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 history: The match factory, Part II

By Jan Peduzzi, Vernon Historians

An article about the Match Factory was written in September based on stories I’d heard and questions they raised. This update is based on recently found written information.

With Barbara Moseley’s passing the Historians inherited several boxes of Barbara’s treasures. In going through one of these boxes I happened across a booklet, “A Souvenir of the Dedication Vernon Town Office Building and Vernon Free Library.” This was dated January 23, 1971. While browsing through the booklet I happened across the picture of the factory and a couple of paragraphs under the heading of Vernon Depot, which was located in that same area. This article was probably written by Barbara.

The depot was erected by the railroad as part of an agreement with Jarvis F. Burrows (who built the large hotel across the road) which encouraged the building of a steam sawmill nearby in 1852. Constructed by a company known as Ely, Newkirk & Frink, the mill did an extensive business in clearing up land and manufacturing lumber. The location afforded ideal rail transportation, and different companies rebuilt twice on this site after disastrous fires.

For several years after 1865, the mill-factory manufactured the friction matches, along with wooden boxes and some chair parts. Apparently abandoned about 1878, the building remained until the early 1900’s, when small boys in the neighborhood would visit the dilapidated structure, taking home a dogcart full of undipped matchwood to be used for kindling. Made like a small wooden comb, with each match being split off as needed, they were known as “eight-day matches” because it seemed more than a week before the sulphur smoldered away, to provide a flame!!!

As Vernon Historians we strive to collect, display, and present interesting and accurate accounts as to how Vernon began up to the present time. Visiting the past is an educational and eye-opening experience. Who knows, there might even be another update on the Match Factory!