Weathersfield Weekly Blog December 12 edition

Cookie Swap hosted by Weathersfield Proctor Library 
Saturday, December 17th at 1 p.m.
Details below.

Mark Your Calendars

Weathersfield Proctor Library hosts a Cookie Swap and
A visit with Santa
December 17th

Holiday Caroling-Outdoors at the Center Church

Christmas Eve at 4 p.m. ALL Welcome

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News You Can Use
ICYMI (In case You Missed It)

Town News

Town hosted a Christmas Party/BBQ for Town Employees-Tax Payers picked up the tab, again.

At the December 5th select board meeting, according to the meeting minutes page 23, Kelly O'Brien asked about a line item in the warrant in their meeting packet dated December 2, 2022 (page 92 of the packet). 
From the minutes:
"Kelly O’Brien asked about a charge on page 3, Item 29 regarding the BBQ/Town Hall Christmas party. etc. Brandon Gulnick explained that he has a line item for Awards and Recognitions in the amount of $2,500 which was used for a Christmas Party prior to COVID and they reinstated the Christmas party this year. This year is ~$700 in comparison to much more in previous years."

The expenditure in question was a $712 payment to Big Fatty's BBQ in White River Junction, VT. In addition, there were also two payments made to the Elks Lodge totaling $100.

Prior to Covid, the previous town manager, Ed Morris, hosted Christmas parties at the Inn at Weathersfield for the employees and their spouses. 

At that time, the select board contacted the school board asking if they would allow spending taxpayer money on an employee Christmas Party and were told the school board would not. The select board at the time approved this expenditure without much discussion or oversight. 

Should taxpayers be paying for government employee Christmas parties, whatever the cost?

Most government agencies allow employee Christmas parties but most either require that the employee pay for themselves and their guest(s) or the meal is done potluck style. Or the supervisor pays for the meal using their personal funds.

School welcomes their new School Nurse
Weathersfield School welcomed to their new school nurse Mrs. Grace Knight. She comes to WS with a wealth of knowledge in the health field. All are excited that she is here at Weathersfield to take care of our students.

Local and State News

Then Again: Two years after Dickens died, a Vermonter finished his novel

Mark Bushnell reporting for VT Digger

Charles Dickens had writer’s block in the worst way. It had been years since he’d laid down his pen while only halfway through writing “The Mystery of Edwin Drood.”

In desperation, some say, he turned to an unlikely assistant. The public was stunned to read that the great British writer had picked an obscure printshop foreman from Brattleboro, Vermont, to help complete his work.

They asked why Dickens would choose an assistant whose formal education had ended at age 13, someone who was not known as much of a reader, much less a writer.

More to the point, they wondered, hadn’t Dickens been dead for two years?

But this was the 1870s and the western world was in the thrall of spiritualism, the belief that the dead can, and often did, communicate with the living. The public was more than willing to take seriously a claim that the spirit of Dickens wanted to finish the work he had died in the midst of writing.

So Thomas P. James’s timing couldn’t have been better. James, who was thirtysomething at the time, had only recently moved to Brattleboro to take a printing job. He is said to have first experienced spiritualism soon after reaching town.


What’s best for the forest? Possible plan to clear-cut old trees in Green Mountains sparks debate.

Rachel Elliott reporting for VT Digger

A possible plan to cut down trees on nearly 11,000 acres of the Green Mountain National Forest is heightening tension between climate advocates and federal officials who claim the logging would help ecosystems.

The U.S. Forest Service hasn’t yet made a formal proposal for the clear-cutting, but in preliminary documents for the project — called the Telephone Gap Integrated Resource Project — officials suggest that between 4,720 and 10,900 acres of trees in the forest could be cut down.

That would add to more than 43,000 acres — more than 10% of the forest — already scheduled to go down in the next few years.

The project focuses on about 32,250 acres of the more than 400,000-acre forest that stretch across Addison, Rutland and Windsor counties, mostly around the town of Chittenden. Removing the trees would be a matter of balancing out the ecosystem, officials say. Eighty-five percent of trees in the area available for logging are more than 80 years old.

Officials urge Vermonters to challenge errors in FCC’s new broadband map

Juliet Schulman-Hall reporting for VT Digger

he Vermont Community Broadband Board is asking Vermont residents to check their addresses on the Federal Communications Commission’s national broadband map to see if their internet speed and provider availability are reported accurately.

State broadband officials have challenged the accuracy of the map, which shows that more than 95% of Vermont households have broadband internet access.

Herryn Herzog, communications and outreach for the broadband board, said that by reporting errors, Vermonters can help the state get the “money it deserves.”

The state will receive at least $100 million through the federal Broadband Equity, Access and Deployment program, but the federal government will distribute an additional $37.1 billion to states based on the numbers of unserved locations that appear on the FCC’s map.

Alissa Matthews, special projects director for the broadband board, said it’s not clear how much money the state could obtain by correcting the addresses, but it could be between $5,000 to $10,000 per address, which could amount to millions of additional federal dollars.

The broadband board doesn’t know exactly how many addresses are inaccurate, but, according to Matthews, an initial analysis showed about 13,000 locations with broadband availability discrepancies.

Matthews said analysts “keep finding more issues” with how data was mapped or recorded. The board is doing additional analysis and may file bulk challenges to the FCC.

The Vermont Department of Public Service already sent one challenge to the FCC in October, pointing out that 11% of the locations in the federal database didn’t match those in Vermont’s own database. An additional 22% of addresses in the Vermont database didn’t appear in the federal database at all.

Herzog said the state plans to file additional challenges.

A fire, a death, a bittersweet last call: The final 24 hours of a landmark Brattleboro pub

Kevin O'Connor reporting for VT Digger

When The Boston Globe visited what it called “this quirky southern Vermont town” in 2005, it raised a glass to one particularly spirited landmark.

“To those who love a good pint of beer,” the newspaper wrote, “Brattleboro is a year-round mecca, and the object of their devotion is McNeill’s Brewery.”

Owner Ray McNeill was a bit more modest. Take this past Friday at sundown, when the musician turned beer maker offered a taste of a new brew to a worker who was trying to help him reopen his downtown business closed since the start of the Covid-19 pandemic.

“Ray pronounced it drinkable, with all the right balances, but he wasn’t as thrilled with the flavor,” friend Stuart Strothman heard from the tester.

McNeill, last seen about 6 p.m., retired to his second-floor apartment over the barroom, his drinking buddies said. Less than two hours later, smoke alerted the town fire department just across the street to a blaze that took the 62-year-old’s life, authorities confirmed Monday.

None of the stunned locals who stared incredulously at the scene over the weekend knew what ignited the Elliot Street mainstay — built 150 years ago, in a twist of fate, as a firehouse.

“An investigation determined the area of origin was on the second floor, but the cause is going to remain undetermined,” Fire Chief Leonard Howard said. “There’s no criminal intent.”

But as townspeople gathered for one last call outside the three-decade community watering hole, they collectively told a story about a cello-playing, bike-pedaling barkeep who was scheduled to flee construction delays and the coming winter by flying to Mexico this week.

Corrections department reports death of a Windsor man incarcerated in Rutland

Auditi Guha reporting for VT Digger

49-year-old Windsor man who had been held at Marble Valley Regional Correctional Facility in Rutland died Sunday afternoon at a nearby hospital, according to the Vermont Department of Corrections.

The man, Jack Martin, had reported difficulty sitting upright in his cell Friday morning and was transferred to Rutland Regional Medical Center, the corrections department said in a press release Sunday night.

Martin had been held without bail since Oct. 11 on charges of heroin possession, assault and robbery, as well as on a warrant from the Grafton County Sheriff’s Department in New Hampshire for heroin possession, according to the department.

Martin’s death comes less than two weeks after a 74-year-old Bennington man died at a prison in Springfield. It is the ninth death in Vermont’s prison system this year.

The corrections department said the circumstances of Martin’s death were not considered suspicious. The department said it plans to conduct administrative and medical reviews, as is required after a death in a state prison. Vermont State Police and the Defender General’s Prisoners’ Rights Office are expected to conduct separate investigations.


Autopsy reveals incarcerated person at Springfield prison died of natural causes

An autopsy revealed that Charles Mould, a 74-year-old from Bennington who died two weeks ago at Southern State Correctional Facility in Springfield, died of natural causes, according to Vermont State Police.

Department of Corrections staff found Mould in his cell early in the morning on Nov. 30, according to a state police press release, and he was pronounced dead at the prison.

Mould was held in the infirmary unit at the time of his death. Rachel Feldman, a corrections spokesperson, said she could not share why he had been under medical care.

Mould had been incarcerated since 2008, serving a 40 years-to-life sentence for convictions including repeated aggravated sexual assault, aggravated sexual assault on a child under 10 years old and lewd and lascivious conduct with a child, according to the release from state police.

Six people have died at the Springfield facility this year.

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.  
December 19
*January 3 (Tuesday-Monday, Jan. 2 is considered a Town Holiday)*

November 21
November 14 Special Meeting (
Generator for Martin Memorial Hall)
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

Weekly Newsletter: December 9

School Sing along
We have a school sing along scheduled for Wednesday, December 21st. It will start at 8:10 AM in the gym. Kindergarten through 5th grade students will be signing holiday classics. Everyone is welcome to join us that day.

Student Council Events
Monday December 19th - Ugly Sweater Day
Tuesday December 20th- Winter Head Wear Day
Wednesday December 21st- Pajama Day

The Little Mermaid Auditions Coming Soon
The school announced that  auditions for The Little Mermaid Jr. for grades 4-8 after school on January 5th and 6th. Students will be taught a song and asked to read from the script. Erica Yuengling will direct, with Samuel Francis as music director. The performances will be March 24-25. More information will be coming in the next few weeks.

Friday Spirit Day
Remember to wear your Weathersfield clothing on Fridays. Show your school spirit by wearing red and black.

Winter Activities Sign Up is OPEN
Use this form to register your child/children

Save the Dates!
December 13 School Board Meeting
December 21 School Sing-a-long
December 21 Early Release Day
December 22-January 3 Winter Break No 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
World Language Teacher

Looking for Odds and Ends for the Art Room
Have you been looking for a way to clean up that craft room, but didn’t want to throw out all of the “good stuff” you are not quite sure what to do with?

The WS Art Teacher is looking for leftover craft/recycling items that you may have in your home. 
Leftover plastic flowers and greenery (does not have to be whole… pieces are great)
Petals or leaves
Beads or flat plastic gems
Cardboard (shipping boxes, cereal boxes)
Bamboo skewers
Wide elastic
Anything sparkly…

Meeting Agendas may be found HERE

Weathersfield School Board meets on Tuesdays
In Person at Weathersfield School (135 Schoolhouse Road, Ascutney)

Location: 135 Schoolhouse RD Ascutney 
December 13 Agenda
January 10, 2023
February 14, 2023
March 14, 2023

School Board Meetings
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

Weathersfield Historical Society
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Weathersfield Center Church and Meeting House
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Things to Do In and Around Weathersfield
Get Outdoors, Entertainment, Classes, Workshops 

Holiday Happenings in Brownsville
December  24

Candlelight Service
December 24 7
At 7:00 on Christmas Eve, there will be the much-anticipated and beautiful Brownsville Community Church Candlelight Service.

Admission is free for all the events on December 3rd, 4th and 24th. A free-will offering will be accepted at the church for local non-profits. Masks are optional.

The Brownsville Community Church & Pavilion are located at 66 Brownsville-Hartland Road, between Albert Bridge School and the West Windsor Town Hall. Contact the Brownsville Community Church at for more information on the Christmas Concert and Carols, the Live Nativity and the Christmas Eve Candlelight Service.

The Kaskadenac Nordic Ski Club gets ready to Open January 1

Kaskadenac Nordic Ski Club welcomes everyone to ski with them, beginning January 1st.
The Nordic ski season is about to begin and local families are invited to take part in the Kaskadenac Nordic Ski Club, which is a FREE community recreational activity.

Kaskadenac Nordic Ski Club has Nordic skis, boots and poles in a variety of sizes; several miles of groomed trails that intersect with VAST trail 506 which is maintained by Weathersfield Pathfinders; and 2 weekly guided ski sessions for kids and families.

Guided Ski Lessons
The guided ski sessions are led by Sean Whalen and Ashley Hensel-Browning, and go from 3:00-4:30 each Thursday and Friday, when safe skiing conditions prevail

They teach essential skills for safety, comfort and enjoyment of Nordic skiing. They are on a Weathersfield School bus route, and kids may be dropped off there (3057 Weathersfield Center Road) after school on ski days, by arrangement between parents, school, and the club. 
Beginners are welcome and will find easy trails for learning.

Outside of the guided adventures, skiers are welcome to ski the trails any time they're open. 
(*see note about waiver, below). The trail system is well connected and you can find your own level. 

Snacks are also part of the experience. On the guided ski days they offer hot cocoa and healthy snacks starting around 4:00. 

To ski the trails here, you'll have to sign a waiver that says you won't sue them if you or your child gets hurt. This is standard practice for ski clubs. Waivers are available and can be signed at the clubhouse.

Please stop at the clubhouse at 3057 Weathersfield Center Road to sign a legal waiver before enjoying the trails; after that, you're good to go.

Donate, Volunteer
Kaskadenac Nordic would love to accept donations of ski equipment, volunteer time, money and other in-kind gifts. All of that will keep this wonderful free community activity going. 

If you're in a family that skis with them and would like to contribute healthy snacks to Kaskadenac Nordic, please do contact them. They are looking for donations of fresh or dried fruits, baked goods, and milk for the cocoa. 

Gas in the snowmobile, cocoa on the hob, parts on the groomer, skis on the rack.

For more information contact Sean Whalen and/or Ashley Hensel-Browning, 3057 Weathersfield Center Road, Weathersfield, VT 05151  (802)263-5253
Start Your Snow Dances

Special Thanks to Robin and Colin Tindall who started Kaskadenac Nordic.
They built this thing for folks in the Weathersfield community.

All shows are at 7:30 p.m. unless otherwise stated.

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)

Northern Stage’s joyous holiday tradition returns with the world premiere production of The Railway Children, a new American adaptation of Edith Nesbit’s beloved British classic children’s novel with new music and lyrics by Jane Shaw and Mark Hartman (A Christmas Carol at the Guthrie; The Wanderers at Roundabout), November 22, 2022 – January 1, 2023, in the Byrne Theater at the Barrette Center for the Arts in White River Junction, Vermont.

Performance times are Tuesdays and Wednesdays at 7:30 p.m., Thursday at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m., Fridays at 7:30 p.m., Saturdays at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m., and Sundays at 2 p.m. 

Ticket prices range from $19 to $69 — $19 for students of all ages, $20 for those under the age of 25, and $34 for preview performances (November 22, 23, and 25). 

Access for All tickets (for EBT card holders) are $5 and are available for any performance while ticket supplies last. The Byrne Theater at the Barrette Center for the Arts is located at 74 Gates Street, White River Junction, VT. 

For tickets and information, call (802) 296-7000 or visit
COVID-19 PROTOCOLS: Northern Stage will NOT be requesting vaccination status OR proof of a negative COVID-19 test. Masks are not required but are encouraged inside the Barrette Center for the Arts.



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.)

Class and Registration Info. Monday evenings are back
~Location Weathersfield Center Church and Meeting House~

December Classes
  • Monday evening: 12/12 at 5:30pm
  • Tuesday morning:12/13 at 9am.
Slow Flow, Rest + Restore 

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 

VT Digger Coronavirus Report: CLICK HERE

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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