Fire Department RFP: REQUEST FOR PROPOSAL FOR VERNON FIRE STATION FINISH WORK AND PAINTING Town of Vernon, Vermont   The Town of Vernon, Vermont, (“Town”) is soliciting proposals from qualified companies or individuals for Vernon Fire Station-Finish work, painting of all exterior walls, doors, windows, soffits and trim. Sealed Bids are due by December 6, 2021 at 4:00 pm to: Inquiries and submissions to: Vernon Selectboard, c/o: Shelly Walker Town Administrator, Town of Vernon 567 Governor Hunt Rd., Vernon, VT 05354 (802) 257-2138 Email: vernonta@vernonvt.org Bid opening: Tuesday, December 7, 2021 at 6:30 PM during the Select board meeting. Proposal requirements are available at the Town Clerks office during business hours or via email vernonta@vernonvt.org. This bid request invites responses from experienced and professional contractors to complete finish work on exterior wall around rear garage doors, resurfacing/stucco on cement block walls where needed, repair/replace exterior trim and soffits where needed, caulking around doors and windows as needed, paint the exterior walls, doors, windows, trim, soffits of the Town of Vernon Fire Station located at 2842 Fort Bridgman Rd., Vernon, VT. Submit questions concerning this RFP via email per the schedule outlined above.   The Town reserves the right to reject any or all bids submitted. Bids will be evaluated by the Town based on experience and reputation, understanding of Town requirements, clarity, completeness and price. During the evaluation process, the Town reserves the right, where it may serve in the Town's best interest, to request additional information or clarification from bidders.  

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Stones and bones, where can they be? — The mystery of Vernon’s vanished cemetery, Part II

By Barbara Emery Moseley

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

The Polly Lee Cemetery probably started as the family burying ground of the large Lee clan that, in 1781, moved to Vernon (at the time known as Hinsdale).

John Lee, the family patriarch and a widower, accompanied them. He died within a few years (1784) and is buried in the South Cemetery, with a slate gravestone. This implies that there had not yet been time to set aside land for a family cemetery.

The three older Lee sons cleared land for their farms in the area of today’s Newton Road. The youngest son, John, received the least desirable acreage but he made the most of it. It was rocky and mountainous, and tillable soil was pebbly as well.

He had married Polly Peeler. While building a sawmill, then a barn followed by a house, the young couple lived in a cabin near a spring. The wind whistled through the cracks and the wolves howled round the door. Their first son was named George Washington Lee. Probably it was to honor the brave and determined American general in the Revolutionary War, who was so admired by Polly’s father.

The Lees had twelve children. As time passed, three died young, one went to Michigan, one to Connecticut, two to Massachusetts. Four lived in Vermont, and one, Eli, was murdered while traveling in Wisconsin. In the beginning, the cemetery was probably known as the Lee Cemetery. Vernon still has one family cemetery, the Stebbins Cemetery. In the Alexander-Perry Cemetery formerly was private, and a portion of the Whithed Cemetery is reserved.

But what was the fate of the Polly Lee Cemetery, located in the area now known as Breezy Acres Drive, a private residential road? Not a trace of it remains. No doubt the owner of the farm in the 1960s used the land around the cemetery for pasturing cows. Possibly, sections of the stone wall enclosure had already broken down, admitting the animals. Fragile slate stones would topple and break and be ground into fragments as the cows milled around. Consequently, perhaps the farmer chose to plow it all under.

There is an old saying about a particularly distressing event being “enough to make one turn over in his/her grave.” It seems appropriate to how Polly Lee would have felt had she known the cemetery’s fate.

Polly Lee was the oldest person in town at the time of her death, and had been for some years previous. She lived with her son, George Washington Lee, in the home she and John Lee built on Huckle Hill Road in 1802. She spent her time knitting, and “by her cheerful conversation, enlivening all with whom she associated.” She died in 1869, aged 91.

As an interesting side note, Vermont has very strict cemetery laws, including that they must be fenced, mowed, foliage and trees maintained. And you may have a private cemetery on your property. Also, the Town must pay for any damage to headstones from farm animals, even today!

Photo by peppergrasss, used under Creative Commons License.