Residents to weigh in on gas plant option

By Mike Faher/

Town residents soon will have a chance to weigh in on a proposed natural-gas power plant that could be constructed somewhere near Vermont Yankee.

A public meeting has been scheduled for Nov. 10 at Vernon Elementary School. Vernon Planning Commission, which is hosting the session, expects to soon set a start time for the session — it will be either 6 or 6:30 p.m. — and notify residents via flier.

Officials are hoping for a good turnout that will give some indication of the town’s stance on undertaking a new industrial project. But they’re also warning that residents shouldn’t expect detailed site plans for a gas plant, given that the project still is in the early stages of development.

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‘Hunt’ing down history, Part 2

By Barbara Emery Moseley

NOTE: This series chronicles the generations of Vernon’s Hunt family, all related to Jonathan Hunt of “Governor Hunt Road” fame. If you’ve missed any installments in this series, you can catch up here!

The Jonathan Hunt who built his impressive “mansion” in Vernon (on the road now named for him) was the great-grandson of another Jonathan who left England in 1637. Landing in Boston, he made his way to the Connecticut River Valley, found a wife in Hartford, and settled in Northampton. (Coincidentally, he had emigrated from Northampton, England, a city known for its making of boots and shoes.)

Two generations later, his descendants were living in the beleaguered settlement of Northfield. Twice it had been attacked, burned, and rebuilt. It was here that “our” Jonathan was born in 1738. (more…)

Where’s downtown Vernon?

By Barbara Emery Moseley, as told to Kathy Korb

How did Vernon go from having three “centers” in the early days of the town to having none today? This is the story of how all three Vernon centers disappeared, leaving the town with no real location which feels like a focal point now.

In the 1800s, when the town was young, it was rich with three centers. Each one was fully functioning with a hotel, a railroad depot, and a post office. Two also had churches, businesses, and stores. The arrival of the railroad in 1849 brought easy access and mass transportation to Vernon. With this came a need for services to meet the needs of the passengers and townspeople, causing the other enterprises to follow. (more…)

Vermont Council on Rural Development is coming to Vernon

Vermonters know that local action makes our communities vibrant. Local action often needs support from regional, state, and even federal organizations to achieve goals for prosperity. To respond to this need in Vermont, the Vermont Council on Rural Development (VCRD) provides local leaders with the resources they need to build capacity for their communities as they look to the future.

Through its Community Visit Program, VCRD will be coming to Vernon next Spring to work with residents by engaging and bringing us together and helping us set common goals and directions for our town in a neutral and facilitated environment. VCRD would then help us access resources that will assist us in taking action toward our goals. VCRD’s Community Visit Program, which is provided at no cost to towns, gets citizens engaged in working together and connects them to the resources they need to succeed.

Annual meeting of the Vernon Historians

The Vernon Historians Annual Meeting and Program will be held downstairs at the Town Office Building, Tuesday, October 13. There will be no potluck this year. The business meeting will begin at 6:30 p.m., followed by the program at 7:00 p.m. by Jim Auchmoody.

Jim will speak on homemade musical stringed instruments of the Depression Era. Because times were tough and poverty prevalent, some very unusual instruments were created. Have you ever heard a bedpan guitar? You will be surprised and amused when you hear some of Jim’s creations and learn about their history. Everyone is welcome.

Vernon community potluck dinner party

Join the party, meet your neighbors and friends! It’s Saturday, October 3 at the Vernon Fire Station. The doors open at 5:30 p.m., dinner is served at 6 p.m.

The price of admission is a main dish, salad or dessert to share. Don’t forget to bring your own drinks. Cutlery, plates, cups, water and coffee will be provided. (more…)

A glimpse into the past: Vernon’s long grim winters

By Barbara Emery Moseley

A “long, execrable winter is about over,” proclaimed the editor in the March 17 Reformer. Execrable is not an adjective in common usage, but it is derived from the Latin “to curse”, and aptly describes the past months.

The word reminded me of some old-time Vernon winters, stories of which were uncovered in my historical research of our town.

One grim incident was found in the Phoenix of February 18, 1860. (The Phoenix was a weekly newspaper published in Brattleboro, and included items from surrounding towns). (more…)

Family haying in the 1930s

Tim Arsenault writes:  Picture includes my Grandfather , former Vernon selectman W C Tyler, plus my mom Isabelle Tyler Arsenault,and her two sisters Marjorie Tyler Unitas and Marion Tyler Reiber in with the crowd.. my guess is this is a mid to late 1930’s pic. looks like mom’s the one without the pitchfork at the top of the hay. The three sisters later made news by all enlisting at once during World War Two

Vernon’s Monarch butterfly waystation needs you!

By Peggy Farabaugh

Did you know Vernon is well on its way to becoming a Monarch Waystation? In June, a group of nature lovers got together on the back deck of Vermont Woods Studios and shared milkweed seeds and plants (milkweed is the Monarch’s only food source and the use of RoundUp has nearly eliminated it from today’s landscape). We are planting milkweed in our gardens and backyards with the goal of providing habitat that will bring Monarchs back to Vermont. If you would like to join us, please let me know. I have plenty of milkweed seeds and plants for anyone who would like to plant them. (more…)

‘Hunt’ing down history, Part 1

By Barbara Emery Moseley

NOTE: This series chronicles the generations of Vernon’s Hunt family, all related to Jonathan Hunt of “Governor Hunt Road” fame. If you’ve missed any installments in this series, you can catch up here!

While driving on Governor Hunt Road or passing the Governor Hunt House, many people do not realize the importance of the man and his family for which both are named. In terms of wealth, intellect, political importance, and fame, the Hunt family is on the level of the Rockefellers, Roosevelts, and Kennedys, of more recent history. The house, as well, reflects the Hunts’ status in society.

It was considered a “mansion” in its day. It was no doubt completed in time for Jonathan Hunt’s 1779 marriage to Levinah Swan of Boston. Her education as a pupil of John Adams was most unusual for its time. Possibly, it shows the influence of Adams’ wife, Abigail, who was an early feminist. (Jonathan Hunt was a widower. By his first marriage, he was father of Anna, who later married Dr. Perley Marsh of Hinsdale. Together, they formed the Brattleboro Retreat. She also established our Marsh Fund—reported annually in the Town Report—“for preaching to the heathen of Vernon.”) (more…)

Remembering Shirley Mockler

By Chris Howe

It is with great sadness that I tell the people of Vernon that our previous Treasurer has passed away. Shirley Mockler started working for Vernon in the late 1970s at the Rec Department. She then went to work in the early 1980s as the police dispatcher, working with our previous police chief, Herb Meyer. In 1993, Shirley came to work with me as my assistant while I was the Town Treasurer. Shirley became the Town Treasurer in 1995 and worked as that until her retirement. (more…)

Brattleboro Area Hospice seeks your contributions for auction

Brattleboro Area Hospice is holding their annual fund-raising auction on October 17, and is in need of items to sell at the event. Antiques and good furniture, jewelry, artwork, other treasures are needed. If you have item(s) to donate, please call 802-254-8174 to see whether they can be dropped off at the Hospice office on Canal Street in Brattleboro, or whether a pick up is needed. (And watch for the event announcement, attend, and bid!)

Photo by Jean L. — Used under Creative Commons License

A new Vernon website!

Hello world, Vernon is back online!

This unofficial town website is run by volunteers, and you can help! We need people who can:

  • Report on town meetings and events
  • Help post agendas, warnings and meeting minutes
  • Keep our directory pages up-to-date and complete
  • Maintain listings in our calendar of events
  • Help out on the tech side of the website

Interested? Contact Bronna Zlochiver (bronna.zlochiver@gmail.com) or Martin Langeveld (newsafternewspapers@gmail.com), founders of this website.

We request town boards and committees to send us minutes, agendas and warnings for posting on this site, and we invite clubs, organizations and businesses to send us news and event information.

We can also use financial support to pay for the costs of maintaining the site — if you have a business and want to place an ad on the site, please be in touch.

We would like to stress that, as it says on every page, this site is not the official Town of Vernon website, which was taken offline in 2014. Therefore, NOTHING posted on this site serves is an official Town of Vernon communication. Notices of meetings posted here do NOT constitute legal warnings nor does anything else on this site fulfill ANY legal requirements.