Route 142 accident complicated by downed power lines

A driver of a Toyota Prius crashed into a utility pole around 1:30 p.m. on Vt. Rt. 142 in Vernon on Tuesday, Dec. 22, 2015. Removal of the driver from the vehicle was complicated by downed wires.

…REFORMER PHOTO SLIDESHOW

Sheriff’s report on this accident:

Date: 12/22/15
Investigating Deputy: Gates

Description: On Tuesday, 12/22/15 at approximately 1:23 PM deputies from the Windham County Sheriff’s Office Vernon Division were dispatched to the area of 1140 Fort Bridgman Road in Vernon to investigate a report of a single vehicle crash involving a utility pole. Deputies located a 2006 Toyota Prius in the roadway occupied by one female subject. (more…)

Holiday season town office hours

TOWN CLERK: The Town Clerk’s Office will be open regular hours 7:30 AM to 5:00 PM on Monday, December 21st and Tuesday, December 22nd. The office will close at 1:00 PM on December 23 and will be closed all day on Thursday, December 24th.

The following week, the office will be open regular hours 7:30 AM to 5:00 PM Monday, December 28th through Wednesday, December 30th. It will be closed all day on Thursday, December 31st.

The office is normally closed on Fridays, including Dec. 25 and Jan. 1.

LISTERS: OPEN the Following Days: Monday and Tuesday, December 21st & 22nd, Wednesday, December 23rd open until 1:00PM. Open Monday, Tuesday & Wednesday, December 28th, 29th and 30th. Closed all day Dec. 24, 25, 31 and Jan. 1.

TREASURER: Open as usual 6:00 AM to 4:00 PM on Monday the 21st and Tuesday the 22nd and closed all day on Wed.-Fri. Dec. 23-25.

Open as usual 6:00 AM to 4:00 PM on Mon-Wed. Dec. 28-30, and closed all day Thurs.-Fri. Dec. 31-Jan. 1.

Photo: Snowflakes on branches by Orin Zebest, used under Creative Commons License

Vernon’s Tim Johnson Arsenault to step down as WTSA news director

PHOTO BY RANDOLPH T. HOLHUT, THE COMMONS

By Randolph T. Holhut/

BRATTLEBORO—After more than four decades in radio news, WTSA News Director Tim Johnson Arsenault will step away from the mike.

He made the announcement on Nov. 11, during WTSA-FM’s “Morning Brew” show.

“It was my decision, and my decision alone,” he said. “For many years, I’ve served a number of elected offices in Vernon, and I’ll be seeking one [in 2016] that will require my full-time attention.”

…READ MORE AT COMMONSNEWS.ORG

‘Hunt’ing down history, Part 4 — The shot heard round the world

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!

The “shot heard ‘round the world,” that launched the American Revolution, echoed in Vermont. On receipt of the news from Concord and Lexington, Vermont farmers left on foot and horseback to join the determined patriots.

Vermont, as a newly formed republic, was in a struggle of its own to divest itself of any further control by the provincial governors of New Hampshire and New York. Many in Guilford, however, were stubbornly loyal to New York’s Governor Tryon. Nor did they recognize the power of the new state to draft men for the Revolution or else require them to secure a substitute.

The Guilford Selectmen at the time were of the Vermont faction and directed Sheriff Jonathan Hunt to levy, in the name of the State, “the sum of 15 pounds in goods,” which the Town had spent securing substitutes for the five who had refused military service. (more…)

Rebuilding our sense of community

By Bronna Zlochiver, Vermont Community News editor

Recently, I asked some folks who grew up in Vernon what it was like before Vermont Yankee was built. They all said it was a friendly place, a community where everyone got along. And that is what I most want to return to: a renewal of our sense of community.

In the fall of 2014, Heather Frost searched the Internet for some information on community building, helping folks get along, cooperating, and she found the Vermont Council on Rural Development’s Community Visit program. She contacted this quasi state government agency and invited the executive director to come to Vernon, which he did this past March. (more…)

December at 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 630 pm at the church and other Bible study meetings are held throughout the week. The building is handicapped accessible. Email: accvern@together.net; website: www.vernonadventchristianchurch.com; 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. Mountain View Seventh-day Adventist Church will host a piano concert by Kristjon Imperio on December 12, 2015, at 6:30 pm. Mr. Imperio, from Fitchburg MA, is minister of music at First Congregational Church in West Boylston, MA; adjunct faculty member at Anna Maria College; and music director for the Hathaway Chorus.

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. Rev. Terry Robinson, minister, 802-258-2228. Church phone: 802-257-8523.

Petitions available for town office ballot positions

We are approximately three months away from the 2016 Town Meeting. The deadline for candidate petitions to be turned into the Town Clerk’s Office is Monday, January 25, 2016 at 5:00 p.m.. There are fifteen Town elected positions on the ballot for reelection in March of 2016. They are listed as follows:

  • DELINQUENT TAX COLLECTOR – 1 Year Term
  • 1ST CONSTABLE – 1 Year Term
  • 2ND CONSTABLE – 1 Year Term
  • GRAND JUROR – 1 Year Term
  • LISTER – 3 Year Term
  • SCHOOL DIRECTOR – 2 Year Term
  • SCHOOL DIRECTOR – 3 Year Term
  • SELECTBOARD – 3 Year Term
  • SELECTBOARD – 2 Year Term
  • SELECTBOARD – 3 Year Unexpired Term (ends in 2018)
  • TOWN AGENT- 1 Year Term
  • TOWN AND TOWN SCHOOL DISTRICT CLERK – 3 Year Term
  • TOWN MODERATOR – 1 Year Term
  • TOWN SCHOOL DISTRICT MODERATOR – 1 Year Term
  • TOWN AND TOWN SCHOOL DISTRICT TREASURER – 3 Year Term

The Town Clerk’s Office has candidate petitions available for anyone who is interested to run for one of
these positions. Please feel free to stop by or call us for more information.
Thank you, Vernon Town Clerk’s Office — 257-0292

Holiday Giving Tree

The Vernon Town Clerk’s Office, the Vernon Free Library and Vernon Girl Scout Troop #40907 have joined together to organize a “Giving Tree” in Vernon for the 2015 Holiday Season.

We have identified individuals of varied ages within our community and beyond that are in need of assistance. The “Giving Tree” will be set up in the Vernon Town Office Foyer during the first week of December. Those who participate will select a gift tag from the tree and visit the Town Clerk’s Office or Vernon Library to fill out the Giving Tree Registry Sheet.

To keep track of the gift tags and gifts, we will require each participant to fill out their name, contact information and the assigned gift tag number. The numbered gift tags will also have information for each individual such as: age, gender, needs/requests, etc.

You are not obligated to fulfill the needs or requests given, but we do ask that you consider the information on the gift tag when making your gift choices. Gift tags will be ready to take beginning on December 7.

Plan to wrap your gift, attach the corresponding gift tag and bring your wrapped gift to the Town Office no later than December 21. Please check in with the Town Clerk’s Office or the Library, so your gift can be marked on the registry sheet as received.

Please contact the Town Clerk’s Office or the Vernon Library if you have questions. Thank you for your help and participation with this project. Your kindness and generosity are greatly appreciated.

Must be the milk: A visit with Jeff Dunklee of Vern-Mont Farm

“I have a ten year old daughter, and I wouldn’t allow any milk to leave this farm that I wouldn’t allow her to drink…period,” says Jeff Dunklee, a fifth generation dairy farmer at Vern-Mont Farm, LLC in Vernon. Jeff is the perfect example of a hard working dairy farmer committed to producing high-quality, wholesome dairy for our New England communities. He is committed to innovation, sustainability, and the health and welfare of his animals. Take a virtual tour of Jeff’s farm to gain a better understanding of where your food comes from.