Selectboard meeting, Feb. 20, 2018

Here is BCTV’s video of the Selectboard meeting on Feb. 20, 2018. Scroll down for time-stamped agenda. Minutes will be posted here when available.

• 00:00:00 Call to Order and Pledge of Allegiance
• 00:00:30 Additions to Agenda
• 00:02:27 Approval of Minutes February 6, 2018
• 00:03:30 Treasurer’s Report/ Bill and Warrants
• 00:04:00 New Business
⁃ 00:04:20 Bylaws Zoning Changes
⁃ 00:06:22 Local Government Day update
⁃ 00:07:30 Articles for Town Meeting
⁃ 00:14:58 RFQ Planning Commission
• 00:17:30 Old Business
⁃ 00:17:35 Membership to CWAC
• 00:20:20 Executive Session – Contractual Matter
• 00:21:57 Road Inspection and Meeting Minutes January 17, 2018
• 00:23:00 Upcoming Meeting Schedule
• 00:24:57 Adjourned

About those four confusing Library articles at Town Meeting

You may have noticed, in the 2018 Town Meeting articles, that there are four Library Trustees positions to be voted on (Articles 6, 7, 8, and 9). You may be wondering what that is all about. You are not alone; several people have asked if we four (Ellen Hardy, Ruth Kibby, Janis Pereira, and Bronna Zlochiver) have all left the Board at the same time and, if so, why.
Well, we are here to answer your concerns and assure you that none of us want to leave the Library Board of Trustees; it just so happened that our terms came open at the same time this year. Here’s how that happened.
The regular three-year terms for both Janis and Bronna are up this year (March of 2018).
Ellen and Ruth were appointed by the Selectboard in 2017 to fill unexpired terms that end in March of 2019. By Vermont law, these appointments are until the next Town Meeting, at which voters will elect Trustees to fill these unexpired terms. In this case, both Ellen and Ruth want to continue serving, so they must be elected at the 2018 Town Meeting in March to fill the two unexpired terms.
All four of us want to continue serving on the Library Board of Trustees, so please vote for us at Town Meeting in March.
Thank you,
Ellen Hardy
Ruth Kibby
Janis Pereira
Bronna Zlochiver

Selectboard meeting, Feb. 6, 2018

Here is video recorded by BCTV of the Feb. 6, 2018 meeting of the Vernon Selectboard. Scroll down for time-stamped agenda. Minutes.

0:00:00 – Call to Order
0:00:26 – Additions to Agenda
0:02:54 – Approval of Minutes
0:03:32 – Public Hearing Report and Update
0;04:05 – Bills and Warrants
0:05:18 – New Business
0:05:20 – Girl Scout Cookies/Historians Food Sate
0:05:50 – Clean Water Advisory Committee
0:07:32 – Membership to VCRD
0:11:24 – Pole Lights
0:14:50 – Joint Meeting with School Board Members
0:28:40 – Correspondence
0:30:39 – Town Treasurer update
0:32:50 – Town Administrator’s Report
0:34:51 – Adjourned

“J. O.” Frost, Vernon’s entrepreneur

Lincoln log cabin at Central Park, Vernon VT

By Barbara Emery Moseley

Julius O. “J. O.” Frost was a wealthy grain merchant, breeder of prize cattle and swine, breeder of fancy fowl and an extensive landowner in Vernon.

In 1895, J. O. opened “Central Park” — an amusement center — at the center of town, located on land now used by Vernon Hall, Vernon Green and Vernon Birches. It had its own railroad flag stop about opposite the Vernon Union Church.

Next to Central Park he owned the Whithed House, a large building that included the family home, the post office, and a store. At the store one could find sewing and knitting supplies, chewing tobacco, patent medicines and kerosene for lamps. (more…)

Vernon Free Library news for February, 2018


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


  • MONDAY, February 19th – Presidents’ Day


  • Coloring Club – Every Monday @ 1pm
  • Cribbage Club – Every Wednesday @ 11am
  • Children’s Knitting Group – Tuesdays @ 2:45pm   NEW!
  • 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

“A library outranks any other one thing a community can do to benefit its people. It is a never failing spring in the desert.”

                                                             — Andrew Carnegie


Friends of Vernon Center embark on village planning effort

During the “Town Visit” visioning program carried out in Vernon during 2016 by the Vermont Council on Rural Development, Vernon residents, in a collaborative process, settled on a number of initiatives they would like to see carried out to move the town forward economically and socially.

These initiatives include the development of a village center — the town does not currently have a traditional village cluster of homes and businesses — as well as the development of a store, café and gathering place. The area between and surrounding the Vernon Elementary School and the Town Office Building was selected as the preferred location for a village center to be developed.

The task forces that were formed to pursue the village center and store/café merged early in 2017, and created a non-profit organization, the Friends of Vernon Center, Inc., for the purpose of pursuing both goals.

The Friends are chaired by Arthur Miller, co-owner of the Miller Farm. Officers are Martin Langeveld, Vice President; Tom Rappaport, Secretary; and Kathy Korb, Treasurer. In addition the following residents serve on the organization’s board: Jessica Butterfield, John Butterfield, Jean Carr, Peggy Farabaugh, Heather Frost, Jeff Hardy, and Kerry Mulverhill.

The Friends worked with the Vernon Planning Commission and the Selectboard to apply to the Vermont Downtown Development Board for designation of the area in question as an official Vermont Village Center. That designation also entailed an amendment to the Town Plan. (more…)

February 2018 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.

Beginning in March, Vernon Advent Christian Church plans to open “Bread of Life Food Pantry” two days a month, times to be announced.  We will offer non-perishable food items, toiletries, etc.  Donations from townsfolk are welcome, paying particular attention to expiration dates.

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 February.

Mountain View Seventh-day Adventist Church

Mountain View Seventh-day Adventist Church, located at 1002 Fort Bridgman Road, Vernon, VT, meets every Saturdayat 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.

The New England Youth Ensemble will be performing a concert on Saturday February 3 at 6:30 pm. The concert is free and all are welcome to attend. There will be refreshments served after the concert.

Prayer Meeting is held on Wednesdays at 7:00 PM at the home of Paul and Mary Miller (5 Tyler Hill Road in Vernon). For more information, call 802-254-9464.

Join us for a Prophecy Studies vespers each Friday night at 7:00 PM at the church. All are welcome to attend. This special vespers series will run for approximately four more months.

The Depression/Anxiety Recovery Seminar series began Monday January 29 but it’s not too late to join! There will be two sessions a week for eight weeks. There is a fee for this seminar series. Please contact Doug Holway at for more information.

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. It meets every Sunday at 10:00 a.m. for morning worship, followed by a social hour. The first Sunday of the month is Communion Sunday and a potluck meal . Nursery is available.  Currently each Sunday there is  a guest preacher. On Feb. 4: Earl Jackson. On Feb. 11: Jim Browning, Jr. — check sign board outside the church for future dates.  Childcare is available. The church is fully handicapped accessible. Church phone: 802-257-8523, leave message. For quicker response phone elder Bill Marcy: 413-498-2279. Facebook page.

Candidates and ballot question for March 6 Town Election

The following candidates and ballot question will appear on the ballot for the town election to be held on March 6. Asterisks (*) denote incumbents.

Select Board

  • 3 year term: *Josh Unruh
  • 2 year term: Chris Parker (The incumbent, Steve Skibniowsky, is not running for re-election)

Vernon School board

  • 3 year term: *Mike Hebert
  • 2 year term: *Sandy Morrison


  • 3 year term: *William Hammond

Delinquent Tax Collector

  • 1 year term: *Marylynn Scherlin

First Constable

  • 1 year term: *Peter Crossmon

Second Constable

  • 1 year term: *Scott Lane

Town Moderator 

  • 1 year term: *Timothy Arsenault

School Moderator

  • 1 year term: Timothy Arsenault

Town Agent

  • 1 year term: no candidates

Grand Juror

  • 1 year term: no candidates

School Budget ballot question

  • Shall the voters of the school district approve the school board to expend $5,730,650, which is the amount the school board has determined to be necessary for the ensuing fiscal year? It is determined that this proposed budget, if approved, will result in education spending of $15,300 per equalized pupil. This projected spending per equalized pupil is 8.2% lower than spending for the current year.

Selectboard meeting video, Jan. 17, 2018

Here’s video of the Jan. 17, 2018 meeting of the Selectboard, as recorded by BCTV. Scroll down for time-stamped agenda. Minutes will be posted here when available.

Public Hearing
01:36 – Welcome / Pledge of Allegiance
01:56 – Additions to Agenda
02:15 – Chair’s Remarks
02:17 – Guests/Open Public Comments (non-Agenda Items Only)
02:27 – Department Report: Highway
24:26 – Approval of Minutes
25:43 – Treasurer’s Report: Bills and Warrants
26:51 – New Business: Acceptance of Hemlock Road and Aspen Lane as Class 3 Roads
27:16 – New Business: Sheriff’s Department
31:36 – New Business: Investment Discussion
53:51 – New Business: Articles for Annual Town Meeting
1:40:17 – Public Participation (Agenda Items Only)
1:40:36 – Correspondence
1:40:54 – Town Administrator’s Report
1:44:56 – Upcoming Meetings

Selectboard meeting video, January 2, 2018

Here’s BCTV’s video of the January 2, 2018 meeting of the Selectboard. Scroll down for time-stamped agenda. Click here for minutes of this meeting.

Call to Order/Welome/Pledge of Allegiance
00:24 – Additions to Agenda
01:00 – Chair’s Remarks
01:01 – Guests/Open Public Comments
01:17 – Approval of Minutes
02:45 – Treasurer’s Report: Bills and Warrants
03:50 – New Business: Loader Bids
11:04 – New Business: Letter to Gov Scott re: VY Position
15:10 – New Business: WRC Liaison Appointment
18:24 – New Business: PAYT Bags @ Cold Brook General Store
26:18 – Budget Review
1:42:19 – Public Participation
1:42:23 – Correspondence
1:43:05 – Town Administrator’s Report
1:45:10 – Upcoming Meetings Schedule