Friday, April 20, 2012

Cavendish Update 4/20/12 News/Fire/CTES/Events

Information can also be posted on the Cavendish VT Facebook Page

The 4/20/12 Cavendish Update Contains
1 Cavendish Fire Dept Website/Facebook on-line
2. Cavendish Related News
3. Cavendish Town Elementary School Board Meeting Minutes 3/20/12
4. Cavendish Classifieds
5. Vermont School of Dance in Proctorsville
6. Wild & Woolly Weekend
7. CCCA Offers Camp Scholarship
8. News from Black River Good Neighbor Services
9. Paws About Town
10. World Book Night Comes to the Cavendish Library
11. Cavendish Events 4/20-4/30

1. Cavendish Fire Dept Website/Facebook on-line
The Cavendish Volunteer Fire Department is now a member of Facebook and has just created a Fire Department Website.

2. Cavendish Related News
Irene Retired from Tropical Storm Name List: Irene is being retired from the list of storm names because the 2011 hurricane killed 49 people and caused more than $15 billion in damage. The name will be replaced by Irma. WCAX

JC Penney opens in W. Lebanon: The last of the “big box” stores in W. Lebanon, JC Penney’s will reopen on May 4.

Irene Recovery Group Says it Will Take Two Years to Distribute Funds: Nearly eight months after Tropical Storm Irene, Vermont's Long Term Disaster Recovery Group says it's just beginning to distribute millions of dollars in donations. The money was collected to help people whose property was damaged or destroyed. The group says it will likely take two years for all the money to find its way to people. VPR

VT Wins Federal Change on Guard Disaster Aid: The federal government has awarded the state $4 million to repay National Guard units that helped rebuild roads damaged by Tropical Storm Irene. The Federal Highway Administration initially denied the state's application for the money. That's because National Guard units typically don't do the kind of work they did after Irene. Press Release

The Briggs: The Cavendish Volunteer Fire Department would like to introduce a new piece of apparatus to our town and neighboring communities. This vehicle is a 2012 Polaris Ranger 800 XP Utility Vehicle. The vehicle is four-wheel drive, has comfortable seating for six, has tires for three season use, and tracks for winter use. The vehicle has been modified with a 4500 lb. winch, a roof with storage rack, emergency lighting, scene lighting, and an innovative mount for securing a stokes type rescue basket. VT Journal

Local Pink Slime Free Establishment Directory: This is a list of area of food establishments that do not use Pink Slime, a mechanically recovered meat product, in their food.

VT Returning to Pre-Irene River Work Rules: Emergency rules that allowed people to dig gravel or strengthen stream banks with boulders in Vermont’s rivers and streams with minimal oversight after Tropical Storm Irene are no longer valid, the Agency of Natural Resources announced Thursday. Effective immediately, anyone who wants to work in a waterway must comply with all rules and regulations, including obtaining a written permit from a state river engineer before doing so. Anyone who received verbal approval for a project under the emergency rules, but has not begun a project, must now obtain a traditional permit. Burlington Free Press

Biomass Plant for Northern Springfield Propose Changes: The developers of the proposed wood-fired power plant in North Springfield are considering significant changes in their plans in response to public concerns. Dan Ingold, an engineer with Weston Solutions, one of the developers of the project, said a new type of cooling system for the 25 to 35 megawatt plant was under serious consideration, which would dramatically lessen the amount of water needed to cool the plant. Also being added to the project is a residential district heating project in North Springfield, and a $350,000 wood stove swap, in an effort to reduce air emissions in the area, which is prone to air inversions. Rutland Herald

Unemployment Checks Could Arrive Late: The Department of Labor says payments have been delayed due to a significant error. Most reissued checks should arrive in the mail on Saturday, although some could be delayed until Monday. WCAX

3. Cavendish Town Elementary School Board Meeting Minutes 3/20/12
The minutes from the March Cavendish Town Elementary School have been posted to

4. Cavendish Classifieds
For Sale: 2004 John Deere Lawn Tractor GX325 with 705 hours. Includes; snow blower, mower bed with new blades, trailer, chains, weights. Cash only. You pick it up. Asking $3,500 or best offer. Call Peter with questions: 802-226-7475.

Needed: Small pieces of Tyvek for making signs for the Historical Society. Contact

5. Vermont School of Dance in Proctorsville
The Vermont School of Dance opened its doors right here in Proctorsville in February 2012. After an extended absence from dance; Kate MacKenzy who was trained at the Royal Ballet School in London before years of touring world-wide as a soloist, decided there was a major gap in the locality for a dance school and decided it was time to return to the studio, this time as instructor.

The school's core focus and pre-requisite is Classical Ballet as it provides the essential basic technique required for each individual to truly reach their full potential, whether their goals are simply to enjoy dancing for pleasure or if they have more ambitious plans to work towards dancing professionally as a career.

There are a variety of classes available for all ages from 3 year olds to adults.
From the complete novice to students with previous dance experience and those returning to dance after many years, there is a class that will offer professional training along with inspiration and fun.

A full weekly schedule will be available in September that pre-registration will be required. Classes for Tiny Toes, Pre-Elementary, Elementary, Intermediate, Advanced and adult classes are currently held on Wednesdays right through the summer on a pay-as you go basis.

Kate has run her own "non-dance" business since 1995 and continues to sell real estate. A Vermont resident since 2001, Kate now lives in Cavendish with her two Golden-doodles and is excited about being back in the studio, this time as instructor. Kate plans to bring the her many years experience to her Cavendish School in hope of inspiring others of all ages to discover the joy of dance.

April -August 31 2012 Class prices: Pre-paid class prices for Tiny Toes: Card of ten classes---$70.00 All other Pre-paid classes: Card of ten classes----$130.00

FMI: 226-7997, or

6. Wild & Woolly Weekend
Fiber Arts In Vermont & Six Loose Ladies bring you a fiber fest of fun April 28 and 29, 10-5 on Saturday and 10-3 on Sunday. Activities take place at The Pointe Hotel, Junction of Rtes. 103 & 131, Proctorsville Vendors will offer: local yarn, fiber for spinners & felters, hand-crafted items to dazzle & inspire. In addition there are free demos (Drop spindle spinning, Saori weaving, hooking rugs and more), door prizes and classes-from Microwave Dyeing to Knitting 911. For a list of classes, registration or for more information or call 802-226-7373

7. CCCA Offers Camp Scholarship
The Cavendish Community and Conservation Association is offering a full scholarship to one young adult from Cavendish between the ages of 12 and 14 for a one week session at the Edward F. Kehoe Conservation Camp located on Lake Bomoseen in Castleton.

Separate weeks are offered for girls and boys but either may apply. The Camp is operated by the Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department, and promotes young people's awareness and understanding of natural resource management. Youth attending the Conservation Camp will have the opportunity to learn about Vermont's natural resources such as fishing, hunting, hiking and camping.

Fly fishing, fly tying and casting, firearm safety, archery, canoeing, camping and hiking, forestry, botany and learning about Vermont wildlife are just some of the activities offered. The camp has a tremendous reputation with youth and adults from all over the state and we have heard first hand from Cavendish residents about the positive experiences their children have had.

You can read more about the camp at the Vermont Fish and Wildlife website. It is offered at various dates in June, July and August and details are all on the web site. If you would like to apply for the scholarship please write a brief letter on why you like the outdoors and what outdoor activities you enjoy, and send it to Tim O'Donoghue, 733 Newton Rd., Proctorsville VT 05153. Please send your letter no later than May 7th and Tim will be in touch with the winner within a week. If you have any questions, do not hesitate to call Tim at 226-7023.

8. News from Black River Good Neighbor Services
Black River Good Neighbors (BRGN) is happy to welcome Keeley Crossman, a Plymouth resident with five years of retail experience, who is now working at the BRGN Thrift Store five days a week and is eager to be of service to you. Cavendish resident Rolf vanSchaik has joined the BRGNS Board of Directors. Rolf is replacing Nancy Tanzer who has relocated to Connecticut to be closer to family.

With the early closing of Okemo Mountain the annual April 1st food drive did not happen and other food raising events were hampered this year by flood recovery activities. Please keep the Food Shelf in mind when shopping. Of course another way to help is by donating money. We can buy five times as much food through the Vermont Food Bank as an individual can buy shopping retail”.

Audrey Bridge, Executive Director of BRGNS Food Shelf and Thrift Store added “The local Post Offices will be doing their annual food drive in May and as BRGNS is the only food shelf serving Ludlow, Belmont, Cavendish, Mt.Holly, Proctorsville and Plymouth we are hoping that our food shelf will be a major beneficiary of the Postal Food Drive from those communities. With the early closing of various seasonal businesses in our area the demand will be greater than ever”.

BRGNS is in need of storage space for furniture. If you have an empty building, or know someone else who does, and you are willing to donate the space for use by Black River Good Neighbors, please call Audrey at 802-228-3663.

A reminder that the first Friday of every month will be Freaky Friday, with special discounts offered on special categories of merchandise. FMI: 802-228-3663 or visit the website.

9. Paws About Town
Did you know that the Springfield Humane Society serves five communities (including Cavendish) yet gets none of its funding from taxpayer dollars? Nor does the nonprofit receive financial support from any national humane organizations. All the critters who are helped to heal, find forever homes or be reunited with their worried owners are supported by caring members of the community who volunteer and donate money for their welfare. One of the biggest and happiest events is the annual Paws About Town dog walk, where dog lovers and their tail-wagging pooches walk an easy neighborhood circuit in downtown Springfield, raising pledges and bringing attention to the plight of those who cannot speak for themselves. Join with us on Saturday May 19 at 9:30 at Riverside Middle School, rain or shine. Bring a friend, bring a dog or two, and bring your much appreciated donations. Pledge sheets can be downloaded at by clicking on Upcoming Events, then Paws About Springfield. Or pick one up at the Humane Society at 401 Skitchewaug Trail. Help us reach our goal for this year of $3,000.00. No donation is too small when it comes to helping our homeless companion friends. For more information call Springfield Humane Society at 885-3997.

10. World Book Night Comes to the Cavendish Library
The Cavendish Fletcher Library is participating in the first United States World Book Night April 23, 2012. World Book Night is a world wide event to promote literacy. The library will be giving away 25 free opies of The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins to anyone who wants one. Limit one per person, first come, first served. Contact Kata for more information. Free E-Books and audio books now available through the library. The Cavendish Fletcher Community Library is hosting an all day workshop on Thursday, April 26 to help patrons learn how to get free e-books and audio books on personal devices through the library. Stop in any time between 9:00-4:30 with your personal device (Kindle, Nook, iPod, iPad etc.) and Kata will show you how to put free items on your device. For more information, please contact Kata at the library at 226-7503.

11. Cavendish Events 4/20-4/30
April 23 (Monday): Spring recess-No School!
• World Book Night at the Cavendish Library. See article 10 above.

April 24 (Tuesday): Spring recess-No School!
• Bone Builders Class at the Cavendish Baptist-- Class from 10-11:15. 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

April 25 (Wednesday): Spring recess-No School!

April 26 (Thursday): Spring recess-No School!
• Book discussion, “Her Sister’s Shadow,” an emotionally powerful story of two sisters who reconnect after nearly 40 years of estrangement, at the Fletcher Memorial Library in Ludlow. 7-8 pm
• Bone Builders Class at the Cavendish Baptist-- Class from 10-11:15. 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
• Workshop on learning how to get free E-Books and Audio books through the library. Stop by the Cavendish Library any time between 9-4:30 with your personal device and Kata will show you how to use it. FMI: 226-7503

April 27 (Friday): Spring recess-No School!

April 28 (Saturday): Wild and Woolly Weekend in Proctorsville. There will be vendors with fine hand-made tools for the fiber artist as well as yarns & fibery fantasies for fondling fingers! FREE demonstrations on learning how to crochet to Saori weaving and lots lots more. Classes from microwave dyeing to braided mug rugs, check out the complete list. DOOR PRIZES! Live Music with Spencer Lewis. Join our "hands on" felting demonstration! The Pointe Hotel is offering a discount package with some great amenities to Wild & Woolly participants. Check out our website for other local inns offering Wild & Woolly packages. FMI:
• Rotary Club Penny Sale at the Black River High School Auditorium in Ludlow, 6 pm. Admission is free. Proceeds are used for college scholarships for area high school students, including Cavendish, as well as community projects, such as Greven Field, LPCTV etc.

April 29 (Sunday): Wild and Wooly Weekend in Proctorsville. See April 28.

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