Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Camino De Santiago Talk at Weathersfield Center Church, With Pot Luck Supper

Last May, Weathersfielders Tina and Willis Wood walked the Camino de
Santiago, the medieval pilgrimage path that leads from the French Pyrenees for
500 miles to the cathedral at Santiago, Spain, where the supposed bones of St.
James, one of Jesus’s disciples, are enshrined.

They will show pictures of the Camino and talk about both the history of the Camino, some of the religion and myth that surround it, and their personal experiences on their journey.

The talk will be part of the Casseroles and Culture programs of the Weathersfield Center Meeting House that have been taking place since at least the 1950’s. The talk is free and open to the public, but a $10.00 donation is suggested to help raise funds to restore the belfry at the Meeting House.

The talk will take place on Saturday, September 10th, with a potluck supper commencing at 6:30 and the slide show beginning at 7:30.

The public is invited to both events.

For more information call 802-263-5547.

Weathersfield Center Church - Pot Luck & Program

Weathersfield Center Church  - 
Saturday, Sept. 10, 6:30 
Weathersfield Center Church 
Potluck; 7:30 
Program by: Tina and Willis Wood on Their Hike in Pyrenies

Second Annual Walk - Time to Register & Collect Donations!

Second Annual Out of the Darkness - Walk to Prevent Suicide
Saturday, September 17, 2016

Walk Location: Toonerville Trail, Clinton St, Springfield, VT
Check-in/Registration Time: 09/17/2016 at 9:00 am
Walk Begins: 10:00 am
Walk Ends: 1:00 pm
For more information, please contact:
Contact Name: Heather Jarvis  802-296-1989 /
Judy Jarvis (802-263-5549 /

When you walk in the Out of the Darkness Walks, you join the effort with hundreds of thousands of people to raise awareness and funds that allow the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP) to invest in new research, create educational programs, advocate for public policy, and support survivors of suicide loss. 

Thanks to Walkers and Donors like you, AFSP has been able to set a goal to reduce the annual suicide rate 20% by 2025.

Online registration closes at noon (local time) the Friday before the walk. However, anyone who would like to participate can register in person at the walk from the time check-in begins until the walk starts. Walk donations are accepted until December 31st.

T-Shirts Available for Sale!
$13.00 ALL profits benefit the Springfield Walk.
Sizes: Small Adult - 2xl Adult. (Only one color this year).
Email or text/call 802-738-7413 to order yours. In STOCK NOW!
Delivery available locally - Postage extra. 
To Sign Up:

Weathersfield School Assembly

There will be a Welcome Back Assembly in the gym on September 1 at 1:45 pm. 

We will introduce new staff and students.

 There will be a sing-along and Lillie Gurney and I will introduce Otto, Service Dog Extraordinaire, to the school community.

 This event is open to the public and we hope to have a BIG turn out!

Can't wait!

Fatal crash, I91, Weathersfield


CASE#: 16D001384
TROOPER: Paul Dean                                     
STATION:  Westminster                 
CONTACT#: 802-722-4600

DATE/TIME: 8/28/16 at 09:33
LOCATION: I91, mile marker 49N, Weathersfield

OPERATOR: Alexander Romanow
AGE:  79   

DESCRIPTION OF VEHICLE: 2006 Chevrolet Tahoe

1 / Alexander Romanow / Brick, NJ / 79 / Unk / Deceased
1 / Jane Romanow / Brick, NJ / 75 / Y / Broken femur and chest injury

HOSPITAL: Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center              


On 8/28/16 at 09:33 Vermont State Police responded to a report of a car that had
crashed in the median and was on fire on I91, at mile marker 49N, in
Weathersfield. Alexander Romanow had been traveling north in a 2006 Chevrolet
Tahoe. The Tahoe veered into the median and struck several trees and then caught
fire. Alexander was trapped in the drivers seat and could not get out.
Alexander's wife, Jane Romanow had suffered a broken femur but was able to get
out of the vehicle. Passerby's attempted to extricate Alexander but the fire was
too large and they could not get him out. Alexander was pronounced deceased at
the scene. Jane was transported by Golden Cross Ambulance to Valley Regional
Hospital in Claremont, NH and later transported to Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical
Center. Agencies responding to the scene included Weathersfield Police, West
Weathersfield Fire, Ascutney Fire, Thetford fire, and the VT Agency of
Transportation. The passing lane of the highway was closed for 6 hours during
the crash investigation. Hillside Towing removed the vehicle. The investigation
is ongoing but it is believed that the cause of the crash was due to the
operator falling asleep.

Corporal  Paul Dean
1330 Westminster Heights Rd.
Putney, VT 05346

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Nathaniel Watkins

Nathaniel Watkins, 29, passed away on Wednesday evening, August 24, 2016, from injuries sustained in an accident.

He was born November 29, 1986, in Springfield, the son of Trevor F. Watkins and Erin E. Todd. He graduated from Keene (N.H.) High School, class of 2005.

Nate was employed as a truck driver with Ruggiero Trash Removal. He loved driving trucks and was a very hard worker.

He enjoyed traveling and recently visited Colorado, enjoyed reading, especially Stephen King books, the outdoors, riding his motorcycle and taking long rides. He was an avid Patriots fan and an avid home-brewer enjoying perfecting the craft. He also enjoyed music and loved playing guitar, and loved animals.

Nate enjoyed making people laugh, he was genuine and compassionate, always willing to lend a helping hand where ever and whenever it was needed. Family was most important to Nate and he enjoyed spending time with his family and friends.

He is survived by his father, Trevor Watkins and stepmother Mindy of Perkinsville; his mother, Erin Todd of Baltimore, Vt.; grandparents Glenn and Ellen Watkins, grandfather David Todd, grandfather Stacey Gates, great-grandfather Wilfred Lambert; two sisters, Jessika Nadeau and husband Matthew, and Annalise Watkins; two brothers, Layne Watkins and Collin Watkins; Aunt Heather Todd-Perham, Uncle Michael Todd, Aunt Carrie Fuller; step-family, grandparents Marty and Kristin Robinson, Uncle Andrew Robinson, Aunt Sharon Robinson, Uncle Michael Deshaine; girlfriend Jamie Lyn Loura; and also by many cousins, friends and co-workers.

Friends may call at the Davis Memorial Chapel on Wednesday, September 7, 2016, from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. A celebration of life gathering will be held at 3 p.m. Saturday, September 24, at his home, 207 Kendricks Corner Road in Perkinsville.

Contributions may be made in his memory to the Black River Action Team, 101 Perley Gordon Road, Springfield, VT 05156; or Springfield Humane Society, 401 Skitchewaug Trail, Springfield, VT 05156.

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

Donate Your Used or New Shoes - Help Lucy Mackenzie Humane Society Fundraiser

Help Lucy Mackenzie Humane Society raise funds simply by donating your gently worn used or new shoes! 

Now through October 21st, we are asking people to donate their used or new shoes to us as part of a fundraiser. The number of pairs of shoes collected will determine the amount of money Lucy Mackenzie raises. Our goal is to collect 2,500 pairs of shoes!

You can drop your shoes off at Lucy Mackenzie Humane Society located at 4832 Route 44 in West Windsor, VT.  If you can’t make it during our open hours, you can leave your donation in the marked bin outside our front door.

All donated shoes will be redistributed through Funds2Orgs and given to adults and children in impoverished countries. Since all donated shoes will be used, we can only accept gently worn or new shoes that are in wearable condition.

Sneakers, heels, dress shoes, flip flops and sandals are all accepted.  The only type of shoes we can’t take are winter boots, roller-skates, rollerblades, or ice skates.

Please contact us with any questions at 802-484-5829 or

Thursday, August 25, 2016

Motorcyclist Killed in Weathersfield Crash

WEATHERSFIELD — A motorcyclist was killed Wednesday night after a crash on Weathersfield Center Road in Weathersfield.

Vermont State Police say at 9:29 p.m., Nathaniel Watkins was traveling north on a 2005 Honda Shadow motorcycle when he failed to negotiate a sharp right curve and traveled off the road into a field. Watkins was ejected and pronounced dead at the scene. 

A Weathersfield Police Officer had attempted to stop Watkins for a speeding violation prior to the crash. 

The motorcycle sustained moderate damage and was towed by Hillside Auto. 

The investigation is still ongoing.

Reel Fun - FREE Loaner Fishing Equipment at Participating Vermont State Parks!!

Vermont State Parks's photo.

Vermont State Parks
Nice catch! Did you know you can rent loaner fishing equipment for free through the Reel Fun program at participating state parks? This Reel Fun shot is from Emerald Lake State Park earlier this year.
More info on Reel Fun:

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Free Entrance to all National Parks - Aug 25 - Aug 28
Did you know that the National Park Service turns 100 tomorrow? And to celebrate this big birthday, entrance to all national parks will be free from August 25 to August 28. Learn more about the centennial celebrations.
Looking to visit a park close to you? Check out some of our own staff's favorites, and find out why they made the list!

Remembering Irene - 5 Years Later

US National Weather Service Burlington VT

5 years ago today the center of Irene was near the north coast of Hispaniola. While we are focused on the effects of Irene in Vermont and northern New York, the storm caused horrible damage elsewhere in the US as it raked the eastern coast with heavy rainfall and high wind from the Carolinas to New England.

Stoughton Pond Rec Area & Boat Launch Closed for the Season

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, North Springfield Lake

The cyanobacteria bloom was assessed at Stoughton Pond today by U.S. Army Corps of Engineers staff.

The algae bloom continues to persist and as a result Stoughton Pond Recreation Area and the Stoughton Pond boat launch will be closed for the season on August 28th, 2016. 

All water based recreational activities will remain restricted until the algae bloom has passed. The restrictions will be lifted when water quality sampling results show the cyanobacteria bloom has passed. 

The East and West Access will remain open to land based recreational activities. For further information please contact the North Springfield Lake Project Office at 802-886-2775

Primary Results, August 9, 2016

Number of voters: 570