Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Weathersfield News Nov 25 #WeathersfieldVT #VT


Weathersfield News November 25, 2015
Nancy Nutile-McMenemy
photosbynanci@comcast.net

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

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



More images: https://photosbynanci.smugmug.com/VermontStandard/November-2015/Concert-for-The-Worrells/

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


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

More images: https://photosbynanci.smugmug.com/Artistree/Small-Works-Opening-Reception/

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



More images: https://photosbynanci.smugmug.com/Artistree/Local-Artist-Spotlight/

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


More images: https://photosbynanci.smugmug.com/Patrick-Ross/Town-Hall-Tour-Hartland/

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



More images: https://photosbynanci.smugmug.com/NCCT/A-Walk-in-the-Woods/

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

You can keep up with all the Town Boards and Commissions by visiting: http://www.weathersfieldvt.org/boards

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

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

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

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

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

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

Weathersfield Proctor Library, Hours: Wed 10-8 p.m.; Thurs & Fri noon-6 p.m.; Sat 9-1 p.m. FREE Programs-FREE Computer Tutor - Fridays 10:30 - 11:30 a.m. Story Hour with Jordan: Wednesdays at 2 p.m.

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

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



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A Walk in the Woods-a two man play presented by NCCT

Sunday November 22, 2015
Briggs Opera House, White River Junction

North Country Community Theatre presented Lee Blessing's "A Walk in the Woods" this past weekend at the Briggs Opera House in White River Junction. Set in the woods outside of Geneva Switzerland in 1988, the play focuses on final years of the cold war between the United States and the Soviet Union The nuclear arsenals held by these super powers were threatening to destroy the planet. The play is a dialogue between negotiators for each country. The script focuses more on the frustrations felt by these two very different men than on the political issues going on in their respective countries.

Andrey Botvinnik (Brownsville's own Kevin Fitzpatrick-who designed the lighting for Pentangle's "Rocky Horror" and ArtisTree's "Laughter on the 23rd Floor") and John Honeyman (Alan Haehnel an English teacher living in Hartford) start out as potential enemies, even though Andrey tries to get John to become his friend. Over the course of a year of negotiating (during the two act, four scene play) these two realize the futility of trying to stop nuclear arms proliferation between their countries. When one treaty is signed, new weapons are created and on and on.

The play is based on the formal arms negotiations that took place in Switzerland in 1982 between U.S. negotiator Paul Nitze and Soviet negotiator Yull Kvitsinsky. They met in the woods and drafted a arms control proposal that was rejected by both the U.S. and Soviet governments.

Under the direction of Linda Neubelt, both Fitzpatrick and Haehnel take the audience back in time to these private conversations taking place in the woods of Geneva where the fate of the world was held in their hands.
Look for more upcoming performances from NCCT by visiting their website: http://ncct.org/

In the lobby, Veterans For Peace hosted an information and donation table. For more information about their organization please visit: http://www.veteransforpeace.org/


More images: https://photosbynanci.smugmug.com/NCCT/A-Walk-in-the-Woods/

A Walk in the Woods
North Country Community Theatre
Briggs Opera House
White River Junction, VT November 22, 2015
Copyright ©2015 Nancy Nutile-McMenemy
www.photosbynanci.com
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The Fiddler Ends His Town Hall Tour in Hartland VT #HartlandVt #VT #rockfarmer22


Saturday,November 21, 2015
Damon Hall, Hartland VT

The Fiddler, Patrick Ross, ended his Vermont Town Hall Tour in Damon Hall, Hartland on Saturday night. Ross a fifth generation fiddler who grew up in Canaan Vermont (on the border of Quebec and New Hampshire) began his tour in October in Danville and has been making his way around Vermont performing in town halls in Hardwick, Chelsea, West Rutland, Maidstone, Sheffield, and Shelburne winding up in Hartland.
Over 70 people were in the audience to witness this unique one man show that included performances from Ross's area fiddle students, a demonstrations of various instruments and a very special performance from his 17 month old daughter Ophelia. More information about Ross and his music can be found at http://patrickrossmusic.com/.


More images from the performance: https://photosbynanci.smugmug.com/Patrick-Ross/Town-Hall-Tour-Hartland/

Patrick Ross, The Fiddler
Vermont Town Hall Tour 2015
Damon Hall
Hartland, VT November 21, 2015
Copyright ©2015 Nancy Nutile-McMenemy
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More images of Patrick Ross: https://photosbynanci.smugmug.com/Patrick-Ross

ArtisTree Songwriters Showcase-Sensible Shoes, Hammer and Feather

Friday November 20, 2015
Pomfret, VT

As part of their Local Artist Songwriters Showcase, Artistree hosted a concert on Friday night featuring local favorites Sensible Shoes followed by Hammer and Feather. Sensible Shoes debuted their new song "Slippery Slope" in their all originals set. 


After a brief set change, Hammer and Feather took the stage. Jenny Barry and Jim Yeager of Hartland were join by Glenn Selwitz on bass. Special guests sitting in with Hammer and Feather were Peter Meijer and Kathleen Dolan (ArtisTree Executive Director and one of the music series organizers.) For more information about music at ArtisTree call 802.457.3500 or visit their website: http://www.artistreevt.org/.


More images: https://photosbynanci.smugmug.com/Artistree/Local-Artist-Spotlight/

Check out some other local artists at unsungradio.com

Local Artist Spotlight
Sensible Shoes and Hammer and Feather
ArtisTree Community Arts
Pomfret, VT November 20, 2015
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More ArtisTree galleries: https://photosbynanci.smugmug.com/Artistree



ArtisTree Small Works Opening Reception

Friday November 20, 2015
Pomfret VT

ArtisTree hosted their Small Works-Holiday Show Opening Reception on Friday night featuring 50/50, a wall of 5- square inch panels created by 50 artists. The show run through. December 19. The gallery, in Pomfret, is open Tuesday-Saturday 11 a.m.-4 p.m. For more information call 802.457.3500 or visit their website: http://www.artistreevt.org/

Small Works, Opening Reception
ArtisTree Community Arts Holiday Show
Pomfret, VT November 20, 2015
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http://www.photosbynanci.com
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Concert for the Worrells

Tuesday November 17, 2015
Woodstock, VT

The Woodstock High School Symphonic Band and The Woodstock Middle School Concert Band under the direction of Jody Henderson performed Tuesday Nov. 17 at the Yoh Theatre. For their fall concert, the bands performed music inspired by the Lone Star State of Texas in honor of Chuck and Harriet Worrell.
Special guest appearance by Al Alessi

Woodstock High School Band Honors Chuck and Harriet Worrell
Yoh Theatre, WUHS
Woodstock, VT November 17, 2015
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Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Weathersfield News Nov 18 #WeathersfieldVT #VT


Weathersfield News November 18, 2015
Nancy Nutile-McMenemy


I had another great weekend filled with music and community theater. A friend hosts concerts in his living room and he's booked some pretty fantastic bands over the years.





This past weekend Doug and his family, Billsville House Concerts hosted Upstate Rubdown on Friday night.
The music, especially the harmonies of the women were out of this world!
Check out the videos I shot: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLKa6O-DUsAoCAD1SnBx9I6JYXheuGxkvg

Saturday night Billsville House Concerts brought in Soyna Kitchell and HONEYHONEY.

We saw Soyna Kitchell open for Myra Flynn at the Briggs Opera House a couple of weeks ago, seeing her in someone's living room was very special.

Check out a couple of videos: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLKa6O-DUsAoAYpr797cxlwDDLYON-dHRp and images: https://photosbynanci.smugmug.com/Sonya-Kitchell

The headliner of the night was HONEYHONEY. They have performed a number times for Billsville but we never have seemed to catch them. This appearance sold out so quickly, I'm glad I didn't wait to get my ticket. There was even a wait list of people hoping to attend.
Believe me when I tell you that they should not be missed if they play in a venue near you-check out these videos from the show: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLKa6O-DUsAoC_70A6qfsXsm0QLjlhJFTh

I was also one of the lucky ones to see a wonderful performance by some extremely talented teen actors of the Upper Valley in the original music "When in Rome." The show was produced by Jodi Picoult and her merry band of Trumbull Hall Troupe members.

More images: https://photosbynanci.smugmug.com/Trumbull-Hall-Troupe/When-in-Rome/

Select Board News: The Board met on Monday Nov. 16, the meeting will be reported on next week.
You can keep up with all the Town Boards and Commissions by visiting: http://www.weathersfieldvt.org/boards

Zoning Board: Wednesday, Dec. 2  7 p.m.  Weathersfield Town Office-Notice of Public Hearing for a Conditional Use Permit-Joshua Marcell, dba as JAM Fuel LLC has requested a site plan approval and conditional use permit for a Light Industry Use to be located at 14 Ascutney Court.  The proposal is for an office and fuel truck parking for a Fuel Supply Company.

Budget Committee: At their Nov. 10 meeting the committee went over the first draft of the Town's General Fund Budget for FY 2017. There was discussion about the West Weathersfield Volunteer Fire Department fire truck replacement. The Town Manager, Jim Mullen,  recommended waiting until FY2018 because the Fire Services study just got underway will not be complete in time for the 2016 Town Meeting.  Instead he said it makes sense to wait until the 2017 Town Meeting so that voters may benefit from the study’s recommendations. 

Fire Commission: At their Oct. 28 meeting there was discussion about how the Fire Commission handles citizen complaints. No clear answer was given.  Procedures for repairing the dry hydrants around town were also discussed. These topics will be discussed further at the next meeting to be held on Tuesday, Nov. 24 at Martin Memorial Hall.

Weathersfield Proctor Library: The Board of Trustees will meet Thursday, Nov. 19 for their regular monthly meeting. On their agenda, approving one of three bids for the construction of the ADA accessible bathroom off the north side of the children's room.

Weathersfield School: Basketball Sign-Up you must first sign up at Weathersfield and if there are not enough players for a team, then you will be allowed to play in another town. The official first practices begin the first week in December; needed are children for the 7/8 grade boys, 5/6 grade boys and girls, 3/4 grade boys and girls. Coaches are always needed at every level. Questions contact Kelly Harriman. WS Late Bus offered. The schedule includes: 3:45 Bus leaves WS- travel Route 5 to Route 131 Stops only at the following locations: 3:52 Wheeler Camp Road 3:56 Turnout on Route 131, near Henry Gould Road 4:00 WWVFD turn onto Route 106 4. TIPS and Homework Support-WS offers a Title 1 program for students in grades K-8. Also offered are tutorials in Math and ELA, one hour each, after school a few afternoons each week. Homework Support is offered for students who need extra help with their homework, every Monday-Thursday from 3:00 to 5:00 pm (this time is subject to change based on need). Parents must register their children in advance to access the program. For more information, please call the school at 674- 5400. A tentative schedule is as follows: Mondays K-1 Math Tutoring 3-3:45; Grades 2 and 3 ELA Tutoring 3-3:45; Homework Support for K-8 3- 5;  Tuesdays K-1 ELA Tutoring 3-3:45; Grades 2 and 3 Math Tutoring 3-3:45; Grades 3 and 4 ELA 3-3:45; Homework Support for K-8 3-5;  Wednesdays Homework Support for K-8 3-5;  Thursdays Grades 4-8 Math Tutoring 3-3:45; Homework Support for K-8 3-5.

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

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

A Walk in The Woods-Briggs Opera House White River Junction VT Nov. 19, 20, 21 7:30 p.m. and Nov. 22 3 p.m. Tickets may be purchased online at http://ncct.org/home/a-walk-in-the-woods/

Suspended Worlds Book Launch- Robinson Town Hall Reading Saturday, Nov. 21 6 p.m. the Reading Historical Society, the Reading Library, and the Friends and Neighbors of Reading will host a book launch for Christine Hadsel’s book, Suspended Worlds. Christine and scenic artist Peter Miller from New York City will present the story of finding and preserving hundreds of stage curtains, which were created from the late nineteenth to mid-twentieth centuries and used as backdrops for performances in town halls, local theaters, and grange halls in Vermont, New Hampshire, and Maine. Reading has one of the largest collections of stage curtains. Copies of Suspended Worlds will be available for purchase at the book launch. Reading Historical Society 802.484.5425

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

Holiday Happenings in Brownsville-Saturday, Dec. 5 Brownsville Community Church and West Windsor Town Hall. Brownsville Christmas Bazaar & Luncheon at Town Hall from 9 a.m.-2 p.m., Community Holiday Carol Sing at Brownsville Community Church at 3 p.m., Brownsville Holiday Tree Lighting, Caroling, Fire Pit & Refreshments at Town Hall at 4:30 p.m., Christmas Concert at Brownsville Community Church at 7p.m. Admission is free for all the events on Dec. 5 and a free-will offering will be accepted at the concert to help offset costs. 
         
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 10-8 p.m.; Thurs & Fri noon-6 p.m.; Sat 9-1 p.m. FREE Programs-FREE Computer Tutor - Fridays 10:30 - 11:30 a.m. Story Hour with Jordan: Wednesdays at 2 p.m.

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

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


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"When In Rome" So much fun at the Lebanon Opera House #WhenInRome #jodipicoult #Ellen60 #TrumbullHallTrp #lohbackstage

November 15, 2015
Lebanon NH


Roman Gods and Goddesses took over the Lebanon Opera House this past weekend. New York Times best selling author, Jodi Picoult and her Trumbull Hall Troupe of talented Upper Valley teens performed the original musical "When In Rome" with all the money raised going to Upper Valley charities that help children: The Zienzele Foundation, Children's Hospital at Dartmouth (CHAD) and Upper Valley Haven.

Picoult and co-author Kyle van Leer took characters from Roman and Greek mythology and gave them personalities of today's celebrities. Venus was "Kardasian" like, Jupiter was a frat-boy playboy, and Pluto was transformed into a bad boy with a questionable past. The mortals were crafted to sound like feminists and hipsters. Psyche, the daughter of Emperor Julius Thousand Island enters carrying a sign demanding women in the House and Senate. Narcissus and Echo perform a song about taking a selfie "Won't You Take A Selfie." Narcissus was holding a mirror when struck by Cupids Arrow and so fell in love with himself.

Under Amye Mason's direction the teens truly shined in their roles. The original music by Ellen Wilber had me humming some of the tunes in the car on the ride home.

The show was peppered with local humor and lots of good clean fun. I've been to other Trumbull Hall productions but this one was by far the most challenging and best performed. 

Woodstock's own Holly Levison, of 3 Corner Designs was the costumer for the lavish production which included a giant clam shell, the River Styx, about twenty skeletons and a drone video of the Upper Valley.

I have photographed many of Ms. Levison's costumes (http://photosbynanci.smugmug.com/Website-Assets/Site-Pages/3-Corner-Designs ) but this performance was over the top!

More images from the play: https://photosbynanci.smugmug.com/Trumbull-Hall-Troupe/When-in-Rome/

When In Rome, An Original Musical
Trumbull Hall Troupe Production
Lebanon Opera House
Lebanon NH November 13, 14, 15, 2015
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Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Weathersfield News Nov 11 #WeathersfieldVT #VT


Weathersfield News November 11, 2015
Nancy Nutile-McMenemy


Congratulations to Chris and Sally Harris. They were among the recipients of the Successful Aging Awards given out at the annual meeting of Senior Solutions on Oct. 28 in Springfield. Successful Aging Awards are presented to seniors in southeastern Vermont based on their contributions to the community. Senior Solutions is the non-profit Area Agency on Aging serving Southeastern Vermont. For more information please visit: seniorsolutionsvt.org

Congratulations also go out to David Allen of Perkinsville for landing the lead role in the independent film "Elixir" (shot in Burlington, VT)  and the three part mini-series "And Then They Came" (available on Vimeo beginning Nov 15.) Allen is a single father who works a factory job to support himself and his son Jacoby. Allen began his career singing with a solo in a Weathersfield School production back when he was in Kindergarten.

November can be dark and depressing but this past weekend for me was filled with laughter. Thursday night I saw the ArtisTree Theatre Company's production of  Neil Simon's "Laughter on the 23rd Floor." It's playing in Damon Hall, Hartland. It runs again this weekend-check it out!

More images: https://photosbynanci.smugmug.com/Artistree/Laughter-on-the-23rd-Floor/

I followed this up by a "Comedy Night for Bernie Sanders" at the Briggs Opera House in White River Junction. A bunch of Upper Valley and Burlington comedians hosted an evening of sketches and stand up benefiting Sanders's 2016 Campaign.



More images: https://photosbynanci.smugmug.com/Briggs-Opera-House/Comedy-for-Bernie/

Next up for me two concerts and a play-how about you?

Select Board News: According to the Town Manager’s report, the current highway budget used the entire $132,601 surplus to reduce taxes, replace the Beliveau well, and replace the heating system at the highway garage. FY15 tax year ended short $42,645. The net effect of these factors will require $174,000 in additional taxes to support a level-funded highway budget with seven employees. Cuts to the highway budget could include reduced use of equipment rental, contract work, Class 3 Paving, culverts, and roads signs lines.  Fire Commission Monthly Report–Board Member Lynn Esty presented the commission report repeating the request to have the Gulf Road dry hydrant repaired and questioned the coding of repairs of the AVFD fire truck to the AVFD repair line. In a related issue, the board hire John Wood at $50 per hour for a total not to exceed $2500 for Town fire services evaluation. Select Board members Boyer, Fuller and Arrison voted in favor and Esty voted nay. Discontinue Transfer Station Electronic Waste Collection? Town manager Mullen reported that electronic waste is piling up. The Town collects about 3 tons a month, Mr. Mullen recommended that we stop collecting the waste until a solution for removal or sale can be found. Mr. Fuller suggested charging for accepting the waste as an alternative. It was agreed that residents will be given a choice of paying for immediate disposal of their electronic waste or waiting until an alternative is available. In the meantime, Mr. Mullen will look into solutions with the State. New Town Meeting day-The Town will meet for Town Meeting on Saturday, Feb. 27 instead of Monday evening before Australian Balloting. Mrs. Esty volunteered to start planning for the Saturday Town Meeting in February. She will talk to other towns that have such meetings and look into possible day care and meals provisions.
You can keep up with all the Town Boards and Commissions by visiting: http://www.weathersfieldvt.org/boards

Notice of Office closure:
Town Clerk's Office-Nov. 18 and 19 for the New England Cities and Town Clerk's Association Conference.

Town Calendar of Events:
Monthly Weathersfield Potluck-Tuesday, Nov. 17 noon in the vestry of Perkinsville VT Community Church on Rt. 106. All are welcome. Please bring and share a favorite reading or poem with the group.   Bring a hot dish, salad or dessert. Paper goods and beverages will be provided. Contact: Lorraine Zigman 802.263.5245 lzigman@comcast.net.

Get Out And About:
Laughter on the 23rd Floor-Damon Hall Hartland VT Nov 13, 14 7:30 p.m. and Nov. 15 at 5 p.m. ArtisTree Theatre presents Neil Simon's comedy about a group of TV writers in the 1950s. Call 802.457.3500 or visit http://www.artistreevt.org/laughter-on-the-23rd-floor-fall-2015.html

When In Rome-Lebanon Opera House Lebanon NH Nov 13, 14 7 p.m. and Nov. 15 at 3 p.m. Trumbull Hall Troupe presents an original play written by Jodi Picoult and Kyle van Leer and composed by Ellen Wilber. Tickets may be purchased online at: http://www.trumbullhalltroupe.com/tickets/

Spamalot!  Hartford High School Auditorium Hartford Nov 13, 14 7-9:30 p.m.  A student production of the comedy based on the Monty Python film. 802.359.1172.

Comedian Bob Marley Claremont Opera House Claremont NH Nov 13 8 p.m.. The comedian, who holds the world record for longest standup comedy show, performs. 603.542.4433.

Mary Poppins-Northern Stage White River Junction VT Nov. 18-Jan 3. Call 802.296.7000 for tickets.

A Walk in The Woods-Briggs Opera House White River Junction VT Nov. 19, 20, 21 7:30 p.m. and Nov. 22 3 p.m. Tickets may be purchased online at http://ncct.org/home/a-walk-in-the-woods/

Suspended Worlds Book Launch- Robinson Town Hall Reading Saturday, Nov. 21 6 p.m. the Reading Historical Society, the Reading Library, and the Friends and Neighbors of Reading will host a book launch for Christine Hadsel’s book, Suspended Worlds. Christine and scenic artist Peter Miller from New York City will present the story of finding and preserving hundreds of stage curtains, which were created from the late nineteenth to mid-twentieth centuries and used as backdrops for performances in town halls, local theaters, and grange halls in Vermont, New Hampshire, and Maine. Reading has one of the largest collections of stage curtains. Copies of Suspended Worlds will be available for purchase at the book launch. Reading Historical Society 802.484.5425

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 10-8 p.m.; Thurs & Fri noon-6 p.m.; Sat 9-1 p.m. FREE Programs-FREE Computer Tutor - Fridays 10:30 - 11:30 a.m. Story Hour with Jordan: Wednesdays at 2 p.m.

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

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


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