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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Wednesday, February 17, 2016

Weathersfield News Feb. 17 #weathersfieldVT #VT


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.

More images: https://photosbynanci.smugmug.com/News-/Moore-Fire-Feb-2016/


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!”   http://laufman.org/.

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: http://northernstage.org/buy-now/2015-2016-season/coming-soon-the-hound-of-the-baskervilles/  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: police@weathersfield.org or https://www.facebook.com/WeathersfieldPoliceVT/

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.

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. 

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


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Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Weathersfield News Feb 8 #WeathersfieldVT #VT

Weathersfield News February 10, 2016
Nancy Nutile-McMenemy

Ascutney Rope Tow Dedication- check; Super Bowl 50-check; Bruce Springsteen in Albany, NY-check; NH Primary-check; Art Class in Reading-check; Bruce Springsteen in Hartford, CT-check; Northern Stage's Mad Love in WRJ-check. Whew, what a week. Time to settle down and open all those seed catalogs that have been stuffing my mailbox. I love looking through my box of seeds and perusing my garden journal to see what worked and what didn't last year. If this crazy winter continues I'll be planting my seedlings in April rather than late May. We'll see; only time will tell. 





Ascutney Rope Tow Dedication

More images from the Rope Tow Dedication: https://photosbynanci.smugmug.com/VermontStandard/February-2016/Rope-Tow-Dedication/

Bruce Springsteen's Tour Hits TU Center in Albany NY


More images from Bruce: https://photosbynanci.smugmug.com/BruceSpringsteen/2016/Albany-NY/


Art Class in Reading Elementary School
Spent an afternoon visiting with RES students during their art class-some very talented young people in our neighboring town.



More images: https://photosbynanci.smugmug.com/VermontStandard/February-2016/RES-Art-Class/

On to the news...
Select Board News: At the Last Select Board meeting Ed Morris was appointed Town Manager effective at close of Town Meeting, Feb.27. The Board also voted to recommend to Vermont Commissioner of Health the appointment of Ed Morris as Health Officer and Scott Osgood as Deputy Health Officer beginning on Feb. 28. The Board of Liquor Commissioners renewed the Second Class Liquor License for J.W. Sandri Inc/DBA Sandri #204 at 32 Route 131 in Ascutney and voted to grant a second class liquor license to sell malt and vinous beverages to Circle K Vermont Inc. doing business as Circle K #7408 Exit 8 in Ascutney.

Obituary
Victor P. Jarvis, 91, a longtime resident of Ascutney, passed away Monday evening, Feb. 1 at the Mt. Ascutney Hospital and Health Center in Windsor surrounded by his loving family. He was born May 30, 1924 in Claremont, N.H. the son of Philip and Eva (Greenwood) Jarvis. He received his schooling in Claremont. He was a veteran of the U.S. Navy serving during World War II. Following his honorable discharge he returned to Vermont. He married Virginia Dubuque in Newport, N.H. on April 13, 1946. Mr. Jarvis was employed at the former Cone Blanchard in Windsor. He started Jarvis and Sons Construction in Ascutney in 1951 which he owned and operated for many years.
Survivors include his loving wife of 70 years, Virginia Jarvis; two daughters, Phyllis Jarvis and her husband, Patrick Howe of Claremont, and Brenda Bulluss and her husband, Donald of Ascutney; four sons, Donald Jarvis and his wife, Gloria of Claremont, Victor Jarvis and his wife, JoAnn of Springfield, Vt., Dwight Jarvis and his wife, Bonnie and Peter Jarvis and his wife, Judy, all of Ascutney; one brother, Gordon Jarvis of Corona, Calif.; 13 grandchildren; several great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren; many nieces and nephews; and one special family caregiver, Angel Kamandua of Ascutney. Memorial contributions may be made to the Ascutney Volunteer Fire Department at PO Box 91, Ascutney, VT 05030.

Get Out And About:
Snow Sculpture Festival in Woodstock, Friday Feb. 12 10 a.m.-10 p.m., Village Green. Watch professional snow sculpting teams compete. Free. Sponsored by Pentangle Arts Council. 802-457-3981.

"Built for Winter: Owl Survival Strategies" in Woodstock, Friday Feb. 12 5-6 p.m., Woodstock Inn, 14 The Green. A Vermont Institute of Science nature chat. Free. 802-359-5000.

Mama Mia Bistro in Reading, Saturday Feb. 13 4-7 p.m. Dinner includes: spaghetti, sausage, marinara sauce, salad, bread and homemade meatballs; $8 for adults, $5 for a kid or $20 for the whole family. There is also a Valentine's Basket Raffle being held at the event.

Young Athletes Program in Claremont, Saturday Feb. 13 9-10 a.m., CSB Community Center, 152 South St. A drop-in sports play program to address motor skills and hand-eye coordination. For children ages 2-7, with and without disabilities. Free. Sponsored by the Special Olympics Young Athletes program. 603-558- 1712.

"Forestry and Wildlife" in Hartland, Saturday Feb. 13  2-4 p.m., Damon Hall, 1 Quechee Road. Consulting forester Patrick Bartlett discusses modern forest and ecosystem management, Vermont wildlife and their habitat needs, forestry access roads, and foraging for wild, edible plants. Free, onrcd1@gmail.com.

The Tiki Torch Trek in Hartland, 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. Check the website http://www.hartlandwintertrails.org/ for conditions.

Valentine's Chocolate Auction in Hartland, Sunday Feb. 14 11:15 a.m.-12:15 p.m., First Universalist Society, 8 Brownsville Road. Bid on homemade chocolate desserts, which include items specifically for children to bid on. Viewing begins at 11 a.m. Free admission. 603-863-0066.

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

Roast Beef Suppers in Hartland, Saturdays Feb 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.

Potluck Lunch in Perkinsville, Tuesday Feb. 16 Noon, Perkinsville Community Church, 35 Church St. Sally Reeves and Ruth Kelin play oldies pop songs on flute and piano. Bring a hot dish, salad or dessert to share. Free. 802-263-5245.

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

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 www.vcdp.org 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. 

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


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Art Is Alive and Thriving in Our Local Schools #ReadingVT #VT #ReadingElementarySchool #ArtInTheClassroom


Tuesday February 9, 2016
Reading Elementary School
Reading, VT

In an era where school's are cutting out art and music from their curricula to "save money", schools in our area are actually adding more art and music time to the student's day.


I spent an afternoon with the students of the Grade 1/2 and Grade 5/6 art classes of Ms. Lisa Kaiji at Reading Elementary School and I witnessed the outright joy these students were experiencing during their time creating something of their own.


In our age of electronics and over stimulation from watching "blue screens", having children sit down and create something spectacular from bits of paper, crayons, thread, clay, or whatever media they choose can only enhance their minds flexibility. And create a very cool environment for all us spectators to enjoy.

Cheers to our Art and Music Teachers!

More images from my magical afternoon with the RES Students: https://photosbynanci.smugmug.com/VermontStandard/February-2016/RES-Art-Class/

Ascutney Rope Tow Dedication #WestWindsorVT #VT #AscutneyOutdoors

Saturday February 6, 2016
Ascutney Mountain, West Windsor VT

The mountain is back. That's what folks attending the Rope Tow Dedication were saying on Saturday. After a couple of years of planning and fundraising, Ascutney Mountain has a rope tow and folks can ski again on this hill (if we get some snow!) Ascutney Outdoors worked with Trust For Public Land to help purchase the land.

Doug Hart, pictured above said all 11 of his grandkids learned to ski at Ascutney.


Dennis Brown (brown jacket) seen here with Rope Tow engineer and designer Ross Stevens said he's been working at the mountain since 1963.

I heard many similar stories on Saturday, how folks grew up on this mountain, learned to ski here. "dropped their kids off and picked them up when the graduated high school" here. It was a family mountain and if this event is any indication, it will continue to be a family mountain.


Charlotte MacLeay hugs her brother Eugene Ely (their father helped start Ascutney Mountain back in the late 1950s) as the ceremony dedicates the rope tow to the Ely and Howland Families.

About 300 people gathered for the dedication as a plaque created by Dave Dugdale of West Windsor was unveiled.


More images from the dedication: https://photosbynanci.smugmug.com/VermontStandard/February-2016/Rope-Tow-Dedication/

Great coverage in last week's Vermont Standard: http://www.thevermontstandard.com/2016/02/west-windsor-takes-back-its-community-mountain/  and more this week.

"The River" flowed into Albany #therivertour2016 #thetiesthatbind #TUcenter #AlbanyNY

Monday February 6, 2016
Times Union Center
Albany, NY

With the release of  Bruce Springsteen's epic “The Ties That Bind: The River Collection,” a seven-disc comprehensive look at the 1980 double-album, folks have been eagerly scooping up tickets to the few venues in the US that will be hosting the tour.

I was lucky to grab a ticket to the SOLD OUT Times Union Center show in Albany NY on Monday night . This was my 57th time seeing the Boss, and while it wasn't the best show I've seen it was mighty close. Bruce and the E Street Band took the stage at 8 p.m. and didn't leave until after 11:30 p.m.. (Remember, the core members of this band are in their 60s; their energy and enthusiasm on stage put some of the 20-somethings in the crowd to shame.)

On this tour, Springsteen is performing "The River" in it's entirety then following with the BIG HIT show songs and a few gems. Opening with "Meet Me In The City", the first two hours covered "The River" then the crowd was treated to a greatest hits selection that included “Badlands,” “Backstreets,” “Thunder Road,” “Born to Run,” and an electrifying “Rosalita”; she doesn't come out often but when she does it's a treat.

You can view the setlist here: http://www.setlist.fm/setlist/bruce-springsteen/2016/times-union-center-albany-ny-73f33219.html



The highlight of the show for me was "Be True"



More images of the show: https://photosbynanci.smugmug.com/BruceSpringsteen/2016/Albany-NY/

More videos of this show and others: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLB92E676CC4801776

Future tour dates: http://brucespringsteen.net/category/live-dates

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Weathersfield News Feb. 3 #WeathersfieldVT #VT

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: http://www.followthemoney.org/ 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 northernstage.org 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: http://www.mountascutneyoutdoors.org/

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!”   http://laufman.org/. 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

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

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

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 www.vcdp.org 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. 

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


Have anything you want included in this news and events column-email Nancy at photosbynanci@comcast.net two weeks prior to your event.