Candidates for office

Town clerk Tim Arsenault has announced that at the filing deadline, the following have turned petitions to be on the ballot:

  • Select Board 3 year — Jean Carr, Jessica Freeman Earp, Kristina Walker
  • Select board 2 year — Jeff Dunklee
  • School board 3 year — Deb Hebert
  • School board 2 year  Kerry Amidon
  • School board 1 year — Sandy Morrison
  • Treasurer 3 year — Cindy Turnley
  • First Constable — Peter Crossman
  • Second Constable — Scott Lane
  • Lister 3 year — Jeremiah Sund
  • Delinquent Tax Collector — Marylynn Scherlin
  • Town Moderator — Tim Arsenault
  • School Moderator — Tim Arsenault
  • Town Agent — No one has filed
  • Grand Juror — No one has filed

Help wanted: You can still run for office in Vernon

A variety of offices in Vernon are up for election in the March town meeting elections. You can still pick up a petition, gather the necessary signatures of 1 percent of the registered voters (19 minimum), and get on the ballot. Here is the status, according to Town Clerk Tim Arsenault, of petitions taken out so far:

  • Select board 3 year — Kristina Walker
  • Select board 3 year — Jessica Freeman Earp
  • Select board 2 year  —Jeff Dunklee, petitions are in
  • School board 3 year — Deb Hebert
  • School board 2 year — Kerry Amidon. petitions are in
  • School board 1 year — Sandy Morrison, petitions are in
  • First Constable — Peter Crossman, petitions are in
  • Second Constable — Scott Lane, petitions are in
  • Lister 3 year — Jeremiah Sund, petitions are in
  • Delinquent Tax Collector — Marylynn Scherlin
  • Town and Town School Moderator — Tim Arsenault, petitions are in
  • Town Agent — no one has filed
  • Grand Juror — no one has filed

The petition deadline is 5 p.m. on Monday, January 30. One percent of the registered voters must sign your petition.

Selectboard meeting, Jan. 19, 2017

The Selectboard will meet on Thursday evening, Jan. 19 at 6:30 p.m. Here is the warning and agenda:


The Vernon Selectboard will hold its Regular Meeting on Thursday, January 19, 2017 at 6:30pm in the Selectboard Meeting Room in the Town Office Building located at 567 Governor Hunt Road in Vernon, VT.

Vernon Selectboard Meeting


Thursday, January 19, 2017 (more…)

Historians news: Program about the Williams Farm which became Vermont Yankee

January 22, 2017 – Williams Farm Reminiscences

On Sunday, Jan. 22, at 1:30 p.m., the Vernon Historians will hold a brief business meeting downstairs at the Vernon Town Office Building.  Immediately following the meeting, at 2:00 p.m., Sandy Williams Morrison will present a program about the Williams Farm, the property where Vermont Yankee was built. The program will include a brief history of the Williams Farm, personal stories, and memories of growing up on the farm as a child.  The program is free and open to all, and refreshments will be served.  Please join us for a relaxing Sunday afternoon and share your own memories of farm life.

Selectboard meeting, Dec. 19, 2016

As filmed by Brattleboro Community Television, here’s the Dec. 19, 201 Selectboard meeting, with agenda item start times. Click here to download draft minutes of this meeting.

00:37  –  Welcome / Pledge of Allegiance

01:00  –  Additions to Agenda

01:37  –  Chair’s Remarks

01:57  –  Public Comments – Junk Ordinance

31:58  –  Farmland Committee Report

37:00  –  Capital Plan Committee (more…)

‘Hunt’ing Down History, Part 16

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!

Severe cold and snow ushered in 1892. Daniel Burnham, construction supervisor at the Columbian Exposition, was living in a construction shanty on the Chicago fair grounds, heated by an immense fireplace. Workmen constructed a moveable enclosure that could be heated, so that “staff” could continue to be applied to the framework of unfinished buildings. Burnham was criticized by both Congress and the local Fair Committee that he was paying wages that were too high. He also built barracks within the park where workers could get three large meals a day and sleep in clean beds in a heated space. They were paid even if kept from working because of injury or illness. It resulted in a loyal work force that gave full measure in its 8-hour day.

Richard Morris Hunt had returned to his New York City office, but kept in touch with architect Charles McKim, who designed the Fair’s Agriculture Building. He visited the shanty and passed on information to Hunt of progress slowly being made.

Lake freighters were unloading wooden crates bearing labels in foreign words and alphabets. Gigantic draft horses drew wagon loads of exhibit materials destined for yet unfinished buildings. (more…)

January 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.

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.

Aged to Perfection,” a Women’s Barbershop Harmony quartet will present an evening of fun music January 14, 2017, at 6:30 pm at the Mountain View Seventh-day Adventist Church. This group won a gold medal for the Northeast and a bronze medal in the women’s international contest. All are welcome.

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.

Library budget issue

At their December 19, 2016, meeting, the members of the Vernon Selectboard voted to reduce the budget of the Vernon Free Library by $39,900.

The Library is petitioning to place an article before the voters at the March 2017 Town Meeting to restore $39,900 to the Library budget.

Since Entergy announced the closing of Vermont Yankee in 2013, the library has closed one day a week, cut the assistant position, and cut the Library budget by 12 percent. Copies of the petition are available to sign at the Library.

During the week January 9, the Vernon Free Library Trustees will be staffing an information table in the Town Office Building lobby, as an opportunity for residents to stop by to meet the Trustees and find out all the services that your Library has to offer.



Time to renew your dog license!

If you own a dog or wolf hybrid in Vernon, it’s time to renew your license. The cost is $9 for each neutered or spayed dog, and $13 dollars for each non-neutered dog.

Your pet must also be current on its rabies certificate for the year at the time of licensing.

As of today, Town Clerk Tim Arsenault is still trying to arrange for a rabies clinic in March.  We’ll post that information when a date is set (or keep an eye on the Vernon, Vermont Facebook Group page).

Photo by Maja Dumat, used under Creative Commons License.