Thursday, August 29, 2013

Zoning Board Public Hearing 9-11-2013 Wyman


A public hearing before the Zoning Board of Adjustment of the Town of Weathersfield will be held at the Town Office in Ascutney on

Wednesday, September 11, 2013 at 7:00 PM

to consider the following application:

#08.1913 by Carl Wyman for construction of a single family home and outbuildings on Plains Road (parcel 08-01-06.2) in the Conservation zoning district within 300 feet of a mapped deer wintering area.                      

The above application is available for inspection at the Town Office in Ascutney.  Persons wishing to appeal and be heard may do so in person or be represented by an agent or attorney. Participation in this proceeding is required in order to ensure your ability to appeal the Zoning Board’s decision. Communications about the above application may be filed in writing with the Zoning Board of Adjustment or at the hearing.

David Gulbrandsen, Chair
Weathersfield Zoning Board of Adjustment

Man Denies Stealing Motorcycle, Police Pursuit

Man denies stealing motorcycle, police pursuit

WHITE RIVER JUNCTION — A Weathersfield man who allegedly stole a motorcycle in Ludlow earlier this month and then, in a separate incident, allegedly led police on a high-speed chase through Springfield on a dirt bike Friday morning was in court Monday facing multiple felony charges.

Joey Bergeron, 32, pleaded innocent to aggravated operation of a vehicle without the owner’s consent, attempting to elude police and gross negligent operation before he was ordered held for lack of $15,000 bail.

Bergeron, who over the years has been convicted of nearly two dozen crimes including burglary, possession of stolen property and escape, has been charged as a habitual offender and could face “enhanced penalties” of up to life in prison if convicted of any of new charges.

“Mr. Bergeron has a history of violations of probation and parole on his rather extensive criminal record and the state notes that he currently has pending criminal cases in the states of Massachusetts and Connecticut,” Windsor County Deputy State’s Attorney David Cahill told Judge Katherine Hayes on Monday.

A swarm of police throughout the region spent much of Friday morning on the lookout for Bergeron after a pursuit of a dirt bike that began on Route 106 in Weathersfield wound through numerous downtown streets in Springfield.

Vermont State Police Trooper Nick Arlington said he was just finishing up an unrelated traffic stop when he recognized Bergeron as he zipped past him on a dirt bike “with an extremely loud muffler.”

Arlington wrote in his affidavit that he was already aware that Ludlow authorities wanted to question Bergeron about his alleged role in the theft of a three-wheeler Can-Am motorcycle taken from the driveway of one of Bergeron’s former employers earlier this month.

Arlington said even though he activated his blue lights and siren, Bergeron took off, going 60 mph in a 40 mph zone, passing lines of cars that had stopped for red lights, and going between two lanes worth of stopped vehicles on Park Street.

Despite the effort of several troopers and police from Springfield and Chester, Arlington said that Bergeron managed to lose his pursuers and witnesses later told police they saw the dirt bike speed out of town down Brockways Mill Road and later head west out Route 121 in Saxtons River.

Within hours, police received a tip that Bergeron had been given a ride by a resident of Saxtons River back to Springfield where troopers located him and arrested him without further incident.

Arlington said that when Bergeron was found his jeans were soaking wet below the knees and he was not wearing shoes or socks. He said the resident who gave Bergeron a ride out of Saxtons River reported that Bergeron had claimed to have been fishing and become stranded when his car broke down.

Flash Flood Warning for Windsor County, VT until 2:30 am Thursday

Flash Flood Warning for Windsor County in VT until 2:30am Thursday. #vt

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Remembering Irene - Photos

Route 106 just South of Downers Four Corners

 Upper Falls Road
 Amsden Schoolhouse Road, junction Route 131
 Stoughton Pond
 Stoughton Pond
 Ascutney Notch Road
 Black River, Route 106

Route 106, North of Downers Four Corners

Make A Plan for Disaster

Your family may not be together when a disaster strikes so it is important to plan in advance: how you will get to a safe place; how you will contact one another; how you will get back together; and what you will do in different situations. Read more about Family Communication during an emergency. has made it simple for you to make a family emergency plan. Download the Family Emergency Plan (FEP) (PDF - 450 Kb) and fill out the sections before printing it or emailing it to your family and friends.

Perkinsville School Committee Agenda 8/28/2013


Perkinsville School Site Redevelop Committee
6:15 PM, Wednesday, August 28, 2013, 2013
at Perkinsville School
  1. Walk around school site
  2. Review draft Post-Demolition Site Plan

Tropical Storm Irene - Two Years Ago, Today

 Where were you and what were you doing during this life-changing, historical event?
Wednesday marks two years since Tropical Storm Irene sent torrents of rain to test the will of Vermonters.

The storm and its 11 inches of rain killed six people, damaged more than 500 miles of roads and 200 bridges, and displaced thousands.

Across the state Wednesday, there will be ceremonies to mark the event, some in places where they've rebounded, others in places, where rebuilding property and lives still continues.

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Weathersfield Fire Commission Special Meeting, August 27, 2013

The Weathersfield Fire Commission Special Meeting for tonight has NOT been cancelled. It is still scheduled for tonight at 7 pm at Martin Memorial Hall, in Ascutney, the lower level.

If you have any questions, please contact Lynn Esty at 263-9441

Back to School at Weathersfield School

Monday was the day...yes! 
Two important dates to announce:
Open House will be from 6:00 to 7:00 pm on Tuesday, September 24, 2013.

Walk to School Day will be on Wednesday, October 9th.

Vermont Council on Reading Fall Conference

Please find the flyer for the Vermont Council on Reading's fall conference below:
Download Flyer

Language, Literacy, and the Common Core State Standards, will be discussed at Rutland High School on October 26. Dr. Marjorie Lipson will be the keynote speaker.

Farmers Almanac Predicts Bitterly Cold Winter In Northeast
LEWISTON, Maine —The Farmers' Almanac is using words like "piercing cold," ''bitterly cold" and "biting cold" to describe the upcoming winter. And if its predictions are right, the first outdoor Super Bowl in years will be a messy "Storm Bowl."

The 197-year-old publication that hits newsstands Monday predicts a winter storm will hit the Northeast around the time the Super Bowl is played at MetLife Stadium in the Meadowlands in New Jersey. It also predicts a colder-than-normal winter for two-thirds of the country and heavy snowfall in the Midwest, Great Lakes and New England.

"We're using a very strong four-letter word to describe this winter, which is C-O-L-D. It's going to be very cold," said Sandi Duncan, managing editor.

Based on planetary positions, sunspots and lunar cycles, the almanac's secret formula is largely unchanged since founder David Young published the first almanac in 1818.

Modern scientists don't put much stock in sunspots or tidal action, but the almanac says its forecasts used by readers to plan weddings and plant gardens are correct about 80 percent of the time.

Last year, the forecast called for cold weather for the eastern and central U.S. with milder temperatures west of the Great Lakes. It started just the opposite but ended up that way.

Caleb Weatherbee, the publication's elusive prognosticator, said he was off by only a couple of days on two of the season's biggest storms: a February blizzard that paralyzed the Northeast with 3 feet of snow in some places and a sloppy storm the day before spring's arrival that buried parts of New England.

Readers who put stock in the almanac's forecasts may do well to stock up on long johns, especially if they're lucky enough to get tickets to the Super Bowl on Feb. 2. The first Super Bowl held outdoors in a cold-weather environment could be both super cold and super messy, with a big storm due Feb. 1 to 3, the almanac says.

Read more:

Entergy to Close Vermont Yankee Nuclear Plant in 2014

Staff Report
Tuesday, August 27, 2013
Entergy Corporation said today it will close the controversial Vermont Yankee nuclear plant in Vernon, Vt., calling the move an “agonizing decision.”

The plant along the Connecticut River will cease power production after its current fuel cycle and close in 2014.

In a news release, Entergy officials said the decision was driven by sustained lower prices and a high cost structure.

“This was an agonizing decision and an extremely tough call for us,” Leo Denault, Entergy’s chairman and chief executive officer, said in the release. “Vermont Yankee has an immensely talented, dedicated and loyal workforce, and a solid base of support among many in the community.

We recognize that closing the plant on this schedule was not the outcome they had hoped for, but we have reluctantly concluded that it is the appropriate action for us to take under the circumstances.”

Gov. Peter Shumlin, a former state senator from Windham County and longtime opponent of the plant, is holding a news conference in Montpelier later this morning.

Check back at and read tomorrow’s Valley News for a full report.

Monday, August 26, 2013

Fundraiser a Success at The Inn at Weathersfield

We’re happy to say we exceeded our financial goal of raising $2500 for the Vermont Chapter of the American Institute of Wine & Food, the nonprofit organization founded by Julia Child and Robert Mondavi. We’ll keep you posted on the Vermont culinary student who receives the financial award.
The stars aligned for last Saturday's Farm Dinner. Thanks to everyone who attended, our farm partners and our Silent Auction donors, we exceeded our financial goal. Here's a link to the complete wrap-up:

Running Bear Campground Labor Day Weekend Events

Labor Day Weekend is coming up and we have activities planned for all ages. 
How about some Karaoke/Dance Music Friday evening with Cher ? 
Maybe a DJ on Saturday night or the Wiseguys on Sunday night ?? 
If music isn't your thing we have Texas Holdem' Friday evening, 
Family Bingo Saturday and Sunday at 4 PM and of course don't forget that 
there is an Ice Cream Social Saturday and Sunday from 1-2 PM at the snack shack. 
Tractor Rides for the kids (of all ages). 
Plus Saturday and Sunday Pete will be hosting a Horseshoe Tournament with Registration starting at 11:30 AM and the tournament beginning at Noon. 
Come out and join us. We still have a few sites available.

Weathersfield Directory News

The Weathersfield Directory has been a HUGE success!

Thank you to all the businesses and individuals who participated in our printed booklet.

It's not too late!!!! For those of you that missed the 2013 printing, it is not too late to be included in the on-line edition. Please visit and download the Ad Sign Up Sheet. Fill it out, send in the information you want included and get on-line.

A Single Line Listing Is Free!
Multiple Description Ads: $5.00
Business Card: $20.00
Two-Sided Business Card:$30.00
Business Cards include multiple business description.

Please mail submissions to:
Weathersfield Directory,
P.O. Box 550, Ascutney, VT 05030-0550
(checks made payable to Weathersfield Directory)

If you have any questions that are not answered on the Directory site, please feel free to email:

We still have booklets available.  If you have not received one, please contact us. We deliver in town.

Our next regularly scheduled business meeting is set for September 17 at 4 pm at Martin Memorial Hall in Ascutney, VT. It is a public meeting and all are welcome to attend.

Hawks Mtn. Grange, Monthly Meeting

Hawks Mountain Grange
Friday, September 06 2013, 7:30pm

Time: 7:30pm
Hawks Mountain Grange Meeting
Location : Grange Hall, Center St., Perkinsville
Contact : call Gary Cross 263-5265

Ascutney Fire District Meeting, Martin Memorial Hall

Ascutney Fire District
Monday, September 02 2013, 6:30pm

Regular Meeting
6:30 P.M.
Location : Martin Memorial Hall, Route 5, Ascutney, VT

Alcoholics Anonymous, Perkinsville Community Church

Alcoholics Anonymous
Thursday, 6:00pm

Time: 6:00pm Open AA meeting
Location : Perkinsville Community Church, Perkinsville, VT

Informal Social Gathering, Perkinsville Community Church

Informal Social Gathering
Thursday, 11:00am - 12:30pm

Informal Social Gathering Every Thursday -from 11:00-12:30, everyone welcome at PCC
Location : Perkinsville Community Church, Perkinsville, VT

Al-Anon, Ascutney Union Church

Tuesday,  6:00pm

Al-Anon meeting-every Tuesday at 6PM
Location : Ascutney Union Church

Senior Exercise Program, Martin Memorial Hall, Ascutney

Senior Exercise Program
Monday,  2:00pm - 3:00pm
Time: 2:00pm - 3:00pm Senior Exercise Program in Ascutney
Free - sponsored by RSPV- Mondays 2:00-3:00 in basement of Martin Memorial Hall-
Classes are led by Geraldine Rudenfeldt and Sandra Lemois. If interested call 674-5254 for more information.
Location : Martin Memorial Hall, Route 5, Ascutney, VT
Contact : call 674-5254 for more information.

Exercise Group, Perkinsville Community Church

Exercise Group
Monday, 9:30am - 10:30pm
Time: 9:30am - 10:30am
Location: Perkinsville Community Church

Perkinsville Church 9:30-10:30 on Monday and Thursday mornings there is a Bone Building exercise group led by Dottie Richardson. It is free, weights are provided and you work at your ability level. It is fun and good for you. Everyone welcome, just show up or call Dottie for more information at 263-5444.
Location : Perkinsville Church
Contact : call Dottie for more information at 263-5444.

One-on-One Computer Training Available

One-on-one computer training available every Friday
From 10:30am – 11:30am
at the Weathersfield Proctor Library.
Sign up is Required!
Please contact Nancy at
or email:

Friends of the Library Meeting

Friends of the Library meeting - open to the public!
Wednesday, September 4, 7pm – 8pm
Weathersfield Proctor Library
1581 Route 5, Ascutney, VT 

First Day of School!!

Today is the first day of school for Weathersfield students.

Please look out for young people and buses. Use caution. For some, it is their very first time.

Let's keep everyone safe!!!

It's back to school for many kiddos in our area. Please drive safely!
It's back to school for many Vermont kids this week. Please drive carefully.

VT Statutes read: The operator of a motor vehicle, including authorized emergency vehicles, upon meeting or overtaking a vehicle marked and equipped as a BUS which has stopped on the highway for the purpose of receiving or discharging public or private school children shall stop his or her vehicle immediately and shall keep it stationary while the flashing red signal lights are in operation.

Sunday, August 25, 2013

Wellwood Orchards Customer Appreciation Day 2013

 Saturday, August 31, 2013 
10 am to 3 pm

Special Announcement:

NEW!!!! MAGIC SHOW by "HOCUS POCUS" from 10am to 11 am

*See your Local Fire & Police Departments,
*Face Painter Extraordinaire- Linda Weiser,
*Enjoy Balloon animals with "Cheryl the Clown" and
*Acoustic Guitar by John Laware.

FREE: hotdogs, chips, soda, kids games, petting zoo, face painting, balloon art, contests, wagon rides and prizes.

!!!!!!Games and food begin after the MAGIC show!!!

This is OUR day to celebrate YOU, our loyal customers.

Weathersfield Man Faces Charges After Route 106 Dirt Bike Chase

From the Valley News

Sunday, August 25, 2013
(Published in print: Sunday, August 25, 2013)

— A 32-year-old Weathersfield man faces charges of grand larceny, aggravated operation without owner’s consent, grossly negligent operation and attempting to elude, Vermont State Police said Saturday.

Police said Joey Bergeron was riding a dirt bike on Friday at about 8:30 a.m. when he passed Vermont State Police Trooper Nicholas Arlington, who was clearing from a traffic stop on Route 106 in Weathersfield.

Arlington attempted to stop Bergeron, but he refused to pull over, police said in a news release. Arlington followed the bike into Springfield, Vt., where he lost sight of it. As state police troopers and Springfield and Chester police officers attempted to find the bike, they received numerous calls from citizens with information about its location, Arlington said. Read More 

Anyone who saw Bergeron or a white and red dirt bike in the area of Saxtons River is asked to contact Arlington at 802-975-2112.
— Staff report

Freezing Peaches 101

Reliance Peaches grown in Weathersfield Vt

So you've picked some peaches. Now what? How about freezing them to enjoy at Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Years, or any cold rainy/snowy day this fall/winter.

Step 1. Make the Syrup

The syrup is really easy to make. I make mine in a 1:2 ratio. 1 Cup Sugar/2 Cups water. I usually make 10 -12 cups if I have a lot of peaches to freeze.
Measure out the water.
Add the Sugar.
Bring to a boil and set aside.
If you make too much, just put it in the fridge (about one week) and use it the next time you freeze peaches. My peach harvest usually lasts 3-4 weeks.

Step 2. Sort your peaches
I pick out the ones that are slightly soft to the touch and fairly pink

Step 3. Remove the Skin

Boil the peaches for a few minutes until you can see the skin shedding.

Step 4. Ice the peaches

Remove the peaches with a slotted spoon to an ice water bath to stop the cooking process. Give them a few minutes in the ice water.
To peel the skin just lightly rub the peach. The skin will slide off easily, if not pop it back in the boiling water for another minute then ice bath again.
Remove any bruises and slice the peach in half.

Step 5. Acid to prevent browning (oxidation)

Half the peaches, remove the pits, and trim off any bruises you can see.
Toss the peaches with a splash of lemon juice and sprinkle with Citric Acid or Fruit Fresh (both from Ball Canning--they sell them at KMart, Walmart or online.)

Let the peaches set a few minutes to absorb the acid. Some peaches may brown when you thaw them but they taste fine or you can just cut the brown part away before serving--it's just normal oxidation.

Step 6. Get Ready to Freeze
Spoon the peaches into freezer safe containers and cover completely with the syrup.

Label the containers, let them cool if you used hot syrup, then pop them into your freezer (manual defrost freezers are best--no freeze/thaw cycles to prevent freezer burn)

When you are ready to eat them thaw them in your refrigerator about a day before serving. Great for ice cream toppings, Peach Bellinis and just plain old peaches for dessert!
Submitted by Nancy Nutile-McMenemy
This Article first appeared on my Blog Friday August 12, 2012

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Saturday, August 24, 2013

Weathersfield News week of 8/19/2013

What a wonderful run of sunshine and warm weather we have had. It's been just the right temperature outside days and evenings.

I've (finally) caught up with the weeds in my garden. Now it's time to start canning and freezing. How good all those vegetables will taste when it's cold and snowy outside.

The Finale Party for the summer reading program was a big hit! All total, the participants (of all ages) read over 50,000 minutes this summer!!! We set a new record. The number of hours read gets bigger and bigger each year! The Frippery was a success (according to what I was told)! Summer's almost over and in a few weeks, the kids will be headed back to school.

I was in the store the other night and Halloween stuff was already out. Sigh! My wonderful sister reminded me on Saturday that there are only 129 days left until Christmas. Big Sigh!

It has been very busy the past couple of weeks and the next few weeks aren't going to be much different. I do have a ray of sunshine in my busy schedule, though... my wonderful husband is taking the day off from work on Tuesday (after my morning meeting) and taking me to the beach. A whole day alone, just the two of us, and walking on the beach. A mini-vacation for the the both of us.

Fall is coming. Leaves are starting to turn bright colors, pumpkins are already turning orange in the garden and the daylight is slipping away as each evening, dark comes earlier and earlier. Enjoy our last days of summer.

Anita M. Martel, Obituary

Perkinsville -

Anita M. Martel died unexpectedly Wednesday, August 21, 2013 at the Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center in Lebanon, NH.

She was born January 13, 1960 in Springfield, daughter of Norman and Eleanor (Motrem) Blanchard.

She attended Ludlow schools.

On January 13, 1970 she married Richard "Rick" Martel in Perkinsville.

She was a mother and homemaker, and together with her husband, owned and operated the Martel Body Shop in Perkinsville.

She enjoyed attending car shows and showing her Corvette.

Survivors include her husband, Rick, of Perkinsville; two sons, Chris Martel of Windsor and Greg Martel of Weathersfield; two grandchildren; and two sisters, Jean Andrews of Springfield and Barbara Stillwell of Claremont, NH.

She was predeceased by her parents and two brothers, Gordon Stewart and James Stewart.

A memorial service will be held Friday, August 30, 2013 at 2 pm at the Davis Memorial Chapel in Springfield. The Rev. Gary Piper, pastor of the United Methodist Church, will officiate. Friends may call at the chapel from 1 to 2 pm on Friday.

Burial will follow at Hillcrest Cemetery in Proctorsville.

Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society, 55 Day Lane, Williston, VT 05495.

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

Invitation to Attend - Weathersfield Fire Commission

The Weathersfield Fire Commission was created by a vote at Town Meeting in 1990 by the townspeople of Weathersfield, VT.

All Weathersfield town meetings are open to the public, per Vermont Open Meeting Law.

No invitation required. Please come!

The Weathersfield Fire Commission is a public meeting.

All are welcome to attend and participate.

Zucchini Parmesan...use those baseball bat sized zucchinis!

So if you are like us, you always find a zucchini that has cleverly hidden from view until BAM, it's HUGE!
What to do...compost? feed it to chickens? pigs?
Hey why not people...

Garden Sauce:
2 Tbsp Olive Oil
1 clove garlic (we grew our own this year and it's great!!) chopped.
Saute in large saucepan until soft
12 garden ripe tomatoes, sliced
1 medium zucchini, sliced
1 medium yellow squash, sliced
2-3 green peppers, sliced
Salt/Pepper to taste

Add the above to the garlic/oil. Simmer for about 1 hour.
Add a handful of chopped basil, a few leaves of oregano (all from the garden if possible)
1 cup red wine

Simmer while preparing the Zucchini

Fried Zucchini
Baseball Bat Zucchini
Olive oil
Garden Sauce from above
2 eggs, a little water, whisked in medium bowl (I used a little almond milk-it was fine!)

Slice your Baseball Bat, I mean Zucchini in 1/4" slices.
On a plate mix a handful of flour and 1 C breadcrumbs

Heat a large fry pan and add some olive oil to coat the bottom.

Dip the Zucchini slice into the egg wash then toss in the flour/breadcrumbs then into the fry pan. Cook until the oil is creeping over the top edge of the zucchini slice and flip!

Grease a baking pan lightly with PAM or drizzle with olive oil.
Lay down the fried zucchini slices, add some garden sauce, a sprinkle of Parmesan, then repeat until you run out of fried zucchini. Cover with a sprinkle of Mozzarella.

Bake about 30 minutes at 300 F.

Submitted by Nancy Nutile-McMenemy
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Friday, August 23, 2013

Request for Bids for Perkinsville School Demolition

1.         Separate sealed BIDS for the Former Perkinsville School Buildings Demolition (PROJECT). A general summary of the PROJECT is listed below:
The Former Perkinsville School Property consists of interconnected buildings from 1879, 1954 and 1969. This project includes demolition of the 1954 and 1969 buildings which total approximately 13,350 square feet. The buildings are single story, slab on grade, with a concrete building foundation. Asbestos and Universal Hazardous Waste will be removed prior to this project and are not part of the proposed work. Work also includes: capping sewer lines and removal of a grease trap and septic tank; removal of one 6,000 gallon heating oil underground storage tank; extending water and electric service from an existing well to the remaining 1879 building; backfilling; parking areas; and landscaping.
These bids will be received by   Town of Weathersfield, VT                                           
at the office of the Town Manager, Martin Memorial Hall, 5259 Route 5, Ascutney, VT 05030
                           (Address of the Project Owner)
until      Wednesday, September 25   , (Prevailing Local Time)    3:00 PM   ,    2013   , and then at said office publicly opened and read aloud.
This ADVERTISEMENT for BIDS is being sent out prior to CONTRACT DOCUMENTS being available. CONTRACT DOCUMENTS will be available on Wednesday, September 4, 2013. The CONTRACT DOCUMENTS may be examined at the following locations:
Weston   & Sampson
98   So. Main St., Waterbury, VT 05676
Blueprints   Etc.
20   Farrell St., So. Burlington,    VT 05403
Town   of Weathersfield
Martin   Memorial Hall, 5259 Route 5, Ascutney, VT 05030
Copies of the CONTRACT DOCUMENTS may be obtained at:  Blueprints, Etc., 20 Farrell Street, Suite 101, South Burlington, VT 05403  upon payment of $  60.00 for each set (non-refundable). The bidding documents are copyrighted. No Duplication or distribution by anyone other than by Blueprints, Etc. or those permitted by the Engineer to print and distribute bid documents is allowed by law. Construction blueprints and specifications may not be reproduced without prior written consent of the Engineer.
2.         Award will be made to the lowest responsive, responsible BIDDER.
2.1        BIDDER acknowledges that contract may not be awarded solely on low bid, but on overall value to OWNER.
2.2.       BIDDER is encouraged to utilize LOCAL SUBCONTRACTORS, as defined as business whose primary location is within 30 miles of the PROJECT.
2.3        To qualify BIDDER’s capacity as responsive and responsible, upon OWNER’s request of the low bid received, BIDDER shall submit to OWNER qualifications for the past three (3) years of business that include but not limited to: name and address of firm; when organized; if corporation then where incorporated; number of years firm has engaged in contracting under your present firm or trade name; general character of work performed by firm; list any projects that resulted in a failure to complete and why; list any current regulatory violations that are pending resolution and why; provide a written description of three (3) similar contracts stating approximate gross cost for each, date of work, name of project owner and reference contact information; provide the background and experience of the principal members of your firm; provide the background and experience of your Supervisor/Foreman you propose to represent your firm at the site during the construction period; furnish bank and credit references; provide detailed financial statement and furnish any other information that may be requested by OWNER during the evaluation of your BID.
2.4        BIDDER is familiar with PROJECT including all federal, state and local Laws and Regulations that may affect: cost; progress; regulatory compliance for workers, materials, transportation and waste disposal; and general furnishing of work.
2.5        It is the intent of the Owner to issue a Notice to Proceed on or about September 30, 2013.
3.         All Bids must be made on the blank form of the BID proposal. No lines on the BID may be left blank. Failure to fully complete the BID will render the Bidder non-responsive, and the Bid will not be read. In the event there is any discrepancy in the PROPOSAL between any price in words, figures, or the extended totals, the price in words shall govern and the extended totals in each case shall be corrected accordingly.
4.         A Bid Bond or Certified Check in the amount of 5% of the total Bid submitted must accompany the Bid. Failure to submit such with the Bid will render the Bidder non-responsive, and the Bid will not be read. As soon as the BID prices have been compared, the OWNER will return the certified checks of all except the three lowest responsive, responsible BIDDERS. When the Agreement is executed, the certified checks of the two remaining unsuccessful BIDDERS will be returned. The certified check of the successful BIDDER will be retained until the payment BOND and performance BOND have been executed and approved, after which it will be returned.
5.         A Bidder may withdraw any proposal submitted prior to the hour set for the closing of the Bids provided the request is signed in a manner identical with the proposal being withdrawn. No Bidder may withdraw a Bid within 45 days after the actual date of the opening.
6.         The Owner will be responsible for payment in accordance with the terms of the Contract.
A MANDATORY Pre-Bid Conference for prospective bidders will be held at the PROJECT Site located at 1862 Vermont Route 106, Perkinsville, Town of Weathersfield, Vermont on Wednesday, September 11, 2013 at 10:00 am. Representatives of   Weston & Sampson Engineers, Inc. will be present to answer questions from bidders. All bidders and any person in attendance are responsible for their own site safety during the pre-bid conference.
   Jim Mullen, Town Manager

Planning Commission Meeting Agenda 8-26-2013

Monday, August 26, 2013 7:00PM
Weathersfield Town Offices
Martin Memorial Hall, 5259 Route 5
Ascutney, Vermont

  1.       Introductions
  1.    Elect Vice- Chair of the Commission
III.            Approval of minutes: Meeting of August 12, 2013
IV.            Review Meeting Agenda – additions, corrections
  1.    Public Hearings:
    1. Zoning Bylaw Revision
      1.        Sect. 6.6.2 Home Industries (amendment)
VI.            Requests/Reviews: None.
  1. Discussions
    1. Town Plan Revision
      1.      Land Use chapter (remanded by Select Board to discuss healthy community provisions with MAPP representatives)
      2.    Utilities and Facilities
      3.     Natural, Scenic & Historic Resources
  1. Public Comment
IX.            Set or reinforce the agenda, date, time, and place for the next meeting
  1.    Adjournment

Thursday, August 22, 2013

VTel offering Lifeline for Internet

Vermont Telephone Company (VTel), is offering a program called Lifeline for Internet, which offers high-speed access to income-qualified Vermonters, for as little as $9.95 a month. VTel also has a limited supply of free computers to offer new Internet subscribers – so don’t wait! Call 802.885.9000 and ask about Lifeline for Internet, and about VTel’s free Chromebook program. Enrollment is open until October 31, 2013 – call today!

Cannon to Fire at 10:30 am at the Springfield Country Club

On Thursday 08/22 at approximately 1030 hours the Springfield Country Club will be holding its 60th Anniversary celebration. They plan on having a cannon on site and will be discharging a dummy round.

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Community Pot Luck, August 20, 2013

Zoning Board Piublic Hearing 9-11-2013 Wyman



A public hearing before the Zoning Board of Adjustment of the Town of Weathersfield will be held at the Town Office in Ascutney on

Wednesday, September 11, 2013 at 7:00 PM

to consider the following application:

#08.1913 by Carl Wyman for construction of a single family home and outbuildings on Plains Road (parcel 08-01-06.2) in the Conservation zoning district within 300 feet of a mapped deer wintering area.                      

The above application is available for inspection at the Town Office in Ascutney.  Persons wishing to appeal and be heard may do so in person or be represented by an agent or attorney. Participation in this proceeding is required in order to ensure your ability to appeal the Zoning Board’s decision. Communications about the above application may be filed in writing with the Zoning Board of Adjustment or at the hearing.

David Gulbrandsen, Chair
Weathersfield Zoning Board of Adjustment

Blood Drive, Springfield Plaza, Wed., Aug 21st

Perkinsville Church Chicken Bar-B-Q

                                      Saturday, August 24, 2013
                                      On the Green, Perkinsville
                                      Starting at 12:00 noon
                         Menu: 1/2 chicken, baked beans, potato salad, roll, brownie and beverage all for $10.00
                                     1/2 chicken only $5.00

Monday, August 19, 2013

Residents Want Town to Stop ‘Head Shops’


Residents Want Town to Stop ‘Head Shops’

Monday, August 19, 2013
Weathersfield — Residents are taking proactive steps to keep their community safe by proposing a local ordinance. A group of six women met Thursday at Martin Memorial Hall to develop a town ordinance that will prohibit future “head shops” where tobacco and drug paraphernalia are sold and marijuana dispensaries where nonprofits are permitted to grow marijuana for medical purposes. The women are stepping forward because they say they want to …

Residents Want Town to Stop ‘Head Shops’
Weathersfield — Residents are taking proactive steps to keep their community safe by proposing a local ordinance.
A group of six women met Thursday at Martin Memorial Hall to develop a town ordinance that will prohibit future “head shops” where tobacco and drug paraphernalia are sold and marijuana dispensaries where nonprofits are permitted to grow marijuana for medical purposes.
The women are stepping forward because they say they want to shape their own community and encourage economic development consistent with the town’s character.
“It’s our overall vision for a healthy, sustainable and vibrant community,” Melanie Sheehan of the Mount Ascutney Prevention Program said. “We want to promote positive economic development and Weathersfield’s historical beauty, not the proliferation of a drug culture.”
According to Sheehan, the two Weathersfield locations that sell tobacco and drug paraphernalia are a gas station on Route 131 and The Magic Mushroom on Route 5. While the group recognizes their right to conduct their business, they also want to prevent similar businesses from coming in.

According to local resident Cookie Shand, this isn’t the first time Weathersfield has dealt with controversial businesses.
“We fought (an adult drive-in) because we didn’t like the distinct name of ‘Smuttyville.’ We have a chance to change all that,” Shand said.
According to town and state officials, towns can exercise their right to prohibit head shops from operating. The sale of drug paraphernalia is restricted in Vermont according to state statute and a village ordinance tightens the law.
The state Legislature also passed a law last session that would allow four medicinal marijuana dispensaries to open across the state. The Department of Public Safety has approved two locations in Burlington and Waterbury. Dispensary operators must be a nonprofit organization, specify a proposed location, include security plans, and provide information on where they will grow marijuana.
Ludlow Village passed an ordinance of their own — similar to the Weathersfield proposal — last December which has not been legally challenged since, Sheehan said.
The ad hoc group will discuss a similar ordinance tonight at the Selectboard meeting and at a future planning commission meeting.
“I think the Magic Mushroom gave us a spark to get fired up, and people are talking about not the store but to get involved in shaping the community. They’re saying, ‘This is about what we want Weathersfield to look like,’ ” Sheehan said.
Shand agreed.
“It’s just that we’re looking down the road five to 10 years from now and we want to determine what kind of community do we want,” Shand said.

Work Update Week of Aug 19, 2013 - Route 131 Paving Project

Work Update
Weathersfield Route 12/131
AOT Project No: 2913(1)

Saturday, August 17, 2013 – Crews may be doing some minor excavation clean-up work throughout the project.
Week of August 19th, 2013
Traffic Safety Warning – Crews are asking motorists who are exiting driveways or businesses on Route 131 to be aware that they may be pulling into a construction zone. With the milling and reclamation construction zones taking up to a mile of one lane, a flag person may not be stationed in the exact area to assist someone in pulling out. If there is no flagger present, motorists should wait for traffic flow in the direction they want to go before pulling out.
The construction zone will be marked with orange cones along the centerline.
VT Route 131 – I91 Interchange to Downer’s Corners
Excavation – Crews will continue installing new underdrain from Weathersfield Center Road and Victory Drive.
Reclamation – Crews will continue reclaiming the roadway between Lottery Lane and Thrasher Road throughout the week. Reclaiming consists of rototilling the existing milled pavement leaving the roadway a gravel surface. Motorists are encouraged to reduce speed and use caution when driving over the gravel roadway.
Milling – Milling crews will finish up work either Monday or Tuesday between Golf Road (West) and Downer’s Corners.
TRAFFIC DELAYS – ALL operations will require travel to be reduced to alternating one-way travel around the construction packages. Traffic control personnel will be present to assist in maintaining traffic flow. Motorists should anticipate traffic delays while traveling through the project and plan accordingly. Please allow for extra time in your travel plans.
Contact Francine Perkins, Public Relations Officer, FRP Enterprises, LLC with any questions or concerns with regards to the project at 802-479-6994 or for a more up to date schedule visit

Saturday, August 17, 2013

WWVFD Chicken B-B-Q

West Weathersfield Volunteer Fire Department will be hosting a Chicken Bar-B-Que at their station on Route 131 on Saturday August 24th from 11:30 to 5:30 pm

Northern Borders at Springfield Cinema

Jay Craven's new film, "Northern Borders" one show only at Springfield Cinema 3 on Wednesday, August 21st at 8:30 pm. Written and directed by Jay Craven and based on the novel by Howard Frank Mosher.
Thank you for sharing Weathersfield Proctor Library!

Friday, August 16, 2013

Cat Found in Ascutney, VT

found in ascutney Vt not sure if this cat was abandoned or is lost female
please call Cathy Sullivan, Animal Control at 603-477-1229 if you know her
Thank You Lucy mckenzie for helping the person that found her with flea treatment!

Margaritas Benefit for Ascutney Fire!!

Thursday, August 22, 2013 from  5 pm until 11 pm

Margaritas Restaurant is celebrating its quarterly Moonlight Madness party on August 22nd with all proceeds from the bar/lounge going to Ascutney Volunteer Fire Department!! 

This party takes place ONLY in the bar/lounge area, but includes full menu service. They're planning raffles, prizes, music, etc. 

 Ascutney Fire will also be on hand to sell $10 golf balls for their Great Golf Ball Drop fundraiser in the fall. 

18 Centerra Parkway, Lebanon, New Hampshire

Wellwood Orchard Customer Appreciation Day 2013

Special Announcement:

 Saturday, August 31, 2013 from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm

NEW!!!! MAGIC SHOW by "HOCUS POCUS" from 10am to 11 am

*See your Local Fire & Police Departments,
*Face Painter Extraordinaire- Linda Weiser,
*Enjoy Balloon animals with "Cheryl the Clown" and
*Acoustic Guitar by John Laware.

FREE: hotdogs, chips, soda, kids games, petting zoo, face painting, balloon art, contests, wagon rides and prizes.

!!!!!!Games and food begin after the MAGIC show!!!

This is OUR day to celebrate YOU, our loyal customers.

 529 Wellwood Orchard Road, Weathersfield, Vermont

Thursday, August 15, 2013

Meeting- Weathersfield Democrats

Mark your Calendars...
Town of Weathersfield

Martin Memorial Hall
Route 5 Ascutney, VT
Thursday September 19, 2013 7 p.m.

Election of Town Committee
Election of Officers by the Town Committee
Election of County Committee Members

Coaches Needed

Anyone interested in coaching soccer, looking for all levels, please contact Kelly Harriman @ 802-380-0646 or by email at

Welcome Back School & Community Sing Along

An Invitation
This school is way too quiet and empty without children!  Well, the good news is that in 8 business days, school will begin again... HURRAH!!  Travis Ramsey and I would like to invite you to a Welcome Back Community & School Sing Along on the first day of school, Monday, August 26, 2013, at 1:45 pm in the gym.

We plan to introduce new faculty, staff and students and sing a few old fashioned songs together.
Sound like fun?  Can't wait!  Please mark you calendars and join us on Aug 26th!


Select Board Meeting Agenda 8/19/2013

Weathersfield Select Board
and Planning Commission
Town Highway Garage
Stoughton Pond Rd
Monday, August 19th, 2013
Regular Meeting
7:00 PM
Note: Location at Highway Garage
1.         Call to Order
2.         Comments from Citizens and Select Board Members
3.         Review Minutes from Previous Meetings
4.         Regular Business
  1. Presentation by VELCO to Select Board and Planning Commission
         B.   Second of two Public Hearings on Revising Land Use Chapter of Town Plan
         C.   Perkinsville School
                    -     Retain Ownership of 1879 Building?
                    -     Weathersfield Food Shelf Committee: Request for dedicated use of space in 1879 building
                    -     Update on project to remove hazardous materials from 2 additions
        D.   Fire Commission Update
        E.   PACE Update
        F.   Speed Limit on Thrasher Road               
        G.   First Reading: Policy on Driver License Record Checks and Proof   of    Insurance
  1. Update on Permitting of new extraction phases at Bow Sand Pit
5.         Appointments remaining to be filled
                A.   Ancient Roads Committee
            B.   Budget Committee (One Opening)
      C.   Connecticut River Development Corporation
      Representative +      Alternate
      D.   Connecticut River Joint Commission                   
      E.   CRJC Mt Ascutney Subcommittee
      F.   Crown Point Road Advisory Committee (Five Openings)
      G.   Conservation Commission
      H.   Fence Viewer (Two Openings)
                  I.    Parks and Recreation Commission (Four Openings)
                  J.    River Connection Regional Partnership Representative
      K.   Southeastern Vermont Community Action, Inc. Representative
      L.   Southern Windsor County Regional Planning Commissioner
6.   Sign Treasurer’s Warrant
7.   Future Meeting Agenda Items
            Tuesday, September 3, 2013 (Martin Memorial Hall)
  1. Review of “Total Compensation” of Town Employees
  2. Award Bid for Construction of Wunch Dry Hydrant
  3. Award Bid for Construction of Park-and-Ride (subject to receipt of all required permits)
  4. Update on Fund Balance in Highway Fund
Future Undated Meeting(s) Items
  1. Amend Large Gathering Permit Ordinance
  2. Establish appropriate charge for Fire Department filling of swimming pools
  3. Amend Delinquent Tax Policy
  4. Set Public Hearing date for Asa Grout Lane
  5. Award bid for Maple Street Engineering Services
8. Adjourn

Town of Weathersfield News - Request for Bids

Posted: 14 Aug 2013 10:10 AM PDT
 The Town of Weathersfield is accepting bids for construction of the Downer’s Park and Ride Facility located on Route 106 in Weathersfield, Vermont.

Work includes: furnishing and installing a new gravel parking and paved driveway access area with 10 parking spaces; furnishing and installing new vertical granite curbing and grass island area delineating the proposed facility and Route 106; installation of a rain garden with various plantings; installing and maintaining various erosion and sediment controls to protect the adjacent wetland area and buffer as delineated on the plan and permitted; furnishing and installing a concrete pad for a future bus shelter; and furnishing and installing various signage.

A copy of the Request for Bids may be obtained by calling Town Manager Jim Mullen at 802-674-2626 or by emailing

A mandatory site visit will be held at 8:00 AM on Thursday August 22, 2013, at the project site.
Sealed bids must be received no later than 3:00 P.M. on Wednesday, August 28, 2013.
Posted: 14 Aug 2013 10:08 AM PDT
The Town of Weathersfield is accepting bids from contractors to construct a dry hydrant at the pond at the corner of Bowen Hill Road and Old Bow Road in Weathersfield, Vermont.

A copy of the Request for Bids may be obtained by calling Town Manager Jim Mullen at 802-674-2626 or by emailing

A non-mandatory site visit will be held at 7:00 AM on Thursday, 8/22/13 at the project site.
Sealed bids are due no later than 2:45 PM on Wednesday, August 28, 2013.
Posted: 14 Aug 2013 10:05 AM PDT
Request for Qualifications
Maple Street Reconstruction Project

The Town of Weathersfield is requesting Statements of Qualifications (“SOQ”) from engineering firms for engineering services for the Maple Street Reconstruction Project in Weathersfield, Vermont. Maple Street will be reconstructed for a distance of 0.83 miles.

The project will be developed according to the guidelines established by the VTrans Local Transportation Facilities (LTF) Program. Engineering services for this project will be procured through a qualifications-based selection process.

A site visit will be held at 8:00 AM on Monday, August 26, 2013, beginning at the intersection of Maple Street and Route 106. Attendance at the site visit is not mandatory for engineering firms who wish to submit SOQ’s, however, firms wishing to submit SOQ’s are urged to attend. The Town is not seeking a scope of work or cost proposal at this time.

Due date for SOQ’s: 3:00 p.m. on Tuesday, September 17, 2013. A copy of the complete Request for Qualifications work may be obtained by calling Town Manager Jim Mullen at 802-674-2626 or by emailing