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Weathersfield News October 21, 2015
Nancy Nutile-McMenemy

Last week I stated that the air was crisp, well this week it's down right COLD. The past two mornings it's been 20 degrees on our porch and I see in the news that Killington opened a couple of trails. Who are these people that want to ski in October? I thought October was a time for leaf peeping, Columbus Day, pumpkins, apple picking, raking leaves, Trick or Treating...but skiing, WHAT?
I don't know any children who want to Trick or Treat with their snow suits under their costumes. That's just not right. Sure a chill to the air is great this time of year. Smokey fires, warm cider, cozy sweaters but puffy down jackets, mittens and cold fingers and toes at soccer games just isn't fun.

I know October is a member of the BRRR months (Septem-BRRR, Octo-BRRR, Novem-BRRR, Decem-BRRR) but we were so spoiled with those warm temps earlier this month, I just didn't want them to leave so quickly. Oh well, you can't control the weather. Excuse me while I put another log into the woodstove. 

The foliage was going strong until Tuesday when the wind sent most of the colorful leaves to the ground. Before that happened, I grabbed a few pictures.

More foliage images:

Friday night, Oct. 16, I got to see Clint Black at the Lebanon Opera House. I'm not really into country music but these guys are hugely talented musicians. Great show!

More Clint Black images:

Saturday, I hiked Mt. Tom in Woodstock covering the Peak to Peak Challenge for the Vermont Standard. The Faulkner Trail was fairly easy and the views were to die for. You should give this hike a try!

Saturday night I went to see "The Weir" in Hartland. Having been to Ireland ( I was curious about this play because it's set in a rural Irish Pub. It was well acted, even the accents were spot on! Three more shows coming up this weekend. Check it out!

More images from The Weir

Sunday night I saw Peter Wolf (lead singer for the J. Geils Band) with his band The Midnight Travelers at Tupelo in Londonderry, NH. At the artist's request no photos, audio or video were allowed. But I have tons of images of Peter Wolf, with and without the J. Geils Band: ,

Coming up: The Yoh Theatre's production of "Fly By Night" and Pentangle's production of "Rocky Horror." Looks like another great weekend of live performances!

Have plans for Halloween?
Let me know before Sunday evening 10/25 and I can post your event here for next Wednesday's Blog.

Weathersfield School News:

PTA Elects New Officers The WS PTA met Oct. 6 and elected Wendy Allen, President,  Vice President: Position remained open, Secretary: Tanya Graves,  Treasurer: Shirray Johnson. PTA meetings are held on the first Tuesday of every month at 6 p.m. in the AP Room. Their next meeting is Nov. 3.
Panthers Cross Country Runners-The team raced on Oct. 6 against 50 children from area schools that included: Woodstock, Bellows Falls, Springfield, Hartland, Thetford and Hartford. Stars on the girls team: Alicia Ostrom, Grade 6, who came in ninth place with Madeline Hill, Grade 5 closely finishing behind Alicia. The boys team were led by Zed McNaughton, Grade 5, taking third place. Other runners finishing were: Nick Lenahan, Grade 6, Reese Sheehan, Grade 5, and Sam Bonds, Grade 6. Go Panthers!
Parent Teacher Conference Sign Up Paperwork for all parent-teacher conferences, Nov. 19 and Nov. 20,  will go Nov. 6. Parents are asked to fill out and return the paperwork. Every attempt will be made to have appointment times filled as requested. K-8 teachers will try to coordinate consecutive appointments for families with several children.
Guidance News Compass School will be hosting an Open House on Oct. 22. from 12-4 p.m.. Please call Compass with any questions (802) 463-2525. Hanover High School will be hosting a Sending School Visit Day on Dec. 2. at 6:30 p.m.. This is an informational session for all incoming 8th grade students and their parents who are considering attending Hanover High next year. There will be a student led tour beginning at 6:15p.m.. The student Panel and Information Session will begin at 7:15p.m.. If your student is interested in shadowing at Hanover High School, please see Mrs. Sprague to get a form to fill out and send to their guidance department.

Weathersfield Proctor Library 

At their monthly meeting Oct. 15, the Board of Trustees welcomed the new Library Director, Mark Richardson. Mr. Richardson spent his youth in Bellows Falls and is excited to return to the area. In 2014, through the Veteran Retraining Program, he was able to earn his Associates of Applied Science degree as a Library Technician. This gave him the opportunity to pursue his lifelong passion of working with books. In August, Mr. Richardson completed a Master’s Degree in Library Science from Clarion University. He also holds a Master’s in Divinity and Theology from Bangor Theological Seminary in addition to a Bachelor of Arts degree from Vermont College of Norwich University. Stop by and say "Hello" to Mark. Mark has only been on the job a few days but has been taking suggestions from patrons. He will be implementing new hours on Wednesdays.  The Library will now be open from 10 a.m.-8 p.m. (two hours later in the evening.)

Notice of Office closure:
Town Clerk's Office-Nov. 18 and 19 for the New England Cities and Town Clerk's Association Conference.

Town Calendar of Events:

Reading Old Time Ball and Dinner Reading Town Hall Saturday, Oct. 24. Turkey supper with all the fixins; two seatings at 6 and 7:30 p.m.  Dancing to the music of "The Reverbs" will be from 8 p.m. to 11 p.m.  Supper only $12.00; Dance only $10.00; Combo tickets $20.00.  Tickets are on sale at the Reading Town Office, Monday-Thursday 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Benefits Reading Fire Auxiliary. 

Weathersfield School Fall Sports Banquets The annual fall sports banquets will be held Oct. 27 for grades K-4 and Oct. 28 for grades 5-8 and the Girls Soccer Team, Grades 4-6 Both banquets are from 6:30-7:30 p.m. in the A.P. room.

Valley Court Diversion Programs-Volunteer are needed in Weathersfield/Springfield areas to work with low level offenders in the community. The organization embraces the principles of restorative justice. As a volunteer, you will hear participant's stories and help create a restorative contract with them. The group meets once a month at the Springfield Police Department, your commitment will require about 3 hours a month. Training is provided. For more information please visit our website at or call Maureen at 802-295-5078 #10.

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 10-8 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.

Volunteers in Action (VIA) is looking for volunteer drivers. VIA is an organization that drives people to doctor's appointments, usually at Mt. Ascutney Hospital or DHMC and occasionally grocery missions. Your mileage is reimbursable.  Please call VIA at (802) 674-5971 ask for Martha or Scottie. 

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