Weathersfield Weekly Blog January 2 edition

A stunning sunrise on December 24th over Ascutney Mountain.

Happy New Year!

Mark Your Calendars

Little Mermaid Auditions for grades 4-8 at the school on January 5 and 6

Mrs. Yuengling and Mr. Francis are looking for musical sea creatures, a wise- talking crab, a jealous sea witch, confused sea gulls, and mer-people for our school play!

They will be holding auditions for Disney's The Little Mermaid Jr. after school on January 5 & 6 from 2:30-4:00 p.m..

All students in grades 4-8 are invited to sing 16 bars of music from Broadway, Disney, or a simple song they know well (like Happy Birthday or Jingle Bells) and read from the script. Even if you think you can't sing, they still want you to come and read from the script. 

If you have questions about what to sing, please ask Mr. Francis.

Students will learn about how to be a character onstage, and put on a great show.

Performance dates are March 24 and 25.

Please fill out this Google Form: https://forms.gle/5h1gdRMcBRoTax5z7

Erica Yuengling & Samuel Francis
eyuengling@wsesu.net samuel.francis@wsesu.net


The Poor Cousins perform at Vermont Beer Makers Friday the 13th


Weathersfield residents and Irish fiddle and guitar duo, The Poor Cousins will be performing at Vermont Beer Makers in Springfield on January 13, 2023 at 6 p.m..

Vermont Beer Makers is located at 100 River Street (of Pearl St. on the backside of the building), Springfield, VT.


Springfield Library Events
43 Main Street - Springfield, VT 05156
Tickets and Info: CLICK HERE

"What's It Worth" Zoom Appraisal Program
"What's It Worth" Zoom Appraisal Program
Wed, Jan 11, 1:00 PM

Computers Made Simple: Email Tips and Tric
Computers Made Simple: Email Tips and Tricks
Thu, Jan 12, 3:00 PM

Monday Evening Book Club: Breath by James Nest
Monday Evening Book Club: Breath by James Nestor
Mon, Jan 16, 6:00 PM


Website Coding: HTML
Thursday, February 16, 2023 at 3:00 PM




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

Town News

Selectboard to discuss town reappraisal at Tuesday's meeting.
The town has been notified that our Property Valuation and Review for 2022 shows that the Education Grand List is $329,333,700. The Equalized Education Grand List is $407,984,414. Therefore the Common Level of Appraisal (CLA) is 80.97%.

According to Vermont State Statutes, if a CLA is below 85% of above 115% a reappraisal is required.

The select board will tackle this and many more issues on Tuesday evening. (See Agenda below)


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

TOWN

MODERATOR/TOWN-1 YEAR

SELECT PERSON-3 YEAR

SELECT PERSON-2 YEAR

LISTER-3 YEAR

LISTER-3 YEAR

TRUSTEE OF PUBLIC FUNDS-3 YEAR

CEMETERY COMMISSIONER-5 YEAR

LIBRARY TRUSTEE-3 YEAR

SCHOOL

MODERATOR/SCHOOL-1 YEAR

SCHOOL DIRECTOR-3 YEAR

SCHOOL DIRECTOR-1 YEAR

SCHOOL DIRECTOR-1 YEAR

Petitions and Consent  of Candidate forms available  through the Town Clerk's office  
802-674-9500 
Website

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 


Voting Information

Sample Ballots  Posted: Wednesday, February 15, 2023

Important Dates:

Annual School Meeting – Saturday, March 4, 2023, 10:00 AM, WS

Annual Town Meeting – Saturday, March 4, 2023, 12:30 PM, WS

Voting by Australian Ballot – Tuesday, March 7, 2023, 10:00AM -7:00 PM

All Australian Balloting is held at Martin Memorial Hall, 5259 US Route 5, Ascutney


Accident on Weathersfield Center Road leads to court appearance

Jesse Morey, 30, of Springfield, VT was involved in a crash on Weathersfield Center Rd at Jeffrey Lane in Weathersfield on December 22, 2022 at approximately 17:00 hours. He is cited to appear at the Windsor County Court on January 31, 2023. The troopers of B Troop cited Morey with suspicion of driving with a criminally suspended license



Local and State News

74-year-old man incarcerated at Southern State Correctional Facility dies

Auditi Guha reporting for VT Digger

74-year-old man who was being held at Southern State Correctional Facility in Springfield died Sunday, according to the Department of Corrections and the Vermont State Police.

Henry Butson of St. Johnsbury was brought by ambulance to Springfield Hospital at about 6 a.m. after experiencing difficulty breathing and cardiac issues, according to the DOC. He received emergency care at the hospital but was pronounced dead shortly after 9 a.m. His death is not considered to be suspicious, police said. The cause has not yet been determined.

Butson had been in the prison infirmary since Dec. 2, 2022 and in custody since June 8, 2003, according to state police. He was serving a sentence of 25 years to life in prison following his conviction for two counts of second-degree murder.

The Department of Corrections notified state police of the death at about 10 a.m. Sunday. A preliminary investigation conducted by a state police detective indicated he died as a result of a medical event that followed a decline in health.



As reports of bird deaths rise, state officials ask Vermonters to take precautions

Emma Cotton reporting for VT Digger

As the avian flu continues to impact wildlife in Vermont, state officials are warning Vermonters to continue taking precautions when using bird feeders, stay away from any birds that may be sick and report sightings of dead flocks.

In May, only a handful of wild birds and one domestic flock had been reported to be infected with the virus.

Recently, officials confirmed that a flock of wild geese found dead in Barton had died of the avian flu, and at least 72 wild birds in the state have reportedly died from the disease, though that number is likely higher, according to David Sausville, who manages Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department’s wildlife program.

“With our testing, you have to look at the numbers with a little bit of a filter, because our goal was to document it by species and then also in regions of the state. So once we had it confirmed in, let's say the Chittenden County area … we didn't continue to test it,” he said.


Two flocks of infected domestic birds have been killed in Vermont to prevent further spread, according to department officials. One flock in Caledonia County was infected earlier this year, and another, with 50 birds, was identified in Lamoille County in early December. Domestic flocks are particularly susceptible to the flu.

Only one person in the United States has tested positive for avian flu, and there’s little risk of the virus spreading to humans in Vermont as long as people take precautions around birds that may have either contracted or died from avian flu, officials say.

Still, Sausville recommends that people who come across flocks of dead birds report the sightings to the department.

“This time of year, songbirds — five or more in one spot — would be something that would kind of trigger us to say there might be something going on here,” Sausville said.

While the avian flu’s impact has remained relatively constant since the disease first emerged in the state last spring, it hasn’t worsened, Sausville said. Officials do not think it poses a risk of destabilizing wild bird populations.

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Animal advocates renew calls for trapping restrictions after dog dies in East Corinth

Tiffany Tan reporting for VT Digger

In the midafternoon of Dec. 20, while some people were tying up work ahead of the long holiday, and others were shopping for presents, Anne McKinsey was trudging about half a mile through the snow, trying to get her dog to the veterinarian.

McKinsey and her 3-year-old Shetland sheepdog, Clara, had been walking along one of their usual trails, not far from their home in East Corinth, when McKinsey heard her pet yip in pain.

She found Clara’s neck caught between two hinged metal bars, a device known as a conibear trap, which was set about 50 feet from the wooded trail.

She was able to remove the trap from a makeshift enclosure at the base of a tree. But she couldn’t unlock the trap, so McKinsey carried her 30-pound dog back to the car with the 5-pound contraption around its neck.

“I was talking to her the whole time: ‘Clara, stay with me. Stay with me, girl,’” said McKinsey, who’s 65. “By the time I got her back to the car, she was dead.”

Maj. Sean Fowler, deputy chief of the Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department’s warden services division, said Wednesday that the state has documented 13 cases so far this year of pets being caught in traps, with at least one resulting in death.

A 2019 state law requires trappers to tell the department if they incidentally trap dogs or cats.

McKinsey reported Clara’s fatal injury to the department. She said a game warden who investigated found that the trap was likely illegal, because the device didn’t have the required tag, its size could have trapped an animal that was not in season, and it was placed on private land without the owner’s permission.


Fish & Wildlife declined to comment on the case, saying it’s under active investigation.

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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.  
January 3 Agenda Packet
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 https://www.schoolspring.com/
World Language Teacher
Paraprofessional


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 Agenda
January 12, 2023 Agenda (held only if more time is needed for budget discussion)
February 14, 2023
March 14, 2023

School Board Meetings
Meeting Minutes
December 13 (minutes still not posted at press time 01/02/2023)
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
Follow them on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/weathersfieldhistoricalsociety


Weathersfield Center Church and Meeting House
Follow them on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/WeathersfieldCenterChurch


Things to Do In and Around Weathersfield
Get Outdoors, Entertainment, Classes, Workshops 

The Kaskadenac Nordic Ski Club is hoping for snow


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. 

Waiver
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


Exercise

Yoga

Whole Roasted Tro

Within Reach Yoga 

at the 1879 Schoolhouse in Perkinsville, VT

You must Register for each class at least a day ahead by emailing Lisa
(Class sizes are limited)



January Classes 

Candle Glow Gentle Flow
Monday evenings 5:30-6:30 p.m.
January 9, 16, 23, 30

Slow Flow, Rest + Restore 
Tuesday Morning 9-10 a.m.
January 10, 17, 24, 31

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 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.

Harpoon Beer Garden and Brewery 802-674-5491
336 Ruth Carney Drive
Windsor, VT 05089

Inn at Weathersfield (802) 263-9217 
Dine inside or outside Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays, call for a reservation 802-263-9217. 1342 VT Route 106 Perkinsville, VT 05151

Outer Limits Brewing (802)-287-6100
Closed Mondays and Tuesdays;  Wednesdays and Thursdays 3-8 p.m.; Saturdays noon-8 p.m. with LIVE MUSIC; Sundays noon-6 p.m..
60 Village Green, Proctorsville, VT 05153 

Springfield Diner-seating inside/outside daily 7 a.m.-2 p.m. Ice cream shop open Thursday-Sunday 1-7 pm. Daily specials.

Villagers Ice Cream Restaurant-(802) 795-0063 CLOSED For the Season
Tuesdays-Sundays 11:30 a.m. until 9 p.m. (they stop cooking at 7:30 p.m.)
4261 Route 106 in Perkinsville, Downers Four Corners to the locals.
Unicorn Sundae at Villagers Rtes. 131 and 106, Downers Four Corners, in Perkinsville


Food Assistance

Ascutney Union Church Food Cupboard in Ascutney 5243 Route 5 Saturdays 9-10 a.m. call 802-674-2484.

Weathersfield Food Shelf in Perkinsville.

Beginning Thursday, January 13, the regular opening schedule of 2:00 pm-4:00 pm on the 2nd and 4th Thursdays of each month will resume. 
 The Weathersfield Food Shelf is located in the 1879 Perkinsville Schoolhouse at 1862 Route 106 in Perkinsville. The Food Shelf has lots of good food to offer!

Call the Weathersfield Town Office to be refereed to a volunteer, visit the Weathersfield Food Shelf Facebook page and leave a message, email weathersfieldfoodshelf@gmail.com
Donations of non-perishable food are always welcomed and may be dropped off at the facility during open hours or placed in the collection box at Martin Memorial Hall. For more information, call 802-263-5584 or email weathersfieldfoodshelf@gmail.com.

Hartland Food Shelf in Hartland. 4 Corners UU Church Fridays 8-10 a.m., Saturdays 10 a.m-2 p.m.

Reading-West Windsor Food Shelf in Reading. Mondays 2-4 p.m. and Thursday 4-6 p.m. Stone School 3456 Tyson Rd, Reading.


Vermont State Resources and
COVID-19 Response Information

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


Vermont Department of Health COVID-19 Information Page.

COVID-Vaccine Clinics 


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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