Vernon Historians news

The Vernon Historians will have their quarterly meeting on Tuesday, July 12, starting at 6:30 p.m. at the Town Office Building.

Paul Miller will present a short program on the history of the Miller Farm, including pictures and stories.

The Miller Farm will be hold an open house on July 17th to celebrate their 100th anniversary.

Refreshments will be served. This event is free and open to the public.

The pool is open!

The Vernon Recreation Center swimming pool opens Tuesday, June 14 at 1 p.m.!

Pool passes are priced as follows:

  • Resident family pool pass, good for the whole season for the whole family — $40
  • Resident one-day pass for one person: $2
  • Non-resident family pool pass, good for the whole season for the whole family — $90
  • Non-residents one-day pass for one person: $4
  • Senior (65 and over, resident/non-resident) one-day pass $1
  • 2 year-olds and younger: no charge

All passes can be purchased at the pool, or by mail using this form. Fill out the form, bring it to the pool with payment, or mail it to with payment to the Vernon Recreation Department at P.O. Box 56, Vernon, Vt. 05354.

Once your registration form and payment is received, a confirmation letter along with your pass number will be sent to you. This number, along with your name must be logged in at the front desk. A complete list of family names and pass numbers will be kept at the front desk should you lose or forget yours (I.D. will be required). 2 years of age and younger may swim at no cost.


Adult Swim Open Swim Teen Night
Monday 1:00-5:00, 6:00-8:00
Tuesday 1:00-5:00, 6:00-8:00
Wednesday 1:00-5:00, 6:00-8:00
Thursday 1:00-5:00, 6:00-8:00 8:15-10:00
Friday 12:00-1:00 1:00-5:00, 6:00-8:00
Saturday 11:00-12:00 12:00-5:00, 6:00-8:00
Sunday 1:00-5:00, 6:00-8:00

A parent/infant swim and an aquatic aerobics program will be scheduled at a later date.

The pool will be closed to the public on the evening of the youth pool party. This information will be posted at the pool .

Swim lesson info and sign-up form with pool rules.

Contact the recreation department with any questions.

Save the date — June 25 — for the Town Picnic, Firefighters’ Muster and Fireworks!

Come out Saturday, June 25 for the Town Picnic and Firefighters’ Muster. Play in the Softball Game (from 9:30 to 11 am) between Vernon Residents and Town Employees. Enjoy the Penny Carnival from 3 to 5 pm ($1 will buy you an arm’s length of GAME tickets!). Bring a dish to share to the Town Potluck from 5 to 7 pm. And Dance to a DJ at the Pavilion and stay to watch the Fireworks.

Plus, at 12 noon, cheer on the Vernon Fire Department as they take on area fire departments in firefighter games in the Firefighters’ Muster. Enjoy a VFD BBQ for lunch, too.

For more information on how you or your business or organisation can be involved, contact Josh Unruh at 802-380-2875. Please contact Josh if you would like to volunteer your time. As Josh says, “We need all kinds of help for all kinds of different things.”

Vernon’s Community Visit sets priorities: village center, community store and outdoor recreation

Farmer and pastor Art Miller challenged his community to “think big.”

“I know with the Planning Commission, we had the gas plant we batted around town. That’s suspended as far as I know in this point of time,” he said, referring to the Kinder Morgan pipeline project being shelved. “That’s a big thing.”

With the shutdown of nuclear plant Vermont Yankee comes a significant reduction in taxes paid to the town. And that amount is only going to shrink as time goes on.

Miller, who told residents that a second Community Visit meeting Thursday with the Vermont Council of Rural Development was a chance for them to be “bold and creative” about solutions for Vernon, was selected to serve as chairman of the process. The Community Visit is funded through the Windham County Economic Development Program, which was created in a settlement between Yankee owner Entergy and the state of Vermont to assist with the anticipated loss of about 600 jobs.

Residents decided new priorities should include creating a village center and opening a community store or cafe. Also on the list was improving trails and outdoor recreation with a thought to conservation and developing the riverfront.


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My hero — the story of Bob “Howie” Howe

By Christiane Howe

Although Bob “Howie” Howe did not die during combat, he did die still fighting the war. This is my tribute to him. I love you and miss you, honey, each and every day. My only solace is that you are no longer fighting and you are at peace and with the Lord you so faithfully served.

Bob Howe grew up in Vernon, VT. He graduated B.U.H.S. class of 1967. By 1968, he was tired of waiting for his draft number to come up and decided to gamble a little and get on with his life and got married. While in Vietnam, Bob was one of our American heroes; while fighting a war, he received a “Dear John” letter, therefore, not only did he battle the Viet Cong, at the same time, he also battled a broken heart. I remember him telling me that he wanted to wander off and never be heard of again. Imagine the pain.

Fourteen days later, as he put it, “I received greetings from the U.S. Army.” Bob was off to Fort Dix for basic training. From there, it was on to Advanced Infantry training in California where he said he “learned to disarm (not fix) everything from booby traps to mines.” He learned how to escape and evade and spent time in a mock prisoner of war camp that looked authentic and real. He said, “It was a place where soldiers had their feet tied and were hung upside down. They put guys in barrels. They showed us what to expect if we were captured. It was scary stuff and what I learned,” said Bob, “was that there just was no way I was going to get captured. The instructors did their jobs. They had my complete attention.” (more…)

Vernon Community to Set Priorities for Action on June 8

All members of the Vernon Community are invited to participate in the second phase of the Vermont Council on Rural Development’s (VCRD) Community Visit to the Town of Vernon. The meeting, to be held on Wednesday, June 8, 6:30-9:00 pm at the Vernon Elementary School at 381 Governor Hunt Road, will follow up on the initial session held in May, which drew over 120 community members.

During the day of forums on May 18, residents met in focus groups to share their thoughts on topics of relevance in Vernon including: Community Events: Arts, Culture & Multi-Generational Activities; Village Center & Gathering Place; Recreation, Trails & The River; Economic Development; Youth; and Vernon’s New Identity. A Visiting Team of 23 representatives from state, federal, private, non-profit, and philanthropic agencies heard their ideas, and will remain as resources as the town moves forward on priorities that emerge through this process. (more…)

June 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. Church email: Pastor: Rev. Bruce C. Burks, email:  Website 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:  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: Website.  Facebook.

‘Hunt’ing down history (Part 10)

By Barbara Emery Moseley

The first child of Jonathan and Levinah Hunt was born August 12, 1780, ad name for his father. However, the infant died at three-and-one-half months. Following the custom of the day, the name of a baby boy who did not live to be a year old was given to the next male born to the family. Consequently, the Hunts’ fourth child, born May 12, 1787, was named Jonathan. He became politically prominent, like his father, and established a distinguished family of his own.

Two girls, Ellen and Fanny, followed, in 1781 and 1783, then the “second” Jonathan and, lastly, Arad.

Ellen and Fanny were known as great beauties, in their day. In 1801, when she was twenty, Ellen married the Hon. Lewis R. Morris, congressman from Vermont. (more…)

June events at the Vernon Free Library

Here’s what’s happening in June at the Vernon Free Library:

Cribbage Club: Interested in joining the newly formed Cribbage Club at the library? Join us Thursdays at 11 a.m.

Plant Swap and Sale: The library is having a fund raiser on Saturday, June 4 from 9 a.m. to 12 noon at the Town Office Building. Bring your extra plants to donate for sale or swap for new ones! (Label them, if possible.) Plant donations may be dropped off at the Town Office Building beginning Thursday, June 2.

Fairy Gardens Silent Auction:  Our silent auction is taking place through June 4. View auction items in the Library  andplace your bid!

Win a consultation with a master gardener! We’re raffling off this great prize! Drawing is on Saturday, June 4 at noon! Tickets are on sale now at the library — $1.00 each or six for $5.00.

Summer Reading Program: Crafts, activities, reading, math & fun! Here’s how it works:

  1. Children ages 0 to 18 years can register.
  2. You may register any time the library is open, starting Saturday, June 18.
  3. You will receive a log book to record the books you read this summer.
  4. Sign a contract with the librarian to decide how many books you will read or how long you plan to read.
  5. We will be offering a variety of weekly activities for the children.
  6. Everyone completing the program by fulfilling their contract will be invited to a final party and receive a certificate and rewards.

Other programs:

  • Basic computer classes:  Call Kris to arrange a class.
  • Knitting Group: Every Wednesday at 1 p.m.
  • Reading Group:  Second Thursday of the month at 5 p.m. (June selection: Inside the O’Briens by Lisa Genva)
  • Rhyme Time: Every Monday at 10:30 a.m. for ages 0 to 5 years old
  • Preschool Story Time: Four times a month – check library website for dates and times

Summer hours: (April 1 to October 31, 2016)

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

Thank you for your support of the library!

Contact us: Phone: 802-257-0150 — Website: — email: vernonfreelibrary@comcast.netFacebook

Vernon reaches 6-year property tax deal with Entergy

A six-year contract between the town and the owner of Vermont Yankee nuclear power plant was called “very generous” by Finance Committee Chairwoman Patty O’Donnell.

“The assessment includes all the Vermont Yankee land and the dry cask storages,” O’Donnell said following Tuesday’s Select Board meeting when the agreement was approved. “There’s 58 casks. The casks are all included.”

Entergy, which is conducting the preliminary phases of decommissioning since the plant’s shutdown in December 2014, will be providing a payment in lieu of municipal services property taxes. Spent fuel will be stored in the casks.

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Trash rates reduced

At its meeting on May 24, the Selectboard reduced the cost of trash bags to $3.50 for large bags (from $5) and $2.50 for small bags (from $4). Rolls are reduced to $17.50 per roll of large bags (from $25), $12.50 per roll of small bags (from $20).

More details to come.

Help fund Vernon’s fireworks!

Fireworks aren’t free! We need your help!

Vernon has enjoyed a rich history of enjoying each others company since 1975 at its annual town picnic and fireworks display, held the last Saturday in June. The town no longer has the funds to put on the fireworks, penny carnival, and all the other wonderful things that brings our town together on this very special day.

That’s where you as a donor come in — can you help? You can donate here! The town picnic committee has launched a fund raising campaign will use all funds raised to fund this years town picnic & fireworks. This is a wonderful event enjoyed by residents of Vernon and several people from surrounding towns. It’s a day for families to be together and enjoy each other’s company without the world’s many distractions.

What is a day of fun and an evening of fireworks worth to you? A family day at, say, Six Flags or the Big E could easily set you back $200 or more. Can you donate $100 for the picnic and fireworks? Or whatever amount you choose?

The town picnic committee is grateful for any and all donations, all proceeds will be used on this or future town picnics. If everyone can chip in a little we can REACH OUR GOAL!!

Photo by Epic Fireworks, used under Creative Commons License