Friday, March 8, 2013

Cavendish Update 3/8/13 Town Mtg/Events

Information can also be posted on the Cavendish VT Facebook Page 

Note: Day Light Savings Time Goes into Effect on 3/10/13
The Proctorsville Fire Department would like to remind everyone when they move their clocks ahead this weekend to please change the batteries in their smoke and CO detectors. Stay Safe!

The 3/8/13 Cavendish Update Contains the Following
1. Town Meeting Results
2. Thank You Cavendish Voters
3. Cavendish Historical Society Annual Meeting Rescheduled
4. Save the Date: Bingo at CTES
5. Birth of a Music Series in Proctorsville
6. Sugar-on-Snow Supper
7. Cavendish Events 3/8-3/17/13

On March 4, approximately 76 (7%) of a possible 1,022 voters attended Town Meeting. The Cavendish Town Elementary School (CTES) portion was first, with all articles being adopted by those present. The CTES budget was voted on by Australian ballot on March 5.  All articles pertaining to the Town (pages 10-11 of the Town Report) were adopted. These included Town budget, tax collection schedule, the acceptance of the deed to the Universalist Church and the designation of Cavendish as a PACE (Property Assessed Clean Energy) District.

On March 5, 248 (24%) of Cavendish voters went to the polls. The CTES budget was passed (166-80) as well as that for Green Mountain Union High School (469-309) and the Riverside Technical College (337-129). The latter two required district voting.

Article II of Town Meeting was also approved by voters by Australian ballot, “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.”

There were only two contested elected positions. Stuart Lindberg won as GMUHS school board director for one year (70 Lindberg, 56 Sharon Huntley). The one-year CTES board directors will be Amanda Tyrell (166), and Scott Ranney (138). Amy Perry received 94 votes.

In order for a write in to be elected, eleven votes are needed. Only two candidates received the necessary votes. Mike Ripley received 48 votes for the two-year select board position and Dan Churchill received 18 votes to be Trustee of Public Funds for three years. Positions that remain empty include: Auditor for 2 years and 3 years and Cemetery commissioner for 4 years and 5 years.

The Cavendish Historical Society thanks those present at Town Meeting on March 4 who overwhelming voted in favor of accepting the gift of the historic Universalist Stone Church from the Universalist Unitarian Convention of Vermont and Quebec. The building will have a multi purpose use-the home of the permanent Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn exhibit and a small venue for plays, concerts, lectures etc. If you are interested in helping with any aspect of this project, please e-mail or call 802-226-7807



Due to a snowstorm, the Cavendish Historical Society Annual Meeting, originally scheduled for Feb. 24, was cancelled and has been rescheduled for April 14 (Sunday), 5pm at Gethsemane Episcopal Church Parish Hall, off of Depot Street in Proctorsville. There will be a potluck supper, short meeting, and the film “The Homecoming” will be shown.  Documenting the two-month train journey across Russia, under taken by Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn upon his return home, Solzhenitsyn lived in exile for 20 years, including 18 years in Cavendish, VT. 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.FMI: or 802-226-7807

A Bingo Night is being planned to benefit Cavendish Town Elementary School on March 22. FMI: 226-7824

Tropical Storm Irene did more than damage Proctorsville’s Gethsemane Episcopal Church and wash away its meeting hall in 2011. The ensuing effort to repair and rebuild after Irene paved the way for creating a venue for cultural events in the restored church and its sparkling new addition.  On Sunday, March 31st the Raise the Roof Music Series will open with its first concert.  Keyboard player and vocalist Jamie Ward will perform his special blend of jazz, blues and old favorites, and be joined by drummer Sayon Camera of Guinea, West Africa.  

Jamie Ward is no stranger to the performance space, having twice used the church for his popular Playing With Shakespeare weekend workshops and engaging performances.  Sayon Camera is a djembe drummer, musician and teacher with boundless energy.  His drumming and Jamie Ward’s keyboard work and singing are sure to raise the church roof and leave the audience wanting more.   The concert will begin at 4:30 on Sunday March 31st.  Generous audience donations will ensure more live music at this special intimate venue.  

The next concert in the series will be Sunday April 28 when House Blend will raise the roof with their spirited a cappella voices. Mark your calendars, you won’t be disappointed.   Gethsemane Episcopal Church is on Depot St. in Proctorsville next to Crows Corner Bakery Cafe and is handicapped accessible.
On March 23, from 5:30 to 7 pm, the Cavendish Baptist Church’s Helping Hand Class, will sponsor 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

7. CAVENDISH EVENTS 3/8-3/17/13
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.

10 (Sunday): Spring forward! Day light savings time goes into effect, so move your clocks ahead an hour. The Proctorsville Fire Department also recommends changing your batteries in your smoke and CO detectors.

11 (Monday): Select Board Meeting, 6:30 pm at the Cavendish Town Office. Agenda posted to blog  as soon as it is received. LPC-TV tapes meetings and makes them available on-line  and Comcast Cable TV.

12 (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

14 (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

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

No comments: