Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Weathersfield News July 27 #weathersfieldvt #VT


Weathersfield News July 25, 2016
Nancy Nutile-McMenemy

Folks, grab a beverage to get comfortable with and take it outside. In case you hadn't noticed we're in the last week of July. Oh my, can it be? Yup. Can summer be winding down already? And in case you've been on vacation or just enjoying your summer-did you know that Vermont is holding a Primary Vote on Tuesday August 9. Oh yeah, it's true. And if you want to vote in this Primary you need to be registered by August 3 with the Weathersfield Town Clerk-she'll have the office open until 5 p.m. for you procrastinators (and you know who you are!) So register to vote by August 3 and get out and vote August 9 at the Town Office between 8 a.m. and 7 p.m..

If politics aren't your thing but music or running is-this is the weekend for you. In Perkinsville the 3rd Annual Five Alarm 5K will be held in Saturday morning. Then you can book over to West Windsor because that town will be rocking all day with Brownstock 2016 and The Fest for Wes (details see below!) Guess I'll be seeing you in Perkinsville and West Windsor.

Speaking of fun things I went to the Harpoon BBQ Festival on Saturday, thousands attend and really enjoyed the food, and music and beer.

More images of the BBQ Fest: https://photosbynanci.smugmug.com/VermontStandard/July-2016/16th-Annual-Harpoon-BBQ-Fest/

On the way home I stopped by the Goulden Ridge Farm to check out their PYO Blueberries. They have quite the operation set up for picking Wednesdays-Sundays.



More images of the great picking: https://photosbynanci.smugmug.com/VermontStandard/July-2016/PYO-Blueberries/

Saturday night I saw a great concert in Manchester VT.
L.E.A.D. Law Enforcement Against Drugs is hosting shows at Riley Rink. Saturday was a band we have been following for a LONG time. We started seeing Southside Johnny and the Asbury Jukes in the late 70s so when we heard they would be in Manchester Vt-we had to go!

Fred Shehadi opened the show

Then Southside and the Jukes kicked the show into high gear.

Weathersfield Select Board News:   The Select Board met Monday July 18 in the Weathersfield Meeting House on the Center Road. Amy Beth Main was appointed to fill the vacant Select Board seat.  A letter of recognition was read by Chair Dan Boyer addressed to Shawn Dennett thanking him for his service at the Transfer Station and successfully completing his first year of employment with the Town. The Board approved a request to fire off a cannon after Suzanne Loutrel's wedding ceremony at the Center Meeting House on August 27 around 3:30 p.m. and again at their reception at the Inn At Weathersfield. The father of the bride was asked to notify abutters before the event. Town manager Morris will provide the abutters list to the bride's father. More information about the Select Board and the town, contact Ed Morris P.O. Box 550, Ascutney, Vermont 05030 or townmanager@weathersfield.org

Get Out And About: 
Last Call-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 follow at WWFD station.

Brownstock 2016 at Ascutney Mountain, Saturday July 30 noon-8 p.m. Ascutney Outdoors is hosting a fundraiser of music and activities; slope side, gates open at noon and close at 8 p.m. $15 pp, kids 14 and under FREE. 60s attire is encouraged! get Your Groove On!  On site camping is available by booking online (limit 25 campsites-so book early.) More information email: brownstockvt@gmail.com

6th Annual Fest For Wes in West Windsor, Saturday July 30, 2 p.m..The festival features a ton of bands celebrating Wes Crawford. Monies raised fund a scholarship to a graduating senior at Hartford High School through the Westley Crawford Memorial Fund.  Free Camping On Site, Live Painting from Anthill! Food Trucks from Taco Truck All Stars! Raffle With Local Prizes! Free Giveaways! Online tickets available online at  https://www.eventbrite.com/e/a-fest-for-wes-2016-tickets-25869233574
For more information visit: www.festforwesvt.com or email afestforwesvt@gmail.com


Rockin' Ron The Friendly Pirate in Ascutney Aug. 4, 10:30 a.m. The Weathersfield Proctor Library is hosting a Pirate Party. Original songs, Pirate stories, and maybe a real pirate shimmy www.RockinRonTheFriendlyPirate.com. More information visit the Library's website: http://www.weathersfieldproctorlibrary.org/ or call 674-2863.

Romaine Tenney: A Celebration of a Farmer's Life in Ascutney, Saturday Sept. 3 11 a.m.-1 p.m. at the Weathersfield Proctor Library. Come learn about this quintessential Vermont Farmer who loved his farm which used to be located where Interstate 91 crosses Route 131. The Sky Blue Boys-(Banjo Dan) will perform their song about Romaine Tenney and more Bluegrass/New Grass music. Memories will be shared and encouraged. Howard Coffin, Vermont Historian will be speaking along with family and friends of Romaine. Refreshments will be served. This event is FREE and open to the public. Support for the event has been provided by the Weathersfield Select Board (Bottle Return Fund), the Friends of Weathersfield Proctor Library, a few private and in-kind donations. More information call 802-674-2863 or visit the library's website: http://www.weathersfieldproctorlibrary.org/

3rd Annual Chiefs Classic Golf Tournament in Springfield, Sunday Sept. 25, 1 p.m. at Crown Point Country Club, 910 Brook RD. Early registration until August 13 $89 per player after that date $99 pp. Fee includes golf cart, food, soft drinks. Two beer carts will be driving around. Prizes awarded. Benefits Ascutney Volunteer Firefighters.

Ongoing:
Road Work: Brook RD to Valley Street into Springfield from Weathersfield Center will be closed through August 31.  You will be detoured from the upper end of Valley Street via Litchfield Street and on to Main Street.  A large concrete culvert will be replaced between Common Street and Litchfield Street

Weathersfield Parks and Recreations-Guided Hikes. Contact Steve Aikenhead with questions stevea47@tds.net , 263-5439. 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 29-Dave Clark, Aug. 5-Ali T, Aug. 12-Johnny O, Aug. 19-Dave Clark, Aug. 26-TBA, Sept. 20-Chris Kleeman.

Windsor Station Live Music in Windsor Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays. July 21-The Few Remaining 7-10 p.m.,  July 22-Binger 10 p.m., July 23-Please Don't Tell 9:30 p.m., July 26-Billy Sharff 6-9 p.m., July 28-The Jerrymanders 7-10 p.m., July 29-Fest for Wes Pre-Party 10 p.m.. July 30-Traveling Broke and Out of Gas 9:30 p.m., Aug. 2-Kyle Boisvert 6-9 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  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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It's PYO Blueberries in #VT #WeathersfieldVT


It's Pick Your Own (PYO) Blueberry season in Vermont

At Goulden Ridge Farm in Weathersfield the bushes are so heavy with plump, juicy blueberries some of the branches are leaning over. The farm offers picking Wednesday through Sunday. 

They even provide jugs for you to put your berries in for fast picking.

Folks were filling their jugs to make pies, and blueberry pancakes. And for freezing to remind us of these beautiful summer days during our LONG cold winter.

I've found a great way to use blueberries and it's extremely easy too.

Take two cups of berries and put them in a sauce pan.
Add 1/4 cup water
1 cup organe juice
3/4 cup sugar
Heat over low-med heat until bubbling-stir slowly so you don't break up too many berries.

In a small bowl or dish 
1/4 cup COLD water
3 tablespoons corn starch-mixed well-no lumps.

Slowly stir cornstarch into the berries. Turn off the heat.
Add 1/2 tsp almond extract
1/8 tsp cinnamon

Stir gently. Add more berries if you'd like.
Serve over ice cream, yogurt, pancakes, toast (I even pour it over watermelon slices!!)
SOOOO GOOD!
I'm sure you can freeze it too. I have a test batch in the freezer.

HAPPY PICKING!!

More PYO images: https://photosbynanci.smugmug.com/VermontStandard/July-2016/PYO-Blueberries/

Thursday, July 21, 2016

Weathersfield News July 21 #WeathersfieldVT #VT

Weathersfield News July 21, 2016
Nancy Nutile-McMenemy

Summer is in full swing. The heat and humidity are in town and so are the thunder storms. I love a good thunder storm, don't you. You just never know what the skies will deliver; heat lightning, big booms, hail, it just keeps you guessing. And of course the elusive rainbow. As a friend from Ireland told me, you can't have rainbows without rain! And with the rain comes the garden weeds. I have vowed that I will weed my vegetable garden and my berry patches this week. I will stay off my computer and get this weeding done. Ok, join me now and say "I will get those weeds out of my garden" -this is my mantra for the second to last week in July.

This past weekend I volunteered at the 28th running/riding of  the Vermont 100 Endurance Race



Despite the heat and humidity most of the particpants really enjoyed the 100 mile or 100 Km course and the 100, 75 or 50 mile ride.
More images: https://photosbynanci.smugmug.com/VermontAdaptive-1/Vermont-100/Vermont-100-2016   
Net race proceeds benefit Vermont Adaptive!

Saturday night before the Sunday morning race finish I took a musical break. I saw Shawn Mullins at Tupelo Music Hall Londonderry, NH

More images: https://photosbynanci.smugmug.com/Shawn-Mullins/Tupelo-2016/ Another great show at this venue. May be one of the last times we attend a concert here. The owner is moving the concert hall into Derry, NH to increase all the venue's amenities.


Now the News
Weathersfield Select Board News:   The Select Board met Monday July 18. Will report on their meeting next week. More information about the Select Board and the town, contact Ed Morris P.O. Box 550, Ascutney, Vermont 05030 or townmanager@weathersfield.org

Road Closure Reminder: Brook RD to Valley Street into Springfield from Weathersfield Center will be closed through August 31.  You will be detoured from the upper end of Valley Street via Litchfield Street and on to Main Street.  A large concrete culvert will be replaced between Common Street and Litchfield Street

Get Out And About: 
Inn at Weathersfield Fundraiser for the 1879 Schoolhouse in Perkinsville, Wednesday July 27, 5:30-8:30 p.m. at the Inn on Route 106. 10% of  food and bar sales will support the 1879 building restoration. When the building is done we'll have the Food shelf, a satellite library, community space and a covered ADA ramp.

A Summer Evening With Friends and Neighbors in Weathersfield, Saturday July 23, 6:30 p.m. at the Weathersfield Center Meeting House on Weathersfield Center Rd. Donation of $15 at the door is suggested. Cocktails, hors d'oeuvres, dessert and a silent auction and of course Tales of Weathersfield by local guest speakers. All proceeds go the WPL Capital Campaign. 

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.



Brownstock 2016 at Ascutney Mountain, Saturday July 30 noon-8 p.m. Ascutney Outdoors is hosting a fundraiser of music and activities slope side. gates open at noon and close at 8 p.m. $15 pp, kids 14 and under FREE. 60s attire is encouraged!  On site camping is available by booking online (limit 25 campsites-so book early.) More information email: brownstockvt@gmail.com



Romaine Tenney: A Celebration of a Farmer's Life in Ascutney, Saturday Sept. 3 11 a.m.-1 p.m. at the Weathersfield Proctor Library. Come learn about this quintessential Vermont Farmer who loved his farm which used to be located where Interstate 91 crosses Route 131. The Sky Blue Boys-(Banjo Dan) will perform their song about Romaine Tenney and more Bluegrass/New Grass music. Memories will be shared and encouraged. Howard Coffin, Vermont Historian will be speaking along with family and friends of Romaine. Refreshments will be served. This event is FREE and open to the public. Support for the event has been provided by the Weathersfield Select Board (Bottle Return Fund), the Friends of Weathersfield Proctor Library, a few private and in-kind donations. More information call 802-674-2863 or visit the library's website: http://www.weathersfieldproctorlibrary.org/


Ongoing:
Weathersfield Parks and Recreations-Guided Hikes. Contact Steve Aikenhead with questions stevea47@tds.net , 263-5439. 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 15-Johnny O, July 22-closed for a wedding, July 29-Dave Clark, Aug. 5-Ali T, Aug. 12-Johnny O, Aug. 19-Dave Clark, Aug. 26-TBA, Sept. 20-Chris Kleeman.

Windsor Station Live Music in Windsor Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays. July 21-The Few Remaining 7-10 p.m.,  July 22-Binger 10 p.m., July 23-Please Don't Tell 9:30 p.m., July 26-Billy Sharff 6-9 p.m., July 28-The Jerrymanders 7-10 p.m., July 29-Fest for Wes Pre-Party 10 p.m.. July 30-Traveling Broke and Out of Gas 9:30 p.m., Aug. 2-Kyle Boisvert 6-9 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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Thursday, July 14, 2016

Farm to Bottle SILO Distillery in Windsor VT #VT #SILOdistillery #Distillery #whiskey #vodka

Windsor, VT

It's 7 a.m. and Chris Maggiolo's day is about to begin. Maggiolo is the Production Manager at SILO Distillery in Windsor VT which produces distinct small batch spirits made from as many local products as they can find. Chris grew up in Harrisonburg, Virginia, received his Master in Gastronomy from Boston University in Boston MA, and currently lives in Brownsville, VT.   When I visited on June 23, Maggiolo was celebrating his one year anniversary at SILO.  

The Farm to Bottle process begins with the delivery of corn from the Grembowicz Farm (http://grembowiczfarm.com/ ) in North Clarendon Vt. Jeff Grembowicz, who's father sold the family dairy in 2005, expanded the farm into fields of grain: corn, rye, wheat and soybeans. He typically will deliver five tons of corn to SILO on "grain day." Grembowicz started out grinding corn for pellet stoves but when that peaked, he went looking for another place to sell his grains-he found SILO. "These local relationships are the saving grace for our farm" says Grembowicz. "Right now I'm working exclusively with SILO, but I have spoken to two other distilleries."


The bags of grain are stacked and stored until the corn is ground on site. The Hammer Mill grinds the corn kernels and the milled grains are sent up an auger into a large tank called the Mash Tun, where it is cooked with local water creating the “mash” an oatmeal like mixture.  Two enzymes are slowly added over six hours to break down the starches to sugars, then yeast is added  to initiate the fermentation process.



After moving the fermenting mash from the Mash Tun to an insulated Fermentation tank, the mash will sit for roughly 5-7 days while the yeast does its work, breaking down the sugars from the grains into carbon-dioxide and alcohol. This process, known as fermentation, is the first step in making any spirits, and the only step where alcohol is actually made. When about 99% of the sugars have been consumed by the yeast, the mixture is now referred to as a “wash." The “wash” has an alcohol content of approximately 10%. In order to turn this wash into a spirit of one kind or another, the art of distillation is necessary.



Part of the "Farm to Bottle to Farm" process is sending the spent mash, which now has  no alcohol content, to area farms. Two such farms are Cavendish Gamebirds in Springfield, Vt. (http://www.vermontquail.com/) and Springmore Farm in Baltimore , VT. (http://www.springmorefarm.com/) where the spent mash is used for feed and composting.


The "wash" is moved from the Fermentation Tank to the Pot Still beginning the alcohol stripping process.  A “stripping run” is just that, the mixture is heated indirectly with steam, causing the ethanol to become a vapor that moves from the helmet of the still, along the “spirit pipe” and back into a condensation column where it is cooled and becomes a liquid once.  That gas is in effect the "spirit" of ethanol. The product of a stripping run is a very floral and cloudy liquid, called a “low wine”, because of its relatively low alcohol content, about 30-40 %.  After a few stripping runs the "low wine" is sent back into the pot for the "finish run."



The "finish run", or final distillation process, begins with the "low wine" being pumped back into the freshly cleaned pot still. SILO uses a custom made pot and column still, made from copper and stainless steel, produced by German still manufacturers CARL. (http://www.brewing-distilling.com/page2/ccarl-stills.html .)  The “low wines” are run through the pot and column, and after a single run, a finished spirit is collected. This is then proofed down with local water, and purified by reverse osmosis to a final 80 proof that will bottled and labeled in house. The short column is used to make whiskey and the longer column is used to make vodka. The longer column removes move flavors to create a clean vodka.


SILO’s parent company, American Crafted Spirits,  was founded in 2011 by 8th generation Vermonters and began production in 2013. SILO products include
Vodkas: SILO Vodka, SILO Cucumber Vodka. SILO Elderberry Vodka, SILO Lavender Vodka , SILO Lemon Vodka. SILO Gin, SILO Reserve Gin, SILO Moonshine, SILO Aged Whisky, and SILO Bourbon.


All distilled spirits are clear. Whiskeys and Bourbons get their color and flavors from the barrels they are aged in. SILO uses barrels from a family cooperage in Minnesota, called Black Swan Cooperage (http://www.blackswanbarrels.com/).  SILO's Bourbon and Whiskey profiles are due to Black Swan’s patented Honey-Comb technique which allows the spirit more contact with the natural sugars in the charred American oak barrel. It takes about nine days from grain to bottle for vodka and whiskey about 8-10 months because of the oak barrel aging process.


SILO also uses as many local botanicals for their infused spirits as possible. Plants like northern hardy lavender, lemon verbena, juniper berries for their Gin, and local apples.
SILO’s next release is a limited edition wheat whiskey named Aisling (ASH-ling).  Aisling is a young whiskey distilled from wheat mash and aged with charred ash wood staves. 100% sourced from Vermont farms.

This summer and fall SILO will collaborate with two well-known Vermont brands Harpoon Brewery and Lake Champlain Chocolates. First up is SILO Solstice, a spirit distilled from UFO White Beer, with notes of orange peel, coriander and wheat. A bright and refreshing spirit, it evokes dreams of summer days spent in the swimming holes of Vermont.

In the fall, SILO will release SILO Cacao Vodka, a vodka infused with cacao shells from Lake Champlain Chocolates’ Blue Bandana Line. Once the cacao beans arrive in Vermont the shells are winnowed, or separated, to extract the nibs of the beans. The cacao nibs are used to produce their signature chocolates, but they have little use for the shell of the bean. The shells are sent over to SILO where they are infused into their 100% Vermont-grown corn vodka. SILO Cacao’s smooth, yet complex, flavor is best enjoyed on a brisk day, with company, near your favorite hearth.

In addition to partnering with farms and botanical gardens around Vermont and New England, SILO also practices water conservation. They use a 1500 galloon closed system water supply for the mash and cooling of the tanks, pot and columns.

For the future Maggiolo would like to create a Single Malt Whiskey, "I've been in touch with a Maltster in Monkton (Vermont) and I hope we can work something out."

SILO is open daily and tours and tastings can easily be arranged.




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Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Weathersfield News July 13 #WeathersfieldVT #VT


Weathersfield News July 13, 2016
Nancy Nutile-McMenemy



WOW. July is flying by. I can't believe it's time for the Vermont 100 Endurance Race already. This year will be a sad one for me. My dear friend Alice Anderson passed away on July 3. Alice was always there to help me fold t-shirts and get the merchandise table set up for not only the Vermont 100 but also the Vermont 50 (held the last Sunday in September.). Every time I fold a t-shirt I will think of her.


I had another busy weekend filled with music and performances!
Friday we hit Manchester VT for another fantastic Billsville House Concert.
Brett Hughes opened for Lissie.

 More images of Brett Hughes: https://photosbynanci.smugmug.com/BillsvilleHouseConcerts/Lissie-July-2016/Brett-Hughes/


More videos of concerts at Billsville: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLKa6O-DUsAoCVHPI27BQl3Pj0VF-m0GvU


Saturday night I met a friend at Applebee's in West Lebanon for a quick bite then we headed over to Briggs Opera House for the Val and Brooks CD Fundraiser.

Brooks Hubbard grew up in Enfield, NH and Val McCallum spent his early years in West Windsor. Val now tours with Jackson Browne and his "alter ego band" Jack Sh*t.
 More images of Brooks Hubbard: https://photosbynanci.smugmug.com/Brooks-Hubbard 

 More images of Brooks and Val at the Briggs Opera House: https://photosbynanci.smugmug.com/Brooks-Hubbard/Briggs-Opera-July-2016/

More images of Val McCallum: https://photosbynanci.smugmug.com/Val-McCallum


Sunday I saw a wonderful production of The Secret Garden at Lebanon Opera House. This is the 44th Annual Summer production for North Country Community Theatre. There are three performances left-don't miss this show! It's theater, it's opera, it's fantastic!








Road Closure Alert: Valley Street into Springfield from Weathersfield Center will be closed starting the week of July 11 (next Monday) through August 31.  You will be detoured from the upper end of Valley Street via Litchfield Street and on to Main Street.  A large concrete culvert will be replaced between Common Street and Litchfield Street


Weathersfield Select Board News:  Their meeting was held on July 5. Chip Cobb is exploring the idea of Town-wide Festival to be held on September 24. The Veterans Memorial Committee hosts their annual chicken barbecue and the Library hosts a book and bake sale. A request for a  Large Gathering Permit was approved. The transfer station is losing money and has been for the past three years. Town Manager Morris projected a $25-27K shortfall due to shortage of revenue. He recommended increasing the price of the stickers and closing the Swap Shop. The Board voted to  increase the Transfer Station stickers to $50 for Weathersfield residents and $60 for West Windsor residents with the same percentage increase for Reading.  The Board set the tax rates: General Fund tax rate at $0.3210, Highway Fund at $0.2925, County Tax at $0.0086, Local Agreement Tax at $0.0061,  Homestead education at $1.5853, Non-residential education at $1.5402. (Perkinsville village (calculated) at $0.039-The Town does not set the Perkinsville village tax or the education taxes) More information about the Select Board and the town, contact Ed Morris P.O. Box 550, Ascutney, Vermont 05030 or townmanager@weathersfield.org

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


A Summer Evening With Friends and Neighbors in Weathersfield, Saturday July 23, 6:30 p.m. at the Weathersfield Center Meeting House on Weathersfield Center Rd. Donation of $15 at the door is suggested. Cocktails, hors d'oeuvres, dessert and a silent auction and of course Tales of Weathersfield by local guest speakers. All proceeds go the WPL Capital Campaign. 

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.

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Romaine Tenney: A Celebration of a Farmer's Life in Ascutney, Saturday Sept. 3 11 a.m.-1 p.m. at the Weathersfield Proctor Library. Come learn about this quintessential Vermont Farmer who loved his farm which used to be located where Interstate 91 crosses Route 131. The Sky Blue Boys-(Banjo Dan) will perform their song about Romaine Tenney and more Bluegrass/New Grass music. Memories will be shared and encouraged. Howard Coffin, Vermont Historian will be speaking along with family and friends of Romaine. 
Refreshments will be served. This event is FREE and open to the public. Support for the event has been provided by the Weathersfield Select Board (Bottle Return Fund), the Friends of Weathersfield Proctor Library, a few private and in-kind donations. More information call 802-674-2863 or visit the library's website: http://www.weathersfieldproctorlibrary.org/





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 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 16 Rumblecat 9:30 p.m., July 21-The Few Remaining 7 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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