Friday, January 25, 2013

Cavendish Update 1/25/13 News/Events

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The 1/25/13 Cavendish Update Contains:
1. Cavendish Related News
2. Cavendish Historical Society’s Annual Meeting
3. Gethsemane’s New Parish Hall Opens with “Duck Soup”
4. CCCA Presents Mardi Gras 2013
5. Cavendish Classifieds
6. Cavendish Events 1/25-2/3/13

PFD-We have started off 2013 being very busy: The Proctorsville Fire Department notes on their Facebook page Today (1/24) we responded to our 8th call of year. If this pace continues we will be above our yearly call average of 52 for the 2nd year in a row. In 2012 we responded on 56 calls. 

GMP Alerts Customers to Phone Scam: Green Mountain Power alerts customers that several attempts to scam GMP commercial customers over the phone have been reported. The caller claims to be representing Green Mountain Power and requests the customer pay their account balance by releasing credit card information to the caller or paying their bill by means of a money card or other alternate payment mechanism. The caller also represents that the customer would have electric service disconnected if they do not comply. Green Mountain Power follows very clear processes when working with customers about paying their bills. Green Mountain Power advises customers that it would not demand credit card information or alternate payment mechanisms from a customer for any purpose. This is clearly a phone scam. Press Release 

VT Property Owners will have to file Homestead Forms Annually: Vermont's Tax Department is trying to get the word out about an important change to the homestead declaration. Starting this year, property owners now have to fill out the form each year. A homestead declaration is a document that homeowners fill out when they purchase or change the status of a home they own in Vermont. According to the Vermont Department of Taxes, "property is considered ‘nonresidential' until it is claimed as the owner's ‘homestead.' The declaration allows property to be taxed at the municipality's residential rate, which is often lower than the rate vacation homes are taxed at. VPR 

VT to Participate in American Heart Association’s National Wear Red Day: Hundreds of Vermont businesses, community groups, hospitals, towns and schools are signing up to wear red to help raise awareness and funds to fight – the number one killer of women – cardiovascular disease. Residents are encouraged to wear red on February 1st and donate $5.00 to receive a red dress pin. Funds raised through the Wear Red Day events help support the life-saving programs and research of the American Heart Association. Press Release 


The CHS Annual Meeting will be on Feb. 24, 5 pm at the newly restored Episcopal Church Parish Hall on Depot Street in Proctorsville. There will be a pot luck supper, short meeting, and the film “The Homecoming” will be shown.

As part of establishing the permanent exhibit “I Wrote and Waited,” which covers the 18 years Aleksandre Solzhenitsyn, the 1970 Nobel Prize winner for literature and Soviet dissident, lived in Cavendish, CHS selected this film as it begins in Cavendish. Produced by the BBC, the film documents the two-month train journey across Russia as Solzhenitsyn returns home to Russia with his family after twenty years of enforced exile. Solzhenitsyn, the man who experienced and revealed to the world the full horror of the Soviet gulag, is recognized throughout Russia as 'the conscience of the nation'. But despite the triumphant and emotional homecoming, this is no easy ride for Solzhenitsyn, his wife and American sons. Instead, they abandon their refuge in America to find their trans-Siberian trip from Vladivostok to Moscow dogged by the KGB, the Russian Mafia, old-style communist bosses, the tragic plight of ordinary Russians and the echoes of its even more terrible past. 

CHS is currently looking for new board members, as well as volunteers. If you have an interest in Cavendish history, or would like to be involved in the various programs of CHS, please e-mail or call 802-226-7807. You do not have to be a resident of Cavendish to serve on the board. We are also in need of volunteers who have experience or interest in archival work, exhibits, displays, web design, fundraising, maintenance and public speaking

Among the last remaining restoration projects from Irene, was the rebuilding of Gethsemane Episcopal Church and their Parish Hall on Depot Street in Proctorsville. The flood destroyed the Hall as well as the foundation of the church. A new Parish Hall has been built directly behind the renovated church and is handicap accessible.

The first public event in the new Parish Hall will be the start of the Black and White Winter Film Series on February 1.

Please note that the Hall is in need of a variety of items, including folding chairs. If you can donate some, bring them the night of the film. Since they’re not sure what they’ll have for seating, please bring a chair. 

On Friday February 1 the Black & White Nights winter film series will feature the zany humor of the Marx Brothers in Duck Soup.  Made in 1933 during the depths of the Depression, Duck Soup is a raucous political satire in which Groucho, as Rufus T. Firefly, becomes dictator of the tiny country of Freedonia.  He is bankrolled by wealthy dowager Mrs. Teasdale, played by the ever haughty Margaret Dumont, a staple of Marx Brothers films.  Chico, Harpo and Zeppo play spies and counter-spies in typical comedic anarchy filled with speedy repartee.

Duck Soup will be shown at 7:00 p.m. at the Gethsemane Episcopal Church Parish Hall.  Films are free but donations are welcome to help support the series, and refreshments will be available.  For further information or in case of bad weather, call 226-7187 or 226-7497.


Once again the Cavendish Community and Conservation Association will hold its annual Mardi Gras celebration to help us chase away the mid-winter blues.  This year the festivities will begin at 6:00 p.m. on Saturday, February 9th and will be held at Crow’s Bakery and Opera House Café on Depot Street in Proctorsville.

There will be a New Orleans Cajun style buffet dinner with choice of beverages, and dancing to the great tunes of Yankee Chank with Cavendish’s very own fiddler Bob Naess.  Of course it wouldn’t be Mardi Gras without masks, so there will be a prize for the best and most creative homemade mask.

A raffle features three great prizes: a $100 gift certificate to Singleton's Market in Proctorsville – supporting local business; an art basket with a gift certificate to a weekend workshop at Fletcher Farms School for the Arts and Crafts – supporting local arts; and a carriage tour of beautiful Cavendish, with wine and cheese, in Rolf and Carol van Shaik’s horse drawn carriage.  Raffle tickets are on sale now at the bakery and from any CCCA board member.  The drawing will be held at the celebration.

This is a fundraiser for the CCCA, whose projects include the Cavendish Community Fund, the Annual Cavendish Calendar, and the Walk and Talk series of conservation events.  So dig out your mask and dancing shoes, and purchase your tickets early.  Laissez les bon temps rouler!

Dinner tickets cost $35 each and are limited, so please get yours early.  Call (802) 226-7736 to reserve your tickets.

• If you have packing peanuts you are looking to get rid of, call Bob at 226-7204 or e-mail

6. CAVENDISH EVENTS 1/25-2/3/13
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.

January 28 (Monday): Teacher Inservice. School closed

January 29(Tuesday): It’s National Puzzle Day. Celebrate by going to Learnist National Puzzle Day and trying your hand at a variety of puzzles. 
• 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 31 (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
February 1 (Friday): The Cavendish Black and White Film Series returns but with a new location-the Parish Hall at the Episcopal Church on Depot Street in Proctorsville. Films start at 7 pm and are free. Donations welcome. This week’s feature is the 1933 film of the Marx Brothers “Duck Soup.”

February 2 (Saturday): Ludlow Winter Farmer’s Market, 9-1 at Inside Market at the corner of Main St. and Andover St. (Rt. 100 South) FMI:

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