Weathersfield Weekly Blog August 29 edition

Sunflowers ARE in full bloom.
My friends and I visited last Wednesday; so worth the trip.

News You Can Use
ICYMI (In case You Missed It

Mark Your Calendars

Saturday, September 3, 10 a.m.-3 p.m.

WPL Host Their Annual Book and Bake Sale
September 17, 9 a.m.-1 p.m.

Back to School News

School Starts August 31

Tonight--Back to School Night/Meet the Teacher 
August 29, 2022 5:30-6 p.m.
Community dinner and back to school night.
This is a great opportunity to meet your student's teacher before school starts.

Free Meals for All
Breakfast and lunch will be free for all students this year. Even though all students may receive free meals, we still ask families to fill out a Free and Reduced Application . It is very important that all families fill out this application because having an accurate count of potential recipients opens up opportunities for our school. 
We receive Federal Funds based on our percentage of Free and Reduced Price School Meals. These funds are used for teacher training opportunities and professional development for staff, which have a direct impact on student learning. These funds are also used to help fund Title 1 Interventionists positions in our school.

Student Athletes
If your child is interested in playing a fall sport, (soccer or cross-country) please fill out this form, so that we may generate an interest list.

Bus Routes
The bus routes will be sent out this week in a separate email to parents.

Other News

Woman charged with DUI #4 after crash in Weathersfield

A 34-year-old woman from Perkinsville was arrested for her fourth DUI following a crash in Weathersfield on Sunday.

Authorities were notified of a vehicle that crashed on Reservoir Road at around 3:30 p.m.

Police were told the occupants took off on foot.

Troopers responded and identified the driver as Jennifer Dupuis.

Police say they observed indicators of impairment and Dupuis was taken into custody for suspicion of DUI. She was processed at the Westminster barracks and released with a citation to appear in court for the charges of DUI #4, DLS, and FIPO.

Kenyan cyclist dies in crash during gravel race in Vermont

By Madison Mercado Globe Correspondent

Kenyan bicyclist Sule Kangangi died in a crash during the Vermont Overland gravel race on Saturday, his team said.

Kangangi crashed at high speed during the race, Team Amani said in a statement posted Sunday on Instagram and Facebook.

“Sule is our captain, friend, brother,” Kangangi’s team said. “He is also a father, husband and son. Gaping holes are left when giant’s fall. Sule was a giant.”

Kangangi was riding in his fourth and final race of his team’s American tour, according to the team’s social media. He competed in races in Colorado and Nebraska with teammates John Kariuki and Jordan Schleck on other weekends in August.

READ MORE (pay wall)

An Army National Guardsman and VFW member from Vermont created a video game Facebook channel to help raise awareness for veterans’ issues, honoring his brother’s memory

In explaining his unwavering advocacy for veterans, Alex Black,(a Perkinsville resident) recalled a climatic scene from the critically acclaimed 2000 release of Mel Gibson’s “The Patriot.”

During the film’s final battle, confronted with a faltered line against British forces, Gibson’s character sets aside his personal vendetta, snags a tattered U.S. flag from a fallen flag bearer and rallies his troops to hold their ground. Leading by example against a formidable opponent, Black compared the scene to his own call to action following his older brother’s untimely death.

“My brother’s passing was a big factor in finding the courage to try something new,” said Black, who deployed with his brother to Afghanistan in 2010 as a combat medic with the Vermont Army National Guard. “It also ensured that I continue to help others whenever possible the way he did.”

Alex’s brother, Wesley Wade Black, made national headlines last year for a lawsuit he filed against the VA that claimed medical malpractice. The subsequent court’s decision earned him a settlement for $3 million in September 2021, as well as much national attention from media outlets. A recipient of the Purple Heart and Bronze Star for his service in Iraq and Afghanistan, Wesley used the platform to instead raise awareness for veterans exposed to burn pit toxins.

Seeing his older brother succumb to colon cancer on Nov. 7 at just 36 years old, Alex took it upon himself to continue the uphill climb for veterans.

Without the national news outlets and platform his brother had garnered, Alex sought to pave his own path toward reaching the same goal. He instead merged a passion for online video game streaming and his motto “Once a doc, always a doc” to create his own vision.

“My job in the military was to look after others, and that doesn’t stop just because I was honorably discharged,” added Alex, who left the military in 2018 after more than a decade with the Vermont Army National Guard. “I will continue to look after my fellow veterans to the best of my abilities.”...

On Jan. 1, Alex officially launched a Facebook channel, “Doc Black Gaming,” where he livestreams himself playing games that include Call of Duty Warzone, Fortnite, Halo Infinite and Apex Legends, among others. The streaming, Alex added, immerses viewers into an atmosphere that he hopes could be synonymous with the camaraderie found among active-duty military.


Lashway, Curtis win 12th Annual Southern Vermont Decathlon; Shane Mas finishes in top three of every event.

Brian Lashway, of Charlestown, N.H., won the Southern Vermont Decathlon for a third consecutive year by prevailing in seven different events and breaking his own record in the discus.

Not far behind was Shane Mas, of Weathersfield, who was the only male competitor to finish in the top three in every event. Rounding out the podium was Landon Mas, who managed a comfortable victory in the vortex football throw.

On the women’s side, Springfield resident Jess Curtis secured her second-career championship in dominating fashion. She won nine of the 10 events, breaking her own records in discus and shot put.

Men’s Overall Results
1) Brian Lashway (7,838)
2) Shane Mas (7,600)
3) Landon Mas (6,311)

Women’s Overall Results
1) Jess Curtis (4,088)
2) Toni Huffer (1,619)
3) Shaelyn Mas (1,460)

Vermont’s first accredited Geriatric Emergency Department at Mt Ascutney Hospital

The Emergency Department at Mt. Ascutney Hospital and Health Center (MAHHC), a member of Dartmouth Health, has earned accreditation as a Level 2 Geriatric Emergency Department from the American College of Emergency Physicians.

The voluntary Geriatric Emergency Department (GED) Accreditation Program, was created to recognize emergency departments that uphold the highest standards of care for older adults.

The accreditation process provides best practices for geriatric care, such as guaranteeing the best transition of care from the GED to other settings and prioritizing education surrounding geriatric care.

“There are so many dedicated people that played a significant role in getting us across the finish line of this goal,” said Emergency Department Chief Physician Assistant Lee Morissette, “It has truly been a team effort, and I am proud to say that we provide the very best care for our older patients.”

The Geriatric Emergency Department at MAHHC is a “spoke” site of Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center’s “hub,” which is the nation’s only rural Level 1 Geriatric Emergency Department.

VTDigger launches general election debates with US Senate event in Manchester on Sept. 8

By VTD Editor

Vermont’s Republican and Democratic U.S. Senate nominees are set to face off next month in their first debate of the general election.

The event, part of the 2022 Digger Debate Series, is scheduled to take place Sept. 8 at 6 p.m. at the Southern Vermont Arts Center in Manchester. A limited number of tickets are available now by clicking here. The event will also be livestreamed. The debate will feature Republican nominee Gerald Malloy, a businessman and veteran of the U.S. Army, and Democrat Peter Welch, a member of the U.S. House. The two are competing for the seat being vacated by retiring U.S. Sen. Patrick Leahy, D-Vt.

This debate is sponsored by the Necrason Group.

The 2022 Digger Debate Series began in April and has featured events focused on the competitive primaries for U.S. House, lieutenant governor, attorney general and secretary of state. In the coming months, VTDigger plans to host at least four general election debates — some in person and some online-only.

Debate Dates:
U.S. Senate Debate
Thursday, Sept. 8, 2022
Southern Vermont Arts Center in Manchester and online
Featuring Republican nominee Gerald Malloy and Democratic nominee Peter Welch
Register now

U.S. House Debate
Thursday, Sept. 15, 2022
Online only
Featuring Democratic nominee Becca Balint, Republican nominee Liam Madden and Libertarian nominee Ericka Redic
Register now

Gubernatorial Debate
Wednesday, Sept. 28, 2022
Main Street Landing in Burlington and online
Featuring Republican nominee Phil Scott and Democratic nominee Brenda Siegel
Register now

Lieutenant Gubernatorial Debate
Wednesday, Oct. 5, 2022
Online only
Featuring Republican nominee Joe Benning and Democratic nominee David Zuckerman
Register now

It’s official: The results of Vermont’s primary are now certified

Lola Duffort reporting for VT DIGGER

It’s official: The results of Vermont’s Aug. 9 primary election are now signed, sealed and delivered.

After technical glitches delayed the process, originally scheduled for Aug. 16, representatives from all three of the state’s major parties met at the Secretary of State’s Office in Montpelier on Monday afternoon to certify the results of Vermont’s statewide and federal races.

Vermont GOP Chair Paul Dame, Progressive Party Chair Sen. Anthony Pollina, P/D-Washington, and Vermont Democratic Party Executive Director Jim Dandeneau met with Vermont’s election officials at the State Street office for the legally binding yet largely ceremonial affair. “That’s it?” Secretary of State Jim Condos asked with a grin after the three men had spent some 15 minutes passing certificates around a table and signing on the dotted lines.

“That’s it,” replied Will Senning, who leads the Secretary of State’s Office's elections division.

The certified tally confirms preliminary reports of strong voter turnout. With 133,578 votes cast, this election had the second-highest primary voter turnout in state history. About 38% of voters, or 51,243, took advantage of early or absentee voting options. And voters overwhelmingly chose to complete Democratic ballots, with 102,408 cast compared to 30,560 for Republicans. Progressive ballots numbered 610.


Concert Report

HISS Golden Messenger
Billsville Outdoors Concerts
Held at Levity Mountain Barn

On Friday we drove to Manchester VT to see HISS Golden Messenger (full band this time!). The show was scheduled to be held at Billsville Outdoor in Manchester but with the skies were threatening so the concert was moved to the Levity Mountain Barn on 7A just outside of Manchester.

The barn was beautiful but a little dark for good photographs. The sound was typical for a Billsville show-excellent.

The band plans to release a new CD so they tried out a lot of new songs on the Billsville crowd.

This was our first time seeing HISS GM with a full band, previous shows were solo.

The band even did a Grateful Dead cover-Bird Song.

More photos: CLICK HERE

Next Up for Billsville-Matthew Logan Vasquez on September 18 (fingers crossed for nice weather)

Sunflower House

A visit to this year's Sunflower House will not disappoint you. You have to pay the regular museum admission but even if you only visit the Sunflowers-you will go away VERY happy.

According to their website:  
"This year’s mandala-inspired living labyrinth will welcome guests to roam, play, and take lots of photographs! Filled with over 100 different varieties of sunflowers, with heights from 18 inches to 14 feet, the space will feature broad brush strokes of blooms of all shapes and sizes with a colorful palette ranging from orange and red to golden yellow.

Enter the Sunflower House Instagram Challenge by posting your best Sunflower House photos and tagging @billingsfarm using #VTSunflowerHouse for a chance to win Billings Farm’s cheese! One winner will be selected each Thursday from August 11 through September 8."

Add a visit to your calendar.

More photos: CLICK HERE

Sculpturefest 2022
Prosper RD Woodstock, VT
Open daily dawn to dusk

After a visit to the Sunflower House at Billings Farm and Museum my friends and I made the quick drive across town in Woodstock to Prosper Rd for our next adventure, exploring Sculpturefest 2022.

The annual outdoor art exhibit has been hosted by Charlet and Peter Davenport on their property for over 40 years.

This year features some old favorites (like the cat above) and quite a few new installations. Some of the new sculptures include this one from Phil Thorne. Which is fairly flat but looks like 3-D tubes. It was fascinating.

And this "work in progress" by Benjamin Metzger, "Hand of God"

Open daily dawn to dusk, park on the roadside-not in the driveway.

More photos: CLICK HERE

Local Events and Happenings

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

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.

Things to Do...

Farmers Markets

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. 
September 6, 19 (Labor Day Monday is Sept. 5)

August 17-Emergency Meeting-Golden Cross Contact (5 Year Term)
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

Back to School Wednesday, August 31!

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
September 13
October 11
November 8
December 13
January 10, 2023
February 14, 2023
March 14, 2023

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.

One Night of Queen, Wednesday, August 31 TICKETS Almost SOLD-OUT

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
NOTE August 29 class starts 6:30 p.m.
~Location Weathersfield Center Church and Meeting House~

Slow Flow, Rest + Restore Tuesdays
Tuesday Options: 9:00 am
August 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.

Villagers Ice Cream Restaurant-(802) 795-0063 CLOSED For the Season
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.

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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