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.