Be Smart, Be Safe in Weathersfield, Vermont. March 8 edition.

Sure Signs of Spring in Vermont...

Roads are being posted.

And trees are getting tapped; sap is getting collected!

News You Can Use

Teachers, Cops and High Risk Vermonters Eligible 
for COVID-19 Vaccine

Gov. Phil Scott announced last Tuesday that school staff, public safety employees, child care workers and more Vermonters with high-risk conditions will become eligible for Covid-19 vaccinations starting next week.

Phase 5 of the state’s vaccination program will open March 8, Scott said, for high-risk Vermonters age 55 and over. Starting March 15, people with the same high-risk conditions age 16 and over will become eligible.
All told, that’s about 75,000 people, according to administration officials. 

Public and private school staff and child care workers will also become eligible March 8. Roughly 35,000 people are included in this category.

The state is also expanding eligibility for more public safety workers starting March 8, including correctional officers, police sergeants and lieutenants, and 911 dispatchers. Prisons have experienced massive outbreaks during the pandemic, and Scott said officials believed that prison staff were “the only port of entry for the virus” into such facilities.

“If we can establish a perimeter, so to speak, and defend that perimeter, then we should be able to keep everyone safe,” he said.

School-based immunization clinics are expected to deliver the Johnson & Johnson vaccine, but school staff and child care workers will also have access to the Moderna and Pfizer vaccine through the state’s partnership with Walgreens.

Unlike the two-dose Moderna and Pfizer vaccines, the Johnson & Johnson vaccine requires only one shot and does not need to be stored at ultra-cold temperatures. That makes it the “ideal candidate for this type of onsite vaccination approach,” Human Services Secretary Mike Smith said Tuesday. Correctional officers will also be able to access the Johnson & Johnson vaccine at worksites, or the two-dose shots through Walgreens.

The state announced for the first time how high-risk Vermonters can register for the vaccine. Like those eligible under the age-banding process, people with eligible conditions will self-certify that they qualify but will not need to provide documentation of their conditions.

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.

Upper Valley To Go Coupon Book
A Great Way to Support UV Businesses

Upper Valley Business Alliance has a great way to support local business-UV TO GO COUPONS. The program is running February 1-June 1, 2021.

1 for $10
5 for $50 and get 1 FREE
10 for $100 and get 2 FREE

Also, books can be purchased at the following restaurants:
Blue Sparrow Kitchen, Norwich, VT
Harpoon, Windsor, VT
Juel, White River Jct., VT
Lalo's Tacos, On the Mall, Lebanon, NH
Marsh Brothers, Lebanon, NH
Murphy's, Hanover, NH
Norwich Inn, Norwich, VT
Stella's, Lyme, NH
Still North Books, Hanover, NH
The Public House, Quechee, VT
Trail Break Taps & Tacos, White River Junction, VT
Upper Valley Business Alliance, Lebanon, NH curb side (call to order 448-1203)

Visit : for more info and to purchase a coupon book.

Covered Bridges Half Marathon Goes Virtual

(Full disclosure-one of my other hats is I'm a race director for the Covered Bridges Half Marathon race).

The Covered Bridges Half Marathon (CBHM) race is going virtual. The race runs each year on the first Sunday in June from Pomfret to Quechee. The 2020 race was cancelled due to the pandemic and race organizers were hoping for an in-person race for 2021.

While statewide vaccinations have begun, our race directors and race committee members do not feel that enough people will be vaccinated in time to hold the race safely the first Sunday in June.

Mitigation procedures such as masking and physical distancing will still be in effect and trying to keep 2000 runners properly distanced will completely change the character of our race. (Also, there may not be enough lodging available to host everyone.)

CBHM Virtual 2021 race registration for the general public opens on March 8, 2021 at 7 a.m.ET and closes on June 1, 2021 11:59 p.m. EDT. Details and more information can be found by visiting

Each year 2000 runners run the point-to-point road race from Suicide Six in Pomfret, Vermont to Dewey Fields in Quechee, Vermont. The race gives back $50,000-$60,000 to local youth groups, local non-profit groups and recreation departments that help out as race volunteers during race weekend. The economic impact to the region is about $1.2 million. In addition, the race partners with five Upper Valley non-profits raising over $150,000 for David’s House, The Family Place, Positive Tracks, Upper Valley Haven and WISE.

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 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.

Get Your Shimmy On!

Free Live Intro to Belly Dance classes
with Gina Capossela

Zoom - Tuesday, March 16, 7:15 pm
Zoom - Thursday, March 18, 5:45 pm
Zoom - Saturday, March 20, 10:30 am
Within one hour you'll be a Belly Dancer!

All shapes, sizes, ages and ability levels welcome and encouraged. No previous dance experience or special clothing required. All are sponsored by the Lebanon and Hartford Rec Departments.
More info at


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 March 2, 2021

Good news, case counts are down 74.5% January 11, 2021.  And hospitalizations are down 61% January 11, 2021. Seven day death rate remained 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 March 2

Regional Vaccine Map 

Regional cases are up almost 8 %

Vermont Data

The Governor’s actions, visit

The state’s modeling, visit

The Numbers

VT reported 148 new cases Friday, 119 on Saturday, and 120 yesterday, bringing it to a total case count of 16,083. 

It had 1 new death, bringing it to 208 all told. 

Meanwhile, 30 people with confirmed cases are hospitalized (up 3 over the weekend). 

Windsor County gained 8 cases to stand at 1,069 for the pandemic, with 57 over the past 14 days. For the second day in a row, Orange County added 5 new cases to reach 519 cumulatively, with 27 cases in the past 14 days. 

In town-by-town numbers reported late last week, Killington added 8 new cases over the week before, Springfield gained 6, and Weathersfield and Windsor each added 3.

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 March 7

Town by Town Counts as of March 3

Weathersfield stands at 44 cases (up 3 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 320 new cases on Friday, 298 on Saturday, and 196 yesterday for a cumulative total of 76,861. 

There were 6 new deaths over the weekend, bringing the total to 1,184. 

Meanwhile, 68 people are hospitalized (down 24). The current active caseload stands at 2,062 (down 128). The state reports 180 active cases in Grafton County (down 31), 41 in Sullivan (up 6), and 167 in Merrimack (down 5). 

In town-by-town numbers, the state says Hanover has 107 active cases, Plainfield ha 10 (up at least 6), Claremont has 9 (down 2), Lebanon has 7 up 2), Newport has 5 (down 1), and Sunapee has 5 (no change). 

Town of Weathersfield

Town Clerk Office Closed March 10 and 11

Town Meeting Voting Results

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 15
April 5
April 19

Meeting Minutes
March 4
February 1

Weathersfield School

School Dates and Events

Stay up on all the school events visit: 
School Calendar

Spring Recess-April 12-16
Last Day of School (tentative) June 10

From The School Newsletter


The Weathersfield PTA is now the Weathersfield PTO (This means total control by Weathersfield’s community and staff and no money being sent to the state) 
The PTO has their own page on Facebook where you can find the link to our virtual monthly meetings. Meetings are held the first Tuesday of each month from 6:00 pm until approx.7:00 pm. 
Please, join them for a meeting. The pandemic has forced many of their events to be canceled, but they are looking forward to the possibility of funding a field day, as well as a few other spring events. Contact any of the officers, President-Wendy Allen, Vice President-Tanya Graves, Treasurer-Shirray Johnson, Secretary-Carrie Jewell for information. The group email is:

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. 


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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