Selectboard meeting, November 21, 2017

Here’s BCTV’s video of the November 21, 2017 Selectboard meeting. Scroll down for time-stamped agenda. Minutes will be posted here when available.

Call to Order
00:25 – Additions to Agenda
01:25 – Chair’s Remarks
01:43 – Open Public Comments
01:50 – Department Reports
01:52 – Approval of Minutes
02:23 – Treasurer’s Report: Bills and Warrants
03:07 – New Business: Black Gum Swamp Class 1 Designation request
05:06 – New Business: Town Credit Card for Town Administrator
05:35 – New Business: Town Office Selling VAST registration and Snowmobile Club memberships
06:14 – New Business: American Flags on Vernon Roads
06:46 – New Business: Elderly Assistance Requet
09:28 – Old Business: Property Tax Adjustment Late Filing Penalty Waiver Request
10:07 – Public Participation
10:22 – Correspondence
10:28 – Town Administrator’s Report
10:33 – Upcoming Meeting Schedule

Town receives grant for Village Center development planning

The Town of Vernon has been selected to receive a 2018 Municipal Planning Grant from the Vermont Department of Housing and Community Development, it was announced yesterday by Katie Buckley, Commissioner of the department.

The purpose of the grant is to support the process of developing the area designated by the state as a Vermont Village Center earlier this year. The designated area includes the Town Office building, the elementary school, the Governor Hunt House, a number of residential properties and some undeveloped land.

In congratulating the town for receiving the grant, Buckley (who lives in Guilford) said: “Vernon is undergoing a transformation unlike any other Vermont town. From my perch as neighbor and state official, it is so exciting to watch your local leadership and broader community embrace change with a clear vision and positive approach.”

The town, in partnership with the non-profit organization Friends of Vernon Center, will use the grant to prepare a conceptual master plan, including a detailed action plan to bring new businesses, homes and vitality to the village.

The state’s grant is for $20,000, which will be matched with $4,000 from the Friends of Vernon Center, and $2,000 from the budget of the town’s Planning and Economic Development Commission, for a total project cost of $26,000.

According to Buckley, this planning round was competitive, with 50 proposals requesting over $600,000 from towns and cities across the state for funding to improve their communities. Grants totaling $464,920 were awarded to 37 projects.  (Click here for additional details on all of the funded projects.)

After grant paperwork is completed in December, the Town and the Friends will  begin finding and engaging planning consultants. As part of the process, there will be community meetings for residents to provide input on the types of development to be pursued in and near the Village Center area.

Selectboard meeting, November 7, 2017

Here’s BCTV’s video of the November 7, 2017 Selectboard meeting. Scroll down for time-stamped agenda. Click here for minutes of this meeting.

Call to Order / Welcome / Pledge of Allegiance
00:25. – Additions to Agenda
01:30. – Chair’s Remarks
02:02. – Guests
02:04. – Open Public Comments
02:10. – Department Reports
02:12. – Approval of Minutes
04:07. – Treasurer’s Report: Bills and Warrants
05:16. – New Business: Town Acceptance of Hemlock Road and Aspen Lane
09:25. – New Business:Library and Lobby Keys for Volunteers
10:40. – New Business: Elevator Inspection Contract
12:10. – New Business: Jean Carr Development Rights
16:49. – New Business:Press Kit
22:10. – New Business: Town Plan Updates
24:35. – New Business: Homestead Exemption
27:14. – Old Business
27:15. – Public Participation
27:18. – Correspondence
28:24. – Town Administrator’s Report
32:05. – Power Outage Discussion
35:24. – Upcoming Meetings

Book signing by Rebecca Hammond Yager

Author Rebecca Hammond Yager will be in Vernon on Saturday, November 18, for a book signing in the lobby of the Town Office & Library, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. She’s bringing a tableful of scrumptious baked delights, coffee, cider and hot chocolate, along with signed copies of her books Winds Cove, Beauty and The Beast, and her new Christmas novella A Midsummer Night’s Snow. The books are available for purchase, but the food and coffee are free!

Possible armed standoff in Vernon ends up as apparent false alarm

Traffic was restricted last night and this morning in the Vernon Estates area of Pond Road, and residents of the Vernon Estates neighborhood were evacuated, based on fears of an armed intruder in one of the homes there. But the situation ended up peacefully mid-morning when the house was searched and no one was found inside.

Here are the two successive bulletins issued by the Windham County Sheriff’s Department:

6:30 a.m.:

Incident: Report of man with rifle entering residence in Vernon VT
Date: Nov 05, 2017 at approximately 9:30 pm.
Location: Vernon Estates Drive, Vernon

Description: On November 05, 2017 The Windham County Sheriff’s Office received a 911 call from a Vernon residence stating that a man with a rifle had entered a residence on Vernon Estates Drive.

Responding deputies spoke with the complainant who advised he had arrived at the home he shares with his elderly father. According to the complaintant, when he entered the home his father motioned for him to stay out because there was a man with the gun in the house. (more…)

Dog license information

By Tim Arsenault, Town Clerk

One of the duties of a Town Clerk is to license dogs, and that means ALL dogs six months of age or over. If you purchase a dog anytime during the year, Vermont state law says the dog needs to be licensed once it becomes six months old.  A valid rabies certificate is needed at the time of licensing. In recent weeks, I’ve gotten the vaccination updates from a number of area veterinarians, and  I’ve found a few dogs that were vaccinated, but not yet licensed. If you have not gotten a call about that, it’s coming.

If your dog has passed away during the year, please contact our office and let us know. A simple phone call or a note in the mail saves both of us the added angst of letters and phone calls to the owners of unlicensed dogs next year.

If you ever have any questions about what is required under the law, Please call our office at 257-0292, extension 12, or email

November 2017 news from Vernon’s churches

Advent Christian Church

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 a.m. and Youth Group and Intercessory Prayer meet at 6:00 p.m. 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. Senior Pastor: Rev. Bruce C. Burks, Associate Pastor, Rev. Derek Irvine; email: Website: and FaceBook.  Detailed Calendar of Events for November.

The Vernon Advent Christian Church will host a community dinner on Saturday, December 2nd at 6 P.M. It will be helpful if any planning to come would RSVP by calling 802-257-1972 or the church office, 802-257-2341.

Mountain View Seventh-day Adventist Church

Mountain View Seventh-day Adventist Church, located at 1002 Fort Bridgman Road, Vernon, VT, meets every Saturday at 9:30 AM for Sabbath School classes for all ages. Church service begins at 11:00 AM. All are welcome. The church building is handicapped accessible. A fellowship meal is provided after the church service.

Starting Friday November 3 at 7:00 PM, Mountain View will be showing “500,” a newly produced, landmark documentary series by It Is Written about the Reformation. Topics include “The Celtic Connection,” “Here I Stand!”, “The Counter-Reformation,” “A Wall of Separation” and more. “500” will continue Friday nights at 7:00 PM through December 1. Check out our website for more information.

Our 2017-2018 season of “Music at Mountain View” concert series kicks off on Saturday night November 11 at 6:30 PM. Vocalist Elvis Foster will be performing. Admission is free and all are welcome! The concert will be followed by light refreshments.

Mark your calendar for Saturday night December 23! For the first time, Mountain View will be having a Live Nativity! More details will be included in next month’s newsletter (or check out our website and Facebook page closer to Christmastime).

Wednesday night Prayer Meeting has been cancelled for the month of November, due to the “500” series. We plan to resume Prayer Meetings in December.

Starting Friday nights in January 2018, we will be holding a Prophecy Studies vespers. All are welcome to attend.

The Depression/Anxiety Recovery Seminar series will begin Monday January 29. There will be two sessions a week for eight weeks. More information to come.

We recently launched a new church website! The link is  – please bookmark it and check back often for new events and information! The website has been optimized for both desktop and mobile browsing. Please check out the various pages and ministries so that you can take advantage of the free resources we have available!

Follow us on social media to learn more about upcoming events and other news! InstagramFacebookTwitterYouTube channelWebsite.

Contact information:
Email: Church phone: 802-254-5088 (Saturdays only).
Pastor Art Miller: 802-490-0751 (cell) and 802-254-4477 (home); email:

Vernon Union Church

Vernon Union Church, located at 2631 Fort Bridgman Road (next to Vernon Hall), Vernon, VT. Meets every Sunday at 10:00 a.m. for morning worship, followed by a social hour. During November, there will be guest preachers, to be arranged — check sign board outside the church. Childcare is available. The church is fully handicapped accessible. Church phone: 802-257-8523. Email:

November 2017 news from the Vernon Free Library


  • Monday 1-6pm
  • Tuesday 9-noon & 1-6
  • Wednesday 1-6pm
  • Thursday 1-6pm
  • Friday – CLOSED
  • Saturday 9-12 noon

CLOSED for Veterans Day, Saturday, November 11       


  • Coloring Club – Every Monday @ 1pm
  • Cribbage Club – Every Wednesday @ 11am
  • Knitting Group – Every Wednesday 1-2pm
  • Reading Group – 2nd Thursday of the month @ 5pm
  • Rhyme Time – Every Monday @ 10:30 am for ages 0 to 3 yrs. & siblings

Reading Group will be meeting Thursday, November 8th at 5 pm. We are reading CHERRY HARVEST by Lucy Sanna.

RECIPES for our COMMUNITY COOKBOOK are still being accepted until Monday, November 6th!

DO YOU HAVE PAPERBACK BOOKS YOU NO LONGER WANT? The library is in need of paperback book donations for our ongoing book sale! If you would like to donate, please drop books off during library hours only! Thank you!

Tales from the Whithed Cemetery — Part I

By Barbara Emery Moseley

With this chapter we conclude the previous series (“Stones & Bones, Where can they be?“) which related to the now-vanished Polly Lee Cemetery and various generations of the Lee family in Vernon, and begin an exploration of another family that has a cemetery named after them — the Whitheds. (The Whithed cemetery is on Route 142 just north of the intersection with Newton Road.)

Marshall Whithed

Marshall Whithed was a prosperous landowner in town. In the 1840s, the imminent arrival of trains prompted the building of hotels at each stop. The enterprising Marshall Whithed built a large two-story hotel, the Whithed House, in the center of town, immediately north of the present day Vernon Union Church.

Its upstairs contained a large hall, with a stage and dressing rooms. Dancing was a popular pastime.

The ground floor housed the post office and general store. Its merchandise was delivered to a river landing. Old account books note the purchase of cloth, needles, kerosene, stationery, patent medicines, etc. Anxious relatives would visit the post office, hoping to receive a letter from a loved one, far away on a Civil War battlefield.

Much like the bed-and-breakfast of today, the Whithed House did the same. Water for the house and guests came from a spring through hollowed-out pump logs, each being tapered like a pencil fitting into the next. On the bank near the railroad was a patch of “blue clay.” It was used to seal each joint. (more…)