Friday, August 17, 2012

Cavendish Update 8/17/12 News/Events/Irene Anniversary

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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 historic sites within the context of sustainable economic growth. FMI: PO Box 605, Cavendish VT 05142 or 802-226-7736

The 8/17/12 Cavendish Update Contains the Following:

1. Cavendish Select Board Meeting 8/13/12

2. Cavendish Related News

3. First Anniversary of Irene Cavendish

4. BRGN Rummage Sale

5. Cavendish Events 8/17-8/26

1. Cavendish Select Board Meeting 8/13/12: Select Board (SB) meetings are videotaped by LPC-TV and are shown on Comcast Channels 8 and 10. They are also available at the LPC website

The following items were discussed at the meeting on Monday night:

Jim Ballantine/Vacancies: A moment of silence was held in Ballantine’s memory. The current chair of the select board, Jim died on Aug. 2. With his passing, there is a need to fill his position on the water board as well as complete his SB term until Town Meeting elections. The remaining four members voted Bob Glidden as chair, George Timko as Vice Chair and Mark Huntley as Clerk of the SB. Rich Svec, town manager, was instructed to contact former SB members, Dan Churchill and Ed Garrow, to see if either would be willing to serve until March 2013. In the event neither are available, the SB will advertise to fill the vacancy and, if need be, will operate as a four member board until the March 2013 election.

To fill the vacancy as water commissioner, the town is seeking an interested person who lives or owns a business in Cavendish village and is on town water. The board meets every other month. If you are interested in this position, please contact the town office 226-7292.

Ordinance Prohibiting the Construction and/or Operation of Aircraft Take off and Landing Facilities within the Town of Cavendish: The SB reviewed a draft of the ordinance, which includes six articles. The ordinance would prohibit the take off and landing of aircraft, including helicopters, and the construction of facilities to accommodate them. Provisions have been made to allow emergency landings as defined by the Federal Aviation Regulations, at times where emergency response is required or when pre approved by the SB for select situations. Svec will incorporate the changes the SB made and will forward to the Municipal Law Center at the Vermont League of Cities and Towns for their review and comment. This revised draft ordinance will then be put to the SB for their final approval and adoption. There will be a public hearing on this ordinance before it becomes law. For more information on the ordinance, contact the Town office 226-7292

Ecosystem Restoration and Protections Service Grant: Svec informed the board that the grant application, which will help to purchase flood prone property in Cavendish, so they can be managed by the town and minimize damage in the future, will be submitted on Wednesday Aug. 15.

Cavendish Municipal Wastewater Systems Budget and Rate Schedule: The SB will review and vote on the budget prior to the hearing regarding the adoption of the Town Plan on Monday Aug 20 at 5:45 pm at the Town Office.

Derelict Building Ordinance: Svec informed the board that he had recently spoken with Kathy Mahoney, one of the owners of a condo at the North Country Condominiums. She was asking when action would be taken on the derelict building at the end of Pie Alley off of Depot Street in Proctorsville. Because of the condition of this building, it is viewed as a fire risk by the insurance companies, which means if the condo owners can even get insured, it’s extremely high. In addition, the building was site visited by the SB in 2011 and was definitely viewed as a derelict building. The situation facing the condo owners after Irene, where their property was heavily damaged, prompted the SB to develop an ordinance. In addition to the insurance, the property values of the condos are significantly lowered due to the risks the building poses in its current state. The first step in implementing the Derelict Building Ordinance is to have the building evaluated by the town’s Building Safety Officer. Since there is no one serving in that capacity, Svec will advertise to fill the position.

2. Cavendish Related News

James I. Ballatine, Jr A Man Who Loved His Town

Town of Cavendish Warning-Special Town Meeting Aug. 28 and Notice of Public Hearing

Holiday Message from Ludlow Police Dept: August 15 through September 3 Ludlow Police in conjunction with other local and state police agencies will have increased patrols and checkpoints surrounding the holiday. Police are looking for aggressive and impaired drivers. If you drink, don't drive, slow down and buckle up. Let's aim for an injury free holiday.

Additional VT Communities to Benefit From Verizon’s 4G Network: Verizon Wireless announced today it will bring the nation’s largest 4G Long Term Evolution (LTE) network to Brattleboro and White River Junction, and 14 additional communities throughout Vermont, on Thursday, August 16. In the past three months, Verizon Wireless has introduced 4G LTE service in more than 50 communities throughout the state, including Bennington, Rutland, Montpelier, Burlington and Northern Vermont. Among the towns to benefit are Ludlow and Windsor. Press Release

Health Dept. Seeks Public Input: The Vermont Department of Health is inviting public comment as Healthy Vermonters 2020, a comprehensive set of 10-year goals for improving the overall health of the state, are developed and finalized by public health, health care and human services professionals. The Vermont Department of Health has posted a draft plan on its website: and is soliciting public comment through Aug. 31. Press Release

Draft Air Permit Issued for VT Biomass Project: The Vermont Agency of Natural Resources has issued a draft air pollution control permit for the construction of a biomass plant in North Springfield. Under state air pollution control regulations, plant developers must get a permit through the agency and hold a public forum before construction starts. The Eagle Times reports Steven Snook of the air pollution control division said issuing the draft permit opens the document for review and comment from interested parties such as local citizens and neighboring New Hampshire.

3. First Anniversary of Irene Cavendish: While everyone has their story of Irene and how it impacted their lives, we are fortunate that as we approach this first anniversary, we are still together and a strong community. In recognizing the events of Aug. 28, 2011, two events are planned for Sunday August 26:

• First Anniversary Prayer Walk: Starting at 3pm, the prayer walk will begin at the Calvary Church in Proctorsville (parking is available at the church) and goes to the “Cavendish Canyon” in Cavendish. There will be stops along the way for specific prayers at sites of significant events or damage from the Irene flooding. If you can't walk the whole distance, join in along the way, or remain at the Calvary Church for a while, letting your prayers go forth, and then drive to the Baptist Church to sit and pray until the walkers arrive.

People of all faith and spiritual backgrounds are welcome, with leaders from local faith communities guiding a few moments from their traditions at each of the stops. You can walk with the group or by yourself. Your prayers can be spoken or silent, written, or rote. We will be giving thanks for our blessings, praying for those who have needs, and listening. Prayers for physical, spiritual, and financial protection for the people, the families, the businesses, the school, those in government, and even the very soil of the town of Cavendish, will be offered.

If you have a home or business that was impacted by the flood and would like the walkers to include this in their prayers and/or be a stop that day, please contact Abe Gross 226-7131.

Locations were the Prayer Walk will be stopping will be posted to the Cavendish Update blog. FMI: Abe Gross, at 226-7131.

• The Cavendish Historical Society’s Museum Exhibit and Refreshments. The Cavendish Historical Society Museum will be the snack and water stop for those in the prayer walk. To accommodate the walkers and others who are interested in seeing the Cavendish Floods exhibit, the Museum will be open from 2-5 pm that day. The exhibit features pictures and other items from the 1927 flood and Irene. Photographs from the 1927 flood are being posted on the Cavendish VT Facebook page. Refreshments will be available all afternoon. FMI: 226-7807 or

4. BRGN Rummage Sale: Black River Good Neighbor Services will hold its Fall Rummage Sale at Fletcher Farm in Ludlow on Route 103 south on Friday and Saturday, September 28th and 29th from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sunday September 30th from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. Proceeds from this sale benefit BRGNS’ food and financial assistance programs.

If you have anything to donate, please call Audrey Bridge at 802-228-3663 to arrange a drop off time. Donations will be accepted at Fletcher Farm between Saturday, September 22nd and Thursday, September 27th from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Fletcher Farm is located at 611 Route 103 South in Ludlow. Fall and winter clothing will be especially welcome. Furniture will be accepted gratefully - nothing broken or torn please. Please do not donate clothing items that are stained or ripped. If you are unable to drop off a furniture donation, it can be picked up by our volunteers if arrangements are made in advance.

Volunteers are needed to help work the sale as well as setup, so please come and help.

There will also be a table selling baked goods. So, if you can bake an item to donate for the sale please do so. This sale is very popular, and we need as many baked goods as the community can provide.

Lastly, please come and buy some of the great bargains. Contact Audrey Bridge at the Black River Good Neighbor Services Thrift Shop at 37B Main Street or call her at 802-228-3663 or email her at for further details.

5. Cavendish Events 8/17-8/26

August 17 (Friday): Ludlow Farmer’s Market, 4-7 pm in front of Okemo Mountain School, 53 Main St. Join LPC-TV in the first annual Sizzling Summer Cold Soup Slurp Off-looking for the area’s best cold summer soup.

• The Vermont Challenge. The only bicycle Challenge that tours Southern and Central VT over 3 to 4 days. FMI:

August 18 (Saturday): The Vermont Challenge. The only bicycle Challenge that tours Southern and Central VT over 3 to 4 days. FMI:

August 19 (Sunday): Cavendish Historical Society Museum Open 2-4 pm. Featuring flood exhibit and 250th Cavendish Historical Timeline. FMI: 226-7807 or

• Last day of The Vermont Challenge. The only bicycle Challenge that tours Southern and Central VT over 3 to 4 days. FMI:

August 20 (Monday): Public hearing on the adoption of the Cavendish Town Plan as approved by the Select Board, 6:30 pm at the Cavendish Town Office. FMI:

August 21 (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

August 23 (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, 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

• Recreation Night at Greven Field, 6 pm to dusk. FMI:

August 24 (Friday): Ludlow Farmer’s Market, 4-7 pm in front of Okemo Mountain School, 53 Main St.

August 26 (Sunday): First Anniversary of Irene Prayer Walk and extended hours at the Cavendish Historical Society Museum. See Item 3 above.

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