Weathersfield Weekly Blog September 12 edition

Lorrie Morgan at the Lebanon Opera House.
More photos below.

HEADS UP-No Weathersfield Weekly Blog September 19 or 26

I'll be volunteering for the 
VERMONT 50-want to join me?

News You Can Use
ICYMI (In case You Missed It

Mark Your Calendars

WPL host their Annual Book and Bake Sale
This Saturday
September 17, 9 a.m.-1 p.m.

Also coming up for WPL Events...

More info on Library events, please visit:

COVID-Vaccine Clinics Announced

The Omicron booster is coming (HERE). Here’s what you need to know about the new Covid vaccine.

Erin Petenko reporting for VT Digger

A new Covid-19 vaccine booster targeted at Omicron strains, called the bivalent vaccine, is coming to Vermont this week, according to the state Department of Health.

Vermont pharmacies including CVS and Walgreens list bivalent vaccine appointments starting Wednesday, although availability is limited. The health department is also offering the bivalent vaccine starting Wednesday at walk-in clinics listed on its website.

Both Pfizer and Moderna’s bivalent vaccines were authorized by the federal government last week, with Pfizer offered to anyone 12 and older and Moderna to those 18 and older. The department has ordered an initial 17,000 doses to start arriving this week, with thousands more on the way in the coming weeks.

Health Commissioner Mark Levine praised the new booster in a press release on Tuesday.

“As the weather cools, we start spending more time inside — and that is when we see increases in cases of respiratory viruses like colds and flu, and now COVID-19,” Levine said. “This fast-evolving virus continues to demand our attention, and I am pleased we now have an updated vaccine that targets the variants we see circulating in Vermont.”

Here are some responses to common questions about the vaccine from two sources: Monica Ogelby, immunization program chief for the health department, and Tim Lahey, an infectious disease physician at the University of Vermont Medical Center.

SAPA-TV grand re-opening THIS FRIDAY
On Friday September 16 from 4-7 p.m. SAPA-TV will be re-opening its doors at its brand new location at 335 River St in Springfield, VT. The community is invited to celebrate the occasion and experience the beautiful new site firsthand.

After being located in the Springfield High School building since 1998, SAPA-TV moved in 2021 to their River Street location where construction on the new space has created a new television studio.

The grand opening will include local music, food and tours of the new studio. Questions and RSVPs should be directed to

In their first debate, U.S. Senate candidates Gerald Malloy and Peter Welch carve out sharp distinctions
Lola Duffort reporting for VT Digger

In their first head-to-head debate Thursday evening, the Democratic and Republican nominees for Vermont’s open U.S. Senate seat offered a stark choice to voters.

U.S. Rep. Peter Welch, D-Vt., and Gerald Malloy, a U.S. Army veteran and first-time candidate, took to the debate stage in Manchester to outline sharply diverging perspectives on what ails the country — and what to do about it. The hourlong event, hosted by VTDigger at the Southern Vermont Arts Center, covered abortion, inflation and the state of democracy in America, among other topics.

Asked how he would address record inflation plaguing the country, Malloy blamed Congress’ trillion-dollar pandemic-era spending packages and offered a simple solution: “Have some fiscal responsibility, stop overspending and destroying the future for our children.”


Weathersfield man gets probation for Social Security fraud

A 61-year-old Weathersfield man pleaded guilty to Social Security fraud in federal court in Rutland on Thursday and was sentenced to one year of probation, the U.S. law firm for the District of Vermont said.

Daniel Chase, of Weathersfield, was sentenced to one year of probation in U.S. court in Rutland after pleading guilty to an allegation that he made false statements to the Social Security Administration, the U.S. law firm in Vermont said in a press release on Thursday. .

Chase was charged in May 2021 with making false statements to the SSA Security Administration in connection with collecting disability benefits from his late husband by impersonating the spouse and claiming that disability benefits had been improperly terminated, according to the news. release. Chase filed false documents with SSA, ostensibly as proof that the husband was still alive, the US attorney said.

In addition to a year of probation, Chase was also ordered to pay $2,602 in restitution.

Lawyers for Chase did not respond to emails for comment.

 Banking transfer is bumpy for some new M&T Bank customers
 Juliet Schulman-Hall reporting for VT Digger

Some former People’s United Bank customers had a bumpy ride this week — including error messages indicating their bank accounts didn’t exist — after the bank’s new owners transitioned their online accounts.

M&T Bank, which acquired People’s in April, transferred the accounts into a combined banking system over Labor Day weekend, according to Michael Keegan, head of community banking for M&T Bank.

Keegan on Wednesday said that 40% of new customers had been able to “successfully get online and activate their accounts,” which he characterized as a “really strong number.” The percentage had climbed to 50% by Thursday. The other half of customers includes those who don’t use online banking or who haven’t tried to log in.


VT Digger general election debates

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. 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

Concert Report

Talking Dreads
Lebanon Opera House, Lebanon NH

Oh boy was there a dance party at Lebanon Opera House last Friday Night. Mystic Bowie and The Talking Dreads roared into the house and got everyone on their feet dancing.

If you like the Talking Heads, you'd probably really like the Talking Dreads. They do reggae versions of some of the Talking Heads more famous songs and a few deep cuts too; along with some of their original tunes and other covers.

The audience was small but mighty; everyone went away with hoarse voices (from lots of singing) and sore feet (from LOTS of dancing).

I hope you get a chance to see this band (this was my third time) and it's always a great time. My suggestion-wear comfortable shoes.

More photos: CLICK HERE

Lorrie Morgan
Lebanon Opera House

Country star Lorrie Morgan and her band performed at the Lebanon Opera House Sunday evening. 

From her website: Lorrie Morgan has been around great songs all her life. She is a Nashville native who is the daughter of Country Music Hall of Fame member George Morgan. She made her debut on the Grand Ole Opry stage at age 13, singing "Paper Roses." Her father died suddenly of a heart attack at age 51. She was l6 at the time and just beginning her musical career. Lorrie Morgan began making her own records shortly thereafter and was inducted into the Grand Ole Opry at just 24 years old.

The show was just about 2 hours long without an intermission. The house was pretty full for a Sunday night and folks had a great time listening to her tell some pretty cool stories and playing her hits and a few covers to boot, lots of glittery boots!

More photos: CLICK HERE

Tour de Taste-a pedaling picnic
Fairlee, VT

Tour de Taste is a picnic you pedal to enjoy. The bike ride is a benefit for the Upper Valley Trails Alliance. You can bike ride 5 miles around Lake Morey , or ride 21 or 30 miles along some beautiful roads in the Upper Valley. Every 3-5 miles is a food stop. 

The food at the food stops is donated by local restaurants and graciously given out by UV Trails Volunteers.

There is something for everyone's tastes from donuts, to egg muffins to spring rolls to pizza to burritos.

And there is Gladstone Creamery Ice Cream waiting for you at the finish line.
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-Only 2 hikes left

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 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

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 19 
October 3, 17
November 7, 21

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 Police Blotter 

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 Agenda
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.

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.

Candlelit Gentle Flow Mondays
Mondays, 5:30-6:30pm
September 12, 19, 26

~Location Weathersfield Center Church and Meeting House~

Slow Flow, Rest + Restore Tuesdays
Tuesday Options: 9:00 am
September 13, 20, 27
~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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Nancy Nutile-McMenemy is an Upper Valley freelance photographer and writer who loves paddle, hike, attend concerts and local events in and around Weathersfield and the Upper Valley.

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