Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Weathersfield News Aug. 31 #weathersfieldVT #VT


Weathersfield News August 31, 2016
Nancy Nutile-McMenemy


I don't know about you but my garden is insane with fruit this year. So much so that we had to buy a second freezer for all the tomatoes and sauce I'm storing. I take the lazy way of putting up tomatoes but just washing, drying, popping them into a ziplock freezer bag and sucking the air out with a straw. My romas get cut up and boiled down with peppers, zucchini, summer squash and basil. No food mill for me, we eat the sauce with tomato skins and seeds included (who couldn't use more fiber in their diet, right?) I don't "can" so I store this sauce in re-purposed plastic containers. This process works for us-you might give it a try too. Ok, back to the kitchen to process more tomatoes!

Another great weekend of concerts.

Friday night, we traveled to the Academy of Music in Northampton, MA to see Lucinda Williams and her band Buick 6. I only had my point and shoot so the images aren't the best but you'll get the idea of how cool the show was.

We hit the road again Saturday night. This time to Portsmouth NH. Prescott Park Arts Festival was hosting Lucinda Williams and her band Buick 6. We had a reserved blanket up front an I brought my pro-camera. But First we had dinner at Portsmouth Brewery.






Sunday we got last minute tickets to see Brian Wilson on tour for the 50th Anniversary of Pet Sounds at Bank of NH Pavilion/Meadowbrook in Gilford, NH.
Posted some point and shoot camera images: https://photosbynanci.smugmug.com/Brian-Wilson/Bank-of-NH-Pavilion-2016/


Weathersfield School News: School starts today Thursday, Sept. 1. Welcome back.  There will be no school on Monday Sept. 5 for Labor Day but the teachers and students will be back at it on Tuesday, Sept. 6. The School Board will meet Monday, Sept. 12. On Sept. 17 the soccer teams will be competing at the Bellows Falls tournament. During the month of September the school will be conducting two evacuation and lockdown drills in compliance with the Vermont Fire and Building Safety Codes. The Annual Walk to School Day will be held on Wednesday, Oct. 5-meet at the former Casa del Sol on Rte 5. For more information about the school and events, call 802-674-5400.

Get Out And About:

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. This event is FREE and open to the public. Details above. More information call 802-674-2863 or visit the library's website: http://www.weathersfieldproctorlibrary.org/

9th Annual Wellwood Orchards Customer Appreciation Day in Weathersfield, Saturday, Sept. 3, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Magic show, games, food and more. More information on their Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/events/997300717057619/

Household Hazardous Waste Collections Saturday, Sept.10 in Springfield at the Springfield Transfer Station 9a.m.–1 p.m. and Saturday, Sept. 17 in Weathersfield at the Weathersfield Transfer Station 9 a.m.–1 p.m. Call 674-9235 for more information or
www.vtsolidwastedistrict.org Only residents and small businesses from Andover, Athens, Baltimore, Cavendish, Chester, Grafton, Ludlow, Plymouth, Reading, Rockingham, Springfield, Weathersfield, West Windsor, and Windsor may participate.

1st Annual Weathersfield Fall Festival in Weathersfield, Saturday, Sept. 24. Events all day including: 8 a.m.-2 p.m. mapped out yard sales around town; Farmer's Market at Hosington Field;  Craft Fair and Food at West Weathersfield Fire Department; Book and Bake Sale at Proctor Library; Bow Baptist Church Building tours; Dan Foster House tours; Chicken BBQ by Veterans Committee at Martin Memorial Hall; Community dinner, music, at the school. Contact Amy Beth Main AMain@weathersfield.org , BJ Esty bjesty@wsesu.net , or Ed Morris at (802) 674-2626 for more info.


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.



Benefit Dinner for Levi Parker in Perkinsville, Saturday Oct.1 5-7 p.m.
at the West Weathersfield Vol. Fire Dept. 7259 Route 131. Spaghetti, Salad, Garlic Bread, Dessert, and Beverage. The dinner benefits Levi Parker and his family. Levi, a fellow WWVFD firefighter, was diagnosed with aplastic anemia an needs a bone marrow transplant. 50/50 raffle with many door prizes from local businesses.


Ongoing:


Weathersfield Parks and Recreations-Guided Hikes. Contact Steve Aikenhead with questions stevea47@tds.net , 263-5439 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 7-9p.m.., Sept. 2-Chris Kleeman, Sept. 9-Johnny O, Sept. 16-Erik Bedtker, Sept. 23-Ali T, Sept 30-Draa Hoobs, Oct 7-Dave Clark, Oct. 14-Chris Kleeman, Oct. 21-Ali T, Oct. 28-Steve Ellis.

Windsor Station Live Music in Windsor Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays  First Friday Karaoke 5-10 p.m. Sept. 1 Brian Warren and Mike Carol, Sept. 2 Karaoke, Sept. 3-TBA, Sept.6 Bill Temple, Sept. 8-TBA, Sept. 9 TBA, Sept. 10_Jester Jigs, Sept. 13-TBA, Sept. 15-TBA, Sept. 16 Soul Fix, Sept. 17-Derek and the Demons.

Low Cost Cat Pay/Neuter Clinics in Springfield. Call Springfield Humane Society 802-885-3997 for an appointment. Clinic dates: 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 Perkinsville every Thursday from 2-3 p.m.. Route 106 at the old Perkinsville Elementary School.

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, August 24, 2016

Weathersfield News August 24 #weathersfieldvt #VT


Weathersfield News August 24, 2016
Nancy Nutile-McMenemy
Holy cow, school starts Thursday Sept. 1. That's next week. Where did this summer go? With school starting, remember to watch for kids crossing the streets and walking on the edges of the roadways. Also leave yourself time in the morning and afternoon as the school buses will be making their frequent stops all around town. In addition, next weekend is an event that the Library has been planning for months-Romaine Tenney: A Celebration of a Farmer's Life. The event details are listed below and it's shaping up to be a very cool, well attended FREE event in town-come check it out Saturday Sept. 3 at 11 a.m. at the Weathersfield Proctor Library.




West Weathersfield Fire Department Saluted One of Their Own.


West Weathersfield Fire Department News: Area fire departments came together Thursday, August 18 to salute Levi Parker, 21 of Springfield VT. Parker is a volunteer fire fighter with West Weathersfield Fire Department who has recently been diagnosed with acute anemia. The fire fighters in the West Weathersfield station put the call out to area fire companies to line Route 106 with fire trucks and rescue vehicles as Levi and his family made their way towards the interstate to head to Boston for a bone marrow transplant. About 20 fire trucks from fire stations as far away as WestminsterVT and CharlestownNH line the road as Levi followed behind a police cruiser escort. The family will need to be in Boston for about a month while Levi undergoes treatment. West Weathersfield Fire has sold about 600 fundraising bracelets and will host a spaghetti dinner on Oct. 1 at the station in Perkinsville to raise money for the family's travel and medical costs. Contact NaToshya Spaulding at (603) 322-3287 for more information or to purchase a bracelet for $5. 




Anderson East closed out the Front Porch Concert Series in Lebanon NH on Thursday.




Spent a lovely day Friday on Lake Sunapee with some friends who have a place there.
Weathersfield Parks and Recreation Guided Hikes continued on Saturday, Aug 20 with a trek up Little Ascutney. The 2.5 hour roundtrip adventure took hikers to the ledges, very near to the summit of Little Ascutney (1709 feet) on the Wildlife Area Management  land. The next hike is to the 1947 B-29 Bomber Crash Site and Tucker Trail Lookout in Perkinsville Sept. 17. Space is limited for this hike and no dogs allowed. Contact Steve Aikenhead with questions stevea47@tds.net , 263-5439





Saturday night we headed to New Hampshire for a concert by one of our favorite performers...
Davy Knowles at Tupelo Music Hall Londonderry NH






Sunday night we were lucky to be among the 25 lucky people to see Lula Wiles at Henry Farm Inn, Chester VT. The was one very cool house concert.





Weathersfield Select Board News: The Board met Aug. 15. A letter with multiple signatures was presented for a dedicated left hand turn at Cemetery Road and Route 131. The Board approved replacing the Town Hall's Palladian window. There was discussion about how to build up and spend various reserve accounts. Town Manager, Ed Morris informed the Board that the Fire Commission seats are filled and the Commission will be begin review of the John Wood Report.  Paving of Amsden School Road was approved and Springfield Paving will begin work Oct. 1 at a cost of $61.59 per ton. More information about the Select Board and the town, contact Ed Morris P.O. Box 550, Ascutney, Vermont 05030 or townmanager@weathersfield.org



Weathersfield Proctor Library News: Weathersfield Proctor Library Board of Trustees and the Friends of  Weathersfield Proctor Library are hosting an event to celebrate the life a Romaine Tenney, a Weathersfield Farmer, Saturday Sept. 3 11 a.m.-1 p.m. at the library. Romaine grew up on a farm that was located where the overpass of Interstate 91 crosses Route 131. Romaine's story was written up in the March/April 2013 edition of Yankee Magazine. "Romaine Tenney Loved His Farm to Death" by Howard Mansfield. Their event will feature: The Sky Blue Boys (Banjo Dan) performing their song about Romaine Tenney and other music from 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Speakers include: Howard Coffin, Neil Shepard, Chip Cobb, Mike Kamel and Antoinette Jacobson. Folks will be sharing their memories about the farm, the famous farmhouse and Weathersfield's native son. Refreshment will be served. This event is FREE and open to the public.



Get Out And About:
The News Behind The News: How Did the 2016 Election Get This Crazy?" A talk by Jane Mayer and Bill Hamilton in Weathersfield, Saturday, Aug. 27, 6:30 p.m. at the Weathersfield Meetinghouse on the Weathersfield Center Rd. This is a potluck supper fundraiser for the Friends of the Meetinghouse Steeple Belfry repair. A donation of $15 is suggested. Bring a dish to share.


Tom Ghent in Concert in Perkinsville Sunday, Aug. 28, 5-7 p.m. Stoughton Pond Recreation Area. More information available on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/1052288854818740/


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. This event is FREE and open to the public. Details above. More information call 802-674-2863 or visit the library's website: http://www.weathersfieldproctorlibrary.org/



9th Annual Wellwood Orchards Customer Appreciation Day in Weathersfield, Saturday, Sept. 3, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Magic show, games, food and more. More information on their Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/events/997300717057619/

1st Annual Weathersfield Fall Festival in Weathersfield, Saturday, Sept. 24. Events all day including: 8 a.m.-2 p.m. mapped out yard sales around town; Farmer's Market at Hosington Field;  Craft Fair and Food at West Weathersfield Fire Department; Book and Bake Sale at Proctor Library; Bow Baptist Church Building tours; Dan Foster House tours; Chicken BBQ by Veterans Committee at Martin Memorial Hall; Community dinner, music, at the school. Contact Amy Beth Main AMain@weathersfield.org , BJ Esty bjesty@wsesu.net , or Ed Morris at (802) 674-2626 for more info.


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:


Weathersfield Parks and Recreations-Guided Hikes. Contact Steve Aikenhead with questions stevea47@tds.net , 263-5439 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 7-9p.m.., Aug. 26-TBA, Sept. 2-Chris Kleeman, Sept. 9-Johnny O, Sept. 16-Erik Bedtker, Sept. 23-Ali T, Sept 30-Draa Hoobs, Oct 7-Dave Clark, Oct. 14-Chris Kleeman, Oct. 21-Ali T, Oct. 28-Steve Ellis.

Windsor Station Live Music in Windsor Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays  First Friday Karaoke 5-10 p.m. Aug. 25-The Whiskey Geese, Aug 25-The Youngest Sun, Aug. 27-Cornerstone, Aug. 30 Jonny'O, Sept. 1 Brian Warren and Mike Carol, Sept. 2 Karaoke, Sept. 3-TBA, Sept.6 Bill Temple, Sept. 8-TBA, Sept. 9 TBA, Sept. 10_Jester Jigs, Sept. 13-TBA, Sept. 15-TBA, Sept. 16 Soul Fix, Sept. 17-Derek and the Demons.

Low Cost Cat Pay/Neuter Clinics in Springfield. Call Springfield Humane Society 802-885-3997 for an appointment. Clinic dates: 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 Perkinsville every Thursday from 2-3 p.m.. Route 106 at the old Perkinsville Elementary School.

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, AscutneyVT. 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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Friday, August 19, 2016

Deep Meadows-Weathersfield's Organic Farm #weathersfieldVT #VT #organic #farming



Weathersfield Vermont
Nancy Nutile-McMenemy

"How did I get so lucky?" says Jon Cohen of Deep Meadows Farm in Weathersfield, VT. It's a rainy Monday but the farm is buzzing with folks picking vegetables in the fields; garlic is being cleaned up in the former trotter horse farm's barn. And the Vermont Foodbank's van is being loaded with fresh produce from the former horse stall that has been converted into a cold room for vegetable storage.


Cohen grew up in Westchester County and Manhattan in New York state. He was always interested in organic gardening. He had a small organic garden while living in New York city's suburbs, back when organic farming and gardening weren't really buzz words. It's all I ever knew"  Cohen says with a smile.  He left New York at the age of seventeen.

In 1986 he leased to purchase a 23 acre farm in Durham, NH, "That's kind of where I cut my teeth" says this self taught organic farmer. The desire was to grow all his own food, to understand where his food came from and how to make farming sustainable drove his passion to farm. "It was a kind of back-to-the land kind of thing. We were planting wheat and trying to make our own bread; growing soybeans and making our own tofu; raising some meat birds;  we had some sheep and eggs. We were trying to do as much as possible (on our own.) At the same time that I was going to graduate school for counseling."


He lived on this farm in Durham for a year with a small garden. One day he asked his neighbor with a tractor to turnover some of the acreage and the next thing he knew he had five acres of land ready for planting. Being the ambitious guy that he is, he got to it. He quickly discovered they had way too much food, so what do you do?

Thus began his path to large scale organic farming. He researched farming practices; spoke with other farmers; started selling at farmer's markets and to local restaurants. In their second year, they were the 10th farm to be certified organic by the State of New Hampshire (back before the USDA took over certification.) "I jumped into it (organic faming) full force, which is kind of the way things happen for me." He continued farming in Durham for about seven years.


He starting looking at land in Vermont to farm at the same time his ex-wife was looking at graduate programs at the University of Pennsylvania for midwifery. "She won."  For eight years, Cohen put his organic farming on hold to pursue his counseling career in Philadelphia and a few places in Maryland. He quit farming-cold turkey-eight long years with no dirt under his fingernails.

In 2001, after his marriage fell part he left Maryland and headed back to New England and landed in southern Vermont with the intention to start farming once again. He was looking for 15-20 acres to farm, something small scale and manageable-green truck farming for farmer's markets, CSA, wholesale. He found some land in Westminster, VT.

He approached the owner set up a barter and worked this farm land for about three years. While in Westminster, he struck up a friendship with Paul Harlow, a third generation Vermont farmer. The Harlow Farm has been in the Harlow family since 1917 and has been certified organic since 1985. 

In cooperation with Harlow, Cohen worked about 10 acres at Kestral Farm and began learning the business of sustainable organic farming with Harlow as a mentor. After about five years, Cohen felt comfortable enough with his business skills to begin looking for a place of his own. Vermont Farm and Forest Viability program helped him develop a business plan. He started speaking with area realtors and also began a relationship with Jon Ramsay, the Director of Farmland Access Program at Vermont Land Trust.


Cohen had driven by the land that would eventually become Deep Meadows about three or four times on his way to Green Mountain Smokehouse on Route 5 in Windsor VT. He was delivering some pigs for processing. "One day on the way back (from the smokehouse) I said to myself, I wonder how much they want for that property just out of curiosity? I called the realtor and they wanted $1 million for it. I went, Oh God, I'll never be able to afford that, not really connecting that maybe I could get the Land Trust involved."

"It was such a beautiful property, I'll never have a place like that."  The property Cohen was referring to was most recently the former Robert Farm where trotter horses were being raised.


The farm, the former Kelly Farm, had been through many incarnations. Back in the 1970s, the open land along the Connecticut River was considered no longer viable for farming. Zoning was adjusted accordingly for commercial or industrial use, opening the land to development. Towns were being pressured to find a stable tax base and as a result, many lands were vulnerable to uses other than farming. The Kelly Farm was one of these lands. A car demolition track, a wood chip plant, a brewery were all under consideration. It eventually was transformed into a trotter horse farm and training facility-complete with a training track, which was purchased by the Robert family from Connecticut. The land sat in the family trust for about 10 years after the patriarch died of a heart attack.

After acquiring the Kelly Farm, as it was known locally in Weathersfield, the Vermont Land Trust issued a public request for business plans from farmers interested in purchasing the land. Jon and his partner Ruth Nangeroni were one of 50 applicants for the property-74 acres, five of which were pulled for the Ascutney Fire District water supply well in the center of the property. Cohen and Nangeroni had the best plan and experience according to the Vermont land Trust and made the purchase. In addition, the land is now protected, if Cohen sells, the land must produce 50% of it's income from food or fiber.

Cohen and Nangeroni began the conversion from trotter horse farm to vegetable production in 2011.


In their fifth season, they are making their payments, learning as they go and managing their 40 acres of organic vegetables-artichokes to zucchinis. They are now certified by the USDA as organic, the only organic farm within a 15 mile radius. They operate four greenhouses-one for propagation and three for production. "Early vegetables are the best sellers."

They have eight full time employees and two H-2A temporary agricultural visa workers from Jamaica, who have been with them for five years. When asked if it was hard to find employees, Cohen said no but it's hard to keep them. There is a certain skill set needed to work on a farm and Cohen has found that he's constantly training his work force as result of high turns over. "That's the bigger challenge, you can work with somebody who's not as expedient as our Jamaicans are... it's spending too much time training them. Then (when) they finally get some of it and they leave." That's were the value of hiring folks is lost.  He's looking for a committed mid-management employee with long term commitment. The farm runs pretty much year round now that they participate in winter farmer's markets so he can offer almost full time year round employment.


Deep Meadows supplies wholesale indirectly to Wholefoods, directly to Black River Produce, Hannafords and many local restaurants generating the bulk of their income. They sell at farmer's markets, including Woodstock.

Cohen operates a farm stand too. It has moved from the roadside down to the barn. The newly renovated space, includes electricity, display shelves, a freezer for cold storage, and is staffed with regular hours for better customer service.


Former horse stalls are being converted to cold storage areas for winter crops to increase their available produce through the winter months.

"This has been a real community effort." Cohen credits the farm's success with early mentoring from Paul Harlow, support from the Vermont Land Trust, The Ascutney Fire District, Black River Produce, Farm Service Agency and Jon Ramsay at VLT.

"We're five years in and we're covering our expenses" he says with a big smile.



Deep Meadows Organic Farm
Rte 5
Ascutney,  VT,  August 1, 2016
Copyright ©2016 Nancy Nutile-McMenemy

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Weathersfield News Aug. 17 #weathersfieldvt #VT


Weathersfield News August 15, 2016
Nancy Nutile-McMenemy

By now you all know that the first installment of our taxes were due on Wednesday, Aug. 17. And if you didn't know-SURPRISE! You owe the town some money. I for one don't mind paying my taxes because I can see where the money goes. When our Town report comes out each year, I make sure I read it, especially all the boring budget stuff. So I know our Town Office staff, Police Department, Elementary School Staff and Administrators, Library Staff and Highway crews are hard at work keeping Weathersfield chugging along. Thank you folks!


Summer is winding down. The final week of the Front Porch Concert series is this Thursday August 18 at 7 p,m. at Colburn Park in Lebanon NH. Anderson East will perform FREE! 

Last week Billy Wylder killed it!




A big thank you to The Point FM radio Station, The Lebanon Opera House and Lebanon Recreation and Parks.  More info about Thursday's show and other music: http://recreation.lebnh.net/home/docs/summer-entertainment

The News You Can Use...

Weathersfield Select Board News:   The Board had their regular meeting on Monday, Aug. 15. Their published agenda included various appointments to Town Commissions and the resignation of Amy Beth Main from the Budget Committee (she now serves as a Select Board member.) They were also scheduled to discuss the Wood Report about our town's Fire Services. More information about the Select Board and the town, contact Ed Morris P.O. Box 550, Ascutney, Vermont 05030 or townmanager@weathersfield.org

Ascutney Volunteer Fire Association (AVFA) News: All five members of AVFA resigned at their regular monthly meeting Monday, Aug. 1.  The reasons for the resignations are unclear but the news is making it's way around town and folks are stunned. Ascutney Volunteer Fire Department Chief Engineer Darrin Spaulding is the only remaining member on the executive board. He serves as second vice president. AVFA is a nonprofit volunteer fire department and as such is not required to publish their monthly meeting's minutes. A follow up meeting is being planned and will be reported on here next week, hopefully.
  
Get Out And About:


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/

9th Annual Wellwood Orchards Customer Appreciation Day in Weathersfield, Saturday Sept. 3 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Magic show, games, food and more. More information on their Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/events/997300717057619/

1st Annual Weathersfield Fall Festival in Ascutney, Saturday Sept. 24 Community  dinner, music, fun for all ages. Contact Amy Beth Main AMain@weathersfield.org or BJ Esty bjesty@wsesu.net for more info.


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.

Tom Ghent in Concert in Perkinsville Sunday, Aug. 28 5-7 p.m. Stoughton Pond Recreation Area. More information available on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/1052288854818740/

Ongoing:

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

Windsor Station Live Music in Windsor Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays  First Friday Karaoke 5-10 p.m, Aug 18-TBA, Aug 19 Brickdrop 9:30 p.m., Aug 20-The Tricksters 9:30 p.m.

Low Cost Cat Pay/Neuter Clinics in Springfield. Call Springfield Humane Society 802-885-3997 for an appointment. Clinic dates: 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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