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Weathersfield News January 7, 2015
Nancy Nutile-McMenemy

Happy New Year!
First, I have to send a shout out to ALL the volunteer fire fighters in Weathersfield from both the Ascutney Volunteer Fire Department and the West Weathersfield Fire Department. On the frigid evening of Jan 2 they left their warm comfy homes and battled a five alarm blaze at the Green Dragon Farm on South Mountain Rd. They were aided by 18 area fire departments from both sides of the Connecticut River. Their water lines froze, so this tells you how bloody cold it was out there, and they stayed until 3 a.m. Saturday morning. With three hours sleep, they returned to the house on Saturday and continued to work to prevent further fire damage. These men and women are amazing, and they are VOLUNTEERS. They have families and lives and jobs but when the call goes out, they drop everything to help a neighbor in need. Next time you see one of these folks thank them, hand shake them, or give them a big hug-they deserve it.

Wow a week into 2015 already, can it be true? This is not Marty McFly's 2015. He traveled forward in time to Oct. 21, 2015 in the 1989 film directed by Robert Zemeckis "Back to the Future II." Remember all the cool stuff in the movie? I'm still waiting on flying cars, self-lacing shoes, and hover-skateboards (we're almost there-see Hendo Hover.) But we do have flat-screen TVs, Skype-like technology and 3-D technology. I wonder what the next 26 years will bring us (fingers crossed for the flying cars!)
OK on to the serious stuff-how many of you made New Year's Resolutions? OK 'fess up, how many have already broken them?

In my last column of 2014 I wrote: " For 2015, my resolution will be to appreciate the life I have and the people I know now and the ones I hope to meet in this upcoming year." I think I can easily keep this one but let's say I resolved to lose weight or get in shape. I can almost guarantee this resolution would have been broken by the start of the Rose Bowl Parade. So why do we do this? -make these statements that we know will never come true.

I've heard the experts say-keep your resolutions realistic, write them down, set measurable realistic goals, set an end date-whatever. I can tell you right now, I do not have the wherewithal to do any of this. Every year you hear of people flocking to the gym in January and by February the gym is empty except for the hardcore folks who have been going forever and who look LIKE they've been going the gym, forever.

Me, I prefer the resolutions that aren't really about self improvement, not that I think I don't need self improving- I REALLY do, but I'm not sure making a statement on the cusp of January 1st is the way of achieving this physical-type improvement. I'm  more of a kick-me-in-the-butt and make-me-do-it kind of person.  If it involves physical stuff might as well get physical, right. Plus physical improvement takes willpower and energy and time, OY.

My resolutions just take a commitment on my part to "act" a certain way. Call it a cop-out but these "fluffy" goals, I think, actually DO affect your physical being too. Maybe not as effectively as say-running 3 miles a day but my goals (when achieved) with make me mentally happier.  I will be a better person toward family and friends and I will look forward to daily adventures of meeting new people. Those 5 pounds (OK, 10 pounds. OK 15) can wait-I have people to meet and to be happy around. I actually met some new faces while covering the Green Dragon Farm fire, now I can add heroes to my list of meeting new people. It might just be a great year.

Select Board News
The Select Board met Jan 5 so I'll report on this meeting next week.

Weathersfield Proctor Library
Call 674-2863 or email for more information about these events.

First Thursday Book Group Jan. 8 at 6:30 pm, "The Power of One" by Bruce Courtenay will be discussed. Copies of the book are available at the library. Call 674-2863 or email for more information.

Junior Book Club Grades 3 - 5 Thursday Jan. 22 3-4p.m. "Escape from Mr Lemoncello's Library" by Chris Grabenstein. Copies of the book are available at the library and Weathersfield Elementary School.

E-Reader, Tablet Use Workshop
Did someone gift you with an eReader, tablet or new phone? Would you like to learn how to download eBooks and/or audiobooks from the library's collection?  Sign up for a "How To" class at the library on Saturday, Jan. 24 at 2:00 pm. Please let them know what device you will be using to download (eReader, tablet, phone, laptop) when you sign up. Call 674-2863 or email for more information.

First Thursday Adult Book Group Feb 5 at 6:30 p.m. "Prayers for Sale" by Sandra Dallas Copies of the book are available at the library.

Drop In Valentine Card Making Thursday Feb. 12 from 1-4 p.m.

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).

Storytime Wednesdays 11 a.m. Jan 21 - May 27

Crafternoons for Kids Thursdays 3-4 p.m. For 6 weeks Jan. 29 - Mar. 5

Library Hours: Wed 10-6 p.m.; Thurs & Fri noon-6 p.m.; Sat 9-1 p.m.

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