Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Weathersfield Weekly Blog #weathersfieldvt #vt



October 26, 2016
Weathersfield, VT

Weathersfield select board news: The board met on Oct. 17 at the Bow Baptist Church on Route 5. The full board was present and a few folks from town were too. Town manager Ed Morris reported that the Conservation Commission is applying for a grant to synchronize the Town Plan and Zoning Bylaws. He also reported that the Amsden School Road paving project is complete and the expense came in under budget. Budget discussion for FY2018 has begun and town accountant Colin Bulter told the board that the town currently has about $1 million in the bank. Mr. Morris asked the board to draft a mission statement. Ms. Esty asked that the Town Plan be included in the Strategic Plan. More information about the select board and the town, contact Ed Morris at 802-674-2626 or townmanager@weathersfield.org.

Weathersfield budget committee news: The budget committee met on Tuesday Oct. 18. They began review of the Police Department proposed budget. At their meeting on Oct. 11 they toured the West Weathersfield and Ascutney Fire Departments.

Weathersfield School news: The school announced that the students who auditioned for the Fall District's Music Festival were accepted and will be representing the Weathersfield School. The seventh graders are: Nicholas Lenahan, Aria Yuengling, and Sage Birsky; the eighth graders are Natalie Nichols and Jasmine Martens. The Fall District Music Festival will be held at Twin Valley Middle High School, in Jacksonville, on Nov. 18 and 19. Music teacher Mr. Shambo will be accompanying the students so he'll be unable to meet for Parent/Teacher conferences. If parents would like to meet with Mr. Shambo, please email him at zachary.shambo@wsesu.net. Kelly Murphy has been hired as the Athletic Director for FY 2017. For more information about these programs, the school and events, call 802-674-5400.

Get Out and About


Last Friday I attended Opening Night of Cabaret a performance presented by Pentangle Arts at the Town Hall Theater in Woodstock, VT. I vaguely remember seeing the movie but I guess I'd forgotten many of the details. The production was over the top. The actors had me believing I was in Berlin during the rise of the Nazi Party. The play runs this weekend with a special Halloween performance on Oct 31 at 7;30 p.m.




 

This Saturday at Hosington Field (1879 Schoolhouse in Perkinsville
Trunk or Treat: in Perkinsville Saturday, Oct. 29 at 4-6 p.m. at Hoisington Field. The event provides a safe way for children to "Trick or Treat." Anyone who would like to participate should call Mark at the Library at 674-2863.

Ashley's Landing Clean Up in the Weathersfield Bow Sunday, Oct. 30 at 11 a.m. The Weathersfield Conservation Commission is hosting a river clean up at Ashley's Landing (at the end of Ferry RD.) Bring work gloves and dress appropriately.



Register to Vote: in Ascutney until Wednesday Nov. 2 at 5 p.m. at the Town Clerks Office in Martin Memorial Hall on Route 5. Early or Absentee Ballots can be requested until Monday Nov. 7 at 4 p.m. General Election voting will be at Martin Memorial Hall on Tuesday Nov 8 from 8 a.m.-7 p.m..

Winter Prep Day: in Brownsville Saturday Nov. 5 and Nov. 13 8 a.m.-3 p.m. Ascutney Outdoors is hosting days on the hill to prepare for the winter sports season. Contact jlfarrell0@gmail.com
802-291-1348 for more information.



Ongoing Events

Reading Shakespeare in the 21st Century: Hamlet: in Ascutney, Wednesdays Oct. 5-Nov. 9 at 6:30 p.m. at the Weathersfield Proctor Library on Route 5. Patti Arrison will lead discussion of the works of William Shakespeare. Contact Mark at 802-674-2863 or email weathersfieldproctorlibrary@gmail.com for more information.

Fridays Live Music Inn at Weathersfield in Perkinsville, Friday nights 7-9 p.m. Oct. 28: Steve Ellis, 

Windsor Station Live Music in Windsor Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays. Oct. 27, 7-10 p.m. TBA, Oct. 28 10 p.m.: Jarv, Oct. 29 10 p.m.: Halloween party with About Gladys, Nov. 1 6-9 p.m.: TBA, Nov. 3 7-10 p.m.: Strangled Darlings. Nov. 4 10 p.m. : Karaoke, Nov. 5 9:30 p.m. Swimmer, Nov 8 6-9 p.m.: TBA, Nov 10 7-10 p.m.: TBA, Nov. 11 9:30 p.m.: Wherehouse, Nov. 18 9: 30 p.m.: Gowanus.

Low Cost Cat Pay/Neuter Clinics in Springfield. Call Springfield Humane Society at 802-885-3997 for an appointment. Final date is Dec. 13. Weathersfield residents are reimbursed for cost of surgery up to $50, limit three 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: Volunteers 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 three hours a month. Training is provided. For more information please visit our website at vcdp.org or call Maureen at 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. Classes are led by Geraldine Rudenfeldt. If interested call 674-5254 for more information. 

Need to Find a Business in Weathersfield: weathersfielddirectory.org.

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Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Weathersfield Weekly Blog October 19 #weathersfieldvt #vt


October 19, 2016
Weathersfield Weekly Blog

A busy few days for area law enforcement
Police Search for Armed Robber: Vermont State Police, Springfield Police and Weathersfield Police searched a cornfield near Stoughton Pond in Perkinsville on Tuesday afternoon for a suspect in a Springfield bank robbery. The Windsor County Credit Union was robbed Tuesday afternoon.

According to police the suspect was armed with a 9 mm handgun and held up the credit union around 12:30 p.m. The suspect fled in a stolen vehicle which was located on Plains RD in Perkinsville.

State and local police surrounded the field and waited for a K9 unit to respond. A search of the area did not turn up the suspect. Police think the suspect may have had help leaving the abandoned stolen vehicle. The investigation is on going and the public is asked to contact Springfield Police with any information.



Bomb Threat in Ascutney: A bomb threat at an Ascutney gas station closed Route 131 on Saturday, Oct.15. The incident occurred at the Sunoco gas station located at the intersection of Route 131 and Interstate 91. Police say a man left the bathroom around 4 p.m. and told an employee there was a bomb in the bathroom. Police were called and the building evacuated. The Vermont Bomb Squad responded along with a bomb sniffing dog. They reported no evidence of a bomb and the road was reopened. Police continue to investigate.



OK enough bad stuff.
Last week, I had one of my most fun fall weeks. I covered the Green Mountain Horse Association (GMHA) Fall Foliage ride organized by Weathersfielder Chelle Grald. The horses were gorgeous and the foliage wasn't bad either. I had the pleasure of photographing an Upper Valley family as a birthday present to one of the parents on Sunday. And while the weather wasn't the best, the company was. On Monday, I got to meet one of my favorite authors, Jodi Picoult. She's on a book tour for her latest "Great Small Things." I hope to sit down this week to read it. It sounds like a real page turner. 



Wednesday, I got my DEAD-On at the Lebanon Opera House as Dark Star Orchestra (a Grateful Dead tribute band) put on a concert benefiting the Rusty Berrings Skate Park in Lebanon, NH. 


Thursday, I was on a shoot at the Vermont Technical College. It was their 18th Annual Women Can Do conference promoting STEM and Trades careers. About 500 Vermont high school girls were there trying out skills from culinary arts, to chain sawing to driving state highway snow plows. It was very cool and I must say a photographers candy-land. 

Saturday night, I photographed the Vermont and Windsor County Democratic politicians and supporters at Damon Hall as the Windsor County Democrats hosted their "Pasta and Politics" fundraiser.





 I capped the week off with a concert at Lebanon Opera House with Esperanza Spalding performing. 





I even had a little time to take a few foliage pictures; time to put the garden to bed and plant the garlic for next year's harvest.



 I still need to wash and put away my winter squash and I need to clean my wood stove chimney. After all those chores, I need to sit down and open that Picoult book.

Now the News You Can Use


Weathersfield select board news: The select was scheduled to meet on Monday, Oct. 17 at the Bow Baptist Church. Their agenda included the Fire Commission updates and approve the funds for the Amsden School Road repaving project. More information about the select board and the town, contact Ed Morris at 802-674-2626 or townmanager@weathersfield.org.

Weathersfield budget committee news: The budget committee met on Tuesday Oct. 18. They were to begin review of the Police Department proposed budget. At their meeting on Oct. 11 they toured the West Weathersfield and Ascutney Fire Departments.




Weathersfield School news: On Tuesday Oct. 11 Cross Country Runners from area schools competed: Wildcats, Cosmos, Yellow Jackets and Weathersfield Panthers. Congratulations go out to: Coach McNaughton, and the runners-Aria, Dory-ander, Zed, Alicia, Madeline, Reese and Anneka. This week the Panthers head to the Marble Valley League championship race. For more information about these programs, the school and events, call 802-674-5400.

Get Out and About

Ongoing Events

Register to Vote: in Ascutney until Wednesday Nov. 2 at 5 p.m. at the Town Clerks Office in Martin Memorial Hall on Route 5. Early or Absentee Ballots can be requested until Monday Nov. 7 at 4 p.m. General Election voting will be at Martin Memorial Hall on Tuesday Nov 8 from 8 a.m.-7 p.m..


Reading Shakespeare in the 21st Century: Hamlet: in Ascutney, Wednesdays Oct. 5-Nov. 9 at 6:30 p.m. at the Weathersfield Proctor Library on Route 5. Patti Arrison will lead discussion of the works of William Shakespeare. Contact Mark at 802-674-2863 or email weathersfieldproctorlibrary@gmail.com for more information.

Weathersfield Parks and Recreations Guided Hikes: Contact Steve Aikenhead with questions stevea47@tds.net, 263-5439. The final hike this year is Saturday, Oct. 22, 5 p.m.: Ferry Road and the Connecticut River. The total length is about two miles. Carol Orth is the leader.

Fridays Live Music Inn at Weathersfield in Perkinsville, Friday nights 7-9 p.m. Oct. 21: Ali T, Oct. 28: Steve Ellis.

Windsor Station Live Music in Windsor Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays. Oct. 20, 7-10 p.m. Grayson and Tadd Davis.

Low Cost Cat Pay/Neuter Clinics in Springfield. Call Springfield Humane Society at 802-885-3997 for an appointment. Final date is Dec. 13. Weathersfield residents are reimbursed for cost of surgery up to $50, limit three 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: Volunteers 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 three hours a month. Training is provided. For more information please visit our website at vcdp.org or call Maureen at 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. Classes are led by Geraldine Rudenfeldt. If interested call 674-5254 for more information.

Need to Find a Business in Weathersfield: weathersfielddirectory.org.

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Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Weathersfield News Oct. 12 #weathersfieldvt #vt


Weathersfield Weekly News
October 13, 2016

I hope everyone got a chance to get out this past weekend and enjoy some of our fall foliage. Appreciation for our colorful trees shouldn't be just for out-of-state leaf peepers. I know I was in awe when I was out and about on Saturday. I half expected this year to be a bust for color, thinking that our drought would have just turned the leaves brown but man, oh man, Ascutney is pretty colorful. And head up to the Center Meeting House, the park area is just gorgeous. Or maybe take a stroll around Stoughton Pond. The colors are there-get out and enjoy them while you can.







Wednesday I photographed the dress rehearsal for the play "Push" for the Yoh Players at Woodstock Union High School. It presented a powerful statement about bullying in school and it's effects on the community.






Saturday I covered the Green Mountain Horse Association's Fall Foliage Trail Ride and enjoyed meeting the riders and their horses. Most came up from points south to enjoy or beautiful trees.



After visiting with these horse riding leaf peepers I went on my own leaf peeping adventure (see the photos above.)


Found a new band to follow-Muddy Ruckus a duo that sound like a 5 piece band! Thanks Billsville House Concerts for turning me on to these guys!








Monday I attended a book launch for one of my favorite authors, Jodi Picoult for her new book "Small Great Things." the event was hosted by the Norwich Bookstore.




Vermont State police are asking for the public's help in locating Autumn Sanville, 17, who was last seen around 7:10 a.m. on Oct. 6 at the home of a family friend in Weathersfield, Vermont. Sanville did not go to school that day, police said. At the time of her disappearance, Sanville was wearing a black-and-white plaid shirt, a black jacket with a hood, blue jeans and dark brown boots, police said. Officials said that Sanville's car was located at a boat launch in Springfield VT, which is adjacent to the New Hampshire state line.
Anyone with information is asked to call Vermont State Police at 802-722-4600.





Weathersfield select board news: The select board began budget discussion at their meeting on Monday Oct. 3.  The budget committee still has two open seats and the town manager expressed concern about appointing people to the committee after the initial budget discussion begins. Board member Lynn Esty reported that a few families in town have had their wells run dry and was asking for suggestions on how to help these folks. One suggestion was the Aid to Weathersfield Residents in Need fund. The transfer station continues to be a topic of discussion. Recyclables are costing more to collect. A zero-sort option is being explored. More information about the select board and the town, contact Ed Morris at 802-674-2626 or townmanager@weathersfield.org.



Weathersfield School news: Congratulations go out to Mrs. French's first grade class. They were named this month's Golden Sneaker Award recipient. The award is given monthly to the class that show the most enthusiasm and preparation for physical education classes. For more information about these programs, the school and events, call 802-674-5400.



Get Out and About
Pasta and Politics: in Hartland, Saturday Oct. 15 at 5-8 p.m. at Damon Hall. The Windsor County Democrats are hosting their election year dinner and silent auction. Guests include U.S. Senator Patrick Leahy, U.S. Representative Peter Welch, Gubernatorial Candidate Sue Minter, Candidate for Lt. Governor David Zuckerman, and many more statewide and local candidates. A donation of $15 at the door is suggested. Contact 802-291-2681 for more information.


Fall Foliage Organ and Brass Concert Hymn Sing and "Concert of Pies": in Brownsville, Sunday October 16 at 5 p.m. at the Brownsville Community Church. Admission is free. Contact 802-484-5944 for more information.


Programs and Potluck: in Perkinsville, Tuesday Oct. 18 at noon in the Perkinsville Church Vestry on Route 106. Bring a hot dish, salad or dessert. Contact 802-263-5245 or email lzigman@comcast.net for more information.



Ongoing Events


Register to Vote: in Ascutney until Wednesday Nov. 2 at 5 p.m. at the Town Clerks Office in Martin Memorial Hall on Route 5. Early or Absentee Ballots can be requested until Monday Nov. 7 at 4 p.m. General Election voting will be at Martin Memorial Hall on Tuesday Nov 8 from 8 a.m.-7 p.m..


Reading Shakespeare in the 21st Century: Hamlet: in Ascutney, Wednesdays Oct. 5-Nov. 9 at 6:30 p.m. at the Weathersfield Proctor Library on Route 5. Patti Arrison will lead discussion of the works of William Shakespeare. Contact Mark at 802-674-2863 or email weathersfieldproctorlibrary@gmail.com for more information.


Weathersfield Parks and Recreations Guided Hikes: Contact Steve Aikenhead with questions stevea47@tds.net, 263-5439. Saturday, Oct. 15, 9:30 a.m.: Cooks Pond Loop, easy to moderate, with one longish incline. Distance: almost three miles. Saturday, Oct. 22, 5 p.m.: Ferry Road and the Connecticut River. The total length is about two miles. Carol Orth is the leader.


1879 Schoolhouse: in Perkinsville, volunteers are needed on Oct. 15, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. For more information please call Matt Keniston at 263-5300 or email: norclime@tds.net.


Fridays Live Music Inn at Weathersfield in Perkinsville, Friday nights 7-9 p.m. Oct. 14: Chris Kleeman, Oct. 21: Ali T, Oct. 28: Steve Ellis.


Windsor Station Live Music in Windsor Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays. Hannah Hoffman, Oct. 13, 7-10 p.m.: Off the Rails, Oct , 10 -.m.: Funkwagon, Oct. 15, 9:30 p.m. Borderstone, Oct. 18, 6-9 p.m. Breadfoot, Oct. 20, 7-10 p.m. Grayson and Tadd Davis.


Low Cost Cat Pay/Neuter Clinics in Springfield. Call Springfield Humane Society at 802-885-3997 for an appointment. Final date is Dec. 13. Weathersfield residents are reimbursed for cost of surgery up to $50, limit three 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: Volunteers 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 three hours a month. Training is provided. For more information please visit our website at  vcdp.org or call Maureen at 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. Classes are led by Geraldine Rudenfeldt. If interested call 674-5254 for more information.


Need to Find a Business in Weathersfield: 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.

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