Weathersfield Weekly Blog, July 19

July 19, 2017
Weathersfield, VT

Well another Vermont 100 Endurance Run or Ride is in the books and I survived. Mind you I didn't run or ride. I just volunteered. And I have the swollen feet and sore back to prove it. But it's worth it because all the money raised goes to Vermont Adaptive Ski and Sports, a program I've been involved with since 1988. They taught me how to ski at Mount Ascutney and how to teach mono-skiing. I was a mono-ski instructor for 10 years. I just do events now. And with the 100 in the books, my calendar is flipping to September for the 25th Annual Vermont 50 Mountain Bike or Ultra-run on Sunday the 24th at Ascutney. But before that, I have to take these sore feet and back into my garden and start clipping tomato suckers. Holy cow have they taken over. You take a few days off to volunteer at an event and the tomato suckers pop out.

Last Wednesday I went back to the Rusty Berrings Skatepark in Lebanon NH to check on the progress of Phase 2. There was some serious concrete being pouring and sprayed.

More photos from the park: CLICK HERE

Some of my photos made it into a video about the work day.

As I said above, I spent the weekend volunteering at the 29th Annual Vermont 100 Endurance Race. All day Friday for Race Check-in; up at 3 a.m. for race day on Saturday; home at 8 p.m. Saturday night and back at Silver Hill Meadow for Sunday chicken BBQ and awards. The race starts at 4 a.m. on Saturday and 100 mile runners have to be across the finish line before 10 a.m. on Sunday.

This year there was an Athlete's With Disabilities (AWD) Division. Kyle Robidoux from Boston, MA ran 100 miles with guides and finished the race 226/265 with a time of 28:11:53!

This year one of the runners, John Geesler from St. Johnsbury Vt crossed the finish line for the 25th time. He came in 194/265 with at time of 27:12:26. That's 2500 miles people!!! Race Director Amy Rusiecki has a special award made up for him.

News You Can Use

Weathersfield select board news: The town is hosting it's 2nd annual Weathersfield Festival on Saturday, Sept. 30 and is looking for vendors. To learn more about the event, becoming a vendors or other questions contact Town Manager, Ed Morris, at 802-674-2626 or

Get Out and About Events

Brown Girl Dreaming Presentation in Weathersfield Saturday, July 22 at 1p.m. The program will launch this year's Vermont Reads program and is hosted by the Weathersfield Historical Society and the Weathersfield Proctor Library at the Dan Foster House on the Center RD. Contact Ginger at the Historical Society if you have questions.

Weathersfield Groundwater Mapping in Weathersfield Thursday, July 27 7-9 p.m.. Groundwater mapping results will be presented by Dr. Stephen Wright of the University of Vermont at the Weathersfield Center Meeting House. The event is free and open to the public. Contact the Weathersfield Conservation Commission with questions.

4th Annual 5 Alarm 5K trail run/walk in Perkinsville Saturday, July 29. West Weathersfield Volunteer Fire Department is hosting their fourth annual run to benefit the fire department. Onsite registration opens at 8 a.m. $30 for 5 Km, kids 10 and under are free. Race route starts at the power dam at the end of Maple Street. Kids fun run/1k starts at 9 a.m.; Five alarm 5k starts at 9:30 a.m. 1st-3rd awards. Chicken BBQ at the station after the race. Contact Toshya at 603-322-3287. All proceeds benefit WWVFD.

Frippery in Weathersfield Aug. 5. The historical society is hosting their annual Frippery in August and is looking for donations. They are also selling raffle tickets for a lovely quilt. Contact Maureen Bogosian at 603-252-0936 for more information.

Pit Roasting Cooking Class in Perkinsville Saturday Aug. 5 10:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. The Inn at Weathersfield is hosting a cooking class Taught by Abenaki Chief Roger Longtoe Sheehan in the vegetable garden over the open flames of the firepit. For reservations contact the Inn.

4th Annual Chief's Classic in Springfield Sunday, Sept. 24 9 a.m. Ascutney Volunteer Fire Department is hosting their annual golf tournament. Early registration discount available. Contact the station for more information.

Music and Performances

Briggs Opera House in White River Junction. Friday Aug. 4 7:30 p.m. Nashville Legends Jim Rooney and Pat Alger with Chris Brashear. Tuesday Aug. 15 8 p.m. Brett Dennen (low ticket alert). Tickets through

Freight House in White River Junction. July 20, 27 9 p.m. Club Steam, July 28 8 p.m. The Brooks Hubbard Band.

Inn at Weathersfield Live Music Fridays in Perkinsville 7-9 p.m.: July 21 Erik Boedtker; July 28 Dave Clark.

Taverne on the Square in Claremont. July 20 7 p.m. Andrew Merzi and Kim Logan, July 21 7 p.m. Jim Hollis, July 27 6 p.m. Ben Fuller, July 28 9 p.m. Flew-Z.

Windsor Station Live Music in Windsor. July 20 7:30 p.m. Carpool Party, July 21 9:30 p.m. Dionysia, July 22 9:30 p.m. Sullivan, Davis and Hanscom, July 25 6 p.m. Jeff Przech, July 27 7:30 p.m. Jim Yeager and Chris Powers, July 28 9:30 p.m. Faux in Love July 29 9:30 p.m. TBA.

Ongoing Events

Weathersfield Hikes: To the Cabin Sunday, August 12 11:30 a.m.; Ferry Road and the Connecticut River Saturday, September 2 5 p.m.; Cooks Pond Loop Saturday, September 23, 9:30 a.m.; Ascutney Mountain Saturday, October 7 9 a.m.

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: 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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