Weathersfield News Oct 29 #weathersfield #VT

Weathersfield News October 29, 2014
Nancy Nutile-McMenemy

Happy Halloween! You have to love a holiday where people have baskets of chocolate out, encouraging you to take some. I mean, it's way better than Valentine's Day. On VD Day you can get chocolate from one lover or secret admirer but on Halloween-everyone wants to give you chocolate. This is a good thing! As a kid growing up in a suburb of Boston, on a dead end road, us kids LIVED for Halloween. There were about 20 of us (enough for full teams of whiffle ball, football and street hockey) and there was on house on the street where we would plot how to visit it twice; Mrs. Wallace's house-she made homemade raisin cookies and frosted them to look like pumpkins-man, oh man were they good. But she kept an eye on who came to the door-one visit per kid. I know this would never fly in this day and age but when I think Halloween-I think Mrs. Wallace's Cookies! Have Fun, Be Safe and Brush Your Teeth (oops channeled my Mom! but it is good advice.)

Select Board News
From their Oct. 20 meeting:
The 1879 Perkinsville Schoolhouse Committee gave a presentation on the current state of
the building and what needs to be done to be able to occupy it once again. The group is proposing that The Weathersfield Food Shelf occupy the south classroom, the Weathersfield Proctor Library host a branch library in the north classroom, and the Parks & Rec committee would use the ell for storage of equipment. Fire safety and electrical code violations (heating system, access ramp, buckle in the floor, and some minor electrical work on the first floor) need to be addressed. Repairs could cost approximately $6,000 (with volunteer labor). The Committee has raised $3100. Mold in the basement is a separate issue. The Board voted to authorize the Town Manager to address the mold situation in the 1879 Perkinsville Schoolhouse. They also voted to authorize the Town Manager to spend up to $12,000 for repairs at the 1879 schoolhouse.

During Budget discussion, Julia Lloyd Wright asked for an article to be placed on the next Town Meeting ballot for one/two cents on the tax rate to fund a town solar array. No further details were given.

In my garden-Potted up some Sage, Parsley and my Rosemary bush to bring inside for the winter. Washed the Butternut Squash to store in the basement. Roasted one to test the flavor. Scraped out the "meat" and blended it with some almond milk, maple syrup, brown sugar, fresh chopped sage and parsley and a touch or rosemary infused olive oil. Reheated it briefly and salted to taste. Poured this whole thing over a bowl of rotini pasta and have found a new way to make a Mac and Cheese like dish with out all the calories! Even the dog loved it!

Town Events:
The Weathersfield School PTA Annual Fall Craft Fair-Nov. 1 from 9 a.m.-2 p.m.
at the school on School House Drive in Ascutney. There are still tables available (at $10.00 a table). Come and see what our local people make and have for sale. Food will be on sale and the 8th graders will be there to draw for the winners of their raffle prizes.  Make sure you take a chance on winning a great prize and help them raise their money for the trip to Boston. Contact the school or Kelly at 263-5373.

Early Release Day for Weathersfield School- Wednesday, Nov. 5. Don’t forget, is an early release day for students. Faculty and staff will be working the full day. Students will have lunch and students will be boarded on buses to go home by 11:30 a.m..

Veteran's Day Program -Tuesday, Nov. 11 at 8:15 am The Weathersfield School would like to cordially invite you to our annual Veteran's Day Program. The program will feature patriotic songs, poetry and student presentations, as well as few speakers. It should last about 45 minutes. This event is open to the public. Please wear red, white and blue!

History of Vermont Agriculture
Thursday Nov. 13 6:30 p.m. Weathersfield Proctor Library. Roger Albee, the former Secretary of the State of Vermont Department of Agriculture will give a presentation on the History of Vermont Agriculture since 1766, why changes took place, and what it means for today. The Weathersfield Proctor Library is located at 5181 Route 5 Ascutney VT. For more information please call 802-674-2863 or email

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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