Would you like to buy a fire truck? Vernon F. D. has one for sale!

The Vernon Fire Department is accepting sealed bids for the sale on a 1985 Ford FMC Pumper with a 3208 Caterpillar Motor, a 1,000 gallon per minute Hale pump, a 1,000 gallon water tank, and three (3) 10’ lengths of flexible suction. Both driving and pumping mileage are 33,560 miles.

The reserve is set at $8,000. The Vernon Selectboard has the right to accept or reject any and all bids. Interested parties may contact Jesse Jobin at (802) 689-0468 (mobile) or (802) 254-2425 for additional information.

Sealed bids are to be received at the following address no later than May 15, 2016, and must be clearly marked FORD PUMPER BID:

Vernon Fire Department
PO Box 443
Vernon, VT 05354

Attn: FORD PUMPER BID

Help bring back Monarch butterflies to Vernon!

Some of you nature nuts may remember that last year a group of Vernon gardeners got together to try and bring back monarch butterflies to Vernon. Over the last 20 years we’ve gone from seeing the beautiful big orange butterflies in every backyard and garden to not finding a single one. Across America monarch populations have fallen by 90 percent  nd many scientists predict they’re headed for extinction. But Vernon is not standing idly by.

The trick to bringing monarchs back is to provide habitat and that is the milkweed plant. If you’re interested in planting some please feel free to contact me for free local, organic seeds or seedlings. I am growing 1000 milkweed plants this year and am looking for homes for them. If you have a farm, a school, a garden, a daycare or even just a handful of pots and are willing to grow milkweed let me know. I’ll also be raising monarch caterpillars again this summer and will be looking for foster parents willing to rear them. Who knows… you might even get your picture in the paper if you do (like Janice Pereira).

Stop by the old Pine Top Ski area, now Vermont Woods Studios at 538 Huckle Hill Rd to pick up milkweed seeds & seedlings anytime (caterpillars will be ready in late summer). You can reach me at 802-275-5174 or email me (peggy@VermontWoodsStudios.com) if you’re interested.

— Peggy Farabaugh

Vermont tax reminders

The Vermont Department of Taxes has updated its website, which can now be found at www.tax.vermont.gov. Select “For Individuals” on the left side to find information related to your personal returns.

The 2015 Vermont Income Tax Return, form IN-111 is due April 18, 2016.

Be sure to file your Homestead Declaration (Form HS-122 Section A) and Property Tax Adjustment Claim (HS-122 Section B) on time by April 18, 2016. If you miss this date, there is a $50 late filing fee even if no income tax return is due. Extensions do not apply to Property Tax Adjustments Claims or Renter Rebate Claims. (more…)

New Sure-Close Containers Available for Composting

You can pick up spiffy, new plastic Sure-Close containers for countertop composting collection at the Town Clerk’s office for $10 each or at the WSWMD station on Old Ferry Road in Brattleboro. These containers are easy to fill, carry, empty, and clean as well as being designed to reduce composting odor. Stop by the Town Clerk’s office to pick up one for your home.

‘Hunt’ing down history, Part 8

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!

In the 1700s, on seeing a bareheaded man, people would assume that either he had lost his hat or his mind! The almost universal headgear was the three-cornered hat, which could be plain, or embellished with braids and cockades, and was easily tucked under an arm.

Made of felt, it was produced through a tedious process of treating beaver fur. Indeed, Fort Dummer, built in 1724, near the northwest corner of what was to become Vernon, traded briskly with the Native Americans for beaver pelts. Hats could be felted from any soft fur, but beaver was preferred because of its soft sheen. (more…)

Vernon Historians news

The Vernon Historians have been invited to the Guilford Historical Society’s Quarterly Meeting on Sunday, April 17. The topic is the Underground Railroad in Vermont. Founded in early 19th century the underground railroad was a network of secret routes and safe houses used by enslaved people of African descent in the United states in efforts to escape to free states and Canada. Many fugitives settled in Vermont as they gathered their strength, money, etc. for beginning a new life.

Jane Williamson, Director at the Rokeby Museum in Ferrisburgh, will bring to life the perils of the Underground Railroad on Sunday, April 17, 2016 at 2 pm in the Broadbrook Grange located at 3940 Guilford Center Road. The event is fee and open to the public. Refreshments will be served.