Friday, May 20, 2011

Cavendish Update 5/20/11 Facebook/250th

The 5/20/11 Cavendish Update Contains
1. We’re 250 Years Old: Let’s Celebrate!
2. Join us on Facebook
3. Cavendish Related News
4. Unclaimed Property in Cavendish and Proctorsville.
5. Spring Hydrant Flushing
6. Cavendish Events May 21 (Saturday): GMUHS Junior Prom

1. We’re 250 Years Old: Let’s Celebrate!
The charter that created the town of Cavendish was signed by King George III on Oct. 12, 1761. To celebrate this event, a series of activities are being planned, starting in June and going through December. Here’s just part of what you can look forward to:

• Quilt: Various members of the community have made squares depicting aspects of current life as well as historical people and events. The quilt will be one display starting with Old Home Day weekend.

• Cavendish Semiquincentennial Book: This book will include a historic timeline, pictorial display, copy of The Vermonter’s article on how Cavendish celebrated its 150th anniversary, a special edition of the Cavendish Business Directory and much more. We hope to have the book available for sale at Old Home Day, July 2.

• Town Play: Once again the Cavendish Players will treat us to a unique understanding of Cavendish history. August 27 and 28

• June 5 (Sunday): Cavendish Historical Society Museum opens for the season and will be open on Sundays from 2-4pm until October closing.

• June 12 (Sunday): Screening of the film “Life in Windsor County” with Bruce McEnaney, Vice President of CHS and one of the interviewees featured in the film.

• July 2 (Saturday): Old Home Day, Cavendish Pictorial Display; Museum Plant sale; Cavendish Green activities will include a live auction at 1 pm.

August/September (Dates to be determined)
- Tours of Dutton, Revolutionary and Center Road Cemeteries
- Early Cavendish Tour
- Cavendish Players will present a production about early Cavendish history

2. Join us on Facebook
To help get the word out about Cavendish’s 250 Anniversary, a Facebook page has been set up. This is a great way to share your photographs and stories of Cavendish, learn about activities and help to make our 250th a very special year. A 250th Anniversary Website will soon be available as well.

3. Cavendish Related News
RCLT to Merge with Windham Housing Trust: In response to a shrinking pool of federal and state money for affordable housing projects, the Rockingham Area Community Land Trust -- a partner in three affordable housing projects in Windsor -- is formerly transferring the bulk of its properties to a similar organization in Windham County next week. The properties, which includes those on the Proctorsville Green, will be taken over by Brattleboro, Vt.-based Windham Housing Trust. Most of the properties are structured as partnerships with Housing Vermont. Four mobile home parks owned by RACLT are not part of the transaction. The change, in the works for about a year, won't be noticeable to residents living in the affordable housing properties under RACLT, officials from both organizations say.

Route 103 in Chester Closed as of Monday, May 16

Springfield Theater to be called Springfield Cinemas 3: William Morlock, executive director of the Springfield Housing Authority, a co-owner of the Ellis Block, which was gutted in the fire that destroyed the Springfield Movie Theater, stated that the theater will reopen with three screens. The largest theater will be equipped with digital technology, which will allow the screening of first-run 3-D. He said he expected the theater would open the second full week of July, “in time for Harry Potter.

Mission of State Mapping Project is Questioned: The Shumlin Administration is developing an environmental map of the state that will highlight good and bad places to site wind projects in the future. But, as VPR's Bob Kinzel reports, supporters and opponents of wind energy think the plan has serious flaws. VPR

State Warns Drivers to Be Alert for Moose: It’s moose season, and that means drivers should be on the look out. The Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department says moose are more likely to be crossing roadways at this time of year, as they move from their winter to spring habitats.

Smart Meter Brings New Technology to VT Homes: By 2013, 85-90% of Vermont homes statewide will be equipped with a smart meter. This device allows homeowners and businesses to see how much electricity they are using and when it’s most expensive. VPR

Purple Ash Borer Traps Installed in Vt: Purple, three-sided traps resembling a box kite can be seen in ash trees throughout Vermont as part of a surveillance program by federal and state agencies. The U.S. Department of Agriculture, Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service and the Vermont Agency of Agriculture are partnering to survey for emerald ash borer (EAB), a non-native, wood-boring beetle that has killed tens of millions of ash trees in the eastern United States and Canada. The Monteregie region of Quebec Canada is the closest EAB infestation to Vermont’s northern border. To date, EAB has not been detected in Vermont. VT Agency of Agriculture Press Release

Shumlin signs “complete Streets:” Gov. Peter Shumlin today signed into law legislation that ensures Vermont’s roads are safe for all users, requiring transportation policy to take into account the needs of motorists, bicyclists, public transportation users and pedestrians of all ages and abilities.” This law will guarantee that we’re designing roads that work for the future – for older Vermonters, for those who choose to take public transportation, for people who opt to walk to their jobs and errands, and for motorists,” the Governor said. Press Release

4. Unclaimed Property in Cavendish and Proctorsville.
The Vermont State Treasurer’s Office has received more than $9 million in new unclaimed property since the fiscal year began July 1. The annual deadline for holders of unclaimed property to turn over funds to the State was May 1 and thousands of dollars continue to be received by the Unclaimed Property Division.

“Typical holders of unclaimed property include financial institutions, employers, utility companies, insurance companies, retailers, corporations and governmental agencies throughout the United States,” said State Treasurer Beth Pearce. “My office continually works to make Vermont’s firms aware of the law and assist businesses in turning financial property over in a timely way.

In Cavendish, there are 158 records of unclaimed property and 170 for Proctorsville. To learn if you have unclaimed property, go to the state’s website.

5. Spring Hydrant Flushing
The spring hydrant flushing of the Cavendish Municipal Water System will take place on Wednesday May 25 through Friday May 27 during the hours of 9-5. Systems users are reminded that: Flushing hydrants may cause temporary discoloration and turbidity of the water. Users are advised to avoid drinking the water or washing clothes (especially whites) while discoloration is in evidence. Following hydrant flushing in your area, users should run cold water until it clears before resuming normal use. It is also advisable to flush individual water heaters after the water clears following a hydrant flush in your area. FMI: 226-7291. The notice is also available online

6. Cavendish Events
May 21 (Saturday): GMUHS Junior Prom

May 23-27 (Monday-Friday): CTES Grade Six at Keewaydin

May 24 (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
• Calvary Church, Route 103, Prayer service for global, national, state, community, church, and personal needs! While it starts at 7pm and ends at 8pm, folks are welcome to come and go as they please.. FMI: 226-7607
May 25 (Wednesday)-May 27 (Friday): Hydrant Flushing. See item 5 above.
May 26 (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

May 27 (Friday): Ludlow Farmer’s Market Opens. On the campus of Okemo Mountain School, 53 Main Street, 4-7 pm FMI:

May 28 (Saturday): Vermont Open Studio Weekend. Visit the studios of Vermont artists. Six Loose Ladies and Fletcher Farm will both be on the tour. For a full list of participating artists, go to or call 802/223-3380

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