Friday, February 17, 2012

Cavendish Update 2/17/12 News/Events/Grant

Information can also be posted on the Cavendish VT Facebook Page

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 his-toric sites within the context of sustainable economic growth. FMI: PO Box 605, Cav-endish VT 05142 or 802-226-7736

The 2/17/12 Cavendish Update Contains:
1. Cavendish Flood Relief Fund Process Approved by Select Board/Other SB Action
2. Cavendish Related News
3. CCF Accepting Applications for Spring 2012 Grants
4. Sunset Boulevard Caps Cavendish Film Series
5. CCCA to Hold Town Meeting Information Forum in Cavendish
6. Cavendish Events 2/17-2/24

1. Cavendish Flood Relief Fund Process Approved by Select Board/Other SB Action
At Monday night’s monthly select board meeting, the Board approved the distribution of approximately $23,000, given to the town to help with recovery from tropical storm Irene. “The intent of the Cavendish Tropical Storm Irene Flood Relief Fund is to help Cavendish resident property owners and renters who have been impacted by the storm and the expenses of rebuilding which may not be covered by insurances or FEMA. We are offering relief grants in the form of cash disbursements via check. Applications will be kept confidential. Grant recipients are solely responsible for any tax liability that may occur. The amount of each grant will generally be limited to $500.00. However, grants in larger amounts will be considered in cases of demonstrated need. We have limited funds avail-able, so please apply as early as possible. This is a single event fund and when the funds are expanded the fund will cease to exist.” Applications are available from the Cavendish Town Office 802-226-7292. Funds will be distributed in the next 60 days and applica-tions will be reviewed every two weeks by a board consisting of Rich Svec, town manager, Abe Gross, pastor Cavendish Baptist Church, and Jim Ballantine, chairmen of the Select Board. “Since there is a first come, first served element, you are urged to make sure that your application is complete and that you submit your application early.

At this same meeting, Svec stated that the total cost (roads, bridges, infrastructure) of rebuilding the town from Irene will be somewhere between $3.5 and $4 million dollars. He was happy to report that Mill Street Water Crossing project has been completed successful. Note that aspects of this project cannot be completed until spring.

The Select Board signed the Annual Certificate of Highway Mileage for the State. Highly contentious, Chapman Road or Stone Church Way, will no longer be considered a road. Instead, the property will be divided among property owners who currently abut the property. This will be done by the town appraisers before April 1.

Town Meeting day is Monday March 5. See item 5 for information about the pre town informational meeting. The Town Report will soon be mailed. This year it will be 144 pages and will contain pictures taken during Irene.

LPC-TV tapes meetings and makes them available on-line and Comcast Cable TV.

2. Cavendish Related News
Tickets to See Obama in VT on Sale: The reception for President Obama will be held at the Sheraton in South Burlington. Tickets are now on sale. For ticket information h

Law Lets VT Towns Delay Education Payments: Vermont Gov. Peter Shumlin has signed legislation allowing Vermont towns left cash-strapped by Tropical Storm Irene re-covery to delay payments into the state education fund. The new law comes after the fact. State Treasurer Beth Pearce allowed 11 towns to delay a total of $7.1 million in payments due Dec. 1 until the end of this month. She says she did so on a promise from Shumlin and legislative leaders that the bill would pass. WCAX

Friends of Ludlow Auditorium (FOLA) Has a Website: Check out for events, 1st Thursday movie schedules and more.

Ludlow Charities Win First Round in Agan Trust Law Suit: In 2008 Phyllis Agan, age 88 of Ludlow died with an estate worth in excess of $7 million. She left most of the money to her niece Cathleen Curran of Lansing, Michigan and to her sister Joanne Curran, also of Lansing. About $1.2 million was to go to local Ludlow charities and churches that Mrs. Agan had worked with throughout her adult life. Shortly after Mrs. Agan died, Cathleen and Joanne Curran, joined by Mrs. Agan’s nephew Dr. Michael Curran, a sur-geon from Cincinnati, Ohio, sued the charities to nullify the amounts that the charities were to receive and to gain the entire $1.2 million for themselves. Among the charities are the Senior Center and Black River Good Neighbors. On Feb. 8 after an eight day trial in VT Superior Court, the jury returned a verdict, which gave the entire sum to the charities selected by Mrs. Agan. According to the Rutland Herald, the Currans are planning to ap-peal this decision. Black River Today

Flannel with Flare: The event held on Feb 28, raised $60,00 for the Okemo Community Challenge. Recently, the organization’s charitable focus has shifted to supporting partner-ships between local schools and community organizations.

ANR Climate Change Lessons From Irene: What can Vermonters learn from Tropical Storm Irene, in order to help make our state stronger and better prepared for flooding in the future? Vermont’s Agency of Natural Resources Climate Change Team today released “Lessons from Irene: Building Resiliency as We Rebuild,” an interdisciplinary look at Irene’s many impacts and challenges. Secretary of the Agency of Natural Resources, Deb Markowitz said, “Climate data shows that Vermont is experiencing more extreme rain events, and because of this we can expect to see more frequent flooding. This is why it is so important for us to learn from Irene so that our communities can be better prepared for future floods.”

Rainie Hill Number One in the State for Alpine Racing J1/J2: Congratulations to Proctorsville resident Rainie Hill, who recently swept the podium during State Champion-ships for J1/J2 Alpine Racing. Rainie took the gold for slalom, silver for Super G and Bronze for grand slalom and the gold for overall. She attends Okemo Mountain School in Ludlow during the winter months and Green Mountain Union High School the remainder of the year. A senior in high school, Rainie has been accepted to Colby Sawyer College and is waiting to hear from several other schools.

Local Groups with Facebook Pages: While you don’t have to be a Facebook member to read these pages, you can learn a lot from reading local Facebook pages.
Southern Windsor County Regional Planning Commission
Rebuild Okemo Valley
Cavendish PTO

3. CCF Accepting Applications for Spring 2012 Grants
The Cavendish Community Fund has announced that it is now accepting applications for grants that will be awarded this spring. The deadline for applying is April 15, 2012. Applications are available on line at and include instructions on how and where to apply.

The fund distributes cash grants to organizations and individuals for educational and cul-tural projects, programs and events that are available to members of the Cavendish com-munity. The fund has actively supported Cavendish events since its inception in 2007. Last year awards were given to the Cavendish Community Theater to defray the cost of its 2011 summer production, and to the Proctorsville Volunteer Fire Department for use in their educational programs.

Projects, programs or events must directly benefit the Cavendish community in some way. A panel of local citizens reviews all applications and recommends the ultimate grantees based on the quality and feasibility of each proposal. Grants are not expected to exceed $1,000 each and will depend primarily on the number of applications and the amounts requested.

For further information on applying, on eligibility or on any other aspect of the grant program, or for help completing the application, please call Peter LaBelle at 226-7250 or Barbara Dickey at 226-7187.

4. Sunset Boulevard Caps Cavendish Film Series
The tragic story of a faded star of the silent screen and a struggling young screenwriter fuels the classic film, Sunset Boulevard. Directed by Billy Wilder in 1950, nominated for eleven Oscars and winner of three, this film noir is considered one of the most notewor-thy movies of American cinema. Gloria Swanson, brilliantly cast as the aging Norma Desmond, plays opposite William Holden as the writer Joe Gillis. Running from debt collectors, Gillis stumbles upon the crumbling mansion of former silent-film star Norma Desmond . As he begins working for her in writing a comeback screenplay, their profes-sional relationship evolves into something more. Desmond lives in a fantasy world sur-rounded by relics of her famed past, while Gillis struggles with the loss of his career---both of them drawn into the drama of resurrecting their talents and regaining fame. It is a dark tale of obsession, ambition and the lies we tell ourselves.

Sunset Boulevard will be show on Friday February 24 at 7:00 p.m. in Cavendish Elemen-tary School in Proctorsville. It is the final film in this year’s Black & White Nights film series. The film is free, donations welcome, and black & white cookies available to all. For more information call 226-7187.

5. CCCA to Hold Town Meeting Information Forum in Cavendish
Continuing its tradition, the Cavendish Community and Conservation Association will hold an informational meeting for Cavendish voters one week before this year’s town meeting. The forum will be held on Monday, February 27th at 7:00 p.m. at the Cavendish Town Elementary School on Main Street in Proctorsville.

This forum will address all issues on the 2012 ballot, including both the town and the school proposed budgets. Town and school officials will be present to discuss each issue. Although there are few contested races on the ballot this year, all candidates are invited to attend and any candidates who are present will be asked to make short statements and to answer voters’ questions. The meeting is open to all Cavendish citizens and residents. For more information, please call Robin Timko at (802) 226-7736.

6. Cavendish Events 2/17-2/24
February 17 (Friday): Cavendish Black & White Film Series features My ManGodfrey, 7 pm at the Cavendish Town Elementary School. The films are free, donations always wel-come, and refreshments available. FMI: 226-7497.
• Gypsy Reel, The Pleasants, the Salt Ash Serenaders, along with members of the Mount Holly Folk Club and special guests will be performing from 7:00 – 8:30 at the Ludlow Auditorium. In unison with the bands, there will also be a showing of the DVD, Irene’s Wake, which commemorates the historical flood as it affected our region. Admission is $10 at the door.

February 18 (Saturday): Winter Farmers Market at the Ludlow Teen Center (Good-mans American Pie), Main Street Ludlow. FMI:
• Felted hats are warm, comfortable to wear and VERY fashionable! Working with roving in your color choice, we will wet felt a hat using a resist, while also learning a bit about felt and how to handle it. We will start with a simple style that can be shaped into a variety of sophisticated and/or playful hats. You will be able to wear yours home. (Ex-cept it might still be a bit damp!) This class is beginner friendly. Instructor: Deborah Ellis; Members: $45 Non-members: $55. FMI: 802-226-7373 or visit
• Shaker Tape Chairs with Sandy Sherman at Fletcher Farms School. FMI: 228-8770 or
• Rick Redington and the Luv will be performing along with Dank & the Funkstix. Music Outback Nightclub in Ludlow as part of the “Irene’s Wake” event. Music gets un-derway around 9:00. Admission is $10.

February 19 (Sunday): Learn all the elements needed to knit a sock on double pointed needles. You’ll be making a mini sock so you can complete all the sock elements during the class. This will give you the skills to make a full size pair. Materials Needed: Double pointed needles size 4 or 5, worsted weight yarn and a stitch marker Instructor: Anne Gottier FAVT Members: Free Non-members: Free. FMI: 802-226-7373 or visit
• Shaker Tape Chairs with Sandy Sherman at Fletcher Farms School. FMI: 228-8770 or
• Guided Meditation from 4-5 pm exploring our physical relationship to spa-ciousness and the center of the heart - all are welcome. Contact Robin at 226-7736

February 20 (Monday): No school-Winter Recess
• Women on a tiny island known as Fair Isle, in the Shetland Islands, halfway be-tween Scotland and Norway created their own designs for stranded color knitting. In this class you will knit a headband using a classic Fair Isle design. The headband will be knit in the round and you will learn the different ways of holding both strands of yarn. You must be comfortable casting on and knitting stockinet stitch. Materials Needed: Two Skeins of light worsted weight in contrasting colors, 16" US 3 circular needle, stitch markers In-structor: Suellen Slater; Members: $30 Non-members: $35 FMI: 802-226-7373 or

February 21 (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, Dot Ramsdell at (802) 226-7870
• No school-Winter Recess

February 22 (Wednesday): No school-Winter Recess

February 23 (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, 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
• No school-Winter Recess

February 24 (Friday): No school-Winter Recess
• Cavendish Black & White Film Series features Sunset Boulevard, 7 pm at the Cavendish Town Elementary School. The films are free, donations always welcome, and refreshments available. FMI: 226-7497.

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