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Weathersfield News November 11, 2015
Nancy Nutile-McMenemy

Congratulations to Chris and Sally Harris. They were among the recipients of the Successful Aging Awards given out at the annual meeting of Senior Solutions on Oct. 28 in Springfield. Successful Aging Awards are presented to seniors in southeastern Vermont based on their contributions to the community. Senior Solutions is the non-profit Area Agency on Aging serving Southeastern Vermont. For more information please visit:

Congratulations also go out to David Allen of Perkinsville for landing the lead role in the independent film "Elixir" (shot in Burlington, VT)  and the three part mini-series "And Then They Came" (available on Vimeo beginning Nov 15.) Allen is a single father who works a factory job to support himself and his son Jacoby. Allen began his career singing with a solo in a Weathersfield School production back when he was in Kindergarten.

November can be dark and depressing but this past weekend for me was filled with laughter. Thursday night I saw the ArtisTree Theatre Company's production of  Neil Simon's "Laughter on the 23rd Floor." It's playing in Damon Hall, Hartland. It runs again this weekend-check it out!

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I followed this up by a "Comedy Night for Bernie Sanders" at the Briggs Opera House in White River Junction. A bunch of Upper Valley and Burlington comedians hosted an evening of sketches and stand up benefiting Sanders's 2016 Campaign.

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Next up for me two concerts and a play-how about you?

Select Board News: According to the Town Manager’s report, the current highway budget used the entire $132,601 surplus to reduce taxes, replace the Beliveau well, and replace the heating system at the highway garage. FY15 tax year ended short $42,645. The net effect of these factors will require $174,000 in additional taxes to support a level-funded highway budget with seven employees. Cuts to the highway budget could include reduced use of equipment rental, contract work, Class 3 Paving, culverts, and roads signs lines.  Fire Commission Monthly Report–Board Member Lynn Esty presented the commission report repeating the request to have the Gulf Road dry hydrant repaired and questioned the coding of repairs of the AVFD fire truck to the AVFD repair line. In a related issue, the board hire John Wood at $50 per hour for a total not to exceed $2500 for Town fire services evaluation. Select Board members Boyer, Fuller and Arrison voted in favor and Esty voted nay. Discontinue Transfer Station Electronic Waste Collection? Town manager Mullen reported that electronic waste is piling up. The Town collects about 3 tons a month, Mr. Mullen recommended that we stop collecting the waste until a solution for removal or sale can be found. Mr. Fuller suggested charging for accepting the waste as an alternative. It was agreed that residents will be given a choice of paying for immediate disposal of their electronic waste or waiting until an alternative is available. In the meantime, Mr. Mullen will look into solutions with the State. New Town Meeting day-The Town will meet for Town Meeting on Saturday, Feb. 27 instead of Monday evening before Australian Balloting. Mrs. Esty volunteered to start planning for the Saturday Town Meeting in February. She will talk to other towns that have such meetings and look into possible day care and meals provisions.
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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:
Monthly Weathersfield Potluck-Tuesday, Nov. 17 noon in the vestry of Perkinsville VT Community Church on Rt. 106. All are welcome. Please bring and share a favorite reading or poem with the group.   Bring a hot dish, salad or dessert. Paper goods and beverages will be provided. Contact: Lorraine Zigman 802.263.5245

Get Out And About:
Laughter on the 23rd Floor-Damon Hall Hartland VT Nov 13, 14 7:30 p.m. and Nov. 15 at 5 p.m. ArtisTree Theatre presents Neil Simon's comedy about a group of TV writers in the 1950s. Call 802.457.3500 or visit

When In Rome-Lebanon Opera House Lebanon NH Nov 13, 14 7 p.m. and Nov. 15 at 3 p.m. Trumbull Hall Troupe presents an original play written by Jodi Picoult and Kyle van Leer and composed by Ellen Wilber. Tickets may be purchased online at:

Spamalot!  Hartford High School Auditorium Hartford Nov 13, 14 7-9:30 p.m.  A student production of the comedy based on the Monty Python film. 802.359.1172.

Comedian Bob Marley Claremont Opera House Claremont NH Nov 13 8 p.m.. The comedian, who holds the world record for longest standup comedy show, performs. 603.542.4433.

Mary Poppins-Northern Stage White River Junction VT Nov. 18-Jan 3. Call 802.296.7000 for tickets.

A Walk in The Woods-Briggs Opera House White River Junction VT Nov. 19, 20, 21 7:30 p.m. and Nov. 22 3 p.m. Tickets may be purchased online at

Suspended Worlds Book Launch- Robinson Town Hall Reading Saturday, Nov. 21 6 p.m. the Reading Historical Society, the Reading Library, and the Friends and Neighbors of Reading will host a book launch for Christine Hadsel’s book, Suspended Worlds. Christine and scenic artist Peter Miller from New York City will present the story of finding and preserving hundreds of stage curtains, which were created from the late nineteenth to mid-twentieth centuries and used as backdrops for performances in town halls, local theaters, and grange halls in Vermont, New Hampshire, and Maine. Reading has one of the largest collections of stage curtains. Copies of Suspended Worlds will be available for purchase at the book launch. Reading Historical Society 802.484.5425

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. Story Hour with Jordan: Wednesdays at 2 p.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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