Friday, March 15, 2013

Cavendish Update 3/15/13 SB Mtg/News/Events

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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 3/15/13 Cavendish Update Contains the Following

1. Cavendish Select Board Meeting 3/11/13
2. Cavendish Related News
3. Cavendish Gathers to Honor the Reopening of Gethsemane Church
4. Share the Table
5. Sayon Camara Joins Jamie Ward for Proctorsville Concert
6. Dinner and a Movie at Cavendish Library
7. Cavendish Activities 3/15-3/24/13


Select board (SB) meetings are recorded by LPC-TV and are available at their website  and on Comcast Television.

At Monday night’s SB meeting the following items were discussed:

Annual Organizational Meeting: Appointments for the coming year, are the same as those on page 9 of the Town Report with the following exceptions: Selectboard Chairperson: Bob Glidden, Vice Chair: George Timko, and Clerk Scott Ranney; Dan Churchill Budget Committee; Robert C Glidden Water Commissioner; Rep Regional Transportation. Advisory Comm.: Michele Lindberg; and Select Board Rep to Planning Commission: Michele Lindberg. The town’s representative on the Council on Aging term of service has been extended from one year to three years. Dan Churchill holds this position.

Town Website: It was brought up that in the Town Survey, recently conducted by the Cavendish Planning Commission, 91% of the respondents thought a town website was important. Rich Svec, town manager, said the town does have a website at

Community Solar: Svec updated the board about the advantages of community solar and asked the board for approval to continue to study whether this is a viable option for Cavendish. Vermont currently offers group net-metering, which allows the electricity generated by a photovoltaic (PV) system to be credited to multiple utility accounts. This would allow the town to “lease” town property for the establishment of a solar panel array generating 500 KW on approximately four acres of land. Not only would there be revenue by leasing the land, but the town would receive a reduction in energy costs. There would be no capital outlay by the town, other than administrative and legal fees, as investors would pay for the system and in exchange would receive tax credits. Offered by Green Mountain Power (GMP), it would only apply to those town functions currently powered by GMP. Currently, Ludlow Electric is not part of the net metering program. To date, the town’s energy committee has met with two different company representatives. The board agreed that they should continue to explore this option

Cavendish Annual Report 2012: The 2012 Annual report is available on-line.

Cavendish Planning Commission Survey: A summary of the 2012 Town Survey has been posted to Survey results are available on-line. 

Lockdown at CTES: The Cavendish Town Elementary School:  CTES, will be in “Lock Down” on all exterior doors as of Friday, March 1.  All exterior doors will be locked from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. and a monitoring system has been installed on the front, single handicapped door. To gain entrance to the building during the school day, guests will have to push the silver button on the monitor/camera that is located to the left of that door. A picture will appear on a monitor in the office. If we recognize the person at the door, we will push a button to release the lock on the door allowing entrance.  If we do not recognize the person at the door, we will clarify the person’s attentions through the voice feature and possibly ask for identification. We will direct you when it is clear to enter. VT Journal 

Cavendish Passes Law Prohibiting Helipads: After a long, drawn out battle with the town of Cavendish and the state, a Cavendish home owner can build a helipad on his property. But other home owners will not have that same opportunity because the Select Board passed a new ordinance prohibiting their use on Feb. 29. Rutland Herald 

Fire at Cavendish Game Birds Farm: Co-owned by a Cavendish resident, more than 20,000 quails and 30 pigs perished in an early morning fire on Wednesday, that destroyed a 19th century barn. Bill Thompson started the business in his backyard and in 1998, purchased a 75 acre farm in Springfield with his business partner and brother Rick Thompson. The quails that died represent half their stock, but they are determined to rebuild. WCAX 

Wood to Warmth: Springfield energy project could power all of Windsor County: Plans for a wood chip-fueled electric power co-generation plant in Springfield, VT that could generate enough electricity to provide power for all of Windsor County continue to move forward, with construction expected to begin this summer. It is anticipated that completion will take 18 months. Rutland Herald 

Stacy A. Flinn Joins Ludlow Health Center: Springfield Medical Care Systems (SMCS) is pleased to welcome Stacy A. Flinn, RN, MSN, FNP-C, to their Ludlow Health Center staff, where she will be a nurse practitioner. Press Release 

High Rents Make Housing Unaffordable for Many in VT: Renters in Vermont need to earn $18.53 per hour in order to afford a basic apartment here, according to a report released today that compares the cost of rental housing with what renters can really afford. This works out to an annual income of $38,541. The National Low Income Housing Coalition, a Washington, DC-based research and advocacy organization, and the Vermont Affordable Housing Coalition jointly released he report, Out of Reach 2013. Press Release 

On August 28th, 2011 Gethsemane Episcopal Church in Proctorsville was lifted off its foundation by the forces of Hurricane Irene. The parish hall was completely destroyed by the storm. After a Herculean effort by the church community, lead by Church Warden Mary Springer, the church was restored and a new  parish center was constructed. 

On March 3rd, 2013, dozens of parishioners, community members, neighbors and friends gather to celebrate the rebuilding of the church and the resilience of the community. The service was lead by Father Richard Bower of Gethsemane, and accompanied by Pastor Ken White, whose Methodist Church graciously welcomed the Gethsemane community to share their church during the rebuilding. The ceremony included testimony from several community members:

George Timko of Crow´s Corner bakery shared his eye witness account of the devastation of the church, and also how one of the first donations his bakery received came from the church, a long time neighbor, who in spite of its own flood tragedy, immediately reached out to others who were impacted.

Martha Benoit, a resident of Cavendish, whose home was undermined and who lived with neighbors and then in a camper for months while waiting for a new foundation to be built, spoke too of receiving a financial donation and a gas card from Gethsemane in the early days after the storm. She joked that they were landlocked, and unable to use the gas card for a while.

Terry McNamara, next door neighbor of the church, spoke of Gethsemane’s kindness and concern for her family and home.  She had witnessed their parish hall destroyed, and their piano washed into her back yard. She reminded churchgoers of a single cross that landed upright, precarious but strong, on a piece of furniture, and related this to the church’s strength and acts of kindness and solidarity around town.

Many of those who attended the service were members of St. James Methodist Church, which opened its doors, moved its service time, and welcomed Gethsemane to its community to share in worship and fellowship during the long months it took to rebuild the church and parish hall. The two pastors shared services, the Gethsemane organist played with the pastor of the Methodist Church, and a common coffee hour were among the community building efforts that came out of the storm.

Finally, Gethsemane leaders designed their new parish center with an eye towards community events. Long the go-to venue for everything from film series to community gardens, they are already designing future programs for community attendance.   Sunday, March 31 at 4:30pm, a new concert series.” Raise the Roof," will feature  singer and keyboard player Jamie Ward. He will be joined by Sayon Camara of Guinea, West Africa. The two talented musicians have collaborated before, blending Ward's jazzy bluesy style with Camara's vibrant drumming.

Gethsemane Church is a community of followers of Jesus within the customs of the Episcopal Church and the historic Anglican tradition.  We seek to be a house of prayer for all people, welcoming those with a deep and lively faith as we as those are searching or who simply want to be part of a community with spirit whose vocation is to work for the common good of all, provide space were we can raise our questions about God and life, and where we give priority to working for justice and peace in our world.

Our doors are open to all, no matter what race, color, gender or sexual orientation, and those who want to be on the journey of life with us.  We want to work with community organizations and groups to help us all be each other's sisters and brother on the journey of realizing God's dream for the whole human family. Our worship services are held each Sunday at 9:30 am, 89 Depot St, Proctorsville.  A coffee hour follows. FMI:  484-7431 or


Take the stress out of Parent Conference night dinner. Stepping Stones Preschool invites you to “Share the Table: Community Pasta Bar Dinner” on Thursday March 21, from 4:30-7 pm at CTES. Price is $8 for adults, $5 for children and seniors. You have the choice of seating or take out. FMI 226-7760.


The Raise the Roof Concert Series in Proctorsville kicks off with its first concert on Sunday afternoon March 31 with singer and keyboard player Jamie Ward.  He will be joined by Sayon Camara of Guinea, West Africa.  The two talented musicians have collaborated before, blending Ward's jazzy bluesy style with Camara's vibrant drumming.  Sayon Camara is a master djembe player and keeper of the traditional music of his people, who utilizes boundless joy and energy teaching and performing locally.  Jamie Ward is an actor, teacher, lover of Shakespeare and musician from New York and Mt. Holly.  The dynamic pair will join in raising the roof of the Gethsemane Episcopal Church on Depot Street in Proctorsville while celebrating the reopening of the church after being damaged from Tropical Storm Irene.  The concert is at 4:30 p.m. and admission is by suggested $10.00 donation, children free.  On April 28, the Raise the Roof series will continue with the energetic Vermont a cappella group House Blend.  Mark your calendar and stay tuned.

The Cavendish Fletcher Community Library will host two “Dinner and a Movie” events this spring.  The first will be at 1:00 PM on March 23 in the library.  The featured movie will be Moonstruck (1987) starring Cher and Nicholas Cage.  Loretta (Cher) a widow in her late 30’s decides it’s time to remarry.  Her plan is complicated when she falls in love with her fianc√©’s brother. A generous sampling of Italian home style food will be served.

The second “Dinner and a Movie” event will be on Saturday, April 13 at 1:00 in the library. The featured movie will be “The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel” starring Maggie Smith and Judi Dench.  A group of English retirees decided to move to India where medical costs are cheaper and retirement is easier, and find that things aren’t always what they seem.  A generous sampling of Indian food will be served.

 Both events are free, but donations are accepted.

• Cavendish Historical Society Board Meeting, 3 pm. FMI: 226-7807 or

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
Local's Night (Burger and Beer for $10) at Glimmerstone Mansion. Live music by Don Cahn FMI: 802-554-0045
• CTES Board Meeting, 5:30 at the school

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
• CTES Parent/Teacher Conferences 12:40-8:00 pm: Share the Table: Community Pasta Bar from 4:30-7PM at the school. See article 4.

22 (Friday): Half day of school for CTES
• Last day to order a Soil Saver composter . Order forms are available on-line
• Bingo at CTES FMI: 226-7824.

23 (Saturday): The Cavendish Fletcher Community Library will host Dinner and a Movie at1:00 PM in the library.  The featured movie will be Moonstruck (1987) starring Cher and Nicholas Cage.  A generous sampling of Italian home style food will be served. This is free but donations are welcomed.
• From 5:30 to 7 pm, the Cavendish Baptist Church’s Helping Hand Class, is sponsoring Sugar on Snow Supper featuring: Baked beans, ham, mashed potato, squash, peas, pickles, white and brown breads, homemade doughnuts, decaf coffee, tea and punch. Prices are $10 for adults, children under 12 $5 and those under 6 years of age are free. FMI: 226-7724 

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