Election results, March 7, 2017

Here are the results of the election of March 7, 2017. Winners are shown bold. There were 514 total voters

Office Candidate(s) Votes
SELECTBOARD — 3 year term Jean Carr

Jessica Freeman Earp

Kristina Walker





SELECTBOARD — 2 year term Jeff Dunklee  405
SCHOOL BOARD — 3 year term Deborah Hebert  404
SCHOOL BOARD — 2 year term Kerry Amidon  430
SCHOOL BOARD — 1 year term Sandy Morrison  432
TREASURER — 3 year term Cindy Turnley  413
FIRST CONSTABLE — 1 year term Peter Crossmon  459
SECOND CONSTABLE — 1 year term Scott Lane  424
LISTER — 3 year term Jermiah Sund  410
DELINQUENT TAX COLLECTOR — 1 year term Marylynn Scherlin  405
TOWN MODERATOR — 1 year term Timothy Arsenault  472
SCHOOL MODERATOR — 1 year term Timothy Arsenault  470
TOWN AGENT — 1 year term  (insufficient votes to elect)
GRAND JUROR — 1 year term  (insufficient votes to elect)
SCHOOL BUDGET — approval of $4,079,300 budget Yes




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…)

New recycling pick-up schedule: every other week

In an effort to decrease spending, Vernon will be adjusting the pick-up schedule for recyclables. Beginning on August 11, 2016 recyclables will be picked up every other week beginning with A streets (B streets will NOT be picked up on August 11th). Please consult the chart below  to determine if you live on an A street or a B street.

All other procedures for recycling will remain the same. Curbside recycling accepts plastics #1 – #7. Plastics #1 and #2 can be recycled in bin at the Town Garage anytime.


If you have questions, please contact the Town Offices at 802-257-0292 or email the Town Administrator at VernonTA@vernonvt.org.  Thank you for your patience and understanding as we go through this transition.


Vernon Historians news: Miller farm historical presentation July 12

The Vernon Historians’ Quarterly Meeting will be held on Tuesday, July 12, downstairs in the Town Office Building. The Business Meeting will start at 6:30 pm followed by a short program at 7:30 pm, presented by Paul Miller, on the history of the Miller Farm, including pictures, stories, etc. (The Miller family will host an open house on July 17 to celebrate the farm’s 100th anniversary.)

Refreshments will be served. This event is free and open to the public and the building is handicapped accessible.

The Vernon Historical Museum, located at 4201 Fort Bridgman Road, is open for the season. The Museum is open each year from June through September on Sunday afternoons from 2:00 to 4:00 pm and also by appointment.  We greatly appreciate all who help and support our work in preserving and presenting local history.

The Vernon Historians will host a “Mums & More Sale” on Sunday, August 21, from 2:00 until 4:00 pm (or maybe 5:00 pm). It will be held outside at the Museum building on Fort Bridgman Road. We have space for two Vernon artisans/crafters.  We will do all advertising. Vendors will have to supply their own tables, chairs, and pop-up tents (for shade). The fee is 10% of the vendors’ sales for the day. If interested in taking part, please contact Peg Frost at 254-2263 or mfrost46@comcast.net. for information.

Meet Michelle Pong, our new town administrator

Screen Shot 2016-05-12 at 8.15.04 AMI am excited to begin working for this wonderful community. From my early employment at Vermont Yankee and the friends I had in town to lazy summer afternoons at the pool and picnics at the park, there was a lot of time spent here in my youth. My memories of Vernon are special to me and it’s almost like coming home.

Vernon is going through some interesting changes in the wake of Vermont Yankee’s closure. But this town is not defined by a single industry, it’s defined by the many industries and businesses that base their operations here, it’s defined by the people who create a sense of community and family and history, and it’s the new opportunities that will ensure financial stability for all residents.

I am fortunate to work with skilled and talented staff who are willing to share their experience and knowledge. I am honored to be working for you with the dedicated elected and appointed officials who volunteer their time and their skills to promote the goals of residents and solidify a promising future for this exceptional community.

My office is located in the Town Office building behind the Town Clerk, Tim Arsenault. My door is always open and I welcome the chance to meet you.

Fire Department Muster

The Vernon Fire Department will be hosting its second annual fire muster at the Vernon Recreation Department field on Huckle Hill Road in Vernon. Come see local fire departments compete head to head and see who wins!


Vernon strikes tax deal with Entergy on Vermont Yankee valuation

By Mike Faher

Vermont Yankee’s contribution to Vernon’s coffers will drop by 26 percent this year, the first in a series of declines in a new tax deal between the town and plant owner Entergy.

Vernon tax committee members say they can’t yet release many details of the six-year contract, pending a state review. But this much is clear: Entergy’s tax payments for the shut down nuclear plant will be shrinking, and that will start with a $266,750 decrease in the company’s 2016 payment to the town.

While acknowledging the financial blow, those who worked to negotiate the contract also praised Entergy for agreeing to the new tax assessments as well as an additional annual payment in lieu of taxes.

“Entergy didn’t have to do this. They’re paying us hundreds of thousands of dollars more than they had to pay us,” said Patty O’Donnell, the tax committee’s chairwoman. “But their purpose was to try to help the community step down slowly so that we can get past the burden of high taxes and have time to figure out what we want our town to be in the future.”

Read more at VT Digger.com

Photo by Paul Miller

March 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 630 pm at the church and other Bible study meetings are held throughout the week. Super Auction Sunday:  March 6 Potluck Dinner at 12 noon in the fellowship hall followed by live auction. Many different items will be available. This is open to the public. Benefit for the Haiti Mission Trip March 2016. The building is handicapped accessible. Church Phone: 802-257-2341 or 413-498-4458. Church email: accvern@together.net. Pastor: Rev. Bruce C. Burks, email: pastorbruce@vernonadventchristian.com.   Website. 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. Concert: Ilana Joyce Cady will perform a piano concert March 12, 2016, 6:30 pm. All are welcome. Ilana was a winner of the 2012 and 2014 Young Artist Competition at Andrews University. She performed MacDowell’s Piano Concerto No. 2 Larghetto Calmato and Brahms’ Concerto No. 1 Maestoso with the Andrews University Symphony Orchestra. Ilana is currently pursuing a master’s of music degree in piano performance at Longy School of Music of Bard College; studying with Leslie Amper. All are welcome. Church phone: 802-254-5088. Pastor Art Miller: 802-254-4477  Email:artjudymiller@yahoo.com.  Website. Facebook.

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.  Facebook.