Vernon’s new store is open!

Cold Brook Ice Cream & General Store is now open at 67 Governor Hunt Rd. Hours are:
  • 5:30am – 8pm, Mon – Sat
  • 5:30am – 6pm Sun.
The proprietors, Tim and Dana, write: “We have a little of everything, with more to come in near future, including but not limited to:  sandwiches, breakfast sandwiches, hot foods, beer/wine, ice cream and more. Stop in for some hot coffee and say hello!”

January 2018 news from Vernon’s churches

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:

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 January. Special event: January 28 at 6 PM : a movie night, showing “Hell & Mr. Fudge.”

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.

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.

Starting Friday January 12, we will be holding a Prophecy Studies vespers each Friday night at the church. All are welcome to attend.

On Saturday January 13 at 2:00 PM, the seminar series Journey to Wellness will begin. This is a spiritual 12 step program. There will be one session a week (on Saturday afternoons) for twelve weeks. Please contact Jim Alner at for more information.

On Saturday January 13 at 2:00 PM, the seminar series Journey to Wellness will begin. This is a spiritual 12 step program. There will be one session a week (on Saturday afternoons) for twelve weeks. There is a one-time fee of $10 for the materials (financial assistance available if needed). Please contact Jim Alner at for more information.

The Depression/Anxiety Recovery Seminar series will begin Monday January 29. There will be two sessions a week for eight weeks. There is a fee for this seminar series. Please contact Doug Holway at for more information.

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 channel.Website.

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


Vernon Free Library news, January 2018


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


  • Monday, Jan. 15 – Martin Luther King Jr. Day


  • 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


The Vernon Free Library & Vernon Voters Alliance would like to thank everyone who participated in the Vernon Giving Tree! Because of your time & generosity, 65 “angel” tags were fulfilled bring the Christmas spirit to our neighbors in Vernon. Thank you!


Thank you to everyone who responded to the library’s annual fund-raising appeal! Your generous support will help the library move ahead with planned projects and services. Thank you!


The Reading Group will be meeting Thursday, January 11 at 5 pm. We are reading The House Girl by Tara Conklin.

The House Girl, the historical fiction debut by Tara Conklin, is an unforgettable story of love, history, and a search for justice, set in modern-day New York and 1852 Virginia.

Weaving together the story of an escaped slave in the pre–Civil War South and a determined junior lawyer, The House Girl follows Lina Sparrow as she looks for an appropriate lead plaintiff in a lawsuit seeking compensation for families of slaves. In her research, she learns about Lu Anne Bell, a renowned prewar artist whose famous works might have actually been painted by her slave, Josephine.

“Featuring two remarkable, unforgettable heroines, Tara Conklin’s The House Girl is riveting and powerful, literary fiction at its very best.” — Amazon  — — Like us on Facebook!

Vernon Historians news, January 2017

Guest speaker, January 14, about West Road

On Sunday, January 14,  there will be a brief Vernon Historians meeting at 1 p.m., followed at 1:30 p.m., by guest speaker Cynthia Martin from Henniker, New Hampshire.

Cynthia will share some of her extensive research about families in Vernon who lived on, or in the vicinity of the West Road, going back to pre-Revolutionary War times.  She has traced many of her ancestors to the area and is excited about sharing some pictures and telling stories based on her research and her own family memories.  Her primary focus will be on the Fairman Farm and Addison Brooks Farm. Cynthia looks forward to meeting people who share her interest and excitement about Vernon people, places, and things from the past.

The public is invited, so bring a friend or neighbor who might be interested to spend an afternoon with us! As usual, delicious refreshments will be served.

The Trustees will meet on Tuesday, January 16 at 6:30 p.m. at the Town Office building, lower level.

Advent Christian Homes honors four Vernon retirees

Four Vernon residents were honored by their employer, Vernon Advent Christian Homes Inc., on December 29, on their occasion of their year end retirement. Alice Kinsman  (first photo, left ) was a 42 year employee as a licensed nurse’s assistant at Vernon Green Nursing Home, prior to her 2015 retirement. Her sister, Emily Wood, (first photo, right) is just completing 45 years of continuous service as an LNA, and had served a total of 47 years at  Vernon Green.

Alice Kinsman (left) and Emily Wood

David Potvin, (second photo, right) had completed 31 years  of service at Vernon Homes, 18 as the cook at Vernon Hall , and the last 13 in the maintenance department, retiring as the director of maintenance.  His wife, Carol, (second picture, left) had spent the past two years providing transportation for residents at the Vernon Hall Assisted Living facility.

Carol and David Potvin

Time to renew your dog licenses for 2018

The following is information about 2018 dog licenses from Town Clerk Tim Arsenault. If you have questions, call the Town Clerk’s office at 257-0292.

Dog licenses for the year 2018 are ready to be issued.  According to Vermont law, all dogs 6 months old and older must be registered with the Town on or before April 1 of every year.  (Some have thought that once a dog is registered it doesn’t have to be done again, but the law is every year.) If your dog becomes 6 months of age after April 1, you STILL need to register the animal.

Renewal forms are being mailed in early January to holders of 2017 dog licenses.  If you do not wish to come into the office you may sign the license at the yellow “X” and mail it to the Town Clerk with the appropriate fee ($13 for dogs that are not spayed or neutered and $9 for dogs that have been spayed or neutered) and the clerk will process your license(s) and return it (them) along with this year’s dog tag.

If your dog requires a rabies shot we are unable to license that animal UNTIL the dog receives the required shot and the original rabies certificate is presented to us.

At this time, it looks as though we will not be having a rabies clinic in town this year. If that changes, we will post the info on and on the Vernon Facebook group . We will also alert you to other towns rabies clinics and remind you that Tractor Supply in Hinsdale does a rabies clinic one Sunday per month, as follows:

  • Sunday January 7, 2018 from 4:00 pm until 5:30 pm
  • Sunday February 4, 2018 from 4:00 pm until 5:30 pm
  • Sunday March 4, 2018 from 4:00 pm until 5:30 pm


Photo by Maja Dumat, used under Creative Commons License.

Petitions available now for 2018 town elections

Petitions and candidate consent forms for the March 6, 2018 town elections are available for pick up at the Town Clerk’s office. To get on the ballot, you must get signatures from at least one percent of the town’s registered voters (which means 18 valid signatures) and return the form  back to the Clerk’s office by 5 p.m. on January 29th. For more information, please contact the Town Clerk’s office at 257-0292.

The following offices will be up for election (the current terms of all the listed incumbents expire at the March 2018 election).

Select Board

  • 3 year term now held by Josh Unruh
  • 2 year term now held by Stephen Skibniowsky

Vernon School board

  • 3 year term now held by Mike Hebert
  • 2 year term now held by Sandy Morrison

Brattleboro Union High School Board

  • 3 year term (or until withdrawal from the union becomes effective)  now held by Michael Collier


  • 3 year term now held by William Hammond

Delinquent Tax Collector

  • 1 year term now held by Marylynn Scherlin

First Constable

  • 1 year term now held by Peter Crossmon

Second Constable

  • 1 year term now held by Scott Lane

Town Moderator 

  • 1 year term now held by Timothy Arsenault

School Moderator

  • 1 year term now held by Timothy Arsenault

Town Agent

  • 1 year term  now held by Christiane Howe

Grand Juror

  • 1 year term now held by Paul Fantini

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

Selectboard Members 
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

Collector of Delinquent Taxes 
Collects overdue property taxes, and schedules tax sales when appropriate (the Vermont statute citations can be Googled for additional information):

Appraise property within the town for the purpose of property tax assessment. Should be able to be polite, yet firm, and not be oversensitive to criticism. 17 V.S.A. § 2646(5)

Runs the annual and special town/school meeting. Should have a good sense of humor, be good at group process, and have experience following Roberts Rules of Order. 17 V.S.A. § 2646(1)

In some towns the constable is the town’s local law enforcement officer, with all powers of search, seizure, and arrest within the town. In other towns, including Vernon , the constable only has the power to serve civil process, assist the health officer in the discharge of his or her duties, destroy unlicensed dogs, kill injured deer, remove disorderly people from town meeting, and, if the first constable, to collect taxes, if no tax collector is elected. Should be good at de-escalating and resolving conflicts. 17 V.S.A. § 2646(7)

Grand Juror 
Helps to prosecute criminal offenses that occur in the town by giving information to state and local law enforcement. (Generally not a very active position.) 17 V.S.A. § 2646(10)

Town Agent 
The town agent used to prosecute and defend suits. The selectboard now has that authority. Thus, the town agent’s duty consists merely of assisting when litigation is in progress, at the request of the selectboard. (Generally not a very active position.) 17 V.S.A. § 2646(11)

Selectboard meeting, December 27, 2017

Here’s BCTV’s video of the December 27, 2017 Selectboard meeting. Scroll down for time-stamped agenda. Click here for minutes.

Call to Order. Welcome / Pledge of Allegianc
00:24 – Additions to Agenda
01:18 – Chair’s Remarks
01:23 – Public Participation: non-Agenda Items
05:13 – Approval of Minutes
06:12 – Bills and Warrants
07:33 – New Business: Accept Resignation from Rec Board
08:31 – Appointment to Rec Board
13:45 – Approve Reinvestment of Matured Bond
16:43 – Old Business: Budget Review: Capital Plan Committee
49:25 – Old Business: Budget Review: Historians
53:30 – Old Business: Budget Review: Fire Department
1:23:48 – Old Business: Budget Review: Sheriff
1:34:26 – Old Business: Budget Review: Town Clerk
1:51:25 – Old Business: Budget Review: Building and Grounds
1:56:40 – Old Business: Budget Review: Selectboard
2:02:23 – Old Business: Budget Review: Treasurer
2:05:33 – Correspondence
2:05:40 – Town Admin Report
2:05:46 – Upcoming Meetings

Pellet stove replacement program available to Vernon residents

Green Mountain Home Repair, a program of the Windham & Windsor Housing Trust, is pleased to announce a pellet stove replacement program for Windham County residents. Eligible homeowners will get a price reduction of $2,000 to $4,000 on the cost of purchasing and installing an approved pellet stove to replace an old wood stove, or kerosene or propane heater. Funding for this two-year program comes from the State of Vermont’s Clean Energy Development Fund. Each new pellet stove replacement will decrease pollution, increase energy efficiency, and reduce homeowner’s fuel usage. Loans are available to pay the remainder of the installation cost and all homeowners will get a complimentary home check up to review maintenance, health and safety concerns. Green Mountain Home Repair is partnering with Friends of the Sun, the Stove Depot, Shanahan Building Supplies, and Sandri Energy on this program. For more information and to check eligibility, call the Windham & Windsor Housing Trust at (802) 254-4604.

Cold Brook Store is opening

Cold Brook Ice Cream & General Store will be open for the first time this coming Tuesday, December 19th, at 5:30, a.m., according to an announcement posted on Facebook. The store is located at 67 Governor Hunt Rd. Closing time will be between 8 and 9 p.m. depending on the day.

Dana Forrett Macaluso, co-owner of the store, also posted: “We hope everyone will understand that we are starting slow and will have more products and items that people are wanting as we go along. Please be sure to tell us what you want and what you would like to have at the store!”

Selectboard meeting, December 6, 2017

Here is video of the Selectboard meeting held December 6, 2017 as filmed by BCTV. This was a combined regular meeting and budget work session. Scroll down for time-stamped agenda. Click here for the minutes of this meeting.

Call to Order / Welcome / Pledge of Allegiance
00:24 – Additions to Agenda
02:37 – Chair’s Remarks
02:43 – Guests: Open Public Comments (non-Agenda Items)
02:55 – Department/Committee Reports
02:57 – Approval of Minutes
04:00 – Treasurer’s Report: Bills and Warrants
05:12 – New Business: Emergency Capital Reserve Fund Addition to Annual Report
06:12 – New Business: Town Clerk: Cemetery Deed
07:30 – New Business: Ratify / Support Testimony to Public Utilities Commission (PUC)
08:10 – New Business: Support Vernon Selectboard Testimony at January PUC Meeting
10:00 – Old Business: Property Tax Adjustment Late Filing Penalty Waiver Request
14:10 – Old Business: Reinvestment of Federal Bond
18:16 – Executive Session (Personnel)
19:22 – Return To Meeting
19:30 – Budget: Listers
20:32 – Budget: Library
33:30 – Budget: Cemetery
44:16 – Budget: Recreation Department
59:04 – Budget: Treasurer
1:28:13 – Budget: Planning Commission
1:30:48 – Budget: Seniors
1:35:45 – Budget: Highway Garage
2:02:49 – Public Participation (Agenda Items Only)
2:02:55 – Correspondence
2:03:11 – Town Administrator’s Report
2:03:15 – Upcoming Meeting Schedule