Weathersfield Weekly Blog January 23 edition

Sunrise over Blackbird Caye, Belize Central America

Not quite the same view.

Mark Your Calendars

Town of Weathersfield, Vermont Annual Town Meeting 
Saturday, March 4th and Tuesday, March 7, 2023 

WS High School Fair at WS January 24

The WS annual high school fair is happening on Tuesday, January 24th from 6-7 p.m. in the AP room. Area high schools will be here to share information on their school and what they can offer to best meet the needs of your student.

FREE Ice Fishing Festival January 28
Saturday, January 28, 11 a.m.-3 p.m.
Silver Lake State Park, Barnard VT

Always wanted to go ice fishing but couldn’t find a good excuse to get away? Now Vermont Fish and Wildlife has found that excuse for you: a "Free Ice Fishing Day" on the last Saturday in January.

Saturday, January 28, 2023 is Vermont’s next free ice fishing day - a day when anyone, resident or nonresident, may go fishing in Vermont without a fishing license.

Come to Vermont Fish and Wildlife FREE Ice Fishing Festival!

Vermont Fish & Wildlife staff will be there to help everyone, young and old, learn how to enjoy this unique and popular type of fishing.

Where: Silver Lake State Park, Barnard VT | map
When: Saturday, January 28, 2023 - 11:00 am to 3:00 pm  11:00 am - Registration Opens
11:00 am to 3:00 pm - Fun Family Activities

This year, Fish & Wildlife staff and Let's Go Fishing volunteers will help new ice anglers learn the basics of winter ice fishing with stations including:
  • Ice Fishing Gear Explained
  • Hole Drilling Demos
  • Tip-up Techniques
  • Using a Rod and Jig
  • Ice Safety
  • Fish Identification and Regulations Explained
  • Knot-tying Know-how and tackle craft
Plus enjoy a fish fry and cocoa (bring your own mug if you can)!

Bring your own ice fishing equipment or you can borrow ours. Be sure to dress warmly (in layers is the best) and wear winter boots. Yaktraxs or ice cleats are also a great idea for traction.

Pre-register now to avoid long lines at registration and get in the "fast pass" lane for ice fishing!

For more information, contact Corey Hart ( by email or call 802-505-5562.

WS Family S.T.E.A.M. Night February 1
Family S.T.E.A.M. Night is Wednesday, February 1, 2023 from 5-7 p.m.. 

Dinner will be served from 5-6 p.m. and S.T.E.A.M. activities will be from 6-7 p.m. It will be an evening of free fun, exploration and demonstrations, highlighting opportunities in the Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Mathematics fields.

Rabies Vaccination and Microchip Clinic at Lucy Mac Feb. 11, 9-11 AM
Lucy Mackenzie Humane Society will be holding a rabies vaccination and microchip clinic for dogs and cats on Saturday, February 11, 2023, 9 - 11AM.
Cost: $20 per rabies vaccination and $20 per microchip

This is a first-come, first-serve event.
All dogs must be kept on a leash and all cats must be safely crated at all times.

In order to receive a rabies vaccination, all animals must be 3-months or older and it must be at least 10-months since their previous rabies vaccination.

Please be sure to bring proof of prior rabies vaccination in order to receive a 3-year certificate, if appropriate. Otherwise, a 1-year certificate will be issued.

Lucy Mackenzie Humane Society is located at 4832 Route 44, West Windsor, VT 05089. Contact us at 802-484-5829 or with questions.

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

Monday Evening Book Club: Breath by James Nest

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

Vermont Flower Show March 3-5

At the Champlain Valley Expo
Essex Junction, VT

Show Hours:
March 3  Friday:  10am – 6pm 
March 4  Saturday:  10am – 6pm 
March 5  Sunday:  10am – 4pm 

Tickets will also be available at the door.
Pre-purchased tickets redeemable at the door.

The Vermont Flower Show is quite unique among flower shows in the U.S. and we will be ready to usher in the Spring of 2023! 

VNLA members and associates build a 15,000 square foot themed landscaped display (equal to about an acre). A committee works on the design and we receive hundreds of donations of plants, time, materials and labor. A group of volunteers then comes together for 3.5 days to build this display – quite a feat if you watch our time-lapse video below from the 2019 show. 

Along with the grand garden landscaped display, the show offers a wide variety of features and activities to choose from (see highlights below).
  • Grand Garden Display (over 15,000 s. ft.) filled with flowering bulbs, shrubs, trees, and water features!
  • Local artists will be painting live in the Grand Garden Display.
  • Over 100 vendors related to the horticultural/gardening participate in the Flower Show Marketplace
  • Over 35 educational seminars and hands-on workshops on a variety of topics.
  • Experts on-hand all 3 days to answer your gardening and landscaping questions.
  • Family Room with craft and planting activities all 3 days as well as scheduled entertainment.
  • Local bookstore will offer a great selection of books to choose from.
  • The Federated Garden Clubs of VT display
  • Plant Sale at the conclusion of the show on Sunday.

Little Mermaid Jr. March 24-25 at WS
The WS students will be performing the play The Little Mermaid Jr. on March 24 and 25. Rehearsals began on January 10 after a record number of students auditioning for positions.

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

Town News

Select Board Approves FY24 Budget of $1.6 Million for Voter Approval
At the Selectboard meeting on January 17, according to the meeting minutes, the board voted unanimously to ask the voters to approve the FY24 General Fund Budget for the amount of $1,621,928 of which $1,307,678 to be raised by taxes.

The board approved the FY24 Solid Waste Budget for the amount of $334,769. This amount will be raised through stickers and punch cards for the three towns using the facility: Weathersfield, West Windsor and Reading. And through recycling revenue.

In other Selectboard news, Town Manager Brandon Gulnick was appointed as Town Health Officer and Tyler Harwell's Planning Commission resignation was accepted. 

Fatal Motor Vehicle Crash
On January 19, 2023 at around 2:20 p.m., a vehicle traveling southbound on Vermont Route 131 in Weathersfield near the I91 exit ramp, failed to yield the right of way striking a vehicle traveling westbound. The passenger in the southbound vehicle was transported to Mount Ascutney Hospital and later to Dartmouth Hitchcock Medial Center (DH) where they succumbed to their injuries. The operator was taken to DH for treatment and evaluation of injuries. The driver of the westbound vehicle and their passenger were not injured. 

Weathersfield Police Department was assisted on scene by the Ascutney Volunteer Fire Association, Golden Cross Ambulance and Windsor Ambulance.

The accident is under investigation and the public is being asked for assistance with witnesses or driver dash camera recordings to contact Weathersfield Police Chief William Daniels at 802-674-2185.

Hey Weathersfield Dogs
Officer AJ says, don't forget to renew your dog's license before April 1

By law, all dogs and wolf hybrids six months of age (if first rabies vaccine 3 months) or older must be licensed by April 1st each year in the town where the dog resides. Licenses are only available through the Town Clerk's Office and may be purchased in person or by mail if there is a current rabies certificate on file. Licenses are available after mid January each year. 

Weathersfield does not currently license cats.

In order to license your dog you must present the following items:
A copy of a valid rabies certificate (unless one is already on file).
Proof of Spay/Neuter certificate (if applicable)
Cash or a check made payable to "Town of Weathersfield"

Fee Before April 1st:
Neutered/Spayed: $5.00 + $5.00 state = $10.00
Male/Female: $9.00 + $5.00 state = $14.00

Fee after April 1st:
Neutered/ Spayed: $7.00 + $5.00 state = $12.00 Male/ Female: $13.00 + $5.00 state = $18.00

Local and State News

Looking to cut $120M in its budget, Dartmouth Health plans hiring freeze, job reviews

 Valley News reporting via VT Digger

Dartmouth Health, New Hampshire’s largest private employer, has implemented performance improvement plans and a “position review process” at some of its member organizations as it seeks to close a $120 million budget gap by the end of September, according to an email sent to employees.

After an initial hiring freeze, DH officials have determined that all open positions at Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center and the Dartmouth Hitchcock Clinics are subject to a hiring review by the Position Control Review and Clinical Workforce Committees, according to the Jan. 17 email obtained by the Valley News. This review also will be required of job changes such as employee transfers, adjustments, promotions and filling positions after an employee leaves “for the foreseeable future.”

The Lebanon-based health system will continue to actively recruit for some key “Tier 1” positions that “are essential to keeping patients safe and providing high-quality care.” Such positions include those that would allow DH to replace those currently filled by a staffing agency; positions that are currently understaffed and have a direct impact on clinical care; research positions that have a full two years of grant funding available; and positions required to meet regulatory requirements, according to the Tuesday message.

Audra Burns, a DH spokesperson, confirmed by email on Friday that DHMC and the DH clinics have implemented a performance improvement plan “to address our operating and financial challenges in this highly complex national health care environment.”

Separate performance improvement plans are also in place for two other DH members: the Visiting Nurse and Hospice for Vermont and New Hampshire and Cheshire Medical Center in Keene, New Hampshire.


Gov. Phil Scott keeps new budget ‘lean’ despite historic revenues, bracing for tough times ahead
Sarah Mearhoff and Lola Duffort reporting for VT Digger

In his administration’s newly released budget proposal for the 2024 fiscal year, Republican Gov. Phil Scott said he’s bracing the state for lean times on the horizon — even though revenues are historically high.

“We’ve seen incredible revenue growth over the last two years because the economy has been supercharged by the sheer volume of federal funds,” Scott said in his annual budget address Friday. “But we know that’s only temporary.”

The overall price tag for Scott’s budget this year is $8.4 billion — “very slightly more” than last year’s budget, Finance Commissioner Adam Greshin told reporters in a Friday morning briefing. The budget’s total spending is roughly $20 million higher than last year’s, according to the administration.

That’s despite “stellar” revenues recorded this year, as reported by state economists earlier this week, spurred in large part by an “epic, unprecedented, off-the-charts” influx of federal cash to the state in the past three years. Not only was the state able to spend those dollars, but Greshin said on Friday that federal investments also acted as a stimulus, boosting state income, sales and property tax revenues.

But state economists on Tuesday also warned of rockier waters ahead, and Scott’s administration has seemingly heeded those calls for caution.

“We tried our best to live within our means, and to put in appropriations that are sustainable,” Greshin told reporters.

Namely, Scott said that he made a “firm commitment” to utilizing surplus funds for one-time spending, as opposed to creating new programs and therefore ongoing expenses.

Former Windsor principal settles lawsuit over 2020 ouster
Valley News via VT Digger

Windsor-area school authorities have agreed to pay former Windsor School Principal Tiffany Riley a total of $650,000 to settle a wrongful termination lawsuit she brought against her former employer. Riley alleged that she was improperly fired from her job in 2020 after social media posts about the Black Lives Matter movement.

The terms of the settlement — made public in the settlement agreement — also include a positive job recommendation for Riley from the Mount Ascutney School Board that praises her for having “worked diligently with staff to change the school’s culture” and commending her “collaborative leadership style.”

Riley reached an out-of-court settlement with the Mount Ascutney School Board and Windsor Southeast Supervisory Union last October, although terms of the settlement were withheld at the time pending finalization. A copy of the final settlement agreement was provided to the Valley News on Tuesday by the Burlington attorney representing the defendants in the case.

Under terms of the agreement, Riley is to receive $425,000: $191,250 in wages for the 20 months remaining on her 24-month contract at the time of her termination plus $233,750 to compensate for alleged violations of free speech and procedural due process. The settlement also covers $225,000 in Riley’s legal expenses.

“Tiffany Riley and the School District are pleased that they have resolved their legal dispute. The Parties regret that miscommunications and misunderstandings distracted from their shared focus on educating students. The Parties thank one another for their work on behalf of the Windsor School and wish each other well going forward,” the plaintiff and defendants said in a joint public statement.


Fixing Vermont's Childcare System Could Cost Up to $279 Million — Annually
ALISON NOVAK reporting for Seven Days

A new study commissioned by the Vermont legislature found that the state would need to contribute $179 million to $279 million annually to create a high-quality, affordable childcare system that fairly compensates workers.

Released Tuesday, the lengthy report offers a range of tax-based options for raising that revenue. Top state lawmakers have said that a comprehensive childcare bill is a top priority this legislative session. Gov. Phil Scott has been less vocal about the issue and has expressed resistance to raising taxes. He's scheduled to give his annual budget address on Friday.

Lawmakers commissioned the study, completed by the RAND Corporation, as part of Act 45. Passed in 2021, the measure outlined a number of goals for early childhood education in the state, such as ensuring that families spend no more than 10 percent of their annual income on tuition and early childhood educators are paid fairly.

The RAND Corporation aimed to answer two core questions: "How much would such a system cost?" and "How could it be paid for?"

Researchers found that the total annual cost for a high-quality early childhood education system with a well-compensated workforce would run around $645 million per year. Already existing public-sector funding, plus families that pay tuition, would cover a large chunk of the cost, leaving a gap of somewhere between $179 million and $279 million per year for the state to cover. The range accounts for different levels at which families would contribute to childcare costs; the RAND study examined five.


After 3 reporters turned away from hearings, Vermont newsrooms raise concerns about Statehouse access

 Shaun Robinson reporting for VT Digger

At least three reporters were turned away from committee hearings at the Statehouse last week after members of the Vermont House of Representatives and state Senate said their meeting rooms had reached capacity limits.

Legislative leaders and staff have said these capacity limits, which lawmakers ordered the sergeant-at-arms to impose in November 2021 in response to the Covid-19 pandemic, are designed to keep people safe in cramped and aging meeting rooms with poor ventilation.

But with the Legislature’s first fully in-person session since the start of the pandemic underway, lawmakers’ decisions to turn away reporters raise questions about how they are balancing public access to the Statehouse — long called “the people’s house” — with public health.

In a letter sent Tuesday morning to House Speaker Jill Krowinski and Senate President Pro Tempore Phil Baruth, leaders from Vermont newsrooms decried lawmakers’ actions last week, writing that “these restrictions fly in the face of centuries of precedent and tradition in the Statehouse and violate the Vermont Constitution.”

The letter was signed by editors and news directors from VTDigger, WCAX-TV, FOX44/ABC22 News, Vermont Public, the Valley News, The Times Argus, The Rutland Herald and Seven Days.

“You have had nearly three years since the start of the Covid-19 pandemic to come up with a plan to accommodate the public and the press in a fully in-person legislative session,” it states. “The solution cannot be to continue meeting in cramped committee rooms and then shut the doors on all but a handful of staff and witnesses.”


Final Reading: The right to bare arms

Sarah Mearhoff reporting for VT Digger

When Sen. Becca White, D-Windsor, saw that women serving in the Missouri Legislature were being subjected to a new, stricter dress code, she was inspired to organize a day of solidarity in Vermont’s Statehouse.

But the stunt has raised questions about whether Vermont’s own House dress code is as progressive as lawmakers thought.

The Missouri House’s updated dress code, passed last Wednesday, requires that female lawmakers and staffers don a blazer or cardigan while on the floor. The change, passed in a larger rules package by a 105-51 vote, set off a social media firestorm. Critics called it sexist and antiquated to bar women from showing their arms.

“Okay- in solidarity with the women of the Missouri legislature I will be going sleeveless this upcoming Tuesday at the Vermont State House,” White tweeted on Friday. “Who’s with me?!”

White and three of her compatriots bore their arms on the Senate floor on Tuesday. But on the House side, members questioned: Are sleeveless tops even allowed?

“On the House side, it's not clear actually if they are allowed to be sleeveless,” White told VTDigger on Tuesday. “So House members actually were not sleeveless on the floor, because we were unclear. And I know they're also having some discussions about dress code in general, so it feels very apropo that we're having this conversation.”

Four members did forgo sleeves: Rep. Edye Graning, D-Jericho; Rep. Emma Mulvaney-Stanak, P/D-Burlington; Rep. Katherine Sims, D-Craftsbury; and Rep. Taylor Small, P/D-Winooski. But it was only after the House concluded its floor session that more members removed their jackets for a photo op outside of the Senate chamber.

A new dress code adopted by the Vermont House last year simply reads, “A member shall wear business professional attire in the House Chamber.”


Last Quarter: Winter 2023 Vermont Housing News
ANNE WALLACE ALLEN reporting for Seven Days

Humanitarian Homes
The global nonprofit Habitat for Humanity has "affiliates" in different regions of Vermont, most of which have begun to add multifamily housing to their portfolios.

Habitat, which uses community volunteers to help build affordable homes around the world, has focused on single-family housing for decades. But due to the rising costs of land, labor and construction, "It's extremely expensive to build a single-family home right now," said Eva Loomis, executive director of Upper Valley Habitat for Humanity, based in White River Junction.

She said a home in Lebanon, N.H., for a family of five "might be the last true single-family home that we do for some time." The affiliate's next project, in Weathersfield, will provide multiple units on a parcel of land with three derelict buildings...

...It took a stroke of luck for Upper Valley Habitat to acquire the land in Weathersfield. The mother and son who owned it, Deb and Sean Roberts, wanted to sell to a group that would use it for affordable housing. Loomis said the two approached Habitat and offered owner financing for the $175,000 purchase.

"We both hate the way things have been going in the real estate market," said Sean Roberts, a local theater artistic director who previously had contacted Habitat when looking for a place to live."


Vermont Conversation: Bill McKibben on ‘a moment of extraordinary opportunity’
David Goodman reproting for VT Digger

For this 10th anniversary Vermont Conversation, we invited back our first guest. Bill McKibben was on the inaugural broadcast of the Vermont Conversation on Jan. 16, 2013. As a journalist, he has eloquently chronicled the impact of the climate crisis across the globe and put a human face on what too often is cast as a political or scientific problem.

He is the author of some 20 books, including “The End of Nature,” which was the first book to warn the general public about the climate crisis. He writes regularly for the New Yorker and his Substack site, The Crucial Years. His latest book is a memoir, “The Flag, The Cross, and the Station Wagon: A Graying American Looks Back at His Suburban Boyhood and Wonders What the Hell Happened.”

McKibben acknowledges that most of his dire predictions about climate change have come true since he first started writing about it three decades ago. And yet he insists “we are actually at a moment of extraordinary opportunity — the convergence of this big mobilization of people around the world.”

McKibben has been a key figure in that grassroots mobilization. He founded the global grassroots climate campaign, and is the recipient of the Gandhi Peace Award, and the Right Livelihood Award, known as “the alternative Nobel.” He is the Schumann Distinguished Scholar in Environmental Studies at Middlebury College. His latest project is Third Act, which is organizing people older than 60 for progressive change.

“The remarkable fall in the price of renewable energy has left us in a place where it's possible to imagine, for the first time, really rapid change. Now, whether it'll come or not will depend on how hard we push. But there's nothing far fetched about it. In fact, it's very clear that 40 years from now, we'll run the world on clean energy, because it's cheap.”

Reflecting on key developments of the past decade, McKibben singles out the role of Sen. Bernie Sanders.

“I just want Vermonters to be aware and proud of the fact that Bernie (Sanders) played an absolutely pivotal role in the transformation of how this country or large parts of it thinks about itself,” he said



McCaffrey and Rooney Present
Sharon, VT

This past Friday, Seven Star Arts Center in Sharon VT hosted "McCaffrey and Rooney Present" with special guest Chris Brashear.

Colin McCaffrey and Jim Rooney invite various artists to perform with them and these shows are a NOT TO BE MISSED treat. We've attended several concerts and none have disappointed.

This week featured Chris Brashear. Each musician takes a turn playing song or two with the other two accompanying them.
The stories between songs are the highlights of the shows-trust me.

More photos: CLICK HERE

More videos: CLICK HERE

Oh, and the have some GREAT local microbrewery beer on tap. 

Brocklebank Craft Brewery from Tunbridge VT. 

Brocklebank Craft Brewing is a one-and-a-half barrel nanobrewery in Tunbridge that opened in 2015. This nanobrewery is owned by Ben and Anne Linehan. Ben is a master plumber who also owns Brocklebank Craft Plumbing. 

Ben started brewing in 2009 and his beers have won ribbons at a number of competitions. Anne organizes the annual Vermont Nanobrewery Festival. NanoFest is a celebration of Vermont’s smallest breweries. This year's festival will be held on August 19 at the Tunbridge Fairgrounds.

The "Rooney Stout" was particularly yummy.
Jay and Jim enjoying "Rooney Stout"

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.  
February 6
February 20 (President's Day)

*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: 

Save the Dates
January 24 High School Fair
February 1 Family S.T.E.A.M. Night

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 
February 14, 2023 Agenda
March 14, 2023

School Board Meetings
Meeting Minutes
January 10  (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
Route 5 (5181 US-5 Ascutney VT 05030)

WPL Drop in Scrabble
Mondays at 1 p.m.

Please call Maureen Bogosian for details
@ 603-252-0936

Weathersfield Historical Society
Follow them on Facebook:

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
Your Snow Dances Worked!

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



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 limited to 7.)

January Classes Mondays and Tuesdays

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

Slow Flow, Rest + Restore 
Tuesday Morning 9-10 a.m.
January 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: 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
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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