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MONDAY MAY 4, 2020 

BOARD MEMBERS PRESENT: Via Remote Access:Marion Dowling, Mike Fitzpatrick, Christopher Williams, Shelly Huber and Angela Sanborn

OTHERS PRESENT: Wannetta Powling


The meeting was called to order at7:08p.m. By Marion Dowling, Chair


After review, a motion was made by Ms. Sanborn and seconded by Ms. Huber to approve the Liquor License applications of The Dutton Berry Farm.

The motion carried unanimously


A motion was made by Ms. Sanborn to adjourn at 7:11 p.m. The motion carried unanimously.

Respectfully Submitted,

Wannetta Powling


It starts with each of us doing our part. And how we do this is by completing the 2020 Census questionnaire. You can complete it online or by phone. It is easy, safe and takes around 10 minutes to complete.

Completing the questionnaire allows you to influence the amount of money that comes to Vermont for many of our essential programs…programs that benefit our health and safety, that pay for our roads, for local government, for schools, for hospitals, and for so much more…

All households should receive an invitation by this weekend with a 12 digit Census ID to go online and complete the questionnaire. But, you can complete the questionnaire at any time without the census ID by going to the official Census website, When you get there you will see a link :”If you don’t have a Census ID, click here”. It will ask you for your physical address and from there you can complete the questionnaire.

If you prefer not to use the internet, this is the first time we can complete the questionnaire by phone! You can call: 844-330-2020 to get help in English. There are an additional 13 other language options for completing the questionnaire as well.

If you have questions, or need help, please call the 2020 Census office in Burlington at 802-557-6707 (we are teleworking to be safe and well and will respond to your calls), or you can email me at and I’ll get back to you with an answer.



 Newfane Town Office is adjusting its operations to help reduce the risk of transmitting the COVID-19 virus, while continuing to serve the public comprehensively and effectively.

Please take note of the following and let us know if you have any questions.

  • All staff will continue to be available
  •  You can reach all Town office staff
  •  By email or phone. 365-7772
  • Appointments are made by staff on a case by case basis.

Moore Free Library Closure Notice

Effective March 16, 2020, the Moore Free Library and Crowell Art Gallery are closed and all events are cancelled until further notice, due to the coronavirus.

Online access to ebooks and audiobooks is available through GMLC/Overdrive and RB Digital and they can be accessed through the library’s web site. Both of these services allow users to either stream or download audiobooks and ebooks and are free to library patrons.

There are also digital resources available from the library, such as Internet Archive (which has old movies and other videos) and VT Online Library. You can find links to all of these from our website here:

Patrons who need help setting up an online account, remembering their library card number, or working through the use of any of these systems, are asked to call or email the library at 365-7948 or

Newfane or Brookline residents who would like to set up a free library account for the first time can also do so by phone or email.

The library has free, powerful wifi available which reaches outside. Patrons can park in front of the library or sit on the porch or bring their own chair to the front lawn (maintaining social distancing, of course) and use the wifi.

Erica Walch, Director
Moore Free Library
P.O. Box 208, 23 West Street
Newfane, VT 05345
(802) 365-7948

The Library and Crowell Art Gallery are closed until further notice, due to the coronavirus.

Rabies Clinic

There is a Rabies Clinic on Saturday, March 14, from 10AM to 1 PM at the Newbrook Fire Station on Route 30, Newfane.

The Town Clerks of Newfane, Brookline, and Townshend will be there to issue or renew dog licenses.

New Date – Public Hearing Notice


 The Newfane Selectboard will hold a public hearing as provided for in 24VSA/4442

at 6:00 p.m. on Monday, March 9, 2020 at the Newfane Town Office to hear comment

on a proposed amendment to Article 3, Section 343 of the Newfane Zoning Bylaws to

Establish Natural Burial as a Conditional Use in Resource Districts in the Town.

Copies of the proposed amendment are Available from the Administrative Assistant

to the Board during regular working hours.

Hendrik W. van Loon


Dated: Febraury14th, 2020

Pre-Town Meeting for Newfane at Moore Free Library

The Moore Free Library in Newfane will host a Pre-Town Meeting and Candidates Night on Monday, February 24th.

All candidates for elected office in the town have been invited. None of these positions is contested (there is only one candidate for each position). This is an opportunity to ask questions and gain understanding of the budget, report, articles being voted upon and town governance. All residents of the town of Newfane (this includes Williamsville, South Newfane, and Brookside) are welcome to attend.

From 6:30 to 7:00 PM, candidates running for town elections have been invited to participate in a meet and greet. While there are no contested elections in the town, residents will be able to meet candidates and learn more about them and why they chose to run for office.

At 7:00 PM, the Pre-Town Meeting will begin. Melissa Brown, Newfane Treasurer, and Deborah Lee Luskin, Newfane Moderator, will be present to discuss the articles on the ballot, the budget, and the 2019 Town Report. The format and flow of the meeting and the procedure for discussion and making motions will also be discussed.

Newfane residents are asked to bring their town report (which should arrive by mail before the meeting). There will be a few extra on hand for those who haven’t received the report in the mail.

The Moore Free Library is located at 23 West Street in Newfane. On street parking is available.

Family-Focused Grants Received, Expanded Hours and Offerings at Moore Free Library

The Moore Free Library in Newfane has recently received grants from the United Way of Windham County, the Cosby-Gannett Fund, the Vermont Community Foundation, RISE VT, and the Children’s Literacy Foundation. These grants are all targeted towards increasing family programming and youth engagement at the library.

With the funding, the Moore Free Library will be expanding its hours and family offerings. Starting February 1st, the library will host Family Fun Fridays every Friday evening. Coloring and board games will be available from 5-6 PM and at 6 PM, a family movie will be shown in the Crowell Gallery. Popcorn and snacks will be provided. On Saturdays, there will be a weekly activity geared towards kids/families from 1:00 – 2:00 PM.

This grant funding is also supporting a week of Story Time Yoga during school vacation week (February 17 – 22). From 10:30 — 11:30 AM each day that week, families and caregivers of children of all ages are invited to hear a story and learn some gentle yoga moves related to the story, led by Newfane Village Yoga and Kidding Around Yoga certified teacher, Courtney Perkins. After Story Time Yoga, families are invited to gather at the Newfane Congregational Church for a community luncheon.

The Moore Free Library also offers a weekly story time on Thursdays, 10:30 – 11:00 AM, which is an opportunity for young children and their caregivers to get to know each other and listen to stories read aloud. All of these events are free and open to all families and caregivers of children.

Effective February 1, 2020, the Moore Free Library’s hours will be as follows: Tuesday 1-5 PM, Wednesday 2-6 PM, Thursday 1-5 PM (with story time 10:30 – 11 AM), Friday 2-8 PM, Saturday 10 AM – 2 PM. The library will continue to be closed on Sundays and Mondays.

This grant funding will allow the library to offer expanded hours and activities for seven months, as a pilot program. If family engagement and youth attendance increases during this pilot period, the library hopes to secure ongoing funding to make these changes permanent.

The Moore Free Library is located at 23 West Street, Newfane, VT 05345., (802) 365-7948,

Erica Walch, Director
Moore Free Library
P.O. Box 208, 23 West Street
Newfane, VT 05345
(802) 365-7948

Library & Crowell Art Gallery Hours: Tuesday 1-5, Wednesday 1-5, Thursday 2-7, Friday 1-5, Saturday 10-1
Closed Sunday & Monday

Scammer Alert from the Town Clerk

Tuesday 3 September, 2019

Apparently a scammer is contacting people in the area and saying that they did not renew their car registration with the Town and pay the $3 fee.

The only time people pay a $3.00 car registration fee to the Town is if they bring their car registration renewal notice from the State to the town office to have the town clerk give them a temporary registration and send their renewal in for them.

The Town will never contact people to require a $3 fee for a car registration.

Carol Hesselbach, Town Clerk
802-365-7772 Ext. 0