Weathersfield Weekly Blog January 7 special day edition

Backyard Barred Owl
We had a visit from this barred owl. 
A flock of noisy nuthatches alerted us to the owl.
More January hike photos below.

Early Posting-I'm playing on Monday!!
See you next week at our regular time and day January 16.

Mark Your Calendars

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




Celebrate Chinese Lunar New Year at Weathersfield Proctor Library 
Saturday, January 21


The Weathersfield Proctor Library invites everyone to come celebrate Chinese Lunar New Year on Saturday, January 21 beginning at 10 a.m.

  

  • learn to use chopsticks (10:00)
  •  hear stories and sing Chinese children's songs (10:30)
  • make a rabbit craft (11:30)
  • practice brush writing (10:30 and after)
More information-contact the library (802)674-2863 weathersfieldproctorlibrary@gmail.com




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

Town News
Selectboard discusses possible double digit tax increase.
At the selectboard meeting on January 3, according to the posted meeting minutes, Selectboard member Dave Fuller pointed out that "with the two special article requests, the tax rate will be 4% higher than the inflation rate."
The proposed General Fund Budget and Expense budget are both up 10%.

 The Select Board concluded that a discussion is needed at the next meeting in regards to the General Fund Budget.


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 


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



In his 4th inaugural address, Gov. Phil Scott sounds a familiar call for economic recovery

 Sarah Mearhoff reporting for VT Digger

Kicking off his fourth two-year term as Vermont’s top official, Republican Gov. Phil Scott in his inaugural address on Thursday echoed familiar calls for statewide economic recovery in the face of unprecedented opportunity.

But from Scott’s shoes, this legislative biennium looks quite different from the past two years and presents the state’s chief executive with new challenges.

For two years, Vermont’s state government had a historic amount of federal pandemic aid to throw at long-standing challenges. Now, those funds have run dry.

And after November’s election, Scott has to contend with a historic Democratic majority in the Legislature — one that, if united, could routinely override Scott’s vetoes, should he try to block Democrats’ priority legislation. The supermajority is a powerful new check on Scott, who has issued a record number of gubernatorial vetoes in his six years in office.

Scott was inaugurated to his fourth two-year term in a packed House chamber on Thursday, in the first large-scale event of its kind under the golden dome since the Covid-19 pandemic struck in 2020. He was met with raucous applause as he strode down the House’s center aisle toward the chamber’s dais, beaming and shaking hands with top officials in attendance.

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Vermont’s statewide executives, including 3 new faces, sworn in to office

Riley Robinson reporting for VT Digger

Five statewide executives — Lt. Gov. David Zuckerman, Attorney General Charity Clark, Auditor Doug Hoffer, Secretary of State Sarah Copeland Hanzas and Treasurer Mike Pieciak — took the oath of office Thursday and officially commenced their two-year terms.

As in past years of Gov. Phil Scott’s tenure, Scott remains the lone Republican elected to serve in statewide office. Zuckerman is a Progressive/Democrat, Hoffer is a Democrat/Progressive and the remaining officials are all Democrats.

The group includes two historic firsts: Pieciak is the first openly LGBTQ+ person to serve as treasurer, and Clark is the first woman elected as the state’s top prosecutor. (Susanne Young was the first woman to hold the job, after Scott appointed her last year following the resignation of former Attorney General TJ Donovan.)

Copeland Hanzas had previously served as a state representative from Bradford and chaired the House Committee on Government Operations. Pieciak previously served as commissioner of the Vermont Department of Financial Regulation, and Clark had previously served as assistant attorney general and as Donovan’s chief of staff.


Hoffer is the only executive in the group returning to the same role as last term; he has held the position of state auditor since 2013. The state has not seen so many executive offices turn over since 1968.


Full text of his speech


Covid-19 levels rise to ‘medium’ as XBB becomes main strain in New England
 Erin Petenko reporting for VT Digger

Covid-19 community levels rose to “medium” this week, the Vermont Department of Health reported Wednesday.

The department reported that the number of hospital admissions was mainly responsible for the state moving from “low” to “medium.” It reported 67 new hospital admissions for Covid in the past week, compared with 33 the week before.

As of Wednesday, 49 people were hospitalized for Covid in Vermont, including two in intensive care, according to the department.

Case counts remained in the “low” category in the past week, with 391 Covid cases reported, compared with 412 the week before. But the positivity rate for PCR tests, which case data is mainly based on, has risen to 8.6% from 7.7% in the past week, suggesting that the case decline may be the result of lower testing.




Vermont’s walk-in Covid vaccination clinics to close by end of month

 Erin Petenko reporting for VT Digger

The state Department of Health plans to end walk-in Covid and flu vaccine clinics by Jan. 31.

The clinics have given out between 500,000 and 1 million Covid vaccine doses over the course of the pandemic, through multiple rounds of campaigns for different age groups and boosters, according to health department data.

But in an announcement on the health department website last month, officials said there hasn’t been enough attendance in recent months to keep clinics going during the most recent iteration of the vaccine, the bivalent booster dose, which targets the Omicron variant.

“Demand is starting to peter off. We gave out about 20,000 doses of vaccine in the month of December, which is real, real low,” said Monica Ogelby, immunization program chief for the health department.


Those low numbers come despite the health department expanding evening clinics right before the holidays to try to encourage more Vermonters to come out. “Not gonna lie, I was really hopeful that that would be the case,” she said.

Ogelby said the department also believes that the state is reaching the “tail end” of the optimal time to get vaccinated, since respiratory illnesses like Covid tend to follow a seasonal pattern.

“Really, people should be getting vaccinated earlier than the end of January in order to protect themselves and their loved ones and those around them,” Ogelby said.

The vaccine will remain available through doctor’s offices and pharmacies along with some community-run clinics, like the health equity clinic, she said. Asked if the health department would consider restarting its walk-in clinics for future vaccination campaigns, she pointed to those other options.

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Warm weather causes maple sap to flow temporarily

Juliet Schulman-Hall reporting for VT Digger

As the snow from last week’s storm melts and warm temperatures become Vermont’s reality, some Vermont sugarers are watching sap production begin.

Although February or March is the typical time for sugarers to collect sap and boil maple syrup, some larger producers start tapping their trees as early as mid-December to get ahead for the season.

“The reason why we start so early is … labor shortage and just the amount of miles and the amount of taps that we have to get to, it's just time consuming,” said Evan Branon, co-owner of Branon Family Maple Orchards in Fairfield.

Branon’s operation has about 90,000 taps. He said his crew members started tapping trees in the second week of December and have already seen their trees produce sap.

“Obviously, the trees are running right now, which is, you know, a little early, but it's normal to have a small run right around this time of the year,” Branon said.

The typical sugaring season for Branon begins in mid-December and usually ends in the last week of April or the first of May. However, Branon said 2021 was a very short season, ending on April 9.

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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 16
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 10 School Board Meeting


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
February 14, 2023
March 14, 2023

School Board Meetings
Meeting Minutes
January 10
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
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: 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

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 limited to 7.)


January Classes Mondays and Tuesdays

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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