Friday, August 27, 2010

Programming Highlights on LPCTV

Below are programming notes from LPCTV, community TV for the Black River Valley, for the upcoming week. LPCTV is on local cable TV channels 8 and 10 in the Towns of Ludlow, Plymouth, Cavendish, and Mount Holly. Local video programming can also be viewed online at www.lpctv.org.

Complete program schedule listings are also found on LPCTV's website and can be seen on the TV Bulletin Board.

CHANNEL 8
Secrets of the Mud- The Hemlock Mystery Emerson College film student and Black River HS alumnus Allison Gillette
produced this documentary as part of her summer internship with Harvard Forest.

BRACC- Crime Scene Investigations: A 3-minute video featuring a CSI-themed summer camp program for local kids sponsored by the Black River Area Community Coalition.

Kids Play: Okemo Valley Hot Spots

LPCTV's summer video camp shows off what area kids like to do best in their own backyards during summertime.

CHANNEL 10
Local Government Meetings Gavel-to-gavel coverage of the following local meetings & hearings will be
broadcast this week: Ludlow Planning Commission and Rutland-Windsor Supervisory Union

UVM Community Medical School: Join in on the University of Vermont's continuing medical educational
lecture series. This week's featured topics on Channel 10: Rheumatoid Arthritis and "Attack of the Biofilms".

Cavendish Update 8/27/10 News/Proctorsville/YH/Classifieds

The 8/27/10 Cavendish Update Contains
1. Cavendish Related News
2. News Reporting-Black River Today
3. Celebrating Proctorsville
4. Young Historians Program
5. Classifieds
6. DIY Home Energy Efficiency Pilot Program
7. Cavendish Events 8/27/-8/31

1. Cavendish Related News
Blood Donations Needed in Northeast

Apple Season Starting Early in Vermont

With all Precincts reporting, primary result still up in the air

State to Close Section 8 Waiting List

2. News Reporting-Black River Today
The Black River Valley community, which includes Cavendish, does not have a daily paper, radio station or TV channel providing news coverage. There are a variety of weekly papers, which very in distribution and content, and the Rutland Herald and Eagle Times, while daily papers, don’t have this region as a primary focus.

One of the most consistent sources of daily information is the Black River Today, a Rutland Herald blog run by Ralph Pace. You can now link to this blog from the Cavendish Update site www.cavendishvt.blogspot.com Pace also co-hosts a weekly news TV program on LPC-TV, Channel 8, called "That Was The Week That Was" (TW3). Taped segments of TW3 may be viewed at www.lpctv.org. News, stories, comments, opinion columns and any suggestions dealing with the Black River area can be sent to ralphpace@tds.net

3. Celebrating Proctorsville
The Cavendish Historical Society is pleased to announce that this fall, we will be focusing on Proctorsville. On September 12, there will be a walking tour of Proctorsville, starting at 1 pm in front of the Proctorsville War Memorial. Learn about an Inn with a ghost, the hotels that once graced Depot Street, see the homes that were built by the founder of Proctorsville, Capt. Leon Proctor, and much more. There are 16 stops on the tour. Copies of the tour, available on the 12th, will also be at the Cavendish Library, starting September 14. Be advised that there are some hills, so be sure to wear comfortable walking shoes.

For the month of October, there will be a pictorial display of Proctorsville in the Cavendish Library.

On October 10, the annual cemetery tour will take place at the Hillcrest Cemetery in Proctorsville at 2 pm. There will be a second guided Proctorsville Walking Tour that day starting at 1 pm at the War Memorial, which will include the Cemetery tour. Carmine Guica, one of CHS’s genealogists, will have information about who is buried in this Cemetery. If you don’t know the story of “Fire Bug Fitton,” Carmine will tell you about it when you visit the family grave plot. FMI: margoc@tds.net or 226-7807

4. Young Historians Program
The Cavendish Historical Society (CHS) in conjunction with the Cavendish Town Elementary School, will be offering a Young Historians program for students in grades 3-6 on Wednesday mornings from 11:30 to noon. Our focus this year is the 1940s. For the first half of the school year, we will be doing activities relating to Cavendish’s response to WWII. The second semester will focus on the changes that took place when the veterans came home. Funding in part for this program has come from the Cavendish Community Fund. If you are interested in helping with the program, or have stories or memorabilia from this era, please contact Margo at margoc@tds.net or 226-7807

5. Classifieds
For Sale. White GE microwave, hardly used. $40.00. Contact: Mary 226-7497.

6. DIY Home Energy Efficiency Pilot Program
One of the challenges for folks who want to make their own energy efficiency improvements on their homes is getting the proper guidance and training on how to achieve meaningful energy savings. Central Vermont Community Action Council (CVCAC) is implementing a statewide program to support and train do-it-yourself (DIY) homeowners to undertake comprehensive efficiency improvements in their own homes under the supervision of a certified energy auditor. Financial incentives are available to cover your costs.

Here's how it works:
• Participating homeowners attend a day-long Weatherization Skillshop, receive a professional energy audit, and work under the direction of a certified energy auditor to perform the work. The auditor provides consultation and support, and helps you make effective energy-saving improvements in your home.

• The auditor will conduct an in-depth audit of your home and provide a detailed report and list of action items. The auditor will also help provide details on how the potential improvements may qualify for incentives. Then, you'll begin work on the improvements recommended by the auditor, and the auditor will conduct a mid-project inspection to check on the work-in-progress. When the improvements are completed, the auditor will run a test to verify efficiency improvements. The auditor also handles all necessary reporting to Efficiency Vermont.

• Efficiency Vermont will reimburse DIY participants $1,000 for the auditor's services under its Home Performance with Energy Star (HPwES) program (contingent upon achieving minimal efficiency improvements). Participants who install additional qualifying measures will be eligible for additional financial incentives from Efficiency Vermont, up to $1,500. In addition to these incentives, homeowners who complete renovations on their own homes are also eligible to receive up to $1,500 in federal tax credits for weatherization-related materials (30% of $4,500 maximum).

Each Skillshop is designed to accommodate 15-20 participants for hands-on training and skills development. Registration is on a first-come, first-served basis; new workshops will be opened as spaces fill up. Each workshop will be offered on multiple dates around the state.

To learn more about this program and to register for the Skillshop, call 888-514-2151, e-mail info@weatherizationskillshop.com or go to http://weatherizationskillshop.com/

7. Cavendish Events 8/27/-8/31
August 27 (Friday): Farmer’s Market, Okemo Mountain School Campus on Main Street Ludlow 4-7 pm.

August 28 (Saturday): 11th Annual RiverSweep takes place at various points on the Black River. There are to headquarters-Springfield Shopping Plaza and at the gazebo in Ludlow. Stop by anytime between 8 and noon to sign in, pick up a free T-shirt and refreshments, grab a pair of work gloves and a trash bag and start work. Free lunch is being donated by local businesses. FMI: http://blackriveractionteam.org/

August 28 (Sunday): The Cavendish Historical Society Museum is open from 2-4 pm. Stop by and see the newly restored Grange Hall Curtain and explore the 1940’s candy store. FMI: 226-7807

August 31 (Tuesday): First day of school for Cavendish Elementary.
• Seventh grade orientation at Green Mountain Union High School-half day

Sunday, August 22, 2010

Beagle (Stoli) Missing From Brook Area of Cavendish

Joyce and Roger Fuller's four year old beagle "Stoli" has been missing since Saturday Aug. 21. The Fullers live in Cavendish in the Brook Road area. If you have seen the dog, or have any information, please call 226-7854 ASAP.

Cavendish Water Board Meeting Agenda

The Cavendish Water Board meets on Monday, Aug. 23 at 5 pm at the Town Office. The agenda will include

• Consider FY10-11 water system budget

• Report of the Manager on Water System Operations

Friday, August 20, 2010

Cavendish Update 8/20/10 News/Events/CHS News

The 8/20/10 Cavendish Update Contains
1. Cavendish Related News
2. News from the Cavendish Historical Society
3. Statewide Primary Election Aug. 24
4. Eat Dessert! Support the Cavendish Community Fund
5. September Okemo Valley Chamber Corner
6. Cavendish Events 8/20-8/31
7. Furniture Needed for BRGNS Fall Rummage Sale

1. Cavendish Related News
Reward Offered for Information In Black River Diesel Spill

2. News from the Cavendish Historical Society
• The summer edition of the Cavendish Historical Society (CHS) Newsletter is now on-line.

• CHS is currently restoring a loom for use in 2011. The loom was owned, and most likely built, by Joshua Parker Green, around the Civil War era. Known as “Parker,” he was born in Plymouth, VT Aug. 30, 1822. He moved to a large farm on Twenty Mile Stream in Proctorsville with his first wife Nancy in 1856, and raised Marino sheep.

Built for his first wife, the loom was to be used by two additional wives. Parker outlived all three of his wives and three of his five children. He died in 1911 at the age of 88. Many of his descendants continue to live in Cavendish, including some on the original farm. He is buried in the Twenty Mile Stream Cemetery.

Parker was a gifted wood worker "J. P. Green, who is in his 86th year, who has not for the past years done any active work on his farm, has busied himself making many useful and ornamental articles of wooden ware, such as spoons of various sizes, several sizes of stands, clothes sticks, paper knives, knives and forks, wooden knitting needles, canes with the handles made from the root, showing many odd designs. His latest is cutting out little mustard spoons which are neat and pretty in shape."

For more information about Joshua Parker Green, please go to the CHS Blog.

• Cavendish Genealogy Information On-line: To meet the interest in Cavendish genealogy, the CHS blog now contains a genealogy section, where the Society’s genealogist continues to post new information.

3. Statewide Primary Election Aug. 24
A statewide primary election will be held on Aug. 24. Voting will take place at the Cavendish Elementary School from 10 am-7pm. Sample ballots are available on-line as follows:

2010 Sample Democratic Primary Election Ballot

2010 Sample Progressive Primary Election Ballot

2010 Sample Republican Primary Election Ballot

4. Eat Dessert! Support the Cavendish Community Fund
The annual fundraiser for the Cavendish Community Fund (CCF) is a Dessert Extravaganza at the home of Lucien (Lou) and Connie Choiniere, corner of Depot St. and Pratt Hill in Proctorsville on August 21 from 6-8:30 pm. For a donation of $20, sample a wide array of fabulous desserts. A Silent Auction will also be part of the evening’s events.

The CCF distributes to a wide array of Cavendish organizations. The most recent recipients are the Cavendish Library and Historical Society. Past funding has made it possible to conduct archeological digs, offer plays, purchase items for the library, and even sponsor some wonderful “dinner and a movie” opportunities.

We are a richer community for the CCF, so show your support and eat dessert! FMI:802-226-7250.

5. September Okemo Valley Chamber Corner
More INFO signs are appearing throughout the Okemo Valley. The latest are in front of Hunter Lea Gallery and Andrie Rose Inn in Ludlow, Vermont Country Store and the Village Green Gallery in Weston.

On August 10 the e-Vermont steering committee along with the State partners held an open forum at the Town Hall to discuss the e-Vermont Community Broadband Project and what it would mean for the Ludlow community. Don’t forget to sign up for Ludlow’s front porch forum.

We learned the results of the State’s Branding Study at our Chamber mixer on August 11 at the President Calvin Coolidge State Historic Site’s new museum and education center with over 70 attendees. If you would like a copy of the study, please email the Chamber.

Thank you goes out to the Ludlow Merchants Association for organizing a successful 13th Annual State Zucchini Festival on August 14th.

Our guests this month on LPCTV are new Chamber members Robert Sarly, President and Abby Raeder Rosenthal, Managing Director, of the Vermont Institute of Contemporary Arts in Chester. Wait until you hear about this project!!!

Our Route 100 Byway project is still moving forward. Our next meeting is scheduled on August 27 and all are welcome. We would like any businesses on or near Route 100 to please send us a letter of support. Call the Chamber if you need additional information.

Please check out our calendar of events on our website.

6. Cavendish Events 8/20-8/31
August 20 (Friday): Farmer’s Market, Okemo Mountain School Campus on Main Street Ludlow 4-7 pm.

August 21 (Saturday): Just Dessert Fundraiser for Cavendish Community Fund, 6-8:30 pm. See article 4 above.

August 22 (Sunday): The Cavendish Historical Society Museum is open from 2-4 pm. Stop by and see the newly restored Grange Hall Curtain and explore the 1940’s candy store. FMI: 226-7807

August 24 (Tuesday): Primary Election Day, Cavendish polls open 10 am-7pm at the Cavendish School in Proctorsville. See article3 above for ballot information.

August 26 (Thursday): Fletcher Library Book Discussion “People of the Book” by Geraldine Brooks, meets at 7 pm in the Community Room of Fletcher Memorial Library in Ludlow. All are welcome.
• 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

August 27 (Friday): Farmer’s Market, Okemo Mountain School Campus on Main Street Ludlow 4-7 pm.

August 28 (Sunday): The Cavendish Historical Society Museum is open from 2-4 pm. Stop by and see the newly restored Grange Hall Curtain and explore the 1940’s candy store. FMI: 226-7807

August 31 (Tuesday): First day of school for Cavendish Elementary.
• Seventh grade orientation at Green Mountain Union High School-half day

7. Furniture Needed for BRGNS Fall Rummage Sale
Black River Good Neighbor Services will be holding a huge Rummage Sale at Fletcher Farm this October 1 - 3 and is looking for donations of furniture.

Jim Fuller, President of BRGNS’s Board of Directors said that “thanks to the generosity of Ludlow home owner Frank Dwyer’s donation of warehouse space BRGNS has the ability to store furniture in advance of its rummage sale. All furniture in good condition will be accepted.”

To make arrangements for dropping off, or having donated furniture picked up, please call Audrey Bridge at the BRGNS Thrift Shop at 802-228-3663 between the hours of 10am and 4pm, Monday through Saturday. Furniture will be picked up by volunteers at an arranged mutually convenient time.

All proceeds from this sale will go to benefit the needy in the area. “The current economic crisis has created a greater demand then ever. A lot of our neighbors are going to need help this winter, so we are asking for everyone in the area who can help to please do so” said Jim Fuller.

Black River Good Neighbor Services is a 501(c) (3) organization that serves the areas of Ludlow, Mt. Holly, Proctorsville, Cavendish and Plymouth. Donations are tax deductible.

More information regarding the Rummage Sale and requests for other types of donations will be forthcoming, so please be sure to look for future details in this paper.

The Thrift Shop and Food Shelf are located at 105 Main Street Ludlow. For more information you can call the number given above or go to their web site at www.BRGN.org.

Friday, August 13, 2010

Cavendish Update 8/13/10 SB Mtg/News/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 8/13/10 Cavendish Update Contains
1. Cavendish Related News
2. Select Board Meeting 8/9/10
3. Rotary Duck Race-Benefits LPCTV
4. Black River Good Neighbor Services Says Thanks to Carmine Guica
5. 11th Annual RiverSweep of the Black River
6. Cavendish Activities 8/13-8/20

1. Cavendish Related News
Green Grant to Train Workers

Federal Ruling Raises Questions on Vermont’s Renewable Energy Program

New Technology Key to Vermont Broadband Grant

First “Interstate” Highway (Crown Point Road) Passed Through Here

Chester Residents Discuss Route 103 Closing in 2011

2. Select Board Meeting 8/9/10
At Monday night’s Select Board Meeting, the following items were discussed:

• 2010 Cavendish Resurfacing Program: Bids from six vendors were opened and considered for the milling, reclamation and bituminous cement paving elements of the 2010 Cavendish Resurfacing Program. The Select Board met again on Wednesday Aug. 11 and selected Wilk Paving of Rutland, VT. This was the lowest bid, coming in at less then $160,000.

• Sept. 13 Meeting to Discuss a Reappraisal: The Board agreed to a warning for the September 13 Town Meeting to discuss a town wide appraisal update. The meeting will place at 6:30 in the Cavendish Town Elementary School multi purpose room. The Select Board will hold their monthly meeting, starting at 5 pm, in the Arts room at the school.

• Energy Grant: The state energy grant awarded to Cavendish still does not have a signed agreement. The Town was instructed not to incur any project expenses until the grant agreement was signed by the Town and the State Commissioner. Recently the town manager, Rich Svec, was told by the state that he could go ahead with the project, even though the contract has yet to be signed. The Board felt that no expenses should be incurred until the agreement has been signed. The energy saving measures planned for the fall will be delayed.

• Tax Bill Distribution: Owners of the seven properties slated for tax sale have resolved their tax issues with the town manager. The Tax Rate was set at the July Select Board meeting and tax letters have been sent to property owners. Even though the unemployment rate is relatively high, the delinquent rate is lower than last year at this time.

• New Truck: The SB discussed the request for proposal (RFP) of a new tandem axle International 7500 truck and the additional RFP for truck dump body, low and patrol wing. The SB agreed to a bid opening for the truck, body and plow equipments will be on Monday Aug. 16 at 5:00 pm at the Town Office.

• Depot Street Bridge (Bridge #58): Even though the replacement of the Depot Street Bridge in Proctorsville is a priority item, for both town and state, it will take five years to do so. In the interim, Svec has been working with an engineer on a short-term solution, which should be relatively easy to do. Replacement versus rehabbing the existing bridge is thought to be the prudent way for the following reasons: easier maintenance; cost; longer life expectancy; and it will eliminate the center span support, which will reduce problems in the event of flooding. Since it will be quite a while before the bridge can be replaced, the limitations on the bridge’s use should be strictly enforced. The sheriff will now be asked to patrol the area and to ticket overweight trucks and “no truck” violators. Various SB members voiced their concern over the flagrant violations and the need to do everything possible to preserve the bridge until

• Sewer Budget and Rate Schedule: The Municipal Sewer budget for FY2010-2011 was approved by the SB and the rate schedule has been set as follows:

PER QUARTER
Base rate: $76.37 (includes 10k gallons consumption
Overage consumption (over 10k/quarter): $1.75 per thousand gallons
Flat rate (Non-metered): $78.37
Inactive Units: $27.50 flat rate

3. Rotary Duck Race: Your Chance to Win, Help LPC-TV
The Ludlow Rotary Club Duck Race, an annual event held on the Black River, will be held on Sunday, August 15. Tickets are now on sale for those wishing to "compete". Cash prizes of $200, $100, $75, and $25 will be awarded to the 1st place, 2nd place, third place, and last place finishes, respectively. Each year, the Rotary Club selects a non-profit to receive the proceeds from ticket sales, and this year's beneficiary is LPCTV. LPCTV Executive Director Patrick Cody said this fundraising opportunity is coming "at a great time". "This coming year is a big one for us. We're taking the much-needed step
from a small one-room operation to a state-of-the-art media facility", he explained.

LPCTV will be renovating a portion of the former Ludlow Armory "tank barn" into its new home. Making this happen requires a significant amount of fundraising for the small non-profit TV station. "Every little bit will help towards meeting our goal and we are grateful to the Rotary Club for its support", Cody said. "It'll be great for us and it'll be great for the community because we'll be able to offer much more."

Anyone wishing to purchase Duck Race tickets can do so by calling LPCTV at 228-8808, or in person through any Ludlow Rotarian, LPCTV Board member, or staff.

4. Black River Good Neighbor Services Says Thanks to Carmine Guica
Carmine Guica, a Cavendish resident and WWII veteran has been donating food every month to the Black River Good Neighbors for the last 15 years.

According to Audrey Bridge, Managing Director of BRGNS Thrift Shop and Food Shelf, Carmine goes shopping every month and loads his car with food to donate to the store and he always remembers to include special treats for the children. Jim Fuller, President of the BRGN board, said, “Carmine’s thoughtful community spirit and the effort he expends every month is a tribute to the caring individual he is. The BRGN’S Board and staff at the Thrift Shop want Carmine to know how much he is appreciated and respected and how very grateful we are. It is because of people like Carmine that BRGN can continue to help area families in need.”

FMI: 228-3663 or www.brgn.org

5. 11th Annual RiverSweep of the Black River
Lend a hand in the 11th Annual RiverSweep. The Black River needs us now more than ever before! On Saturday, August 28 from 8 a.m. till noon, volunteers of all ages are encouraged to step in and help pick up trash from the banks and bed of the Black River. From Plymouth to Springfield and all points in-between, folks will collect any junk they can find and safely wrassle from the river and bring it to a collection point at one of our two HQ stations: the Citizens Bank drive up near the footbridge in the Springfield Shopping Plaza and the gazebo at the town green in Veterans Park on Main Street in Ludlow. Thanks to many wonderful local supporters, we’ll have lots of free refreshments, complimentary ‘thank-you’ tee shirts, and a donated lunch at each location. This year also marks the Black River Action Team’s 10th birthday, so we’ll have a special paddle time after lunch, launching your own boat from the Shopping Plaza in Springfield. Gloves and trash bags will be provided.

6. Cavendish Activities 8/13-8/20
August 13 (Friday): Farmer’s Market, Okemo Mountain School Campus on Main Street Ludlow 4-7 pm.

August 14 (Saturday): Cavendish Community Theatre Presents: “Tourists Accommodated.” Curtain 7:30 pm at the Cavendish Elementary School Enjoy Dorothy Canfield Fisher's play, "Tourists Accommodated", a comedy about a 1930's Vermont family who rents rooms to summer tourists to raise money to send their daughter to teaching school. Free admission, donation appreciated. No reserve seating, so come early!
• The 13th Annual Ludlow Vermont Zucchini Festival FMI: 228-5830
• Friends of Fletcher Memorial Library (Ludlow) Annual Book Sale 9-2 on the Library lawn.

August 15 (Sunday): The Cavendish Historical Society Museum is open from 2-4 pm. Stop by and see the newly restored Grange Hall Curtain and explore the 1940’s candy store. FMI: 226-7807
• Tourists Accommodated, 7:30 pm at the Cavendish Elementary School at 7:30. See Aug. 14 for more information.

August 17 (Tuesday): Cavendish School Board Meeting, 5:30 pm in the Arts Center.

August 19 (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

August 20 (Friday): Farmer’s Market, Okemo Mountain School Campus on Main Street Ludlow 4-7 pm.

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Select Board Meeting 8/11/10

There will be a Select Board Meeting on August 11 at 5 pm at the Town Office. The purpose of this meeting is Review and discuss bid tabulations for bids opened at August 9 Selectmen’s meeting for the milling, reclamation and bituminous cement paving elements of the 2010 Cavendish Resurfacing Program. Award bid and have Town Manager prepare and execute Notice to Proceed and sign the associated contract.

Sunday, August 8, 2010

Select Board Agenda for 8/9/10

1. Call the meeting to order at 6:00 pm

2. Act upon minutes of the meeting of July 12, 2010

3. Open and review bids for the milling, reclamation and bituminous cement paving elements of the 2010 Cavendish Resurfacing Program. [Bids must be received by 5:50 PM] The bids must conform to the specifications in the Town’s RFP. Bidding contractors are anticipated to be present to respond to questions or offer clarifications on their bid offerings.

4. Sign Orders

5. Review Correspondence

6. Adjust agenda

7. Hear Citizens

8. Town Manager to discuss the lengthy delay of the State’s grant agreement for the Energy Grant for which Cavendish had applied and had received notice of award earlier this year. The Town was instructed not to incur any project expenses until the grant agreement was signed by the Town and the State Commissioner.

9. Follow-up on tax bill distribution following the setting of the FY 2010-11 Tax Rate last meeting.

10. Further update on delinquent tax collection activities.

11. Discussion on Town-wide Appraisal Update issue which will be the subject of a special town meeting scheduled for September 13, 2010. Discussion will also include finalization of plans for the regular monthly Select Board meeting which will also take place that same evening.

12. Discuss RFP for purchase of a new tandem axle International 7500 truck and the additional RFP for truck dump body, plow and patrol wing. The anticipated bid opening for the truck , body and plow equipment bids is Monday, August 16, 2010 at 5:00 PM.

13. Town Manager to discuss recent activities regarding Town Highway Bridge #58

14. Board (as Board of Sewer Commissioners) to consider approval of FY 2010-11 Sewer Department Budget and Rate Schedule

15. Town Manager updates on various Town activities including (but not limited to): energy audit of the Cavendish Wastewater Treatment Facility; 20 Mile Stream resurfacing Project preparation and related activities; gravel and sand purchases; water and sewer

16. Other business

17. Town Manager to request the Board to go into executive session regarding a real estate matter.

18. Adjourn

Friday, August 6, 2010

Cavendish Update 8/6/10 News/Events

The 8/6/10 Cavendish Update Contains
1. Cavendish Related News
2. Cavendish Community Fund Says “Start with Dessert!”
3. Tourist Accommodated
4. Cavendish Concerts End Season with Voodoo Alien Blues Band
5. VAST Annual Meeting Tickets for Snow Flea Members
6. Programming Highlights for LPC-TV
7. Cavendish Calendar 8/6-8/13

1. Cavendish Related News
VT Receives $116 Million to Expand Broadband Statewide

2. Cavendish Community Fund says, “Start with Dessert!”
The Cavendish Community Fund is holding its annual fundraiser on August 21st from 6:00 to 8:30 p.m. in Proctorsville and everyone is invited. Several local chefs and experts in mom’s good cooking will have prepared delectable desserts and for a $20 donation attendees can eat all they want. The Dessert Extravaganza will be held at the home of Lucien and Connie Choiniere, corner of Depot St. and Pratt Hill.

The Community Fund has distributed grants to Cavendish organizations and individuals for the past several years for programs, projects and events of an educational or artistic nature. Most recently the Historical Society and the Cavendish Library received grants to continue or initiate innovative and instructive programs. The Fund holds annual events to raise the money necessary to continue its mission. This year the Dessert Extravaganza is the central fundraiser and will be accompanied by a silent auction.

There will be two components to the silent auction. Part one will consist of a variety of donated items that will be auctioned at the event on August 21st. Part two consists of two very special items including a vacation at Villa Trina, Treia, Italy, and the winner’s choice of a vacation in Wilmington, Vermont; North Conway, New Hampshire; Stowe, Vermont; or Newport, Rhode Island. The special items auction will begin on the 21st and bids will be accepted for the following two weeks at Crow’s Bakery and CafĂ©.

Please mark your calendar for the 21st at 6:00 p.m. and show your support for a local tradition and all of the Cavendish projects and programs that it provides. For further information, please call Peter LaBelle at 226-7250.

3. “Tourist Accommodated”
Please note that admission to the Cavendish Players production of “Tourist Accommodated” on August 14 and 15 is free but donations are appreciated. There will be no advanced seating, so come early for the best seats. Curtain is at 7:30 pm. The play is a “depression era” comedy about Vermont farmers that take in tourists to raise money to send their daughter to teaching school.

4. Cavendish Concerts End Season with Voodoo Alien Blues Band
The Cavendish Community and Conservation Association invites everyone to come to the Proctorsville Green for the continuing summer music series on Wednesday, August 11th at 6:00 p.m. to listen to Voodoo Alien Blues Band.
The Rutland based all star rhythm and blues band is led by local blues legend Steve Audsley and appears regularly at a variety of Vermont venues.

This concert will conclude the Wednesday night summer music series, so this is your last chance in 2010 to come and enjoy a warm summer evening with your neighbors and friends in front of the gazebo on the green. Relax in the grass on your blanket or favorite lawn chair – have a picnic or just listen to the music.

As always, the concerts are free and open to the public and will be held rain or shine. In case of inclement weather the performance will move to the Cavendish town elementary school on Main Street just up from the Green.

5. VAST Annual Meeting Tickets for Snow Flea Members
If you are a member of the Cavendish Green Mountain Snow Fleas Snowmobile Club and wish to attend the VAST Annual Meeting on Aug. 28 at Mount Snow, you must contact Gail or Woodie Woods at 802-226-7476 by Aug. 13 to obtain tickets.

6. Programming Highlights for LPC-TV
LPCTV is on local cable TV channels 8 and 10 in the Towns of Ludlow, Plymouth, Cavendish, and Mount Holly. Local video
programming can also be viewed online at www.lpctv.org. Complete program schedule listings are also found on LPCTV's website and can be seen on the TV Bulletin Board.

CHANNEL 8
Coolidge July 4th Celebration: Volunteer producer Terry Bascom provides coverage of this year's events at the Coolidge Historic Cite, commemorating Pres. Calvin Coolidge's July 4th birthday.

Okemo Valley Young Artist Concert at Coolidge Site: In addition to covering the outdoor festivities on July 4th at the Coolidge Historic Site in Plymouth Notch,Terry Bascom also recorded the intimate performance by the renowned young chamber music prodigies.

Faith Christian Church: Pastor Torin Brooks keeps delivering his weekly coverage on LPCTV. Every Monday morning, like clockwork, he comes by with his latest DVD.

CHANNEL 10
E-Vermont Public Informational Hearing in Ludlow: Representatives from the Vermont Council on Rural Development will attend this first public hearing with the local e-Vermont steering committee to discuss the new Ludlow Community Broadband Project.

Republican Candidates for US Congress: The August 9th candidate forum will be covered by LPCTV as part of its Election 2010 coverage.

Local Government Meetings: Gavel-to-gavel coverage of the following local meetings & hearings will be broadcast this week: Cavendish Selectboard, e-Vermont Public Informational Hearing, Democratic Gubernatorial Debate in Ludlow.

7. Cavendish Calendar 8/6-8/13
August 6 (Friday): Reading records are due for those involved in the Cavendish Library’s Summer Reading Program. You must turn in your records to be entered in the grand prize drawing.
• Farmer’s Market, Okemo Mountain School Campus on Main Street Ludlow 4-7 pm.

August 7 (Saturday): Free “Drive In Movie” at the Cavendish Library, 8:30 pm. The movie, “Finding Nemo,” will be screened on the back wall of the Library, or in the library in the event of rain. FMI: Kata at 226-7503.

August 8 (Sunday): The Cavendish Historical Society Museum is open from 2-4 pm. Stop by and see the newly restored Grange Hall Curtain and explore the 1940’s candy store. FMI: 226-7807

August 9 (Monday): Select Board Meeting, 6:30 pm at the Town Office. These meetings are televised on LPCTV. To check for airing times, or to watch the meetings on-line, go to www.lpctv.org.

August 10 (Tuesday): Prize day for participants in the Summer Reading Program at the Cavendish Library.

August 11 (Wednesday): Cavendish Summer Music Series, 6 pm on the Proctorsville Green. Featuring Voodoo Alien Blues Band, led by blues legend Steve Audsley. This concert concludes the series. Rain location is the Cavendish School. Sponsored by Cavendish Community and Conservation Association.
• Cavendish Library will be holding its 3rd annual free end of summer BBQ, starting at 5:30 pm at the Library. The menu will include hot dogs, soda and all the trimmings. Entertainment will be provided by "Tom Joyce, Magic Man". FMI: Kata 226-7503

August 12 (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

August 13 (Friday): Farmer’s Market, Okemo Mountain School Campus on Main Street Ludlow 4-7 pm.

Sunday, August 1, 2010

Cavendish Update 8/1/10 Calendar/News/Events/Classifieds

This issue of the Cavendish Update is made possible by the Cavendish Historical Society www.cavendishhistoricalsocietynews.blogspot.com

The Cavendish Update Contains
1. August Cavendish Calendar
2. Cavendish Related News
3. Cavendish Looks at Appraisal Update
4. Classifieds
5. Drive In and BBQ at the Cavendish Library
6. Cavendish Players Revive Depression Era Comedy
7. New Programming Highlights on LPCTV
8. Cavendish Grange Hall Curtain Restored
9. Cavendish Concert on the Green with Rick Redington

1. August Cavendish Calendar
August 1 (Sunday): Officers meeting at Proctorsville Volunteer Fire Dept, 5:30 pm. Monthly business meeting follows at 6 pm.
• The Cavendish Historical Society Museum is open from 2-4 pm. Stop by and see the newly restored Grange Hall Curtain and explore the 1940’s candy store. FMI: 226-7807

August 3 (Tuesday): Kripalu Yoga Class 5:15-6:30 at the Cavendish Fire Hall. Danielle Dulaney certified Kripalu Yoga teacher. FMI: danielledul@earthlink.net

August 4 (Wednesday): Cavendish Summer Music Series, 6 pm on the Proctorsville Green. Featuring Rick Redington. Rain location is the Cavendish School. Sponsored by Cavendish Community and Conservation Association.
• Planning Commission Meeting, 6:30 pm at the Cavendish Town Office.

August 5 (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

August 6 (Friday): Reading records are due for those involved in the Cavendish Library’s Summer Reading Program. You must turn in your records to be entered in the grand prize drawing.
• Farmer’s Market, Okemo Mountain School Campus on Main Street Ludlow 4-7 pm.

August 7 (Saturday): Free “Drive In Movie” at the Cavendish Library, 8:30 pm. The movie, “Finding Nemo,” will be screened on the back wall of the Library, or in the library in the event of rain. FMI: Kata at 226-7503.

August 8 (Sunday): The Cavendish Historical Society Museum is open from 2-4 pm. Stop by and see the newly restored Grange Hall Curtain and explore the 1940’s candy store. FMI: 226-7807

August 9 (Monday): Select Board Meeting, 6:30 pm at the Town Office. These meetings are televised on LPCTV. To check for airing times, or to watch the meetings on-line, go to www.lpctv.org.

August 10 (Tuesday): Prize day for participants in the Summer Reading Program at the Cavendish Library.

August 11 (Wednesday): Cavendish Summer Music Series, 6 pm on the Proctorsville Green. Featuring Voodoo Alien Blues Band, led by blues legend Steve Audsley. This concert concludes the series. Rain location is the Cavendish School. Sponsored by Cavendish Community and Conservation Association.
• Cavendish Library will be holding its 3rd annual free end of summer BBQ, starting at 5:30 pm at the Library. The menu will include hot dogs, soda and all the trimmings. Entertainment will be provided by "Tom Joyce, Magic Man". FMI: Kata 226-7503

August 12 (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

August 13 (Friday): Farmer’s Market, Okemo Mountain School Campus on Main Street Ludlow 4-7 pm.

August 14 (Saturday): Cavendish Community Theatre Presents: “Tourists Accommodated.” Curtain 7:30 pm at the Cavendish Elementary School Enjoy Dorothy Canfield Fisher's play, "Tourists Accommodated", a comedy about a 1930's Vermont family who rents rooms to summer tourists to raise money to send their daughter to teaching school. Adults @ $8, Seniors & Children (up to 16) @ $6, children 6 & under are free. Purchase tickets ahead at Crows Bakery (ph:802-226-7007), Depot St, Proctorsville or at the door. No reserve seating so come early!
• The 13th Annual Ludlow Vermont Zucchini Festival FMI: 228-5830
• Friends of Fletcher Memorial Library (Ludlow) Annual Book Sale 9-2 on the Library lawn.

August 15 (Sunday): The Cavendish Historical Society Museum is open from 2-4 pm. Stop by and see the newly restored Grange Hall Curtain and explore the 1940’s candy store. FMI: 226-7807
• Tourists Accommodated, 7:30 pm at the Cavendish Elementary School at 7:30. See Aug. 14 for more information.

August 17 (Tuesday): Cavendish School Board Meeting, 5:30 pm in the Arts Center.

August 19 (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

August 20 (Friday): Farmer’s Market, Okemo Mountain School Campus on Main Street Ludlow 4-7 pm.

August 21 (Sunday): The Cavendish Historical Society Museum is open from 2-4 pm. Stop by and see the newly restored Grange Hall Curtain and explore the 1940’s candy store. FMI: 226-7807

August 26 (Thursday): Fletcher Library Book Discussion “People of the Book” by Geraldine Brooks, meets at 7 pm in the Community Room of Fletcher Memorial Library in Ludlow. All are welcome.
• 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

August 27 (Friday): Farmer’s Market, Okemo Mountain School Campus on Main Street Ludlow 4-7 pm.

August 28 (Sunday): The Cavendish Historical Society Museum is open from 2-4 pm. Stop by and see the newly restored Grange Hall Curtain and explore the 1940’s candy store. FMI: 226-7807

August 31 (Tuesday): First day of school for Cavendish Elementary.
• Seventh grade orientation at Green Mountain Union High School-half day

2. Cavendish Related News
Police Charge Conn. Man, Staying with Relative in Cavendish, with Attempted Murder

Ludlow Post Office Moving Aug 2 to Okemo Market Place

Springfield Hospital Cuts Nursing Staff

Debit Card Decision Awaits Consumers

3. Cavendish Looks at Appraisal Update
Rutland Herald 7/26/10 by Gordon Dritschilo
CAVENDISH – The Select Board has set a special town meeting for Sept. 13 to discuss a reappraisal.

Town Manager Richard Svec said the town’s last reappraisal was in 2006.

“The market’s taken some interesting turns since then,” he said. “The (common level of appraisal) isn’t so out of whack. It’s around 91 percent. However, the (coefficient of dispersion) appears to be out of whack.”

The COD measures the average deviation from the fair market value.

Towns are supposed to keep the COD below 20 percent. Cavendish’s was at 19.33 in December. Svec said the issue came up at town meeting in March, but voters tabled it because they wanted to see what would happen during the next tax appraisal cycle.

“It appears as though, after going through this year’s modifications to the grand list, the number may exceed 20 percent,” Svec said.

At the meeting in September, Svec said, the board will discuss doing a townwide appraisal update. Instead of a full internal inspection, it would involve a paper review of every property and on-site reviews just of those properties that appear to be furthest from fair market value.

“Of course, any recent construction or modifications to a property would have the standard review,” he said.

Svec said the town would use an outside firm for the update.

“We do have a board of listers, but most of the valuation changes were done by an appraisal consultant,” he said.

The cost would likely be $50 to $55 per property, Svec said, as opposed to $80 to $85 for a full appraisal. Cavendish has roughly 1,200 properties.

The meeting is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. at the Cavendish Town Elementary School. Voting takes place from the floor.

4. Classifieds
FOR RENT: Comfortably furnished house off 20 Mile Stream Road. Five miles to Ludlow and Okemo on paved roads. 3 bedrooms, 2 bath, basement family room or additional bedroom; wood stove, dishwasher, washer/drier. TV/internet. One car garage. Access to X Country ski/snow shoeing trails from front door. No smokers, but well behaved pets okay. $5,000 for season (November through April). Email awregier@tds.net for more info.

5. Drive In and BBQ at the Cavendish Library
The Cavendish Fletcher Community Library will be holding its second "Drive In Movie" of the summer on Saturday August 7 at 8:30. The movie, "FInding Nemo" will be shown on the library wall rain or shine. All are invited. Patrons are encouraged to bring folding chairs, blankets, snacks and bug spray.

The Library will be holding its third annual end of the summer barbeque on Wednedsay, August 11 beginning at 5:30. The free barbeque will feature hot dogs with all the trimmings, soda, chips and cake. Entertainment will be provided by "Tom Joyce, Magic Man". The grand prizewinner of the summer reading program will also be drawn and other prizes for completing the summer reading.

6. Cavendish Players Revive Depression Era Comedy
When Dorothy Canfield Fisher wrote her light comedy “Tourists Accommodated” in 1932, she drew upon her neighbors’ experiences in Arlington, Vermont. Farmers, short of cash during the Depression, took in city guests who toured the countryside seeking a country experience, cheap antiques and home cooked meals. The vintage play follows one Vermont family that takes in tourists to raise money to send their daughter to teaching school. “Tourists Accommodated” will be presented by the Cavendish Community Theater on August 14th and 15th at the Cavendish Town Elementary School at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $8.00 for adults and $6.00 for seniors and children up to age 16. Kids under six are free. Buy general admission tickets ahead at Crows Corner Bakery in Proctorsville or at the door the night of the performance. For further information call Sandra Russo at 226-7398.

7. New Programming Highlights on LPCTV
Below are programming notes from LPCTV, community TV for the Black River Valley, for the upcoming week. LPCTV is on local cable TV channels 8 and 10 in the Towns of Ludlow, Plymouth, Cavendish, and Mount Holly. Local video programming can also be viewed online at www.lpctv.org.

Complete program schedule listings are also found on LPCTV's website and can be seen on the TV Bulletin Board.

CHANNEL 8
VT Voltage Soccer Games: Watch Vermont's own professional soccer team all season long. This week LPCTV will broadcast Voltage games against the Ottawa Fury, Long Island Rough Riders, and Brooklyn Knights. Courtesy of Vermont Voltage and
Northwest Access TV.

Ludlow Community Broadband Project: Ludlow was recently awarded as a pilot community for the new e-Vermont. Community Broadband Project initiative. Marji Graf talks with representatives from e-Vermont.

BRACC Summer Picnic: LPCTV's cameras were rolling at the Black River Area Community Coalition's summer picnic. Check it out.

CHANNEL 10
Democratic Gubernatorial Candidate Debate in Ludlow: LPCTV covered the July 29th debate in Ludlow Town Hall with 3 cameras.

Local Government Meetings: Gavel-to-gavel coverage of the following local meetings will be broadcast this week: Village of Ludlow Trustees, Ludlow Elementary School Board, Ludlow Select board, and Ludlow Development Review Board. Meetings play each night at 7PM and repeat and midnight, 8AM, and 2PM the following day.

8. Cavendish Grange Hall Curtain Restored
Under the direction of the Vermont’s Painted Theater Curtains, a group of volunteers from the Cavendish Historical Society (CHS), worked with professional conservators to restore the Cavendish Grange Hall curtain on Friday, July 30.

Clyde (Puss) Bailey signed the curtain in 1951. It is believed that the curtain may be an older Crystal Arts curtain, since the central scene is similar to other curtains of this type. The local advertisements that surround the central scene of a pond and trees, include: P.K. Brown, Ludlow Insurance, Paul W. Adams, Mumford Drum Corps, Bixby’s Dairy, Spaulding’s Restaurant, Specialty Press, Tom’s Taxi, Gileris Market, Ludlow Grain & Supply and Windsor National Bank.

The curtain was installed at the CHS Museum in 2007, when the Grange was closed. The curtain can be seen at the Museum on Sundays from 2-4 pm.

Thank you to the CHS volunteers Bob and Cooper Naess, Wendy Regier and Mike Pember for a job well done.

9. Cavendish Concert on the Green with Rick Redington
The Cavendish Community and Conservation Association invites everyone to come to the Proctorsville Green for the continuing summer music series on Wednesday, August 4thth at 6:00 p.m. to hear Rick Redington and the Luv.
Whether playing an intimate solo acoustic performance in a coffeehouse setting or rockin’ out with his band “The Luv” in a large concert venue, Rick’s performances have something memorable and meaningful for all to share. No strangers to the Proctorsville Green, Rick and the band have delighted the local Wednesday evening concert goers several times in the past.
This concert will be the fifth in this year’s series that are held on consecutive Wednesday nights in July and August. Come and enjoy a warm summer evening with your neighbors and friends in front of the gazebo on the green. Relax in the grass on your blanket or favorite lawn chair – have a picnic or just listen to the music.

As always, the concerts are free and open to the public and will be held rain or shine. In case of inclement weather the performance will move to the Cavendish town elementary school on Main Street just up from the Green.