Weathersfield Weekly Blog Jan. 26

Weathersfield VT
January 25, 2017

It's the last week of January, already. Where does the time go? If it's going to be cold, at least let's have some snow to play in. These rain, sleet, and freezing rain storms are getting a bit old. Let's all get up and do a snow dance. Ground hog day is fast approaching. Will he see his shadow? If we're going to have more winter, let's have more snow.

Last Friday we drove to New London, CT to the Garde Arts Center to see Lyle Lovett and John Hiatt.

If you read my concert preview last week, you'll know that I really enjoy seeing these two in concert with theirs band but when they tour as a duo, there is something really special about these shows.

On Saturday night they performed a SOLD OUT show at the Lebanon Opera House in Lebanon NH. The show was a benefit for Rusty Berrings Skate Park in Lebanon.

The audience got a nice surprise on Saturday when Sharon, Vermont resident Jim Rooney got on stage to play a couple of songs with Lyle and John. If you don't know who Jim Rooney is, click on the link above and check him out.

On Sunday, I reported on the Ascutney Outdoors Community Meeting held at Story Memorial Hall in West Windsor. Please see my previous blog post for that report.

Sunday afternoon, before football, I photographed a Sip and Paint class at the Maple Kitchen at Holiday Inn Club Vacations Mount Ascutney Resort.

The next Sip and Paint at the Maple Kitchen is scheduled for Sunday, January 19 3:30-6:30 p.m. where folks will be painting a covered bridge.

Weathersfield select board news: At the select board meeting on Jan. 16 town manager Ed Morris requested that the board raise the town employees wages by 3 % with a few exceptions. Morris also suggested the board use the $30,000 in a reserve fund to reduce taxes by one penny. The board was not in favor of this suggestion. If all articles pass at the March Town meeting the town tax rate would be $0.6962, which translates to a $134 increase on a home valued at $200,000. The board voted to accept the General Fund budget. The board also voted to hold a hearing on the John Woods Fire Report prior to the Town Budget meeting. More information about the select board and the town, contact Town Manager, Ed Morris, at 802-674-2626 or

Weathersfield School news: The school extends thanks to Ethan McNaughton and the Springfield Rotary for their offer to buy new books for each classroom at WS, and their willingness to come in to read excerpts from each new book before they present them to the students and the teachers. For more information about this program, the school and events, call 802-674-5400.

Get Out and About

Inn at Weathersfield Live Music Fridays in Perkinsville 7-9 p.m. Jan. 27: Dave Clark, Feb. 3: Steve Ellis.

Windsor Station Live Music in Windsor Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays. Jan 26 7:30-9:30 p.m. Brian Warren and Friends; Jan 27 9:30 p.m.-12:30 a.m. Trichomes; Jan 28 9:30 p.m.-12:30 a.m. Riddim Vigil.

Weatherize Upper Valley Kick-Off Event in Ascutney 10-11:30 a.m. Saturday Jan. 28 at the Weathersfield School 135 Schoolhouse Rd. Learn about cost, benefits, incentives; meet your volunteer team and partner contractors. Hosted by Vital Communities.

Winterize Your Body Through Food Cooking Class in Perkinsville Jan. 28 10:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. with Ayurvedia instructor Lini Mazumdar of Anjali Farms in Londonderry, VT at the Inn at Weathersfield's Hidden Kitchen. Call 802-263-9217 to reserve your space, this will sell out.

Breakfast for Dinner in Ascutney Saturday, Feb. 4 5-7 p.m. Ascutney Volunteer Fire Department is hosting a Breakfast for Dinner at Martin Memorial Hall. Dinner includes scrambled eggs, pancakes, sausage gravy on biscuits, bacon, home fries, fresh fruit salad and dessert. Adults $10, children 5-12 $5 and under 5 are free.

Weathersfield Planning Commission Public Hearings on the Town Plan are scheduled for Monday, Feb. 6 and Monday, Feb 20 at 7 p.m. For more information contact Hal Wilkins, Land Use Administrator at 802-674-2626.

Annual High School Fair in Ascutney Tuesday Feb. 14 5:30-6:30 p.m. at the Weathersfield School AP Room. This event is open to the public.

Weathersfield School Concerts and Programs in Ascutney 6-7 p.m. Feb. 15 K-4 Winter Concert; Feb 16 5-8 Winter Concert; (Feb 17 Snow date for either Winter Concert); May 9 K-4 Spring Concert; May 10 5-8 Spring Concert; May 26 8:15-9:15 a.m. Memorial Day Ceremony for K-8.

1879 Schoolhouse Volunteer Work Day in Perkinsville Saturday, Feb. 18. No special skills needed. Call Matt Keniston at 802-263-5300 to sign up or get more information.

Ongoing Events

Shakespeare's Richard III in Ascutney Wednesdays Jan 18-Feb.22 at 630 p.m. at the Weathersfield Proctor Library. A group discussion led by Patti Arrison.

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 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.

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