Friday, June 28, 2013

Cavendish Update 6/28/13 News/Concerts/SB Mtg

Information can also be posted on the Cavendish VT Facebook Page 

The 6/28/13 Cavendish Update Contains the Following:
1. Special Select Board Meeting
2. Cavendish Related News
3. Summer Fest 2013
4. Zero Sort Recycling and the 2012 Law
5. Pilates Classes
6. Cavendish Library Book Sale
7. Cavendish Concerts Continue with Voodoo Alien Blues Band
8. Events

On Monday June 24, the Cavendish Select board met and took action on the following:

• Paving Project: Seven bids were reviewed for the Cavendish 2013 Paving Projects. The contracts were awarded to Allstate Asphalt and Wilk Paving. 

• Sustainability
-                Solar Array: The board voted to ask Soveren Solar  to begin designing the project for Cavendish. This will consist of an acre of town land-most likely waste water treatment area or by the town pump-which will hold 500 solar panels. This would produce 150 kilowatts or $30,000 worth of electric credits (net metering) a year. Based on the experience with this project, the board may consider future solar arrays in years to come. Rich Svec, town manager, when asked about a possible location of panels up above the Dutton School House, said that this area was not being considered at this time and that if area residents had any questions about location, they should contact him.  The board is concerned about esthetics as well as the ability to save money and reduce the town’s carbon footprint. To learn more about this project, see the Cavendish Update 6/14/13 
-                Zero-Sort Recycling: Svec is working with Cassela regarding an implementation of a Zero Sort recycling program at the Cavendish Transfer station, possibly as early as August. See article 5 below for more information about Zero Sort.

Cavendish Resident Josh Frye Earns CertifiedSolid Works Associate Certification: The River Valley Technical Center would like to congratulate Joshua Frye, a senior in the Mechanical Design and Innovation (MDI) level II class from Green Mountain Union High School. Mr. Frye became only the 5th high school student in RVTC history to earn the Certified Solid Works Associate (CSWA) certification. Josh scored a 230 out a possible 240 and accomplished this in a little over 2 hours.  The exam allows 3 hours. Josh is employed as a 3D CAD Designer for J and L Metrology in Springfield.  He will be attending Vermont Technical College for Mechanical Engineering Technology in the fall of 2013.  Vermont Journal 

Cavendish Municipal Water System Consumer Confidence Report: The June 2013 report by the Cavendish Municipal Water System has been mailed and posted on-line at the Municipal Cavendish website. If you are a renter, you can either read the report on-line or ask your landlord for a copy.

Couple Postpones Retirement to Rebuild AfterIrene: Cavendish Town Elementary School principal George Thomson and his wife Linda, have moved four times since their home on Lake Pauline was destroyed by Tropical Storm Irene. Thomson had planned to retire this year, now he’s putting it off. After floodwaters engulfed their old home, the couple spent nearly $20,000 trying to save it and when that didn’t work –about another $20,000 demolishing it. VPR 

Creativity in Hiding Valuables in your Hometo Prevent Theft: With the increasing number of burglaries in Vermont, the State Police have issued a press release on ways to keep valuables safe. 

Increase in Saturation Patrols and Sobriety/Safety Checkpoints for 4th of July Weekend: The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), states that twice as many alcohol-impaired accidents occur over this weekend and four times as many occur at night. Many of the state's law enforcement agencies will be on the state's roads this weekend. They will be patrolling in areas of the state where data indicates that impaired driving crashes are happening. In response, sobriety checkpoints and saturation patrols will be conducted in selected locations throughout the state. The Vermont State Police, Sheriff's Departments, and municipal agencies and local Constables will be participating in these enforcement campaigns in an effort to keep all motorists safe.

VT Officials Prepare for Extended Periods of Rain: The Vermont Division of Emergency Management and Homeland Security (DEMHS) has been working with municipalities, emergency responders, the National Guard, and other state and federal partners today to prepare for any problems that could stem from the extended period of rain the state has seen. Vermont’s extended period of rain is expected to last into at least next Tuesday (July 2nd) and saturated soils and rivers may be unable to absorb more precipitation.  No flooding is imminent, but the National Weather Service says flooding could occur in as yet undetermined areas of the state due to heavy rain.

Featuring the annual plant sale, that is now decades old, Summer Fest at the Cavendish Historical Society (CHS) Museum grounds is on July 6 (Saturday)-rain or shine- starting at 9 am. In addition to the best Hosta around, there will be a unique “gardener’s booth,” where CHS has their special Gardener’s Sugar Scrub-good for cleaning up after gardening and other messy jobs-for sale. In the “green vein,” members of CHS have been collecting soda and beer cans from Cavendish roadways and up cycled them into unique herb/plant markers and plant tags. Never again worry about transplanting the wrong thing thanks to  a CHS Plant Tag. Fabric of all sorts has been up cycled into a variety of amazing items-pillows, quilts and ornaments. Be sure to check out the Christmas in July table. There is also a silent auction, which will end at 1 pm.

The Historical Society Museum will be open and a summer Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn exhibit can be seen along with the latest information on Phineas Gage, the newly created “kitchen” area, and a special “reading nook that provides an opportunity to watch various videos about Cavendish and its residents. Many of the Solzhenitsyn DVDs are available for viewing.

There will be a variety of vendors, antique tractors, and food including Moonlite Meadows, whose farm features grass fed beef and lamb, as well as eggs from free range chickens. This is the last day to vote in the Cavendish Calendar Competition so be sure and stop by the CCCA booth to cast your ballot.

A village wide affair, the Cavendish Fire Department will be holding their annual Chicken BBQ and the Cavendish Stone Church, the future home of the Aleksandr permanent exhibit, will be open for tours from 10-1. FMI: 226-7807 or

In 2012, a Vermont law was passed that requires statewide recycling including compost. The need for this law was due to the fact that Vermont’s landfills are almost full. The  timeline for removal of materials from the solid waste stream will be as follows: By 2014 mandated recyclables (paper, plastics etc.); 2015 Yard waste and 2017 food waste.

In accordance with this law, the Select Board has voted to go with Zero Sort Recycling, provided by Casella,  for the Cavendish Transfer Station. This means that all of recyclables will go in to one container-no more sorting. Not only will it be easier to recycle, but many more items can be-plastics, metal, glass and paper materials. You can learn more about Zero Sort by watching How Zero Sort Works.

Because of the pending changes, adjustments were made in Cavendish town budget to accommodate for the upgrades at the Transfer Station for Zero-Sort Recycling. Not only is this the right thing to do for the environment, but it will also save transfer station users money and time.

Try something new this summer. Try a 1 hour Pilates class at Gethsemane Church Community Center on Tuesdays & Thursdays in July at 10 am. First class is July 2 (Tuesday).

Jamie Ward is a certified  instructor from NYC. The cost is $10 and open to all.

A Pilates mat class uses an exercise mat and hand held equipment, like other classes, but the goal is different. When you start Pilates, the focus is on getting your center body strong, first. We call the center, your ‘core’ and with a strong ‘core’ you can do everything easier. You can bend over, lift, throw, reach and walk with more control and balance (also garden, golf, swim, ride....etc.). 

In Pilates we take the approach that tight muscles and a weak ‘core’ create problems with our structure. Over time, these problems start to change our posture and can cause knee, foot and hip imbalances. The Pilates exercises can identify and these problems and balance the under-used, weak side. So stop putting up with the pain and do some Pilates. It’s not magic and it’s not a gimmick. It’s also not easy- because you have to think while you do Pilates. It takes concentration to stabilize muscles and move your body.        

Even if you don’t own an exercise mat, come to a class.  I will bring an extra. Pilates is for men and women of all ages to try. It will tone and strengthen your muscles and make you feel taller.

If you can’t make it, I am also teaching Pilates classes at the Okemo Spring House ( Mon. & Wed. at 9am ) and the Castle Hill Spa (Tues. & Thurs. at 8am ) for the same price.  FMI:

6. CAVENDISH LIBRARY BOOK SALE Cavendish Library Book Sale
The Cavendish Fletcher Community Library will be holding its annual summer book sale on Saturday, July 6 from 10:00-4:00 in the library rain or shine. The sale features hundreds of books and movies and is a "make and take" sale. This means shoppers make a donation and take whatever they wish. FMI: Kata at 226-7503.

Note: The first concert of the season is Wednesday, July 3 featuring Gypsy

The Cavendish Community and Conservation Association invites the Cavendish community and all of its neighbors to the Proctorsville Green on Route 131 for the second concert of this year’s Cavendish summer music series on Wednesday, July 10th at 6:00 p.m. to listen to the Voodoo Alien Blues Band.  This concert is sponsored by the Cavendish Recreation Department.

The Rutland based all star rhythm and blues band is led by local blues legend Steve Audsley and appears regularly at a variety of Vermont venues.

This is another in the continuing series of Wednesday evening public concerts that the town of Cavendish and the CCCA produce for all to enjoy.  Help us keep the tradition alive.  Come to Proctorsville and enjoy a warm summer evening with your neighbors and friends in front of the gazebo on the green.  Relax in the grass on your blanket or favorite lawn chair – have a picnic or just listen to the music.

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

This coming Wednesday, July 3, kicks off the CCCA concert series on the Proctorsville Green. The band is Gypsy Reel. There are a lot of activities happening-rain or not-as the 4th of July is on Thursday. 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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