Be Smart, Stay Safe in Weathersfield Vermont June 22

Loon preening on Grafton Pond in Grafton NH.

I've been out kayaking a lot the last few weeks; photos from my adventures are posted on my website:

Vermont COVID-19 Updates

Tune in Mondays ,Wednesdays and Fridays at 11 am on WCAX for the Governor's COVID-19 updates.

COVID-19 Modeling for Vermont
Department of Financial Regulation has a whole resource center for COVID-19 Updates and Modeling.

ACCD Guidelines for Businesses
Re-opening businesses must follow the guidelines set forth by the Vermont State Agency of Commerce and Community Development-- guidance from the Agency of Commerce and Community Development.

COVID-19 cases in Vermont by county as of 6/18/2020: 12 new cases.
COVID-19 pop-up testing facilities for anyone who wants to be tested but you must reserve a spot-

Watch for symptoms

People with COVID-19 have had a wide range of symptoms reported – ranging from mild symptoms to severe illness.

Symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure to the virus. People with these symptoms may have COVID-19:
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Fever
  • Chills
  • Muscle pain
  • Sore throat
  • New loss of taste or smell
This list is not all possible symptoms. Other less common symptoms have been reported, including gastrointestinal symptoms like nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea.

SARS-CoV-2-the virus that causes COVID-19,  isn't done with us yet. Please continue to wear facial coverings when in public and stay 6 feet apart for physical distancing. People around Weathersfield have been observed NOT wearing masks and NOT physical distancing.  

Do the right thing and protect others from yourself. Even if you don't feel ill, you may still have the virus and you are highly contagious up to two day before you show symptoms!

You are NOT Alone, Please Reach Out!

In either VT or NH dial 211

To access a 24-hour Crisis Text Line people can text VT to 741741

This is a stressful time for everyone. Don't go it alone.
Health Care and Rehabilitation Services 24-hour crisis hotline 1-800-622-4235

HCRS Warm Line for people struggling with COVID-19 related stress and anxiety 1-800-917-1622

Headrest local crisis line 603-448-4400 and Suicide Hotline 1-800-273-8255

Also check out Upper Valley Strong

Be Smart, Stay Safe friends and neighbors.
Remember to call or check in on your elderly neighbors, bring them some cheer from a proper physical distance.

Weathersfield Hikes are Back!

The 8th Annual Weathersfield Hikes have been announced. They are being held under the auspices of Weathersfield Parks and Recreation. Well-behaved dogs are welcome. They expect a range of hiking speeds and abilities.

Are you new to hiking?
Wear footwear that is broken in and appropriate for our uneven trails. Hikers join at their own risk.

Feel free to call Steve, organizer, at 263-5439 or
Experienced hikers are also encouraged to ask questions or comment freely. 

COVID-19 Precautions
Please observe COVID-19 precautions: physical distancing, wearing masks etc.. If you don't feel well, please stay home.

Reserve Your Spot on the Hikes
Contact Steve Aikenheadat 263-5439 or to reserve your spot on the hikes.

The Hikes

Birding, Late May or early June:
Marianne Walsh is happy to lead a bird walk from Dana’s farm on the upper section of Bowen Hill Rd to the wetlands on the Springfield/Weathersfield town line on Skyline Drive. The walk would be during a weekday and would have to be early (6 AM would be best). Marianne walks this section a few times a week in spring, summer and fall.
If interested, contact Marianne at 802-885-9420 or

The following are Steve's descriptions of the hikes.

Not confirmed but maybe Sunday, June 27 , 2:00 PM : Old Roads in Weathersfield Bow

Jeff Pelton would lead our first hike. His description: “Park at the Baptist Church parking lot in Weathersfield Bow. We'll walk north to the old Lyman Tavern, later the Danforth Tavern, thence west along Old Bow Road, thence south along the backside of the pond to the Old Springfield Road. We follow the OSR until we're cut off by the Interstate and then retrace our steps back. At some point we will bear off on a logging road and loop back to the village. As this is a Historical Society walk, your "side-hill cronchers" will have to bear some historical blather here and there – Jeff” (Respond to me – Steve – so I can let you know if this becomes a certain event.) 

Saturday, July 11, 9:00 AM: Cathedral Rocks 

This hike is on wood roads. Its length has not been calculated, but it descends to the River Road (Route 10) from Stokes Road, which is just short of Wellwood Orchard. We will spot cars at the end of the hike for a ride back to Stokes. There is a nice view near the top of the descent. The rocks are very big. Two hours?

Saturday, July 18 9:00 AM: The Ancient Hemlocks

This route – notice I don’t say “trail” – is over fields and through the woods, up and down a logging road and over a rivulet or brook, including the headwaters of Mill Brook. You won’t have to remove footwear. There is some awkward footing.The last half mile is up Little Canada Road, past the 1791 John Warner house. If Dave Noake, the owner, is home, he enjoys giving a tour. The trees are about 500 years old. Your guide will use instinct to find his way through one section – he’s confident, despite an occasional debacle. Total distance 2 ½ miles?

Saturday, August 1, 9:00 AM: A Felchville Forest Walk 

Marianne Walsh leads this hike through beautiful forest on well-maintained logging roads. The distance is about 3.5 miles on moderate terrain. There is a nice view of Ascutney Mountain, but the main attraction is the forest. The previous owner, Fred Hunt, now deceased, was and is famous locally for this forest. The current owners welcome walkers. The location is off Tyson Road, and the property borders the Knapp Brook Wildlife Management Area.

Saturday, August 15, 9:00 AM: Little Ascutney

We will walk up to the ledges – very nice view – on a trail that in part is strenuous. There is first a long steady climb, then a steep ascent, and then a steady climb. We will have gone from the parking lot at 900 feet to the summit of Little Ascutney at 1,709 feet. The hike probably will take over two hours. It feels like 2 miles up. 

Saturday, August 29, meet at Downers’ at 9:00 AM: Mt. Tom 

Don’t tell Mt. Tom, but this is a hill, not a mountain. The climb is 907’ to reach the summit at 1,357’. That climb, a little steep at first, is on a smooth carriage trail all the way up, passing the Pogue (Scottish for pond) on the way. The view of Woodstock in the valley below and of the surrounding area is lovely. Round trip of 4.6 miles. 

Saturday, September 5, 9:00 AM: “Up on the Hill” on conserved land near Charlestown

Marianne Walsh has been here and expects to join us. We will walk on trails by a river, though a forest and through meadows, and up the hill to a view of Ascutney. After looking at the map on the website, my guess is that we’ll do up to 3 miles of walking. I searched “Up on the Hill UVLT” and went to the website. 

Sunday, September 20, 5:00 PM: Ferry Road and the Connecticut River 

This generally level route with one steep descent heads down shaded Ferry Road and into Skyline Nursery. Soon it follows the river, sometimes with views. At one point the remains of the huge Consul Jarvis sheep barn can be glimpsed. The total length is about 2 miles. Carol Orth is the leader.

September date to be announced, 8:30 AM: Windmill Hill, the Pinnacle

Rated as a moderate climb because of some uphill and some rocks to step over, this well-maintained loop of 3.8 miles goes through a forest to an excellent view at the top. There are informational markers along the way. The car ride from Ascutney Park and Ride will take about 40 minutes. 

Saturday, October 10, 9:30 AM: Cooks Pond Loop

This is a route on wooded dirt roads more than on trail. There is a lovely framed view of Mt. Ascutney from the south end of Cooks Pond. Other mountain views occur at later points. Difficulty: easy to moderate, with one long incline and a shorter one. Distance: almost 3 miles. 

Saturday, October 17, 8:00 AM: Ascutney Mountain 

We will go to the fire tower and the Brownsville Overlook. We will go up the Weathersfield Trail, but people wanting a less strenuous hike (.7 miles up) could drive up and meet us at the top, we hope. I might join that shorter climb. We leave early because parking later is a problem.   

Online Classes are Going LIVE

Within Reach Yoga

Weathersfield resident, Lisa Gleeson is hosting outdoor yoga classes under the trees at the Weathersfield Center Church on Tuesdays and Saturdays at the Weathersfield Meeting House/Church:

Vinyasa Flow
Tuesdays, 5:30-6:30 pm

Slow Flow, Rest + Restore
Saturdays, 9:00-10:00 am 

To stay in the loop for classes and locations, for questions, to register, or to subscribe to our newsletter, please email lisa@withinreachyoga.comFollow her on facebook for class updates.

Want to Learn to Belly Dance-FREE Classes Offered This Week.

FREE Zoom and Live Outdoor Classes for Beginners are being offered by Gina Caposella of Gina Dances.

SIGN-UP to reserve your spot and to receive the ZOOM links.

People of all shapes, sizes, ages and ability levels welcome and encouraged.
This summer you can learn from the comfort and privacy of your own home or in person.
No special clothing required. And no – you don’t have to show any skin.
Bring your favorite libation and get ready to giggle and to get some fun exercise.

Monday, June 22, 6:00-7:00 on ZOOM 
This is great if you are at a distance (geographically) or prefer not to be in groups, even physically distanced groups like this class plans to be.
Sign-up to get ZOOM link.
This class will be ongoing.

Outdoor Classes-Weather Permitting

For in-person classes (outdoors!) bring bug spray (just in case) and bring sandals or light sneakers.

Classes will be taught in a private, shaded, outdoor location. As per VT and NH official mandates, masks are optional during group exercise. Students will be physically distanced during the class.
In case of rain, classes will be on Zoom.

Tuesday, June 23, 7:15-8:15 pm in WILDER at Kilowatt North Park
321 Gillette Street, Wilder. Click here for map 
Students will be 6+ feet socially distanced as per VT guidance.
Sponsored by Hartford Parks and Recreation.
This class will be ongoing.

Thursday, June 25, 5:45-6:45 pm in HANOVERSachem Fields
Meet at the end of the parking lot right next to the Campion Skating Rink at Sachem Fields in Hanover.  Click here for map
Students will be 8-10 feet socially distanced as per NH guidance.
Co-sponsored by Hanover Recreation.
This class will be ongoing.

Saturday, June 27, 11 am – noon in LEBANON-CCBA Pavillion
(the Carter Witherell Center, drive behind the building), 1 Taylor Street, Lebanon, NH. Click here for map  Sponsored by Lebanon Recreation and Parks. This class is not ongoing, just a come and try dancing class.

More information contact Gina at (802) 282-2149 or email her at

Some classes are still Online

Make Music at home with babies, toddlers and pre-schoolers!

Register now for Music Together Online with the Upper Valley Music Center!

With Music Together Online, the teachers from Upper Valley Music Center will bring music class to your living room. The program is designed to teach the way young children learn: through play! Classes are limited in size so that you can participate and get to know your teacher! 

The 8-week online class for ages 0-5 with parents will include a weekly live class via Zoom , videos released throughout the week with UVMC teachers, and beautifully illustrated books and recorded music to keep the music making going all week!

Classes start Monday, June 29. Learn all about the Music Together Online class, schedule, and teachers, and register online at

Restaurants are Cautiously Re-Opening Indoor and Outdoor Dining-Call for Reservations.

Check to see if your favorite restaurant is open for outdoor and/or indoor dining. Most are requiring reservations so call ahead for their guidelines and business hours.

Local favorites are re-opening for outside and limited inside dining.
Exit Ate reopened June 11 at 7 AM

Inn at Weathersfield-outside dining, call for a reservation 802-263-9217

Springfield Diner-seating inside/outside daily 7-2. Closed on Monday's until further notice. Ice cream shop opened June 11, Thursday-Sunday 1-7pm. Please use ice cream shop entrance for ice cream.

Villagers Ice Cream Hours 12:00 PM - 8:30 PM except Monday

The Hanover Chamber put together this list of Curbside Restaurants:

Food Assistance

Ascutney Union Church Food Cupboard in Ascutney 5243 Route 5 Saturdays 9-10 a.m. call 802-674-2484. 

Weathersfield Food Shelf in Perkinsville. The 2nd and 4th Thursdays of each month from 2-4 p.m. WFS is located in the 1879 Schoolhouse at 1862 Route 106 in Perkinsville. Donations of non-perishable food are always welcomed and may be dropped off at the facility during open hours or placed in the collection box at Martin Memorial Hall. For more information, call 802-263-5584 or email 

Hartland Food shelf in Hartland. 4 Corners UU Church Fridays 8-10 a.m.
Reading-West Windsor Food Shelf in Reading. Mondays 2-4 p.m. and Thursday 4-6 p.m. Stone School 3456 Tyson Rd, Reading.

Low Cost Spay and Neuter Clinic for Cats and Rabbits only on July 7th

Springfield Human Society is hosting their annual Spay and Neuter Clinic. on Tuesday July 7. Sign ups are starting NOW, so do not delay, call today.
To sign up, please call 802-885-3997 with a debit/credit card to pre-pay for your spot. Cash payments are accepted, by appointment only. Please call to set up a time! Pricing is as follows:
Males: $50
Females: $60
Rabbits: $80
Rabies: $10 (required unless proof of current vaccine)
Distemper: $10 (optional, but highly recommended)
Microchip with registration: $25 (must have valid email address)

The clinic is located at the shelter, in our community room! You will receive drop off and pick up instructions upon signing up. We are taking extra precautions currently to keep everyone safe during the covid-19 virus.

-All pets attending clinics MUST be in SECURE cat carriers. Please refrain from using cardboard carriers or mesh, collapsing carriers, as these tend to be less effective.
-All carriers should have a blanket or a towel inside the carrier.

We'll get through this together. We're all connected.


Nancy Nutile-McMenemy is an Upper Valley freelance photographer and writer who loves to attend concerts and local events in and around Weathersfield and the Upper Valley.

If you have anything you think I should post during our Stay At Home Time drop me an email:

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