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Weathersfield News April 20, 2016
Nancy Nutile-McMenemy

Where were you Saturday night? If you weren't at the Weathersfield School, you surely missed out on a great event. The 5th Annual Weathersfield Town Challenge took place with nine teams competing for the bragging rights of being the smartest crew in town. The questions were put forth by Ginger Wimberg who played the role of MC for the evening. Patti Arrison put together another killer music category that had everyone groaning each time the category die was tossed. Great fun for everyone of the 100 or so folks who came out. The event raised about $1000 for the Weathersfield Proctor Library Expansion Fund. It's not too soon to start brushing up on your trivia and forming a team for next year to defeat the reigning Champions-The Weathersfield School Staff! Congrats to Sean Whalen, Lora Powers, Wendy Allen and Patty Pomerleau.

In other town news, the concrete walkway for the Weathersfield Proctor Library has been poured and cured. The old wooden ramp at the front of the Library was scheduled for removal on Monday, Apr. 18. The ramp and new stairs will lead folks into the library past the ADA Accessible bathroom which was installed this past December.  The removal of the ramp will restore the front of the building back to it's 1902 look.

Saturday morning I made my way to Lebanon High School for the 55th Annual Five Colleges Book Sale. Anyone who thinks books are going out of fashion needs to attend this event next year. Hundreds lined up two hours before doors opened at 9 a.m. on Saturday to get the best selection of books being offered.
Watch for the Valley News ENTERPRISE Magazine on Tuesday April 26 for more images from the event.

Sunday we had Dugout seats for the Toronto Blues vs. the Boston Red Sox. The Sox lost but we got to see the MLB Debut of Marco Hernandez-watch for this kid, in his first game he recorded a hit, a run, a walk and a stolen base. He's the first Red Sox player to do this!
It was also the Sunday before the 120th running of the Boston Marathon so the Red Sox honored many Marathon Survivors.

Patrick Downes and the Achilles Freedom Team

Patrick Downes and Brock Holt
The Martin Richard Family

Select Board News: The Select Board met Monday Apr. 18 so the meeting will be reported on here next week.

Weathersfield School News:  Spring vacation ended on Monday Apr. 18 so School news will also be reported on next week.

Francis 'Fran' Wright, 95-Frances Kohl Wright of Weathersfield, Vt., passed away peacefully in her sleep on Saturday March 26, 2016. Born in Newburgh, N.Y. on Aug. 12, 1920, Frances was the only child of May B. and Russell Kohl. A Memorial Service was held on Saturday, Apr. 16, at  the Perkinsville Community Church.

After graduating from Mt. Holyoke College in 1942, she married John D. Wright, Jr. of Brookline, Mass. and the marriage lasted a wonderful 72 years. Fran and John were intrinsically connected both emotionally and intellectually. Most of her married life was spent in Lexington, Ky. where she was a librarian and John, a professor at Transylvania University.

A unique woman in all aspects of her life, Fran was recognized by several organizations including the Lexington Sertoma Club, for her many contributions to the community including the Neighborly Organization of Women (WNO), Friends of the Lexington Library and United Campus Ministries. She organized a library outreach program taking books to prisons and nursing homes and she chaired and helped organize the Nursing Home Ombudsman program for WNO.

In Lexington and later, in Weathersfield, Vt., Fran was unrelenting in her dedication to anticipating and mobilizing community interest and programs. In Weathersfield, she continued her volunteer work, becoming a deacon at the Perkinsville Church, helping with the directory in the Weathersfield is Togethersfield organization, participating in the steering committee of the Friends of the Proctor Library in Ascutney, and as a member of the Weathersfield Historical Society. She also had a love for gardening and in her “spare time” she spent hours in the lovely gardens at her home.

Get Out And About:
Rummage and Bake Sale in Brownsville, Friday, Apr. 22, 9 a.m.-6 p.m. and Saturday, Apr. 23 9 a.m.-1 p.m.. Benefits the Brownsville July 4th Festivities and West Windsor Fire Department. More information call Sherry: 802 484-9286.

Betty Smith-Mastaler Producer, VPR in Ascutney, Sunday, Apr. 24, 2 p.m..
Martin Memorial Hall Route 5, Ascutney. The Weathersfield Historical Society will host long-time Weathersfield resident, Betty Smith-Mastaler. Smith-Mastaler was and still is VPR’s first full-time employee, hired in 1976 to handle a variety of administrative aspects. Once the station began broadcasting in 1977, she also served as an on-air host. She will talk about the beginnings of VPR, the production process, and will share some of her favorite VPR Commentary Series segments. Free. Refreshments will be served. Contact: 802-674-5021.

Cocoa Shell Mulch Sale in Ascutney, Saturday May 7.  The Ascutney Fire Department will be selling 2 cubic foot bags of Cocoa Shell Mulch for home gardens,  $7.00 per bag. (Homeowners planning to use the mulch must be aware that pets can sometimes be attracted to this smell and want to eat the mulch; this mulch contains caffeine and theobromine, two chemicals harmful and even deadly to pets.) Questions about the sale or use of the mulch please call Alicia at 802- 263-9429.

Live Music Inn at Weathersfield in Perkinsville Friday nights at 5:30 p.m. May 6-Eric Boedtker, May 13-Peter Neri, May 20-TBA, May 27-Chris Kleeman, Jun. 3-Ali T, Jun. 10-Eric Boedtker, Jun. 17-TBA, Jun. 24-TBA, Jul. 1-Peter Neri.

Low Cost Cat Pay/Neuter Clinics in Springfield. Call Springfield Humane Society 802-885-3997 for an appointment. Clinic dates: Apr. 26, May 31, Aug. 16, Sept. 13, Oct. 11 and Dec. 13. Weathersfield residents are reimbursed for cost of surgery up to $50, limit three (3) cats. Please bring SNAP form (available at the Town Office.)

Weathersfield Food Shelf is now open in the 1879 School in Perkinsville every Thursday from 2-3 p.m.  during the winter season.  In the event of inclement weather contact Weathersfield Town Office, 674-2626,  for information.

Yoga 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

Valley Court Diversion Programs-Volunteer are needed in Weathersfield/Springfield areas to work with low level offenders in the community. 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 802.281.5213.

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.

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