Weathersfield Weekly Blog April 11 edition

First Coltsfoot Sighting, April 10, 2022

News You Can Use
ICYMI (In case You Missed It)

The Transfer Station IS Closed on Easter Sunday

The Easter Sunday closure isn't on the Town Website or the Transfer Station page but the past two Sundays there was a hand-written cardboard sign posted at the Transfer Station fence announcing the closure.

Town Manager Brandon Gulnik responded to my question about the closure "the Transfer Station will be closed on Easter Sunday. The Transfer Station workers are paid for this holiday. No other town employees are paid for this holiday. This started prior to 2020. According to Human Resources & the Highway Superintendent, this was extended to transfer station employees because they miss out on many other paid holidays." 

There you have it folks, the Transfer Station will be closed Sunday April 17-please plan accordingly and spread the word.

The Weathersfield Proctor Library has 30 free Arbor Day packets available on a first-come, first-served basis. Stop by and pick your up before they are gone.

You can print your town road map found here:

It will give you total miles of town roads - we are not including State or US highways in this for safety and legal reasons. Challenge your families, schools, sports teams, scouts, Rotaries, Lions Clubs, church groups etc. to sign up for a section of road. I will share your good work on our social channels on Green Up Day and beyond so text me when you have it all covered or updates along the way - I will share it. 802-522-7245. Photos are great too. People love a good challenge - have fun with this!

Utilize the App

Green Up Vermont in iPhone app stores and greenupvermont on Google Play. People can build teams, watch the competitive leader board and drop pins in your town to let you know where the bags are. I am working on building a cheat sheet to explain more and will send that along once I have completed it.

Collect the Data

Even if you don’t have all the answers, try to collect as much as you can and email it in to after Green Up Day. This is super helpful when applying for grants and other funding that might get us some help with tire disposal, recycling and more educational programing into schools. Do your best, doesn’t have to be perfect or complete. Your best is much appreciated! (Data form attached)

Text your pictures and short detail to 802-522-7245

Rep. Becca White announces primary challenge to Windsor County’s state senators

Sarah Mearhoff reporting for VT Digger

Rep. Becca White, D-Hartford, is looking for a promotion.

The two-term state representative on Monday launched her candidacy for one of Windsor County’s three state Senate seats. Unless any of the delegation’s incumbent senators — Alison Clarkson, Dick McCormack and Alice Nitka, all Democrats — decide to retire, White’s candidacy sets up an unusual competitive primary come August.

Should she win, the 27-year-old White would become the youngest member of the Senate, and that’s a fact she’s stressing in her campaign messaging. Her slogan — “It’s time for the next generation of leadership to come from Windsor County” — was born from a conversation she had with her mother. “I was describing how it was hard to hear either comments or concern from people in my age group who were saying, ‘I just don’t have anyone in a regional position who I can go to and talk to about issues that are facing my generation,’” White said. “And my mom said, ‘Yeah, we need that next generation of leadership,’ and I basically was like, ‘There’s my bumper sticker.’”

Most members of the Senate are at least 50 years old, and many are far older than that. The three youngest currently serving are Sens. Corey Parent, R-Franklin, Joshua Terenzini, R-Rutland, and Kesha Ram Hinsdale, D-Chittenden, all of whom are in their thirties.

More photos from "Women Making a Difference 2019": CLICK HERE

Windsor teen, adopted from Ukraine, spearheads march to support exchange student in Springfield

The Valley News reported that when Russian troops invaded Ukraine, they stirred something inside Liam Attwood that has percolated into action.

Attwood, an 18-year-old junior at Windsor High School, was adopted at age 3 out of an orphanage in the province of Kirovohrad, about 200 miles south of Kyiv, Ukraine. He’s spent the past 15 years in the Upper Valley, but he’s often wondered about his origins — his country, his culture, his biological family. He’s thought about visiting Ukraine, but the instability in the region has made that unsafe.

Then Russia annexed Crimea in 2014, and Attwood’s interest grew even more.

Windsor Community and the American Red Cross are hosting upcoming blood drives.

Please join their lifesaving mission and schedule an appointment today
Holiday Inn Ballroom (at Ascutney Mountain) 
485 Hotel Drive, Brownsville, VT, 05037
Wed Apr 20, 2022
Time: 12:30 PM - 5:00: PM
Blood Program Leader Name: Lanie Wadelton
Click here to make an appointment

Donors in and around Windsor and Reading Communities the Holiday Inn is hosting, and every eligible donor is welcome to come donate at any of the upcoming drives: 
Wed. 4/20, Wed. 5/18, Wed. 6/15, Wed. 7/13, Wed. 8/17, Wed. 9/14

More dates to be confirmed soon. Make sure you choose a date that is 8 weeks after your last whole blood donation or 16 weeks after your last power red donation. 

If your appointment of 3/23 was canceled, please reschedule. 
Search at, Zip Code 05037. 

Plan like you do for an oil change or a haircut. Make your appointment in advance. They look forward to seeing you!

The need for blood is constant and only volunteer donors can fulfill that need for patients in our community. Nationwide, someone needs a unit of blood every 2 to 3 seconds and most of us will need blood in our lifetime.

Thank you for supporting the American Red Cross blood program

Download the Red Cross Blood Donor App on the App Store, Google Play or text BLOODAPP to 90999. Schedule appointments, view your blood type and results of your mini-physical, and track your donations.

$3 million earmark will spur more development at Springfield innovation center

Ethan Weinstein reporting for VT Digger

With a $3 million earmark secured by U.S. Sen. Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., and almost $2 million more from the state, leaders of the Black River Innovation Campus in Springfield hope it can spur further revitalization downtown.

The money will update the 500-seat auditorium and gymnasium inside the Park Street School, a multi-use building that now houses 6,000 square feet of the campus’s workspace, plus Springfield School District administrative offices and a podcasting studio.

“​It gives us a more modernized space to host people for events, as well as for our program we call ‘Actuator,’ which is our hybrid incubator accelerator program for scalable tech companies,” said Trevor Barlow, executive director of the Black River Innovation Campus, known as BRIC.

Things to Do

Weathersfield Proctor Library Easter Egg Hunt
April 16, 10:30 a.m.
Hoisington Field, Perkinsville

The Library will be hosting an Easter Egg Hunt at Hoisington Field in Perkinsville on Saturday, April 16 beginning at 10:30 a.m.

Please bring a basket to collect all your eggs. A special area will be set aside for children 3 and younger.

For more information, or to donate candy or trinkets, please contact us at 802-674-2863 or at

High School Fair at WS

Weathersfield School is having a High School Fair on April 20th from 6-7 p.m.  Please join them in-person to see what the area High Schools can offer your child.  All families are welcome to attend.

Brownsville Community Church-Easter Events

Thursday, April 14th at 6:30 p.m. 
Maundy Thursday Service.

Friday, April 15th 
A free Good Friday Concert at 1:30 followed by the Stations of the Cross Service at 2:30.

Saturday, April 16th at 10:00 
The Great Brownsville Community Church Easter Egg Hunt. This will happen in Tribute Park adjacent to the church and will continue until all 1,500 eggs are found! Each egg will contain a treasure or two special to youngsters!

April 17, 7:30 a.m.
Sunday Sunrise Service at Ascutney Outdoors where the morning view will provide a dramatic back drop for those attending.

Community Easter Breakfast at 8 a.m. in Fellowship Hall at the church where volunteers will be serving up pancakes, sausage & maple syrup.
Donations welcome.
Easter Sunday Service at 9:30.

The Easter Sunday Service follows breakfast at 9:30 a.m. in the Sanctuary which will be adorned with beautiful spring flowers.

All are welcome to the Brownville Community Church’s Easter Week offerings.

More information email and you can visit the Brownsville Community Church at

Concert Report
Get Out and Support Live Music

Béla Fleck and My Bluegrass Heart
Lebanon Opera House
Lebanon NH April 5, 2022

After a two year wait, the Upper Valley finally got to hear and see Béla Fleck.

Béla and his current touring band My Bluegrass Heart performed at Lebanon Opera House on Tuesday April 5.

The band sounded fantastic. And played for over two hours with no break. They gave the audience four encores.

The long wait was over and it was well worth it.

More photos: CLICK HERE

Alash Ensemble
Lebanon Opera House
Lebanon NH April 6, 2022

The Alash Ensemble performed a FREE show at Lebanon Opera House on Wednesday, April 6. 

From their website:
ALASH are masters of Tuvan throat singing (xöömei), a remarkable technique for singing multiple pitches at the same time. What distinguishes this gifted trio from earlier generations of Tuvan throat singers is the subtle infusion of modern influences into their traditional music. 

One can find complex harmonies, western instruments, and contemporary song forms in Alash’s music, but its overall sound and spirit remain decidedly Tuvan. 

Trained in traditional Tuvan music since childhood, the Alash musicians studied at Kyzyl Arts College just as Tuva was beginning to open up to the West. 

They formed a traditional ensemble and won multiple awards for traditional throat singing in international xöömei competitions, both as an ensemble and as individuals. At the same time, they paid close attention to new trends coming out of the West. They have borrowed new ideas that mesh well with the sound and feel of traditional Tuvan music, but they have never sacrificed the integrity of their own heritage in an effort to make their music more hip.

Tuva sits at the southern edge of Siberia, with Mongolia to its south. Over the centuries, Tuva has been part of Chinese and Mongolian empires, and shares many cultural ties with Mongolia.

The evening included an introduction by Theodore Levin, Professor of Music at Dartmouth College.

More photos: CLICK HERE

Keystone Revisited
Lebanon Opera House
Lebanon NH April 9, 2022

I hope you local Dead Heads were at Lebanon Opera House on Saturday, if you weren't you missed a great show. Keystone Revisited. Keystone Revisited celebrates the music created by Jerry Garcia and keyboard player Merl Saunders at the intimate Keystone club in Berkeley, CA—a regular venue for the Jerry Garcia Band.

Led by Merl’s son Tony on bass and guitarist Zach Nugent (Jerry Garcia Band, Dead Set). The all-star band is rounded out by keyboard player Scott Guberman (Phil Lesh), Sunshine Garcia Becker (Furthur, Jerry Garcia Band), and Cotter Ellis (Swimmer, Dead Set).

They played two 90 minute sets with a brief intermission.

The HOUSE was filled with color and lights and dancing and lots of good times.

More photos: CLICK HERE

Next up at LOH: Jake Shimabukuro on April 15. It's your turn PARROT HEADS!

Town of Weathersfield

Burn Permits are Required

With the nicer weather arriving and folks eager to complete spring clean-ups, our volunteer firefighters wanted to remind Weathersfield residents that burn permits are required for any open burning.

You can obtain a burn permit by calling one of the below members. 
(Leaving a voicemail does not grant you permission to burn.)
Darrin Spaulding (802) 296-1888
Josh Dauphin (802) 356-0623
Mychael Spaulding (802) 356-0038
Shawn Brown (802) 299-8096
Thank you for your support and cooperation

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  
Mike Todd  Chair
David Fuller Vice Chair 
Kelly O'Brien  Clerk
Wendy Smith Member
Paul Tillman Member

Select Board Meets 1st and 3rd Mondays of the Month 6:30 p.m. 
April 18
May 2
May 16
March 7-(The March 7th meeting minutes are now the March 7th meeting minutes not the Feb. 7th's as originally posted)
Special Meeting March 3-Select Board organization

*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

No School this week-Kids rejoice,
Parents-maybe not so much.

Weathersfield's Got Talent Show
Monday, June 6  6-7:30 p.m.

WGT Auditions
Auditions will be April 26 during WINN time and April 27 during lunch and recess in the music room. Talent show applications notifications were sent home electronically. There is also an option to fill out the form online.

No School April 11-15, 2022 Spring Break
Early Release Day May 27, 2022
No School May 30, 2022
Last day will be an early release day on Friday, June 17th

Two Student Clubs are Up and Running
The Weathersfield School Alliance is a student run club with the mission to promote inclusion in our school and make our school community a place where everyone, regardless of his/her/their background, feel welcome. The club is overseen by staff advisors and is only open to 6-8th graders. So far, the club has met 5-6 times this year to discuss and develop this club mission and discuss fundraising opportunities for the club. The goal of raising funds is so the club might be able to sponsor guest speakers to come to the school and/or other special events for club members and the school community.

The Dungeons & Dragons Club is for students interested in playing tabletop role-playing games. We like the creative experience of collaboratively telling stories, building worlds, having moral and philosophical discussions, teaching new people to play RPGs, and of course, having a bunch of fun together. Come join us for D&D or one of the other games we try out from time to time! All are welcome in this club, and there is always room for another character in the game. Next year we plan on having more clubs as students present some of their interests and share what types of clubs they would like to have at school.

Meeting Agendas may be found HERE

Weathersfield School Board will meets on Tuesdays
Virtual Link:
In Person at Weathersfield School (135 Schoolhouse Road, Ascutney)

May 10
June 14

Location: 135 Schoolhouse RD Ascutney

School Board Meeting VIDEOS
Meeting Minutes
April 5
February 11 Special Meeting  (Not posted at press time February 21 in violation of Vermont's Open Meeting law. )
February 8  video link  (Now posted, not posted at press time February 14 in violation of Vermont's Open Meeting law. )
January 11

Windsor Southeast Supervisory Union

Dr. David Baker, Superintendent Update April 8, 2022

Things to Do In and Around Weathersfield

Get Outdoors, Entertainment, Classes, Workshops 

"Lace Up for Laura" 5K race Saturday, June 25 8:30 a.m.

The Lace Up for Laura Memorial 5k walk/run is a way to come together the last Saturday in June each year in remembrance of Laura Cody McNaughton who died in a tragic car accident on June 28, 2018. 

It is intended to be a fun activity families can participate in together with runners and walkers of all ability. 

The event will consist of two races held on Saturday, June 25, 2022: an approximately 1/3 mile kids 12 and under fun run starting at 8:30 A.M. followed by a 3.1 mile (5km) race starting at 9:00 A.M for all ages and abilities. 

The kids race is at 8:30. The first 50 kids will receive custom wooden medallions, the adult winners and runners up in each age category will have custom medals again as well.

The starts for both races will be located near the intersection of Plains road and Reservoir road. 

The 3.1 mile race will be an out and back race on the scenic dirt road known for its lack of change in elevation. 

Proceeds from the Memorial run will benefit the Laura Cody McNaughton Memorial fund and its annual scholarship which will be awarded to a graduating senior who exemplifies Laura’s leadership and giving spirit, and, is pursuing further education and training in a field where these principles may be put into practice.


Weathersfield Proctor Library Drop in Scrabble

Route 5 (5181 US-5 Ascutney VT 05030)

Mondays at 1 p.m.
Please call Maureen Bogosian for details @ 603-252-0936

DIY Creative Notebook
Wednesday, April 13, 2022 5-6:30 p.m. on ZOOM

How to Prevent Math Gaps in Your Child's Learning
Thursday, Apr 14, 5:30 p.m.

Telling Your Story-Poetry Workshop
Tuesday, Apr 19, 2022 6-8:00p.m. In-person and on ZOOM

Conservation Kids with VEEP
Friday, April 22, 2022 3:30 p.m.

The Dogs of Chernobyl: 36 years later
Tuesday, May 3, 2022 6 p.m. 

Old Trees, Mature Forests
Tue, May 17, 6 p.m.

Coffee Filter Butterflies
Saturday, May 7, 10:30 a.m.

Majesty and Mystery of “Crop Circles”
Tuesday, September 6, 2022 7-8:30 p.m.--On Sale Jul 11 at 8 a.m.
Event INFO

Deep Meadow Farm
Open Enrollment for their Farm Direct Program

Are you looking for a CSA that works for your schedule and preferences?
Deep Meadow Farm, in Ascutney VT, now has open enrollment for their “Farm Direct” program until May 1st.
They offer:
  • A full season of vegetables, plants, honey and additional items
  • Pickups all week from Tuesday to Sunday, 11am-5pm. May-October.
  • No limits or minimums on items chosen
  • Complete customer choice on items
  • Additional pickup sites at farmers markets
  • Weekly discounts at our Farm-Stand
  • Tiered pricing for all levels
Their farm-stand will be open on the weekends beginning Mothers Day weekend, until Memorial Day weekend, when we will begin our regular hours Tuesday-Sunday, 11am-5pm

All produce offered is certified organic and grown on the farm. Enjoy amazing fresh produce in season. For more information or to enroll, visit

Music and Laughter in the Air...

Lebanon Opera House

All shows are at 7:30 p.m. unless otherwise stated.

Jake Shimabukuro-Friday, April 15 Tickets

Fly Fishing Film Tour-Thursday April 21 7 p.m. Tickets

RunNation Film Festival-Saturday April 23 6:30 p.m. Tickets

City Center Ballets-Cinderella May 7 1p.m, 7 p.m. May 8 1 p.m. Tickets

Bob Marley (comedian)-Friday, May 13 Tickets

"If I Could Ride" (film premiere) Sunday, May 15 Noon and 4 p.m. Tickets are FREE but a reservation is required. Donations to Helping Hooves accepted at the door. 

If I Could Ride is based on the book of the same name by local author Don Miller. This heartwarming tale–filmed in Upper Valley locations including Plainfield, Windsor, South Woodstock, and North Hartland–follows two teenagers: Jodie, a girl with physical disabilities whose family struggles, and Bridgett, a girl whose family lives a very lavish lifestyle. Witness how fate unites two seemingly different young girls to prove the existence of true friendship through physical and emotional trials. A family-friendly movie suitable for all ages!

If I Could Ride is donating all proceeds from the film screening to Helping Hooves at Willow Brook Farm in Plainfield, NH, which offers Equine-Facilitated Mental Health counseling services to children and teens.

A suggested $10 donation per ticket is requested at the theater entrance. Checks are payable to Willow Brook Farm/Helping Hooves. We appreciate your support in this effort!

Opera North Blow Me Down Farm Cornish
Sing On

Opera North's "Carnevale" July 8, 9, 10  Tickets

Opera North Cosi fan Tutte July 21, July 23 7 p.m. Tickets

Opera North's La Traviata July 27, July 29 and July 31 Tickets



Whole Roasted Tro

Within Reach Yoga 

at The Perkinsville Community Church

Indoor Classes were at Perkinsville Community Church-Classes may be moved back to the Weathersfield Center Church beginning April 18. You must Register for each class at least a day ahead by emailing Lisa.

Class sizes limited to 7.

Candlelit Gentle Flow Mondays
Mondays, 5:30-6:30pm
April 18, 25 
~Location TBA~

Slow Flow, Rest + Restore Tuesdays
Tuesday Options: 9:00 am
April 19, 26 
~Location TBA~

Walk-ins can register up to 24hrs ahead by emailing Lisa and are available on a first-come, first served basis (classes fill early!). 

Please arrive 5 minutes early with your own props and mats. Covid guidelines are being upheld with distancing and masks required anytime you're off your mat. An air purifier runs during class. Please do not attend if you feel sick.

Cooking Classes

Saturday, April 30 - 5:30 PM EDT
Visita a la Taquería Parada #3:
Alambre de Pollo y Volcanes
Virtual Taco Tour Stop #3:
Chicken with Vegetables
and “Volcanoes”
- $ 15.00

Workshops Online


Vermont Online Workshops

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

Visit Our Local Restaurants

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.

Exit Ate  Eat In or Take-Away Has Been SOLD. Waiting to see an OPEN flag.

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

Inn at Weathersfield (802) 263-9217 
Mud Season Break March 26-May 5
Dine inside or outside Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays, call for a reservation 802-263-9217. 1342 VT Route 106 Perkinsville, VT 05151

Outer Limits Brewing (802)-287-6100
Closed Mondays and Tuesdays;  Wednesdays and Thursdays 3-8 p.m.; Saturdays noon-8 p.m. with LIVE MUSIC; Sundays noon-6 p.m..
60 Village Green, Proctorsville, VT 05153 

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 Re-Opens April 29!  11:30 a.m.
Opening Day is Getting Closer!

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.

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.

Vermont State Resources and
COVID-19 Response Information

Do it for Yourself, Your Family, Your Community

Starting April 1, 2022, registration for state clinics through the Health Department will no longer be available. We encourage you to get vaccinated through your health care provider, a pharmacy or anywhere you get other vaccines. 

The COVID-19 vaccine is still free at any location and widely available across the state, including second booster doses
Find a vaccine near you at
Walk-in vaccine clinics are still being added regularly. See what's new in the list below!
If you cannot get vaccine through any of these options, call the Health Department at 802-863-7240 and select option 8.

Booster Update: On March 29, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration authorized a second booster dose of either the Pfizer-BioNTech or the Moderna COVID-19 vaccines for people 50 years of age and older and certain immunocompromised individuals. Read the press release. The CDC has also updated its recommendations. Learn more about where to get vaccinated.

COVID Cases in Vermont
Cases by Town in Vermont

The town map of recent case rates is no longer being published. Due to various factors, including the increased use of at-home tests, we are continuing to transition away from COVID-19 case data as a means to measure the impact of the virus in our communities. See the final map for March 11, 2022.

Mt. Ascutney Hospital Open for Walk-Ins M-F 1-5 PM

Mt. Ascutney Hospital and Health Center is now offering walk-in service on weekday afternoons for people ages 2 and older, according to a news release.

The visits are available for urgent, but non-emergency medical needs Monday through Friday from 1 to 5 p.m. Patients can check in at the hospital’s central registration, through the main entrance.

Some of the conditions appropriate for care through walk-in services are minor cuts and burns; urinary tract infections; strains and sprains; minor fractures; rashes; and ear, sinus and eye infections. In addition, X-ray and lab services are available on-site.

A nurse will be on hand to determine if a patient’s condition calls for transfer to the emergency department.

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