Friday, June 22, 2012

Cavendish Update 6/22/12 News/Minutes/Summer Fest

Information can also be posted on the Cavendish VT Facebook Page

The 6/22/12 Cavendish Update Contains:
1. Cavendish Related News
2. May CTES Board Minutes
3. “Indian Books” to be Part of Cavendish Summer Fest on June 30
4. Cast Your Votes for the 2013 Cavendish Calendar
5. Author of “A Mighty Storm” at Crows Bakery Café
6. Proctorsville’s Little Village Farm Needs Your Vote
7. Cavendish Library Summer Hours
8. Calendar of Cavendish Events 6/22-6/30

Note: There is currently a very active discussion at the Cavendish Facebook page about traffic issues. Please post your concerns and solutions.

1. Cavendish Related News
Two Heat Records Set in VT: The National Weather Service says two more high temperature records have been set in Vermont. The high of 97 in Burlington yesterday, 6/21/12, eclipsed the previous high of 95, set in 1953. The top of Mount Mansfield, Vermont's highest peak, hit a high of 77, beating the previous high of 76, set in 1988. VPR

PSB Approves Green Mountain Power-CVPS Merger: The Public Service Board says customers will share in the savings when Green Mountain Power and Central Vermont Public Service Corporation are merged later this month. But the board also rejected arguments that customers should get a direct refund when the deal goes through. VPR

Length of Unemployment Benefits in VT to Drop:. As of June 23, federal Tier 2 extended benefits will be phased out in the state. That's because Vermont's unemployment rate has dropped to 4.6 percent, which is below the federal threshold of 6 percent for Tier 2 benefits. The move does not apply to people already receiving 14 weeks of Tier 2 benefits or those who become eligible by Sat., June 23. WCAX

Green Mountain Graduates Leave with “I Wish You Peace:” As the sun set over Green Mountain Union High School, The Seniors gave their goodbyes, their gift, their memories to the community at large. They received their well wishes their awards and their diplomas. VT Journal

Mrs. B’s 6th Grade Says Goodbye to CTES: The sun was setting over the Cavendish Common as the 6th grade class of Cavendish Town Elementary received their awards and certificates, their advice and well wishes, their hugs and applause. VT Journal

We can Always Be Kids: They may have left the 6th grade and childhood behind, but in the words of CTE graduate Emelie Patterson, “We can always be kids!” And where better to be a kid than at a school picnic on a sparkling spring day. And so 150 students, staff, and parents headed over to Weston Recreation Area for the annual Cavendish Town Elementary School picnic. There, they were joined by 60 5th and 6th graders from Floodbrook Union School in Londonderry, where the two groups blended beautifully. VT Journal

Free Meals in Ludlow for 18 and Under: A free summer meal program has been instituted at the Ludlow Community Center for everyone 18 years and under. There is no “paperwork” required; just drop in and chow down. The program will be in effect between June 21 and August 2; it will offer breakfast and lunch on Mondays through Thursdays in the school cafeteria portion of the Community Center. No meals are offered on Fridays or the weekend. Breakfast is 9-9:30 and lunch is 1-1:30 pm. FMI: P. J. Pollard at 802-226-8070 or 802-299-8025 or

Cabot Creamery Drops VT from its Labels: Cabot is adopting new butter and cheese labels depicting a generic green dairy farm, which advise consumers Cabot is supplied by "farmers across New York and New England." At issue -- state rules adopted in 2006 that require products which say 'Vermont' to contain 'essential ingredients' which are at least 75 percent Vermont-sourced. WNNE

2. May CTES Board Minutes
Minutes from the May Cavendish Town Elementary School board meeting have been posted to the Cavendish VT Blog.

3. “Indian Books” to be Part of Cavendish Summer Fest on June 30
The Cavendish Historical Society (CHS) is pleased to announce that McKenney & Hall’s “A History of the Indian Tribes of North America,” will be part of the June 30 Summer Fest activities. Often referred to as “the Indian Books,” they are owned by the Cavendish Fletcher Memorial Library and are usually kept in climate-controlled storage at the Vermont Historical Center in Barre. For this one-day, visitors to the CHS Museum, can see the actual books.

As has been the CHS tradition, the Saturday before 4th of July is the annual plant sale. Started by landscape architect Craig Rankin, the sale is known for its hearty hosta. Since Craig believed, “a hosta in every garden,” the prices are very affordable. We are happy to report that even though Craig maybe gone now, his granddaughter Elizabeth Rankin, shortly before she gave birth this spring, transplanted 150 hosta. As Elizabeth noted, “I was born to transplant hosta.” A special note of thanks to Pieter van Schaik who continues to keep this tradition alive.

In addition to the plant sale, which gets underway at 9 am, CHS is offering “pie for breakfast.” Other activities of the day include:
• A silent auction (up to 12:45) and live auction (1 PM);
• Activities for children (bouncy house and face painting);
• The now famous Moonlite Meadows BBQ (the meat comes from cows and lambs raised on their Cavendish farm);
• Non partisan voter registration (Democratic Party booth)
• Farmstead Cheese and a host of other vendors.

The Museum’s exhibits this summer feature a 250-year Cavendish historical timeline and an exhibit on the 1927 and 2011 floods. If you have pictures or other items you would like included in the Flood exhibit, and eventually the Society’s archives, this is a good day to bring them in. All of these activities will take place at the CHS Museum on Main Street in Cavendish. Parking is available at Mack Molding.

The Cavendish Fire Department will also be holding their annual chicken BBQ at the fire station, just a short walk from the Museum and the Mack Molding parking lot. FMI: or 802-226-7807

4. Cast Your Votes for the 2013 Cavendish Calendar
Voting for the 2013 Cavendish Community Calendar Contest will be at Crows Bakery and Opera House Cafe from Friday the 22nd until June 30th. Please take this opportunity to cast your vote for your favorite photos! Results will be announced at Summer Fest on June 30.

5. Author of “A Mighty Storm” at Crows Bakery Café
Although Tropical Storm Irene is nearly a year behind us, memories of its destruction remain fresh. Vermont journalist Yvonne Daley's book, A Mighty Storm, chronicles its aftermath with dramatic photographs and stories of the people, towns and organizations that sustained losses. On Sunday July 15 Daley will speak about the resilience of Vermonters in the face of adversity and read selections from her book at Crows Corner Bakery Cafe in Proctorsville. Among the many people who were impacted by Irene, residents of Proctorsville and Cavendish showed their true spirit, reaching out to one another, solving problems creatively and otherwise demonstrating that Vermonters know how to work together. Still, much needs to be done. Proceeds from A Mighty Storm have already raised $40,000 for three special benefit funds; proceeds from the sales of books at this reading will go directly to local funds for area residents who sustained losses in the storm. Yvonne Daley will read, tell stories and take questions 6:00-8:00 p.m. Coffee and desserts will be available. Crows Corner is at 73 Depot Street in Proctorsville.

6. Proctorsville’s Little Village Farm Needs Your Vote
Cavendish’s CSA, Little Village Farm, was impacted by Irene. However, they have big dreams for the farm in the coming years. They recently learned of an opportunity that could fast track their plans to build a farm stand / outdoor demonstration and canning kitchen, increase equipment, drill their own well for irrigation, update the walk-in cooler, get a dumpy trailer for soil and much more, but they need your help! Mission Small Business is a partnership between Chase and Living Social. They are ready to give 12, $250,000 grants to small business around the country making a difference in their communities! With voting closing the end of June, vote now as they need a total of 250 votes to qualify. Then, they write their essay application and pray!!

To vote for Little Village Farm:
1. Go to
2. Click SUPPORT
3. Fill in the business information: Little Village Farm, Vermont, Proctorsville
4. VOTE...then tell your friends
... then tell your neighbors
...then tell your facebook friends

7. Cavendish Library Summer Hours
With the closing of school, the Cavendish Fletcher Community Library is now operating on “summer hours:” 9-6:30 Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday and 12-4 the first two Saturdays of the month. FMI: 226-7503

8. Calendar of Cavendish Events 6/22-6/30
June 22 (Friday): Ludlow Farmer’s Market, 4-7 pm in front of Okemo Mountain School, 53 Main St.
• Meatball Rumble and Spaghetti Dinner, helps to support 4th of July Fireworks. FMI:

June 23 (Saturday): Rigid Heddle Weaving Class at Six Loose Ladies in Proctorsville. FMI:

June 24 (Sunday): Cavendish Historical Society Museum Open 2-4 pm. Featuring flood exhibit and 250th Cavendish Historical Timeline. FMI: 226-7807 or

June 26 (Tuesday): 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, Charlotte Snyder at 226-7343 or Anne Oakes or Andrew Ohotnicky at (802) 228-5236, Dot Ramsdell at (802) 226-7870

June 28 (Thursday): 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, Charlotte Snyder at 226-7343 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
• LPC TV Annual Meeting. Includes elections for the Board of Directors, a vote on the 2012-2013 budget and a tour of the new facility. The meeting begins at 7 pm. Preceding the Annual Meeting, starting at 5:30, LPCTV will host a community cook-out. The meal will include a variety of sausages, veggie burgers, salads, and ice cream. Donations will be accepted. In the event of inclement weather, an alternate location on the Community Center property will be announced. Community members are encouraged to attend both the cook-out and Annual Meeting. FMI: 228-8808

June 29 (Friday): Ludlow Farmer’s Market, 4-7 pm in front of Okemo Mountain School, 53 Main St.

June 30 (Saturday): Summer Fest at the Cavendish Historical Society Museum Grounds, 9-3 pm includes: plant sale; pie for breakfast; museum tours (Indian books, 250th Cavendish Historic Timeline; floods); silent auction (until 12:45 pm); live auction (1 pm); BBQ; vendors and Chicken BBQ at the Cavendish Fire Hall. FMI: 226-7807 or

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