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.

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