Dog license information

By Tim Arsenault, Town Clerk

One of the duties of a Town Clerk is to license dogs, and that means ALL dogs six months of age or over. If you purchase a dog anytime during the year, Vermont state law says the dog needs to be licensed once it becomes six months old.  A valid rabies certificate is needed at the time of licensing. In recent weeks, I’ve gotten the vaccination updates from a number of area veterinarians, and  I’ve found a few dogs that were vaccinated, but not yet licensed. If you have not gotten a call about that, it’s coming.

If your dog has passed away during the year, please contact our office and let us know. A simple phone call or a note in the mail saves both of us the added angst of letters and phone calls to the owners of unlicensed dogs next year.

If you ever have any questions about what is required under the law, Please call our office at 257-0292, extension 12, or email

November 2017 news from Vernon’s churches

Advent Christian Church

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 November.

The Vernon Advent Christian Church will host a community dinner on Saturday, December 2nd at 6 P.M. It will be helpful if any planning to come would RSVP by calling 802-257-1972 or the church office, 802-257-2341.

Mountain View Seventh-day Adventist Church

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.

Starting Friday November 3 at 7:00 PM, Mountain View will be showing “500,” a newly produced, landmark documentary series by It Is Written about the Reformation. Topics include “The Celtic Connection,” “Here I Stand!”, “The Counter-Reformation,” “A Wall of Separation” and more. “500” will continue Friday nights at 7:00 PM through December 1. Check out our website for more information.

Our 2017-2018 season of “Music at Mountain View” concert series kicks off on Saturday night November 11 at 6:30 PM. Vocalist Elvis Foster will be performing. Admission is free and all are welcome! The concert will be followed by light refreshments.

Mark your calendar for Saturday night December 23! For the first time, Mountain View will be having a Live Nativity! More details will be included in next month’s newsletter (or check out our website and Facebook page closer to Christmastime).

Wednesday night Prayer Meeting has been cancelled for the month of November, due to the “500” series. We plan to resume Prayer Meetings in December.

Starting Friday nights in January 2018, we will be holding a Prophecy Studies vespers. All are welcome to attend.

The Depression/Anxiety Recovery Seminar series will begin Monday January 29. There will be two sessions a week for eight weeks. More information to come.

We recently launched a new church website! The link is  – please bookmark it and check back often for new events and information! The website has been optimized for both desktop and mobile browsing. Please check out the various pages and ministries so that you can take advantage of the free resources we have available!

Follow us on social media to learn more about upcoming events and other news! InstagramFacebookTwitterYouTube channelWebsite.

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

Vernon Union Church

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. During November, there will be guest preachers, to be arranged — check sign board outside the church. Childcare is available. The church is fully handicapped accessible. Church phone: 802-257-8523. Email:

November 2017 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

CLOSED for Veterans Day, Saturday, November 11       


  • Coloring Club – Every Monday @ 1pm
  • 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, November 8th at 5 pm. We are reading CHERRY HARVEST by Lucy Sanna.

RECIPES for our COMMUNITY COOKBOOK are still being accepted until Monday, November 6th!

DO YOU HAVE PAPERBACK BOOKS YOU NO LONGER WANT? The library is in need of paperback book donations for our ongoing book sale! If you would like to donate, please drop books off during library hours only! Thank you!

Tales from the Whithed Cemetery — Part I

By Barbara Emery Moseley

With this chapter we conclude the previous series (“Stones & Bones, Where can they be?“) which related to the now-vanished Polly Lee Cemetery and various generations of the Lee family in Vernon, and begin an exploration of another family that has a cemetery named after them — the Whitheds. (The Whithed cemetery is on Route 142 just north of the intersection with Newton Road.)

Marshall Whithed

Marshall Whithed was a prosperous landowner in town. In the 1840s, the imminent arrival of trains prompted the building of hotels at each stop. The enterprising Marshall Whithed built a large two-story hotel, the Whithed House, in the center of town, immediately north of the present day Vernon Union Church.

Its upstairs contained a large hall, with a stage and dressing rooms. Dancing was a popular pastime.

The ground floor housed the post office and general store. Its merchandise was delivered to a river landing. Old account books note the purchase of cloth, needles, kerosene, stationery, patent medicines, etc. Anxious relatives would visit the post office, hoping to receive a letter from a loved one, far away on a Civil War battlefield.

Much like the bed-and-breakfast of today, the Whithed House did the same. Water for the house and guests came from a spring through hollowed-out pump logs, each being tapered like a pencil fitting into the next. On the bank near the railroad was a patch of “blue clay.” It was used to seal each joint. (more…)

Selectboard meeting, October 17, 2017

Here is BCTV’s video of the October 17, 2017 Selectboard meeting. Scroll down for time-stamped agenda. Click here for minutes of this meeting.

Call to Order / Pledge of Allegiance / Welcome
00:28 – Additions to the Agenda
03:17 – Guests (Cindy Turnley – Town Investments)
04:51 – Open Public Comments – non Agenda Items
05:00 – Department Reports: Cemetery Bids
10:45 – Department Reports: County Sheriff – Sgt Chris Norton
20:37 – Department Reports: Library Committee
20:37 – Executive Session (Evaluation of Employee)
21:45 – Reconvene Meeting
21:56 – Approval of Minutes
26:52 – Treasurer’s Report – Bills and Warrants
27:57 – New Business: Green-Up Vermont Request for Funding
30:30 – New Business: Signature Requirements for Town Articles
43:05 – New Business: Remove $15,618 from Grand List – Errors and Omissions
44:26 – New Business: Affirm Capital Plan Committee Involvement in Purchases from Plan
47:26 – New Business: Stranded Act Discussion
50:49 – Old Business: Capital Plan Requests – Selectboard – Move Computers to General Budget
54:55 – Public Participation (Agenda Items Only)
55:00 – Correspondence
55:50 – Town Administrator’s Report
56:30 – Upcoming Meeting Schedule

Seniors Pot Luck Lunch — Nov. 13

The Vernon Seniors will hold a Pot Luck Lunch at noon on Monday, November 13 at the Fire Station.

Please call Carol Shippee to make a reservation at 802-254-4928, by November 4.

Membership dues will also be collected.

Anyone 90 years old or older is EXEMPT from bringing anything to the lunch or paying dues.

The Town Bus will pick you up if you need a ride.

Vernon church to host annual fall hayride at the Miller Farm

The Mountain View Seventh Day Adventist Church will be hosting the Annual Fall Hayride at the Miller Farm on Saturday night October 28. Sundown vespers will start at 5:30 PM, followed by the hayride and bonfire supper (food is provided). The Miller Farm is located at 1730 Fort Bridgman Rd, Vernon, Vermont.

This event is free and all are welcome to attend! For more details, call 802-380-3862 or email

Vernon church to highlight the Reformation’s 500th anniversary with documentary-style series

On October 27, the Mountain View Seventh Day Adventist Church in Vernon, Vermont, will kick off a brand-new series discussing the future of the Christian church and what is happening with world events. This free three-part series, called A Pale Horse Rides, will involve both documentary-style and live elements, featuring local moderator Pastor Art Miller. The video documentary portion is hosted by Voice of Prophecy Speaker/Director Shawn Boonstra.

A Pale Horse Rides begins Friday, October 27, at 7:00 PM at Mountain View SDA Church located at 1002 Fort Bridgman Road, Vernon, VT. It will continue Saturday, October 28, at 11:00 AM and at 2:00 PM. All are welcome to attend this free event. Attendees will receive a copy of Boonstra’s new book, A Pale Horse Rides.

This series will address questions such as: (more…)

Vernon trio burns up the track at Monadnock Speedway

(via the Brattleboro Reformer) The Vernon trio of Solomon Brow, Pat Houle and Hillary Renaud all finished in the top five during the season finale at Monadnock Speedway in Winchester, N.H. on Saturday.

Brow was the runner-up in the Super Stocks race. Houle placed fourth in the Mini Stocks division. Renaud wound up fifth in the Lightning Stocks heat.

Renaud, who had already locked up the points title, was presented a championship flag. The winners of the other series are: Todd Patnode (Sportsman Modifieds), Joel Monahan (Super Stocks), Alex Pearl (Mini Stocks), and Jason Kozacka (Thunder Stocks).

The Mudbog Mudslinger Spooktacular is scheduled for Sunday at noon at Monadnock Speedway. There will be trick or treating for kids in costume starting at 11 a.m.

Photo by Christopher Banks


Selectboard meeting, October 3, 2017

Here’s BCTV’s video of the Selectboard meeting on October 3, 2017. Scroll down for time-stamped agenda. Minutes will be posted here when available.

Call to Order / Welcome / Pledge of Allegiance
00:24 – Additions to Agenda
02:00 – Chair’s Remarks
02:45 – Open Public Comments (non-Agenda Items)
02:52 – Department/Committee Report: Emergency Capital Plan
11:01 – Approval of Minutes
12:23 – Treasurer’s Report
13:10 – New Business: Removal of $ from Grand List
15:44 – New Business: Cemetery Deeds
18:15 – SeVEDS Request to Forego Signature Requirement
28:40 – New Business: Art Display Policy Suggestions
32:56 – Old Business: Capital Plan Requests
35:15 – Old Business: Historians Budget / Donation Discussion
55:35 – Old Business: Steve Skibniowsky Conflict of Interest Question
57:13 – Executive Session: Personnel
58:55 – Old Business: Compensation to Jeff Dunklee
1:00:37 – Correspondence
1:00:55 – Town Administrator’s Report
1:05:02 – Upcoming Meeting Schedule

A history of Vernon published in 1891

For your reading and research pleasure, we have uploaded to this site the full text of a history of the Town of Vernon written by “A. H. Washburn and his wife Lucinda W. B. Washburn” and published in 1891 as part of the Vermont Historical Gazetteer, A Local History of ALL THE TOWNS IN THE STATE, Civil, Educational, Biographical, Religious and Military, Volume V, THE TOWNS OF WINDHAM COUNTY, published in Brandon, Vermont by Abby Maria Hemenway.

You can view and download this history in PDF format here.