Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Heather D Westney, 60

WEATHERSFIELD - Heather Diane Westney, 60, died Friday, May 26, 2017, at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center in Lebanon, New Hampshire.

She was born Feb. 5, 1957, in St. Johnsbury, the daughter of Rodney and Jeanette (Buxton) Austin.
She graduated in 1975 from Springfield High School.

On May 14, 1977, she married Robert Westney in Springfield.

Mrs. Westney was a rural postal carrier in Perkinsville for many years.

She enjoyed traveling.

Survivors include her husband; two sons, Robert and Ross Westney; four grandchildren; her mother, Jeanette Angers; five sisters, three brothers; many nieces and nephews.

Per her wishes, a private service will be held at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Dartmouth-Hitchcock CVCC Unit, 1 Medical Center Drive, Lebanon, NH 03766.

Arrangements are by Davis Memorial Chapel in Springfield. -

Thunderstorm Warnings... Be Aware

Vermont Emergency Management shared US National Weather Service Albany NY's post.
US National Weather Service Albany NY added 2 new photos.
Some thunderstorms are expected both this afternoon, and again Wednesday afternoon. The first image shows a good portion of eastern NY has a marginal risk for severe thunderstorms today, meaning isolated coverage of severe thunderstorms. In the second image, for Wednesday, a marginal risk covers a slightly larger area including western New England.
The main threats today from thunderstorms would be locally strong wind gusts, while on Wednesday, the main threats will be strong wind gusts and hail.
Remain alert to updates to these thunderstorm outlooks later today and again Wednesday.

Monday, May 22, 2017

Hartland Riding Club Tack Sale

Hartland Riding Club Tack Sale
Sunday May 28, 2017
South Woodstock Fire Station - Rte 106, South Woodstock VT
9:00 AM till 1:00 PM

Have tack or barn supplies to sell? Rent a table for $15. Deadline of Thursday May 25th to register. After the 25th and day of the sale, table's will be $20. each.
Hartland Riding Club has a table and is accepting donations (in good condition).

Lot's of good quality english and western tack, blankets, bits, grooming supplies, and the list goes on!

Questions? Call Sally at (802) 457-1895 between 6 and 9 PM.
There will also be a fund raising food table for Lillie Tuckerman. Lillie will be going to Louisville Kentucky in November. She is representing Vermont at 4-H Eastern Nationals on the horse judging team. She needs to raise $600 for her trip. Plus money for uniforms. She is very excited.

Springweather Nature Area and West Access Recreation Area now Open!

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, North Springfield Lake
15 hrs
Springweather Nature Area and the West Access recreation area are both now open from 8 A.M. to 8 P.M. Also Stoughton Pond Recreation Area will be opening Saturday May 27th. Be sure to get out and take advantage of the nice weather.

Owners Located - Dog on Upper Falls Road, Perkinsville - Do You Know Me?

Lost My Way Animal Shelter
11 hrs
Owners Claimed Him!

Found early this morning. Upper falls rd Perkinsville, Vermont 
Do you know me or my owner

5th Annual Hiking Notice, 2017

Fifth Annual Hiking Notice, 2017

Greetings, clompers –

The fifth annual Weathersfield hiking season begins with this notice. The hikes are being organized under the auspices of Weathersfield Parks and Recreation. Well-behaved dogs are welcome. We expect a range of hiking speeds. Please try to make a commitment when you sign up. Things can come up, but let us know ASAP if they do. And be on time – we don’t wait for long, but experience consternation if you are expected and not there. Do not show up for a hike without signing up – this year especially changes might occur. (May 21st is an exception. You don’t need to respond for that one.) Add the plane crash site (strenuous) to the possibilities – it’s a maybe.

Are you new to hiking? Wear footwear that is broken in and appropriate for uneven trails. Hikers join us at their own risk. Feel free to call Steve, organizer, at 802-263-5439,  Experienced hikers, too, please ask questions or comment freely.

There will be more logistical details after hiking groups are organized.  Hikes continue into October.

The hikes! …

Sunday, May 21st , 2:00 PM :  Perkinsville Lower Valley

     Becky Tucker is leading this historic tour. We will start at the bottom of Maple Street, turn right, and go to the original site of Grout Cemetery. Then we will turn back and head past our parked cars and on to the Lower Falls. We will offer some historical commentary en route. There are river views and meadow views. The road is generally flat with some gentle slopes. On the way back to the cars a walk up Green’s Hill is an option.

Saturday, June 10th, 9:30 AM:  Cathedral Rocks                                                               

     This hike is on wood roads. Its length has not been calculated, but it descends to the River Road (Route 10) from Stokes Road, which is just short of Wellwood Orchard. We will spot cars at the end of the hike for a ride back up to Stokes. There is a nice view near the top of the descent. The rocks are very big. Two hours?

Saturday, June 17th, 9:30 AM:  The Ancient Hemlocks

      This route – notice I don’t say “trail” – is over fields and through the woods, up and down a logging road and over a rivulet or brook. You won’t have to remove footwear. The last half mile is up Little Canada Road, past the 1791 John Warner house. There might be a brief tour of the house. The trees are about 500 years old. Your guide will use a compass to find his way through one section – he’s confident. Total distance 2 miles?

Saturday, June 25th, 9:30 AM:  Tucker Trail Lookout

     From the green in Perkinsville we head up a road and a driveway and onto a wooded route that climbs to a fine southeastern view from the top of ledge. The difficulty is moderate to strenuous. The climb is steady, but the footing is good. The total distance is about 2 miles, up and back.

Saturday, July 1st, 9:30 AM:  Little Ascutney

     We will walk up to the ledges – very nice view – on a trail that in part is strenuous. There is first a steady climb, then a dip, and then a steep ascent to get from the parking lot at 900 feet to the summit of Little Ascutney at 1709 feet. The hike probably will take over two hours.

Sunday, August 12th, 11:30 AM:  To the Cabin                             

     We follow Swift’s Logging Road up to the crest of Pikes Peak ridge, then we follow a trail through the woods to Grace’s skiing trail, and then by woodsy trail on to Steve’s cabin. There is a nice view there. We will linger – some food will be available. The distance to the cabin will feel like 2 miles, plus a short walk on the Center Road. There might be No Trespassing signs at the beginning of this hike, but we natives are sure that they can’t mean us. We use the route many times. Those who wish can do an extra walk to the well that held Herbert White’s body.

Saturday, September 2nd, 5:00 PM:  Ferry Road and the Connecticut River                  

     This generally level route heads down shaded Ferry Road and into Skyline Nursery. Soon it follows the river, sometimes with views. The total length is about 2 miles. Carol Orth is the leader.

Saturday, September 23rd, 9:30 AM:  Cooks Pond Loop

     This is a route on wooded dirt roads more than on trail. There are beaver ponds along the route and a framed view of Mt. Ascutney from the south end of Cooks Pond. Other mountain views occur at later points. Julia Lloyd Wright will be the hike leader.

    Difficulty: easy to moderate, with one longish incline. Distance: almost 3 miles. 

Saturday, October 7th, 9:00 AM:  Ascutney Mountain

     We will go to the fire tower and the Brownsville Overlook. We will go up the Weathersfield Trail, but people wanting a less strenuous hike (.7 miles up) could drive up and meet us at the top, we hope.   


About a week before each hike Steve will get back to anyone who signed up or expressed an interest. When you respond, include your phone number in case of changes, like postponement due to awful weather.

Night of 1,000 Stars at Weathersfield Proctor Library

Friends of Weathersfield Proctor Library host "Night of a 1000 Stars".

It will be at the Weathersfield Proctor Library on  Friday May 26 at 6:30 and the readers will be Earl Small, Christina Gregory, Debbie Gibbs, Rika Henderson and Heather Shand.

Please come and show your support.

Hope to see you.
Barbara Putnam

Taking Donations for Upcoming Frippery to Support Weathersfield Historical Society

I am ready! The Frippery to support the Weathersfield Historical Society is the first week-end in August. Please call me if you have items for this very special event. I can be reached at 603 252 0936.
Kindly, Maureen Bogosian

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

The Weathersfield Directory is now Accepting Submissions

The link for the submission page is:

Visit to see what neighbors are offering for services in our area!

Sign Up Today!

Our next meeting is Tuesday, May 30 at 4:30 pm at Martin Memorial Hall.

If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to contact us at or Lynn Esty at 802-738-7413

Thank you to generous donations, we are off to a good start!

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Help Wanted at Wellwood Orchards

We are now looking to hire for our up coming season, a part-time register person, starting mid-June and rolling into a full-time position as apple season approaches. The person we are looking for should have retail and register experience.

The position will require a commitment of working both weekend days starting Labor Day weekend through Columbus weekend. If interested,please contact Lillian at Wellwood Orchards (802)-263-5200 or (802)-376-9450. Please no facebook inquiries.

Coach Tim Kehoe- Milestone of 500 Career Wins with Lebanon Girls Basketball
  1. This past January, Lebanon girls hoop coach Tim Kehoe watched his team demolish Plymouth by a 55-14 score. That victory gave the personable mentor his incredible 500th career win; all of those achieved beside the bench with the Raiders.
If you follow athletics, particularly the sport of basketball, this story will have you shaking your head.

Man Charged With Abusing Children for Years

A yearlong investigation into allegations that a Springfield man sexually molested several children beginning when one of them was 4 years old has resulted in felony charges. .

David LaClair, 60, was arrested Thursday.

Investigators say the crimes happened in Perkinsville and Weathersfield back in 2010...

LaClair was released on a citation and is due in court Friday.

Hazel A Montano, 90

Hazel Agnes (Doiron) Montano left our physical world on May 10, 2017 in her 90th year from cancer after a brief decline.

A life-long learner, curious intellect – open minded and active until the day she passed – Hazel’s passion for Egyptian, Greek, Roman, and English history and mythology inspired all who engaged her extensive knowledge.

A Vermonter by birth and educated at Stevens High School ’45, after raising her family, Hazel graduated from Hartford College for Women ’76. Cribbage shark, card “shark,” softball slugger, swimmer, and ballroom dancer; her indomitable spirit captured all of these.

A romantic at heart one of Hazel’s most moving experiences was watching the sun set on the Acropolis of Athens. With Hazel’s sparkling hazel eyes, awareness of current fashion, and personal sense of style, she was always well coiffed and elegantly dressed.

Hazel, a social butterfly, believed in the importance of being an active part of her community. She participated in Volunteers in Action, was a long time member of Catholic Daughters of America, and was a former board member of the Claremont Senior Center.

Hazel rejoins her husband John L. Montano and her brother Stanton Doiron.

The memories of her life and love are shared by her sister Mary Cook, daughters Donna, Laura, Angela, and son John, loving grandchildren Honora, Camille, Tessa, Liam, spouse Julia Bernert and partner Bill Farnsworth.

There are no calling hours at this time. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on June 5th at 12:30 pm at St. Mary’s Roman Catholic Church in Claremont, NH, preceded by a visitation at Roy Funeral Home in Claremont from 11 am-12 pm. Committal will follow in St. Mary’s Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, please consider making a donation to Visiting Nurse and Hospice for Vermont and New Hampshire, 88 Prospect Street, White River Jct., VT 05001. Special thank you to Kirsten Testoni and the staff at VNH.

The family invites you to share a memory of Hazel with them or leave a message of condolence in the family guest book at

Memorial Day Rememberance

Memorial Day is a solemn day to remember and honor the selfless dedication of service members who have boldly stood in harm’s way carrying the torch of freedom fighting to protect our abundant way of life.

Please come to the Perkinsville Green, in Perkinsville Vermont on Monday, May 29, 2017 at 12 noon to recognize the men and women who have served us and have passed on.

Thursday, May 11, 2017

May is Mental Health Awareness Month

Elizabeth F Matulonis, 88

Elizabeth F. "Betty" (Blanchard) Matulonis, 88, died Friday, April 28, 2017, surrounded by her family.

She was born Aug. 17, 1928, in Ludlow, the daughter of Lena Blanchard.

She attended Ludlow High School.

On Jan. 25, 1947, she married Herman J. Matulonis in South Reading.

They raised their children in Springfield, where Mrs. Matulonis spent most of her life as a homemaker.

Survivors include her husband; four children, Donna Golec, of North Springfield, Debra Matulonis, of Wilder, David Matulonis, of Scarborough, Maine, and Daniel Matulonis, of Perkinsville; nine grandchildren, 13 great-grandchildren and a great-great-grandchild. She was predeceased by four brothers, Raymond, Casper, Carlos and Cecil Blanchard, and a great-grandson.

The graveside service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, May 13, in Oakland Cemetery in Springfield. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Springfield Humane Society, 401 Skitchewaug Trail, Springfield, VT 05156. Arrangements are by Davis Memorial Chapel in Springfield.

Potentially Fatal Tick Virus Concerns Vermont Health Officials

With this year expected to be a banner year for ticks in Vermont, there's growing concern among health officials about a new, potentially fatal virus they can spread to…

Senior Exercise Program in Ascutney

Senior Exercise Program in Ascutney: Free. Sponsored by RSPV. Mondays and Wednesdays 10-11 a.m. in basement of Martin Memorial Hall, Route 5, Ascutney. Classes are led by Sandy Lemois. If interested call 674-5254 for more information.

Valley Court Diversion Program looking for Volunteers

Valley Court Diversion Programs: Volunteers are needed in Weathersfield/Springfield areas to work with low level offenders in the community. The group meets once a month at the Springfield Police Department, your commitment will require about three hours a month. Training is provided. For more information please visit our website at or call Maureen at 281-5213.

Low Cost Spay/Neuter Clinics in Springfield

Low cost spay/neuter clinics in Springfield. Springfield Humane Society is hosting low cost spay/neuter clinics: June 6, July 11, Aug. 8, Sept. 5, Oct. 24, Dec. 5 at the Springfield Humane Society, on Route 143. Cost is $50 for female cat and $40 for male cat. Weathersfield residents may be reimbursed up to $50 for the surgery with a limit of three pets per year. Get your SNAP form from the town office. Please call Springfield Humane Society for an appointment at 802-885-3997.

Weathersfield Food Shelf Hours

Weathersfield Food Shelf in Perkinsville every Thursday from 2-3 p.m. Route 106 at the 1879 Schoolhouse.

Ascutney Vol. Fire Dept Annual Mother's Day Plant Sale

Mother's Day Plant Sale in Ascutney, Saturday May 13 8 a.m. at the Ascutney Volunteer Fire Department Station. Cocoa mulch available. Contact 802-674-5021

Open Barn, May 13, 1-3 pm

Vital Communites Program Winding Down

Vital Communities are winding the program down (it ends on May 31) and not accept any further requests.
> It seem they fulfilled their quota for the contractors.
> Thanks, again.
> Julia Lloyd-wright

Saturday, May 6, 2017

US Rt 5 (at Exit 7 Interchange) Weekly Construction Update 5/5/2017

Rockingham-Springfield STP 2962 (1)
US Route 5 - Weekly Construction Update - 5/5/2017:

The prime contractor, Lane Construction, will begin shoulder widening in Springfield next week.

They will begin this work just north of the Exit 7 interchange, and continue working north on US Route 5 through Springfield.

As such, they will complete shoulder widening along the northbound lane first followed by the southbound lane.

There will be alternating one-way traffic around construction activities.

The contractor is planning to work Monday thru Friday from 7 AM to 5 PM.

There will be no roadway closures as part of this project.

VT Slaughterhouse Back In Operation After USDA Suspensions
The managing partner of a Vermont slaughterhouse says his business has made changes after several suspensions by the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

Friday, May 5, 2017

Museum and Fun Passes Available at your Weathersfield Proctor Library

Museum and Fun Passes at your Library

  • Vermont Institute of Natural Science VINS (Quechee) - Admits 4 (sponsored by the Friends of the Weathersfield Proctor Library)
  • American Precision Museum (Windsor) - Family admission: 2 adults and children under 18, as well as 10% off in the museum's gift shop
  • Southern Vermont Natural History Museum (West Marlboro) - Admit 2
  • Echo Lake Aquarium and Science Center (Burlington) - $4 per person, up to 4 people
  • Vermont History Museum (Montpelier) and Vermont Heritage Galleries (Barre)
  • Vermont Historic Sites Pass - Admits one family or group up to eight persons FREE for one day
  • Vermont State Park Pass - Admits one vehicle holding up to eight people FREE to any Vermont State Park for one day

Weathersfield Aging In Place Neighbor Group Meeting

We are all getting older – let’s get together to support each other as we age.

Together We Shine

Please join us as we discuss forming a NEW

When:    Monday, May 8th, 2017
Time:     4:00 pm
Where:  Martin memorial Hall (ground floor)
             5259 Route 5, Ascutney, VT

Call Peggy Kehew with questions at (802) 263-9553

Weathersfield Conservation Committee Meeting

Next WCC meeting scheduled for:
May 25, 2017, 7pm, Martin Memorial Hall

Prudential Committee Ascutney Fire District #2 Meeting Agenda

6:00 PM, Monday, May 8, 2017

1. Call to order
2. Changes to the agenda
3. Elect a Chairman
4. Elect a Vice Chair
5. Set meeting date and time
6. Approve minutes for March 13th, 2017
7. Loan disbursement update
8. C-L 17 Update
9. Max Frasier’s mobile home park water reallocation to each home
10. NEMRC transition update
11. High Capacity Wells/ Fire Hydrant Discussion
12. Any other information that can legally be discussed
13. Approve warrant
14. Adjournment

Weathersfield Planning Commission Agenda

Martin Memorial Hall – 5259 Route 5, Ascutney, VT 05030
Monday, 8 May 2017 - 7 PM

1. Call to Order
2. Introductions
3. Agenda Review
4. Comments from Public (Not an Agenda item)
5. Approve Meeting Minutes (24 April 2017)
6. Continuation of Public Hearings for
Jarvis (Subdivision – Final Plat Review)
Roisman (Subdivision – Final Plat Review)
7. Zoning Bylaws
a. Final Readings
Home-Based Businesses
Gasoline / Convenience Stations
Outdoor Lighting
Small-Scale Renewable Renewable Energy Systems
b. Review (First Reading)
Large-Scale Renewable Energy Systems
Off-Street Parking
PUD / Waivers
Bylaw Reorganization
8. Discussion
Status of Town Plan
Personnel evaluations
Other Items
9. Adjourn
Next Planning Commission meeting – Monday , 22 May 2017 7 PM (REV 2 May 17)

Weathersfield Cemetery Commission Meeting

Wednesday, May 10, 2017, 7pm

• Financial Statement and 2017 Appropriation
• Recap of 2016 season
• Discussion of 2017 Summer maintenance season
• Any other business
The Meeting will be held at 2602 Route 106, Perkinsville, Vermont

Weathersfield Veterans Memorial Committee Meeting Agenda

Weathersfield Veterans Memorial Committee Meeting Agenda
Tuesday May 9, 2017
6:30 p.m.
Martin Memorial Hall

1. Additions or corrections to the agenda
2. Approve minutes from previous meetings
3. Memorial Day
4. Next meeting date - agenda item location for past panels
5. Adjourn

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Springfield Slaughterhouse Received Four USDA VIolations

Happenings in and around Springfield VT
Springfield Slaughterhouse Receives Four USDA Violations
By Howard Weiss-Tisman

A Vermont slaughterhouse received four United States Department of Agriculture violations in the past year, and an animal rights group is asking regulators to consider withdrawing the plant's federal inspection program.
Vermont Packinghouse opened in North Springfield about three years ago.
The company specializes in processing meat from nearby farms, and it has seen its business increase with the growth of the localvore movement.
About 50 people now work at the slaughterhouse, which claims to handle its animals with respect and dignity.
But four times in the past year, Vermont Packinghouse had to suspend operations because it violated U.S.D.A. standards.
According to federal reports, Vermont Packinghouse staff failed to kill animals on the first try, which U.S.D.A. considers to be an egregious violation.
Vermont Packinghouse co-owner Arion Thiboumery says the violations occurred when the animals were allowed to move around too much, and the person operating the stun gun failed to deliver the shock adequately.
"Every one of those issues was a disappointment both for me and for the staff," Thibioumery said. "We work with animals that come from a lot of beautiful, small farms. They've lived a good life and we want to give them a good death."
Dena Jones is with the Animal Welfare Institute, an animal rights group based in Washington, D.C. She says it's unusual for one facility to receive so many violations in a single year.
After each violation, operations were suspended at Vermont Packinghouse, and Jones says the company failed to take appropriate actions to prevent it from happening again.
She says Animal Welfare Institute sent a letter to the regional U.S.D.A. office asking them to open an investigation to see if the slaughterhouse should have its federal inspection program terminated.
"Because the plant has been shut down repeatedly, and had the same thing occur again, we think they have to take the next step" Jones said.
Jones said in each occurrence, the animal suffered from the inhumane treatment.
Thiboumery says Vermont Packinghouse made upgrades to the plant to prevent further violations.

Need to get your Dog Fixed???

Sullivan County Humane Society is pleased to announce we will be offering another low-cost dog spay/neuter clinic on Friday, June 30 at the Claremont Senior Center.

Males are $80, females are $100.

Any dog over 80 pounds will be an additional $20.

For dogs being spayed/neutered, we will also offer $5 rabies shots, $5 distemper shots, $10 Advantage flea treatment, and $5 ear mite treatment.

In an effort to prevent “no shows”, appointments must be made in person and a non-refundable deposit of $80/males and $100/females must be paid in cash or check.

Appointments can be made at the shelter located at 14 Tremont St Claremont on Tuesday 5-7, Wednesdays 4-7, Thursdays 10-2, Fridays 10-2 and Saturday 3-5.

Space is limited. If you have any questions, please call 542-3277.

Thank you to Subaru of Claremont for sponsoring the dog clinic!

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Twin State Depression Support Group Board of Directors Meeting - Members Wanted

The Board of Directors Meeting for the Twin State Depression Support Group has been rescheduled for Wednesday, May 10 at 6:30 at Martin Memorial Hall in Ascutney, VT.

If you need further information, please contact Lynn at 802-738-7413

Please come and bring a friend!

Twin State Depression Support Group on Facebook

Escapee from Furlough Taken Into Custody

Date: May 02, 2017
Offense: Escapee from Furlough
Subject: Trevor Allen
On this date a male subject was taken into custody and lodged a Southern State Correctional Facility after it was discovered he allegedly had an active warrant for his arrest out of Windsor County.

1879 Perkinsville Schoolhouse Meeting Agenda, Tuesday, May 9

Meeting Agenda

1879 Perkinsville Schoolhouse Committee

6:00 PM, Tuesday, May 9, 2017

at 1879 Perkinsville Schoolhouse

Call meeting to order:


Approve minutes from 4/12/17 meeting:


1.      Update from Matt Keniston

2.      Grant Update

3.      Fundraiser

4.      Open Floor

           Set Next Meeting Date and Agenda:

           Meeting Adjourned: