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NEWS, EVENTS & PRESS RELEASES - 2008 ARCHIVES

Hartford
CourantCivil War Program Sunday In Vernon: Connecticut Fighters At Gettysburg
Connecticut soldiers were immersed in smoke and blood on all three days of the battle at Gettysburg.

On July 1, 1863, the 17th Connecticut Volunteer Infantry Regiment faced screaming Georgian infantry on a knoll outside the southern Pennsylvania town. On July 2, the tiny 27th Connecticut lost about half its number in a field of wheat; and on July 3, the 14th Connecticut and 2nd Connecticut Light Battery took part in the great slaughter that ended Gen. George E. Pickett's charge and Gen. Robert E. Lee's hopes of a tide-turning Confederate victory. Read On

Former Mayor Marcham Honored at Town Council Meeting
Last Tuesday, Mayor Jason McCoy led the charge of people who had great things to say about former Mayor Stephen C. Marcham.

The third floor council chambers was standing room only, as many family, friends, and associates came to honor Marcham, who was mayor for two nonconsecutive terms, the last time from 1997-2001. Read On

Governor Rell, Municipal Leaders Discuss Economic Concerns, Strategy
Governor M. Jodi Rell met this morning with several mayors and first selectmen to brief them on the most up-to-date economic forecast for the state, including her plans to cover a $300 million budget shortfall and her commitment to avoid new taxes and protect municipal aid. Read On

Hartford
CourantState Medical Team Responded To Ike
A day after Hurricane Ike ripped into Texas, a disaster response team from Connecticut arrived on Galveston Island to begin providing medical care to survivors and rescuers. "Right after the storm hit, we were here," said Michael Purcaro of Vernon, the team's administrative officer. Read On

Family Hopes to Keep Legacy Alive
ReminderVERNON- A family-owned barn in Vernon is one of 22 barns in the state that has been chosen to receive a Connecticut Trust for Historic Preservation grant, which will help keep the barn part of a family’s legacy and also serve to educate. Read On

Discover Valley Falls
On Friday, June 13 from 6-8 p.m. come visit Valley Falls for a walk around the park to see what it has to offer. There will be free hot dogs, snacks and refreshments available. Also don’t miss your opportunity to enter our raffle to win prizes that include: a free session at Valley Falls Nature Camp, or a Family Season Pass Swim Pass. Games and activities will be held as well as open swim. If there are any questions call the Vernon Parks and Recreation Office at 860-870-3520. Click here for Flyer

Vernon parade honors vets, fallen heroes
ReminderVERNON- Before firing up the grill, many Vernon residents first set aside time to honor the country’s veterans and fallen heroes at the annual Memorial Day Parade in downtown Rockville. Read On

Hartford
CourantRehab Work On 8 Vernon Homes To Resume In June
Hartford Courant 05/29/2008
Final work on eight vacant homes on Village and Orchard streets is scheduled to begin next week. The Vernon Non-Profit Housing Development Corp., which took title to several vacant and distressed properties a decade ago and has struggled to rehab the homes, has signed a contract with BRD Builders LLC of Hartford to complete the work. The project cost is $1.53 million. Read on

Stream Assessments to be Conducted in the Tankerhoosen Watershed
Journal Inquirer 05/27/2008
jiA visual assessment of the Tankerhoosen River and several of its tributary streams will take place June 3rd through June 5th between 8:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m.  Two field crews comprised of two to four individuals will walk sections of stream corridors of the Tankerhoosen River, as well as Clark Brook, Tucker Brook and Gages Brook. Read on

A Smart Plan To Revive Rockville
Hartford Courant 05/11/2008, Page C04
Hartford CourantRockville, the former city that's now a borough of Vernon, is perhaps best known as the boyhood home of the late and brilliant pop singer and composer Gene Pitney. Some local leaders want to capitalize on the connection to the late Rockville Rocket and bring a proposed Connecticut Music Hall of Fame to town. A committee created by the legislature is studying the idea. Read on

Battle Looms Between CRRA, Towns That Sued Over Enron Deal
By DAN UHLINGER - Courant Staff Writer

Yet another legal battle is looming between the Connecticut Resources Recovery Authority and the 70 towns that sued the quasi-public agency over its $220 million failed energy agreement in 2001 with the now-bankrupt Enron Corp.
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Roosevelt to get its bond funds
ReminderVERNON- At first, Vernon Mayor Jason McCoy didn’t believe it when he was told that Gov. Jodi Rell was on the phone for him. He quickly found out it wasn’t a joke. The governor was personally calling McCoy to tell him the town would be granted $1.2 million in grant-in-aid funds so it can make good on its end of the pre-closing agreement made with Loom City Lofts, LLC for demolition work and cleanup/remediation work at Roosevelt Mills. Read On

Reconstruction Grant
BY JESSICA CIPARELLI Staff Writer ReminderNet
ReminderVERNON- Mayor Jason McCoy has announced that on Jan. 31, Gov. Jodi Rell awarded the town of Vernon $500,000 in Small Cities grant funding to be utilized in the reconstruction of 1,700 feet of High Street in the Rockville section of Vernon. Vernon was one of only 28 towns to receive a portion of the $13,245,000 in funding. The project funding will include extensive improvements to the drainage system, the replacement of the sidewalks and the repaving of the street.

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