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Weathersfield News February 17, 2016
Nancy Nutile-McMenemy

Sadly, I witnessed another old Weathersfield farm house burn to the ground on Monday. We lost Larry Moore, our beloved school bus driver in December and now his house is gone too.

A fire broke out at the vacant farm house on Route 131 early Monday morning on February 15, 2016. The 911 call went out around 7 a.m and quickly went to three alarms. 

The house was fully involved and fire companies from both sides of the Connecticut River responded. Fire fighters battled the subzero temperatures; getting water on the flames proved a challenge.

The fire hoses kept freezing up and many of the Towns’s dry hydrants were frozen. In addition, West Weathersfield Chief Engineer, Josh Dauphin reported that 4 or 5 engines had frozen pumps. Tankers from surrounding towns responded. Dauphin thought between 15-20 companies were called to the scene.

The fire is believed to have been started by a pellet stove in the building's west side "bump." Dauphin said that Moore's son was looking after the home and that fire did not appear suspicious but was under investigation.

No injuries were reported. The house was a total loss. Route 131 was closed for most of the morning and State highways crews were on hand to salt the iced-up road. The American Red Cross was on scene providing hot coffee and sandwiches to the fire fighters.

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February vacation week and the question comes up-what do you do with the children? This is even more complicated because of the lack of snow, no skiing. I hope all you parents of school-aged children found some happy solution for all involved and I'm jealous if you took a family vacation to a warmer climate! Maybe I'll see some of you at The 20th Annual Cardboard Box Derby on Saturday. Good news for warm weather lovers (like me!) pitchers and catchers have reported to spring training!

I got to see Bruce Springsteen again last Wednesday night Feb. 10 in Hartford at the XL Center. Another 3. 5 hour marathon from this 66 year old and his amazing E-Street Band.

Saturday I hit the ArtisTree to see one of my favorite local singer/songwriters Bow Thayer . Bow was accompanied by Alex Abraham and JD Tolstoi. Together they are the Bow Thayer Triad. Just love his bojotar!

On to the other town news...
Select Board News: The Select Board met on Tuesday Feb. 16 rather than Monday Feb. 15 because of the Holiday. One of the issues on their agenda is discussion on an advisory vote at Town Meeting on Vermont legalization of marijuana. I'll report on this next week.

Weathersfield School News: It's February Vacation Week.
Math Meet Winner-Feb. 4, 2016 at the Math Meet in Bellows Falls, Ozzie Jewett, Grade 8, scored 25 out of 30 points, congratulations Ozzie. WS Kindergarten Screening for Fall 2016 on Friday, Mar. 18. Please call BJ Esty at 674-5400 for an appointment. There will be no Kindergarten classes for our current Kindergarten students on this day.  SBAC and NECAP Testing Set. The Smarter Balance Assessment Consortium exam, or SBAC, will be administered to grades 3-8 in math and literacy on Chromebooks May 2-13. The New England Common Assessment Program, or NECAP, will be administered to all 4th and 8th graders in science May 17, 18 and 19, with make-up dates being May 24 and 25, 2016.

Get Out And About:
Jason Cann in Windsor Thursday Feb. 18, 5-8 p.m. Harpoon Brewery, 336 Ruth Carney Drive.

Thumpin' Thursday in Windsor Feb 18, 7-10 p.m. Windsor Station Restaurant & Barroom, 26 Depot Avenue. Thumpin' Thursday Music Nights at Windsor Station featuring some of the best acoustic trios in the upper valley.

Music at The Inn at Weathersfield in Perkinsville  Friday nights, 1342 Route 106. Awe-inspiring food and live music from some of the best performers in Vermont. Check out the live music schedule for winter. Feb. 19 Chris Kleeman, Feb 26 Dave Clark, March 4 Ali Turner, March 18 TBA, March 25 Dave Clark & Jed.

The Spirit of Johnny Cash in Claremont Friday Feb. 19, 8 p.m., Claremont Opera House, 58 Opera House Square. Harold Ford and the Cash Band play songs by the late musician $20. 603-542-4433.

Sleigh Ride Week in Woodstock Saturday Feb 20, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Billings Farm & Museum, 69 Old River Road. Horse-drawn sleigh rides, jack-jumper sledding and dairy farm tours  $4-$14, under 2 free. 802-457- 2355.

Owl Festival in Quechee Saturday Feb. 20, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Vermont Institute of Natural Science, 6565 Woodstock Road. Stories, crafts, live animal programs and campfire. Included with admission  $11.50 or $13.50, 3 and under free. 802-359-5000.

18th-Century Pewter Celebration in North Springfield, Vt. Saturday Feb. 20, 2-3 p.m., Springfield Art and Historical Society, 65 Route 106. Antique dealer and historian Ron Patch discusses the society's pewter collection. Free. 802-886-8430.

Roast Beef Suppers (only two dinner left!) in Hartland, Saturdays Feb 20 and 27 5-7 p.m., Congregational (Brick) Church, 10 Station Road, Hartland. Includes homemade rolls and side dishes $7 or $15. 802-436-2792.

Country Dance Series in Hartland, Saturday Feb. 20, 7:30-10 p.m. Damon Hall $8 adults, children under 12 free with an adult. Dudley Laufman, Traditional New England Barn Dances: squares, contras and reels! “Everyone can do these old time social dances like the Virginia Reel. No Experience Necessary!”

It Was Highway Robbery! The Saga of George Ryan in Charlestown Sunday Feb. 21, 2-4 p.m., Town Hall, 19 Summer St. A discussion about the 1811 trial that took place in Charlestown. Free. 603-826-9726.

Northern Stage’s The Hound of the Baskervilles in White River Junction Wednesday Feb 24, 7:30-10 p.m. runs through Saturday Mar. 12. The Barrette Center for The Arts, 74 Gates Street. Three actors play 16 characters in the endlessly funny madcap adventure! More information please visit:  or call 802.296.7000.

Annual Grade 8 Science Fair Weathersfield School Wednesday Feb. 24, 6-7 p.m. in the AP Room. Parents and the public  are invited. For more information, please contact Mr. Moffitt at 674-5400.

The Reading Club in Ascutney, Thursday Feb. 25, 6:30 p.m. Weathersfield Proctor Library. The first book will be Ernest Hemingway's "For Whom the Bell Tolls." Contact the Library for more information and to reserve your copy of the book, 802-674-2863.

The Weathersfield's Got Talent Show Thursday Feb. 25, 6:30 p.m. Host by The Weathersfield School. A fundraiser for the spring play.
Annual Town Meeting Saturday Feb. 27, 10 a.m. School District Meeting, noon-Town Meeting at the Weathersfield School in Ascutney. Soup and sandwiches provided by Windsor County Partners. This meeting will adjourn, voting by Australian Ballot will open Tuesday, Mar. 1 10 a.m.-7 p.m. at Martin Memorial Hall in Ascutney.

Rape Aggression Defense (R.A.D.) The Weathersfield Police Department will be offering a nine hour class in Rape Aggression Defense. Three nightly classes Mon, Wed and Thurs from 6-9 p.m. Feb. 29, Mar. 2, Mar. 3  or an all day Saturday class Mar. 5 8 a.m.-5 p.m.. Class size is limited to 10 people Contact: Weathersfield Town Office Phone 802-674 2626, email: or

Weathersfield Food Shelf is now open in the 1879 School in Perkinsville every Thursday from 2-3 p.m.  during the winter season.  In the event of inclement weather contact Weathersfield Town Office, 674-2626,  for information.

Yoga Tuesday nights, Weathersfield Town Hall in Ascutney practice Sivananda & Flow Yoga with Charlotte McIntyre from 5:30-6:30 p.m.. For info visit  or  email Claremont, NH The Ahimsa Yoga Center is located at 140 North Street, across from Barnes Park. To find out more about Ahimsa, please visit

Valley Court Diversion Programs-Volunteer are needed in Weathersfield/Springfield areas to work with low level offenders in the community. 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 or call Maureen at 802.281.5213.

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. Your mileage is reimbursable.  Please call VIA at (802) 674-5971 ask for Martha or Scottie. 

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