Vernon Town-Wide Tag Sale Weekend: Saturday & Sunday, Sept. 9-10, 2017

It’s here! Vernon’s Town-Wide Tag Sale is returning this weekend, Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 9 & 10, 2017.

The sale runs from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. both days. There are sales at 36 locations!

From 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., there will be a barbecue at the Vernon Pool to benefit the Vernon Recreation Department. Bathrooms are available there, as well as maps.

Here’s a map showing all the sale locations. Click to enlarge. To download a printable version, click here.

Photo by Mike Mozart, used under Creative Commons License

Selectboard meeting, Sept. 5, 2017

The Selectboard met on Tuesday, Sept. 5, 2017 at 6:30 p.m. in the Selectboard Room of the Vernon Town Offices. Click here for the agenda. Here are the minutes of this meeting. Here is video of the meeting as recorded by BCTV (scroll down for timestamped agenda):

Call to Order / Welcome / Pledge

00:20 – Additions to Agenda

01:20 – Chair’s Remarks

01:23 – Guests: BDCC

15:50 – Guests: Marylynn Scherlin (POW – MIA Display)

17:12 – Open Public Comments: Munson Hicks

19:28 – Approval of Minutes

20:25 – Treasurer’s Report

21:20 – New Business: Barrows & Fisher Oil Co

22:05 – Treasurer’s Report

23:35 – Public Participation

23:40 – Correspondence

29:45 – Town Administrator’s Report

30:30 – Upcoming Meetings


Announcing the 3rd annual Vernon Artisan Market

Painter and graphic designer Margaret Shipman and potter Bronna Zlochiver are inviting all Vernon artisans to participate in the 3rd annual Vernon Artisans Market on November 5, 2017. We will be in a new location, the Fellowship Hall of the Seventh-day Adventist Church, and the entry fee will be $20 per space.

At the Market, visitors will find original paintings and jewelry, wood toys, pottery, wreaths, quilts, jams and jellies, baskets, and holiday cards and gifts.

Please contact Margaret at 802-451-0332 or or Bronna at 802-579-1567 or for more information and if you are interested in participating as a vendor.

September 2017 news from Vernon’s churches

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.

Mountain View will be offering a Depression/Anxiety Recovery Seminar. This seminar will have a total of 16 sessions – 2 sessions per week for 8 weeks. The first session will be on Monday September 25 at 6:00 PM at the church. The seminar is free to all (there is a small fee for the workbook; if you are unable to pay for the workbook, financial assistance may be available for you). Please email or call 802-490-0751 with any questions. Click here to view the Facebook invite for the seminar.

This year marks the 500th anniversary of the beginning of the Protestant Reformation. Mountain View will be holding a special event called “A Pale Horse Rides” on Friday October 27 and Saturday October 28. Done in conjunction with Voice of Prophecy, “A Pale Horse Rides” presents the untold story of the 1,200 years between Constantine and Martin Luther nailing the 95 theses to the Wittenberg Castle church door. This free event is not to be missed! The dates and times are listed below; additionally, if you click on the links, you can see the Facebook invites for the events.

Dates and Times:

Also this fall, Mountain View will also be showing “500,” a newly produced, landmark series by It Is Written about the Reformation. More details about “500” will be available in the next newsletter (or check out our Facebook page for more details).

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

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 September, 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, 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 September.


Stones and Bones, where can they be? — The mystery of Vernon’s Vanished Cemetery, Part IV

By Barbara Emery Moseley

Click here for the full series on the vanished Polly Lee Cemetery and the Peeler and Lee families.

In the annual accounting of the Polly Lee Cemetery Fund in a Town Report of the 1920s, the words read “Perpetual care for Eli Lee and Marshall Lee.”

Eli Lee built his house on the hill at the end of West Road, about where the Merritt Farm is today. He remarked that only three letters were needed to spell his full name. He married Rebecca Stebbins, and their son Marshall was one of a large, talented family.

Eli lived through the administrations of all the presidents from George Washington to Chester Arthur, and first voted at the presidential election of 1808, when Madison was elected. He voted at every following election, the last being in 1880, when he was the first to deposit his vote in the ballot box.

Although never seeking office, he was often chosen to fill the town positions of lister, selectman, and justice of the peace. From 1830 to 1848, he was sent to the Legislature, until he declined the nomination, saying others were more worthy to fill it.

It would seem that the Polly Lee cemetery would have been filled with the large families of the Peelers and Lees. It appears that the “overflow” of Lees became buried in the Tyler Cemetery on Pond Road, at some point.

You will hear more about one member of the talented family; you have met him before.

Cold Brook General Store and Ice Cream coming to Vernon in November

Vernon has been without a store of any kind since the closing of the Schoolhouse Grocery several years ago, but a pair of entrepreneurs is planning to fill that void.

Cold Brook General Store and Ice Cream is now under construction at 67 Governor Hunt Road, just south of Nesbit’s Portside Tavern. The goal is to open by mid-November.

The store’s owner is Tim Forrett, and Dana Macaluso will serve as business manager. Current plans are to be open Monday through Saturday from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m., and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The store will feature Wilcox hard ice cream in various flavors, with soft serve to be added at a future date. The store will carry a variety of groceries and everyday needs like milk, bread, butter and eggs. There will be some food-to-go items, and potentially in the future beer and wine will be added.

Keep an eye on the construction now going on. Dana and Tim plan to start up slow and build up, and welcome suggestions as to what customers would like to see at the store. Right now there are no job opportunities, but that could change, depending on the need.


Jeff Dunklee’s statement on Charlottesville

At the Selectboard meeting on August 22, 2017, board member Jeff Dunklee presented an eloquent and heartfelt statement on recent events in Charlottesville, Virginia. Watch here on BCTV’s video, or scroll down for the text of the statement.

“In Charlottesville Virginia, the weekend before last what started, ostensibly, as a protest against the removal of a statue resulted in violence between right-wing protestors and counter-protestors … and has since become a nationwide debate causing us to look anew at ourselves, our prejudices and perceived symbols of those prejudices.

“I must believe that there is little tolerance in our society, and especially in Vernon, for the vile, hateful extremism displayed in Charlottesville. There can be no moral ambiguity about the evil that white supremacy groups like the Neo-Nazis and the Ku Klux Klan represent.

“Throughout our nation’s history, too many men and women… better men and women than ourselves… have sacrificed all in the struggle against the worst depths that humanity can fall to. They fought against oppression, intolerance, and persecution… so that we may live and think freely. We take for granted their sacrifices if we come to tolerate that which is repulsive.

“Our society has become so politically polarized … that we no longer recognize the many things we agree upon … ideas that must draw us together for our mutual survival as human beings. We too often amplify our differences and our disagreements while disrespecting and belittling each other’s beliefs and opinions

“Moderates – from center left to center right – can no longer allow extreme violent ideologies to flourish unchecked in our communities, in our nation or in our world. Terrorism, no matter its source, is abhorrent whether it is used as a tool to effect political change or as a threat to maintain power. The systematic use of coercion, intimidation, threatening behavior, and violence to achieve political goals must be condemned by those who wish to live in accordance with accepted standards of morality and righteousness.

“I wish for my child and, God willing, my grandchildren to grow up in a land where people will not be judged or persecuted by their appearance, their gender, their faith, or whom they choose to love…. A place where support for basic human rights is commonplace and where respect for human dignity is a given and not a dream.”

Jeff Dunklee

Vernon, Vermont

August 22, 2017

Selectboard meeting, August 22, 2017

Here is BCTV’s video of the Selectboard meeting held on Tuesday, August 22, 2017 at 6:30 p.m. in the lower level of the Town Office Building. Click here for the posted agenda of this meeting. Scroll below the video for time-stamped agenda. Minutes will be posted here when available.