Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Weathersfield Weekly Blog March 29

March 29, 2017
Weathersfield, Vt.


Weathersfield select board news: Kirk Shields from Green Mountain Power (GMP) explained, at the March 20 select board, meeting the proposed microgrid project to be constructed on 20 - 25 acres of land owned by the Hodgdons on Route 5 south of Ascutney. The project will combine a large solar array (16,000 panels) with battery storage. He said the project is designed to increase reliability and to provide energy during peak demand times or when the grid is impacted during severe storms. At this stage GMP is seeking comments from the public to help fine-tune the project. More information about the select board and the town, contact Town Manager, Ed Morris, at 802-674-2626 or townmanager@weathersfield.org.

Weathersfield School news: Thanks go out to the Blake Family (Carol, Shawn and Kameron) they asked Walmart for a donation to the WS Athletic Program for new basketballs. Walmart donated $100 and Kameron Blake, Grade 4, added his own money to purchase 10 new basketballs for the program. For more information about the school and events, call 802-674-5400.

Weathersfield Proctor Library news: Two Trustees appeared before the Zoning Board (ZBA) for a variance for the construction of the expanded children's room at the library. A variance is needed for the south property border. The ZBA has 45 days to make their decision. More information about the library call 802-674-2863.



Get Out and About Events

Scottish Fair at Newberry Market in White River Junction April 1 10 a.m. The Scottish Club of the Twin States NH/VT is hosting an all day fair at Newberry Market, Main St. WRJ. This all-day, family-friendly, free event will feature Scottish foods, crafts, music, travel opportunities, whisky tasting, dancing , wool demonstrations and goods, with live sheep expected.

6th Annual Town Challenge in Ascutney April 8 7 p.m. The Weathersfield Proctor Library Fund Raising Committee and the Weathersfield Historical Society are hosting the Challenge. It's time to get your team together. Contact the library for more information at 802-674-2863.

WS Honors Dinner in Ascutney Thursday, April 13 5- 6:30 p.m. for all 5-8 honor and high honors recipients. Invitations will be sent out his week.

Villagers (formerly the Country Creemee at Downer's Four Corners) opens April 22. Follow them on their Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/villagersicecream/.

Penny Sale in Ascutney May 6. The Weathersfield School PTA is hosting a Penny Sale, they are looking to sell 300 items at the event. Contact the school if you have something you'd like to donate, 802-674-5400.



Music and Performances

Briggs Opera House in White River Junction. April 1 8 p.m. April Fool's Dance party with Frydaddy.

Freight House in White River Junction. April 8 9 p.m.-1 a.m. 18+ Fairies and Rainbows Dance Party, April 14 8 p.m. Brooks Hubbard and Jes Raymond and the Blackberry Bushes all ages-kids under 12 free, May 13 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Off the Rails Open Game Day.

Inn at Weathersfield Live Music Fridays in Perkinsville 7-9 p.m. Closed for Mud Season.

Lebanon Opera House in Lebanon NH. April 9 3 p.m. Symphony NH-Smetana and Dvorak, April 27 10 a.m. Arcattack, May 11 10 a.m. Biscuit.

Weathersfield School Concerts and Programs in Ascutney 6-7 p.m. 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.

Windsor Station Live Music in Windsor. Thursday March 30 7:30-10:30 p.m. Off the Rails; Friday March 31 9:30 p.m.-12:30 a.m. Wild Earp and the Free for Alls.



Ongoing Events

Weathersfield Food Shelf in Perkinsville every Thursday from 2-3 p.m. Route 106 at the old Perkinsville Elementary School.

Low cost spay/neuter clinics in Springfield. Springfield Humane Society is hosting low cost spay/neuter clinics: April 11, May 9, June 6, July 11, Aug. 8, Sept. 5, Oct. 24, Dec. 5 at the Springfield Humane Society, on Route 143. Cost is $50 for female cat and $40 for male cat. Weathersfield residents may be reimbursed up to $50 for the surgery with a limit of three pets per year. Get your SNAP form from the town office. Please call Springfield Humane Society for an appointment at 802-885-3997.

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. Mondays and Wednesdays 10-11 a.m. in basement of Martin Memorial Hall, Route 5, Ascutney. Classes are led by Sandy Lemois. If interested call 674-5254 for more information.

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


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Hartland Elementary School Drama Club Scores with Annie the Musical

Annie and Sandy

March 24, 2017
Hartland, Vt.

Hartland Elementary School Drama Club brought the musical "Annie" to life in three performances this past weekend. Friday night was sold-out, standing room only. Ruby Doolan was perfect playing Annie and Joey Beggs, who recently took over the role of Daddy Warbucks played the right amount of rich guy aloofness and kindness once Annie came into his life.
Lily, Miss Hannigan and Rooster
But the shining stars of the show were Remy Lambert as Miss Hannigan and Lilly Kendall Bergstresser as Grace Farrell.

Grace Farrell, Annie and Warbucks
Lambert portrayed the nasty and hung-over matron of the "Hartland Home for Girls" and the audience ate it up. Kendall Bergstresser's singing was quite impressive and her acting in the role of the assistant to Warbucks was so fluid you never once thought she was anything more than an adult.

Not sure who played Sandy the dog but he/she was so patient on stage and very well behaved too. Well done HES.

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Weathersfield Weekly Blog March 22


March 22, 2017
Weathersfield, Vt.


Town Challenge April 8, Do you Have Your Team Ready?
Do you have your Town Challenge team together yet? The 6th annual town-wide trivia challenge is just two weeks away. Which team will have bragging rights for a year as the most knowledgeable group in town and have their name engraved on THE plaque? Meet me at the Weathersfield School on April 8 at 7 p.m. and find out. In the meantime, get your team form from Library Director, Mark and start your fundraising for the Library's Capital Campaign Fund-The Children's Room expansion project.

Of note, the Library received a $15,000 matching grant from the Byrne Foundations so any funds raised at the Challenge will be doubled with this generous grant. (Your private donations to the Library will also be matched, if you don't plan forming a team or supporting them in their fundraising efforts.)

In other town news-The Country Creemee at Downer's Four Corners has been sold to Jaime Wyman and Rob Westney. The 60 year old restaurant/ice cream shop will be called Villagers and is slated to open in a few weeks. Follow them on their Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/villagersicecream/.



Weathersfield School news: Yearbook order forms and spring sports sign up sheets went home in the Friday packets. The faculty versus student basketball game on Friday, March 17 ended in a tie, 35 all. The school board is scheduled to meet on Monday, April 10 at 6:30 p.m.. The meetings are open to the public and all are encouraged to attend. For more information about the school and events, call 802-674-5400.





Weathersfield Proctor Library news: The library will be hosting "Game Night" on Wednesdays beginning March 22 at 6 p.m.. More information about these programs, events and the library call 802-674-2863.



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Weathersfield Historical Society news: The Historical Society is selling raffle tickets for a beautiful 69"x 82" quilt purchased by Meredith Mayer from Shelburne Farms and donated to the Historical Society. Carolyn Van Tassel identified it as a Sampler Quilt with a pattern of a Baptist Fan. Sherry Bingham put on a backing. Tickets are $3 each. The winner will be announced at the Aug. 5, Frippery. Contact Maureen Bogosian at 603-252-0936 for more information on raffle tickets. If you have items to donate to the Frippery, contact Maureen Bogosian at 603-252-0936 or Alicia Jenks 802-263-9429, pick up and storage are available.


Weathersfield Directory update: The voters turned down supporting the directory with tax dollars but a group of dedicated volunteers plan to update the booklet anyway. They are holding a meeting on Monday, March 27 at 4 p.m. at Martin Memorial Hall. If you are interested helping to continue this town tradition please join them. For more information email Lynn at WeathersfieldDirectory@gmail.com.



I was out and about on Saturday. My challenge was to hunt for painted sap buckets for Woodstock's Maple Madness event Saturday March 25. See my story about the event-check the side bar for the link.



More Sap Bucket photos: CLICK HERE



And on Saturday night I was at Hartland's Town Prom hosted by First Universalist Society of Hartland.

The red carpet was rolled out Saturday night in Hartland for the 4th Annual Hartland Town Prom. Over 100 guests in their Hollywood finest danced the night away to DJ Jaxon Morgan's tunes and snacked on movie popcorn and other treats served by the Red Aprons. The event was a fundraiser for the First Universalist Society of Hartland Vt.







More Prom photos: CLICK HERE

Get Out and About Events

Make Your Own Video in Ascutney April 17-19 9 a.m.-12 p.m. at the Weathersfield Proctor Library. Call 802-674-2863 to reserve your spot.



6th Annual Town Challenge in Ascutney April 8 7 p.m. The Weathersfield Proctor Library Fund Raising Committee and the Weathersfield Historical Society are hosting the Challenge. It's time to get your team together. Contact the library for more information at 802-674-2863.

Penny Sale in Ascutney May 6. The Weathersfield School PTA is hosting a Penny Sale, they are looking to sell 300 items at the event. Contact the school if you have something you'd like to donate, 802-674-5400.

Music and Performances

Windsor Station Live Music in Windsor. Friday March 24 9:30 p.m.-12:30 a.m. The Elovaters; Saturday March 25 9:30 p.m.-12:30 a.m. Moxley Union/Spring Fling; Tuesday March 28 6-9 p.m. Pete Meiler; Thursday March 30 7:30-10:30 p.m. Off the Rails; Friday March 31 9:30 p.m.-12:30 a.m. Wild Earp and the Free for Alls.

Inn at Weathersfield Live Music Fridays in Perkinsville 7-9 p.m. March 24: Peter Neri.

Lebanon Opera House in Lebanon NH. April 9 3 p.m. Symphony NH: Smetana and Dvorak, April 27 10 a.m. Arcattack, May 11 10 a.m. Biscuit.

Weathersfield School Concerts and Programs in Ascutney 6-7 p.m. 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.

Ongoing Events

Weathersfield Food Shelf in Perkinsville every Thursday from 2-3 p.m. Route 106 at the old Perkinsville Elementary School.

Low cost spay/neuter clinics in Springfield. Springfield Humane Society is hosting low cost spay/neuter clinics: April 11, May 9, June 6, July 11, Aug. 8, Sept. 5, Oct. 24, Dec. 5 at the Springfield Humane Society, on Route 143. Cost is $50 for female cat and $40 for male cat. Weathersfield residents may be reimbursed up to $50 for the surgery with a limit of three pets per year. Get your SNAP form from the town office. Please call Springfield Humane Society for an appointment at 802-885-3997.

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. Mondays and Wednesdays 10-11 a.m. in basement of Martin Memorial Hall, Route 5, Ascutney. Classes are led by Sandy Lemois. If interested call 674-5254 for more information.

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


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Maple Madness Saturday, March 25 in Woodstock, Vt.


Woodstock, Vt.

Woodstock Vermont it's time to get your Maple On! Forget the NCAA March Madness it's time for Maple Madness. The Woodstock Chamber has been busy planning some very "sweet" events for everyone to celebrate Vermont's liquid gold-Maple Syrup.


In their third year hosting the event, the Chamber has recruited area artists to paint sap buckets that have been placed around town for people to bid on. There are 25 buckets (this reporter found 10 on Saturday while hunting around town.) The buckets will be in area stores and restaurants until Friday afternoon and will be moved to Suicide Ski Area (S6) for final bidding Saturday evening.


Most buckets are filled with gift certificates and products from area merchants. Buckets include a golf bucket worth over $400 and a Falcon bucket (at the Woodstock Inn and Resort Gift Shop) filled with over $300 worth of merchandise. "I feel like I've been painting sap buckets forever" said Kitty O'Hara. She came up with the painted sap buckets as a fundraising idea for the Chamber when she was appointed to the Board three years ago. Brian Warren, who many know for his musical talents, also paints and has painted a bucket on display at Bentley's. "I took up painting years ago to chill, now I paint tiny towns" he said.


During the day from 11 a.m.-1p.m., events on The Green include: maple sugar on snow, maple popcorn, and a VINS (Vermont Institute of Science) bird demonstration. The fun then moves to Suicide Six Ski area at 6 p.m. where Artistree will continue the fun for children with some crafts.



Saturday evening from 6-8 p.m. there will be a maple-themed food tasting and judging with samples from Barnard Inn, Woodstock Inn, Prince & the Pauper, Simon Pearce, Mt Creamery, Bentleys, Woodstock Farmers Market, Vermont Farmstead Cheese, Plymouth Cheese, Billings Farm & Museum, Pizza Chef, Grossbeak Gardens, AL Woods, Maple Leaf Inn, Ardmore Inn, and several others. Sara Lehman, an Advanced Sommelier and Private Chef in New York City and the Editor In Chief of Somm In The City will be judging the maple food competitors.


The silent auction bucket winners will be announced and four buckets will be auctioned off in the live auction. According to Beth Finlayson last year's sap buckets and Maple Madness event raised over $9000 which goes toward marketing Woodstock. In addition, two very special sap buckets painted by the Zack's Place will be auctioned with these proceeds going to Zack's Place.


Also happening at S6, the Rock The Hills VT Sap Bucket Run Saturday, March 25 8 a.m.-5 p.m. This snowmobile climb up Suicide Six will have on site registration from 8-10 a.m. Gates open at 7 a.m.. Race heats begins at 10:30 a.m. Registration-$25 stock, $30 open and $15 spectators, children under 10 free. The race has 25 classes, something for everyone, youth and adult. Trophies and cash prizes will be awarded. For more information contact Josh Allen at 802-535-4170.


Snowmobiling not your thing, what about a Mud Bike Ride? Vermont Overland is hosting the Maple Adventure Ride on Sunday March 26 at 10 a.m.. Online registration is $35 or $40 the day of the event. The 25 mile loop will be on difficult terrain and could be very muddy. For more information visit: http://www.vermontoverland.com/vomar/ or call Peter at 802-457-2420.


Sounds like a pretty sweet weekend ahead.


Weathersfield Seeks Local Feedback to Improve Zoning Bylaw Effectiveness


March 22, 2017
Weathersfield, VT

The Weathersfield Planning Commission is encouraging comment and debate on significant changes and additions to the Town’s zoning bylaws. The goal is to improve the effectiveness of the bylaws, using a Municipal Grant, and working with the Southern Windsor County Regional Planning Commission. The main changes to the bylaws are scheduled for completion by early June 2017.

Over time, different approaches and incremental adjustments in local zoning have resulted in an unintended patchwork of bylaws that in some cases have been confusing for residents to understand and for the Zoning Board of Adjustment (ZBA) to apply consistently.

For example, the Villages of Perkinsville and Ascutney have lot sizes and setbacks in their zoning which have led to a significant number of lots which are non-conforming, creating particular difficulties for village landowners.

The new approach seeks to explore:

· Lot sizes and setbacks consistent with today’s uses and sympathetic to the Villages

· Districts which support business growth within appropriate highway corridors

· Mixed use (versus single use) per lot and lot density zoning to increase flexibility

· Flood resiliency to protect both land owners and water quality

Over the next two months, the Planning Commission wishes to receive as much feedback as possible from residents, local businesses, the Selectboard, the ZBA, and Conservation Commission.

Ultimately the zoning bylaws need to reflect the wishes of the people in Weathersfield, so this feedback is essential in helping to address inconsistencies in the current bylaws as well as establishing a framework for future revitalization and small business growth.

The Weathersfield Planning Commission meets on the second and fourth Mondays from 7 pm to 9 pm at Martin Memorial Hall in Ascutney. Additional Public Hearings may be scheduled through the discussion period.

For more information contact  Nancy Heatley,Weathersfield Planning Commission (Vice-Chair)  802-698-3230 or Email: nancy_heatley@hotmail.com

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Weathersfield Weekly Blog March 15


March 15, 2017
Weathersfield, Vt.





Happy Birthday Royal E. Houghton. On Saturday, March 11 friends and family gathered to wish Royal a very happy birthday, he turned 90 years young in February. Saturday was also his wedding anniversary. He and Marilyn have been married 62 years. Lots of champagne was popping on Saturday in Ascutney.


Go Cats Go-good luck to the University of Vermont Catamounts as they play the Purdue Boilermakers on Thursday night in round 1 of March Madness..


Also Happy St. Patrick's Day-we'll all get to be Irish for a day: green beer, corned beef and cabbage and the hunt for the local leprechauns.

Remember when you change the clocks, change your smoke detector batteries.

This week's music adventures had me in Londonderry NH on Friday night and Plymouth NH on Saturday night.

Chuck Cannon opened for Shawn Mullins at Tupelo Music Hall in Londonderry NH, one of the last shows in this location. Tupelo is moving down the road to Derry NH.

Chuck Cannon

Chuck Cannon

Chuck Cannon

Shawn Mullins was great, as always.

Shawn Mullins

Shawn Mullins

Chuck Cannon and Shawn Mullins


Southside Johnny and the Asbury Jukes played The Flying Monkey in Plymouth NH on Saturday night. Vance Gilbert opened the show.










News You Can Use

Weathersfield select board news: Interested in becoming a citizen volunteer? There are a number of volunteer positions open for appointment by the select board. Submit a letter of interest to the Town Manager, Ed Morris, at PO Box 550, Ascutney, VT 05030. Open positions are posted on the town website www.weathersfieldvt.org. More information about the select board and the town, contact Town Manager, Ed Morris, at 802-674-2626 or townmanager@weathersfield.org.




Weathersfield School news: Congratulations to Garrett Corliss, Grade 8, he qualified to compete in the state level competition of the National Geographic Bee to be held on Friday, March 31. Garrett's mom and Mrs. Karaffa will be attending the competition to support him. For more information about the school and events, call 802-674-5400.



Weathersfield Proctor Library news: The library announced a video production class for April 17-19 9 a.m.-12 p.m. The class will be hosted by SAPA-TV. Ages 10 and up interested in making videos are invited, contact the library to reserve your space. The Fundraising Committee announced Saturday, April 8 as the date for the 6th Annual Town Challenge. Time to get your team together. The 7th Annual Summer Evening with Friends and Neighbors will be held in July and the Annual Book, Bake and Yard sale will be held in September. More information about these programs, events and the library call 802-674-2863.

Weathersfield Historical Society news: The Historical Society's Frippery 2017 will be held on Aug. 5. They are asking folks to set aside items for the sale. There is a pick-up service and some storage is available. Spring is a good time to clean out that cabinet, attic or garage. For more information contact Maureen Bogosian at 603-252-0936 or Alicia Jenks 802-263-9429.



Get Out and About Events

WES Faculty/Staff vs. Student basketball game in Ascutney Friday, March 17 at 1:15 p.m. The faculty will take on the 8th grade basketball players for an afternoon of fun and competition. All welcome.

Weathersfield Select Board Public Hearing on the Town Plan in Ascutney are scheduled for Monday, March 20 at 7 p.m. at Martin Memorial Hall. For more information contact Hal Wilkins, Land Use Administrator at 802-674-2626.

Make Your Own Video in Ascutney April 17-19 9 a.m.-12 p.m. at the Weathersfield Proctor Library. Call 802-674-2863 to reserve your spot.

6th Annual Town Challenge in Ascutney April 8 7 p.m. The Weathersfield Proctor Library Fund Raising Committee and the Weathersfield Historical Society are hosting the Challenge. It's time to get your team together. Contact the library for more information at 802-674-2863.

Music and Performances

Windsor Station Live Music in Windsor. Friday March 17 9:30 p.m.-12:30 a.m. Bone Factory and the St. Pattys Day Bash; Saturday March 18 9:30 p.m.-12:30 a.m. Jeezm Crow; Tuesday March 21 6-9 p.m. Erik Boedtker; Thursday March 23 7:30-10:30 p.m. Doc & Tom; Friday March 24 9:30 p.m.-12:30 a.m. The Elovaters; Saturday March 25 9:30 p.m.-12:30 a.m. Moxley Union/Spring Fling; Tuesday March 28 6-9 p.m. Pete Meiler; Thursday March 30 7:30-10:30 p.m. Off the Rails; Friday March 31 9:30 p.m.-12:30 a.m. Wild Earp and the Free for Alls.

Inn at Weathersfield Live Music Fridays in Perkinsville 7-9 p.m. March 17: Jessie Peters, March 24: Peter Neri. Closing soon for Mud season break.

Lebanon Opera House in Lebanon NH. March 17 8 p.m. Boston Irish Comedy Tour, April 9 3 p.m. Symphony NH: Smetana and Dvorak, April 27 10 a.m. Arcattack, May 11 10 a.m. Biscuit.

Weathersfield School Concerts and Programs in Ascutney 6-7 p.m. 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.

Ongoing Events

Weathersfield Food Shelf in Perkinsville every Thursday from 2-3 p.m. Route 106 at the old Perkinsville Elementary School.

Low cost spay/neuter clinics in Springfield. Springfield Humane Society is hosting low cost spay/neuter clinics: April 11, May 9, June 6, July 11, Aug. 8, Sept. 5, Oct. 24, Dec. 5 at the Springfield Humane Society, on Route 143. Cost is $50 for female cat and $40 for male cat. Weathersfield residents may be reimbursed up to $50 for the surgery with a limit of three pets per year. Get your SNAP form from the town office. Please call Springfield Humane Society for an appointment at 802-885-3997.

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. Mondays and Wednesdays 10-11 a.m. in basement of Martin Memorial Hall, Route 5, Ascutney. Classes are led by Sandy Lemois. If interested call 674-5254 for more information.

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


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