Weathersfield Weekly Blog November 15, 2021 edition

Roseanne Cash at the Lebanon Opera House, Nov. 12, 2021

In person music and theatre are back 
(with some restrictions). 

These restrictions are easy to follow especially if you've been starved for LIVE (not on the computer screen) performances by your favorite artists, bands and actors. 

Most venues are requiring that masks be worn during the show and to enter the venue you will need to present either a fully vaccinated CDC COVID-19 card or proof of a negative COVID-19 test (time frames vary with the venue 72, 48, 24 hours before the show). 

Some venues are even providing the rapid antigen tests for patrons at a nominal cost.

So get out there and enjoy some LIVE entertainment.

News You Can Use 

Weathersfield Food Shelf Announces Holiday Hours

During the holiday season, the Weathersfield Food Shelf will be open:

Tuesday November 23 2:00 pm-4:00 pm

Thursday December 9 2:00 pm-4:00 pm

Tuesday December 21 2:00 pm-4:00 pm

The Food Shelf will be closed November 26 (Thanksgiving) and December 23
 Beginning Thursday, January 13, the regular opening schedule of 2:00 pm-4:00 pm on the 2nd and 4th Thursdays of each month will resume. 

The Weathersfield Food Shelf is located in the 1879 Perkinsville Schoolhouse at 1862 Route 106 in Perkinsville. 

The Food Shelf has lots of good food to offer! Donations are gladly accepted.

COVID-19 Cases in Vermont Hit Record Highs-No Decline in Sight

The Vermont Department of Health reported 505 new Covid-19 cases Friday, the second-highest one-day total the state has ever reported. Combined with Thursday’s record high of 595 cases, the seven-day average has risen to 342, which is 57% percent higher than the seven-day average at the beginning of this month. 

Within only 10 days, Vermont’s seven-day average has gone from about 200 cases each day to over 300 cases per day, Department of Health data shows. 

The department also disclosed two new deaths in its data, for a total of 17 deaths so far in November. In total, 393 Vermonters have died since the beginning of the pandemic.

Fifty-two Vermonters are in the hospital with the virus, including 13 in intensive care units. The state has reported between 42 and 55 Covid-19 patients in November but has not yet hit the recent record of 60 hospitalizations set Oct. 29.

VT Digger reports: Questioned about the data last week, department spokesperson Ben Truman pointed out the record-high testing numbers as a reason for the surge. But the latest data from Michael Pieciak's, commissioner of the Vermont Department of Financial Regulation, presentation suggests that testing does not fully explain the rise.

Testing rose 9% over the same period that cases rose 42%, the data shows. Vermont’s seven-day positivity rate is now the highest since the beginning of July.

Pieciak said Vermont’s near-term forecast projected that cases are “not expected to decrease” over the next few weeks, meaning they could either stay flat or increase further.

The rest of New England, particularly Maine and New Hampshire, is also reporting rising case numbers. But Vermont now reports the third-highest rate of case increase in the nation, and the ninth-highest case rate overall, New York Times data shows.

State officials dug into the numbers Tuesday to reveal how the latest spike is occurring. But state Health Commissioner Mark Levine said “there is not one simple answer” to why this surge is happening now.

Among other factors, he blamed the longstanding villain of Vermont’s pandemic battle: the Delta variant. “This may sound like old news, but the fact is, this version of the Covid-19 virus is incredibly contagious,” he said.


See more COVID-19 information below.

Family of Weathersfield woman, missing for months then found dead, seeks reform in searches

The Valley News is reporting that family and friends of Tonia Bushway, the 50-year old Weathersfielder who went missing in July, want to know why it took three months for Weathersfield police to arrange a full-scale search with dogs around the home, which was where she had last been seen. They also are frustrated that her disappearance didn’t attract the media attention other cases have.

In early October, when Vermont State Police and New England K-9 were finally called in to search for her, Bushway’s remains were soon found behind a rock in a wooded area on a neighboring property, about 50 yards above her home on Little Ascutney Road.

By then, her body had been reduced to skeletal remains, and an autopsy last month could not determine the cause or time of her death.


Anyone with information about the case is asked to contact Detective Trooper Zachary Gauthier at the Westminster barracks at 802-722-4600. Tips also may be submitted online anonymously at

Thanksgiving Food Drive
Weathersfield School 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!

 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. 

December 6, 20

Meeting Minutes
November 1 (Not posted at press time Nov. 8 in violation of Vermont's Open Meeting law)
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

Early release Day, Nov. 19
There will be an early release day on Friday, November 19th. All students will get out at 12:00 PM.

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

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.

MTI'S All Together Now
We The People Theatre
Briggs Opera House, White River Junction, VT Nov. 11, 2021

So what exactly is "All Together Now"
From their website:
MTI's All Together Now!
A Global Event Celebrating Local Theatre-Over 2,500 theatres across the globe in all 50 states and over 40 countries to perform this exclusive musical revue free-of-charge during the weekend of November 12-15, 2021.

MTI is providing schools and theatres around the globe with an exclusive musical revue featuring songs from MTI's beloved shows…all free-of-charge.

MTI's All Together Now! is designed as a fundraiser for local theatres to perform live, over the same four-days November 12-15, 2021. The past year-and-a-half has been extremely challenging for theatrical organizations and MTI is offering this exclusive musical revue as a way to support the thousands of theatres who are persevering under trying circumstances.

Currently, there are over 2,500 organizations from all 50 states and 40 countries/territories signed up to participate in the event over the November weekend. There will be over 5,500 individual performances to be seen by over one million audience members. View all of the productions of MTI’s All Together Now! scheduled to take place around the world by navigating to the "Map/Reach" tab or by clicking here.

I attended their dress rehearsal on Thursday evening. It was quite the show. I hope you got tickets. It was truly a one-of -a kind production.

Roseanne Cash
Lebanon Opera House, Lebanon NH Nov. 12, 2021

Roseanne Cash brought her band to the Lebanon Opera House last Friday evening.

The close to sold out audience enjoyed the music and banter from Ms. Cash. No one seemed to mind wearing a mask throughout the performance. 

And Ms. Cash thanked the audience several times for coming out and enjoying LIVE music.

Things to Do In and Around Weathersfield

Get Outdoors, Entertainment, Classes, Workshops 

Time to Turkey Trot for Zack's Place
Nov. 25, 2021 10 a.m.
Woodstock Elementary School, Woodstock VT

Time to register for Zack's Place Turkey Trot. Held on November 25, this run around Woodstock VT is a fundraiser for Zack's Place.

Feeling a little more challenged...Krampus for Vermont Adaptive

Dec. 11, 2021
Suicide Six Ski Area, Pomfret VT

Race Mozey will be partnering with Vermont Adaptive and presenting the Krampuslauf 50K, 10K, and 5K at Suicide Six ski resort in Pomfret VT on December 11, 2021.

The race will consist of trails throughout the ski resort where there will be a 5 K loop ending at the top of the mountain and runners will take the ski lift back down. 

There will also be a 10K loop which will continue up and down the mountain. 

50K runners will do the 10K loop 5 times. 

Since the weather can be unpredictable this time of year, this event is open to the possibility of straight trail running, micro spikes, or even snow shoes. 

Exact information weather conditions will come out two weeks prior to the race but don't worry, there will be snow shoe rentals on site if needed.

The elevation for each length are:
5K 1200’ of gain
10K 2000’ of gain
50k 10,000’ of gain

All finishers will receive a race medal and all DNF's will receive a birch twig.


Zack's Place Players present Beauty and the Beatz, Wednesday December 15, 2021 at 5:30 p.m. at the Woodstock Town Hall Theatre. The performance is free but donations are accepted. All Welcome.

Music in the Air...

Lebanon Opera House

Silent Disco November 20 5 p.m. and 8 p.m. Reserve Your Headphones

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 Perkinsville Community Church
(while the Center Meeting house furnace gets repaired.)

Indoor Classes are at Perkinsville Community Church-You must Register for each class at least a day ahead by emailing Lisa.
Class sizes limited to 7.

6-week Tuesday Morning Class 
8:15-9:15 a.m.
November 16-December 21

Slow Flow, Rest + Restore Class
In-person, Tuesday mornings--9:30-10:30 am

Candlelight Evening Class
Tuesday 5:30-6:30 p.m.

Lisa's soothing evening class will continue on Tuesdays from 5:30-6:30pm.
A minimum of 6 participants are needed to hold class - please register at least one day in advance.

Please use the side door of the Perkinsville Community Church and leave shoes and coats in the entry way or kitchen (or keep them on your mat). There is a bathroom for changing. 

Please bring props and wear a mask when you are not on your mat. 

Upon feedback received and in an effort to maintain our strong community atmosphere and keep yoga a space of comfort and peace with room for everyone to sink into their own bodies and inner wisdom, please refrain from discussing politics, covid-19, and the vaccine in the sacred space where we practice.

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

Cooking Classes

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 CLOSED for Mini Stick Season Break-Reopening on Nov. 24th.
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 

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.
During the holiday season, the Weathersfield Food Shelf will be open:
Tuesday November 23 2:00 pm-4:00 pm
Thursday December 9 2:00 pm-4:00 pm
Tuesday December 21 2:00 pm-4:00 pm
The Food Shelf will be closed November 26 (Thanksgiving) and December 23. 
 Beginning Thursday, January 13, the regular opening schedule of 2:00 pm-4:00 pm on the 2nd and 4th Thursdays of each month will resume. 
 The Weathersfield Food Shelf is located in the 1879 Perkinsville Schoolhouse at 1862 Route 106 in Perkinsville. The Food Shelf has lots of good food to offer!

Call the Weathersfield Town Office to be refereed to a volunteer, visit the Weathersfield Food Shelf Facebook page and leave a message, 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

COVID-19 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, Moderna, J&J 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 110 cumulative case of COVID-19 since March 2020. One new case since last week.

COVID-19 In Vermont Communities

COVID-19 Frequently Asked Questions:
COVID-19 vaccinations:

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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