Weathersfield Weekly Blog, September 13

Summer colors are still with us, if you look for them.

News You Can Use 

Former Weathersfield Town Manager Gets Help Managing His Job in Claremont

Patrick Adrian, Staff Writer for the Eagle Times reports that former interim City Manager John MacLean will return to Claremont to provide professional development services for City Manager Ed Morris, as directed by the Claremont City Council this week.

The Claremont City Council voted unanimously on Wednesday to contract MacLean through Municipal Resources Inc., a New England municipal services provider based in Portsmouth, to work with Morris to help “broaden Mr. Morris’s skills as a chief executive officer,” according to Mayor Charlene Lovett.

Morris, hired in July 2019, only had a few years of related experience before becoming Claremont’s city manager. He previously served three years as the town manager of Weathersfield, Vermont, which has a population of just over 2,800 people. Prior to that, Morris had interned for one year as the assistant to the city manager in Jerome, Idaho, a city with a population of 10,890 in 2010.


Old Barns of Weathersfield
The Inn at Weathersfield
Sept. 9-Oct. 31, 2021

On Thursday September 9, 2021 the Inn at Weathersfield hosted an artist reception for Lisa Curry Mair. Lisa has created ten beautiful works of arts depicting some old barns she found in town.

On Mother's Day, she and her husband Bart drove around town looking for old barns, they found 55 barns. Most were very old and in various states of repair. Lisa photographed these barns. She recorded the location on a map and made notes about the owners.

When she returned home she began some extensive research into these barns. She used history books and The Weathersfield Historical Society as references. The most helpful books were "Historic Sights and Structures of Weathersfield" a 1993 publication by the Weathersfield Historical Society and John Hurd's "Weathersfield Century One".

More photos: CLICK HERE

Read more about the Opening Reception-CLICK HERE

Bistro Midva Opens in Downtown Windsor VT

Bistro Midva has been serving delicious food for about two weeks now. It's the new venture for Chad Lumbra and his wife Arlanda Eržen Lumbra. Midva means "the two of us".

My friend Michelle and I ate at their restaurant last week and had an absolutely wonderful meal. (Michelle and Arlanda are colleagues at DHMC). Chad and I have a few mutual Upper Valley Friends-(he also used to be the chef at Elixir in White River Junction).

Hand cut fries with Brave Sauce

Grilled Prawns

More photos: CLICK HERE 

Read My Full Review: CLICK HERE

Midva is open Wednesday-Saturday 4:30-9:30 p.m. (Closed Sunday, Monday and Tuesday)
Call (802) 299-1553 or visit their FACEBOOK PAGE for more information.
They are located at 131 Main Street Windsor, VT

The 9th Annual VT Golden Honey Festival is in the books and organizers are looking forward to their 10th!

The festival is held each year at the Golden Stage Inn Bed and Breakfast in Proctorsville, VT

Vendors from all over the area were on hand selling their goods and celebrating all things bees.

 More photos: CLICK HERE

Read more about my visit to the festival: CLICK HERE

Rockledge Farm Featured on WCAX

“We are truly a handmade, hand-produced shop. Every single piece that comes out of here is an individual, beautiful piece of wood that’s been crafted by a craftsman.”

That’s how Rockledge Farm Woodworks owner Scott Duffy describes his shop. It’s located down in Windsor County, and it’s the place to go for any custom furniture you could possibly imagine."

Check out the VIDEO

My photos from 2015 Vermont Open Studio: CLICK HERE

Town of Weathersfield

Compost Charge Starts Oct. 1 at Transfer Station
Vermont is the first state in the nation to enact a law that makes composting mandatory for everyone. In an effort to reduce the size of its landfills and curb the production of methane gas, Vermont declared that all residents are required to compost food scraps, which began on July 1, 2020. 

For the first year the Transfer Station accepted Food Scraps at no cost to conduct a study to determine how much composting will cost the Transfer Station. Effective October 1, 2021 the town will begin charging for Compost at the Transfer Station.

Weathersfield Police Blotter 

Select Board

Selectboard Members  
David Fuller Chair  
Mike Todd   Vice Chair
Kelly O'Brien  Clerk
Joseph Jarvis Member
Paul Tillman Member

Select Board Meets 1st and 3rd Mondays of the Month 6:30 p.m.
September 20
October 4
October 18

Meeting Minutes
July 19 (posted on Monday, July 26 at 8:22 a.m. in violation of Vermont's Open Meeting law)
July 6  
April 19
April 5February 1

*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.

Weathersfield School

COVID-19 Plan for School Year

The plan for returning students has been posted online for parents to review. LINK

Meetings at 6:30-9:30 p.m.
Meeting Agendas may be found HERE

September 15 
October 12
November 9
December 14

Location: 135 Schoolhouse RD Ascutney

Meeting Minutes
August 10 (Minutes have not been posted in violation of the Vermont Open Meeting Law.)
July 27 Meeting is online: Video
July 27  (Minutes have not been posted in violation of the Vermont Open Meeting Law.)

Windsor Southeast Supervisory Union

Dr. David Baker, Superintendent Update Welcome Back 

Proof of Vaccination: For students who are vaccine eligible (12 and up), if you have not provided your school nurse with proof of vaccination then please do so as soon as possible. We need to maintain complete student and staff records on vaccinations so that we can determine our percentage and begin to lift restrictions as we approach the 80% rate in each building. 

If you do not provide proof of vaccination, we will have to assume that your child is not vaccinated. The nurses tell me that the easiest way to provide proof is to simply Fax or Scan your card to them. 

We are also requiring that all visitors, including parents, have proof of vaccination if you have to enter for an appointment. Remember, all appointments have to be scheduled ahead of time with the school administrative assistant. If we can accomplish the business virtually, we would prefer that option for now.

School Nurses
Albert Bridge:

Masks: All persons need to wear a mask when entering the building or riding a bus. Weather permitting, schools will try to be outside with students as much as possible. There are no mask requirements outside as long as we can keep PODS separate and grade level separate.

Remember, masks need to be 2-ply if cloth and must sufficiently cover the nose and mouth. Our children did a great job with this last year. Remember, the mitigation for transmission goes in this order: first, if eligible, get a vaccine; second, stay home if you have symptoms; and third, wear a mask when indoors. Remember, our goal is to stay in person.

Weathersfield Proctor Library  Annual Book, Bake, and Mini-Yard Sale  
Saturday, Sept. 25 from 9 a.m.-1 p.m.

The library fundraising committee has announced their annual Book, Bake and Mini-Yard Sale. The event will take place at the Weathersfield Proctor Library, Route 5, Ascutney, Vermont on Sat., Sept. 25 from 9-1. 
If you have items you'd like to donate please call 802-674-2863.

Concert Report

Jason Lyle Black
Lebanon Opera House
Lebanon NH Sept. 10, 2021

Jason Lyle Black was scheduled to perform at the Lebanon Opera House in March of 2020-we all know what happened on Friday the 13th of March 2020. He was rescheduled for Friday Sept. 10th.

It was a physically distanced, mask-on show but the audience didn't seem to mind.

Black is a magnificent piano player and an entertaining storyteller.

He played for about an hour and a half then met with fans in the newly renovated Opera House lobby.

More photos: CLICK HERE

Next Up at LOH Johnny A on Friday Sept. 17.

HISS Golden Messenger
Billsville House Concerts
Manchester, VT Sept. 11, 2021

HISS Golden Messenger played two outdoor shows on Saturday at Billsville House Concerts in Manchester VT. (We attended the first show along with about 75 other people)

Mike (MC) Taylor hails from Durham NC. He and Scott Hirsch formed the band in 2007.  (Mike is touring solo right now promoting his new CD "Quietly Blowing It".)

His music is what some would call Indie Folk, I just call it good. 

Be sure to check out some of the videos I took to see and hear what his sound is like, then try to catch him when he swings through the area again.

More photos: CLICK HERE

Billsville Video Playlist: CLICK HERE

Next up for Billsville, Della Mae on Friday, Sept. 17  (ALMOST SOLD OUT)

Things to Do In and Around Weathersfield

Entertainment, Get Outdoors, Classes, Workshops

Learn to Belly Dance-First Class is FREE

Intro to Belly Dance classes are sponsored by the Lebanon Recreation Department.


💗 Monday on ZOOM with Gina: FIRST CLASS RISK-FREE on Mon, September 13, 6:00-7:00 pm EST. This class will be ongoing.

💗 Thursday on IN-PERSON with Gina: FIRST CLASS RISK-FREE on Thurs, September 16, 5:45-6:45 pm EST. Old CCB Dance Studio, 1 Campbell Street, Lebanon. This class will be ongoing. Participants must be fully vaccinated.

💗 Saturday on ZOOM with Gina: FIRST CLASS RISK-FREE on Sat, September 18, 10:30-11:30 am EST. This class will be ongoing.

All shapes, sizes, ages and ability levels welcome and encouraged.
Register for your Free Class: SIGN UP

Sculpture Fest 2021

Woodstock, VT

The annual outdoor gallery show that is know as Sculpture Fest, hosted by Charlet and Peter Davenport, is open. 

You can visit daily any time from dawn to dusk.
There is no admission fee-it's
free for all to enjoy.

Bring a picnic, take a stroll or just take in all the beautiful pieces on display.

Featured Artists 2021:
Continuing Featured Artists from 2020:

Click for more info about Sculpture Fest

More photos: CLICK HERE

Outdoor Activities

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.

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

Sunday, September 19th, 4:00 PM: Ferry Road and the Connecticut River

Saturday, October 2nd, 8:00 AM: Ascutney Mountain

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

*NEW*Sunday, October 24, 12:30 - 4:00 Pinnacle - Windmill organization

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

Ascutney Outdoors Events

Ascutney Outdoors, located at 449 Ski Tow RD, Mount Ascutney Ski Area, Brownsville VT 05037, is hosting a number of events this summer. 

Check them out:

September 23 @ 8:00 am - September 26 @ 5:00 pm

The Vermont 50 Mountain Bike Race and Ultra Run is excited to announce that they have partnered with the Vermont Dept of Health and will be hosting a COVID-19 vaccine clinic on race day, Sunday, September 26, 2021, from 12 pm until 4 pm.

They are happy to welcome un-vaccinated participants, crew members, and community members to pre-register so we make sure there are enough shots for everyone. 

At this time, they are not sure what vaccine will be used, so the state is pre-registering individuals 18 years and older.

If they learn in advance of what vaccine(s) will be used at the clinic they will update info on their website.

There is no charge for the vaccination and walk-ins will be accepted, but they ask that if you know in advance that you pre-register using this link –
(You don't need to be a Vermont resident to receive a vaccination-just register online)

October 2 @ 9:00 am - 2:00 pm

Brownsville Butcher and Pantry Curbside Cookouts

Brownsville Butcher and Pantry are bringing back their parking lot cookouts. They will be cooking outside every other Friday night.

On these Fridays, the parking lot will be roped off, live music is brought in, draft beer is being brought out, and they're cooking up some tasty summer bites.

Here’s how it works:
At 3PM, their café closes for regular service so they can prepare for the cookout.
Service starts at 5PM outside! Live music starts around this time as well.
No reservations are required, and call-ins aren’t accepted - just come on by.
The whole parking lot is available, as well as the lawn, so feel free to bring a blanket or some chairs.

The schedule has been created, and - weather permitting - they’ll be doing a cookout on the following Friday nights:
September 24
October 1

Check their website for the Friday night cookout menus:

More info:
871 VT 44 Brownsville, Vermont 05037
(802) 546-2900 |
Store/Café: 7AM - 7PM, Tuesday - Sunday

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 

Household Hazardous Waste Collection

September 21, 2021, 2:00 PM to 6:00 PM
Springfield Transfer Station, 135 Fairground Road/100 Recycle Way

If you are a resident of: Andover, Athens, Baltimore, Cavendish, Chester, Grafton, Ludlow, Plymouth, Reading, Rockingham, Springfield, Weathersfield, West Windsor, or Windsor, you are welcome to participate in the household hazardous waste collection on Tuesday, September 21, 2:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. at the Springfield Transfer Station, 135 Fairground Road/100 Recycle Way. Please wear a mask and stay in your vehicle. For a list of what to bring and what not to bring, visit For more information, call 674-9235 or email
Be prepared to wait in line - bring something to read - no cell service.

PAINT - The following retailers will accept any brand paint, year-round, during regular business hours: Aubuchon Hardware and LaValley Building Supply in Ludlow; Bibbens Home Center and Sherwin-Williams in Springfield; and Aubuchon Hardware in Windsor. These retailers only accept paint in labeled, non-rusty cans. Bring all other paint cans to a household hazardous waste collection.

Farmers Markets Are Open

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

Music in the Air...

Hoisington Field 1800 VT-106
Perkinsville, VT 6-8 PM
Hosted by Weathersfield Rec and Bill Brink.

September 17-Jake McLaughlin

September 24-TBD

Donations may be made by checks made out to: The Town of Weathersfield  and include a note specifying Summer Music Series donation. Town of Weathersfield at Martin Memorial Hall, 5259 US Route 5, PO BOX 550, Ascutney, VT 05030.

For additional payment questions people may contact the office at (802) 674-2626.

For more information about the event, including the concert schedule and performers, visit the Weathersfield Summer Music Series Facebook page or

Lebanon Opera House

Face Coverings are REQUIRED for EVERYONE

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

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

Justin McKinney, Saturday, Sept. 25 7:30 PM Tickets

Chris Thile, Tuesday, Oct. 12 7:30 PM Tickets

Keystone Revisited, Friday, Oct.15 7:30 PM Tickets

A Tribute to Sir Elton John, Saturday Oct. 16 7:30 PM Tickets

Roseanne Cash-Friday, November 12, 7:30 PM Tickets

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

Museums and Galleries

Hall Art Foundation Opens for Saturday and Sunday

Hall Art Foundation in Reading, VT is now open for visitors to enjoy their exhibitions, grounds and new café with food provided by the Brownsville Butcher & Pantry.

Open Saturdays and Sundays
11am – 4pm (Entry Times: 11am, 12pm, 1pm, 2pm, 3pm. Closed at 4pm)
Self-guided visits
Admission: $10 pp
Advance reservations are not required, but capacity is limited so you are encouraged to book ahead to secure your spot
544 VT Route 106, Reading, 05062.

Clark Derbes Exhibit at Hall Art Foundation

The Hall Art Foundation is pleased to announce an exhibition by Vermont artist, Clark Derbes to be held at its galleries in Reading, Vermont from 28 August – 28 November 2021. Known for creating illusionistic sculptures carved from blocks of wood, this exhibition will include about dozen of Derbes’ recent works. 

All guests have access to their café where refreshments including sandwiches, salads, baked goods, snacks, bottled beverages and coffee are available for purchase provided by the Brownsville Butcher & Pantry.

On view: “Deep Blue” a group exhibition curated by Katherine Bradford; “Katherine Bradford: Philosophers’ Clambake”; Terry Ekasala and “English Sculpture in Vermont”. 

Visit their website for more info:



Whole Roasted Tro

Within Reach Yoga At The Weathersfield Center Church

at Weathersfield Center Meeting House
2579 Weathersfield Center Rd

*NEW* Vinyasa Flow Class
In-person, Monday evenings--5:30-6:30 p.m.

Slow Flow, Rest + Restore Class
In-person, Tuesday mornings--9-10 am

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).

This week---Class is Wednesday evening 9/15 at 7 p.m.

Okinawan Karate Classes for Adults the Weathersfield Center Church

Mondays, beginning July 19 at 7 p.m.

Hank Kudlinski will be teaching traditional Okinawan Karate classes for adults, free of charge at the Weathersfield Center Church. 
Hank has decades of experience teaching at all levels. Questions email him:

Workshops Online


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 (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-CLOSED for the season due to staffing issues. They closed on Sunday, August 22nd.

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



Vermont is Fully Open, however COVID-19 cases are on the rise.
Most COVID-19 Restrictions have been lifted.
(Masking and Physical Distancing are "Encouraged")

COVID-19 HAS NOT Gone Away...
Delta Variant Continues to Spread

National Vaccine Progress

National Risk Levels

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.

State Resources and COVID-19 Response Information

COVID-19 in Our Communities
Weathersfield has 68 cumulative case of COVID-19 since March 2020.
 Up 4 cases since last week.

COVID-19 Frequently Asked Questions
COVID-19 vaccinations:
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: 
Or call 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.

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

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