Weathersfield News January 6, 2016
Welcome to 2016. I trust you all had a Happy New Year. I still cannot believe that sixteen years have past since the big millennial scare. Remember back when everyone was fretting that the world would melt down because all our electronics would fail switching from 1999 to 2000. Wow, sixteen years. Seems to me like the humans are melting down not the electronics. Are you ready for politics and town meetings and tax time. Again I say, welcome to 2016. Here we go.
Select Board Meeting Dec 21-Ascutney Fire Chief,
Darrin Spaulding asked that an article be place on
the March Town Meeting warrant that would disband the Fire Commission for one
year. Both fire departments are working cooperatively and seats on the
commission are difficult to fill. West Weathersfield Fire Chief, Josh Dauphin spoke
in support. Board member John
Arrison urged the chiefs to get a petition signed (119 valid signatures are
required) before January 14 deadline for filling petitions with the Town Clerk.
Town Roads Projects Discussion-several roads will need attention in the near future those discussed were:
and Amsden School Road.
Select Board member Arrison expressed concern that the Town would need to put
$100,000 a year into paving every year to cover the estimated costs of these
repairs. Right now, there is nothing in the paving budget. Town Manager Jim
Mullen said these three roads represent 58% of the Town’s paved roads. Select
Board member Fuller said the highway fund balance was $90,000; he asked for an
itemized account of how that money has been spent for the next meeting.
Taxes Will Go Up-If all the special article pass and there is no increase in the Grand List taxes will go up 6.6%. The amount to be raised by taxes is up by $115,000; the surplus fund balance has been depleted. Budget Committee member
Amy Beth Main
stressed the importance of long-range planning for the Town and its value in
addressing the cost of change. Special articles. represent $65,000 of $1.8 M.
Town Manager Position Update-following an Executive Session the Board voted to hire Ed Morris as Town Manager for Weathersfield. No further details were given.
Get Out And About:
Jim Breuer Thursday, January7, 7:30 p.m.,
Lebanon Opera House, 51 N. Park St. Lebanon
NH. Stand-up comedian performs
at benefit for the Upper Valley Haven $25.50-$49.50. 603-448-0400.
Ali Turner Friday, January 8, 6-8 p.m.,
at Weathersfield, 1342 Route 106, Perkinsville.
Moxley Union Friday, January 8, 9-midnight, Skunk Hollow Tavern, Brownsville Rd Hartland 4 Corners VT.
Spaghetti Dinner in Ascutney Saturday, January 9, 5-7 p.m., Martin Memorial Hall, 5259 Route 5. $10. Sponsored by Ascutney Volunteer Fire Association. 802-674-6869.
Community Meal in
Wednesday, January 13, 5-6 p.m., Windsor American Legion Hall Court Street. Bring a friend for a meal sponsored by Windsor churches and community groups. Free. 802-674-2157.
Open Mic w/Jim Yeager Wednesday, January 13, 8-11 p.m., Skunk Hollow Tavern,
Hartland 4 Corners VT.
Jason Cann Thursday, January 14, 5-8 p.m., Harpoon Brewery,
336 Ruth Carney Drive, Windsor, VT.
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/
Yoga is becoming more accessible in the area-In Weathersfield: Tuesday nights,
in Ascutney practice Sivananda
& Flow Yoga with Charlotte McIntyre from 5:30-6:30 p.m.. For info
or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Weathersfield Town Hall Claremont, NH: The Ahimsa Yoga Center is located
at 140 North Street,
across from . To find out more
about Ahimsa, please visit www.ahimsanh.com Barnes
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,
Classes are led by Geraldine
Rudenfeldt. If interested call 674-5254 for more information. Ascutney,
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
or DHMC and
occasionally grocery missions. Your mileage is reimbursable. Please
call VIA at (802) 674-5971 ask for Martha or Scottie. Mt. Ascutney
Need to Find a Business in Weathersfield: http://www.weathersfielddirectory.org/
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