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Weathersfield News January 6, 2016
Nancy Nutile-McMenemy

Welcome to 2016. I trust you all had a Happy New Year. I still cannot believe that sixteen years have past since the big millennial scare. Remember back when everyone was fretting that the world would melt down because all our electronics would fail switching from 1999 to 2000. Wow, sixteen years. Seems to me like the humans are melting down not the electronics. Are you ready for politics and town meetings and tax time. Again I say, welcome to 2016. Here we go.

Select Board Meeting Dec 21-Ascutney Fire Chief, Darrin Spaulding asked that an article be place on the March Town Meeting warrant that would disband the Fire Commission for one year. Both fire departments are working cooperatively and seats on the commission are difficult to fill. West Weathersfield Fire Chief, Josh Dauphin spoke in support. Board member John Arrison urged the chiefs to get a petition signed (119 valid signatures are required) before January 14 deadline for filling petitions with the Town Clerk.
Town Roads Projects Discussion-several roads will need attention in the near future those discussed were: Weathersfield Center Road, Reservoir Road, and Amsden School Road. Select Board member Arrison expressed concern that the Town would need to put $100,000 a year into paving every year to cover the estimated costs of these repairs. Right now, there is nothing in the paving budget. Town Manager Jim Mullen said these three roads represent 58% of the Town’s paved roads. Select Board member Fuller said the highway fund balance was $90,000; he asked for an itemized account of how that money has been spent for the next meeting.

Taxes Will Go Up-If all the special article pass and there is no increase in the Grand List taxes will go up 6.6%. The amount to be raised by taxes is up by $115,000; the surplus fund balance has been depleted. Budget Committee member Amy Beth Main stressed the importance of long-range planning for the Town and its value in addressing the cost of change. Special articles. represent $65,000 of $1.8 M.

Town Manager Position Update-following an Executive Session the Board voted to hire Ed Morris as Town Manager for Weathersfield. No further details were given.

Get Out And About:

Jim Breuer Thursday, January7, 7:30 p.m., Lebanon Opera House, 51 N. Park St. Lebanon NH. Stand-up comedian performs at benefit for the Upper Valley Haven $25.50-$49.50. 603-448-0400.

Ali Turner Friday, January 8, 6-8 p.m., Inn at Weathersfield, 1342 Route 106, Perkinsville.

Moxley Union Friday, January 8, 9-midnight, Skunk Hollow Tavern, Brownsville Rd Hartland 4 Corners VT.

Spaghetti Dinner in Ascutney Saturday, January 9, 5-7 p.m., Martin Memorial Hall, 5259 Route 5. $10. Sponsored by Ascutney Volunteer Fire Association. 802-674-6869.

Community Meal in Windsor Wednesday, January 13, 5-6 p.m., American Legion Hall Court Street. Bring a friend for a meal sponsored by Windsor churches and community groups. Free. 802-674-2157.

Open Mic w/Jim Yeager Wednesday, January 13, 8-11 p.m., Skunk Hollow Tavern, Brownsville Rd Hartland 4 Corners VT.

Jason Cann Thursday, January 14, 5-8 p.m., Harpoon Brewery, 336 Ruth Carney Drive, Windsor, VT.

Inaugural Winter Fest & Rope Tow Dedication-Ascutney Mountain Saturday, Feb. 6, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Ski Tow Road Brownsville, VT. A day of festivities to celebrate a new chapter of recreation and conservation at Mt Ascutney.  Come and enjoy some fun outdoor activities, music, a community lunch and a special dedication of the newly installed Rope Tow and conservation celebration co-hosted by the Trust for Public Land.
Events: 9-11 a.m. 'Fatscutney' Fat Bike Race, 9-2 p.m. Tiki Torch Snow Shoe, 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Rope Tow Dedication & Conservation Celebration Ceremony, 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Lunch, 1-2 p.m. Ski/Ride Race, 1 p.m.-close 'Smores by the fire. More information:

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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