Friday, April 19, 2013

Cavendish Update 4/19/13 Volunteers/Poem/Buyer's Club

Information can also be posted on the Cavendish VT Facebook Page

The 4/19/13 Cavendish Update Contains the Following:
1. Volunteering in Cavendish
2. Volunteers needed for tree planting on Twenty Mile Stream
3. Freedom to Breathe
4. Interested in Being Part of an Associated Buyers Club?
5.Generosity helps feed hundreds
6. Cavendish Events 4/19-4/28

Being involved with various town activities is a great way to help your community, make new friends, know your neighbors and improve your sense of well being. To help facilitate this process, a new feature has been added to the Cavendish Update Blog- Cavendish Volunteer Opportunities.

If you are looking to recruit volunteers, and would like information included at this site, please send an e-mail to with the following information: description of position, when, where and who to contact.

The Black River Action Team (BRAT), along with the VT Youth Conservation Corp,  will be planting trees on Twenty Mile Stream, and a couple of banks along the Black River at the Davis and Phillips properties is Monday, May 6th.  If you can volunteer, there are a variety of tasks that need to be done, some of which can be done in advance of May 6. If you can help in any way, please call 885-1533.

As April is National Poetry Month, and the Vermont Humanities Council is launching it’s Vermont Reads 2013-Poetry 180: A Turning Back to Poetry, the Cavendish Historical Society is encouraging readers to explore the poetry of Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn, who lived in Cavendish from 1976-1994. While this Russian dissident and Nobel Prize winner in literature is known for his books, such as Gulag Archipeligo, he also wrote a number of poems. Below is Freedom to Breathe from his 1973 book, Stories and Prose Poems.

A shower fell in the night and now dark clouds drift across the sky, occasionally sprinkling a fine film of rain.

I stand under an apple-tree in blossom and I breathe.  Not only the apple-tree but the grass round it glistens with moisture; words cannot describe the sweet fragrance that prevades the air. Inhaling as deeply as I can, the aroma invades my whole being; I breathe with my eyes open, I breathe with my eyes closed – I cannot say which gives me the greater pleasure.

This, I believe is the single most precious freedom that prison takes away from us: the freedom to breathe freely, as I now can.  No food on earth, no wine, not even a woman’s kiss is sweeter to me than this air steeped in the fragrance of flowers, of moisture and freshness.

No matter that this is only a tiny garden, hemmed in by five-storey houses like cages in a zoo. I cease to hear the motorcycles backfiring, the radios whining, the burble of loudspeakers. As long as there is fresh air to breathe under an apple-tree after a shower, we may survive a little longer.
(From: Solzhenitsyn: Stories and Prose Poems: Penguin 1973).

Ginger Wilk is forming an Associated Buyers Club. This is a small natural and specialty foods wholesale company, serving the Northeast from warehouse and offices in Southern New Hampshire.  Products include many ethnic foods, bulk goods, regionally made specialties and natural foods. Depending on interest, orders could be placed monthly or bi-monthly. If you are interested in learning more or participating in this group, call Ginger at 226-8090.

 In a spectacularly successful promotion, Okemo Mountain Resort collected thousands of pounds of food for the Black River Good Neighbor Services’ food shelf.  An unprecedented 8 pick-up truck loads full of food was collected. On Saturday, March 30th, skiers who brought items of non-perishable food skied at a deeply discounted rate. Hundreds of skiers took advantage of the generous offer.

“So many families will benefit from this tremendous show of support that it’s almost impossible to express our overwhelming gratitude to Okemo and the generous folks who took part in the day’s donation and activities,” said Audrey Bridge, Executive Director of BRGNS’s Food Shelf and Thrift Shop.  Pete LaBelle, President of the Board of Directors, said “the Okemo Mountain Ambassadors who worked so hard collecting, sorting and loading the food also deserve our grateful acknowledgement for their important role in the success of this endeavor.  Special thanks go to Okemo’s Diane and Tim Mueller without whose support none of this could have happened”.  LaBelle also acknowledged that the timing could not have been better since BRGNS’ food shelf was running low due to increased demand.

BRGNS also acknowledges the generosity of the skiers who participated.  Many brought more items than they needed and some also donated cash.  The wider community can always be counted on here in Vermont to help those who need it most.

Black River Good Neighbor Services provides food and limited financial assistance to qualified individuals and families in Ludlow, Cavendish, Mount Holly and Plymouth.  It also operates a thrift store at 37B Main Street in Ludlow to defray many of the costs of running the food shelf and programs.  For information or to volunteer your services, please call Audrey Bridge at 802-228-3663.

6. Cavendish Events 4/19-4/28
April 19 (Friday): Spring Vacation Schools closed

April 20 (Saturday): Spring clean-up at Greven Field 9 AM. Please come and help get the field ready for baseball season.
April 22 (Monday): Earth Week/Earth Day

April 23 (Tuesday): Earth Week
• 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 24 (Wednesday): Earth Week

April 25 (Thursday): Earth Week
• 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
• 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 from 6:30-7:30. FMI: Robin Timko at 226-7736.

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:
  • 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.

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