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Weathersfield News Dec 30 #WeathersfieldVT #VT

Weathersfield News December 30, 2015 Nancy Nutile-McMenemy Happy New Year! I'm sitting here writing, trying to decide how to spend New Year's Eve. What do you folks do? Do you go out to dinner? Head to a bar for a live band? Drive to Boston , Burlington , or Claremont for "First Night" or just hang out at home and watch the celebrations on TV? If you'd like to head out, there are a lot of very cool things planned in the area (see below.) Whatever you do, I hope you have a very Happy New Year! Saw a great show in White River Junction Sunday afternoon. The Briggs Opera House hosted a Yellowhoue Media show- Brooks Hubbard EP Release party . Brooks Hubbard , a Mascoma High School graduate who is just back from recording in Nashville performed for a SOLD OUT audience. He was joined on stage by Val McCallum -who grew up in Brownsville and performs with Jackson Browne . At one point Brooks's father left the s

Weathersfield News Dec 23 #WeathersfieldVT #VT

Weathersfield News December 23, 2015 Nancy Nutile-McMenemy Here's wishing everyone a safe and happy holiday week. If you don't have firm plans for the weekend there are many things happening in our area (see below) and as always many area churches and soup kitchen could use the volunteer help. Or just enjoy some time with family and friends. Fingers crossed for some snow! Winter Flashbacks Dec 2013 Dec 2014 Dec 2015 What's wrong with this picture? Weathersfield Proctor Library -The ADA bathroom construction continues please visit the library website for updates: . Good news, the Blood Family portraits have been returned along with the other photographs that were being cleaned after the mold remediation project. Library Director Mark Richardson has hung them in the library for everyone to enjoy. More images of the construction progress:  http://www.weathersfieldpro

West Windsor Celebrates Resort Land Acquisition #WestWindsorVT #AscutneyVT #VT #MountAscutneyOutdoors

Tuesday December 15, 2015 Ascutney Mountain By Nancy Nutile-McMenemy Vermont Standard Correspondent WEST WINDSOR — A pop-up tailgate party was held Tuesday as folks gathered to celebrate the nearly two years of trying to acquire and protect the 468 acres of the former Ascutney Mountain Resort. Residents and town officials drank champagne in the parking lot of the resort’s former base lodge the same day the town (with the help of the Trust for Public Lands) wrapped up the purchase of 1,112 acres, expanding the Town Forest to 1,580 acres — ensuring permanent protection and establishing an extensive trail network for recreational use and the “To have this long-term project come to fruition is just thrilling, frankly,” said former West Windsor select board member and resident Glenn Seward on Tuesday. “While it may seem like the end it’s just the beginning of a lot of good things.” Seward was instrumental in working with the resort owners to negotiate a purchase and sales

Weathersfield News Dec 16 #WeathersfieldVT #VT

Weathersfield News December 16, 2015 Nancy Nutile-McMenemy Greetings from Belize ! I'm heading back to Vermont after a wonderful week of diving off the coast of Belize (a small country in Central America, near Guatemala and Honduras .) Not to brag, but it was sunny and in the 80s most days and the water temperature was hovering around 83 degrees. I spent about 15 hours in the water and saw lots of very cool animals: sharks, spotted eagle rays, green turtles, green morays, and spotted eels. I even got a glimpse of the rare toadfish and seahorse. Lots of great memories. I posted images and videos on my website. Please use the link below to take you on a BELIZE Adventure. Diver Log Blog: Dive images: Dive videos: Now my focus needs to tu

Belize Dive Adventure December 11 2015 #SCUBA #diving #Belize #AggressorFleet #SundancerII

Belize Diving Sundancer II/Aggressor IV Dec 5-12, 2015 Divers Log Friday December 11 Only two dives remain for us on this trip to Belize. We're up way too early, 5 a.m. for a 6 a.m dive on Sandy Slope. The site is somewhat unimpressive but we're all hoping to see the rare Sargassum Triggerfish and as luck would have it, one was awake with us (see above.) We also got to see a couple of stingrays on this dive: a Yellow Stingray and a Southern Stingray The two dives were very chill, I guess it's a nice way to wind down an excellent week of diving. More dive images: We made our way back to Belize City Friday after lunch. Enjoying some nice views along the way. The crew hosted a Rum Punch Party for us Friday night and Brent and Ed were given medals for completing every dive that was offered (they also were in the water an average of one hour per dive-

Belize Dive Adventure December 10 2015 #SCUBA #diving #Belize #AggressorFleet #SundancerII

Belize Diving Sundancer II/Aggressor IV Dec 5-12, 2015 Divers Log Thursday December 10 We woke to the smell of bacon; waffles, bacon and scrambled eggs for our pre-dive breakfast. The boat was moved from Half Moon Caye Wall to Long Caye. It was a gorgeous sunrise. Our morning dives were at Silver Cave. We had many shark sightings; one was tagged 334, one had two white spots on its dorsal fin (maybe a tag got ripped out?) and a young one was un-tagged. Second breakfast was peanut butter brownies with chocolate chips. Our second dive on the same site we saw the 334 shark again. Lunch was spaghetti with red sauce and garlic bread. I was in heaven. The boat was moved to Long Caye Wall and we jumped in around 2 p.m. The visibility was starting to break down but we still had a nice dive. Jay spotted a Spotted Eagle Ray that hung out with us for a few minutes. We also saw another reef shark. More dive images:

Belize Dive Adventure December 9 2015 #SCUBA #diving #Belize #AggressorFleet #SundancerII

Belize Diving Sundancer II/Aggressor IV Dec 5-12, 2015 Divers Log Wednesday December 9 After a light breakfast of oatmeal and a toasted English muffin, we motored our way to the Great Blue Hole. The Blue Hole is actually a collapsed cave. It’s about 450 feet deep and still has stalactites in it. Jay, myself and  a couple of others decided that rather than drop down to 130 feet rapidly and stay for about 7 minutes, we would dive around the Blue Hole rim. Our dive was a pleasant dive but not as pristine as I remember. Maybe it was the area we covered on SCUBA, our previous visits here we only snorkeled from the day boat moorings. Highlight was seeing two giant midnight parrotfish fighting. At the end of the dive I found a tiger tail sea cucumber. It was a nice dive but only lasted for 35 minutes, to accommodate the Blue Hole divers. Back onboard the Captain asked how we’d like to dive the rest of the day. Of course most wanted to get in five dives so we decided

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