Weathersfield Weekly Blog December 5 edition

Wassail Weekend happens Dec. 9-11 in Woodstock, VT
Here we come a-wassailing
Among the leaves so green;
Here we come a-wand’ring
So fair to be seen.

Mark Your Calendars

For you runners out there...
CBHM 2023 Race Registration OPENS TONIGHT--Monday, December 5 at 7 PM ET

This link will take you to the race registration page.

Race organizers are expecting the race to fill up really quickly, in under 5 minutes!

They recommend that you set up your RunSignup account ahead of time to save time on entering your information. (They request that you list an emergency contact who IS NOT RUNNING in our race.)

Please read over their REGISTRATION and RACE INFO pages before you register-They DO NOT OFFER REFUNDS. BIBs are NOT Transferable.

Once you are registered, they suggest you make your lodging arrangements ASAP

If you DO NOT get in, please consider running for one of their Non-Profit Partners:
David's House
The Family Place
Positive Tracks
Upper Valley Haven
Visit their Non-Profit Partners Page for more info and how to contact them to register to run.
Woodstock, VT 
December 9-December 11, 2022

Woodstock Vermont's favorite time of year! Filled with twinkling lights, historic decorated homes, and so much more, the town transforms into the holiday wonderland of your dreams, complete with sleigh bells and holiday decorations at Billings Farm that harken back to historic 19th-century charm. There's something for all ages throughout this festive holiday weekend.

Wassail Weekend Schedule

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


Jaded Ravins
The Underground Recording Studio
Randolph, VT

Thursday we went on a road trip to Randolph, VT to see the Jaded Ravins at The Underground Recording Studio. We'd never been there before and weren't sure what to expect but what we found was a very cool listening room. We were welcomed in by Vincent and Babs (and Abbey the dog!) and found a seat right up front for the show.

Thursday evenings they pair up with WCVR radio also in Randolph and broadcast part of the live show complete with music and interviews. It was very cool.

The Underground - Listening Room located at 24 Pleasant St. in downtown Randolph.
Here's a video from the show, more are in the link below.

More photos: CLICK HERE

Video playlist: CLICK HERE

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

Town News
Town Holiday Schedule 
Christmas & News Year’s fall on Sundays this year. 
According to the language in the personnel policy, “Holidays falling on a Friday or Saturday will be observed the preceding Thursday. Holidays falling on a Sunday will be observed the following Monday.” 
In consideration of the policy, the 
Town Office will be closed on Monday, December 26th and Monday, January 2nd
The Selectboard meeting on January 2nd will need to be moved to Tuesday, January 3rd

Transfer Station Meeting Scheduled for Dec. 6
Joint Transfer Station Meeting is scheduled for  December 6 with the towns of Reading and West Windsor to review the YTD finance report, FY24 Transfer Station budget, and the Permit Sticker policy. The town manager will update the town regarding the details of this meeting on December 19th. 

Town Forest Cabin and Bridge Removal Heats Up
It was reported at a select board meeting a few weeks ago that a couple of bridges were removed in the Town Forest and that it appeared that bike races had taken place there without notifying emergency services. The town manager reached out to the Conservation Commission and received back a brief history of the Town Forest.

The Town Forest was obtained in 2010 and has been managed by the Conservation Commission since that time. A forest recreation plan was created in 2016 to help with the area's management. The property had a cabin, an outhouse, a shed and a generator shed on it.

The Conservation Commission, in collaboration with former Town Manager Ed Morris, discussed keeping the cabin as an educational room for displays and potentially overnight rentals. In order to properly assess the condition of the cabin to determine the viability of rehabilitation, the Conservation Commission sought professional advice from Matthew Keniston of Northern Climates Construction. 

The results of this assessment (with photographs) showing the cabin and outhouse in severe states of deterioration, were forward to the current town manager a couple of weeks ago.

In 2021The Conservation Commission began discussions around the removal process of the cabin. Discussions were held with the Weathersfield Historical Society members, Ascutney Trails Association members, Town Manager Brandon Gulnick and Highway Director Ray Stapleton regarding the details of removing materials, disposing of them, getting access to the project site, available equipment, etc.

Discussions were listed on the Conservation Commission meeting agendas beginning in September of 2021 and a motion to remove the cabin was made on October 28, 2021. Upon further assessment, an outhouse, a generator shed, and another storage shed on the site were determined to be unsalvageable and also removed.

Ryan Gumbart, Conservation Commission Chair, acknowledged the removal of one bridge and noted that the boards left on site were pretty well rotted. He also quotes minutes from the November 21, 2019 meeting where a volunteer work day had removed an old snowmobile bridge.

Town Forest access continues to be a problem because of an agreement made between the former town manager and a delinquent tax land owner. 

Local and State News

After spinal injury, Windsor man created his own robotic leg brace

Ray Couture reporting for VT Digger

In 2013, Kiel Alarcon was working as a communication assistant at Dartmouth College in Hanover, New Hampshire, and commuted to work daily by bicycle from his home in Windsor, which is more than 40 miles round-trip, as part of a national bicycling challenge. On one of those rides, Alarcon was biking up a hill near the Hanover Country Club golf course when he felt what he thought at the time was a muscle spasm or pinched nerve in his back.

“I had weakness in my legs, my limbs were going (numb) and then coming back, it was very bizarre,” Alarcon said.

He said doctors at Mt. Ascutney Hospital and Health Center in Windsor told him he’d had a panic attack, which he accepted because he’d never experienced one before and didn’t know the symptoms. But when his mother checked in on him a day later and discovered he hadn’t needed to use the bathroom since he’d left the hospital, they went to the Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center in Lebanon, New Hampshire, for further tests.

Urinary retention is a symptom of spinal cord injuries, and Alarcon said medical staff at DHMC drained two liters of urine from his body that day. An MRI confirmed the damage: a tumor growing on his spine had ruptured and bled down his spinal cord.

Surgery to remove the benign tumor was successful, but the damage done to Alarcon’s body was significant. He can no longer feel anything below his chest and needs the assistance of a walking cane to move around.

But over the past two years, Alarcon has developed and built his own robotic leg brace that’s helped him walk without the need for the cane and even helped him summit Mount Ascutney. The brace, which Alarcon said is still a work in progress, started off as a hobby meant to pass the time as he adjusted to the changes in his life after the injury.

He said the early days following his injury were “torturous” and “like hell.” Self-described as someone who always feels the need to be doing something, Alarcon was compelled to stay busy.

He began teaching himself how to code, in part because he wanted to develop a marketable skill he could manage from his bed.

Vermont Agency of Education reaches settlement with religious schools

Peter D'Auria reporting for VT Digger

Vermont’s Agency of Education reached a final settlement in two lawsuits seeking to allow public money to pay for tuition at religious schools.

A group of families sued the state in 2020, alleging that their children had been discriminated against because they were denied public money to attend religious schools.

The suits were largely decided in June, after the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that a Maine public tuition program could not exclude religious schools. By September, the two sides in Vermont had reached a settlement agreement.

State officials agreed to pay $95,000 for attorneys’ fees and issue a letter to superintendents explaining that religious schools could not be excluded from public tuition payments.

But Christina Reiss, a federal judge in Burlington, expressed concerns with some aspects of the two sides’ agreement. The proposed settlement would require her to sign off on conclusions of law that she did not agree with, she said.

Dartmouth Health sees financial losses mounting, cites staffing costs

Valley News via VT Digger

Driven largely by staffing expenses, costs are outstripping revenues at Dartmouth Health, New Hampshire’s largest private employer, according to filings with bondholders last week.

The Lebanon-based Dartmouth Health saw a $22.1 million loss, less than 1%, on a $2.9 billion operating budget in the fiscal year that ended June 30. It would have been a larger loss if not for $98.8 million Dartmouth Health received in federal stimulus funds.

That trend has only worsened in the first quarter of this year, which ended Sept. 30 with a $41.4 million loss, or nearly 6%, on a nearly $770 million operating budget. That loss includes $1.8 million in federal stimulus funds. The health system does not expect any more, according to Dartmouth Health spokesperson Audra Burns.

“While the pandemic feels ‘over’ for many people on an individual basis, healthcare organizations, including D-HH, continue to grapple with several impactful issues that were born out of the pandemic,” Dan Jantzen, Dartmouth Health’s CFO, wrote in a Nov. 23 filing with bondholders of the Dartmouth-Hitchcock Health obligated group, which includes Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center in Lebanon; Dartmouth Hitchcock clinics; Alice Peck Day Memorial Hospital in Lebanon; Mt. Ascutney Hospital and Health Center in Windsor; New London Hospital; Cheshire Medical Center in Keene, New Hampshire; and Visiting Nurse and Hospice for Vermont and New Hampshire.

Staffing issues are at the top of the list of challenges. There is a national shortage of nurses, which has forced up wages both for permanent employees and for traveling nurses, Jantzen wrote.

“Taken together, the increased staffing costs for permanent internal nurses and traveling nurses continue to have a major impact on D-HH’s financial performance,” Jantzen wrote. “A tight labor market has also heightened the pressure on wages across the organization.”

Dartmouth Health is not alone in facing fiscal challenges. The University of Vermont Health Network ended its fiscal year Sept. 30 with a $90 million, or 3.3%, loss, according to VTDigger. That loss also was primarily due to staffing costs, VTDigger reported last week.

Though below the rates hospitals were paying during last winter’s Covid-19 surge, wages for travelers remain “significantly above pre-COVID rates,” DH told employees in a Tuesday message Burns shared in part with the Valley News.

Feds, state and local police carry out early morning drug raids in Springfield

Ethan Weinstein reporting for VT Digger

An early morning drug sweep in Springfield Wednesday saw federal, state and local law enforcement agencies descend on the town in what one resident described as a chaotic scene as police and military-like vehicles swarmed her neighborhood.

The FBI, Drug Enforcement Administration and Department of Homeland Security carried out “court-ordered arrest warrants” on Valley Street, working with Vermont State Police and Springfield police. According to a state police press release, law enforcement raided “three locations on Valley Street related to an ongoing investigation into illegal drug activity.”

Just before 5 p.m., state police issued a second release, indicating that police departments in Brattleboro, Windsor and Lebanon, New Hampshire, had contributed to the investigation. The statement also said the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Burlington would provide more information at the “appropriate” time. Fabienne Boisvert-DeFazio, public affairs officer for the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Vermont, declined to comment on the operation in Springfield. “We expect to issue a brief press release tomorrow,” she wrote in an email.

It was not clear whether authorities made arrests at the scene or how many suspects were targeted in the raids.

As of 4:30 p.m., there were no filed or unsealed records in federal court related to the operation.

Valley Street, which connects to the heart of Springfield, has been the center of local crime in recent months. Shootings, drugs and the discovery of a pipe bomb have all spurred arrests.

“At first I just heard a really loud bang with a pause of silence, and then two more loud bangs and then yelling and commotion,” Alisyn Pinney, a Valley Street resident, told VTDigger. “When I looked out the window there were big military vehicles, with a lot of police.”


3 charged in aftermath of Springfield drug raid; operation praised by officials

Alan J. Keays and Ethan Weinstein reporting for VT Digger

Three people are facing federal charges that they conspired to distribute crack cocaine and fentanyl following Wednesday’s early morning raids in a downtown Springfield neighborhood plagued by recent shootings, according to charging documents filed in federal court Thursday.

Federal authorities allege that Jonathan “Jose” Castro, Anibal “Papi” Castro Sr. and Derek Arie conspired with two other people — whose names are redacted from the filing — to distribute crack cocaine and fentanyl in Vermont between March and November.

All three people named in Thursday’s court documents have previously been charged with drug-related offenses.

In a press release about the charges, U.S. Attorney Nikolas P. Kerest praised the “investigatory and collaborative efforts” of the local, state and federal agencies involved in the raids on Valley Street.

Jeff Mobus, the Springfield town manager, also praised them for their help “in addressing drug-related crime and violent crime,” which he said have increasingly afflicted the town.

“These situations are often larger than the local police can effectively address,” Mobus told VTDigger. “Joint efforts such as what occurred yesterday are a strong step towards addressing these types of crime.”

Gov. Phil Scott issued a similar statement on Thursday.

“Operations like this disrupt the supply of deadly and addictive drugs, take illegal guns off the street, and hold drug dealers accountable for poisoning Vermonters for profit,” Scott said. “They also create an opportunity to help those suffering from addiction get back on the right path through our social service systems.”


Vermont congressional delegation celebrates Senate passage of marriage equality bill

Sarah Mearhoff reporting for VT Digger

Vermont’s congressional delegation is celebrating the U.S. Senate’s passage of a landmark bill that would protect the legality of interracial and same-sex marriage nationwide.

The upper chamber voted 61-36 on Tuesday evening to pass the Respect for Marriage Act, with Vermont’s U.S. senators — Democrat Patrick Leahy and independent Bernie Sanders — voting yes. The bill is awaiting a final vote in the U.S. House before it heads to President Joe Biden’s desk for his signature.

The state’s sole delegate to the U.S. House, Rep. Peter Welch, D-Vt., voted yes when the bill came before the lower chamber in July and plans to vote yes again when the bill returns to the House, according to Welch spokesperson Emily Becker. Interracial and same-sex marriage are both legal nationwide thanks to two landmark U.S. Supreme Court decisions: Loving v. Virginia, which legalized interracial marriage in 1967, and Obergefell v. Hodges, which legalized same-sex marriage in 2015.

But Congress has never codified those marriage rights into law, and Supreme Court case precedents are vulnerable to reversal. That’s what happened in June, when the conservative majority of the court voted to overturn Roe v. Wade, thereby ending the federal right to an abortion.


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 5 
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 2

Early Release Monday
Monday, December 5, 2002 is an early release day. All students will get out of school at 12:00 PM.

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 5 Early Release Day
December 13 School Board Meeting
December 21 School Sing-a-long
December 21 Early Release Day

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

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.

Boot fittings
Saturday, December 3, from noon-4pm they will offer equipment fitting. They'll help you select a set of boots, skis and poles that will be marked and ready for you to enjoy here, whether on the guided ski days or on your own.

Please contact them soon to schedule a fitting and/or sign up for one or more of the guided ski days.   

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: 12/5 at 5:30pm
  • Tuesday morning: 12/6 at 9am
  • 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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