Weathersfield Weekly Blog, December 26 edition

Ascutney Mountain on the Winter Solstice, December 21, 2022
A view from Cornish, NH

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

Town News

Transfer Station Holiday Hours

The Transfer Station will be closed on Sunday, January 1st per policy.
Otherwise, the station will open during its regular hours.
Regular hours (when there’s not a holiday):
Wednesday: 12pm – 5pm
Saturday: 7am – 4pm
Sunday: 12pm – 4pm

Elected Positions Open on Town Meeting Day, March 7, 2023















Petitions and Consent  of Candidate forms available  through the Town Clerk's office  

Absentee Ballots
Please call the  Town Clerk's office to request an Absentee Ballot to be sent to you.
The Town Clerk will not be sending out ballots to ALL VOTERS on the voter's  checklist, ONLY TO THOSE WHO REQUEST AN ABSENTEE BALLOT.

Please call Flo-Ann Dango, Town Clerk at  802-674-9500 

Local and State News

In West Windsor, Chelsea Monroe-Cassel Crafts the Official Cookbooks of Fictional Lands

SUZANNE PODHAIZER reporting for Seven Days

After a long day in the forest gathering blue mountain flowers and butterfly wings and fighting thieves, you return home weary, wounded and hungry. Your battle-ax goes on a rack in the front hall, but you don't bother to remove your armor before heading to the kitchen. In a barrel, you find exactly what you're looking for: a salt pile, a jug of milk, a sack of flour, butter and a chicken's egg. Soon you're feasting on a just-baked "sweetroll" and feeling your health return.

This is Skyrim, a fantasy game in The Elder Scrolls series by Bethesda Game Studios. Although its main story line involves attaining grandeur as a "Dragonborn" hero, the game also offers a selection of homely activities for players who are so inclined: You can craft your own armor, cut lumber using a water-powered mill or build a house with an enviable kitchen.

If you want to make Skyrim recipes in real life, that's when you turn to Chelsea Monroe-Cassel: cookbook author, beekeeper, medieval reenactor and West Windsor resident.

Monroe-Cassel, 37, is the author of 2019's The Elder Scrolls: The Official Cookbook and numerous other cookbooks based on fantasy and science-fiction sagas such as "Star Trek," Star Wars, George R.R. Martin's A Song of Ice and Fire book series (known to TV fans as "Game of Thrones"), online game World of Warcraft and TV cult fave "Firefly." She recently finished her second "Game of Thrones" book, featuring dishes such as Stargazy Pie, a Cornish specialty topped with honest-to-goodness fish heads.

Monroe-Cassel creates and tests recipes in the farmhouse she shares with her husband, high school English and philosophy teacher Brent Concilio, and their 3-year-old daughter and 1-year-old son. There's also a pair of cats: a grumpy elder who doesn't deign to meet guests and a tiny orange tabby named Peanut who hangs out in sunny spots and watches Monroe-Cassel cook.

Article includes a recipe for Sweet Rolls!

Woodstock Inn buys nearby motel to house staff
Ethan Weinstein reporting for VT Digger

The Woodstock Inn and Resort, the town’s flagship hotel, recently bought a 12-room motel in town to house some of its staff.

“We have been providing employee housing for many years for year-round and seasonal team members,” Judy Geiger, the inn’s director of human resources, said in a written statement. “The low unemployment rate and shrinking labor force in Vermont make it difficult to attract and retain employees, and when we do find them, finding affordable housing is very difficult for them.”

The inn purchased Braeside Lodging — a motel on Route 4 less than 2 miles away — for $1,090,000 at the end of October, according to property records provided by the town of Woodstock. The sellers were Patricia Ploss and her husband, Richard, who owned the motel for 32 years, Ploss said.

Not all Woodstock Inn employees receive housing, Geiger said, but buying Braeside “will help us to maintain our staffing levels and provide the service people expect.” The inn — which also owns the recently renamed Saskadena Six Ski Area — plans to renovate some of its other employee properties, she added.

Woodstock, a popular tourist destination, has sought to create more affordable housing for the people who work there. This summer, the town launched several programs intended to ease the housing crunch, including paying landlords to build or renovate accessory dwelling units and providing financial incentives for landlords to convert short-term rentals to long-term, affordable rentals for qualified tenants.

“We don’t have enough housing that people who earn a local salary can afford to rent or buy,” Jill Davies, a member of the Woodstock Economic Development Commission working group on housing, told VTDigger in August. “We want everybody to be able to live in the community. We want our teachers, our retail assistants, hospitality industry people, our writers, everybody.”


 Ex-teacher at school in Chester reaches plea deal, faces 10 years for possessing child sex-abuse materials
Alan J. Keays reporting for VT Digger

A former teacher at Green Mountain Union High School in Chester has pleaded guilty to possession of child sexual abuse materials and faces up to 10 years in prison when he is sentenced next year.

Norman Merrill II, 46, of Chester entered his guilty plea to the federal charge Tuesday during a video hearing held by U.S. District Court in Burlington. His plea deal with prosecutors calls for Judge Christina Reiss to impose the prison term and a lifetime of supervised release.

The judge could also order restitution to the victims, the 12-page plea agreement stated.

Merrill has been jailed since his arrest in May.

Reiss said during the hearing she was not ready to accept the plea agreement until she had more information about Merrill and the offense he admitted committing. The judge set a sentencing hearing for April 24, 2023, and ordered the federal probation office to conduct a pre-sentence investigation ahead of time.

“Mr. Merrill, I don't know enough about you and your case to determine whether this is the appropriate sentence,” Reiss said in court. “I want to see the pre-sentence report in advance.”

The judge said the comprehensive report would cover his childhood, criminal history, finances, education, employment, mental and physical health. “Just about everything you can imagine,” Reiss told Merrill.

Merrill was arrested in May after he was indicted by a federal grand jury on charges of producing and possessing child sexual abuse materials.

Dartmouth Coach bus from Upper Valley to NYC struck by gunfire in Connecticut

Town of Weathersfield

Select Board

The December 19 meeting "minutes" were posted HOWEVER, they appear to be the meeting Agenda and Selectboard Packet ONLY.

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.  
*January 3 (Tuesday-Monday, Jan. 2 is considered a Town Holiday)*
January 16
February 6
February 20 (President's Day)

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 16

Save the Dates
January 4 All Students Back in School
January 10 School Board Meeting

The Little Mermaid Auditions January 5 and 6.
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

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

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 
January 10, 2023
February 14, 2023
March 14, 2023

School Board Meetings
Meeting Minutes
December 13 (minutes not posted at press time)
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 

The Kaskadenac Nordic Ski Club 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

Upper Valley Spike Hikes

The Upper Valley Trails Alliance's Kaitie Eddington checks in with a little gift: a compilation of trails and trail networks good for winter walking and hiking that also have easily accessible parking. 

Eight suggestions, from Hanover's Britton Forest to Woodstock's Ottauquechee River Trail to Eastman's northern trails in Grantham, plus plenty of others. And an added bonus: an updated list of stores in the region that sell spikes for your boots (and other hiking stuff).

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

Recycled Percussion, Saturday, January 28, 3 and 7:30 p.m. TICKETS

Saved by the 90s, February 3 TICKETS

New England School of Arts Benefit, Saturday, February 4, 7 p.m. TICKETS

Mike McDonald's Comedy Extravaganza, Friday, February 10 TICKETS

Banff Centre Mountain Film Festival, Friday, February 17, 7 p.m. TICKETS

NCCT Teens Anything Goes March 3-5 TICKETS

David Sedaris, March 31 TICKETS

Guster, Sunday, April 2, 7 p.m. 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)

Paul Reiser, Saturday, May 20 TICKETS

Pat Metheny Side-Eye, Wednesday June 7 TICKETS

Cavalcade July 7-9, 2023 TICKETS
Bizet's Carmen July 16-21, 2023 TICKETS
Rodgers and Hammerstein's Carousel July 27-30, 2023 TICKETS

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.)

~Location 1879 Schoolhouse in Perkinsville~

January Classes TBA

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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