Friday, December 7, 2012

Cavendish Update 12/7/12 News/book excerpt/Events

Information can also be posted on the Cavendish VT Facebook Page 

This issue of the Cavendish Update is made possible by the Cavendish Historical Society 

The 12/7/12 Cavendish Update Contains the Following
1. Cavendish Related News
2. Christmas is Coming (an excerpt from Cavendish Hillside Farm)
3. Genealogy Research Available at the Cavendish Library
4. Livestock and Horse Vet Now in Cavendish
5. Fletcher Library (Ludlow)  Silent Auction
6. Cavendish Events 12/7-12/16

USFS Offering $5 Christmas Trees: The U.S. Forest Service is offering $5 tree permits for people who would like to cut their Christmas trees in the Green Mountain National Forest. The permits can be purchased at Forest Service offices in Rutland, Middlebury, Manchester Center or Rochester. The permit must be attached to the tree before it's transported, and it's up to the permit holder to know the boundaries of the National Forest.

Flu Season Starts Early, Could be Bad: Flu season in the U.S. is off to its earliest start in nearly a decade — and it could be a bad one. The primary strain circulating tends to make people sicker than other types. It is particularly hard on the elderly. The good news is that the nation seems fairly well prepared. More than a third of Americans have been vaccinated, and the vaccine formulated for this year is well matched to the strains of the virus seen so far, CDC officials said. MMWR 

New 911 Text for Sprint Customers: Sprint Wireless customers can now send a text message to 911 from locations in Vermont for emergency help as part of an initial four-month trial to test the potential of this technology. All text messages to 911 originating from a Sprint Wireless device in Vermont will be routed to the Williston PSAP. Press Release 

Climate study Warns of Economic Devastation to VT Tourism: The study, produced by the Natural Resources Defense Council and, concludes that current rates of carbon emission will wildly disrupt skiing and snowboarding, snowmobiling, ice fishing and snowshoeing. “The ramifications of changing snow fall patterns are already altering people’s outdoor habits — taking an economic toll on the ski resort industry of over $1 billion in the last decade,” it states. Burlington Free Press 

2. CHRISTMAS IS COMING (An Excerpt from Cavendish Hillside Farms) 
For many generations now, children and adults alike have enjoyed the books of Laura Ingalls Wilder, who described what early pioneer life was like in the late 1800s. Many in Cavendish are not aware that we have our own Laura Ingalls Wilder in the form of Sandra Stearns. Her book Cavendish Hillside Farms 1939-1957 describes what it was like growing up on a East Hill Rd farm in Cavendish, attending the Center Road School, the one room school house on the corner of Town Farm and Center Roads.  Below is an excerpt from her book

As Christmas time approached our excitement grew. There would be parties at school and church. About a week before the big day, Dad we kids would venture into the forest to find the perfect tree. Every year we seemed to find the perfect one, though we had cut it the previous year. In later years Junior and I were allowed to choose and bring home the tree by ourselves. Often the perfect specimen in the forest proved to be sadly lacking in the living room. But Mother never said a word and cheerfully praised our selection. I can honestly say that after it was loaded with decorations it didn’t look so bad.

Dad would nail together a two-by-four stand and it was set up in the window in the living room. In the early years we didn’t have electricity and my parents felt that candles were too dangerous. The candles were put on the tree but never lit. The tree was trimmed with glass balls, metal twisted strips for icicles, and knitted and crocheted ornaments my mother made. Heavy foil garlands were draped around it before the delicate tinsel we have today became common. We made paper chains and cut out countless paper snowflakes to enhance the scene.

Mom always made fruitcake, maple sugar cakes and popcorn balls. When I was twelve or so she started cutting and decorating special Christmas cookies. A box was given to each family of cousins, with plenty left for us to enjoy. Christmas, today, must have decorated cookies!

Christmas morning found the tree decked out in knitted mittens, hats and scarves. My mother had been working late at night for weeks.

Out stockings always had an orange in the toe, paper dolls, coloring books and crayons, some candy and gum, pencils and a banana sticking out of the top. Once or twice we received the dreaded stick and piece of cola for being bad. Mom always produced the desired items we had expected after we had sworn to reform.

Cavendish Hillside Farms 1939-1957 by Sandra Field Sterns makes a wonderful holiday present. To purchase a copy, contact or call 802-226-7807. A copy can also be purchased by send $10, plus $5 for shipping and handling to PO Box 472, Cavendish, VT 05142. Checks should be made payable to CHS.  Because of holiday mail, order early.


Like genealogy? Then you're in luck. You’ll find U.S. federal census records, family histories, published genealogies, historical books, Revolutionary War records, Freedman’s Bank records, and more to help you trace your American ancestors’ paths across history all on Heritage Quest through the Cavendish Fletcher Community library in Proctorsville. Ask Kata for the login and password. FMI: 226-7503


Dianne Johnson recently moved to Proctorsville, where she is establishing a veterinary business to care for livestock and horses.  Dianne is delighted to be back in small-town Vermont after spending 4 years at veterinary school in Virginia.  She is eager to become involved in the local community both through her veterinary business and through volunteer/social opportunities.  Prior to studying veterinary medicine, she worked as an outdoor educator.  She still enjoys teaching youth and adults husbandry and veterinary skills, which she has done both at summer camps in the US and through veterinary missions in Honduras and Africa.  The latter experiences further stimulated her interest in sustainable farming, pasture management, and preventative care.  In addition to veterinary medicine, Dianne enjoys hiking, biking, cooking, and crafts. 

Dr. Dianne Johnson’s business is called Clover Acres Livestock Veterinary Services, LLC (CALVS).  Through CALVS, Dr. Johnson seeks to improve the quality of life of local livestock, help farmers improve the productivity of their animals, and help ensure that consumers receive high-quality animal products. CALVS promotes effective preventative care and treatment strategies for sheep, goats, cattle, horses, alpacas, llamas, and pigs.

Clover Acres Livestock Veterinary Services, LLC is currently based at Dianne’s home in Proctorsville, VT.  However, CALVS is an exclusively mobile practice, which means that Dr. Johnson will come to your home or farm in Windsor, Windham, and Rutland, and Bennington counties.  For the past 6 months, Dr. Johnson has been working with Dr. Roger Osinchuk at Cross Border Equine in Springfield, VT, who recommends her highly.  She plans to continue working under Dr. Osinchuk’s mentorship on an as-needed basis. 

Call CALVS to set up an appointment for an initial consultation +/- other veterinary care this winter!  Dr. Johnson also provides 24/7 emergency services, but requests that all new clients arrange for an initial visit, if possible, before an emergency arises. 

Business website:  Toll-free phone number: 866-814-5755. E-mail: Also, “like” on Facebook!

The Fletcher Library in Ludlow’s Reading Room is overflowing with items to bid on such as; ski passes, gift certificates to local eateries, massages, gym membership, food gift baskets, hand-made quilts, certificates to local book store, framed photos, and the list goes on. Come do some holiday shopping and support the library at the same time. Auction runs now through Dec. 7 @ 6PM with our 1st Annual Cookie Swap simultaneously taking place from 3PM – 6PM

6. CAVENDISH EVENTS 12/7-12/16
December 7 (Friday): National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day.
  • This past week, the Buckley's (members of Cavendish Baptist Church) house in Ludlow caught fire. They have lost most of what they owned & cherish. American Pie (Proctorsville residents) will donate 75% of the night’s total sales to help the Buckleys through this challenge. What better night than Friday for pizza? They will also have a 50/50 raffle, & if you want to go above and beyond, bring in an ornament for their Christmas tree!
  • Fletcher Library in Ludlow’s Silent Auction ends at 6 pm. 1st Annual Library cookie swap takes place from 3-6 pm.

December 8 (Saturday): Ludlow Winter Farmer’s Market, 9-1 at Inside Market at the corner of Main St. and Andover St. (Rt. 100 South) FMI:
  • Cavendish and Proctorsville Fire Departments’ annual Christmas Tree Sale-trees start at $30. Proctorsville also offers wreaths at $15. Santa will be stopping by at 10 am at the Proctorsville Fire Dept. Stop by and have a free coffee and homemade doughnut.
  • Live music at Glimmerstone Mansion, Greg Brown 7-10 pm

December 9 (Sunday): Hobbit Party, 11:30 at the Cavendish Library in Proctorsville. Join the Librarians of Fletcher Memorial Library and Cavendish Fletcher Community Library and The Book Nook to discuss The Hobbit by J.R. Tolkien, take part in a trivia challenge, dress up for the costume contest, play games, eat hobbit foods, and possibly win prizes. FMI: 226-7503
  • Cavendish and Proctorsville Fire Departments’ annual Christmas Tree Sale-trees start at $30. Proctorsville also offers wreaths at $15.
  • Chanukah begins. HAPPY CHANUKAH

December 10 (Monday): Select Board Meeting, 6:30 pm at the Cavendish Town Office. Agenda posted to blog as soon as it is received. LPC-TV tapes meetings and makes them available on-line and Comcast Cable TV.

December 11 (Tuesday): Alexksandr Solzhenitsyn’s birthday. Born on this day in 1918, he won the Nobel Prize in literature in 1970, and spent 18 years (1976-1994) in exile from Russia living in Cavendish, VT. While here, he wrote the Red Wheel. FMI: Nobel Prize autobiography  New York Times Obituary 
• 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
• Live Music at Glimmerstone Mansion, Don Kahn, 6-9 pm

December 12 (Wednesday): Okemo Valley Annual Meeting and Holiday Party at the Echo Lake Inn, 5:30-8:30. FMI: 228-8602.

December 13 (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 14 (Friday): Premier of “We Need a Little Christmas, featuring Proctorsville part time residents Stan and Jane Hart., Ludlow Town Hall Auditorium, 7PM. FMI: 228-7239
December 15 (Saturday): Ludlow Winter Farmer’s Market, 9-1 at Inside Market at the corner of Main St. and Andover St. (Rt. 100 South) FMI:
  • Holiday Cookie Sale at Fletcher Farm School, 10 am. Homemade cookies are being sold by the pound. FMI: 228-8770

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