Friday, January 11, 2013

Cavendish Update 1/11/13 Flu/News/Events/Mardi Gras

Information can also be posted on the Cavendish VT Facebook Page 

The 1/11/13 Cavendish Update Contains
1. Cavendish Related News
2. CTES 12/18/12 Board Meeting Minutes & Agenda for 1/15/13
3. Annual Mardi Gras Party to Benefit CCCA
4. Looking for a Direct Care Worker?
5. Cavendish Events 1/11-120

Note: The flu is very prevalent in our area.
The flu season is off to an early and deadly start in Vermont. Officials say three Vermonters have died from the flu. They were all adults. And the number of flu cases is up dramatically statewide. Many hospitals are now at full capacity and officials worry about the long-term availability of beds. WCAX 

Given that we are a resort area, it is important to note that flu is also widespread in NY, NH and MA. Boston has declared a public health emergency with 700 confirmed cases, compared with 70 overall last season.

Passport Services at the Cavendish Post Office No Longer Available
All passport services at the Cavendish Post Office have been suspended effective last week. To find the closest place to obtain a passport, call 877-487-2778.

Proctorsville Fire Department News: For the year 2012 PFD received almost $280,000 in grant money, allowing us to purchase a 3000-gallon tanker truck several new sets of turnout gear and 14 handheld radios and 1 mobile radio. This has been great for our dept and our community, as this all had allowed us to purchase top of the line equipment with no effect on our tax rate. PFD Facebook Page

State Rep Huntley Assignment: Mark Huntley, state rep from Cavendish, has been assigned to the House Committee on Fish, Wildlife and Water Resources

New Supervisory Union Adopts Budget, Sets Goals: The Windsor Southwest and Rutland Windsor supervisory unions recently approved new goals and a budget for when they become the Two Rivers Supervisory Union on July 1. The new supervisory union will include the towns of Andover, Baltimore, Cavendish, Chester, Ludlow, Mount Holly and Plymouth and have 1,120 K-12 students. Rutland Herald 

Springfield Medical Care Systems is Now Tobacco Free:  Effective January 1, 2013, Springfield Medical Care Systems (SMCS) became a tobacco-free organization. There will be no smoking or tobacco use allowed on any property owned or leased by SMCS, including Springfield Hospital buildings and all grounds and parking areas. Press Release 

North Springfield Biomass Project Moving Forward: As developers for a proposed North Springfield biomass energy plant continue working to get their permits, a Windham County resident says the proposed project will have effects far beyond it's location in Windsor County. Brattleboro Reformer

 The Shopper/Vermont Journal Hacked: A hacker named "VandaTheGod" from "UGNazi" hacker group, has taken over control of the website of the weekly Vermont Journal published in Ludlow, VT. Springfield blog

VT Legislative Session Opened Jan. 9: Two term Speaker Shap Smith faced no opposition and was unanimously elected to a third term in office. Smith wants the House Natural Resources committee and the Commerce committee to work on efforts to help businesses cope with the effects of climate change. House Minority leader Don Turner listed the implementation of a statewide teachers' contract as one of the best ways to control education costs in the future. Windsor senator John Campbell was elected to a second term as Senate President Pro Tem. He wants to create new higher education opportunities for Vermont's high school students. VPR 

Gov Shumlin Focuses on Education in Inaugural Speech: Gov. Peter Shumlin says improving education - from pre-school to college - is the key to improving the Vermont economy. Using his second inaugural address to lay out a series of initiatives that he believes will lead to a better-trained workforce, Shumlin laid down a challenge to lawmakers, saying without investment in pre-school education and in training workers for today's jobs, Vermonters will be left behind. VPR 


The December School Board Meeting minutes have been posted to the Cavendish Update blog. Note that this meeting included discussion about the school’s preparedness in view of the Newton, CT disaster.

The CTES board meeting will take place on January 15, 5:30 at CTES. The agenda will include:
• Warning of Annual Meeting, Public Information Hearing and Australian Ballot
• Security Update
• Reports from the Principal and Superintendent, as well as an update on the Two Rivers Supervisory Union



Featuring Cavendish’s Bob Naess on fiddle, along with his Cajun band, Yankee Chank, the Mardi Gras party features fabulous food, music, dancing, and more fun than should be legal.  This year’s Mardi Gras bash will be on Saturday, February 9th at the Opera House (Crows Bakery). Tickets are $35 and on sale at Crows Bakery. This is a fundraiser for the Cavendish Community and Conservation Association (CCCA), whose projects include the Cavendish Community Fund, the Annual Cavendish Calendar and the Walk and Talk Series. In addition, they are one of the sponsors of the Cavendish Update.  So dig out your mask and dancing shoes, and purchase your tickets early. Les Bon Temps Roulette! (Let the good times roll).

Individuals with disabilities, elders, and their family members particularly, find it challenging to recruit support outside their immediate network of contacts.  Rewarding Work Resources, Inc., a 501(c) (3) nonprofit corporation, developed the Rewarding Work website which gives older people and individuals with disabilities the choice of hiring staff directly and allows them control of the process of hiring personal assistants. The site also provides private agencies a resource to assist in recruitment of direct support professionals and other staff.

The registry provides the only comprehensive and current list of people in Vermont who are ready to provide direct care in your home. This is a free service for everyone in Vermont who needs support to help them live independently. A subscription service, you will need to obtain an access code from a contact agency, such as Senior Help Line, Vermont Center for Independent Living etc. Go to for a list of local agencies.

 Job candidates in the Rewarding Work database have not been screened in any way and their backgrounds have not been checked. That is your responsibility as an employer. FMI: www. toll-free at 866-212 WORK (9675) or E-mail

5. Cavendish Events 1/11-120
January 11 (Friday): CCCA and VINS Present “Raptor Encounter, 6:30-7:30 at the Cavendish Town Elementary School. Meet live ambassador raptors from VINS and learn about their winter habits, predator-prey relationships and the interdependence of the systems that support life.  FMI: 226-7736 As the National Weather Forecast has issued a winter weather advisory for freezing rain-which is in effect from 4 pm to 7am on Saturday, check the Cavendish Facebook page for cancellation. You do not have to be a Facebook subscriber to read this page.

January 12 (Saturday): Ludlow Winter Farmer’s Market, 9-1 at Inside Market at the corner of Main St. and Andover St. (Rt. 100 South) FMI:
  • New Hours at the Cavendish Post Office begin. Window service hours are available M-F 7:30-9:30 am and 3-5 pm. Saturday hours, 7:30-10, remain unchanged.

January 14 (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.

January 15 (Tuesday): CTES School Board Meeting 5:30 pm at the school. See Item 2 for the agenda.

• 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

January 17 (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

January 19 (Saturday): Ludlow Winter Farmer’s Market, 9-1 at Inside Market at the corner of Main St. and Andover St. (Rt. 100 South) FMI:
  Rec Day GMUHS Girls Varsity Game vs Poultney at 2:30PM. All boys and girls from the Cavendish and Chester Recreation programs will get in FREE!! Come and support the GM girls!!! 

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