Friday, April 12, 2013

Cavendish Update 4/12/13 SB Mtg/News/Events/Tag Sale

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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 4/1/2/13 Cavendish Update Contains the Following

1. Cavendish Select Board Meeting 4/8/13
2. Cavendish Related News
3. Cavendish Historical Society News
4. Chestnut Trees are in Focus in Cavendish
5. Third Annual Cavendish Town Wide Tag Sale
6. Gethsemane Church Shares with BRGN
7. Free Cavendish CPR Class
8. Golden Stage Inn Seeking Artists
9. Cavendish Events 4/12-4/21/13

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:

Town wide Tag Sale: The Select board gave permission for the use of the village greens for the 3rd annual town wide tag sale to be held on Saturday, July 27. There was some discussion about whether to have a banner or logo for this year’s event. See article 5 below for more information.

Stone Church Deed Transfer: The transfer of the Stone Church from the VT/Quebec Unitarian Universalist Convention to the town of Cavendish will take place on May 11. Rich Svec, town manager, will make a short presentation at the meeting and accept the deed on behalf of the town. Svec will prepare a draft letter of agreement for the leasing of the Stone Church to the Cavendish Historical Society. See article 3 below for more information

Liquor Licenses: The following were approved for liquor licenses by the Select board Castle Hill Inn and Resort; Cavendish Pointe Hotel; and the Inn at Glimmerstone. The following were approved for the sale of liquor and tobacco: Williams Store; Singleton’s and Minnibee’s.

Planning Commission: John Saydek was approved to replace Sandra Pember on the Cavendish Planning Commission.

Sustainability:  As discussed at the March select board meeting, the Cavendish Energy Committee continues to interview vendors about potential solar array projects for Cavendish. The town would receive net metering credits. Various parcels of town land are being considered, all of which would be off road and not readily visible. The Committee has already met with two companies and will be meeting with a third in the next few days.

The Committee is also looking at LEDs for street lighting. Reducing energy consumption by 40%, these are directional lights, which would reduce lighting on private homes and other areas where it is not wanted. An example of this type of lighting can be seen in Perkinsville. Since the lights are leased to the Town from the power companies (GMP and Ludlow Electric) the board agreed to write a joint letter with the Energy Committee inquiring about the replacement of street lights with LEDs.

The Select Board will visit the Mt. Holly Transfer Station and Casella recycling center in Rutland on Wednesday, May 1.  To be in compliance with Vermont recycling requirements, the town is exploring zero-sort recycling for the Cavendish Transfer Station.

Transportation: At the upcoming Transportation Advisory Committee (TAC), of the Southern Windsor County Regional Planning Commission, newly elected select board member Michele Lindberg will represent the town. The priorities of projects for Cavendish include: Replacement of the Depot Street Bridge in Proctorsville (this is also on the state’s priority list); Route 131 road replacement-Downer’s through the Castle- as this stretch of road required considerable repairs after Irene; signal at the intersection of 131 and 103; and better signage by Fletcher Field. Mike Ripley noted that the Supervisory Union may be moving to Fletcher Farms, which would further increase the amount of traffic entering and exiting in that area.

Y.I.P Program: A state program, approximately a half dozen youth (16-20) will be in Cavendish for two weeks in July. They will be cleaning up grassy areas and will be painting the trim on the town garage. The only cost to the town is for supplies. Svec said the town has used Y.I.P before and the results were excellent.

Highway Conditions/Summer Projects: As far as “mud seasons” go, this one hasn’t been that bad. Summer projects left over from Irene include: Davis Rd bridge; East Rd and Brook Rd intersection; and Meadow Brook Farm Rd. These projects will soon be going out to bid.

Judge Refuses to Hold Cavendish Suspect Without Bail: Windsor Superior Court Judge Robert Gerety denied a motion from Windsor County State’s Attorney Michael Kainen to have Brett Bartolotta, 42, held without bail. Kainen said his office had been seeking to have Bartolotta held, saying he posed a threat to the safety of the community. Bartolotta, a former West Haven, Conn., volunteer firefighter, was one of two men charged with the sexual assault of the boy, who was 12 when the assaults started. Rutland Herald 4/12/13

Federal Sequester Will Result in Cuts to Vermont: Preliminary consensus figures from the Shumlin administration and the Joint Fiscal Office show Vermont will see $15.1 million in “baseline” cuts to federal funds as a result of the federal sequester in fiscal year 2015. The estimate for reductions in 2013 and 2014 is about $9.3 million, so far. The cuts will affect state programs, nonprofits and municipalities. The direct hit to the state budget is $5 million in 2013 and 2014, and $6.1 million in 2015. VT Digger 

Tools to Assist Vermonters in finding lost life insurance benefits: State Treasurer Beth Pearce has announced new efforts to assist Vermonters in claiming life insurance benefits, including improved web page search tools, consumer tips and information to assist consumers in claiming their money. The Treasurer’s office has received more than $2.2 million in unclaimed property as the result of a multi-state initiative to require life insurance companies to pay out on old, sometimes forgotten, policies. The State Treasurer’s Office has created a special web page with guidelines to assist people in searching for old, forgotten policies. Go to and click on the page, “Life Insurance Policies.” Vermonters can search for unclaimed property online or call the Unclaimed Property Division at (802) 828-2407 or toll-free in Vermont a 1-800-642-3191. There is no charge to claim funds through the Treasurer’s office. Press Release 


This coming Sunday, April 14, will be the Annual Meeting of the Cavendish Historical Society (CHS). Beginning at 5 pm at the parish hall of Gethsemane Church on Depot Street in Proctorsville, there will be a potluck super and short meeting, followed by showing the film “The Homecoming.” This film documents Aleksandra Solzhenitsyn’s return to Russia.

On May 11, the deed of Cavendish Universalist Church will be handed over to the town of Cavendish. The Stone Church will be used as a small venue space for concerts, lectures, readings etc., as well as the permanent home of the Solzhenitsyn exhibit. Volunteers are needed to help with the May 11 event, as well as with other CHS activities. Learn more about CHS volunteer positions.

CHS will be holding its annual summer fest and plant sale on Saturday July 6. Those interested in vendor space should contact or call 802-226-7807. The Stone Church will be open and available for tours that day.


On Thursday, April 25th from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m., Grace Knight of the American Chestnut Foundation, and Forrest Hammond of Vermont Fish and Wildlife will present a discussion on the subject of the American chestnut tree.  The event will take place in the new meeting hall of the Episcopal Church next to Crows’ Bakery on Depot Street in Proctorsville.

The disappearance of the American chestnut tree due to blight has been one of the "greatest ecological disasters of the century", according to Forrest Hammond.  Grace Knight of Weathersfield Vermont will present a slide show and share what the foundation has done to breed a blight-resistant chestnut tree.  She will tell us where the foundation is in their progress, and how willing landowners might help with the cultivation of American chestnut trees.  Chestnut flour cookies and a beverage will be served.

This is the latest in the Cavendish Community and Conservation Association’s Walk and Talk Series of events.  The series is designed to present topics of general ecological interest to the public in the Cavendish area.  Anyone can attend, space permitting, and the presentation is free.  For more information please contact Robin Timko at 226-7736.

The 3rd Annual Cavendish Town Wide Tag Sale will be held on Saturday, July 27 from 9- 3pm. Residents and second homeowners can set up on one of the town greens or at their homes. To arrange a space at one of the town greens (Cavendish or Proctorsville) or to be included on the town map of sellers, please call 802-226-7807 or e-mail no later than July 22. To increase the number of people attending your sale,  specify unique items you might be selling. Those setting up on the Greens are responsible for their own tents, chairs and removal of any trash or items that do not sell.

Is there someone who would like to design logo for this event, which could be used in a banner and to help identify locations of sales? If so, please contact or call 802-226-7807.

On Sunday, March 2nd the members and friends of Gethsemane Episcopal Church in Proctorsville celebrated a true milestone for the church as it opened its doors for the first time since August, 2011.  Tropical Storm Irene dealt a severe blow to the parish when the swollen Black River undermined the foundation and swept away the parish hall.  The devastation was enormous.  Interior and exterior damage necessitated a complete refurbishing of the church inside and out, and a complete rebuild of the parish hall.

The long road back was filled with regulatory and monetary challenges, but parishioners overcame them all and now have a beautifully renovated church and a brand new parish hall.  At the celebration held on March 2nd the parishioners decided to share their joy with the larger community.  Therefore they dedicated their collection that day in the amount of $640 to the food shelf and financial assistance programs of Black River Good Neighbor Services.

Said Mary Springer, senior warden at Gethsemane Church, “We felt that the community supported us throughout our ordeal and we want to give back to that community.  Our new parish hall is open for civic use, but we wanted to make a louder statement of thanks.”  Audrey Bridge, Executive Director at Black River Good Neighbors said, “We are proud to call the church a partner in what we do.  We continue to support flood victims even now and the money is greatly appreciated.”

Get certified in CPR for free through the Cavendish Library thanks to a grant from the Cavendish Community Fund on Monday, May 20 at 6:00 PM. Please call 226-7503 to reserve a space.

The Golden Stage Inn is seeking local artists to display their work at the inn as part of Spring 2013 Vermont Open Studio Weekend, May 25 and 26.  If you or anyone you know is interested, please have them contact Julie-Lynn Wood at 802 226 7744  or 

9. CAVENDISH EVENTS 4/12-4/21/13
April 12 (Friday): National Drop Everything and Read Day.
• Ninth Annual Community Variety Show at CTES multi purpose room at 6:30 pm.

April 13 (Saturday): “Dinner and a Movie” 1:00 pm in the Cavendish library.  The featured movie will be “The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel” starring Maggie Smith and Judi Dench.  A generous sampling of Indian food will be served.

• Live music by Guy Burlage at the Inn at Glimmerstone from 7-10 pm.

April 14 (Sunday): Cavendish Historical Society Annual Meeting and Potluck, 5 pm at the parish hall of Gethsemane Church, Depot Street Proctorsville. The film “The Homecoming,” which documents Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn’s return to Russia in 1994, will be shown starting at around 5:45. FMI: 226-7807 or

April 15 (Monday): Spring Vacation Schools closed
• American Red Cross Blood Drive at the Ludlow Community Center, 12:30-5:30 pm. Walk ins welcome. FMI: 802-228-2655

April 16 (Tuesday): Spring Vacation Schools closed
• 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

April 17 (Wednesday): Spring Vacation Schools closed

April 18 (Thursday): Spring Vacation Schools closed
• 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

April 19 (Friday): Spring Vacation Schools closed

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