Petitions now available for ballot positions

Town Clerk Tim Arsenault has announced that nominating petitions and candidate consent forms are now available at the Town Clerk’s office for the annual Vernon town elections to be held March 7, 2017. The following positions are up for election.

  •       Select board — 2 year
  •       Select board — 3 year
  •       School director — 3 year
  •       School director — 2 year
  •       School director — 1 year ( last year of an unexpired two year term )
  •       Town Treasurer — 3 years
  •       Lister — 3 years
  •       Town and school district moderator — 1 year
  •       First Constable — 1 year
  •       Second Constable — 1 year
  •       Delinquent Tax Collector — 1 year
  •       Town Agent  — 1 year
  •       Grand Juror  — 1 year

One percent of the checklist  ( 18 signatures ) is needed on petition forms. The deadline to have all forms back to the town Clerk’s office is January 30th, 2017 at 5 PM For more information, please contact the Town Clerk’s office at 257-0292.

Here are descriptions, furnished by Tim, of the duties of some of these offices:

Selectboard Members (elected)
General supervision and control over town; enacts ordinances, regulations, and policies for town; oversees town property and personnel; prepares, presents and manages budget; and oversees roads, including laying out, discontinuing, and reclassifying roads. Sits as local board of health, liquor control commission, and sewer commission. Should know the town well, be able to understand all sides of complex issues, and have very thick skin. 17 V.S.A. § 2646(4); 17 V.S.A. § 2649

School Board:
Shall determine the educational policies of the school district. May take any action that is required for the sound administration of the school district. Shall have the possession, care, control, and management of the property of the school district, subject to the authority vested in the electorate or any school district official. 16 V.S.A. § 563 (more…)

River, trails & recreation task force seeks members

Russ Rosinski, chair of the River, Trails, & Recreation Task Force, has been working toward gaining access to the Broad Brook boat launch and have an access path. Unfortunately, the Task Force is not making the progress the members had hoped for. Part of this is due to three of the six active group members are avid hunters so the timing isn’t great, but part is the amount (or lack thereof) free time group members have.  If any of you have some time to help out or know anyone who would be interested in joining the Task Force, please contact Russ at or attend a meeting of the Task Force. The next meeting will be Thursday, Dec 8 at 6:30 pm in the school library.

‘Hunt’ing Down History, Part 15

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!

When Congress chose Chicago as the Columbian Exposition site over other contenders, including New York, St. Louis, and Philadelphia, the Chicago Committee received a telegram from Chauncey Depew. He was U.S. Congressman from New York, lawyer for the Vanderbilts, president of the New York Central Railroad, and one of the most witty and celebrated speakers of the day. The message, part of a letter also sent to the Chicago Tribune, warned: “Chicago is like the man who marries a woman with a ready-made family of twelve; the trouble has just begun.” His comment proved to have hit the nail on the head.

Burnham, who had convinced Richard Morris Hunt to be chief architect of the Exposition, and Frederick Law Olmsted its landscape designer, had expected to rely on his charismatic business partner, John Root, for help on the massive project. However, Root died of pneumonia just as preparation of the site was to begin. At least, the two, along with Hunt, had figured out how to combat the quicksand of Jackson Park, making it suitable for the erection of massive buildings. (more…)

Vernon Artisan Market: Dec. 10 & 11

In its second year, the Vernon Artisan Market will run for two days and feature work from some Vernon’s own creative residents. At the Market, visitors will find original paintings and jewelry, pottery, wreaths, quilts, jams and jellies, baskets, books, and holiday cards and gifts. And we are hoping for a visit on Sunday afternoon from that jolly old elf (Santa) who lives at the North Pole.

December 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: Website and FaceBook.

The Vernon Advent Christian Church in Vernon, VT, welcomes you to our first-ever Christmas School on Saturday, December 17, from 9:30 am to 2 pm. This event is for ages K-6th grade and we would like you to come and join us as we learn about the true meaning of Christmas through Bible stories, songs, crafts, and games. Lunch will be provided. Parents: this may be a great time to get your last minute Christmas shopping done! Please pre-register by calling the church office at (802) 257-2341.

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:  Website. Facebook.

December 10, 6:30 to 8:00 pm, Mountain View Seventh-day Adventist Church will host an open house community event. The addition to the church now has flooring over the cement. Vermont singer Spencer Lewis will provide music and have CDs for sale. The evening will begin with a carol sing and some brief remarks. Members of the church will have tables highlighting activities of interest and upcoming events. You may also enjoy sitting in the church with the lights off to meditate. Light refreshments will be served. All are invited to this free event.

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.netWebsite.