Letter from the Mayor

Posted by Rick Hobart, Mayor on Jan 11, 2021

Greeting to all Vernonians. Thank you for supporting me for another two-year term 2021 and 2022. It has been an honor to serve Vernonia, the town I love and admire.

2020 was a very challenging year. In fact, one year ago today, no one knew that we would be facing a pandemic as widespread and deadly as Covid-19.

Our health care workers, our small businesses, our teachers and students, our faith communities and countless others have been impacted in ways that are indescribable.

One thing I have witnessed over the last ten months in this community is a willingness to come together, be creative, and support one another in tough times. That is what Vernonians do.

As we move forward into the new year, there is some indication of returning to a somewhat normal lifestyle. I am optimistic that our first responders, the elderly, and those at high risk can soon choose to take the Covid vaccination. Hopefully the Covid positive numbers fall soon, reducing our counties “high risk” status, reopening our restaurants, small businesses and schools.

Even though there could be a glimmer of light at the end of the tunnel, I want to strongly emphasize the importance of practicing social distancing, wearing a mask whenever appropriate, and thorough and regular handwashing.

In our everchanging world today, many questions remain unanswered as we move forward into 2021. It has been my experience that how we relate to and treat others is most important. Treating others with kindness and respect go a long way and really does help to brighten one’s day.

In closing, I would like to once again thank the citizens of Vernonia for their support, the sacrifices made in relation to the Covid-19 pandemic, and the “good ole Vernonia spirit” portrayed.

Working together for the good of all.

Mayor Hobart