Weathersfield Weekly Blog March 8

March 8, 2017
Weathersfield, Vt.

Town meeting was held on Saturday, March 4 at the Weathersfield School in Ascutney. Over 100 attended the town portion of the meeting. Many arrived at 1 p.m. to listen to the discussion about our two town fire departments. No decision was made and the town manager, Ed Morris said it could take over a year to decide if a Fire District would be implemented. The ultimate decision on the town's fire protection will be voted on in the future. In the meantime, the current contracts with the two private non-profit fire Departments: West Weathersfield Fire Department and Ascutney Volunteer Fire Department expire on June 30.

Non-monetary articles were passed by voice vote and the current budget proposals were discussed. The town voted on the remaining monetary articles and elected our town officials when the meeting reconvened on Tuesday, March 7 at 10 a.m. for Australian Ballot voting.

Town manager Ed Morris explains the budget.

Dave Fuller asked voters to vote no.

Library Trustee Chair Rick Bates thanks Ernie Shand for all his service to the town and library.
More photos from town meeting: CLICK HERE

Town Meeting Report: CLICK HERE

Vote results are posted: CLICK HERE

The Weathersfield Conservation Commission Annual Photo Contest winners were announced: 1st Place-Susan Colby from Walpole NH for a frog in the garden, 2nd Place-Jordan Ham for an owl on the road sign and 3rd Place-Mavis Shand for two turkeys in a field. The winning photo will be framed and on a rotating display at the school, the library and the town office. Congratulations to everyone who submitted photos this year.

Friday evening I attended the 8th Annual Governor's Reception and Auction for Special Olympics Vermont before the Winter Games Opening Ceremony. The reception was held at the Woodstock Inn and Resort in Woodstock, Vt.

 More photos from the reception: CLICK HERE

Tuesday before I voted in Weathersfield, I covered Hartland's Town Meeting for the Vermont Standard. Damon Hall was standing room only for the 255th annual town meeting.

Chet Pasho raises his hand to be recognized to speak.

Hartland residents listen to the budget presentation.

Matt Dunne count the voters during a division of the house standing vote.
 More photos from Hartland's town meeting: CLICK HERE

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 6 and March 20 at 7 p.m. at Martin Memorial Hall. For more information contact Hal Wilkins, Land Use Administrator at 802-674-2626.

Music and Performances

Windsor Station Live Music in Windsor Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays. Friday March 10 9:30p.m.-12:30 a.m. Black Mountain Symphony; Saturday March 11 9:30 p.m.-12:30 a.m. Dr. No, James Bond Night.

Inn at Weathersfield Live Music Fridays in Perkinsville 7-9 p.m. March 17: Jessie Peters, March 24: Peter Neri.

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 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.

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