Residents to weigh in on gas plant option

By Mike Faher/

Town residents soon will have a chance to weigh in on a proposed natural-gas power plant that could be constructed somewhere near Vermont Yankee.

A public meeting has been scheduled for Nov. 10 at Vernon Elementary School. Vernon Planning Commission, which is hosting the session, expects to soon set a start time for the session — it will be either 6 or 6:30 p.m. — and notify residents via flier.

Officials are hoping for a good turnout that will give some indication of the town’s stance on undertaking a new industrial project. But they’re also warning that residents shouldn’t expect detailed site plans for a gas plant, given that the project still is in the early stages of development.

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‘Hunt’ing down history, Part 2

By Barbara Emery Moseley

The Jonathan Hunt who built his impressive “mansion” in Vernon (on the road now named for him) was the great-grandson of another Jonathan who left England in 1637. Landing in Boston, he made his way to the Connecticut River Valley, found a wife in Hartford, and settled in Northampton. (Coincidentally, he had emigrated from Northampton, England, a city known for its making of boots and shoes.)

Two generations later, his descendants were living in the beleaguered settlement of Northfield. Twice it had been attacked, burned, and rebuilt. It was here that “our” Jonathan was born in 1738. (more…)

Where’s downtown Vernon?

By Barbara Emery Moseley, as told to Kathy Korb

How did Vernon go from having three “centers” in the early days of the town to having none today? This is the story of how all three Vernon centers disappeared, leaving the town with no real location which feels like a focal point now.

In the 1800s, when the town was young, it was rich with three centers. Each one was fully functioning with a hotel, a railroad depot, and a post office. Two also had churches, businesses, and stores. The arrival of the railroad in 1849 brought easy access and mass transportation to Vernon. With this came a need for services to meet the needs of the passengers and townspeople, causing the other enterprises to follow. (more…)

Vermont Council on Rural Development is coming to Vernon

Vermonters know that local action makes our communities vibrant. Local action often needs support from regional, state, and even federal organizations to achieve goals for prosperity. To respond to this need in Vermont, the Vermont Council on Rural Development (VCRD) provides local leaders with the resources they need to build capacity for their communities as they look to the future.

Through its Community Visit Program, VCRD will be coming to Vernon next Spring to work with residents by engaging and bringing us together and helping us set common goals and directions for our town in a neutral and facilitated environment. VCRD would then help us access resources that will assist us in taking action toward our goals. VCRD’s Community Visit Program, which is provided at no cost to towns, gets citizens engaged in working together and connects them to the resources they need to succeed.

Annual meeting of the Vernon Historians

The Vernon Historians Annual Meeting and Program will be held downstairs at the Town Office Building, Tuesday, October 13. There will be no potluck this year. The business meeting will begin at 6:30 p.m., followed by the program at 7:00 p.m. by Jim Auchmoody.

Jim will speak on homemade musical stringed instruments of the Depression Era. Because times were tough and poverty prevalent, some very unusual instruments were created. Have you ever heard a bedpan guitar? You will be surprised and amused when you hear some of Jim’s creations and learn about their history. Everyone is welcome.