Friday, May 24, 2013

Cavendish Update 5/24/13 Summer Edition/News/Memorial Day

Information can also be posted on the Cavendish VT Facebook Page. 

The 5/24/13 Cavendish Update Contains the following
1. Summer Time in Cavendish
2. Cavendish Related News
3. Lyme Disease Prevention and Treatment
4. Japanese Knotweed Removal
5. Cavendish Memorial Day
6. BRGNS Thanks Post Office and Customers
7. Events

As Memorial Day weekend ushers in the “Summer Season,” there have been several requests for information:
• A Cavendish subscriber requested that information about Lyme Disease be posted. While gardening last summer, she received a deer tick bite, underwent a course of antibiotics and was successfully treated. See Item 3
 • The VT Agency of Natural Resources is urging those towns that were flooded by Irene to do what they can to remove Japanese Knotweed as soon as possible. See item 4

Three other items of note:
• Memorial is celebrated on May 30 in Cavendish. See item 5
• As this is vacation season, and the town is now part of the Scenic 100 By-Pass,  a Cavendish Visitor’s Guide is now available on line. Please e-mail comments and suggestions to or call 802-226-7807.
• The summer 2013 catalogue of classes at Fletcher Farm is now on line. There are classes for young artists. Note that Cavendish residents receive one class a year at half price.

Twenty Mile Stream Burglary: On Sunday May 19, between the hours of 9:30-11:00 someone stole a toolbox out of a vehicle located on Twenty Mile Stream Road. The person robbed was Adam Blanchard. Anyone with information is asked to contact the State Police. (802)875-2112

Internment for Paul Kingsbury: The internment for Paul Kingsbury will be today Friday, May 24 at 11 am at the Cavendish Cemetery on High Street.

CTES Board Meeting Change: The Cavendish Town School Board meeting will not be held on May 21st but will be on June 4th as the roof bid will be ready to be awarded at this time.

Notice to Cavendish VT Taxpayers: Notice from the Cavendish Listers regarding grieving of tax appraisals will be on June 5 from 9 to noon and from 1-5 pm. The full notice is available on-line in the 5/22/13 Vermont Journal’s legal section.

According to the VT Department of Health (VDH), in 2011, there were over 500 reports of people with Lyme disease who were likely exposed in Vermont. Windsor County was among the counties with the highest levels in the state. May, June and July are when most infection occur.

Ticks prefer wooded and bushy areas with high grass and a lot of leaf litter, so avoid these areas when possible. To keep ticks off your skin, apply an insect repellant with 30% DEET on exposed skin and clothing when you go outdoors. Wear long pants, long sleeves and long socks. Tuck pant legs into socks or boots and shirts into pants to keep ticks on the outside of clothing. Perform routine tick checks.

Remove ticks with fine tipped tweezers. Grab the tick close to the skin. Do not twist or jerk the tick. Gently pull straight up until all parts of the tick are removed. Do not use a burnt match or swab with alcohol or petroleum jelly (Vaseline).

If a tick is attached to your skin for less than 36 hours, your chance of getting Lyme Disease is small. Symptoms-fatigue, chills and fever, muscle and joint pain, headache, swollen lymph nodes, rash-can begin three days after a tick bite, or as long as 30 days after, but usually appear within one to two weeks. If you develop symptoms, contact your health care provider.
You can be successfully treated for Lyme Disease with a course of antibiotics, particularly if it is caught shortly after infection.
Sand deposited by Tropical Storm Irene was responsible for knotweed fragments along our rivers. Knotweed can regrow from very small pieces. Digging it up now will eliminate the need for multi year management plans often requiring herbicides. Eliminate new knotweed in mere minutes, by digging up the whole plant. Dispose of plants in burn piles. The window of opportunity will close at the end of June. Start your search where the flood left debris behind and make sure you get all the roots. FMI:

Cavendish will celebrate Memorial Day on Thursday May 30, 2013.
Ceremonies begin at 10 am at the Cavendish Town Elementary School. This year the parade will be in Cavendish Village and will end at the Cavendish Cemetery on High Street. Program schedule. 

As we remember our veterans, check out the following
The LastBomb-1945 US Army Air Forces Bombing Japan: Documentary about the bombing of Japan by the American military and the related activities in the Pacific Theater of Operations (PTO) during the later states of World War Two. The film focuses heavily on the B-29 bombers operated by the United States Army Air Forces 21st Bombing Command. Dr Seymour Leven, one of the veterans who spoke to the 6th graders, was a gunner on one of the B-29 bombers that is part of this film.

The staff, volunteers and clients of the Black River Good Neighbor Services’ food shelf extend their thanks to all who participated in the U.S. Post Office’s 2013 Stamp Out Hunger National Food Drive – the largest one-day food drive in the nation and probably in the world.

Mail carriers for each of the towns and villages that BRGNS serves, Ludlow, Cavendish, Proctorsville, Mount Holly and Plymouth, collected food along their routes on May 11th and donated that food to BRGNS.  Those donations helped to fill shelves and will help to feed the hungry for several weeks. 

The Executive Director at BRGNS, Audrey Bridge said, “Unfortunately, we have a continuing need in the Black River Valley for the services of a food shelf, but with the generosity of citizens and the help of groups like the U.S. Postal Service we can continue successful fulfillment of our mission.”  Equally important is the donation of time by all of the wonderful volunteers who helped collect, sort and shelve the food items.  “Anyone can help, said Bridge, “just come to our thrift store at 37B Main Street, and we’ll find something for you to do.” 

This weekend is open studio in Vermont, and includes studio tours in and around Cavendish. Even though Cavendish celebrates Memorial Day on May 30, other towns will be holding events throughout the weekend. To learn more about upcoming events go to:
-       Events listed by month 

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