Wednesday, December 27, 2017

Weathersfield Weekly Blog December 27

December 27, 2017
Weathersfield, Vermont


Short week this one. Early deadline for news and events with Christmas falling on Monday and many folks taking Friday off for Christmas Eve and traveling. It's that time for "over the river and through the woods." As I'm writing this on Thursday morning Dec. 21, the Winter Solstice, I'm listening to the weather report. The weather prognosticators are saying snow, sleet, freezing rain, wintry mix straight through to Christmas Day. Well, let's hope Rudolph's nose is LED now and can cut through the wintry clouds. Safe and Happy Winter Holidays to you all. OK, let's break out the eggnog and send cheers into the coming New Year.



The Weathersfield Proctor Library hosted the annual reading of "The Polar Express" along with a visit from Santa. Santa arrived not by sleigh but by Ascutney Volunteer Fire truck.




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Get Out and About Events

New Year's Eve at the Inn in Perkinsville Sunday, Dec. 31 7-11 p.m.. The Inn at Weathersfield is hosting a special evening with a farm-to-table fine dining experience with acoustic jazz guitarist Ed Eastride. (This experience is suited for adults as they won't be serving our children's menu this night.)

Friends of Weathersfield Proctor Library Meeting in Ascutney, Wednesday, Jan. 10 at 7 p.m. The Friends will hold a meeting at the library in Ascutney, their first of the new year, all are welcome.

Upper Valley Bridal Expo in West Lebanon, NH Sunday, Jan. 7 11 a.m.-2 p.m. at the Fireside Inn and Suites. Dressmakers, caterers, DJs, photographers. More info. call 603-298-5900 ext. 270.

Claremont NH Bridal Show in Claremont NH Sunday Jan. 28 at the Senior Center 12-3 p.m. Wedding photographers to bakeries and accessories. Along with many different prizes, we are giving away a Free Honeymoon to one lucky bride: an 8 day, 7-night condo vacation (you must be present to win.) More info. call 603-708-1318.

Music and Performances

New Year's Eve Listings:
Brooks Hubbard Band at Briggs Opera House in WRJ, Vt. 4 p.m.;
TOAST at The Skinny Pancake in Hanover, NH 9 p.m.;
Happy New Beer at Trail Break in WRJ, Vt. 8:30 p.m.;
Moxley Union and Maiden Voyage at Windsor Station in Windsor, Vt. 9:30 p.m.;
Apocalypse Party with RoadTrash and PSST at The Engine Room in WRJ, Vt. 9 p.m.;

Briggs Opera House in White River Junction. Dec. 31 4 p.m. Brooks Hubbard Band 4 p.m..

Inn at Weathersfield Live Music Fridays in Perkinsville 7-9 p.m. Dec. 29 Johnny O, Dec. 31 Ed Eastridge, Jan. 5 Ali T.

Lebanon Opera House in Lebanon NH. Jan. 31 The 13-Story Treehouse 10 a.m.; Jan 31. Banff World Tour 7 p.m.; Feb. 10 Mike McDonald 7:30 p.m.; Feb. 15 Joan Osborne 7:30 p.m.; Feb. 16 The Machine 7:30 p.m.

Taverne on the Square in Claremont. Dec. 29 Sirsy 8 p.m..

The Engine Room in White River Junction. Dec. 29 NightCap 9 p.m.; Jan. 12 The Conniption Fits 9 p.m.; Jan. 26 BorderStone Band9 p.m..

Windsor Station Live Music in Windsor. Dec. 28 Jim Yeager Band 7:30 p.m.; Dec. 29 Dr. No 9:30 p.m.; Dec. 30 Chris Kleeman Band 9:30 p.m..

Ongoing Events

Weathersfield Historical Society Fundraiser in Perkinsville. "Round the World" queen size quilt handmade by Weathersfield resident Carolyn Van Tassel. On display at the Inn at Weathersfield, selling for $1200, money benefits the Weathersfield Historical Society. If interested in purchasing or have more questions call Maureen Bogosian at 603-252-0936.

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 in 2018: Feb. 13, April 10, May 8, June 5, July 10, Aug. 7, Sept. 11, Oct. 9, Nov. 6, Nov. 27 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.

Have anything you want included in this news and events column? Email Nancy at photosbynanci@comcast.net two weeks prior to your event.

Wednesday, December 20, 2017

Weathersfield Weekly Blog, December 20

December 20, 2017
Weathersfield, VT

Note: Early submission deadlines for The Vermont Standard Columns Dec. 28 and Jan. 4.
I will need your announcements by Dec. 21 at 8 a.m. for Dec. 28 and Dec. 28 8 a.m. for Jan. 4.


Happy Winter Holidays to you all, gentle readers. It seems another year has just about past and we begin a time of reflection on ourselves and the world around us. It's a time for parties, and food and celebrations. But we should also be aware that it's also a time where some among us feel great sadness and depression. Please, as a favor to me, watch out for your friends, neighbors and even brief acquaintances. This time of year should be a time for love, hope, and kindness. Let's all do a little something to make these long cold days pass with a little warmth. Cheers to you all.






Weathersfield select board news: At the select board meeting on Dec. 4, the board began reviewing the town's FY19 budget. Town manager, Ed Morris has developed a new compensation scale for town employees and presented that for the board's review. The board is still looking to replace member Lynn Esty who resigned for personal reasons a few weeks ago. Interested parties should contact the town manager. 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: Students will be dismissed on Thursday, Dec. 21 at 11:30 a.m. for holiday break. School will resume on Tuesday, Jan. 2. WS welcomes Stefanie DeSimone who will be subbing in art for Caitlin Flanigin who is out on leave. DeSimone begins work Feb. 28 and will be at WS until the end of the school year. DeSimone is graduate from Plymouth College with a BS in Art Education and a minor in Art History. A joint meeting of WS School Board and Weathersfield Select Board at WS will be held on Monday, Jan. 8 at 6 p.m.. The regular school board meeting will begin at 7 p.m.. These meetings are open to the public. More information about the school call 802-674-5400.

Weathersfield Proctor Library news: Join the library for their annual reading of "The Polar Express" on Thursday, Dec. 21 at 6:30 p.m. and stay to watch Santa arrive by fire truck. Get your phot taken with Santa too. Refreshments will be served and all are welcome. More information about the Friends or the library contact Mark at 802-674-2863.





Get Out and About Events

Saturday Holiday Movies in Ascutney, Saturday Dec. 23 at 11 a.m. The Weathersfield Proctor Library will be showing the holiday movie "The Muppet Christmas Carol", all welcome.

New Year's Eve at the Inn in Perkinsville Sunday, Dec. 31 7-11 p.m.. The Inn at Weathersfield is hosting a special evening with a farm-to-table fine dining experience with acoustic jazz guitarist Ed Eastride. (This experience is suited for adults as they won't be serving our children's menu this night.)


Music and Performances

Inn at Weathersfield Live Music Fridays
in Perkinsville 7-9 p.m. Dec. 22 Peter Neri, Dec. 29 Johnny O, Dec. 31 Ed Eastridge, Jan. 5 Ali T.

Lebanon Opera House in Lebanon NH. Dec. 27 Recycled Percussion 4 and 7:30 p.m..

Taverne on the Square in Claremont. Dec. 29 Sirsy 8 p.m..

Windsor Station Live Music in Windsor. Dec. 21 George Nostrand Band 7:30 p.m.; Dec. 22 Sullivan Davis Hanscom Band 9:30 p.m.; Dec. 28 Jim Yeager Band 7:30 p.m.; Dec. 29 Dr. No 9:30 p.m.; Dec. 30 Chris Kleeman Band 9:30 p.m.; Dec. 31 New Year's Eve with Moxley Union and Maiden Voyage 9:30 p.m..

Ongoing Events

Weathersfield Historical Society Fundraiser in Perkinsville. "Round the World" queen size quilt handmade by Weathersfield resident Carolyn Van Tassel. On display at the Inn at Weathersfield, selling for $1200, money benefits the Weathersfield Historical Society. If interested in purchasing or have more questions call Maureen Bogosian at 603-252-0936.

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 in 2018: Feb. 13, April 10, May 8, June 5, July 10, Aug. 7, Sept. 11, Oct. 9, Nov. 6, Nov. 27 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.

Have anything you want included in this news and events column? Email Nancy at photosbynanci@comcast.net two weeks prior to your event.

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Weathersfield Weekly Blog December 13

December 13, 2017
Weathersfield, Vermont

Vermont State Police are asking for the public’s help in locating two males who robbed Downers Corner Store early Friday morning Dec. 8 and assaulted an employee. That employee, June French, was transported to Springfield Hospital for evaluation, according to a news release. The two men, both wearing masks, entered the store on Route 106 in Weathersfield around 4 a.m. on Friday, pushed French and stole a variety of cigarettes and cigars. Anyone who saw suspicious individuals or vehicles parked in the area around that time are asked to call Vermont State Police at 802-722-4600.



Last weekend was Wassail Weekend in Woodstock, Vermont. While I didn't cover the parade, I got to shoot the Rainbow Playschool's third annual Breakfast with Santa Saturday morning.




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Right after breakfast, I headed over to the Masonic Lodge for the Wassail Craft Fair. This is one very busy fair with lots of quality vendors.




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Next up, I headed to Lebanon Municipal Airport. I was invited on a free airplane ride over the Upper Valley by Cape Air. The flight was very smooth and the seats were more comfortable than some of the BIG planes I've been on recently.





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I closed out Saturday night at a concert at one of my favorite venues-Billsville House Concerts in Manchester, Vermont. Pierce and Ethan opened for Twisted Pine.



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News You Can Use


Weathersfield select board news: At the select board meeting on Dec. 4, the board approved using $2700 from the reappraisal reserve account to purchase three new computers for the listers. The board also approved using $4850 from that same account to begin implementation of GIS parcel mapping in town. 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: Thursday, Dec. 21 is the school's holiday sing-a-long, 8:15-9 a.m. and it's an early release day. After lunch students will be sent home at 11:30 am. Rumor has it that the teachers and staff are rehearsing a new song to sing at the morning assembly. More information about the school call 802-674-5400.



Weathersfield Proctor Library news: Construction continues on the children's room expansion; the foundation walls are up and insulated and the door has been cut in the 1902 stone foundation. More information about the Friends or the library contact Mark at 802-674-2863.




Get Out and About Events

Cookies & Cocktails Cooking Class in Perkinsville Saturday, Dec. 16 10:30 a.m.-1 p.m.. The Inn at Weathersfield is hosting NYC based chef/cooking instructor/baker Molly Pam for a fun-filled holiday class. $55 pp. Call for reservations: 802-263-9217.

Saturday Holiday Movies in Ascutney, Saturday Dec. 16 at 11 a.m. The Weathersfield Proctor Library will be showing the holiday movie "Elf", all welcome.

The Polar Express and Visit from Santa in Ascutney, Thursday, Dec. 21 at 6:30 p.m. The Weathersfield Proctor Library will hosting their annual reading of "The Polar Express." Santa will arrive around 7 p.m. Refreshments will be served and all are welcome.

Saturday Holiday Movies in Ascutney, Saturday Dec. 23 at 11 a.m. The Weathersfield Proctor Library will be showing the holiday movie "The Muppet Christmas Carol", all welcome.

New Year's Eve at the Inn in Perkinsville Sunday, Dec. 31 7-11 p.m.. The Inn at Weathersfield is hosting a special evening with a farm-to-table fine dining experience with acoustic jazz guitarist Ed Eastride. (This experience is suited for adults as they won't be serving our children's menu this night.)



Music and Performances


Inn at Weathersfield Live Music Fridays in Perkinsville 7-9 p.m. Dec. 15 Dave Clark, Dec. 22 Peter Neri, Dec. 29 Johnny O, Dec. 31 Ed Eastridge, Jan. 5 Ali T.

Lebanon Opera House in Lebanon NH. Dec. 27 Recycled Percussion 4 and 7:30 p.m..

Taverne on the Square in Claremont. Dec. 15 Jason Cann 7 p.m.; Dec. 16 The Party Crashers 7 p.m.; Dec. 29 Sirsy 8 p.m..

Windsor Station Live Music in Windsor. Dec. 15 Justin Panigutti Band 9:30 p.m.; Dec. 19 Soul Fix Duo 6 p.m.; Dec. 21 George Nostrand Band 7:30 p.m.; Dec. 22 Sullivan Davis Hanscom Band 9:30 p.m.; Dec. 28 Jim Yeager Band 7:30 p.m.; Dec. 29 Dr. No 9:30 p.m.; Dec. 30 Chris Kleeman Band 9:30 p.m.; Dec. 31 New Year's Eve with Moxley Union and Maiden Voyage 9:30 p.m..

Ongoing Events

Weathersfield Historical Society Fundraiser in Perkinsville. "Round the World" queen size quilt handmade by Weathersfield resident Carolyn Van Tassel. On display at the Inn at Weathersfield, selling for $1200, money benefits the Weathersfield Historical Society. If interested in purchasing or have more questions call Maureen Bogosian at 603-252-0936.

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 in 2018: Feb. 13, April 10, May 8, June 5, July 10, Aug. 7, Sept. 11, Oct. 9, Nov. 6, Nov. 27 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.

Have anything you want included in this news and events column? Email Nancy at photosbynanci@comcast.net two weeks prior to your event.

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Weathersfield Weekly Blog, December 6

December 6, 2017
Weathersfield, Vt.

Congratulations to Terry John Woods and partner Dale West. Their 1820 brick Federal-style former parsonage in Perkinsville is featured in the December issue of Design New England "Christmas White." The article was written by Tovah Martin with photography by Kindra Clineff. 

Some sad news to report, William Mayer, pre-eminent American composer and some-time Vermonter, has died. Born in 1925, Mayer was a Phi Beta Kappa Yale graduate, and he studied composition at Juilliard and the Mannes School of Music. Early success came with music for youngsters, especially recordings of the song “Bongo and his Baboon Drum” sung by Burl Ives. Eventually, Mayer would write celebrated music for every genre. For years, Bill and his wife, Meredith, divided their time between NYC and Weathersfield.


On Friday I photographed all the gingerbread houses that were created for the 15th Annual Gingerbread Festival at Tracy Hall in Norwich, Vermont. the event was a benefit for The Family Place.






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On Saturday, I covered the Brownsville Holiday Bazaar for The Vermont Standard.




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News You Can Use

Weathersfield select board news: The budget process is beginning and at present there is only person on the Budget Committee. The initial budget was scheduled to be presented at the Dec. 4 meeting and again at the Dec. 18 meeting. In other news, the board granted a 2nd class liquor license to the new Jiffy Mart on Route 131 near the interstate. The store plans to open on Dec. 27. Select board member, Lynn Esty submitted her resignation to the board effective Nov. 22, citing life changes. Eligible voters with an interest in serving on the select board until the next annual meeting to fill Ms. Esty's vacant seat should contact the town manager. More information about the select board and the town, contact Town Manager, Ed Morris, at 802-674-2626 or townmanager@weathersfield.org.



Get Out and About Events

Perkinsville Community Church Annual Christmas Candle Light Service in Perkinsville Sunday, Dec. 10 at 5 p.m. on Rt. 106. Holiday carols, harp, guitar, chime choir, vocals, piano, organ, flute, violin. All are welcome. Come and enjoy an evening of music and Christmas scripture readings.

Cookies & Cocktails Cooking Class in Perkinsville Saturday, Dec. 16 10:30 a.m.-1 p.m.. The Inn at Weathersfield is hosting NYC based chef/cooking instructor/baker Molly Pam for a fun-filled holiday class. The $55 pp class includes cookies: pecan sandies, chocolate and caramel chews (chocolate cookie with a caramel center and icing), chocolate and almond biscotti , apple cider caramels, cardamom maple trees, cranberry Linzer cookies. And cocktails: homemade Irish cream liqueur, blueberry bourbon bramble (blueberries with cloves, bourbon, and seltzer), blood orange and thyme gin and tonic. Call for reservations: 802-263-9217.

New Year's Eve at the Inn in Perkinsville Sunday, Dec. 31 7-11 p.m.. The Inn at Weathersfield is hosting a special evening with a farm-to-table fine dining experience with acoustic jazz guitarist Ed Eastride. (This experience is suited for adults as they won't be serving our children's menu this night.)



Music and Performances

Inn at Weathersfield Live Music Fridays in Perkinsville 7-9 p.m. Dec. 8 Ali T., Dec. 15 Dave Clark, Dec. 22 Peter Neri, Dec. 29 Johnny O, Dec. 31 Ed Eastridge, Jan. 5 Ali T.

Lebanon Opera House in Lebanon NH. Dec 7, 9, 10 Clara's Dream; Dec. 27 Recycled Percussion 4 and 7:30 p.m..

Taverne on the Square in Claremont. Dec. 8 Brad Myrick Band 7 p.m.; Dec. 15 Jason Cann 7 p.m.; Dec. 16 The Party Crashers 7 p.m.; Dec. 29 Sirsy 8 p.m..

Windsor Station Live Music in Windsor. Dec. 9 Gully Boys 9:30 p.m.; Dec. 15 Justin Panigutti Band 9:30 p.m.; Dec. 19 Soul Fix Duo 6 p.m.; Dec. 21 George Nostrand Band 7:30 p.m.; Dec. 22 Sullivan Davis Hanscom Band 9:30 p.m.; Dec. 28 Jim Yeager Band 7:30 p.m.; Dec. 29 Dr. No 9:30 p.m.; Dec. 30 Chris Kleeman Band 9:30 p.m.; Dec. 31 New Year's Eve with Moxley Union and Maiden Voyage 9:30 p.m..

Ongoing Events

Weathersfield Historical Society Fundraiser in Perkinsville. "Round the World" queen size quilt handmade by Weathersfield resident Carolyn Van Tassel. On display at the Inn at Weathersfield, selling for $1200, money benefits the Weathersfield Historical Society. If interested in purchasing or have more questions call Maureen Bogosian at 603-252-0936.

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 in 2018: Feb. 13, April 10, May 8, June 5, July 10, Aug. 7, Sept. 11, Oct. 9, Nov. 6, Nov. 27 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.

Have anything you want included in this news and events column? Email Nancy at photosbynanci@comcast.net two weeks prior to your event.