Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Joseph A. Lemois

Weathersfield, Vt. — Joseph A. Lemois, 85, a longtime resident of Weathersfield, passed away Monday morning, Sept. 29, 2014, at his home in Weathersfield.
He was born April 11, 1929, in Taftville, Conn., the son of Edward and Albina (Vincent) Lemois. He received his schooling in Taftville and West Warwick, R.I., where he moved to as a young man. He later moved to Burlington, Vt., in 1959 where he met Sandra Morgan. They were later married in West Warwick, R.I. They moved to Weathersfield in 1967.
Mr. Lemois was employed for many years as an iron worker out of Manchester, N.H., Local #474 in Vermont, New Hampshire, Connecticut and Massachusetts. He retired in 1988.
He was a longtime member of the International Association of Iron Workers and a former member of the National Guard.
Joseph enjoyed working on his home in Weathersfield and was proud to have built it with his wife and son-in-law at the age of 83. He was also fond of working the land and being outdoors.
He was predeceased by his parents and six brothers and sisters.
Survivors include his wife, Sandra Lemois, of Weathersfield; one daughter, Kim Lewis, and her husband, Anthony, of North Hartland, Vt.; one son, Joseph Lemois, and his companion, Helen Lolio, of Foster, R.I.; one sister, Marcelline Madden, of Margate, Fla.; one grandson, Cameron Patterson, of Burlington, Vt.; several nieces and nephews; and his beloved cat, “Shadow.”
At his request, private services will be held at the convenience of the family. Memorial contributions may be made to the Ascutneyville Volunteer Fire Department at PO Box 91, Ascutney, VT 05030 or to St. Jude Hospital at 262 Danny Thomas Place, Memphis, TN 38105 or at
The Knight Funeral Home in Windsor assisted with the arrangements. Condolences may be expressed to his family in an online guestbook at

Troopers Answer Questions About Cellphone Law Online

 WILLISTON, Vt. —The Vermont State Police is using Facebook to communicate with drivers about the ban on hand held cellphones and other devices going into effect Oct. 1.

"If you have anything in your hand when you're driving, an electronic device in your hand when you're driving, you're subject to being stopped," said Lt. Garry Scott, the Vermont State Police Traffic Safety Commander.

The cell phone ban passed the legislature earlier this year, but lawmakers held off putting it into effect to give the motoring public time to learn about the new law.

"I testified on this bill the whole way through," he said.

Scott facilitated the a live chat Friday, taking questions from hundreds of users. A common question: "what about police using cell phones on the road?"

"We expect our troopers to be safer than most people on the road, and set an example. There's going to be circumstances when there are active situations. A school shooting, for example, when the radio in the car isn't enough, so there's going to be some circumstances, like that," he said.

Police say, across the board, if a driver is misusing a cell phone in times of emergency they'll be writing tickets with discretion.

Other questions about some of the other things people do on the road like apply makeup, and read the newspaper came up in the online chat.

"There's still going to be other distractions out there. What is going to be the next step is how do we curb people from this aggressive driving?"

Through this process some questions, like where is and isn't it okay to position a phone with-in the car, have created food for thought for officers .

"This doesn't capture everything it doesn't fix everything, but it is a step in the right direction."

Monday, September 29, 2014

Lois S. Rice

Woodstock, Vt. — Lois S. Rice, 82, past away on Thursday, Sept. 25, 2014 at Hanover Terrace Health Care in Hanover, N.H.

There will be a memorial visitation on Tuesday evening from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Cabot Funeral Home in Woodstock, Vt.

A full obituary will appear in a later issue.

Weathersfield Holds an Energy Forum

The Weathersfield Energy Group is holding a public information forum on Thursday, October 2, 2014 from 6:00pm to 7:30pm at Martin Memorial Hall on Route 5 in Ascutney.
The topics that will be covered are:
HOME WEATHERIZATION with a representative from NeighborWorks H.E.A.T. Squad (a Federally-funded Home improvement program) $100 energy audits, affordable financing and incentives from Efficiency Vermont.

AIR SOURCE COLD WEATHER CLIMATE HEAT PUMPS – information and Q and A from a licensed installer on systems that reduce oil, propane and wood use that can be leased or purchased. Savings from 25% to 40% on heating!  
SOLAR ENERGY SYSTEMS – Grid-tied photovoltaics (PV), Solar Hot Water and Solar Thermal.  Q and A with a local solar installer.
PACE (Property Assessed Clean Energy) A Weathersfield Voter-approved funding program, set up by the State of Vermont to allow homeowners to invest in efficiency or renewable energy improvements through a special assessment tied to the property. Information available from Town Energy Coordinator.

Sunday, September 28, 2014

Report Animal Cruelty

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Vermont's Animal Cruelty Reporting System

Weathersfield Panther Cave: Real or Legend?


The Weathersfield Historical Society will lead a hike to the purported cave where one of the last panthers in southern Vermont was killed in 1867.  The cave’s location has been passed down by word of mouth over several generations and the mounted panther resides in the Historical Society’s Rev. Dan Foster House museum.  The hike, which will take place Sunday afternoon September 28th, is rated easy to moderate, and will take approximately an hour and a half round trip.  Hikers should meet behind the Downers Corner Store at 2:00 pm to carpool to the beginning.  Sturdy hiking shoes are recommended.  Call Jeff Pelton at 885-9517 for additional information.

Saturday, September 27, 2014

Are Tinted Car Windows Really Illegal in Vermont?

Title 23 of Vermont Statutes Annotated section 1125 - Obstructing Windshields; no motor vehicle may have tinted windows on the front drivers and passengers side window or front windshield. This means out of state vehicles as well. This article is good info, showing how you can legally buy and have a retailer install but yet it is illegal to have while being operated on public highways and is against inspection regulations as well. No points, but a fine of $162 for each violation.
As of October 1, it will be illegal to operate a handheld phone while driving in Vermont. And if you're thinking about tinting your car...

Hawks Mountain hike on Saturday, October 11

Crown Point Road Association sponsors Hawks Mountain hike on Saturday, October 11:

At 10 a.m.we will meet at the Perkinsville School parking lot on route 106 just south of the Perkinsville Village.  Nearby Hawks Mountain is named for John Hawks who led a party constructing the nearby Crown Point Road in 1759.  Old maps show “Hawkes Encampment” on the side of the mountain.  Research indicates this was used by Hawks in 1748!  Bring lunch to eat at presumed campsite with a nearby spring.  We will discuss Hawks, why he was here, and how we know. Contact leader Barry Griffith for info 802-492-3573.

Friday, September 26, 2014

Mark E. Gray

HARTFORD, Vt. — Mark E. Gray, 33, a resident of Hartford, Vermont, passed away unexpectedly Sunday morning, Sept. 7, 2014, in Hartland.

He was born Oct. 11, 1980, in Houston, Texas, the son of Tony L. and Amber (Coley) Gray. He moved with his family to the Upper Valley as a young boy. He received his schooling in Claremont, where he attended Stevens High School.

Mark did construction work and held several jobs at area restaurants. Mark was fond of fireworks, 1980s music, anything “glow in the dark,” chop suey and ketchup. He enjoyed spending time with his family, especially his children.

He was predeceased by his mother and his paternal grandfather, Everett Gray.

Survivors include his father, Tony L. Gray Sr. of Ascutney; one son, Alexander Gray of Hartland; one daughter, Georgia Gray of Hartford, Vermont; one stepdaughter, BreAnnah Belliveau of Hartland; his maternal grandparents, Fred and Joyce Coley of Windsor; his paternal grandmother, Irene Gray of Ascutney; one brother, Tony L. Gray, Jr. of Hartford, Vermont; one sister, Melissa Gray of Henniker, New Hampshire; several aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins.

A graveside service will be held at 2 p.m. Friday, Sept. 12, in the Mountain View Cemetery in Claremont. The Rev. Earl Dionne, Pastor of the Rachel S. Harlow United Methodist Church, will officiate. A reception and celebration of Mark’s life will follow at the Rachel S. Harlow United Methodist Church in Windsor.

Memorial contributions may be made to Wayne Gray, 1214 Route 12A, Cornish, NH 03745 to be deposited in the Alexander and Georgia Gray Trust Fund.

The Knight Funeral Home in Windsor is entrusted with the arrangements. Condolences may be expressed to his family in an online guest book at

Robert L. Dodge

PERKINSVILLE — Robert Leavitt Dodge, 77, of Perkinsville, passed away Sunday, Sept. 7, 2014, following a long illness. He was born Oct. 25, 1936, to William and Cecile (Leavitt) Dodge.

He attended primary school in Springfield and went on to graduate from the Vermont School of Agriculture in 1955. He was a member of the cross country team and his motto from the yearbook was, “Be a good sport — win or lose.” And he was. He enlisted in the U.S. Army later in 1955 and served as a mechanic in Germany until 1958. Bob was an honest, hardworking man. He founded Dodge Brothers, a concrete contracting business, and was proud to work with his brothers for many years.

Bob was predeceased by his parents; his wife, Elsie (Gilman) Dodge; and a grandson, Glen Johnson. He is survived by his children, Chris Dodge and fiance Sam, and Chris’s son, Zachary, Deborah Dodge and husband, Lee Wisnioski, and their children, Sheila, Rosie, and Tanner; and Jenn (Dodge) Spano and her husband, Michele, and their children, Vito and Dante; brothers, Mark, John and Joe Dodge; cousin Cecile Gardner; mother-in-law, Lillian Gilman and family; many nieces and nephews and their families; and longtime friends, Artie and Rachel Abbott.

Bob loved the outdoors and was an avid farmer, gardener and hunter. He loved to read and to play with his grandchildren. He also loved cats. He was a loving father and husband, a good provider to his family and he brought comic relief to almost any situation. He will be greatly missed.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks for donations to be made to Franklin County Hospice or to Ascutney Union Church in Ascutney.

Services will be held at 1 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 21, at the Ascutney Union Church. Please come prepared to share a story or memory of Bob, if you wish. A burial will follow at Ascutneyville Cemetery.

Messages of condolence to the Dodge family are welcome at

82-Year-Old Transported In Route 131 Rollover Crash

Ivan Park, of R&K Auto Service carries parts of a car involved in a one-car accident in Weathersfield, Vt., on Sept. 15, 2014. (Valley News - Jennifer Hauck) Ivan Park, of R&K Auto Service carries parts of a car involved in a one-car accident in Weathersfield, Vt., on Sept. 15, 2014. (Valley News - Jennifer Hauck)

Weathersfield — An 82-year-old Cornish woman was airlifted to Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center for injuries she sustained in a single vehicle crash near the intersection of Route 131 and South Mountain Road in Weathersfield on Monday.

As of Monday evening, Lillian Hodgdon’s condition was unknown. A hospital spokeswoman said Hodgdon wasn’t on a list of patients for whom Dartmouth-Hitchcock is authorized to release information on.

Vermont State Police Cpl. Mike Sorensen said Hodgdon failed to negotiate a curve at 11:40 a.m., causing the Nissan Rogue she was driving to leave the south side of the roadway. Hodgdon’s vehicle struck the side of a driveway, went airborne and rolled “end over end” before coming to rest on its roof, according to a news release. 

Sorensen said on scene Monday that it was unknown why Hodgdon failed to negotiate the turn while driving east on Route 131. Alcohol and speed do not appear to be factors in the crash, he said.
Authorities transported Hodgdon to Springfield Hospital by ambulance immediately following the crash. She was later airlifted via DHART to DHMC. 

Hodgdon was not believed to have been wearing her seat belt, “which may have increased the severity of her injuries,” the release said. 

Jordan Cuddemi can be reached at or 603-727-3248.

Alva Pratt “Bill” Estey

Weathersfield, Vt. — Alva Pratt “Bill” Estey, of Ascutney died on Wednesday, Sept. 3, 2014, at Cedar Hill Care Facility in Windsor after a short, but courageous battle with cancer. He was 87.

He was born in Windsor on Aug. 24, 1927, the son of Alva Peck and Marion Pratt Estey. He attended schools in Windsor, Plainfield, N.H. and Springfield, Vt., graduating from Springfield High School.

Mr. Estey participated in the early graduate program at Springfield High School and served in World War II in the Pacific Theater.

He married Eda Frances Bickford on June 15, 1947. They celebrated their 67th wedding anniversary earlier this year. They made their home in Springfield until 1970, when they moved to Weathersfield.

Mr. Estey was employed his entire life by Bryant’s in Springfield. He retired in 1990 after 47 years of service as a supervisor on what was known as the “test floor,” in the Quality Control Department. He took great pride in testing each machine to a very high standard before shipment. He was a longtime member of the Bryant Quarter Century Club.

He was a lifelong sportsman enjoying both hunting and fishing. He also enjoyed bowling, horseshoes, and spending time with his family. For the past five year he had been the devoted caregiver of his wife.

Mr. Estey is survived by his wife, Eda; two sons, Gregory D. and his wife, Lori, of Meriden, N.H., and Jonathan A., and his husband, Lou Waryncia, of West Claremont, N.H.; and one grandson, Gavin D., of Newton, Mass. He is also survived by one sister, Doris Zaleski, of Windsor; along with several nieces and nephews. 

He was predeceased by one sister, Marjorie Estey, one brother, Donald Estey, and his beloved housecats, Kaiser and Tootsie.

 Funeral services will be private. Donations in his memory may be made to the Springfield Humane Society. The Stringer Funeral Home in Claremont, N.H., is in charge of arrangements.

Edwin N. McGlew Jr.

WEATHERSFIELD - Edwin N. McGlew Jr., 92, died Tuesday Sept. 23, 2014, at Springfield Hospital.

He was born October 25, 1921, in North Bergen, N.J., the son of Edwin Sr. and Grace E. ( Magai ) McGlew. He attended schools in New Jersey and graduated from Franklin High School.

He served in the U.S. Navy during World War II. Mr. McGlew served aboard the USS Sampson in the Atlantic and aboard the USS Lexington in the Pacific until that ship was sunk by the Japanese in the Battle of the Coral Sea.

He became a member of Reconnaissance Squadron, Photo Squadron One. He had 38 combat flights from Guadalcanal and New Guinea.

On Oct. 13, 1956, he married Ruth A. Reeth at Our Lady of Fatima Church in Highland Lakes, N.J.

He operated a dairy farm in Wantage, N.J., for many years, and operated Fox Ridge Range, Trap & Skeet Shoot adjacent to the farm.

He moved to Vermont in September 2005.

Mr. McGlew was an avid photographer, and enjoyed woodworking and reading. He was a member of St. Mary's Catholic Church in Springfield and a member of the VFW Post 771 in Springfield.

He is survived by his wife of 58 years, Ruth McGlew of Weathersfield; four sons: Edwin N. McGlew III of West Hatfield, Mass., Patrick J. McGlew of Cattaraugus, N.Y., Daniel R. McGlew of Newton, N.J. and Donald J. McGlew of Wantage, N.J.; three daughters: Ruth Anne McGlew of Averill Park, N.Y., Marilyn M. McGlew Martin of Magalia, Calif., and Janet E. McGlew Bahel of Cresco, Pa.; one brother, David McGlew; two sisters: Mildred Czubak and Alice Morris; 11 grandchildren, two great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by one brother, Harold McGlew, and his two sisters Edna Beemer and Grace Piniaha.

Friends may call from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, Sept. 26, 2014, at Davis Memorial Chapel in Springfield.

A Catholic Mass will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 27, 2014, at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Springfield. The Rev. Peter Williams, pastor, will officiate.

Burial will follow at St. Mary's Cemetery in Springfield.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Lexington CV2 Memorial at Lions Club of Lexington, Mass., P.O. Box 71, Lexington, MA 02420.
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Thursday, September 25, 2014

Weathersfield Man Busted for Allegedly Possessing Hallucinogenic Bath Salts, Marijuana and Other Drugs


Authorities conducting a child welfare check at a Windsor County home in the town of Weathersfield ended up charging a resident with various drug crimes, including possession of hallucinogenic bath salts.

State troopers and Weathersfield police, who were assisting the Vermont Department of Children and Families with a "welfare check on several children" at a Gravelin Road address Monday night, spotted the illegal drugs in plain view, according to Vermont State Police officials.

Chad Cushman, 43, was charged with possession of bath salts and cultivation of marijuana.

Authorities said they found assorted pills, raw marijuana, several marijuana plants and bath salts – so-called designer drugs containing synthetic chemicals that are similar to amphetamines – at Cushman's home in Perkinsville, a small Weathersfield village about 65 miles north of Greenfield, Massachusetts.

Some, but not all, of the chemicals used to make bath salts are illegal. The name stems from the drugs being sold under the guise of being bath salts, because the white, powdery substance often resembles epsom salts and other legal products found in bath salts.

Investigators said they also recovered several firearms at the home. "More charges are possible as the investigation continues," police said.

Community Fun at Hoisington Field

Community Fun at Hoisington Field!
1862 Route 106, Perkinsville

Weathersfield Parks and Rec. Committee, 1879 Perkinsville Schoolhouse Committee, 
and WWVFD invite you to join them on Saturday, Oct. 11 & Sunday, Oct. 12, 2014
Schedule of Events:
*Saturday, Oct. 11th- Yard Sale from 9:00 am – 2:00 pm               
Proceeds to benefit repairs of 1879 Schoolhouse building
Donations needed and accepted!
No computers or clothing, please.
Questions or donation pick up in Weathersfield? Call BJ Esty-263-9651
* Sunday, Oct. 12, 2014- Family Fun! Free live music from 1:00-4:00
WWVFD will have                  Hamburgers and Hot Dogs for sale!

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Child welfare check turns up drugs

Posted: Sep 24, 2014 8:08 AM EDTUpdated: Sep 24, 2014 9:56 AM EDT
PERKINSVILLE, Vt. -Police say they found drugs during a child welfare check in Perkinsville.

Late Monday night, Weathersfield police and Vermont state police conducted a welfare check on several children at 1439 Gravelin Road in Perkinsville. While they were there, police say they saw drugs in plain site.

Officers searched the home and say they found marijuana plants, pills, bath salts and several guns.

Chad Cushman, 43, was cited for  possession of marijuana and hallucinogenic drugs.  Cushman may face more charges as the investigation continues.

Police: Morrisville shooting suspect apprehended - Car Police are Looking for in Connection with Shooting in Morrisville

Christopher Burnor

 Posted: Sep 24, 2014 9:58 PM EST Updated: Sep 24, 2014 10:45 PM EST By Alex Apple

The day-long manhunt for an alleged gunman in Morrisville is over.

Police tell us they have Chris Burnor in custody.

After a nine hour manhunt police say they have in custody the man accused of opening fire at the Cumberland Farms store. Police located Chris Burnor hiding in Johnson but not before he led them on a sprawling search.

"We're basically covering Northern Vermont," said Morristown Police Chief Richard Keith.

The suspect: Chris Burnor of Waterville. Police say he shot someone he knew after the two got in a dispute over a mutual girlfriend.

The sound of gunfire shocked shoppers and eyewitnesses -- who were not expecting to be caught in a shootout.

"There was a confrontation between a group of people and this guy in this blue car comes out with a gun and shoots another guy named Thomas over by the driveway here, and then they ran into Rite-Aid," said Elizabeth Langford.

"I was coming out of the garage, I was looking through the window and I just heard gunshots. And I see the guy," said Jeremy Jones, who works at the gas station across the street.

Witnesses ducked for cover as they say Burnor sped away in his car.

"We hollered to get his license plate, so we don't know if, you know, he could have taken the gun back out and shot her or I or anyone else that was here," Langford said.

Burnor allegedly fired several shots at 32-year-old Thomas Zapantis -- who was taken to Fletcher Allen Health Care.

"From what we understand, the victim is stable at Fletcher Allen," said Chief Keith. "This is what I would say was an isolated incident between the two individuals."

Burnor's being booked on an attempted first degree murder charge.

Police have not said where he's being held or when he will be in court.

New information. This is the car police are looking for in connection with a shooting today in Morrisville. We will have a LIVE udpate from the scene @5 and 6. You can also see the news LIVE on the WCAXStream mobile App.

The car has Vermont plates GFT 292

Property to Be Returned - Looking to Locate Persons - Springfield Police Department


  • The Springfield Police Department is looking to locate the following persons to have them retrieve property left at the SPD that has been identified as theirs. If you are listed here or know of someone listed here, please contact Corporal Gilderdale by telephone 1-802-885-2113 or email It should be noted that a name on this list does not indicate criminal offenses occurred.
Please do not show up to the PD without first making arrangements to retrieve your property.  If we know you are coming we can arrange for it to be available for pick up otherwise it will remain in a secured-limited access area.

Mathyou Bador, born 1988 – Property related to Case #08SF04169.

Laurie Bapp, born 1978 – Property related to Case #12SF00335.

Michael Butler, born 1978 – Property related to Case #09SF03134.

Stephen Christian, born 1962 – Property related to Case #07SF04475, 09SF00637 and   09SF03959.

Delight Colburn, born 1961 – Property related to Case #04SF00015.

Ethan Colon, born 1997 – Property related to Case #14SF03724.

Cody Crawford, born 1993 – Property related to Case #14SF01013.

Daniel Cummins, born 1989 – Property related to Case #12SF01178.

Robert Damon, born 1985 – Property related to Case #08SF02153.

Ivan Deutsch, born 1991 – Property related to Case #14SF00749.

Michael Dubanevich, born 1960 – Property related to Case #11SF03144.

Matthew Gay, born 1987 – Property related to Case #14SF01263.

Nicole Gordon, born 1982 – Property related to Case #12SF03172.

John Johnston, born 1981 – Property related to Case #14SF02737.

Carla Kangas, born 1953 – Property related to Case #07SF02893.

Paul Kapij, born 1972 – Property related to Case #12SF03908.

Jirad Kinney, born 1978 – Property related to Case #13SF02504.

Jeremy Knight, born 1987 – Property related to Case #08SF01484.

Rachelle Lashinsky, born 1983 – Property related to Case #07SF02863.

Benjamin Millay, born 1984 – Property related to Case #13SF04293.

Vincent Murphy, born 1975 – Property related to Case #07SF03509.

Alexander Olney, born 1990 – Property related to Case #10SF00419.

Logan Pardy, born 1988 – Related to Case #08SF03109.

Arieanna Quinlan, born 1993 – Property related to Case #14SF02084.

Andre Thomas, born 1989 – Property related to Case #13SF04600.

Richard Turner, born 1958 – Property related to Case #09SF03584 and 09SF04087.

Kimberly Weiderman, born 1967 - Property related to Case #08SF04223.

After 30 days, if the property listed above has not had the owner come forth to claim the property, it will become the property of the Springfield Police Dept. so it can be disposed of properly.

Are You an Owner of a Found/Recovered Bicycle?

The Springfield Police Department is looking for the owner(s) of the following property. Person’s thinking a below item is theirs or who believe they know who the owner is please contact Corporal Gilderdale by telephone 1-802-885-2113 or email

Roadmaster MT Sport SX
Next Wipeout
Huffy Stone Mnt
Schwinn Raider
Quaser Howler
Pacific Black Diamond
FS Elite Big Horn Mnt
Dynacraft Magna XLR8
Raleigh Technium Olympian
Roadmaster MT Sport SX
Thruster Chaos
Huffy Rockit
Roadmaster MT Sport SX
Mongoose Extreme Air
Next FS20 Chaos
Mongoose Bionic Freestyle
Razor Girl Stuff Freestyle 20
Huffy Rocktrail
Scott 60
Next Power X
Next Power Climb
Roadmaster Mnt Fury
Pacifica Regency
Iron Horse AT70
Huffy Howler
Columbia Charger
Roadmaster Mt Fury

After 30 days, if the property listed above has not had the owner come forth to claim the property, it will become the property of the Springfield Police Dept. so it can be disposed of properly.

Do You Have a Faded License Plate in Need of Replacement?

Last night Fox44 did a story on faded Vermont plates.

If you have a faded plate in need of replacement;
1) visit any of our offices
2) complete form TA-VD-16 and mail it in, available here
3) Send a picture of the faded plate by email to

NOTE: IRP plates require a different form. If do not know what IRP is, you do not have an IRP plate.

Bernard E. Fluette

Claremont, NH

Bernard E. Fluette, 78, of Block Avenue in Claremont, NH died Tuesday, September 23, at Valley Regional Hospital following a period of failing health.

He was born in Hanover, NH on July 9, 1936 the son of Louis and Edith (Lombard) Fluette and had been a longtime Claremont resident.

Bernard had been employed as a deliveryman by Lambert Oil Company and later worked as a route driver for Williams Ideal Laundry. He then became employed as a welder in the shotgun dept at Sturm Ruger Company for 28 years. Following his retirement, he worked for A&M Automotive as a deliveryman.

Bernard volunteered many hours for the Claremont Youth Baseball and Softball Leagues in the city as well as a crossing guard at Maple Avenue School. He was a former member of the Claremont Moose Lodge #1208 and the Shugah Valley Snow riders and a CB enthusiast. He was a member of the North Springfield Baptist Church.

He was the widower of Barbara (Spencer) Fluette who died on February 17, 2011.

Members of his family include his wife, Beverly (Bradish-Howe) Fluette, whom he married on July 28, 2013; a son, Benny Fluette and his wife, Patty, Claremont, NH; two daughters, Bonnie Gobin and her husband, Dave, Claremont, NH; Debbie St. Pierre and her husband Fred, Charlestown, NH; four step-daughters, Catherine Pollard, Hardwick, VT; Lynnette Esty, Perkinsville, VT; Susan Cox, Baltimore, VT; Janet Howe, Springfield, VT; 8 grandchildren, Meredith Gobin, Amelia Gobin, Olivia Gobin, Garrett Fluette, Julie Martin, Sara Harris, April Royce, Greg St. Pierre, seven great-grandchildren; fifteen step-grandchildren and one step-great grandchild: two sisters, Mildred Blue, Windsor, VT; Viola LaFont, Claremont, NH and several nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by a brother, Miland Fluette.

Friends may call at the Roy Funeral Home, 93 Sullivan Street, Claremont, NH on Friday evening from 6 – 8 pm. 

Funeral services will be held at 11:00 am on Saturday (Sept. 27) at the Roy Funeral Home, with the Rev. George L. Keeler, pastor of the North Springfield Baptist Church, officiating.  Interment will follow in Mountain View Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers the family suggests that memorial contributions be made to either: Connecticut Valley Homecare/Hospice, 958 John Stark Highway, Newport, NH 03773 or the North Springfield Baptist Church, PO Box 23, North Springfield, VT 05150.

 Arrangements have been entrusted to the Roy Funeral Home and Cremation Service.

Green Mountain Plates Fading

 David Hodges

MONTPELIER, Vt. – Green Mountain State license plates are unmistakable but many of them are losing their luster.
“You can go in any parking lot and find a faded plate. It’s not hard to do,” Vermont Department of Motor Vehicles Commissioner Robert Ide said.

Ide is doing exactly that. He’s been wondering around Montpelier and writing down faded plate numbers then sending new plates to the car owners for free.

“That method is like bailing Lake Champlain with a table spoon,” Ide said.

That’s because there are thousands of faded plates across Vermont. The vendor for the plates says their life span is about eight years but many old plates that start with A,B or C have a defect too.

“You had paint with a little too much thinner in it and you had a roller that wasn't pressing down quite hard enough,” Ide said.

That doesn’t make the job any easier for law enforcement that relies on clear, easy-to-read plates to do their jobs in the toughest of situations.

“If a crime does occur and someone can get a license plate it helps us tie that vehicle and the make, the model the registration,” Vermont State Police Lt. Garry Scott said.

Not to mention it could cost you a $76 fine but Scott says that’s not a priority for police.

JoAnn McCaffrey says she has never been ticketed but her neighbor has commented on how faded her plate is. Of course, it starts with a “B.”

“I’ve had it at least ten years, maybe more,” McCaffrey said.

She says she called the DMV asking for a replacement. She says she was told it would come at a cost. Online it says there’s a $10 fee for a replacement.

“So I decided not to do it,” McCaffrey said.

But McCaffrey may have gotten bad information. The legislature passed a bill in 2011 saying faded plates can be replaced for free.

“Which I’m very grateful for,” Ide said.

Ide says expecting every driver to replace their plate won't happen. So he's crunching the numbers to see if a statewide plate re-issuing is doable.

“You're talking millions of dollars,” Ide said.

Ide says he would not pass that on to drivers through fees. As we've reported that was the plan in New York but it was eventually dropped.

Even if the DMV does budget for re-issuing plates it's still a cost that the taxpayer picks up.

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Yard Sale/ Family Fun! to benefit 1879 Schoolhouse Building

Weathersfield Parks and Rec. Committee, 
1879 Perkinsville Schoolhouse Committee, and WWVFD invite you to join them on 
Saturday, Oct. 11 & Sunday, Oct. 12, 2014

Schedule of Events:*Saturday, Oct. 11th- Yard Sale from 9:00 am – 2:00 pm Proceeds to benefit repairs of 1879 Schoolhouse buildingDonations needed and accepted!
No electronics or clothing
Questions or donation pick up in Weathersfield? 
 Call BJ Esty-263-9651

* Sunday, Oct. 12, 2014- Family Fun! 
Free live music from 1:00-4:00

WWVFD will have Hamburgers and Hot Dogs for sale!

Chicken BBQ to Benefit Weathersfield Veterans' Memorial


11:00 am until sold out

Martin Memorial Hall
Route 5 Ascutney VT

Complete dinner $10.00
includes BBQ chicken, beans, salad, beverage and dessert

Benefit Weathersfield Veterans' Memorial

Sunday, September 21, 2014

Calls for Service - Weathersfield Police Department - 8/25/14 to 9/21/14

For the dates of 8-25-2014 to 9-21-2014 the Weathersfield Police Department had the following calls for service:

1101 FRAUD 1
2607 Condition of Release Violation 1
3100 Accident-Injury-DMV Report 1
3200 Accident-Damage - DMV Report 3
3619 DLS Criminal 2
ALAR Alarm 3
AMAS Ambulance or Medical Assist 2
ANPR Animal Problem 2
ASST Agency Assist 10
CDIS Citizen Dispute 2
CITA Citizen Assist 6
FDAS Fire Dept Assist 2
MENT Mental Health Assistance 2
PSC Suspicious Person/Circumstance 8
PWAT Property Watch 6
TCNR Traffic Crash Non-Reportable 1
THAZ Traffic Hazard 4
WELF Welfare Check 1
OVIOL Traffic Stops 63
Total Incidents for This Agency: 137
Arrests compared to:
01-01-2013 to 09-21-2013: 9
01-01-2014 to 09-21-2014: 62
Calls compared to:
01-01-2013 to 09-21-2013: 476
01-01-2014 to 09-21-2014: 884

Excessive Speed

CASE#: 14WF00800
OFFICER(S): Chief Daniels
DATE/TIME: 8-21-14 / 1417 hours
LOCATION: VT Route 131
VIOLATION: Excessive Speed
ACCUSED: Evan Simonds
AGE: 19
SUMMARY OF INCIDENT: On this date Chief Daniels was conducting stationary radar when he observed a vehicle passing another vehicle in excess of 85 miles per hour in a marked 50 mile per hour speed zone. Simonds was cited into Vermont Superior Court, Windsor Criminal Division for the above charge(s).
COURT DATE: 10-10-2014
COURT: Windsor Criminal Division


CASE#: 14WF00814
OFFICER(S): Chief Daniels
DATE/TIME: 8-25-14 / 1542 hours
LOCATION: Windsor Motel
ACCUSED: Debra Slack
AGE: 53
SUMMARY OF INCIDENT: Chief Daniels took a complaint of a person who used a family member's credit card to pay for a motel room over the course of a month. After an investigation, Ms. Slack, was cited into Vermont Superior Court, Windsor Criminal Division for the above charge(s).
COURT DATE: 10-21-2014
COURT: Windsor Criminal Division

Saturday, September 20, 2014

Weathersfield Directory 2015 Sign Up Sheet

Weathersfield Directory 2015 Sign Up Sheet

Weathersfield Directory
Web: ~ Email:

Please PRINT neatly and clearly:

Name of Business/Organization: _______________________________________________________
Physical Address: __________________________________________________________________
Mailing Address (City/State/Zip):______________________________________________________
Contact Person: ____________________________________________________________________
Business Description*:_______________________________________________________________
Hours of Operation:_________________________________________________________________
Phone Number (specify home, cell, business):____________________________________________
Email Address:_____________________________________________________________________
Web Site: _________________________________________________________________________
Town of Weathersfield Offices, Services, Community Organizations, Boards, Commissions, Committees, Grange, Church, Fire Dept., Historical Society, School: FREE
(Please specify Day of Month / Time of Meeting / Location of Meeting)

* Single Description Ad: FREE ~ **Multiple Description Ad: $5.00
Business Card: $20.00 ~ Two-Sided Business Card: $30.00
(Business Cards include multiple business description ~ Please enclose business card!)

All submissions run On-Line and in Directory
On-Line Submission valid through December 31, 2016

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

This publication is available on-line and booklet distributed in March 2015

Booklet will be distributed throughout the Town of Weathersfield ~ 2800+ residents
Available at the Town Office, Weathersfield Proctor Library and various businesses.

Questions? Suggestions? Want to Volunteer? Comments? Need a Directory?

Friday, September 19, 2014

September and October Happenings at Your Library

September is National Library Card Sign Up Month

Nancy will be at the Weathersfield Elementary School Community Forum on Thursday September 25th from 6- 8 pm.
Giving out Library Cards!

New arrivals at your library:
Adult Fiction

Fools Assassin by Robin Hobb
The Lost Island by Douglas Preston & Lincoln Child
Mr Mercedes by Stephen King
Angels Walking by Karen Kingsbury
Personal by Lee Child
Somewhere Safe with Somebody Good by Jan Karon
The Secret Place by Tana French
The Long Way Home by Louise Penny
Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty
Written in My Own Heart's Blood by Diana Gabaldon
Invisible by James Patterson
Ghost Ship by Clive Cussler
The Storied Life of A.J. Fikery by Gabrielle Zevin

Adult Non-Fiction

A Spy Among Friends by Ben McIntyre
Gulp by Mary Roach
Birdmen: The Wright Brothers, Glenn Curtis and the Battle to Control the Skies by Lawrence Goldstone
Hard Choices by Hillary Clinton
In the Kingdom of Ice by Hampton Sides
The Art of Tinkering by Karen Wilkinson & Mike Petrich
Dog Songs by Mary Oliver
The Edible Front Yard by Ivette Soler
The Idiot's Guide to Publishing Children's Books by
Harold D. Underdown
Make: technology on your time - The Best Of 75 Projects by The Editors of Make

And many new young adult and children's books!

You can use your library card to log into your library account and request any of these books. Sign in using your library card number (starting with 2VSRK & without any spaces). Your password is your last name with the first letter capitalized.

You can also view the catalog of 53 Vermont libraries and request any item from the WPL right from your home computer. If you see something that catches your eye from another library, just email or call and Karin will request it for you!

Library Programs

Wed Sept 24 @ 3:00 pm - Find the Largest Apple in Weathersfield and bring it to this special after school story telling program with Kay Faust! All ages welcome!

Sat Sept 27 - 9:00 am - 2:00 pm
Friends of the Library Annual Book  and Pie Sale
and mini -yard sale at the library
If you have an hour or so to spare, please stop by - the Friends need someone to be at the pie table, roving book tidiers, and sale check out people. See Barbara Putnam at the sale and she will find something for you to do!  Thank you! The proceeds from the Book and Pie sale help fund library programs and special projects. Check out the new picnic table at the library thanks to the Friends.

Wed Oct 1 - Nov 5 @ 6:30 pm
Double, double, toil and trouble;
Fire burn, and cauldron bubble.

Are you scared of Shakespeare? Bothered by the Bard's vocabulary? Put off by the poetry in his plays? The works of this Elizabethan playwright are easier to read and understand than you think. Join Patti Arrison for a six-week discussion group that will put your fears to rest -- except for those aroused by Macbeth! This story of magic,  murder, and mayhem is perfect for dark fall nights. We will read one act a week, beginning with a brief introduction to iambic pentameter and ending with a movie night. Copies of the play are available at the library and sign up is encouraged, but not required.

Thurs Oct 23 @ 6:30 - Martin Memorial Hall
A Vermont Humanities Program
Arming the Union: Vermont Gunmakers and the Technology that Shaped America
During the Civil War, the Union army fielded more than two million men, most of them armed with newly-made, highly accurate rifles. How did the North produce all of those weapons in such a short time? What impact did the new rifles have on the conduct and outcome of the war? Then after the war, how did the new manufacturing technology change American life and popular culture? In this illustrated lecture, historian and museum curator Carrie Brown explores the critical role that Windsor, Vermont, played in producing technology that won the war and changed American life.

Sat Oct 25 @ Noon - 1:30
Halloween Party at the Library

Games, Ghouls and Grub!
Everyone welcome - Costumes if you have one

Please visit your library website to download eBooks and audiobooks, search the library catalog, calendar and Gale databases and find out about the Summer Reading Program and more!

A sweater, a hot drink and a good book - it doesn't get any better than that in my book! <smile>

Missing Items from Your Vehicle? Please Call Weathersfield Police Department

We have received multiple reports that vehicles were broken into overnight.

 If you believe that your vehicle was unlawfully entered; regardless if anything was stolen; please report it. 802-674-2185
REMINDER: Please lock your vehicles, and place valuables out of sight. Residences and outbuildings should also be secured.

Tarbell Hill Road Closure Notice

Road Closure:

Tarbell Hill Road will be closed to through traffic weekdays from 7:30 AM to 5:00 PM from Monday, September 22 through Tuesday, September 30.

The road closure will occur at a point one-quarter mile west of Route 106 to allow the Town to stabilize the channel of the adjacent brook. 

This work is part of the Town’s effort to lessen damage from flooding.

Although the road will be closed at the work site, homes on Tarbell Hill Road will still be accessible either from the Route 106, or the Town of Cavendish, ends of the road.

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Freeze Warnings & Frost Advisories for Tonight

Freezing warnings and frost advisories now in effect for TONIGHT across all of the North Country except Grand Isle county. Take the necessary precautions to protect sensitive outdoor plants and crops.

Get Paid to QUIT Smoking

Are you interested in quitting marijuana? Do you also smoke tobacco?
Dartmouth has a new treatment research program that might help.

Clinic Sites in Lebanon, NH and Concord, NH
Please call (855) 290-2822 if you are interested in learning more about this study.

Openings in Windsor Head Start Program!

Windsor Head Start, which serves Weathersfield, has openings!

If you're interested in a fabulous preschool experience for your 3-5 year old give the main office a call! 802-885-6669.

Weathersfield Fire Commission - September Agenda

Weathersfield Fire Commission
Meeting Agenda
September 23, 2014
West Weathersfield Volunteer Fire Department

  1. Call to Order: 7 pm
  2. Additions or Corrections to Agenda
      ~Items may be Added but NOT Acted Upon
  1. Attendance
  2. Comments from Commission Members and Citizens on Matters Not on the Agenda
  3. Approve Minutes from Previous Meeting – May 27, 2014
  4. Review Financial Status Reports
    ~Lawyers bill for Refinancing Equipment
  5. Review Fire Departments Monthly Reports and Events Scheduled
  6. Business
      A. Recording Secretary
      B. Tax Break for Fuel Cost Update
      C. Discussion: Replacement of Engine 3 for WWVFD
      D. Review Fire Agreements
      E. Report Due Dates
      F. Policy on Cell Phone Usage in a Vehicle
9. Items of Information or Questions for Select Board Monthly Report, October 6, 2014
~Select Board Representative, Dan Boyer

  1. Next Meeting: October 28, 2014 at Ascutney Volunteer Fire Association – 7 pm
    ~ Agenda Submission Deadline: October 22, 2014 at 10:00 am
  2. Adjourn

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Freeze Watch in Effect for Thursday Night
A Freeze Watch has been posted for most of the area for Thursday Night.