Be Smart, Be Safe in Weathersfield Vermont, March 1 Edition

Winter Trees by Sylvia Plath

The wet dawn inks are doing their blue dissolve.
On their blotter of fog the trees
Seem a botanical drawing.
Memories growing, ring on ring,
A series of weddings.

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News You Can Use

What is going on with the Weathersfield Select Board?

No agenda has been posted yet for this week's meeting.
The February 16th minutes ARE STILL NOT POSTED, well beyond the five days as required by the Open Meeting Law and the Feb. 1 minutes posted are actually minutes from the January 26 meeting. How can the board claim transparency when there is total lack of keeping the town residents informed?

Board Minutes
The Vermont Open Meeting LAW, not guidelines or suggestions, states:
Minutes of all public meetings shall be matters of public record, shall be kept by the clerk or secretary of the public body, and shall be available for inspection by any person and for purchase of copies at cost upon request after five calendar days from the date of any meeting.

Meeting minutes shall be posted no later than five calendar days from the date of the meeting to a website, if one exists, that the public body maintains or has designated as the official website of the body. Except for draft minutes that have been substituted with updated minutes, posted minutes shall not be removed from the website sooner than one year from the date of the meeting for which the minutes were taken.

Board Agenda
Is the board meeting on March 1, March 3 or 4th?
When are they reorganizing?
Where is the agenda for this week's meeting?   

If a private business was conducted in this manner someone would have been fired long ago. How can we vote to support our town budget when we have no idea what's in it because the minutes discussing the budget and other town business are not being posted in a timely manner?

Vermonters 65 and older can register for vaccine appointments starting TODAY Monday 3/1

Vermonters age 65 and older will be able to make an appointment on the Department of Health’s vaccine registration website or through Kinney Drugs or Walgreens websites, state officials said at a press conference Tuesday, Feb,23. They can also call the Department of Health to make an appointment, but officials recommend using the website if possible to reduce the demand for the phone lines.

Mike Smith, secretary of the Agency of Human Services, said Vermonters create an account on the Department of Health website right now, in advance of the registration process. Once registration opens on Monday, the people who are eligible can pick a time and place to receive their first dose of the vaccine.

Officials said about 42,000 Vermonters are between ages 65 and 69, the coming “age band” in the vaccine process.

The next group of people who will be eligible for the vaccine, Vermonters with underlying health conditions, should be able to register in the next few weeks, Smith said. That group will include roughly 75,000 people. He said those with health conditions should not contact their health provider at this point; the state will provide more information later on.

Gov. Phil Scott said the federal allocation to Vermont will continue to rise in the coming weeks, and the coming Johnson and Johnson vaccine could increase the vaccine supply even further.

To make an appointment online with the Health Department:

Create an account(link is external) (anyone can do this anytime!)
You may already have an account if you were tested for COVID-19 at a Health Department site.

Make an appointment(link is external) when your age group is eligible to get the vaccine.

Can't make an appointment online or need help with an online appointment? Contact our call center at 855-722-7878.
To speak with someone in a language other than English, call this number, and then press 1.
We can help with appointments with the Health Department or Kinney Drugs.

Call Center Hours:
Monday - Friday, 8:15 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Saturday and Sunday, 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Out-of-staters are crossing the border
to get vaccinated in Vermont

VT Digger is reporting that people form border states are getting vaccinated in Vermont. The article quotes Mt. Ascutney Hospital and Health Center in Windsor, chief medical officer Joseph Perras who said he was worried about a barrage of patients when he learned that New Hampshire wasn’t going to reciprocate Vermont’s inclusive policy.

Nearby Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center isn’t immunizing any Vermonters, even those who get their primary care there. The hospital’s website attributes the policy “to N.H. state allocation requirements.”

“We are unable to vaccinate residents from other states at this time,” the website reads. “There are no exceptions for patients who receive their health care in N.H., but live in other states.”

But according to Perras, so far, that surge he worried about hasn’t materialized, in part due to two large vaccination clinics across the river, in Claremont and Lebanon, New Hampshire. Those sites are close to Mt. Ascutney. Plus, New Hampshire rolled out its public vaccine options a little earlier than Vermont, which may have helped alleviate the rush across the border.

Still, it’s an option that some patients have chosen. About 25% of primary care patients at Mt. Ascutney live in New Hampshire, and just under half of them have opted to get the vaccine in Vermont, according to Perras. So far, Mt. Ascutney has administered around 2,900 doses.

Dartmouth College Reports 119 Active Cases of COVID-19

The Valley News is reporting this morning that Dartmouth College’s active COVID-19 case count jumped to well over 100 over the weekend, prompting the school to revert to more stringent pandemic protocols, including students eating alone in their rooms and remaining on campus to avoid Hanover residents.
The college has seen “rapid and significantly increased risk of transmission within our community,” according to an email sent Saturday by Dean Kathryn Lively.
The college had “over 100 active cases” on Saturday, according to the email. As of midday Sunday, the college’s dashboard reported 117 active cases and two in staff.
All told, the number of students in isolation or quarantine on- and off-campus stood at 234 on Sunday, according to the dashboard.
Read more

Weathersfield Town Meeting
Australian Ballot Voting-March 2
Martin Memorial Hall

Town meeting will be held on March 2, 2021. Australian ballot voting will take place from 10 a.m. until 7 p.m. at Martin Memorial Hall. You may vote in-person or by Mail-in-Ballot.

All absentee ballots must be returned by Tuesday, March 2, 2021.

Sample Ballot

Things to Do In and Around Weathersfield
(Safely and/or Online)
Classes, Workshops and Entertainment


  LOH on Location ONLINE Shows

LOH on Location: Little Dylan & Stephen Hull
Live from Racine (WI) with two fiery next-generation Midwestern blues musicians.

LOH on Location: Michael Glabicki & Dirk Miller of Rusted Root
Live from Pittsburgh (PA), reimagining the band’s polyrhythmic roots rock—including Send Me On My Way—in a stripped-down duo setting.

LOH on Location: Zach Nugent
Live from Barre (VT), soulful singer/guitarist pays tribute to the Grateful Dead and Jerry Garcia Band.

Mexican Culinary Experience Online Classes

¡Buen Provecho!  with Laura y Cecilia

Saturday, March 6: Mole Poblano – Mexico’s most famous mole sauce, originating in Puebla. Traditionally served over chicken

Saturday, March 20: Tacos al Pastor – Mexico’s most famous tacos of sliced marinated pork, served on corn tortillas with a garnish of pineapple, onion, and cilantro

More info about the classes:

The sisters, Laura and Cecilia Gonzalez  are featured in a Lebanon Times article.

Mud Season Mystery: The Lodger
Presented by Northern Stage
April 14-May 2

This spring, Northern Stage will present Mud Season Mystery: The Lodge​r, a witty new adaptation of the classic mystery, created for Zoom and performed live each night.

Closing out Northern Stage’s 2020-21 season, ​Mud Season Mystery: The Lodger​ will be performed live on Zoom starting ​April 14 through May 2, 2021​. The performance schedule is Tuesday (beginning 4/20) and Wednesday at 7:30 PM, Thursday at 2:00 and 7:30 PM, Friday at 7:30 PM, Saturday at
2:00 and 7:30 PM, and Sunday at 5 PM.

A lodger arrives at a ramshackle London boarding house as news of a murderer sweeps through town. He fits the description– but is he guilty? And can we trust our instincts? Grab your friends and join Ronnie, an obsessive mystery fan and your host, as Ronnie leads you on a journey through this tantalizing tale and your own expectations. ​The Lodge​r, adapted by Brenda Withers (​Jordan​), uses suspenseful storytelling to engage the audience in a live, interactive, communal experience guaranteed to entertain and provoke.
Tickets for ​The Lodger ​are $29, with a maximum of 40 participants per performance. For tickets, visit, or call the Box Office directly at 802-296-7000.

Within Reach Yoga Under the Trees

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

Weathersfield resident, Lisa Gleeson, Within Reach Yoga, is hosting online yoga classes on Saturdays via Google Meet.

Email to register or with any questions.
COST: $12 drop-in or one punch for those who have purchased punch passes ($60).

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.


Vermont Online Workshops

Lots of events and movies online. Contact: AARP Vermont Email: with questions

AARP Foundation Tax-Aide Returns for 2021
in Ascutney, Vermont

AARP Foundation Tax-Aide provides in-person and virtual tax preparation to help anyone FREE of Charge, with special focus on taxpayers who are over 50 and have low-to-moderate incomes.

All tax-aide volunteers are trained and are IRS-Certified every year to make sure they know about and understand the latest changes and additions to the tax code.

Due to the coronavirus pandemic, Tax-Aide has introduced some changes to the process; you will be instructed on these changes when you make your appointment. Call Tax-Aide in Ascutney 802-875-2418 on Tuesdays.

News You Can Use

COVID-19 in Our Communities

What you can do to prevent the spread of COVID-19:
  • Wear A Mask (this is not a political affiliation designation, it's a public health-your health safety measure)
  • Stay 6 feet Away-assume everyone has been exposed but if you stay six feet away for under 15 minutes, you should be OK
  • Avoid Crowds-the more people, the more potentially infected people you will encounter
  • Wash Your Hands A LOT-remember your mom telling you this, it's a big DUH! Also try to avoid touching your face.
  • Stay Home if You Are Sick-even if you only feel a little "off"
  • Keep an EXPOSURE JOURNAL-when you leave your home "pod" keep track of where you go and who you saw and if you want to be proactive-how long were you with them.

Vermont COVID-19 Vaccination Update
65 Plus Vermonters are Eligible

The best way to make an appointment is through the Health Department’s website: The page currently has information for Vermonters to learn about the process, but you will not be able register until Monday.

BY PHONE 855-722-7878
Monday – Friday, 8:15 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday, 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Stay up to Date: There are ways you can stay up to date on COVID-19 vaccinations, including who can get the vaccine and who will be eligible next. Check this website often:

Additional resources:
COVID-19 Frequently Asked Questions:

These Days are Stressful-You are NOT Alone 
Please Reach Out--Dial 2-1-1

Or Text VT to 741741 to access a 24-hour Crisis Text Line. We're all stressed out and are wondering about the future. Don't go it alone. 

Upper Valley COVID Relief

Mental Health Support for members of the Upper Valley impacted by Covid

15+ NH/VT psychotherapists are volunteering to provide free 30-minute telehealth or phone support appointments to people impacted by Covid in the Upper Valley!

Sign up for up to six 30 minute support sessions by going to the website below. 
Book an appointment:

Support is available to *any member* of our Upper Valley community impacted
by Covid, including but not limited to:
- Retail and grocery workers
- Teachers and educational staff
- First responders
- All hospital employees
- Nursing home/home health aides
- Postal, UPS and FedEx workers
- Correctional officers
- Stay at home parents
- Elders in isolation
Any questions, email

Other Services

This is a stressful time for everyone. 
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 COVID-19 Response

The Town of Weathersfield has created a Volunteer Network to help during these times of COVID-19. 
If you are at risk for being exposed to COVID-19 or are currently in quarantine or isolation due to a positive COVID-19 test, please click the link below and fill out the form. These forms are being monitored by Susanne Terrill who will connect you with a volunteer quickly. 


If you have any questions or concerns regarding the form please contact them and they will walk you through it.
Phone: (802) 674 - 2626

National COVID-19 Data

Vermont ranks 7th for people fully vaccinated.

Tracking the COVID-19 Variants

The CDC has just gone live with a map tracking the known cases in the US of the three emerging coronavirus variants that have the world on edge: B.1.1.7 (the one known as the UK variant); the B.1.351 variant first seen in South Africa; and the P.1 variant first seen in Brazil. At the moment, there are cases of B.1.1.7 in NY, MA, and CT, but none reported so far in VT, NH, or ME. Note that the CDC says their numbers are based on sampling, and so "do not represent the total number" of cases that may be arising.

CDC COVID-19 Worldwide Tracking Database  
Last Updated at (M/D/YYYY)
2/8/2021, 6:22 AM

US COVID-19 Risk Levels

Realtime US COVID Risk Map

Click on the map to access the website COVID ACT NOW
This website tracks cases, infection rate, positive test rate, ICU capacity and Contact tracers hired.

National Case Info.

Updated February 16, 2021

Good news, case counts are down 74% January 11, 2021.  And hospitalizations are down 54% January 11, 2021. Seven day death rate is down 43% since January 13, 2021.

Track the Vaccine Doses

Want to track the COVID-19 dose distribution?
Benjamin Renton, a senior at Middlebury College who has been tracking data during the pandemic, has launched a new dashboard using local news reports and press releases to track how many vaccine doses each state is being allocated. 
The feds have cut way back on their initial promises and have no readily available public data effort like it on their own,  Renton updates his dashboard regularly as new information becomes available. Click Here to Track

Northeast Region Data

Updated February 23, 2021

Vermont Data

The Governor’s actions, visit

The state’s modeling, visit

The Numbers

VT reported 131 new cases Friday, 95 on Saturday, and 100 yesterday, bringing it to a total case count of 15,198.

It added 1 death over the weekend to reach 204 all told. 25 people with confirmed cases are hospitalized (down 3).

Windsor County gained 19 cases to stand at 1,048 for the pandemic, with 65 over the past 14 days. Orange County had 7 additional cases and stands at 510 cumulatively, with 39 cases over the past 14 days.

In town-by-town numbers reported late last week, Killington added 6 new cases over the week before, Springfield gained 5, Hartford, Chelsea and Randolph added 3 each, Norwich, Thetford, Weathersfield, and Fairlee each gained 2, Newbury, Sharon, Bridgewater, and Reading each added 1.

You can set up your account for vaccination at:

More information at the Health Department’s website:

The State of Vermont has suspended its leisure travel map and implemented a mandatory quarantine for anyone returning or traveling to Vermont.

COVID-19 health information, guidance and case data, visit

Health Department Dashboard with current case map as of February 28

Town by Town Counts as of February 17

Weathersfield stands at 41 cases (up 2 from last week) since last March 2020.

Public School Interactive Map


The State of Vermont has suspended its leisure travel map and implemented a mandatory quarantine for anyone returning or traveling to Vermont.

Vermont and Non-Vermont Residents-Leisure Travel

Due to rising COVID-19 case counts across the Northeast, effective on November 10, 2020, the State of Vermont has suspended its leisure travel map and implemented a mandatory quarantine for anyone returning or traveling to Vermont.

The State of Vermont has suspended its leisure travel map and implemented a mandatory quarantine for anyone returning or traveling to Vermont.

Anyone returning or traveling to Vermont must follow Vermont’s mandatory quarantine policy. Vermonters returning from an out-of-state trip must complete either a 14-day quarantine or a 7-day quarantine followed by a negative test.

Vermonters must remember to follow any travel restrictions and quarantine requirements for the states they plan to visit.

Residents of other states must adhere to the quarantine guidelines:
  • Travelers arriving to Vermont in a personal vehicle must 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 who have not completed a pre-arrival quarantine must 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 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.

What is Essential Travel?

People traveling for essential purposes, including work, do not need to quarantine.
 Essential travel includes: 
  • travel for personal safety
  • medical care
  • care of others 
  • parental shared custody
  • for food, beverage or medicine
  • to attend preK-12 school and college if commuting daily 
  • or to perform work for businesses that are currently allowed to operate 
For more information about which businesses may operate and how they may operate, view the Work Safe Guidance. The current State of Emergency requires employers to use remote work and telework whenever possible to avoid unnecessary work travel. Businesses and employees must only travel for work related trips when absolutely necessary. Individuals engaged in a daily commute to and from their job are expressly exempt from the need to quarantine by Executive Order.

Persons should not travel to, from, or within Vermont if they are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms or if they meet the criteria for needing to Isolate or Quarantine.

New Hampshire Data Dashboard

The Numbers

NH reported 337 new cases Friday, 287 Saturday, and 270 yesterday for a cumulative total of 75,424.

There were 7 new deaths over the weekend, bringing the total to 1,170. 87 people are hospitalized (down 10).

The current active caseload stands at 2,532 (down 326). The state reports 225 active cases in Grafton County (down 55), 44 in Sullivan (down 10), and 185 in Merrimack (down 30).

In town-by-town numbers, the state says Hanover has 75 active cases, Claremont has 20 (down 13), Enfield has 9 (down 2), and Lebanon has 7 (no change).

Town of Weathersfield

Vermont Open Meeting Law

Minute posting: Minutes of all public meetings shall be matters of public record, shall be kept by the clerk or secretary of the public body, and shall be available for inspection by any person and for purchase of copies at cost upon request after five calendar days from the date of any meetingMeeting minutes shall be posted no later than five calendar days from the date of the meeting to a website, if one exists, that the public body maintains or has designated as the official website of the body. Except for draft minutes that have been substituted with updated minutes, posted minutes shall not be removed from the website sooner than one year from the date of the meeting for which the minutes were taken.

Upcoming Town Board and Committee Meetings

Select Board Minutes: The minutes can now be found at *

Select Board Meets: 
March 1 (agenda not posted at press time 3/1 7 a.m.)
March 14
April 5

Meeting Minutes
February 16-not posted by press time 3/1 7 a.m.
February 1-minutes ARE NOT post for the Feb 1 meeting-the minutes posted are from Jan 26

Weathersfield School

School Dates and Events

Stay up on all the school events visit: 
School Calendar

Classes resume February 22
Spring Recess-April 12-16
Last Day of School (tentative) June 10

From The School Newsletter

Weathersfield School Has A New Principal

The Weathersfield School Board announced that they have appointed Brian Martes to a two-year contract as Principal of the Weathersfield School.

Mr. Martes comes from Menifee, California where he currently serves as the K-8 principal in Menifee Union School District. He has been there for five years. Prior to that he was an Elementary Principal in Temecula, California, Vista Unified School District in Vista California and the Evergreen School District in San Jose, California. Those principalships spanned a total 13 years. Prior to his administrative success he was a teacher in Kindergarten (3 years), grade 5 (2 years), and grades 6 & 7 (2 years). 

He comes highly recommended from his previous districts. Mr. Martes will begin his duties on July 1, 2021. When signing his contract he said, "This is a great opportunity for my whole family. We wanted a professional change and also a lifestyle change. Weathersfield offers both. The community outreach has already been heartwarming. I can't wait to settle in this area and begin the exciting work of leading the Weathersfield School. It is clear that this is a great school and a great community!"

Get Ready for the Kids Heart Challenge 

Weathersfield school is participating in the Kids Heart Challenge, a very special community service program to raise funds for the American Heart Association. 

It's your child's chance to be a Heart Hero by learning about heart health, spreading the word and raising funds to save other children. 

Have your child go to they can take one of the three challenges and email family and friends to ask for donations. Your child will earn a wristband just for registering online and taking the challenge! 

Event Dates: 
K-1 Monday, March 22 Glow Jump Rope & Dance 
2-4  Friday, March 19 Glow Jump Rope & Dance 
5-8  TBA Sport Day 
Donation online & collection envelopes due: March 26th. For more info contact: Mrs. Berry, WS PE Teacher 
Social distancing and all Covid safe and healthy guidelines will be followed during this event

Meeting Dates:
March 9 at 5:30 p.m.
April 13

Please note: During this time of social distancing, all board meetings are taking place online using Google Meet. You can join each meeting live (via phone or Google Meet) by following the connection details listed on each unique meeting Agenda document. 


Posted on Facebook after the informational meeting:
From the Weathersfield School Board Members:
We recognize that there is a misunderstanding between this year’s budget and the option of school choice. Let it be clear that this year’s budget can not change the current option of school choice. Changing school choice would need to be voted on at a separate time by Australian ballot.
Voting NO to this year’s budget could potentially:
1.) require a cut in a teacher (s) for K-8
2.) require a cut in athletics
3.) move the pulse to remove school choice in the future
Please support our students and vote YES for this year’s budget.
There will be a meeting this Spring dedicated to discussing school choice. Everyone can attend and voice any opinions at that time.
Thank you!!
Jaimie Turner, School Board Member

Supervisory Updates

Dr. David Baker
Windsor Southeast Supervisory Union

Visit Our Local Restaurants

Exit Ate  Eat In or Take-Away
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.
Be sure to try some of Greg's Raisin Bread! It was delicious!

Inn at Weathersfield-Re-opening April 30, 2021
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. Daily specials.

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.
WFS is located in the 1879 Schoolhouse at 1862 Route 106 in Perkinsville.
Open the  2nd and 4th Thursdays of each month from 2-4 p.m. COVID-19 policies are in place with groceries delivered to shoppers in their cars.
If you are in need of food and are unable to get to the facility during open hours, food will be delivered to your home.

Call the Weathersfield Town Office to be refereed to a volunteer, visit the Weathersfield Food Shelf Facebook page and leave a message or email

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.

Travel Plans this Winter?
This map shows restrictions and guidelines to all 50 states and some parts of Canada. 

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

Be Smart, Be Safe

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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