Thursday, April 27, 2017

Man Accused of Assault Jailed for Contempt of Court

Man accused of assault jailed for contempt of court
A Springfield man charged with beating and threatening another man with a knife during a fight has been sentenced to 30 days in jail for contempt of court.

WHITE RIVER JUNCTION — A Springfield man charged with beating and threatening another man with a knife during a fight has been sentenced to 30 days in jail for contempt of court.

Gordon R. Briggs Jr., 34, is facing charges of aggravated assault and simple assault in connection with the fight that took place at a self-storage facility in Weathersfield on April 23.

Backyard Composting Workshops

It is not too late to sign up for a backyard composting workshop. There are four of them and they are all free. If you want to purchase a SoilSaver composter and/or Sure-Close kitchen scrap pail, you can buy them at the workshop, for $25.00 and $5.00, respectively.

• Rockingham Public Library - Wednesday, May 17
• Windsor Public Library - Wednesday, June 7
• Springfield Town Library - Thursday, June 8
• Fletcher Memorial Library in Ludlow - Wednesday, June 14

The workshop presentation is about 45 minutes in length with plenty of time afterwards for questions and answers. Cat Buxton will teach the workshops.

To sign up, call 674-9235 or email . Please bring a check or cash as we cannot process credit cards.

Andover belongs to the 14-town Southern Windsor/Windham Counties Solid Waste Management District which is hosting the workshops.

Weathersfield Aging In Place Neighbor Group

We are all getting older – let’s get together to support each other as we age.

Together We Shine

Please join us as we discuss forming a NEW

When:    Monday, May 8th, 2017
Time:     4:00 pm
Where:  Martin memorial Hall (ground floor)
             5259 Route 5, Ascutney, VT

Call Peggy Kehew with questions at (802) 263-9553

Weathersfield Historical Society Program, "We Remember"

Sunday, April 30

Weathersfield Historical Society Program:
“We Remember – Before and After the North Springfield Flood Control Project”

This will be a town hall-type meeting in which the public is urged to come tell and listen to stories, experiences, and reminiscences about farm and village life, businesses and bridges, and swimming holes and skating ponds before and after the construction of the flood control dam.

Refreshments will be served, and the new Historical Society publication with the above title will be available for purchase for $15.

Martin Memorial Hall, 2 pm.

Weathersfield Police Looking to Identify Operator of White Work Van in Area

Weathersfield Police Department
We have had reports of a white work van in the area...

So far we have no indication that criminal activity has occurred but we would like to identify the operator.

If you notice a vehicle in the area that is acting suspicious please contact the Weathersfield Police Department

Non-emergency Police Dispatch - [802] 674-2185

National Volunteer Week - Thank You!!!

National Volunteer Fire Council
It's National Volunteer Week, and the NVFC is grateful for the service and dedication of the nation's volunteer fire and emergency services.

Thank you to the firefighters, EMTs, rescue workers, Fire Corps members, junior firefighters, and all those who protect and give back to their communities in this extraordinary way!

Stormwater Training Event on May 11th.

Black River Action Team
If anyone is interested and available, there is a stormwater training event in Weathersfield/Ascutney on May 11th!

The Vermont DEC Stormwater Program will be offering several training events on the new Stormwater Manual in May to support designers in their understanding of the new requirements and preparation of stormwater permit applications under the 2017 VSMM.

Each training event will include an overview of the new Manual with Stormwater Program staff, including applying the updated stormwater treatment standards under the new runoff-reduction approach and prioritized Water Quality Practice Selection framework.

The training will include a review of the stormwater treatment practice design requirements, including a review of changes to certain practices.

The training will also include a review of new application materials, supporting guidance, and application preparation tools, including design examples.

The trainings will be geared towards the design and engineering communities, although all stakeholders are welcome to attend.

RSVP to, unless otherwise noted below.

May 11, 2017. 9:00am - Noon (sign-in 8:30-9)
Where: Martin Memorial Hall, Weathersfield (5259 Route 5 in Ascutney).

Green-Up Weathersfield - Saturday, May 6th!!

  1. Green Up day is when the communities get together in each town across Vermont and work together to beautify each town.


Green-Up Day, Saturday, May 6th!

On May 6th, we open for business at 9 am at the Dan Foster House (across from the Weathersfield Center Meetinghouse on Weathersfield Center Road).

Green-Up bags will be available, as well as a list of locations that may need special attention.

Remember to check with the attendant at the Transfer Station when dropping off your haul so you won't have to pay.

Let's keep our spirits high, knowing many of us are helping.

This is our 23rd year doing Green-Up in Weathersfield.

Steve Aikenhead

~~THANK YOU, Steve, for your YEARS of dedication and cleaning up Weathersfield!!!~~

Four Nuisance Properties Are Being Cleaned Up

SPRINGFIELD — Owners of four residential properties in Springfield have been issued “nuisance” violation tickets from the town, and are working now to clean them up as fines accrue each day until cleanup is complete.

Another 10 properties are also being reviewed and being considered for violation citations, all according to Springfield Town Manager Tom Yennerell.

“Some of them are close to satisfactory,” Yennerell said at a regular meeting of the Springfield Selectboard on Monday, April 24.

Did You Know Most Wildfires (84%) Are Caused by Humans?

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    You can make a difference in #wildfireprevention. How do I know? Because research shows most wildfires are caused by humans. #OnlyYou

Computer Virus Scam Seen In Vermont - Use Caution! Drains Bank Accounts

Happenings in and around Springfield VT
*Please pass this info onto anyone who may fall victim to this scam.

Best thing to remember is to never open any emails or click on links that you are unsure of....

Sometimes these scammers will hack your friends/family email accounts and send out a virus through an email you know, usually there is a link to click on, best thing to do is contact the person who sent it and see if it was something they sent, if not, delete it right away.

BUT even if you do get a virus, most likely it can be removed BUT not from someone on the phone or in a chat window online who ask for you money.

Contact a local computer repair shop or get a a friend to help you*

Computer virus scam seen in Vt.

Rutland Herald | April 22, 2017

MONTPELIER — Police are warning Vermonters of a computer virus scam that has drained the bank accounts of victims.

Vermont State Police on Thursday said the computer viruses will disable victims’ computers and a message will appear prompting them to call a number.

After calling, a person will either offer to clean the computer for a fee or try to extort money.

The victim may be asked to reveal bank account information, in which case their funds may be taken, police said.

Victims should call the police and seek a reputable computer specialist to clean their computer.

Action Alert! S.12 - Vermont House passed Bill- Take Action to Make it a LAW!

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    The Vermont House just passed S.12, a bill that bans animal sexual abuse and strengthens penalties for animal cruelty, such as the killing, tortur...e and mutilation of animals. The bill passed by a unanimous voice vote!
    However, the bill must still be approved by the Senate. WE NEED YOUR HELP NOW, to make sure the bill is passed before this session ends in two weeks.
    1) Call and email your Senator(s) and ask them to support S.12 as passed by the House. Look up your Senator here,
    2) Call the VT Sergeant-at-Arms at 802-828-2228 and tell them you SUPPORT the passage of S.12 in the Senate.
    Message: “As your constituent, I strongly support bill S.12 that prohibits the sexual abuse of animals and strengthens Vermont’s animal cruelty laws. I urge you to support passage of this bill before the end of this legislative session.”
    Thank You!

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Stranger Rape Survivor Fights to Establish New Sentencing Precedent

‘I remember thinking ... Am I really alive?’

She was walking with her children on Old Ferry Road in Weathersfield, when he drove by a couple of times before finally stopping and asking what road they were on. When she could not answer, he got out of his car while gripping a tire iron in one hand.

Up to 1M Gallons Sewage Released Into Black River

Up to 1 million gallons of partially treated sewage was released into the Black River last week.

Ribbon Cutting Ceremony at Villagers on Saturday

You're Invited to

at Downers Four Corners
Weathersfield, VT


Saturday, April 22nd at 10:00 am
4261 VT Route 106, Perkinsville, VT

Out of the Darkness Walk Seeking Donations

If you are a business owner or know a business that would like to donate to our cause please read the following: Our Federal tax ID # is 13-3393329. AFSP’s Combined Federal Campaign (CFC) number is 10545.

All donations to AFSP are tax deductible.

Household Hazardous Waste Collection

SATURDAY, MAY 13, 2017
Springfield Transfer Station
9:00 AM to 1:00 PM
SATURDAY, MAY 20, 2017
Ludlow Transfer Station
9:00 AM to 1:00 PM

Household Hazardous Waste Collections
Call 674-9235 for more information or

Only residents and small businesses from Andover, Athens, Baltimore, Cavendish, Chester, Grafton, Ludlow, Plymouth, Reading, Rockingham, Springfield, Weathersfield, West Windsor, and Windsor may participate.

Burned Ascutney Gas Station To Be Replaced
WEATHERSFIELD — The owners of an Ascutney gas station that was heavily burned following a burglary are hoping to replace it with a new, larger facility as part…

Greenbush School and Greenbush Village - Do You Have Pictures/Information?

Villages of Perkinsville, Amsden, Ascutney and Greenbush, Vermont
I'm forwarding this note from Anne Parent. We'd appreciate any information anyone has on the history of Greenbush where there was once a printing company and s...chool. If you have any info on the artists listed please let Anne know. There will be more postings about library events this summer. Thanks! ............................


I am a Facebook fan of the Villages page and hoping for some help in information/images related to the Greenbush School and Greenbush Village.

The Weathersfield Proctor Library is planning an event for fall 2017 focusing on these artists and their work. Enthusiasm for the event is building and I am excited to see it take shape.

The artists that we have been researching are Isaac Eddy, Oliver Tarbell Eddy, George White, Lewis (Louis) Robinson, and James Wilson.

We have been thinking about having a printmaking or letterpress demonstration (or activity for attendees.)

Ideas also include speakers, and an art show (with artwork from local students & artisans.)
Thanks so much and hope to hear from you soon.


Anne H. Parent
Secretary, Weathersfield Proctor Library Board of Trustees
5181 Route 5
Ascutney, Vermont 05030

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Waste Water Released into Black Rivery by Ludlow's Municipal Waste Water Treatment Plant

Most people were unaware of the wastewater released into the Black River by Ludlow's Municipal Waste Water Treatment Plant this past weekend. Clearly, if you are trout fishing, "catch and release" is the best option. Clean your gear with care as well.

We have been in touch with Black River Action Team (BRAT) as well as the town office. To make sure the public is informed in a timely manner, multiple people in town will now be receiving the Alerts from the Agency of Natural Resources.

You can do this as well by signing up at

If a discharge should occur again, we will post immediately to Cavendish Connects blog, Facebook and Update subscribers. Further, we were pleased to learn from Kelly Stettner of BRAT that Okemo will be under writing the costs of the testing of the Black River this coming season. These results will appear weekly in the Update. 

 In the event of a reading that indications unsafe conditions, we will use the same measures to alert the community.

Vermont Waste Water Inventory, Vermont Department of Environmental Conservation, Vermont Agency of Natural Resources.

Saturday, April 15, 2017

Robert Marcotte, 86

PERKINSVILLE - Robert Vernon "Bob" Marcotte, 86, died April 10, 2017, at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center, after a lengthy period of deteriorating health.

He was born Dec. 1, 1931, in Springfield. Mr. Marcotte served with the U.S. Army Second Infantry Division during the Korean War.

Survivors include two children, Cherie, of Springfield, and Rob, of Ryegate; a granddaughter and grandson; a brother, Gordon, of Springfield; and a cousin.

At his request, there will be no funeral or calling hours.

Arrangements are by Davis Memorial Chapel in Springfield. -

See more at:

Larry W. Griswold, 64

Larry W. Griswold, 64, of North Springfield, passed away Tuesday evening April 11, 2017 at the Springfield Health & Rehab Center in Springfield, Vermont. He was born August 12, 1952 in Springfield, Vermont the son of William and Eleanor (Simonds) Griswold.

He attended Springfield Schools, graduating from Springfield High School class of 1971. He served in the United States Army during Vietnam, stationed in Germany. He served 3 years active duty and 10 years in the Guard Reserves.

On September 10, 1977 He married Sueann Sanford at the Weathersfield Center Church in Weathersfield, Vt.

Larry was employed on the assembly floor at Bryant Grinder Co. in Springfield for 23 years. He later owned and operated his own construction and excavating business for many years.

He enjoyed hunting, woodworking, four wheelers and raising miniature ponies and donkeys.

He is survived by his wife Sueann of North Springfield, one brother Christopher Griswold, of North Springfield, one sister Elaine Erskine of North Carolina, and nieces, nephews and cousins.

He was predeceased by his parents, and also by his son Shawn Griswold in 1997.

A memorial service will be held at 2:00 P.M. on Saturday April 22, 2017 at the Assembly of God Church in Springfield, Vt. Reverend Marc Aube Pastor will officiate. Burial will follow in the Pine Grove Cemetery in North Springfield, Vermont.

Arrangements are under the direction of the Davis Memorial Chapel in Springfield, Vermont.

James E. Williams, 74

James E. Williams 74, passed away on Wednesday Morning March 22, 2017 at the Elm Wood Center in Claremont, N.H. He was born December 13, 1942 in Rutland, Vermont the son of Edward and Ann (Crahan) Williams. He attended Springfield Schools.

He was active with 4-H while attending school. He later served in the Chester Army Reserves.

He owned and operated Williams Fence Company in Weathersfield, Vermont for 40 + years.

He was an avid bass fisherman, competing in and winning many tournaments over the years, catching several trophy bass. In later years he enjoyed shrimping and ocean fishing while wintering in Florida.

He was an avid camper, fisherman, enjoyed spending winters in Florida, A devoted family man who loved his grandchildren.

He is survived by two sons – Edward Williams of Weathersfield, Richard Williams and his wife Suzanne of Pittsford, daughter Vickie Wyman of Keene, N.H. Soul mate and companion of 32 years Nadine Leet of Springfield, two step-daughters Kathy Leet Kennedy and Michael Martin, and Lisa Young and her husband Larry all of Pembroke, N.H. Two sisters – Barbara Williams Shepard of Derby, Vt. and Mary Williams of Pembroke, MA. 15 grandchildren, 2 nieces, 1 nephew and countless others Jim took in over the years.

Friends may call at the Davis Memorial Chapel on Sunday evening April 2, 2017 from 5:00 to 8:00 P.M. A funeral mass will be celebrated at 11:00 A.M. on Monday April 3, 2017 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Springfield, Reverend Peter Williams pastor will officiate. Burial will be in the Pine Grove Cemetery in North Springfield at a later date.

Contributions may be made in his memory to Vermont 4-H 655 Spear St Burlington, Vermont 05401.

Arrangements are under the direction of the Davis Memorial Chapel in Springfield, Vt.