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.

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.

Señor 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 25th 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 6-7:30pm at Vermont Woods Studios.

New recycling pick-up schedule: every other week

In an effort to decrease spending, Vernon will be adjusting the pick-up schedule for recyclables. Beginning on August 11, 2016 recyclables will be picked up every other week beginning with A streets (B streets will NOT be picked up on August 11th). Please consult the chart below  to determine if you live on an A street or a B street.

All other procedures for recycling will remain the same. Curbside recycling accepts plastics #1 – #7. Plastics #1 and #2 can be recycled in bin at the Town Garage anytime.

TRASH WILL STILL BE COLLECTED EVERY WEEK.

If you have questions, please contact the Town Offices at 802-257-0292 or email the Town Administrator at VernonTA@vernonvt.org.  Thank you for your patience and understanding as we go through this transition.

READ MORE FOR COMPLETE SCHEDULE: (more…)

Miller Farm to celebrate 100 years with an open house July 17

The whole Miller farm family

The whole Miller farm family

Sunday, July 17 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The Miller family has been dairy farming for 100 years at the crossroads of Fort Bridgman Road (Route 142), Governor Hunt Road and the New England Central Railroad.

And on July 17, they’re celebrating with an open house from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. to which all residents and interested people are invited.

The celebration features hayride tours and guided walking tours of the farm, a display by Stonyfield Yogurt, and refreshments including anniversary cake, milk, cheese and cookies. There a small petting zoo with heifers and goats, and visitors can “touch a tractor,” play farm games, and of course meet the farmers.

At about 1 p.m. that day, there will be some formalities to mark the occasion, including speeches by John Meyers, president of the Holstein Association USA (the world’s largest cattle breed organization, which is based in Brattleboro) and Ryan Mclaren of Congressman Peter Welch’s staff. (more…)

Vernon community action plan to be developed on July 7

The Vermont Council on Rural Development will hold its third, and last, major session in the Vernon Community Visit process on July 7; all residents of the town are welcome to help line up action plans to move priority projects forward.

At the Community Meeting Day in June over 50 Vernon residents came together to set core priorities for future action in town. They reviewed 15 ideas that were gathered from focus forums in May with residents at the Vernon Community Visit Day and chose priorities designed to boost the community and advance the town’s economy into the future. At the end of the session, participants signed up as volunteers to advance these new initiatives.

On July 7, these new task forces will meet in the Vernon Town Office building to frame out action plans and work with a resource team of federal, state, business, and non-profit leaders to identify next steps and resources that can help them succeed. So far, members of the Resource Team will include: Ben Doyle (USDA Rural Development), Craig Whipple (VT State Parks Director), Paul Bruhn (Preservation Trust), Gary Holloway (VT Department of Housing and Community Development), Susan McMahon and Jeff Nugent (Windham Regional Commission), Nancy Owens (Housing Vermont), Joan Weir (Vermont Land Trust), Patrick Olstad (Landworks), and Kate Ash (Senator Leahy’s Office). (more…)