Due to the recent activities and in the spirit of keeping the area a family orientated attraction, Great River Hydro (owners of the Vernon Dam Recreation area) have requested that the Windham County Sheriff’s Office give extra patrols to the recreation area.
The most notable “change” will be the enforcement of the recreation area hours of operation which is posted as being open from 6 am to 9:30 pm. This puts the recreation area in line with all of their other recreation areas (Herricks Cove, etc.).
Nearly a century after they were written, the Vernon Historians received a packet of letters from a member of the family that treasured them for several generations. Although the ink is a bit faded, the elegant cursive handwriting reveals a poignant love story.
Written before the Civil War, they disclose the death from cholera of 22-year-old Gratia (pronounced Gray-sha) Fairman in 1847. They are from her fiancé, William H. Burt, who worked in Worcester, living there in a men’s boarding house.
Gratia’s brother George had notified him that she was sick in bed with a fever. Burt responded in a letter to Gratia: “It will be my constant prayer that you may soon recover . . . if you should become dangerously ill or materially worse, let me know it and I will soon be with you. I am enjoying my usual good health.”
Gratia’s condition deteriorated rapidly, however. She was in pain, but “she bore her suffering patiently, and calmly resigned herself into the hand of a kind Father who has promised never to forsake his children.”
Those words were from Professor John S. Lee, her mentor and teacher at Mt. Caesar Academy in Swanzey, N. H. (Born on West Road in Vernon, his life of distinction will be told another time.)
On his return to Worcester, after the funeral, Burt wrote to her family, “to find some relief from my anguish . . . there is no sympathy here for those who mourn.” He continues: “Not a day has since passed but I have found my relief in tears, my pillow is often moistened with them at night. Many times have I wished I might never see the sun rise again — I have lived long enough — my cup of bitterness is full. What more of affliction life has in store for me I know not . . . All is gone . . . Wherever I was, in whatever circumstances I was placed, I was sure there was one heart beat warm for me. Death, welcome Deliverer, come to me next.” (more…)
The Vernon School Board will hold an informational session on the budget on MONDAY, April 10th at 6 p.m. at the Vernon Elementary School. We are reliably informed that there will be FREE COOKIES at this meeting!
Following the defeat of the proposed Vernon Elementary School budget in the election of March 7, the Vernon School Board has scheduled a second town-wide vote on the budget on THURSDAY, April 13, with polls open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. as usual.
Absentee ballot requests are now being accepted at the Town Clerk’s office. If you are not a registered voter, Vermont state law now provides for same day registration at the polls. To register to vote you will need a valid form of ID (driver’s license, passport, other government document, bank statement or utility bill).
Friends of Vernon Center invites you to a community meeting on Tuesday, April 11 at 3 PM at the Town Office building, lower level, with Richard Amore, who is Planning & Project Manager, Community Planning + Revitalization, Vermont Department of Housing and Community Development. The reason for this visit is to understand and explore the possibility of applying for Vermont Village Center Designation for an area within Vernon.
Two of the projects to come out of the “Community Visit” program held last spring, led by Vermont Council on Rural Development, were (a) the development of an actual village center in Vernon, and (b) the development of a store/café to serve as a community meetup spot and social center for the town. The task forces charged with exploring these two ideas have now merged and formed a non-profit organization, the Friends of Vernon Center, Inc., to continue work. Having a formal organization will help in terms of fund raising and to apply for grants. The group is being chaired by Arthur Miller.
Richard will make a presentation and answer questions about the benefits of a Vermont Village Center Designation, which helps to make available various kinds of funding and other resources for village center development. Vernon would be eligible for this designation, if we choose to pursue it, as long as one more more pieces of town infrastructure (such as the office building and school) are within the designated village center development area. Zoning is not required. Richard will also discuss application requirements. There are 124 designated village centers in Vermont. To learn more about the program click here.
We will also look at maps and tour the area in question. No decisions will be made at this meeting, that’s down the road.
Many thanks to Bronna Zlochiver, who edited this e-publication from January, 2015 until March 2017. She has now retired from this task, and two new editors are tackling the job: Martin Langeveld (your VernonVermont.com webmaster) and Tim Arsenault (Vernon Town Clerk).
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