Friday, February 15, 2013

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

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.

 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.”

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 or (802) 885-1533.  Learn more about the stream table by logging on to

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.

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.

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:

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:

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.”

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