Eleanor “Cookie” Allen memorial bench dedication

You’re invited to the dedication of a bench in memory of Eleanor “Cookie” Allen, taking place at 3 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 27. The bench is given by the Vernon Senior Citizens, to commemorate Cookie’s service and dedication to the Town of Vernon, its history and its future. The bench is located on the Route 142 side of the Vernon Town Office building, 567 Governor Hunt Road, and the dedication ceremony will take place there. Light refreshments will be served.

When is the next recycling pickup day? Here’s your handy guide with all dates through 2017:

Recycling is picked up every other Thursday in Vernon — half the town is picked up one Thursday, half the town the next Thursday. So the trick is figuring out which half you belong in. Here’s your handy guide.

If you don’t know whether you’re on an A or B street, scroll down and look it up on the A/B listing.

Recycling pickup dates for the rest of 2016:

  • A streets: Dec. 1, 15, 29
  • B streets: 25 (Friday); Dec. 8, 22

For Jan-Dec. 2017 recycling dates, check this calendar (download printable copy here).

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TRASH WILL BE COLLECTED EVERY WEEK.

  • Curbside recycling accepts PLASTICS #1 – #7, plus glass bottles and jars, lids and cans. And, you can commingle paper, cardboard and containers in your curbside bin.
  • The recycling bin at the Town Garage accepts PLASTICS #1 AND #2 ONLY, plus glass bottles and jars, lids and cans. Also available at the Town Garage is a bin for compostable materials.
  • Click here for a complete recycling guide from the Windham Solid Waste Management District.
A STREETS B STREETS
Ad Brooks Road Allison Lane
Aspen Lane Blodgett Road
Basin Road Breezy Acres Drive
Beech Hill Road Brookside Drive
Bemis Road Central Park Road
Broad Brook Road Christine Court
Crestwood Estates Country Lane
Cushing Lot Road Dunklee Drive
Edgewood Road Falvey’s Way
Fairman Road Fletcher Drive
Franklin Road Forrett Drive
Governor Hunt Road Fox Hill Road
Hemlock Road Greenway Drive
Hickory Hollow Road Happy Hill Road
Honey Brim Road Homestead Way
Hubbard Road Houghton Hill Road
Huckle Hill Road Lily Pond Road
Laurel Ledges Drive Lindy Road
Lillis Pasture Road Meadow Road
Lowry Road Newton Hill Road
Old Farm Road Newton Road
Oxcart Road Oak Court
Peck Road Old Depot Road
Pelley Road Pine Ridge Road
Pinnacle Road Plain Road
Pond Road NORTH OF HUCKLE HILL Pond Road SOUTH OF HUCKLE HILL
Ridge Road Poplar Lane
Rinfret Drive Ralroad Station Road
Rocky Ledge Court Rondeau Way
Route 142 NORTH OF POND ROAD Route 142 SOUTH OF POND ROAD
Sak Road Sartwell Drive
Skyline Drive Scott Road
Southward Drive Shirley Drive
Steep Hill Road Silver Lane
Stone Bridge Road Skilling Road
Stony Acres Southern Heights Drive
Sunset Hill Road Stebbins Road
Town Forest Road T Bird Drive
Tyler Hill Road Valley View Drive
Vermont Yankee Drive Vernon Estates Drive
Victoria Drive Washburn Way
West Road Whitetail Drive
Wheeler Road Woodland Road

Vernon seeks Rescue Inc. representative

The Town of Vernon is seeking a resident to act as Representative to Rescue, Inc. This volunteer position would act as a liaison between the Vernon Selectboard and Rescue, Inc., acting in the best interest of the residents of Vernon.

If you are interested, please email the Town Administrator, Michelle Pong, at VernonTA@VernonVT.org

Vermont Yankee is sold; new owner NorthStar plans accelerated decommissioning

By Mike Faher, VTDigger — photo of VY reactor by Mike Faher

VERNON – Entergy has agreed to sell Vermont Yankee to a cleanup contractor, paving the way for decommissioning and site restoration to be completed by 2030 – 45 years sooner than had been planned.

The sale of the shut-down Vernon nuclear plant and all of its assets — including the decommissioning trust fund, which held $574.9 million at last report — to New York-based NorthStar Group Services Inc. is expected to close by the end of 2018, administrators said Tuesday. The deal is subject to approval by the Vermont Public Service Board and the federal Nuclear Regulatory Commission.

Also on Tuesday, Entergy announced that the plant’s spent nuclear fuel may be moved into sealed dry casks by the end of 2018, two years sooner than expected. That will hasten additional layoffs.

Read the full story at VTDigger

Election results in Vernon

Voter turnout in Vernon on Nov. 9 was 1141 out of 1800 registered voters. The following results were released by Tim Arsenault, Town Clerk:

President

Clinton 492
Trump 486
Johnson 50
Stein 11
DeLaFuente 3

US Senate

Leahy 504
Milne 501
Erickson 39
Diamondstone 38
Trudell 26

House of Representatives

Welch 883
Clawson 117 (more…)

November 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.

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.

Two young ladies, Ilana Joyce Cady and Linda Chaves, will give a piano concert November 12 at 6:30 pm at the Mountain View Seventh-day Adventist Church. They recently returned from their duo debut in Austria. The program will consist of music by women.

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.netWebsite. Facebook.

Guilford-Vernon Troop 40907 Girl Scouts news

The Girl Scouts of the Green and White Mountains, Vernon Troop 40907, with girls from Guilford and Vernon, would like to thank the townspeople for their help in collecting items to be placed in foster care kits for the many children who are coming into the system this fall. We have purchased bags and are learning to make “no sew blankets” to put in them for younger children who are taken into the foster care system. We have learned that in the fall many new babies will be taken into care. With that in mind, we are looking for items to meet the needs of infants 3-6 months old. Suggestions are small packages of disposable diapers, wipes, diaper cream, bottles, baby wash cloths, and baby wash as well as sleepers 3-6 months. These things allow the foster family to care for the child for the first 24 hours until they can get to the store to purchase what is needed. Again, the Girl Scouts appreciate the help in this ongoing project to meet the needs of these children. Your donations help to make a difficult transition much easier for the child and the foster family. (more…)

Some reminders about polling place rules

Tim Arsenault, Town Clerk, passes along these rules that pertain to Vernon’s polling place, the town hall:

  • Political campaign signs at the polling place on Election Day will be regulated by the presiding officer. 17 V.S.A. §2508. Signs will not be allowed on town hall property or inside the building. Candidates and signs will be allowed across the road or on neighboring private property, if they have permission of the landowner.
  • Voters or others inside the town hall may not wear campaign buttons or have signs promoting any candidate or party. 17 V.S.A. §2508. Any voter may bring a small card or folded paper to remind her or him how she or he wants to vote or a label or sticker to affix to the ballot to vote for a write-in candidate so long as the voter is not displaying her or his paper or label to others in the room. 17 V.S.A. §2587(e).
  • There will be an observer section adjacent to the polling place, but observers must stay quiet and they must remain within the designated area.
  • Exit polls or surveys can be done outside of the polling place as long as a voter voluntarily offers to participate and the persons conducting the polls or surveys do not hinder or impede the progress of the voter as he or she enters or leaves the polling place. 17 V.S.A. §2508.
  • In establishing reasonable rules for campaigning outside of the polling place, the presiding officer will establish a sufficient number of parking spaces to allow voters with disabilities to have access to the polling place or to have two election officials bring ballots out to the disabled person’s car.
  • It is a violation of criminal law to put a sign on any utility pole in Vermont. 13 V.S.A. §301.
  • The Agency of Transportation (Travel Information Council) enforces Vermont’s sign law. 10 V.S.A. §§481-506. According to these statutes: Signs may not be located within state highway rights-of-way or attached to a state or town sign, post, or guardrail. Most highway rights-of-way in Vermont are at least three rods or 49.5 feet. This means that signs must be placed at least 24.75 feet away from the centerline of most highways.

Vernon Historians Election Day Food Sale

Don’t forget to vote, and don’t forget to support the Historians!

The Vernon Historians will hold an Election Day Food Sale beginning at 7:00 am, Tuesday, November 8, downstairs at the Vernon Town Office Building.

We welcome donations of all varieties of food items from members and non-members alike.  Historian food sales typically include everything from homemade baked beans, donuts, and chili to homemade canned items, jellies and a variety of homemade baked goods.

We will have memorabilia items on sale as well such as: Vernon history DVDs, Pine Top posters, note cards, booklets, and hand-painted ornaments.

Membership forms will be available for those wanting to pay their annual dues.

The funds raised at this sale will be used to further the work of preserving and presenting history, including the upkeep of the Historians-owned 1860 Pond Road Chapel.

We greatly appreciate your support. Thank you.

Brownies photo by Theryn Fleming, used under Creative Commons License

VCRD Visit Report and Action Plan

The Vermont Council on Rural Development (VCRD) has completed its 3-month Community Visit process in Vernon. You can download and read the Report and Action Plan here.

Community members identified 3 priority areas and built task forces to take action to:

  • Develop the Riverfront and Improve Trails and Outdoor Recreation
  • Build a Community Store and Café
  • Enhance the Village Center

Vernon community members also recognized the importance of the current efforts of the Vernon Planning and Economic Development Commission and chose to support their continued work on key economic and business development initiatives including:

Develop a Business Incubator

Improve Fiber Optic Networks

Build a Utility Scale Energy Project.

Visit http://vtrural.org/town/vernon for stories and news about VCRD’s work with Vernon.

‘Hunt’ing Down History, Part 15

By Barbara Emery Moseley

NOTE: If you’ve missed any installments in this series, you can catch up here!

ILLUSTRATION: World’s Columbian Exposition Administration Building, Chicago, 1893, designed by Richard Morris Hunt

With only two years to create a “dream city” in what was Chicago’s derelict Jackson Park, Richard Morris Hunt and Frederick Law Olmsted were almost in a state of despair. It was a square mile of desolate land overgrown with a tangle of wild vines and grasses, spotted with a few pockets of various kinds of oaks, many of them dead. Then, there was the soil: a top one-foot layer of black dirt, followed by two feet of sand, then eleven feet of sand so saturated by water it became quicksand. Locally, it was called “gumbo”.

After a dismal tour in the bitter wind, everyone returned to their carriages, driving back to the city at the pace of a funeral cortege. McKim found a telegram awaiting; the message was that his mother had died. He left immediately on the next train to Boston.

That evening, the entire committee convened at the University Club, the first of many lavish dinners that would take place. Avoiding a swarm of reporters, they entered the banquet hall. Hunt and Olmsted were ushered to the head table, where they flanked Lyman Gage, President of the Exposition. All were in tuxedos, and a red rose boutonniere was at each place. (more…)

Vernon Hydroelectric Dam, and 12 others, sold to ArcLight Capital

BOSTON, MA (November 1, 2016) – ArcLight Capital Partners, one of the leading renewable energy investors in the United States, announced today that its affiliate Great River Hydro signed a definitive agreement to acquire TransCanada’s New England hydroelectric power portfolio, which includes the Vernon hydroelectric Dam.

With 13 facilities on the Connecticut and Deerfield rivers in Vermont, New Hampshire and Massachusetts, TransCanada’s 584 MW renewable power portfolio is the largest conventional hydro system in New England. The portfolio includes the 192 MW Moore facility, the largest conventional hydro station in New England, and 12 other facilities totaling 392 MW. The transaction is expected to close in mid-2017, subject to customary regulatory and other approvals.

Great River Hydro anticipates a smooth transition of ownership. The company has committed to retain all existing operational personnel, plans to assume the recently negotiated union contract, and will continue the FERC relicensing process currently underway at the Bellows Falls, Wilder and Vernon facilities. (more…)

In memoriam: Alfred A. Dunklee (1929-2016)

Alfred A. Dunklee, a longtime owner and operator of Vern-Mont Farm, LLC, a thriving dairy farm in Vernon, VT, died Tuesday, October 11, 2016 in Greenfield, Massachusetts at the age of 87 years. A lifelong resident of Vernon, VT; Alfred was married to his wife, Martha Whitney, on May 31, 1962 in Manchester, MD; they were married for 54 years. (Pictured above, Martha and Alfred.)

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He was born on August 4, 1929 in Northfield, Massachusetts, the son of Warren and Mildred (Lackey) Dunklee. He graduated from Brattleboro High School in 1947. Alfred also attended Vermont State Agricultural School later known as Vermont Technical College and graduated in 1946. He then joined his father in running the family dairy farm. Over the years he continued to expand its operation and was always striving to be a good steward of the land. In later years, he could often be found touring the farm on a golf cart. (more…)