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The 8/3/12 Cavendish Update Contains the Following:
1. Rest in Peace Jim Ballantine
2. E Coli Testing of Proctorsville Trestle Bridge
3. Cavendish Related News
4. Cavendish Civil War History: Henry B. Atherton
5. Household Hazardous Waste Collection
6. Artist of the Month Matthew Ramada at the Cavendish Library
7. Cavendish Library BBQ
8. Sensible Shoes Proctorsville Concert Rescheduled
9. Cavendish Activities 8/3-8/12
1. Rest in Peace Jim Ballantine: It is with sadness that we report the passing of Jim Ballantine on August 2. Jim was a long-standing member of the Cavendish Select board, the Cavendish Town Elementary School Board and the Cavendish Municipal Water System Board. He was the chair of the Select board for the last several years and in prior years, was very active with the Cavendish Fire Department.
Jim was a strong believer that people should be active in their community and had very interesting stories about his time as a volunteer for the Cavendish Fire Department. Quite clear about where he stood on various issues, during last year’s flood, in the midst of the bustle of the shelter, he noted, “No matter our differences, we’ve always come together as a town in times of crisis. That’s what’s great about Cavendish.”
Our sympathies to his wife Elsie, his children and grandchildren.
2. E Coli Testing of Proctorsville Trestle Bridge: Thanks to Black River Action Team (BRAT), the popular swimming hole by the Proctorsville Trestle Bridge has been tested this week for e coli. The test result is 164 CRU/ 100 Mls, which is well below the VT EPA’s recommended maximum of 235 CFU/100 mls. BRAT recommends waiting several days after a heavy rain before swimming, as heavy rain can bring contaminants from up stream. If anyone can help with the cost of the testing, or taking of samples, please contact BRAT at 885-1533. Note that testing results are posted to the Cavendish Facebook page as soon as they are received and results are forwarded to the town office.
3. Cavendish Related News
New Research Surfaces on Famed Cavendish Accident: New research on one of history’s most intriguing medical oddities has rekindled interest in the curious case of Phineas P. Gage, the 25-year-old railroad worker who survived a massive brain injury after a tamping rod burst through the left side of his head more than 160 years ago in rural Cavendish. Eagle Times
DHMC Joins Mayo Clinic Network: The Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center has recently formed a new partnership with the Mayo Clinic. Known for its worldwide health research and advancements, they will provide the New Hampshire-based hospital data through its Mayo Clinic Care Network. WNNE
VT Looking for Data on Wild Turkeys: The Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department is asking the public for help in monitoring the state's wild turkey population. The state is looking for information about turkey families spotted in Vermont during August. A turkey brood survey is on the department's web site. People who spot turkeys can record information such as the number of adult males and females and young turkeys, or poults, and the date, time and location of the sightings.
VT Fishing on Facebook: A partnership of Vermont Department of Tourism and Marketing, Vermont Department of Fish and Wildlife, and Lake Champlain International has established a Facebook page on fishing in VT. It includes tips as well as good fishing spots. To join, go to https://www.facebook.com/FishVermont
VT’s Successful Transportation Bond Sale & Rating Upgrade Benefits Cavendish: State Treasurer Beth Pearce announced today a triple win for Vermont: a successful bond sale, a bond rating upgrade, and the financing of needed post-Irene bridge repairs. The State sold $10 million of Vermont Special Obligation Transportation Infrastructure Bonds today. The bonds will leverage an additional $51 million in federal funding for bridge and road projects throughout Vermont. Among the more than $61 million in road and bridge improvements supported by the bond sale is $11.3 million for the replacement or rehabilitation of bridges damaged in Tropical Storm Irene in Bennington, Cavendish, Hancock, Hubbardton, Jamaica and Woodford. Press Release
Report Heavy Rains Up 85% in New England: A new report by an environmental group is pointing to what it says is a clear sign of climate change: The frequency of storms in the region with extremely high rain or snowfall is up 85 percent since 1948. Environment America says New England leads the country in the increasing frequency and intensity of severe storms. In Vermont, the group says the amount of precipitation being dropped by the biggest annual rain and snowstorms is up an average of 30 percent. WCAX
Recalled Cantaloupes Were Sold at Hannaford: Burch Farms of North Carolina announced a recall of Athena cantaloupes this past weekend because they may contain listeria. No illnesses have been associated with the recall, but customers should not consume the cantaloupes. They are whole cantaloupes labeled Cantaloupe PLU 4319. You can return them to the store or dispose of them, but bring in the sticker for a full refund. WCAX
Green Mountain Power Requests Rate Decrease: Vermont's largest electric utility is asking state regulators for permission to reduce its rates by four-tenths of 1 percent. GMP says the merger, which received final approval from state regulators in June, guarantees $2.5 million in savings the first year. If approved by the Public Service Board, the decrease will apply to residential, commercial and industrial customers. WNNE
4. Cavendish Civil War History: Henry B. Atherton: Attending the Duttonsville School, where he excelled, Henry Bridge Atherton was more interested in poetry than farming. During his time at Dartmouth College, he taught the winter school in Duttonsville twice and one winter in Proctorsville. From there he went to the Albany Law School where her received the degree of L.L.B. in 1860.
With an office in Proctorsville, John Brown, the famous abolitionist, and his son Owen came to visit Atherton in late 1856 or early 1857. The purpose of that visit, Atherton describes in a letter to the biographer of Brown, John Redpath, in 1882, was to seek guns and money to help with his anti slavery cause.
When the Civil War began, Atherton offered his services to Governor Fairbanks, who on August 12, 1861, commissioned him to raise a company of three-year men for the Union. Within two weeks he had secured his hundred men and twenty to spare. It was the color Company of the 4th Vermont known as the “Lion Brigade.” Atherton was chosen captain and was mustered into service at Brattleboro in Company “C.” He wrote a great many letters during the war, some of which are available at the on-line Atherton Collection, compiled by Linda Welch.
It is interesting that in 1853, at the age of 16, he wrote a poem, “The Widow,” which would take on a very sad and tragic meaning ten years later, when so many Cavendish wives lost their husband in the war.
To read the poem and learn more about Atherton, go to the Cavendish Historical Society blog.
5. Household Hazardous Waste Collection: On Saturday, Sept 8, both Springfield and Weathersfield Transfer Stations will be taking household hazardous waste. To learn what will be accepted, go to www.vtsolidwastedistrict.org FMI: 802-674-9235
6. Artist of the Month Matthew Ramada at the Cavendish Library: Matthew Ramada is a young developing artist who resides in Burlington, VT. He graduated from Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, NY, in 2010 with a degree in fine arts. His studies included painting and art history where he was inspired by the work of impressionists such as JMW Turner and James Whistler. He became highly influenced by the thriving art scene in Manhattan and the Williamsburg community in Brooklyn.
Matthew says that his major interest as an artist is in revealing the undercurrents or unseen components of contemporary existence. This is especially in regards to the turbulent nature of a globalized society and the high paced energy that runs through our post-industrialized urban environments. He is inspired by the junction of man-made, synthetic structures and the natural environment within which we reside. This inspiration is demonstrated through the interpretation of the city as a visual, phenomenological experience.
In the use of the city as a metaphor, Matthew seeks to connect to the verve of condensed human activity. The result of mankind’s presence is implied through lights and buildings and Matthew tries to elucidate its kinetic, ever-changing flow via abstractions of color and a painterly touch. By showing distant, impersonal scenes with individual fervor, he hopes to paint a psychological portrait of the broader scope of humanity as a whole.
Matthew's work is on display in the Redfield Proctor Room of the Cavendish Fletcher Community Library and may be viewed during normal open hours. FMI: 226-7503
7. Cavendish Library BBQ: The Cavendish Fletcher Community Library will host its annual free barbeque on Wednesday August 8 at 6:00. The menu will include hot dogs chips and all the fixings. Entertainment will be provided by Tom Joyce Magic Man and the grand prizewinners for the summer reading program will be announced. The public is welcome. FMI: 226-7503.
8. Sensible Shoes Proctorsville Concert Rescheduled: What do you do when you’ve scheduled an outdoor concert but the weather forecasters tell you that heavy rain, thunder and lightning is on the way? Out of an abundance of caution the Cavendish Community and Conservation Association decided to postpone the August 1st concert in Proctorsville rather than chance a storm ruining the evening. We didn’t cancel the concert though, we just rescheduled it.
Now CCCA invites you to spend an evening listening to the sounds of Sensible Shoes on the Proctorsville Green on Wednesday, August 15th at 6:00 p.m. The band has agreed to help us to extend our summer concert season by an extra week. But on the 15th we will have an alternative venue in case of rain. In that event the band will move to the Cavendish elementary school, just a few doors up Route 131 from the Green. So we will hear the Sensible Shoes come rain or shine.
Come and listen to ASCAP award-winning songwriter and keyboard player Barbara Blaisdell, lead guitarist Tim Utt, bass guitarist Pooh Sprague, and drummer Steve Drebber. All four are singers as well, and qualify as Vermont rock royalty who have played local venues for many years. Sensible Shoes has placed original music in several major motion pictures including “Philadelphia” and “The Manchurian Candidate.”
This will now be the last of this year’s annual Cavendish summer concerts. Concerts are held on consecutive Wednesday nights in July and August. CCCA encourages all area residents and visitors to join their friends and neighbors in front of the gazebo on the green. Bring a blanket or a comfortable chair, have a picnic, or just lay back and relax on the grass. It’s a fun way to enjoy the summer weather and either reconnect with old friends or make new ones.
As always, the concerts are free and open to all.
9. Cavendish Activities 8/3-8/12
August 3 (Friday): Ludlow Farmer’s Market, 4-7 pm in front of Okemo Mountain School, 53 Main St.
August 5 (Sunday): Cavendish Historical Society Museum Open 2-4 pm. Featuring flood exhibit and 250th Cavendish Historical Timeline. FMI: 226-7807 or email@example.com
August 7 (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 8 (Wednesday): Okemo Vallety Chamber of Commerce Mixer, 5:30-7:30 pm at the Stone Hearth Inn & Tavern. FMI: 228-5830
• Cavendish Fletcher Community Library free BBQ, 6 pm. The menu will include hot dogs chips and all the fixings. Entertainment will be provided by Tom Joyce Magic Man and the grand prize winners for the summer reading program will be announced. The public is welcome. FMI: 226-7503.
August 9 (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: TheCoswalds@aol.com
August 10 (Friday): Ludlow Farmer’s Market, 4-7 pm in front of Okemo Mountain School, 53 Main St.
August 11 (Saturday): Drive In Movie Night at 8 pm at the Cavendish Library in Proctorsville. The feature film will be “Race to Witch Mountain.” FMI: 226-7503
August 12 (Sunday): Phineas Gage: New Research Findings, Cavendish Historical Society Museum 2 pm. Includes a self guided walking tour. Museum is open from 2-4 pm. Featuring flood exhibit and 250th Cavendish Historical Timeline. FMI: 226-7807 or firstname.lastname@example.org