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Weathersfield News May 11, 2016
Nancy Nutile-McMenemy

We are already two weeks into the merry month of May and we're still having very cold over night temperatures. I have a room full of seedlings begging to get placed outside but I don't dare yet. I've nurtured these tomatoes, basil and pepper plants for two months now and I'd really like to move them to our garage. I'm really hoping the weather will turn for us soon.  And to add to my garden worries I keep reading that the February "Valentine's Day Freeze" may have destroyed the Northeast Peach Crop, I hope this doesn't include my trees. Where is my asparagus? And where are the humming birds? Any sightings yet, gentle readers?  

I survived another crazy week of concerts and assignments-don't get me wrong, I LOVE my job but sometimes it does get a little out of control...

Tuesday, May 3 we drove to Northampton MA to see John Hiatt  perform at the Academy of Music; Rick Branltey opened. Another great show from Mr. Hiatt.

The legendary-John Hiatt

Rick Brantley opened the show
More images from the show
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Wednesday, May 4 I got to hear one of favorite ladies speak about the horrors her father went through and her journey discovering what his life was like living with manic depression in the 1940s.

Mimi Baird wrote "He Wanted The Moon" and Brad Pitt's production company has purchased the rights for a feature film.

More images of Mimi at the Weathersfield Proctor Library

Thursday, May 5 I attended the dress rehearsal of the Yoh Theatre Players production of "These Shining Lives." Wonderful performances from all these Woodstock Union High School students.

More rehearsal images:

Saturday, May 7 morning I hit the Ascutney Volunteer Fire Department's plant sale early-I wanted to get the best pick of plants!

After filling my trunk with plants I headed to Hartland to cover their Green Up Day events for the paper. Along the way I met a farmer who told me he had a lamb born Friday night and would I like to see it. Meet Vala, a 13 hour old Icelandic sheep lamb.

More baby Vala images:

Back on the road, I found a lot of people picking up roadside trash. Green Up Day in Hartland VT, the town's roads are a lot cleaner thanks to the efforts of all these volunteers.

More images from Hartland's Green Up Day:

Saturday evening I attended the SOLD OUT Chris Isaak show at the Lebanon Opera House. The show was co-produced by Kirschner Concerts and the Opera House. I've always loved Isaak's music but just never had the chance to see him. Boy am I glad I did. He was fantastic!

More images of Chris Isaak:

On to the news...

Weathersfield Select Board News: At the Select Board's May 2 meeting there was no quorum.  Board Chair Dan Boyer allowed comments from the Board, the Town Manager and the audience while waiting for additional board members to arrive. Town Manager Ed Morris updated the Board on the Maple Street Project.  Highway department supervisor Wes Hazeltine reported that culvert installation should be completed by Tuesday, May 3. At 7:15, there was still no quorum.  Mr. Boyer canceled the meeting.  The next meeting will be Monday, May 16 at 7 p.m.. A Special Meeting was warned so the Board could sign warrants on May 4.

Weathersfield School News:  Summer School in July for FREE! WES is offering summer school again this year. Please check your child’s Friday Packet for the sign up form and to learn more about this offering. You can also access a copy of this form on the school website. Looking Ahead to Next Year-2016-2017 school year begins in early September. 2016-2017 school calendars will be sent to home to families prior to the close of this school year. The last day of school for students will be Tuesday, Jun. 14., dismissal will be at 11:30 am. TIPS and Homework Support will be offered after school next year, exact dates and times to be announced after the new school year begins. Please note that there is no late bus next year; funds for the late bus were cut from the FY 17 budge. There will be no SES (Supplemental Educational Services) offered next school year, as the federal government is no longer funding this service. For more information, please contact Principal Oakman or call at 674-5400.

Get Out And About:
Friends of the 1879 Schoolhouse Work Days in Perkinsville. The following are volunteer work dates for the 1879 Schoolhouse-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.

WES School Dance in Ascutney, May 13, 7-10 p.m. Grade 8 Dance for Grades 7 and 8. For more information, please contact Principal Oakman or call at 674-5400.

Household Hazardous Waste Collections in Springfield and Windsor Saturday, May 14 Springfield Transfer Station 9 a.m.–1 p.m. and Saturday, May 21 Windsor Goodyear Building 9 a.m.–1 p.m. Call 674-9235 for more information or Only residents and small businesses from Andover, Athens, Baltimore, Cavendish, Chester, Grafton, Ludlow, Plymouth, Reading, Rockingham, Springfield, Weathersfield,  West Windsor, and Windsor may participate.

Weathersfield Monthly Potluck Luncheon in Perkinsville, Tuesday, May 17, noon at Perkinsville VT Church Vestry. Open to all - bring a hot dish, salad or dessert. Paper goods and beverages will be provided.   If anyone wishes to, bring some games - and have a good time!   Contact: Lorraine Zigman

Underground Railroad Talk in Ascutney, Sunday, May 22, 2 p.m. at Martin Memorial Hall. Lorraine Zigman is a life-long Vermonter with a deep interest in history and no tolerance for discrimination of any kind.  In recent years she decided to research the workings of the "Underground Railroad" in Vermont which was formed of abolitionists and others who worked diligently and under cover to provide homes and businesses as safe harbors for former slaves who were fleeing to Canada along various routes north in Vermont. If they reached their goal, they were out of reach of the notorious bounty hunters who were paid to capture and return them to their former owners in the southern states. It has been an interesting odyssey for her researching how former slaves accomplished their freedom, and those who aided them in their endeavors.

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.

WES Early Release Day in Ascutney, May 27  Early Release Day -students have lunch and leave school at 11:30 am; curriculum afternoon for Teachers.

Memorial Day Service in Perkinsville, Monday, May 30, noon on the Green. Details to be posted soon.

Fridays Live Music Inn at Weathersfield in Perkinsville Friday nights at 5:30 p.m. May 13-Peter Neri, May 20-Draa Hobbs, May 27-Chris Kleeman, Jun. 3-Ali T, Jun. 10-Eric Boedtker, Jun. 17-Draa Hobbs, Jun. 24-Johnny O, Jul. 1-Peter Neri, Jul. 8-Erik Boedtker.

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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