Wednesday, September 30, 2009


Location: Cavendish Transfer Station is located at 354 Route 131.

Hours of Operation: Wednesday and Saturday 8-5, Sunday 10-2

Contact: Howard Merritt or Norma Randall 226-7743

Operates on a coupon system-75¢ for one kitchen bag; $1.50 for 30 gallon bag
Coupons available at: Cavendish Town Office; Bennett’s Store, Singleton’s Store, William’s Store
Car Sticker: Current transfer station stickers must be on the inside lower right-hand corner of the windshield.

Free of Charge
• Glass
• Untreated Wood Waste
• Scrap metal
• Rechargeable Batteries
• Used Oil (in one gallon jugs)
• Steel cans
• Propane Tanks
• Uncoated Natural Wood Pallets
• Aluminum Cans, Foil and Container
• Fluorescent light bulbs
• Thermostats with Mercury
• Reusable items in good condition
•Textiles (see below)

Textile Shed: Benefits Southeastern Vermont Community Action (SEVCA). Bag
• Clean and dry clothing (all types, including ripped, stained)
• Shoes: Bagged separately from clothing
• Clean and dry linens (blankets, sheets, towels, curtains
• Belts, purses, hats, mittens, gloves, coats, socks
• Stuffed animals

Burn Pile (Free)
• Tree and shrubbery slash (no logs or stumps)
• Unpainted, unstained, un treated wooden construction/demolition debris.
• Natural Christmas trees, wreaths, garlands. These items must be stripped of tinsel and all decorations.

The Cavendish Recycling Center also takes:
• Refrigerators, air conditioners, dehumidifiers, freezers-fee for Freon removal
• Tires: Fee depending on size and rim
• Construction and Demolition, Gypsum, land-clearing debris,
• Salvage/Used Material: $40/cubic yard. Must be generated within the town of Cavendish.

Local Opportunities for Recycling
• Button Battery Rite Aid Pharmacy in Ludlow
• Fluorescent bulbs: Bibens Home Center in North Springfield 886-2288
• Used Materials: Vermont Business Materials Exchange (VBMX)
• Plastics # 1 and 2 (milk and water jugs, white and colored jugs (detergent, bleach), soda bottles, some juice, peanut butter and vegetable oil containers: Springfield Transfer Station
• Mixed Paper-Almost anything, no plastic wrappers, waxy soap or frozen food containers, milk or juice cartons, tissue paper, wrapping paper or paper towels. Springfield Transfer Station
• Corrugated Cardboard and Boxboard: Springfield Transfer Station
• Eyeglasses and Hearing Aids: Collection boxes for Springfield Lions Club, Senior Center in Springfield, Springfield Post Office, Dr. Duff’s office, Dr. Lane’s office, Lawrence and Wheeler
• Clothing: Black River Good Neighbor in Ludlow.
• Electronics: WinCycle, 28 River Street, Windsor 674-6320
• Cell Phones/Printer Cartridges: Cavendish Elementary School 226-7758

Household Hazardous Waste
Date: Second Saturday in May, Second Saturday in September
Location: Transfer Stations other than Cavendish
• What to bring: Most substances with labels that say: Caustic, Toxic, Corrosive, Poison, Flammable, Warning
• From the Garden/Yard/House: insecticides, herbicides, chemical fertilizers, rodent killer, metal polish, pool chemicals, photography chemicals, flea powder, no-pest strips, toilet & drain cleaner, oven cleaner, mothballs, lighter fluid, bathroom cleaners, chemistry sets, arts & crafts supplies, bleaches, mercury thermometers & thermostats, rug cleaner

• From the Garage/Workbench: antifreeze, brake fluid, gasoline, transmission fluid, engine & radiator flusher, engine degreaser, carburetor cleaner, gas treatments, Xenon halogen headlight bulbs (blue-tinted), plastic fuel filters, rust proofers, wood preservatives, sealants, solvents, creosote, roofing tar, driveway sealer, muriatic acid, varnish, paint thinner, wood strippers and stains, lead- and oil-based paints. Properly drained metal fuel filters can be recycled with scrap metal.

• DO NOT bring latex paint, dry creosote, batteries, used motor oil, asbestos, radioactive material, empty containers, fireworks, tires, fluorescent bulbs or tubes, medical waste, or ammunition.

For more information about the Cavendish Transfer Station, including special waste disposal fees, please contact the Town Office 226-7292

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Cavendish Municipal Water System - Billing Insert September 2009

September 25, 2009
The construction work to eliminate the mineral problems in our water is finally
As long time users of our system realize, the levels of manganese and iron in our well
water have both increased over the past number of years. We have now finished the
construction work on the Water Filtration Plant and the filtration equipment was put on-
line in May. We are adjusting and fine-tuning the filtration system as the final phase of
work. Here is a brief summary of where we are as of this writing:

• The iron removal process is going very well and we have had consistent levels of less than 0.1 milligrams per liter since about the third week of May. Our filtration process target was to reduce the iron to below the maximum contamination level (MCL) recommendation of 0.3 mg/l. We consistently surpass that goal.

• Manganese removal is now progressing well. The Degremont biological manganese removal process was always known to take much longer than the iron removal process to get up to full effectiveness so having the full design level of removal not immediately evident was anticipated. As was discussed in the June 2009 Consumer Confidence Report and at numerous Water Board and Select Board meetings (many of which were televised and/or reported upon), the anticipated timing of full manganese removal effectiveness was mid-summer. Instead, the manganese removal level seemed to plateau at about one-third removal and stubbornly stuck there. We are pleased to report that, within the last several days, the level of manganese in the water coming out of the filters has dropped very significantly and now is on a definite, steady and fairly rapid decline. As of yesterday, the manganese is about 75% removed from the water and, if the recently experienced decline rate continues, we should be approaching our goal of less than 0.05 mg/l within a short time. Outside lab and in-house testing results have both confirmed this very positive change. The Degremont company had indicated that it was fairly typical to have a period of
partial removal with very slow change followed by a fairly sudden and dramatic improvement to full effectiveness but, further, that the exact timing could not be precisely determined owing to the fact that we are dealing with a biological process. While waiting for the process to fully “kick-in”, we were with baited breath and increasingly nervous with anticipation as each week went by. Happily, it now appears as though we are well on our way to reaching the manganese removal goal too.

• The total filtration process now increases the pH of the water we supply. Our raw water has always been on the acid side of neutral, but now our finished water has a pH which is just slightly above neutral (7.0). You may find that soap products seem to work a little easier and that you get a bit more suds from use of the same amount of soap or detergent than previously. This rise in pH may also serve to reduce the corrosiveness of the water. Cavendish Municipal Water System - Billing Insert September 2009

• A part of the filtration process involves the injection of air into the water. The air injection is needed for the biological process to be fully effective. The rate of air injection has been at particularly high levels as a needed condition for the media
to become fully fertile for the processing. We are hoping that, when the filtration media becomes fully developed, the levels of air in the water going out into the distribution system will diminish and will not be as evident to users. You undoubtedly have noticed that, at times, the water you pour into a glass may at first have a bit of a milky appearance being caused by tiny bubbles of air. If you let a glass of this water stand for a few moments, it turns very clear as the micro- bubbles rise to the surface and dissipate. If a water line in your house is not used for a while, some of the air may come out of solution and will cause a spitting or sputtering at the faucet as the air is released. This may be most noticeable on an upper floor. While the air is perfectly harmless as a health issue, we hope to eliminate the nuisance of the sputtering as the amount of air in the distribution lines is reduced. We are currently working on this issue.

• The water storage tanks [Proctorsville 300,000 gallon and Cavendish 250,000 gallon] are scheduled to be cleaned and inspected during the first two weeks of October. Work on these tanks should have no impact on water quality.

• Following tank cleaning, there will be a flushing of system lines and hydrants. The flushing is scheduled to take place October 28 through the 30. There will be a notice sent out about 10 days before the flushing with more details on the
flushing activity and suggestions as to procedures that homeowners and commercial customers can follow to further purge their in-house plumbing immediately following the Town’s flush.

Thank you for the patience you have shown as we have worked to resolve the iron and manganese problem. It has been a lengthy process to get our water system capital improvements completed, but we are now almost done!

Required notice:
The Cavendish Municipal Water System Has Had Levels of Manganese Above Drinking Water Standards The Cavendish Public Water System has had concentrations of manganese which exceeded the Environmental Protection Agency and Vermont Department of Health lifetime Health Advisories of 0.3 mg/L. In 2005, 2006, 2007 and 2008 the levels of manganese in the Cavendish system were 2.5 mg/L, 2.1 mg/L, 1.8 mg/l and 2.57 mg/l respectively. Although the new filtration system now in operation is intended to reduce the amount of manganese to below 0.05 mg/l, the level, while now significantly reduced, has not yet dropped to below the advisory level although that should occur soon.

Manganese is noted to be an essential element, however, most of the manganese needed on a daily basis generally comes from the food we eat. Long-term consumption of high concentrations of manganese in drinking water may cause adverse neurological health effects. Children and people with liver disease are more susceptible to the health effects of manganese. If you have specific health concerns, consult your doctor. Additional information on this topic and other water system topics is included in the Consumer Confidence Report which is made available and distributed each June. Additional copies of the report published in June of 2009 are available for the asking if you call the office at 226-7291, stop by the office, or send us a note at Cavendish Municipal Water System, P.O. Box 126, 37 High Street, Cavendish, Vermont 05142.

Friday, September 25, 2009

Cavendish Update 9/25/09 Water/Energy Awareness Month

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 9/25/09 Cavendish Update Contains
1. Manganese in Water, Not Just a Town Issue
2. Water Board Meeting
3. October Energy Awareness Month in Cavendish
4. Weekly Green from Sustainable Cavendish
5. News from Cavendish Historical Society/Cemetery Tour/Events
6. Classifieds

1. Manganese in Water, Not Just a Town Issue
For years now, people have been aware of the problems with Cavendish town water. However, the geology that has played a big part in the iron and manganese (Mn) levels in the town water is just as much an issue for well users. While people don’t like staining in their clothes or toilets, the more important concern pertains to health and what the impact might be.

In 2005, Eisner and Spangler reported in the medical literature that it was theoretically possible that 10 minute showers a day for 10 years, with water that had high levels of Mn, could lead to neurotoxicity. Since then more studies have appeared, with stronger links between levels of Mn in drinking water exceeding 0.05 mg/L, and health problems. Some of the studies are being done in third world countries, such as Bangladesh, while others are taking place in the United States and Canada. At least one study has reported higher incidences of cancer , particularly colon and lung cancer, among well users with high levels of Mn and several studies have reported higher infant mortality from such drinking water. Several studies have described learning disabilities in children. Nearly all of the studies published are looking at health issues in well users.

In Cavendish, town water users have been informed that the Vermont Health Department has issued a health advisory on their water as a result of the high iron and Mn. Even though the iron levels are no longer an issue, due to the new filtration system, the Mn is still high and the health advisory is still in place.

What about those homes with wells? Are they being testing for Mn? According to the Vermont Department of Health, total coliform bacterial test should be done every year. Inorganic chemical testing, which includes arsenic, chloride, copper, hardness, iron, lead, manganese, nitrate, sodium and uranium should be done every five years; and gross alpha radiation screening every five years. If young children or infants use the water, fluoride testing should be done yearly. For more information about testing your well water, call 1-800-660-9997.

2. Water Board Meeting
The Water Board will be meeting on Monday, September 28 at 5 pm at the Cavendish Town Office. The agenda will include an update on the water filtration system.

3. October Energy Awareness Month in Cavendish
This October, Sustainable Cavendish, a committee of the Cavendish Community and Conservation Association (CCCA), is sponsoring Cavendish Energy Awareness Month. The Redfield Proctor Room, at the Cavendish Library, will have displays on ways you can save energy. You will also be able to sign up for the Watt’s Up Meter, which can help you learn the energy use of the various appliances in your home. This is a free program from Efficiency Vermont. There are a number of handouts, including ways to recycle in Cavendish.

On Tuesday Oct. 13, the Button Up Vermont program will take place at the Cavendish Town Elementary School starting at 6:30 pm. This free workshop provides information and instruction about how to weather proof your home so you are comfortable and save energy costs in the process. Door prizes will be given to the first 30 people who attend and refreshments will also be provided. Area vendors working in weatherization and energy will also be on hand to answer questions. Note that the video “Button Up Vermont” is available for loan from the Cavendish Library.

4. Weekly Green from Sustainable Cavendish
10 iPhone Apps that can save you money, time and energy

Check out Skin Deep, the Environmental Working Group’s cosmetic safety database. Includes the 2009 Sunscreen Guide.

5. News from the Cavendish Historical Society/Cemetery Tour/Programs
The Young Historians program is now underway at the Cavendish Elementary School. Seventeen students, in grades 3-6, are learning about Cavendish in the 1930’s. This program will run throughout the school year, meeting during recess on Wednesdays.

Having just interviewed residents of the Gill Home earlier in the week, volunteers from the Cavendish Historical Society (CHS) were able to discuss with the students how many families survived the depression years by growing their own food, hunting and fishing. Interestingly, girls as well as boys, had rubber band guns, which they made from clothespins. In fact, the only toys that seemed to be “girls only” were baby dolls.

The 1930’s was the “golden age” of radio and paper dolls. The Cavendish students had a chance to see a radio from 1936 and listened to “The Shadow,” which was a favorite program for many of the Gill Home residents when they were young. Paper dolls, including soldiers and circus animals, were a major form of entertainment. These came free in magazines and newspapers and were often part of advertisement for a particular product. Offering a free or low cost form of entertainment, children of the 1930’s spent hours cutting them out. The students were given sample dolls and circus animals to take home.

At the beginning of October, CHS will be conducting a tour for the sixth grade class of Cavendish Elementary School of the Fitton Mill site and Mack Molding. This will be part of CHS program about the role of the Black River in the town’s history.

The annual cemetery tour will take place on Oct. 11 (Sunday). This year’s cemetery will be the Proctor Cemetery in Proctorsville. Featuring graves that date back to the Revolutionary period, this cemetery also includes the Proctor family, who produced several prominent members of Vermont, including two governors. The tour will be lead by Carmine Guica, historian and genealogist. This cemetery does require a hike up a hill, and does not have handicap access. For those interested in touring the cemetery, meet at the Cavendish Historical Society Museum at 2 pm.

The CHS annual meeting and potluck dinner takes place on Oct. 18, 5 pm at the Cavendish Inn on Main Street in Cavendish. Prior to the meeting, there will be a presentation on the History of the Spiritualist Church in Vermont at 3pm at the Cavendish Inn,. Dan Churchill, a descendant of one of the founders of the Church will be speaking and doing readings. Persons interested in readings should call ahead for a reservation. Donations are requested for readings.

For more information call 802-226-7807 or e-mail

6. Classifieds
• Free: 8 x 10 aluminum greenhouse frame. 226-7331
• In Search Of: Flute for beginning flute player, borrow or purchase 226-7791

Friday, September 18, 2009

Cavendish Update 9/18/09 SB/H20/Bridge/News/Green

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 9/18/09 Cavendish Update Contains
1. Sept. 14 Select Board Meeting
A. Helipad Project
B. Water Filtration
C. Sidewalk Project
D. Depot Street Bridge report from Vtrans
2. Cavendish Related News
3. Weekly Green from Sustainable Cavendish

1. Select Board (SB) Meeting 9/14
A. Helipad Project
In the fall of 2008, the SB voted 3 to 2 against a helipad being built on the Cavendish property of David Coutu. This decision was based on a report from the Planning Commission, as well as a public hearing. The town’s approval was being sought as part of the Vermont Agency of Transportation’s permitting process.

At the July SB meeting, Mark Hall, the attorney for David Coutu, said the SB’s position was blocking his client’s ability to obtain a permit to establish a helipad. It was his belief that the SB was not in a position to make such a decision as there is no zoning in Cavendish, the Planning Commission had no power and the “Town Plan” was not legally relevant to this situation.

This was not a public hearing, even though various members of the audience expressed their viewpoints. At this meeting the SB voted to consult with the town’s attorney on this matter. More information about this meeting is available in the July 17 Cavendish Update archived at

Rich Svec, town manager, provided a copy of a letter from the town’s counsel about the legal authority of the SB. Legal counsel wrote that the SB does have the legal authority to make a decision on this matter. The SB voted not to revisit the issue and so the 3 to 2 vote against the project still stands.

B. Water Filtration
The new filtration system for Cavendish Municipal water, became operational in mid May of this year. At that time, residents were told that with each passing week, the water should become clearer, particularly after the flushing. The normal spring flushing was being postponed until the new system was fully operational.

At the June 8 SB meeting, the Board was informed that the new filtration system was starting to show water quality improvement in many areas of town, which was largely due to the reduction of iron in the water. It was anticipated that the iron levels would reduce quickly. The manganese (Mn) was projected to take 7-8 weeks for significant reduction. At that time there had been a 20% reduction down to 1.7 mg/L. People were reporting a significant increase in air in the lines.

At the July SB meeting, Svec stated that the Mn levels have plateaud at 1.4 mg/L-1.6 mg/L, which is significantly above the FDA standard of 0.05 mg/L. However, he said this was to be expected and that in the next four weeks there should be a significant decline in Mn. The iron levels had reduced to less than 1mg/L and contributed significantly to water quality appearance. Svec explained that the additional air was needed to grow the media used for the filtration process and would not be needed once the filtration system was in full production. The major flushing was being postponed again, in order to make sure the system was working well.

In August, Svec reported to the SB that the Mn levels had still not fallen and that the flushing was being postponed yet again.

At this past Monday’s SB meeting, Svec again reported no change in the Mn levels. It was acknowledged that all dates for projected clearing of the Mn in the water had come and gone and that clearly something wasn’t working correctly.

When asked if he was getting anxious about the lack of reduction in Mn, Svec said that he was. He explained that they are now testing the media used in the filtration process to see if that could be part of the problem. He also mentioned that he would be visiting the manufacturer of the filtration system, Infilco Degremont (ID) in Canada this week.

Since the company is in Quebec, there have been language barriers between the technical support staff and the Cavendish water department. Svec has brought this to the company’s attention.

Various members of the SB reported hearing from neighbors who were having problems with the water, including the return to “town brown” and issues with excess air. These problems appear to be centered in homes at the end of lines.

Selectmen Peter Gregg requested that a flushing not be postponed. As the owner of the Golden Stage Inn, and at the end of the line, his water quality, while initially improving, is almost back to its initial staining and discoloration. He reported that he could draw a glass of clear water and minutes later the water would be brown. Gregg believes that part of the problem was because the flushing has been postponed for so long.

Gregg asked that flushing take place in time for those in the hospitality industry to have clear water for the foliage season and Columbus weekend In addition, he recommended that ID be charged for the additional flushing that will be needed once the filtration system is working properly.

Svec recognized the need for flushing, but was hesitant on setting a date, saying sometime in October. He would like to see an ample supply of good quality water to replace what’s being flushed. Svec said that would try to schedule the flush to accommodate the hospitality industry.

Svec believes that they will be able to get the system to work and that this biologic system is much better than the other options-e.g. green sand filtration-as it reduces the chemicals that need to be added to the water and does not result in waste, which could be significant.

In the mean time, the Mn levels hover around 1.7 mg/L. The Health Advisory issued by the Vermont Department of Health remains in effect until levels are brought down to standard. The Health Advisory issued October 2006 states the following: “The Cavendish Public Water System has concentrations of manganese which exceed the Environmental Protection Agency and Vermont Department of Health lifetime Health Advisories of 0.3 mg/L. In 2005 and 2006, the levels of manganese in the Cavendish system were 2.5 mg/L and 2.1 mg/L, respectively.

Manganese is an essential element. However, most of the manganese needed on a daily basis comes from the food we eat. Long-term consumption of high concentrations of manganese in drinking water may cause adverse neurological health effects. Children and people with liver disease are more susceptible to the health effects of manganese. If you have specific health concerns, consult your doctor.”

C. Sidewalk Project
The sidewalk project is being expanded on Depot Street. It will now go to Pie Alley, close to Crows Corner Bakery. This is being done to improve drainage. Survey issues have arisen, but the project continues to move forward with the hope that it will be completed in October. As the junction of Depot and Main has been dug up, the SB voted to replace a 50-year-old water valve. This should help with drainage issues in front of Six Loose Ladies. The replacement will be taking place from about midnight to 2 am, as the water for many areas in Proctorsville will need to be shut off. Svec said he would get a notice out to all those who would be effected.

D. Depot Street Bridge
On August 18, the Vermont Agency of Transportation sent a letter to the town manager and Select Board about the condition of the Cavendish Bridge # 58, the Depot Street Bridge in Proctorsville. The letter states, “During a recent inspection, the following problems were noted which are in need attention: T-beams # 2 and # 3 in span #2 are heavily deteriorated with weakening of the supporting seat area. There is a hole in the deck located next to the beam near the pier. This is a full depth hole spanned only by pavement. T-beams #2 and #3 in span #2 along with the seating area and deck concrete above have significant section loss and need to be repaired an/or replaced in order to continue carrying traffic at the town highway legal load limit. Based on these findings/conditions, we recommend that upstream side of the bridge be properly sign, barricaded, and closed to traffic until such time that appropriate repairs and/or replacement is made… This structure is owned by the town and as such is the responsibility of the town. ….It is in the best interest of the municipality to post or sign the bridges in accordance with these recommendations. A failure to warn motorists of potential bridge hazards may result in tort liability claims.”

The SB has 60 days, from the posting of the letter, to respond regarding which recommendation they will follow: properly barricade, control, and close the upstream half of the bridge to traffic based on the state’s recommendation; will properly repair and/or replace deteriorated t-beams and associated supporting seating area; will properly repair hole in deck near the pier.

The SB is viewing their options and will make their decision at a special meeting on Sept. 21. There was discussion about replacing the bridge with a new bridge that is smaller than the existing one. It was also suggested that the bridge could be replaced with a covered bridge, similar to one that existed on this site. A covered bridge could have an additional effect in that it could also serve as a “traffic calming” effect. As noted in many SB meetings, this street receives a lot of traffic that exceeds the speed limit. Because of the number of children in the area, there has been considerable discussion about what could be done to reduce the speed of trucks and cars.

2. Cavendish Related News
Black River Good Neighbor and LPCTV are interested in the Ludlow Armory Barn

Movie Extras Needed in Southern Part of the State

Unhappy over Switch from Unicel to AT&T

VT DMV recalling 4,000 enhanced licenses

3. Weekly Green from Sustainable Cavendish
An Online Tool to Rate Cell phone Radiation: The environmental Working Group now has a website
where you can determine the radio frequency radiation levels of your cell phone. Several Samsung phones made the list of ten lowest-emitting phones, while various Motorola and BlackBerry models, made by Research In Motion, dominate the list of ten high emitters. Cellphones do emit what is known as non-ionizing radiation, a far less intense form of energy than the ionizing sort associated with radioactive materials, X-ray tubes and the like. But researchers, consumer advocates and the wireless industry remain divided over the safety of cellphones, and the new site represents the latest volley in a lengthy debate over the impacts of prolonged exposure.

Friday, September 11, 2009

Cavendish Update 9/11/09 News/Grant/Events

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. Correction Date of Harvest Potluck
2. Cavendish Related News
3. Upcoming Events
4. Cavendish Community Fund Accepting Grants for Fall 2009
5. Quilt Raffle to Benefit Black River Good Neighbor
6. Weekly Green from Sustainable Cavendish
7. Career Blast-Free training program from River Valley Technical
8. Stepping Stones PreSchool Flower Power Fundraiser
9. Re-Fashion Fest Limited number of Cavendish Scholarships available by lottery

1. Correction: Date of Harvest Potluck
The Harvest Pot Luck is Sunday, September 13 and not August 13 as reported in the September 4 Cavendish Update

2. Cavendish Related News
Potato Blight Poses Risk

Police warn of telephone scam

• Ludlow Police Posts Score for Point Checks during recent holiday weekend

Workshop on Starting Your Own Business in Springfield

News from Proctorsville’s Six Loose Ladies

SEVCA Has Vermont Farm To Family Coupons Available For Area Seniors

SEVCA Hosts Weatherization Employment Trainings

The Messenger now has a website at

3. Upcoming Events
September 13 (Sunday): Harvest Pot Luck at 1 pm behind the Gethsemane Church on Depot Street in Proctorsville. FMI: 226-7398

September 14 (Monday): Select Board Meeting, 6:30 pm at the Cavendish Town Office

September 17 (Thursday): The monthly community luncheon will be at 11:30 at St. James Methodist Church in Proctorsville. This month’s menu includes chicken and biscuits with mixed vegetables, tossed salad and bread pudding. A suggested donation of $3 for seniors or $4.50 for those under 60 years of age.

September 19 (Saturday): The Myrtle Rebekah Lodge # 6 of Proctorsville will be holding a Fall Harvest Dinner to benefit the Proctorsville Fire Company. Dinner will be served from 5 to 7 pm and tickets will be available at the door. The meal will include pot roast with mashed potatoes, gravy, carrots and onions, coleslaw and brownies. The cost is $8 for adults, $4 for kids under 12 and free for those under 3.

September 21 (Monday): Weight Loss Challenge begins at the Castle Hill Resort and Spa. A 10-week competitive program designed to help you meet your weight loss goals. Win $100 cash and a free gym membership. Registration deadline September 13. FMI: 226-2826 ask for Lori.

September 26 (Saturday): Reiki Yoga at The Castle Hill Resort and Spa from 9-10:45 am. A high energetic yoga class designed to open the charkas, increase strength and flexibility, followed by meditation and Reiki. Class fee. Mats provided. FMI: 226-7419
• Re-Fashion Fest at Six Loose Ladies. Limited scholarships for Cavendish residents. For more information, see item 9 below.

September 28 (Monday): Water Board Meeting, 5 pm at the Cavendish Town Office.

For area events calendars, go to:
The Vermont Journal
The Messenger
The Okemo Valley Chamber of Commerce

4. Cavendish Community Fund Accepting Grants for Fall 2009
The Cavendish Community Fund has announced that it is now accepting applications for fall 2009 Grants. The application period will remain open until October 31, 2009.

The Fund will make grants for educational or cultural purposes. Recipients must use the money for programs, projects or events that will primarily benefit Cavendish residents. The application process consists of a one-page form, available as described below, and an attached statement. The statement must describe the applicant’s background, list the project’s goals, and specify who will benefit and when the project will occur or be completed. Also required are a project budget and a list of staff.

CCF began in 2007 and previous grants have been made to benefit community events run by the Cavendish Elementary School, the Historical Society, and the Library; and to sponsor programs run by a variety of individuals, churches and schools.

Interested persons should pick up instructions and the form at Crow’s Bakery and Opera House Café on Depot Street in Proctorsville, or at the Cavendish Town Offices on High Street in Cavendish. Applicants may call Peter LaBelle at (802) 226-7250 or Barbara Dickey at (802) 226-7187 for instructions on how to apply, for help in assembling the information required in the application, or for details on who is eligible to receive a grant. Information is also available by writing to the Fund at P.O. Box 605, Cavendish, VT 05142, or on the website

5. Quilt Raffle to Benefit Black River Good Neighbor
Black River Good Neighbor Services has announced that Ludlow’s Susan Damone-Balch has donated a beautiful 63 x 63 abstract art quilt titled "Royal Sampler" for a raffle. “All of the money raised will be used to assist our neighbors in need” said Jim Fuller, President of BRGNS. The quilt can be used as a wall hanging or a bed covering, it has a $1400.00 value. Raffles tickets are $2.00 each or 3 for $5.00. Images from Susan's life-long passion for fly-fishing are reflected in many of her art quilts. The scope of her work includes representational, geometric, and abstract designs. Some are meticulously planned and constructed, while others are quite spontaneous and inspired simply by color and fabric. Susan has produced hundreds of quilts, many of which have been exhibited and won awards at shows throughout the country. Machine techniques are her specialty. She works from an extensive collection of primarily 100% cotton fabrics including batiks and hand painted and dyed fabrics. To add details, she uses ink, paint, appliqué and embroidery sparingly. Raffle tickets are available at the Black River Good Neighbors Thrift Shop at 105 Main Street and the Chittenden Bank in Shaw's Plaza, both are located in Ludlow. Tickets can also be purchased from any board member (see board of directors on the web site ). The quilt is being displayed at Chittenden Bank in the Shaw's Plaza in Ludlow. Tickets may also be purchased a the BRGNS Fall Rummage Sale which is being held at Fletcher Farm, 611 Route 103 S, October 2 – 4. The drawing will be just before closing at 2pm on Sunday October 4th. You do not have to be present to win.

Black River Good Neighbors Services has been helping those in need from Ludlow, Cavendish, Mt. Holly, Proctorsville, and Plymouth for over 21 years.

6. Weekly Green from Sustainable Cavendish
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) estimates that indoor air can be two- to five-times more polluted than the air outdoors. On average, Americans spend 90% of their time in-doors. The American Lung Association has identified 25 ways to clean up your indoor environment. These include eliminating known air pollutants such as cigarettes, chemicals and excess moisture. Opening windows, including 10 minutes a day in the winter, is a good source of ventilation along with proper ventilation in the kitchen and bathrooms. Household cleaning agents, personal care products, pesticides, paints, hobby products, and solvents may be sources of hundreds of potentially harmful chemicals. Such components in many household and personal care products can cause dizziness, nausea, allergic reactions, eye/skin/respiratory tract irritation, and cancer. For the ALA handout go to

Looking for “green employment” training? Go to the Vermont Technical College’s Center Sustainable Practices training schedule There are programs close to Cavendish and, if you are unemployed or under employed, programs might be free.

7. Career Blast-Free training program from River Valley Technical
Monday - Friday, Sept. 14 – Oct 2, 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM FREE! : Are you unemployed? Do you need help finding that ‘perfect’ job? Maybe CareerBlast can help. This free course will show you some of the hidden tricks to finding the job you’ve been looking for. Then you learn to develop that powerful resume that will catch potential employers’ attention. The course will take you all the way through the hiring process including interviewing skills. Finally, it will develop in you the sophisticated employability skills today’s modern employers require. The goal of this course is not only how to get a job, but how to keep the job once you get it, and who knows, maybe even how to get a promotion! For more information and to learn about other adult education courses at River Valley Technical, call 802/885-8315

8. Stepping Stones PreSchool Flower Power Fundraiser
Fundraising with flower bulbs began as a joint initiative between Gardener’s Supply and Dutch Gardens, two mail order gardening companies located in Burlington, Vermont. The goal was to expand an existing school gardening awards program by adding a fundraising component that would get people, and especially children, more directly involved in gardening.
The program was an immediate success. Kids, parents, friends and neighbors found flowers were easy to sell – and fun to buy. Everyone felt good about increasing the beauty of home and community, while also supporting good causes. It wasn’t long before church groups, booster clubs, sororities and other local organizations wanted to take part in fundraising with flower bulbs.In 2007, the program was given a new name: Flower Power Fundraising. Each year, over 1,000,000 people are invited to participate in our fundraising program. It has proven to be a powerful way to spread the pleasures and rewards of gardening to people of all ages.

You can support Stepping Stones Preschool by going to and then selecting Stepping Stones as your organization. Fifty percent of all orders goes directly to Stepping Stones Preschool in Proctorsville. FMI: 226-7760

9. Re-Fashion Fest Limited number of Cavendish Scholarships available by lottery
Transform, reconstruct, and re-fashion your unwanted old clothes right on the spot! No sewing ability required. Alice Fogel will lead this class in the craft of re-fashioning your old wardrobe into something inspired and creative on September 26. Six Loose Ladies on the Green in Proctorsville, VT is your host for this fun-filled class. We provide instruction, inspiration, samples, machines & materials to alter, repair, and embellish your old duds and even those forgotten new ones hiding in the back of your closet. Class begins at 10:00 am and culminates in a fashion show beginning at 3:30 pm. You must call quickly to reserve your space as class size is limited: 802-226-7373. Cost for the day of fun is $25 for non-Fiber Arts in Vermont members, and $20 for Fiber Arts in Vermont members. In addition, we ask that you bring one or two large bags of unwanted clothing items to add to the pot. From this pot of old clothes new garments will emerge! Six Loose Ladies wishes to thank the Cavendish Community Fund for its grant support of this fiber event. Call now and be part of the fun! 802-226-7373.

Friday, September 4, 2009

Cavendish Update 9/4/09 News/Events/Flu/Classified

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 9/4/09 Cavendish Update Contains
1. DSL in Cavendish/Proctorsville
2. Pot Luck Harvest Picnic
3. Fall Rummage Sale to Benefit Black River Good Neighbor
4. Cavendish Related News
5. Classifieds: Free Printer Ink
6. Swine Flu: What you Need to Know

1. DSL in Cavendish/Proctorsville
Bill Hallowell sent the following message regarding internet/DSL service, “I got a message from the [TDS] Area Manager today that said equipment has been ordered for the service and they are awaiting its arrival. They expect to have service available in the Ludlow/Cavendish area by mid-October.

2. Pot Luck Harvest Picnic
The Cavendish Community and Conservation Association (CCCA) is sponsoring a Pot Luck Picnic on Sunday, August 13th at 1:00PM behind the Gethsemane Church on Depot Street in Proctorsville. It would be nice to have the Pot Luck where at least one of the ingredients is a local product. Make something from your garden, or someone else's garden, buy an ingredient from one of the many farmer's markets or local stores that either make their own product or sell Vermont made. This is a way of sharing the produce from your garden and supporting our Vermont products and stores. If we have inclement weather we will have the picnic in the church hall. The CCCA will provide non-alcoholic drinks. If you would like something stronger BYOB. Any questions call Sandra Russo 226-7398.

3. Fall Rummage Sale to Benefit Black River Good Neighbor
The Black River Good Neighbor Services Fall Rummage Sale will be held Friday thru Sunday, October 2-4 at Fletcher Farm Barn at 611 Route 103 S in Ludlow. The sale will from 10-4 Friday and Saturday and from 10-2 on Sunday. All proceeds from this event go to help cover utilities/fuel cost, food and rent assistance for those in need who qualify and live in Ludlow, Mr. Holly, Proctorsville, Cavendish and Plymouth. FMI: Audrey Bridge at 802-228-3663

4. Cavendish Related News
West Nile Virus found in Southeastern Vermont

• Court tentatively OKs Eagle Times Restart Bib

5. Classifieds
Free: Brand new ink for many Canon inkjet printers. Ink # BCI-6BK, BCI-6Y,and BCI-6C. Colors are black, yellow, and cyan. We bought a new printer and this size ink no longer fits. Contact Martha via email

6. Swine flu: What you Need to Know:
The following information is provided by Chronic Conditions Information Network (CCIN), , based in Cavendish, and home to Healing Whole

Don’t panic: So far, swine flu (H1N1) isn't much more threatening than regular seasonal flu.

The basics:
• Whose most at risk: Children under 2, teens and young adults, people with health problems, such as asthma, diabetes and heart disease, pregnant women. Older adults are less likely to get swine flu because they have built up immunity from exposure years earlier.

• Wash your hands and Cover Your Cough: Like seasonal flu, swine flu spreads through the coughs and sneezes of people who are sick. Wash your hands long enough to sing two rounds of "Now I know my ABC's..." or “Happy Birthday.” When soap and water are not available use alcohol-based hand sanitizers. Cover your cough with your arm not your hand and do not touch your nose, eyes, or mouth.

• Vaccinate and get shots early: Priority will be given to high risk groups: those 6 months to 24 years old, pregnant women, health care workers, parents and caregivers of infants, people with high-risk medical conditions. Vaccine should be available in Oct. If you are in one of the priority groups, try to get your shot as early as possible. It will take a while for the vaccine to kick in, early shots wont be effective until Thanksgiving, so it’s important to follow flu prevention measures.

• If you feel sick and suspect the flu: Call your doctor. There are medications that can help reduce symptoms and reduce the length of time you feel sick. If you or your child develops breathing problems, go to an emergency room. Do not go out in public until at least 24 hours after your fever breaks.

• You can't catch swine flu from pork

For more Information
Centers for Disease Control’s website Novel H1N1 (Swine Flu)

Swine Flu Primer by Betsy McKay of the Wall Street Journal:

Centers for Disease Control’s H1N1 Flu (Swine Flu): Resources for Child Care Centers, Schools, Colleges and Universities

Cover and Wash Swine Flu Posters from Chronic Conditions Information Center of VT/NH

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Cavendish Update 9/1/09 Calendar/News/Websites/Firewood

This issue of the Cavendish Update is made possible by the Cavendish Historical Society

The Cavendish 9/1/09 Update Contains
1. September Cavendish Calendar
2. Cavendish Organization Web Directory
3. Cavendish Related News
4. Firewood available for low income Vermonters

1. September Cavendish Calendar
September 1 (Tuesday): First day of school for 7th grade at Green Mountain Union High School. Bus routes appear in the Vermont Journal and
The Messenger h and The Messenger
• Cavendish Library Board Meeting, 5 pm at the Library. FMI: 226-7503

September 2 (Wednesday): School opens. Bus routes appear in the Vermont Journal and The Messenger. GMUHS Schedule CTES Schedule
• Planning Commission Meeting, 6:30 pm at the Cavendish Town Office

September 3 (Thursday): Sit & Knit" at the Six Loose Ladies yarn shop, Pollard Building, Proctorsville Green, 2:00 -9:00 PM. Open to knitters, spinners, crocheters, hookers. Free. FMI: 226-7373
• Feldenkrais workshop, 6:00 pm in Ludlow. Discounts for Cavendish/Proctorsville residents. FMI: 226-7783

September 7 (Monday): Labor Day, Town Office and schools closed.

September 8 (Tuesday): CTES School Board Meeting FMI: 226-7758

September 9 (Wednesday): The Cavendish William French Chapter DAR will meet at the Eureka School House, Rt 11 E from Springfield at 11 am. The program will be History of the School House.
• After school program for grades K-1 at the Cavendish Library “Put me in the zoo” circle art 2:40-4:00. FMI: 226-7503

September 10 (Thursday): After School Program at the Cavendish Library, grades 4-6, Itchy Fingers “Collage Notebooks” 2:40-4:00 FMI: 226-7503
• Mitten Class at Six Loose Ladies 6:30-8 pm. This workshop will continue on Sept. 17 and 24. FMI: 226-7373
• Sit & Knit" at the Six Loose Ladies yarn shop, Pollard Building, Proctorsville Green, 2:00 -9:00 PM. Open to knitters, spinners, crocheters, hookers. Free. FMI: 226-7373
• Feldenkrais workshop, 6:00 pm in Ludlow. Discounts for Cavendish/Proctorsville residents. FMI: 226-7783

September 12 (Saturday): Household Hazardous Waste Day, sponsored by Southern Windsor/Windham Counties Solid Waste Management District Springfield Transfer Station and the Weathersfield Transfer Station from 9-noon. FMI: 802-674-9235 or

September 13 (Sunday): Introduction to Rug Hooking workshop at Six Loose Ladies, 11-1 pm. FMI

September 14 (Monday): Cavendish Historical Society Board Meeting, 3 pm Cavendish Library. FMI: 226-7807 or
• Select Board Meeting, 6:30 pm at the Cavendish Town Office

September 16 (Wednesday): After School program at the Cavendish Library, grades K-1 Booksploration-”If You Decide to Go to The Moon” moon salt paintings 2:40-4:00. FMI: 226-7503

September 17 (Thursday): After School Program at the Cavendish Library, Grades 2-3, Club 23- “Rebus Strips” 2:40-4:00 FMI: 226-7503
• GMUHS Parent’s Night 6-7:30 pm. FMI: 875-2146
• Sit & Knit" at the Six Loose Ladies yarn shop, Pollard Building, Proctorsville Green, 2:00 -9:00 PM. Open to knitters, spinners, crocheters, hookers. Free. FMI: 226-7373
• Feldenkrais workshop, 6:00 pm in Ludlow. Discounts for Cavendish/Proctorsville residents. FMI: 226-7783

September 23 (Wednesday): After School Program at the Cavendish Library, grades K-1, Booksploration-”Elmer” giant elephant collages 2:40-4:00. FMI: 226-7503

September 24 (Thursday): After School Program at the Cavendish Library, grades 4-6, Itchy Fingers, “Fancy Candles” 2:40-4:00 FMI: 226-7503
• Sit & Knit" at the Six Loose Ladies yarn shop, Pollard Building, Proctorsville Green, 2:00 -9:00 PM. Open to knitters, spinners, crocheters, hookers. Free. FMI: 226-7373
• Feldenkrais workshop, 6:00 pm in Ludlow. Discounts for Cavendish/Proctorsville residents. FMI: 226-7783

September 26 (Saturday): Alice Fogel’s Recycled Clothing Class at Six Loose Ladies from 10-5 . This event is sponsored by the Cavendish Community Fund. FMI

September 27 (Sunday): Seamless Wet Felting workshop at Six Loose Ladies 1-5 pm. FMI: 226-7373

September 30 (Wednesday): No school due to district in-service

2. Cavendish Organizations Web Directory
If you would like your community organization included on this list, please e-mail the URL to

Many of our area businesses have websites. For an updated list, download it from the Cavendish Historical Society website

Cavendish Baptist Church
Cavendish Community and Conservation Association
Cavendish Historical Society
Cavendish Historical Society Blog
Cavendish Library
Cavendish Transfer Station
Cavendish Update:
Cavendish Town Elementary School
Fiber Arts in Vermont
Green Mountain Union High School
Okemo Valley Chamber of Commerce
Proctorsville Fire Dept

3. Cavendish Related News
Forum focuses on the Back River

Group debates Route 103 Problems

Schools prepare for different kinds of flu

Activists pressure lawmakers to close Vermont Yankee Nuclear Reactor

Welcome Back to CTES by George Thomson, Principal

Green Mountain Food Services

4. Firewood Available for Low Income Vermonters
Through Wood Warms program, Vermont residents with net incomes between 125 to 200 percent of federal poverty levels are eligible for up to two cords of wood per heating season depending on the amounts available through the state. About 400 cords of seasoned wood will be available for pickup or delivery at six locations starting Sept. 15. Wood is available on first-come, first served basis. People interested in the program should contact SEVCA in Springfield, 107 Park St, Suite 2 802-885-6153.