Historians news: Program about the Williams Farm which became Vermont Yankee

January 22, 2017 – Williams Farm Reminiscences

On Sunday, Jan. 22, at 1:30 p.m., the Vernon Historians will hold a brief business meeting downstairs at the Vernon Town Office Building.  Immediately following the meeting, at 2:00 p.m., Sandy Williams Morrison will present a program about the Williams Farm, the property where Vermont Yankee was built. The program will include a brief history of the Williams Farm, personal stories, and memories of growing up on the farm as a child.  The program is free and open to all, and refreshments will be served.  Please join us for a relaxing Sunday afternoon and share your own memories of farm life.

Selectboard meeting, Jan. 3, 2017

As filmed by Brattleboro Community Television, here’s the January 3 Selectboard meeting, with agenda item start times. Draft minutes will be posted here when made available.

Call to Order

00:35 – Welcome / Pledge of Allegiance

01:30 – Additions to Agenda

03:53 – Chair’s Remarks

04:05 – Guests

04:11 – Open Public Comments

04:21 – Approval of Minutes (more…)

Selectboard meeting, Dec. 19, 2016

As filmed by Brattleboro Community Television, here’s the Dec. 19, 201 Selectboard meeting, with agenda item start times. Click here to download draft minutes of this meeting.

00:37  –  Welcome / Pledge of Allegiance

01:00  –  Additions to Agenda

01:37  –  Chair’s Remarks

01:57  –  Public Comments – Junk Ordinance

31:58  –  Farmland Committee Report

37:00  –  Capital Plan Committee (more…)

‘Hunt’ing Down History, Part 17

By Barbara Emery Moseley

NOTE: This series chronicles the generations of Vernon’s Hunt family, all related to Jonathan Hunt of “Governor Hunt Road” fame. If you’ve missed any installments in this series, you can catch up here!

Severe cold and snow ushered in 1892. Daniel Burnham, construction supervisor at the Columbian Exposition, was living in a construction shanty on the Chicago fair grounds, heated by an immense fireplace. Workmen constructed a moveable enclosure that could be heated, so that “staff” could continue to be applied to the framework of unfinished buildings. Burnham was criticized by both Congress and the local Fair Committee that he was paying wages that were too high. He also built barracks within the park where workers could get three large meals a day and sleep in clean beds in a heated space. They were paid even if kept from working because of injury or illness. It resulted in a loyal work force that gave full measure in its 8-hour day.

Richard Morris Hunt had returned to his New York City office, but kept in touch with architect Charles McKim, who designed the Fair’s Agriculture Building. He visited the shanty and passed on information to Hunt of progress slowly being made.

Lake freighters were unloading wooden crates bearing labels in foreign words and alphabets. Gigantic draft horses drew wagon loads of exhibit materials destined for yet unfinished buildings. (more…)

January news from Vernon’s Churches

Vernon Advent Christian Church, located at 4554 Fort Bridgman Road at the VT/MA state line, meets every Sunday at 9:15 am for Sunday School classes for all ages. Morning worship begins at 10:30 am and Youth Group and Intercessory Prayer meet at 6:00 pm. Adult Bible study begins every Wednesday at 6:30 pm at the church and other Bible study meetings are held throughout the week. The building is handicapped accessible. Church Phone: 802-257-2341 or 413-498-4458. Pastor: Rev. Bruce C. Burks, email: pastorbruce@vernonadventchristianchurch.com. Website: www.vernonadventchristianchurch.com and FaceBook.


Mountain View Seventh-day Adventist Church, located at 1002 Fort Bridgman Road, Vernon, VT, meets every Saturday at 9:40 am for Sabbath School classes for all ages. Church service begins at 11:15 am. All are welcome. Church phone: 802-254-5088. Pastor Art Miller: 802-254-4477; email: artjudymiller@icloud.com. Website. Facebook.

Aged to Perfection,” a Women’s Barbershop Harmony quartet will present an evening of fun music January 14, 2017, at 6:30 pm at the Mountain View Seventh-day Adventist Church. This group won a gold medal for the Northeast and a bronze medal in the women’s international contest. All are welcome.


Vernon Union Church, located at 2631 Fort Bridgman Road (next to Vernon Hall), Vernon, VT. Meets every Sunday: 8:00 am, prayer time; 9:00 am, Bible study; 10:00 am, morning worship, followed by a social hour. Childcare is available. The church is fully handicapped accessible. Church phone: 802-257-8523. Minister: Rev. Terry Robinson, 802-258-2228. Email: vuch@vernonunion.comcastbiz.netWebsite.

Library budget issue

At their December 19, 2016, meeting, the members of the Vernon Selectboard voted to reduce the budget of the Vernon Free Library by $39,900.

The Library is petitioning to place an article before the voters at the March 2017 Town Meeting to restore $39,900 to the Library budget.

Since Entergy announced the closing of Vermont Yankee in 2013, the library has closed one day a week, cut the assistant position, and cut the Library budget by 12 percent. Copies of the petition are available to sign at the Library.

During the week January 9, the Vernon Free Library Trustees will be staffing an information table in the Town Office Building lobby, as an opportunity for residents to stop by to meet the Trustees and find out all the services that your Library has to offer.

 

 

Time to renew your dog license!

If you own a dog or wolf hybrid in Vernon, it’s time to renew your license. The cost is $9 for each neutered or spayed dog, and $13 dollars for each non-neutered dog.

Your pet must also be current on its rabies certificate for the year at the time of licensing.

As of today, Town Clerk Tim Arsenault is still trying to arrange for a rabies clinic in March.  We’ll post that information when a date is set (or keep an eye on the Vernon, Vermont Facebook Group page).

Photo by Maja Dumat, used under Creative Commons License.

Petitions now available for ballot positions

Town Clerk Tim Arsenault has announced that nominating petitions and candidate consent forms are now available at the Town Clerk’s office for the annual Vernon town elections to be held March 7, 2017. The following positions are up for election.

  •       Select board — 2 year
  •       Select board — 3 year
  •       School director — 3 year
  •       School director — 2 year
  •       School director — 1 year ( last year of an unexpired two year term )
  •       Town Treasurer — 3 years
  •       Lister — 3 years
  •       Town and school district moderator — 1 year
  •       First Constable — 1 year
  •       Second Constable — 1 year
  •       Delinquent Tax Collector — 1 year
  •       Town Agent  — 1 year
  •       Grand Juror  — 1 year

One percent of the checklist  ( 18 signatures ) is needed on petition forms. The deadline to have all forms back to the town Clerk’s office is January 30th, 2017 at 5 PM For more information, please contact the Town Clerk’s office at 257-0292.

Here are descriptions, furnished by Tim, of the duties of some of these offices:

Selectboard Members (elected)
General supervision and control over town; enacts ordinances, regulations, and policies for town; oversees town property and personnel; prepares, presents and manages budget; and oversees roads, including laying out, discontinuing, and reclassifying roads. Sits as local board of health, liquor control commission, and sewer commission. Should know the town well, be able to understand all sides of complex issues, and have very thick skin. 17 V.S.A. § 2646(4); 17 V.S.A. § 2649

School Board:
Shall determine the educational policies of the school district. May take any action that is required for the sound administration of the school district. Shall have the possession, care, control, and management of the property of the school district, subject to the authority vested in the electorate or any school district official. 16 V.S.A. § 563 (more…)

River, trails & recreation task force seeks members

Russ Rosinski, chair of the River, Trails, & Recreation Task Force, has been working toward gaining access to the Broad Brook boat launch and have an access path. Unfortunately, the Task Force is not making the progress the members had hoped for. Part of this is due to three of the six active group members are avid hunters so the timing isn’t great, but part is the amount (or lack thereof) free time group members have.  If any of you have some time to help out or know anyone who would be interested in joining the Task Force, please contact Russ at birddoghome@gmail.com or attend a meeting of the Task Force. The next meeting will be Thursday, Dec 8 at 6:30 pm in the school library.

‘Hunt’ing Down History, Part 16

By Barbara Emery Moseley

NOTE: This series chronicles the generations of Vernon’s Hunt family, all related to Jonathan Hunt of “Governor Hunt Road” fame. If you’ve missed any installments in this series, you can catch up here!

When Congress chose Chicago as the Columbian Exposition site over other contenders, including New York, St. Louis, and Philadelphia, the Chicago Committee received a telegram from Chauncey Depew. He was U.S. Congressman from New York, lawyer for the Vanderbilts, president of the New York Central Railroad, and one of the most witty and celebrated speakers of the day. The message, part of a letter also sent to the Chicago Tribune, warned: “Chicago is like the man who marries a woman with a ready-made family of twelve; the trouble has just begun.” His comment proved to have hit the nail on the head.

Burnham, who had convinced Richard Morris Hunt to be chief architect of the Exposition, and Frederick Law Olmsted its landscape designer, had expected to rely on his charismatic business partner, John Root, for help on the massive project. However, Root died of pneumonia just as preparation of the site was to begin. At least, the two, along with Hunt, had figured out how to combat the quicksand of Jackson Park, making it suitable for the erection of massive buildings. (more…)

Vernon Artisan Market: Dec. 10 & 11

In its second year, the Vernon Artisan Market will run for two days and feature work from some Vernon’s own creative residents. At the Market, visitors will find original paintings and jewelry, pottery, wreaths, quilts, jams and jellies, baskets, books, and holiday cards and gifts. And we are hoping for a visit on Sunday afternoon from that jolly old elf (Santa) who lives at the North Pole.

December news from Vernon’s Churches

Vernon Advent Christian Church, located at 4554 Fort Bridgman Road at the VT/MA state line, meets every Sunday at 9:15 am for Sunday School classes for all ages. Morning worship begins at 10:30 am and Youth Group and Intercessory Prayer meet at 6:00 pm. Adult Bible study begins every Wednesday at 6:30 pm at the church and other Bible study meetings are held throughout the week. The building is handicapped accessible. Church Phone: 802-257-2341 or 413-498-4458. Pastor: Rev. Bruce C. Burks, email: pastorbruce@vernonadventchristianchurch.com. Website and FaceBook.

The Vernon Advent Christian Church in Vernon, VT, welcomes you to our first-ever Christmas School on Saturday, December 17, from 9:30 am to 2 pm. This event is for ages K-6th grade and we would like you to come and join us as we learn about the true meaning of Christmas through Bible stories, songs, crafts, and games. Lunch will be provided. Parents: this may be a great time to get your last minute Christmas shopping done! Please pre-register by calling the church office at (802) 257-2341.


Mountain View Seventh-day Adventist Church, located at 1002 Fort Bridgman Road, Vernon, VT, meets every Saturday at 9:40 am for Sabbath School classes for all ages. Church service begins at 11:15 am. All are welcome. Church phone: 802-254-5088. Pastor Art Miller: 802-254-4477; email: artjudymiller@icloud.com.  Website. Facebook.

December 10, 6:30 to 8:00 pm, Mountain View Seventh-day Adventist Church will host an open house community event. The addition to the church now has flooring over the cement. Vermont singer Spencer Lewis will provide music and have CDs for sale. The evening will begin with a carol sing and some brief remarks. Members of the church will have tables highlighting activities of interest and upcoming events. You may also enjoy sitting in the church with the lights off to meditate. Light refreshments will be served. All are invited to this free event.


Vernon Union Church, located at 2631 Fort Bridgman Road (next to Vernon Hall), Vernon, VT. Meets every Sunday: 8:00 am, prayer time; 9:00 am, Bible study; 10:00 am, morning worship, followed by a social hour. Childcare is available. The church is fully handicapped accessible. Church phone: 802-257-8523. Minister: Rev. Terry Robinson, 802-258-2228. Email: vuch@vernonunion.comcastbiz.netWebsite.