of LZ Days I-4, Don Wallace. She retired in 2006 focusing on her hobbies. Memorial donations may be made in her name to The American Cancer Society - Fight Against Pancreatic Cancer.

Perkinsville, VT-Sarah J. Gunzinger, 70, passed away Saturday, Apr. 11 at the Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center in Lebanon, N.H. She was born June 23, 1944, in Newport, N.H. the daughter of George and Laila (Anderson) Watling. She attended schools and graduated from Towle High School in Newport, and then from Katharine Gibbs School of Business in Boston, Mass. She was employed as an Administrative Assistant for many years, working in N.H., Mass., and Vt., in the Banking and Development Industry, She was employed with Vermont Research in Springfield, Vt. for several years, and retired from Customized Structures in Claremont, N.H. after 21 years of service. On Sept. 22, 1974, she married David E. Gunzinger in Brattleboro, Vt. He predeceased her on July 1, 2010. Sarah was an avid golfer and an active member of the Newport Country Club in Newport, N.H. She enjoyed knitting and was an excellent knitter, making Irish Sweaters. She also loved cats and traveling. She is survived by her sister, Christine “Tina” Newton and her husband, James of Colorado Springs, Colo.; and two nephews, Mark Newton of Ventura, Calif. and James Newton Jr. of Superior, Colo. A celebration of life service will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, May 9. 2015, at the Davis Memorial Chapel in Springfield, Vt. Contributions may be made in her memory to the Weathersfield Proctor Library PO Box 519, Ascutney, VT 05030.

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. 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

More images from Weathersfield Protcot Library: http://photosbynanci.smugmug.com/VermontPlaces/WeathersfieldProctorLibrary


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

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Weathersfield News April 15 #WeathersfieldVT #VT


Weathersfield News April 15, 2015
Nancy Nutile-McMenemy


Perhaps Spring has finally Sprung. We pulled out 18 taps and boiled twice last week yielding one gallon of fancy grade syrup. I can actually see the whole pea fence and in some spots bare ground in my garden. I was even tempted to open our windows but I'm not quite there yet. I did grilled a couple of tuna steaks on Saturday but that was due more to a power outage than Spring-like weather.

I enjoyed another arts-filled weekend by attending a concert at a friend's house in Manchester VT. He hosts a concert series called "Billsville House Concerts." Saturday night, he and his family welcomed a singer/songwriter from Northampton MA. Heather Maloney entertained the 50 or so people at the show and no one left disappointed, in fact, I think the left mesmerized.


Sunday, I went to see "Alice in Wonderland" performed by the City Center Ballet at the Lebanon Opera House. What a production. The dancers were spot on and scenery and costumes-absolutely magical. Kudos to City Center Ballet. There was a brief fire evacuation during the performance. It was rumored to be due to the wireless frequency used.




Monday was Opening Day at Fenway Park. Yes, the boys of summer are back and Boston and New England are riding high so far with the stellar play of the Boston Red Sox. I say this cautiously as we are only a few games into the season but everyone in Red Sox Nation is hoping for another last-to-first run for the boys. Go Sox!



News You Can Use
Tuesday April 14 6 p.m.
The Precision Valley Fish And Game Club reported a fire Tuesday evening. Students for their Hunter Education Saftey Class had just arrived when class instructor Dick Odette smelled smoke and called 911. West Weatherfield, Ascutney, Reading, and Cavendish Fire Departments all responded. The fire was out in about 40 minutes.





Town Clerk Office Closed Apr. 22 and Apr. 28-Apr. 22-The Town Clerk and Assistant Town Clerk will be attending the 2015 Town Officers' Education Conference and on Apr. 28 the office will also be closed for Vermont Municipal Clerk's and Treasurer's Training. The Town Offices will be open both days.

Trustees of the Weathersfield Proctor Library-The Library reopened Wednesday Apr. 8 at 10 a.m.. The basement mold has been removed. The Library is back to regular hours. The Trustees report that the Library Director Search Committee has invited five candidates in for interviews over the next couple of weeks. The Trustees are meeting Thursday Apr. 16 at 7 p.m. at the Library.

Weathersfield Elementary School: The next School Board meeting will be held Apr. 20 at 6:30 in the A.P. room.

Town Calendar of Events
Growing up in Weathersfield-The Weathersfield Historical Society is sponsoring a program featuring the Hoisington sisters—Sylvia, Nancy, and Elaine—who will speak on their years of “Growing Up in Weathersfield” Saturday, Apr. 18 2:30 p.m. Martin Memorial Hall in Ascutney, admission is free, refreshments served.

 

1879 School House-The 1879 Schoolhouse Committee and volunteers are preparing the wooden framed ell for the mold mitigation phase of their project.  Mold removal should begin on or about Apr. 20.

Weathersfield Elementary School:
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.

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. 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


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

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Weathersfield News April 8 #WeathersfieldVT #VT



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: http://photosbynanci.smugmug.com/Scotland-2015. 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 townmanager@weathersfield.org. 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 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.

Obituary:
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.

Ongoing:
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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