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Newsletter- Early Summer
DURGIN HILL RECYCLING Face masks and/or facial coverings are required when entering the Durgin Hill for recycling and trash drop off. There is also a limit of 3 vehicles at a time on site.
For a Burn Permit contact Fire Warden, Steve Ward, at 685-2238
Throughout this website there are photographs of places in the Town of Vershire from days long past. The photographs are available here as a courtesy of the Vershire Historical Society
The Town Office is open by appointment only. For more information click here and see below
Holding Down the Curve in Vershire and in Vermont
FOR THE LATEST update on new work safe additions to the Stay Home, Stay Safe Order guidance from the State of Vermont, follow this link.
On Wearing a Mask – Vermont Department of Health Commissioner Mark Levine, MD, has recommended that all Vermonters wear cloth facial masks, or coverings, when leaving home for essential purposes. For more information about Covid-19 and wearing face coverings go to: https://www.healthvermont.gov/response/infectious-disease/2019-novel-coronavirus
Advice is based on new data about how COVID-19 can spread before a person has any symptoms. Remember that face coverings are not a substitute for physical distancing and other prevention measures. It is important that medical-grade masks be reserved for our health care workers and first responders. A mask with multiple layers is best, but you can also use a scarf or bandana if you don’t have a mask. There are many descriptions of masks available online.
We are still learning about how this virus is transmitted and will need to continue to respect a six foot social distance between us and others. Although the town office will be closed, the clerk and office staff are available by both phone and email. The number is (802) 685-2227 and the email addresses for Clerk and Listers are as follows:
Clerk/Treasurer – firstname.lastname@example.org
Listers – email@example.com
Please let others who may not have internet connections know the office is closed to non-essential foot traffic.
Vermonters (you) have done a good job so far in keeping a downward pressure on the curve of transmission and, so far, numbers in Vermont are low. However, to continue to limit the possibility of exposure to this virus, and thus provide our healthcare system and professionals the time they need to care for everyone who needs it, continue social distancing and wearing face coverings/masks when you must go out into public. Stay home and stay safe!
Helpful and Practical Tips to Practice as the Event Unfolds:
Practice everyday preventive actions now. Remind everyone in your household of the importance of practicing everyday preventive actions that can help prevent the spread of respiratory illnesses:
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
- Stay home when you are sick, except to get medical care.
- Cover your coughs and sneezes with a tissue.
- Clean frequently touched surfaces and objects daily (e.g., tables, countertops, light switches, doorknobs, and cabinet handles) using a regular household detergent and water.
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing. If soap and water are not readily available, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol. Always wash your hands with soap and water if your hands are visibly dirty.
Remember that the virus can live for up to four hours on copper surfaces, up to 24 hours on cardboard, and up to two to three days on plastic and stainless steel! So cleaning those surfaces in your house (including your cell phone or computer) on a regular basis is a good idea, but washing your hands with hand cleanser after touching any surface outside of your house, or whenever you think of it, is an even better one! https://www.nih.gov/health-information/coronavirus/.
Take additional precautions for those at highest risk, particularly older adults and those who have severe underlying health conditions.
Meals and Local Food Security
FOOD SECURITY – TUESDAY NOON GROCERY GROUP for Vershire and West Fairlee residents. The Noon Grocery Group provides a combination of Willing Hands produce with dry goods provided by the West Fairlee Food Shelf. We also will have a prepared meal provided by the Mountain School on occasion. Grocery bags can be picked up by driving though the bus loop at Westshire Elementary School in West Fairlee each Tuesday from 12:00pm to 1:00pm. Please call 333-9937 and ask for Jen or email firstname.lastname@example.org by the Friday before the Tuesday you need a food delivery, if possible.
VERSHIRE FOOD SHELF IS OPEN – 10:00 – 12:00 on Fridays at the Town Center Building, 27 Vershire Center Rd. All are welcome! Please remain in your car and somebody will be out to help you. Helping Hands is accepting non-perishable food donations (peanut butter, soups with meat, cheese, canned fruit, pasta sauce suggested), money (checks to VerShare, P.O. Box 112, Vershire, VT 05079), and masks. You can also donate financially online through the VerShare webpage. The drop off for these items is currently the home of the Gunn family, on the corner of Eagle Hollow Road and Route 113, (white Cape with farm animals). Inside the open garage door there is a box labeled, “Food Shelf”. Please contact Zanni at 685-4448 or email email@example.com to be notified when the food shelf is open, for emergency requests, or for other questions.
MEALS ON WHEELS UPDATE- Due to the Coronavirus, there are no monthly Community Lunches scheduled at the Town Center Building. The Chelsea Senior Center is also not offering its community meal at this time but is offering a Meals on Wheels program and take-out meals. You are able to get up to 5 meals per week per Senior. The Chelsea Senior Center (802-685-2290) or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Located at the United Church on the North Common, Chelsea Vermont.
West Fairlee: Orange East Senior Center 802-222-4782 and email@example.com. Meals served Monday, Wednesday and Friday, 176 Waits Road Bradford.
UPPER VALLEY HAVEN: 802-295-6500. Monday – Friday 9;00am to 3:00pm. Currently, you can receive 1 box of food each month. You can stop by out front under the tent for bags of produce and bread any day they are open.
If you have children in the Rivendell School District: Enroll in the free Breakfast and Lunch Program. Here is the contact list: For Rivendell Academy: Angel Parkin 603-353-2170 ext. 1225 or firstname.lastname@example.org. For Samuel Morey Elementary: Jane Prescott 802-333-9755 ext. 3135, or email@example.com. For Westshire Elementary: Karen Ward 802-333-4668 Ex. 4101 firstname.lastname@example.org.
For help with errands like getting groceries from the store, or medications from the pharmacy: Vershire Helping Hands, contact Zanni at 685-4448 or email@example.com, West Fairlee Community Club: Linda Baccei (802) 333-9341 or firstname.lastname@example.org. See the Vershire Mutual Aid list of volunteers.
We are all working together and these are indeed extraordinary times so, please, don’t be afraid to ask for help!
Vershire Mutual Aid Volunteers
If you are at higher risk or have symptoms: The following folks have agreed to be available by phone during daytime and early evening hours. They can link people up with volunteers who are available to pick up essential groceries, medications, and possibly assist with outside pet care.
- Mike and Tonya Gunn – 685-0063
- Laura Craft – 685-4640
- Gene Craft, Town Clerk – 685-2227
- Eileen Murphy – 685-3203
- Aaron Hoopes and Susanne Lacey – 685-4448
- Liz Thames – 685-1001
- Rita French – 333-9296
- Dale Ricker 685-4745
Home Heating, Utility and Housing Assistance
Women's Health Resources
For diapers, sanitary products, formula, breast pump rentals go to the DHMC Women’s Health Resource Center
Mental Health Resources
Domestic violence, sexual assault support: Safeline – 1-800-NEW-SAFE (1-800-639-7233)
Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 800-273-TALK (800-273-8255)
VT Crisis Text Line: Text “VT” to 741741 Crisis Text Line is FREE – 24/7 support
Mental health support: Clara Martin Center www.claramartin.org
in Bradford (802) 222-4477. In Randolph (802) 728-4466. In Wilder (802) 295-1311
Emergency (800) 639-6360
Dogs and Licensing
Yes! We are still doing dog registrations. They can happen through the U.S. Postal Service and we can get rabies vaccinations via email or fax from your veterinary. The deadline for registering you animal has been extended to May 31m 2020. However, if your dog’s rabies certificate is up to date, please take care of it earlier, if you can.
If you have questions about rabies clinics and rabies vaccinations, please call 685-2227 or email.
Cost to license is $9.00 for spayed/neutered animal, $12.00 for intact animal. After May 30, 2020, $13.00 for spayed/neutered and $18.00 for intact.
Face Masks, Recycling and Solid Waste Disposal
If you need trash bags, call and let us know how many you need. You can drop the check in the mail and we will make sure Mike and Sande have them ready for you when you arrive at Durgin Hill Recycling on Saturday morning or we can accept payment and make arrangements for you to pick them up. You must call ahead to let us know when you will be coming. Please continue to respect a six foot social distance between us and others and wear face coverings/masks when you are in a place where others will also be present.
Starting this April 18, 2020, individual face coverings will be required on recycling Saturdays at the Durgin Hill Recycling Center in Vershire. This requirement will remain in effect until Vermont Governor Phil Scott changes or lifts his order instituting social distancing and the wearing of face coverings in public places. Wearing a face mask or other covering substantially increases our own level of protection and the protection from exposure to the novel coronavirus and the disease called COVID-19. For more information on the use of facial coverings and masks, see more at https://www.healthvermont.gov/response/coronavirus-covid-19.
Also, there is now a limit of 3 vehicles at a time allowed inside the gate and only one vehicle at a time will be allowed to unload. Because of this limitation, please do not linger longer than it takes to unload your trash and recycling into the packer and recycling bins. Now is not the time to clean out your basement and bring all your extra recycling and trash to Durgin Hill. Please be respectful of others and be quick and efficient and wear a mask!
If you are someone at higher risk, call Helping Hands or a member of the Vershire Mutual Aid Volunteers for assistance. If you know someone at higher risk, volunteer to pick up their recycling and trash and take it on Trash and Recycling Saturday. Call ahead and have them them put it outside so you can pick it up without potential exposure to either party.
Reducing the Risk of Wildfires
It is strongly advised that the public postpone all outdoor burning through at least May 30, 2020. Open burning creates the risk of an escaped fire and puts pressure on emergency personnel. Vermont is currently experiencing community-wide spread of COVID-19, and needs to minimize additional pressure on emergency personnel both in terms of response and unnecessary contact with people who may have COVID-19.