Friday, July 22, 2011

Cavendish Update 7/22/11 News/Classifieds/Stay Cool

The 7/22/11 Cavendish Update Contains
1. Cavendish Related News
2. As Temps Near 100, Health Dept Urges Vermonters to Keep Cool
3. Using the Cavendish Facebook Page
4. Cavendish Concert on the Green with Rick Redington
5. Classifieds
6. Free Webinar on Facebook Marketing
7. Cavendish Semiquincentennial: Universalists and First Baptist Church
8. Staycationing in Cavendish

1. Cavendish Related News
VT, NH Loose Blue Collar Jobs: According to a new report from, New Hampshire led the nation with a nearly 8 percent drop in the number of blue collar jobs between 2000 to 2010. Vermont reported the third highest loss in blue-collar jobs with a 7.23 percent decline over the past 10 years. The report is based on data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. It says Vermont lost 17,000 blue-collar jobs during the past decade but added 6,500 white-collar jobs.

Bats on Endangered List: Until recently, the little brown bat was one of two species most often found in and around Vermont homes, attics, barns, and garages. Due to a devastating illness, these populations have shrunk by as much as 95 percent. Just three years ago little brown bats were Vermont’s most common bat species, and now they are one of the rarest in the state. Consequently, as of this month, the little brown bat along with the northern long-eared bat have been added to Vermont’s Endangered Species list. Once a species is listed as “endangered” members of that species cannot be taken, harassed, or killed without getting special permission. Press Release

Borders in W. Lebanon to Close in Sept: The Borders in West Lebanon, will close by the end of September, a victim of a decision by the struggling bookstore chain to liquidate after a deadline for bidders passed with no offers. Valley News

VT Oral Health Website: The Vermont Oral Health Care for All Coalition announced today the launch of a comprehensive website designed to build a statewide consumer voice and raise public awareness of the need for better access to affordable oral health care. Available at, the site provides Vermonters with an opportunity to share their stories about what lack of access to dental care means in their lives, and to learn more about access to and the status of oral health care in the state. Press Release

VT Housing Finance Agency Releases Census Data on Home Heating and Housing Costs: The Vermont Housing Data Website ( has added hundreds of Census data including Census 2010 demographic information and detailed estimates on home heating sources and housing cost burdens from the U.S. Census Bureau’s American Community Survey (ACS). Press Release

VT Utilities Enter Smart Grid Broadband Agreement: Green Mountain Power, Central Vermont Public Service Corporation and Vermont Telephone company have agreed to share VTel's technology. GMP was planning to build a duplicate network, so this partnership will allow the utility to cut its project costs in half. The savings will allow the utility to help expand VTel's network while passing on lower rates to customers. WCAX

2. As Temps Near 100, Health Dept Urges Vermonters to Keep Cool
“This is not a good time for a heavy workout, but if you want to run through a cold lawn sprinkler a few times, go right ahead.” said Health Commissioner Harry Chen, MD. Dr. Chen, an emergency room physician, has seen the results when people push too hard, forget to cool off or stay hydrated. “Heat stress can be life-threatening, so slow down and cool down for the next few days, and drink plenty of water.” Cool-down tips for hot, humid weather:
• Slow down, avoid strenuous activity. Do not try to do too much on a hot day
• Wear lightweight, loose-fitting, light-colored clothing. Light colors will reflect heat and sunlight and help maintain normal body temperature. Protect your face with a wide-brimmed hat.
• Drink plenty of water regularly and often, even if you do not feel thirsty. Regardless of your activity level, don’t wait until you’re thirsty to drink. Don’t drink liquids that contain caffeine, alcohol, or large amounts of sugar.
• Stay indoors as much as possible.
• If you do not have air conditioning, stay on your lowest floor, out of the sun. Electric fans do not cool the air, but they do help evaporate sweat, which cools your body. When the temperature is in the high 90s, fans will not prevent heat-related illness. Taking a cool shower or bath, swimming or moving to an air-conditioned place is a much better way to cool off.
• Places where you can get relief from the heat are air conditioned schools, libraries, theaters, shopping malls, and other community facilities that may offer refuge during the warmest times of the day.
• Cover windows that get morning or afternoon sun with drapes, shades, awnings or louvers. Outdoor awnings or louvers can reduce the heat that enters a home by up to 80 percent.
• Avoid too much sunshine. Sunburn slows the skin’s ability to cool itself. If you are outside, use sunscreen lotion with a high SPF (Sun Protection Factor) rating.
• Never leave children or pets alone in a closed or parked vehicle.
• Check on high-risk family, friends and neighbors. Visit adults at risk at least twice a day, such as anyone over the age 65 and over, people who have mental illness, and people with health conditions such as heart disease or high blood pressure, and closely watch them for signs of heat exhaustion or heat stroke. Infants and young children, of course, need much more frequent watching.
For more information on heat-related illness visit: and click on “Summer Safety Tips”.

3. Using the Cavendish Facebook Page
The Cavendish VT Facebook page has been established as a way to help people stay connected about Cavendish- what’s going on in town, news, where to find resources, have something you are in need of, and so forth. You can post a message to the wall by selecting the “like” button at the top of the page and leaving a message.

4. Cavendish Concert on the Green with Rick Redington
The Cavendish Community and Conservation Association invites everyone to the Proctorsville Green for the continuing summer music series on Wednesday, July 27th at 6:00 p.m. to hear the rocking good sounds of Rick Redington.

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 third 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.

5. Classifieds
In Search Of: Okemo Ski Patroller (weekend and holidays) is looking for a 2 bedroom or condo Seasonal rental. Call Bill Peters 203/655-2959 , cell 203/536-1455 or e-mail

6. Free Webinar on Facebook Marketing
Wondering how Facebook might boost your business? A free webinar titled Basic Facebook Marketing can help you learn more. Participants will be introduced to Facebook and taught how to build a profile and like page, as well as a vanity URL. The 30-minute course includes instruction on strategies to use these online tools for marketing. The webinar leader is Pat Ripley from the VT Small Business Development Center and is part of the e-Vermont Community Broadband Project.

This interactive training session will show how to establish a Facebook presence for your business and how to best use social media to accomplish your business goals. Anyone with high-speed internet access can easily participate.

No registration is required. To attend, log on to and click the Join Webinar button on the date and time of your choice. Questions will be welcome. Please note the same webinar is repeated three times for convenience:
Monday July 25th 1:00-1:30pm Wednesday July 27th 6:00-6:30pm Friday July 29th noon-12:30pm

The e-Vermont Community Broadband Project is a partnership led by the Vermont Council on Rural Development, and is made up of the Vermont State Colleges, the Vermont Department of Libraries, the Vermont Department of Public Service, Vermont Small Business Development Center, the Snelling Center for Government, Front Porch Forum, and Digital Wish.

7. Cavendish Semiquincentennial: Universalists and First Baptist Church
These posts are made possible by the Cavendish Historical Society and are archived at the CHS 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

The First Universalist Society of Cavendish. — Among the early settlers of Cavendish were a number of members of the Universalist church. The first to preach this doctrine in the town were Michael, a son of Captain John Coffin, and William Farwell. Salmon Dutton, Captain Leonard Proctor, and James Smith were of this faith. From 1803 to 1809 Father Ballou, of Barnard, preached in the town. About this time a society was formed, and the General Conferences of 1812 and 1828 met at Cavendish. The society included the towns of Cavendish, Plymouth, Ludlow and Reading, and meetings were held once a month until 1827. The Rev. William Skinner preached his first sermon in Cavendish on Christmas Day, 1825. At this time he was a resident of Langdon, N. H., but removed to Proctorsville in May, 1828. He resided at the latter place till his death, excepting the years 1834-35, when he was located at Bennington. The present society was organized March 11, 1837, Samuel Adams being chosen moderator of the meeting, and Thomas Whitcomb, clerk and treasurer. The original members were William Spaulding, Samuel Adams, Asa Spaulding, 2d, Luke Parkhurst, William Smith, John Stearns, James Bryant, Asa Bond, Thaddeus Smith, Jonathan Chapman, Daniel Kendall, jr., Francis A. Foster, G. P. Spaulding, Abel Hill, and Thomas Proctor. The first minister was Rev. Warren Skinner, who continued to preach until March 1, 1845, during which period he took sixty members into the church. For the next two years Rev. G. W. Bailey supplied the church, with William Livingstone and J. Hemphill. In 1844 the present stone chapel was erected. The Rev. W. L, Barber was settled February 13, 1847, ^"<^ the following were his successors : Revs. H. H. Baker, 1852 to 1855 ; J. H. Willis, 1856 to 1859; Harrison Closson, 1861 to 1866; Miss R. A. Damon, 1868 to 1869; R. T. Sawyer, 1870 to 1872 ; John G. Gregory, 1872 to 1874; J. T. Powers, 1874 to 1878; Herbert Whitney, 1878 to 1881 ; W. H. Pratt, 1 88 1 to 1882 ; J. S. Geldhill, 1882 to 1884; A. A. Rice and John P. Eastman, 1884 to 1886. Since that date the society has been supplied by the resident ministers at Ludlow, services, being held in the afternoons.

The First Baptist Church.The town records state that on December 20, 1799, the Rev. Aaron Leland, of Chester, certified that the following persons were members of the Baptist church : Jesse Spaulding, Asaph Fletcher, Robert Davis, Garrabel Gerrald, Obadiah White, Samuel White, Noadiah Russell, Benjamin Lynde, John Russell, Eliphalet Chapman, Stephen Roberts, Frazier Eaton, Levi Manning, John Peck, Reuben Chapman, Perley Fassetts, Joseph Wilkins, Joseph Spaulding and John Spaulding.

A society was organized by Rev. Aaron Leland, in 1803, with forty- six members, and they worshipped in the Union church located in the center of the town. It was not until 181 1 that there was a settled minister, the first being Rev. Jonathan Gowing, jr., who remained five years. He was succeeded by Rev. Mr. Starkweather, and in 1821 the Rev. Ruel Lathrop became the pastor. He was succeeded by Rev. Ariel Kendrick. Down to this time the society embraced Ludlow and Cavendish, but in 1825 it was divided. The first pastor of the Cavendish society was Rev. Joseph Freeman, who remained until 1837, excepting the years 1831 and 1836, when the society was without a pastor. In 1834 the society built a brick church where the town hall now stands. The following ministers have been over the society : Enoch T. Winter, 1837-38 ; Moses Field, 1839; no pastor in 1840; Obed Sperry, 1841 ; Joseph Freeman, 1842; Daniel F. Richardson, 1843-44; Ariel Kendrick, 1845-46 ; Aaron Angier, 1847-49 ; Joseph Freeman, 1850 ; R. M. Ely, 1852-55; no settled minister in 1856-57; S. W. Miles, 1858; no settled minister in 1859; Mylen Merriam, i860; Sem Pierce from 1861- 62; S. F. Brown, from October, 1863, to November, 1875; no settled minister in 1876; L. B. Hibbard, January, 1877, to January, 1880 ; Foster Henry, January, 1880, to January, 1885; S. F. Brown, January, 1885, to June, 1886; George B. Wheeler, acting pastor since August I, 1888.

The society was presented by Benjamin F. White, of Boston, in November, 1850, with a church bell.

The brick church was destroyed by fire in 1875 and in 1878 the present wood building was erected at a cost of $4,500, having a seating capacity of 250. By the will of the Hon. Richard Fletcher, of Boston, the society in 1870 received a parsonage, a pastor's library of two hundred volumes and a fund of $4,000, the interest on $i,000 to be spent annually in increasing the library, and the interest on $3,000 to be spent annually either in repairs upon the parsonage or for the support of preaching. The only conditions attached to these bequests are that the society is never to be without a settled minister for two consecutive years, if so the property is to revert back to the heirs of the donor.

8. Staycationing in Cavendish
Stay cool by taking a dip in one of the area’s brooks and streams. Plymouth State Park on Echo Lake and Stoughton Pond (Weathersfield) are good places to take a picnic and spend the day.

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

July 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 Charlotte Snyder (802) 226-7343
• Story Time for Preschool and Young Children 10 am at the Cavendish Library.

July 27 (Wednesday): Select Board special meeting at 5 pm at the Town Office for the board (as Board of Sewer Commissioners) to consider approval of FY 2011-12 Sewer Department Budget and Rate Schedule.

• Rick Redington is the featured concert artist at 6 pm at the Proctorsville Green. The concert is free.

July 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 Charlotte Snyder (802) 226-7343
• Free Henna Tattoo Day at the Cavendish Library
• 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 29 (Friday): Ludlow Farmer’s Market. On the campus of Okemo Mountain School, 53 Main Street, 4-7 pm FMI:

July 30 (Saturday): First ever Cavendish Town Wide Tag Sale, 9-3 pm. Rain date Aug. 6. Free booth space on the Cavendish and Proctorsville Green for Cavendish residents and second homeowners in outlying areas of town. To reserve booth space call 226-8199 by July 15.

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