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Excursion to Rum Street in Woodstock, Vt.

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Rum Street, Woodstock Vt.
August 27, 2017

Just up the hill from "The Flat" (West Woodstock) lies the remains of an 1800s farming community locally known as Cobb Hill. Sandwiched between Cabot Road and Prosper Road and along what is now called Grassy Lane are the cellar holes of the homesteads of Gaius Cobb and his neighbors.

The Woodstock History Center hosted a hike up to Vondell Reservoir, which is near where Elisha Raymond's mill once stood and just below the homesteads of George Grow, Charles Cobb and Gaius Cobb. The hike, complete with a self-guided trail map and posters for people to discover a little bit about the families that occupied this isolated part of Woodstock, included food, music, historical interpreters and a talk by Leslie Askwith author of "Thunder Struck Fiddler-The Remarkable True Story of Charles Morris Cobb and His Hill Farm Community in 1850s Vermont."
"Rum Street" seems to have been coined by Charles Morris Cobb. Charles w…

Weathersfield Weekly Blog, August 30

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August 30, 2017 Weathersfield, Vt.
It's back to school time. Can you believe that summer is over? Where did the weeks go? So starting Thursday, Aug. 31-watch for school buses and be sure to leave more time for your morning commutes.
Weathersfield School news: The school will host a Welcome Back Coffee Hour Thursday Aug. 31 from 8-9 a.m. in the A.P. room. The Welcome Back school assembly will be Thursday Aug. 31 1:45 -2:15 p.m. A second service dog will be joining the school, be sure to notify the school if your child has allergies to dogs. For more information about the school and events, call 802-674-5400.


I covered the Woodstock History Center's Excursion to Rum Street on Sunday. A 1.25 mile self-guided hike into Vondell Reservoir. The area known as Rum Street is where Charles M. Cobb grew up and wrote extensively in his diaries about farm life as a teenager in Vermont in the 1800s.



More photos from the event: CLICK HERE


My Concert Scene

Went to the Flying Monkey in Plymouth,…

Weathersfield Weekly Blog, August 23

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August 23, 2017
Weathersfield, Vt.
Lots happening around town, let's get to it.

Weathersfield Town Office news: The Town Clerk's office will be closed Sept. 18 and 19 for annual training and conference.

Weathersfield select board news: The select board will meet on Thursday, Aug. 24 at 7 p.m. at Martin Memorial Hall. Town committees need people to serve: Budget Committee, Connecticut River Development Corporation, Connecticut River Joint Commission, Conservation Commission, Fence Viewer, Fire Commission, Parks and Recreation, River Connection Regional Partnership, Southeastern Vermont Community Action, Inc, Southern Windsor County Regional Planning Commissioner, Southern Windsor County Transportation Advisory Committee. More information about these positions, the select board and the town, contact Town Manager, Ed Morris, at 802-674-2626 or townmanager@weathersfield.org.

Weathersfield School news: There is a K-8 soccer clinic Saturday, Aug. 26 at 9:30 a.m.. School re-opens Thurs…

Weathersfield Weekly Blog August 16

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August 16, 2017 Weathersfield, Vt.
It's mid August, that means our first quarter tax payment is due. On a happier note, our peach trees are exploding with this yummy summer fruit. We are picking big bowls full daily now. Finally a super peach year is upon us. Reminder to all our school children-they probably don't want to hear this-but school starts Thursday, Aug. 31.


This week was filled with music. We traveled to Port Chester, NY to The Capitol Theatre to see Lyle Lovett and His Large Band perform.




More photos of Lyle and the band
Lyle will be returning to our area in November with John Hiatt! November 8 at The Colonial Theatre in Keene, NH November 14 at Tupelo Music Hall in Derry, NH
Tuesday was  Brett Dennen Day for me. I spent the morning with Brett and the White River Partnership cleaning up the Gilman River Access in Royalton, Vt. 



More photos of the Clean Up: CLICK HERE
Tuesday night Brett played a benefit at the Briggs Opera House. The show's net proceeds went to…

Freezer Peaches 101

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Peaches in VERMONT-- Ummm YES!!!

Had to re-post this as our peaches are coming in like CRAZY!!

So you've picked some peaches. Now what? How about freezing them to enjoy at Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Years, or any cold rainy/snowy day this fall/winter.

Step 1. Make the Syrup
The syrup is really easy to make. I make mine in a 1:2 ratio. 1 Cup Sugar/2 Cups water. I usually make 10 -12 cups if I have a lot of peaches to freeze.
Measure out the water.
Add the Sugar.
Bring to a boil and set aside.
If you make too much, just put it in the fridge (about one week) and use it the next time you freeze peaches. My peach harvest usually lasts 3-4 weeks.
Step 2. Sort your peaches
I pick out the ones that are slightly soft to the touch and fairly pink

Step 3. Remove the Skin
Boil the peaches for a few minutes until you can see the skin shedding.

Step 4.Ice the peaches
Remove the peaches with a slotted spoon to an ice water bath to stop the cooking process. Give them a few minutes in the ice water.

Weathersfield Weekly Blog August 9

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August 9, 2017 Weathersfield, Vt.

A shout out to Lisa Curry Mair she received the highest award as traditional artisan in this year's Directory of Traditional American Crafts. Her work is showcased in the August 2017 edition of Early American Life magazine. Mair creates custom canvas murals and floorcloths using her own originals designs and she also reproduces classic floorcloths.
Weathersfield select board news: The select board met Monday, Aug. 7. Meeting highlights will be reported here next week. More information about the select board and the town, contact Town Manager, Ed Morris, at 802-674-2626 or townmanager@weathersfield.org.

Weathersfield School news: The school board meets on Monday, Aug. 14 at 6:30 p.m. The is a K-8 soccer clinic Saturday, Aug. 26 at 9:30 a.m.. School re-opens Thursday, Aug. 31. For more information about the school and events, call 802-674-5400.

Weathersfield Proctor Library news: The Library Trustees meet on Thursday, Aug. 17 at 7 p.m.. For more info…