Friday, April 22, 2011

Cavendish Update 4/22/11 News/Dutton/Events

The 4/22/11 Cavendish Update Contains
1. Cavendish Related News
2. Cavendish Historical Society News
3. Green Bag It: Any Day Can Be Green Up Day in Cavendish
4.. LPC-TV Cavendish Events On-line and On the Air
5. Cavendish Semiquincentennial: Salmon Dutton
6. Cavendish Events 4/22-4/30

1. Cavendish Related News
VT Officials Predict Trickle Down from Federal Budget Cuts: Fiscal analysts for the Shumlin administration and the Legislature estimate state government could face $17.6 million in funding losses as a result of the $38.6 billion in budget cuts Congress recently enacted…. The breakdown appears to be $12.8 million from transportation programs and $4.8 million from other areas of state government. Burlington Free Press

VT Unemployment Rate Drops Slightly in March: Vermont’s unemployment rate is continuing to fall, dropping by two-tenths of a percentage point in March to 5.4 percent, seasonally adjusted, down from 5.6 percent in February. Compared with March 2010, the state’s unemployment rate was down 1.2 percent. Those who remain unemployed, meanwhile, might be eligible for up to an additional 13 weeks of unemployment compensation, the state announced. Burlington Free Press

VT Health Dept. warns of alfalfa sprouts recall: The maker of Jonathan's Sprouts announced Tuesday that some of the sprouts - sold in four-ounce and eight-ounce containers, with an April 23 sell-by date - may be contaminated with Salmonella bacteria. FMI:

2. Cavendish Historical Society News
The spring edition of Scribbler II, the Cavendish Historical Society’s quarterly newsletter, is now on-line.

CHS is looking for new board members. If you are interested in learning more about this position, please call 802-226-7807 or e-mail Second homeowners, residents, as well as those interested in Cavendish are welcome to apply.

3. Green Bag It: Any Day Can Be Green Up Day in Cavendish
With the receding of the snow, there is a lot of litter lying around. Even though the state’s official Green Up day is May 7, Saturday, and Cavendish’s follows on Tuesday May10, you can pick up Green Up bags at the Town Office and start cleaning today. Bags can be taken to the transfer station free of charge. You will need to let Rich Svec, town manager, know which areas you are cleaning.

4.. LPC-TV Cavendish Events On-line and On the Air
You can now watch the April 12 Cavendish Town Elementary School Board Meeting on-line and on TV (Channel 10-Comcast subscribers). If you missed the Cavendish Community Theatre-Playing with Shakespeare, that can now be seen on-line as can the Cavendish Select board meeting from 4/11. When you go on-line to watch any or all of these programs, take a few minutes and donate to the LPC-TV Capital Campaign.

You can also purchase tickets to the Kentucky Derby event on May 7 at the Pot Belly in Ludlow. Tickets are available at Crows Corner Bakery, People’s Bank, The Belmont Store, The Wine and Cheese Depot, Berkshire Bank, Ludlow Insurance.

5. Cavendish Semiquincentennial: Salmon Dutton
These posts are made possible by the Cavendish Historical Society and are archived at their blog.

Salmon was born in Westford, Mass in 1743 and married Sarah Parker. At the time of his marriage he was employed as a land surveyor. In 1768 he served in the French and Indian Wars under Captain Leonard Whiting, who would later move to Cavendish. Also a veteran of the Revolutionary War, he was a member of Colonel William Prescott’s regiment. Once located in Cavendish, he was chosen as an officer for the town’s militia.

When the Duttons moved to Cavendish, in 1781, it was a good fit since most of Sarah Dutton’s brothers and sisters were already here. Like Coffeen before him, Dutton was a Universalist and found freedom of his religion here in the sparsely settled land. He was exempted from the Cavendish Church Tax because he “did not belong to the sect of the preacher.” He and his sons, and many others in 1802, dissented from the action of the town in voting four cents on the dollar to build the church. In 1812, Salmon subscribed $7,500 (one-third money and two-thirds labor or materials) to build the “Cavendish Academy.”
Dutton first settled on what we now refer to as “White’s Hill,” not far from where the Cavendish Depot stood next to the railroad tracks. At one time, the toll road, or turnpike, turned off the Cavendish Gulf Road and went over this road, then called Dutton Hill. The community below, he named Duttonsville.

In 1788, Dutton built a house on what we is now the Cavendish Green. This building was the village tavern and also offered guest rooms. When the stagecoach reached the top of Dutton Hill (now White’s Hill) on the Green Mountain Turnpike, the driver would blow several toots on his horn, according to the number of passengers he carried, to alert the Innkeepers so that the proper number of places might be set at the table.

Salmon died in Cavendish on May 27, 1824 at 80 years of age. His grave is in the Cavendish High Street Cemetery and gravestone inscription reads: “In memory of Salmon Dutton who died May 27 a.d. 1824 in the 81st year of his age. His only aim as life’s brief span he trod. The good of man and glory of his God. He was the original owner of this ground and Of that on which is the adjacent village now stands and was the founder of same.” Sara died on March 7, 1831 (age 83 years) and is buried next to her husband. Her gravestone inscription reads, “They aim like his who sleepeth by thy side, To whom in life thou wast a faithful bride.”

Next week’s post will feature Leonard Proctor and the Shunpike.

6. Cavendish Events 4/22-4/30
April 22 (Friday): Schools closed for Spring Break
• Earth Day 2011: A Billion Acts of Green

• Earth Day at the Fletcher Memorial Library, Ludlow. Activities include: Help Start A Library Garden by planting seeds in starter pots, Add a Wish to our Wishing Tree and hear the Earth Day wishes from others in the community, Guided Poetry Walk 2pm (Starts at the Library and goes through the village) "Poetry Gardens" Available to view 4/22 ~ 4/24, Earth day Story Time FMI: 228-3517

April 24 (Sunday): Happy Easter!

April 25 (Monday): The next Live Authentically wellness course will be held in Cavendish (site to be determined) 9:00-12:00 for 10 weeks beginning today. On line courses and workshops are also available. The first day is free! If it works in your life, the course is $300 (that's only $10 per hour). For more information, check out Live Authentically on Facebook or go to To register, please contact Martha Mott or 226-7848.

• Cavendish Baptist Church will use the best-selling book “The Purpose Driven Life” by Rick Warren to explore the question “What on earth am I here for?” Books are free for all participants. The study will run for 40 days, beginning today. everyone is welcome to participate, even if you do not typically attend church. Regular services will incorporate the program, with special study times with Pastor Abraham during the week. The small study times range from 5:30 am on Fridays to the popular 7:00 pm Thursday Bible Hour. Select a time that works with your schedule. You can receive a detailed study schedule and more information by visiting or by calling (802) 226-7131.

April 26 (Tuesday): Bone Builders Class at the Cavendish Baptist-- Class from 10:15-11:45. FMI: Linda at Green Mountain RSVP & Volunteer Center of Windsor County at (802) 885-2083, or Anne Oakes or Andrew Ohotnicky at (802)228-5236, or Dot Ramsdell at (802)226-7870

April 28 (Thursday): Bone Builders Class at the Cavendish Baptist-- Class from 10:15-11:45. FMI: Linda at Green Mountain RSVP & Volunteer Center of Windsor County at (802) 885-2083, or Anne Oakes or Andrew Ohotnicky at (802)228-5236, or Dot Ramsdell at (802)226-7870
• 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
• Quarterly meeting of the Board of Supervisors of Southern Windsor/Windham Counties Solid Waste Management District, 6 pm in the Selectmen’s Meeting Room at the Springfield Town Offices. Public welcome to attend.
• Book discussion group of the Fletcher Memorial Library, 7 pm at the Library. The book is “Road from Coorain” by Ker Conway. Books are available at the Library.

April 29 (Friday): Junkman Benefit Concert/Fundraiser starting at 6:30 pm at CTES in Proctorsville. Desserts for sale, bring a piece of metal, wood, or plastic junk to be considered for the junk sculpture Junkman will be building with the students. Only requirement: must sound interesting when hit with a stick! It's not often we have a Grammy Award-nominated percussionist come to town, join your neighbors for "A mind-blowing experience!"FMI: 226-7758

April 30 (Saturday): 2nd National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day 10-2 pm. Drug Enforcement Administration and its partners will hold their second National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day at sites nationwide. The service is free and anonymous, no questions asked. In Vermont, the Windsor County Sheriff's Association is participating with drop off points that day throughout the county including the Springfield Police Station, 201 Clinton Street, Springfield, VT; Weathersfield Transfer Station, 5024 VT Route 106, Weathersfield, VT; Chester Police Department, 556 Elm Street, Chester, VT; and Ludlow Police Department, 19 West Hill Rd. For more information on the best way to get rid of medications you are no longer using, go to

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