Friday, July 21, 2017

Job Opening - Field Workers Needed

Farm-Field Worker(s)

Deep Meadow Farm, in Ascutney VT is looking for several Field workers to join our team. We are a 50 acre vegetable farm. Please visit our website and complete an application at We are looking for individuals who are interested in seasonal employment who are ready for rigorous work, detail oriented, and organized. Activities include, weeding, harvesting and planting. All applicants need to be physically fit and able to work independently. Prior farm experience and understanding of Organic vegetable production is preferred.

Vermont Says West Nile Virus Found In Mosquito - 2 Locations, Including Weathersfield, VT

Friday, July 21, 2017
Weathersfield — The Vermont Health Department says West Nile virus has been found in mosquitoes collected in two locations in the state.
The health department says the presence of the mosquito-borne virus in samples from Weathersfield and Brattleboro were the first to test positive this year.
The infected mosquitoes were collected by the Vermont Agency of Agriculture Food and Markets as part of its surveillance program.
Mosquito trapping for this season began on June 6. So far 896 pools having been tested. Last year the state tested 3,243 mosquito pools. Of those, 19 were positive for West Nile virus.
Among the steps people can take to protect themselves from mosquito bites are wearing long-sleeved shirts and long pants when outdoors, limiting time outside at dawn and dusk and using insect repellent.

What is Lyme Disease?

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Free Children's Program - Pasture Pals!

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Charlestown Bridge to Close for 2 Days for Paving

CHARLESTOWN — The bridge spanning the Connecticut River between Charlestown, New Hampshire and Springfield, Vermont will be closed to traffic on the first two days of August for paving work.
The New Hampshire Department of Transportation announced the two-day closure of the Route 11 bridge on Monday, stating that on Aug. 1 and 2 the bridge will be closed to traffic between the hours of 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. for paving. Message boards will be used to inform motorists of the scheduled work on the week of July 31.

Is It Clean? The Clean Water Act on the Connecticut River

Is It Clean?

The Connecticut River and its tributaries are much cleaner than they were decades ago.  The Clean Water Act, lots of money, and the hard work of many people have made this happen.  But, there are times - particularly after a rainfall event- when our rivers still might make you sick.  This website is designed to help you understand water quality patterns at sites you use for recreation.

The map on this page identifies locations tested for Escherichia coli (E. coli) bacteria levels during the monitoring season.  Click on the blue, yellow, or red flag icons to learn more about bacteria levels at that site and the associated group's monitoring work.  Or use the drop-down boxes to search by site name, town, state, water body or monitoring organization.

It is important to note that this information is a snapshot of river conditions at the moment the sample was taken. Please take the time to click through on the pins to look at the data. You will see when the last sample was taken and the historical data will illustrate that most often the site is only not clean after a major rain event. 

The monitoring season is typically from late May to October and each group monitors at different intervals and begin at different points in the season.  Be sure take the most recent sample date into account as well as patterns over time, and recent weather and flow conditions, when deciding whether to swim or paddle.
BLUEClean for swimming and boating<235 cfu/100 ml
YELLOWClean for boating only235 - 575 cfu/100 ml
REDNot clean for swimming or boating>575 cfu/100 ml
WHITEResults available – See Link 
GREYHistorical Data 
The different colored flags and bacteria count ranges represent different risk thresholds, which are based on the statistical chances of getting sick if you come in contact with water in these bacteria ranges.  Some bacteria, viruses, and other microorganisms (“pathogens”) can make you sick with stomach pains, rashes, breathing problems, diarrhea, or other intestinal problems.  We test for E. coli bacteria in the water as an indicator for all types of other pathogens or "bad guys."  For more detailed information about bacteria standards for primary and secondary contact click here

The data will show bacteria levels for each sampling date and also whether or not it was a wet weather event.  Wet weather is often defined as any day in which >0.1" of rain fell within the 48 hours preceding sample collection.  Some groups may define this differently.  Bacteria levels are typically elevated during and shortly after wet weather events, and good precautions to take include:
  • Avoid swimming right after a heavy rain
  • Avoid contact with the river downstream of a sewage outfall
  • Cover open cuts/use ear and nose plugs
In addition to health concerns, swimmers should also be mindful to only swim in areas that match their abilities and be aware of depths, obstructions and tidal influence in the mainstem of the Lower River.

The information on this page would not exist were it not for the many groups and their dedicated volunteers who contribute to this page. Thank you!
We wish you a fun and safe season!

Nation Suicide Prevention Lifeline

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline '1-800-273-TALK (8255)'

If you're struggling, reach out. There is hope and there is help.
The Lifeline is here for you, 24/7 at 1-800-273-TALK (8255).

Black River Action Team Website Update

Black River Action Team
20 hrs
Website update: check the yellow "down-arrow" shape on the main page for the new link to Springfield's Urban Tree Plan, to learn the guidelines for the newly-forming Town Tree Committee! Interested in learning more? Let's talk!

18th Annual River Sweep to Clean Up the Black River

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Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Water Quality Report for 7/18/2017

Water quality is expected to be low today with the potential for a high bacteria count, because of heavy rain last night. The heavy rain has brought up the turbidity levels and the rivers are looking like chocolate milk. All swim areas will be posted with high bacteria count for 24 hrs. in conformance with VT swim area standards. The postings will be removed tomorrow morning, if you have any questions please call the North Springfield Lake Project Office at 802-886-2775.

Chicken BBQ After 5 Alarm - 5K Walk/Run

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Driving While Suspended Criminally

Weathersfield Police Department
Date: July 14, 2017
Offense: Driving while Suspended Criminally
Subject: Adam Currier
On this date a motor vehicle was conducted on VT RT 106. The male operator was subsequently charged for allegedly operating a motor vehicle while under suspension in the state of Vermont. The male was cited into court at a later date.

Monday, July 17, 2017

Major I-91 bridge project kicks off Monday

Rockingham-Springfield - US Route 5 Weekly Construction Update - 7/17/2017:
Paving: The prime contractor, Lane Construction (Lane), is working on driveway aprons and transitions in Springfield through this week.
Roadway Shoulder and Guardrail: Lane will continue with roadway shoulder and slope clean up as well as placing and resetting guardrail this week. They will be working in Rockingham just North of US Route 5 / Route 103, and headed towards Bellows Falls for these construction activities. There will be alternative one-way traffic around construction activities.
If you have any questions regarding this project, feel free to contact Jacquie Dagesse directly at 802-324-5522.

Major I-91 bridge project kicks off Monday
Posted: Jul 14, 2017 5:19 PM EDTUpdated: Jul 14, 2017 6:41 PM EDT

The days for two bridges on Interstate 91 are numbered.
"It's a large project especially for Vermont," said Ann Gammell, the VTrans construction manager. "We don't typically do them of this magnitude."
Work to demolish and replace the north and southbound spans over the Williams River in Rockingham is getting underway. They were built in the 1960s and now are considered in poor condition. The massive concrete piers need to be replaced. And there are concerns about deteriorating gusset plates that tie sections of the bridge together.
The same type of gusset plates were blamed for the collapse of a similarly designed bridge in Minneapolis 10 years ago. Thirteen people died.
VTrans says this $44 million replacement project will take three years, even with designers and contractors working together at the same time to speed up the process.
"It is a long project but compared to traditionally, if we had done this through a traditional design, bid, build-type of contracting method, it would have taken probably twice as long," Gammell said.
So what does this mean for drivers? Starting Monday the Exit 6 northbound ramp will be closed and drivers diverted to Route 5. That's so crews can build crossovers. Those crossover pathways will open in two weeks. Traffic on 91 will be down to one lane in each direction. And it will be like that till both bridges are done in 2020.
Narrowing travel to one lane in each direction will slow traffic down. VTrans says it's going to have a "smart zone" work site which will track how heavy traffic is and that will send alerts to road signs to let drivers know what to expect.

WWVFD 4th Annual Five Alarm 5k

Join us for our 4th Annual 5k trail run/walk to support West Weathersfield Volunteer Fire Dept.
We have choosen to keep the course we changed to last year. It is at the Power Dam at the end of Maple Street.
It's $30.00 to run for the 5k. Kids 10 and under run for free.
Tent registration starts at 8:00am
Kids fun run/1k starts at 9:00am
Five alarm 5k starts at 9:30am
Awards ceremony to follow.
1st, 2nd, 3rd place medals.
Paper registration will be available the morning of or at The West Weathersfield Volunteer Fire Dept. or contact Toshya at or 603-322-3287.
A chicken bbq will be to follow at our station.
All proceeds benefit WWVFD.

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Friday, July 14, 2017

Calling All Vendors

2nd Annual
Weathersfield Festival
Saturday, September 30
8 am - 3 pm
Town-Wide Yard Sales, Group Hikes, BBQ Chicken Lunch
Historic House Tour, Book Sale & More

To Learn More, Call Weathersfield Town Manager, Ed Morris
802-674-2626 or email

Vendors wanted!

4th Annual Chief's Classic, Saturday, September 24th

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Cooks Assistant Opening at Weathersfield School

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Historical Society Presents Brown Girl Dreaming

Brown Girl Dreaming
By Jacqueline Woodson
July 22 at 1:00 p.m.

Program at Weathersfield VT Historical Society

Brown Girl Dreaming, winner of the National Book Award, the Coretta Scott King Award, and a Newbury Honor Book, will be the focus of a program on July 22nd at 1:00 pm at the Dan Foster House (across from the Meeting House on Weathersfield Center Road) off Route 131 or from Valley Street in Springfield.

Brown Girl Dreaming was chosen by the Vermont Humanities Council to be the Vermont Reads Book for 2017.

This program is jointly sponsored by the Weathersfield Proctor Library and the Weathersfield Historical Society.

It will focus on bibles, scrapbooks, genealogy, and many items from the Society’s permanent collection that are relevant to the book.

The program begins at 1:00 pm.

Copies of the book are available at Proctor Library.

Please call Ginger Wimberg at 263-5626 if you have any questions.

Frippery! Now Accepting Donations

Friday, July 7, 2017

Crown Point Country Club Fireworks Rescheduled for Saturday, July 29!

Springfield, VT Parks & Recreation
The FIREWORKS at Crown Point Country Club have been rescheduled for Saturday night, July 29!
A few things have changed with the new date: Gates will open at 6pm.
The committee has tried to listen to public feedback to reduce the cost but still cover expenses, and with that in mind, there will be a flat fee of $15. per carload, so call some friends and pack 'em in!
Atlas has put on fantastic shows at CPCC in the past, and this will be no different!
We'll still have a DJ, free face painting for the kids, and several local food vendors on site.
ALL parking will now be on site, no shuttle bus.
As always, we want to thank and support our biggest sponsor, Springfield Buick and GMC, and all of our other sponsors who help make this event possible.

Weathersfield Directory Submissions Through End of July

As per the voters decision, NO TOWN FUNDING is being used to support the Directory in any way.

Thanks to contributors and individuals & businesses placing ads, we are meeting our monetary goals!

The link for the submission page is:

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

Sign Up Today!

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

Springweather Nature Area and West Access Recreation Area now Open!

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.

e sure to get out and take advantage of the nice weather.

Water Testing Results for Stoughton Pond and the Power Dam

The re-test of water quality for Stoughton Pond and the Power Dam are within Vermont standards for swim areas.

Test results: 105 E coli per 1/100 mls at Stoughton Pond and

47 E coli per 1/100 mls at the Power Dam.

The state standard is 235 E coli per 1/100 mls or less.

If you have any questions please call the North Springfield Lake Project Office at 802-886-2775.

Weekly water quality testing at Stoughton Pond and the Power Dam did not meet the Vermont standard for E Coli.
Stoughton Pond tested at 276 E. coli per 1/100 mls and
365 E. coli per 1/100 mls at the Power Dam.

State standards are 235 E coli per 1/100 mls or less for swim areas in Vermont.

The water quality will be retested on 6/22/17 and we will post the results.

The swim areas at Stoughton Pond and the Power Dam are closed until the water quality meets the Vermont standards.

If you have any questions please call the North Springfield Lake Project Office at 802-886-2775.