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Weathersfield News April 27, 2016
Nancy Nutile-McMenemy

Lots happening next week in Weathersfield. Mimi Baird is coming to town to speak about her book that Brad Pitt has optioned for a movie on Wednesday May 4.
Mimi will speak about her book He Wanted the Moon

Saturday May 7 is packed with things to do--
There will be the annual Mother's Day Plant Sale at the Ascutney Fire Station;  it's Green Up Day;  and  AVFA will also be selling cocoa mulch this year for gardeners that want to really spruce up their yards (see more info below!) 

So rest up this week because you're gonna be busy the first week of May!

Weathersfield School News:  SBAC and NECAP Schedules are set for May. All students in grades 3-8 are required to take the Smarter Balance Assessment Consortium test, or SBAC, in reading and math. This is a mandated test for Vermont, along with several other states. It is based on the Common Core Standards. WS likes to announce the dates of the testing in hopes that parents will work dentist and doctor appointments around these dates. Also, we like to keep the school quiet during testing so the students can concentrate and do their best. Grades 3-8 May 3, 8:05- 11:25 am-English Language Arts (ELA) CAT (Computer Adaptive Test); May 4, 8:05-11:25 am-ELA Classroom Activity & ELA Performance Task; May 5, 8:05-11:25 am-Math CAT (Computer Adaptive Test);  May 10, 8:05-11:25 am-Math Classroom Activity & Performance Task Grades 5-8;  May 12, 8:05-11:25 am-Math Classroom Activity & Performance Task Grades 3 and 4.  The NECAP will be given this year to Grades 4 and 8, using this schedule: May 17, 18 and 19, 8:05-9:40 a.m.. Make-ups will be on May 24. For more information, please contact Principal Oakman or call at 674-5400.

Weathersfield Proctor Library News:  The old accessible wooden ramp was removed and a new concrete walkways were poured leading to the 1902 library entrance and the new ADA Accessible hallway and bathroom addition. The Trustees are planning a Grand Opening Celebration on May 26 at 5 p.m. More information about the event call 802.674.2863. Images of the renovations may be viewed at:

My adventures for the weekend...
For Earth Day, I covered the Humans PAWS for Earth Day Trail clean up event at Mount Ascutney. The event was held on Saturday April 23 and hosted by The Climb Fineness Center and STAB (Sport Trails of the Ascutney Basin)/Ascutney Trails.

More images from the event:

Saturday evening I attended a house concert hosted by Billsville House Concerts in Manchester, VT. Madeleine Grace a young singer song writer opened the show.

The headliner was Lula Wiles, a three piece bluegrass group from Maine.

Sunday I was invited to cover the 15th Annual Ex Libris Gala featuring local artist Sabra Field. The event was a benefit for the Norman Williams Public Library. A reception was held at the library followed by dinner at The Woodstock Inn and Resort Woodstock VT.

More images from the gala:

On Monday, April 25,  I spent the day watching about 70 fire fighters desperately trying to save the Yankee Village Motel in Ascutney VT. After hours of attacking the fire, the motel was a total loss. The fire fighters were up against a lack of water, 20 mph winds and extremely dry conditions.

More images from the fire:
 Our hearts go out to the Patel Family and the other families displaced by the fire.

Get Out And About:
Friends of the 1879 Schoolhouse Work Days The following are volunteer work dates for the 1879 Schoolhouse. Apr. 30 8 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday work party, May 9-noon,  May 12 9-noon, May 17 9-noon, May 26 9-noon,  June 4 8 a.m.-4p.m. Saturday work party event with a huge manpower contribution from a Vermont/New Hampshire Men’s Community Service Organization. We will be working on interior and exterior finishing projects on both the ell and the main building. There will be work for all skill levels. Please call 802.263.5300.

Mimi Baird at the Weathersfield Proctor Library in Ascutney, Wednesday, May 4 at 7 p.m. The author of He Wanted the Moon: The Madness and Medical Genius of Dr. Perry Baird, and His Daughter's Quest to Know Him will be speaking about her book at the Library starting at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, May 4.  Mimi's book has been adapted as a film by Brad Pitt, and we are delighted to have her as a guest of both the Weathersfield Proctor Library and the Friends of the Weathersfield Proctor Library. More info call 802.674.2863.

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.

Annual Mother's Day Plant Sale and 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. Alicia is a master gardener and has been using this mulch for years.

Alicia Jenks sent this to me: I have been in the gardening business for years and have never know anyone who has had a dog or cat get sick from it. I have used the mulch for years and highly recommend it for perennial beds.

Grand Opening ADA Bathroom At the Weathersfield Proctor Library in Ascutney Thursday, May 26 5 p.m. Join the Trustees and Friends of Proctor Library as they officially open their new ADA Accessible Bathroom and Walkway. Refreshments will be served. Call 802.674.2863 for more information.

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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