Informational meeting about reclassification of Vernon’s Black Gum Swamps

An informational meeting about the proposed reclassification of Vernon’s Black Gum Swamps will take place on May 8 at 6 p.m. at the Town Office Building (lower level), led by Laura LaPierre, Wetlands Program Director, Vermont Department of Environmental Conservation.

The Black Gum Swamps in Vernon’s J. Maynard Miller Town Forest are a set of unique ecosystems, featuring ancient black gum trees which are quite common in the South but comparatively rare north of the Mason-Dixon line, especially this far north. (more…)

May 2017 news from Vernon’s churches

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 a.m. and Youth Group and Intercessory Prayer meet at 6:00 p.m. 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. Senior Pastor: Rev. Bruce C. Burks, Associate Pastor, Rev. Derek Irvine; email: Website: and FaceBook.  Detailed Calendar of Events for May.

Mountain View Seventh-day Adventist Church, located at 1002 Fort Bridgman Road, Vernon, VT, meets every Saturday at 9:40 a.m. for Sabbath School classes for all ages. Church service begins at 11:15 a.m.. All are welcome. Church phone: 802-254-5088. Pastor Art Miller: 802-254-4477; email:  WebsiteFacebook. Detailed calendar of events for May.

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 a.m., Bible study; 10:00 a.m., morning worship, followed by a social hour. Childcare is available. The church is fully handicapped accessible. Church phone: 802-257-8523. Email: vuch@vernonunion.comcastbiz.netWebsite. Guest pastors in May:

  • May 7 —  Reverend Terry Miller
  • May 14 — Reverend James Browning Jr.
  • May 21 — Jeremiah Losier

Vernon Library News, May 2017

Summer hours are in effect:

  • Monday 1-6pm
  • Tuesday 9-noon & 1-6
  • Wednesday 1-6pm
  • Thursday 1-6pm
  • Friday – CLOSED
  • Saturday 9-12 noon


  • Cribbage Club – Every Wednesday @ 11am
  • Knitting Group – Every Wednesday 1-2pm
  • Reading Group – 2nd Thursday of the month @ 5pm
  • Rhyme Time – Every Monday @ 10:30 am for ages 0 to 3 yrs. &  siblings

FLOWER ARRANGING CLASS with Nancy Renaud @ Vernon Free Library

  • Saturday, May 13th at 10 am
  • $20 for materials due at registration
  • Join us to make an arrangement perfect for Mother’s Day!


  • The library will be CLOSED Saturday, May 27th and Monday, May 29th.

Website and contact:

Congrats to Jackson Emery!

Jackson Emery, the son of David (Jr.) and Amy Emery of Vernon, was recently named a Pop Warner Regional Scholar, which means he is in the top 5 percent of New England Pop Warner football players for the 2016 season. He plays for the Brattleboro Generals on the Junior Pee Wee team.

To qualify for this honor, a player needs need to have a GPA of at least 96 and be involved in non-athletic extra curricular activities as well. Jackson won Math Olympiad last year and does Restorative Justice and student council at Vernon Elementary school. He is 11 and in the 5th grade.

He was invited to Gillette Stadium to receive his award where he got a tour of the stadium. He met and got autographs from alumni Patriots players. Recently he was also notified that he has been named an All American Pop Warner Scholar which is the top 2 percent of players in the United States, out if about 350,000 players in total.

Green Mountain Passport — did you know about this valuable program?

Vermont has a discount program called Green Mountain Passport, which allows cardholders free admission to Vermont State Parks (for day use only),Vermont State Historic Sites, and events which are fully State sponsored.

To be eligible, you must be a Vermont resident, and be at least 62 years of age, or be a veteran of the uniformed services.

Green Mountain Passports can ONLY be purchased a Town Clerks offices. To apply, come to the Vernon Town Clerk’s Office, and fill out an application. A fee of $2.00 is charged, and you will get your own Green Mountain Passport, which is good for life!

Property taxes are due May 4

Vernon’s third, and final installment of real estate or personal property taxes for the current fiscal year are due on or before May 4. Payments can be made in person at the Town Treasurers office, or mailed with a postmark by the due date acceptable. The Treasurers office will be open from 6 a.m. until 6 p.m. on Wednesday and Thursday , May 3 and 4.

School Budget Vote No. 3 — May 30

The month of May will bring a third school budget vote to Vernon. According to the Windham Southeast Superintendent’s office May 31 has been set for the vote, with a budget total to be finalized on May 8. A budget hearing will be held May 30.

On April 13, voters rejected a revised budget by a one vote margin, 128 no, 127 yes and one  spoiled ballot.

Once a budget number has been finalized, and ballots are ready, the Town Clerk’s office will begin early voting on the budget. It will be possible to register to vote on election day (acceptable ID is needed).

Additional information will be available after the May 8th school board meeting.

Green up day in Vernon: May 6

Greenup day — when volunteers scour the roadsides for trash — is Saturday, May 6!

In Vernon, volunteers should meet at the shelter at the Vernon Recreation Center on Pond Road at 9 a.m. to get road assignments, instructions, and trash bags. Volunteers can come back at noon for a complimentary lunch.

If you have questions, be in touch with Emily Vergobbe, Vernon’s Greenup Day coordinator, at 802-258-3031 or

Vernon Dam Recreation area — hours open

Due to the recent activities and in the spirit of keeping the area a family orientated attraction, Great River Hydro (owners of the Vernon Dam Recreation area) have requested that the Windham County Sheriff’s Office give extra patrols to the recreation area.

The most notable “change” will be the enforcement of the recreation area hours of operation which is posted as being open from 6 am to 9:30 pm. This puts the recreation area in line with all of their other recreation areas (Herricks Cove, etc.).

Selectboard meeting, May 2, 2017

Here is BCTV video of the Tuesday, May 02, 2017 Selectboard meeting. Click here for the Agenda for this meeting. Scroll down for the agenda with timestamps. Click here for the minutes of this meeting.

Call to Order

00:36  –  Welcome / Pledge of Allegiance

00:58  –  Additions to Agenda

01:53  –  Chair’s Remarks

01:58  –  Open Public Comments (non-Agenda Items)

02:11  –  Department/Committee Reports: Emergency Management Coordinator (LEOP)

15:35  –  Department/Committee Reports: Recycle Roll-offs

41:16  –  Department/Committee Reports: Town Clerk (Executive Session)

42:41  –  Return from Executive Session

44:28  –  Department/Committee Reports: Library (Executive Session)

45:28  –  Return from Executive Session

45:32  –  Approval of Minutes

47:12  –  Treasurer: Bills and Warrants

48:20  –  New Business: Cemetery Committee Appointment

50:00  –  New Business: Appoint Executor of Casey Estate

1:05:42  –  New Business: RFP’s received

1:17:18  –  Old Business: Police Inventory Sale

1:24:27  –  Old Business: Right to Farm Resolution

1:31:16  –  Old Business: Efficiency Vermont – Cost Sharing

1:32:08  –  Public Participation

1:32:16  –  Correspondence

1:35:16  –  Media

1:35:20  –  Town Administrator Report

1:37:22  –  Upcoming Meeting Schedule

1:38:20  –  Adjournment

Selectboard meeting, April 18, 2017

The Vernon Selectboard met on Tuesday, April 18, 2017 at 6:30 pm. Click here to download or view the agenda for this meeting. Click here to download or view the minutes of the meeting. Here’s the video of the meeting as recorded by BCTV.  The meeting agenda with timestamps is below.

Call to Order

Welcome / Pledge of Allegiance

00:59  –  Additions to Agenda

01:34  –  Chair’s Remarks

02:00  –  Guests (Gary Swindler, Efficiency Vermont)

35:06  –  Open Public Comments (non-Agenda Items)

37:45  –  Department / Committee Reports

37:48  –  Approval of Minutes

38:20  –  Treasurer’s Report: Bills and Warrants

39:25  –  New Business: Support to PSB for Northstar purchase of VY – Discussion

43:50  –  New Business: Schedule July 4th Regular Selectboard Meeting

45:30  –  New Business: Email Address Discussion – standardized addresses

53:12  –  New Business: Right to Farm Ordinance

1:08:30  –  Old Business: Police Inventory

1:22:19  –  Old Business: Capital Reserve Fund Update

1:26:25  –  Public Participation: Agenda Items Only

1:26:35  –  Correspondence / Media

1:30:38  –  Town Administrator’s Report

1:32:35  –  Upcoming Meeting Schedule

One heart beats warm for me: A 19th century Vernon tragedy, with a long epilogue

By Barbara Emery Moseley

Nearly a century after they were written, the Vernon Historians received a packet of letters from a member of the family that treasured them for several generations. Although the ink is a bit faded, the elegant cursive handwriting reveals a poignant love story.

Written before the Civil War, they disclose the death from cholera of 22-year-old Gratia (pronounced Gray-sha) Fairman in 1847. They are from her fiancé, William H. Burt, who worked in Worcester, living there in a men’s boarding house.

Gratia’s brother George had notified him that she was sick in bed with a fever. Burt responded in a letter to Gratia: “It will be my constant prayer that you may soon recover . . . if you should become dangerously ill or materially worse, let me know it and I will soon be with you. I am enjoying my usual good health.”

Gratia’s condition deteriorated rapidly, however. She was in pain, but “she bore her suffering patiently, and calmly resigned herself into the hand of a kind Father who has promised never to forsake his children.”

Those words were from Professor John S. Lee, her mentor and teacher at Mt. Caesar Academy in Swanzey, N. H. (Born on West Road in Vernon, his life of distinction will be told another time.)

On his return to Worcester, after the funeral, Burt wrote to her family, “to find some relief from my anguish . . . there is no sympathy here for those who mourn.” He continues: “Not a day has since passed but I have found my relief in tears, my pillow is often moistened with them at night. Many times have I wished I might never see the sun rise again — I have lived long enough — my cup of bitterness is full. What more of affliction life has in store for me I know not . . . All is gone . . . Wherever I was, in whatever circumstances I was placed, I was sure there was one heart beat warm for me. Death, welcome Deliverer, come to me next.” (more…)

School budget fails again

In the re-vote of the Vernon school budget held on April 13, the budget failed to pass by a vote of 128 No, 127 Yes, with one spoiled ballot.

This compares with the original vote on Town Meeting day, March 7, of 272 No, 222 Yes.