Weathersfield Weekly Blog April 12

April 12, 2017
Weathersfield, Vt.

The School Board won the 6th Annual Town Challenge

The 6th Annual Town Challenge was held on Saturday at the Weathersfield School. The event was a benefit for the Weathersfield Proctor Library with proceeds going to the children's room expansion planned for later this spring. Nine teams competed through eight rounds of questions ranging from Weathersfield History to Current Events. The field was narrowed down to the School Board, the Select Board and the Library teams. These three battled it out but in the end the School Board won with the correct spelling of "plagiarism." $2575 was raised and will by matched by a Byrne Foundation grant. 

More photos from the Challenge, click HERE

On Friday April 7 I went to one of my favorite places to see a concert-Billsville House Concerts in Manchester, Vt.. It seats no more than 75 so you get to hear and see the performers up close and personal.

Like Andrew Combs, who I had never heard of but thoroughly enjoyed.

More photos of Andrew Combs

Erin Rae McKaskle opened the show.

More photos of Erin Rae

Videos from Billsville Concerts

Masterclass...I learned how to make Champagne and Rose Marmalade at Blake Hill Preserves in Windsor Vt. on Saturday morning.

More photos from Blake Hill, click HERE.

Sunday, I saw Jackson Browne at the Palace Theatre in Albany, NY. Great two set show.

Made a pilgrimage to the NEW Tupelo Music Hall in Derry NH on Tuesday night to see Peter Frampton. Julian Frampton and Ben Sheridan opened the show.

More photos of the Frampton show, click HERE

Rock and Roll lost a great one. On Tuesday night it was announced the John Warren Geils Jr. guitarist for THE MIGHTY J. GEILS BAND was dead at age 71. The J. Geils Band is THE BEST band outta Boston and should be in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame!

1982 and 2011 photos.

More photos of The MIGHTY J. Geils Band, click HERE

Now on to More News You Can Use

Weathersfield select board news: At last week's select board meeting there was extensive discussion about our trash. Ham Gillette, Outreach Coordinator for Act 148, the Universal Recycling Law, told the board that the law goes into affect on July 1 and will require all commercial haulers accept food waste separately from trash. All transfer stations will be required accept separated food waste as well. By 2020, all households will be required to keep food waste out of household trash. Town Manager Ed Morris told the board that the Transfer Station has been running deficits over the last two years ($29,587 in 2015, $34,505 in 2016.) The board voted to transition to a single stream and voted to use Casella Waste as the town's trash hauler for the next three years. The board also voted to close the swap shop sighting the high cost of maintaining it. More information about the select board and the town, contact Town Manager, Ed Morris, at 802-674-2626 or

Weathersfield School news: Congratulations to Brandon Hennessey for taking home the silver medal at the Vermont State Science Fair at Norwich University on April 1. Brandon's pheromone project also took home a scientific award of excellence from the United States Navy. For more information about the school and events, call 802-674-5400.

Weathersfield Proctor Library news: The Trustees are meeting Thursday, April 13 rather than April 20 because of school vacation. More information about these programs, events and the library call 802-674-2863.

Get Out and About Events

Villagers (formerly the Country Creemee at Downer's Four Corners) opens April 22. Follow them on their Facebook page:

Penny Sale in Ascutney May 6. The Weathersfield School PTA is hosting a Penny Sale, they are looking to sell 300 items at the event. Contact the school if you have something you'd like to donate, 802-674-5400.

Mother's Day Plant Sale in Ascutney, Saturday May 13 8 a.m. at the Ascutney Volunteer Fire Department Station.

LuLaPalooza Mother's Day Edition in White River Junction, Saturday May 13 10 a.m.-3 p.m. at the Newberry Market.

WS Dance and Graduation in Ascutney Grad. Dance-Friday, May 19 7-10 p.m. Graduation-Monday, June 19 at 7 p.m. in the gym.

WS BBQ and Dance in Ascutney Friday, June 16 4-6 p.m. The school is hosting a faculty vs. 8th graders softball game, a BBQ and a family dance. The event will also serve to thank all the school volunteers.

Music and Performances

Briggs Opera House in White River Junction..

Freight House in White River Junction. April 14 8 p.m. Brooks Hubbard and Jes Raymond and the Blackberry Bushes all ages-kids under 12 free, May 13 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Off the Rails Open Game Day.

Inn at Weathersfield Live Music Fridays in Perkinsville 7-9 p.m. Closed for Mud Season.

Lebanon Opera House in Lebanon NH. April 27 10 a.m. Arcattack, May 11 10 a.m. Biscuit.

Taverne on the Square in Claremont NH. April 14 7-10 p.m. Jason Cann; April 20 TBA; April 21 9 p.m.-12 a.m. Flew-Z; April 27 6-9 p.m. Jim Hollis; April 28 9 p.m.-12 a.m. Conniption Fits; April 29 8-11 p.m. Moxley Union.

Weathersfield School Concerts and Programs in Ascutney 6-7 p.m. May 9 K-4 Spring Concert; May 10 5-8 Spring Concert; May 26 8:15-9:15 a.m. Memorial Day Ceremony for K-8.

Windsor Station Live Music in Windsor. April 13 7:30 p.m. Sean Patrick and the Newgrass Revolution; April 14 10 p.m. Karaoke; April 16 9:30 p.m. Gowanus; April 16 6 p.m. Joice Marie; April 20 7 p.m. BLinDog and MaMa MediSin; April 21 9 p.m. Whiskey Geese; April 22 9 p.m. Groovesum.

Ongoing Events
Weathersfield Food Shelf in Perkinsville every Thursday from 2-3 p.m. Route 106 at the old Perkinsville Elementary School.

Low cost spay/neuter clinics in Springfield. Springfield Humane Society is hosting low cost spay/neuter clinics: May 9, June 6, July 11, Aug. 8, Sept. 5, Oct. 24, Dec. 5 at the Springfield Humane Society, on Route 143. Cost is $50 for female cat and $40 for male cat. Weathersfield residents may be reimbursed up to $50 for the surgery with a limit of three pets per year. Get your SNAP form from the town office. Please call Springfield Humane Society for an appointment at 802-885-3997.

Valley Court Diversion Programs: Volunteers 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 three hours a month. Training is provided. For more information please visit our website at or call Maureen at 281-5213.

Senior Exercise Program in Ascutney: Free. Sponsored by RSPV. Mondays and Wednesdays 10-11 a.m. in basement of Martin Memorial Hall, Route 5, Ascutney. Classes are led by Sandy Lemois. If interested call 674-5254 for more information.

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