Wednesday, June 29, 2016

The Lady Slippers are Out at Eshqua Bog #HartlandVT #VT #ladyslippers #wildflowers


Eshqua Bog is actually a fen. This 40 acre parcel is alkaline and thus a fen not a bog (which is acidic.) This alkalinity provides the perfect environment for the showy lady slipper and other wild orchids that reside in the eight acre wetland. In addition to the wetland this sanctuary has an upland forest. If not for the foresight of a few women in Hartland this area could have become a housing development.

In 1987 the property was put up for sale. A developer wanted to drain the wetland and put up houses. Graceann Ridlon, who belonged to the Hartland Nature Club, and Lillian Marcott began a campaign to save the bog. Ridlon contacted the Nature Conservancy and another dedicated woman, Thelma Hewitt contacted the New England Wildflower Society. The plants in the area were inventoried and funds were raised to purchase and preserve the Natural Area. Two years later, in 1989 the property was purchased for $70,000.
In 2008, the New England Wildflower Society did an extensive survey and found 301 species of plants on the parcel, of which 92% are native, some are even on the state list as rare-like the small yellow lady slipper-which can be seen in May. (The Greenberg's spotted 13 small yellow lady slipper this spring using binoculars.)

The boardwalk was built in the early 1990's and was replaced to allow ADA accessibility. Other improvements included a new parking area and gravel on the entrance path. On average, the month of June can see 500 visitors to the bog from around the United States and the World, all coming to view the showy lady slippers.

Eshqua Bog has its own website: http://www.newenglandwild.org/visit/sanctuaries/eshqua-bog-natural-area-hartland-vt.html

Sunday's guided walk was organized by Tina Barney who works with Vermont Coverts—Woodlands for Wildlife, a non-profit group that encourages the enhancement and protection of woodland habitats for wildlife. More information may be found at: www.vtcoverts.org


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Eshqua Bog Walk
Guided by Susan and Dean Greenberg
Hosted by Vermont Coverts
Hartland , VT June 26, 2016
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Weathersfield News June 29 #WeathersfieldVT #VT


Weathersfield News June 29, 2016
Nancy Nutile-McMenemy
photosbynanci@comcast.net

The first week of summer was hot and busy. July starts Friday and this weekend is packed with parades and fireworks to help you celebrate the Fourth of July. I've created a list of things you might want to do around our area this weekend-see below. I can smell the Reading Chicken BBQ already!




Front Porch Concerts, Lebanon Recreation and Parks Thursday nights at Colburn Park Lebanon NH. FREE music every Thursday until August 18, right after the Farmer's Market on the green
Basia Bulat opened the series last week.



Friday Night Jason Mraz sold out the Lebanon Opera House. What a great show, so glad I got to see it.


Sunday, I attended a  guided Eshqua Bog Walk with Dean and Susan Greenberg for Vermont Coverts




Also on Sunday I visited, Horses Connecting with Veterans at Kate Adams's Farm in Weathersfield. Great program, right in our backyards.





Finishing off my rounds on Sunday, House Rep. Donna Sweaney retired after 20 years serving the folks in Windsor and they held a party in her honor.



 
Weathersfield Select Board News: At the June 20 meeting the Board voted to approve a permit for a Municipal Fireworks display for July 3 at 9:15 p.m. at 167 Thrasher RD with conditions. The Board approved Hal Wilkins for the position of Land Use Planner at the recommendation of the Planning Commission. The Board approved spending $50,000 to repair Amsden Schoolhouse RD. And the Board appointed Bruce Van Houten to the Fire Commission. More information about the Select Board and the town, contact Ed Morris P.O. Box 550, Ascutney, Vermont 05030 or townmanager@weathersfield.org



Fun Things To Do For the 4th of July
Area Fireworks-Crown Point Country Club in Weathersfield, Saturday July 2 dusk. Located on the Center RD Weathersfield/Valley ST. Springfield.; Thrasher RD in Ascutney Sunday, July 3, 9:15 p.m. on Thrasher Rd, (see Select Board news above.); Ascutney Mountain in Brownsville Sunday, July 3, 6:30 p.m.; Monandnock Park  in Claremont Monday, July 4, 9:30 p.m.  at Board and Pleasant Streets.

Ascutney's Second Annual Independence Day Parade in Ascutney, Saturday July 2, 3 p.m. The parade begins at the Mormon Church on Route 5 to First Street in Country Estates Mobile Home Park, down Hilltop Blvd, Stardust Circle and out to Thrasher RD. All are welcome.


Reading Old Home Days in Reading, Sunday July 3, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Parade 11 a.m., Chicken BBQ noon, 1 p.m. Ox Pull, Ducky Derby at 2 p.m. Ducky Tickets on sale now at Reading Town Hall, Reading Greenhouse and Watroba's General Store and at the Ducky Booth at the Parade.



4th of July in Brownsville, Monday, July 4 9:30a.m.- 2 p.m.: pancake breakfast, kid activities, arts/crafts vendors, food [burgers/dogs/pizza/ice cream/cotton candy], and a basket bonanza, all from 930-2 in the center of town. 1 p.m. parade, "Back to Nature in Brownsville" Call Cathy @ 802/484-1223 if you have questions/thoughts.

Hartland Old Home Day in Hartland Monday, July 4 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Parade at 11 a.m. on Rte. 12 Food Booths; Antique Tractor Pull; Displays; Kids Games; Hartland Comm. Band Concert; Dancers Corner performance; Raffles; Musical Trivia; “The Moonlighters” Big Band at 7 p.m. in the Gazebo; Fireworks at Dusk. Rain/shine; FREE! Info: 802-326-2790 or: 802-436-2069

4th of July Celebration in Claremont NH 6-10 p.m. Monadnock Park at Board and Pleasant Streets. Free Band-Smoke and Mirrors, Fireworks and vendors.

Get Out And About:
Weathersfield Monthly Potluck in Perkinsville, Tuesday, July 19, noon Community Church Vestry on Route 106. A quick trivia game will be available for those who want to take the challenge. Bring a hot dish, salad or dessert. Paper goods and beverages will be provided. Contact: Lorraine Zigman 802-263-5245lzigman@comcast.net

3rd Annual Five Alarm 5K in Perkinsville, Saturday July 30. This 5 K Trail Run or Walk benefits the West Weathersfield Volunteer Fire Department. Race 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 http://www.active.com/perkinsville-vt/running/distance-running-races/3rd-annual-five-alarm-5k-2016?int=  or paper registration available at The West Weathersfield Volunteer Fire Dept. Or Contact Toshya at mainecutie94@hotmail.com, (603)322-3287. A chicken BBQ will be to follow at WWFD station.

Ongoing:
Weathersfield Parks and Recreations-Guided Hikes. Contact Steve Aikenhead with questions stevea47@tds.net , 263-5439. 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. July 1-Peter Neri, July 8-Erik Boedtker, July 15-Johnny O, July 22-closed for a wedding, July 29-Dave Clark, Aug. 5-Ali T

Windsor Station Live Music in Windsor Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays. July 5-Copilot 6-9 p.m., July 9-Coquette 10 p.m..

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 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, June 22, 2016

Weathersfield News June 22 #WeathersfieldVT #VT

June 22
Weathersfield, VT
Nancy Nutile-McMenemy

I hope you all had time to notice we past the summer solstice on Tuesday, and not to burst your bubbles but the days will now be getting shorter. This year we got an additional celestial treat with the Full Moon (the Strawberry Moon) on Monday-so I guess it's time to start picking Strawberries! Wellwood Orchards is hosting an event Saturday so you can pick buckets of strawberries and have a whole day of fun too (see below.)
 
This was a crazy week for me. Summer stuff has kicked into high gear. Great weather is so short up here in the Great White North that we cram so much into our spring/summer months. 




June 17
Vermont Democratic Party hosted the 17th Annual David W. Curtis Awards Dinner in Burlington Friday night. All the usual top dems. were on hand. Notably absent was Bernie Sanders.
US Senator Patrick Leahy

Nina Turner former Ohio State Senator spoke for Bernie Sanders

R.T. Rybak DNC Vice Chair
More images from the event: https://photosbynanci.smugmug.com/Vermont-Politics/Curtis-Awards/Curtis-Award-2016/

June 17-19 if it's Father's Day weekend that can mean only one thing Balloons in Quechee.
37th Annual Quechee Balloon Festival-June 18 Well done Hartford Chamber of Commerce!







More images from this year's balloon festival: https://photosbynanci.smugmug.com/QuecheeBalloonFestival/June-18-2016
The almost full Strawberry Moon Saturday night June 18.

June 18-Let the Hiking Begin...
Weathersfield Hikes-The Ancient Hemlocks-June 18
The hike was led by Steve Aikenhead and attended by about 7 people.



Concerts!
June 19 We headed to Meadowbrook, I mean Bank of NH Pavilion to see Jason Isbell and Frank Turner. OMG put Frank Turner on your music radar if you are into high energy rock and roll. The bloke kills!!
Frank Turner

Jason Isbell

A few more from the show: https://photosbynanci.smugmug.com/Meadowbrook-1/Jason-Isbell/

June 21-We drove to see the legendary Jackson Browne at Tanglewood in Lenox MA. He was amazing! Highly recommend seeing him and the band. Actually he's great with or without a band!




Pics from the show: https://photosbynanci.smugmug.com/Jackson-Browne/Tanglewood-2016/
Videos: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLKa6O-DUsAoC90V5euSGTIvKOVifW5OZR

Right...on to the News!

Weathersfield Select Board News: Want to help govern our Town? Notice of Select board Vacancy Pursuant to Title 24 VSA 961 (a): Notice is hereby given of a vacancy on the Weathersfield Select board effective June 7, 2016. The Weathersfield Select board 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 Select board may submit a letter of interest by noon on July 5, 2016 to Ed Morris P.O. Box 550, Ascutney, Vermont 05030 or townmanager@weathersfield.org

Obituary
Perkinsville-Alice G. Adams, 92, a longtime resident of Perkinsville, passed away Saturday morning, June 11, 2016, at Mt. Ascutney Hospital and Health Center in Windsor. She was born Jan. 28, 1924, in Randolph, Vermont, the daughter of Leslie and Florence (Newell) Gilman. She received her schooling in Randolph and graduated from Randolph High School in 1942. Following high school, she traveled to Chicago where she was employed as a telephone operator during World War II. She was working on the switchboard the day that President Franklin D. Roosevelt died in 1945. She returned to Vermont and married Elton Davis in Randolph in 1946. They were later divorced. For many years, Alice served as the office treasurer for the Windsor County Farm Bureau and was involved with the Windsor County Farm Bureau Field Day held in Springfield. She married Eugene Adams in 1978. She was a Vermont farm girl at heart and enjoyed gardening, playing cards and bingo. She especially enjoyed spending time with her family.  She was predeceased by her parents; two sisters, Marjorie Wilk and Evelyn Dimick; and by one brother, Arthur “Gil” Gilman. 

Survivors include her husband of 38 years, Eugene Adams of Perkinsville; three daughters, Barbara Slaton and her husband, Robert, of Springfield,  Beverly Lauren and her husband, Charlie, of Chester, and Bette Matulonis and her husband, Jeff, of Springfield; two stepchildren, Richard Adams of Weathersfield and Josephine Streeter-Fletcher of Springfield; one sister, Helen Moore of Springfield; four grandchildren, Tammy Millard of Perkinsville, Jeremy Lauren of Penacook, New Hampshire, Jessica Maher of Charlestown, Massachusetts and Jacob Matulonis of Springfield; five great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews. Memorial contributions may be made to the Visiting Nurse Association and Hospice of VT and NH, 66 Benning St., Suite 6, West Lebanon, NH 03766; or to the charity of one’s choice.

Get Out And About:

Wellwood Orchards-1st Strawberry Festival 2016 in Weathersfield, Saturday, June 25, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Food Vendors, PYO Strawberries, Craft/Wares Vendors, County Store, tractor pulled wagon rides,  petting zoo and Live Music all day! This is not just a craft fair, it's an adventure as always at Wellwood. No admission fee-this event is FREE. Please see their "NO DOG POLICY" effective Jan. 1, 2016 on their Facebook page and website at wellwoodorchards.com If you want to join the fun as a volunteer, entertainer or vendor, please send an email to livefriedmanordie@gmail.com Rain Date-June 26


All You Can Eat Baked Bean Dinner in Perkinsville, Saturday, June 25, 5-7 p.m. The West Weathersfield Fire Department is hosting a Baked Bean Dinner at their Station located at Rtes 131 and 106. All you can eat. $10 adults, $5 children, under 5 are free. all proceeds benefit the West Weathersfield Volunteer Fire Department.


Honor Our Veterans-Horses as Caring Companions in Weathersfield, Sunday June 26 1-4 p.m. Open Horse barn at 295 Cascade Falls Rd-3 miles west on Rte 131 off I91 Exit 8. For more info call 802-738-6219. Veterans and their families are invited.

3rd Annual Five Alarm 5K in Perkinsville, Saturday July 30. This 5 K Trail Run or Walk benefits the West Weathersfield Volunteer Fire Department. Race 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 http://www.active.com/perkinsville-vt/running/distance-running-races/3rd-annual-five-alarm-5k-2016?int=  or paper registration available at The West Weathersfield Volunteer Fire Dept. Or Contact Toshya at mainecutie94@hotmail.com, (603)322-3287. A chicken BBQ will be to follow at WWFD station.

Ongoing:
Weathersfield Parks and Recreations-Guided Hikes. Contact Steve Aikenhead with questions stevea47@tds.net , 263-5439. 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 24-Johnny O, July 1-Peter Neri, July 8-Erik Boedtker, July 15-Johnny O, July 22-closed for a wedding, July 29-Dave Clark, Aug. 5-Ali T

Windsor Station Live Music in Windsor Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays. June 23-The Whiskey Geese 7-10 p.m., June 25-TOAST 9:30 p.m., July 5-Copilot 6-9 p.m., July 9-Coquette 10 p.m..

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 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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Sunday, June 19, 2016

Balloons Over Vermont-Quechee Balloon Fest 2016 #VT #hotairballoons #vermonttourism #HartfordVTCC #QuecheeVT

Saturday, June 18, 2016
Quechee Vermont

It was a spectacular day for the 37th Annual Quechee Balloon Festival. Over 25 Balloons from around New England, Canada and the US took to the skies in the early morning  and early evening on Saturday.

I was invited by a friend to fly with him for the early morning lift-off. I met Brax (from http://aerialdesignflys.com/ ) at Lebanon airport and we took off to chase some balloons.

It was beautiful. Being able to view these balloons from above was truly a treat.
More aerial images: https://photosbynanci.smugmug.com/QuecheeBalloonFestival/June-18-2016/Aerials/

I returned in the afternoon for a deck party in Quechee at the Masiello Group Real Estate office (Thank You again, Kasia!)

The air was calm, the skies were brilliant blue and the balloons took off once again to the delight of thousands of people!


After the balloons returned from their flights, five of the balloonists performed a "Glow." It was quite spectacular! Two segments were set to songs and the crowd watching cheered and sang along. Another great event in the books! Well done Hartford Area Chamber of Commerce.


More images from Saturday evening: https://photosbynanci.smugmug.com/QuecheeBalloonFestival/June-18-2016/Evening-Liftoff-and-Glow/

This was one of the best years I've attended, with the entire weekend having picture perfect weather.

We were even treated to an almost full moon!


37th Annual Quechee Balloon Festival
Aerials, Evening Lift-off and Glow
Quechee,  VT June 18, 2016
Copyright ©2016 Nancy Nutile-McMenemy
www.photosbynanci.com

Images from other Balloon Fests: https://photosbynanci.smugmug.com/QuecheeBalloonFestival

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