Weathersfield VT News August 20

Weathersfield Vermont August 20, 2014
Nancy Nutile-McMenemy
Copyright © Nancy Nutile-McMenemy

Where has the summer gone? There is a crispness in air that usually takes hold in September, it seems like it's a bit early this year. I look at the calendar and I see there is a Primary Vote on Aug.26! (I guess that means the political season will be creeping into our lives just like the fall weather.) School starts on Aug. 27. YIKES! And Labor Day is less than two weeks away.

With this turn in the weather I have been thinking about our long winter months so on Sunday I started putting up food. Freezer pickles and pesto took up most of the day but will be a welcome meal come December. We are picking salad tomatoes, zucchini and summer squash. We found a hidden zucchini and you know what that means-baseball bat! Most of our blueberries are gone by but the blackberries are ripening now; the bags of frozen berries are piling up in the freezer.
Lyle Lovett images:
We took in two stellar performances this week. We made the long drive up to Jay Peak on Friday night to see Lyle Lovett and His Large Band at the newly opened Stateside Amphitheater. Two hours of great music and the rain was kind enough to hold off until the encore. Saturday we saw the New York Theatre Workshop perform "Hadestown'" a folk rock opera written by Vermont based signer-songwriter Anaïs Mitchell at the Bentley Theater at Dartmouth College. Next up, a free show in Lebanon NH, The Front Porch Music Series Finale Thursday Aug. 21 at 7:00 p.m. featuring The Wind + The Wave. Peter Wolf, the lead singer for the legendary Boston band-The J. Geils Band, plays at the Freight House in White River Junction (formerly Tupelo); you know I'll be there on Saturday Aug. 23.
Peter Wolf images:

Taste of Weathersfield
Each week I'll highlight a Weathersfield treat or meal that I've found in my travels around town. This week it is "The Vermonter" at the Red Barn Bakery Cafe (at the intersection of Rtes 5 and 131 in Ascutney.) This breakfast sandwich is a great way to start the day: egg, cheddar cheese, candied bacon, green apple, on homemade cinnamon raisin bread. Eat in or take it to go. The Red Barn is open Tuesday-Saturday 6:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.. Call ahead and have it ready for pick up: 674-6777. You might also try the Almond Joy Scone-my personal favorite late morning treat.

Town Events

Casseroles and Culture-Potluck
Friday August 22 Weathersfield Center Meeting House 6 PM Steven Melanson will speak on the architecture of Windsor County. Potluck starts at 6:30 p.m. , talk at 7:00 p.m.. Suggested donation $10 per person, $20 per family. Proceeds go to repairing the steps and stone deck of the 1821 Meetinghouse. For more information call 802-263-5547.
WWFD Five Alarm 5-K Trail Run
Sunday, August 24 North Springfield Dam/Springweather Trails 98 Reservoir Road Springfield, VT 05156 802-591-1894
All proceeds will benefit the fire department! For more info please visit: (search Weathersfield VT.)

Primary Election and Weathersfield Proctor Library Expansion Bond
Tuesday August 26 8:00 am -7:00 p.m. at Martin Memorial Hall, Ascutney.
You may vote by absentee ballot until Monday Aug. 25 until 4:00 p.m..

Carolyn Houghton Johnson, age 92, passed away peacefully at her home on Wednesday, Aug. 13, 2014, after a brief illness. She was born in Lyndonville, Vt. on Sept. 16, 1921, the daughter of Milo and Mary (Davidson) Houghton. She was a graduate of Lyndon Institute. During the war years Carolyn was employed at Pratt & Whitney Aircraft as a Transportation Manager. Later she worked in advertising at the New York Herald Tribune where she was also a member of the Artist and Writers Club. She also worked at the Winston Salem Journal, Radio Station WSJS, the Middletown Press and the Eagle Times. A memorial service will be held at the Stringer Funeral Home, 146 Broad Street in Claremont Sunday, Aug. 24 at 1 PM. Friends and family may call at the Funeral Home from 12 noon to 1 p.m. prior to the service. The family asks that contributions in her memory be made to either the Ascutney Union Church or the Proctor Library Capital Campaign Fund c/o the Weathersfield Town Office.

Town Boards and Commissions
Select Board: Meets first and third Monday of each month 7:00 p.m., usually at Martin Memorial Hall in Ascutney. N. John Arrison, Chairperson; Daniel Boyer, Vice-Chairperson; Richard Clattenburg, Jr., Board Clerk; David Fuller, Selector; C. Peter Cole, Selector

The Library Bond Hearing was held on Aug.18 so the regular Select Board meeting will be held on Tuesday August 19th.

Primary Election and Weathersfield Proctor Library Expansion Bond Tuesday Aug. 26 8:00 am -7:00 p.m. at Martin Memorial Hall, Ascutney.
You may vote by absentee ballot until Monday Aug.25 until 4:00 p.m..

Planning Commission: Meets the second and fourth Monday of each month at 7:00 PM Martin Memorial Hall, Ascutney. Michael Todd, Chair, Sean Whalen, Gilbert Whittemore, Clerk , Julia Schmitz , Bruce Cox, Julia Lloyd Wright, Ex Officio, Recording Secretary

Zoning Board of Adjustment: Meets second and fourth Wednesday of each month 7:00 p.m. Martin Memorial Hall, Ascutney Land Use Administrator: Charles Wise 674-2626 Lynn Esty, deForest Bearse, Alternate David Gulbrandsen, Pat Daniels

Fire Commission: Meets the fourth Tuesday of each month 7:00 p.m.

Ascutney Fire Department

West Weathersfield Fire Department
Annual Chicken BBQ
The West Weathersfield Fire Department will be sponsoring their Annual Chicken BBQ in two locations this year on Sunday, Aug. 24 : The Fire Station-Intersection of Rt. 131 & 106 - Perkinsville, VT Serving between 10:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. and also at Weathersfield Area/Springfield Trails 98 Reservoir Rd - Springfield, VT Serving between 10:30 a.m.-Noon after the 5K Walk/Run. $10 for Adults & $7.50 for Kids under 10. They will be serving chicken, corn, potato salad, coleslaw, and a drink

WWFD Five Alarm 5-K Trail Run
Sunday, Aug. 24 North Springfield Dam/Springweather Trails 98 Reservoir Road Springfield, VT 05156 802-591-1894
All proceeds will benefit the fire department! For more info please visit:

Conservation Commission
Tina Wood, chair, Susan Hindinger Sec., Roy Burton, Trea., George Ainley, site visit coordinator, Harry Temple, Heather Shand, Jeff Pelton, Charles Wise, ex-officio

Upcoming Events: 2nd Wildlife Photo Contest
Sponsored by the Weathersfield Conservation Commission
Limited to native wildlife (animals, birds, or insects)
Limited to amateur photographers
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. The following information needs to be included 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

Weathersfield Proctor Library

The Library Trustees meet third Thursday of each month 7:00 p.m. at the library. Ernest Shand, Chair; Chelsea Chase, Vice Chair; Nancy Nutile-McMenemy, Secretary; Jeanne Voorhees, Susan Whittemore; Nancy Tusinski, Library Director; Karin Fischer, Library Assistant; Jordan Hutchinson, Youth Services Librarian.

The Library hosted its end of the Summer Reading Program on Friday. It was well attended and everyone had a good time with this years Fizz, Boom, Read! They talked about the books they had and hadn't read, gave recommendations, and made marshmallow engineering masterpieces! They would like to thank the wonderful donors that helped make the grand prize drawings possible: Ascutney Market, Billings Farm and Museum, Market Basket, Montshire Museum, Mount Ascutney Hospital, Jerry Schneider, and Pizza Chef in Windsor.
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).

Other Library News:
Library Expansion Bond Hearing was held on Aug.18 7:00 p.m. Martin Memorial Hall, Ascutney Vermont
Library Expansion Bond Vote on Aug. 26 8:00 am-7:00 p.m. Martin Memorial Hall, Ascutney Vermont

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

Weathersfield Elementary School
135 Schoolhouse Road Ascutney, VT 05030 802-674-5400
Friday Aug. 22-New Teacher In-Service
Wednesday Aug. 27-The first day of school is Aug. 27!

Perkinsville Schoolhouse Committee
Mike Todd, Chair; Betty Jo Esty, Vice-Chair; Gloria Ballantine, Clerk; Elizabeth Deliso, Beverly Howe, and Bruce Murray

Connecticut River Grange
Connecticut River Grange in Ascutney. Meet the 2nd and 4th Thursday at 7:30 p.m., only once a month in Dec., Jan., Feb. & March. They are looking for new members, if interested call Leighton Springer 674-2339 or Emily Abbott at 674-2279

Town Services

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

Exercise Group
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.

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 beginning July 3 from 4:00 p.m.-5:00 p.m.. 

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

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