Friday, June 21, 2013

Cavendish Update 6/21/13 News/Adoption/Classifieds/Mosquito

Information can also be posted on the Cavendish VT Facebook Page 

The Cavendish Update for 6/21/13 includes the Following:
1. Cavendish Related News
2. Adoption Needed!
3. Temperance Meeting in Cavendish, VT
4. Summer Hours at the Cavendish Library
5. Classifieds
6. Glimmerstone Mansion’s New Services/Events
7. Cavendish Concert on the Green Kicks Off 2013 Series with Gypsy Reel
8. Fight the Bite-Take precautions against mosquito-borne illness
9. Events

Support Cavendish Library by Buying Books atthe Book Nook: After a very successful first Summer READing Book Fair in June 2012 where we raised over $350 and donated over $150 in books to support the Cavendish Fletcher Community Library, Ludlow's Fletcher Memorial Library and the Mount Holly Town Library, The Book Nook will be hosting another book fair this year. We encourage everybody who appreciates the communal public spaces and services provide by our local libraries to stop by The Book Nook June 14 through June 23 and buy a book (or books) to help support those very same libraries.  Vermont Journal 

FEMA Irene Aid Tops $185 M: FEMA has spent more than $185 million dollars in Vermont to assist with Tropical Storm Irene recovery.  The total is significantly higher than any other sources of recovery funds. According to information compiled by VPR, towns, rather than the state, received the lion’s share of the money. $142 million was spent on individual assistance and for local infrastructure repairs. The largest portion was to fix roads and bridges. Cavendish has spent $3,566,215, while Ludlow spent $2,766,660 and Chester $2,347,379. VPR 

SpringfieldApproves Agreement with Biomass Developers: The Town of Springfield has approved an agreement with the developers of a proposed wood-burning power plant in North Springfield. Town officials say the big decisions about the project are in the hands of state agencies and experts. They say their agreement covers issues within control of the town. The 35-megawatt biomass proposal has been through permit hearings before the state Public Service Board, and a decision could come this summer. The project has sparked vocal opposition in North Springfield. The Springfield Select Board hasn’t taken an official position. VPR 

MajorDrug Operation Arrests: Almost three dozen people in the Springfield, Ludlow area were arrested Wednesday as part of an expanding effort to tamp down a burgeoning problem with opiate drugs, especially heroin, across the state, police said. Three people remained at large following the Springfield area sweep, which was part of a six-month operation by the Vermont Drug Task Force and state and federal agencies called Operation Precision Valley. The operation was similar to a raid carried out in the Bennington area earlier this year that resulted in the arrests of 47 people. Those arrested were primarily from Springfield and New Jersey, with those from the latter area being arrested at the Trailside Condos in Ludlow. Burlington Free Press 

The Trestle Bridge area in Proctorsville is a popular swimming hole for many in Cavendish. Last year, Black River Action Team (BRAT) was kind enough to check it several times after concerns were raised about its safety.

Recently the Okemo Mountain Resort area adopted Buttermilk Falls. The resort’s Permits & Compliance Coordinator has been trained to collect samples of water from the popular swimming hole in special bottles. The samples are tested at Endyne Labs in Lebanon NH within a specific time frame, to get an accurate count of the levels of the bacteria Eshericia coli (commonly known as E.coli). Results are graphed and posted within 48 hours of sample collection, to help give visitors a snapshot of the state of the water.

BRAT would like to bring this same service to Proctorsville, but it needs a business or several people to adopt it. A volunteer can be trained to do the water testing. The adoption fee is $500 for the season and it covers the cost of 14 tests (every week) plus a sign (with landowner’s permission), with results posted every Friday.

If you are interesting in this “adoption,” please contact BRAT (802) 885-1533, or log on to

The Ludlow “Blotter” of January 17, 1856 (The Blotter was published from 1854-October 1856) reports on the Cavendish Temperance Society’s annual meeting on January 1. According to Rev. Thomas Hadrman, “Intoxicating liquors kill men a great deal quicker during the last twenty years then ever before; now if a man is in the habit of taking intoxicating drinks, in three years he will die. This is owing to the adulteration of liquors. “ The lecturer described the influences of intoxicating liquors upon the stomach, toughening the pyloric orifice of that organ, and deranging the entire system. Referred to the practice of mother’s giving gin to babies to ease them of the gripes, when it was just the thing to make them have gripes of the very worst kind.

According to the Cavendish Historical Society’s (CHS) genealogist Linda Welch,  Practically the whole town of Cavendish belonged to the TEMPERANCE Society. (except for the immigrant population that worked in the mills, and the poor farmers, etc.) Read the article at the CHS blog 

As of June 17, summer hours are now in place at the Cavendish Library in Proctorsville. The library is open Tuesday through Thursday from 9 to 6:30 and the first two Saturdays of the month from 12-4. FMI: 226-7503 or

Lost and Found: Found on Route 131 in Cavendish, a bonnet. If lost, please e-mail or call 802-226-7807.

Jobs: Wait staff, Bartenders: Glimmerstone is seeking qualified applicants for pub and patio dinning on Friday, Saturday 5-9 pm, plus scheduled events. Call Mary Jane at 802-554-0045.

Free: Cream colored two-door side-by-side refrigerator. Good condition. 35" wide 36" deep. If interested call 226-7398.

Due to the overwhelming response from the community we have decided to open our pub and patio dining to the public on Friday and Saturday evenings from 5-9pm, along with our scheduled events. We are also taking mid-week private fine dining reservations for 2 or more people in advance. Please call Mary Jane at 802-554-0045.
Upcoming Events at Glimmerstone:
BBQ DINNER AND OUTDOOR MOVIE - Friday, June 21st, 2013
Grab your lawn chair and head to Glimmerstone Mansion on Friday, June 21st! A BBQ buffet style dinner will be served from 5pm-7pm on the patio. At dusk (around 8:30pm) the movie Blazing Saddles will be shown on the lawn. In the case of bad weather, event will be held in the barn. For reservations please call 802-554-0045. Blazing Saddles is a Western comedy film directed by Mel Gibson. The movie stars Gene Wilder, Cleavon Little and Slim Pickens. $17 per adult, $10 per child.

DINNER ON THE PATIO & MUSIC UNDER THE PERGOLA - Friday, June 28th, 2013 Dinner on the patio, selections from a menu. Chef Mary Jane prepares all menu items with fresh and seasonal ingredients from local farms and purveyors. PUB OPEN ALL NIGHT! Bring your lawn chair and relax in the private garden. Enjoy the music of Davey Davis as he performs live under the pergola. Contact us at 802-554-0045 to make reservations! In the event of rain, dinner & music will be moved to the barn.

The Cavendish Community and Conservation Association and the Town of Cavendish invite everyone to spend an evening having fun on the Proctorsville Green on Wednesday, July 3rd at 6:00 p.m. when the annual summer music series begins.  To start the 2013 seven week series, CCCA presents Gypsy Reel.

For over twenty years they have been acclaimed on both sides of the Atlantic Ocean.  Gypsy Reel, in their own words, is not a rock band that Celts, but a Celt band that rocks.  They play high energy, stirring music rooted in the Celtic tradition but garnered from the whole world.

This will be the first of seven concerts that are held on consecutive Wednesday nights in July and August.  For a listing of all 2013 concerts please go to the Upcoming Events page at

CCCA encourages all area residents and visitors to join their friends and neighbors in front of the gazebo on the green.  Bring a blanket or a comfortable chair, have a picnic, or just layback and relax on the grass.  It’s a fun way to enjoy the summer weather and either reconnect with old friends or make new ones. 

As always, the concerts are free and open to all. 

8. FIGHT THE BITE-Take precautions against mosquito-borne illness
Mosquitoes can be more than a nuisance – not only do they take your blood and make you itch, they can also spread viral diseases such as West Nile virus and Eastern equine encephalitis.

As the coming warm weather brings out the insects, the Health Department encourages Vermonters to enjoy outdoor activities while taking simple precautions to avoid bites.
Human illness caused by mosquitoes is uncommon in the state, but in 2012, two people died from Eastern equine encephalitis (EEE), and three people were diagnosed with West Nile virus (WNV).

No Matter Where You Live – Enjoy the Outdoors, but Fight the Bite!

•Weather permitting, wear long sleeves and pants and avoid outdoor activities at dusk and dawn – when mosquitoes are most active.

•Reduce mosquito breeding habitats by getting rid of standing water. Drain areas where water can pool: rain gutters, wading pools and any other water-holding containers such as old tires.

•If you are outside when mosquitoes are biting, use an effective insect repellent. Choose repellents that have an Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) registration number on the label. This indicates that the product has been evaluated for safety and effectiveness. Repellents that contain no more than 30 percent DEET are safe and effective for children and adults. When using insect repellent, always follow the directions on the label. EPA has an app that helps you search for a repellent that is right for you – Go to and use the A-Z listing to go to ‘Insect Repellents’.

•Install or repair screens on windows and doors to keep mosquitoes out.

•Protect your animals. Horses are susceptible to WNV and EEE infection, and there are effective vaccines available. Llamas, alpacas and emus are also susceptible and can be immunized with the horse vaccine.

•Contact your health care provider if you have questions about your health or need medical attention.

The Health Department is offering a WNV/EEE information line to answer questions from the public. The phone line – 800-913-1139 – will be operational from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.

For more information on West Nile Virus and EEE and to find out the latest surveillance information, visit the Vermont Department of Health’s website at

Monday, June 24 is a special select board meeting dealing with various sustainability issues and other matters. As soon as the agenda is received it will be posted to the Cavendish Update blog 

The weather forecast looks great for this weekend. To learn more about upcoming events in Cavendish and surrounding towns go to:
-             Events listed by month 
-             Events listed by day  

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