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Weathersfield News December 3, 2014
Nancy Nutile-McMenemy

Hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving. I know the snowstorm put a damper on some activities but it sure does look nice. We arrived into Logan Airport on Wednesday evening and drove through the storm, it took about five hours but we made is home safe and sound. Our turkey was in the freezer while we were trekking around Ireland so we celebrated on Sunday with our Thanksgiving Dinner. And when you think about it, does it really have to be on Thanksgiving Day? I think good food shared with friends and family should be celebrated as often as possible and not just reserved for one big day each year. I also think if the pilgrims were round today they'd think we are crazy hosting this celebration in November when is should be celebrated at harvest time-late September or early October.
Did you participate in Black Friday, Small Business Saturday or Cyber Monday? I watched the news and saw people lined up on Thanksgiving Day waiting to get into stores-personally I don't get it. But if it helps the economy and makes people feel good then why not? I just hope folks spent wisely and didn't purchase stuff that the recipient doesn't want. I guess I'm just not into consumerism. But I do LOVE turkey and stuffing and squash and pies and cheese. This type of consumerism I'm definitely in to!

Select Board News:
The Select Board plans to announce a slate of town appointments at their Dec. 1 meeting. These include: Ancient Roads Committee, Budget Committee (One Opening), Connecticut River Development Corporation – Representative and Alternate, CRJC Mt Ascutney Subcommittee, Emergency Management Coordinator, Fence Viewer (Two Openings), Parks and Recreation Commission (One Opening), River Connection Regional Partnership Representative, Southeastern Vermont Community Action, Inc. Representative, Southern Windsor County Regional Planning Commissioner, Southern Windsor/Windham County Solid Waste Management District, Transportation Advisory Committee, Veterans’ Memorial Committee, Weathersfield Zoning Board of Adjustment (Three Openings: 2 regular members & 1 Alternates.)

At their meeting on Dec. 15 at Martin Memorial Hall, The Select Board will begin discussion of the FY16 Budget (including Library budget).

Planning Commission News:
The Planning Commission reviewed the Pending Conditional Certification of Occupancy for the newly constructed Wyman Building in Ascutney. Carl Wyman recently constructed a new professional building at the Exit 8 Interchange and requires a conditional certificate of occupancy to rent office space. Construction is completed but paving and landscaping cannot be finished before 2015 construction season starts. Commission discussed the requirement of a performance bond, letters from two contractors, or other surety to cover cost of improvements and by consensus (Gil Whittemore was absent), approved a conditional certificate of occupancy.  The cost of improvements/surety will be reviewed on December 8, 2014.

Weathersfield Budget Committee:
The Budget Committee will be meeting Dec. 1 8:30 – 9:45 a.m. They will begin review of selected parts of FY2016 drafts of the General Fund Budget, the Highway Fund Budget, and the Capital Replacement Plan and Long-term Debt Schedule.

Weathersfield School News:
On Nov. 12 the WS Faculty and Staff did a table top emergency drill with Sergeant French. The faculty and staff were asked what they would do if an unexpected emergency
happened at the school. The teachers and support laid out a plan on how they would keep our K-8 students safe. Sergeant French will return in the spring for a second tabletop training session.

Chromebook Presentation at Nov. 17 School Board Meeting. 6th grader Savannah Sheehan and 5th grader Ryan Antonivich, explained the Action Research Project in grades 5 and 6, which allows each student to have their own Chromebooks for daily school use. The Chromebooks are being piloted in Mrs. Karaffa and Mrs. Allen classes, with expansion to third and fourth graders possibly in FY16. Following  a viewing of the video: the students explained how the Chromebooks are being used in their respective classrooms.

Town Events:
Saxtons River Bell Ringers Holiday Concert Thursday Dec. 4 7 p.m. Come hear hand bell musicians play holiday favorites at Martin Memorial Hall, 5259 Route 5 in Ascutney, VT.  Unlike an orchestra or choir in which each musician is responsible for one line of the texture, a bell ensemble acts as one instrument, with each musician responsible for particular notes, sounding his or her assigned bells whenever that note appears in the music. This concert is free and for all ages thanks to the Friends of the Weathersfield Proctor Library. For more information about handbells please visit For information about the concert call 802.674.2863 or visit

Santa visits the Weathersfield Proctor Library at Polar Express Storytime Thursday Dec. 11 at 6:30 p.m. Come hear the story of the Polar Express, make a craft and visit with Santa. For information about the concert call 802.674.2863 or visit

Weathersfield Knit/Crochet Group
Beginning Dec. 1 1-2:30 p.m. Perkinsville Community Church. Bring your current project or your own supplies to get started. Not sure what to create? Come help create an afghan! (Yarn and instructions provided.) Contact Lynn Esty at 263-9441 or if you have any questions.

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
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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