Weathersfield Weekly Blog, October 18 edition

Vermont has lots of logging roads to explore-but ask permission before heading out on them.
Do you think we're past peak foliage?

More photos from around Weathersfield VT: CLICK HERE

News You Can Use 

Border with Canada Reopen

VT Digger is reporting that the border with Canada will fully open to vaccinated travelers next month.

The United States plans to allow foreign nationals who are fully vaccinated against Covid-19 to cross its land borders starting in November, President Joe Biden’s administration announced Tuesday.

The development is likely to benefit Vermont’s economy, which relies in part on Canadian tourists, and it comes just in time for the approaching ski season.

“It has the potential to make a solid, positive impact,” said JJ Toland, a spokesperson for Jay Peak Resort, located a few miles south of the border with Quebec. “Canadian visitors account for 50% of Jay Peak’s winter business, so not having the border open last winter hurt.”

Vermont reports 327 new Covid cases, bringing 7-day average to record high

VT Digger also is reporting that Vermont reported 327 new Covid-19 cases Wednesday, bringing the state’s seven-day average to an all-time pandemic high.

The rolling average of new cases per day receded for more than a week after the previous high of 219 on Sept. 18, but it has now rebounded to 245, according to data from the state Department of Health.

Gov. Phil Scott said Tuesday that his administration had been surprised that case numbers have resurged. “They went back up for whatever reason. I don't know, I wish I had the answer,” he said at his weekly press conference in Montpelier. “I think we all wish we had the answer.”

Omitting a record-high count last month that officials attributed in part to a data glitch, the 327 cases reported Wednesday 10/13 represent the highest confirmed one-day total since the start of the pandemic.

One data anomaly does appear in Wednesday’s count: 83 cases are listed as “pending validation,” a category that rarely shows more than a handful of cases at a time.

Positive tests typically are assigned to the county in which they are identified, according to Ben Truman, a health department spokesperson.

“The larger than usual number listed today as pending validation is because the high number of cases means more are still under investigation,” Truman said in an email Wednesday.

Bats in Vermont Talk Saturday 10 a.m. 
On Saturday, October 23, 10:00 am, Weathersfield Center Meetinghouse, Alyssa Bennett, Small Mammals Biologist of the Vermont Agency of Natural Resources, will present an illustrated talk on bats in Vermont. 

All ages welcome! 
There will be door prizes of bat house kits for a lucky 5 attendees, perfect for putting together with your children over the winter. 

This event is FREE and is sponsored by the Weathersfield Conservation Commission

Park in the field across the road from the meetinghouse which is located at 2579 Weathersfield Center Road.

It's Getting Spooky in Weathersfield

Make Your Plans Now

5th Annual Trunk or Treat Event Oct. 30

The Weathersfield Proctor Library has announced a date for their TRUNK OR TREAT. The event will be held at Hoisington Field (1879 Schoolhouse in Perkinsville on Route 106) parking lot on October 30, 2021 3-5 p.m.

Vehicle set up opens at 2 p.m. Dress up, decorate your vehicle, brings the little ones for this fun, safe way to celebrate Halloween.

Anyone who would like to sponsor a vehicle may pick up a registration form at the Library or submit a REGISTRATION FORM from

Creepy Hollow Yard Haunt & Haunt Trail
1571 Gravelin Road, Weathersfield
October 31 5:30- 10:00 pm

Julie Pawlikowski posted on Facebook last week that the Creepy Hollow Yard Haunt and Haunt Trial will be happening this year. Great news for fans of the spectacular event.

Some Spooktacular Halloween Happenings
in Neighboring Towns
Haunted Village Theater: Saturday, Oct. 23 (Rain date: October 24.) Area actors will lead tours around Barnard Village, visiting five outdoor locations, each with a small cast of actors telling ghost stories or a short play around a fire pit. Tickets required at Family-friendly tours begin at 5 and 5:30 p.m. PG tours begin at 6, 6:30 and 7 p.m. PG-13 tours at 7:30, 8 and 8:30 p.m. $5-20 sliding scale admission. Hosted by BarnArts Center for the Arts

Trunks and Treats: Sunday, Oct. 31, 2 to 4 p.m., Monadnock Park, 190 Broad St. For children 12 and under accompanied by adults age 18 and older. Visit, email or call 603-542-7019 to register a trunk or donate candy.

Trunk or Treat: Sunday, Oct. 31, 1 to 3 p.m., Our Savior Lutheran Church, 5 Summer St. Community event serves as alternative to door-to-door trick or treating or an add-on to traditional trick-or-treating. Email or call 603-643-3703.

Gory Daze Parade & MASK’erade Ball: Friday, Oct. 29, 6:30 to 11:30 p.m., Main Street Museum, 58 Bridge St., White River Junction. Pre-parade begins at the museum at 6:30 p.m. with the Western Terrestrials; parade at 8 p.m. with the Celebration Brass Band and MASK’erade Ball at 9 p.m. with DJ WetJet back at the museum. Masks required. $10 for the Ball. The pre-parade and parade are free.

Trunk-or-Treat: Saturday, Oct. 30, 4 to 6 p.m., Lyman Point Park, 167 Maple St., White River Junction. For families and children.

Dog Halloween Party: Saturday, Oct. 23, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. (Rain date Oct. 24). Watson Upper Valley Dog Park, 1120 Maple St., White River Junction. Includes bake sale and pedicures for dogs. Prizes awarded to dogs with best costumes, judging at 1 p.m.

Online: Ghosts and the Supernatural in Film with Rick Winston: Thursday, Oct. 28, 7 to 8 p.m. Sample a wide variety of paranormal films, from Hollywood and other countries during the program. Registration required by emailing

Online: Spooky Stop-Motion Animation: Friday, Oct. 29, 1 to 2 p.m. Learn how to create a stop motion video using the free Stop Motion Studio App. Use Legos or stuffies to create monsters to make a video spooky. Ages 9 and older. Email to register.

Halloween FunFest: Sunday, Oct. 31, noon to 3 p.m., Colburn Park, 51 N. Park St. Includes stories, refreshments, pumpkin bowling, and photographs with Elmo and Cookie Monster. The Lebanon Fire Department will host an open house from 5 to 8 p.m. with food, candy, and soft drinks.

City-designated trick-or-treating hours are from 6 to 8 p.m. on Halloween.

NorWitchy Woods Walk: Sunday, Oct. 31, 3 to 5:30 p.m., Milton Frye Nature Area, 50 Church St. A non-scary Halloween hike through the woods, including several stops along the way for treats. Registration required at

Harvest Hootenanny!: Saturday, Oct. 30, 3 to 7 p.m.: Path of Life Sculpture Garden, 36 Park Road. Includes pumpkin painting, costume parade at 4 p.m., Halloween stories, and live music by the Stringfield Stringers. $10 suggest donation for adults. Proceeds benefit Windsor Public Library. 802-674-2556.

A Family Halloween: Sunday, Oct. 24, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Billings Farm & Museum, 69 Old River Road. Costume parades, Halloween activities and games, and tractor-drawn hayrides. $8 to $16; children in costumes get free admission. Information at or 802-457-2355.

Town of Weathersfield

Weathersfield Police Blotter 

Select Board

All regular meetings are broadcasted live on Comcast channel 1087, VTEL Channel 161, and on Wednesdays at 6:30 p.m.

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.
November 1
November 15

Meeting Minutes
October 4
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

November 9
December 14

Location: 135 Schoolhouse RD Ascutney

Meeting Minutes
October 12
July 26 Meeting is online: Video

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.

Concert Report

Chris Thile
Lebanon Opera House
Lebanon, NH
October 12, 2021

Chris Thile, performed at the Lebanon Opera House on Tuesday, Oct.12. He's on tour promoting his new CD Laysongs.

Thile is an American mandolinist, singer, songwriter, composer, and radio personality, best known for his work in the progressive acoustic trio Nickel Creek and the acoustic folk and progressive bluegrass quintet Punch Brothers

In October 2016, he became the host of the radio variety show A Prairie Home Companion, which in December 2017 was renamed Live from Here.

His 90 minute set was well received by the audience of close to 500 people. 

Tuesday evening was the first performance at the Opera House requiring proof of vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test. When Executive Director Joe Clifford asked the audience how the check-in process went there was a loud round of applause and many thumbs up given.

More photos: CLICK HERE

Next Up at LOH: 

XANADU-Trumbull Hall Troupe Friday-Sunday November 5-7 Reservations

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

Full schedule is listed below.

Things to Do In and Around Weathersfield

Entertainment, Get Outdoors, Classes, Workshops

Old Barns of Weathersfield-until Oct. 31
Lisa Curry Mair
The Inn at Weathersfield

More photos: CLICK HERE

Read more about the Opening Reception-CLICK HERE

Outdoor Activities

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.

Music in the Air...

Lebanon Opera House

XANADU-Trumbull Hall Troupe Friday-Sunday November 5-7 Reservations

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

Warren Miller's Winter Starts Now Sunday November 21 5 p.m. Tickets

The Hello Girls Lebanon HS Wet Paint Players December 3-5 SAU 88

Leo Kottke and Mike Gordon Monday, December 13 7:30 p.m. Tickets SELLING FAST!

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

Keystone Revisited 2022 Saturday, April 9 (rescheduled from October 2021) Tickets GA Orchestra and Reserved balcony seats.

COVID-19 Health and Safety rules in effect at LOH:
For entrance to all indoor Lebanon Opera House events, all patrons, staff, and volunteers must show a valid ID and proof of full vaccination – 14 days past their final vaccination shot – or proof of a negative COVID-19 test within three days of the event. Children under 12 years of age are exempt from this policy.

Face coverings will be required for everyone, regardless of age or vaccination/testing status, at all times while inside the building per City of Lebanon requirements. Masks will be provided to any guests that request them.

Proof of vaccination can be in the form of your physical vaccine card or a photo/scan of your card. We do, however, recommend patrons use the safe and secure Bindle app that’s being adopted by other arts organizations throughout the region. Download “My Bindle” via the Apple App Store or Google Play Store.

Although our general policy is “no refunds/no exchanges” unless the show is cancelled or rescheduled, we acknowledge that the “rules of engagement” are changing and you may be interested in seeking a refund. In those cases you will have options to get a credit for a future show or a refund. Please contact us at and we’ll be happy to assist you.



Whole Roasted Tro

Within Reach Yoga At The Weathersfield Center Church

at Weathersfield Center Meeting House
2579 Weathersfield Center Rd

For this week ONLY:
  • Monday evening class will move to Wednesday 10/20 from 5:30-6:30pm
  • Tuesday morning class will move to Thursday 10/21 from 9-10am

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).

Okinawan Karate Classes for Adults the Weathersfield Center Church

Mondays 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:

Cooking Classes

Saturday, November 6 Burritos de Chilorio in Homemade Flour Tortillas 5:30pm ET (USA)

Chilorio originates in the northern state of Sonora, where flour tortillas are more common than corn tortillas. It is made from shredded pork cooked in a delicious sauce of orange juice, chiles, and vinegar, and is typically served in flour burritos. Legend has it that the name burritos originates with a man who sold food in Chihuahua and transported it by burro (donkey). To keep it hot, he wrapped it in a flour tortilla and, with time, his creations became known as burritos.

Saturday, November 20 Guacamole, Tesmole & Candied Pumpkin 5:30pm ET (USA)

Tesmole is a chicken soup made with vegetables, guajillo chiles, and balls of corn masa. We will also make our favorite guacamole receipe to enjoy tonight as an appetizer and a candied pumpkin dessert to serve on next week’s Thanksgiving table.

Saturday, December 11 Pozole Verde (Green Pozole) 5:30pm ET (USA)

This variety of pozole (hearty soup made from hominy, pork and spices) originates in the State of Guerrero, and gets its color from tomatillos, cilantro, parsley, and epazote.

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

Bistro Midva 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.
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


Do it for Yourself, Your Family, Your Community

Pfizer Boosters Available for Eligible Vermonters
In Vermont, you are now eligible to get a booster shot of Pfizer vaccine if you received your second dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine six months ago or more, and  
  • are age 65 or older, or
  • are age 18 or older with certain medical conditions that put you at high risk of getting severely ill with COVID-19, or 
  • are age 18 or older and are more likely to be exposed to or spread COVID because of where you work, or 
  • are age 18 or older and are Black, Indigenous or a person of color (BIPOC), or 
  • are age 18 or older and live with someone who is BIPOC.

Getting your booster shot is FREE and easy! Visit for more information, and to find a location that offers the Pfizer vaccine near you.

To register through the Health Department website:
Click the “make an appointment” button.
Log in to your account. Have the information you need to log in ready.
If you are eligible by work or medical conditions, you may need to update your details in the registration system before making an appointment. Go to the Dependent/Household/Client tab and click the UPDATE DETAILS button.
Proceed with making your appointment.

If you have not previously been vaccinated through the state registration system, need assistance or speak a language other than English, call 855-722-7878.

You will not need to show proof that you’re eligible or have to be a Vermont resident, but please bring your vaccination card. You must have an appointment for the vaccine clinic.

Health officials are also reminding Vermonters that it’s time to get your annual flu vaccine, and that there is no waiting period between getting a COVID-19 booster and getting your flu shot.

COVID-19 vaccines are highly effective, and a booster dose gives your body extra protection. This is especially important as the world continues to face the Delta variant of the virus that causes COVID-19. Moderna and Johnson and Johnson boosters have not yet been authorized by the CDC, and we will keep Vermonters up to date as we await guidance.

Follow the latest vaccination and COVID Risk Maps at

Vermont State Resources and COVID-19 Response Information

Weathersfield has 95 cumulative case of COVID-19 since March 2020; up 3 cases since last week.

COVID-19 Frequently Asked Questions:
COVID-19 vaccinations:
Schedule vaccine appointments at: The Vermont Department of Health, Kinney Drugs, CVS 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.

There are no state COVID-19 restrictions or requirements for Vermonters or visitors to follow. However, everyone should follow these basic prevention steps:
  • Get vaccinated as soon as you are eligible
  • Stay home if you feel sick
  • Get tested if you have any symptoms, may be a close contact, or have taken part in activities that could put you at risk, such as large gatherings
  • Wash your hands regularly

Wearing a mask:
The Health Department currently recommends wearing a mask in public indoor settings, because a significant portion of the population remains unvaccinated and the more transmissible Delta variant is spreading.

The need to wear a mask indoors is expected to be temporary, while vaccination levels increase and the Delta variant surge ends. Once that happens, it should be possible to safely reduce, and eventually stop, the use of masks in public indoor settings.

Wearing a mask helps protect you and the people around you from getting or spreading COVID-19. A mask helps contain your respiratory droplets and can keep them from reaching other people. COVID-19 can spread even if a person does not have any symptoms. This is how we reduce spread of the virus and outbreaks in our communities, schools and businesses.

If you are fully vaccinated – it is still possible to get and to spread the virus, but the risk is lower. Wearing a mask in public indoor settings is recommended, but you can also assess whether a mask is needed based on a space’s size, the number of people in it, the amount of time you’ll be there, and case rates in the county and in the community.

We urge everyone to follow the prevention steps to protect yourself and the people around you, especially if:
  • you have a weakened immune system or are around someone who does
  • you have children who can’t yet be vaccinated
  • you’re traveling to a place with high transmission and low vaccination rates

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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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