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.

Vernon Village gains official state designation

An area in the Town of Vernon has been designated as a Vermont Village Center by the Vermont Downtown Development Board. The designated area includes the Town Office building, the elementary school, the Governor Hunt House, a number of residential properties and some undeveloped land.

The Downtown Board voted for the designation at its meeting on September 25 in Montpelier. Five other towns also received Village Center designations, and five towns had their designations renewed or amended. There are about 140 designated village centers in the state.

In Vernon, the designation process grew out of a visioning effort during 2016 led by the Vermont Council on Rural Development, in which Vernon residents developed priority projects for the future of the town. These included the development of a village center — the town does not currently have a traditional village cluster of homes and businesses — as well as the development of a store, café and gathering place.

The task forces formed to pursue these goals merged, and recently formed a non-profit organization, the Friends of Vernon Center, Inc., for the purpose of pursuing both goals. The Friends are chaired by Arthur Miller, co-owner of the Miller Farm.

The Friends worked through the town and its Planning and Economic Development commission to pursue the designation.

Vermont Village Center Designation will help the town to apply for grants for purposes such as master planning for the village area, which will be done with public input on the types of development to be pursued.

Village Center Designation also brings financial incentives, training and technical assistance to help attract new businesses and vitality, and qualifies towns to apply for historic tax credits to help finance development projects.

The designation does not create zoning or other restrictions on property owners.

View a map of the Designated Village Center area here.

View the Downtown Development Board designation letter here.

View the application and ACCD staff review here.

Volunteers needed for Vernon’s NEW 1st ANNUAL HALLOWEEN “TRUNK OR TREAT” EVENT

YOU can be help create a brand-new Halloween tradition in Vernon — TRUNK OR TREAT!

Trunk-or-Treat, on Saturday night, October 28, is a bunch of cars (trunks open) parked at the Vernon Elementary School, and children walk trunk to trunk, collecting goodies. It’s a safe way to trick or treat, especially for our rural town without sidewalks and without big neighborhoods.

Trunk-or-Treat doesn’t replace the official ‘trick or treat’ night.
The Recreation department’s budget could no longer stretch to cover its big halloween event, so this event will cost it very little — but it depends on YOU to help out! There will be a donations bucket for the Recreation Dept, but no admission cost. The success relies on getting enough trunks! People coming with trunks should plan on having 200 treats to distribute.
This year the Recreation Dept. is hosting this event in conjunction with the Fire Department’s haunted house/games.
Please sign up to bring a “trunk” and start thinking of ways to decorate your trunk appropriately for Halloween! Here’s the sign-up form:

Vernon Historians meeting and potluck supper

The Vernon Historians will hold their quarterly meeting on Tuesday, October 10, downstairs at the Vernon Town Office Building.  The meeting will be preceded by a potluck supper beginning at 6:30 p.m., and attendees are asked to make a dish to share from one of their favorite “old fashioned” recipes.  Plates, napkins, utensils, and drinks will be provided, and some historical recipe books will be on display.  The business portion of the meeting will follow at approximately at 7:30 p.m., and all members of the Historians are encouraged to attend. Election of officers for the upcoming year will be held, and a quorum of the membership is required.  All quarterly meetings of the Vernon Historians are open to interested members of the public of all ages from Vernon and beyond.  Please join us!  A regular monthly meeting of the Vernon Historians trustees is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, October 17, downstairs at the Vernon Town Office Building.

Photo by Bettyjohn2012, used under Creative Commons License.

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  • Monday 1-6pm
  • Tuesday 9-noon & 1-6
  • Wednesday 1-6pm
  • Thursday 1-6pm
  • Friday – CLOSED
  • Saturday 9-12 noon
  • CLOSED for COLUMBUS DAY, Monday, October 9 



  • 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, October 19th at 5 pm.

  • We are reading LUCY by Ellen Feldman.


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! Thank you!