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Weathersfield News February 1, 2016
Nancy Nutile-McMenemy
How did your Ground Hog Day go? I'm not sure what to make of these warm temperatures in January and February but I for one am not complaining too much. I have a bunch of people around me asking what happened to winter, these are the same folks who complained that the winter of 2015 went on for ever. I guess even Mother Nature can't please everyone. Cheer up folks-pitchers and catchers report in two weeks!

Select Board News: The Board met Jan. 18 to go over the FY 2017 Budget to be presented at Town Meeting on Feb. 27 and to be voted on Mar. 1. Discussion included
the Capital Replacement Plan and Long Term Debt Schedule. The replacement well and heating system for the highway garage are on the warrant as a separate article for $55,000. If the article passes, the debt schedule will include the $18,333 per year payments for three years. The five years of loan payments for the WWVFD replacement truck (also a separate article) are also included in the schedule. The Board will meet on Feb. 1 and the meeting will be reported on next week.

Last Thursday I attended a free concert at the Flying Monkey in Plymouth NH. Ben Cohen, of Ben and Jerry's Ice Cream fame brought The Stamp Stampede to this concert venue.  According to this website "The Stampede is over 50,000 Americans legally stamping messages on our Nation’s currency to #GetMoneyOut of Politics. As the amount of stamped money grows, so does the movement to amend the Constitution." 
The show featured music by Donna the Buffalo, a band based in Ithaca NY.  Jeb Puryear (vocals, electric guitar) and Tara Nevins (vocals, guitar, fiddle, accordion, scrubboard) joined by David McCracken (Hammond organ, Honer Clavinet & piano), Kyle Spark (bass) and Mark Raudabaugh (drums) make up this very energetic group.

I knew there was a ton of money buying candidates but when Ben hit the button on the online tracker, the amount of money was obscene. One website that might help you track the money in politics is: It's quite eye-opening.

Friday night I covered the Windsor County Partners Soda and Seltzer Tasting in Windsor for the Vermont Standard. It was a non-alcoholic variation on a beer or wine tasting event; in it's second year about 25 people attended.

Saturday I saw a very entertaining play at the Shaker Bridge Theatre in Enfield NH "Sex With Strangers." The play is about hooking up in the age of instant messaging, texting, and blogs. The language is a little raw but doesn't detract from the insightful look at the mind games played by lovers and the lack of privacy in our age of intense social media.
The show runs through Feb. 7 so call soon for your tickets.
Before the show, I enjoyed a yummy plate of whole belly fried clams at Mickey's with my friend Sharon.

Get Out And About:
Free Writing Group @ Reading Public Library Feb. 4 10-11 a.m. The Reading Public Library is sponsoring a free writing group, which meets at the library each Thursday at 10 a.m. Writers of all abilities and levels are welcome. Talk about and share your work and get feedback from others who are working on projects of their own. The program will be ongoing; come each week or drop in whenever you like. For more information, call Libbet Downs at 484-0027 or call the library at 484-5588. No registration is required.

Tax Filing Assistance in Claremont Friday Feb. 5 Senior Center, 5 Acer Heights Road. Filing assistance for low- to moderate-income households. Sponsored by AARP Foundation. Free. Call for appointment. 603-863- 3177.

Sex With Strangers performance in Enfield NH 7:30 p.m., Shaker Bridge Theatre, 23 Main St. A drama by Laura Eason that explores hooking up in the social media age  $12.50 or $25. Call for reservations. 603-448-3750. Runs through Feb. 7.

Northern Stage presents “Mad Love” performance at Barrette Center for the Arts, White River Junction, runs through Feb. 13, times please visit their website Advisory: Ages 13 and up, Running Time: 90 minutes, no intermission.

Roast Beef Suppers Saturdays Feb 6, 13, 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.

Historical Photograph Discussion in North Springfield Saturday Feb. 6 2-3 p.m., Springfield Art and Historical Society, 65 Route 106. Bunni and Hugh Putnam give a presentation about historical photographs that were included in the society's 2016 calendar. Rescheduled from January. Free. 802-886-7935.

Inaugural Winter Fest & Rope Tow Dedication-Ascutney Mountain Saturday, Feb. 6, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Ski Tow Road Brownsville, VT. More information:

Breakfast 4 Dinner Saturday Feb. 6 5-7 p.m. hosted by Ascutney Volunteer Fire Association at Martin Memorial Hall in Ascutney. Eggs, homemade pancakes (regular or blueberry), home fries, bacon, sausage, fruit salad, pastries, and assorted beverages. Adults $10, Children (6-10) $5, and under 6 is free. To-Go meals will be available.

The Tiki Torch Trek Saturday Feb. 13 5-8 p.m. Hosted by Hartland Winter Trails. Park at the Recreation Center and follow the signs on Rte 12 Hartland 3 Corners. 1.5 km trial lighted by torches and lanterns. Ski, snowshoe, or walk. Kids 12 and under are free, over 12 years $9, family $25. All proceeds benefit the Hartland Winter Trails.

Country Dance Series Damon Hall, Hartland 7:30-10 p.m. $8 adults, children under 12 free with an adult. Feb. 20:  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!” Mar. 19: Nils Fredland with Peter Sutherland and friends  “Making traditional dance, music and song accessible and available to everyone.” Apr. 16: Adam Boyce – Yankee fiddler and caller of square dances popular from the 1930’s to 1950’s.

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 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. If your organization is interested hosting a luncheon, bake sale, coffee table, etc. contact Lynn Esty at or 802-738-7413. 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

Third Annual Wildlife Photo Contest-Sponsored by the Weathersfield Conservation Commission. Submission deadline Feb. 15, 2016. 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. 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.

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 802-295-5078 #10.

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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