Vernon bus trip to historic Mount Auburn Cemetery

The Vernon bus will take a group to Mount Auburn Cemetery in Cambridge MA on Thursday, July 20.

The cemetery offers a wonderful view of Cambridge from its tower; an arboretum; birding; as well as a wealth of history beginning with the found, Dr. Jacob Bigelow.  Henry Cabot Lodge, Dorothea Dix, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, Oliver Wendell Holmes, Julia Ward Howe, James Russell Lowell, Charles Bullfinch and many other interesting people are buried there.

If you want to go for the day, please call either Reita at 254-2694 or George 258-1725.  The bus will leave the town office building at 8:00 a.m.

Photo by Bill Ilott, used under Creative Commons License.

Stones and bones, where can they be? — The mystery of Vernon’s vanished cemetery, Part II

By Barbara Emery Moseley

Click here for the full series on the vanished Polly Lee Cemetery and the Peeler and Lee families.

The Polly Lee Cemetery probably started as the family burying ground of the large Lee clan that, in 1781, moved to Vernon (at the time known as Hinsdale).

John Lee, the family patriarch and a widower, accompanied them. He died within a few years (1784) and is buried in the South Cemetery, with a slate gravestone. This implies that there had not yet been time to set aside land for a family cemetery.

The three older Lee sons cleared land for their farms in the area of today’s Newton Road. The youngest son, John, received the least desirable acreage but he made the most of it. It was rocky and mountainous, and tillable soil was pebbly as well. (more…)

Selectboard meeting, July 5, 2017

Here’s BCTV’s video of the Selectboard meeting on Wednesday, July 5, 2017 at 6:30pm. Scroll down for agenda with time stamps. Click here for the agenda for this meeting. Click here for the final approved minutes of this meeting.

00:06 – Pledge of Allegiance

00:28 – Additions to Agenda

02:15 – Chair’s Remarks

02:20 – Guests

02:25 – Public Comments

02:40 – Department Reports: EOC

10:44 – Approval of Minutes

11:25 – Treasurer’s Report

12:53 – New Business: CDL Policy – Drug and Alcohol Testing

20:48 – New Business: Amendments to Town Plan Discussion

22:18 – Old Business: Domestic Animal ORdinance

27:35 – Executive Session: Personnel

27:51 – Return to Meeting

28:00 – Public Participation

32:22 – Town Administrator’s Report

34:45 – Upcoming Meeting Schedule

Vernon teen swims, Thursday nights — Pool Party and Campout July 28

Thursday night teen night starts tomorrow June 29th! After closing for open swim at 8:00 pm, we reopen from 8:15-10:00 p.m. for teens. Minimum age entering grade 7. The same open swim rate applies ($2/residents $4/non residents). Enjoy the pool all to yourselves along with music and a camp fire on the deck!

Also, the annual youth pool party and campout is coming July 28! Here’s the scoop:

Guilford Bridge closed July 12-August 9

The next several months will be very busy on all fronts for Renaud Bros., the contractor selected by VTrans to replace the US 5 Bridge in Algiers Village, Guilford. Specific activities will include:

The big picture of what’s happening here is that the contractor is building the new bridge off site close to the existing bridge. Four separate pieces (bridge units comprised of reinforced concrete, each weighing about 178,000 pounds) will be fully constructed at the church, moved to the bridge site and then connected with concrete.

Renaud’s Subcontractor, Manosh, is drilling for the pre-excavation of driven pile for Abutment 1, located on the south side of Broad Brook. This will be followed by pile installation. (more…)

VOTE: July 18, 7 a.m.-7 p.m. on withdrawing from BUHS School District

There will be a town election on July 18, with voting from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., on the question of whether to withdraw from BUHS District No. 6. The Vernon School Board recommends a YES vote, and has prepared the following Q&A about the issues.

There will also be informational meetings held on Monday, July 10 and Monday July 17, at 6 p.m. in the Vernon Elementary School Cafetorium, where the issue will be explained and questions answered. Early voting is available at the Town Clerk’s office which is open Mon.-Thurs. 7 a.m.-5 p.m.

What are we voting on?

On Tuesday, July 18th, the town of Vernon will vote to decide if we should withdraw from BUHS District No. 6. The ballot question is worded as follows:

Shall the Vernon Town School District, a member of Brattleboro Union High School District #6, vote to withdraw from the Brattleboro Union High School District pursuant to the provisions of 16 V.S.A. subsection 721 a, as amended by Section 5 of S.122, approved by the 2017 session of the Vermont General Assembly.

Didn’t we already vote to withdraw?

Yes! Back in August of 2016 the town voted to leave the district by an overwhelming margin of 374 to 124, however one other member town voted against our withdrawal, so we remain part of the district. Recently passed legislation now allows Vernon the ability to vote ourselves out, and no longer requires the other member towns to do so. (more…)

Weekly recycling starts July 6; no more recyling bins at the Town Garage

By Bob Spencer, WSWMD Executive Director, Vernon resident, and member of the Vernon Solid Waste Committee

Starting July 6, Vernon’s single-stream recyclables will be collected curbside every week by Triple T Trucking, along with weekly trash collection. The recyclables are taken to Brattleboro Salvage transfer station on Vernon Street (Route 142) in Brattleboro, and loaded into large trailers, which hauls them to a single-stream MRF in Rutland, VT. In addition, the Windham Solid Waste Management District (WSWMD) is discontinuing collection of recyclable materials at all of its member town transfer stations, and the 24/7 sites such as Vernon highway garage. (more…)

July news from the Vernon Free Library


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

Reading Group will be meeting Thursday, July 13th at 5 pm. We are reading “Major Pettigrew’s Last Stand” by Helen Simonson.


The library currently has a fund raiser raffle. We’re raffling 2 bat houses and a $25 gift card to Achilles Agway. Tickets for each are $1.00 each of 6 for $5.00. Stop by the library to check them out and buy some tickets!

Build A Better World 2017 Summer Reading Program is in full swing! There’s still time to join in the summer fun! We’ve been doing PAPER BAG CHALLENGES with great results. You take home a paper bag with certain items in it and try to build the specified object!!

Prevent Summer Slide! Children who don’t read during the summer can lose up to two months of learning by the time they return to school in the fall!

State Park & Historical Sites Passes

Don’t forget you can borrow passes for free admission to Vermont State Parks, Vermont Historical Sites & Vermont History Museum from the library? We also loan a pass for free admission to Brattleboro Museum & Art Center! Great activities for the summer! Come to the library and check it out!

Thank you to everyone who donated and purchased items at the library’s PLANT & BAKE SALE! It was a great success. We appreciate your support!  |

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July 2017 news from Vernon’s churches

Vernon Union Church, located at 2631 Fort Bridgman Road (next to Vernon Hall), Vernon, VT. Meets every Sunday at 10:00 a.m. for morning worship, followed by a social hour. Preaching during July: July 2, Jim Browning, Jr.; July 9: Jeremy Losier (Camp Northfield); July 16: Jim Browning Jr.; July 23: Terry Miller; July 30, to be arranged. Childcare is available. The church is fully handicapped accessible. Church phone: 802-257-8523. Email:

Mountain View Seventh-day Adventist Church, located at 1002 Fort Bridgman Road, Vernon, VT, meets every Saturday at 9:30 AM for Sabbath School classes for all ages. Church service begins at 11:00 AM. All are welcome. The church building is handicapped accessible. A fellowship meal is provided after the church service.

Prayer Meeting is held on Wednesdays at 7:00 PM at the home of Paul and Mary Miller (5 Tyler Hill Road in Vernon). For more information, call 802-254-9464. 

Mountain View SDA Church will be holding Vacation Bible School (VBS) from Monday July 24 through Thursday July 27, 2017. VBS will be held each night from 6:30 to 8:00 PM, at 1002 Fort Bridgman Road in Vernon. This year’s VBS theme is David and Goliath. Kids will learn how to face the “giants” in their lives, and how the armor of God can protect them and help defeat those giants. There will be story time, arts and crafts, outdoor activities, singing, and more! VBS is free and all kids are welcome! For more details, call 802-380-3862 or email

Mountain View recently launched several new social media sites! You can follow us to learn more about upcoming events and other news. Instagram. Facebook. Twitter. YouTube channel. Website. 

Contact information: Church phone: 802-254-5088. Pastor Art Miller: 802-490-0751 (cell) and 802-254-4477 (home); email:

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 July.

On Saturday, July 15, 2017, at 8 AM, the Vernon Advent Christian Church will host an area wide Men’s Breakfast.

Goodbye, recycling bins at the Town Garage; hello, weekly residential recycling curbside pickup

According to word from the Solid Waste Committee, the Windham Solid Waste recycling bins at the Town Highway Department will be removed the week of June 26. The compost bin for food waste will remain in place, as will the PlanetAid donation boxes.

And, beginning on July 6, residential recycling will be picked up curbside every week throughout Vernon, rather than every other week, on Thursdays as usual, along with household trash.

Recycling bins are available for purchase at the Town Clerk’s office for $13.00. These are the green bins that were distributed to every home when curbside recycling began. (These are not strictly required — any similar bin will do.)

Official green town trash bags are available at the Clerk’s office as well. Bags are priced at $3.50 per bag for large (30 gallons, will hold approx. 35 pounds), $2.50 per bag for small (15 gallons, will hold approximately 20 pounds); $17.50 per roll of large bags and $12.50 per roll for small bags. Bags can also be purchased at the Vernon Free Library, Vernon Treasurer’s Office, Vernon Recreation Department and Guilford Store.