Community update November 30:   Good morning from Vernon. Sunny today with a high near 40.    Town hall is open. The Treasurer’s office has it’s own outside entrance . Please call 802 257 3077 or email     The Town Clerk’s office is closing at 2 PM today, as I have another medical appointment. I guess you could call me the six million dollar man and that’s just the co pay.       The Capital Plan committee has a 630 PM meeting on line via google meets,        The Conservation Commission may have a quorum attending the Home for the Holidays craft fair at Vernon School Friday between 4 and 8, and Saturday 9 till 3. The Friends of Vernon Center will also hold their festival of trees on Friday Saturday and Sunday at the Governor Hunt House, across the street from the school.          Today is trash and recycling pick up day. Pay as you throw bags can be purchased at the Town Clerk’s office, at the Vernon Free Library, Guilford Country Store and J Spec Auto.           Town offices are always closed on Fridays, but we are available in an emergency and by appointment.            Have a good day and a great weekend.


Youth recognition

Gabrielle Rooks (“Bri”) is a junior at Drew University in Madison, NJ. She began an after school dance program for children with special needs two years ago and has continued the classes virtually since COVID-19 restrictions prevented in-person classes. Recently she was recognized by the United States representative from New Jersey as well as the President for her community service activities. This was from Gabrielle‘s Facebook page:

I am very honored to announce that I have received the Gold Presidential Award for service! Spring of my freshman year I started partnering with kids2Kids to create a dance program that helps kids with special needs learn how to dance! Over a year later and I have been teaching dance twice a week! This year I have completed over 250 hours of service! It has been amazing to see this program grow! Thank you all for your support! I could not have done this without you!

In the last three years Bri has also volunteered in neighborhoods in New Orleans still recovering from Hurricane Katrina, an orphanage in the Dominican Republic and a poverty-stricken area of Kentucky.

Her parents, Chris and Michelle Rooks, say: “We’re pretty proud of her. We think her first taste for community service was through her VES participation with Project Feed the Thousands when she got to be on the radio with our own Tim Arsenault.”

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