Weathersfield Weekly Blog September 5 edition

Good pickin' at Wellwood Orchards

News You Can Use
ICYMI (In case You Missed It

Mark Your Calendars

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

COVID-Vaccine Clinics Announced

FDA backs Omicron-based booster, paving the way for shots in Vermont (this) week

Erin Petenko

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration authorized Covid-19 booster shots from Pfizer and Moderna on Wednesday that are targeted to the newest variants of the virus.

The Department of Health plans to start distributing an initial shipment of 17,000 doses on Sept. 6 or 7, assuming that the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention approves it later this week, said department spokesperson Ben Truman.

Vermont state epidemiologist Patsy Kelso told Vermont Public on Tuesday that boosters will be available at pharmacies and doctor’s offices.

The new shots contain viral material from SARS-CoV-2’s original strain as well as the BA.4 and BA.5 Omicron subvariants, the FDA reported, giving people who get it “increased protection against the currently circulating omicron variant.”

Anyone 12 years and older is eligible for the Pfizer vaccine, while the Moderna vaccine is only available to those 18 years and older, the agency reported.

This is the second booster dose the FDA has made eligible to the general public, after authorizing the first booster dose in 2021. It recommended another booster dose in March for high-risk people and people 50 years and older.

When asked if the new boosters would also be available at the state’s remaining walk-in clinics, Truman said information specific to that would be posted soon on the department’s website.

Upper Valley vet warns about respiratory illness circulating among dogs in New Hampshire
Ethan Weinstein reporting for VT Digger

An animal hospital at the Vermont-New Hampshire border is warning dog owners about a new contagious respiratory illness detected in New England.

Veremedy Pet Hospital, which has locations in White River Junction and Woodstock, this week emailed clients an alert about the disease, which appears to have originated in kennels in southern New Hampshire.

“It may be spreading to other parts of New England, including our area,” Veremedy wrote. “At the moment, the causative agent has not been found, and we have had reports of affected dogs testing negative to all the usual canine respiratory diseases.”

Linda Waite-Simpson, the executive director of the Vermont Veterinary Medical Association, wrote in an email that she had not been notified by the state about the disease. “It may be an emerging situation and they just haven’t notified us yet,” she said.

Dr. Brian Collins, a senior lecturer at Cornell’s College of Veterinary Medicine, said dogs who contract the disease “are requiring more intense treatment than what they would typically expect from some of the more common respiratory diseases,” including hospitalization. He equated the severity to canine influenza.


New details emerge in fatal crash of Kenyan cyclist during Vermont race

Suleiman ‘Sule’ Kangangi died after a high-speed crash at the Vermont Overland’s 59-mile dirt road bicycle race on Saturday.

The circumstances leading to Kangangi’s crash and death remain unknown, according to Ansel Dickey, owner of Vermont Overland.

Kangangi crashed while riding down Long Hill Road in South Woodstock, “a well-maintained, straight, downhill section of dirt and gravel, with good visibility,” Dickey wrote in a statement Wednesday.

Riders trailing Kangangi quickly came to his aid, according to Dickey, and local EMTs responded to the scene. Kangangi later died while en route to Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center.

“I have no doubt that everyone in the cycling community and the 1100 riders who completed the Overland are completely perplexed about how something this horrifying could have happened to such a high-caliber rider,” Dickey wrote.

Kangangi was captain of Team AMANI, an international group of East African cyclists.

The Vermont Overland race includes nearly 7,000 feet of climbing and utilizes unmaintained Class 4 roads in and around Brownsville.

A GoFundMe page for Kangangi has raised over $65,000 in donations to support his family.

SAPA-TV grand re-opening
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

State police probe death of incarcerated person at Springfield prison

Alan J. Keays reporting for VTDigger

Vermont State Police are investigating the death of an incarcerated person Sunday at the Southern State Correctional Facility in Springfield, three days before he was set to ask a federal judge to release him.

Ronald Roy, 71, of Errol, New Hampshire, was in the prison infirmary when he was found unresponsive, according to a press release Monday afternoon from the state Department of Corrections. State police, per protocol, are investigating Roy’s death. In an earlier press release Sunday night, they said the death “does not appear suspicious.” An autopsy to determine the cause and manner of death will take place at the state's chief medical examiner’s office.

Roy is the sixth incarcerated person to die in the state’s prison system this year, and the fourth at the Springfield prison. Over the previous five years, a total of 15 people died in state prisons, according to the corrections department, including 12 at the Springfield prison.

Police charge person they say tried to escape from Springfield prison
Alan J. Keays reporting for VT Digger

Vermont State Police said the man who tried to escape from the prison in Springfield last month did so by slipping between the top of the fencing and the razor wire above it.

Police on Thursday identified Dustin L. Deberville, 33, as the person who they say tried to flee Southern State Correctional Facility on Aug. 24.

Deberville is set to be arraigned on a felony charge of attempted escape later this month. He has been moved from the Springfield prison to the Northwest State Correctional Facility in St. Albans.

According to a state police press release, corrections officers at the Springfield prison saw an incarcerated person climbing the interior fence around 9:35 a.m. that day before slipping under the wire. The person was later identified as Deberville, police said.

A corrections officer took Deberville into custody while he was still on prison grounds, according to the release. He would have needed to pass over two other fences to escape the facility.


VT Digger 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

Concert Report

Gary Mullen and the Works-One Night of Queen
Lebanon Opera House
Lebanon, NH

Last Wednesday, Gary Mullen and The Works brought their show "One Night of Queen" to the Lebanon Opera House in Lebanon, NH.

It was two hours of Queen favorites and a few deep cuts from Queen's vast catalog. After only a few songs Mullen told the audience to "get off your asses and dance." And most in the house did just that.

At times it seemed like the audience was waiting for that ONE song that they remembered fondly from their youth. And when the the keyboard player Malcom hit the first note, the crowd started singing "I've paid my dues..." "We are the Champions" had everyone on their feet swaying to the music.

Fans of Queen know the classics such as "Bohemian Rhapsody", "We Will Rock You," "Killer Queen," "Fat Bottomed Girls" and "Another One Bites the Dust" (they were played over and over on the radio in the late 1970s-1980s-they are tattooed on our brains!) but  few actually saw Freddie Mercury, one of rock's legendary front men, in person before he died of complications due to AIDs in 1991, the chance to watch someone as talented as Mullen bring him back to life was a real treat.

More photos: CLICK HERE

Next up for Lebanon Opera House-Mystic Bowie's Talking Dreads-Friday, Sept. 9 and Lorrie Morgan Sunday, Sept. 11. (Details below)

Jaded Ravins
at the Wellwood Orchard Harvest Festival
Weathersfield, VT

We've been following Kelly Ravin for years so when we heard he's was playing at the Wellwood Orchards Harvest Festival-we made plans to be there. (Kelly has played at Wellwood Orchards before with Lowell Thompson in the band "The Welterweights"). This time he played with Halle Jade, they call themselves the Jaded Ravins

Kelly is a wicked guitar player and has a way with words. He reminds me of Jason Isbell.

Halle brings great harmonies to Kelly's songs and voice.

It was a fun two sets and a great way to spend a Saturday afternoon.

More photos: CLICK HERE


Harvest Festival
Wellwood Orchards
Weathersfield, VT

Wellwood Orchards hosted their Harvest Festival on Saturday. 

They were churning out their famous cider donuts most of the day. (Usually you have to get there right when they open on the weekend before this beauties are gone).

They are picking early varieties now. Paula Reds (early macs) , Ginger Golds, Macintosh, and Cortlands. Ask at the store before you pick-some varieties are NOT ready yet for picking. 

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 3 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 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

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 Agenda, Packet

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.

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
September 6 (Labor Day Monday) Tuesday Sept. 6 at 5:30
September 12, 19, 26

~Location Weathersfield Center Church and Meeting House~

Slow Flow, Rest + Restore Tuesdays
Tuesday Options: 9:00 am
September 6, 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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