Weathersfield Weekly Blog Sept. 27

This last week of September will be a very busy week for me. Five concerts to attend and photograph and the 26th Annual Vermont 50 Mountain Bike or Ultra-Run at Mount Ascutney on the weekend. This will be my 26th time volunteering at the race. The best part is the Kids FREE fun rides and runs on Saturday afternoon. Seeing these young ones run or pedaling as fast as their legs will go is always a great time. The weekend benefits Vermont Adaptive Ski and Sports, an organization that I've been involved with since 1987. Fingers crossed for great weather.

Assignments and Adventures

I attended a Veterans Guitar Jam 2 at the Veterans Center on Prospect Street in White River Junction, Vermont. These guys are great.

More photos: CLICK HERE

On Saturday I covered The Brave Challenge for the Vermont Standard. It was like a Spartan Race for every body. The event was the brain-child of Cody TanCreti and Jeff Thomas and it was a blast.

On Sunday, The Ascutney Outdoors Center officially opened. The board of directors had a five year plan but the project was completed in eighteen months. The Center plans to host four seasons of recreation and community events in Brownsville, Vermont.

News You Can Use

Weathersfield select board and town news: The select board met Monday, Sept. 17 at Martin Memorial Hall. The town manager presented a report outlining a scenario of the town moving to a Municipal Fire Department. The report outlined the following: transitioning with volunteer firefighters then change to paid on-call personnel; move to a full-time salaried fire chief at a cost of $111,221; to get rid of two engines and one small response vehicle; and to purchase a 2000+gallon tanker with a 750 gpm pump. The town manger with be collecting questions and comments that will be addressed at the next meeting in October. Also discussed at the meeting was the cost of fixing the Cady Hill Road intersection with the Weathersfield Center Road. The estimated cost of making this intersection safe and compliant with the Act 64 Stormwater permit is $413,000, not including the cost of tree removals and additional right-of-way width. Alternatives include discontinuing the road or reclassifying it to a Class IV or a trail. More information about the select board and the town contact Town Manager, Ed Morris, at 802-674-2626 or

Weathersfield School news: The school announced the Springfield Lions Club will come to Weathersfield School on Oct. 9. for vision screening using the Welch Allyn Spot Vision Screener. All students in K-8 will be screened. The school is also looking for volunteers for the Four Winds Nature program. Please contact please contact Amy Hill,, 802-885-8007.For more information about the school call 674-5400.

Weathersfield Proctor Library news: The Friends of Weathersfield Proctor Library announced their upcoming events: Book and Bake Sale Saturday, Oct. 6 9 a.m.-1 p.m.; Trunk-or-Treat Saturday Oct. 27 4:30-6:30 p.m. at Hoisington Field; Thomas Fontaine of Perkinsville, an author of several books written for young people about a young man from Grafton who enlisted in the Civil War cosponsored with the Historical Society on Sunday, Nov. 4 2 p.m. . More information about the Friends or the library contact Mark at 802-674-2863.

Get Out and About Events

11th Annual Vermont 50 Kids Free Fun Runs and Mountain Bike Rides Saturday, September 29 at Ascutney Trails on Ascutney Mountain, Ski Tow RD, West Windsor, Vt.. The races are open to children 14 years old and younger. There is no charge to participate. Walk-up registration is available Sept. 29 from noon-1 p.m. The one (1) or two (2) mile mountain bike rides start at 2 p.m. and are limited to 25 children each. All mountain bike riders must wear a helmet. The 1/2, 1 or 3 mile runs start at 3:30 p.m. Race bib pick-up is from noon until 1 p.m. on Sept. 29. There is also the 6th Annual Hay Bale Treasure Hunt for toddlers to 10 year olds and FREE face painting and balloon creations by Cheryl the Clown. Visit for more information or to register your child online (saves time in line on Saturday, Sept. 29 or call 603-381-9993. The Vermont 50 is a major fundraiser for Vermont Adaptive Ski and Sports-Sports for Every Body.

Music and Performances

Briggs Opera House in White River Junction. Larry Campbell and Teresa Williams Nov. 3 8 p.m. (rescheduled from April 21), Mary Gauthier Nov. 8 7:30 p.m..

Inn at Weathersfield Live Music Fridays in Perkinsville 7-9 p.m.. Erik Boedtker Sept. 28.

The Engine Room in WRJ. Bow Thayer presents "Choirs of Aether" Oct. 13 9 p.m..

Lebanon Opera House in Lebanon NH. Performances are at 7:30 p.m. unless otherwise noted. Coig Sept. 28, Paula Poundstone Sept. 30, Sara Evans Oct. 11, Youssre El Hawary Oct. 12, The Logger and the Fiddler Nov. 10.

Taverne on the Square in Claremont, NH. Diamond Special 9 p.m. Best Not Broken 7 p.m. Sept. 28.

Windsor Station Live Music in Windsor. Supply and Demand 9 p.m. Sept. 28, Jack In the Pulpit 9 p.m. Sept. 29.

Ongoing Events

Low cost spay/neuter clinics in Springfield. Springfield Humane Society is hosting low cost spay/neuter clinics in 2018: 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.

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

Weathersfield Parks and Recreation Hikes: Ferry Road and the Connecticut River; Saturday, Oct. 6 8 a.m. Ascutney Mountain; Saturday, Oct. 20 9:30 a.m. Cooks Pond Road; and Saturday Oct. 27 9:30 a.m. Perkinsville Lower Valley. Call Steve to sign up for a hike or to get more information at 802-263-5439 or email

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