Friday, December 21, 2012

Cavendish Update 12/21/12 News/PO Box/Survey

Information can also be posted on the Cavendish VT Facebook Page 

The Cavendish Update for 12/21/12 Contains the Following
1. Cavendish Related News
2. Winter Notice from VT State Police
3. 2013 Cavendish Calendar Now Available
4. Change in Hours at Cavendish Post Office Starting Jan. 12
5. Cavendish Christmas Services
6. Bottle Drive to Benefit CTES 6th Grade
7. Cavendish Planning Committee Survey
8. Greven Field Still Open for Family Fun!
9. BRGN Furniture Donations Always in Need
10. Cavendish Activities 12/21-12/30


Accidents in Cavendish: On Monday December 17 at 11 am, a vehicle slid off the roadway on VT 106 near the Weathersfield line.  At 10:30 PM State Police responded to a single vehicle crash at 203 Main Street (Proctorsville village).  Paul Raucci, 24 from West Haven, CT, was traveling east when he lost control of his vehicle.  The vehicle crossed the westbound lane and went off the northerly (left) side of the road.  After leaving the road, the vehicle went up an embankment and rolled onto its roof. Raucci was transported to Springfield Hospital with unknown injuries.  A passenger, was also transported to Springfield Hospital with a minor injury, while a second passenger, was not injured. Raucci was found to have been drinking and was processed for DUI.  Speed and poor road conditions are also considered contributing factors.  The Proctorsville Fire Department and Ludlow Ambulance also responded to the scene. VT State Police Press Release

Cavendish Brothers Sentenced for Spring Burglaries: Mitchell and Matthew Horton have been sentenced for a string of burglaries, including business and residential,  that took place in February and March. Matthew Horton accepted a written deal where he will serve between 17-18 months concurrently in prison for two felony counts and had three other charges dismissed by taking the agreement. Mitchell Horton also entered a guilty plea on four felonies. He is slated to serve four to seven years concurrently as part of the deal. Deputy State’s Attorney, Rhonda Sheffied, pointed to drugs as the reason behind what she characterized as a disjointed and ill considered crime wave that saw businesses from West Windsor to Springfield broken into for things ranging from jars of pocket change and a lamp up to $10,000 worth of copper wire from a Cavendish building Eagle Times 12/812 and Rutland Herald 12/20/12 

VT Attorney General Warns of “Free Money” Scams: The Vermont Attorney General’s Office is receiving an increase in reports of “free money” and other financial fraud scams. Such scams require the consumer to send money in order to receive a large sum of money, or pay up front to receive promised services. DO NOT give your financial information (credit card number, bank account number, automatic debit authorization and do not send a check) to any solicitor unless you have verified the source is legitimate. Beware also of the following and other current phone scams targeting consumers right now: Computer virus tech support; medical alert robo calls; travel package robo calls. So-called “robo calls” are unlawful for telemarketing purposes. If you receive a telemarketing solicitation with an automated message, it is a scam! For assistance or to report a scam, contact the Consumer Assistance Program toll-free in Vermont at 800-649-2424 or 802-656-3183. Press Release 

Paid Fundraisers Keep Lion Share of Donations according to New AG’s Report: The VT Attorney General’s Office has released a report on its website analyzing fundraising data for the past two fiscal years, July 1, 2010 through June 30, 2012. According to the over 700 financial reports filed with the Attorney General’s Office during this time period, Vermonters gave over $6 million to charitable causes through paid fundraisers. Of this total, however, over two-thirds, or more than $4 million stayed with the paid fundraisers. The charities, meanwhile, received less than a third of the total donations. 

VT One of two states to see population decline: New statistics from the U.S. Census Bureau show Vermont lost 581 people in 2011. Rhode Island's population shrank by 354 people. Vermont's population decline is also reflected in census data on the age of the population. Vermont political leaders have raised concerns for years about an outward migration of young people unable to find jobs and the high percentage of elderly residents. Census data shows Vermont has the second oldest population in the country and the percentage of residents over 65 is expected to grow at a rate 10 times faster than Vermont's total population growth rate over the next decade. WCAX 


December 17, 2012
Over the past two days Troopers in the southeastern part of Vermont have been busy responding to numerous vehicle collisions and incidents on Interstates 91, I-89 and State and local roads. The majority of these incidents are directly linked to the following:

-driving at a speed too fast for the existing conditions
-operating with tires not suitable for winter conditions
-failure to exercise common sense in hazardous conditions

Troopers are being encouraged to issue traffic tickets at these vehicle collisions/incidents to those operators who are driving at speeds too fast for the existing conditions under Title 23/1081 which states "No person shall drive a vehicle on a highway at a speed greater than is reasonable and prudent under the conditions, having regard for the actual and potential hazards then existing". The monetary fine for such a ticket is currently $214.

Many of these incidents which many call "slide off's" often lead to further hazards, injuries to the operator and/or passengers, and an unnecessary drain of State and Local resources.

Winter is here--adjust your vehicle operation accordingly.


The 2013 Cavendish Calendar is now available at Crows Bakery, Singleton’s and the Cavendish Town Office. Because of the late arrival, the charge is only $10 this year.  This makes a wonderful gift for anyone that needs a last minute Yankee Swap present,  the person that loves photography and anyone who loves Cavendish, whether they live here or not. Supplies are limited, so purchase today.

Each year, the CCCA solicits photographs taken by residents of Cavendish and Proctorsville.  The photos that are in the 2013 calendar are Main Street Winter by Andrew French, Snow Nautilus by Pieter Van Schaik, Blue Heron by Jillian Palmer, Lilacs for Lunch by Stacia Spaulding, Poppies by Christopher Wuttke, Lunch by Winston Churchill, New Born Fawn by Robin Varga, Early Morning Gold Finch by Tim O’Donoghue, Blaze of Glory by Gail Verheyen, Ice Bells by Hans Shrag, Waterfall by Seth Matlofsky and Nature Takes Over by Mary McCallum.

Purchase of these calendars supports the work of the CCCA, which includes the Cavendish Community Fund. 

Effective Jan. 12, the decreased retail hours (window service) for the Cavendish Post Office are going to be Monday through Friday 7:30 am-9:30 am and 3:00 pm-5 pm, while Post Office Lobby access will be from 7:30 am-5:00 pm. On Saturday, window service will be from 7-10:00, while PO Boxes will be available from 7:30-10:30. Retail service envelopes can be used to purchase stamps. Internet users should check out for additional mailing services, such as hold mail requests, shipping/packaging supplies, change of address and “Click n Ship,” which provides a quick and discounted way to affix postage on packages. Note that this change in service does not apply to Proctorsville, which will not be impacted by the downsizing until 2014.


Calvary Church in Proctorsville will take place on Sunday Dec. 23 at 11 am. No prayer service on Dec. 25.

  St James United Methodist Church and Gethsemane Episcopal Church will hold a Candlelight Service of Lessons and Carols with Holy Eucharist at 5:00 pm at St James UMC, 570 Main Street, Proctorsville on Dec. 24, Christmas Eve.

• Cavendish Baptist Church: Accordionist Brent Buswell will delight people of all ages in a live performance at the Cavendish Baptist Church. Brent Buswell enjoys playing a wide variety of music, including: jazz, polkas, Scandinavian, marches, Christian, and American standards. He especially enjoys playing the music of great composers such as Pietro Frosini, Charles Magnante, Pietro Deiro, and many others.  He will also be performing some Christmas favorites!  For more information, please call (802) 226-7131. There is no charge for admission, but a free-will offering will be received. 

On Christmas Eve Candlelight Service at the Cavendish Baptist Church at 7:00pm.  We will listen to the Christmas story, sing favorite Christmas hymns and each hold a lit candle at the end of the service while singing Silent Night.  Glow bracelets are available for children too young for candles.  

The 6th graders at Cavendish Elementary are doing a bottle drive in early January. If you don’t want to deal with the extra clutter until the drive, take them to the loading dock behind Brewfest Brewery Co in Ludlow, and ring the bell. Tell them you are donating to the CTES 6th Grade account. Only take bottles that are redeemable. At the January event, there will be a truck parked at the school and they will be doing pick up service at homes. Please do what you can to help our students. FMI: 226-8000.

The deadline for submitted your survey is December 31, 2012.  A copy can be obtained at the Town Office or you can complete the survey online.  Thank you for participating.

The baseball/ softball fields and volleyball court lie dormant for the winter, and the soccer field is being reworked, but that shouldn’t stop residents from visiting Greven Field this fall and winter. As part of the extensive post-Irene renovations, the Greven Field Restoration Project built a beautiful walking trail along the outskirts of the field. Starting on your left you will see crushed stone to welcome you to a half mile trail that takes you by the Black River and back to the field again. There are two hand built stone tables and chairs if you would like to rest along the way, and your dog can easily hop to the Black River for a drink. This trail is open to the public for use during any season and can be used for snowshoeing or cross-country skiing when the snows fly.

Come for a walk any time and enjoy this newly renovated recreational space built with an eye to multi-age, family activities. If your grandchildren are in town, bring them down to try out the new playground apparatus complete with slides, swings and climbing opportunities.

The Greven Field Restoration Project is a volunteer effort. Dozens of volunteers have spent thousands of hours cleaning, designing, building, painting, and planning for a town recreational field. The volunteers are grateful to the area businesses, individuals, members of the Cavendish road crew and donors, foundations and others who helped us fundraise to build our dream recreational park. Come enjoy with us!

For over twenty-five years Black River Good Neighbor Services has served the community with a thrift store that depends on the community’s generous donations and we deeply appreciate all of the donations that we receive.  Our newly opened used furniture store at 105 Main Street, Ludlow has been quite successful in serving area residents and as the donations come in they quickly go out.  Just as at our main thrift store, sales directly benefit the community.  Whether from sales of clothing or of furniture, we put all of our profits into buying food or paying rent, heat and utilities for those in need.

We are so grateful to all of our benefactors and the support that we receive from so many kind people.  But the need is great, so we ask that as you receive new furniture please think of BRGNS for your used, quality unwanted pieces.  If you are downsizing and have unwanted furniture or are cleaning out closets and drawers to make room for the new, please keep BRGNS in mind.  You can arrange to donate furniture by calling (802) 228-3663.  We will find a mutually convenient time to accept your delivery.  Non-furniture deliveries are accepted Monday through Saturday at our thrift store, 37B Main Street, Ludlow.  We will provide a receipt as all donations are tax deductible.  As always, cash is always welcome.

The need is still great for food, warm clothing, bedding—anything that is in good condition.

December 21 (Friday): GMUHS will be open to make up for storm day in October.
• Santa visits CTES.
• Last day to participate in the “Speak up Survey.” To participate go to The survey password is gmuhs. 

December 22 (Saturday): Ludlow Winter Farmer’s Market, 9-1 at Inside Market at the corner of Main St. and Andover St. (Rt. 100 South) FMI:
  • Live music at Glimmerstone, Greg Brown, 7-10 pm

December 23 (Sunday): HAPPY FESTIVUS
  • Christmas service for Calvary Church in Proctorsville will take place at 11 am. No prayer service on Dec. 25.
    Brent Buswell performs at the Cavendish Baptist Church. See article 5 above.

December 24 (Monday): Christmas Eve Services
  St James United Methodist Church and Gethsemane Episcopal Church will hold a Candlelight Service of Lessons and Carols with Holy Eucharist at 5:00 pm at St James UMC, 570 Main Street, Proctorsville.
• Christmas Eve Candlelight Service at the Cavendish Baptist Church at 7:00pm.  We will listen to the Christmas story, sing favorite Christmas hymns and each hold a lit candle at the end of the service while singing Silent Night.  Glow bracelets are available for children too young for candles.  

December 25 (Tuesday): MERRY CHRISTMAS

December 26 (Wednesday): Kwanza begins. HAPPY KWANZA

December 27 (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

December 29 (Saturday): Ludlow Winter Farmer’s Market, 9-1 at Inside Market at the corner of Main St. and Andover St. (Rt. 100 South) FMI:
  • Live music at Glimmerstone, Greg Brown, 7-10 pm

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