Weathersfield Weekly Blog, October 24

We had our first snow this past week. Not sure everyone saw it but those of us in the higher elevations woke to see the ground covered on Thursday. Some are giddy with excitement for winter; others are packing and getting ready to fly south. Which group do you fall into? Another sign that fall/winter is here, our second tax installment is due on Nov. 7, the day after we vote in the mid-term elections.

Heads-up the intersection of Vermont Route 106 and Vermont Route 131 in Downer’s Four Corners will become a four-way stop. The Vermont Agency of Transportation (VTrans) will begin work the week of Oct. 22 to alter this intersection from a two-way stop to a four-way stop. The conversion is anticipated to be completed within a week.

Adventures and Assignments

Senior class photos have been keeping me busy these last couple of weeks. In between I've attended a couple of events.

This past weekend the Yoh Theatre players opened their 2018-2019 season with a performance of Sarah Ruhl’s remake of the Greek tragedy “Eurydice.” The three-movement play was performed without intermission and ran about eighty minutes. For the first time there were more players behind the scenes supporting the seven actors on stage. In typical Yoh Player fashion the talent of these young actors was off the charts.

2nd Annual Rusty Beerings Skatepark Day in Lebanon NH. The park is so cool and get lots of use. The fundraising continues and hopes to bring lights to the park for the summer of 2019. I've photographed the transformation of the old park into this new skate area and it is quite amazing.

News You Can Use  

Weathersfield select board and town news: The select board had a full house on Monday, night Oct. 15. Many in the audience were there to hear the decision on the proposal to move towards a municipal fire department. West Weathersfield Volunteer Fire Department members had voted earlier in the year to follow the John Woods report and form a municipal fire department. Ascutney Volunteer Fire Department members had voted to continue service through a fire contract with the town. After a lot of questions were taken then select board voted unanimously to move towards a municipal fire department with a fulltime fire chief hired from outside of town. In other select board news, town manager Ed Morris gave a demonstration of the new GIS program that is live on the town website( More information about the select board and the town contact Town Manager, Ed Morris, at 802-674-2626 or

Weathersfield Town Clerk news: Early voting is now open. You can vote anytime the town clerk’s office is open between now and Monday, Nov. 5. Of note on the ballot, one page 2 there are only Democrats listed for Justices of the Peace. The Progressives and Republicans did not get their candidate names to the town clerk in time to be on the ballot. It’s believed that both parties will be running write-in votes with candidates stationed outside the polling place-Martin Memorial Hall on Tuesday Nov.6.

Weathersfield School news: The school announced a Craft Fair on Saturday, Nov. 3, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. in the All-Purpose Room. Vendors are still needed contact Crystal Pudvah 802-674-6138. For more information about the event please contact Wendy Allen, PTA President. The Student Council announced its Halloween Dance Friday, Oct. 26 6-8 p.m. for all 5th through 8th grade students. Admission is free. Snacks, beverages, chaperones and a DJ will be provided. Students may wear costumes that follow the school dress code and do not show blood and gore. Costumes are not required. Doors open at 5:45p.m.. Students can be picked up promptly at 8 p.m.. Questions can be addressed to Mr. Herbert, Student Council Advisor at For more information school news, please call the school at 674-5400.

Weathersfield Proctor Library news: On Saturday, Nov. 10 at 3 p.m. the library will host “Practical Geometry in Historic Architecture” a talk by Jane Radocchia, architect and historian, on methods used for laying out frames of building before the advent of tape measures and laser distance meters. More information about the Friends or the library contact Mark at 802-674-2863.

Get Out and About Events

3rd Annual Trunk or Treat in Perkinsville Saturday, Oct. 27 4:30-6:30 p.m. at Hoisington Field/1879 Schoolhouse. A safe trick-or-treat adventure for kids of all ages. Decorate yourself and your car. For more info. Call 802-674-2863.

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. 26 Josh Hall.
Closed for "Stick Season" Oct. 28-Nov. 15.

The Engine Room in WRJ. 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. Nov. 10 The Logger and the Fiddler, Nov. 11 Lucinda Williams, Moondance Feb. 1, 2019.

Taverne on the Square in Claremont, NH. 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. 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. 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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