Friday, April 18, 2014

Cavendish Update 4/18/14 News/Events/SB Mtg 4/14/14/Easter

This issue of the Cavendish Update is made possible by the Cavendish Community and Conservation Association (CCCA), a non-profit membership organization that is dedicated to the conservation of land and natural resources and to the preservation of historic sites within the context of sustainable economic growth. FMI: PO Box 605, Cavendish VT 05142 or 802-226-7736

Information can also be posted on the Cavendish VT Facebook Page.

The Cavendish Update for 4/18/14 contains the Following:
1. Select Board Meeting for 4/14/14
2. Cavendish Related News
3. Household hazardous Waste Collection 5/10/14
4. Holy Week and Easter Services in Cavendish
5. National Prescription Drug Take –Back Day 4/26/14
6. Ludlow Ambulance Accepting Applications for Advanced EMTs or Paramedics
7. Green Up Day-May 3
8. Cavendish Calendar Looking for Sponsors
9. Events

1. SELECT BOARD MEETING 4/14/14
Select board (SB) meetings are recorded by LPC-TV and are available at their website www.lpctv.org and on Comcast Television. 

Capital Budget and Program for FY 2014-2031: Jason Rasmussen of the Southern Windsor County Regional Planning Commission (SWCRPC) was present to discuss the current draft of the Cavendish Capital Budget and Program Plan. This is a plan for town utilities and facilities improvements, upgrades, replacements (e.g. Water and sewer, solid waste, buildings etc.) and can serve as an important companion piece for this section of the Cavendish Town Plan.   The board reviewed the current draft and made a few revisions. They will adopt the Plan at their May meeting, after which it will be posted to the Cavendish Municipal website and a public hearing will be held prior to the June Select Board meeting. The document provides a detailed list of projects, costs as well as sources of funds. For example, listed for FY 14 is purchasing flood hazard lands (3 parcels) for a cost of $90,000. Funding is from the Ecosystem Restoration Program Grant.

VT Better Back Roads Grant: Due to Irene the inventory of Cavendish bridges and culverts changed significantly. Under a Better Back Roads grant, the SWCRPC will work with a town highway staff member for about 4 days to complete the inventory. The cost is approximately $5,000, $4,000 of which will come from the grant and a $1,000 to be matched by the town. The highway staff member, as well as town manager’s time would count towards the match. The board approved the grant proposal. Rasmussen said that there will be a map of the culverts and bridges available on-line.

Town Plan: Rasumssen informed the board that the Planning Committee is working on the town plan for Cavendish. They have already started adding the new flood language requirements, which were implemented after Irene. The next section they will be dealing with is economic development. The board asked that things like cell towers, solar arrays and thermal projects be addressed in the plan. It was agreed that instead of receiving the final document to be reviewed at one time, it would be helpful, and would streamline the process, if the Planning Committee could provide sections as they are completed.

Depot Street Bridge: Svec provided the board with a copy of answers he had drafted to the state’s questions regarding the potential impact of  the bridge replacement project on Depot Street in Proctorsville.  No date has been set for the bridge replacement. While the state is still studying the various construction strategies, it is expected to take a full construction seasons to complete the project.

Cavendish Recreation Department: Svec informed the board that he will be meeting with the Greven Field Committee on Tuesday, April 15 to discuss the plan for implementing this new town program. The board agreed that the position of Director answers to the town manager, with the Greven Field group serving as an advisory board. The Director position will be advertised according to town policy and does not require that the candidate be a resident of Cavendish. At the May 12 Select board meeting, a draft job description will be provided for the board’s approval. Hiring of the director will take place in June and the job will begin on July 1, when funds are available. Salary has yet to be determined.

Green Up Day: Cavendish will participate in  the state wide Green Up Day on May 3. For more information, see item 7 below.

2. CAVENDISH RELATED NEWS
Congratulations to Zach McNaughton and Elliot Thompson: Two students of the River Valley Technical Center’s (RVTC) Audio Video Production Program won the Gold Medal in Television Production at Skills USA, VT. Elliot Thompson is a graduate of CTES and the son of 5th grade teacher Ann Thompson. Zach, a Proctorsville resident, is their Audio Visual teacher at RVTC and is helping the students raise $3,500 by May 15 so they can attend Nationals. Learn how you can help as well as watch their award winning video. 

Congratulations to Caleb Roby: Caleb, a 6th grader at CTES, is the Vermont State Champ for Wrestling. Well done Caleb!

March Coldest on Record: March 2014 was the coldest on record in Vermont history. Temperatures ranged from 8 to 13 degrees below average across the state. The average temperature on Mount Mansfield was 11.7F. National Weather Service

Cavendish Variety Show a Success: ON April11, over a hundred people gathered at the Cavendish Town Elementary School multi purpose room to enjoy the annual talent show of music, songs and even pogo sticks. Vermont Journal 

3. HOUSEHOLD HAZARDOUS WASTE COLLECTION 5/10/14
May 10, from 9-1,  is the Household Hazardous Waste Collections day for our town. Such waste can be taken to the Springfield or Ludlow Transfer Stations. Up to 10 gallons of waste can be taken free of charge. Over that it’s $4 per gallon. You can bring the following items: aerosols; antifreeze; automotive products; gasoline; hobby chemicals; household cleaners; kerosene; paint-latex and oil-based, stains etc.; paint cleaners; pesticides; pool chemicals; mercury thermometers; and mercury thermostats. Note that this is the first time you can bring latex paint. For More Information 

4. HOLY WEEK AND EASTER SERVICES
Gethsemane Episcopal, Cavendish Baptist and Calvary Church are joining together to offer the following Holy Week and Easter Sunrise services:


• Good Friday (April 18) 7:00pm at Calvary Church (Route 103 Proctorsville)
• Easter Sunrise (April 20) The Sunrise Service will be at 5:45 a top Ranney Hill (off of High Street in Cavendish) with our eyes toward the graveyard.  After the service, we'll be at Cavendish Baptist Church Hall.  Bring something to share, but come even if you don't. There's always plenty.

Easter Services will be as follows
• Calvary Church: 11 am FMI: 226-7607
• Cavendish Baptist Church: 10 am FMI: 226-7131
• Gethsemane Episcopal Church: 11:30 am
• Holy Name of Mary Catholic Church: 9:30 am 228-3451

5. NATIONAL PRESCRIPTION TAKE BACK DAY
Local police departments have again teamed up with the Drug Enforcement Administration for the eighth National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day. This allows citizens to drop-off their leftover or expired prescription drugs at designated centers. Please note that intravenous solutions, injectable and syringes, will not be accepted. Drugs can be dropped off at the following locations on Saturday, April 26 from 10-2:
• Weathersfield Transfer Station (5024 Route 106)
• Ludlow Police Dept. (19 West Hill Rd., Ludlow)
• Springfield Police Dept. (201 Clinton St., Springfield)
• Windsor Police Dept (29 Union St., Windsor)

The Ludlow drop off center is available throughout the year.
FMI: 1-800-882-9539

 6. LUDLOW AMBULANCE ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS
The Town of Ludlow Ambulance Service (LAS), which serves Cavendish,  is accepting applications for part-time licensed Advanced EMTs or paramedics. The position will begin on or around July 1, 2014. Please send resume to Ludlow Ambulance Service, PO Box 359, Ludlow, VT 05149, or email to ludlowambulance@msn.com. Applications will be accepted until the positions are filled. FMI: 228-2880.

7. GREEN-UP DAY MAY 3
On the first Saturday in May, Cavendish will join hundreds of communities throughout Vermont to support the 44-year-old tradition of picking up roadside trash accumulated over the previous winter.  Green Up Day is a time honored volunteer opportunity that unites communities, raises environmental consciousness and results in cleaner roads for us all.

While volunteer participation has fallen in recent years, Green Up Day is alive and well and needs your support!  It’s early enough to mark the date on your calendar and come to Cavendish Elementary School on May 3rd with friends and family to pick up special green trash bags, protective gloves and your user-friendly road assignment.  The big sweep begins at 9:00 a.m. and ends at noon with a free town sponsored barbecue on the Proctorsville Green. Rain date is Saturday May 10.

In 2013 we had 35 motivated folks turn out for this iconic Vermont
experience---please help us surpass that number in 2014.  For more information about Green Up Day or to volunteer to help with the big push before the day arrives call Diane McNamara at the Cavendish Town Office at 226-7292.

8. CAVENDISH CALENDAR LOOKING FOR SPONSORS
The Cavendish Community and Conservation Association produces a calendar each year that celebrates some aspect of life in Cavendish.  Community members take pictures and the best twelve are
selected to grace the pages.  The calendars sell to the community in time for the holidays each year.  The 2015 calendar will be in production this summer and the organization is looking for sponsors.  Sponsors can be businesses, or individuals can sponsor a page in honor of a group, an organization or a special person.

The next one will be the tenth annual calendar.  “Each year the print run sells out and the calendars are distributed all around the greater Cavendish area,” said Robin Timko, President of the Cavendish Community and Conservation Association.  “We always have room for more sponsors.  The money raised helps us produce a number of programs and events, including our nature talks and summer concerts.”

Sponsorship is $120 for a month or $65 for a shared month.  Sponsors name and logo are prominently shown on the page.  To sponsor a month, or for information about the organization, please call Robin at 226-7736.

9. EVENTS
• Easter Sunday (April 20): Happy Easter. See item 4 above for list of services.

• Yoga with Lydia Ouvaroff (April 21, Monday): 5 pm at Gethsemane Episcopal Parish Hall off Depot Street in Proctorsville. Cost is a donation. FMI: 802-299-9515 (cell) or 228-3261.

• Earth Day (April 22, Tuesday)

• Employment Fair (April 23, Wednesday): The River Valley Workforce, which serves Cavendish, will host the third Annual River Valley Employment Fair from 3 to 6 pm at the Nolin-Murry Meeting Center, 40 Summer St. Springfield. FMI: Suzanne Groenewold 802-885-8310 or sgroenewold@rvt.org

• Bone Builders (April 22 Tuesday & April 24-Thursday): Exercise program to help arrest and reverse the effects of osteoporosis. Free. Cavendish Baptist Church 10:30 to 11:30.  FMI: 885-2083

• Family Bingo Night (April 25, Friday): 6:30-8:30 at CTES

To learn more about upcoming events in Cavendish and surrounding towns go to:

Friday, April 11, 2014

Select Board Agenda 4/14/14


The Selectmen’s Meeting is Monday, April 14th, 2014 in the Cavendish Town Office Meeting Room at 6:30 pm. The Agenda will be as follows:

1. Call the Meeting to Order

2. Act upon minutes of the meetings of March 10rd, 2014.

3. Sign Orders

4. Review Correspondence

5. Adjust agenda

6. Hear Citizens

7. Jason Rasmussen of SWCRPC present to review and discuss the final draft (with some minor
revisions) of the Cavendish Capital Budget and Program that he and Town Manager Rich
Svec have developed. This is a follow-up to the review and discussion which took place at
the March 10th meeting and it is anticipated that the Board will adopt the Capital Budget and
Program at this meeting.

8. Jason Rasmussen of SWCRPC present for a presentation by the Town Manager and
discussion of an application for a Vermont Better Back Roads grant for the purpose of
updating and enhancing the Cavendish Bridge and Culvert Inventory. The previous inventory
was pre-T.S. Irene which means that the updating is signicant and much needed.

9. Jason Rasmussen of SWCRPC to give the Select Board a brief summary of Town Plan
update activities and discussions.

10. Board of Selectmen, as the Cavendish local liquor control board, will review 2014 liquor and
tobacco license applications.

11. Board to discuss a plan and schedule for development of the Cavendish Recreation
Department as funding becomes effective in July.

12. Town Manager to update the Board on various town activities

13. Other business


14. Adjourn

Cavendish Update: 4/11/14 Special Notice/News/Events

Information can also be posted on the Cavendish VT Facebook Page

PLEASE READ: The Cavendish Community and Conservation Association (CCCA) has made a decision to no longer support the Cavendish Update stating their reasons as follows, “At the last CCCA board meeting the directors closely reviewed the current balance in our bank account and the general state of our finances, including what we have spent and what we have in over the past several years. We have supported the Cavendish Update for a number of years now and we believe that it continues to have value to the community. However, we have reluctantly determined that we can no longer afford the cost of supporting the CU based on our current finances. We have other projects that require our financial support and we have a shrinking pot of money that must be carefully allocated and conserved. We will continue our financial support of the CU through the first of June.”

It would not have been possible to continue the CU without CCCA’s support, so heartfelt thanks for supporting it for so long.  

What should become of the CU? Is it still needed? How can it be supported? Should it be expanded to meet a much greater marketing need for Cavendish? If you are interested in participating in a meeting to explore the expansion of the CU, how to support it and/or  have ideas, suggestions or want to make a donation to keep the CU going please e-mail margoc@tds.net or call 802-226-7807. For moreinformation on this topic.

The 4/11/14 Cavendish Update Contains the Following
1. Cavendish Related News
2. Local Food Events at the Golden Stage Inn
3. BRGNS Rummage Sale & Dune Buggy Raffle
4. Events

1. CAVENDISH RELATED NEWS
Green Up Day will Continue: A surge in corporate donations has pulled Green Up Day from the brink of financial ruin. Dwindling support from Vermont companies had threatened to end the 44-year tradition. But a slew of contributions in recent months has helped right the ship. Meredith Vieux, executive director of the nonprofit group that puts on the event, celebrated the rejuvenation of her organization at a press conference Tuesday on the steps of the Statehouse. Green Up Day this year will be Saturday May 3. VPR 
2. LOCAL FOOD EVENTS AT THE GOLDEN STAGE INN
Golden Stage Inn, just outside of Ludlow, Vermont, has introduced a series of food-themed events taking place between April 20 and June 21.  In the Vermont spirit of sustainable teamwork, the Inn is partnering with local shops, farms and cooks to create B&B packages that add value to each business and to the community as a whole. 

These events include B&B specials called “Foodies’ Getaway” and “Road Trip!”  In June, the Inn will host two Pop-Up Restaurant events prepared by guest cooks.  “Homemade Indian Cuisine” with award-winning Lini Mazumdar of Londonderry, VT will take place on June 7, 2014.  “Vermont Farm-to-Table” with entrepreneurial cook Nick Matush of Springfield, VT will occur on June 21, 2014.

Between April 20 and June 20, guests to the Inn can book a “Road Trip!” package.  Road trip guests will receive locally made snacks and coupons to stores in Southern Vermont towns.  Guests can also choose to book the “Foodies’ Getaway” special, which includes a picnic lunch of Vermont local foods and a gift certificate to one of three nearby restaurants serving local foods.  Travelers can enjoy their vacation to VT all the more knowing they are supporting the local economy and small independent business. FMI: http://www.goldenstageinn.com/vermont-bed-breakfast-specials/

3. BRGNS RUMMAGE SALE & DUNE BUGGY RAFFLE
Black River Good Neighbor Services (BRGN) will hold its annual Spring Rummage Sale at Fletcher Farm, 611 Route 103 South in Ludlow on Friday and Saturday, May 16th and 17th from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sunday May 18th from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m.  At this time there is a need for all sorts of clothing, but especially summer clothing, housewares, linens and furniture. Donations of large and small items will be accepted at Fletcher Farm in the week before the sale.  You can donate small items now at the thrift store, 37B Main Street in Ludlow, but if you have a large item, please call 802-228-3663 to arrange a drop off time.

BRGN is raffling a brand new, just out of the box, electric Dune Buggy to benefit the food and financial aid programs that it sponsors. The updated dune buggy features a bucket seat, diamond plate floorboard, knobby tires and terrain following suspension.  For children ages 8 and up, 120 lbs max, it features variable speed, rechargeable electric motor and steel construction. Tickets are available at the thrift store, 37B Main Street, Ludlow.  Drawing will be held at the Spring Rummage Sale at Fletcher Farm. Tickets cost $2 each or 8 for $10.  The buggy has a $350 retail value.

Proceeds benefit BRGNS’ food and financial assistance programs.  FMI: Audrey Bridge 802-228-3663, or BRGNS@tds.net.

4. EVENTS
This week, the following activities will be taking place:

• Variety Show (April 11, Friday): 6:30-7:30 pm at CTES in Proctorsville. FMI: 226-7758

• Yoga with Lydia Ouvaroff (April 14, Monday): 5 pm at Gethsemane Episcopal Parish Hall off Depot Street in Proctorsville. Cost is a donation. FMI: 802-299-9515 (cell) or 228-3261.

• Select Board Meeting (April 14, Monday): 6:30 pm at the Cavendish Town Office. The Agenda will be posted to the Cavendish Blog once it’s received. All meetings are recorded and made available by LPC-TV

• Spring Break for CTES & GMUHS (April 14 (Monday)-4/18 (Friday): Schools are closed.

• Bone Builders (April 15 Tuesday & April 17-Thursday): Exercise program to help arrest and reverse the effects of osteoporosis. Free. Cavendish Baptist Church 10:30 to 11:30.  FMI: 885-2083

 To learn more about upcoming events in Cavendish and surrounding towns go to:

Monday, April 7, 2014

PLEASE READ: Future of the Cavendish Update

 The Cavendish Community and Conservation Association (CCCA) has made a decision to no longer support the Cavendish Update stating their reasons as follows, “At the last CCCA board meeting the directors closely reviewed the current balance in our bank account and the general state of our finances, including what we have spent and what we have in over the past several years. We have supported the Cavendish Update for a number of years now and we believe that it continues to have value to the community. However, we have reluctantly determined that we can no longer afford the cost of supporting the CU based on our current finances. We have other projects that require our financial support and we have a shrinking pot of money that must be carefully allocated and conserved. We will continue our financial support of the CU through the first of June.”

It would not have been possible to continue the CU without CCCA’s support, and so heartfelt thanks for supporting it for so long.

So what should become of the CU? Is it still needed? How can it be supported? These questions have lead me to look at the bigger picture of what’s ahead for Cavendish and how digital outreach, namely the “Cavendish Update,” could be re tooled to serve a more critical purpose. 

The Cavendish Update includes a lot more than a weekly e-mail:
• Blog 
• Guides-Including:

Cavendish is Losing its Year Round Community: According to the US Census data, Cavendish lost 7% of its year round population from 2000 to 2010. Since 2010, using statistics provided in the town report, Cavendish Town Elementary School (CTES) had a decrease in enrollment from 108 students in 2010 to 91 students in 2013. This decrease represents a loss of more than a classroom plus (average size is approximately 15 students). If this trend continues, Cavendish will ultimately lose its school, which in turn would have a serious impact on the town.

Reversing the Trend: Cavendish has a lot to offer for those that want a rural community with close proximity to outdoor recreational opportunities and the ability to participate in a way of life that is rapidly disappearing from the American landscape.

Unlike the Cavendish residents in the first half of the 20th century, where the Mill industry was the largest single employer, we have more in common with the original settlers where the single biggest employer was the individual. One look through the Cavendish Business Directory will show that we have many people who have home based businesses. Thanks to the internet, many can telecommute. As one software designer noted, “When I lived in Boston, I had to load my equipment in the car and drive anywhere from a half hour to several hours in order to do the things I enjoy. Living in Cavendish I can take advantage of the perfect conditions to bike or ski by just opening my backdoor.”

While a manufacturing plant or other major business is unlikely to move to Cavendish, there are people in Boston and in other parts of the country that would appreciate what Cavendish has to offer. However, they don’t know about us and if they do, we don’t offer a coordinated approach to help them actively consider relocating.

Digital Outreach: In addition to the various aspects of the CU, outlined above, all of which are available to anyone who has access to the web, there are several components that are needed: a website that not only promotes the town but provides resource information for visitors, potential residents and residents (the municipal website is the town governance site); Pinterest (this now has a big following in certain circles-librarians, teachers, self employed individuals etc.; Instagram (a picture is worth a thousand words) and possibly Twitter.

Next Steps: If you are interested in participating in a meeting to explore the expansion of the CU, how to support it and/or  have ideas, suggestions or want to make a donation please e-mail margoc@tds.net or call 802-226-7807.


Please Note: Without some form of support in place by the end of May 2014, the CU will cease as of June 1.