Sunday, April 28, 2013

Cavendish Burglary 4/26/13

On April 26, 2013, at approximately 3:51 hours, Rockingham State Police received a call regarding a burglary at 1281 Tarbell Hill Road in the Town of Cavendish, Vermont. The call was placed by Dawn Rowlee, age 50, and she informed the State Police that her house was broken into between the house of noon- 3:30 pm and a jewelry box was taken from the residence. A description of the jewelry was taken by police and tracks were found at the scene. This case is still under investigation. If you have information, please contact VT State Police 875-2112

Friday, April 26, 2013

CTES School Board Minutes 2/19/13

Board:  Dr. Bont-Chair, Sharon Huntley and Amanda Tyrell
Administration:  George Thomson-Principal, Linda Waite- Superintendent
Public:  LPCTV, Virginia Walsh Mack-Recording Secretary, Two members of the community.

Call to order
Dr. Bont called the meeting to order at 5:35 p.m.

Comments from the Community
Donna Bushey asked permission for her daughter to remain at CTES through the school year as she and her family have moved to Ludlow.  She doesn’t want to upset her daughter’s year.  She has been at CTES since first grade.  Sharon made a motion to have Reaghan Bushey remain at CTES through the remainder of the school year.  Motion approved.

Approval of Minutes of January 15, 2013
Sharon made a motion to approve the minutes of January 15, 2013 as presented.  Motion approved.

Finance Report
Linda reported the audit has come in and she will bring copies to the next meeting as Chris was not in the office today.

Security Update
George reported he has received quotes for security for the front door.  The handicap door will be the “main” door.  The quotes were $3,300-$4,100, $2,185.00, $2,400.00 and $1,975.00.  Discussion ensued regarding the systems used in other schools.  George said he doesn’t think CTES needs such an elaborate system as CAES has.  To replace the front windows with security glass would be an additional $2,100.00.  There was discussion around storage for video. 
Vermont School Boards Insurance Trust has an emergency tool kit that will be available.  This is a tiered system.  The first tier offers a walk through at no cost.  George’s said he thinks the quotes are comparable.  He recommends Country Side Lock and Alarm.  Amanda made a motion to authorize George to hire Country Side Lock and Alarm to install the front door security system not to exceed $2,500.  Motion approved. 

Two Rivers Supervisory Union Update
There is a governance meeting this evening to discuss the information received from other SUs.
The next meeting will be Thursday, February 22, 2013 at GMUHS at 6:30 p.m.

Principal’s Report
George gave the board a copy of the budget summary.  He said there are no big surprises and he feels they are on target.  NECAP results have come in (attached).  All percentages are above the state average.

CTES will be participating in a School Health Index.

The staff participated in CPR training on St. Valentine’s Day.

Within six weeks George should have information regarding the roof.    

George explained to the board who is eligible to attend CTES; George said he published this in the Cavendish Corner.

The alert system is changing to a new system.  Schools are using the system to communicate as well as for emergencies.

The PTO had a Bake Sale and raised $1,630.00 for programs at CTES. It was a huge success.  The PTO is also planning a Bingo Night.  The goal is to raise $5,000.00 for CTES programs.

On Wednesday, February 27th is the candidate’s forum for people who are running for local office and  an informational meeting regarding the budget.  The board agreed to meet before the Town Meeting on Monday, March 4th at 6:00 p.m. Voting will be on Tuesday, March 5th.  The board agreed to have their next meeting on Wednesday, March 20th at 5:30 p.m. 

The total principal for the trust funds is $103,264.55 and the available interest is $6,456.16.

Superintendent Report
Linda said she will be providing more information regarding the VSBIT Emergency Tool Kit.
The post fact finding meeting for the teachers is scheduled for March 12th at GMUHS.
Linda congratulated George and the teachers for the NECAP scores.

Other Business
George was asked about the number of students in the FANS unit.  There are currently 23 students.

Executive Session

Sharon made a motion to adjourn.  The meeting adjourned at 6:22 p.m.

Respectfully submitted,

Virginia M. Walsh Mack
Recording Secretary

CTES Agenda for 4/30/13 Board Meeting

The Meeting will take place on Tuesday April, 30 at 5:30 pm in the multi purpose room. 
1.     5:30 p.m. - Call to order

2.     5:32 p.m. – Comments from the Community

3.     5:45 p.m. - Approval of Minutes of February 19th & March 4th, 2013 – (Action Requested)

4.     5:50 p.m. – Reorganization
a.)   Elect Board Chair
b.)   Elect Board Vice Chair
c.)   Elect Board Clerk
d.)   Elect Supervisory Union Board Representatives

5.     6:05 p.m. – Personnel
a.)   Approval of Resignation Letter – (Action Requested)
b.)   School Nurse Contract – (Action Requested)

6.     6:15 – FANS Unit Report

7.     6:25 p.m. – Two Rivers Supervisory Union Update

8.     6:30 p.m. - Principal’s Report

9.     6:45 p.m. - Superintendent Report

10.  6:50 p.m. - Other Business

11.  6:55 p.m. - Executive Session – (if necessary)
Motion _______ Second_______ Action _______ Time ______

12.  7:00 p.m. – Adjournment
Motion _______ Second_______ Time ______

Help needed for 20 Mile Stream Tree Planting

Tree planting by the Black River Action Team is ready to roll on the banks of Twentymile Stream and the Black River during the week of May 6-9 in Cavendish VT -- we just need someone with a truck or van to drive up to the Intervale Nursery before May 6th to pick up trees and shrubs!  Gas will be paid for; these are all small trees that should fit nicely in a van or truck bed (with a tarp to keep them from drying out or blowing out), and the wonderful Joan Allen will be available to accompany you (pick her up at the Randolph park & ride just off I-89N) as the interface person at the Nursery.  She knows what we're getting and who to see, etc.  :-) If you can help call Kelly ASAP (802) 885-1533

Cavendish Update 4/26/13 News/Glimmerstone/Events/Green Up Day

Information can also be posted on the Cavendish VT Facebook Page 

The 4/26/13 Cavendish Update Contains the Following:
1. Cavendish Related News
2. Car Wash/ Bottle Drive to Benefit CTES 6th Grade
3. Cavendish Green Up Day-May 4
4. Changes at Glimmerstone Pub and Restaurant
5. Cavendish Homeopathy Study Group
6. Cavendish Events 4/26-5/5

Scenic Route 100 Byway will be a boon: On April 18, the Vermont Transportation Board approved the Scenic Route 100 expansion, which includes the 20 towns of Londonderry, Jamaica, Wardsboro, Stratton, Dover, Wilmington, Whitingham, Granville, Hancock, Rochester, Stockbridge, Pittsfield, Killington, Bridgewater, Plymouth, Ludlow, Andover, Cavendish, Weston and Stamford. The expansion of the designation includes adding 14 towns. At 138 miles, it is currently Vermont’s second largest byway. The largest is the Connecticut River Byway. Brattleboro Reformer 

Drug Take Back Day is April 27: On Saturday, April 27th, 2013 from 10:00am-2:00pm numerous Vermont Law enforcement Agencies, along with the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), will host a “Drug Take Back” Day! The focus of this Drug Take Back Day is to offer free, safe and convenient disposal for unused prescription medications. Over 26 sites throughout Vermont will be open to the public and offer proper disposal of prescription medications. Participants will not be asked any questions about their medical health or other personal information. The public is asked to use this day to clear their homes of unwanted medications. Flushing medications are not a recommended method of disposal. FMI:
Springfield Biomass Plant Gets Permit: The proposed 35-megawatt North Springfield wood-fired power plant received an air permit from the state April 19, which the state said would include state-of-the-art pollution control equipment. Rutland Herald, 4/20/13 

Vermonters to Pay More for Gas and Diesel Soon: On Wednesday, members of the House and Senate reached agreement on a compromise transportation bill. It covers three years, and will raise the effective gas tax by 6 cents this May, and the diesel tax by 2 cents come July. Lawmakers say the tax is just a patch. They're looking to Washington, D.C., for a long-term solution. Federal rates haven't changed for 21 years. Taxes currently cost Vermonters about 45 cents per gallon of gas-- 27 cents of which is due to Vermont. Under the new plan, that tax will go to 51 cents on every gallon of gas. WCAX 

Voice to Text Just as Dangerous to Drivers as Texting: Using voice to send text messages while driving is just as dangerous as texting with fingers, with driver response times significantly delayed no matter which method was used, a study released on Tuesday showed. "In each case, drivers took about twice as long to react as they did when they weren't texting," Christine Yager, who headed the study, told Reuters. "Eye contact to the roadway also decreased, no matter which texting method was used." Reuters 

BC/BS of VT Opens Health Care Exchange Phone Line: Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Vermont (BCBSVT) has announced a new phone line to provide assistance for Vermonters transitioning to the new state-run health benefits exchange called Vermont Health Connect. Vermonters are urged to call 1-800-255-4550 Monday through Friday 8:00am to 6:00pm for information and help regarding the Exchange and what is means for you or your business. PressRelease 

The sixth grade at Cavendish Town Elementary School is hosting a “Fundraising Extravaganza” to benefit school projects such as the Keeywadin trip and graduation. On May 4, Saturday, there will be a bottle drive (drop off at the school, or call 226-8000 to arrange for a pick up); green carwash and vacuuming; and bake sale. This event will be taking place at the Elementary School in Proctorsville from 10-2. FMI: 226-8000

Green Up Day this year will be Saturday May 4th.  We will be collecting trash along our back roads and bringing it to the Transfer Station.  It starts at 9:00AM at the Cavendish Town Elementary School and Ends at 12:00 with a BBQ at the Proctorsville Green!   We will have maps, information, garbage bags and gloves. Come on out and join in this great community effort to keep Cavendish Beautiful!  The rain date will be the following Saturday, May 11. FMI: 226-7292

The owner of Glimmerstone has announced the following changes to the Pub and Restaurant:
I will not be reopening the pub or casual fine dining restaurant at Glimmerstone.  I have had one year of historical data as to the overhead costs to run Glimmerstone and although I have a great following, the revenue is not high enough to cover the overhead. 

 I will be running events on the patio and the barn and in the dining rooms, those will be advertised shortly.  The first event will be a Sunday Mothers Day Brunch where we will take reservations and have a set price.  These allow me to know how many people I will have to be able to determine appropriate staffing and food purchases and costs associated with those specific events. 

 I have had such a difficult time making this decision as I have loved serving the public over the last year but I do not want to get into the same situation that my predecessors have had where they have been financially broken here.  I am still going to offer overnight accommodations and events. FMI: or 802-554-0045

A newly formed Cavendish Homeopathy Study Group will meet for the first time on May 14 (Tuesday) at 7 pm  in Proctorsville. Regular meetings will take place on the second Tuesday starting in June.

Affiliated with the National Center for Homeopathy, which has a network of more than 85 study groups, the Cavendish group will meet regularly to learn about homeopathy and self care.

For information about Homeopathy, contact the National Center at To learn more about the local study group, contact Ginger Wilk at 226-8090.

For a comprehensive list of events in the area, please go to the Okemo Valley Regional Chamber of Commerce’s on-linecalendar.

April 26 (Friday): Earth Week

April 27 (Saturday): 2nd Annual Wild and Woolly Weekend. A ‘Fiberlicious event” 10-5 pm. The Pointe Hotel in Proctorsville. FMI:
• 57th annual Ludlow Rotary Penny Sale at the Black River High School in Ludlow from 6-9 pm.
• Got Drugs? Turn in unused or expired medications for safe disposal from 10-2 pm. Locations closest to Cavendish include: Ludlow Police Dept; Weathersfield Transfer Station, Springfield Police Dept; and the Windsor Police Department.  For more information

April 28 (Sunday): 2nd Annual Wild and Woolly Weekend. A ‘Fiberlicious event” 10-3 pm. The Pointe Hotel in Proctorsville. FMI:
            • Worldwide Pinhole Photography Day FMI:
• House Blend is an assemblage of  twenty performers who are self-proclaimed singing addicts whose repertoire includes gospel, village music from Africa and Eastern Europe, Renaissance madrigals, Bach, contemporary music---and anything else the group chooses to add to the mix.  They will be performing at 4:00 at Gethsemane Episcopal Church on Depot St. in Proctorsville (next to Crows Corner Cafe).  Suggested donation of $10.00 will fund future concerts in the newly renovated church.  FMI: 802-226-7497.

April 30 (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, Charlotte Snyder (802) 226-7343, or Dot Ramsdell at (802) 226-7870
            • CTES board meeting, 5:30 pm at the school.
            • Buble Bees: Natural History and Conservation. There are 300 species of bees native to the Upper Valley. Not maintained by farmers, they provide the majority of pollination service to wild and cultivated plants. Presentation by Leif Richardson, Dartmouth College PHD candidate. Will discss the bumbe bee in the Northeast, including threats and conservation measures. The program will be at 6:30 pm at the Springfield Library. FMI:

May 1 (Wednesday): Cavendish Planning Commission Meeting 6:30 Cavendish Town Office

May 2 (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, Charlotte Snyder (802) 226-7343, or 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

May 4 (Saturday): Green Up Day in Cavendish. Registration at the Elementary School at 9 am. BBQ at the Proctorsville Green at 12 pm.
            • Car Wash and Bottle Drive from 10-2 pm at the Elementary School in Proctorsville. Benefits the 6th grade class. To arrange for bottle pick up, call 226-8000.
• Kentucky Derby Gala to benefit LPC-TV. Pot Belly Pub, 4-10 pm. Tickets are $25 in advance, $30 at the door. FMI: 228-8808 or