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: 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 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.  


Vernon’s Philip Nelson, 99, participated in the Okinawa invasion, 75 years ago today

By Phil Nelson April 1, 2020 marks the 75th anniversary of:

  • The largest amphibious invasion the world has ever seen.
  • The deadliest amphibious invasion America has ever seen.
  • A pivotal event in bringing World War II to an end.
  • An invasion that began on Easter Sunday.
  • A battle that saw almost 5,000 Navy men die, more than any other battle in WWII. Navy losses were double the 2,403 deaths at Pearl Harbor.

If you’re like almost every American, you have no idea what I’m talking about.

I’m referring to the Invasion of Okinawa, April 1, 1945. It was the largest amphibious assault of WWII, and one of the most significant events of WWII, and yet you will be hard-pressed to find any commemoration of this event. Last year I visited a major book seller and noted 66 different cover stories on magazines and periodicals commemorating the 75th anniversary of D-Day. Recently I visited the same store one month before the 75th anniversary of L-Day and found not one cover story. In fact I couldn’t even find a story noting the 75th anniversary of L-Day.

The war in Europe was over on May 8, 1945, known as V-E Day (Victory in Europe). Roughly 11 months earlier, on June 6, 1944, the most famous and celebrated invasion, D-Day, took place. While people celebrated V-E Day, here and abroad, marines on Okinawa were not yet halfway through Operation Iceberg (the code name for the Okinawa Invasion), intensely fighting an entrenched enemy determined to take so much human life that the US would decide against invading Japan. There were 24 Medals of Honor awarded to US soldiers for their gallantry at Okinawa. The movie “Hacksaw Ridge” tells the story of one of those Medal of Honor recipients, Pfc Desmond Doss. The total deaths (attackers, defenders and civilian), associated with the battle for Okinawa is approximately 267,000. Approximately 53,000 deaths are attributed to attackers, defenders and civilians at Normandy. One more fact to help put the appalling number of deaths associated with the Okinawa invasion into perspective is the total deaths, including delayed radiation deaths, attributed to both atomic bombs (combined) which is approximately 130,000, or less than half of the deaths at Okinawa.