Weathersfield Weekly Blog October 31 edition


Hoping you have a SPOOK-TACULAR Day.

News You Can Use
ICYMI (In case You Missed It

TODAY
Creepy Hollow Yard & Haunt Trail  
1571 Gravelin Road in Weathersfield.
Monday, October 31st 5:30 - 10:00 pm

Mark Your Calendars

And change your Smoke Detector/CO Detector batteries!


Veterans Day, November 11

The public is invited to attend the annual Veterans Day Ceremony on November 11, 2022 at 11:00 AM at Veterans Memorial Park, Route 106, Perkinsville, Vermont. 

 This is an outdoor event sponsored by the Weathersfield Veterans Memorial Committee.





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Current Employment Opportunities at Weathersfield School
If you or if you know of anyone that has always wanted to work in a school setting, now is the time to apply. 
WS currently has three different opportunities for employment. 
If you are interested, please apply on https://www.schoolspring.com/

Current Employment Opportunities:
World Language Teacher
Paraprofessional
School Nurse



Welch targets Malloy’s media appearances and Jan. 6 sympathies in US Senate debate

Sarah Mearhoff reporting for VT Digger

As the Nov. 8 midterm election draws nearer, Republican nominee for U.S. Senate Gerald Malloy is taking heat for appearing on former Trump aide Steve Bannon’s podcast and for doubling down on his sympathies for those who protested at the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021.

Questioned at a WCAX debate this week by his Democratic opponent U.S. Rep. Peter Welch, Malloy said that he “appreciate(s) the support from Mr. Bannon,” who played a major role in crafting former President Donald Trump’s strategy to challenge the validity of the 2020 presidential election.

In Malloy’s most recent appearance on “War Room,” Bannon directed his “posse” of listeners to Malloy’s website to support him. Malloy suggested listeners volunteer for or donate to his campaign.

“I look forward to the posse piling in there,” Bannon said.During Wednesday night’s debate, Welch pointed to Bannon as someone who “seems to be one of the people promoting (Malloy’s) candidacy.”

“Why would you give him the dignity of your appearance on that program when he's indicted, now convicted, and has been pardoned, and was a major advocate of ‘Stop the Steal’ and the insurrection on January 6?” Welch asked Malloy.

“Well, we'll see how the legal system plays out there,” Malloy replied. “But I appreciate the support from Mr. Bannon and all folks that are interested in promoting me to be the next senator here in Vermont.”


What you need to know to vote in Vermont’s general election

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 election2022@vtdigger.org.



Vermont has already received over 100,000 mail-in ballots for general election

Juliet Schulman-Hall reporting for VT Digger

More than 100,000 Vermonters have already voted in this year’s general election.

According to Secretary of State Jim Condos, town and city clerks had received 103,395 mail-in ballots by Wednesday evening.

Condos is also reminding voters who want to vote by mail to send their ballots by Monday, Oct. 31 in order to ensure they will be received on time. If they haven't mailed their ballots by that date, Condos said, voters should drop them off at their town clerk's office by Nov. 7 or bring them to their polling place on Nov. 8.This year’s advance voting tally is lagging behind 2020, when the state had received 175,061 ballots about two weeks before Election Day. But Condos said he “really doubt(s)” that advance voting rates will match the last cycle because it was a presidential election year and early in the Covid-19 pandemic.

This is the first year in which universal mail-in voting is a permanent feature of Vermont elections.

The practice of sending mail-in ballots to all active registered voters was first allowed in Vermont in 2020 to help reduce the spread of Covid. Gov. Phil Scott subsequently signed a universal mail-in voting law for general elections, Act 60, in June 2021.

In 2018, during the entire midterm election, only 72,230 early votes were cast. In 2016, the prior presidential election year, 95,203 total early votes were cast.
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How to protect your loved ones from Covid-19 at holiday gatherings

Erin Petenko reporting for VT Digger

With Halloween on Monday and Thanksgiving a few weeks away, some Vermonters are considering ways to celebrate the holiday season while protecting against the spread of Covid-19.

This season presents “more of an opportunity” for folks to gather safely with their family and friends than for the past few years, said John Davy, an epidemiologist at the Vermont Department of Health. The Covid variants circulating are less likely to cause serious illness, and most Vermonters have at least some level of vaccination protection against severe cases of the virus.

At the same time, Covid and other respiratory diseases have been on the rise in recent weeks. The health department upgraded Vermont’s Covid levels from “low” to “medium” two weeks ago, reflecting a rise in hospital admissions for the virus.There’s also been an earlier-than-average uptick in RSV, a respiratory virus that poses an increased risk to infants, and a rise in flu cases, Davy said.

The holiday season has coincided with Covid waves in previous years. In 2021, Vermont reported a rise in cases following both Thanksgiving and Christmas, as unmasked household gatherings led to increased transmission of the then-prevalent Delta and Omicron strains.


Adventures


Iceland-Land of Fire and Ice (and Northern Lights)

For our October Adventure this year we decided on ICELAND, the Land of Fire and Ice. It literally is the land of FIRE (Volcanoes-at least 57 of them) and ICE (at least 3 major glaciers).

Unfortunately, we missed the effusive eruption of Fagradalsfjall volcano by a month. It's labeled effusive because the lava does not burst from the earth's crust in an explosion of ash and fire like EyjafjallajΓΆkull did in 2010. Rather, the lava emerges from the volcanic fissure forming molten rivers of lava. Locals call it a "tourist volcano". I'm bummed we missed it.

But, not to worry. Still plenty of things to explore in this country. 
Glaciers, Waterfalls, Tectonic Plates, Hot Springs and Hunting for the Northern Lights.

I'll be posting PHOTOS and BLOGGING  about our adventure all this week.



Later today I'll be blogging about our many waterfall visits. Lots more to come...


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...

Events
Outdoor Farmers Markets are winding down.


News You Can Use

Town of Weathersfield



Select Board


All regular meetings are broadcasted live on Comcast channel 1087, VTEL Channel 161, and SAPA.org 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.  
November 7
November 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!
November 1 Fall Sports Celebration 5-6:00 PM
November 2 PTO Meeting 6:00 PM
November 8 School Board Meeting 6:30 PM
November 10 Early Release Day Parent Teacher Conferences
November 11 No School/Veteran's Day Parent/Teacher Conferences
November 16 Community Thanksgiving Meal (During the school day)
November 17 Picture Make Ups


Meeting Agendas may be found HERE

Weathersfield School Board will meets on Tuesdays
Virtual Link: https://meet.google.com/nfo-qttm-bgg
In Person at Weathersfield School (135 Schoolhouse Road, Ascutney)

Location: 135 Schoolhouse RD Ascutney 
November 8  Agenda
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

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.


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


Exercise

Yoga

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.)


Tuesdays
~Location Weathersfield Center Church and Meeting House~
November 1, 8, 15, 22, 29
Slow Flow, Rest + Restore Tuesdays 
9:00-10:00 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: vtaarp@aarp.org 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 CafΓ© 
Call ahead for take out 674-9859
93 Pleasant St. Claremont, NH (in the space formerly occupied by Dusty’s CafΓ©)
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 weathersfieldfoodshelf@gmail.com
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 weathersfieldfoodshelf@gmail.com.

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

GET VACCINATED
and GET YOUR BOOSTER
Do it for Yourself, Your Family, Your Community


Vermont Department of Health COVID-19 Information Page.

COVID-Vaccine Clinics 


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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