Friday, March 29, 2013

Cavendish Update: 3/29/13 Gardening/News/Events

Information can also be posted on the Cavendish VT Facebook Page 

Congratulations to the Proctorsville Fire Department on their 180th anniversary of service to the community.

The 3/28/13 Cavendish Update Contains:
1. Cavendish Related News
2.Spring/Planting/CSAs in Cavendish
3. Cavendish “PACE” Program to Debut Soon
4. Chicago at GMUHS Stars Two Cavendish Students
5. Ninth Annual Cavendish Community Variety Show
6. BRGNS Needs Clothing Furniture for Rummage Sale
7. Cavendish Events 3/39-4/7/13

Shaw’s Under New Ownership: The 19 Shaw’s stores in the state have changed hands. Private investors led by Cerberus Capital Management closed a $3.3 billion deal last week to purchase a group of national grocery chains from their former parent company, Supervalu Inc. The acquisition will result in a different kind of experience for local shoppers, according to local management. “We’re already lowering prices quite significantly,” said Shaw’s Montpelier Manager George Murphy. “We’re excited about the changes that are going to be coming.” Customers can expect to see a banner touting the change hanging from the store any day now. Rutland Herald 

Mt. Ascutney Hospital Closing Nursing Home: The non-profit community hospital, has decided to close its skilled nursing facility effective September 1, 2013. The combination of recent Medicare cuts and a revenue growth cap set by the Green Mountain Care Board were major factors in the decision. Closure of the Skilled Nursing Facility will allow Mt. Ascutney Hospital to relocate its inpatient rehabilitation program to a new space without incurring the cost of building a new facility. It will also allow the organization to upgrade to all private, single-patient rooms throughout the Hospital. Press Release 

VT Fish & Wildlife Dept. Continues to Battle WNS in Bats: Surveys performed this winter by researchers at the Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department indicate that populations of several species of bats in Vermont continue to shrink due to the devastating effects of white-nose syndrome, a fungal disease affecting cave-hibernating bats. Press Release 

VT Electricity at a Glance: A publication by the Vermont Energy Partnership (VTEP), “Vermont Electricity at a Glance,” examines Vermont’s electricity portfolio including the rates charged by each Vermont utility, the type of generation and amount of power supplied in megawatt-hours, the amount of renewable power, and (in most cases) the specific power generators and/or contracts. “Vermont Electricity at a Glance” also portrays Vermont’s statewide increase in power rates in comparison with neighboring states. In 2012, Vermont’s electricity rates rose five percent while rates stayed level or fell in New York or all other New England states (except Rhode Island, also five percent).  


It’s almost April, and while we’re all a bit tired of the white stuff, lots of gardening activities are being planned. There are several projects that could use your help. Check out the following and follow up with the contact person listed:

• Gethsemane Church: While the buildings have been restored, Irene destroyed the grounds, including the memorial and community vegetable gardens. Topsoil, grass seed and volunteer help are needed. FMI: 226-7187

Little Village Farm: Located in Proctorsville, they are a CSA (Community Supported Agriculture). Don’t have time to plant or tend a garden, purchase a share and enjoy fresh produce all summer long. However, there are only two full shares and three half shares left for the 2013 CSA season so now is the time to decide. Keep in mind that if you think even a half share is too much, you can always split a half or full share with a friend or two. FMI:

• Cavendish Town Elementary School Garden: To learn more about the school’s garden and assist with the planting, tending, harvesting and processing, call 226-7439

Five gallon buckets are needed for container gardens. Call 226-7820

The Okemo Valley Regional Chamber of Commerce Home and Garden Show April 6 and 7: Will be at the Ludlow Community Center 10-4 pm. Thirty (30) vendors will be showing and selling their wares and offering seminars, including our resident bee keeper from the Golden Stage Inn. This is a free event. FMI:

Plunge into Planting: A gardening workshop series offered by Vermont Interactive TV, will include the following topics Choosing and Caring for Trees; Edible Landscaping; Hardy Roses for Vermont; Container Gardening. Workshops start May 9 and will be shown at the Springfield Interactive TV site from 6-7:30 pm. The cost is $10 per workshop. FMI:


At town meeting this year, the citizens of Cavendish voted to create a Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) District.  PACE is a financing program designed to help qualifying homeowners invest in specified energy efficiency and renewable energy improvements to their homes through a special assessment tied to their property.

Cavendish residential property owners meeting all of the eligibility requirements may apply for financing.  If approved, the homeowner will enter into an assessment contract with the town and an assessment lien will be placed on the property.  The cost of improvements will be paid to the contractor once the project is complete.  The property owner then repays the assessment over a 10, 15, or 20 year period.  If the property owner sells the property before the assessment has been completely paid off, the obligation to pay the assessment stays with the property and is repaid by the new owner of the property, or the assessment can be paid off in full with no penalty.

Any residential dwelling - primary residence, vacation home, one to four unit owner occupied structure, manufactured home or condominium - located in a PACE district will qualify for the program.  Only homeowners who are up to date on their tax payments will qualify and there are limits on how much they may borrow.

The next step in the process is for Cavendish is to enter into an agreement with Efficiency Vermont to administer the program.  Efficiency Vermont will coordinate the paperwork and will provide the source of financing from which the loans will be made.  So for now, residents who think that they may qualify and who are considering participating should start identifying energy improvements and upgrades, and should watch the town website and the local media for further details.

The GMUHS Drama Department is presenting the Musical "Chicago" on March 28, 29, and 30.  Two Cavendish students, Ian Martell and Rosie MacNamara have the lead roles.

Tickets are $7.00/Adults, $5.00/Students, Seniors, and $15.00 for a Family.  The suggested rating is PG-13 due to the content.

The show was originally premiered on June 3, 1975 at the Richard Rogers Theatre in New York City.  It was nominated for ten Tony Awards in 1976, including Best Musical and Best Original Score.  It was revived in 1996 and has become the longest running musical revival in Broadway history and won many Drama and Tony Awards.  It is still running to this day on Broadway.

Songs in the show include:  All that Jazz, Cell Block Tango, When You're Good to Mama, We Both Reached for the Gun, Roxie, Me and My Baby, Mr. Cellophane, When Velma Takes the Stand, Razzle Dazzle and Class to list a few.

Tickets are available at the door for this one time spectacular show!


On Friday, April 12, at 6:30 p.m. Cavendish Town Elementary School (CTES) will be holding the Ninth Annual Community Variety Show.  Mark your calendars to come and join in the fun by participating with a talent or by sitting in the audience and watching.

The Variety Show is open to all members of the community, both young and old, who want to have fun. Individuals who would like to participate, need to complete the registration form by Thursday, Mar. 28, to assist with planning.

We will have a preview by the committee on Thursday, April 4, between 3:00 and 4:30 p.m. This is necessary so that the committee can review the acts for appropriateness and to make sure that we have everything necessary to make the show a success. This might include appropriate music, microphones, etc.  

Participants must make sure their act is prepared, so on the evening of the preview, the committee can time the act.  Each participant(s) will have 5 minutes from the introduction of their act to closure.  Based upon the preview with the committee, the order of performers will be set. Acts may include singing, playing an instrument, a dramatic reading, acrobatics, etc.  Use your imagination and entertain! If you would like to participate, please pick up a registration form at the CTES office.

Black River Good Neighbor Services will hold its Spring Rummage Sale at Fletcher Farm, 611 Route 103 South in Ludlow on Friday and Saturday, May 17th and 18th from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sunday May 19th from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m.  At this time there is a need for all sorts of clothing, but especially summer clothing, house wares, linens and furniture.

If you have anything to donate, please bring it to the thrift store at 37B Main Street in Ludlow or for larger items please call 802-228-3663 to arrange a drop off time.  Donations will be accepted at Fletcher Farm in the week before the sale, but are welcome now.  If you are unable to drop off a furniture donation, our volunteers can pick it up if arrangements are made in advance.

Proceeds from this sale benefit BRGNS’ food and financial assistance programs.  “This is really a community effort.  Folks donate their unwanted items to us, and we put our earnings right back into the community,” said Audrey Bridge, Executive Director of BRGNS.  “Although the economy has improved, demand for our services continues.  There are still people going hungry and needing help with housing and clothing costs; so we keep running the rummage sales,” said Bridge.  The monies raised will help cover the cost of utilities, heating fuel, food and rent for qualified individuals and families in Ludlow, Mt. Holly, Belmont, Proctorsville, Cavendish and Plymouth.

For further details please contact Audrey Bridge at the Black River Good Neighbor Services Thrift Store, 37B Main Street, 802-228-3663, or

7. CAVENDISH EVENTS 3/39-4/7/13
March 29 (Friday): Good Friday. Town Office is closed.
  •  “Chicago,” staring Cavendish students Ian Martell and Rosie MacNamara, is presented at GMUHS at 7 pm. Tickets are $7.00/Adults, $5.00/Students, Seniors, and $15.00 for a Family.  The suggested rating is PG-13 due to the content.

March 30 (Saturday): Ludlow Easter Egg Hunt at the Ludlow Elementary School, 10 am. The egg hunt is for children ages 0-10 years. Over 2,500 candy filled eggs will be placed throughout the playground. In case of bad weather, the hunt will be inside the Ludlow Community Center. Children need to bring their own Easter basket. FMI: 228-2655
  • “Chicago,” staring Cavendish students Ian Martell and Rosie MacNamara, is presented at GMUHS at 7 pm. Tickets are $7.00/Adults, $5.00/Students, Seniors, and $15.00 for a Family.  The suggested rating is PG-13 due to the content.
  • Live music by Brooks Hubbard at Glimmerstone, 7-10 pm

March 31 (Sunday): HAPPY EASTER
• Easter Brunch at Castle Hill Resort 11:30-2 $29.95 for adults and $19.95 for children. FMI: 226-7222
• Easter Brunch at Glimmerstone from 9-3. FMI: 802-554-0045
• Raise the Roof Concert kicks off with Jamie Ward and Sayon Camara of Guinea, West Africa. The concert is at 4:30 pm at Gethsemane Episcopal Church. Suggested admission is $10 donation, children free. FMI:

April 1 (Monday); April Fools!

April 2 (Tuesday): Local nights and live music by Don Cahn at Glimmerstone from 6-9 pm. Burger and a beer for $10.

April 3 (Wednesday): Cavendish Planning Commission Meeting, 6:30 pm at the Cavendish Town Office in Cavendish.

April 5 (Friday): Spring Fling dance at CTES

April 6 (Saturday): The Okemo Valley Regional Chamber of Commerce Home and Garden Show will be at the Ludlow Community Center 10-4 pm 30 vendors will be showing and selling their wares and offering seminars. This is a free event. FMI:

April 7 (Sunday): The Okemo Valley Regional Chamber of Commerce Home and Garden Show will be at the Ludlow Community Center 10-4 pm 30 vendors will be showing and selling their wares and offering seminars. This is a free event. FMI:

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