Friday, January 18, 2013

Cavendish Update 1/18/13 SB Mtg/News/Events

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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

Note: The CCCA has been a consistent sponsor of the Cavendish Update for a number of years now. Please support their upcoming Mardi Gras Fundraiser-Saturday, Feb. 9 at 6 pm-featuring Cajun dance band Yankee Chank-to help CCCA continue their sponsorship. FMI: food

The 1/18/13 Cavendish Update Contains the Following

1. Cavendish Select Board Meeting 1/14/13
2. Cavendish Related News
3. Classic Film Series Returns to Cavendish
4. Cavendish Related Events for 1/18-1/27

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

With Mark Huntley’s resignation from the board, due to the start of the Vermont Legislature, where he is now serving as the representative from Cavendish and Weathersfield, Bill Buswell has taken his place and will serve in this capacity until town meeting in March.

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

• Center Rd: To the question of why the yellow line on Center Rd, up to the dirt road portion, in Cavendish was added- Rich Svec, town manager, said it was accidentally done by the state. While drivers appreciate the line, it will not be repeated when the road needs to be repaved, as this is a class III road.

• Helipad Ordinance: Representatives from CCCA inquired about the town’s proposed ordinance on helipads. Svec said it would be on the February agenda.

• Water Quality Priority List: The board unanimously approved the town’s filing an application for a 2% loan to purse funding for an energy efficiency upgrade for the town’s Wastewater Treatment Facility. This would involve replacing equipment, some of which is 25 to 30 years old, such as low efficiency blowers with efficiency equipment, replacement of the lagoon aeration diffuser systems in the three lagoons, installation of energy efficient blower controls including variable frequency drivers and a dissolved oxygen driven control system. While the town is getting by, it’s best to get the town on the priority list-there are currently 120 town projects from around the state on the list-so that if an emergent need arises, Cavendish would be in a good position to obtain the loan. Priority is given to those projects that pose a pollution risk. Svec also pointed out that if the town is awarded funds sooner than later, the town can always opt not to take advantage of it. The loan would be for $520,000 and have a 20-year note.

• Progress report on municipal water system project: As of Jan. 10, the water system project to resolve post treatment dissolved air issues in the finish water was completed. Water quality at the tap has already been noticeably improved in areas closest to the water facility. Improvements should be noticed town wide in the near future. Total cost of this project was under $30,000.

Carlton Road Hazard Mitigation Project: The town is moving forward with their application for a Hazard Mitigation grant to assist in resolving drainage issues on Carlton Road. The grant is due at the end of the month.

• Zero Sort Recycling: The town manager has been playing phone tag with Cassella. The board wants to visit both the Mt. Holly transfer station, which has implemented zero sort recycling as well as the Cassella recycling plant in Rutland. Selectmen George Timko noted that Myers Container Service had sent a letter to the select board in August about their services, which included residential and commercial recycling services. According to the Myers website, it appears this company’s primary service area is Northern Vermont.

• Transfer of the Stone Church to the Town: The Executive Committee of the Vermont Quebec Universalist Unitarian Convention is in agreement that the Cavendish Universalist Church should be deeded to the town of Cavendish for the purpose of making it the permanent home of the Alexksandr Solzhenitsyn exhibit. Working with the Solzhenitsyn family, the Cavendish Historical Society is planning a permanent exhibit recognizing the eighteen years the Russian Nobel Prize winner lived and wrote in Cavendish, as he awaited his return home.

The current building requires extensive work, which is difficult to do without grant funding. In December, a representative from Vermont Historic Preservation advised that the deed to the building be obtained by the town, which would make it much easier to obtain the necessary funds. It was noted at this site visit, that the Stone Church is a unique treasure for the state, since the inside has remained largely unchanged for the last 100 years or more.

The transfer of the deed is scheduled for May 11. In preparation for this transfer, Svec read a draft article, to be voted on at town meeting. The article would ask voters if they are willing to accept the deed transfer, along with a lease agreement to the Cavendish Historical Society to use the building for the Solzhenitsyn exhibit and other purposes.

• Town Report: The Annual report will be printed by R.C. Brayshaw & Company  in W. Lebanon. This will allow the town report to have a “perfect binding” making it easier to use. The selectmen were asked to consider what they wanted to see in the report, which will be dedicated to former select board chair, Jim Ballantine.

Rural Post office users deal with reduced hours: Peter Ramsdell of Cavendish pulled his truck into the Cavendish post office parking lot minutes before it closed Saturday. He has used the Main Street office for 15 years because it’s convenient and close to home. Ramsdell was disappointed to hear that post office hours will be limited. He understands the U.S. Postal Service is going through difficult financial times, but now he and his wife will have to adjust their schedules to send and receive their mail. “I get all my medications by mail,” Ramsdell said. “We can live with this arrangement. But if they go further and close it and attach us to the Proctorsville post office, it would be devastating.” Rutland Herald 

Follow the 2013 Vermont Legislative Session: With the start of the 2013 legislative session, proposed bills are being filed every day. The Vermont Legislative Bill Tracking System is a good way to see what has been introduced and how it is proceeding through committee, voting etc. For House Bills, go to and for the Senate

Someone Shooting Cars on I-89: Vermont State Police are looking for a suspect who is shooting at moving vehicles on Interstate 89. Police say there have been at least five victims since Sunday. All the vehicles were headed northbound on interstate when they were hit just before reaching the Georgia rest area. Investigators believe the shooter may be using a BB or pellet gun. They do not have a motive or suspect description. No one has been injured. Anyone with information is asked to call state police. WCAX 

The Black & White Nights film series is back for it’s seventh season of classic films from the era when luminous black and white was king.  This year the series will be hosted by the Gethsemane Episcopal Church on Depot Street in Proctorsville.  The new venue is the church’s recently constructed community hall that was added to the back of the sanctuary to replace the old church hall destroyed by Tropical Storm Irene.  

Black & White Nights offers five consecutive weeks of Friday night films each winter.  This year’s series will begin on February 1st with the Marx Brothers’ comedy Duck Soup. February 8 will be A Face in the Crowd, a 1957 drama starring Andy Griffith in the unusual role of a hard luck drifter who rises to fame in radio and TV.  February 15 will feature the romantic comedy Pat and Mike, starring Spencer Tracy and Katherine Hepburn, followed by the powerful A Gentleman’s Agreement on February 22nd.  Gregory Peck plays a journalist investigating anti-Semitism in this film that won the Academy Award for Best Picture in 1947.  The series will conclude on March 1 with another Academy Award winner, The Artist, a 2011 French romantic drama made in the style of a 1920s black and white silent film.

All films begin at 7:00 p.m. and are free and open to the public, though donations are appreciated to help fund the series.  Come join us in the beautiful new community space of the Gethsemane Episcopal Church for great films and homemade cookies.  For more information, call 226-7187 or 226-7497.

January 18 (Friday): Rec Day GMUHS Girls and Boys Varsity Games vs. Poultney at 6 pm (girls) and 7:30 pm for the boys. All boys and girls from the Cavendish and Chester Recreation programs will get in FREE!! Please wear your gold and green GM shirt and come support the GM Chieftains.

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:
January 21 (Monday): Martin Luther King Day. No School. Offices, banks closed

January 22 (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, or Anne Oakes or Andrew Ohotnicky at (802) 228-5236, Dot Ramsdell at (802) 226-7870

January 24 (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 26 (Saturday): Ludlow Winter Farmer’s Market, 9-1 at Inside Market at the corner of Main St. and Andover St. (Rt. 100 South) FMI:
The GMUHS Girls Varsity Basketball team host a free clinic for Cavendish and Chester grades 3-6 girls, 10:30-12 at GMUHS.

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