Weathersfield Weekly Blog November 7 edition


VOTE, Tuesday Nov. 8

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Election Day is Tuesday, Nov. 8. Here’s what you need to know

Mike Dougherty reporting for VT Digger

It’s a big one. By Tuesday night, Vermonters will have decided on their next members of Congress, state executives and legislators, as well as two proposed amendments to the state constitution.

The results could include two historic milestones. Vermont, which is the last state to send a woman to Congress, could do so on Tuesday if voters elect Becca Balint, the Democratic nominee for Vermont’s open U.S. House seat — or her Libertarian opponent Ericka Redic.

Voters could also make Vermont the first state in the nation to elect to enshrine reproductive rights in its constitution. Approval of either of this year’s ballot measures would mark the first amendment to the Vermont Constitution since 2010.

Roughly a third of the state’s electorate may have already voted. As of Friday, 150,202 mail-in ballots had already been returned to town and city clerks, according to data from the Secretary of State’s Office. That’s out of roughly 500,000 registered voters. This year marks Vermont’s first general election since universal mail-in voting became law in 2021.

But many will still head to the polls on Tuesday to vote in person, and results will only be available after polls close at 7 p.m. Here’s what you need to know.

Voting on Election Day

All U.S. citizens who will be 18 or older on Tuesday are eligible to vote. And if you’re not registered, don’t sweat it: You can register at your polling place on Election Day.

Find your polling location using the Secretary of State’s MyVoterPage or use the address lookup tool on vote.org.

Polls open at various times from 5-10 a.m. and close at 7 p.m.

If possible, bring the ballot you received in the mail. Otherwise, you’ll need to sign a sworn statement affirming that you haven’t already voted.

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Proposed amendments to the state constitution Prop 2 and 5 wording


Republican US Senate candidate Gerald Malloy endorsed by Donald Trump

VT Digger Editor

Gerald Malloy, the Republican nominee for Vermont's open U.S. Senate seat, announced Thursday that he has been endorsed by former president Donald Trump. 
(Malloy is a resident of Perkinsville/Weathersfield and ran unsuccessfully for a seat on the Town's Selectboard)

"I am grateful for the support of our former president, and I look forward to working with him and other talented leaders to put our country back on track, stop rising inflation, bring new jobs to Vermont, and restore the American dream," Malloy said in a statement Thursday afternoon.

Malloy has previously touted his support for the Republican former president, stating early in his campaign that he voted for Trump in 2016 and 2020 and "wished" he had attended the "Stop the Steal" rally in Washington, D.C., on January 6, 2021. The candidate has, however, said he believes Joe Biden legitimately won the 2020 presidential election.

Malloy has also made three appearances on the podcast of Trump ally Steve Bannon in recent weeks.

An email from Trump's Save America PAC said, "Malloy knows how to fight to Protect our Country, Uphold the Constitution, and Restore the Rule of Law. As U.S. Senator, Malloy will work very hard to Reduce Crime, Stop Inflation, Secure our Border, Protect our under siege Second Amendment, and Restore American Energy Independence, and even Dominance."

The email also took aim at Malloy's Democratic opponent, U.S. Rep. Peter Welch, described as Malloy's "Radical Left opponent," who the message said "does not represent the values of the Great People of Vermont."

In response to Trump's endorsement Thursday afternoon, Welch said in a written statement that "the choice in this election has never been clearer for the direction of our country and the future of our democracy."

"Mr. Malloy voted for former President Trump twice, I voted to impeach Trump twice. Mr. Malloy wished he was at the Capitol on 1/6, I wish that the insurrection never happened," Welch said. "Mr. Malloy knows what comes with a Trump endorsement — unflinching allegiance to him and his destructive whims. I’m running to be Vermont’s next Senator to strengthen our democracy and fight for working families. We need all Vermonters to vote and make their voices heard – for Vermont, for our country, and for our democracy.”



Select Board to discuss Fire/Police Departments budgets tonight

West Weathersfield Fire Department 
1. REVENUES / TAX NEED 
a. The West Weathersfield Fire Department is seeking a 10% revenue increase request OR an additional $9,187 to operate in FY24. 

2. EXPENSES 
a. Personnel 
i. 8% increases in stipends and a 29% increase in mileage reimbursement OR $300 overall. 

b. Office Expenses 
i. 2% decrease in Office Expenses. Emergency Reporting was higher last year due to training costs. 

c. Utilities 
i. 28% increase in electricity, 6% in fuel Oil/Propane & Telephone/Internet, for a total increase of 13% OR $1,025. 

d. Insurance 
i. Pending information estimated to be received at the end of November. 

e. Fire Equipment/PPE/Testing & Maintenance 
i. 9% increase in Maintenance & Repairs non-vehicle (+$1,350), 17% increase in Vehicle Maintenance (+$2,000), and a 10% increase in Supplies (+$1,160). 

f. Fuel 
i. 29% increase in fuel (+$1,000). 
Total budget increase 10% OR $9,187

Ascutney Volunteer Fire Association
REVENUES 
a. AVFA is requesting a 9% increase in revenues OR $7,982 to operate in FY24. 

2. EXPENSES 
a. Personnel 
i. 8% increase in Fire stipends, 29% increase in Fire Warden Mileage reimbursement, for a total increase in personnel of 7% OR 426. 

b. Office Expenses 
i. 23 % increase or +$1,477 in office expenses overall, including 8% in accounting services (year-end taxes), 99% increase in legal expenses (Fire Contract expires next year, attorney review for department), and a 17% increase in general office supplies. 

c. Utilities 
i. 8% increase in electricity, telephone & internet, fuel oil/propane, and water for a total increase of $922 for utilities. 

d. Communications 
i. AVFD radio repeater fees are increasing for both departments by 14%, and a 17% increase in dispatch services for both departments, for a total increase of 17% or $2,477. 

e. Fire Equipment/PPE/ Hose Testing & Maintenance 
i. Maintenance and repairs nonvehicle is increasing by 8%, PPE is increasing by 7%, and AVFD host testing is increasing by 8%. Total increase is 5% OR $1,689. 

f. Fuel 
i. Fuel is increasing by 8% OR $270.

Weathersfield Police
Overall, the budget is increasing by 10%, due to inflation, including a 25% increase in Gas & Oil, and the addition of dispatching service. 

The Chief attempted to offset some of the increases by reducing uniforms & cleaning expenses, equipment and supplies, and telephone/communications. 


Inn at Weathersfield, Closed for Stick Season but taking reservations for Thanksgiving Dinner


The Inn at Weathersfield will be closed from 10/29-11/23; they will be fully open on 11/23/2022.

The Inn is now accepting Thanksgiving Dinner & Lodging Reservations. Seating for Thanksgiving from 2-7 p.m. Sample Thanksgiving Menu here

Call for reservations 802-263-9217



Bestselling author Sebastian Junger registers nonprofit for veterans in Vermont

Dominic Minadeo reporting for VT Digger

Sebastian Junger, bestselling author and co-director of the Afghanistan war documentary “Restrepo,” has launched a nonprofit organization — registered in Vermont — that aims to connect veterans and non-veterans through community events.

The organization, called Vets Town Hall, will provide resources for any person or organization who wants to host a gathering where attendees can listen to military veterans speak about their experiences, according to a press release announcing the new organization.

One such event will be held this Sunday at St. Michael’s College in Colchester.

The few rules for these events: Anyone in the community may attend, only veterans may speak for up to 10 minutes each, and politics have no place in the town hall. Junger, president and founder of the nonprofit, said he based the concept of town hall events on ceremonies performed by many Native American tribes of the southern Great Plains. The events were a way to bring warriors back into the community after war, he said, and warriors had the opportunity to act out or retell their stories from the war.

“It's a kind of cathartic experience,” Junger said. “But it also requires that the community participate morally in the violence, right? They're part of it.”

One of Junger’s critiques of modern society is that everything is disconnected — for instance, an environmentalist driving around in an SUV with a bumper sticker that reads, “No Blood for Oil.”


“There’s just no connection between the life we’re living and the values we espouse,” he said.

By starting Vets Town Hall, Junger said, he hopes to reinforce the connection between veterans and their communities. “We are of one nation and we're doing this together, and the people that actually pulled the triggers were sent there by us,” he said.

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$18 million coming to Vermont for Covid costs

The Vermont state government is getting more than $16 million in federal money to reimburse it for costs related to the Covid-19 pandemic.

In addition, the University of Vermont Medical Center is getting nearly $2 million in reimbursements for the cost of hiring temporary staff to handle increased patient loads during the pandemic.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency announced the grants Wednesday.

Vermont will get $13.2 million in reimbursements for the most of testing Vermont residents and public employees for Covid, including tests required for safe opening and operations of state facilities between May 2021 and March 2022 — including prisons, schools, state buildings, nonprofit long-term care facilities, and public and nonprofit summer camps.

The money comes from FEMA’s public assistance program, intended to help states and communities recovering from federally declared disasters or emergencies. So far, Vermont has been awarded more than $413 million in FEMA reimbursements for pandemic-related expenses.

Also announced on Wednesday:

• $3 million toward the cost of buying personal protective equipment, warning signs, cleaning services, plexiglass barriers and other items intended to minimize the spread of Covid-19.

• $1.8 million channeled through the state government to reimburse UVM Medical Center for hiring temporary staff between June 2020 and January 2022. That covers 17,710 hours worked by registered nurses, licensed nurse practitioners, certified nursing assistants and respiratory therapists — caring for patients, testing 93,391 people for Covid and administering 13,304 vaccinations.




Mark Your Calendars

Veterans Day, Friday, November 11 at 11 a.m.


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.




Craft Expo Dec. 4 
9 a.m.-2 p.m.
Weathersfield School


Calling All Crafters and Vendors
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Adventures


Iceland-Land of Fire and Ice (and Northern Lights)-what an adventure it was!

Iceland-Land of Fire and Ice-Adventure-Reykjavik October 21, 2022

Iceland-The Golden Circle, October 22, 2022


Iceland-Glaciers October 24, 2022



Iceland-West Iceland and Return to Reykjavik October 27, 2022




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 Agenda Packet
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



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

Save the Dates!
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



Weathersfield Proctor Library


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 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.


Warren Miller's Daymaker, Saturday November 12 TICKETS

A New England Midwinter Revels, Dec. 16, 17, 18 shows at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. INFO

Big Bad Voodoo Daddy, Tuesday, December 20 TICKETS

Saved by the 90s, February 3 TICKETS

David Sedaris, March 31 TICKETS

Youth Education Serie: Dance of Hope, April 6 10 a.m. TICKETS

Dance of Hope, April 6, 6:30 p.m. FREE TICKETS
(you must reserve a seat to attend)


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 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 
Closed for Stick Season from 10/29-11/23 re-open on 11/23/2022
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 



Vermont back to ‘low’ Covid levels as hospital visits drop

 Erin Petenko reporting for VT Digger

Vermont is back to “low” Covid-19 levels after two weeks of reporting “medium” levels, according to the state Department of Health’s latest weekly surveillance report.

Hospital admissions for Covid had risen in the past two weeks but now appear to be declining, according to the department. The number of emergency visits for Covid-like symptoms also declined and fell below visits for this point in 2021.

As of Wednesday, 44 people were hospitalized for Covid in Vermont, including three in intensive care.

There were 532 Covid cases reported in the past week, down from 595 cases the week before. The department bases case numbers primarily on PCR testing rather than at-home antigen tests.


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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