Friday, October 7, 2011

Cavendish Update 10/7/11 250th/News/Irene/Events

Information can also be posted on the Cavendish VT Facebook Page

The 10/7/11 Cavendish Update Contains
1. Cavendish 250th Anniversary Weekend
2. Irene Recovery
3. Cavendish Related News
4. LPCTV Hosts Lasagna Supper October 13th
5. American Chestnut Tree Seeds Available
6. Bottle Drive to Benefit GMUHS
7. Cavendish Semiquincentennial: The Gays and Art Hadley
8 Cavendish Events 10/7-10/14

1. Cavendish 250th Anniversary Weekend
On Oct. 12, 1761 King George III signed the charter that created Cavendish. For our 250th anniversary of this signing, a four-day celebration is taking place. While some activities have had to be changed or modified because of the flood, there are a lot of free events to come and enjoy. The forecast is amazing – sunny and 71 degrees!

Below is more information and some new additions from last week, so please be sure and read the list. Since not everyone is on-line, please print and make copies for friends, family and neighbors who might not be.

Oct 7 (Friday): Dance to Yankee Chank, Mark Sustic caller, starting at 7 am at the Cavendish Elementary School. Note that donations are being collected for Sgt. Stocker’s family, the Air Guard member working in flood recovery who died suddenly from an apparent heart attack.

Oct. 8 (Saturday): The parade will be on Depot Street in Proctorsville, starting at 10 am. The Grand Marshall is the author and historian Sandra Stearns. Ending at the Proctorsville Green, there will be a variety of activities including games/toys of the settler’s era; face painting with Jessica; cotton candy; popcorn; music and a few speeches.

11:30-1pm: BBQ at the Cavendish School. Please bring a side dish (salad, coleslaw, beans etc.) if you can. Our grill master will be Etienne Ting.

1-3 pm: The Cavendish charter and other historical documents will be on display at the Cavendish Library.

Oct. 9 (Sunday): The churches will hold open houses and receptions from noon to 2 pm.
2-4 pm: The authors of “The Inventor’s Fortune Up for Grabs” will be at Crows Corner (yes, they are once again open) on Depot Street. The authors, Suzanne Gay Beyer, and John S. Pfarr, will talk about the Cavendish connections to the expansion bracelet. Note that this story will be featured on Nov. 9 on the Discovery channel’s “The Will.”

Oct. 10 (Monday): There will be a potluck supper at the school at 5 pm. This will be followed by a discussion of the history of the Cavendish churches.

2. Irene Recovery
This week has seen a number of re openings.
• Crows Corner is once again open for business. Stop by for a cup of coffee and a chance to see friends.

• Rite Aid, in the Shaws plaza, has reopened its entire store with some new features.

• The Ludlow Health Center is once again at their regular location, 1 Elm Street in Ludlow.

If you have been impacted by the flood, register with FEMA now. The closing deadline is Oct. 31. There is an excellent field services rep for SBA (Small Business Administration) at the Ludlow Resource Recovery Center (next to Cool Moose Café) that can explain how SBA works for homeowners. Remember that filling out paper work does not commit you to a loan.

For the most current Irene Recovery handout, go to The most up to date printed Recovery Handout has a maple leaf for its icon.

3. Cavendish Related News
VT Long Term Disaster Recovery Group: The Governor has announced that the nonproft group will be responsible for distributing the funds and deploying volunteer assistance to Vermonters who continue to need help rebuilding their lives after Tropical Storm Irene. Money will be made available to individuals and families through the Vermont Disaster Relief Fund, once they have exhausted private insurance, federal, state and local funding resources. The Federal Emergency Management Agency covers up to $30,400 in damages to homeowners whose property has been totaled. About 112 residents have received the maximum allocation so far. Press Release

Okemo Valley to Get Communications Upgrade: The Public Service Board has approved a certificate of public good to upgrade Okemo Valley telecommunications facilities. The facilities will be located throughout the state for utility installations, infrastructure repairs and maintenance and emergency response activities. The facility will be located in Mount Holly on Okemo Mountain. VELCO and several Okemo Valley town services, including Cavendish and Proctorsville Fire Depts., filed for the joint certificate on Aug. 1.Rutland Herald 10/3/11

Nurses Sue Gill Home for Job Abuses: Nine nurses are suing Gill Home for retaliatory discharge and failure to pay earned wages. According to their individual lawsuits, their medical supervisor Leslie Whittington engaged in acts of intimidation and retaliatory discharge after they reported about her ongoing unprofessional conduct. The Rutland Herald 10/3/11

Forum on Health in Ludlow: A panel of six statewide leaders in the healthcare field debate to discuss the meaning and impact of Act 48 on Thursday, Oct. 20 at 7 p.m. at the Ludlow Town Hall Auditorium. The panel will consist of Steve Kappel, Dr. Deb Richter, Wendy Wilton, State Sen. John Campbell, Bob Gaydos and Darcie Johnston. The forum will include a brief PowerPoint presentation outlining the major elements of the Act 48 legislation and questions from both the moderator and audience. For additional information, call 802-228-7239

Friendly’s Filing Chapter 11: The Friendly's restaurant chain is filing for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection and has already closed 63 of its restaurants, including one in Vermont (Barre/Montpelier). Friendly's operates several restaurants in Vermont, among nearly 500 nationwide. WCAX

4. LPCTV Hosts Lasagna Supper October 13th
LPCTV, community television for the Black River Valley, is hosting a lasagna supper at the Ludlow Community Center on Thursday, October 13th from 5:30 - 7:30. The event is being held to commemorate LPCTV's 10th Anniversary. There will be a special screening of the visual documentation of the recent flood, which include videos and images that LPCTV has produced & collected from community members. This is part of the ongoing work LPCTV is doing, in collaboration with the Black River Academy Museum and local historical societies, as part of the newly created Black River Historical Media Project.

The supper on October 13th will include salad, garlic bread, a variety of different lasagnas, beverages, and dessert. There is a suggested donation of $8 per person. All proceeds will go towards LPCTV's continual fundraising efforts for the new community media facility.

5. American Chestnut Tree Seeds Available
This year our American Chestnut Trees (planted 18 years ago from seeds from the American Chestnut Foundation) have been very productive. If you would like some chestnuts for planting please call us at 226-7331or
Note that the trees are not hybrids and therefore are NOT blight free.

6. Bottle Drive to Benefit GMUHS
A bottle drive will be held at Chester Hardware on Main Street in Chester, Andover Town Hall in Andover, and Cavendish Town Elementary School on Route 131 in Proctorsville from 9 am – Noon on Saturday, October 15.

If you need to clean out your garage so that you can find your snowblower and winter tires, please bring your returnable cans and bottles to us! All donations are greatly appreciated.

Students at Green Mountain Union High School are raising funds for their trip to Utah, Nevada, and Arizona during spring break. They will study the archeology, biology, and geology of Grand Canyon, Bryce Canyon, and Zion National Parks.

7. Cavendish Semiquincentennial: The Gays and Art Hadley
These posts are made possible by the Cavendish Historical Society and are archived at their blog.

While the name Gay will be forever cemented in Cavendish history with Gay Brother’s Mill, there is now a new link, this time with the inventor of the expansion bracelet, Art Hadley. A lover of beautiful women, drink and cars (he drove an Auburn Boattail Speedster during the depression), Hadley’s sister Una married Leon S. Gay and lived at Glimmerstone in Cavendish for four decades.

In 2003, Suzanne Gay Beyer, Una and Leon Gay’s granddaughter, as well as other cousins, received a letter stating that “It’s been determined that you are the heirs-at-law of Arthur Hadley.” Thus began a very interesting true story, which resulted in the book “The Inventor’s Fortune Up for Grabs.”

Told from two perspectives - that of the attorney, who negotiated a $1.8 million settlement, and Suzanne Beyer an heir being represented - this true story tells how a group of cousins, some of whom had never met, could unite and journey on a six-year odyssey of setbacks, divisive stubbornness and stunning victories.

Learn more about how this story unfolds, see pictures of Glimmerstone and hear what life was like for the Gay family and grandchildren by attending Sunday, Oct 9’s “meet the authors” program at Crows Corner Bakery. Part of the 250th anniversary celebration, the program will begin at 2 pm with both Suzanne Beyer and John Pfarr.

8 Cavendish Events 10/7-10/14
October 7 (Friday): We’re Still Here! Cavendish 250th Anniversary starts with a community dance, 7 pm at the Cavendish School. Contra and Square dances will be called by Mark Sustic. Yankee Chank will provide music and will include Cajun/Zydeco tunes. FMI: 226-7807

October 8 (Saturday): We’re Still Here! Cavendish 250th Anniversary. Parade 10 am on Depot Street ending at the Proctorsville Green where post parade activities will take place. Alternate location is the school following the Parade.

October 9 (Sunday): We’re Still Here! Cavendish 250th Anniversary Open house at Cavendish/Proctorsville Churches noon-2pm. Meet the authors of “Inventor’s Fortune Up for Grabs,” 2-4 pm at Crows Bakery on Depot Street. Alternative location is the school.

October 10 (Monday): Select Board Meeting, 6:30 pm at the Cavendish Town Office. Agenda posted to blog as soon as it is received. LPC-TV tapes meetings and makes them available on-line and Comcast Cable TV. Check the website for more information.
• We’re Still Here! Cavendish 250th Anniversary Pot luck summer and discussion of the history of religion in Cavendish, 5 pm at the school. Sponsored by the Cavendish/Proctorsville Churches.

October 13 (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

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