Primary election voting on August 9: some changes, and sample ballots

On August 9, two important matters will be before Vernon voters: a decision on whether to withdraw from the Brattleboro Union High School (BUHS) District; and a set of choices in the statewide primary. To view sample ballots, click here:

SCHOOL DISTRICT BALLOT (PDF)

STATEWIDE PRIMARY BALLOT (PDF)

Vernon residents who vote in the state primary this August 9 will see something a little different. For the first time, the Town Clerk’s office will  use the ACCU-Vote scanner to count the results. Vermont law now requires the device in state and federal elections for all towns with a checklist of over 1000 voters. Town Clerk Tim Arsenault  says the device will be a labor saver, since the accuracy of the count will mean that only write in votes will be counted by hand.

The change is not without its cost, since the state will pay only a portion of the cost for programming computer cards used in the machines. For that reason, Arsenault says, town meeting elections will still be counted by hand.

As for the primary itself, voters will be handed a Republican, a Democratic and Progressive ballot. Voters will only vote in one party, placing the other two in an unvoted box and putting the voted ballot in the machine for counting. Residents will also be voting whether to have the town withdraw from the Brattleboro Union High School District. The ballots, on a separate sheet, will be counted by hand.

Balloting will take place in the town hall at 567 Governor Hunt Road, from 7 a.m. until 7 p.m. on primary day. If you’d like, you can vote absentee until 5 PM the day before the election. The registration deadline for new voters is 5 PM on August 3.

Monarch butterfly expert to visit Vernon

Vermont Woods Studios is sponsoring an educational “Save the Monarchs” Tour with Mexican monarch butterfly habitat expert Jose Luis Alvarez. The purpose of the tour is to raise awareness about destruction of the monarch’s habitat both here in the U.S. and Mexico.

Señor Alvarez will start his tour in Vernon and then travel to Boston, Burlington, New Haven, NYC and Philadelphia. He’ll be sharing his experiences about monarch evolution, migration, discovery of over-wintering grounds, population swings, deforestation & reforestation, US habitat issues and threats.

The tour will begin on Thursday, August 25th with a kickoff event at Vermont Woods Studios on Huckle Hill Rd in Vernon, VT.  Other venues include the Massachusetts Horticultural Society, Boston Museum of Science, Harvard’s Arnold Arboretum, ECHO Lake Aquarium and Science Center in Burlington, VT, Marsh Botanical Garden at Yale University, Audubon Greenwich and the Philadelphia Zoo (schedule and details).

Monarchs are kind of amazing when you think about it… for 10,000 years, each monarch butterfly that’s flown South after enjoying the summer in Vermont has headed to over-winter in the oyamel forests of Michoacan, Mexico. That migration, perhaps the most complex of any animal throughout time, will soon disappear unless we work together as neighbors to conserve the butterfly’s habitat in both Mexico and the USA.

Come meet Señor Alvarez and learn how you can help save the monarch butterfly, Thursday evening 6-7:30pm at Vermont Woods Studios.

New recycling pick-up schedule: every other week

In an effort to decrease spending, Vernon will be adjusting the pick-up schedule for recyclables. Beginning on August 11, 2016 recyclables will be picked up every other week beginning with A streets (B streets will NOT be picked up on August 11th). Please consult the chart below  to determine if you live on an A street or a B street.

All other procedures for recycling will remain the same. Curbside recycling accepts plastics #1 – #7. Plastics #1 and #2 can be recycled in bin at the Town Garage anytime.

TRASH WILL STILL BE COLLECTED EVERY WEEK.

If you have questions, please contact the Town Offices at 802-257-0292 or email the Town Administrator at VernonTA@vernonvt.org.  Thank you for your patience and understanding as we go through this transition.

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Miller Farm to celebrate 100 years with an open house July 17

The whole Miller farm family

The whole Miller farm family

Sunday, July 17 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The Miller family has been dairy farming for 100 years at the crossroads of Fort Bridgman Road (Route 142), Governor Hunt Road and the New England Central Railroad.

And on July 17, they’re celebrating with an open house from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. to which all residents and interested people are invited.

The celebration features hayride tours and guided walking tours of the farm, a display by Stonyfield Yogurt, and refreshments including anniversary cake, milk, cheese and cookies. There a small petting zoo with heifers and goats, and visitors can “touch a tractor,” play farm games, and of course meet the farmers.

At about 1 p.m. that day, there will be some formalities to mark the occasion, including speeches by John Meyers, president of the Holstein Association USA (the world’s largest cattle breed organization, which is based in Brattleboro) and Ryan Mclaren of Congressman Peter Welch’s staff. (more…)