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Weathersfield News October 1, 2014
Nancy Nutile-McMenemy

Town News

Select Board Sept 15 Meeting Highlights:
Solar Panels at Transfer Station. The Select Board is considering installing Solar Panels at the Town Transfer Station. Solar the incentive premium drops by $0.02 per Kw hour, which is substantial over the life of the system after December 31. The project would cover 100% of the transfer station electric bill ($1500/year). Dave Bonta estimates the cost would be $9-10,000 after the incentives of $1/watt (municipal incentive) are applied. The panels would be placed on the shed that houses the bobcat on the north side of the facility. The roof pitch and angle have a good southern exposure. There is $54,000 in the reserve fund. Pay back would be 6-7 years. Dave Fuller said he wanted more time to study the proposal. He also said that the money in the reserve fund is only supposed to be used for capping the landfill – not for capital improvements. The Board approved the installation. Mr. Mullen will have a professional roofer look at the roof and render an opinion on its condition.

Reclassify Asa Grout Lane from a Class 4 Town Highway to a Class 3 Town Highway The Select Board held a the public hearing after the Board conducted a site visit on September 2. Town Manager, Jim Mullen, submitted potential findings of facts to the board. Wes Hazeltine from the Highway Department said that the proposed turn-around will need to be 50 ft. wide by 40 ft. deep for the grader to be able to turn around. The turn-around will be contained within the town-owned right-of way. The hearing will re-convene on November 3 at 7 p.m. at Martin Hall to give the contractor time to get the work done. Dave Fuller stated that the landowners should make the improvements to the road before the board votes to reclassify it. He said this is the way it has been done in the past. In this way, the board can be assured that the road will meet highway specifications before voting to reclassify it.

Joint Meeting with the Select Board and the School Board. The Select Board plans to meet with the School Board to discuss the impact on the Town if the School District makes changes to their busing system. Losing the Town’s buses will have substantial impact on the highway budget. Dave Fuller urged the board and others to get involved in the discussions regarding changes that the WSSU is proposing. John Arrison will arrange for a joint meeting with the school board for October 25th.

In my garden-It's transition time in the yard. Annuals and perennials are being cleaned up and replaced with Mums and we're prepping our garlic bed. We had a bumper crop of garlic this year and plan to expand the patch next year. If you love garlic, you should consider planting some. It grows well and is easy to take care of. Just don't plant cloves from store bought garlic. Try to get some heads from a local organic grower. We've tried both and the local stuff is the best.

Taste of Weathersfield-Each week I'll highlight a Weathersfield treat or meal that I've found in my travels around town. The week I tasted a yummy custard pie from the Pie Lady on Rte 131 in Ascutney. Magpies (Maggie Giffin) is located on Rte 131 heading towards Claremont before you cross the River Bridge on the left. She's only open on Thursday and Friday and has a sandwich board out when the pies are ready. The custard pie was excellent: rich, creamy smooth and the crust pretty delicious. She offers a variety of seasonal fruit pies and baked beans by the pot. Next time you're heading that way on a Thursday or Friday give Magpies a try.

WEATHERSFIELD - Edwin N. McGlew Jr., 92, died Tuesday Sept. 23, 2014, at Springfield Hospital.He was born October 25, 1921, in North Bergen, N.J., the son of Edwin Sr. and Grace E. ( Magai ) McGlew. He attended schools in New Jersey and graduated from Franklin High School. He moved to Vermont in September 2005. Mr. McGlew was an avid photographer, and enjoyed woodworking and reading. He was a member of St. Mary's Catholic Church in Springfield and a member of the VFW Post 771 in Springfield. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Lexington CV2 Memorial at Lions Club of Lexington, Mass., P.O. Box 71, Lexington, MA 02420.

Town Events:
Cooks Pond Loop Saturday, Oct 4, 9:30 a.m. This is a route on dirt road more than on trail. There are three beaver ponds along the trail and a framed view of Mt. Ascutney from the south end of Cooks Pond. On Skyline Drive the route passes the much-photographed white birches. Julia Lloyd Wright will be the hike leader. Difficulty: easy, with one longish incline. Distance: almost 3 miles.

Weathersfield Car Show-Hosted by The Weathersfield Elementary School.
Saturday Oct 4 10 a.m.-2 p.m.. Admission by Donation. More information 802-674-5400.

Craft Fair
Saturday Oct 4 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Hosted by the West Weathersfield Volunteer Fire Department.

Blessing of the Animals
Saturday, October 4 1 p.m. at Lucy Mackenzie Humane Society 4832 Route 44 in West Windsor –All animals, large and small, along with their human companions are invited to attend the Blessing of the Animals. Representatives from St. James Episcopal Church in Woodstock, Trinity Evangelical Free Church in Windsor, Tyson Congregational Church in Ludlow, Rachel S. Harlow United Methodist Church in Windsor, The Old Brick Church in Hartland and The Old South Congregational Church in Windsor will participate. Pastor Bill Sheldon, representing the Brownsville Community Church, will lead the service assisted by Music Director, Diane Hall. In addition, donations of food, litter, bowls and beds for the Animals-in-Need Food Shelf will be accepted. For more information, please call 802-484-5829 or email

Off-Trail Ledge Adventure Saturday, Oct 18, 9:30 a.m. On the side of Mount Ascutney we climb through the forest and then leave the trail to reach a view from the top of ledges. This section is moderate to strenuous. The descent is through a maple forest followed by some moderate up and down and past a lovely expanse of pasture. The distance is about 3.5 miles.

Y-JAM-National Youth Justice Awareness Month Community Event October 18, Valley Court Diversion Programs 211 North Main Street, White River Junction, (right next to the Upper Valley Food Co-Op.) will host the National Youth Justice Awareness Month (Y-JAM) community event. This event is a 5k fun run/walk to bring awareness to youth in the adult and juvenile justice systems, as well as a fundraiser for Valley Court Diversion Programs. The campaign will distribute t-shirts to the first 100 registrants, as well as raffle prizes from local merchants at the end of the event. Bagels, fruit, and water provided. For more information call: 802-295-5078, ext. 15

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 p.m.-5 p.m.

Senior Exercise Program in Ascutney-FREE sponsored by RSPV- Wednesdays 10-11 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.

Weathersfield Proctor Library-FREE Programs
Literacy, Learning and Fun at the Weathersfield Proctor
Fall Storytime with Jordan begins on Wednesday Sept 10 and will be held every Wednesday from 11:00 - 11:30 through Nov 19.

Shakespeare Discussion Group
Oct 1-Nov 5 at 6:30 pm, Weathersfield Proctor Library
Double, double, toil and trouble; Fire burn, and cauldron bubble.

Are you scared of Shakespeare? Bothered by the Bard's vocabulary? Put off by the poetry in his plays? The works of this Elizabethan playwright are easier to read and understand than you think. Join Patti Arrison for a six-week discussion group that will put your fears to rest--except for those aroused by Macbeth! This story of magic, murder, and mayhem is perfect for dark fall nights. We will read one act a week, beginning with a brief introduction to iambic pentameter and ending with a movie night. Please call Nancy T. (802-674-2863) or Patti A. (802-263-9405) for more information. Copies of the book will be supplied. Sign up is encouraged, but not required.

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).

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