School district withdrawal vote results

The results of the town-wide vote on July 18, 2017 regarding withdrawal from the BUHS School District #6 were 238 Yes (for withdrawal) and 47 No, with one spoiled ballot. The total number voting was 286 out of 1840 registered voters.

Vernon Historians quarterly meeting and program, July 16

Sun. July 16, 1:30 p.m. — Vernon Historians quarterly meeting and program, lower level of Town Office Building

Vernon Historians Meeting and Program

The Vernon Historians will hold their July quarterly meeting downstairs at the Vernon Town Office Building on Sunday, July 16th, beginning at 1:30 p.m.  A brief business meeting will be followed immediately by an historical program featuring guest speaker First Lieutenant Jay H. Karpin, a decorated World War II bombardier and nose gunner.  Lieutenant Karpin was assigned to the U.S. Eighth Air Force, based in England, and flew his first combat mission on D-Day.  He flew a total of 35 combat missions and received, among many combat awards, the Distinguished Flying Cross, Presidential Unit Citation, and a citation from Lieutenant General James Doolittle.  Lieutenant Karpin was the speaker at the 2017 Vernon Historians Memorial Day Program and now will share more of his life experiences. The program is free of charge and open to members of the public of all ages.  Please join us!

Vernon bus trip to historic Mount Auburn Cemetery

The Vernon bus will take a group to Mount Auburn Cemetery in Cambridge MA on Thursday, July 20.

The cemetery offers a wonderful view of Cambridge from its tower; an arboretum; birding; as well as a wealth of history beginning with the found, Dr. Jacob Bigelow.  Henry Cabot Lodge, Dorothea Dix, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, Oliver Wendell Holmes, Julia Ward Howe, James Russell Lowell, Charles Bullfinch and many other interesting people are buried there.

If you want to go for the day, please call either Reita at 254-2694 or George 258-1725.  The bus will leave the town office building at 8:00 a.m.

Photo by Bill Ilott, used under Creative Commons License.

Stones and bones, where can they be? The mystery of Vernon’s vanished cemetery, Part II

By Barbara Emory Moseley

The Polly Lee Cemetery (see Part I) probably started as the family burying ground of the large Lee clan that, in 1781, moved to Vernon (at the time known as Hinsdale).

John Lee, the family patriarch and a widower, accompanied them. He died within a few years (1784) and is buried in the South Cemetery, with a slate gravestone. This implies that there had not yet been time to set aside land for a family cemetery.

The three older Lee sons cleared land for their farms in the area of today’s Newton Road. The youngest son, John, received the least desirable acreage but he made the most of it. It was rocky and mountainous, and tillable soil was pebbly as well. (more…)

Selectboard meeting, July 5, 2017

Here’s BCTV’s video of the Selectboard meeting on Wednesday, July 5, 2017 at 6:30pm. Scroll down for agenda with time stamps. Click here for the agenda for this meeting. Click here for the final approved minutes of this meeting.

00:06 – Pledge of Allegiance

00:28 – Additions to Agenda

02:15 – Chair’s Remarks

02:20 – Guests

02:25 – Public Comments

02:40 – Department Reports: EOC

10:44 – Approval of Minutes

11:25 – Treasurer’s Report

12:53 – New Business: CDL Policy – Drug and Alcohol Testing

20:48 – New Business: Amendments to Town Plan Discussion

22:18 – Old Business: Domestic Animal ORdinance

27:35 – Executive Session: Personnel

27:51 – Return to Meeting

28:00 – Public Participation

32:22 – Town Administrator’s Report

34:45 – Upcoming Meeting Schedule

Vernon teen swims, Thursday nights — Pool Party and Campout July 28

Thursday night teen night starts tomorrow June 29th! After closing for open swim at 8:00 pm, we reopen from 8:15-10:00 p.m. for teens. Minimum age entering grade 7. The same open swim rate applies ($2/residents $4/non residents). Enjoy the pool all to yourselves along with music and a camp fire on the deck!

Also, the annual youth pool party and campout is coming July 28! Here’s the scoop: