Be Smart, Be Safe in Weathersfield Vermont August 17

Loon on Knapp Pond

Paddle Report

I made my first solo paddle at Knapp Pond #2 in Cavendish/Weathersfield August 11.

Great paddle and I'll definitely keep returning to this pond.

Gale Meadows, South Londonderry VT August 13. It was more crowded than I thought it would be but I guess with all the ski area second homes I shouldn't have been surprised to see all the out-of-state plates in the parking lot.

I headed back to our local pond on August 14 for a solo paddle to Knapp Pond #1. It's about 10 acres smaller than #2 but equally as peaceful. 

They are so close, you could do both Knapp Ponds easily; start at #2, the upstream pond then drive down to the #1 and paddle that one before heading home.

Harvest Time

On Thursday and again on Sunday I've been freezing some of our Reliance peach tree peaches. We are racing to harvest to beat the local critters who also really enjoy a good peach.

Last year I posted a recipe on how to freeze peaches-you can view that information HERE. The process will take over your kitchen but only for an hour or so and you'll have yummy peaches to eat in the LONG winter months.


-Public Hearing Tonight Aug. 17-Perkinsville School ADA Ramp Project

The Town of Weathersfield received $40,000 from the State of Vermont for a grant under the Vermont Community Development Program. A public hearing will be held on August 17, 2020 at 7:00 p.m., to furnish information concerning the range of community development activities that have been undertaken under this program, and to give affected citizens the opportunity to examine a statement of the use of these funds.

The VCDP Funds received have been used to accomplish the following activities: Construction of an accessibility ramp to the Perkinsville Schoolhouse that is complaint with the Americans Disability Act (ADA) Standards.

Due to the COVID-19 Pandemic public safety measures issued by executive order of the Governor of Vermont regarding Suspending Certain Provisions of the Open Meeting Law and limitation on the number of people that may gather in one place, this public meeting will be conducted via remote participation to the greatest extent possible. See for more information on the Governor’s executive order.

To participate, members of the public may call in at the scheduled time of the meeting by using Phone Number: 646-749-3122 and Access Code: 837-211-861. Those who wish to watch the meeting may do so via TV at Comcast Channel “1087” and VTEL Channel “161” or online through “GoToMeeting: Live/ Real-time” at the scheduled meeting time. Specific information and the general guidelines for “GoToMeeting” remote participation on-line instructions can be found on the Weathersfield website by searching the website for “Guidance to Remote Meetings”. Information on this project may be obtained from and viewed by appointment by contacting Brandon Gulnick, at or by calling 802-674-2626. Should you require any special accommodations to view information or to participate, please detail that information when you contact Brandon Gulnick to ensure appropriate arrangements are made. For the hearing impaired please call (TTY) #1-800-253-0191.

Vermont COVID-19 Updates

For more information on:
COVID-19 health information, guidance and case data, visit
The Governor’s actions, visit
The state’s modeling, visit
Updated travel map August 14,2020

Vermont Residents
Vermonters may travel outside of Vermont to counties across the Northeast including New England; New York; Pennsylvania; Ohio; New Jersey; Delaware; Maryland; Washington, D.C.; Virginia; and West Virginia that have a similar active COVID-19 caseload to Vermont (defined as less than 400 active cases per million) and return without quarantining if they do so in a personal vehicle.
Vermonters must remember to follow any travel restrictions and quarantine requirements for the states they plan to visit.

If they travel to a quarantine county or outside of the Northeast (including New England; New York; Pennsylvania; Ohio; New Jersey; Delaware; Maryland; Washington, D.C.; Virginia; and West Virginia), Vermonters will be required to quarantine in Vermont upon return
Non-Vermont Residents
Residents of other states who live in counties across the Northeast including New England; New York; Pennsylvania; Ohio; New Jersey; Delaware; Maryland; Washington, D.C.; Virginia; and West Virginia that have a similar active COVID-19 caseload to Vermont (defined as less than 400 active cases per million) may enter the state for leisure travel without quarantining if they do so in a personal vehicle.

Residents of other states who live in a quarantine county or are from any other state outside of the Northeast (including New England; New York; Pennsylvania; Ohio; New Jersey; Delaware; Maryland; Washington, D.C.; Virginia; and West Virginia), must follow quarantine guidelines:
  • Travelers arriving to Vermont in a personal vehicle, may complete either a 14-day quarantine or a 7-day quarantine followed by a negative test in their home state and enter Vermont without further quarantine restrictions.
  • Travelers arriving to Vermont via public transportation (plane, train, bus) or from further than a direct car ride would allow may complete either a 14-day quarantine or a 7-day quarantine followed by a negative test in a Vermont lodging establishment or with friends and family (travelers must stay in their quarantine location for the duration of quarantine other than to travel to and from a test site).
Read more about quarantining at the Vermont Department of Health website.

All out of state travelers utilizing lodging, camping and short-term rental properties in Vermont must sign and complete a Certificate of Compliance or affirm a compliance statement via a digital check box at the time of reservation and check-in to attest that they meet the quarantine requirement, have traveled from a county with similar active COVID-19 caseload per the Vermont Agency of Commerce and Community Development, or are an essential/authorized worker.

All out of state travelers are strongly encouraged to register with Sara Alert upon arrival to Vermont to get two weeks of daily reminders to check for common symptoms of COVID-19.
Essential Travel

Authorized Work Exemption
The State of Vermont currently allows those traveling to or from Vermont for authorized work, whether they are a Vermonter or a non-resident traveler, to enter Vermont without quarantining when:
Traveling to conduct authorized work; and

If the individual has not been in contact with someone with COVID-19 in the past 24 hours, has not experienced COVID-19-like symptoms in the past 24 hours including a fever a fever above 100.4 F, chills, muscle pain, sore throat, headache or new loss of taste or smell.

You are NOT Alone, Please Reach Out!

We're all stressed out and are wondering about the future. Don't go it alone.
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.

Town of Weathersfield Updates

Select Board meets Tonight 7 p.m.

Phone Number: (646) 749-3122| Access Code: 837-211-861

Pursuant to Governor Phil Scotts March 30, 2020 Order Suspending Certain Provisions of the Open Meeting Law, See H.681, and the Governor’s March 21, 2020 order imposing strict limitation on the number of people that may gather in one place, this meeting of the Weathersfield Selectboard will be conducted via remote participation to the greatest extent possible.

Specific information and the general guidelines for remote participation by members of the public and/or parties with a right and/or requirement to attend this meeting can be found on the Weathersfield website, at

For this meeting, members of the public who wish to watch the meeting may do so in the following manner:

Comcast Channel “1087” and VTEL Channel “161” on Wednesday at 7:00PM

GoToMeeting: “Live/ Real-time” – August 17, 2020 | 7:00PM – Wednesday Afternoon

In-person attendance is permitted, but every effort will be made to ensure that the public can adequately access the proceedings in real-time, via technological means.

In the event that we are unable to do so, despite our best efforts, we will post on the Weathersfield website an audio or video recording, transcript or other comprehensive record of proceedings as soon as possible after the meeting.

1. Call to Order

2. Public Hearing – VCDP Grant

3. Comments from Selectboard/ Town Manager and Citizens on Topics not on the Agenda

4. Review Minutes from Previous Meeting (s) 8.3.2020

5. Town Manager Report

6. Vote to move the September 7th Selectboard Meeting to September 8th

7. Discussion Year-End Fund Balances

8. Tax Collectors Report on 2014 Purchase & Sale Agreement

9. Discussion & Possible Action on a Special Town Meeting Date

10. Water Operator Update

11. Appointments:
a. Budget Committee
b. Connecticut River Joint Commission
c. CRJC Mt Ascutney Subcommittee
d. Fence Viewer
e. Parks and Recreation Commission
f. Selectmen Representative to Schoolboard
g. Southern Windsor County Transportation Advisory Committee
h. Southern Windsor/Windham Counties Solid Waste Management District
i. Tree Warden

12. Approve Warrants

13. Any other business

14. Adjourn

School Updates

Remote-Only Option Parent Information Session

Monday, August 17, 2020 6:00-7:00 pm 

Google Meet:

Join by phone (US) +1 385-393-5297 PIN: 479 044 773#

From the Principal's Update Aug. 14

1. Students CAN bring backpacks to school. The school is NOT using cubbies in Phase 2, but children can keep their backpacks at their desks. If you need a backpack, please let BJ they have a few extra in the building. They are asking that children come to school with very little, including no toys or items from home. A backpack and a jacket should do it. This is for safety and reducing the possibility of cross contamination. Much of the time at school will be learning outside, so rain jackets, sweaters, and things of that nature will work.

2. 65% of our families are willing to transport their children to in person school. This means they are able to downsize to three buses and bus times and stops will be changing. BJ is working with the bus company to make sure the changes match what families have indicated on the survey. BJ will get that information out the week of August 31, 2020. There will be bus monitors on each bus. Students will be asked two questions and have their temperature taken before they can board the bus, (Have you been near a COVID 19 positive person recently? Do you have COVID 19 symptoms? We will use simpler language for the little ones, of course.) 

There is a WSESU COVID 19 Handbook and a WS COVID 19 Newsletter that explains all of this and more. The school will get this out to families when they are ready. 

3. The school is asking parents transporting their children to school to drop students off in the front circle between 8:00 and 8:15 am. 
  • Please stay in your cars with the children.
  • There will be a team of about 10 adults asking the 2 required questions and taking temperatures. 
  • A school employee will then direct the students on which door they should be using as their daily entrance and exit. The doors will be marked, as well, and an adult will be at the door welcoming students each and every morning and making sure their hands are sanitized before entering. 
  •  The school is asking the buses to arrive between 8:20 and 8:25 for drop off to start the day. 
  •  In phase 2, school will be dismissed at 12:25. 
  •  The buses will be lined up and ready to board children at this time. 
  •  The school anticipates that it will take about 7 minutes. 
  •  At 12:35, parents may drive up to the circle and they will call children over the top to come to the cars in the order their parents line up. 
  •  Teachers will try to make sure ALL students are ready and waiting for their name to be called at 12:35 pm promptly so we can expedite this process. 
  • Te school is asking parents to have ALL students picked up by 12:45 pm.  
4. Don't worry about buying school supplies, the school has that covered. MAPP and RISE has created  Grab and Go bag of pencils, erasers, scissors, glues stuck, markers and so on. What they don't buy, the school will buy so every child attending school in person will have a Grab and Go bag. 

5. Parents can send kids with masks from home as long as they are clean. The school will have disposable masks for kids that do not come to school with masks (or for students who are wearing visibly dirty masks that need to be changed). 
Masks are required
 There will be several 15 minute mask breaks during in person school time, especially during outdoor sessions, recess and when eating.

6. The VT AOE requires safety drills monthly. The school wants all students to get comfortable and feel safe in school after they arrive on Sept. 8, so the first fire drill will occur the last week in September. Teachers will be talking with students about our school safety procedures the first few weeks of school in a calm, caring, proactive way, like they always do!

WS Parents' Night is Aug. 26 at 5:30 p.m.

School Board Meets Sept. 8

 Weathersfield School Board Meeting Subscribe to Alerts
5:30 PM - 9:00 PM
Weathersfield School, 135 Schoolhouse Rd, Ascutney, VT 05030, USA

FREE Breakfast and Lunch For ALL Sept. 8-18
After that date,  charges will apply, unless your family qualifies for free and reduced meals. Be sure to fill out the Free and Reduced Application on their website or call BJ Esty at 674-5400. This information is HIGHLY CONFIDENTIAL If you have selected the all remote option, you can still get food from the school. The process for ordering the food and information about pick-up is forthcoming

COVID-19 Updates From the Supervisory Union

Mask wearing for Children

Principal Oakman posted a "Social Story" about children and mask wearing. It can be viewed here:

Ongoing Things to Do In and Around Weathersfield

Weathersfield Hikes

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

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.

The Hikes

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.   

Within Reach Yoga Under the Trees 

Weathersfield resident, Lisa Gleeson is hosting outdoor yoga classes under the trees at the Weathersfield Meeting House/Church on Saturdays.
View from my mat

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

Email to register or with any questions.

COST: $12 drop-in or one punch for those who have purchased punch passes.

Please bring your own mat, props (blocks or blanket/towel) and practice social distancing guidelines.

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.

Learn to Meditate

Sundays, 11 am to Noon
Register before Sunday to get the link if you would like to be on the notification list. Or if you just want to try it once, email to request the zoom link.

Learn to Meditate Class and Dharma talk: For beginners and practitioners. 
This online open house is a great introduction to the Shambhala Buddhist teachings and an opportunity to connect with other practitioners. It features half an hour meditation practice with meditation instruction, followed by a talk by one of our senior teachers, and discussion period. Attendance is free and open to the public. A good class for both beginners and meditators.

If you would like to make a donation to the White River Shambhala Meditation Center for the online class, you can do so on this link to Paypal or by mailing a check to the White River Shambhala Center, PO Box 1254, WRJ, VT 05001.

ALL WELCOME. The class will be led by Shastri Donna Williams of the White River Shambhala Meditation Center.

Local Dining

Local favorites are re-opening for outside and limited inside dining.
Exit Ate is back at it with limited indoor seating (with AC) and outdoor seating. Greg is making homemade bread and potato chips and they now have a variety of salads for your quarantined BBQs: Potato Salad, Tuna Mac, Italian Pasta, and our delicious Cole Slaw.

Inn at Weathersfield-dine inside or outside Thursdays, fridays and Saturdays, call for a reservation 802-263-9217. They also offer a take away menu.

Springfield Diner-seating inside/outside daily 7 a.m.-2 p.m. Ice cream shop open Thursday-Sunday 1-7 pm. Please use ice cream shop entrance for ice cream. Daily specials.

Villagers Ice Cream Hours Noon-8:30 p.m. except Monday. 

The Hanover Chamber put together this list of Curbside Restaurants:

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.

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, Saturdays 10 a.m-2 p.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.

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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.

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