Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Weathersfield News Sept. 23 #WeathersfieldVT #VT

Weathersfield News September 23, 2015
Nancy Nutile-McMenemy

After our endless summer, there seems to be a crispness in the air. Fall is coming! This coming Sunday Sept. 27, the 23rd Annual Vermont 50 Mountain Bike or Ultra Run takes place at Ascutney Mountain in Brownsville. This sold-out race is a benefit for Vermont Adaptive, which got its start at Ascutney back in 1986 and has since move to Pico and a few other mountains in Vermont. One of the weekend highlights for me is the Kid Free Fun Races held Saturday Sept 26 beginning at 3:30 p.m.. 



These races are open to all children, so if you know kids who love to run, sign them up. The kids' races are held to encourage children of all ages to have fun and get some exercise. Following the races, the younger children get to hunt through hay bales looking for buried treasure. It makes for quite a fun fall afternoon. More information about the race weekend can be found at www.vermont50.com.
An unusual celestial event takes place Sunday night too! A Super Moon, full lunar eclipse will happen for about an hour. It is called a Blood Moon because the earth casts it shadow on the moon, making the moon appear red. An illustration of this very rare event may be viewed at: http://www.timeanddate.com/eclipse/lunar/2015-september-28.

And speaking of red...Before race weekend, I'll be in my kitchen turning my bushels of tomatoes into sauce for the winter. I don't know about you but this has been quite a year for the red fruits. Last year we got hit with late blight and I think I over planted this year to compensate. Now my kitchen counters have been taken over by the attack of the bountiful tomatoes! At least, I won't have to purchase sauce this winter.

One yummy event I try to cover every year is the Coon Club Wild Game Supper. This year was the best attended with over 100 people enjoying the venison and moose lasagna, smoke rainbow trout bruschetta, roast moose, grilled domestic ham, Swedish moose and venison meatballs, game stew, corn chowder all prepared by Coon Club Chef Jim Theetge (who is also the chef at Simon Pearce Restaurant) and his crew. Already on my calendar for next year!
Select Board News:
The Fire Departments are in the news again. There was continued discussion about combining the two departments. Mr. Fuller expressed concerns about duplication of equipment. He mentioned the need for equipment inventories. He said the Town hasn’t changed much – still 1700 parcels, population of 2800 ± , road mileage still roughly the same. Fuller set a goal of March 2017 to have an assessment made about the departments. Mrs. Esty reminded everyone that the current departments are private non-profit organizations that the Town cannot dissolve. She went on to state that if the Town chose to create a municipal fire department, then there could potentially be three fire departments serving the Town. Mr. Boyer said he is in favor of a single department with a paid fire chief. Mr. Arrison suggested hiring an independent consultant to analyze the current situation and make recommendations on improvements. In the end the Board set up a 5-member committee to evaluate fire services. They are looking for folks in town to apply to serve on this board.

In other Select Board news, the Library would like to apply for a Vermont Community Development Grant to construct an ADA-compliant bathroom, an ADA door into the building, an ADA-compliant ramp to the door and remove the existing ramp from the front of the building. The projected cost is $74,000. Since the building is owned by the Town, the Select Board must apply for the grant. This addition will have no affect on the proposed addition to the library, if the footprint of the expansion remains unchanged from its original configuration. The Select Board agreed to work with a grant writer to apply for various grants to fund the project.

Notice of Office closure:
Town Clerk's Office-The Office will be closed on Oct. 8 for the Vermont League of Cities and Towns' Town Fair and Nov. 18 and 19 for the New England Cities and Town Clerk's Association Conference.

Town Calendar of Events:
The Weathersfield Proctor Library Saturday, Sept. 26, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Annual Book Sale and Mini-Yard Sale at the library. Interesting books, homemade bake goods, and collectible items will be available for sale with the proceeds going to the most needed expansion of the Library. Contact Cookie Shand at 802-674-5021 for more information.

Out of the Darkness Community Walk- Saturday, Sept. 26, 9:30 a.m. Help Us Create A World Without Suicide Springfield Walking Path, (Toonerville Trail), Springfield, VT. Check In/ Registration Time: 9:30 a.m.. Walk: 10-1 p.m..  For More Information, please contact: Heather Jarvis 802- 296-1989 hthrjrvs2008@yahoo.com or Judy Jarvis 802-263-5549 judith_jarvisusa@yahoo.com.

The Weathersfield Veterans Memorial Committee-Saturday, Sept. 26, 11 a.m. Annual Chicken BBQ Martin Memorial Hall Route 5 Ascutney. Complete meal consists of 1/2 BBQ chicken, beans, coleslaw, beverage and dessert for only $10. For More information call Lisa Slade at 802-291-1475.

The Weathersfield Historical Society-Saturday, Sept. 26, 10 a.m. Restoring Antique Dolls a talk by Tonya Conway, Dan Foster House (across from the Weathersfield Meeting House) Weathersfield Center Road. This event is free. Contact Ginger Wimberg at 802-263-5626 if you have any questions.

The Ascutney Volunteer Fire Department- Saturday, Sept. 26, 11 a.m. Funds Drive for AVFD Martin Memorial Hall, Rte 5 Ascutney. AVFD will be on site with Engine 4-bring your camera for a photo of the kids and Engine 4. There will be a Silent Auction and t-shirts, sweatshirts, golf balls for Golf Ball Drop (Columbus Day Weekend) on sale. For more information, call AVFD at 802-674-6869.

The 23rd Annual Vermont 50 Mountain Bike or Ultra Run, Saturday Sept 26 and Sunday Sept 27 at Ascutney Mountain Resort. This event features a 50 mile mountain bike ride, a 50 mile run, a 50 mile Team Relay and a 50 K run. Proceeds benefit Vermont Adaptive (which started at Ascutney Mountain in 1986.) The event is sold out but volunteers are needed, please email: vt50volunteer@gmail.com for more information.

7th Annual Kids Fun Free Race-Saturday Sept. 26 3:30 p.m. Ascutney Mountain Resort. There are three FREE races: 1/2 Mile , 1 Mile, and 3 Mile (for children who are able to run independently.) On site Race Registration noon-3 p.m. or now online http://vermont50.blogspot.com/p/kids-fun-race.html  For more information email vt50funrun@gmail.com. There is also a Hay Bale Treasure Hunt, a clown with balloon creations and face painting.

Table19 Presents ‘Glitter & Gowns’ An Elegant Evening of Dinner & Dancing Sept. 26, 6:30 p.m. Time travel back to 1940 with Live Swing & Big Band Music by Gerry Grimo's 10-piece band. Champagne, prime rib and lobster tail buffet, decadent dessert bar, cash bar with themed cocktails. Tickets can be purchased at Table19 or by calling 802.885.8219. $85.00 Per Person / $150.00 per couple-black tie optional. Reservations required. Tickets must be purchased by Sept. 12.

Ongoing:
Valley Court Diversion Programs-Volunteer are needed in Weathersfield/Springfield areas to work with low level offenders in the community. The organization embraces the principles of restorative justice. As a volunteer, you will hear participant's stories and help create a restorative contract with them. The group meets once a month at the Springfield Police Department, your commitment will require about 3 hours a month. Training is provided. For more information please visit our website at www.vcdp.org or call Maureen at 802-295-5078 #10.

Food Shelf The Weathersfield Food Shelf is located at 7303 Route 131 - the former "World of Discovery" daycare. Thanks to the generosity of their donors, the Weathersfield Food Shelf will now be open every Thursday from 4-5 p.m. 

Senior Exercise Program in Ascutney-FREE sponsored by RSPV- Wednesdays 10-11 a.m. in basement of Martin Memorial Hall, Route 5, Ascutney, VT. Classes are led by Geraldine Rudenfeldt. If interested call 674-5254 for more information.

Weathersfield Proctor Library, Hours: Wed 10-6 p.m.; Thurs & Fri noon-6 p.m.; Sat 9-1 p.m. FREE Programs-FREE Computer Tutor - Fridays 10:30 - 11:30 a.m.

Volunteers in Action (VIA) is looking for volunteer drivers. VIA is an organization that drives people to doctor's appointments, usually at Mt. Ascutney Hospital or DHMC and occasionally grocery missions. Your mileage is reimbursable.  Please call VIA at (802) 674-5971 ask for Martha or Scottie. 

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


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

Wild Game Supper, Wild Time in Windsor #WindsorVT #VT

Saturday September 19, 2015
Windsor VT

Venison and moose lasagna, smoke rainbow trout bruschetta, roast moose, grilled domestic ham, Swedish moose and venison meatballs, game stew, corn chowder and a whole lot of delicious homemade pies-this is just a small sampling of what was on the menu Saturday night at the Coon Club Hunter's Club Annual Wild Game Supper. Over 100 people lined up to enjoy these mouth watering dishes prepared by Coon Club Chef Jim Theetge (who is also the chef at Simon Pearce Restaurant.) This was the 17th season that the Coon Club has hosted a Wild Game Supper. The meat and fish served are donated by area hunters and fishermen and also by the Vermont Game Wardens. Dinner was served buffet style from 5-6:30 p.m. and a live Auction followed.
The live Auction (with items donated by area businesses, club and community members) raised over $1000. Some of these funds will sponsor two area Jr. High School youths for a week each at the Green Mountain Conservation Camp on Buck Lake in Woodbury, VT or to Kehoe/Lake Bomoseen in Castleton, VT.

The club is always looking for new members, you are asked to contact Sherry Barbour at 802 484-9286 or by email barbour.sherry@yahoo.com for more information.
17th Wild Game Supper
Coon Club Hunter's Club
Windsor, VT September 19, 2015
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Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Weathersfield News Sept 16 #WeathersfieldVT #VT


Weathersfield News September 16, 2015
Nancy Nutile-McMenemy



Just back from a music festival in Burlington Vt. The 5th Annual Grand Point North took place on Saturday Sept 12 and Sunday Sept 13. Twenty bands in two days. WOW it was a blast. Grace Potter and Higher Ground host the event.

Benny Yurco and Grace Potter

The Snaz, a band out of Brattelboro

The Flaming Lips asked The Snaz to help them out during their set.

Yup, That's Wayne Coyne the lead singer for The Flaming Lips in a
giant hamster ball in the crowd

Grace Potter closed the festival both nights.
Images from the weekend: https://photosbynanci.smugmug.com/Grand-Point-North-2015

I thought the summer was crazy busy, just look at all the fun things to do in and around Weathersfield over the next two weekends. I'm exhausted just listing the events here. But you know me, I'll rally and hit as many as I can, I hope you do to so get your calendars out and start filling in the dates.

Notice of Office closure:
Town Clerk's Office-The Office will be closed on Monday Sept. 21 and Tuesday Sept 22 for the Annual Vermont Town Clerk and Treasurer Conference. It will also be closed on Oct. 8 for the Vermont League of Cities and Towns' Town Fair and Nov. 18 and 19 for the New England Cities and Town Clerk's Association Conference.

Town Calendar of Events:
Weathersfield Proctor Library Trustees-Monthly meeting Sept. 17, 7 p.m. at the Library. Agenda online: http://www.weathersfieldproctorlibrary.org/ Open to the public.

Weathersfield Republican Meeting-Thursday Sept. 17, 7 p.m. Martin Memorial Hall in Ascutney, Vt. to elect officers for town committee and delegates for county committee.
All are welcome.

Weathersfield Democratic Caucus Sunday, Sept. 20, 6 p.m. downstairs at Martin Memorial Hall to elect officers for town committee and delegates for county committee. All are welcome.

Weathersfield Hikes- Saturday Sept. 19, 9:30 a.m. Little Ascutney. The hike will be up to the ledges and then might loop around to the basin and its cellar holes. In large part this terrain is strenuous. There is first a steady climb, then a dip, and then a steep ascent to get from the parking lot at 900 feet to the summit of Little Ascutney at 1709 feet. The hike probably will take over two hours. Steve Snyder is the probable hike leader. Feel free to call Steve, hiking organizer, at 263-5439 with questions.

Coon Club Wild Game Supper, Auction & Raffle Saturday, Sept. 19, 5 p.m. The supper is from 5- 6:30 p.m. followed by the live auction and Rifle Raffle. All are welcome and tickets are $15.00 for adults and $7.00 for children under 12 years.

The Weathersfield Proctor Library Saturday, Sept. 26, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Annual Book Sale and Mini-Yard Sale at the library. Interesting books, homemade bake goods, and collectible items will be available for sale with the proceeds going to the most needed expansion of the Library. Contact Cookie Shand at 802-674-5021 for more information.

The Weathersfield Veterans Memorial Committee-Saturday, Sept. 26, 11 a.m. Annual Chicken BBQ Martin Memorial Hall Route 5 Ascutney. Complete meal consists of 1/2 BBQ chicken, beans, coleslaw, beverage and dessert for only $10. For More information call Lisa Slade at 802-291-1475.

The Weathersfield Historical Society-Saturday, Sept. 26, 10 a.m. Restoring Antique Dolls a talk by Tonya Conway, Dan Foster House (across from the Weathersfield Meeting House) Weathersfield Center Road. This event is free. Contact Ginger Wimberg at 802-263-5626 if you have any questions.

The Ascutney Volunteer Fire Department- Saturday, Sept. 26, 11 a.m. Funds Drive for AVFD Martin Memorial Hall, Rte 5 Ascutney. AVFD will be on site with Engine 4-bring your camera for a photo of the kids and Engine 4. There will be a Silent Auction and t-shirts, sweatshirts, golf balls for Golf Ball Drop (Columbus Day Weekend) on sale. For more information, call AVFD at 802-674-6869.

Table19 Presents ‘Glitter & Gowns’ An Elegant Evening of Dinner & Dancing Sept. 26, 6:30 p.m. Time travel back to 1940 with Live Swing & Big Band Music by Gerry Grimo's 10-piece band. Champagne, prime rib and lobster tail buffet, decadent dessert bar, cash bar with themed cocktails. Tickets can be purchased at Table19 or by calling 802.885.8219. $85.00 Per Person / $150.00 per couple-black tie optional. Reservations required. Tickets must be purchased by Sept. 12.
The 23rd Annual Vermont 50 Mountain Bike or Ultra Run, Saturday Sept 26 and Sunday Sept 27 at Ascutney Mountain Resort. This event features a 50 mile mountain bike ride, a 50 mile run, a 50 mile Team Relay and a 50 K run. Proceeds benefit Vermont Adaptive (which started at Ascutney Mountain in 1986.) The event is sold out but volunteers are needed, please email: vt50volunteer@gmail.com for more information.

7th Annual Kids Fun Free Race-Saturday Sept. 26 3:30 p.m. Ascutney Mountain Resort. There are three FREE races: 1/2 Mile , 1 Mile, and 3 Mile (for children who are able to run independently.) On site Race Registration noon-3 p.m. or now online http://vermont50.blogspot.com/p/kids-fun-race.html  For more information email vt50funrun@gmail.com. There is also a Hay Bale Treasure Hunt, a clown with balloon creations and face painting.

Out of the Darkness Community Walk- Saturday, Sept. 26, 9:30 a.m. Help Us Create A World Without Suicide Springfield Walking Path, (Toonerville Trail), Springfield, VT. Check In/ Registration Time: 9:30 a.m.. Walk: 10-1 p.m..  For More Information, please contact: Heather Jarvis 802- 296-1989 hthrjrvs2008@yahoo.com or Judy Jarvis 802-263-5549 judith_jarvisusa@yahoo.com.

Ongoing:
Valley Court Diversion Programs-Volunteer are needed in Weathersfield/Springfield areas to work with low level offenders in the community. The organization embraces the principles of restorative justice. As a volunteer, you will hear participant's stories and help create a restorative contract with them. The group meets once a month at the Springfield Police Department, your commitment will require about 3 hours a month. Training is provided. For more information please visit our website at www.vcdp.org or call Maureen at 802-295-5078 #10.

Food Shelf The Weathersfield Food Shelf is located at 7303 Route 131 - the former "World of Discovery" daycare. Thanks to the generosity of their donors, the Weathersfield Food Shelf will now be open every Thursday from 4-5 p.m. 

Senior Exercise Program in Ascutney-FREE sponsored by RSPV- Wednesdays 10-11 a.m. in basement of Martin Memorial Hall, Route 5, Ascutney, VT. Classes are led by Geraldine Rudenfeldt. If interested call 674-5254 for more information.

Weathersfield Proctor Library, Hours: Wed 10-6 p.m.; Thurs & Fri noon-6 p.m.; Sat 9-1 p.m. FREE Programs-FREE Computer Tutor - Fridays 10:30 - 11:30 a.m.

Volunteers in Action (VIA) is looking for volunteer drivers. VIA is an organization that drives people to doctor's appointments, usually at Mt. Ascutney Hospital or DHMC and occasionally grocery missions. Your mileage is reimbursable.  Please call VIA at (802) 674-5971 ask for Martha or Scottie. 

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


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

Wednesday, September 9, 2015

Weathersfield News Sept 9 #WeathersfieldVT #VT


Weathersfield News September 9, 2015
Nancy Nutile-McMenemy

I hope you all had a very nice and safe Labor Day weekend. I remember when we used to go back to school the Tuesday after Labor Day. It seems now most schools start the week or two before the final holiday of the summer. I've hear folks say it's a nice way to slowly transition the children back into the long days at school after the freedom of summer at home or camp. I guess that would work; having never experienced it I cannot really comment but it is what it is. I have fond memories of all the kids on our street hanging out on Labor Day evening talking about the next day when the school buses would be picking us up to take us to our various schools. Who got new sneakers and who got new lunch boxes. I suppose this still happens just a week earlier. I also remember dying to see friends that lived on the other side of town. This was before social media, only telephones (and later as a teenage CB radios!) to stay in touch over the summer. It was a very special day, that first day back to school, walking through the school doors and seeing your friends from across town waiting for you. I'm still not sure how the teachers got us to focus those first few days in class while all the catch-up talk was going on. Not only are the children moving in doors this time of year, adults are too. We're moving into our fall routines: school, garden harvests, and cleaning the house getting ready for those long days inside that are ahead of us. Cheers to the "-ber" months: Septem-ber, Octo-ber, Novem-ber and Decem-ber!
More images from Hartland Elementary School's First Day: https://photosbynanci.smugmug.com/VermontStandard/September-2015/HES-First-Day

Last Thursday I was in Portland ME but it felt like being at a High School Dance. I grew up listening to The J. Geils Band. In fact, my Junior High School Science teacher was in a band and he loved GEILS and introduced me to these "Bad Boys from Boston." The hubby and I were among the youngest in the audience that night but the crowd at Maine State Pier was pretty rowdy nonetheless.

Duke Levine and Peter Wolf

Peter Wolf
Flashback to 1982, Peter Wolf in Hartford CT
Ian Hunter opened the show. Those of you who have heard of Mott The Hoople know who Ian is.
Friday, I join a small, loyal group of Weathersfield Proctor Library patrons and volunteers to say goodbye to Karin Fischer. Karin had been serving as the Interim Library Director but is leaving Weathersfield for the Chester Library. Best wishes Karin in your new adventure.

At the same party on Friday, we welcomed  Judy Topolski who will be stepping in as Interim Director until a permanent can be hired.
More images from Karin's Thank You Party: https://photosbynanci.smugmug.com/VermontPlaces/WeathersfieldProctorLibrary/2015-Galleries/Thank-You-Karin/

I had so much fun covering the 79th Annual GMHA Distance Days on Saturday. I even ran into Kat Waters from Perkinsville VT on High Brook Quintessential. Looking good Kat!



Town Calendar of Events:

Monthly Weathersfield Potluck and Program-Tuesday, Sept. 15 noon at Perkinsville VT Church Vestry on Route 106. Perkinsville resident Kathleen Fellows speak about her time as a nurse in Nepal last Spring. In her words: "...I had a great time until the Grand Finale!" Kathleen spent six weeks working in two different parts of Nepal, followed by a week's holiday in Tibet where she made it to Everest Base camp before returning to Kathmandu ( the capital of Nepal) where she experienced the first two of three major earthquakes at the end of April, 2015." All are welcome Bring a hot dish, salad or dessert. Paper goods and beverages will be provided. More info. contact Loraine Zigman 802-263-5245; lzigman@comcast.net

Weathersfield Proctor Library Children's Room- Story Time Sept. 16 10:30 a.m. with Jordan Hutchinson, Youth Services Librarian. Jordon has started a monthly newsletter called: What's Happening? dates, times, and the host of activities are all scheduled and emailed to parents who sign up at http://jordanslibrarypage.blogspot.com/

Friends of Weathersfield Proctor Library Annual Book and Bake Sale Saturday Sept. 26 9 a.m.-2 p.m. On the Library lawn.

Weathersfield Hikes- Little Ascutney Saturday, Sept. 19 9:30. The hike will be up to the ledges and then might loop around to the basin and its cellar holes. In large part this terrain is strenuous. There is first a steady climb, then a dip, and then a steep ascent to get from the parking lot at 900 feet to the summit of Little Ascutney at 1709 feet. The hike probably will take over two hours. Steve Snyder is the probable hike leader. Feel free to call Steve, hiking organizer, at 263-5439 with questions.

Table19 Presents ‘Glitter & Gowns’ An Elegant Evening of Dinner & Dancing Sept. 26 6:30 p.m. Time travel back to 1940 with Live Swing & Big Band Music by Gerry Grimo's 10-piece band. Champagne, prime rib and lobster tail buffet, decadent dessert bar, cash bar with themed cocktails. Tickets can be purchased at Table19 or by calling 802.885.8219. $85.00 Per Person / $150.00 per couple-black tie optional. Reservations required. Tickets must be purchased by Sept. 12.

Out of the Darkness Community Walk-Help Us Create A World Without Suicide Saturday, Sept. 26 Springfield Walking Path, (Toonerville Trail), Springfield, VT. Check In/ Registration Time: 9:30 a.m.. Walk: 10-1 p.m..  For More Information, please contact: Heather Jarvis 802- 296-1989 hthrjrvs2008@yahoo.com or Judy Jarvis 802-263-5549 judith_jarvisusa@yahoo.com.

Ongoing:
Valley Court Diversion Programs-Volunteer are needed in Weathersfield/Springfield areas to work with low level offenders in the community. The organization embraces the principles of restorative justice. As a volunteer, you will hear participant's stories and help create a restorative contract with them. The group meets once a month at the Springfield Police Department, your commitment will require about 3 hours a month. Training is provided. For more information please visit our website at www.vcdp.org or call Maureen at 802-295-5078 #10.

Food Shelf The Weathersfield Food Shelf is located at 7303 Route 131 - the former "World of Discovery" daycare. Thanks to the generosity of their donors, the Weathersfield Food Shelf will now be open every Thursday from 4-5 p.m. 

Senior Exercise Program in Ascutney-FREE sponsored by RSPV- Wednesdays 10-11 a.m. in basement of Martin Memorial Hall, Route 5, Ascutney, VT. Classes are led by Geraldine Rudenfeldt. If interested call 674-5254 for more information.

Weathersfield Proctor Library, Hours: Wed 10-6 p.m.; Thurs & Fri noon-6 p.m.; Sat 9-1 p.m. FREE Programs-FREE Computer Tutor - Fridays 10:30 - 11:30 a.m.

Volunteers in Action (VIA) is looking for volunteer drivers. VIA is an organization that drives people to doctor's appointments, usually at Mt. Ascutney Hospital or DHMC and occasionally grocery missions. Your mileage is reimbursable.  Please call VIA at (802) 674-5971 ask for Martha or Scottie. 

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


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

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Weathersfield News Sept 2 #WeathersfieldVT #VT



Weathersfield News September 2, 2015
Nancy Nutile-McMenemy
photosbynanci@comcast.net

I have some great news to report. Glenn Selwitz and Alicia Jenks have a new home! Last January I covered the fire that destroyed their home at the Green Dragon Farm in Weathersfield. And for months as I drove by on my way to other newspaper assignments and events, I'd get all choked up and teary eyed at the burned out shell, then the bulldozer, then the pile of broken bits and chunks of stuff. But just as summer was beginning to recede, the rebuild activity started to take place. First came the cellar hole, next up the concrete truck appeared in the driveway, then last week as if by magic the house is back. I'm not sure what the family cows thought of the process but I was surely in awe. One day nothing, next day a home (just the opposite of that awful night in January.) This is a good thing. Happy Home to you both!


The children are back to school so watch for the school buses and please obey their stop lights and signs. I know they can slow up your morning commute but maybe leave a little bit earlier and save yourself the frustration.



On Saturday I took a lovely drive up to Killington for the 15th Annual Killington Classic. Most of the bikes were out on tours but I was lucky to get to see a BMX Stunt Bike show featuring the guys from Dialed Action Sports Team. These guys were catching some pretty serious air.


More images from the rally: https://photosbynanci.smugmug.com/VermontStandard/September-2015/Killington-Classic

Saturday night was perfect for an outdoor concert and I got to see a band that formed when the guys were at UConn, Parsonsfield. They played at Billsville House Concerts except this show was held outside in a natural amphitheater setting. It was perfect!


Sunday at the Yoh Theatre at Woodstock Union High School, the new Theatre Director was welcomed. Marcia Bender with be taking over for Harriet Worrell the founder of the Yoh Theatre who retired after 26 years directing some pretty amazing talent.
Marcia Bender (right)

Driving home from Woodstock, I stopped at Stoughton Pond to catch the final set of a free concert given by Tom Ghent.
Over 40 people enjoyed the afternoon of music that was hosted by Weathersfield Parks and Recreation Commission.

Monday I spent a beautiful late summer morning in Reading Vermont meeting with two wonderful guys who are making handmade soaps and candles. Grosbeak Gardens' Stephen D'Agostino and Bill Bakker open their door to my questions and my camera.


They have the BEST smelling basement I ever been in!
More images: https://photosbynanci.smugmug.com/VermontStandard/Spetember-2015/Grosbeak-Gardens

NEWS You Can Use

Weathersfield School News-WS PTA will meet in the AP room at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 8. They will be discussing the Boston Trip. All 8th graders and their parents are encouraged to attend this meeting to discuss the October Car Show and future fund raising efforts.

Friends of Weathersfield Proctor Library-Will be hosting a Farewell Party for outgoing Interim Library Director Karin Fischer on Friday Sept. 4, 4:30-6 p.m. Cake and punch will be served. Judy Topolski will take over as interim until a new Library Director can be hired.

Dine Out and Help Our Library-Wednesday, Sept. 9, beginning at 5:30 p.m. The Inn at Weathersfield will donate 10% of the evening's meals to Weathersfield Proctor Library. Contact the Inn directly for questions or reservations. The Inn at Weathersfield is a foodie destination. You can learn more about their atmosphere and offerings at their website. http://www.weathersfieldinn.com/

Weathersfield Hikes- Little Ascutney Saturday, Sept. 19 9:30. The hike will be up to the ledges and then might loop around to the basin and its cellar holes. In large part this terrain is strenuous. There is first a steady climb, then a dip, and then a steep ascent to get from the parking lot at 900 feet to the summit of Little Ascutney at 1709 feet. The hike probably will take over two hours. Steve Snyder is the probable hike leader. Feel free to call Steve, hiking organizer, at 263-5439 with questions.

Table19 Presents ‘Glitter & Gowns’ An Elegant Evening of Dinner & Dancing Sept. 26 6:30 p.m. Time travel back to 1940 with Live Swing & Big Band Music by Gerry Grimo's 10-piece band. Champagne, prime rib and lobster tail buffet, decadent dessert bar, cash bar with themed cocktails. Tickets can be purchased at Table19 or by calling 802.885.8219. $85.00 Per Person / $150.00 per couple-black tie optional. Reservations required. Tickets must be purchased by Sept. 12.

Out of the Darkness Community Walk-Help Us Create A World Without Suicide Saturday, Sept. 26 Springfield Walking Path, (Toonerville Trail), Springfield, VT. Check In/ Registration Time: 9:30 a.m.. Walk: 10-1 p.m.. For More Information, please contact: Heather Jarvis 802- 296-1989 hthrjrvs2008@yahoo.com or Judy Jarvis 802-263-5549 judith_jarvisusa@yahoo.com.

Ongoing:
Valley Court Diversion Programs-Volunteer are needed in Weathersfield/Springfield areas to work with low level offenders in the community. The organization embraces the principles of restorative justice. As a volunteer, you will hear participant's stories and help create a restorative contract with them. The group meets once a month at the Springfield Police Department, your commitment will require about 3 hours a month. Training is provided. For more information please visit our website at www.vcdp.org or call Maureen at 802-295-5078 #10.

Food Shelf The Weathersfield Food Shelf is located at 7303 Route 131 - the former "World of Discovery" daycare. Thanks to the generosity of their donors, the Weathersfield Food Shelf will now be open every Thursday from 4-5 p.m.

Senior Exercise Program in Ascutney-FREE sponsored by RSPV- Wednesdays 10-11 a.m. in basement of Martin Memorial Hall, Route 5, Ascutney, VT. Classes are led by Geraldine Rudenfeldt. If interested call 674-5254 for more information.

Weathersfield Proctor Library, Hours: Wed 10-6 p.m.; Thurs & Fri noon-6 p.m.; Sat 9-1 p.m. FREE Programs-FREE Computer Tutor - Fridays 10:30 - 11:30 a.m.

Volunteers in Action (VIA) is looking for volunteer drivers. VIA is an organization that drives people to doctor's appointments, usually at Mt. Ascutney Hospital or DHMC and occasionally grocery missions. Your mileage is reimbursable. Please call VIA at (802) 674-5971 ask for Martha or Scottie.

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

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Parsonsfield Plays Billsville #Parsonsfldband #BillsvilleHouse

Saturday August 29, 2015
Billsville House Concerts
Manchester VT

A band from Connecticut, a house in the foothills of  Green Mountain National Forest, a Super Moon, potluck foods and handmade "Feel The Bern" t-shirts all came together last Saturday night for a wicked good time.

Doug Hacker and his wife, Caroline Schneider, converted their front yard into a natural amphitheater for the evening. But first you had to get past the guy at the garden path, were you on the list? Doug and Caroline's son, Kai, checked his iPad and if you were cool, he would let you find a spot on the lawn. The couple’s older son, Ethan,  manned the sound board for the night. Ethan even got a shout out from that night's band-Parsonsfield. To paraphrase, they said he was doing an amazing job, even better than professionals twice his age.

The band took the stage very close to 7 p.m. making use of the slowly setting sun. They weren't always called Parsonsfield (the band started out as Poor Old Shine, but changed in July 2014). 

From their website: In 2013 they recorded their debut album Poor Old Shine (Signature Sounds Recordings), produced by Sam Kassirer (Josh Ritter, Lake Street Dive). The new name was born of the inspired experiences recording two albums in beautiful, rural Parsonsfield, Maine, at Great North Sound Society, Kassirer's farmhouse studio/retreat. It was there they met current drummer Hischmann, who was working as Kassirer's assistant engineer.


They played songs off their two CDs (which were on sale at the Mech Table-I bought both!) and a few new ones too. They ended their lively performance a little after 8:30. Their vocal harmonies kept people listening and the audience was in awe of the number of times the guys changed instruments through their set list.
Parsonsfield: Chris Freeman (vocals, banjo), Antonio Alcorn (mandolin), Max Shakun (vocals, pump organ, guitar), Harrison Goodale (bass), Erik Hischmann (drums)—has toured steadily since their debut in 2010.

More images: https://photosbynanci.smugmug.com/Parsonsfield/Billsville-2015/

Before the show folks enjoyed a potluck dinner and a special treat.

For a small donation to the Bernie 2016 campaign you could get a t-shirt block printed while you watched.  #FeelTheBern - Doug and Caroline's friend Amy Anselmo was block printing her awesome Bernie T-shirts at the show. You could bring your own t-shirt and she would print right on it - or there were a few great, organic cotton T's for sale.

For more shows at Billsville, check their schedule page: http://www.billsvillehouseconcerts.com/tickets/ 

Billsville has hosted some pretty AWESOME shows over the years...I've been lucky to attend a few: https://photosbynanci.smugmug.com/BillsvilleHouseConcerts

Grosbeak Gardens is Flourishing in Reading VT

A new business is flourishing in Reading Vermont. Garden inspired scents are used to create a line of handmade soaps and candles right in our backyard. In 2012 Bill Bakker and Stephen D'Agostino decided to move out of New York and head east to Vermont. After looking at many properties they found one listed in Reading that met all their requirements: some land-not too big-something that was manageable; and a secluded, older house but not a fixer-uper. They saw a former ranch style house that has been expanded on it typical Vermont Farm house fashion on Jenne RD in Reading online and fell in love with it. They made the move in December 2014. They brought with them their love for making gifts and soon Grosbeak Gardens taking over their basement.

While in New York the two had been making candles for a couple years as Christmas gifts. Stephen started with a pure cucumber scented candle, "because its so hard to find straight up cucumber scented things" said Stephen, "it's always mixed with something like melon." "We've both always had a fascination with making your own things so (making candles) was a nice crafty thing (to do) then the soap was kind of born out of that. And because he (Bill) has a chemistry background from school he was perfect play around with the oils to get the right balance" Stephen explained.

The soaps and candles are garden inspired. They do not grow herbs in their gardens to be used in their products, the amount needed to make enough of the essential oils used in production would be a full time job alone and need more than their four acres of pasture land. They do plan to grow everything on their land that inspires them to add them into their products; fragrances like Rosemary, Lilac, Peaches, and Pears. Their gardens are being prepped for planting next year.

The two produce soaps and candles but their main focus is gift sets. Premièring this weekend is a maple gift set. The set will include maple scented soap and candle, with a 8oz bottle of their private label syrup made by a neighbor who even tapped two of their maple trees. The gift set also includes a Danforth Pewter ornament; Danforth makes a maple leaf and Rose-breasted Grosbeak. The set is packaged up in metal galvanized bucket (like a small sap bucket.) The two are always on the look out to partner with local products to put these gift sets hoping to compliment their own products. These Maple Buckets gift sets are rolling out just in time for fall foliage and through the gift giving season. 

One gift set is that is very popular is the Gardeners Gift Set which include soap, candle, nail brush, and herb seeds (for planting in your garden) during the winter there are plans to switch out the herb seeds to include an amaryllis bulb or paper whites for bringing a little spring garden into people's homes during deep winter.

The couple has even more plans to expand their product lines. "The majority of people who buy our products are women; we're trying to focus on getting guys to buy our products or more what we think will happen is women to buy our products for husbands, boyfriends, whatever...we'll be launching a shaving bar soon.

"The bar will come in a new line of product using coco butter instead of shea butter. Using coco butter bar always Bill to switch up the scents to include Barbershop-a bay rum scented bar and Spicy-a peppery scented bar, and Woods-a balsam vanilla scent bar. "Bill put a lot of time into developing these scents for both people to enjoy" says Stephen.

"Having the garden inspired line has been really great and we have a lot of fragrances there but it's been really fun to develop a new line with coco butter. For me I do all the research and development in the soap manufacturing so I was really able to think about combinations of fragrances, it was just a completely different project from the garden inspired line" says Bill.

The shea butter line didn't happen overnight. Bill explains "I spent nine months working on different soap formulas and testing (them.) You have to get your balance right for your ingredients and how much time mixing it, if you don't mix (for) enough time it doesn't solidify, too much time it's rock hard. There is a certain sweet spot."

The two are slowly building a presence in stores in the area. They do have an online store through Esty at https://www.etsy.com/shop/GrosbeakGardens. But as Stephen explains "it's better to have your own website" so he's is in the process of designing their site that will launch soon. Next year, the two plan to focus on Farmers Markets from Memorial Day through Labor Day (they have been at the Woodstock Farmers Market for the past few weeks.) Bill and Stephen both agree this business venture is hard work but they also agree that the number of dedicated customers they have developed so far (and are reaching each week) make it all worth it. 



More images: https://photosbynanci.smugmug.com/VermontStandard/September-2015/Grosbeak-Gardens/

Grosbeak Gardens
Handmade Soaps and Candles, Garden Inspired Goodies
Reading, VT August 31, 2015
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Catching Some Serious Air #BMXstunts #KClassic #DialedBMXShows

Saturday August 29, 2015
Killington VT

The 15th Annual Killington Classic was held last weekend at The Foundry on Killington Mountain. The four day event boasts being the biggest motorcycle rally in Vermont. It features all kinds of things to do: a poker run, a scavenger hunt, guided rides through the mountains and back roads, riding contest (where the slowest bike wins) and more.

Bikes of all shapes, sizes and styles were on display. Lots of vendors and fun for everyone.

One of the events was a BMX Stunt Bike show featuring the guys from Dialed Action Sports Team. These guys were catching some pretty serious air.

There were even a few motorcycles there that sure didn't look like bikes....

More images from the rally: https://photosbynanci.smugmug.com/VermontStandard/September-2015/Killington-Classic

15th Annual Killington Classic
Killington, VT August 27-30, 2015
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