Weathersfield Weekly Blog, November 1 edition

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Town Says Goodbye to Long Time Weathersfield Town Clerk, Carol Daniels
Carol H. (Hall) Daniels, 78, passed away peacefully on October 21, 2021 at her home in Weathersfield, Vermont with her husband by her side. She was born December 6, 1942, in Springfield, the daughter of William J. Hall and Agnes E. (Wing) Hall. She attended North Springfield Graded School and graduated from Springfield High School class of 1960.

On August 31, 1963 she married Peter M. Daniels of Weathersfield. She was employed as a Secretary at Fellows Gear Shaper following graduation, where she met Peter, until her daughter Kimberly was born in 1965. She and Peter operated Springfield Mailing Service from their home for several years until Kim and Matt were old enough to take to work with her at Wellwood Orchards for a number of years until she was elected as a Lister and also appointed Assistant Town Clerk for the town of Weathersfield, then soon after was elected Town Clerk, a position she held until she retired in 1997. Soon after retirement she and Peter purchased Running Bear Camping Area in Ascutney, which she ran until she retired again in 2007.

Carol was an avid collector of vintage dolls, miniatures, Santa's, and Dept. 56 collectables. She enjoyed her dolls, flower gardens, camping, and their many trips to the Maine coastline. She enjoyed her family, especially her two grandsons and in later years her great grandson,

She is survived by her husband of 58 years, Peter, one daughter Kimberly A. Farrar of Cavendish, VT, one son Matthew J. Daniels and daughter in law Colleen (Moore) Daniels of Quechee, VT, one grandson Kevin W. Atwood of Springfield and his Partner Chelsea Lynn Carleton, and her great grandson Michale Joshua Carleton Atwood. She is also survived by two sisters Judith E. Hall of Minot, ND, and Deborah R. Hall and brother in law Alvin K. Hall of Middleburg, FL, one brother David M. Hall and sister in law Sheryl-Kay Hall of Springfield, two brothers in law Neil H, Daniels and Anthony J. Daniels both of Weathersfield, also nine nieces, four nephews and their families, and a number of cousins. She is also survived by an extended family: a special adopted granddaughter Monica Russo and great granddaughter Adelyn of Chester, adopted grandson and granddaughter Pj and Erica Pierce and great grandson Ethan and great granddaughter Mackenzie, all of Hartland, and Carol's very special caregiver Marianne Jones of Springfield who has assisted taking care of her over the last 8 months.

She was predeceased by her parents and one grandson Joshua R. Atwood of Springfield, and one brother in law Lawrence J. Daniels and his wife Carolyn of Claremont, NH

She will be bringing with her on her final journey, two very special doll friends, Jimmy and Mikey, who have kept her constant company, in her world, over the last year.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in her memory to the Ascutney Volunteer Fire Department P.O. Box 91 Ascutney, VT 05030.


7th Graders Present Nature Center Projects to the Select Board Monday night.

The Weathersfield School 7th grade students will share their Nature Center projects with the Weathersfield Town Select Board at their meeting on November 1st.
The students are #5 on the agenda.

Weathersfield Has 6 New COVID-19 Cases Since Last Week

Breakthrough COVID-19 Cases in Vermont-What do they Mean?

VT Digger explains breakthrough cases occur when a fully vaccinated person — someone who has received at least two doses of Pfizer or Moderna, or one dose of Johnson & Johnson — tests positive for Covid-19.

VT Digger get lots of reader questions about how to interpret the state’s breakthrough data, and — even though Vermont regularly reports on these numbers — why we aren’t including them in their daily Covid-19 updates.

VT Digger ran the most frequently asked questions past an expert and reviewed the data themselves to help explain what breakthrough case data means for Vermont.

What can Vermont data tell us about the vaccine’s effectiveness?

Very little that we don’t know already.

Yes, Vermont publishes data on breakthrough cases, hospitalizations and deaths. But that data is constrained by the state’s small size, older population and earlier-than-average vaccination success — and, as Dr. Tim Lahey explains, “the presumption is that vaccines work the same in Vermont as they work in California.” 

Lahey, an infectious disease specialist at the University of Vermont Medical Center, said the stronger evidence comes from vaccine clinical trials and observational studies in recent months, which rigorously follow participants and account for factors such as someone’s age.

One of the largest studies — with 43,000 participants in Los Angeles County during the Delta surge — concluded that unvaccinated participants were 4.9 times more likely to get infected and 29 times more likely to be hospitalized for Covid than their fully vaccinated peers.

Recently released federal data on breakthrough cases shows similar results: As of early September, cases in 14 states across the nation were six times higher in unvaccinated Americans.



Veterans Day Ceremony Nov. 11 at 11 a.m.
Weathersfield Veterans Memorial Committee will host their annual Veterans Day Ceremony, remembering all who served.
Thursday, November 11, 2021 at 11:00 A.M. at the Veterans Memorial Park, Perkinsville, VT
All welcome.

 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 AGENDA 
November 15
December 6, 20

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

Picture Day
Wednesday, November 3rd will be picture day, it was rescheduled due to classes being quarantined.

Parent Teacher Conferences
Parent teacher conferences will be on November 4th and 5th. Those days will be early release days to allow teachers the opportunity to review students’ progress with their families.

Thanksgiving Food Drive
WS will be hosting a food drive to fill 20 Thanksgiving Baskets for the community. All donations are due by Friday, Nov. 19th.
Items needed:
Cranberry Sauce 
Canned Veggies
Pie Crust
Pie Filling
If you know of a family in need of a basket this year, please feel free to contact BJ Esty at 802-674-5400. All information is confidential. Thank you and Happy Thanksgiving!

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
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.

Things to Do In and Around Weathersfield

Get Outdoors, Entertainment, Classes, Workshops 

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

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

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

*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).

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 103 cumulative case of COVID-19 since March 2020. Six new cases since last week.

COVID-19 In Vermont Communities

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.

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.