Friday, November 16, 2012

Cavendish Update 11/16/12 SB/News/Events

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

The 11/16/12 Cavendish Update Contains the Following:
1. Select Board Meeting 11/13/12
2. Cavendish Related News
3. Cavendish Postal Service Options
4. CTES Board Minutes and Nov.  Board Meeting Agenda
5. Are there other towns named Cavendish?

6. Cavendish’s Early History

7.  Stepping Stones Preschool Annual Pie Sale Fundraiser

8. Jay Witham at Cavendish Baptist Church

9. Cavendish Events 11/16-11/25



At Monday night’s Select Board (SB) meeting, the following items were discussed:

Scenic Byway Status: The SB voted to seek scenic byway status for the portion of 103 that runs through Cavendish, approximately one mile. This will allow the town to promote sites of interest. For more information on VT’s Byways

Town Grader: The town grader has been repaired and will be on-line shortly.

Ecosystem Restoration Grant: Cavendish has received up to $94,590 in grant funds in order to survey and put into trust flood prone land along the Black River. Meetings are currently underway and the process, which ends the summer of 2013, is going smoothly.

Irene Related Projects: There are a number of guardrails that need to be installed. This can be done in the early winter, so a bid document is currently being drafted.

Hydraulics Report Carlton Road Area: A VTrans hydraulics report has been completed for the Atherton Mill area in Whitesville, which was heavily impacted by Irene. The three-foot corrugated drainage pipe is being replaced with a four foot PVC pipe. The current owner would like to see a bridge there, as one appeared to be there many years ago when this was a working mill. According to the state report, this is a difficult site because it’s in a flood plain. One of the recommendations made by the report would be to replace the Carleton Bridge. The current bridge has a support in the middle, in which debris was caught both in Irene and the flood of 1973. However, the cost to replace the bridge would be $1.4 million. Additional study is needed. One possibility is to see if this could be considered a Hazard mitigation project.

SB meetings are recorded by LPC-TV and are available at their website  and on Comcast Television.

Car Crash in Cavendish: On November 10, 2012 at approximately 10 pm Vermont State Police out of Rockingham responded to a one-car motor vehicle crash on High Street in Cavendish near the intersection of Ranney Hill Road.  The investigation revealed that Destiny Blanchard, 17 of Mt. Holly was traveling north on High Street at 40 mph in a posted 25 mph speed zone when she lost control of her vehicle, left the travel portion of the roadway, and struck a large granite marker.  Blanchard was not injured.  The cause of the accident was due to speed.  Blanchard will be issued a ticket for speeding and failing to wear her seatbelt.  Ludlow and Cavendish fire and rescue responded to assist.

Proctorsville Fire Dept’s New Truck: The Proctorsville Vol Fire Dept took delivery of its new 3000gallon Tanker Truck on Friday. For more pics of the truck check out Proctorsville Volunteer Fire Department Facebook page. 

Cavendish Baptist Church is on Facebook The URL for the new Cavendish Baptist Church facebook page is

With reduced windows hours being planned for the Cavendish Post Office starting in January, customers are being encouraged to make use of the orange envelopes for Stamp Purchases. According to the Postal Service, “This envelope is provided by the United States Postal Service and the National Rural Letter Carriers’ Association to make it easy for you to purchase stamps and other postal products. Please complete the order form, seal and place this envelope in your mailbox for your carrier to fulfill. Just enclose a check or money order made payable to “Postmaster” for the total amount of your order. Do not enclose Cash.” Orange envelopes will soon be distributed to Cavendish customers.

Proctorsville will not be affected by reduced hours until 2014. For additional questions, please stop by the Cavendish Post Office.

Minutes from the Oct. 16 Cavendish Town Elementary School have been posted to the Cavendish VT Blog. The November board will be Tuesday, Nov. 20, 5:30 pm in the multi purpose room. The agenda will include the following:
• FanS Unit Update
• Non-Resident Teacher Enrollment Request – (Action Requested) [Ann Thompson, Grade 5, is requesting that her daughter attend CTES in the 2013-2014 school year. She will be in the 3rd grade.
• Policies: Prevention of Bullying Policy F32 – First Read
• Finance: FY’ 2013 – 14 Budget
• Two Rivers Supervisory Union Update
• Reports from the Principal and Superintendent


To a recently asked question of where else there might be towns going by the name of Cavendish, ten locations have been identified as follows:
• Queensland and Victoria Australia
• Alberta, New Found land, Ontario and Prince Edward Island, Canada
• Cavendish, England
• Idaho (named Cavendish because of the similarity to the town in Vermont), Missouri and Vermont


The first person buried in Cavendish had the last name of Proctor, but it wasn't the founder of Proctorsville. The Cavendish Historical Society's genealogist, Linda Welch, has uncovered an article, written in 1947 and published in the Vermont Quarterly about some of the early Cavendish people, and places, including The Old Morgan Cemetery (Revolutionary Cemetery) - - Henry Proctor’s grave - - Wheeler and Densmore Farms – Reverend Joseph Brown - Cavendish Baptists – Levi Stevens – William Bond and their families. The article is available on-line at the Cavendish Historical Society’s Blog.


It is that time of year again. On Wednesday November 21 Stepping Stones Preschool will hold it's annual Thanksgiving Pie Sale Fundraiser at Shaws Market in Ludlow. They will be there at 8 am and stay until the pies are all sold. You can help by:

1. Bake and donate homemade pies for us to sell. You can bring them to Stepping Stones on Monday or Tuesday or directly to the sale at Shaws on Wednesday morning
2. Come and buy homemade pies :)
3. Make a tax-deductible donation directly to Stepping Stones Preschool

Tax-deductible donation can be made to Stepping Stones Preschool, 3628 Route 103 Proctorsville, VT 05153. FMI: Kim Sherman 226-7760

Jay Witham will be performing Sunday November 25 at 7:00pm at the Cavendish Baptist Church, 2258 Main Street in Cavendish, VT. All are welcome to come enjoy an evening of great music. A free will offering will be taken and light refreshments will be served following the concert.

Jay Witham has pastored churches throughout New England and the Northeast since 1975. Besides being a pastor and Bible teacher, Jay is also an accomplished singer and songwriter. He has been involved in Country Gospel music since childhood with his family, The Withams, and has recorded several projects with Cal Witham in a unique father and son gospel music team. Both have recorded several albums, cassette tapes and CDs and have performed on radio and television. He is sought after to perform live concerts throughout the United States. FMI: 226-7131

9. CAVENDISH EVENTS 11/16-11/25
November 16 (Friday): Okemo Mountain School Ski and Snowboard Swap.  Base lodge at Okemo in Ludlow
  • Scholastic Bookfair at Cavendish Library FMI: 226-7503

November 17 (Saturday): Ludlow Winter Farmer’s Market, 9-1 at Inside Market at the corner of Main St. and Andover St. (Rt. 100 South) FMI:
• Okemo Mountain School Ski and Snowboard Swap, Base lodge at Okemo in Ludlow
• Scholastic Bookfair at Cavendish Library FMI: 226-7503

November 18 (Sunday): Okemo Mountain School Ski and Snowboard Swap. Base lodge at Okemo in Ludlow

November 20 (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
  • CTES Board Meeting, 5:30 pm at the school

November 21 (Wednesday): Thanksgiving Recess begins for schools
  • Annual Pie Fundraiser for Stepping Stones Preschool, 8 am until all pies are sold, in front of Shaws in Ludlow.

November 22 (Thursday): HAPPY THANKSGIVING!

November 23 (Friday): Schools closed for Thanksgiving recess

November 24 (Saturday): Cavendish Community Holiday Fair: 9=2pm at the Cavendish Town Elementary School. Organized by town churches, offering a variety of home baked goods, lunch, raffles, and much more.
• Ludlow Winter Farmer’s Market, 9-1 at Inside Market at the corner of Main St. and Andover St. (Rt. 100 South) FMI:
  • Trot It Off 5K & Tots’ Trot at Jackson Gore, Okemo This running/walking race is perfect for the avid runner or the recreational runner hoping to burn off the calories from that extra slice of Thanksgiving pumpkin pie. All participants will receive an event t-shirt. The Tots Trot, a kid’s fun race for children 12 and younger, will take place just before the 5k. This event will support the Wendy Neal Scholarship Fund at Okemo Mountain School and Black River Good Neighbors Services. Registration is 8:30 am in the Cornerstone Room of Jackson Gore. Registration is $25 for the 5K and $15 for tots Trot (11 and under). 9:30 is the Tot Trot and 10 AM begins the 5K.
  • Cavendish Community Holiday Fair, 9-3 pm at the Cavendish Elementary School in Proctorsville. Crafts, Gifts, Baked Goodies, Raffles, and Lunch will be available

November 25 (Sunday): Jay Witham, gospel singer, will be performing in a free concert at the Cavendish Baptist Church, 7pm. FMI: 226-7131

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