Weathersfield Weekly Blog, February 28, 2018

It's that time of year when neighbors gather to vote on our town budget. The annual meeting will be held on Saturday, March 3 at the school in Ascutney. The school board presents the school budget at 10 a.m. then there will be a lunch break followed by the select board presenting the town budget at 12:30 p.m.. These meetings are mostly question and answer sessions but they will help you make your decision on Tuesday, March 6 when we vote by Australian ballot at Martin Memorial Hall from 10 a.m.-7 p.m..

The ballot contains the names of people running for town office, the budgets, and articles to raise funds for various things in and around town. Your town report is the key to this whole next couple of weeks. Some people read it cover to cover, others just skim it. But we should all have our copies ready on Saturday to figure out how we should fund our school and town for the next fiscal year. After this celebration of citizen government, who wants to cook dinner. Let the volunteers of Ascutney Fire Department cook for you. Stop by Martin Memorial Hall for their annul turkey dinner with all the fixings. See you Saturday!

Weathersfield select board and town news: The town manager Ed Morris found a mistake in the town report-the municipal tax explanation that appears on page 70 is incorrect. The tax implications are correct, but the breakdown between General Fund and Highway are not. The revision, posted on the town website, states "the proposed budgets will not increase the general fund municipal tax rate over last year, that budget is actually going down by $15,710, however the highway will see a tax revenue increase of $64,240 or a 4.8% which means a $15 increase to the overall tax bill for a resident with a home valued at $100,000. If the voters choose to vote in the separate articles for reserves and social service funding this would be a $29 increase to the proposed budget above or a $44 increase to the overall tax bill for a house valued at $100,000; resulting in a 6.7 percent increase over last years total budget. The difference of $29 is allocated as follows: motorized fire apparatus reserve fund would add an additional $6.63, fire equipment and gear reserve $1.65, police cruiser $2.48, highway $16.57 and social service agencies $1.70. More information about the select board, the budget or the town contact town manager, Ed Morris, at 802-674-2626 or

Get Out and About Events

Town Meeting in Ascutney, Saturday, March 3 at the Weathersfield School. The school meeting is at 10 a.m. and the town meeting is at 12:30 p.m..

Turkey Dinner
in Ascutney, Saturday, March 3 at Martin Memorial Hall 5-7 p.m., hosted by the Ascutney Volunteer Fire Department. The event is being sponsored by Members Advantage Community Credit Union. Let AVFD cook for you. $10 per adult.

Town Voting by Australian Ballot in Ascutney, Tuesday, March 6 at Martin Memorial Hall. Polls are open from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Weathersfield Town Challenge in Ascutney, Saturday, March 10  at the Weathersfield School 7 p.m.. Teams compete for prizes and bragging rights. Six categories of questions, lots of laughs and a fundraiser for the Weathersfield Proctor Library. Refreshments served. Free. Call 802-674-5021 for more information. All are welcome. Get your team together now.

WS K-8 Panther Pride Awards Assemblies in Ascutney, Wednesday, March 14 1:30-2:20 p.m. and Thursday, June 7 1:30-2:20 p.m. in the school gym. These celebrations are open to the public.

WS Grade 8 Science Fair in Ascutney, Thursday March 15. The 8th grade science fair will be open to the public from 5-6 pm. The state competition will be held on Saturday, March 24, place and time to be announced at a later date.

Music and Performances

Briggs Opera House in WRJ. Alan Doyle April 27 8 p.m.

Inn at Weathersfield Live Music Fridays in Perkinsville 7-9 p.m.: March 2 Ali T.

Lebanon Opera House in Lebanon NH: NCCT Footloose March 2, 7:30 p.m., March 2, 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. and March 4, 4 p.m.; Saint Patrick's Comedy Gala march 17, 8 p.m.; Night Tree March 16, 7:30 p.m.;

Taverne on the Square in Claremont. SoulFix March 8, 6 p.m.; Maddi Ryan March 9, 7 p.m., SoulFix March 15, 6-9 p.m., Party Crashers March 16, 8-11 p.m., St. Patrick's Day March 17, Andrew Merzi march 22, 6-9 p.m., Jason Cann march 23, 7-10 p.m., Bob and Shane March 29 6-9 p.m.

The Engine Room in White River Junction, Fridays at 9 p.m.: March 2 Sirsy.

Windsor Station Live Music in Windsor. The Equalite March 2, 9:30 p.m., Dr. No March 3, 9:30 p.m., Jacob Green March 6 6 p.m., The John Sullivan Band March 9 9:30 p.m., Davey Davis march 13 6 p.m., Citizen Pine March 16 9 :30 p.m., Kenny Ebel March 20 6 p.m., Funkwagon March 30 9:30 p.m., Fu'Chunk march 31 9:30 p.m..

Ongoing Events

Low cost spay/neuter clinics in Springfield. Springfield Humane Society is hosting low cost spay/neuter clinics in 2018: April 10, May 8, June 5, July 10, Aug. 7, Sept. 11, Oct. 9, Nov. 6, Nov. 27 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.

Online Survey About Children: Do you have children ages 0-6 living in your household? Do you live in one of these Windsor county towns: Weathersfield, Windsor, West Windsor, or Hartland? If yes, Mt. Ascutney Hospital and Health Center invites you to take an online survey Ascutney Mountain Promise Community Survey: Kindergarten Readiness for All Families. The survey is short and should take about 5-7 minutes to complete. Please click here or paste this url into your browser: The survey will be open until March 16th.

Senior Exercise Program in Ascutney: Free. Sponsored by RSVP. 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.

Twin State Depression Support Group in Weathersfield. Free peer-led Depression Support Groups to all, the 3rd Wednesday of each month, 6:30 pm, 5259 Route 5, Ascutney, VT (Martin Memorial Hall - downstairs) and the 4th Wednesday of each month, 6:30 pm, 7 Morgan Street, Springfield, VT (Turning Point) Both venues are accessible. or on facebook: More information call 802-795-0098

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.

Weathersfield Historical Society Fundraiser in Perkinsville. "Round the World" queen size quilt handmade by Weathersfield resident Carolyn Van Tassel. On display at the Inn at Weathersfield, selling for $1200, money benefits the Weathersfield Historical Society. If interested in purchasing or have more questions call Maureen Bogosian at 603-252-0936.

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

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