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

January Cavendish Town Elementary School Board Minutes: Have been posted to

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 

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.

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. or 892-226-7807

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

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.   

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.

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 or 802-875-2146 Local School Choice Form Vermont Department of Education information page: School Choice
  • 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.

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