Friday, May 3, 2013

Cavendish Update 5/3/13 News/Events/Green Up/Changes/Robbery

Information can also be posted on the Cavendish VT Facebook Page 

 The Cavendish Update for 5/3/13 Contains the Following:
1. Please Read: Changes in the Cavendish Update
2. Cavendish Robbery
3. Cavendish Related News
4. Cavendish Seeking Mowing Proposals
5. Household Hazardous Waste Collection on May 11
6. Raise the Roof Music Series: After the Rodeo May 19
7. Post Office Food Drive to Help Local Food Shelves
8. Way to Go Commuter Challenge
9. Events

The Cavendish Update continues to evolve to better reflect how people in Cavendish obtain their news. Needless to say, everyone has their favorite approach and the Update does provide various options and different types of information. Note that the Cavendish VT Facebook page has been set up so anyone can read it, but you must be a Facebook subscriber, which is free, to post or comment.

One thing that has been needed for a long time is a better way to track events in Cavendish. Recently, the Okemo Valley Chamber of Commerce sent an announcement about how non profits, organiziations, schools, libraries etc. could increase exposure for their events by a) using the Okemo Valley calendar to check for conflicting activities before scheduling;  and b) filling in the easy to complete on-line form so events would be added to the calendar .

Having one well run on-line calendar for the Okemo Valley, which everyone uses, makes a lot of sense. While we recognize this is a change, and that’s not always easy,  a number of things have been put in place to make the transition easier:
- The Okemo Valley Calendar now appears under the “Popular Post” sections on the blog 
-       On Fridays, both the Cavendish VT Facebook page, and the Update will have links to the Okemo Valley Calendar. Major town wide events, such as the town wide yard sale,  will still be listed.
-       The Update will continue to post information about Cavendish events (please limit press releases to one per event) but will no longer list them in the old format.
-       Mark your calendar for events you would like to attend.

Since getting the word out about your event is important, please consider:
-       Press releases (in general please limit to one per event) can be sent as normal to for inclusion on the Update. Submit by Thursday for Friday’s post.
-       Post your event directly to Cavendish,VT Facebook page. Adding a picture will increase users noticing it.
-       Register your event with the OkemoValley Chamber of Commerce 
-       Check the Okemo Valley Calendar Calendar by Month or by date to avoid scheduling conflicts

If you would like more information about advertising your Cavendish event, or have questions, please e-mail

On April 26, 2013, at approximately 3:51 pm, Rockingham State Police received a call regarding a burglary at 1281 Tarbell Hill Road in Cavendish. Dawn Rowlee placed the call, and she informed the State Police that her house was broken into between the hours of noon- 3:30 pm and a jewelry box was taken from the residence. Tracks were found at the scene. This case is still under investigation. If you have information, please contact VT State Police 875-2112
Minutes for CTES Board Minutes: The minutes from the 2/19/13 Cavendish Town Elementary School Board meeting have been posted to

TheGoodman’s Shear Their Hair for Bald is Beautiful: Craig, Jessica, Clint and Jake Goodman of Proctorsville shaved each others hair as part of the Norris Cotton Cancer Center’s “Bald is Beautiful” fundraiser, helping to raise $35,000 to support those with cancer. Keene Sentinel 

CavendishResident Will Hunter Brings Blue Spruce Back to Life: Hunter is seeking the state’s blessing — and money — to make Blue Spruce House, Mt. Holly, into an alternative to prison for a dozen or so women who have run afoul of the law. The women would receive treatment for their substance abuse problems and learn job skills in a group-home setting, where they would stay under around-the-clock supervision for six to nine months. The Valley News 

Jim Kenyon: Good Will Hunter: Will Hunter, of Cavendish VT, was driving a former prison inmate to a job interview at a door manufacturing plant in Ludlow, Vt., recently when the man, in his 50s, started to question whether the trip was a waste of time. Hunter recognized it was more than just pre-interview jitters. “It had been years since he felt that he had succeeded at anything,” Hunter said, indicating the man had been in and out of prison for alcohol-fueled crimes for much of his time as an adult. So Hunter told his passenger a story. His story. “I haven’t done time in prison, but I’ve had my share of embarrassment and failure in life,” Hunter began. “The reality is we have all been there in one way or another, but we can get past it.” Valley News 

GMPCow Power Available to All Customers: Green Mountain Power customers across Vermont can now support a pure Vermont form of renewable energy produced by over 10,000 Vermont dairy cows, thanks to a new ruling by the Vermont Public Service Board approving the expansion of the GMP Cow Power Program from the limited territory previously served by CVPS to the entire GMP service territory. Press Release 

The Cavendish Town Office is currently seeking proposals for mowing work on various properties owned or used by the Town. This work is for the 2013 grass-growing season and is to be done on a contract basis with contractor supplying all equipment, tools, operator(s), fuels and own insurance. This does not include roadside mowing. Proposals must include specification of the type of mowing equipment to be used, costs and anticipated availability. A listing of involved properties and other specifics and requirements is available at the Town Office. Bids must be received at the Town Office by 10 am on Friday, May 3, 2013. The contract bid will be no later than 10 am on May 7. Contractors should be prepared to begin work under this contract within five days of award. Proposals should be submitted to: Town Manager, Town of Cavendish, PO Box 126, 37 High Street, Cavendish, VT 05142-0126. FMI: 226-7291

Saturday, May 11, there will be a Hazardous Waste Collection at the Springfield Transfer Station from 9-noon. This is for district residents, which includes Cavendish, only. FMI: or 802-674-9235.

A lively musical blend of guitar, mandolin and bass will fill the Gethsemane Episcopal Church on Sunday May 19 when the Vermont group called After the Rodeo performs in the Raise the Roof concert series.  Featuring three of Vermont's most sought after musicians, this innovative trio seamlessly blurs the boundaries between bluegrass, jazz, traditional blues and cowboy folk.  After the Rodeo members have toured across the U.S., and their supple three-part harmonies were featured on Vermont Public Radio's Vermont Edition last February.  Members Matt Schrage, D. Davis and Pat Melvin bring their love of playing, singing and songwriting to this dynamic mix and will fill the church rafters with rhythm and good times.  The concert is at 4:00 in Gethsemane Church on Depot Street in Proctorsville (next to Crows Bakery Cafe).  Suggested donation of $10.00 will fund future live music in the newly renovated historic space.  For more information call 226-7497.

Every second Saturday in May letter carriers in more than 10,000 cities and towns across America deliver much more than mail when they walk and drive along their postal routes. They also collect the goodness and compassion of their postal customers who participate in the Stamp Out Hunger National Food Drive – the largest one-day food drive in the nation and probably in the world.

Local postal employees will gather food donations from the general public on Saturday, May 11th this year to benefit local food shelves across Vermont, and Black River Good Neighbor Services is the food shelf for Ludlow, Cavendish, Mount Holly and Plymouth.

The need for food donations never diminishes, and right now Black River Good Neighbors especially needs canned fruit, fruit juice, peanut butter, pasta, pasta sauce, tuna, canned meat, rice mixes, raisins, dried fruit, nuts, granola bars, coffee, tea, condiments (especially ranch and Italian dressing), flour, sugar, toilet paper, cereal and shampoo.

All citizens need to do is to place boxes or cans of non-perishable food next to their mailbox before their letter carrier delivers mail on Saturday, May 11th.  The carrier will do all the rest.  The food is taken back to a postal station, sorted and delivered to an area food bank or pantry.  There it is available for needy families.  For more information about the food drive, please contact your local post office.  For more about Black River Good Neighbor Services, please call 228-3663.

How do you commute to work? Join people across Vermont as they find alternative ways to commute during “Way To Go” week - May 13 -17.  Finding an alternative to commuting alone can save money, reduce pollution, maybe improve your health and if you do it during Way To Go week, you can also win prizes!   In our area there are a variety of options, including carpooling, ridesharing, riding the bus, walking or bicycling. FMI: and  or contact

Saturday is Green Up Day in Vermont. Cavendish has two Green Up activities for this Saturday May 4. The Sixth graders at Cavendish Elementary will be hosting a bottle drive –separate your returnablesAfter as you Green Up and drop off to the students-who will be at the school parking lot from 10-2 pm. The Sixth graders will also be hosting a car wash.

Green up registration, which includes bags and gloves, starts at 9 am at the Elementary School in Proctorsville. Bags will be taken to the transfer station and a BBQ takes place at noon on the Proctorsville Green.  

For more Cavendish and area events, please go to the Okemo Valley Calendar:
-       Events listed by month 
-       Events listed by day  

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