Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Hurricane Joaquin - Be Prepared - Stay Tuned To Updates

Recent reports from a U.S. Air Force Reserve Hurricane Hunter aircraft investigating Hurricane Joaquin indicate that the maximum sustained winds have increased to near 105 mph - a strong Category 2 hurricane on the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Wind Scale. Additional strengthening during the next 48 hours is forecast, and Joaquin is expected to become a major hurricane during the next 24 hours.

Joaquin is centered about 95 miles east of San Salvador Bahamas. A general motion toward the southwest near 7 mph is expected through Thursday, followed by a turn toward the northwest and north Thursday night or Friday. On the forecast track, the center of Joaquin is expected to move near or over portions of the Central Bahamas tonight and Thursday, and be near or over portions of the Northwest Bahamas Thursday night or Friday.

A Hurricane Warning continues for the Central Bahamas and the Northwest Bahamas but excluding excluding Andros Island. A Hurricane Watch is in effect for Bimini. A Tropical Storm Warning continues for the Southeast Bahamas but excluding the Turks and Caicos Islands.

Hurricane conditions are expected to reach portions of the Central Bahamas by early Thursday morning. Winds are expected to first reach tropical storm strength in the warning area tonight, making outside preparations difficult or dangerous. Preparations to protect life and property should be rushed to completion.

Get the latest on this tropical cyclone by visiting the NHC website at

Susan W. Hunter

Black River Action Team's photo.
Black River Action Team
It is such a humbling experience to realize how many lives I intersect with through BRAT...this beautiful woman, Susan Hunter, just passed away and I am honored that this photo is the way I'll always remember her -- smiling and cheerful, warm and giving of her time and self. 

For anyone who knew Susan, the following post was made by the Crown Point Road Association: 

A Memorial Service will be held Sunday, November 8th at the Springfield Unitarian Universalist Church on Fairground Road, Springfield (Behind the Middle School) at 3:00 p.m. for former Crown Point Road Association board member Susan Wickendon Hunter of Weathersfield VT.

Susan died Wednesday afternoon September 23, 2015 at Amherst Massachusetts from the effects of ALS.

Susan was born in 1948, the daughter of Mr & Mrs Richard Wickenden.

Her husband Graham Hunter died in 2011.

Susan was an enthusiastic hiker, and led several CPRA outings throughout the years. She was employed as a teacher at Springfield Middle School until her retirement in 2012.

She is survived by two sons Matthew of Montreal and Patrick of Amherst MA.

Shirley A. Alflen, 77

WINDSOR — Shirley A. Alflen, 77, of Thrasher Road in Windsor, died Monday, Aug. 31, 2015, at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center in Lebanon following a period of failing health. She was born Oct. 11, 1937, in Cleveland, Ohio, the daughter of Charles and Ann (Visi) Bergen and had been a longtime area resident.

Shirley had been employed for many years by J.C. Penney in Claremont. Following her retirement, Shirley volunteered countless hours at Mt. Ascutney Hospital in Windsor. She was a member of the Catholic Daughters of the Americas, Court Virgil Barber. Shirley enjoyed traveling, painting and line dancing.

Members of her family include her husband, Ronald Alflen of Windsor; a son, Robert Alflen of Ascutney; two daughters, Denise Kaplin of North Kingstown, Rhode Island and Audrey Alflen of Concord, New Hampshire; four grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 3, at St. Joseph’s Church, with the Rev. Shawn M. Therrien officiating. Interment will follow at St. Francis Cemetery in Windsor. Friends may call at the Roy Funeral Home, 93 Sullivan St., in Claremont on Thursday morning from 9 a.m. until the funeral procession leaves for the church.

The family suggests that in lieu of flowers, memorial contribution be made to either Mt. Ascutney Hospital Volunteer Fund, 289 County Road, Windsor, VT 05089; or The Catholic Daughters of the Americas.

You are invited to share a memory of Shirley with the family or leave a message of condolence in the family guest book at Arrangements have been entrusted to the Roy Funeral Home and Cremation Service.

Gordon Robert Stoodley, 77

WEATHERSFIELD — Gordon Robert Stoodley, 77, of Weathersfield, died Thursday, Sept. 17, 2015, at Mt. Ascutney Hospital and Health Center in Windsor after a long illness, surrounded by family. Gordon was born May 29, 1938, the son of the late Kenneth and Marie (Therberge) Stoodley.

Gordon married Sheila Martell on May 21, 1988. Together they spent 27 years happily married. Gordon enjoyed hunting, taking his two dogs for rides on back roads, making soup and other foods for his family and mowing his lawn. He was a big fan of New England sports teams. Gordon had a great sense of humor, inspiring many funny photos! He loved when his family and friends stopped to visit. Gordon worked for many years and retired from Bryant Grinder Corporation.

Members of his surviving family include his loving wife, Sheila; his daughter, Lori LaPlante and her husband, Ron, of Weathersfield; two sons, Robert Stoodley and his wife, Sharon, of Claremont and Randy Stoodley and his wife, Doreen, of Weathersfield; two stepdaughters, Dawn Wikle and her husband, Tom, of Nashville, Georgia and Penny Davis and her husband, Scott, of Claremont; and many grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

There will be no visiting hours. A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 24, at the Roy Funeral Home, 93 Sullivan St., in Claremont, with Pastor Mike Boy of the Ascutney Union Church officiating. Committal will follow at Ascutneyville Cemetery.

The family suggests that in lieu of flowers, memorial contributions be made to the Ascutney Volunteer Fire Department, P.O. Box 91, Ascutney, VT 05030.

You are invited to share a memory of Gordon with the family or leave a message of condolence in the family guest book at

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

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Tropical Storm Joaquin Headed Our Way - Are You Prepared?

Tropical Storm Juaquin is currently forecast to head up the east coast. Too early to know with any certainty what that means to Vermont, but as always be ready for anything. Always have extra food and water, batteries, flashlights, and other necessities on-hand in case you are ever home bound.

NOAA NWS National Hurricane Center added 4 new photos.
On this Tuesday morning, NHC is issuing advisories on Tropical Storm Joaquin, located a few hundred miles northeast of the central Bahamas. Maximum sustained winds are 40 mph.

Elsewhere, a trough of low pressure located over the northeastern Gulf of Mexico between Tampa, Florida and Apalachicola, Florida, continues to produce disorganized showers and thunderstorms over the northeastern Gulf of Mexico and portions of the southeastern United States. Strong upper-level winds will likely prevent any significant development of this system before it moves inland over the northern Gulf coast later today, and the Air Force Reserve reconnaissance aircraft scheduled for today has been canceled. Regardless of tropical cyclone development, locally heavy rains are likely over portions of the southeastern United States during the next couple of days.

Elsewhere, a large area of disturbed weather over the central Atlantic several hundred miles northeast of the northern Leeward Islands is associated with a frontal trough and the remnants of Ida. Some slow development of this system is possible later this week while it moves slowly west-northwestward.

Get the latest on the tropics by visiting the NHC website at

Friday, September 25, 2015

Wellwood Orchards - Pick for Your Neighbor Program & Apples to IPods!
 We are doing the "Pick for Your Neighbor Program".
Which means as you are picking or buying for yourself ,save a few or a bag to share with other Vermonters who can use your help.
This is put on by the Vermont Foodbank. 
So please stop on by and help your neighbors. 
We deliver each week to our local food shelf.

APPLES TO IPODS !!! Is back again this year and once again Wellwood Orchards is participating.

That means that there is a "wooden" apple hidden somewhere in our orchard. 

If you find it come to us, so we can get a picture of you and call the number on the apple to win a FREE IPOD

Good luck everyone. Have fun !!!

Family Communication Plan from VT Dept. of Health :)

Vermont Department of Health
Unfortunately bad things do happen to good people.

What would you do if the power went out for days or you couldn't go home due to a flood or fire?

Talk to your family and make plans now while you are not under the stress of an emergency.

Agency of Agriculture: Do You Keep Poultry?


If you raise chickens or turkeys, it is important for you to learn about Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza (HPAI).
While not known to impact human health, this highly contagious poultry disease can be devastating to chickens and turkeys, and the farmers who depend on them for their livelihood.
The disease is most commonly spread to domestic poultry by infected waterfowl, through direct contact or contact with droppings, during migration periods. Therefore, the entire Northeast, including Vermont, is preparing for the possibility that an outbreak of HPAI could affect our region this fall or during the spring of 2016.
While the HPAI outbreak has not yet been identified in Vermont, poultry producers should become familiar with the disease, how it is spread, and preparedness efforts that they can engage in now.
Education and prevention are key to minimizing the impact of the epidemic on poultry producers.
Thank you!
-The Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Food, and Markets

SAPA TV Board of Directors - Nominations Open


Just a friendly reminder that nominations for the SAPA TV Board of Directors are open at this time.

 If you are community member in Chester, Weathersfield or Springfield and would like to be part of the process to help SAPA TV continue to progress and provide their services to the community, please contact us at 802-885-6248.

Voting for nominees will take place at the SAPA TV Annual Meeting held on Wednesday, October 14, 2015 at 6:00 PM.

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Veterans Memorial Committee 09/28/2015 Meeting Agenda


Veterans Memorial Committee
Monday, September 28, 2014 6:30 PM
Martin Memorial Hall, 5259 US Route 5
  1. Approve minutes from August 25, 2015 meeting
  2. Additions or corrections to the agenda
  3. Results of chicken barbeque
  4. Veterans Day plans
  5. Other Business
  6. Set date, time, location and agenda for next meeting
  7. Adjournment

8th Grade Raffle

8th Grade Raffle
to help raise funds for their trip to Boston in June
Samsung Surround Sound System
Chrome Book
Homemade Car Quilt donated by Dorianne Lescord

Tickets $1.00 each or 6/$5.00
See any 8th grader!
Drawing will be November 7th at the annual PTA Craft Fair at the school.

National Hunting and Fishing Day
 The 2015 National Hunting and Fishing Day activities will take
place at the outdoor range location (Route 106)  on Sunday, September 27.

PVFGA celebrates National Hunting and Fishing Day by offering
a variety of activities at our outdoor range facility.

Activities include:
 archery, trap shooting, .22 rifle, a variety of handguns,
muzzleloaders, the running deer course, and fishing events.

A chicken BBQ as well as hamburgers and hotdogs
will be available for purchase.

Admission is free and all events are open to the public.
We wish to thank Ruger
for continuing to provide the firearms and ammunition
for this event for over 25 years.



National Hunting and Fishing Day was formalized by Congress in 1972
to recognize hunters and anglers for their leadership in conservation.
Through licenses, permits and special taxes,
outdoor sportsmen and women generate more than
1.75 billion per year for fish, wildlife, and habitat. 

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Burn Permit Status

 Backyard Burning Abatement

There will be no further burn permits issued in Weathersfield until further notice.

Monday, September 21, 2015


Still on the fence? Ready to sign a contract? 
Drop by the Town Hall in Ascutney (Martin Memorial Hall) between 5:30pm and 7:30pm on Wednesday (Sept. 23). 

The installer and volunteer team will be on hand to answer questions, collect signed contracts, and help with whatever you need to decide if solar is right for you.

 Please RSVP to or so we can be best prepared to help you.
As you know, the deadline for signed contracts is September 30, 2015
See you Wednesday,
- the Solarize Makes $en$e volunteer team

Thursday, September 17, 2015

Select Board Agenda, Monday, September 21, 2015



Select Board AgendaWest Weathersfield Fire Station

5259 Route 5
Monday, September 21, 2015
7:00 P.M.
Regular Meeting
NOTE: Location of Meeting in West Weathersfield
  1. Call to Order
  1. Comments from Select Board and Citizens on topics not on agenda
  1. Review Minutes from previous meeting(s)
  1. Maple Street Reconstruction Project
- Approve Notice of Award to Nott’s Excavating, subject to VTrans approval
  1. Approve 10/10/15 WWVFD Coin Drop
  1. Weathersfield Center Meeting House: Approve letter of support for steeple repairs
  1. Weathersfield Fire Services Evaluation Committee: Approve Committee ”Charge”
  1. Update Large Gathering Permit Ordinance: Review current text of Ordinance
  1. Appointments
A. Budget Committee (Two Openings)
B. Connecticut River Development Corporation Representative Alternate
C. Connecticut River Joint Commission
D. CRJC Mt Ascutney Subcommittee
E. Conservation Commission (One four year term open)
F. Fence Viewer (Two Openings)
G. Parks and Recreation Commission (One Opening)
H. River Connection Regional Partnership Representative
I. Southeastern Vermont Community Action, Inc. Representative
J. Southern Windsor County Transportation Advisory Committee
  1. Approve Warrants
  1. Future Meeting Agenda Items
A. Monday, October 5, 2015 (Martin Memorial Hall)
1. Award contract for Construction Inspection Services for Maple Street Reconstruction Project
2. Appoint members to Weathersfield Fire Services Evaluation Committee
3. Appoint members to Weathersfield Energy Committee
B. Monday, November 2, 2015 (Martin Memorial Hall)
1. Award funds from Transfer Station Bottle/Can Redemption Program – Round 3
  1. Adjourn

Donations for Book and Bake Sale Are Being Accepted!

Weathersfield Proctor Library
Book/Bake/Yard Sale
Saturday, September 26, 2015
9 am to 2 pm

Books Wanted!
Friends are accepting gently used books for the book sale Saturday Sept. 26 9 a.m.-2 p.m.
Books can be dropped off at the Shand barn or back porch on 46 Old Bridge Road in Ascutney. [The house is brown with white trim, five houses down on the left from the intersection of Route 5 and Route 131 (old Route 12) heading towards Claremont on the VT side of the CT River. ]
Yard sale items in good, working condition will be accepted also. No appliances or computers, please.

Book Sorters Needed!
Those willing to sort books are welcome to come mornings at any time or in the afternoons after 3:00.

Cardboard boxes and empty coffee cans (for holding sticks for category signage) would be very much appreciated!
Questions? Call the Shands at 674-5021.

Baked Goods Wanted!
Bake Sale items can be dropped off Saturday morning Sept 26 around 9 a.m.
 Pitch in and Support Our Library!

Fire Commission Meeting Agenda, September 22, 2015

Fire Department T-Shirts

Weathersfield Fire Commission
Meeting Agenda
September 22, 2015
7 pm
Martin Memorial Hall

1. Call Meeting to Order

2. Comments from Commission Members or Citizens for Items Not On Agenda

3. Review/Approve Minutes from July 28, 2015

4. Review Financial Status Reports

5. Review Fire Department Monthly Reports and Events Scheduled

6. Business
A. Single Fire Department – Select Board Discussion
a. March 2017
b. 5 Person Committee – Members Wanted
B. Inventories
C. 5 Year Plan
D. Dissolve Fire Commission
E. Report Reminders
F. Dry Hydrant Updates
G. Repeater Update

7. Items of Information or Questions for Select Board Monthly Report, October 5, 2015
Lynn Esty, Select Board Representative ~

8. Next Meeting: October 27, 2015 at West Weathersfield Volunteer Fire Department

9. Adjourn

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

FOUND - 2 Dogs, Thrasher Road, Ascutney, VT - Are They Yours?

Lost My Way Animal Shelter's post.

Lost My Way Animal Shelter added 2 new photos.
2 dogs found in Weathersfield, VT on Thrasher rd.
Do you know us or our owner?
No collar, no tags or microchip
Call 6034771229
Cathy Sullivan, Animal Control Officer, Weathersfield, VT

Weathersfield Progressive Party Town Caucus Notice