Weathersfield Weekly Blog August 1 edition

Loon and chick on Grafton Pond, Enfield NH

News You Can Use
ICYMI (In case You Missed It

At-Home Covid Tests Available at the Weathersfield Proctor Library
At-home Covid test kits provided by the Vermont Department of Health are available free of charge at the Weathersfield Proctor Library during their business hours. Tests may be used for persons aged 2 and older. Each person, upon request, will be provided with four test kits (8 tests in all) while supplies last.

Tests may be picked up during the following times:
Wednesdays 10 am – 4 pm
Thursdays 10 am – 4 pm
Friday s 10 am – 6 pm
Saturdays 9 am - 3 pm
Email: or call (802) 674- 2863 for more information.

West Windsor left out of the loop in trash compactor purchase
Christina Dolan reporting for The Vermont Standard

Monday’s West Windsor selectboard meeting began with some tension regarding a disagreement over the purchase and financing of a new $70,000 trash compactor for the Wethersfield transfer station. The station is shared between West Windsor, Reading and Weathersfield.

Everyone present agreed that the existing compactor was in such poor repair that the need to replace it was urgent. Where there was disagreement was the process by which the purchase decision was made. According to West Windsor’s representatives, an advisory committee met back in April and agreed that Brandon Gulnick, Weathersfield’s Town Manager, should obtain updated cost estimates, which he did. Earlier this month he sent an estimate to the Reading and West Windsor selectboards and asked for feedback or a meeting. The West Windsor selectboard had a number of questions, so a meeting with Gulnick was added to the agenda for the July 25 selectboard meeting. It appeared that until Monday night, nobody from West Windsor was aware that the Wethersfield Selectboard had bypassed the advisory committee and awarded the compactor bid to Alva Waste Systems.

When news of the purchase was announced, members of the West Windsor Selectboard objected to being excluded from the decision-making process and the purchasing decision.

Read more in the July 28 edition of the Vermont Standard.

Town Clerk's Notice-Tabulator Machine Test on Aug. 2 at 8 a.m.
The Town Clerk and Deputy Clerk along with 2 Justices of the Peace and hopefully other members of the Board of Civil Authority will be testing the new voting tabulator on Tuesday, August 2, 2022 at 8 a.m. in the conference room at the Town Office. All are welcome to attend and observe.

(or by Absentee Ballot)
Vermont State Primary

From the Town Clerk's Office


REGISTER TO VOTE: “Same Day Voter Registration”. Same day voter registration means that you can come to the polls on election day and if you have not already registered to vote in our town you may complete an application to the voter check list and upon approval you may be allowed to vote that day.

EARLY OR ABSENTEE BALLOTS: You or a family member on your behalf, may request an early or absentee ballot from your Town Clerk by telephone, mail or e-mail at any time up until 4:00 P.M. on the Thursday before all elections.

You can also go to the Town Clerk’s office and vote your ballot while at the office. Or, you can pick up your ballot, only your ballot, at the Town Clerk’s office and take it home to vote. (You cannot pick up a ballot for your spouse or anyone else.)

If you take your ballot or have a ballot sent to you, you must return the ballot to the Town Clerk’s office or to the polling place no later than 7:00 P.M. on the day of election.

If you are ill or disabled, you can request that a pair of Justices of the Peace deliver a ballot to you. You can request assistance in reading or marking your ballot from the Justices. They must return the ballot to the Town Clerk for you.

SAMPLE BALLOTS POSTED: Wednesday, July 20, 2022


Voting by Australian Ballot - Tuesday, August 9, 2022, 8:00 AM to 7:00 PM,
Martin Memorial Hall, 5259 US Route 5, Ascutney

All Australian Balloting is held at Martin Memorial Hall, 5259 US Route 5, Ascutney

VT Digger launches 2022 Election Guide

By VTD Editor

VTDigger has launched its 2022 Election Guide ahead of one of the most consequential primary elections in decades.

Even before the campaign season began, 2022 was set to be a historic election year in Vermont. Two of the state's three members of Congress, four of its six executive officers and roughly a third of all members in both legislative chambers are leaving their posts this year. Meanwhile, legislative district lines in many regions, including Chittenden County, have been redrawn for the first time in 10 years.

Within Reach Yoga Turns 3!
Within Reach Yoga, owned by Lisa Gleeson, has been a yoga practice in town for three years. In her three years teaching, Lisa has created a dedicated group of yoga practitioners who gather weekly to stretch, relax, and center themselves.

To help celebrate Lisa is be hosting a "Yoga with Bunnies" class in collaboration with Easy Winds Farm on Thurs. August 18 at 5:30pm. This will be a gentle 75 min class with time to snuggle young bunnies who will join the yogis in an outdoor fenced in area. Space is limited. Bring your own props/mats/towels to register. $16 per person with 50% class proceeds benefitting The Humane Society of the United States as they work to save 4000 beagles from lab testing. Location will be given when you register. Email Lisa for more info.

Villagers Ice Cream and Restaurant named as one of the Boston Globe's "40 tiny, perfect things about summer in New England".

Well DUH!
We all know this. 

Seriously, CONGRATULATIONS to all the awesome cooks, scoopers and window crew members at Villagers.

The Globe wrote:
Long bike rides deserve sweet rewards and scenic surprises, and Vermont’s Route 131, a scenic state road, doesn’t disappoint. On one 30-mile loop, as my husband, son, and I pedaled, hugging the roadside, the whooshing of the Black River’s rapids and the roar of occasional passing cars created a symphony of sound. 

With miles to go, we detoured onto a dirt road to explore Upper Falls Covered Bridge (also accessible by car), its windows framing the river and nearby mountains. 

Then it was downhill to the finale: sandwiches — we chose a fried clam roll, burger, and grilled cheese — and homemade chocolate, cookies and cream, and mint chocolate chip milkshakes at Villagers Ice Cream Restaurant, an eatery designed just for summer. –Linda K. Wertheimer

Details: 4261 Route 106, Weathersfield, Vermont, 802-795-0063,

READ THE FULL ARTICLE (sorry-paywall but sometimes if you keep refreshing it will let you read...)

Paddle Reports

Hump Day Paddlers visit Grafton Pond
Enfield, NH  

(Note-telephoto lens and cropping were used for these photos-always keep a good distance from loons with young ones!)

The Hump Day Paddlers (well some of the crew) visited Grafton Pond in Enfield, NH last Wednesday.  We got there bright and early as the small parking lot can fill up quickly, then you have to park along the road side and carry your kayak, canoe or paddle board down the road to the launch area.

Just as we put in our kayaks, we were greeted by a screeching hawk.

We paddled around most of the pond's perimeter and could hear the loons but couldn't see them.

Finally, we saw one loon family.

The adults were taking turns feeding the chick.

The chick was pretty comfortable keeping its eye on me and listening to the clicking of the shutter of my camera.

I paddled some more while Jan and Courtney (my fellow paddlers) took a swim break; I heard a distressed loon and looked up...sure enough an eagle was flying over head.

The adult pair and chick approached me and stayed pretty close-maybe they were hoping I'd protect them from the eagle. 

The eagle flew off and the adults resumed feeding the chick and letting me watch them.

At the end of our paddle, as we headed back to the launch, we encountered 6 or 7 un-paired loons hanging out with the other human swimmers.

More photos: CLICK HERE

Kayak Krew visits Woodard Reservoir
Plymouth VT

On Saturday, the Kayak Krew visited Woodard Reservoir in Plymouth, VT along Route 100. When we got there, there were only two other paddlers on the water so we pretty much had the place to ourselves.

This paddle can be a bit noisy, there is a summer camp at the lake and it is right along Route 100 (lots of traffic noise). But the scenery makes you forget the noise and the water crystal clear.

There is a boggy area that is loaded with aquatic plants and lots of turtles to check out. And if you're lucky, you get watch the goose parade.

We did see two loons but they were not very friendly and we were told that they had two failed chick/eggs events this summer.

Michelle and her fur-babies joined us and the pups looked like they were having a good time.

Some of the Kayak Krew

We hope to return in the fall to catch some foliage around the reservoir.

More photos: CLICK HERE

Concert Report

Bette, Babs and Beyond
Opera North/Blow Me Down Farm, Cornish NH

With the success of the "Music of Knights", Scott Coulter's Spot on Entertainment has created a two woman show paying tribute to some of the most powerful women voices of our time. They performed for one night last Saturday at Opera North's Blow Me Down Farm in Cornish, NH.

The show is a celebration pop music’s most iconic women including Bette Midler, Barbra Streisand, Cher, Tina Turner, Aretha Franklin, Dolly Parton, Janis Joplin, and more.
Natalie Douglas

Through stories and songs, Carole and Natalie gave the sold-out audience an evening of highlights from some our most beloved women singers. 

Both Carole and Natalie had incredible voices giving them the ability to belt out some pretty amazing tunes. 

It was a delightful evening under the Opera North Tent, and as I was leaving I overheard many people saying they would be looking Carole and Natalie up to check out their music.

More photos: CLICK HERE

Local Events ICYMI 

Weathersfield Proctor Library Events

Summer Reading Program-Oceans of Possibilities-Two Weeks Left!
School's out so that means Summer Reading begins! Programs every Saturday June 18-August 13.

Programs for ages 0-9 Stories, singing, and crafts every Wednesday and Saturday at 10:30. 
Programs for ages 10+ Every Saturday at 12:30. 
Limit of 5 for each program, so please sign up

For the brochure: Click Here

Shakespeare Returns to WPL-Final Week

Wednesday evenings July 6-August 3, 7-8 PM. 

WPL 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

Weathersfield Summer Hikes UPDATES

Please contact Steve ( if you plan to attend ANY or ALL of the hikes.
In your email-include you phone number.

Let him know which hikes you are interested in, and he will contact you about a week before for just those, or you can say “ALL” and he will contact you for each hike. 

“Contact” means confirmation and directions. Do not show up for a hike without eventually signing up – changes often occur. Hike start PROMPTLY– we wait only 5 minute.  Let him know if you want us to observe Covid precautions: masks as we gather, maintain distance as we walk unless your companions agree not to.

The hikes are being organized under the auspices of Weathersfield Parks and Recreation. Well-behaved dogs are welcome. We expect a range of hiking speeds.

Are you new to hiking? Wear footwear that is broken in and appropriate for our uneven trails. Hikers join us at their own risk. 

Feel free to call Steve, organizer, at 263-5439. Experienced hikers, too, please ask questions or comment freely.

Marianne Walsh is happy to lead a bird walk from the upper section of Bowen Hill Rd to the wetlands on the Springfield/Weathersfield town line on Skyline Drive. The walk would be during a weekday and would be early (6 AM ?). Marianne walks this section in spring, summer and fall. If interested, contact her at 802-885-9420 or

Sunday, August 7th, 11:30 AM:  To the Cabin                             
We follow Swift’s Logging Road up to the crest of Pikes Peak ridge. Then we follow a trail through the woods to Grace’s skiing trail, head down that, and finish on a woodsy trail to Steve’s cabin. There is a nice view there. We will linger – a bit of food provided. The distance to the cabin will feel like 2 miles, plus a short walk on the Center Road.

Saturday, August 20th, 9:00 AM: B-29 crash site
We will go up from Matt Keniston’s on a trail well-maintained, but steep in places and overall a climb. Round-trip of 3 miles?? It might feel like more. There is a nice viewing spot halfway up. If anyone wants to head up to the site in the future, contact Matt for permission. If not sure of making the crucial turns without the tape in place, contact Steve Aikenhead at 263-5439, NO SOUVENIRS! Responsible people only.

Saturday, September 10th, 4:00 PM:  Ferry Road and the Connecticut River            
This generally level route with one steep descent of about ten yards heads down shaded Ferry Road and into Skyline Nursery. Soon it follows the river, sometimes with views.  At one point the remains of the huge Consul Jarvis sheep barn can be glimpsed. (Used to be – high corn last year!) The total length is about 2 miles. Carol Orth is the leader.

Saturday, September 24th, 9:30 AM:  Cooks Pond Loop
This is a route on wooded dirt roads more than on trail. There is a lovely framed view of Mt. Ascutney from the south end of Cooks Pond. Other mountain views occur at later points.  Difficulty: easy to moderate, with one long incline and a shorter one. Distance: almost 3 miles, unless a hiker goes only as far as the pond and then back up, less than 2 miles.

Saturday, October 1st, 8:00 AM:  Ascutney Mountain
We will go to the fire tower and the Brownsville Overlook. We will go up the Weathersfield Trail, but people wanting a less strenuous hike (.7 miles up) could drive up and meet us at the top, we hope. I expect to join that shorter climb. We leave early because parking later is a problem.  

Other days in October are open for rescheduling, maybe Mt. Cardigan, and a hike at your request. That last one could be earlier in the season.

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
Time: 12:30 PM - 5:00: PM
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. 8/17, Wed. 9/14

Other locations are available too!
Click here to make an appointment

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.

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.

Things to Do...

Farmers Markets

Outdoor Concerts

Front Porch Concert Series

Colburn Park 7 p.m.
Concerts are held each Thursday night starting July 7th until August 18th, beginning at 7 p.m. on Colburn Park located across from Lebanon City Hall at 51 N. Park St., Lebanon, NH.
Rain Location-First Congregational Church at 10 South Park Street Lebanon, NH 03766.
August 4 - Bassel & The Supernaturals
August 11 - Cold Chocolate
August 18 - Crazy Maggy

Hartland Summer Concert Series
Sundays at the Hartland Rec Gazebo 5-7 p.m.
August 14-Jim Yeager

News You Can Use

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  
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. 
August 15

June 16
May 18 Special Meeting (to sign the Warrant from the May 16th meeting)
May 2 (posted now but not posted at press time May 9 in violation of Vermont's Open Meeting law. )
April 18 (posted now, but not posted at press time April 25 in violation of Vermont's Open Meeting law. )
April 4
March 21
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
Town Meeting Minutes
February 21
February 7
January 20
January 3

*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

School's Out For Summer

Meeting Agendas may be found HERE

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

Location: 135 Schoolhouse RD Ascutney

School Board Meeting VIDEOS
Meeting Minutes
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

Things to Do In and Around Weathersfield
Get Outdoors, Entertainment, Classes, Workshops 

Music and Singing in the Air...

Lebanon Opera House

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

NEXUS-in Two Weeks!

NEXUS 2022 August 12, 13 and 14
FREE Concerts and Arts Festival 
Around Downtown Lebanon, NH

Other LOH Shows-On Sale NOW
One Night of Queen, Wednesday, August 31 TICKETS

Mystic Bowie's Talking Dreads, Friday, September 9 TICKETS (reserved Seated Balcony, GA Orchestra Seating)

Lorrie Morgan, Sunday, September 11 TICKETS

An Evening with the Cowboy Junkies, Tuesday, September 20 TICKETS 

Comic Hypnotist Frank Santos Jr. Friday, September 30 TICKETS

Comedian Bob Marley, Saturday October 22 TICKETS

CHICAGO-High School Edition-Trumbull Hall Troupe November 4, 5, 6  INFO



Whole Roasted Tro

Within Reach Yoga 

at Weathersfield Center Church and Meeting House

You must Register for each class at least a day ahead by emailing Lisa.

Class sizes limited to 7.

Three Year Anniversary Celebration
*YOGA WITH BUNNIES class in collaboration with Easy Winds Farm on Thurs. August 18 at 5:30pm. This will be a gentle 75 min class with time to snuggle young bunnies who will join us in an outdoor fenced in area. Space will be limited. Bring your own props/mats/towels and email Lisa to register. 
$16 per person with 50% class proceeds benefitting The Humane Society of the United States as they work to save 4000 beagles from lab testing.

*A RAFFLE for some wellness goodies including a 6-class pass. Each time you come to class this month, you'll earn a ticket. At the end of the month, we'll draw the winners. The more yoga you fit in, the more chances you have to win! (Isn't every yoga class a win anyway?!)

*FREE recorded class sent the first week of August from Lisa while she's in Maine (no classes that week!)

Candlelit Gentle Flow Mondays
Mondays, 5:30-6:30pm
August 8, 15, 22, 29
~Location Weathersfield Center Church and Meeting House~

Slow Flow, Rest + Restore Tuesdays
Tuesday Options: 9:00 am
August 9, 16, 23, 30
~Location Weathersfield Center Church and Meeting House~

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.

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.
131 Main Street Windsor, VT

Daily Grind Café 
Call ahead for take out 674-9859
93 Pleasant St. Claremont, NH (in the space formerly occupied by Dusty’s Café)
Thursday, Friday, and Saturday 7 a.m.-3 p.m.

Exit Ate  (802) 674-4299 
Wednesdays-Sundays 7 a.m.-3 p.m.
202 VT 131, Ascutney

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

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.

Tuesdays-Sundays 11:30 a.m. until 9 p.m. (they stop cooking at 7:30 p.m.)
4261 Route 106 in Perkinsville, Downers Four Corners to the locals.
Unicorn Sundae at Villagers Rtes. 131 and 106, Downers Four Corners, in Perkinsville

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

Vermont Department of Health COVID-19 Information Page.

BA.5 is the latest of a ‘parade of surges’ we can expect from Covid, experts say

Erin Petenko writing for VT Digger

It’s been roughly a year since the Delta variant arrived in Vermont, reversing what had been a nearly Covid-free summer.

Delta caused a surge in cases and hospitalizations, propelling what Health Commissioner Mark Levine deemed a new phase in the pandemic — only for Omicron to arrive in December, leading cases to skyrocket.

Just as Omicron waned and Vermont began to loosen restrictions, BA.2 came, then its close cousin BA.2.12.1. Now, on the heels of recovering from that strain, Vermont’s Covid-19 levels remain “low” according to most indicators — but yet another strain looms on the horizon.

Enter BA.5. The strain has become dominant in the United States, forming 77% of new cases, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. While it’s hard to estimate the rate for Vermont, the CDC reports BA.5 is also the dominant strain in New England. Experts say BA.5 is about as severe as Omicron, and about as transmissible, too. But they’re concerned that BA.5 seems to be good at evading people’s immunity to the virus, meaning that reinfections are likely.

“It’s as if the population is seeing a completely new virus in some ways,” said Denis Nash, a professor of epidemiology at the City University of New York.

The strain also comes at a time when Vermont has scaled back its efforts to fight the disease, said Anne Sosin, a health equity researcher at Dartmouth College. Businesses, summer camps and social gatherings have largely returned to normal. Testing, vaccination and treatment are available only through medical providers, rather than state-run sites. The state Department of Health tracks less data regarding the state of the pandemic than it did for the first two years of the pandemic.

“Our concern with this surge is that BA.5 will, because of changes in behavior, find Vermonters who are most at risk,” Sosin said. As many people have returned to normal activities, “their exposures in their communities have increased.”


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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