Oh, Winter, I am so over you... There are 10 more days until spring and you are predicted to dump another 6 to 12 inches of snow on us Wednesday. The retail outlets have already moved on... I saw bathing suits for display this weekend. This weekend was a nice tease... I saw the sky described by Melissa as "hurt your eyes blue" :)
results are in. The total votes in some articles were very close. I'm
glad that the 1879 Perkinsville School will remain with the Town. I'm
looking forward to what exciting things might be happening there.
Town Meeting was very well attended, the best we have had in the past few years. However, I have a few sobering numbers.
to the Town Clerks Office, we have 2052 registered Voters in the Town
of Weathersfield out of approximately 2800 residents.
184 registered voters attended Town Meeting. There were 669 voters who
decided on the direction of the Town for the next fiscal year at the
polls on Tuesday. That means that 32.6% of the Voters decided the 2015
fiscal year budget for everyone.
I saw a quote from Senator
Bernie Sanders (I-VT) the other day: "One of the greatest tragedies
that we face today politically is that most people have given up on the
political process. They understand the political deck is stacked against
them.They think there is no particular reason for them to come out and
vote - and they don't."
One of my daughters isn't registered to
vote and doesn't plan on doing it because she truly feels that her
single vote won't make a difference. It's such a shame that people feel
On June 4, 1920, women and minorities were finally
allowed to vote. Alice Paul and Lucy Burns were the first to picket
outside the White House for that right. They were subjected to arrest,
jail and force-feedings after they went on hunger strikes in jail. Alice
Paul was jailed for 7 months for her role in insisting that women have
the right to vote.
One person at Town Meeting said 'I don't know
what the Town is doing. I read the newspapers and I'm never know that is
My response to that is what I have been saying for a while now: YOU,
each and every individual, needs to get up, go out and attend Select
Board meetings, Commission meetings, Board meetings.
The Select Board,
at minimum, meets Twice a Month, every month. You have 24 opportunities
to hear what is going on, voice your opinion, be informed. There are
very few, other than those that are required to be there, that come to
Select Board meetings to keep up on Town events and decisions.
Weathersfield Select Board meets the First and Third Monday of the month
at Martin Memorial Hall in Ascutney at 7 pm.
There are open
appointments in many positions available for citizens who wish to become
part of the change they want to see in their Town.
(Climbing down off my soap box now... ) Whew. Got carried away. I'm
passionate about this because each and every individual can make a difference in their Town if they choose to.
winter, you are so last season (almost!)!! Enjoy your last few great
shows of snow and cold... you are on your way out!!!