Thursday, February 28, 2013

PACE (Property Assessed Clean Energy) Program

Article 6 of the Cavendish Annual Report (page 10) is asking whether  the voters will designate the Town of Cavendish as a Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) District.  To help voters understand what PACE is, the following information has been provided by CCCA.


Key PACE Components
• Innovative financing mechanism for energy improvements through the creation of a
Special municipal assessment district.

Costs the town and the residents NOTHING except for those who use the program.

• PACE focuses on residential energy efficiency and renewable energy improvements.


Major Benefits of PACE Program
• Provides an alternative form of financing for energy efficiency and renewable energy –
especially for people with limited ability to borrow money.

• Investments in energy efficiency and renewable energy support the creation of local jobs
– such as weatherization contractors and solar installers. The more financing
opportunities available – the more energy work for local, qualified contractors.


Basic Program Mechanics
1. A property owner identifies specific energy improvement(s) to make, and applies for the program.

2. If approved, the property owner enters into an assessment contract with Cavendish,
which pays the contractor when work is complete and places a lien on the property.

3. The property owner repays the town as an assessment on the property tax bill over 10, 15, or 20 years, on the same schedule as the town’s tax bill and collected in the same
manner. If the property is sold before the assessment is fully paid, the obligation to pay
stays with the property and it is repaid by the new owner, or it can be paid off in full
with no penalty.


Program Administration
Cavendish can administer PACE or it can contract with Efficiency Vermont to perform
most of the administrative functions. The service costs are incorporated into the
assessments charged to program participants and are not borne by the taxpayers.


Amount of Financing Available Per Home
The maximum amount that can be financed is 15% of the assessed value of the property,
capped at $30,000. The total amount financed by PACE plus any outstanding mortgages
on the property cannot exceed 90% of the assessed value.


Eligible Energy Projects
• PACE can finance renewable energy or energy efficiency improvements as well as repair
or health and safety measures that may be required to secure the energy savings.

• Improvements must be permanently attached to the property and the “net energy”
requirements for the building must be actually reduced. Efficiency projects include
insulation, air sealing, windows, doors, heating systems, etc.

• Eligible renewable energy projects include solar hot water systems, biomass energy
heating systems (e.g. wood pellets/chips and cord wood), small wind systems, microhydro, solar electric system (photovoltaic), and solar space heating systems.

Town Meeting Vote
Voters at town meeting must approve establishing a PACE district. Voters are not
approving the expenditure of any funds or approving their own participation in the
program. An affirmative vote creates the district and thus the opportunity for residents
who decide to do so -- to take advantage of the PACE financing mechanism.

Friday, February 22, 2013

Cavendish Update 2/22/13 News/Events


Information can also be posted on the Cavendish VT Facebook Page 

The 2/22/13 Cavendish Update Contains the Following:
1. Cavendish Related News
2. Reopening of Gethsemane Episcopal Church
3. CCF Accepting Applications for Spring 2013 Grants
4. Cavendish Historical Society Annual Meeting
5. Spring 2013 Composters Sale
6. Community Purim Celebration!
7. A Face in the Crowd Closes Film Series
8. Cavendish Events 2/22-3/3

1. CAVENDISH RELATED NEWS
January Cavendish Town Elementary School Board Minutes: Have been posted to http://cavendishvt.blogspot.com/2013/02/cavendish-town-elementary-school-board.html

Cavendish Helicopter Ordinance: The Select Board will be voting to adopt a draft of an Ordinance Prohibiting the Construction and/or Operation of Aircraft Take-off and Landing Facilities within the Town of Cavendish at 6:00 PM in the Arts Room at the Cavendish Town Elementary School on Wednesday, February 27, 2013. A copy of the draft ordinance is available on-line.  Once the ordinance has been adopted by the Select board, voters have the next 60 days to comment.

Mack Molding Sees Growth in Medical Business: Mack Molding continues to see strong growth in its medical business as it ramps up investments and molding capabilities, said Jeff Somple, president of Mack's Northern Operations. About 35% to 40% of Mack's Northern Operation sales are now in medical, says Somple. That is expected to grow to 50% in the next two or three years. Plastics Today 

Outdoor Cats Pose a Threat to Vermont’s Wildlife: A new study from scientists at the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service raises concerns about the welfare of Vermont’s wildlife populations. The study found that cats are the single greatest cause of human-caused mortality to birds and mammals, killing an estimated average of 2.4 billion birds and 12.3 billion mammals each year in the United States. “Cats pose a threat to Vermont’s songbirds, such as robins, bluebirds and cardinals,” said Vermont Fish & Wildlife bird biologist John Buck. Press Release 

Springfield MacDonald’s to Rebuild: Pending a vote from the Springfield Select board and an ACT 250 permit, the existing McDonald’s in Springfield will be closed this spring for about three months while it is demolished and rebuilt. The new building will be slightly smaller and have two drive-thru lanes. It will be moved forward about 60 feet. Vermont Journal 

2. RE OPENING OF GETHSEMANE EPISCOPAL CHURCH 
Heavily damaged by Irene, Gethsemane Episcopal Church is reopening on Sunday March 3, 8:30 am. An ecumenical service of Thanksgiving will be held for time, treasure, and talents of our friends and neighbors who contributed to the restoration of Gethsemane Church. There will be a coffee hour in our new parish hall 9:30am following the service. FMI: 226-7187

3. CCF ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS FOR SPRING 2013 GRANTS: The Cavendish Community Fund (CCF) is now accepting applications for grants that will be awarded this spring.  The deadline for applying is April 12, 2013.  Applications and guidelines are available at the Cavendish Community and Conservation Association’s website under the Community Fund tab.  Hardcopies are also available at Crow’s Bakery in Proctorsville and at the Cavendish town office.

The fund inaugurated its program in 2007 of giving cash grants to organizations for educational and cultural projects, programs and events.  Last fall awards were given to three organizations; to the Proctorsville Fire Department for its Junior Firefighter training program, to Stepping Stones Preschool for a nature education program, and to the Cavendish Fletcher Community Library for a town-wide CPR learning program.

Projects, programs or events must directly benefit the Cavendish community in some way.  A panel of local citizens reviews all applications and recommends the ultimate grantees based on the quality and feasibility of each proposal.  Grants are not expected to exceed $1,000 each and will depend primarily on the number of applications and the amounts requested.

For further information on applying, on eligibility or on any other aspect of the grant program, or for help completing the application, please call Peter LaBelle at 226-7250 or Barbara Dickey at 226-7187.

4. CAVENDISH HISTORICAL SOCIETY ANNUAL MEETING
CHS is scheduled to hold its Annual Meeting on Sunday, Feb. 24, 5 pm at the new Parish Hall of the Episcopal Church off of Depot Street. Starting with a potluck at 5 pm, 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 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 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.

Please note that the weather forecast for Saturday and Sunday is snow. It is possible that the Meeting will need to be postponed until April. Please check the Cavendish VT Facebook page,  CHS Blog or the Cavendish Blog on Sunday morning for cancellation information. FMI:margoc@tds.net or 892-226-7807

5. SPRING 2013 COMPOSTERS SALE
The Southern Windsor/Windham County Solid Waste Management District (SWWCSWMD) is currently accepting orders for "Soil Saver" brand composters. This is an easy way to convert yard and food scraps into a soil amendment, a process that also saves valuable landfill space. The Soil Saver has natural insulating properties due to its structural foam construction, a feature that makes it resistant to weather and UV rays. Its large capacity can serve a household of up to five people. In addition, the locking lid helps to keep pesky animals out of the decomposing material.
.         10-year guarantee
.         28" wide x 28" deep x 32" high
.         2 slide-up doors for easy removal of compost
.         self-watering lid feature
The District gets a bulk discount and passes the savings on to residents. This year the price per composter is $50.00.

Order form with check is due by Friday, March 22, 2013. Download order form is available on line. 

Also on sale are Sure-Close containers to help you store and move your kitchen scraps out to your composter. At $5 each, they're a bargain at twice the price. The Sure-Close pail is a beige and white plastic container with a 1.9 gallon capacity. It can sit on the kitchen counter or be mounted on a wall or under the sink. It is about 9.25" x 9.25" x 11.5" and has a wide opening. FMI: 802-674-9235

6. COMMUNITY PURIM CELEBRATION
All ages welcome – intergenerational event at the Chester Baptist Church, Friday February 22. Purim is the holiday that remembers how the Jewish people were saved from destruction through the bravery of Queen Esther. Everyone will be able to make their own noisemaker to use in the interactive reading of the book of Esther. Pastor Abraham Gross, from Cavendish, will also teach a few traditional Purim songs (in English!). Refreshments (including hamantashen cookies) will be available at 6:00pm and then the craft and story will start around 6:30. It is traditional to dress in costume, so feel free to dress up as a character or wear a crazy hat! Chester Baptist is located at 162 Main Street in Chester.   

7. A FACE IN THE CROWD CLOSES PROCTORSVILLE FILM SERIES
Due to a snowstorm and cancellation on February 8,  A FACE IN THE CROWD has been rescheduled to Friday March 1 at the Black & White Nights classic film series. It will replace The Artist, originally scheduled for March 1.  A 1957 film starring Andy Griffith in his first movie role, A Face in the Crowd reveals a dramatic actor of conviction and power.   The dark drama was directed by award-winning Elia Kazan, noted for On the Waterfront, East of Eden and A Streetcar Named Desire.  In A Face in the Crowd, Griffith plays a country drifter named Larry “Lonesome” Rhodes, a guitar picker who is discovered by a talent scout, becomes a radio sensation and rises to fame and stardom.  The film is a testament to the power of celebrity, manipulation and stardom over truth and ethical behavior.  Co-starring Patricia Neal, A Face in the Crowd is a far cry from the kind of folksy homespun stories commonly associated with Griffith later in his career.  The powerful film, which proves that fame isn’t all it’s cracked up to be, will be shown at 7:00 p.m.  at the Gethsemane Episcopal Church on Depot Street in Proctorsville.  Films are free, donations most welcome and cookies will be available for munching.   For more information or in case of bad weather, call 226-7187 or 226-7497.

8. CAVENDISH EVENTS 2/22-3/3
February 22 (Friday): Winter recess-no school
• Black and White Film Series at the Parish Hall of the Episcopal Church on Depot Street in Proctorsville. This week’s film is the Gentleman’s Agreement starring Gregory Peck. . The film will be shown at 7 pm. Films are free but donations are welcome. FMI: 226-7187 or 226-7497.

February 23 (Saturday):  Live music at Inn at Glimmerstone Mansion with Matt Meserve on keyboard. FMI: 802-554-0045

February 24 (Sunday): Cavendish Historical Society Annual Meeting, 5 pm at the Episcopal Church Parish Hall/Community Center on Depot Street in Proctorsville. Potluck, short meeting and showing of the film “The Homecoming.” See article 4 above.

February 26 (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
  Local's Night (Burger and Beer for $10) at Glimmerstone Mansion with Matt Meserve on keyboard. FMI: 802-554-0045

February 27 (Wednesday): The Cavendish Community and Conservation Association (CCCA) will hold an informational meeting for Cavendish voters before this year’s town meeting.  The forum will start at 6:30 p.m. at the Cavendish Town Elementary School on Main Street in Proctorsville. The meeting will address each of the issues on this year’s town meeting ballot, including both the town and the school proposed budgets and town and school officials will be present to discuss each issue.  Three articles requiring a vote are scheduled for discussion.  The first involves the citizens’ right to vote on the Supervisory Union budgets and was placed on the ballot by petition.  This article will be voted on by paper ballot.  The second asks if the voters will approve creation of a program to provide funding for homeowners to make energy improvements.  And the third asks if citizens will accept the gift of the historic Universalist Stone Church in Cavendish.  Those two will be voted on at Town Meeting. FMI:802-226-7736

February 28 (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

March 1 (Friday): School Choice Deadline for the 2013-2014 School Choice application. This coming year school choice is statewide for all participating public schools. Contact Eric Anderson eanderson@wswsu.org or 802-875-2146 Local School Choice Form http://gmuhs.wswsu.org/GM_Docs/SchoolChoice.pdf Vermont Department of Education information page: School Choice http://education.vermont.gov/new/html/laws/act129.html
  • The Black and White Film Series at the Parish Hall of the Episcopal Church on Depot Street in Proctorsville concludes with A Face in the Crowd featuring Andy Griffith. The film will be shown at 7 pm. Films are free but donations are welcome. FMI: 226-7187 or 226-7497.






Friday, February 15, 2013

Cavendish Town Elementary School Board Meeting Minutes 1/15/13



Present:
Board:  Dr. Bont-Chair, Jessica Goodman, Sharon Huntley and Amanda Tyrell
Administration:  George Thomson-Principal, Linda Waite- Superintendent and Chris Adams-Business Manager
Public:  LPCTV, Virginia Walsh Mack-Recording Secretary, Connie Kendall, Peggy Svec, Mike Ripley, and two members of the community. 

Call to order
Dr. Bont called the meeting to order at 5:40 p.m.

Comments from the Community
None

Approval of Minutes of December 18, 2012
Jessica made a motion to approve the minutes of December 18, 2012 as presented.  Motion approved.

Finance
Approval of FY’ 2013 – 14 Budget
George moved the finance office costs to the principal’s office.  He increased EEE by about $6,000.  The proposed budget is $1,752,649.  Discussion ensued regarding the cost savings by moving the financial services to the SU.  Chris said he feels it is important to have the information at the central office.  It will be more efficient.  Local control will not change.  There could be some reduction in time for the Administrative Assistant position during the summer.
Sharon made a motion to approve the FY’14 budget in the amount of $1,752,649.  Discussion:  The cost shifts from the school budget to the SU budget.  The big increases to the budget were health insurance costs and the funds for teacher negotiations.  Motion approved.      

Approval of Warnings
Warning of Annual Meeting
Monday March 4th at 7:00 p.m.
Warning of Public Information Hearing
Monday March 4th after the annual meeting.
Warning of Vote by Australian Ballot
Linda read the warning.  The voting will take place on March 5th at CTES.  The board was asked if they would like to create a capital improvement fund.  Sharon made a motion to create a capital improvement fund.  Motion approved.
Jessica made a motion to approve the warnings of the Annual Meeting, the Public Information Meeting and the Vote by Australian ballot as presented.  Motion approved.

Security Update
George distributed a document with the steps taken to improve building security (attached).   George asked the board for direction.  Chris feels there will be a fund balance that could be put in the capital improvement fund.  George said he thinks he can find the money for this.  The board asked George to continue to look at quotes.  

Two Rivers Supervisory Union Update
Linda gave the board an article regarding TRSU.  The next meeting is Thursday, at 5:00 p.m. at Ludlow Elementary School.

Principal’s Report
There is a potential need for a Para professional.  George is going to hire someone as a tutor for some students; there is money in the budget for this position.  The roof situation is in process.  The fiber optics in the area is being worked on.  It was suggested that a technician from Comcast come and fix the modems in the building.  CCCA has their information meeting on Wednesday February 27th at 6:30 p.m.  Annual reports are due to the town office by January 25th.       

Superintendent Report
January 28th is an in-service day.  Post fact finding for teacher negotiations will be scheduled next month.  The principal’s survey will be sent to teachers, support staff and board members electronically.

Other Business
The GMUHS board needs a representative from Cavendish.  Sharon has agreed to fill in until the next election.  Jessica made a motion to have Sharon temporarily fill in for the GMUHS board.  Motion approved.

Executive Session 
None

Adjournment
Sharon made a motion to adjourn.  Meeting adjourned at 7:07 p.m.

Respectfully submitted,

Virginia M. Walsh Mack
Recording Secretary

Cavendish Update 2/15/12 Candidates/News/Events


Information can also be posted on the Cavendish VT Facebook Page 

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

The 2/15/13 Cavendish Update Contains:
1. Candidates for Cavendish Elected Positions
2. CCCA Town Meeting Information Forum
3. Cavendish Related News
4. Cavendish History From an Early Photograph
5. Watch Water Work
6. Gregory Peck Stars in Next Black & White Film
7. Cavendish Events 2/15-2/24

1. CANDIDATES FOR CAVENDISH ELECTED POSITIONS
Cavendish Town Meeting will take place on March 5. On March 6, voters will go to the polls to select candidates for elected positions as well as to vote for school budgets. There are no candidates for the following positions: Selectmen 2 Year term; Town Agent; Auditor 2 years; Trustee of Public Funds 3 years; GMUHS Director 1 year; and Cemetery Commissioners for 4 and 5 year terms. As the filing date has passed, anyone interested in these positions will need to ask voters to “write” them in. The only contested position is for the one-year term on the CTES School board.

The slate of candidates is as follows:
Town Moderator William Hunter
School Moderator William Hunter
Selectmen 1 Year (Two Positions): Michele Lindberg, Scott Ranney
Selectmen 3 Years: George Timko
Grand Juror: Mabel Ward
Auditor 1 year: Peter La Belle
Trustee of Public Funds 1 year: Cheryl Leiner
Library Trustee 1 year: Julia Gignoux
Library Trustee 5 years: Robert Evens
Lister 3 years: Jane Pixley
First Constable 1 Y ear: Seth Perry
Town School Director 3 Years: Stuart Lindberg
Town School Directors 1 Year: Amy Perry, Scott Ranney, Amanda Tyrrell

2. CCCA TO HOLD TOWN MEETING INFORMATION FORUM: The Cavendish Community and Conservation Association will hold an informational meeting for Cavendish voters on the Wednesday before this year’s town meeting.  The forum will be held on Wednesday, February 27th, starting at 6:30 p.m. at the Cavendish Town Elementary School on Main Street in Proctorsville.

 The meeting will address each of the issues on this year’s town meeting ballot, including both the town and the school proposed budgets and town and school officials will be present to discuss each issue.  Three articles requiring a vote are scheduled for discussion.  The first involves the citizens’ right to vote on the Supervisory Union budgets and was placed on the ballot by petition.  This article will be voted on by paper ballot.  The second asks if the voters will approve creation of a program to provide funding for homeowners to make energy improvements.  And the third asks if citizens will accept the gift of the historic Universalist Stone Church in Cavendish.  Those two will be voted on at Town Meeting.

Although there are few contested races on the ballot this year, all candidates are invited to attend and any candidates who are present will be asked to make short statements and to answer voters’ questions.  The meeting is open to all Cavendish citizens and residents.  For more information, please call Robin Timko at (802) 226-7736.

3. CAVENDISH RELATED NEWS
 Flu Levels Falling but VT Still High: According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), while influenza activity remained elevated, it decreased in most areas of the country during the week ending Feb. 2, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported. However, Vermont experienced high levels of flu activity during this time. Massachusetts and New York experienced low activity; Connecticut moderate activity and New Hampshire had minimal activity. Flu season usually peaks in late January or early February. The best defense against the flu remains the flu vaccine and it's not too late to get vaccinated, the CDC said. The agency recommends that everyone 6 months of age and older get vaccinated. This year's vaccine appears to be well matched for the circulating flu strains, the CDC said. A recent report put the vaccine's effectiveness at 62 percent. No vaccine is 100 percent effective. But if flu strikes, vaccination often results in milder illness, the agency said. Feb. 8, 2013, U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, FluView

More people Leaving Vermont: U.S. Census figures show that for the first time in almost three-quarters of a century Vermont lost population last year, a drop caused by more people leaving the state than moving in. Even though last year's population decline was small, just under 600, it's part of a broader trend that has seen the state's population growth rate hover just above zero for several years. Commerce Secretary Lawrence Miller says the trend of losing population or low growth is a challenge to economic development. The Census Bureau figures showed that Vermont and Rhode Island were the only two states in the country to lose population last year. WCAX 

4. CAVENDISH HISTORY FROM AN EARLY PHOTOGRAPH: Marc Miele, a Cavendish Historical Society board member, submitted a photograph of Cavendish that’s at least 100 years old, for the Cavendish VT Facebook page. The photograph includes cars (maybe 1910 vintage) across the street from what today is Mack Molding, but back then was Gay Brothers Mill.  The photograph has solicited some town history that many may not be aware of

 If you ever wondered what the town position of “weigher of coal” might be, John Snarski might have the answer you are looking for. John, who grew up in Cavendish and remembers it from the late 40’s on, wrote the following: Those trees were there a long time. This picture was taken in front of Marion White's old office--a building owned now by Pieter Van Schaik?. You can see the corner of the porch in the foreground. That used to be the town office, up until today's version was built [1950’s]. See the rectangle that the front wheel of the car on the left is on? That was a platform scale. I remember as a kid that being in use. They weighed truckloads of coal on it before the coal was delivered to houses. That's also where they weighed deer during deer season, when you still had to report them to the town clerk and not to store-based reporting stations…. The controls for the scales were in a cabinet on the porch. Miss White did the weighing as a part of her town clerk duties, and "weigher of coal". At the time this picture was taken, Marion White's father would have been Town Clerk and would have had a funeral parlor upstairs. The post office, as well as town office, would have been on the ground floor.”

5. WATCH WATER WORK
Learn how streams work with a free hands-on demonstration!  Come to Fletcher Farm at #611 Route 103 in Ludlow VT on Monday night, March 18th, between 5:30 and 6PM to check out the fabulous stream table.  Presented in partnership with the Black River Action Team, Ottauquechee Natural Resources Conservation District, and VT Agency of Natural Resources, the stream table is a unique opportunity to watch water at work.  A miniature river of water flows through a “sandy” landscape, capturing the essence of erosion, deposition, and so much more.

Are you a teacher?  Come learn how you can tie in with the ONRCD to learn to use the stream table in your classroom!

Contact Black River Action Team Director Kelly Stettner with any questions at blackrivercleanup@yahoo.com or (802) 885-1533.  Learn more about the stream table by logging on to http://www.emriver.com/?page_id=834

The stream table is being used to model conditions at the site of an upcoming BRAT stream bank-planting project in Cavendish, where Twenty mile Stream meets the Black River.

6. GREGORY PECK STARS IN NEXT PROCTORSVILLE CLASSIC FILM
The Black & White Nights film series brings Gregory Peck to its screen on Friday February 22. In 1947, famed film director Elia Kazan tackled a controversial subject when he made GENTLEMAN'S AGREEMENT.  The powerful drama is about a journalist (Gregory Peck) who goes undercover as a Jew in postwar America in order to write an expose about anti-Semitism in New York City and the affluent suburb of Darien, Connecticut.  As the experiment unfolds, his personal life feels the effects of bigotry that include being denied a job to his son being beaten.  The film, which was nominated for 8 Oscars, stands as a time capsule of ethnic intolerance in America.  Gentleman's Agreement won Best Picture, Best Director and Best Supporting Actress (Celeste Holm).  The film will be shown on at 7:00 on Friday February 22 at the Gethsemane Episcopal Church on Depot St. in Proctorsville.  Films are free, donations welcome, and there will be cookies to munch on.  For more information or in case of bad weather call 226-7497 or 226-7187.

7. CAVENDISH EVENTS 2/15-2/24
February 15 (Friday): CTES PTO fundraiser-bake sale in front of Shaw’s and Singleton’s.
            • Black and White Film series continues with Pat and Mike. The film starts at 7 pm and is being shown at the new Parish Hall of the Episcopal Church on Depot Street in Proctorsville. Admission is free, but donations are appreciated. FMI: 226-7187 or 226-7497

February 16 (Saturday): Ludlow Winter Farmer’s Market, 9-1 at Inside Market at the corner of Main St. and Andover St. (Rt. 100 South) FMI: http://ludlowfarmersmarket.org/

February 18 (Monday): Blood Drive at the Ludlow Community Center, 37 Main St from 12:30-5:30.
            • Winter recess-no school

February 19 (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
            • Winter recess-no school

February 20 (Wednesday):  Winter recess-no school

February 21 (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
            • Winter recess-no school

February 22 (Friday): Winter recess-no school

February 23 (Saturday): Ludlow Winter Farmer’s Market, 9-1 at Inside Market at the corner of Main St. and Andover St. (Rt. 100 South) FMI: http://ludlowfarmersmarket.org/

February 24 (Sunday): Cavendish Historical Society Annual Meeting, 5 pm at the Episcopal Church Parish Hall/Community Center on Depot Street in Proctorsville. Potluck, short meeting and showing of the film “The Homecoming.”

Sunday, February 10, 2013

Select Board Meeting Agenda for 2/11/13


The Select Board will meet on Monday, Feb. 11,  2013 at 6:30 in the Cavendish Town Office Meeting Room. The Agenda will be as follows:

1. Call the Meeting to Order

2. Consider the minutes of the meetings of: December 10th, 2012; January 7th, 2013; January 9th, 2013 and January 23rd, 2013

3. Sign Orders

4. Review Correspondence

5. Adjust agenda

6. Hear Citizens

7. Conduct a public hearing on the planned adoption of the Cavendish All Hazard Mitigation Plan. John Broker-Campbell of the Southern Windsor Regional Planning Commission will be present to help answer any questions. Local Adoption of the plan is a prerequisite for
FEMA Mitigation Grant eligibility.

8. Katharine Otto of the Southern Windsor Regional Planning Commission will be present to discuss the Regional Transportation Plan update.

9. Selectmen to consider and approve the 2013 Annual Certificate of Highway Mileage

10. Town Manager to inform the Board of the recent hiring into the position of Water and Sewer Plant Assistant Operator.

11. Update on State Highway Bridge #1 (Route 131 over the Twenty Mile Stream) reconstruction project and a forthcoming meeting on this subject.

12. Discuss the 2012 Town Report preparation and printing.

13. Confirmation of revision of the FY2013-2014 Selectmen’s Budget as recently approved by poll vote.

14. Town Manager to distribute Annual Town Meeting Reference Notebooks to Board members.

15. Town Manager to distribute copies of information regarding grant funds which have become available for home and property repairs for flood damage. This is a program through Rotary International and the Windham/Windsor Housing Trust

16. Update on various other town activities

17. Other

Friday, February 8, 2013

No Mail Service for 2/9/13

Due to the storm, there will be no mail service for Saturday 2/8/13.

Cavendish Update 2/8/13 Kingsbury/News/Events


Information can also be posted on the Cavendish VT Facebook Page 

Note: A major snowstorm is expected through today and into Saturday. Schools, businesses, airlines, Amtrak and events have been cancelled. Call ahead before venturing out and use caution. Cavendish Emergency Preparedness Information is available on-line. 

The 2/8/13 Cavendish Update Contains the following information:
1. Paul Kingsbury (1920-2103)
2. Cavendish Related News
3. Cavendish Historical Society Winter Newsletter
4. Tracy and Hepburn Star in Classic Film
5. Raking Scatterings by Paul Kingsbury 1995 Black River Reporter
6. Cavendish Events 2/8-2/17

1. PAUL KINGSBURY (1920-2013)
It is with sadness that we report the passing of one of the stalwarts of the Cavendish community, Paul Kingsbury. Raised on Chubb Hill and the Kingsbury Farm, Paul's wife wrote the history of Cavendish, "Chubb Hill Farm and Cavendish, Vermont: A Family and Town History 1876-1960," while describing how life was for Paul and his ancestors.

Paul was a WWII veteran, being injured in action. A graduate of Houghton College, he received masters’ degrees from the University of Vermont and Cornell University.  With his wife, the former Barbara Burkholder, he was an agricultural missionary in Korea for the United Presbyterian Church. Retiring early, Paul and his wife returned to the family farm and became very involved in a variety of activities in Cavendish, including the Historical Society and the Cavendish Baptist Church. He also wrote a column for the “Black River Reporter.” In honor of his passing, one of his articles written in 1995 has been included-Item 5-in this post. Paul is survived by his wife and four daughters. His obituary is available on-line. 

Funeral services are today, Feb. 8, 10:30 am at the Cavendish Baptist Church on Main Street in Cavendish. 

For those who wish to write to Barbara Kingsbury, letters can be sent in care of Esther and Peter Sexton, 1310 Forrest St., Brookings, S Dakota 57006. Donations can be made in Paul's name to Heifer International.

2. CAVENDISH RELATED NEWS
Cavendish Budget Down 1.2 percent: The Cavendish Select Board approved the town meeting warrant last week, which includes eight articles, according to Rich Svec, town manager. One of the more notable articles, according to Svec, is the 2014 proposed budget. At $1.24 million, the budget is a 1.2 percent decrease from this year’s $1.26 million budget. The cause for the decrease was attributed to a $6,000 surplus in the 2013 budget, Svec said. There is only one contested election this year. Three candidates — Amy Perry, Amanda Tyrrell and Scott Ranney — are vying for two, one-year School Board seats. Rutland Herald 

Town Meeting Will Decide on Stone Church: At the upcoming town meeting, Cavendish voters will decide whether to accept the deed of the Cavendish Universalist Church. The Cavendish Historical Society has been using the building under a lease agreement with the Quebec/Vermont Universalist Unitarian Church since the 1970’s. Owning the church outright will make it possible to obtain necessary funds to renovate and preserve this 1844 building. One of the intended purposes is to make it the permanent home of the Solzhenitsyn exhibit. Rutland Herald 

State’s Students Show Gains in Writing on NECAP Tests: Vermont’s elementary and middle-school students are showing improvement in their writing skills, but reading and math scores remain virtually unchanged, according to results from the New England Common Assessment Program released Wednesday. Proficiency in writing among high school students dipped from 48 percent to 46. GMUHS had proficiency of 74/73 for reading in 2012 and 2011 respectively. For the same time period, while high school math proficiency rose from 36 to 38 percent statewide, GMUHS went from 39 in 2011 to 31 percent in 2012. Rutland Herald 

Postal Service Says will end Saturday Mail Delivery: The Postal Service plans to drop Saturday delivery of first-class mail by August in its latest effort to cut costs after losing nearly $16 billion last fiscal year, the cash-strapped mail agency said on Wednesday. The plan would save about $2 billion a year. The mail agency will still deliver packages six days a week and will not change post office operating hours. "The Postal Service is advancing an important new approach to delivery that reflects the strong growth of our package business and responds to the financial realities resulting from America's changing mailing habits," Postmaster General Patrick Donahoe said in a statement.

Popular Chamber Health Insurance Plan to End: A popular health insurance plan offered by Chambers Of Commerce is coming to an end and many local chambers are concerned that without the plan they may lose members. Under the Affordable Health Care Act, beginning on January 1, 2014, health insurance will be purchased through exchanges set up in states across the country. On that date, local Chambers Of Commerce in Vermont will no longer be able to offer a popular health insurance program known as VACE to their small business members. Currently about 17,000 Vermonters are insured through the chamber program. VPR 

Beware of Scam Flu Products: As the flu continues to make people sick—and even cause deaths—scammers are alive and well. These scammers sell their products with claims to prevent, treat or cure the flu, even though they have not been tested and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has not approved them. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) 

 



3. CAVENDISH HISTORICAL SOCIETY WINTER NEWSLETTER

The Cavendish Historical Society’s Winter Newsletter is now available on-line. 








4. TRACY & HEPBURN STAR IN CLASSIC FILM
The Black & White Nights films series in Proctorsville will feature an evening of romantic comedy when Spencer Tracy and Katherine Hepburn team up in the 1952 romantic comedy PAT AND MIKE.  The seventh onscreen pairing of the two legends from Hollywood’s golden age has Hepburn playing Pat Pemberton, a brilliant athlete who is a natural at any sport except the art of dating.  Her domineering fiancĂ©e ruins her golf game until she meets her match in Mike Conovan, a feisty promoter played by Tracy.  Their growing mutual attraction lights the screen with the famous Tracy-Hepburn chemistry that drew dedicated audiences.  Directed by George Cukor, Pat And Mike received a nomination for Best Actress at the Golden Globes.  The film will be shown on Friday, February 15 at 7:00 p.m. in the new hall of the Gethsemane Episcopal Church on Depot St. in Proctorsville.  Admission is free but donations very much appreciated.  Come to the movies without having to drive far, enjoy homemade cookies and be part of the small band of classic film lovers.  Upcoming films in February are A Gentleman’s Agreement and The Artist.   For more information or in case of bad weather call 226-7187 or 226-7497.

5. RAKING SCATTERINGS BY PAUL KINGSBURY 1995 Black River Reporter

Since the mention of “creepers” here in February, I have been gratified to hear from at least four readers who have brought me up-to-date on this subject. Thank you all. I had not seen creepers for years. It is good to know that non-slippage devices for boots in winter are readily available. This shows me that my acquaintance with modern technology is somewhat lacking and that not only in regard to computers!

It seems that “creepers” are now called “ice treads,” and I have to admit that that world is much more meaningful than “creepers.” I am told that these helpful devices can be bought in Claremont, Chester and at the Vermont Country Store, and probably in lots of other places. Some, or all, of the ice treads have steel studs attached to an adjustable rubber strap, which fits around the shoe or boot. These would appear to be much more convenient and effective than the old creepers of long ago. You can carry them in pocket or purse, and slip them on your feet whenever you come to an icy place in the path. Surely here is an example of the inventive genius of human being, which can make life easier and safer. Such technology is good.

Sometimes we carry the overwhelming affect of technology, machinery, and gadgets on our daily lives. Perhaps we could say that technology is good when it helps us to be more human and humane, and when it reduces suffering or poverty, but bad when it merely reinforces our urge to get and to spend, with little regard to the needs of other people. Take motor vehicles for example.

In the cabbage growing hills of Korea our sympathy went out to low-income women who supplement their living by gathering the poor-quality Chinese cabbage from the fields after the good cabbage is harvested. The women carried heavy sacks of cabbage on their heads, walking for several miles to sell it in the market. If they were lucky a passing truck might give them a ride; if not, they walked to town. I have seen these sturdy women striding along with their huge loads, the sweat streaming down their faces. When trucks and busses became more plentiful some of their drudgery was relieved. Surely that is good.

But our cars sometimes separate us from other people.

In my grandfather’s day the farmers drove along the road with their horse-drawn wagons, passing neighbors plowing and haying in their fields beside the road. There would be a cheerful greeting and perhaps a longer conversation. Now we speed by in our cars and seldom stop at our neighbors.

This may be too dismal a picture of modern life. Of course there are many ways to be neighborly and friendly without a horse and buggy. John Harris’ weekly report on those who visit together at the morning coffee hour tells us of one way to relate to other people, even in our modern age of technology. The information highway should help people communicate with each other.

Better creepers are good, as are those kind people who told me about them.

6. CAVENDISH EVENTS 2/8-2/16
February 8 (Friday): BLACK AND WHITE FILM SERIES HAS BEEN CANCELLED DUE TO WEATHER. For more information call 226-7187 or 226-7497.

February 9 (Saturday): THE SIXTH GRADE BOTTLE DRIVE HAS BEEN CANCELLED AND WILL BE RESCHEDULED IN THE SPRING.
• The Annual CCCA benefit, Mardi Gras party. 6 pm at Crows Bakery in Proctorsville. Tickets are $35 in advance and $40 at the year. Includes delicious food and the Cajun Band Yankee Chank. If tickets are sold out, come by at 8 pm for some Cajun dancing for a donation of your choice. FMI: 226-7736.
• Ludlow Winter Farmer’s Market, 9-1 at Inside Market at the corner of Main St. and Andover St. (Rt. 100 South) FMI: http://ludlowfarmersmarket.org/
 
February 11 (Monday): Select Board Meeting, 6:30 pm at the Cavendish Town Office. Agenda posted to blog www.cavendishvt.blogspot.com as soon as it is received. LPC-TV tapes meetings and makes them available on-line www.lpctv.org and Comcast Cable TV.

February 12 (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

February 14 (Thursday): HAPPY VALENTINE’S DAY
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 15 (Friday): CTES PTO fundraiser-bake sale in front of Shaw’s and Singleton’s.

February 16 (Saturday): Ludlow Winter Farmer’s Market, 9-1 at Inside Market at the corner of Main St. and Andover St. (Rt. 100 South) FMI: http://ludlowfarmersmarket.org/