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Weathersfield News February 11, 2015
Nancy Nutile-McMenemy

Snow and more snow. But that didn't slow me down. Weekends are my busy time as a freelance photographer.

And this past weekend was no different.

Thursday I did a photo shoot at Edge Fitness and Wellness at Ascutney Mountain Resort. I attended their Boot Camp, Pilates Yoga Fusion and their Gymnastics class.

Friday night I hit Opening Night of Fiddler On The Roof in Woodstock, what a show.

Saturday I was back at Ascutney Mountain for the Big Foot 5 K Snow Shoe.

Then I spent the afternoon in Hartland for Hartland's Winterfest and Chili Cook Off.

Sunday I was back in Hartland for the 7th Annual Chocolate Auction (one of my favorite assignments!)

All these galleries may be found at:

Annual Town Meeting Monday Mar. 2 and Tuesday Mar. 3. The Monday meeting takes place at the Weathersfield School beginning at 7:30 p.m. (following the School District Meeting.) Voters will be asked to vote, by voice, on eight Articles Monday night. Presentations will be made by various organizations.

The meeting will be adjourned until 10 a.m. Tuesday Mar. 3 where the remaining 17 Articles and Town Officers will be voted on by Australian Ballot. These "money" articles include: Article 10-$1,258,844 ($896,188 raised by taxes) for the Town Budget. Article 11-$1, 037,746 (746,575 to be raised by taxes) for Town Highway. Article 12-$266,550 (to be raised by fee collection) for Solid Waste Management.

Articles 13, 14 and 15 (not in the operating budget) are to borrow funds for: the 1879 Perkinsville School ($70,000); a light duty plow ($35,000); a police cruise ($16,000.)  Articles 16, 17, 18 are for Reserve Funds: Highway Maintenance and Repair Equipment ($15,000); Motorized Fire Equipment ($15,000) and The Weathersfield Proctor Library Capital Reserve Fund ($30,000.)

The remaining low budget Articles (also not in the operating budget) include $100 for the Weathersfield Directory, $1,800 for the Connecticut River Transit (CRT), $2,145 for the Health Care and Rehabilitation Services (HCRS), $400 for SAPA TV,  $1,200 for Southeastern Vermont Community Action (SEVCA), $600 for the Vermont Association for the Blind and Visually Impaired (VABVI), $9,680 for the Visiting Nurse and Hospice of Vermont and New Hampshire (VNAVNH) and $480 to support the activities of the Windsor County Partners (WCP.)

Select Board News: The Select Board met Feb. 2. A few announcements were made. 
Mr. John Arrison announced that a representative of Velco will be attending the Feb. 17 meeting of the Select Board and urged anyone who may be affected by the proposed power line project to attend. BJ Esty announced that the School Board has changed its regular meeting night to the second Monday of each month to accommodate those who wish to attend both the Select Board meetings and the School Board meetings. The new schedule will take effect in April.

Members of the 1879 Perkinsville School Committee were present to request the Board’s stand Article 4 on the warrant for Town Meeting. Mr. Arrison stated that this was an opportunity for the voters to express their support for the school and that the Select Board should remain neutral. Presentation of the three articles pertaining to the school was discussed. It was agreed that the Board and the Committee would collaborate on presentation of the articles.

Proposed Policy Change First Reading: Amend personnel policy regarding length of probationary period for new hires. Town Manager Mullen is requesting the policy change, which would extend the probationary period of all new hires from its current ninety days to one year. It is Mr. Mullen’s opinion that the longer period is fairer to both the new hire and the Town. After discussing the proposed language, the board asked that Mr. Mullen clarify the term “these rules” in item (B) and to consider keeping the existing policy with regard to item (C). A second reading will happen on Feb. 17.

The Board announced that they will be competing in the Town Challenge on Mar. 21.

1879 Perkinsville Schoolhouse Committee is scheduled to meet on Feb. 10 6:30 p.m., at Perkinsville Community Church to discuss their presentation for Town Meeting.

Town Events:
Monthly Weathersfield Potluck and Program Tuesday, Feb. 17, noon at Perkinsville Community Church Vestry on Route 106.   Trivia games will be enjoyed, and Pat Daniels will inform the group on what will be discussed and voted on at the Weathersfield Town Meeting.   Bring a hot dish, salad or dessert. Beverages will be provided. For information call Lorraine Zigman 802-263-5245; email: .

West Weathersfield Volunteer Fire Department
"The LOGGER" Rusy DeWees Saturday, Feb. 28 7 p.m. at Windsor High School Theater 
to Benefit West Weathersfield Volunteer Fire Department. Tickets are now on sale by calling 802-952-9712 ($22 advance / $25 at the door) or at one of the following businesses/sponsors: Springfield Auto Mart, River Road in Springfield,  Frazer's Place, Rte 5 North in Windsor, Mr. G's Restaurant, Rte 131 in Ascutney, MJ Harrington's Jewelers in Newport, NH. Come and enjoy an evening of fun and laughs while supporting a good cause.

Gun Raffle $10.00 a TICKET. Drawing to be held on Mar. 1. Tickets may be purchased at Downers Four Corners Store/ Route 106 Deli Store or by calling  802-356-0623 Prizes: Ruger American Riffle with a Redfield Scope, -22-250 Rem., -223 Rem,. 243 Win., -270 Win., -7mm-08 Rem., -30-06 Rem., -308 Win. Must be 18+ years old and pass a Federal Background to Claim Prize.

Weathersfield School Events:
Drama Club Dates-Seeking talent for the 2nd Annual "Got Talent Show" to be held on Thursday, Feb. 26 7 p.m.  Dust off your tap shoes, jokes and vocal cords! WS is looking for unique talent acts to make this show even more successful than last year. Please contact Erica Yuengling with any questions. Got Talent Show ,Thursday, Feb. 26  7 p.m. Weathersfield's (Dress rehearsal Wednesday, Feb. 25 3-5 p.m.) A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court Saturday, May 30 2 p.m. (Dress Rehearsal Friday, May 29 3-5 p.m.) Performance Monday, Jun. 1 1 p.m.: In the Gym for all K-8 students.

February Break-February vacation this year will be the week of Feb.16-20.

Weathersfield Proctor Library Call 674-2863 or email for more information about these events.-Drop In Valentine Card Making Thursday Feb. 12 from 1-4 p.m.-American Red Cross Babysitter's Course, Saturday Apr. 11 Martin Memorial Hall 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Pre-registration required. Sign up at the Library. Class size limited to 12, Bring a bag lunch the day of the course.

Annual Town Wide Challenge Saturday Mar. 21 Start getting your team together, which Team will be victorious in this year's Trivia Challenge. More details to follow.

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 4-5 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, Hours: Wed 10-6 p.m.; Thurs & Fri noon-6 p.m.; Sat 9-1 p.m. 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

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