Friday, February 1, 2013

Cavendish Update 2/1/13 News/Events

Note: Both the Cavendish Facebook page and the Cavendish Update blog are posting a variety of photographs of Cavendish. You do not have to be a Facebook member to view the Cavendish page. Most recently posted to both sites were photographs of the ice dam by the Mill street bridge in Cavendish.

The 2/1/13 Cavendish Update Contains

1. Cavendish Related News
2. A Face in the Crowd at Proctorsville Film Series
3. Winter Closings at the Cavendish Library
4. Cavendish Home School Group
5. Nothing Stops Carmine Guica’s Generosity
6. Cavendish Events 2/1-2/10/13

Warning: Cavendish Annual Town Meeting: The legal votes of Cavendish are notified and warned of Town Meeting on March 4 (Monday) 7 pm at the Cavendish Town Elementary School, with voting on elected positions and school board budget on Tuesday, March 5, 10-7 also at the school. Voters will act on eight articles, including acceptance of the town report; resolution regarding school supervisory union budgets; tax collection; acceptance of the gift of the Universalist Stone Church property; designation of the town as a Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) District; and adoption of the Fiscal Year 2013-2014 Town budget. For a copy of the Warning

Cavendish Posting Board Knocked Down by Wind: The Cavendish Posting Board, located on the edge of the parking lot adjacent to the Town Office, was recently knocked down by wind. It will need to be repaired. In the mean time, the Town Warning, as well as other town notices will be posted at the Town Office, the Cavendish Town Elementary School and at the Proctorsville Posting Board located on the Proctorsville Green.

Ice Dams by the Mill Street Bridge: With the recent cold weather being broken by several days of close to 50 degrees, ice dams have formed by the Mill Street Bridge in Cavendish. 

Free Diabetes Prevention Program at Springfield Health Center: Springfield Health Center is pleased to announce it is partnering with the Vermont Blueprint for Health and the Greater Burlington YMCA to offer the YMCA’s Diabetes Prevention Program, which is part of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)-led National Diabetes Prevention Program. The YMCA’s Diabetes Prevention Program will be offered, free of charge, to help adults at high risk of developing type 2 diabetes reduce their risk for developing the disease by taking steps that will improve their overall health and well-being.  This year-long program will be held at the new Springfield Health Center at 100 River Street in Springfield, VT, beginning Tuesday, February 5th, 2013, from 6:00 – 7:00 pm, and will be facilitated by trained lifestyle coaches, Steve Fortier from Meeting Waters YMCA, and Lara Peck from Springfield Health Center. Press Release 

VT Tax Forms Now Available On-line: Taxpayers looking for their Vermont tax forms may obtain them online at the Vermont Department of Taxes website at The Personal Income Tax Return Booklet, instructions, tax tables and other helpful information may be downloaded and printed from the “Forms” section of the department’s website. Another option for taxpayers is to file state tax returns electronically through Vermont e-file, also available on the department’s website. Press Release 

VT Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Now Available: The Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program offers FREE tax preparation assistance for households making under $51,000. The United Ways of Vermont and the CAP agencies coordinate this vital program. Generally beginning the first week in February, individuals may dial 2-1-1 to be connected with their local tax scheduler for screening and appointments. 

Increased VT Law Enforcement for Super Bowl: Motorists traveling in Vermont will see an increased number of law enforcement officers conducting high visibility, impaired driving enforcement during this upcoming Super Bowl weekend. This year's Super Bowl game will be held on Sunday, February 3rd in the Mercedes Benz Superdome, located in New Orleans. Although kickoff is scheduled for 6:30 P.M. (local time), statewide enforcement patrols will be active the entire weekend with particular emphasis on the hours immediately prior to the game and following the contest's conclusion. VT State Police Press Release

Canine Flu is Here: The flu is hitting hard right now -- not just in people, but in dogs as well. Veterinarians first thought they were seeing a massive outbreak of kennel cough two weeks ago, but Friday said the dogs -- some of them very ill -- are actually testing positive for canine influenza. Like people, the flu in dogs can lead to pneumonia. WCAX 


On Friday February 8, the Black & White Nights film series will show A FACE IN THE CROWD, a 1957 film starring Andy Griffith in his first movie role, one that revealed 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.  Movies for the remainder of the series will be Pat & Mike, A Gentleman’s Agreement and The Artist.   For more information or in case of bad weather, call 226-7187 or 226-7497.

According to the Library, when asked how it is determined if the library will be closed for bad weather, the answer is, we try to be closed as little as possible. When the school is closed due to inclimate weather, the library may be closed at the librarian's discretion. Generally we wait and see what the weather does and open for noon, if the forecast indicates the weather event will be over by then.

If the forecast indicates that the weather event will continue all day long, the library tends to be closed. The best bet for a patron who wishes to use the library on a day when school is closed due to inclimate weather is to call the library at around noon (226-7503).

As of mid-January, the library has been closed for only one snow day, and has been open all or part of the other 4 days the school has been closed.

Anyone interested in joining an elementary grade home school group, please contact Amanda Gross at

Some local citizens consistently go above and beyond the call of duty in helping Black River Good Neighbor Services achieve their mission.  Carmine Guica is one of those people.  On Monday, January 28th the ninety-year-old Cavendish resident made his monthly trip to the grocery store in order to buy food to donate to BRGNS.  He has made this trip every month for almost as long as BRGNS has been providing food to neighbors who are in need.  This trip was different, however.

Although snow was predicted for late in the day, it arrived much earlier and coated area roads with a slick mixture making driving dangerous and difficult.  Unfortunately it started while Carmine was at the grocery store and caught him unawares.  That didn’t stop him from stocking up on food basics for his monthly donation though.  Car loaded, Carmine set off for Ludlow and BRGNS.  It was on the River Road in Cavendish that he met an icy patch on which he slid, overturning his car next to the river.

Immediately the rescue call went to the Weathersfield and Cavendish Fire Departments and the Ludlow Ambulance, each of which quickly responded.  Carmine was helped from the wreck and almost miraculously he was barely harmed.  Refusing transport to the local hospital, he insisted that he had to deliver the food that he had bought for BRGNS.  Without a car that would have been a difficult task, but that’s when other good neighbors stepped in to help.  The Cavendish Fire Department gathered up the cans and boxes, re-bagged them and loaded them into their fire truck.  Off they went with Carmine to make the almost ill-fated delivery.  Fortunately, Carmine was uninjured and is off to find a new car.

“There are not enough good words for us to thank Carmine and the Cavendish Fire Department,” said Audrey Bridge, Executive Director at BRGNS.  “Carmine is one of our best volunteer donors and there must be a guardian angel watching over him.  In this case the guardian angel has helpers; they are wearing the Cavendish Fire Department coats and hats.”

“It’s not often that we see someone of Carmine’s unselfish spirit helping others so consistently for such a long period,” said Peter LaBelle, President of the BRGNS Board.  “But that’s why Black River Good Neighbors can help as many people as it does.  Volunteers and donors like Carmine and the firefighters of Cavendish carry us through.  We cannot thank them enough for their actions.”

6. CAVENDISH EVENTS 2/1-2/10/13
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.”
  • Freaky Friday at Black River Good Neighbor. No telling what will be on sale, but it will be a good one.

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:

February 3 (Sunday): SUPER BOWL SUNDAY. If you are “couch gating,” consider pizza delivery from American Pie Pizza, whose owners live in Proctorsville. This is the only day of the year they deliver. Kick off is 6:30 pm.

February 5 (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
  • PTO Meeting at CTES 5:30-6:30

February 6 (Wednesday): Planning Commission meeting, 6:30 pm at the Town Office

February 7 (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 8 (Friday): Black and White Film Series at the Parish Hall of the Episcopal Church on Depot Street in Proctorsville, 7 pm. This week's feature is "A Face in the Crowd." Free Admission. Donations welcome. 

February 9 (Saturday): Bottle Drive to benefit the 6th grade at CTES. There will be a truck parked at the school in addition to pick ups. FMI: 226-8000.
• Mardi Gras party to benefit CCCA. Tickets are $35 in advance, $40 at the door. Great food with music provided by Yankee Chank. 
• Ludlow Winter Farmer’s Market, 9-1 at Inside Market at the corner of Main St. and Andover St. (Rt. 100 South) FMI:

February 10 (Sunday): Last day of Ludlow Winter Carnival. FMI:

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