Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Missing Cat - Tenny Hill Road, Weathersfield

Please help me find my missing cat, he is 4 yrs old, not neutered his name is baby bear, very friendly, wines alot, beleived to be on Tenny Hill rd in ascutney as our land connects to there , he comes and goes , but has been gone since snow fall , please let ne know if you see him

Spaghetti Dinner - Benefit Ascutney Volunteer Fire Department

Let us cook for you! Come enjoy a Spaghetti Dinner and help support the Ascutney Volunteer Fire Department.

When: Saturday, January 3, 2015
Where: Martin Memorial Hall, 5259 Route 5, Ascutney, VT
Time: 5pm - 7pm

We will be serving: spaghetti with meatballs + sauce, garlic bread, tossed salad,
mouth-watering desserts, and assorted beverages.

Cost: Adults $10, Children (6-10) $5, and under 6 is free
To-Go meals will be available
For more information email or call 802-674-6869

Sunday, December 28, 2014

Police Looking for Driver After Crash

WEATHERSFIELD, Vt. —Police are looking for the driver of a truck that crashed early Sunday morning in Weathersfield.

The truck was found abandoned and on its side in the middle of Weathersfield Center Road around 12:55 a.m., according to Vermont state police.

Investigators said the 2000 Ford truck hit a tree before rolling onto its side.

Police tried to contact the truck’s owner and called hospitals to see if there was anyone injured in a crash.

Vegan Cooking Class with Miriam Jones and Aram Polster

Vegan cooking class with Miriam Jones and Aram Polster
Date: Sunday Jan.18, 2015
Time: 10 a.m. –noon
Place: Jeannie’s house in Weathersfield, Vermont
Cost: $35, a fundraiser for VINE (Veganism is the Next Evolution) An animal sanctuary in Springfield Vermont

Three dishes:
Salad with tofu or tempeh and rice
Easy-peasy seitan
Pan-fried tofu with side of mashed potatoes and roasted green beans

RSVP:  Jeannie Lindheim  

In 2000, Miriam Jones co-founded VINE Sanctuary (then known as the Eastern Shore Sanctuary and Education Center) with Pattrice Jones. After 10 years on the lower Shore of Maryland, Miriam and Aram Polster relocated the sanctuary to Springfield, VT, and oversaw its expansion to include well over 400 animals (mostly formerly farmed animals) and 100 acres. At present, they both live and work on sanctuary grounds.
Aram Polster has worked with animals in a wide variety of capacities for over 40 years. He was instrumental in coordinating the move to Vermont. He was the host of "Cooking with Real Vegans," an online cooking show sponsored by VINE Sanctuary. At present, he is owner and master roaster at Precision Valley Coffee Roasters.

Saturday, December 27, 2014

Happy New Year's from the Weathersfield Proctor Library
Just a reminder - the Library will be closed on New Year's day only.

We will be open on Wed Dec 31 from 10:00 - 6:00 pm,

Friday January 2 from 12:00 - 6:00 pm, and

Saturday January 3 from 9:00 - 1:00 pm.

The first Thursday Book Discussion Group will meet on Thursday, January 8th this month.

The title of the book is "The Power of One" by Bruce Courtenay.

We still have a few books left to lend out.

Friday, December 26, 2014

Volunteers Still Needed for 23 Arabians

Hi Everybody,

Happy Holidays!  If you haven’t been over to the barn recently, the horses are doing rather well and continuing to grow stronger daily.  A huge THANK YOU to everybody for their support and willingness to volunteer through one of the busiest times of the year.  We wouldn’t be able to care for these amazing creatures without your help. 

If this is your first scheduling email from me, please take a moment to review the volunteers rules and guidelines below.  Please let me know if you have any questions.  

I wanted to take a moment to clarify a few things for everybody:

1. All scheduling is done through me at the shelter.  I will always confirm via email.  My normal work days are Tuesday through Saturday, so if I’m a little quiet on Sunday and Monday, that’s why.  I try to keep my eye on timely requests on my off days, but it may be until Tuesday until I get back to you.  
2. The typed schedule that is posted near the sign-in sheet at Upwey is not accurate.  Heidi posts it early in the week for the shift leads to use as reference, but it is not updated daily.  Do not be alarmed if I have confirmed that you are scheduled, but your name is not listed.  I know this threw several of you off last week.  You can always double check with me if you would like.  
3. As most of you know, the grounds and paths at GMHA can be and are rather icy.  Please give proper consideration to the footwear you wear while volunteering.   I would suggest wearing boots whenever possible.  If you have a pair of footwear grips, I would highly recommend bringing them.  
4. If you have to call Heidi or me for any reason, please always leave your name and a message regarding what you called about.  We can see that there was a call from GMHA on caller ID, but can not always get a hold of somebody when we call back as there is no phone in the barn.

OK, we need coverage for ALL SHIFTS ON ALL DAYS!   The only exception is the overnight shift for 12/31. 

This is the current shift schedule:
AM Shift (7:30 AM - Noon) - includes feeding, filling water buckets, mucking stalls and walking horses
Noon Time Shift (Noon - 2:00 PM) - includes 12:30 PM feeding.   We need somebody that has covered other shifts already to work this shift.  
PM Shift (2:00 PM - 5:00 PM) - feeding, walking, water, grooming, etc. 
Overnight (6:00 PM  - 6:00 AM) -  There are two feedings, one at 8:30 PM and one at Midnight, as well as checking in on everybody and topping off water buckets as needed. The 8:30 PM feeding consists of 1 1/2 flakes (combo 1st and 2nd cut).   The midnight feeding is already prepared in the hay nets hanging on the outside of the the stalls.  You just need to to hang the nets.  If you’re not comfortable hanging the nets, then it’s OK to dump the nets and toss the hay mixture in.  It’s better to be safe than sorry!  If all the horses are doing well health-wise, and there’s no reason to stay, you could leave after the midnight feeding, as long as you were comfortable driving, of course. You can also arrive anytime between 6 and 8 PM for this shift.  We need somebody that has covered day shifts to cover the night shift. 

Don’t hesitate to contact me with any questions or concerns.  I want to make sure everybody enjoys their time while volunteering! 


- We need a completed and signed Volunteer Release, Waiver and Confidentiality Agreement (1 document) from all volunteers prior to beginning your first shift.  You can complete and sign the agreement at Lucy Mackenzie Humane Society (4832 Route 44 in West Windsor) or at Green Mountain Horse Association (GMHA - 5491 South Road, South Woodstock, VT).  Copies are available in the Visitor’s Center lounge attached to Upwey Barn.  If you complete the form at GMHA, please leave it in the appropriate folder in the lounge. 

- All volunteers must sign-in and sign-out.  The sign-in sheet is located in Upwey Barn between stalls 6 and 7.  This is also where you will find schedules, feeding instructions, and other details.  As the days and weeks progress, feeding and handling instructions will change, so please make sure you check the information boards after signing-in.  
- Absolutely no changes are to be made to the feeding schedule or care of the horses, unless directed by Heidi Edmunds.

- All volunteer scheduling will be done by me at Lucy Mackenzie.   My contact info. is below.  Due to volume of volunteers, email is preferred. 

- If you are scheduled to work a shift and are unable to make it, please notify me immediately.  My contact information is below. 

- There is no cell phone service on the grounds of GMHA, but there is a phone in the Visitor’s Center lounge available for us to use. 

- While the shelter location, defendant’s name, and other details of the case have been made public, we ask all volunteers to respect the Confidentiality Agreement.  Absolutely no photographs are permitted, unless authorized by Heidi.  If you are approached by reporters, please refrain from commenting or answering questions.  You can ask them to direct their inquiries to Lucy Mackenzie.  

Again, from all of us at Lucy Mackenzie Humane Society, and our friends at GMHA, THANK YOU!  

Jackie Stanley
Shelter Manager
Celebrating 100 Years of Companionship, One Animal at a Time!

Arabians Soon Available for Fostering

Hi Everybody,

Happy Holidays! The horses are doing rather well and continuing to grow stronger daily.  A huge THANK YOU to everybody for their support and willingness to volunteer through one of the busiest times of the year.  We wouldn’t be able to care for these amazing creatures without your help.  
We’re hoping to have some of them cleared for foster in the coming weeks.  The foster application is below for those of you that would like to fill one out.
Once completed, it should be returned to me at Lucy Mackenzie. 
The mailing address is PO Box 702, Brownsville, VT 05037.  If you have any questions, let me  know. 

Jackie Stanley
Shelter Manager
Celebrating 100 Years of Companionship, One Animal at a Time!
Lucy Mackenzie Humane Society
Horse Foster Application
Your Name

Maiden Name Date of Birth
Partners Name

Maiden Name Date of Birth
Street Address

Mailing Address
City, State, Zip

City, State, Zip
Home Phone

Work Phone

Driver’s License Number and State

Email Address
How long have you lived at this address?

I share my home with adults and children.
Ages of children:
Who will be responsible for the care of this animal(s) while in foster care?
What type of animals have you or your partner lived with or cared for the last 5 years?
Name Type Age Sex
Where is the animal now?

Do you rent or own?

What Type of residence?
Apartment Camp Condo House Trailer Farm
If you rent please provide landlord’s name:
Landlord’s phone number:

What kind of shelter will be available for this horse(s)?
If the horse will be stalled, how many hours will it be inside?
Is there shelter for the horse while it’s outside? Yes No
If yes what kind of shelter?
What kind of fencing do you have for turnout?
Describe water source:
Who will be caring for the horse(s)?
If under 18, please give the age:
What is your experience with horses?
Are you able to carry out recommended veterinary treatments if necessary? Yes No
I give my veterinarian, , permission to release any and all medical information about my animals to this agency.
Are you able to cover the cost of food for this horse(s)? Yes No
(Agency covers veterinary expenses)
I am prepared to assume the responsibilities of fostering a horse(s), especially:
  • Providing food, shelter and water
  • Providing appropriate care for the horse(s)
  • Returning the animal to the shelter at the appropriate time
  • Communication with the shelter staff about medical and behavioral problems
For the purpose of fostering, the undersigned certifies that the above statements are true and
complete. This agency has the right to deny an application due to false information or what the staff believes is in the best interest of the animal.

Applicant’s Signature: Date

Print Name
Staff use only
Vet checked Landlord checked Approved Declined

Monday, December 22, 2014

Are You on Front Porch Forum?

The towns of Cavendish, Reading, Weathersfield, West Windsor and Windsor have all joined.
The mission of Front Porch Forum is to help neighbors connect and build community. 
It does that by hosting regional networks of online neighborhood forums. 
Common sense and a growing body of research tell us that well-connected neighborhoods are friendlier places to live, with less crime, healthier residents, higher property values, and better service from local government and public utilities.

How Much Of The Connecticut River Byway Have You Traveled?

SW/WCSWMD Seeks Public Input on Solid Waste Implementation Plan

SW/WCSWMD Seeks Public Input on Solid Waste Implementation Plan

The Southern Windsor/Windham Counties Solid Waste Management District is rewriting its Solid Waste Implementation Plan (SWIP) to comply with the State of Vermont's Materials Management Plan (MMP). 

 Your feedback regarding this plan update is welcomed.  

Winter Weather Advisories for Tonight

We have some Winter Weather Advisories in effect for portions of NH and VT tonight. A light wintry mix that arrives overnight could create some slick spots for Tuesday morning. Breaking down that... and Christmas T-storms when I see you First at 5.
- John

Sunday, December 21, 2014

Saturday, December 20, 2014

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Elected Positions Open for March 3, 2015

Weathersfield Town Clerk's Office
Flo-Ann Dango, Town Clerk

Elected Positions Open for March 3, 2015

Town Meeting:

Moderator/Town - 1 year

Town Clerk - 3 year

Town Treasurer - 3 year

Selectperson - 3 year
Selectperson - 2 year

Lister - 3 year

Trustee of Public Funds - 3 year

Town Agent - 1 year

Grand Juror - 1 year

Cemetery Commissioner - 5 year

Library Trustee - 5 year

Moderator/School - 1 year

School Director - 3 year
School Director - 1 year
School Director - 1 year

If you are interested in running for a Town or School Office, please come in to the Town Clerk's Office to pick up a petition.

Meeting Agenda, Weathersfield Fire Commission, December 23, 2014

Weathersfield Fire Commission
Meeting Agenda
December 23, 2014
Ascutney Volunteer Fire Association

  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 – November 25, 2014
  4. Review Financial Status Reports
  5. Review Fire Departments Monthly Reports and Events Scheduled
  6. Business
      A. Haz-Mat Ordinance
      B. Repeater Update
      C. IRS Form Copy to Budget Committee/Select Board
9. Items of Information or Questions for Select Board Monthly Report, January 5, 2015
~Select Board Representative: Dan Boyer

  1. Next Meeting: January 27, 2014 at West Weathersfield Volunteer Fire Department
      7 pm
    ~ Agenda Submission Deadline: January 21, 2015 at 10:00 am
  2. Adjourn

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Frances L. Balch, 88

SPRINGFIELD - Frances Louise Balch, 88, passed away on Monday, December 
10, 2014, at the Springfield Hospital. She was born January 5, 1926, in 
Weathersfield, Vermont, the daughter of Walter and Julia ( Bryant ) 
Murray. She attended Springfield Schools and graduated from Springfield 
High School.

Fran started working for W.T. Grant while in High School and worked 
until the store closed. She then worked as a Bookkeeper at Wheelers 
Pharmacy in Springfield until her retirement.

On January 21, 1948, Fran married Kenneth Balch at the Rectory of St. 
Mary's Church.

She and Kenny were active in the Springfield Moose and the Springfield 

They entertained friends and family at their camp on the Connecticut 
River for many years.

She was active in the Catholic Daughters of America, and an active 
member of St. Mary's Church all her life.

She leaves her husband, Kenneth Balch, of 66 years; one brother, Robert 
Murray of Perkinsville; and many dear nieces, nephews, cousins and 

She was predeceased by her parents, three brothers Richard, James and 
John Murray; and three sisters Margaret Bromley, Helen Devereaux and 
Mary Harlow.

A Catholic Mass will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Thursday December 18, 
2014, at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Springfield. The Rev. Peter 
Williams, pastor, will officiate. Burial will be in the St. Mary's 
Cemetery in the spring.

Friends may call at the Davis Memorial Chapel on Thursday morning from 
9:30 to 10:30 a.m.

Contributions may be made to Catholic Charities USA, P.O. Box 17066, 
Baltimore, MD 21297-1066, or to the Springfield Humane Society, 401 
Skitchewaug Trail, Springfield, VT 05156.

Funeral Home
Davis Memorial Chapel
99 Summer Street Springfield, VT 05156
(802) 885-3322