Weathersfield Weekly Blog, June 21 edition

Loon Pair and chick
Woodard Reservoir, Plymouth VT

Paddle Report

The Kayak Krew: Michelle (first to the launch), Quack, Jan and Stew and I visited Woodard Reservoir in Plymouth VT (along RTE 100 heading towards Killington.) It was a beautiful day and wasn't too crowded when we arrived.

We headed to the bog area to check out the pitcher plants.

There were so many pitcher plants!!

And Swamp Laurel.

We found our way around the floating bog mass...

And found a sweet little cut through.

We paddled around some more and noticed the lake was getting crowded with other kayakers and paddle boarders. 

The highlight of the day was watching the loon pair feeding their chick.

More photos: CLICK HERE

Loon Fact of the Month

Nesting loons that are feeling comfortable will sit upright on the nest. In contrast, when feeling threatened, nesting loons will assume the 'hangover' position. 

In the hangover position, loons flatten themselves low over their nests and angle their heads down towards the water. 

By assuming the hangover position, loons are trying to do two things: 1) minimize their appearance, in hopes of escaping detection by the perceived threat, and 2) get into a position from which it is easy for them to dive into the water should the threat remain present in the area. 

Generally, we see loons in the hangover position when their nests are closely approached by people or boats. Both motorized and human-powered boats (canoes, kayaks, etc.) can cause loons to feel threatened and assume hangover position.

It is important to be able to recognize when nesting loons are feeling threatened because if threat persists in the area, they may flush off of their nests and into the water, leaving their eggs vulnerable to predation or to temperature changes that can result in the eggs becoming inviable. 

If you ever see a nesting loon in the hangover position, please give it more space! And if you accidentally cause a loon to flush its nest, please leave the area immediately—if the perceived threat leaves, loons will often return to their nests and resume incubation.

LIVE Loon Cam 1, somewhere on a NH Waterway

Vermont Center Ecostudies (VCE)

Vermont Loon Conservation Project

Annual July LoonWatch – On the third Saturday in July of every year, LoonWatch volunteers take to the water to count loons. It’s the single most effective way for VCE to document and track breeding loons across the state. Our next July LoonWatch will be on July 17, 2021.

From a mere seven pairs three decades ago, Common Loons now number more than 90 breeding pairs in the state. This conservation triumph came only with a collaboration among people and organizations across Vermont.

Their chief partner in loon recovery and conservation is the Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department. Together, and with help from a corps of dedicated volunteers, they're securing a future for Common Loons in the state. 

Their strategy features:
Monitoring – VCE recruits and trains volunteers who watch loons and provide essential information on their distribution, abundance, nesting success, and chick survival. This monitoring comes in a sister project called LoonWatch.

Management – On the shoreline and on the water, we work with lakeside landowners and lake visitors on practical protections for Common Loons. We place floating signs to advise boaters to stay clear of loon nests. We work with hydroelectric dam operators to stabilize reservoir levels during loon nesting season. And on waters where levels do fluctuate, our “nesting rafts” mimic islands and help loons succeed.

Public Outreach – VCE’s outreach strategy, featuring public presentations, media interviews, fact sheets, and other publications, ensures that people enjoy loons from a proper distance while fishing, boating, and swimming. Informed lake users are vital to the long-term conservation of Vermont’s loons.

News You Can Use

Town Office to Re-Open for In-Person Business

The Town Offices in Weathersfield will reopen to the public on Monday, June 21, 2021 at 8am. After several discussions with our Emergency Management Director we have decided to mirror state guidance in Weathersfield.

Vermont Governor Phil Scott lifted all remaining state pandemic restrictions. Masks, social distancing, and contact tracing will no longer be required in our buildings and parks. Persons may continue to wear a mask and social distance, however, they are leaving that decision to personal choice. If you wish to socially distance and a person is walking toward you, please kindly move to the distance of your comfort until the other person passes by you. 

They continue to support anyone who feels sick to stay at home (and always have), wash your hands, and to take care when gathering.

Boards, committees and commissions will meet in person at Martin Memorial Hall downstairs as temporary Open Meeting Law procedures in response to COVID-19 have ended. They will continue to offer remote access into their public meetings and this information will continue to be added to all public meeting agendas. 

Functions downstairs at Martin Memorial Hall may resume with proper reservations. They welcome anyone who wishes to rent Martin Memorial Hall for events such as fitness, yoga, and game nights/days. 

They are in the process of creating a Music Series at Hoisington Field this summer and a Chess Series at several locations around town. 

In addition, they will soon host a blood drive with Red Cross.
More information will follow, however, they ask that you please spread this information to your friends, neighbors, and co-workers.

Note: The Weathersfield Town Clerk is asking the public to wear a mask in her office. Please contact the Town Clerk by email at or by phone at 802 674-9500 with any questions or concerns.

Weathersfield Police Blotter

Our Police Officers have been busy. You can follow their work on their FB page.
On 06/18/2021 at approximately 1800 hours Officers responded to Route 131 for a vehicle crash. The other vehicle fled the scene. With the assistance of Springfield Police Department, Xander Stillwell, was arrested and charged with Leaving the Scene of an Accident. His court date is 07/27/2021.

On 06/17/2021 at approximately midnight, the Brattleboro Police Department was requesting a K-9 Unit to assist them with a suspicious vehicle.
Officer Prince and K-9 AJ responded, and K-9 AJ alerted to the odor of narcotics on the vehicle. A search warrant was executed on 06/18/2021 and a search of the vehicle was conducted. The vehicle was found to have heroin and crack cocaine in it. Charges are being filed on the operator of that vehicle by Brattleboro PD.

On 06/17/2021 at approximately 1737 hours Officers conducted a traffic stop on a vehicle in the parking lot of the Exit Ate Restaurant. James Ingerson was the operator of the vehicle. A search of James and the vehicle was conducted and James was found to be in possession of heroin and crack cocaine. James was also criminally suspended.
James was arrested and charged with the following:
Criminal DLS
Possession of Heroin
Possession of Crack Cocaine
James was transported to the Springfield Police Department for processing and was issued a citation to appear in court on 08/10/2021.

On 06/16/2021 at approximately 1722 hours Officers conducted a traffic stop on a vehicle on Route 131. Joshua Surrell was the operator of the vehicle. A search of Joshua and the vehicle was conducted and Joshua was found to be in possession of a controlled substance. Joshua was issued a citation for Possession of a Controlled Substance to appear in court on 08/10/2021.

And speaking of Police...VT Association of Chiefs of Police Hosts a Benefit Golf Tournament Aug. 30th

The 8th annual VT Association of Chiefs of Police benefit golf tournament will be held at the Woodstock Country Club on August 30, 2021, shot-gun start at 11:00 a.m..

A “TEE GRILL” will be set up between the 9th and 18th holes for refreshments.
 Prizes will be awarded and a raffle will be held after the tournament.

There will also be two (2) Hole In One Prizes this year. Golfers will have a chance on two separate holes to win $50,000 CASH on each hole!

The VACOP is asking for your support in one or more of the following ways:
-Consider becoming a sponsor for the event. A $100.00 donation will get your company a “tee sign” and a $500.00 donation will make you a major sponsor and you will get 3 tee signs and a banner prominently displayed at the event.
-Consider entering a team for the event or participating yourself.
-Consider donating an item for the raffle. All donations will be recognized at the event.

If you are interested in playing or sponsoring, please email Chief Robbie Blish at and request an entry form to be e-mailed or mailed to you.
All checks can be made payable to VACOP.

Town of Weathersfield

Upcoming Town Board and Committee Meetings

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.

2021 Brownsville Independence Day Celebrations
"TOGETHER once again"
Saturday, July 3rd

 Saturday, July 3rd  8:30 AM – 3 PM.

There will be a community breakfast, lively music, games, a bouncy house, diverse food vendors, crafts, a book sale, and a GALA PARADE at 1:00 PM.

For the first time this year, they are excited to announce that the Mt. Sinai Shriners Clown Unit will be participating in the parade

In the evening, all will enjoy music, food, family picnics (no barbeques, please), and SPECTACULAR FIREWORKS at dusk.

To make this year’s celebration a reality, volunteers are needed. Contact the IDC Committee at if you would like to become a volunteer at any level.

The 2021 Independence Day Committee is offering IDC t-shirts for sale prior to the July 3 celebrations so folks can wear them on the big day. They come in red, white & blue & and range in price from $10 to $20. Anyone wishing to purchase t-shirts can contact Bill & Linda Ley at 802-484-3200 or Shirts can be picked up on Saturday, June 26 or Sunday, June 27. Buyers will be advised time & location when placing their order.

Donations may be made by credit card at You can also mail a check made payable to "Brownsville IDC" to P.O. Box 37, Brownsville, VT 05037.

Follow the event planning at:

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Things to Do In and Around Weathersfield

(Safely In-Person or Online)
Get Outdoors, Entertainment, Classes, Workshops

Outdoor Activities


Deep Meadow Farm in Ascutney and Wellwood Orchards in Weathersfield/Springfield are picking STRAWBERRIES!

Deep Meadows hours: Tuesday-Sunday, 11am-5pm
NOT PYO but they sell their strawberries at the Farm Stand.
(802) 674-4181

Wellwood Orchards: Open 8 AM to 6 PM seven days a week. $2.59/lb PYO

9th Annual Weathersfield Hikes

Please call or email Steve if you plan to attend any of the hikes so he can send you directions and weather updates..

Sunday, June 27th, 11:30 AM: To the Cabin                       

We follow Swift’s Logging Road up to the crest of Pikes Peak ridge. Then we follow a trail through the woods to Grace’s skiing trail, head down that, and finish on a woodsy trail to Steve’s cabin. There is a nice view there. We will linger – a bit of food provided. The distance to the cabin will feel like 2 miles, plus a short walk on the Center Road. Those who wish can do an extra walk to the well that held Herbert White’s body if we can find it – the well, that is. 

Weathersfield Hikes for 2021 hosted by Weathersfield Parks and Recreation
You can view the schedule HERE
You will need to contact Steve to attend any of the hikes-DO NOT JUST SHOW UP

For more info call or email Steve, the hike organizer, at 263-5439, or EMAIL him. Well-behaved dogs are welcome. We expect a range of hiking speeds.  You can view photos of past hikes: HERE

Windsor County Bike Routes

The Mount Ascutney Regional Commission is pleased to provide this guide to encourage residents and visitors to explore our region by bicycle. The guide provides both maps and narrative descriptions of 19 ideal cycling routes. All of the maps identify the towns and villages they pass through, so routes may be selected by location using the individual map panes or the area overview map.
Routes are identified by yellow or orange lines—solid lines denote paved routes while dashed lines denote unpaved routes.

Each route passes through multiple towns and villages, and while they may be started anywhere along the route, likely parking areas are denoted with a parking icon. Open circles on the route lines signify mile markers—simply count the number of circles on the route between your current location and your destination to calculate distance. Bike shops, food, ice cream, breweries and taverns, swimming holes, and covered bridges are all identified on the maps with corresponding icons. Areas with potentially steep grades and rail road crossings are also identified on the maps.

Turn-by-turn cue sheets, GPS tracks, and digital routes via Strava® are available on the '​The Routes' tab of this website for each route. You'll also find printable maps for each route (remember; there are plenty of areas along these rides where there is no cell service).

The Routes

Go Questing!

Questing is a place-based education model of creating and exchanging treasure hunts in order to collect and share your community’s distinct natural and cultural heritage — your special places and stories.

Follow the clues to the treasure box.
Inside the treasure box, you will discover more information about the site, a rubber stamp, stamp pad, a sign-in field journal, and a pencil. Sign your name in the book, adding a few notes or a sketch from your walk, and collect an impression of the stamp as a memento of your journey. Then, carefully re-hide the box exactly where you found it.

If you plan to go on more than one quest, you may wish to create your own “passport book” or field journal into which you will collect your stamp impressions.

You may also wish to create your own personal stamp so that you can leave your mark in each quest’s logbook.

If you are using one of the quests found online, simply print out the clues and the map and take it along with you, otherwise bring your quest book.

Just like any outdoor activity, be prepared for changes in the weather! It is important to bring a good map. Also bring a compass, a water bottle, snacks, and wear comfortable shoes. It’s always a good idea to carry a first aid kit if you will be out in the woods. 

Do consider bringing along a field guide to local plants and animals, binoculars and a hand lens for magnification, and your passport book/field journal and personal stamp.

Valley Quest is always looking volunteers to be box monitors and quest testers. Each quest treasure box is checked on a regular basis during the questing season by a volunteer box monitor. These generous, fun-loving people help keep the Valley Quest program alive and running smoothly. If you are interested in becoming a box monitor for a quest in your town, please let us know!

The Valley Quest Google Map

Farmers Markets Are Open

Vital Communities has posted a listing of Upper Valley Farmers Markets.


LOH Announces In-Person Shows!

LOH and Kirschner Concerts-Richard Thompson, Aug. 25th

More photos of Richard Thompson: Click Here

Jason Lyle Black-Friday, Sept. 10 7:30 PM Tickets

Johnny A-Friday, Sept. 17 7:30 PM Tickets

Oshima Brothers-Thursday, Sept. 23 7:30 PM Tickets

Bela Fleck and the Flecktones 2022-Tuesday, April 5 2022 Tickets

FREE Online Shows

June 22
Eugene Friesen, cello Register


Friday, August 13-Sunday, August 15

Katie Rundle, chalk artist noon-8 pm
Twisted Pine 5:30 PM
More Twisted Pine photos: CLICK HERE

Bitter Pill 7 PM
Eric Johanson 8 PM

More Talking Dreads photos: CLICK HERE


Lake Sunapee Musical Dinner Cruise with Opera North
Sunday, July 11, 6 pm Sunapee Cruises, 1 Lake Ave, Sunapee, NH

Music of the Knights
Saturday, July 31 7 p.m. 
Sir Andrew Lloyd Webber, Sir Elton John, and Sir Paul McCartney have a lot in common. They are all British-born, they each have an Academy Award and multiple Grammys and they have all been knighted by Her Majesty, the Queen. They are also three of the most successful songwriters of all time, with careers that span decades. From Broadway to the top of the pop charts, these three musical geniuses have created an incredible legacy. Their work is assembled in a theatrical concert that will have you on your feet and singing along to the soundtrack of your lives.

Havana Nights
Dates: July 16 – 7pm, Saturday, July 17 – 2pm, Saturday, July 17 – 7pm, Sunday, July 18 – 2pm
Opera North brings high-flying circus artistry and vocal virtuosity together again under the Big Top (with open sides). Pulsating Latin rhythms blend with circus acrobatics, juggling, and aerial work as Opera North’s Resident Artists bring sultry, sizzling, sensational favorites from Bizet, Lecuona, and Puccini to a joyous crescendo. Once again, the mash-up of song and circus promises to be a fun-filled family outing.

Extraordinary Women
Date: Saturday, July 24 – 7pm
This fusion of Baroque opera heroines showcases our Resident Artists in selections from operas by Purcell, Handel, Monteverdi, and Gluck. Presented in concert with semi-staging and small orchestra, considering this evening a highlight reel of great performances by strong, resilient, unforgettable women who persisted.

La Bohème
Dates: Wednesday, July 28, 7pm; Friday, July 30, 7pm; Sunday, August 1, 2pm
This exquisite story of love and loss sung through Giacomo Puccini’s exquisite, romantic opera lives on in an intimate new production. Under Opera North’s heaven of stars, accompanied by the lush sound of a full orchestra, the coquettish Mimi finds her true love (Rodolfo) while waltzing her way through the beguiling joys of a young romance. Savor “la vie en rose” with the rakish Bohemians of Paris and some of the most beautiful music ever written for the stage. Sung in English, this familiar story endures as a beloved classic.

Pick Now

Pentangle Arts Presents
Music By The River

Friday evenings 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm
Lawn opens at 5:30 pm
East End Park
217 Maxham Meadow Way
Woodstock, VT 05091

Pentangle Arts is pleased to present our annual Music by the River series of outdoor concerts in July and August. This popular concert series features renowned regional artists whose talents will be showcased in the newly renovated East End Park. Truly a magical setting, this outdoor amphitheater showcases a view of the Ottauquechee River. Thanks to the dedicated efforts of a cadre of volunteers, the East End Park features a beautiful riverfront setting and adjacent hiking trail that serves as an inspiration for repurposing land in a thoughtful, innovative way. The relaxed setting is perfect for music lovers of all ages to come together for a happy summer evening of music, food and friends.

Patrons are required to wear masks and observe social distancing. Masks may be removed for eating and drinking. Guests may bring their own picnics to enjoy or purchase food and beverages from the Worthy Kitchen.

Limited on site parking; guests are encouraged to car-pool when convenient to save parking space. Additional parking is available at the Woodstock Food Shelf and the Ottauquechee Health Center.

Food and beverages provided by:

Worthy Logo

Paul Asbell Quartet ft. Michael Zsoldos (Americana Folk Jazz) – July 2, 2021

Interplay Jazz (Cool Jazz) – July 9, 2021

Ben Patton Band (Pop Alt Rock) – July 16, 2021

A2VT (African/Western Hip Hop) – July 23, 2021

Myra Flynn & Paul Boffa (Indie Soul) – July 30, 2021

Marcie Hernandez (Latin Indie Folk) – August 6, 2021

Barika (West African Groove) – August 13, 2021

Jay Nash (Folk Jazz) – August 20, 2021

Outdoor Courtyard Theatre

Opening the Courtyard Theater will be the irreverent romp, THE COMPLETE WORKS OF WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE (ABRIDGED), June 9-July 4, 2021. Written by Adam Long, Daniel Singer, and Jess Winfield, and directed by Carol Dunne, The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged) will feature 37 Shakespeare plays in 97 minutes...outdoors. Three madcap actors in tights weave their wicked way through all of Shakespeare’s comedies, histories, and tragedies in one wild ride that will leave audiences helpless with laughter. The Complete Works of William Shakespeare is sponsored by Stave Puzzles, hand-crafted jigsaw puzzles made in Vermont.

The outdoor summer season at the Courtyard Theater will conclude with the roof-raising musical MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET, August 11-September 12, 2021. Million Dollar Quartet takes patrons back in time to December 4, 1956, when icons Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis, and Carl Perkins gathered for the first and only time at Sun Records in Memphis for what would be one of the greatest jam sessions ever. That legendary night will
come to life with a score of rock hits including “Blue Suede Shoes,” “Great Balls of Fire,” “Walk the Line,” “Folsom Prison Blues,” and “Hound Dog.”

The breathtaking pas-de-deux play HEISENBERG, February 16-March 6, 2022, will bring audiences back into the Byrne Theater for the first indoor, fully produced play since March 2020. An electric encounter between two strangers in a train station grows, over six scenes, into a complex and life-changing relationship. Written by Simon Stephens and starring Northern Stage favorite Jamie Horton, the quietly powerful Heisenberg lays bare the beauty in the natural unpredictability of human connection.

Capping off the 2021/22 season at Northern Stage will be the uproarious MONTY PYTHON’S SPAMALOT, April 13-May 15, 2022, in the Byrne Theater. With a book & lyrics by Eric Idle and music by John Du Prez and Eric Idle, Monty Python’s Spamalot is lovingly ripped off from the classic film comedy Monty Python and the Holy Grail. The outrageous and gloriously entertaining story of King Arthur and the Lady of the Lake will delight audiences as they search for the Holy Grail and “always look on the bright side of life.”

All Courtyard seating for the 2021/22 Season will be sold as General Admission, but seating locations will be assigned in advance on the day of performance. 
Early Bird Subscriptions cost $135 (more than 35% off the single-ticket price) and are currently on sale for Northern Stage Director’s Circle, Ensemble Members, and 2019/20 Subscribers only. 

Subscriptions for the general public go on sale March 24th. Single tickets cost $45 in the Courtyard Theater, and $34-$59 in the Byrne Theater. $19 tickets are available for all full-time students regardless of age, with a valid photo ID. 
Single tickets go on sale to the general public on April 1st.

Cooking Classes

Mexican Culinary Experience Online Classes

¡Buen Provecho!  with Laura y Cecilia

Saturday, June 26 – Mole Verde con la Cosecha de Primavera – Spring Harvest Green "Mole". Served over pork. (Pork can be substituted for another protein or vegetables.) (5:30pm EDT)

Saturday, July 10 – Pescado con Calabacitas. Y Chiles en Escabeche – Fish with zucchini and summer squash. Plus marinated jalapeños, cauliflower, carrots, zucchini, and garlic (5:30pm EDT)

Sunday, July 18 – Molletes con Pico de Gallo. Y Café de Olla – Classic Mexican comfort food to enjoy for breakfast or dinner: Baguette topped with refried beans and melted cheese, served with fresh sauce made from diced tomatoes, cilantro, jalapeños, and onion. And traditional Mexican coffee prepared with cinnamon, piloncillo, and cloves (10:30am EDT)

Saturday, July 31 – Tortas de Coliflor. Y Arroz a la Jardinera – Cauliflower pancakes in fresh tomato sauce. And garden rice, made with fresh carrots, peas, and corn (5:30pm EDT)

Saturday, August 7 – Gorditas de Picadillo. Y Salsa Verde y Salsa Roja – Thick pockets of corn masa, stuffed with ground beef, carrots, onions, peas and potatoes. And Mexican green and red sauces made from seasonal vegetables (5:30pm EDT)

Saturday, August 21 – Sopa de Milpa. Y Flor de Calabaza Rellena de Queso de Cabra – Soup made from corn, zucchini, poblano peppers, zucchini blossoms, and epazote. And zucchini blossoms stuffed with goat cheese. (We are planning this session in collaboration with farmers in the Upper Valley (NH/VT). If the zucchini blossoms are not available (either from these farmers or in gardens you may have access to), we will substitute another delicious dish featuring late summer ingredients) (5:30pm EDT)

Saturday, August 28 – ¡Esquites! (dos estilos) – Back by popular demand, Mexican Street Corn. This time, we will prepare it two ways: Boiled and Fried (5:30pm EDT)

Yoga Class

Whole Roasted Tro

Within Reach Yoga At The Weathersfield Center Church

Slow Flow, Rest + Restore 
In-person, Tuesday mornings at 9-10 am 
Weathersfield Center Meeting House

If it's nice out,  practice may be outside, but generally practice will be inside with windows open for fresh air. There may be other pop-up classes so keep your eye on the Within Reach Yoga facebook page, website or your email.

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

Bike Rides

Community rides every other Thursday
Take out your own bike or one of Hanover Adventure Tours bikes for exciting routes created by them. Come by HAT from 4- 6 pm and meet adventurers like yourself on this self-guided experience!

JUNE 31st - RIVER RIDE 21.2 miles

Time to take a ride along the beautiful Connecticut River while crossing bridges and discovering the majestic birds nested along the way.
 More info visit HAT Community Rides Or check out their other bike tours


Vermont Online Workshops

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

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!

Harpoon Beer Garden and Brewery 802-674-5491
336 Ruth Carney Drive
Windsor, VT 05089

Inn at Weathersfield-Re-opening April 30, 2021 (802) 263-9217
Dine inside or outside Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays, call for a reservation 802-263-9217. 1342 VT Route 106 Perkinsville, VT 05151

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

Villagers Ice Cream Restaurant-11:30 a.m. -8 p.m. CLOSED MONDAYS (802) 795-0063
4261 Route 106 Perkinsville, VT 05151

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.

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, the First State with 80% of eligible Population Vaccinated. 

Vermont is Fully Open

As of June 14, 2021, more than 80% of eligible Vermonters have received at least the first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine and Governor Phil Scott has authorized the move to Step 4 of the Vermont Forward Plan, lifting business, gathering, and travel related restrictions, nearly two weeks ahead of schedule. 

Universal Guidance

Fully Vaccinated People. 
Effective immediately, fully vaccinated people can resume activities without wearing a face covering over nose and mouth or physically distancing, except where required by federal, State or local laws, rules, and regulations, including local business and workplace guidance. For the purposes of this section, people are considered fully vaccinated for COVID-19 two weeks after they have received the second dose in a series of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine, or 2 weeks after they have received a single-dose of the Johnson and Johnson vaccine. 

Unvaccinated People. Unvaccinated people are not required to wear face coverings over nose and mouth when they are in outdoor public spaces, provided sustained or prolonged close contact with other unvaccinated people from outside their household can be avoided. For the purposes of section, people of all ages, including children, are considered unvaccinated when they have not completed a vaccination series.
Most COVID-19 Restrictions have been lifted.
(Masking and Physical Distancing "Encouraged")

Vermont COVID-19 Vaccination Update


Sign Up for Vaccine Appointments
or Attend a Walk-In Site

Create an Account

Vermonters can schedule vaccine appointments at: The Vermont Department of HealthKinney DrugsCVS and Walgreens

The best way to make an appointment is through the Health Department’s website: 

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. 

State Resources and COVID-19 Response Information

COVID-19 Frequently Asked Questions
COVID-19 vaccinations, including who can get the vaccine and who will be eligible next. Check this website often:
state’s modeling, visit

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

COVID-19 and YOU, You are NOT Alone 

Get the Support YOU Need
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

Book an appointment:
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
Upper Valley Strong

National COVID-19 Data

CDC COVID-19 US Tracking Database

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.

Variant Tracking in Vermont (click on the link then scroll down)
This website tracks cases, infection rate, positive test rate, ICU capacity and Contact tracers hired.

COVID-19 Vaccinations

CDC COVID Global Vaccine Database

CDC COVID US Vaccine Database

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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