Wednesday, December 30, 2015

Weathersfield News Dec 30 #WeathersfieldVT #VT


Weathersfield News December 30, 2015
Nancy Nutile-McMenemy

Happy New Year! I'm sitting here writing, trying to decide how to spend New Year's Eve. What do you folks do? Do you go out to dinner? Head to a bar for a live band? Drive to Boston, Burlington, or Claremont for "First Night" or just hang out at home and watch the celebrations on TV? If you'd like to head out, there are a lot of very cool things planned in the area (see below.) Whatever you do, I hope you have a very Happy New Year!




Saw a great show in White River Junction Sunday afternoon. The Briggs Opera House hosted a Yellowhoue Media show- Brooks Hubbard EP Release party.


Brooks Hubbard, a Mascoma High School graduate who is just back from recording in Nashville performed for a SOLD OUT audience. He was joined on stage by Val McCallum-who grew up in Brownsville and performs with Jackson Browne. At one point Brooks's father left the sound board and joined Brooks and Val on stage for a Jackson Browne/Eagle's song.



A former classmate of Brooks-Hannah Hoffman opened the show.
Everyone who attended the show went home with a free copy of Brooks's EP.
More images from the show: https://photosbynanci.smugmug.com/Briggs-Opera-House
Videos: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLKa6O-DUsAoA6h8tWtETDnWatGJQUQUdA


Get Out And About:

New Year's Eve
Jason Cann-Windsor Dec. 31, 5-8 p.m. Harpoon Brewery, 336 Ruth Carney Drive Windsor. http://www.harpoonbrewery.com/breweries/windsor

First Night in Claremont 6 p.m.-midnight, various locations in town. Activities include tubing, skiing, laser tag, horse drawn wagon rides, magic shows and bowling. Fireworks start at 10 p.m. Free. Complete schedule, http://www.claremontnh.com/residents/departments/parks-and-recreation/ 603-542-7019.

Live Trad Session w/Roger Kahle and Randy Miller-Hanover Dec. 31 6-9 p.m. Salt hill Pub, 7 Lebanon Street #103 Hanover. http://www.salthillpub.com/?pub=Hanover&view=home

Jesse Peters-Perkinsville Dec. 31 7-11 p.m. The Inn at Weathersfield, 1342 Route 106, Perkinsville. http://www.weathersfieldinn.com/

New Year's Party with The Party Crashers-Lebanon Dec. 31, 9 p.m.-Friday Jan. 1, 2016, 12 a.m. Salt hill Pub, 2 S Park St. Lebanon. http://www.salthillpub.com/?pub=Lebanon&view=home

New Year's Party with Coquette-Windsor Dec. 31, 10 p.m.- Friday, Jan. 1, 2016, 12 a.m. Windsor Station Restaurant & Barroom, Depot Avenue. For more information call 802-674-4180. http://windsorstationvt.com/

New Year's Eve Ball- Norwich 8 p.m.-12:30 a.m., Tracy Hall, 300 Main St. Music by Calliope. Called by Luke Donforth. Walk-through for new dancers, 7:30 p.m. Clean shoes required  $15, under 16 free, seniors by donation. uvdm.org/dances.



International Folk Dance-Norwich Jan. 3, 3-6 p.m., Tracy Hall, 300 Main St. Traditional music and dance from many cultures. No experience or partners necessary. Bring soft-soled shoes $4 or $8. 802-436- 2151.

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

Inaugural Winter Fest & Rope Tow Dedication-Ascutney Mountain Saturday, Feb. 6, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Ski Tow Road Brownsville, VT. A day of festivities to celebrate a new chapter of recreation and conservation at Mt Ascutney.  Come and enjoy some fun outdoor activities, music, a community lunch and a special dedication of the newly installed Rope Tow and conservation celebration co-hosted by the Trust for Public Land.
Events: 9-11 a.m. 'Fatscutney' Fat Bike Race, 9-2 p.m. Tiki Torch Snow Shoe, 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Rope Tow Dedication & Conservation Celebration Ceremony, 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Lunch, 1-2 p.m. Ski/Ride Race, 1 p.m.-close 'Smores by the fire. More information: http://www.mountascutneyoutdoors.org/
       
Ongoing:
Yoga is becoming more accessible in the area-In Weathersfield: Tuesday nights, Weathersfield Town Hall in Ascutney practice Sivananda & Flow Yoga with Charlotte McIntyre from 5:30-6:30 p.m.. For info visit www.yogisites.com/yogawithcharlotte  or  email yogawithcharlotte7@gmail.com Claremont, NH: The Ahimsa Yoga Center is located at 140 North Street, across from Barnes Park. To find out more about Ahimsa, please visit www.ahimsanh.com

Third Annual Wildlife Photo Contest-Sponsored by the Weathersfield Conservation Commission. Requirements: limited to native wildlife (animals, birds, or insects); Limited to amateur photographers; must be photographed locally (within 50 mile radius); one submission per person, must be on an 8 x 10 glossy. There will be three places. Judging will be done by 3 interested persons. Submitted photos can be dropped off at the Weathersfield Town Office in an envelope plainly marked Conservation Commission photo contest. There is a drop box at the Town office for after hours. The following information needs to be included with the photo: Name, address, phone number, E-mail address, and where photo was taken. Submission is implied consent Town can duplicate the photo in their annual report. Winning photos will be mounted and framed, then displayed for one year at either town office, library, or school, then returned to owner. Submission deadline Feb. 15, 2016.

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 Food Shelf will be moving soon to the 1879 School House in Perkinsville. Watch for move signs. 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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Wednesday, December 23, 2015

Weathersfield News Dec 23 #WeathersfieldVT #VT


Weathersfield News December 23, 2015
Nancy Nutile-McMenemy

Here's wishing everyone a safe and happy holiday week. If you don't have firm plans for the weekend there are many things happening in our area (see below) and as always many area churches and soup kitchen could use the volunteer help. Or just enjoy some time with family and friends. Fingers crossed for some snow!




Winter Flashbacks
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Weathersfield Proctor Library-The ADA bathroom construction continues please visit the library website for updates: http://www.weathersfieldproctorlibrary.org/. Good news, the Blood Family portraits have been returned along with the other photographs that were being cleaned after the mold remediation project. Library Director Mark Richardson has hung them in the library for everyone to enjoy.
More images of the construction progress: http://www.weathersfieldproctorlibrary.org/p/ada-bathroom-construction.html


Weathersfield School:
National Geographic GeoBee at WS-Congratulations Johnathan MacLachlan. The Weathersfield School’s Top 10 National Geographic Bee’s finalists were: fifth grader Zed McNaughton; sixth grader Aria Yuengling; seventh graders Garrett Corliss, Johnathan MacLachlan, Jasmine Martens, and Morgan McKeen; and eighth graders Conner Hart, Ozzie Jewett, Virginia Snyder, and Gunnar Waters, they competed in a school-wide Geography Bee on Thursday, Dec. 10. The two finalists, Ozzie Jewett and Johnathan MacLachlan, battled into in the championship round until the winner, Johnathan MacLachlan, was named. He will advance to the next level of the competition, a written examination to determine eligibility as a state competitor. The state competition will be held on Friday, Apr. 1, 2016. The National Geographic Society will provide an all-expenses paid trip to Washington, D.C., for state winners to participate in the Bee National championship rounds May 22 - 25, 2016.

School Board Meetings and Budget Advisory Meetings Announced The WS Budget Advisory Committee (BAC) will hold its first meeting on Tuesday, Dec. 29 1 p.m. at school in the conference room. The WS School Board will be meeting on Jan. 7 at 6 p.m. in the AP Room to review the FY 17 budget with the BAC. The WS School Board will meet on Monday, Jan. 11 6:30 p.m. in the AP Room to finalize the budget.

WS Welcomes New Art Teacher Linda Reeves-Potter. Linda started work on Thursday, Dec. 17 and will be at the school Wed–Friday, beginning Jan. 6.

Get Out And About:
Soup Kitchen Meal in Claremont Dec. 24, Dec 28, 29  4-5 p.m., 53 Central St. Free. 603-543-3290.

Christmas Illuminations in Enfield 5-9 p.m., La Salette Shrine, 410 Route 4A. Nativity display open 4-8:45 p.m. daily.  Free. 603-632-7087.

Christmas Eve Candlelight Celebration Service in Brownsville Thursday, Dec. 24 7 p.m. Brownsville Community Church Christmas Eve Candlelight Service will include musicians, singers and a special children’s message.  Each child will leave with a gift that evening. The music and the message, “A Christmas Blessing”, promise to make this service very memorable. The Brownsville Community Church is located at 66 Brownsville-Hartland Road, between Albert Bridge School and the West Windsor Town Hall.  For more info call 802-484-5944, email bcchurch@myfairpoint.net or visit www.brownsvilleumc-vt.org. All are welcome.

Christmas on the Farm in Woodstock 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Billings Farm & Museum, 69 Old River Road. A 19th century Christmas includes making ornaments, visits to the dairy farm and horse-drawn wagon or sleigh rides  $4-$14, under 2 free. Call for holiday times 802-457-2355.

Ice Skating in Hartford 12:45-2:15 p.m., Wendell A. Barwood Arena, 45 Highland Ave. $5. Call for holiday week skate times 802-295-5036.

Christmas Dinner in Windsor December 25 Noon-2 p.m., Old South Church, Main Street. Free. 802-674- 6032.

Machine Madness in Norwich Dec. 27  1-3 p.m., Montshire Museum, 1 Montshire Road. Annual family engineering event links together multiple homemade machines. Free for families with registered machines  $11 or $14, under 2 free. 802-649-2200.

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

         
Ongoing:

Yoga is becoming more accessible in the area-In Weathersfield: Tuesday nights, Weathersfield Town Hall in Ascutney practice Sivananda & Flow Yoga with Charlotte McIntyre from 5:30-6:30 p.m.. For info visit www.yogisites.com/yogawithcharlotte  or  email yogawithcharlotte7@gmail.com Claremont, NH: The Ahimsa Yoga Center is located at 140 North Street, across from Barnes Park. To find out more about Ahimsa, please visit www.ahimsanh.com



Third Annual Wildlife Photo Contest-Sponsored by the Weathersfield Conservation Commission. Requirements: limited to native wildlife (animals, birds, or insects); Limited to amateur photographers; must be photographed locally (within 50 mile radius); one submission per person, must be on an 8 x 10 glossy. There will be three places. Judging will be done by 3 interested persons. Submitted photos can be dropped off at the Weathersfield Town Office in an envelope plainly marked Conservation Commission photo contest. There is a drop box at the Town office for after hours. The following information needs to be included with the photo: Name, address, phone number, E-mail address, and where photo was taken. Submission is implied consent Town can duplicate the photo in their annual report. Winning photos will be mounted and framed, then displayed for one year at either town office, library, or school, then returned to owner. Submission deadline Feb. 15, 2016.

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 Food Shelf will be moving soon to the 1879 School House in Perkinsville. Watch for move signs. 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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Thursday, December 17, 2015

West Windsor Celebrates Resort Land Acquisition #WestWindsorVT #AscutneyVT #VT #MountAscutneyOutdoors

Tuesday December 15, 2015
Ascutney Mountain
By Nancy Nutile-McMenemy
Vermont Standard Correspondent

WEST WINDSOR — A pop-up tailgate party was held Tuesday as folks gathered to celebrate the nearly two years of trying to acquire and protect the 468 acres of the former Ascutney Mountain Resort.

Residents and town officials drank champagne in the parking lot of the resort’s former base lodge the same day the town (with the help of the Trust for Public Lands) wrapped up the purchase of 1,112 acres, expanding the Town Forest to 1,580 acres — ensuring permanent protection and establishing an extensive trail network for recreational use and the

“To have this long-term project come to fruition is just thrilling, frankly,” said former West Windsor select board member and resident Glenn Seward on Tuesday. “While it may seem like the end it’s just the beginning of a lot of good things.”

Seward was instrumental in working with the resort owners to negotiate a purchase and sales agreement. Seward and the board realized a couple years ago that a privately owned ski operation simply was not coming back to the mountain and they wanted to prevent the sale of the property to a developer. Committees were formed and fundraising began.

Laura Farrell founded a nonprofit (Mount Ascutney Outdoors) that hopes to start a nonprofit ski hill by February and has already began installing a rope tow at the site.

“I’m smiling from ear to ear and saying, ‘Thank you. Thank you. Thank you,’” Farrell said. “What I am in awe of is what the Trust for Public Land does. In corners all over this country they save communities, they make a huge difference in communities by what they do.”

Mt. Ascutney Outdoors and the Trust for Public Land are inviting the public to celebrate the official dedication of the free rope tow on the mountain on Saturday, Feb. 6 at the inaugural Ascutney Winter Fest.

“I’m psyched,” said Jim Lyall, who has been working since 2006 to bring recreation and tourists back to the mountain and has served on various committees over the last two years. “There are a lot of people who have been holding back because they’ve seen a lot of things not go through here (with the mountain). This is a big step, a big step. No one was ever sure until it actually happened and now that it’s happened the work begins.”

Bill Stillson, a long-time resident of West Windsor, can see the mountain from his front yard.

“I’m pretty excited about the whole thing. Thanks goes out to those with the wisdom, perseverance and patience to see this through,” Stillson said.

The total cost of the Ascutney Mountain Project was $915,000, supported by $302,500 from the Vermont Housing and Conservation Board, $177,050 from Open Space Institute’s Community Forest Fund which invests in the creation and expansion of community forests in Northern New England, and $105,000 from the Town of West Windsor.

The Trust for Public Land is still fundraising until year-end to close its final funding gap.

More images: https://photosbynanci.smugmug.com/VermontStandard/December-2015/Mt-Ascutney-Land-Party/



Ascutney Land Celebration
West Windsor, VT December 15, 2015
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Wednesday, December 16, 2015

Weathersfield News Dec 16 #WeathersfieldVT #VT


Weathersfield News December 16, 2015
Nancy Nutile-McMenemy

Greetings from Belize! I'm heading back to Vermont after a wonderful week of diving off the coast of Belize (a small country in Central America, near Guatemala and Honduras.) Not to brag, but it was sunny and in the 80s most days and the water temperature was hovering around 83 degrees. I spent about 15 hours in the water and saw lots of very cool animals: sharks, spotted eagle rays, green turtles, green morays, and spotted eels. I even got a glimpse of the rare toadfish and seahorse. Lots of great memories. I posted images and videos on my website. Please use the link below to take you on a BELIZE Adventure.

Diver Log Blog: http://photosbynanci.blogspot.com/
Dive images: https://photosbynanci.smugmug.com/Underwater/Belize/December-2015
Dive videos: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YseCuB4dThM&list=PLKa6O-DUsAoCAY8LPV6RdinQuYsjMXScq



Now my focus needs to turn to the Winter Holidays: Happy Hanukkah, Happy Winter Solstice, Merry Christmas, Happy Kwanza and "Happy" any other winter holiday you might celebrate.

Select Board News:  Budget Review-Municipal Tax Rate for FY2017 is expected to increase by 6.6% , as reported by Town Manager Jim Mullen at the Boards meeting on Dec. 7.  The large increase is expected because there are no fund balances to reduce the rate this year.

Fire Services Evaluation-The Board and audience members participated in a conference telephone call with John Wood to clarify the goals of the evaluation. Mr. Wood stated that he will need 100 hours to complete the fire services evaluation properly and his report should be done by March or April 2016.

Food Shelf Fund Request-Weathersfield Food Shelf had requested temporary support while awaiting use of Perkinsville School. Select Board member, John Arrison reported that the Food Shelf has received a temporary certificate of occupancy and will be able to move into the school. In a related matter. the Holiday Food Shelf Hours will be Tuesday, Dec. 22 and Tuesday, Dec. 29 4-5 p.m.

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

Weathersfield Proctor Library- Trustee Chair Ernie Shand reported that construction of the ADA bathroom has begun and so far the weather has been cooperating. There will soon been an indoor toilet for everyone to use. The library will be posting updates on their website: http://www.weathersfieldproctorlibrary.org/.




Weathersfield School: Heartsaver CPR for 8th Grade Students on Jan. 7 and 8 will be offered. Carissa Hodgdon a volunteer firefighter at Ascutney Fire Department will be teaching the course from 2:45-4:45 pm. At the end of the class each student will receive a CPR certification card. Please contact Mrs. Stevens or Mrs. Sprague with any questions.

Springfield Crisis Care Center Named for Frank Silfies-Health Care and Rehabilitation Services’ (HCRS) has named its Springfield Crisis Care Center in memory of Frank Silfies. Silfies was hired at HCRS in 1978 and would spend over 35 years working in their Emergency Services Program, eventually becoming the Program Director. In 1992, Frank co-founded the Green Mountain Critical Incident Stress Management coalition. This statewide group of volunteers trains emergency responders to deal with the difficulties they experience as part of their emotionally-challenging work. The full read article is posted here: http://springfieldvt.blogspot.com/2015/12/hcrs-crisis-center-named-for-frank.html

Town Calendar of Events:
Holiday Sing-Along-Weathersfield School is hosting their Holiday Sing Along on Tuesday Dec. 22 8:15-9 a.m. in the gym. Please invite your friends and neighbors and help us celebrate the holiday season!

Get Out And About:
The Nutcracker-Performances will be Saturday Dec. 12 7 p.m. and Sunday Dec. 13 2 p.m. Tickets are $13 for adults and $8 for children. Tickets are available at the door or ahead of time at Misty Valley Books in Chester, Woodbury Florist in Springfield, and Tina's Hallmark in Springfield. Many children from town are in this production.

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

         
Ongoing:

Yoga is becoming more accessible in the area-In Weathersfield: Tuesday nights, Weathersfield Town Hall in Ascutney practice Sivananda & Flow Yoga with Charlotte McIntyre from 5:30-6:30 p.m.. For info visit www.yogisites.com/yogawithcharlotte  or  email yogawithcharlotte7@gmail.com Claremont, NH: The Ahimsa Yoga Center is located at 140 North Street, across from Barnes Park. To find out more about Ahimsa, please visit www.ahimsanh.com

Third Annual Wildlife Photo Contest-Sponsored by the Weathersfield Conservation Commission. Requirements: limited to native wildlife (animals, birds, or insects); Limited to amateur photographers; must be photographed locally (within 50 mile radius); one submission per person, must be on an 8 x 10 glossy. There will be three places. Judging will be done by 3 interested persons. Submitted photos can be dropped off at the Weathersfield Town Office in an envelope plainly marked Conservation Commission photo contest. There is a drop box at the Town office for after hours. The following information needs to be included with the photo: Name, address, phone number, E-mail address, and where photo was taken. Submission is implied consent Town can duplicate the photo in their annual report. Winning photos will be mounted and framed, then displayed for one year at either town office, library, or school, then returned to owner. Submission deadline Feb. 15, 2016.

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 Food Shelf will be moving soon to the 1879 School House in Perkinsville. Watch for move signs. 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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Belize Dive Adventure December 11 2015 #SCUBA #diving #Belize #AggressorFleet #SundancerII

Belize Diving
Sundancer II/Aggressor IV Dec 5-12, 2015

Divers Log
Friday December 11

Only two dives remain for us on this trip to Belize. We're up way too early, 5 a.m. for a 6 a.m dive on Sandy Slope. The site is somewhat unimpressive but we're all hoping to see the rare Sargassum Triggerfish and as luck would have it, one was awake with us (see above.)

We also got to see a couple of stingrays on this dive:
a Yellow Stingray

and a Southern Stingray

The two dives were very chill, I guess it's a nice way to wind down an excellent week of diving.



More dive images: https://photosbynanci.smugmug.com/Underwater/Belize/December-2015/Underwater/Dec-11-Friday/

We made our way back to Belize City Friday after lunch. Enjoying some nice views along the way.

The crew hosted a Rum Punch Party for us Friday night and Brent and Ed were given medals for completing every dive that was offered (they also were in the water an average of one hour per dive-that's HARDCORE!)
We say goodbye and thank the crew for taking such good care of us all week, then make our way on shore for a light dinner.
Saturday is departure day and we're off the boat by 8 a.m.

But wait...one last rain storm.

And then the sun comes out again, farewell palm trees, farewell Belize, until next time!


Belize December 2015
Sundancer II/Aggressor IV
Belize Reefs
December 5-12, 2015
Copyright ©2015 Nancy Nutile-McMenemy
www.photosbynanci.com
More Underwater images: http://www.photosbynanci.com/under.html
Underwater Videos: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLKa6O-DUsAoCAY8LPV6RdinQuYsjMXScq

Belize Dive Adventure December 10 2015 #SCUBA #diving #Belize #AggressorFleet #SundancerII

Belize Diving
Sundancer II/Aggressor IV Dec 5-12, 2015

Divers Log
Thursday December 10

We woke to the smell of bacon; waffles, bacon and scrambled eggs for our pre-dive breakfast. The boat was moved from Half Moon Caye Wall to Long Caye. It was a gorgeous sunrise.


Our morning dives were at Silver Cave. We had many shark sightings; one was tagged 334, one had two white spots on its dorsal fin (maybe a tag got ripped out?) and a young one was un-tagged.



Second breakfast was peanut butter brownies with chocolate chips.

Our second dive on the same site we saw the 334 shark again.


Lunch was spaghetti with red sauce and garlic bread. I was in heaven.



The boat was moved to Long Caye Wall and we jumped in around 2 p.m. The visibility was starting to break down but we still had a nice dive. Jay spotted a Spotted Eagle Ray that hung out with us for a few minutes. We also saw another reef shark.


More dive images: https://photosbynanci.smugmug.com/Underwater/Belize/December-2015/Underwater/Dec-10-Thurs/

Afternoon snack was mini pizzas-made with homemade dough and they were quite good.

Jay and I declared beer-o’clock and blew off the second afternoon dive for more mini pizzas, beer and wine-we are after all on a trip...

The dinner menu was wonderful: baked ham, turkey, stuffing, gravy with coconut cream cake for dessert, all expertly prepared by Chef Carlos. A great way to close out our Belize adventure.


Final dives on Friday at Sandy Slope. Then Back to Belize City for our long journey back to Vermont.

Belize December 2015
Sundancer II/Aggressor IV
Belize Reefs
December 5-12, 2015
Copyright ©2015 Nancy Nutile-McMenemy
www.photosbynanci.com
More Underwater images: http://www.photosbynanci.com/under.html
Underwater Videos: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLKa6O-DUsAoCAY8LPV6RdinQuYsjMXScq

Belize Dive Adventure December 9 2015 #SCUBA #diving #Belize #AggressorFleet #SundancerII


Belize Diving
Sundancer II/Aggressor IV Dec 5-12, 2015

Divers Log
Wednesday December 9

After a light breakfast of oatmeal and a toasted English muffin, we motored our way to the Great Blue Hole.

The Blue Hole is actually a collapsed cave. It’s about 450 feet deep and still has stalactites in it. Jay, myself and  a couple of others decided that rather than drop down to 130 feet rapidly and stay for about 7 minutes, we would dive around the Blue Hole rim.

Our dive was a pleasant dive but not as pristine as I remember. Maybe it was the area we covered on SCUBA, our previous visits here we only snorkeled from the day boat moorings. Highlight was seeing two giant midnight parrotfish fighting. At the end of the dive I found a tiger tail sea cucumber. It was a nice dive but only lasted for 35 minutes, to accommodate the Blue Hole divers.

Back onboard the Captain asked how we’d like to dive the rest of the day. Of course most wanted to get in five dives so we decided to head to Half Moon Caye.


Usually after a Blue Hole dive the late morning/early afternoon is spent on the island. Half Moon Caye hosts a Nature Conservancy Camp and also has a bird watching tower to observe the Red Footed Boobies and the Frigate Birds (we found out later the boat captain that usually picks up the Aggressor Fleet folks was not available to ferry us from boat to shore.)

So we made a dive on Half Moon Caye Wall. We jumped in about 11:30 am and had a fantastic dive. Lots of Caribbean reef shark sightings. I got a few good pictures (see above) and some video of the larger shark swimming right at me (see below.) Near the end of the dive we saw a green turtle off in the distance. Still no loggerhead turtles though.




Lunch was a picnic buffet of hot dogs, cheese burgers and chicken burgers, potato salad, chips and watermelon. Then back in the water at 2 pm. We saw the big shark again but this time rather than going down to 90 feet to see him I stayed up at 60 feet.

I saw Brent kind of freak out near the end of the dive and looked to see what he saw, it was a spotted eagle ray. At the end of the dive I found a tiny flounder in the sand as we made our way over to the mooring block of concrete to see a couple of sailfin blennies.

That was the last dive of the day for us. Others on the boat did a 4 pm and 6 pm dive but we were happy with our three so we sat on the sundeck and watched the sunset on another beautiful day in Belize.

Dinner was shrimp with white sauce. Soup and salad. Coconut cream pie-yummy.

More Dive site images: https://photosbynanci.smugmug.com/Underwater/Belize/December-2015/Underwater/Dec-9-Wed/

More Land, Boat and Sun images: https://photosbynanci.smugmug.com/Underwater/Belize/December-2015/Land-and-Boat/

Dive video Playlist: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xotXYdrGIws&list=PLKa6O-DUsAoCAY8LPV6RdinQuYsjMXScq

The week is winding down, next up: Silver Cave and Long Caye Wall.

Belize December 2015
Sundancer II/Aggressor IV
Belize Reefs
December 5-12, 2015
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