‘Hunt’ing down history (Part 13)

by Barbara Emery Moseley

Before the Hunt family’s move to Europe, Richard Morris Hunt had attended the prestigious Boston Latin School where, coincidentally, a Hunt cousin of his was headmaster. It was well known as a school that prepared boys for Harvard.

Instead, the family moved to Europe where Richard began his college education in Switzerland. Then, following in the footsteps of his brother, William Morris Hunt, he went to the École des Beaux Arts in Paris. There, he was the pupil and colleague of Hector Martin Lefuel, architect to Napoleon III.

In a letter to his mother, Richard complained that he “had been told America was not ready for the Fine Arts, but I think they are … Why shouldn’t our public buildings rival or even surpass those of Europe?” So, at the age of twenty-seven, he returned to the United States.

It was a disappointing beginning for the 27-year-old, but he resisted the ardent entreaties of his colleagues in Europe, that he return. His persistence was rewarded, and he became known as one of the greatest American architects of the 19th century. (more…)

Bone builders news

Bone Builders has been given permission to meet at the Huckle Hill Senior Housing Building at 82 Huckle Hill Road, Vernon VT.  The twice-weekly exercise group is designed and sponsored by RSVP to prevent and reverse osteoporosis.  Free sessions will meet on Monday and Wednesday from 9:30 – 10:30. Weights are provided for participants.  More information is available from RSVP Coordinator Steve Ovenden, 802-254-7515.

September 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@vernonadventchristian.com. website: www.vernonadventchristianchurch.com and FaceBook: Vernon AC Church.

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.

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.net. Website.  Facebook.

Protecting your home against burglaries

The Windham County Sheriff’s Office, in response to the Selectboard’s concern about the recent break-ins in the area, offers the following advice on what Vernon residents can do to protect their homes and valuables.

The discussion of home burglaries can be separated into two categories: Prevention/Deterrence and Capture. There are some very basic steps to take to deter thieves, the simplest being to lock all your doors and windows that are easily accessible when you are not home. Thieves will typically look for the easiest and safest target; locked entry points will cause them to move on. Other simple steps include keeping your blinds or shades drawn and expensive items out of sight as much as possible. If theives cannot see in or cannot see items worth stealing, they will likely move on. Outdoor lighting and landscaping can also be of great value in detering thieves. They are less likely to burglarize a home that is well lit because there is an increased risk of exposure or being caught in the act. If you have large shrubs or bushes near your windows or doorways, keep them trimmed and viewable from the roadway, Again, thieves do not want to be seen. (more…)

Property Tax Notice

Property tax bills have gone out to all Vernon town residents. If you are expecting a bill and have not yet received one, please contact the Treasurer’s office immediately. Real estate taxes are due and payable in “3 payments”, first – due SEPTEMBER 8, 2016; second – due JANUARY 12, 2017; and third – due MAY 4, 2017.

The Treasurer’s office is open Monday through Thursday from 6:00 am to 4:00 pm and for your convenience, we will be open on Labor Day (September 5) from 6:00 am until noon. We will also be extending our hours as follows: September 7 & 8, January 11 & 12, and May 3 & 4 from 6:00 am until 6:00 pm. Please be advised that we also accept postmarked envelopes, so if our office is closed please drop your payment at the post office.

If you have any questions, please contact the Treasurer’s office at (802) 257-3077.

Vernon Historians – Annual Mums and More Sale

The annual “Mums and More Sale” will be held on Sunday, August 21, from 2-5 p.m. at the Vernon Historical Museum located at 4201 Fort Bridgman Road.  The sale is a fundraiser for the Vernon Historians and will feature:
  • a nice selection of mum plants from Griffin Gardens
  • beautiful, functional stoneware pottery by Pacem Pottery (Bronna Zlochiver)
  • a delicious selection of jams, dilly beans, pickles, and other tasty treats made by Carol Moore
  • a variety of hand-crafted items made by Jean Carr and June Courtemanche

While there, be sure to visit the Museum and Museum Annex Building, a great place to bring friends and relatives who are visiting the area.  The Museum will be open for visitors during the sale, and Vermont projects by the Vernon Elementary School 4th grade will be on display in the Annex Building.  The Museum is open each year, from June through September, on Sunday afternoons from 2-4 p.m. and also by appointment.  Visit Vernon Historians, Inc. on Facebook for more information.

Photo: Mums by DD (used under Creative Commons license)

Act 46 School consolidation forum — August 9

Act 46 Forum — August 1, 2016, 6:00 PM — Vernon Elementary School Cafeteria

Here’s what’s on the ballot: 

Article 1: Shall the Vernon Town School District, a member of the Brattleboro Union High School District # 6, vote to withdraw from the Brattleboro Union High School District pursuant to provisions of 16 V.S.A. Sec. 721a?

What does a YES vote to leave the BUHS #6 mean to our community? (more…)

August news from Vernon 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@vernonadventchristian.com. website:  www.vernonadventchristianchurch.com and FaceBook: Vernon AC Church.

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.

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.net. Website.  Facebook.

Monarch butterfly expert to visit Vernon

Vermont Woods Studios is sponsoring an educational “Save the Monarchs” Tour with Mexican monarch butterfly habitat expert Jose Luis Alvarez. The purpose of the tour is to raise awareness about destruction of the monarch’s habitat both here in the U.S. and Mexico.

Senor Alvarez will start his tour in Vernon and then travel to Boston, Burlington, New Haven, NYC and Philadelphia. He’ll be sharing his experiences about monarch evolution, migration, discovery of over-wintering grounds, population swings, deforestation & reforestation, US habitat issues and threats.

The tour will begin on Thursday, August 25 with a kickoff event at Vermont Woods Studios on Huckle Hill Rd in Vernon, VT.  Other venues include the Massachusetts Horticultural Society, Boston Museum of Science, Harvard’s Arnold Arboretum, ECHO Lake Aquarium and Science Center in Burlington, VT, Marsh Botanical Garden at Yale University, Audubon Greenwich and the Philadelphia Zoo (schedule and details).

Monarchs are kind of amazing when you think about it… for 10,000 years, each monarch butterfly that’s flown South after enjoying the summer in Vermont has headed to over-winter in the oyamel forests of Michoacan, Mexico. That migration, perhaps the most complex of any animal throughout time, will soon disappear unless we work together as neighbors to conserve the butterfly’s habitat in both Mexico and the USA.

Come meet Señor Alvarez and learn how you can help save the monarch butterfly, Thursday evening, August 25, 6-7:30 pm at Vermont Woods Studios.

Property tax reminder from the Treasurer’s office

Property tax bills have gone out to all Vernon town residents. If you are expecting a bill and have not yet received one, please contact the Treasurer’s Office immediately. Real estate taxes are due and payable in “3 payments”, first – due SEPTEMBER 8, 2016, second – due JANUARY 12, 2017 and third – due MAY 4, 2017.

Our office is open Monday thru Thursday 6:00 am to 4:00 pm and for your convenience we will be open on Labor Day (September 5) 6:00 am until noon. We will also be extending our hours as follows; September 7 & 8, January 11 & 12 and May 3 & 4 from 6:00 am until 6:00 pm. Please be advised that we also accept postmarks, so if our office is closed please drop your payment at the post office.

If you have any questions, please contact the Treasurer’s office at (802) 257-3077.

Primary election voting on August 9: some changes, and sample ballots

On August 9, two important matters will be before Vernon voters: a decision on whether to withdraw from the Brattleboro Union High School (BUHS) District; and a set of choices in the statewide primary. To view sample ballots, click here:

SCHOOL DISTRICT BALLOT (PDF)

STATEWIDE PRIMARY BALLOT (PDF)

Vernon residents who vote in the state primary this August 9 will see something a little different. For the first time, the Town Clerk’s office will  use the ACCU-Vote scanner to count the results. Vermont law now requires the device in state and federal elections for all towns with a checklist of over 1000 voters. Town Clerk Tim Arsenault  says the device will be a labor saver, since the accuracy of the count will mean that only write in votes will be counted by hand.

The change is not without its cost, since the state will pay only a portion of the cost for programming computer cards used in the machines. For that reason, Arsenault says, town meeting elections will still be counted by hand.

As for the primary itself, voters will be handed a Republican, a Democratic and Progressive ballot. Voters will only vote in one party, placing the other two in an unvoted box and putting the voted ballot in the machine for counting. Residents will also be voting whether to have the town withdraw from the Brattleboro Union High School District. The ballots, on a separate sheet, will be counted by hand.

Balloting will take place in the town hall at 567 Governor Hunt Road, from 7 a.m. until 7 p.m. on primary day. If you’d like, you can vote absentee until 5 PM the day before the election. The registration deadline for new voters is 5 PM on August 3.