‘Hunt’ing down history, Part 12

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!

Before the Hunt family’s move to Europe, Richard Morris Hunt had attended the prestigious Boston Latin School where, coincidentally, a Hunt cousin of his was headmaster. It was well known as a school that prepared boys for Harvard.

Instead, the family moved to Europe where Richard began his college education in Switzerland. Then, following in the footsteps of his brother, William Morris Hunt, he went to the École des Beaux Arts in Paris. There, he was the pupil and colleague of Hector Martin Lefuel, architect to Napoleon III.

In a letter to his mother, Richard complained that he “had been told America was not ready for the Fine Arts, but I think they are … Why shouldn’t our public buildings rival or even surpass those of Europe?” So, at the age of twenty-seven, he returned to the United States.

It was a disappointing beginning for the 27-year-old, but he resisted the ardent entreaties of his colleagues in Europe, that he return. His persistence was rewarded, and he became known as one of the greatest American architects of the 19th century. (more…)

Bone builders news

Bone Builders has been given permission to meet at the Huckle Hill Senior Housing Building at 82 Huckle Hill Road, Vernon VT.  The twice-weekly exercise group is designed and sponsored by RSVP to prevent and reverse osteoporosis.  Free sessions will meet on Monday and Wednesday from 9:30 – 10:30. Weights are provided for participants.  More information is available from RSVP Coordinator Steve Ovenden, 802-254-7515.

September news from 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 6:30 pm at the church and other Bible study meetings are held throughout the week. The building is handicapped accessible. Church Phone: 802-257-2341 or 413-498-4458. Pastor: Rev. Bruce C. Burks, email: pastorbruce@vernonadventchristian.com. 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. Church phone: 802-254-5088. Pastor Art Miller: 802-254-4477; email: artjudymiller@icloud.com.  Website. Facebook.

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. Church phone: 802-257-8523. Minister: Rev. Terry Robinson, 802-258-2228. Email: vuch@vernonunion.comcastbiz.net. Website.  Facebook.

Protecting your home against burglaries

The Windham County Sheriff’s Office, in response to the Selectboard’s concern about the recent break-ins in the area, offers the following advice on what Vernon residents can do to protect their homes and valuables.

The discussion of home burglaries can be separated into two categories: Prevention/Deterrence and Capture. There are some very basic steps to take to deter thieves, the simplest being to lock all your doors and windows that are easily accessible when you are not home. Thieves will typically look for the easiest and safest target; locked entry points will cause them to move on. Other simple steps include keeping your blinds or shades drawn and expensive items out of sight as much as possible. If theives cannot see in or cannot see items worth stealing, they will likely move on. Outdoor lighting and landscaping can also be of great value in detering thieves. They are less likely to burglarize a home that is well lit because there is an increased risk of exposure or being caught in the act. If you have large shrubs or bushes near your windows or doorways, keep them trimmed and viewable from the roadway, Again, thieves do not want to be seen. (more…)

Property Tax Notice

Property tax bills have gone out to all Vernon town residents. If you are expecting a bill and have not yet received one, please contact the Treasurer’s office immediately. Real estate taxes are due and payable in “3 payments”, first – due SEPTEMBER 8, 2016; second – due JANUARY 12, 2017; and third – due MAY 4, 2017.

The Treasurer’s office is open Monday through Thursday from 6:00 am to 4:00 pm and for your convenience, we will be open on Labor Day (September 5) from 6:00 am until noon. We will also be extending our hours as follows: September 7 & 8, January 11 & 12, and May 3 & 4 from 6:00 am until 6:00 pm. Please be advised that we also accept postmarked envelopes, so if our office is closed please drop your payment at the post office.

If you have any questions, please contact the Treasurer’s office at (802) 257-3077.