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Weathersfield News October 28, 2015
Nancy Nutile-McMenemy

Happy Halloween! I love Halloween, it's the one night a year when its OK to become someone else; to try on a different persona, to imitate someone famous, someone that was critical to the world's history or just be a zombie or vampire. It's fun to step out of our lives and do something bold on the one night when you most likely won't be criticized for your decision. And you can get candy. There are lots of ways to celebrate All Hallows Eve (The evening before All Saints Day) in the Valley. Check out some of the events listings below.

I had another crazy week of attending area events.
Thursday I saw the play "Fly by Night" performed by the Yoh Players at Woodstock Union High School. The music was well done and the set very intriguing.

Friday night I attended another musical. "The Rocky Horror Show" a live performance at the Town Hall Theater in Woodstock by the Pentangle Players. Oh my, the "trannys" were amazing!

Paul Daniel West was perfect as Frank 'n' Furter-you have to see this!!

Saturday night I saw a couple of women singer songwriters: Sonya Kitchell and Myra Flynn in a venue described by Myra as a "wonderful listening room" (The Briggs Opera House.)

Myra Flynn

Sonya Kitchell
Images of Sonya:

Images of Myra:

Another great week in the Valley. Next up Halloween!

Select Board News:
At their Oct. 19 meeting The Board voted to raise the punch ticket price to $3.50 per punch effective October 26, 2015. Town Manager Jim Mullen informed the Board that trash disposal revenue has decreased by 13% while the cost of recycling has gone up by 17%. These circumstances are being driven in part by Act 148 (mandatory recycling law) and the economic slowdown in China. The FY16 budget called for an increase in the punch ticket price from $2.50 to $3.25. However, based on projections provided by Town Accountant, Colin Butler, an increase to $3.50 will be needed to keep the solid waste budget from ending the year with a sizeable deficit. (Even at $3.50, the budget will still end up with a deficit of $2,403.)

Weathersfield School News:
Chess Club Returns Starting Dec 7 grades K-4 will meet on Mondays and grades 5-8 will meet on Tuesdays during their lunch and recess periods in the school library to play chess. Let the school Library Media Teacher Mrs. Smith know if your child is interested in learning/playing. Late Bus will run beginning Nov. 2.  The Route schedule will be: 3:45 Bus leaves WS- travel Route 5 to Route 131 Stops only at the following locations: 3:52 Wheeler Camp Road, 3:56 Turnout on Route 131, near Henry Gould Road 4:00 WWVFD turn onto Route 106, 4:10 Former Perkinsville School. If you want the bus driver to only drop your child off when an adult is there, you must write a note to the school so we have it on file. VT DCF does not have an age limit attached to children being dropped off at a bus stop alone. Many children across the state do not have an adult present when they are dropped off at their bus stop. That being said, Student Transportation of America and WS absolutely want to honor all parents who want this safety precaution in place.

Susan Wickenden Hunter died peacefully on Wednesday, Sept. 23 in Amherst, Mass. due to complications of a neurological disease. Susan was born on Jan. 12, 1948, daughter of Richard H. Wickenden of Toledo, Ohio, and Katherine E. Menton of Montclair, N.J. She graduated from Wellelsey College in 1969, in the same class as Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton – a figure Susan would later admire for her political positions and feminist conviction. Susan married Graham C. Hunter II at Tabor Academy’s Wickenden Chapel in June 1969.
After earning a Master’s degree in Library Science from University of Texas in Austin, Susan and Graham returned to New England, where Susan worked as children’s librarian at the Fiske Free Library in Claremont, N.H. In 1984, she was hired as librarian at Riverside Middle School, a position she held until her retirement in 2012. Susan was a devoted mother to her sons Matthew and Patrick, and a loving wife to her husband Graham who predeceased her in 2011. A Memorial Service will be held for Susan on Sunday, Nov. 8 at 3 p.m. at the Unitarian Universalist Church in Springfield. All are welcome to attend. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Weathersfield Proctor Library, PO Box 519 - 5181 Route 5, Ascutney, VT 05030.

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

Halloween Events:
The Rocky Horror Show” A live musical directed by local actress/director Lanni Luce West, and features a cast and crew who represent some of the Upper Valley’s finest talent. Performances are Oct. 30, 31 at the Woodstock Town Hall Theatre. For more information and tickets go or call 802-457-3891. (I saw this last week and it was pretty fantastic!)

Pumpkins In The Park: On Saturday, Oct. 31 at the Hartland Recreation Center from 5-8 p.m. Free. Bring your own carved pumpkin for the carving contest, storytelling, fun music and hayrides. Don’t worry about a trick or treat bag — you can decorate one here! Head out to trick or treat anytime but make sure you’re back for the famous costume parade at 7 p.m.! Decorations are not scary! This event is geared to all ages!

Graveyard Gala: Hartland Drama Club presents the Graveyard Gala, a community dance and fundraiser, Oct. 31 from 7-10 p.m. at the Hartland Elementary School gym. The event will feature a DJ and dancing, haunted hunt, special dance and costume contests and much more… sweets and other wicked treats will be available by donation. Costumes encouraged. Open to all ages, admission is $5 per person, $20 family maximum. No drop offs. You must come in the company of a parent or other adult who is willing to assume responsibility for you and will be attending the event.

Reading 9th Annual Fright Night: Saturday, Oct. 31, 5 to 9 p.m. Join a night of fun, food and games at Reading’s ninth annual Fright Night. Starting at 5 p.m. Town Hall is pizza in the downstairs dining room. At 6 p.m. is the parade to the library for costume and carved pumpkins judging. At 6:45 p.m. is Fright Night upstairs in the Town Hall. At 8 p.m., rock the night away with DJ Funky, Matt and the Gang. All ages welcome! The town hall will be transformed into a frightful maze with even more new activities and games. This is a free event and we welcome children of all ages. Make sure carved pumpkins get to the steps of the library and don’t forget to put your name on it. Prizes will be handed out at the library. (I've attended this event for the last couple of years. The decorations committee and actors really are top, top at this event!)

Weathersfield Proctor Library Annual Halloween Party Oct. 31, Saturday 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Halloween Party with refreshments. Costumes are encouraged. Call Jordan, Our Youth Service Librarian for more info 674-2863. Bring Your Tricks and We'll Provide the Treats!

Town Calendar of Events:
Veterans Day Celebration Wednesday Nov. 11 11 a.m. Veterans Memorial Park (Perkinsville Green) Perkinsville. Veterans Day is a day to remember and honor the selfless dedication of service members, men and women, who have boldly stood in harm’s way carrying the torch of freedom fighting to protect our abundant way of life. All are  welcome.

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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