Pay-as-You-Throw pricing has been increased

By Chris Howe, Selectboard Chair

By now you all know that the price of bags went up $2.00 a bag and up $10.00 per roll, for either large or small; making it $5.00 per bag for large, $4.00 per bag for small; $25.00 per roll of large bags and $20.00 per roll for small bags. I will do my best to explain it to you.

Before I begin, let me also explain something to those who have heard that if you choose to go with a private pick up service or any other alternative trash collection, that you can not use the curbside recycling. This is NOT true. Recycling is mandated by law through Act 148 . We do still have the roll-off bins, which you are free to use and you are free to do the curbside recycling as well. On Thursday mornings Triple T will pick up the recycling, however if the pay-per-throw goes away completely, then so does curbside recycling. You can use any container, you do not have to necessarily use the green one provided for you by the town, however if you do use a different container it must be clearly marked; RECYCLE.

It was reported to us a while back by the previous Recycling Committee that the pay as you throw program was not self sufficient and the town was running a deficit. However we were also told this was a learning year and it should improve. It did not. (more…)

Vernon seeks Town Administrator

As approved by the 2015 Town Meeting, Vernon is looking for a town administrator. The Town Administrator Search Committee has been developing a job description and is now advertising for applications. The recruitment advertisement, listed at the Vermont League of Cities and Towns, is as follows:

The Town of Vernon, Vermont (pop. 2,193), seeks a collaborative and dynamic town administrator. This historic town, located on the Connecticut River in southeastern Vermont, maintains a strong tradition of civic engagement. Its abundant outdoor recreational opportunities reflect quintessential Vermont living yet is located within a few hours of the metropolitan regions of Boston, New Haven, and New York.

The administrator assists the five-member selectboard in the general administration of the town. Day-to-day responsibilities include supporting all departments as needed, monitoring budgets, attending and participating in all selectboard meetings, public relations, and coordination with the town’s elected and appointed officials. The salary for this full-time position is $50,000 with excellent benefits. A detailed job description is available here. (more…)

Vernon seeks to retain unique school choice arrangement

Among all the students in Windham Southeast Supervisory Union, only those in Vernon get to choose where they want to go to class starting in seventh grade.

While some head to Brattleboro with their peers from elsewhere in the union, others head south to Massachusetts – often to Pioneer Valley Regional School.

It’s an arrangement that could be threatened by new school-governance structures taking shape across Vermont under Act 46. But it now appears that Vernon’s unique school choice setup may be codified in state law, possibly allowing the town’s school district an exemption from mergers and school choice concerns that are affecting other districts.

READ MORE AT VTDIGGER.COM

Vernon Facebook pages

We thought we’d round up all the Vernon-related Facebook pages we know of. If you’re aware of any more, let us know! Here’s the list, “Like” them all! (See also our directory of Vernon businesses.)

Vernon, Vermont (community information)

Vernon Recreation Department

Vernon Fire Department

Vernon Historians

Vernon Union Church

Windham County Sheriff’s Office — Vernon Division

Vernon Trail Breakers Snowmobile Club

Vernon Vermont Area Online Tag Sale (who knew?)

Vermont Wood Studios

Vermont Yankee Nuclear Power Plant

Vermont Yankee Decommissioning

Vernon Police Department (no longer active)

Margaret Shipman, artist

Nick Partrick Photography

Vernon Advent Christian Church

Miller Farm

Mountain View Seventh-Day Adventist Church

Ray’s Shoe Repair

Nesbitt’s Portside Tavern

Vernon Elementary School

 

Seeking candidate statements

Voting boxAre you running for a Vernon office? If so, we’d like offer you the opportunity to publish a candidate’s statement on this website. Here are the basics:

  • Statement should be no more than 500 words.
  • Email your statement either as email text or as an attachment in Word, to Martin Langeveld at newsafternewspapers@gmail.com
  • Include with your statement a good resolution digital photo (at least 400 pixels wide, please — the original photo file from your camera or cellphone would be best).
  • No statement will be published before the January 25 petition filing deadline, and no statement will be published until we have confirmation that you will be on the ballot.
  • Send us your statement no later than Friday, February 19. All statements received will be published no later than Friday, February 26. In general, we will publish statements as we receive them, assuming your ballot status is confirmed.
  • We suggest that in your statement, you tell the town about yourself, your background, your qualifications, the goals you would pursue if you are elected, and your vision for the future of the town of Vernon. We discourage statements that attack opposing candidates personally.
  • You can find a list of available town offices on this site here.

Questions? Email us!

Photo by FutUndBeidl. Used under Creative Commons License.

Library seeks assistant

The Vernon Free Library is looking for a library assistant to work 15 hours per week including Saturday mornings. Experience working in a library, a strong technology background, and good people skills are essential.

Please submit a resume by e-mail to vernonfreelibrary@comcast.net or mail to:

Vernon Free Library
567 Governor Hunt Rd.
Vernon, VT 05354
Attn: Kris

Vernon’s moderator, Tim Johnson Arsenault: a profile

Tim JohnsonTim Johnson [Arsenault, longtime Vernon resident and town moderator], news director at WTSA in Brattleboro, will be going off the air in late January.

On Sunday afternoon, sitting at the console in radio station’s newsroom, he reflected on his long career in radio and talked about his plans for the next phase of his life.

“I’ve been News Director here for nearly 19 years,” he said. “I was news director at WKVT between 1985 and 1997, and I had been news director at the old WCFR at Springfield between 1983 and 1985, my one foray out of Brattleboro. It was good change of pace and a good refocusing.”

READ MORE AT THE BRATTLEBORO REFORMER

Meet the author: Castle Freeman, Jr.

Devil FreemanOn Saturday, Feb. 6  at 1 p.m., meet author Castle Freeman, Jr. at the Vernon Library.

Freeman’s new book is The Devil in the Valley. He wrote the acclaimed novel Go With Me, which has now been adapted to a film starring Anthony Hopkins and Julia Stiles, a modern reimagining of Doctor Faustus, set in Castle Freeman Jr.’s trademark depiction of rural Vermont.

In his quiet Vermont home, a man named Taft sits and wonders what’s missing from his life. He’s at a loss until a strange voice startles him from the rocking chair, where a stranger has seemingly appeared out of nowhere: well-dressed and smooth-talking, this man offers Taft the chance to have anything he’s ever wanted―for a price.

So begins The Devil in the Valley, the latest novel from critically acclaimed author Castle Freeman, Jr. Placed in his classic setting of rural Vermont, Freeman gives us a story that touches on temptation and greed, and explores what we’re willing to trade to obtain the things we most desire. A memorable story that explores the supernatural while staying rooted deeply in our world, The Devil in the Valley is a powerful novel from a master at his craft.”

‘Hunt’ing down history, Part 5

By Barbara Emery Moseley

The recapture of a Yorker’s cow in Guilford, coupled with another power play by New York sympathizers in Vernon, likely precipitated Jonathan Hunt’s resignation as Sheriff. Still, he would have been watchful of the following incident.

On May 3, 1778, a mysterious event occurred in Vernon. (Its site roughly encompassed the area between today’s Post Office and the east end of Newton Road.)

On that date, the granary of Ensign Stratton was broken open during the night and a quantity of gunpowder and lead stored there, belonging to Vernon, was stolen. The patriots in the area were alarmed by what appeared to be a threat of British infiltration in the locality.

Guards were placed and an investigation was undertaken. A scouting party that had passed by two nights earlier later found a man asleep against a haystack. He proved to be a Tory, Jonathan Wright, “one inimical to the American cause.” Elijah Elmer, an accomplice, was taken at the same time, but escaped. (Both were descendants of some of Vernon’s earliest settlers.) (more…)

Snowshoeing, anyone?

By Bronna Zlochiver

I never set foot on a pair of snowshoes until I moved to Vermont and was invited to try it out. The winter of 2009-2010 was perfect for venturing out on snowshoes for the first time, which I did in Guilford with my former neighbor Mikey Caron and another friend. I was immediately smitten, what a great way to be outdoors and get some fantastic aerobic exercise, too.

I know there are some good trails in Vernon and neighboring towns, though I do not know where they are. That is why I want to get a group together. If you know some good trails and are interested in joining me, please contact me by phone at 579-1567 or by email at bronna.zlochiver@gmail.com. I hope to be out there after the first good snow.

Photo by emilymason509, used under Creative Commons license

Holiday giving tree

By Peggy Farabaugh

This year, the Vernon Town Clerk’s Office, along with the Vernon Free Library and Vernon Girl Scout Troop #40907 joined forces to organize a “Giving Tree”. The “Giving Tree” was a way for people in the Vernon community to donate gifts and items to those in need. The project was so popular that the Town Clerk’s office quickly ran out of recipient gift tags! Isn’t it great to live in a community that comes together in a big way to help their neighbors and friends?

On a bone-chilling Monday (one of few this year), Vermont Wood Studios staff headed to the Town Hall where the Town Clerk and local Sheriff’s department helped us unload our gifts. From here we let Santa do the rest!

Pictured:  Megan (far right) from Vermont Wood Studios, stands in front of The Giving Tree alongside Nancy Gassett and Aina Linquist of the Town Clerk’s office, and Deputy Upton from the Windham County Sheriff’s Office

Congrats!

BC and Beverly Current announce the engagement of their daughter Michelle to James Van Lommel.

Michelle is a 2000 graduate of BUHS.  She is living in the greater Los Angeles area of California.