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Weathersfield News October 5, 2015
Nancy Nutile-McMenemy

There is a nip in the air and the trees are starting to blush. We had our first woodstove fire last Saturday. I pulled out the flannel sheets too, and snuggled in for a cozy night's sleep. I guess it's that time of year. Folks are picking apples and covering their plants at night. Time for our winter preparations to begin in earnest. I'm scoping out a patch to plant my garlic cloves for next summer's harvest. We had a bumper crop this year and I just love dipping homemade bread in garlic soaked in olive oil. Such a great winter time treat. I drove by Willis Woods' place and saw that the cider mill is churning out that sweet apple nectar. A stop for some cider and cider jelly is on my to do list for this week. I should also hit Wellwood Orchards for a bag of apples (and if I hold off until Saturday-I can grab some yummy cider doughnuts!)

Select Board News: The Select Board met Monday Oct 5 and continued discussion of a committee to evaluate the Fire Services in town. I will report on this next week.

Weathersfield School News:
Outdoor Classrooms The school has selected three spots in the woods behind the school to create outdoor classrooms for the "Four Winds Program" and for science classes. A tour of these classrooms is planned for Oct 12 at the start of the School Board's meeting, 6:30 p.m..

Attendance News This year Windsor County school districts are participating in the School Success program at Valley Court Diversion Programs. It is offered as part of the Balanced and Restorative Justice Program helping families with a history of excessive absenteeism. If your child has 3 unexcused absences or days tardy you will receive a letter from Mrs. Sprague outlining the attendance policy. If your child has 5 unexcused absences or days tardy, they will receive a follow up letter and will be referred to the School Success Program at Valley Court Diversion Programs. If you have any questions, please contact Beth Sprague, School Counselor.

Reminders from our Athletic Director, Kelly Harriman-Please do not sit on the bench side of the field during games. Please remember that Weathersfield has a No Pet Policy

Weathersfield Proctor Library News:
The Weathersfield Proctor Library is pleased to welcome Mark Richardson as the new Library Director on Oct. 14. 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.

Mr. Richardson has a wide range of experience from his time at Bangor Theological Seminary working with collection donation under the head librarian during his work study. Mr. Richardson has spent the past two years volunteering at the Penobscot Marine Museum assisting with various cataloging and processing new acquisitions. Additionally, he has completed his internship at the Bangor Public Library where he worked in the special collections and local history department digitizing images and documents to be used for metadata for upload to the Maine Memory Network and/or the Bangor Digital Commons. As an ardent bibliophile and book collector, Mr. Richardson firmly believes, “that librarians have a responsibility to master new technologies as they come along, but they have an equal responsibility to preserve the print heritage of their communities.”

In his free time, Mr. Richardson enjoys exploring his interests of astronomy and camping with his wife and three children. They are looking forward to becoming a part of the Weathersfield community and enjoying all our town has to offer.

Notice of Office closure:
Town Clerk's Office-The Office will be closed on Oct. 8 for the Vermont League of Cities and Towns' Town Fair and Nov. 18 and 19 for the New England Cities and Town Clerk's Association Conference.

Town Calendar of Events:
Organ/Trumpet Concert and Picnic in the Park, Brownsville Sunday, Oct. 18 4 p.m. Brownsville Community Church will sponsor the third of a series of four free concerts open to the public. Picnic attendees are asked to bring their own beverage and a salad or dessert to share. The Brownsville Community Church will be grilling hot dogs and burgers. In the event of rain, the picnic will be in the Church dining room. The concert will feature treasured works from Bach, Reger, Handel, Telemann and more performed by Christian Huebner on the organ and Skip Downing on trumpet.

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 10-6 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.

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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