Weathersfield Weekly Blog, October 10

Columbus day is behind us and we're moving towards Halloween. The leaves are falling and need raking. The screens need to come off the windows to be store for next spring. Soon we'll be shoveling snow. YUK. I'm glad we've had a couple of days of warm weather to keep in our memories until next April or May. For me the best part about the colder weather is scarves! Yup, scarves-I love to wear them. So cheers for scarf weather and never mind the cold, damp, dark days ahead of us.

News You Can Use

Weathersfield select board and town news: At the select board meeting on Oct. 1, town manager Ed Morris announced that village center designation had been confirmed for both Ascutney and Perkinsville. This allows people within these two villages to apply for tax credits and grants to improve their properties. Discussion continued on the town moving towards a municipal fire department. Select board member John Arrison wanted input from the fire commission but town manager Morris said the decision needs to come from the select board. The formal board vote on whether to go with a municipal fire department will be made at the Oct. 15 meeting. The four select board members present: John Arrison, Daniel Boyer, Peter Cole and Tom Leach are all in favor of moving toward a municipal fire department. Board chair Kelly Murphy was absent from the meeting. More information about the select board and the town contact Town Manager, Ed Morris, at 802-674-2626 or

Weathersfield School news: The school has announced the formation of a Kindness Club. Students who want to help spread kindness around the school and our community will meet every Thursday morning from 7:35-7:50 a.m. (location in school will vary). Contact club advisors Emily Milligan and Michelle Smith for more information. The school's online newsletter has a challenge list to see if students can "spread kindness everywhere they go." In other school news, Governor Phil Scholl has proclaimed October as "National Principals Month." For more information school news, please call the school at 674-5400.

Weathersfield Proctor Library news: The third annual "Trunk or Treat" will take place on Saturday, Oct. 27 at Hoisington Field in Perkinsville. To host a trunk please call 802-674-2863. More information about the library and events contact Mark at 802-674-2863.

Assignments and Adventures

Rally for Bernie at the Woodstock Elementary School in Woodstock, Vt. on Saturday, Oct. 6. Senator Sanders was in Washington D.C. for the Brett Kavanaugh Supreme Court Judge confirmation vote but phoned in a message to the event attendees. Many other Democrat and Progressive candidates were in attendance.

Christine Hallquist, candidate for governor

Vermont Attorney General T.J. Donovan

Vermont Lieutenant Governor David Zuckerman

Congressman Peter Welch

More photos from the rally: CLICK HERE

The Lucy Mac 5K9 race, a trail run at Ascutney Trails to benefit the animal shelter in Brownsville, Vt. 

More photos from the 5K9: CLICK HERE

Get Out and About Events

Pasta and Politics in Hartland, Saturday Oct. 13 5 p.m. at Damon Hall. The Windsor County Democrats host their pasta dinner with invited guests including: Senators Patrick Leahy and Bernie Sanders, Congressman Peter Welch, Christine Hallquist-Candidate for Governor and more. Donation of $15 is suggested. Music by Stringfield Springers.

Vermont Open Studio Tour in Springfield Oct. 13 and 14 10 a.m.-5 p.m. at the Gallery at the VAULT on 68 Main St. can provide information for local studios. Photographer Jeffrey Spring who will be at VAULT on both days from 1 p.m.-3 p.m. Jeffrey’s experience in building sets for Universal Studios and numerous Broadway productions direct his images to be built into a supporting environment. Jeffrey explains that, “Like a theatrical presentation, careful balance of light, setting and elemental emphasis, all effect the way the work is observed and, as a result, can be repeatedly interpreted. Each piece is different in presentation and construction.” For more information call 802-324-9465.

Potluck Dinner and Speaker in Weathersfield, Saturday Oct. 20 at 6 p.m. at the Weathersfield Center Meeting House. Vermont Humanities council speaker Jill Mudgett will present "Hills of Home: Mountains and Identity in Vermont History." More details to follow.

General Election Voting in Ascutney Tuesday, Nov. 6 8 a.m.-7 p.m. at Martin Memorial Hall. Absentee ballots are available for pick up or can be mailed until Thursday, Nov. 1 at 5 p.m.. Contact the Town Clerk at 802-674-9500.

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.. Oct. 12 Johnny O., Oct. 19 Erik Boedtker, Oct. 26 Josh Hall. Closed for "Stick Season" Oct. 28-Nov. 15.

The Engine Room in WRJ. Oct. 12 Mal Maiz 9 p.m., Oct. 13 Bow Thayer presents "Choirs of Aether" 9 p.m., Oct. 19 Hip Hop Halloween 9 p.m., Oct. 20 Karaoke Night 8 p.m., Oct. 25 Halloween Party 6:30 p.m., Oct. 26 Brooks Hubbard Band 9 p.m., Nov. 1 Comedy Club 8 p.m., Nov. 3 Climbing Poe Tree 8 p.m., Nov. 10 Funk in the Trunk 8 p.m., Nov. 17 The Tricksters 9 p.m., Nov. 30 The Welterweights 9 p.m., Dec . 1 Fire and Ice 9 p.m., Dec . 6 Comedy Club 8 p.m., Dec. 7 The Conniption Fits 9 p.m., Dec. 14 The Shana Stack Band 9 p.m., Dec. 31 Brooks Hubbard Band 4 p.m..

Lebanon Opera House in Lebanon NH. Performances are at 7:30 p.m. unless otherwise noted. Oct. 11 Sara Evans, Oct. 12 Youssre El Hawary, Nov. 10 The Logger and the Fiddler, Nov. 11 Lucinda Williams, Moondance Feb. 1, 2019.

Taverne on the Square in Claremont, NH. Oct. 19 Mark and Deb Bond 8 p.m., Oct. 25 The Bears Trio 5:30 p.m., Oct. 26 Smoke and Mirrors 8 p.m., Nov. 2 Ryan Williams 6 p.m..

Windsor Station Live Music in Windsor. Oct. 11 The Stringfield Springers 7 p.m., Oct. 12 Derek and the Demons 9:30 p.m., Oct. 13 Jester Jigs 9:30 p.m., Oct. 16 Ethan Lawrence and Alex Kelly 6 p.m., Oct. 18 Never Too late 7 p.m., Oct. 19 Turner Round 9 p.m., Oct. 20 Dark Star Project 9 p.m., Oct. 25 Rose Hip Jam 7 p.m., Oct. 26 Maiden Voyage 10 p.m., Oct. 27 The Wheeler 9:30 p.m., Oct. 30 Zac Edington 6 p.m., Nov. 1 Still Hill 7 p.m., Nov. 2 Day of the Dead Costume Party 10 p.m., Nov. 3 The Equalites 9:30 p.m., Nov. 6 The Rough and Tumble 6 p.m., Nov. 9 JARV 10 p.m..

Ongoing Events

Low cost spay/neuter clinics in Springfield. Springfield Humane Society is hosting low cost spay/neuter clinics in 2018: 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: Saturday Oct. 20 Cooks Pond Road 9:30 a.m.; and Saturday Oct. 27 Perkinsville Lower Valley 9:30 a.m.. Call Steve to sign up for a hike or to get more information at 802-263-5439 or email

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