New business in town: Ray’s Shoe Repair

By Devon Roberts, Brattleboro Reformer

Shoes can often be a significant investment, and when damage occurs, instead of replacing a shoe altogether, a cobbler can fix them.

Ray’s Shoe Repair has recently moved from Worcester, Mass., to Vernon — located next to the Post Office —  and owner Ray LeFort said that he has so far been pleased with the way things are going. According to the Ray’s Shoe Repair Facebook page, the company began in 1980 in Holden, Mass. Since then, customer satisfaction has been a priority according to LeFort.


Vernon Fire Department installs dry hydrant at Blodgett Fire Pond

By Catrina Lawley

Fire Chief Todd Capen announced earlier this week that the dry hydrant work at Blodgett Fire Pond, which is on Blodgett Road, is complete.

The project began over a year ago with the Fire Department applying for a grant from the Vermont Association of Conservation Districts through the Vermont Rural Fire Protection Program.

The Vermont Rural Fire Protection Program received 63 applications from 46 Towns for the VT Fiscal year of 2015 Dry Hydrant (Rural Water Supply) Grant Program. The grant provided up to a maximum of $4,000 for new rural supply projects. On May 23, 2014 the Vernon Fire Department was awarded a grant for the installation of a dry hydrant system at the Blodgett Fire Pond. On October 20, 2014, the Vernon Selectboard agreed to provide the remainder of the funds that were necessary to complete the project and to provide the match of 25 percent as a requirement of the grant.

The Blodgett Fire Pond is one of many around Vernon that are essential for fire protection.

Informational meeting about potential gas-powered electric generating plant

The Vernon Planning Commission will hold a public meeting to inform Vernon residents about the possibility of constructing a gas-powered electric generating plant in the vicinity of the VELCO/VY switchyard, adjoining Vermont Yankee.

The meeting will take place on Tuesday, Nov. 10 at 6:30 p.m. in the Vernon Elementary School cafeteria. The Planning Commission will make a presentation including details about the proposal, and will be seeking input from residents about the advisability of proceeding.

The plant would be supplied with natural gas via a spur to be constructed from the proposed Kinder-Morgan Northeast Energy Direct pipeline, which is planned to run through Northfield, MA into southern New Hampshire.

A discussion of the impact of Vermont Yankee’s closing

Entergy Vermont Yankee Senior Communications Specialist Marty Cohn hosts Vernon Planning Commission member and one-time Vernon legislator and select board chair Patty O’Donnell for this seventh episode of SAFSTOR Matters to discuss the impact of Vermont Yankee’s closing on the Town of Vernon and the work that’s being done to move the region forward.

Vernon church news

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 630 pm at the church and other Bible study meetings are held throughout the week. The building is handicapped accessible. Email:; website:; 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. Pastor Art Miller. 802-490-0751. Singer and songwriter Jaclynn Huse will give a concert Saturday, November 14, 6:30 pm at the Mountain View Seventh-day Adventist Church. Jaclynn, who is a wife and mother, enjoys sharing her experience. Everyone is invited to attend this free event where an offering will be taken. The theme of the concert is “Ready.”

Vernon Union Church, located at 2631 Fort Bridgman Road (next to Vernon Hall), Vernon, VT. Sunday morning prayer time is: 8:00am followed by Bible study at: 9:00am. Morning worship begins at: 10:00 am, followed by a social hour. Childcare is available. Thursday prayer time each week at: 4:00 to 5:00pm. Rev. Terry Robinson is the interim minister as a pastoral search continues. He can be reached at: 802-258-2228. The church is fully handicapped accessible. Church phone: 802-257-8523.

Meet the author: Lynn Levine

On Saturday, Nov. 7, at 1 p.m., meet author Lynn Levine at the Vernon Free Library!

Lynn Levine was born in Brooklyn and moved to Vermont in 1974. Four years later, having received her master’s degree in forestry from the University of Massachusetts, Lynn became the first female consulting forester in New England. Throughout her career, she has been passionate about protecting the integrity of the forest. (more…)

‘Hunt’ing down history, Part 3

By Barbara Emery Moseley

NOTE: This series chronicles the generations of Vernon’s Hunt family, all related to Jonathan Hunt of “Governor Hunt Road” fame. If you’ve missed any installments in this series, you can catch up here!

Samuel Hunt (1703-1770) was the father of “our” Jonathan, along with six other children. Samuel owned a prosperous tavern on Northfield’s broad Main Street. It also served as an inn and stagecoach stop. Residents, hearing the piercing notes of the coach horn that announced the arrival of the Boston Stage, would gather there. The delivery of mail and newspapers was welcome, but it was the travelers themselves who brought the “late-breaking news” from the city.

After the coach’s pause that allowed its passengers and horses time for food and drink, it continued its northward journey, using the crude road along the east bank of the river. Likely, the next stop was Charleston, NH, where “our” Jonathan’s older brother, Samuel, was also an innkeeper and active In the town and county, including being its first sheriff. (more…)