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Weathersfield Weekly Blog November 29

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November 29, 2017
Weathersfield, Vt.


I hope you all had a fine Thanksgiving weekend. Did you shop Black Friday or Red Flannel Friday? Did you participate in Small Business Saturday? Did you Cyber Monday or Cider Monday? And what about #GivingTuesday, did you donate to your favorite charity or non-profit organization. Sure seems to me that Thanksgiving has totally gone the way of Christmas; these holidays are no longer family events but shopping and spending money events. I get it, businesses need to make money but I think things have gotten a little out of hand. I even saw a report where people were on their phones at the Thanksgiving dinner table ordering stuff online. Maybe I'm just getting old...

Also with the holidays approaching, scammers are out there waiting to get your identification and your money. You can sign up for Vermont's Scam Alert system by calling 800-649-2424 or by visiting their website https://www.uvm.edu/consumer.



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Weathersfield Weekly Blog, Nov. 21

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November 21, 2017
Weathersfield, Vt.


Here's wishing everyone a Happy Thanksgiving. Have you signed up for a Turkey Trot yet? The Climb Fitness Center is hosting their 4th Annual 5K Thursday morning at 7:45 a.m. in Brownsville and Zack's Place in Woodstock is hosting their 11th Annual 5K Walk-Run-Wheel at 10 a.m.. Feeling ambitious, why not do both!

Weathersfield select board news: The select board was scheduled to meet on Monday, Nov. 20. The meeting will be reported on after the holiday. 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 reports that 300 people attended their annual Thanksgiving Feast on Tuesday, Nov. 14. Grandparents, community members, parents, and neighbors attended the meal of roast turkey, gravy, mashed potatoes, green beans, cranberry sauce, white or chocolate milk, and dessert. More information about the school call 802-674-5400.

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John O'Connor's CD Release show at ArtisTree Community Arts

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As a young man, one of John O'Connor's job was working in a factory in Waterloo, Iowa. The rhythm of the machines gave him a rhythm that would follow him through life as a folk singer. On Friday, Nov. 17, the ArtisTree Community Arts Center hosted a CD release party for O'Connor's latest album "Rare Songs." (The $15 performance admission included a copy of the CD.) Local guitarist, Nat Williams accompanied O'Connor at the show and has traveled with O'Connor to a few venues helping to promote this new CD.

The intimate audience was taken on a journey through song and spoken word, as O'Connor sang songs that he wrote chronicling his time spent as factory worker, a worker in a homeless shelter, hitchhiker crossing the United States, a labor organizer, and folk musician often singing with his band Shays Rebellion at labor strikes and political rallies.

His song "Pressroom", with it's repetitious rhythm, gives the listeners a hint of what…

Weathersfield Weekly Blog, Nov. 15

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November 15, 2017 Weathersfield, Vt.

Heads Up-Deadline for publication on this blog and in the Vermont Standard Column is Friday, Nov. 17, 8 a.m. for publication Wednesday, Nov. 22 issues (early for Thanksgiving.)
Weathersfield select board news: At their regular meeting on Nov. 6 the board unanimously approved a request for $500 from the Bottle Fund made by Anthony French, Troop Master for Trail Life USA and American Heritage Girls of West Windsor. The board went further by authorizing the Town Manager to make an agreement with Trail Life USA to work with the Town to transport and redeem the 5 cent redeemable bottles for 50% of the proceeds. The agreement came with conditions and may be revoked at anytime. 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 held a lock down drill on Thursday, Nov. 9 at 11:04 a.m.. The students were told earlier in the week by their…

Grand Tour of Great Britain-Oxford UK

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Today we explore the city of the British Inspectors: Morse, Lewis and Endeavour. After a very filling breakfast, we board a small coach and head out of London for Oxford. There are only five of us today: Jay and me, Gwen and Robin and our fearless leader Nick.

We meet our guide for the morning, Diana, at the Martyr's Memorial to begin our tour.


In 1553 when the Roman Catholic Queen Mary (Bloody Mary) came to the throne, Thomas Cranmer (Archbishop of Canterbury), Nicholas Ridley (Archbishop of London), and Hugh Latimer (Bishop of Worcester) were summoned to appear before a commission in the Church of St Mary the Virgin in Oxford to be examined for their alleged Protestant heresies.

Unable to admit to a belief in transubstantiation, they were all found guilty. Ridley and Latimer were burnt at the stake on 16 October 1555 in the ditch outside the city wall (which ran alongside St Michael at the Northgate Church).  See the photo below for the location.

Archbishop Cranmer, who had bee…