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Vernon School Board Minutes Draft, Re: Act 46

Here are draft minutes for the Vernon School Board meeting on Monday in which they voted to withdraw from the Act 46 district and become an advisable district. - c.

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Vernon Town School Board
Minutes of Regular Meeting—April 25, 2016

Directors present: Mike Hebert, Deb Hebert, Gina Dyer, Walter Breau.
Directors absent: None.
Also present: Sally Brassor, Dana Gordon-Macey, Paul Smith. The members of the Vernon Select Board, Christiane Howe (chair), Sandra Harris, Josh Unruh, Emily Vergobbe, Stephen Skibnowsky, joined the meeting at 6:04 p.m.

CALL TO ORDER REGULAR MEETING—5:30 p.m. – Mike Hebert, Chair

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Developing Vernon

The voters recently approved the concept of a gas-fired generating station to replace Yankee.

They’re looking to replace the cash cow they have had for 30-some years: Jobs, low taxes, better schools…it’s a
long list and I don’t blame them at all.

But what if they had an opportunity to regain all the benefits – and then some, without pollution and the dangers resulting from a gas pipeline?

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Billboards

There’s a new billboard up on the road to Keene. Lawyer Charlie Donahue looks older than he used to, but he’s still lookin’ good.

(And I’m still happy that Vermont bans billboards: the last of Ladybird’s legacy)

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Thinking Outside the Box

Recent news articles about a proposed Vernon gas plant have stimulated much thinking.

Ever since Yankee announced closure, many wondered what, if anything would replace it.

It’s a wonderful opportunity for investors who can successfully answer that question.

The existing (and newly renovated) switchyard pictured here constitutes an “injection point” where up to a gigawatt of electricity can be supplied to the grid for distribution over already robust transmission lines to markets in New England, New York and even Canada.

 

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Guilford Pre-Town Meeting Thursday

Broad Brook Grange will hold its annual Pre-Town Meeting on Thursday, February 18, 7:00 pm at the Grange hall. 

This is the only opportunity for voters to hear details of the articles which will be presented at the Town and School District Meetings, and to meet and discuss issues with the selectboard and school board all in one evening, in advance of Town Meeting.  

In addition, candidates for town and school board offices are urged to attend to introduce themselves to the voters.  State law prevents any “campaigning” by candidates at Town Meeting, when an Australian ballot is used, as in this instance.  So this is the only time before the vote for the public to meet and hear the candidates all at once.  

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Tim (Johnson) Arsenault Running for Vernon Town Clerk

Vernon native and Hall of Fame broadcaster Tim ( Johnson ) Arsenault, will seek the office of Vernon Town Clerk in the March first town wide election. The 59 year old Arsenault has served as the Town Moderator for the past 17 years, Brattleboro Union High School district Moderator for the past 16 years, Justice of the peace for 13 years, and Board of Civil Authority Chair for the past 7. He was named to the Vermont Association of Broadcasters Hall of Fame in 2014, and was the 2014 Brattleboro area Chamber of Commerce Person of the Year. Tim is a 1968 graduate of Vernon Elementary School, and a 1974 Brattleboro Union High school graduate.

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Deerfield Valley Inn Holds "Your American Dream" Essay Contest To Award $600,000 Country Property

Contest will award winning entrant financial freedom via ownership of The Deerfield Valley Inn, a $600,000 country inn property in the Mount Snow area of southern Vermont.

WEST DOVER, VT (November 2015) – The owners of the Deerfield Valley Inn (DVI) have announced an essay contest to award full ownership, free and clear, of the inn to the winning entrant. Entrants will submit an essay on the subject: “This is my dream: To own a Vermont country inn property”.  While the property has operated as a country inn for more than 60 years, the contest rules do not require the new owner to operate as an inn.

After more than 17 years of ownership, the owners have decided to use the growing popularity of the “Essay Contest” to find the next owner of the DVI. The winning contestant will be awarded the $600,000 property and the
keys to their financial future. Doreen Cooney, owner, observed: “While a great many people are interested in the B & B lifestyle, many have difficulty financing their dream.

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Supper/Dance Saturday in Guilford - Barn Collapse Benefit

Broad Brook Grange will present a benefit supper and contradance on Saturday, December 5, beginning at 5:00 pm at the Grange hall in Guilford Center.  The proceeds will benefit a local farm which suffered a barn collapse due to a weather event.

On Thursday, October 29, a rare “microburst” hit the town of Guilford, with unusually high wind gusts, bringing down the roof under construction on a new dairy barn at the Clark Farm, injuring a family member and carpenter Tom Henry of Guilford.  Saturday’s fundraiser will assist the Clark Farm, as well as Mr. Henry.

The evening begins with supper served from 5-7 pm, which will include homemade chili, spaghetti, breads, salads, dessert, featuring apple crisp, and beverages prepared by Grange and community chefs.

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Annual Siren Test Scheduled For Area VT., NH and MA Towns For Nov. 7 At Noon

On Saturday, Nov. 7 at noon, state and local public safety agencies will conduct an audible sounding of the 37 sirens within the Vermont Yankee Nuclear Power Plant’s 10-mile emergency planning zone.

The full three-minute siren testing is conducted by Vermont, New Hampshire and Massachusetts state public safety agencies in compliance with the regulations of the Federal Emergency Management Agency to ensure the effectiveness of the public notification system.

Vermont Yankee ceased operations on December 29, 2014.

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Evening of Community Contra Dancing in Dummerston

The Village Dance Series provides an opportunity for families and friends to come together to enjoy one of New England’s traditional pastimes. Experience is not necessary, as all the dances are taught.

Our next evening of community contra and square dances will take place at the Evening Star Grange in Dummerston Center on Saturday, October 17, from 6:30 - 9:30 p.m. Mary Cay Brass will be calling the dance. There will be a traditional folk tale midway through the evening. The program will include traditional New England contra dances, square dances, circle mixers, and couple dances.

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