Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Weathersfield Weekly Blog, January 17

January 17, 2018
Weathersfield, Vermont


Last week's weather had some of us holding our breaths. The warm temperatures and rain on Friday caused many ice jams to form in our area. The Cornish/Windsor covered bridge closed on Saturday due to Route 12A flooding on the New Hampshire side; Price Chopper in Windsor closed early on Saturday due to flooding. And we almost lost our driveway due to a clogged culvert. Quick response by the husband diverted the waters and the driveway survived. This week looks a little more like normal temperatures with some light snow predicted, which is welcomed because we lost a lot of snow on Friday.




Weathersfield select board news: The select board was scheduled to meet Monday, Jan. 15 to finalize the town's FY2019 budget. More on this meeting next week. 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: The school welcomes new long term substitute art teacher, Michelle Jarvis. In November, Stefanie DeSimone was hired to cover for Caitlin Flanigin's maternity leave from Feb. 20 - June 2018, however DeSimone recently accepted a full time job in Rutland. The school is excited to have Jarvis join the staff. More information about the school call 802-674-5400.


Weathersfield Proctor Library news: The Trustees met for a special budget meeting on Sunday, Jan. 14 to finalize their FY2019 budget. The Trustees are asking for $128,448 (up 16% from FY2018) with $126,648 to be raised by taxes (up 14.7% from FY2018.) The Trustees had planned to present this budget to the select board on Monday, Jan. 15. More information about the Friends or the library contact Mark at 802-674-2863.



Get Out and About Events

Toast-Dinner and Wine Pairings in Perkinsville, Saturday, Jan. 20 5:30-9 p.m.. The Inn at Weathersfield hosts a nibbles tasting and a three course meal with various wines are being offered. Limited seating. Call 802-263-9217 for more details.

Polish Cooking Class in Perkinsville, Saturday, Jan. 20 10:30 a.m.-1p.m. at the Inn at Weathersfield. More information call 802-263-9217.

Claremont NH Bridal Show in Claremont NH, Sunday, Jan. 28 at the Senior Center 12-3 p.m. Wedding photographers to bakeries and more. A free Honeymoon bride will be raffled off to one lucky bride: an 8 day, 7-night condo vacation (you must be present to win.) More info. call 603-708-1318.

Weathersfield School PTA Meeting in Ascutney, Tuesday, Feb. 6 at 6 p.m. in the AP Room. All are welcome.

Science Fair at WS in Ascutney Thursday, Feb. 15 in the AP room at the school 5:30-6:30 p.m. (snow date will be Feb. 16.) All are welcome not just 8th graders. Many high schools are represented at this fair so it's a great night to ask questions, look at various school brochures, and meet the representatives from each of our surrounding high schools. For more information, please contact Malia King, WS Guidance Counselor, at 674-5400.

WS K-8 Panther Pride Awards Assemblies in Ascutney, Wednesday, March 14 1:30-2:20 p.m. and Thursday, June 7 1:30-2:20 p.m. in the school gym. These celebrations are open to the public.



Music and Performances


Inn at Weathersfield Live Music Fridays in Perkinsville 7-9 p.m. Jan. 19 Johnny O., Jan. 26 Dave Clark, Feb. 2 Steve Ellis.

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. Jan. 18 Bob and Shane 6-9 p.m., Jan. 19 Conniption Fits 8-11 p.m., Jan. 26 Ben Fuller 7-10 p.m., Feb. 1 Sirsy 6-9 p.m..

The Engine Room in White River Junction. Jan. 26 BorderStone Band 9 p.m..

Windsor Station Live Music in Windsor. Jan. 13 Unbalanced 9:30 p.m., Jan. 16 Ty McCarthy and Greg Goodenwagen 7 p.m., Jan. 18 Jes and Jakob 7 p.m., Jan. 19 Roadtrash Band 10 p.m., Jan. 20 Tim Brick Country 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.

Monday, January 15, 2018

Weathersfield Library Trustees Approve Double Digit Increases for Library Director and Overall FY2019 Budget

January 15, 2018
Weathersfield, Vermont

On Sunday, Jan. 14 at a Special Budget Meeting, the Weathersfield Proctor Library Board of Trustees approved double digit increases for the Library Director wages and the overall FY2019 operating budget.

In a three to one vote (the Chair only votes to break a tie or for a quorum) the Library Director wage line item was increased from $34,207 for FY2018 to $45,478 for FY2019, an increase of 32.9%. This wage increase was first presented to the board at a Dec. 3, 2017 meeting with the town manager, Ed Morris. The town manager and Chair of the Trustees Rick Bates met earlier and arrived at the $45,478 by comparing other library director wages around the state of Vermont for towns of similar size to Weathersfield.

There was little or no discussion of the increase at the Dec. 3 or Dec. 21 (regular trustee monthly meeting) meetings and no negotiations took place between the Library Director and the Board of Trustees. Votes to finalize the budget at these meetings could not take place because "clean copies" of the budget, including the increase in benefits associated with the proposed wage increases were not provided to the trustees by the town manager.

After reading the minutes of the select board meeting on Jan. 8, the trustees called another Special Meeting to finalize the FY2091 budget on Sunday, Jan. 14. A copy of the "adjusted" budget was provided to the trustees late Saturday night for the Sunday afternoon vote.

Some confusion has arisen over the total percent  increase in the wage. The FY2018 wage line item was erroneously listed in the 2015-2016 town report. The Trustees approved a wage of $35,193, however $34,207 was reported in the town report.  $34,207 is the amount the taxpayers approved at town meeting on March 7, 2017. Therefore the FY2019 line item reflects an increase is 32.9%.

This 32.9% increase in wage includes adding eight hours to the director's 32 hour work week (the library is open to the public 26 hours weekly), bringing the library director's hours to 40 and an hourly increase of 72 cents. These eight hours have not been clearly defined and it does not appear that the library will be open for more hours to the public.

The town manager has suggested to the trustees that the eight hours be used to assist him "in doing some things he no longer has time to do." It was suggested that the library director work on the recreation department, help promote the town through organizing various events and to write a town-wide newsletter. This has not been presented in writing and the trustees have not approved these suggestions.

The overall budget is up 16% from  FY2018's budget of $110,724 to  FY2019 budget of $128, 448. Approval for this increase passed in a vote of 3 to 1.

The budget includes modest wage increases for the Assistant Librarian and the Youth Services Librarian of 2%. (The rate of inflation has been running just under 2%.)

The Trustees plan to present this budget to the select board at the select board meeting this evening at 7 p.m. in Martin Memorial Hall's basement. The meeting is open to the public.

Full disclosure-I am a member of the Board of Trustees and I was the dissenting vote on the two votes listed above.

WFLD Select Board meets Tonight-More Budget Discussion

January 15, 2018
Weathersfield, Vermont

The Weathersfield Select Board is scheduled to meet this evening at 7 p.m. at Martin Memorial Hall (in the basement.) The meeting agenda is posted online. Select Board Agenda.

Agenda Includes
The board will be interviewing various social services agencies to determine if funding by taxpayers should continue. There will be continued discussion about the town's fire coverage. And the board is still looking to fill about 17 volunteer positions for various local and regional committees and commissions. Four Budget Committee positions remain open. Volunteers interested in serving on the Budget Committee are encouraged to attend tonight's meeting.

Budget discussion and approval of the annual town meeting warning will round out the evening.

Select Board Meeting Packet
The select board packet for the evening may be viewed online. PACKET

Budget Discussion
The proposed FY2019 budget documents may be viewed online: FY2019 Budget

The proposed Administration expense budget appears to be up 8.3 % from FY2018.
The proposed Solid Waste expense budget appears to be down 1.8 % from FY2018.
The proposed Town Fire expense budget appears to be up 5.1 % from FY2018. But the two fire departments are down 10% for Ascutney and 5% for West Weathersfield.
The proposed Police Department and Treasurers expense budgets appear to be flat from FY2018.
The proposed Town Clerk's expense budget appears to be missing page 2 so no budget details can be reported.
The proposed Listers expense budget appears to be up 21.7 % from FY2018.
The proposed Planning and Zoning expense budget appears to be up 2.0 % from FY2018.

The Weathersfield Proctor Library Trustees met for a special budget meeting on Sunday, Jan. 14 to finalize their FY2019 budget. The Trustees are asking for $128,448 (up 16% from FY2018) with $126,648 to be raised by taxes (up 14.7% from FY2018.) The trustees will present their budget to the select board this evening.

More information about the select board and the town contact Town Manager, Ed Morris, at 802-674-2626 or townmanager@weathersfield.org.



Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Weathersfield Weekly Blog, January 10

January 10, 2018
Weathersfield, Vermont

Well, we're almost two weeks into 2018 and I'm ready for summer. The seed catalogs are rolling in and it doesn't help with my distaste for this winter's frigid temperatures. I was doing just fine until the arctic blast started and continues-with what seems no end in sight. So here I am sitting in front of a blazing wood stove fire planning my garden. If I look hard enough, I can almost feel like I'm in the catalog photos and not seeing snow and wind blowing through the trees and thermometers reading below zero. Waiting on warmer temperatures.
Looks like we may get some warmer temps. with rain on Friday. But back to the cold weather on the weekend. So don't put those, hats, gloves scarves and earmuffs away just yet!





Backyard visitor




Weathersfield select board news: The town budget continues to be discussed. The select board met on Jan. 3 and were scheduled to meet with the school board for a joint budget discussion on Jan. 8. The town budget should be finalized at their Jan. 15 meeting. The FY19 budget is currently running 4-5% higher than FY2018. The Christmas dinner at the Inn was explained some at the meeting but space constraints here don't allow for the details. The details will be in my online blog for those that want more information. 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: The next Panther Pride Celebration will be held Wednesday, March 14 at 1:45 p.m.. Teachers will be notifying parents that their child is up for an award but the teachers and principal ask that parents keep this information secret until the assembly. More information about the school call 802-674-5400.


Weathersfield Proctor Library news: The Trustees met for a special budget meeting on Jan. 3. The FY19 budget was finalized and approved in a 4 to 1 vote. The library's budget is up 14.7%. The double digit increase is largely due to a 29% increase in wages for the library director. More information about the Friends of Weathersfield Proctor Library or the library contact Mark at 802-674-2863.



Get Out and About Events


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

Science Fair at WS in Ascutney Thursday, Feb. 15 in the AP room at the school 5:30-6:30 p.m. (snow date will be Feb. 16.) All are welcome not just 8th graders. Many high schools are represented at this fair so it's a great night to ask questions, look at various school brochures, and meet the representatives from each of our surrounding high schools. For more information, please contact Malia King, WS Guidance Counselor, at 674-5400.



Music and Performances


Inn at Weathersfield Live Music Fridays in Perkinsville 7-9 p.m Jan. 12 Steve Ellis, Jan. 10 Johnny O., Jan. 26 Dave Clark, Feb. 2 Steve Ellis.

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. Jan. 11 SoulFix 6 p.m., jan. 12 Jeff Davis Band 7 p.m..

The Engine Room in White River Junction. Jan. 12 The Conniption Fits 9 p.m.; Jan. 26 BorderStone Band 9 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.

Tuesday, January 9, 2018

Taxpayer Funded Christmas Party for Weathersfield Town Employees-Details Revealed

Weathersfield, Vermont
January 9, 2018
Nancy Nutile-McMenemy

Details of the $1512 Christmas party and dinner at the Inn at Weathersfield, hosted by the town manager, for town employees and their spouses (or partners) were revealed at the select board budget meeting held on Jan. 3. (see Select Board Meeting Minutes 01/03/2018 Draft online)

In these minutes, select board member Daniel Boyer defended the expenditure saying "it bothered him to think that taxpayers would begrudge recognizing the highway crew for not being with their families on Christmas Eve and Day because of having to be out plowing the roads." The employee Christmas party was held on Friday, Dec. 14. The town manager said he "sees this (the Christmas party) as a good team-building and morale-lifting event. He is trying to restore the employees' morale and mitigate their sense of not being appreciated." Select Board Chair Kelly Murphy said "she saw it (the $1512 expenditure) as money well-spent."

The event, billed to the town account 11-7-101-99.00, Miscellaneous Expenditure (line item in FY2018 budgeted at $1200) was approved in the Dec. 18, 2017 warrants (bills to be paid.) The dinner was not put out to bid. The FY2018 budget also includes a line item (11-7-101.26.00) Awards and Recognition budgeted at $1,000.

When select board chair Kelly Murphy was contacted on Dec. 22 about the event, she responded in an email "nothing was mentioned to me about it, so I don’t have any information to provide a credible response." She referred this reporter to the town manager.

The town manger was contacted via email and replied: "We hosted a Christmas (employees recognition dinner) at the Inn at Weathersfield this year. The total cost of the event was $1512. A Christmas event of some sort has been hosted for many years (at least since the early 1990’s). When I came on I expanded the event to include the library and highway departments, because I did not feel it was right to have an event for some of the staff, but not include all staff. I did make the decision that all staff that is scheduled and works 10 hours a week would be invited."

Here is the recent history of town expenditures for these Christmas dinners. In 2013 the town office employees (police chief, office employees and highway manager) had dinner at the Hartness House in Springfield. In 2014, the event was held at the Windsor Station restaurant. In 2015, the event was held at the Martin Memorial Hall; Blood's Seafood catered this event. In 2016 the event was expanded to included the highway staff, transfer station staff, police staff, library staff and employee spouses (or partners). The event was held at the Inn at Weathersfield and the cost was $1386 through the miscellaneous expenditures line item.

At the select board meeting on June 19, 2017 member Lynn Esty mentioned an email that was sent out asking for some clarification on the miscellaneous expenditure line item. The online minutes reflect the response given. "What is the miscellaneous expenditures that we seem to be exceeding? Can we have details please. 11-7-101-99.00-the $2,065 expenditure is made up of $1,386 for the Christmas Party hosted by (town manager) Ed (Morris)." No further details were given in the minutes.

The town manager said the event has evolved from a Christmas dinner into an employee recognition dinner to honor employee milestones and to give out certificates.

The proposed budget for FY2019 shows the miscellaneous expenditure line has been reduced from $1200 to $600 and awards and recognition line has been increased from $1000 to $2100. Combined these budget items are up 23% from FY2018.

The select board met with the school board on Monday, Jan. 8. At this meeting Chair Murphy asked the school board if the school provides a taxpayer funded party or dinner for the staff and/or teachers. Principal Oakman said similar events take place. But according to the meeting minutes, the events do not appear to be funded by the taxpayers. 

The select board plans to finalize the town budget at their Jan. 15 meeting. The meeting agenda should be posted on Thursday.

Wednesday, January 3, 2018

Weathersfield Weekly Blog, January 3


January 3, 2017
Weathersfield, Vermont




Christmas came early for the Weathersfield town employees. Town manager Ed Morris hosted a Christmas Party at the Inn at Weathersfield for employees and their spouses or partners on Dec. 14. The Weathersfield taxpayers picked up the $1512 check. More details next week.


Happy New Year and with it town budget time. If you don't want serious sticker shock on town meeting day in March, I suggest you start attending/watching the select board and the school board meetings through the month of January (or reading their meeting minutes online.) The select board met Jan.3 and is scheduled to have a joint meeting with the school, at the school,  on Jan. 8 at 7 p.m.. The town budget should be finalized on Jan. 15.






Weathersfield select board news: At the select board meeting on Dec. 18 (meeting info: CLICK HERE) Nathan Stearns was approved to replace retiring town attorney Chris Callahan effective immediately. There was extensive discussion regarding the health insurance opt-out program. In the past the opt-out program paid $1500 to the employee not "buying-in" to the town provided health insurance program. The board is now proposing to pay 50% of the premium with a cap of $10,000 to employees who "opt-out." The board continues to discuss the FY19 budget. Their next meeting is scheduled for Jan. 8. 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: Money from the Hicks Nichols account provided a grant to bring Mr. Rich from YouthBeatz to the school Jan. 8-12. A week of rhythm, movement and drumming is planned starting with an assembly Monday, Jan at 8:05 a.m. The artist in residence program will end Friday, Jan. 12 at 1:45 p.m. in the gym. Teacher Laura Berry has arranged, through the PE program, time for students to meet Mr. Rich at least twice during the week. More information about the school call 802-674-5400.


Weathersfield Proctor Library news: The trustees continue to discuss the FY19 budget. They are looking at an increase of about 12%, mostly due to increases in wages and benefits for the library director. The budget was expected to be finalized at a special meeting scheduled for Jan. 3. More information about the Friends or the library contact Mark at 802-674-2863.



Other Town News and Such

I received a nice letter from Elaine Broekhuizen. She and John are living in Saint Mary's Georgia. They were happy to receive the latest Weathersfield Historical Society Newsletter and were very happy to learn of the Weathersfield Proctor Library children's room expansion. She asked about a painting she donated to the library "The Weathersfield Birches." I'll have to look to see if it's hanging in the building somewhere.

Ann Lavigne
Sad news to report, Ann L. Lavigne, 83, a longtime resident of Ascutney, passed away Wednesday morning, Dec. 27, 2017, at the Cedar Hill Health Care Center in Windsor.

She was born Aug. 5, 1934, in Proctor, Vt. the daughter of Herbert and Gladys (Mohan) Curtis. She received her schooling in Proctor and graduated from Proctor High School in 195 2. She later attended Becker Junior College in Worcester, Mass. She married Stanton L. Lavigne in Proctor on Dec. 29, 1956. Ann greatly enjoyed raising her family and was employed at the Weathersfield Elementary School as a cook, where she truly enjoyed spending time with the children. She retired at the age of 76 after serving thirty three years.

Her husband passed away in 1978. She was also predeceased by her parents, one son, Henry Peter Lavigne, two brothers, Herbert Curtis, Jr. and Bruce Curtis, and by three sisters, Mary Laricos, Margaret Curtis and Barbara Thompson.

Survivors include three daughters, Jacqueline Sargent and her husband, Robert of Springfield, Vt., Mary Olson and her husband, Rick of Scottsdale, Ariz. and Sue Compo and her husband, Rob of Ascutney; three grandchildren, Jerome Ward, Josh Compo and Travis Compo; three sisters, Jane Moscatiello of Rutland, Vt., Connie Curtis of Denver, Colo. and Cathy Curtis of Boston, Mass.; and many nieces and nephews.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated in the spring at St. Francis of Assisi Church in Windsor. Committal services will be held in the St. Joseph Cemetery in Bristol, Vt.

To honor Ann, memorial contributions may be made to the Weathersfield School to make sure all children get a healthy meal. Donations can be sent to; Weathersfield School, c/o A.L. Fund, PO Box 279, Ascutney, VT 05030.

The Knight Funeral Home in Windsor is entrusted with the arrangements. Condolences made be expressed to Ann’s family in an online guestbook at www.knightfuneralhomes.com.

On a bitterly cold Friday night, I headed to Hanover, NH to see Say Darling perform at The Skinny Pancake.



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Things I Covered for the Paper

Holiday meditation in Hartland.


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Ascutney Outdoors rope tow opened for the season.





There is also sledding and sliding at Ascutney Mountain.




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Get Out and About Events

Friends of Weathersfield Proctor Library Meeting in Ascutney at the Library will be held on Wednesday, Jan. 10 at 7 p.m.. 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

Inn at Weathersfield Live Music Fridays in Perkinsville 7-9 p.m. Jan. 5 Ali T., Jan. 12 Steve Ellis, Jan. 10 Johnny O., Jan. 26 Dave Clark, Feb. 2 Steve Ellis.

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. Jan. 4 Charlie Cronopoulos 7 p.m., Jan. 4 Wild Nytz 8 p.m., Jan. 11 SoulFix 6 p.m., jan. 12 Jeff Davis Band 7 p.m..

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

Windsor Station Live Music in Windsor. (No update at press time.)

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.