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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!

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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:

Weathersfield School:
National Geographic GeoBee at WS-Congratulations Johnathan MacLachlan. The Weathersfield School’s Top 10 National Geographic Bee’s finalists were: fifth grader Zed McNaughton; sixth grader Aria Yuengling; seventh graders Garrett Corliss, Johnathan MacLachlan, Jasmine Martens, and Morgan McKeen; and eighth graders Conner Hart, Ozzie Jewett, Virginia Snyder, and Gunnar Waters, they competed in a school-wide Geography Bee on Thursday, Dec. 10. The two finalists, Ozzie Jewett and Johnathan MacLachlan, battled into in the championship round until the winner, Johnathan MacLachlan, was named. He will advance to the next level of the competition, a written examination to determine eligibility as a state competitor. The state competition will be held on Friday, Apr. 1, 2016. The National Geographic Society will provide an all-expenses paid trip to Washington, D.C., for state winners to participate in the Bee National championship rounds May 22 - 25, 2016.

School Board Meetings and Budget Advisory Meetings Announced The WS Budget Advisory Committee (BAC) will hold its first meeting on Tuesday, Dec. 29 1 p.m. at school in the conference room. The WS School Board will be meeting on Jan. 7 at 6 p.m. in the AP Room to review the FY 17 budget with the BAC. The WS School Board will meet on Monday, Jan. 11 6:30 p.m. in the AP Room to finalize the budget.

WS Welcomes New Art Teacher Linda Reeves-Potter. Linda started work on Thursday, Dec. 17 and will be at the school Wed–Friday, beginning Jan. 6.

Get Out And About:
Soup Kitchen Meal in Claremont Dec. 24, Dec 28, 29  4-5 p.m., 53 Central St. Free. 603-543-3290.

Christmas Illuminations in Enfield 5-9 p.m., La Salette Shrine, 410 Route 4A. Nativity display open 4-8:45 p.m. daily.  Free. 603-632-7087.

Christmas Eve Candlelight Celebration Service in Brownsville Thursday, Dec. 24 7 p.m. Brownsville Community Church Christmas Eve Candlelight Service will include musicians, singers and a special children’s message.  Each child will leave with a gift that evening. The music and the message, “A Christmas Blessing”, promise to make this service very memorable. The Brownsville Community Church is located at 66 Brownsville-Hartland Road, between Albert Bridge School and the West Windsor Town Hall.  For more info call 802-484-5944, email or visit All are welcome.

Christmas on the Farm in Woodstock 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Billings Farm & Museum, 69 Old River Road. A 19th century Christmas includes making ornaments, visits to the dairy farm and horse-drawn wagon or sleigh rides  $4-$14, under 2 free. Call for holiday times 802-457-2355.

Ice Skating in Hartford 12:45-2:15 p.m., Wendell A. Barwood Arena, 45 Highland Ave. $5. Call for holiday week skate times 802-295-5036.

Christmas Dinner in Windsor December 25 Noon-2 p.m., Old South Church, Main Street. Free. 802-674- 6032.

Machine Madness in Norwich Dec. 27  1-3 p.m., Montshire Museum, 1 Montshire Road. Annual family engineering event links together multiple homemade machines. Free for families with registered machines  $11 or $14, under 2 free. 802-649-2200.

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


Yoga is becoming more accessible in the area-In Weathersfield: Tuesday nights, Weathersfield Town Hall in Ascutney practice Sivananda & Flow Yoga with Charlotte McIntyre from 5:30-6:30 p.m.. For info visit  or  email Claremont, NH: The Ahimsa Yoga Center is located at 140 North Street, across from Barnes Park. To find out more about Ahimsa, please visit

Third Annual Wildlife Photo Contest-Sponsored by the Weathersfield Conservation Commission. Requirements: limited to native wildlife (animals, birds, or insects); Limited to amateur photographers; must be photographed locally (within 50 mile radius); one submission per person, must be on an 8 x 10 glossy. There will be three places. Judging will be done by 3 interested persons. Submitted photos can be dropped off at the Weathersfield Town Office in an envelope plainly marked Conservation Commission photo contest. There is a drop box at the Town office for after hours. The following information needs to be included with the photo: Name, address, phone number, E-mail address, and where photo was taken. Submission is implied consent Town can duplicate the photo in their annual report. Winning photos will be mounted and framed, then displayed for one year at either town office, library, or school, then returned to owner. Submission deadline Feb. 15, 2016.

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 Food Shelf will be moving soon to the 1879 School House in Perkinsville. Watch for move signs. 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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