Friday, April 5, 2013

Cavendish Update 4/5/13 News/Events/Photo Contest

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This issue of the Cavendish Update is sponsored by the Cavendish Historical Society.

Note Just a reminder to everyone that as the snow leaves us it is illegal to burn without a burn permit issued by the fire warden or a warden keymen. PFD Asst Chief Roger Sheehan is the Fire warden for Proctorsville and Cavendish. His keymen are PFD Chief Bob Glidden, CAVFD Chief Jeff Davis and PFD Firefighter Ray Fitzgibbons. All are listed in the phone book. The current fire danger for the state of VT is a class 5.

The 4/5/13 Cavendish Update Contains the Following:
1. Cavendish Related News
2. Cavendish Historical Society Annual Meeting Will Show "The Homecoming"
3. CCCA Annual Photo Contest Begins
4. Raising the roof in song in Proctorsville: House Blend
5. Cavendish Events 4/5-4/14

Bartolotta Returned to Windsor Superior Court: The alleged victim of a sex slave crime, who lives in Ludlow, has sued Brett Bartolotta of Cavendish, VT to seize his home and bank accounts to compensate him for suffering. A Windsor Super Court has recently granted this request.  Bartolotta has pleaded not guilty to felony charges of aggravated sexual assault and engaging in sex traffic, which if convicted, could lead to life in prison. On Monday, April 1, Bartolotta appeared in court where prosecutors unsuccessfully tried to have him held without bail after Judge Robert Gerety declined to make an immediate ruling. Bartolotta has been free on $50,000 bail since his arrest. Valley News 

Proctorsville Fire Dept Budget Passes: The Proctorsville Fire Dept notes We would like to thank the few that attended the budget meeting last night. The proposed budget of $97,903.00 was accepted by all with no objections. Thank you to the residents of the village of Proctorsville.

Cavendish Game Farm Update: The owners of a Vermont game farm who lost more than 20,000 quails and 30 pigs in a fire say they have enough insurance to get some new sows and start re-breeding quail. In the meantime, brothers Rick and Bill Thompson of Cavendish Game in Springfield say they plan to buy and sell turkeys, guinea hens and pheasant. Burlington Free Press 

PACE Program Begins in Cavendish: The town is implementing a Property Assessed Clean Energy district, which is a financial incentive program for home improvement projects. The program came into existence with the passing of the 2009 Vermont Energy Act and a provision in the bill created the PACE program, whereby towns secure funding for energy efficiency and renewable energy projects. Rutland Herald 4/1/13 

Vtel Grants Terminated: The Vermont Telecommunications Authority has terminated two grants awarded to the Springfield based broadband provider VTel, who were slated to provide broadband coverage for under served areas.    VPR 

VT Health Insurance Rates Posted: Companies with fewer than 50 employees, and anyone who doesn't get health insurance through work, will need to purchase a policy through a marketplace called Vermont Health Connect starting next January. On Monday , the state posted the proposed rates for the various plans being offered by Blue Cross-Blue Shield and MVP. If you work for a small business or if you don't have insurance through your employer this gives you a sense that the prices that you're paying today are not going to be substantially higher -- probably -- in the exchange. For instance, the state says a single self-employed person earning $40,000 a year could go from a $600 a month premium, down to $317 a month. For a family of four, making $34,000, the state says their premium would drop from $700 a month to $45. WCAX 

VHFA Launches New Down Payment and Closing Cost Assistance Program: A new grant program launched will connect lower income Vermonters with the down payment and closing costs needed to buy a home at historically low rates. Vermont Housing Finance Agency (VHFA) has rolled out its down payment and closing assistance grants for Vermont homebuyers, calling the program MOVE ASSIST. Press Release 

VT Transparency will Promote state and local transparency: The leaders of the Public Assets Institute and the Ethan Allen Institute announced that they have formed a new nonprofit, Vermont Transparency, Inc., to advance their work to make state and local government fiscal information easily accessible to citizens. Press Release 

Vermonters Oppose Gas Take Hike: Sen. Doyle’s annual town meeting survey (13,998 voters responded) has found strong opposition to higher gasoline taxes even if the revenue is reserved solely for highway and bridge projects. The Vermont House has approved a 7-cent per gallon gas tax increase and the governor strongly supports the bill, which is now before the Senate. There was also strong support for prohibiting cell phone use while driving and expanding Vermont’s bottle deposit bill to include all bottled beverages. WNNE 

The Cavendish Historical Society Annual Meeting will be held on 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 an update on the acquisition of the Cavendish Universalist "Stone" Church and its proposed use as the future home of the permanent Alexksandr Solzhenitsyn exhibit and small venue space for concerts, films etc. Starting at around 6 pm, the film  “The Homecoming” will be shown. 

This film, by the BBC, documents the two-month train journey across Russia, under taken by Solzhenitsyn upon his return home. Solzhenitsyn, a Nobel Prize winner for literature and Russian dissident, 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: 802-226-7807 or e-mail


This year marks the ninth year of the Cavendish Community and Conservation Association’s annual calendar, and the sixth annual photo contest to choose the monthly calendar pictures.  The contest begins on May 1st and the deadline for all submissions is May 31st.

This year the contest theme is “Images of Cavendish”.  There will be two contests in one event.  First is the judged Cavendish photo contest, in which judges will select one prizewinner for each of three age categories, five to twelve, thirteen to eighteen, and over eighteen.  Second is the contest for inclusion in the 2014 calendar.  Cavendish residents will vote for their favorite pictures, selecting twelve for the calendar, and the photo with the most votes receives the Popular Choice Award.  All participants must be part or full time Cavendish town residents.  Photos will highlight the beauty of our various landscapes and historic heritage and may include animals and/or people.  One photo is allowed per person, taken by the person submitting it.

Contest entry forms and instructions on how to enter will be available at the CCCA website, at the Town Offices on High Street in Cavendish, at the Cavendish Elementary School, or at Crow’s Bakery on Depot St. in Proctorsville.

CCCA will exhibit the photos at various locations around Cavendish and Proctorsville during June for people to see and vote for their favorite photos.  Winners will be announced after the July 4th holiday.  We are very pleased to be able to present these pictures to the community.  Be sure to enter your photo taken in Cavendish for the 2014 calendar.  If you have any questions, please contact Robin Timko at 226-7736.

If you like the idea of  a musical cup of coffee, you will love the next concert in the Raise the Roof music series in Proctorsville on Sunday April 28.  The spirited a capella group, House Blend, will fill the Gethsemane Episcopal Church with music from  around the world that is spiced with energy, humor and a passion for singing.  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.  The crisp acoustics in the 1890 Carpenter Gothic church, combined with their powerful voices, will create an eclectic, infectious harmonious brew of music that will raise the roof and fill your cup to the brim.  The concert will be 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 5 (Friday): Spring Fling dance at CTES. This will be an event for current CTES students only.  Ian Martel will be returning as the DJ for the evening, providing popular and appropriate music for all the children to enjoy. There will be refreshments available for everyone. Students in K - 2 will attend the dance from 6 - 7 PM while the students in grades 3 - will attend from 7 - 8:30.

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:

April 8 (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.

April 9 (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

April 10 (Wednesday): Job Fair at the Howard Dean Education Center in Springfield, VT. 1-4 pm. FMI: 885-5800

April 11 (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

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.

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,” will be shown. FMI:

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