Friday, March 13, 2009

Cavendish Update 3/13/09 SB/H20/News

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

The Cavendish Update Contains
1. March 9 Cavendish Select Board Meeting
2. Welcome Spring
3. Cavendish in the News
4. Correction
5. Needed for Black River Good Neighbor

1. Select Board Meeting
The Select Board (SB) met for their organizational and regular meeting on March 9. James Ballantine was elected as the Chair of the SB, with George Timko as vice chair and Dan Churchill as Clerk of the SB. Rich Svec was appointed Town Manager for the next five years. Currently none of the three lister positions are filled. Jane Pixley, Town Clerk, will serve as lister, with Diane McNamara, who works in the town office, filling the second slot on an interim basis. An advertisement will be posted to see if any of the three positions can be filled. McNamara pointed out that the town staff trains listers all the time, but the turnover is very high for these positions.

Water Filtration Project: In spite of parts not showing up and other problems, the filtration project continues to move forward. The projected date for being on-line is expected to be some time in the spring. Once the filtration is installed, even though the source will be clean water, the pipes and tanks that carry the water need to be flushed and cleaned. This process could take several months. Svec said that water users would start noticing a difference in mid June, with full impact occurring by mid summer. The second well will not be tested, as required by the state, until after the water filtration unit is on-line and operational.

Proctorsville Curb and Sidewalk Project: The funds are available for completing this project. Bids for Clerk of the Works (construction manager) and a construction firm will be underway shortly, with work beginning shortly after the Cavendish Elementary School has recessed for the summer.

2. Welcome Spring
The Cavendish Historical Society and the Cavendish Community and Conservation Association (CCCA) will be holding a “Welcome Spring” Corned Beef and Cabbage Dinner, Silent Auction and Bingo fundraiser on March 21. Dinner begins at 6 pm, with Bingo starting at 7 pm.

The Silent Auction features a number of wonderful items to help you get ready for planting, vacation this summer, or enjoy some incredible food. There is one very unique item, thanks to Bob Naess of Black River Militaria. You have to be present to bid on this item, but if you are a history fan and always wanted an up close and personal experience with some of Bob’s collection, this is your chance. Haven’t a clue what this is about, well come play a card or two of bingo, have some corned beef (or a veggie option) and see for yourself

Tickets for the dinner are $10 for adults, $5 for children 6-12, free for under 6. They can be purchased in advance at Crows Corner Bakery in Proctorsville. FMI: 226-7807 or

3. Cavendish in the News
Architect Tim Calabrese receives the 2008—2009 Public Space Honor Award for Proctorsville Green on Route 131: Congratulations Tim!

Cavendish Planning Board Hears “Glimmerstone” Water Plans

4. Correction
In last week’s Cavendish Update, The Cavendish Town Elementary School PTO was listed as having a “Dinner and Dance Party” in the multi-purpose room from 6:30 - 8:30. This is actually a dessert/dance party featuring contra dance caller Lausanne Allen. There will lots of desserts along with a 50/50 raffle. Admission is $5 for adults, $2 for students and free for children under 5. The proceeds support the PTO and playground renovations.

5. Needed at Black River Good Neighbors Food Shelf
The Black River Good Neighbor Services Thrift Shop is in need of a camcorder as well as 13” or smaller TV for surveillance purposes. “Recent thefts at the shop have created this need and any help that the community can provide by donating these items would be greatly appreciated” said Audrey Bridge, Director of the Thrift Shop operation.

Also need this month are:
Canned Meats
Canned Tuna
Small Boxes or bags of Sugar

The Food Shelf and Thrift Shop are located at 105 Main Street in Ludlow and serve the towns of Cavendish, Ludlow, Mt. Holly, Plymouth and Proctorsville. Store hours are 10am to 4pm Monday through Saturday. FM: 802-228-3663 or email her at

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