Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Weathersfield News July 29 #WeathersfieldVT #VT



Weathersfield News July 29, 2015
Nancy Nutile-McMenemy

My hat goes off to the first responders in Weathersfield. Some were gathered last Saturday to celebrate the life of Patricia Daniels, a big supporter of our fire fighters, when the call went out for a motor vehicle accident on the interstate. The guys dropped everything and ran. By now you've heard this accident resulted in a fatality. I left the Center Meeting House and went to cover the Harpoon BBQ Championships in Windsor. Driving north on I-91 we saw that traffic was backed up past State Street as the State police and emergency personnel cleared that accident. We decided to play it safe and head home using Rte 5. As we got to the interstate overpass at Exit 8 we see another huge traffic back-up. This couldn't be from the single car interstate accident four hours earlier, could it? No, it was a separate accident involving a Subaru Forester and a Golden Cross ambulance.


The fire fighters from Ascutney and West Weathersfield were about to head home when this second call went out for an accident on Rte 131. They found themselves dealing with yet another horrific accident scene. The woman in the Subaru was trapped and unconscious and needed extracting. She was airlifted to Dartmouth Hitchcock.  I cannot even image the stress and sadness these guys must feel every time their pagers go off. My heart goes out to them and their families. Please hug and thank them if you see them around town.

More images from the accident: https://photosbynanci.smugmug.com/Rte-131-Accident/

Other events I covered this past weekend:
The S.O.A.K. finale and Epic Water Balloon Fight at Woodstock Middle/High School on Thursday afternoon.


More images from this event: https://photosbynanci.smugmug.com/VermontStandard/July-2015/SOAK-Party/

Bow Thayer performing a FREE Concert on the Lebanon NH green as part of the Front Porch Concert Series Thursday evening.


More images from the concert: https://photosbynanci.smugmug.com/BowThayer/2015/Front-Porch-Music/

The 15th Annual Harpoon NE BBQ Championships in Windsor Vt on Saturday.


More BBQ images: https://photosbynanci.smugmug.com/VermontStandard/July-2015/Harpoon-NE-BBQ-2015/

And David Bromberg and his Quintet at the Tupelo Music Hall NH in Londonderry NH on Sunday night.

More images from this concert: https://photosbynanci.smugmug.com/David-Bromberg/Quintet/

Now onto to the news...

News You Can Use
Your first property tax payment of FY 2015/2016 is due on Aug. 12.

Weathersfield School News-Act 46-The Windsor Southeast Supervisory Union has posted informational videos about Act 46 on their website: www.wsesu.net. In addition, more information may be found at: http://www.wsesu.net/act-46. Act 46 is new legislation which provides strong incentives for any supervisory union that decides to merge into a single district. This law requires districts with less than 900 students to merge by 2018. In fact, if the districts do not merge by that date, then the Secretary of Education is directed to submit a plan to the state board placing those isolated districts with another merged district. The public next meeting in Weathersfield will be Aug. 10 6:30 p.m. at the school.

Town Calendar of Events:
The Frippery is Coming. The Weathersfield Historical Society is hosting its annual Frippery on Aug. 1 at The Weathersfield Center Meeting House. Anyone wishing to donate can call Maureen for questions at 603-252-0936. This is always a fun event with lots of great things for sale to benefit the Historical Society.

A Second Connecticut River Sweep Aug. 9. 9 a.m.-noon. The flotilla leaves from North Star and arrives at Ashley’s Landing across from Weathersfield Bow. This is the flotilla's 16th year. (And the river is much better for it.) If you would like to get a little mucky, enjoy a lovely journey, and help the river and all who use it, contact Steve Aikenhead at steve@vermontel.net, or 802-263-5439. He can answer your questions and give you more details. Please contact him before Aug.1 so he knows who will be attending.


West Weathersfield 2nd Annual Five Alarm 5-K Trail Run/Walk-Saturday Aug. 22
Ongoing:
Weathersfield Hikes-Saturday, Aug. 1 9:30 a.m. Tucker Trail Lookout. From the green in Perkinsville we head up a road and a driveway and onto a wooded route that climbs to a fine southeastern view from the top of ledge. The difficulty is moderate to strenuous. The climb is steady, but the footing is good. The total distance is about 1.8 miles, up and back. Feel free to call Steve, hiking organizer, at 263-5439 with questions.

Weathersfield Proctor Library-The Summer Reading Program is in full swing. Saturday, Aug 1 10:30 a.m. Firefighter Hat Crafts; Saturday, Aug 8 6:30 p.m. Summer Reading Party and Super Hero Obstacle Course-Come and Save a Damsel or Damson from mortal peril! So put on your SUPER CAPE and Check Out some books! Let the Summer Reading Adventure Begin! The Trustees have rented a port-o-let until a new ADA accessible bathroom can be built to accommodate the library patrons.

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. Summer Reading Program "Super Heroes" begins Jun. 24, come in and sign up today! 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).

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.

7000 Beer and BBQ Lovers Hit Harpoon's BBQ Championships in Windsor #WindsorVT #VT #harpoonbrewery #HarpoonBBQ

Ribs at Lester's Roadside
Saturday July 25, 2015
Windsor VT

This past weekend a little over 7000 people made their way through the turnstiles to attended the Harpoon Brewery's 15th Annual Championships New England Barbecue in Windsor Vermont.
Thirty five teams from around the US competed in four categories: Chicken, Ribs, Pork and Brisket. These teams cook for the judges (not the spectators) and are scored from 9 (highest) to 2 (lowest without being disqualified) on the criteria of appearance, taste and tenderness, and the team with the highest composite score wins that category. Scores for each category go toward an overall Grand Champion win (max is 720.)

Kansas City Barbeque Society (KCBS) oversees the meat certification prior to cooking and the judging. This year Blazin' Buttz BBQ, from Long Island NY was Grand Champion with a score of 685.6916 and Rhode Hog BBQ was Reserve Champion with a score of 682.2628

State Championship Results may be found at: http://www.kcbs.us/event/5579/harpoon-championships-of-new-england-bbq
Deep fried Oreos-Yes Please!
More images from the event: https://photosbynanci.smugmug.com/VermontStandard/July-2015/Harpoon-NE-BBQ-2015/

Harpoon Championships of New England BBQ
Ruth Carney Drive
Windsor, VT July 25, 2015
Copyright ©2015 Nancy Nutile-McMenemy
www.photosbynanci.com
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Bow Thayer Perfroms for Front Porch Concert Series #LebanonNH #NH #bowthayer

Bow Thayer

July 23, 2015
Lebanon NH

The Lebanon Recreation Front Porch Concert Series is back! This past Thursday night, Bow Thayer performed for a crowd of a couple hundred music lovers. At one point the skies were threatening to open up but held off to a few sprinkles. It turned out to be a great night for music in the park.

More concert images: https://photosbynanci.smugmug.com/BowThayer/2015/Front-Porch-Music/

This concerts series is a collaboration of the Lebanon Rec Depatment, the Lebanon Opera House, and The Point FM Radio Station. It is their 10th Summer of the Front Porch! Performances are Thursday evenings at 7:00 p.m. in Colburn Park also known as the Town Green across from 51 North Park Street Lebanon, NH.

You can enjoy shopping & music at the Lebanon Farmers’ Market from 4-7 p.m. before the concert. Buy dinner or kettle corn or ice cream and settle in for an evening of great FREE music.

This series is underwritten by Byrne Foundation, Lebanon Recreation & Parks, Residence Inn Lebanon/Hanover, and Three Tomatoes Trattoria.

The series continues this week and through August 20th.
July 30 - Bluegrass Gospel Project, Bluegrass - Burlington, VT
August 6 - The Shana Stack Band, Country Rock - Keene, NH
August 13 - Chad Hollister, Rock/Pop - Montpelier, VT
August 20 - The Point Independent Radio Concert - Kaleo, Folk/Blues - Mosfellsbaer, Iceland 

More images from past Front Porch shows: https://photosbynanci.smugmug.com/Front-Porch

Area Chlidren Celebrate S.O.A.K. in Woodstock #WoodstockVT #VT


July 23, 2015
Woodstock, VT

SOAK, SOAK, SOAK could be heard leaking out of the Yoh Auditorium on Thursday afternoon July 23. Close to 200 children and their families joined their teachers and advisors before their Summer S.O.A.K wrap up party and family BBQ.

What is S.O.A.K? In its second year, Summer Student Opportunity for Achievement and Knowledge is a four-week summer program hosted by the Windsor Central Supervisory Union and held at Woodstock Union Middle/High School and venues around Windsor and Rutland Counties. Children spend their days building robots, fixing and riding mountain bikes, visiting art museums, swimming, learning Spanish, cooking, gardening, taking college prep courses and so much more. The programs are open for students in Grades 1 through 12 and their days were divided into two sessions, from 8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m.. An Epic Water Balloon Fight was held as a fundraiser, Thursday to help pay for the four week program. 
More images from the party: https://photosbynanci.smugmug.com/VermontStandard/July-2015/SOAK-Party/

Summer S.O.A.K Party
Woodstock Middle/High School
Woodstock, VT July 23, 2015
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www.photosbynanci.com
For The Vermont Standard: http://www.thevermontstandard.com/
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Monday, July 27, 2015

Multiple MVAs in Region on Saturday, Two in Weathersfield #WeathersfieldVT #VT

July 25, 2015
Weathersfield VT
By Nancy Nutile-McMenemy, Vermont Standard Correspondent

There were several motor vehicle accidents in the region Saturday, including one on Interstate 91 that killed a New York man.

Trent Costello, 22, of Kingston, New York, was pronounced dead at the scene of the crash, after the car he was riding in hit a tree on the west side of the highway near mile marker 48, state police said in a news release. The driver of the car, McKayla Park, 21, of Oneonta, New York, was taken to Springfield Hospital with unspecified injuries. Hospital representatives were unable to provide information about Park’s condition last night. Both were wearing seatbelts, police said. Police said Park and Costello were traveling south at about 11:30 a.m. when their car left the west side of the roadway in Weathersfield, overturned and struck a tree. The car, a 2000 Subaru Forester, was totaled. Emergency responders closed the southbound lanes of I-91 at Exit 8 in Ascutney, about three miles north of the crash site, at about noon, diverting traffic onto Route 131. At one point, cars were backed up on the interstate for about a mile and a half. The roadway remained closed for several hours.

In addition to the Vermont State Police, the Weathersfield Police Department, Ascutney Volunteer Fire Department, Springfield Fire Department, West Weathersfield Volunteer Fire Department and the Vermont Agency of Transportation responded to the scene, police said in the release.

Just as crews were cleaning up the accident on the interstate a call went out for an accident on Route 131 near Exit 8 where a Golden Cross ambulance and another Subaru Forester collided on Route 131. The two-member Golden Cross crew reported the crash at about 3:55 p.m. Neither crew member reported being injured, although the ambulance suffered extensive front-end damage. The green Subaru, which had Vermont plates and was carrying a blue-and-green kayak, came to a stop near a rocky ledge. Photographs from the scene show that at least one of the car’s airbags had deployed and the driver’s side door was removed. The Dartmouth-Hitchcock Advanced Response Team helicopter was called and landed on the interstate at about 4:18 p.m. to transport the driver of the Subaru, whose identity was not released as of Saturday night.

Officials at the scene said the Golden Cross crew was responding to a motorcycle accident on Tyson Road in Reading, at the time of the crash. Vermont State Police said Roger Perron, 60, and his wife, Linda Perron, 57, both of Claremont, were aboard a 2012 Suzuki 800 and heading west toward Plymouth, at about 3:45 p.m. when Roger Perron moved to the right to give a fast-moving oncoming vehicle space to negotiate a sharp curve. Perron told police he then hit the sandy shoulder of the roadway and lost control of the motorcycle. Roger Perron was transported to DHMC with non-life threatening injuries. Linda Perron also was transported to DHMC for evaluation. A hospital spokeswoman said both were in stable condition last night. Neither speed nor impairment were a factor in the accident, police said. The motorcycle suffered minor damage. The Reading Rescue Squad also responded to the scene.


More images from this accident: https://photosbynanci.smugmug.com/Rte-131-Accident/

Car Accident Rte 131 Ascutney
Ascutney, VT July 25, 2015
Copyright ©2015 Nancy Nutile-McMenemy
www.photosbynanci.com

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Weathersfield News July 22 #WeathersfieldVT #VT


Weathersfield News July 20, 2015
Nancy Nutile-McMenemy




I need a vacation. Can I just say-"Stop The World, I Want to Get Off." I know I, do it to myself. I really need to learn to say NO. But it's so hard. As my friend from West Windsor says (when I see her at EVERY event I'm attending or covering for this newspaper) "I have a fear of missing something!" That young lady is so right on the mark. This past week was out of control. 



It started with a few girlfriends on Wednesday evening. Watching the sun set, good conversation and $5 margaritas-who could ask for more.

Thursday my life kicked into high gear. I spent the morning folding t-shirts and setting up the merchandise for the 27th Annual Vermont 100Endurance Race. I rushed home, showered and went to the Library Trustee's meeting. Friday I was back at Silver Hill Meadow for the Race Registration day. 
My two favorite Merch Volunteers
I got home at 9 p.m. and was up again at 8 a.m. posting race info on the race website. I met up with a friend and his wife and toured a few race course aid stations-they did restock, I took pictures. 
Frozen Fins, Vermont Parrotheads at Margaritaville Aid Station
Home at 3 p.m., shower, change and off to shoot a wedding at the Inn at Weathersfield. Home, download images, and off to the Center Meeting House to shoot the Library's "Summer Evening With Friends and Neighbors." 



Up at 8 a.m. on Sunday and BACK to Silver Hill Meadow for the finish line (100 mile runners need to be across the finish line by 10 a.m. the 30 hour cut-off.) Finishers, BBQ, Awards photos and home to change and shower before heading north to Essex VT to see Neil Young perform. 

More Vermont 100 Endurance Race images: https://photosbynanci.smugmug.com/VermontAdaptive-1/Vermont-100/Vermont-100-2015

Neil Young at the Champlain Valley Expo Center Sunday July 19.
What a show. Neil looks older (and he is!) but he sounds just like the voice I remember from my 8-track of his album "Harvest." Puss N Boots opened the show.

More images: https://photosbynanci.smugmug.com/Neil-Young/Champlain-Valley-Essex-VT
Concert videos: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLKa6O-DUsAoDmqpXrhmSssqWNcL5NdyLW


Puss N Boots Featuring Norah Jones, Sasha Dobson,  and Cat Popper.

More images: https://photosbynanci.smugmug.com/PussNBoots/Champlain-Valley-Essex-VT/
Concert Videos: https://youtu.be/9f-A1OSGE2I?list=PLKa6O-DUsAoCpzhEx5H__fAqpM1TV6nwm

I'm hoping for a MUCH slower week this week but only time will tell. Stayed tuned, gentle readers. I'll let you know in next week's column. Breathe.

News You Can Use
Select Board-met Monday Jul. 20 for their regular meeting. Will report on the action next week.

Weathersfield Proctor Library-The Board voted to apply for Zoning and Building permits to begin construction on an ADA compliant bathroom. The Zoning hearing is scheduled for Aug. 26 at Martin Memorial Hall. More details to follow.


Position Open / Library Director-The Weathersfield Proctor Library in Weathersfield, Vermont is hiring for a Library Director. The opening is for 32 hours per week and offers an excellent benefits package, including FULL health insurance coverage for employee & dependents. Comprehensive benefit sheet and complete job description available upon request. To apply, please submit a resume, letter of interest and the contact information for 3 professional references to:
Weathersfield Proctor Library Trustees
c/o Town Manager
PO Box 550
Ascutney, VT 05030-0550
or
librarytrustee@comcast.net

Weathersfield School News-I hope to have a report on the School Consolidation Meetings in next week's column.

Town Calendar of Events:

Village Harmony, a world music ensemble made up of 27 teen singers, Friday, Jul. 24  7:30 p.m.
Weathersfield Center Meeting House. If you've heard them in past years, you know that you are in for a treat. The incredible enthusiasm that these young people project while performing South African, Balkan, Georgian, American shape note and Renaissance music is infectious. Their energy is matched by their professionalism. Suggested admission ranges from $5 to $10 dollars. Come if you can—you'll be glad you did!  Call 802-263-5547 for more information.

Volunteer Work Day at the 1879 Schoolhouse Saturday Jul. 25 8 a.m.-noon. The Committee is looking for a few volunteers to help out with a couple of small around the old school. Please call Matt Keniston at 802 263 5300 if you can help.

Celebration of Life for Patricia Daniels-Saturday Jul. 25 10 a.m. Pat's family has changed the location for the Celebration of Life for Patricia. The venue will now be the Weathersfield Center Church, on the Center Road (not at martin Memorial Hall as previously scheduled.)

Mario B. Scholarship Fundraiser at the Inn at Weathersfield- Jul. 29 The inn will be donating 10% of their food & beverage sales to the Mario Bevacqua Scholarship Fund. Mario was principal at the Weathersfield School for twenty years. Mario was dedicated to the belief that every child deserved a well-rounded education. Each year, a Weathersfield high school senior, who exhibits those same qualities, is chosen to receive this $500 scholarship.

The Frippery is Coming. The Weathersfield Historical Society is hosting its annual Frippery on Aug. 1 at The Weathersfield Center Meeting House. Anyone wishing to donate can call Maureen for questions at 603-252-0936. This is always a fun event with lots of great things for sale to benefit the Historical Society.

A Second Connecticut River Sweep Aug. 9. 9 a.m.-noon. The flotilla leaves from North Star and arrives at Ashley’s Landing across from Weathersfield Bow. This is the flotilla's 16th year. (And the river is much better for it.) If you would like to get a little mucky, enjoy a lovely journey, and help the river and all who use it, contact Steve Aikenhead at steve@vermontel.net, or 802-263-5439. He can answer your questions and give you more details. Please contact him before Aug.1 so he knows who will be attending.


West Weathersfield 2nd Annual Five Alarm 5-K Trail Run/Walk-Saturday Aug. 22
Ongoing:
Weathersfield Hikes-Saturday, Aug. 1 9:30 a.m. Tucker Trail Lookout. From the green in Perkinsville we head up a road and a driveway and onto a wooded route that climbs to a fine southeastern view from the top of ledge. The difficulty is moderate to strenuous. The climb is steady, but the footing is good. The total distance is about 1.8 miles, up and back. Feel free to call Steve, hiking organizer, at 263-5439 with questions.

Weathersfield Proctor Library-The Summer Reading Program is in full swing. Friday, Jul 24 at 6:30 p.m. Super Hero Movie Night-Disney's "BRAVE." Saturday, Aug 1 10:30 a.m. Firefighter Hat Crafts; Saturday, Aug 8 6:30 p.m. Summer Reading Party and Super Hero Obstacle Course-Come and Save a Damsel or Damson from mortal peril! So put on your SUPER CAPE and Check Out some books! Let the Summer Reading Adventure Begin! The Trustees have rented a port-o-let until a new ADA accessible bathroom can be built to accommodate the library patrons.

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. Summer Reading Program "Super Heroes" begins Jun. 24, come in and sign up today! 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).

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.

"A Summer Evening..." Benefit for Our Library #WeathersfieldVT #VT





The WeathersfieldProctor Library hosted “A Summer Evening with Friends and Neighbors” on Saturday at the Center Meeting House. Local residents shared tales, both serious and humorous about life in town. Cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, and dessert were served.  Music was provided by Tony Mastaler Jazz Trio. A silent auction included items donated by local businesses. The event was a benefit for the Library's Capital Campaign Fund. About 100 people attended.




A Summer Evening with Friends and Neighbors
A Benefit for the Weathersfield Proctor Library
Weathersfield Center Meeting House
Weathersfield VT July 18, 2015
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www.photosbynanci.com
More images: http://photosbynanci.smugmug.com/WeathersfieldProctorLibrary

Vermont 100 Endurance Race 2015 #VT100 #VT #VermontAdaptive

Where were you at 4 a.m. on Saturday July 18? If you were at Silver Hill Meadow in West Windsor you saw 318 people line up to challenge themselves to run 100 miles in under 30 hours. With the weather forecast calling for hot, humid weather with temperatures in the 80s and a chance of thunderstorms all day it may surprise you to hear that 221 of these folks did in fact finish the race.

These people were taking part in the 27th Annual Vermont 100 Endurance Race to benefit Vermont Adaptive.

A little later in the morning 68 runners took to the course to run 100 Kilometers (57 finished before the 5 a.m. closure of the 100 Km course.) And it's not just runners out there. This is the only 100 miler in the country that runs with horses on course too. The riders can take their horses on a 100 mile, 75 mile or 50 mile course.
The 100 mile winners were Scott Traer from Woburn MA 15:01:50 and Ashley Lister from Lock Haven PA 18:08:59.

The 100 Km winners Emily LeVan from Randolph Center VT 10:08:52 and Brian Marshburn from Wake Forest NC 10:44:46. Brian ran Solo-without a crew, taking aid only from the aid stations on course.

More images from the race weekend: https://photosbynanci.smugmug.com/VermontAdaptive-1/Vermont-100/Vermont-100-2015

27th Annual Vermont 100
Endurance Run and Ride
Silver Hill Meadow
West Windsor VT July 18-19, 2015
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"A Funny Thing Happened..." Closes Two Week Run #NCCT #LebanonNH

North Country Community Theatre (NCCT) presented their 43rd Annual Summer Production of " A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum." The performance on Saturday closed out a two week run directed by Hetty Thomae, choreographed by Susan Lamontagne, music directed by Hal Sheller and costumes by Woodstock's own Holly Levison.




A Funny Thing Happened On the Way to the Forum
Lebanon Opera House
LebanonNH  July 10, 2015
Copyright ©2015 Nancy Nutile-McMenemy

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Weathersfield News July 15 #WeathersfieldVT #VT



Weathersfield News July 15, 2015
Nancy Nutile-McMenemy



It's feeling like summer, finally! The fans are going, the windows and curtains are closed during the day and I get to walk around barefoot. Life is good!

Another very cool weekend of entertainment has past. First I hit the Lebanon Opera House for the North Country Community Theatre's A Funny Think Happened on the Way to the Forum Friday. What a wonderful production. The costumes, the scenery, the Proteans! There are three more performances, get your tickets soon-they will sell out!



Sunday, I lost 5 lbs of sweat and tears behind the Red Sox dugout watching the Sox lose to the Yankees. Yes folks, the evil empire was in town and put a hurt on the hometown boys.


News You Can Use
Select Board-Small grants were given to Brownsville Beautification Committee for $200, Friends of the Meeting House for $500, Weathersfield Veterans Memorial Committee for $220 Ascutneyville Cemetery Association for $200 from the Weathersfield Transfer Station Facility Award funds from Transfer Station Bottle/Can Redemption Program.



Weathersfield School News:
Act 46 Discussions-Each town needs to know what the four choices are for School Consolidation and how each option will impact our school and town.  
Schedule of Forums: Jul. 22 Weathersfield School 6:30 p.m. and Aug. 10 6:30 p.m. For more information please contact JeanMarie K. Oakman, Principal Weathersfield School 135 Schoolhouse Road Ascutney, Vermont 05030 (802) 674-5400, ext. 129 jmoakman@wsesu.net

Obituary:
Patricia Wilson Daniels, 72, passed away on Saturday Jul. 4, at the hospice suite at the Mount Ascutney Health Center. She was surrounded by family and friends in the days leading up to her death, after courageously battling breast cancer.

Patricia was born in Denver, Colo., to Ronald and Christian (Caird) Wilson while the couple was stationed there during WWII. She grew up in Brattleboro, Vt., and graduated from BUHS, class of 1961. She was an active member of the class alumni. She enjoyed a very close relationship with her two sisters, Gail and Francis Speno of Brattleboro and Leslie and John McBride of Wilbraham Mass., throughout her life. She attended Northampton Commercial College, where she met her future husband and graduated in 1963.

In 1963, she married Anthony Daniels, of Weathersfield, Vt., and made a home on Goulden Ridge. They were married for 52 years, and have two children: Christian Panasuk with husband Michael of Tewksbury, Mass. and Douglas Daniels of West Dover .Vt. Pat and Tony have one beloved grandson, Cooper Wilson Daniels. She is also survived by numerous nephews and nieces.

She was very active in the community, serving on the Board of Listers, as Zoning Administrator, as a Trustee of Martin Memorial Hall, and was elected Select Board for three terms. She served on the Weathersfield Fire Commission, and as a Justice of the Peace. There will be a celebration of Patricia’s life on Saturday, Jul. 25 at 10 a.m. at the Martin Memorial Hall on Rte. 5 in the village of Ascutney, Vt. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations are suggested to the Weathersfield Volunteer Fire Departments, http://www.weathersfieldvt.org/emergency-services ; the Proctor Library, http://www.weathersfieldproctorlibrary.org/ or the Springfield Humane Society, http://www.spfldhumane.org/.

The Stringer Funeral Home & Crematorium, 146 Broad Street, Claremont, NH, assisted with the arrangements. To view an online memorial or send private message of condolence, visitwww.stringerfh.com.

Town Calendar of Events:
SOLARIZE MAKES $EN$E (Brownsville, Cavendish, Reading, Weathersfield and Windsor) Solarize Potluck Friday, Jul. 17 6:30p.m. Weathersfield Center Meeting House. Bring a dish to share, enjoy a casual dinner, meet our partner installer, learn more about solar, weatherization, heat pumps, funding and saving money.



Summer Evening With Friends and Neighbors Saturday Jul. 18, 6:30 p.m. Meeting House 79 Center Rd. Hosted by the Weathersfield Proctor Library Fundraising Committee. Local residents will share tales, both serious and humorous. Cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, and dessert will be offered along with a silent auction, as the guests are entertained by a local jazz trio, Tony Mastaler and friends. A $15 donation at the door will go to their Capital Campaign Fund. For more information call: Laurie Cobb at 802-345-4019.

The Connecticut River Sweep is scheduled for Sunday, Jul. 19. The morning flotilla heads down from the Windsor-Cornish Covered Bridge and is on the river from 9 a.m.-noon. The afternoon journey takes a little more time and energy. It leaves from North Star at 1p.m. and arrives at Ashley’s Landing across from Weathersfield Bow by 5p.m..
Very few people choose to do both. North Star Canoe Rental supplies canoes and transportation. This is the flotilla's 16th year. (And the river is much better for it.) If you would like to get a little mucky, enjoy a lovely journey, and help the river and all who use it, contact Steve Aikenhead at steve@vermontel.net, or 802-263-5439. He can answer your questions and give you more details. The rain date is Sunday, Aug. 9.

Weathersfield Potluck Luncheon Tuesday, Jul 21 noon at Perkinsville VT Community Church Vestry. Bring a childhood photo of yourself and we'll try to figure out "who is who".   Also, be prepared to do a word-find puzzle of all 50 U. S. States. Bring a hot dish, salad or dessert. Beverages and paper goods will be provided. Contact: Lorraine Zigman 802-263-5245lzigman@comcast.net

The Frippery is Coming. The Weathersfield Historical Society is hosting its annual Frippery on Aug. 1 at The Weathersfield Center Meeting House. Anyone wishing to donate can call Maureen for questions at 603 252 0936. This is always a fun event with lots of great things for sale to benefit the Historical Society.

Ongoing:
Weathersfield Hikes-The Ancient Hemlocks Saturday, July 18 9:30 a.m. This route is over fields and through the woods, up and down a logging road and over a rivulet or brook. You won’t have to remove footwear. The last half mile is up Little Canada Road, past the 1791 John Warner house. Dave Noake will welcome us there with a brief tour of the house and refreshments. The trees are about 500 years old. Your guide will use a compass to find his way through one section he’s confident. Total distance about 2 miles. Feel free to call Steve, hiking organizer, at 263-5439 with questions.

Weathersfield Proctor Library-The Summer Reading Program is in full swing. Friday, Jul 24 at 6:30 p.m. Super Hero Movie Night-Disney's "BRAVE." Saturday, Aug 1 10:30 a.m. Firefighter Hat Crafts; Saturday, Aug 8 6:30 p.m. Summer Reading Party and Super Hero Obstacle Course-Come and Save a Damsel or Damson from mortal peril! So put on your SUPER CAPE and Check Out some books! Let the Summer Reading Adventure Begin! The Trustees have rented a port-o-let until a new ADA accessible bathroom can be built to accommodate the library patrons.

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. Summer Reading Program "Super Heroes" begins Jun. 24, come in and sign up today! 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).

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.

Wednesday, July 8, 2015

Weathersfield News July 8 #WeathersfieldVT #VT


Weathersfield News July 8, 2015
Nancy Nutile-McMenemy


I love fireworks! I always have! The colors, the sounds, being outside on a summer night. Friday night I went to the West Windsor Fireworks at Ascutney Mountain, it was the start of jammed packed 4th of July weekend. What an absolutely gorgeous Friday night, I'm so glad I went. There is something special about sitting on a mountain side, eating ice cream and cheering for pyrotechnics.  It was also very nice to see this mountain getting some use. The parking lot was full of cars and there must have been a couple hundred people with me watching the sky light up. The fireworks went on for close to 30 minutes. Such a treat. 



Saturday and Sunday-I drove to our neighbor towns of West Windsor and Reading for their parades. Highlights-The Luc Mac float in the West Windsor parade and the calves from the Top Of the World 4H club. The Reading Fire Department Chicken BBQ was really excellent too!


More West Windsor Parade images : http://photosbynanci.smugmug.com/VermontStandard/July-2015/West-Windsor-July-4th-Parade/

More from reading Old Home Day Parade, Ox Pull and Duck Derby: http://photosbynanci.smugmug.com/VermontStandard/July-2015/Reading-Old-Home-Day

News You Can Use
Select Board-scheduled to meet Tuesday Jul. 7. The Board will be setting the 2015-2016 property tax rate, Solid Waste Management fee and the property tax due dates. The Board will also be awarding funds collected from the Transfer Station Bottle/Can Redemption program.


Weathersfield Proctor Library-The Summer Reading Program is in full swing. Our Library is challenging everyone in town to see just how much reading they can do during these long summer days. This summer's theme is Heroes! Including super heroes, community heroes-like firefighters and police and even animal heroes. 
Special events include: Thursday, Jul. 16 2-3 p.m. Super Hero T-shirts making-you'll design your own logo (please bring a clean solid color t-shirt!);  Friday, Jul 24 at 6:30 p.m. Super Hero Movie Night-Disney's "BRAVE." Saturday, Aug 1 10:30 a.m. Firefighter Hat Crafts; Saturday, Aug 8 6:30 p.m. Summer Reading Party and Super Hero Obstacle Course-Come and Save a Damsel or Damson from mortal peril! So put on your SUPER CAPE and Check Out some books! Let the Summer Reading Adventure Begin! The Trustees have rented a port-o-let until a new ADA accessible bathroom can be built to accommodate the library patrons.

Town Calendar of Events:


Summer Evening With Friends and Neighbors Saturday Jul. 18, 6:30 p.m. Meeting House 79 Center Rd. Hosted by the Weathersfield Proctor Library Fundraising Committee. Local residents will share tales, both serious and humorous. Cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, and dessert will be offered along with a silent auction, as the guests are entertained by a local jazz trio, Tony Mastaler and friends. A $15 donation at the door will go to their Capital Campaign Fund. For more information call: Laurie Cobb at 802-345-4019.

The Connecticut River Sweep is scheduled for Sunday, Jul. 19. The morning flotilla heads down from the Windsor-Cornish Covered Bridge and is on the river from 9 a.m.-noon. The afternoon journey takes a little more time and energy. It leaves from North Star at 1p.m. and arrives at Ashley’s Landing across from Weathersfield Bow by 5p.m..
Very few people choose to do both. North Star Canoe Rental supplies canoes and transportation. This is the flotilla's 16th year. (And the river is much better for it.) If you would like to get a little mucky, enjoy a lovely journey, and help the river and all who use it, contact Steve Aikenhead at steve@vermontel.net, or 802-263-5439. He can answer your questions and give you more details. The rain date is Sunday, Aug. 9.


Weathersfield Potluck Luncheon Tuesday, Jul 21 noon at Perkinsville VT Community Church Vestry. Bring a childhood photo of yourself and we'll try to figure out "who is who".   Also, be prepared to do a word-find puzzle of all 50 U. S. States. Bring a hot dish, salad or dessert. Beverages and paper goods will be provided. Contact: Lorraine Zigman 802-263-5245lzigman@comcast.net

The Frippery is Coming. The Weathersfield Historical Society is hosting its annual Frippery on Aug. 1 at The Weathersfield Center Meeting House. Anyone wishing to donate can call Maureen for questions at 603 252 0936. This is always a fun event with lots of great things for sale to benefit the Historical Society.

Ongoing:
Weathersfield Hikes-The Ancient Hemlocks Saturday, July 18 9:30 a.m. This route is over fields and through the woods, up and down a logging road and over a rivulet or brook. You won’t have to remove footwear. The last half mile is up Little Canada Road, past the 1791 John Warner house. Dave Noake will welcome us there with a brief tour of the house and refreshments. The trees are about 500 years old. Your guide will use a compass to find his way through one section he’s confident. Total distance about 2 miles. Feel free to call Steve, hiking organizer, at 263-5439 with questions.

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. Summer Reading Program "Super Heroes" begins Jun. 24, come in and sign up today! 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).

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.

Reading Old Home Day #ReadingVT #VT #July4th


Sunday July 5, 2015
Reading VT

Just when you thought the 4th of July Parades were over, Reading VT hosts its Annual Old Home Day-the day after the 4th. The town comes together to host a flea market, a parade, a chicken BBQ, an ox pull and the much anticipated Duck Derby. The theme this year was "Wild West." There were floats from the Reading Library, The Reading Greenhouse (First Place), R.A.T.S.-Reading All Terrain Sportmans Club (which won the Judges Prize), Top of the World 4H Club (Second Place) and more floats. There were tractors and antique cars and Sinai Joe's Clown Unit and Fire Trucks. Lots of Fire Trucks.

Following the parade folks started lining up for the Chicken BBQ; 500 chickens were cooked and the meal included cole slaw, potato salad, roll, watermelon, and a drink. All proceeds going to the Reading Fire Department.

The day continued down the street with the 24th Annual Fire Department Ox Pull. Ox teams from Vermont and New Hampshire were competing.

The fun didn't stop there. The Annual Duck Derby happened at 2 p.m.. Some folks gathered on the snowmobile bridge to watch the launch and cheer on their ducks. The event sold out for the third year in a row. 500 lucky ducks tickets sold out (the fastest sell out to date!) with proceeds benefiting the Reading Friends and Neighbors Community Foundation.

If this day doesn't say Vermont, I don't know what does!


Reading Old Home Day
Parade, Ox Pull and Duck Derby
Reading, VT July 5, 2015
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