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Weathersfield News March 27, 2015
Nancy Nutile-McMenemy

Solar Eclipse, Vernal Equinox-it has to be spring, right? Is the sap running where you are? We still have so much snow in our front yard. I’m thinking it may be June before it’s all gone. The peppers and basil I started in my kitchen are beginning to sprout. That means it is time to start the tomato seeds. Spring is on the way, I just know it is.

Fire at Weathersfield Inn-as reported on the West Weathersfield Volunteer Fire Department Facebook page. Saturday night 6:30 p.m. West Weathersfield Volunteer Fire Department was called to a chimney fire at The Inn at Weathersfield. Ascutney Volunteer Fire responded with mutual aid. The large, six flue chimney, with multiple cracks was smoking when the fire departments arrived. The Inn was evacuated. There was some water damage to the rooms but by 1 a.m. The Inn returned to normal service.

Unwanted Roosters and Old Laying Hens Needed-The Vermont Institute of Natural Science (VINS), located in Quechee VT, is a non-profit nature center that provides homes to several non-releasable raptors. In addition, they rehabilitate hawks, eagles, owls, falcons, and a variety of other wild birds that have been injured. Feeding these birds can be expensive. VINS relies partly on donations of live animals like chickens and rabbits from community farmers and breeders in order to feed the raptors. The donated animals die a humane death (they are euthanized in a CO2 chamber - they do NOT get fed live to the raptors) and you can also deduct these animals a charitable donation on your taxes. Right now the VINS rehab facility is desperately low on food for the raptors and are accepting donations of old laying hens or extra roosters. The only requirements are no sick birds, no internal/external parasites, and no medicated birds (including medicated feed like chick starter.) If you can help, or if you have any questions, please email Sara Eisenhauer who is the Director of the Center for Wild Bird Rehabilitation at

Boards and Committees
Select Board-A contract was awarded to Eckman Engineering to provide engineering services the Thrasher Road Culvert #4 Project.

Police Chief Daniels reported the new cruiser would cost approximately $26,400. There was discussion regarding the purchase of the extended warranty ($1640). Eventually, the Board approved the purchase a police cruiser not to exceed $27,000. The Board also approved the extended warranty purchase.

Weathersfield Energy Coordinator, Julia Lloyd Wright, explained that Weathersfield is partnering with Reading, Windsor and Cavendish to participate in the “Solarize the Upper Valley” program.

John Arrison convened the Board of Liquor Control Commissioners to approve licenses for: Scott Rogers, LLC/dba: Scott Rogers, LLC-Second Class Liquor License Renewal-approved; J.W. Sandri, Inc./dba: Sandri #204-Second Class Liquor License Renewal-approved; Abbott Brown, Inc./dba: Inn at Weathersfield-First Class Liquor License Renewal, Third Class Liquor License Renewal, Outside Consumption Permit Renewal (Lynn Esty – recused herself on the grounds that Ms. Esty’s daughter works for the Inn)-approved; Coco Mart, Inc. / dba Colonial Deli Mart-Second Class Liquor License Renewal-approved.
The Board also appointed the following: Acting Town Manager – Westley Hazeltine; Animal Control Officer – Cathy Sullivan; Budget Committee – Richard Clattenburg; Constable – William Daniels; Emergency Management Coordinator – John Arrison; Energy Coordinator – Julia Lloyd Wright; Fence Viewer – Dan Boyer; Parks & Recreation Commission – Julia Lloyd Wright; Southern Windsor County Regional Planning Commission – Peter Daniels; Surveyor of Wood and Lumber – Dan Boyer; Town Pound – Home of Cathy Sullivan at 21 Hartford Street, Claremont, NH; Tree Warden – Westley Hazeltine; Weigher of Coal – John Arrison.

Trustees of the Weathersfield Proctor Library-Reminder the Library will be closed for mold removal Mar 23-Apr 7. Please keep your checked-out books home with you until the library reopens on Apr. 8.

Weathersfield Elementary School: The School Board meets the second Monday of every month at 6:30 p.m. in the AP Room. These meetings are open to the public. However, Apr. 13 is the start of vacation week, the April meeting will be held Apr. 20 at 6:30.

Town Calendar of Events

Pizza for AVFD-Ramunto's Brick Oven Pizza, Claremont, NH Apr. 8 5-9 p.m. is hosting a night of pizza and fun with 5% of meal proceeds benefiting Ascutney Volunteer Fire Dept. Grab your buddies and family members for a midweek night of laughter and catching up with your neighbors. A coupon can be found on the Facebook page: coupon Hand it to the waitstaff so the fire department can receive the donation.

Weathersfield Elementary School:
Important School Dates: Apr. 9- Honor's Dinner 6 p.m.; May 15 7/8 Graduation Dance Time: TBA;  Jun. 4-School Report Night 5- 6p.m.; Jun. 5-Grade 8 Class Trip to Boston;  Jun. 15-Grade 8 Graduation 7 p.m.;  Jun. 16-Last Day of School for Students-Early Release Day;  Jun. 17 Building Based In-Service Day for Teachers. Panther Cub Night Wednesday, May 13 6-7:30 p.m. is hosted to welcome incoming Kindergarten students, joining the school in the fall of 2015. A night filled with fun, laughter, good food, and great activities. Parents bring their soon-to-be kindergarten students in to meet their new classmates, faculty and staff, they get a chance to look over the classroom and become familiar with the school. Drama Club Dates-Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court-Dress Rehearsal Friday, May 29, 3-5 p.m. Performances Saturday, May 30, 2 p.m. and Monday, Jun. 1, 1 p.m. in the Gym for all K-8 students.

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

Quilt Raffle Tickets Still Available-Hand quilted, hand made "Flying Geese" queen size quilt. To benefit 1879 Perkinsville Schoolhouse improvements. Drawing Apr.1. Tickets $1 each or 6 for $5. Tickets available at Red Barn Cafe, Weathersfield Town Office or by calling Janet Gould at 674-9375.

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: (LIBRARY CLOSED MAR 23-APR 7) 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).-Preschool 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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