Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Earth Day 2014: 10 Ways to Celebrate and Help Cavendish

1Participate in Green Up Day on Saturday, May 3 and Through Out the Year
• Be part of Vermont’s 44 year old tradition, Green Up Day, and help to pick up roadside trash on Saturday, May 3. Be at CTES in Proctorsville by 9 am to collect Green Up bags, gloves and a route. Hot Green Mountain Coffee will be available to get you energized. Town sponsored BBQ starts at noon on the Proctorsville Green. Rain date is May 10. FMI: Diane McNamara at 226-7292.
• “Walk and Green:” If you are a walker, take a bag with you and pick up trash when you can. Stop by the town office and pick up Green Up bags so you can take what you collect free of charge to the transfer station. Note that they have some special bags that are just the right size for this activity
Check your yard and property for trash and dispose of properly. 
• If you are walking a dog, please clean up after them.

2. Reduce, Reuse, Recycle: Fortunately Cavendish has a zero-sort recycling program. In addition, there are many other items that can be recycled either at the transfer station or elsewhere. Did you know that by putting used clothing in the “yellow barn” you help to support programs at SEVCA? Don’t forget that one man’s trash is another’s treasure. The Cavendish town wide tag sale is July 27 (Saturday) so start putting your items aside or take them to the Black River Good Neighbor Thrift Store in Ludlow  for their spring rummage sale May 16-18.

Learn more:
• Freecyle(Springfield VT Chapter) The Freecycle Network™ is made up of 5,121 groups with 7,257,497 members across the globe. It's a grassroots and entirely nonprofit movement of people who are giving (and getting) stuff for free in their own towns and thus keeping good stuff out of landfills. 

3. Dispose of Medicines and Hazardous Materials Appropriately:
April 26, from 10-2 is National Prescription Take Back Day: Drop-off leftover or expired prescription drugs at designated centers. Please note that intravenous solutions, injectable and syringes, will not be accepted. Drop off locations: Weathersfield Transfer Station (5024 Route 106); Ludlow Police Dept. (19 West Hill Rd., Ludlow); Springfield Police Dept. (201 Clinton St., Springfield); or Windsor Police Dept (29 Union St., Windsor). Dispose of medications year round at the Ludlow Drop Center, located at the Ludlow Police Dept. on West Hill. FMI: 800-882-9539

• May 10, from 9-1, is Household Hazardous Waste Collections Day: Such waste can be taken to the Springfield or Ludlow Transfer Stations. Up to 10 gallons of hazardous 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. Plant a Garden, Be part of a community garden, Join a CSA (Community Sustained Agriculture) or Shop the Farmer’s Market
Cavendish’s CSA is Little Village Farm in Proctorsville. They grow over 35 vegetable varieties, as well as herbs. The season is about 18 to 20 weeks, June through October and half and full shares of produce are available on a weekly basis. 

• If you prefer growing your own vegetables, consider the Fletcher Farm community garden located on route 103. The per-plot fee is $15 and financial assistance is available. FMI: Call Joanna 228-3386 or Fran at 275-2064

• A number of area farmers bring their produce to the Ludlow Farmer’s Market, which opens Friday, May 23.

• Have questions about gardening in Vermont? Call the University of Vermont Extension Master Gardener’s program 1-800-639-2230 or e-mail master.gardener@uvm.edu

5. Butt Power- use a bike, or walk when traveling short distances. Want to take a walk by the Black River? Try Greven Field, a quarter mile trail located around the ball fields. Check out Greven Park Trail-A Hike With Many Views 

6. Live Sustainably-Tips from the 1930s: Several years ago, the Cavendish Historical Society ran workshops on sustainable living tips from the1930’s.
• Line dry clothing. Not only does the sun act as a bleaching agent, clothes last longer.
• Clean with baking soda, lemons and vinegar using old t-shirts or other rags.
• Store left overs in glass jars (e.g. spaghetti sauce jars) and containers and avoid using plastic wrap.
• Wash only full loads of laundry.
• Use only what you need.
• Avoid processed foods, choosing fresh fruits, vegetables and local meats instead.
• Turn off running water and fix leaks and drips
• Buy used or recycled-Purchasing items at Black River Good Neighbors helps to support programs that serve people in Cavendish, Ludlow, Plymouth and Mount Holly.
• Turn off lights and unplug appliances when not in use
• Use natural lighting whenever possible
Bring your own bags with you when you shop
• Invest in a single reusable travel mug and fill with your favorite beverages rather than using a disposable cup

7. Sustainable Living-Tips for Today: Though not from the 1930’s, our grandparents/great grandparents would surely approve of things like:
• Turn off the computer monitor when you’ll be away for more than a few minutes. Turn off and unplug your printer, speakers, and other peripherals when you're not using them. Turn off the lights and music every time you leave the room.

• Print rough drafts of papers on the back of scrap paper, or print your papers on both sides. Recycle used paper.

• Refill reusable water bottles and store them in a refrigerator instead of buying new disposable bottles of water.

• If you have a difficult time remembering to power down devices at the end of a day, consider placing them on a timer or setting them up on a smart strip device.

• Limit your technology upgrades.  Reducing the number of devices (e.g. computers, phones and iPads) owned or upgraded each year, significantly reduces demand of fossil fuels for the production, use and disposal of these products.

• When shopping for new appliances for your home, compare the energy consumption of each device and include the cost of energy in your decision.

8. Compost: This will soon be the law in Vermont, so learn how to compost, if you are not already doing so, at the Agency of Natural Resources Backyard Composting website. 

9. Utilize Programs and Resources from Efficiency Vermont: Efficiency Vermont provides technical assistance, rebates, and other financial incentives to help Vermont households and businesses reduce their energy costs with energy-efficient equipment, lighting, and approaches to construction and major renovation.  Learn more at the Efficiency Vermont website or call them at 888-921-5990 

10. Remove Invasive Species from Your Property, Particularly Barberry: With summer season not far off, now is a good time to get rid of invasive plants, particularly Barberry which is linked to the spread of Lyme Disease. 

Learn more:
 Vermont Invasives: Actively Conserving Our Environment 

                                                              BONUS: Have some Upcycling Fun
Whether it’s converting an old coffee can into a lampshade or using wine corks to make a place mat, there are thousands of ways you can repurpose items around the house. Check out the following:

• Dish Functional Designs: Great projects for those with lots of books they want to get rid of. 

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

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.

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 

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 

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

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

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.

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.

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.

• 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