Friday, July 15, 2011

Cavendish Update 7/15/11 News/Events/Tag Sale Info

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. Cavendish Related News
2. Town Wide Tag Sale July 30
3. Cavendish Homeworkers
4. The Cavendish School Garden Can Use Your Help
5. Cavendish Semiquincentennial: Early Religious Efforts
6. Union Street to Plan on July 20 at the Proctorsville Green
7. Staycationing in Cavendish

1. Cavendish Related News
What are VT’s Worst Cell phone Spots? The most recent legislative session passed two bills focused on broadband and cell service, allocating $10 million to invest in infrastructure. But before they get to work they need to identify the priority dead spots. Chris Campbell with the Vermont Telecom Authority says his team traveled the state and put together a map identifying 97 corridors with no service, but now they need input from the public. They have added a link to the Telecom Authority's website for folks to report bad service areas, so they can prioritize new towers. To report on your cell phone service:

Route 103 bridge reopening: Contractors working almost round the clock for a month surprised even themselves Sunday by replacing two aging bridges and restoring traffic along this town’s central artery. “We’ve got a lot of work left to go, but they’re open,” said James Hollar, co-owner of Cold River Bridges from nearby Walpole, N.H. “There will be occasional delays,” Hollar says, “but you’ll be able to get through — no more detours.” Rutland Herald

VSAC Receives funding to continue College Access Program: VSAC — the Vermont Student Assistance Corporation — received word late last week that its federal Talent Search grant, set to expire in 2012, will be renewed for five more years. VSAC receives $443,887 a year for the program, and matches the federal dollars with its own resources. Press Release

VT Sets Hospital Budget Hearings for Aug. 4: The Vermont Department of Banking, Insurance, Securities & Health Care Administration - known as BISHCA - has set Aug. 4 for hearings on hospital budget proposals around the state. The hearing will be hosted from 1:30 p.m. to 5 p.m., both at the Vermont Department of Labor in Montpelier and by video link to sites around the state.

CVPS Accepts Canadian Bid: On Tuesday, Central Vermont Public Service Corp. had accepted a cash buyout offer from Gaz Metro Limited Partnership, Green Mountain’s Canadian-owned parent corporation. Pending regulatory approval, the resultant powerhouse utility would serve nearly 70 percent of the state’s electricity customers. Green Mountain, based in Colchester, is the second largest utility in the state with about 96,000 customers. It now will add Central Vermont’s 160,000 customers. Burlington Free Press

Springfield Movie Theater Now Open: The restored Springfield movie theater, now named Springfield Cinemas 3, had its grand re-opening tonight with a special midnight premiere of “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 2”. All 150 seats were quickly filled. The new website is

Call the Governor: Thursday, July 28, at 8 p.m. on “Call the Governor,” Vermont Gov. Peter Shumlin returns to the VPT studio for a live call-in program during which viewers can ask him questions on the issues of the day. Viewers can also submit questions in advance or during the program via email to Mark Johnson will host.

LPCTV Receives $1000 Grant from Berkshire Bank Foundation: Berkshire Bank has given LPCTV the grant award to help with the LPCTV’s building project in the Ludlow Community Center. For more information on LPCTV’s Capital Campaign and the building project, visit LPCTV online at

2. Town Wide Tag Sale July 30: If you or your organization is planning to be on one of the Cavendish Greens for the Cavendish Town Wide Tag Sale, please RSVP today. After the 15th, people from neighboring towns are welcome to a slot on the greens.

Organizations, as well as individuals are taking advantage of the Tag Sale. Proctorsville Fire Department will be hosting a BBQ and will have fire trucks out so the kids can check them out. If your organization is planning something special that day, let Lu know so we can be sure to include it in the press releases.

FMI: Lu 226-8199 To learn more about other 250th Anniversary Activities, go to or the Cavendish Facebook page

3. Cavendish Homeworkers:
The Cavendish Homeworkers is a group of local women meeting the third Wednesday of each month at the Proctorsville Fire Hall. This group was originally the 'Home Demonstration Club' and our chapter broke away but basically follows the same guidelines as the original Club. Our purpose is social, but we look for interesting programs for each meeting to add an educational twist as well, followed by a potluck luncheon at 11:45 to which spouses are invited. We do a little fundraising during the year, primarily with bake sales, and we support such charities as Black River Good Neighbors and David's House.

The next meeting of Cavendish Homeworkers will be held Wednesday, the 20th of July, at 10:30 AM at Proctorsville Fire Hall, followed by luncheon at 11:45. This month our guest will be from the SIX LOOSE LADIES YARN SHOP to share information about their organization, which supports and encourages all creative fiber arts. Come and share the fun. Members and guests are encouraged to bring canned or dry goods for the Black River Good Neighbors food shelf collection. FMI: Nancy Timmerman - 226-7215

4. The Cavendish School Garden Can Use Your Help
The Cavendish School Garden is rocking again! Edibles are growing, and we are planning for a great harvest and some great donations so that our kiddos can taste test and eat wonderful, locally grown veggies all year long. Last year our school lunch included summer and winter squashes, roasted root vegetables, including parsnips; Corn chowder and potato leek soup, carrots galore, salads and cucumbers, even some watermelon – zucchini pizza, chocolate zucchini cake. Our 3rd graders made basil pesto that was served all year long on Wednesdays. Other classes made winter squash dishes, pumpkin pies and more, and some of the fruits of our labor were shared with the community luncheon held at the Methodist Church.

DONATIONS NEEDED: MULCH HAY OR STRAW... Call Sara at 226-7439 to arrange a drop off time, or simply drop it off at the school (leave on plastic strip that is at end of garden in teacher’s parking lot.

$$$ DONATIONS - we have an opportunity to provide local, grass-fed beef from a local farmer this year to our students this year, but to do so, we need to raise a little under $500. Can you help with a donation?

GROW A ROW – we would welcome donations.... Let us know what you have. Summer and winter squashes, cukes, tomatoes, carrots, carrots, beets and potatoes... Parsnips? All huge hits with our kiddos! Chards and spinaches for soups in the deep winter! Corn is a huge hit! We’ll be looking for washed lettuces and greens too, once school starts. Basil to add to the 3rd grade pesto making? Cilantro and tomatoes for our salad? Let us know what you might have, and what you might be able to share.

TASTE TESTS – do you have a favorite recipe you’d like to share with the kids? We are looking to run a few taste tests this fall to see what new treats (a new veggie, or a new presentation) the kids might enjoy. Sometimes our ideas flop... Sometimes they become regulars on the menu... What would you like to help our kiddos try?

FMI: Sara Stowell at or 226-7439.

5. Cavendish Semiquincentennial: Early Religious Efforts
These posts are made possible by the Cavendish Historical Society and are archived at the Society's blog.

The following information is from The History of Windsor County, Vermont 1891 Edited by Lewis Cass Aldrich and Frank R. Holmes, D. Mason & Co. Publishers

Beginning as early as 1782 the usual distracting efforts to fix the center of the town as a site for a church were made, which continued until 1800-OI. Numerous lots were offered, but no satisfactory committee could be secured, and finally in 1801 it was agreed that Jabez Sargeant, of Chester, Squire Stoughton, of Weathersfield, and Squire Bigelow, of Reading, should constitute a committee to locate the center of the town. This was accomplished October 20, 1801.

In the latter part of 1792 the town hired Rev. Abel Wood to preach six months, he to receive twenty shillings a day. A general assessment was levied to pay the salary, and Isaac Parker was appointed collector. The following were exempted from the assessment, for the reason that they were not members of the religious sect to which Mr. Wood be- longed : Salmon Dutton, Thomas Baldwin, John Coffin, Isaac Baldwin, Jonathan Atherton, Eliphalet Kimball, Captain William Chaplin, Abner Preston, and Abel Baldwin.' The momentous question of the
church site having been settled, it was voted to build a house 45 x 55 feet and to
complete it by June 20, 1802. The building committee were Abel Baldwin, Jonathan Atherton and Samuel White.

It was voted to purchase the chosen site of Jedediah Tuttle, the price to be thirty dollars an acre. It was also voted that each person or denomination shall have a right to occupy the house for religious worship in proportion as they stand on each grand list. A tax of four cents on the dollar was voted to build the church. The following, who were of different sentiments from those who voted for the tax, are recorded as dissenting from the action of the town : Salmon Dutton, Amos Pierce, Israel Dwinnell, Salmon Dutton, jr., Clark Aldridge, Samuel Wyman, Joshua Tilden, Asaph Fletcher, jr., James Hall, John Swift, Joseph Page, and William Swift.

A society of Congregationalists was organized in the town at an early day, and continued until about fifty years ago.

6. Union Street to Play on July 20 at the Proctorsville Green
The Cavendish Community and Conservation Association invites everyone to come to the Proctorsville Green for the continuing summer music series on Wednesday, July 20th at 6:00 p.m. to hear the sounds of Union Street.

This concert will be the second 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.
See pictures of last night’s Chris Kleeman concert at

7. Staycationing in Cavendish
While below is a list of things to do in Cavendish this coming week, take some time to see what’s around the house that you might want to sell as part of the Town Wide Tag Sale on July 30. This is a good way for the kids to make a little spending money. Make Wednesday “date night” and enjoy Union Street playing at 6 pm concert on the Proctorsville Green. Bring a picnic a bottle of wine and enjoy the music and your community. It’s free!

July 15 (Friday): Ludlow Farmer’s Market. On the campus of Okemo Mountain School, 53 Main Street, 4-7 pm FMI:

July 17 (Sunday): Phineas Gage-His Importance Then and Now, includes a walking tour of sites pertaining to the accident with Margo Caulfield, Co-Director of Chronic Conditions Information Network, who has worked in traumatic brain injury (TBI) for over 25 years. The presentation will begin at 2 pm at the Cavendish Historical Society Museum. For more information call 226-7807.
• Facilitated meditation from 4-5 pm. FMI: Robin 226-7736

July 19 (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 Charlotte Snyder (802) 226-7343
• Story Time for Preschool and Young Children 10 am at the Cavendish Library.
• CTES school board meeting, 5:30 pm at the School. The agenda will include nominations for the positions of a paraprofessional and food service provider; request for release of Medicaid Funds and policies discussion (F-14 Enrollment of Children of Non-Resident Teachers). FMI: 226-7758
• RWSU Governance Steering Committee Meeting with Windsor Southwest S.U. Board will meet at 7 pm at CTES in Proctorsville. The purpose of this meeting will be to discuss the consolidation status and plan between Rutland Windsor and Windsor Southwest Supervisory Union Board Members.

July 20 (Wednesday): Union Street Band is the featured concert artist at 6 pm at the Proctorsville Green. The concert is free.
• Cavendish Homeworkers will meet at 10:30 am at the Proctorsville Fire Hall, followed by luncheon at 11:45. Featured guest will be Six Loose Ladies. FMI: Nancy Timmerman - 226-7215
July 21 (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 Charlotte Snyder (802) 226-7343
• Monthly luncheon in Proctorsville, 11:30 pm at St. James Methodist Church in Proctorsville. This month we will serve a traditional New England Pot Roast with mashed potato, carrots and gravy, coleslaw, hot rolls, and ice cream with berries for dessert. Coffee, hot tea or a cold drink will be offered with the meal. We welcome all our friends and neighbors, as well as summertime visitors, to come join us for a delicious meal and delicious conversation. Bring a friend, too.
• 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

July 22 (Friday): Ludlow Farmer’s Market. On the campus of Okemo Mountain School, 53 Main Street, 4-7 pm FMI:

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