Friday, March 1, 2013

Cavendish Update 3/1/13 SB/Town Meeting/Events

Information can also be posted on the Cavendish VT Facebook Page. 

This issue of the Cavendish Update is made possible by the Cavendish Historical Society. 

The Cavendish Update for 3/1/13 Contains the following
1. Cavendish Select Board Meeting 2/29/13
2. Pre Town Informational Meeting
3. Cavendish Resident Arrested for Slave Trafficking and Sexual Assault
4. Community Concert with Brent Buswell
5. Gregory Peck Stars in Final Proctorville Classic Film Series
6. Cavendish Events 3/1-3/10

The three Cavendish Selectboard members present voted unanimously to adopt the draft Ordinance Prohibiting the Construction and/or Operation of Aircraft Take-off and Landing Facilities  Unless petitioned by 5% of the voters to do otherwise, the Ordinance goes into effect 60 days from now (April 28). The Ordinance notice will be posted in five public places and will be posted in the town’s paper of record, The Vermont Journal.

Even though attendance was sparse, the CCCA sponsored Informational Meeting took place on Feb. 26. Topics pertaining to the upcoming Town Meeting were as follows

• Article 2 (page 10): This will be voted on by Australian Ballot on March 5, To see if the voters will approve the following resolution, “We the people of Cavendish resolve that the Vermont Legislature must codify into the Vermont Statutes our inalienable right to a separate and distinct vote on school supervisory union budgets.” Stewart Lindberg spoke to the need for this resolution. According to Lindbergh, “The new S.U. was consolidated under ACT 153. It serves about 1000 students (estimated) just like the old S.U. did. The budget is up $1 Million dollars from last year. All the school budgets are up even though Financial Services, Transportation and Special Ed were forcibly taken away from the local schools by legislative mandate.” For more information on this topic, read the Cavendish Facebook page where Lindberg has posted quite a bit of information on this topic. 

• Article 5 (page 10): To see if the voters will accept the gift of the historic Universalist Stone Church property located at 2295 Main Street, Cavendish, Vermont 05142 from the Universalist Unitarian Convention of Vermont and Quebec. This building would be owned by the Town of Cavendish and leased to the Cavendish Historical Society for use as museum and exhibit space. The Stone Church, built in 1844, is one of the oldest landmarks in Cavendish. Decommissioned as a church in the 1960’s, the Cavendish Historical Society (CHS) has had a lease agreement to use the building since the 1970’s. In order to make the repairs needed on the building, grant funds are required. Without the town’s ownership of the building, it is difficult to obtain the funds. The Church will become a multi use space (exhibits and small venue for lectures, music, theater etc.) According to the recent site visit by the Preservation Trust of Vermont, the building is in remarkable shape and can continue to be used. The only cost to be born by the town will be for insuring the building. FMI:

• Article 6 (page 11): To see if the voters will designate the Town of Cavendish as a Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) District. This program only impacts those property owners (primary or secondary homes) that choose to participate in the program. PACE provides low cost loans ($3,400 to 15% of the property value or $30,000) up to 20 years for those owners who wish to improve the energy efficiency of their homes. The goal is that savings created from things like weatherization would offset the costs of the loans. In order for Cavendish property owners to participate in PACE, 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. FMI:

As far as elected positions, there are a number of vacant positions, and the remainder are running unopposed with the exception of the one-year term for CTES board member. Amy Perry, Scott Ranney and Amanda Tyrell are running for the two positions. Scott Ranney and Amanda Tyrell have posted information about their reasons for running at the Cavendish VT Facebook page. 

If you are interest in being a write in candidate, talk to Will Hunter, Town Moderator, before Town Meeting.

In February of 2013, the State Police in Royalton began an investigation into an alleged sexual assault that occurred in the town of Ludlow. An adult victim came forward reporting that he had been repeatedly assaulted since he was 12 years old. The victim was interviewed and indicated that for the past 12 years, he had been in a sexual relationship with two males. One male resided in CT and one male lived in VT. The victim stated that this association began when he was 12 years old and continued into 2012. The victim identified the male suspects as Frank Meyer of West Haven, CT and Brett Bartolotta of Cavendish, VT. Investigation revealed that a sexual assault began in approximately 2001 and the victim continued the sexual relationship when he reached the age of consent. Investigation further revealed that the victim, was paid money as well as given other gifts for his participation. On 02/27/2013, both Meyer and Bartolotta were arrested without incident and processed at the Rockingham barracks. Both were subsequently lodged at the Southern State Correctional Facility for lack of $50,000 bail. Both were arraigned in Windsor County Court today, 02/28/2013 at 1230.  Vermont State Police Press Release

All are welcome and invited to attend an amazing musical performance on Sunday March 3 at 7:00 pm. Accordionist Brent Buswell will delight people of all ages in a live performance at the Cavendish Baptist Church, located at 2258 Main Street in Cavendish, VT.  Brent Buswell enjoys playing a wide variety of music, including: jazz, polkas, Scandinavian, marches, Christian, and American standards. He especially enjoys playing the music of great composers such as Pietro Frosini, Charles Magnante, Pietro Deiro, and many others.  Since 1998 Brent has been guest performer with the Grammy-winning "Polka King" Jimmy Sturr and his Orchestra. In addition to other television appearances, Brent has been featured on the Sally Jesse Raphael Show.  There is no charge for admission, but a free-will offering will be received. FMI: (802) 226-7131.

This has been a crazy mixed-up season, due to snowy weather and broken CDs, but the Black & White Nights film series continues to carry on!  The series brings Gregory Peck to its screen on Friday MARCH 8, in GENTLEMAN'S AGREEMENT, extending the series for one additional week to make up for not showing this film on February 22 as originally scheduled.  To find out more about A Gentleman's Agreement, read the synopsis below.  And remember, on March 1, the series will show Andy Griffith in A FACE IN THE CROWD.

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 MARCH 8 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.

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
  • Black and White Film Series at the Parish Hall of the Episcopal Church on Depot Street in Proctorsville. This week’s film is A Face in the Crowd. The film will be shown at 7 pm. Films are free but donations are welcome. FMI: 226-7187 or 226-7497.

2 (Saturday): Live Music at Glimmerstone by Guy Burlage, 7-10 pm FMI: 802-554-0045

3 (Sunday): An ecumenical service of Thanksgiving will be held at 8:30 am for the re opening of Gethsemane Episcopal Church, Depot Street Proctorsville, which was heavily damaged by Irene. There will be a coffee hour in the new parish hall following the service. FMI: 226-7187
• Brent Buswell at the Cavendish Baptist Church at 7 pm. See article 4 above.

4 (Monday): TOWN MEETING. 7 pm at the Cavendish Town Elementary School.

5 (Tuesday): TOWN VOTING: 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. Live Music by Guy Burlage. FMI: 802-554-0045
  • Board Meeting for the Cavendish Library, 5 pm at the library.

6 (Wednesday): Cavendish Planning Commission Meeting 6:30 at the Cavendish Town Office.
  • PTO Meeting for CTES, 5:30 at the school

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

8 (Friday): 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.

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