Weathersfield Weekly Blog October 10 edition

Last Fall Flowers (Center Church Hydrangea)

I think we are at peak color.

News You Can Use
ICYMI (In case You Missed It

Mark Your Calendars

200th Anniversary Dedication
The Weathersfield Historical Society will celebrate the 200th anniversary of the dedication of the brick Weathersfield Center Meeting House at its annual fall program on Saturday, October 22 at 1 pm.

The program will alternate history of the church, the Civil War monument and grove, and the old Weathersfield Center village that once surrounded them with music by the Poor Cousins, followed by cider and donuts and time to walk around the historic Memorial Grove.

Location: 2579 Weathersfield Center Rd (2.52 mi south of Rt. 131), Perkinsville, VT 05151. Parking across the road. Handicap parking by the church.
The event is free; donations are gratefully accepted.

Trunk or Treat Saturday, October 29
3:30-5 PM
Hoisington Field, Perkinsville
Sponsored by 
The Weathersfield Proctor Library

More info on Library events, please visit:

Dreamz in Motion Dance and Performance Center host a Fundraiser in October.
Two Sessions Oct. 16 and 30th

Weathersfield School Four Winds program needs volunteers

 Are you a parent that loves to see your children learning actively and being fully engaged? (And don’t you love it when they come to you to report a new discovery they’ve made outdoors?) Are you a community member that believes that our planet’s future depends on today’s youth developing a connection with the natural world around them? Are you a grandparent that would love to spend a little more time with our children once a month teaching them about nature and science? 

NO EXPERIENCE NECESSARY! Love of our children, curiosity about nature, and enthusiasm are the only requirements!  Only three-four hours per month (and that would only be for four months during this school year) of volunteering time maximum is needed! Check with your employer, because some employers offer some paid volunteer time!

Four Winds Nature Program at Weathersfield School is looking for parents, grandparents and community members who would be willing to volunteer with the program this year (2022-2023).  

All volunteers attend a two hour training at our set aside training times (this year they will be Mondays 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. on Nov 14, Jan 30, Mar 13, May 15) to learn all the activities for that month’s science and nature topic (complete with a good amount of laughter and camaraderie).  Then volunteers go, in pairs, into one K-4 classroom to do the same group of activities with the students (you would set a regularly scheduled 90 minute time slot each month with your teacher). Two of the four trainings will be held at Hartland Elementary School, the other two at Weathersfield School. 

This year’s theme is Structure and Function.  The topics we will likely be covering include Predators and Prey, Skull Sleuthing, Calling All Owls, and Daunting Defenses.  To see more about Four Winds Nature Institute check out their website:

Being a Four Winds volunteer is FUN.  It’s an IMPORTANT addition to our school’s science program. And, it’s ESSENTIAL – Four Winds is an entirely volunteer-led program, fully and enthusiastically supported by Weathersfield’s teachers and administrators, but reliant upon enough volunteers stepping up to the plate to make it happen. We are also looking for a volunteer willing to step up to help coordinate the program moving forward.  

If you would like to find out more, please feel free to contact Amy Hill ( or 802-299-7791).  

What you need to know to vote in Vermont’s general election
(You should have received your mail-in ballots by now)

VTD Editor

Vermont’s general election is Tuesday, Nov. 8, but ballots are already landing in Vermonters’ mailboxes. VTDigger’s updated 2022 Election Guide is designed to help you understand the voting process and explore who — and what — is on the ballot this year.

Our how-to-vote guide explains voter registration, early and mail-in voting, Election Day procedures and accessible voting. According to the Secretary of State’s Office, all active registered voters should receive a ballot in the mail by Oct. 10. (If you don’t see one by that date, contact your town or city clerk.) You can complete that ballot and return it by mail, drop it off at your town or city clerk’s office, or bring it to your polling place on Election Day.

More than 100 candidates for statewide or legislative office have completed a survey, based on questions from VTDigger readers, about the issues facing Vermonters. Find their responses in our candidate directory.

Not sure where to begin with the many candidates for Vermont House and Senate? Confused about whether your district lines may have changed this year? Punch your address into our lookup tool to find out who’s on the ballot in your district — then, head to their profiles to learn more.

This year, ballots also include two questions about proposed amendments to the state constitution. Proposal 2, also known as Article 1, is the result of an effort to clarify and remove exemptions to Vermont’s constitutional ban on slavery. Proposal 5, also known as Article 22, is aimed at ensuring reproductive rights in the state. Read the full text of each proposed amendment, and learn more about the process for amending Vermont’s constitution.

The guide also includes video and recaps from VTDigger’s 2022 Digger Debate series, as well as the latest campaign finance data for statewide candidates.

We plan to update the guide with more features, candidate survey responses, debates and campaign finance data as Election Day approaches. Let us know what features you want to see at

3 charged in connection with shooting in Walmart parking lot in Claremont

Three people arrested in connection with a shooting in the parking lot of a Claremont Walmart are scheduled to be arraigned Thursday.

According to a police affidavit, the shooting suspects drove up from Keene on Wednesday to rob the victim of marijuana and, in the words of one man accused in the shooting, to "do something stupid to make money."A man was shot in the leg and foot and is expected to recover. There are differing accounts of how the gun went off, but police said two shots were fired.

Police said Xzavier Gibeau, 18, of Troy; Denzil Bruce, 20, of Keene; and Emil Ortiz, 18, of Keene, were arrested in connection with the incident. They are facing charges including conspiracy to commit armed robbery. Bruce is also charged with first-degree assault.

Investigators said the suspects had more than $2,600 in cash on them.

Police said they were able to stop the suspects' vehicle on Charlestown Road, thanks to a witness who provided a detailed description of the white Toyota, including the license plate.

In addition to the gun that was fired, police also found a handgun and rifle in the car, according to court documents."A short time later, we identified the victims of the assault," said Claremont Police Chief Brent Wilmot. "It was determined that one person had sustained a gunshot wound from that event at the Walmart parking lot."

Police said two juveniles were also in the suspect's vehicle.

Regional Priority Project process

Once again, Springfield Regional Development Corporation (SRDC) is partnering with the Mt. Ascutney Regional Commission (MARC) and our area towns to develop the list of Priority Projects for state and federal fund eligibility.

The Priority Project process is going on in each region in the state and the final product is provided to the Agency of Commerce & Community Development (ACCD), who will share with other funders for consideration in making decisions on grant programs.

Eligible projects must have an economic development nexus and should demonstrate the following: Purpose and benefit to the region; must be prepared to get underway, if funded; its principals have demonstrated experience with similar projects; it supports identified community, regional economic, and development goals; its project budget exists with identified sources and uses and a demonstrated funding gap; and it supports job creation and retention.

The Project Information Form is available on the SRDC and MARC websites at and Submissions should be made to either SRDC or MARC by Nov. 4, 2022.

The Project Information Forms will be evaluated according to the Scoring and Prioritization Matrix, which will also be posted on the organization’s websites. The top ten projects will be submitted by the region to ACCD and posted on our websites.

The Priority Project Process occurs each year at this time. Projects that emerge in between cycles can complete the form and submit for consideration for an amended list, if appropriate.

For more information, please contact Bob Flint at or 802-885-3061.

Man shot at White River Junction hotel

The Hartford Police Department has a suspect in custody following an early morning shooting Friday at the Comfort Inn in White River Junction, according to a news release.

A man, who was struck by gunfire at about 6:30 a.m., went by ambulance to Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center for life-threatening injuries.

This is believed to be an isolated incident, police said.

Detectives with the Hartford Police Department and Vermont State Police are responding to the scene. The investigation, which is being led by Hartford police with assistance from state police, is in its preliminary stages.

Those with information related to this case are asked to contact Hartford police at 802-295-9425.

Concert Report

The Wood Brothers
Kat Wright opened
Lebanon Opera House, Lebanon NH

The Wood Brothers are an American roots band consisting of brothers Chris (upright bass) and Oliver Wood (acoustic and electric guitars), as well as multi-instrumentalist Jano Rix. Their music is a combination of folk, gospel, blues and jazz.

They performed Friday night at the Lebanon Opera House in Lebanon NH.

Kat Wright and her band opened for the Wood Brothers. As Kat said "We call ourselves the 'Wright Brothers' when we tour with The Wood Brothers".

And Kat and Crew joined The Wood Brothers for their last-show-together-on-tour farewell couple of songs.

More photos: CLICK HERE

Caitlin Canty with Noam Pikelny
with special guest Will Seeders
Billsville Outside Concerts/Levity Barn
Manchester, VT

Caitlin Canty, Noam Pikelny and special guest Will Seeders performed Saturday at Billsville House Concerts Outdoors/Levity Barn in Manchester, VT

Canty was born in Vermont. She sang in the Proctor Junior/Senior High School chorus and played the trombone in the band. At age 17, she was given a guitar as a Christmas gift and learned to play from a VHS tape of guitar lessons. 

For a few songs and a couple of encores, Will Seeders joined Caitlin and Noam on banjo and pedal steel guitar.

More photos: CLICK HERE

More Billsville videos: CLICK HERE

Next up at Billsville Al Olender Oct. 14: TICKETS

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

Things to Do...

Farmers Markets

Here's your last chance, many Farmers Markets are closing for the season soon.

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.  
October 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

Save the Dates
October 10-14 Fire Prevention Week
October 10- No School Indigenous Peoples' Day
October 11- Weathersfield School Board Meeting at 6:30 PM
October 12- Service Day
October 24-28 Red Ribbon Week

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 
October 11 Agenda
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.

The Jacob Jolliff Band, Friday October 14 TICKETS

The Best of Jozay and Patti Davilla, Sunday October 16, 3 PM TICKETS

Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde Friday October 21 TICKETS

Comedian Bob Marley, Saturday October 22 5:30 TICKETS and 8 PM TICKETS

Spooky Silent Disco, Saturday October 29 5 PM TICKETS and 8 PM TICKETS

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

Warren Miller's Daymaker, Saturday November 12 TICKETS

Big Bad Voodoo Daddy, Tuesday, December 20 TICKETS



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.)

~Location Weathersfield Center Church and Meeting House~
October 18, 25
Slow Flow, Rest + Restore Tuesdays 
9:00 am

Walk-ins can register up to 24 hrs. 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.

COVID-Vaccine Clinics 

With 26,000 shots given out, Vermont’s Omicron booster rollout trails previous campaigns

Erin Petenko reporting for VT Digger

About 26,000 Vermonters have gotten the Omicron booster, putting the state on a slower pace than previous booster campaigns, according to data from the state Department of Health.

Vermont pharmacies, health providers and walk-in clinics began offering the booster, also called the bivalent vaccine, to the general population three weeks ago. In 2021, more than 100,000 people got the booster in the first three weeks after Vermont opened eligibility to high-risk people and people 65 and older.

Anne Sosin, a health equity researcher at Dartmouth College, said it was still “relatively early” in the campaign, especially since people who have recently contracted Covid are recommended to wait until their immunity wears off.

But she said there were “reasons for concern” about the slow uptake, given that the United States has had “increasing incoherence in (its) Covid response.”

In a “60 Minutes” interview earlier this month, President Joe Biden said the pandemic was “over,” leading to criticism from some public health experts and officials.

“There's been consistent refrains that the pandemic is over, that Covid represents a low risk, and so many don't really see the reason to get boosted at this moment in time,” Sosin said. “We really need an active effort to counter that messaging.”

Vermont isn’t the only state that has struggled with its latest booster campaign: Less than 2% of eligible Americans got the shot in the first three weeks of the rollout, according to data from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The bivalent booster dose targets the Omicron strain along with older strains of the virus. Experts say it provides increased protection against the variants currently circulating throughout the country.

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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