Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Weathersfield News Feb. 24 #WeathersfieldVT #VT


Weathersfield News February 24, 2016
Nancy Nutile-McMenemy

By now you should have received your Annual Town Report in the mail and in a few days the voters in town will, for the first time in recent years, be gathering at the Weathersfield School in Ascutney on a Saturday for the annual Town Meeting. In 2015 the voters, by voice vote,  approved Article 6 and moved Town Meeting from the Monday night before the Australian Ballot vote on Tuesday to Saturday in hopes that more folks will be able to attend. Vermont is unique in that some towns still conduct all their annual town business by voice vote at Town Meeting, however, Weathersfield only votes on non-money articles at Town Meeting. There are arguments on both sides favoring and opposing conducting all business at Town Meeting but it is what it is. Weathersfield's Town Meeting is more an informational meeting before the ballot vote. For 2016, there are 25 Articles to be voted on; Articles 1-4 will be by voice vote on Saturday Feb. 27 and Articles 7-25, including the money votes and the election of town officials, will be by ballot on Tuesday March 1 from 10 a.m. until 7 p.m. at Martin Memorial Hall in Ascutney. There are only two contested races for Selectboard members: C Peter Cole and Charles P. Horton are running for the three year seat and John Arrison and Kelly Murphy are running to the two year seat. Articles 7-18 are the "big" money articles and Articles 19-25 are requests of $400 or less in support of local non-profits. In addition, it's an Election year so voters will be asked to vote in the Presidential Primaries. I hope we all find time in our busy lives to do our civic duty and get out and VOTE. See you at Town Meeting Feb. 27 and at the polls on Tuesday March 1.

Last week I got a sneak peek at the North Country Community Theater Teen Production of "On The Town." Rehearsals were going well and the play opens Friday night, get your tickets here: http://lebanonoperahouse.org/event/details/on-the-town/
More images from rehearsal: https://photosbynanci.smugmug.com/NCCT/On-The-Town/


After last week's warm weather and rain, the GMP substation in Brownsville flooded.
More on the power outage: http://www.thevermontstandard.com/2016/02/flooding-causes-outages-in-reading-weathersfield-w-windsor/

More images of the flooded area around Churchill RD: https://photosbynanci.smugmug.com/VermontStandard/February-2016/West-Windsor-Flooding/



Saturday in Quechee, 94 competitors built racing sleds out of cardboard boxes. The weird weather did not dampen the spirits of this kids.



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. Feb 26 Dave Clark, March 4 Ali Turner, March 18 TBA, March 25 Dave Clark & Jed.

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: http://northernstage.org/buy-now/2015-2016-season/coming-soon-the-hound-of-the-baskervilles/  or call 802.296.7000.   

Roast Beef Suppers in Hartland, Saturdays Feb 27 5-7 p.m., Congregational (Brick) Church, 10 Station Road, Hartland. Includes homemade rolls and side dishes $7 or $15. 802-436-2792.
  
Annual Town Meeting in Ascutney, 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.
Ballot Voting in Ascutney, Tuesday Mar. 1 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Martin Memorial Hall.

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: police@weathersfield.org or https://www.facebook.com/WeathersfieldPoliceVT/


Special Olympics of Vermont (SOVT) Winter Games in Woodstock Friday-Sunday, Mar. 4-6. Opening Ceremonies Friday Mar. 4 5:30 p.m. on the Green across from the Woodstock Inn. The ceremony includes a parade of athletes, the lighting of the Olympic Torch, appearances by VIPs including Vermont Governor Peter Shumlin and Tim Shriver, son of Eunice Kennedy Shriver, founder of the Special Olympics movement internationally in the 1960s and a huge fireworks display from atop Mount Tom overlooking the event. On snow events will be held at the Suicide Six Ski Area in Pomfret. More information: http://www.specialolympicsvermont.org/event/2016-winter-games/  Volunteer or just come out and cheer!


Country Dance Series in Hartland, 7:30-10 p.m. Damon Hall $8 adults, children under 12 free with an adult. Mar. 19: Nils Fredland with Peter Sutherland and friends  “Making traditional dance, music and song accessible and available to everyone.”   http://www.nilsfredland.com/. Apr. 16: Adam Boyce – Yankee fiddler and caller of square dances popular from the 1930’s to 1950’s. https://www.creativeground.org/profile/adam-r-boyce-0

Ongoing:
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 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

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 www.vcdp.org 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.

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


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