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Weathersfield News June 13, 2016
Nancy Nutile-McMenemy

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Notice of Selectboard Vacancy Pursuant to Title 24 VSA 961 (a): Notice is hereby given of a vacancy on the Weathersfield Selectboard effective June 7, 2016. The Weathersfield Selectboard will appoint an eligible person to fill the vacancy until the next annual meeting.Interested eligible voters of the Town of Weathersfield who wish to be considered for appointment by the Selectboard may submit a letter of interest by noon on July 5, 2016 to Ed Morris P.O. Box 550, Ascutney, Vermont 05030 or

This was one quick week. It flew by. A couple of local 6th grade school graduations/promotions, a concert, a parade, a comedy show and tomato tying-they are starting to grow like weeds. I've just about recovered and I'm gearing up this week for the Quechee Balloon Festival, fingers crossed for good weather/winds for the lift off times.

On Wednesday June 8 I visited two local schools to cover their 6th grade graduation/promotion ceremonies. They were very different. The one held at Albert Bridge School in West Windsor, VT was of the traditional sort. Ten very cool young adults moved on to the next phase of their lives.

More images from ABS:

The other was non-traditional but extremely personal and special. The four 6th graders sat in a circle surrounded by family, students and teachers. Each student moving on was presented a slip of paper from the younger children with an adjective describing the graduate followed by a lei or a hug or both.

Friday I went to see a very talented singer songwriter at Tupelo Music Hall in Londonderry NH. I've seen Liz Longley a few times before and she just keeps getting better each time I see her. her songs tell wonderful stories and her stage presence will WOW you.

She had fellow Berklee College of Music graduate Brian Dunne open and play a few songs with her. 

Saturday I hit the ground running and cover not only the Woodstock Union High School Alumni Parade and the Class of 1996 20th Reunion party but I also photographed Steve Wright at the Lebanon Opera House.

The WUHS parade was SWEET!! This year's theme was "Candy."

There were M&Ms and Lollipops and Milk Ways, even in the rain, it was a fun time.
Except I almost wet my pants every time these guys fired their muskets.

Before I headed to Lebanon, I stopped in to check in with the Class of 1996. Their theme for the parade was "Still in Mint Condition" and they included their children-the Junior Mints!

Then over to Lebanon for Steven Wright at the Opera House. OMG I haven't laughed so hard in a long time!! I actually had tears in my eyes.
More images from the show:

Sunday afternoon, despite the sprinkles an outdoor party was held for Hartland Elementary PE teacher Susan Murphy. After 40 years teaching (36.5 at HES) Susan is hanging up her sneakers.

More images from this very cool retirement party:

Weathersfield Select Board News: At the start of the meeting the board only had two members present: Ms. Esty and Mr. Cole. Ms. Murphy arrived at 7:17 p.m. and a quorum was established. Many items on the agenda were tabled until the June 20 meeting.
Weathersfield Conservation Commission member Heather Shand introduced UVM geologist Stephen Wright who will be working together with several UVM students in town this summer mapping surficial materials. They will create maps that will identify potential groundwater sources, groundwater recharge areas, depth to bedrock, locally unique geologic features, and areas of potentially unstable slopes. The maps will be presented to the Town. The team will need access to some private properties and Mr. Wright asked for assistance in getting the word out about their project. The work should conclude in July with the final maps ready by next May. Mr. Wright will personally present his findings to the Board. Warrant for unregistered dogs-The board received a list of 81 unlicensed dogs. Under state statute, this list is given by the select board to the town constable for impound and destruction of these dogs. The language for the warrant is very specific. The board chose to postpone voting on it until the exact statutory language was available for their review.

Weathersfield School News- Fourteen "End of Year Surveys" were returned (double the number from 2015.) To review the results please visit the school website: For more information about WS, please contact Principal Oakman or call at 674-5400.

Weathersfield Proctor Library: The Friends of Proctor library held their annual meeting on June 15 and the Trustees are meeting Thursday, June 16 at 7 p.m.

Get Out And About:
1879 Schoolhouse Committee in Perkinsville Saturday, June 18 8 a.m.- 2p.m. Projects include tiling the bathroom, painting interior doors and exterior woodwork, and moving forward on restoration of the exterior window millwork. Training for volunteers in the millwork restoration will be available. Work for all skill levels. For more information call or email  802 263 5300,

Monthly Weathersfield Potluck in Perkinsville, Tuesday, June 21, noon in the vestry of Perkinsville VT Community Church. Bring a game for people to enjoy plus a hot dish, salad or dessert. Paper goods and beverages will be provided. Contact: Lorraine Zigman

3rd Annual Five Alarm 5K in Perkinsville, Saturday July 30. This 5 K Trail Run or Walk benefits the West Weathersfield Volunteer Fire Department. The is at the Power Dam at the end of Maple Street in Perkinsville. Registration opens at 8 a.m., Kid Race at 9 a.m., 5K starts at 9:30 a.m. First, Second and Third places awarded to each age group. Register Online at  or paper registration available at The West Weathersfield Volunteer Fire Dept. Or Contact Toshya at, (603)322-3287. A chicken BBQ will be to follow at WWFD station.

Weathersfield Parks and Recreations-Guided Hikes. Contact Steve Aikenhead with questions , 263-5439. Saturday, June 18, 9:30 a.m.-The Ancient Hemlocks. Total distance 2 miles. Sunday, July 17, 11:30 a.m.-The Cabin. Total distance to the cabin will feel like 2 miles, plus a short walk on the Center Road. If anyone is interested, the return from the cabin could go past Murderer’s Well, which was large enough for two bodies, but was used for only one. Add a mile. Let Steve know if you want to include the cellar hole route. Sunday, Aug. 14, 1:00 p.m.-Springweather, Stoughton Pond distance about 5 miles, Springweather including pond and brook: 7 ½ miles. Saturday, Aug. 20, 9:30 a.m.-Little Ascutney- The hike probably will take over two hours. Saturday, Sept. 17, 9:30 a.m.-The Crash Site and Tucker Trail Lookout. This event is limited to 15 people. Dogs are not permitted. Saturday, Sept. 24, 9:30 a.m.-Perkinsville Lower Valley. Distance will be optional, from 1.3 miles to 2.5 to 4.0. Saturday, Oct. 15, 9:30 a.m.-Cooks Pond Loop, easy to moderate, with one longish incline. Distance: almost 3 miles. Saturday, Oct. 22, 5 p.m.-Ferry Road and the Connecticut River. The total length is about 2 miles. Carol Orth is the leader.

Fridays Live Music Inn at Weathersfield in Perkinsville Friday nights at 5:30 p.m. June 17-Draa Hobbs, June 24-Johnny O, July 1-Peter Neri, July 8-Erik Boedtker.

Low Cost Cat Pay/Neuter Clinics in Springfield. Call Springfield Humane Society 802-885-3997 for an appointment. Clinic dates: Aug. 16, Sept. 13, Oct. 11 and Dec. 13. Weathersfield residents are reimbursed for cost of surgery up to $50, limit three (3) cats. Please bring SNAP form (available at the Town Office.)

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.

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