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Weathersfield Vermont
August 27, 2014
Copyright © Nancy Nutile-McMenemy
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To borrow a line from Mick Jagger "Please allow me to introduce myself..." I'm Nancy Nutile-McMenemy. I have lived in this beautiful little town of Weathersfield since 1987. I moved here with my husband from Amherst MA. While at school at the University of Massachusetts, I worked as an Arts and Feature photographer for the UMASS Daily Collegian. I worked at Dartmouth College for 20 years and retired in 2008. I picked up my camera again and started my Freelance Photography Business in 2009. I have been a freelance photographer for the Standard since 2010. I am also the House Photographer at the Lebanon Opera House. I shoot weddings, Senior Class Photos and Events of all kinds, and I love me new career.

I picked up the pen (or should I say keyboard) two weeks ago to cover this column for Lynn Esty while she was on vacation. When she returned, she turned the column over to me because she has a new challenging job and a new grandchild that are both really occupying her time. I have heard from many folks how much they loved Lynn's column so I have big shoes to fill. But I feel up to the task and I hope I can continue to keep the readers in Weathersfield informed and entertained.
In my garden-Tomato Late Blight-I am quite upset, down right angry, our garden tomatoes (all 40 plus plants, three varieties) now have Tomato Late Blight. My husband has been diligently putting the affected plant material and fruits into black plastic to "cook" them in the sun; never put them on your compost, the pile may not heat up enough to kill the spores or get cold enough to freeze over the winter. Many online sites say the black plastic bagging will help but the spores travel huge distances on the wind so we'll have to cross our fingers for next year. Our three varieties of peppers are doing great though; as are our beans and cukes. But ARRGHHH! we'll be purchasing tomato sauce this winter instead of pulling frozen tubs out of our freezer each week.
Jackson Browne
Music to my ears-Another rocking week of music. Last Tuesday we traveled to Concord NH to see the legendary Jackson Browne perform at the Capitol Center for the Arts. Thursday night we braved the rain for a free concert in Lebanon NH and got to see two up and coming artists Hana Zara (from Burlington VT) and The Wind + The Wave (from Austin TX.) Saturday we went to the Freight House (formerly Tupelo Hall Vermont) in White River Junction to see Peter Wolf, lead singer of the J. Geils Band. I grew up on Geils music and still love to hear Wolf perform these songs but his solo writing and music is equally entertaining.

Hana Zara
The Wind + The Wave

Taste of Weathersfield-Each week I'll highlight a Weathersfield treat or meal that I've found in my travels around town. This week I picked the Fried Clam Dinner at the Country Creemee at Downer's Four Corners. I ordered my dinner with sweet potato fries and Cole Slaw. I have a tendency to judge a restaurant by its Cole Slaw and the Creemee does not disappoint. The meal was a bit pricey but to enjoy a good shore dinner down the street, to me, makes it worth it. Save room for dessert and try their Maple Creemee!
Town Events

Friends of Weathersfield Proctor Library-A Friends meeting will be held on Thursday, Aug. 28 at 7:00 p.m.. Time to plan for their annual book & bake sale which will be held on Saturday, Sept. 27.

Wellwood Orchard Customer Appreciation Day
Saturday Aug. 30 10:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. 529 Wellwood Orchard RD Springfield Vt.
Magic Show by "Hocus Pocus" from 10:00 a.m.-11:00 a.m. See your Local Fire & Police Departments, Face Painter Extraordinaire- Linda Weiser, Enjoy Balloon animals with "Cheryl the Clown" and Acoustic Guitar by John Laware. FREE: hotdogs, chips, soda, kids games, petting zoo, face painting, balloon art, contests, wagon rides, photos and prizes. Bring your camera. You don't want to miss this! This is OUR day to celebrate YOU, our loyal customers.

Car Seat Fitting
Thursday Sept. 4 3:00-6:00 p.m. Ascutney Volunteer Fire Department, Rte 131
Learn how to properly fit and install your child's car seat.

A Sense of Place-Free Potluck
Thursday Sept. 18 6:00 p.m. Weathersfield Meetinghouse, Weathersfield Center RD.. Hosted by the Weathersfield Land Preservation Association, this potluck will celebrate land use and stewardship. The event is designed so folks will share stories about their personal land use experiences. Call 263-5217 for more information.

Weathersfield Community Forum and Dinner
Thursday, September 25th from 6:00-8:00 p.m. Weathersfield Elementary School.
The Weathersfield School Board, Superintendent Baker, and Principal Oakman would like to welcome you to a community dinner and conversation on This event is open to the public. Pizza and salad will be served. Babysitting will be made available. The Board is very interested to hear your opinion on a variety of topics, some of which may include, (but not limited to); WS Busing, WSESU Programs and the Strategic Plan, Athletics, Foreign Language, Afterschool Programs, How to keep the climate and flavor of our hometown school with so many state and WSESU mandates, Budget Pressures, Vision for the Future, Emergency Preparedness. And any other topics of interest to YOU! The board is hoping for a nice attendance mix of community members, parents and school personnel to make this a balanced and rich conversation.

Weathersfield American Flag Project -Green Mountain Power and the Weathersfield Select Board have granted permission to display American flags on some utility poles along Route 5 in Ascutney and Route 106 in Perkinsville. Donations for this project (in the form of a check made payable to the Town of Weathersfield) should be mailed to the Town Office at PO Box 550 Ascutney, VT 05030. Please contact Lisa Slade 802-291-1475 for more information. The group is close to meeting their fundraising goal and hope to have the flags flying by Veteran's Day

PERKINSVILLE — Fred Ramsay Mellish, 76, passed away Monday, Aug. 11, 2014, at his Perkinsville home surrounded by his loving family. He was born June 14, 1938, in Hartford, Conn., the son of Alton Ramsay Mellish and Charlotte (Unwin) Mellish Jones. He served in the U.S. Navy and 27 years of service with the National Guard. He was a custodian in the Springfield school district. He and his wife were shepherds of Suffolk sheep. He was a contributing member of the Weathersfield Veterans Memorial Committee. Donations in Fred’s name can be sent to Church of Christ, P.O. Box 106, Springfield, VT 05156.


Wildlife Photo Contest-2nd Annual Contest Sponsored by the Weathersfield Conservation Commission. Requirements: Limited to native wildlife (animals, birds, or insects); Limited to amateur photographer; Must be photographed locally (within a 50 mile radius.) One submission per person must be on a 8 x 10 glossy. There will be up to three places should there be sufficient entries. Judging will be done by 3 interested persons. Submitted photos can be dropped off at the Weathersfield Town Office in an envelope plainly marked Conservation Commission photo contest. There is a drop box at the Town Office for after hours. Please include with the photo: Name, phone number, address, and location where photo was taken. Winning photos will be mounted and framed, then displayed for one year at either the town office, library, or school, then returned to the owner. Submission deadline: Nov. 15.

Food Shelf
The Weathersfield Food Shelf is located at 7303 Route 131 - the former "World of Discovery" daycare. Thanks to the generosity of their donors, the Weathersfield Food Shelf will now be open every Thursday from 4:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Senior Exercise Program in Ascutney-FREE sponsored by RSPV- Wednesdays 10:00-11:00 a.m. in basement of Martin Memorial Hall, Route 5, Ascutney, VT. Classes are led by Geraldine Rudenfeldt. If interested call 674-5254 for more information.

Exercise Group-FREE Perkinsville Church 9:30-10:30 a.m. on Monday and Thursday mornings there is a Bone Building exercise group led by Dottie Richardson. It is free, weights are provided and you work at your ability level. It is fun and good for you. Everyone welcome, just show up or call Dottie for more information at 263-5444.

Weathersfield Proctor Library-FREE Computer Tutor - Fridays 10:30 - 11:30 a.m. Do you want to learn how to use a computer? Sign up for email or facebook or learn more about internet safety? Did you know the library offers downloadable eBooks and audiobooks? Sign up required. BYOL (bring your own laptop or smartphone if you have one).

Monthly Potluck Lunch and Program-FREE Contact: Lorraine Zigman 802-263-5245;

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